PLENARY SPEAKERS



Prof. Victor Fey, The TRIZ Group, USA
Talk title: Finding Breakthrough Innovation Opportunities
Victor Fey, TRIZ Master, Principal of The TRIZ Group, LLC, and a close associate of Genrikh Altshuller, the founder of TRIZ. Victor Fey has over 35 years’ experience in TRIZ research, training and application. Victor has collected more than two decades of consulting experience serving the Global 1000. In this innovation consulting capacity, Victor’s work has ranged the gamut from teaching, coaching and consulting, to facilitating and leading cross-functional teams in delivering critical breakthrough product and technology solutions. Only at Hyundai-Kia Motors, his consulting effort resulted in obtaining over 100 patents with an estimated ROI of $100 million. From 1997 through 2014, he was an Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University, where he taught the first graduate-level course in TRIZ in the West. He has lectured on the subject at MIT, Stevens Institute of Technology, Chalmers University, Technion, and others. He chairs the Certification Board of the Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies, as well as the Committee for TRIZ Development of the International TRIZ Association’s R&D Council. His books include Effective Innovation: The Development of Winning Technologies, published by ASME Press, and Innovation on Demand: New Product Development Using TRIZ, released by Cambridge University Press (translated into Korean; a Chinese translation is scheduled for 2019).
https://trizgroup.com

Dr. Sarah Pearson, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.
Sarah Pearson is an internationally experienced Open Innovation practitioner, innovation ecosystem builder, scientist and advocate for collaborative innovation and entrepreneurship in Australia. She currently serves as the inaugural Chief Innovation Officer (CXO) at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). This role is responsible for leading, developing and scaling innovation practice and culture across DFAT and through whole of government activity. Sarah has been actively involved in leadership of all parts of the innovation pipeline over the course of her career, as an employee, as a Board Director and through professional roles. She is passionate about helping Australia become an innovative nation, creating economic and social impact, and her advice is sought out regularly at all levels of Government regarding new policy, strategy and programs for Australian innovation. She contributes to the growth of innovation in Australia through external roles in addition to her core roles. Relevant current examples include her position as Australia’s Innovation Leader in DFAT’s MIKTA group, member of Questacon’s Advisory Council, and member of the Investment Committee for CSIRO’s $200M VC fund, Main Sequence Ventures. Sarah has published extensively through the media of TV, radio, books, academic journals, magazines and newspapers, and is an inventor on eight international patent applications for cancer diagnosis and novel confectionary. She was awarded a DPhil from the University of Oxford in particle physics, and has published research in the areas of particle physics, medical physics, artificial intelligence, innovation, science communication and science policy



Mr. Langdon Morris, InnovationLabs LLC, USA.
Talk title: How to Develop Foresight.
Since 2001, Langdon Morris has led the innovation consulting practice of InnovationLabs LLC, where he is a senior partner and co-founder. His work focuses on developing and applying advanced methods in innovation and strategy to solve complex problems with very high levels of creativity.
He is recognized as one the world’s leading thinkers and consultants on innovation and strategy, and his original and ground-breaking work has been adopted by corporations and universities on every continent to help them improve their innovation processes and the results they achieve.
His breakthrough white paper, Business Model Warfare is a landmark in the field, and is used as a standard reference at universities and corporations worldwide. His book Fourth Generation R&D, coauthored with William L. Miller, is considered a classic in the field of R&D management, and his more recent works Agile Innovation, The Agile Innovation Master Plan and Permanent Innovation are recognized as three of the leading innovation books of the last 5 years. His most recent book is Foresight and Extreme Creativity: strategy for the 21st Century, a comprehensive review of the major forces that are driving social and economic change.
He is Co-chair of the Innovation Council of Red Team Engineering, Innovation Coordinator at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin Center for Corporate Creativity, and formerly Senior Practice Scholar at the Ackoff Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
He has taught MBA courses in innovation and strategy at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (France) and Universidad de Belgrano (Argentina), and has lectured at universities on 4 continents, including Chaoyang University of Technology (Taiwan), Conservatoire Nationale des Arts et Métiers (France), University of Colorado, University of North Carolina, and Rochester Institute of Technology (USA), University of Nairobi, and Shanghai Jao Tong University (China).

Recent Clients
Industries: Aerospace, Consumer Goods, Education, Financial Services, Food, Health Care, High Tech, Hospitality, Industrial, Non-Profit, Telecom

By organization, in the Americas: NASA, Kaiser Permanente, UNICEF, American Heart Association, the Federal Reserve Bank, Stanford University, the University of Minnesota, NCB, CapGemini, PwC, DuPont, DPR Construction, GE, Johnson & Johnson, Aspen Institute, Boeing, Clif Bar & Company, American Family Insurance, CFED, Lucile Packard Foundation, Housing Partnership Network, PLANET, Loyola Law School, US Navy, US Coast Guard

In Europe: Accor, Airbus, Novotel, Total Oil, SAP, Gemalto, EADS, France Telecom, L'Oréal, Alcatel, Michelin, Solvay, Groupe Suez, Portuguese Quality Association, Endesa, Bouygues

In Asia: Tata Group, Wipro, Alcatel Qingdao, Alcatel Shanghai, GE Shanghai, Bayer Shanghai, China Steel, Bao Steel, France Telecom Orange Group Beijing, ING Insurance, Saudi Aramco, Glaxo Smith Kline China, St. Gobain China, Kone China, and many others.

Affiliations
• Board Member, International Association of Innovation Professionals
• Associate Editor, The International Journal of Innovation Science
• Innovation Advisory Board, Tsinghua University, China
• Scientific Committee, Business Digest, Paris
• Senior Editor of the Aerospace Technology Working Group book series
• Contributing Editor and Writer, Innovation Management Magazine

Formerly
• Senior Practice Scholar of the Ackoff Center at the University of Pennsylvania
• Contributing Editor of Knowledge Management Magazine
• Senior Fellow, Economic Opportunities Program of the Aspen Institute

Public Speaking
Langdon is a compelling public speaker who brings humor, insight, and original thinking to his presentations and workshops, and he appears frequently at conferences and workshops worldwide. He has shared his insights on innovation and strategy throughout the US, and with groups in China, Taiwan, India, South Africa, Ireland, France, Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Malaysia, in both in-house settings and public conferences.

