Abigail worked within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, most recently as the Deputy Coordinator of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency and prior to that as the head of the National Security Division. She has held senior roles in the Department of Home Affairs offshore covering Europe and sub-Saharan Africa and as the department’s inaugural Chief Risk Officer. She was the Deputy Commander of Maritime Border Command during the height of the people-smuggling trade.
Abigail began her career in the Royal Australian Navy and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Asian Studies.
Aharon Aharon is the CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority, an independent public entity that operates for the benefit of the Israeli innovation ecosystem and Israeli economy as a whole. Its role is to nurture and develop Israeli innovation resources, while creating and strengthening the infrastructure and framework needed to support the entire knowledge industry.
Prior to his role at the Authority, Aharon served as the VP of Hardware Technologies and General Manager of Apple Israel. His previous roles were Co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Camero, a startup developing through-the-wall micro-power radars, active Chairman of the Board at Discretix, a startup providing solutions for data security, CEO of Seabridge, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens and COO of Zoran. Prior to that, he held a number of senior management positions at the IBM Research Division.
Aharon holds a B.Sc and M.Sc in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering respectively from the Technion, where he lectured for more than 15 years.
Amir Peretz is the Minister of Economy and Industry of the State of Israel as of May 2020, and a member of the twenty-first Knesset (Israeli Parliament) leading the Labor party. Mr. Amir Peretz is an experienced politician elected to the Knesset for the first time in 1988. Peretz was the Leader of the Opposition (2005-2006), and led the Labor party twice (2005-2006 and since
Throughout the years, he served as Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister (2006-2007), and as the Minister of Environmental Protection (2013-2014). Peretz is widely regarded as a Knesset Member who has placed social issues at the top of the public agenda, ensuring that they are a priority for all political parties. As early as 1984, during his tenure as the mayor of Sderot, contrary to the prevailing spirit at the time in Israel, especially in his city and similarly in other developing small towns, he supported the establishment of a Palestinian State.
As the Minister of Environmental Protection, Peretz promoted, among other things, the "Plastic Bag Law", which reduced plastic pollution in Israel by 80%. As the Minister of Defense, Peretz prioritized the protection of the Home Front of the State of Israel by supporting the development of the long-range "Arrow" missile defense system and the mid-range "David's Sling" system. He also was the one to advance the famed "Iron Dome" missile defense system, designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets, which eventually became the Home Front's most important defense asset of Israel, also receiving financial support from the US Administration for it.
From 1995 to 2005 Peretz served as the Chairman of the Histadrut, the General Workers' Union. In this role, he preserved many jobs through social struggles and protected the workers' provident funds, pension and other savings plans. In addition, he harnessed the Histadrut's power to protect underprivileged populations and unprotected workers, including
the disabled and the deaf.
Amir Peretz was the mayor of Sderot, a city in the south of Israel, where he grew up. He was born in Morocco in the city of Boujad in 1952, and immigrated to Israel when he was only 4-years-old. He served in the Israel Defense Forces as an officer in the Paratroopers Brigade. During his service he was injured in both his legs in a Sinai Peninsula military operation.
At the Ministry of Economy and Industry, Minister Peretz put forth the ‘human economy’ policy – according to which every person deserves to make a decent living, to live and to grow old with dignity. The 'human economy' policy stands on a three-legged stool program: encouraging the consumption of Israeli made products, providing unemployment benefits for the self-employed who were severely affected by the Corona virus crisis, and the implementation of the so called "the German Model" – a flexible unpaid vacation model.
Amir earned his Bachelor's degree with honors in social sciences and humanities from the Open University of Israel. He and his wife Achlama have four children, five grandchildren, five dogs, five cats, and one joint vision.
Assaf Mischari is a Partner and the Head of Research at Team8. Under his leadership, the team of elite researchers, with expertise in cybersecurity, data-science, data analytics, cryptography and advanced math are providing technological leadership support across the company-building lifecycle. Prior to joining Team8, Assaf held numerous leadership roles in the Israel Defense Force’s Technology & Intelligence Unit 8200, where he was trained and served as the CTO of the Cyber Division. Assaf has over 15 years of cybersecurity experience researching and developing both software and hardware. Assaf holds a B.Sc in electrical engineering from Tel-Aviv University.
Ayalla Reuven Lelong
Ayalla Reuven-Lelong is a leading expert on the topic of ‘The Future of the Workplace.’ Together with Lahav Executive Education, Ayalla leads strategic processes in local and global companies in Israel and worldwide, helping leaders and employees develop the capabilities which are crucial for their personal and professional success in the new reality we are all facing now.
Together with her team, Ayalla developed the 5Lands™ Model – a roadmap of the journey that each leader and employee have to go through in order to navigate successfully in the 4th Industrial Revolution, including a readiness assessment tool and upskilling processes.
Ben has nearly 20 years of retail management experience. He was appointed Chief Executive of eCommerce at Coles in May of 2020 moving to Australia from the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to joining Coles, Ben was Senior Vice President at Walmart with leadership roles in eCommerce, Technology, Store Operations, Strategy, Merchandising, and Finance. He worked in Walmart’s US, China, and International Business Units.
Ben holds an MBA for the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a BA from Temple University.
Bg (Ret) Dr. Daniel Gold
Brigadier General (Ret.) Dr. Daniel Gold is Head of Israel’s Defense Research and Development Directorate (DDR&D- MAFAT) at Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) since July 2016. Dr. Gold is in charge of determining the defense research and development policy for Israel, including oversight of its execution. He is in charge of all R&D, technology infrastructure, full-scale development, capabilities development including special directorates (Space, UAVs, Missiles/Rockets Defense).
