Securing the future workforce

Securing the future workforce

Feb 7
CEDA welcomes Microsoft Australia Managing Director, Steven Worrall, to deliver the keynote address at our future of work event.


Steven Worrall, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia
Professor John Spoehr, Director, Australian Industrial Transformation Institute, Flinders University

Event overview

The workforce is changing globally, both in the types of jobs people are required to do, as well as the skills that are required for the new jobs that are emerging. As a result, what will the workforce look like in the future, how should business prepare, how do we reskill people in industries impacted by technological change and how do we ensure we are building Australia’s future-ready workforce?
As the head of one of the largest technology companies in Australia, Steven Worrall has rare insight into the impact of the fourth industrial revolution on industries and communities all around the globe. He will discuss how technologies such as artificial intelligence are changing the nature of work, and why we need to take action now to collaborate and help our workforce be skilled for the jobs of the future.

Meet the keynote speaker

Steven Worrall
Managing Director, Microsoft Australia

Steven is a senior technology industry leader who lives and breathes client success through the application of technology. He believes high calibre, motivated people who focus on helping clients achieve their outcomes are the ones who achieve the most. Before taking on the role of Managing Director, Microsoft Australia, Steven was Director of Microsoft's Enterprise and Partner Group, where he brought together business know-how, technology and people to deliver innovative solutions for Australia’s largest companies. He is now responsible for Microsoft’s overall business in Australia, ensuring the company meets the needs of all its customers and the 11,000 plus partners who sell or build on the Microsoft platform.

Meet the chair

Professor John Spoehr
Director, Australian Industrial Transformation Institute, Flinders University

Strategic Professor and founding Director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute in the Flinders Business School. He co-founded the Stretton Centre, a regional innovation facility based in Northern Adelaide in partnership with the City of Playford, the Government of South Australia and the Australian government. Prof. John has extensive experience in the areas of economic and industry development, workplace innovation and the socio-economic impacts of change. He is regular invited to provide policy advice to government, industry and NGOs in these areas and publishes widely on economic and industry policy and strategy. 

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