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In this first episode,  Lousie and James discussed:

  • Artificial Intelligence and the emerging concerns and opportunities (will AI take my job, the jobs of the future, human capital and technology, etc.)
  • Election in Indonesia and what it means for Australia, especially in the area of critical minerals. 
  • The upcoming Federal election and the ‘drip drip drip’ pressure of industry policy practitioners on the implementors of the budget

And the two discuss the market’s preparedness to pay a premium for decarbonised products, and the challenge for businesses in understanding the market. 


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James Scotland

After a long career in multiple aspects of supply chain management, corporate training and business advisory, James brings a business improvement mindset to his role as General Manager of Supply Chain Resilience for Ai Group. A skilled communicator and adviser, James has been involved with Oil & Gas, the Defence industry and supply chain across the board for over 40 years.

James has a Masters degree in International Management and a partially completed Doctor of Business Administration. He says he'll get around to finishing it when he retires. 

    Louise McGrath

    In her role as Ai Group’s Head of Industry Development and Policy Louise provides strategic leadership and guidance for Ai Group’s policy agenda in building competitive industries through global integration, infrastructure development and innovation. She ensures that through policy leadership members have a voice at all levels of government, by representing and promoting their interests on current and emerging issues.

    Louise represents Australian Industry in several multilateral forums, such as the B20 Taskforces, Global Business Coalition, and the East Asia Business Council working group on RCEP. She advocates for the interests of Ai Group members during Free Trade Negotiations and translates those agreements to support the strategic aims of members. She is a member of CSIRO’s Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence Think Tank and the Manufacturing Advisory Group, the NESP Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub and the Advisory Group of The Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS).

    Louise has studied a Bachelor of Arts (Arabic Language and Culture) at Deakin University and an Advanced Diploma in International Trade at RMIT. She has also studied Arabic at universities in Jordan and Egypt.

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