Richard Goyder AO FAICD

Qantas, Woodside, AFL Commission, WA Symphony Orchestra

Richard Goyder AO is the chairman of Woodside Petroleum Ltd, Qantas Airways Ltd, and the AFL Commission. He also chairs JDRF Australia, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and the Channel 7 Telethon Trust. Richard is also an Investment Committee Member of the Evans and Partners Global Disruption Fund and a Fellow of the AICD. Formerly he was Chairman of the Australian B20 (the key business advisory body to the international economic forum which includes business leaders from all G20 economies).

Richard was the Managing Director and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited from July 2005 to November 2017. In 2007, Richard transformed Wesfarmers with the successful acquisition of the Coles Group of companies. At more than $19 billion, this purchase was, and remains, the biggest transaction in Australian corporate history. Wesfarmers became a top 10 Australian company, with more than 500,000 shareholders and with a workforce of more than 220,000 people, it became the country’s largest private sector employer.

He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2013 for distinguished service to business through executive roles and through the promotion of corporate sponsorship of the arts and Indigenous programs, and to the community.


Sharon Warburton GAICD

Wesfarmers, Fortescue Metals, Perth Children’s Hospital

After an executive career in strategy and finance roles based in Perth, Sydney, London and Abu Dhabi, Sharon is now a full-time Non-Executive Company Director. She is the 2014 WA Telstra Business Woman of the Year and was named in the 2015 Westpac AFR 100 Women of Influence.

She joined the board of Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) in 2013 as a Non-Executive Director. She is now the Co-Deputy Chairman and she also chairs the Fortescue Remuneration & People Committee. She is a Non-Executive Director for ASX200 Listed Wesfarmers Limited, Worley Limited, NEXTDC Limited and Gold Road Resources Limited; as well as a Director of the fund raising NFP Foundation for the Perth Children’s Hospital. She chairs the Audit & Risk Committees for both Wesfarmers and Gold Road Resources. She is also a part time member of the Takeovers Panel, an Adjunct Professor in Leadership and Strategy at Curtin Business School and the Patron of the Women in MBA Scholarship Programme at Curtin.

Educated in Exmouth and Perth, Sharon holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Curtin University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building.

Sharon is Mum to nine-year-old Chloe. She champions flexibility, diversity and work life balance and places a high priority on sharing her own experiences.

Melinda Conrad

Melinda Conrad FAICD

ASX, Caltex, Stockland

Ms. Conrad is a company director with governance and executive experience spanning a range of industries including retail, financial services, media and healthcare.

She is currently a Non-Executive Director of ASX Limited, Caltex Australia Limited, Stockland Group, The George Institute for Global Health and the Centre for Independent Studies. She is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Corporate Governance Committee.

Melinda has previously served as Non-Executive Director of David Jones Limited, OFX Group Limited, APN News & Media Limited, The Reject Shop Limited, Clinical Excellence Commission, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, and the Garvan Medical Research Institute Foundation. She has previously held executive roles at Harvard Business School, Colgate-Palmolive, several retail businesses as founder and CEO, and in strategy and marketing advisory.

Melinda holds a BA (hons) from Wellesley College in Boston, an MBA from Harvard Business School, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of Chief Executive Women.

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Mike Froman

Mastercard, Disney, former advisor to President Barack Obama

Mike Froman serves as vice chairman and president, Strategic Growth for Mastercard. In that role he is responsible for growing strategic partnerships, scaling new business opportunities, and advancing the company’s efforts to partner with governments and other institutions to address major societal and economic issues. He and his team drive financial inclusion and inclusive growth efforts and work to develop new businesses key to the company’s strategic growth. Mike oversees the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and is a member of the company’s management committee.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Mike was affiliated with the Council on Foreign Relations and continues to serve as a distinguished fellow. In September, 2018, Mike joined the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company.

From 2013 to 2017, Mike served as the U.S. Trade Representative, President Barack Obama’s principal advisor and negotiator on international trade and investment issues. During his tenure, Mike worked to open foreign markets for U.S. goods and services, reach landmark trade agreements and enforce the rights of American workers, farmers and firms. From 2009-2013, he served at the White House as assistant to the President and deputy national security advisor for international economic affairs.

Marina Go

Marina Go MAICD

Super Netball

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.

Graham Goldsmith AO FAICD

Seek, Djerriwarrh, Star Foundation

Graham retired from Goldman Sachs Australia in 2012 after a 25 year career with the firm and its predecessors (including JBWere) in Australia and the UK. He currently has a portfolio of interests across listed and private companies, and philanthropy.

He is Chairman of SEEK Ltd and a non-executive director of Djerriwarrh Investments Ltd.  He is an adviser to Gandel Group, Trawalla Group and Wilbow Group, each being family businesses based in Melbourne.  He also chairs Armitage Associates, a growth equity firm.

Philanthropic involvement includes being a trustee of Gandel Philanthropy, a non-executive director of Stars Foundation and a panel member of Adara Partners.

Previously he was Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

Ming Long

Ming Long GAICD

Diversity Council, QBE ANZ, AMP Capital Funds Management

Ming Long is an influential leader with non-executive director experience in a broad range of industries including financial services, funds and investment management, insurance and real estate. 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. She is the first Asian woman to lead an ASX-100 or 200 listed entity in Australia.

