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Business of Recovery

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Accelerating the recovery from COVID-19 is one of the key challenges we are all grappling with around the globe. Addressing the pandemic’s immediate impacts on the economy is critical, but how can we embrace and capitalise on the new opportunities that COVID-19 has forced into fruition?

Business of Recovery will explore the important and enduring ways the economic environment post-COVID is likely to differ from pre-COVID, and is the next event in the successful ‘Business Of’ series, hosted by UNSW Business School since 2016. Previous events have included the Business of Risk, Business of Ethics, Business of Data, the Business of Wellbeing and the Business of Money. Theses provide ongoing learning for UNSW Business School alumni and the wider UNSW community, offering access to the very best in business thinking and practice.

A panel of distinguished alumni join us for Business of Recovery, representing vast experience and knowledge, working across a range of sectors with effect on large sections of society, in both global and Australian contexts. You can read more about our speakers below.

We invite you to submit questions for the panel when you register to attend the forum. Here’s a sample of the questions we’ll cover during this thought-provoking digital event:

  • There will be different rates of recovery in different parts of the world, and impact will differ by industry. How do you expect this to play out, particularly for Australia?
  • How do insolvent businesses reinvigorate? Where should their focus be, considering current geo-politics as well as market forces?
  • How will the Australian and global economic recovery pathways be different to that of the Global Financial Crisis?

SPEAKERS:

Guy Templeton
President & CEO, WSP Australia & NZ

Guy Templeton

Guy leads WSP in Australia and New Zealand and is a member of the global executive team.

WSP is a Toronto-listed firm employing 50,000 people in over 40 countries providing engineering, design and program management services to clients in the Transportation & Infrastructure, Property & Buildings, Environment, Power & Energy, Resources and Industry sectors, as well as offering strategic advisory services.

Prior to WSP’s acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff from Balfour Beatty, Guy led services and construction businesses across Asia, Africa and Australia/NZ.

Guy was previously CEO of Minter Ellison Lawyers and a Managing Partner at PA Consulting Group where he led global practices in telecommunications and media, financial services, manufacturing, strategy and marketing, from a base in Hong Kong.

He held earlier management and engineering positions at TNT and NEC, and with electricity and telecommunications providers.

He is the Chair of the BCA’s Infrastructure and Growth Committee, a Member of UNSW’s Business Advisory Council, an Adjunct Professor and Member of the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Board at UTS, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia.

 

Peeyush Gupta AM
Chair of Charter Hall Long Wale REIT and a Director of National Australia Bank, SBS and Link Market Services.

Peeyush Gupta AM

Peeyush is Chairman of Charter Hall Long Wale REIT and Non-Executive Director on various commercial, public sector and not-for-profit boards including National Australia Bank, iCare NSW, Special Broadcasting Service Corporation (SBS), Quintessence Labs, Bank of New Zealand Life Insurance and Link Market Services, a provider of super fund and corporate registry administration. He has been a member of the UNSW Business School Advisory Council since 2006 and is also a Trustee of Western Sydney University.

Peeyush was Chairman of MLC Life (2015-16) and State Super Financial Services (2010-16) and a member of the Safety, Return To Work and Support Board and Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fund Investment Board. He was also a co-founder of Ipac Securities, a distinguished wealth management firm, and its inaugural Chief Executive Officer.

Peeyush has an MBA from the AGSM@UNSW Business School, a BA in Computing Studies from Canberra University and qualifications from Harvard and London Business Schools.

In 2019, Peeyush was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) “for significant service to business, and to the community, through governance and philanthropic roles. He was also AGSM’s inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award winner in 2005.

Peeyush was Chairman of MLC Life (2015-16) and State Super Financial Services (2010-16) and a member of the Safety, Return To Work and Support Board and Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fund Investment Board. He was also a co-founder of Ipac Securities, a distinguished wealth management firm, and its inaugural Chief Executive Officer.

Peeyush has an MBA from the AGSM@UNSW Business School, a BA in Computing Studies from Canberra University and qualifications from Harvard and London Business Schools.

In 2019, Peeyush was recognised as a recipient of the Order of Australia (AM) “for significant service to business, and to the community, through governance and philanthropic roles”.

Joanne Spillane
Executive Director & Global Head of Private Capital Markets (PCM), Macquarie Capital

Joanne Spillane

Jo is responsible for Macquarie Capital’s relationships with the largest global investors in infrastructure assets, including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, superannuation funds and specialist fund managers. 

In her role, Jo advises government, corporate and financial sponsor clients on access to equity capital for significant private capital transactions across sectors such as infrastructure and energy, telecommunications and transport.  Since 2015, PCM has raised over AUD$60b of equity for these deals. 

Jo has been with Macquarie for over 22 years, spending the first 12 years of this in Equity Capital Markets where she was responsible for the origination and execution of equity capital raisings for listed entities and Initial Public Offerings. 

She has an MBA from AGSM@UNSW Business School and a BA Comm from UTS; she is also a Non-Executive Director of the Aurora Education Foundation. 

MODERATOR

Glenda Korporaal OAM
Associate Editor (Business), The Australian

Glenda Korporaal

Glenda Korporaal has been covering business and finance in Australia and around the world for more than thirty years. She has worked in Sydney, Canberra, Washington, New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore and has interviewed many of Australia's top business executives. Her career has included stints as deputy editor of the Australian Financial Review and business editor for The Bulletin magazine. Former China correspondent for The Australian and former editor of The Australian's Deal magazine. She is the author of 'Yankee Dollars: Australian investment in America'.

Glenda has a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW Business School and a Master of Economics degree from George Washington University.

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