About ADC Forum

An independent think tank

What is ADC Forum?

ADC Forum is an Australian, non-political, not-for-profit leadership organisation which brings together leaders from business, government, the public sector, academia and the broader community to improve their understanding of key issues affecting Australia. The Australian Davos Connection became the ADC Forum in 2010.

While ADC Forum was originally founded in 1996 to promote the World Economic Forum (WEF) within Australia; promote Australia’s interest within the broader WEF community; and share the richness of ideas within the WEF community to a wider Australian audience; the organisation’s charter has since expanded to include the broader aims of:

  • Promoting business excellence by encouraging policy debate on global issues;
  • Improving the quality of global leadership;
  • Enhancing Australia’s position in the region and the world;
  • Encouraging Australian leaders to help improve the quality of life of all Australians;
  • Encouraging Australia to play a responsible, and leadership role where appropriate, within the global community; and
  • Exposing Australian leaders to international experts and key international leaders.

To achieve its mission ADC Forum has developed an integrated model of high-profile events, industry specific initiatives, information exchange, international delegations, and a leadership awards program. ADC Forum’s flagship initiative is the Australian Leadership Retreat, convened annually. This ‘invitation only’ two and a half day Retreat brings together Federal Cabinet Ministers from Australia, Public Servants from Asia, State Premiers and Senior Ministers, Chief Executives from companies across Australasia, senior government officials, leading local and international academics, and other community leaders to discuss the key issues affecting the nation, the wider region, and the international community.

ADC Forum also offers a range of other initiatives ranging from Boardroom Roundtables and briefings, Corporate/Government consultations such as Canberra Connection, to high-profile Summits focusing on critical issues such as health, education, engineering, economic development, and the frontier of technologies. ADC initiatives are renowned for their quality, the calibre of participants, and the frank and constructive sharing of views they engender.

Governance and Advisory Board

The Founding Patron of ADC Forum is The Late Rt Hon Sir Ninian M Stephen KG AK GCMG GCVO KBE PC

The Past Patron of ADC Forum is the late Maj Gen The Hon Michael Jeffery AC AO (Mil) CVO MC (Retd)

The Patron of ADC Forum is Jeanne Pratt AC

The Founder of ADC Forum is Michael Roux

The Chief Executive Officer of ADC Forum is Anton Roux

ADC Forum Advisory Council:

  • The Hon Richard Alston AO
  • Glenn Barnes
  • Adm. Chris Barrie AC RAN (Retd)
  • Steve Bracks AC
  • Prof. Edward Byrne AC
  • Terrence Campbell AO
  • Megan Clark AC
  • Revd Tim Costello AO
  • Prof. Glyn Davis AC
  • Saul Eslake
  • Prof. Allan Fels AO
  • Revd Dr Philip Freier
  • Prof. Margaret Gardner AO
  • Charles Goode AC
  • John Karkar QC
  • Graham Kraehe AO
  • Dr Simon Longstaff AO
  • Terry Moran AC
  • Hugh Morgan AC
  • Sam Mostyn
  • Maurice Newman AC
  • The Hon Andrew Robb AO
  • James Roche
  • Steven Skala AO
  • Prof John Stanley
  • Glenn Stevens AC
  • Catherine Walter AM
  • Richard Warburton AO
  • Dr Ian Watt AO


International Faculty:

Eric Beinhocker; Dr Robert Bishop; Phillip Blond; Dr H. Woody Brock; Prof. Nick Butler; Robert Cervero; Dr Ken Courtis; Prof. Paul Davies AM; Charles Emmerson; Prof. Dan Esty; Raghida Dergham; Thomas Friedman; Dr Ian Goldin; Dr Ralph Gomory; Nik Gowing; Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE; Prof. Gideon Henderson; Prof. Ove; Hoegh-Guldberg; Yoshito Hori; Prof. Dan Kahan; Anatole Kaletsky; Dr David Kilcullen; Prof. Ellen Langer; Prof. Lawrence Lessig; Prof Kishore Mahbubani; William Mayer; Jonathan Medved; Prof. David Menashri; Prof. Ilian Mihov; Dr Robin Niblett; Prof. Olivier Oullier; Prof. Paul Rome; Prof. Mahmood Sariolghalam; Dr Bror Saxberg; Anthony Scaramucci; Tom Schelling; Joe Schoendorf;  Lord Nicholas Stern; Prof. Joseph Stiglitz;  Prof. Hirotaka Takeuchi; Dr Hiroshi Tasaka; Prof. Richard Thaler; Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg; Adam Trombly; Distinguished Prof. Geoffrey West; Martin Wolf CBE; Gabe Zichermann.