AGS Speaker

Yasmin Allen


Yasmin is a non-executive director at ASX Limited and a director of the ASX Clearing & Settlement boards and serves on ASX’s Audit committee. She is also a director of Cochlear Limited, Chairman of its Audit Committee and a member of the Cochlear Technology Committee and its People and Culture committee. Yasmin is a director of Santos Limited, Chairman of Santos’ People, Remuneration & Culture Committee and a member of Santos Audit & Risk Committee. Yasmin is also a Director of the National Portrait Gallery, a member of the board of The George Institute for Global Health, and Chairman of Advance Global.

Previous directorships include IAG Limited, EFIC (Australia’s Export Bank) and she is the former Chairman of Macquarie Group’s Global Infrastructure Funds. Prior to her directorships, Yasmin had an extensive career in investment banking, including as Vice President of Deutsche Bank, Director of ANZ Investment Bank in Sydney and Director with HSBC in London.

Yasmin has a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and in 2015 was awarded the Melbourne University Alumni of Distinction. Yasmin is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member (and former council member) of Chief Executive Women.

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.

Catherine Ball

Catherine Ball

Executive Director

Dr. Catherine Ball is an author, founder, executive director, and ethics advocate working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs. Catherine also likes to create businesses.

A sought-after voice across the start-up and tech world, Catherine works globally across a wide range of global projects from creating world leading conferences and events, to using drones to kill weeds on rocky cliff faces. Catherine is a proponent of community engagement with technology and likes to demystify emerging tech.

Catherine has been called a social architect and likes to connect people from different backgrounds across common themes. A champion of diversity and inclusion, Catherine believes we need points of difference to truly innovate and curate the changes we want to see in the world.

Catherine continues to support Australia as being the world leader in the non-military application of drone technology, also known as “drones for good”. As such, Catherine has co-created a new, global congress to be held annually in Brisbane starting in August 2017 The World of Drones Congress runs annually and is the first significant global drone conference to focus on all parts of the drone economy, and the future of the industry.

Catherine has most recently created “World of Drones Education” which is set to be the ‘Netflix’ of STEM resources for teachers, educators, corporates, and parents. It includes lesson plans on demand and a Podcast you can download from the Apple Store.

Catherine holds a BSc Honours (Environmental Protection) and a PhD (Spatial Ecology, Descriptive and Predictive Statistics) from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom.

Some of the awards Catherine has won include:

  • 2015 AFR’s BOSS Magazine Young Executives of the Year - Winner
  • National Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2015, Corporate and Private Award
  • Queensland Telstra Business Women's Awards Winner 2015: Queensland Business Woman of the Year, Queensland Corporate and Private.
  • Innovator of Influence, 2015 at Innovation Week.
  • Courier Mail Q Magazine: Queensland 50 Best and Brightest, 2015
  • Westpac 100 Women of Influence 2016 (Innovation)
  • Top 25 Women in Robotics List- 2016
  • 2017 Women in Leadership Awards – Finalist Innovation Category
  • 2018 Global Contribution to UAV Industry award from Shenzhen UAV Industry association
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.

James Brown

James Brown

President, Returned and Services League NSW

James Brown is the President of the Returned and Services League NSW. He is the chairman of the Anzac House Trust, deputy chair of the Anzac Memorial Trust, chairman and trustee of the RSL Welfare and Benevolent Institute, and a director of both RSL Lifecare Ltd and the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games.

A former Australian Army officer, James commanded a cavalry troop in southern Iraq, served on the Australian taskforce headquarters in Baghdad, managed operations and contingency planning for Australia's Solomon Islands mission (for which he was awarded a commendation), and served with coalition Special Forces in Afghanistan. He also instructed at the Army’s Combined Arms Training Centre.

After leaving the Australian Defence Force, James worked as a research fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, a foreign policy think tank based in Sydney. His first book was the acclaimed Anzac's Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession (Black Inc, 2014), which examined Australian thinking on the military and veterans. It was shortlisted for the John Button Prize for writing on public policy. 

James studied economics at the University of Sydney and completed graduate studies in strategy at the University of New South Wales. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon. 

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.

Shirley Chowdhary

Shirley Chowdhary GAICD

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.

