Tech23 Impact Circles: Leaders & Contributors

Petra Andrén

Angeline Achariya

Executive Director Innovation & Growth, Simplot

Circle: Feeding 10 Billion People – Australia’s future food industries

With more than 20 years’ diverse international innovation and leadership experience in blue chip multinationals such as Mondelez International, Yum Brands (KFC), Fonterra, MARS (CIO, GM, R&D leadership roles). Angeline Achariya led teams in innovation, strategy development, market expansion, R&D, Quality, Regulatory, Packaging functions. Angeline’s leadership resulted in over 1000 innovations in FMCG, FS & QSR retail channels in Japan, China, Thailand, New Zealand and Australian markets.

A recognised industry leader and innovation practitioner, she serves on government, academic, industry advisory boards resulting in the launch of Victoria’s 2016 Food & Fibre Strategy. Angeline was invited to join the Regional Development Australia Melbourne East Committee and her input resulted in Melbourne East regional plan 2020 to increase the region’s economic output.

Dan Adams

Dan Adams

Co-founder, Amber Electric
Circle: Our New Energy Future – transitioning to 100% Renewables
Dan Adams is the Co-founder of Amber Electric. Amber is a new way to buy power designed for a world powered by renewable energy. The Amber model gives residential customers direct access to the real-time wholesale electricity price and the technology to shift their usage to when cheaper renewable energy is available in the grid. Prior to Amber, Dan worked for Tesla, the Boston Consulting Group and Hawaiian Electric, designing Virtual Power Plants, community solar programs and other new business models to accelerate the uptake of wind and solar power.
Petra Andrén

Petra Andrén

Life Sciences & Tech Investments, Tattarang & Minderoo Foundation

Circle: Medtech and Diagnostics – Building future resilience

Petra Andrén is an entrepreneurial and passionate business executive with experience traversing international markets and technology sectors including medical technologies, biopharmaceuticals and agrifoodtech.

Her expertise is in building tech communities and scaling new tech ventures as the CEO, advisor and/or board member. With diverse experiences spanning government, global corporations, universities, VC and startups, she brings a unique and broad skill set to the start-up innovation space.

Currently, she is the life sciences and tech investment specialist at Tattarang, one of Australia’s largest private investment groups. She also serves as an advisor to selected commercialisation and startup accelerator programs. Prior to this, she was the CEO and creator of Australia’s first deeptech incubator, Cicada Innovations.

Bill Bartee

Bill Bartee

General Partner, Main Sequence Ventures
Circle: Quantum Powered Industries – Australian Industry with quantum superpowers
Bill Bartee is the Managing Director and Partner at Main Sequence Ventures. He is also the Co-founder of Blackbird Ventures. Bill is passionate about investing in and assisting daring founders to build the next large, disruptive company. Bill is an early investor in Prospection, Culture Amp, SEEK, Altium, Canva, Looksmart, Zoox, Safety Culture, v2 Food, Q-CTRL, and many others
Christian Behrenbruch

Christian Behrenbruch

CEO, Telix
Circle: Next Generation Nuclear Medicine – Biosimilars, Theranostics and Implantable Devices
Dr Christian Behrenbruch has 20 years of healthcare entrepreneurship and executive leadership experience. He has previously served in a CEO or Executive Director capacity at Mirada Solutions, CTI Molecular Imaging (now Siemens Healthcare), Fibron Technologies and ImaginAb, Inc. He is a former Director of Momentum Biosciences LLC, Siemens Molecular Imaging, Radius Health (now Adaptix) and was the former Chairman of Cell Therapies P/L (a partnership with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre). Chris is currently a director of Factor Therapeutics (ASX:FTT) and Amplia Therapeutics P/L. He is Chairman of the Monash Engineering and IT Foundation Board and is an Adjunct Professor at Monash University. Chris holds a D.Phil (PhD) in biomedical engineering from the University of Oxford, an executive MBA jointly awarded from New York University, HEC Paris and the London School of Economics (TRIUM Program) and a Juris Doctor (Law) from the University of Melbourne.
Dror Ben-Naim

Dror Ben-Naim

Founder & CEO, Smart Sparrow
Circle: Predictions from the Frontier – Deep Tech Possibilities
Dror Ben-Naim is the founder and CEO of Smart Sparrow, a personalized learning pioneer.
After inventing the adaptive learning platform while doing his Phd, Dror founded Smart Sparrow, raised VC, scaled the business into the US and ultimately sold it to Pearson, the world’s largest learning company.

Seeing first hand what it takes to drive an idea through to exit, Dror is passionate about, advises to and invests in revolutionary, tech-infused startups that are tackling the world’s biggest challenges.

Dror holds a Phd in AI and Education and a BsC in Physics and Computer Science from UNSW. He is an Adjunct Academic at UNSW and a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University.

Michael J. Biercuk

Michael J. Biercuk

CEO and Founder, Q-CTRL
Circle: Quantum Powered Industries – Australian Industry with quantum superpowers
Professor Michael J. Biercuk is Professor of Quantum Physics and Quantum Technology at The University of Sydney where he leads a team working to develop advanced technology powered by quantum physics. Out of this research, Michael saw a gap in the market for a company which made this knowledge available outside of the lab. Michael is also Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.

Michael completed his Masters and PhD at Harvard University. After university, he held a research fellowship in the Ion Storage Group at NIST Boulder under the supervision of 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physics Dr. David Wineland. He has also worked as a consultant to DARPA, helping steer government investments in quantum information and next-generation computer architectures.

As one of the world’s leading authorities on quantum physics and technology, Michael is a regular contributor to both the technical literature and the popular press. He is a TEDx speaking alumnus and winner of the 2015 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.

Lachlan Blackhall

Lachlan Blackhall

Entrepreneurial Fellow and Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, Research School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Environmental Engineering, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
Circle: Our New Energy Future
Associate Professor Lachlan Dr Lachlan Blackhall is Entrepreneurial Fellow and Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program at The Australian National University. Previously, Lachlan led the development of capabilities to monitor, optimise and control residential solar generation and battery storage, as well as the development of virtual power plant technology to aggregate energy storage to deliver services to energy networks, markets and utilities. Lachlan holds a BE, BSc and a PhD in engineering and applied mathematics, is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust) and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).
Tim Boyle

Tim Boyle

Director, Innovation & Commercialisation, ANSTO
Circle: Next Generation Nuclear Medicine – Biosimilars, Theranostics and Implantable Devices
Tim Boyle is the Director, Innovation & Commercialisation at ANSTO (Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) and Founder and Lead Executive, of the nandin Innovation Centre. Tim has a strong track record in developing the interface between research and business, with 20 years’ experience across various industry engagement, technology transfer, innovation and economic development roles. A self-confessed innovation policy and metrics geek, he also has a detailed understanding of the “impact’ agenda and how to optimise the contribution of academic research to deliver benefits to society and the economy.

