Angus Armour

Angus Armour FAICD

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, AICD

Angus started at the AICD in October 2017. His previous roles include Principal Advisor at the Business Council of Australia, Deputy Secretary in the NSW State Government, and executive positions at Export Finance & Insurance Corporation (EFIC), including as CEO from 2003 to 2013. Angus is on the Board of the European Australian Business Council (EABC) and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund of the UAE, and served on the board of Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and the Berne Union, the largest global trade finance institution, including as President.

John Atkin

John Atkin FAICD

Chair, AICD

John is currently a non-executive director of IPH Ltd, Integral Diagnostics Ltd and Commonwealth Bank Officers Superannuation Corporation. He is also Chair of Outward Bound Australia and is completing a five year term on the State Library of NSW Foundation Board next month.

Prior to his non-executive director career, John was CEO of The Trust Company, successfully steering the organisation through the GFC. Prior to this he spent six years as National Managing Partner of Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) and 15 years as Partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).

Rick Baker

Rick Baker

Co-founder, Blackbird Ventures

Rick Baker is a co-founder of Blackbird Ventures, a venture capital firm focussed on investing in the best global tech startups being formed in Australia. Prior to Blackbird, Rick ran MLC’s venture capital portfolio with investments of over half a billion dollars. Prior to MLC, Rick co-founded two successful software companies: IDC Global and Right Party Connect.

Penny Bingham-Hall

Penny Bingham-Hall FAICD

Non-Executive Director, BlueScope Steel

Penny Bingham-Hall is a non-executive director of BlueScope Steel, Dexus Property Group, Fortescue Metals Group, Macquarie Specialised Asset Management, Port Authority of NSW and Taronga Conservation Society.

With over 30 years’ experience in senior executive and non-executive roles in large ASX listed companies, Penny has a deep understanding of corporate governance. She currently chairs three HR & Remuneration Committees and is a member of numerous audit, risk, sustainability, safety and nominations committees.

Prior to becoming a company director, Penny was Executive General Manager, Strategy at Leighton Holdings (now CIMIC) after an extensive career in the construction, mining and property group. As part of the leadership team at Leighton she had responsibilities across the group’s Australian and Asian operations.

She has been Chairman of Advocacy Services Australia, Deputy Chairman of the Tourism and Transport Forum, and a director of Australia Post, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and The Global Foundation. Penny has a BA degree in Industrial Design, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a member of Chief Executive Women and CorporateWomenDirectors.

Graham Bradley

Graham Bradley AM FAICD

Non-Executive Chairman, HSBC Bank Australia

Graham Bradley is a professional company director and is currently Non-Executive Chairman of GrainCorp, HSBC Bank Australia and EnergyAustralia Holdings. He is a director of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, GI Dynamics and Chairman of Infrastructure NSW. He is a director of Tennis Australia and chairs Virgin Australia International Holdings.

Graham’s former board roles included Stockland Corporation (Chairman 2005–2016), Anglo American Australian Advisory Board (Chairman 2004–2016), Queensland Investment Corporation (Director 2004–2010), Singapore Telecommunications (Director 2004–2011), Boart Longyear (Chairman 2006–2010) and MBF (Bupa) (Director 2004–2010).

Graham was Managing Director of Perpetual Limited from 1995–2003. Under his leadership, Perpetual grew to become one of Australia's leading listed funds management and financial services groups.

Prior to joining Perpetual, Graham was National Managing Partner of national law firm, Blake Dawson (now Ashurst). Before this, Graham was a partner of McKinsey & Company, a leading international firm of management consultants.

Graham was President of the Business Council of Australia from 2009–2011 and Deputy President of the Takeovers Panel. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian School of Business at UNSW. Graham also devotes time to a range of non-profit organisations, including the State Library of NSW Foundation.

Graham was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2009 in recognition of his contribution to business, medical research and the arts. He was Australian Institute of Company Directors Distinguished Fellow for 2012.

Malie Carnegie

Maile Carnegie

Group Executive Digital Banking, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Maile leads the strategic development and delivery of a superior digital experience for ANZ’s eight million retail, commercial and institutional customers. This includes digital projects, innovation partnerships. She holds shared responsibility for the financial results of the ANZ Australia division and also holds Group accountability for data & analytics, payment & marketing/ design, including ANZ’s brand, advertising and sponsorship.

