Gail Kelly

Author, senior executive

Gail’s executive banking career spanned 35 years, split equally between South Africa and Australia.  While in South Africa, Gail held a number of senior executive positions in the Nedbank Group.

Gail served as the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of two banks in Australia – St.George Bank from 2002 to 2007 and Westpac from 2008 to 2015.  In 2008, these two banks came together under Gail’s leadership in what was the largest in-market merger in Australian financial services.  At the time of her retirement in February 2015, The Westpac Group was the country’s 2nd largest bank and the 12th largest bank in the world, in terms of market capitalisation.

Gail is currently engaged in various roles globally as well as in Australia, including as a:
• Senior Global Advisor to UBS
• Director of Singapore Telecommunications
• Director of the Bretton Woods Committee
• Member of the Group of Thirty
• Member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue Advisory Board
• Member of the PLuS Alliance Advisory Board
• Chair of the Optus Advisory Committee
• Director of Australian Philanthropic Services
• Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales
• Chair of the Council at Ravenswood School for Girls
• Patron of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia
• Ambassador for Women’s Empowerment for CARE Australia

She has previously been a founding Member of the Global Board of Advisors at the US Council on Foreign Relations, Vice President of the International Monetary Conference, Member of the McKinsey Advisory Council, Chairman of the Australian Bankers’ Association and Member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.  In addition, she has served as a Director of Woolworths Holdings in South Africa, Country Road Group, David Jones and the Business Council of Australia, and was a Member of the Northern Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission.

Gail is the author of Live Lead Learn: My stories of life and leadership which was published in July 2017 in Australia and New Zealand by Penguin Random House and in November 2017 in South Africa by Pan Macmillan.  In the same year she established ‘The Gail Kelly Global Leaders Scholarship’ between the University of New South Wales and the University of Cape Town.

Gail holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Higher Diploma of Education from the University of Cape Town, a Masters of Business Administration (with Distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand, and she has also completed the INSEAD Advanced Management Programme in Fontainebleau.

Gail has been awarded three Honorary Doctorates of Business, by the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University and Charles Sturt University.  She has also been conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Economics by the University of Sydney.

Live Lead Learn

Dr Michael Rosemann

Director of the Centre for Future Enterprise, QUT Business School

Dr Michael Rosemann is the Director of QUT’s Centre for Future Enterprise and a Professor for Innovation Systems at Queensland University of Technology. His areas of interest are revenue resilience, innovation systems, process and trust management. 

Michael is the author/editor of eight books, more than 300 refereed papers, Editorial Board member of ten international journals and co-inventor of US patents. His publications have been translated into Russian, Mandarin, German and Portuguese. His current book The New Learning Economy addresses current learning and economic disorders and proposes a number of design principles for future learning providers. His research projects received funding from industry partners such as Accenture, Australia Post, Cisco, Infosys, PwC, Rio Tinto, SAP, Suncorp and Woolworths.

Michael is a frequent, global keynote speaker and provides advice to senior executives across all industries with a focus on creating a sense of ambition and a higher opportunity appetite. As a member of an innovation advisory committee, Michael provided advice to St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School for a number of years.

Michael is also the Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany in South-East Queensland. In this role, he chairs the German language roundtable in Brisbane, is the Patron of the German Immersion Program at Kenmore State High School and the host of the national German language competition.

Sustainability: The New Learning Economy

Panel session members

The biggest mistake I ever made

Rev Chris Ivey (AHISA National Chair, Principal, St Andrew's Anglican College, Qld)

Dr John Collier (St Andrew's Cathedral School,NSW)

Rebecca Clark (Walford Anglican 
College for Girls, SA) 

Leisa Harper (Gippsland Grammar, Vic)
Plenary Panel
The biggest mistake I ever made