Ming led the establishment of the Property Male Champions of Change and chairs the 2017 National group, 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 QBE Insurance (Australia and Pacific), CEDA, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and on the advisory board for YBF Ventures to support the Fintech industry in Melbourne.

Michael Priddis

Faethm AI

Michael founded Faethm in 2016 to be the world’s data source for the Future of Work. Faethm’s four AIs and SaaS platform delivers data and insights that describe the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in every industry in 152 countries, and on 2 billion people.

Faethm was established in Sydney in 2016, and launched its platform in late 2017. Since then Faethm has won Government, Investor, Educator and Enterprise clients in 20 industries in 23 countries, and opened offices in London and San Francisco.

In February 2018 Faethm was one of the first companies worldwide to be invited to join the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution; recognition since then include The Australian Computer Society’s Gold Disrupter award and the UK Government’s Tech Rocketship award for AI.

Alongside leading Faethm’s scale-up globally Michael also serves on WEF’s Global AI Council. Before founding Faethm Michael was Partner and Asia Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group’s technology innovation practice, Digital Ventures. He was previously founder and CEO of S&C, an award-winning product development company that was acquired by BCG.

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Tim Trumper MAICD

NRMA, Platinum Asset Management

Tim is Chairman of the NRMA, advisor and shareholder in Quantium, Australia’s leading data and analytics company, director of the Platinum Asset Management ASX listed company with 25 Billion in Funds under management. He is an authority on the utilisation of data to drive innovation, and corporate strategy. His core interest relates to how the role of Directors to guide data governance, can facilitate successful business transformation.

Tim is an experienced Chair, Non-Executive Director, Former CEO, and Advisor for high-performance global and Australian companies. His career has spanned diverse categories including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Big Data, Digital Transformation, Mobility and Transport, Financial Services and Media.

He holds and MBA from UNE and in 2018 completed Harvard’s Making Corporate Boards More Effective Governance Program.

Along with fellow directors and late Chairman Hon. R J Hawke, Tim helped to establish The Bestest Foundation. This charity has raised over $5,000,000 for disadvantaged Australian children.

Professor Nerilie Abrams

Climate Science, Australian National University

Nerilie Abram is a Professor of Climate Science at the Australian National University. She is a chief investigator for Australia’s Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, which works across five Australian universities as well as the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO. She has recently been an Australian representative for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), producing the special report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate that was approved by governments and released in Monaco in September 2019.

Her research achievements and dedication to climate science communication have seen her awarded the 2015 Dorothy Hill Medal from the Australian Academy of Science and the 2019 Priestly Medal from the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.

Kathleen Bailey Lord

Kathleen Bailey-Lord FAICD

Bank of Queensland, Melbourne Water, QBE Insurance

Kathleen is an experienced board director, passionate about the opportunities for business and society in the digital age.

Serving on the boards of Bank of Queensland; QBE Insurance (AusPac), Melbourne Water Corporation and Monash College, Kathleen chairs the People & Remuneration Committee at both QBE and Melbourne Water, the Operations & Tech Committee at QBE and the Audit & Risk Committee at Monash College.

Her executive career was anchored in leading businesses through significant change and transformation in multiple industries (technology, marketing, professional and financial services). Known for her curiosity and passion, Kathleen blends strategy and pragmatism to nudge business forward to embrace the complexity and ambiguity of the digital age.

A member of AICD since 2003, Kathleen serves on the Victorian Council of the AICD and as a member of the AICD Technology Governance and Innovation Advisory Panel.

Eitan Bienstock

Eitan Bienstock

Techbench Capital

Eitan Bienstock is the CEO of Techbench Capital and Everything IoT. Highly involved in both the Australian and the Israeli startup ecosystems, Eitan is advising corporates and government organisations on Innovation and venture capital investments with focus on social impact. His experience spans over 25 years working for Fortune 100 companies, venture capital firms as well as founding a couple of startups in Israel, the US and Australia.

Passionate about global knowledge sharing and corporate venturing Eitan is mentoring startup founders and university students. Eitan pioneered the development of an IoT community in Australia since 2015. More recently Eitan organises student internships in collaborations with leading universities in Australia and Israel. Eitan is also a Non-executive Director of the Spark Festival, Australia’s largest gathering of startups, innovators and entrepreneurs.

During the late 90’s Eitan was responsible for the development of Intel Israel’s incubator program, which resulted in over USD100M increase in sales for supported companies in the first 3 years of the program and included a successful listing on NASDAQ of (NVMI). He received the prestigious ‘Intel Achievement Award’

Eitan often speaks about technology trends, venture capital investments and innovation ecosystems development in various events.

Jon Bisset

Jon Bisset

Community Broadcasting Association

Jon Bisset is the CEO of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA), the peak organisation for the not for profit community radio and TV sector. The CBAA's member stations actively broadcast nationwide to an audience of 6 million people per week.

The CBAA is a global leader in the community media space, championing an independent and free media and providing a portfolio of programs aiming to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of over 450 independent community media organisations.

Jon is also a Non-Executive Director of Infoxchange and of Connecting Up Australia, non-profit organisation's using technology to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our community and increase digital inclusion.