Maile has a passion for customer centric innovation and design. She joined ANZ in 2016 from Google where she was Managing Director Australia and New Zealand since 2013. Prior to this, Maile spent over 20 years with Proctor and Gamble where she held several roles including Managing Director in Australia and New Zealand, General Manager for Asia Strategy, Marketing and Design based in Singapore and a number of senior marketing and commercial roles in the United States.

She is currently a member of the Federal Government’s Board of Innovation and Science; a member of the Federal Government’s Australian Public Service Review Committee; a member of the Federal Treasurer’s FinTech Advisory Group; Chair, Vice- Chancellor’s Advisory Board, University of Technology, Sydney; and was previously Vice- Chair of the ASIC External Advisory Panel. Maile holds a degree in Business Administration in Finance, Economics and Marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney.

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Shirley Chowdhary

CEO, GO Foundation

A member of the International Women’s Forum, the New York Bar and the Risk and Audit Committee of the YMCA, Shirley has spent the bulk of her career working as a banking and finance lawyer.

Shirley started her career as a lawyer at the New York law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. She worked in Japan and across Asia for 8 years, as an Associate at Cleary Gottlieb and as Regional Counsel for JP Morgan Investment Management.

After working on a number of community initiatives, including writing a biography for a World War 2 Prisoner-of-War, Shirley returned to banking and finance joining the legal team at BT Financial Group and Westpac Banking Corporation. Prior to joining the GO Foundation, Shirley was Counsel in the Treasury team at Westpac.

Shirley is a strong advocate for a Reconciliation and the strength that all Australians can all draw from Indigenous Australia and its heritage and culture, the oldest living culture in the world. She believes fiercely in the power of diversity and inclusion and is an advocate for increasing diversity amongst corporate and not-for-profit boards, and senior management.

Frank Cooper

Frank Cooper AO

Non Executive Director, Woodside Petroleum Limited

Frank Cooper AO is a Non Executive Director of Woodside Petroleum Limited and South32 Limited and chairs the Audit and Risk Committee at both. He is also a Commissioner and Chairman of the Insurance Commission of Western Australia.

During his executive career Frank specialised in Corporate tax across a variety of sectors, but with a particular focus on Resources. Having been partner at a number of Big Four firms, Frank was most recently head of the Tax division of the PwC Perth office, until his retirement in 2012.

Frank has extensive involvement in the Not for Profit sector, and is currently a Trustee of St John of God Healthcare, and a member of the Senate of the University of Western Australia, where he Chairs the Strategic Resources Committee. Frank is also an invitee to the board of the Perth Internal Arts Festival Board.

Previous board roles include Chairman of the West Australian Football Commission, member of the Major Performing Arts Board (Australia Council), director of Fremantle Football Club, director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Chairman of the Western Australia Opera Company and a member of the State Health Research Advisory Council.

Frank has been a member of, and made valuable contribution to the AICD WA Division Council for the last three year.

Nicholas Davis

Nicholas Davis

Head of Society and Innovation, Member of the Executive Committee at World Economic Forum

Nicholas Davis is Head of Society and Innovation and a member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Nick leads the Forum’s work on “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”, focusing on how we can shape technologies and systems to empower communities and create a human-centred, values-driven future. Nick oversees a number of projects strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems and the Forum’s team responsible for supporting NGO, labour and faith communities.

Previously a Director at Oxford Investment Research and the World Economic Forum’s Head of Europe, Nick is a Certified Professional Facilitator, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) in the UK and is on the board of the IMP3rove European Innovation Management Academy. He holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Oxford.

Kathryn Fagg

Kathryn Fagg GAICD

Director, Reserve Bank of Australia

Kathryn Fagg is an experienced chair and board member having worked in senior executive roles across a range of industries, from resources, to manufacturing and logistics, as well as banking and professional services.

Kathryn has been a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia since 2013. She is also on the boards of ASX-listed companies Boral, Djerriwarrh Investments and Incitec Pivot.

Kathryn is Chair of the Melbourne Recital Centre as well as Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). She previously served as Chair of Parks Victoria. Kathryn is a board member for the Australian Centre for Innovation and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering where she chairs the Industry and Innovation Forum.

Kathryn is currently serving on the panel for the Australian Government’s National Opera Review. She is also a member of World Vision's Business Advisory Council. Kathryn is a strong advocate for increasing the number of women in leadership roles and is an active member of Chief Executive Women (CEW).

Kathryn commenced her professional career as a petroleum engineer with Esso Australia (now Exxon Mobil), after completing her chemical engineering degree at the University of Queensland. As a petroleum engineer, her work was focused on maximising oil and gas production from the fields in Bass Strait.

