Melbourne Conversations brought together industry thought-leaders from around the globe to discuss the crucial topics that will contribute to the way our city emerges from this crisis and allow us to plan for a stronger and more resilient Melbourne.

We recently invited our community to join the discussion where you’ll have the opportunity to speak directly with the industry thought-leaders on each of the issues below.

City of the Future 2 virtual event was on Thursday 9 July from 3pm to 5pm.

Watch: City of the future 2

Topics and speakers

How might we enable existing industries and businesses to transform and stay viable?

Felicia Mariani, speaker

Felicia Mariani

Chief Executive at Victoria Tourism Industry Council

​Terry Rawnsley, speaker

​Terry Rawnsley

Principal and Partner at SGS Economics and Planning

Scott McCartney, speaker

Scott McCartney

Chief Executive Officer at Kinaway - The Victorian Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce

How might we encourage new industries and businesses to emerge and thrive in the city?

Dr Adam Bumpus, speaker

Dr Adam Bumpus

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of RedGrid

Abigail Forsyth, speaker

Abigail Forsyth

Co-Founder and Managing Director at KeepCup

Andrew Carter

Founder of Commercial Eyes Pty Ltd

Jacqualyn Turfrey, speaker

Jacqualyn Turfrey


How might we accelerate our digital infrastructure while maintaining ethics and privacy?

Dan Hill, speaker

Dan Hill

Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova. Visiting Prof at UCL Bartlett and Adjunct Prof at RMIT. Mayor of London's Design Advocate

Sarah Pink, speaker

Sarah Pink

Professor of Design and Emerging Technologies at Monash University (PhD, FASSA)

Jeff Connolly, speaker

Jeff Connolly

CEO and Chairman at Siemens Australia and Pacific

Opinion papers

Share your ideas

We want to know how COVID-19 has changed your perspective on the future of Melbourne.