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CTI Public Lecture – The Collaboration Challenge: Encouraging Industry to Take the Lead

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Date: Thursday 16 February 2017
Venue: AGSE207, AGSE Building, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus

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Join the Centre for Transformative Innovation for the first ‘Change through Connections’ Lecture for 2017. Our first public lecture features the Reserve Bank of Australia Board Member Kathryn Fagg. Kathryn will be discussing the challenges associated with collaboration in Australia and how industry can take the lead in this area.

About the speaker

Kathryn Fagg is an experienced chairman and board member having worked in senior executive roles across a range of industries, from resources, to manufacturing and logistics, as well as banking and professional services, in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Kathryn has been a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia since 2013. She is also on the boards of ASX-listed companies Boral, Djerriwarrh Investments and Incitec Pivot.

Kathryn is Chairman of the Melbourne Recital Centre as well as Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). She previously served as Chairman of Parks Victoria. Kathryn is a board member for the Australian Centre for Innovation and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering where she chairs the Industry and Innovation Forum.

Kathryn commenced her professional career as a petroleum engineer with Esso Australia (now Exxon Mobil), after completing her chemical engineering degree at the University of Queensland. As a petroleum engineer, her work was focused on maximising oil and gas production from the fields in Bass Strait. From Esso, Kathryn moved into management consulting with McKinsey & Co working on engagements in strategy and change management. She then joined the ANZ Banking Group. Her roles at the bank included General Manager, Retail Banking, in New Zealand, and Managing Director, Banking Products for the Group. Following ANZ, Kathryn returned to her industrial roots and joined BHP Steel which became BlueScope Steel.

Senior executive roles with BlueScope included President, Australian Building and Logistics Solutions and President Asia, based in Singapore, where she had responsibility for BlueScope’s operations across the Asia region, including as Chairman of Tata BlueScope Steel in India. From BlueScope, Kathryn was at Linfox for three years as President FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods), where she was responsible for providing logistics services to 9 of the world's ten largest FMCG companies in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Subsequently, she has pursued a career as a Non-Executive Director.

As well as her engineering degree, Kathryn holds a Master of Commerce in Organisation Behaviour from the University of New South Wales which has also awarded her an honorary Doctor of Business. She was a recipient of the University of Queensland’s Inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award in 2013.

Contact Information: Mitchell Adams
Email: mwadams@swin.edu.au Tel: +61 3 9214 5856