Dr. Gold holds two PhDs which he unprecedentedly completed concurrently within a period of two years: a PhD in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Business Management, both from Tel-Aviv University. He has held several positions within IMOD and the Israel Air Force including management of IMOD and IDF's main key projects such as Head of IMOD/IDF R&D unit, Head of the main UAV/Drones projects, Head of Electronics & Electronic Warfare and Head of Armament & Avionics Divisions.
Dr. Gold also founded the “Gold R&D Technology and Innovation LTD” company which offer both consultancy and business-technology ventures and development. In addition, Dr. Gold was Head of the Israel National Committee for Commercial/Civilian Cyber R&D and is a board member of Israel Brain Technology Organization. In 2012 Dr. Gold was awarded the prestigious National Defense Prize for his initiation and management of the “Iron Dome” missiles/rockets defense system which made its first operational interception just 3 years after program launch. Under his leadership, the R&D unit has been awarded the National Defense Prize 12 times.
He is a four-time recipient of the Israeli Air Force Prize, a recipient of the Singapore Defence Technology Distinguished Fellowship Award and in 2012 was selected “Man of the Year” by Forbes Magazine-Israel.
Dr. Gold was honored to light the torch during the opening ceremony of Israel’s Independence Day in 2015.
In a national competition on the occasion of Israel’s 70th Anniversary set by the Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Iron Dome – founded by Dr. Gold – was selected as “The Most Innovative Israeli Technology” of all times since the establishment of the state of Israel.
The most recent achievement was the initiation of Israel’s National Technology Center for the Combat against the Corona epidemic. Under Dr. Gold’s leadership this center, and the various ventures coordinated at a national level, combined the defense R&D, academy, industry, start-ups and medical communities to focus the efforts which made a significant contribution to Israel’s success in helping the medical staff while limiting the extent and severity of the epidemic, enabling the gradual return to routine which is currently under way.
With over 35 years of different senior managerial roles, in the beginning of the millennium Booky Oren turned to the Water Industry and served in senior roles among which are: Executive Chairman of Mekorot – Israel National Water Company, (initiated and implemented WaTech™- Center for initiatives and Research in the water industry - leveraging Mekorot's 3,000 facilities as Beta sites for external innovation), Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Miya, Chairman of WATEC Israel, a leading global water event.
In 2011, Oren established "Booky Oren Global Water Technologies" to scale up these activities. The company operates the "Global Water Partnership Hub", and is active in hundreds of ventures globally, while overcoming the challenge of “i2i” – innovation to implementation. The uniqueness of its activities is the combination of accumulated experience and expertise with Public utilities, technology providers and large vendors, along with global connection coverage, and a business perspective approach. This creates the ability to provide relevant long-term support to its partners, with a meaningful and measurable added value
In the last few years, Booky is leading various activities at different global events, aimed at shifting the market focus from the technologies towards the “Voice of the Utilities”, highlighting their needs and challenges.
Carmel Krogh OAM
Carmel is an experienced water infrastructure professional with extensive leadership and management skills. She has successfully combined both executive and non-executive roles and is currently National President of the Australian Water Association.
Carmel has over 39 years industry experience and has made a significant contribution to the water sector and to the advancement of women. She was the first female to graduate from the NSW Institute of Technology (now UTS) in Civil Engineering. She also holds a Master of Engineering and Master of Business Administration. She is a Fellow of Engineers Australia.
She has had many years experience in local government in several senior roles, has worked in the private sector and has also worked as an Infrastructure Advisor for the Australian Aid Program. In 2019 Carmel was awarded an OAM for her contribution to civil engineering. In that same year she was also awarded a Special Achievement Award by the Minister for Local Government for her contribution to the sector.
Chris Mitchell is Managing Director of Optus Business, providing comprehensive and integrated ICT solutions including mobile, voice and data services; cloud; cyber security; IT services; professional consulting and managed services to household name businesses, key Federal/State Government Departments, and Local Government.
Prior to joining Optus in July 2019, Chris spent many years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in senior leadership roles, the last being Global COO of PwC's Worldwide Consulting Competency Centres which provided thought leadership and deep subject matter expertise and solutions for clients in Cyber Security, Enterprise Applications and Transformation, Technology Advisory Services, Digital Operations (IoT), Intelligent Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Agile.
Previously, Chris was Managing Director of EDS in Australia and New Zealand as well as President for EDS Strategic Technology Services in the USA. Prior to this Chris was a Vice President in A.T. Kearney responsible for Asia Pacific Communications practice.
Craig Drummond joined Medibank in July 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. Medibank is a leading private health insurer committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of Australians.
Craig has had over 30 years’ experience in the financial sector – Group Executive Finance and Strategy at NAB from 2013 to 2016; Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Chief Executive Officer and Country Head from 2009 to 2013. Previous to that he was at Goldman Sachs JB Were (1986 to 2009), in various roles culminating in Chief Executive Officer.
Craig graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne in 1981. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Wharton University in 2001. Craig is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and is a Chartered Accountant.
Craig joined Male Champions of Change in 2016 and has continued to be a leader in speaking out on gender issues. Craig is also a Muslim Women’s Association Linking Hearts Ambassador and is committed to addressing domestic and family violence in our community. Craig is also a Director of the Geelong Football Club and a Finance Committee member at Ian Potter Foundation.
Daniel leads Arup’s water business in Australasia and is passionate about developing water and sanitation solutions for communities with positive social, environmental and economic outcomes.
