General Peter Cosgrove to speak at Conference

Saturday, 01 March 2003


    Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove will be part of an innovative forum at this year's Company Directors Conference, at Parliament House, Canberra from May 14-16.

    Cosgrove, will take part in Forum E, "The General, The Politician, The Director: in conversation with the Digital Age Philosopher". In this session, digital-age philosopher Jonar C. Nader interviews General Cosgrove, former politician Tim Fischer and director William Kirkby Jones in a Parkinson-style conversation about the characteristics of winners and losers.

    They will discuss the questions of leadership, decision-making, teamwork, ethics, and the oft-taboo subjects of "power" and "control".

    An additional forum has been added to the program. Entitled "Contemporary Moral Philosophy and its Impact on Business", this forum will identify the changing geopolitical forces that are re-shaping developed and emerging economies. It will also address how these forces impact on future business and to what extent these cultural values shape economic, political and social performance. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to alter your forum selection, please contact Hoteliers International on 07 3210 1646.

    Another recent confirmation is that of Mervyn King, one of South Africa's leading corporate governance specialists. As Senior Counsel and a former judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa, King is well placed to contribute to Session 8, "Reputation - More Valuable Than Money?" King will be joined in this session by one of Australia's leading governance experts, Alan Cameron, former chairman of ASIC.

    Also confirmed is one of Australia leading businessmen, Dr Robert Clifford, founder and chairman of Incat Australia. Clifford will participate in two sessions - "Tales of the Corporate Battlefield" where he will share the Incat story, and Forum C, "The Private/Public Boundary: Muddying the Water?"

    As an added benefit to delegates this year, the Sensis Internet Communication Centre will provide delegates with access to a number of computers, complete with internet access, on-site at Parliament House throughout the conference.

    Delegates will be able to access their e-mails (provided they have an account with a provider that allows checking of e-mail via a web based interface) plus be able to use the AICD "On-line Networking" facilities, including private messaging. Vittoria Coffee is also providing delegates with complimentary coffee while they use the facilities, making it a true internet cafe.


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