Thought Leaders

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2018

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Comedian and Author
CEO and MD
AMP Capital
Managing Director & Global Lead for Financial Services Talent & Organisation
Accenture
Partner at KPMG Australia
futurist
serial entrepreneur

Adam Spencer

Comedian and Author

Adam Spencer was completing a PhD in Pure Mathematics when he happened to win the national Triple J Raw Comedy championship in 1996. From there, a television and radio career beckoned and Adam completed 15 years as one of Australia’s most respected, wittiest and thought provoking breakfast radio commentators across Triple J and later ABC 702. The author of THE LITTLE BOOK OF NUMBERS, Adam explained his love of prime numbers and the magic of maths to an enraptured TED audience in early 2013. Since being posted online, his talk has had over two million views. Adam is the ambassador for many charities including Redkite and in 2014 was appointed University of Sydney’s Ambassador for Maths and Science. He also co-hosts Australia’s often No 1 podcast, Sleek Geeks with Dr Karl. Adam’s latest books include THE BIG BOOK OF NUMBERS, WORLD OF NUMBERS, TIME MACHINE and THE NUMBER GAMES.

Adam Tindall

CEO and MD
AMP Capital

Adam was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer, AMP Capital in October 2015. As CEO, Adam leads a market leading specialist investment manager which manages funds on behalf of retail and institutional clients across a range of asset classes including equities, fixed interest, real estate and infrastructure. AMP Capital has offices in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Mr Tindall has 30 years of extensive experience in the investment management and property industries, most recently in the position of Director and Chief Investment Officer, Property at AMP Capital. In this role Mr Tindall led an integrated investment management business, managing a A$19 billion portfolio of high quality property assets across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore on behalf of many leading institutional investors.

Andrew Woolf

Managing Director & Global Lead for Financial Services Talent & Organisation
Accenture

Andrew is a managing director at Accenture and the consulting and technology services group’s global lead for Financial Services Talent & Organisation. He manages almost 500 professionals in 11 countries, and is responsible for the practice’s Future Workforce, Agile Organisation, and Workforce Experience & HR offering groups.

Andrew provides strategic consulting and solution development in the areas of learning transformation, outsourcing, the liquid workforce of the future, Employee Experience, and Agile change management for large-scale transformation programs. He has worked in all aspects of talent and organization – in Australia as well as Asia, the UK and the USA – but his primary focus is on large-scale HR and transformation programs. He currently works with large multinational banks, capital markets and insurance companies, but also has extensive experience in the retail, communications and public sectors.

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.”

Futurist, Speaker, Founder
Moven
Journalist and Author
ABC News
CEO and Founder
Flamingo AI
Distinguished Faculty
Singularity University

Brett King

Futurist, Speaker, Founder
Moven

Brett King is a world-renowned futurist and speaker, an International Bestselling Author, and a media personality who covers the future of business. He has spoken in over 50 countries, at TED conferences, given opening keynotes for Wired, Singularity University, Web Summit/MoneyConf, The Economist, World of Watson, CES, SIBOS and others. He has appeared as a commentator on CNBC, BBC, ABC, Fox and Bloomberg. Brett advised the Obama administration on Fintech policy and the Future of Banking and advises regulators and bank CEOs around the world on technology transformation.

He hosts the world's first and #1 ranked radio show on FinTech called "Breaking Banks" (140 countries, 3.6 million listeners). He’s the CEO and Founder of Moven, a successful mobile start-up which has raised over US$24 million to-date, with the world's first mobile, downloadable bank account - available in the United States, Canada, UK, Indonesia, and New Zealand.

Named "King of the Disruptors" by Banking Exchange magazine, Brett King was voted American Banker's Innovator of the Year in 2012, and voted as the world's #1 Financial Services Influencer by The Financial Brand as well as nominated by Bank Innovation as one of the top 10 "coolest brands in banking". He was shortlisted for the 2015 Advance Global Australian of the Year Award for being one of the most influential Australians living offshore. His books have been released in more than a dozen languages and he has achieved bestseller status in 20 countries. His fifth book Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is an international bestseller and has remained in the top-10 on Amazon for over a year. He is currently working on Bank 4.0 for a late 2017 release.

