Dean's Leaders Forum

The Melbourne Business School Dean's Leaders Forum explores what makes great leaders and encourages those aspiring to lead people and organisations to change perspectives on what leadership is and can be. 

Upcoming events

Craig Drummond – Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Medibank
Wednesday 8 May 2019
*Registrations open soon


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Latest forum


Martin Hosking
Redbubble - Co-founder


Martin shared how he led the creative marketplace platform through an IPO and the determination required to realise their ambitions of building a true, global consumer tech company from Australia.


Stan Liacos
Queen Victoria Market - Chief Executive Officer


Stan spoke about taking the reigns at Queen Victoria Market and managing change as the Melbourne icon prepares for a major redevelopment.


Gareth Evans
Jetstar - Chief Executive Officer


Gareth discussed the Qantas Group turnaround and why Jetstar is one of the most successful Low-Cost Carriers in the Asia Pacific region.


Andy Fallshaw
Bellroy - Chief Executive Officer


Andy shared how the Melbourne start-up, Bellroy is now making waves globally, expanding their products to other leather goods including folios, iPad cases, and phone cases, and more recently launching a new line of backpacks and work bags for men and women.

 – Cameron McIntyre, Managing Director and CEO

Cameron shared the story as the largest online automotive, motorcycle and marine classifieds business in Australia to now having operations across the Asia Pacific region.

T2 Tea - Nicky Sparshott, Global Chief Executive Office

In the first Dean’s Leaders Forum for 2018, Nicky Sparshott spoke about how she took her iconic Melbourne brand to the world.

Microsoft Australia – Steven Worrall, Managing Director

In the final Dean’s Leaders Forum for 2017, Microsoft Australia Managing Director Steven Worrall explains how changing the culture at Microsoft helped make the global computer giant even bigger and become the world’s second-most powerful brand.

Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global CEO and former Huffington Post editor-in-chief

Speaking from experience at the Dean’s Leaders Forum in New York, Arianna Huffington spoke about why companies should care more about the well-being of their employees, and why employees should care more about themselves than their smartphones.

Olivier Legrand, LinkedIn Managing Director and VP of Asia Pacific and China

Speaking at the Dean’s Leaders Forum in Singapore, LinkedIn’s Olivier Legrand said finding the right job in a fast-changing world is more about having the right skill set than job title. View the event photos in our Facebook gallery.

Olivier also shares the secret to advancing your career with your LinkedIn profile.

Tony Johnson, CEO and Regional Managing Partner Oceania, EY

Tony Johnson, CEO and Regional Managing Partner Oceania, discussed some great insights into purpose-led organisations. View Tony's presentation 'Leading with Purpose'. Facebook photo gallery.

Agapi Stassinopoulos, Author and Speaker

Agapi Stassinopoulos of Thrive Global generously stepped in for her sister, Arianna Huffington, sharing insights with our community in Sydney on 31 May. Covering topics such as meditation, the importance of sleep, and the benefit of putting your mobile phone to bed at night in a different room, Agapi enthralled the audience, inviting everyone to consider taking time to “disconnect, in order to connect again”.

Richard Goyder AO, Managing Director, Wesfarmers

Wesfarmers Managing Director Richard Goyder reflects on his career success and leadership challenges.
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Geoff Culbert

GE Australia President and Chief Executive Geoff Culbert shares his views on innovation, culture and leadership at the Melbourne Business School Dean's Leaders Forum on October 24.

David Gonski, AC

The ANZ Banking Group and Coca-Cola Amatil Chairman shared his views on range of contemporary challenges facing company directors and large organisations.

Past Speakers

July 2016: Darrell Wade

In conversation with Prof Zeger Degraeve, Intrepid Travel co-founder Darrell Wade discussed the importance of values and culture in driving success.

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December 2015: Sam Walsh, AO

Rio Tinto CEO and Melbourne Business School alumnus Sam Walsh AO shared his thoughts on leadership, forward-thinking and the importance of humility.

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November 2015: Randi Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg Media Founder and Facebook’s first CMO Randi Zuckerberg shared the lessons she learnt from Facebook’s start-up phase and how this has shaped her as an entrepreneur.

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June 2015: Brian Kruger

Toll Holdings Managing Director Brian Kruger explained how building company culture and practicing core values had paid off for the logistics giant.

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May 2015: Steve Wozniak

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told this exclusive event that we’re now experiencing the next stage of computer evolution.

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May 2015: Dr Jim Goodnight

SAS CEO Dr Jim Goodnight explained how the global business analytics software vendor has entered the “third stage” of its evolution.

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April 2015: Sanjoy Sen

ANZ Managing Director of Asia Pacific Sanjoy Sen shared some important insights on the future of banking.

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March 2015: Alois Hofbauer

Nestle Malaysia CEO Alois Hofbauer spoke at a special Dean's Leaders Forum event in Asia.

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March 2015: Claire Williams

The Deputy Team Principal at Williams Racing spoke about her life in the fast the lane.

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December 2014: Ian McLeod

The former Coles CEO discussed how getting the supply chain right was just the first part of the puzzle in reviving the supermarket chain.

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October 2014: Giam Swiegers

Deloitte CEO Giam Swiegers shared insights gained from leading his organisation through more than a decade of growth and change.

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