Shaping tomorrow’s world, starting today

Shaping tomorrow’s world, starting today

“The leader of the market today may not necessarily be the leader tomorrow.” -  Ma Huateng (马化腾)

Work and value, as we thought we understood them, have been progressively “disrupted” over the last 100 years. And then 2020 happened... More than ever economies need to adapt, create shared value, and grow rapidly. What technologies and ideas will shape our cities, workplaces, buildings, energy systems, and financial systems in the years ahead?

This Future Economy ANU TechLauncher webcast will showcase technologies to meet challenges in:

  • AI & Machine Learning,
  • Civil & Energy Systems, and
  • Business Systems & Infrastructure 

Join us to learn how organisations like CSIRO, ANU, and our industry and government ecosystem partners are creating value and wealth for society.


Rebecca Bell
General Manager – Members Health Medibank

Rebecca is a senior executive at Medibank where she has been a senior leader in strategy, corporate development and member health for over 10 years.

She is also Non Executive Director - Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay & Central Queensland Primary Health Network, and an Adjunct Associate Professor - School of Public Health & Community Medicine – UNSW.

Rebecca will share with us her thoughts on the future economy in her keynote address to the TechLauncher cohort.


Diane Herz, CEO
ANU Social Research Centre

Diane is a seasoned practitioner and leader in survey and policy research with more than 3 decades of experience in government and consulting roles in the USA. In her most recent role at Mathematica Policy Research she had the dual responsibilities of Vice President and Director of Mathematica's Human Services Division and as the company's Chief Diversity Officer.

Prior to Mathematica, Diane was an economist with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). During her 21-year tenure at the BLS she served first as an economic analyst and later as director of the American Time Use Survey and the Current Population Survey (similar to the Monthly Labour Force Survey in Australia).

Diane holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland College Park in Maryland and a master’s degree in management information systems from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

She is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society program and of the Tuck School at Dartmouth’s Leadership for Strategic Impact program. Diane has also held leadership positions in the survey industry, including as president of the Washington Statistical Society and as chair of the American Statistical Association’s Committee on LGBT concerns.


Dr Priscilla Kan John
Program Convener, Postgraduate Computing, ANU

Priscilla is passionate about science, technology and innovation. From a young age, she knew that she wanted to be an engineer & scientist when she grew up.

She is the Program Convenor for Postgraduate Computing at the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science.

In 2008, Priscilla co-founded Innovation ACT, an award-winning entrepreneurial program in the ACT, and was actively involved in its running for three years.

She has a PhD in Computer Science (AI) from the Australian National University and was sponsored by National Information and Communication Technology (NICTA), now Data61, for her research.


Date & time

11am–12.30pm 27 Oct 2020


Zoom details will be sent to the registered participants on Fri, 24 Oct

Event series

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