A highly qualified and decorated engineer; Daniel is business leader, a founder and director of a key NGO and an Officer in the Royal Australian Engineers. He focuses on collaborating with clients to identify, develop and implement effective smart solutions. He has delivered innovative water projects in Australia, Aisa, the Pacific Islands, South America and Africa.
A recognised Fellow and Engineering Executive of Engineers Australia, he is a member of the International Water Association Global Strategic Advisory Council, the National Urban Water Reform Steering Committee and the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Water Taskforce. Daniel is also on the Expert Advisory Panel for the Australian Water Partnership, the Expert Advisory Committee for the Australian Water Association and the Advisory Council for Imagine H20.
Daniel is the 2020 Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year, has been recognised by as one of ‘Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers’ by Engineers Australia and has received the Australian Water Association Water Professional of the Year award.
David Gonski AC
David Gonski is Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. David is also Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, President of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust, and Chairman of the UNSW Foundation Ltd. He is a Director of the Sydney Airport Corporation board, a member of the board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Chair of the Accelerating R&D in NSW Advisory Committee, a Patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Raise Foundation and a Founding Panel Member of Adara Partners.
He was previously Chair of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools for the Commonwealth Government of Australia. He was also a member of the Takeovers Panel, the ASIC External Advisory Panel and Director of Singapore Airlines Limited, the Westfield Group and Singapore Telecommunications Limited, Chairman of Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd, the Australian Securities Exchange Ltd, the Sydney Theatre Company, the Guardians of the Future Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Board of Trustees of Sydney Grammar School and Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd.
Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, MD, MSc
Dr. Eyal Zimlichman serves as Deputy Director General; Chief Medical Officer; and Chief Innovation Officer at Sheba Medical Center. Previously, he held the position of Lead Researcher at Partners HealthCare's Clinical Affairs Department in Boston and was heavily involved in the efforts to implement a strategic care redesign initiative there. Dr. Zimlichman has served on several advisory committees commissioned by the Office of the National Coordinator for health information technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is chairing as well as participating in several committees at Israel's Ministry of Health.
Dr. Zimlichman is the founder and director of Sheba’s ARC innovation program, an open global innovation ecosystem which aims to redesign healthcare through digital health solutions by 2030. He is board certified in internal medicine, completed a degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and earned his MD at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.
Dr. Kira Radinsky
Dr. Kira Radinsky is the chairperson and CTO of Diagnostic Robotics, where the most advanced technologies in the field of artificial intelligence are harnessed to make healthcare better, cheaper, and more widely available. In the past, she co-founded SalesPredict, acquired by eBay in 2016, and served as eBay director of data science and IL chief scientist.
One of the up-and-coming voices in the data science community, she is pioneering the field of medical data mining. Dr. Radinsky gained international recognition for her work at Microsoft Research, where she developed predictive algorithms that recognized the early warning signs of globally impactful events, including political riots and disease epidemics.
In 2013, she was named to the MIT Technology Review’s 35 Young Innovators Under 35, in 2015 as Forbes 30 under 30 rising stars in enterprise technology, and in 2016 selected as "woman of the year" by Globes. She is a frequent presenter at global tech events, including TEDx, Wired, Strata Data Science, Techcrunch and academic conferences, and she publishes in the Harvard Business Review.
Radinsky serves as a board member in: Israel Securities Authority, Maccabi Research Institute, and technology board of HSBC bank. Dr. Radinsky also serves as visiting professor at the Technion, Israel’s leading science and technology institute, where she focuses on the application of predictive data mining in medicine.
Dr. Larry Marshall
Dr Larry Marshall is Chief Executive of CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency and innovation catalyst. CSIRO solves the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. Their collaborative research turns science into solutions for food security and quality; clean energy and resources; health and wellbeing; resilient and valuable environments; innovative industries; and a secure Australia and region.
CSIRO’s work has delivered environmental interventions like myxomatosis and dung beetles, enabled great Australian industries like cotton and wool, and saved lives with enhanced food products and 3D printed body parts, and changed the world with inventions like fast WiFi.
Larry is a scientist, technology innovator and business leader with a wealth of experience in creating new value and impact with science. He has a PhD in Physics and became a global leader in laser research, for which he was honoured as a Federation Fellow and later as an ATSE (Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering) Fellow.
He invented the “eye-safe” laser which enabled lasers to be used safely in public. He was inspired at Stanford to found his first company, Light Solutions, which invented the world’s first solid-state green laser for the treatment of blindness in diabetics. Light Solutions merged with infra-red laser company Iris Medical in 1995, and the green-laser sales propelled the new company Iridex to IPO (initial public offering) on Nasdaq.
He was CEO/MD and founder of another five companies, frequently based on Stanford’s science, in biotechnology, telecommunications, semiconductors, and venture capital, including Arasor which he took public in 2006. In 2007, he became MD of Southern Cross Ventures, specialising in Australian innovation, where he delivered the first Nasdaq IPO of an Australian-venture backed startup commercialising science.
He has 100 publications and conference papers, holds 20 patents, and has served on 20 boards of high tech companies operating in the US, Australia and China. Larry is a Male Champion of Change committed to tackling gender equality. He is a passionate supporter of Australian innovation, returning to Australia to lead CSIRO, which he believes is the essential catalyst to improve Australia’s innovation performance.
Dr. Yossi Bahagon
Dr. Bahagon is a clinically active family physician, a serial entrepreneur, and a global key opinion leader in the fields of digital health, mobile health, healthcare AI and telemedicine.
