Speakers

Keynote speakers

Anders Sorman Nilsson
Futurist, Innovation Strategist
Anders Sorman Nilsson is a futurist and innovation strategist who helps people and organisations decode trends and plan for what lies ahead.

As the Swedish-Australian founder of Thinkque, Anders Sorman-Nilsson (LLB MBA) has become a valued strategist to Fortune 500 and ASX leaders, converting provocative questions into proactive, predictive strategies.

A global thought leader since 2005, Anders works across four continents as a speaker, futurist and author. Anders is regularly featured in BRW, ABC National Radio, The Financial Review, Qantas Magazine and Sky News. His latest book, “Digilogue: how to win the digital minds and analogue hearts of tomorrow’s customer” is available now and provides an invaluable insight into the consumer mindset of the 21st century. His clients include Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, SAP, HP, Fuji Xerox, People’s Choice Credit Union, Pernod Ricard (and more!).

 

Ronni Kahn AO
CEO and Founder, OzHarvest
Driven by a determination to find purpose in her life, the simple act of rescuing good food and delivering it to people in need quickly caught on, and in 2004 OzHarvest was born.

Ronni Kahn is renowned for her boundless energy, infectious enthusiasm and not taking no for an answer! Her ability to inspire and motivate has seen OzHarvest grow from humble beginnings to become Australia’s leading food rescue organisation. Her journey in the fight against food waste became the feature of an independent film, Food Fighter and in 2019 she was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia. Ronni is an advocate for change and is committed to minimizing food waste, creating a sustainable planet where food is not wasted, and hunger is eliminated.

Awards recognising her achievements include; Officer of the Order of Australia (2019); Boss Magazine Top 21 True Leaders (2017); Gourmet Traveller’s Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality (2017); Griffith University’s Doctor of the University (honoris causa); Australian Local Hero of the Year (2010).
 

Eleni North
General Counsel and Company Secretary, National Rugby League

Eleni has been General Counsel and Company Secretary at the National Rugby League since 2014. In this capacity she is responsible for the legal and risk functions of the NRL and the Australian Rugby League Commission. The National Rugby League competition is watched by over 1 million people a week and is the highest rating sport on Australian television.

Prior to joining the NRL, Eleni held senior legal and governance roles for an ASX listed company and for a multinational technology business. She has also worked in private legal practice for Allens and Linklaters, in Sydney and London.
 
Paul Chivers
Director, riskfacilitator
Paul Chivers is the Founding Director of riskfacilitator and has over 22 years’ experience in developing, implementing and introducing risk management frameworks, programs and systems worldwide. Paul’s heuristic approach is focused on risk intent, process and practice. He has worked in a range of industries internationally, which include project and event management, TV and film, aviation, education, sport & recreation, healthcare and defence.

Paul has authored risk management graduate courses, research papers and reports, and lectures for a number of industry and tertiary bodies. Paul’s unique knowledge and experience of risk management has allowed him to become a sought after facilitator and presenter, with unique and fascinating experiences, including TV producing for multiple versions of the Emmy Award winning “The Amazing Race”, as well as risk & safety oversight for one of the most demanding TV shows in the world, “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here”. Paul travels the world helping people manage risk with a level of due diligence that is practical yet defensible. Paul is considered a subject matter expert in his field, with an energising approach to the way we take risk.
 

J. Michael Joyce Jr. CIA CRMA IIA 2019-20 Chairman of the Global Board & Vice President, Chief Auditor & Compliance Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
J. Michael “Mike” Joyce Jr. CIA CRMA is 2019-20 Chairman of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Global Board of Directors. In this role, Michael serves as an officer of the Global Board, is Chairman of the Supervisory Committee, and presides over the Global Assembly. Michael is the Vice President, Chief Auditor & Compliance Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross Blue Shield companies. The Blue System is the nation’s largest health insurer, covering more than 107 million members.

Michael has more than 36 years of professional experience and has been actively volunteering with The IIA since 1989. Before becoming Chairman of The IIA Global Board, Michael’s volunteer roles included serving as the Global Board’s Senior Vice Chairman (2018-19) and Chairman of the North American Board (2015-16). Michael served on the Board of Governors for the Chicago Chapter of the IIA from 1995 until 2015, including a term as chapter president (2001-02).