Richard Boele

Richard Boele

KPMG Banarra

Richard has spent most of his work life championing the causes of the vulnerable and under-represented in a way that few do, most aptly demonstrated in almost 15 years running his own human rights consultancy, Banarra.

Richard draws on his cutting-edge social sustainability insights to help Boards and their chief executives navigate the inherent social risks associated with increasingly global and diverse operating contexts. His particular strengths are the social and governance dimensions of sustainability and leading large consultancy assignments in socially and politically complex environments.

Brigid O'Brien

Brigid O’Brien

IQT International Australia

Brigid O’Brien is the Managing Director of IQT International Australia (IQT-AUS). IQT-AUS is located in Sydney, Australia, and is the Australian subsidiary of the U.S. based In-Q-Tel. In-Q-Tel (IQT) is a not-for-profit strategic investor that accelerates the development and delivery of cutting-edge technologies to intelligence and national security agencies. As Managing Director, Dr. O’Brien is responsible for identifying, investing, and guiding a portfolio of start-up technology investments designed to deliver on IQT stakeholder strategy.

Dr. O’Brien joined IQT in 2014. Prior to IQT, Dr. O’Brien worked as the science and technology program manager at the Department of the Army. There, she was responsible for providing programmatic and technical direction oversight of an extramural basic and applied research portfolio, and helped establish priorities, policies and procedures for research and technology development investments. Prior to that, Dr. O’Brien was a program manager for the Department of Justice.

Dr. O’Brien earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and holds a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.

Rhonda Brighton Hall

Rhonda Brighton Hall

Making Work Absolutely Human

Rhonda is CEO of mwah. Making Work Absolutely Human, Chair of the AHRI National I&D Reference Panel, the founding Chair of FlexCareers, and is recognised as a game changer in the future design of organisational culture, leadership, inclusion, HR and work.

Having lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the USA, Rhonda continues to speak around the world. She is a former HR Leader of the Year, a Telstra Businesswoman of the Year, AHRI HR Leader of the Year, an inductee into the Human Capital Hall of Fame and a Patron for ASPECT (Autism Spectrum Australia). She did her first TedX talk in 2017 – “The Seven Aces of Privilege – and how to play without them”.

Launched in 2017, mwah. is a research ThinkTank, a Community and a rapidly growing business changing the way work works for business owners, leaders, HR professionals and individual employees. It takes the most complicated ideas and issues and puts them in the simplest of forms, so everyone can be confident in the driver’s seat of their own working life.

A determined optimist, her fundamental belief – is that inclusion and good leadership are not only foundational for good organisations, but equally of more equitable and prosperous economies and communities.

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Andrew Charlton

Alpha Beta

Andrew has senior experience in business, government and international forums. He commenced his career at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) working with clients across the Asia Pacific region.

He later served as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister of Australia and Australia’s senior government official to the G20 economic summits. Andrew's academic research covering international economics, trade and development has been published in leading international journals including the American Economic Review, World Trade Review and World Economy.

He is the author of two books, Ozonomics (2007) and Fair Trade for All (2005), co-written with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz. In 2011 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He received a Doctorate and Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Melinda Cilento

Melinda Cilento GAICD

CEDA, Australian Unity, Reconciliation Australia

Melinda is the CEO of CEDA. She is also a non-executive director of Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of expert advisors.

She was previously a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum, a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia. Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund.

Melinda’s executive and director experience covers the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors and she has a strong track record of working collaboratively across sectors.

Melinda’s professional qualifications include a Masters of Economics (Australian National University), and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), (Flinders University, SA). She is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.

Andrew Condon GAICD

RSL, LifeCare

Andrew Condon’s Non-Executive Company Director roles include Chairman of the Board of RSL LifeCare, an organisation that employs 3500 staff, and has $1.5 billion in assets including 31 Nursing Homes across NSW and the ACT. As an aged care provider, RSL LifeCare has been required to provide submissions to the Aged Care Royal Commission and the Disability Royal Commission. Andrew became the Chair of the Board of RSL LifeCare during the Public Inquiry into NSW RSL (Bergin Inquiry).

He will be a panellist during the AICD 2020 Governance Summit for the session ‘Lifting the bar - learning from recent Royal Commissions’.

Andrew has had a career in a diverse range of Leadership and Management roles. A background across Agriculture, Engineering, Defence, Social services, and Sports Administration, provide an indication of his interests and passions.

Andrew became a Graduate Member of the Institute of Company Directors in 2007. In 2012 he was appointed to his first Non-Executive Director role on the Board of Vasey Housing NSW.

Sue O'Connor

Sue o’Connor FAICD

Yarra Valley Water, Mercer, Superannuation

Sue has served as a Chair, Director and senior business leader with ASXTop10, global unlisted companies and high profile statutory authorities. Her board leadership enables organisations to successfully pivot and transform to profitability and sustainably address the big questions and opportunities that face society today and tomorrow. 
Sue is able to make these contributions because of her board leadership, collaborative approach, commercial acumen, strategic thinking and deep expertise in technology, climate change, financial services, utilities and risk. Over her 12 year board career, Sue has chaired or been a member of technology, transformation, audit, risk and community engagement committees. 
She is currently Chair of Yarra Valley Water and a Director of Mercer Superannuation (Chair, Audit Committee), Kordia Group Ltd, Treasury Corporation Victoria, Bush Heritage Australia and ClimateWorks Australia. 
Her 25+ year executive leadership career in the technology sector included 13 years as a senior executive at Telstra Corporation. 
Sue holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Graduate of Diploma Business Management. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.  

