The new economy: Innovation and competitiveness

The new economy: Innovation and competitiveness

Jul 28
At this event, CEDA invites industry, researchers, investors and policy-makers to discuss advanced manufacturing and Australia's place in the "new economy"


Gordon Naylor, Chief Financial Officer, CSL
Andrew Stevens, Chair, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre

Event overview

At this event, CEDA invites industry, researchers, investors and policy-makers to discuss advanced manufacturing and Australia’s place in the “new economy”.

Our speakers examine:

  • The development of high-tech and innovative industries;
  • Strategic policy and the Industry Growth Centres;
  • Australia’s international competitiveness;
  • Capitalising on Australia’s cutting-edge research capabilities; and
  • Where the jobs are and what skills are needed to compete.

CEDA’s 2014 report Advanced manufacturing: Beyond the production line identified significant opportunities in emerging, highly innovative and knowledge intensive products and services.  With a number of state and federal policy reviews, changes and investments underway, join us to discuss the way forward in Australia’s economic future.

Meet the speakers

Gordon Naylor
Chief Financial Officer, CSL

Gordon was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2010. He joined CSL in 1987 and has held many operational and corporate roles in different parts of the CSL Group. Prior to his current role, Gordon was based in the US and responsible for CSL Behring’s global supply chain, the supply of plasma for CSL Behring and CSL’s global information systems.

Andrew Stevens
Chair, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre

Andrew Stevens is a Non-executive Director and was formerly the Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand.  Andrew was appointed as the Chair of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre in March this year and is also a Director of MYOB Group Limited, Thorn Group Australia Limited, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS AFL Club, and CEDA.

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