The Australian Leadership Retreat 2017 was held Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st May 2017 at the Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

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.

wolf-panelThe theme of the discussion was ‘Confronting Reality – Shaping the Future‘. Building on the prior year’s discussion, the focus was on how new opportunities are found and lead through this new era of rapid social and technological change, and shifting geopolitical landscape.

With the growing sense of disorder and fragmentation in the world as trade understandings and ambitions falter and countries responding to disillusioned populations begin to pull back from their potential. At the same time internal strategies are in conflict as regional dialogues are increasingly filling with concern over managing geopolitical trends and military developments.

The business and entrepreneurial community has a key role in contributing to global and regional peace and stability through market developments, investment and leading more fruitful narratives. Australia can play a critical role in cooperative survival, bringing greater coherence to regional aspirations and prosperity. Informed by leading Australian and international thinkers, the Australian Leadership Retreat is seminal in contributing the understanding and commitment to action which needs to underpin our efforts in shaping the future with a sense of hope and opportunity.

The program presented 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 presented in-depth insights and exceptional opportunities of peer-to-peer discussions and networking.