25 March 2013

In an Australian first, business people have the opportunity to share a stage with Sir Richard Branson, thanks to an innovative program by The University of Queensland Business School.

NEXT? The Future of Business Q&A, to take place on May 9, is being organised by UQ Business School and facilitated by LinkedIn.

Professionals, business owners, students and alumni can nominate themselves or a LinkedIn connection to join Sir Richard and a panel of experts at the event to discuss the future of global business.

Nominees should make a 25-word submission via the event’s website, nextquestion.com.au.

A judging panel from UQ Business School will choose a winner.

Nominees will also go into a draw to win a two-night stay at Sir Richard’s Noosa retreat, Makepeace Island.

Joining Sir Richard on the panel is UQ Business School Dean Professor Andrew Griffiths, Futurist Tim Longhurst and Rockcote Director and 2012 Australian Financial Review Top 100 Women of Influence awards winne, Chris Cameron.

UQ Business School Director of Marketing and External Relations Samantha Kennerley said the School aimed to focus on the future of global business through connecting with industry leaders in Australia and overseas.

“We are thrilled not only to connect with Sir Richard Branson but to also either showcase an Australian business leader or uncover a new one as part of this innovative panel discussion,” Ms Kennerley said.

LinkedIn Marketing Solutions Director Matt Tindale said UQ Business School was engaging with an audience of more than three million professionals and students in Australia by leveraging the LinkedIn platform.

“Ultimately, in using this platform, the School is enabling the audience to interact with today’s thought leaders, gain insights and become even more successful at what they do,” he said.

Questions to the panel will also be accepted from the business community via the nextquestion.com.au website.

The five most thought-provoking questions will be posed to the panel on the day and the question nominators will win tickets to the event and meet Sir Richard.

More than 1500 business leaders will attend NEXT? The Future of Business Q&A, drawn from the public and private sector, Government representatives, students from Brisbane’s key high schools and UQ Business School alumni.

About UQ Business School The University of Queensland Business School is independently ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and among the leading institutions worldwide. Based in Brisbane, it brings together over 130 subject experts with over 7500 students and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs and executive education across the range of business disciplines.

UQ Business School is renowned internationally for the quality of its research and also provides contract research and consultancy services to organisations throughout the world. The teaching – research – consultancy loop is central to its success, ensuring that the School maintains its position at the forefront of academic knowledge while staying closely attuned to modern business requirements. For further information see www.business.uq.edu.au.

Fast facts

  • UQ Business School was the first in Australia to meet the standards of the world’s two most influential accrediting bodies - the US-based AACSB International and Europe’s EQUIS.
  • Has been ranked in the world’s top 50 universities for executive education by the Financial Times.
  • Its MBA program has been rated in the top 30 worldwide by The Economist and in the top two in Australia by the AFR’s BOSS Magazine.
  • The MBA course has been awarded the highest possible rating of five stars for eight years running by Australia’s most influential rating body, the GMAA.
  • The School was classed as above world standard in its four major fields of business research in the Australian government’s ERA assessment.
Media: Tanya Hagedorn, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, 3346 3052 or t.hagedorn@business.uq.edu.au and Donna Kramer, 0422 589 902 dk@publicitydepot.com.au