AGS Speaker

Peter Coates AO FAICD

Non-executive Director

Peter Coates is a Non-Executive Director of Glencore plc and Event Hospitality and Entertainment Ltd. As well as Chairman of the Industry Advisory Council for the School of Minerals and Energy Resource Engineering, UNSW.

These current appointments follow more than 50 years of resource industry experience including as CEO of Xstrata and Glencore’s global coal businesses until his retirement in December 2007.

Mr Coates was a past Non-Executive Chairman of Santos Ltd; Sphere Minerals Limited and Minara Resources Ltd; and a past Chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia, NSW Minerals Council and Australian Coal Association. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2009 and awarded the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Medal in 2011.

AGS Speaker

Dr Saranne Cooke


Doctor Saranne Cooke is a professional director serving on a number of boards across the education, health, sport, financial services and charity sectors. She recently completed a PhD which examined how ASX200 directors govern under the ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles and Recommendations. In what is understood to be an Australian first, Saranne interviewed 41 ASX200 directors (holding a combined 70 ASX200 board roles) on their governance practices, finding that they focus primarily on three key themes: Relationships, Risk and Remuneration.

Saranne’s current appointments include directorships on the boards of Racing NSW, Western NSW Primary Health Network, HESTA, Charles Sturt University, Leading Age Services Australia and Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. She is also the inaugural Chair of the Western Region NSW Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to her career as a professional director, Dr Cooke held a number of senior roles within energy, banking and manufacturing industries. In addition to her PhD, Saranne holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business (Marketing), and a Master of Commercial Law. She is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant, and a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute.

Frank Cooper

Frank Cooper AO FAICD

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.

Ken Dean

Ken Dean FAICD

Chairman, Mission Australia

Ken is Chairman of the Board of Mission Australia and a Non-Executive Director of Energy Australia Holdings Limited and Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd.

He has previously held directorships with BlueScope Steel Limited, Alcoa of Australia Limited, Santos Limited, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Shell Australia Limited.

Ken is a Member of the ASIC Director Advisory Panel and has over 40 years’ experience in energy and manufacturing industries.

Gordon de Brouwer

Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM

Former Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Energy

Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM has over 30 years’ experience in public policy and administration. Gordon was Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Energy from 2013 to 2017, following senior positions in the Prime Minister’s Department, Treasury, Australian National University and Reserve Bank.


Gordon is an Honorary Professor at the ANU and Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. He is a panel member of the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service and received a Public Service Medal for his work on the G20.

Mark Devadason

Mark Devadason MAICD

Global leader in banking and finance

Mark is a global leader with a geographically diverse and broad based 30 year commercial banking experience at leading financial institution Standard Chartered Bank.

From 2003 until 2007 he served as Country CEO for Standard Chartered Bank in Japan and while in Japan was also Chairman of the Foreign Bankers Association. From 2008 until 2010 he served as CEO for Standard Chartered Bank’s Thailand operations and from 2010 to 2015 he continued as NED on the board of the Thai bank. 

Mark Devadason's last role at Standard Chartered was Group Head of Sustainability. After leaving Standard Chartered Bank in early 2016, Mark now works with a diverse portfolio of companies in various board and consulting capacities.

He graduated from the University of Bristol, UK in 1985 with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Economics and has attended management and leadership programmes in LSE (London), Templeton College(Oxford) and Insead (France). 

Kathryn Fagg

Kathryn Fagg GAICD


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, in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Kathryn is on the boards of ASX-listed companies Boral, Djerriwarrh Investments and Incitec Pivot and was formerly a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Kathryn is chair of the Melbourne Recital Centre as well as Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). She previously served as President of Chief Executive Women and Chairman 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 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 optimising 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 General Manager, Retail Banking, in New Zealand, and Managing Director, Banking Products for the Group.

However, Kathryn then chose to return to her industrial roots and joined BHP Steel which became BlueScope Steel. Her senior executive roles with BlueScope 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 a Master of Commerce in Organisation Behaviour from the University of New South.

She was a recipient of the University of Queensland’s Inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award in 2013, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from both the University of Queensland and the University of New South Wales.

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.

Alan Finkel

Dr Alan Finkel AO

Australia’s Chief Scientist

Dr Alan Finkel commenced as Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016.

Alan has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator.

Prior to becoming Chief Scientist, he served as President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and for eight years as Chancellor of Monash University.

Alan was awarded his PhD in electrical engineering from Monash University and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience at the Australian National University.

