Chief Adoption Officer

As chief adoption officer, Polly Sumner is responsible for customer success and ensuring that each and every customer gets maximum value from our products and services. Polly’s move to Salesforce in 2008 followed a 20-year career in executive management in the technology industry. She is a frequent contributor to entrepreneurial programs at Stanford, Sloan and Fuqua Graduate School at Duke University, and is passionate about integrating philanthropy into our business culture.

Leigh Sales

Award-winning author and journalist
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Leigh Sales is an award-winning author and journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and currently anchors 7.30.

Until 2011, Leigh Sales anchored the prestigious Lateline program, interviewing major figures including Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair and Henry Kissinger.

From 2001 to 2005, she was the ABC's Washington Correspondent, covering stories including the aftermath of September 11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 2004 Presidential election and Hurricane Katrina.

From 2006 to 2008, Leigh was the ABC's National Security Correspondent, before joining Lateline. In 2005, Leigh won a Walkley Award, Australia's highest journalism honour, for her coverage of Guantanamo Bay and the case of David Hicks. Detainee 002 was released to widespread critical and commercial success in 2007, winning the prestigious George Munster Award for Independent Journalism for its assiduous investigation, quality writing and balanced reporting. The New York Review of Books lauded Detainee 002 for revealing new information about US policy at Guantanamo Bay. Australian reviewers described the book as astutely paced and absorbing (The Melbourne Age) and emasterfully done, scrupulously fair and forensically accurate (The Australian Literary Review). Leigh's writing has been published in The Monthly, The Bulletin, The Australian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Diplomat. One of her essays was included in The Best Australian Political Writing of 2007. Her second book, On Doubt, was published in 2009 as part of Melbourne University Publishing's Little Books on Big Ideas series.

Leigh is a sought after public speaker and has appeared at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, the Sydney Institute, the National Press Club, the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne Writers Festivals.

She has a Masters in International Relations and a Bachelors in Journalism.

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American futurist, innovator, author, and Silicon Valley Luminary
SVP, Global Government Relations and Strategic Planning

Peter Schwartz is an American futurist, innovator, author, and co-founder of the Global Business Network (GBN), a corporate strategy firm, specializing in future-think and scenario planning. As of October 2011, he now serves as Senior Vice President Strategic Planning for Salesforce. Schwartz has written several books on a variety of future-oriented topics. His first book, The Art of the Long View was voted the best all time book on the future by the Association of Professional Futurists and is used as a textbook by many business schools. He has also worked as a consultant on several movies, including Minority Report, Deep Impact, Sneakers, and War Games.


“The Sales Hunter”

Mark Hunter, “The Sales Hunter,” is author of High-Profit Selling: Win the Sale Without Compromising on Price. He is a sales expert who speaks to thousands each year on how to increase their sales profitability. He was named one of the Top 50 Influencers in Sales by Top Sales World. To receive a free weekly sales tip and read his Sales Motivation Blog, visit www.TheSalesHunter.com. You can also follow him on Twitter, on Facebook and on LinkedIn.


Senior Executive Advisor

Jonathan Tabah is a Senior Executive Advisor at CEB, where he manages the Sales Leadership Council in Australia & New Zealand, and is CEB’s leading B2B Sales research specialist for the region. Jonathan’s background includes B2B & B2C Research, Sales, and Consulting roles across New York and Sydney. He holds a bachelors in Research Psychology and Business Marketing from California State University.


Social Evangelist

Jill Rowley is a sales professional trapped in a marketer’s body. She eats failure for breakfast so she can dine on success for dinner. During her 20+ year career, she spent six years in consulting, 13 years as a top-performing rep in software sales at Salesforce.com and Eloqua, a year designing and deploying a global social selling program at Oracle, and is now evangelizing social selling internationally while also advising numerous technology startups.

Andrew Stevens

Andrew Stevens is a Non Executive Director Male Champions of Change.

Andrew is the Chair of Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd, a Director of MYOB Group Limited, Thorn Group Australia Limited, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS AFL Club, and CEDA. He is an Honorary Member of the Business Council of Australia and is also a member of the Advisory Executive of the UNSW School of Business.

Andrew is a member the Male Champions of Change, a group of CEOs and Company Directors working to make gender equality a reality. He is also a member of the Chief of the Australian Defence Force’s Gender Equality Advisory Board.

Janelle Weissman

Executive Director
UN Women National Committee Australia

Since 1997, Janelle has worked to strengthen social justice organisations tackling issues from empowering women through to supporting people with HIV/AIDS. From 2003-2007, she served as Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Boulder County (SVP), and the Rita and Harold Divine Foundation. As a part of the global SVP network, she facilitated grantmaking, coordinated capacity building projects, and provided training to nonprofits and donors alike to help increase their impact on communities. At the Rita and Harold Divine Foundation, she worked across generations to develop and implement a grantmaking strategy to support organisations building bridges to promote peace and coexistence around the world.

Since taking on the role of Fundraising and Deputy Executive Director for UN Women National Committee Australia in 2014, funds raised to support UN Women programs to empower and protect women have nearly doubled, with $750,000 contributed to UN Women in 2015. Janelle is delighted to be appointed in the role of Executive Director for UN Women National Committee Australia from April 2016.