From Esso, Kathryn moved into management consulting with McKinsey & Co working on engagements in strategy and change management. She then joined the ANZ Banking Group. Her roles at the bank included and General Manager, Retail Banking, in New Zealand and Managing Director, Banking Products.

However, Kathryn then chose to return to her industrial roots and joined BHP Steel. Her senior executive roles with BlueScope Steel included President, Australian Building and Logistics Solutions and President Asia, based in Singapore, where she had responsibility for BlueScope’s operations across the Asia region, including as Chairman of Tata BlueScope Steel in India.

From BlueScope, Kathryn was at Linfox for three years as President FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods), where she was responsible for providing logistics services to 9 of the world's ten largest FMCG companies in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Subsequently, she has pursued a career as a Non-Executive Director.

As well as her engineering degree, Kathryn holds an M.Com. in Organisation Behaviour from the University of New South Wales which has also awarded her an honorary Doctor of Business.

She was a recipient of University of Queensland’s Inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award in 2013.

Kathryn and her husband live in Melbourne and their son is studying at the University of Melbourne.

Robert Fitzgerald

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM

Inaugural Chair, Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission (2012 -2016)

Robert Fitzgerald AM , a commercial lawyer by profession, has served in many senior public administration roles including as a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for 5 years ending 2017. He has conducted over 17 national inquiries including into Executive Remuneration and the Not-for-Profit Sector.

Robert was the inaugural Chair of the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission, has served on a number of private company and NGO boards, and has made a significant personal contribution to the charity and not-for-profit sector including through roles with Australian Council of Social Service and St Vincent de Paul Society.

Ash Fontana

Ash Fontana

Managing Director, Zetta Venture Partners

Ash launch Zetta Venture Partners - the first venture capital fund focused on intelligent systems - with Mark Gorenberg. The firm has $185M under management and invested in 30 companies. Ash is a board member of and lead investor in companies such as Kaggle (largest machine learning platform in the world), Clearbit (pioneering data-as-a-service company), and Crate (leading time series database).

Before Zetta, Ash started the money side of AngelList – the most successful startup investing platform in the world – launching online investing, managing $130M over more than 250 funds, creating the first startup ‘index fund’ and curating investment opportunities across 500,000 companies. He also ran special projects like AngelList’s expansion into Europe and the UK. Simultaneously, Ash led syndicates and angel investments in Canva, Mixmax and others.

Ash previously co-founded Topguest, a Founders Fund-backed company that built customer analytics technology for companies like IHG, United and Caesars Entertainment. Topguest sold in an 8 figure transaction 18 months after the company was founded.

He started his professional career at Macquarie Capital, where he was a top-ranked analyst in private equity, investment banking and equity research. Academically, he graduated with First Class honors in law and finance on five scholarships from the University of Sydney.

David Gonski

David Gonsky AC FAICDLife

Chairman, the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd.

David is also Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, President of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust, and Chairman of the UNSW Foundation Ltd. He is also a member of the Sydney Airport Corporation board, the ASIC External Advisory Panel and the board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, a Patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Raise Foundation and a Founding Panel Member of Adara Partners.

He was previously Chair of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools for the Commonwealth Government of Australia. He was also a member of the Takeovers Panel, Director of Singapore Airlines Limited, the Westfield Group and Singapore Telecommunications Limited, Chairman of Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd, the Australian Securities Exchange Ltd, the Sydney Theatre Company, the Guardians of the Future Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Board of Trustees of Sydney Grammar School and Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd.

Adam Goodes

Adam Goodes

Co-Founder & Non-Executive Director, Go Foundation

Born in South Australia, a proud Andyamathanha/Narungga man, Adam moved to Victoria as young boy and developed a passion for Australian Rules Football. After he was drafted by the Sydney Swans from the North Ballarat U18s, Adam had an AFL career spanning over seventeen seasons, retiring in September 2015. Adam had a highly decorated AFL career including being awarded the prestigious Rising Star medal and twice receiving the Brownlow Medal.

In 2004 Adam was invited to join the National Indigenous Council (NIC), an advisory body to the Federal Government on Indigenous affairs. In 2014, he joined the board of Supply Nation, a government-funded body aimed at growing the Indigenous business sector through the promotion of supplier diversity in Australia. Adam now sits on the boards of the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation and STAND (Support Through Natural Disasters), a co-venture between Woolworths and the Salvation Army. He is also the CEO of the Indigenous Defence & Infrastructure Consortium (iDiC), an organisation that aims to increase the participation of Indigenous companies in long term Nation building projects.