Mark Crosweller

Mark Crosweller AFSM MAICD

Ethical Intelligence

Prior to establishing Ethical Intelligence, Mark spent 35 years in service to the public through roles ranging from fire-fighter through to Commissioner, Director-General of Emergency Management Australia, and Director of the National Resilience Task Force. During this period, he has led major strategic reform at the National, State, Territory and Local Government levels in the areas of governance, strategy, policy, operations, and capability. He has held various senior leadership roles during major crises involving both severe to catastrophic natural hazard events and human caused disasters.

In addition to his studies and advisory work, Mark continues to speak regularly to a broad range of audiences on both his professional and personal experiences of crisis and adversity as well as speaking on the ethics of trust, humility, compassion and forgiveness.

Sylvia Falzon

Sylvia Falzon FAICD

Suncorp, Regis Healthcare

Sylvia Falzon has been a non executive director since 2010 across a range of regulated and customer facing industries including financial services, health, aged care and retail. She has Significant business transformation experience, IPO and a number of Merger & Acquisition and divestment activities. As well as experience chairing People & Remuneration and Audit & Risk Committees. She is Focused on leadership, culture and the alignment of shareholder and stakeholder interests to generate sustainable long term value.

Prior to becoming a director she has Executive career spanned nearly 30 years in Financial Services. Held senior executive positions responsible for institutional and retail funds management businesses (domestic and international).

Sylvia’s current board positions include: Suncorp Group Limited and member of the People & Remuneration and Risk Committees, Premier Investments and member of the Audit & Risk Committee, Regis Healthcare and Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee and member of the People & Remuneration Committee and Chairman of Cabrini Australia.

James Fazzino

James Fazzino

Manufacturing Australia

James is Chair of Osteon Medical, a leading digital health business. James is also Chair of Manufacturing Australia, a CEO-led coalition of Australia's largest manufacturers who work with all sides of government, business and community to help the sector realise its full potential. James was also appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Australia Pipeline Limited (the APA Group). APA is an ASX 50 company that owns and operates circa $20bn of energy assets in Australia. James is Vice-Chancellors Fellow at La Trobe University and in this capacity provides advice to the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Management on strategy, culture and operational excellence. James is also an Adjunct Professor at La Trobe Business School specialising in management, international business and digital. James passionately believes in diversity and is a member of the Melbourne Male Champions of Change group.

James was formerly the Managing Director & CEO of Incitec Pivot. During his 14 year tenure at Incitec, first as CFO and then as CEO, the company increased in size 6-fold to an enterprise value of $8bn. Highlights during his time at IPL included overseeing construction of two new $1bn world scale manufacturing plants (one at Moranbah, Australia and the other at Louisianna, USA), successfully integrating the $3.6bn Dyno-Nobel acquisition (which took IPL global) and restructuring the group to become a global industrial chemical company with operations in 13 countries around the world.

Shannon Finch

Shannon Finch MAICD

Jones Day

Shannon Finch is a leading corporate lawyer and non-executive director. She has recenty joined global law firm, Jones Day, as a senior partner after 25 years with King & Wood Mallesons – advising boards of both listed and private companies on strategic transactions and governance.

Shannon chairs the Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia and in that capacity liaises with Treasury, ASIC and ASX on corporate law reforms – including those emerging from the Royal Commission, and is a guest-lecturer on securities law at the University of Sydney and the University of NSW. She is the Deputy President of Muscular Dystrophy NSW and a non-executive director of ParaQuad NSW, a not-for-profit social enterprise.

Ray Fleming

Enterprise Ireland

As Senior Market Advisor for Enterprise Ireland, Ray works with Irish software and technology businesses as they either enter or expand their footprint in ANZ. Organizations that Ray works with can be at the very earliest stage – High Potential Start-ups – all the way through to major Irish based multinationals providing enterprise solutions to telcos, banks and other blue chip Australian customers.

A Graduate of AICD’s Company Director course (GAICD), Ray joined Enterprise Ireland having held senior leadership roles in Australian and multinational consulting firms in the technology and human capital domains.

Michael Graf

Michael Graf MAICD


Michael Graf brings the world of ICT, finance and investment, and philanthropy together. His career includes 24 years of senior executive experience with IBM and he is an advisor and board director for a number of start-up enterprises and not-for-profits. Michael is on the Board of the Technion Society of Australia, the Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home, Point Duty Local Government Solutions and mPort.

Stan Grant

Stan Grant

Indigenous Affairs Editor, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Stan Grant is the Indigenous Affairs Editor for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a multi-award winning current affairs host, an author and an adventurer. Well known for having brought the former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to tears when interviewed about Indigenous affairs on The Point, Stan's keynotes are insightful, engaging, always professional and at times, controversial.

