24 Years.

51 Forums.

Now Six Continents.

Wharton Global Forums convene international leaders, top-tier faculty, and Wharton’s powerful alumni network to explore the moment’s most pressing business and geopolitical matters and identify opportunities to make a global impact.

Watch below to learn more.


Keynote Speakers and Panelists

A-list speakers — leaders in business, government, media, academia, and the nonprofit world — share their deep expertise and elite insider perspectives with the Forum audience.

From the Forum Chairs 

Featured Wharton Faculty

Wharton’s powerhouse faculty tops business school research rankings year after year, and its professors leave a profound impact on scholarly journals and industry board rooms alike.

Wharton Global Forums bring you up to speed on the latest business challenges and opportunities. Leave Sydney equipped to leverage new knowledge for professional and personal success.

Lifelong Learning

Cutting-Edge Research

Industry Insights

Unmatched Networking Opportunities

Delve deep into global business issues from multiple angles, connecting the dots in the current landscape to understand what the future holds.

Global Investment Landscape


Civic Engagement in Australia


Public Private Partnership

Organizing Committee Members

Members of the Forum’s Organizing Committee play a key role in shaping the Forum’s format and content, wielding the power of Wharton’s alumni network to create an experience like no other.


Here’s what Forum attendees are saying…


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Wednesday, March 7

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Global Forum Kick-off  Welcome Reception and Networking
Westin Sydney

Thursday, March 8

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Check In and Registration
Westin Sydney

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Opening Plenary Session and Keynote
With David Gonski and Frank Lowy
Moderated by Fred Hilmer
Westin Sydney

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Coffee Break
Westin Sydney

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lifelong Learning Concurrent Sessions
Westin Sydney

Geo-Economics: National Security, Trade, and Investment
with Mauro Guillen

New Frontiers of Analytics
with Eric Bradlow

Managing the Threat of Technological Disruption
with Karl Ulrich

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Keynote: Digital Disruption and the Future Role of Media
With Michele Guthrie
Westin Sydney

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Networking Lunch
Westin Sydney

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Concurrent Industry Panels
Westin Sydney

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Coffee Break
Westin Sydney

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Westin Sydney

5:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Proceed to the Sydney Opera House

The Global Forum Gala Dinner will depart from the Sydney Opera House at 6:30 p.m. exactly. Guests are responsible for their own transportation; please plan to arrive no later than 6:15 p.m. to ensure you are not left behind! The Starship is a luxury floating venue that allows for breath taking views of Sydney from the water. Make sure to wear appropriate footwear for this unique experience. The Starship will culminate at Darling Harbour.

6:15 pm – 11:00 pm

The Global Forum Gala aboard the Sydney Starship

Cocktails and Gala dinner aboard The Sydney Starship, a luxury floating glass vessel that allows for breath taking views of Sydney from the water.

Friday, March 9

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Westin Sydney

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast
Westin Sydney

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Opening Keynote
With F. William McNabb III
Westin Sydney

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Plenary Session
Westin Sydney

“Joe Talks” with Wharton Faculty
Mauro Guillen
Eric Bradlow
Michael Platt
Jessie Handbury

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Coffee Break
Westin Sydney

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Lifelong Learning Concurrent Sessions
Westin Sydney

The Business Case for Corporate Diplomacy
with Vit Henisz

Impact Investing
with David Musto

Building Leadership through Brain Science
with Michael Platt

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Westin Sydney

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Concurrent Industry Panels
Westin Sydney

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Closing Plenary
Westin Sydney

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Farewell Celebration
Westin Sydney