About Warwick Powell
Founder and Chairman, Sister City Partners Ltd
Warwick Powell is founder and chairman of Sister City Partners Ltd, a regional not-for-profit investment banking enterprise. He is a director of a number of companies in Australia and Hong Kong involved in investment banking, big data analytics, renewable energy and agribusiness services.
He is a recognised creative thinker and innovator in economic, social and enterprise development with 20 years’ experience in identify and assessing social and economic impacts across a broad range of public policy propositions and development activities and initiatives.
His expertise in this arena is reflected in being invited to deliver a complete 13-week course on ‘creativity, innovation and leadership in the 21st century’ for James Cook University’s MBA program. He is an Adjunct Research Fellow at James Cook University, and the author or co-author of a range of research papers and conference papers, cutting across areas as diverse as regional financial innovation through to the socio-aesthetics of urban design and open space.
About Dr Gary Lewis PhD
Australian National University
As an independent scholar, Gary is regarded as Australia’s preeminent cooperatives’ historian, and is inducted into the Monash University Agribusiness Co-operatives Hall of Honour.
In a career spanning three decades he has written, researched and spoken about cooperatives to an extensive list of associations, universities, companies and government departments, and his major publications on the history of cooperatives in Australia include:
The Growers’ Paddy: Land Water and Co-operation in the Australian Rice Industry;
The Democracy Principle: Farmer Co-operatives in Twentieth Century Australia;
A Mutual Way: Fifty Years at Gateway Credit Union Ltd;
People Before Profit: The Credit Union Movement in Australia;
An Illustrated History of the Riverina Rice Industry; and
A Middle Way: Rochdale Co-operatives in New South Wales, 1859-1986.