DINNER SPEAKER



Mr. Taylor Tran, coworking.fyi, Australia

Taylor Tran is the author of Innovation Melbourne and founder of coworking.fyi, a distributed coworking platform for tech education. Taylor has a keen interest in emerging tech and has led global expansion efforts in blockchain centres around the world. He is also a blockchain industry mentor, for RMIT Online.





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: Accelerating the uptake of innovation in DFAT and our region through Aid, Trade and Foreign Policy
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: Workplace Innovation across the Globe
Professor McMurray 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 totalling over AUD$5million. 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 Diversity and Change.



Prof. Edward Buckingham, Monash University, Australia
Talk title: What is an innovative social network?
Edward Buckingham is Professor of Management and Director of Engagement at Monash Business School. A keen proponent of Industry engagement, as a means to enhance the Business School’s value proposition, he facilitates joint initiatives between the business school and its stakeholders. Teaching Business Models & Strategy on both the MBA and Global Executive MBA programs at Monash are amongst his favourite activities.

Since arriving at Monash in 2015 Edward designed and directed the Victoria Indonesia Leadership Program for financial services executives and regulators; taught on multiple programs for the Australia Indonesia Centre; directed an international business module (Malaysia and Singapore) for the Monash EMBA program; taught strategic thinking courses for Monash Malaysia; ran business model design workshops for the faculty of science; acted as director of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies; co-authored a report on alternative finance; led focus groups, presented masterclasses and co-authored an article on the future of work in the resources sector for the AusIMM. He is secretary of the Monash Business School Business Advisory Board and sits on the Monash Infrastructure board. Edward is passionate about industry engagement and has implemented the Monash Business School Masterclass campaign and Leaders Panels series to stimulate exchanges between industry and thought leaders.

He graduated with a BSc in Materials Science and a BA (Hons) in Indonesian Literature from Monash University and was Monash University’s first undergraduate exchange student to Indonesia. Edward continued with post graduate studies in China at the Johns Hopkins Nanjing Centre. 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.

His professional career includes business and academic roles. He began his career with the Boston Consulting Group in Shanghai advising MNCs and SOEs and, after his MBA, managed a €50million French manufacturing business, now part of Clariant prior to joining Schlumberger, the International oil and gas services company. 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 consulted in the UK, France, Gabon, Pakistan, Russia, India and China. He has taught in French, Indonesian and Mandarin as well as English.



Ms. Faye Sahai, Mirai Global, USA
Talk title: Innovation & Diversity of Thought as a fuel for global growth.
Faye Sahai has been celebrated as an innovation growth leader and inclusion catalyst in multiple companies including AIG, Blue Shield, Deloitte, Charles Schwab, and Kaiser Permanente. She served as the AIG Global Head of Innovation and Digital Experience and AIG Executive Advisor of Global Women in Technology and UP Upward Professionals. She was also Kaiser Permanente Vice President of Innovation and Advanced Technologies. She is currently partner at Mirai Global and Senior Advisor at Exponential Talent. As an innovation adviser to companies, start-ups and accelerators, Faye serves on the Board of Directors for Ayogo Health Inc, Ascend Leadership West, the Berger Research Institute Work, Life and Family at Claremont McKenna College and Boards of Advisers for Somnology MD and Autonomous ID; i and she is co-chair of the Innovation Executive Forum.

Faye many forms of recognition include: being named on the Insurance Business Hot 100 and Elite Women in Insurance Business America; Ascend Leadership Award; was named among Computer World’s Top Premier IT Leaders; and received an Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Kaiser Permanente Asian Community and Innovation Enterprise Best Ideation Award.

A sought-after speaker, Faye has delivered presentations on diversity and innovation at the 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, and Corporate Innovation Huddle events.

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



Dr. Steve Brodie, CSIRO, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.
Dr Steve Brodie is the Manager Corporate Innovation at CSIRO. He has held senior roles in R&D, commercialisation and innovation with SMEs, multinationals and in the University sector. He is a former research scientist with a passion for creativity and innovation. As a scientist Steve has worked on a wide range of breakthrough technologies from vibration sensors for rocket engines, paints that light up at the flick of a switch and flexible solar cells that can be painted on roofing. Steve has applied his commercialisation and innovation experience in a range of contexts working with researchers to develop innovations for the benefit of society, the economy and the environment. Steve is currently Manager Corporate Innovation with CSIRO, driving collaborative innovation opportunities for the benefit of CSIRO and its partners.



KEYNOTE SPEAKERS





CEO and Prof. Falk Uebernickel, ITMP and University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Talk title: The role of human-centred Design for emerging innovation
Falk 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



Prof. Milé Terziovski , Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Talk title: Building Innovation Capability in Organisations
Professor Milé Terziovski is Department Chair, Business Technology and Entrepreneurship, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Director of the Maters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEI) Program at Swinburne University of Technology. Professor Terziovski is the former Dean of the Curtin Graduate School of Business and held a continuing Professorial Chair in Innovation over a 4year period. Previously, he was Head of the International Graduate School of Business, at the University of South Australia (UniSA), and held a continuing Professorial Chair in Strategy and Innovation, for a period of 4 years. He is a Visiting Professor in the Centre for Innovation at the University of Versailles, in France.

Professor Terziovski worked at the University of Melbourne as a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor and held the position of Executive Director of the Centre for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship for a period of 10 years. He also worked at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer for 4 years. Prior to his Academic career, he was an Engineer with the Rio Tinto Group and held management positions in maintenance, production and project leadership over a period of 17 years. He left Rio in 1991 to undertake PhD research at the Melbourne Business School.

