Speakers

OUR SPEAKERS AND FACILITATORS

Manisha Amin
CEO of the Centre for Inclusive Design
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Dr Manisha Amin is the CEO of the Centre for Inclusive Design (CfID), a not-for-profit social enterprise that uses the power of the marketplace. As the real and the digital worlds collide CfID help people to build and design products, services and policies that are inclusive and usable to as many people as possible. As technology becomes more complex they work to provide simple solutions to that everyone has opportunity to participate in economic, social, civil, political and cultural life.
Manisha co-hosts a workshop on “The Benefit of Designing for Everyone” LinkedIn
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Andrew Baxter
Senior Advisor to KPMG and BGH Capital
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Thought leader, marketer and board director, Andrew Baxter is a Senior Advisor to KPMG’s entrepreneurial Customer, Brand & Marketing Advisory business, as well as a Senior Advisor to BGH Capital, and the Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the University of Sydney. Andrew is also a Non-Executive Director at Australian Pork, Indigenous Business Australia (Tjapukai), the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. Prior to this he was the CEO of two of the country’s largest communications agency groups, Publicis, and Ogilvy, where he was a trusted counsel to many of Australia’s most iconic brands.

Andrew regularly writes and speaks about the future of marketing, in a world where both consumers and technology are ever-evolving. He has been named as one of LinkedIn’s Top 40 Australian influencers, recognised by Campaign magazine as one of the Top 5 Agency Leaders in Australia and New Zealand, and the winner of Australian Marketing Institute’s Sir Charles McGrath Award for his significant contribution to the field of marketing.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Monash University.

Andrew delivers DISRUPT.SYDNEY 2019’s Keynote speech “What the Banking Royal Commission tells us about success in the age of disruption”. LinkedIn
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Jyoti Bhattacharjya
Lecturer, University of Sydney Business School
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Dr Jyoti Bhattacharjya is a Lecturer and ITLS Adviser on Procurement and Digital Supply Chain Initiatives. She coordinates and teaches two units of study, ITLS6003 Contemporary Procurement and ITLS6004 Supply Chain Visibility, and supervises both PhD and master’s level research projects. Both her research and teaching innovation efforts have been supported by a number of Business School grants. Her research expertise primarily focusses on big data analytics in supply chain management and digital transformation of procurement and supply chains.

She serves on the editorial review boards of the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management (IJPDLM) and Production and Operations Management (POM).

Jyoti moderates the first Q&A panel discussion with Andrew Baxter, Connie Henson and Paul Farragi. LinkedIn
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Andrew Black
Director, Living Lab
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Andrew Black is Director of the Living Lab at Westmead, appointed in November 2018 to lead its establishment.  The Lab is focused on improving the health and wellbeing of the community around Westmead and Parramatta, and more broadly.  It is an enabler for collaborative, open innovation among partners in the Westmead precinct, industry, government and the community itself, with a data commons at its heart.
Andrew co-hosts a workshop, “How do we prepare graduates for the changing world of work LinkedIn
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James Dellow
Director, Digital Workplace Company
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James is a human-centred designer and technology strategist. Through his business the Digital Workplace Company, he works alongside leading Australian design studios to contribute to workplace strategies that blend people, place, and technology.
James a workshop on “Success in the digital workplace“. LinkedIn
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Paul Faraggi
Lead & Co-Founder, Social Innovators, Capgemini
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Paul is the Lead & Co-Founder of Social Innovators, the social impact and sustainability practice of Capgemini. Social Innovators is made of purpose-driven strategists, storytellers, app developers, and business and technology practitioners who believe in the power of making a positive impact for the community and the planet. The practice aims at helping its clients become Game Changers, by developing two sets of capabilities: their Social Impact & Sustainability capabilities on the one hand, and their Business & Digital capabilities on the other hand.

Paul is also a Senior Manager within Capgemini Invent’s Innovation & Strategy capability. He has worked on a wide range of projects, from the design and setup of incubators and other innovation capabilities, to large industrial transformation programs. Since he was a student, Paul has been passionate by the challenges of climate change and energy transition. That’s why he has worked many years in the Energy & Utilities sector, in particular on energy transition, innovation and new business models.

Paul’s talk, “Driving success through purpose and impact“, examines how organisations can play a role in becoming an architect of positive futures. LinkedIn
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Rob Hackett
Senior Consultant Anaesthetist and Director, The PatientSafe Network
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Dr Rob Hackett is a senior consultant Anaesthetist who works in several major hospitals across Sydney. He is a passionate patient safety advocate and director of The PatientSafe Network – a not for profit organisation developed by front line healthcare staff who wants to improve patient safety.

The PatientSafe Network’s combined commitment is to improve patient safety through the transparent review of medical mistakes and the generation of transparent networked projects.

