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SPEAKERS

 

Marika Calfas

Chief Executive Officer, NSW Ports

Marika Calfas is the Chief Executive Officer of NSW Ports, the organisation responsible for managing a $5 billion infrastructure portfolio comprising Port Botany, Port Kembla and the intermodal terminals at Cooks River and Enfield.

Marika has operated in the port sector for over 17 years, across a broad range of portfolio areas including strategy, planning, environment and infrastructure. 

Marika was appointed by the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure and Transport to the Expert Panel advising the Government Inquiry into the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Priorities in 2017.

Marika is a board member of Infrastructure NSW, Ports Australia, Deputy Chair of the Australian Logistics Council, Member of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia National Advisory Board, Member of Wollongong University’s SMART Advisory Council and Australia’s representative to PIANC’s (the International Waterborne Transport Association) International Environmental Commission.

Nicholas Gruen

Policy Economist, Entrepreneur and Commentator

Nicholas Gruen is a policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator on our economy, society and innovation. He advised two cabinet ministers in the 1980s and 90s, taught at ANU and sat on the Productivity Commission (then Industry Commission) from 1993 to 1997.

He directed the New Directions project at the Business Council from 1997 to 2000.

He is CEO of Lateral Economics, Visiting Professor at Kings College London Policy Institute and Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School, Chair of Health Metrics (Australia’s premier software supplier for aged care), the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia), and Peach Financial and is patron of the Australian Digital Alliance.

He chaired The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) from 2010 to 2016, the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia in 2013-14 and in 2009 chaired the Government 2.0 Taskforce.

Former Finance Minister, Lindsay Tanner describes him as Australia’s foremost public intellectual.

Rod Sims

Chairman, ACCC

Rod Sims was appointed Chairman of the ACCC in August 2011, recently reappointed again in September 2018 for an unprecedented third term till July 2022, making him the longest serving Chair of the ACCC.

Mr Sims has extensive business and public sector experience. Prior to his appointment to the ACCC, among other roles he was the Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales, a Commissioner with the National Competition Council, on the boards of a number of companies, and an advisor to the Boards and CEOs of some of Australia’s leading companies on corporate strategy.