OUR SPEAKERS

Mark Cameron 

Mark Cameron 

Digital Strategist, keynote speaker, media commentator and the CEO W3 Digital

Digital Strategist, keynote speaker, media commentator and CEO W3 Digital,

  • A customer experience and digital transformation consultancy. Mark has been in the digital strategy and transformation space since the late 90’s and has worked with companies such as SAP North America, GSK, AustraliaPost and Telstra. Mark has worked on a vast array of digital and customer focused projects including major political elections, global brand strategy, innovation strategy, transformation initiatives, and digital product development.
  • Digital strategy columnist for BRW for over 5 years.
  • Columnist for Major Australian magazines Marketing Magazine and CMO.com.au.
  • Columnist for global publications such as Marketing Week and Smart Data Collective.
  • His writing has also been featured in The Australian Financial Review, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.
  • The only person in Australia to be certified as an Experience Economy Expert, the framework that brands like Lego, Ikea and Disney use to develop and commercialise their customer experience.
Katrina McCarter

Katrina McCarter

International speaker, Founder and CEO of Marketing to Mums

International speaker, Founder and CEO of Marketing to Mums, Katrina has over 18 years sales and marketing experience working across diverse industries including grocery, hardware where she was always targeting mum as the purchaser this drove her to create the Bestselling book “Marketing to Mums’

  • 2018 Finalist in B&T’s Women in Media Awards (Marketing category)
  • 2017 Finalist in B&T’s Women in Media Awards (Entrepreneur category)
  • #1 on Booktopia’s Business Best-seller list
  • Book listed in ‘Must Read Australian Advertising and Media Books’
  • Regularly speaks internationally – Moms & Marketing Conference (Paris 28/9/18) and M2Moms Conference (New York 3/10/18).
Lisa Wade

Lisa Wade

Experience Design career coach and Human centred design specialist

Lisa is a pioneer in the experience design industry and has been a leading practitioner since the dot com boom of the late 90s. She was an owner of Stamford Interactive, formerly Australia’s largest experience design agency when it was acquired by PwC in 2014. She then worked to embed human-centred design into PwC’s consulting approach and shaped PwC’s Experience Centre, which has grown to be a market-leading experience design capability offered by PwC firms around the world. Lisa Wade is a human-centred design career coach and the founder of careerXD.com, a coaching platform that helps professionals pivot their careers into UX or service design, to help them grow amazing design careers.

Dave Wild

Dave Wild

Futurist

Dave Wild is a Futurist who facilitates strategy sessions and runs innovation workshops – helping leaders and teams achieve more through greater imagination and faster action.

He works with organisations of all sizes including Westpac, KPMG, Blackmores, Salvation Army and Toyota. Dave has led workshops in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

His experience covers a broad range of expertise including strategy, leadership, branding, digital and innovation. He has extensive experience working with leadership teams to accelerate progress through clarity of strategy and innovative action plans, while inspiring and unifying teams by creating a powerful vision and meaningful purpose.

Through this work he’s learnt that the best way to predict the future, is to be the ones creating it. Unique to Dave’s approach is a Futurist focus on the new, identifying megatrends across markets while applying new insights from global innovation leaders.

Penny Locaso

Penny Locaso

Happiness Hacker & Futurist

Penny Locaso / Happiness Hacker & Humanity Futurist

Voted most influential female entrepreneur in Australia by The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. Penny Locaso is the world’s first Happiness Hacker, on a mission to teach 10 million humans, by 2025, how to future-proof happiness.

Having recently returned from the NASA Research Center Penny is a Singularity University Alumni having learnt from some of the best technology and Artificial Intelligence innovators in the world. Penny is transforming lives and organisations, by humanising the future.

Penny advocates fear(less)ness and practices what she teaches. She went viral on LinkedIn (50,000+ views) and created a global movement after delivering a keynote in her bathing suit, to demonstrate the power of getting comfortable with discomfort.

Penny Locaso is an acclaimed TedX and keynote speaker having shared the stage with world renowned speakers including Dorie Clark, Gail Kelly, Yossi Ghinsberg and Bernard Salt.

