Alumni Lecture Series

BEL Faculty's Alumni Lecture Series is a series of free events featuring speakers, often past UQ alumni, who are leaders in business, finance, economics, entrepreneurship, tourism and law. They are held in the heart of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. You can expect thought-provoking discussions, engaging topics and networking with other UQ alumni over light refreshments. We invite you to join us and experience your alumni community.

Here’s what our guests are saying:

“Well respected speaker with great credibility and a great asset for UQ to be linked to.”

"The speaker was riveting, brutally authentic and utterly captivating."

"I applaud UQ from not shying away from the unconventional."


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Professor Andrew Roberts

Professor Andrew Roberts, Head of Clinical Translation, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute

12 October 2017 6:00pm8:00pm
“Turning science into treatment advances in cancer through partnership with pharma.”

The Honourable Anna Bligh AC, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Bankers’ Association

22 September 2017 12:00pm1:45pm
“Customers First – Rebuilding Trust in Banking".

Tracey Vieira, CEO, Screen Queensland

5 July 2017 12:00pm1:45pm
“Where are the girls? How our screen content is failing half its audience."

Malcolm Broomhead, Chairman, Orica Ltd, and Non-Executive Director, BHP Billiton Ltd and Plc.

9 November 2016 6:00pm8:00pm
“Leadership and the Importance of Empowerment”

Marie Myers, Senior Vice-President (Finance), Hewlett Packard Inc.

20 October 2016 12:00pm1:45pm
“My journey from the Classroom to the Boardroom”

Jamie Pherous, Managing Director, Corporate Travel Management

7 September 2016 12:00pm1:45pm
“Innovation strategy and its role in driving business growth”

Peter Wanckel, Managing Director, John Deere Limited - Australia/New Zealand

20 July 2016 12:00pm1:45pm
“John Deere – Organisational Renewal and Precision Agriculture”

Ann Sherry AO, Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia

29 June 2016 12:00pm1:30pm
"Turning the ship around - Changing culture to drive growth"

Kathryn Fagg, Board Member, Reserve Bank of Australia

24 May 2016 6:00pm8:00pm
“Leading for a more productive Australia: Towards greater inclusion and collaboration”

Don Taylor, Chairman, Graincorp Limited

18 May 2016 12:00pm1:45pm
"Agriculture: Fact or Fiction"

Denis Wagner, Managing Director, Wagners

17 February 2016 12:00pm1:45pm
"The Wagner Story and the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport"

Professor Josh Lerner, Harvard Business School

1 December 2015 12:00pm1:45pm
"Venture Capital in Queensland: Opportunity and Challenges" 

David Gonski, Chairman of the ANZ Banking Group

23 October 2015 12:00pm1:45pm
"Emerging Markets and Disruptive Technologies: Implications for Corporate Governance"

Catherine Tanna, Managing Director, Energy Australia

23 September 2015 12:00pm1:45pm
"Perspectives on career and personal development"

Brett Clark, Founder and MD, ePharmacy and Managing Partner, Chemist Warehouse Qld and N. NSW

15 July 2015 12:00pm1:45pm
"Drugs and Arts: Maintaining customer relevance — the rise of Chemist Warehouse and Queensland Ballet"

Martin Benders, Managing Director, Mazda Australia

28 April 2015 12:00pm1:45pm
"Growing through innovation:  what Mazda global are learning from Australia's success story"

Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO

19 March 2015 12:00pm1:45pm

Peter Hunt AM, Chair & Founder, Greenhill Australia

25 February 2015 12:00pm1:45pm
"Disruption, Business and Changing the World"

Gail Kelly, CEO & MD, Westpac Group

2 September 2014 12:00pm1:30pm
"Driving Change - a Leader's Perspective"

Robert Milliner, B20 Sherpa for Australia

28 August 2014 12:00pm1:45pm
"Of governments and cultures - challenges of a global world"

Prof Matthew Brown, Director, The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

29 July 2014 12:00pm1:45pm
"How genetics is revolutionising health care"

Steve Wilson, AM, Wilson HTM Investment Group

25 June 2014 12:00pm1:30pm
"Confessions of a Cause Junkie - Investments returns, cathedrals, Southbank and other passions"