The Hon Andrew Constance MP

Minister for Transport & Infrastructure, NSW

Andrew Constance was elected to the NSW Parliament as the Member for Bega in 2003.

Following the election of the O’Farrell Government in 2011, he was sworn in as the Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, where he championed the person- centred reforms which were necessary steps towards the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

In 2013 he became the Minister for Finance & Services with responsibility for many areas across government such as Workcover, Compulsory Third Party, Sydney Water, Government Property, Office of State Revenue, Lands and Property and IT.

His reform agenda included the decade of decentralisation, better utilisation of government property and assets, implementing the government’s IT strategy and involving the private sector in service provision to improve efficiencies and savings to the NSW taxpayer.

In April 2014, Andrew was sworn in as Treasurer and added Industrial Relations to his responsibilities the following month. He handed down the 2014-15 State Budget which delivered increased funding for infrastructure and child protection, and oversaw the scoping study for the ‘poles and wires’ transaction.

Following the election of the Baird Government in 2015, he was sworn in as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. The Minister oversees some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the country, including Sydney Light Rail, Parramatta Light Rail and Newcastle Light Rail, along with Sydney Metro, which will see the construction of a second harbour rail crossing, delivering more trains and faster services for the entire city.

Andrew was also responsible for the delivery of ICC Sydney – a new convention and exhibition centre opened in December 2016 that forms part of the revitalisation of Darling Harbour.

Most recently, Andrew has launched a new program of work titled Future Transport, which has triggered a new stream of innovative partnerships to ensure NSW is prepared for a new wave of transport driven by technology. He began the program in 2016 to get ahead of the curb and set the groundwork for new generation systems like contactless payments, on-demand transport and driverless vehicles that are now knocking on our doorstep.

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Mark Hawkins

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President

As chief financial officer and executive vice president at Salesforce, Mark Hawkins is responsible for leading the company’s global finance organisation and is a member of the company’s executive committee reporting directly to chairman and CEO Marc Benioff. Hawkins has more than 30 years of experience with leading finance organizations at global software and technology companies including Autodesk, Logitech, Dell and Hewlett-Packard. Hawkins serves on the board of directors of Plex Systems, a leader in cloud-based ERP for manufacturers. He holds an M.B.A in Finance from the University of Colorado, a B.A. from Michigan State University, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.


Tony Prophet

Chief Equality Officer

Tony Prophet is chief equality officer of Salesforce. He leads the company’s equality initiatives, focusing on gender, LGBTQ and racial equality to ensure that Salesforce reflects the diversity of the communities it serves. He is a member of the company’s executive committee, reporting to Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Prophet served as Microsoft's corporate vice president of Education Marketing, where he defined the Microsoft Education business model, channel and market strategy. He was co-executive sponsor of Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) and founding executive of BlackLight, an organization empowering black marketers at Microsoft. Prior to Microsoft, he led operations for HP’s Printing & Personal Systems business as a senior vice president. He also held executive positions at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), Honeywell and was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton. Prophet serves on the board of directors of Gannett and is chairman of the Transformation Committee.

Throughout his career, Prophet has worked as a champion for human rights and social justice, including protecting the rights of young workers, educating female workers on health issues in developing countries, improving schools for children of migrant workers and addressing the root causes of migratory worker flows. He is also passionate about community service, focusing on ensuring low-income teens get college educations, as well as improving health care for children and HIV-positive women in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Tiffani Bova

Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist

Tiffani Bova is the global customer growth and innovation evangelist at Salesforce, where as an industry thought leader, she watches overall market trends to uncover best practices on how to improve sales performance and enhance the overall customer experience.

Bova has extensive knowledge of go-to-market, sales and channel strategies. Prior to Salesforce, she spent 10 years at Gartner as a vice president, distinguished analyst and research fellow, covering sales transformation and indirect channel innovation. Over the past decade, she has worked with hundreds of technology companies to develop highly effective growth strategies and innovative go-to-market models. She won the Gartner Thought Leadership Award for her comprehensive body of work on the Future of Sales and has delivered more than 200 keynote presentations around the globe to over 250,000 people on sales transformation and business model innovation.

Before her time at Gartner, Bova spent 15 years in various sales and leadership positions, managing both start-up and Fortune 500 sales organizations, and she still considers herself a ‘recovering seller.’

