MBA Strategy and Leadership Forum 2023

Event details


Date and time

  • Friday 3rd November, 12:30pm - 6pm

Event Fee

  • $25


  • Limited spots available. Registration is essential. 
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MBA Strategy and Leadership Forum 2023

Strategy and Leadership Insights

The UWA Business School Strategy & Leadership Forum is an immersive experience to come together and hear from influential business leaders about topical strategic issues, career development and leadership innovations. It’s hosted on the beautiful UWA campus and the program is designed so that participants can share ideas and best practice in industry with their peers. 

This year’s forum will be presented by industry leaders from the Mining and Resources Sector, Financial Services and Legal Sector.  


Peter van Onselen, UWA Professor of Politics and Public Policy

Peter van onselen

Peter van Onselen, is a politics and public policy professor at the University of Western Australia, author, political journalist and commentator.


About the speakers


Mark Barnaba AM CitWA, Deputy Chairman, Lead Independent Director Fortescue

Mark Barnaba


Mark is an Independent Director with a broad range of international experience in finance, commerce and natural resources. He has extensive and particularly diverse experience at board level in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He is currently a member of the Board (and Chairman of the Audit Committee) of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Deputy Chairman and Lead Independent Director at Fortescue Metals Group (one of Australia’s largest and most successful companies). In 2015 Mark was named a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the investment banking and financial sector, to business education, and to sporting and cultural organisations.


Jill Jensen, Director of Heart Strategy


Jill Jensen spent 17 years in the oil and gas industry, starting as a geophysicist and later taking on roles as a Strategy Advisor, Culture Change Leader, and Business Manager.  

Today, as the Director of Heart Strategy, she specializes in facilitating, advising, and coaching leaders to develop strategic foresight and robust business strategies that go beyond financial performance. Jill's unique perspective, grounded in neuroscience and psychology, encourages leaders to shift their outlook, challenge norms, and foster innovative thinking. Jill's driving passion is unlocking the extraordinary potential of humans as creators of the future. She firmly believes in infusing heart, humanity, and purpose into the corporate landscape. 

Jill holds an MBA from UWA and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 


Ainslie van Onselen, Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand



For more than 20 years Ainslie enjoyed a parallel career as a law partner and non-executive director, before progressing into senior executive roles at Westpac, including CEO of RAMS Home Loans. 

Ainslie also currently serves as a Commissioner of Legal Aid New South Wales, Chair of Kambala Girls School, Chair (elect) of Chartered Accountants Worldwide, Director of Global Accounting Alliance, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Risk Committee of Australia’s third largest share registry, Automic Group and is a member of Chief Executive Women, Australia.   

An Australian Financial Review Women of Influence winner and a former 40 under 40 WA Business News and University of Western Australia Award winner, Ainslie represented CAANZ and the accounting and auditing professions at the Australian Government’s 2022 Jobs and Skills Summit.  


Christian Porter, Solicitor and Barrister at Geoffrey Miller Chambers 


In 2008 Christian was elected to the WA Legislative Assembly as the Member for Bateman. While in State politics he served variously as the Minister for Corrective Services, Treasurer and Attorney-General. 

In 2013 Christian was elected to Federal Parliament in the House of Representatives as the Member for Pearce. While in Federal politics he held various portfolios, including as Commonwealth Attorney-General from December 2017 to March 2021. 

Since retiring from Federal politics in April 2022 Christian has returned to the law. He established Henley Stirling Lawyers where he worked as a Solicitor and Barrister, appearing in jury trials, appeals, sentencing matters and bail applications. In early 2023 he was called to the Bar and now practices out of Geoffrey Miller Chambers.