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.
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.
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.
President, Australian Conservation Foundation
Mara Bun is President (Chair) of the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Non-Executive Director of Australian Ethical Investment and Enova Community Energy, and the Chairman of the Board of Gold Coast Waterways Authority.
Mara’s current consulting roles include leading strategy and development for Food Agility CRC, and catalysing data transformation at Simba Global, Australia’s largest commercial textiles business. Mara was previously CEO of Green Cross Australia, the Senior Analyst covering Internet Equities at Macquarie Bank, the Head of Research at CANSTAR, and the 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 startup 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.
Health + Medicine Section Editor/Global Editor, The Conversation
Head of Delivery, Moreland Energy Foundation
Victoria Hart is responsible for overseeing MEFL’s suite of programs including specialist areas of community engagement, energy efficiency, sustainable energy supply, carbon neutrality, urban development, zero carbon strategies and the delivery of energy assessments and energy upgrades to those most vulnerable in our society.
Victoria has 17 years’ experience in sustainability in local and state government and the private sector. She decided to join MEFL as she is passionate about building capacity in people and our communities, and delivering real action on the ground. Victoria has tertiary qualifications in engineering, arts, management and energy and climate change studies.
When she’s not at work you can often find Victoria at a café or bar in Collingwood having a leisurely coffee or craft beer. She loves travelling and adventuring with her partner and 18 month old daughter and catching up on live music.
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.
Honorary Fellow, The University of Melbourne
Dr Gael Jennings is an award winning national TV and radio broadcaster with 25 years’ experience as presenter, reporter and TV executive.
Originally qualified as a research scientist in medicine, Gael has shaped science reporting and analysis on Australian television for over 25 years, as a presenter, interviewer, and factual content editor, developer and creator at ABC TV. She contributed to Australia’s creative underpinning and intellectual infrastructure as Director of over a dozen national and state NGO Boards in the arts, media and sciences, and has for 3 decades contributed to public discourse on Australia’s identity and response to global change in her roles as political and social analyst and presenter on ABC TV, radio and SBS TV, keynote speaker, and panel facilitator.
Gaels’ current focus and expertise is on the rapidity of scientific and technological change (90% of all data in the world was created in the last 2 years; internet technology will be 1,000 times more advanced in a mere 10 years), and its impact on the human brain, civil society, democracy, health and the physical environment.
At the University of Melbourne, she is researching the effect of the internet of the neurophysiology of the brain, and the impact of new media on women, including social attitudes towards them and violence against them.
CEO and Co-founder, League of Scholars
Paul X McCarthy is a technology entrepreneur, author and consultant. He has over twenty years of experience in innovation leadership roles at IBM, SIRCA and CSIRO, and is currently Chairman of The Studio — a new incubator for Global mediatech startups based in the Sydney Startup Hub. His book Online Gravity, published by Simon & Schuster in English and by CITIC Press in Chinese, 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, an Honorary Fellow at Western Sydney University, and an Adviser at Data61 CSIRO's Ribit.net — a digital platform designed to match students with career-related work opportunities while they are studying.
Co-founder, Impact Generation Partners
Amanda Miller is the Co-founder of Impact Generation Partners, which advises and invests in enterprises that deliver financial as well as social and/or environmental returns. Amanda is passionate about and committed to building the impact investing ecosystem alongside the philanthropic sector in Australia.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from Monash University and started her career practicing corporate law at Allens. She then moved into the philanthropic sector working with not-for-profit organisations and in philanthropic services, with intergenerational family foundations.
Amanda is a member of the Council of Philanthropy Australia, the peak membership body for philanthropic foundations, individuals and not for profits in Australia. She is a member of the Board of the Australian Women Donors Network, which advocates for a gender lens to be applied in philanthropic giving. Amanda Chairs Kids in Philanthropy, a not for profit that engages children and their families in hands-on volunteering opportunities and aims to develop empathy and a social conscience in children. She has been on the Nexus Australia Youth Summit Organising committee since its inception 2013.
Amanda is a committee member of the Impact Investment Forum, an initiative of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA).
Amanda loves supporting entrepreneurs and is proud to be a mentor in the Foundation for Young Australian’s Young Social Pioneers Program as well as the Startmate accelerator program.
Alan Noble is an electrical and electronics engineer who has spent his entire career working with computers and software technology. Alan has lived and worked on several continents, and has founded software companies in Silicon Valley and Australia. He is passionate about our oceans and spends every available moment in or on the water. As the founder of AusOcean, Alan's goal is to develop and apply technology for the good of our oceans.
Alan is also a founder and director of StartupAUS, a director of the South Australian Museum, an Adjunct Professor in Computer Science at The University of Adelaide and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.
Investment Manager, Uniseed
Natasha Rawlings has led teams making tens of millions of dollars for Direct Response companies, and over the last few years has been firmly entrenched in early to mid stage tech startups that are growing rapidly. 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 great companies from great Australian research.