Professor Terziovski has published 53 peer-reviewed articles in leading international journals, including 8 articles in ABDC Ranked A* journals, 9 articles published in ABDC A ranked journals, 4 books, including a book published by Imperial College Press, London, on Building Innovation Capability in Organisations. He has published in the prestigious Journal of Operations Management (JOM) where he won a best paper award and published a single-authored article in the highly prestigious Strategic Management Journal (SMJ). He is also the recipient of two Best paper awards from the US Academy of Management and was nominated for an all-academy international best paper award.

Professor Terziovski has received more than $3M in competitive research grant funding including an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant; two ARC Linkage Grants; two International Science Linkage Grants in collaboration with European Commission funded projects; and a Technology Diffusion Grant as seed funding for the establishment of the Euro-Australian Cooperation Centre for Global Innovation Management. Professor Terziovski has supervised 9 PhD students to completion as the Main Supervisor (5 at the University of Melbourne, 3 at UniSA and 1 at Curtin University) and 3 as the Associate Supervisor at the University of Melbourne. He has also supervised 15 Honours students to completion (9 at Monash University and 6 at the University of Melbourne).

Professor Terziovski has consulted to a diverse group of companies both large and small, including Motorola, Dow Chemical, Ford Australia, PETRONAS in Malaysia, and conducted case study research in France with Eurocopter, Merck, IBM, Xerox, and La Poste. He has served on the President’s Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, established by the former President of the Republic of Macedonia. He is a Former Deputy Chair of the Academic Board, at the Australian Institute of Management in Melbourne, and is a current member of the Governance Board for the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ). He is a past member of the Academy of Management, Operations Management Division Executive and served as LISTSERV Manager and Web Master for 8 years. He is also a member of the Entrepreneurship and Technology and Innovation Management Divisions.

Professor Terziovski holds a BEng with Honours and MEng with Honours from the University of Wollongong, an MBA from RMIT University, a Diploma in Management (HRM) from University of Newcastle and a PhD in Quality and Innovation Management from the Melbourne Business School, the University of Melbourne. .



Dr. Irena Yashin-Shaw, Australia
Talk title: Intrapreneurs: The human face of innovation
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.



A/Prof. Sandeep Wankhade, AISSMS College of Engineering, India
Talk title: TRIZ - Innovation in Education
Sandeep has nurtured himself with a rich blend in three major areas - Academics, Administration and Research. He has 2 years of industrial experience and 21 years of teaching experience at Diploma to Post Grad Levels. During this tenure he has held senior positions and handled numerous portfolios related to stake holders. He has been delivering and organizing several training programs at National and International level with International personalities for the students & faculty members.

He has developed 3 innovative machines and mechanisms, filed 2 patents, published 12 Research papers and received grants for conducting 3 Seminars, 3 Research projects and modernization of a Laboratory from the University.

He is recipient of Second Prize at Teacher Level, under Engineering & Technology in the Maharashtra State Inter-University Research Convention and has been bestowed with many felicitations and accolades.

He is being invited as judge for many national level technical competitions and for delivering lectures at several national and international conferences, Engineering and Management Institutes, finishing schools as well as SME and MNCs.

He has been conducting sessions on a wide variety of topics viz. Entrepreneurship development, Systematic innovation through TRIZ, Employability enhancement, Mechatronics, Artificial intelligence, Expert systems, Industrial engineering and management, Zero defect and Creative leadership. He has started a Students chapter of TRIZ in his college with in Alliance with TRIZ Association of Asia and conducted extensive sessions for proliferation of TRIZ among students, Faculty members and Industrial professionals.

He is associated with a trust – Vismay foundation, which is following ideologies of Swami Vivekananda and is dedicated to upbringing of rural kids and youths. Apart from PhD, he is TRIZ Level-2 certified from MATRIZ & certified Six sigma black belt. He has know-how of simulation softwares viz. Flexsim and V-CNC, Expert system development shell-Vidwan, C++, SQL, MiniTab, AutoCAD, AutoLISP.

His research interests are Industry 4.0, TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving), New Product Development, Hybrid EDM and Mechatronics.



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.



Dr. Raimondo Guerra, Innovating in Health (Hong Kong)
Talk title: A holistic approach to Health

Raimondo is the Head of Strategic Innovation for asia at RGA. He helps organizations to act at the frontier of industrial transformation, adopting a systemic approach to innovation, culture, technology and strategy. He focuses on finding the source for long term success in an ever changing competitive arena, thriving on the intersection between cultural and behavioural changes in the face of industry disruption.

To innovate in a world where technologies and digital are continuously reshaping the competitive arena, Raimondo has worked across industries, Consumer Electronics, Wealth Management, Food and Agri, Legal Services, Government, and now Health in Europe, South America, Australia and Asia.

At RGA, Raimondo founded RGAx Asia, innovation arm for RGA Asia which differentiates itself from others in the market through having a separate legal entity and P&L. For RGAx, he is responsible for Investment, Strategy, Marketing, Partnership for APAC and commercially for SEA, Korea, HK and Australia/New Zealand.

He is the owner of a scoring initiative to marry biometric, lifestyle and disease data into a score able to take risk on mortality and morbidity, which will revolutionize pricing and underwriting in Life and Health as we know it. This would champion the transition from “Sick”care to preventative care.

Raimondo holds a PhD in Innovation and Competition (International Economics) from the University of Manchester (Manchester Business School) and Masters’ in Economics from Bocconi University. He is a certified International Risk Manager and Foresight Practitioner. He collaborates with Manchester Institute for Innovation Research and Manchester Business School. He focuses on industry dynamics, managerial thinking and cognitive psychology.



