Distinguished Creativity and Innovation Experts
Andrew McCredie (Australia)
Talk title: Innovation in Organisations: some tips and case studies for practitioners
Andrew McCredie is Assistant Director Innovation Projects in the Economic Development division of the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate of the Australian Capital Territory Government. In this role he is Secretary to the ACT Automated Vehicle Trial Committee, Secretary to the 5G Steering Group, administrator of the contract delivering CBRfree, Canberra’s free WiFi network, and has provided advice to the Chief Minister on the economic development aspects of the emerging hydrogen economy. Prior to his current position, Andrew was Executive Director of the Australian Services Roundtable, the peak body for the services businesses in Australia and previously held a number of positions in the Australian Public Service in the Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Industry and Innovation and Foreign Affairs and Trade, including Counsellor Science and Industry, Australian Embassy Seoul, Manager Action Agendas, Manager OECD and International Financial Institutions Section, Manager Microeconomic Reform Section, Manager Aerospace Policy. Andrew was secretary to reviews commissioned by the Prime Minister on ‘Education and National Needs’ and ‘Controlling Residues in Agricultural Products’. Prior to joining the Australian Public Service, Andrew was Ecologist in the R&D Division of Mount Isa Mines based in Mount Isa, and Environmental Engineer for Utah International Inc based in San Francisco.
Olivier Lobey (USA)
Talk title: Innovation, from the Ivory Tower to the Garage
Since October 2017, Olivier Lobey has been in charge of the newly created department of Central Driving Intelligence for Byton, combining off the shelf products with specific solutions for Battery Electric Vehicle Powertrain controls with his team in Nanjing, and in Santa Clara. Olivier previously lead the department of Technology and Innovation for Continental Powertrain China, with the aim to closely identify the needs of the customers in China, and to test specific solutions for China. Over the past 22 years, Olivier has developed 9 international projects, at management, business and technical levels. For 3 of those endeavors, he launched 3 companies to achieve maximum market focus. For the 5 others ventures, he also led engineering teams through new set-ups for increased efficiency. Olivier Lobey holds Master of Science Degree from France IFP School, and Master of Science Degree from École Nationale Supérieure des mines de Saint-Étienne.
Nel Mostert ( Netherlands)
Talk title: Measuring creativity in the organisation
Nel is the owner of Mostert Consultancy for Creativity and Innovation Management (MCCIM); Trainer at Facilitation Academy; Senior Facilitator at Rijkswaterstaat LEF Future Center; Trainer Consultant at TenStep, Inc. and Assessor for CPF - Certified Professional Facilitator. She was Innovation Process Facilitator at Unilever. Nel holds degrees in Business Administration from Open Universiteit; Imagineering from NHTV internationaal hoger onderwijs Breda and and Marketing from De Haagse Hogeschool / The Hague University of Applied Sciences. As Facilitators, Mostert and her colleagues of the Innovation Process Facilitation Unit, assisted Innovation Project Teams world-wide “To accelerate the Innovation Process in order to reach faster and bolder innovations”. She facilitated in over 650 sessions varying from Creative Problem Solving sessions, to Consumer Insight sessions, Strategy sessions, Project Planning workshops and Team Building events (o.a. Belbin) and she delivered training on Creativity and Project Management. She specialises in Creativity and has several publications on this topic.
Kym McCarthy ( Australia)
Expert panel: Technological and Business Innovation
Kym has more than 15 years experience in the legal industry encompassing a diverse range of government and private sector roles. Kym served with the Australian Army as a Legal Officer which included operational experience in Afghanistan and Iraq. Kym joined Telstra in 2017 where she has worked as a Cyber Security Solutions Consultant, GM in the Innovation Labs and has recently taken on the new Agile role of Chapter Lead in IoT and Innovation.
Kym also works with a startup accelerator program, Startupbootcamp Melbourne. In this position Kym works with startups and scaleups as they innovate to solve complex problems in ambiguous and rapidly evolving industries. Her areas of expertise include security, innovation and disruptive thinking. She is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive industry that simplifies deep technical solutions for the end user.
David Cropley (Australia)
Talk title: Diagnosing Innovation Capacity in Organisations: A Psychological Approach
David Cropley is the Professor of Engineering Innovation at the University of South Australia.
Dr Cropley joined the School of Engineering at the South Australian Institute of Technology (SAIT) in 1990, after serving for four years in the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, including a deployment to the Arabian Gulf in 1988. His research interests lie in the measurement of product creativity; measuring innovation capacity in organisations, creativity in schools and education, creativity and innovation in terrorism and crime, and the nexus of creative problem-solving and engineering.
Dr Cropley is author/co-author of eight books including Homo Problematis Solvendis: Problem Solving Man – A History of Human Creativity (Springer Nature, 2019); Creativity in Engineering: Novel Solutions to Complex Problems (Academic Press, 2015); and The Psychology of Innovation in Organizations (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Now a recognised expert in creative problem solving and innovation, Dr David Cropley was a scientific consultant and on-screen expert for the Australian ABC TV Documentaries Redesign My Brain (2013), Life at 9 (2014) and Redesign My Brain, Series 2 (2015).
Barry C Sanders (Canada)
Talk title: Our Quantum Century
Barry C Sanders is the director of the Institute for Quantum Science and Technology at the University of Calgary, Canada and holds a Thousand Talents Chair in the National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale at the University of Science and Technology China. His BSc degree is from the University of Calgary and he completed a Diploma of Imperial College London supervised by Sir Thomas Kibble followed by a PhD at Imperial College London supervised by Sir Peter Knight. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National University and the Universities of Queensland and Waikato and then was a Macquarie University professor from 1991 to 2003. In 2003, Sanders joined the University of Calgary as an iCORE chair and later Alberta Innovates–Technology Futures chair. Sanders is especially well known for seminal contributions to theories of quantum-limited measurement, highly non-classical light, practical quantum cryptography and optical implementations of quantum information tasks. His current research interests include quantum resources and algorithms; optical and atomic implementations of quantum information tasks and protocols; quantum processes in biological systems; and machine learning for quantum control. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Institute of Physics (UK), the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society. Sanders is also a senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. In 2016 Sanders was awarded a DSc by Imperial College London. Sanders’s leadership roles include being a former president of the Australian Optical Society; founding co-chair of the Canadian Association of Physicists Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; and founding leader of the Optical Society of America Quantum Optical Science and Technology Technical Group. He is editor-in-chief of New Journal of Physics; a former remote-staff associate editor of Physical Review A; a former editor of Optics Communications; and a former editor of Mathematical Structures of Computer Science.
