5-6 MAY 2025
ICC SYDNEY
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EMPOWER | ENGAGE | EXCEL

Firmly established as the nation’s singular CHRO leadership event, the HR Leaders Forum is returning in 2025 with a focused agenda on mapping the people strategy as businesses look towards the future of work.

This industry leading event is designed for HR leaders and delivered by HR Leaders. For a two-day, cross-sector conference and networking event, the Forum invites an esteemed delegation of executives and world-class speakers to come together and drive powerful, case-based discussion and insight. Together, we will interrogate the challenges and opportunities underpinning the industry, arming attendees with the tools to lead as a people-first business.

Why Attend

  • The HR Leaders Forum secures national and global speakers of unmatched quality and immense authority. Our attendees are charged with shaping the conversation, armed with an array of real-time engagement tools we facilitate.

 

  • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate. The programme is designed to provide attendees with valuable opportunities to connect in-person with industry peers and the minds shaping business.

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Executive Learning Agenda
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250-300+ HR Executives
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50+ Industry Speakers
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16 Exclusive Keynotes
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2 Powerful Days
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5-Star Networking Environment
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Past Speakers

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The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh
Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities & Treasury, Assistant Minister for Employment

Australian Government
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The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh
Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities & Treasury, Assistant Minister for Employment

Australian Government
Andrew Leigh is the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Arts and Law. Andrew is a past recipient of the Economic Society of Australia's Young Economist Award and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. His books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia (2013), The Economics of Just About Everything (2014), The Luck of Politics (2015), Choosing Openness: Why Global Engagement is Best for Australia (2017), Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World (2018), Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future That Is More Star Trek Than Terminator (with Joshua Gans) (2019), Reconnected: A Community Builder's Handbook (with Nick Terrell) (2020), What's the Worst That Could Happen? Existential Risk and Extreme Politics (2021) and Fair Game: Lessons From Sport for a Fairer Society & a Stronger Economy (2022). Andrew is the father of three sons - Sebastian, Theodore and Zachary, and lives with his wife Gweneth in Canberra. He has been a member of the Australian Labor Party since 1991.
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Dr Laura Kirby
Chief Mental Health Officer

Commonwealth Bank
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Dr Laura Kirby
Chief Mental Health Officer

Commonwealth Bank
Laura Kirby is an Organisational Psychologist with more than 15 years’ experience specialising in workplace psychological health and safety. Laura joined CBA in January 2021 as the Chief Mental Health Officer, as part of the Group’s ongoing mental health strategy. Laura’s role is focused on enhancing the Group’s strategic focus on psychosocial safety, which includes the prevention and mitigation of mental ill-health at work, and ensuring our workplace environments protect our people’s mental health and enables them to thrive.
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Lisa Burquest
Chief People Officer

Virgin Australia
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Lisa Burquest
Chief People Officer

Virgin Australia
Lisa has over 26 years’ senior experience as a people and culture specialist working for significant ASX and private companies including BHP, Origin Energy, Jetstar/Qantas Airlines, The a2 Milk Company and currently, Virgin Australia. Lisa is Virgin Australia’s Chief People Officer, and has helped navigate the airline’s 7,500 strong workforce through the significant impacts of COVID-19 as well as Virgin Australia’s transformation after relaunching under new ownership in November 2020.

Lisa is equipped with strong practical expertise in developing and executing successful people and culture strategies in fast paced environments undergoing significant transformation and growth. With experience across a variety of geographies, particularly Asia, Lisa thrives in a dynamic, complex and fast paced working world.
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Pritho Saxena
Director Human Resources, China, Australia, South East Asia

Amazon
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Pritho Saxena
Director Human Resources, China, Australia, South East Asia

Amazon
Pritho currently leads HR for Amazon’s consumer businesses and corporate teams based in Australia, China, Singapore and Philippines. He has helped build and run billion dollar businesses across a number of countries (India, China, Singapore and Australia) and industries (Devices, Digital Content, Publishing & Consumer Retail) He has over 20 years of experience in enabling business strategy execution through people as well as leading diverse teams across geographies. Prior to Amazon, he was at IBM where he led large scale programs focused on workforce research, diversity, rewards, education assistance and case management. He is an alumni of IBM’s prestigious Corporate Service Corps. Pritho is passionate about helping people unblock their potential and simplifying things
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Lucinda Gemmell
Chief People & Culture Officer

Seven West Media
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Lucinda Gemmell
Chief People & Culture Officer

Seven West Media
Lucinda has over 25 years of senior leadership experience in commercial and HR roles across Australia and Asia Pacific. Lucinda is the Chief People & Culture Officer at Seven West Media, delivering the business strategy through all people and culture initiatives, industrial relations, safety and remuneration.

