CEO, Food Innovation Centre, Monash University
Angeline Achariya has more than 20 years of diverse international innovation and leadership experience in blue chip multinational companies like Masterfoods Japan, Fonterra, Yum! Brands and Mondelez International.
Angeline has led cross-functional teams across innovation, strategy development, market expansion and R&D execution. Her leadership has resulted in over 800 innovations launched across grocery and quick service restaurants in markets such as Japan, China, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia. Angeline is on a number of advisory boards and committees and most noteworthy is the development of Victoria’s Food & Fibre strategy in 2015.
Angeline’s strong commercial and innovation skills have paved the way for her leading and establishing a world first industry shared model, the Mondelez International Food Innovation Centre (FIC). The FIC has transitioned to Monash University in 2016 as a neutral industry shared innovation services start up to support the growth and revitalisation of the Australian food and beverage industry.
Chief Digital Advisor, Microsoft
Rita Arrigo is the Chief Digital Advisor at Microsoft, where she works on Smart Building Solutions, Holographic Computing and Cognitive Solutions. Ultimately, Rita’s mission is to re-imagine people, place and technology in our digital world.
As a digital advisor who has worked and consulted within industry and government sectors, Rita possesses over 25 years of invaluable experience in delivering and developing digital solutions.
In 2011, Rita founded CloudBug, where she provided the business community with strategies for incorporating collaborative cloud technology into their work.
Director of MOD, University of South Australia
Dr Kristin Alford is a futurist and the Director of MOD. at the University of South Australia. MOD. is an immersive museum of discovery; a place to be and be inspired. Kristin leads a team dedicated to creating dynamic, changing exhibitions showcasing the edge of knowledge and emerging technologies. MOD. opened in 2018, aiming to surprise and delight young adults and open new possibilities and pathways so as to promote a prosperous and sustainable future.
Prior to this role, Kristin was the founding director of foresight agency Bridge8, facilitating futures and engagement on water sustainability, nanotechnology, health, advanced manufacturing, clean technologies and climate for government, corporates and not-for-profits.
Kristin is also a member of the Board of the Australian institute of Urban Studies, the Inspiring South Australia Steering Group, and the Annesley College Council. She was the inaugural licensee and host of TEDxAdelaide.
Kristin has held roles in engineering, human resources, strategy and product development for companies including BHP Billiton, Ansett-Air New Zealand, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and Nanotechnology Victoria. She holds a PhD in process engineering and a Masters of Management in Strategic Foresight. Kristin is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation and an Adjunct Lecturer in Foresight & Social Change at the University of Adelaide.
President, Australian Conservation Foundation
Mara Bun is a Chairman at Australian Conservation Foundation, Inc., an Independent Non-Executive Director at Australian Ethical Investment Ltd. and a Chairman at Gold Coast Waterways Authority.
Mara is on the Board of Directors at Enova Community Energy, Australian Ethical Investment Ltd., Australian Ethical Foundation Ltd and Australian Ethical Superannuation Pty Ltd. Mara was previously employed as a Chief Executive Officer & Non-Executive Director by Green Cross Australia, a Head of Research at CANSTAR, and a Director of Business Development at CSIRO.
CEO, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation
Carolyn Curtis is the CEO of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TASCI) and is the Founding Director of Family by Family, the first social start up to come out of TACSI’s co-design methodology.
Carolyn's strong drive to achieve social justice saw her pursue a career in social work. Prior to working at TACSI, Carolyn spent over a decade working in South Australia's child protection system - Families SA. Here, she occupied a range of roles, moving from practitioner to policy development to management.
As someone who thrives when she is going against the status quo, Carolyn left a senior management position to join the Radical Redesign Team at TACSI. Having made the challenging yet rewarding transition from public sector management to Social Innovation, Carolyn now understands first hand the benefits of a co-design approach in social problem solving. After being a co-lead in the design and prototype of Family by Family, Carolyn commenced as the Founding Director of the program in January 2011.
Having built programs both inside and outside government, Carolyn is ideally placed to lead and demonstrate the value of Social Innovation in Australia.
CEO, Office of Innovation and Science Australia
Dr Charles Day is the CEO of the Office of Innovation and Science Australia (OISA). Charles is deeply passionate about the future of innovation, business development, technology commercialisation, venture capital and startup creation. At OISA, Charles oversees the Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) board’s implementation of long-term initiatives targeted at boosting innovation and science.
Additionally, Charles recently served as Program Director for the Carlton Connect Initiative; a program aimed at establishing Australia's premier STEM innovation precinct.
Director, Science Gallery Melbourne
Rose Hiscock is the inaugural Director of Science Gallery Melbourne; an innovative space that merges science and the arts. Rose is passionate about creating engaging science programs, and this passion has underpinned her work as the CEO of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum) and the Executive Director Arts Development Australia Council for the Arts.
Rose is committed to building a vibrant, balanced and accessible arts sector. In an effort to ensure that the entire community can engage with the arts, Rose serves on the Boards of Back to Back Theatre – a full-time ensemble comprised of Australian actors with an intellectual disability – and Chunky Move; one of Australia’s leading dance companies.
CEO and Cofounder, League of Scholars
Paul X McCarthy is a technology entrepreneur, author and adviser to the Australian Government. He has over twenty years experience in innovation leadership roles at IBM, SIRCA and CSIRO. His book Online Gravity, published by Simon & Schuster, explores how online marketplaces, networks and data are changing the economics of industries everywhere. Paul is an Adjunct Professor at UNSW Australia in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, where he advises on technology innovation and startups.
Head of Social Innovation, Australian Red Cross
Amanda Robinson is a senior and versatile digital product and marketing professional. Amanda has extensive experience developing and managing online products and services, particularly online marketplaces and directories.
As a strategic and creative thinker with a passion for social innovation and entrepreneurship, Amanda has been responsible for developing of strategic roadmaps; identifying and overseeing new business opportunities through to their successful market launch. Amanda has a passion for delivering exceptional customer experiences and has a keen interest in how emerging technologies may help us solve complex social problems.