Rebecca Bradshaw

Rebecca Bradshaw

Culture expert & systems leader 

Culture expert & systems leader

  • Rebecca is passionate about people and cultural framework. The founding principal of her own business for over 10 years, Rebecca is an expert at working with individuals and leadership teams to build an organisational culture based on common values.
  • Rebecca’s formula for success involves being clear about personal and organisational core values and understanding what they look like in action.
  • Rebecca works with organisations that place the highest priority on their culture and works to design systems which generate positive results for internal stakeholders and customers.
Peter Thurin

Peter Thurin

Business & Motivational Speaker

Peter Thurin has been empowering thousands of people from all parts of the world for over a dozen years. As a leading professional speaker, author, success mentor, facilitator and international business consultant, Peter continues to inspire audiences in every major continent. He is a powerful catalyst for ongoing change, with his relentless focus on motivation, commitment and a passionately desired end result.

On his own life journey, Peter Thurin has owned and run several successful Melbourne pharmacies over 20 years, represented Australia twice internationally in tennis, been the chairman of the match committee of one of Australia’s largest junior Australian Rules football clubs, and achieved a third Dan blackbelt in taekwondo.

But his greatest triumphs have come through his many interactions with organisations and associations, attested to by the thousands of people who attribute their ongoing successes to Peter’s inspiring principles.

Inspiring and mentoring people across the country and around the world, Peter uses his rare energetic personality, skills and business experience to help people achieve their own personal black belt in excellence: empowering people to be the best they can be…one stripe at a time, one belt at a time, all the way to their very own “black belt”.

Peter Thurin is also an author, whose book Be the best you can be is changing lives around the globe. He has presented for companies such as BASF, Mercedes, Lend Lease, KPMG, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Optus, Telstra, AMP, The Flight Centre, National Australia Bank, Seek, McDonalds, Orica, Arnotts, Apple, Nissan, Metcash and many
others.

Peter says, “One of my primary goals is to encourage people to get into the game. After all, our achievements are determined by the decisions we make. Life is full of choices –‘easy to do, easy not to do’. You have to decide whether you are merely interested in success or absolutely committed. That’s the decision I want you to make out of this session.”

Rupert Deans CEO at Plattar

Rupert Deans CEO at Plattar

Bio of Rupert; A Digital Marketing pioneer, Rupert Deans grew up with dyslexia as a child and relied on visualisation to learn, understand and engage with the world. This lead him to create NZ’s first digital agency One Fat Sheep (OFS) based in Christchurch. The defining moment was when OFS created the World’s First 3D Zombies Shooter on a Pizza box for Hell Pizza, utilising Augmented Reality, it was the most downloaded app in NZ over Facebook and Trademe for a number of weeks. Off the back of this, Rupert recognised the enormous potential of Augmented Reality (AR) to solve practical problems and set out to create a tool that would enable anyone to build their own AR experiences with ease this lead to the formation of Plattar. https://plattar.com/

Maxime Nolten

Maxime Nolten

Is a wellness Cultivator,  helping women cultivate wellness from within. It’s the name I gave myself after feeling that “holistic health coach” just didn’t fit. I’m committed to guiding women toward cultivating wellness from within through techniques and practices that encompass their mind, body and soul.

Peggy Renders

Peggy Renders

An executive leader in the digital space focused on business transformation and growth. Passionate about building high performing teams and running an end-to-end business in a fast paced environment where you need an effective go to market strategy across multi channels to ensure growth and return.

Key focus on mentoring women and ensuring a diverse workforce is used to get to better results. Driven to get more women and young girls into STEM.

Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams is the founder behind Maya Chinese Medicine in South Melbourne. Nicole’s passion is to treat the body as a whole, taking into consideration the mind and emotions and how they can act on the physical body.

Nicole has studied Chinese Medicine in Nanjing China (the home of Chinese Medicine) at a Traditional Chinese Medicine hospital and graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science/Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) with distinction from RMIT University.

The philosophy behind Maya Chinese Medicine focuses on supporting emotional wellbeing and Women’s Health such as;
– Stress
– Conditions of the mind, including insomnia and anxiety
– Gynaecological/menstrual disorders
– Digestive issues

Maya Chinese medicine provides a relaxed and supportive environment where patients feel welcomed and understood in order to help them heal.

Chinese Medicine looks at rebalancing through observing external and emotional factors that can affect wellbeing. Nicole utilises these tried and tested methods in conjunction with herbal medicine to help patients move from dis-ease to optimum health.

Find Nicole at
1/161 Moray Street,
South Melbourne 3205
0437761057
mayachinesemedicine@gmail.com
www.mayachinesemedicine.com

James Towers

James Towers

Facebook Book Advertising Pro. Marketer. Creator. Entrepreneur. Writer. Speaker. Founding partner of 16K Agency AB Stockholm, Sweden and Melbourne, Australia.

