Speakers

Amplify biennial event

“The most important thing is a person. A person who incites your curiosity and feeds your curiosity; and machines cannot do that in the same way that people can.” – Steve Jobs

Check out our great speakers from Amplify 2017

FreeState
Founder & Executive Director
Coca-Cola Amatil
Group Managing Director
Accenture
Financial Service Global Human Capital Leader
Karmarama
Group CEO

Adam Scott

FreeState
Founder & Executive Director

Adam is Founder and Executive Creative Director for pioneering Experience Masterplanners FreeState, he is Global Head of Design at leading international design practice Hassell, he is internationally recognised as an expert in experience design and is personally responsible for storyboarding some of the world's greatest brands.

Graduate of the RCA in 1999, trained as an architect and artist, he creates and curates experiences for some of the most exciting and demanding clients on the planet, from the world’s biggest brands including Sony, Nokia and Virgin Atlantic, to world-class property developers including Brookfield Mutiiplex and Exemplar. Whether working with global brands, property developers or major institutions he is an expert in developing user-focused stories, designed journeys and immersive experiences that connect people with brands, each other and places.

In 2016 FreeState, the experience design agency he co-founded in 2001, merged with HASSELL, a leading international design practice with 11 studios around the world in Australia, China, South East Asia and the United Kingdom. The merger brings together the collective creativity, knowledge and resource base of the two practices for the benefit of their organisations and their clients - ultimately better connecting end users to a more valuable end product.

As Global Head of Design at Hassell and Executive Creative Director for FreeState Adam stands at the forefront of a very modern and multi-sensory wave of experience design for cities.

Alison Watkins

Coca-Cola Amatil
Group Managing Director

Alison joined Coca-Cola Amatil as Group Managing Director in March 2014.  Alison is a non-executive director of The Centre for Independent Studies and the Business Council of Australia.

Alison's previous roles include Chief Executive Officer of agribusiness GrainCorp Limited and of Berri Limited, the market leader in Australian juice, and Managing Director of Regional Banking at ANZ.  Alison spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company from 1989-1999 and became a partner of the Firm in 1996 before moving to ANZ as Group General Manager Strategy.  Alison has been a non-executive director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Woolworths Limited and Just Group Limited.  She is a former Victorian President and National Board Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Alison holds a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Tasmania), is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and the AICD.

Andrew Woolf

Accenture
Financial Service Global Human Capital Leader

Andrew, is the Global Human Capital Leader of Accenture's Financial Services business.  In this capacity he helps Capital Markets firms, insurers and banks create, lead and manage the workforce of the future and deliver innovation, transformation and change at scale.  Andrew has worked at Accenture for 23 years, across APAC, UK, Middle East and North America largely within Financial Services.

Ben Bilboul

Karmarama
Group CEO

Ben began his advertising career at Still Price Lintas working on Peperami, and the global Lynx/Axe account.



In 1996 he became St Luke’s first hiring, heading up the IKEA account.  During his 5 years at St Luke’s Ben ran IKEA, HSBC and the agency’s digital division, as Managing Partner. Ben left St Luke’s in 2000 to set up his own consultancy, working with clients like IKEA and EMAP.

In 2004 Ben was re-united with David Buonaguidi (the ex-St Luke’s creative director) at Karmarama where he became the partner responsible for client service and running the business.

In the last 13 years Ben has been responsible for managing the Karma Comms Group of companies as well as continuing to have a hands on role with Karmarama clients.  In his role as Group CEO, he has brought together nearly 280 employees under the Karma Comms Group banner (covering CRM, data, design, digital, TV & content production, mobile, social media & PR as well as advertising), through a combination of organic growth, mergers and acquisitions.  During that period Karmarama grew from a small agency to the UK’s largest independent communications company.  In December 2016 he oversaw the sale of the agency to Accenture.

Ben is half Irish, half Egyptian, and lives in West London with his wife Sophie and their 3 children.

Partner at KPMG Australia
futurist
serial entrepreneur
IBM
Fellow & Chief Innovation Officer
MIT Media Lab
Director of Digital Currency
Flamingo AI
CEO & Founder

Bernard Salt AM

Partner at KPMG Australia
futurist
serial entrepreneur

He is a high-profile Melbourne-based Partner with the global advisory firm KPMG where he founded the specialist advisory business, KPMG Demographics.

Bernard writes two weekly columns for The Australian newspaper that deal with social, generational and demographic matters. He is an adjunct professor at Curtin University Business School and he holds a Master of Arts degree from Monash University.

Bernard Salt is one of the most in-demand speakers on the Australian corporate speaking circuit and has been so for more than a decade. He is perhaps best known to the wider community for his penchant for identifying and tagging new tribes and social behaviours such as ‘the seachange shift’, ‘the man drought’, ‘pumcins’ (pronounced “pumkins”) and ‘the goats cheese curtain’.

Bernard has popularised demographics through his books, columns and media appearances for 25 years. His body of work is encapsulated in six popular best-selling books beginning with The Big Shift published in 2001 through to his most recent work More Decent Obsessions published in 2014.

The Australian says that “Bernard Salt cuts, slices and dices contemporary Australia with a precision no other social commentator can match.”

The Age has described his style as “part stand-up comedian, part number-crunching economist.”   One journalist has described him as “quick witted and dynamic as a public speaker … articulate and holds an audience exceptionally well.”

Bernie Meyerson

IBM
Fellow & Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Meyerson joined IBM Research in 1980, leading the development of high performance silicon: germanium communications technology. He founded and led IBM's highly successful Analog and Mixed Signal business until 2003, moving on to lead IBM's global semiconductor development alliances. In 2006 he assumed leadership of strategic alliances for the Systems and Technology Group. In 2010 he assumed the role of Chief Innovation Officer, his team focusing on the early identification of major technical and/or business discontinuities impacting business and society, their driving innovation across the breadth of IBM as required to proactively address the opportunities such discontinuities create. In 2013, his team integrated into IBM's Corporate Strategy function, responsible for the definition and execution of corporate-wide technical and business initiatives.

Dr. Meyerson is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. 

Dr. Meyerson has received numerous awards and accolades in recognition of his innovation efforts, and most recently was honored by selection to present the 2014 Turing Lecture at the Royal Institute in London, and Universities of Cardiff, Manchester, and Edinburgh. This honor is presented to one leader in information technology each year, in memory of Alan Turing, the individual credited with the creation of modern computer science.

Brian Forde

MIT Media Lab
Director of Digital Currency

Brian Forde has spent more than a decade at the nexus of technology, entrepreneurship, and public policy. He is currently the Director of Digital Currency at the MIT Media Lab where he leads efforts to mainstream digital currencies like Bitcoin through research, and incubation of high-impact applications of the emerging technology. Most recently he was the Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation at the White House where he spearheaded efforts to leverage emerging technologies to address the President’s most critical national priorities. Prior to his work at the White House, Brian founded one of the largest phone companies in Nicaragua after serving as a business and technology volunteer in the Peace Corps. In recognition of his work, Brian was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Digital currencies like Bitcoin are poised to make a dramatic impact on most people’s lives over the next decade. To help realize the projected impact of this technology, Brian recently launched the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. He is responsible for bringing together global experts in areas ranging from cryptography, economics, privacy, and distributed systems to take on this important new area of research that will support the commercial and social viability of this technology. Specifically, the initiative is conducting research and engaging students on digital currency topics that address questions regarding security, stability, scalability, privacy, and economics. It is also convening governments, nonprofits, and the private sector to research and test concepts that have high social impact.

In his role at the White House, Brian was responsible for determining how the Obama Administration would leverage open data and technology to address national priorities. These priorities included crowdsourcing, the sharing economy, and innovation prizes and challenges to address issues including Hurricane Sandy, climate change, and the revitalization of Detroit. A passionate advocate for diversity in tech, Brian formed the White House Tech Inclusion and TechHire Initiatives, bringing together leaders from the technology community, large corporations, and advocacy groups to support the hiring and training of more women and minorities in tech.

Prior to his government service, Brian brought tech and innovation to the rural mountain communities of Nicaragua. From 2005 to 2010, he was the co-founder and CEO of Llamadas, S.A., a low-cost internet phone service provider serving more than a quarter of a million Nicaraguans. A pioneer in leveraging tech in the developing world, Llamadas, S.A. was recognized by the US Ambassador to Nicaragua as one of the most innovative companies in the fight against poverty.

Prior to founding Llamadas, S.A., Brian served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the mountains of Nicaragua where he taught small business classes to local high school students.

Dr Catriona Wallace

Flamingo AI
CEO & Founder

Dr Wallace is the Founder and CEO of high-profile FinTech and ASX Listed company (Cre8tek:CR8) Flamingo, which provides an Intelligent Guided Selling platform (AI) and Cognitive Virtual Assistant called 'Rosie' that helps Financial Services companies improve online sales conversion rates.

Based in NYC and Sydney, Dr Catriona Wallace is one of the world's most cited experts on the Future of Customer Experience, Artificial Intelligence and Bot Strategy.

Catriona has also founded three other businesses - customer experience design firm, Fifth Quadrant, market research firm, ACA Research and women's co-working space, The Ventura. Catriona has a PhD in Organizational Behaviour: Human Technology Interaction and is a well published author and analyst.

Catriona is a highly awarded business person having been inducted into the Australian Business Woman's Hall of Fame; is recognised as one of Advance Australia's Top 3 Innovators working abroad, having won a Telstra Business Award; and is an Alumni of the Springboard Enterprises Women Entrepreneur's and EY Entrepreneur of the Year programs. Recently Catriona was awarded a Pearcey Foundation award for tech entrepreneurs and was recognised as Top 4 Most Respected People globally in the Customer Experience sector.

Catriona is also a high profile philanthropist, human rights activist and mother of five.

Work to Learn
Author & Advisor
PwC Australia
Partner
Former World Bank CTO & White House Deputy CTO
AMP
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
AMP
Group Executive Technology & Operations

Chris Shipley

Work to Learn
Author & Advisor

Chris Shipley has documented, influenced, and predicted the impact of technology on business and society for more than 30 years. As an award-winning journalist, she covered the tech industry for leading publishing companies throughout the 80s and 90s. As an analyst, she identified innovative start-ups that create markets and drive positive change – assisting companies such as Salesforce.com, VMWare, and WebEx make their market entry. As an innovation catalyst, she has advised hundreds of companies on positioning, business modelling, and innovation practices. Today, Chris is focuses her writing, speaking, and photo journalism on the human and organisational challenges in the face of technology and economically-driven disruption. With Heather McGowan, she writes about the future of work and learning.

‎Chris Vein

PwC Australia
Partner
Former World Bank CTO & White House Deputy CTO

Mr. Chris Vein is a Partner at PwC Australia where he is developing a new global consulting practice in Digital Government Transformation. He also is Chief Advisor to the Start-Up Policy Lab and adjunct professor at Universities in the U.S. and abroad. He is passionate about using science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship to solve some of the biggest challenges facing humankind.

As the former Chief Innovation Officer for Global Technology Development at the World Bank; and former Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation in the White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Chief Information Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, Chris has had the honour of serving four Presidents of the United States, thousands of professional association practitioners around the world, for-profit consulting and local government organisations.

Described by FedInsider as 'innovating innovation itself', Chris has worked to make organisations be more open, entrepreneurial, and lean; creating new and innovative opportunities for delivering products, services and processes; and incubating innovation capacity in the global workforce – a passion which Chris has seen evolve over three award-winning decades.

Chris is also Founder of Dome Advisory Services, an organisation has that helped both public and private sectors gain insight into the future; develop transformation strategies; and minimize operational risk. 

Craig Meller

AMP
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Craig was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in January 2014. He has been a Director of AMP Life Limited since October 2007, a Director of The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited since March 2011.

Prior to becoming CEO, Craig was Managing Director (MD) of AMP Financial Services from 2007–2013. Craig started with the AMP group's United Kingdom (UK) business in 2001 before coming to Australia in 2002 to take up the role of MD, AMP Banking. He moved to the role of Director of Product Manufacturing in 2003.

Craig started his career at Lloyds TSB in the UK where he spent more than 14 years working across the business in a number of management roles. From 1998 he worked at Virgin Direct where he was MD from 1999–2001.

Mr Meller is a member of the Financial Sector Advisory Council.

Craig Ryman

AMP
Group Executive Technology & Operations

Craig joined AMP in 1997 and was appointed to the role of Chief Information Officer in 2015. He will assume responsibility for operations effective 1 January 2017.

Prior to becoming Chief Information Officer, Craig was IT Director for AMP's Advice and Banking and Insurance and Superannuation business areas. During his time at AMP Craig has led the IT function for a variety of different areas of the business and has also completed a range of transformation programs including the integration of the Australia and New Zealand businesses of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings, platform consolidation projects and transformation initiatives in Australian and the UK.

Before joining AMP, Craig worked as a superannuation consultant for William M Mercer in Australia.

Founder Denbar Robotics & Co-Founder Fellow Robots
MD, PhD, Former NASA Astronaut
Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator
Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School
Professor
Co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging.
Atlassian
Head of R&D and Work Futurist at Atlassian

Dan Barry

Founder Denbar Robotics & Co-Founder Fellow Robots
MD, PhD, Former NASA Astronaut

Dan is a former NASA astronaut and veteran of three space flights, four spacewalks and two trips to the International Space Station. He retired from NASA in 2005 and started his own company, Denbar Robotics that focuses on smart robots and artificial intelligence interfaces, concentrating on assistive devices for people with disabilities. In 2011 he co-founded Fellow Robots, a company that sells custom robots to businesses.

Dan has received several honours, including two NASA Exceptional Service Medals; 2001 Top 10 in the world career spacewalk hours; 100 Most Notable Princeton Graduate School Alumni of the 20th Century; Harvard Medical School Paul J. Corcoran Award; and an honorary doctoral degree from both Beloit College and St. Louis University.

Dan's educational background includes a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University; a master of engineering degree and a master of arts degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University; a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University; and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Miami. Mr Barry has ten patents, over 50 articles in scientific journals and has served on two scientific journal editorial boards. Dan has also featured in film and television with roles in two documentary films; a cast member in season 12 of CBS Survivor; and the team lead for ‘Black Ice’, a combat robot on the 2016 season of ABC Battlebots.

Daniel Kraft

Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator

Kraft currently chairs the Medicine Track for Singularity University, and is the University Founder and Executive Director of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. Following undergraduate degrees from Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Daniel was Board Certified in both Internal Medicine & Paediatrics after completing a Harvard residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Boston Children's Hospital, and fellowships in haematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford. He has multiple patents on medical device, immunology and stem cell research through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the paediatric bone marrow transplantation service at University of California, San Francisco.

Daniel's academic research has focused on: stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, stem cell derived immunotherapies for cancer, bioengineering human T-cell differentiation, and humanized animal models. Clinical work focuses on: bone marrow / haematopoietic stem cell transplantation for malignant and non-malignant diseases in adults and children, medical devices to enable stem cell based regenerative medicine, including marrow derived stem cell harvesting, processing and delivery. He also implemented the first text-paging system at Stanford Hospital. Dr Kraft recently founded Bioniq Health – which focusses on enabling connected, data driven, and integrated personalized medicine. He is also the inventor of the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, and founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies. Daniel is an avid pilot and has served in the Massachusetts and California Air National Guard as an officer and flight surgeon with F-15 & F-16 fighter squadrons. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine that was published with NASA, with whom he was a finalist for astronaut selection.

David A. Sinclair, Ph.D

Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School
Professor
Co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging.

Best known for his work on understanding why we age and how to slow its affects, Sinclair was recruited to Harvard Medical School in 1999, where his laboratory's research has focused primarily on understanding the role of sirtuins in disease and aging, with associated interests in chromatin, energy metabolism, mitochondria, learning and memory, neurodegeneration, and cancer. He has also contributed to the understanding of how sirtuins are modulated by endogenous molecules and pharmacological agents such as resveratrol.

Dr. Sinclair is co-founder of several biotechnology companies and is on the boards of several others. He is also co-founder and co-chief editor of the journal Aging. His work is featured in five books, two documentary movies, 60 Minutes, Morgan Freeman's "Through the Wormhole" and other media. He is an inventor on 35 patents and has received more than 25 international awards and honours, and was listed in TIME magazine's list of the "100 most influential people in the world".

Sinclair has a PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of New South Wales; and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at MIT with Dr Leonard Guarente where he co-discovered a cause of aging for yeast as well as the role of Sir2 in epigenetic changes driven by genome instability.

Dominic (Dom) Price

Atlassian
Head of R&D and Work Futurist at Atlassian

Born to Joy in the harsh Manchester Winter of 77, Dominic has a career that has reached far and wide through Europe, US and Asia Pacific.

Dom has responsibilities spanning 5 global R&D centers, and is Atlassian's in-house 'Team Doctor' helping the business scale by being ruthlessly effective, with one eye on the future. Dom helped pioneer our Team Playbook and has personally run hundreds of sessions with Atlassian teams globally.

Prior to joining Atlassian, Dom was the GM Program Management for a global gaming company and a Director of Deloitte providing assurance and consulting services.

Dom is proud to work at Atlassian, the home of the most intelligent t-shirt wearers in business.

A keen traveller, Dom has traversed over 50 countries so far, but after 13 years on these shores of the 'land down-under', he now calls Australia home.

Australian National University
Professor
Senior Fellow at Intel
Former Intel Vice President
Work to Learn
Author & Advisor
Facebook
Head of Tech, Entertainment & Connectivity
Gartner
Executive Director, Talent Solutions Architect

Dr Genevieve Bell

Australian National University
Professor
Senior Fellow at Intel
Former Intel Vice President

Dr Genevieve Bell is an Australian-born anthropologist and researcher. Bell is currently a Professor at the Australian National University and a Senior Fellow at Intel, where she was formerly a Vice President directing the company's Corporate Sensing & Insights group. She is widely published, and holds 13 patents.

As director of User Interaction and Experience in Intel Labs, Bell led a research team of social scientists, interaction designers, human factors engineers, and computer scientists. This team shaped and helped to create new Intel technologies and products that are increasingly designed around people's needs and desires. In this team and her prior roles, Dr Bell fundamentally altered the way Intel envisions and plans its future products so that they are centred on people's needs rather than silicon capabilities.

Bell is a regular public speaker and panellist at technology conferences worldwide, sharing insights gained from her extensive international field work and research. In 2011 she co-wrote ‘Divining the Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing’ with Professor Paul Dourish of UC Irvine. In 2010, Dr Bell was named one of Fast Company's inaugural ‘100 Most Creative People in Business’. Bell has also been the recipient of several patents for consumer electronics innovations.

Moving to the United States for her undergraduate studies, she graduated from Bryn Mawr with a bachelor's degree in anthropology. She then attended Stanford University, earning her master's degree and a doctorate in cultural anthropology, as well as acting as a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology. 

Heather McGowan

Work to Learn
Author & Advisor

Heather McGowan works at the intersection of the future of work and the future of learning, an emerging field that integrates design strategy, management consulting, and education. McGowan uses single frame visuals to help people quickly understand shifting mental maps and contextual references. She assists executives in rethinking their business models, teams, and organisational structures. In higher education she advises presidents to develop learning agility to prepare graduates for jobs that do not yet exist. Heather was the architect of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce at Philadelphia University – the first undergraduate college explicitly focussed on innovation. She is the co-author and co-editor of the book ‘Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently Innovate’. Her corporate clients range from small start-ups to publicly traded, Fortune 500 companies ranging from Autodesk to BD Medical. McGowan speaks internationally on the future of work and the future of learning.

Jason Juma-Ross

Facebook
Head of Tech, Entertainment & Connectivity

Jason has deep, hands-on experience in digital and mobile media, gained from over 20 years working in the media sector across large organisations, with start-ups, and in the public sector. His work takes him to North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific, where he helps technology, telecommunications, media, entertainment, music and gaming companies innovate and converge on mobile. His core specialisation is digital growth and innovation, with a particular interest in analytics and machine intelligence.

Jean Martin

Gartner
Executive Director, Talent Solutions Architect

Jean Martin, Talent Solutions Architect at CEB, leads insight and product development in talent management. She works extensively with CEOs, Chief Human Resources and Talent Officers, and Boards at many of the world's top organisations. Jean's areas of expertise span the HR spectrum and include CEO and leadership succession, employee engagement, how companies can attract and keep the best employees, and how companies can seek out top talent globally and build their global leadership bench.

Jean is a sought-after speaker and has presented at venues such as the Gathering of Leaders, the Economist Talent Summit, the Singapore Human Capital Summit, Wharton Women in Business Conference and the European Union. In addition, Jean's commentary has appeared in publications such as the Associated Press, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Human Resources Executive Magazine.

Prior to CEB, Jean served as a special assistant to President Clinton's Domestic Policy Council. She was a Presidential Management Fellow serving as a Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President for small business/community development banking at Bank of America. Also during her time as a Presidential Management Fellow, Jean was project manager for public-private partnerships in disadvantaged communities at the US Department for Housing and Urban Development and for microfinance and microenterprise development at the US Agency for International Development in Tanzania. Prior to that, Jean worked as a management consultant with the Institute for Human Services Management.

Jean received a Masters of Public Policy, majoring in Economics and Finance, at Harvard University; and a Bachelor of Arts with highest distinction from the University of Virginia. Jean has also served on several non-profit and public boards, such as City Year; Turnaround for Children; and the San Francisco Presidio Planning Commission. Jean lives in Greater London with her husband and three children.

PwC
Managing Partner, Clients and Industries
PwC Australia
Principal and Head of Innovation
Soul Machines
CEO
Futurist
New York Times Bestselling Author
Keynote Speaker
Silicon Valley Entrepreneur

Julie Coates

PwC
Managing Partner, Clients and Industries

Julie is the National Managing Partner of PwC Australia's Priority Clients and Segments Practice and a member of PwC Australia's executive board. She is also the financial Services Industry leader and a member of the global Financial Services extended leadership team. 

Julie has over 28 years' experience in delivering advisory services to many of Australia's largest ASX-listed companies, and is the lead relationship partner for one of the firm's priority FS clients. 

Between 2010 and 2014 Julie led the UK's firm's Financial Services Risk and Regulation Practice, and specialised in delivering risk and regulatory services and advice to clients in the banking and investment management industries.

Julie has contributed to numerous thought leadership pieces across FS and banking, and is regularly quoted in the media on a variety of topics including the major banks results analysis and impacts of regulatory changes to the industry. 

Julie has a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting) degree from the John Moores University in Liverpool, England and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and England. She is a non-executive director for the Aurora Education fund, a member of the professional services taskforce at committee for Sydney and a member of Financial Executive Women. She is married with two children. 

Kate Bennett Eriksson

PwC Australia
Principal and Head of Innovation

A stalwart of the digital industry, Kate's experience and network spans across some of the most iconic digital businesses in the world such as Google, Facebook, Skype and Twitter. Kate has advised corporate boards of various businesses about how they can drive innovation across multiple industries of government, financial services, telecommunications and media.

With her experience predominately spanning the field of mobile innovation, Kate's achievements in this area include responsibility for the design and operation of the world's first mobile Skype, implementing an SMS capability for Twitter, aligning Google location and developing a broker model connecting two billion consumers with internet services.

Described as the matriarch of the AT&T Foundry in Silicon Valley, in her role as Director, Kate was responsible for successfully establishing the business and collaborating with start-ups, venture capitalists, Stanford University academics and developers. 

At PwC Kate has been instrumental in the development of programs for driving innovation throughout the broader corporate ecosystem, as well as building new digital experiences and advising on business growth. Having recently returned from seven years working in Asia, Europe, Israel and the US, Kate is passionate about the success of Australian innovation and growth, and the positive impact of technology on a range of social challenges. 

Outside of work, Kate values spending time with her family, particularly her daughter Matilda. She also enjoys running, playing guitar, scuba diving, and climbing, having scaled the highest mountains in Western Europe (Mt Blanc), Europe (Russia, Mt Elbrus) and Borneo.

Mark Sagar, PhD

Soul Machines
CEO

Mark Sagar is the director of the Laboratory for Animate Technologies based at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute.

The laboratory is creating interactive autonomously animated systems which will help define the next generation of human-computer interaction and facial animation.

Academy Award winner Associate Professor Sagar previously worked as the Special Projects Supervisor at Weta Digital. He was involved with the creation of technology for the digital characters in blockbusters such Avatar, King Kong, and Spiderman 2.

His pioneering work in computer-generated faces was recognised with two consecutive Oscars at the 2010 and 2011 Sci-tech awards, a branch of the Academy Awards that recognises movie science and technological achievements.

The former medical researcher started his career building computer simulations of the human eye for virtual surgery. He has a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Auckland.

Associate Professor Sagar's postgraduate research involved a landmark study in how to develop an anatomically correct virtual eye and realistic models of biomechanically simulated anatomy. It was one of the first examples of how lifelike human features could be created on a screen by combining computer graphics with mathematics and human physiology.

Associate Professor Sagar is a recipient of the University of Auckland's 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Martin Ford

Futurist
New York Times Bestselling Author
Keynote Speaker
Silicon Valley Entrepreneur

Martin Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm and the author of two books: New York Times bestselling Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future and The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future. Rise of the Robots received the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and was named one of Business Insider's Best Business Books of the Year.

Martin has over 25 years of experience in computer design and software development; holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and a graduate business degree from UCLA.

Martin has written for publications including Fortune, Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Project Syndicate, The Huffington Post and The Fiscal Times. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including programs on NPR and CNBC.    

Lead Like a Woman
Co-Founder/CEO
Harvard Business School
Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration
MIT Sloan School's Center for Digital Business
Researcher Fellow
Innovation Thought Leader
nowhere
Co-Founder

Megan Dalla-Camina

Lead Like a Woman
Co-Founder/CEO

A strategist, speaker, writer, and researcher, Megan is passionate about changing the conversation on women, leadership and work. She is also the Co-Founder/CEO of Lead Like a Woman, an enterprise dedicated to women's empowerment, transforming leadership and creating positive organisational change. Before becoming a thriving entrepreneur, she spent two decades as a senior executive in global organizations GE, PwC and IBM; first as an award winning Marketing Director, and most recently as Head of Strategy for IBM, including remits for Gender Diversity and Organizational Culture and Change.

Having earned a Master's degree in Business Management from MGSM and a second Master's degree in Wellness (Positive Psychology) from RMIT, Megan blends science, spirit and experience to drive results that matter. She has significant experience in all aspects of women, leadership and work; from devising the gender strategy at IBM for almost a decade, being a founding implementation leader in the Male Champions of Change initiative lead by former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick.

Megan won the inaugural NAB/Women's Agenda award for Leader in the Private Sector, and has been nominated for Telstra Business Woman of the Year multiple times. Her work and writing has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, NBC, Fox Business, CBS News, Marie Claire, Elle, Wellbeing, Women's Agenda and more. She is the author of the bestselling book Getting Real About Having It All and the Lead Like a Woman: Your Essential Guide to True Confidence, Career Clarity, Vibrant Wellbeing and Leadership Success.

Michael I Norton

Harvard Business School
Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration

Michael is the Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and a member of Harvard's Behavioural Insights Group. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English from Williams College and a PhD in Psychology from Princeton University. Prior to joining HBS, Professor Norton was a Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Together with Elizabeth Dunn, Norton has co-authored the book, 'Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending'. Michael's work has also been published in academic journals including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Psychological Science; and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. With further research having been covered in the Economist; the Financial Times; the Wall Street Journal; the Washington Post; and parodied by the Onion. He has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS, Fox, and MSNBC, and written op-eds for the New York Times, Forbes, and the Los Angeles Times.

Norton's research has twice been featured in the New York Times Magazine Year in Ideas issue, and his 'The IKEA Effect: When Labor Leads to Love' research was featured in Harvard Business Review's Breakthrough Ideas for 2009. In 2010, Norton won the Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology; in 2011, he won the SAGE Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Social and Personality Psychology; in 2012, he was selected for Wired Magazine's Smart List as one of '50 People Who Will Change the World’. His TEDx talk, How to Buy Happiness, has been viewed more than 3 million times.

Michael Schrage

MIT Sloan School's Center for Digital Business
Researcher Fellow
Innovation Thought Leader

Michael Schrage is one of the world's most provocative thought leaders on innovation. Michael is a senior advisor to MIT's Security Studies Program, consults to the U.S. government on national security systems innovation, and has pioneered numerous techniques for using rapid prototyping, simulations and modelling to improve return on innovation investment.

His latest book, The Innovator's Hypothesis, looks at how to develop innovation in a quick, cost-effective way. 'Innovation vacations' and the like are all very well for companies with money to burn and time to waste, but most organisations need maximum value from their innovation investments. One solution Michael offers is the 5X5 framework: giving diverse teams of five people up to five days to come up with portfolios of five business experiments costing no more than $5,000 each and taking no longer than five weeks to run. From financial services and pharmaceuticals to customer service, Michael's 5X5 model is transforming businesses around the world – it's enterprise innovation gone viral!

Michael's earlier books include the celebrated ‘Who Do You Want Your Customers to Become'; 'Serious Play: How the World's Best Companies Simulate to Innovate', which focuses on rapid experimentation and prototyping, speedy simulation and digital design, and 'Shared Minds: The New Technologies of Collaboration', the first book to explore specifically how collaboration is the key to successful innovation.

As well as being a published author, Michael acts as a columnist for Harvard Business Review, Fortune, CIO Magazine and MIT's Technology Review, and is widely published in the business press. He is a regular contributor to The Conference Board Review.

Nick Udall

nowhere
Co-Founder

Nick co-founded 'nowhere' in 1998, as a living experiment in consciousness, creativity and commerciality. nowhere's core team of creative-catalysts work with global corporations to build cultures of innovation and develop breakthrough strategies, through the power of creative teams and evocative leadership.

Having completed doctoral research into the heuristics of mindfulness, Nick found much of his work focussed on developing a blueprint for catalysing creative insight and collective breakthrough by design. His work emphasises how both the physical and mental state change and transform through moments of peak performance and optimal experience, so as to enable the best possible version of ourselves to turn up more frequently and for longer periods of time.

Nick has had the privilege of working with executive leaders and teams of major corporations all over the world – catalysing creative insights and collective breakthroughs. This has enabled Nick the opportunity to deep-dive into a diverse array of business sectors including: agribusiness, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, banking, FMCG, retail, hi-tech, bio-tech, media and broadcasting, mobile telecommunications, internet, the health and beauty industry, high-end engineering, trading, drinks & beverages.

In 2011 Nick was invited to be a founding member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership. The Council represents the world's foremost interdisciplinary brains trust of innovative thinkers on the topic. In 2013 Nick became the Chair of the Council to continue to quest into the new and next generation of leadership skills that we now need to call forward.

Slack
Head of the Search, Learning & Intelligence group
PwC UK
Director Innovation
Singularity University
Exponential technologies
Machine learning
Artificial intelligence
University of Oxford, Saïd Business School
Author
Visiting academic

Noah Weiss

Slack
Head of the Search, Learning & Intelligence group

Noah Weiss is the Head of the Search, Learning, & Intelligence group at Slack where he is responsible for tapping artificial intelligence (AI) to make work smarter and more productive. He is focused on honing features like search/information retrieval, recommendation systems, natural language processing, and machine learning. Prior to Slack, Noah served as SVP of Product at Foursquare, and he began his career working at Google on structured data search and display ads. Noah is a Stanford alum and Brooklyn native.

Dr Norman Lewis

PwC UK
Director Innovation

Dr Norman Lewis is recognised worldwide as an expert on future trends and user behaviours with regard to technology innovation and adoption. He has spoken on these topics at events all over the world. Norman is currently a Director at PwC, responsible for running their crowd sourced innovation programme. He is a co-author of Big Potatoes: the London manifesto for innovation.

Prior to joining PwC he was chief Innovation Officer and partner at Open-Knowledge – a global consultancy on enterprise social software. He was the chief strategy officer of Wireless Grids Corporation, USA and the director of Technology Research for Orange UK, formerly the Home Division of France Telecom. He was also previously an executive board member of the MIT Communications Futures Programme, and a former chairman of the ITU TELECOM Forum Programme Committee.

Ramez Naam

Singularity University
Exponential technologies
Machine learning
Artificial intelligence

Ramez lectures on energy, environment, and innovation at Singularity University. He invests in innovative energy startups. He's spoken to audiences on four continents, from Illinois to Istanbul and from corporate boardrooms to Harvard University.  He's appeared on Sunday morning MSNBC, repeatedly on Yahoo! Finance, on China Cable Television, on BigThink, and Reuters.fm.  His work has appeared in, or been reviewed by, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Business Week, Business Insider, Discover, Popular Science, Wired, and Scientific American.   He's a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy at Aurora Illinois.

Ramez spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams developing early versions of Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, and the Bing search engine. His career has focused on bringing advanced collaboration, communication, and information retrieval capabilities to roughly one billion people around the world, and took him to the role of Partner and Director of Program Management within Microsoft, with deep experience leading teams working on cutting edge technologies such as machine learning, search, massive scale services, and artificial intelligence.

Between stints at Microsoft, Ramez founded and ran Apex NanoTechnologies, the world's first company devoted entirely to software tools to accelerate molecular design.  He holds 19 patents related to search engines, information retrieval, web browsing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Ramez is also the award-winning author of five books, including Nexus, Crux, and Apex; The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet; and More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement.

Rachel Botsman

University of Oxford, Saïd Business School
Author
Visiting academic

Rachel Botsman is an author and a visiting academic at the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School. She studies and teaches how technology is transforming trust between people and what that means for business and society. She defined the theory of 'collaborative consumption' with her acclaimed book, What’s Mine is Yours. The concept was subsequently named by TIME as one of the 'Ten Ideas That Will Change the World' and by Thinkers50 as the 2015 Breakthrough Idea. Her TED talks on the subject have been viewed more than two million times.

Rachel is a regular writer and commentator in leading international publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Wired and more. She is recognized as one of the world's top 20 speakers to keynote your conference by Monocle, one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Recently, she joined the NRMA board as a specialist non-executive Director. She is currently writing a new book on a new era of trust.

Salesforce
Chief Scientist
PwC
Chief Creative Officer
Pandora music
Former COO
Google
Customer Solutions & Innovation APAC

Richard Socher

Salesforce
Chief Scientist

Richard Socher is Chief Scientist at Salesforce where he leads the company's research efforts and works on bringing state of the art artificial intelligence solutions to Salesforce.

Prior to Salesforce, Socher was the CEO and founder of MetaMind, a startup acquired by Salesforce in April 2016. MetaMind's deep learning AI platform analyzes, labels and makes predictions on image and text data so businesses can make smarter, faster and more accurate decisions than ever before.

Socher was awarded the Distinguished Application Paper Award at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2011, the 2011 Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Award, a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship in 2012 and a 2013 "Magic Grant" from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and the 2014 GigaOM Structure Award.

Socher obtained his PhD from Stanford working on deep learning with Chris Manning and Andrew Ng and won the best Stanford CS PhD thesis award.

Russel Howcroft

PwC
Chief Creative Officer

Through his appearances on ABC1's hugely successful show 'The Gruen Transfer' Russel Howcroft has become the very public face of brand marketing and advertising in Australia. In fact, according to media mogul, Harold Mitchell, Russel has become a brand himself.

Indeed, Harold Mitchell awarded Russel a much coveted Charlie Award on the basis of personal brand creation. And while Russel was pleased to be recognized in such a fashion, his mum was particularly pleased, as she is a Huge Harold fan!

Russel is currently Executive General Manager of the TEN Network, one of its most senior executives. Prior to this role, Russel was Chief Executive Officer Australia/ New Zealand at Young & Rubicam Brands. He fell in love with the advertising industry after doing a week's work experience at advertising agency McCann Erickson while part way through a marketing degree at Chisholm Institute (now part of Monash University). His father had started working in advertising at the ripe old age of 45, after a career as a cartoonist and businessman, and he suggested that his son give it a go. Russel, who hated university, managed to extend his work experience into an 18-month job.

In his early 20s, Russel headed to London and spent five years working at Lowe Howard-Spink, one of Britain's top creative agencies. His major account was Heineken beer, and his work on that account was considered one of Britain's best ad campaigns of its time.

