2020 Economic and Political Overview in Brisbane

2020 Economic and Political Overview in Brisbane

Feb 13
CEDA’s 2020 Economic and Political Overview (EPO) presents leading national commentators, expert analysis and the latest forecasts to inform the year ahead.


Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist, CEDA
Michael Blythe, Managing Director - Economics and Chief Economist, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Michelle Hutton, Chief Executive Officer, Edelman Australia
Diane Smith-Gander AO, National Chairman, CEDA and Non-Executive Director, AGL Energy and Wesfarmers Limited

Event overview

Leaders from across sectors, across communities and across the country are asking questions to better understand how 2020 will play out and the environment in which they will operate.  

How will the national economy perform?  How will policy priorities and politics impact that performance? How will the private sector invest and grow, and will the growing demand for good public policy and better economic outcomes be met?

CEDA’s annual Economic and Political Overview report and forums across the country provide senior executives with new data and insights into the big issues that will shape the coming year and assist you with navigating the year ahead. 

All attendees will receive a copy of CEDA's 2020 Economic and Political Overview report.

In addition to the EPO forum in Brisbane on Thursday 13 February, CEDA will present the 2020 EPO lunch in Townsville on Thursday 20 February.

Meet the speakers

Jarrod Ball
Chief Economist, CEDA

Jarrod Ball joined CEDA as Chief Economist in 2017 with over 15 years of experience as an economist across the public and private sectors. He has held senior roles at the Business Council of Australia, in EY’s advisory services practice and more recently at BHP. Jarrod also worked in the Federal Government and was a lead adviser on microeconomic reform for the Victorian Departments of Premier and Cabinet and Treasury and Finance. He is a member of CEDA’s Council on Economic Policy and the Melbourne Economic Forum. Jarrod holds a Masters degree in Economics from Monash University and undergraduate degrees in Business (Economics) and Arts from the University of Southern Queensland.

Michael Blythe
Managing Director - Economics and Chief Economist, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Michael identifies trends in the Australian economy and leads research, economic analysis and forecasting at Australia’s largest bank. He has worked as Senior Economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia and long contributed to CEDA’s annual EPO report.

Michelle Hutton
Chief Executive Officer, Edelman Australia

Businesses and governments increasingly look to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer to inform their forward strategy.  Michelle will present the results of the 2020 Barometer to CEDA.   She recently returned to Australia in 2019 after holding international roles with Edelman including as Chair of the agency’s global consumer business, Chief Operations Officer for Europe and Managing Director, Global Client Strategy.

Diane Smith-Gander AO
National Chairman, CEDA and Non-Executive Director, AGL Energy and Wesfarmers Limited

Diane is one of Australia’s most prominent business leaders.  She recently served as a panellist reviewing the capability of APRA, the banking industry regulator following the findings of the Hayne Royal Commission. She was one of only ten women to chair an ASX200 company while at Broadspectrum, was previously Deputy-Chairperson of NBN Co. and the past President of Chief Executive Women. In June 2019 Diane was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to business, women’s engagement in executive roles, gender equality and the community.

Dr Peter van Onselen
Journalist and Professor of Politics, Griffith Business School

Peter is leading national political commentator, the political editor at Channel 10 and a contributing editor at The Australian. He has authored and edited six books, is a Walkley and Logie award winner, has a PhD in Political Science and a Masters of Commerce.

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