“Creating ideas, opportunities and market disruption for brands is what I love! All things Facebook and digital marketing.”

https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-towers-0014855b/

Sarita Johan

Sarita Johan

Executive Coach, Facilitator

Executive Coach⎪ Facilitator⎪ Business Coach⎪Business Process Agility Specialist⎪Speaker

Specialties: Coaching, Facilitation, Profiling, Business Process Architecture (BPA), team alignment, personal development, Business growth, structure, project management, change management. “My passion to create strategies that are measurable, achievable and results driven, to maximize your businesses potential. All delivered from a place of personal experience, from climbing the corporate ladder, running my own businesses, making mistakes, juggling family and relationships, dealing with major health issues due to stress, financial hardship, and a broken marriage. BUT, I chose to take charge and follow my passion and purpose. Now I’m committed to sharing this with others. I will get to the bottom of what’s holding you back in your business and give you the tools you need for lasting, results-driven change.

Dr Mei Ling Döéry

Dr Mei Ling Döéry

MBBS, B.Med.Sci, MPH Founder & Physician Entrepreneur

Working at the intersection of medicine, technology and design, Mei has a particular interest in the emotional factors that impact decision making relating to preventative health. As an experienced coalition builder, with over 16 years experience wstart-uprtup ventures including Ausdoctors.net, Appete and the Live Council initiative. In 2014, Dr Mei Doery was appointed as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and the doctor-in-residence for digital agency Portable Studios (named in BRW’s Fast 100 for 2013). In 2016, Mei co-founded SugarByHalf, became innovation advisor to Nightingale Housing and a Board Member to the Chisholm Institute and Chisholm Online.

“My mission is to better align capital with people and businesses that serve the creation of long-term human value”

Mei is a physician entrepreneur at the intersection of medicine, technology and design.  She has a particular interest in the emotional factors that impact decision making relating to preventative health. She is the founder of health strategy and design practice MDMD.io and co-founder of Genie Health (MixApp), which was established to test how mobile technology might deliver scalable positive behaviour change.

Her perspective on contemporary health challenges is informed by her roles as medical officer for the Australian Defence Force (2007-2009), team doctor for an AFL football team (2005-2008), an Executive Physician at BUPA Wellness (2012-2014) and independent advisor to several corporations including the Commonwealth Scientific Research and Industrial Organisation (CSIRO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs. While on the board of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (1996-2011), Mei oversaw the transition to digital grant-making systems.

Mei has over 16 years’ experience with start-up ventures including Ausdoctors.net (Doctors.net.uk), Appete and the Live Council initiative. In 2014, Mei was appointed as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and the doctor-in-residence for digital agency Portable Studios (named in BRW’s Fast 100 for 2013). Mei holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Bachelor of Medical Science and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Melbourne.

Chloé Oestreich

Chloé Oestreich

Executive Coaching I Impactful Presentations I Non Verbal Communications I Body Language and Voice

Chloé grew up bilingual in Switzerland, Germany and England. Throughout her acting career in Australia and Europe, Chloé grew to understand the true importance of presence to both personal and business success. As a trained actor and journalist, she is adept at analysing the array of information our bodies project when presenting.

Chloé is a coach, facilitator, and speaker. She works with leading organizations and individuals internationally to help companies generate more work, build stronger client relationships and improve staff’s communication skills.

Whether focusing on storytelling and delivery or tone, breath and posture, Chloé helps people become part of their pitch. In her interactive workshops, Chloé helps you identify and work on the key elements, including managing nerves, to help you influence people’s perceptions and to develop a confident, proactive presence.

Passionate about helping people achieve their full potential, Chloé leads development programs, coaches senior executives, and delivers keynotes to global businesses across Australia and Europe. Working from Start ups to businesses including Pacific Brands, BPM, Peddle Thorp,PTID, HSPC, Bates Smart, COX, Whybin TBWA, DDB, McCANN and Havas Worldwide.