Prior to joining ANSTO, Tim held Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation roles at UNSW including responsibility for the global Easy Access IP consortia which delivered a radical model to accelerate the transfer of IP into practical use. Tim has also held various knowledge exchange and technology development roles with Thomson Reuters (now Clarivate analytics), Johnson & Johnson, Avexa, AMRAD and University College London.

James Brown

Dr James Brown

Chief Technology Officer, Bondi Bio
Circle: Built with Biology – Australia’s future bioeconomy
James is the Chief Technology Officer of Bondi Bio, a Sydney-based bioengineering start-up that he co-founded in 2018. Bondi engineers cyanobacteria to produce traditionally plant-derived Natural Products from light, water and carbon dioxide.

James is an experienced genetic engineer, who has helped catalyse the emergence of Synthetic Biology on the international stage. Prior to founding Bondi, James was the architect of a new wet lab facility at world-leading technical-consultancy Cambridge Consultants. There he took the technical lead on a range of projects including HT characterisation platforms, cell-free sensing & DNA data-storage, culminating in the successful authorship of Wikipedia in DNA.

James worked in Microsoft Research’s Biological Computation Group & spent time in Saudi Arabia, working to generate sustainable biomanufacturing solutions for global chemical producer SABIC. James served as National Programme Director for UK Synthetic Biology & was Secretariat to the UK’s Synthetic Biology Leadership Council, where he supported the implementation of the UK’s Strategic Roadmap in Synthetic Biology. He was an iGEM Ambassador during the formative years of the competition, and was Principal Advisor to the University of Cambridge iGEM teams from 2007 through 2010, including the award-winning E. chromi team in 2009.

James holds a PhD, MA & MEng from the University of Cambridge.

Tim Boyle

Michelle Colgrave

Future Protein Lead, CSIRO Agriculture and Food
Circle: Feeding 10 Billion People – Australia’s future food industries
Professor Michelle Colgrave is the Future Protein Lead in CSIRO Agriculture and Food, based at the Queensland Bioscience Precinct in Brisbane, Australia. Michelle is using mass spectrometry (MS) and proteomics to help identify key proteins that will benefit Australia’s livestock and plant industries and improve human health. Proteomics is the study of proteins using mass spectrometry. Michelle is working to identify novel proteins and characterise their function and post-translational modifications. Michelle is a Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Innovations in Peptide and Protein Science.

Prior to joining CSIRO, Michelle built a strong, international reputation for her studies in the structure and function of bioactive peptides, namely the cyclotides. Her research, often applying innovative approaches, has been widely published in high impact journals (ACS Chemical Biology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Biophysical Journal). Her findings have gone beyond reporting molecular structures to uncovering the evolution and development of these peptides (PNAS, Nature Chemical Biology, Plant Cell). She is the editor of the book Proteomics in Food Science: From Farm to Fork aimed at introducing the application of MS and proteomics to the food science and agricultural research communities.

Robert Coorey

Robert Coorey

CEO, Geospatial Intelligence Pty Ltd
Circle: Space – the next data frontier
Before establishing Geospatial Intelligence Pty Ltd in 2002, Robert worked in Local, State, and Federal Government. He established the Canberra office of ESRI Australia and later a new company, ESRI Australia Defence, as its Managing Director. Robert was also the General Manager – Imagery and Geospatial Systems, and later the General Manager – Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) at Raytheon Australia. In these roles, he was instrumental in establishing a commercial imaging satellite ground station in Australia and the associated capability for exploitation and dissemination of imagery. Robert has been called upon on numerous occasions by both the private sector and the Government to act as a Subject Matter Expert for a number of Department of Defence projects with a geospatial/imagery requirement. Robert was also invited by the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering and the Indian National Academy of Engineering to present at an Indo-Australian Workshop on Remote Sensing in Bangalore. Robert’s strong technical expertise in imagery and geospatial technologies ensures the delivery of technical solutions which not only meet current requirements but will also satisfy broader business needs. Robert has also recently authored a Chapter titled “The evolution of Geospatial Intelligence – GEOINT” a book published by Springer titled Australian Contribution to Strategic and Military Geography.
Amelia Crook

Amelia Crook

Head of Product, Traverse
Circle: Towards identity equity
Amelia Crook is the Head of Product at Traverse, a digital credentialing tool that Australian Red Cross is developing to enable greater civic, social and economic participation for all.

Amelia has spent the last 20 years building products at leading digital companies including SEEK, Amazon, Lonely Planet and several successful startups.

Amelia is interested in how technology can be used to enable, support and grow the impact of people who are helping others.

Tim Boyle

Natalie Curach

President, Bioplatforms Australia
Circle: Built with Biology – Australia’s future bioeconomy
Dr. Natalie Curach brings together people, technical know-how and business for innovations across the life sciences. In particular, Natalie has been at the forefront of the advancement of synthetic biology as an enabling, foundational technology for building the Australian bio-based economy. Natalie was instrumental in the creation of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology and the establishment of the Synthetic Biology Research Priority at Macquarie University. She also recently co-authored the National Synthetic Biology Infrastructure Investment and Implementation Plan commissioned by NCRIS. She has worked in biotechnology research within start ups as well as university and government laboratories before transitioning into project management, business development and ecosystem enabler. Natalie conducted her PhD on recombinant protein production for the paper industry, has a Grad. Dip. in Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Natalie currently serves as Co-Chair for the Global BioFoundry Alliance and President of Synthetic Biology Australasia.
Marcus Doherty

Marcus Doherty

Co-founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Quantum Brilliance
Circle: Quantum Powered Industries
Dr Marcus Doherty is a scientist, educator, entrepreneur, and soldier. As a scientist, he leads the Diamond Quantum Science and Technology Laboratory of the Australian National University (ANU), where he is internationally recognised as a pioneer of diamond quantum technologies. As an educator, he is a designer and convenor of ANU’s Masters of Science in Quantum Technology program, which aims to generate the workforce for the emerging quantum industry. As an entrepreneur, he is the Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Quantum Brilliance: a company with unique quantum microprocessor technology that is seeking to transform the future of computing. And, as a soldier, he is working with the Future Land Warfare Branch of Army Headquarters to define how the Army will gain a quantum technology edge, as well as delivering strategy, ethics and emerging technology education to the future leaders of Defence at the Australian War College.
Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte

NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
Circle: Big Stuff! – Exponential Machines in Heavy Industries
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte is a world authority on machine learning and robotics, and their application in areas including cargo handling, mining and defence. He is particularly well known for his work with Patrick in delivering the automated container terminals in Brisbane and Port Botany, and for his pioneering work with Rio Tinto in delivering the automated ‘Mine of the Future’.

He is director of Durrant-Whyte and Associates, an information technology consultancy firm. He works part-time for the University of Sydney as Special Advisor for the Western Sydney Strategy. He also works part-time for Rio Tinto as a Special Advisor, providing technical advice for mine automation and data science projects.

Professor Durrant-Whyte is a board member and non-Executive Director of the Defence Cooperative Research Centre for Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS-DCRC), and a contracted Special Advisor on data and artificial intelligence to Arowana International Limited, a venture company investing in training, traffic management and green energy companies.

