Early bird rate expires on 31 May 2020 // See Pricing below

Due to the escalation and ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 we have taken the decision to re-schedule the AFR Innovation Summit to 7-8 December 2020 at The Langham, Melbourne. All registrations will be transferred to the new date. If you have any queries, please contact our Customer Service team on 02 9080 4307 or email: info@informa.com.au


Yesterday’s headlines paint a gloomy picture for the future of investment in Australian research and development.

Innovation leaders are calling the cuts to R&D “mean-spirited” , “a stunning lost opportunity” and “a slap in the face” to Australian start ups, researchers, and forward-thinking corporates, with our own Ben Potter declaring “the national innovation agenda is dead”.

But in an increasingly competitive regional and global market, failure to innovate is no longer an option.

Will future policy leaders provide the direction – and the funding – we need to ensure the next generation of great Australian technologies companies and industries? And what can Australian businesses and research organisations do to develop their own capacity for successful innovation?

At this critical juncture for the innovation community, the Australian Financial Review is pleased to announce our 2019 Innovation Summit, 29-30 July 2019 at the Sofitel Wentworth, Sydney.

Join us as we explore the concept of “ambidextrous” organisations and economies, that are able to balance the demands of the present with a vision of the future.

Who will hold that vision for Australia?



Opening remarks |

Michael Stutchbury, Editor-in-Chief, The Australian Financial Review
Clare Harding, Chief Transformation Officer, Deloitte


The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science & Technology




Opening remarks | Opening remarks from the Technology Editor

Paul Smith, Technology Editor, The Australian Financial


Closing remarks and end of summit & lunch

2020 Speakers

The Hon Karen Andrews MP
Minister for Industry, Science & Technology

Dr Larry Marshall
Chief Executive, CSIRO

Professor Michael Wesley
Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, The University of Melbourne

2019 Speakers

Duleesha Kulasooriya
Managing Director, Deloitte Centre for the Edge, Silicon Valley

Melanie SIlva
Managing Director, Google Australia & New Zealand

Andrew Penn
CEO, Telstra

Maile Carnegie
Group Executive, Digital and Australia Transformation, ANZ & Director, Innovation and Science Australia

Bill Ferris AC
Co-Founder, CHAMP Private Equity & former Chair, Innovation and Science Australia

Andrew Bassat

Brett Redman
Managing Director & CEO, AGL

Vicki Thomson
CEO, Go8

Dig Howitt
CEO, Cochlear

Adrian Turner
CEO, CSIRO’s Data61

Richard White
CEO WiseTech Global

Steven Worrall
Managing Director, Microsoft Australia

Steve Day
EGM Infrastructure, Cloud and Workplace, NAB

Charles Walton
Senior Vice President, Digital Identity Products, Mastercard USA

Andrew Stevens
Chair, Innovation & Science Australia

Dr Catriona Wallace
CEO & Founder, Flamingo Ai

Tim Reed

Dr Larry Marshall
Chief Executive, CSIRO

Professor Alex Zelinsky AO
Vice Chancellor, University of Newcastle

Dr Kate Cornick
CEO, LaunchVic

Professor Salah Sukkarieh
The University of Sydney

Nigel Whitehead
Chief Technology Officer, BAE Systems

Dr Adir Shiffman
Chairman, Catapult Sports

Rob Hillard
Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Deloitte

Professor Anne Kelso AO

Sam Kroonenburg
CEO & Founder, A Cloud Guru

Greg Pratt
Partner, Deloitte

Sunita Bose
Managing Director, DIGI

Dr Todd Mansell
Chief of Science, Strategy & Program Division, DST

Clare Harding
Chief Transformation Officer, Deloitte

Mike Molinari
Managing Director, IP Group Australia

Daniel Petre AO
Founder & Partner, Airtree Ventures

Jodie Auster
General Manager, Uber Eats Australia, New Zealand

Kathy Connell
Senior Director, New Ventures, ANZ, Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Lee Hickin
National Technology Officer, Microsoft Australia

Dr Rob Nicholls
Senior Lecturer, School of Taxation & Business Law UNSW Australia

Anthony Murfett
Deputy Head, Australian Space Agency

Nerida O’Loughlin
Chair and Agency Head, Australian Communications and Media Authority

Professor Emma Johnston AO
President, Science and Technology Australia

Dr Peter Stanski
Head of Solution Architecture Australia & New Zealand / CTO, Amazon Web Services

Alison Deans
Director, Ramsay Health Care

Vanessa Matthijssen
Strategy Partner, Consumer Products Sector lead Australia, Deloitte

David Kirk
Chairman & Co-Founder, Bailador Technology Investments & Chairman, Kathmandu

John Lord AM
Chairman, Huawei Technologies Australia

Danny Gilligan
Co-founder & Acting CEO, Data Republic, Co-founder and Managing Director, Reinventure Group