In 1983 he founded Axon Instruments, an ASX-listed company that made precision scientific instruments. He is also a co-founder of Cosmos Magazine.

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.

Belinda Gibson

Belinda Gibson FAICD

Non-executive Director, GetSwift

Belinda Gibson is a non-executive director of GetSwift, Brisbane Airport, Ausgrid, Citigroup’s Australian retail bank and Thorn Group. Until recently she was a Trustee of The Australian Museum.

Belinda has particular engagement on all her boards with the organizational culture conversations. The challenges of adapting business models to new technologies and new ways of working are a constant theme and as a result she is passionate about promoting STEM education for young people.

She chairs the board risk committees at Citi, Ausgrid and Thorn.

She was a corporate and securities partner with the global law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques until she was appointed commissioner and then deputy chairman of ASIC where she had primary responsibility for oversight of the capital markets and listed companies.

Marina Go

Marina Go MAICD

Chair, Wests Tigers NRL Club

Marina Go is Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club, Chair of Ovarian Cancer Australia, Chair of Juggle Street, a non-executive director of Energy Australia, Autosports Group, 7-Eleven, Pro-Pac, and The Walkley Foundation, Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre For Media Transition at the University of Technology Sydney, and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders. Boss magazine named her as one of 20 True Leaders of 2016. Marina has over 25 years of leadership experience in the media industry, having started her career as a journalist. She has an MBA from The Australian Graduate School of Management.

David Gonski

David Gonski 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.

Greg Hammond

Greg Hammond OAM MAICD

Banking and finance adviser 

Greg Hammond OAM is a consultant and adviser to entities in the banking and finance sector, charities and not-for-profit organisations.

He also serves on the governing boards of a broad range of not-for-profit and commercial entities.

In 2018 Greg was a member of the panel appointed to review the legislation governing the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. In 2016 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community.

Jill Hannaford

Jill Hannaford GAICD

Technical Services Leader, Australia, GHD

Jill is the Technical Services Leader for Australia at GHD. She established a stakeholder and community engagement business at GHD and led the relationship between GHD and CareerTrackers (the Indigenous Australian internship program). She is very focused on diversity issues in the workplace. At GHD, she provides strategic advice on engagement and communication in infrastructure. Jill was awarded the Consult Australia Female Champion of Change Award in 2015 for her contribution to the community engagement profession in Australia and her role in championing diversity at GHD. In 2016, she was a finalist in the Women’s Agenda National Awards. Jill has qualifications in Economic Geography and Urban & Regional Planning and is currently on the Board of the Henry Halloran Trust at Sydney University. The Trust funds research into urban issues. Jill is also a non-Executive Director of Bridge Housing. Jill has a close working relationship with the GO Foundation and GHD is proud to be one of GO’s corporate partners.

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 GAICD

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.

AGS Speaker

Martin Hosking GAICD

Co-founder, Redbubble

Martin Hosking is an Australian technology entrepreneur. He is co-founder of Redbubble, the world’s leading marketplace for independent artists, and was CEO from 2010 to 2018. Redbubble listed on the ASX in May 2016. He was a lead investor and Chair of Aconex, a SaaS provider to construction firms. Aconex was ASX listed prior its sale to Oracle in 2018. He was part of the founding team of NASDAQ listed search company, LookSmart. Martin started his career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before joining McKinsey. He has a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University and an MBA (with Distinction) from Melbourne Business School, where he has also lectured. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He speaks regularly on innovation and entrepreneurship related topics.

AGS Speaker

Greg Hume GAICD

Executive Director & Group CEO, Nova Group

Greg Hume is an Executive Director and the Global Chief Executive Officer for the Nova Group, a Professional Services Provider specialising in the provision of engineering and management services to industry and government. Nova’s achievements have included selection as one of the Australia’s “Great Places to Work” for several years in a row and one of Australia’s most innovative companies. Greg is also a director of Rural LAP, an initiative of the Australian Federal Government to provide locum support for eligible specialist and GP obstetricians and anaesthetists, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in rural & remote areas of Australia.

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.

Amanda Lacaze

Amanda Lacaze MAICD

CEO and Managing Director, Lynas Corporation

Amanda Lacaze is the CEO and Managing Director of Lynas Corporation. Appointed in June 2014, Amanda has successfully led the company through a turnaround with many challenges.  