In 2014, Adam was named Australian of the Year in recognition of his community work aimed at empowering the next generation of Indigenous role models as well as his advocacy in the fight against racism.

Adam is passionate about the elimination of discrimination in society. He is an Ambassador for the Racism It Stops With Me campaign and the White Ribbon campaign.

Adam is an ambassador for many brands including Toyota, David Jones, Qantas and Woolworths . Having retired from AFL, Adam is looking forward to investing more time in the GO Foundation along with getting involved in other opportunities that he is passionate about.

Adam is a Co-Founder & Non-Executive Director of the GO Foundation.

Pamela Hanrahan

Professor Pamela Hanrahan

Deputy Head of the School of Taxation and Business Law at UNSW Sydney

Professor Pamela Hanrahan is Deputy Head of the School of Taxation and Business Law at UNSW Sydney and a Senior Fellow of the Melbourne Law School. She has practised, taught and written in the areas of corporate law, securities law and financial services regulation for many years, and is a former Regional Commissioner of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Her books include Managed Investments Law and Practice (loose-leaf), Funds Management in Australia (2007), Securities and Financial Services Law (9th ed, 2017 with Professor Bob Baxt AO and Justice Ashley Black), Corporate Governance (2017 with Professor John Farrar), and Commercial Applications of Company Law (18th ed, 2017 with Professor Ian Ramsay and Dr Geof Stapledon). She is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a member of the Executive of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, and a founding member of the Society of Investment Law (USA).

Ros Harvey

Ros Harvey

Founder and Managing Director, The Yield

Ros Harvey is an experienced entrepreneur and executive in the field of technology – particularly the Internet of Things (IoT) and user-centric design. Ros is committed to creating public good through the innovative use of technology, which is reflected throughout her career.

Since Ros founded Australian AgTech company The Yield in 2014, it has become one of the industry's fastest growing technology success stories. The Yield is backed by several leading global businesses including Bosch, KPMG and Microsoft.

Ros is passionate about technology playing a role in the sustainable governance of the planet, and is an accomplished speaker on AgTech, IoT, converting data to knowledge and the future of food. Ros founded the globally-recognised Better Work program, a landmark joint program of the World Bank and the United Nations.

Lee Hickin

Lee Hickin

National Technology Officer, Microsoft Australia

As the National Technology Officer (CTO) Lee helps customers on their journey of digital transformation through cloud technologies. Lee focuses on the adoption of intelligent cloud services such as AI, IOT, Machine learning and cognitive services underpinned by core technology strategy and the Microsoft Ethical AI framework.

With over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, Lee has spent 2 years at Amazon Web Services as the APAC Platform technology lead, Microsoft for 11 years in a variety of technical, sales and product management roles and prior to that spent 5 years at RSA Security as a Senior Consultant on Identity management and Authentication Services and 8 years in a variety of roles at IBM, Tivoli and a couple of Start-ups.

Lee is passionate about enabling innovation through practical adoption of technology and is a regular speaker on the Microsoft cloud technologies and digital transformation.

Alison Kitchen

Alison Kitchen

National Chairman, KPMG Australia

Alison Kitchen is the National Chairman of KPMG Australia and also serves as a member of KPMG’s Global and Regional Boards. Alison has held a variety of management and governance roles within the partnership as well as serving as External Audit Partner for a range of major ASX listed companies.

Alison has worked in geographically diverse and complex operating environments providing advice on a range of topics including audit, risk management, internal controls, business processes and regulatory change across a diverse range of industries including energy, mining, transport and consumer goods and financial services.

During her time at KPMG Alison has acted as lead audit partner on five ASX Top 50 companies with global operations and has significant public transaction experience with those clients. In her current role as National Chairman, Alison is responsible for the overall governance and strategic positioning of KPMG in Australia.

Cameron McIntyre

Cameron McIntyre

Managing Director & CEO, Ltd

Cameron was appointed Managing Director and CEO of Ltd in 2017. Prior to this, Cameron held the positions of Chief Operating Officer (since October 2014), and Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for the previous seven years, including for the IPO of the Company in 2009. Cameron has over 25 years of finance and operational experience.

Cameron holds a degree in Economics from La Trobe University, Melbourne, is a graduate of the General Management Program at Harvard Business School and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).

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Ali Moore

Journalist & broadcaster

Ali Moore has more than 25 years experience as a journalist and broadcaster, working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia's Nine Network, and for the BBC's global news network, based in Singapore.