He was a Professor and an ARC Federation Fellow at the University of Sydney from 2002-2010 and from 2014-2016, the Director of the Australian Research Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics from 1995-2010, and was the CEO of National ICT Australia (NICTA) from 2010-2014. From 2016-2018, Professor Durrant-Whyte was Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence.

Professor Durrant-Whyte is an honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia (HonFIEAus), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (FIEEE), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS).

Martin Duursma

Martin Duursma

Partner, Main Sequence
Circle: Space – the next data frontier
Martin Duursma joined Main Sequence Ventures in June, 2017. Martin has over 25 years experience as a Senior Executive, Technologist, Business Founder, Angel Investor and Mentor both in Australia and the US. Prior to joining Main Sequence Martin was a senior executive with a range of global responsibilities at Citrix. Martin joined Citrix in 1997 when it acquired Datapac Australasia, a company which he co-founded. While at Citrix Martin started and built the company’s research arm, Citrix Labs, started and led the CTO Council and CTO function and also started the Citrix Accelerator and led the investment in over 30 new companies. As VP and head of the Global Technology Office, Martin led due diligence in over 60 transactions totalling $2.5B in value.

Martin continues to be active as an angel investor as well as in various advisor and mentor roles at Macquarie University, Sydney University and ON, Australia’s national science technology accelerator and as board trustee at the Computer History Museum, CA USA. Martin holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Sydney University.

Marcus Doherty

Sam Elsom

COO, Sea Forest
Circle: Feeding 10 Billion People – Australia’s future food industries
Sam Elsom is a passionate environmentalist with over 15 years’ experience in sustainability. Having founded one of Australia’s first sustainable apparel businesses measuring social and environmental impact across supply chains as well as implementing a satellite factory in India to support poor communities with income, training, clean water and education. In 2018 Sam co-founded innovative environmental biotechnology business, Sea Forest with a mission to be the first and largest supplier of an asparagopsis ruminant feed supplement for significant reduction in methane emissions. Sam was drawn to explore seaweed cultivation for its impressive capacity to sequester CO2 as a potential solution to reverse Climate Change.
Laura Faulconer

Laura Faulconer

Portfolio Director, Antler
Circle: Medtech and Diagnostics – Building future resilience
Laura Faulconer is a CXO, investor and director. Equally strong at 10,000 foot strategic wayfinding and 1 inch operational elbow grease, she has 10 years’ experience navigating the complexities of taking IP-rich technologies to market. She has developed a ‘Guide on the Side’ approach, which means consultative, hands-on team enablement. Whether leading the effort or teaching others, she has a track record of comprehensive market validation, financial modeling, and fundraising. From accelerator Founder & COO to Associate Professor teaching entrepreneurship and venture capital investor, she is passionate about supporting interesting opportunities that either see the world through a unique lens or bend but not break the laws of physics.
Ilana Feain

Ilana Feain

Commercialisation Specialist, CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science Business Unit
Circle: Predictions from the Frontier – Deep Tech Possibilities
Dr Ilana Feain is an interdisciplinary academic entrepreneur spanning pure and applied signal processing, big science project management, deep technology commercialisation and related technology development. Her rare combination of astrophysics, medtech, space tech, signal processing and corporate skills that enables defensible opportunities from scientific and engineering innovations. Dr Feain is currently the Commercialisation Specialist inside CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science Business Unit. Prior to that, she was the founder and CEO of Leo Cancer Care (formerly Nano-X), and has held numerous other research, academic and science project management positions in medical physics and radio astronomy.
Jessica Gallagher

Jessica Gallagher

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship, The University of Queensland
Circle: Supporting Australian entrepreneurship – understanding the role universities play
Dr Jessica Gallagher is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship, at The University of Queensland (UQ) where she is responsible for the continued development and implementation of the University’s Global Strategy and Partner Engagement Framework.

She leads a number of key institutional partnership activities, strategic engagement events, business development opportunities and a wide range of programs designed to create change in global communities and to extend the University’s reputation and reach.

Dr Gallagher also leads the ongoing development of UQ’s Entrepreneurship Strategy. Encompassing high-level oversight of UQ Ventures – the umbrella brand for the University’s suite of entrepreneurial activities and programs – her leadership is expanding links with local, national and international entrepreneurship ecosystems.

Jessica is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in UQ’s School of Languages and Cultures. She holds a PhD in Comparative Cultural Studies from UQ and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Gallagher is also a Director on the board of the Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF) where she provides expertise and support KTF to improving the lives and futures of Papua New Guineans.

Jane Garrett

Jane Garrett

Deputy Director (Enterprise) Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre, University of Bristol
Circle: Quantum Powered Industries – Australian Industry with quantum superpowers
Jane Garrett has over 25 years’ experience in developing, directing and supporting early stage technology-based businesses, through mentoring, coaching and creating entrepreneurial teaching programmes. She has a degree in Physics and spent many years employed at technology businesses before embarking on developing her own software business, which as CEO she bootstrapped, raised equity funding and eventually floated the business on London’s AIM through a reverse take-over. Jane is a mentor for the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School and took their Ignite programme into Australia in 2011 where it runs at Curtin University as Ignition. Most recently Jane has taken the role of Enterprise Director at Bristol University Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) where she is responsible for developing and directing the year long entrepreneurial teaching programme and driving the development of QTEC.
Gavin Gillett

Gavin Gillett

4.0 Pioneer Lab, Rio Tinto
Circle: Big Stuff! – Exponential Machines in Heavy Industries
Gavin Gillett is a member of Rio Tinto’s Inaugural 4.0 Pioneer Lab – A multi-national and multi-disciplinary team of nominated employees tasked to assess what the world could look like beyond 2030, and how new technologies and partnership opportunities can enhance Rio Tinto’s long-term growth and sustainability. The lab analyses disruption across a broad range of themes, including emerging technologies, evolving customer needs and changing socio-economic, political and environmental policies.

Prior to his role in the Pioneer Lab, he was Acting Chief Pilot for Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore division and was primarily responsible for building capability in the use of drones for inspection and survey across 17 mines in the Pilbara.

He is a member of the Rio Tinto Global Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) steering committee. The Australian Remote Operations in Space and on Earth (AROSE) steering committee and frequently participates in aerospace forums with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and more recently the Australian Space Agency (ASA) and Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) specializing in technology integration and lean regulatory frameworks.

Gavin has 20 years experience in the Mining & Construction industry. Gavin, his wife Jenni, and their son Lucas moved to Brisbane from Western Australia in 2019 where he continues to enjoy 4wding, film making and his love for flying.

Adam Gilmour

Adam Gilmour

CEO & Founder, Gilmour Space Technologies
Circle: Space – the next data frontier
Adam Glimour is the CEO and Founder of Gilmour Space Technologies, a venture-funded rocket company in Queensland, Australia that is developing a new breed of hybrid launch vehicles for small satellite/payload customers. A lifelong space fan, Adam believes that rockets can be made smaller, cheaper, faster, and that the New Space industry would benefit greatly from having more dedicated access to space.

