Date:              Friday, 23 March
Time:       7.45am - 9.30am
Location: Ormond College Dining Hall, 49 College Crescent, Parkville, VIC
Host: Professor Andrew Griffiths, Executive Dean, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
Cost: Complimentary

The University of Queensland and the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law are pleased to present a series of events in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne 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. Joining Mark and David in conversation will be special guest Peter Collins (Director, Centre for Ethical Leadership at Ormond College).

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?

You are invited to join us in this insightful and thought-provoking conversation.


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 Peter CollinsPeter Collins, Director, Centre for Ethical Leadership

Peter is the Director of the Centre for Ethical Leadership and is a Facilitator and Coach of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship. During Peter's tenure, he has coached more than 140 Vincent Fairfax Fellows. In addition to his work at the Cente for Ethical Leadership, Peter consults on ethics and leadership with:CEOs and leadership teams of ASX100 companies; Government departments in Victoria; Defence and others in Canberra and Key statutory agencies such as Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria and the family violence/child protection sector.

Peter's leadership consulting projects include work around sexual predatory behaviour in Victoria Police's response to VHREOC, in sport (cricket and rugby union) and advising boards and leadership teams on cultural issues. He started his consulting career at McKinsey wiht a focus on organisational change and leadership and has also worked in Federal Parliament for two cabinet minsters. Peter has been a contracted columnist with the Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Herald Sun plus with ABC Radio and Channel 9 on ethical and political issues. He has a Masters degree from Oxford University focussing on leadership. He is currently undertaking a D. Phil at Oxford University.

Olivia Brown, Former co-COO of M&A for Goldman Sachs (Australia and New Zealand)

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