Brisbane has attracted a rich array of scientists, entrepreneurs, researchers, inventors, new-world thinkers and technology pioneers to its major curtain-raiser event — Brisbane Global Café.

The Global Café will boost Brisbane’s status as the “capital of the world” during the G20 week on 12-13 November at Brisbane City Hall.

With the leaders of the world’s major nations and their support teams, the international media and the Global Cafe in Brisbane, we have an unprecedented opportunity to put Brisbane on the world map.

I have repeatedly emphasised that, to attract investment, students, skills and talent, business meetings and tourists, Brisbane has to be on the radar around the globe.

The Global Café is a bold concept and a first for a G20 host city.

It will explore important issues around improving human life, developing cities that match future needs, powering the future economy, unlocking the opportunities of the digital age and exploring the emerging frontiers of tourism.

It will help us extend ‘Team Brisbane’ to a broader audience and give our local business, government and academic community access to progressive thinking from around the world.

The café has attracted phenomenal interest from both world-leading speakers and corporate partners including global media organisations BBC World News and Bloomberg.

The program will boast about 70 speakers, with up to 1000 people in the audience, including a large media contingent.

While the program is still being finalised, I can reveal confirmed international speakers will include: Chinese business leader Xu Weiping; renowned biochemist Prof Christopher Leaver from University of Oxford; US demographer Alan Berube; Chinese digital media mogul Liu Shengyi from Tencent; Israeli Digital entrepreneur Gadi Mazor; Thai retail developer Chadatip Chutrakul of Siam Piwat and Dr Temel Khotil – CEO, Turkish Airlines.

Locally, the line-up includes cochlear implant pioneer Professor Robert Shepherd who is leading the development of a bionic eye; Chairman of Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism Djawa Burarrwanga; intensive care medicine director at RBWH Professor Jeffrey Lipman; antibiotic-resistant bacteria researcher Professor David Paterson and Young Australian of the Year 2012 and founder 2Mar Robotics Marita Cheng.

I am also delighted to announce that the event will be live-streamed online and broadcast in King George Square.

The Global Café also includes a website rich with thought-provoking content aimed at generating discussion, as well as a series of events between August and November and an online information and discussion forum.

Anyone interested in participating or attending the Brisbane Global Cafe event can register their interest on the Global Café website —