Founder, Florence Guild & Work Club
Soren is a leader in the new work culture that’s emerging as a result of rapid technological change in the world. He is creating the conditions for innovation, disruption, creativity and reflection through the space he has designed at Work Club and the collaborative events running through Florence Guild.
Innovation through collaboration
Founder & Creative Director, kikki.K
Since 2001 when she opened her first kikki.K boutique, Kristina has turned a desire for stylish home office products and beautiful, meaningful stationery into a booming design and retail business, with boutiques across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and an online store that ships to people in over 143 countries.
Through beautiful Swedish design, Kristina and her team inspire and empower people the world over, to live their best life every day.
Design & Innovation
Founder, Magnificence in Action
Jerry was the Grammy award winning drummer of the 80s new wave group Men at Work. He is now a Buckminster Fuller curator and the founder of Magnificence in Action.
Men At Work achieved national and international success in the early 1980s with their hit single ‘Down Under’ and hit album Business as Usual which in 1983 made them the first Australian artists to have a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single in the US, AUS, NZ and UK charts. Men at Work have sold over 30 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Hall of Fame during the ARIA Music Awards of 1994.
Founder, Marco Polo Project; Executive Project Officer Risk Reports, Global Challenges Foundation
Julien is a French-Australian writer and educator. His professional experience spans across digital writing, community building, government strategy, higher education, and engaging with China. More recently, he’s applied himself to the field of Global Catastrophic Risk. He likes to listen and look for common ground.
Founder, CEO and Creative Director, Kester Black
Anna Ross is the Founder and Director of Kester Black, one of Australia’s leading manicure and skincare brands specialising in sustainably and ethically produced products. Founding the company in 2012, Anna set out on a mission to redefine the industry standard for consciously created cosmetics. She developed a range of manicure products that adhere to her ethical and environmental values without compromising on style. Utilising her background in design, her love for creative collaboration and her uncompromising social and environmental values, Anna’s belief in ethical business practice has resulted in the fast-growing success of the Kester Black brand which remains at the forefront of the Australian beauty industry.
Director, The School of Life
Kaj (pronounced Kai) is the Director of The School of Life (TSOL) Australia, which includes branches in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. TSOL is a secular organisation that is devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture. Prior to this Kaj served as the Director of Strategy at Small Giants. Small Giants invests in businesses that are shifting us to a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable world.
Managing Director, Artesian Venture Partners
Caitlin is a venture capitalist, active angel investor, speaker & entrepreneur. She has helped raise one of the largest pools of dedicated early stage capital in Australia and over the next 5 years will invest in ~1,000 early stage start-ups across Australia. In the coming months, Caitlin will be unveiling a new project that will provide education from a global faculty of industry, business & world leaders to women who want to fast-track their development, unlock & reach their full potential personally and professionally (online & offline).
Impact & disruption
Co-founder, Future Crunch
Dr Angus Hervey is a writer, technologist and science communicator. He’s the co-founder of Future Crunch, a platform for intelligent thinking about the future of science and technology, and the current Australian manager of Random Hacks of Kindness, a global initiative started in 2009 by Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank to create open-source technology solutions to social challenges. He is the former manager of Global Policy, one of the world’s leading international political journals, and holds an MSc in International Political Economy and a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics, where he was also the Ralph Miliband Scholar between 2009 and 2012.
Speaker, writer, educator. LGBTI & mental health advocate
Jason is best known as the pioneering LGBTI advocate who in 2012 became the first male Aussie Rules footballer at any level of the game to publicly come out as gay in the national media. Jason used this platform to launch a campaign to challenge homophobia in sport and drive cultural change within the AFL. Since taking that stand, Jason has became a national figurehead on combatting homophobia in sport and highlighting the damaging impact of discrimination on the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBTI community. As an ambassador for beyondblue he has shared his story with thousands of people in schools, workplaces and sporting clubs across the country.
Writer, Director & Producer, Ignition Pictures; Head of Content – Client Insights, Platform & Analytics, IIB, ANZ
Darren loves walking tightropes, presently balancing between conservative enterprise and filmmaking. His business persona is focused on disrupting organisational behaviour to accelerate digital adoption, currently in the banking v fintech space. His filmmaking persona is focused on writing and directing emotionally moving pictures through his production company Ignition Pictures. In his limited spare time he enjoys walking loudly on eggshells.
Connecting through narrative
Program Manager, Impact Investment Summit Asia Pacific; Strategic Intervention Coach
Having lived a nomadic life in several countries around the world during the last years, Jenny recently moved to Melbourne and found her place to stay.
She has a background in strategy and sustainability and works with several organisations across the impact investing and social enterprise sector, excited about the thought that we can create a world of abundance for all.
Jenny is a passionate advocate for plant-based living and well-being and currently aspires to become a competitive athlete.
Shifting belief systems
Director, Flying Connoisseur & Conversations in Pubs
Jill is a writer, producer and theatrical gypsy who has been immersed in making arts & culture accessible for over forty years – first as a journalist specialising in food, wine & the arts, later as Media Director of The Australian Ballet.
She has served on various dance boards, brought the Australian Dance Awards to the Arts Centre in Melbourne and championed National Choreographic Workshops. In 2008, she moved to the Macedon Ranges and established Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios and Conversations in Pubs Arts & Culture Unplugged.
Arts & Health
Founder and Principal Change Agent, Questo
Helen revels in adventures in the work-scape. She’s had plenty of her own crossing organisational and national cultures. She carries the curious and resourceful spirit that comes from being born and raised in NZ. Helen is the founder of Questo, a business platform for transforming how organisations and individuals make change in their work-scape.