Keynote Speeches
• Callaghan New Zealand, 2015, 2017
• KFSHRC, Saudi Arabia, 2017
• Zweig Hot Firm, 2015
• International Association of Innovation Professionals, 2015, 2017
• ICSI, 2014
• CODEV Shanghai, 2014
• FIABCI, 2013 (2 appearances)
• CEO Magazine, 2012
• Industrial Research Institute, 2012
• World Innovation Summit, 2011, 2012
• China Innovation Summit, 2010, 2009, 2008
• Conservatoire Nationale des Arts et Métiers, 2008

He has also appeared on numerous media outlets throughout the US, including ABC Radio Network, Westwood One Radio Network, WLS Chicago, and dozens of others.



Ms. Nuria Ruiperez, Deloitte and Advisian, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.
Nuira is the Global Innovation, Design Thinking and Client Experience Director and Digial Enterprise at Advisian and the Innovation Director at Deloitte. Previously she was the Innovation manager at PowerCore and CityPower and Asia Pacific strategy manager at IBM.



Mr. Pravin Rajpal, InnovationNext, India
Talk title: NEXT IDEAS FOR THE NEXT WORLD
Pravin Rajpal is the Founder of InnovatioNext, Managing Director of World InnovatioNext Network (WIN), Imagineer of Vishnu Global Innovation Park, India. Ultimate L&D destination, Trend Setter of i360 Innovation Incubators. He set-up 20 Incubators and Accelerators in India. He is a Global Thought Leader of new age Innovation Renaissance. Pravin hold 28 IPs which has developed millions of innovation thought leaders and transformed organizations across the world. He is the Inventor of 3D Idea Generator and cutting - edge Innovation Toolbox to empower people. He is a Keynote Speaker at International Conferences. Pravi is also an Innovation coach to Fortune 500 companies like Samsung, Whirlpool, Dell, Citi Bank, Tata Motors, Aditya Vikram Birla Group and many more He is also Author of Best Sellers like ‘Achieving Business Excellence’ and ‘Five Thinkings to Win’.

Pravin Rajpal’s work has impacted and influenced the influencers including the most innovative countries like U.S.A and Finland, where he has conducted his programs. His profound work is promoted in more than 25 countries.
He has transformed the most innovative organizations including Fortune 500 companies and impacted millions of people with high energy programs and profound work.
His work in the field of innovation is acknowledged by the customers as ‘Mesmerizing’ and ‘beyond imagination’.
Awards and Honours
➢ Selected as top 30 Leaders in India by Times of India
➢ Selected as Visionary Leader changing the world by Informa of U.K
➢ Recipient of Global HR Excellence award for Global contribution to Training & Development



Prof. Adela J McMurray, RMIT University, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.
Professor McMurray is the Director of College of Business Doctoral Training Centre. She was among others the Deputy Head Research and Innovation in RMIT University. She has extensive experience researching in public and private sectors and has published over 220 refereed publications. Her research is internationally recognised and she is the recipient of four Australian Research Council grants, two industry Collaborative Research Centre grants and various other grants. Adela has won teaching and leadership awards, she chaired the USA Academy of Management’s International Theme Committee and is a member of a number of journal editorial advisory boards. Adela’s research expertise addresses workplace innovation, organisational culture and climate, cultural diversity and sustainability.



Prof. Edward Buckingham, Monash University, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.
Edward Buckingham is Professor of Management and Director, Engagement at Monash Business School. He graduated with a BSc in Materials Science and a BA (Hons) in Indonesian Literature from Monash University. Edward continued with post graduate studies in China at the Johns Hopkins Nanjing Center. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD and his PhD, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, focused on organisational boundaries and business strategy in Indonesia.

Edward teaches Business Models & Strategy and supervises strategy projects on the MBA program and leads the Leadership and Executive Education Masterclasses.

His professional career includes academic and business roles. He lectured at Nottingham University's Business School in Ningbo, China before joining Monash. He has been Director of INSEAD's Executive MBA programs (France, Singapore the UAE and Beijing) and has held executive and consulting roles in the UK, France, Gabon, Pakistan, Russia and China.

Edward's areas of expertise are strategy, entrepreneurship, international business and change management. He has extensive experience in executive education, and has taught in French, Indonesian and Mandarin as well as English. His specialist areas in executive education include strategy and leadership and his industry interests include agribusiness, manufacturing, education and natural resources.



Ms. Tania de Jong AM, Creative Innovation Global, Australia
Talk title: Voices of Innovation – The Power of Positive Human Collisions
Tania de Jong AM is a trail-blazing Australian soprano, award-winning social entrepreneur, creative innovation catalyst, spiritual journey woman, storyteller and global speaker. Tania is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators developing 5 businesses and 2 charities.
When she was just 14 years old her best friend told her not to bother having singing lessons. So it’s not surprising that her mission is to change the world, one voice at a time. Tania’s TED Talk has sparked international interest.
Tania is a global authority on creativity, innovation and collaboration. With a grandmother who invented the foldable umbrella, innovation is in her blood.
In 2018 Thinkers50 have invited her to be a keynote speaker and performer at the World Business Forum in Denmark.
For 7 years in a row Tania has produced the award-winning Creative Innovation Asia Pacific. Creative Universe and Creative Innovation Global were ranked among the top 20 event organizers and agencies from around the world as part of the newly released Eventex All-Stars Index.
Tania is the Founder of Creative Universe, Creative Innovation Global, MTA Entertainment & Events and acclaimed singing group Pot-Pourri. Tania has recently founded a co-working space Dimension5 in Melbourne to drive social innovation and collaboration.

Tania is also the Founder of two charities. Creativity Australia works with a range of marginalised individuals and communities to build supportive networks through the acclaimed With One Voice choir social inclusion programs. In 2016, Creativity Australia received the Melbourne Award for Contribution to Community.

Tania founded The Song Room which has provided access to creative learning and wellbeing for over 500,000 disadvantaged Australian children since 1999.