Rae Bonney

Rae Bonney

Integrated Wellbeing Specialist/Speaker/Radio Presenter

Integrated Wellbeing Specialist, working with organisations developing and delivering bespoke workplace mental health initiatives:

  • developing and designing best practice interventions (programs, strategy, policy)
  • training & facilitation (workshops, seminars)
  • informing (group awareness raising sessions)
  • supporting (suicide, grief and loss, change, ethical transition, personal support)
  • advising, developing and implementing best practice (programs, policy and strategy)
  • consulting (coaching, mentoring and developing)

Industry Spokesperson

  • Speaker – Return to Work Summit – 2017
  • Presenter – Mental Health and Wellbeing Expo (Wellness at Work) – 2016
  • Chairperson – Konnect Learning – Workplace Health & Wellbeing Forum 2016
  • Keynote Speaker – Safety Institute Australia – Sydney Safety Symposium –  2015
  • Participant – beyondblue – AIPP Charity Video – 2015
Rugare Gomo

Rugare Gomo

Founder at Gomo Foundation & Co-Founder + Principal at Simbisa Law

Founder at Gomo Foundation & Co-Founder + Principal at Simbisa Law

Lawyer | Entrepreneur | Business Advisor & Coach | Philanthropist

I am an Australian lawyer that helps entrepreneurs start, grow and scale their businesses.

My commercial experience, leadership roles and community engagements in Australia, Asia Pacific, Africa and Europe have exposed me to work with startups, venture capitalists, CEO’s of big business, billionaire families, prime ministers and more.

The past 16 years of my life and the incredibly diverse range of experiences has led me to focusing on what I love to do: having entrepreneurs WIN at growing and scaling their business.

In addition, I am the Founder of the Gomo Foundation which exists to empower young African women to enable them to take control of their own lives and reach their potential. Our first programs are in Zimbabwe where we provide scholarships for young women to attend Secondary School and University.

 

Specialties: commercial law, startups, capital raising, corporate governance, global entrepreneurship, joint venture negotiation, intellectual property, deal making, networking and relationship building.

Jon Yeo

Jon Yeo

Presenter coach

Jon Yeo is the Intelligence behind the art and science of what it is to be a public speaker. He helps Executives and Leaders to articulate and present the sophistication of their content with a message simplicity that guides and inspires their teams.

Sandy Mc Donald

Sandy Mc Donald

CEO of CreateCare Global

Sandy is known for converting a complex digital world into clear and life-changing steps to supercharge the business experience. 

She is a facilitator, clarity and communications coach, author and speaker. After 22 years of running a successful marketing communications company, Sandy used intentional blogging to start and build a vast global community that works to help children orphaned in Africa. As CEO of CreateCare Global, she continues this work today.

Sandy’s TEDx talk, ‘Tell Your Story, Save A Life’, for which she received a standing ovation, is based on this experience and explains how story can enrich, change or even save lives. Her book, ‘Get it right online’, details the framework to do this. 

Now Sandy speaks about the power of clarity to define a business’s purpose and principles and how that works to inform their culture, future and the key messages to support that. 

She also helps businesses bring clarity of intention into their complex on and offline world through facilitation and coaching programs.

Tony McGinn OMA

Tony McGinn OMA

Principal The McGinn Partnership, TEC Chair & Founder SME growth forum

Tony McGinn OAM:

For over 33 years, founder Tony McGinn has taken the world of media sales head on. His relentless attitude to commercial success has established an award-winning reputation as one of Australia’s most influential and progressive media sales professionals. From TV and radio to digital, his perchance to observe, transform and empower enduring legacies is only matched by his passion to elevate others to higher grounds.

BIO; Tony founded MCM Entertainment Group Limited in 1983. Over more than 3 decades he has acquired considerable experience in building and leading businesses in Australia, Europe, and Asia, including listing on the ASX via an IPO. MCM’s operating businesses were sold in 2016 and now the delisted holding company is in an investment phase. At is peak MCM ran three different subsidiary companies across 6 offices in 5 countries, with 130 staff and $50M in Group turnover.

In 2002 due to personal experience, Tony became involved in a growing children’s cancer charity and driving associated fund raising activities. In 2004, he was instrumental in creating the ‘Million Dollar Lunch’ and took on the voluntary event Executive Producer and Committee Chairmanship for ten years. To this day the Million Dollar Lunch thrives as Australia’s most spectacular and fruitful corporate fundraising event ($15M+ raised as @ 2016) benefiting the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF).

Today, alongside being the Chairman of MCM Entertainment and Deputy Chairman of CCF Tony harness his extensive experience, knowledge, and networks to provide two distinct services to business leaders:

  1. Melbourne Chair for Global CEO peer mentoring company, The Executive Connection (TEC), and currently building in Melbourne a select group of 16 SME CEO’s/Business Owners where he provides 1:1 CEO coaching and facilitates monthly group meetings.

The principal of The McGinn Partnership “It starts with openness and an understanding that to change, you sometimes have to be the change.”

