Monash Special Experts: Global Leader’ Week

A group of distinguished Monash University Alumni have arrived in Melbourne for Global Leaders’ Week and are available to offer their unique perspective on topical issues.

Melbourne’s population ticked over to five million this weekend and the impact of rapid growth on infrastructure and liveability is a topic of discussion, particularly with Melbourne losing its crown as the world’s most liveable city this year, after seven years on top. Monash Alumni and Global Leader Teng Chye Khoo is available to talk about how Singapore have learned from each other to manage liveability.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will consider a royal commission into the energy sector. Monash Alumni and Global Industry Leader Nicole Iseppi’s position as the Associate Director of global energy company ENGIE, and a committee member of both the global solar Terrawatt Initiative and the International Bar Association’s Global Power Law reforms, makes her perfectly positioned to offer an international industry perspective on the current policy crisis wracking our energy sector & if a Royal Commission will only add to the woes.

People generally assume that AI is completely obiective. In fact, it isn’t. Algorithms come with the biases of their creators: what they think is important, and what they think is unimportant; what data is used to train, and what data is ignored. Monash Alumni and Global Leader Chris Murphy says that as AI becomes a growing part of our world, it’s time to start thinking about the consequences of the potential biases of those training algorithms and what data they are feeding them.

Monash Alumni and former Young Australian of the Year Tan Le’s time in community service taught her the limitations of trying to change the world when fundraising has to be top priority. “… you don’t have a lot of latitude, because you’re often reliant on government funding or other mechanisms to raise money … It became very clear to me that I wanted to become an entrepreneur so I would have more opportunity to create wealth and jobs.” During Global Leaders’ Week Tan will share her insights on how to leverage the opportunities presented by technological advances to make the world a better place.

The Monash Alumni and Science graduate founded the southern hemisphere’s rose petal industry when she started her business Simply Rose petals in 2004. Since starting the business, the number of rose petal suppliers has grown from one to 34 today. It has given horticulturalists, cut-flower growers and florists an entirely new income stream. Sarah was this year named in Australia’s top 50 business leaders and has won both the Churchill and Nuffield Fellowships.

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