International Speakers

Sangeet Paul Choudary
Founder and CEO
Platformation Labs
Singapore

 

Sangeet Paul Choudary is a C-level executive advisor and an international best-selling author. He is the co-author of Platform Revolution and the author of Platform Scale. He has been selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is ranked among the top 30 emerging thinkers globally in 2016 by Thinkers50 Radar, a global ranking of top business thinkers. His work on platforms has been selected by Harvard Business Review as one of the top 10 management ideas globally for the year 2016-17.

Sangeet is the co-chair of the MIT Platform Strategy Summit at the MIT Media Labs, an Entrepreneur-in-residence at INSEAD Business School, and an executive educator with Harvard Business School Publishing. He is also the youngest person to be ranked by Thinkers50 India among the top 50 thinkers globally of Indian origin. He is a working group chair at the WEF’s Global Future Council on Platforms and Systems and an expert on the advisory council for the WEF’s initiative on the Digital Transformation of Industries.

Sangeet’s work has been featured as the Spotlight article on Harvard Business Review (April 2016 edition) and the themed Business Report of the MIT Technology Review (September 2015). He is frequently quoted and published in leading journals and media including the MIT Sloan Management Review.The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, and others. He is a frequent keynote speaker and has been invited to speak at leading global forums including the G20 Summit 2014 events, the World50 Summit, the Mobile World Congress, and the World Economic Forum global and regional events..

Kenneth Rogoff
Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy;
Professor of Economics,
Harvard University;
former Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund
USA

 

Kenneth Rogoff is Thomas D. Cabot Professor at Harvard University, and former Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund.   His 2009 book with Carmen Reinhart, This Time is Different:  Eight Centuries of Financial Folly has been widely cited by academics, policymakers and journalists, while its massive data set has been extensively used by researchers worldwide.  His recent book  The Curse of Cash:  How Large-Denomination Notes Aid Crime and Tax Evasion and Constrain Monetary Policy  (paperback, July 2017.) has also been influential. Rogoff’s monthly syndicated column on global economic issues appears in over 50 countries.

Rogoff is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Group of Thirty. He is also an international grandmaster of chess.

Find out more at http://scholar.harvard.edu/rogoff

 

Greg Cross
Chief Business Officer
Soul Machines
New Zealand

Greg is a New Zealander, a serial  entrepreneur and one of the original technology nomad’s, who has spent his career travelling to and living in every major market in the world. In 2016 Greg teamed up with Dr Mark Sagar to create Soul Machines a company focused on humanizing the next generation of computer technologies. By combining a human face with brain models we literally bring computers to life in a very human like way. Whether we are delivering digital humans as virtual customer service and sales agents or human like characters that can engage, direct and teach in an interactive and/or immersive AR/VR experience there is every chance you will end up conversing with a “soul machine” in your future. He sold his previous company PowerbyProxi to Apple in October 2017. He is the Sir John Logan Campbell Executive in Residence at the University of Auckland Business School.

 

Andrew Shearer
Senior Adviser on Asia Pacific Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies
USA
 

Bill English
Leader of the Opposition;
former Prime Minister
New Zealand


Simon William English, better known as Bill, has served New Zealand and the National Party since his election to Parliament in 1990. Born in Lumsden in 1961 and educated at St Patrick’s College Silverstream he studied Commerce at the University of Otago and English Literature at Victoria. He went on to work as a Treasury analyst before returning to the family farm in Dipton and standing in the seat known today as Clutha-Southland – a post he held until his decision in 2014 to stand as a List MP only.

As Finance Minister from 2008 until 2016, he oversaw one of the fastest-growing economies in the developed world, steering New Zealand through the Global Financial Crisis and the Christchurch earthquakes and returning the Government’s books to surplus. He also focused on tackling New Zealand’s toughest social problems, including inequality, welfare dependence and the educational under achievement of Maori and Pasifika children, aiming to give all New Zealanders the best chance of succeeding. He is married to Mary, a GP, and they have six children.

As Prime Minister he focused on building a New Zealand which rewarded hard work and enterprise and cared for the country’s most vulnerable citizens. 

In the September 2017 General Election the National Party led by Bill English secured 44.4 per cent of the vote – considerably more than any other party. 

Following the election, the Labour Party and New Zealand First formed a coalition government with support from the Green Party. National moved into Opposition and Bill English became Opposition Leader.

His focus now is on ensuring National provides a strong Opposition that holds the Government to account and ensures the gains made by hardworking New Zealanders over the past few years are not frittered away. 

“New Zealand has become a more confident and aspirational country and it is the job of Government to build on those achievements and give all New Zealanders an opportunity to fulfil their dreams.”

Victor Tseng
VP for Corporate Affairs and Business Development
Ctrip
China

Victor Tseng is Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Ctrip. Victor accumulated deep experiences in the Internet and TMT space for the last 17 years. He has been involved in a couple of startups in the last couple of years. Most notably he was Chief Financial Officer of Lianjia, China’s largest real estate agency, helping them raise a series B capital of about RMB 6 billion. He was also Chief Financial Officer at Anjuke, China’s leading online real estate platform, helping drive the US$267 million M&A deal with Nasdaq listed 58.com.