Russel returned to Melbourne in 1995 and co-founded Leonardi Brandhouse. He spent the next 11 years running his own agencies with various partners, before joining George Patterson Y&R, Australia's oldest agency brand, in 2006. The group includes The Campaign Palace, VML, ideaworks and Brand Asset consulting.

Russel is also the former Chairman of the Advertising Federation of Australia. He has been a regular commentator on radio in Melbourne. Russel's other passion is reflected in his position on the board of the Melbourne Football club.

Sara Clemens

Pandora music
Former COO

Sara Clemens has 20 years' leadership and commercial experience in the operation and expansion of high growth global businesses in emerging technology markets, with extensive experience building businesses across a broad range of international markets, including Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Greater Asia Pacific.

Most recently, Sara served as Chief Operating Officer at Pandora (NYSE: P) where she led growth and scaling efforts, including operation of new ventures. She led a team of 350 representing $200M in annual revenues across the international, ticketing, experiential and artist marketing P&Ls. Sara was also responsible for business operations and planning, corporate development and HR.

Sara was previously Vice President, Corporate Development at LinkedIn, where she was a member of the Executive Team and responsible for corporate strategy, acquisitions and business development. Prior to LinkedIn, Sara spent five years in a range of leadership positions at Microsoft Corporation, including roles building the Xbox Division's business operations, international expansion, and corporate development teams, and advising Microsoft's Executive Team on growth opportunities, including direct management of a $200M corporate venture fund in China. Sara also served as an Executive in Residence at Greylock Partners, where she advised the firms' consumer portfolio companies and evaluated new investment opportunities. Sara holds an M.A. with honors and B.A. from University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

Scott Thomson

Google
Customer Solutions & Innovation APAC

Scott has worked with enterprises across Asia Pacific and the US to help them drive innovation and unlock value from data and machine learning for more than a decade. He works as an Evangelist for Google in Customer Solutions and Innovation across APAC. Prior to this, he worked with Adobe assisting C-level executives across APAC with digital strategy and digital transformation.

Scott also held the role of CTO for Qmecom, an Australian startup focussed on personalised video content on mobile, and has worked for major organisations, including Telstra and Sensis, delivering digital marketing and digital products.

"Fun facts"

Scott had various entertaining jobs to pay his way through university such as street theatre & wheeling dead people to the morgue in hospitals. 

"His mission", that is his Google 20% time, is to support innovation initiatives outside Silicon Valley - especially in Australia & New Zealand.

New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Chair of Callaghan Innovation
Chair of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Harvard Medical School
Psychologist
Stanford University
Entrepreneurship, disruption, and clean energy expert
Google
Former Design Ethicist and Product Philosopher
Entrepreneur

Sue Suckling

New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Chair of Callaghan Innovation
Chair of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority

Sue Suckling drives innovation and transformation in both the education sector and commercial sectors, primarily through her positions as Chair of Callaghan Innovation and Chair of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Alongside these positions, Sue has used her strong understanding of governance to Chair the Capability and Capacity Review for the NZ Health System for the Director General of Health and Chair the governance board for the Minister of Health. In the private sector, Sue has been a Board Director of two top 50 NZX companies and has chaired multiple successful SMEs.

Susan David, PhD

Harvard Medical School
Psychologist

Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world's leading management thinkers and an award winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. 

She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business ReviewNew York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and guest on national radio and television. Her acclaimed new book, Emotional Agility, based on the concept that Harvard Business Review heralded a Management Idea of the Year and selected by Amazon as a "Best Book in Leadership and Business", describes the psychological skills that are critical to thriving in today's world of complexity and change.

Named on the Thinkers50 Radar list of people shaping the future of organizations and management, Susan is a sought-after keynote speaker and consultant, with clients that include the World Economic Forum, EY, United Nations, Google, Microsoft, NASDAQ, and many other national and multinational organisations.

Susan's focus is on defining and executing effective people strategies, particularly in the areas of employee engagement, high-performance leadership, and organisational culture change. Susan is the CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, a Cofounder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate), and on the Scientific Advisory Board of Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global. Susan is also on the core faculty of the extraordinary global program Homeward Bound which culminates in an all-women expedition to Antarctica and is being filmed as a documentary. The program aims at increasing the influence and impact of women in the sciences. Originally from South Africa, Susan lives outside of Boston with her family.

Tony Seba

Stanford University
Entrepreneurship, disruption, and clean energy expert

Tony Seba is author of 'Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation – How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030', 'Solar Trillions – 7 Market and Investment Opportunities in the Emerging Clean-Energy Economy' and 'Winner Takes All – 9 Fundamental Rules of High Tech Strategy'.

Tony is an instructor at Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program, where he has taught entrepreneurship, disruption, and clean energy. He has also taught at top business schools around the world, including: The Auckland University (New Zealand) Business School; Singularity University; and in-company at some of the world’s top high tech companies such as Google, Inc.

Seba brings more than 20 years of solid operating experience in fast-growth high tech and clean technology companies. He was the founder and CEO of PrintNation.com a B2B ecommerce site which he established as the undisputed leader in its market segment, winning industry awards such as the Upside Hot 100 and the Forbes.com B2B 'Best of the Web'. Tony has also led two venture capital rounds raising more than $31 million in funding from well-known venture funds, hired a complete management team, 100+ employees, and managed the development of strategic partnerships with some of the world’s top companies.

Mr. Seba was an early employee at Internet powerhouse Cisco Systems and RSA Data Security where he worked in business development and strategic planning. He developed strategic relationships with leading companies including Microsoft, Visa, Netscape, and Sun Microsystems. Seba has been responsible for the architecture, development, and commercialization of more than two dozen products and services, many of them disruptive, including Java security, electronic payment technology, sales force automation, computer-aided software engineering and ecommerce infrastructure.

Tristan Harris

Google
Former Design Ethicist and Product Philosopher
Entrepreneur

Tristan Harris is co-founder of the movement for ‘Time Well Spent’ to spark a new conversation about the kind of future we want from the technology industry. Instead of a ‘time spent’ economy where apps and websites compete for how much they get us to spend time, Time Well Spent aims to create an ecosystem competing to help us live by our values and spend time well.

Tristan was a Design Ethicist and Product Philosopher at Google until 2016, where he studied how technology influences a billion users' attention, well-being and behaviour. He led design sprints with product teams, including a meeting between Google's lead product designers and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, international spokesperson for Mindfulness.

Previously, Tristan was CEO and Co-Founder of Apture, which Google acquired in 2011. Apture enabled millions of users to get instant, on-the-fly explanations without leaving their place, across a publisher network of a billion page views per month.

Amplify 2015

Qantas
CEO
Yahoo
VP Corporate Applications & Platforms
delta-V Space Alliance
Serial Entrepreneur, Co-founder
Blue Focus Marketing
Marketer, Researcher, Author "The Social Employee"

Alan Joyce

Qantas
CEO

Since joining Qantas as CEO and Managing Director in 2008, Alan Joyce has seen Qantas and Jetstar continue to lead the Australian domestic market. In addition he has overseen the launch of Qantas' biggest transformation program since privatisation, the development of Jetstar's pan-Asian strategy; and the sustained growth of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.

During this time the Qantas Group has taken delivery of more than 120 new aircraft and invested in infrastructure, technology and training to achieve record customer satisfaction.

Alan was founding CEO of Jetstar for five years from October 2003, establishing its operations in Australia and Asia. Prior to Jetstar, he spent over 15 years in key positions at Qantas, Ansett and Aer Lingus.

In addition, he is:

  • Director of the Business Council of Australia;
  • Member of the Male Champions of Change;
  • Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation NSW; and
  • Presiding Officer of the Board of Management for Charles Sturt University's Associate Degree in Policing Practice

Alan is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and he holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (Physics and Mathematics) (Honours) and a Master of Science in Management Science.

Ben Haines

Yahoo
VP Corporate Applications & Platforms

"We need to be able to do business at the speed of customers."

A transformational technology leader, Ben is focused on liberating companies from the legacy world of expensive and unproductive enterprise software and technology.

At Yahoo Ben leads multiple teams responsible for all of Yahoo’s internal end-user computing, systems and applications ensuring they are addressing critical business needs.

Ben has held CIO roles at Box Inc, a start-up with 100 per cent cloud based IT, Pabst Brewing Co. where he transformed the traditional IT infrastructure and application environment into a service-orientated organisation delivering business value. Ben also spent nine years with Red Bull leading teams across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas.

User LinkedIn:  

www.linkedin.com/in/bhaines/en

Brian Lim

delta-V Space Alliance
Serial Entrepreneur, Co-founder

"Australia must move from a technology dependent country to a technology independent country."

A published researcher in the medical Internet of Things, a self taught space engineer and five-year veteran of the Australian startup scene, Brian Lim believes that we must ask the hardest question in the hardest places, to get the best answers!

Currently spending most of his time in Silicon Valley, as Co-founder of delta-V Space Alliance, Brian Lim understands the nature of innovation in the space industry, and the position Australia has in the new wave of Space Engineering and opportunities that are presenting themselves. 

Brian Lim remains on the cutting edge of technology, innovation and disruption. He remains a firm believer that the space industry holds new opportunities that the globe needs for economic recovery

User LinkedIn:

https://au.linkedin.com/in/brianlim1

 

Cheryl K Burgess

Blue Focus Marketing
Marketer, Researcher, Author "The Social Employee"

"Brands cannot communicate well externally until they communicate internally."

Cheryl Burgess helps clients transform their brands from the inside out by implementing strategic social business initiatives that empower social employee engagement, and social executive leadership. She is the co-author of best selling book, The Social Employee, (McGraw-Hill, 2013) that includes success stories from IBM, AT&T, Dell, Cisco, Southwest Airlines and Adobe and was featured in MIT Sloan 2014 Winter Report.

A special advisory board member for The Economist Intelligence Unit, research arm of The Economist Group, Cheryl Burgess is listed as on of Forbes "Top 5 Influential CMOs of 2014". She is a contributor to Harvard Business Review (Italia), and expert blogger for CEO.com and CMO.com. She is a contributor to the Wharton Future of Advertising 2020.

Rozetta Technology
Chief Technology Officer
MIT Solve
Curator
Global Women Leadership Foundation
President
AMP
CEO and Managing Director

Chris Mendes

Rozetta Technology
Chief Technology Officer

"I think Spiderman was talking about the Internet of Things when he said,With great power comes great responsibility."

Chris Mendes is the Chief Technology Officer of Rozetta Technology*, a company famous for pioneering transformative data. They can record the heartbeat of an oyster, the movement of markets and the evolution of a solar system. Rozetta Technology extracts meaning and value from big data to improve businesses, governments and society. 

Chris has over 25 years experience in the creation and application of technology to make our world a better place. His technology innovation experience covers Big Data and the Internet of Things on an industrial scale, Agile Transformation, Cloud technologies, Virtualisation, and Program and Project Management in both commercial and research and development environments. Previously, he lead the global research and development division of Canon – a world leader in imaging technology, as General Manager.

For Chris and the team at Rozetta Technology, making the world a better place through the smart application of technology isn't a pipedream. It's what they do every day. 

* Formerly SIRCA Technology. the commercial arm of SIRCA which was founded in 1997 by a group of Australian and New Zealand universities to support the needs of academic researchers in a world where data volumes were accelerating dramatically. Sirca’s Mission is to develop and provide relevant global data and advanced tools to promote and enable financial research and innovation, particularly by member universities.

Chris Shipley

MIT Solve
Curator

"We can only solve the big, big problems of the world if we have the courage to fail."

A leading technology analyst for more than 30 years, Chris is passionate about entrepreneurship as the driver of innovation, economic growth, and restorative sustainability. She has built a career identifying innovations that create markets and drive positive change. Currently at MIT, Chris curates Solve, a new initiative to inspire and empower individuals to leverage technology, innovation, and policy to address the world's most difficult challenges. 

Chris is probably best known as the executive producer of the DEMO conference from 1996 to 2009, Chris helped more than 1500 companies take their market debut. If those companies were a portfolio, they would have a combined market value of more than $60 billion.

Chris began her career at Ziff-Davis, where she worked as a writer and editor for 12 years before joining International Data Group (IDG) to lead DEMO. Chris co-founded two companies, including the startup media and consulting firm Guidewire Group.  

Her work has won numerous citations, including the prestigious SVForum Visionary Award in 2010. She sits on the boards of Versaic, Inc. and Thinktomi, and is an advisor to a number of high-impact early stage companies. Chris holds BA degrees in Literature and Communication Arts from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/chris-shipley/0/2/ba2

 

Claudia Hopman

Global Women Leadership Foundation
President

"While men and women are part of the problem, both must be part of the solution." 

Claudia Hopman is the Founder and Managing Director of her own companies Totara and Totara Productions. She delivers change management, learning and development, coaching and consulting services for large corporations in the FMCG sector. 

In 2010, she led the establishment of the Global Women Leadership Foundation (GWL) which is affiliated to United Nations Women. As President of GWL, Claudia Hopman contributes to a large number of think tanks to pave a better deal for women around the world, including the European Commision's new European economy agenda. The World Economic Forum nominated Claudia to serve on the Global Agenda Council for Women Economic Empowerment.

In 2014, she authored and published a book and produced a film "How women leaders create the world." She is an active creator too and designs social giving initiatives into all her work assignments. 

Come and hear Claudia Hopman's stories and insights on what she has learnt by studying the way women lead and create.

User LinkedIn: 

nl.linkedin.com/in/claudiazwart/en

 

Craig Meller

AMP
CEO and Managing Director

Craig Meller was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of AMP Limited in January 2014. He has been a Director of AMP Life Limited since October 2007, a Director of The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited since March 2011 and was appointed a Director of AMP Capital Holdings Limited in January 2014.

Prior to becoming CEO, Craig Meller was MD of AMP Financial Services from 2007–2013. Craig started with the AMP group’s United Kingdom business in 2001 before coming to Australia in 2002 to take up the role of MD, AMP Banking. He moved to the role of Director of Product Manufacturing in 2003.

Craig started his career at Lloyds TSB in the UK where he spent more than 14 years working across the business in a number of management roles. From 1998 he worked at Virgin Direct where he was MD from 1999–2001.

 

Microsoft Research, New York
Principal Research Scientist (Behavioural Finance)
One PwC Crowd Innovation
Director
European Space Agency Topical Team Art & Science
Artist, Co-Chair
Senior Entrepreneurship Works
President

Dan Goldstein

Microsoft Research, New York
Principal Research Scientist (Behavioural Finance)

“Your future self will inherit the decisions you make today.”

Daniel Goldstein makes tools that help us imagine ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for Future Us. When you read his bio as Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, New York, you may never discover that he is also an arts innovator and worked internationally as a theatre director from 1994-2005, or that he was a linchpin for the world’s first flash-mob in 2003. Might it be that the combination of arts and science has shaped his curiosity for the heuristics of decision-making, behavioral finance and bounded rationality?

Dan holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, an M.A. in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago. He is responsible for many research breakthroughs in the area of behavioral finance and decision-making and the recipient of numerous awards. His research focuses on how we make decisions about our financial selves - both now and in the future. Together with others in Microsoft Research and in academia they are working to advance the state of the art in social science, both computational and behavioral, computational economics and prediction markets, machine learning, as well as information retrieval.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Dan was Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo Research and professor of Marketing at London Business School. He has taught and researched at Columbia, Harvard, Stanford and Germany's Max Planck Institute. He is the current President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, sits on the Academic Advisory Board of the UK's Behavioral Insights Team and was a TED speaker in 2011. 

He runs the blog: Decision Science News. His work has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, ESPN, Time and The Washington Post, as well as in books such as Thaler and Sunstein's Nudge, Ariely's Predictably Irrational, Gladwell's Blink, and Taleb's The Black Swan.

Dr Norman Lewis

One PwC Crowd Innovation
Director

"We may have Big Data, but where's the Big Idea?"

Dr Norman Lewis is a Director at the UK firm of PwC and leads One PwC, the crowdsourced innovation service. He has five years experience of deploying and managing idea management platforms across many industries, public and private, in the UK and in Europe. He is recognised as an expert on future consumer behaviours and has written extensively about innovation, young people and social media, privacy and the future of communications.

Prior to joining PwC, his career included roles as Chief Innovation Officer at Open-Knowledge, Chief Strategy Officer at Wireless Grids Corporation, USA and the Director of Technology Research for Orange UK, formerly the Home Division of France Telecom. Norman also served as Executive Board member of the MIT Communications Futures Programme and he is a former chairman of the ITU TELECOM Forum Programme Committee.

Norman is a co-author of Big Potatoes: The London Manifesto for Innovation is a contribution to improving the climate for innovation globally.

Dr Sarah Jane Pell

European Space Agency Topical Team Art & Science
Artist, Co-Chair

“Every space project needs an artist!” ~TEDxISU 2012

Dr Sarah Jane Pell is an extreme performance artist and an explorer. Through her work, she makes people imagine new possibilities and awakens the passion of the explorer in all of us. Her pioneering art redefines our visions of future worlds - from the depths of the oceans, the tops of the highest mountains and outer space.

In her boldest project yet, Sarah is preparing to summit Mt. Everest between 1 April and 3 June- joining Amplify directly as she lands back in Australia to share that story first-hand with us.  Her mission is to record the first person view of the expedition with a 360degree HD camera, and making art at various altitudes. She is presently preparing her mind and body for the ascent and consulting with expeditionary artists, explorers and technologists to creative innovative solutions to endure the cold remote heights. This project will feed into Bending Horizons 2015-2017: a expression of extreme art adventures in space analogue environments undersea, at altitude and in microgravity.

Dr. Pell’s work is widely exhibited and recognised. The first artist to graduate from the International Space University and Singularity University, she was awarded Best PhD Art & Science by Leonardo AS, MIT 2007. She is an experienced Occupational Diver, aquatic performer and versitile art and science collaborator. She is currently Co-Chair of the European Space Agency Topical Team Arts & Science, Senior Space Art Consultant to Icarus Interstellar, RMIT Visiting Fellow and Australia's only TED Fellow.  Sarah is driven to contribute new knowledge on human behaviours, biosensory media and communication design for extreme performance.

Her mother recalls that this imaginative Aussie was 11 years old when she first announced she was planning to go to space. 

Elizabeth Isele

Senior Entrepreneurship Works
President

"Forget rocking chairs. Tomorrow's seniors will be rocking the economy."

Since January 2012, Elizabeth has become the go-to person for all things regarding senior entrepreneurship (research, programs, policy and capitalisation) for the White House, the US Congress, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI-America), the Federal Reserve, the EU Entrepreneurship Commission and the OECD.

Elizabeth is the Co-Founder and President of Senior Entrepreneurship Works, Co-Creator and Founder of eProvStudio.com and Founder of SavvySeniorsWork.com.

Intel Corporation
Director, User Experience Research
Vice President and Intel Fellow, Intel Labs
MyWave
CEO
Consulting
Academic Entrepreneur and Innovation Strategist
Sendle
Founder & CEO

Genevieve Bell

Intel Corporation
Director, User Experience Research
Vice President and Intel Fellow, Intel Labs

"Reputation is eclipsing privacy as the biggest concern consumers have."

Genevieve Bell is a vice president and Intel Fellow and the director of User Experience Research in the Intel Labs at Intel Corporation. She leads a team of social scientists, interaction designers, human factors engineers and computer scientists focused on people's needs and desires to help shape new products and technologies. 

An accomplished anthropologist and researcher, Bell joined Intel in 1998. She has been granted a number of patents for consumer electronics innovations throughout her career, with additional patents in the user-experience space pending, and is the author of numerous journal papers and articles. She was named an Intel Fellow in 2008.

In addition to her position at Intel, Bell is a highly regarded industry expert and frequent commentator on the intersection of culture and technology. She has been featured in publications such as Wired, Forbes, The Atlantic, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She is also a sought-after public speaker and panelist at technology conferences worldwide for the insights she has gained from extensive international field work and research. 

Her industry recognition includes being listed among the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company in 2010, induction in the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame in 2012, and being honored as the 2013 Woman of Vision for Leadership by the Anita Borg Institute. Bell's book, 'Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing,' written in collaboration with Paul Dourish, was published by MIT Press in 2011. 

Bell holds a combined bachelor and masters degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College and a masters degree and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Stanford University, where she was a lecturer in the anthropology department from 1996 to 1998.  

Photo: JR Mankoff/AUGUST  

User LinkedIn: 

www.linkedin.com/pub/genevieve-bell/22/232/300/en

Geraldine McBride

MyWave
CEO

"The ability to look at the world through customers' eyes is going to be an essential business attribute."

New Zealander Geraldine McBride is a former CEO and President of several regional divisions of SAP (North America, Asia Pacific, Australia New Zealand), and senior Vice President and Global Head of Applications and BPO (cloud mobile and outsourcing services) for Dell. 

She is a leading international expert on IT and business strategies in the context of digital disruption and change. Among many international speaking engagements Geraldine McBride has addressed the World Economic Forum and the European Union, and has appeared on the cover of Chief Executive Magazine as one of a dozen leaders in the vanguard of forging a new global economy. She was the winner of the 2013 World Class New Zealand Awards in the category of Information and Communications. 

In 2013 Geraldine founded MyWave - a CMR (customer managed relationship) technology platform which turns traditional CRM on its head by putting the customer in control of getting personalised experiences anytime, anywhere, on any device. 

MyWave's user interface – FRANK - is a mobile or web based Virtual Personal Assistant), powered by a personal cloud, in conjunction with an events, rules and conversation-based commerce engine. Users own/control and update their own data based on their own preferences and buying intentions and share their real-time preferences and needs, enabling a business to tailor products and services in a far more targeted and relevant way.  

In addition to her role as CEO of MyWave, Geraldine McBride holds a number of public company director appointments. These include National Australia Bank (NAB), Sky TV and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. 

User LinkedIn: 

https://nz.linkedin.com/pub/geraldine-mcbride/b/852/790

Heather McGowan

Consulting
Academic Entrepreneur and Innovation Strategist

"Jobs are over. The future is all about income generation."

Heather McGGowan is an academic entrepreneur and innovation strategist. Heather advises senior leadership to make the transformational changes necessary to thrive in the post-massification of higher education. She has advised the President of Philadelphia University on the creation of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce, the first undergraduate college focused exclusively on innovation. 

Heather McGowan has also crafted the business model strategy and successfully raised two rounds of seed capital to spinoff a software-based, for profit, environmental management company from a nonprofit parent company. Post spin off this entity was acquired and remains an award winning entity. 

In addition, Heather McGowan has led a series of innovation workshops and white space research strategy project with a cross-disciplinary teams of PhD scientists, designers, finance, and operational professionals in a Fortune 500 medical product company with the goals of identifying new business opportunities for better chronic disease self management. 

Heather was the author and editor of 'Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently Innovate' (Financial Times Press, December 2013), and blogs on LinkedIn.

User LinkedIn: 

www.linkedin.com/in/heathermcgowan

James Moody

Sendle
Founder & CEO

"The more mature a technology, the more it starts to become invisible"

James Chin Moody is the Founder and CEO of Sendle, a door-to-door delivery service makes sending a parcel as easy as sending a text. He is the co-author of The Sixth Wave: How to Succeed in a Resource-Limited World and founded TuShare, Australia's fastest-growing giving community.

Previously James has held roles as Executive Director, Development at the CSIRO, Australian National Commissioner for UNESCO, member of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Advisory Board and Trustee for the Australian Museum. He sits on the Australian Bureau of Statistics Advisory Council and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and Society. From 2004-11 he was a panellist on the ABC TV television program The New Inventors. James has a PhD in innovation theory from the Australian National University and was Chief Systems Engineer for the Australian Satellite FedSat, the first Australian satellite to be launched in 30 years.

User LinkedIn: 

https://au.linkedin.com/pub/james-chin-moody/0/970/66

Saber Astronautics
Director
Deloitte Centre for the Edge
Co-Chairman
Optus Business
Managing Director
Bitcoin Foundation
Executive Director, Future of Money Specialist

Jason Held

Saber Astronautics
Director

"Australia is very valuable real estate for space exploration."

Prior to founding Saber Astronautics Jason Held was an Army Major for USSTRATCOM (formerly US Space Command). He was a lead instructor at the Interservice Space Fundamentals Course and a guest engineer at Army Space and Missile Command Battle Lab and he wrote flight software for the Hubble Space Telescope and tested the International Space Station. Dr Jason Held was twice a guest instructor for the University of Stuttguart's IRS Space Station Design Workshop and led a research expedition in the high Canadian Arctic.

At the University of Sydney, he founded the space engineering laboratory, providing leadership for the university CubeSat project and Australia's first premix rocket engine. As the director of Saber Astronautics, Jason Held maintains an active research program, collaborating internationally to solve critical challenges in space operations.

Jason Held has a PhD in aerospace and mechatronics and developed foundational methods of Systems of Systems engineering and other complex systems problems.

User LinkedIn: 

au.linkedin.com/pub/jason-held/1/1b7/10a/en

John Hagel

Deloitte Centre for the Edge
Co-Chairman

"Organisations need to expect the unexpected... or expect to die."

John Hagel has nearly 30 years' experience as a management consultant, author, speaker and entrepreneur. He currently serves as co-chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte LLP Center for the Edge. Before joining Deloitte, John was an independent consultant and writer and prior to that was a principal at McKinsey & Company.  John has served as senior vice president of strategy at Atari, Inc., and is the founder of two Silicon Valley startups.

 

 

John Paitaridis

Optus Business
Managing Director

"It is clear that our customers on both ends of the scale want a more integrated technology solution."

As the Managing Director of Optus Business, John Paitaridis leads Optus' enterprise, corporate and government business. He is accountable for all aspects of sales, marketing, products, operations and service delivery.

Optus Business brings together the capabilities of Optus, Alphawest and Uecomm to deliver whole-of-business ICT solutions to the enterprise market.

Optus Business is also part of the SingTel Group Enterprise division, which provides innovative ICT solutions to the group's enterprise customers across multiple geographies.

John Paitaridis joined Optus Business in 2012, bringing 20 years' industry experience with a deep understanding of the telecommunications and ICT needs of enterprise and government customers. Previously, he was an Executive Director at Telstra responsible for Network Products and Services.

With extensive experience working in international markets across Europe, Asia and Australia. A seasoned senior executive, John Paitaridis has a strong track record of driving growth in sales, revenue and profitability as well as building high performance teams.

John Paitaridis holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2012, he was appointed as a member of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) National Board of Directors and in 2014 was appointed Deputy Chair of the Association.

User LinkedIn: 

http://https//au.linkedin.com/pub/john-paitaridis/a7/223/843

 

Jon Matonis

Bitcoin Foundation
Executive Director, Future of Money Specialist

"We don't need kings to coin our money."

Jon is the Founder and Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation and an e-Money researcher and crypto economist focused on expanding the circulation of  nonpolitical digital currencies. He advises startups on Bitcoin, gaming, mobile and prepaid.  A tech contributor to Forbes Magazine and CoinDesk, Jon is also Editor of The Monetary Future, a leading economics blog at the intersection of free banking, cryptography, and digital currency. Previously CEO of Hushmail and Chief Forex Trader at VISA, Jon has held senior posts at Sumitomo Bank and VeriSign. 

Strategic Horizons LLP
Co-founder, management advisor and author The Experience Economy
Meeco
CEO & Founder
Stanford Center on Longevity
Senior Researcher, Director of Mobility
High Tech High
Founder

Joseph Pine

Strategic Horizons LLP
Co-founder, management advisor and author The Experience Economy

"Experiences are becoming the predominant economic offering. Authenticity is becoming the new customer sensibility"

Joseph Pine specialises in helping people see the world of business differently. He is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and management advisor to Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups alike. He is cofounder of Strategic Horizons LLP, a thinking studio dedicated to helping businesses conceive and design new ways of adding value to their economic offerings.

With his Strategic Horizons partner Jim Gilmore he wrote the best-selling book The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage, which shows how organisations must go beyond goods and services to staging engaging experiences.

In 2011 he co-wrote Infinite Possibility: Creating Customer Value on the Digital Frontier, on how to use digital technology to stage experiences that fuse the real and the virtual. At its core is a new framework called the Multiverse that builds on the fundamental nature of the created universe – time, space, and matter – by showing how digital technology flips each of these dimensions on their head to create new worlds, first in our imagination and then in our experience. 

He co-wrote Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want with Jim Gilmore, where in a world of increasingly paid-for experiences, people want the real from the genuine. His first book was the award-winning Mass Customization: The New Frontier in Business Competition. 

Joseph consults with a numerous companies around the world, and has addressed the World Economic Forum and TED. He has been a Visiting Scholar with the MIT Design Lab and a Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam and  has taught at Penn State, Duke Corporate Education, the University of Minnesota, and UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management. He serves on the editorial boards of Strategy & Leadership and Strategic Direction, and is a Senior Fellow with both the Design Futures Council and the European Centre for the Experience Economy, which he co-founded.

User LinkedIn: 

www.linkedin.com/in/joepine/en

Katryna Dow

Meeco
CEO & Founder

"I see leaders who understand that sustainability is about balancing planet, people, purpose and profit."

Katryna Dow is the founder and CEO of Meeco, a world first in the emerging personal data economy. Meeco connects people to their digital services, data and devices, enabling individuals to control, share and publish personal information in exchange for reward and insight.

Meeco was founded in 2012 and conceived over a decade ago as social networks were on the rise. Katryna envisioned a time when personal sovereignty would be as important as being connected. Now a decade later, personal clouds, mobile technology and the internet-of-things have converged to make Meeco possible and necessary.  

Prior to Meeco she consulted in strategy to execution roles for start-ups and major corporate change and implementation projects. Katryna has held leadership positions and delivered projects in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, United States and India. Her industry sector experience includes information technology, financial, health services and human resources. 

Katryna has subject matter expertise in strategy, psychographic segmentation, neuro-economics and change management. She co-founded Zemu, a think tank and incubator, speaks globally on privacy and data innovation, is an advocate for the collaboration economy, serves on tech advisory boards, and blogs regularly.

User LinkedIn: 

http://au.linkedin.com/in/katrynadow

Ken Smith

Stanford Center on Longevity
Senior Researcher, Director of Mobility

"Designers need to recognise older people as us, not them."

Ken Smith directs the Mobility Division at the Stanford Center on Longevity, where he focuses on leveraging Stanford research to help individuals remain mobile and physically independent through lifestyle changes and alterations to the built environment.

He is also the organiser of the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge, a worldwide university competition that asks young designers to address issues around longevity and brings finalists to Stanford to present to industry, academia, and the investment community.

Ken brings a broad background of over 20 years of management and engineering experience to his role, including positions in the computing, aerospace, and solar energy industries. He developed a special expertise in working closely with university faculty to develop projects while at Intel, where he was deeply involved in the creation and management of their network of university research labs. He serves on the Advisory Council for AgeTech West.

Ken holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois with an M.S. from the University of Washington. He lives in the Silicon Valley and is married with two children.

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/ken-smith/3/562/3b1

Larry Rosenstock

High Tech High
Founder

"Learning in the 21st century isn't memorising a subject - it's changing the subject."

Larry Rosenstock is CEO and founding principal of High Tech High, a network of thirteen K-12 public charter schools in California, and is Dean of the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. Larry taught carpentry in urban highs, served as an attorney at the Harvard Center for Law and Education, directed the federal New Urban High School Project, and has been a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and at UC Berkeley.

Mayo Clinic Centre for Innovation
Creative Lead and Manager of Design
Wil Valor
Style Designer and Image Curator
Global Coalition on Ageing
Executive Director
AMP
Director Digital

Lorna Ross

Mayo Clinic Centre for Innovation
Creative Lead and Manager of Design

"We don't design for how we are, but how we wish to be."

Lorna has 16 years' experience working in design and design research, with the past nine years focused on health and health care. Prior to joining the Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinic as manager of the design group, Ross ran the Design for Human Wellbeing Group at the MIT Media Lab Europe. She has led large-scale strategic design projects for the Department of Defense, Motorola Inc., Interval Research Corporation, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Lorna held a faculty position at Rhode Island School of Design in the Industrial Design Department and has been on the visiting faculty at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. She has consulted to the UK Design Council and was a visiting research fellow at University of Reading, United Kingdom, Bionics Group.

Mark Ferguson

Wil Valor
Style Designer and Image Curator

"Presenting 'your best self' is a conscious decision. An image can be lasting; treat it as a billboard for your work."

Mark Ferguson founded his own men's tailored clothing company, Wil Valor, 10 years ago after experiencing awkward wardrobe moments as a tall and lanky teenager. Today, Wil Valor has dressed a portfolio of impressive and diverse clients from famous rock stars to celebrity sportsmen, television presenters, CEOs as well as unemployed men and refugees who he assists through his company's Unlimited Potential (UP) Program. UP's mission is to support men to look and feel great for their job interviews and stand out from the crowd through their personal presentation.

Through continuously innovating the way men experience the power of personal presentation and it's impact of their personal influence and success, he has gained more than 2500 personal clients all over the world. 

Before starting his business, Mark Ferguson was a professional basketball player with the Townsville McDonald Crocodiles after playing college basketball in the USA. 

Michael Hodin

Global Coalition on Ageing
Executive Director

"Technology is one of the essential ingredients to healthy ageing."

Michael Hodin is the Executive Director of the Global Coalition on Aging and Managing Partner at High Lantern Group. He is also a featured blogger at The Fiscal Times, through the Age and Reason Blog

He was a senior executive at Pfizer, Inc. for 30 years, where he created and then led its International Public Affairs and Public Policy operations.

Mike's contribution to the community through leadership and board roles is extensive, and these include the Business Council for International Understanding, the American Society on Aging, The Partners for a Livable Community – Aging in Place Advisory Council, and the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Ageing.  

Mike holds a BA, cum laude, Cornell University, M.Sc.in International Relations from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and M.Phil and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

He is married, has two daughters and lives in New York City.

Michael Weeding

AMP
Director Digital

Michael Weeding, Director Digital at AMP, is a member of the Customer Experience team which is working to develop compelling solutions for all AMP customers.

With over 15 years experience in Digital strategy, Michael Weeding has also held marketing and management roles across a range of industries; in global corporations and start-up companies. Prior to joining AMP he was Head of Digital for Citibank Australia. He is an active member of the digital community in Australia and Asia and his blog Interrogating Digital has been recognised as one to follow if you are passionate about all things digital.

User LinkedIn: 

https://au.linkedin.com/pub/michael-weeding/1/11a/560

Booktrack
Co-Founder & CEO
Starts at 60
CEO and founder
International Longevity Center
Director
Infosys
SVP and Global Head of Consulting

Paul Cameron

Booktrack
Co-Founder & CEO

"The future of reading never sounded so good."

Paul Cameron is CEO and co-founder of Booktrack, a company that has developed the technology for movie-style soundtracks to eBooks. With Booktrack, music audio and ambient sounds are automatically paced to an individual's reading speed to match the story line while they read – it's is a disruptive force in the education and entertainment worlds, the equivalent to the introduction of sound with film. Prior to Booktrack, Paul trained as an Aeronautical Engineer flew as an officer with the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Paul then founded a new Division of a high tech electronics and software company that provides electronics & software products and services to the global defense industry that grew into one of the fastest growing companies in New Zealand.

Rebecca Wilson

Starts at 60
CEO and founder

"The over 60s are fairly and squarely online."

Rebecca Wilson is the Founder and CEO of Australia and New Zealand's largest and most highly engaged social and media community and media site, Starts at 60. A marketer, with a background in content and an enormous empathy for the over 60s, Rebecca has led the charge to create a community that respects for, care about and serves the 60+ community with vigour, making them feel as young as they should at this age.

Starts at 60 has grown rapidly to become the online voice of the over 60s across the region, with 300+ bloggers and nearly 500,000 monthly visitors, this is just the beginning for the online over 60. Prior to Starts at 60, Rebecca Wilson advised corporations and small businesses on growth strategy in her consulting business, Stretch Marketing, and how to develop stories that truly connect with people. She has been at the front of the digital marketplace for many years, in web, content and strategy, and is actively sought as a trainer by companies who want their staff to learn how to connect with customers and clients selflessly. 

User LinkedIn: 

https://au.linkedin.com/in/rebeccawilson

Ruth Finkelstein

International Longevity Center
Director

"Treating old people like they're useless is useless. We need to invest in human capital at every age."