Steve Leonard, (Singapore)
Expert panel: Innovation for a sustainable future
Mr Steve Leonard is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experience, having played key roles in building several global companies in areas such as Software, Hardware and Services. Although born in the US, Mr Leonard considers himself a member of the larger global community, having lived and worked outside the US for more than 25 years. In his current role as the Founding Chief Executive Officer of SGInnovate – a private limited company wholly owned by the Singapore Government – Mr Leonard has been chartered to lead an organisation that builds ‘deep-tech’ companies. Capitalising on the science and technology research for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, Mr Leonard’s team works with local and international partners, including universities, venture capitalists, and major corporations to help technical founders imagine, start and scale globally-relevant early-stage technology companies from Singapore. Prior to his role as the CEO of SGInnovate, Mr Leonard served three years as the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), a government statutory board under the purview of Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information. In that role, he had executive responsibility at the national level for various aspects of the information technology and telecommunications industries in Singapore. Mr Leonard serves on the advisory boards of a range of universities and organisations in Singapore. Mr Leonard also serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director at Singapore Post Ltd (SingPost), a global leader in e-commerce logistics; and AsiaSat, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed commercial operator of communication spacecraft.
Distinguished Business Innovators
Elaine Saunders (Australia)
Talk title: Must we always talk “Fin speak” - what about the purpose?
Elaine Saunders is a scientist and successful entrepreneur, who has used her abilities to be a champion innovator for people with hearing loss, aiming to reduce the barriers to quality hearing care and hearing aids. She is co-founder and former CEO of Blamey Saunders hears, a profit-for purpose hearing aid and digital health company, which she has led to be world leader in digital hearing healthcare and to significant award recognition. Elaine was co-founder and CEO of Dynamic Hearing Pty Ltd (now part of Cirrus Logic), supplier of award-winning digital signal processing for ultra-low power chips for the hearing aids and Bluetooth headsets. Elaine has worked with some of the world's leading hearing researchers including Professor Graeme Clark. She has mentored many young women in STEM in their early to mid-career. She led Blamey Saunders’ to winning the Australian Good Design of the Year Award, Social Innovation and the CSIRO Innovation Award with the Australian designed and manufactured Facett™ self-fit, modular hearing aid. Facett also won two national Australian Information Industry Association iAwards. In 2000, Elaine led the Cooperative Research Centre team that developed a new electrode for Cochlear Ltd, leading to the company also gaining the Australian Design Award that year. Elaine is on several boards, but is particularly pleased to be Chair of the Innovation Precinct Advisory Board at Swinburne University of Technology. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), the National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation and is a Charter Member of TiE International. Facett™ is a Trademark of Blamey Saunders Hears
Matt Nuccio (USA)
Talk title: Avoiding Missed Opportunities
Matt Nuccio is the owner of Design Edge, a toy and game development, marketing, manufacturing, inventing and consulting agency. They are headquartered in New York with two satellite offices in China. For over 30 years, Design Edge has been a leading development agency in the toys and games industry. For 4 years Matt co-chaired the Toy Association (TA) associate panel, representing all designers and inventors in the toy industry. Currently, Matt sits on the board of directors of the United Inventors Association of America (UIA), the Toy Association education advisory board and on the Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) advisory board. Matt also writes a column in Toy Family Entertainment magazine focusing on the toy industry and often lectures at New York Toy Fair, ASTRA, Chicago Toy & Game Fair, and Hong Kong Toy Fair. Our products have been nominated for, and have also won, many industry awards such as TOTY (Toy Of The Year), Games 100, Origin, and Family Fun to name a few.
Pravin Rajpal (India)
Talk title: The world's first 5 in 1 integrated center IGNITE
Pravin Rajpal is Creating the Next Innovation Renaissance. Global Innovation Thought Leader Innovation Coach to Fortune 500 Companies Creator of Global Innovation Movement Strategic Futurist Trend Setter Author Motivator Revolutionary Change Maker Exponential Growth Catalyst Visionary Karma-yogi Widely known by customers as the Renaissance Man, who is inspiring the next generation for moving to higher purpose, aspirations and performance.
Jacyl Shaw (Australia)
Talk title: From Magellan to Moonshots – building the next generation of human innovators in the digital era
With over 20 years’ experience delivering innovation and consulting programs, projects and services with multi-sectoral clients from higher education, industry, start-ups, accelerator hubs, government and research agencies, Jacyl is the Global Digital Lab Practice Director at GHD, a global professional services firm with 10,000+ people and 200 offices worldwide.
Jacyl has a BA, LLB and LLM and a Masters of Enterprise and sits on several boards. She is the 2018 recipient of a scholarship from Chief Executive Women and the Harvard Club of Australia to participate in an executive education program about ‘The Future of Work in the Digital Age’, delivered by Harvard Business School.
Jacyl creates and delivers new value creation initiatives and ways to foster “innovative and creative” thinking and doing. At GHD, she executes upon a corporate digital innovation strategy that includes Smart Seeds an award-winning global innovation program for clients, stakeholders and communities across 15 + cities worldwide.
Prior to GHD, Jacyl was Director Engagement at Melbourne Connect- a capital and cultural transformation project creating an innovation district on the former Royal Women’s Hospital site. She has been a corporate lawyer, Supreme Court Judges Associate, worked abroad and founded several start-ups.
Prof. Peter Wachtel (USA)
Talk title: Teaching Innovation
Peter Wachtel highlights include:
Award Winning Design "Innovention" for: Toys, Products, Graphics, Video Games, Theme Park & Entertainment Design, Design Education & Cartoon Voice-Overs.
