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AFR Innovation Summit

The Innovation Summit goes beyond buzzwords and platitudes. It delves in to what needs to be done to create the capabilities, industries and the mentalities Australia needs for the future.

19-20 Sep 2017 | Sofitel Wentworth

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Thriving and surviving the 4th Industrial Revolution

The innovation agenda has failed to impress disgruntled voters. Yet technological disruption appears to be gaining pace as it transforms the business landscape. As well as dealing with the competitive threats, how can Australian government and business exploit the opportunities this fourth industrial revolution throws up?

Discussing the policy framework for transforming Australia’s innovation agenda during this unique and unprecedented time, the summit examines how organisations from the blue chip to the start-up are grappling with formulating, implementing and measuring the success of their innovation initiatives to embrace these opportunities fully. The two-day summit will look closely at policy settings, systems and values that can better serve Australians as we ride the technological wave. It will also provide a platform to discuss ethical issues, values and legislating and regulating emerging technologies such as the internet of things (IoT) , artificial intelligence/machine learning and much more. The summit will highlight Australian initiatives that truly make us world leaders whilst investigating the pathways to success, inspiring Australians to embrace a global market and competition at an opportune time.

Who's Attending

  • Advanced Manufacuting Growth Centre (AGMC)
  • Altus Traffic
  • AOFM
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation & Communication, UNSW Sydney
  • Asurion LLC
  • Atlassian
  • Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering
  • Australian CleanTech
  • Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Ltd
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • BAE Systems Australia
  • Baillieu Holst
  • BCAL Diagnostics Pty Ltd
  • BioFoundry
  • Blackbird Ventures
  • Boeing Australia & New Zealand
  • British High Commission
  • Burnet Institute
  • Challenger Limited
  • Chase Consulting
  • Chatsworth Associates
  • Cicada Innovations
  • Cook Medical
  • Crazy Might Work
  • Crescent Wealth
  • CSBP Ltd
  • Deakin University
  • Deloitte
  • Deloitte Australia
  • Department of Industry
  • Department of Industry Innovation
  • Department of Industry, Innovation & Science
  • Dept of Industry, Innovation & Science
  • Dept of the Attorney- General & Justice
  • DSITI- Queensland Government
  • EBL Disability Services
  • Edison Group
  • Elabor8
  • Energy QLD
  • Energy Queensland
  • Fairfax Media
  • Flamingo
  • F-OFF: Fear of Failure Forum
  • Foley Durham
  • Food Innovation Australia Ltd
  • Future Fund
  • Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Gretals Australia PTY LTD
  • Gumtree
  • Hatch
  • IAG
  • Ideapod
  • Innovation & Science Australia
  • Innovation and Science Australia
  • Innovative Manufacturing CRC
  • Institute of Public Accountants
  • Intent Global Pty Ltd
  • Inventium
  • Job Capital
  • Johnson and Johnson Innovation
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Landgate
  • Lendlease
  • Lighthouse Strategies
  • Magnify Innovation
  • Marubeni Australia Limited
  • METS Ignited
  • Monash University
  • MTPConnect
  • MYOB
  • MyPass Global
  • NAB
  • NATSPEC Construction Information
  • NERA
  • Norths
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia
  • Office of National Assessments
  • Ogilvy Public Relations
  • Oil Search Ltd
  • Owenell Global Consultancy
  • Pathfinder Consulting Group Pty Ltd
  • Powershop Australia & Meridian Energy Australia
  • PresCare
  • QxBranch
  • Rasmax Consultants
  • Refraction Media
  • Replenish Earth
  • Richard A Bobb Chartered Accountants
  • Rural Industries RDC Charles Sturt University
  • SHAVIK Smarter Integrated Software
  • Singularity University
  • Sprout X
  • Standards Australia
  • Stanley and Co.
  • Stockpot
  • Stone & Chalk
  • Suncorp
  • Sydney School of Entrepreneuship
  • TechInSA
  • Telstra
  • Terem Technologies
  • The Australian Financial Review
  • The Ethics Centre
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Technology
  • Universities Australia
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Wollongong
  • UTS
  • Western Sydney University
  • Wrays
  • Zenda Life Foods
  • Ziva


Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science

The Hon Ed Husic MP

Shadow Minister for Employment Services, Workforce Participation & Future of Work; Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy

Bill Ferris AC

Chair, Innovation & Science Australia

Dr Alan Finkel AO

Chief Scientist, Australian Government

Dr Alex Zelinsky

Chief Defence Scientist, Defence Science Technology Group

Dr Larry Marshall

Chief Executive, CSIRO

Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons

ARC Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology – UNSW Australia

Berkeley Cox

Chief Executive Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Adrian Turner


