FUTURE21

In an increasingly complex international environment, the Future21 national conference will bring together the next generation of Australian leaders with Australia's leading policy thinkers and practitioners to think critically about the foreign policy, defence and strategic challenges and opportunities facing Australia and to consider how we will navigate our future in the 21st century.

​Over two days (8th and 9th September) at the ANU's Centre on China in the World, young leaders from across Australia will come together to explore these themes at two keynote addresses and four expert panels; three regional breakout sessions hosted by a Canberra-based foreign ambassador; pitch their policy ideas on how Australia can uphold and promote its interests; and choose from a range of professional and leadership development workshops.

During the evening, participants will attend the Gala Dinner, enjoying fine dining and networking opportunities with participants. A range of pre-conference and post-conference sight-seeing opportunities will also be available for those looking to explore Canberra's national landmarks.

The participant fee includes access to all events, full day catering and your ticket to the Gala Dinner. Note that participants cover travel and accommodation at their own cost.

Participants from all backgrounds, education and experience in international affairs are encouraged to attend, provided you are 18 to 30 years old.

MEET THE 2022 PANELLISTS

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
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MR PAUL SYMON, AO

Director-General at the Australian Secret Intelligence Service

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THE HON. TIM WATTS MP

Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs

PANEL: AUSTRALIA'S INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK
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GAI BRODTMANN

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PROFESSOR RORY MEDCALF AM

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PROFESSOR JANE GOLLEY

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GAI BRODTMANN

Futures Council Member at National Security College, ANU

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HAYLEY CHANNER

Senior Policy Officer,

Perth USAsia Centre

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PROFESSOR JANE GOLLEY

Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

PANEL: DRIVERS SHAPING THE WORLD
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DR ROBERT GLASSER

Head of the Climate and Security Policy Centre, ASPI

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STEPHANIE HOOD

Senior Cyber Intelligence Analyst, Cyber CX

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HARRY WHITE

Director, Defence and Security, Nous Group

PANEL: CRAFTING VALUES-BASED STRATEGIC AND FOREIGN POLICY
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YUN JIANG

AIIA China Matters Fellow

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JAMES BLACKWELL

ANU Research Fellow in Indigenous Diplomacy

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DR ELISE STEPHENSON

2022 Fulbright Scholar

PANEL: BUILDING A CAREER IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
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JENNIFER JACKETT

Sir Roland Wilson PhD Scholar, National Security College, ANU

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ANGELICA OJINNAKA

2022 Australian UN Youth Representative

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ALEX LIA

Senior Legal Officer, Attorney-General's Department

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSION
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SAM ROGGEVEEN

Director of the International Security Program, Lowy Institute

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ALYSSA LENG

Research Officer, Development Policy Centre, ANU

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HAIYUAN (SHARON) LIU

Research Officer, Development Policy Centre, ANU

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JAMIE MARTIN

Director, Centre for Australian Army Leadership

REGIONAL BREAKOUT SESSION
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MINISTER AKIHIKO SUNAMI

Embassy of Japan

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HER EXCELLENCY DORCAS MAKGATO

Botswana High Commission

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MS BIBI VOYLES

United States Embassy (Canberra)