What can Melbourne do to become a centre of excellence that has great economic benefit in the Asian Century?

What can Melbourne do to become a centre of excellence that has great economic benefit in the Asian Century?
13th February 2015

- Members' Lunch with Harold Mitchell AC

Harold Mitchell is the founder of Mitchell & Partners and until August 2013, was Executive Chairman of Aegis Media, Australia and New Zealand. Since he started Mitchell & Partners in 1976, the company has evolved to become the largest media and communications group in Australia today, with a growing presence in New Zealand and across the Asia-Pacific region.

In December 2000, he launched the Harold Mitchell Foundation which distributes funds between health and the arts. He has been Chairman of the National Gallery Australia, President of the Melbourne International Festival of Arts, Director of Deakin Foundation, President of the Museums Board of Victoria and a Board Member of the Opera Australia Council, as well as Chairman of ThoroughVision, Chairman Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union and Chairman CARE Australia.

Mr Mitchell holds a large number of community roles including Chairman of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Chairman of TVS, University of Western Sydney’s television service for Greater Sydney; Chairman of Art Exhibitions Australia, Vice President of Tennis Australia; Chairman of The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Board Member New York Philharmonic; Non-Executive Director, Crown Limited; Chairman, Australia-Indonesia Centre and Chairman FreeTV Australia.

In December 2002 Deakin University conferred on him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.  In 2003 he delivered the Andrew Olle Memorial Lecture on Media.

In January 2004 he was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for his services as a benefactor and fundraiser in support of artistic and cultural endeavour.

On 28 July 2005, he was awarded the Richard Pratt Business Leader Award given by the Australian Business Arts Foundation in recognition of excellence in arts leadership.

Mr Mitchell was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the community through leadership and philanthropic endeavours in the fields of art, health and education and as a supporter of humanitarian aid in Timor-Leste and Indigenous communities.

In December 2011 Mr Mitchell was awarded an Honorary Doctorate – Doctor of Business Honoris Causa, by RMIT University and in 2012 he was inducted into the Adnews Hall of Fame.

Harold was awarded the Victorian Australian of the Year for 2013.

In August 2013 Harold Mitchell was appointed Adjunct Professor, School of Humanities and Communications Arts, University of Western Sydney.


Venue: Bottega

74 Bourke Street, Melbourne

13th February 2015, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Tickets: $70.00

Ticket Price includes GST

Bookings Close: 11th February 2015