Previously Victor was also Director at Baidu, China’s leading search engine. 10 years ago, Victor was the Vice President and Lead China Internet Analyst at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong where he covered Ctrip and the online travel industry.

Victor obtained his International Master of Business Administration degree, a joint program, from Tsinghua School of Economics and MIT Sloan. He obtained his Bachelors of Science degree from University of California at Los Angeles.

Blythe Masters
CEO
Digital Asset Holdings
USA

Blythe Masters is CEO of Digital Asset, a New York headquartered financial technology company that builds distributed, encrypted straight through processing tools for wholesale financial service providers using distributed ledger technology.

She is also Chair of the Governing Board of the Linux Foundation’s open source Hyperledger Project, member of the International Advisory Board of Santander Group, and Advisory Board Member of the US Chamber of Digital Commerce. Blythe was previously a senior executive at J.P. Morgan which she left in 2014 after a career spanning 27 years, following the successful sale of the bank’s physical commodities business which she built between 2007 and 2014. From 2012, she was also responsible for Corporate & Investment Bank Regulatory Affairs.

She was a member of the Corporate & Investment Bank Operating Committee and previously the firm's Executive Committee. From 2004 to 2007, she was CFO of the Investment Bank. Earlier positions included Head of Global Credit Portfolio and Credit Policy and Strategy, Head of North American Structured Credit Products, co-Head of Asset Backed Securitization and Head of Global Credit Derivatives Marketing. Blythe joined J.P. Morgan full-time in 1991, after completing a number of internships at the bank dating back to 1987.

From 2012 to 2014, Blythe was Chair of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA). From 2008-2010, she was Chair of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). From 2015 to 2016, she was the Chair of the Board of Santander Consumer Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC).

Blythe is co-Chair of the Board of the Global Fund for Women, a member of the Board of Directors of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a Board Member of the Feminist Institute, an Advisory Board Member of ID2020, and the former Chair of the Board of the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Blythe has a B.A. in economics from Trinity College, Cambridge.

She is an avid equestrian and lives in New York.

Jonathan Woetzel
Director
McKinsey Global Institute
China

Based in China since 1985, Dr. Jonathan Woetzel has been instrumental in building McKinsey & Company's China office. In addition to his work helping Chinese and other Asian businesses prepare for global growth, Jonathan is a director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey's business and economics research arm. He also leads McKinsey's Cities Special Initiative and is responsible for convening McKinsey's work with city, regional, and national authorities in more than 40 geographies around the world. He is a co-chair of the non-profit think tank, the Urban China Initiative—a joint venture of Columbia University, Tsinghua University, and McKinsey—that aims to develop and implement solutions to China's urbanization challenges.

Jonathan has led numerous research efforts on global economic trends, including growth and productivity, urbanization, affordable housing, energy and sustainability, e-commerce, and the economic impact of the Internet, as well as on productivity growth and economic development in China and Asia. Jonathan's public sector work is extensive. He has advised national governments in Asia on improving the environment for foreign investors, national energy policy, and economic development strategies. He also leads work with local government authorities, having conducted more than 60 projects throughout China to support local economic development and transformation. This includes working extensively in real estate—specifically, on commercial revitalization—and advising on energy investment strategies and energy productivity and transparency, among other topics.

Jonathan works in the private sector as well, most often on topics related to corporate strategy, operations, and organization. He has served clients in industries such as energy, metals and mining, health care, telecommunications, and transportation. He supported the largest company in China in a fundamental restructuring that led to the then-largest foreign listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Jonathan actively participates in a number of international forums and lectures at the Guanghua School of Business and the China-Europe International Business School, and is also an honorary lecturer at Jiaotong University's Antai Business School.

Published widely in both Chinese and international publications, Jonathan has written five books on China, including Capitalist China: Strategies for a Revolutionized Economy(Wiley & Sons, 2003), Operation China: From Strategy to Execution (Harvard Business Press, 2007), and One Hour China (Towson Press, 2013). He has also co-authored, with Richard Dobbs and James Manyika, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends (PublicAffairs, May 2015). A US citizen, Jonathan is proficient in Mandarin, Spanish, and German.

National Speakers

Nick Bell
Co-founder,
Siteguard and Founder
WME

 

Bob Carr
Professor in International Relations, UTS
Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute; former Minister for Foreign Affairs


The Honourable Bob Carr is Professor in International Relations at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He is the Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI), the only Australian think tank devoted to illuminating the Australia-China relationship. Professor Carr is a former Foreign Minister of Australia (2012-2013).

He is also the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history (1995-2005). He received his Honours degree in History from the University of New South Wales. He is an Honorary Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is recipient of the RSIS Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from Nanyang Technological University and the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship. He has served as Honorary Scholar of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue. Professor Carr is an active public speaker.

