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World Business Forum Sydney 2017

After a successful World Business Forum Sydney in 2014, 2015 and 2016, we are happy to bring you this next chapter for WBF Sydney at The Event Centre, The Star on 31 May - 1 June 2017.

In 2017 the World Business Forum will highlight that in a world where new technologies emerge at pace, those who anticipate change and are quickly able to adapt will flourish. Organisations and individuals alike must reinvent themselves constantly; experiment and learn; identify new opportunities, exploit them fast, and move on. In this world it is the entrepreneur, the experimenter, the risk taker who will thrive.

Long term competitive advantage is dead! Are you ready to live in a state of permanent BETA?




World Business Forum Sydney

Diversity Panel

Melbourne Business School Associate Dean Jody Evans will facilitate a discussion with prominent Australian leaders.
angela mentis
Ashley Winnett

Diversity Panel

The discussion examines women and diverse work places as an enabler for increased productivity within organisations.


  • Why incorporating Diversity & Inclusion is a critical component of your organisation's corporate culture
  • Why are organisations still slow to adapt and benefit from the evidence that shows organisations with diverse boards, management teams and workforces outperform those that do not?
  • How to measure the impact of a diverse, inclusive and culturally competent workforce
  • Where to from here?

Angela Mentis

Angela has extensive business, retail, investment banking and wealth management experience spanning more than 29 years. In 2016, Angela was appointed NAB's Chief Customer Officer, Business & Private Banking. In this role, Angela leads NAB's Business and specialist Agriculture, Health and Government & Education teams, along with Business Direct & Small Business, NAB's Private Bank and JBWere divisions. Angela is passionate about diversity and cultural inclusiveness in the workplace, starting with the recruitment process.

Ashley Winnett

Winner of the LinkedIn Conscious Business Leadership Award 2016, Management Maestro – Ashley is not your typical HR Director. Joining the Holden legal team in 2005, he went on to hold various roles within the HR team including Director – Manufacturing & Labour Relations, during the GFC. In 2014 he was appointed to the Holden Board and is now Executive Director – People, Performance & Culture, where he is an active and vocal positive disruptor across the business. Prior to Holden, Ashley was a Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in their Workplace Relations Practice and holds a Bachelor of Law and Arts (Hons).

Jody Evans

Jody has an outstanding track record in engaged research and uses marketing acumen and capabilities to address important challenges in industry, government, arts and social contexts. Jody has extensive advisory and management development experience in multiple sectors. She leads market research, strategic reviews and management development seminars and workshops. Partner organisations include BP Australia, Australia Post, Australia Council for the Arts, Museum Victoria and more.

Christine Corbett

As the Chief Customer Officer at Australia Post, Christine is responsible for creating the experiences that customers love and advocating for customers across the enterprise. Christine is also responsible for brand, marketing, customer insights, community and corporate social responsibility teams as well as the consumer and small business segment. A champion for diversity and inclusion, under her leadership she has both increased the representation of women in management roles in the retail and mail network businesses, and the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders within her workforce through dedicated traineeships.