World Business Forum keeps industry leaders on cutting edge

Best-selling author and global researcher, Marcus Buckingham, is widely recognised as the world's leading expert on talent.

The World Business Forum Sydney is one of the most anticipated dates on the calendar at

Symes Group, and this year is no exception.

It's touted to be the best yet, bringing together industry leaders from across the world to speak on topics as diverse as the speakers themselves. Over two days from May 28 to 29, the forum will connect industry leaders with some of the most innovative business thinkers the world has to offer.

Celebrating its sixth year of learning, inspiration and networking in Australia, the 2019 edition represents the Sydney leg of a global series of forums run by World of Business Ideas (WOBI) and is set to draw a crowd of 2000 of Australia and New Zealand’s leading business executives and thinkers.

Malisa Mlinaric, General Manager of WOBI Australia, said, “in a world of information overload, World Business Forum focuses on the issues most relevant for today’s leaders and businesspeople, stimulating new thinking and inspiring action.

“It also provides a unique networking environment to connect with like-minded professionals.”

The speakers for the World Business Forum Sydney 2019 are a diverse and distinguished group of business leaders. Speakers include:

Jeff Immelt

One of the world’s most respected business leaders and growth strategists, Jeff was the ninth chairman of GE and served as CEO for 16 years, transforming GE into a simpler, stronger and more focused digital industrial company. He revamped the company’s strategy, global footprint, workforce and culture, positioning it for the future. During his tenure, industrial earnings doubled and GE returned $145 billion in dividends, more than in the cumulative history of the company.

Gary Hamel

Gary Hamel is one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers who has led transformational efforts in some of the world’s most notable companies helping to create billions of dollars in shareholder value. Gary has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years and is the director of the Management Innovation eXchange.

Marcus Buckingham

Best-selling author and global researcher, Marcus Buckingham, is widely recognised as the world's leading expert on talent. He is a thought leader focused on unlocking strengths, increasing performance and pioneering the future of how people work. His hugely influential books including, First, Break All The Rules, Now, Discover Your Strengths, and The One Thing You Need To Know – offer important insights into maximising strengths and understanding the crucial differences between leadership and management. His upcoming book, Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide To The Real World, details how faulty assumptions, wrong thinking is running through our organisational lives.

Stephen M R Covey

Stephen M R Covey is a world leading authority on trust, leadership, culture and empowerment. He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. Stephen personally led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr Stephen R Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine.

Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. He has authored more than 15 books, including Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, and has been advancing groundbreaking concepts for over three decades. His 1992 bestseller, Paradigm Shift, helped coin this seminal management concept, and The Digital Economy changed business thinking about the transformational nature of the internet. Two years later he helped popularise the terms net generation and the digital divide in Growing Up Digital.

Susan David

Susan David, PhD is one of the world’s leading management thinkers, a visionary who developed the concept of emotional agility, and an award winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. Susan offers unique expertise on cultivating more agile, healthy, resilient and authentically happy people, families, workplaces and communities. Thinkers50 recognised her with the Breakthrough Idea Award for insights that have the potential to forever change the way we do business, and Harvard Business Review named emotional agility Management Idea of the Year. Her book, Emotional Agility was a number one Wall Street Journal bestseller, translated into 26 languages, and profiled throughout national and international media.

Martha Rogers

Martha Rogers is a world leading expert in the area of relationship and consumer marketing, well known as one-to-one marketing, whose work has helped many iconic brands to rethink their approach to customer engagement and marketing. Martha has written nine international bestsellers with business partner, Don Peppers, that have collectively sold well over one million copies of in 18 languages. Her counsel and insight are sought after by Fortune 500 and Blue Chip executives trying to crack the code on customer measurement and value, trust, innovation, and the effect of emerging technologies.

Juan Enriquez

A respected futurist, Juan lives in the future and works on the cutting edge of discovery. A bestselling author and active investor in early-stage private companies in the life sciences sector, Juan is also one of the world’s leading authorities on the uses and benefits of genomic research.

Charlene Li

A digital transformation thought leader, Charlene is a Principal Analyst at Altimeter, a prophet company, and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership. She is also the co-author of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell, which was named one of the best business books in 2008. Her newest book, The Engaged Leader, was published in March 2015. Her deep knowledge of leadership, strategy, interactive media and marketing gives her unique insight into the changing business landscape and exploring and explaining the new world and society being created right before our eyes by new technologies.

Professor Jill Klein

Professor Jill Klein is an esteemed academic and award-wining author, with more than 30 years of teaching experience. Drawing on her family’s experiences during the Holocaust and her recent experience working with Equal Playing Field in Jordan, Jill’s insights and teachings on resilience have inspired people across the world.

Ms Mlinaric said, “World Business Forum Sydney 2019‘s focus is ‘exponential – leading and managing in a rapidly evolving world where old sets of thinking must be replaced with the new’.

“As technological advancement accelerates transformation, we are at an inflection point where the traditional ways of doing business are becoming rapidly obsolete.

“The principles of incrementalism and linear thinking, once the foundations of our approach to strategy and business, are being replaced by new principles of exponentialism. Key elements include: speed over certainty, abundance over scarcity, networks over hierarchy; and empowerment over control.

“For leaders and organisations capable of making the shift from an incremental to an exponential mindset there lies the opportunity to drive unprecedented growth.”

“This year’s event will help shape the success of many moving forward.”

WOBI’s World Business Forum was ranked first place in Best Conferences to Attend by The Muse, and has been in Forbes’ Top 10 Leadership Conferences for two years running.

Major and supporting sponsors include Canon, Hitachi, Liberty, BUPA and Sunsuper. Other partners include Melbourne Business School, Virgin Australia, Delta, The Sydney Morning Herald, B&T and Nutanix.

WOBI has a strong presence across the globe, and prides itself on creating intelligent, inspiring events to keep business leaders on the cutting edge of innovation and industry transformation.

What: World Business Forum

When: 28-29 May 2019

Where: ICC Sydney

Register: ph 1300 306 650, email or go to

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Ph: 1300 657 934

PO Box 5192 Greenwich NSW 2065

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