Date: Tuesday, 20 March
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Location: The Long Room, Customs House, Brisbane
Host: The University of Queensland
Cost: Complimentary

The University of Queensland invites you to a UQ alumni lecture featuring alumnus Mark Hutchinson (former CEO and President, GE Europe, and prior to that, CEO, GE China) and Dr David W. Miller (Director, Faith & Work Initiative, and Professional Specialist in Ethics, Princeton University) to discuss the place of ethics in modern society, business and organisational culture

The reach of the financial crisis during the 2007–2008 subprime-mortgage disaster remains difficult to overstate. The domino effect and eventual toll on governments, global and domestic financial systems, social institutions, communities, families and individuals has proven historic. The catastrophe left many questioning how such a thing could have happened. Who and what ideology were at fault? Or was this some inevitable outcome of late capitalism? Amidst all the finger pointing and posturing of “moral outrage”, an interesting body of literature surfaced questioning the role of business schools within the crisis, suggesting that the way business students are taught may have contributed to the most serious economic crisis in decades. This naturally led to many discussions about the place of ethics within business school and undergraduate curricula.

In this series of events, Dr David Miller – Citigroup’s on-call ethicist since 2014 – will facilitate panel discussions exploring views on business ethics from the perspectives of business leader, consumer, professor and student. Panellists will discuss what business ethics means in these volatile times and why it is important. Is it part of law and regulations, organisational culture, a norm of group and individual behaviour or religion? What are the large companies doing to build business ethics? How do they navigate when something goes wrong? How do we embed “ethics” in an organisation’s culture and why is shared responsibility important?


Image of Mark HutchinsonMark Hutchinson, former CEO and President, GE Europe

Mark Hutchinson is former President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Europe, responsible for managing GE's European activities and leading the efforts to strengthen GE's operations across Europe.

Prior to his appointment, Mark was President and CEO, GE Greater China, responsible for GE’s growth strategy and leading a team across manufacturing, sourcing, sales and other functions. During his tenure in China, Mark developed and executed a shared growth strategy for all the GE businesses helping to drive double-digit growth, year-over-year, under his leadership.

Prior to joining GE China, he was president of GE Capital Real Estate, International, where he led the real estate team in Europe and Asia successfully through a dramatic cycle. During his decade-long stint as a leader of GE’s capital markets team, Mark successfully led a host of complex transactions in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

Prior to joining GE, Mark was head of the Asian project advisory team based in Hong Kong for Barclays Merchant Bank. The successful privatisation of Western Harbour Crossing and the Route 3 Project, both key elements of Hong Kong’s infrastructure development, was a central accomplishment during his tenure.

A native of England, Mark graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1986, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business in 2014.

Image of Dr David MillerDr David W. Miller, Director, Faith & Work Initiative, and Professional Specialist in Ethics, Princeton University

David brings an unusual “bilingual” perspective to the classroom and the boardroom. Before receiving his Ph.D. in ethics and joining the faculty at Princeton University, he spent 16 years in senior executive positions in international business and finance, including eight years in London.

David is the Director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative, a Lecturer in the Religious Studies Department, and a Professional Specialist in Ethics. In addition to his research, teaching, and programs, he also serves as an advisor to corporate CEOs and senior executives on ethics, values-based leadership, culture, and the role of faith at work. As a thought leader, many senior executives seek his counsel, and scholars, religious organizations, and the media seek his views. The Wall Street Journal (3/17/17) featured his work with one client.

Prior to academia, David lived and worked in London, England for eight years, where he was a partner in a private equity firm that specialized in international investment management, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Before that he was a senior executive and director of the securities services and global custody division of HSBC Group, having held the same position at Midland Bank plc before its acquisition by HSBC. He moved to London as the managing director of the European operations of State Street Bank & Trust, a leading US securities services bank. He started his management career in the U.S., working for IBM for eight years in a variety of sales and marketing management positions. David speaks German, having lived and worked in Germany. He is a graduate of Bucknell University.

After his corporate experience, he entered academia, receiving his M.Div. and a Ph.D. in ethics from Princeton Theological Seminary. Before joining the faculty at Princeton University in 2008, he taught for five years at Yale Divinity School and Yale School of Management, also serving as the Executive Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture.

At Princeton, the nickname of his signature course is, “Business Ethics: Succeeding without Selling Your Soul.” Harvard Business Review called David’s book, God at Work, (Oxford University Press), "most thoughtful."

Image of Professor Julie CoginProfessor Julie Cogin, Dean, UQ Business School 

Julie Cogin is the Academic Dean and Head of UQ Business School, University of Queensland, a role she took up in January 2018. Presently she is the only female Dean of a Go8 Business School in Australia. Julie currently serves as a non-executive director on the board ASX listed company G8 and previously was a Director on UNSW Hong Kong Limited’s board.

Prior to joining the University of Queensland Julie was the Deputy Dean of UNSW Business School and Director of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) from May 2014 – January 2018. Preceding this, she held multiple senior academic roles at the University of New South Wales including Deputy Dean Engagement, Head of School (Management) and Associate Dean Education. In 2012 Julie was awarded UNSW highest leadership award.

Julie is a recognised thought leader in high performing workplaces and corporate culture, having authored three books and published more than 30 articles, including those in prestigious academic journals ranked in the world’s top 40 by the Financial Times. She has also secured more than $1.2 million in competitive grant funding, largely due to her strong ties with industry.  In June 2015, Julie was included as one of 15 trail blazing UNSW female scholars.

On the teaching front, Julie has received awards at Faculty, University, National and International levels. In 2008 Julie received an Australian citation for her contributions to teaching. This followed her 2006 ranking by the London Financial Times as the 6th best Organisational Behaviour teacher in Global MBA programs (outranking Faculty from Harvard, Wharton and Stanford). Julie has over 25 years’ experience leading education or consulting engagements for many leading companies throughout Australia, Asia and in the USA including Australia’s top four banks and Hong Leong Bank in Asia, several large insurance companies, Qantas, GE, News Corp, Boral, Deutsche Post DHL, PWC, KPMG and Optus. She has been engaged as an expert witness on several occasions and presented evidence in one of the largest class actions in Australian history that was resolved in the High Court.

Julie has been a regular commentator on Business television programs, and is frequently interviewed on the radio and quoted in the press. In 2016 Julie was named as one of Australia’s women of influence by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac.


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