The Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2023APCS) and Mayors’ Forum is set to return to Brisbane from 11 – 13 October 2023, bringing together worldwide leaders and innovative speakers to share ground-breaking ideas and unlock new opportunities for cities. 

The Summit is the Asia Pacific’s landmark event for those who lead cities and is an initiative of Brisbane City Council with a history of more than 25 years. In 2019, the Summit attracted over 1400 delegates from 140 cities and 83 mayors and deputy mayors and was awarded ‘Conference of the Year’ at the Australian Event Awards in 2020, commended for its clear vision and purpose.  

Brisbane is proud to host this iconic and outcome-oriented gathering of city and industry leaders, with award-winning author and global urbanist, Charles Montgomery, revealed as the first keynote speaker. 

It is a major coup to welcome Charles Montgomery to the 2023APCS in Brisbane, as his research helps people live better together using storytelling, public experiments, and collaborative design. His acclaimed book ‘Happy City’ raises valuable questions around how we can create happier communities.    

Alongside Charles, we will also welcome innovation and leadership expert Andrew N. Liveris AO to the speaker lineup and Channel Nine’s Sylvia Jeffreys as MC for the event. 

As well as ground-breaking speaker sessions, attendees can look forward to Major Project Announcement Briefings- announcement of upcoming tender projects in the region and a APCS Market Square exhibition and Meet@APCS business program. Opportunities are also available for youth aged 18-30 in the Young Professionals’ Program. Two cornerstone events of the Summit are the Mayors’ Forum and City Leaders’ Forum – exclusive opportunities for attending leaders to create their own global network of peers and learn from each other.  

The Summit brings experts from business and government together to strategise and collaborate, while giving our local businesses the opportunity to create new connections and showcase their brand, services and products to a captive global audience of more than 100 cities representing half a billion people.

The 2023APCS’s overarching theme ‘Shaping Cities for the Future’ opens opportunities to create global collaborations and continue towards a sustainable outlook for the Asia Pacific and beyond. The overarching theme will be supported by sub-themes of Cities of Connection, Cities of Sustainability and Cities of Legacy.

Brisbane looks forward to welcoming more than 1,000 mayors and delegates representing over 100 cities worldwide when the 2023APCS kicks off on 11 October 2023.

As leading industry players in their respective fields, each participating organisation brings a wealth of expertise to the table, making the 2023APCS program even more valuable for attendees.

The 2023APCS will primarily take place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Brisbane

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Brisbane City Council. For more information and to register for the 2023 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2023APCS) and Mayors’ Forum, visit


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