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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]

"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world."

Zara Choy

Multi-disciplinary Professional, Founder / Social entrepreneur, Strategist | Digital Storytellers, Carnival of the Bold, Coalition of Mischief, Conscious Capitalism Australia&NZ

Sydney, Australia

I'm passionate about social enterprise/innovation, creativity, and positive social change, and hope to contribute to a more just, equitable and beautiful world. I enjoy collaborating with others who care about the same. My skills, experience and interests are diverse. I currently work with Digital Storytellers, a social enterprise that's about stories for change. I co-founded  … [see more]

"Make a Stand. Make it Happen."

Adrian Sandy

Strategist/Innovator/Improviser

Sydney, Australia

I am a marketing professional with 20 years experience across international FMCG and retail businesses. I love the alchemy of combining hard data with inspiration to create insight which can change peoples behaviour. I am also and experienced improviser and performer and constantly use these skills to discover and tell stories as life goes along! … [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]

"The very nature of life is expressed and experienced as rhythm"

Kristina Dryza

Global Director, Trends & Futures | House of Brand Group

Potts Point, Australia

As a trend forecaster for 15+ years I’ve learnt that all most people consciously (and subconsciously) concern themselves with is the future and how it’s going to impact them. It’s why people devour any media that mentions future business predictions, peruse star signs and seek influential thought leaders as friends. We want to be at  … [see more]

"Culturally scrutinising Neolifism by actually doing it"

Oron Catts

Director/artist/curator/researcher | SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia

Perth, Australia

I am the Co-Founder (2000) and Director of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Human Sciences, The University of Western Australia. Under my leadership SymbioticA has gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007) the WA Premier Science Award (2008) and became a Centre for  … [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]

"Enhancing the Digital Experience"

William Ehmcke

Chairman | Snaploader

Sydney, Australia

At Snaploader we are looking to enhance the sales and marketing experience for the real estate sector through the innovative use of cool technologies - from interactive 3D modelling thru AR, and VR. … [see more]

"Exploring how design can change the world"

Adele Winteridge

Interior Architect | Foolscap Studio

Melbourne, Australia

I am the founder of interdisciplinary design practice Foolscap Studio. Through Foolscap, my diverse team and I create interior architecture and related cultural experiences that positively contribute to precincts and cities. My work spans boutique and major projects in the commercial, hospitality, residential and public domain sectors. … [see more]

"Problems are opportunities in disguise"

Vivien Sung

Design Academic & Lab Leader | UTS / FutureAging Lab

Sydney, Australia

I'm a design strategist, educator and innovation facilitator with a specialty in human-centred design and research, transdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration and facilitating user experience design that consider both systems and people in solving complex problems. My area of specialty is in collaborative innovation between Australia and the Asia Pacific region. In 2016, I established the  … [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]

"Seeking the illusive. Designing the remarkable."

Michael Lewarne

Director | Redshift Architecture & Art

Sydney, Australia

Michael is a registered architect and graduate of industrial design, and educated in stage design, jewellery and small business, enjoying the challenges of a multiplicity of creative endeavours. His work engages an ongoing consideration of spaces, forms, inhabitation and the poetic, encompassing buildings, public art, dance and theatre, jewellery, as well as designs for lights  … [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]

"Lots of people, lots of fun"

Chris Winter

Media consultant | sole trader

Sydney, Australia

I've spent much of my working life with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation - on air, producing, managing, selling technology, building online and mobile applications. My strongest interests include the GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives and museums), relationship management and communications, high speed networks, and the role and potential of ICT in progressive outcomes for clever  … [see more]

"Rethink Yourself after 50"

Joanna Maxwell

Educator and Advocate | Work In Colour Pty Limited

Sydney, Australia

I've fully recovered from my initial career as a corporate lawyer, and now help people in their 40s, 50s and beyond to reinvent their work and lives, so they can reclaim their future and create the life they want for the coming decades. I work with individuals and employers to find ways to maximise the  … [see more]

"Build shit. Don't bullshit."

Scott Kilmartin

Ecommerce | The Ecommerce Whisperer

EAST BRUNSWICK, Australia

Exited haul.com.au (a bag and accessory brand making product from upcycled advertising billboards I built over 13 years from a market stall in Tasmania to being stocked on the shelves of the some of the world's best design stores). Started playing in the online space in the later 90's. Moved into eCommerce in 2000 and  … [see more]

euan wilcox

Managing Director | Vivant

Sydney, Australia

I am an entrepreneurial digital professional who has thrived on category-changing business opportunities throne open by digital technologies over the last 20 years. I am currently Managing Director at Vivant (working on both client and venture funded projects); and immediately prior was Senior Vice President, South East Asia for Razorfish. I have always had a  … [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]

"life is for living"

John Di Natale

Founder & Managing Director | Equi Wealth & BIGthink!

Melbourne, Australia

My mission is to prevent as many people as possible falling victim to the "great" Australian dream: "work hard, buy a house, pay off your mortgage and retire". The reality of that dream is in fact, far from great, with many Australians retiring with barely enough to support their current lifestyle, let alone enjoy travel  … [see more]

"Looking for creative solutions - using art and social capital"

Julia Champtaloup

Creative projects and startup investor | ARTCapital

Sydney, Australia

Currently an active investor in startups. Editorial and digital content/strategy for online magazines. Acting member of the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney) Director's Circle Previously: Founding member and Director of Art Month Sydney, a not-for-profit festival created to expand and promote the diversity of contemporary art in Sydney. … [see more]

"be not only good but good for something"

Alex Cheek

Designer/Corporate Infiltrator

Sydney, Australia

I'm a strategist, designer, and researcher. I use deep insights about people and society to build products, systems, and organisations that demonstrate care and respect for their users. … [see more]

Nick Hazell

R&D Director

Sydney, Australia

Once an Aerospace engineer, Ex R+D Director of Pepsico and Mars, I am now a Consultant and Inventor working on Product, Technology and Business innovations in FMCG. Staff member of UTS's groundbreaking Bachelors of Creative Intelligence and Innovation degree and a fellow of Cambridge University Institute for Manufacturing, I am passionate about food and innovation  … [see more]

Mick Garnett

Head of Marketing & Communications | Variety NSW

Sydney, Australia

I'm a marketing and communications professional with more than 18 years experience across FMCG, Consumer Durables, Sport, Arts and Social Change. … [see more]

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