Former West Coast Eagles star David Wirrpanda and Aboriginal leader Warren Mundine are among the speakers at the second annual Indigenous Business, Enterprise and Corporations Conference, to be hosted by The University of Western Australia on December 3 and 4.
Organised by UWA’s Centre for Social Impact, the conference will include presentations by Indigenous, Government, business and academic leaders, as well as representatives from Indigenous enterprises from around Australia.
The conference program also includes a dinner hosted by Channel 10 newsreader Narelda Jacobs and features Australian film director, screenwriter and cinematographer Warwick Thornton as guest speaker. Thornton’s film Samson & Delilah won the Camera d’Or for best first feature film at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
Director of the Centre for Social Impact (UWA) Winthrop Professor Paul Flatau said the conference theme was “Growth and New Opportunities for Indigenous Business and Enterprise”.
“This theme reflects the growth of new opportunities across a broad range of industry sectors, ranging from resources to the arts to agriculture and in Indigenous communities arising from native title agreements,” Professor Flatau said.
Other speakers include WA Minister for Indigenous Affairs Peter Collier, Atlas Iron Ore Executive Chairman David Flanagan, WA Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Native Title Ben Wyatt, The University of Melbourne’s Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies Professor Marcia Langton and Co-Chair of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Jody Broun.
The conference will also offer business development workshops designed specifically for Indigenous businesses, enterprises and corporations.