Speakers

OUR SPEAKERS AND FACILITATORS

Laurie Aznavoorian
Organizational Designer BVN Architecture
Laurie is a passionate architect, thinker and provocateur with extensive experience in workplace design and strategy, Laurie is committed to promoting space as a business tool and has a proven history of developing innovative approaches that help clients transform their business using their physical environment, culture, process and technology.
Laurie has worked extensively across Australia, Asia, New Zealand, Europe and the United States creating space and strategies that align physical environments with a company’s business, brand and cultural objectives, and prepares them for disruptive changes in their industry that might impact workplace design.
A prolific writer and speaker covering topics relating to contemporary work styles, social trends, community attitudes, and the ever changing global economic context in its relation to the workplace. Laurie was a co-author of Work on the Move – Driving Strategy and Change Management in the Workplace and has produced over one hundred articles in her industry blog Futuresrambling.com.
Laurie gives a talk on the promises of technology
Anne Bartlett-Bragg
Managing Director of Ripple Effect Group
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Anne is the Founder and Managing Director of Ripple Effect Group Asia Pacific. She specialises in the creation of innovative communication and learning networks with social technologies where her designs have been winning awards since 2006.
She is also a founding member of the Digital Disruption Research Group at Sydney University Business School and a sessional academic at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She uses her research into the communication aspects of social networks to provide an informed backdrop to understanding how people are using new tools and changing traditional models of communication. She constantly challenges organisations to reframe their models of communication, service design, and workforce engagement.
Anne’s PhD explored the experiences of developing social networks through self-publishing technologies such as blogs.
Anne co-hosts a Workshop on “The NEW Digital Disruption: Where people matter more than technology”. LinkedIn
Twitter: @AnneBB
Heath Brown
Executive Director in Commonwealth Bank Innovation Labs
Heath Brown is an Executive Director in CommBank’s Innovation Labs, responsible for developing strategies and programs for staff, businesses and communities to innovate. Heath’s background spans across roles in Go To Market & Strategy, Sales Leadership, Sales Strategy and institutional advisory and consulting before focussing on the groups innovation strategy in 2016 to now. Outside of corporate Heath is an elite sporting coach, and his passion is driving greater participation and equality for women in sport!
Heath hosts a Workshop
James Dellow
Chief Technology Solutions
James is a human-centred designer and a technology strategist. He brings over a decade of experience working in information and knowledge management roles and as a consultant with a wide range of government, professional and blue chip companies.
An author and commentator, he has presented at conferences and events in Australia and overseas, such as CeBIT, and in the past appeared on Sky News’ Technology Behind Business show. In 2015, he completed a research project examining digital disruption from the perspective of people working in a selection of Australian professional services firms across accounting, architecture, management consulting, engineering and legal services.
James was awarded a Master of Business & Technology from UNSW in 2005.
James co-hosts a Workshop on “Closing the Digital Gap”. LinkedIn
Twitter: @chieftech
Claire Duquesne
Capgemini
Claire is a Manager within the Digital Services – Advisory. Claire’s primary expertise is Digital Transformation Management, Customer Experience analysis and Project Management. She has over 5 years consulting experience, spread over a number of diverse industries from Finance to Transport and Retail.
Claire co-hosts a Workshop on the “corporate retro futurist”.
Anne-Marie Elias
Anne-Marie advises government, business and NGOs on leveraging the innovation ecosystem to solve problems.

She preaches the gospel of disrupting the status quo and is a catalyst for change. Collaboration is her calling card and she brings together cross sector efforts to support social change initiatives.

Anne-Marie is on the board of Spark Festival, VibeWire, Western Sydney Women and the Autism Advisory and Support Service Board and the Settlement Services International Foundation.