Topics: Future of Work
Senior Communications Advisor – Equality Branch, Department of Premier and Cabinet VIC
As an experienced journalist, government speechwriter and adviser, Matthew has worked in the entertainment industry as well as the Victorian Government, where he has been closely involved in the development of regional Victoria. More recently he advised to the Victorian Commissioner for Gender & Sexuality and is a regular writer at DNA Magazine. Matthew also supports the ANZAC legacy by riding in the Creswick Light Horse Troop.
The LGBTI Community
Contemporary & Traditional Theatre
David Hagger is a Melbourne based curator, writer and co-director of Blackartprojects, an itinerant platform for the promotion and exhibition of the visual arts. Over the last 10 years he has worked with in excess of 100 international and Australian artists to realise projects in private and public galleries, institutions, art fairs, festivals and site-specific settings.
Director, Catherine Asquith Art Advisory
Catherine Asquith is a former Melbourne-based gallerist with an academic background in Art History who has curated exhibitions, nationally and internationally; published catalogues; provided reportage on international art fairs; collaborated with auction houses on selected exhibitions; and placed numerous artworks with significant institutional and corporate art collections, in addition to private art collections located, across the globe.
Providing bespoke art advisory services, Catherine remains a passionate advocate for bridging the gap between the Australian arts sector and the global art market.
Topics: Global art
Head Of Business Development, Yellow Brick Road
Andrew Morello, winner of the first season of The Apprentice Australia, credits his strong work ethic as the catalyst for his success. Morello’s lifelong exposure to the property and finance industry, natural enthusiasm and outstanding sales skills mean he is adept at providing people with the service and outcome they are seeking. A natural leader from his days at St Bernard’s College, Morello founded his own business at the age of fifteen and never looked back. Morello is now Head of Business Development at Yellow Brick Road, and is working closely with Executive Chairman Mark Bouris to further grow Yellow Brick Road’s expanding branch network. Morello’s number one mantra is that relationships are the key to a lifetime of success.
Topics: Property & Finance
Jan van Schaik
Director, MvS Architects; Lecturer & Researcher, RMIT University School of Architecture & Design
Jan van Schaik is an architect, educator and researcher. His ventures are diverse and collaborative and his projects include: research into robotics to mass-produce affordable variegated decoration in complex façade systems; property market innovation to bring bespoke architectural design within the national housing-cost average; strategic cultural infrastructure planning, programming and design to create robust communities and economies in major urban centres and regional towns; and award-winning private and public public buildings.
Director, Chompy Pty Ltd
Suze has a passion for problem solving. Organising, helping start-ups achieve their goals, enabling businesses and high-flying individuals reach their full potential is what she does best.
Driven by a desire to understand a problem, create order and process, and then find the most efficient route to the solution, has led her on a unique path. As an experienced marketer, project coordinator, pastry chef, and administrator; her diverse range of skills have led her to embark on a new venture as a holistic business assistant. Suze’s dream is to be able to provide intuitive, seamless business support to start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Founder and Director, Symbiosis
Sian is passionate about helping organisations grow their business. Since founding her first company in the UK, (in 1997) she has worked with premier-tier clients, such as News International, Sainsbury’s and Debrett’s Publishing, delivering bespoke, senior-level B2B lead generation and appointment setting services. The business model empowered quality and diverse personnel who had chosen to move towards a flexible working environment. Sian’s move to Australia in 2012 created an opportunity to replicate and evolve this model by establishing another business. Symbiosis aligns with client objectives to strengthen business development activity through every sales step; from prospecting to customer conversion.
Brand & Content Consultant
Moving to Melbourne, Sarah never thought she’d become a business-owning, content-writing, lifestyle-snapping #digitalnomad. Since 2012, she’s relished shaping and sharing brand stories in Australia and overseas through her copywriting business, Hot Content, and lifestyle and travel brand, Little Miss Melbourne. Melbourne is her journey; the world is her destination.
Topics: Life by design
Culture – Food & Travel
Business & connecting others
Rosario De Marco
Guitarist – Composer
Rosario has performed live as well as for national TV and radio. He has released a number of CDs, including “Light and Shadows” “Roots” and “Intuition”. His music captures the warmth and passion of the Southern European lands, taking elements from flamenco, jazz, classical, folk and popular music.
With this mixture of different musical inspirations he creates his own personal and highly melodious style… With countless performances around Italy and Australia, Rosario’s reputation as a unique and vibrant guitarist has grown swiftly. Successful performances include as support act for Omara Portuendo (Buena Vista Social Club), and Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Melbourne Concert Hall.
Specialist Tax Consultant, Lawson Delaney
Emily is a corporate psychology enthusiast currently working in recruitment and selection, partnering with Big 4 Chartered Accounting firms. Her legal training injects analytical skills into every situation, and her psychology background is heavily linked with personality and values in the workplace: focusing on fit, culture and wellbeing. Emily constantly strives for connection and excellence, and is passionate about psychoeducation.
Head of Commercial – APAC at Kwickie
Mahamoud Fahour is the Head of Commercial – APAC for a Global Social Media organisation named “Kwickie”. His previous working experience is in the corporate and partnerships space in Australia and abroad. Having worked with organisations such as; Qantas, Channel 9, PBL Media, Goodlife Health Clubs and ROKT. Mahamoud’s most notable achievements is securing a number of strong partnerships. Currently, Mahamoud has been very active attracting many new VIP’s, Brands and Corporates to the Kwickie platform in Australia and abroad with his relationships.