Stan Grant's Aboriginal heritage has shaped his dynamic, resilient personality. Born in Griffith in south-west New South Wales, in 1963, Stan Grant's mother is from the Kamilaroi people and his father is of the Wiradjuri. Stan spent most of his childhood on the road living in small towns and Aboriginal communities across outback NSW.

The early traveling gave Stan a love of adventure and stories. He grew up listening to the tales of his grandfather and uncles and aunts. Despite poverty and an early sporadic education the security of his family and the larger Aboriginal community gave him a strong platform for life.

Lisa Grinham

Lisa Grinham


Lisa is regarded as one of the most respected experts in corporate community investment in Australia. She was appointed as CEO of Good2Give in 2012 and has transformed the organisation to be a digital innovator and integrated service provider for many of Australia and New Zealand’s largest companies delivering $20 million annually to charities. Prior to taking the helm at Good2Give, Lisa worked in leadership roles with 3M, Optus and Aussie Home Loans as well as running her own strategic consulting business.

Stefan Hajkowicz

Stefan Hajkowicz

Data 61, CSIRO

Stefan is a senior principal scientist at CSIRO’s Data61 in the field of data-driven strategy and foresight. He is director of Data61 Insights; a team of researchers helping governments, companies and communities explore plausible futures and make wise choices.

Stefan has over 100 publications generating 3800 citations in the international research literature in fields related to geography, economics, computer science, management strategy and decision theory. Over the past twenty years he has delivered hundreds of research consultancies for public and private sector customers across Australia and worldwide. His book “Global Megatrends” is one of CSIRO Publishing’s best-sellers in its category.

Stefan has a doctorate in geography from the University of Queensland and postgraduate qualification in economics from the University of New England. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Foresight Community and is currently a member of the OECD Government Foresight Community. Stefan’s current work is focused on artificial intelligence strategy and policy-levers to catalyse the growth of digital industries.

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Ben Heap GAICD

Colonial First State, The Star Entertainment group, H2 Ventures

Ben Heap has wide-ranging experience and in asset and capital management as well as technology and digital businesses. He has extensive business strategy, innovation, investment and governance expertise.

Mr Heap is the Executive Chairman of H2 Ventures, a venture capital investment firm. He is a Non-Executive Director of Colonial First State Investments Limited, a subsidiary of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the Vice President of Gymnastics Australia and a member of the Australian Commonwealth Government’s Fintech Advisory Group.

Mr Heap was previously Managing Director for UBS Global Asset Management in Australasia and prior to this, Head of Infrastructure for UBS Global Asset Management in the Americas. He held a number of directorships associated with these roles.

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George Hunt

Sydney Water

George is an experienced executive and Chief Information Officer. For many years he has worked in many geographies including the US, UK, South America, China and all over Europe, and also across many industry sectors including pharmaceuticals, energy and gas, finance and more recently utilities. George joined Sydney Water in March 2016 as General Manager - Digital and Chief Information Officer and has provided a deep background in business and digital transformation. He has also spent the last 9 months in the General Manager - Customer, Strategy and Regulation role to help shape and develop a digital vision for Sydney Water.

During this time at Sydney Water, George has taken the lead role in Sydney Water’s digital transformation which includes a number of key initiatives that contributed to Sydney Water being named ‘Digital Utility of the Year 2018’. A key program has been the successful replacement of a 32 year old billing systems which went live in June 2019 and has been seen in NSW Government as an recognised example of successful digital transformation in Government. George was also awarded the #1 CIO in Australia in the CIO50 in 2018, being recognised specifically for his leadership and innovation in delivering customer excellence.

Michelle Hutton

Michelle Hutton

CEO, Australia and Brand Chair, Asia Pacific

Michelle Hutton is the CEO of Edelman Australia and the Brand Chair for Edelman Asia Pacific.

Having recently returned to Australia, Michelle has taken on this dual role having previously held global leadership positions while based in London with Edelman as Managing Director, Global Client Strategy, COO of Europe and Chair of the agency's global consumer business.

Whilst abroad, Michelle has been advising global companies and brands on how to navigate the changes in media, emerging technologies and the increasing distrust of news and opinion. Her counsel is sought after by senior leaders in businesses building their company’s brand and reputation in this time of ‘crisis in trust’ and fake news. Before relocating to the UK with her husband and two children, Michelle ran Edelman’s operations in Australia.

Prior to Edelman, Michelle was the Chief Executive, Australasia of Hill & Knowlton Strategies and ran the agency’s consumer marketing practice across Asia Pacific. Earlier in her career she worked for independent communication agencies in Australia. She started her executive career at the AMP Society.

She has a keen interest in supporting female leaders in the creative industry.

Michelle is an active member of Edelman’s Global Women in Leadership program, was a founding Board Member of the Global Women in PR network and was previously a Board Director of The Communications Council in Australia serving on its Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Akiko Jackson

Akiko Jackson GAICD

86 400

Ms. Akiko Jackson is an internationally experienced non-executive director and a strategy adviser with more than thirty years as an executive in the financial services industry in Australia and Japan and as a strategy management consultant in the US and Australia. She has worked in both private and public sector and has extensive experience in advising and working with Board of Directors, Managing Directors and Secretaries on business development, risk management, leadership, strategy and transformational change implementation. Akiko is a Fulbright Scholar with an MBA from Stanford University in California and has a Bachelor of Law from Keio University in Tokyo.