Tania has a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of Victorian College of the Arts in opera, music theatre and voice. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2008. Tania’s other awards include Ernst and Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year, the ‘Outstanding Individual Contribution to Australian Culture’, Churchill Fellowship and The Melbourne Award. She was inducted into the AGSE Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame at Swinburne University and named Brainlink Woman of Achievement. Tania was named in the 2016 Impact 25 Awards which honour the social sector’s most influential people for their significant and positive impact in Australia and around the world. Tania has released 7 albums with her acclaimed singing group Pot-Pourri and has released 3 solo albums. She has spoken and performed in over 40 countries. www.creativeuniverse.com.au



Prof. Darren Kelly , The University of Melbourne, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.
Darren is the Associate Dean (Innovation and Enterprise, MDHS) at The University of Melbourne, the Director of Innovation and Enterprise at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and Director of Biomedical Research in the Department of Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, where his research expertise lies in progressing pre-clinical novel interventions and developing experimental models of cardiovascular disease. Concurrent to his role with The University of Melbourne, Darren in the CEO and Managing Director of Occurx, Australia, bringing over 25 years of management and research expertise in the life sciences and biotech sector. He has published over 200 manuscripts in the field of translational research and novel interventions many of which have had a direct impact on human disease. In 2009, Darren was a recipient of the prestigious TJ Neale award for outstanding contribution to nephrology. In 2015 Darren joined the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund as Venture Partner. Darren has proven history in translational research. He was previously Founder, CEO and Director of Fibrotech Therapeutics, a company that developed orally active anti-fibrotic inhibitors to treat underlying pathological fibrosis in kidney and heart failure, which was ultimately acquired by Shire Plc for a record 75 million USD upfront including milestone payments up to 600 million USD. Darren has a PhD in Translational Medicine from the University of Melbourne. He is a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, AusBiotech, BioMelbourne Network and a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology.



Dr. Steve Brodie, CSIRO, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.
Executive Manager Innovation at CSIRO. More to be anounced.



KEYNOTE SPEAKERS



Ms. Faye Sahai, AIG, USA
Talk title: Innovation & Diversity of Thought as a fuel for global growth.
Faye Sahai has been identified and celebrated as an innovation growth leader, change catalyst and strategic initiatives across multiple companies such as AIG, Blue Shield, Deloitte, Charles Schwab, and Kaiser Permanente.
She served as the AIG Global Head of Advanced Technology, Innovation, and Employee Experience. She is also AIG Executive Advisor of Global Women in Technology and UP Upward Professionals and nominated for Women Executive Leaders Initiative, and Global Inclusion and Diversity Task Force. She was one of founding members and leaders for Kaiser Permanente Women in Technology (WIT) and Women Embracing Life and Leadership (WELL).
Faye has been an innovation adviser to companies, start-ups and accelerators and serves on the Board of Directors for Ayogo Health Inc., CMC Berger Research Institute, CMCAA and Board of Advisers for Somnology MD, Asia Foundation Lotus and Autonomous ID. Faye is on the Board for Ascend Leadership Western Region, and Co-Chair of the Innovation Executive Forum.
She has been recognized by Insurance Business Hot 100 in 2017, Elite Women in Insurance Business America in 2017, Ascend Leadership Award in 2017, and Computer World’s Top Premier IT Leaders in 2015, Award for Outstanding Contributions to Kaiser Permanente Asian Community 2014, and received Innovation Enterprise Best Ideation award in 2014.
She has been a speaker on innovation at Consumer Electronic Show CES, ABIM, Chief Innovation Officer Summit, Venture Beat, Apps World, Watermark, Smart City, UCLA, Monte Jade Science and Technology, Blue Print, ACG Silicon Valley, UIX Global, Women in Tech. Institute for Health Technology Transformation, C200, Alchemist Accelerator, Plug & Play, EY Disruptive Innovation, Worth Conference, Insure Disrupt, Watermark, and Corporate Innovation Huddle.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology from Claremont McKenna College and her Master of Business Administration at the University of California, Los Angeles – The Anderson School of Management.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/fayesahai
Twitter #FayekS
Gmail: FayeSahai@gmail.com



CEO and Prof. Falk Uebernickel, ITMP and University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Talk title: To be announced.
Flak Uebernickel holds a PhD in Economics on Information Management from the University of St. Gallen and a Master Degree in the Field of Information Management with focus on Performance Management from University of Regensburg. He is an Adjunct Professor for Information Management and Business Innovation at University of St. Gallen - HSG, Managing and founding Partner, CEO at ITMP, Trainer for Design Thinking and Human-centered Design at d.Swiss, Investor at NameMimi Hearing Technologies GmbH and Spokesman of the board at SUGAR Network for Design Innovation. He is the Editor of the recently published book Design Thinking for Innovation - Research and Practice



Dr. Irena Yashin-Shaw, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.
Dr. Irena Yashin-Shaw is Australia’s leading authority on intrapreneurialism. She is on a mission to liberate innovation, creativity and leadership within people to create future ready organisations. Innovation is unleashed when organisations are liberated from entrenched practices and outdated processes. Creativity is unleashed when people are liberated from the mental shackles of default thinking and rigid mental models. Leadership is unleashed when individuals are liberated from constraints that stifle initiative and talent.
Driven by a belief that intrapreneurial talent is wasted in most organisations, Irena has developed a process for identifying, developing and harnessing it. She works with organisations and leaders who want a critical mass of high performing, dedicated, energised employees who will propel the organisation forward with their creativity and innovativeness.

Irena is a rare combination of deep academic knowledge, real-world entrepreneurial experience and entertaining speakership who has been working in the fields of innovation and creativity since before they became the new workplace imperatives. She holds a PhD in Creative Problem Solving, a Master’s Degree in Adult Education, a Bachelor of Arts and a teaching degree.

Her clients come from all sectors but recently she has specialised in helping government agencies create public value through innovation and intrapreneurialism.

She is the author of two books. Her most recent book is called Intrapreneur: How leaders ignite innovation, break bureaucracy and catalyse change which focuses on how to create a future-ready, innovative organisation by harnessing the energy and creativity of internal entrepreneurs i.e. the intrapreneurs. Her previous book, Leading in the Innovation Age: Unleash knowledge, talent and experience to create an innovative workplace, serves as a handbook for leaders wanting to unlock the potential of their people in the service of innovation. It provides concepts, case studies, tools and frameworks to help leaders to thrive in the contemporary landscape of the innovation age.

In addition to her work as a corporate educator, adviser and mentor, Irena is an in-demand international conference speaker who loves to challenge smart, savvy and sophisticated audiences who want insight rather than information and an experience rather than a presentation. Irena lives in Brisbane, Australia, but considers herself a global citizen, with a commitment to being part of the solution for the big challenges that define our age.
Learn more at www.drirenayashinshaw.com.



