The P-Cubed tech girls teamChloe Kyprios / Deepika Bogahawatta / Halle Anderson,
The P-Cubed tech girls team is made up of 3 friends committed to helping save our planet from plastic pollution. The team of primary school students have developed a free multi-platform app, Plastic Pollution Preventers, which will help young Queenslanders consider how much plastic they use in their daily lives and its environmental impacts. The app allows users to record the quantity of plastic used and make better choices when purchasing products and choosing recyclable and reusable plastic bags. By doing this we hope to reduce the 8 million tonnes of plastic that flows into the world’s waterways, oceans and landfill each year. Their app is unique for two reasons; it allows users to track their plastic use, and it has been designed specifically with young Queenslanders in mind.
Hon. Karen Andrews MPMinister for Industry, Science and Technology, Australian Federal Government
After a career as an engineer and running her own industrial relations business, Karen Andrews was elected to parliament in 2010 as the Federal Member for McPherson on the Gold Coast.
Following the 2013 election, she took on a leadership position as Chair of the House of Representatives Joint Standing Committee on Public Works – one of the oldest investigatory Committees of the Parliament, and a “watchdog” on Government building and works programs.
She’s also served as the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Assistant Minister for Science. In this role, Minister Andrews was one of the architects of the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda.
It’s this experience which saw her sworn in as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in the Morrison Government Cabinet in August 2018. In doing so, she became the first ever female cabinet minister from Queensland.
Since then, Minister Andrews has done significant work to help Australian industry to flourish, with commitments including the $160 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund.
She has been a key driver of Women in STEM initiatives and has guided the Australian Space Agency through its highly successful first year, as it works to a goal of tripling the size of the sector to $12 billion and creating 20,000 new jobs by 2030.
Sworn back in after the Morrison Government’s election victory in 2019, Minister Andrews is positioning Australian industry to thrive, in turn growing the economy and creating new jobs. She’s also leading discussion around technology, so Australia can embrace the economic potential of things like artificial intelligence and cyber security.
Lisa AnneseCEO, Diversity Council Australia
Lisa Annese is the current Chief Executive of DCA, heading a team to lead public debate, conduct research and develop resources for organisations in all areas of diversity and inclusion. Lisa is an active contributor to publications and regularly presents and speaks publicly in all areas of diversity. She was named one of the AFR’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ in 2018, designed the Employer of Choice for Women Citation while at the Agency now known as the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and is a recipient of a Medal for Significant Contribution to the Australian Public Service. Lisa has had a long career in corporate, government and the not for profit sector.
Dr. Joanna BatstoneVice President, New Offerings and Emerging Technology, IBM Data and AI (US)
Joanna L. Batstone, Ph.D., is the Vice President, New Offerings and Emerging Technologies, IBM Watson Data & AI based in New York. Previously, Joanna was the Vice President and Lab Director, IBM Research and Australia and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Australia and New Zealand. Joanna has held a variety of technical and business leadership roles in IBM's Research and Development Laboratories. She was Vice President, Architecture and Technical Solution Design, IBM Global Technology Services, based in Dublin, Ireland. Joanna was the Director for Distributed Computing in IBM Research in New York, USA, the Development Program Director for IBM’s Sensors & Actuators business unit and a Senior Technical Staff Member for IBM Software Group. She was the Senior Manager for Solutions Development in IBM's Healthcare & Life Sciences Business Unit with responsibilities for IBM's Life Sciences solutions for Pharma and Biotech. Joanna joined IBM in the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, in the Physical Sciences department.
Joanna has published over 80 papers and organized many industry conference symposia. In 2016, Joanna was appointed Honorary Enterprise Professor, University of Melbourne School of Engineering. She was a member of the Innovation Expert Panel for the Government of Victoria and served on the NSW Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board.
Dr. Jenine BeekhuyzenFounder, Tech Girls Movement
Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen is a futurist who believes existing structures in the technology industry must change in order to serve tomorrow’s digital landscape, and that our children’s future job prospects depend on it. Her focus is on leadership, innovation, and education to champion Australian tech entrepreneurship, and address the necessary rebalancing of gender roles within the traditionally male-dominated STEM space.
