Join Australia’s top founders and financial minds.

Tech. Talent. Growth. The top issues keeping leaders up at night.

Australia’s best businesses know how to navigate these challenges – now they’re coming together to share their insights and experience with you.

Who should attend?
Business Leaders, Entrepreneurs, Startups, Side Hustlers, Motivated Professionals, Stakeholder Teams and those ready to turn ideas into outcomes.

Find and retain the best people
Lead a hybrid team for success
How to get the foundations right
What you need to scale securely
Which new tech is worth it
What VCs want to see
Where your next market is
How experts see the economy


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18 November 2022, 9am – 5pm AEDT, ICC Sydney

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Steve Forbes
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief
Forbes Media

Founder & CEO

Luke Anear
Luke founded workplace safety software company SafetyCulture from his garage. Today, it’s used by more than 65,000 organisations worldwide.

Jessica Sepel
Founder & Director
JSHealth Vitamins

Jessica Sepel
3 times best-selling author, Jess built JSHealth to provide high quality supplements to her community.

Ben Thompson
CEO & Founder
Employment Hero

Ben Thompson
20yrs in finance and employment law, Ben thrives on disruptive people management offerings that redefine markets.

Adam Jacobs

Adam Jacobs
After Australia’s largest online fashion retailer, Adam turned to building global tech that positively influences society.

Erin Deering

Erin Deering
Erin grew Triangl into a USD$200m company through a hunger for success and savvy social media use. One year alone saw a $50m revenue jump.

Tim Fung
Co-Founder & CEO

Tim Fung
From an idea to capital raising and global brand – Airtasker is a success story that empowers people and impacts the future of work on a global scale.

Skip Capital

Kim Jackson
Former investment banker and rock musician, Kim founded and runs Skip Capital. Skip invests in high-growth tech companies (incl. Canva, CultureAmp and SafetyCulture) as well as future-aware infrastructure projects.

Chris Eigleland
Co-Founder & CEO

Chris Eigeland
Go1 is the largest online professional education provider in the world and recognised as one of the fastest growing companies in Australia. 

With a combined valuation of more than $7.7 billion, tap into the “who’s who” of Australian founders for insights and inspiration on the biggest issues facing leaders today.

Sarah O’Carroll
Editor in Chief, Forbes Australia
Rick Baker
Blackbird Ventures

Rick Baker
A VC firm focused on the best global tech startups in Australia and NZ. Rick has led the firm’s investments into companies such as Canva, Baraja SafetyCulture, and Gilmour Space.

Emma Weston
Co-Founder & CEO

Emma Weston
A multi-awarded platform, AgriDigital is leading the way in digitizing, connecting and securing global agricultural supply chains – from farmer to consumer.

Tammy Hembrow
Saski & TammyFit

Tammy Hembrow
With a social following of 15.4 million+ on Instagram and over 2m subscribers on YouTube & TikTok, Tammy’s success is driven by her honest and open approach to all her social channels.

Founder & CEO

Sue Fennessy
Sue has spent the last 30 years creating disruptive businesses in the digital economy across Asia, Europe and North America. Now, she’s taking on the tech giants with a new, sustainable social media platform, WeAre8.

Shaun Wilson
Co-Founder, CEO & MD
Bondi Sands

Shaun Wilson
Bondi Sands was founded in 2012. With co-founder Shaun Wilson at the helm of the company’s global brand strategy, today it’s the number one self-tanning brand in the world.

Pippa Hallas
Ella Bache

Pippa Hallas
Ella Bache has grown to be one of Australia’s most iconic skincare companies. Hallas is its third-generation owner and chief and knows all about perseverance and taking risks.

Founder & CEO

Naby Mariyam
Key-note speaker and host of Hustlechat podcast, Naby Mariyam founded Coverhero in 2017 to focus on insurance services for Millenials and GenZ.

Elicia McDonald

Elicia McDonald
AirTree Ventures is one of the largest VC funds in Australia and has been an early investor in many breakout tech companies like Canva. McDonald is Partner at the firm, and has supported ambitious founders in the early stages of their journey.

Fred Schebesta

Fred Schebesta
Schebesta is an entrepreneur, adviser and the founder of global fintech, Finder (now worth over half a billion dollars). He’s also known as The Crypto King of Australia and has recently launched a blockchain investment fund.

Dr Sarah Hunter
Senior Economist & Partner

Dr Sarah Hunter
Joining KPMG in 2022, Dr Hunter is a senior economist and partner in the firm’s economics tax centre. She leads the firm’s economic advisory practice, and is currently helping businesses navigate the high inflation environment.

Sally Auld
Chief Investment Officer

Sally Auld
An expert in financial markets, Auld is the chief investment officer at JBWere. Previously she was the managing director and chief economist of JP Morgan.

Johnathan McMenamin
Senior Economist

Johnathan McMenamin
McMenamin is a senior economist at Barrenjoey, leading the development of the company’s economic framework and forecasting capabilities.


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Event agenda

8:00 amRegistration opens
9:00 amEvent commences
Global Outlook with Steve Forbes via video
Economic Outlook Panel
Fireside Chat – Luke Anear, SafetyCulture
Growth Panel
Venture Capital Panel
12:55 pmLunch
Platinum ticket-holders: exclusive lunchtime speaker session with Sue Fennessey, WeAre8. Catered lunch provided.
2:10 pmEvent resumes
Fireside Chat – Jessica Sepel, JSHealth Vitamins
Leadership Panel
Technology Panel
5:00 pmEvent concludes
5:15 pmPost-event cocktail and networking function.
presented by American Express
Platinum ticket-holders only 


ICC Sydney
14 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW 2000

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You will receive your live event ticket via email within 24 hours of completing your purchase. Guest tickets will be emailed within 72 hours of providing full details.
Is this event live or virtual?
The Forbes Australia Business Summit is a live, in-person event hosted at the ICC in Sydney. Please note the Business Summit will not be streamed virtually. 
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Can I purchase a ticket on the day/at the venue? 
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Is there a group booking discount available?
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Am I able to alter the attendees name?
Only the purchaser of the ticket(s) can alter an attendees name up until 11.59pm (AEDT) on the 17th of November 2022. This can be done by the purchaser by clicking on the modify registration button on you confirmation email.
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Prohibited items
All bags will be checked upon entry. Bags larger than A3 size and backpacks are prohibited inside the Darling Harbour Theatre. For a full list of prohibited items and entry conditions can be found at the venue website – Conditions Of Entry | Venue Information | ICC Sydney.
Is there a dress code?
The dress code is smart casual. Any inappropriately dressed attendee may be refused access to the Forbes Australia Business Summit.
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