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A new world, a new reality

As the world looks towards a new reality post COVID-19, governments, communities and businesses are all asking the same question: What happens next?

How can we learn from the challenges and impact of COVID-19 to build a future that is resilient?

What Happens Next with Bernard Salt is a podcast series bringing you insights into what a new reality could look like post COVID-19.


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Season 2

Episode 9

It’s no secret that the push for business to embrace gender equality has gained momentum not only in Australia but across the world. Closing the gender pay gap and strengthening childcare policies to encourage equal sharing of care are just some of the initiatives that have gained ground across the Australian business landscape, but despite the progress more can be done. Join Bernard Salt as he discusses these issues with KPMG Chairman Alison Kitchen, KPMG Lead Tax Partner Grant Wardell-Johnson and Corporate Non-Executive Director & former Pacific Brands CEO Sue Morphet.

Episode 8

Looking after the world we live in for future generations is not just important to communities and society at large, but also to business as well. Embedding ESG, or environmental, social and governance principles into a company’s strategy is now a business imperative. Join Bernard Salt as he discusses how companies are adopting ESG into how they do business with Independent Advisor, Michael Gabadou, Adrian King, Partner in Charge, Climate Change and Sustainability, KPMG Australia and Nicolette Boele, Executive Manager, Policy and Standards, Responsible Investment Association Australasia.

Episode 7

For people around the globe and in Australia the notion of ageing is a relatively new phenomenon, due to improvements in lifestyle and medical care. But there’s no doubt we face some big challenges in developing positive strategies to help people age well and it’s essential we answer these challenges with innovative ideas and look for opportunities to keep people healthy and happy. Join Bernard Salt as he discusses this with Pat Garcia, CEO of Catholic Health Australia, Nicki Doyle, Partner Health Ageing and Human Services KPMG and Patrick Reid, CEO IRT Group.

Episode 6

The financial services landscape looks fundamentally different to what it did ten years ago. Digital transformation, evolving customer expectations and new entrants into the sector have long been disruptive forces, but COVID-19 has accelerated that speed of change.  Join Bernard Salt as he discusses the rapid shifts in the sector with Anna Bligh, CEO, Australian Banking Association, Daniel Knoll, National Lead Partner of Financial Services at KPMG, and Toby Norton-Smith, Managing Director, x-15 ventures.

Episode 5

Kung Hei Fat Choi! It’s Chinese New Year and time to welcome the Year of the Ox. Join Bernard Salt, Helen Zhi Dent from KPMG’s China Business Practice, and Access Corporate Group’s Livia Wang, as they discuss what makes Chinese entrepreneurs tick, how they operate, and what makes them different from other businesses. Bernard is also joined by Robyn Langsford, Partner in Charge of KPMG’s Family & Private Client Practice, to discuss the unique intricacies of family businesses, succession planning and the role these types of companies play in the Australian business landscape.

Episode 4

Bushfires, floods and a pandemic – there’s no doubt that 2020 has been one of the most challenging years on record for Australian communities and businesses. Join Bernard Salt as he discusses the importance of resilience in a time of immense challenge and change with special guests: Shane Fitzsimmons, Commissioner of Resilience NSW and Australian of the Year NSW, Amanda Leck, Executive Director, Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, and Mark Crosweller, Senior Advisor with KPMG and Former Head the National Resilience Taskforce and Director General of Emergency Management Australia.

Episode 3

There are currently around 16,000 Indigenous-owned businesses across Australia, and that number is predicted to grow to 18,000 over the next five years. This growth is being seen in a range of sectors – from cultural services, building contractors and architecture, to fire management practices, and financial and professional services. In this episode, Bernard Salt is joined by Glen Brennan, Indigenous Services Lead, KPMG Australia, Laura Berry, CEO, Supply Nation, and Eddie Fry, Chair, Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation & Indigenous Business Australia to discuss the boom in Indigenous business.

Episode 2

Join Bernard Salt as he catches up with Nick Espinosa, Chicago based global cyber security expert and host of nationally syndicated radio show The Deep Dive, to discuss how to stay safe online during the pandemic. Bernard is also joined by Michelle Price, CEO of AustCyber, and Kathy Robins, Cyber Security Partner at KPMG Australia, to look at how Australia is faring in relation to increased cyber security threats as more and more people work from home.

Episode 1

Despite the effects of the pandemic, a record amount of venture capital was invested in Australian startups in the first half of 2020, with 92 deals recorded. To find out why Australian startups remain attractive to investors, Bernard Salt speaks to James Chin Moody, Founder & CEO of Sendle, Amanda Price, KPMG Australia’s Head of High Growth Ventures, and Steve Baxter, Founder & CEO of Transition Level Investments.

Season 1

Episode 6

In this episode, Bernard Salt is joined by Executive Producer Whitney Fitzsimmons to reflect on the highlights from season one of the show. Join them as they discuss mental wellness, working from home and the new reality for business.

Episode 5

Join Bernard Salt as he catches up with celebrity chef Matt Moran to discuss how the pandemic has affected his businesses, and how he has discovered unexpected cooking opportunities during lockdown. Bernard is also joined by Emma Germano, Vice President of the Victorian Farmers Federation, and Robert Poole, KPMG Australia’s National Sector Lead for Consumer & Retail, to find out how the agriculture sector is responding to Coronavirus. If you would like to try Matt Moran’s crumbed lamb cutlets, view the recipe on his website. You can also read further insights from KPMG Australia on the food and agriculture sector.

Episode 4

Bernard Salt speaks to Deb Yates, National Managing Partner, People, Performance & Culture at KPMG Australia and Dr Jane Gunn, Partner in Charge of KPMG Australia’s People & Change Practice, to find out how businesses are embracing the remote working phenomenon in the wake of COVID-19. Bernard also catches up with Georgie Harman, CEO of Beyond Blue to discuss the importance of self-care and mental wellness during the pandemic. Access the resources from Beyond Blue. You can also read more about KPMG insights on working from home and mental health.

Episode 3

Bernard Salt speaks to rising star high school educator Yasodai Selvakumaran from Rooty Hill High School to hear how COVID-19 has changed the way students and teachers work together. Bernard also catches up with KPMG Australia’s Education Sector Leader, Professor Stephen Parker, and Debbie McVitty, Editor of the UK Higher Education policy platform Wonkhe, to discuss the new reality for the tertiary education sector post COVID-19.

Episode 2

Bernard Salt unpacks predictions for a post COVID-19 world with Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell, Director, 3A Institute, and James Mabbott, Lead Partner, KPMG Futures. He also catches up with Europe’s most influential futurist, Matthias Horx, to look at how Europe is being reshaped in the wake of the pandemic.

Episode 1

In our first episode of What Happens Next, Bernard Salt speaks to Dr Meredith Makeham, Chief Medical Advisor to the Australian Digital Health Agency, and Warren Bingham, Executive Director of MedTech, to look at the role technology is playing in the Australian healthcare sector in the wake of COVID-19. Bernard also chats to KPMG Global Head of Healthcare, Dr Mark Britnell, to hear his analysis of how countries across the globe are dealing with the pandemic.

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