2021 National Summit Program

Day 1: Conference

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Michael McCormack MP – Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
  • Liz Ritchie – CEO, Regional Australia Institute
  • Saul Eslake, Economist
  • John O’Duinn – Senior Strategist, CivicActions
  • Gavin Williams – Chief Development Officer, NBN Co.
  • Paul Italiano – CEO, Transgrid
  • Victoria Anderson, First Assistant Secretary, IGR and Population Division, The Treasury
  • Andrew Harding, CEO, Aurizon
  • Romilly Madew, CEO, Infrastructure Australia
  • Christian Zahra –  Board Member, Regional Australia Institute
  • Rachel Bacon – Deputy Secretary. Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
  • Gary Barnes, Secretary, Department of Regional NSW
  • Ita Buttrose AC OBE – Chair, ABC
  • Rob Clayton – CEO, Nutrien Ag Solutions
  • Tony Maher, CEO, National Farmers’ Federation
  • Alison Watkins – Group Managing Director, Coca Cola Amatil
  • Nick Klomp – Vice-Chancellor and President of CQUniversity, Chair of the Regional Universities Network (RUN)
  • Duncan Taylor – CEO, Country Universities Centre
  • Associate Professor Ruth Stewart, National Rural Health Commissioner
  • Gabrielle O’Kane – CEO, National Rural Health Alliance
  • Eacham Curry – Head of Government and Corporate Affairs, Expedia Group
  • The Hon Catherine King MP – Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development; Federal Member for Ballarat
Gala Dinner

Speakers include:

  • Grace Brennan – Founder, Buy From The Bush
  • Mal Peters – Chair, Regional Australia Institute
Day 2: Masterclass

Speakers and facilitators include:

  • The Hon Mark Coulton MP – Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government
  • Dr Kim Houghton – Chief Economist, Regional Australia Institute
  • Vanessa Leigh – Program Manager, Murray River Study Hub
  • Jenni Mattila – Expert in housing co-operatives at CIVITAS Solutions
  •  Jo Palmer – Founder and Managing Director, Pointer Remote
  • Michael Waite – Founder, Naracoorte News
  • Ros Abercombie – Executive Director, Regional Arts Australia
  • Tracey Grosser – Multicultural Community Services Coordinator, Australian Migrant Resource Centre
  • Jillian Kilby – Founder and CEO, The Exchange
  • Matt Linnegar – CEO, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation
  • Kerry Grace – CEO, RDA Mid North Coast
  • Rosemary Shapiro-Liu – Founder and Director of Triple Win Enterprises
  • Todd Babiak – CEO, Brand Tasmania

More speakers to be announced soon!



About the Regional Australia Institute

The RAI is the nation’s first and only independent regional economic think tank specialised in developing and communicating the knowledge, policy and practical solutions required to lift the prosperity of people in regions and Australia overall.


Regional Australia Institute (logo)