As a renowned advocate for technology innovation and diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), Jenine draws on her unparalleled experience, encompassing:
- 18 years of internationally published academic research and university teaching
- 12 years as CEO of her own technology consulting company, Adroit Research
- As a real life ‘caped crusader’, Jenine has devoted more than 5 years to her not-for-profit Tech Girls Movement Foundation, and has distributed 80 000 free copies of her beloved books, “Tech Girls are Superheroes Vol 1 & 2” (Volume 3 scheduled for release in 2019) , and Tech Girls Are Chic!
In her highly illuminating presentations, Dr. Beekhuyzen discusses her vision for Australia’s future in technology, including the changes that will prove critical in helping leaders break traditional approaches that currently hold us back. More importantly, she proposes practical solutions that can mobilise a new generation of leaders and innovators who are committed to solving real world problems with technology.
Jenine’s unwavering commitment to advocacy has seen her awarded on the world stage:
- 2018 Women in Digital Award for Educational Leadership
- 2017 recipient of the prestigious Pearcey Award for Entrepreneur of the Year for Qld
- 2016 Westpac/Fairfax 100 Woman of Influence
- 2016 Griffith University Sciences Alumnus of the Year
- 2016/2017 Advance Queensland Digital Champion
- 2014 Australian Information Industries Association (AIIA) Queensland ICT Woman of the Year
- 2014 Microsoft Community Educator of the Year
- 2012 Claudio Ciborra Award for Innovation in Research (Europe)
Sarah BellCo-Founder and Rita's Mum, Aire
As a Co-Founder of the PropTech startup Aire, Sarah Bell is a sought after speaker and expert on the strategic application of artificial intelligence and automation in real estate. She helps real estate businesses harness the opportunity within their data and transition to a blended human-digital workforce using Aire's Digital Employee, Rita. With a professional and academic background in research and analysis, Sarah joined the front lines of real estate as an agency owner and practitioner for a decade giving her tactical insights, subject matter expertise and just enough street cred to create solutions that are intelligent by design and Cx obsessed.
Sarah is an author, analyst, researcher, project designer, speaker and nerdtreprenuer with research interests and some pieces of paper in strategic planning, change management, planning professional development and strategic application of artificial intelligence with London's Middlesex University, Leeds Trinity University (UK) and recently MIT's Sloan Management and CSAIL Executive Schools. Sarah is also Mum to three human children and a clever little robot named Rita. She has a strong preference for dogs over cats if pushed on the subject.
Alezeia BrownSenior Product Manager, CSIRO Data 61
Alezeia Brown has a passion for innovation, and has spent almost 20 years across three continents working to solve some of our greatest challenges with science and deep technology.
Winner of 2018 Women in Product Rising Star for her work at CSIRO’s Data61 on Graph Machine Learning (stellargraph.io) and RegTech (digital-legislation.net), Alezeia works with amazing teams to build platforms that deliver value to customers, solve real problems for users, and drive profitable, sustainable growth.
Rhody BurtonHead of Cloud Partnerships and Alliances, Google
With over 20 years’ experience in the High Tech industry Rhody Burton has developed strong expertise building and executing partnering strategies by working at start-up's, fast growth challenger companies to mature enterprise companies on their journey to cloud and more effective partnering.
Rhody has been appointed as Head of Partnerships for Google Cloud across Australia and New Zealand last December. In the role, Rhody oversees a varied and deep Google Cloud ecosystem, spanning independent software vendors (ISVs); system integrators (SIs); born-in-the-cloud players; developers; consultancy houses; managed service providers (MSPs); global system integrators (GSIs) and telecommunications firms.
Cassie DesseinVenture Architecture Director, ANZ
Passionate about developing people and processes in the tech space, Cassie has built a career in the global startup and scaleup scene specialising in lean operations and innovative technology.
As one of the first employees in the fastest growing company of all time, Groupon, she was involved from the inception in Chicago through to global expansion and a $16 billion IPO. Starting out as an entry level Customer Service Representative, within a year she was managing a Strategy team of 30 and monthly revenue of $30 million for a tech unicorn. She then transferred to Australia to lead both the Content and Strategy departments across 12 countries in Asia Pacific, and on to owning Product for Groupon Goods across APAC.
While in her Chief Operating Officer role for order-ahead app Hey You, she managed and streamlined the offshore Customer Support team, as well as the Account Management team. As the Chief Operating Officer of a professional services marketplace called Oneflare, she led the Sales and Customer Support teams. She is currently the Venture Architecture Director in the ANZi New Business Lab, building next-gen companies in line with ANZ's strategic priorities.