Catherine Fox

Journalist and Author
ABC News

Catherine Fox is a Walkley award-winning journalist, author and presenter, and one of Australia’s leading commentators on women and the workforce. During a long career with the Financial Review, she edited several sections of the newspaper, and wrote the weekly Corporate Woman column. Catherine has published four books, including her latest Stop Fixing Women, which along with her journalism was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media. In 2012 Catherine helped establish the annual Westpac/Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards; she is a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board and Australian Women Donors Network board, and co-founder of the Sydney Women’s Giving Circle.

Catriona Wallace

CEO and Founder
Flamingo AI

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 Organisational Behavior: Human Technology Interaction and is a well published author and Analyst. Catriona is also a high profile philanthropist, human rights activist and mother of five.

David Roberts

Distinguished Faculty
Singularity University

David Roberts is regarded as one of the world's top experts on disruptive innovation and exponentially advancing technology. He is an award winning CEO and serial entrepreneur, and has started ventures backed with over $100 million of investment from Kleiner Perkins, Vinod Khosla, Cisco, Oracle, Accenture, In-Q-Tel, and others. David is Chairman at HaloDrop, a revolutionary global drone services company, Chairman at 1QBit the world’s first software company for quantum computers, and is a formal adviser to Made-In-Space, responsible for manufacturing the first object in Space with a 3D printer on the Space Station. 

David has led the development of some of the most complex, state-of-the art systems ever built, to include satellites, drones, and fusion centers. He also worked as an Investment Banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Goldman Sachs Headquarters. He received his B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from M.I.T. was a Distinguished Graduate, and majored in Artificial Intelligence and Bio-Computer Engineering. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Head of R&D and Work Futurist
Atlassian
Neuromedicine Faculty
Singularity University
Former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner
Professor of Psychology
Harvard University

Dominic Price

Head of R&D and Work Futurist
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 PAC.

Dom has responsibilities spanning 5 global R&D centres, and is our in house “Team Doctor” helping Atlassian 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 our teams globally.

He has previously been 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, he calls Australia home

Dr Divya Chander

Neuromedicine Faculty
Singularity University

Dr. Chander is a physician, neuroscientist, and futurist who trained at Harvard, UCSD, UCSF, and the Salk Institute. She is currently Medicine Faculty at Singularity University, and was on the Anesthesia Faculty at Stanford for 8 years. Her postdoctoral training in optogenetic technology was conducted at Stanford, where she used light-activated ion channels inserted in DNA to study sleep and consciousness switches in brains. In the operating room, she applies EEG technology to understand what human brains look like when they lose and regain consciousness, and has recently developed a precision medicine initiative aimed at understanding genetic variability in responses to anesthetic drugs. Her goal is to understand neural mechanisms of consciousness, as well as the evolution of human consciousness secondary to human augmentation. She is currently working on applications of neural wearable devices to crossover consumer and medical markets. She also works in the field of space life sciences. A finalist for astronaut selection and an alumnus of the International Space University, Dr. Chander has performed remote simulations of trauma rescues, anesthesia and surgery in Mars analogue settings with physicians in the US, France, and the Concordia base in Antarctica. She has also been involved with a consortium that elaborated a road-map for studying the effect of microgravity and radiation on the nervous system, cardiovascular system, cognition and sleep.

Elizabeth Broderick AO

Former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Elizabeth Broderick AO has brought together captains of industry, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond.

As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality.

A key advocate for Australia’s paid parental leave scheme, Elizabeth influenced changes to regulations to increase the numbers of women at decision-making level, and to elevate the voices of women in marginalised communities.

She also established and convenes the globally recognised ‘Male Champions of Change’ strategy, enlisting a ‘who’s who’ of powerful male leaders to tackle workplace gender inequality. She is a powerful and influential voice in the struggle for gender equality, enlisting both women and men as agents of change.

She is currently working with The University of Sydney and their Residential Colleges to examine culture and with James Cook University on a cultural review.

Elizabeth is Special Advisor to the Under-Secretary of UN Women on Private Sector Engagement, Global Co-Chair of UN Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles and a member of the International Services for Human Rights.

Ellen Langer

Professor of Psychology
Harvard University

Dr. Ellen Langer, Yale Ph.D., is a social psychologist and the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. She is the author of twelve books and more than two hundred research articles written for general and academic readers on mindfulness for over 35 years. 

Dr. Langer has been described as the "mother of mindfulness" and the "mother of positive psychology". Among other honours, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and four Distinguished Scientist Awards. Most recently she received the Liberty Science Genius Award. 

On top of all of this, Dr. Ellen Langer is also is a gallery exhibiting artist. 

