Queensland Economic Development Forum

Queensland Economic Development Forum

Aug 6
CEDA's annual Queensland Economic Development Forum provides analysis of trends and forecasts for Queensland's economy and considers the economic development potential of key sectors and regions.


The Hon Jackie Trad MP, Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Minister for Transport and Minister for Trade
Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Principal Scientist in Strategic Foresight, CSIRO
David Kalisch, Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics
Steven Milch, Chief Economist, Suncorp

Event overview

The Queensland Economic Development Forum brings together leading thinking and expertise from across sectors and professions with  business, government and industry leaders providing insight into:

  • The contribution of strong regions to the economy; 
  • Emerging and revitalised industries contributing to the State’s wealth;
  • Factors critical to driving growth and opportunity in Queensland; and
  • Our competitiveness and productivity across sectors and regions. 

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Transport and Trade, The Hon Jackie Trad MP, will provide the 2015 QEDF keynote lunch address.

QEDF morning session speakers bring big picture insights and expertise in discussing Queensland’s future and will take your questions.

Join leaders and colleagues from around the State and across the country to hear about projects, communities, workforces, industries and aspirations critical to the growth of Queensland’s economy.

Meet the speakers

The Hon Jackie Trad MP
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Minister for Transport and Minister for Trade

Jackie Trad has long been interested in how public policy shapes and forms our cities, our communities and the lives of Queenslanders. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Premier Jackie held Shadow Ministerial portfolios in Transport and Main Roads, Environment and Heritage Protection, Small business and Consumer Affairs.

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz
Principal Scientist in Strategic Foresight, CSIRO

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz is CSIRO’s leading thinker on trends, shocks and scenarios for the decades ahead. He now leads a portfolio of research across global food security, the rise of the digital economy, the future of Australian sport, new models for retail and human service delivery and identifying major trajectories of global change.

David Kalisch
Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics

David Kalisch was appointed the 15th Australian Statistician in December 2014. As Agency Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics he is accountable for the functions and operations of the Bureau.  He is an economist with public sector experience in research and analysis, policy development and service delivery.

Steven Milch
Chief Economist, Suncorp

Steven Milch delivers investment and economic advice to stakeholders, manages Suncorp Group’s Dynamic Asset Allocation and undertakes capital forecasting and analysis. Steven has previously held senior market development and investment roles and has managed his own investment advisory business.

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