Designed & Developed over 500 Toys & Products (Multiple Patents), and works with some of the Best Toy & Product companies in the World & Invented the World Famous GRILL WRANGLER BBQ & ZOMBIE Tool.
Taught Toy, Product & Graphic Design at: Pratt Institute, Columbus College of Art & Design, Ai Hollywood, Otis College of Art & Design, Parsons School of Design, MIT & Adolfo Camarillo High School.
Wrote numerous articles for toy magazines, blogs, and 2 books on Toys, and was President of The Southern California Toy Association.
Featured in: ID Magazine, Playthings, Toy Book, TD Monthly, KidScreen, WSJ, Inventors Digest, The Today Show, HGTV, FOX, ABC, CBS Early Show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Food Network's Sugar Dome, Everyday Edisons, The Smithsonian, ABC's The Toy Box, Tonight Show with Jay Leno & various Radio Shows.
Teaching Philosophy & Pedagogy: The teaching technique that I use is imagination. What ever is around you is worthy of exploration. The desire and love for what you do- make it part of your life, the skills, experience, as well as the wisdom will come. Teaching & Developing Design programs with Unique Classes that are not offered anywhere else in the World by creating Great Learning and Teaching Environments and Experiences for students with "Real World" projects by inspiring, educating and leading.
Education: BFA Industrial Design Columbus College of Art & Design, MID Pratt Institute.
“I Play, therefore I am”. (design+invent+teach+write)
Shan Sharma (Singapore)
Talk title: Marvel At Your Innovation Endgame: Empower Your Superheroes
Whether it is identifying new opportunities, digging into problems worth solving, or crafting and validating inventive solutions, Shan is in his element when it involves tapping into human creativity to generate new value for organisations. An exciting blend of computer engineering and an MBA from Australian Graduate School of Management and London Business School (entrepreneurship focused) gives him a structured yet free flowing, analytical yet human centered approach to discovering, building and scaling businesses of the future.
For over fourteen years and across four continents (Asia, North America, Europe and Australia), Shan has worked with fledgling and established companies and the public sector to think differently, reimagine their products and services, and build an innovative culture within organisations. Shan has been involved in setting up innovation labs for leading organisations such as PWC and City of Melbourne to enable them to be future focussed, inventive and foster an entrepreneurial culture.
Shan is incurably addicted to learning, always researching business innovation trends, applications of tech, social movements, and experimenting with ways to transform — well — anything.
Susan Brown (Australia)
Talk title: The Power of an Experimental Culture
Susan is a Director in Deloitte Digital's Strategy and Design team. Susan enables organisations to develop a digital strategy that takes advantage of design, technology and their existing business assets. Her 20+ year career has been primarily spent working in digital transformation projects. Susan is also the founding Managing Director of Girls in Tech - a volunteer organisation that focuses on empowering women in digital, innovation and start-ups.
Rowan Doyle (Australia)
Talk title: Developing a "Hard Tech" clean energy startup - mentoring and innovating in Capricorn Power
Rowan studied mechanical engineering at the University of Melbourne then went on to postgraduate qualifications in Thermodynamics (Cantab) and management (MBA, Deakin). He worked for BHP for almost 20 years in a variety of project, operations and management roles in steel, gas processing, chemicals and health, safety and the environment, before jumping out and into renewable energy, starting a commercial solar company with a couple of friends. He has since started up an energy efficiency company, and now mentors a number of clean energy startups and scale up companies. He is working with Capricorn Power, an exciting innovative clean energy startup, to develop and commercialise a unique, efficient, heat to electricity engine. He is also lecturing in the University of Melbourne’s Innovation Practice Program – delivering the “Creating Innovative Engineering” course.
Robert Bornhofen (USA)
Talk title: Inventive Problem Solving: Gamifying Innovation Challenges.
Dr. Robert Bornhofen is a scholar-practitioner with over 25 years of experience. His corporate career includes Fortune 500 companies IBM, Citibank, & Delta Air Lines. While at IBM, Dr. Bornhofen managed a global innovation program that led to 12 impactful prototype projects in 2018. Among his career accomplishments was creating a first-to-market e-commerce product. For this he holds two patents with the U.S. Patent & Trade Office. As an Adjunct Professor, Dr. Bornhofen teaches at two leading graduate schools: Cornell University and the University of Maryland Global Campus. Prior teaching positions include the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and Cedim, a product design & innovation school in Monterrey Mexico. Dr. Bornhofen earned his Doctorate degree at the University of Maryland, University College, a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota. He holds a certificate in International Business as part of an Executive Development Program at the Thunderbird School of International Management in Scottsdale Arizona. As a conference speaker, Dr. Bornhofen presents at industry forums, most recently at the International Open and User Innovation Conference at the NYU Stern School of Business (2018), Strategy & Innovation Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2017); and the Texas Open Innovation Conference (2017 & 2018). Professional Web Site: https://bornhofen.weebly.com/ LinkedIn Web Site: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bornhofen/
Reuben Young (Australia)
Talk title: To be announced
Reuben Young is Head of Innovation and Strategic Engagement at AMP. He was Director of Communications, Amnesty International; Asia Pacific Public Relations Manager at IBM Global Business Services; Communications Manager at IBM Global Services, Australia & New Zealand; Communications Manager for Chairman of the Board at IBM Europe, Middle East & Africa.
Sarah Nally (Australia)
Talk title: The Wonder Mindset - Why Wonder is the key to sustainable innovation
Sarah is an energetic Mumpreneur on a mission to help us all learn to harness the power of our minds and unleash our wonder mindset.
Co-founder of Australia’s most innovative event series ‘Wired for Wonder’ for CommBank, Tropical Biz Retreat ‘Nurture Her’, online shoe business ‘Sienna Baby’, creative consultancy ‘The Wonder Tribe’ and more recently ‘Wonder and Wander’, Sarah is passionate about helping people unlock their Wonder Mindset to experiment with ways of working and reach their full potential so that they can be more productive, efficient, happy, conscious, engaged and creative in all aspects of life.