Mr. Doron Ben-Meir, Vice-Principal Enterprise, Chancellery Research & Enterprise, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Talk title: Innovation, Culture and Leadership
Mr Ben-Meir has extensive experience in the venture capital industry and commercialisation more generally. Over the past twenty-six years he has been involved in numerous venture capital organisations; has been a founder or co-founder of six start-up companies; as well as an investor, investment manager, and advisor to several other companies.
In April 2010 Mr Ben-Meir was appointed by the Australian Federal Government as the inaugural CEO of Commercialisation Australia and, from 1 July 2014, was further appointed as the Director of the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme.
In this role, Mr Ben-Meir led the establishment of a national portfolio of over 550 companies including 4 successful exits and several substantial capital raisings (>$5million).
In June 2015 Mr Ben-Meir was appointed the inaugural Executive Director of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation at the University of Melbourne and CEO of University of Melbourne Commercial Limited, with responsibility for all research funding, external commercial engagements and the commercialisation of University generated intellectual property.
In July 2016 Mr Ben-Meir was appointed Vice-Principal Enterprise on the Chancellery Executive of the University of Melbourne. Building upon the operational base established within the Research, Innovation and Commercialisation portfolio, this new role is responsible for the overarching strategic development of the University’s Enterprise Model which focuses on the appropriate utilisation of the University’s human capital, physical assets & platforms, investment capital and its intellectual property portfolio to optimise the resources available to drive its research and teaching agenda.
Board/Committee Memberships:
Chair: University of Melbourne Commercial Ltd
Director: BioCurate Pty Ltd
Director: UM Commercialisation Pty Ltd
Member: Entrepreneurs’ Programme Advisory Committee (Federal Government)
Former Director: Commercialisation Australia Board (2013) (Federal Government)
Former Director: National Precincts Board (2013) (Federal Government).
Mr Ben-Meir’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Electrical and Computer
Systems Engineering (1st Class Honours) from Monash University, Melbourne. He is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Dr. Richard Claydon, Hong Kong
Talk title: To be announced
Richard is a Doctor of Management from MGSM, The Financial Times #1 Ranked Business School in the Asia-Pacific. His thesis on healthy & unhealthy leadership & organisational behaviours in volatile, uncertain, complex & ambiguous environments was the culmination of the longest, most well-funded Research Council project into change in Australian history. Examined by world-leaders in the fields of management & change, it was awarded the highest achievable marks for a Ph.D.
A Harvard Top-200 Management Guru & business columnists for The Guardian newspaper have described this research as “a touchstone for the future work in management & organisation”, “outstanding in daring & imagination” & “at the forefront of modern discussion & debate.” Peers & colleagues have described his work as “bleeding edge … in another league altogether”, “iconoclastic”, & “eloquently expressing a real & relevant way of living out life.”
In 2017, Richard keynoted for Australia’s inaugural Employee Experience Conference & presented on The Future of Work at Reimaging HR, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest HR conference, & on “Dickheads at Work” at The Big Anxiety Festival, the world’s largest festival of mental health. His work was also featured on “Best Practice”, an Australian Broadcasting Commission radio show examining cutting-edge thinking in contemporary business, & in an internationally broadcast live webinar from the Project Management Institute (PMI) on a “A Disruptive Model of Change”.
He also ran leadership & culture workshops for CEB/Gartners’ International Human Resource Directors Forum & numerous Australian & international clients, & designed & taught MBA programs on Leadership, Change & Organisational Behaviour.
He is in the process of launching a new brand, Organisational Misbehaviourists, which addresses the $3 trillion plus problem of toxic & disengaged behaviours that bedevils many contemporary organisations. He is also setting up an Asia-Pacific Hub for the Strategic Management Forum.
He is a Tier One tennis player & has coached tennis professionally. He also designed the tactics creator for the multi award-winning & world-leading management simulation, Football Manager.

Ms. Juliana Proserpio, ECHOS, Australia
Talk title: Designing Desirable Futures

Juliana is an entrepreneur and educator. She is the co-founder of ECHOS, an innovation lab and its business units: School of Design Thinking – a school that puts innovation in practice, and Echos – Innovation Projects. Over the last years, Juliana has worked to develop an innovation ecosystem in Brazil and Australia to foster the design of desirable futures. She works as a leader in projects in the areas of healthcare, construction, the internet of things and beyond. As an educator & speaker, Juliana creates awareness around the knowledge and depth of design as a way to accelerate innovation, having participated in events such as the Global Innovation Summit in San Jose - California, TEDxMaua in Sao Paulo, What Design Can Do, Sydney Design Festival and the William Drenttel Award for Excellence in Design.



Prof. John Canning, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.
John Canning, FSPIE, FOSA was awarded the 2017 Optical Society of America (OSA) David Richardson Medal for seminal scientific and engineering contributions in fundamental and applied photonics. He has made pioneering contributions to fibre Bragg grating writing, developing the 193 nm writing approach and demonstrating the first complex gratings. He is co-founder of Redfern Optical Components now Tyco Australia, Redfern Integrated Optics now RIO in the US, an ultra-narrow linewidth source manufacturer used across industries in oil and in space and several other companies. He has developed and managed novel structured optical fibres (including inventing Fresnel fibres) within the Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre, an activity which generated more than a dozen additional start-ups. Since 2009 he has worked on new diagnostic approaches using smart device technologies, spectroscopy, surface plasmon resonances and novel test strips. He has continued to support a number of early stage start-ups and more recently is co-founder with Dr Sandra Ast of Australian Sensing and Identification Systems focussing on smart device diagnostics for health, environment and more. He has been an Otto Monsted Professor at the Danish Technical University, Denmark 2004, and a Villum Kann Rasmussen Professor at iNANO, Aarhus University, Denmark 2007, Science Without Borders Professor at UTFPR, Brazil 2014-2017, a Program 111 visiting Professor at UESTC, Chengdu, China in 2014 and has been a Guest Professor at the Laser Institute Shandong Academy of Sciences, China. He has been an Expert Member of the University of Sydney’s Latin Regional Advisory Committee and an Advisor to the China and India activities of the University and was involved with assessing the dual use defence legislation’s impact on universities and innovation against a rapidly changing regional political landscape. He was made a Conjoint Professor at the University of NSW for his contributions in establishing the nation’s leading optical fibre fabrication facilities. In 2018 he moved his Photonics Laboratories to the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and helping to setup a new UTS Tech Lab whilst maintaining linkages with the University of Sydney. He has over 700 peer reviewed journal and conference papers, lodged more than 35 patents and was in the first round of recipients of the OSA Outstanding Reviewer Awards introduced in 2012. He is on the International Steering Committee for OFS, the world’s largest optical fibre sensing conference and APOS, the largest Asia Pacific optical sensing conference. He has also been chair and TPC committee member on a range of key conferences.



