In 2005, as globalisation flourished, writer Thomas Friedman said the ‘world is flat’, suggesting it offered a level commercial playing field. Over a decade later, Thomas is joined by economist Richard Holden, Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby and the ACTU president Ged Kearney to discuss globalisation and inequality in a new world of walls, trade barriers and immigration control. Moderated by ABC’s Emma Alberici, the panel will examine globalisation in the era of Trump and Brexit, and will consider where today’s political climate may take us.

Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

Thomas Friedman (International)

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Thomas Friedman is an internationally renowned author and journalist. He is the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes: in 1983 for international reporting (from Lebanon); in 1988 for international reporting (from Israel); and in 2002 for his columns after the September 11th attacks. He is also the author of seven bestselling books, among them the National Book Award-winning From Beirut to Jerusalem and the #1 New York Times bestseller The World Is Flat, which received the inaugural Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. He is also the author of Hot, Flat, and Crowded and That Used to Be Us. His latest book is Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.

Sebastian Mallaby (International)

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Sebastian Mallaby is the Paul Volcker Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Washington Post columnist. He spent thirteen years on The Economist, covering international finance in London and serving as bureau chief in southern Africa, Japan and Washington. From 1999 to 2007 he was a member of the editorial board of The Washington Post, focusing on globalisation and political economy. In 2016, he won the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award for his book, The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan.

Richard Holden (Australian)

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Richard Holden is one of Australia’s leading economists. He is a professor at UNSW Business School and holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University. His most recent academic work is on Network Capital and the outsize returns that accrue to those who coordinate economic activity through the higher-order beliefs of others. He writes regularly for the Australian Financial Review and will be visiting professor of economics at Harvard in Fall 2017.

Ged Kearney (Australian)

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Gerardine (Ged) Kearney commenced as ACTU President on 1 July 2010, and is the third woman to hold the position. Prior to this, Ged was the Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation from April 2008 and was elected official with the ANF since 1997. Ged believes that unions should not just be concerned with the experience of people at work but they should be advocates for change to improve all aspects of Australians lives. Ged’s ambition as ACTU President is to build respect from political leaders and the broad community for the values of fairness and the role played by unions in delivering social change.

Emma Alberici (Australian)

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Emma Alberici has been a host of Lateline since 2012. Before that, she spent four years as the Europe Correspondent for the ABC based in the UK. Emma was previously the finance editor of 7.30. Before joining the ABC, she spent nine years at the Nine Network and before that did her cadetship at The Herald Sun. Emma has been a finalist three times in the Walkley Awards for journalistic excellence. She is the author of three editions of The Small Business Book.