Economic success: connecting people with progress

Economic success: connecting people with progress

Nov 12
With looming Federal, NSW and Victorian elections, join leaders for the launch of CEDA’s latest research exploring five priority areas for Australia to secure future economic development: population, technology, workforce, critical services and institutions.


Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA
Prof. Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney
Ann Sherry AO, Chairman, Carnival Australia
James van Smeerdijk, Partner, PwC

Event overview

Key social and economic reforms are stalling, and the majority of Australians feel that they have gained little from Australia’s record run of economic growth. With this research CEDA seeks to reset the policy agenda and present a pathway towards reconnecting economic development to people’s lives and our society’s prosperity.

Examining future priorities across technology, workforce, population, institutions, and critical services – CEDA’s Connecting people with progress: securing future economic development research launch event will examine:

  • How Australia has progressed and a snapshot of how Australians’ lives have been made better by economic growth;
  • Factors that have contributed to Australia’s sustained progress and where we have fallen short;
  • Future challenges that Australia will face and the aspirations of key community groups amidst those challenges; and
  • Priorities for making peoples’ lives better in the future.
Join experts from across sectors to hear how this will be done, why it must be done and what it will mean for our businesses, institutions, governments and communities.

Event presentations

Melinda Cilento, CEDA MP3

Panel discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA

Melinda Cilento is an economist, experienced executive and company director. She has served as a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, in senior roles in Federal Treasury and as Chief Economist and Deputy CEO at the Business Council of Australia.

Meet the panel

Prof. Attila Brungs
Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney

Professor Attila Brungs is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Technology Sydney. He has previously held senior positions with CSIRO and McKinsey & Company. Professor Brungs is a Rhodes Scholar with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University and a University Medal in Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales. Some of Professor Brungs’ present key appointments include the StartupAus Board, Sydney School of Entrepreneurship Board; the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council; Convenor, NSW Vice-Chancellor’s Committee; Chair, UniProjects; and the Federal Government’s National University Precincts Advisory Committee. Most recently, Professor Brungs was appointed a fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering. His experience includes many distinguished past board and committee memberships, including not-for-profit organisations, in addition to numerous state and federal government and institutional appointments. 

Ann Sherry AO
Chairman, Carnival Australia

Ann is one of Australia's leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism. She is currently the Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. After joining as Chief Executive Officer in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since. Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia, a Council Member of Philanthropy Australia and currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Rugby Australia, Cape York Partnerships, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Infrastructure Victoria.

James van Smeerdijk
Partner, PwC

James advises government and business on complex economic and policy issues and the design of systemic change, including in the health and human services sector. In CEDA’s report, James looks at what’s needed to transition to a more integrated, preventative, and outcomes-focussed health and aged care system.

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