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In the Zone 2015: Capital ideas for the twenty-first century

In 2015 In the Zone convened two high-profile events in Perth and Singapore. The University hosted the Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia, and the Hon Julie Bishop MP, the Australian Foreign Minister, to headline the Perth Leadership Forum on 1 May.

The conference brought together a group of outstanding speakers and thinkers for the annual In the Zone CEO forum at the University Club of Western Australia. The Perth event also included a panel discussion with leading geopolitics and economic analysts moderated by the Australian’s Editor-at-Large, Paul Kelly. The University, in conjunction with In the Zone’s principal partner the Perth USAsia Centre, launched the second edition of its Smart Power publication; and the next instalment of the In the Zone Special Report, produced with the Australian newspaper, was released.

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Venture Asia: Singapore, 13 April

The Premier of Western Australia, the Hon Colin Barnett MLA, headlined In the Zone’s first international event at the Asia Pacific Google headquarters. Moderators and panelists at this half-day event included Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor of the Australian, Managing Director, Agencies, at Google Asia Pacific, Michelle Guthrie, the Managing Director of Rio Tinto Marine, Bold Baatar, and the Hon Stephen Smith.

The University of Western Australia’s Energy and Minerals Institute and Knowledge Society also launched their inaugural State of Mind publication, a data-journalism report presenting a holistic view of Western Australia’s technology and innovation story. It places the state’s achievements as a world-leading diversified minerals and energy province in a global context, and recasts the narrative of Western Australia, moving from a ‘state of mining’ to a ‘state of mind’.

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Speakers and programs

Two engaging and high-level programs have been curated for In the Zone’s Perth Leadership Forum and Venture Asia: Singapore events.

Perth speaker biographies

THE HON COLIN BARNETT MLA

Premier of Western Australia

The Hon Colin Barnett MLA became Western Australia’s twenty-ninth Premier in 2008. Since 2013, he has also been Minister for Science, in recognition of the central role that scientific innovation will take in the future of the state’s development. Mr Barnett holds an Honours and Masters Degree in Economics from The University of Western Australia.

THE HON JULIE BISHOP MP

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Hon Julie Bishop MP is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia’s Federal Coalition Government. She is also the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and has served as the Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives since 1998.

DR MICHAEL CHANEY AO

Chancellor of the University of Western Australia

Dr Michael Chaney AO is Chairman of the National Australia Bank Limited, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Gresham Partners Holdings Limited. He is a member of the JPMorgan International Council and a Director of the Centre for Independent Studies. He was Managing Director of Wesfarmers until 2005.

AIKO DODEN

Senior Commentator, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

Aiko Doden is NHK World’s Senior Commentator for the weekly series Asian Voices, a program that investigates key international issues with Asia’s top academics, economists and politicians. She is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, UK; the Japan Association of International Relations and a Fellow at Salzburg Global Seminar. Aiko Doden holds a MA in International Relations, Columbia University.

ELENA DOUGLAS

Founder and CEO, Knowledge Society

Elena Douglas was founding CEO of Advance.org, Australia’s global community headquartered in New York. She created the Advance 100 Global Australians Summit. She launched the Religion and Globalisation Initiative with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. She is a Research Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre.

L. GORDON FLAKE

Chief Executive Officer, Perth USAsia Centre

L. Gordon Flake serves on the Board of USCAP. He is co-Vice Chair of the Board of the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and on the Advisory Council of the Korea Economic Institute of America. He was Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at the Atlantic Council of the USA. He completed his MA at the David M. Kennedy Center for International and Area Studies.

ANDREW HARDING

Chief Executive, Iron Ore, Rio Tinto

Andrew Harding has been Chief Executive, Iron Ore at Rio Tinto since February 2013. Prior to this, Harding was Chief Executive, Copper, and was responsible for a range of mines and projects including the development of the world-class Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in Mongolia.


PAUL KELLY

Editor-at-Large, the Australian

Paul Kelly is Editor-at-Large of the Australian newspaper. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Australian (1991–1996). Kelly is the author of six successful books, including The Dismissal (1982), The End of Certainty (1992) and Triumph and Demise (2014).

BERNARD SALT

Columnist, the Australian

Bernard Salt is a Partner with KPMG and a columnist with the Australian and Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspapers. He is the author of three best-selling books, The Big Shift (2001), The Big Picture (2006) and Man Drought (2008). He is a regular contributor to ABC and commercial radio programs.