Ruth Finkelstein is the Associate Director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and Director of International Longevity Center at Columbia University.  She translates knowledge on the aging process and its implications into policy to maximize purpose, quality of life, and health across the life course.  She also directs The Age-Smart Employer – rewarding companies who lead in valuing workers of all ages and "Exceeding Expectations," a digital narrative following the daily lives of 20 amazing people over 81.

Previously, Dr. Finkelstein directed the Age-friendly New York City initiative, which won the 2013 award for "The Best Existing Age-Friendly Initiative in the World" from the International Federation on Ageing.  Dr. Finkelstein was named one of the nation's "Game Changers" by Metropolis Magazine.  She has helped cities around the world on planning, implementation, and evaluation of systems-level aging initiatives.  She holds a doctorate in health policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and serves on the World Health Organization's Advisory Committee for Global Network of Age-Friendly Communities. 

Sanjay Purohit

Infosys
SVP and Global Head of Consulting

"Technology is about to change what it means to be human."

Sanjay Purohit has over 25 years of experience in incubating new businesses, product innovation, developing new business models, defining business strategy and leadership development with leading businesses globally. He is deeply engaged with CXOs of global corporations on identifying and realising new sources of business value and accelerating innovation.

As the Global Head of Consulting at Infosys, Sanjay is responsible for developing the consulting business at Infosys with operations across 20 countries, serving Global 2000 corporations. Prior to this, as Founder, CEO and MD of EdgeVerve Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Infosys, he was responsible for defining and introducing innovative cloud hosted business software applications for digital marketing, omni‐channel commerce, customer service, distributive trade, procurement and credit finance. For more than a decade, Sanjay Purohit was the Group Head of Corporate Planning and Business Assurance at Infosys, responsible for strategy development, strategy execution and business operations across all Infosys operations, globally.

Sanjay has been a leading participant at global strategy forums, such as India and The World 2025 and has shared his experiences at multiple platforms such as the World Economic Forum (Davos), Amplify Festival (Australia) and Balanced Scorecard Forum (Asia Pacific, Middle East and India). He has a degree in mechanical engineering from National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, India. Sanjay Purohit is very passionate about social development, is a Partner at Social Venture Partners, India and commits himself to the not for‐profit organizations in the education sector.

User LinkedIn: 

https://in.linkedin.com/in/purohitmsanjay

CSC Leading Edge Forum
Geneticist, Economist, Technologist
University of Michigan
Behavioural Neuroscientist
SituationLab
Director
Foresight & Design Professor, OCAD University
delta-V Space Alliance
Founding CEO

Simon Wardley

CSC Leading Edge Forum
Geneticist, Economist, Technologist

"The future is more predictable than you think."

Simon Wardley is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure and cybernetics. He works with CSC's Leading Edge Forum, a global research and thought leadership community dedicated to helping large organizations become more successful by identifying and adopting Next Practices at the growing intersection between business and information technology.

As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination in economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether it's in behavioural patterns, environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems or managing companies. He has spent the last 15 years defining IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, Retail and IT industries.  From Canon's early leadership in the cloud computing space in 2005, to Ubuntu's recent dominance as the No 1 Cloud operating system.

Stephanie Preston

University of Michigan
Behavioural Neuroscientist

"Trade offs, empathy and altruism evolved to help us understand and assist others, to everyone's benefit."

Since 2005, Dr Stephanie Preston has been Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan and head of its Ecological Neuroscience Lab where she applies an interdisciplinary blend of cognition, evolution, social behaviour, and neuroscience to study the interplay between emotion and decision making. Stephanie's area of specialty is how emotion evolves and intrinsically affects decisions, particularly decisions about resources and trade-offs around material goods, money, food, and even social support.

Stephanie Preston has work with several big multinational brands to to design better customer experiences and on product development.

Her research is to determine what underpins behaviour and examine consumer preferences with corporate sponsors. Stephanie Preston's diverse background has allowed her to produce novel insights into the mechanisms of behaviour and develop creative experimental approaches to solving everyday problems. She recently published a review on the evolution and neuroscience of heroic altruism.

Stephanie Preston completed her MA and PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine where Stephanie researched the decision-making process.

Stuart Candy

SituationLab
Director
Foresight & Design Professor, OCAD University

"Do not accept the future that has been imagined for you."

Stuart Candy is a pioneer of experiential futures - a unique combination of strategic foresight and design that brings future scenarios to life in order to make them more compelling, concrete and actionable today. He has collaboratively created immersive situations and tangible artifacts for science museums, technology conferences, and city street in media ranging from gallery installations to card games. He is currently Director of the Situation Lab and Assistant Professor of Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada's largest and longest established art and design school.

Stuart has spoken twice at South by Southwest, given the closing keynote for the AIGA design conference, and presented the Walter Burley Griffin Memorial Lecture, previously delivered by Gough Whitlam, Manning Clarke, and Lucy Turnbull.

Working across discipline and industry boundaries, Stuart is often sought out for strategic input on unusual initiatives. He helped to found the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) in post-earthquake Christchurch, directed the first "serious game" on pandemic flu funded by the US federal CDC, and advised the Future We Want project for the United Nations Rio+20 Summit. He is currently working with the National Film Board of Canada on the design of a participatory transmedia storytelling project set in the national bicentenary year 2067. Stuart also runs The Sceptical Futuryst.

As a foresight advisor and facilitator he has worked with Oxford University, the United Nations Development Program, the Sydney Opera House, the TED Conference, and the Singaporean Government. He was previously Australasia Foresight and Innovation Leader at the global engineering firm Arup. In 2006 Stuart was named the first Fellow of the Long Now Foundation, a cultural organisation dedicated to fostering long term thinking and responsibility that is now building a 10,000 year architectural-scale clock inside a mountain.

User LinkedIn: 

ca.linkedin.com/in/stuartcandy/en

Tim Parsons

delta-V Space Alliance
Founding CEO

"We need to accelerate Australia's market share of scientific, engineering and economic space activity."

A 20-year veteran of commercial product innovation within digital, online and IPTV around the world, Tim Parsons is now returning to his roots in aerospace via the delta-V Space Alliance, a Sydney-headquartered private sector-academic partnership comprised of Asia's first Space startup Accelerator, and its first privately held space missions company.

Tim Parsons' tech and creative career has spanned corporates, digital agencies, consultancies and startups. In the early 90s while completing his aerospace engineering PhD in London, a secondment to BBC's Horizon Films to write and present a BBC2 documentary (Cyberpunks & Technophones, 1993) inspired him to change track to the exploding wired startup-driven world of the internet.

Its time Tim Parsons brought the digital industry's can-do into the worlds of aerospace and high-tech engineering, becoming an aerospace PhD with 21st century strategic, brand, product management, marketing, customer experience, technology, and delivery skills.

User LinkedIn: 

au.linkedin.com/in/timparsons/en

Older Adults Technology Services
Founder and Executive Director
Stanford University
Entrepreneur
BNP Paribas Fortis
Director Marketing & Communications
Insurance Manufacturers of Australia Pty Ltd
Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director

Tom Kamber

Older Adults Technology Services
Founder and Executive Director

"Technology offers one of our best hopes for ending the tyranny of low expectations for older adults."

Tom Kamber is founder and executive director of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), an award-winning organisation that harnesses technology to change the way we age. Tom is a leading social entrepreneur, educator, and activist who has created new organisations in aging, technology, housing, and the arts. He has been featured widely in the media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, National Public Radio, and The Today Show.

He teaches social entrepreneurship and philanthropy at Columbia University. Tom Kamber has presented at TEDx, and has published widely in academic journals on topics including public policy, business strategy, and technology. He is a co-founder and board member of the nonprofit Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance, which has won multiple Grammy awards, and is fluent in Spanish. Prior to founding OATS, Tom worked as a campaign manager on political campaigns, a branding strategist for a French IT corporation, a project manager on a democracy-building initiative in Moscow, and a tenant organiser in Harlem and the South Bronx. He has a BA in Latin from Columbia College and a PhD in Political Science from the City University of New York.

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-kamber/0/29/a96

Tony Seba

Stanford University
Entrepreneur

"The clean disruption of energy and transportation will happen, it’s inevitable"

Tony Seba is a lecturer in entrepreneurship, disruption, and clean energy at Stanford University, a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur; a world-renowned thought leader and speaker. 

Tony's work focuses on market disruption and the combination of exponential technology trends and business model and product innovations that are on the cusp of disrupting the world's major industries, such as energy, transportation, infrastructure, finance, manufacturing, food, and health care.

A world-renowned thought leader and speaker on disruption, technology entrepreneurship and the future of energy and transportation, Tony Seba has been a keynote speaker at Google, JP Morgan, the Inter-American Development Bank, the League of California Cities, BMC Software, and the Institute for The Future, among others.

As an entrepreneur, Tony Seba brings 20+ years of operating and strategy experience in disruptive high tech and clean technology companies. A serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Seba was an early employee at internet leaders Cisco Systems and RSA Data Security, and the award-winning founder and CEO of PrintNation.com, a company that disrupted the $100 billion printing industry. At PrintNation, he led two venture capital rounds raising more than $31 million in venture funding, hired a complete management team, and managed the development of strategic partnerships with some of the world's top companies.

Mr Seba is an advisor to policy-makers, investors, and corporations around the world. He also sits on several boards of directors and advisors, including solar accelerator and incubator SFunCube, mobile health and safety technology startup CloudM, solar product innovator Everblaze, and children technology education non-profit Hackidemia. He has also advised on the development of more than 400 MW of wind and solar power worldwide.

Tony Seba is an advisor to policy-makers, investors, and corporations around the world. He is the author of the best-selling book "Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation - How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030". Tony holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BSc in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tony blogs here too.

 

User LinkedIn: 

www.linkedin.com/in/tonyseba/en

Xavier Dumon

BNP Paribas Fortis
Director Marketing & Communications

"Young people see right through most marketing strategies. Meet them on their terms, not yours."

Xavier Dumon heads up the marketing a communications for BNP Paribas Fortis' Hello Bank! inititaive. Launched in 2013 Hello Bank! was established to create a fast and easy way for younger customers to interact with their bank and is the first 100% digital mobile bank in Europe. Hello Bank! also hosts pop up spaces which are "phygital". These offer a unique customer experience, bridging between the online and offline world.

Before working on the Hello Bank initiative, Xavier Dumon headed up the Management Information area at BNP Paribas Fortis and established a business reporting dashboard for the group. Based in Belgium, Xavier has worked across the banking sector in a variety of senior roles looking after research and data mining, marketing and sales.

User LinkedIn: 

be.linkedin.com/pub/xavier-dumon/20/406/452/de

Brian Schwartz AM

Insurance Manufacturers of Australia Pty Ltd
Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director

Brian was appointed a Director of IAG in January 2005 and became chairman in August 2010. He is Chairman of Insurance Manufacturers of Australia Pty Limited. Brian sits on the IAG Remuneration Committee. 

Brian is deputy chairman and Chairman elect of Scentre Group (including chairman of the Remuneration Committee) and deputy chairman of Westfield Corporation. He was chief executive of Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd from 2005 to 2009. Previously he was with Ernst & Young Australia from 1979 to 2004, becoming its chief executive in 1998. He was a member of Ernst & Young's global board and managing partner of the Oceania area.

Brian is Chairman of the Moriah Foundation and previously Deputy Chairman of the board of Football Federation Australia Limited and Asian Cup 2015 Organising Committee.

Brian was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 for his services to business and the community. He was previously a member of the Federal Government's Australian Multicultural Advisory Council and in 2001 he was named Leading CEO for the Advancement of Women by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency.

Deloitte Australia
CEO
The Endless Collective, New York
Academy Award winner and CEO
International Professional Director
VP of Alibaba investment arm, Youku Global Media Fund

Cindy Hook

Deloitte Australia
CEO

Appointed as the firm's CEO in 2015, Cindy is passionate about providing inspired leadership and her strengths lie in challenging teams across the firm to develop different approaches to winning and delivering new business.  Her vision includes a commitment to integrating our broad capabilities to provide better solutions for our clients, supporting diversity in all its forms and leading Deloitte to make an enduring social, cultural and economic impact in Australia. She is committed to disrupting the professional services sector and embraces innovation to drive the firm’s progress in this regard.

Cindy serves as the Lead Client Service Partner on the world largest metals recycling business and engages routinely with client executives and non-executive directors for clients across the firm’s portfolio through formal client service assessments and through business and diversity forums.

Deloitte's Australian practice has net revenue of over $1.5 billion, with 600 partners and more than 6,000 employees located in 14 Australian offices, together with Papua New Guinea, Hyderabad in India and Timor-Leste.

Cindy is the Executive sponsor of the Deloitte Foundation, a member of the Asia Pacific leadership team and sits on the Global Executive Committee. She has been recognised externally for her role in successfully transforming A&A, with the firm named the 'CFO Audit Firm of the Year' and winning the 'Australian Design Award' for the services sector, both in 2013. She was included on The Australian's 2015 list of 50 most powerful women in business.

Cindy is the Treasurer of Chief Executive Women (CEW), Australia's premier organisation of female executives committed to the advancement of women.  She is a Member of the Business Council of Australia, the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Cindy joined Deloitte in1986 in the US firm's San Francisco audit practice, where she progressed her career over 23 years serving some of the firm's largest health care and life sciences clients.  Cindy moved to Deloitte Australia in 2009 and led, transformed and grew the Australian firm's Assurance & Advisory (A&A) practice for five years, delivering audit and accounting advisory services to clients across business and government. Under her leadership, A&A grew its share of listed company audits, built an advisory practice, and consistently maintained profitability while standing up to regulatory scrutiny

Cindy is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Cindy and her husband Chris have two teenage sons and live in Sydney. Cindy is passionate about health and fitness and loves endurance sports, cycling and anything outdoors.

Duncan Ransom

The Endless Collective, New York
Academy Award winner and CEO

Duncan Ransom is the Founder and CEO of The Endless Collective, a full-service production studio specialising in virtual/augmented reality applications, photo-real digital sculpting and high-end 3D pre-visualisation.

Before establishing The Endless Collective, Duncan served as a computer-generated story artist and animator with legendary animation studio, Framestore CFC, where he and his team won the VFX category Academy Award for their work on Gravity. His animation work has also been seen in other visually stunning films including Edge of Tomorrow, 47 Ronin and Clash of the Titans. Duncan is currently focused on using immersive technology tools to help improve and redefine aid in the healthcare, environmental, medical and recreational therapy industries.

Jane Diplock AO

International Professional Director

Jane Diplock AO has had wide governance experience in the public, private and not for profit sectors for over 20 years in financial services, education and regulation. She sits on a number of international boards and committees including Singapore Exchange Limited, Australian Financial Services Group Pty Limited, the Public Interest Oversight Board, the International Integrated Reporting Council Board and the International Advisory Committee to the CSRC (China Securites Regulatory Commission) and the International Advisory Board to SEBI (the Securities and Exchange Board of India). She is qualified in law and international economics and retired as Chairman of the New Zealand Securites Commission and IOSCO,the International Organisation of Securities Commissions, in 2011 to follow a career in governance internationally.

Matt Lee

VP of Alibaba investment arm, Youku Global Media Fund

VP of Alibaba investment arm, Youku Global Media Fund

Former Prime Minister New Zealand
TEN Network
Executive General Manager

Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley DCNZ NZFIM

Former Prime Minister New Zealand

Dame Jenny Shipley is a Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and now an independent Director and key note speaker tracking mega trends globally with particular expertise on the Asia Pacific region. She has served as an independent Director on the Shanghai and Hong Kong listed China Construction Bank for 6 years and now chairs the NZ subsidiary China Construction Bank NZ Ltd. She also chairs the former SOE and now NZX and ASX listed company Genesis Energy and a number of other companies and organizations. She has just completed a 15 month project chairing the Advisory Board on Transitional Arrangements for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

Dame Jenny Shipley was the 36th Prime Minister of New Zealand holding office from 1997 to 1999 and the first woman to do so. In the preceding seven years she held a number of Senior Ministerial positions in the New Zealand Government where she took a leading role in New Zealand’s very significant economic and social reforms of that time. As Prime Minister she chaired APEC in NZ in 1999, again the first women to do so. In 2002 she retired from NZ politics having served 15years in the New Zealand Parliament and returned to the business sector.

Dame Jenny has and intense interest in emerging economies in the Asia Pacific region and is a regular visitor to China. She is a Board member of the Boao Forum for Asia and the Beijing based International Finance Forum and was an Initiator of the Education Forum for East Asia. She is an Executive Board member of the New Zealand China Council. She has recently retired as chair of Global Women NZ , she co-chairs NZ Women Corporate Directors and NZ diversity initiative Champions for Change. She is a retired Vice President but remaining board member of the Club of Madrid, a group of 104 former Presidents and Prime Ministers involved in leadership development globally.

Dame Jenny has been married to Burton for over 40 years, is the mother of two adult children and grandmother to Otis, Flynn and Zara.

Her passion is working with leaders who have the courage and competence to help "shape the future" of their companies and their country.

Russel Howcroft

TEN Network
Executive General Manager

Through his appearances on ABC1's hugely successful show 'The Gruen TransferRussel Howcroft has become the very public face of brand marketing and advertising in Australia. In fact according to media mogul, Harold Mitchell, Russel has become a brand himself.

Indeed Harold Mitchell awarded Russel a much coveted Charlie Award on the basis of personal brand creation. And while Russel was pleased to be recognized in such a fashion, his mum was particularly pleased, as she is a Huge Harold fan!

Russel is currently Executive General Manager of the TEN Network, one of its most senior executives. Prior to this role, Russel was Chief Executive Officer Australia/ New Zealand at Young & Rubicam Brands. He fell in love with the advertising industry after doing a week's work experience at advertising agency McCann Erickson while part way through a marketing degree at Chisholm Institute (now part of Monash University). His father had started working in advertising at the ripe old age of 45, after a career as a cartoonist and businessman, and he suggested that his son give it a go. Russel, who hated university, managed to extend his work experience into an 18-month job.

In his early 20s, Russel headed to London and spent five years working at Lowe Howard-Spink, one of Britain's top creative agencies. His major account was Heineken beer, and his work on that account was considered one of Britain's best ad campaigns of its time.

Russel returned to Melbourne in 1995 and co-founded Leonardi Brandhouse. He spent the next 11 years running his own agencies with various partners, before joining George Patterson Y&R, Australia's oldest agency brand, in 2006. The group includes The Campaign Palace, VML, ideaworks and Brand Asset consulting.

Russel is also the former Chairman of the Advertising Federation of Australia. He has been a regular commentator on radio in Melbourne. Russel's other passion is reflected in his position on the board of the Melbourne Football club.

Amplify 2015 - In Residence

Comedian, cartoonist and maker of stuff for the easily amused
Rising Edge
Blogger-in-residence
Director & Social Business Architect

CJ Delling

Comedian, cartoonist and maker of stuff for the easily amused

CJ Delling is a comedian, cartoonist and maker of stuff for the easily amused.

German-born and Sydney-dwelling, CJ has entertained audiences at corporate events in Australia and in comedy clubs in Germany, Scotland, Australia, Canada and the US with her charming, cheerful and quirky style of stand-up comedy. She has performed solo stand-up shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Sydney Fringe Festival.

Since 2012,every Saturday CJ takes a humorous look at the news of the week on SBS Radio's German program. Since 2014, her free comedy podcast 'Under the News Desk' unearths the week's topical news stories.

CJ can be found at cjdelling.com and as CJ Delling on Facebook and Twitter.

User LinkedIn: 

https://au.linkedin.com/in/cjdelling

Rawn Shah

Rising Edge
Blogger-in-residence
Director & Social Business Architect

"Those who are more cognitively flexible tend to exhibit higher fluid intelligence, comprehension, and reasoning fluidity."

Rawn Shah is Director & Social Business Architect at Rising Edge. He has been an active explorer and advisor of collaboration and culture in online communities globally with experience as a journalist, a product developer, a gamer, a content marketer, and a business strategist. In prior roles, he has led collaboration strategy and transformation projects across IBM worldwide in employee engagement, marketing and sales business processes, technology, policy, and ethics. He has been a principal in two software and consulting startups, RTD Systems & Networking, in the early days of the web, and Alynd, a commitment and accountability work management software company, last year.

He is a prolific writer with over 500 articles published in print or online in Forbes, CNN, JavaWorld, LinuxWorld, Advanced Systems, among dozens of others technical and business publications. He has written seven books, including 'Social Networking for Business' (Wharton School Publishing/Pearson, 2010), and edited a number more. He currently writes business-technical blogs on Forbes, LinkedIn, and rawnshah.com

User LinkedIn: 

www.linkedin.com/in/rawnshah/en

Amplify 2015 - Discussion leaders

Innovation Unit, UK Government
Senior Associate
Deloitte Digital & Asia-Pacific
Lead Partner
Accenture
Managing Partner
The Age

David Price

Innovation Unit, UK Government
Senior Associate

" 'Open' is not simply about technology, it's about behaviour shift as well."

Musician and songwriter turned education specialist, David Price OBE helped establish Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 1994 where he was Director of Learning for seven years. He then turned his hand to using the power of innovation to solve social challenges. He is currently a Learning Futurist and Senior Associate at the UK's Innovation Unit, a not-for-profit social enterprise committed to using the power of innovation to solve social challenges. He consults on education strategy, designs and manages projects and influences change as a frequent public speaker.

Since then, he has led innovative international projects in arts and education in the UK (most notably, the innovative Musical Futures and Learning Futures projects for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation). Paul advises companies, third-sector organisations and government departments in every region of the world, and is co-founder or We Do Things Differently. The focus of his work is finding innovative ways to engage learners - in the workplace and educational institutions. In June 2008, he was awarded an OBE, for services to education.

David's best-selling book Open: How We'll Work Live and Learn In The Future was published in 2013.

User LinkedIn: 

uk.linkedin.com/in/davidpriceobe/en

Frank Farrall

Deloitte Digital & Asia-Pacific
Lead Partner

"The interactive experience demanded by customers is forcing businesses to look at their online strategy as a whole."

Frank Farrall is the Leader of Deloitte Digital in Australia and an information technology expert who has been delivering innovative business solutions to clients in Australia, Asia and the USA since the late 1990s.

Frank Farrall has substantial experience in the delivery of mobile applications development, social media and digital content management initiatives, as well as large scale broadband telecommunications programs of work. His client base spans telecommunications and financial services industries and includes federal and state public sector organisations. 

Prior to beginning his career at Deloitte, Frank led large-scale e-commerce and broadband technology initiatives in the US telecommunications sector for organisations such as KPMG and Sprint. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Clemson University and a bachelors degree from Lipscomb University in the United States.

User LinkedIn: 

https://au.linkedin.com/in/frankfarrall

Mark Halverson

Accenture
Managing Partner

"Focus on the customer is the only sure route to success in today's business environment."

Mark Halverson is a Managing Partner of Accenture in the Financial Services practice currently residing in Tokyo.

Mark works with global financial services firms to monetise disruption. He is a member of the Accenture Innovation network, a media representative, and thought leader on disruption and innovation. Mark Halverson has worked with clients in insurance, retail banking, wealth management and brokerage, mutual funds and asset management, and hedge funds and prime brokerage. He specialises in defining strategies and business models, and driving them to successful implementation. 

As an alumnus of Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Singularity University he maintains connections in the academic, research, venture, and startup communities. He also maintains an active dialogue in data ethics, artificial intelligence, robotics and human ecology. Mark can be found blogging here.

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-halverson/4/125/42a

Peter Spinks

The Age

Peter Spinks holds a masters degree in research psychology and has published in international academic journals. Since 1980, he has broadcast and written for leading media organisations, including the BBC, The Guardian and The Observer newspapers and New Scientist magazine in London.

A staff journalist at The Age newspaper in Australia since 1996. Now Fairfax Science Columnist, Peter Spinks creates a weekly online column, including video segment "Science Matters", static and interactive graphics and picture galleries.

As well as the column, Peter Spinks presents an ongoing science series, which grew out of reader interest in the "big questions" raised in his column and video presentations. The series, part of Fairfax Media’s subscriber benefits program, takes the form of live events in which a panel of experts addresses an audience of invited guests on important subjects. The events are filmed – sometimes live-streamed – and then broadcast in several parts on Fairfax platforms across Australia.

Peter has delivered science-communication workshops to universities and organisations around Australia (including the Royal Melbourne Institute Technology and the Australian Universities Quality Agency in Melbourne, the Bureaus of Meteorology in Sydney and Melbourne, the Co-operative Research Centre for Tropical Savannas at the Northern Territory University and the Environmental Research Institute for the Supervising Scientist in Darwin, the University of Western Australia and the Department of Conservation and Land Management in Perth, Central Queensland University in Rockhampton and the Mars Society Australia in South Australia).

He also presented international workshops at the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology in Trinidad and the National Science Foundation in Sri Lanka.

Peter Spinks wrote the science journalism chapter for an international textbook, Science Communication in Theory and Practice (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001). Wizards of Oz, his book about breakthroughs by Australian scientists, has been twice the No.1 bestseller on New Scientist's list of top-selling science books.

PwC
Managing Partner, Strategy and Transformation
Think Tank AMP

Sammy Kumar

PwC
Managing Partner, Strategy and Transformation

Sammy Kumar is the Managing Partner for Strategy and Transformation at PwC reflecting their focus on future growth opportunities. Before his current role in April 2012, he was the National Leader for PwC's Consulting business.

He has over 21 years experience across strategy, financial effectiveness and operations, and has managed numerous projects with leading Australian organisations and large multi-national companies. Sammy is a frequent contributor to a number of publications and is co-author of Better Revenue Integrity, a book on optimising company performance.

Sammy has a Bachelor of Business - Accounting from Monash University and completed a professional year at Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He is a Fellowship Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia (FCA). Additionally, Sammy has completed numerous educational courses at organisations including Harvard Business School, Australian School of Business, Darden Graduate School of Business and Melbourne Business School.

User LinkedIn: 

au.linkedin.com/in/sammykumarpwc

Think Tank AMP

Think Tank AMP

AMP sponsors a think tank called "Innovation for the new retirement" as part of the 2015 China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) Summit.

CAMP is an incubator program designed to train, mentor and empower emerging young Australian and Chinese leaders and entrepreneurs to first collaborate online and then unite in Sydney as part of Vivid Ideas Festival. The ultimate aim is to kick-start ventures in Australia and/or China.

Amplify 2015 - Tomorrow Makers

Idea Bombing Sydney
Urban planner and ideas bomber
Ballyland
Accessible software designer
cSigns
Engineer and social innovator
Roam
Industrial designer

John O'Callaghan

Idea Bombing Sydney
Urban planner and ideas bomber

John O'Callaghan's Idea Bombing Sydney initiative is a new way of engaging people and fostering creativity with the ultimate aim of improving life in Sydney. Part meet-up, part pop-up, part talk series and community brainstorm, it focuses on unlocking creativity and creating a better living environment for everyone. The concept has now taken off across Australia and even internationally.

The ideas generated are promoted on social media and presented to local government to incorporate into policy: "I believe it's making an impact on the everyday lives of people who live, work and visit Sydney," says John O'Callaghan.

User LinkedIn: 

https://au.linkedin.com/pub/john-o-callaghan/20/672/20a

Phia Damsma

Ballyland
Accessible software designer

Phia Damsma is a creative software designer who has a passion for empowering vision impaired children through technology. She created Ballyland, an early learning software program that teaches fine-motor computer skills to young children who are blind, including how to use touch technology without sight. With her Tomorrow Fund grant, Phia will expand Ballyland into a complete educational tool with apps and interactive iBooks for tablets.

"The whole purpose of this technology is to enable young children who are blind to learn and play together with other children, with or without a disability," says Phia Damsma. "There is no other software like Ballyland. It has huge potential to grow into something much bigger."

User LinkedIn: 

https://au.linkedin.com/pub/phia-damsma/9/3a2/18b

Rob Caslick

cSigns
Engineer and social innovator

In 2006, a blind woman opened Rob Caslick's eyes to a new world. Impressed by her ability to guide him through a darkened building as part of Milan's Dialogue in the Dark experience, the engineer and social innovator did a little research into blindness. Rob was surprised to learn that 90 per cent of people who are blind have light perception. So why didn't public signs take advantage of this?

This led Rob Caslick to hold an exhibition of backlit brailled signage with raised lettering and then design signs for Vision Australia in Melbourne. With AMP's support, he can now produce moulds and develop a working prototype for his cSigns: "So far, it has cost a lot to make cSigns, but I'll soon be able to market them worldwide and make it easier for people to find their way."

User LinkedIn:

https://au.linkedin.com/pub/rob-caslick/46/bbb/267

Shanshan Wang

Roam
Industrial designer

ShanShan Wang is an industrial designer specialising in user-centred design. Two years ago, at just 21, ShanShan's skills and talent led her on a journey to develop Roam – the world's lightest and most efficient oxygen system for patients with respiratory ailments, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

With her AMP Tomorrow Fund grant, Shanshan Wang will help take Roam to the next stage of development: "This technology will revolutionise the way we use oxygen and cut the weight of a portable cylinder by at least half, spearheading an industry that hasn't seen innovation in over a decade."

User LinkedIn:

https://au.linkedin.com/in/shanshanw

Voxiebox
Software engineer and inventor

Will Tamblyn

Voxiebox
Software engineer and inventor

What started off as 'a crazy idea in the shed' has turned into an obsession for Will, whose dream is to commercialise his invention Voxiebox – a 3D holographic projection system. Will says Voxiebox is the realisation of decades of sci-fi promises and believes its biggest potential will be in holographic gaming consoles.

"People have been dreaming about this sort of display technology since it was first thought about in Star Wars," say Will Tamblyn. "I've been working on this project with a small yet amazing team and it's incredible to think that what started out as a bit of fun could now be a game-changer."

Amplify 2013

BRW
Social Media Editor
BOSS Magazine
Editor
'Solstice Lamp' installation
Composer and Sound Artist
Intel Corporation
Principal Engineer

Caitlin Fitzsimmons

BRW
Social Media Editor

Caitlin Fitzsimmons is the social media editor for BRW and part of the team transforming the magazine's digital strategy. She also has a writing role for BRW and specialises in covering disruptive technology and social trends. She has worked as a journalist in Sydney, London and San Francisco and written for publications around the world, including The Guardian and the Los Angeles Times.

Joanne Gray

BOSS Magazine
Editor

Joanne Gray has been an editor and writer with the Australian Financial Review, Bloomberg and Asiamoney in Australia, Europe, the United States and China. She is now the editor of BOSS, the Australian Financial Review's monthly magazine focused on Leadership, Innovation, Careers and the Workplace.

Miriama Young

'Solstice Lamp' installation
Composer and Sound Artist

Miriama is a sound artist whose installation for Amplify Festival asks, "What sound does an idea make?"

Dr Miriama Young is a composer and sound artist, her music ranges from instrumental and vocal chamber music to works for live and fixed electronic media. Her collaborative interdisciplinary works include projects for radio, film, apps, and interactive electronic music for dance. Her work straddles high-low genres, thriving best in the liminal space between the academy and the street.

Miriama's music is regularly programmed by ensembles in the USA, UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, including recent commissions and performances by Scottish Opera, So Percussion, New Millennium Ensemble, the Nash Ensemble, Stroma, the Yesaroun' Duo, Strike Percussion, Now Ensemble, and Anemone Dance Theater. Her radiophonic work aired on WNYC/NPR, Resonance FM London, ABC, and Radio New Zealand. Currently her music is recorded on three compilation albums, including Strike's album New Zealand Percussion Music, awarded New Zealand Classical Album of the Year 2001. She recently released Hushabye iOS app, which uses natural recordings of water with mother's lullaby to help babies sleep.

Originally from New Zealand, Miriama is a Fulbright recipient, gaining her PhD from Princeton in 2007. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Connect with Miriama

Twitter: @young_miri

Brian David Johnson

Intel Corporation
Principal Engineer

The future is Brian David Johnson's business.

Areas of Expertise

  • Future casting
  • Design thinking
  • Written and visual story-telling

As a futurist at Intel Corporation, his charter is to develop an actionable 10 -15 year vision for the future of technology.

His work is called "future casting", using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide Intel with a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool.

He speaks and writes extensively about future technologies in articles and scientific papers as well as science fiction short stories and novels (Science Fiction Prototyping: Designing the Future with Science Fiction, Screen Future: The Future of Entertainment Computing and the Devices we Love, Fake Plastic Love, and Nebulous Mechanisms: The Dr. Simon Egerton Stories).

He has directed two feature films and is an illustrator and commissioned painter.

IDEO
Business Design Director
TEDtoChina
Director
Looloo Paper
Chief Executive Optimist
Singularity University
Founder & Global Ambassador

Amy Bonsall

IDEO
Business Design Director

Strategic innovator, using business design to enable sustainable human centred design.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business design
  • Strategy
  • Design thinking and human centred design

Amy Bonsall, a business design director at IDEO London, helps clients and design teams approach innovation from an economic perspective, using business design to enable successful outcomes.

Amy also manages client relationships, oversees project content, and contributes to designs in diverse industries, from web entrepreneurship to financial services to healthcare.

Prior to joining IDEO, Amy served as a strategy consultant for Marakon Associates and a hardware designer for Hewlett-Packard. She also worked for four technology start-ups in the US and UK. She essentially went from being in the trenches and making products to working with senior executives on the strategic direction for their companies — and honed her keen business expertise along the way.

Amy earned an MBA from IMD in Switzerland and holds a master’s in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

She loves learning about other cultures and speaking new languages. Outside of the office, Amy enjoys practicing the Argentine tango and photography, which demand agility and looking at things from a new perspective skills she also finds useful in business innovation.

User LinkedIn: 

abonsall

Lawrence Wang

TEDtoChina
Director

Areas of Expertise

  • Digital Marketing
  • Event Planning
  • Social Media Management

Lawrence is passionate about innovation, new ideas, and global networks. Since 2008, as Director of TEDtoChina, Lawrence has been oragnising TEDx events as well as leading a group of volunteer translators spreading international thought-leadership within China. 

TEDtoChina currently has about 170k followers and subscribers across international and Chinese internet channels.

Lawrence graduated from the University of Birmingham in UK, with a major in economics. Lawrence is an active public speaker and panel moderator in China.

Connect with Lawrence:

Twitter: @bullishchina @TEDtoChina @Chinahour
web: TEDtoChina.com 
web: www.weibo.com/TEDtoChina

Avis Mulhall

Looloo Paper
Chief Executive Optimist

Creates stuff that matters. When she was small she genuinely believed she could fly. It ended badly.

Areas of Expertise

  • Building social businesses
  • Community cultivation
  • Inspiring future leaders
  • Collaborative consumption

Avis ditched her successful corporate career to live in a rainforest in Africa.

A respected expert on social enterprise and collaborative consumption, Avis is a true social innovator who recently represented Australia at the G20 YES Summit in Mexico and featured in Sydney Magazine's Top 100 People of Influence for 2012. She is the co-founder of the global social travel network mmMule.com, creator of Sydney’s fastest growing change-maker community Think Act Change and founder of Looloo Paper – a toilet paper business that uses its profits to improve sanitation in developing countries.

Avis enthrals audiences with stories of her own transformation and in doing so, gets us each to examine our own purpose and motives to enhance the world around us. Her personal story is not only an inspiration, but the way she tells it is fantastic. She is sure to bring lots of laughs as well as some poignant lessons learned along the way.

Connect with Avis:

Twitter: @avismulhall

http://signup.looloopaper.com/

http://mmmule.com/

Salim Ismail

Singularity University
Founder & Global Ambassador

Silicon Valley based rule breaker, game changer, rogue thinker, with a history of innovation spanning multiple industries.

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategy for startups
  • Changing the rules
  • Education leadership

Salim Ismail is a sought-after speaker, strategist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He travels extensively addressing topics including breakthrough technologies and their impact on a variety of industries.

Salim has spent the last four years building Singularity University based at NASA Ame. Salim spent two years as SU's founding Executive Director and currently serves as its Global Ambassador focusing on its global presence. Prior to that, Salim was a Vice President at Yahoo and the Head of Brickhouse, Yahoo's internal 'ideas factory' where game-changing ideas were brought in, built and launched. His last company, Angstro, was sold to Google in August 2010. Ismail serves as co-founder and Chairman of Confabb.com, co-founded PubSub Concepts and is also on the board of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization focused on violence against women, racial justice, and immigrant rights. Ismail has a unique perspective and track record on how to innovate, how to turn cutting edge ideas into thriving startups and how to apply leading edge thinking to invigorate entire industries.

