Thomas Aarup DueUrban Analysis and Strategy, Arki_lab
Thomas is part of the Copenhagen-based urban design office arki_lab, and is the anchor for operations in Australia and New Zealand. With a background in urban sociology, he is one of the main drivers of the ideological background for this young, forthcoming, multi-disciplinary office. Their slogan is “Designing cities WITH people” – words that resonate with many of today’s buzzwords like co-creation, citizen consultation, inclusive urban design, social sustainability, community engagement and of course place-making. Thomas has worked on a broad range of topics including intergenerational co-housing and urban space, community creation and existential place-relations. His main interests are in social architecture; the ‘soft’ things happening in and around the buildings and urban spaces we create, and how social discourses form the material reality we inhabit. At CityIgnite ’17, he will be debating on how our digital personas overlap and interact with urban space and the future coding of our cities on and off the screen.
Pablo Pujadas AlvarezPartner and Cofounder, Smart Engineering, Barcelona
With a fantastic history of research in City Design, Pablo co-founded Smart Engineering SL in 2013 where he currently leads and manages a portfolio of strategic consulting projects on smart cities, infrastructures and sustainable urban development. His progressive work has lead to the development of MIVES, a multi-criteria approach for the evaluation, prioritisation and selection of public investment projects.
Jon AnsteyExecutive General Manager, Insight & Innovation, Coliban Water Bendigo
Jon is Convenor and Executive Member for the Smarter Bendigo Alliance. He is on the Social Impact Task Force, recently established by the Smart Cities Council of Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ).
Jon is a thought leader, connector and entrepreneur. He has 20+ years global professional experience in finance, innovation, strategy, governance and culture, across the government, corporate, professional, for-purpose and academic sectors.
Jon has led interdisciplinary teams in 20+ countries, having studied and worked with the United Nations and Shell for 15 years in Europe and Asia.
He holds two Masters Degrees (law, international relations) and two Graduate Diplomas (law, applied finance and investment).
Jon has board roles in water, environment, health, art and sport, as a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Bill BannearSenior Executive DesignerThink Place
Luke BarbagalloPartnerships & Programs Manager, Pollinate Energy
Luke’s mission is to be an active participant in a collective journey towards social, economic and environmental sustainability. He is driven by an inquisitive nature and an unwavering commitment to realising a better tomorrow. He has a degree in Entrepreneurship, and completed the Future Makers Fellowship with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. With the view that strong community engagement and agency is the key to successful and sustainable communities, he seeks to connect change-makers with government and private business in order to facilitate long term and meaningful change in our communities.
Nathaniel BavintonSmart City Co-ordinator, Newcastle City Council
Dr Nathaniel Bavinton is an urban sociologist, strategic planner and social researcher. He has spent over a decade conducting research and planning focused on interconnections between urban planning and design, governance, community, consumption and culture.
Nathaniel is the Smart City Coordinator at the City of Newcastle. He is leading the development of strategies and projects to take advantage of opportunities related to digital economy, connectivity and integrated analytics in the built environment. He works closely with the local innovation ecosystem and manages collaborative city strategy and citizen engagement activities.
The Newcastle Smart City Initiative is helping to develop Newcastle as a smart, liveable and sustainable city. Nathaniel is really interested in how the city can be a more innovative and creative, safe, connected, and socially diverse place.
Caitlin BladinManager, City Activation, ACT Government
Caitlin manages the ACT Government City Activation Agenda. This agenda is guided by an ongoing conversation with the community. Together with the community including industry, government, business and the creative sector we want to create a city centre we can all be proud of and part of.
Caitlin has worked in the ACT Government in a range of positions and is currently working in the City Renewal Authority focussing on delivering urban renewal in a designated precinct within the ACT.
Catherine Caruana-McManusDirector Sales & Strategy, Meshed
Catherine Caruana-McManus is a global expert in smart cities and digital transformation.
Catherine is the Director of Meshed, IoT Integrators and founder of the global community, Giant Ideas for Smart Cities. Catherine has been recognised by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Knowledge Nation initiative as one of Australia’s leading thinkers and innovators in big data and smart cities.