Dr. Bahagon founded and managed Clalit Health Services' (CHS) digital health division. CHS is the second largest Health Maintenance Organization in the world. CHS digital health division led the digital transformation of the Israeli healthcare system, becoming a global benchmark for nationwide digital health platforms.
Dr. Bahagon is a founding team member of several successful digital health companies. Following the acquisition of his first company, Dr. Bahagon co-founded Qure Ventures – Israel’s first digital health focused fund. Dr. Bahagon also serves as a special advisor on digital health for the World Health Organization, as well as an advisory board member of Best Buy Health and Biocat's Digital Health Accelerator, an Editorial Board Member of the eHealth Law & Policy Journal, and a mentor at Microsoft's Think-Next Accelerator.
Elizabeth has held a number of Senior Executive roles within the NSW health system, across operational and policy portfolios.
Elizabeth was appointed Secretary, NSW Health in 2016. As Secretary, Elizabeth is responsible for the management of the NSW health system ($24 billion budget and 118,000 FTE) and setting strategic direction to ensure NSW continues to provide exceptional healthcare, research and education.
Elizabeth is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), NSW President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) and a member of Chief Executive Women.
Gideon Soesman is Co-founder and Managing Partner of GreenSoil Investments. GreenSoil funds companies with transformative technologies that change how we use the world’s resources. Its activities are concentrated in two investment funds: agro & food tech and proptech.
Before co-founding GreenSoil, Gideon founded and managed GMS Capital, a boutique investment bank. Prior to GMS Capital, Gideon was responsible for all global merger and acquisition activities for a major division of Royal Philips Electronics. While acting as Senior Director of Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions, Gideon managed deals valued at over $1.5B. At Philips, Gideon also served as Director of Corporate Strategy & Venturing, with overall responsibility for all deal flow management, due diligence, deal negotiations, and portfolio management in Israel.
Before Philips, Gideon held senior positions at Shaldor and Ergo, both leading strategic management consulting firms in Israel and served as a project manager at MATI, the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development. Gideon holds a B.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and an M.A. in Business Administration from the Boston University / Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He immigrated to Israel from the Netherlands in 1990, is married and has 3 kids
Mr. Giora Shaham is a Director General and Chairman of the Board of The Governmental Authority for Water and Sewage of Israel. He was nominated by the government to fill this position in June 2017. Mr. Shaham is responsible for the management of Israel’s water resources, formulation of the water policy, regulation, planning and development of the water economy.
Prior to this position Mr. Shaham held an Environment & Water Resources Engineering Consulting Company providing professional planning and management services in a wide variety of projects in the water sector in Israel and overseas. One of the flagship projects Mr. Shaham managed is the Hula Valley Rehabilitation and Re-flooding Project. Mr. Shaham was honored to be one of the 12 Israel Independence Day Torch Lighters in 2012, dedicated to the celebration of the water sector.
Mr. Shaham holds a Master of Science Degree in Civil and Agricultural Engineering from Technion, Haifa.
Hon Karen Andrews MP
Karen brings her experience in engineering, industrial relations and running her own business to her roles as a Cabinet Minister and Federal Member for McPherson.
Born and educated in Queensland, Karen’s aptitude for maths and science saw her break through stereotypes to pursue a career in engineering. As one of only two female graduates in Mechanical Engineering at QUT in 1983, Karen knows that it takes hard work and determination to succeed in sometimes difficult circumstances.
Karen has a history of breaking down barriers. She worked at power stations in Queensland, and in Victoria she became both the first female and the youngest plant engineer employed by a petrochemical company. From there, Karen launched her own Human Resources and Industrial Relations Consultancy, where she gained first-hand experience of the pressures of owning and running a small business. She is a strong advocate for local businesses as the powerhouse of our local economy.
Karen’s commitment to serving the local community led to her decision to stand as the LNP candidate for McPherson and she was successful at the 2010 election. Karen was re-elected in 2013 and again in 2016 and 2019 to represent Southern Gold Coast residents in the Federal Parliament. Delivering $1 billion in Federal Government funding to fix the M1, including widening the stretch from Varity Lakes to Tugun, is among Karen’s proudest achievements for the Southern Gold Coast. On top of this, Karen has been behind an increase in funding for local infrastructure, including hospitals and schools. She is also a champion for small business owners, the tourism industry and jobs creation.
Karen is humbled to be Queensland’s first-ever female Federal Cabinet Minister, having been sworn in as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in the Morrison Government Cabinet in August 2018. She retained this vital portfolio following the Coalition’s 2019 election win.
In this role, Minister Andrews has done significant work to help Australian industry to flourish, with commitments including the $160 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund. She has been a key driver of Women in STEM initiatives and has guided the Australian Space Agency through its highly successful first year, as it works to a goal of tripling the size of the sector to $12 billion and creating 20,000 new jobs by 2030.
Prior to this, Karen held a leadership position during 2013 and 2014 as Chair of the House of Representatives Joint Standing Committee on Public Works. She served in this capacity until December 2014, when she was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science. Karen’s also served as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education & Skills and Assistant Minister for Science in the Turnbull Ministry, where she was one of the architects of the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda.
A long-term resident of the Southern Gold Coast, Karen understands the challenges and pressures of raising a family. She is married with three daughters, all attending either high school or university.
Hon Scott Morrison MP
Scott Morrison was sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia on 24 August 2018 after being elected leader of the Liberal Party. He was first elected as the Federal Member for Cook in 2007.
