SPEAKERS

We have the pleasure of introducing you to our keynote and facilitating speakers at innovation2018.

Presentation and speaker details will be updated as content is received.

Nigel Andrade, Partner and Managing Director, ANZ - A.T.Kearney Australia | Corporate Innovaton - building a capability, not running a process

Corporate Innovaton – building a capability, not running a process

‘Innovation’ has become a holy grail in the Corporate world and Australia is not wasting time embracing this trend. However like so many trends, the promise of massive value creation often proves elusive. Surveys of corporate innovation the world over have revealed that most CEOs are still waiting to see the results of their organisations efforts in this area.

Based on the systematic study of more than a thousand companies over the last decade, AT Kearney has been able to identify some of the differences between how leaders and laggards approach innovation – and its more than a tidy process and greater than a sum of its now popular parts – agile, design thinking and venture labs.

Adopting a holistic approach to innovation as an orgaisational capability that can be learnt is proving highly effective in sharpening focus, reducing time to results and maximising RoI on innovation spend.

Through this presentation, we will share this holistic approach to innovation as a capability and apply it to a hypothetical client situation to bring the concepts and their applicability to your enterprise to life.

About Nigel

With almost 20 years of professional services experience across industries in the Americas, Europe/ UK, APAC and Australia, Nigel is passionate about helping businesses grow through innovation.  In addition to being the Managing Director of A.T.Kearney’s Australian and NZ practice, he also leads A.T.Kearney’s multi-disciplinary and international team of innovators, design thinkers, analytics professionals, entrepreneurs and specialist firms (A.T.Kearney PCE Labs). This team fuses the art and science of customer proposition innovation and deliver unprecedented and rapid value to clients and their customers.

A published author of Australia 2034: Luckier by Design – an outlook on the capabilities Australian business will require to succeed over the next 20 years, Nigel is keen to see regional businesses emerge as global pioneers in the commercialisation of innovation.  Nigel has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (Industry Scholar) and a Bachelors in Mathematics from the University of Mumbai (University Gold Medallist).

Anna McNaughton, General Manager, Career & Change - Chandler McLeod

About Anna

As a respected practitioner, and coach, Anna knows that people capability is key to driving business success. With 20 years’ experience developing people of all backgrounds and industries, Anna has a keen understanding of how people and organisations work and brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as one of the General Managers in Chandler Macleod People Insights.

Anna’s skills in management, leadership and organisational development have been honed in businesses across NZ and Australia. Well known for her ability to motivate individuals and teams, Anna’s excellent communication and relationship management skills enable her to work in partnership with any business and across all levels. Combining powerful business acumen with an engaging, outgoing style, Anna adds real value to every client she works with.

Prior to leading Chandler Macleod businesses in Australia and New Zealand, Anna was the National L&OD Manager for a large NZ organisation with commercial, community and operational health activities.

Sam King, Capability & Innovation Manager - AGL | Flourishing from failure

Flourishing from failure

Sam will touch on some of his failures and how he parlays that into helping shape innovation in one of the world’s most disruptive industries – energy.

With solar costs and battery costs dropping 80% and 65% respectively over the last five years AGL sits front and centre of the disruption race.

About Sam

Sam King has 20 years of experience in digital innovation across startups and corporates in both Australia and Europe.

This includes helping a company IPO in the first dotcom boom and working in the global product team at Orange in Copenhagen and London. Industry experience includes Digital Music, TV, Telco, Health and Energy.

Mita Bedi, Chief Executive Officer - Resonate Solutions

About Mita

Mita lives in a world where there are no ceilings and where odds don’t matter.

She has over 17 years of experience, spanning various roles and continents. After getting her software engineering degree from UNSW she began her career as a geek, coding. Over the next few years she played roles as a consultant mostly in global financial institutions. In 2008 she took a career break complete an international MBA, after which she launched her own start-up in the ecommerce space and earn what she calls her second more real MBA.

She joined Resonate in 2013 to drive their product development strategy. Since then, she has managed relationships, on boarded some of the largest clients and created new product offerings. In July 2016 Mita was asked to lead the company as CEO.

Mita is the mother of two young children and loves traveling the world with her young family and watching cricket.