From Innovative Intrepreneur and Design Thinking Coach at CommBank to Entrepreneur and serial business owner and Microsoft Ambassador, Sarah has experimented with process improvement, productivity, innovation, Design Thinking and of course old fashioned grit and determination to create an eco-system of successful businesses.
Sarah completed a Bbus HR and Psychology at Monash University, she’s a qualified Hypnotherapist, Design Thinking Coach, NLP Master and is currently studying a diploma of neuropsychology.
She speaks about the future of work, creativity, innovation, design thinking, productivity, business, flexibility, being a working Mum, how to be more curious and changing mindsets. Her first book “The Wonder Mindset” is due out late 2019.
Neville D Christie (Australia)
Talk title: Why we must all innovate now – and ten unusual ways to kick start
Since the age of 12, Neville Christie has been a life-long innovator and entrepreneur. In his early years, he created 44 of his own small to medium businesses – 41 of which were very successful. And 3 of which were massive failures.
Now, a young and vital age 77, Neville champions the importance of innovating collaboratively. Putting his talent, time and money where his mouth is, over the last five years Neville has:
• co-created a Venture Bank to get Australian innovations to global markets
• established InnovatingCosmos.com as a global community of innovators
• co-founded Keaz.co as a significant, fast-growing, Mobility on Demand platform for a market expected to reach $200 billion in the next 5 years
• co-founded ShareRing.network as a blockchain and app based enterprise, with two crypto tokens, to serve the global sharing economy
• established Strategic Innovation Boards to enable medium-sized corporations to create and market signification innovations.
• co-founded Collaborative Innovation RoundTables aimed at Innovating our Futures by collaboratively creating innovations that add $100 million value to the world, and positively impact at least one million lives or businesses.
Based on his extensive experience, Neville will share with us: Ten ways we all can innovate our futures collaboratively
More information on Neville's recent passions, work and businesses can be found at:
Laurence Plant, IBM Master Inventor, IBM (Australia)
Talk title: Learning to Invent
Expert Panel Chairman: Technological and Business Innovation
Laurence has a career at IBM based on invention, innovation and designing solutions which have helped clients achieve transformational change.
He has held different roles at IBM including Lead Architect for Telecommunications across Asia Pacific and architect in the Global Industry Strategy team in IBM Software. Currently he is Client Technical Advisor to the Telecommunications and Media Industry in Australia.
As an inventor he has filed more than thirty patents in different technology fields including cloud, blockchain and AI. He also chairs an Invention Development Team which helps new inventors and is on the Industry Advisory Committee for RMIT University School of Computer Science and IT. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Arts.
Laurence and his wife Meredith live in Melbourne, Australia and together are learning how to raise three daughters.
Tim Boyle (Australia)
Talk title: Creating knowledge exchange ecosystems for enhanced Innovation
Dr Tim Boyle is Director, Innovation & Commercialisation at ANSTO (Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) and Founder and lead of nandin – ANSTO’s Innovation Centre. Tim has a strong track record in developing the interface between research and business, with 20 years’ experience across various industry engagement, technology transfer, innovation and economic development roles. A self-confessed innovation policy and metrics geek, he also has a detailed understanding of the “impact’ agenda and how to optimise the contribution of academic research to deliver benefits to society and the economy.
Prior to joining ANSTO, Tim held Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation roles at UNSW including responsibility for the global Easy Access IP consortia which delivered a radical model to accelerate the transfer of IP into practical use. Tim has also held various knowledge exchange and technology development roles with Thomson Reuters (now Clarivate analytics), Johnson & Johnson, Avexa, AMRAD and University College London.
Tim has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Wollongong, is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director (GAICD). He has won many innovation awards and accolades including the George Collins Award for Innovation (twice) and the Queens Award for Enterprise: Innovation (Technology). He also holds non-executive Director and governance roles with Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA), ShireBiz, The Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP), and the National Imaging Facility (NIF).
Lauren Morrey (Australia)
Talk title: Leading for innovation
Lauren is a professional innovator and corporate entrepreneur. With experience working in the Innovation Labs of two of Australia’s largest banks and over a decade of working in large corporates, Lauren is immensely skilled at navigating complex organisations to deliver new innovations and ways of thinking.
Through using a combination of lean product management strategies, design thinking and agile delivery processes, Lauren helps clients drive sustainable innovation across departments and assists them to build an environment where creativity thrives.
Lauren’s background includes a diverse portfolio of business, operation, digital and innovation roles within the Australian banking and finance industry. Lauren also holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Applied Social Science and a Diploma of Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology.
Greg Eaton (Australia)
Talk title: So you thought Organic Improvement was Innovation - let’s think again !”
Greg Eaton has over 40 years’ innovation experience in Australia, and overseas.
Since developing electronic earth leakage circuit breakers (ELCBs) in the early seventies, through the design and manufacture of colour television and ATMs in the later seventies, Greg moved on to use his university training to develop nature derived insecticides, toxic waste disposal systems, water treatment technologies and much more.
Through this time, amongst many other awards, Greg won “Inventor of the Year”, several Australian Design Awards and was a Ministerial appointment to the Tax Concession Committee of the Federal Australian IR&D Board.
Greg also actively sat on many University and Hospital Research and Advisory Boards and has and is mentoring for several innovation programs including several in Australia, one in China, and several in Europe. Greg currently mentors at the Flinders University NVI “Venture Dorm” and “Innovative Manufacturing Accelerator”.
Greg was also a dedicated member of several Australian Standards committees for over twenty years – in particular pushing for the compulsory use of ELCBs in all electrical Installations.
Greg continues to operate an international consultancy whose core business is the mentoring, restructuring or rescuing of technology based SMEs in various forms of trouble.