 

Partner
PwC
Founder Director
Tech Futures Lab
Director Industry Engagement & Research
Microsoft/Envisioning
FinTech & RegTech Lead for China and Hong Kong
PwC

Emma Grogan

Partner
PwC

Emma is a National Partner in PwC’s People and Organisation practice specialising in performance & remuneration. Emma has a Masters of Organisational Psychology from Macquarie University and has approximately 20 years consulting experience focussed on how organisations utilise pay and performance management to motivate, engage, attract and retain employees.  She has been a Partner since 2012. Prior to joining PwC, Emma worked with Mercer, during which she spent a number of years in the US. In particular, Emma focusses on helping organisations best utilise their remuneration programs to affect behavioural change, and align the interests of employees, employer, shareholder, customer, and community. Emma is passionate about simplifying reward solutions to maximise motivational impact, and only using reward and performance programs that support better and ethical customer outcomes. She is a Board remuneration advisor to a number of ASX150 companies, and also works directly with management in an advisory capacity, particularly as it relates to frontline incentives. Emma regularly blogs about remuneration issues on her LinkedIn page.

Frances Valintine

Founder Director
Tech Futures Lab

Frances Valintine (CNZM) is a thought-leader in emerging and disruptive technologies and has 20 years’ experience across business, technology and education.

In 2013 Frances founded The Mind Lab to bring contemporary knowledge and practical skills to students and teachers around New Zealand. In 2016, she launched Tech Futures Lab to navigate the new world of technology enabled businesses, as exponential technologies impact on every role, every sector and every economy. 

Frances has worked with and advised 250+ organisations from every sector in New Zealand, from agriculture to finance, retail to law, and has gained a reputation as an expert in leading change initiatives.

In the 2018 New Year Honours, Frances was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit recognising her lifetime of contribution in education and technology. Last year Frances received the NZ Flying Kiwi Award and was inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame. Frances was also named one of the top 3 NZ Innovators of the Year at the 2017 NZer of the Year awards.  In 2016 Frances was named one of the top 50 EdTech Educators in the World by EdTech International, and was also awarded a Sir Peter Blake Leader Award. In 2015 Frances was awarded the Westpac New Zealand Woman of Influence (Innovation) and the Next New Zealand Woman of the Year (Education).

Frances sits on the boards of Callaghan Innovation, KEA and the NZ Artificial Intelligence Forum. She sits on a US Board of Talentnomics, committed to the empowerment of women in developing nations.

She holds a Master of Education Management from the University of Melbourne.

 

Harald Becker

Director Industry Engagement & Research
Microsoft/Envisioning

Harald heads up trends research and industry engagement for Microsoft’s Envisioning team. He helps envision scenarios for how leading-edge technologies might be used in real-world settings over the next three to seven years. Harald is a frequent presenter at Microsoft’s Executive Briefing Center and on conference stages around the world on the topics of innovation and the future of work.

Harald consults with Fortune 100 customers on future productivity scenarios and hosts Microsoft’s Global accounts in the Envisioning Center for in-depth discussions on macro trends impacting the way we live and work over the next 5 years.

Prior to his role on the Envisioning team, Harald was a Marketing Manager at Microsoft’s New York office and a Principal Consultant at a Silicon Valley start-up. He also worked seven years at Sun Microsystems in various marketing and sales operation roles.

Harald earned an MBA from the University of San Francisco and a BA in Marketing from HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration in Germany.

Henri Arslanian

FinTech & RegTech Lead for China and Hong Kong
PwC

Henri Arslanian is the FinTech & RegTech Lead for PwC China/HK. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches graduate courses on Entrepreneurship in Finance as well as the first FinTech university course in Asia.

Henri is a TEDx speaker, a published author and currently sits on several finance, academic, civil society, and FinTech related boards and advisory boards. A member of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle and with over 375,000 LinkedIn followers, Henri has been awarded many industry and academic awards over the years; from being named one of the Most Influential Individuals in FinTech in Asia to being awarded the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence.

CEO
Emergent
Partner
PwC Deals
Singularity University
New Zealand Ambassador
Principal and Head of Innovation
PwC Australia

Holly Ransom

CEO
Emergent

Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a company specialising in disruptive strategy and building the capacity of leaders to execute change. Emergent, has worked with the likes of Microsoft, Virgin, INPEX, Europcar, KPMG, & the AIS, as well as local, state and federal government departments globally.

