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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

Ian Williamson

Empowering high performance organisations
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Professor of leadership at the Melbourne Business School

Ian Williamson is the Helen Macpherson Smith Chair of Leadership for Social Impact at the Melbourne Business School. He currently serves as the Associate Dean of International Relations at MBS and is also the Director of the Asia Pacific Social Impact Leadership Centre. Examining how organisations recruit, select, and retain knowledge workers, his research focuses on how the development of effective "talent pipelines" can enhance organizational outcomes.

Ian is the recipient of numerous awards including the Academy of Management Human Resource Division best paper award and the Academy of Management Best Practices Mentoring Award. Ian has also provided consulting services for a wide range of organizations such as ANZ, Etihad Airlines, McCormick & Company, Melbourne Water, PWC, Lockheed Martin and NAB among many others.

In his role as Associate Dean and Director of the Social Impact Leadership Centre, Ian's focus is on developing effective partnerships between the Melbourne Business School and not-for-profit, for profit, philanthropic and government entities for the purposes of addressing key economic and social issues across the Asia Pacific region. 


  • Barriers organisations face when responding to major external disruptions
  • How people management decisions determine whether organisations thrive or fail
  • Practical strategies to better prepare your organisations