5:30 PM17:30

HCA WA Chapter Evening with Michelle Lipkin

Do you know what your children are looking at on Social media?

Dear Harvard Club of Australia WA members and Friends

It is with genuine pleasure the Harvard Club of Australia joins with the USA Consulate in Western Australia to invites you to an evening of networking and discussion – on a topic that many of us are trying to understand the ramifications of. Children aged 8 to 18 spend more time with media than they do at school or with their parents.

We are delighted to give you the opportunity to hear from Michelle Lipkin who will discuss the many ways – both positive and negative – in which media impacts our children’s lives. Topics for discussion will include social media, digital citizenship and media literacy. She will also provide tips on how to navigate parenting in this digital age, and the various forms of media that are a significant part of our children’s lives. Michelle’s visit to Perth is sponsored by the U.S. Consulate.

We hope that you will join us for this special event.


Date:     Monday 27 August
Time:     5:30pm – 7:00pm
Place:    Clayton Utz again as gracious hosts: QV1 Level 27, 250 St Georges Tce, Perth WA
Cost:      $25pp
Who:     Michelle Lipkin – Media Technology and Children (Please see bio below)
Special Guest: Ms Rachel Cooke – US Consul General to Western Australia:

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin is the Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. As Executive Director, Michelle has helped NAMLE grow to be the preeminent media literacy education association in the U.S. She launched the first ever Media Literacy Week in the U.S., developed strategic partnerships with media companies such as Participant Media, Nickelodeon, and Twitter, and restructured both the governance and membership of the organization. She has also overseen four national conferences and done countless appearances at conferences and in the media regarding the importance of media literacy education. Michelle has advocated for greater media literacy education through CNN, PBS News Hour, NPR, The New York Times, and Al Jazeera English. See Michelle’s recent CNN appearances here.

Michelle is currently an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College in the TV/Radio department where she teaches media criticism and media literacy. Michelle also serves as a representative for NAMLE on the Council of Communication Associations and a judge for What’s Your Story? Youth Media Contest. To read about Michelle’s personal journey to media literacy, see this article from PBS News Hour.

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club Lunch with Amy Smith MBA'15 "The Future of Food"

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker & fellow alumnus

Amy Smith MBA'15

The Future of Food: How Technology and Data are Helping us Answer "What's for Dinner?"


Date: Monday 3 September 2018

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2.00pm

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire


About the talk: Technology and the quantity of data available is rapidly changing all parts of life as we know it - including what we eat for dinner. HelloFresh delivers over 2.5 million meals a month across Australia, and is growing quickly. Amy will share how HelloFresh Australia combine data from hundreds of thousands of data points with creativity and knowledge of what's in season to develop recipes that Aussies will love. This, along with forecasting supply chain technologies, ensure that all ingredients ordered have a place in an upcoming recipe, removing food waste from the food supply chain.


Amy is the Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer of HelloFresh Australia. She holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering and Mathematics, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Amy started her career at McKinsey in Melbourne, and had her first taste of the start up life was at Handy in New York City. Amy has worked for HelloFresh for over three years, across operations, product development and marketing, in all 10 geographies and three continents.

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7:15 AM07:15

HCA QLD Breakfast: Visit Australia's New City

You are invited to a HCA QLD Chapter Breakfast

Visit Australia’s New City

with Springfield City Group’s Alumni host David Henry CEO CBD Development and Terry Kearney CEO Education, Health and Smart City Enterprises

Date: Wednesday 12 September 2018
Time: 7.15am for 7.30am to 9am
Venue: Springfield City Group Boardroom, Level 10, Springfield Tower, 145 Sinnathamby Boulevard, Springfield Central 4300
Price: $30 members and guests
Dress: Business Attire

The Harvard Club of Australia is delighted to welcome you to Greater Springfield CBD, a short drive against the prevailing traffic for an enlightening and inspiring breakfast covering the 25 history of Springfield.

At the recent launch of the 25th Anniversary Book at the Queensland Library the Prime Minister of Australia said of Greater Springfield:

“ Greater Springfield … this is a story about overcoming countless obstacles and convincing a long line of thousand naysayers that the vision was right … a real nation building exercise”

The topics to discuss over an informal breakfast will cover

  • Urban Masterplanning and the delivery over 26 years via private family company

  • Changing the social fabric of the western corridor of Brisbane through education

  • The importance of selecting Education Health and IT as the corner stones of economic development of new city back in the late 1990’

  • Where to from now with 42,000 residences and 10,000 direct jobs and expenditure reaching $16 billion by all stakeholders

Your Hosts:


David R Henry Chief Executive Officer – CBD Development, Springfield Land Corporation
B Build (UNSW Hon 1) AMDP (GSD Harvard) MAICD

David Henry has over 35 years’ experience in the real estate and construction industries predominately in Australia and a 5 year role in  South East Asia between 2008 and 2013.He was an Executive Director of Springfield Land Corporation Pty Ltd, the developer of a new city for 138,000 equivalent population residents in South East Queensland prior to moving to Asia.

David joined the VinaCapital Group in Vietnam in July 2008 to become Managing Director of VinaCapital Real Estate Ltd based in Ho Chi Min City Vietnam with an active portfolio of 40 plus projects. His role also included Managing Director of the LSE AIM board listed Vinaland Fund and was a member of the VCRE Investment Committee.

He returned to Springfield Land Corporation as CEO – CBD Development in February 2013.

He has also served or currently serves in voluntary roles with RB&WHospital Foundation, Chairs Project Dignity 120 for MS Queensland, National Board Member Urban Land Institute


Mr Terry Kearney, Chief Executive Officer, Education, Health and Smart City Enterprises, Springfield City Group

Terry Kearney has over 40 years of experience in the education sector. Over the last nine years Terry has been responsible for the design and development of education, health and smart city facilities and services within Greater Springfield – awarded the world’s best master planned community.

Within his role as Chief Executive Officer he values forging strong partnerships to ensure the best human services for all community members.

Terry is a passionate expert in education and has spent more than fifteen years as a highly valued and exciting keynote speaker. His ability to engage with an audience and share his passion for lifelong learning is highly regarded and as a result Terry is a sought-after speaker.