Katrina DonaghyCEO & Co-Founder, Civic Ledger
Katrina Donaghy is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Civic Ledger – a civic focused Blockchain Australian company. We work with governments globally on the use of Blockchain technologies to solve specific business problems where Blockchain is advantaged over traditional legacy technologies.
Through her early years as a sociologist through to her interest in entrepreneurialism, she has extensive experience in public policy and early stage commercialisation. For more than 20 years, Katrina has worked in both public and not for profit sectors with a specific focus on business development, project delivery and revenue diversification with the view to building resilient and sustainable organisations.
In Australia, she organises the Brisbane Women in Blockchain Meetup and regularly speaks on the topic of why cities and governments should be exploring Blockchain technologies. Katrina's interest in Blockchain technologies is driven by her curiousity of its potential to replace government legacy systems to deliver efficiencies, stimulate innovation and build digital societies.
In mid-April 2018, Katrina was appointed to the Australian Digital Commerce Association Board.
Peta EllisCo-Founder / Former CEO, Tribe Global, Peak Persona / River City Labs
PETA ELLIS is a change maker and community leader in the Entrepreneurial landscape and brings 20+ years’ experience in Business, Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Communications and Media Relations.
Peta launched and exited four ventures before turning 30. In the last 6 years she has mentored over 1000 entrepreneurs and hosted more than 1500 startup events at River City Labs. As CEO of RCL, Brisbane's leading Innovation and Startup Hub she founded the Conduit Corporate Innovation Program and the Young Entrepreneurs Network (YEN), which is a community focused on connecting young entrepreneurs with industry, schools, course providers and program facilitators.
In 2019 she has managed the national expansion of the brand to Sydney with HarbourCityLabs and Melbourne with BayCityLabs in partnership with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
Joanna FieldCo-President, Women in Technology
Joanna has an excellent track record of business performance, customer relations, strategic and business leadership and long term planning. Over her career she has had the opportunity to lead teams of all sizes, is passionate about delivering service excellence and thrives in customer centric roles. She is independent in contributing her own ideas, which are innovative and a catalyst for change.
Cathy FordCIOQueensland University of Technology
Colette GrgicChief Innovation Officer, BlueChilli
Colette Grgic is the Chief Innovation Officer at Australian venture studio, BlueChilli. After helping hundreds of entrepreneurs validate and launch their new ventures, she now helps organisations improve their innovation performance with the right mindset and skill sets.
Colette brings experience across the innovation spectrum spanning research commercialisation, bootstrapping her own startups, leading a national corporate innovation project, and assisting more than 140 startups within the BlueChilli portfolio to start and grow their ventures. Colette has led global partnerships for BlueChilli as well as the company's expansion into SEA.
Colette is a passionate advocate for women in startups and a sought-after keynote speaker and facilitator on corporate innovation. She also serves on the board of Heads over Heels and as an advisor to the Faculty of Trans Disciplinary Innovation at UTS.
Claire HattonCo-Founder / Co-Host, Full Potential Labs / Don't Stop Us Now! Podcast
Claire Hatton, Co-Founder of Full Potential Labs, a Non-Executive Director and former “UK Person of the Year”, is on a mission to help leaders and their teams think better and innovate more. With more than 25 years global business experience, most recently on Google Australia’s country leadership team, Claire knows what it takes to lead a business in the new world of digital.
Claire sits on the Board of ASX listed 3P Learning, a global EdTech company delivering innovative maths and literacy online learning solutions to 5.5m children from kindergarten to year 12. A professionally accredited coach with a passion for neuroscience, she coaches, advises and builds leadership capability for some of the
world’s most innovative companies.
Bernadette Hyland-WoodFounder & CEO, 3 Round Stones, Inc
Winner of the 2017 Women in IT (WIT Australia) "ICT Outstanding Achievement Award" and "Sue Wickenden Entrepreneurial Established Award".
Co-Founder and CEO of 3 Round Stones, Inc., a firm specializing in data modeling and visualization of publicly-funded science data. 3 Round Stones has served U.S. Government organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency, Commerce and NOAA, NASA, Health & Human Services and the Library of Congress, to ensure that publicly funded environmental and health data remains findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable on the Web.
