Plenary speakers

Wednesday 16 October

Fred Swaniker

Co-Founder,  African Leadership Academy and African Leadership Network

Fred is deeply passionate about Africa and believes that the missing ingredient on the continent is good leadership. In line with this, he has founded two organisations that aim to catalyse a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders: African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network.

In recognition of his work in developing Africa’s future leaders, Fred was selected as one of 115 young leaders to meet US President Obama at the first-ever President’s Forum for Young African Leaders held at the White House in 2010. He has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and was listed by Forbes Magazine among the top ten young ‘power men’ in Africa in 2011. Fred was also recognized by Echoing Green as one of fifteen “best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world” in 2006. He was a 2009 TED Fellow and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.

Fred began his professional career as a consultant with McKinsey and Company and has an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, a distinction awarded to the top 10% of each graduating class at the business school. He was born in Ghana but has lived and worked in about 10 different African countries. 

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Thursday 17 October

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC 

Governor of Western Australia

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC is the 33rd Governor of Western Australia.
Prior to being installed as Governor on the 1st May 2018, Mr Beazley had dedicated almost three decades to a career in Federal Parliament, representing the WA seats of Brand and Swan.
In 2009, Mr Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia through contributions to the development of government policies in relation to defence and international relations, and as an advocate for Indigenous people, and to the community.
From 1995 to 1996, Mr Beazley was Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1996 to 2001, and 2005 to 2006. Mr Beazley served on parliamentary committees, including the Joint Intelligence Committee and the Joint Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee.
Mr Beazley took up an appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America in February 2010. He served as Ambassador until January 2016.
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Audrey Kim

Doctor of Medicine, The University of Western Australia

2019 CISWA International Tertiary Student of the Year

Audrey is a final year postgraduate Doctor of Medicine student at UWA. Throughout her seven years of undergraduate and postgraduate degree at UWA, she has demonstrated academic excellence, including a weighted GPA of 6.917 (out of 7) during her Bachelor of Science degree. Audrey has been awarded three academic scholarships by Trinity Residential College between 2012-2014, the Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award by Golden Key International Honor Society in 2016 and the Student Vacation Research Scholarship by Cancer Council Western Australia in 2017.

Audrey is currently the Vice President of the UWA Surgical Society (UWASS), leading a team of 20 committee members in surgical events organisation. She is also the current International Officer of the WA Medical Student Society. As an International Officer, she serves as a liaison between the international medical students and the faculty and ensures the welfare of international students. Previously, Audrey held the position of Academic Coordinator for the Perth 2018 Australia Medical Student Association Convention and was Chairperson of UWASS Women in Surgery, championing female medical students keen on pursuing surgery.

Audrey is the 2019 WA International Tertiary Student of the Year, awarded by the Council for International Students of Western Australia. 

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Friday 18 October

The Honourable Julie Bishop

Former Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Hon Julie Bishop served as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 until her resignation in 2018. She was the first female to hold the role as well as the first female Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, serving for 11 years.

As Foreign Minister, Ms Bishop was responsible for strengthening Australia’s key strategic and economic relationships with Ministerial responsibility for more than 5,000 departmental staff, 110 overseas missions as well as government agencies Australian Secret Intelligence Service and Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research.

In 2014, she led the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, and was awarded the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Under her leadership, the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper was developed, providing a comprehensive policy framework for the next decade; and the New Colombo Plan was established, enabling Australian undergraduates to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region. Within five years more than 40,000 students have participated in the Plan.

In a political career spanning 20 years, Julie also served as Minister for Education, Science and Training, Women’s Issues and Ageing.

Prior to entering politics, Ms Bishop was Managing Partner of the law firm Clayton Utz in Perth.

She has been appointed Chancellor of ANU, is currently chair of Telethon Kids Institute, on the board of The Princes’ Trust Australia, director of The Palladium Group and a member of the International advisory board of Afiniti.

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