Terry has held several Board positions including P&C’s Qld and the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts. Terry studied leadership, organisation learning, change management and effective business practices at Melbourne Business School and has worked and studied with teams from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.



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Prof Elizabeth Tiesburg, Harvard Business School in Brisbane

Prof Elizabeth Tiesburg, Senior Associate at Harvard Institute for strategy and competitiveness, Harvard Business School will address the World Hospital Congress in Brisbane in 10-12 October 2018 :

Her profile:

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5:30 PM17:30

Masterclass: Leadership Lessons From The American Civil War

Harvard Club of Australia invites to you a Masterclass

Leadership Lessons From The American Civil War

Case study in the best HBS tradition

Presented by: Ted Blamey (MBA'70), Club Life Member


Date: Wednesday 10 October

Time & catering:
5.30 pm - afternoon tea, meet & mingle
6.00 pm sharp - Class begins
Break-out discussion session during the class
8:00 pm  - Class ends followed by Drinks & canapes until 9.00 pm.

Venue: Perpetual Trustees, Level 18, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney (Fairfax and Street Rooms)

Cost: $50pp includes refreshments, drinks & canapes

One of the initiatives of the new club strategy, responding to member demand, is to create a series of Master Classes, offered by people with special expertise and experience. They will provide members with innovative learning opportunities through interactive discussions and engagement with a broad spectrum of other members.

Leadership Lessons from the American Civil War is the second in this series. It is a case discussion in the best Harvard Business School tradition. It uses stop-action excerpts from a historically accurate movie depicting an extraordinary dilemma that faces a newly-promoted young colonel the day before the battle of Gettysburg. 

Participants put themselves in the boots of the protagonist and, through guided discussion and debate, pick apart the facts, options, goals and risks to determine what he should do.

In this Master Class, by analyzing the crisis and its ethical and practical issues, you will identify essential leadership qualities and behaviours that inspire and motivate others, such that they are willing to follow, even in an extreme situation such as the heat of battle.

This Master Class will be led by Ted Blamey, Club Life Member and Harvard MBA. Following his attendance at a presentation of this case at HBS, he has developed and refined it. Over the last 5 years he has presented it to a wide range of audiences to much acclaim.

No prior preparation is needed other than optional reading of a short background brief on the civil war that will be sent to all participants in advance.

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5:30 PM17:30

HCA WA Chapter Evening with Prof. David Yermack 'Blockchain Evolution'

You are invited to a HCA WA Chapter Evening
with guest speaker

Prof. David Yermack (AB'85)

speaking on

The Blockchain Evolution, and Why it Matters to all of us

David Yermack is an NYU Stern School of Business Professor who is visiting the University of Western Australia at this time.

Date: Wednesday 8 August 2018


Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Venue: Clayton Utz,  Level 27, QV.1, 250 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Price: $25 members and guests

Dress: Business Attire



"You’ve heard of bitcoin, blockchains, and maybe even crypto kitties, but what does it mean to you? And the rest of the world?

This disruptive technology has the potential to change the way the world works from: how we use money, international finance remittance, how global supply chains are managed, the stock market, and how governments interact with its citizens.

The promise of blockchain technology is virtually endless and is already having seismic impacts that can be felt by everyone around the world.

The Harvard Club of Australia is delighted to be joined by Prof. David Yermack of NYU’s Stern School of Business, who teaches a popular graduate course on blockchain who will delve into the impact blockchain is having globally and in Australia. 


"David L. Yermack is the Albert Fingerhut Professor of Finance and Business Transformation at New York University Stern School of Business. He serves as Chairman of the Finance Department and Director of the NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business. Professor Yermack teaches joint MBA - Law School courses in Restructuring Firms & Industries and Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies, as well as PhD research courses in corporate governance, executive compensation, and distress and restructuring.

Professor Yermack has been with NYU Stern since 1994. His primary research areas include boards of directors, executive compensation, and corporate finance. Professor Yermack has published more than 25 articles in leading academic journals in Finance, Accounting, Economics, and Law. He is a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has been a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank.

Professor Yermack received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics (1985), Master of Business Administration (1991), Juris Doctor (1991), Master of Arts in Business Economics (1993), and Doctor of Philosophy in Business Economics (1994) from Harvard University."

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club lunch (on Tuesday) with Harvard Professors Kimberlyn Leary and Laurie Pascal

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch (on Tuesday)

with two Harvard Professors

Professor Kimberlyn Leary and Professor Laurie Pascal

speaking on

"How do we best prepare leaders for the future challenges facing health systems?"

Date: Tuesday 7 August 2018

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $45.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire


Kimberlyn Leary

Associate Professor of Department of Health Policy and Management

Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School

Kimberlyn Leary is an associate professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School and an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she directs the Enabling Change program. In her role with the DrPH program, she teaches leadership skills to prepare public health professionals for synergistic engagements with complex problems. Increasingly, this work requires the ability to innovate and problem-solve with diverse stakeholders, from diverse backgrounds, towards the goal of making communities healthier. The Enabling Change program is designed to develop leaders with the skills that enable them to sustain collaboration among local and national partners, design interventions that span multiple sectors, and lead change that results in affirmative impact.

Dr. Leary is also the Executive Director of Policy Outreach at McLean Hospital and a faculty affiliate at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. She has taught courses on negotiation and conflict transformation to undergraduates at Harvard College, to senior executives at Harvard Law School, and to physicians working in high-conflict zones in Thailand and studied Dutch-Muslim neighborhood conflict as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Amsterdam. Currently, she is also as a Senior Advisor to the CEO at the National Math and Science Initiative, serving as a thought partner on strategy pertaining to inclusive STEM education.

As a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, Dr. Leary served for one year as an Advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls helping to develop and then direct “Advancing Equity,” an initiative focused on cross-sector approaches to improve health, education, and economic outcomes for women.

For almost 12 years, she served as chief psychologist at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, directing the division of psychology and its training programs to deliver culturally sensitive care supporting the hospital’s primary care centers, specialty mental health, and acute emergency services. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an AB from Amherst College, where she is also on the Board of Trustees.