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Connect with Salim:

salimismail

Strategic|Games|Lab
CEO
Internal Consulting Group
Founder & CEO
Pozible
Co-founder & Director
Ars Electronica Futurelab
Artist and Researcher

Marigo Raftopoulos

Strategic|Games|Lab
CEO

Game-changing innovator of what life ought to be; at work, in class, at play

Marigo is a strategic business advisor specialising in innovation using gamification, systems thinking and experience design. She is also co-founder and co-chair of Games for Change Australia-New Zealand, advisor to several technology incubators and start-ups and is researching her PhD in enterprise Innovation.

Marigo was at the global forefront when she established Strategic|Games|Lab just as interest in enterprise gamification and game thinking took the world by storm. Marigo works with a wide range of clients in accelerating innovation and organisational development using the tools of engagement that are endemic to game design and gamification.

Marigo has a Bachelor of Economics degree and a Master of Business Administration from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and an Executive Certificate in Systems Dynamics from the MIT Sloan Business School, Boston MA.

User LinkedIn: 

marigoraftopoulos

David Moloney

Internal Consulting Group
Founder & CEO

Industrialiser of Adhocracy, Professionaliser of the Consulting Industry, Champion for an outcomes-orientation within the Financial Services Industry.

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategy and business modeling
  • Financial services
  • Entrepreneurship

David is an inventor and advises on strategy and business models.  He is currently disrupting and reinventing the global consulting industry out of his Sydney headquarters as Founder, CEO and Practice Leader Financial Services of Internal Consulting Group. Previously he was the global financial services equity partner at Booz Allen and Hamilton and founded and led Oliver Wyman in Australasia from 2004. Prior to this, David spent 9 years in the financial services industry.

David developed the concept of Global National Financial Literacy Days which catalysed MoneySmart Week in Australia– a major partnership focused on financial literacy across the private, public and not for profit sectors, which he also chairs.

He has won global innovation awards for building the first facilitated knowledge exchange amongst non-competing domestic peer companies and building a Future CEO Forum in major geographies across Asia Pacific. His work has been showcased at the World Economic Forum and in leading publications around the world.

David was awarded First Class Honours and the University Medal for his computer science degree and has an MBA from the MIT Sloan school.

Alan Crabbe

Pozible
Co-founder & Director

Alan makes anything Pozible.

Areas of expertise:

  • Crowdfunding and building an audience online
  • Web application design and development
  • Online financial services and finance innovation

Alan is the co-founder and Director of Pozible, Australia's first and No. 1 crowdfunding platform and community-building tool for creative projects and ideas. The platform was developed to help people raise funds, realise their aspirations and make great things possible. The site has hosted over 3000 projects in Australia alone and distributed over AU$9m to creative individuals, groups and organisations since it launched in mid 2010.

His background is in web application development and consulting and he has worked in a range of roles in small tech companies in the UK and through top tier consulting firms in Australia. He developed a creative entrepreneurial spirit through a textile technology startup that was spun-out from Queen's University in N.Ireland where he studied a BSc Business and Information Technology.

Alan has an fascination for disruptive technology, financial services innovation and new creative solutions that solve real problems.

Twitter: @alancrabbe @pozible

Website: www.pozible.com

Matthew Gardiner

Ars Electronica Futurelab
Artist and Researcher

The rise of computers was the demise of paper. Artist Matthew Gardiner loves both.

Matthew Gardiner is an artist most well known for his work with origami and robotics. He coined the term Oribot 折りボト and then created the field of art/science research called Oribotics. Oribotics is a field of research that thrives on the aesthetic, biomechanic, and morphological connections between nature, origami and robotics.

Matthew Gardiner is currently an artist and senior lead researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, in Linz Austria. As an artist Gardiner is known for his works concerned with origami and robotics: Oribotics. The work arises from the consideration of folded forms, their kinetic properties and electromechanical methods of actuation, sensing, interactions and luminous display. In 2003 Gardiner coined the terms Oribot and Oribotics, to define the emergent field of folding, robotics and technology, and has produced the following works with premieres: Oribotics 2004 at Next Wave Festival, Oribotics [laboratory] 2005 at Asialink Center, Oribotics [network] 2007 at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Oribotics [de] 2008 at Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Oribotics [house of dreaming] 2009 for Arena Theatre Company, Oribotics [the future unfolds] 2010 for Ars Electronica Festival and Tokyo Design Touch.

Gardiner's other works include Origami House 2003: one square kilometer of paper folded into a full size house with the Melbourne Origami Group, 1001 Cranes: 7000 paper cranes installed in the shape of a three story high Gingko bonsai, and Radiobots a radio based percussive instrument for performance on architecture. From 2005-2006 he starred as a television presenter on ABC Sunday Arts teaching the art of origami. He is author of Everything Origami, publisher and editor of Folding Australia 2005, and Folding Australia 2007.

Gardiner has been the recipient of grants, awards from the Australia Council for the Arts, The City of Port Phillip Rupert Bunny Fellowship, Arts Victoria (Arts Innovation Board), Australian Network for Art and Technology, Victorian College of the arts. He has been a resident artist at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Australia Council Studio in Takadanobaba Tokyo, PICA, Federation Square, Origami House Tokyo, and the Digital Artist@Latrobe Regional Gallery.

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Fine Art Photography, and mentored by artists Patricia Piccinini and Peter Hennessey at Drome in Melbourne.

Jump Associates
Venture Capital Investor
Deepsea Challenger
Diving Instructor & Engineer
Enterprise Network for Young Australians
Chief Entrepreneur Officer
Infosys
Organisation Transformation Practice

Jacqueline LeSage Krause

Jump Associates
Venture Capital Investor

Catalyst for converting strategic vision into action at both start-ups and Fortune 100 corporations

Areas of expertise:

  • Corporate venture capital
  • Commercial piloting & incubation
  • Envisioning the future and paths to it

Jacqueline is currently a Jump Fellow at the strategy and innovation consulting firm Jump Associates. Prior to Jump, she was Vice President of Innovation & Corporate Venture capital at The Hartford, a US-based financial services company with $26 billion in revenues and businesses spanning property & casualty insurance and wealth management.

At The Hartford, Jacqueline founded and led the strategic innovation team that helped The Hartford get to the future faster by investing venture capital in start-ups and incubating new offerings and business models for consumers, small businesses, and large commercial accounts. The team's unique approach to combining incubation and investing received the 2011 Global Corporate Venturing award for Best Practices in Financial Services and was recognized in two recent books on corporate innovation: "Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool-Kit for Managers" and "Capturing New Markets: How Smart Companies Create Opportunities Others Don't." Jacqueline has been a frequent speaker and author on corporate innovation and was an advisor to the National Venture Capital Association’s Corporate Venture Group.

Jacqueline has lived and worked in Hong Kong and Beijing and was a global management consultant with A.T. Kearney for 6 years.  She is an on-again / off-again aspiring filmmaker, with credits for National Geographic and Dwell Magazine. She holds business degrees from both the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

User LinkedIn: 

jacquelinelesagekrause

John Garvin

Deepsea Challenger
Diving Instructor & Engineer

World-leading technical diving instructor and mastermind of recording-breaking engineering feats.

Areas of Expertise:

  • World class diving instructor
  • Strategist for events without precedent
  • Master engineer

John Garvin is recognised as one of the world's leading technical diving instructors. He is the author of the Inspiration/Evolution training manual for Technical Diving International and played a pivotal role in the first ever rebreather expeditions to the world's most remote and exciting dive sites, including Galapagos, Bikini and Chuuk Lagoon.

After years of teaching diving in the U.K, John moved to the Turks and Caicos Islands, where he set up and ran the world-class technical diving O2 Technical Diving.  While living in the Turks and Caicos, John founded 'The Caicos Caves Project', a team of experienced cave divers dedicated to exploring, mapping and protecting the incredible underwater cave systems beneath the islands.

In 2003, John provided the logistics and safety diver support for Tanya Streeter's world record breaking free dive to 160m (540ft), which was filmed as part of the documentary 'Inner Breath'.

In 2010, John worked as dive-coordinator and underwater stunt consultant for the film 'Sanctum'. In addition to writing the screenplay, he trained the actors and stunt-divers to dive the Sentinel Closed Circuit Rebreathers and also featured as a stunt diver and actor in the film. Sanctum went on to enjoy international success and is recognized as one of Australia's highest grossing movies.

Throughout 2011-12, John was Diving Officer and Project Manager (Sub Internals) for James Cameron's 'Deepsea Challenger' submersible project – which made a record-breaking dive to the deepest spot in the world's ocean – 10,900m in the Challenger Deep. A 3D feature documentary covering the dive is to be launched in 2014.

John's team were responsible for designing, making, installing and then testing all of the critical components inside the tiny 42' diameter pilot sphere. Using the latest closed circuit rebreather technology, the sub's life support system borrowed heavily from lessons learned in technical diving. John’s presentation gives a unique insight into how the Deepsea Challenger pilot sphere came together – and puts you in the pilot seat on a voyage to the bottom of the ocean.

User LinkedIn:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-garvin/87/b58/4b1

Jeremy Liddle

Enterprise Network for Young Australians
Chief Entrepreneur Officer

Jeremy Liddle believes entrepreneurial thinking can change the world.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Coaching/mentoring entrepreneurs and start-ups
  • Strategy, branding, product development
  • Corporate governance and contract manufacturing management

Jeremy is currently Chief Entrepreneur Officer of The Enterprise Network for Young Australians (ENYA - www.enya.org.au). Within this role Jeremy is head Australian delegate for the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Summits (www.G20yea.com), advising world governments on policy regarding young entrepreneurs.

Jermey won "The search for Australia's top young entrepreneur" at Australia's largest convention for young entrepreneurs, "The Entourage" UnConvention in September 2011, Shoestring Media 2012 Young & Influential list, and has also lectured on entrepreneurship at Macquarie, UTS, Swinburne and Melbourne universities.

At the age of 20 Jeremy began his business career in the booming Australian juice bar trade. With his brother he opened up Australia's #1 Juice Station outlet, and was sent to Singapore to operate as stand in General Manager for the master franchise.

Named as one of Australia's young guns, Jeremy Liddle co-founded a natural health company called RioLife in 2005. In 2010, they were featured as one of Australia's top merging companies in BRW Magazine, and picked up a Fastest Growing Small Business Award from the My Business Magazine Awards.

Jeremy is the author of "From Idea to Start-Up", a manual to teach budding young entrepreneurs how to write a business plan and launch their ideas as a viable nterprise. Jeremy is also involved as founder, director and advisor to a range of start-ups and established businesses.

Holly Benson

Infosys
Organisation Transformation Practice

Half scientist, half artist, Black-belt Leader of the Workforce Revolution and Future of Work

Areas of Expertise:

  • Workforce Revolution
  • The art and science of change
  • Culture transformation

Holly Benson has a black belt in organisational change- having reinvented both herself and her employers in serial mastery of the science and art of organisational transformation. Whilst at PWC Consulting and IBM Business Consulting Services, she helped clients transform, and then founded the global organisational transformation practice at Infosys, named by Forbes as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies in 2011 and 2012.

Holly's career has metamorphised from earth scientist at a major international oil company to consultant in large-scale organisational dynamics and transformative change. Holly specialises in the future of work.

She has degrees in Earth Sciences and Geographical Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and started out her career as a petroleum geologist for a major oil giant. She joined Infosys in 2005, taking on the responsibility to build a world-class change management capability for the firm.

User LinkedIn: 

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/holly-benson/4/357/802

The Hub, Melbourne
Co-Founder & CEO
AMP Capital
MD of Office and Industrial Property
University of Sydney
Professor
AMP
Former CEO & Managing Director

Brad Krauskopf

The Hub, Melbourne
Co-Founder & CEO

Revolutionary of Work, Community, Personal Productivity, Business Models.

Areas of expertise:

  • Curating collaborative work communities
  • Revolutionising business models
  • Network catalyst

Co-Founder & CEO of The Hub Melbourne Brad Krauskopf believes the workspace should be a place of radical diversity. He calls The Hub an 'Action Fest' where the workspace becomes a community, with workshops and events that create a culture of collaboration.

Brad co-founded The Hub Melbourne in 2010 following his discovery of the global Hub network in Europe (where he worked with Hub Madrid and the former Hub World team). At The Hub early stage start-ups mix with some of the country's biggest companies, attend activities hosted on-site and share ideas.

He is passionate about cultivating connections and innovating new business models that create both economic and societal value. He is also an avid traveller, entrepreneur and learner, and has enjoyed all of these pursuits in places such as USA, Spain and South America. Brad previously founded two successful businesses in events management and technology respectively. He serves on the advisory team for RMIT’s Social and Environmental Enterprise Development program (SEEDs).

Connect with Brad:

https://twitter.com/BradKrauskopf

Louise Mason

AMP Capital
MD of Office and Industrial Property

Revitalising corporate culture with co-working spaces.

Areas of expertise:

  • Business Transformation
  • Workforce Revolution
  • The art and science of change

Louise Mason is taking the lead on AMP Capital's workplace transformation. With over 20 years experience in property development, she recognises the confluence of factors driving some of the biggest changes to workplaces we've seen this decade.

As AMP Capital's managing director of office and industrial property, Louise Mason is working with the innovative workspace collaborator Brad Krauskopf to bring his co-working space The Hub into AMP capital. If talks between AMP and Brad succeed, it will be the first example of a corporate floor being hosted as a co-working space in Australia. 

Louise was appointed Managing Director in 2010 after joining AMP Capital in 2005, she initially held senior development roles with AMP Capital Property and AMP Capital Shopping Centres, following 13 years in senior development and asset management roles with Lend Lease.

Prof. John Crawford

University of Sydney
Professor

What can businesses learn about organisational processes from study the behaviour of soil and other biomaterials?

Areas of expertise:

  • Mathematics
  • Complex systems
  • Ecology

John Crawford is a theoretical physicist who has wondered about the origin of organisation in living systems for 25 years. His most recent work integrates across mathematics, biology, ecology, medicine, and socio-economics to seek solutions for environmentally and socially regenerative food systems.

John is currently the Judith and David Coffey Chair at the University of Sydney. He leads Sustainability and Complex Systems in the Charles Perkins Centre that focuses on sustainable health based on improved food and nutrition, and regenerative agricultural systems. Highlights of his work include the development of a new systems pathology framework for identifying multiple interventions in cancer, the discovery of self-organization in soil, the link between individual and community behavior in ecosystems, and demonstration of regional-scale dispersal of genetically modified organisms. This work has appeared in the world’s top scientific journals, Nature and Science, and in the popular media including the BBC, New York Times and TIME Magazine. His earlier work includes demonstration of flaws in the standard big bang theory for the structure of the Universe and, whilst still an undergraduate, the discovery of cloud structure on Venus that led directly to the current Venus Express Space Mission. Both these discoveries featured on the front page of Nature magazine.

Over the last 15 years he has worked with both the UK and Australian governments to promote and review research at the interface between the physical and life sciences, and has personally established 5 major interdisciplinary research centres with over $20M in competitive grant funding. His science has appeared in more than 125 international publications with 3000 citations, and he has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications for contributions to mathematics, and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh for his contribution to science.

Craig Dunn

AMP
Former CEO & Managing Director

Former AMP Chief Executive Officer and former patron of the Amplify Festival

Craig was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of AMP Limited in January 2008. He has been a Director of AMP Life Limited since April 2002, a Director of AMP Capital Holdings Limited since January 2008 and was appointed to The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited (NMLA) Board in March 2011.

Experience

Prior to becoming CEO, Craig was Managing Director, AMP Financial Services from 2002-2007. He joined AMP in January 2000 and has held a number of senior roles including Managing Director of AMP Bank Limited and Director, Office of the CEO.

Before joining AMP, Craig was CEO of a Malaysia-based insurance company, a joint venture of Colonial Limited. He worked for KPMG throughout Europe and in Indonesia before joining Colonial.

Other Directorships/Appointments

  • Advisory Board Member with the Australian Government's Financial Literacy Foundation
  • Member of the Australian Government's Financial Services Advisory Committee
  • Leader's Forum Member of the Australian Institute for Population Ageing Research
  • Panel Member of the Australian Financial Centre Taskforce
  • Executive Member of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee
Augmented Reality OMG
Founder
Crowdfund Capital Advisors
Principal
SMLXL Consulting
Founder
Stocktwits
Co-founder & CEO

Scott O'Brien

Augmented Reality OMG
Founder

Taking computers out of computing and providing innovative solutions to work with the world.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Augmented reality (AR)
  • Mobile technology
  • Marketing and digital strategy

Scott co-founded Explore Engage, an augmented reality (AR) specialist world-leader working across mobile devices and interactive sunglasses and changing the way we look at the world.  Their technology is effectively taking 'computers' out of computing; leading the way major handset, telecommunications companies and even Hollywood have imagined with real time, real world interactions as portrayed in Terminator, Minority Report, Avatar and Hunger Games.

Scott has over ten years working with innovation and senior marketing roles tempered with a background in Psychology studies. His current focus areas and expertise include digital strategy, mobile and eCommerce, human-computer interaction and experiential theatre, media and marketing.

Scott's main responsibilities with Explore Engage are strategic partnerships, supervising sales and marketing activity, evangelising augmented reality, company strategy and user experience.

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottobrien61

 

Sherwood Neiss

Crowdfund Capital Advisors
Principal

Serial entrepreneur and investor who understands the key to success.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Entrepreneurial success 
  • Crowd-funding

A three-time INC500 winner whose company won E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Sherwood understands the keys to entrepreneurial success from concept to company to sale.

Sherwood Neiss started his post-MBA career on Wall Street and moved to Silicon Valley where by his 29th birthday reached the personal and financial goals he set for his 30th year. Wondering what to do next and also left struggling with a debilitating family dilemma, he used his entrepreneurial drive to help turn his family adversity into a multi-million dollar company that today is helping millions of sick children, animals and adults get better by being more compliant with their medicines.

Sherwood Neiss co-founded FLAVORx the company makes 42 yummy flavours that take the yuck out of medicine.  His structured approach helped not only build a business model that threw off millions of dollars in cash but also helped grow the business from one pharmacy to over 80% of the pharmacies in the United States. He raised millions of dollars in capital and saw the culmination of his endeavours with the sale of the company in 2007.

Sherwood is an avid public speaker. He speaks at universities and seminars around the world about what it takes to be an entrepreneur, how to fund your idea and build a winning company. He testified at three Congressional hearings; one on the impediments to capital formation under Sarbanes-Oxley and two regarding access to capital for entrepreneurs and Crowdfund Investing.  His SOX testimony was one of the reasons the Small Business Exemption to section 404(b) audit requirements was passed in July 2010.

Most recently Sherwood won the November 2010 and May 2011 Start-up Weekend Challenges in Miami to use smartphones for instant polling and for an equity based crowdfunding platform. In 2011/12, he advocated for the SEC to update the securities laws to make it legal for groups of people to pool small dollar amounts of money together to invest in startups aka 'Crowdfund Investing'.

When not working, Sherwood is an avid traveler. He lived in Japan for a year and post-sale of FLAVORx took his second backpacking trip around the world.  In addition to speaking at universities and businesses around the country he invests in real estate in the U.S. and Brazil, is part of a Private Equity group in Los Angeles, is working on a clean tech project in Puerto Rico and is involved with several other start-up ventures.

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherwoodneiss

 

Alan Moore

SMLXL Consulting
Founder

Ninja of complex, inter-connected, exponential change and emergent collaboration.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Disruptive trends, the non-linear future and creative design approaches to business challenges
  • Business and organisational transformation
  • Crowd-funding, social value shifts, emergent collaboration models

Alan has a firm grasp of the significant and disruptive trends which are currently reshaping our world. Through his book 'No Straight Lines: making sense of our non-linear world', he distils these complex themes into their most salient points, taking concepts from various sources and detecting the previously hidden relationship between them. With his unique insight, Alan enables organisations and companies to address the challenges we now face to develop transformational and winning ways for ‘what next’ practically looks like.

He is the founder of the innovation consultancy firm SMLXL and co-author of 'Communities Dominate Brands' in which he coined the phrase 'engagement marketing’ and explored the significant implications for business and organisations of living in a wired-up, networked, socially orientated world.

Alan sits on the 'board of inspiration' at the Dutch Think Tank Freedom Lab; acts as 'Head of Vision' for the Grow Venture Community, a global community-based online-collaboration space for entrepreneurs and investors, and is a board advisor to the world-changing crisis-communication platform Ushahidi. He acts as special advisor to a number of innovative companies and organisations in publishing, mobile, the theatre and finance. The Springboard Women's Venture Capital Programme uses him as a mentor and he writes for the Huffington Post.

Alan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Howard Lindzon

Stocktwits
Co-founder & CEO

Tech investor, founder of "Top 10" most innovative companies on the web.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Technology trends, hype cycles 
  • Venture capital and private equity
  • Taking risk, making money from technology platforms

With a passion for stocks and markets, Howard Lindzon co-founded StockTwits® – the fastest, realtime social network for traders and investors to share real-time ideas and information used by more than 200,000 investors, market professionals and public companies to share information and ideas about the market and individual stocks.  StockTwits streams are viewed by an audience of over 40 million across the financial web and social media platforms. StockTwits® was recently named “one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web” by FastCompany and one of the “50 best websites” by Time magazine.

Howard has more than twenty years experience in the financial community both as entrepreneur and investor. He is Managing Partner of Social Leverage, a holding company that invests in early stage web businesses. He still manages a hedge fund he started in 1998. In 2006, for laughs, he created Wallstrip, where pop culture meets sharemarket culture. After his team created more than 400 original web video shows, Wallstrip was purchased by CBS Corp. in 2007.

Howard is an active angel to many successful investments including: Rent.com, (purchased by Ebay in 2005 for $415 million),Golfnow.com (purchased by Comcast in June 2008), and Lifelock(lead investors include Bessemer Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers). Other investments include: Limos.com, Blogtalkradio.com, Buddy Media, Ticketfly, Assistly, Bit.ly, Etoro.com, Tubemogul and Tweetdeck (purchased by Twitter).

Howard carries his failures as a badge of honour, citing failure to invest early in Twitter, Zynga and Foursquare among those. He earned an MBA at Arizona State University and an MIM from The American Graduate School of International Management. He's a native of Canada, and doesn't play ice-hockey or drink beer. He now lives in Coronado, CA with his wife, two kids and a dachshund.

User Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/howardlindzon

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/howardlindzon

Xindanwei (China's largest creative and co-working centre)
CEO
Mastercard
Global Privacy and Data Usage Officer
Salesforce
Chief Scientist
Bunnygraph Entertainment, Inc
CEO

Liu Yan

Xindanwei (China's largest creative and co-working centre)
CEO

China's top female innovator, serial entrepreneur, artist, Future of Work visionary.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Entrepreneurship culture and Intellectual Property in China
  • Social innovation
  • Future of Work, Co-Working and Creative exchange

Liu Yan is a learning curator, advocate of cross-discipline and cross-culture exchange, a community organiser and social entrepreneur. She established Xindanwei in 2009, a Shanghai-based international platform of creativity and innovation. It started as a coworking centre, then gradually the collective creative power of the coworking community has transformed Xindanwei into “the first and largest multidisciplinary grass-root creative centre in China" with more than 10000 active members.

She wrote the book "Coworking Manual" –  published under a Creative Commons licence and distributed via theiTunes App Store to help entrepreneurs to set up coworking communities.

Liu Yan's educational background is in Arts Management and Marketing with a breadth in cultural and creative entrepreneurial study and practices. She is the founding participant of THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership. Liu Yan speaks regularly at international conferences on social innovation, leadership and social media. She is a BMW foundation Young Global Leader and is awarded by Girl 2.0 as "top female innovator". She served as the jury member of Prix Ars Electronica 2011-2012, one of the most premium international award for digital art and community project. And she is the mentor of ESCEL China, a fully-subsidized incubation program for entrepreneurs looking to build or expand a social business in greater China.

User Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/theliuyan

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/theliuyan

JoAnn Stonier

Mastercard
Global Privacy and Data Usage Officer

Doyenne of Data, Privacy and Design. Consumer advocate, influencer of global privacy legislation.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Financial privacy and risk management
  • Consumer interests, Personal Data and corporate Information management
  • Business Strategy, design and innovation

A triple-domain expert in design, law and financial services innovation, JoAnn currently specialises in financial privacy as Global Privacy and Data Protection Officer for MasterCard Worldwide, managing the risks associated with privacy and information management on a global basis.

In her role at MasterCard, JoAnn and her team of global professionals help business colleagues understand the legal requirements and risks related to using personal information in business innovation and the design of products and services. She has earned a 'trusted advisor' reputation with governments, global regulators and legislators as privacy laws and regulations evolve in order to explain the business impact of data protection requirements.

JoAnn his a sought-after thought leader in the emergent issues of Big Data, Privacy Design, Information Management and Risk and Complinace. Recent appearances inclide  theInternational Association of Privacy Professionals Annual Meeting; PLI's Annual Institute on Privacy Law and their Annual Institute on Information Technology; and Dow Jones Global Compliance Symposium. Most recently, JoAnn was recognised for her leadership and innovative thinking in designing the Privacy Program as a fellow for the Aspen Institute First Movers Fellowship.

Before joining MasterCard in 2008, JoAnn was the Chief Privacy Officer for American Express Company.

JoAnn is also the owner of her own interior design practice, Design at Work, where she advises commercial and residential clients regarding the creation of unique and functional designs incorporating color, texture, fabrics, furniture, and lighting.

 

JP Rangaswami

Salesforce
Chief Scientist

Digital visionary, enterprise transformation alchemist, storyteller extra-ordinaire.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Open systems, collaboration, crowd sharing
  • Emerging and disruptive technologies
  • Enterprise technology 

JP is an outspoken advocate of open source and using emerging and disruptive technologies to improve information sharing, education and collaboration.

Originally an economist and financial journalist, he has worked with technology in finance since 1980 with a number of large multinationals. He was named CIO of the Year by Waters Magazine 2003, and CIO Innovator of the Year by the European Technology Forum in 2004.

In 2007 and 2008, JP was selected as one of technology's 50 most influential individuals in the silicon.com Agenda Setters poll. JP was chosen for "vision and innovation rarely seen in CIOs."

He is today Chief Scientist for salesforce.com and a Venture Partner at Anthemis Group. Prior to joining salesforce.com he was Chief Scientist at British Telecom and before that Global CIO at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the British Computer Society.

In April 2010 he was ranked 18th in the Wired 100, a list of the most influential 'digital powerbrokers' voted by Wired Magazine.

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jprangaswami

 

 

John Heinsen

Bunnygraph Entertainment, Inc
CEO

World-leading technical diving instructor and mastermind of recording-breaking engineering feats.

Areas of Expertise:

  • World class diving instructor
  • Strategist for events without precedent
  • Master engineer

John Garvin is recognised as one of the world's leading technical diving instructors. He is the author of the Inspiration/Evolution training manual for Technical Diving International and played a pivotal role in the first ever rebreather expeditions to the world's most remote and exciting dive sites, including Galapagos, Bikini and Chuuk Lagoon.

After years of teaching diving in the U.K, John moved to the Turks and Caicos Islands, where he set up and ran the world-class technical diving O2 Technical Diving.  While living in the Turks and Caicos, John founded 'The Caicos Caves Project', a team of experienced cave divers dedicated to exploring, mapping and protecting the incredible underwater cave systems beneath the islands.

In 2003, John provided the logistics and safety diver support for Tanya Streeter's world record breaking free dive to 160m (540ft), which was filmed as part of the documentary 'Inner Breath'.

In 2010, John worked as dive-coordinator and underwater stunt consultant for the film 'Sanctum'. In addition to writing the screenplay, he trained the actors and stunt-divers to dive the Sentinel Closed Circuit Rebreathers and also featured as a stunt diver and actor in the film. Sanctum went on to enjoy international success and is recognized as one of Australia's highest grossing movies.

Throughout 2011-12, John was Diving Officer and Project Manager (Sub Internals) for James Cameron's 'Deepsea Challenger' submersible project – which made a record-breaking dive to the deepest spot in the world's ocean – 10,900m in the Challenger Deep. A 3D feature documentary covering the dive is to be launched in 2014.

John's team were responsible for designing, making, installing and then testing all of the critical components inside the tiny 42' diameter pilot sphere. Using the latest closed circuit rebreather technology, the sub's life support system borrowed heavily from lessons learned in technical diving. John’s presentation gives a unique insight into how the Deepsea Challenger pilot sphere came together – and puts you in the pilot seat on a voyage to the bottom of the ocean.

User LinkedIn:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-garvin/87/b58/4b1

Encore.org
Founder & CEO
Apollo Research Institute
Managing Director
Arup
Global Principal
The Human Face of Big Data
Photo-journalist

Marc Freedman

Encore.org
Founder & CEO

Paradigm buster on the meaning of retirement and life with purpose at all ages

Areas of Expertise:

  • Changing face of retirement
  • Social entrepreneurship, second act careers
  • Baby Boomers

CEO and founder of encore.org, a nonprofit organization promoting "encore careers" – second acts for the greater good. Marc spearheaded the creation of Experience Corps, one of America’s largest programs engaging people over 55, and The Purpose Prize, which annually provides five $100,000 prizes to social innovators in the second half of life.

Described by The New York Times as “the voice of aging baby boomers who are eschewing retirement". The Wall Street Journalhas said: "Mr Freedman has emerged as a leading voice in discussions nationwide about the changing face of retirement.”

Having authored five books on the topics of life with meaning into retirement, Marc has been recognised by Fast Company magazine in 2007, 2008 and 2009 as one of the USA's leading social entrepreneurs.

He is the author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, published in April 2011, which The New York Times called “an imaginative work with the potential to affect our individual lives and our collective future.”

He lives with his wife and children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

 

 

Dr Tracey Wilen-Daugenti

Apollo Research Institute
Managing Director

Catalyst for new thinking on convergence of workforce, technology, skills and the future.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Intersection of technology, education and the workforce
  • Future of work
  • Skills of the future

Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti is a prominent thought leader on the impact of technology on society, work and careers. She is a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Media X program and a former Silicon Valley executive who has held leadership positions at Apple, HP, Cisco Systems, and the Apollo Group.

The author of 10 books, Dr. Wilen-Daugenti catalyzes new thinking among business leaders and employees. For her latest book,Women Lead: Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders(March 2013), she served as principal researcher, examining women’s contributions to the workplace and the economy. In her forward-looking book, Society 3.0: How Technology Is Reshaping Education, Work, and Society (2012), Dr. Wilen-Daugenti explored the impact of rapid societal change on how Americans learn, work, and connect. She is also the author of a book on technology in higher education and a seven-book series on women in global business.

Dr. Wilen-Daugenti frequently contributes to The Huffington Post,the ExaminerChristian Science Monitor, and other national and international media outlets, including FOX News Live and CBS Radio. She has appeared on CNN and in The Wall Street Journal,Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, andWired magazine. She speaks globally on the impact of technology on future careers, 21st Century career development, and women’s leadership.

Dr. Wilen-Daugenti was named San Francisco Woman of the Year in 2002, and was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as a 2012 Most Influential Woman in Bay Area Business.  She is a key advisor for Gent & Associates, Just Staff, and Search First, national staffing and outplacement firms.

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/traceywilen

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Steve Lennon

Arup
Global Principal

Learning lessons and experiences drawn from history and immersion

Areas of Expertise:

  • Consulting services: Leadership

Business leader Steve Lennon is a global principal of engineering firm Arup, where he delivers consulting services to key infrastructure investors, government agencies and financial services providers.

Steve’s expertise spans investment banking, technology, management consulting, creative agency and executive leadership roles in Australia, the US and Europe. Steve has worked as a Chartered Accountant, before moving into investment banking with Lehman Brothers in New York. After running the commercial arm of an Australian retail bank, Steve then became Managing Director of the world-renowned creative agency, Imagination, in Australia for five years.

In January 2013, Steve joined the Arup support team for the Shackleton Epic. A crew of five British and Australian adventurers have joined expedition leader Tim Jarvis to re-enact Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous 1916 Antarctic journey of survival.

As part of the expedition agenda, Steve delivers a custom-designed leadership experience for Arup clients and staff inspired by Shackleton’s own approach, which enabled him to lead his crew of 27 men for 19 months across treacherous ice, through uncharted waters, and over murderous mountains to safety.

Discovery Networks has commissioned a three-part adventure series called "Endurance in the Wake of Shackleton", to follow Tim's team, allowing us to share the story of our journey, raise awareness of global environmental challenges and learn from Shackleton's legacy as a leader.

In this uncertain economic climate and high-pressure workplace, Shackleton’s inspirational leadership is more relevant than ever.

Shackleton’s story shows how strong leadership can bring about an impossible victory in the face of the most dire circumstances you can imagine.

The expedition has also featured on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald and has been covered by national and international media.

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevelennon

 

 

Rick Smolan

The Human Face of Big Data
Photo-journalist

Visual magician, connector of arts, science, technology and human stories.
Amplify interviewed Rick here.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Big data
  • Photo journalism
  • Storytelling with technology

Rick Smolan is the CEO of Against All Odds Productions, which orchestrates global photography projects that combine creative storytelling with state-of-the-art technology.

By collaborating with teams of journalists and photographers (plus hundreds of thousands of members of the general public), Rick’s photography illustrates emerging topics such as the global water crisis, the effect of the Internet on civilization or how the human race is learning to heal itself. Fortune Magazine selected Against All Odds as “one of the coolest companies in America.”

Many of Smolan’s books have appeared on the New York Timesbest-seller lists and have been featured on the covers of Time,NewsweekFortune, and similar publications around the world. His projects include America at HomeBlue Planet RunThe Obama Time CapsuleAmerica 24/7One Digital Day24 Hours in CyberspacePassage to VietnamThe Power to Heal and From Alice to Ocean: Alone Across the Outback.

His book The Human Face of Big Data was published in 2012.

 

 

 

 

Business Innovation Factory
Founder
Collaborative Lab
Founder
IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa
Former Chairman and General Manager
Palo Alto Research Center
Chief Innovation Officer

Saul Kaplan

Business Innovation Factory
Founder

Power connector, curator of interestingness, collaborator for transformational innovation
 

Areas of expertise:

  • Business model innovation
  • Prototyping and experimentation
  • Collaborative innovation and power of shared stories

Author of The Business Model Innovation Factory: How to Stay Relevant when the World Is Changing and founder of the Business Innovation Factory — a non-profit organisation launched in 2005 to enable collaborative innovation and test new business models and solutions.

Previously, Saul has served as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and as the Executive Counsellor to the Governor on Economic and Community Development. Saul created Rhode Island's unique Innovation @ Scale strategy, aimed at increasing the state's capacity to grow and support an innovation economy.

Saul has worked extensively throughout the pharmaceutical, medical products, and biotechnology industry and assisted in developing the launch strategy and successful introduction of Prozac into the U.S. market.

He's a regular contributor to The Harvard Business Review, Fortune and Bloomberg Business Week. He holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island.

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/saulkaplan

 

 

 

 

Rachel Botsman

Collaborative Lab
Founder

Serial TED speaker, sought out for deep insight, clarity of thought and power of message.
 

Areas of expertise:

  • Making sense of big social and business shifts
  • The sharing economy, collaborative consumption and the role of reputation and influence
  • Intersection of technology and human behaviour

Named by Monocle as one of the top 20 speakers in the world to have at your conference, Rachel Botsman has already presented at high profile events including The Clinton Global Initiative, TED, HP, Google, and No.10 Downing Street.

Rachel is a global thought leader on the power of collaboration and sharing through network technologies to transform the way we live, work and consume. She has inspired a new consumer economy with her influential book What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption Is Changing The Way We LiveTIME Magazinerecently called Collaborative Consumption one of the “10 Ideas That Will Change The World”.

Her passion is joining dots across disciplines to make sense of big social and business shifts just before they come into focus. Her writings that focus on the intersection of technology and human behaviour have featured in The Economist, Harvard Business Review, CNN, New York Times, The Guardian, and Fast Company.

Rachel has a monthly future tech trends column in the Australian Financial Review and is a contributing editor to WIRED magazine.

