The West Coast Leadership Dialogue (WCLD) was established in 2007 and explores the development and adoption of innovative and revolutionary technologies, transforming the world we live in.

The WCLD Collaborates with Stanford University and the University of California, San Diego to exchange views on global matters, defining the Indo-Pacific region; including, China, Indonesia, North Korea. A core focus of the WCLD is to identify opportunities that sustain a platform for high community performance and focus on technologies that transform the world we live in.

As the pace of technology accelerates, the Leadership Dialogue remains at the forefront of these discussions building collaborative networks between business, government, education and research institutions.

The WCLD is a masterclass in soft diplomacy, making meaningful connections in both countries, and deepening knowledge of business and political leaders in emerging areas of our society and economy.


In recent years the WCLD has focused on Australian-US cooperation and collaboration in the areas of STEM, astronautical innovation and international scientific development placing a particular focus on space and technology. More recent themes have included Big data and the Future of Medicine, The Future of Healthcare Research, Cooperation and Technology, Digital transformation (AI and Machine Learning), the divergence between innovation and policy, and the future drivers of growth in the changing global economy.

The most recent WCLD program held in January 2020 focused on the transformative application of data science and machine learning in healthcare. Delegates engaged with world leading experts on cloud computing, experts pushing the boundaries of science and medicine and global politics.