Wednesday, 06 August 2014

Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, Corner Wharf and Sheridan Streets



The FSC is delighted to welcome back KPMG as our platinum partner again in 2014 - we look forward to another successful event this year as we return to Cairns for the first time in more than ten years.


The FSC Annual Conference 2014 - ACCELERATE will be held at the award winning Cairns Convention Centre, superbly located in tropical North Queensland. The Centre is renowned for its unique environmental design and is surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef and ancient tropical rainforests. Cairns is home to world class restaurants reflecting the cosmopolitan tastes of its residents and visitors. Seafood and fresh locally grown produce are always menu features with prawns, crabs, reef fish and indigenous flavours such as kangaroo, emu and crocodile available for your enjoyment - an outstanding location to host this industry leading event.

The conference program will deliver to delegates an unique opportunity to hear the latest trends affecting the industry and also to understand the impending changes. The Key Note program provides high end, multi-platform topics that cover a range of industry sectors providing delegates with the chance to hear distinguished invited speakers drawn both locally and internationally who will give presentations on major contemporary themes and impacts.

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Professor Kishore Mahbubani

Kishore Mahbubani - Biography

A student of philosophy and history, Kishore Mahbubani has had the good fortune of  enjoying a career in government and, at the same time, in writing on public issues. With the Singapore Foreign Service from 1971 to 2004, he had postings in Cambodia (where he served during the war in 1973-74), Malaysia, Washington DC and New York, where he served two stints as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998.

Currently, he is the Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) of the National University of Singapore. He is also a Faculty Associate for the LKYSPP’s Centre on Asia and Globalisation (CAG). Concurrently, Prof Mahbubani continues to serve in Boards and Councils of several institutions in Singapore, Europe and North America, including the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Council, the Asia Society's International Council, the Yale President's Council on International Activities (PCIA), and the Singapore-China Foundation - Scholarship Committee.

In the world of ideas, Prof Mahbubani has spoken and published globally. His articles have appeared in a wide range of journals and newspapers, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Washington Quarterly, Survival, American Interest, the National Interest, TIME Magazine, Newsweek and New York Times. He has also been profiled in the Economist and in TIME Magazine. He is the author of Can Asians Think? (published in Singapore, Canada, US, Mexico, India, China and Malaysia) and of Beyond The Age Of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust between America and the World (published in New York). His new book entitled The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East was published in New York in February 2008. More information on his writings can be found on  

Prof Mahbubani was awarded the President’s Scholarship in 1967. He graduated with a First Class honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Singapore in 1971. From Dalhousie University, Canada, he received a Masters degree in Philosophy in 1976 and an honorary doctorate in 1995. He spent a year as a fellow at the Centre for International Affairs at Harvard University from 1991 to 1992. He was also given the 2003–2004 Dr Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award by the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) at Tufts University.

He has been conferred The Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the Singapore Government in 1998. The Foreign Policy Association Medal was awarded to him in New York in June 2004 with the following opening words in the citation: “A gifted diplomat, a student of history and philosophy, a provocative writer and an intuitive thinker”. Prof Mahbubani was also listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in September 2005.