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FUTURESPEAK - Australia's Leadership Speaker Series



FUTURESPEAK provides global leaders at the coalface of public policy, information technology and management with a unique and dynamic platform to address critical issues facing communities and individuals. For aspirant managers and established leaders alike, the FUTURESPEAK public forums create exceptional opportunities to engage with world-class thought leaders, policy makers and innovators.

Edward DeSeve, Senior Advisor to US President Barack Obama, delivers a lecture entitled 'Economic leadership in times of crisis: Implementing the US stimulus program

Video courtesy of the Australian National University's YouTube Channel

Professor Steve Redburn, leading expert in the US on the fiscal crisis and adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College Australia delivers a presentation entitled 'Rescuing the United States from fiscal crisis'

Video courtesy of the Australian National University's YouTube Channel

One Plus One features the president of Rwanda Paul Kagame, National Geographic's explorer-in-residence Wade Davis and the former US watchdog for the Afghan reconstruction effort, Major General Arnold Fields.

Video courtesy of ABC News One Plus One


The Honorable Mike Rann
Former Premier of South Australia

On Friday 10 February the Honorable Mike Rann presented a FUTURESPEAK presentation titled "By Choice not by Chance: Leading a State" at Carnegie Mellon University – Australia.

About Mike Rann

Mike Rann was Premier of South Australia for nearly a decade and Labor Party leader for a record 17 years. He held many ministerial portfolios at Cabinet level including Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Social Inclusion, and Minister for the Arts and was one of the world's first Climate Change Ministers. Mr Rann was National President of the Australian Labor Party during the Prime Ministership of Kevin Rudd. He was the inaugural Chair of the Council of the Australian Federation representing all States and Territories.

Since retiring Mr Rann has accepted an invitation by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, to join the International Leadership Council of the Climate Group. He has also accepted several academic appointments in Australia and overseas. He has been honoured by the governments of New Zealand, Poland and Greece.

Dr Ruth Zaplin
Monday 5 December

"Women in Leadership" hosted by CEDA and featuring Jane Caro, Author and Presenter ABC's Gruen Transfer and Catherine Fox, Author, Editor Fin Review Boss Magazine

Dr Ruth Zaplin, Adjunct Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University – Australia, is also Assistant Director for the Key Executive Leadership Programs in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the AU School of Public Affairs in the United States.

Prior to becoming Assistant Director, Dr Zaplin served as an Executive Coach and Adjunct Faculty member at Key.

Equally adept at bridging research, organisational theory, and practice, Dr Zaplin’s background includes
executive leadership of a nationally known nongovernmental organisation, and social science research in criminal justice.

Dr Zaplin has two nationally recognised textbooks in criminal justice and numerous book chapters related
to leadership development. She holds a DPA, MPA, MA, and BA. She received her Executive Coaching
accreditation from Georgetown University and her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation from
the International Coach Federation.

Major General Arnold Fields

Major General Arnold Fields (Ret.) was the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), from June 2008 - January 2011. Major Fields will present a FUTURSPEAK Leadership Speaker Series presentation in collaboartion with CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia)

MEDIA RELEASE: Major General Arnold Fields Visits Australia
Reconstructing Afghanistan (Article)

Major General Arnold Fields (Ret.) was the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a position to which appointed by The President of the United States on 12 June 2008, a position which he held until January this year.

The SIGAR was mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 and formally reports to Congress each fiscal quarter. Among a number of tasks, SIGAR provides for the independent and objective conduct and supervision of audits and investigations relating to the programs and operations funded with amounts appropriated or otherwise made available for the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

General Fields previously served as Deputy Director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Department of Defense. Prior to the Africa Center, he served as a member of the U.S. Department of State assigned to the Embassy in Iraq where he performed duties as Chief of Staff of the Iraq Reconstruction and Management Office (IRMO). He assisted the U.S. Ambassador and Director of IRMO in coordinating the execution of over $18 billion dollars of U.S. appropriated funds for the reconstruction of Iraq. General Fields returned to the U.S. in October 2005 after serving 14 months in Iraq.

Major General Fields retired from the United States Marine Corps in January 2004 after over 34 years of active military service. At the time of his retirement, General Fields was serving as the Deputy Commander of Marine Corps Forces in Europe, headquartered at Stuttgart Germany.

His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster in lieu of second award; Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V"; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; and the Combat Action Ribbon. He was awarded the Department of State's Superior Honor Award for his service with the State Department in Baghdad, Iraq. General Fields enlisted into the Marine Corps in April of 1969 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in November of that year. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from South Carolina State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University. General Fields is also a graduate of the Army War College; the Marine Corps Command and Staff College; and the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School. In August 2007, the Secretary of the Navy appointed General Fields to a four-year term as member of the Board of Visitors, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia.