Prior to Meshed, Catherine was the Director of IBM’s Smarter Cities business for ANZ and has held other executive positions for KPMG, PMP Limited, Telstra and MC2 Consulting.
Catherine is on the Advisory Board for UoW SMART facility, is the Chairperson of the IoT Alliance Australia Smart Cities and Industry Engagement Work Stream. Catherine holds qualifications in urban planning, economics, management and finance.
Kate DeaconExecutive Manager - Research, Strategy & Corporate Planning, City of Sydney
Kate has a keen interest in cities and placemaking and has worked at Federation Square in Melbourne, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority in Sydney and more recently as head of marketing and now Executive Manager, Research Strategy and Corporate Planning at the City of Sydney.
She is strategic planning lead for the organisation's economic, social, cultural and asset management project initiatives. Kate recently developed the City of Sydney's Draft Digital Strategy which is the roadmap for how the City will deliver a green, global and connected city for the people of Sydney in a digital age.
Previously: Head of Marketing, City of Sydney; Business Development Manager, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority; and Program Manager - Events, Federation Square.
Jonathan DoigSoftware Engineer, City Futures Research Centre
Jonathan Doig is a software engineer at City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Sydney. He has thirty years’ experience with geospatial information systems, web services and data management in government and private firms in Australia and the UK, with a focus on environmental data publishing and reporting.
Prof. Marcus FothProfessor of Urban Informatics, Queensland University of Technology
Marcus Foth is Professor of Urban Informatics in the QUT Design Lab, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. He is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, Denmark.
In 2017, Professor Foth has also been appointed to the Built Environment Task Force of the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand and the Infrastructure Innovation Task Force of the Queensland Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.
Ben GuyCo-founder & Chief Executive OfficerUrban Circus
Ben HamleyPartnerBusiness Models Inc
Glenn HardingManaging Director, UTV
Glenn has been running his own companies in the marketing and media space for over 30 years. Glenn has always been at the forefront of technological convergence and new marketing methodologies moving from desktop publishing, telemarketing and database marketing in the early eighties through to Interactive design and Internet marketing in the nineties. His previous company, Webmedia, was a hugely successful creative interactive design company that grew rapidly to open offices in Melbourne, Auckland, Hong Kong and San Francisco. Webmedia won creative design awards around the world for a diverse portfolio of projects and multinational clients.
Glenn has consulted to many multinational companies as well as government and cultural agencies throughout Australasia and internationally. Glenn’s interest in public screens began in the early 2000’s when he drafted the multimedia strategy for Federation Square, Melbourne. Federation Square became the site for which his company UTV (formerly called Circus) was subsequently contracted to manage multimedia content and technology platforms across the site.
Since the launch of Federation Square Glenn has been responsible for consulting on and managing the installation of non-commercial cultural screens for city and state governments and cultural institutions across Australia. Glenn is currently working with several universities on numerous collaborative research projects and is the Exhibition Co-Chair, Symposium Chair and on the Organising Committee for the next Media Architecture Biennale Conference and Exhibition being held in Sydney in 2016.
Adam JacobyFounder & Chief Steward, MiVote
Adam Jacoby is a serial innovator with a twenty year global history of starting fast growth businesses in sport, information and media. Outspoken and opinionated with a revolutionary bent, he has a Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and have studied at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University.
Adam’s start up footprint spans from; IMS Sports, LifeLounge.com, Learning from Legends and most recently the global Mummu group of Companies (Mummu Sport, Mummu Cycling and Mummu Talent) which were 2013 finalists in the Anthill Cool Company Awards (global category), #40 BRW Fast Starter 2015 and Top 10 in Smart Company's Smart50 Awards 2015.
With deep expertise in fast growth business development, Adam was the CEO of BRW’s 2010 Fastest Growing Private Company (under $100M), Sportsnet Corporation.
Adam is a Non Executive Director of the Centre for the Future, Non Executive Chairman of public company eSports Mogul Asia Pacific (ASX: ESH) and a sought after speaker and corporate advisor who has appeared in The Guardian, Fast Company, Australian Financial Review, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times and numerous other publications.