Ms. Fiona Ingram, Value Synthesiser, Australia
Talk title: To be anounced
Fioina is a Value Synthesiser independent consultant. She was a Senior Advisor, Social Innovation (Consulting) at Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations, Experience Innovation Manager at Sensis, UX Designer at Ericsson, UX Consultant at Self Employed, UX Design & Management at CWCC, Manager Usability Group at IBM Global Business Services and Snr. Consultant at The Hiser Group.
Fiona holds a Master of Science, Strategic Foresight, Field Of Study Innovation, at Swinburne University of Technology, 2004-2006 and a Master of Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology, 2001 – 2003.



Mr. Charles Kovess, Kovess International, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.
After 20 years of high level legal and business experience, Charles Kovess turned his back on the law in 1993 to share success strategies as a professional speaker, educator, facilitator and coach. Charles is known as Australasia's Passion Provocateur. He graduated from Melbourne University with an Honours Degree in Law in 1974, followed by earning his Master of Laws Degree from Monash University in 1980.

He is deeply passionate about the power and value of passion, and helps organisations and individuals to achieve outstanding results by harnessing their own passion and genius!

He is the Founder of Kovess International, President of the Australia-Hungary Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Trustee of the Global Energy Network Institute (“GENI”), CEO of Textile & Composite Industries Pty Ltd (inventors of the world’s best hemp processing machine), National Secretary of the Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance (the peak national body), Past National President of the National Speakers’ Association of Australia, Past President of the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club, and a Certified Speaking Professional.

Charles has authored two inspirational books, ‘Passionate People Produce’, and ‘Passionate Performance’, and is the co-author of ‘The 7 Heavenly Virtues of Leadership’.

Charles is also passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation and sport! He is currently competing in his 34th consecutive year in triathlons; he qualified as an international water polo referee, played A Grade Amateur Football with University Blacks, and has completed nine marathons. He is the father of five children, aged from 37 years down to 7 years.



Ms. Rachel Audigé, SIT, Australia
Talk title: Inside-the-box thinking: A powerful method for corporate intrapreneurs
Rachel is a speaker, facilitator, educator and Innovation Architect. She runs her own innovation and marketing practice and harnesses Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT), an Israeli methodology.
She has published a white papers on 'The Innovation Mix', the ingredients required to foster a culture of innovation and on the collision points between People, Innovation and Marketing mindsets. She is currently working on a book on Innovation Frameworks. Recent conference speaker events include Ci2017, the Future of Work Conference (MBS) and Innov8ers Singapore.

Rachel is an Economics graduate of Sydney University (1989) and holds a Maîtrise in Political Economy from l’Université de ParisSorbonne (1990). Rachel completed her MBA at Melbourne Business School in 2015 and was awarded the Dean’s scholarship for Women in Business. She serves as a Non-Executive Director on two boards: The Produce Marketing Association (PMA - A-NZ) and Creativity Australia and is on the advisory board for a startup, Swish. She is a member of the Professional Speakers Association (PSA), and the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and the Australian League of Intrapreneurs.
Outside interests include cooking, pilates, diving, skiing, stage theatre – with productions in Lyon and Melbourne - and kite surfing. Rachel is married with 3 bi-cultural children.



Dist. Prof. Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, RMIT University, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.

Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh is a Distinguished Professor, the Director of the Centre for Advanced Electronics and Sensors (CADES) at RMIT University, Australia and the node Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronic Technologies (FLEET). His research interests include chemical and biochemical sensors, nanotechnology, microsystems, materials science, electronics, gastroenterology, medical devices and microfluidics. Kourosh have so far been the co-author of over 350 peer reviewed and highly cited scientific papers and books.



Dr. Sam Lanyon, Planet Innovation, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.
Mr. Sam Lanyon is a Co-Founder of Planet Innovation Pty Ltd and serves as Executive Director. Mr. Lanyon is an innovative and strategic business leader with significant experience in strategy, sales and operations with a successful track record in the global commercialization of technology-rich products. He served as the International Sales Director for Vision BioSystems where he was responsible for establishing the sales, marketing, customer support, and service operation throughout the EU, Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Mr. Lanyon holds an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Melbourne, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Melbourne Business School and strategy training from London Business School.



Mr. Jeremy Stone, Artesian Advisory & Creative Cities 21, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.
Jeremy is curently
Director of J-Power (Japanese utility company) Australian company for their coal to hydrogen project (launched by Federal and State Government afew months ago)
Responsible for Australia and AsiaPacific for PuriflOH - a listed company commercialising free radical generation technology for air purification, water treatment and surface sterilisation
CoFounder Creative Cities 21.
CEO of Artesian Advisory - helping organisations bring ideas to life.
Director & Chair Capital Works for Caulfield Grammar School.



He was
Group Manager Innovation, Commercialisation & Digital for GHD, a 8,500 strong global professional services company.
Member, Engineers Australia Innovation Taskforce.
Co founder and Global Project Director of Smart Seeds, a global innovation program for Young Professionals.
Recognised by Engineers Australia as one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers.
Co founder and manager for Innovation Interchange an online global marketplace for the infrastructure industry.
Former Director Monash College and Nubian Water Systems.



Dr Robert Dew, Coriolis Innovation, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.
Robert is Director at Coriolis Innovation, Associate Director at Strativity Group, Owner/Director at Noosa Junction Seafood Markets, Director at Noosa Seafood Market. He was a Visiting Professor at TiasNimbas Business School, Advisory Board Member at International Society of Professional Innovation Managers, Visiting Professor at The University of Hong Kong, Owner at Hyperion Technology Pty Ltd, Director at Safe Places for Children, Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Lecturer at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School. Robert holds a PhD in Cognitve Psychology, Creativity, Innovation from Queensland University of Technolog



INVITED SPEAKERS



Ms. Sara Bermúdez, GfK, Germany
Talk title: Innovation culture and leadership
Sara is a passionate product design engineer, specialized in psychology of creativity and innovation management, currently working as an innovation and change management consultant at GfK in Germany. She has actively participated in GfK’s transformation process to sharpen client focus and accelerate digitalization, co-developing the new innovation process of the organization, as well as supporting on the activation of the new leadership behaviors of its employees. She also works as a leader in different internal initiatives around knowledge sharing and co-creation, with a strong focus on gamification and interactive learning. In addition, Sara is an author on Germany’s startup scene and entrepreneurship topics in general at the StartUs Magazine and ViperDev, apart from collaborating with various initiatives such as the World Innovation Team – international education and business consultancy specializing in innovation, and the Startup Dock – incubator from the Hamburg University of Technology.