Prior to Emergent, Holly’s corporate career has involved working as Chief of Staff to NAB Wealth CEO Andrew Hagger and for Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh. In 2012, she was the youngest person to be named in Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’.  

In 2016, Holly was appointed to Co-Chair the United Nations Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs and in 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to Chair the G20 Youth Summit, resulting in the first summit to secure its policy demands from G20 leaders.

Ian Bennett

Partner
PwC Deals

Ian is a partner at PwC where he leads the Deals Modelling business in Australia. He's a self-confessed Excel geek and global financial modelling expert.

For three years Ian was the Diversity & Inclusion Business Leader for the Deals business at PwC where he was leading one of the most macho parts of the PwC business through its most significant cultural change for decades.

An outspoken LGBTI Ally, Ian sits on the Executive Leadership team of GLEE@PwC, which is PwC's employee network for the LGBTI community, and is now PwC's LGBTI Inclusion leader. Ian also worked with Pride in Diversity to set up Australia's first Executive LGBTI Allies forum to create and activate role-models in organisations around Australia.

Kaila Colbin

Singularity University
New Zealand Ambassador

Kaila Colbin is the New Zealand Ambassador for Singularity University. In 2016, she spearheaded the hugely successful SingularityU New Zealand Summit, the first in Australasia, with more than 1,400 attendees.

She is also a co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, the starting point to make things happen in Christchurch; the Curator and Licensee for TEDxChristchurch in New Zealand and TEDxScottBase in Antarctica; Chairman of the Board of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts; Deputy Chair of CORE Education Ltd; and a Director of ChristchurchNZ, the Christchurch agency responsible for tourism, major events and economic development.

Kaila is a certified ExO consultant, a Climate Project Ambassador who trained with Al Gore, and a Project Management Professional. She is a renowned national and international public speaker, sought after by corporates, government agencies, industry groups, and more.

A native New Yorker, Kaila is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian, holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University and has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.

Kate Bennett Eriksson

Principal and Head of Innovation
PwC Australia

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.

Group Director
Fjord Dublin
Founder
Aubot (formerly 2Mar Robotics)
Engineering Director of
Elevate Vehicle Systems

Uber
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
SBS

Lorna Ross

Group Director
Fjord Dublin

Lorna’s design career has been an interesting journey spanning more than 25 years, with stops in the world of fashion, wearable technology and, most recently, health care. She is a futurist at heart, recognised for her ability to anticipate shifts in the social, cultural and economic context for design. She was one of the pioneering researchers to focus on wearable technologies and built a reputation for research activity in this arena. She later identified the theme of health as an emerging arena for design to thrive. She founded and led the Human Wellbeing Group at the MIT Media Lab. Her vision was to employ human centred design principles to address the biggest challenges facing the healthcare industry in delivering population health outcomes.

She returned to Ireland from the USA to take up the position as the Group Design Director at Fjord in Dublin. As the Fjord studio in Dublin sits within The Dock, Accenture’s multi-disciplinary research and incubation hub, Lorna has a unique role placing design at the heart of the multi-disciplinary teams working on R&D projects addressing some of the biggest challenges facing society today.

Marita Cheng

Founder
Aubot (formerly 2Mar Robotics)

Marita was named the 2012 Young Australian of the Year for demonstrating vision and leadership well beyond her years as the Founder and Executive Director of Robogals Global.

Noticing the low number of girls in her engineering classes at the University of Melbourne, Marita rounded up her fellow engineering peers and they went to schools to teach girls robotics to encourage girls into engineering. While on academic exchange at Imperial College London, Marita expanded the group to London and through innovation and sheer will, Marita then expanded Robogals throughout Australia, the UK, the USA and Japan. The group runs robotics workshops, career talks and various other community activities to introduce young women to engineering. Robogals has now taught 70,000 girls from 11 countries our robotics workshops across 32 chapters.

Marita is also the founder and CEO of aubot (formerly 2Mar Robotics), which builds telepresence robots to assist kids with cancer in hospital to attend school, people with a disability to attend work and to monitor and socialise with elderly people. Aubot also conducts research and development in robotic arms, virtual reality and autonomous mapping and navigation. Hundreds of people have used aubot's Teleport robots, and this year, 70 students with cancer will attend school remotely via aubot's robot.

While studying at Singularity University’s flagship 10-week program located at NASA Ames and on a full scholarship funded by Google, Marita cofounded Aipoly with Alberto Rizzoli, which has been downloaded 500,000 times for blind people to recognise objects in their everyday lives. 2 billion image recognitions have been made in the past two years.