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. Cris Popp, Power of Positive Performance, Australia
Talk title: Why Launching a Start-Up is Like Flying a Burning Plane – How to Land Your Payload
Cris Popp is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Grünbiotics – a successful Melbourne start-up that is launching the first over-the-counter medical food for the management of depression. Further products are in development including a world-first for dementia.
Despite his busy schedule he is still a sought-after speaker and facilitator on the topics of innovation, leadership, productivity and resilience. Cris’ sessions have been enjoyed by ANZ, Honda, the Australian Defence Forces, the Chamber of Commerce, various government agencies, National Australia Bank, Holden, Lend Lease, the Red Cross, Percepta and event and conference organisers.

He has appeared on radio, in print and at conferences – including the ABC and Channel 10 news, AFR, Hargraves Innovation Conference, the Mind and Its Potential, and is a regular guest at Happiness and Its Causes.

He works closely with Australia’s leading executive education and training provides, including Melbourne Business School (MBS), to develop the leaders of Australia’s brightest and best organisations. He lives in Melbourne and counts amongst his interests travel, his work, literature, Buddhism, hiking, living well and positive psychology.



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: Cognitive Bias: A blind spot in innovation & how to avoid it
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.



Prof. Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, UNSW, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.

Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh (born in November 1971) is an Australian scientist involved in research in the fields of materials sciences, electronics, and transducers. He is best known for his works on two-dimensional semiconductors, ingestible sensors and liquid metals. He and his group are the inventors of the first ingestible chemical sensor, human gas sensing capsule.

Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh is a 2018 Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow and a newly appointed Professor of Chemical Engineering at UNSW, in Sydney. Formerly, he was a Distinguished Professor of electronic engineering at RMIT in Melbourne.

Kalantar-zadeh has coauthored nearly 400 research articles and reviews, which have been cited ~21,500 times, giving him an h-index of over 70. In addition, Kalantar-zadeh is a member of the editorial boards of Applied Materials Today, ACS Applied Nano Materials,ACS Sensors, Advanced Materials Technologies and Nano-Micro Letters.

Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh is internationally recognised for his work on sensors and liquid metals and has been awarded the 2017 IEEE Sensor Council Achievement Award and 2018 ACS Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship Award (Asia-Pacific region).

He is a Chief Investigator within the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) developing nanofabrication methods and 2D/novel materials for future electronics.

Mr. Simon Banks, VisualFunk, Australia
Talk title: It’s time to embrace the biggest innovation tool in your organisation: Real People
Simon Banks is an author, sought-after speaker and conference MC and the Director of creative training company VisualFunk, known for running innovation hackathons, conferences and training days to brew fresh thinking and develop market leading ideas.
Combining a healthy stint in corporates and his background in the arts, creativity and innovation, Simon marries the two worlds to ignite fresh, innovative thinking in his audiences and drive creativity that lasts long after the event is over. Simon has facilitated over 1200 events across Europe, Asia, America and Australia and is known in the industry for his high energy, artistry and a finely honed sense of humour.

Simon is passionate about the role the arts can play in innovation and describes his geek out spot as the intersection of creativity, learning, people and passion, which he sees as essential building blocks for developing an innovative culture.

His big why? To build a more creative world and empower can play in innovation and empower people to rediscover their long lost super powers of creativity, curiosity and imagination.

Simon brings keynotes to life with his brilliant illustrations that fire up your people’s imaginations and bring creativity to the table. His particular talent is audience engagement. Simon gets people moving and laughing quickly with no dropping off to sleep in the back row!

Simon’s clients include The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Carat Australia, QLD e-Health, Geoscience Australia, Sanitarium, The Public Trustees of QLD, EY and The Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to name a few.

Author of A Thousand Little Lightbulbs: How to kickstart a culture of Innovation in your Organisation, Simon brings you the BS-free guide to dealing with your creative OGRE, taking off the blinkers and leveraging the greatest innovation tool in your business: your people.

In his down time Simon loves to travel, surf and create art with his three – very lively - young kids in his studio.





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: Regaining your creative confidence to innovate
Jeremy is an Advisor and Board member with a focus on leading growth through innovation and creativity. Current roles include Director of J-Power (Japanese utility company implementing a coal to hydrogen project), Manager Australia and Asia/Pacific for PuriflOH (a listed company commercialising free radical generation technology), Co-Founder Creative Cities 21 (provides creative learning escapes), Director of Vaysh (innovation advisory and investment) and Director of Caulfield Grammar School (and Chair of Capital Works Committee).

He was previously Group Manager Innovation, Commercialisation & Digital for GHD, an 8,500 strong global professional services company, Member of 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 and a former Director of Monash College and Nubian Water Systems.



Dr Robert Dew, Coriolis Innovation, Australia
Talk title: CX Innovation – Getting customers to love your business
Dr Robert Dew has worked as an Associate Director in one of the world’s learning boutique CX consultancies for more than 6 years. His client list includes top 200 listed firms and large private corporates spanning financial services, automotive, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, education, child care, aged care, logistics and public utilities sectors in Australia. Still active as a Business Angel, he has founded more than 30 start-ups and invested in 4 other private firms. As a Visiting Professor he has lectured MBA’s at 8 universities across Europe, Asia and Australia, including QUT and Bond University. He is also the lead author of the latest book on CX for practitioners - Customer Experience Innovation: How to get a lasting market edge scheduled for release by Emerald Publishing in 2018.



Mr. Roger La Salle, Matrix Thinking, Australia
Talk title: Innovation and Opportunity Capture – A structured Approach
Roger La Salle is a professional speaker and has presented at conferences and events the world over. With audiences of up to 5,000 and three TED talks to his credit he is regarded as one of the foremost speakers on his topics of innovation, opportunity capture, business building and innovation training. As a past CEO of the Victorian Innovation Centre in Australia and present Director, “Chair of Innovation” at The Queenms University, Belfast and a former regular panellist on the ABC television program “The New Inventors” his credentials are unchallenged.