Prof. Gary Morgan, MPT Innovation Group, Australia
Talk title: Problems Worth Solving: Business Innovation.
Gary Morgan has a MBA and Graduate Diploma from Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Griffith University.
ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL BODIES
Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology
Honorary Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
BOARD ROLES

2016-present Director, People Insights Group Pty Ltd
2015-present Non-Executive Director, Point Duty Pty Ltd
2015-present Advisory Board Member, Skyborne Technologies Pty Ltd
2015-present Advisory Council Member, HealthXN Pty Ltd
2000-present Managing Director, MPT Innovation Group
2013-2018 Advisory Board Member, Frontier Networks Pty Ltd
2014-2017 Non-Executive Chairman, CB Aerospace Pty Ltd
2014-2015 Executive Director, The Centre for Gender Economics Pty Ltd
2013-2015 Non-Executive Director, Epilepsy Tasmania
2013-2014 Non-Executive Director, Director Government Relations, 100% Project
2009-20011 Non-Executive Director, Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
2008-2009 Non-Executive Director, Health Informatics Society of Australia, Ltd
2004-2012 Executive Director, Australian e-Health Research Centre
2004-2005 Non-Executive Director, DSTC Pty Ltd
2000-2003 Executive Director, Wedgetail Communications Pty Ltd
EXECUTIVE ROLES
2017-present Expert in Residence, SMART Region Incubator, University of New England
2012-2013 Health Services Director, Tunstall Healthcare Asia Pacific
2011- 2012 Director Business and International, Digital Productivity CSIRO ICT Centre
2008-2011 Deputy Director, CSIRO ICT Centre
2004-2009 Founding Chief Executive Officer, Australian e-Health Research Centre
2001-2003 Founding Chief Executive Officer, Wedgetail Communications Inc.
2000-2003 Founding Chief Executive Officer, Wedgetail Communications Pty Ltd
COMMITTEE ROLES
2015-present Expert Network Member, Accelerating Commercialisation, AusIndustry
2015-2016 Member, Australian National Consultative Committee on Health
2013-2017 Co-Chair, One in Four Lives
ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS
2011 Teamwork, CSIRO ICT Centre
2010 Research Achievement, CSIRO ICT Centre
2009 Innovation, CSIRO ICT Centre
2005 Leadership, CSIRO ICT Centre
2004 Go For Growth, CSIRO
2002 Rising Star, Deloitte Technology Fast 50
2002 Outstanding Alumni, Queensland University of Technology


Gary Morgan creates outcomes for his clients by helping them to develop their innovation and business strategies, capabilities and capacity to introduce new or improved product and service offerings, to create impact, grow their businesses and create value. An experienced board director, Gary Morgan has over 20 years’ experience as an executive and consultant developing and driving innovation, strategy, business performance, international collaboration and growth in organisations. Gary Morgan is managing director of MPT Innovation Group, and director of People Insights Group. He is Expert in Residence at the University of New England, Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology, and has co-authored several papers that have been published in prestigious medical journals.

Recent board roles and projects include:

Developing and implementing digital health innovation, business and market strategies to support product development and service delivery innovation for Australia’s largest health care technology companies and community and aged care providers
Developing innovation-led strategy and delivering national industry engagement programs for digital health technologies, agribusiness technologies, industrial internet, robotics and industrial automation, and startups and innovation to drive industry uptake, adoption and sustainable engagement for Australia s leading research institutions
Board chair and board member leading companies in the development of business models, client engagement, product development and commercialisation of innovative health, robotics, cybercrime, and aerospace technologies
Developing an innovation-led economic development strategy for a $3.2B regional economy

Gary has worked closely with Boards of Directors, scientific advisory committees, stakeholders and senior management to identify, develop and implement strategic innovation, development and change management programs. Some career highlights include:
Securing over $250m in technology and services revenue, government and research grants, and venture capital funding
Delivering more than 7x return on initial investment in a venture capital backed research spin-off company
Licensing research technologies to a global medical technology company, and Australia’s largest transport company, and internet service provider
Developing and implementing global plans that included founding companies and leading, managing and mentoring multiple teams internationally
Over 20 years ICT Science, Research and Innovation and Health ICT leadership



Ms. Lucy Luo, Danone, China
Talk title: To be announced
Lucy Luo is China Lead for the Manifesto Innovation Accelerator of international food company, Danone, based in Shanghai. As well as her corporate work, Lucy contributes to large-scale behavioural change initiatives through the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), a not-for-profit focusing on sustainability and nutrition. A current project is ‘A New Way to Eat’, which aims to engage Chinese children with food and educate teachers to become healthy food ambassadors for schools around China.



Mr. David Jordan, enteruptors, Australia
Talk title: Changing business models so innovation is not just lipstick on a dinosaur
David Jordan is the founder of enteruptors, a RegTech driving opportunity by redefining Risk, compliance and strategy for changing business models in a time of disruption. David is the author of The CEO Innovation Blueprint and received an award from IBM for innovation thought leadership. David has appeared on TV and spoken around the world on innovation and RegTech.
David spent his career delivering innovation to enable business to survive upheaval where traditional business models were failing. Delivering results in mining, transport, manufacturing, retail, Government and banking. During his career he has turned around non-performing businesses and driven strategic changes in direction. Over the last decade David has been working with banking institutions to drive growth in a heavily regulated, highly competitive market. Where disruptors are beginning to bite and business models have to change.
David was also finalist for NSW Volunteer of the year and is currently a director of KYDS providing mental health support to adolescents.



Prof. Diane Martin, RMIT University, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
To be announced



Dr. Dan Billing, Defence Science and Technology Group , Australia
Talk title: Delivering game-changing capabilities for Defence by partnering-in-depth in emerging science and technology focus areas.
Dr Dan Billing holds a research-based PhD in wearable sensors and machine learning from Swinburne University of Technology as well as an Executive MBA in Strategy, Innovation and Leadership from Melbourne Business School. Dan has worked at the Victorian (VIS), Tasmanian (TIS) and Australian (AIS) Institutes of Sport as well as the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for micro Technology. Dan joined DST Group in 2006 as a Discipline Leader in Physical and Physiological Performance and oversees a portfolio of human performance R&D activities. Most recently, Dan has played an integral role in the establishment and delivery of the Next Gen Tech Fund, a large ($730 million, 10 year), complex, multi-disciplinary, multi-organisational and client-centric program with particular focus on Defence innovation.