Bernadette was Founder & CEO of GeoHealth.us, an ambitious Internet-of-Things startup delivering hyperlocal air quality information to smart cities and citizens. Using state-of-the-art sensors and a massively scalable data platform, GeoHealth.us is providing the full picture the environment and our health.
Currently, she is a UQ Global Change Scholar and PhD candidate researching leadership and culture in open government data programs.
Kate IngwersenGeneral Manager, Cyber Strategy and Performance, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Kate is the General Manager, Cyber Strategy and Performance in CBA’s cyber security business. In her role, Kate holds a number of cyber security responsibilities including the cyber governance and compliance function, managing the Group’s relationship with government, industry and community for cyber security, communications with the Board and executive team, cyber data, analytics and insights and finally, managing cyber security in CBA’s international sites and with international regulators.
Mikaela JadeFounder and CEO, Indigital
Vogue says get to know Mikaela Jade, managing director of Indigital.
Based in Canberra after building her company Indigital in remote Kakadu, Jade’s company and its team work to develop innovative new ways to digitise and translate knowledge and culture from remote and ancient communities. She has a background in environmental biology.
Her signature app, Indigital Storytelling, uses drones, 4D mapping software, image recognition technology and cultural law to bring the world's cultural sites alive through augmented reality.
A proud Cabrogal woman, she was chosen as one of 21 Indigenous entrepreneurs to attend the Prime Minister’s Reception for Indigenous Innovators and Entrepreneurs in Canberra.
She is also a United Nations Permanent Forum Indigenous Issues delegate, Tribal Link Alumni member (New York), Professional Associate of the University of Canberra, an Alumni of the prestigeous Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, an advisor to female start-up accelerator #SheStarts and a member of the Microsoft Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Board.
Dr. Karen JoyceSenior Lecturer / Co-Founder, James Cook University / She Maps
I have a PhD in Geographical Sciences from the University of Queensland (2005) where I focused on mapping live coral cover using remote sensing. Using my remote sensing expertise, I have since worked as an Engineering Officer in the Australian Army, developed models to map recreation opportunities across New Zealand’s conservation estate, and integrated remote sensing into all phases of the disaster management cycle. I am heavily involved in developing workflows for integrating drone technology into remote sensing practice and have been working with drone based image analysis for five years. While the environmental target may vary from marine and coastal through to savanna ecosystems, my common approach is to optimise remote sensing and spatial models for rapid quantitative information extraction and communication purposes. I am a Senior Lecturer in Remote Sensing and GIS at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia as well as the founder and Education Director of She Maps - an initiative designed to bring diversity to what we think of as science (i.e. it's not just lab coats and test tubes!) and who engages with science as a career path (i.e. we need more women!).
Sue KeayResearch Director, Cyber-Physical Systems at CSIRO's Data61
Sue set up the world's first robotic vision research centre, and now leads CSIRO's Data61 Cyber-Physical Systems program. Last year, she developed Australia's first Robotics Roadmap highlighting how advances in robotics, computer vision, sensing (and AI) will impact on every sector of the Australian economy.
With a PhD in Geoscience and an MBA, Sue combines science with business. She has interests in entrepreneurship and disruptive technologies, and started QUT's social robotics program. Sue serves on the Board of the CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction and the Expert Advisory Panel of Queensland.AI. She is a judge for the James Dyson Awards and the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Sue has been recognised as one of RoboHub's 2018 "Women in Robotics you need to know about", as one of Queensland's most influential people (Courier Mail's Power 100), as a Superstar of STEM (Science and Technology Australia), and is responsible for bringing the Grace Hopper Celebration to Australia.
Suzette LamontRegional Director, Property and Project Management, CBRE
Suzette commenced her career in property as a graduate in the early ‘90s, and has spent more than two decades experiencing the depth and breadth of property development, asset management and marketing roles both within the property sector as well as developing businesses in mobile communication and business consulting. In her current executive role, she helps to lead over 600 employees in Property and Facilities Management across the Australia and New Zealand within CBRE.
Her work in the property sectors allowed her to help conceptualise some of Australia’s most progressive places of their time including: Fox Studio’s Australia, Cockle Bay Wharf, Penrith Plaza, Jackson’s Landing and more recently creating the. In her words, she “has the privilege of helping landlords create valuable assets through well thought out positioning and place making”.
Throughout her career Suzette has seen the customer as the starting point and centre of everything – she listens, understands, and responds to her customers' needs using research and more so using her customers skills to co-create better solutions.