He has been invited to give scholarly presentations at many universities including Nanyang Technological University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Shanghai University, Shanghai Jiaotong University. He has been frequently interviewed by international media.

His opinion pieces are published in the Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and Nikkei Asian Review. He is the author of Thoughtlines (Viking, 2002), What Australia Means to Me (Penguin, 2003), My Reading Life (Penguin, 2008) and Diary of a Foreign Minister (NewSouth Publishing, 2014). Professor Carr’s research focuses on international relations, foreign policy, Chinese politics and economics, national defence and security.

 

The Honourable Bob Carr is Professor in International Relations at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He is the Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI), the only Australian think tank devoted to illuminating the Australia-China relationship.

Professor Carr is a former Foreign Minister of Australia (2012-2013). He is also the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history (1995-2005).
He received his Honours degree in History from the University of New South Wales.
He is an Honorary Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is recipient of the RSIS Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from Nanyang Technological University and the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship. He has served as Honorary Scholar of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.
Professor Carr is an active public speaker. He has been invited to give scholarly presentations at many universities including Nanyang Technological University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Shanghai University, Shanghai Jiaotong University.

He has been frequently interviewed by international media. His opinion pieces are published in the Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and Nikkei Asian Review.
He is the author of Thoughtlines (Viking, 2002), What Australia Means to Me (Penguin, 2003), My Reading Life (Penguin, 2008) and Diary of a Foreign Minister (NewSouth Publishing, 2014).
Professor Carr’s research focuses on international relations, foreign policy, Chinese politics and economics, national defence and security.

 

 

The Honourable Bob Carr is Professor in International Relations at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He is the Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI), the only Australian think tank devoted to illuminating the Australia-China relationship.

Professor Carr is a former Foreign Minister of Australia (2012-2013). He is also the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history (1995-2005).
He received his Honours degree in History from the University of New South Wales.
He is an Honorary Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is recipient of the RSIS Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from Nanyang Technological University and the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship. He has served as Honorary Scholar of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.
Professor Carr is an active public speaker. He has been invited to give scholarly presentations at many universities including Nanyang Technological University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Shanghai University, Shanghai Jiaotong University.

He has been frequently interviewed by international media. His opinion pieces are published in the Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and Nikkei Asian Review.
He is the author of Thoughtlines (Viking, 2002), What Australia Means to Me (Penguin, 2003), My Reading Life (Penguin, 2008) and Diary of a Foreign Minister (NewSouth Publishing, 2014).
Professor Carr’s research focuses on international relations, foreign policy, Chinese politics and economics, national defence and security.
 

The Honourable Bob Carr is Professor in International Relations at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He is the Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI), the only Australian think tank devoted to illuminating the Australia-China relationship.

Professor Carr is a former Foreign Minister of Australia (2012-2013). He is also the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history (1995-2005).
He received his Honours degree in History from the University of New South Wales.
He is an Honorary Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is recipient of the RSIS Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from Nanyang Technological University and the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship. He has served as Honorary Scholar of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.
Professor Carr is an active public speaker. He has been invited to give scholarly presentations at many universities including Nanyang Technological University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Shanghai University, Shanghai Jiaotong University.

He has been frequently interviewed by international media. His opinion pieces are published in the Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and Nikkei Asian Review.
He is the author of Thoughtlines (Viking, 2002), What Australia Means to Me (Penguin, 2003), My Reading Life (Penguin, 2008) and Diary of a Foreign Minister (NewSouth Publishing, 2014).
Professor Carr’s research focuses on international relations, foreign policy, Chinese politics and economics, national defence and security.
 

 

 

Richard Goyder
Chairman
AFL Commission
 

Chairman-elect, Woodside
Director, Qantas Airways
former managing director &
CEO, Wesfarmers Limited

 

Richard Goyder AO joined Wesfarmers in 1993 and was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 13 July 2005. In 2007, under Richard’s leadership, Wesfarmers undertook the transformative acquisition of the Coles Group of companies. At more than $19 billion, this purchase was, and remains, the biggest transaction in Australian corporate history.  Wesfarmers is now a top 10 Australian company, it has more than 500,000 shareholders and with a workforce of more than 200,000 people is the country’s largest private sector employer. Richard retired from Wesfarmers on 16 November 2017.
 
Richard is Chairman of the Australian Football League Commission, a director and Chairman-elect of Woodside, and nominated director of Qantas Airways. He will join the Qantas board in November 2017.
 
Richard was appointed as Chairman of the Australian B20 (the key business advisory body to the international economic forum which includes business leaders from all G20 economies) in February 2013. Richard was appointed a director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Australia Board in March 2016, and Chairman of the Board in June 2016. He is also the Co-Chairman of the JDRF Australia Advisory Board.
 
Richard was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2013 for distinguished service to business through executive roles and through the promotion of corporate sponsorship of the arts and Indigenous programs, and to the community.