She has covered major news and current affairs events across the region, reporting from Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China.

In her more than two decades as a broadcaster Ali has interviewed key decision makers from a range of companies, industries and political theatres.

Her previous roles include ABC China Correspondent, host of Australia's premier late night TV current affairs program (Lateline), and anchor of some of the country's key business news programs (Business Sunday, Lateline Business).

She is now a freelance broadcaster and journalist and a Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Melbourne, working with Asialink.

Kristy Muir

Professor Kristy Muir

CEO, Centre for Social Impact

Professor Kristy Muir is the CEO of the Centre for Social Impact (CSI), a Professor of Social Policy at UNSW Sydney and an elected member of UNSW Sydney’s Council. She has worked for more than two decades with for-purpose organisations to help understand, measure, and find innovative solutions to complex social problems.

Kristy has undertaken dozens of projects with many government, not-for-profit, corporate, and philanthropic organisations to help improve social impact. Her research, which has attracted more than $12 million in funding, has focused on children, young people, families and communities and spans many social domains (e.g. education, employment and social participation, wellbeing, disability, mental health, financial resilience). She has published widely in policy, sociology, social work, history and public health journals and in publicly accessible and popular media, such as TEDx, The Mandarin, The Guardian and The Conversation.

Kristy has strong leadership and management expertise, is an excellent communicator and public speaker, and is able to diagnose problems, identify key issues and work collaboratively to make progress. She asks and seeks answers to difficult questions like: How do we increase our social impact? Why are we so stuck? Why are services, supports and policies so fragmented? How might we work innovatively to find, measure, and understand solutions for complex social problems?

Kristy is a non-executive Director of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. She was formerly the Research Director at CSI (2013-15), the Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2011-13) and the Director of the Disability Studies and Research Centre (2009-2010) at UNSW Sydney. She has a PhD in social history, is a graduate of the AICD and, prior to joining academia, worked in the not-for-profit sector.

Neville Owens

The Hon Neville John Owen

Chair, Iona Presentation College

Neville Owen is into his eighth decade, although he looks (and often feels) about twice that vintage. He is married with five children and a rapidly expanding brood of grandchildren, 11 at last count. To prepare him for those (and other less important) roles he was educated by the Marist Brothers at St Ildephonsus College, New Norcia, Western Australia and at the Law School, University of Western Australia.

He was a partner in the law firm Robinson Cox (now Clayton Utz). He had a broadly based commercial practice but concentrated on corporations law, insolvency and restructuring, trusts and equity and the media. In 1990 he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

In July 2010 he retired from the Court and at that time held the office of the Senior Judge of the Court of Appeal. He had been on the bench for almost 20 years and conducted trials and appeals in all areas of the Court's civil and criminal jurisdictions.

In April 2003 he completed a two year Royal Commission into the collapse of the HIH Insurance group. For the next five years he was embroiled in a marathon trial concerning the demise of the Bond/Bell corporate groups. It resulted in one of the longest and most boring tomes ever written on corporate governance/failures.

Over the years he has made a large number of presentations at conferences and seminars on many subjects but particularly in the areas of professional and business ethics and corporate governance.

The period since 2013 has seen him devote his time to helping alleviate and prevent repetition of the great harm flowing from decades of the sexual abuse of children in institutions, first as Chair of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, a body established by the Catholic Church in Australia, and more recently as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

He has always had a particular interest in, and association with, the education system. He is Chair of the Board of Iona Presentation College and has occupied similar positions at other primary and secondary schools. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame Australia and the University of Western Australia. He also served a term as Chancellor of the University of Notre Dame Australia and remains a Trustee of that institution.

Elana Rubin

Elana Rubin

Director, Mirvac

Elana has over 20 years experience as a non-executive company director, across diverse sectors.

Elana is currently a director of Mirvac, AfterPay Touch and Slater & Gordon, and Chair of Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA). She is also a director of a number of unlisted companies and government bodies in infrastructure, financial services, insurance and property.

Elana was previously the chair of AustralianSuper and WorkSafe Victoria. Other previous board roles covered the financial services, insurance, infrastructure, innovation, public policy, professional services and not-for-profit sectors. She was a member of the Victorian Council of AICD and the Committee for Melbourne, as well as a Director of SecondBite, a national food rescue organisation.

She is a member of Chief Executive Women and Women Corporate Directors Intl. Her career reflects a deep understanding of corporate social licence to operate and a commitment to diversity, social equity and participation.

Mark Scott

Mark Scott AO

Secretary, NSW Department of Education

Mark Scott AO is the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education and has a distinguished record in public service, education and the media.