She is strongly involved in property industry groups including: numerous women’s mentoring programs, CBRE’s diversity and inclusion committee, the Property Council of Australia’s first National Round-table on “Cities”, as well as a lecturer at both the PCA retail academy and Ethics teacher with Primary Ethics NSW.
In her current role - she is responsible for both business and product development; a role that allows her to think about how great outcomes in property are not merely informed by the bricks and mortar – but more so by the people of whom experience it.
Karen Lay-BrewPast President and (Founding) Director and Head of Government Partnership / Managing Director, ABSIA / 3Pillars.Digital
Karen is a Board Member and Corporate Advisor, and presently holds the position President on the Australian Business Software Industry Association (ABSIA) Board. She works closely with both Australian Government and the private sector. Karen previously worked at Microsoft HQ in the USA as VP for delivering global software launches coordinating Marketing, Sales, Partners and Customer Service, and established Women in IT. She also served as the VP of Six Sigma and CIO for BHP Billiton Base Metals division where she implemented a world-wide Six Sigma Operational Excellence programme. As the CIO for Honeywell Asia-Pacific, she has worked across different cultures and geographies to successfully integrate the disparate IT organisations serving 14 different countries. Karen has also consulted to various Government departments and SMEs. With over 35 years’ professional experience, Karen specialises in changing the culture of organisations and communities, and is an avid diversity champion on women’s challenges.
Jamie LeachCEO, Open Data Australia
Jamie Leach is seasoned people-leader, an innovative problem solver and creator of high-performance teams. Jamie entered the high-energy and fast paced world of technology in 2014, after a long and successful career in the Australian financial industry.
Jamie’s performance as a people leader has focused on redefining strategic direction within teams and developing a value-based philosophy. She believes in integrity, generosity of spirit, passion and drive, which are not only values she strives to portray, but also values she seeks out in the people that she works with. Jamie’s exceptional leadership skills have a proven track record for moulding staff into high performers resulting in improved key metrics across P&L's and KPI's.
Under Jamie’s governance, previous organisations have grown from small pilot projects to becoming some of Australia’s most successful exports. Jamie has direct experience and understanding of Risk and Governance issues within the commercial environment and how they impact Corporations, Government and Not For Profits.
A truly self-motivated and driven businesswoman, Jamie brings a well-rounded corporate background and wealth of knowledge to the growth and international expansion of organisations. Her philosophy around growing the business is simple, identify those industries and verticals where the technology can make the greatest difference and go after them first. This attitude is complimented by her intelligence, her love of strategy and international network to carry out the plan.
Jamie can’t sit still and is always planning, doing and dreaming. Not only is she a former serving member of the Australian Defence Force through the Royal Australian Navy, but she has also been twice named the National Champion of TaeKwonDo Australia.
Jamie has held Chair and Member roles on numerous boards throughout Australasia. She is open to roles on additional Boards.
Kylie LewisDigital Strategist, Of Kin
My purpose is to change the conversations we have with ourselves and each other so that we are driven by courageous choices, rather than stalled by armoured voices.
After a 20-year digital marketing career, I know that high-performing workplaces are a direct result of high-quality interpersonal relationships and a psychologically safe culture. Engagement at work stems from trust, authenticity, vulnerability, having language to deal with hard emotions and frameworks for tough conversations.
Working across 5 startups from solo entrepreneurs to ASX100 companies, I now blend my business acumen and passion for humanising work with leadership development for the creative, curious and hungry. Combining psychology, sociology, communication, business, wellbeing and neuroscience, I help leaders build confidence and courage to play bigger.
I'm a Certified Dare to Lead™ and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, which are programs based on the research of Dr Brené Brown.
Lina LimManaging Director & Co-Founder, Tempus Adventus
Lina Lim is Managing Director & Co-Founder of Tempus Adventus Advisory, a boutique strategic advisory and ventures company that focuses on promoting and delivering Distributed Ledger Technologies, Blockchain and emerging technologies in the financial market and services industry, and impact investing.
She is passionate in bringing and advocating creative and innovative financial technology adoption, in particular to challenge and solve the problems for greater and more distributed and inclusive wealth access for everyone. Her projects involve and focus in the development of fairer financial markets in the emerging, development and frontier markets, impact investing, social impact, financial inclusion, and empowering women leadership and contribution in financial services and technology.