Roger’s extensive experience in the Government sector and businesses ranging from start-ups, through SME’s to large multinationals gives him the credentials to speak with great depth on the subject. His knowledge also extends to product development and the commercialisation of new ideas. With many patents and successful innovations brought to market Roger has the ability to make the complex seem simple.



Dr. Noel Chambers, National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation, Australia
Talk title: To be announced.
Noel Chambers is the Chief Executive Officer at National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation and Director at Centuris Pty Ltd. He was Council Member at Advisory Council for Intellectual Property, Director of Philanthropy at Research Australia, MD/CEO at Health 1st Pty Ltd, Director at BetaBiotics, Chief Executive Officer at EQiTX Ltd and Managing Director at Biotron Ltd. He holds a PhD in Pharmacology/ Medicinal Chemistry from University of Sydney.



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



Dr Bala Surya Kumble, Global Knowledge Allinace, Australia
Talk title: Innovation and Entrepreneurship through University Industry Transformation for addressing Societal Needs
Dr Bala Surya Kumble is the Executive Chair of Global Knowledge Allinace. Kumble is also the Managing Director of Innova Sierra Pty Ltd which is an AusIndustry registered Innovation and R&D Company providing specialist R&D advice and management, Product development – concept to product release, and Innovation advice to Industry and other organisations. Innova Sierra is currently engaged in innovation in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics & Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), Biometrics & Emotion Detection, Telecommunications, Mining and Industrial Automation and Smart Grid initiatives. One of the major areas of Research and Innovation is focused around “Emotion Detection” called Sate of MindTM for its applications in Pain detection and maangeemnt, Tele Psychiatry and Security.

Dr Kumble is also a Group Head of R&D, Innovation program at Caason Group, (which includes HRCM, a mining company, Caason Technologies which is Mining Automation company, Microbia Farming and Plastic Fuel conversion.

Dr Bala Kumble is a Board Advisor to Leben Care, Singapore on AI based clinical imaging analysis. Dr Kumble is passionate about University Industry engagement for Societal benefits through Enterprenourship and Innovation.

Previously, Dr Kumble was the Head of Technology & Products at Synchordia, founder & CTO of Azurn International Ltd a Unified Communications platform technology company, Senior Vice President of Azurn Networks Inc. USA., CXO in Telecom New Zealand Australia in charge of Banking Infrastructure, Senior Executive in Telstra Corporation for Large Infrastructure, and Senior Executive & Head of Multimedia Group in Telstra. Dr Kumble was a Joint Director and Member Secretary of the National Radar Council Working Group, Government of India, responsible for technology development and technology trasfers in Aviation, Defence – Marine Navigation and Communications, and manufacturing.

Dr. Bala Kumble has over 30 years’ experience in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) industry, Satellite Communications and Navigation, Navigational aids & avionics, Biomedical, Mining and Smart Grid technology. Dr Kumble’s interests include commercialisation of innovation in ICT, design and delivery of telecommunication networks, Mining innovation & mining communications, Smart Grid technology design & implementation, Medical Science and environmentally friendly technology innovation & implementation, education, and Tele Health. Dr Kumble was responsible for Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Colonial Bank merger infrastructure creation and rationalization with a new IP Infrastructure for all of the CBA branched and Corporate Centrers. Dr Kumble as Head of Telstra Interactive Multimedia Group was responsible for innovative, real time multimedia products and Services. Dr Kumble led roll out of the first integrated Education Network - EduNet infrastructure and Services to Secondary Schools in Australia, led the Supermarket to Asia initiative of the Australian Government. Dr Kumble has led large Research & Development, and Commercialisation teams in leading-edge “techno-Economic” interface and leadership roles. Dr Kumble has worked extensively in leading edge technologies, and technology & Know-How transfer cross-borders internationally, including setting up of manufacturing in avionics and defense communication equipment, Marine Navigation and Communications.

Dr Bala Kumble has been responsible for setting up Centres of Excellence in Reliability Engineering, EMI & EMC and Avionics Research. Recently Dr Kumble, has been engaged in setting up “Centre of Excellence in “Biomics” in Plant Biotechnology in India. Dr Kumble has been reviewer for various Australian Research Council Research Grants (ARC) and CRC – Co-Operative Research Centres, an Industry – Academia joint initiatives in leading edge technologies. Dr Kumble is passionate about bringing together industry, research centres and academia in focusing the Universities and developmental centres towards societal and industrial requirements in all their academic teachings, Innovation and Research. Current initiatives include a GKA Centre for Automation and Robotics and NextOmics – a Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) initiative.

Dr Kumble has advised on Intellectual Property (IP) management and protection, and IP assessment and patenting, and holds Patents

Dr Bala Kumble was the Chair of the Victorian Section of the IEEE, Chair IEEE TENCON – Austral Asian Group, and Chair of the Communication Society Chapter. Dr Kumble is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds PhD (Telecommunications), M.Tech (Communication Systems) and BE (Electronics & Communications Engineering) degrees. Dr Kumble has contributed extensively to Telecommunications Standardisation in ITU in Intelligent Networks, Universal Personal Telecommunications (UPT – Unified Communications), Mobile GSM Standardisation Working Groups, Dr Kumble has published several papers and contributed to Patents, and was responsible for proposing and developing the concept of Universal Personal Telecommunications, what is currently known as Unified Communications.

Dr Kumble on the Editorial Board of a Book on Inperoperability of Multimedia Networks, The Netherlands.