A former director at President Clinton's Foundation, Rachel is also founder of Collaborative Lab, a leading source of strategic support for businesses, governments and entrepreneurs who want to change the world. She was a founding partner in the Collaborative Fund, an early stage investor in disruptive ventures including KickstarterCodecademy, and Skillshare.

She received her BFA (Honors) from the University of Oxford, and undertook her postgraduate studies at Harvard University. Her work has taken her to every continent, except Antarctica.

 

 

 

 

 

Hans-Ulrich Maerki

IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa
Former Chairman and General Manager

Fearless leader who has led large-scale business strategy innovation and transformation

Areas of expertise:

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Large-scale change
  • Diversity as source of business renewal

Former Chairman of the Board and General Manager – IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa. Hans-Ulrich worked as a senior director of the IBM company during its transformation from a mainframe business to a services-based organisation. As Board Member at ABB and SwissRE, he is now a veteran of large-scale business transformations.

Hans is based in Zurich, Switzerland and joined IBM Switzerland in 1973. After years in the sales area, he was promoted to a number of managerial positions in IBM’s Paris European Headquarters as well as in IBM Switzerland.

From 1993 to 1995, he led IBM’s business in Switzerland as General Manager, before moving to IBM Europe in Paris to build the largest IT services business in the market. In August 2001, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). From 2003 to 2005 he was also Chief Executive Officer of IBM EMEA. He retired from IBM after 35 years of service in April 2008.

As well as his work for ABB and SwissRE, Hans is currently a Senior Fellow of Advanced Leadership at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Hans Ulrich Maerki graduated with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Basel in 1972.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Ashwin Ram

Palo Alto Research Center
Chief Innovation Officer

Power connector of break-through research, technology innovation and business strategy.

Areas of expertise:

  • Socio-cognitive computing, augmented behaviour management
  • Application of disruptive technology and research to business strategy
  • Learning and Health technologies

Dr. Ashwin Ram is Chief Innovation Officer, Augmented Social Cognition, at PARC, where he leads augmented social cognition and healthcare. His team focuses on social computing technologies to augment human cognition in a variety of application areas, including health and wellness. His research expertise includes artificial intelligence and cognitive science—spanning natural language processing, case-based reasoning, machine learning, educational technology, social media, and AI applications.

Previously, he was Associate Professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech and director of the Cognitive Computing Lab. He is a co-founder of OpenStudy.com, an online social learning network for students.

Dr. Ram specializes in connecting research to technology innovation and business strategy. He has co-founded four startups: Inquus (OpenStudy), an online social learning network for students and faculty; Enkia (acquired by Sentiment360), which developed Artificial Intelligence software for social media applications; Cobot Health, a social network for healthcare information; and Ardext, which provided software for testing electronic components and systems.

He received his PhD from Yale University in 1989, his MS from University of Illinois in 1984, and his BTech from IIT Delhi in 1982 – where he received the President of India’s Gold Medal for IIT valedictorian. He has published two books and over 100 scientific articles. In addition to OpenStudy, he is a founder of Enkia Corporation (recently acquired by Sentiment360) which develops Artificial Intelligence software for social media applications. Among many awards for teaching excellence, he served on President Obama’s PCAST Science and Technology Advisory Panel and delivered a Thought Leader Lecture at UC Berkeley in 2012.

He is a closet anthropologist and loves travel, people and culture.

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashwinram

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Craft
Founders
Future Agenda
Founder
Centre for Digital Transformation
Innovation Researcher
MIT's Technology Review
Editor-in-Chief

Lee and Sachi LeFever

Common Craft
Founders

Samurais of cut-through, clarity and crisp communication.

Areas of expertise:

  • Repacking information to make sense of complex ideas
  • Storytelling, visual representation of data
  • Video production and editing

Lee and Sachi LeFever have a mission to make the world a more understandable place. The couple founded Common Craft to help brands adapt to the social web by using plain English content.

From their home studio, Lee and Sachi research, produce and hand-craft custom video explanations designed to help clients explain complex concepts to an audience of beginners. Their work for various companies — including Intel, Google, Dropbox and Ford — has won numerous awards and earned over 50 million online video views.

Lee is widely credited for inspiring the video explanation industry and enjoys the wonderful job title of Chief Explainer for Common Craft. With a little help from their dog Bosco, Lee and Sachi (Chief Editor) provide tools and resources to a growing number of explanation specialists.

Their new book, The Art of Explanation (October 2012), will form the backbone of their Amplify Festival 2013 training session on how to make the complex simple.

Connect with Lee and Sachi:

@leelefever

@sachilefever

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Dr Tim Jones

Future Agenda
Founder

Sense-maker and pragmatist for dealing with complex decisions and growth challenges in business

Areas of expertise:

  • Growth
  • Foresight and scenario thinking
  • Innovation leadership

Tim is Founder and Program Director of the Future Agenda - the world's leading open foresight project, which first ran in 2010. Bringing together some of the best minds from around the globe to address the greatest challenges of the next decade, it mapped out the major issues, identified and discussed potential solutions and provided a unique open platform for collective innovation.

In addition to this he continues to lead the annual Innovation Leaders analysis that profiles the companies making the most of their innovation investments. Tim is also an advisor to several companies including Intercontinental Hotels Group and is founder of a global expert network, The Growth Agenda, that helps organisations identify new growth platforms.

Tim is a recognised expert in innovation and future growth. He is the author of numerous articles and eight related books and is a regular speaker at corporate events and public conferences on innovation leadership, growth platforms and future trends. He has a PhD in Innovation Performance and Masters Degrees from Cambridge, Imperial College and the Royal College of Art in London.

http://www.innovationleaders.org/

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/innovationstrategy

 

 

 

Haydn Shaughnessy

Centre for Digital Transformation
Innovation Researcher

Design-thinker with deep understanding of technology's impact on business and human behaviour.

Area of Expertise:

  • Convergence of Design, Technology Innovation, and Business Strategy
  • Business model transformation 
  • Human Behaviour and large-scale systems

A highly respected author, writer and broadcaster, Haydn Shaughnessy is a fellow at the Centre for Digital Transformation at the University of California in Irvine. He is co-author of the book The Elastic Enterprise, exploring how a few select companies are defining a new way to scale business.

Haydn has written on design and innovation for many leading publications, including The Wall St Journal, The Times, The Irish Times, The Times Higher Education Supplement and more. His Re:Thinking column on innovation is still among the most popular on the Forbes.com website.

A graduate of both The London School of Economics and St Antony’s College, Oxford, Haydn is also a former partner at The Conversation Group, the first social agency. He has advised leading companies including Unilever, Alcatel Lucent and Volvo, as well as key Government agencies in the UK, Sweden and The Netherlands.

More recently, Haydn has presented on the relevance of innovation and emotion at Tedx Orange Coast. He has also given keynotes at Innovate 2012 in Bonn and the Swedish Science Parks annual conference in Sweden.

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/haydn

 

 

Jason Pontin

MIT's Technology Review
Editor-in-Chief

Global tracker and interpreter of breakthrough innovation, technology and trends

Amplify Interviewed Jason here.

Areas of expertise:

  • Break-through technological innovation
  • Entrepreneurship and future leaders
  • Global perspectives on trends and opportunities 

Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction of the award-winning magazine MIT’s Technology Review and the websiteTechnologyReview.com, as well as e-newsletters, international editions and events such as EmTech – the annual emerging technologies conference at MIT.

In 2011, Jason became chairman of MIT Enterprise Forum Global. His vision is that the MIT Enterprise Forum will become the pre-eminent organisation of entrepreneurs in the global innovation economy.

He has written for national and international publications includingThe Economistthe Financial TimesWired, and the Believer and is a frequent guest on television and radio, including ABC News, CNN, and NPR.

Persuasive Technology Lab, Stanford
Founder & Director
Edelman
Managing Director
Emergent by Design
Digital Ethnographer
Georgetown University
Professor Internet Studies

Dr BJ Fogg

Persuasive Technology Lab, Stanford
Founder & Director

As a doctoral student at Stanford University (1993-1997), BJ Fogg used methods from experimental psychology to demonstrate that computers can change people’s thoughts and behaviors in predictable and measurable ways.

Today he directs research into how designing for simplicity changes people's beliefs and behaviors. He is most interested in projects that combine the skills of a psychologist with the ability to innovate. This approach has led to new products and patents.

Dr Fogg coined the term "captology" for this emergent science – the overlap between the psychology of persuasion and computing technology (Web, online social networks, online video and mobile phones). Persuasive technology is today a global topic for research and design.

Dr Fogg's team at Stanford examines the factors of trust, delight, simplicity, social pressure, reciprocity or social influence and how these feelings are related to context and design. As part of this effort, the team also is examining the psychology of the social media sites, the persuasive power of online video and the all-important mobile phone—a technology that he believes will soon become the most persuasive and influential channel. Other projects include "online credibility":http://credibility.stanford.edu/, ethics of persuasion, and operant conditioning via computing systems.

Dr Fogg was cited by Fortune magazine as one of 10 New Gurus You Should Know. He is the author of Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do, a book that explains how computers can motivate and influence people. He is the co-editor of Mobile Persuasion: 20 Perspectives on the Future of Behavior Change.

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Spike Jones

Edelman
Managing Director

Spike Jones is a results-proven communications professional specializing in digital and word of mouth marketing. With more than 15 years of experience, highlights of his career include working at Brains on Fire; SVP of the Customer Experience team at Fleishman-Hillard; Group Director, Engagement at WCG and currently serves as SVP, Managing Director of the SW Digital team at Edelman.

Spike's background includes contributing strategic development – from insight to creative execution – of award-winning, best in class integrated word of mouth programs for companies including: BMW, USAA, AT&T, General Motors, Chevrolet, Dagger Kayaks, Verizon, Fiskars Brands, Rage Against the Haze (South Carolina’s youth-led anti-tobacco movement) and Best Buy.

Spike also played a significant role in growing Brains on Fire into one the most sought-after and well-respected word of mouth companies in the industry while growing revenue 225% and profit 600% in a four-year period. In addition, he is a co-author of the book Brains on Fire, published by Wiley & Sons in 2010.

He has served on the Board of Directors for the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and presented at private events (Michelin, Biltmore Estates, Marcus Hotels, Susan G. Komen Foundation) and at national conferences like SocialFresh, the Public Relations Society of America events, GasPedal’s WOM Supergenius Summit and the Association of National Advertiser’s Senior Think Tank Committee.

User LinkedIn: 

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Venessa Miemis

Emergent by Design
Digital Ethnographer

Venessa Miemis is a futurist and digital ethnographer, researching what is happening at the intersection of technology, communication, and culture and how we're impacted as a society, and what that means for the future. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Media Studies at the New School in NYC. Here's how she describes her work:

'Since completing my undergraduate work in Psychology, I have been exploring human behavior and motivation and creating optimal environments in which people can thrive. I spent several years as a District Manager for a chain of retail stores, overseeing all operations, improving productivity and efficiency, and developing leadership in my management teams.

After that, I went in a completely different direction, accepting an opportunity to be part of the core team of a future-focused social media startup. In that role, I researched emerging technology trends, interviewed top futurists and thought leaders, and wrote articles analyzing the implications of social technologies. That experience led me to my current post-graduate pursuits, which are focused on building collaborative online social networks and unlocking their power to affect positive change in the world.'

The Future of Money is a research project Venessa created for her presentation packed with 200 global heads of banks at the SIBOS Conference in October 2010 in Amsterdam (SIBOS is to the banking and financial services world what the Olympic Games is to sport, and is organised by SWIFT).

Originally conceived as an experiment and a conversation-starter for the conference, in just 15 days The Future Of Money project became a viral sensation, It was a trending topic on Twitter, enjoyed 12000 plays on video channel Vimeo with over 4,000 embedded plays on various blogs and a YouTube version translated and subtitled by "the crowd" into French, German, Spanish and Italian. The story was also picked up by The Huffington Post and Fast Company and the meme "FutureofMoney" is now found in every online channel where people are interested in this subject.

User LinkedIn: 

venessamiemis

Prof Mike Nelson

Georgetown University
Professor Internet Studies

Mike researches and teaches the future of the Internet, e-government and innovation and technology policy as Visiting Professor of Internet Studies at Georgetown University's Communication, Culture, and Technology Program.

He was a member of the Obama campaign team on technology policy, worked as Senator Al Gore's Science Advisor and served as The White House Director for Technology Policy on IT, encryption, electronic commerce and telecommunications policy.

Mike cut his teeth in the corporate sector as Director of Internet Technology and Strategy for IBM, where he managed a team that helped to  define and implement IBM's Next Generation Internet strategy.  He has consulted to heads of corporations and governments all around the world on internet strategy and policy.

Mike serves on numerous Advisory Boards and is also the outgoing chairman of the Information, Computing, and Communications Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Mike recently joined the panel of thought leaders serving on the CSC Leading Edge Forum.

He gained a Bachelor in Science from Caltech, and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from MIT. 

Dell
Corporate Social Media Pioneeer
ZERI Foundation
Director
Centre For Social Impact
Chair
MIT Media Lab
Co-Founder

Richard Binhammer

Dell
Corporate Social Media Pioneeer

Richard Binhammer is a corporate social media pioneer. A long-standing Dell advocate of all things social, Richard's work for Dell is living proof that organizations who engage social media reap the rewards. And those that don't, well we know what happens to them too.

Richard began by leading Dell's social media monitoring and response initiatives and was an early adopter for Dell on Twitter and Facebook. (Anyone with a Twitter account since 2007 knows @RichardatDell as a god-like figure!)

Today, he is a Director on Dell's Social Media and Community team, responsible for communications, executive programs and continues to be active in Dell's social media outreach.

Binhammer joined Dell in corporate communications as a member of the public affairs team in 2005, managing its community efforts in North America and Asia Pacific. His career has focused on planning and implementing strategic corporate communications to build positive corporate reputations and achieve business success. His background includes more than 20-years of experience in issue management, public positioning, media relations and stakeholder outreach.

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Gunter Pauli

ZERI Foundation
Director

Gunter Pauli is a man on a mission: a serial entrepreneur, innovator and author of The Blue Economy. Gunter leads the ZERI Foundation, an open source research and experimentation network with a team of eminent scientists and design thinkers all over the world.

ZERI's mission is to prove 100 manufacturing innovations with viable business models that could generate 100 million jobs in 10 years, all with zero waste impact on the environment. A tough mission indeed, but one well worth taking on.

Each innovation is inspired by science and draw on biomimetics and the laws of physics. They are summarized on the ZERI website and distributed around the world in partnership with UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), UNIDO ( United Nations Industrial Development Corporation), and The Club of Rome.

Right now, Gunter and his team are focussed on designing battery-less devices to tackle the growing problem of Lithium batteries - a toxic by-product of our increasingly digital lives and a dangerous consequence of a lack of systems-thinking in the design of products. Maybe we will hear some solutions by the time Gunter speaks at Amplify in June 2011.

Gunter Pauli was born in Antwerp and graduated in Economics before completing an MBA at INSEAD in France. His multifarious entrepreneurial activities span business, culture, science, politics and the environment. Under his leadership, a small European company pioneered the first ecological factory, the construction of which was completed in 1993.

He founded and directs the "Zero Emissions Research Initiative" of the United Nations University in Tokyo, redesigning manufacturing processes into non-polluting clusters of industries. He laid the basis for the design of the first zero emissions industrial park in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.

Fluent in six languages, Gunter has written eight books which have been published in twelve languages.

Gunter's workshop session is must-attend event for anyone interested in the sustainable future of our planet - which should include everyone who lives on it!

Provoking debate and stimulating discussion between Gunter and the audience will be Ian Dunlop, the workshop curator and a man with wide experience in energy resources, infrastructure and international business.

Ian will draw on his many year's work in oil, gas and coal exploration and production for Royal Dutch Shell to enliven the debate, connect with the essential themes of the conversation and bring a practical, real world perspective to the workshop.

Ian chaired the Australian Coal Association in 1987-88. From 1998-2000 he chaired the Australian Greenhouse Office Experts Group on Emissions Trading which, under the Howard government, developed the first emissions trading system design for Australia. From 1997 to 2001 he was CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian has a particular interest in the interaction of corporate governance, corporate responsibility and sustainability.

Ian is an engineer from the University of Cambridge, he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Energy Institute (UK), and a Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME (USA).

He is Chairman of Safe Climate Australia, Deputy Convenor of the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil, a Director of Australia 21and a Member of The Club of Rome. He advises and writes extensively on governance and sustainability.

Prof Peter Shergold

Centre For Social Impact
Chair

With a string of professional and academic accomplishments as long as your arm, this AMP Board member is a master storyteller who has entertained us on many an occassion.

Peter Shergold is the Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney and holds the Professorial Chair of the Centre for Social Impact, a cross-university partnership of the business schools at the University of New South Wales, Melbourne University, Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Western Australia.

Prior to this, he was Australia's most senior public administrator, serving as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from February 2003 for five years (in layman's terms, that's like being the CEO of the Public Service).

Peter was previously head of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Public Service Commission, the Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, and the Department of Education, Science and Training.

He was appointed a Member in the Order of Australia in 1996, awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 and made a Companion in the Order of Australia in 2007 for public service. He also serves on several boards.

View some presentations from Peter Shergold.

Barry Vercoe

MIT Media Lab
Co-Founder

As one of the 5 founding members of the famed MIT Media Lab, where he pursued research in music, cognition and machine understanding, Barry knows a thing or two about learning, collaboration, innovation and how that shapes people's destiny.

Through their unorthodox and unconstrained cross-disciplinary research approach, the MIT Media Lab, founded in 1984, explores the impact of emerging technologies on everyday life - technologies that fundamentally transform our most basic notions of human capabilities. Educators, designers, engineers, artists, and scientists work atelier-style, conducting more than 350 projects that range from how children learn to neuro-engineering, to developing the city car of the future.

A unique culture thrives there; learning by doing, and developing technologies that empower people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all societies, to design and invent new possibilities for themselves and their communities.

Yearning to return to his cultural roots and disturbed by the inequality of education access and opportunities in remote areas of Australia, Barry co-founded One Laptop per Child Australia (OLPC Au) in 2008, with a focus on connecting and educating the children of areas as dispersed as The Great Sandy Desert, East Arnhem Land, Queensland's Cape York and outback New South Wales.

A born and bred Kiwi who graduated in music and mathematics in New Zealand before completing his doctorate at the University of Michigan, Barry's career took him from composer in residence in Seattle in 1968, to the field of Digital Audio Processing at Princeton University, to Paris in 1985 on a Guggenheim Fellowship where he developed a Synthetic Performer - a computer that could listen to live performers and play its own part in musical sync. In 1992 he won the Computer World / Smithsonian Award in Media Arts and Entertainment, in 2004 the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2006 the World Academy of Science Distinguished Achievement Award.

In 2007 Barry was a keynote for the New Zealand Government's Digital Future Summit and in 2008 served on the Education advisory stream for Australia's Future Summit. Barry was named a World Class New Zealander in 2009.

The XO-1 is designed to be low-cost, small, durable, and efficient. It is shipped with a slimmed-down version of Fedora GNU/Linux and a GUI called Sugar that helps young children collaborate. The XO-1 includes a video camera, a microphone, long-range Wi-Fi, and a hybrid stylus/touch pad. In addition to a standard plug-in power supply, human power and solar power sources are available, allowing operation far from a commercial power grid.

User LinkedIn: 

barryvercoe

Constellation Research Group
CEO
Google
Program Manager, Talent & Outreach Team
Tata Consulting Services
VP Strategy, Sales & Delivery
Microsoft
Developer

Ray Wang

Constellation Research Group
CEO

Ray focuses on bridging the gap between the enterprise solutions of today and the emerging class of tomorrow's solutions built around the spirit of social technologies and the customer experience.

He is the CEO and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research Group. Previously, he was a founding partner and research analyst for enterprise strategy at Altimeter Group.

Ray was recognised as Analyst of the Year (Enterprise) in both 2008 and 2009 by the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations.

For corporations, he provides strategic guidance on go-to-market strategies, reviews and designs software, delivers competitive assessments and researches business processes such as 'the perfect order' and continuous customer management.

His areas of specialty research include ERP, CRM, Project Based Solutions, Order Management, Master Data Management, and Software as a Service (SaaS).

Ray's opinions are frequently sought-out by the media and his views are available to all through his enterprise software blog A Software Insider's Point of View.

User LinkedIn: 

rwang0

Iveta Brigis

Google
Program Manager, Talent & Outreach Team

With a background in developmental psychology, education, HR practice and futurism, Iveta Brigis brings a unique perspective to the talent challenge of today's corporations.

Currently playing her own talents at Google, Iveta is busy addressing the long-term talent strategy issues of growing and inspiring computer science experts in an increasingly scarce labour pool.

Prior to Google, Iveta managed the Accelerating Change conference, which brought together high profile futurists from across the globe to discuss the effect of technological change on today's society.

She holds a BS in Human Development from Cornell University and an MBA at the Merage School of Business at UC Irvine.

View some presentations from Iveta Brigis.

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ivetabrigis

Vijaya Deepti

Tata Consulting Services
VP Strategy, Sales & Delivery

Recognised as India's leading Businesswoman of the Year in 2009, Vijaya Deepti heads the strategy, sales and delivery functions for the Insurance Solution Unit at Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS), the largest provider of information technology and business process outsourcing services in Asia.

She is known for fostering innovation and education within TCS and has driven the delivery of large scale business process transformations across the global insurance industry.

Having worked in 8 of the 12 vertical industries at Tata, her experience in delivering large-scale transformations and her thought leadership skills make her an in demand advisor to numerous Chief Operating Officers of global insurance corporations.

Vijaya holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bombay in India and has authored numerous research studies and white papers. She is often called upon to speak on her passion: People Development and Learning.

View some presentations from Vijaya Deepti.

 

Michael Kordahi

Microsoft
Developer

Michael Kordahi is a developer and partner evangelist for Microsoft Australia. With strong background in web development and programming, Michael now focuses on working with the passionate early adopters of Microsoft's emerging web technologies.

He is both a web thinker and a web do'er, working towards a personal dream of seeing software transform from utility to poetry.

A regular speaker around Australia and the world, Michael also blogs regularly over on delicategeniusblog.com and spends way too many hours in pursuit of taking an iconic photo.

You may also occasionally catch him Xbox Live getting his butt whipped by some 14 year old punk!

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Booz & Co
Senior Partner
Milestone Group
Founder
Author of Fourteen Books
Social Researcher
CSIRO
Scientist

Jon Katzenbach

Booz & Co
Senior Partner

Jon Katzenbach is a Senior Partner in the New York office of Booz & Company and leads the Katzenbach Center, where promising new approaches in leadership, culture and organization performance are developed for client application. His consulting career has been largely focused in these areas and spans several decades, including a 35 year career with McKinsey where Jon led the firm's San Francisco and New York offices and the firm's organization practice.

Jon attended Brigham Young University and graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He obtained his MBA from Harvard University in 1959 where he was a Baker Scholar. Jon also served in the Navy during the Korean War as a Lt (jg) in the Pacific on the USS Whetstone (LSD 27) and on the USS Nicholas (DDE 449).

Jon has authored several articles and books, his most recent being "Leading Outside the Lines: How to Mobilize the (in)Formal Organization, Energize Your Team, and Get Better Results" which he co-authored with former Booz & Company Partner Zia Khan.

His other books include:

  • Why Pride Matters More Than Money
  • Peak Performance
  • Teams at the Top
  • Real Change Leaders
  • The Myth of the Top Management Team
  • Firing Up the Front Line (with Jason A. Santamaria)
  • The Discipline of Teams (with Douglas K. Smith)
  • the bestseller, The Wisdom of Teams (also with Douglas K. Smith)
View some presentations from Jon Katzenbach.

 

Mark Zawacki

Milestone Group
Founder

Mark Zawacki is the Founder and Managing Partner of Milestone Group. Milestone Group work with global tech, media and telco clients on a myriad of growth and revenue-related initiatives, including business and corporate development, strategy, innovation, alliances/partnering and international expansion.

Prior to founding Milestone Group, Mark spent nearly a decade as a strategy consultant with the CSC Index, the strategic management consulting division of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Variously based in Amsterdam, London, Sydney and San Francisco, Mark's consulting at CSC Index focused on corporate strategy, organisational change and leveraging technology for business advantage.

Mark is a frequent speaker, panelist and moderator at tech, media and telco events globally.

Mark has personally moderated many mobile panels over recent years including:
- The Future of The Mobile Cloud, Mobile Asia Congress (Hong Kong), November 2009.
- Future of The Mobile Cloud, Mobile World Congress (Barcelona), February 2010.
- VC Investing in Mobile, GSMA Board Meeting (Silicon Valley), September 2010.
- M&A in Mobile, Mobile World Congress (Barcelona), February 2011.
- Mobile Leaders, Mobile World Congress (Barcelona), February 2011.

View some presentations from Mark Zawacki.

Hugh Mackay

Author of Fourteen Books
Social Researcher

Hugh Mackay is a psychologist, social researcher and novelist. He is the author of thirteen books, including six bestsellers. His latest book is What Makes Us Tick? The Ten Desires That Drive Us.

As one of Australia's leading social researchers, Hugh has spent most of his working life exploring why we do the things we do by listening to people talk about their dreams, their fears, their hopes, their disappointments and their passions.

In recognition of his pioneering work in social research, Hugh has been awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, NSW and Western Sydney universities. In 2004, he received the University of Sydney's alumni award for community service.

Hugh is an honorary professor of social science at the University of Wollongong, a former deputy chairman of the Australia Council, a former chairman of trustees of Sydney Grammar School, and was the inaugural chairman of the ACT government's Community Inclusion Board. He has been a newspaper columnist for over 25 years, and is a frequent guest on ABC radio.

Transcript Of Hugh's Amplify 11 Talk

Why Work?

Hugh Mackay - Amplify - June 2011

Perhaps the answer to the question, 'Why work?' seems too obvious - 'To earn a living, of course'. So let's refine the question a bit:

  • Why do so many people work such ridiculously long hours?
  • Why do people persist in working at jobs they don't like, or for which they're not particularly well suited?
  • Why work if you don't need the money?
  • Why are so many of us afraid of giving up work?
  • And why do some of us positively love going to work?

'Why work?' is part of an even bigger question: Why do we do any of the things we do? And that's a question worth exploring because we so often seem puzzled by our own behaviour. In fact, one of the oddest questions we humans ever ask ourselves is this one: 'Why did I do that?' It's odd because we mostly seem to do things of our own volition, so why are we so often puzzled by our own behaviour - including our behaviour at work?

The central theme of my new book, What makes us tick? is that we shouldn't be surprised when we're surprised by our own behaviour - for two reasons. The first is that although we like to describe humans as rational creatures, the evidence for that is very thin indeed. In much of what we do - from falling in love to waging war - we look like the very opposite of rational creatures. So it seems to me we'd suffer fewer disappointments and frustrations, and the world would make more sense to us, if we were to accept that humans, by and large, are deeply irrational creatures, ruled more often by the heart than the head, but with careful training and discipline, capable of remarkable bursts of rationality. That's what should surprise us - that such irrational creatures, whose brains are more like glands than computers, can sometimes be so rational.

The other reason we shouldn't be amazed when our own behaviour puzzles us is that the motivations that drive us are extraordinarily complicated and subtle. It makes sense to think of any behaviour as the outcome not just of one drive, one desire, one motive, but the outcome of a dynamic interplay between all the desires that drive us. Much of the art of living lies in learning not only to identify these desires and understanding the interplay - perhaps even the contest - between them, but also in finding a way of bringing them into a manageable, harmonious relationship.

Quite apart from the idealistic, ethereal desires that drive some of us - the desire for truth or justice or beauty - and the basic bodily urges that ensure our survival as individuals and as a species - hunger, thirst, the need for sleep, shelter and sex - I believe there are ten primary social desires that drive us. I won't present them all here but I want to identify seven of the ten that are most capable of being satisfied by work and are, for many of us, more fully satisfied at work than elsewhere.

Although I have said that everything we do is the product of a mixture, a blend of several desires at once, there is one desire that is almost always present in the mix. In fact, I can't think of any behaviour where you would not find this particular desire struggling for expression. This is the desire to be taken seriously. That doesn't mean we desire to be regarded as 'serious'. It is all about the desire to be acknowledged as the unique individual each of us knows ourselves to be - the desire to be noticed, appreciated, valued, accepted ... perhaps even remembered.

We all need to know that someone is taking us seriously; that we aren't being ignored or forgotten.

Young people applying for work often say they send off dozens of applications and don't even receive an acknowledgement of their application. As one of them said to me, 'It's as if you don't exist'. The same occurs if you are kept waiting for too long in a doctor's surgery, without explanation or apology.

We live in a time of official apologies to various groups in Australia and around the world, such as the Australian Government's apology to members of the stolen generations and the Roman Catholic Church's apology to the Jews for its role in Nazi Germany. Some people are very sceptical about such apologies. What is the point, they ask, if you aren't going to do something about it? What is the value of an apology without compensation? In the early months of 2008 we saw the value, didn't we, in the outpouring of emotion, and not only from indigenous people but from around the country in response to the apology. Suddenly we all realised what it must feel like for a minority group to go from feeling marginalised and ignored to being on the agenda.

It is this desire that explains why all of us hate being the victims of racism or sexism or any other prejudice that simply lumps us in with a category, as if we ourselves have no unique identity. 'Oh, she's a single mother ... gay ... Presbyterian ... a Baby Boomer ...' we hate being labelled like that, because we feel we ourselves, as individuals, are not being taken seriously.

It's the desire to be taken seriously that explains why good listeners are so highly prized. When someone gives you their undivided attention, the clear message is: 'I am taking you seriously as a person'. It's also why counselling is generally so effective: although various schools of psychotherapy are sometimes at war with each other over philosophical and methodological differences, the truth is that they all work, to some extent, because the counselling relationship - the counselling model - says to the client: 'This is all about you. I am here to listen. I am taking you seriously.' And we all need to know that someone is - even if it's only a faithful dog that wags its tail reliably when you walk through the back door after a rough day.

Perhaps counter-intuitively, it is the desire to be taken seriously that explains why ethnic and religious minorities often thrive on persecution. They don't say, 'We've obviously got the wrong end of the stick - let's give this up'. No: their faith is strengthened - their sense of ethnic identity is reinforced - under the influence of persecution, because indifference is the real enemy. Even if you are someone's target, that can, of itself, make you realise you are being taken seriously.

So the way we listen to each other, the way we respect each other's passions (even if we don't share them), the way we respond to each other's needs, the way we make - or don't make - time for each other, even the way we make love to each other ... all these things send clear signals about the extent to which we are taking each other seriously.

One of the most famous experiments in industrial psychology was conducted by an Australian psychologist, Elton Mayo, working in the Hawthorne, Illinois, plant of Western Electric. Mayo was trying to establish a connection between conditions in the workplace and productivity. In one of his experiments he found, as predicted, that when he increased the brightness of illumination in the plant, productivity went up. But later, when he restored the brightness to its original level, productivity went up even further. His conclusion was that the workers were responding to someone taking an interest in them - taking them seriously - at least as much as to the illumination levels, per se.

We are very willing to acknowledge that indigenous people have a powerful sense of place, but less prepared to recognise that this is the case for all of us. We all have a powerful sense of place: we all need places in our life that say things about us we're pleased to have said; places that symbolise, perhaps, our rites of passage or other magical moments or phases of our lives. (Some people, even well into middle age, never quite forgive their elderly parents for selling the family home!) For churchgoers, 'my place' could be a favourite pew. For some rail commuters, it's a particular seat in a particular carriage. For some of us, it might be the shed or the bed or a favourite armchair, or the car - places where we feel we can truly be ourselves, where we feel comfortable and in control.

Migrants sometimes speak of the sense of rootlessness that can arise from losing the places that were special to them in their birth country and never being quite able to replace them in their adopted country.

For most of us, work is a place, as well. Indeed, workplaces often provide us with our richest sense of place - my office, my corner of the factory, my shop, or even my car (for those whose cars serve as a mobile office).

Humans are born believers - in terms of cognitive effort, neuroscience tells us, it is easier for us to believe than to remain sceptical. Bertrand Russell wrote that 'man is a credulous animal and must believe something. In the absence of good grounds for belief he will be satisfied with bad ones'. It is not surprising that we need something to believe in because our beliefs are how we make sense of things - how we cope with life's mysteries: Why we are here, what is the purpose of living, what is going to happen next, what is our place in the world ... the answers to all these questions seem shrouded in mystery. So we need some way of making sense of our lives; attaching meaning to our lives; finding a template, a code, that gives us a framework of 'meaning'.

In other words, we need a belief system to help us explain to ourselves why we are here and how we should live. Historically, most people have found their answers - their beliefs - in religion and that is still true for millions of people today. But in most Western societies, including ours, traditional religious faith and practice have been in sharp decline for 30 years or more. Of course, many people who withdraw from conventional religious practice still say they believe in 'god', but even those who don't still believe in something.

For instance, in most Western countries, about a third of the population say they believe in astrology. Perhaps you don't want to say you believe in astrology ... but almost everyone seems knows their star sign. Even if you say you're not interested, you find yourself in the hairdresser's, flipping through a magazine that's four months out of date, and you find yourself drawn to 'what the stars say'. (If only you could remember what was happening to you four months ago, you could check the accuracy of the predictions.) You hear people say things like this: 'It's all rubbish, of course; on the other hand, my husband is a textbook Aries'.

Some people believe passionately in the free market or a free enterprise economy; some believe in the god of science; some in rationality.

If you're looking for evidence of our desire to believe - and of the therapeutic power of belief - look no further than the famous 'placebo effect' in medical research. When medical researchers are trying to determine the efficacy of a drug, half the people in their test sample receive the drug and the other half receive an inert substance - like a sugar-coated piece of chalk. They all know they have only a fifty-fifty chance of being given the active drug, and yet, in hundreds of published papers reporting clinical trials of this kind, a persistent 30 percent of people who are only swallowing the chalk report the same therapeutic effect as those taking the drug. (The most dramatic documented example of the placebo effect, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was based on a sample of people waiting for arthroscopy surgery on a knee. Half the patients had the operation while the other half simply had an incision made in the skin which was then stitched up, without any surgery. You guessed it: there was no statistically significant difference in pain relief or knee function, at least in the short term, between those who had the surgery and those who had only had the cut.

So we need to believe, and belief seems to be good for us.

The best organisations are able to satisfy, at least partially, their employees' desire for something to believe in - all of us would like to feel we are working for an organisation whose values we can both admire and espouse, and whose integrity we can respect. The idea of 'meaningful work' is intensely appealing to us.

We all know that we are social creatures - we need to connect with each other; communication is our lifeblood. But we also need to connect with ourselves; to know ourselves; to feel 'in touch' with ourselves. Know thyself is an injunction we'd all like to respond to though, for most of us, it seems to be a lifelong project. My personal guru in the field of psychology, the US psychotherapist Carl Rogers, reflecting on 40 years of clinical practice said: 'There is only one problem'. What he meant was that it doesn't matter what his clients were presenting with - broken marriages, dysfunctional relationships, addictions and phobias of all kinds - it always came down in the end to this: who am I? What kind of person am I, to have found myself in such a situation?

Since work is such a powerful source of identity for so many people, it's not surprising that one of the ways we connect with ourselves - get to know ourselves better - is in the context of work. This is often where we see ourselves at our shining best - achieving, interacting positively with others, fulfilling our potential.

But since most workplaces are social in nature, work also satisfies the desire to connect with other people, to feel part of the human web of connectedness. (Many people who live alone rely heavily on work to satisfy this desire.)

Ironically, recent British research has found that those who are most 'connected' at work in the IT sense are often least connected in the human sense and , as a result, experience higher levels of workplace boredom and frustration. We need to make real live, face-to-face contact with each other- we need to walk around - we need to chat - to feel fully connected, at work as elsewhere.

Of all the desires that drive us to work, none is more powerful than this deep, deep human desire to be useful. If you doubt its power, consider how you would feel if the judgment on your life and work was this: 'Oh, he's been a pretty useless father; she's a useless person around the office; they're useless neighbours.' We all need to know we're useful; that we serve some purpose; that we are contributing. It is the desire to be useful that propels us to do jobs that we don't like, but know need to be done. It's the desire to be useful that makes us helpful; that fuels our altruism; that leads us to respond to the needs of total strangers. It sounds like a modest desire but it's the very thing that helps create a civil society.

