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World Business Forum Sydney

11 – 12 October 2023
8.30am – 5.00pm AEDT
ICC Sydney
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Speaker on the stage at World Business Forum Sydney

UNSW has partnered with World Business Forum Sydney as their exclusive academic partner for 2023.

This two-day program gives business leaders access to a program of inspiring management thought leaders. UNSW’s own Professor Barney Tan will be delivering a keynote on Digital Sustainability. 

The forum will run from the 11th and 12th of October 2023 at ICC Sydney.

Exclusive UNSW Alumni, Staff and Student Offer 
We are delighted to offer UNSW alumni, students and staff an exclusive 20% discount on all forum tickets. To receive your exclusive discount code please email

Speaker James Cameron

James Cameron


One of the most influential and successful filmmakers of all time

James Cameron is an acclaimed film-maker, explorer and environmental advocate. As director, writer and producer he is responsible for some of the most memorable films of the past three decades: The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Titanic, and Avatar. For 10 years Avatar was the highest grossing film in history with over $2.7 billion in global box office, beating the previous record holder, Cameron’s own film Titanic, which held that record for 12 years. Cameron’s films have also earned numerous nominations and awards, most notably Titanic’s 14 Academy Award nominations (tied for the record) and 11 Oscars (also a record), including Cameron’s own 3 Oscars for Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Editing.  His fascination with technical developments has led him to important contributions in 3D filming, underwater filming and remote vehicle technology.

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Marshall Goldsmith


World’s most influential leadership coach

World-renowned business educator and coach, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is ranked as the #1 Executive Coach in the world. As an educator and coach, Goldsmith helps executives understand how our beliefs and the environments we operate in can trigger behaviours – both positive and negative. Through simple and practical advice, he helps them achieve and sustain positive behavioural change to drive positive impact on their organisation. Goldsmith is the author and editor of 36 books which include What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Triggers, both recognized by Amazon as two of the Top 100 Leadership & Success Books Ever Written.

Amy Cuddy

Amy Cuddy


Game-changing social psychologist and award-winning Harvard lecturer

A bestselling author, award-winning Harvard lecturer, and game-changing social psychologist, Amy Cuddy is recognized as a leading authority on the behavioural science of power, presence, and prejudice. She is the author of international bestseller, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, and her highly-cited research has been published in top academic journals and a range of internationally-known publications like The Economist, The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company. Cuddy is a passionate proponent of self-empowerment through evidence-based techniques, and her work is dedicated to motivating others to summon their best selves in approaching life’s biggest challenges.

Peter Weill

Peter Weill

Digital Strategy

Renowned digital strategist and research scientist at MIT

Peter Weill, award-winning author, research scientist and chair of the Centre for Information Systems Research (CISR) at the MIT Sloan School of Management, helps organisations design and leverage a powerful digital strategy so they can better compete in the 21st century. For years, he has been helping boards and executives digitally transform their institutions so they can exponentially scale business and sustain growth well into the future. He has conducted workshops for executive committees and boards of more than 50 companies globally, and for key conferences, including the CEO summits of both Microsoft and SAP. Weill also educates leaders about the role, value and governance of digitization within enterprises and their ecosystems.

Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi

Business Transformation

Transformational leader and former CEO of PepsiCo

Former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi is a business powerhouse, globally renowned for leading the company through a decade of tremendous growth and change. Praised for her prescient and strategic thinking, she was responsible for growing PepsiCo’s revenues from $35 billion when she became CEO, to $63.5 billion in 2017. She oversaw a portfolio of global brands and diversified products enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 180 countries and territories around the world.

Mrs. Nooyi currently serves on the boards of Amazon, Philips, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and is an independent director of the International Cricket Council. With multiple appearances in Forbes’ “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women,” and TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in The World,” Nooyi is sought-out for her unparalleled business insights and empowering messages on leadership, inclusivity and change. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book My Life in Full: Work, Family and Our Future, published by Penguin Portfolio in September 2021.

Barney Tan

Barney Tan

Digital Sustainability

Professor at UNSW

Barney Tan is a Professor and Head of the School of Information Systems and Technology Management at UNSW Sydney. He has conducted over 50 case studies of digital sustainability in organizations across the Asia-Pacific over the last 12 years, centred on how digital technologies can be strategically deployed to minimize their environmental footprint, increase living standards, and ensure social justice. Barney has consulted for business leaders on the attainment of their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) priorities, as well as regulators and policymakers on the development of IT infrastructure to realize their potential for generating economic and social benefits.

Modupe Akinola

Modupe Akinola

Diversity & Inclusion

Leading authority on organisational performance and diversity

Columbia University Professor Modupe Akinola is a groundbreaking researcher into how organisational environments trigger stress and the repercussions on performance. She brings a unique multidisciplinary approach to her work, measuring not only the causes and effects of stress, but also the physiological responses that stress triggers. With a background in consulting, Modupe was the first head of diversity at Bain & Co. where she helped to build the organisation’s recruitment and retention framework for people of colour before returning to academia to get her Ph.D. in organisational behaviour from Harvard.

Amy Gallo

Amy Gallo

Organisational Culture

Leading expert in conflict, communication and workplace dynamics

A leading expert in conflict, communication and workplace dynamics, Amy Gallo teaches leaders evidence-based frameworks that improve relationships and drive excellence at work. Contributing editor to the Harvard Business Review and author of the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict (2017), Amy is an authority on managing conflict in remote settings, how teams can have “smart fights,” navigating power dynamics, gender at work and more. A graduate of both Brown and Yale University, Amy taught at Brown and is also on the faculty of the Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification program, recently launched by Daniel Goleman, author of “Emotional Intelligence.”

Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts


Former CEO Worldwide at Saatchi & Saatchi

Leading creative consultant Kevin Roberts was for over two decades the CEO at Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the most prestigious agencies worldwide, responsible for the effectiveness of several of the world’s leading advertising budgets including those of clients such as Toyota and Procter & Gamble. Among his bestselling books is Lovemarks: the Future Beyond Brands, a ground-breaking business book that coined the term Lovemarks, named one of ten Ideas of the Decade. As the founder of Red Rose Consulting Roberts currently counsels business leaders and employees on creative thinking, marketing, and leadership. His most recently published book is 64 Shots: Leadership in a Crazy World.