KEYNOTE I: Uncertainty Drives Innovation and Adaptability
Vaughn Tan, UCL School of Management, University College London
Vaughn Tan is a London-based strategy consultant, author, and professor at University College London’s School of Management. His research, teaching, and consulting work focuses on designing teams and organizations that are resilient to and benefit from uncertainty. He's spent over a decade working with the technology, retail, and food and beverage industries. Vaughn is the recent author of The Uncertainty Mindset: Innovation Insights from the Frontiers of Food (Columbia University Press, 2020) — a behind-the-scenes travelogue of some the best restaurants in the world that also explains how to build more innovative and adaptable businesses and organizations.
KEYNOTE II: The Age of AI and the Role of the Educator
Gregory J. Whitwell, The University of Sydney
Greg Whitwell is Dean of the University of Sydney Business School (USBS), a position he has occupied since 2014. USBS is a large school, with over 15,000 students. It is also highly internationalized, with approximately 73 per cent of the students being international, and of these the vast majority are from Asia. Faculty are also highly international. The country of origin for almost two thirds of the School’s continuing academic staff is a country other than Australia – 45 countries in total. Close to 50% of the School’s faculty speak a language other than English; in total they speak over 50 languages. Under his leadership the School has been reaccredited by both AACSB and EQUIS. In 2020 the School was also accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and thereby achieved the coveted ‘triple crown’. Greg is also Chair of CEMS: The Global Alliance in Management Education, a collection of 34 of the world’s leading business schools who jointly offer a Master of International Management degree. The CEMS global office is located in Paris. Some of the world’s best-known companies are corporate partners in the alliance. Greg is the first non-European to be appointed Chair. Greg is a Director of the AACSB Board of Directors (elected as one of two AACSB Official Representatives of an Organization from Asia Pacific) and is a member of the AACSB’s Continuous Improvement Review Committee, Innovation Committee, and Audit Committee. He is also an inaugural member of the Asia Pacific Advisory Council of the Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association (AMBA & BGA). USBS has a full suite of programs from undergraduate to Executive MBA and PhD. Under Greg’s leadership the School’s Master of Management degree has been ranked as the best in Australia and in the top 5 in the Asia-Pacific by The Economist, the Financial Times, and QS. AFR BOSS recently ranked the Business School’s MBA and Executive MBA as number one in Australia in their respective categories.