Dr Kumble currently advises on Technology Development, Productisation, Innovation R&D. He is an advisor to various initiatives in Trace & Track, Automation, Cloud implementation, Facial Analysis for Emotion Detection, and Next Generation Sequencing for Bigdata mining in Biotechnology and Clinical applications, and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applications in Human – Machine -Societal Interaction. Dr Kumble is currently working on iAvataar initiative on autonomous and contextual human clone concepts.

Dr Kumble was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal for outstanding contributions.

Dr Kumble is based in Melbourne, Australia.

Ms. Van Dang, Savvycom, Vietnam
Talk title: Technology Innovation and Women in Leadership
Ms. Van Dang is a woman on a mission, as proven by her 15 years of continuous dedication and achievements. Graduated in Computer Science from the University of Sydney, she now serves as the Founder & CEO of Savvycom - a leading software product development company that stands among the Top 30 Global Mobile App Developers in 2017.
In addition to her roles in the company, Van also spends hours spreading her love and encouragement for the technological entrepreneurship movement. Acknowledging the power of being a rare voice of woman leadership in Vietnam’s IT industry, she has been taking on the role of Vice President of VNITO Alliance, Mentor of Cherie Blair Mentoring Program, and receiving noteworthy awards such as Mekong Women’s Entrepreneurship Challenge regarding Technology Innovation in 2013, TOP 100 Outstanding Startup Entrepreneurs in 2016, Top 15 Global Leaders to Watch 2017 of Forbes, and ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2017.
Van has also been invited as a guest speaker for various business/youth/women events, including APEC Conference in Hue 2017 - Women Business & Smart Technology Seminar, HNEW - Empowering Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs, YSEALI - Academic Fellows Programs and most recently TEDx 2017. Van is also considered as a familiar judge for IT competitions such as BLOCKATHON 2017 (the #1 Blockchain Hackathon in Vietnam).
Van Dang is now looking forward to partnering with compelled entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies. In fact one of her primary focuses at the moment is assisting startups financially, as she has been taking time off away from the office to be an angel investor and mentor for various startups like Stampp, Milky Chat or Digital World.

Van Dang can be reached through:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thanhvandang/
Twitter: @thanhvandtt

Ms. Olga Kokshagina, STIM, France
Talk title: To be announced
Olga Kokshagina is a consultant at STIM, a start-up that supports companies in innovation management & design and an associated researcher at the Chair of "Design Theory and Methods for Innovation" at Mines ParisTech, France. She holds a Ph.D in management science from Mines ParisTech PSL Research University. Her research was conducted in collaboration with a leading European semiconductor company STMicroelectronics where she was deeply engaged in a range of innovative projects. She leads the research related activities of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) as a Scientific Coordinator. She is a leader of an ISPIM Special interest group on Practitioner-Academia collaboration. Her research is published in Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Creativity and Innovation management as well as Research in Engineering Design.



Dr. Rajeev Shorey, TCS Innovation Lab, India/USA
Talk title: Recent Advances in Connected & Cognitive Systems: Innovations for a Smart World
Dr. Rajeev Shorey is the Principal Scientist at the TCS Innovation Lab, Cincinnati, USA and Delhi, India. He is also heading the Standards Cell at TCS. He has been with the TCS Innovation Lab since November 2014. Dr. Shorey received his Ph.D and MS (Engg) in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India in 1997 and 1991 respectively. He received his B.E degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IISc, Bangalore in 1987. He received his B.Sc. degree in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University in 1984.

Dr. Shorey’s career spans several reputed research labs – General Motors (GM) India Science Laboratory (ISL), IBM India Research Laboratory and SASKEN Technologies. He has been an adjunct faculty in the Computer Science & Engineering Dept at IIT, Delhi from 1998 to 2005 and again from 2017 onward. He was a faculty in the Computer Science Dept at the National University of Singapore from 2003 to 2004, while on leave from IBM Research Labs in New Delhi.

Dr. Shorey’s work has resulted in more than 60 publications in international journals and conferences and several US patents, all in the area of wireless, wired networks, including wireless security. He has 12 issued US patents and several pending US patents to his credit. His areas of interest are Wireless Networks, Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial IoT, Telecommunications, Telematics, Cyber Security and Data Analytics.

Dr. Shorey has served on the Editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and is currently serving on the Editorial board of WINET (Wireless Networks Journal of Mobile Communication, Computation and Information) journal. He is the editor of the book titled “Mobile, Wireless and Sensor Networks: Technology, Applications and Future Directions” published by John Wiley, US in March 2006. Dr. Shorey has given numerous talks, tutorials and seminars in industry and academia all over the world. He is the founding member of the Communication Systems & Networks (COMSNETS) conference in India.

For his contributions in the area of Communication Networks, Dr. Shorey was elected a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2007. Dr. Shorey was recognized by ACM as a Distinguished Scientist in December 2014. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, India and a Senior Member of IEEE.



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. Taylor Tran, coworking.fyi, Australia
Talk title: Creating global impact through emerging tech and coworking
Taylor Tran is the author of Innovation Melbourne and founder of coworking.fyi, a distributed coworking platform for tech education. Taylor has a keen interest in emerging tech and has led global expansion efforts in blockchain centres around the world. He is also a blockchain industry mentor, for RMIT Online.



Ms. Janet Sernack, ImagineNation, Australia
Talk title: Cultivating your talent’s collective genius to innovate
Janet is the Founder & Chief Katalyst of ImagineNation™ a global network of future thinking innovation leaders, experienced in designing & delivering a wide range of programs & tools to help organizations achieve their innovation goals & unleash peoples’ potential to innovate through innovation culture, leadership, coaching & teaming.
Janet has 30 years of experience consulting & leading culture development, change management, leadership & innovation education interventions to some of Australia’s & Israel’s top 100 companies. She is an ICF ACC certified executive coach, an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management, an NLP certified presenter, trainer, facilitator & executive coach & has tertiary qualifications in Marketing, Adult Learning & Workplace Assessment & Training.