Adam graduated with an Honours degree in B.Bus (Banking & Finance) from Monash University in 1994.

When he resigned from a 20-year banking career to pursue his lifelong passion in Space in 2015, Adam was based in Singapore as the Asia Pacific Head for Corporate Sales & Structuring in Global Markets at Citigroup.

While in Singapore, Adam started Gilmour Space Technologies with his brother James, working with the Singapore University of Technology & Design’s MIT-SUTD International Design Center on various space technology projects; and in 2017, they were awarded an R&D grant by the Singapore’s NAMIC to develop a 3D printer for aerospace carbon-composite parts.

Ellen Gorissen

Ellen Gorissen

Investment Director, IP Group Australia
Circle: Investor Connect – Preparing a Series A (in the deep-end!)
Ellen Gorissen has more than 25 years’ experience in strategy, business development, and technology commercialisation. She started as a chemical engineer in the oil and gas industry before moving into investment banking, advising on mergers, acquisitions, and equity capital market transactions.

Most recently, Ellen led the Commercialisation Function at the CSIRO, a team responsible for complex licensing and spinouts across all technology areas from medical devices and biotech, to advanced materials and clean tech. During her time at CSIRO, Ellen also managed the organisation’s equity portfolio, conducting capital raisings, managing exits and acting as nominee director on multiple spinout boards. Prior to CSIRO, Ellen was COO of CeramiSphere, a spin out from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

Ellen holds an MBA (Distinction) from Melbourne Business School and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons) from the University of Queensland. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

Alex Grant

Dr Alex Grant

CEO, Myriota
Circle: Space – the next data frontier
Myriota Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Alex Grant is an award winning entrepreneur, and internationally renowned wireless communications researcher and author.
Jane Garrett

Dr Jemma Green

Co-founder & Chairman, Power Ledger
Circle: Our New Energy Future
Setting her career trajectory early on, Dr Jemma Green became the voice of sustainability and corporate social responsibility in the business of big money lending while at J.P. Morgan in London. She then went on to complete a PhD in electricity market disruption and become a research fellow at Curtin University, was Deputy Lord Mayor of Perth, helped set up Australia’s first fossil fuel free pension fund‎ and has sat on numerous boards championing sustainable business such as the Water Corporation, Carbon Tracker and Climate-KIC Australia. In 2016 Jemma co founded blockchain technology company Power Ledger and in 2018 received the EY Fintech Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Colette Grgic

Colette Grgic

Head of Startup Ecosystem, ANZ at AWS
Circle: Investor Connect – Preparing a Series A (in the deep-end!)
Colette Grgic is passionate about building a startup ecosystem that is innovative, inclusive and has a positive impact. She has a firm belief that startups create the future, and by bringing together the creativity of humans and power of technology, there isn’t a challenge that we can’t solve.
For over a decade Colette has contributed to our innovation community across startups, accelerators, corporate innovation and university R&D. Taking her learnings from her own startup adventures, she set out to help another 150 founders in Australia and Southeast Asia build their startups from scratch at a venture studio. She is a board member at Heads over Heels, an organisation which turbo-charges customer connections for women-led startups, and advisory board member for the School of Transdisciplinary Innovation at UTS. Having seen hundreds of patterns of success and failure she now leads the Startup team at AWS, working with founders and partners to grow the ecosystem and have impact at scale, at a company where it is always Day 1.
Mardi Hall

Mardi Hall

Director, Support Identity and Transformation, Business Integrity Division, Services Australia
Circle: Towards identity equity
Mardi Hall has worked in Services Australia for over 13 years in various operational and program related roles. Part of the Agency’s identity program, Mardi’s team work collaboratively with the Department of Home Affairs, trialling the use of Face Matching Services in a welfare context. This includes research on how we can support vulnerable and under-identified customers prove who they are.
Sophia Hamblin Wang

Sophia Hamblin Wang

Chief Operations Officer, Mineral Carbonation International
Circle: Circular Economy – Waste as a Resource in the built environment
Sophia Hamblin Wang is Chief Operations Officer of Mineral Carbonation International, a technology platform that transforms carbon dioxide into building materials and other valuable industrial products.

Sophia is also a member of the ACT Climate Change Council, Curator of the Canberra Hub for the Global Shapers, and a Sessional Lecturer at University of Sydney, where she co-lectures and co-designed the undergraduate course International Business in Practice, now a cornerstone course for undergraduates in international business.

Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris

PhD, BEng, BSc, CEng, FIChemE, CPEng, FIEAust, NER, RPEQ, MAICD
Circle: Big Stuff
Andrew Harris is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Sydney, and the Australian director of Laing O’Rourke’s future engineering and innovation consultancy, the Engineering Excellence Group. Laing O’Rourke is Australia’s largest private engineering and construction business, with local turnover of ~$3 bn p.a. Andrew received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Engineers Australia (IEAust). Throughout his career he has worked at the interface between industry and academia. He is an expert in disruptive innovation, with deep experience of most of the technologies likely to impact all industry sectors in the future, including IoT, robotics and automation, big data, digital, augmented and virtual reality, biomimetics, smart cities and AI.

Andrew is a non-executive Director of Hazer Group (ASX:HZR), a listed clean tech and serves on the board of the Australian Research Council Centre for Robotic Vision. He was recognised as one of Australia’s 50 most innovative engineers by peak body Engineers Australia in 2016.

Sophia Hamblin Wang

Nick Hazell

Founder and CEO, v2food
Circle: Feeding 10 Billion People – Australia’s future food industries
Nick Hazell is the Founder CEO of v2food. Launched nationally in October 2019, v2food has developed plant-based meat, building on a close collaboration with CSIRO.

Nick holds a Master of Manufacturing from Cambridge University. He was R&D Director at Masterfoods & PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand. He was also instrumental in the set up of the 4th year Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation at UTS, a fellow of Cambridge University institute for manufacturing and has consulted to CSIRO and to the meat industry.

Dr Stefan Hrabar

Dr Stefan Hrabar

CEO and Co-Founder, Emesent
Circle: Big Stuff! – Exponential Machines in Heavy Industries
Stefan Hrabar has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and he has been adding sensing and autonomy to drones for over 17 years. Stefan has extensive experience in vision and lidar-based UAV obstacle avoidance, UAV path planning algorithms, UAV mission planning tools, and 3D visualisation of UAV-collected data.
Usha Iyer-Raniga

Usha Iyer-Raniga

Deputy Head, International at the School of Property and Construction Management, RMIT University
Circle: Circular Economy – Waste as a Resource in the built environment
Associate Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga’s primary interest is in sustainability of the built environment, in achieving practical solutions to ensure sustainable outcomes for the users of the built environment. Her passion in sustainability commenced through energy efficiency and conservation, which has now broadened to triple bottom line sustainability for buildings and the built environment. Post her PhD, Usha has worked in private consulting and in government where she worked on matters pertaining to introduction of regulatory compliance for energy efficiency measures in the residential and commercial building sectors in Australia. Currently, Usha is also co-leading the Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme (SBC) under UN Environment’s 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10FYP SCP). She is currently on the Green Building Council of Australia’s Advisory Board and Member and Victorian Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC).
David James

David James

Global Head of Manufacturing and Operations, Oncosil
Circle: Next Generation Nuclear Medicine – Biosimilars, Theranostics and Implantable Devices
David James is a highly experienced pharmaceutical manufacturing operations executive with more than 25 years’ experience in this field, including six years with leading cancer treatment company Sirtex Medical (ASX:SRX) as Global Operations Manager.

