Education is central to our lives, our society and our economy

Since 2006, the Australia New Zealand MBA Directors Forum has provided an annual independent, non-affiliated gathering for MBA Directors, Academic Program Directors/Managers, and key professional staff representing Business Schools throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Now relaunched as the APAC Business Leadership Summit, the event continues with its mission to bring together leaders from the business education community across our region,  with leaders from business and industry.

The vision – to create a unique environment where leaders and experts from academia and business connect and engage to better understand the relevance of graduate management education and importantly, highlight business needs for the future – minimising gaps that exist between learning and the needs of business.

Higher education and business all over the world are undergoing immense transformation, with the global pandemic impacting not only how we live and work but what and how we learn.   This year is the year to gather and to connect on “the how” of the future of graduate management education, uncovering the skills and the characteristics required by people to navigate complexity, long-term disruption, and uncertainty.  Concurrently, discovering the skills and attributes required by employers to drive organisations forward, enabling growth and market expansion.

2021 APAC Business Leadership Summit Advisory Committee

The Summit Advisory Committee is composed of MBA Directors and senior representatives from industry and government. The purpose of the Summit Advisory Committee is to ensure that leaders of MBA education have direct influence on the agenda and the programming of the event. At the end of each Summit, a white paper will be developed and published to leaders in government, industry and the education sector, putting forward ideas to keep business education at the forefront of learning and development.

Jason Lawrence

Market Development Director - East Asia, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)

Katherine Attree

MBA Director, Charles Sturt University

Peter Stevens

Executive Director - MBA and Executive Education at University of South Australia

Dr. Nicole Hartley

MBA Director and Associate Professor at The University of Queensland

Professor Alex Richter

Professor, Wellington School of Business and Government, University of Victoria Wellington

Stephanie Elwin

Director, Government & Public Sector, PwC Consulting

Associate Professor Martin O’Brien

MBA Director at Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong

Libby Marshall MBA Committee Lead

CEO & Founder, Steam Capital Managing Director, APAC Business Leadership Summit

SAVE THE DATE 26 & 27 October 2021

Swissôtel | Sydney, Australia


COVID-19 Event Policy

Your health and safety is our #1 priority and as an organisation, we will work to ensure the safest environment possible.

What measures are being taken to ensure the safety of participants and to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 at our events?

The APAC Business Leadership Summit is as registered COVID-safe event with the New South Wales Government and as such complies with all federal and state regulations and policies. The event will comply with all bio-safe measures to ensure the safety of delegates. The event will also comply with all venue policies in place at the time of the event. Social distancing, increased sanitization, decreased congestion in all areas with food service altered to minimise contact. Delegates will also be asked about their health and those with flu-like symptoms may not be permitted to attend. These measures may change and are dependent on the most up to date health advice from the New South Wales and federal government representatives.

What happens if government regulations or restrictions related to COVID-19 limit or prohibit me from attending in person?

We recognise there is uncertainty when registering for face to face events right now. We understand that you want to be able to plan ahead, register and benefit from the Early Bird savings.

We request from you your patience and your understanding that the Summit can only run in the current climate according to the information organisers have at the time and provide you a Book with Confidence guarantee that your investment will be realised.

If your ability to attend the event live is impacted by government restrictions, you can choose from the following options:

  1. Attend the event virtually. Your delegation fee will provide one additional complimentary delegate pass
  2. Transfer your delegation to the 2022 APAC Business Leadership Summit
  3. Request For Refund. All refunds incur a cancelation fee of 50% of the cost of registration.

Please note all travel costs and accommodation costs incurred are not the responsibility of the APAC Business Leadership Summit. We highly recommend at time of booking your flights and accommodation, you confirm with suppliers their COVID-19 refund policies.

If you no longer wish to attend the event due to your personal concerns of COVID-19, this may be treated as a ‘change of mind’ and will be treated as a Request For Refund.

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