Phil Burgess

 Carnegie Mellon University – Australia (CMU-A) hosted President of the Annapolis Institute for Leadership and Technology (U.S.) and former Telstra Group Managing Director of Public Policy and Communications, Dr Phil Burgess in June 2011.

Dr Burgess is widely known in Australia and overseas as a writer and commentator on economic, political and cultural trends.

His career has included working as an educator, academic, writer, business executive, media commentator, advisor to leaders of business and government, and public servant.

During his visit to Adelaide Dr Burgess presented at the Torrens Speaker Series to students, faculty and staff of CMU-A and the co-located University College London (UCL).

His presentation, titled ‘The Future of Jobs, Growth and Development in the Digital Economy’ discussed the evolution of infrastructure and emergence of new technologies, and their effect on how we live and work.

Dr Burgess also discussed ‘Australia’s NBN: the Role of Industrial Policy in Advanced Economies’ at a CEDA Luncheon in Adelaide and ‘Business and Government in the U.S. and Australia’ at a Flinders University Luncheon

Professor Daniel Nagin
Professor of Public Policy and Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Teresa and H. John Heinz III College (U.S.)

On Monday 21 March Professor Daniel Nagin presented a FUTURESPEAK Leadership Speaker Series titled ‘Imprisonment and Crime: Can both be Reduced?’ at Carnegie Mellon University – Australia.

Daniel Nagin is Professor of Public Policy and Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Teresa and H. John Heinz III College (U.S.) and an elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and the American Society for the Advancement of Science.

During his FUTURESPEAK presentation, Professor Nagin discussed the increasing incarceration rates in both the U.S. and South Australia and how these could be reduced through various methods of deterrence.
Professor Nagin also discussed in detail the role of policing and sentencing in crime control and relative policy guidelines.

G. Edward DeSeve
Special Advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama

Special Advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama, Edward DeSeve, visited Australia in February 2011. DeSeve, most widely known for his key role in steering the U.S. economy out of the GFC, spent two-week touring Australia as guest lecturer of Carnegie Mellon University – Australia (CMUA).

On arrival in Adelaide, Mr DeSeve commented on the recovery effort in the United States, the current status of the U.S. economy and provided a flavour of the personal advice he has provided to U.S. President Obama. He also made comparisons betwe
en the Australian and U.S. economic positions.

Mr DeSeve’s visit to Australia marks his first time speaking publicly about the financial recovery effort in the U.S. since stepping down as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director for Implementation for the Recovery Act, where he reported directly to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Click here to read Managing Recovery: A View from Inside in which DeSeve lessons learnt from implementation of the Recovery Act.

Professor Steve Redburn
Leading expert on debt and budget deficit in the United States

Leading expert on debt and budget deficit in the United States, Professor Steve Redburn, conducted a FUTURESPEAK presentation at Carnegie Mellon University - Australia on 2 September titled 'How to Eliminate America's Massive Public Debt and Budget Deficit'.

More than 100 delegates attended the presentation by Professor Redburn who discussed the various impacts of the global financial crisis on the US and international market sectors.

Professor Redburn is Project Director for the Peterson-Pew National Commission on Budget Reform and Project Director at the US National Academy of Sciences, as well as Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University - Australia.

He directed a two-year study for a joint committee of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) which was published in January 2010 as Choosing the Nation’s Fiscal Future.

Professor Redburn has previously directed studies for the NAPA, where he is also a Fellow, and has more than 25 years experience in Government as a Senior Public Servant in the US Office of Management and Budget, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Professor Redburn has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr Jack Chow
Visiting Distinguished Service Professor

U.S. based global health expert Dr Jack Chow conducted a FUTURESPEAK presentation at Carnegie Mellon University - Australia on Monday 9 August about ‘The Emerging Era of Global Health Diplomacy’.

Dr Jack C Chow has served in pioneering roles in public service and global health diplomacy. He was the first Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Dr Chow held the rank of ambassador as the Special Representative of the U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Global HIV/AIDS and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Health and Science, the first U.S. diplomat of ambassador rank appointed to a public health mission.

In the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Dr Chow led American diplomatic efforts in the establishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and in countering global infectious diseases, including SARS.

Through extensive global health diplomacy efforts, he catalysed a historic contribution of $100 million by the Canadian Government and major contributions by several governments, in support of WHO’s HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention campaign for developing countries.

Dr Chow said there is growing global interest in the impact of diseases linked to poverty and social inequality.

“Developed and developing countries are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of confronting diseases related to poverty,” Dr Chow said.

“It is the recognition of health as a universal interest that is leading to new forms of international cooperation and collaboration,” he said.

“There is also an increase in specialised organisations and governments working towards international health goals, and this is leading to new types of policy and global diplomacy.”

Dr Chow said it is essential that policy makers across different sectors work together to ensure funding is provided and clear goals are set to bring about change

Dr Chow authored the breakthrough article "Health and International Security” in the Washington Quarterly and has appeared in numerous major media venues.