Rob’s talk “Fixing Healthcare Safety“, explains how we can create the best environment for patient care, and co-hosts a workshop “Success With A Different System LinkedIn
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Connie Henson
The founder and managing director Learning Quest
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Dr Connie Henson is the author of BrainWise Leadership: Practical neuroscience to survive and thrive at work.

A lively presenter, Connie’s expertise in the science of ‘how people work’ enables her to apply the most current research and techniques in a way that is both practical and entertaining. Her sessions are unique. She integrates her understanding of neuro-behavioural science and psychology with practical business ‘know how’ to create an experience that gets leaders thinking differently. Her sessions encourage high interaction and get people thinking about issues that matter for their organisation and personally.

Connie is a member of the DDRG. She is active in her community often seeking ways to spark collaborations that benefit the broader community as well as achieve commercial outcomes.

Connie founded Learning Quest, a boutique Australian leadership development and change facilitation consultancy in 2001. Along with her team, she runs development and leadership programs for corporates, SME’s, Government and not-for-profits across Australia and internationally. These programs, all of which are underpinned by neuroscience and psychology, help people shift their mindsets and behaviours, transform organisational work patterns and establish new habits to achieve business results.

Connie’s short talk “Disruption as a Catalyst to Thrive” highlights how people have ultimately benefited from disruptions in their work and lives. She also hosts a workshop, “Creating the Conditions to Thrive”. LinkedIn
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Joanne Jacobs
CEO of Disruptors Co.
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Joanne Jacobs is an award-winning digital strategist and company director, and she is the Co-CEO (with Gavin Heaton) of Disruptors Co (formerly Disruptor’s Handbook), a firm that facilitates innovation in enterprise.  She is on the NSW Government Digital Advisory Panel, and she is an active mentor of startups. In her career, Joanne has worked in London where she ran a social media production house, and she was a consultant in social networking technologies, as well as a professional speaker, business coach, trainer and strategist for digital marketing practices. Joanne also has a long history in academia and she was co-editor with Axel Bruns of the book, Uses of Blogs (2006).
Joanne co-hosts a workshop on “Rethinking Problem Solving“. LinkedIn
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Bronwen Mather
Design Lead, Strategy Portfolio, University of Sydney
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Bronwen Mather is the Design Lead in the Strategy Portfolio and heads up the Campus Experience stream of the Parramatta/Westmead program. With a background in human-centred design, Bronwen wants to listen to people’s stories, surface meaning and identify opportunities to co-create differentiating and valued experiences.
Bronwen co-hosts a workshop, “How do we prepare graduates for the changing world of work LinkedIn
Andrea Myles
CEO, China Australia Millennial Project
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Andrea Myles is an award-winning, Mandarin-speaking CEO, international keynote speaker & consultant connecting business leaders to an innovating China. She is CEO & co-founder of the China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP).
Andrea has been named in Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by Westpac & Australian Financial Review (AFR), an Alumni of the Year of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and Top 25 FinTech Influencers by Findr.com for her understanding of the Chinese Fintech ecosystem
Her expertise is sought by the BBC, ABC, Sky News & Radio National. She has written on myriad China issues for The Guardian, AFR, The Diplomat & Company Director magazines.
Andrea’s qualifications include two bilingual Masters degrees in Chinese business & culture from UTS, Yunnan Normal University & the National Political University, Taipei, a BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Sydney & fellowships from the School for Social Entrepreneurs & Sydney Leadership Program.
Andrea’s experience includes: living in China for over five years, creating revenue streams for social enterprise programs in regional China, leading the Australia China Business Council nationally, leading Prime Minister Gillard’s business delegation on her 2nd China trip, co-founding the Engaging China Project to improve “China literacy” in Australian high schools, and co-founding the Sydney Roller Derby League
Andrea’s short talk is titled “How China is Changing Everything You Know About Innovation: – and what’s in it/at risk for Australia” LinkedIn
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Matt Moore
Innovation Manager, Disruptors Co.
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Matt has advocated for transforming power of collaborative technologies in roles working for IBM, Oracle and ASIC as well as time an independent consulting.
Matt co-hosts a workshop on “Rethinking Problem Solving“. LinkedIn
Brigitta Norton
Idean (Capgemini)
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Brigitta Norton is the Canberra Lead of Idean (the Service Design Agency of Capgemini Invent) and has previously been the Digital Transformation Agency’s Accessibility and Inclusivity Lead. She is a digital strategist with over 16-years experience enabling organisations to achieve a competitive digital presence by ensuring effective and efficient product and service delivery and by creating accessible and inclusive user experiences.
Brigitta co-hosts a workshop on “The Benefit of Designing for Everyone” LinkedIn
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Sandra Peter
Director, Sydney Business Insights
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Dr Sandra Peter is a thinker, researcher and educator. She leads the Sydney Business Insights strategic initiative to deliver on the University of Sydney Business School’s commitment to be an engaged, relevant and influential voice on major issues and trends. She contributes to public conversations, research and critical thinking by working with leading thinkers in industry, government and community.
Sandra hosts the Sydney Business Insights podcast The Future, This Week. She has degrees in Business and Education and has contributed thought pieces, op eds, interviews and research in the AFR, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Australian and the ABC.
Sandra will present a keynote speech, “Success in the fourth industrial revolution. What will it look like?”, and co-hosts a workshop “Doing futures with artefacts”. Profile
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Kai Riemer
Professor of Information Technology and Organisation at the University of Sydney Business School
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Kai is a Professor at The University of Sydney Business School. His expertise is in Enterprise Social Networking, e-Collaboration, inter-firm networking, virtual work, social impact of ICTs, and the practical philosophy of technology. Kai is currently doing research into technology adoption and sense-making, infrastructure technologies and the adoption and management of Enterprise Social Networking. He has held positions with the University of Muenster in Germany, Melbourne University and University College Dublin and consulted with a range of companies both in Europe and Australia. Kai is the founder of the Digital Disruption Research Group (DDRG) and convenor of DISRUPT.SYDNEY.
Kai will moderate the short talks and co-hosts a workshop “Doing futures with artefacts Blog
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Steph Sands
Chairman, Change Agents Worldwide
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Steph is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Capgemini Australia/NZ. She has extensive leadership experience that includes large scale Digital and customer experience transformations within complex business programs.