Todd Johnsen, Chief Operating Officer - BGIS | Remaining Relevant is More and More about Good Data

Remaining Relevant is More and More about Good Data

The 21st century has been called the century of data. Technology speed and bandwidth growth have opened the door to big data and its pace and trajectory are difficult to comprehend. In this presentation Todd will explain the challenges they have faced with their own development of a workable data strategy – highlighting where they are up to and what they have learned along the way. There is still a ways to go but real benefits are becoming more tangible. Our journey, Todd suspects, will be directly relevant to many businesses.

About Todd

Todd started his FM career with the Trammell Crow Company in the early 1990’s – recruited to build the first Corporate Real Estate outsourcing business outside of the United States.  He established the Trammell Crow business in Canada and went on to start up Trammell Crow in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. In 1999 Todd was part of the team that won the first consolidated global outsourcing contract with American Express and he led the global transition of that contract for all countries outside of the US. In 2003 Todd and his family relocated to Australia where he has continued to grow and build businesses – for John McGrath, Stockland, Lend Lease and more. Earlier this year Todd joined BGIS as the Chief Operating Officer across the Asia Pacific region.

Todd’s education includes a Bachelors of Architecture, a Masters in Real Estate Development and he is currently completing his Architectural Master’s degree in sustainability.

Gaia Grant, Author, Researcher & Managing Director - Tirian International | Are you innovation ready?: What the latest research reveals about the unique paradoxical traits of innovation leaders and organisations

Are you innovation ready?: What the latest research reveals about the unique paradoxical traits of innovation leaders and organisations

For many years people have believed that innovation is about by being open and taking risks. Risk takers like Steve Jobs have been venerated for their innovation accomplishments, and cutting edge companies like Google appear to be leading in the ‘innovation race’ due to their ‘open’ strategies. Yet our research from interviews with more than 70 global innovation leaders and surveys with more than 1,000 – along with our international consulting work with leading innovative companies over 30 years – has revealed that most leaders and organisations today have only half the story right.  Few are set up for long term survival.

This session is based on Gaia’s recent book The Innovation Race: How to change a culture to change the game and identifies the unlikely paradoxical elements needed to be ‘fit for the future’. Through the session Gaia reveals her unique research findings on how to fuel innovation through successfully navigating 4 key innovation ‘Paradox Pairings’. She also shares the validated ‘Innovation Change Leader (iCLi) Profiling Tool’ to demonstrate how to build individual innovation leadership strengths along with a culture of innovation. Participants are introduced to both principles and practical strategies for sustainable innovation.

About Gaia

Gaia and Andrew Grant are the Directors of Tirian International Consulting and specialists in creative thinking and innovation culture.

They are the co-authors of the breakthrough new book The Innovation Race: How to change a culture to change the game, along with international bestseller Who Killed Creativity?… And How Can We Get it Back?.

The Grants have been involved in helping to create a culture of innovation at top businesses worldwide, including: introducing future-solutions thinking at Google’s headquarters (US); designing a workshop on sustainable solutions for emerging markets at Nestlé (Switzerland); and preparing teams for the future at the Four Seasons Hotels (Canada).

They have also worked on a number of development projects, such as designing more innovative agricultural solutions for impoverished communities.

Together they have authored more than 30 corporate educational resources used by Fortune 500 companies and sold under license globally. Andrew is a recognised TEDx speaker, and Gaia is currently completing doctoral research into how to create a culture that supports socially responsible and sustainable innovation (PhD) at the University of Sydney Business School, where she is also a lecturer.

Cindy Lenferna de la Motte, Managing Director - Ikabo AND Melanie Farmer, Assoc Director; Research Engagement, Development & Innovation - Western Sydney University | Growing leaders of the future

Growing leaders of the future

It is imperative that governments, businesses, academic institutions and individuals consider how to proactively shape a new, positive future of work—one that we want rather than one created through inertia. In our view it all starts with considering out leaders of tomorrow – are we preparing them to face the volatile and changing future sufficiently in order to drive prosperity and purpose?  We need to look globally at how others are doing it and learn from the best rather than starting from scratch.

