Tony Boyd writes the Chanticleer business column for the Australian Financial Review, published five days a week across print and digital platforms. Tony has more than 35 years of experience working as a finance journalist, holding numerous senior editorial roles across global markets, financial services, and information technology. He has also worked as a foreign correspondent in London and Tokyo. Tony was joint recipient of the EU Qantas Journalism Award in 2006, was presented telecommunications journalist of the year by the Australian Telecommunication Users Group in 2007, won the general business category of the Citigroup Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2014 and 2018.
Mara Bún has made her mark in the growth and innovation of Australian science, working at the intersection of business and activism. In addition to her appointment as the first female Chairman of the Australian Conservation Foundation, Mara is a Non-Executive Director at Australian Ethical Investment and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Gold Coast Waterways Authority. Her impressive career includes positions with Macquarie Bank, CSIRO, Morgan Stanley, and Bush Heritage.
Parisa has a PhD in Biomedical Science and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Parisa holds a Senior Lecturer position with UNSW Sydney.
Parisa joined the George Institute in 2008. She has over fifteen years experience in health and university sectors in an operational and academic capacity. Her expertise is in operational leadership including finance, personnel, contracts, business negotiations, project and program management.
He has deep experience in investment banking, corporate finance, M&A and capital raising gained in industry-leading global organisations. He has also worked in Melbourne, New York, Sydney and Asia and has breadth and depth of knowledge and experience doing business in and across different geographies.
From 1991 through 2006, Tony was with Merrill Lynch in the Investment Banking division. He had experience in a wide range of Corporate Finance, M&A, and Capital Raising advice.
From 2006 through 2008, Tony was a Managing Director at Citigroup’s Sydney Investment Banking Group and Head of its TMT business in Australia and New Zealand. In 2008 Tony joined Macquarie Capital where he worked until co-founding Square Peg Capital. While at Macquarie, Tony held a variety of roles including Co-head of TMT for Asia and Head of Principal Investments for Macquarie Capital Asia.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.
David Jones co-founded ThreatMetrix in 2005. He has more than 15 years experience in technical and management roles within the software industry.
Prior to co-founding ThreatMetrix, David founded SpamMATTERS delivering products used by federal government enforcement agencies for tracking phishing and spamming operations. At SurfContol, an Internet content filtering company that was later acquired by Websense, he served as Vice President of global research. Among his major achievements at SurfControl was the management of the email filtering and flagship anti-spam solutions generating over 30 percent of company revenues.
David is currently the Founder and CEO of Pointzi User onboarding for Web and Mobile apps.
Jeremy Liddle is a Founding Partner at SDGx, a global deep technology venture capital, venture building, and research group. SDGx is reimagining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He is also Executive Direct at technology and finance public relations firm, Third Hemisphere. He was a Founder and General Partner of tech VC and advisory firm, CapitalPitch (now CP Ventures).
Anne O’Neill is a health and medical research professional with over 20 years’ experience in the health, medical research and policy sectors. She is responsible for leading the development and implementation of major policies and programs to enhance medical research capacity in NSW. She has particular responsibility for commercialisation initiatives including the NSW Medical Device Fund and NSW Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program – both have been critical to accelerating the development of NSW intellectual property and the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs in NSW. Anne is also responsible for developing international partnerships in medical research and commercialisation.
Anne holds a Bachelor of Science (Physiology and Pharmacology) (Honours) and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Executive Masters of Public Administration.
Sally-Ann Williams is the CEO of Cicada Innovations, Australia’s home of deep tech. Cicada Innovations unlocks the power to create the industries and jobs of the future addressing some of the most pressing global issues that face our world today.
Prior to joining Cicada Innovations, Sally-Ann was an Executive Program Manager at Google Australia for 12 years, where she was responsible for leading Google’s efforts in CS and STEM education & outreach (K-12), research collaborations with universities and entrepreneurship and startup engagement.
Sally-Ann has been involved in driving national engagement and change strategies in innovation and entrepreneurship, computer science, and STEM education. Her involvement includes contributing to the COAG STEM Partnership Forum and to the foundation of StartupAUS, a non-profit with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship.
Sally-Ann is an experienced Non-Executive board member currently serving on the boards of Fishburners and World Vision Australia. She is a mentor in the Startmate program and has served as an advisor and mentor to several industry and university incubators and accelerators.
Robert Williams is a director at Artesian. Artesian is a global alternative investment management firm with offices in NY, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney and Melbourne. Artesian is the most active early stage Venture Capital (VC) investor in Australia and offers an end-to-end VC platform for startups at seed, angel and growth stages. In this role, Robert focuses on Artesian's agrifood technology investments.
Prior to joining Artesian, Robert most recently worked as a manager within the agricultural investment arm of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.
CEO, Cicada Innovations
Sally-Ann Williams is the CEO of Cicada Innovations following her role as the Engineering Community & Outreach Manager for Google Australia. Sally-Ann currently also serves as Non Executive Director for World Vision Australia and Fishburners, member of the COAG STEM Partnership Forum and Activator at SheEO.
In her role with the startup community she manages partnerships and collaborates with co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators, universities and the public sector to build and grow the ecosystem. As a lifelong learner, she holds an undergraduate and research masters degree and several other postgraduate qualifications from Griffith University, Harvard Business School and Stanford University. In 2016 Sally-Ann was a NSW Finalist in the Telstra Business Women of the Year Awards and one of Business Insider’s 100 Coolest People in Australian Tech.