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The road ahead: rebuilding Australia’s future

Hear insights from Mark Scott AO from NSW Department of Education, NAB’s Cathryn Carver and University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence AC, as they discuss how we, as a society, rebuild from COVID-19.

As we start down the long road of recovery there are many discussions being had about how we live, work and rebuild. In this, we need to have a discussion about Australia’s economic future – and the role education and research will play in our recovery, rebuilding and reimagining.

This conversation brings together leaders in government, higher education and finance to consider the complex issues – and potential solutions – for a recovery. Mark Scott, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, moderates this conversation.

The speakers

Michael was appointed the 25th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney in 2008. An alumnus of the University of Sydney, Michael graduated with first-class honours in English, Italian and law. His other languages include Chinese and Korean.

Michael lectured in law at the University and worked for the Australian Copyright Council before leaving Australia and establishing himself at the University of Oxford, where he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology. He is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of intellectual property theory.

Cathryn was appointed to the role of Executive General Manager, Client Coverage in June 2017. In this role Cathryn has global responsibility for leading NAB’s relationship and servicing team of 350+, focused on institutional and corporate client relationships across key industry sectors. Prior to this, Cathryn held senior management roles at ANZ Bank and Westpac, as well as six years with Macquarie Bank as Head of Capital Markets.

Cathryn is Deputy Chair of the Australia-Sino One Hundred Year Agricultural and Food Safety Partnership (ASA100) and a member of Chief Executive Women, an organisation representing over 300 of Australia’s most senior women leaders.

Mark’s career began as a teacher in Sydney. He held a number of senior editorial roles at Fairfax, including Education Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and Editor-in-Chief of metropolitan, regional and community newspapers. From 2006 to 2016, Mark was Managing Director of the ABC and led the organisation’s transformation to be a public broadcaster in the digital era.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Education and a Master of Arts from the University of Sydney; and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Sydney, University of NSW and University of Technology Sydney. Mark was named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011.

Event image: Photo by Jonas Jacobsson on Unsplash

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