Gary Erickson (Australia)
Talk title: Creating Value - The Idea is Just the Beginning
Gary Erickson invented and patented the Coolsan Method for the continuous generation of low levels of hydrogen peroxide vapour in refrigerated and other spaces. He is the Co-Founder, and Principal Scientist at Coolsan Australia Pty Ltd; Director of Sanaerchi Pty Ltd and Owner of Skywatch Observatory. Gary has many years experience in developing new products in the Specialty chemical industry has held senior roles in the chemical industry as National Technical Manager of Spirax Sarco Australia; Consultant Chemist at Nanosonics Ltd and Technical/Quality manager at Maxwell Chemicals. Gary Erickson holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (1986) in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Wollongong.
Danielle Storey (Australia)
Talk title: Innovation vs Safety
Danielle Storey: Chief Executive of Eastern Innovation, a leading Australian community for founders of successful, high-growth, future-focused businesses. LGA Advisory Board Member, Metropolitan Partnerships (Eastern) Committee Member, Seed Investor, Co-Owner of an International Small Business, Author, Speaker and evangelist for innovators.
Ian Reilly (Australia)
Talk title: Who Dares Wins – the SAS of Innovation
Ian Reilly is Non Executive Director, Founder and CEO at Agersens and Managing Director at Altrutec. Ian was Founder & CEO at Agersens Pty Ltd and Manager of New Product Manufacturingat, Manager, Program Operations, Senior Consultant and Consultant at Invetech Pty Ltd. Ian Reilly holds two degrees, Master of Engineering Science and Bachelor of Engineering from The University of Melbourne.
Stewart Robert McConachy (Australia)
Talk title: To be announced
Stewart is the holder of multiple ‘Patents’ for innovative design, development, build and implementation. These patents include: Automotive Jack, Portable Sheep/Cattle yards, Food & Fibre Traceability plus the first ‘eNVD’ (electronic National Vendor Declaration) for Meat Livestock Australia. Stewart has forty plus years in Sales, Marketing and Management of Private & Public companies plus various other roles including: Deputy Chair - Agribusiness Council of Australia, Committee member - Emerging Sensing Technologies Summit 2018.
Evette Cordy (Australia)
Talk title: The Power of Not Knowing
Evette Cordy is curious – and she’s passionate about making you curious, too. She is an adventurous problem finder who delivers commercial business growth through breakthrough innovation. As the chief investigator, lead facilitator and co-founder at Agents of Spring, Evette loves stepping into the shoes of customers to understand the world through their eyes, minds and hearts, and to discover the everyday problems they are facing. She doesn’t stop until she finds the right problem, and then – and only then – does she begin to solve it. Evette also runs highly interactive and engaging stakeholder and consumer workshops to identify opportunities and facilitate new ways of thinking in organisations and across industries like technology, retail, services, FMCG, property, government, education, and banking and finance. Evette is not only an innovation expert, but also a registered psychologist with a rich understanding of customer behaviours, motivations and drivers. She has led innovation projects for the world’s leading brands in over 50 countries, a facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® and Creative Problem Solving. Evette is author of Cultivating Curiosity: How to unearth your most valuable problem to inspire growth.
Daniel J. O’Connor (Australia)
Talk title: Funding the Early-Stage Pathway – Why So Many Inventors Get this Wrong
Daniel is a Management Consultant and Business Coach with 33 years’ experience in innovation. He has been a Company Director of a number of companies, private and public, listed and unlisted, in Australia and overseas.
Daniel has specialised in intellectual property portfolio management and commercialisation, and has expanded to include an on-line global coaching and mentoring program, providing video-based courses, checklists and group coaching help for inventors and R&D teams around the World.
Daniel is the Australian member of the UN Task Force on Innovation and Competitiveness and works with business and government leaders around the World on transferring suitable innovation to developing Countries, where patent-holders “gift” their specific geographic rights for little or no reward. The 2019 Task Force project is a coffee-table book on “Innovation from Adversity.”
Daniel has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and an MBA (International Business). He has commenced his PhD in International Business (commercialisation modelling) and is a prolific business writer (with more than 20 articles and 2 international books published. Daniel has more than 8,000 LinkedIn members following him and has more than 1,000 members in his special interest group “Kick-Starting Inventions.”
Prof. Antony Jacobson (Australia)
Talk title: Global Innovation in the Healthcare Industry
Professor Antony Jacobson is a highly accomplished and renowned key note speaker on Innovation, Health care innovation & disruption and entrepreneurship. Professor Jacobson regularly lectures in Silicon Valley, Australia, Asia and Israel and is a global business and brand strategist, entrepreneur and Industry commentator with extensive global experience having developed, global-consumer, media and corporate brands. Antony has transformed start-ups into multimillion dollar success stories within short time frames and has developed strong relationships with a range of the globes largest retailers in Australia, the USA, the U.K, Spain and Germany. Professor Antony Jacobson is regarded as a true pioneer of the Superfruit / Superfoods global category having introduced Goji Berries to the world in 2004. Additionally Antony has wide reaching global experience within the Franchising and Licensing sector. Antony’s key academic strengths and areas of teaching are Entrepreneurship, Health care innovation, International Business, Global marketing and Business mentoring. Antony has developed hugely successful mega brands globally. Antony and his successes have been profiled in The Daily Mail UK, Personal Investment Magazine Australia, Gala magazine Germany, Financial Review Newspaper Australia, South China Morning Post- Hong Kong, Entrepreneur Magazine and has appeared and been interviewed on numerous TV and radio programs worldwide. Professor Jacobson has held and or holds senior roles such as Dean Fellow-Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Professor of Practice-Entrepreneurship, Visiting Professor & Academic Scholar, Founding Director and President of Global Business Brands and academic & industry commentator.“
Outstanding Technology Inventors and Innovators
Alastair Hick (Australia)
Talk title: Moving a University from an ivory tower to an innovation hotspot
Alastair is Senior Director of Monash Innovation at Monash University. He was Director Monash Innovation and Director Commercialisation at Monash University. Alastair has over 30 years of combined experience in the research and technology commercialisation sectors. In the UK, Alastair was Head of Life Sciences at Cambridge Enterprises and also worked with the independent technology transfer company, Plant Bioscience Ltd. In Australia, Alastair facilitated the establishment of the $30M Trans-Tasman Commercialisation Fund, expanded the Monash University Industry Engagement and Commercialisation Group and is the Chair of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia.