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Craig Keary

Director, Australian & New Zealand Clients
AMP Capital

Craig Keary joined AMP Capital in February 2012, and is based in the company’s Sydney office. In 2015, he commenced in the role of Director, Australian & New Zealand Clients, with responsibility for all of AMP Capital’s client-facing activity in Australia and New Zealand, covering the institutional and corporate, retail, SMSF and self-directed businesses. Craig additionally serves as a member of the AMP Capital Executive Committee. He previously held the Head of Retail Business position at AMP Capital. In this role, he was charged with leading the company’s new retail business, to better meet the needs of the adviser networks across AMP and the former AXA business. Craig joined AMP Capital from Westpac, where he was Head of Sales for Westpac Investment Bank.

Craig has more than 26 years of financial services experience. His contributions to the financial services industry have included chairing the Securities and Derivatives Industry Association Direct Broking Group and the Conference Committee. Craig is a former member of the ASX’s disciplinary tribunal and additionally lectures in the Master of Applied Finance programme at Kaplan.

In addition, Craig is a member of the UWS School of Business Research and Higher Degrees Committee, the CSIRO Stakeholder Superannuation Research Cluster Committee, and the Funds Management Reference Group for the Australian Centre for Financial Studies.

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Marek Rucinski

Managing Director
Accenture Digital

Marek Rucinski is a Managing Director at Accenture, and the ANZ Lead for Accenture Analytics practice and a Marketing and Analytics evangelist at heart.

Marek has seen and took part and drove the evolution of the Marketing and Analytics capabilities for around 20 years in Australia, and multiple Asian and global clients across Retail, Telco, Consumer Goods and Financial Services sectors.

His current passion centres on helping clients change the role of the Marketing and Analytics functions and capabilities in Digital and Data age to one that is more effective in leveraging insights and truly at the centre of the customer experience and more capable in regards to acting on data driven insights.

Marek has an MBA from Australian Graduate School of Management, as well as a Bachelor of Business with Marketing major from University of Technology in Sydney.

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Dr Andrew Charlton


Dr Andrew Charlton is co-founder of AlphaBeta, a leading economic analytics company based in Sydney and Singapore. He has previously worked for the United Nations and the London School of Economics. From 2008-2010, through the period of the global financial crisis, he served as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister of Australia and Australia’s senior government official to the G20 economic summits. He received a Doctorate and Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of two books, Ozonomics (2007) and Fair Trade for All (2005), co-written with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz. In 2011 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Michael Milburn

Senior Vice President and General Manager
Salesforce Service Cloud

Michael Milburn is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Salesforce Service Cloud, the #1 customer service solution enabling companies to provide amazing customer service on any device, anytime, through any channel. Service Cloud is also the landslide Leader of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant in customer service. Michael is responsible for driving the innovation and direction of Service Cloud, ensuring that businesses are empowered with an all-in-one customer support platform.

Michael has held numerous roles at salesforce.com including consulting, partner enablement and productivity, as well as leading engaged communities. Previously, Michael was the Vice President of Strategy and Operations for the Salesforce Service Cloud, where he was responsible for creating business structures built for growth, scalability and customer success.

Michael comes into the role of SVP and GM of Service Cloud with more than 15 years of global experience in customer engagement strategy, CRM Design, telephony and workforce management. Prior to salesforce.com, Michael held various roles at Apropos Technology and Barilla America.

Michael holds a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Ripon College. On the few occasions he is not engaged in customer success, Michael can be found playing tennis, golf, paddle, waterskiing and snowmobiling.

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Sean Alpert

Senior Director, Product Marketing

Sean is a Senior Director of Product Marketing at Salesforce, where he has been for the last 5 years. He is in charge of the messaging and positioning for the Sales Cloud, the world's #1 sales application. He also is in charge of PR, AR, web and social strategy, customer success stories, and the Salesforce World Tour for the Sales Cloud. Prior to this role, he created the keynote presentations for CEO Marc Benioff as well as the other executives at the company. Before Salesforce, he worked in marketing at Cisco Systems, Amazon.com, and Appian Corporation. He attended Dartmouth College for undergrad and got his MBA at Kellogg.

Wendy Johnstone

Vice President of Marketing Asia Pacific

Wendy is a senior marketing leader with over 20 years experience in driving high performance integrated marketing teams in EMEA and APAC with leading technology companies like IBM, EMC and now Salesforce. In her current role, Wendy leads the marketing team across Asia Pacific for Salesforce - the enterprise cloud computing leader and one of the World’s most innovative companies (according to Forbes Magazine). In her role Wendy helps CMOs across APAC put the customer at the heart of their business and to drive digital transformation in their organisations. With a strong passion for workplace diversity & inclusion Wendy is also the APAC executive sponsor for gender diversity at Salesforce. She is passionate about driving gender diversity, equality and inclusion in the technology sector and at Salesforce. Wendy has two children - a boy and a girl - with husband Scott.
Twitter: @Wjjohnstone
LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/wendyjohnstone1
Blogs: https://www.salesforce.com/au/blog/authors/wendy-johnstone.html

Tom Karemacher

Area Vice President, Commercial Sales

As Area Vice President of Commercial Sales at Salesforce, Tom manages the company’s commercial sales business across Australia and New Zealand. He helps Australian small businesses and start-ups turbo-boost their business growth using Cloud, Mobile, Analytics, Marketing and Sales Automation, and is a compelling evangelist for Cloud Computing.

Tom has 13+ years of experience in the Software as a Service (SaaS) industry, specialising in direct sales, managing the channel, and scaling the commercial sales business across multiple countries within the APAC region.

Throughout this time, Tom has seen the industry evolve and transform. He brings a unique set of insights on where the industry has come from and where it is heading.

*Speakers get added regularly, this is just the start!