Adam is currently focused on his passion for democracy. He is the Founder, Chief Steward & Council Member of democratic movement MiVote which was a finalist in the 2016 Singularity University Grand Global Challenge Awards and featured in the book Democracy Squared (available on Amazon).
In 2001 Adam was a Young Australian of the Year Victorian Finalist (Career Achievement Category).
Despite these career milestones, Adam’s most important job is that of partner to Mel and father to four wonderful angels; Kennedy, Percie, Avery and Jasper. He lives in Melbourne, Australia but travels extensively. The world is his innovation lab.
Carola JonasCEO & Co-founder, Everty
Carola is the CEO and co-founder of Everty, a new electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Everty works with individuals, businesses and other organisations to increase the uptake of EVs and making EV ownership and use easier.
Carola also works as a Sustainability and Marketing consultant – she has worked with brands like Enphase Energy to bring storage solutions, micro inverters and smart software to market. She also assists EnergyLab, the first clean energy accelerator in Australia, to build and grow a vibrant start-up community of clean-tech companies.
Carola has a background working for NGOs, the private sector, and Government. She has worked for household names such as Climate Friendly, NABERS (Office of Environment and Heritage), Transparency International and DB Schenker. Carola has been able to combine her marketing and sustainability skills to positively affect communities and organisations in Australia and overseas.
Phil KimManaging Director Asia Pacific, Jerde Partnership
Phil Kim is a Shareholder, Board Member and Managing Director Asia Pacific at the Jerde Partnership, Inc. He focuses on Placemaking and complex urban projects that has helped rejuvenate key Asia Pacific cities, with the firm awarded over 140 international design prizes.
Phil also advises cities, funds and developers on innovations in mixed-use design, retail, urban revitalization, vertical cities and building social sustainability into precincts. Langham Place Hong Kong, Roppongi Hills Tokyo, Queens Wharf Brisbane and the Quay Quarters Sydney precinct are some of the past and present notable projects and representative of a people-based design that draws over one billion visitors to Jerde projects around the world annually in twenty countries.
Oakley KwonInnovation Manager for eHealth, Department of Health, Queensland Government
Building Innovation capability is Oakley’s raison d’être. Experienced as an innovation specialist she has pioneered and championed innovation programs that have won awards and achieved outstanding results. With her unique insights into public sector innovation, Oakley has spoken to international audiences on the topic of connecting government through human systems and digital technology.
Oakley’s personal vision is that within her lifetime, every child in Australia will have the fundamental skills and mindset they need to innovate.
James MeadeHead, Innovation Hub, University of Sydney
James Meade is Head, Innovation Hub in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Sydney. In this role he is leading the development of programs, opportunities and partnerships between students, academics, industry and community to facilitate innovative real-world experiences. Prior to this James worked at The University of Sydney Business School, teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate programs. James has a particular interest in how Universities can support the development of policy, initiatives and ecosystems that drive innovation and enterprise.
Chris O’ConnorManager of Digital & Data, City of Casey
Chris is leading the digital, data, information management and Smart City programs at the City of Casey, one of Australia’s largest and fastest growing municipalities. Before Casey, Chris spent 10 years learning about service delivery at scale in a large Federal bureaucracy before making the switch to Local Government in 2015. Chris is now in his dream job where he can combine his obsession for designing better public services with his passion for technology and data.
Lina PatelChief Operations Officer, Code for Australia
I am a collaboration designer and facilitator and I work with people and organisations who value positive social outcomes and who want to get better at what their doing. I spend most of my time with people who know where they are headed, and who aren't sure how to get there, and are open to iteration.
As the Chief of Getting Things Done (COO) at Code For Australia I work with our talented Fellows during their 6 month residency in a government department, where they work in teams of 3; operate as a startup; and work on loosely defined problem or uncover deeper service design problems to solve through tech. I make sure nobody is starting any fires or getting lost in the woods - both on the government partner and our team side.
