• The Age Innovation Summit

    26 November 2021 | MCEC, Melbourne


The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has illustrated the importance of investment in science. Our public health response has been exemplary with an evidence-based approach to flattening the curve informed by a broad network of scientists and local scientific endeavours. Our technology companies and manufacturing capabilities have responded with the quick development of COVID-19 tests, genomic tracking of cases and innovation in vaccination technology. 2021 will be year of recovery thanks to these achievements.

We gather at the MCEC to hear from our leaders, scientists and technologists to continue dialogue on innovation in Australia and why investment is more crucial then ever.

With our focus on recovery join us to hear from our excellent speaker faculty about what it will take to ensure we are thriving through and post pandemic days ahead.


The Hon Jaala Pulford MP
Minister for Employment, Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business

The Hon Katie Allen MP
Federal Member for Higgins & Committee Member, Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources

The Hon Gabrielle Upton MLA
Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier

The Hon John Brumby AO
La Trobe University

Bill Ferris
Chair, Medical Research Commercialisation Fund, Inaugural Chair, Innovation and Science Australia

Jeremy Balkin
Head of FinTech & Innovation, Wholesale Payments
J.P. Morgan NYC

Dr Jens Goennemann
Managing Director,
Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre

Adir Shiffman
Catapult Sports

Daniel Petre AO
Airtree Ventures

Jon Whittle
CSIRO’s Data61

Domm Holland
CEO & Co-Founder,

Niki Scevak
Blackbird Ventures

Dr Larry Marshall
Chief Executive,

Sally-Ann Williams
Cicada Innovations

Professor James McCluskey
Incoming Deputy Vice-Chancellor,
The University of Melbourne

Eric Swift
Vice President and Managing Director, ANZ,

Didier Elzinga
Founder & CEO, Culture Amp,
Board Member, Tech Council of Australia

Rachael Neumann
StartUP Australia


26 November 2021


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