Marita has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) / Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Melbourne. She serves on the boards of Robogals Global, the Foundation for Young Australians, and RMIT's New Enterprise Investment Fund, where she helps decide on startup investments, the Victorian State Innovation Expert Panel, and the Clinton Health Access Initiative's Tech Advisory Board.

Mark Moore

Engineering Director of
Elevate Vehicle Systems

Uber

Mark D. Moore worked for NASA for 32 years before joining Uber to become the Engineering Director of Elevate Vehicle Systems. Throughout his entire career, he has developed advanced aircraft, with a focus on Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft.  Over the past decade, he has pioneered the development of Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP) technologies as the fundamental enabler of new types of electric vertical flight aircraft.  At NASA he led three rapid concept to flight demonstrator teams including Greased Lightning, the LEAPTech ‘MadMax’ mobile testrig, and the SCEPTOR X-57 - the first NASA manned X-plane (Experimental Airplane) in over 25 years. He received his Master’s degree from Stanford University in Aeronautical Engineering and is completing his PhD from Georgia Tech that focuses on advance electric aircraft.

Michael Ebeid AM

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
SBS

Michael Ebeid AM is a strategically focused CEO with more than 30 years’ experience across the Technology, Telecommunications and Media sectors. Michael has a successful track record in leading organisational change and transformations, creative and innovate teams and is passionate about workplace culture, leadership and diversity.

Since being appointed CEO and Managing Director of SBS in 2011, Michael has significantly evolved the public broadcaster's portfolio, with four distinctive TV channels, an extensive in-language radio offering and market leading digital services, leveraging its credentials in digital broadcast technology to enable audiences to engage with SBS more than ever before. A continuous focus on driving a high-performance culture, coupled with a program of continual efficiencies, has made SBS the most agile broadcaster domestically.

Prior to SBS, Michael was Executive Director of Corporate Strategy and Marketing at the ABC, Commercial Operations Director at Optus Communications for ten years during a significant period of disruption and growth and began his career at IBM, where he held various finance, sales and marketing positions across Australia and Asia.

Michael was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to Broadcast Media and Multicultural Affairs as an executive, innovator and business leader in 2017 and named CEO of the Year at the 2017 CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards. Michael was appointed as a Member of the Sydney Opera House Trust in January 2018.

SVP Global Field Operations
Virgin Hyperloop One
Co-Founder
nowhere
Elevate Head of Product
Uber
Academic
Author of “Who Can You Trust?” and “What’s Mine Is Yours”

Nick Earle

SVP Global Field Operations
Virgin Hyperloop One

As a highly respected sales leader with over 30 years of Global IT industry experience, Nick led the Cisco Services global field organization, growing the business to over $10B US in revenue. He has held senior executive roles at Hewlett Packard, was the CEO of StreamServe, and ran EMEA Operations for Ariba, Inc., which was acquired by IBM. Nick is an authority on emerging business models, having co-authored two books. Nick holds a first class honors degree and an Honorary Doctorate in Computing from Liverpool University, and is an Associate fellow of the University of Bradford MBA program.

Nick Udall

Co-Founder
nowhere

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.

Nikhil Goel

Elevate Head of Product
Uber

Nikhil, over the last several years at Uber, has held Product roles leading efforts across Emerging Markets and the Rider App before helping launch the company's aviation initiative and co-authoring the Elevate whitepaper in 2016. Before Uber, Nikhil served as a management consultant for consumer technology companies at McKinsey & Company, and he held Product roles at YouTube, Xbox, and Microsoft Office before founding two online marketplace startups. Nikhil graduated from Vanderbilt University and grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, “Rocket City”, where his first job was at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

Rachel Botsman

Academic
Author of “Who Can You Trust?” and “What’s Mine Is Yours”

Rachel Botsman is a world-renowned expert on an explosive new era of trust and technology and what this means for life, work and how we do business. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and one of the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50.

She is the author of two highly acclaimed books. “Who Can You Trust? How Technology Brought Us Together – and Why It Could Drive Us Apart” explains a huge shift in trust from institutions to individuals. Through stories that are both surprising and entertaining, she explores what this ‘trust shift’ means for different areas of our lives from banking to dating, politics to consumerism, and even how we raise our kids.