She has an extensive training, facilitation & coaching skill set, specializing in experiential, adult & action learning processes & in effecting mindset & behaviour change with clients including Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Lend Lease & AAPT.

She has presented on innovation & entrepreneurship topics globally at the;
- World Business & executive Coaching Summit (WBECS)
- Global Women’s Leadership Summit (GWALS)
- Ellen MacArthur’s’ Think Differently Festival (Thinkdif)
- International Coach Federation (ICF) Professional Development Events
- Creative Innovation Conferences – Melbourne
- Coaching without Borders Innovation Workshop - Hungary
- European Innovation & Entrepreneurship Conference – Brussels
- Superfund Innovation Conference – Melbourne
- ISPIM Innovation Conference – Melbourne
- Liquid Learning L & D Innovation Conference - Sydney

She blogs regularly & is acknowledged as #12 in the top 20 innovation bloggers of 2017 at Innovation Excellence “the world’s most popular innovation blog” & has been acknowledged as one of the Top 50 Innovation Bloggers globally.

In 2010 she moved to the Middle East & joined the Start-Up Revolution & founded ImagineNation™ as an innovative Israeli start-up, within her learning & development company, Compass Learning Pty Ltd. In 2016 she relocated to Bayside Melbourne where she now lives with her very patient & supportive husband & & furry four-legged family. On the rare occasions she is not playing & learning by doing & failing in the innovation space, she is a meditation & yoga devotee, avid reader & global adventurer. Janet aims to lead the way in helping businesses achieve their innovation goals by challenging businesses to be, think & act differently to co-create a world where people matter & innovation is the norm.



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: Consumer Innovation and Market Emergence
To be announced



A/Prof. Joel Pearson, University of New South Wales, Australia
Talk title: The Art and Science of Innovation
Joel Pearson, Director of the Science of Innovation Lab at UNSW, a Psychologist, Neuroscientist, Innovation Scientist, public intellectual working at the forefront of science, innovation and agile science. Joel is a National Health and Medical Research Council fellow and A/Prof. of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. He is the founder and director of the UNSW Science of Innovation Lab (UNSW SIL), a world first, hands on human-centered research lab/agency working on the Psychology and Neuroscience of innovation and entrepreneurship, and building services and products based on this science to impact the economy for businesses of all sizes.



Ms. Sue Linney, Innovation Force , Australia
Talk title: Innovation: If only….
Sue is a Director and Co-founder of Innovation Force. Her focus is on “Innovation in Regulation”. She developed ’Innovation in Regulation’ to contribute to excellence in regulation. Sue's commitment to Innovation in Regulation springs from a career dominated by law and project management, with a specific emphasis on regulatory and strategic projects.



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.



Ms. Ashlee Riordan, Paper Giant, Australia
Talk title: What do designers, kindergarten teachers and emergency room doctors have in common?
Ashlee Riordan is Capability Director at Paper Giant. She combines Human Centred Design, research and strategy to help organisations effectively transform and launch new products, services and programs of work. Ashlee has worked extensively with corporates and new start ups from across aged care, disability, health, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, higher education and all level of Australian government. With a background in cognitive neuroscience and a masters in education for creativity and innovation, Ashlee also has a passion for capability building and helping practitioners build mastery. She teaches at Melbourne University and as required for Victoria University, Latrobe, Swinburne and RMIT.



A/Prof. Sam Robertson, Victoria University, Australia
Talk title: Innovation in High-Performance Sport
Sam currently holds a joint appointment as the Victoria University-Western Bulldogs Head of Research & Innovation.
He oversees the sports science partnership between the University and Western Bulldogs. Sam also supervises co-appointed staff, PhD and Honours students, as well as implementing innovative performance strategies at the club.
Prior to arriving at the university, Sam worked as a sport scientist in various institute roles in both Australia and the United Kingdom. He returned to Australia to undertake multiple applied roles in Australian football and golf.
He completed his PhD at Edith Cowan University in skill acquisition & talent identification as part of his role in Research and Innovation with the Golf Australia High Performance program. Prior to commencing at VU, Sam also held an ongoing position as the Lecturer in Biomechanics at Deakin University.

Due to his multidisciplinary applied background, Sam maintains a variety of research interests related to improving sporting performance. These interests predominantly cover Performance Analytics & Technology / Talent Selection, Development & Coaching Practice themes in Australian football and golf.



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.



Ms. Aria Colton , National Space Innovation Hub, Australia
Talk title: It's Time to Innovate Space
Aria Colton is the Founder and CEO of the National Space Innovation Hub™ Pty Ltd (NSIH). Aria has a multidisciplinary background encompassing the arts and business, with a completed Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of South Australia. Her expertise includes ideation and innovative thinking, strategic marketing, positioning and public relations.

The NSIH™ is Aria’s brainchild and is the culmination of over a decade of market and industry research, expertise provided to state and federal governments, advocacy, strategic advice, the development of international networks, government submissions and liaison.

The NSIH™ will foster all kinds and levels of activity to promote technologies and businesses associated directly or indirectly with the use of space to create, capture and add value through the application of space innovation. The NSIH™ is building Australia’s Space Innovation Ecosystem to provide the framework for accelerated growth in the next twenty years that will deliver profound societal and economic benefits.



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: TH!NK Creative Leadership Lab: How a Creative Leadership Program Can Transform an Organisation
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: The Future of Global Equity
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: Abducted by Design
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 amazing new science of customer adoption behavior, why 90% of innovation and new product initiatives fail, and what you need to do to achieve consistent innovation success
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. John Linney, Innovation Force, Australia
Talk title: Innovation: If only… .
John Linney is a Director and Co-Founder of Innovation Force. With over 25 years consulting experience as a change agent and workplace innovator, John understands the critical importance for companies to deliver on the innovation promise by:
➢ Maximising business potential to drive value and growth, and
➢ Guiding managers in how to engage their workforce in the embracing of the opportunities that innovation represents.



