Connections Breakfast

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After an extremely informative and engaging eight years, featuring alumni from all walks of life, the Sydney Connections Breakfast Series is taking a break in 2014.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported the breakfasts over the past eight years, especially our wonderful alumni who have spoken at the events (all of whom are listed below), and we hope to be back in the future.

In the meantime, keep up to date with with alumni events by visiting our alumni webpages regularly, checking in with the University’s online event calendar, and by reading your monthly newsletter, eSydney.

Past speakers


David Stratton (DLitt ’06)
A life with the movies

Chris Russell (BScAgr ’76)
Turning road blocks into speed bumps – the importance of innovation to our future


Anna Rose (BA '05 LLB '08)
How to change the mind of a climate sceptic

Michael Kirby (BA '59 LLB '62 BEc '66 LLM '67 LLD '96)
Roddy’s Folly and Kirby’s Cartoons: Michael Kirby, Roddy Meagher, and the challenge of friendship

Angus Stewart (BScAgr '81)
Is science an endangered species in mass media?

Matt Barrie (BSc '95 BE(InfoSyst) '97)
The Next Big Thing

Cameron Clyne (BA '89)
Leadership in challenging times – building a strong reputation and a stronger culture


Ms Amanda McCluskey (BEc ’01)
Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment, Colonial First State

Mr David Mortimer AO (BEc '70)
Chairman of Australia Post and prominent businessman

'Sustainable Sydney: planning for a liveable and prosperous city'
Mrs Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO | Former Lord Mayor of Sydney and Australian Politician

‘Fiction, and why we still read it’
Dr David Malouf AO |Acclaimed Australian writer


'Electricity vision - smarter, greener and more efficient'
Mr George Maltabarow | Managing Director of EnergyAustralia

'Obesity today'
Professor Ian Caterson | Boden Professor of Human Nutrition; Director Institute of Obesity, Nutrition and Exercise

'Politics, policies and personal life'
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull | MP and former leader of the Opposition

'I remember... Autobiography and the personal politics of memory'
Dr Anne Summers AO | Prominent author and journalist


Unaccountable Passion – how the arts defy the hubris of managerialism
Professor Andrea Hull | Former Director, VCA

Education – A Life Changing Experience
Julie McCrossin | Commentator and Media Personality

How America got the bad common law
Professor Penelope Pether | Villanova University School of Law

What is really going on in the Financial Markets
Mr Alan Moss | Former CEO of Macquarie Group


Recollections of a Wandering Judge
The Hon Justice Jeffrey Miles | Australian judge, author and jurist

Science Education - a prerequisite for an Innovative Australia
Jim Peacock | Chief Scientist at the CSIRO

Australian culture: more than a fridge magnet?
Geoffrey Atherden | President of the Australian Writers' Foundation

The New Rudd Government and Australian Business
Heather Ridout | Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group


Crossing the great divide
Professor Jill Ker Conway | Author, academic, historian, feminist

Sonata for solo voice
Robert O Albert | J. Albert & Son

Reflections of a senior diplomat
His Excellency Mr John Dauth | High Commissioner, Australian High Commission

Australian and International Issues
Mr Paul Kelly | Editor-at-Large of The Australian


Leadership Challenges and Lessons Learnt
Mr Michael Hawker | CEO of Insurance Australia Group

Strategic Directions in Life Sciences
Dr Caroline Kovac | General Manager, IBM Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences

Bio3 - Where Business, Medicine and Research Intersects
Professor Richmond Jeremy | Faculty of Medicine

My Life and the Law
Professor Ron McCallum | Dean of Law