Rachel is also widely regarded as the guru on the sharing economy. Her first book, “What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live”, predicted the rise of platforms such as Airbnb, TaskRabbit and Uber, long before they became popular. The concept was named by TIME as one of the “Ten Ideas That Will Change the World”.

Rachel is a lecturer at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, where she designed and teaches the world’s first MBA course on the ‘Collaborative Economy’. She is currently designing a new course on ‘Trust in the Digital Age.’

A thoughtful and humorous storyteller, Rachel specialises in simplifying big complex ideas to make them meaningful for a wide range of audiences. Her TED talks have been viewed more than 4 million times and subtitled in 29 languages. Speaking clients including Xero, Google, Accenture, Goldman Sachs, Salesforce, World Business Forum, World Economic Forum, Drucker Forum, and various government agencies describe her as “standout favorite for audiences”, with a “rare and visionary intellect.” Monocle selected Rachel as one of twenty top speakers to have at your conference and she is consistently ranked in the top 1% of all speakers at events.

Rachel features regularly in the media – including widely-read pieces for The New York Times, The Guardian, Financial Review and more. She’s a dynamic and thoughtful panel member or interviewee, having featured in broadcasts on the ABC, BBC, SBS, NPR and more. 

She is a board member for Australia’s National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) and was a former director at the William J. Clinton Foundation. 

Rachel has worked on every continent (except for Antarctica).

Founder Director
Futures-Diagnosis Ltd
Chair Digital Biology, Founding Faculty
Singularity University
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Commercial Director
Former White House Technology Officer

Norman Lewis

Founder Director
Futures-Diagnosis Ltd

Norman Lewis is recognised worldwide as an expert on future trends and user behaviour with regard to technology innovation and adoption. He has spoken on these topics at events all over the world. Norman is currently a Founding Director of Futures-Diagnosis, a new networked global consultancy. He recently left PwC, where he was responsible for running their crowd sourced innovation programme. He is 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.

Raymond McCauley

Chair Digital Biology, Founding Faculty
Singularity University

Raymond McCauley is a scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur working at the forefront of biotechnology. Raymond explores how applying technology to life - biology, genetics, medicine, agriculture - is affecting every one of us. He uses storytelling and down-to-earth examples to show how quickly these changes are happening, right now, and where it may head tomorrow. His work and profile have been featured in Wired, Forbes, Time, CNBC, Science, and Nature.

Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Commercial Director

Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley is a Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and now an independent Director, chairing four companies including NZX and ASX listed Genesis Energy and China Construction Banks subsidiary in NZ.

Dame Jenny Shipley was the 36th and first woman Prime Minister of New Zealand, holding office from 1997 to 1999. She held a number of significant Ministerial positions during the 1990’s and was a key driver of New Zealand’s economic and social reform. In 2002 she retired from NZ politics and returned to the business sector.

Dame Jenny is a very regular visitor to China and is a Board member on the BOAO Forum for Asia. She Co-Chairs Champions for Change in New Zealand. She has a passion for working with leaders who have the courage and competence to help “shape the future” of their companies and their country.

R. David Edelman

Former White House Technology Officer

Technology Adviser to the President during the Obama Administration, R. David Edelman has spent a decade as one of the government’s foremost voices on how technology is changing our economy, national security, and daily lives. An expert on some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today— from cybersecurity and privacy threats to artificial intelligence (A.I.) and automation — his insights have helped shape national and international policy at the highest levels. In 2017, he joined MIT’s Internet policy team as Director of the new Project on Technology, the Economy, & National Security. 

As Special Assistant to the President for Economic and Technology Policy at the National Economic Council (NEC), Dr. Edelman led the White House team focusing on the digital economy — including broadband, telecommunications, spectrum, and technology trade — as well as cybersecurity, domestic and international data privacy, high-tech patent and copyright issues, and antitrust/competition.

He also led engagement with hundreds of technology companies around the world; advised the President on a range of emerging technologies such as big data, drones, and autonomous vehicles; and designed and managed over $15 billion of signature programs focused on technology, education, and economic opportunity.

Professor
NYU Stern School of Business
Robot
Hanson Robotics Limited
Special Advisor to PwC

Scott Galloway

Professor
NYU Stern School of Business

Scott is a Professor at the NYU Stern School of Business where he teaches brand strategy and digital marketing and was named “One of the World’s 50 Best Business School Professors” by Poets & Quants in 2012. He is the founder of Red Envelope, Prophet Brand Strategy, and L2 Inc., acquired by Gartner (NYSE: IT) in March 2017. Scott’s book The Four (Portfolio Penguin, 2017) debuted on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists in the hardcover non-fiction and hardcover business categories. Scott was elected to the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow and has served on the boards of directors of Eddie Bauer (Nasdaq: EBHI), The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), Urban Outfitters (Nasdaq: URBN), and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He received a B.A. from UCLA and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley.