Mr. Colin Dominish, GHD, Australia
Talk title: Business Innovation for Future Leaders
Colin is the Regional Market Development Leader for GHD Digital. With digital transformation featuring strongly within the strategy of both GHD internally, and the clients GHD serves, Colin is focused on bringing the best value digital solutions and expertise from across GHD and applying them to client projects. He has nearly 30 years' experience in project management, business development, client relationship management and delivering strategic outcomes in both the IT and engineering services industries for organisations in multiple markets around the globe. As a result, Colin has been able to use client experience (CX) as the key area of focus to drive innovation both internally and externally. GHD currently runs a Smart Seeds innovation program around the world, and Colin will share how the program is a catalyst for providing a better future for our clients and the community. He is passionate about developing Australia’s STEM future, and is based in Sydney.



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. Jonathan Myers, Keolis Downer, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Jonathan leads the development and implementation of Keolis Downer’s group strategy in Australia and New Zealand. He led KD’s acquisition of the ATE [bus] Group (2015) and was project director for the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 line extension (completed May 2016). He has also been involved in various KD tender responses including the successful renewal of the Yarra Trams franchise in Melbourne (2017). His portfolio includes development of opportunities in new mobilities, encompassing On Demand, mobility as a service (MAAS) and autonomous vehicles.

He has a law degree and qualified as a Chartered Account in the UK. He completed his MBA at Melbourne Business School (2013), winning the Egon Zhender International Leadership Prize.
He is married with three teenage daughters.



Mr. Michael Williams, Geelong Manufacturing Council, Australia
Talk title: How 3rd Party facilitation of Industry / University collaboration boosts innovative results
Michael Williams is Industry Innovation Manager at Geelong Manufacturing Council and Managing Partner at TRO Innovations Pty Ltd. He was Industrial Innovation Lead at Deakin University, Business Development Manager and MHG Asia Pacific, Senior Project Leader at MHG Glass. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Diplomacy and Trade, Field Of Study Department of Business and Economics from Monash University and Bachelor of Arts, Field Of Study History, Political Science, Criminology, English Lit, Philosophy, from University of Melbourne



Mr. Gavin Bryant, Innovation Consultant, Australia
Talk title: Innovation in the trenches – Early stage idea testing using rapid experimentation
Gavin is passionate about using rapid experimentation to validate the market appeal and actual usage of new products and services to increase return on innovation investment. An innovation practitioner, he is in the trenches every day applying and developing what he preaches.
A Lean Startup mentor and coach, methodologies such as Pretotyping, Human Centred Design and Agile come as second nature. With over 20 years’ experience consulting and working for blue chip corporates, his work has taken him across Australia, US, UK, European and Asia Pacific markets, servicing clients within the Insurance, FMCG, Superannuation, Energy and Sports & Entertainment sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Entrepreneurship & Innovation.





Mr. Andrew Snell, Coaster Group, Australia
Talk title: From the Internet of Things to Agents in the field: Transforming IoT for the real world.
Andrew is founder of Coaster Group, Rollercoaster Digital and Jaja Connect - a passionate innovator with a keen product solution focus.
Andrew has a lived a diverse and eclectic working life, from designing creative and technical solutions for theatre, concerts and events - including touring the country to sold-out audiences; to corporate communications, strategy; and tech research and development. Creativity is in his make-up - doing what hasn't been tried before drives every new project.
With cross sector and industry experience, including time getting his hands seriously dirty, he takes the suit and tie out of business and development. His core value proposition is making every dollar deliver for products and people.

Andrew’s goal as a technologist is to bring technology into everyday life seamlessly and bringing real value. His current work is centered on deep integration of new technologies and next-generation automation and machine learning. His portfolio includes everything from enterprise and government transformation to public cloud systems, to designing and building rugged, robotic hardware and software solutions in the agtech sector.



Ms. Rosemary Addis, Impact Strategist, Australia
Talk title: Beyond the binary: how social innovation is changing models and markets
Rosemary is a global strategist in innovation, investment and impact. She is Executive Director of Impact Strategist and established and Chairs the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing and Impact Investing Australia, which have led field building for impact investing in and from Australia since joining the Social Impact Investment Taskforce in 2013. Rosemary represents Australia at the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) and in 2018 was elected to the GSG Board of Trustees. She advises on shaping global practice, conventions and evidence through an OECD Expert Group and the Impact Management Project and is a member of the Bridges Impact+ Global Advisory Council. Over a 30+ year career, Rosemary has held senior roles across sectors, including as an equity partner at Allens-Linklaters, at leading community organisation The Smith Family, in Victorian Government leading national reform and in the Australian Government leading the first social innovation unit (2010-13). She is widely published on policy, innovation and impact investment. Rosemary is an experienced Chair and Director with a law degree (First Class Honours), the New York Bar (1995), Australian Institute of Company Directors diploma (2002) and international accreditation as a broker of cross-sector partnerships (2005). She has been recognised as one of the world’s leading lawyers (Chambers Global 2000-2002), for contributions to innovation AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence (2015), and was a finalist for Thought Leader of the Year in the Women in Finance Awards (2017). Melbourne home.



