Featured Speakers

Andrew Baxter - Senior Advisor, KPMG and Adjunct Professor, The University of Sydney Business School

Andrew Baxter has a unique perspective on the power of creativity, having led two of the country’s largest communications agencies, Publicis, and Ogilvy, and from sitting on the Boards of two elite arts organisations, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and The Song Room.

Andrew regularly writes and speaks about the future of marketing, in a world where both consumers and technology are ever-evolving. He is one of LinkedIn’s Top 40 Australian influencers and the winner of Australian Marketing Institute’s Sir Charles McGrath Award for his significant contribution to the field of marketing. Andrew is now a Senior Advisor at KPMG’s entrepreneurial Customer, Brand & Marketing Advisory business, as well as the Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the University of Sydney, and sits on a number of high-profile Boards.

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Belinda Brosnan - CEO, Belinda Brosnan International

Belinda Brosnan is a leading change agent on mindset and personal leadership through change and uncertainty. Obsessed with practical solutions for her clients, Belinda is passionate about challenging the patterns of thinking and behaviour that hold people back from being effective collaborators, leaders and decision makers.

An experienced senior leader with credentials in conversational intelligence and NeuroLeadership, Belinda helps clients discover the power and courage within to step up in their professional and personal lives. Belinda is an advocate and investor with The Hunger Project and has led leadership programs in Africa and India. She was QLD Telstra Business Women’s Awards winner for Start-Up in 2015.

Craig Davis - Co-founder and CMO Sendle.com

Craig is one off the world’s most accomplished marketing and advertising experts and a serial entrepreneur.

His most recent startup, Sendle, is a disruptive technology company locked in a ‘David and Goliath’ battle with Australia Post in the booming parcel delivery business.

Sendle is focused on exceeding the expectations of Australia’s 2 million small businesses and is a thriving example of the agile mindset at work. The company has been growing at 15% month-on-month for the last 3 years, and has been named one of Australia’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies by the AFR two years in a row.

To help stay “fully human” and build high-performing, agile teams, Craig also teaches a transformational leadership program developed at Google called “Search Inside Yourself”. The program combines cutting edge neuroscience with emotional intelligence training and mindfulness to build performance, leadership and wellbeing. He teaches the program to startups, entrepreneurs and corporates across Australia and Asia.

Tomer Garzberg - Founder and CEO, Gronade

Tomer Garzberg is the founder and CEO of GRONADE, a predictive decisioning and future-of-work company in Sydney. GRONADE operates on the philosophy that if data is the new oil, without an ignition, it’s just latent potential.

The GRONADE team partners with Fortune 500’s and enterprise to run experiments on the back of data science initiatives, deploying machine intelligence and behavioural experiments to reduce operational expenditure, amplify profit, and capitalise on future-of-work opportunities.

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Samantha Gash

Samantha Gash went from the bottom of the class in school athletics, to being the first woman, and the youngest person to complete the ‘Four Deserts’ Grandslam. A 1000km staged race through the deserts of Chile, China, Egypt and Antarctica – one of the toughest endurance competitions on the planet. Carrying everything she needed to survive in a pack on her back. She ran 3200kms across India to achieve her mission of breaking down the barriers to why children in India are unable to go to school.

Samantha uses authentic storytelling and documentary footage to explain the passion, purpose and process that took her from a weak amateur runner to running the entire span of India to support a cause much greater than her.

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Simon Griffiths - Co-founder and CEO, Who Gives A Crap

Simon is the Co-Founder and CEO of Who Gives A Crap, a profit-for-purpose toilet paper company that uses 50% of its profits to build toilets in the developing world. He was also a co-founder of Shebeen, Australia’s first non-profit bar, which was located in Melbourne’s CBD.

In 2011, Simon was recognised by The Age’s Melbourne Magazine as one of Melbourne’s Top 100 Most Influential People, and in 2013 he was shortlisted for Young Australian of the Year. He is an outstanding entrepreneur and philanthropist who has built two social enterprises, generating donations of more than $1,000,000.

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Robbi Mack - Dynamic Entertainment Services

As a former professional entertainer, singer and comedian, Robbi spent the early years of her career becoming the masterful performer she is today.

Those years were bright with spotlights and glitter, however the lights dimmed when after the birth of her son she descended into prolonged deep postnatal depression. This experience led Robbi through the depths of mental ill-health to become the bright vivacious heart-centred woman she is today.

Rohit Talwar - CEO, Fast Future Research

Rohit is a global futurist, professional speaker, and the CEO of Fast Future – which provides executive education and consultancy and publishes books about the future.

Rohit advises governments and corporations in the meetings industry, travel and tourism, aviation, transport, shipping,infrastructure, technology, financial services, and professional services around the world. He focuses on helping clients to anticipate and prepare for the forces, trends, and ideas shaping the future. Rohit is a member of parliament for Asgardia Space Nation – which already has 200,000 citizens and plans to create a new nation in space, and may be the only person in the room to have been on Interpol’s most wanted list.

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