Speakers

Genevieve BellSimon KempGrant ReaberMax SoyrefKellie NuttallMichela LedwidgeAdam FerrierMike SeymourFiona McLeanScott WardKai RiemerSandra PeterDaniel SchlagweinJulian PresterBlair Wang


Genevieve Bell

Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell AO FTSE FAHA, Director of the School of Cybernetics at the Australian National University; and Senior Fellow, Intel

Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell AO FTSE FAHA is a renowned anthropologist, technologist, and futurist. Genevieve completed her PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University in 1998 and is best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development.

She is currently the Director of the School of Cybernetics and Florence Violet McKenzie Chair at the Australian National University (ANU) and a Vice President and Senior Fellow in Intel Labs at Intel Corporation.

Genevieve joined the ANU in 2017 after spending 18 years in Silicon Valley guiding Intel’s product development and social science and user experience research capabilities. Genevieve was appointed the inaugural Director of the 3A Institute, co-founded by the ANU and CSIRO’s Data61. The Institute’s mission is to establish a new branch of engineering to responsibly and sustainably scale AI-enabled cyber-physical systems. In 2021, she was appointed Director of the new School of Cybernetics at the ANU, which in addition to housing the 3A Institute, is focused on building capacity in Systems and Design.

Genevieve will be delivering the keynote “New Cybernetics: Notes from the Future”. Please see the Program for details.


Simon Kemp

Founder at Kepios

Simon is the founder and CEO of Kepios, an advisory firm that helps organisations all over the world make sense of what people are really doing online. He’s also the chief analyst at DataReportal, an online collection of thousands of resources that explore evolving digital behaviours. Over the past 20 years, Simon has worked with many of the world’s most admired companies, including Unilever, Google, Coca-Cola, Intel, SAP, Nestlé, and Diageo, and he continues to advise a wide range of clients across various industries and geographies.

Simon will be delivering the keynote “The State of Play of Digital Channels and Social Media”. Please see the Program for details.


Grant Reaber

Head of Research and Co-Founder at Respeecher

“My background is in math, computer science, and philosophy. Now I use deep learning to transform speech. Respeecher makes technology that lets one person speak in the voice of another. For instance, if you are dubbing a movie, one actor can voice two characters, or the same character can be voiced by two actors. I am knowledgeable in deep learning (especially generative models of speech) and can share my experience as an American co-founding a startup in Ukraine.”

Grant will be facilitating the Special Live Demonstration. Please see the Program for details.


Max Soyref

Director and Chief Product Officer at KPMG Origins

Max leads a product team focussed on KPMG Origins – platform enabling complex ecosystems to thrive. KPMG Origins product suite delivers value across agricultural, retail, financial services and construction sectors. Max has extensive experience in helping organisations transform their business models using distributed ledger technology. His work with clients to design blockchain strategy, ecosystems and communities helps him to support organisations in extracting value from changing market dynamics and innovation.

Max will be delivering the short talk “The Future on the Blockchain”. Please see the Program for details.


Kellie Nuttall

Artificial Intelligence Lead at Deloitte

Kellie is Deloitte’s lead Partner for Artificial Intelligence in Australia and is passionate about working with organisations to turn data into insight and embed AI and Cognitive technologies into business and government to deliver a better world. She specialises in AI strategy and transformation and has over 10 years’ experience partnering with clients across multiple industries to become more AI fuelled organisations.

Kellie will be delivering the short talk “The Future of AI in Australia: Let’s Get Real”. Kellie will also be facilitating the workshop “Two Hours of AI Power!”. Please see the Program for details.


Michela Ledwidge

Founder at Mod

“I’m a director who specialises in realtime and virtual production. That means I helm the creative storytelling and experience across any platform. Recently that has included augmented and virtual reality, games and using these technologies behind the scenes for film & TV. I set up the first website in NSW, Australia (1993) and since then have worked around the globe in diverse roles, following my passion for experience design and storytelling.”

Michela will be delivering the short talk “Into the Metaverse”. Please see the Program for details.


Adam Ferrier

Founder and Consumer Psychologist at Thinkerbell

“At THINKERBELL we practice ‘measured magic’ – bringing together marketing science and hard core creativity. After just 2 years it’s 2019 Adnew’s Creative Agency of the year. In 2021 Thinkerbell was crowned Mumbrella’s Creative and PR and Full Service Agency of The Year. I’ve also co-founded two conferences s p a c e (a confestival) and MSIX (marketing sciences ideas change). I also sit on the boards of TRIBE (social influence), the Public Interest Journalism Initiative (PIJI), and Good Thnx.

