Rethinking Business: CEDA-Monash-CPD lunch



On 14 December, the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) in collaboration with Monash University and the Centre for Policy Development presented a unique opportunity to hear from Mariana Mazzucato speaking to an Australian senior business audience.

In the final event of the week, Mariana addressed a packed business lunch of over 200 people hosted by CEDA. After her speech, Mariana was joined the Rethinking Business panel discussion by Clare O’Neil MP, Shadow Minister for Justice and Financial Services, CPD Board member Sam Mostyn and CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento, followed by audience Q&A.

Familiar themes came up in the discussion around mission-driven innovation and the importance of the stories we tell (or don’t tell) ourselves about the value and significance of public investment and the public sector in innovation and sustainable growth. To this were added critical insights into the role of business and the idea of mutual obligation between government and business to focus investments on delivering public value and long-term, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Rethinking Business

Meet the Rethinking Business panel

Clare O’Neil MP
Shadow Federal Minister for Financial Services
Clare O’Neil was elected to the Parliament as the Federal Member for Hotham in 2013, and was re-elected in 2016. Immediately before entering Parliament, Clare worked in business as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. She is also a former Mayor of Greater Dandenong, and was Australia’s youngest ever female Mayor.
Sam Mostyn
Non-Executive Director, Citibank Australia, Transurban, Virgin Australia, Mirvac
Sam Mostyn is a non-executive director and sustainability adviser and speaker. Her current board roles include Mirvac, Transurban and Virgin Australia. She is the Chair of Citi Australia. Her corporate roles have encompassed human resources and culture change, corporate and government affairs, community engagement and corporate sustainability.
Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA
Melinda Cilento is an economist, experienced executive and company director. She has served as a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, in senior roles in Federal Treasury and as Chief Economist and Deputy CEO at the Business Council of Australia.