Speakers

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Holly Ransom

  • Keynote Speaker
Organisation Entrepreneurship

Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent Solutions, a company specialising in the development of high performing intergenerational workforces, leadership and social outcomes.

In 2012,  she  was the youngest person to be named in Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’, and also became the world’s youngest-ever Rotary President. In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to chair the G20 Youth Summit, and her corporate career has involved working as Chief of Staff to NAB Wealth Chief Executive Andrew Hagger and for Rio Tinto CEO Sam  Walsh.  Holly’s company Emergent Solutions has worked with the likes of INPEX, CBH, Conoco Phillips, KPMG, as well as local, state and federal government departments around the world.

Holly is renowned for generating innovative solutions to complex multi-stakeholder problems for corporations, governments and non-profit organisations, and for coaching and professionally
mentoring leaders of all generations around the world.

Craig Davis

    Keynote Speaker
Adjunct Professor, University of Technology, Sydney | Creative leader, Speaker, Consultant and Entrepreneur

Despite his creative inclinations, Craig Davis deviated into law and finance before course correcting to the creative industries. He started his own advertising agency after graduating from AWARD School, moved to Asia a few years later and went on to make Saatchi & Saatchi the most creative network in the region. Next stop London where he supercharged J Walter Thompson's 10,000 strong network as Chief Executive Officer, Worldwide.

In a truly international career Craig has helped clients develop and launch broadband services, software and soft drinks, banking and payment services, beer, cosmetics, food, cars, devices and not-for-profit organisations. He also initiated and led cultural change programmes building engagement and elevating the standard of creative thinking across two separate agency networks.

Craig has worked with many of the world's best known companies including P&G, HSBC, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Shell, Nokia, Sony, Bank of China, Toyota, Kraft, Ford, Vodaphone and Diageo. In the process he's won innumerable awards, been a juror at every major international marketing show, been president of the Cannes Festival, Spikes Asia, AdFest and led the D&AD Integrated and Earned media jury.

Craig also chaired YouTubes recent global initiative to unite the world's creative community with non-profit organisations called 'Good Work'. He loves speaking and has given enough keynotes on creativity and innovation to cramp a Macbook Pro, everywhere from the World Export Development Forum in Geneva to Club de Creacion in Sao Paulo.

He has also been invited to speak at Cannes four times, AdTech, UTS, QUT and his wife's 40th. Craig is Adjunct Professor at UTS and sits on the Boards of Advance, the Creative Industries Taskforce and conscious Capitalism Australia. Craig has also served as Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer for Publicis Mojo in Australia, Chairman of the Australasian Writers and Art Directors Club and Deputy Chair of The Communications Council. In his spare time he founded brandkarma.com, the world's first brand-centric social media platform. He blogs and tweets, and has written the most popular column for Campaign Asia-Pacific for the past three years. He also happens to be the fastest Australian to run a marathon at the North Pole.

Matthew Evans

  • Keynote Speaker
The Tasmanian Gourmet Farmer

Matthew was born in a mining town in New South Wales and moved to Canberra, Australia at the age of four. From about that time on, he fell in love with food from his mother's apron strings. For reasons long lost in the porridge of time he become a chef and a food critic, able to eat at the best restaurants in the land mostly at someone else's expense. In 2008, after beginning to suspect that the best produce in the land was eaten by people he'd never heard of, he moved from inner city Sydney to rural Tasmania where he breeds pigs and grows brussel sprouts.

For nearly two decades Matthew has been writing about food, and more recently has been presenting a television show called Gourmet Farmer and in 2014, a documentary on sustainable seafood, Whats the Catch on SBS. He has also authored nine books, the most recent being his memoir, The Dirty Chef, and cookbooks The Real Food Companion and Winter on the Farm. He also co-authored (with Ross O'Meara and Nick Haddow) The Gourmet Farmer Deli Book with another co-authored book due out in April/May 2015.

 

 

 

 

Jason Fox

    Keynote Speaker
The Game Changer

Dr Jason Fox is a motivation strategy & design expert who shows forward thinking leaders how to influence culture and build for the future of work. His adventures include working with the senior leaders of multinational organisations (to rethink leadership and culture), to the leaders of multi-million dollar projects (to make strategy happen).

Clients include the likes of Fortune 500 companies, PepsiCo and other multinationals such as McDonalds, Toyota, Microsoft, Gartner, Beam Suntory and Sony, through companies like Suncorp, Optus, Telstra, Sydney Water, AMP, and The International Institute for Research.

