"A very necessary conversation" - BSA President delves into Ethical AI

"A very necessary conversation" - BSA President delves into Ethical AI

Max Templeton speaks about being the first-ever second-year student to be President of the Business Student Association (BSA), what he enjoys most about RMIT and the BSA’s upcoming event on Artificial Intelligence.

Max Templeton is a second-year Bachelor of Business student and President of RMIT’s BSA.

Here is what Max had to say about his role as president and BSA's upcoming event ‘The Future of Business with Ethical AI'.

Portrait of a man. Business Student Association President Max Templeton.

What degree are you studying and what year are you in? 

I'm studying the Bachelor of Business with a double major in Business & Technology and Marketing. 

What do you enjoy most about studying your degree? 

Without a doubt, being a part of the Business Student Association has been the most enjoyable part of my time at RMIT. The team around me is absolutely phenomenal and it's so rewarding to be a part of something so ambitious and fun at the same time. 

What does the Business Student Association do and what is it like being President of the BSA? 

The Business Student Association's main focus is improving the student experience.  

We get our members in front of industry, we promise them a good time, we connect them to people, and we build a fantastic community while doing all those things.  

Being president of an organisation that offers so much is quite difficult, to be honest. It's a lot of work and comes with a lot of pressure.  

However, with that comes amazing connections, an invaluable experience, and overall, it brings me a lot of personal satisfaction that I'm bringing something good to our members. 

What is the event 'The Future of Business with Ethical AI' about? 

The event is all about confronting a very necessary conversation: AI is here to stay, and it's transforming business and society as we know it.  

So how do we ensure that we're implementing it ethically and responsibly? What are the implications of AI on the everyday person? What will the world look like as AI continues to evolve and change the way we live? These are all questions we wish to answer at this event. 

Who will people will hear from at the event? 

The panel at the event is extremely star-studded, to say the least. We've gathered a strong group of industry leaders to discuss all things AI, and I couldn't be more excited.  


  • Finbar O’Hanlon, CEO of Melbourne-based AI company Cognr, Board Member for the Global Innovation Institute, and musician who has worked with the likes of Limp Bizkit and The Cure
  • Dheeren Velu, Head of Innovation for Capgemini and Director of Artificial Intelligence at Capgemini Invent
  • Brandon Hutcheson, CEO of New Zealand-based AI services company Aware Group
  • Jason Ross, Co-founder of Sydney-based generative AI company Time Under Tension
  • Sally Woellner, Product Design Lead at Canva with a focus on generative AI

Keynote speaker

  • Dee Templeton, Microsoft Vice President, Technology & Research Partnerships and Operations.

What are you most excited about for this event? 

I'm definitely most excited to hear the discussion that will be fostered between the different panelists. 

It's true to say that we have some of Australia and New Zealand's leading tech talent in our panel, and I'm thrilled that we get to ask them questions and get some dialogue going around what their honest thoughts are about AI.

The event is being held at Storey Hall on Thursday 30 May from 5-9pm. Tickets are free, and the event is open to all! For more information and to register, click below.

24 May 2024


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