And nothing says 'You're useful' quite as eloquently as your work.

We humans are social creatures; tribal creatures; herd animals. We need those little groups -herds - that provide an intimate connection with others and we need those larger tribes as well - religious, political, sporting, professional. We need both kinds of belonging to give us a satisfying sense of identity and to build up our emotional security. It seems as if we can't easily get on without each other: there are true hermits and isolates, but they are few and far between.

Traditionally, the herd was the immediate, nuclear family - the household. The tribe was the extended family. In modern, more fragmented societies, both herds and tribes tend to be less familial: the herd might be a book club or a workgroup or a small knot of friends and neighbours; the tribe might be a political party or a religion. (For many people, religion is as much about belonging as believing.)

In well run organisations, work can satisfy the desire to belong at both levels - the herd of the workgroup (herds of between five and eight people seem to work best), and the tribe of the organisation itself - even if the job itself is not appealing.

We started life feeling as if we were in control. We yelled and someone fed us; we lay in a dirty nappy and someone changed it. Then we ran into others, perhaps at school, and discovered that many bother people also thought they were in control of the universe. Gradually, we came to the painful realisation that the only way we're going to get along in human communities is by learning how to co-operate - in other words, learn how to relinquish control.

Most of us stumble through life hoping to be able to control the uncontrollable, such as the weather and the traffic, and, most especially, each other. It takes us a long time to realise - and then accept - that the only life we can control is our own and, when it comes to weather or traffic or the myriad other external events and circumstances that affect our lives, the only thing we can control is our reaction to those external forces.

Many people are destabilised and even distressed by the rate of change - social, cultural, economic, technological. We often experience that as loss of control, and that fuels our anxieties and leads to our increasing reliance on tranquillisers and antidepressants (though I realise there's more to depression than loss of control). Most of our textbook phobias, our neuroses, are about this desire for control being frustrated: fear of flying, fear of crowds, fear of travelling in lifts, fear of open spaces .. all such fears are expressions of our desire for control.

One of the ways we try to gain a sense of control is through our beliefs, and our interpretation of events. If you feel you can explain something, you often feel more in control of its effect on you. (So the desire for control overlaps with the desire for something to believe in.)

Yet here again, work comes to the rescue for us. In the lives of many people, work is where the desire for control can be most effectively satisfied - though not if it involves unleashing the mad desire for control over others: that's never what inspired and visionary leadership has ever been about. But many studies have shown that those who feel they have some control over their own destiny at work - or even over the management of the work process itself - experience satisfactions unknown to those in more subservient or apparently powerless roles.

None of the desires I've described is inherently good or bad. Each of them has the potential to bring out the best and the worst in us; each of them has the potential to cast a dark shadow. When any of our desires are frustrated, they make their presence felt.

When the desire to be taken seriously is frustrated, for example, it can lead to feeling of resentment, irritation and even anger and violence - and we can see that in individuals and even entire societies (Germany between the two World Wars a classic case in point). When employees in an organisation feel they are not being taken seriously - not being acknowledged, appreciated or even noticed - that can lead, understandably, to those same outcomes: resentment, irritation, anger and even violence. Low morale is just the beginning; various forms of sabotage can be the all-too-predictable end-point.

The desire for control can fuel blind and ruthless ambition, authoritarianism, insensitive and autocratic behaviour.

The desire to belong can make us too eager to please, too eager to be accepted, too eager to belong - leading to acquiescence, unquestioning obedience and mindless conformity.

Even the desire to be useful can bring out the worst in us - dominating, overwhelming and undermining others in the misguided belief that we were 'only trying to help'.

Understanding the dynamic interplay between these seven desires - and, in particular, being alert to the potentially damaging effects of our frustrated desires - can help us make sense of apparently irrational behaviour in ourselves and others.

But the real lesson to be drawn from this analysis is that work won'tautomatically provide gratification of these desires. It all comes down to the magic blend of visionary leadership and sensitive management.

There are too many workplaces still characterised by racism, sexism, bullying and exploitation - especially of young and otherwise vulnerable people. If work is to satisfy all seven of these desires - as it is capable of doing - that will require enlightened, alert and sensitive leadership and management.

In well designed and sensitively managed workplaces, where work does satisfy most or all of these seven desires, the benefits in morale and productivity are obvious. But the payoff is greater than that - the ripples of satisfying work spread into our personal relationships beyond the workplace and ultimately into a more compassionate, confident and emotionally secure society.

Hugh Mackay is an Australian psychologist, social researcher and writer. His latest book is What makes us tick? The ten desires that drive us (Hachette, 2010)

Dr John O'Sullivan

CSIRO
Scientist

Dr John O Sullivan is one of Australia's most brilliant research scientists and world changing tech innovators.

In a career spanning 30 years in science, his latest groundbreaking project is a radio camera that could illuminate the origins of the universe... Imagine seeing back in time 6 billion years.

But John has already transformed the way in which a billions of us connect, communicate and work every day. John led the team who invented WiFi- a technology that made the wireless LAN fast and robust allowing mobile phones, laptops and printers to connect to the internet through a high-speed wireless network. This technology stems from his earlier work in detecting the faint radio whispers of exploding black holes and is something that's likely to be in your mobile phone, your laptop and your iPad as you read this! This breakthrough provided the CSIRO with its most lucrative patent ever and earned him Australia's highest scientific honour in 2009 - The Prime Minister's Prize for Science.

His current work on one of the world's leading radio telescopes - the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) for Western Ausralia is perhaps his most important yet. To give you an idea of the scale and significance: In one week ASKAP will generate more information than is currently contained on the whole World Wide Web; in one month it will generate more information than is contained in the world's academic libraries.

This combination of survey speed and sensitivity will allow astronomers to answer some fundamental questions about cosmic magnetism and the evolution and formation of galaxies, and help them discover new pulsars and possibly gravitational waves. ASKAP will provide Australian and international astronomers with another world-leading radio astronomy observatory and could create the next era of transformational personal communication technology. Teleportation anyone?

Prior to joining CSIRO in 1983, Dr O'Sullivan led the engineering group at the Foundation for Radio Astronomy in the Netherlands (now ASTRON) that developed a broadband digital receiver for the Westerbork Synthesis Radio telescope.

Dr O'Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Science, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1967, a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, The University of Sydney, 1969 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering, The University of Sydney, 1974.

Crowd Companies
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Mindjet
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Mobile Experience
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Jeremiah Owyang

Crowd Companies
Founder

If you want a short-cut to understanding the point of social media for business, you could cover 90% of all you need to know just by following Jeremiah Owyang's research and his blog, Web Strategy.

Web Strategy focuses on how corporations connect with, serve and support their customers using web technologies. It attracts a global audience of 70,000 monthly readers.

As @jowyang, Jeremiah also has 73,000 followers on Twitter. So if anyone knows how to connect with people and deliver a return on their investment of time through the social web, it's Jeremiah.

An industry analyst and now partner with Altimeter, Jeremiah consults and speaks on disruptive technologies for customer engagement and brand strategy. His views are frequently sought out by the business press and at a leading conferences. He is a columnist for the Forbes CMO Network.

Altimeter Group is a US-based advisory firm that uses research to help companies and industries turn disruption to their advantage.

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Nigel Cameron

C-PET
CEO

Nigel is President and CEO of Washington DC's first independent think tank on science and technology policy - or the lack thereof - at the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies. (C PET) where, in short, he stirs the hornet's nest to get people thinking!

Until 2008, he was Research Professor and Associate Dean at the Illinois Institute of Technology and Director of the Center on Nanotechnology and Society. In 2003 he co-founded the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future.

He has served on the advisory boards of Nanotechnology Law and Business, the Converging Technologies Bar Association, and the World Healthcare Innovation and Technology Congress, and represented the United States on delegations to the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO, UN Human Rights Council as Special Rapporteur for the Right to Health.

He edited Nanoscale: Issues and Perspectives for the Nano Century (2007); other books include The New Medicine: Life and Death after Hippocrates (1991).

He has been a visiting scholar at UBS Wolfsberg in Switzerland, and was a featured speaker at the Aspen Ideas FestivalGlobal Health Forum and the Swiss STARS conference for young leaders.

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Dr James Gardner

Mindjet
General Manager

James Gardner's last speech on innovation at Amplify was such a success it galvanised inspired AMP executives to leave the auditorium and turn James' ideas into action. The resulting project is something that benefits AMP and its employees every day - the Idea Frontier.

For someone like James, whose philosophy is based on creating innovation as a business process, seeing ideas turn into action like this is the perfect example of innovation in motion. Read his review of his Amplify 09 experience here.

James' career highlights include innovation leadership roles at Lloyds Banking Group and Microsoft and a stint as Chief Technology Officer at the Department for Work and Pensions, the UK Government's largest organization, where he established large scale innovation systems for both citizen and civil servant use.

James has authored two books, 'Innovation and the Future Proof Bank' and 'The Little Innovation Book', and his blog Bankervision, is one of the most followed in Financial services worldwide. He was voted the UK's most social media connected financial services executive in 2010, and is presently completing his next book 'Sidestep and Twist'.

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Oliver Weidlich

Mobile Experience
Co-Foudner & Director

Oliver Weidlich is co-Founder and Director of Design and Innovation at Mobile Experience. Having worked with many of Australia's leading organisations including; Three, Optus, Telstra, Qantas, Westpac, and ABC, Oliver's decade of mobile user lifestyle experience will bring an important non-technical dimension to this discussion.

With a background in psychology, Oliver has a deep understanding of motivation, behaviour, and usability. He combines these insights with technology to inform business strategy, design customer-centric solutions and the end-to-end experience across mobile devices, portals, applications and content. He has conducted field research into future mobile usage and the interaction between the mobile devices and other technologies.

Oliver is a judge, author and speaker on usability and the mobile customer experience. He is a founding member of the AIMIA Mobile Industry Group, co-author of the Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index, which looks at how Australians use mobile products, services and content and founder of the Sydney chapter of Mobile Monday, an international mobile professionals networking night. He was recently recognised with an AIMIA Award for Outstanding Contribution for his work in the mobile industry.

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Voxie Media
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Safe Climate Australia
Chairman
Mobile Experience
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Sepharim Group
CEO

Debbie Weil

Voxie Media
Corporate Blogging Expert

Named one of Fast Company magazine's Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010, Debbie Weil has authored one of the first and most definitive books about business blogging: The Corporate Blogging Book and is currently researching themes around the online behaviour of Baby Boomers for a new book.

She has grown a thriving practice showing her corporate clients how to use blogs, Twitter, Facebook and word-based media to market more effectively, helping them share their story in a way that engages customers emotionally.

With a 15-year career in journalism, Debbie started using Mosaic, the first web browser, in 1993 and has been on a quest ever since to persuade her clients that you can use social media channels to "sell without selling". In addition to writing her own blog. Debbie is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post.

A graduate of Harvard with a degree in English, she has a Masters in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Georgetown University. Debbie hails from Washington, DC, where her clients include GlaxoSmithKline, Kaplan, HP, and the American College of Radiology.

She is also the creator of Sweets and Tweets, DC's only cupcake and social media salon!

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Ian Dunlop

Safe Climate Australia
Chairman

Having spent many years on the staff of Royal Dutch Shell, Ian Dunlop has wide experience in energy resources, infrastructure and international business.

His senior positions in oil, gas and coal exploration and production, in scenario and long-term energy planning, competition reform and privatization, leave Ian perfectly positioned to add clarity, comment and the voice of experience to the often heated carbon tax debate.

He chaired the Australian Coal Association in 1987-88. From 1998-2000 he chaired the Australian Greenhouse Office Experts Group on Emissions Trading which, under the Howard government, developed the first emissions trading system design for Australia. From 1997 to 2001 he was CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian has a particular interest in the interaction of corporate governance, corporate responsibility and sustainability.

An engineer from the University of Cambridge, he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Energy Institute (UK), and a Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME (USA).

He is Chairman of Safe Climate Australia, Deputy Convenor of the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil, a Director of Australia 21and a Member of The Club of Rome. He advises and writes extensively on governance and sustainability.

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Dr Rod Farmer

Mobile Experience
Co-founder & Director

As co-founder and Director of Research and Strategy at Mobile Experience, Dr. Rod Farmer is passionate about socio-technical design, particularly mobile design and user experience.

Rod has consulted to many of Australia's leading organisations and previously held positions of Head of User Experience and Head of Design Strategy at 3 Mobile and Vodafone Hutchison Australia.

Rod has been the recipient of several national design awards, an in 2010, was named one of Australia's leading mobile innovators.

Rod holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction and Masters in Sociology, has published extensively on Human-Centred Design, and is a frequent speaker at local and International conferences on product design.

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Bob Egan

Sepharim Group
CEO

Bob Egan is considered one of the mobile industry's most influential strategists - what Bob doesn't know about mobile you could fit in a tweet.

A mobility expert and Wi-Fi pioneer, Bob is currently Founder and Chief Analyst at the Sepharim Group and has previously held positions as the Global Head of Research & Chief Analyst at the Corporate Executive Board's Tower Group, Founder and President of Mobile Competency, Chief Strategy Officer at Corechange, VP & Research Director at Gartner and Advanced Technology Director at Digital Equipment corporation (DEC).

Bob has written hundreds of articles and research reports on the mobile industry for the likes of The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, as well as Forbes, BusinessWeek and Fortune Magazine, plus he's appeared on ABC Nightly News, CNBC and BBC TV and is a contributing writer for Forbes Velocity, an expert advisor for Focus.com, a participating analyst with GigaPro and consultant to the Gerson Lehrman Group.

Bob's personal active research agenda includes; mobile banking and payments, mobile enterprise and business applications, mobile security and the mobile cloud. Bob likes his mobile!

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Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation
Co-Chairman
Acceleration Studies Foundation
Founder & President
Sensemaker
CEO
Excel Venture Management
Director

John Hagel III

Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation
Co-Chairman

John Hagel is a 30 year business veteran, author and speaker who has been named as one of the Top 100 Business Gurus by Accenture, one of the 25 Most Influential People In The Electronics Business by Businessweek and one of The 50 Most Powerful People In Networking by Network World. And now he's one of the top 34 speakers at Amplify 2011!

John has spent years advising clients across the world on improving operational and innovation performance using technology as a key enabler.

Currently he leads the Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation as co-founder and co-chairman with John Seely Brown. Previously, he was the Principal and Global Leader of the Strategy Practice and eCommerce Practice at McKinsey.

A prolific author, John's books have guided business leaders all over the world through both the technology revolution and the leadership revolution it demands. His other books include:

John maintains two blogs: His personal blog is called Edge Perspectives and he co-authors The Big Shift on the Harvard Business Review Blogs with John Seely Brown. He also uses Facebook to practice what he preaches about knowledge as a "flow" and tweets as @jhagel.

Its no surprise that John is in constant demand as a speaker. His credentials include:

  • Fellow of the World Economic Forum
  • Founder and CEO, Sequoia Venture Capital Group
  • Senior VP Strategic Planning, Atari
  • MBA Harvard Business school, JD, Harvard Law School, Bachelor of Philosophy, Oxford Universty, Bachelor of Arts, Wesleyan University

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John M. Smart

Acceleration Studies Foundation
Founder & President

John Smart grew up among the pioneers of "big iron" computing and this fuelled his interest in accelerating change. Today, he is a futurist and systems theorist who studies science and technological culture with an emphasis on accelerating change, evolutionary development and societal resiliency.

John is the founder and president of the Acceleration Studies Foundation - a nonprofit research organisation that seeks to help individuals better understand and manage accelerating technological change. His passion is lifelong learning and to develop more world-leading academic programmes in technology foresight, acceleration and evolutionary development studies.

He is also associate professor and programme champion for the Master of Science in Emerging Technologies at the University of Advancing Technology and serves on the Advisory Board at Singularity University and numerous global futures institutions. His Futurecamp at the annual Burning Man festival is legendary.

John holds a Bachelor of Science from Berkeley, a Master of Science in Physiology and Medicine and another Master of Science in Future Studies from the University of Houston.

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Jim Benson

Sensemaker
CEO

Jim Benson's path to creating Modus Cooperandi and Personal Kanban has been far from linear.

His 20-years since university have seen him build light rail systems and neighbourhoods as an urban planner, enterprise software and web sites for major government agencies and, most recently, as a collaborative management consultant, help to create improved working environments for teams of all sizes.

At the heart of all these areas has been a continued exploration of the physical, technological, emotional, regulatory and political boundaries of community.

Now, at Modus Cooperandi, Jim helps organisations such as Microsoft and the UN improve performance through collaboration. Combining Lean principles from manufacturing, Agile methodologies from software design, and the communication innovations of social media, Modus Cooperandi use visual controls and team-focussed management techniques to increase productivity, operational efficiency and improve internal communications.

No bio of Jim Benson would be complete if it did not talk about food - he has travelled the world eating, cooking, and discussing food. Picking his favorite dish is as painful as picking his favorite song of all time.

In Sydney, he's looking forward to an authentic Aussie meat pie at Harry's Cafe de Wheels in Woolloomooloo.

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Caleb Winder

Excel Venture Management
Director

As a Life Sciences venture capitalist working with the right company, you can literally change the world.

Scientific breakthroughs in an area such as genetic code research can and do have implications that extend far beyond the traditional sectors of healthcare and agriculture, affecting energy, materials, defence, information technology and financial services.

As a Director at Excel Venture Management, Caleb has helped to fund and build some of the world's premier healthcare and life sciences companies. Excel is an early-stage life sciences, healthcare and information technology venture firm that has developed a track record of identifying breakthrough technologies and ideas.

Prior to Excel, Caleb has spent over 15 years operating and developing life science and healthcare companies, including time at Biotechonomy Ventures, where he helped to finance and manage the Synthetic Genomics company, co founded by J. Craig Ventner, whose previous company Celera Genomics, was a driving force in the race to sequence the Human genome.

Caleb received his M.B.A. from Babson College, magna cum laude, where he was a Babson Fellow in the Center for Technology Enterprise and a Director of the Entrepreneurial Finance Group.

MIT
Principal Research Scientist
SinoTech Group
Founder & CEO
Westpac
Incubation Hub Manager
MIT Media Lab
Co-Founder

Andrew McAfee

MIT
Principal Research Scientist

Andrew McAfee deals with the ways that information technology affects business as a whole. His work investigates how IT changes the way companies perform, organize themselves, and compete. He wants to make IT make the difference.

He is currently a principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business in the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a fellow at the Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

In 2008 he was listed by Ziff-Davis as one of the '100 Most Influential People in IT' and one of the '50 Most Influential People In Business IT' by Baseline Magazine.

An engaging and provocative speaker, Andrew presents frequently to both academic and industry audiences, and has taught in executive education programs around the world.

In Spring 2006, Andrew coined the phrase 'Enterprise 2.0' in a Sloan Management Review article to describe and explain the use of emergent social software platforms within companies or between companies and their partners or customers, and how this is influencing consumer and business practices.

He also began blogging at that time, both about Enterprise 2.0 and about his other research. McAfee's blog is widely read, becoming at times one of the 10,000 most popular in the world (according to Technorati).

He received his Doctorate from Harvard Business School, and completed two Master of Science and two Bachelor of Science degrees at MIT.

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Dr Matt McDougall

SinoTech Group
Founder & CEO

Dr Matt McDougall is a leading expert on digital advertising and online marketing analytics. Having founded SinoTech Group in Beijing in early 2007, the business has grown into one of China's largest digital marketing and technology agencies.

SinoTech uses its social intelligence platform to gain understandings and insights about consumers and their segmentations. These data points are used to inform the digital approaches and marketing strategies for SEO, SEM, affiliate marketing and online media buys.

Matt is a native Aussie who has enjoyed an 18-year career spanning both the technical and business disciplines of digital marketing and online marketing analytics.

Helping his clients to the navigate the divide the technical possibilities and business objectives of digital innovation, Matt is a native level Mandarin speakers who is helping to bring a new level of understanding to digital marketing in China.

With a Masters degree from Westminster University, London and a PhD from Queensland University of Technology, Matt is a frequent thought leader at leading technology and business forums, such as the Digital Ministry.

He serves on the Board of ad:tech China and a number of Chinese Internet start-ups and enjoys a powerful personal network in the "new economy" in China.

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Xavier Rizos

Westpac
Incubation Hub Manager

Born and bred in Burgundy, where he ignited his passion for wine, schooled in France, where he learnt science and developed a je ne sais quoi of drama and theatre, and trained in US universities, where he developed his digital technology savoir-faire, Xavier was an Associate with Booz & Company in Sydney and is now an Incubation Hub Manager at Westpac by day and an aspiring Renaissance man by night.

While working as an attachment at the French Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Xavier reported on the emergence of the Internet in the gulf region and was then employed by various financial services companies in Australia, where he has been diligently taking notes on what it takes to run innovation teams in a risk adverse industry.

In his spare time Xavier has co-written a biology text book and revels in being an inquisitive participant and active contributor to online communities.

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Dr Michael Hawley

MIT Media Lab
Co-Founder

For some attendees at Amplify it will be enough to know that Dr Michael Hawley was on the Bell Labs team that wrote UNIX; and it will simply be icing on the cake to know that he shared a house with Steve Jobs whilst working at NeXT on the development of the world's first digital library, creating digital versions of Shakespeare and other classics.

For others, Michael's work at the legendary MIT Media Lab, will remain his main draw. Over the years MIT has, in Michael's own words, 'sought to creatively stretch digital infrastructures, embedding intelligence into all sorts of artifacts and advancing the web of communications.'

Michael is the ONLY speaker to be preparing and presenting 2 seperate (and equally fascinating) talks!

Michael was one of the first professors at MIT's Media Lab and whilst there he co-founded Things That Think, a groundbreaking research program that explores the limitless ways digital media infuses everyday objects; and he created the Toys of Tomorrow program, which engaged many of the world's leading toy companies to invent wonderful new playthings.

Oh, and he also worked with George Lucas at Lucasfilm Ltd. to invent digital cinema.

Michael is an amateur pianist good enough to have played with the Boston Symphony, founder of the Friendly Planet educational development organistaion, co-founder of Presto Technologies and serves on the board of Kodak.

Michael is a true renaissance thinker, who brings to his speaking passion and insight in science, technology, art, and design.

Defence Science & Technology Organisation
Chief Defence Scientist of Australia
Radical Love
Social Broadcast Expert

Dr Alex Zelinsky

Defence Science & Technology Organisation
Chief Defence Scientist of Australia

With an international career that spans invention, commercial start-ups, scientific and industrial research & development, education, consulting and executive leadership, Dr Alex Zelinsky is a rare gem. It's a relief to know we have cutting-edge, deep expertise of this calibre advising the NSW Government's National Broadband Network (NBN) Taskforce and the Australian Government's Information Technology Industry Innovation Council.

Dr Alex Zelinsky is Chief Defence Scientist of Australia and a member of the Leadership Team in the Department of Defence. He leads the Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO), a publicly funded research agency that is responsible for delivering scientific outcomes that have significant value and impact for the defence and national security of Australia. Alex is an internationally recognised scientist who has made substantive technical contributions in addition to providing leadership to the high technology community.

Prior to joining DSTO in March 2012, Alex was a senior executive of CSIRO. Alex oversaw the A$111 million Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, a next generation radio telescope being built in Western Australia, and the associated A$80 million high performance computational facility, the Pawsey Centre.

Before joining CSIRO, Alex was the co-founder and CEO of Seeing Machines, an award-winning high-technology company developing vision-based human-computer interface systems. He also worked in robotics and computer vision at the AIST Electrotechnical Laboratory in Japan, and has taught and conducted research in computer science at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. He started his career in the manufacturing sector as Systems Engineer with BHP Steel International.

Dr Zelinsky serves on advisory panels to the Australian Research Centre (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Vision Science and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems, and is Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University and Vice-President of the Industrial Activities board of the IEEE's Robotics and Automation Society.

Dr Zelinsky's contributions to science have been recognised by numerous science and industry awards including:

  • Australian Engineering Excellence Awards, 1999 and 2001
  • Business-Higher Education Round Table Award, 2001
  • Australian Information Industries Award (iAward), 2002 and 2006
  • Australian Eureka Science Prize, 2002
  • USR&D magazine Top 100 Award, 2002
  • ATSE Clunies-Ross National Science & Technology Award, 2005
  • IEEE Inaba Technical Award for Innovation Leading to Production, 2010.

In 2009, Engineers Australia named Dr Zelinsky Professional Engineer of the Year (Sydney Division) and he has been included in Engineers Australia's list of the 100 most influential engineers since that year.

The World Economic Forum named Dr Zelinsky a Technology Pioneer in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Jarod Green

Radical Love
Social Broadcast Expert

Jarod's series Beached Az - a super cool animation story - joined forces with ABC TV, forging a successful online content creation venture that turned a $16 film into a multi-million dollar brand - developing strategies for distribution across social networks, broadcast channels, mobile applications, online and retail.

Jarod's love for creative ideas first took shape at university where he wrote, directed and produced several plays as part of the Macquarie University Drama Society, of which he was also President. Whilst gaining his degree in Media, Jarod began his own digital media company in 2001 with a dream to revolutionise content distribution in the education system.

Nine years later he sold the business to become a partner of the Sydney-based social media strategy and content company - Radical Love.

Focusing on digital distribution methods and building social marketplaces, Jarod has collaborated on digital media concepts for brands including 20th Century Fox, Virgin Australia, Novartis and Westpac. He has also presented his experiences with monetising social media marketplaces at MIPCOM, the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA), the Sydney Film Festival, XMediaLab, the Sydney Film School, as well as opinion pieces for radio and print media.

In 2011 he became a Director on the Board of Metroscreen and is a social media consultant to the NSW government and the Sydney Swans.

Beyond the digital world Jarod enjoys basketball, theatre and professional snorkelling.

Jarod was kindly introduced to Amplify via XmediaLab and Future Exploration Group.

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VIOCORP
CEO
Microsoft Australia
Chief Technology Officer
SMS Management & Technology
Industry Director
CSC Global Business Solutions
Group President & Chief Innovation Officer

Ian Gardiner

VIOCORP
CEO

Social media evangelists chant "the end of traditional media is nigh" while newspapers yell "Will YouTube ever make money?" Ian looks into the underbelly of digital media, content distribution, flow of persuasion, emerging business models and implications and opportunities for financial services and investors.

Soon after arriving from his native Scotland in 2002, Ian co-founded Viocorp. This young CEO cycled to meetings in the early days of the fledgling business to save on cab fares - a necessity that has since turned into a serious sport for Ian.  

Employing 30 people today, Viocorp is Australia's leading online video and digital media specialist focusing on simplifying the management and distribution of online video through its Viostream service. The company provides tailor-made solutions to the likes of the Australia 2020 Innovation Summit, Microsoft's Techweek in Barcelona, and has been looking after video solutions for AMPLIFY since 2005.

Ian has been running successful technology start-ups for over ten years. He was one of the founders of newsbase.com, a European, news, analysis and business intelligence service for emerging markets. He also launched and ran lastorders.com, one of the first on-line off-license operations in the UK.

Encouraging innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs is an area that Ian gives generously to. He serves on the Board of Metro Screen, a not-for-profit company providing training and support for filmmakers. He is also a member of the advisory board for Sydney University's Business Information Systems department where he guest lectures on innovation and entrepreneurialism. He is the co-founder and treasurer of the Australian arm of the Oxford Business Alumni and networking group Innovation Bay. He also hosts Sydney's most glamorous Burns night every January and his "toast to the laddies" is an experience.

Ian holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Oxford where he also won two rowing blues. And he still cycles everywhere.

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Greg Stone

Microsoft Australia
Chief Technology Officer

Greg Stone is the CTO for Microsoft Australia, and is responsible for Microsoft's technology policy and strategy initiatives working across Public and Private sectors as well as contributing to Microsoft's long term technology blueprints – particularly in the areas of identity, collaboration, human-machine design and social software.

Microsoft will spend over $8Billion this year on R&D as part of an ongoing quest to push the boundaries of what is possible through the "magic" of software. The company touches almost every industry and trend area, from consumer devices to High-Performance Computing. Greg is part of the team mapping the convergence of human and technology trends and helping define the future of society's technology experience.

Greg joined Microsoft Australia in 2001 with over 20 years of operational experience across a broad range of sectors.

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Dr Paul Cooper

SMS Management & Technology
Industry Director

Paul Cooper boasts an IT and Business career of over 25 years in which he has lead numerous business and technology innovations for corporate and blue chip clients.

A noteworthy highlight includes leading the architecture effort to design the first standard operating environment to be deployed within a major corporate in Australia, resulting in the successful installation of a standardised desktop, applications suite, mail solution and backend mainframe environment.

More recently, Paul lead the establishment of the Emerging Solutions stream at SMS Management & Technology, with a particular emphasis on the potential of cloud computing and social media to increase productivity and reduce costs.

He now leads the Emerging Solutions Practice at SMS, where he has been pioneering the use of social media to improve work practices, collaboration and culture. He is a regular blogger on the GrassisGreener blog.

Paul Cooper joined SMS in October 1988 when it was a company of 10 people and has previously been Managing Director of the SMS UK business and responsible for the Canberra, Government and Telco operations of SMS at various times.

He is also Chair of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Information Industry Association.

Paul has a PhD in Biochemistry from Melbourne University and a Grad Dip in Business from RMIT University.

Lem Lasher

CSC Global Business Solutions
Group President & Chief Innovation Officer

Online influence is rapidly shaping consumer choices and shifting to the heart of day-to-day interactions. Lem asks, "How technologically fluent and networked is your organizational leadership to understand and seize opportunities in the networked economy?"

Lem Lasher is president of Global Business Solutions. He is also vice president and chief innovation officer with CSC's Office of Innovation, which includes The Leading Edge Forum; The Research Network; Global Solutions Organization; Corporate Alliances; and Knowledge Management & Enablement.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Lasher has held numerous managing director positions within CSC's European Group, including: BAESystems global account; European Consulting; CSC Belgium and Luxembourg; and Industry Practices for Benelux.

Mr. Lasher joined the CSC European Group in 1992, as director of Network Integration, Europe, where he was responsible for CSC's network and telecommunications activities in Europe. He joinedCSC in 1990 as director, Commercial Program Development for the Network Integration Division in Herndon, Virginia. From 1984 until joining CSC, Mr. Lasher was vice president for Integrated Software Resources, Inc., a software consulting and engineering firm in the airline telecommunications industry. Prior to this, he held the following executive positions: president, Deca Group, Inc.; executive vice president, Aitta, Inc.; director, Investment Seminars, Inc.; and director, North American Operations, Elan Vital, Inc. Mr. Lasher attended Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio and Friedrich Wilhelms University, Bonn, Germany, where he studied German literature and philosophy.

Besides the language of technology, Lem speaks English, German, Dutch, French, and Spanish. Aside from a keyboard, his fingers are also at home strumming a guitar and he enjoys sailing.

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Inventium
Innovation Psychologist
Thoughtworks
Chief Scientist
Kids 2020 Foundation
Founder & Chairperson
MIT's Sloan School of Management
Research Scientist

Dr Amantha Imber

Inventium
Innovation Psychologist

Innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of innovation consultancy Inventium

Dr Amantha Imber is an innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of Australia's leading innovation consultancy Inventium – which was awarded the BRW Client Choice Award for Best Management Consultancy in Australia. Amantha has a PhD in organisational psychology and has helped companies such as Google, Coca-Cola, Disney, LEGO, Red Bull, American Express, McDonalds, Virgin Australia, Commonwealth Bank and many others innovate more successfully. She is an in-demand speaker, and has been invited to speak in the UK, the United States, Asia, Europe, as well as in Australia.

Amantha is the co-creator of the BRW Most Innovative Companies list, an annual list that her company puts together ranking Australia's top innovators. She writes articles for publications such as BRW, Australian Business Solutions and Smart Company and is the author of the best-selling book "The Creativity Formula: 50 scientifically proven creativity boosters for work and for life".

Amantha had an international record deal for her debut album Like Samantha without the S, prays to the God of Kevin Spacey and claims to have once been freakishly good at table tennis.

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Martin Fowler

Thoughtworks
Chief Scientist

AMPLIFY2009: What if enterprise software was cheaper, faster, better AND COOL? Can it be done?

Yes, if you honour the Agile Development Manifesto. This means valuing people and interaction over processes and tools, working software over comprehensive documentation, collaboration over contract negotiation, responding to change over rigid plans.

A self-confessed loud-mouth on software development, Martin's passion is designing enterprise software – what makes a good design and what practices are needed to come up with good design. He's been a pioneer of object-oriented technology, refactoring, patterns, agile methodologies, domain modeling, the Unified Modeling Language (UML), and Extreme Programming.

Since 2000, Martin has been Chief Scientist at Thoughtworks- a cutting edge system delivery and consulting firm operating world-wide, where he takes the lead on agile development methodologies, inter alia.

Martin has written five books on software development, two of which have won a Software Development Productivity award and a best Java book award from JavaWorld.com. His most recent book is Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture which describes some of the common patterns seen in developing enterprise applications.

A frequent speaker where all developers gather, he also served as conference chair for XP2005 and for Agile Universe. Martin writes for Distributed Computing magazine, and serves on the advisory board for Software Development magazine.

Martin doesn't hug his computer all day though, and likes to cycle around New England and go hiking with his wife whenever they can. Winter finds them cross-country skiing and hiking in New England’s plentiful snow. He was born in Walsall, England and lived in London for a decade before settling in Boston in 1994, but he still misses warm beer, the English countryside and the deep pointlessness of cricket. (Martin will be in good company Dowunder!)

Dr Colby Stuart

Kids 2020 Foundation
Founder & Chairperson

The capabilities, organization models and practical implications for people as we transition from hierarchically organised command-and-control cultures to open systems of collaboration and talent sourcing.

What do you get when one-part native American Indian and one-part Hispanic completes a PhD in Quantum Physics, transplants herself from Japan into the creative capital of Europe, becomes director of strategy for one of the world's top advertising agencies, teaches MBA students at a leading European business school, starts an Institute for Collaboration Creativity & Culture, establishes a foundation to put a world-changing Learning Programme into practice for children and parents, and runs her own business consulting to a global portfolio of clients on the side? You get Colby Stuart- quantum woman!

As Creative Director of Quantumbrands, she helps companies use their brand and brand values as an organizing tool to engage people in growing the business in creative ways. Because of her studies in physics and appreciation of network dynamics, Colby has been an early evangelist for transdisciplinary collaboration. She started The Dutch Connection in March 2004, making use of social business networking platforms, gradually forming like-minded associations that started to meet face to face in Amsterdam. From these think-and-do tanks emerged a community of practice with a shared vision and common purpose around growing innovation in business cultures. On October 4, 2005, the Institute for Collaboration Creativity & Culture was established.

Since then, Colby's work as co-founder and director of The Institute for Collaboration, Creativity & Culture (IFCCC) has centred around discovery-based learning for innovation and prototyping new ways, new communities, new products, new formats and channels and new ways of organizing. IFCCC draws on experts from the fields of science, media, technology, communication and creative development to communicate in multi-sensory contexts with digital video and sound to engage with people in poignant ways that reach where simple words can't.

Colby's consuming passion as chairman of the Kids 2020 Foundation is to introduce a value's based system for choices into children's lives that will balance human, social, creative and financial capital so children can grow up defining their worth and contribution to a sustainable society in more terms than money.

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Dr Peter Gloor

MIT's Sloan School of Management
Research Scientist

Dr Peter Gloor is a Research Scientist at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT's Sloan School of Management.

The basic research theme for the centre is to understand how people and computers can be connected so that—collectively—they act more intelligently than any individuals, groups, or computers have ever done before? Peter leads a research initiative exploring Collaborative Innovation Networks.

He was Mercator Visiting Professor at the University of Cologne, and is a lecturer at Helsinki University of Technology. Earlier, Peter was a Senior Research Fellow at the Dartmouth Tuck Center for Digital Strategies and an adjunct faculty in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at MIT. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Zurich in 1989.