Anne-Marie gives a talk on creating a human centred future. Twitter: @ChiefDisrupter
Paul Galland
Paul is part of a new and emerging type of strategic expert who views the discipline of strategic management through a wider lens, beyond the traditional boundaries of financial and investment capital. Spanning a 22-year career, Paul is a leader in enterprise planning with an emphasis on identifying and measuring value. He enjoys challenging the business status quo with new and innovative approaches to transforming an organisation. Paul is the author of Flipping for Success: Rewiring business strategy to the new consumer age, a call to action book for boards, C-level and strategists alike. Paul has held roles with Deloitte, Caltex, RailCorp, and a number of global technology companies.  He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from the US, with additional tertiary education in Europe, Latin American and Australia.
Paul co-hosts a Workshop on “Closing the Digital Gap”.
Ben Gilchriest
Capgemini USA
Ben is Digital Innovation Lead with Capgemini Global Digital Services. He is an experienced entrepreneur and creative technologist, operating at the intersection between consumer and business value and technology possibility. He has worked with leaders of Fortune 500 companies to achieve breakthrough value from emerging tech., spanning experience design to prototype development, from start-up acceleration to at scale deployment. Currently based in Los Angeles, California, Ben works with clients across North America, Europe, and Australia.
Ben gives a talk on “Why we shouldn’t accept the high failure rates of innovation labs”.
Ella Hafermalz
Pre-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Sydney
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Ella is interested in new ways of working and how we use technology to stay connected. She is in the process of writing her PhD at the University of Sydney Business School. Ella enjoys working with students to encourage a critical investigation of those aspects of our daily life that we sometimes take for granted, for example why we think of the office as being central to working life. Ella is increasingly intrigued by robots and is cautiously optimistic about their upcoming role in our domestic and professional lives.
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Twitter: @ellahsydney
Natalie Hardwicke
Consultant at Ripple Effect Group
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Natalie is a communications consultant who has specialised in internal communication and employee engagement best practice on digital channels. She is interested in the impact of enterprise social networking platforms on business processes and other information systems.
Natalie is the 2016 recipient of the Ripple Effect Group and University of Sydney Business School PhD Research Scholarship. She is interested in researching the impact enterprise social networking platforms have on business processes and other information systems.
Natalie co-hosts a Workshop on “The NEW Digital Disruption: Where people matter more than technology”. LinkedIn
Twitter:@speakingofcomms
Eddie Harran
Eddie is a futurist, artist, and researcher. Recently, Eddie launched Temporal Labs, a placeholder for his independent, community-driven research investigating time. Eddie engages in cross-disciplinary inquiry across a number of fields (chronosophy, foresight/futures, temporal design, time perception, chromeics, philosophy of time, art, performance). He is a member of the International Society for The Study of Time (ISST). Eddie does public talks, hosts salons, curates research, leads communities, and collaborates with time enthusiasts across the globe. Through his alter ego ‘Dr Time’ he has built a small but substantial public profile. Previously, Eddie worked for Deloitte’s Centre for the Edge as Explorer-in-Residence, scouting and exploring emerging innovation at the fringes.
Eddie gives a talk on the experiences of a Fringe Scout.
Michela Ledwidge
Organizational Designer BVN Architecture
Michela is an artist and director redefining the space between cinema and games. In 2004 she won a NESTA Invention award for ‘remixable film’, which outlines her vision for playful storytelling and digital culture and continues to underpin her artistic practice. She is co-founder of studio Mod and has been both the creative and technical lead on numerous productions. Michela has been an Internet pioneer since the early 1990s, creating the first website in NSW and setting up the National Library of Australia’s first web service, before working on some of the largest internet projects in Europe. She is Vice President, Digital of the Australian Directors Guild and a co-founder of Women in AR & VR Sydney.
Keith Logan
Director, Capgemini Australia
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Keith is a Director in Capgemini Digital Services where he leads the Digital Collaboration and Innovation Practice. Keith has 12 years of consulting experience in Europe and APAC predominantly in the Retail, Finance and Government sectors.