Paul Italiano
CEO
TransGrid

 

B. Bus, MBA, FAIM, FLWA, FCPA

Paul Italiano is the Chief Executive Officer of TransGrid, the operator and manager of the NSW high voltage transmission network.

Paul joined TransGrid in May 2016 after serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Western Power since 2012. Paul’s career includes executive roles at Wesfarmers General Insurance; HBF Health Funds and the RAC.

Paul is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Business and an MBA. He is also a Fellow of CPA Australia, Leadership WA and the Australian Institute of Management.

Patrick Llewellyn
Chief Executive Officer
99designs

 

Patrick Llewellyn is the CEO of 99designs, the world’s largest on-demand design marketplace, connecting a global community of freelance designers with businesses of all sizes to complete their design needs. 99designs is changing the lives of designers around the world by providing them with an opportunity to access customers globally, to earn income, and to build their portfolios.

Patrick joined 99designs in 2009 as its first President. He moved to San Francisco in 2010 to open the 99designs U.S. office and oversee U.S. and international expansion. He was officially appointed CEO in January 2011, and quickly guided 99designs to a $35 million first-round capital investment led by Accel Partners (Facebook, Dropbox, Etsy), followed by a $10 million Series B round in 2015.

During his time as CEO, Llewellyn has since launched 99designs' European headquarters in Berlin as well as localized-language sites across Europe and Latin America. He has grown the company from a handful of staff to 120 in the USA, Australia, and Germany. As of October 2017, 99designs has served over 400,000 customers and paid out more than $200 million to its community of designers around the world.

Before joining 99designs, Patrick was at boutique corporate advisory firm Nextec Strategic Capital advising Australian technology and media companies.

Byron Pirola
Managing Director
Port Jackson Partners

 

Dr Byron Pirola is Managing Director of Port Jackson Partners Limited, Australia’s leading boutique specialist strategy advisory firm. He has over 30 years experience as a strategy advisor; the past 25 years with Port Jackson Partners following starting his career with McKinsey & Company.
 
Byron has served CEOs and Boards of major companies in Australia, North America, the UK, Middle East and Asia. His work has covered corporate strategy, M&A, and organisation redesign and corporate transformation designs. He has experience across a broad range of industry sectors including; energy, funds management, consumer goods, property, construction materials, resources, insurance, banking, private equity and professional services.
 
Byron is a Non-Executive Director of both Australian and London listed resource companies based in Europe. He completed his BSc with First Class Honours at the University of NSW and his Doctorate at the Commonwealth Centre of Excellence in Gene Technology at Adelaide University in 1986.
 

Michael Stutchbury
Editor-in-Chief
The Australian Financial Review
 

 

 

Michael Stutchbury is into his fourth decade of writing for and editing Australia's two national newspaper mastheads, including for The Australian Financial Review in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Washington DC. He started at the Financial Review in 1982 as industrial relations writer before becoming economics writer, economics editor, Washington correspondent and opinion editor.

He returned to the Financial Review as editor in chief in 2011. He graduated with a BEc (first class honors) from the University of Adelaide and completed a journalism cadetship with The Advertiser before working for the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet.

John Walker
Vice Chairman
Macquarie Capital Asia

 

John is Vice Chairman of Macquarie Capital, Asia and Executive Chairman of Infrastructure, Utilities and Renewables Asia for Macquarie Capital and also Chairman of Macquarie Group of Companies, Korea. He is also Vice Chairman of the London based Private Infrastructure Development Group.

John has had an extensive career in infrastructure in both Government and banking. In 2000, John established Macquarie’s Korean business with only 5 staff. This business is now the largest foreign asset manager in Korea with approximately 30 billion under management.

Under John’s leadership Macquarie has significantly expanded its presence in infrastructure and renewable energy throughout the region with roles in many emerging and developed markets. He became a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999 for services to economic reform and the design of the transportation plan for the Sydney Olympics 2000. He has also received a Presidential citation in Korea for his contribution to the development of Korean capital markets.

 

Jon Williams Managing Partner, People and Organisation PwC Australia

Jon Williams
Managing Partner,
People and Organisation
PwC Australia

Pru Bennett
Managing Director
BlackRock
 

 

Pru Bennett is a Director at BlackRock and is Head of BlackRock's Investment  Stewardship team for the Asia Pacific Region based in Hong Kong. In that role Pru leads a team that is responsible for engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients. Pru's team is located in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Pru is an active participant in the public debate on corporate governance, stewardship and responsible investment and as such regularly speaks and writes on the importance of these issues for company performance and investment decisions. In 2013, Pru was named as one of Australia’s top 10 Women of Influence in Corporate Governance.

Pru represents BlackRock on a number of industry and regulatory bodies including ESG Working Group of the Australian Financial Services Council and the Public Shareholder Group of Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission. In April 2017 Pru was appointed by the Government of Hong Kong to the Advisory Board to the Securities and Futures Commission.