Pascal PerezDirector , SMART Infrastructure Facility
Prof Pascal Perez received his PhD in Environmental Studies from Montpellier University, France in 1994. Pascal is a specialist of integrative infrastructure modelling, using various computer simulation technologies to explore complex interactions between social and technological components of infrastructure systems. He has a 30-year experience in complex system modelling, first in France, then at the Australian National University and CSIRO. Pascal joined the University of Wollongong in 2011.
He currently is the Director of the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong. Pascal is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW and a member of the Academic sub-committee of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN). He is also a member of the Modelling and Decision Support Division of Simulation Australasia and of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ). In 2002, he received an ARC-International Linkage Fellowship to develop social modelling research at the Australian National University.
Professor Perez has published more than 140 refereed papers and book chapters. In 2006, he co-edited with his colleague David Batten the book ‘Complex Science for a Complex World’ (ANU E Press).
Johanna PitmanProgram Director City Connect, BlueChilli
Johanna directs BlueChilli’s latest accelerator program, CityConnect: an open innovation program to co-create solutions addressing the biggest challenges facing the world’s urban communities, launching in 2017. With our global partner, AngelHack, and leveraging the proven BlueChilli business model to address the major areas of risk for early stage ventures, entrepreneurs from around the world will be invited to participate, and supported to develop solutions to address real problems identified by the CityConnect partners.
Prior to BlueChilli Johanna was the Deputy CEO for the Committee for Sydney, an independent think-tank advocating for global best practice in city-making. Johanna brings a deep understanding of urban issues and economic development, through senior roles in Federal and State agencies, and the UK Government's overseas trade network. Johanna is passionate about connecting the right players to create smart cities that are productive, inclusive and liveable for all.
Joseph PurdamSenior producer , Phoria
Joseph began his career by documenting powerful stories through traditional mediums such as photography and video production. Over the past few years he has focused his energy on developing technologies such as AR, VR and MR to dive deeper into the power of immersive storytelling. Joseph believes that we finally have the right tools to provide more engaging and powerful experiences, while building greater empathic connections between an audience and subject. He believes vertices like entertainment, education and healthcare will never be the same with the use of these evolving technologies.
Duncan ReadCluster Champion, Jobs for NSW
Duncan Read has led and developed strategies for technology parks, university precincts and major projects in Australia, the UK, Africa and the Middle East. Duncan’s experience includes positions in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Between 2013 and 2016 Duncan was general manager of the Australian Technology Park in Sydney which is now home to 5,500 jobs and research positions, plus over 100 firms including Data 61, Cicada Innovations and many small- and medium-sized businesses.
Duncan held senior positions in NSW Government. He is now working for Jobs for NSW and his current role seeks to leverage the economic development opportunities and networks that exist in Sydney’s emerging central innovation cluster – generally the area of Sydney between the ATP and the Bays Precinct, including Sydney Uni, UTS, Pyrmont, Ultimo, Barangaroo and the Sydney CBD. Duncan is also non-executive Director of 107 Projects a creative not-for-profit community space located in Redfern which delivers diverse arts and community spaces and programs.
Chad RenandoCommunity Manager, Fire Station 101, Ipswich City Council
As the inaugural Community Manager for Ipswich City Council's award-winning Fire Station 101, Chad Renando has supported the growth of Australia's only council backed innovation hub to over 150 entrepreneur and startup members in the first 12 months. Chad integrates his PhD research and work on ecosystem measurement to define the role that innovation plays in building community resilience, particularly in regional areas. His passion comes out of practical experience, seeing disruption's negative and positive impacts through managing global manufacturing companies and Australian digital agencies over the past 25 years.
Rob RoggemaProfessor of Sustainable Urban Environments, University of Technology Sydney
Professor Rob Roggema is a Landscape Architect and an internationally renowned design-expert on sustainable urbanism, climate adaptation, energy landscapes and urban agriculture. He is Professor of Sustainable Urban Environments in the UTS School of Architecture and has a wealth of industry and academic experience; he has previously held positions at universities in the Netherlands and Australia, State and Municipal governments and design consultancies. Rob developed the Swarm Planning concept, a dynamic way of planning for future adaptation to climate change impacts.
