$10, Booking Required


Wed 23 Mar
7:45 am – 10:00 am


Garden Restaurant, enter via Garden Gate
National Gallery of Victoria, Saint Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom Accessible parking nearby All Gender Bathroom Assistance Animals Welcome Wheelchair Access

Image courtesy of Blackmagic

Business and Design Forum: NEXT Past Event

Presented by Creative Victoria and NGV

Melbourne is home to many successful companies and organisations delivering world class innovative products, events and services to global markets. Outstanding local design professionals are central to the story of this success.

The Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Showcase – celebrating 25 years of design excellence celebrates the achievements of our design profession and highlights the impact award winning design has on our broader community. The exhibition themes are THEN | WHO | HOW | NOW and NEXT.

Providing insights into how design and business have worked successfully together in the past the forum will explore what is NEXT. Discussion topics will focus on what successful companies, services and organisations have learned during the COVID 19 pandemic, how have they continued to innovate and achieve success, what products or markets have prospered and what are the emerging opportunities going forward.

The forum is aimed at bringing together professionals from business, service and design sectors for mutual learning and networking.


Ali Moore (Moderator)

Ali Moore is a freelance broadcaster and journalis, and regular program host on ABC Radio Melbourne. With more than thirty years’ experience, she has worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia’s Nine Network, and for the BBC’s global news network, based in Singapore.

Grant Petty

Grant Petty, founder and CEO of Blackmagic Design, has become one of the world’s leading innovators of creative video tech. His goal was – and still is today – to empower creativity by making film, television and AV production equipment affordable for everyone.

Associate Professor Leah Heiss

Associate Professor Leah Heiss is a Melbourne-based designer and the Eva and Marc Besen International Research Chair in Design at Monash University.  Through collaborative projects Leah has brought humanity centred design to technologies for hearing loss, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, gut disease and loneliness. Her design work has been recognised with six Australian Good Design Awards (including the 2018 Australian Good Design Award) and the CSIRO Design Innovation Award. Projects she has led have been presented to the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health and informed the creation of Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Guidelines. Leah is dedicated to the idea that design can help to humanise healthcare and improve the lived experience of technologies, systems and services.

Philip Binns

Philip Binns has over 30 years’ experience in the innovation intensive scientific instrument industry and today manages a global division within Agilent Technologies, which includes centres of excellence in Research & Development, Marketing and Manufacturing in Australia, Japan, Italy, UK, Malaysia and the USA. In 2008. Philip was appointed by the Federal government to chair the Future Industry Innovation Council and in 2012 served on the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Task Force. He is currently Chairman of Epi-Minder Pty Ltd, Board adviser to Nura Pty Ltd, and is a National Councillor for the Australian Industry Group.

Gerda Gemser

Gerda Gemser is Full Professor and Chair of Entrepreneurship at the University of Melbourne. She is passionate about contributing to both industry practice and academia with her research. She has collaborated with government, companies, and professional associations on various research projects investigating creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation. She teaches and gives workshops in these areas, next to publishing academic articles and books. Her most recent publication is a co-authored book on effective design leadership, published by Stanford University Press.