Having spent more than a decade in the Australian Parliament, the Prime Minister has established a reputation as a passionate advocate for his local community as well as a proven fixer for difficult policy problems in three senior Cabinet portfolios.
As Treasurer, his achievements included reducing the deficit, getting debt under control, maintaining Australia’s AAA credit rating, record jobs growth, cutting corporate and personal income taxes, ensuring multinationals pay their fair share of tax and reforming Australia’s banking and financial system
Jesse leads the Emerging Technology team at CommBank. In his role, he is responsible
for managing a dynamic team of innovation professionals and running an expansive portfolio of disruptive and transformative innovation initiatives across the Bank, focused on accelerating the Bank’s adoption of new and emerging technologies within its businesses. He also leads the charge on scaling the Bank's internal crowdsourcing program and is accountable for the delivery of the Bank's long-term technology strategy and focus areas. Outside of the Bank, he co-leads the Australian Chapter of the International Association of Innovation Professionals and sits on the local technical committee for the development of innovation management standards at the International Standards Organisation.
Jillian Segal AO
Jillian is a professional company director with a legal and regulatory background and private and public sector experience.
Currently, she is a director of Rabobank Australia. She is Chair of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, Chair of the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA). Jillian is on the board of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, she is a director of the Grattan Institute and a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust and is a Member of the Order of Australia Board. Jillian is President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ).
Previously she was a director of ASX Ltd and National Australia Bank Ltd and a member of the federal government's Remuneration Tribunal.
Jillian graduated BA. LL.B from UNSW and has an LL.M from Harvard University. Jillian was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to society through business leadership, and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 and in January 2019 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the banking and financial regulation sectors, to not-for-profit organisations, and to women. Jillian is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr. Jonathan (Jony) Fischbein leads Check Point Cyber Security organization focusing on protecting Check Point assets, employees and services. Mr. Fischbein's career has given him a diverse background as well as a breadth of experience in High Tech Security markets for 20 years developing ad-hoc solutions for large corporations to mitigate security threats and shape the company’s security strategy to cope with upcoming challenges.
Jony served as Head of Technical Marketing & Innovation bringing value to customers and motivating regional teams to enhance organizations security posture. A major accomplishment is the new Innovation Center operation with 2 main facilities, the first in Tel Aviv and the 2nd in Silicon Valley California.
Formerly, Mr. Fischbein had a key role in Product Organization, Product Management, Security Solutions Architecture. In 1999, Mr. Fischbein created & managed the first Security Operation Center (SOC) at Bank Leumi in Israel and later followed at Bank Discount in 2001. These two unique security entities became the first two-cyber organizations to operate 24x7 in the region. Mr. Fischbein is a Major (reserved) in the Homefront command providing mitigation solutions to large-scale emergency situations (incident response scenarios). During his early service time he received the Home Front Command Excellency Honor for his contributions.
Karin Eibschitz Segal
Karin Eibschitz Segal is vice president in the Design Engineering Group and General Manager of Intel Validation Engineering. Karin is also serving as the General Manager of the Intel Israel Development Center. Based in Haifa, Israel, she leads the global Intel engineering organization responsible for functional, electrical and power/performance validation of products in post-Silicon at the full SOC level across all market segments.
Since joining Intel as a software developer in 2001, Eibschitz has focused on the development of products, systems and infrastructure, tools, and processes. She has held multiple management roles during her Intel career, including software organization and validation leadership positions. Her background also includes software development and systems approach expertise. Before assuming her current role, Eibschitz led the Manufacturing & Validation Solutions team responsible of system tools, methods and hardware solutions that enable effective, efficient testing and validation of high-quality Intel products. In this role, she oversaw the development and integration of execution environments, debug capabilities and hardware solutions for system and tester domains across all market segments.
Eibschitz holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. She was a member of the system validation engineering team that won an Intel Quality Award in 2016.
Kelly Bayer Rosmarin
Kelly Bayer Rosmarin commenced as CEO of Optus and Consumer Australia on 1 April 2020.
A respected senior executive, Kelly joined Optus as Deputy CEO on 1 March 2019, following a variety of executive roles including Group Executive, Institutional Banking and Markets at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Raised in South Africa, Kelly earned a scholarship at the prestigious Stanford University in the United States where she attained a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Science in Management Science, with an Academic Excellence Award for being the top Masters graduate.
Her career began in Silicon Valley with exposure to start-up and established software companies which developed her business acumen across a variety of disciplines including product development, business development, marketing, M&A and strategy. Following a stint as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, Kelly joined Commonwealth Bank in 2004 and held a variety of senior roles across the Institutional and Business Banking divisions, before being appointed to the Bank’s Executive in December 2013.
Kelly was named amongst the Top 25 Women in Asia Pacific Finance, the Top 10 Businesswomen in Australia, and 50 Most Powerful Women in Australian Business.
She was previously a board member of the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) and is a member of Chief Executive Women. Kelly serves on the University of New South Wales Engineering Faculty Advisory Board, the Australian Government’s FinTech Advisory Group and NSW Government Digital Advisory Panel.
Ken Boal is Vice President of Cisco Australia & New Zealand (ANZ). He has a twenty-five year plus track record in the IT and Communications industry, supporting the public and private sector to drive transformation, productivity and sustainable growth through technology innovation.
Since 2013, Ken has led the Cisco ANZ organisation to achieve growth and technology market leadership in Digital Infrastructure, Cloud Technologies, Collaboration, and Cybersecurity. He and the team support their Australian and New Zealand customers, and the ecosystem of technology partners, to digitise business and operations, generate value and ensure Cisco remains the most trusted IT solutions partner and provider in the industry.