Prior to joining Seven West Media, Lucinda was the Chief People & Culture Officer at Airservices Australia, where she delivered a transformation in culture, diversity and operational efficiencies in training and systems. She has also led the People & Culture functions on the Executive teams at Virgin Australia, Endeavour Drinks Group, Woolworths Ltd and Diageo. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holding a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

Beyond her corporate role, Lucinda is a Non-Executive Director on the Starlight Children’s Foundation National Board and is Chair of the Starlight Nomination & Remuneration Committee.
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Shruti Ganeriwala
Head of Human Resources

Unilever Australia
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Shruti Ganeriwala
Head of Human Resources

Unilever Australia
Shruti has been with Unilever ANZ for 9 years, taking the reigns as Head of HR for Australia and New Zealand in 2023. While Shruti loves partnering with teams to help drive their business and people agenda, her deep passion lies in redefining work and helping organisations build a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone belongs. This is deep rooted in her purpose to “Create Belonging for myself and others” by living her values of positivity, curiosity & connections. Some of Shruti’s key achievements at Unilever include designing and implementing Disability inclusion agenda, spearheading progressive policy changes like Gender affirmation leave, leave for pregnancy loss & fertility treatments while experimenting with new working models like 4 day work week and embedding Agile as a way of working.

Shruti has 18+ years of HR experience, in both developing and developed markets, across a variety of roles including Learning, Talent Management, Wellbeing, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I), HR Business partnering and Organisation Transformation. On a personal front, Shruti gets her energy from spending time with her husband and daughter, reading, doing yoga, and staying connected with friends and family all over the world!

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Sarah Derry
Former Chief Executive Officer, Pacific

Accor
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Sarah Derry
Former Chief Executive Officer, Pacific

Accor
Sarah is an experienced Chief Executive Officer Director, Board Advisor, Coach and Speaker who is passionate about shaping high performing cultures, growing business, building talent and making a difference. Sarah is a leader of people with a stellar reputation and a track record of developing and implementing a strategy to drive performance and exceed business outcomes. A true brand custodian who aligns culture with every element of product & service. Leader of large complex teams (up to 21,000 people) has been a cornerstone of her career. Sara’s executive roles have required strong and decisive leadership, coupled with compassion and resilience. An agent of change, implementing an award-winning cultural change program, showing an acute sense of vision & purpose. A highly skilled communicator and genuine thought leader focused on building strong internal and external stakeholder relationships. Sarah has completed post-graduate studies in Human Resource Management, Training, Executive Coaching and Organisational Development.
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Amie Wallis
Chief of People & Culture

Australian Olympic Committee
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Amie Wallis
Chief of People & Culture

Australian Olympic Committee
Amie Wallis is the Head of People and Culture at the Australian Olympic Committee. Amie has more than 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, Change Management and Transformation across a number of industries including Professional Services, Banking and Finance, Logistics, Technology, and Sport.

Amie has had success in leadership and specialist positions at NAB, IBM, Victoria Racing Club, and KPMG, all with a key focus on partnering with internal and external stakeholders to deliver on strategy, culture and, commercial realisation.
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Rachel Burton
Human Resource Director, APAC

Meta
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Rachel Burton
Human Resource Director, APAC

Meta
Rachel Burton leads the HR team for Meta in Asia Pacific, driving the people strategy for employees in 13 countries. Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology.