Mr. Gavin Whyte, Deloitte, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Gavin Whyte is Chief DataScientist and Principal at Deloitte Australia & Honorary Adjunct Associate at University of Technology Sydney. He was director of DataScience at KPMG Australia, head of Data Science Tabcorp and Big Data Engineer at Commonwealth Bank. He is a seasoned Data Scientist, executive, leader and strategist. Gavin is an expert in business communications, product and process design relating to DataScience space.

As a Director of DataScience for KPMG, and a machine learning specialist, he focuses on Data Science models for predictive capabilities.He has worn many hats in his career - programmer, researcher, manager, strategist, technical reviewer for many publications and DataScientist. He has a unique ability to mange multi-disciplinary projects and navigate complex challenges.



Dr Janneke Blijlevens, RMIT University., Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Dr Janneke Blijlevens is a Senior Lecturer in Design Thinking and Experimental Methods at RMIT University. She obtained a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from University of Groningen, the Netherlands and completed her PhD research at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands at the department of Product Innovation Management. She has worked as an academic in both design and business schools. As a result, her research can be characterised as interdisciplinary; behavioural research with a nexus between the Design & Innovation and Business disciplines. Her research covers areas such as design perception and evaluation by consumers, the social roles that products can play to consumers, factors influencing the adoption of highly innovative products by consumers, and bridging the gap between intuition driven designers and data driven decision makers in companies. She has been cited as an authority in the Amici Brief for the Apple vs Samsung case on patented designs and works extensively with industry partners in research and in the classroom, thereby facilitating direct impact from her work. She has published in journals such as International Journal of Design, Journal of Design, Business, British Journal of Psychology, Acta Psychologica, and Society, and Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.



Mr. Simon Banks, VisualFunk, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Simon Banks is the Director of VisualFunk, an Australian and international acclaimed Speaker, Author, Creativity and Innovation Expert, Conference MC, Program Designer and Artist. He was the Creative Training Director at Digital Training, Generationext Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Lecturer at The National Gallery of England, Account manager and facilitator at Oxygen Learning and Marketing and Events Manager at Itchifeet. His recent book is A Thousand Little Light Bulbs - How to kickstart a culture of innovation in your organisation"



Ms. Aria Colton , National Space Innovation Hub, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Aria Colton is the Founder and CEO of the National Space Innovation Hub Pty Ltd (NSIH)©. Her record of achievement includes more than a decade of providing high-level strategic advice, ideation, innovative thinking and extensive research to propel the emergence of the Australian commercial and civil space sector.
Aria’s background is in the Arts. Her business background includes marketing, public relations with an MBA from UniSA.
Applying design thinking and system thinking principles, Aria’s brainchild is the NSIH©. Her intention is for the NSIH© to create comparative advantage by building immense intellectual and social capital in Australia and for other nations. The NSIH© will bring together existing capability to build Australia’s Space Innovation Ecosystem, to provide the framework for accelerated growth in the next twenty years. This positions Australia as a leader in the Asia-Pacific region and will deliver profound societal and economic benefits.
The NSIH© is derived from previous work for state and federal governments and is complemented by Aria’s knowledge of best practice in global Space economies to harness the opportunity Australia now has to be at the forefront of space innovation.
Some achievements include:
− Responsible for creation, coordination and success of the 2006 South Australian Space Summit, which issued a series of Recommendations applicable to national interests
− Catalysing activity that culminated in the 2008 Senate Inquiry into the lack of Space activity in Australia; this resulted in funding of $50 million from the federal government for a series of space research grants and national space policy development.
− The National Space Initiative of Australia© submission to 2008 Senate inquiry and the Labour government
− Contributed policy and research for Australia’s inaugural national space policy
− Provides the foundation for the SA State Government’s plans to develop the SA space industry



Mr. Trevor Townsend, Startupbootcamp, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Trevor is a seasoned startup executive, advisor and director, having garnered years of practical experience in all aspects of the startup industry. Having started his career in technical roles at National Australia Bank's Institutional Bank and PCCW Hong Kong, Trevor moved to silicon valley startup TIBCO in 1994, which was NASDAQ listed in 1999. Trevor has over 15 years of angel investing experience, co-founding a consulting company, AIPEX, that grew to over 70 consultants before selling to an ASX listed company. Before heading up the debut Startupbootcamp accelerator programme in Australia, Trevor invested, advised and co-founded many startups including BroadCoast, YoYo Button and Digital Jungle, and was a founding shareholder of Quickflix, Melbourne Victory Football Club, and Mooter Media.



Ms. Paulina Larocca, The School of Life, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Paulina is a leading creativity and innovation consultant. She has a Master of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership from Buffalo State University and is a graduate of THNK Creative Leadership School in Amsterdam, which focuses on creative leadership as applied to social change. She has 20 years’ experience as an innovation catalyst inside big corporate designing and launching global innovations. She now consults to companies on innovation and creative leadership training. Her first book, Creativity+, will be released in May 2018.



Mr. Logan Nathan , solomoIT & i4Tradies, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Logan Nathan is the CEO if solomoIT and Founder & CEO at i4Tradies. Hi is the Amazon Best Selling Author of The Ultimate Digital Transformation Guide for SMEs . Previously he was Digital Marketing Consultant at solomoIT Academy, Alliance Director at SITA S.C. Geneva, Switzerland, Contract Manager - Global Network Services, Transition Manager -Outsorcing and Global Network Services Manager at Cathay Pacific Airways and National Network Services Manager at BHP. He holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Westminster, 1977 – 1980 and a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc), Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from Paddington Colledge, 1975 – 1977



Ms. Megan Wright, Impactful Ventures Co., Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Megan is a passionate Sociotech Entrepreneur, Association President, Consultant, Facilitator, and Speaker, on a mission to stimulate and nurture a global social innovation movement.
Megan is the co-founder and COO of Impactful Ventures, a purpose-driven consultancy focused on the role of data, Artificial intelligence and measurement in social impact. In the past, Megan has played soccer and studied in the USA, worked in the UK and spent time volunteering in Asia before diving deep into social entrepreneurship.
Megan has spent several years researching & developing social-impact tech startups with specific interest and focus on harnessing emerging technologies (such as VR, AR & AI) for humanitarian aid and the mobilisation of human capital.
Megan also heads up the Social Innovation Network, an Association designed to support social entrepreneurs in the growth and development of their business ventures, and for the general public to learn tools and approaches to solving complex global problems through entrepreneurship. The network creates the opportunity for high profile influencers such as impact investors, successful CEO's and members of government to share their insights at monthly events.