DEIDRE WILLMOTT

CEO, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia

Deidre Willmott is Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia. Prior to this, she was Executive Chairman of Cannings Purple Strategic and Communications Director of External Relations for the Fortescue Metals Group.

Perth program
9.30 am–10 am
Registration and networking morning tea
10 am–10.15 am
Master of Ceremonies: Aiko Doden, Senior Commentator, Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Welcome by the Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia
10.15 am–10.45 am
Interview with the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Australian Foreign Minister (with Aiko Doden, Senior Commentator, Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
10.45 am–11.45 am
Statement by Dr Michael Chaney AO, Chancellor of The University of Western Australia

Panel discussion with Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large of the Australian newspaper, and special guests:

Professor the Hon Stephen Smith, Director, Perth USAsia Centre
Professor Krishna Sen, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, The University of Western Australia
11.45 am–12.30 pm
Panel session
Smart Power: Prosperity, persuasion and projection in the Zone

Launch of The University of Western Australia’s and Knowledge Society's Smart Power report, commissioned by the Perth USAsia Centre and In the Zone.

PANELISTS
Bernard Salt, Columnist, the Australian
Gordon Flake, CEO, Perth USAsia Centre
Elena Douglas, Founder and CEO, Knowledge Society
12.30 pm–2 pm
Business luncheon
State of Mind: New knowledge industries

MODERATOR
Raymond da Silva Rosa, Winthrop Professor, The University of Western Australia

PANELISTS
Michael Chaney, Chancellor, The University of Western Australia
Andrew Harding, Chief Executive, Iron Ore, Rio Tinto
Deidre Willmott, CEO, Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Concluding comments by Professor Paul Johnson, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Western Australia
This program is subject to change without notice.
Singapore speaker biographies

TINA ALTIERI

In the Zone Master of Ceremonies

Tina Altieri is a television anchor, professional compère and journalist. She commenced her career as a radio reporter and, shortly after this, joined Channel Ten’s Eyewitness News. Ms Altieri is a presenter of Channel 7’s Today Tonight Summer Edition. She is an accomplished public presentations and media-management trainer.

THE HON COLIN BARNETT MLA

Premier of Western Australia

The Hon Colin Barnett MLA became Western Australia’s twenty-ninth Premier in 2008. Since 2013, he has also been Minister for Science, in recognition of the central role that scientific innovation will take in the future of the state’s development. Mr Barnett holds an Honours and Masters Degree in Economics from The University of Western Australia.

BOLD BAATAR

Managing Director, Marine, Rio Tinto
Bold Baatar was appointed to the role of Managing Director, Marine, in May 2014, based in Singapore, where he has accountability for Rio Tinto’s global ocean-freight business. Mr Bataar is also a member of the Iron Ore Executive Committee. Mr Baatar was previously president of International Operations for the Rio Tinto Copper group and was accountable for a diverse portfolio of sites in South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, the United States and Mongolia.

CHONG LEK FOONG

Associate Director, Marketing and Business Development, Listings, Singapore Exchange
Chong Lek Foong’s role includes marketing and business development to attract new listings on the Singapore Exchange in Australia and South East Asia in the mineral, oil and gas sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and an MBA from INSEAD.

MICHELLE GUTHRIE

Managing Director, Agencies, Google Asia Pacific

Michelle Guthrie joined Google in 2011. She is responsible for driving Google’s strategies and relationships with marketing and advertising agencies across Asia. Before this, she was the Managing Director and Senior Advisor of Providence Equity Partners. She was CEO of News Corporation’s STAR from 2003 to 2007. Michelle was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She is a graduate of Sydney University.


PHILIP GREEN

Australian High Commissioner to Singapore
Philip Green was appointed Australia’s High Commissioner to Singapore in November 2012. He previously served overseas as High Commissioner in South Africa and Kenya. Mr Green was Chief of Staff to Foreign Minister The Hon Kevin Rudd and served as Mr Rudd’s International Adviser when he was Prime Minister.

PROFESSOR PAUL JOHNSON

Vice-Chancellor, The University of Western Australia

Professor Paul Johnson has been Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia since 2012. Prior to his appointment at the University, Professor Johnson served as Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University in Victoria for four years. Before this, he served three years as Deputy Director of the London School of Economics.


VISHNU SHAHANEY

CEO, Singapore and Malaysia, ANZ

Vishnu Shahaney is responsible for ANZ’s global, international, retail and private banking segments. He previously held senior management positions in corporate, institutional, transaction banking and risk. Mr Shahaney serves as a Council Member of the Association of Banks in Singapore and a Board Member of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce.