Pru is a champion of diversity and inclusion of all kinds. She is an alumna of BlackRock's Women's Leadership Forum.  She is a member of steering groups for the Australian and Hong Kong chapters of the 30% club, a market initiative to increase the number of women on boards and in senior management. Pru has published a number of papers on board diversity.

Before taking on her current role in August 2010 Pru was head of Corporate Governance at institutional advisor Regnan Governance and Research until July 2010. From 1998 to 2009 Pru was a director of Australian proxy advisor Corporate Governance International, which was acquired by Glass Lewis & Co in 2006 and is now known as CGI Glass Lewis. Prior to working in the area of corporate governance Pru was Investor Relations Manager for Qantas Airways Limited.

Pru has a BCom from the University of New South Wales and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Hamish Douglass
Co-Founder, CEO, CIO and
Lead Portfolio Manager
Magellan Financial Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


Hamish Douglass is Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Magellan Financial Group, and Lead Portfolio Manager of Magellan’s Global Equity strategies.

Hamish is a former member of the Australian Government’s Financial Literacy Board, the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel, the Australian Government’s Foreign Investment Review Board and the Forum of Young Global Leaders – World Economic Forum.

Geoff Healy
Chief External Affairs Officer
BHP
 

Geoff joined BHP as Chief Legal Counsel in June 2013. In March 2016, he assumed the role of Chief External Affairs Officer, with global accountability for Functions dealing with all of the Group’s non-financial risks. In addition to Legal, these include teams responsible for external affairs, compliance, health and safety, the environment, internal audit and risk. 

Geoff regularly represents BHP at external events and in meetings with Governments, speaking on topics such as sustainability, free trade, anti-corruption and risk. Prior to BHP, Geoff was a senior partner at Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), with a broad practice across its network of Australian and international offices.  His work at HSF spanned corporate and regulatory advisory work, risk management, investigations and disputes. His work has involved major commercial disputes in countries from Australia and Indonesia to the UK, as well as cross-border regulatory inquiries.

Geoff plays a prominent role in the international legal community, including as an active member of the International Bar Association.  Geoff has also been a member of the New South Wales Law Society professional conduct review tribunal and undertaken work for a range of charitable and not-for- profit organisations over many years.

Alan Joyce
CEO
Qantas Airways

 

Philip Lowe
Governor of the
Reserve Bank of Australia

 

Dr Lowe holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.Comm (Honours) in Economics/Econometrics from the University of New South Wales. He has authored numerous papers, including on the linkages between monetary policy and financial stability. He commenced as Governor on 18 September 2016.

He is Chair of the Reserve Bank Board and Payments System Board, and Chair of the Council of Financial Regulators. He is a member of the Financial Stability Board. Prior to his current role, he held the positions of Deputy Governor, Assistant Governor (Economic) and Assistant Governor (Financial System). He also spent two years at the Bank for International Settlements working on financial stability issues.

Dr Lowe is Chair of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children and a director of The Anika Foundation.

Dr Lowe is a signatory to The Banking and Finance Oath.

Dennis Richardson
former Secretary of
Foreign Affairs and
Trade; former Director
General of ASIO

Cyan Ta'eed
Founder, Hey Tiger;
Executive Director
and Co-Founder, Envato

Cyan Ta'eed is the Founder of Hey Tiger and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Envato. Cyan began her career as a graphic designer and in 2006 founded Envato out of her parent's garage. Envato is a creative eco-system, encompassing the largest digital marketplace in the world. Its 7 million members buy and sell digital stock and services, and Envato has delivered over $500 million dollars of earnings to their community of creatives so far. Cyan was 2015 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year, Australian Financial Review’s 2016 100 Women of Influence Enterprise Winner, and Envato was awarded Job Advisor's Coolest Company for Diversity in 2016.

Cyan has recently founded Hey Tiger, a social enterprise chocolate company that creates delicious and stylish chocolate that benefits cocoa farming communities in West Africa. She is also the founder of New Day Box, an initiative that mobilises the community to make boxes of skincare and cosmetics for women in domestic violence crisis accommodation. Last year New Day Box distributed over 2,000 boxes to women around Victoria.

Gary Weiss
Chairman
Ardent Leisure Group;
Executive Director
Ariadne Australia

Gary Hilton Weiss, LLB (Hons), LLM, JSD

Dr Weiss is currently the Executive Director of Ariadne Australia Limited. He is Chairman of Ardent Leisure Group, Ridley Corporation Ltd and Estia Health Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Premier Investments Ltd, Thorney Opportunities Ltd and The Straits Trading Company Limited.

Dr Weiss is also a Commissioner of the Australian Rugby League Commission.

He was formerly Chairman of Clearview Wealth Limited and Coats Plc, a former executive director of Whitlam, Turnbull & Co and Guinness Peat Group plc and sat on the board of Westfield Holdings Limited and a number of other public companies.  Dr Weiss has also been involved in managing large businesses with operations in many regions including Europe, China and India and is familiar with investments across a wide range of industries, corporate finance and private equity type deals.

