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2024 – The Year Ahead

February 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEDT

As Australian leaders look to the year ahead, don’t miss this opportunity to hear expert leaders, Bran Black CEO Business Council of Australia; Louise Herron AM CEO Sydney Opera House; Danny Gilbert AM Chairman Gilbert + Tobin and Jillian Segal AO Chairman AICC (NSW) share their thoughts on the economic, political and major social issues that will shape business decisions in 2024 and beyond.

As Australian leaders look to the year ahead, what are the economic, political, and major social issues that will shape business decisions? And how should business prepare? Don’t miss this opportunity to hear three expert leaders, Bran Black, CEO, Business Council of Australia, Louise Herron AM, CEO, Sydney Opera House; Danny Gilbert AM, Chairman, Gilbert + Tobin and Jillian Segal AO, Chairman AICC share their critical roadmap for the opportunities – and risks – ahead in in 2024 and beyond.


Danny Gilbert AM, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin.

In his role as co-founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin, Danny has been the recipient of many awards, including the Australasian Law Award for Law Firm Leader of the year 2020, the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards Managing Partner of the Year 2018 and the 2017 Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers first ever Special Achievement Award for his extraordinary contribution to law and commitment to innovation. Danny was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the law and to the community, particularly Indigenous Australians. Danny holds degrees of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from the University of New South Wales and Western Sydney University.

Danny is currently Director, Business Council of Australia; Co-Chair Cape York Partnership Group Pty Limited; Director, Impact Investing Australia Limited and Member, Advisory Committee to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at the University of New South Wales.

Danny was, until recently, a member Social Impact Investing Taskforce Expert Panel, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He has also held various non-executive positions, including Non-Executive Director of National Australia Bank Limited 2004-2016, Chairman National Museum of Australia 2009-2015, Chairman Western Sydney University Foundation 2012-2019, Chairman Australian Film Television and Radio School, Chairman Law and Justice Foundation of NSW and Chairman Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

Danny is also a trustee of various private charitable trusts.

Bran Black, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia

Bran Black was appointed Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia in September 2023.

Beginning his career as a corporate lawyer, Bran has served as chief of staff in four NSW ministerial portfolios, including most recently as chief of staff to former NSW Premier and Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet. In these roles, Bran played a significant role supporting business through the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting the post-pandemic recovery.

Prior to this, Bran was Chief of Strategic Initiatives at the University of NSW and also led a landmark partnership between the University of Newcastle, the University of NSW and the University of Wollongong as the Chief Executive Officer of the NUW Alliance.

Bran has also served as General Manager for a community housing provider and continues to volunteer regularly as a patrol captain for his local surf life-saving club.

Bran has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney.

Louise Herron AM, CEO of the Sydney Opera House since 2012, after careers as a lawyer and corporate adviser. In her time as CEO, Louise has delivered a far-reaching decade of renewal to open the Opera House up to more of the community, with a broader, more diverse range of programming and other experiences to welcome more visitors in person and online.

Renewal included the largest and most transformative series of building works since the Opera House opened in 1973. The program, totalling more than $300 million, has touched all corners of the building and opened new spaces to the public – from the removal of vehicles on the Forecourt to the new Centre for Creativity and refurbishing the Concert Hall, as well as significant improvements for visitors with limited mobility.

The Opera House also recently completed its year-long 50th anniversary celebrations, involving a program of more than 230 special performances and activities for the whole community to celebrate the past, present and future of Australia’s favourite building. The 50th has been a launching pad for the Opera House’s ambition to be Everyone’s House.

Jillian Segal AO is a professional company director with a legal and regulatory background and private and public sector experience. She was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to society through business leadership, and in January 2019 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the banking and financial regulation sectors, to not-for-profit organisations, and to women. Jillian is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Her current directorships include the Chair of the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority, Chair of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce (NSW) and Chair of the General Sir John Monash Foundation (Australia’s national postgraduate educational scholarship organisation).

She is also a Director of Rabobank Australia Limited, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, the Grattan Institute of Public Policy, and the Immediate Past President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. She is a Member of the International Board of Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science.

Amongst her many previous appointments include Director of ASX Ltd, Director National Australia Bank Ltd, trustee of the Sydney Opera House, Deputy Chancellor of UNSW Sydney, a Member of the Australian Government’s Remuneration Tribunal and member of the Order of Australia Council.

Jillian graduated Bachelor of Arts and Laws from the University of New South Wales and has a Master of Laws from Harvard University.


February 21
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEDT
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