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"Be an action-based optimist"

Louka Parry

Director of Programs | Education Changemakers

Melbourne/Adelaide, Australia

Most days I work with incredible humans to unleash innovation in education by supporting passionate teachers and leaders to make change, be that small steps or moonshots. There much work to do to ensure that every kid gets an education worth having but there are true anonymous extraordinaries who are making a better world place  … [see more]

Jochen Schweitzer

Director | UTS Business School

Sydney, Australia

My teaching, research and consulting is in strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship with a special interest is design thinking, data science, urban planning and open innovation. I work at the Business School of the University of Technology Sydney where I am a Senior Lecturer and Director for the MBA Entrepreneurship. I am also the Founder of  … [see more]

"Creating Locally | Impacting Globally"

Anna-Marie Wallace

Artist | Designer | Innovator | Made OF Australia

Byron Bay Hinterland, Australia

I'm a multidisciplinary creative who works both alone & collaboratively, producing engaging & thought provoking work; sometimes functional, sometimes impractical, but always ethically & mindfully produced. Primarily I create functional ceramics for creative chefs globally, one-off works for galleries (with Australian clays, native textiles, & indigenous timbers), & engage with others to help grow their  … [see more]

Elsa Wormeck

creative consultant | facilitator | corecreate | communications

Berlin, Germany

I love facilitating workshops and creative meetings for organizations and teams. I started doing this when I was about five, playing Beatles and Rolling Stones with my friends. About thirty years later I began to realize that systemic thinking has ever been part of the state where I feel comfortable. Having started out as an  … [see more]

"Let's make the world a playground, not a battlefield."

Ladeja GODINA KOSIR

LEADER & CONNECTOR | CIRCULAR CHANGE

Ljubljana, Slovenia

I am like a ball in a pinball:) Following my intuition, exploring, learning, communicating, connecting. Backed by experiences earned in executive positions in creative industries, I like to challenge old business models, patterns and paradigms in a creative way. I am a connector and marketing-communications professional with 20 years’ experience in the Adriatic region. Enjoying  … [see more]

"'The only thing more powerful than ownership is authorship'."

Aaron Tait

Entrepreneur | Education Changemakers, Spark* International Accelerator, YGAP

Bondi, Sydney, Australia

I left home as a 17 year old, joined the military with the goal of making a difference by being a UN peacekeeper one day, and in my first year in, found myself in the Middle East after 9/11. Still led by a desire to do good, I left the military as a 24 year  … [see more]

"Leading Through Culture & Creative Ideas Across Borders"

Annie Ivanova

Cultural Entrepreneur | International Curator | Author | Studio Ivanova

Taipei, Taiwan

ANZ Chamber of Commerce, Business Award winner for 'outstanding contribution to the Australia-Taiwan partnership' | Most successful independent curator in Australia with 120+ projects worldwide | 50+ inter/national awards & grants | Specialist in Art-Sci-Tech | Strong Cross-cultural Communicator | Serial Founder | Company Owner | Acclaimed Author of 'Taiwan by Design' … [see more]

Andrew Jaspan

Editor/Director | The Global Academy

Melbourne, Australia

Working with universities around the world to better understand our global challenges and offer solutions. __________________ I was the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Conversation, an independent not-for-profit website of analysis and news from the university and research sector. We created The Conversation in 2011 to give academics a platform to promote their research to  … [see more]

Rhiona-Jade Armont

Journalist / Digital Producer

Sydney, Australia

I am a journalist and digital producer currently at SBS Australia, formerly with Al Jazeera in Kuala Lumpur as part of the team on 101 East, Al Jazeera’s in-depth, weekly current affairs programme. Previously I worked in the ABC newsroom, founded Channel J TV at UTS, and produced the breakfast shift at 2SER. As a  … [see more]

Janus Huang

Founder & CEO & Designer | Taipei Base Design Center

Taipei, Taiwan

A cross-field business operator, who has more than 20 years design working experience and am honored as one of the most influential 50 designers. The design fields include interior space design, architecture space design, product design and visual design, also one of quite less Asian that has won 4 highest global design award. The team  … [see more]

"Don't work with a**holes."

Fraser Orford

Company Manager | Ambassador Theatre Group Asia Pacific

Sydney, Australia

Originally training as a Town Planner, I soon found myself becoming less engaged with the field, and more interested in a career in the arts. Since training at NIDA, I have worked as a Arts Administrator freelancer for Opera Australia, ATYP, Belvoir and the ABC. I am currently the Production Coordinator for the Ambassador Theatre  … [see more]

"Finite players play within boundaries, infinite players play with boundaries"

Ross Dawson

Futurist and Entrepreneur | Rh7thm

Bondi Beach, Australia

I believe in the infinite. I am a futurist, speaking to and working with organisations globally to consider the future and what actions today will create the best possible outcomes in a rapidly changing world. I am founder and chairman of Advanced Human Technologies Group, which comprises five companies spanning professional services, publishing, events, apps,  … [see more]

"Is it worthy of our utmost creativity? Does it serve?"

