Gihan Perera to deliver keynote address at business forum


World-renowned futurist, conference speaker, online presenter and author Gihan Perera will deliver the keynote address at the City’s business forum at Joondalup Resort on Thursday 22 July.

The forum theme is Future-Proofing Joondalup and Mr Perera will share his insights into global trends affecting Australia and how local businesses can take advantage of next-generation digital infrastructure, such as 5G mobile data and fibre-to-premises internet, to help them compete globally.

About 150 members of the local business community and key City stakeholders are expected to attend.

“We in Western Australia live in the best time zone in the world; the one with the most number of people and right on the doorstep of what’s going to be this Asian century,” Mr Perera said.

“For cities like Joondalup, which is leading the way in education, entrepreneurship, and innovation, there’s never been a better time with so many opportunities to leverage for success.

“I’ll share some broad principles and really practical strategies to take advantage of that opportunity and be fit for the future.”

An interactive panel discussion will also explore opportunities of growing an innovation eco-system in Joondalup and key digital growth areas such as cyber security, digital health, robotics and artificial intelligence

The many challenges that businesses are currently facing such as the COVID-19 pandemic, digital disruption and changing workplaces will also be addressed.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said now was the perfect time for Joondalup businesses to look at future-proofing their operations.

“The theme of this forum is particularly timely, given the City is developing a new 10-year strategic plan which will drive us ahead on the next leg of our journey,” he said.

“Joondalup is transitioning from an economy supported by population growth to one that is driven by private and public sector investment, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Local businesses must be prepared to take advantage of future trends

“Our goal is for Joondalup to become a home for our future innovators, entrepreneurs and a place where progressive businesses bring fresh ideas to the table that create diverse employment opportunities and global connectivity.”


Future-proofing Joondalup

Thursday 22 July 2021, 7.00 am – 10.00 am

 Joondalup Resort, Country Club Boulevard, Connolly

Cost $30.00, register online