Rob is leading the development of the Smart and Sensible Institute in Sydney, which will research and implement intelligent solutions for current urban problems. In this Sydney is one of the global partners of AMS, the Advanced Metropolitan Solutions Institute from Amsterdam.
Recent design-concepts Rob has developed include Double Defence, a proposal of a second row of barrier island to protect the coast for storm surges in times of climate change; A Floodable Eemsdelta for a region under threat of flooding, Bushfire Resilient Bendigo, a method of anticipating bushfires by creating a protective shield and slowly moving away the town; and FoodRoofRio, a rooftop garden with an aquaponic system that provides food for the whole family in Cantagalo favela in Rio de Janeiro.
Rob has designed and led over 30 design charrettes around the world, involving communities, academics, governments and industries in the design process. He has written three books on climate adaptation and design, four on Urban Agriculture, and one each about design charrettes, Rio’s FoodRoofs and Design for Recovery in Japan.
Neha SainiProgram Manager, Smart Innovation Centre, Transport for NSW
Neha Saini is a Program Manager in the Smart Innovation Centre, a role focussed on innovation enablement within Transport for NSW. At the Smart Innovation Centre, she builds collaborative partnerships on future transport technology research projects to understand how Government and Industry need to plan and build road and transport infrastructure to prepare for future technology.
Having previously worked on product development and innovation in the banking and finance sector for 10 years, Neha has brought these skills into the Government sector and is taking innovative ideas and emerging technology from concept through to customer-centric solutions that are co-created with industry and academia.
She has a passion for innovation and the co-creation phase where diverse participants collaborate to generate ideas and bring concepts to life. Neha holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University.
Jess ScullyCouncillor, City of Sydney
Jess Scully is a creative industries expert, event director and public art curator, with over fifteen years experience in media, events, policy and cultural strategy. Through her projects, she uses creativity and the arts to engage communities with the creative sector and public realm, and to transition Australia from a resources to a knowledge economy.
She was the founding director of Vivid Ideas, and curated this creative industries program for nine years, and has also curated events including Junket, TEDxSydney and Curating Participation. She directed the Creative Cities East Asia project for the British Council from 2008-09, and served as a policy advisor to the Minister for the Arts in 2010 and 2011. As a public art curator, her projects placed creative technology and prompts for participation in our shared public spaces. Jess is passionate about cities and city-making, and was recently elected as a Councillor for the City of Sydney.
Bod SharonChief Innovation Officer, Blue IoT
Bob Sharon is a passionate "Disruptor" with over 30 years of commercial experience in the I.T., data centre, sustainability, smart buildings and the IoT space. He is a recognized industry advisor and expert in IoT, energy and infrastructure integration. He is committed to innovation in the delivery of smart buildings, cities and facilities leveraging new financial models, technologies, the cloud and the IoT. He is the Chief Innovation Officer for Blue IoT and iHome Energy, director of The Stardust Foundation and team leader at the Citizen’s Climate Lobby.
Bob is now a member of the Executive Council of the IoTAA where he hopes to make a worthwhile contribution to the industry.
Bob has been privileged to have conducted the world's first NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) energy for Data Centre Infrastructure rating back in 2013 which was for Fujitsu. Then in early 2016, he was privileged to have rated the first NABERS 4.5 star data centre, Australia's most energy efficient data centre at the time, and since added two more. NABERS ratings are not a design rating, but rather an operational efficiency rating based on real results over a 12 month period.
Apart from the University of Life, Bob has completed his Master of Management – International Business at Monash University. Bob is also looking for people to join in the establishment of a new organization called Entrepreneur’s Angels that will help entrepreneurs who get into trouble.
Cate ShawExecutive Designer, Think Place
Cate’s passion is for working with service providers and community to empower people to make sense of complexity and lead their own change.
Cate drives ThinkPlace vision and wisdom projects. These projects are complex, cut across many systems and require a long-term vision for change that balances design that is both fast and slow.
