On November 4, 2010, Qantas pilot Captain Richard De Crespigny and his crew flying an Airbus A380 from Singapore to Sydney, suffered an uncontained engine rotor failure. Despite the pressure of the situation, with 440 passengers and 29 crew on the aircraft, Captain De Crespigny and his team managed to safely land the crippled aircraft back at Singapore’s Changi Airport. Captain De Crespigny will reveal the inner workings of handling a crisis, sharing the insights and techniques he has built up over decades in aviation. Sponsored by The Fordham Company.
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Captain Richard De Crespigny
World’s best known aviator, talking teamwork in a crisis and
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Demographer, media commentator, 170,000 global followers on Twitter, quirky style and Evolve keynote speaker
A rising star globally in the field of data management and demographics, Simon Kuestenmacher is the Co-Founder and Director of The Demographics Group founded by social commentator Bernard Salt AM. He has degrees in geography from leading universities in Berlin and Melbourne and worked for several years as a business consultant with KPMG Australia. Simon frequently presents on Sky News, The Project, newspapers and radio stations across Australia to comment on demographic trends. He writes a monthly column in The Australian newspaper and consults to business and government. Simon will demonstrate how the changing nature of the workforce allows for big growth opportunities in the events industry and what type of workers will succeed in the sector. He will also share how data will help to better target and market events.
Journalist, TV Presenter, loves a piccolo and our Evolve MC for three days
Shelly can be heard nationally a number of times each week on Channel 9’s Today, Today Extra and she is the lifestyle presenter and columnist for 9Honey. She has worked as a newsreader on Triple J, a producer on A Current Affair and a crime reporter on ABC Radio. Through it all, she’s learned to deliver content through humour, authenticity, passion and disarming honesty.
Dr Catriona Wallace
Founded AI Company, a philanthropist, human rights activist, mother of five and Evolve keynote speaker
One of the world’s most cited experts on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics & Human Rights in technology and Women in Leadership. With a long list of accolades including a PhD in Organisational Behaviour and significant awards, Dr Catriona Wallace has established herself as the innovative go-to expert for optimising customer experience. In 2014, Catriona founded artificial intelligence FinTech Flamingo AI, a company working at the cutting edge of AI technology to provide Cognitive Virtual Assistants for employees and customers. Dr Catriona Wallace will present to delegates the potential new world of AI enhanced events and open all minds to the real possibilities of ‘The Disrupted Event’. Sponsored by ODE Management.
Masters of Psychology degree, Heart On My Sleeve founder, pasta enthusiast and
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Mitch Wallis is an emerging leader in the Millennial generation with a lifelong mission to empower others to overcome suffering and re-imagine the healing potential of the mind through the power of storytelling, conversation and living with authenticity. After working at Microsoft for seven years, Mitch now devotes himself full-time to helping solve the single biggest issue facing current and future generations – mental health. Mitch is the Founder and CEO of Heart On My Sleeve – a worldwide social movement and services provider that is one of the fastest growing mental wellbeing initiatives in Australia. Mitch will tell us a story of what it means to be human.
An inspirational leading water advocate, an ultra-runner, likes a milky latte and
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Mina Guli left her career as a corporate lawyer to become a leading advocate on the global water crisis visiting every continent on the planet and speaking to countless people. She is the founder and CEO of Thirst, a grassroots education and innovation organisation teaching over 1.4 million student graduates to save water. As part of her campaign, Mina completed 40 marathons in 40 days running across six continents. In 2016 she was the first person to run across seven deserts on seven continents in just seven weeks. A few of her notable accomplishments include being named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence, one of the Top 50 Leading Australians in Asia and one of the 50 Greatest World Leaders by Fortune Magazine. Mina will share her thought-provoking and insightful messages around responsible leadership, finding purpose, driving innovative and sustainable change globally.
For more than 40 years Barry has developed and implemented strategic plans and managed events with marketing groups and publications, and since 2015 with Tamworth Regional Council. Since 1975 Barry has had an integral association with the Tamworth Country Music Festival and was a foundation member of the Country Music Association of Australia in 1990 that influenced positive change within the industry. A deep commitment to the advancing of Tamworth as an all year round country music destination is the cornerstone of his work and he has been instrumental in the delivery of several of Tamworth’s country music attractions.
