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Leading thinkers to chart path for Sydney’s future economy

Published 9 July 2024

Leaders in innovation, entrepreneurship, AI, global events, quantum technology, business and civic life will join the City of Sydney’s next CityTalks event: “I choose Sydney – what is driving Sydney’s future prosperity?”

The free symposium, to be held at Sydney Town Hall on 1 August, will shine a spotlight on Sydney’s current economic climate and assets, and articulate the path to a more inclusive and thriving city for all.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said that attendees will hear about innovation-led enterprise, inspired by creativity and technology, and get an insight into the City of Sydney’s new economic development strategy 2025–2035.

“Australia’s economy is changing. We need to stop relying on digging things out of the ground and transition instead to sustainable and inclusive industries,” Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore AO said.

“We must create space and conditions in our cities to accommodate the jobs of the future, so that innovation thrives and the world’s best and brightest minds work here.

“This is an opportunity to hear inspiring and innovative leaders discuss how we best move our economy forward and overcome the challenges of climate change, rising inequality and economic uncertainty that pose a threat to the ongoing prosperity and way of life in Sydney.”

Holly Ransom, CEO Emergent Global, international speaker and author of The Leading Edge will host the event at Sydney Town Hall on Thursday 1 August from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Speakers and members of the discussion panel include:

  • Lord Mayor Clover Moore AO
  • Zareh Nalbandian: co-founder of Animal Logic and CEO Animal Logic Entertainment and Truant Pictures
  • Fenella Kernebone: Head of Conference, SXSW
  • Professor Michael J Biercuk: CEO and founder Q-CTRL
  • Creel Price: CEO Investible, Greenhouse Climate Tech Hub
  • Emily McDaniel: Director of First Nations, Powerhouse Museum and curator, Yananurala
  • Jarin Baigent: CEO and founder, Jarin Street and Trading Blak
  • Dr Kate Reid: founder and co-owner, LUNE Croissanterie
  • Eamon Waterford: CEO, Committee for Sydney.

"Sydney stands at a pivotal moment for economic growth, positioned to capitalise on its strengths across various sectors,” Mr Nalbandian said.

“We need to harness these strengths while embracing innovation and inclusivity, focusing on attracting and retaining talent.

“Our commitment to developing Australian talent and content will play a crucial role in shaping a sustainable future that fosters creativity, opportunity and prosperity for all."

Fenella Kernebone added: “I am looking forward to joining this discussion featuring some brilliant speakers across industries about the breadth of what Sydney has to offer – now and into the future”.

The event is the second CityTalk for 2024 – a series of discussions designed to inspire and inform by examining significant local, national and global issues. Tickets are free but must be reserved via

  • Date: Thursday 1 August
  • Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Where: Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall

For more details about CityTalks including previous events visit

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For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Paul Mackay. Phone 0436 816 604 or email