Lina has over 20 years’ experience leading on business and technology transformation projects in global and international capital and financial market infrastructure and participants. She was awarded by CIO50 Australia in 2017 as a rising star on the CIO50 Ones to Watch for her leadership role and achievements. She holds Bachelor of Technology in Computer Engineering from Monash University and studies Global Management program, Executive Education at INSEAD. She is a fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) in her participation in Social Investment Program, and serves as Advisor and Mentor for start-up companies and impact enterprises.
Julianne ParkinsonChief Executive Officer, Global Centre from Modern Ageing
Julianne Parkinson was appointed CEO of the GCMA in April 2018.
Previously, Julianne was the Executive Director of the Office of the Economic Development Board, an independent advisory body to the South Australian Government on economic issues and initiatives. It was in this role that Julianne contributed to the Shaping the Future of South Australia – Ageing Well program – an initiative to better understand and change the perception of ageing and turn the State’s ageing population into an opportunity rather than a burden.
With more than 25 years’ experience including leadership roles with global financial and management consulting firms, Julianne specialises in strategic planning, business development and complex stakeholder engagement.
She has worked extensively with clients operating in government, corporate and private sectors and undertaken engagements across Australia and the South-East Asia region.
Julianne is a fellow and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Course, a Board Director of Brand South Australia and a Board Member of the UniSA Post-Graduate Advisory Board.
She also holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of South Australia.
Dr. Katherine RockIP Advisor, Patent Flare
Dr. Katherine Rock is registered Trans-Tasman Patent and Trade Marks attorney with a Master of Intellectual Property, and over 7 years of experience in Australian private practice. She previously worked in an Australian top-tier patent attorney firm before Co-Founding a start-up centric intellectual property service firm. She now operates as a freelance IP consultant. Her technical qualifications include degrees in Microelectronics Engineering, Information Technology, and a PhD in Engineering Science (Computer Vision) from the University of Oxford which she attended as a General Sir John Monash Scholar and Clarendon Scholar. Katherine has been recognised as a Recommended Individual in the global rankings published in IAM Patent 1000 and the World Trade Mark Review. She sits on a number of IP committees, including the IT and Internet Standing Committee of the global IP organisation, AIPPI, and the Future Directions committee and Diversity and Inclusion Working Group of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA). In 2015, she was awarded the IPTA Institute Medal as the top new patent attorney in Australia. Katherine also has a University of Cambridge MBA with Distinction, having attended the prestigious St John's College as a 30% Club scholar.
Jacyl ShawGlobal Practice Director – Digital Innovation & Higher Education Lead, GHD Digital
With over 20 years’ experience delivering innovation and consulting programs, projects and services with multisectoral clients from higher education, industry, start-ups, accelerator hubs, government and research agencies, Jacyl is the Digital Innovation Lead 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 (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, ‘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 Carlton 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 launched several start-ups.
Audrey TangDigital Minister, Taiwan
Audrey Tang, a civic hacker and Taiwan’s Digital Minister in charge of Social Entrepreneurship and Open Government, is known for revitalizing global open source communities such as Perl and Haskell.
In the public sector, Audrey served on Taiwan’s K-12 curriculum committee and national development council’s open data committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project.
In the private sector, Audrey worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design.
In the third sector, Audrey actively contributes to Taiwan’s g0v (“gov-zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government”.
Sarah TaylorCOO & CTO, CXi Software
Sarah is an outcome-focused technology manager with over 25 years experience in the full vertical stack of every technical and business role within the IT industry. With a proven track record in the end-to-end delivery of large scale projects across multiple industries, Sarah is passionate about mentoring and educating women about how to succeed in male dominated industries.
Greta ThomasCo-Founder / Co-Host, Full Potential Labs / Don't Stop Us Now! Podcast
Greta Thomas has held senior roles around the world with leading global brands including McKinsey & Company and Sydney Opera House, and she launched eBay in Australia as CMO.
She headed up the UK and European operations for Bono’s (RED) and she has also been involved with launching or building several other startups.
As Co-Founder of Full Potential Labs, a next-gen leadership development company, she works with leaders in numerous tech businesses and also presents regularly on the topic of advancing women here in Australia and overseas. Greta is also an Expert contributor for Sheryl
Sandberg’s Lean In Foundation. Having previously been on the board of a listed fintech company, she’s currently an Advisor to the board and the CEO of a large Australian financial services organisation.