Amanda was recognized as 2018 CEO of the Year in the MiningNews.Net Awards and was featured in The Australian newspaper’s ‘The Deal’ as a business woman to watch in 2018. In 2017, Amanda was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s Business People of the Year and she has been profiled as one of Australia’s 12 most inspirational business women in Woman of Influence.

She was CEO of Commander Communications, Executive Chairman of Orion Telecommunications and CEO of AOL|7. Prior to that, Amanda was Managing Director of Marketing at Telstra and held various business management roles at ICI Australia (now Orica and Incitec Pivot) and Nestlé.

Amanda is a Non-Executive Director of ING Bank Australia LTD and a member of Chief Executive Women and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ming Long

Ming Long GAICD

Chair, AMP Capital Funds Management Limited

Ming Long is a non-executive director with experience in funds and investment management, real estate, education and professional associations. She has held leadership positions including CEO and CFO roles with a track record of taking on challenging roles, including successfully navigating the global financial crisis. 

Ming was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence and was a finalist in the Telstra Business Womens Awards. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, a Fellow of Finsia, a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women. 

Ming is the Chair of AMP Capital Funds Management Limited, is Deputy Chair of Diversity Council of Australia, a director of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and on the advisory board for YBF Ventures to support the Fintech industry in Melbourne.

Simon Longstaff

Dr Simon Longstaff AO FCPA

Executive Director

Simon’s distinguished career includes being named as one of AFR Boss’ True Leaders for the 21st century, with Carol Schwartz noting; "I don’t know one CEO or chairman in corporate Australia who has not worked with Simon Longstaff". Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt (Anindilyakwa) in the Northern Territory where he worked in the Safety Department of the then BHP subsidiary, GEMCO. He is proud of his kinship ties with members of the island’s Indigenous community. Following a period studying law in Sydney and a brief career teaching in Tasmania, Simon undertook postgraduate studies in philosophy as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australia and in June 2016, was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University – based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. Formerly serving as the inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, Simon serves on a number of boards and committees across a broad spectrum of activities. He was formerly a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

Charles Macek

Charles Macek FAICD

Non-executive Director

After a 30-year executive career in financial services, Charles has been a non-executive director for some 18 years. He is currently Chairman of Vivid Technology Ltd, Lead Director at Windlab Ltd and a Director of Sinefa Pty.

He is also an external consultant to the Investment Committee and Unisuper and a Senior Corporate Adviser to the MMC Inc group in Australia.

Charles is a member of the AICD Corporate Governance Committee and the Shareholders' Responsibilities Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network. He is a former Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council, Centre for Eye Research Australia and the Earthwatch Institute in Australia.

He has served on the boards of several large companies, including Wesfarmers, Telstra and Vicinity Centres."

Michael Malone

Michael Malone FAICD


Mr Malone founded iiNet Limited, an ASX listed telecommunications company in 1993 and continued as CEO until his retirement in 2014, by which time iiNet had over 2500 staff, serving over a million households and businesses, with revenue of over a billion dollars.

Mr Malone is currently Chair of the Board of ASX listed Superloop Ltd, a director of nbn Co Limited (nbn), Seven West Media, Speedcast International and Axicom. He is also the founder and Chairman of Diamond Cyber Pty Ltd. Mr Malone was previously the founder and Deputy Chair of Autism West.

Mr Malone has received a number of prestigious industry recognitions including 2012 Australian Entrepreneur of the Year, Winner of the Telecommunications Society’s Charles Todd medal, CEO of the Year in the Australian Telecom Awards and, National Customer Service CEO of the Year in the CSIA’s Australian Service Excellence Awards. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Directors, the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Computer Society. Mr Malone has a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) and a post graduate Diploma in Education both from the University of Western 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).

Ali Moore

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) and a Professor of Social Policy in the Business School at UNSW Sydney. She is an elected member of UNSW Sydney’s Council, Chair of Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy Australasia, a Director of ARACY and member of the NSW Premier’s Council on Homelessness.

Kristy has worked for almost three decades with for-purpose organisations. She is driven to help understand and find solutions to complex social problems and measure whether and where they are making a difference. She has partnered with dozens of not-for-profit, corporate and philanthropic organisations and government departments on over 70 projects to help increase social impact. Her research and capacity building projects have attracted almost $16m. She teaches non-executive directors, facilitates strategic workshops, gives invited keynotes and has published widely in academic journals and popular media.

