SymposiumX Melbourne

  • Melbourne skyline from Princes Bridge
On 14 November, SymposiumX brought together high achieving and socially engaged people for a day of inspiration, training and networking.


Registration is $80 per delegate and $40 concession. This includes the full day program, lunch and refreshments.

To register for the event, complete this form -

Hosted at Melbourne Business School on Saturday 14 November 2015, SymposiumX offers a full day program of:

  • keynote presentations from Australian leaders in community, business and science

  • workshops in strategy and self-development

  • networking and debate

SymposiumX is organised by the Australian/New Zealand Gates Cambridge Alumni Association. It is open to everyone, including the friends and colleagues of Gates Alumni.


On the broad theme of leadership in society, SymposiumX comprises presentations from people setting the agenda in a diverse range of community and professional settings. The program also features taster session from Melbourne Business School, home of the Asia Pacific Social Impact Centre (APSIC) and Australia’s first and preeminent MBA program.

Download the PDF program in the registration box on the side.

Our distinuished speakers

Tim Costello, community leader
A vision for Australia

Tim Costello is one of Australia’s most sought after voices on issues of social justice, leadership and ethics. Since 2004 Tim has been CEO of World Vision, Australia’s largest international development agency.  Trained in economics, law, education and theology, Tim has practised law, served as a Baptist minister, and has been active in church and community leadership, local government and national affairs.

Simon Sheikh, business and community leader
Campaigning to shift corporate Australia

Simon Sheikh is the Managing Director and Founder of Future Super, Australia's first fossil fuel free superannuation fund. Simon has worked on a range of successful campaigns designed to bridge the gap between between the actions of corporate Australia and the desires of their customer base. He has consulted for organisations including the Asset Owners Disclosure Project and Bendigo Bank. Simon has run corporate campaigns targeting the Gunns Pulp Mill, the big 4 banks, Woolworths and major Australian superannuation funds.

Alison Hardacre, social entrepreneur and business leader
How to make health better

Alison Hardacre is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of HealthKit, a global software platform that aims to make healthcare more efficient, effective and accessible through technology. In three years, HealthKit has become one of the largest practice management software providers in Australia and it used in 40 different countries around the world. Previously Alison held executive and senior management roles in banking and health insurance. She is a former Young Australian of the Year for community service, and has served as a director of the National Suicide Prevention Board, the Stronger Families and Communities Partnership and Scope (Victoria).

Craig Hassed, leading researcher
Mindful leadership in a mindless world

Dr Craig Hassed is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of General Practice and coordinator of mindfulness programs at Monash University. His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness-based stress management, mind-body medicine, meditation, health promotion, integrative medicine and medical ethics. Craig is regularly invited to speak and run courses in Australia and overseas in health, professional and educational contexts. He was the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association and is a regular media commentator. He writes regularly for medical journals and has published nine books.

Frequently asked questions

Who can attend?

SymposiumX is open to all people on a ‘first come’ basis. You are welcome to invite those of your colleagues, friends and family who might be interested in the program.

How much does it cost to attend? What is included?

The registration fee is $80 (or $40 for those not fully waged / concession) and includes access to all sessions, refreshments and lunch. This fee has been minimised thanks to the support of our partners, the Gates Cambridge Trust and Melbourne Business School. The professional training content may enable you to include your fee as a tax deductible training expense.

What is the timetable for the day?

See program PDF booklet at the top of the page (just under the registrations link in light brown).

Can I attend for part of the day or share registration with somebody?

The registration fee is for the full day. You may share your registration somebody else (e.g. if you can only attend the morning and a colleague then attends the afternoon). However, you must notify the event coordinators beforehand (

How do I get to the venue?

SymposiumX is held at Melbourne Business School’s Carlton facilities (200 Leicester Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053). The venue is two kilometres north of Melbourne’s CBD.

It is easily reached by public transport. To plan your journey, visit the Public Transport Victoria website.

Is parking available?

There is no parking organised for the event. There are paid parking facilities nearby, as well as on street parking. Refer to City of Melbourne’s information on parking.

I have dietary requirements. Who do I speak to?

You can send your requirements to the event organisers (

Is child minding available?

We will put you in touch with others who are interested in jointly arranging child minding near the venue. If you are interested, please contact the event organisers (

Event organisers

The Gates Cambridge Alumni Association (GCAA) in Australia and New Zealand is a regional network of Gates Cambridge Scholars. The GCAA has organised SymposiumX as part of its goal to engage alumni through the exchange of knowledge, academic ideas and professional development.

You are welcome to contact the event coordinators ( if you have any questions.