George Betsis

Creative Director | VCD+WE

Coogee, Australia

Meaningful creativity is about sharing an unapologetic truth with positive intent. I'm a creative director. Have worked in New York & Sydney. Built a troublemaking agency, VCD (Virtual Creative Department), which questioned everything and won Agency of the Year in our third year. Now applying creativity to help transform good brands and good organisations alongside  … [see more]

"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."

Carli Leimbach

Founder, Facilitator, Designer | Future Leader Labs

Sydney, Australia

Hi! I am the founder of Future Leader Labs, developing self-aware leaders, future proofed and ready for the 21st Century. As a Facilitator, my super powers lie in listening out for greatness and inspiring clients to realise their creative potential. I have worked with corporates, agencies, co-operatives, entrepreneurs as well as NGO’s and brings extensive  … [see more]

"PR on Purpose"

Karen Porter

Creative Director | Underground Communications

Sydney, Australia

I run a boutique Public Relations agency in Sydney. Our focus is on helping conscious businesses share their purpose and story with the wider community, with an emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility. I have a goal to change corporate culture to ensure that organisations work with a more ethical approach to their impact on all  … [see more]

"Ask yourself: If you loved yourself unconditionally, how would your life be? What would you do?"

Unni Turrettini

Writer & Speaker

Oslo, Norway

I'm a former lawyer turned writer, speaker, and involved citizen. Whether exploring the twisted mind of a lone wolf killer or the hubris of the Nobel Peace Prize committee, I shine light on hidden secrets and motivations. Underneath anger there is always great pain. Knowledge of human frailties and the conditioned mind can shed light  … [see more]

"I love impact people, projects, places, platforms"

Todd Porter

Ecosystem Builder | FabCafe Global, TEDxTokyo, Waterwheel

Tokyo, Japan

Early work with pioneers at the forward edge ranging from Bill Drayton (godfather of social entrepreneurship & founder of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public), Michael Ray (creativity expert at Stanford Business School), and Chris Anderson (serial entrepreneur & TED Conference)...now in Asia for 8 years with global impact portfolio and global community of peer ecosystem  … [see more]

"Illegitimi non carborundum"

Alistair Humphrey

Public Health Physician | Canterbury District Health Board

Christchurch, New Zealand

As Medical Officer of Health for Canterbury I am appointed under the Health Act to protect and promote the public health, using education, advocacy and sometimes the law. There are more than 600,000 Cantabrians to keep healthy, which can be a challenge, particularly as we seem to have more than our fair share of earthquakes! … [see more]

Rosanna Iacono

COO | Rh7thm

Sydney, Australia

I'm a strategist, c-level executive, non-executive board director, diversity advocate, supporter of conscious capitalism, entrepreneur, wife and mother of twin boys. I'm passionate about creating amazing futures. … [see more]

Michael Stevens

Head of Concerts & Special Events | Fiery Angel Ltd

London, Great Britain

Washed-up singer, arts manager, fascinated with the role culture can play in building individual and community capacity and motivation. I'm an experienced artistic programmer and curator (ex Australian Chamber Orchestra, ex Melbourne Festival, ex Arts Centre Melbourne), with an extensive practice in the beyond profit sector. I've also had more than a decade's engagement with  … [see more]

"Be happy brain"

Surat Tanprawate

Doctor | The Northern Neuroscience Center, Chiang Mai University

Chiang Mai, Thailand

I work on neuroscience area with connection with the creative work to improving quality of life for people who disable with brain disease such as dementia, Parkinson's disease, pain, and also Aging. Health tech innovation is also my work to change the way to communicate with people. … [see more]

Niki Dun

Founder + Director | Design For Development | TEDxEastVan

Vancouver, Canada

Improving quality of life and building community through collaborative design is what I’ve been drawn to so far. My work in social design began with founding Design For Development (DFD), a registered charity that aims to reduce poverty and save lives by designing and producing solutions to basic-needs issues faced by underserved and low resource  … [see more]

"#open #random #supportive"

Anna Blume

Social Capital Strategist, Impact Navigator, Knowledge Navigator, Artist | Impact Journey

Berlin, Germany

Based in Berlin, Germany and serving clients worldwide. Anna Blume is a Behavior Trainer, Business Developer, Unconditional Universal Basic Income Designer, Social Capital Strategist. Co-Creator of the Impact Journey and works around the World to support Communities. My new project wants to deliver a Universal Unconditional Basic Income (living on the blockchain). #valueinstrument … [see more]

"Where Storytelling Meets Technology"

Karen Palmer

Multi-Disciplinary Immersive filmmaker | I.F. Interactive Film

New York, United States

My work merges film, story telling, technology and neuroscience to create emotionally responsive cognitive film experiences that inspire and empower. My practice involves creating a sense of mindfulness and "being in the moment" to simulate a physiological and spiritual journey through storytelling and technology. I was recently honoured as part of the Digital Dozen Break  … [see more]

"Creating aware and inclusive communities through the platform of the arts."

Caine Chennatt

Audience Development Manager | UWA Cultural Precinct

Perth, Australia

I help foster future-focused, aware and inclusive societies - through multiple platforms, and primarily with the vehicle of arts and cultural engagement. Within the arts and cultural sector, I am busy with the question of how we can make galleries and museums more inclusive - being relevant to the communities we serve as well as  … [see more]

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