For his chairman’s theme, Michael chose “Audit in Tune” to stress how instrumental it is for successful internal auditors to continuously fine-tune their audit approach and philosophy.
 

Raelene Castle
ONZM Chief Executive Officer, Rugby Australia

Raelene joined Rugby Australia as the code’s first female Chief Executive Officer, beginning in the role in January 2018.

She was previously the CEO of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, where she spent four years leading the National Rugby League club after six years as CEO of Netball New Zealand.

Before beginning her career in sports administration, Raelene was a successful communications and marketing executive in the corporate sector. She is a former head of business marketing at Telecom NZ, communications manager at Bank of New Zealand and a marketing manager for Fuji Xerox.

Raelene has held several governance roles in sport, previously serving as a board director of the ANZ Championship netball, the International Federations of Netball Associations (IFNA) and as chair of the NRL club CEOs leadership group. Raelene was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2015 for services to Business and Sport. Born in Wagga Wagga NSW, she moved to New Zealand as young child and returned to Australia following her appointment as Bulldogs CEO in 2013.
 

Sandra Parker
PSM Fair Work Ombudsman
Sandra Parker PSM was appointed to the position of Fair Work Ombudsman for a five year term on 15 July 2018.

Prior to her appointment as Fair Work Ombudsman, Sandra served as Deputy Secretary at the Department of Jobs and Small Business and its predecessors for eight years. She was Deputy Secretary, Employment Services and Deputy Secretary, Workplace Relations and Economic Strategy.

Sandra’s previous roles span across Commonwealth and State and include serving as the head of the Office of the Australian Safety and Compensation Council, a tripartite national body that oversaw the establishment of national occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation policy and standards.

Sandra was awarded a Public Service Medal for her outstanding contribution to workplace relations policy and program delivery in 2018. 
 
Alan MacSporran QC
Chairperson, Crime and Corruption Commission

Mr Alan MacSporran QC, was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law in 1978 and worked as a Crown Prosecutor until 1984 when he went to the private bar and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2005 and Queens Counsel in 2013.

He has extensive experience in inquests and commissions of inquiry. Between 2000 and 2006 he appeared for witnesses at the Shepherdson Inquiry into electoral fraud, was Counsel Assisting at the inquest into the Childers backpacker fire, and was Counsel Assisting at the inquest into a number of police shootings of mentally ill patients.

Mr MacSporran represented the State of Queensland at the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry and the Queensland Health Payroll System Commission of Inquiry. In 2015 he was appointed to review the Queensland greyhound racing industry. As well as prosecuting matters for the State and Commonwealth, he has provided legal advice to those bodies on a range of matters over many years.

Mr MacSporran is patron of the Corruption Prevention Network Queensland, a member of the Queensland Law Society Legal Practitioners Admissions Board and a member of the Queensland Integrity Committee
 
Dom Price
Work Futurist, Atlassian
Dominic has a career that has reached far and wide through Europe, US and Asia PAC. Dom has responsibilities spanning seven global R&D centres, and is our in house “Team Doctor” helping Atlassian scale by being ruthlessly efficient and effective, with one eye on the future. Dom helped pioneer Atlassian’s Team Playbook and has run hundreds of team sessions globally. He spends a significant amount of his time working with Atlassian’s customers to understand the future of work and cultural changes required to thrive.

He has previously been the GM Program Management for a global gaming company and a Director of Deloitte.

Dom is proud to work at Atlassian, the home of the most intelligent t-shirt wearers in business, as the Work Futurist.

A keen traveller, Dom has traversed over 50 countries so far, but after 15 years on these shores, he calls Australia home.
 
Ray Gunston
General Manager, Infrastructure, Major Projects and Investment, Australian Football League

Ray has of Bachelor of Commerce (with honours) and a Diploma of Education, is a FCPA and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has had extensive experience as a senior executive and company director in a variety of industries and has had executive roles with Westpac, Price Waterhouse, Aluminium Smelters of Victoria, Southern Cross Austereo, Essendon Football Club, the Victorian Government and more than 12 years as CFO of Tattersalls/Tatts Group. Ray is a non-executive director of Sigma Healthcare and Hotel Property Investments. He is also Chairman of the Marvel Stadium Group of Companies which is owned by the AFL. He previously held non-executive director roles with Essendon, AFL Victoria and the Melbourne Renegades, and was chairman of Greyhound Racing Victoria.