Ismail Nawi (Indonesia)
Talk title: Interbrain Communication
Ismail Nawi is Senior Vice President at HUTAHAEAN GROUP, Director at Jagys Engineering Consulting, and working for DRB Hicom Unieversity of Automotive Malaysia. He was Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Univesity Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Director at PT.BIMA PALMA, CEO - Managing Director at PT.Adiguna Engineering & Fabrication; Chief Operating Officer (COO) at PT. Agro Mitra Madani Jakarta and Senior Manager at PT.Bakrie and Brothers. He has attended international conferences and symposiums published more than 30 publications in science and engineering. As a professional engineer he has experiences in design and construction of many kind projects such as Offshore and Onshore Oil and Gas Platforms, Crude Palm Oil Mills, Pulp and Paper, Rubber and Textile Manufacturing. Several top position in private companies had been reached, however never forget in lecturing engineering subjects on universities in Jakarta and Malaysia. Dr. Ismail Nawi has a PhD from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 1996 in the field of Manufacturing Systems Engineering where he worked on Robotics, Automation and Hydrodynamic Lubrication.
Laura Rusu (Australia)
Talk title: Innovation in Financial Services – where are we now?
Dr Laura Rusu MACS (CP) is the founder of XBRL Advance, an Australian Fintech that enables companies to boost their financial visibility on the international markets, and empowers investors and analysts to make better informed decisions with better financial insights. Laura is also a Lecturer at Monash University and La Trobe University. With over 20 years experience in the ICT industry, academia and research & development, she holds two patent awards for innovation in data engineering and AI and she is passionate about shaping the digital future.
Connect with Laura on LinkedIn ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurairinarusu/).
Ronald Chatelier (Australia)
Talk title: How to make one million biosensors every day
Dr. Ron Chatelier has a BSc (Hons) and PhD (Physical Biochemistry) from the University of Melbourne in 1985 where he worked on fluorescent spectroscopy in biological membranes. Following this, he developed flow cytometric assays of growth factors binding to cells at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Melbourne and was a Fogarty Fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD, working on the statistical physics of concentrated protein solutions with an emphasis on their behaviour in the ultracentrifuge. He joined the CSIRO in 1988 and worked on polymeric biomaterials for cardiovascular applications, and then on the surface modification of ophthalmic materials. Dr Chatelier has worked in the field of electrochemical biosensors from 1996 onwards in Memtec, US Filter, Vivendi and Universal Biosensors. In this time he has developed novel chemistries, voltage pulse sequences and analyses for the test technology. These inventions have been used to stabilize the electrodes, proteins and electrochemical mediators, and to correct for a large number of interfering factors such as antioxidants, hematocrit and temperature. The advanced algorithms and error traps have allowed the meters to function as expert systems, rejecting incorrect results and guiding the user towards accurate results via an inbuilt “customer service interface”. The overall effect of these inventions is to create fast, accurate, stable and inexpensive biosensor systems which educate the user as needed. Dr. Chatelier has 55 papers in refereed journals and 31 patents in the areas of polymeric biomaterials and electrochemical biosensors. The work at Universal Biosensors has generated two commercial products: 1) The OneTouch Verio® glucose sensor, marketed by LifeScan (Johnson & Johnson). 2) The Xprecia Stride® Coagulation Analyzer (to measure prothrombin time / international normalised ratio), marketed by Siemens.
Dr. Tilman Dingler (Australia)
Talk title: Arguments don’t Win Arguments: Cognitive Fallacies and Digital Traps
Tilman is a Research Fellow at the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Stuttgart, a Master of Science Degree from the University of San Francisco, a Diploma from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, and an Honors Degree from the Center of Digital Technology and Management at the University of Munich. Before coming to Melbourne, Tilman was a Project Assistant Professor at Osaka Prefecture University in Japan and spent some time as a visiting post-doc at the MIT Media Lab. In between his academic career, Tilman worked in Industry as an engineer at Yahoo! Inc. and Tinyco. His research focuses on building cognition-aware technologies that help people process information more effectively and augment human cognition.
Ren Butler (Australia)
Talk title: The robots can't take your career
Ren Butler has driven growth within startups, innovation and ecosystem capacity building in Australia for the past six years. She is passionate about leveraging technology and frameworks to connect humanity. Her experience spans teaching, applied technologies and business systems. Having moved from California to Melbourne seven years ago, Ren has dedicated herself to studying the connections between society, science and business for over a decade across seven countries. This landed her in the curious and amazing world of tech startups and innovation, fostering effective connections between knowledge, resources, and people. She's fostered hundreds of concepts from idea to product, built international partnerships, and launched dozens of first-time founders into their entrepreunerial journeys.
Ric Richardson (Australia)
Talk title: Unleash your problem-solving self.
Ric is best known as the Inventor of software activation which is used by big software companies to stop pirates from stealing their software and for winning a patent infringement case against Microsoft earlier this decade for a half billion dollars.
Since then Ric has co-founded 4 companies based on his inventions by working with VC’s and veterans of successful exits as execution partners.
He has worked on problems such as ship design for mining companies and getting rid of passwords to killing ransomware and all manor and flavours of blockchain.
Bill McFarlane (Australia)
Talk title: What is an innovative mind going to do with thoughts that may be commercially valuable?
Bill is a registered patent and trade marks attorney in Australia and New Zealand with a range of knowledge and experience in the areas of physics, electrical and electronic engineering, and computing. Bill has been in the profession for over 31 years. He is a Member of Engineers Australia. Bill has worked as an engineer in the South Australian Police Force, designing radio communications systems, and has also worked for world-leading communications company, Motorola.