Design that is fast is disruptive and provokes new thinking. It connects with the global pace of change and technological innovation. Design that is slow seeks the wisdom of culture and deep time. It is responsible and generative, aligns effort across different systems and seeks to deliver long-term impact that is meaningful and enduring.
Cate works on projects around the world, with different communities, service providers and governments. She has worked with communities experiencing the impacts of climate change and exacerbated poverty, leading to critical health challenges for women and children.
She has also worked with communities impacted by colonisation who experience the symptoms of intergenerational trauma and disadvantage. Cate feels privileged to walk alongside change makers who have a deep understanding of place, people and culture, and the vision and determination to create value for the next generation.
Cate is a cross-disciplinary designer and design educator. Cate has a Bachelor of Architecture, along with a Master of Graduate studies in Cross Disciplinary Studies, majoring in anthropology, development, social research and cultural studies. She also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Cate has taught as a Design Educator at the University of Sydney, University of Western Sydney and Canberra Institute of Technology.
Jacyl ShawDirector: Corporate Liaison, University of Melbourne
Jacyl Shaw is currently Director- Corporate Liaison at the University of Melbourne overseeing transformational enterprise partnerships with industry, government and community. These include the development of the University’s Carlton Connect Initiative, a capital and cultural project to transform the former Royal Women’s Hospital into a leading STEM enabled national innovation precinct. By positioning world-class talent with 21st century technologies in the heart of the city, its goal is to drive global economic and social transformation.
Jacyl has worked as a corporate lawyer, Supreme Court Judges Associate, in practice management at a national law firm and undertaken many consultancies in international education. At the university she has over 15 years' experience in chancellery, international strategy, at Asialink and the Australia India Institute. Jacyl was deputy director of the University’s Festival of Ideas in 2009 and 2011.
Jacyl has a Masters of Laws, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Enterprise. In 2011, she was awarded the University of Melbourne’s Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Engagement and in 2016 undertook a prestigious U21 Professional Staff Scholarship to benchmark engagement and impact strategies of universities globally that are developing innovation precincts, partnership and placemaking with local ecosystems (city government, industry and community).
Jacyl is a board director of Melbourne University Publishing and the Microsoft Research Centre for Natural User Interfaces.
Sara StaceCity Shaper, Waverley Council
Sara Stace is a city shaper with extensive knowledge about cities, land use and transport. She is particularly interested in the role of mobility, active transport, urban design and autonomous vehicles.
She is currently working with Waverley Council to implement their new transport vision putting walking, cycling, public transport, and shared mobility at the top of the transport hierarchy.
Sara was formerly Director of National Urban Policy at the Australian government's Major Cities Unit / Infrastructure Australia. She was also former General Manager of an ASX-listed property fund, has an MBA, and is a registered Architect.
Sara is co-founder of several startups including the Australian Cycle Alliance, Humans On Bikes, and SuperLoci.
Julieta TalaveraExperience Designer, The Connectors Society, Sweden
Julieta, cofounder at The Connectors Society, is a maker and designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work explores the relations between people and shared spaces, how places impact on identity and exchange of information. She focuses on urban environments and their interaction with digital processes, how to learn from virtual processes and bring them to the physical. Mixing collective intelligence, user centered design, installations and audio visual experiences she brings a DIY approach to the dynamic field of urban design.
David TowPrincipal, Big Compass
For much of the last 12 months David has been contracted as Head of Strategy for Jobs for NSW, where he has led policy and strategy development to support start-ups and scale-ups in NSW, including the Sydney Start Up Hub.
From 2013-16 he worked as a senior executive in the Economic Policy Division of the Department of Premier & Cabinet (DPC), as Executive Director Cities and as Head of Strategy at UrbanGrowth NSW.
He has been a Board member on the Sydney Light Rail Project and Chair of the Business Reference Group for the project.
David previously spent over ten years in Asia as COO for a large project management and aid delivery organisation and was subsequently the founder of a Singapore-based start-up focussed on the burgeoning Asian renewable energy sector.
