The 2024

Conference Agenda - Full Day Session

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2024 hunter defence conference agenda

The program for the 2024 Hunter Defence Conference is outlined below.  Speakers and topics are subject to change. 

wednesday 21 august

EXAMPLE DAY’S THEME: DEFENCE STRATEGIC REVIEW AND AUKUS - Strategy and Capabilities
EMCEE:
Speaker First Name and Last Name
Day One

09:40

Newcastle Airport – Astra Aerolab: Defence, Aerospace and Innovation Precinct

  • Dr Peter Cock
Chief Executive Officer
Newcastle Airport
Day One

09:05

Welcome to Country

  • Brad Twynham
Author, Speaker, Business Strategist
Day One

15:00

BREAK: Afternoon Tea

  • Networking Time
Day One

12:45

BREAK: Lunch and Exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day One

09:15

Emcee Overview of the Conference

  • Katherine Ziesing
Strategic Communications Manager
Hanwha Defense Australia
Day One

09:00

Conference Welcome and Emcee Introduction

  • Tim Owen
Chair ‑ Hunter Defence Task Force
Hunter Defence
Day One

08:00

Registrations Open and Visit Exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day One

15:15

Networking with Primes and Defence Leaders

  • 2 x 30 Minute Small Group Discussions
Day One

11:30

ADF Capability Roundtable and Q&A

  • Moderated by Katherine Ziesing
Joint Capabilities Representative (TBC); Navy Capability Representative (TBC); Head of Aerospace Systems AVM Graham Edwards; Head of Army Capability MGEN Richard Vagg
Day One

10:25

External Perspective on Defence’s Proposed Way Forward and Alignment with NDS/Budget/IIP/DIPS

  • Michael Shoebridge
Defence Sector Expert
Strategic Analysis Australia

wednesday 22 august

EXAMPLE DAY’S THEME: DEFENCE STRATEGIC REVIEW AND AUKUS - Strategy and Capabilities
EMCEE:
Speaker First Name and Last Name
Day Two

19:00

Gala Dinner

  • The Hon Pat Conroy MP
Minister for Defence Industry, Australian Government
Sponsored by Lockheed Martin
Day Two

10:55

BREAK: Morning tea and exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day Two

08:00

Registrations Open and Visit Exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day Two

12:30

BREAK: Lunch and Exhibition

  • Networking Time
Day Two

15:30

Conference Wrap Up

  • Tim Owen
Chair ‑ Hunter Defence Task Force
Hunter Defence
Day Two

14:30

SME Industry Panel

  • Moderated by Katherine Ziesing
Bale Defence: Link Bale (Managing Director); Birdon: Joe Smith (GM Defence); NuPress: Craig McWilliam (Chief Executive)
Day Two

13:30

AI and Related Trends Impacting Us All

  • Prof. Toby Walsh
Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence
University of New South Wales and CSIRO’s Data61
Day Two

12:20

Workforce Skills Future Survey Update

  • Tim Owen
Chair ‑ Hunter Defence Task Force
Hunter Defence
Day Two

11:30

Funding Options for Your Growing Defence Business – Panel Discussion

  • Moderated by Allan Aaron
Industry Advisor (TBD); Hunter Angels: Prem Chand (Chairman); Commonwealth Bank Australia: Paul Cragg (Executive Manager Hunter & Central Coast)
Day Two

09:00

AUKUS Update

  • A perspective from the USA
Interview between The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon (Former Minister for Defence) and H.E. The Hon. Kevin Rudd (Australia's Ambassador to the United States). Mr Rudd will be appearing virtually.

Secure your place

$1290

Non-Member

$1190

Member

Inclusions

  • Access to the complete conference event for the two days
  • Conference packages include morning tea, lunch, the Wednesday evening cocktail event and the Thursday evening Gala Dinner. All other catering is at the delegate’s own expense
  • Conference packages exclude accommodation
  • Conference packages exclude costs for the Golf Day
    Conference tickets are non-refundable but delegates are transferable
  • A ‘member’ is any organisation that is a Hunter Defence Key Stakeholder: RDA Hunter, HunterNet, Business Hunter, Australian Industry Group, Australian Industry Defence Network, Industry Capability Network NSW, Hunter Defence Support Network, University of Newcastle, TAFE NSW, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, and the NSW Government

tickets on sale - monday may 24

sponsorship and 
exhibition opportunities

There are a range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available for the 2024 conference. Simply download the prospectus for full details or contact Merran Wiggins via

merranw@travelmanagers.com.au
or 0414 599 636 to discuss your requirements.

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thanks to Our hdc 2023 sponsors

nal logo lockup 2 (white)
astra aerolab white
nsw government white
lockheed martin

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