Melissa Verner GreenNational Agency Lead / Board Director, Facebook / Essendon Football Club
Melissa is a customer focused commercial leader with over 26 years experience in the media industry.
At Facebook she is National Agency Lead. Previously she was Head of Melbourne Agency & Government.
Her primary responsibility is to help Marketers understand the digital revolution, with the current opportunity of mobile, data and technology - utilising the Facebook family of apps. Using insights and developing strategies to deliver business outcomes.
Melissa is also a current Director of the Essendon Football Club and chairs the women’s football committee in the clubs pursuit to field a women's football team in the AFL by 2021. She is passionate about opportunities for women and girls and growing the game for the next generations.
Virginia WhewayManager, Data Science and Analytics, Thiess
Virginia is an expert in analytics, data mining and developing business strategies for data and analytics functions. She has over twenty years’ experience across many industry sectors, including aviation, transport, mining, manufacturing, medicine and futures trading.
Virginia helps businesses solve their problems through the use of analytics and data mining. She is skilled at converting business problems into solvable frameworks, and has the ability then to translate complex concepts into relevant business language and communicate this clearly. She has particular depth of experience in data visualisation, text data mining and developing new data analysis methodologies that can adapt to each organisation’s unique data.
Virginia was recently the head of data analytics at BHP Billiton and is now setting up the Data Science and Analytics function within Thiess. She also spent thirteen years of her career with The Boeing Company, where she held the roles of research statistician, Chief Mathematician (Australia), and Director (Boeing Australia Holdings).
Virginia also previously led the NSW government’s Bureau of Transport Statistics, where she had responsibility for leading a team of over 50 analysts and initiating projects such as visualizing public transaction data, measuring fare evasion and establishing an organisation-wide analytics strategy.
Virginia holds a PhD in data mining (statistics and computer science), a BMath (Honours) from the University of Wollongong, and a GradDip in Epidemiology from University of Newcastle. She has also undertaken postgraduate study in Executive Management at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).
Melissa WitheriffHead of Digital Innovation, Credit Union Association
As a curious innovator, Melissa has found her calling in connecting people, ideas and opportunities to create value exchange.
She is a big picture thinker and if there is a better, more efficient or more engaging way to do something, she will be the first one off the blocks. Challenging the status quo is a favourite pastime and she always on the lookout for opportunities to learn, grow, achieve and excel.
Melissa is focused on addressing problems worth solving working with the startup community accelerating ideas into commercial opportunities. Sometimes this means daring to be different and pushing the boundaries relative to the business environment. Coupled with the right balance of research, planning and strategic intent, Melissa believes appetite for managed risk can equal reward for customers, partners and the organisation.
With extensive experience in the commercial, government and NFP sectors, Melissa has a strong track record in emerging technology such as AI and Machine Learning, business model innovation, human centered design, fintech/startup investment and accelerator programs, cultural change, portfolio change management and leading business and people transitions.
Skye WuSecurity Technologist – Senior Specialist, Telstra
Skye is a Senior Specialist with the Cyber Security Discovery team at Telstra, a unique and industry leading capability that helps the business to identify and understand unknown business risks using data. Skye began her career as a Digital Forensic Analyst with the Victoria Police specialising in assisting investigations with digital forensic analysis, and presenting evidence in court. Skye also has experience in the consulting world, specialising in digital forensics, electronic discovery and investigation to expand her knowledge and expertise. She joined Telstra’s Cyber Security capability in 2014, helping develop an industry leading proactive approach to managing cyber security threats. Skye’s breath of experience has enabled her to methodically tackle the challenge “how do I find issues in my environment before they become a problem?”.
Sarah YipManaging Director, Kease
For the past 14 years Sarah has created a reputation for innovative learning programs that embed learning outcomes. She is highly sought after for her consultancy, facilitation & public speaking skills throughout Australia and SE Asia.
Sarah is the accredited principal facilitator for GENOS Ignite, Wiley Everything DiSC, 5 Behaviours of a cohesive team and Productive conflict programs.
Requested as a keynote speaker, Sarah is well respected on an international level as a subject matter expert in Applied Emotional Intelligence, Mindful Leadership and Applied positive psychology in the workplace.
Clients including praise her ability to deliver measurable results. Sarah’s strength is her ability to work in partnership with an organisation to create relevant learning programs that ensure learners and engaged and motivated.