Laurie Pascal is from the department of health policy and management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she teaches courses on organizational behavior, leadership, organizational change, the U.S. hospital industry, and organizational strategy.  

Drawing on diverse leadership experience in corporate, public and nonprofit healthcare settings, she conceives and directs forward-looking executive education programs for physicians, nurses and other health system leaders from the U.S. and abroad designed to develop leaders who can enhance organizational effectiveness, improve strategic planning and implementation, and create and sustain change in their organizations. Laurie consults to hospitals and health systems, physician practices, foundations and universities in the U.S. and internationally on leadership, change, program development and strategy.

Previously, Laurie was the Vice President of Business Development & Planning and the Vice President of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School affiliated health system.  She formerly held executive positions in strategy, planning and market development in health insurance, financial services, and academia.  She serves on the Boards of Trustees of several healthcare and higher education institutions in addition to the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Ethics Advisory Group.  

Laurie holds an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, an MPH from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan.

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6:30 PM18:30

The Harvard ‘Din & Tonics’

Harvard Club members and their guests are warmly invited to hear the Harvard Din & Tonics

A Musical entertainment and dinner event at The Royal Yacht Squadron, Kirribilli

The Din & Tonics are a 12 piece jazz a cappella group from Harvard University.
Their performances are highly admired for their impeccable musicianship and entertainment value. A musical treat not to be missed!


Date: Friday 3 August
Time: 6.30 for 7.15pm
Venue: Carabella Room, The Royal Yacht Squadron, 33 Peel Street, Kirribilli (parking onsite)
Cost: $95 includes canapés, 2 courses and live entertainment (drinks available at the Bar.)
Dress: Smart casual (jacket & tie optional for men, no jeans or runners)
Book by: 31 July. Members welcome to bring guests.

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to Aug 3

2018 HCA Program for Leaders

2018 HCA Program for Leaders

'The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity'


Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Ethan Bernstein

LEARN MORE: Request the Brochure

The 2018 Harvard Club Program for Leaders 'The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity' aims to help participants understand the ways leading organisations use technology and data to improve the production of their workforce and gain competitive advantage in the market place.

Dates: Sunday 29 July to Friday 3 August 2018
Venue: RACV Healesville, nr Melbourne, Victoria
Format: Five Day Residential Program. Fee $10,750+GST. Ask about EarlyBird & Team Discounts.
Contact: Suzie Ruse, Program Manager, or Melinda Muth, Program Director, 0419 277 376.

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to Jul 27

2018 HCA Program for Nonprofit Leaders

2018 HCA Program for Nonprofit Leaders

'The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity'


Felix Oberholzer-Gee

LEARN MORE: View the Brochure


The 2018 Harvard Club Program for Leaders 'The Future of Work in the Digital Age: winning through talent, technology and improved productivity' is designed for senior executives with responsibility for strategy, leadership, and organisational performance.

Dates: Wednesday 25 - Friday 27 July 2018
Venue: Sydney Conference + Training Centre, Ingleside, Sydney
Format: Two Day Residential Program. Fee $2,200+GST.
Contact: Suzie Ruse, Program Manager, or Melinda Muth, Program Director, 0419 277 376.

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6:30 PM18:30

Oxbridge & Ivy League Networking Drinks

The Cambridge Society of NSW invite Oxbridge and Ivy League alumni and their guests, to Drinks & Canapes.

Oxbridge & Ivy League Networking Drinks - 4 July 2018

Hosted by Cambridge Society of NSW President, Amrit Bahra and Committee member, Gautham Srivinas

Venue: The Wolf Wine Bar, 37 Bligh Street, Sydney
Time: from 6.30pm
Cost: $37.50pp, includes drinks & canapes.

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club with Dr Sarah Cameron 'Flawed Elections?'

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker

Dr Sarah Cameron

Flawed Elections? Understanding Electoral Integrity from Authoritarian Regimes to Advanced Democracies

Electoral Integrity Project Manager and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Sydney


Date: Monday 2 July 2018

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire

About the talk: Almost all countries around the world now hold elections, although the quality of these contests varies considerably. Issues range from overt malpractices, such as imprisoning adversaries and rigging vote-counts through to more minor irregularities, for example inaccurate vote registers and biased media coverage. Whilst some of the greatest problems for electoral integrity are found in authoritarian states, or those navigating transitions to democracy, a range of challenges are also faced in advanced democracies. In the United States, district boundaries are gerrymandered to bias the results. In the United Kingdom, recent changes to voter registration processes meant that many eligible electors dropped off the register.

In this lunchtime talk, Dr Sarah Cameron presents an overview of the state of electoral integrity around the world across different types of political regime. This draws upon the work of the Electoral Integrity Project assessing the quality of elections since 2012, covering 285 elections in 164 countries to date. The talk will delve into challenges from recent and upcoming elections, including Malaysia, the United States midterm elections, as well as Australia.

The Electoral Integrity Project is an independent academic study founded in 2012, producing innovative and policy-relevant research comparing elections worldwide. The project is based at the University of Sydney and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, directed by Professor Pippa Norris. The project has received numerous accolades, including the International Institutional Engagement Award.  For further information see:

Biographical details

Dr Sarah Cameron is the Electoral Integrity Project Manager and Research Fellow in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. A political scientist, her research examines elections and electoral integrity, citizen political responses to economic shocks, and Australian political attitudes and behaviour. 

She has contributed to several major studies on elections including the Australian Election Study and the Comparative Cross-National Electoral Research project. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming book Electoral Integrity in America: Securing Democracy (Oxford University Press, with Pippa Norris and Thomas Wynter), and co-author of the major report on Australian elections, Trends in Australian Political Opinion: Results from the Australian Election Study 1987-2016 (with Ian McAllister).