She has worked across the Advertising, Digital and IT industries in a career that has spanned Corporate, Government and for purpose industries over two decades.

Steph co-hosts a workshop on “The Benefit of Designing for Everyone” LinkedIn
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Mike Seymour
PhD candidate, lecturer, and co-founder of fxguide.com
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Mike Seymour has a B Sc. focused on CGI and Pure Maths from the University of Sydney where he also did his Masters (MBA) and he is currently doing his PhD and lecturing. His research is into using interactive realtime photoreal faces in new forms of Human Computer Interfaces (CHI). Mike has worked for many years in the visual effects area of the entertainment industry, in R&D and in film production, winning an AFI and being nominated for a Prime time Emmy in the USA. He has worked as a compositor, vfx supervisor and second unit director on various TV shows here and in the UK. He is also well known for his work as a writer, consultant and educator with the web sites fxguide.com and fxphd.com. These sites provide an important link between the film and vfx community and the research community who constantly push the limits of technology. Mike has lectured and presented at NAB, ACM SIGGRAPH, CVMP and SMPTE. He regularly can be heard on the company’s own podcasts, as well as having contributed to Warner Bros., Paramount, News Corp, the BBC (radio) and WIRED Magazine (- over 70+ times). Mike is based in Sydney, but has previously worked in Hollywood and London. He is known internationally and makes a mean Margarita.
Mike facilitates a demonstration session on “Deepfakes and the future of Information (arms race)” Website
Scott Ward
ISV Recruitment lead, Microsoft
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Scott Ward is a business and behavioral strategist who assists organization’s to use Enterprise social to solve business challenges, drive innovation and affect digital transformation. Having worked with Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and Deloitte, Scott has an extensive background in technology and sits as a founding industry member of Sydney Universities Digital Disruption Panel. In 2010 whilst working at Deloitte and researching for Sydney University, Scott began an extensive research project to identify best practice use of social and gamified technologies, the results of which now form the BITIL™ Framework.

In 2011 Scott formed Digital Infusions to assist organisations increase their capability and knowledge at using emerging technology. Since this time Scott has used the BITIL™ Framework to design a range of tools, measures and programs to help businesses both large and small, step through the adoption process. Scott is a frequent speaker on the effective use of Social media and Gamification and has presented at numerous conferences and industry functions across Asia Pacific. Scott is a passionate advocate of social technologies and his clients represent diverse industry groups such as education, mining, travel, real estate, legal and financial institutions.

Scott co-hosts a workshop with Rob Hackett LinkedIn
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Ben Wilson
Senior Advisor, Strategy Portfolio, University of Sydney
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Ben Wilson is a Senior Advisor in the University of Sydney’s Strategy Portfolio, as part of the team developing the strategy for the University’s planned new Parramatta/Westmead Campus.

He has particular responsibility for developing the academic vision for a campus focussed on the intersection of technology and the human experience that provides new opportunities for research, education and community engagement.

Ben co-hosts a workshop, “How do we prepare graduates for the changing world of work LinkedIn