Ever wondered what it takes to make it as a leader – and how to do it well?

With the tides shifting towards purpose over profit, sustainable growth, diversity and increased accountability, it has never been more important – or more challenging – to nail the task of leadership.

Our ChangeMakers panel of extraordinary leaders will share their insights on how to lead with vision, empathy and inclusion in a complex and changing world.

Event: UQ ChangeMakers: how to be a (better) leader
Date: Wednesday 3 April 2024 
Time: 6–7pm (AEST)
Location: online

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Professor Deborah Terry AC
Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Queensland

Professor Deborah Terry AC is a highly experienced leader in the Australian university sector – and an internationally recognised scholar in psychology.

Since August 2020, Professor Terry has served as Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Queensland (UQ). Prior to this, she was Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University in Western Australia, from 2014 to 2020.

Professor Terry is a Fellow and past President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and an appointed member of the Australian Research Council Advisory Council. She currently serves on the Boards of AARNET and Westpac Scholars, and she is a member of the Universitas 21 Executive Committee.

Professor Terry has previously served as Chair of the Board of Universities Australia.

She was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in January 2024 for “eminent service to tertiary education as an institutional leader and academic, to the strengthening of higher education through collaboration and innovation, and to the community”.


Mr Andrew N. Liveris AO
President of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee, 
Former Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) '75, Doctor of Science honoris causa '05

As The Dow Chemical Company's longest-serving non-family CEO, and with a combined 42 years of experience at Dow, Andrew had assignments in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management before becoming the CEO and Chairman. In April 2022, Andrew was named the President of the Board of the Brisbane Organising Committee for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games (OCOG). He currently serves as Chairman of The Hellenic Initiative. He is the Director of Lucid Motors, IBM, Saudi Aramco, Worley (Deputy Chairman), Novonix and the Minderoo Foundation. 

Andrew has advised three US Presidents and served as co-chair of US President Barack Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, adviser to President Trump and now President Biden. He is the Co-Chair of the Build Together Coalition that successfully advocated for the USD1.2T Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed by President Biden in 2020. Andrew was also appointed as a Special Advisor to the Australian Government's National COVID-19 Coordination Commission.

In his book Make it in America, Andrew advocates for the criticality of manufacturing in building valuable skills and delivering solutions for this century, an era of sustainability, digitaisation, and geopolitical dynamism. In 2018 Andrew established the Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership at The University of Queensland. His second book Leading Through Disruption Andrew provides a new leadership paradigm for resilience and agility in a rapidly changing world.


Associate Professor James Kirby
Clinical Psychologist and the Co-Director of the Compassionate Mind Research Group, UQ
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) '06, Doctor of Philosophy '13

Dr James Kirby is an Associate Professor, Clinical Psychologist, and the Co-Director of the Compassionate Mind Research Group at The University of Queensland. He examines factors that facilitate and inhibit compassionate responding. He also examines the clinical effectiveness of compassion focused interventions. James also holds a Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Compassion and Altrusim Research and Education at Stanford University. In 2022 he authored Choose Compassion.


Professor Tyler Okimoto
Professor in Management, Associate Dean (Academic),
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, UQ

Tyler received his PhD in Social and Organisational Psychology from New York University and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Management at Yale University, prior to joining UQ in 2011. His research attempts to understand difficulties preventing individuals and groups from achieving productive collaborations and broader social consensus, and the role of leadership in overcoming those challenges. Tyler's research has been featured in The New York Times, the Atlantic, Good Morning America, US National Public Radio, ABC Radio, the Hidden Brain podcast, Netflix's Explained, SBS Insights, and several policy reports.

Tyler is also an award-winning educator, teaching leadership and management topics at the Undergraduate, MBA, and Executive levels. In 2019, he led the design of UQ's online MicroMasters Program in Business Leadership, reaching over 60,000 learners from 193 different countries in its first year alone, and was a 2019 finalist for the Global edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions to Online Education. He is also co-designer and co-facilitator of the flagship “Leading UQ” program for unit heads, directors, and senior managers from across the university.  



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