She is currently a non-executive director of 86 400 (a digital bank start up), an advisor to the Minister of the Department of Human Services of the Commonwealth Government on digital transformation and a Board member of ACECQA (Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority). She also chairs the Board Risk Committee and is a member of the Board Audit Committee and the Board Governance and Remuneration Committee of 86 400.

Akiko has led businesses through adopting a customer centric approach and strong stakeholder engagement skill. She provides thought leadership in areas such as risk and innovation, cultural change and digital transformation.

She stands for ethical decision-making, inclusiveness and equal opportunity. In her spare time, Akiko enjoys rowing, playing tennis, practicing Bikram Yoga and playing cello.

Brad Lancken

Brad Lancken

NSW Institute of Sport

Brad is a Managing Partner of Liverpool Partners, an Australian mid-market Private Equity firm. Previously he spent 10 years as a senior investment professional at Archer Capital (where roles included serving as a Board director of V8 Supercars, the business responsible for managing the largest motorsport category in Australasia) and he was also formerly a Group Executive at Seven Group Holdings (SVW.ASX), an ASX 200 listed conglomerate with extensive media and industrial assets.

Since 2018, Brad has served as a NSW Government appointed director on the Board of the NSW Institute of Sport.

Chris Leptos AM FAICD

National Heart Foundation of Australia

Chris Leptos became President of the National Heart Foundation in 2018 when it converted its federated structure to a national body.

He is also a non-executive director of IDP Education Ltd, Chairman of SEA Electric, and senior adviser to Flagstaff Partners. In his earlier career he was a Manging Partner at Ernst & Young with national responsibility for the public sector practice, prior to which he was General Manager of Corporate Development with Western Mining Corporation.

He has lived and worked in Jakarta, Shanghai, Toronto and London.

He has been a member of the Infrastructure Planning Council of Victoria, a member of the Australian Information Economy Advisory Council, and a Professorial Fellow with Monash University.

In 2000 Chris was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia for services to business and the community.

Graeme Liebelt

Graeme Liebelt FAICD

ANZ banking group, Amcor, AFIC

Mr Liebelt was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Orica Limited, a position he held for six and a half years. During his 22 years with the ICI Australia/ Orica group, he held a number of senior positions, including Managing Director of Dulux Australia, Chairman of Incitec Ltd, Director of Incitec Pivot Ltd and Chief Executive of Orica Mining Services. He was an Executive Director of the Orica Group from 1997 until 2012. Mr Liebelt is a Director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Australian Foundation Investment Company Ltd and Carey Baptist Grammar School. He was Chairman of DuluxGroup Limited until it was taken over by Nippon Paints in August 2019. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (and on the Victorian Council) and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Ian Macfarlane FAICD

Woodside, Queensland Resources Council

Ian Macfarlane is the Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council, a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum, the Chairman of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre, a member of the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School Toowoomba Community Advisory Committee, a Board Member of Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ian was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Groom in October 1998 and is Australia’s longest serving Federal Resources and Energy Minister and the Coalition’s longest serving Federal Industry and Innovation Minister with over 14 years of experience in both Cabinet and shadow ministerial positions. Ian has extensive experience across the resources and energy, agribusiness, science and innovation, skills and training and manufacturing and industry sectors.

Ian retired from the Federal Parliament in May 2016.

Before entering federal politics, Ian was one of the country's most active agripoliticians. He previously farmed peanuts, sorghum and wheat, and ran cattle in Queensland's Burnett region. Ian was President of the Queensland Graingrowers Association for seven years, President of the Grains Council of Australia for two years, and simultaneously held executive positions on the Queensland and National Farmers' Federations.

Ian is married to Karen and has two adult daughters. He lives in Toowoomba, Australia's largest provincial inland city.

Paul Masi

Paul Masi MAICD

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

In 2010, Paul became CEO and managing Director of Austock Group Ltd. He resigned from this role in March 2012 following the sale of the securities business to Phillip capital.

Currently Paul is a Chairman and President of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, is a board member of The Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation USA, a board member of The Girls and Boys Brigade, Chairman of the Girls and Boys Brigade Foundation, Chairman of Greenwich Capital Partners, NED of Shaw and Partners, A NED of Argus Property Partners and a NED of GTK Pty Ltd

Paul holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and completed the Accelerated Management Programme at the AGSM. He has sat on various Australian Stock Exchange committees since 1995. He was on the National Business Rules Committee, the Board of the National Adjudicatory Tribunal, Nation Adjudicatory Appeals Tribunal and a panelist on the ASTC Disciplinary Tribunal. In 2003 he was elected to the Board of Securities and Derivatives Industry Association (SDIA) and named Chairman of The Institutional Broking Committee.

Bruce Morgan FAICD

Sydney Water

Bruce Morgan is the Chairman of Sydney Water, Deputy Chairman of the European Australian Business Council (EABC) and is a Director of Origin Energy, Caltex Australia and Redkite.

Bruce has extensive business experience as a Non-Executive Director including in water, energy and transport fuels and from his executive career with specific experience in the financial services, energy and mining sectors, leading some of Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ (PwC) most significant clients in Australia and internationally.