Dr Weiss holds an LLB (Hons) and LLM from Victoria University of Wellington and a Doctor of the Science of Law (JSD) from Cornell University.  He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

He has authored numerous articles on a variety of legal and commercial topics.

Olivia Wirth
CEO
Qantas Loyalty

Olivia Wirth is the Qantas Chief Customer Officer, responsible for all aspects of the customer experience and strategy including digital, customer products including lounges and inflight as well as food and beverage. In this role she is also responsible for the Qantas Group’s external and internal communications including managing the Qantas brand, marketing and sponsorship as well as PR and corporate affairs for the Qantas Group including Jetstar.

She is a member of the Executive Committee. Olivia joined Qantas in 2009 and has held several positions, including the role of Group Executive, Brand, Marketing & Corporate Affairs and Group Executive for Government Relations and Corporate Affairs.

Prior to Qantas Olivia had held senior executive roles for a number of organisations including lobby group, the Tourism & Transport Forum and the Australian Tourist Commission. Olivia is a member of the Board of UNICEF Australia

Jon Black
Managing Director
TAFE NSW
 

Mr Jon Black was appointed Managing Director of TAFE NSW, Australia’s largest vocational education and training provider on 7 December 2015. Mr Black was previously Director-General of the Queensland Departments of Environment and Heritage Protection, and Energy and Water Supply. Mr Black has a strong background in water management in Queensland as the former Chief Executive Officer of the Northern South East Queensland (SEQ) Distributor-Retailer Authority, Unitywater, and prior to that, the SEQ water and sewerage distribution business. Mr Black combines this first-hand industry and government knowledge with a wealth of leadership experience gained in his 25 year career with the Australian Army. Mr Black has qualifications from the University of New South Wales, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, The Royal Military College, Duntroon and the United States Marine Corps, Virginia, USA. Jon is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland.

Josh Frydenberg
Minister for the
Environment and Energy


 

Josh Frydenberg was elected to the Australian Parliament in 2010 as the Member for Kooyong. He is the seventh person since Federation to hold this seat.

In July 2016, he was appointed the Minister for the Environment and Energy, having previously served as Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, Assistant Treasurer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister since the 2013 election.

As a primary school student Josh attended Bialik College in Hawthorn and then completed his secondary schooling at Mt Scopus College in Burwood. He currently lives with his family, in Hawthorn. Josh has Law and Economics degrees both with Honours from Monash University and completed his articles of clerkship at Mallesons Stephen Jacques. He went on to graduate with a Masters in International Relations from Oxford University which he attended on a Commonwealth Scholarship and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Josh is also a former Senior Adviser to Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Prime Minister John Howard and was a Director of Global Banking at Deutsche Bank AG.

Josh is a keen tennis player having represented Australia at the World University Games in England in 1991 and the United States in 1993. He currently sits on the Board of the Kids Tennis Foundation which provides coaching to disadvantaged kids.

Dig Howitt
CEO and President
Cochlear
 

 

 

 

 

Simon William English, better known as Bill, has served New Zealand and the National Party since his election to Parliament in 1990. Born in Lumsden in 1961 and educated at St Patrick’s College Silverstream he studied Commerce at the University of Otago and English Literature at Victoria.

He went on to work as a Treasury analyst before returning to the family farm in Dipton and standing in the seat known today as Clutha-Southland – a post he held until his decision in 2014 to stand as a List MP only. As Finance Minister from 2008 until 2016, he oversaw one of the fastest-growing economies in the developed world, steering New Zealand through the Global Financial Crisis and the Christchurch earthquakes and returning the Government’s books to surplus.

He also focused on tackling New Zealand’s toughest social problems, including inequality, welfare dependence and the educational under achievement of Maori and Pasifika children, aiming to give all New Zealanders the best chance of succeeding. He is married to Mary, a GP, and they have six children. As Prime Minister he focused on building a New Zealand which rewarded hard work and enterprise and cared for the country’s most vulnerable citizens. In the September 2017 General Election the National Party led by Bill English secured 44.4 per cent of the vote – considerably more than any other party.

Following the election, the Labour Party and New Zealand First formed a coalition government with support from the Green Party. National moved into Opposition and Bill English became Opposition Leader.

His focus now is on ensuring National provides a strong Opposition that holds the Government to account and ensures the gains made by hardworking New Zealanders over the past few years are not frittered away. “New Zealand has become a more confident and aspirational country and it is the job of Government to build on those achievements and give all New Zealanders an opportunity to fulfill their dreams.”

Tolga Kumova
Corporate Director
New Century Resources

 

Andrew Mackenzie
CEO
BHP

 

Andrew was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of BHP Billiton effective from 10 May 2013. He joined in 2008 as Chief Executive Non‐Ferrous with responsibility for over half of BHP Billiton’s 100,000 strong workforce across four continents. His portfolio included Escondida in Chile, the world’s largest single source of copper.