Dr Cameron holds a PhD in Political Science and Master of Studies from the Australian National University, and a Masters in Sustainability and Responsibility from Ashridge Business School. She held a Visiting Fellowship in the Department of Government at Harvard University from 2015 to 2016. For further information see:

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9:00 AM09:00

Inaugural Harvard Club Master Class: Practical Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

Inaugural Harvard Club Master Class

Topic: Practical Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

Master Class Presenter: Christopher Golis MA MBA FAICD FAIM

Friday 29 June 2018, 9am-5pm, Sydney CBD


Practical Emotional Intelligence for Leaders has been specifically designed for managers looking to develop their Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and gain practical, straight forward strategies that can be applied in the workplace.

Unlike other Emotional Intelligence programs that are limited to two or three personality styles, Practical Emotional Intelligence for Leaders uses a model of seven temperament components – the limit of an individual's short term memory.

By the end of the seminar, participants will have completed the four stages of emotional intelligence and will be able to recognise the seven components in themselves and others, identify their own 'hot' buttons, know which social skills strategies to adopt with different people, and know how to control the emotional content in their decision making. The interactive seminar uses three videos and numerous case studies.

Learning outcomes

Through this course, participants will:

  • Improve their observation skills as a basis for understanding people.
  • Learn to identify what motivates them and those around them.
  • Develop strategies for working more effectively with others.
  • Increase their capacity to influence people and improve their communication skills.
  • Learn how to successfully complete tasks through others.
  • Discover how to control the emotional content of their decision making.

Course structure

Prior to the seminar all participants complete the online PEQAS (Practical EQ Assessment). The PEQAS establishes their dominant and weaker core emotional components and starts Step 1 of EQ: Self-Awareness.

The Humm is introduced by comparing it to a variety of profiling techniques such as DISC, NLP, Myers-Briggs and the Five Factor Model.

The 7 Components
Each of the seven components is introduced using extensive audience participation.

Video Case Study
The decision-making process for different personality types.

Hot Buttons
Step 2 of EQ: Self-Management. Useful habits for each component.

Step 3 of EQ: Social Awareness. Participants learn to develop empathy by using six clues: Talk-Organisation-Position-Dress-Office-Gambit.

Video Case Study
A visit to seven managers.

Relationship Strategies
Step 4 of EQ: Social Skills. Why relationship strategies work with one component and not with others and what are the best strategies for each component.

EQ for Managers
How each component affects the decision making of managers. What components make for the ideal leader?

Personality Dissonance
Potential alienation. What are risk groups for each component?

Video Case Study
Personality Dissonance.

Your presenter

Chris Golis’ career started with IBM in 1967 after he graduated from Cambridge University where he studied Economics and Psychology. Chris then did a full-time MBA at the London Business School graduating with a distinction.

On the advice of his tutor, the well-known management author Charles Handy, Chris became a salesperson with ICL Australia. There he first learnt about the Humm, which is the only profiling technology that analyses a person's temperament in terms of seven core emotions. Chris subsequently used the Humm very successfully in his business career which ranged from a salesperson to a general manager, merchant banker and 25 years as a venture capitalist. During this time, Chris was a director of some 30 companies where he gained a solid and practical grounding in dealing with people, particularly in high pressure, conflict situations.

Chris has written three books: The Humm Handbook: Lifting your Level of Emotional Intelligence, Empathy Selling - The New Sales Technique for the 21st Century, and Enterprise & Venture Capital – A Business Builders' and Investors' Handbook, now its fifth edition.

Chris has developed keynote talks and workshops training over 20,000 people in the application of Practical Emotional Intelligence in the workplace. Chris’ clients include Citicorp Asia, New York Institute of Finance and PwC.

How to book

Please book online. Limited to 12 places, so early applications are encouraged.

Date: Friday 29 June 2018

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm, with morning and afternoon tea provided and a break for lunch

Venue: Union University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street.

Dress Code: Jacket plus tie or equivalent.

Cost per person: $499 plus GST.  A tax receipt will be issued.

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5:30 PM17:30

HCA Australia Address, SGM and AGM 2018

You are invited to the Harvard Club of Australia

Australia Address with guest speaker

David Thodey AO

"Australia 2030: A National outlook for the country and the role of the public sector"

David Thodey will explore how Australia can attract investment to continue to build globally competitive industries; the role a world-leading education system can play in creating opportunity for all Australians; how the jobs of the future will evolve; and how Australia's cities and regions might accommodate a growing population while maintaining strong connectivity and liveability.  He will also discuss the implications of these trends. as well as the impact of AI and Big Data, for the public sector.

followed by a Special General Meeting and Annual General Meeting


Date: Tuesday 12 June 2018

Time: 5:30pm for 6.00pm - 8.00pm


Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $55.00, includes drinks and canapes

Dress: Business Attire

Enjoy drinks and canapes with fellow members then take a seat to hear the Australia Address followed by the Annual General Meeting.

David Thodey is Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation (the national research organisation for Australia) and the Chair of JobsNSW, the NSW independent organisation responsible for the creation of 150K new jobs though to 2020.

Previously David was Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Telstra, appointed in May 2009. He formally retired from the CEO position on 30 April 2015. Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company, with an international presence spanning Asia, Europe and North America with revenues of $16B and market cap of $70-80B.

Before joining Telstra, David was Chief Executive Officer, Australia and New Zealand at IBM. During his 22 years at IBM, David held several senior executive positions in marketing and sales across Asia Pacific.

In January 2013, David joined the Board of the GSM Association, the global body made up of carriers and related companies that supports the standardisation and deployment of mobile technology around the world. He was also co-chair of the Infrastructure and Investment Taskforce of the B20 leadership group.

David has a keen interest in basketball, and was previously Chairman of Basketball Australia. He is a passionate technologist and interested in customer centred transformation of businesses.

David received an honorary Doctorate in Science from Deakin University in 2016 and was recognised for his services to business and ethical business leadership with an Order of Australia in January 2017.

David now serves on a number of Boards - from consulting, venture capital, public policy and science, research and innovation while managing his own investment portfolio. He is passionate about authentic leadership, workplace equity, technology and corporate social responsibility.

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6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with the Harvard Krokodiloes in Brisbane

Bubbles, Canapés & A Capella

Join AmCham members, guests and friends from the Harvard Club for an evening of bubbles, canapés and live music performed by Harvard University’s oldest a cappella singing group, The Harvard Krokodiloes.