Keith specialises in applying innovation in strategy and transformation especially translating strategy in the design and implementation of transformation programs. This includes a strong focus on Digital Transformation and in customer centricity.
Keith is also an experienced program manager and facilitator, and has applied a number of innovative tools especially in engagements including Design Thinking, Agile/Sprint methods, Lean, Accelerated Workshop Environments and hypotheses led analysis and design.
Keith co-hosts a Workshop on “The Retro Futurist”. LinkedIn
Jakkii Musgrave
Intranet and Community Management Specialist at Ripple Effect Group
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Jakkii is an experienced intranet and community management specialist. Her focus is helping organisations get the most out of their social and collaborative technologies by guiding staff in their use, consulting across the organisation to increase understanding of the power of collaboration and assisting teams to implement process improvements.
Her professional experience includes the adoption, education, engagement, use and integration of social collaboration tools within organisations.
Jakkii co-hosts a Workshop on “The NEW Digital Disruption: Where people matter more than technology”. LinkedIn
Twitter: @slybeer
Simon Neaverson
Managing Partner, TPPG
Simon is a leader in corporate governance, strategic and risk management having advised boards, partnerships and senior managers in Australia and internationally for more than 25 years. He is the founder of TPPG Pty Limited, a consultancy aligning strategy, risk oversight and good governance.
Simon has fulfilled roles as executive and non-executive director, board chair and chairman of a range of boards and sub-committees for more than 20 years. Simon’s passion is to take the theory of good corporate governance and embed it into organisations to make governance work.
As a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (“AICD”), Simon was recently presented with an AICD 20 year Faculty Award ‘in appreciation of (his) ongoing contribution and excellence to the gold standard in governance education.’
Simon has delivered and facilitated more than 1,100 modules for the AICD. His audiences frequently commend him for providing a ‘real and applied sense of the board dynamic’, for ‘blending theory and practice’ and for ‘challenging participants’ views of corporate roles’.
Early in his career, Simon was a senior manager in the Enterprise group of Arthur Andersen, Chartered Accountants. Simon holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) degree (with Merit) form the University of New South Wales and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia.
Simon gives a talk on “The Challenge of Modern Governance in an environment of Change” and hosts a workshop on “Growth, Change and Risk” LinkedIn
Twitter: @simonneaverson
Sandra Peter
Sandra Peter is an innovator, researcher and educator. She leads the Sydney Business Insights strategic initiative to deliver on the University of Sydney Business School’s commitment to being an engaged, relevant and influential voice on major issues and trends. She develops a range of content (including articles, podcasts and videos) and contributes to furthering informed research and critical thinking on the future of business together with researchers, leading thinkers in industry, government and community.
Sandra is the Chair of the Session 2 Q&A Panel.
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 is the Chair of the Session 1 Q&A Panel. Blog
Twitter: @karisyd
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Jeongmin Seong
Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute
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Jeongmin Seong is a Senior Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company’s business and economics research arm. He leads MGI research teams in China, working on global as well as China-focused themes. Jeongmin’s recent research has focused on Technology, Innovation and China’s economic transition. He has co-authored several MGI reports and discussion papers, including China’s digital economy: A leading global force; The China Effect on Global Innovation; China’s digital transformation; Artificial Intelligence: Implication for China; China’s choice: Capturing the 5 trillion productivity opportunity; China’s role in the next phase of globalization.

Prior to joining MGI, Jeongmin worked with companies around the world focusing on consumer facing industries including consumer electronics, retail, and automotive as an associate partner at McKinsey’s Greater China office. Jeongmin also led McKinsey’s emerging market growth service line.
Prior to joining McKinsey Shanghai office, Jeongmin worked as a product marketing manager at Dell China. Jeongmin is a graduate of Harvard Business School where he received his MBA degree.

Jeongmin gives a talk in Session 2 on China’s digital economy Website
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 hosts a hands-on VR workshop Website
Scott Ward
Director at Digital Infusions
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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 on “Closing the Digital Gap”. LinkedIn
Twitter: @wardsco