Cities as Policy Shapers | ANU-CPD POLICY DIALOGUE | August 2017

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You can listen to the opening remarks of our speakers here:


Our rapidly urbanising world faces unprecedented social, environmental and economic challenges, all of which will be keenly felt in cities. They demand foresight and sustainable policy responses. Cities have long been tasked with developing sub-national responses to these problems. Increasingly, they are required to be ‘policy shapers’ or ‘first movers’ and project policy responses to national and to international audiences.

  • What are the key economic, social and sustainability risks and opportunities for cities?
  • How have cities become national and international ‘policy shapers’?
  • What policy development is required to create resilient, inclusive and sustainable cities?

These questions were at the heart of our third ANU-CPD Policy Dialogue for 2017, moderated by our Chair Terry Moran. The interactive discussion commenced with opening remarks by the CEOs of the City of Melbourne and the City of Sydney, Ben Rimmer and Monica Barone and the Consul-General for Indonesia, Dewi Wahab.

The high-level roundtable was an opportunity for leaders from government, business, civil society, academia and the media to discuss the modern role of cities in policy development and practice.



Ben Rimmer (CEO, City of Melbourne), Albert Abdi (Consul Consulate-General of the Republic of Indonesia), Anand Kulkarni (Consultant and Principal Adviser, Victoria University), Banga Malewa (Vice-Consul, Consulate-General of the Republic of Indonesia), Craig Connelly (CEO, Ian Potter Foundation), Dewi Wahab (Consulate-General, The Republic of Indonesia), Gareth Evans  (Chancellor, ANU), Josi Khatarina (Senior researcher, Indonesian Centre for Environmental Law), Gemma Henderson (BCG), Kate Vinot (Director City Strategy and Place, City of Melbourne), Kelly Grigsby (CEO, Wyndham City Council), Martin Stewart-Weeks, Matt Minchin (Executive Director City Deals, Department of Premier and Cabinet), Michel Masson (CEO, Infrastructure Victoria), Monica Barone (CEO, City of Sydney), Nina Taylor (Councillor, Glen Eira City Council (+ CPSU), Sarah Alexander (YLab Design Director  Foundation for Young Australians), Terry Moran (Chair, CPD), Tom Bentley (Principal Adviser to the Vice Chancellor, RMIT / The Conversation), Travers McLeod (CEO, CPD), Victor Perton (Leadership Adviser & Advocate).


CPD would like to thank Gareth, Monica, Dewi, Ben and the team at ANU House for hosting the event, and participants who contributed to an engaging and expert discussion.