Mr. Mark Watson, Design Thinkers Group, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Mark founded Design Providence in 1990 as a multi-disciplinary practice in the field of Interior Architecture, Industrial and Service Design. Mark held office as Vice President with the Victorian Chapter of the Design Institute of Australia, also as Director with Arts & Recreation Training Victoria under Chairs George Fairfax & Paul Clarkson, and Artists & Industry under Chair Evan Walker.
Highly regarded for expertise in furniture design, the practice has work represented in the National Gallery of Victoria.
Mark completed a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design at RMIT, the research topic entitled 'Belonging' investigated the role the physical environment plays in the form of artefacts and formed the basis for his theory on Biomic Design which is a forerunner of Biophilic Design. He has publications in Academic Journals and leading design periodicals. He currently teaches in Post Grad streams in Design Thinking at the Graduate School of Business & Law at RMIT University and Smart Cities at Deakin University.
Working in Service Design and Design Thinking since 2010 becoming a Partner with Amsterdam based DesignThinkers Group & Academy in 2013.
Mark has presented on Design, Design Pedagogy & Design Thinking in India since 2003 and more recently has been honoured in acceptance as an Incoming Leaders Fellow of the Australia India Institute, participated in the World Design Organisation (ICSID) Interdesign Workshop “Humanising the Metropolis” Mumbai, also presented at IIT Delhi, IIT IDC, Mumbai, NID, Gujurat Technological University and DYPDC Center for Automotive Research & Studies.
He is advisor to the India Design Festival, the Delhi Design Festival and judge of the India’s Best Design Studio / Project Awards 2017. .



Mr. Tim Stroh, Wilde Consulting, Australia
Talk title: The Science Behind Human Decision Making, Why 90% of Innovation Efforts Fail, and What You Can Do About It.
Tim Stroh is an innovator. As an author and speaker, he is fundamentally changing how we think about innovation, disruption, and why buyers make the choices they do. Bringing together research from a dozen disciplines from neuroscience to economics, he uses hard science to define a coherent, evidence-based theory of human nature - that unlike all others - provides predictive accuracy. His book A Deeper Truth: The New Science of Innovation, Human Choice, and Societal Scale Behavior is available from Amazon and most book retailers.

As an entrepreneur, he formed his first company in Australia in 1997 and led the development of a world first DIY online e-commerce website building tool. Since then, he has led the development of several other software-as-a-service (SaaS) products including a world-leading fully integrated digital marketing platform for SMEs that enabled automated, triggered and sequenced promotions based on consumers purchases and other digital interactions. Today, he is again working on a patented fully automated bookkeeping and accounts AI solution that provides 100% certainty of accurate accounting information as well as completed outcomes for the SME.

In addition to entrepreneurial efforts, Tim has worked as a senior executive or consultant within large enterprises including Shell, Foster’s Brewing Group, and Gale Pacific. At the latter, he succeeded in making the R&D/Product Development department a profit centre and led the development of 100s of new products from under-home rainwater storage bladders to commercial agriculture products.

His accomplishments include:
StartUpSmart Pitch Competition Winner
Granted patents in Australia and the USA
Multiple trade sale exits including one to an ASX listed buyer
Leading a company into the BRW Fast 100
Winner 4th Annual Ethical Investor Sustainability Awards (2004) for contribution to environmental sustainability through products such as Channel Line (low-cost 400mm diameter lay flat pipe) and Water Worm (flexible rainwater tanks)
The most recognized TV commercial in Slovenia in 1994 accompanied by successfully securing over $100 Million in investment for a Private Investment Fund during Slovenia early privatization .



Ms. Susie White, Eat Drink Innovate, Australia
Talk title: The Science Behind Human Decision Making, Why 90% of Innovation Efforts Fail, and What You Can Do About It.
Susie White is a Food & Beverage Product Innovation Coach, Author and Podcaster. She is a born-and-bred product innovator. She started creating new products from a young age on her family’s winery in rural Australia. For over fifteen years, Susie held leadership roles in innovation and marketing, developing new world-class product pipelines for multinational companies such as Colgate-Palmolive, Kraft Foods, Cadbury, Procter & Gamble and Mondelez International. Susie is now a product innovation coach, author, podcaster and founder of Eat.Drink.Innovate, which helps Food & Beverage businesses develop new product ideas to fuel their long-term growth. To date, Susie has generated more than 3,000 new product ideas and built new product pipelines worth over $800 million in sales for the businesses she works with.



Mr. Trey Zagante, Venturetec Group, Australia
Talk title: Diagnosing the current state of innovation at your organisation
Trey Zagante is the Founder & Managing Partner for the Venturetec Group, an innovation & ventures firm that enables organisations to become future-ready.
Trey is a globally experienced strategy and technology consulting executive and serial entrepreneur. He has consulted to Global Fortune 500 companies on corporate innovation and venturing, digital transformation, and technology strategy & operations; clients include Australia Post, Bupa, CBA, Citi, GE, Jetstar, Johnson & Johnson, Macquarie Bank, Singapore Press Holdings, Thomson Reuters, and Telstra.
Prior to founding Venturetec, Trey was a co-founder of VanceInfo Technologies Australia; the Australian division of a technology services company based in China. Trey led the rapid regional growth of the business which was acquired by the Blackstone Group and later sold to Chinese conglomerate HNA Group.
He has been an advisor on innovation policy to Government, and is active in supporting social entrepreneurship through the Hult Prize/Clinton Global Initiative. Trey is a regular guest lecturer at several universities and is adjunct faculty at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Trey holds an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance.



Mr. Gaurav Patni, Venturetec Group, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Gaurav Patni, Director - CIO Advisory, Avanade. " Gaurav Patni is globally recognized as a digital innovation thought leader with a cross-industry remit spanning across Retail, Consumer Goods, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, Telecom, Media, and Technology. He has over 20 years of consultancy, advisory and strategy development experience leading insights-driven digital innovation programs for organizations across the globe. He works with CXOs to define and plan for business and technology shifts required to support the digitization agenda for their organization; serves as an expert advisor to clients and leads advisory efforts to help clients innovate through the use of new technologies and ways of working.”