He has over thirty years’ experience in oil and gas, petrochemicals and minerals and has held senior positions in BP and Rio Tinto. He has been a Non‐Executive Director of Centrica and has served on the Audit, Remuneration and Corporate & Social Responsibility committees. He has also chaired Demos, one of the UK’s most influential think‐tanks.

Andrew has a doctorate in Chemistry and a first‐class degree in Geology. In early 2014 he was announced as being on the Science Council’s list of top 100 UK practising scientists. On 1 May 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

Paul Skamvougeras
Head of Equities
Perpetual

 

Togla Kumova is a resource industry entrepreneur and corporate finance specialist with over 15 years' experience in stockbroking, IPOs and corporate restructuring. Mr Kumova, 39, is corporate director of New Century Resources and chairman of European Cobalt. He was previously Managing Director and founding shareholder of Syrah Resources Limited.

During his tenure at Syrah, he led to the Company's development activities from delineation of the mineral resource through to being fully funded for development of the world class Balama graphite deposit in Mozambique, including the completion of offtake negotiations and agreements with numerous globally recognised counterparties. The results of these activities generated significant returns for shareholders.

The focus of Mr Kumova within European Cobalt and New Century Resources is to deliver the same successful strategy of applied to Syrah in terms of marketing, promotion, funding and offtake negotiation. 

Catherine Tanna
Managing Director
EnergyAustralia
 

Catherine Tanna is Managing Director of EnergyAustralia, one of Australia’s largest energy retailers. She is a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and a Director of the Business Council of Australia. Prior to joining EnergyAustralia in 2014, Catherine was Managing Director of BG Group’s Australian business, QGC, and Executive Vice President for Australia and China.

Catherine led the development of Queensland’s first LNG project, one of Australia’s largest capital infrastructure projects at the time with a $US20 billion construction budget. In 2012 she was elevated to the position of Chairman, BG Australia. Before joining BG Group in 2009, Catherine had a long career with Shell and BHP Billiton. At Shell, she was Executive Vice President of Shell Gas & Power with responsibility for Shell's LNG, gas transmission and power generation interests across Africa. She held similar roles covering North Asia, Russia, North America and Latin America.

In the 1990s, she worked for BHP Petroleum in Melbourne and London. She was formerly a Director on the Board of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation and a member of the Australian G20 business body (B20), the Lowy Institute's G20 Advisory Committee and the Catholic Foundation Board. 

Catherine has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland.

 

 

Jennifer Westacott
Chief Executive
Business Council of Australia

 

The Business Council of Australia is an association of chief executives from many of Australia’s leading companies. It was established in 1983 to research and promote economic growth policies for the benefit of the nation and all Australians.
Jennifer Westacott has been Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia since 2011,
bringing extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors.
For over 20 years Jennifer occupied critical leadership positions in the New South Wales and Victorian governments. She was the Director of Housing and the Secretary of Education in Victoria, and most recently was the Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources.

From 2005 to 2011 Jennifer was senior partner at KPMG, heading up the firm’s Sustainability,
Climate Change and Water practice and its NSW State Government practice. Jennifer was also a board director for the firm. During her time at KPMG, Jennifer advised some of Australia’s major corporations on climate change and sustainability matters, and provided advice to governments
around Australia on major reform priorities.
Jennifer facilitates the contribution of the Business Council of Australia’s CEO members across a policy agenda that includes economic policy and competitiveness; regulation; infrastructure and sustainable growth; labour market, skills and education; engagement with Indigenous Australians,
global engagement; healthcare policy; and innovation.

Jennifer coordinated the development and release of the BCA’s landmark Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity in 2013, which is widely recognised as one of the most significant contributions to economic policy debate in Australia in recent years.

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, where she is an Adjunct Professor at the City Futures Research Centre. She was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics.
Jennifer is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and since 2013 has been a Non-Executive Director of
Wesfarmers Limited and Chair of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

 