I’m a regular panelist on TV shows Gruen, Sky, The Project, Your Money and Sunrise #mastersofspin (as well as Celebrity Apprentice and Australia’s Next Top Model (don’t ask!), and Man Up. I had a weekly segment on national radio station MMM, and ABC. I’ve commentated and/or write for TIME, The Australian, Mumbrella, B&T, Fast Company, The Guardian and the Wall Street Journal.”

Adam will be delivering the short talk “Innovation Starts with a B(ee)”. Adam will also be co-facilitating, with Mike Seymour, the workshop “Design Thinking with DALL-E”. Please see the Program for details.


Mike Seymour

Lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School

Mike is a lecturer at the University of Sydney, BIS focused on Digital Innovation, Agile Project Management, and CX. Mike was awarded Early Career Researcher of the year 2021 at USYD Bus School. He was most recently awarded a SOAR Sydney University Award for 2021-2022.

Mike is an Internationally respected researcher & expert in Digital Humans and Virtual Production. His background is in both visual effects and business is a perfect fit for the coming modern age of AI-driven CX. Mike has previously worked in film and TV R&D and in production, winning an AFI and being nominated for an Emmy Award. Mike is based in Sydney but has worked internationally, and was recently called “literally, the rocket scientist of virtual production.”

Mike will be co-facilitating, with Adam Ferrier, the workshop “Design Thinking with DALL-E”. Please see the Program for details.


Fiona McLean

Founder and CEO of The Social Index

Fiona is a commercial Executive Leader with extensive international HR experience and is focused on opportunities that arise when innovation, technology and high performing teams meaningfully intersect. As Founder and CEO of The Social Index, she is passionate about the commercial and individual success that is possible when business brands and individual reputations are aligned. Fiona has worked within large multi-national organisations in industries including Financial Services, Logistics, Private Equity as well as successful HR startup businesses.

Fiona will be co-facilitating, with Scott Ward, the workshop “Digital Personas and Digital Innovation”. Please see the Program for details.


Scott Ward

JAPAC Principal Transformation Strategist at Adobe

Scott Ward is a business and behavioral strategist who assists organizations to use Enterprise social to solve business challenges, drive innovation and affect digital transformation. Scott has an extensive background in technology. 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 will be co-facilitating, with Fiona McLean, the workshop “Digital Personas and Digital Innovation”. Please see the Program for details.


Kai Riemer

Professor of Information Technology and Organisation at the University of Sydney Business School

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 be co-facilitating, with Sandra Peter, the workshop “Futures Thinking”. Please see the Program for details.


Sandra Peter

Director of Sydney Business Insights at the University of Sydney Business School

Dr Sandra Peter is the Director of Sydney Business Insights at the University of Sydney Business School. She contributes to research, public conversations, policy and critical thinking by working with leading experts in industry, government and community. Her research focuses on current understandings of the future, and how the future of emerging technologies, their social, ethical and political implications can be conceptualised in novel, more productive ways. Her new podcast series is The Unlearn Project. She also co-hosts one of Australia’s leading Business and Technology podcasts The Future, This Week and the Sydney Business Insights podcast series.

Sandra will be co-facilitating, with Kai Riemer, the workshop “Futures Thinking”. Please see the Program for details.


Daniel Schlagwein

Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Business School

Dr Daniel Schlagwein is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at The University of Sydney Business School. Daniel’s research focuses on digital work, digital nomadism, crowdsourcing and IT-enabled openness. Currently, he is the lead investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project on digital nomadism (DP190102780, A$390,000, 2019-21). Daniel has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, including in leading journals such as the Information Systems Journal, the Journal of Information Technology, the Journal of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and The Journal of Strategic Information Systems. The AIS Research Ranking 2018 puts him in the top 100 of Information Systems researchers worldwide, while the Financial Times Ranking 2019 puts him in the top 100 of German Business researchers. Daniel’s research featured in, for example, Sky News, The Sydney Morning Herald and McKinsey Quarterly. Before his academic career, Daniel worked in the ICT industry for companies such as Vodafone.

Daniel will be co-facilitating, with Julian Prester and Blair Wang, the workshop “Working As and With Digital Nomads”. Please see the Program for details.


Julian Prester

Lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School

Julian is a Lecturer in the Discipline of Business Information Systems. He joined the University of Sydney in February 2022. He completed his Ph.D. as a Scientia Scholar in Information Systems at the University of New South Wales. Julian holds a MS in Management Information Systems and a BS in Business Informatics from the University of Regensburg.

Julian will be co-facilitating, with Daniel Schlagwein and Blair Wang, the workshop “Working As and With Digital Nomads”. Please see the Program for details.


Blair Wang

Lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School

Blair joined the discipline of Business Information Systems at the University of Sydney Business School in 2022. His research and teaching focuses on the digital futures of work, particularly knowledge work.

Blair will be co-facilitating, with Daniel Schlagwein and Julian Prester, the workshop “Working As and With Digital Nomads”. Please see the Program for details.