Venue: Stamford Plaza Brisbane, Cnr Edward & Margaret St, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Date & Time: 4 June 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cost: Harvard Club Members $65.00, if you use booking code 040030-MEM (you have to create an account with AmCham)
Cancel by Date for this event is 28 May 2018
Contact: Janita Zhang, Event Manager QLD, 07 3220 2478,

Join AmCham QLD members and guests for an evening of bubbles, canapés and live music performed by Harvard University’s oldest a cappella singing group The Harvard Krokodiloes.

The Krokodiloes, Harvard University's oldest and finest a cappella singing group, are visiting Brisbane as part of their annual Summer Tour across the world!

The Krokodiloes (The Kroks) are a group of twelve undergraduate men who have been bringing the popular music of the Great American Songbook, as well as more traditional aires, to audiences across the country and around the globe. The Kroks pride themselves on their musical excellence and professional approach to their performance. Their fine musicianship and youthful energy, combined with their unique blend of snappy choreography and witty humour, have made them instant crowd-pleasers wherever they roam.

In the 70 years since the group's founding, the Kroks have performed for the likes of President Bill Clinton and President Pranab Mukherjee of India, at momentous events such as the 1997 Hong Kong handover ceremony, in famed concert venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House, and have been hosted by royal families in Thailand, Monaco, and Germany. The Kroks have also performed for celebrities such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chris Pratt, Amy Poehler, Neil Patrick Harris, and Dame Helen Mirren; other featured guests include Anne Hathaway, Ella Fitzgerald, Julia Roberts, Julie Andrews, Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep, Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett Johansson, Whoopi Goldberg.

For more information on The Krokodiloes, please visit their website

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to Jun 6

Celebrating Harvard Club Scholarship

Celebrating Harvard Club Scholarship

Invitation from Chris Smith, Chair, HCA Philanthropy Pty Ltd

 Chris Smith

Chris Smith

One of the best kept secrets about the Harvard Club of Australia is the amazing track record that we have with 6 scholarship programs which have sent 195 Australians to Harvard and brought 51 Harvard academics to work in Australia, and built up an endowment fund of $4 million.

It is time that we exposed this to more light with HCA members.

To do this I am hosting a number of briefings in the CBD over the next month. Whilst it is tax year end, and you may wish to donate, there is no obligation associated with these briefings.

If you would like to learn more, and engage with fellow HCA members please choose one of the following times and dates:

Thursday 31st May at 7.45 am
Friday 1st June at 12.30 pm
Tuesday 5th June at 7.45 am
Wednesday 6th June at 7.45 am

Venue: Perpetual Trustees, Level 18, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney.

You'll get a warm welcome, and a cup of tea or coffee to start your day, and in the case of the lunchtime event there will be a light lunch.

Thanks in advance for your RSVP.

Chris Smith
Chairman, HCA Philanthropy
phone: 0407 238 563

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7:00 PM19:00

Gala fundraiser for the Centenary Medical Research Foundation

A gala fundraiser for the Centenary Medical Research Foundation at the Greenwich home of Simon & Julie Ford – Wednesday May 30

The Kroks plus guitar virtuoso, Jim Pennell,  jazz great George Washingmachine.  Australia’s leading medical scientists from the Centenary Institute will also be on hand to inform you of the leading research being conducted at the Institute.

RSVP and pay ($150 each) at:

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1:00 PM13:00

Briefing for Program Leaders

Thank you for expressing an interest in a Program Leader role with the Harvard Club of Australia following the 2018 AGM.  As the next step in preparation for this transition, the Club is holding a 1-hour Program Leaders Briefing workshop, hosted by Charlie Graham, HCA Vice-President.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the Program Leader role, the support available, the structure, operating model and the next steps.


Date: Monday 21 May
Time: 1-2pm (AEST)
Venue: Gresham, Level 17, 167 Macquarie Street, Sydney, or via phone: 1300 254 410, PIN: 6624790#

RSVP: to attend please register via the link below.

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club with Tilman Ruff AM

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker

Tilman A Ruff MB, BS (Hons), FRACP, AM

speaking on

“Ending nuclear weapons, the new ban treaty, and the first Nobel Peace Prize born in Australia”



Date: Monday 7 May 2018

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Venue Sydney: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $45.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire

Tilman Ruff is Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW, Nobel Peace Prize 1985); and founding international and Australian Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons".

Tilman is Associate Professor in the University of Melbourne’s Nossal Institute for Global Health, which he helped to establish. He teaches and writes widely on the public health and human rights dimensions of nuclear technology, especially the planetary health imperative to eradicate nuclear weapons.

Tilman was the first civil society representative on an Australian nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty delegation, civil society advisor to the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, and a delegate to each of the landmark Conferences on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Norway (2013), Mexico and Austria (2014). In 2017, he led the IPPNW delegation in New York throughout the UN General Assembly negotiations that led to the adoption by a vote of 122 to 1 of the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. In support of the treaty he helped build a continuing collaboration between IPPNW, the World Medical Association, the World Federation of Public Health Associations and the International Council of Nurses.

Tilman’s has worked as international medical advisor to Australian Red Cross for over 20 years, focussed on hepatitis B control and maternal and child health in Indonesia and Pacific island countries with the Burnet Institute, AusAID, UNICEF and WHO, and serves on the WHO Western Pacific Region Hepatitis B Immunisation Expert Resource Panel.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 “for service to the promotion of peace as an advocate for the abolition of nuclear weapons, and to public health through the promotion of immunisation programs in the South-East Asia – Pacific region”.

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11:45 AM11:45

HCA Annual Nonprofit Fellowship Awards Luncheon and Leadership Address

The HCA Nonprofit Fellowship Program 2018
Founding Patrons: William D. Ferris AC and Lea Ferris
Chair: Lisa George

Nonprofit Fellowship Awards Event 2018

Presentation of Fellowships

Annual Nonprofit Leadership Address with

 Scott Farquhar


Club members, past Fellows and guests are invited to one of the highlights of the club calendar.