About Cindy

Most large organisations are digitally enabled to some extent but many still operate in silos, often with different or even conflicting visions, for these organisations future success will be limited.  It’s Cindy’s purpose to ensure that the companies she works with can effectively prepare and implement digital and innovation strategies – to become the kind of digitally mature and innovative organisations who lead their industry and continue to adapt quickly in response to market and customer expectations. Simply put, Cindy makes things happen – by working closely with leadership teams she ensures they are striving collaboratively to achieve a single, strong, vision for the organisation, that has customer experience as it’s north star and employee engagement at its heart. Developing this kind of engaged, positive culture is what drives real, valuable and lasting change. It’s where the magic happens.

At Ikabo, Cindy is fortunate to be able to apply her years of business, leadership and technology experience to help organisations improve their performance through learning from our stories and delivering on the promise of ‘unlocking the people potential’ to drive competitive advantage.  Transferring this kind of knowledge to internal client teams means that effective change becomes less of a destination for their organisation, and more of an ongoing state – where constant improvement becomes business-as-usual.

Lawrence Mitchell, Chief Customer & Culture Officer - Sumo Salad

About Lawrence

Lawrence is Chief Customer & Culture Officer for Sumo Salad, the world’s largest salad company, and also founder of Raw Energy, a corporate wellbeing coaching & consultancy brand focused on energising workplaces through education, events and health insights.

Lawrence will be talking about how he created the Reed Business Information’s Living Well program that was able to increase employee engagement by 10%, reduce absenteeism by 40% and motivated 82% of the 3,000 globally distributed employees to make changes to their personal health.

Dr Cathy Foley, Deputy and Science Director - CSIRO Manufacturing

About Cathy

Cathy has made distinguished contributions to the understanding of superconducting materials and to the development of devices using superconductors to detect magnetic fields and locate valuable deposits of minerals.  She has made significant contributions to the scientific community as president of several scientific societies and as a member of committees such as PMSEIC giving advice to Government on scientific and technological matters.

Cathy was awarded the `Woman of the Year’ by the NSW Government in 2013 and the International IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductivity 2014. In 2015 was awarded the Clunies Ross Medal of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering and in 2016 the Australian Institute of Physics  Medal for Outstanding Service to Physics.

As a leader in CSIRO Manufacturing, Cathy is working to help existing Australian manufacturers to transform to be globally competitive by engaging with Australian researchers and to build new companies to assist with the translation of research for economic prosperity.

Janice Cox, Managing Director - CA Technologies, ANZ | To be Fit for the Future, Your Business Needs to be Built to Change

To be Fit for the Future, Your Business Needs to be Built to Change

Join Janice to hear how CA Technologies is Built to Change and has transformed its business into an agile DevSecOps environment to drive maximum digital business transformation both internally and for its customers. This 40-year-old ‘mainframe company’ has embraced digital transformation to delight its customers as it evolves from a predominantly licence-based business to a more subscription-based model to meet the needs of the application economy. Also hear how CA is fostering innovation through its Accelerator program – an inhouse innovation engine that’s helping its employees gestate the next big idea.

About Janice

Janice is responsible for driving sales, building the partner ecosystem, developing new business and managing overall operations.

Janice has been working in leadership positions since 1998. Most recently with the Telstra Corporation as a director in its Managed Customer segment, which was part of Telstra Business. Prior to that Janice held the position of Vice President – Personal Systems Group at Hewlett Packard, a $1.1 billion business.

She is passionate about delivering value to customers, coaching and leadership of employees, business growth and effectiveness.

Before taking up more senior leadership roles, Janice spend 15 years working for global IT companies in a variety of technical, sales and managerial positions.

Simon Townsend, Principal - twelve2 | The automation of recruitment and what it means for your next role

The automation of recruitment and what it means for your next role

If it can be automated, it will be; machine learning and artificial intelligence are making huge inroads into our day to day lives due their cost savings and potential to craft new experiences.

Unsurprisingly, this wave has also broken on the world of recruitment, with upsides as well as down.

From chat-bots that interact with candidates through to facial recognition that assesses their suitability the process has changed dramatically; for both hiring managers and candidates.

We are very quickly approaching a world where you don’t look for work, work looks for you.

