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UTS academics named "future leaders" by NSW events peak body

CEO of BESydney Lyn Lewis-Smith (centre) with the Future Leaders. Full caption b

CEO of BESydney Lyn Lewis-Smith (centre) with the Future Leaders. Full caption below

In summary:

  • Business Events Sydney, the organisation that promotes Sydney and NSW as a global event and conference desination, has named two UTS academics among its first four Future Leaders
  • The program will support leading academics to attend global business events relating to their fields, develop networks and identify bid opportunities

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has named two UTS academics among four of the "State's brightest minds" to launch its Future Leaders program.

Chancellor's Post Doctoral Research Fellow from the Faculty of Science, Dr Andrew Hutchinson, and Senior Lecturer in Strategy from the UTS Business School, Dr Jochen Schweitzer, joined Dr Pia Winberg from the University of Wollongong and Dr Amanda Kennedy from the University of New England as the first members of the program.

Supported by government and industry, BESydney is the official promoter of Sydney and NSW as a global business event, meeting and conference destination.

CEO of BESydney Lyn Lewis-Smith said the Future Leaders will receive grants to attend global business events relating to their fields of expertise to develop networks, identify bid opportunities and to explore the structure and purposes of conferences and congresses.

She said the Leaders would provide valuable perspective, insights and ideas to help BESydney keep its finger on the pulse of the ever-changing architecture of meetings.

"NSW universities contain much of our State's intellectual capital, and ongoing collaboration with the university sector is key to our success in the business event industry," Ms Lewis-Smith said.

"Universities are home to many industry leaders who bid for international events, they house the world-leading research facilities showcased in technical tours and many of their staff are already members of our existing Ambassador program.

"We are adapting to changes brought about by technological advancement, the rise of the Asian market and its inherent challenges and opportunities, and the increasing competitiveness of our global market.

"The Future Leaders program will be integral to this process and together we will simultaneously promote our local talent to the world."

A member of the School of Medical and Molecular Biosciences, Andrew Hutchinson was identified as a Future Leader for achievements including his involvement in the development of a therapeutic monoclonal antibody for the treatment of the bone marrow cancer multiple myeloma (currently in a Phase II clinical trial). More recently he has been studying the unique properties of compounds derived from the helminth parasitic worm in immunotherapy.

Jochen Schweitzer's work on creative innovation and strategy saw him selected for the program. His research focuses on questions of strategic management, collaboration, crowd sourcing, entrepreneurship and innovation, with a special interest in design thinking and social enterprise. He is also the co-founder of u.lab, a multidisciplinary innovation hub at UTS.

Meanwhile, UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Attila Brungs and Dean of the UTS Business School Professor Roy Green were among 12 industry leaders to join the BESydney Ambassador Program this week.

With expertise spanning medicine, science, technology, commerce and culture, the Ambassadors work closely with BESydney to support the bidding process that is integral to the State's success in securing business events.

Pictured above (left to right): Dr Pia Winberg, Dr Andrew Hutchinson, Lyn Lewis-Smith, Dr Amanda Kennedy and Dr Jochen Schweitzer

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