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2011 Richard Searby Oration

About the Richard Searby Oration

The Richard Searby Oration is a significant annual event on the Deakin University calendar and marks the contribution made by Dr Richard Searby AO QC as Chancellor of Deakin University from 1997 to 2005.


Mr Andrew MacLeod, Chief Executive Officer of the Committee for Melbourne delivered Deakin University’s 2011 Richard Searby Oration, on Tuesday 27 September 2011 at BMW Edge in Federation Square, Melbourne.

The 2011 Richard Searby Oration is entitled:
Time for action. Policy, government or business?

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Photos: Taken at the 2011 event

Mr MacLeod’s address explores the roles of government and business in respect of policy development. It contests the role of business and industry leaders in a policy vacuum; from disaster reconstruction, immigration, aide and international education.

Be it disaster recovery, brand image, population, development, investment supplementing development aid, or international education – the home of long term thinking is no longer our governments, it is business.

Do we feel comfortable with this?

Why and more importantly how has this come about?

Have we forgotten how to be positive, long term or visionary?

Should we expect more from our public debate?

What can you do about it?

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Mr Andrew MacLeod

Mr MacLeod was appointed to the role of CEO, Committee for Melbourne in 2010. He is the Foundation Chair of the United Nations Global Compact Principles for Social Investment, and a member of the United Nations Expert Group on Responsible Business and Investment in High-Risk Areas.

Previously he was a senior international humanitarian official, emergency management specialist and post disaster recovery expert, who most notably served as Chief of Operations in the United Nations Emergency Coordination Centre in the International response to the 2005 Kashmir earthquake.

His distinguished career includes service to business, politics and the military; he is a published author, prize winning photographer, and humanitarian.

View Mr MacLeod's extended biography.

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2011 keynote speaker Mr Andrew Macleod

Mr Andrew MacLeod
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