During his time at Sirtex, David was responsible for managing the global operations team including production, logistics, customer service, and engineering. This included responsibility for the design, construction, and commissioning of Sirtex’s first in-house manufacturing plant in Wilmington DC, in the US.

David has a Masters in Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Newcastle. David is a Chartered Chemist with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and managed his own consultancy business before joining Oncosil Medical.

Sue Keay

Sue Keay

CEO, Queensland Hub
Circle: Big Stuff! – Exponential Machines in Heavy Industries
Sue Keay is the CEO of Queensland AI Hub, after being Research Director for Cyber-Physical Systems at CSIRO’s Data61. An experienced R&D leader, she has a PhD in Earth Sciences from the Australian National University and an MBA with UQ Business School. With a focus on disruptive technologies, Sue set-up the world’s first robotic vision research centre and led the development of Australia’s first Robotics roadmap, outlining how robotics and automation will impact on every sector of the Australian economy. She loves the challenge of building communities across distributed sites. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and chairs the Board of Robotics Australia Group and serves on the Board of the CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction and Women in Robotics International, and is responsible for bringing the Grace Hopper Celebration to Australia.
Aly Khalifa

Aly Khalifa

Innovation Director, Plastic Collective
Circle: Circular Economy – Waste as a Resource in the built environment
Aly Khalifa is an innovation entrepreneur focused on positive impact. His training as a product designer and mechanical engineer is coupled with 27 years of inventive global manufacturing experience. This has enabled him and his team at Designbox to launch impactful projects for major brands while partnering with distinguished talent and garnering dozens of patents and design distinctions. As an entrepreneur, Aly has co-founded and exited several efforts. Entities include: SPARKcon, one of the nation’s largest open source creative festivals; Gamila, a line of sustainable gourmet beverage makers that was sold to Seventh Generation/Unilever; and Oceanworks, a marketplace that repurposes ocean plastic for the circular economy. Currently Aly is on assignment in Australia serving as the Project Director of a major federal grant awarded to Plastic Collective. This work involves a comprehensive community approach to launching micro-enterprise recycling units that help remote and vulnerable communities across Asia reverse the tide of ocean plastic.
Jon King

Jon King

Chief Operating Officer, Silicon Quantum Computing
Circle: Quantum Powered Industries – what next?
Jon King is an experienced corporate executive with a background as a corporate lawyer in Australia and the United States and as a banker, financier and corporate adviser. He has over thirty years of experience working with corporates, venture capital and private equity, technology companies and start-ups. Jon is passionate about launching, leading and delivering new businesses – building high-performing teams and powerful commercial strategies to deliver stakeholder value.
Chris Liu

Chris Liu

Special Projects, Horizons Ventures
Circle: Feeding 10 Billion People – Australia’s future food industries
Chris Liu is an investor and advisor at Horizons Ventures interested in technologies that have the potential to disrupt massive incumbent industries. He currently holds various board positions and co-owns an awesome restaurant in Taipei. He was previously the Director of User Experience at Intel where he launched Tizen, an alternative mobile operating system. Prior to Intel, he led the transformation and exponential growth of Fjord, an innovation consulting firm acquired by Accenture in 2013, and as the Head of the Interface Design Group for EMEA at Sony between 2003 – 2007, Chris’ group was responsible for products that generated €800 million of revenue.
Chris Liu

Michael Loewy

Co-founder, Tide Foundation
Circle: Cyber Security – Building cyber resilience in small medium enterprises
Michael Loewy is Co-founder at Tide Foundation. He’s an experienced CPO and Marketing Director, with a long track record commercialising digital products in enterprise (inc Yahoo!, Dell, Westpac, News Limited) and startups. He spent 10 years growing and successfully exiting a decorated digital agency and was an academic professional at the University of Illinois. Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems and Accounting with merit, UNSW.
Chris Liu

Jacqui Loustau

Principal Security Consultant, Cynch Security
Circle: Cyber Security – Building cyber resilience in small medium enterprises
Jacqui Loustau is a leading cybersecurity culture expert, with 2 decades of global experience in the IT and Information Security industry. Passionate about security and collaborating with others to drive innovation and change within the industry, Jacqui is currently using her experience to help small businesses with their cyber resilience at Cynch Security.
Paul Lucey

Paul Lucey

CEO, Project 412
Circle: Big Stuff! – Exponential Machines in Heavy Industries
Paul Lucey brings over 30 years of experience in the Resource sector in robotics, engineering & technology, and innovation space. Paul is a former VP of Technology & Innovation for a large multi-national gold mining company, and former Founder & CEO of Mine Vision Systems, a 3D spatial technology company. Paul is currently a Director at Unearthed Solutions, a Director for the Pilbara University Centre, a Director for the Robotics Australia Group, on the advisory board for the Queensland Robotics cluster and a former Director of METSignited – one of the Australian Federal Government’s innovation growth centres.
Daizy Maan

Daizy Maan

SPARK Program Manager, Deakin University
Circle: Supporting Australian entrepreneurship – understanding the role universities play
Daizy Maan is an ex-law student, startup program manager at Deakin University and she hosts a podcast called The Daizy Project where she has meaningful conversations with entrepreneurs, change-makers and leaders (mostly women of colour) as well as exploring what it means to live a purposeful life.

Her curiosity about the world has led her to travel to Spain for study, Thailand where she served as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (AYAD) in Human Rights assisting refugees and asylum seekers, Tanzania where she co-founded Zana and India where she meditated in the Himalayas. She also recently founded Bold Punjab to empower and unite bold South Asian women across Canada, India, Australia and USA.

Mara Macdonald

Mara Macdonald

Investor Manager-Melbourne, Brandon Capital Partners
Circle: Medtech and Diagnostics – Building future resilience
Mara Macdonald joined Brandon Capital Partners in 2019. Before joining Brandon Capital, Mara was Co-founder and COO of CytoVale, a San Francisco based startup developing a diagnostic for early sepsis detection. At CytoVale Mara was instrumental in building the company from concept to clinical studies. Prior to this, Mara worked as a key member of an interdisciplinary team at Third Rock Ventures in the US, where she was focused on launching transformative life science companies, including Nurix and Decibel. Earlier, she worked with ClearView Healthcare Partners where she spearheaded commercial strategies and M&A due diligence on behalf of top 10 and specialty pharmaceutical clients across diverse therapeutic areas.

Mara has a Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering) from University of Colorado Boulder and a PhD from the Harvard MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in Medical and Chemical Engineering.

