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The Gala Dinner will take place at the Grand Ballroom of Sofitel Melbourne On Collins and will feature fine food and wine, networking, world class entertainment (to be revealed) and a Grand Debate on “The Year 2050: Optimists v. Pessimists” featuring environmental futurist Bjorn Lomborg (Czech Republic), sustainability and China expert Peggy Liu (China), global educator Professor Stephen Heppell (UK), innovation expert Scott Anthony (Singapore), Monash chancellor Dr Alan Finkel AM, corporate leader & non-executive director Steve Vamos and social entrepreneur and soprano Tania de Jong (Australia), the dinner guests and others to be revealed. A number of the Ci2013 keynote speakers will attend the event as guests and host tables.
Tickets may be purchased separately and there are opportunities to book a limited number of VIP tables of 10 seated in a premium position with one of the keynote speakers as your special guest for the night.
It’s a real battle between the optimists and the pessimists. Which scenario will win the hearts and minds of the people and save the planet in the race to the future?
Professor Russell McGregor from the University of Aberdeen wrote the bible on shaping the future: “Enunciate Or Die.”, otherwise known as E1. The most powerful E.
How can we survive as a species if we can’t talk properly? A graduate of Eton, where he was the public speaking and tongue twister champion, and the University of Edinburgh, with a PHD in Elocution & Ethical Etiquette, Professor McGregor is our elegant, eloquent moderator, who will ensure that equanimity prevails in the face of egregious eruptions in the exciting debate at the gala dinner.