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
Head of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Centre Tel Aviv University; Chairman of the Israel Space Agency
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.
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.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Macquarie Group
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
Chair, GSG (Global Steering Group for Impact Investment)
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.
Director of Retail, Media Communications, Enterprise Commercial Division, Microsoft, Moderator
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.