Sophia the Robot

Robot
Hanson Robotics Limited

Sophia is Hanson Robotics’ most advanced and celebrated robot - endowed with remarkable expressiveness, aesthetics and interactivity. She can simulate a full range of facial expressions, track and recognize faces, look people in the eye, and hold natural conversations with them.

Sophia made her debut at the South by Southwest show in March 2016. Since then, she has become a much-sought-after media personality. She has done numerous press interviews, garnering over one billion engagements on a CNBC online coverage. Sophia has also appeared on the most broadly viewed television shows including CBS 60 Minutes with Charlie Rose, the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan, and has been a keynote speaker, panel member, and meet-and-greeter at some of the world’s most prestigious conferences, and even addressed members of the United Nations General Assembly committee. Sophia was featured in AUDI’s annual report and graced the cover and centerfold of ELLE magazine.

 

Stephen Scheeler

Special Advisor to PwC

Stephen Scheeler is the former Facebook CEO for Australia and New Zealand, where he led Facebook’s unprecedented rise from quirky Silicon Valley start-up to media and technology titan. 

Overseeing Facebook’s ANZ team – and working with Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Facebook’s Silicon Valley leaders – Stephen guided Facebook ANZ’s business – including Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp and Oculus – through one of the most dynamic periods of growth and disruption in recent business history. 

His tenure at Facebook saw the ANZ business grow from mere start-up to over US$1billion in annual revenue – becoming one of the most successful Facebook markets in the world.

Stephen is a seasoned business leader of digital transformation. His career spans over 25 years across multiple sectors including consumer products, retail, ecommerce, automotive, financial services, media and technology. He believes Australian business is falling behind in the race to capitalise on the digital opportunity. 

Today – as founder of global advisory The Digital CEO and Executive-in-Residence at Asia-Pacific’s leading business school, AGSM – he partners with the CEOs and boards of Australia's leading companies to help them build global, digital, billion-dollar businesses through world-beating digital strategies, capabilities, culture and leadership.

As a speaker, Stephen has a unique ability to inspire audiences and leaders alike on the power of digital. He is an inspiring personality on the highest-profile media and keynote stages, and is a member of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Knowledge Nation 100, top innovation leaders in Australia.

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
Singularity University
New Zealand Ambassador
PwC Australia
Principal and Head of Innovation
Soul Machines
CEO

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. 

Kaila Colbin

Singularity University
New Zealand Ambassador

Kaila Colbin is the New Zealand Ambassador for Singularity University. In 2016, she spearheaded the hugely successful SingularityU New Zealand Summit, the first in Australasia, with more than 1,400 attendees.

She is also a co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, the starting point to make things happen in Christchurch; the Curator and Licensee for TEDxChristchurch in New Zealand and TEDxScottBase in Antarctica; Chairman of the Board of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts; Deputy Chair of CORE Education Ltd; and a Director of ChristchurchNZ, the Christchurch agency responsible for tourism, major events and economic development.

Kaila is a certified ExO consultant, a Climate Project Ambassador who trained with Al Gore, and a Project Management Professional. She is a renowned national and international public speaker, sought after by corporates, government agencies, industry groups, and more.

A native New Yorker, Kaila is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian, holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University and has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.

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.

Lead Like a Woman
Co-Founder/CEO
Futurist
New York Times Bestselling Author
Keynote Speaker
Silicon Valley Entrepreneur
Harvard Business School
Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration
MIT Sloan School's Center for Digital Business
Researcher Fellow
Innovation Thought Leader

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.

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.    

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.

nowhere
Co-Founder
Slack
Head of the Search, Learning & Intelligence group
PwC UK
Director Innovation
Singularity University
Exponential technologies
Machine learning
Artificial intelligence

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.

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.

University of Oxford, Saïd Business School
Author
Visiting academic
Salesforce
Chief Scientist
PwC
Chief Creative Officer
Pandora music
Former COO

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.

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.

Google
Customer Solutions & Innovation APAC
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

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.

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.

Google
Former Design Ethicist and Product Philosopher
Entrepreneur

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.