Initially a teacher and education policy adviser, Mark enjoyed a long career in journalism. He was Editor-in-Chief of Fairfax newspapers and then Managing Director of the ABC from 2006 to 2016.

As leader of one of the largest education systems in the world, Mark has a particular interest in preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s rapidly changing world.

Ann Sherry

Ann Sherry AO FAICD

Chairman , Carnival Australia

Ann is one of Australia's leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism.

She is currently the Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. After joining as Chief Executive Officer in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since.

Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia, a Council Member of Philanthropy Australia and currently holds non- executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Rugby Australia, Cape York Partnerships, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Infrastructure Victoria.

Beginning working life as a radiographer, Ann became First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra before moving to the banking sector initially in HR roles, then in CEO roles with Westpac NZ and the Bank of Melbourne.

The Australian Government awarded Ann the Centenary Medal in 2001 and in 2004 she was awarded an Order of Australia. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award.

Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women’s rights, currently convening the MCC STEM group, opportunity for Indigenous communities, philanthropy and to the arts.

Matthew Turnour

Dr Matthew Turnour

Chairman, Neumann & Turnour Lawyers

Dr Matthew Turnour has over 30 years’ experience as a lawyer and is Chairman of the practice Neumann & Turnour Lawyers. He has ongoing involvement in the university sector as researcher and lecturer. He also has extensive involvement in the community sector as a volunteer.

The focus of his practice, research, teaching and volunteering is governance law and tax affecting not-for-profits, often with a focus on faith based schools.

In December 2017 he was appointed by the Commonwealth as one of the four panellists to undertake the review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits legislation.

Third Sector Magazine Australia named him 2018’s Influencer of the Year.

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Steve Vamos

CEO, Xero

Steve Vamos, Chief Executive Officer of Xero leads the global growth and performance of the business. With more than 30 years’ experience in global technology and digital media, Steve has worked in leading international businesses, including Apple, IBM and Microsoft. Steve also led the growth of ninemsn, an online media business, from start-up to industry leader as company’s Chief Executive Officer. Steve serves as a non-executive director of Fletcher Building (since 2015)and previously served on the Boards of Telstra, David Jones and Medibank. Steve holds a degree in Civil Engineering (with Honors) from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh

Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence ,University of New South Wales & Data61
Toby Walsh is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and Data61. He was named by the Australian newspaper as one of the "rock stars" of Australia's digital revolution. Professor Walsh is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives. He has been a leading voice in the discussion about autonomous weapons (aka "killer robots"), speaking at the UN in New York and Geneva on the topic. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science and recipient of the NSW Premier's Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT. He appears regularly on TV and radio, and has authored two books on AI for a general audience, the most recent entitled "2062: The World that AI Made".
Sally Ann Williams

Sally-Ann Williams

Engineering Community & Outreach Manager, Google Australia

Sally-Ann Williams is the Engineering Community and Outreach Manager for Google Australia. In this role she is responsible for leading Google’s efforts in CS and STEM education & outreach (K-12), research collaborations with universities and entrepreneurship and startup engagement.

Her work leading Google’s CS/STEM education engagement is focused on scalable and sustainable change in curriculum and teacher professional development to support national priorities in STEM education in Australia and New Zealand. Managing over 65 partnerships and programs she has created innovative programs and platforms to deliver training to teachers on the Digital Technologies curriculum at scale and created new partnership models with equity and a goal of bridging the digital divide. She currently serves as a member of the COAG STEM Partnership Forum advising and supporting Australia’s National STEM School Education Strategy.

In working with the startup community Sally-Ann has helped create and drive national engagement strategies on innovation and entrepreneurship including contributing to the foundation of StartupAUS, a non-profit with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. She currently serves on the board of Fishburners, a non-profit co-working space in Sydney, the advisory board of Inspiring Rare Birds, growing female founders, and as a mentor in the Startmate program. Sally-Ann also works with a range of incubators, accelerators, universities and the public sector to grow and develop the startup ecosystem.

In leading Google’s research engagement in Australia & New Zealand Sally-Ann is responsible for creating strong partnerships with key faculty to drive innovative research agenda. She currently serves on several university advisory boards.

Prior to joining Google 12 years ago, Sally-Ann worked at several Australian tertiary institutions in a range of academic and academic administration roles spanning executive education, public sector management, research and postgraduate degrees and tertiary management. A life long learner she holds an undergraduate and research masters degree and several other postgraduate qualifications.