At the event, the two HCA Nonprofit Fellows selected to attend the 'Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management' at HBS will be announced and they will provide a brief insight into their organisations and the challenges they will address at Harvard Business School.


Date: Wednesday 2 May

Venue: Macquarie Group, 1 Shelley St, Sydney (adjacent to Barangaroo)

Time: 11:45 am sharp for 12 pm start until 2 pm

Cost: $80pp, includes 2 course lunch and drinks.

Dress: Business Attire

Scott Farquhar, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Atlassian

Scott Farquhar is the co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian, a collaboration software company that helps teams organise, discuss and complete shared work. More than 100,000 large and small organisations use Atlassian’s tracking, collaboration, communication, service management and development products to work smarter and deliver quality results on time.

Atlassian donates 1% of profit, product, equity and employee time to charity, helping thousands of children in developing countries receive an education. In 2011, Scott was awarded the Corporate Social Responsibility Award by the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).  In 2015, Scott helped spearhead Pledge 1%, a corporate philanthropy movement dedicated to making the community a key stakeholder in every business. To date, almost 4,000 companies around the world have joined the movement.

Scott was the youngest person ever to be awarded the ‘Australian Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2006 by Ernst & Young alongside co-founder and co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes. Both Scott and Mike were named on the 2017 Forbes Global Game Changers list for their part in reshaping the world.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology from the University of New South Wales.

Join our distinguished guests, new and past Fellows for an outstanding luncheon.

Book now. Your guests are welcome too.

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club with Adventurer Michael Smith

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker

Michael Smith, Adventurer

speaking on

"Two Journeys: The Planet and The Sun"


Date: Monday 9 April 2018

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire

Michael Smith was named Adventurer of the Year 2016 by Australian Geographic for his record breaking first solo circumnavigation of the world in his Amphibian Flying Boat, Southern Sun. He has worked in the cinema exhibition space for 25 years, is owner of the popular independent cinema the Sun Theatre in Yarraville. Other interests including regional cinemas and founder of the NGO Screens Without Borders. He completed an MBA with a research project into the perceived value of cinema undertaken during his round the world trip. 

His book, Voyage of the Southern Sun, written with Harvard Alumni Aaron Patrick, is published by Black Inc and currently in bookstores. 

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8:15 PM20:15

'What's become of Truth' with Political philosopher and Harvard Professor Michael Sandel

Harvard Club of Australia members are warmly invited to this public talk hosted by UNSW Centre for Ideas:-

Date: MAR 24
Price: Tix $35-45 + BF

What’s become of Truth?


Ticket URL:

“A philosopher with the global profile of a rock star.” – BBC News

“The most influential foreign figure in the world.” – China Newsweek

“The best Socratic dialogs since Socrates.” - Lord Patten, Chancellor of Oxford University


Political philosopher and Harvard Professor Michael Sandel has been described as a “rock-star moralist”. His course “Justice” is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television. From lecture halls to football stadiums, he is renowned for bringing his audiences into conversation about the most important and vexing issues of our time.

In this unique Sydney event, Professor Sandel will puts truth under the knife; dissecting the arguments, facts and philosophy and challenging us to search for truth in the world we live in today.

YouTube video on an intro about Michael Sandel and his popularity

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to Apr 30

HCA The Next Era Presentation - various dates & locations

You are invited to meet fellow alumni and hear  "The Next Era for the Harvard Club of Australia" presentation

Please book in for Brisbane & Canberra.
There is no charge to attend - food and drinks will be served.

Brisbane Monday 23 April with Justin Greiner
Time: 5.30 - 7.00pm
Venue: JBWere, 34/123 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Canberra Monday 30 April with Justin Greiner
Time: 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Venue: JBWere, Level 3/60 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra ACT 2601

Taken Place:

Sydney Monday 19 March with Justin Greiner
Time: 5.30 - 7.00pm
Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Sydney Thursday 22 March with Charlie Graham
Time: 1.00pm - 2.30pm
Venue: Gresham, Level 17, 167 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

Perth Monday 26 March with Charlie Graham
Time: 5.00 - 6.00pm
Venue: Gresham, 3/28 The Esplanade, Perth WA 6000

Adelaide Monday 16 April with Justin Greiner
Time: 12.30 - 2.00pm
Venue: JBWere, Level 6, 22 King William St, Adelaide

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6:00 PM18:00

Harvard Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth- Rethinking Drawing: Fragonard in Tivoli

Harvard Club of Australia members are warmly welcome to attend a lecture by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. Rethinking Drawing: Fragonard in Tivoli – presented by The Power Institute.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s extraordinary series of views from the Villa d’Este in Tivoli has been described as “one of the most beautiful red chalk drawings ever made.” Focusing on the specific visual and material aspects of this remarkable series, the lecture will discuss how the series contributed to the emergence of a modern conception of drawing in eighteenth-century France. In particular, it will consider the ways in which the series invites us to reimagine drawing as a fundamentally social act.


Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Law School Foyer, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney, NSW 2006

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth is the William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art and Architecture. She teaches modern and contemporary art focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, post-1970s art, and critical theory. Among the courses she has taught are: Introduction to Modern Art &Visual Culture (1700-1990); Modern Art and Modernity (with Benjamin Buchloh and Maria Gough); Body Image in Art & Visual Culture of the 18th- and 19th Centuries; The Origins of Modernity; The Early Modern Artist; Exoticism & Orientalism; Modern Art and Subjectivity, Contemporary Women Artists, Critical Strategies in Contemporary Art and Painting and Its Discontents, and, most recently, Drawing: Object, Medium Discourse; Drawing on Exhibition; Learning from Drawing; and Art and the Enlightenment. (See Courses for the full list.) In recognition of her distinguished contribution to undergraduate teaching, graduate education and research, she was awarded a Harvard College Professorship (2004-2009).