David is currently an advisor to Blue Chilli on their City Connect program and works extensively with the community and affordable housing sector, providing pro bono services to improve their strategic capability to deliver social and affordable housing outcomes.
Marisa WarrenFounding Director & Chief Executive Officer, ELEVACAO
Marisa is a global tech advisor, social entrepreneur and speaker, who is incredibly passionate about elevating women to higher levels. As an entrepreneur, Marisa has built three global businesses from idea stage to revenue producing, and worked in Australia and New York for companies such as SAP, Microsoft and Workday.
Whilst living in New York, Marisa founded ELEVACAO Foundation – a global not for profit empowering women entrepreneurs to build and launch successful tech businesses. Since ELEVACAO’s launch mid 2015, we’ve helped over 65 women get pitch ready across New York, Sydney and Melbourne. With this number growing to over 1,000 by 2020 as we continue to scale globally.
Matt WaughHead of Growth and Partnerships, Conexie
Matt Waugh moved to Sydney from Indo-china after completing a global brand overhaul and championing a multinational workflow innovation implementation. After studying Management at UTS, he proceeded to work in the fast, upscale environment of industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals. His role assured communication was effective and data was handled with optimum efficiency. Passionate about the ability for data to pave the way for new processes he created revenue streams and collectively beneficial insights for his enterprise.
After meeting his Co-founder Sebastian and establishing a rapport with local agencies and other startups, he found that the position of Head of Growth and Partnerships within their venture Conexie was the perfect fit. In this position Matthew has worked with local and state authorities, national asset management companies, customer facing industries and every imaginable sector that requires the effective use of engagement data, something he feels has left him with a broad perspective of how synergies exist and where to find them.
In his free time, Matthew is a semi-professional rugby league player, enjoying the competitive nature of the sport to drive his professional and personal ambitions. He also runs a distribution company and loves assisting others eager to embark on their own development journeys.
Patrick WoodsDeputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, University of Technology Sydney
Patrick is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of successful executive experience in a number of industries including I.T., Distribution, Recruitment, Internet, Advertising, Stationery and, most recently, the Higher Education Sector.
Patrick has held a number of board, or committee, membership positions in various industries including I.T., Health, and the Higher Education Sector. In these capacities he has participated in various governance aspects of organizations including non-executive board positions, audit and risk, commercial activities, finance, physical infrastructure, and board nominations committees.
This broad based experience has been gained across multiple countries including Canada, the Middle East , Asia, and Australia, and has allowed me to develop a strong network within the various industry and government sectors that I have worked in.
Christine YatesExecutive General Manager, NAB Private
Christine is the Executive General Manager of NAB Private. NAB Private is focused on providing expert private banking through connected, personalised service to high net worth individuals and their families. She is a career banker – joining the industry in 1989.
Christine holds a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University, has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Senior Fellow of Financial Services Institute of Australasia, an Australian Financial Markets Association Accredited Dealer, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a Director on the JBWere Board and a member of the Sydney University Board of Advice. She has recently returned to University, part time, to study her Masters of Human Resource Management at UTS.
Chris is passionate about the potential in people and diversity. She was the founder of Women in Banking and Finance, a NFP Industry organisation that supports women in their professional careers with networking, connections and mentoring opportunities.
Christine was born in Australia, is married with three daughters, aged 24, 22 and 18 and is based in Sydney.
Elizabeth ZealandChief Executive Officer, Spot Parking
As CEO and Executive Director of the Public Transport Ticketing Corporation (Opal Card), Elizabeth procured the $1.2B Opal contract. In her role as General Manager Future Services Transformation with the Department of Human Services, Elizabeth managed a suite of transformative reform projects that successfully delivered over $750M in benefits over a fouryear period.
Elizabeth’s love of micropayment and mobile technology led her to co-found the parking startup SPOT, of which she is an equity holder and CEO. From significant leader in large government organizations to running a small start-up, Elizabeth has gained valuable lessons on procurement for innovation, agility and new ways of doing things. Elizabeth is uniquely placed to speak on lessons government and start-ups can learn from each other.