Kristy was formerly CSI’s Research Director, the Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Director of the Disability Studies and Research Centre at UNSW Sydney. She has a PhD in social history, is a graduate of the AICD and, previously 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 FAICD

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.

Graeme Sammuel

Professor Graeme Samuel AC


Graeme Samuel AC is a Professorial Fellow in Monash University’s Business School and School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine.. He is also a Councillor of the Australian National University and Chair of its Finance Committee, President of Dementia Australia, Chair of the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network, Chair of Data Governance Australia, Chair of Lorica Health Pty Ltd, a CMCRC company, Chair of Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ), Member of CEDA’s Council of Economic Policy, Council Member of the National Health and Medical Research Council and Chair of its Health Innovation Advisory Committee and the National Institute for Dementia Research. He is a member of the APRA Panel to conduct a Prudential Inquiry into Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Prof Samuel has held a number of roles in public life including former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Associate Member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority and President of the National Competition Council.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1998. In 2010 he was elevated to a Companion of the Order of Australia "for eminent service to public administration through contributions in the area of economic reform and competition law, and to the community through leadership roles with sporting and cultural organisations".

George Savvides

George Savvides FAICD


George has 30 years of experience in the Australian & NZ health care sector. He was CEO of two IPO ASX listings, Sigma in 1999 and Medibank Private in 2014. He served as Medibank CEO for 14 years. George has an honours degree in Engineering from UNSW and an MBA from UTS and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. George is currently on the Board of three companies, NZX listed Ryman Healthcare, Chairman Next Science Pty Ltd, and Deputy Chairman of the public broadcaster SBS. George recently retired as Chairman of World Vision Australia.

Nora Scheinkestek

Nora Scheinkestel FAICD


Dr Nora Scheinkestel is an experienced company director having served for over 25 years as a non-executive chairman and director of companies in a wide range of industry sectors and in the public, government and private spheres. She is currently chairman of Atlas Arteria Limited as well as a director of its stapled entity, Atlas Arteria International Limited and of Telstra Corporation Limited, Ausnet Services Ltd and OceanaGold Corporation. She is also a Trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.

Dr Scheinkestel is also an Associate Professor at the Melbourne Business School (MBS) at Melbourne University.

Dr Scheinkestel’s executive background is as a senior banking executive in international and project financing, responsible for the development and financing of major mining and infrastructure projects in Australasia and South East Asia. She is a published author of Rethinking Project Finance – Allocating and Mitigating Risk in Australasian Projects.

Dr Scheinkestel is a former member of the Takeovers Panel and consults to government, corporate and institutional clients in areas such as corporate governance and strategy. In 2003, she was awarded a centenary medal for services to Australian society in business leadership.

Mark Scott

Mark Scott AO FAICD

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.

AGS Speaker

Joseph Skrzynski AO FAICD

Co-founder, CHAMP Private Equity Group

Mr Joseph Skrzynski is the co-founder with Bill Ferris of the pioneering CHAMP Private Equity Group which has made over 100 significant or control investments in private and public companies ranging from early stage through to management buy-outs, with operations in Australia and overseas. He has served as a non-executive director of many of these companies and has had oversight of the CHAMP nominees on the other portfolio companies.

In parallel he has had an active career in the not-for-profit sector having been a non-executive director of some twenty not-for-profit companies and has chaired five Government statutory authorities including The Sydney Opera House Trust and the Special Broadcasting Service, SBS.

His current directorships include the Global Boards of Human Rights Watch and The Conversation Media Group. His contribution to the business and not-for-profit sectors has been recognised with a lifetime achievement award by the Asian and Australian Venture Capital Associations and he is an Officer in the Australian awards system.

AGS Speaker

Ben Travers

Partner, KPMG’s Leadership, Performance & Reward team

Ben leads KPMG’s Leadership, Performance & Reward team. He has more than 15 years consulting experience across all areas of reward including executive remuneration, total reward strategy, incentive plan design, broad-based remuneration, employee engagement strategies and investor engagement. He has extensive experience in managing the multiple internal and external stakeholders involved in remuneration design and has strong relationships across key investor and regulatory bodies.

Ben is experienced working with Boards and HR professionals across listed, unlisted and multinational companies to structure remuneration arrangements that align with business strategy, support the company’s culture, have regard for the risk framework and provide appropriate reward and retention mechanisms. Ben’s broad experience and industry knowledge ensures remuneration arrangements reflect best practice and support strategic objectives over the short and long-term.