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club with author Ceridwen Dovey

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker and alumnus

Author Ceridwen Dovey AB'03

speaking on

"Imagining Pompeii - using the ruins of Pompeii as a setting for fiction"


In Ceridwen Dovey's latest novel, In the Garden of the Fugitives  (Penguin Random House, March 2018), one strand of the narrative is set in the early 1970s in an archaeological dig within the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii. Ceridwen will share some thoughts about her process of using real-life research done in Pompeii by extraordinary women (such as the Australian archaeologist Estelle Lazer, who studies Pompeii’s human remains) as the inspiration for her fiction, and reflect on some of the iconic images  that influenced aspects of her new novel.

Date: Monday 5 March 2017

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire


Ceridwen grew up between South Africa and Australia. She studied at Harvard as an undergraduate (Class of '03) and did her graduate studies in anthropology at New York University before returning permanently to Sydney. Her debut novel, Blood Kin, was selected for the U.S. National Book Foundation's prestigious '5 under 35' honours list and shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award. The Wall Street Journal named her as one of their 'artists to watch.' Her second book, Only the Animals, won the inaugural 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award and the People's Choice award for fiction (joint with Joan London's The Golden Age) in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Her new novel, In the Garden of the Fugitives, will be published in Australia in March 2018, and in the U.S., U.K. and France later this year. In October 2018, Writers on Writers: Ceridwen Dovey on J.M. Coetzee will be published as part of Black Inc.'s Writers on Writers series. Ceridwen also regularly writes non-fiction for and The Monthly.

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club Lunch: Preventing Blindness with Big Data, Smartphones & AI

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch

Topic: Preventing Blindness - Global screening programs made possible with Big Data; smartphones and Artificial Intelligence

A panel discussion with:

 Associate Professor Andrew White

Associate Professor Andrew White

Associate Professor Andrew White, University of Sydney
Head of the Department of Ophthalmology, Westmead Hospital
Director of the Community Eye Care Project, Western Sydney
Co chair of Ophthalmology Governing body for the Agency for clinical Innovation.
Associate Advisory Board for the World Glaucoma Organisation

 Dr Hamish Dunn

Dr Hamish Dunn

Dr Hamish Dunn
Glaucoma Fellow, Westmead Hospital
Clinical Assoc Lecturer, Sydney University
Chair, Glaucoma Australia Expert Advisory Panel

 Samuel Marks

Samuel Marks

Samuel Marks
PhD candidate, Sydney Medical School, Westmead Institute for Medical Research
Director,, Sydney Scientific Pty Ltd

Date: Monday 5 February 2018
Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm
Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney
Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee
Dress: Business Attire

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6:30 PM18:30

President's Drinks

All members and their guests are warmly invited to join fellow alumni for President's Drinks to celebrate the end of the year

Hosted by HCA President Justin Greiner and Vice-President Charlie Graham


Date: Friday 8 December 2017
Venue: 11 Burton Street, Mosman, by kind permission of Charlie & Wallis Graham
Time: 6:30pm - 10.30pm
Dress: Cocktail Smart
Cost: $75.00, all drinks & canapes included.
Book: By Monday 4 December 2017

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5:00 PM17:00

HCA ACT Chapter Christmas Drinks

HCA ACT Chapter Christmas Drinks

Jamie Snashall, Convenor of HCA ACT Chapter invites members to Christmas Drinks in partnership with the following organisations:

  • Canberra International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)

  • Data Management Association (DAMA)

  • Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)

It’s an informal occasion with no set speakers so I hope you can make it.  Please RSVP to Jamie by Friday 1st December.

 Event Details


Venue: Hellenic Club in the City, 13 Moore St, Canberra City 2601
Date: Tuesday, 5th December 2017
Time: 5:00pm for Registration & Networking, 5:15pm Start for 7:00pm Finish
Fee: Free for HCA members

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club Lunch with Prof Clive Williams MG "The morphing of Islamic State"

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker

Professor Clive Williams MG

speaking on

"The morphing of Islamic State"


The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) achieved early successes in Syria and Iraq in 2013/2014, culminating in the surprise capture of one of Iraq's largest and best defended cities, Mosul, in June 2014. Since then, the US and Russian-led coalitions have turned the tide against IS, and it has now lost all of its "caliphate" cities and towns in Iraq and Syria.

Where does this leave the group? Will it regenerate in rural Iraq and Syria, develop new "caliphates" elsewhere, concentrate on having a virtual online caliphate - and/or  encourage its sympathisers to mount more deadly attacks on its Western enemies, including Australians?

While the world has been distracted by the threat from IS, al-Qaeda has been biding its time and waiting to displace IS as the leader of extremist Sunni Islam. Many of its followers are hoping for a brighter future under the dynamic leadership of Osama bin Laden's 27-year-old son, Hamza.


Date: Monday 4 December 2017

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Sydney Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire

Professor Clive Williams MG is an honorary professor at the ANU and an adjunct professor at ADFA. He has a career background in the Australian Army Intelligence Corps and Defence Intelligence. Since leaving Defence in 2002 he has been running courses and Masters units on terrorism, counterterrorism and protective security in Australia and internationally.

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6:30 PM18:30

HCA Thanksgiving Dinner

Jon Lindsay and the Executive of the Queensland Chapter of the Harvard Club of Australia are pleased to extend a warm invitation to you and your partner to join Harvard Club Members and their guests at the annual

HCA Thanksgiving Dinner

We will be joined by Justin Greiner, President, Harvard Club of Australia.

We hope you are able to join fellow Harvard Club members and their partners to renew acquaintances, meet other Harvard alumni, and share in the true spirit of Thanksgiving.

This year, we are extending a welcome to members from other States and to those associated with the wider Harvard Community.

Date:     Thursday 23 November 2017
Time:     6.30 for 7.00pm
Venue:   The Edinburgh Room, The Brisbane Club, 241 Adelaide Street Brisbane
Dress:   Lounge Suit
Cost:      $125.00 HCA members and immediate guests; $145.00 Other Guests

RSVP:    by Friday 10 November 2017

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12:15 PM12:15

Senior Leaders Lunch with Tom Dery AO

You are invited to the HCA Senior Leaders Lunch

(returning to its original upscale format)

with guest speaker

Tom Dery AO, Chairman, Australia for M&C Saatchi

and Fellow of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative

From Global Commerce to Harvard Fellow:

Lessons from one man’s leadership in advertising, aviation and nonprofits and his insights into an extraordinary Harvard experience

If Tom Dery’s career had not been exceptional enough already, in 2015 he was the first Australian to undertake the year-long Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard.

