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Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast 2013

The Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Annual Economic Outlook forum has built a reputation as a not to be missed event by any public sector stakeholder who is passionate about the economic environment of South Australia and the public sector.

This event follows Premier Weatherill’s delivery of the 2013-2014 Budget: his first as Treasurer.  Mr Raymond Spencer, Chair of the Economic Development Board will engage Premier Weatherill in an in depth discussion on the budget and its implications for South Australia’s future. Erma Ranieri, Chief Executive of the Public Sector Renewal Program Taskforce will be our MC for the morning.

This event is proudly supported by:


Hon Jay Weatherill MP, Premier, Minister for State Development.

Jay Weatherill is South Australia's 45th Premier.

Jay was born and educated in Adelaide's western suburbs, completing his secondary education at Henley High School.

He is a lawyer with an economics degree, establishing his own business in 1995 and practicing Law until he was elected as the Member for Cheltenham in 2002. Jay was subsequently re-elected as Member for Cheltenham in 2006 and in 2010.

He has previously held a range of senior Cabinet portfolios including Education, Early Childhood Development, Environment and Conservation, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister Assisting the Premier in Cabinet Business and Public Sector Management, Families and Communities, Housing, Ageing, Disability, Urban Development and Planning, Administrative Services, Local Government and Gambling.

Jay and his wife Melissa have two young daughters, Lucinda and Alice.


Raymond J Spencer, Chair, Economic Development Board, South Australia

In 2009, Raymond Spencer returned to Australia follows 35 years of living and working in the USA, India and Europe.

Raymond is Chairman of The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Chairman of Capgemini’s Financial Services Global Business Unit (FS GBU) and Chairman of Signostics Limited, a director of Rubicon Technology, Inc. (RBCN) a NASDAQ listed manufacturer of advanced electronic materials and a partner and member of the investment committee in three US based venture funds. Raymond brings more than thirty-five years of leadership in international business, management planning, technology, finance, organizational culture and mergers and acquisitions.

Raymond was born in Adelaide and attended law school at the University of Adelaide. He was inducted to the Chicago Area Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2003 and serves as a board member of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA).

Raymond was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year 2005 for the Illinois Region. Raymond is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and he was named a Laureate in the Computerworld Honors Program, which distinguishes innovators around the world whose visionary use of information technology produces and promotes positive social change.


MC: Erma Ranieri, Deputy Chief Executive, Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DIMTRE), Chief Executive of the Public Sector Renewal Program Taskforce.

As the former Executive Director (People and Culture) of PIRSA, Erma Ranieri led the agency’s change management and development agenda by addressing critical business issues such as the attraction and retention of people in a competitive labour market and creating value in an environment of competing stakeholder expectations.

In that role Ms Ranieri was often asked to provide leadership in events and is considered an inspiring, thought provoking and passionate speaker.

Erma is now Deputy Chief Executive, DMITRE, Chief Executive of the Public Sector Renewal Program, President of IPAA, and was awarded National Fellowship of the Institute in 2011.