At McGinn Partnership. true leadership comes from a deep-rooted belief that change makes everything possible. It is a voice of reasoned, future thinking and the lifeblood of success. Change is beautiful. Change is powerful. “It allows us to learn and grow. To raise standards. To raise the standards of everyone.”

Caitlin Iles

Caitlin Iles

Caitlin Iles (Cait), has been described by Australia’s former Prime Minister The Honorable Julia Gillard, as “an inspiring and powerful role model for women”, while Sir Richard Branson has called her “a game-changer and force to be reckoned with”.

She’s an entrepreneur with international experience (United Arab Emirates, USA & Europe) and as a venture capitalist and active angel investor; Cait has received pitches from hundreds of start-ups over the last couple of years. As a result, she knows what drives individuals and businesses to succeed or fail.

The stats consistently illustrate that women represent the most valuable talent in the world & are the key to unlocking a better world for all.

Emma Yee

Emma Yee

CEO Peter Rowland Catering

Emma Yee- CEO of Peter Rowland Catering 

Emma is one of the youngest people within the Executive Team of Peter Rowland’s, since joining this iconic business in 2010 she has quickly progressed through the business to the position of General Manager – Operations in 2013 and in 2017 is the current CEO. Emma has gained a wealth of experience within the hospitality industry in both operational and management positions. She has worked within a diverse range of businesses including hotels, sporting stadiums, restaurants and corporate catering in Australia and the UK. Her operational, result oriented and strategic mind set has seen her excel. Emma thrives in a highly competitive, energetic and flexible environment whilst leading a dynamic and highly motivated team with conviction.

Maria Duta

Maria Duta

Managing Director at FTI Consulting

Maria Duta- Managing Director of global leading business FTI Consulting

Maria is a Managing Director at global business advisory firm FTI Consulting in its Corporate Finance and Restructuring practice. Born in Romania, Maria arrived in Australia as the daughter of a refugee at age 15 speaking almost no English. After completing university, Maria qualified as a Chartered Accountant holding leadership positions with advisory firms Ferrier Hodgson and KordaMentha and Australia’s regulator – the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. A mother of four amazing children aged 11 to 2 Maria is also a board member of Early Childhood Management Services, a leading Melbourne based NFP early childhood services provider, with 70+ early care centers, positively influencing 6,000+ children weekly. Maria has over 20 years of leadership experience across operational and commercial environments, governance, regulation and financial and turnaround management. She is an excellent collaborator who delivers record results, driven, focused and committed to making a difference.

Graham Mc Corkill

Graham Mc Corkill

Co-Founder, Buzinga App Development

Graham McCorkill, Co-Founder & Director at Buzinga App Development. Graham has over 35 years experience as a global business manager, entrepreneur and CEO in public and private companies.  His experience spans across a range of industries including enterprise software implementation, next generational marketing solutions and international retail management,  at companies including SISS Business Systems, Miiy Pty Ltd and Kendo.

Graham manages the technical aspect of the end-to-end service solution that our business provides.

Adam Schwab

Adam Schwab

Managing Director, Lux Group

Since 2004, Adam has been a financial journalist and business commentator specialising in corporate governance, economics and legal affairs for Crikey and BRW. Adam is a regular commentator on Business View and the Perrett Report on Sky Business and has appeared on Today Tonight and Channel Seven News nationally. Lux Group was #1in the 2013 BRW Fast 100 list (and on the Fast 100 Lists in 2014 and 2015), and Adam was named Young Executive of the Year in the CEO Magazine Executive awards 2015 and was nominated for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.  

Thomas Mahon

Thomas Mahon

CEO, Peazie

Thomas is an engaging leader with a reputation for bringing agility, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit to businesses of all shapes and size. Tom has successfully built high-performing teams and growth systems in industry-leading enterprise organisations such as Wesfamers and Salmat. Tom is the CEO of Peazie where he has been busy driving business and customer success with a dynamic, and passionate forward-thinking team of entrepreneurs.

Danielle Dacunha-Howarth

Danielle Dacunha-Howarth

Customer Success Consultant, Linkedin

Danielle is a Customer Success Consultant for LinkedIn in Sydney and is travelling down to Melbourne specifically to present to us! She has been with LinkedIn for a little over two years, following a move to Australia after selling her business in the United Kingdom. Danielle’s career has grown organically and as a result of her diverse experience and entrepreneurial background, she is able to leverage her experience and knowledge to help other businesses become successful in a tumultuous market. Danielle is passionate about demonstrating the diverse benefits that organisations experience when they embrace and adopt technology and changing consumer behaviors and believes that this is key to continued success and growth.

