Australian Leadership Retreat 2023

Brave Leadership

23-25 March, 2023


Over its 26 year history of contributing to our nation’s and the world’s challenges, ADC Forum has actively offered solutions throughout several crises. The 2023 Australian Leadership Retreat will enable leaders from all sectors to contribute to shaping our future in a world in turmoil.


Crisis has become part of the constant state of our world. Just as we are starting to gain some confidence about having managed the challenges of Covid, we are confronted by new economic turmoil of a scale which has not been seen for some generations. It is truly a perfect storm, with global recession, the threat of stagflation, geopolitical turmoil with the war in Ukraine and sabre rattling in Asia. We need to find ways of not only riding out this storm, but determining how Australia needs to change by developing longer term aspirations for our future.

What are Australia’s obligations to the world and how should we position ourselves within our region? What are the next reforms we need to consider, notwithstanding the challenges?

How to attend

The Retreat is an exclusive invitation-only event for people to contribute to the process of setting the agenda in this transformative process. You may  nominate a leader to attend.


The Program

Our program responds to the pressing imperative, in these turbulent times, to have the conversation about the future we want for Australia. We need fresh strategies, policies and reforms to adjust to the new world that is emerging.

World-class thought and industry leaders will contribute to this conversation. The program will feature plenary sessions, working lunches, small group discussions, industry sessions and workshops.

The Program

Events for you

Forum Membership is by invitation only. Persons invited to become Forum Members can use the the Forum platform to help shape regional and global agenda on key issues.

Industry Sessions

Industry sessions deliver a deeper understanding of the factors influencing key sectors, supported by economic updates, analyses and predictions from industry leaders.


Informal sessions where keynote speakers provide “behind the scenes” insights in a convivial, interactive environment.

Investor Circle

Meetings of investors sharing insights into asset classes, structures, regulatory developments and economic trends impacting on markets in a frank peer-to-peer discussion.

Country Briefings & Delegations

In-depth insights from business leaders, government officials and academics illuminating current and future trajectories of countries critical to our future.

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One of the best conferences of this type anywhere in the world.

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Our speaker lineup
Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM

Australia’s Chief Scientist

Dr Ken Courtis

Chairman, Starfort Investment Holdings

Dr Alan Finkel AC

Chair, Stile Education/Corporate Adviser on Climate Change Technologies

Professor Mahmood Sariolghalam

Non-resident Scholar – Middle East Institute

Joe Schoendorf

Partner, Accel

Professor Nicholas Mulder

Asst Professor of History, Cornell University

Anne Twomey

Professor Emerita, The University of Sydney

Peter N Varghese AO

Chancellor, The University of Queensland

Professor Miranda Stewart

Director, Tax Studies, Melbourne Centre for Commercial Law, Melbourne Law School

Gregory Copley

President, International Strategic Studies Association

Lydia Khalil

Senior Research Fellow, Lowy Institute and Deakin University

Phillip Blond

Director, ResPublica

Melissa Conley Tyler

Executive Director, Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy & Defence Dialogue

Professor Richard D Wolff

Co-Founder, Democracy at Work

Dr Bronwyn King AO

CEO, Tobacco Free Portfolios

Professor Tanya Monro

Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist

Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director & Chief Executive Officer Burnet Institute

Dr Kate Leeming

Explorer, educator, professional sports person Breaking the Cycle

Drew Clarke AO

Chair Australian Energy Market Operator

Professor Elanor Huntington

Executive Director, Digital, National Facilities and Collections CSIRO

Julian Cribb AM

Science author Co-Founder, Council for the Human Future

Dr Tess Newton Cain

Project Lead, Griffith Pacific Hub Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University

Paul Hamiester OAM

Executive Chairman Hamton

Elaine Pearson

Asia Director Human Rights Watch

Professor Rod Sims AO

Professor Australian National University

Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert

Visiting Fellow Centre for International Security Studies The University of Sydney

Sara Zahedi

Senior Legal Consultant – Projects FMG / Zahedi Legal

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