Ms. Janett Egber, Centre for Intrapreneurship, Australia
Talk title: The Global Intrapreneurship Movement: When Business, Purpose & People intersect to drive impact at scale
Janett Egber is a mother, an intrapreneur, an innovator, a community builder and a change maker.
Following 20 years of professional experience, and more than 10 years working for some of Australia’s largest Banks (NAB and ANZ); She has established her own practice with a vision to make sustainable impact by inspiring intrapreneurship, innovation and collaboration.
Her experience in NAB’s Innovation Lab (Nab Labs) led her to identify the significant challenges that Corporate Australia faces today when it comes to developing entrepreneurial capability & lead cultural transformation.
Technology is an enabler; methodologies and strategies are critical but in fact, is people who innovate. Therefore, Janett is committed to supporting & growing the Intrapreneurship ecosystem in Australia and Asia Pacific. She is currently leading the local chapter for The Global League of Intrapreneurs – A learning community of change-makers working to transform business and systems from the inside out.
Janett is a Graduate of the Melbourne Business School where she completed her Masters of Marketing and prior to that, she completed an Honours Double Degree from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has been a Mentor for the CSIRO On Prime program for a few years & volunteers significant time to building a stronger community of intrapreneurs here in Melbourne. She grew up in Mexico City; Migrated twice, speaks fluently 3 languages and feels very fortunate to call Melbourne home.





Mr. William Horton, Knewe Biosystems Limited, Australia
Talk title: Innovation Making it Happen – It’s not nearly as easy as it looks
William Horton is a qualified Business & Strategic Development Analyst with professional and entrepreneurial skills, providing a full range of services from establishing companies to running various projects and programs. He graduated from the University of Sydney with an honours degree in Science as well as a Management Degree from the University of Western Sydney, and has over twenty years of experience in developing new concepts in science and technology, as an example, natural resources products in the aquacultural/agricultural field.

William is a Director of Knewe Biosystems Limited, an Australian public company commercialising an animal feed prebiotic that is set to revolutionise the Dairy, Beef & Biofuel industries. William was a driving force in the establishment and then the promotion of this company to investors. William is presently the Chairman of Fidelity Holding Investment Company (FHIC) a Private Equity Fund. He is also CEO of SPIH (AusBiodiesel) a fully Australian Owned and Controlled company that has developed an integrated methodological approach to sustainable fuel & energy coupled with food, feed & fertiliser significantly reducing the time to market & improving the profitability of technology in this area. As the CEO of Revetec, William is turning around an Australian engine developer, establishing both a new technical & business direction for this company in developing high efficiency engines that are rated for standard fuel & more easily produced biofuel with 4% water for the generator (dispatchable power) & hybrid market. He is also the Chairman of BioDetectors a company that is commercialising Rapid Detection surface technology(Swinburne), by improving existing tests radically transforming the commercial opportunities for these tests. William has recently constructed a unique framework for BioDetectors where it will not only commercialise this technology, it will develop an APP via an ICO that will have its own independent foundation. As a Director of Janaton Business Management Consultants he provide a full range of services developing companies as well as structuring domestic and international deals through revenue raising from the Private and Public Sector.



Mr. Peter Vinogradoff, Fermymate, Australia
Talk title: From IoT prototype towards productization. My journey of building an IoT fermentation control system for home brewers.
Peter Vinogradoff is the founder of Fermymate, an IoT enabled smart fermentation control system. He has over 20 years experience in traditional I.T Infrastructure and more recently been consulting for startups for cloud computing and IoT micro-controllers.



Mr. Paul Papadatos, Innovation Youth Centre, Australia
Talk title: Innovation Youth Centre (IYC) creating positive measurable social change for young people and the community, by using innovation and youth participation working hand in hand
Paul Papadatos is Director & Founder - Volunteer at Innovation Youth Centre and Disability Employment Consultant On Going Support APM at APM. He was Employment Consultant - Preparation Employment Access Community (PEAC) Program Locum Role at APM, Teacher Community Services & Work Education Program at Melbourne Polytechnic, Partnership Broker at Network Inc, Chairperson - Board of Management at Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE), Northland Youth Centre Coordinator at Darebin City Council, Teacher Diploma Youth Work at Victoria University, Youth Participation & Activities Coordinator at Kildonan UnitingCare, Youth Outreach Project Officer at City Of Monash, Youth Outreach Mentor at Berry Street, Camp Counselor at World Camp USA and Youth Programs Worker at Darebin Community Health.



Ms. Rasika Mohan, Blue Bike Solutions, Australia
Talk title: Technology for Social Innovation: Nuances, Lessons Learnt, and Approaches.
Rasika Mohan has a 15-year career spanning the private, non-profit and government sectors. Her current focus sits at the nexus of innovation, community development and market-based approaches to impact. She is particularly interested in commercially viable business models that facilitate positive social change, and the application of design thinking and technology innovation that enable new ways to achieve impact. She has worked across a range of domains including the automotive, financial services, roads and transport, international development and technology sectors, in executive leadership and senior program management roles. She is passionate about helping leaders crystallise their vision for change, and enabling teams to make that happen!



Mr. Arpan Roy, ARMAN Consultancy, Australia
Talk title: Blueprint for Thought Leadership- Integrating People and Process with Innovation.
Arpan Roy is the Director and Co-Founder of Arman Consultancy and the author of the Amazon best-seller ‘A Servant’s Heart- Leadership That Inspires’. He has also co-authored the book 'Success Uncovered' with distinguished writers like Dr John Demartini. Arpan is also the recipient of the ‘100 Top Training and Development Minds- Global’ award at the World HRD Congress 2018.
Arpan’s purpose as a leader is to enable others to realise their peak potential. He is on a mission of inspiring and empowering 20,000 or more leaders by 2020, so that they create a culture of innovation, high performance and collaboration.
Arpan has worked with global corporate organisations, as well as multiple small to medium businesses. Through his presentations, Arpan shares powerful leadership insights that help his clients create and add stakeholder value.