Phillip Kingston
Founder & CEO, Sargon

Andy Purdy
Chief Security officer, Huawei Technologies USA

Dr Simon Poole
Director – New Business Ventures, Finisar

Dr Andrew Nash
Senior Vice President, Research, CSL

Jason Juma-Ross
Head of Tech and Innovation, Facebook

Andrea Culligan
Partner, Deloitte Private

Matthew Koertge
Managing Director, Telstra Ventures

Angus Grigg
National Affairs Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review

Michael Stutchbury
Editor-in-Chief, The Australian Financial Review

Paul Smith
Technology Editor, The Australian Financial Review

Michael Bailey
Rich List Editor, The Australian Financial Review

Joanne Gray
Managing Editor, The Australian Financial Review

Jennifer Hewett
National Affairs Columnist, The Australian Financial Review

James Thomson
Chanticleer Columnist, The Australian Financial Review

Ben Potter
Companies and Markets Editor, The Australian Financial Review

Dr Alana Piper
Director of Ventures, The Australian Financial Review

Sally Patten
Editor – BOSS Magazine, The Australian Financial Review

2017 Attendees

  • Advanced Manufacuting Growth Centre (AGMC)
  • Altus Traffic
  • AOFM
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation & Communication, UNSW Sydney
  • Asurion LLC
  • Atlassian
  • Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering
  • Australian CleanTech
  • Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Ltd
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • BAE Systems Australia
  • Baillieu Holst
  • BCAL Diagnostics Pty Ltd
  • BioFoundry
  • Blackbird Ventures
  • Boeing Australia & New Zealand
  • British High Commission
  • Burnet Institute
  • Challenger Limited
  • Chase Consulting
  • Chatsworth Associates
  • Cicada Innovations
  • Cook Medical
  • Crazy Might Work
  • Crescent Wealth
  • CSBP Ltd
  • Deakin University
  • Deloitte
  • Deloitte Australia
  • Department of Industry
  • Department of Industry Innovation
  • Department of Industry, Innovation & Science
  • Dept of Industry, Innovation & Science
  • Dept of the Attorney- General & Justice
  • DSITI- Queensland Government
  • EBL Disability Services
  • Edison Group
  • Elabor8
  • Energy QLD
  • Energy Queensland
  • Fairfax Media
  • Flamingo
  • F-OFF: Fear of Failure Forum
  • Foley Durham
  • Food Innovation Australia Ltd
  • Freelancer.com
  • Future Fund
  • Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Gretals Australia PTY LTD
  • Gumtree
  • Hatch
  • IAG
  • Ideapod
  • Innovation & Science Australia
  • Innovation and Science Australia
  • Innovative Manufacturing CRC
  • Institute of Public Accountants
  • Intent Global Pty Ltd
  • Inventium
  • Job Capital
  • Johnson and Johnson Innovation
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Landgate
  • Lendlease
  • Lighthouse Strategies
  • Magnify Innovation
  • Marubeni Australia Limited
  • METS Ignited
  • Monash University
  • MTPConnect
  • MYOB
  • MyPass Global
  • NAB
  • NATSPEC Construction Information
  • NERA
  • Norths
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia
  • Office of National Assessments
  • Ogilvy Public Relations
  • Oil Search Ltd
  • Owenell Global Consultancy
  • Pathfinder Consulting Group Pty Ltd
  • Powershop Australia & Meridian Energy Australia
  • PresCare
  • QxBranch
  • Rasmax Consultants
  • Refraction Media
  • Replenish Earth
  • Richard A Bobb Chartered Accountants
  • Rural Industries RDC Charles Sturt University
  • SHAVIK Smarter Integrated Software
  • Singularity University
  • Sprout X
  • Standards Australia
  • Stanley and Co.
  • Stockpot
  • Stone & Chalk
  • Suncorp
  • Sydney School of Entrepreneuship
  • TechInSA
  • Telstra
  • Terem Technologies
  • The Australian Financial Review
  • The Ethics Centre
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Technology
  • Universities Australia
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Wollongong
  • UTS
  • Western Sydney University
  • Wrays
  • Zenda Life Foods
  • Ziva


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Event Pricing

Early Bird – pay by 31 May 2020


Standard Rate – from 01 June 2020


* SME is defined as an organisation with fewer than 200 employees globally

When & Where

7-8 December 2020

The Langham, Melbourne
1 Southgate Ave, Melbourne VIC 3006
(03) 8696 8888

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Event Images

Below is a snippet of images from the AFR Innovation Summit 2019.

To view all images from the two day summit, visit the Flickr album.

Contact Us

Still have a question?

Veronique Henrisson
Conference Producer
+61 2 9080 4054

Alex Cook
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4425