Richard Branson to headline UQ future of business event

RichardBransonTNRichard Branson is headlining a University of Queensland Business School lunch in Brisbane in May, and UQ is giving one Australian businessperson the chance to join the revered British entrepreneur on a Q&A panel.

Richard Branson is headlining a University of Queensland Business School lunch in Brisbane in May, and UQ is giving one Australian businessperson the chance to join the revered British entrepreneur on a Q&A panel.

On Thursday May 9 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Branson, Chairman of the Virgin Group of more than 400 companies, including Queensland’s Makepeace Island, will headline the UQ Business School’s NEXT? The Future of Business Q&A lunch event.

Joining Branson on the panel will be UQ Business School Dean Professor Andrew Griffiths, acclaimed futurist Tim Longhurst and Rockcote Director and the 2012 Australian Financial Review's Top 100 Women of Influence awards winner Chris Cameron. And in an Australian-first, LinkedIn will launch a national search to identify an Australian business professional, business owner or student to become the fifth panel member at the event.RichardBransonLG

And in an Australian-first, LinkedIn will launch a national search to identify an Australian business professional, business owner or student to become the fifth panel member to join Sir Richard on stage at NEXT? The Future of Business Q&A. Nominations will open on Sunday March 10, when LinkedIn members can nominate themselves or a LinkedIn connection via nextquestion.com.au/ for the role of fifth panellist. One of the five most recommended LinkedIn members will be chosen by UQ Business School.

Another opportunity for interested parties is to post questions to the panel via the above website. The five most thought-provoking questions will be posed to the panel on the day and the question nominators will win a VIP ticket to the event and meet Branson.

“This event will feature a panel of five of the brightest future-thinkers in business to debate a series of interactive questions,” Griffiths says. “The business insight generated by this five-strong expert panel will bring to light even more challenging issues that will then be the subject of research by UQ Business School.”

More than 1,500 business leaders are expected to attend the NEXT? The Future of Business Q&A event, including public and private sector representatives, students from Brisbane’s key high schools and UQ Business School students and alumni. The event will run from midday to 1430; tickets are available at nextquestion.com.au/.

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