Join Simon as he lays the current landscape of automation in recruitment, explores the near future, and explains the impacts that will have on your lives.

About Simon

Simon is a Design Thinking professional who specialises in Human Capital. From C-Suite strategy definition to “in the trenches” delivery, Simon draws on almost a decade of innovation management experience to help organisations create change that people accept.

Simon has helped HR and Procurement teams, from many renowned multinational corporations, develop their innovation strategies and craft the user experiences required to make them effective.

With his eye on the long-term future of business, Simon demystifies technological advances and social media strategies to provide simple to implement approaches to recruitment processes and talent sourcing.

Focusing on the human element of innovation, Simon is a strong believer that everyone can help define and sculpt the future and he works to develop teams using tested Design Thinking techniques.

Simon is a well-respected technologist who is a member of the Sydney Digital Disruption Research Group and spent 2 years assessing start-ups for inclusion in the TalentTech Labs incubator based out of New York.

In his time as Innovation Manager for Deloitte and Chief Innovation Officer APAC for Allegis Global Solutions Simon honed his Design Thinking skills and he has trained one on one with Professors from Insead, Stanford and UC Berkeley.

Jacqueline Linke, Manager Innovation & Strategy - Sydney Trains | The most important Code you’ll ever write: an Innovation’s Mindset

The most important Code you’ll ever write: an Innovation’s Mindset

Innovation is widely assumed to be a digital or technological advancement developed by a scientific genius toiling away in a siloed off laboratory waiting for a singular epiphany!

But everyone is capable of innovation and our strategy at Sydney Trains is to ignite the collective potential of all our people and mobilise them to innovate as business as usual.

Learn what an innovator’s mindset is and how to drive the one thing you can control in the ever-changing landscape of rapid and exponential change – your mindset.

About Jacqueline

Prior to her current role Jacqueline worked for Transport for NSW as Leadership Facilitator and Coach, providing specialist facilitation and coaching services to drive improved leaderships skills. Her responsibilities lay in the delivery of cross cluster leadership programs designed to build skills in the areas of leadership, change, innovation, organisational design, and diversity & inclusion. She provided targeted coaching support to line managers at a range of levels, from frontline to General Managers.

She has many years experience as an Executive coach, and Facilitator consulting in the public and private sectors throughout the Asia Pacific region. She has worked as innovator of operationally efficient solutions for National and State government organisations as well as major companies including law firms, major hospitals and health companies, banks and retail.

As a consultant Jacqueline applied her artistic filter to designing and delivering experiences to optimise employee performance and achieve organisational objectives. Her skills and experience lie in all aspects of soft skills behavioural training; leadership, innovation, customer service, client relationships, communication skills, public speaking, story telling, executive presence, presentation, negotiation and influencing skills.

Jacqueline’s approach is to bring together the art (observation, simulations and practise for skills transference) and science (theories and well researched data) to enhance and build people, energised by enabling others to make positive behavioural changes leading to doing things differently and better in their lives and workplace.

Sandra Vincent, CEO - Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW (Gala Dinner Guest Speaker)

About Sandra

Sandra commenced in the role as CEO in July 2016. She has been working in various health care settings for the past 40 years. Sandra has worked across aged care, primary health and tertiary health and has a strong background in managing health organisations involving multiple stakeholders across the community, government and private sectors.

She began her career as a hospital-trained nurse and later obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences.  She has also worked in various hospitals in London and Scotland and has spent some time working within Australian rural health.

Day 2 WORKSHOP : Gaia Grant, Author, Researcher & Managing Director - Tirian International | How to build a culture of sustainable innovation: Effective tools to lead innovation in any organisation

Workshop 

How to build a culture of sustainable innovation: Effective tools to lead innovation in any organisation

This session is a fast-paced global adventure with an engaging simulation exercise to explore international innovation practices. The exercise includes uncovering relevant case studies and fascinating facts that reveal the current state of innovation, and demonstrates what contemporary organisations need to be ‘fit for the future’.