Prior to her current role, she led the Meta EMEA Tech team HR strategy to double in size to 4,500 people within two years. Over the last twenty years, she has developed expertise in all aspects of people and talent strategy through a combination of industry and consulting experience in world-class businesses, including Google, Diageo and Ernst & Young. Rachel currently lives with her family in Singapore.
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Benjamin Morris
Group General Manager, Human Resources, Culture & Capability

Mirvac
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Benjamin Morris
Group General Manager, Human Resources, Culture & Capability

Mirvac
Ben is the Head of HR at Mirvac (ASX top 50 diversified property company). Prior to this he held senior HR roles at Mirvac and LendLease; has been a consultant with PwC, Deloitte and Hay Group (including operational and consulting leadership roles); and has held various governance roles including Chairing a membership-based industry group. Ben is a graduate of the AICD Directors Course, Chartered Accountant, a Solicitor and a Chartered Company Secretary.
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Sonja Dodd
Head of People

Sydney Airport Corporation
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Sonja Dodd
Head of People

Sydney Airport Corporation
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Air Commodore Davin Augustine
Director General Personnel

Air Force
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Air Commodore Davin Augustine
Director General Personnel

Air Force
Davin is a career military professional with a strong history in operations, training, and whole-of-government, interagency activity. Extensive experience in remote, independent operations, where initiative, commitment and an understanding of strategic context are essential.
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Diamond Partner | oracle.com
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Platinum Partner | sonder.io
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Sonder is an active care technology company that helps organisations improve the wellbeing of their people so they perform at their best. Our mobile app provides immediate, 24/7 support from a team of safety, medical, and mental health professionals – plus onsite help for time-sensitive scenarios. Accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS), our platform gives leaders the insights they need to act on tomorrow’s wellbeing challenges today.

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Remote’s all-in-one Global HR platform empowers businesses to build and manage global workforces. Our platform includes Global Payroll for direct employee payments, Employer of Record (EOR) services for international expansion without needing local legal entities, and assistance in hiring through Remote Talent. Additionally, Remote facilitates quick onboarding and payment of international contractors and manages the entire employment lifecycle with our HRIS system.

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Whatfix is a data-driven digital adoption platform (DAP) that enables organizations and users to maximize the benefits of software. Whatfix acts as an interactive overlay on top of any application to guide users with real-time guidance, self-help support, and user feedback. Whatfix enables scalable success with technology, maximizing productivity, and leveraging data-driven insights for better decision-making.
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WithYouWithMe is a social impact company that uses technology to identify and grow workforce skills. Globally, more than 100,000 users rely on WithYouWithMe’s platform to map skills and uncover potential.

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Since 2011, General Assembly (GA) has launched the technology careers of tens of thousands of diverse individuals and cultivated emerging tech talent pipelines for hundreds of the world’s leading employers. As featured in The Economist, Wired, and The New York Times, GA offers bootcamps, digital upskilling, apprenticeships, and other career onramps into today’s most in-demand jobs in web development, data, design, and more.

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They’ll lead you to a more connected and electric future as the world of mobility rapidly changes. With SG Fleet as your mobility partner, you can spend more time on what you do best.

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Australia’s most trusted people consultancy, Mapien provides tailored advice in industrial relations, workplace strategy, workplace psychology and immigration. We help find the solutions you need to ensure your people have a positive impact!

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Mental Health First Aid® is an Australian based multinational provider of Mental Health First Aid education. The organisation operates within a professional, evidence-based model, guided by best practice and lived experience voices. The training improves mental health literacy, and builds capacity to provide support to people experiencing mental health problems.

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Why Get Involved

Celebrating its 13th year, the HR Leaders Forum is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts. The Forum is driven by an ambitious business agenda, and our audience is screened for seniority to ensure you are networking with the minds shaping business.

Our limited keynote and moderated panel speaking opportunities will effectively embed you in this top-end business community. Digital and physical brand activations, as well as consultations in dedicated activation spaces further enable you to engage with this decision-making audience.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with HR professionals, the HR Leaders Forum offers unrivalled cut-through.

 

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Jessica Ewing-Flynn Commercial Director
Tel: 0400 998 248
Email: [email protected]

 

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 61 2 8004 8590

Venue/Accommodation Details

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ICC SYDNEY, Cockle Bay Room: 14 Darling Drive, Sydney
New South Wales 2000, Australia

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Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 16/02/2025)
$1995 + GST
$5985 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 17/02/2025)
$2195 + GST
$6585 + GST

Delegate registration is strictly for in-house HR professionals. service providers, vendors and consultants are not permitted to register as delegates. If you are a service provider, vendor or consultant, please reach out to [email protected] to discuss your involvement.

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 61 2 8004 8590

 

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Jessica Ewing-Flynn ANZ Commercial Director
Tel: 0400 998 248
Email: [email protected]

 

We look forward to delivering this event for you.

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