Rodney Wylie Lectures

The Rodney Wylie Eminent Visiting Fellowship program brings a globally-respected visitor to the University each year to provide intellectual leadership and engage with alumni and community through its annual public lecture series.

2019 Rodney Wylie Eminent Visiting Fellowship Lecture

This year, we welcomed internationally renowned speaker and global business leader, Global Managing Partner Emeritus and Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, Dominic Barton.

Dominic BartonWhy businesses must change to thrive in the age of disruption

Presented by Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner Emeritus and Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company.

There are four forces transforming the global landscape at an unprecedented pace and scale: changing global growth dynamics, accelerating industry disruption, an aging population and searching for a new “societal ideal.”

In this year’s Rodney Wylie lecture, Dominic Barton spoke about how and why, with these shifting global dynamics, businesses must change to thrive in our new reality.


    Dominic Barton is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company and served as Global Managing Partner from 2009 to 2018.

    He serves as Chairman of Teck Resources, is the Chancellor of the University of Waterloo, the Chair of Standard Chartered Bank’s International Advisory Council, the Chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth and was Chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council for the past six years.

    He is also a Senior Trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, and a member of the boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.  He is one of the founders of FCLT Global (Focusing Capital on the Long Term), has co-authored four books, including Talent Wins, published in 2018 and is also an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

    He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA Honours in economics and has a M.Phil in Economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

    The Rodney Wylie Eminent Visiting Fellowship program was created in 2009 through a visionary gift from Mr John Wylie AM, and is named in honour of his father, Mr Rodney Wylie OBE. 

    Rodney graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1948 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1950. He went on to have a distinguished career as a leader in the Australian accountancy sector, and as the non-executive director of several Queensland companies. 

    Rodney was awarded the Order of the British Empire – Officer (Civil) in 1988 for his contributions to the accountancy profession.  In 2017, he was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, which recognises outstanding contributions and achievements made by organisations, companies and individuals to develop the Queensland economy and society.

    Previous Rodney Wylie Eminent Visiting Fellows

    • 2018 Ben Gray, Founding Partner of BGH Capital 
    • 2015: Manuel Pinho, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
    • 2014: Jean-Charles Rochet, Swiss Finance Institute Professor of Banking, Banking and Finance Institute, Zürich University
    • 2011: David Carpenter, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Albany, New York
    • 2011: Sharon Strauss, Professor in Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis
    • 2010: Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences

    John Wylie AMMr John Wylie AM is Chairman of the Australian Sports Commission and President of the State Library of Victoria Board.  

    In 1983, John graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Commerce with first class honours. After graduating, he spent time as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where he completed a Master of Philosophy.  In the 1990s, he was the Australian Chairman of investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston. In 2000, he co-founded Carnegie Wylie, a corporate advisory and private equity investment firm acquired by Lazard in 2007.  John was Managing Director and Head of Corporate Advisory for Lazard Australia until his retirement in 2014. 

    John is known as a leading Australian investment banker and has advised companies and governments globally for over 25 years.  He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to business and the financial sector.

    As former Chairman of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust, a position he held for 14 years, John chaired the MCG Redevelopment Steering Committee for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

    John is married to Myriam Boisbouvier, who was appointed France’s honorary consul in Victoria in 2011.