Bill has a particular interest in the Start-Up community is also passionate about education, providing presentations to clients, in-house engineers and scientists, and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at The University of Adelaide – Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship. He was previously a lecturer for the training of patent attorneys, at the Academy of Education of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia. Bill is also a Fellow of the Academy of Education of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia. www.billmcfarlane.attorney
Bambi Price (Australia)
Talk title: The lived experience of a tech entrepreneur
Bambi is a Co-Founder of Student Partnerships, connecting businesses with university students and Co-Founder of her new venture War on Wasted Talent, WOWT, an innovative employment platform for experienced professionals 45+.
Bambi has owned and managed a number of small businesses in the ICT industry and has been an Executive Director of a number of International Technology Boards for over 10 years.
With a background as a developer, she has a comprehensive understanding of IT, how systems interact across different industries and a period outside the IT industry provided her with new approaches to addressing organisational issues, managing projects and leading people.
Bambi has proven skills in identifying how and where technology can be more effectively deployed across organisations and how businesses can optimise their customer service offering through these systems.
She is currently a Deputy Chair - Member Engagement AIIA (Australian Information Industry Association) Victorian Council, a member of the #techdiversity team, Co-Chair of the CACC (Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce) and Steering Committee member of Wattle (Women ATTaining Leadership) within universities.
Bambi is an Adjunct Industry Fellow at Swinburne University.
Fred Delabbio (Australia)
Talk title: Global Underground Mining Innovation - 30 yrs of Learnings, Value Creation, and Opportunities
Fred, is Director of Strategy Focused Innovation (SFI) Pty Ltd., a consulting firm providing technical expertise, leadership, and strategy development assistance to the global mining and hydro electric industries. He is a strong leader with broad international mining experience who has successfully managed large multidisciplinary global teams developing and implementing innovative solutions. He is recognized as a leader in operation improvement, application of automation, and development and deployment of new technologies from other industries to the natural resources industry worldwide. He was previously the General Manager Innovation Underground at Rio Tinto where he led the establishment of a large step change program while also providing operation technical support. He has worked with over 30 mining operations and mine construction studies globally with companies such as: Rio Tinto, Inco, Vale, Oz Minerals, Debswana Diamonds, Snowy Hydro, Glencore, Falconbridge, Placer Dome, and Iron Ore of Canada. His experience also includes technical advisory roles as part of Merger and Acquisitions with companies such as Rio Tinto, Advent, and JP Morgan. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Queensland (Australia) focused on alternative rock excavation technologies, and a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University (Canada). He is the author or co-author of over 20 publications and an inventor on 9 patents. at Hatch.
Phil Connor (Australia)
Talk title: How to build an affordable 24/7 Solar Power Station
Philip Connor is the inventor of the LSA solar collector and was a founder of Sunengy Pty Ltd. Phil is a scientist and engineer, based in Sydney, who conducts research and development in a variety of fields including solar energy. He gained a degree in Electrical Engineering from Sydney University in 1974 and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Eng. and Computer Science from University of New South Wales in 1982 (developing a fast digital computer architecture optimised for FFTs). He worked 28 years with the CSIRO (Australian federal govt. research) developing electro-optical robotic instruments for the classification of minerals for the mining industry using spectroscopy, and in heliostat tracking development. Phil has had a 45-year passion for solar power with a thorough understanding of solar technologies, both photovoltaic and thermal. He originated a solar-hydroelectric method for providing large-scale economical solar power with backup, published in 2009. He developed the patented floating PV collector known as the Liquid Solar Array (LSA), in both tracking and non-tracking versions.
Monique Potts (Australia)
Talk title: Innovation leadership and resilience for an uncertain future
Monique is a thought leader and change agent working across the fields of education, systems transformation and organisational change and resilience. In the last year Monique has been leading change as a Founding Member of The Grove (http://thegrove.net.au) innovation collective and the Sydney Commons Lab catalysing team as well as undertaking a PhD at UTS Faculty for Transdisciplinary Innovation researching resilience and experiential learning for young people.
Prior to this Monique led the UTS Innovation, Creative Intelligence and Entrepreneurship team as a Director of Strategic Projects and Acting Director of Innovation. During this time she has initiated and led a number of award winning innovation programs including UTS Hatchery - a student incubator and accelerator programs (winner of the 2017 Australian Financial Review Best Learning Experience award) STEAMpunk Girls and UTS Innovation Labs and Creative Clusters. The focus of her work at UTS was to build a foundation for creative collaboration across the university in order to enable innovation and entrepreneurship to flourish. During this time Monique also co-led a number of research based initiatives including a collaboration with the Australian Human Rights Commission on Human Rights and Technology and the UTS Creative Intelligence residency program We Are In.Tuition
Prior to joining UTS Monique worked in digital media and innovation at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) leading the development of interactive digital services including the seminal ABC Splash education portal, ABC Open Archives and social and participatory media implementation strategy across the organisation. Her areas of research interest include new economy, resilience, future of work and education, deep adaptation.
David Soldani (Australia)
Talk title: Innovation driven business economic
David Soldani received a M.Sc. degree, Laura Vecchio Ordinamento, in Electronic Engineering with magna cum laude from Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, in 1994; and a D.Sc. degree in Technology with distinction from Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University), Finland, in 2006. In 2014, 2016 and 2018 he was appointed Visiting Professor, Industry Professor, and Adjunct Professor at University of Surrey, UK, University of Technology Sydney, Australia, and University of New South Wales, respectively.
Dr. Soldani has been active in the ICT industry for more than 20 years, successfully working on 500+ research, innovation and customer services projects for 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G ICT systems and services, and contributing to 1000+ quality deliverables – from strategic research and innovation strategies, business and work plans formulation, to modeling, simulations, emulations and proof of concepts of innovative solutions, products and services with partners and customers, globally.
He is currently at Huawei Technologies, serving as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in Australia and ICT Expert within the Southern Pacific Region. Areas of his responsibilities and expertise include, but not limited to: future wireless, network, big data value, artificial intelligence, IoT and Cloud technologies.
Prior to that, he was at Nokia, as Head of 5G Technology, e2e, global, and in various technical and research management positions. Before rejoining Nokia in 2016, he was for eight years at Huawei European Research Centre, Germany, serving as Head of IP Transformation Research Centre (IPTRC), Head of Network Solution R&D and, subsequently, Head of Central Research Institute (CRI) and VP Strategic Research and Innovation, in Europe; and represented Huawei in the Board of Directors of The 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA) and NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform (ETP), in Europe.
