Albert Park, Melbourne
17 – 19 August 2016


This year’s program focuses on creating a sustainable family business through maintaining an entrepreneurial approach and a culture of innovation in this generation and the next.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with others in the family business sector to explore ways to grow your business, expand your networks and have a lot of fun along the way!

Full program now available!

Register today

Online registrations are now closed. To register please call Diana Thoeny on 0411 241 196.


2016 Keynote Speakers

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Farida F. El Agamy

Farida has been running the Tharawat Family Business Forum, the non-profit, private sector knowledge resource and networking hub for family-owned companies in the Middle East and North Africa, since 2008. With her professional background as a lawyer, she joined the founders of the Tharawat Family Business Forum with a vision to support and foster the sustainability, innovation, and growth of family firms.

Farida will discuss the challenges facing family businesses in a difficult context, the Middle East. She will also discuss how these challenges are being addressed using innovation and entrepreneurship as a tool for sustainability and growth, offering lessons for family businesses generally in operating in a changing environment.


Randel Carlock

Randel researches, speaks and consults on family business, entrepreneurship and leadership based on his experience as a CEO, management professor, adviser and psychotherapist. He has 25 years of leadership experience, serving first as an executive with a NYSE family business – Dayton-Hudson (now Target Corporation) – and as a CEO and Chairman of four companies he founded, including a NASDAQ listed corporation. He is additionally a contributing faculty member at The Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise at INSEAD. 

Randel explores entrepreneurship as an approach to strategy and leadership that is expressed through start-ups, working in a family business, regenerating a mature business or contributing to a social enterprise.


Tania de Jong

Tania de Jong AM is an acclaimed Australian soprano, award-winning social entrepreneur, creative innovation catalyst and global speaker. Tania will share her expertise on how to develop a culture in your family business where creativity and innovation can flourish. Tania has recently founded a co-working space called Dimension5 in Melbourne to drive social innovation and collaboration.

Hear from Tania De Jong AM on how to develop a culture in your family business where creativity and innovation can flourish.

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Nigel Collin

Nigel has travelled the country to interview a wide range of family business owners to learn the key factors that make a successful family business, discovering that innovation is not one singular monumental event, but rather a Game of Inches. An entrepreneur, Nigel created his first business at the age of 20, and then sold it at 21. He then went on to build one of Australia’s largest entertainment design companies, Absurd Entertainment, before selling it in 2004.

In this session, Nigel distils his findings into a simple process of four actions governed by three behaviours and that success and evolution of a family business is a Game of Inches and not an instant, explosive moment

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James McIntryre

James McIntyre is Head of Economic Research, Australia, at Macquarie Securities Group, with responsibility for analysis of the Australian and New Zealand economies. He joined Macquarie in 2014, following a career spanning economic research, financial markets and economic policy.  James commenced his career at the Federal Treasury, where he focussed on developments in the domestic and international economies and worked on a number of Federal Budgets.  James has also worked as a Senior Economist at the Commonwealth Bank, as an Economic Advisor to Bill Shorten, and as a Senior Adviser to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.  

James will bring us up to date with what’s happening in the economy, and share his expert views on what the future holds.


Tailor your experience

As a result of the feedback we received from last year’s National Conference you will have the opportunity to tailor your experience with the return of optional add-ons including Masterclasses on Wednesday 17th August, as well as the acclaimed FBA Longest Lunch, back by popular demand!


This year’s conference features popular Masterclasses designed to allow attendees to engage in focused learning opportunities. Two optional masterclasses will run on Wednesday morning prior to the FBA Longest Lunch and regular conference program.

family business masterclass
wednesday 17 August

Dr Jill Thomas from the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre at the University of Adelaide MCs this Masterclass as we explore three key elements of Building a Resilient Family Business: Getting the best from your people with effective conversation; Managing the affairs of the family and Creating environments that support mental health.

Adviser masterclass
wednesday 17 August

Randel Carlock will share his new research and insights into working with family businesses. Join your fellow advisers at this Masterclass designed as a forum to consider new ideas and debate best practice in Family Business Advising. It will consider how advisers engage with the client and collect meaningful family and business information to design an intervention; how the genogram provides a key to unlocking the family’s story; and how the action research model meets the needs of family business advisers when organising their interventions.

The Longest Lunch

An FBA Tradition, the Longest Lunch will give you the opportunity to mix and mingle with many other attendees and kick off your Conference experience on a high note. The classic Longest Lunch format is available for family businesses at iconic The Park on Albert Park Lake, and NxG at one of Melbourne’s favourite inner city destinations Trunk Town.


The Pullman & Mercure Albert Park is our host venue for the Conference. Overlooking picturesque Albert Park Lake, near St Kilda, the Chapel Street precincts, Melbourne CBD and Port Melbourne, this is one of the city’s best hotels for doing business or exploring Melbourne – Australia’s dynamic and cosmopolitan cultural capital.

Due to popular demand the Pullman and Mercure Hotels are fully booked but for those who have not yet secured accommodation we’ve arranged the same room rate as the Mercure at The Parkview Hotel on St Kilda Road (an easy six minute stroll from the National Conference venue, The Pullman).

To book your accommodation please call The Parkview Hotel on 1300 785 453 and quote FAMILY BUSINESS AUSTRALIA. Parking is available onsite for $10 per car per day (subject to availability).






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