Steven Worrall
Managing Director
Microsoft Australia

Maile Carnegie
Group Executive
Digital Banking
ANZ Bank

Ms Maile Carnegie has had an extensive career leading business innovation programs in large corporations with particular expertise in how large, mature organisations stay competitive in the face of digital disruption and applying a fresh approach to complex problem solving.  Appointed as Group Executive Digital Banking, ANZ Bank in 2016 Ms Carnegie’s responsibilities include co ownership for divisional financials and enterprise responsibility for Data/Analytics, Innovation/New Revenue, Payments, Marketing/Design and Digital Channels.  Prior to ANZ Bank, Ms. Carnegie was the Managing Director of Google Australia/NZ. Ms. Carnegie began her career at Proctor & Gamble where she worked for over 20 years, holding numerous positions in the US, Asia and Australia  and finally as Managing Director of Procter & Gamble Australia/NZ.  Ms. Carnegie is an active board member and member of the business community in Australia. Her current directorships include chair of the University of Technology (Sydney) Vice Chancellor advisory board and member of the Federal Treasurer’s FinTech advisory board.  Previously Ms. Carnegie held directorships including; Vice-Chair ASIC advisory board, director B20, director Australia Food and Grocery council, director NSW Treasurer advisory board and director of various University of Technology advisory boards. Ms. Carnegie holds a degree in Business Administration in Finance, Economics and Marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Ms Maile Carnegie has had an extensive career leading business innovation programs in large corporations with particular expertise in how large, mature organisations stay competitive in the face of digital disruption and applying a fresh approach to complex problem solving.  Appointed as Group Executive Digital Banking, ANZ Bank in 2016 Ms Carnegie’s responsibilities include co ownership for divisional financials and enterprise responsibility for Data/Analytics, Innovation/New Revenue, Payments, Marketing/Design and Digital Channels.  Prior to ANZ Bank, Ms. Carnegie was the Managing Director of Google Australia/NZ. Ms. Carnegie began her career at Proctor & Gamble where she worked for over 20 years, holding numerous positions in the US, Asia and Australia  and finally as Managing Director of Procter & Gamble Australia/NZ.  Ms. Carnegie is an active board member and member of the business community in Australia. Her current directorships include chair of the University of Technology (Sydney) Vice Chancellor advisory board and member of the Federal Treasurer’s FinTech advisory board.  Previously Ms. Carnegie held directorships including; Vice-Chair ASIC advisory board, director B20, director Australia Food and Grocery council, director NSW Treasurer advisory board and director of various University of Technology advisory boards. Ms. Carnegie holds a degree in Business Administration in Finance, Economics and Marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney.

 

 

 

Jemma Green
Co-founder and Chair
Power Ledger


 

 

Dr Jemma Green is the Chair and a Co-founder of Power Ledger, a leading full stack energy blockchain technology company. She has more than 15 years’ experience in finance and risk advisory, having worked for 11 years as an investment banker in London, where she was chosen to help set up J.P.Morgan’s Global Environment and Social Risk Management Office.

While in the UK she received a master’s degree and two postgraduate diplomas from Cambridge University in sustainability. Upon returning to Perth, she carried out doctoral research into “Citizen Utilities” at Curtin University, that has produced unique insights into the challenges and opportunities for the deployment of roof-top solar PV and battery storage within multi-unit developments and the application of the blockchain.

Alongside her roles as the Chair of Climate-KIC Australia, founding member of the Global Blockchain Business Council, and contributor to Forbes on blockchain disruption, Dr Jemma Green was recently elected Deputy Lord Mayor of Perth, and is currently in the role of acting Lord Mayor of Perth.

Greg Hywood
CEO and Managing Director
Fairfax Media
 

 

 

Amanda Lacaze
CEO and Managing Director
Lynas Corporation


Amanda Lacaze is the CEO and Managing Director of Lynas Corporation, an ASX listed company with a portfolio of aligned assets to explore, develop, mine and process rare earth minerals. Rare earths are essential inputs to high technology, high growth, future-facing industries, such as electric vehicles, wind turbines and electronic products.

Appointed in June 2014, Amanda has successfully led the company through a complete turnaround of operational performance, reduced debt and deleveraged the balance sheet. The company is now the second largest NdPr producer in the world, with a market capitalisation of over A$1 billion, almost three times more than it was in 2014. Amanda was profiled in Woman of Influence as one of 12 Australia’s most inspirational business women.

Early in her career, Amanda developed deep marketing experience which led to positions across many industries. She was CEO of Commander Communications, Executive Chairman of Orion Telecommunications and CEO of AOL|7. Prior to that, Ms Lacaze was Managing Director of Marketing at Telstra and held various business management roles at ICI Australia (now Orica and Incitec Pivot) and Nestle. Amanda is currently a Non-Executive Director of ING Bank Australia LTD and McPherson’s Ltd, and is a member of Chief Executive Women and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Amanda lives in Kuantan, Malaysia, near to the site of Lynas’ refining facility.

Bede Moore
Co-founder and former MD
 Lazada Indonesia

Bede Moore is a tech industry executive with experience leading companies across Southeast Asia and Australia. He spent five years in Indonesia from 2011 - 2016, where he was Co-founder and Managing Director of Lazada Indonesia, the largest eCommerce company in Indonesia and part of the Lazada Group, and which was acquired by Alibaba in 2017. He was also a Co-founder of Paraplou Group, an Indonesian eCommerce company and brand partner. In 2014, he was the first foreigner to be selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in Indonesia. Bede holds an MPhil (Hons) in Indonesian history from Leiden University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard. Now based in Sydney, Bede Moore is a Director of TechSydney, the leading industry body for the tech sector, and a Director of Amplitude, an advisory firm specialising in the consumer and technology sectors. He is also Chairman of CAUSINDY, a peak bilateral organisation between Indonesia and Australia. He previously led the Australian deployment of Student.com, and was a Senior Associate for the Boston Consulting Group in Australia and Southeast Asia.

Emily Skye
Founder
Emily Skye Fitness

 

 

Adrian Turner
CEO
Data61
 

Richard White
CEO
WiseTech Global

More speakers to be announced.