He has been selected many times to receive special awards in recognition of his role, commitment, professionalism, and outstanding contribution in the ICT industry; and in 2016, he was granted a Distinguished Talent (DT) visa for his profession by the Australian Government. He has published or presented numerous international papers, contributed to the publication of many books and development of 3GPP Release 98-Release 16 standards, and holds several international patents.
Shourov Bhattacharya (Australia)
Talk title: MORE THAN WORDS - Why I Love Visual Communication
Shourov is an inventor, engineer, musician and entrepreneur with a multi-disciplinary career in software, advertising, events and music. He has been coding since the age of 12 and has created software at scale for Fortune 100 customers such as Honeywell and McDonalds which has been used by millions of users. His work building mobile robots was supported by the National Science Foundation (US) and led to a US patent. He has co-written an iTunes #1 album, performed at Glastonbury, been featured in Rolling Stone and worked as a writer in media and advertising. He is currently a co-founder of Pongolabs, Piqify and Polynize and a performer with The Bombay Royale. His latest project is an online platform for communication using symbols that brings together his passion for languages, software and connecting people.
Marigo Raftopoulos (Australia)
Talk title: Innovation in the Age of AI
Dr. Marigo Raftopoulos is Principal Consultant at Strategic Innovation Lab and a frequent global keynote speaker and facilitator on driving enterprise innovation though strategic design. She is also Creator of the Gamification Design Sprint; Expert Advisor at the European Commission Innovation 2020 Program (Brussels); Advisor - Head of Customer Experience at Lime Global (UK) and Advisor to several technology startups that include Workplace Arcade (USA), Bubbleflake (South Africa) and Wooboard (Aus). Marigo was Digital Games Curator and Producer at Games for Change in Melbourne and New York; Doctoral Researcher in digital media at RMIT University; and Advisor at start up incubators Blue Chilli Technology and Pollenizer. She holds a Bachelor of Economics, MBA and has a PhD in digital media as mediators of enterprise innovation. Her current focus is on how organisations can augment human and artificial intelligence as a driver of future innovation.
Brian Goldberg (Australia)
Talk title: Intellectual Property: Is IP Obsolete in this new tech business world?
Brian is a qualified Trade Mark Attorney, Member of The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA), Ten Year Member of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) and is on the committee of the International Trademarks Association (INTA). He is the Founder of Trademark.Ventures, protecting the next generation of leading global brands. www.trademark.ventures
Costa Koulis (Australia)
Talk title: From Idea to Reality: Overcoming the Biggest Obstacle to Innovation
Costa is the Co-Founder of Designerex, the world's largest peer-to-peer designer dress sharing platform. The wildly successful marketplace that has now expanded from Australia to the USA, was launched in 2016 and quickly grew from zero to over 15,000 dress listings, disrupting the fashion and retail landscape. Prior to Designerex, Costa disrupted the real estate industry with his invention of the world’s first digital real estate ‘for sale’ sign, that saw him win industry awards and ultimately led to him becoming an advocate for innovation in Australia.
Simon Dewulf (Australia)
Talk title: Innovation Logic and PatentInspiration
Simon has been active in innovation research since the 90’s. His PhD at Imperial College researched patent data driven Innovation Logic. The methodology Innovation Logic is proposing property-function connections by adjective-verb analysis. It brings a structured approach to idea generation for problem solving, technology transfer or new product development. The software PatentInspiration focusses on using the patent database for Innovation Logic in technology driven companies. In Glen Elgin, NSW, Simon opened an Innovation Research and Training Center in the Australian Rainforest.
Craigh Wilson (Australia)
Talk title: Intuition - How to make Clear, Fast and Accurate Decisions on-Demand
Craigh Wilson Intuitive, International Best Selling Author, Mentor and Global Speaker In an increasingly busy and demanding world, using your intuition to make clear, fast and accurate decisions on-demand has never been more critical.
Craigh teaches business owners to entrepreneurs to fortune 500 companies around the world, how to access the power of their intuition to make even better decisions in life, health and business.
With 30 years’ experience in intuition, meditation and business, in industries such as, Information Technology, Health, Government, Venture Capital and Investment Banking, Craigh has the worked and advised global entrepreneurs, global Fortune top 50 companies and G20 country e around the world. Observing, listening and innovating at the edge of modern leadership and of what is now truly possible in human conscious and optimal decision making.
Craigh shares the stage and interacts with leaders and inspirational thinkers, from celebrity entrepreneurs including Dr John Gray, Dr John Demartini, Dr Bruce Lipton and Dr Edward DeBono.
He is also a regular contributor for The CEO Magazine, one of the worlds top business magazines. Craigh is regularly featured in the media round globally on TV, radio, newspapers and magazines with his message reaching millions of people in over 110 countries.
Craigh’s legacy is to empower 7.7 million leaders around the world just like you, to do what you love, utilise your birth give gifts so you can make a bigger impact in the world than you ever believed possible.
Anne Kovachevich (Australia)
Expert panelist: Digital Innovation for a sustainable future
Anne leads Arup’s Foresight and Innovation team for the Australasia region. She helps clients to understand the disruptions that are inevitably occurring and helps to empower them to make the most of opportunities that arise. With a background in hypersonics and sustainable building design and engineering, Anne brings technical expertise to her foresight thinking. She is an experienced sustainable building’s design engineer as well as completing executive training in futures thinking and strategy development. Anne has developed and facilitated many foresight and sustainability workshops. Recently Anne has been working closely with Arup’s Sustainability, Energy, Water and Waste teams. Anne’s project experience includes scenario development for the water industry, horizon scanning and scenario planning for the waste industries focusing on the circular economy and investigating the potential for the use of hydrogen in the energy sector in NZ. Previously Anne has worked with Brisbane City Council on their Smart Connected Brisbane strategy and the University of Queensland on their multi award winning Global Change Institute.