Natasha's startup experience includes co-founding and leading location-based and mobile marketing startup 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.
As a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, 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 CSIRO's ON Program.
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.
CEO Scalzo Family Office , Scalzo Food Industries
In her capacity as CEO of the Scalzo Family Office, Cathy Scalzo guides the development of the family's impact investment portfolio. Cathy is also General Counsel of Scalzo Foods, one of Australia’s largest privately owned food businesses. Cathy is a board member of Kids in Philanthropy, a not-for-profit which aims to develop empathy and a culture of social change making and volunteerism in children.
Cathy is a Trustee of the Grace and Emilio Foundation, which supports projects designed to enable children and young people to meet their full potential. Previously, Cathy has worked as a Senior Associate at Allens and for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Cathy was a board member of the Social Studio, a social enterprise supporting disengaged migrant and refugee young people through the vehicle of fashion design.
Cathy is passionate about supporting social enterprises and exploring the capacity of capital to help solve complex social and environmental problems.
Co-founder and Social Entrepreneur, STREAT
Rebecca (Bec) Scott is the Co-founder and CEO of STREAT: a Melbourne-based social enterprise that provides marginalised young people aged 16-25 years with a healthy self, job and home. STREAT run a portfolio of seven foodservice businesses, including cafes, an artisan bakery, a catering company and a coffee roastery. To date, STREAT has worked with over 1100 young people who have served over 2 million customers, while at the same time receiving over 65,000 hours of support and training.
Prior to co-founding STREAT, Bec spent a decade at CSIRO working in science communication. Bec is passionate about the arts and has spent 20 years collaborating with artists, photographers, illustrators, writers, makers and designers. On a weekend, you'll usually find Bec doing an arts side project, pottering around in STREAT's garden with her partner Kate, or playing Lego with their son Will.
Co-founder and Head of Strategy, TypeHuman
Julian Waters-Lynch is the Co-founder and Head of Strategy at Type Human; a platform cooperative of technologists and thinkers who are considering how emerging technologies can be used for the common good. Julian is also an Industry Research Fellow in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at RMIT University.
Julian’s academic research is concerned with identifying new ways of organising entrepreneurial knowledge work and assessing the impact of emerging trends on the future of how we work and organise. Julian teaches in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation, focusing on new venture creation and driving innovation inside organisations.
In his role as Head of Strategy at Type Human, Julian works on building the public case for the social adoption of blockchains, Web 3.0 and the decentralised internet. He also is actively involved in Type Human's advisory and new venture studio services
Science journalist and broadcaster, ABC Network
Science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams presents RN's The Science Show and Ockham's Razor.
Although he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (honours) in England, Robyn admits to spending as much time acting as studying. Early in his career he made guest appearances in The Goodies, Monty Python's Flying Circus and Doctor Who, and stood in for Tom Jones for four months in his TV series.
He has conducted countless interviews with scientists on ABC TV on programs such as Quantum and Catalyst, narrated the Nature of Australia series and appeared in World Safari with David Attenborough.
Outside the ABC, Robyn has served in various capacities, including President of the Australian Museum Trust, chairman of the Commission for the Future, and President of the Australian Science Communicators. In 1987, he was proclaimed a National Living Treasure.
In 1993, Robyn was the first journalist elected as a Fellow Member of the Australian Academy of Science. He was appointed AM in the 1988 Australian Bicentenary honours list and in the same year received honorary doctorates in science from the University of Sydney and Macquarie and Deakin Universities. The ANU awarded him a doctorate of law, and he is a visiting professor at the University of NSW and an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland.
A Reuters fellowship at Oxford University allowed him time to write his autobiography, And Now for Something Completely Different. He was a visiting fellow at Balliol College Oxford in 1995-96.
Partner, Propeller Aero
Mike Zimmerman is a Partner at Main Sequence Ventures; an early stage venture fund investing in companies that are translating research into global-scale businesses. Main Sequence Ventures manages the CSIRO Innovation Fund 1, LP – which forms part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.
Mike is an investor and entrepreneur with a wealth of experience in building technology companies. Mike’s experience extends across growth companies in the enterprise SaaS, internet and energy/IoT sectors. As well as being the Founder/CEO or senior executive of three venture-backed companies in Australia and the US, Mike has acted as an investor (venture or angel) in 12 companies. Most of these 12 companies started their operations in Australia and eventually moved to the US.
Mike’s expertise extends to sales and marketing, developing business models, and strategic partnering. He also is experienced in dealing with the ‘people side’ of companies, bringing knowledge of executive recruiting, performance management, board development and evaluation, and advisory boards. Further, Mike’s transactional experience includes angel and venture financing, buy- and sell-side M&A, public offerings and restructurings.