Create the Future

AESC APAC Conference 2019

August 20, 2019
Impact Organizations to Lead Tomorrow Now
August 20, 2019
07:45 to 17:00

You predict the future. That’s right. Your value lies in thinking ahead long-term on behalf of your clients. You forecast the trends that will impact organizations tomorrow so you can prepare them today.

On the eve of our anniversary, AESC celebrates 60 years of propelling businesses into the future with the right talent leading in the right way. When our founders established AESC, they set the standard for a profession that discovers the rare talent capable of launching businesses to new heights; conditions future leaders for high endurance decision making; and activates organizations to accelerate ahead of the competition.

As we look to the future, where will we find the talent who can not only navigate a tomorrow we can only just imagine, but who can also build it? How will we deploy future talent to thrive in a climate of rapid technological advancement and massive societal change? How will we activate the disruptors with the vision and courage to create the future of innovation?

Join AESC for Create the Future. We’ll anticipate the major drivers of tomorrow’s global business. We’ll develop the foresight to condition your clients for resiliency and help them seize emerging opportunities in their industry.


07:45 to 08:15
Registration and Partner Exhibits

Enjoy breakfast while meeting representatives from AESC partner organizations to learn about services that can help propel your business forward and best serve your clients.

08:15 to 09:00
Searching for Truth: The Global State of Trust in Business

As political unrest and unbridled advances in automation threaten job security and the vitality of global supply chains, people are increasingly expecting business to address their concerns and lead the way forward. Informed by the 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer, the world’s most robust exploration of trust in business, government, NGOs and media, Francesca Boase will discuss the global state of trust in business and related implications. This session will consider the expectations of business among various stakeholders from institutional investors to employees and look at ways c-suite executives must lead in order to address these mounting hopes for business to lead society forward.

Francesca Boase
Managing Director
09:00 to 09:35
A Crisis of Leadership? Impact of the Banking Royal Commission

Some have argued that Leadership is in crisis, and leaders are failing to meet many of the challenges of these unpredictable times. Trust in leadership has been consequently eroded. In Australia, the Banking Royal Commission highlighted areas of leadership failure, across banks and regulators. What can be learned by leaders and those who advise them? The impact of expectations in corporate social responsibility and social media? And how can these lessons be applied globally?

Michael Adams
Head of School of Law & Professor of Corporate Law
University of New England
09:35 to 10:20
The Psychology of Good Leadership

What makes a good leader? What motivates people and what undermines their motivation? How can we ensure that employees’ interests are aligned with those of the company? Drawing on his own research and that of others, Dr Molenberghs, translates some of the psychological research on leadership into practical insights for business leaders.

Pascal Molenberghs
an internationally renowned researcher on the neuroscience of empathy and leadership
10:20 to 10:30
AESC Commitment to the Community Award Presentation

The AESC Commitment to the Community Award was created to showcase the activities of an AESC Member outside their daily responsibilities and recognizes volunteerism and contributions to the community.

10:30 to 10:50
10:50 to 11:30
Shaping The Workforce of the Future

The talent landscape is changing dramatically, and many organisations are struggling to adapt. The workforce mix is becoming more fluid and diverse. Millennials are looking for a career that matters, and they want it fast. Add in the rapid adoption of digitisation and AI and the future global workforce will change completely. So what does the ‘Workforce of the Future’ look like? What are the trends you need to be aware of and how do we demystify AI? From all these disruptive changes come opportunities for organisations to disrupt their business and their people. So how do we do this as we move toward 2025?

Alec Bashinsky
Global HR Leader
11:30 to 12:10
Gender Diversity: 30% Achieved, But How Can Progress Be Sustained?

AICD figures show just under 30% of directors of ASX 200 companies were women, up from just 20% per cent in 2015. Australia has now surpassed the UK, US, and Canada. What can the world learn from Australia's journey and where to from here?

The session will specifically review the role of executive search firms and hear from board leaders on the future role of search and leadership advisory firms.

The 30% Club Australia launched in May 2015 with the primary objective of campaigning for 30 per cent women on ASX 200 boards by the end 2018. In March 2019 the 30% Club announced a new objective for 30 per cent women on ASX 300 boards by the end of 2021. The 30% Club will continue to focus on the boards of ASX 200 companies that have not reached the 30 per cent target.

Nicola Wakefield Evans
Director, Macquarie Group Limited
and Chair of the 30% Club Australia
Sally Evans
Rest Super, Healius Healthcare, Oceania Healthcare and LifeCircle
Jane Neale
Co-Founder, Hattonneale
and Chair, 30% Club Executive Search Working Group
Moderator: Rhian Richardson
Board Diversity Manager, The Australian Institute of Company Directors
and Executive, 30% Club
12:10 to 12:20
AESC Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation

The AESC Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the profession of executive search and leadership consulting.

12:20 to 13:30
Lunch and Partner Exhibits
13:30 to 14:15
Executive Talent 2025: Talent Strategies for the Future

Evolving AESC’s Executive Talent 2020 study from 2016, we once again surveyed clients worldwide on their top talent challenges and how they intend to shape their talent strategies for the future. AESC President and CEO, Karen Greenbaum, will present findings from a survey of senior business leaders worldwide, weaving in insights on organizational transformation from a survey of more than 600 executive search and leadership consultants. How will the executive search and leadership profession advise clients over the next few years and what are the new emerging opportunities?

Karen Greenbaum
President and CEO
Association of Executive Search & Leadership Consultants (AESC)
14:15 to 15:00
Top Business Issues of Clients

A panel of industry leaders focused on both internal and external challenges facing clients today, panelists will explore methods and strategies that clients are utilizing to ensure success.

Preeti Bajaj
Clipsal Solar (a venture by Schneider Electric)
Rob Davies
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Cement Australia
Andrew Parfitt
Provost and Senior Vice-President
University of Technology Sydney
Steven Rubic
CEO & Executive Director
15:00 to 15:30
15:30 to 16:30
Space, The Final Frontier: Workspaces of the Future

The structure and function of workspaces are changing. More flexible use of space is following more flexible use of time and technology, but the future is about more than just the physical space and the technology within it. It encompasses the whole transformation of the workplace, from new management practices to changes in the way employees work with AI and engage with each other. So how is the office changing, and where is it headed in the future?

Christhina Candido
Senior Lecturer - Architecture
University of Sydney
James Dellow
Digital Strategist & Collaboration Consultant
Digital Workplace Company
Brad Krauskopf
CEO and Founder
Hub Australia
Maja Paleka
Founder & Director
Juggle Strategies
Carolyn Trickett
Head of Business Technology
JLL Property & Asset Management
16:30 to 17:15
Employer Brand: A Huge Differential for You & Your Clients

Your business is all about people - those in your own team and those you help your clients attract. In 2019, if you care about people, you have to care about employer branding. From attraction and candidate engagement to empowered, inspired employees, a proactive, strategic approach will drive powerful results for you and your clients. In this interactive, session, Mark will show you how to harness the huge potential of your employer brand... and help your clients do the same.

Mark Puncher
Chief Energy Officer
Employer Branding Australia


Terrace On The Domain
1 Art Gallery Road, Sydney NSW 2000


Thank you to our AESC Global Partners