Master of Ceremonies (MC)

Ralph Evans

Ralph Evans began as a chemical engineer at the CSR Company in Sydney.

After his MBA at Stanford, he joined the London office of McKinsey & Company as a consultant. Ralph worked for several years in the UK and on assignments in East and North Africa before transferring to McKinsey’s Sydney office.
In 1979, Ralph joined three other management consultants to found their own Australian firm, Pappas Carter Evans & Koop. PCEK specialised in business strategy. A decade later and with the firm now substantial, PCEK was acquired by the Boston Consulting Group to form their Australian and New Zealand offices. Ralph became a vice-president of BCG.

In 1991, Ralph was headhunted to become chief executive of Austrade, the Australian government’s national body for promoting exports and inwards foreign direct investment. He headed a major reform program, ironically based on a review by McKinsey and Company.

More recently, Ralph spent four years as CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been a director of a variety of companies and not-for-profit entities and for twelve years chaired a family of venture capital funds.
Ralph is currently chairman of the Sydney Eisteddfod, organiser of a large series of competitions for aspiring stars in the performing arts. He is a deputy chairman of ICM Agribusiness, an investor in African agriculture, and a director of the charity Osteoporosis Australia. He has a consulting entity Wulworra Associates. Ralph is an adjunct professor at UTS Business School in Sydney.

We are delighted to have Ralph as MC of this important forum in Athens