Charles Darwin Black Tie Dinner

Charles Darwin Black Tie Dinner

Around the world, February 12th is the commemoration of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809. The day celebrates Darwin’s contribution to science and the importance of knowledge, education and exploring new scientific frontiers.

Where better to hold this annual celebration than the city named in Darwin’s honour, and who better to host such an event than Charles Darwin University.

The Charles Darwin University Foundation has established the annual Charles Darwin Black Tie Dinner to celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday and the contribution that Charles Darwin University is proud to make to our community. All funds raised support important CDU Foundation programs to improve countless lives through increased opportunities in education, training and research.

Charles Darwin Black Tie Event

Charles Darwin Black Tie Event

Event Details

12 February 2018
6:30pm - 10:30pm
SKYCITY Darwin, Gilruth Ave, The Gardens


Tickets include a 3-course meal, beer, wine, soft drinks and entertainment:

  • $240 per person
  • $2400 (tables of ten)

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, view the Charles Darwin Black Tie Dinner Sponsorship Prospectus here.

If you would like to express your interest, please download the sponsorship application form here.

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Guest Speaker

Professor Ian Harper
Deloitte Access Economics

Professor Ian Harper, Deloitte Access EconomicsIan Harper is an Australian economist best known for his work in public policy. He has worked with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms at the highest level. In May 2016, Ian was appointed to the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and became a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Access Economics, having previously been a partner with the firm. Prior to his consulting career, Ian spent 20 years at the University of Melbourne, including 16 years in various roles at the Melbourne Business School. He was elected Emeritus Professor of the University on his departure in 2008.

From March 2014 to March 2015, Ian chaired the Australian Government’s Competition Policy Review, a “root and branch” review of Australia’s competition policy, laws and regulators. From December 2005 to July 2009, he served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, and from January 2011 to February 2012, he was one of three panellists chosen to review Victoria’s state finances.

Ian was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2000 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2009. In 2016 he was elected a Distinguished Public Policy Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia and received a Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award from the University of Queensland.

Entertainment - Teddy Tahu Rhodes and David Hobson, accompanied by Rhodri Clarke

Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Teddy Tahu Rhodes is a bass-baritone singer who has established an international career on both the opera stage and the concert platform. Amongst the prominent opera companies and theatres in which he has performed are the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Australia, San Francisco Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Santa Fe Opera, the New York City Opera and the Theater an der Wien.

Following the huge success with South Pacific for Opera Australia, Teddy returned in 2014 for the role of the King in The King and I and the title role in Don Giovanni. Since then, he has performed in a wide variety of roles including Méphistophélès in Faust (Opera Australia, South Australian Opera and West Australian Opera), the title role in Sweeney Todd (Victorian State Opera), Beethoven 9 (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), a Barry Humphries work entitled Peter and Jack (Adelaide Cabaret Festival) and the Australia/NZ tour of From Broadway to La Scala in 2015 and 2017.

Teddy has been the recipient of a number of major awards including: an ARIA award for Best Classical Recording for his CD The Voice in 2004;  winner of the Limelight Award for Best Performance by a Soloist with an Orchestra for his Australian tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2006; two  Helpmann Awards for Best Male Performer in an Opera; a Green Room Award; and an MO Award for Operatic Performer of the Year. He has also received a Laureate Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.

David Hobson

David Hobson David Hobson is one of Australia’s best known operatic tenors, a concert and stage performer, as well as a composer and recording artist. He has sung many roles for Opera Australia and both state and international opera companies, including his award-winning performances as Rodolfo (La Bohème) and the title role in Orphee et Eurydice.

Other roles include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Count Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Nadir (Pearl Fishers), Lindoro (L'Italiana in Algeri), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), The Architect in the world premiere of The Eighth Wonder, Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Danilo (The Merry Widow), Aristaeus/ Pluto (Orpheus in the Underworld) and the title role in Candide.

David’s solo concert highlights include A Little Closer (Sydney Opera House) and Am I Really Here? (Adelaide Cabaret Festival). He has sung for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and is well known from his appearances on Carols by Candlelight, Spicks and Specks, Dancing with the Stars, as a presenter on the Foxtel’s STUDIO and is a regular performer on, and Ambassador for, Bravo Cruise.

David has recorded numerous albums with many reaching No 1 chart status and has won numerous awards, including Operatic Performer of the Year and an Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Award.

Rhodri Clarke - Pianist

Rhodri ClarkeA graduate with first class honours from the Royal College of Music, Rhodri has toured extensively with Rolando Villazon’s Bolivar Soloists appearing at the Berlin Philharmonie, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, and in Mexico, in programs recorded for Deutsche Grammaphon.

He has accompanied Bryn Terfel at Carnegie Hall and works as duo-pianist with David Helfgott, having given performances of the two-piano version of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No3 at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Recital Centre and, during 2017, at the Vienna Konzerthaus, KKL Hall in Lucerne, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and the Barbican Hall, London.

Master of Ceremonies

Sean Kildare
General Manager, INPEX Darwin

Sean KildareSean Kildare has been a member of the INPEX Australian management team since 2002, developing the project delivery strategy for the Ichthys LNG Project. 

As the General Manager Darwin, Sean represents INPEX’s business interests in the Northern Territory and coordinating the interface between the Ichthys Project and Darwin Community.

Sean graduated from the University of Adelaide with a degree in environmental management and has been operating in the resources industry for more than 20 years. With extensive experience in major project development and managing regulatory approval processes, Sean has worked for mining and petroleum projects throughout Australia as well as on a range of international projects.

Thanks to the generous sponsors who have already committed their support:

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Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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