Strengthening Australian Innovation and Asia Capability for Global Competitiveness

Sept 18 Friday | Westin Hotel Sydney, Australia

About the Summit

Two accelerating mega-trends are fundamentally changing the competitive dynamics in the global marketplace:

  • The shift of economic competition from efficiency to innovation.
  • The shift of the world’s economic centre from the West to Asia. 

These two developments are disrupting industries and rendering many existing business models obsolete.  To ensure Australia’s future prosperity, policymakers in both the public and private sectors need to address the following questions:

  • What does the nation need to do to compete successfully in an innovation-driven and Asia-centred global economy?
  • How can business, industry, academia, and government collaborate to strengthen Australian innovation and Asia capability?
  • In what industries does Australia need to do a better job of preparing for increased competition from other countries?

The UNSW Innovation Summit will discuss these questions and examine their policy implications.  Roundtable groups organized by economic sector, Asian market, and policy initiative are included for participants to propose action plans for further development and implementation.

  • Organising committee
  • Venue
  • Contact info

Organising committee

Professor Joe Cheng
Michael J. Crouch Chair in Innovation and Director, Australian Innovation & Competitiveness Initiative (AICI), UNSW Business School

Dr. Kevin Cullen
CEO, UNSW Innovations

Mr. Brad Furber
COO, Michael Crouch Innovation Centre, UNSW

Dr. Graham Kenny
Managing Director, Strategic Factors

Professor James Morley
Associate Dean for Research, UNSW Business School

Ms. Maureen Murphy
Commercialisation Advisor, Accelerating Commercialisation, Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure Program, Australian Government

Professor Kerry-Anne Rye
School of Medical Sciences, UNSW


The Westin Hotel is located in the Sydney CBD at No. 1 Martin Place. The nearest train station is Wynyard Station

Self-parking is available beneath the hotel via Secure Parking.

Discounted accommodation is available at the Westin Hotel. Please call the hotel on +61 (2) 8223 1111 and quote UNSW Summit or AICI Summit for 10% off the best available rate of the day

Contact info

For more information or any questions, please contact Rosanna Ditton at DC Conferences on +61 (2) 9954 4400