Andrew Macintosh

Andrew Macintosh

COO and CFO, The March Fund
Circle: Feeding 10 Billion People – Australia’s future food industries
Andrew Macintosh is COO and CFO of The March Fund, a Hong Kong venture capital firm focusing on global consumer health and environmental sustainability, and non-executive Chairman of Acorus Asset Management, a China-Africa private equity firm.

Andrew has strong experience in Asian private equity, and investment management.

His specialties include food & nutrition sustainability, Chinese inbound and outbound investment, venture and private equity transactions and energy geopolitics.

Ruth Marshall

Ruth Marshall

Director, R&D and Data Integrity, Practera
Circle: Predictions from the Frontier – Deep Tech Possibilities
Ruth Marshall loves to bring emerging technologies to the world. Working in start-ups and research organisations commercialising A.I. solutions for more than half of her career. Her first job out of uni, where she studied Computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI), was with a start-up developing an AI language and bespoke solutions for universities and early-adopters. Since then she has worked in research organisations and two other AI-based start-ups and advised over a dozen researchers and deep-tech spinouts from CSIRO/Data 61 many of which are thriving start-ups and scale-ups now.

Passionate about finding applications with social and global impact and Ruth has devoted a lot of the past five years as a volunteer mentor for CSIRO Accelerator and other technology start-up groups. With a particular interest in data privacy and security and the ethics of data collection and analysis.

25+ years later, these threads amalgamate in Ruth’s current role as R&D Director at Practera which has her developing and commercialising deeptech, bringing together researchers in AI, data science and data privacy and security to develop ethical and secure insights to revolutionise online experiential learning and skills development to better prepare current and emerging workers for the challenges of participating in the 21st century workforce.

Rohan McDougall

Rohan McDougall

Director, Commercialisation, Curtin University
Circle: Supporting Australian entrepreneurship – understanding the role universities play
Rohan McDougall has been the Director of Commercialisation at Curtin University since 2008. He has more than 20 years of experience in commercialisation of new technologies including being integrally involved in the establishment and operation of numerous technology-based companies. He has played a lead role in the negotiation and completion of countless technology-based agreements and partnerships with companies in Australia and internationally. He has worked in both a commercial start-up environment and in institutional technology transfer roles. Before Curtin, he worked for a listed biotechnology company as the Chief Operating Officer and in commercialisation of technology out of the University of New South Wales as a General Manager, Life Sciences at Unisearch Ltd.

Qualifications include a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA from the AGSM. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Current directorships include i-Cetana Pty Ltd (Chairman) and Renergi Pty Ltd. Other activities include co-founding a number of innovation community events including Univation and WestTech Fest.

Alex McIntosh

Alex McIntosh

Investment Manager, ARENA
Circle: Our New Energy Future
Alex is an Investment Manager at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), a federal government green finance organisation and one of the world’s largest cleantech investors with over $1.5 billion committed to innovative technologies in the renewable energy sector. Alex works across the renewable hydrogen, pumped hydro energy storage and early stage ventures portfolio at ARENA.

Prior to ARENA Alex worked in Transaction Services at KPMG advising companies on buy-side, sell-side and capital markets due diligence.

Dr Dharmica Mistry

Dharmica Mistry

Head of Medtech, Cicada Innovations
Circle: Medtech and Diagnostics – Building future resilience
Dharmica Mistry is Head of Medtech at Australia’s pioneer deeptech incubator, Cicada Innovations, where she is helping to support the medical innovation ecosystem through a number of startup and scaleup programs which provide mentorship and coaching for researchers, entrepreneurs and founding teams looking to commercialise their impactful technologies. She is also Co-founder and Scientific Advisor at BCAL Diagnostics, a small Australian biotechnology company developing a revolutionary blood test for the detection of breast cancer. Dharmica holds a BSc (Hons) from Sydney University, majoring in Microbiology. She was awarded a PhD from Macquarie University for her work on the detection and characterisation of novel biomarkers in blood and hair that could be used as the basis for a blood test for breast cancer.
Phil Morle

Phil Morle

Partner, Main Sequence Ventures
Circles: Feeding 10 Billion People – Australia’s future food industries; Built with Biology – Australia’s future bioeconomy; Investor Connect – Preparing a Series A (in the deep-end!)
Phil is a Partner at the CSIRO’s venture capital fund – Main Sequence Ventures. Here he invests in deeptech founders who are building unimaginable new companies with a strong connection to research. Before this he was the founder of Australia’s first Silicon Valley style incubator, Pollenizer, where Phil played an instrumental role in developing the startup ecosystem across Asia Pacific and advised some of the world’s biggest organisations on practical ways to deliver new growth and the cultural change that is required to get there.
Steve Morriss

Steve Morriss

Head of Circular Economy Development, Planet Ark
Circle: Circular Economy – Waste as a Resource in the built environment
Steve Morriss wears a couple of hats, as Head of Circular Economy Development at Planet Ark he is actively helping facilitate Australia’s transition to a Circular Economy on a daily basis.

As Founder of award winning circular economy company Close the Loop, Steve is particularly focussed on further expansion of the TonerPlas asphalt additives side of the business. Close the Loop was a finalist in the 2019 “Circulars” global awards by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Steve is an active speaker, panellist, and mentor and has multiple patents and awards. He says while the circular economy is not new, it is now urgent.

Mike Nicholls

Mike Nicholls

Partner, Main Sequence Ventures
Circle: Our New Energy Future
Mike Nicholls is one of INCUBATE’s longest-standing mentors. He brings his 20 yrs + business experience to help the startups including founding and selling his first IT company. He has expertise in Sales & Marketing and previously CEO & Managing Director of 4 companies with practical experience across a range of industries.

Mike is a Partner of CSIRO’s $200 million fund, Main Sequence Ventures. In his spare time, he writes a blog on startups and technology called startup88.com and builds cool things.

Sarah Nolet

Sarah Nolet

CEO and Founder, AgThentic and Co-founder, Tenacious Ventures
Circle: Agtech – lowering the chemical intensity of agriculture
Sarah Nolet is an internationally recognised food systems innovation expert, the CEO and Founder of AgThentic, a global food and agriculture strategy firm, and co-founder of Tenacious Ventures, Australia’s first dedicated agrifood tech VC firm. Sarah has been instrumental in building the early stage agtech ecosystem in Australia – from advising dozens of startups, designing accelerator programs and consulting to established agribusinesses, to helping industry, universities and government develop and implement forward-looking initiatives in food system innovation.

Sarah is also the host of the AgTech…So What? podcast, and co-founder of Farmers2Founders, a national innovation program that supports Australian primary producers to commercialise inventions and new businesses, as well as gain early access to emerging technologies.

Sarah holds a Masters in System Design and Management from MIT, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University.

Timothy O'Grady

Timothy O’Grady

Legacy Living Lab, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute
Circle: Circular Economy – Waste as a Resource in the built environment
Timothy O’Grady is a Curtin University PhD candidate studying the circular economy of prefabricated buildings. Starting life in the construction industry as a plumber and coming through the construction management stream he helped to design and deliver the Legacy Living Lab (L3) with the help of his academic team at CUSP and multiple industry partners. L3 is a modular building that practically demonstrates how circular economy can be achieved in the construction industry.
Anne O'Neill

Anne O’Neill

Director, Enterprise and International Partnerships, Office for Health and Medical Research
Circle: Medtech and Diagnostics – Building future resilience
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) (Hons) and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Executive Masters of Public Administration.