The Advanced Leadership Initiative is a new third stage in higher education designed to prepare experienced leaders to take on new challenges in the social sector where they potentially can make an even greater impact than they did in their careers.

 The ALI was formed by Faculty from Harvard's professional schools of Business, Education, Government, Law, Medicine and Public Health to build interdisciplinary leadership skills and to capitalise on opportunities to deploy accomplished leaders at later life stages to change society.

Tom is well known as the former global Chairman of  the iconic, influential advertising agency M&C Saatchi, among other leadership roles.


Date: Thursday 23 November 2017
Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2.00pm
Venue: The Union, Universities and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney.
Price: $95pp (includes seated two-course lunch with wines)
Dress: Jacket & Tie or equivalent



Tom Dery is currently Chairman, Australia for M&C Saatchi – an advertising/marketing agency. Tom held the position of Worldwide Chairman (a network of 27 agencies) 2009 to 2016.

Intermingled with this entrepreneurial and advisory experience, tom has worked in Senior positions in two major airlines in the Asia pacific region (Qantas and Ansett transport industries). Tom complimented these activities with Board representation with tourism, entertainment & agrifoods publicly listed companies.

After completing an MBA at Stanford University Tom, with two others, set up a very successful creative agency The Campaign Palace. When Tom sold his interest in this business he was appointed Visiting Fellow in Marketing at Monash University. Ansett Transport Industries had been acquired by TNT and News Limited – Tom was invited to be the most senior commercial executive of the group. Strategic responsibilities included the repositioning of Ansett Airlines in the early 80’s, deregulation in the early 90’s, East West Airlines, Ansett New Zealand, Diners Club and Traveland.

Tom then established a new agency (Whybin Dery & Partners) which was later sold to DDB (Omnicom Group) and was subsequently appointed Managing Director of their Melbourne business.

On the formation of M&C Saatchi in 1995, Tom was the Founding Partner in Asia-Pacific for the Group and subsequently went on to establish offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, New Delhi, Mumbai and Los Angeles. M&C Saatchi Australia, which was a start up, includes creative services, strategic digital services, digital production facilities, brand development offerings, sponsorship advisory and PR services.

Tom has been responsible for providing marketing and communication advice to the US, Australian, New Zealand and Abu Dhabi Governments – particularly with regard to country positioning and tourism/trade development. Significant client relationships extend to ANZ Bank, Commonwealth Bank, Qantas Airways, Etihad Airways, Woolworths, Google and SingTel (Optus) and IAG Insurances.

Tom has contributed to ‘not for profit’ organisations for nearly 40 years in the Arts, Cancer and Education sectors. Most noteworthy were the Chairmanship of Sydney Dance Company (2002 – 2007) and is currently Chairman of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (since 1996) which has raised and granted nearly AU$120 million to top Australian cancer scientists.

In June 2015 Tom was awarded an Order of Australia by the Australian government: “For distinguished service to the not-for-profit sector, particularly to cancer research, through the development of corporate governance structures and major fundraising initiatives, to the performing arts, and to business.”

68 years old, married with 5 children
Born in Hungary (parents migrated to Australia in 1951)
Bachelor of Commerce (Economics with Merit), University of NSW 1966 - 72
Master in Business Administration, Stanford University 1973 - 75
Fellow, Harvard University (Advanced Leadership Initiative) 2015
Former Chairman, Helloworld (formerly JTG) 2008 - 2014
Former Board Member, Sydney Attractions Group Limited 2001 - 2008
Former Board Member, Clemments & Marshall Limited Pty Ltd (agri-foods) 1993 - 1995
Not for Profit:
Chairman, Australian Cancer Research Foundation 1994 - present
Chairman, Queenwood School for Girls 2010 – present
Chairman AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience 2017 - present
Former Board Member, The University of New South Wales
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Advisory Council 2013 - 2016
Former Chairman, Sydney Dance Company 1996 - 2008
Former Board Member, Asialink 2001 - 2005
Former Board Member, Playbox/Malthouse Theatre Company 1990 - 1995
Former President, Sydney Real (Court) Tennis Club 1995 - 1998

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12:15 PM12:15

Monday Club Lunch with Tim Costello AO 'Charity: Why it still Matters'

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker

Tim Costello AO

speaking on

'Charity: Why it still Matters

Tim Costello and HCA host Justin Greiner will be in Melbourne and via video-conference to Sydney and Canberra.


Date: Monday 6 November 2017
Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Sydney Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Canberra Venue: JBWere, Level 3, 60 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra ACT 2601

Price: $40.00, includes a $10 donation to World Vision, sandwich lunch & coffee

Dress: Business Attire

Rev Tim Costello is one of Australia’s best known community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. 

For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, placing the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda. In his current role as Chief Advocate, Tim continues to use his public profile to affect change.

In addition Tim is Chair of the Community Council of Australia, and is a member of the following: the Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee of the EU-Australia Leadership Forum; Australian National Development Index; Concern Australia Advisory Group and the Campaign for Australian Aid.

Tim is a founding board member and spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.

In earlier roles Tim was National President of the Baptist Union of Australia and Mayor of St Kilda. He has been Baptist Minister at St Kilda Baptist and Collins Street Baptist in Melbourne, as well as Executive Director of Urban Seed. In these roles he spearheaded public debate on problem gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.

Initially Tim studied law and education at Monash University, followed by theology at the International Baptist Seminary in Rueschlikon, Switzerland.  He also received a Masters Degree in Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity. 

In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures

His books include Faith (2016), Hope (2012), Another Way to Love (co-edited with Rod Yule); Streets of Hope: Finding God in St Kilda; Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher; and Wanna Bet? Winners and Losers in Gambling’s Luck Myth (co-written with Royce Millar).

Tim and his wife Merridie have three adult children, Claire, Elliot and Martin.

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