Matthew Turnour

Dr Matthew Turnour FAICD

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.

Michael Ullmer

Michael Ullmer FAICD

Chairman, Lendlease

Michael Ullmer joined the National Australia Bank Group as Finance Director in August 2004. He was Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer from October 2007 until he stepped down from the Bank in August 2011. He is now Chairman of Lendlease Corporation and a director of Woolworths Limited. He was a director of Fosters Limited until the acquisition by SAB Miller.

Michael is Chairman of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and is a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria. He is a member of the European Australian Business Council and ASX Chair’s Forum.

Previous community roles have included director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Deputy Chairman of Kambala Girls’ School in Sydney, Treasurer of Lauriston Girls’ School in Melbourne, Chairman of Schools Connect Australia, and a director of the Centre for Social Impact. Michael chaired the Business-School Connections Roundtable for the Federal Government. He was also Deputy Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council.

Michael has a degree in Mathematics, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

AGS Speaker

Steve Vamos GAICD

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

Professor 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".
Nicola Wakefield

Nicola Wakefield Evans

Director, Lendlease

Nicola is a director of Lendlease Corporation Limited, Macquarie Group Limited, Macquarie Bank Limited and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. She is also a member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel, and a director of UNSW Foundation Limited, Chief Executive Women and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nicola has significant Asia-Pacific experience as a corporate finance lawyer and was a partner at King & Wood Mallesons (and its predecessor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques) for more than 20 years. She held several key management positions at King & Wood Mallesons including Managing Partner International in Hong Kong and Managing Partner, Practice, Sydney.

Catriona Wallace

Dr Catriona Wallace MAICD

CEO & Founder, Flamingo Ai (ASX:FGO)

Dr Catriona Wallace is the Founder and CEO of Artificial Intelligence FinTech and ASX Listed company (ASX:FGO) Flamingo Ai, provider of Cognitive Virtual Assistant and Knowledge Management technologies. Flamingo Ai is the second only woman led (CEO & Chair) business to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Based in NYC and Sydney, Dr Catriona Wallace has been recognised by the Australian Financial Review as the Most Influential Woman in Business & Entrepreneurship (2018), and as the FinTech Leader and Overall Excellence in Finance award by Women in Finance (2018). Catriona is one of the world’s most cited experts on the Future of Customer Experience, Artificial Intelligence and Bot Strategy.

Catriona has a PhD in Organizational Behavior: Human Technology Interaction and is a well published author and commentator.

Catriona is a highly recognized business person having recently been awarded Advance Australia’s highest award in Technology & Innovation for Australian’s working abroad. Catriona has been inducted into the Australian Business Woman’s Hall of Fame, has won Telstra Business Awards, and is Alumni of the Springboard Enterprises Women Entrepreneur’s and EY Entrepreneur of the Year programs. Catriona was awarded a prestigious Pearcey Foundation award for tech entrepreneurs. She was recently named among the Top 9 Female Entrepreneurs by the Sydney Morning Herald and Top 30 Women redefining business by Womens’ Agenda.

Catriona is also a philanthropist, human rights activist and mother of five.

Heather Watson

Heather Watson MAICD

Director, Queensland Rail

Heather is an experienced legal and governance consultant with specialist Charity Law expertise and broad commercial and governance experience across the charitable and nonprofit sectors.

Having retired as a partner at McCullough Robertson Lawyers in 2017, she continues to provide consulting services to support relevant sector clients.

Her industry expertise covers aged care, health and community services, affordable housing and Indigenous communities. She has considerable experience in structuring and strategic advice to philanthropic entities.

Heather has now transitioned to full time company director across sectors that provide for the wellbeing of individuals and communities through social and community infrastructure.

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.

Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson

CEO & Founder, Xinja

Eric has extensive experience across financial services, management consulting, and is a serial entrepreneur. Before Xinja, he was CEO of NAB’s National Australia Trustees, managing over $1bn for disadvantaged & disabled Australians, was Enterprise Program Director of the Future of Financial Advice Reforms at NAB, and began his career with 8 years at Accenture. He has a masters in Law, has served as a board member of Lifeline Northern Beaches, and passionately believes in better banking for Australians.