Kaustubh Pandya

Kaustubh Pandya

Principal, Brick & Mortar Ventures
Circle: Big Stuff! – Exponential Machines in Heavy Industries
Kaustubh Pandya has always enjoyed problem solving – first as a forensic structural engineer, second as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, and third as a rock climber. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and brings over 8 years of industry experience in advising and working with owners, technology providers, and other AEC stakeholders. Kaustubh is passionate about accelerating the pace of construction technology.
Sarah Pearce

Dr Sarah Pearce

Deputy Director CASS, Astronomy and Space Science, CSIRO
Circle: Space – the next data frontier
Dr Sarah Pearce joined CASS as Deputy Chief in February 2011. Prior to this role, she was Project Manager for GridPP, the UK computing grid for particle physics. Sarah’s previous experience includes time as a science advisor in the UK Parliament.

Sarah holds a PhD in X-ray astronomy from the University of Leicester and an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Oxford (Worcester College).

She is currently the Deputy Director of CASS. Sarah has particular responsibility for CSIRO’s role in the Square Kilometre Array project, and manages CSIRO’s partnership with the SKA Observatory. She has been Australian Science Director on the SKA Board, and part of the negotiating team for the SKA Treaty.

Sarah also leads CASS’s Space Research Programme. This includes the CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation, which co-ordinates activity in EO across CSIRO and manages CSIRO’s share of our new national facility, the NovaSAR satellite.

George Peppou

George Peppou

Co-founder & CEO, Vow Food
Circle: Feeding 10 Billion People – Australia’s future food industries
George Peppou is the Co-founder and CEO of Vow. Vow’s approach isn’t to produce the meats we know. They are focused on using cultured meat technology to craft an entirely new category of food. Cultured meat, unlike animal agriculture, isn’t limited to the animals that grow fast and breed well in captivity. In fact, any animal with cells is now on the menu.
Walkiria Perez

Walkiria Perez

Ecosystem Development Lead, AustCyber
Circle: Cyber Security – Building cyber resilience in small medium enterprises
Tip Piumsomboon

Tip Piumsomboon

Principal, Blackbird Ventures
Circle: Investor Connect – Preparing a Series A (in the deep-end!)
Inspired by founders’ stories and an advocate for a purposeful career path, Tip Piumsomboon is a true believer of the magic of startups and small groups of ambitious people adding incredible value to the world.

Blackbird is a venture capital fund, based in Australia and New Zealand, that invests in every type of technology from software to space, unified by the biggest of ambitions.

Natasha Rawlings

Natasha Rawlings

Investment Manager, Uniseed
Circle: Investor Connect – Preparing a Series A (in the deep-end!)
Natasha Rawlings has led teams making tens of millions for Direct Response companies, and over the nine years has been firmly entrenched in early to mid stage tech startups. Natasha has now moved to the other side of the table and is an Investment Manager at Uniseed – a seed fund created by universities and CSIRO to make big companies from great Australian research.

By seeing great inventions every day that affect our physical world (and well-being), Natasha now feels like she ‘sees the future’.

Natasha’s startup experience includes co-founding and leading location-based and mobile marketing start-up (StreetHawk), and being the CEO of an organisation helping women tech entrepreneurs scaling for growth. Natasha is passionate about making new ideas – whether products, services or new ways of doing things – real, especially for Australia.

Natasha is continuing her adventures in early-stage tech companies as both a mentor at university incubators and accelerators, including Sydney University’s Incubate and UNSW’s 10X Accelerator.

Natasha is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ellie Rennie

Ellie Rennie

ARC Future Fellow and Principal Research Fellow, RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre
Circle: Towards identity equity
Professor Ellie Rennie is an ARC Future Fellow and Principal Research Fellow in RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre. She is also a member of RMIT’s Blockchain Innovation Hub and an Associate Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.
Amanda Robinson

Amanda Robinson

Head of Social Innovation & Humanitech, Australian Red Cross
Circle: Towards identity equity – Building an equitable and inclusive identity ecosystem
Amanda Robinson is the Head of Social Innovation & Humanitech lead at Australian Red Cross and has a keen interest in how frontier technology might help to solve complex social problems and drive humanitarian outcomes at scale.

Prior to Australian Red Cross Amanda has held senior roles developing and managing online products and marketplaces for SEEK, Yahoo, Lonely Planet & Sensis.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Melbourne, a Masters of Marketing from Monash University and a Graduate Certificate of Social Impact from the Centre for Social Impact.

Rosanne Robinson

Rosanne Robinson

General Manager, Business Development & Commercialisation and CEO, ANSTO Detection and Imaging
Circle: Next Generation Nuclear Medicine – Biosimilars, Theranostics and Implantable Devices
Rosanne Robinson is General Manager, Business Development & Commercialisation and CEO, ANSTO Detection and Imaging. Rosanne is an innovation and research commercialisation professional with broad experience cultivating the interface of science and industry. She has extensive experience in the commercialisation of cutting-edge technology across a range of fields, developing engagement strategies and international commercial partnerships that deliver value to collaborators and customers.

Rosanne’s in-depth knowledge of the nuclear industry provide the companies and businesses she works with a clear vision across the field and allows them to stay up-to-date with the dynamics of the industry.

For ANSTO she has led a range of strategic development projects, commercial contracting and technology transfer deals, focussing on delivering sustainable revenue and long-term business strategies. Rosanne operates with high integrity and has the ability to rapidly develop trust and rapport with partners. She is outcome focussed, always seeking to understand the customer needs and ensure that ANSTO delivers value to exceed their Expectations.

Her current role is responsible for the development of the IP portfolio, management and oversight of commercial and research activities.

Rosanne has also worked in executive roles in manufacturing, logistics, distribution and various service industries throughout her career.

Melissa Ryan

Melissa Ryan

Director Incubation and Entrepreneurship, Macquarie University
Circle: Supporting Australian entrepreneurship – understanding the role universities play
Melissa’s early career was spent in business, marketing and communications strategy for blue-chip multinational organisations. Around nine years ago she shifted her focus to the tertiary education sector, joining University of Wollongong where she fused her experience and insights gained within industry to advancing innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialisation pathways for researchers, staff, students and the wider innovation ecosystem.
Matt Salier

Matt Salier

Director, RMIT Activator
Circle: Circular Economy – Waste as a Resource in the built environment
Matthew Salier is the Director of RMIT Activator, the heart of entrepreneurship at RMIT University. He is passionate about helping people and businesses to thrive in a connected digital world.

For the past 25 years, Matthew has worked with hundreds of startups, small, medium and large public and private organisations; helping them to apply creativity, strategic thinking, new ideas and new technologies to traditional business challenges, successfully guiding these new economy business builders and disruptive innovators to greater heights.

