Panel discussions

Technology and Innovation

Business and Trade

Confirmed speakers

  • Mario Suntanu, Partner at Sinar Mas Digital Ventures
  • Agung Nugroho, Co-Founder and COO of Kudo
  • Susie Sugden, Chief Commercial Officer at Temple & Webster

Last year, President Joko Widodo led Indonesia’s first ‘startup mission’ to the United States. In Australia, PM Turnbull campaigned on the idea of an ‘ideas boom’. Our panel of experts will discuss how companies are harnessing technology in both countries and the potential for future collaboration in this swiftly growing space. Our panel will also comment on the government’s role in encouraging private investment in innovation and fostering growth of the digital ecosystem.

Confirmed speakers

  • John Denton, Managing Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Andy Zain, Managing Director of Kejora Ventures

With the future of free trade and the Trans Pacific Partnership in doubt, both countries are pushing to conclude IA-CEPA. Our expert panel will explore how both countries can benefit from the IA-CEPA and create sustainable business partnerships to enhance the economic relationship. Which industries do our experts see as having substantial potential for growth and how can the risks be constructively navigated?


Defence and Security

Confirmed speakers

  • Dave McRae, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne Asia Institute
  • Patricia Karvelas, Presenter at ABC RN and Sky News
  • Ariel Heryanto, Herb Feith Professor for the Study of Indonesia at Monash University
  • Kate McGregor, Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne

Our annual political panel will look at the domestic political scene in both countries, and how those issues have shaped foreign policy over the last year. Experts in politics and policy will review the bilateral relationship in an informal discussion.

Confirmed speakers

  • Philips Vermonte, Head of Politics and International Relations at CSIS
  • Greta Nabbs-Keller, Manager of Indonesia and Southeast Asia programs at the University of Queensland
  • Aaron Connelly, Research Fellow in the East Asia Program at the Lowy Institute

On the international stage, defence and security is at the top of government agendas. From tensions in the South China to the growth of extremist groups, panelists will explore how Indonesia and Australia can work together to bolster national security.