With over 28 years’ experience, Nicolette Hughes is an events industry leader and consultant on how to make projects a strategic success. Most recently at the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) where she was Director Product Strategy and Innovation and led the largest pensions event in the world for 1500+ delegates, she is currently a Strategic Advisor to the International Congress of Actuaries (April, Sydney 2022 for 1200+ delegates). Nicolette has won various awards including NSW MEA 2017 Inhouse Event Manager of the Year and is invited regularly to speak at industry events locally and internationally including AIME, ITCMA Bangkok, MEA.
Amanda has a strong passion for written communications. With local and international experience, she has worked in senior management positions in various industries, including the business events sector. Amanda currently consults in marketing communications and delivers courses in business writing skills for Business Writing Global. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business and has completed the Company Directors’ course at the AICD. Amanda is also on the board of a not-for-profit organisation.
Craig Davies is an Executive Director for Trimantium GrowthOps Ltd and Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for RightCrowd Ltd. He has spent more than twenty years in cybersecurity working in several fields, including intelligence, infrastructure operations, security architecture and web development. Craig is also CEO of TriSecOps, a specialist cybersecurity firm and is the former CEO for the Federal Government’s AustCyber – The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network, former Head of Security at Atlassian and Chief Security Officer at Cochlear Ltd.
Pat is passionate about sharing her 20 years of sustainability leadership to help businesses thrive through responsible growth. In 2005, Pat founded The Purpose Business, the network of sustainability experts that helps Asian businesses be a force for good. Previously, she led teams at Shangri-La Hotels and Ayala Land setting new standards in corporate sustainability. Pat is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and sits on the Boards of Enrich and Ignite Impact.
Anoushka is the Chief Executive Officer of The Australia India Chamber and a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Anglo-African Investments. She is also an international speaker and facilitator on Cultural Intelligence, inclusion and diversity and future. Proudly presented by Saxton Speakers.
Matt Jones is a creative strategist, accidental entrepreneur and self-described serial failure. He has an eclectic background, combining economics, politics, brand experience and gin. From 2006 to 2012, Matt was global head of strategy at Jack Morton Worldwide, based in NYC. In 2013, Matt returned to Australia and co-founded Four Pillars Gin, a craft gin business based in Healesville in the Yarra Valley. Today, when he’s not hanging out at the distillery, he’s one of Australia’s most in-demand speakers and thinkers on business, brand, strategy and creativity.
Vannessa McCamley, keynote speaker, facilitator and coach, has earned a reputation for assisting organisations, teams and individuals to achieve impressive results through behavioural change to increase performance, productivity and revenue. Leveraging the latest in Neuroscience for brain based, evidence rich strategies for improving leadership of self and others.
Bea’s passion for risk and safety was ignited in the early stages of her career, whilst working in the UK as an Operations Manager, and then as an Event Producer. It was during this time that she became particularly focused on safety and compliance and developed the first online exhibitor manual in the UK, in an era where many exhibitors were challenged with email and websites. In 2004, Bea came to Australia for a holiday…. She is now an Australian Citizen, a mum, and runs Beaspoke Safety (V2.0) One of the things about Bea, is that she is not your ‘typical’ safety and risk person, as she strives to make safety and risk engaging and undoing so empower others, so a risk mindset, almost inadvertently, becomes part of the everyday process.
Sam has built a career around negotiation – through marketing, brand, and sponsorship roles over 20 years. She builds capability and confidence by creating strategies that deliver positive business results. Unlocking the value in all your deals. Sam is a straight shooter who is practical and likes to share her knowledge to help others learn to love negotiating (or to at least, not to hate it).
Sarah is a global partner at The BoB Group and has over 20 years’ experience as an expert on brand, specialising in brand strategy, brand communications, employee experience, and business growth. She has worked with companies such as NAB, Telstra, and Microsoft in addition to hundreds of business and business leaders globally, helping them grow and step into their own potential.
Lucy is a LinkedIn marketing strategist who provides expert LinkedIn consulting services and LinkedIn marketing training globally. Lucy has over 20 years marketing experience and is passionate about helping companies and individuals build brand awareness, thought leadership and connect with their target audience on the LinkedIn platform.
Bricoleur. Experimentalist. Table Tennis Tragic.
