The Australian Leadership Retreat 2016 took place on Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd May 2016 on the One&Only Hayman Island.

The Australian Leadership Retreat is the country’s premier gathering of leaders from business, government and civil society, for the fearless exchange of ideas concerning Australia and the world. An invitation-only event, with strong international participation, the Retreat provides exceptional networking opportunities. It sets, rather than follows, the agenda and participants inform and influence business and national policies, through open, robust, and confidential debate, with a deliberate focus on the long term.

The theme of this year’s discussion is ‘Global Shifts: Navigating the New Dynamics‘. Building on last year’s discussion, its focus is on how we find new opportunities and lead through this new era of rapid social and technological change, and shifting geopolitical landscape.

The program is designed to present participants, drawn from the highest levels of business and other sectors, with broader insights to inform their strategies, through a series of exclusive and confidential briefings and discussions led by a distinguished group of Australian and international speakers.

The Retreat provides in-depth insights and offers exceptional opportunities for peer-to-peer discussions and networking.


  • Dr Zhu Min
    Deputy Managing Director International Monetary Fund
    Published extensively on a wide range of macroeconomic management, financial regulation and supervision, and financial market issues. He is a guest lecturer at several university graduate schools, and a frequent speaker at major global economic forums.
  • Martin Wolf CBE
    Associate Editor and Economics Commentator The Financial Times, UK
    Awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 for services to financial journalism. He is a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, and a Special Professor at the University of Nottingham. A Forum Fellow at the annual World Economic Forum, in Davos, since 1999.
  • Daniel Susskind
    Co-Author The Future of the Professions
    Lecturer in Economics at Balliol College, University of Oxford UK. Previously worked for the British Government in the Prime Minister’s Policy Strategy Unit, and as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Cabinet Office. He was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University.
  • Niall Ferguson
    Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University
    He is a resident faculty member of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
  • Professor the Baroness Alison Wolf CBE
    Professor of Public Sector Management Kings College London, UK
    Directs the International Centre for University Policy Research. Specialist adviser to the House of Commons Education Committee; and was the founding chair of governors for King’s College London Mathematics School.
  • Joe Schoendorf
    Partner Accel Partners, USA
    Member of the Foundation Board, Executive Committee, and US Boards at the World Economic Forum. With forty-five years of experience in high-technology including Hewlett-Packard, Ungermann-Bass, General Electric, and Apple Computers, has now been with Accel Partners for over 20 years.
  • Anatole Kaletsky
    Economist and Journalist Reuters
    Writes for The Economist and The Financial Times, and joined Reuters and The International Herald Tribune in 2012. International economics consultant through his company GaveKal.
  • Audette Exel AO
    Founder Adara Group
    Elected a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, and Chief Executive Officer of its Australian corporate advisory businesses. Served as Managing Director of a Bermuda based bank, and chair of the Bermuda stock exchange. Is now Vice Chairman of the Board of Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Trustee (Bermuda) Limited and is a Director of Suncorp Group Limited.
  • Rebecca Fabrizi
    Associate Director Australian Centre on China in the World
    Specialises in Chinese foreign policy and foreign relations. She has a background as a diplomat for the UK and the European Union. She focuses on China’s foreign policy making apparatus, and on China’s relations with other major powers, with its neighbourhood, and on regional and global governance structures.
  • HE Navdeep Suri
    High Commissioner of India to Australia
    Served in India’s diplomatic missions in Cairo, Damascus, Washington, Dar es Salaam and London and as India’s Consul General in Johannesburg and was India’s Ambassador to Egypt prior to his present assignment. Also headed the West Africa and Public Diplomacy divisions at the Ministry of External Affairs.



  • Catherine Austin Fitts
    Founder and President Solari, USA
    Served as Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of the Wall Street investment bank, Dillon, Read & Co., Inc. Also served as Assistant Secretary of Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner in the USA and was the President and Founder of Hamilton Securities Group, Inc.
  • Professor Michael Clarke
    Former Director General Royal United Services Institute, UK
    British academic who specialises in defence studies and Visiting Professor of Defence Studies, King’s College London and Associate Director of the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter.
  • Dr Robin Niblett CMG
    Director Chatham House
    Previously the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Also serving as Director of the CSIS Europe Programme and its Initiative for a Renewed Transatlantic Partnership.
  • Dr Alan Finkel AO
    Chief Scientist Australian Government
    Provides high-level independent advice to the Prime Minister and other Ministers on matters relating to science, technology and innovation. Also the Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Science Council, Chair of Australian Climate Change Science Framework Coordination Group, member of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation Advisory Board and the Rural Research and Development Council.
  • Elena Wise
    Japan Country Manager Paypal
    Managing PayPal’s fast-growing domestic business in the world’s third largest ecommerce economy. Expert in emerging fintech trends and global technology investment.
  • Nik Gowing
    International Journalist and Broadcaster
    Over 30 years as a leading TV journalist including BBC World News, author and strategic advisor. Council member of respected international institutions.
  • Professor Alexander Betts
    Director Refugee Studies Centre University of Oxford, UK
    Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs. His research is on the politics and political economy of refugees, migration and humanitarianism, with a geographical focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Dr Megan Clark AC
    Director Rio Tinto and CSL Limited
    A member of the Australian advisory board of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She was Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) from 2009 to 2014. Prior to CSIRO, she was a Director at NM Rothschild and Sons (Australia) and was Vice President Technology and subsequently Vice President Health, Safety and Environment at BHP Billiton from 2003 to 2008.
  • HE Sem Fabrizi
    Ambassador and Head of Delegation Delegation of the European Union to Australia and New Zealand
    Advisor for External Relations to the President of the European Council in Brussels (2010-13), responsible for Asia and MENA regions and global architecture (G8/G20). Prior to that, he was Diplomatic Advisor for EU and Asian affairs (2008-09) and for Asian and African affairs (2006-08) in the Italian Prime Minister’s Office in Rome.
  • HE Paul Maddison CMM, MSM, CD
    High Commissioner for Canada in Australia
    Served in the Canadian Armed Forces, retiring (2013) at the rank of Vice Admiral as Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy. Between 2013 and 2015,was Strategic Advisor to the Co-CEO of Clairvest Group Inc., a private equity firm, as well as Vice President Global Operations for the Momentum Aviation Group, and its Canadian subsidiary MAG Logistics.
  • Professor Sandra Harding
    Vice Chancellor and President James Cook University
    Member of the Trade and Investment Policy Advisory Committee, Australia-China Council Board, Australia-India CEO Forum, Regional Australia Institute. And Co-Vice Chair, New Colombo Plan Reference Group.

Summit Partners

  • Tourism and Events Queensland
  • Etihad Airways
  • Virgin Australia
  • The University of Melbourne
  • James Cook University
  • Monash University
  • Australian Trade and Investment Commission | Austrade
  • Australian Financial Review
  • One&Only Hayman Island