Jason Olive

Jason Olive

Head of Strategy and Content at IPG Mediabrands (Society)

Jason Olive is an experienced digital strategist, specialising in social media in both the UK and Australia. Jason has worked for a number of brands helping solve problems that drive commercial results. Clients past and present include Westfarmers brands, including Bunnings and Coles, plus Medibank, JB HiFi Treasury Wine Estates brands, Bank of Melbourne, Novartis, Victorian Government and WEX.
Check out Jason’s LinkedIn Profile .

Dr Nicholas Duck

Dr Nicholas Duck

Organisational Psychologist & Founder, Opposite

Nicholas is a registered organisational psychologist, who has specialised in the areas of business improvement and Human Factors specifically
Diagnosing and fixing complex business problems
Setting clear, concise and memorable visions and strategies
Disrupting and challenging thinking through applied psychology
Simplifying and improving the quality of work
Improving employee engagement through process improvement

Conor O'Brien

Conor O'Brien

Organisational Psychologist, Director & Principal Consultant, White Bear

Conor is a registered organisational psychologist who is passionate about successfully executing projects in the areas of resilience, human factors, leadership, talent management (including psychometric assessment and coaching), learning and development, culture assessment, change and wellbeing programs. Conor also has a background in career management services and team building programs.

Conor has a broad educational background and has completed multiple tertiary qualifications, including a Master of Organisational Psychology. This extensive theoretical and research knowledge is coupled with a breadth of experience gained across public and private sectors and numerous industries including aviation, banking and financial services, emergency services, government departments (state and federal), maritime, mining services, oil and gas, rail, road, telecommunications and utilities. Conor has been embedded with clients across Australia and overseas to deliver high value project outcomes.

Amanda Blesing

Amanda Blesing

Founder of The Ambition Revolution

As the creator of The Ambition Revolution program, Amanda is an engaging speaker who gets right to the heart of the issue with statistics, stories and insights as to what the problem is and what you can do about it.

For the past 20 years Amanda has walked her own talk as she worked her own way through the ranks of the association world with her last role as Chief Executive Officer of SOCAP Australia – and all this in addition to working part time as a yoga instructor, inspiring others to achieve a healthier and more balanced life along the way.

Bernadette McClelland

Bernadette McClelland

Head of Sales Transformation and Enablement at Sales Leaders Global Pty Limited

Bernadette McClelland is the Head of Sales Transformation and Enablement at Sales Leaders Global Pty Limited

Bernadette is one of Australia’s leading sales experts. Her work on Belief, Persistence and Resourcefulness is world class…She is great!” – Matt Church, CSP, Top25 most influential people in the global speaking profession, 2014 Australian Speaker of the Year

Avrill D’Costa

Avrill D’Costa

co-founder and Head of Data Analytics at BigDatr

Avrill D’Costa is the co-founder and Head of Data Analytics at BigDatr, a technology company specialising in marketing and advertising. The BigDatr mission is to make it simple for businesses to make data-driven decisions to be more efficient and successful. The Melbourne-based company works with over 100 major brands including Toyota, Suncorp, Bupa and Westpac to optimise the effectiveness of their marketing strategies by better understanding themselves, competitors and the impact of market trends. Avrill has over a decade of experience in IT and advertising technology, and is involved in the design, implementation and commercialisation of BigDatr.

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Vanessa Wong

Vanessa Wong

Native Manager from SOCiETY

Vanessa maye Wong In her role as Native Manager, Vanessa leads the development of the native offering within SOCiETY and the wider IPG Mediabrands business in Melbourne. She has been always been at the forefront of branded content’s evolution, having earned her stripes in influencer outreach and sponsored content at Nuffnang, the world’s first blog advertising agency. She then moved agency-side to Dentsu Aegis Network, where she realised a gap in the market between social media and branded content. Her broad background and extensive digital knowledge gives her the ability to position native as a true cross-platform solution. She is passionate about leveraging native to drive insights, shift perceptions and deliver business results.

Denise Wyer

Denise Wyer

Head of Strategic Accounts at AdRoll

Denise joined AdRoll in 2014 and is responsible for developing AdRolls Agency and Strategic Accounts business. She is currently managing a team of senior sales and relationship managers.

She has over nine years of sales and marketing experience. Prior to joining AdRoll, she worked in Google Australia where she managed relationships with some of Australia’s key agencies. She’s also held positions with Informa and the IMI.