Ken is a passionate and committed advocate, working with industry and the higher education sector to enhance Australia’s role in the knowledge economy, increase competitiveness and the lead the shift to a digital economy. Outside of Cisco, Ken is on the board of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), and leads the Cybersecurity Alliance in the Business Council of Australia. He previously served on the Commonwealth Science Council (2015-2019) and as President of the Business/Higher Education Round Table (2015-2018).
Boal graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Communications & Electronics).
He currently lives in Melbourne with his wife and three children.
Leonie Wilkinson is a Senior Vice President in Brookfield’s Real Estate Group. In this role, Ms. Wilkinson is responsible for working with Brookfield’s local and global teams in overseeing portfolio management for the Brookfield Premier Real Estate Partners Australia fund, including fund and asset performance, return profile, and pursuit of acquisition and disposition opportunities. Ms. Wilkinson has over 20 years of experience in real estate funds management, and prior to joining Brookfield in 2020, she was a member of the QIC Executive Committee where she led a team of over 60 professionals covering global client relationships, capital raising and client service. Before joining QIC, Ms. Wilkinson held senior roles at LaSalle and Macquarie Capital focused on real estate private equity advisory, capital raising and investment management. Ms. Wilkinson holds a first-class honours degree in Mathematics and Finance from the University of Wollongong, and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance & Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Macinley Butson is one of Australia’s foremost young inventors who devotes herself to improving the world through STEM and, being an inspirational voice to youth and industry urging them to work towards solutions for global challenges by asking big questions.
Internationally recognised for her scientific and engineering endeavours, Macinley has developed many devices which have aided humanity across a number of sectors including, cancer treatment, water sanitation and, renewable energy. Believing there is no better investment than in people, she equally fosters this curiosity in other students and industry motivating them as a role model and constantly encouraging exploration.
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Prof. Isaac Ben Israel
Graduated from Tel Aviv University with a degree in mathematics, physics and philosophy, earning his PhD in 1988. A retired major-general in the Israel Air Force, Prof. Ben-Israel has served as head of military R&D of the Israel Defense Forces and the Ministry of Defense. He is a recipient of the Israel Defense Award and the Israel Air Force Award, and was a member of Knesset from 2007 to 2009.
He is currently Head of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center and Head of Yuval Ne'eman workshop for Science, Technology and Security at Tel Aviv University. He is also the Chairman of the Israeli Space Agency at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space.
Michael Zolotov is Co-founder and CTO at Razor Labs, developing its leading AI platforms and solutions for its global customers. Michael has been part of the deep learning AI ecosystem since its early days and is a highly sought after advisor and speaker. Michael has led the expansion of Razor Labs into the Australian market and its successful penetration of the resources sector.
Nadine has been covering business and finance news since 2005 when she moved to Australia from her native Canada. In 2007 Nadine was part of the launch team for Sky News Business and has been a driving force in business television ever since.
Nadine is the Head of Content at ausbiz and has been with the business since its inception. At work she leads the editorial team while anchoring our daily markets coverage.
Natalie Slessor is a social psychologist with a focus on the built environment, and particularly on the future of work and workplace. Natalie is a prominent voice in the field of the psychology of work and the workplace of the future in the context of the city, she has worked at Lendlease since 2012.
The Lendlease property development and investment business in Australia is continually evolving its vision for how our customers will work, live, shop and connect in the assets we create and operate.
Natalie draws upon our wealth of customer data, experiences and insights with a particular emphasis on exploring new concepts, offerings and unique positioning to ready Lendlease for our next era of leadership in place-making in all our markets.
Lendlease are continually advancing efforts to best respond to how major market trends, such as the next generation of workforce and changes in technology, that will shape our products and projects in the future.
Natalie’s portfolio includes Innovation, Customer Futures, New Services and Products for the Property group, and Customer Experience for the Asset Management business.
Natalie as worked in a strategic advisor capacity with customers such as CBA, Westpac, NAB, ANZ, Suncorp, Google, Local Government, Health Infrastructure, Federal Government (RBA), Wework, KPMG and Telstra.
Nick McKenzie is NAB’s Chief Enterprise Security Officer. He is accountable for all first line Cybersecurity processes, Physical and Executive Protection, Security Architecture, Security Intelligence, Identity and Access Management, Data protection, External Assurance and Public, Private, Partnerships and outreach.
Nick has 21+ years extensive cybersecurity experience in the global financial services sector. Prior to joining NAB, he was the Global Head and Managing Director for Technology, Information Security and Operational Risk at the Standard Chartered Bank. Nick has held several senior leadership roles (CISO/Head of Security Architecture and Engineering/ IT Security and Risk Leads) at JP Morgan Chase & Co, the Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS in Singapore and UK.
Nick holds advisory board CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) roles for Google, AWS and La Trobe University.
Nick holds a Masters in Electronic Commerce and undergraduate Bachelor in Commerce (Management and Information Systems).
Nick began his career in Information Security in Arthur Andersen and Ernst and Young as a Penetration tester, and moved through most first line verticals of cyber security with experience in a second line capacity in Technology and Security Operational Risk management.
Nick and his family reside in Melbourne, Australia.
Professor Andrew Cuthbertson AO
Andrew Cuthbertson is the Senior Advisor to the CEO (since 2020) of CSL Limited and an Executive Director (since 2018) on the CSL Limited board. Andrew served as the CSL R&D Director and Chief Scientific Officer since 1997.