Bruce was the Chairman of the Australian PwC Board for six years until 2012 and was a member of the PwC International Board for four years.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from University of NSW (UNSW) and is an Adjunct Professor at UNSW. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Chris Murphy GAICD

Provum Healthcare

Christopher is an experienced executive, academic and researcher. For over twelve years, Christopher has worked in the financial services and health services sectors, providing him with extensive experience in regulated industries. Currently, Christopher is the Chief Executive Officer of Provum Healthcare, a healthcare services consortia providing allied health, aged care and disability care services across New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

In addition to this full-time work, Christopher is an active Non-executive Director, having served on both for-profit and not-for-profit boards for over a decade. Christopher is also an experienced academic and researcher, having provided research support on a number of Australian Research Council projects at the University of Sydney. Christopher’s research interests are strategy making, design-led strategy and healthcare market deregulation. Christopher has international work experience, having worked in both Australia and the United States of America.

Kerstin Oberprieler

Kerstin Oberprieler


PentaQuest works with organisations to implement behavioural change and shift cultural, capability and strategy.

Kerstin is an award-winning designer and has recently completed her PhD create behavioural change in organisations using gamification and Cultural-Historical Activity Theory. She is passionate about creating solutions to help organisations engage employees and achieve high performance, and has worked with Government, private businesses, and not-for-profits in Australian and overseas. Kerstin has given a TEDtalk and is a sought-after speaker in Australia and internationally.

Lou Panaccio

Lou Panaccio MAICD

Sonic Healthcare Limited, Unison Housing Corporation

Mr Panaccio possesses more than 30 years executive leadership experience in healthcare services and life sciences, and more than 25 years board-level experience with public, private, for profit and not for profit entities. Lou is currently a Non-Executive Director of an ASX50 company and one of the world’s largest medical diagnostics companies, Sonic Healthcare Limited (ASX:SHL), where he has served since 2005. In addition, he is also a Non-Executive Director of Unison Housing Corporation Limited, Non-Executive Chairman of ASX listed biotechnology company Avita Medical Limited (ASX:AVH), Non-Executive Director of Rhythm Biosciences Limited (ASX:RHY), Non-Executive Chairman of NeuralDX Limited and other private entities.

Lou has also served in CEO/MD and board roles with Melbourne Pathology Group, Monash IVF Group, HNA/LifeCare Group, Primelife Corporation Limited, Genera Biosystems Limited and other private entities.

Fiona Payne GAICD

Therapy Focus, 360 Heath + Community

Fiona is a contemporary non-executive director with extensive governance experience in the government and not for profit sectors. 

She is committed to optimising outcomes using business strategies that leverage commerciality, innovation and collaboration with the community.

Fiona is ethical, energetic and highly regarded for pursuing organisational vision with passion.

Her current roles include four board appointments, two as Chair (Therapy Focus and 360 Health + Community), a sessional appointment in health strategy, a board committee role in people, culture and engagement, a governance advisory role with a member based organisation, and independent consultancy to human services in strategic, policy and service development.

George Savvides

George Savvides AM

IAG, Next Science, SBS

George Savvides has 30 years experience in the Aust/NZ healthcare sector, including three CEO roles at Smith & Nephew, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, and Medibank Private. He led Medibank as CEO for 14 years, retiring in 2016 following its’ successful ASX float. He was appointed a member of the Order of Australia AM on Australia Day 2020.

George’s current board roles include, Non Executive Director of IAG, Deputy Chairman of public broadcaster SBS, Non Exec Director of Ryman Healthcare and Chairman of Next Science Ltd.

He recently retired as Chairman of World Vision Australian having served on the Board for over 18 years. He is a former Chairman of Macquarie University Hospital and Kings Transport.

Gabrielle Trainor AO FAICD

AFL Commission

Gabrielle Trainor AO LLB. (Melb.), M.A. (Creative and Cultural Practice), FAICD Gabrielle Trainor is a non-executive director and advisor whose experience covers over twenty-five years on boards in the public and private sectors ranging from infrastructure, financial services, transport and urban development to sports, arts and culture, child protection and the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

She is a member of the boards of Infrastructure Australia, Zurich Australia Limited and listed investment company WAM Global. Among her other roles, she is a director of the ACT City Renewal Authority, the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (Vic) and the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority. She is chair of the National Film and Sound Archive and a Commissioner of the Australian Football League (AFL) and of the Australian Sports Commission (Sport Australia). She was a founding director of the GWS Giants whose AFLW team’s annual best and fairest medal is named in her honour. Her previous experience is as a lawyer, journalist, public sector executive and a consultant for thirty years in issues management, stakeholder engagement and public policy. Her personal sporting career is meagre, to say the least. She is nothing more than a trier and has staggered over the line at two marathons - Dublin and Florence. In 2017, Gabrielle was named an Officer in the Order of Australia.

Leonie Valentine

Leonie Valentine GAICD


Leonie Valentine is the Managing Director, Sales & Operations of Google Hong Kong, and has been based in Hong Kong since 2011. She has nearly 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations, with 20 years spent in the Tech and Telco industry. Before joining Google in 2014, Leonie was Executive Vice President, Customer Service & Operations at CSL Limited (a Telstra company).