Peter is equally at home in the commercial world. He is founder and Chief Creative Officer of software startup galaxyadvisors. Until the end of 2002, Peter was a Partner with Deloitte Consulting, leading its E-Business practice for Europe. Before that, he was a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Section Leader for Software Engineering at Union Bank of Switzerland. His latest books are Swarm Creativity – Competitive Advantage through Collaborative Innovation Networks, and Coolhunting – Chasing DownThe Next Big Thing (together with Scott Cooper).

In his spare time, Peter climbs mountains in the summer, and skis them down in winter. Occasionally, he brings used computers to Africa, and plays the piano.

University of Washington Medical Center
Professor of Surgery
MIT Media Lab Center for Future Banking
Founder
Institute for the Future
Writer
Bangalore K-Community
Consultant

Dr Richard Satava

University of Washington Medical Center
Professor of Surgery

Dr Satava will walk us into the bio-intelligence age with stories of how scientific breakthroughs are radically redefining health, illness, treatment, longevity, even humanness- and the challenge this holds for our beliefs and our ethics.

In addition to teaching and practicing surgery in Seattle, Richard Satava is Senior Science Advisor at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Born in Florida and drafted into the military, he seized the learning opportunities that the army provided and became a serial innovator.

In January 1958, when the United States launched its first satellite, Richard wanted to become the first doctor to perform surgery in space. He became an army astronaut candidate three years in a row but failed to make the grade. So he turned failure into purpose and instead worked at Stanford University and NASA, to help create the first surgical robot, reasoning that even if he couldn't perform surgery in space, perhaps his creation could. The technology was ultimately commercialized as the da Vinci Surgical System.

Richard served as chief of surgery for a MASH unit during the 1983 invasion of Granada and as commander of an evacuation hospital in Saudi Arabia during 1991's Operation Desert Storm. After Desert Storm, he joined DARPA as program manager in advanced biomedical technology.
Both at DARPA and in his current Pentagon role, Richard's work has involved "technology harvesting" – identifying new technologies that have the potential to change the face of medicine and bringing them under the military's funding and research umbrella.

In more than 200 publications and presentations, Richard provides a glimpse of a future in which robotics and other advances are radically transforming the human body as we know it: military dog-tags embedded with complete CT scans of each soldier providing a baseline if the soldier is injured; surgery performed via robots managed from a remote console; virtual reality training for surgeons; biosurgery that manipulates genetic material or operates directly upon genes; intelligent prostheses and synthetically grown tissue and organs; and the possibility of radical longevity of 150 years or more.

While striving to practice the complete discipline of surgery, he is aggressively pursuing the leading edge of advanced technologies to formulate the architecture for the next generation of Medicine

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Jeff Carter

MIT Media Lab Center for Future Banking
Founder

Thoughts on constructive capitalism and the future of banking in the networked economies of the 21st century.

Jeff Carter is the founder of the Center for Future Banking, a visionary research Center created in April of 2008 to explore the future of the Banking industry. He is currently CEO of Azigo, Inc, A cutting edge identity company based in Cambridge, MA. Azigo has a vision to allow people to take control of their virtual and physical presence and own their own information. Before Azigo and creating the Center, Jeff Carter led an effort for Bank of America examining the future strategy for leveraging the company's vast information cloud, stores and platforms.

Prior to Bank of America he held executive roles in multiple venture backed startups with experience in an IPO and several liquidity events. Carter loves multi channel work; strategy, creation and implementation and what he refers to as "deal making".

He has been recognized in numerous publications for his business and technical leadership, was the subject of a Harvard Business School case study in 2009, awarded Chief Technology Officer of the month by InfoWorld in 2002, 40 Under 40 Innovator Award in 2004, and a nomination for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Carter advises several companies around the world including the Hoyos Group, an Iris scan pioneer also heavily invested in the identity space, Zenmonics, a financial services transformation company, Micronotes, an online bill pay disruptor and engagements with the Federal Reserve of Boston.

He is involved in a variety of community service programs including the Arts and Science Council, Habitat for Humanity and the United Way.

He is a prolific reader and has also co-authored with Donald Krause the book No Limit -The Texas Hold'Em Guide to Winning in Business offering practical advice for outmaneuvering opponents and achieving success, and applying tactics for winning from Texas Hold 'em poker to every competitive arena.

Jamais Cascio

Institute for the Future
Writer

At the edge of chaos lives re-generation. An exploration of how convergent technologies, emergent culture, courage and collective action could restore humankind's relationship with one another and the environment, and save the future. (With insights and lessons from Superstruct)

Described as a techno-progressive, optimistic futurist, Jamais Cascio follows the threads of civilization's intended (and unintended) consequences for the future.

Unlike scores of futurists peddling nightmare scenarios of global catastrophe and social meltdown, Jamais specializes in the creation of plausible-yet-optimistic scenarios of the future. He focuses on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, with a particular emphasis on democratizing technology and innovation to empower a more open and resilient society.

Jamais has worked in the field of scenario development and the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation for over a decade. In 2003, he co-founded WorldChanging.com, the award-winning website identifying models, tools and ideas for building a "bright" green future. Worldchanging researched urban design, climate science, renewable energy, open source models, emerging technologies, social networks, "leapfrog" global development, and much more. In March, 2006, Jamais started Open the Future as his online home.

He is currently a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Future, serves as the Director of Impacts Analysis for the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, and is a Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

In 2006, he was invited to present his ideas at the TED conference. His work has featured in publications as diverse as METROPOLIS, TECHNOLOGY REVIEW, and ForeignPolicy.com. He was featured in National Geographic Television's SIX DEGREES, the 2008 documentary on the effects of global warming, and speaks around the world on issues including the global environment, technological transformation, and political change. For fun, he serves as technical advisor on science fiction film and TV projects, and designed several well-received science fiction game settings.

In 2008, Jamais collaborated with Dr Jane McGonigal (who presented at AMPLIFY2007) as 10-year forecast creator for Superstruct, the Institute for the Future's 2009 alternate reality game imaging life, environment and impacts in 2018 through the actions of thousands of gamers.

Dr Madanmohan Rao

Bangalore K-Community
Consultant

Madanmohan is a prime example of a global netizen- knowledgeable across multiple disciplines, networked, and mobile in every sense.  While his base station is Bangalore where he co-ordinates the Bangalore K-Community of knowledge management professionals, he travels extensively as editor-at-large of Wireless World Magazine, writer for the Poynter Institute on new media trends, consultant to governments, including Australia, and as researcher and editor of a three-book series: "The Asia Pacific Internet Handbook", "The Knowledge Management Chronicles" and "AfricaDotEdu".

Madan practices knowledge-sharing actively as speaker in over 60 countries around the world and as lecturer in KM and adjunct faculty head at both the International School of Information Management in Mysore, and the Indian Institute of Information Technology in Bangalore, with exchanges to Malmo University in Sweden. He is conference chair for Digital Worlds, Wireless India, the annual summit of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre and RFID India.

Madan was formerly the communications director at the United Nations Inter Press Service bureau in New York, and vice president at IndiaWorld Communications in Bombay. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology at Bombay and the University of Massachusetts with an M.Sc. in computer science and a Ph.D. in communications.

He served on the nominating committee of ICANN (International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), which designs and manages the infrastructure of the global Internet, and the board of directors of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. He is currently on the board of editors of the journal "Electronic Markets" and the Journal of Community Informatics, and was on the board of the Journal of Convergence. Madan was also on the international editorial board of the recently published book, "Transforming e-Knowledge".

MIT Sloan’s Centre for Digital Business
Researcher

Michael Schrage

MIT Sloan’s Centre for Digital Business
Researcher

Provocateur of business model thinking, purveyor of prototypes, practitioner of rapid testing

Areas of expertise:

  • Business model Innovation
  • Behavioural economics
  • Rapid prototyping and experimentation

Michael Schrage is one of the world's most provocative thought leaders on innovation.

He holds research appointments and teaches at MIT Sloan's School Centre for Digital Business and Imperial College's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group in London.

Working with clients like Google, Facebook, Procter&Gamble, Disney, Shell, Microsoft, and NASDAQ, Michael helps organisations build new capabilities in lightweight, high-impact design experimentation.

His research and writing focuses on the 'behavioural economics' of models, prototypes and simulations as collaborative tools for managing innovation opportunity and risk.

He is one of Harvard Business Review's most read and commented upon bloggers. His ebook, 'Who Do You Want Your Customer to Become?' published by Harvard Business School has been a Top Ten business best-seller on Amazon Kindle.

Michael is the author of several books on the role of collaborative tools and technologies in enabling innovation - 'Shared Minds' and 'Serious Play'. Schrage has also been a columnist for Fortune magazine, CIO magazine and Technology Review. He's also been a contributor to strategy+business, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, IEEE Spectrum and other publications.

Schrage has also been Founder and Executive Director of the Innovation Grants Competition, a strategic philanthropy initiative launched by Merrill Lynch and has worked with the Millstein Centre on Corporate Governance exploring how boards of directors should model and manage risk. He also collaborates with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies on improving complex systems procurement by America's national security communities and serves as senior advisor to MIT's Security Studies Program and Trust Entrepreneurship Centre.

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Amplify talks & workshops

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Salesforce
Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning
VP of Alibaba investment arm, Youku Global Media Fund
The Endless Collective, New York
Academy Award winner and CEO
Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director

Peter Schwartz

Salesforce
Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning

Peter Schwartz is an internationally renowned futurist and business strategist, specializing in scenario planning and working with corporations, governments, and institutions to create alternative perspectives of the future and develop robust strategies for a changing and uncertain world. As Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning for Salesforce, he manages the organization’s ongoing strategic conversation. Peter leads the Salesforce Futures LAB – a collaboration between strategic thinkers at Salesforce and its customers around provocative ideas on the future of business.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Peter was co-founder and chairman of Global Business Network. He is the author of several works. His first book, The Art of the Long View, is considered a seminal publication on scenario planning. Peter has also served as a script consultant on the films "The Minority Report," "Deep Impact," "Sneakers," and "War Games." He received a B.S. in aeronautical engineering and astronautics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

Matt Lee

VP of Alibaba investment arm, Youku Global Media Fund

VP of Alibaba investment arm, Youku Global Media Fund

Duncan Ransom

The Endless Collective, New York
Academy Award winner and CEO

Duncan Ransom is the Founder and CEO of The Endless Collective, a full-service production studio specialising in virtual/augmented reality applications, photo-real digital sculpting and high-end 3D pre-visualisation.

Before establishing The Endless Collective, Duncan served as a computer-generated story artist and animator with legendary animation studio, Framestore CFC, where he and his team won the VFX category Academy Award for their work on Gravity. His animation work has also been seen in other visually stunning films including Edge of Tomorrow, 47 Ronin and Clash of the Titans. Duncan is currently focused on using immersive technology tools to help improve and redefine aid in the healthcare, environmental, medical and recreational therapy industries.

Brian Schwartz AM

Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director

Brian was appointed a Director of IAG in January 2005 and became chairman in August 2010. He is Chairman of Insurance Manufacturers of Australia Pty Limited. Brian sits on the IAG Remuneration Committee. 

Brian is deputy chairman and Chairman elect of Scentre Group (including chairman of the Remuneration Committee) and deputy chairman of Westfield Corporation. He was chief executive of Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd from 2005 to 2009. Previously he was with Ernst & Young Australia from 1979 to 2004, becoming its chief executive in 1998. He was a member of Ernst & Young's global board and managing partner of the Oceania area.

Brian is Chairman of the Moriah Foundation and previously Deputy Chairman of the board of Football Federation Australia Limited and Asian Cup 2015 Organising Committee.

Brian was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 for his services to business and the community. He was previously a member of the Federal Government's Australian Multicultural Advisory Council and in 2001 he was named Leading CEO for the Advancement of Women by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency.

Former Prime Minister New Zealand
International Professional Director
Deloitte Australia
CEO
Network TEN
Executive General Manager

Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley

Former Prime Minister New Zealand

Dame Jenny Shipley is a Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and now an independent Director and key note speaker tracking mega trends globally with particular expertise on the Asia Pacific region. She has served as an independent Director on the Shanghai and Hong Kong listed China Construction Bank for 6 years and now chairs the NZ subsidiary China Construction Bank NZ Ltd. She also chairs the former SOE and now NZX and ASX listed company Genesis Energy and a number of other companies and organizations. She has just completed a 15 month project chairing the Advisory Board on Transitional Arrangements for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

Dame Jenny Shipley was the 36th Prime Minister of New Zealand holding office from 1997 to 1999 and the first woman to do so. In the preceding seven years she held a number of Senior Ministerial positions in the New Zealand Government where she took a leading role in New Zealand’s very significant economic and social reforms of that time. As Prime Minister she chaired APEC in NZ in 1999, again the first women to do so. In 2002 she retired from NZ politics having served 15years in the New Zealand Parliament and returned to the business sector.

Dame Jenny has and intense interest in emerging economies in the Asia Pacific region and is a regular visitor to China. She is a Board member of the Boao Forum for Asia and the Beijing based International Finance Forum and was an Initiator of the Education Forum for East Asia. She is an Executive Board member of the New Zealand China Council. She has recently retired as chair of Global Women NZ , she co-chairs NZ Women Corporate Directors and NZ diversity initiative Champions for Change. She is a retired Vice President but remaining board member of the Club of Madrid, a group of 104 former Presidents and Prime Ministers involved in leadership development globally.

Dame Jenny has been married to Burton for over 40 years, is the mother of two adult children and grandmother to Otis, Flynn and Zara.

Her passion is working with leaders who have the courage and competence to help "shape the future" of their companies and their country.

Jane Diplock AO

International Professional Director

Jane Diplock AO has had wide governance experience in the public, private and not for profit sectors for over 20 years in financial services, education and regulation. She sits on a number of international boards and committees including Singapore Exchange Limited, Australian Financial Services Group Pty Limited, the Public Interest Oversight Board, the International Integrated Reporting Council Board and the International Advisory Committee to the CSRC (China Securites Regulatory Commission) and the International Advisory Board to SEBI (the Securities and Exchange Board of India). She is qualified in law and international economics and retired as Chairman of the New Zealand Securites Commission and IOSCO,the International Organisation of Securities Commissions, in 2011 to follow a career in governance internationally.

Cindy Hook

Deloitte Australia
CEO

Appointed as the firm's CEO in 2015, Cindy is passionate about providing inspired leadership and her strengths lie in challenging teams across the firm to develop different approaches to winning and delivering new business.  Her vision includes a commitment to integrating our broad capabilities to provide better solutions for our clients, supporting diversity in all its forms and leading Deloitte to make an enduring social, cultural and economic impact in Australia. She is committed to disrupting the professional services sector and embraces innovation to drive the firm’s progress in this regard.

Cindy serves as the Lead Client Service Partner on the world largest metals recycling business and engages routinely with client executives and non-executive directors for clients across the firm’s portfolio through formal client service assessments and through business and diversity forums.

Deloitte's Australian practice has net revenue of over $1.5 billion, with 600 partners and more than 6,000 employees located in 14 Australian offices, together with Papua New Guinea, Hyderabad in India and Timor-Leste.

Cindy is the Executive sponsor of the Deloitte Foundation, a member of the Asia Pacific leadership team and sits on the Global Executive Committee. She has been recognised externally for her role in successfully transforming A&A, with the firm named the 'CFO Audit Firm of the Year' and winning the 'Australian Design Award' for the services sector, both in 2013. She was included on The Australian's 2015 list of 50 most powerful women in business.

Cindy is the Treasurer of Chief Executive Women (CEW), Australia's premier organisation of female executives committed to the advancement of women.  She is a Member of the Business Council of Australia, the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Cindy joined Deloitte in1986 in the US firm's San Francisco audit practice, where she progressed her career over 23 years serving some of the firm's largest health care and life sciences clients.  Cindy moved to Deloitte Australia in 2009 and led, transformed and grew the Australian firm's Assurance & Advisory (A&A) practice for five years, delivering audit and accounting advisory services to clients across business and government. Under her leadership, A&A grew its share of listed company audits, built an advisory practice, and consistently maintained profitability while standing up to regulatory scrutiny

Cindy is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Cindy and her husband Chris have two teenage sons and live in Sydney. Cindy is passionate about health and fitness and loves endurance sports, cycling and anything outdoors.

Russel Howcroft

Network TEN
Executive General Manager

Through his appearances on ABC1's hugely successful show 'The Gruen TransferRussel Howcroft has become the very public face of brand marketing and advertising in Australia. In fact according to media mogul, Harold Mitchell, Russel has become a brand himself.

Indeed Harold Mitchell awarded Russel a much coveted Charlie Award on the basis of personal brand creation. And while Russel was pleased to be recognized in such a fashion, his mum was particularly pleased, as she is a Huge Harold fan!

Russel is currently Executive General Manager of the TEN Network, one of its most senior executives. Prior to this role, Russel was Chief Executive Officer Australia/ New Zealand at Young & Rubicam Brands. He fell in love with the advertising industry after doing a week's work experience at advertising agency McCann Erickson while part way through a marketing degree at Chisholm Institute (now part of Monash University). His father had started working in advertising at the ripe old age of 45, after a career as a cartoonist and businessman, and he suggested that his son give it a go. Russel, who hated university, managed to extend his work experience into an 18-month job.

In his early 20s, Russel headed to London and spent five years working at Lowe Howard-Spink, one of Britain's top creative agencies. His major account was Heineken beer, and his work on that account was considered one of Britain's best ad campaigns of its time.

Russel returned to Melbourne in 1995 and co-founded Leonardi Brandhouse. He spent the next 11 years running his own agencies with various partners, before joining George Patterson Y&R, Australia's oldest agency brand, in 2006. The group includes The Campaign Palace, VML, ideaworks and Brand Asset consulting.

Russel is also the former Chairman of the Advertising Federation of Australia. He has been a regular commentator on radio in Melbourne. Russel's other passion is reflected in his position on the board of the Melbourne Football club.

US National Retail Federation
Senior Vice President
IBM Research - Australia
Vice President and Lab Director
PwC
Global Financial Services Chairman
PwC
Senior Executive Advisor

Vicki Cantrell

US National Retail Federation
Senior Vice President

'People are always going to go shopping. A lot of our effort is just: ''ow do we make the retail experience a great one?’' Sir Philip Greene, British Retailer, Chairman of Arcadia Group (Topshop, Topman, Wallis, Evans, Burton, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, and Outfit).

We are delighted to welcome Vicki Cantrell of the US National Retail Federation (NRF) to Sydney for this Amplify Talk. Vicki will share with us the latest customer insights, design thinking and innovation opportunities in emerging technologies, to delight customers.

This is a rare opportunity to hear from a global thought leader with C-suite leadership experience in Technology, Operations, Marketing and Growth for leading brands including Tory Burch, the Gucci Group, Armani Corporation and JCPenney.

BIOGRAPHY

Vicki Cantrell is senior vice president, communities, and executive director of Shop.org at the National Retail Federation. In this role, she is responsible for providing strategic direction and management of Shop.org, NRF’s digital retail division. Additionally, she provides oversight for all NRF communities, including NRF’s CIO Council, CMO Council, the Association of Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) and Loss Prevention.

Prior to joining NRF, Cantrell served as the COO and CIO of Tory Burch during a period of extreme growth and expansion domestically and internationally. During her storied retail career, Cantrell has also worked as CIO of Giorgio Armani Corporation and held positions of growing responsibility with Gucci Group, Party City and JCPenney.

Cantrell is a respected industry leader and has been an active member of NRF and the NRF CIO Council for over ten years. Among other honors, she was named as one of the most prominent women IT executives by Executive Technology Magazine.

Cantrell is a Philadelphia native but lives with her family in Randolph, NJ. She is also the proud grandmother of two adopted boys from Russia.

Dr Joanna Batstone

IBM Research - Australia
Vice President and Lab Director

Dr Joanna Batstone, Vice President and Lab Director, IBM Research - Australia, joins us for an Amplify Talk on IBM's Global Innovation Outlook.

During a time of unprecedented change, Dr Batstone will discuss the emerging technology trends that will disrupt business in the future. This Amplify Talk will focus on IBM's Global Innovation Outlook, including the opportunities created by cognitive computing and artificial intelligence. This talk will be of interest to anyone that’s interested in the understanding the global technology trends that will likely impact the financial services industry in the coming years.

BIOGRAPHY

Dr Batstone is the Vice President and Lab Director, IBM Research Australia and Chief Technology Officer, IBM A/NZ. Joanna has held a variety of technical and business leadership Executive roles in IBM, including Global Technology Services, Europe; worldwide strategy responsibility for Distributed Computing Research USA; managing the Research relationship with IBM Software Group's Application Integration and Middleware team; and solutions development in IBM's Healthcare & Life Sciences. Joanna has a B.Sc. in Chemical Physics and a Ph.D. in Physics from The University of Bristol. She completed postdoctoral work at AT&T Bell Laboratories, New Jersey, and a Lectureship in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Liverpool, UK.

Phil Rivett

PwC
Global Financial Services Chairman

According to PwC's recent Global CEO Survey, 62% expressed concern about the impact of disruption in their industry, with Australian business leaders even more likely to anticipate disruptive trends than their global counterparts.

As Global Financial Services Chairman at PwCPhil Rivett is uniquely positioned to discuss the converging forces disrupting financial services across the globe, including: IT security, the “fintech” boom, skills challenges and regulation as a threat to growth.

During this Amplify Talk Phil Rivett will draw on 35 years’ experience in the financial services sector to highlight opportunities for innovation and transformation.

Marc Robinson

PwC
Senior Executive Advisor

5 acts of unconventional leadership feature in PwC Strategy&'s new book Strategy That Works. Based on extensive research of over 4,400 senior executives, the book outlines the formula to transform a value proposition into real results by closing the strategy through execution gap.

Companies that commit to the '5 acts' by developing a coherent strategy to execution framework achieve incredible results, including growth 3x faster and increased profitability 2x faster than industry averages.

As Senior Executive Advisor at PwC's Strategy, Marc Robinson will deliver an Amplify Talk that will focus on:

  • How clear are you about who you are as a company and how you choose to create value? Would stakeholders – internal and external – give the same answer?
  • Have you specified how each distinctive capability works and how it helps your company create value? Do you have a plan for how to innovate and advance these capabilities over time?
  • Do you consider your company culture something inherently positive? Are you clear about how to leverage and scale up the positive aspects of your culture?
  • Is the majority of your expense budget invested in your distinctive capabilities? Do you have aggressive cost targets to reduce expense investment in non-critical areas?
  • Do you have privileged access to customers so you can meet their needs better that your competitors? Are you driving change in the market and shaping your own future?

Marc Robinson is a Fortune 100 senior executive with experience leading some of the world's largest and most successful brands through strategic and operational transformation, including Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer.

PwC
Leader Global Insurance Practice
Panel discussion with PwC and Reinvent Australia
Business, creative and leadership strategist

Stephen O'Hearn

PwC
Leader Global Insurance Practice

As global insurance leader at PwC, Stephen O'Hearn is uniquely positioned to discuss global disruption in insurance and the converging forces that require insurance companies to innovate.

During this Amplify Talk, Stephen will discuss the ways customers expect insurers to act like retailers through an omni-channel experience. He'll talk about innovation in wearable technologies and how data and analytics are enabling insurers to better anticipate the needs of customers.

Stephen will also discuss the impacts of demographic shifts on the insurance industry, including how disruption is opening up ways to attract millennials into insurance and the opportunities created by the ageing population.

This Amplify Talk is only for employees of AMP and PwC.

Reinvent

Panel discussion with PwC and Reinvent Australia

To kick off the 'ideas boom' for the New Year, we are partnering with Amplify Innovation Partners PwC and Reinvent Australia for a conversation with a panel of change-makers to explore some big questions:

  • How might we rethink, re-imagine and redesign government and cities to support the reinvention of Australia to thrive on the global stage in a very different future?
  • And how might we innovate for the creation of a shared vision and a national strategic plan that sits above party politics and endures beyond election cycles.

Our panel of change-makers will each present for 10 minutes and this will be followed by a facilitated conversation to explore the intersection of possibilities. We are inviting you to join this conversation and stay for a drink or two, maybe even start a movement as we set the tone for a year of change!

Speakers:

  • Dr Graham Kenny - Why Reinvent Australia?
  • Oliver Freeman - Needs, desires and opportunities for business and Communities
  • Paul Shetler - The opportunities for government
  • Michelle Fitzgerald - The opportunities for Cities and Councils
  • Kate Eriksson - Conversation facilitator

Megan Dalla-Camina

Business, creative and leadership strategist

Megan Dalla-Camina is the best selling author of Getting Real About Having It All, a business, career and creative strategist, and a coach, writer and speaker on women, leadership and wellbeing. Well known for her capacity to inspire and empower, while keeping it real, Megan helps people and businesses get to their essence with creativity and courage.

With nearly two decades building strategies for multi-billion dollar organisations for companies such as GE, PwC and IBM, Masters degrees in both Business Management and Wellness (Positive Psychology) and the ability to enable both individuals and businesses to thrive, she blends science, spirit and experience to drive results that matter. Her work has been referred to by Forbes as “brave” and by Naomi Wolf as “refreshing”. Often called the “permission giver” by her clients, she helps them unlock the essential and sometimes unseen elements needed for career, business and personal success – on their own terms.

When she is not building breakthrough business strategies for passionate entrepreneurs, creating positive leaders, or helping aspiring women create their dream careers, you can find her researching her PhD in women and feminine power, holding space for budding writers through her writers groups and coaching creatives on unleashing their potential.

Megan writes weekly at megandallacamina.com and you can find her blogging at Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Women's Agenda and in articles for Fast Company, Wellbeing Magazine and Renegade Collective.

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-dalla-camina

Amplify Talks 2015

Blackbullion (UK)
Founder & CEO
US Centre for Financial Services Innovation
Vice President
Oracle (Asia-Pacific)
Digital Director
Elabor8
Principal Consultant

Vivi Friedgut

Blackbullion (UK)
Founder & CEO

Today's millenials are increasingly referred to as “generation rent”, “generation broke” and the first generation to be financially worse off than their parents.

Lack of financial smarts and basic money management skills can have a crippling effect on the wellbeing and long-term future of today's young people. However, by learning the fundamentals of money management, goal setting and debt management, today's youth can both enjoy their time as students and set themselves up for a financial future that won’t own them. 

In her Amplify Talk, Vivi Friedgut, Founder and CEO of Blackbullion, will draw on her experiences working with young people, their attitudes to money, their hopes and dreams but also frequent nightmares resulting from student fees and lifestyle debt. In her talk, Vivi will share stories and case studies of how education, coaching, goal-setting and smartly designed technology experiences can change someone’s life and help them to own their long-term future prospects.

Vivi will discuss financial education as a key to democracy and a strong and sustainable economy. She will talk about the opportunities available to financial services organisations who engage in the financial education of today's young people and how tapping into technology and creative thinking can uncover these opportunities and help turn financial education from something deemed "boring" into something "relevant and engaging".

Vivi’s talk will appeal to financial advisors, technologists, strategists and marketing professionals and be both inspiring and thought provoking – with Vivi touching on the challenges young people face, the broad impact of these challenges as well as how EdTech and FinTech can come together to assist in financial literacy and education.

Amplify Talk: Vivi Friedgut on 'The keys to financial freedom – teaching young people safe money habits'

Date: 15 December 2015

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Venue: Level 25 Board Dining Room, AMP Building, Circular Quay 33 Alfred Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

For tickets, click here.

About Vivi:

Vivi Friedgut is a financial management expert who spent almost a decade managing the wealth of high net worth families and individuals.

In 2012 Vivi established Blackbullion, an award winning EdTech innovator empowering young people to prepare for the challenges of the 21st century work environment through a unique SaaS solution providing better money management, employability and enterprise skills.

It is Vivi's ambition to ensure that through Blackbullion Online students develop the confidence, knowledge and skill to take control of their financial destiny and create an epic future.

Vivi is an Aussie who, after years in wealth management, is proud to be at the centre of the London technology and innovation scene.Vivi is an Ambassador of EdTech UK, as well as an author and regular commentator of matters of personal finance, employability, enterprise and the power of people in technology.

Jeanne Hogarth

US Centre for Financial Services Innovation
Vice President

It's impossible to talk about customer's financial well-being without understanding the role that technology and innovation is playing to connect consumers with information and tools to help them achieve their goals.

In this Amplify Talk, Jeanne Hogarth from the  US Centre for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) in Washington DC will share their latest research into consumer needs and aspirations, and discuss the fintech innovations that are helping them achieve their goals to become and to stay financially healthy.

It will take industry, innovators and entrepreneurs, policy makers, and community leaders working together to advance old models of financial literacy and capability development to one where consumers can help realize their financial goals themselves. Join Jeanne for a unique opportunity to uncover the latest thinking from CFSI, the US authority on consumer financial health, on the opportunities around Personal Financial Management 3.0.

Not-to-be missed by anyone in the financial services industry,Jeanne'Amplify Talk is sure to be a crowd-pleaser - offering up to the minute examples and research, and will be available to both AMP employees and external visitors. AMP employees are therefore encouraged to register for Jeanne'Amplify Talk early to avoid disappointment.

About Jeanne Hogarth

Jeanne Hogarth, Vice President for Policy at the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), works to strengthen the Center’s research and engagement efforts with policy makers in government, NGOs, non-profits, and other key stakeholders. Jeanne serves on CFSI’s Consumer Financial Health Study project team and supports the Center’s work in promoting high-quality innovation in small-dollar credit, prepaid cards, savings, and payments.

Prior to joining CFSI, Jeanne worked as an economist in the Consumer and Community Affairs at the Federal Reserve Board, managing the Consumer Research section. There, Jeanne led research projects on consumer financial behavior and decision-making, financial services access and inclusion, and household economic stability. Jeanne also led the Board’s consumer outreach efforts, implementing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the international, federal, non-profit, and for-profit sectors; managing outreach, print, and web-based consumer information; and conducting program evaluation.

Before joining the Federal Reserve Board, Jeanne was as an Associate Professor of consumer economics at Cornell University where she worked with Cooperative Extension on translating research into practice in community development and consumer finance. Before completing her graduate degrees, Jeanne taught high school in Ohio.

Jeanne has authored numerous research articles as well as consumer financial education resources. Both Jeanne's research and her consumer education programs have received awards for their excellence.

Jeanne is an avid traveler, seeing the world from A (Argentina and Australia) to Z (Zambia and Zimbabwe).

Jeanne received a B.S. in Education from Bowling Green State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Family and Consumer Economics from The Ohio State University.

Tweeting as @JeanneHogarth

Paul Ricketts

Oracle (Asia-Pacific)
Digital Director

After packed out Amplify Talks during August and September 2015, Paul Ricketts joins Amplify on Wednesday 14 October, 4-5pm - Board Dining Room, Level 25, AMP, Circular Quay, for a talk on 'thinking like a start-up to transform the enterprise'.

In this session, Paul Ricketts, Digital Director for Oracle Asia-Pacific, will explore what's required to shift from centralised IT operations to technology becoming the organisational engine for transformation and growth. Unlike enterprises that are born digital, most established businesses don’t have the luxury of starting with a clean slate; they must build their architectures for a digital enterprise on legacy foundations.

Paul suggests "thinking like a start-up and stop fearing failure" is a mantra that leaders and IT professionals should embrace as they rethink their approach to technology and adopt the same principles that drive today’s web giants.

Paul will offer real examples of digital disruption within the financial services and insurance industry and unpack the attributes of what it means to "be a digital business". He will describe the characteristics of leaders who have successfully transformed based on his experience over the past two years of working on digital transformation projects. Finally, he will talk about the role of culture, talent and organisation design for successful digital transformation.

Paul’s talk is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and will be available to both AMP employees and external visitors. Tickets are available by visiting the event page, here:https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/amplify-talk-think-like-a-start-up-to-tr...

About our speaker:

Paul Ricketts is the Digital Director for Oracle Asia-Pacific region. Based in Sydney, he provides strategic guidance and support to Oracle’s customers and partners around the use of digitally-disruptive engagement approaches and the use of technology to drive the delivery of innovative and differentiating solutions. Core focus areas are Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, Internet of Things and Oracle’s Digital Business Platform.

Paul has more than 25 years’ experience in the technology industry – spanning pre-press publishing, image outsource management, human-resource management systems and enterprise information management. Paul is a Certified Information Professional, accredited by AIIM and is a well-travelled individual who brings a wealth of experience in delivering digital-disruption and cutting-edge technologies to his clients. Paul has a particular interest in emerging trends, ideas, concepts and solutions and how these can positively impact organisations in both the public and private sector.

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/pricketts

 

 

Erwin Van Der Koogh

Elabor8
Principal Consultant

For a highly effective organisation to survive and thrive, it needs to harness the creativity and ingenuity of all its people.

Rated a Top 3 keynote speaker at this year's Agile Australia conference, by AMP employees, Erwin van der Koogh joins Amplify Talks to discuss creating that competitive edge.

Amplify Talk'The habits of effective agile organisations'Monday 14 September 2015 - AMP Building, Circular Quay.

Erwin is a Principal Consultant at Elabor8 and based in Melbourne. His current area of focus is in promoting new ways of organising to cope with the ever increasing unpredictability and complexity in our environment, and advice in Agile Transformation, Innovation and Product Design, Lean Program Delivery, Business Analysis and Architecture.

As Principal Consultant at Elabor8, Erwin works with clients to improve their Agile and Lean Software Development practices and to help improve the time it takes for them to go from concept to cash. He is an international speaker that regularly speaks on topics intersecting Business, Complexity and Technology.

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/evanderkoogh

Inventium
Innovation Psychologist and Founder
Oracle (USA)
Big Data Strategist

Amantha Imber

Inventium
Innovation Psychologist and Founder

Innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of innovation consultancy Inventium

Dr Amantha Imber is an innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of Australia's leading innovation consultancy Inventium – which was awarded the BRW Client Choice Award for Best Management Consultancy in Australia. Amantha has a PhD in organisational psychology and has helped companies such as Google, Coca-Cola, Disney, LEGO, Red Bull, American Express, McDonalds, Virgin Australia, Commonwealth Bank and many others innovate more successfully. She is an in-demand speaker, and has been invited to speak in the UK, the United States, Asia, Europe, as well as in Australia.

Amantha is the co-creator of the BRW Most Innovative Companies list, an annual list that her company puts together ranking Australia's top innovators. She writes articles for publications such as BRW, Australian Business Solutions and Smart Company and is the author of the best-selling book "The Creativity Formula: 50 scientifically proven creativity boosters for work and for life".

Amantha had an international record deal for her debut album Like Samantha without the S, prays to the God of Kevin Spacey and claims to have once been freakishly good at table tennis.

User LinkedIn: 

https://au.linkedin.com/in/amanthaimber

Paul Sonderegger

Oracle (USA)
Big Data Strategist

Strategist, storyteller, technologist, and Oracle Big-Data Scientist

Paul Sonderegger is a strategist, storyteller, technologist — in that order, as well as being an English major with a tech habit.

Amplify Talk: 'How data drives customer value and business outcomes' Thursday 20 August 2015, 4-5pm - AMP Building, Circular Quay.

The world is making a digital copy of itself, and that’s a big deal. Information is part of every activity in personal, public and commercial life. It helps us decide and do things better (but not always good things). When you dramatically cut the cost of capturing, keeping and using information, you can do things and make choices in ways that used to be impossible.

Paul works for Oracle where he's a Big Data Strategist - working closely with executive teams in large organizations to help them understand how data capital changes the way companies compete. He also helps Oracle’s big data product teams use real-world examples to influence future product directions.

Sonderegger is a highly sought-after speaker on the intersection of competitive strategy and data capital, and is a contributing author at Forbes.com and DataInformed.

Prior to joining Oracle, Sonderegger was chief strategist at Endeca, a discovery analytics company. Before Endeca, he was a principal analyst at Forrester Research, specializing in search and user-experience design. Sonderegger has a BA from Wake Forest University.

Amplify Talks

Babel Fish Group
Director
TCS
Chief Technology Officer
Respect Network
CTO
Google
Head of Enterprise Product Innovation

Dr Andrew Rixon

Babel Fish Group
Director

AMPLIFY2009 workshop: How can we thrive in complexity?

Growing resilience through a different way of thinking and doing

With one of the first PhD's in Complex Systems and Complexity Science from the University of Queensland in June 1999, Andrew has gained global experience in working with organisations in Australia and the USA, the Netherlands and the UK. The "complex systems" perspective has allowed him to make contributions in the areas of systems and software development, knowledge management, social research, facilitation and management consulting. In his spare time, he juggles.