He trained in Medicine and Science at the University of Melbourne gaining a MBBS, and completed a PhD in Immunology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Australia. He conducted molecular biology research as a staff member at the Howard Florey Institute in Melbourne and the National Institutes of Health in the United States. He then worked at Genentech Inc. in San Francisco, in the team developing anti–VEGF therapy for age-related macular degeneration.
Andrew is on the Board for the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), the Grattan Institute and the Council of the University of Melbourne. Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences. In 2016, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to medical science.
Strategic advisor to public and private organizations worldwide in urban, rural and industrial water resource management; Consultant to innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and funds; Keynote speaker on holistic water management and innovation.
Over 30 years of experience in executive, managerial and technological positions in global hi-tech, defense and environment, co-authoring 7 patents, chairing Israel Water Association, mentoring students and judging youth water innovation competitions.
Adin graduated from the prestigious IDF Talpiot program and holds a B.Sc with distinction in physics, mathematics and computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In November 2018, Tesla’s Board of Directors appointed Robyn M. Denholm to serve as the independent Chair of the Board, having considered her strong leadership, independent presence, and financial and business expertise since she joined the Board in 2014 as an independent director.
Her global experience encompasses leadership roles across a range of technology companies, including Telstra, Juniper Networks, and Sun Microsystems. Most recently, Ms. Denholm served as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy of Telstra, a telecommunications company, where she also served as its Chief Operations Officer. She is widely credited with leading a team that drove significant increases in Juniper’s revenues, overseeing its corporate transformation during her nine-year tenure as Chief Financial and Operations Officer.
Her experience also includes numerous finance management roles in the automotive industry while at Toyota Motor Corporation Australia for seven years. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Sydney and a Master's degree in commerce from the University of New South Wales.
Roch is a key influencer in the water industry, with experience shaping and leading public and private corporations across Asia-Pacific region and Europe. Roch commenced with Sydney Water as the Managing Director on 2 September 2019.
In Roch’s past role as Chief Executive of SA Water, he led the transformation of South Australia’s largest water utility to embed technology, culture and systems changes to deliver improved experience for the corporation’s 1.6 million customers. Prior to joining SA Water, Roch was Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ for the South East Asia region and SUEZ-Degrémont Australia and New Zealand, Managing Director of United Utilities Asia and Pacific (TRILITY), and Chief Executive and Chairman of Tallinn Water in Estonia.
Roch is active across the industry and is currently director of the Water Services Association of Australia, and member of the Commonwealth Government’s Australian Water Partnership Advisory Committee.
A dual French and Australian citizen, Roch holds formal qualifications in Engineering and Business Management, and seeks to champion innovation and workplace diversity in the organisations he leads.
Sagie is an entrepreneur, technological visionary and machine intelligence enthusiast, who
continually strives to bridge the gap between human and machine reasoning and interaction.
He’s passionate about computational knowledge representation, acquisition, storage, reasoning,
Sagie has served in a range of executive technological positions in disruptive startup
companies. Prior to co-founding SparkBeyond, Sergey served as GM and SVP of R&D for
NewBrandAnalytics, a social business intelligence pioneer. He’s also served as VP R&D of
SemantiNet, a semantic reasoning engine, and co-founded Delver, a social search engine that
was acquired by Sears, where he served as CTO. Prior to founding Delver, Sergey was the
architect of a large-scale award-winning predictive maintenance system.
Shemara has been Macquarie Group’s Managing Director and CEO since late 2018.
Macquarie is a global financial group providing clients with asset management, banking, leasing, advisory and risk and capital solutions. Headquartered and listed in Australia, Macquarie operates in 30 markets and has approximately $A600 billion in assets under management.
Shemara joined Macquarie in 1987 in Macquarie Capital in Sydney. In her time at Macquarie, Shemara has worked in six countries and across several business lines, establishing and leading Macquarie’s corporate advisory offices in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia, and the infrastructure funds management business in the US and Canada. Shemara has also served as Chair of the Macquarie Group Foundation.
As Head of Macquarie Asset Management for 10 years before her appointment as CEO, Shemara led a team of 1,600 staff in 24 markets. Macquarie Asset Management grew to become a world-leading manager of infrastructure and real assets and a top 50 global public securities manager.
In 2018, Shemara was appointed a Commissioner of the Global Commission on Adaptation, a World Bank-led initiative which seeks to accelerate climate adaptation action and create concrete solutions which enhance resilience. In 2019 Shemara was appointed by the UN’s Special Envoy for Climate Action, Michael Bloomberg, to the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative which seeks a six-fold increase in climate mitigation investment from the private sector.
Before joining Macquarie, Shemara worked as a corporate lawyer at Blake Dawson Waldron in Sydney. She holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from UNSW and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1996.
Sir Ronald Cohen
Sir Ronald Cohen is a pioneering philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator, who is driving forward the global Impact Revolution. For nearly two decades, his ground-breaking initiatives have catalyzed global efforts to drive private capital to serve social and environmental good.
He serves as Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel; and co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and former co-founding Chair of Big Society Capital.
He chaired the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce (2013-2015), the UK Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the UK’s Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007). In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Award for Social Finance. He was a co-founder and Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (1972-2005), a global private equity firm. He was a co-founder and Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a co-founder of the European Venture Capital Association.
He is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School; a former director of the Harvard Management Company; and formerly a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers and the University of Oxford Investment Committee.
He graduated from Oxford University, where he was President of the Oxford Union. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School to which he was awarded a Henry Fellowship. Sir Ronald was born in Egypt and left as a refugee at the age of 11, when his family came to the UK.
