Day 1 Sessions Program - Wednesday 21 April

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10:00 am



Welcome to Country


10:20 am

What does the future look like?

The opening keynote address from George Megalogenis, one of Australia’s leading thinkers and author of The Australian Moment and Australia’s Second Chance, will set the scene for the conference, promising to open our minds and stimulate our thinking, as we look towards the future of Australia and Australian philanthropy.

As we approach the quarter-way mark of the 21st century, George will explore important questions about where we are headed as a nation. What shifts can we expect to see and what impacts will they have on our society? Are we ready to embrace the positive ones, and are we doing enough to address to the negative ones?

By exploring these questions, we can better understand what the future needs of philanthropy, and whether as a sector we are ready to deliver.

George Megalogenis
Author & Journalist 

10:35 am

Global perspectives: What does the future look like?

Following the keynote address from George Megalogenis, this session will involve four 15-minute keynote addresses by philanthropic sector leaders from Australia, Asia and the United States.

Each will share their perspective about what the future needs from philanthropy. Is philanthropy ready to deliver on what the future needs from us? What are we doing right and what needs to change? They will conclude by each identifying one challenge for the philanthropy and one opportunity.

Phil Buchanan
President, Center for Effective Philanthropy

Naina Batra
CEO & Chairperson, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network

Caitriona Fay
Managing Partner, Perpetual Private

Nicholas Moore
Former Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie Group Limited

11:35 am

Morning tea

12:00 pm

PANEL: What does the future need from us?

Following their keynote addresses, this session will dig deeper into the themes and issues raised by each speaker as well as the big picture context outlined by George Megalogenis.

Moderated by the 2019 ACT Australian of the Year, Virginia Haussegger AM, the discussion promises to be frank, engaging and with practical relevance for philanthropy of all shapes and sizes as well as the broader not-for-profit sector.


Virginia Haussegger AM
Journalist, Author & Presenter


Phil Buchanan
President, Center for Effective Philanthropy

Naina Batra
CEO & Chairperson, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network

Caitriona Fay
Managing Partner, Perpetual Private

Nicholas Moore
Former Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie Group Limited

12:40 pm

RESPONSE: What do we need for the future?

To conclude the morning, this response from a young Australian leader will challenge philanthropy to step up and ensure it’s ready to meet the needs of communities across Australia, so it can be an effective partner for creating positive change.


12:45 pm


2:30 pm

PANEL: Building back better

The COVID-19 pandemic shook the roots of Australian society, and the global community. In doing so, it has exposed many of the underlying challenges and fault lines in our social and economic model. Some groups in our society have been hit harder than others, and the crisis has highlighted the problems of precarious employment and gender inequality, with the temporary increase in the rate of JobSeeker/Newstart being a stark recognition that our social safety net in Australia is inadequate.

As we emerge from the crisis, we have a choice as a society. We can return to the social and economic model we had before, or we can actively seek to reshape it so that we ‘build back better’. If we take the second option – what changes do we need to see in Australian society, and importantly, how do we make ideas become reality? What role do different sectors need to play and can we rely on government to deliver all the changes we need to see?

This panel of Australian leaders and thinkers from different sectors will address these questions, helping to shape the way forward for Australia.


David Crosbie
CEO, Community Council for Australia


Natalie Egleton
CEO, Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

Dean Parkin
CEO, Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition

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3:10 pm

Afternoon tea

3:30 pm

Live entertainment


3:35 pm

PRESENTATION: Blueprint for Philanthropy

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the introduction of private ancillary funds in Australia. An important policy reform, together with other initiatives they have helped philanthropy grow and flourish in Australia.

As we look towards the next 20 years, what changes in policy and practice do we need if we are to see philanthropy truly make the impact that the future needs from it?

In this session, Philanthropy Australia CEO, Jack Heath will present the findings from the first stage of the ‘Blueprint for Philanthropy’ project. Based on extensive research and intensive stakeholder engagement, the Blueprint provides an action plan for enhancing philanthropy’s potential.

Following this, Jack will join David Gonski AC, one of the key players behind the introduction of private ancillary funds in Australia and a passionate advocate for the power of philanthropy, to look back on the past 20 years in Australian philanthropy and forward to the future.


3:55 pm

Summary & Day 1 wrap


4:00 pm

Close of Day 1 Sessions


4:10 pm

Networking & debrief


4:55 pm




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