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Event Details


Seven years after the onset of the Global Financial Crisis, companies and investors are once more focused on growth. But against a backdrop of geopolitical turmoil and economic uncertainty, where are the real risks and opportunities?

Join us at this exclusive event as our panel members discuss the key issues confronting Australian businesses in a new growth era.

For more information contact Juliana Lai on 02 9288 2947.


Mike Smith

Chief Executive Officer, ANZ

Michael Smith has been Chief Executive Officer of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) since October 2007.

Until June 2007, Mr Smith was President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited; Chairman, Hang Seng Bank Limited; Global Head of Commercial Banking for the HSBC Group; and Chairman, HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad. Previously, Mr Smith was Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Argentina Holdings SA and was subsequently appointed Chairman of HSBC in Argentina in 2000.

Mr Smith joined the HSBC Group in 1978 and during his 29-year career he held a wide variety of posts in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Middle East and South America, including appointments in Commercial, Institutional and Investment Banking, Planning and Strategy, Operations and General Management.

Mr Smith graduated with honours in Economic Sciences in 1978 from City University of London. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Monash University, Melbourne.

He is a Member of the Australian Bankers’ Association, the Business Council of Australia and the Asia Business Council. Mr Smith is a Director of the Institute of International Finance and the International Monetary Conference; Executive Chairman of the Chongqing Mayor’s International Economic Advisory Council; a Member of the Shanghai Mayor’s International Financial Advisory Council; and a Fellow of The Hong Kong Management Association. He is also a Director of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children and Financial Literacy Australia Limited and a Member of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Advisory Board.

Mr Smith was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2000 and a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Agricole in 2007.

Margaret Jackson AC

Chairman, Spotless

Margaret Jackson is Chairman of Spotless Group Holdings Limited and Ansett Aviation Training Limited. She is also Director of the Prince’s Charities Australia and President of Australian Volunteers International.

Margaret has also served as Chairman of Qantas, FlexiGroup Ltd, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, and a Director of The Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited, The Australian and New Zealand Banking Corporation, Pacific Dunlop Limited, John Fairfax Holdings Limited, Billabong International Ltd and Telecom Australia.

Awarded Companion of the Order of Australia in the General Division (AC) in June 2003 for service to business in diverse and leading Australian corporations and to the community in the area of support for medical research, the arts and education. Awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to Australian society in Business. Margaret holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Monash University.

Former Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army Southern Territory, the Playbox Theatre Company and Methodist Ladies College.

Ian McLeod

Group Commercial Director, Wesfarmers

Ian was appointed to the position of Group Commercial Director for the Wesfarmers Group in July 2014. 

Ian joined Wesfarmers in May 2008 as Managing Director of the Coles Food, Liquor & Convenience chain. Ian spent most of his career with ASDA supermarkets where he was a member of the UK Management Board and also the Executive Board of Wal-Mart Germany. 

Prior to his Coles appointment, he was CEO of Halfords Group Plc and was part of the private equity backed team that floated the company on the London Stock Exchange in 2004. Ian attended Harvard Business School in 1999 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Scotland for services to Business and Retail.

Outside his experience in retail, Ian spent two years as CEO of Celtic plc, the listed company controlling Celtic Football Club and was a non-executive director for five years of the Fulham Football Club in the English Premier League. In Australia, Ian has become a board director of St Kilda Football Club in the AFL and also Melbourne Victory in the A-League.

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Event Location


Mural Hall

Level 6, Myer Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

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