Jason is the director of The Future of Leadership Melbourne, the founding director of Clever Happenings and a global ambassador for the ideas execution conference 99U. He is also the bestselling author of The Game Changer, and his research has been featured in Smart Company, BRW and The Australian Financial Review. When not liberating the world from poorly designed work, Jason enjoys partaking in extreme sports like coffee snobbery and fruit ninja.

 

Turia Pitt

    Keynote Speaker
Everything to live for

Turia Pitt was born on the tropical island of Tahiti in the late 1980's. Her dad, a keen Australian surfer, moved to Tahiti and immediately fell in love with the island, the waves and a beautiful woman - Turia's future mum. The family migrated to Australia when Turia was three and ended up on the South Coast of New South Wales.

Turia studied at the University of New South Wales where she earned a double degree with honours in Mining, Engineering and Science. She worked as a model before landing her dream job with Rio Tinto at their prestigious Argyle Diamond Mine and moving to Kununurra with her partner Michael. Their lives were turned upside-down when she was trapped by a grassfire in a 100 kilometer ultra-marathon in September 2011 and suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body.

For now, Michael and Turia live in the coastal community of Ulladulla, surrounded by friends and family. She spends her time training for an Iron Man, doing yoga, studying for an MBA and travelling the world giving motivational speeches.

She is a well-recognised humanitarian dedicating her time to causes she is passionate about. Interplast is one such cause - a charity that provides free reconstructive surgery to people in developing countries. In 2014, Turia and her team raised close to $200,000 for the incredible organisation. They hope to raise even more in 2015 when they tackle the Inca Trek.

Turia has achieved so much in her short life. She was named the NSW Premier's Woman of the Year and she was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year. She is an ambassador for Interplast, she graced the cover of the Australian Women's Weekly and she is a judge for the Australian Woman of the Future Fund.

Her memoir 'Everything to live for' was published late in 2013.

 

Tracey Johnson

  • Keynote Speaker
My World, Our World, The World of Healthcare..adventures into healthcare excellence from Inala to across the globe.

Tracy Johnson has a diverse background spanning banking, market research, education and business consultancy. All of these experiences came together just over a decade ago when working with firms commercialising medical devices and healthcare solutions. Since then Tracey has pushed healthcare frontiers by creating the Office of Health and Medical Research within Queensland Health and directing Queensland Government's investment attraction strategy for global healthcare business.

Her on-the-ground healthcare delivery experience includes establishing an integrated women's healthcare centre and more recently becoming General Manager of Inala Primary Care. IPC is a charitable general practice in a disadvantaged region striving to prove, teach, and replicate innovative models of care. Since taking on the General Management role in February 2012, the practice turnover has increased over 50% and the group is now retaining earnings which are directed at research, community support and clinical service expansion projects.

Natalie Jackson

  • Keynote Speaker

Dr Natalie Jackson is Director of Natalie Jackson Demographics Ltd and Adjunct Professor (of Demography) in the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University, New Zealand.

Until recently she was Professor of Demography and Director of the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) at the University of Waikato, and prior to that spent 15 years in Australia, mostly at the University of Tasmania.

Natalie has a PhD in Demography from the Australian National University, and Bachelor and Master degrees in Social Science from the University of Waikato. Her expertise is in population ageing, regional demography, the ending of population growth, and what this means for governments, organisations and business in general.

 

 

Tim Corbett

  • Keynote Speaker
Better reach - Better Care: How to use health marketing to promote your Practice

Tim Corbett is the Director of Thinking at Deep Limited, a specialist heath communication and business development agency. Tim has worked across the health sector from national to local levels with organisations such as the Heart Foundation, Cancer Society, ACC, GSK, IMAC, Southern Cross, PHARMAC, District
Health Boards, PHOs, Pharmacy and General Practices to develop advertising, communication and business strategies to help organisations better reach their audiences and create health change.

He has also helped develop national programmes in obesity, CVD, Maori health, immunisation, stroke, diabetes and mental health and help create community and digital tools such as TXT messaging to help people quit smoking, community and online interventions to help men with a risk of cardiovascular disease, INR management, TV advertising for arthritic pain and whanau and community action programmes for breastfeeding, physical activity mental health. He recently authored, ‘Hard to reach, or hard to use?’ A guide for General Practice to enhance their ability to reach Maori and make their immunisation services easier to use.
Married with 5 children, he can speak both toddler and teenage dialects.