Through the session there are opportunities to trial the effective ‘Polar Positioning’ innovation tool. This tool provides a practical method for navigating the 4 key researched innovation ‘Paradox Pairings’ in the participants’ own organisation. A series of ‘Innovation Culture Checklists’ with recommendations is also provided to ensure the concepts explored can be applied in the workplace.

About Gaia

Gaia and Andrew Grant are the Directors of Tirian International Consulting and specialists in creative thinking and innovation culture.

They are the co-authors of the breakthrough new book The Innovation Race: How to change a culture to change the game, along with international bestseller Who Killed Creativity?… And How Can We Get it Back?.

The Grants have been involved in helping to create a culture of innovation at top businesses worldwide, including: introducing future-solutions thinking at Google’s headquarters (US); designing a workshop on sustainable solutions for emerging markets at Nestlé (Switzerland); and preparing teams for the future at the Four Seasons Hotels (Canada).

They have also worked on a number of development projects, such as designing more innovative agricultural solutions for impoverished communities.

Together they have authored more than 30 corporate educational resources used by Fortune 500 companies and sold under license globally. Andrew is a recognised TEDx speaker, and Gaia is currently completing doctoral research into how to create a culture that supports socially responsible and sustainable innovation (PhD) at the University of Sydney Business School, where she is also a lecturer.

Day 2 WORKSHOP : Peter Strohkorb, Sales & Marketing Performance Expert | The New Persuasion Tool for Innovators – The Influencer Canvas

Workshop 

The New Persuasion Tool for Innovators – The Influencer Canvas

So you have been appointed to bring innovation into your organisation?

But have been given next to no budget and little authority?

So you need to use persuasion and influence to get ahead?

You have come to the right place!

In this workshop you will learn the incredible persuasive powers you possess and how you can apply them to influence the critical decision makers in favour of your projects and initiatives.

About Peter

Boards of Directors, CEOs, Leaders in sales, marketing and customer service, and their teams, work with Peter to quickly advance their organisations to a more customer-centric perspective, higher sales performance and a superior customer experience.

Peter has over 20 years of corporate business experience in executive-level Sales and Marketing leadership roles with some of the biggest brands on the planet. He has also worked with SMEs and NFPs to support their growth agenda.

Today, he is a sought-after expert business adviser, conference speaker, published author of the Amazon 5-Star rated book ‘The OneTEAM Method’.

Peter holds qualifications in Marketing and Management from the prestigious Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) in Sydney, Australia.

Day 2 WORKSHOPS : Tess Julian, CEO - Catalyst Exchange | Understanding the challenges of managing team diversity AND Taking positive action

Workshops

Understanding the challenges of managing team diversity

Each person comes to your team with a variety of experiences, strengths, beliefs and expertise. Yet, often, because of these differences, their behaviours don’t conform with the norms of your workplace. We try to make them more like “us”.

This session will explore what the research tells us:

  • The clear behavioural differences and expectations between different groups based on gender, race, culture, etc.
  • How these differences impact work performance.
  • The advantages of removing the “subtle” advantages that exist for the dominant cohort to create teams with a variety of thinking, experience and expertise.

Taking positive action

In this session, you will learn practical techniques, not only for yourself but to also encourage in others, to overcome the barriers of people from diverse backgrounds.  The outcome resulting in your team benefiting from the diversity of each individual.

About Tess

Tess has worked in the area of organisational innovation for the past 16 years, both in her own company and in partnership with leading companies. She spent six years with InnovationXchange (IXC) implementing systems for Open Innovation both here and internationally. She is now concentrating on building innovation capability in organisations, big and small, public and private, and is developing and implementing people-based innovation in a range of businesses and across a number of industries.

Tess believes that innovation is all about people, and she helps companies provide the opportunity, ability and motivation for employees to use their ideas to make the enterprise a great workplace and a good business.

Acknowledged as an expert facilitator, Tess runs interactive and practical sessions in innovation skills, and innovation leadership. Her model is based on collaborative research into skills and behaviours commissioned by government for use in the formal training system.

In the light of her ongoing practical experience with organisations, Tess constantly reviews and refreshes her ideas and the model, so it continues to reflect best practice internationally.

She has a particular interest in the relationship between diversity and innovation and has recently launched a program for women, Stepping Up – Women, Innovation, Leadership.