Aaron utilises his deep expertise in Data-Driven Product & Marketing – coupled with his wealth of knowledge and passion of Customer Experience and User Centred Design. A digital native, Aaron provides thought-leadership across management, prdouct, design, media, sales, analytics, emerging technologies, CRM and experience. Aaron has launched 3 new business Ventures in the last 3 years and understands the value of pace, and the cost of going slow. Aaron’s an online innovator and inspirational leader who served on the Board of the International Mentoring Association from 2009 to 2014. He currently teaches/lectures at UNSW and has a Masters of Business & Environment and Marketing to his name, and currently started with Qantas in 2015 as Head Of Marketing for New Ventures, and currently is the Head Of Product for Qantas Frequent Flyer.
Tim Levy is an author, speaker and CEO working with CEOs and entrepreneurs on marketing strategy and mindset. With a degree in Computer Science from the University of NSW, he went on to work with multi-national companies like IBM, Sony and Motorola before deciding to focus on smaller, more responsive businesses. While in the USA he developed a number of business books, online programs and training courses. In 2018 he returned to Australia and continues working with CEOs to optimise marketing opportunities for business growth.
Australian Business Director of global B2B marketing consultancy group Transmission, Ben works alongside the world’s leading technology and corporate brands to find the balance between the art and science marketing. Developing marketing strategies and programs focused upon the end customer that deliver real business impact.
Yamini Naidu is rated among the top three business storytellers globally and is the world’s only economist turned business storyteller moving leaders from spreadsheets to stories. A global citizen, Yamini was born and raised in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) and is a gold medallist from University of Bombay and both a scholarship winner and a postgraduate from the London School of Economics.
David Borean joined NEC in 2018 as Executive General Manager to lead the Marketing and Communications team and is also responsible for National Direct Sales across Manager Services, Infrastructure & Communications and Safer Cities lines of business. David has wide range of management, sales and operational experience spanning start up e-commerce companies to leading entertainment and marketing companies.
Stuart is Director of Strategic Events at Salesforce – where he leads event programs delivered throughout the Asia Pacific region – including the annual Salesforce World Tour in Sydney. With over 25 years of experience across a broad spectrum of business to business and business to consumer events throughout the region – Stuart has held roles within associations, PCOs, agencies and for the past 14 years as in-house event lead within global technology organisations.
After 20+ years in the events industry Toni has a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw from. Her speciality lies in the world of audio visual. She has a unique ability to translate “tech-speak” into everyday language and take the mystery out of the jargon. Her goal is always the best possible customer experience, ensuring that the AV is delivering on the event objective rather than leading with tech for techs sake. Toni is the founder and champion of ‘Women in AV’, with a mission to encourage young girls and women to seek a career in AV and help create and contribute to a diverse and inclusive culture.
Michele Chevalley Hedge
One of Australia’s leading nutritionists, Michele is a health author and an expert in nutritional medicine, including mental health. Michele links the importance of nutrition, sleep and stress with productivity, energy and vitality in an evidence-based presentation and will share her wisdom and stories of nutritional transformation which will give you goose bumps. She is a great believer in ‘good health does not need an extreme approach, and it can include a bit of coffee and wine’. Michele is no stranger to seeking a well-balanced life. She was a marketing executive who burnt the candle at both ends, so she truly understands the needs of time-poor event professionals who, family or not, want health but not hassle. Michele speaks on behalf of the World Health Organisation, Jamie Oliver Food Ambassador, Cure Cancer Ambassador, Heart Research Ambassador, and was recently announced as practitioner of the Year by her industry body, The Australian Traditional Medicine Society.
Dr Helena Popovic
A leading authority on improving brain function, Dr Helena Popovic is medical doctor, international speaker and best-selling author. Her first book is In Search of My Father – Dementia is no match for a daughter’s determination. It is a warm and humorous account of how we can build a better brain at any age or stage of life. Her second award-winning book is: NeuroSlimming – Let your brain change your body. NeuroSlimming shows people how to shed excess body fat without dieting or deprivation. Her philosophy is that education is more powerful than medication and she believes in slow ageing despite fast living. She is passionate about showing people that great health is not a distant destination – it’s a daily decision.
Expert brand strategist Sarah Skeats will present on the ins and outs of turning your profile into an asset. Sarah is a global partner at The BoB Group and has over 20 years’ experience as an expert on brand, specialising in brand strategy, brand communications, employee experience, and business growth. She has worked with companies such as NAB, Telstra, and Microsoft in addition to hundreds of business and business leaders globally, helping them grow and step into their own potential.