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AIIA NSW Forum ‘Skills for Today, Jobs for Tomorrow’

Thursday, 21 September 2017


Price Member: $175

Price Non-Member:  $245

Table Price Member: $1750

Table Price Non-Member: $2450


As the rapid growth in technology continues, concern about job displacement and predictions of looming job losses is widespread.  Supposedly, around 40% of the workforce will be replaced by computers in the next 10-15 years. However, 99% of all Australians believe that innovation and the development of new technology are vital to our future prosperity. Only 43% of Australians think we are keeping pace with other developed countries.


We need to start articulating how new technologies are creating new job opportunities, and start preparing for these jobs of the future by building the necessary skills.



Identify how new technologies are impacting:


  • Your sector
  • Specific roles
  • New job opportunities
  • Skills needed for jobs
  • Policy issues

Who should attend:

  • HR managers
  • C-level managers
  • Operations managers


The AIIA “Skills for Today, Jobs for Tomorrow” forum will bring together renowned futurist Shara Evans, ICT and broader industry leaders to discuss the future of work in Australia.  Coupled with the public release of AIIA’s thought leadership piece on the Jobs for Tomorrow, the forum will consider:


  • The implications of new digital technologies such as AI, robotics, automation etc on the nature of jobs and employment in the future;
  • Risks such as job polarisation;
  • New look future jobs and employment opportunities – including across different industry sectors; and
  • The implications for skills development, reskilling and lifelong learning.


In addition to Shara, a panel of experts from key industries such as Banking, Government and Education will discuss the impact on their sectors, and how they are developing skills within their organisations today, to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.


Based on Galaxy Poll research commissioned by the AIIA, 97% of Australians polled feel positive about ongoing work and job opportunities in Australia in the future.  This event will explore this optimism in more detail, highlight what and where the opportunities are, plus examine the policy issues that need to be surfaced to assure a vibrant and competitive workforce of the future.


Shara Evans

Technology Futurist and CEO
Market Clarity


Technology Futurist Shara Evans is a globally acknowledged Keynote Speaker and widely regarded as one of the world’s Top Female Futurists.

Fusing her engineering background with an intuitive understanding of how society is likely to respond to new technologies, Shara weaves the implications of technology innovations into powerful narratives that can be applied to every industry.

Shara is a regular media commentator on technology issues — appearing on shows such as Sky News, The Drum, Lateline, 7:30 and is regularly quoted in publications such as the Financial Review, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and many others.

Shara is also the Founder and CEO of Market Clarity, an award-winning technology analyst firm that provides insight, intelligence and advice on all aspects of the telecom and emerging technologies markets, as well as the Founder of Telsyte (which she sold to publicly listed UXC), and has been providing innovative research and strategic consulting on telecoms and technology throughout her successful career.

Shara helps her clients understand new product and service opportunities that are being underpinned by emerging technologies. Frequently working with executive, strategy and product teams, Shara gets organisations to think outside the box of what’s available today to imagine the world in 10 – 20 years, and assists them in commercialising these concepts into innovative new products and services.

In her keynote speeches, Shara brings together the latest technology innovations and cutting-edge research projects, tying them into strategic insights for a wide range of industries.

David Thodey, AO

Chairman of the Board
Jobs for NSW


David Thodey AO is a global business leader focused on technology and telecommunications with more than 30 years of experience creating brand and shareholder value.


He is currently Chairman of Australia’s national scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Chairman of JobsNSW focused on job creation in NSW, and on the Advisory Boards of SquargePeg Capital and UHG. He also had a successful career as CEO of Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company.


Mr Thodey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. He attended the Kellogg School of Management postgraduate General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA.

Alexis Rouch

Medical Media


Alexis is the COO/CTO for Medical Media, Australia’s largest digital health media network reaching over 6m people each month.   Launched in 2012, Medical Media is dedicated to providing the community with reputable health and wellbeing information at the point of care so they may make informed decisions on the care, services and products they may need.


Prior to working at Medical Media Alexis held senior leadership positions in corporate and consulting organisations in Australia, Asia, UK and Europe, including at AMP, ANZ, Accenture, PwC and Vodafone.


With 25 years experience in leveraging technology to drive strategic change, Alexis is passionate about harnessing diversity and innovation to push limits and drive business outcomes.  She is an advocate for women and girls participating actively in technology.

Attila Brungs

Vice-Chancellor and President
University of Technology Sydney


Professor Brungs is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Technology Sydney. He has previously held senior positions with the CSIRO and McKinsey & Company.


Professor Brungs is a Rhodes Scholar with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University and a University Medal in Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales.


Some of Professor Brungs’ present key appointments include the Federal Government Research Data Infrastructure Committee; the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council; Convenor, NSW Vice-Chancellor’s Committee; Chair, UniProjects; and the Federal Government’s National University Precincts Advisory Committee. His experience includes many distinguished past board and committee memberships, including not-for-profit organisations, in addition to numerous state and federal government and institutional appointments.


*Photo Credit – Jesse Taylor

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