GREG SHERIDAN

Foreign Editor, the Australian
Greg Sheridan is the Australian newspaper’s foreign editor and is one of Australia’s most influential analysts of foreign affairs. He joined the Australian in 1984 and worked in Beijing, Washington and Canberra. He has written five books, including four books on Asian politics. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute at the University of Melbourne and a graduate of Sydney University.  

THE HON STEPHEN SMITH

Former Federal Minister for Defence

The Hon Stephen Smith was the Federal Member for Perth for the Australian Labor Party from March 1993 until September 2013. In the Australian Federal Parliament, he served as the Minister for Defence, and prior to that, as Minister for Foreign Affairs. He is Winthrop Professor of International Law at The University of Western Australia.


Singapore program
9.30 am–10 am
REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS
10 am–10.30 am
WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

Michelle Guthrie, Managing Director, Agencies, Google Asia Pacific
Professor Paul Johnson, Vice Chancellor of The University of Western Australia
10.30 am–11.15 am
PANEL SESSION ONE
LEADERSHIP IN THE INDO-PACIFIC: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Chair
Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor, the Australian

Panel
Gordon Flake, CEO, Perth USAsia Centre
Professor the Hon Stephen Smith, Former Federal Minister for Defence, Director of the Perth USAsia Centre and Winthrop Professor of International Law at The University of Western Australia
11.15 pm–12 pm
PANEL SESSION TWO
KNOWLEDGE ECONOMIES IN THE INDO-PACIFIC

Chair
Mark Stickells, Director, Energy and Minerals Institute

Panel
Michelle Guthrie, Managing Director, Agencies, Google Asia Pacific
Bold Baatar, Managing Director, Marine, Rio Tinto
Vishnu Shahaney, CEO, Singapore and Malaysia, ANZ
12 pm–1 pm
WELCOME

Philip Green, Australian High Commissioner to Singapore

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia

PANEL DISCUSSION

Chong Lek Foong, Associate Director, Marketing and Business Development, Listings, Singapore Exchange
Peter Chan, Managing Partner, Crest Capital Asia
1 pm–2 pm
LUNCHEON AND NETWORKING

 

In the Zone facts

  • Western Australia shares a time zone with sixty per cent per cent of the world’s population and the nations that promise the greatest economic growth for the twenty-first century.
  • Perth is a leading city in the Zone. Western Australia is strategically placed to take advantage of its geography.
  • Western Australia is the economic powerhouse of Australia with a critical role to play in the development of this region in the world.
  • As the principal Australian supplier of natural resources to its partners in time and trade including China, India, Japan, South Korea and much of South-East Asia, Western Australia’s diverse inventory of mineral, petroleum and agricultural products place the state at the nexus of the economic transformation taking place in the twenty-first century.
  • In the Zone is Western Australia’s premier forum for dialogue on issues of significance to our region.
  • The In the Zone Conference was launched in 2009 as an initiative of The University of Western Australia (UWA). Over the past five years, In the Zone has engaged a number of leaders from countries including Japan, China, Korea, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, representing governments, industry and the community. Together with many of Australia’s most strategic thinkers, policy makers, scientists and business leaders, the In the Zone conference series has challenged, informed and stimulated new ways of seeing the opportunities presented by the Asian Century.
  • The University of Western Australia is a leading Australian research university with an international reputation for excellence, innovation and enterprise. UWA has the highest quality undergraduates of any university of Australia, many of whom graduate to become leaders in their chosen profession. UWA is one of the top 100 leading universities in the world.
  • This In the Zone Conference was developed through the guidance of the Editorial Committee: Dr Mark Barnaba; Hon Julie Bishop; Hon Colin Barnett; Hon Kim Beazley; Dr Susan Boyd; Dr Michael Chaney; Mr Andrew Forrest; Prof Paul Johnson; Mr Paul Kelly; Mr John Langoulant; Prof Barry Marshall; Dr Richard Smith; Hon Stephen Smith.

 

Retrospective publication

The In the Zone conference series was created by The University of Western Australia to mark the state’s rapid rise in geo-strategic and economic importance.

Over the last five years the In the Zone discussion has re-imagined Western Australia’s place in the world. Conference highlights are captured in this commemorative publication.

 

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Contact

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"I am confident that in the coming decades the city of Perth will grow in importance as a centre of business, educational and technological excellence in the region. This State will also continue to develop as the epicentre of a global resource and mineral supply economy delivering the growth that has seen an economic power shift to the Asian and Indian Ocean regions." Michael Chaney
Chancellor, The University of Western Australia