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.

2021 Rodney Wylie Eminent Visiting Fellowship Lectures

Due to the challenges and uncertainties of 2020, this year’s Wylie Lecture Series has regrettably been postponed. Instead, we anticipate hosting two exceptional Wylie Fellows in 2021 and look forward to making an announcement soon.

Watch previous lectures

In 2019'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.


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

  • 2019: Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner Emeritus and Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company
  • 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

About John Wylie AM

John Wiley 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.