Pip Marlow

CEO, Strategic Innovation, Suncorp

Maureen Dougherty

President, Boeing Australia, New Zealand

Rob Marcolina

Group Executive Strategy, Transformation & IT, Qantas Airways

Professor John Pollaers

Chair, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, Member of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce

Dr Tia Kansara

Director, Replenish Earth Ltd, UCL Bartlett Ambassador

Professor Hugh Bradlow

Chief Scientist, Telstra

Kaila Colbin

NZ Ambassador, Singularity University

Paul Shetler

Expert in Residence, Stone & Chalk

Professor John Mattick AO FAA

Executive Director, Garvan Institute

Dr. Mirjana Prica

Managing Director, FIAL – Food Innovation Australia Limited

Scott Gardiner

Partner (Projects & Energy) at King & Wood Mallesons

Dominic Price

Head of Research and Development and Work Futurist, Atlassian

Professor Peter Shergold AC

Chancellor, Western Sydney University

Professor Michael Aitken AM

CEO & Chief Scientist, Capital Markets CRC

Abdullahi Alim

Head of Practice, Lighthouse Strategies

Matt Barrie

CEO & Chairman, & CEO & President,

Tim Reed


Nick Kaye

CEO, Sydney School of Entrepreneurship

Niki Scevak

Co-Founder, Blackbird Ventures

Dr Marlene Kanga AM

Chair R&D Incentives Committee, Innovation and Science Australia

William D. Confalonieri

Chief Digital Officer, CIO & Vice-President, Deakin University

Dr Larry Lopez

Director of Accelerating Commercialisation Strategy, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Kathy Connell

Senior Director New Ventures, Australia & New Zealand at Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Audrey Lobo-Pulo

Senior Advisor, Commonwealth Treasury

Chris Brycki

Founder & CEO, Stockpot

Miranda Taylor


Alan Machet

Managing Director & Head of Cards & Consumer Lending, Citi Australia

Ric Gros

CEO, METS Ignited

Karen Lawson

CEO Slingshot

Bridget Loudon

CEO & Co-Founder, Expert360

Professor Attila Brungs

Vice-Chancellor, The University of Technology

Petra Andrén

CEO, Cicada Innovations

Dr Jens Goennemann

Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, AMGC

Dr Alastair Hick

Director, Monash Innovation, Monash University

Sue MacLeman

Chief Executive Officer, MTP Connect

Dr Amantha Imber

Founder and CEO of Inventium

Andrew Lai

Executive Director, SproutX

Ed McManus

CEO Powershop & Meridian Energy Australia

Scott Middleton

CEO, Terem Technologies

Talal Yassine OAM

Managing Director, Crescent Wealth

Dr Raphael Arndt

CIO, Future Fund

Professor Katina Michael

School of Computing and Information Technology, University of Wollongong

Dr Simon Longstaff AO

Executive Director, The Ethics Centre

Michael Brett

CEO, QxBranch

Justin Brown

Founder & CEO Ideapod

Jo Burston

Founder, Inspiring Rare Birds & Founder & Managing Director Job Capital

Jeremy Cooper

Chairman, Retirement Income, Challenger Limited

Kat Dunn

CEO, Grameen Australia

Daniel Flynn

Managing Director & Co-Founder, Thankyou

Christine Owenell

Purpose Economist, Advisor, & Strategist, Owenell Global Consultancy

Anthony Svirskis


Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow

Co-Founder & Executive Director, BioFoundry

Michael Stutchbury

Editor In Chief, The Australian Financial Review

Paul Smith

Technology Editor, Australian Financial Review

Joanne Gray

Editor – BOSS Magazine, The Australian Financial Review

Ben Potter

Senior Writer, The Australian Financial Review

Julie-ann Sprague

Deputy Companies & Markets Editor, The Australian Financial Review

Yolanda Redrup

Journalist, The Australian Financial Review

Jessica Gardner

Business Reporter, The Australian Financial Review

John Meacock

Chief Strategy Officer - Australia & Asia Pacific, Deloitte

Andy Bateman

National Lead Partner Innovation Strategy Monitor, Deloitte Australia

Michael Rath

National Lead Partner, Energy & Resources, Deloitte Australia

Jason Bender

Partner, Head of Innovation, Deloitte Australia

Serg Duchini

Partner: Global Investment and Innovation Incentives & Chief Strategy Officer Deloitte Tax Services, Deloitte Australia

Peter Williams

Chief Edge Officer, Centre for the Edge, Deloitte Australia

when & where

19 - 20 Sep 2017

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
61-101 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9228 9188

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call 02 8585 0808.


Still have a question?

Conference Manager
Veronique Henrisson
+61 (02) 9080 4054

Sponsorship Manager
Alex Cook
02 9080 4425

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