Matthew is an intrapreneur himself having created five spin outs within larger organisations over the last 20 years, each with a focus on social innovation and impact. And enduring passion for empowering people to develop and mature their abilities to build companies, create jobs, distribute wealth and generate positive social impact has been the cohesive thread through Matthew’s career.

He has extensive commercial acumen and experience in startup venture creation with networks throughout the US and Asia. Prior to leading Activator at RMIT University, Matthew was the Founder and Executive Director of the New Venture Institute at Flinders University in South Australia. A highlight of this journey was in February 2018 when the New Venture Institute was named the top University linked accelerator or incubator in Asia Pacific by University Business Incubation (UBI) Global.

Katy Southall

Katy Southall

Manager of the Trust Alliance, Australian Red Cross
Circle: Towards identity equity
As Manager of the Trust Alliance for the Australian Red Cross, Katy Southall leads a network that brings together private, public and for-purpose organisations to develop and use shared standards and design principles for ethical digital identity. This follows a 25-year career in international development across the Asia Pacific, Central Africa, U.K and Europe. As a consultant, Katy has worked with impact driven startups, investors and incubators.
Matthew Tetlow

Matthew Tetlow

CEO, Inovor Technologies
Circle: Space – the next data frontier
As CEO, Dr Matthew Tetlow is responsible for business development and innovation as well as research and development in aerospace and defence.

He performed his PhD research at the Space Systems Institute in Stuttgart on advanced guidance algorithms for application on future launch systems. He then worked on tactical weapon navigation algorithms and several work packages for the Australian Scramjet program. This was followed by further defence projects in Systems Engineering for capability development; stand-off and close air support weapon modelling; submarine design optimisation; and CFD analyses of aircraft stores.

In 2012 Dr Tetlow founded Inovor Technologies to work closer with defence and to develop nano-satellite technologies, with a particular focus on small satellite platforms, Space Situational Awareness, Earth observation and Remote Sensing.

Matt Salier

Claudia Vickers

Director, Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform, CSIRO Land & Water
Circle: Built with Biology – Australia’s future bioeconomy
Professor Claudia Vickers joined CSIRO in January 2017 to lead the CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform (SynBioFSP), which is aimed at expanding synthetic biology research both within CSIRO and across Australia.

Claudia’s early research interests spanned crop plant engineering, plant physiology, abiotic stress and the metabolic regulation of volatile isoprenoids. Over the last decade, she has focused on metabolic regulation of isoprenoid natural products in plants and microbes, and on developing synthetic biology tools for rational re-engineering of microbial metabolism for production of isoprenoids. Isoprenoids (terpenes) are a large group of natural products with many biological functions and diverse industrial applications. Since 2017 Claudia has led the CSIRO SynBioFSP, a highly collaborative $60 million R&D program aimed at expanding Australia’s synthetic biology capability and ultimately developing a synthetic biology-based industry in the nation. She was founding President of Synthetic Biology Australia and served on the expert working groups for Australia’s national synthetic biology roadmap (delivered by the Australian Council of Learned Academies) and the Australian government NCRIS Synthetic Biology Infrastructure Investment Plan, and is a Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Fellow. She serves on editorial boards for eight international journals, including as a handing editor for ACS Synthetic Biology and ASM mSystems. She has Adjunct Professor roles at Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.

Claudia has worked with industry partners in a range of application areas to deliver industry-focused outcomes and provide consulting expertise. She has also acted as an advisor on synthetic biology and industrial biotechnology for Australian State and Federal governments and for a variety of international governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Matt Salier

Brad Walsh

CEO, Glytherix
Circle: Next Generation Nuclear Medicine – Biosimilars, Theranostics and Implantable Devices
Dr Brad Walsh is Chief Executive Officer and a Director of GlyTherix Ltd, a Sydney-based biotechnology company specialising in immuno-oncology.

He founded GlyTherix to bring to market an innovative antibody for treatment of solid tumours from cancers such as prostate, bladder, pancreas and esophageal.

Dr Walsh has led the company’s scientific and business development, raising capital to bring the company to successful completion of a First-in-Human safety study of Miltuximab®, its lead compound. The company is currently planning a Phase1 trial to be conducted in Australia.

Dr Walsh’s career in biotechnology began with a PhD in protein chemistry. Over the following years he led research groups in government agencies, universities and hospitals and was a key part of the establishment of a major national research facility, APAF, before forming Minomic in 2007.

He continues to be active in research collaborations and academic supervision and was a joint recipient of one of Australia’s most prestigious science awards, a Eureka Prize, for Interdisciplinary Research in 2015. More recently Dr Walsh won first prize against a field of international competitors at the 2018 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition for Overseas High-Level Talents in Hangzhou, China.

He has co-authored over 100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters and six patents. He is also a mentor for the IMNIS Program and is the deputy chairman of the NSW AusBiotech committee.

Matt Warren

Matt Warren

Director of RMIT University Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation
Circle: Cyber Security – Building cyber resilience in small medium enterprises
Matthew (Matt) Warren is the Director of the RMIT University Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation and a Professor of Cyber Security at RMIT University. He has held roles such as Deputy Director of University Research Centre, Head of School, Deputy Head of School, Program Leader for several programs during his tenure at Deakin University.

Matthew Warren is a researcher in the areas of Cyber Security and Computer Ethics. He has received numerous grants and awards from national and international funding bodies, such as: Australian Research Council (ARC); Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the United Kingdom; National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa.

Matthew Warren has taught in Australia, Finland, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

Matt Salier

Samantha Wong

Partner, Blackbird
Circle: Feeding 10 Billion People – Australia’s future food industries
Samantha Wong is Partner at Blackbird Ventures. Blackbird Ventures exist to supercharge Australia’s most ambitious founders. Samantha is a Mentor at Startmate, Australia’s leading accelerator.

Prior to joining Blackbird, Samantha co-founded a Startmate Company, CapacityHQ, a professional services marketplace that I sold to LegalVision. Prior to that, she led Product and Strategy teams at SurfStitch.com after career-pivoting out of corporate law.

Mike Zimmerman

Mike Zimmerman

Partner, Main Sequence Ventures
Circle: Big Stuff! – Exponential Machines in Heavy Industries
Mike Zimmerman is an investor and entrepreneur with a wide range of experience building technology companies, particularly with growth companies in enterprise SaaS, internet and energy/IoT sectors. He has been the Founder/CEO or senior executive in 3 venture-backed companies in AU/US and an investor (venture or angel) in 12 companies, most of which started in AU and moved to the US.

Mike’s expertise is in sales and marketing, business models and strategic partnering, and on the people side; executive recruiting/ performance management, board development and evaluation, and advisory boards. Mike’s transactional experience includes angel and venture financing, buy- and sell-side M&A, public offerings and restructurings.

Mike’s specialties include: Helping build early stage technology companies; with particular interest in applying new technology to industrial applications; SaaS, data analytics, machine learning, UAVs, internet of things, predictive analytics, smart grid, energy efficiency, demand response and load management.