Leonie is a board member for Pro-Pac Packaging Limited (ASX: PPG) and Save The Children HK, a Governor for the American Chamber of Commerce HK, as well as an advisor to CUHK's EMBA Program. She actively supports The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong, serving on the Women on Boards Advisory Panel (30% Club) and the Girls Go Tech Advisory Committee from 2013-2019. Previously she was a board member for Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB HK) from 2017-19, and HandsOn Hong Kong from 2014-16.

Leonie holds an Executive Certificate in Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship of Swinburne University, a Master’s Degree in Communication Management from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Bachelor of Science from Melbourne University. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Varghese

Peter Varghese AO

University of Queensland, CARE Australia

Peter Varghese AO is Chancellor of The University of Queensland. Prior to this appointment, he served as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2012-2016). Previous senior appointments included High Commissioner to India (2009-2012), High Commissioner to Malaysia (2000-2002), Director-General of the Office of National Assessments (2004-2009), and Senior Advisor (International) to the Prime Minister of Australia (2003-2004). Mr Varghese was the author of a comprehensive India Economic Strategy to 2035 commissioned by the Australian Prime Minister and submitted in July 2018.

Mr Varghese sits on the boards of AMP Limited, AMP Capital Holdings, AMP Bank and CARE Australia. He is also on the international governing board of the Rajaratnum School of International Studies in Singapore and the governing board of Nalanda University in India.

Natalie Walker MAICD

Goodstart Early Learning, Inside Policy, Telstra Foundation

Natalie has over 15 years experience across small business, government, not for profit and corporate sectors in various management and non-executive roles.

Natalie has tackled every role with her entrepreneurial spirit – always being driven by innovation; her desire to build something or improve something either inside companies she’s worked in or by starting new companies herself.

Her latest venture – Inside Policy – is a social and economic policy advisory firms that aims to change the world one policy at a time. Inside Policy’s clients include federal and state governments.

Prior to founding Inside Policy, Natalie established Supply Nation. She also led the Aboriginal Employment Strategy and built KPMG’s Indigenous business stream within its government advisory group.

Natalie sits on various boards including Goodstart Early Learning, Life Without Barriers, Evolve FM, Evolve Housing, Jawun and the Telstra Foundation.

In 2018, Natalie was appointed by the Prime Minister as Australia’s representative to the Business Women Leaders Taskforce of the G20. In 2012, Natalie was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence.

Sally-Ann Williams GAICD

Cicada Innovations, World Vision Australia

Sally-Ann Williams is the CEO of Cicada Innovations, Australia’s home of Deep Tech. Previously, Sally-Ann was an Executive Program Manager at Google Australia, responsible for leading efforts in entrepreneurship, startup engagement, and research collaborations with universities.

Sally-Ann is an experienced Non-Executive Board member currently serving on the boards of Fishburners and World Vision Australia, and a mentor in the Startmate program and several other industry accelerators and incubators.

With contributions to the COAG STEM Partnership Forum and the foundation of Startup AUS, Sally-Ann has been involved in driving national engagement and strategies in innovation, entrepreneurship, computer science and STEM education.

Robert Wood

Robert Wood


Bob is Distinguished Professor and Director of the UTS Futures Academy, University of Technology Sydney. He was the founder and director of the Centre for Ethical Leadership for 9 years, which included running the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship program for senior executives.

He is a Fellow of ASSA, IAAP, APA and ANZAM. He completed his PhD at the University of Washington and post-doctoral studies at Stanford University. He serves on several industry, government and not-for-profit advisory groups and boards.

Deborah Yates


Deborah is an experienced HR and Corporate Affairs leader with high business acumen and extensive international experience in a FTSE Top 15 Company and domestic experience in a variety of industries. She has significant experience in leading culture change, large acquisitions from deal negotiation through to full business integration, change management, restructuring, crisis management and remuneration committees in UK PLC. Deb is a respected coach and mentor to senior leaders and senior leadership teams.


She is currently the National Managing Partner for People and Corporate Affairs at KPMG, based in Sydney. Since joining KPMG in January 2018 Deb has led the people strategy with particular focus on creating a mentally healthy culture with leaders confident and competent in leading the charge, developing leaders with the skills and capabilities to be successful in the workforce of the future and passionately driving inclusion and diversity. She is also responsible for KPMGs extensive corporate citizenship agenda.


Prior to joining KPMG Deb held the role of Chief HR Officer at Reckitt Benckiser, based in the UK, where she led the people strategy across the globe. This included leading the talent agenda, culture and major projects including integrating significant acquisitions. Her career with Reckitt Benckiser began in Australia, and also took her to the Netherlands and the USA.


In Deb's earlier career she was Employee Relations Manager at News Limited in Australia, during a challenging time when newspaper management and staff were grappling with the transition from print to digital formats. For her, it was the start of a continued interested in the immense impact that technology has on work and people, and her passion to successfully lead organisations through those changes.


Deborah has a vision to ensure KPMG embraces the fast changing future of work – helping KPMG's talented people to embrace technology, agility and disruption, and to ensure they are equipped to lead and outperform in constantly changing environments.


Outside of her KPMG commitments, Deborah is married to Michael who together are parents to two teenage boys, and she loves to run, cook and entertain at her home in Sydney after many years of living abroad.