Today, Andrew's focus is on how complexity-inspired approaches can change the way we work and his presentations and workshop at AMPLIFY09 will explore how the new science of complexity provides us with a new tool box of skills and techniques to tackle the question of how we can thrive in complexity. The only problem is – some of these new skills and techniques require a different kind of thinking and doing.

Are you up for the challenge?

User LinkedIn: 

https://au.linkedin.com/in/andrewrixon

 

Ananth Krishnan

TCS
Chief Technology Officer

Ananth is the Chief Technology Officer of India's largest software company, Tata Consulting Services and chairs the TCS Corporate Technology Board.

Named in Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2007 and in Infoworld's Top 25 CTOs in the same year, he is also a Senior Member of the IEEE and serves on the ACM India Council.

He's been a member of the TCS Corporate Think-Tank since 1999, a Principal Architect and Lead Consultant in the Architecture and Technology Consulting Practice, and earlier the head of the TCS Systems Management and the Systems Software Group.

He has served on several Advisory Boards of software companies, as well Industry bodies and Government committees, plus on the organizing committees of several national and international conferences.

Anath has an M. Tech. in Computer Science and an M.Sc in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, whilst he is also a Distinguished Alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 2009 and has been an invited faculty in the Department of Management Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Andy Dale

Respect Network
CTO

With citizenships in three countries, Andy is a one man diversity program. His career history is equally diverse, including stints in tractor maintenance, high fashion, and movie and theater production before finding his place in the high tech world of Silicon Valley.

The consistent thread through Andy's travels and travails is the passion for delivering quality product and quality experience through innovative management and collaboration models. He has built globally scaleable enterprise systems for CitiBank, The Gap, and IBM, and he architected one of the world's largest federated identity systems for the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Together with the rest of the Respect Network team, Andy is now bringing a little taste of the Kibbutz to the Internet.

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/andydale

Anil Sabharwal

Google
Head of Enterprise Product Innovation

Prior to joining Google, Anil was founder and Managing Director of RAYV, Australia's first ever business review social community. In less than 6 months, Anil guided the development of the product, launched the offering, and secured RAYV as one of Australia's Top 100 Web 2.0 companies. He is also credited with co-founding and successfully growing Desire2Learn into what is now the world’s second largest online learning company focused on the educational sector.

Anil's previous roles include General Manager of Talent2's management consulting division, where he looked after key client accounts such as eBay and Telstra, and VP Marketing and International Sales at NGRAIN, a leading graphics software provider, developing and managing the company's long term strategic vision for its patented technology. Under his direction the company grew revenue over 900% in less than 3 years.

Anil has held senior software development and product management roles with Microsoft and IBM, and the provision of internet-based rich media advertising technology and services.

He holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science and Business Administration. He was nominated as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.

AMP
Catalyst for Magic
General Assembly
Head of Admissions
Present Group
CEO and Managing Director
IfWeRanTheWorld
Founder and CEO

Annalie Killian

AMP
Catalyst for Magic

Annalie Killian builds bridges between the future and the present to help corporations and people anticipate, adapt and thrive. A leader who liberates creative imagination, appetite and desire for change and accelerates innovation, she helps decisionmakers understand how technology disrupts business models, and how to adapt quickly and lead people to and through change.

Her eco-system approach to growing an innovation culture achieved an industry record in employee participation and engagement and earned her the Lawrence Hargraves Award for her contribution to innovation in Australia.

Annalie guides culture and behavioral change through open networks, rapid proto-typing of ideas, and the smart use of collaboration and social technologies.

In 2005, she founded the AMPLIFY Innovation & Thought Leadership Festival that explores emerging trends and distruptive technologies in the context of existing businesses. She has grown this initiative into Australia's largest corporate innovation and learning platform attracting thousands of active participants through a unique and immersive learning experience.

She designed and built AMP's first online crowd-sourced ideas platform to grow people's ideas from concept to value realisation and from this foundation, it grew to a company-wide programme.

She led the Enterprise 2.0 adoption and social business transformation and under her leadership, the AMP intranet was named in the Norman-Nielsen Group's list of 10 best global intranets in 2010.

She nurtures creativity across the organisation through design, applied learning and personal challenges. This is the cutting-edge of capacity building and results in life-changing experiences for people.

She can demonstrate business outcomes and value with measurable ROI, the adoption of new strategy, implemented ideas, new products and services, business process improvements, a pipeline of investment projects, and a positive change in employee engagement and culture from 35% to 78% over 10 years

In a nutshell, she catalyses the magic of human potential- the value an organisation gets from employing human beings, not machines.

 

User LinkedIn: 

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/annaliekillian

Ben Cochrane

General Assembly
Head of Admissions

Ben Cochrane is the Head of Admissions at the General Assembly Sydney campus. Ben has both corporate and startup experience, having previously managed a team of stockbrokers at Goldman Sachs JBWere as well as running his own technology hardware startup. He is passionate about business development, customer engagement and product design

User LinkedIn: 

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ben-cochrane/2a/124/755

 

Brian Grimmer

Present Group
CEO and Managing Director

Brian founded the Present Group in 2011 and is the current CEO and Managing Director.

He has also held that same role with Powertech since 2002. Brian has overseen the enterprise and guided its strategic growth to become a national and international leader in the field of Completions. Completions is a relatively recent term to describe the stewardship and governance of major capital projects and assets throughout their entire life cycle.

During Brian's tenure Present Group has incubated and launched several highly successful businesses.

He has a great passion for engagement with the community which has led to many successful collaborations with like minded leaders and cultures, including philanthropy projects in Australia and the Philippines.

Cindy Gallop

IfWeRanTheWorld
Founder and CEO

Renowned Digital Diva

Advertising guru and business consultant Cindy Gallop was named Advertising Woman of the Year in 2003 from the Advertising Women of New York.

She is is also Founder & CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld, a radically simple web meets world platform designed to turn human and corporate good intentions into action, one microaction at a time.

Selectively consult alongside this as a brand and business innovator, working only with clients who want to change the game in their sector and looking for radical, breakthrough, innovative and transformative ways to do so. My consulting approach can be summarized as 'I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business'.

Specialties:IfWeRanTheWorld works with brands and businesses to craft tailored, customized Action Programs designed to integrate social responsibility and business objectives, in order to do good and make money simultaneously, and resulting in Action Branding - the advertising of the future: communication through demonstration.

User Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/cindy.gallop

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/cindygallop

One Million Acts of Innovation Australia
CEO
Boing Boing
Sci-fi Novelist and Editor
TrinityP3
Founder
Meeco
CTO

Constantine Georgiou

One Million Acts of Innovation Australia
CEO

CEO of the non-profit organization One Million Acts of Innovation Australia, Constantine Georgiou is passionate about the Social Physics and how the integration of technology with the Human condition can best be utilised to drive innovation within society.  Constantine is a firm believer in the notion that innovation is everybody’s birth right.

Don’t miss the chance to see Constantine Georgiou on our panel of speakers as he offers his expert opinion on many topics relating to innovation within society and how to best integrate the human element with technology.

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/congeorgiou

Cory Doctorow

Boing Boing
Sci-fi Novelist and Editor

Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author

Cory is a blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcityeconomicsCan science fiction predict the future? Sci-fi author and technology activist, Cory Doctorow, posed this question when he spoke at Samplify in Sydney on 1 June 2012.

Darren Woolley

TrinityP3
Founder

Strategic marketing management

As founder of TrinityP3, Asia Pacific's leading strategic marketing management consultancy, Darren Woolley is at the leading edge of decision-making in the marketing and advertising industry. As an analytical scientist and creative problem solver, Darren brings unique insights and expertise to the marketing process.

And in May 2012 Darren kicked off AMP's second session of the Samplify series: 'how to pitch like Don Draper'

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrenwoolley

Derek Munneke

Meeco
CTO

One of the most recognisable faces among Adelaide's tech-savvy movers and shakers, Derek Munneke has spent a decade and a half working his way up in the IT industry. Originally a developer, Derek has fulfilled roles as varied as manager, salesman, mentor, and social organiser. With vast experience in all aspects of the software lifecycle, Derek brings a passion and dedication to developing good software.

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/derekmunneke

Author, "The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge"
Flamingo Ventures
Founder & CEO
University College London
Professor of Business Psychology
Innovation Leadership Forum
Founder & Director

Doc Searls

Author, "The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge"

Doc Searls is the author of The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012), and co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual (Basic Books, 2000, 2010). 

He is also Senior Editor of Linux Journal, a fellow at the Center for Information Technology & Society at UC Santa Barbara, and founder and director of ProjectVRM at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University since 2006. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU.

Dr Catriona Wallace

Flamingo Ventures
Founder & CEO

Dr Catriona Wallace is regarded as one of Australia's most influential business women and global commentators on the future of business, customer experience and entrepreneurialism.

Dr Wallace has a PhD in Organisational Behaviour, is the owner and CEO of management consulting firm, Fifth Quadrant, awarded Telstra 2013 NSW Business of the Year; market research company, ACA Research and software company, Flamingo.

In 2014, Catriona was selected as one of the top women entrepreneurs by Springboard Enterprises and was also inducted into the Australian Business Women's Hall of Fame.

Catriona, a mother of 5, is also a well published author and philanthropist.

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/drcatrionawallace

Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

University College London
Professor of Business Psychology

Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is an international authority in psychological profiling, consumer analytics, and talent management. He is a Professor of Business Psychology at University College London (UCL), Vice President of Research and Innovation at Hogan Assessments, and has previously taught at New York University and the London School of Economics.

Dr Tomas has published 7 books and over 100 scientific papers, making him one of the most prolific social scientists of his generation. His work has received awards by the American Psychological Association and the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences.

Dr Tomas is also the director of UCL's Industrial-Organisational and Business Psychology programme, and an Associate to Harvard's Entrepreneurial Finance Lab.

Over the past 15 years, he has consulted to a range of clients in financial services (JP Morgan, HSBC, Prudential), advertising (Havas, Fallon, BBH), media (Yahoo!, MTV, Endemol), consumer goods (Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser), fashion (LVMH, Net-a-Porter) and government (British Army, Royal Mail, National Health Service).

His work has been featured by the BBC, CNN, and Sky, and he is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review. Tomas divides his time between London and New York.
 

User LinkedIn: 

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/drtomaschamorro

Dr Bettina von Stamm

Innovation Leadership Forum
Founder & Director

Founder and Director The Innovation Leadership Forum

Bettina's passion is enabling a deep understanding of and enthusiasm for design-thinking and breakthrough innovation; helping organisations overcome their self-imposed barriers to innovation to create more adaptable, agile and sustainable organisations.

She is the founder and director of the Innovation Leadership Forum(ILF), which offers a variety of innovation-related services such as workshops, seminars, public speaking, teaching as well as coaching for senior managers and innovation leaders.

The ILF also offers a Networking Group - a forum for individuals in senior positions who have responsibility for innovation in their organisations. Members of this network share and jointly develop knowledge on improving innovation performance and bring this practical knowledge back into their organisations to make a real and lasting difference.

Bettina is a Visiting Professor of Innovation at prestigious universities throughout the world.

Books and Publications by Dr Von Stamm include:

The Future of Innovation

The Innovation wave – meeting the corporate challenge

Managing Innovation, Design and Creativity

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bettinavonstamm

 

 

Respect Network
CEO
Neustar
Director of Product Marketing
University of Technology Sydney
Executive Director - Creative Intelligence
Jarche Consulting
Consultant

Drummond Reed

Respect Network
CEO

As co-founder and CEO of the Respect Network, Drummond has a passion for bringing together technology, law, and business to solve the problems of privacy and personal empowerment on the Internet.

He works at all three levels: he is co-chair of the OASIS Extensible Data Interchange (XDI) Technical Committee since 2004, where Privacy by Design is built into the core of this new open standard for semantic data interchange; he is co-author (with Scott David of the University of Washington Law School) of the Respect Trust Framework that forms the legal basis for the Respect Network; and he is co-author (with Gary Rowe, former President of the Burton Group) of the Respect Business Framework that defines the business model for the Respect Network.

Prior to Respect Network, Drummond was Executive Director of two industry foundations: the Information Card Foundation and the Open Identity Exchange. He has also served as a founding board member of the OpenID Foundation; the International Security, Privacy, and Trust Alliance; XDI.org; and Identity Commons. In 2002 he was a recipient of the Digital Identity Pioneer Award from Digital ID World, and in 2013 he was honored as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor.

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/drummondreed

Gary Zimmerman

Neustar
Director of Product Marketing

Identity and Information Exchange in the Semantic Web

Gary Zimmerman is Director of Marketing for the Communications Segment at Neustar.

He and his team define and manage information and analytics offers for Communications Service Providers.

He has over 30 years of experience in telecommunications and IT management in both the carrier and enterprise setting.

Gary spent twenty years at AT&T where he developed ordering, billing, and international clearinghouse systems.

Gary has successfully launched and managed products including international information services for global 500 companies, a software-as-a-service offering in Japan, and data networking / security offerings for the mid-market.

Prior to joining Neustar, Gary was a vice president and founding member of a Telecom Expense Management enterprise software company that grew into a $30 million dollar concern during his tenure.

Gary lives in Potomac Falls, VA with his wife Cindy and two children.

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/garyezimmerman

Hael Kobayashi

University of Technology Sydney
Executive Director - Creative Intelligence

Hael Kobayashi is an international award winning executive with over 30 year's experience in all sectors of the creative industry including film, digital media, creative technologies and the visual and performing arts.  As Executive Director of Creative Intelligence at the University of Technology Sydney, Hael is leading the pan-university creative industry strategy in research, teaching and learning and external engagement.

Hael held several production management roles at DreamWorks Animation, and was the Entertainment and Science Bureau Chief for MSNBC which pioneered integrated online communication with simultaneous broadcast. 

Harold Jarche

Jarche Consulting
Consultant

Harold has been described as "a keen subversive of the last century's management and education models". He knows that the ability to learn is the only lasting competitive advantage for any organization. Harold provides pragmatic advice and guidance on connected leadership, social learning, personal knowledge mastery, and workplace collaboration. He also distils heady topics like complexity theory into practical advice.

A graduate of the Royal Military College, Harold served over 20 years in the Canadian Armed Forces in leadership and training roles. Harold serves as Chairman of the Internet Time Alliance, an international think-tank on workplace performance improvement. He is also a Charter Member of Change Agents Worldwide, a global network of independent consultants and enterprise-based professionals focused on making the workplace more open, transparent and collaborative.

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jarche

Capco
Customer Experience Strategist
General Assembly
UX instructor and mentor
1-Page
Co-founder & CEO
Doors of Perception
Director

Harriet Wakelam

Capco
Customer Experience Strategist

What if work was not a place?

If we understand our behaviour and the behaviour of others, can we design real, innovative experiences to make our lives simpler and happier? British-born designer Harriet Wakelam investigates the ways that design and business interact to support and transform our world.

Harriet Wakelam is a Principal Customer Experience Strategist at Capco. Harriet works across online, mobile and face-to-face contexts and is driven by a fascination about why and how people do things.

'My current interests are the use of design thinking to influence the development of real, innovative experiences that make financial services simpler, accessible and relevant (and dare I say it - sometimes fun)'. - Harriet Wakelam

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/hwakelam

Henry Cho

General Assembly
UX instructor and mentor

Henry Cho is a UX instructor and mentor at General Assembly, and a Lean UX coach for the Slingshot Startup-Up Incubator.

A veteran User Experience professional with over 17 years experience including 10 years in mobile UX, he is constantly striving to deliver products to users that are not just innovative in the way they solve your problems, but that will surprise and delight you along the way. He believes we should be moving far beyond "usability" as UX practitioners and we should be designing for delight, persuasion, and utilising the psychology of game design.

He is a firm believer in the Lean Start up methodology and Lean UX practice. He has worked as a UX coach for a number of Australian Startups as well as championing the adoption of Lean UX at an enterprise level, most recently within CommBank, Westpac and ANZ. Not content to simply preach, he is currently the co-founder of IRL Gaming which beat 200 companies for a place in the Australian Incubator fund Startmate (Australian version of Y-Combinator).

User LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/henrygcho

Joanna Weidenmiller

1-Page
Co-founder & CEO

Joanna Weidenmiller is the co-founder and CEO of 1-Page

Joanna Weidenmiller is the co-founder and CEO of the 1-Page, a company inspired by Pat G Riley's The 1-Page Proposal< that became a global best-selling book helping major multinational corporations, politicians and entrepreneurs cut bureaucracy and communicate with power and impact on a single page.

In 2011, Pat Riley and Joanna founded the 1-Page Company to apply the 1-Page Proposal's success principles to jobs. In doing so, they developed a new system of engagement for people to pitch their value in the form of a 1-Page Job Proposal.

Prior to 1-Page, Joanna was CEO and Founder of Performance Advertising where she built one of the USA's leading outsourced direct sales and marketing firms for two Fortune 500 companies, with a successful exit in 2007. She worked in China for 5 years where she developed and lead technologies in the mobile and e-commerce fields. She served as Managing Partner for Hubert Burda Media in China (one of the largest magazine and digital publishers in the world) where she headed the expansion and led all strategic operations in China.

Joanna earned her BA degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia where she was a Full Scholarship athlete and National rower. Joanna was recruited to the FBI out of college, where she trained police in the Middle East. Currently she lives in San Francisco, CA.

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/joannariley

John Thackara

Doors of Perception
Director

Writer, Philosopher

For three decades, John has traveled the world looking for live examples of what a sustainable future can be like. He writes about these stories online, and in books; he uses them in talks and workshops for cities, universities, and business. And, as director of Doors Of Perception, he organizes social harvest festivals in which project leaders share experiences with each other.

Join him for this mind bending session "Trust is more than an algorithm"

John is the author of a widely-read column at designobserver.com, and of the best-selling book In the Bubble: Designing In A Complex World. He is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art in London, and a Fellow of The Young Foundation, the UK's social enterprise incubator. He is a visiting professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Ambedkar University Delhi, in India. John is a member of the Design Commission of the UK Parliament.

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/thackara

Tarbell Industries
Founder & CEO
Trendwolves
Founder and CEO
Yammer
Head of Community
Respect Network
XDI2 Lead Developer

Kate Albright-Hanna

Tarbell Industries
Founder & CEO

Documentary filmmaker, journalist, writer and producer

AMPLIFY 2009: How was new media, particularly online video, a game-changer in the 2008 US elections?

Stories from the campaign coal-face and the flow-on impact of a new communication styles and transparency to business and leaders everywhere.

Kate is an entrepreneur, writer and documentary filmmaker whose instincts for powerful storytelling have led her from presidential campaign trails to the flooded streets of post-Katrina New Orleans to the true meaning of funk and the legacy of James Brown. She won Emmys for two post-9/11 CNN documentaries and was nominated for a film about the 2004 Howard Dean campaign and the rising power of the Netroots.

Kate joined Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign as the New Media Director of Video in the spring of 2007, and we all now how it ended. Team Obama won! The US now has the most tech-savvy president ever and his government is sprinting ahead of even enterprises at the cutting edge of using Enterprise 2.0 technologies for business growth and impact.

By the end of the presidential election campaign, Kate and her team had produced over 2,000 videos, which ranged from thirty second spots to twenty minute documentaries. According to TechPresident.com, total viewing time totaled 14,548,809.05 hours versus 488,093.01 hours for the opponent’s videos, a ratio of 30:1. They estimated the value at $46,893,000 for the campaign.

Prior to the Obama campaign, Kate produced and directed documentaries for CNN Presents, winning Emmys for her work on "The Enemy Within" and "The Struggle for Islam". Her 2004 documentary about the Dean campaign, "True Believers" was also nominated for an Emmy.

Most recently, she served as Content Lead for the Presidential Transition Team's website, Change.gov, and as a New Media consultant to the White House Office of Health Reform and the Department of Health and Human Services. She currently serves as News Director for VBS .tv.

She is currently launching Tarbell Cocktails and Conspiracy, a political salon where this generation's writers, artists, muckrakers and activists can scheme online and offline in the spirit of revolutionary leisure.

Kate received a bachelor's degree in foreign service from Georgetown University.

Maarten Leyts

Trendwolves
Founder and CEO

Maarten Leyts is the Founder and CEO of Trendwolves, a leading European trendwatching and marketing agency specialising in the youth sector. Not only is Maarten Leyts delivering an Amplify Talk, he is also taking part in the Amplify Festival 2015 Hackfest on 6-7 March in Sydney.

In this Amplify Talk, Maarten Leyts, will unpack a design challenge that he has helped his client BNP Paribas with:  

How can a bank connect with young consumers?

Young people are sceptical towards the banking world and no longer accept push advertising. On the other hand, they are more eager to learn than ever before and their desire for financial education is big. With this in mind, we came up with something new Hello Bank! - a pop-up space where people encounter a different kind of banking.
 
Hello Bank! is more than a bank. It is an innovative brand that aims to offer their customers what they need, like, it's simple, mart and human.  In the heart of Antwerp and Brussels, Hello Bank! has transformed shops into community spaces. Their pop-ups are a place where people can study, work, follow lectures, discover new stuff or just hang around and enjoy a good coffee. There are also workshops on app building, graffiti, illustrator, hair styling, eco living, and so much more.  

Maarten Leyts is founder of Trendwolves , a trend agency with a specific focus on young people. In a previous life he was President of the National Youth Agency Jint and in charge of a popular youth magazine ZAP.  

Trendwolves is a international team of youth lifestyle experts headquarted in Ghent, Belgium. One thing they all have in common is a crazy passion for trends in the youth market. The agency offers trend research and creates and implements marketing campaigns and solutions that hit the mark and develop bottom-up business models. Trendwolves strongly believes that youth culture is the driving force for innovation as new generations never want to be a carbon copy of a previous ones.
 
Maarten's clients include Bacardi-Martini Global, Barry Callebaut Global, Clariant, PALM Breweries and BNP Paribas Forte where he develops and implements the youth consumer strategy.

Maarten Leyts will speak at the Amplify Talk on Monday 9 March, 2015. Maarten will also be a guest at the Amplify Festival 2015's Hackathon,

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/maartenleyts

Maria Ogneva

Yammer
Head of Community

New potential through open communication and mass-collaboration

Maria helps Yammer's clients succeed by identifying and developing people for roles that didn't commonly exist a mere five years ago, ie Enterprise Community Managers, and realise new potential through open communication and mass-collaboration.

Maria is passionate about how social technologies are changing the way businesses operate, people help and relate to each other, share news, do good and make the world a smaller place.

The values and actions of a business all starts from the inside. Businesses who want to enjoy trusted and open communication with their customers need to 'walk the walk' before they can 'talk the talk'. Starting with employees.

How can this be done? By swopping patriarchal control for peer-to-peer collaboration, by championing a culture of transparency and accountability and by investing in tools and processes that enable the real-time flows of trust and knowledge.

This Samplify session, held on September 19 2012, explored how we can transform our businesses from the inside out so we can own our tomorrow, and more.

Tell us what you think - which companies 'walk the walk' by being open and empower employees through trust and knowledge.

User LinkedIn: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/themaria

Markus Sabadello

Respect Network
XDI2 Lead Developer

Markus, based in Vienna, has worked as a consultant and developer on many technologies related to user-centric identity and personal data.

He founded his own open-source initiative Project Danube, where he works on innovative ideas as they emerge.

Project Danube is among other things home to the XDI2 library, which is used as the basis for many components of the Respect Network.

Markus is co-chair of the OASIS XDI Technical Committee and active in communities such as the Federated Social Web, Vendor Relationship Management, and the FreedomBox.

Besides Computer Science, Markus also has a background in Peace and Conflict Studies, and is therefore interested in both technology itself and the potential for positive political and the social changes it engenders. He has worked on topics at the intersection of technology, peace and human rights.

User LinkedIn: 

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/markus-sabadello/21/a08/353

Meeco
Creative Director
Alchemy of Growth Partners
Managing Director
The Michael Sampson Company
President
The Behavioural Architects
Founder

Mars El-Bougrini

Meeco
Creative Director

Designing for Humans

Mars is the creative director for Meeco and has been involved in the design, visual communication and human experience since the first Meeco prototype.

Prior to joining Meeco, he had over a decade of experience working in both software development and design.

This unique multidisciplinary approach has informed his expertise as a designer and creative director with an eye for innovation.

Mars has also worked extensively as a freelancer and consultant which honed his strategic approach to interactive design and user experience. His work reflects his understanding of the importance of designing experiences that are a joy and easy to use. Mars has a passion for both the aesthetic (form) and technical (function) sides of design and he always strives to find the perfect harmony between the two.

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Mehrdad Baghai

Alchemy of Growth Partners
Managing Director

Collective action, leading without hierarchy and emergence from chaos.

Mehrdad Baghai is Managing Director of Alchemy Growth Partners, a boutique advisory and venture firm in Sydney that works with works with the leaders of promising growth companies to make deep and lasting contributions to their innovation and business building initiatives.

Previously, Mehrdad was an Executive Director at the CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, with overarching responsibility for growth. In his time as partner in the Sydney and Toronto offices of McKinsey and Company, he was co-leader of the firm's global growth practice serving clients in the technology, media and financial services sectors, and specializing in strategies for turbulent environments.

As an attorney, he has been called to the state bar in New York and Massachusetts and his public sector experience includes an economist role with the World Bank and a consultant to the UN Secretariat. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Unicef Australia and has participated in various social and economic development projects. Together with his wife, he is a founder of The High Resolves Initiative which creates opportunities to provoke teenagers to reflect on what being a global citizen means, how history will judge our actions 50-100 years from now and how we can all make a difference.

Mehrdad received a B.S.E. with highest honors in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University, where he also completed a joint degree on public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School. He continued his education in public policy at Harvard where he completed an M.P.P. as a Kennedy Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. He also completed a J.D. with high honors from Harvard Law School.

Mehrdad is probably best-known for his international bestsellers,The Alchemy of Growth and The Granularity of Growth. He is currently researching a new book on Collective Action and will be sharing insights from his current research with us at AMPLIFY2009. It's so fresh it's not even hit the press yet!

The study of collective action is about a "we" intention, as opposed to a "me" intention, and converges with other disciplines including anthropology, developmental psychology, and economics.

Michael Sampson

The Michael Sampson Company
President

My passion is helping organizations to make collaboration work, when their employees have to work together effectively while separated by distance and time. Note that this passion is energized by an unrelenting why. I advise end-user organizations in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and the United States on making collaboration work.

A Brief History

Here’s a brief history of my work:

  • In the mid-90s, I wrote my Masters thesis on delivering consulting services across geographical distances. That was at the University of Canterbury.
  • I worked at Telecom New Zealand as a strategist for 3 years.
  • From 1998-2000, I ran my first company in New Zealand. It was an IBM Lotus Notes and Domino Business Partner firm, and we served clients around the world. We did great work.
  • My introduction to being an Industry Analyst was through five years of research and writing with David Ferris at Ferris Research.
  • I ran my own Industry Analyst firm from 2003-2006, with a focus on team collaboration. Take a look at Shared Spaces research and consulting.
  • I worked for a vendor of collaboration software for 9 months – from mid-2006 to early 2007.
  • In 2007, I went back to being an Industry Analyst at The Michael Sampson Company.
  • While research and writing has always been a big focus, I have written six books in the past six years, and plan on writing more. See Doing Business with IBM Connections (2013), User Adoption Strategies (2012), Collaboration Roadmap (2011), User Adoption Strategies (2010), Sharepoint Roadmap for Collaboration (2009), and Seamless Teamwork (2008).
  • I have presented workshops or spoken at conferences in quite a number of countries — Australia, Singapore, United States, London, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and of course my home country of New Zealand.

Mike Daniels

The Behavioural Architects
Founder

By understanding the causes of behaviour we can better influence it

Mike Daniels has has 25 years of experience in qualitative research, brand and advertising strategy. Prior to starting The Behavioural Architects in Australia, Mike was Managing Director of Ogilvy & Mather Sydney, and was head of strategy at several Australian advertising agencies including Clemenger BBDO and DDB, as well as Global Planning Director for HP at Goodby in San Francisco. He has worked on brand and advertising strategies for many Australian and global clients across many categories.

Mike's belief is that the better we define business, brand and behavioural problems, the faster and more effective the solutions we create. The concepts and vocabulary being now developed by the Behavioural Sciences, afford us the opportunity to be ever more penetrating in our depth of insight and diagnosis of issues and opportunities.

With a deeper understanding of the underlying causes of behaviour can come far more effective thinking about how to influence it, which is increasingly vital as organisations everywhere are looking to find new and more effective ways to create behavioural change.

Innotribe, SWIFT
Co-founder
Mobial
Founder
Evidence Based Psychology
CEO
Vocal Branding Australia
Director and Lead Vocal Consultant

Peter Vander Auwera

Innotribe, SWIFT
Co-founder

Peter is co-founder, architect and content curator for Innotribe, SWIFT's initiative to enable collaborative innovation in financial services. SWIFT also brings the financial community together to work collaboratively to shape market practice, define standards and debate issues of mutual interest. Peter is a member of the World Economic Forum's expert group on Personal Data. 

Innotribe, a SWIFT initiative, is a set of events, tools and initiatives that enables collaborative innovation in financial services. It provides the infrastructure to find, co-create and invest in new ideas and projects. For Innotribe, Peter is the architect and content curator for Innotribe experiences at Sibos- the world's largest Financial Services innovation gathering. He is responsible for various Proof of Concept projects at Innotribe including the Digital Asset Grid, a research project backed by the SWIFT Innotribe Incubation Fund. The Digital Asset Grid enables SWIFT to offer a potentially disruptive platform for the finance sector – a secure, authorised peer-to-peer data-sharing platform between known, trusted people, businesses and devices.

Peter is a member of the World Economic Forum Personal Data group, member of the REXpedition (Relationship Ecnomy Expedition) and TEDxNewWallStreet speaker. Peter is also co-initiator of Corporate Rebels United, a movement to unite corporate mavericks and intrapreneurs worldwide to ensure that true change happens virally. 

Prior to working at SWIFT, Peter held positions at Microsoft, Vintura, CMASS, RINET, EAN International and Colruyt.

He lives in Overijse, Belgium with his wife and daughter.

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Simon Waller

Mobial
Founder

Helping you make the best out of your technology

Simon is the founder of Mobial and consults to organisations on the future of work and the role of technology in enabling a shift to more effective workplaces. Simon has developed an in depth understanding of the role of tablets in business through prolific business use and can be often be found working on his tablet in cafes, parks and other interesting places around Melbourne.

Simon spent a number of years working for Rio Tinto both as a business improvement trainer and as a scenario planner and strategist for Rio Tinto Iron Ore. As well as this, Simon holds a Master of Business Leadership and has post graduate qualifications in scenario planning and futures thinking.

Drawing on his corporate and educational background Simon is uniquely positioned to be able to provide executives and business owners with quantifiable benefits from the use of technology. He inspires people to think about the way your business works and the role of technology in improving both personal and business effectiveness.

Susan David

Evidence Based Psychology
CEO

Internationally recognised thought leader operating at the nexus of business and psychology

Susan David (BA, Hons, MA, MPsych, PhD), is an internationally recognised thought leader operating at the nexus of business and psychology. Her focus is on defining and executing effective people strategies, particularly in the areas of employee engagement, high-performance leadership, and organizational culture change. Susan is a founder and co-director of the Harvard-affiliated Institute of Coaching and the CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, a boutique management consultancy.

Susan is a sought-after keynote speaker, and a highly experienced coach and consultant to C-suite executives. Her unique combination of pragmatic business experience and extensive scientific knowledge allows her to help leaders meet the most pressing business challenges without losing sight of their most important asset: their people. Susan has been a coach and strategic advisor to executives at the helm of mergers, acquisitions, leadership transitions, and people strategy revisions. She routinely consults internationally at the most senior levels of large organizations and has extensive experience in industries as diverse as financial services, information technology, healthcare, utilities, pharmaceuticals, and mining. Her client list includes Ernst and Young Global, the World Economic Forum, BHP Billiton, JP Morgan Chase, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nestlé, among many other multinational firms.

Susan is author of the definitive Oxford Handbook of Happiness(Oxford University Press, 2013),Beyond Goals: Effective Strategies for Coaching and Mentoring (Gower, 2013), and the top rated 2013Harvard Business Review article "Emotional Agility: How effective leaders manage their negative thoughts and feelings". She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review’s online learning forum and blogs, and her work has been featured in TIME, USA Today, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and Inc.com among other similar caliber publications.

Susan is also active in academia where she is a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty and the Director of Research at the Harvard/McLean-affiliated Institute of Coaching. She has been awarded 16 prizes and scholarships for her academic work.

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Tim Noonan

Vocal Branding Australia
Director and Lead Vocal Consultant

Inspirational speaker and founder of Vocal Branding Australia. Blind since birth, Tim's 'ninja skill' is professional listening

Tim Noonan is a voice and usability consultant, lecturer, inspirational speaker and the founder of Vocal Branding Australia. Blind since birth, Tim's 'ninja skill' is professional listening. It's not only his work but his passion too, the study and exploration of how we can best use our voices to engage, inspire and influence - leading to more open, sincere and trust-based relationships.

Tim is currently pioneering the emerging field of Vocal Branding - an expertise that arose from his extensive research and study of spoken communication, deep listening and emerging technologies. Tim has a degree in Cognitive Psychology and Education, with a particular focus on how people process and comprehend auditory information. Some of his clients include Wespac, Telstra, The NSW Electoral Commission, Weber Shandwick PR, NSW Ministry of Health and the ATO.

User LinkedIn: 

timnoonanvoice

2nd Road
Founder & CEO
Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry
CEO
The Endless Collective, New York
Academy Award winner and CEO
VP of Alibaba investment arm, Youku Global Media Fund

Tony Golsby-Smith

2nd Road
Founder & CEO

As the founder and CEO of 2nd Road, one of the world's leading Design Consulting firms, Tony is a master of the innovation process, a fact honoured by Carnegie Mellon University who appointed him as Visiting Chair of Design in 1995.

He is the architect of the tools and methods that lie at the heart of his firm and has wide experience in transforming corporate cultures into places that are more creative and open in their thinking and communication.

His particular area of expertise is designing better information-based products and services - he knows how innovation works and can help clients to set up environments that breed ideas, then help to shape those ideas into better products, services and processes.

He has an honours degree in English Literature from the University of Sydney and earned his PhD for 'Pursuing the Art of Strategic Conversations' which crystallises the deep, stunning theory of thinking and communicating that undergirds all his work.

Yolanda Vega

Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry
CEO

Yolanda Vega is the CEO at the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AWCCI).

Yolanda was part of the delegation to represent Australia at the first APEC Women's Economic Summit, chaired by former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton: in September 2011 a historical Declaration was signed by all APEC economies.

In 2012, Yolanda presented findings from the AWCCI national research at APEC in Russia. Yolanda also represented Australia as a 'Young Leader' at the 2009 International Women's Forum World Conference.

Yolanda has owned several small businesses and was appointed to the Federal Government Small Business Advisory Committee in 2012 until Sep 2013.

In 2013, Yolanda was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) and the Consumer and Small Business Committee of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).

AWCCI is a not-for-profit apolitical member based organisation that influences policy and programs to make women more independent and their business profitable. Yolanda works diligently to promote the importance and value-add of women-owned firms to the economy and supports the development and growth of women through research, education and advocacy.

Duncan Ransom

The Endless Collective, New York
Academy Award winner and CEO

Duncan Ransom is the Founder and CEO of The Endless Collective, a full-service production studio specialising in virtual/augmented reality applications, photo-real digital sculpting and high-end 3D pre-visualisation.

Before establishing The Endless Collective, Duncan served as a computer-generated story artist and animator with legendary animation studio, Framestore CFC, where he and his team won the VFX category Academy Award for their work on Gravity. His animation work has also been seen in other visually stunning films including Edge of Tomorrow, 47 Ronin and Clash of the Titans. Duncan is currently focused on using immersive technology tools to help improve and redefine aid in the healthcare, environmental, medical and recreational therapy industries.

Matt Lee

VP of Alibaba investment arm, Youku Global Media Fund

VP of Alibaba investment arm, Youku Global Media Fund