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View From The Top

The UniSA Business School is proud to present View From The Top, an exclusive seminar and networking series that connects executives and thought-leaders with our MBA and postgraduate students, alumni and high achieving second and final year undergraduate students.

Our View From The Top presenters share leadership and industry insights and advance debate on issues that affect the business world and our society. Our broader community of students, alumni, industry and academic partners can also benefit from these events - each View From The Top seminar is available to view online.

 2019 Seminar Series

Watch this space.

Past Seminars

       Christine Anthoney          

Adelaide; celebrating non-conformity, all together

Christie Anthoney - Chief Executive Officer, Festivals Adelaide

Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Date: Wednesday, 28 March
Location: Yungondi Building, UniSA City West Campus

Hosted by the University of South Australia's Business School.

South Australia has long been recognised as the ‘Festival State’, with its intense weeks of wild abandon in February/March and unique cultural clusters peppered throughout the year.   Festivals Adelaide, is the first alliance of one city's major arts and cultural festivals in the southern hemisphere, pulling together the significant cultural festivals that have contributed greatly to Adelaide’s Arts and Tourism industry over decades.

In this masterclass, Christie Anthoney, UniSA Business School alumna (Grad Dip Arts Management, 1994) and CEO of Festivals Adelaide, will explore the role of Festivals in South Australia; their social, cultural, and economic contribution to the state, and explore the resilience of a sector that challenges the norm.  Christie will share with students and alumni career tips for entering and advancing in the Arts Management industry locally and globally.

       Greg Pattinson          

Fighting Hunger Through Innovation and Creativity

Greg Pattinson - CEO, Foodbank SA

Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Date: Thursday, 9 August
Location: Yungondi Building, UniSA City West Campus

Hunger and food insecurity continue to be a social problem in South Australia, despite the country is ranked the world's 13th largest economy. Each month, over 100,000 South Australians experience food insecurity with one third of them being children.

The prices of essentials like food, health, education, housing, utilities and transport have climbed so much in recent years that one in every six people in Australia are now forced to seek food assistance. It’s not just the traditionally vulnerable groups such as the homeless and the unemployed seeking food relief. Over 56% are working families who are already struggling to keep a roof over their heads and are trying to cope with high cost of living, sudden bill shocks and financial disadvantage.

Greg Pattinson is the Chief Executive Officer of Foodbank SA and brings extensive experience gained over 30 years in the food, automotive, and mining sectors.  In this masterclass, Greg Pattinson will share with students and alumni how innovative and creative entrepreneurship can be incorporated into the running of a social enterprise such as Foodbank.


Trump, Trade Wars and Tariffs - what does it mean for Australia?

Tim Harcourt - The Airport Economist

Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Date: Thursday, 6 September
Location: Yungondi Building, UniSA City West Campus

American President Donald Trump came to office on the back of a "Put America First" platform of populism and trade protection. And it hasn't just been trade policy by twitter, in office Trump has made good on his threats, and has imposed import tariffs setting up a trade war not just with China but with allies such as the European Union, Canada and Brazil.

But how sustainable is this trade war and what does it mean for the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and emerging markets? And what does it mean for Australia's engagement with Asia? Can Australia be the honest broker with Asia, compared to the erratic incumbent in the White House?

Tim Harcourt is The Airport Economist – host of the TV program, Podcast and author of the books. Tim is the J.W. Nevile Fellow in Economics at the UNSW Business School. He was also the first chief economist of the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) for over a decade.

Tim has also served as an International Economic Adviser to 3 Federal Cabinet Ministers and 2 State Premiers and has been an Expert Panel Member, Minimum Wage Review, Superannuation Funds, for the Fair Work Commission. Tim also worked as an economist for the ACTU and the RBA.

When not flying around the world, Tim teaches International Business at the UNSW Business School, in the AGSM MBA programme in Asia and Latin America. He is an active commentator in the Australian and International media on economic and trade issues and appears regularly on TV and radio, as well as in print publications. Tim is the author of 6 books on international economy. His best known book The Airport Economist is a business bestseller and has been translated into several languages around Asia.