Sonia is the Director of Retail and Commercial Enterprise at Microsoft Australia. She is responsible for leading teams of strategists, technology and industry experts who actively work with organisations to help drive their business transformation agenda leveraging digital capabilities to innovate and grow.
Sonia’s experience spans across strategy, business operations and go-to-market where she has held leadership positions within top performing organisations.
In her role at Microsoft, she led the development of new partnerships helping organisations create new business models, products and services leveraging digital capabilities such as AI, Analytics and Intelligent platforms and systems.
Sonia is passionate about unlocking growth mindset and cultivating diversity and talent supporting both early in career stage and also developing a strong pipeline of future leaders in the innovation, technology, and science sector.
Steven Rubic commenced as Chief Executive Officer of Healthscope on 1 September 2019.
He has held a number of CEO positions including I-MED Radiology Network, St Vincent’s
and Mater Health. He is a highly regarded executive in the health services industry with
senior leadership experience in large, innovative organisations. He has demonstrated
ongoing organisational successes, committed leadership in a climate of rapid change and
an ability to focus his teams on the main strategic challenges in both the private & public
health sectors and aged care.
He has worked with a number of private equity owners, led a number of
acquisitions/mergers, health institution change of roles and forged offshore business
contracts, as well as led funding negotiations both with Government and commercial
funders. In addition to having a long association with the health and aged care sectors, he
has extensive strategic experience in the medical research, superannuation and education
He is currently Chairman of Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College and is a past Board Director
the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and past Chairman
of the NSW Private Hospitals Association. He has worked extensively with Boards, industry
bodies, has completed an MBA at MGSM and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of
Company Directors and the Australasian College of Health Services Management.
As Managing Director, Steven Worrall is responsible for Microsoft’s overall business in Australia. He ensures the company meets the needs of its customers and the more than 11,000 partners and independent software vendors that sell or build on the Microsoft platform.
Steven joined Microsoft in March 2014 as Director, Enterprise and Partner Group, responsible for driving business growth and building strong customer and partner relationships in the Australian Commercial and Public Sector markets. In this role, Steven worked with organisations to drive innovation and business improvement through the application of technology in many areas, including productivity solutions, mobility and cloud services.
Previously Steven worked for IBM for 22 years and held a number of marketing, sales and general management roles in the services, software and financing segments of the organisation. Most recently, he led IBM’s software business in Asia Pacific region where he built organisational capability in diverse markets across the region and drove the business towards more cloud delivered services.
Steven holds an Honours degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and lives in Sydney with his wife and three children.
Susan is a Special Counsel in Gilbert + Tobin’s Competition and Regulation group. She specialises in competition law with particular expertise advising clients in relation to mergers and acquisitions, licensing agreements, patent enforcement and regulatory strategies, manufacturing and distribution arrangements and investigations of cartel conduct and concerted practices.Susan has extensive industry experience in pharmaceuticals and healthcare.
She was previously the head of the global antitrust practice at Swiss healthcare company Novartis. There she led the merger clearance process for Novartis’s acquisition of eye care company Alcon and for Novartis’s series of high-profile transformational deals with GSK and Lilly. Prior to Novartis, Susan was a senior associate at Allen & Overy in Brussels and a senior investigator at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC
Prior to joining Hadasit, Tamar served as VP Marketing and Strategy at Ramot, the Technology Transfer Company of Tel Aviv University, and was responsible for the company strategic alliances, marketing activities and commercialization.
Tamar managed the establishment and served as CEO of Allergene, an Israeli start-up company that was founded as an incubator project.
Tamar's PhD and MSc were earned in Cell Biology from Tel Aviv University School of Medicine. Expertise include; commercialization of medical technologies from the academic/ laboratory bench to the industry in order to turn ideas into viable products and services; establishment and management of corporate and academic relationships, pre-clinical development operations; raising funds including investment of venture capital, corporate collaborations, contractual research relationships and government grants.
The Hon. Melinda Pavey
Melinda Pavey is the New South Wales Minister for Water, Property and Housing, appointed in April 2019 under the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government. Minister Pavey has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 2015, representing the seat of Oxley for The Nationals. Melinda previously served as the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight. (2017-2019) and was the first woman to hold this Ministerial position. She was a member of the New South Wales Legislative
She also served as the Shadow spokesperson for Emergency Services and the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health. Melinda’s career began in radio journalism at 2UW in Sydney. In 1988, she moved into politics as a media officer for Matt Singleton, the then NSW Minister for Administrative Services. Over the next decade, she worked for a number of MPs, including Deputy Premier Wal Murray (1990–1993), Minister for Consumer Affairs Wendy Machin (1993–1994) and National Party leader Ian Armstrong (1994–1997).
Melinda grew up on a dairy farm in regional Victoria. She has two children and enjoys surf lifesaving, netball and bike riding. As a country girl, Melinda is passionate about advocating for rural communities and issues that matter to families across the state.
Yigal Unna is the Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD). Mr. Unna previously served as Chief Executive Director of the Directorate's Cyber Technologies Unit in the INCD.
Mr. Unna has three decades of experience in the Israeli security apparatus, in Sigint-Cyber positions combining intelligence, R&D and operations together with policy and capacity building. Among others roles, he served as Head of the Sigint-Cyber Division in the Israeli Security Agency ("Shin-Bet") directly under the Director General.
Mr. Unna holds an MBA (Tel Aviv University) and a BA in History and Management (Tel Aviv University).