Bova has been published in Forbes, Harvard Business Review and The Huffington Post. She was named one of the 50 Most Powerful and Influential Women in California in 2014 by the National Diversity Council, as well as Inc. Magazine’s 37 Sales Experts You Need to Follow on Twitter. Bova is a graduate of Arizona State University and The Executive Program at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jack Manning Bancroft

CEO & Founder

As a 19 year old university student Jack Manning Bancroft took 25 of his fellow students to a local high school in Sydney to mentor 25 Indigenous Australia kids. The intent was to give these kids, and the uni students a chance to build a better future for the nation. On that day AIME was born.

At 22, Jack became a CEO, and today AIME lays claim to being the most successful program working in Indigenous education in Australia’s history. Kids completing the program are doing so at the same rate as every Australian child, effectively closing the educational gap.

AIME has mobilised more university volunteers over the last decade than any program we have seen before. The numbers are staggering with over 7,000 uni students volunteering since ’05 – a generation of young leaders building relationships with young Indigenous kids. Over the last decade more than 13,000 Indigenous kids have broken the mould and cast off the chains of inequality.

This year with over 100+ staff AIME will work with 6,000 Indigenous kids, and engage 2,000 uni students as they march towards working with 10,000 Indigenous kids around Australia by 2018 and achieving educational equality in a generation. As a business AIME has become the envy of many. Voted the 13th best place to work in Asia, winning awards from the likes of Google, running it’s own clothing brand, AIME has continued to innovate and lead the business community and has gained recognition from established thinkers including Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev who described AIME as ‘arguably the greatest startup story in Australian history” and journalist Jeff McMullen who has seen the worst of the world but who views AIME as “the one idea that has given him the most hope in his lifetime.”

It’s a legacy to be proud of, with so much potential still to come, as evidenced by Jack becoming the youngest person in Australian history to receive an Honorary Doctorate from University of South Australia and an Honorary Fellowship by the Western Sydney University for his contribution to Australian education.

Over the coming years Jack is set to take AIME to the world to help rip generations out of inequality.

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Mark Tossell

CRM Project Manager
Fusion Group

Mark was born in England, and moved to Australia with his family in 1975. He graduated from James Ruse High School and went on to study mechanical engineering at the University of Sydney. After graduating, Mark worked as a project engineer for Proctor and Gamble, after which he moved to the USA to study theology. He served as a Baptist pastor for twenty years, and has spoken publicly in almost every state of the USA, in every Australian capital city except Perth, and in ten foreign countries. After struggling with depression for all of his adult life, Mark wrote and published a book, “Hope, help and Healing for the Depressed.” He took a medical leave of absence from the ministry in 2014, and finally resigned in late 2015, due to health reasons.

In June of 2016, Mark was hired by Fusion Group to implement a new Financial Services Cloud org, with absolutely no CRM experience or training. He has been employed at Fusion for six months as a self-taught certified Salesforce admin, and is presently working on process automation, and preparing for the implementation of Pardot and inbound marketing. Mark is passionate about learning, loves a challenge, and is a Trailhead junkie.

Mark has been married to Christina for 21 years. They have one son, Adam, who is ten years old. They live in Wilberforce, in the Hawkesbury region west of Sydney.


Dr. Catherine Ball

Scientist, Innovator and Champion of Diversity

Dr. Catherine Ball is an author, founder, and ethics advocate working across global projects where robotics and new technology meet environmental protection. A sought after voice in industry, Dr. Ball is now the CEO of an Australian startup working with the application of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) aka drone technology across remote communities, schools, industry, and citizen scientists.

Dr. Ball is leading the call for discussions around the ethics of spatial data, aka geo-ethics. Dr. Ball’s biggest passion is found working on projects that have a humanitarian aspect, ranging from the use of RPAS for emergency response, to recording cultural heritage, and agricultural assessments. Dr. Ball has travelled and worked globally on cutting edge projects that combine science, entrepreneurship, empowerment, education, and training.

Her most recent works in Queensland involve the training and education of indigenous rangers to use drones as part of their work, thereby reducing health and safety risk, and increasing the efficiency of data collection. This will lead to indigenous owned “drones as a service” companies being created, and the data analysis and GIS training also provided to support the rangers, and create economic enterprise.

Dr. Ball is also talking with a number of Queensland schools about the processes to establish ‘Drone Academies’ on site, as the new drone economy is estimated to be worth some USD20B per annum by 2020, with 10% of future jobs attached to the drone economic ecosystem. Catherine believes there needs to be discussions around flying safely and ethically, and these need to start as soon as possible.

Dr. Ball continues to support Australia as being the world leader in the non-military application of drone technology, also known as “drones for good”.

A believer in appropriate data, not open data, Dr. Ball is currently starting a new business looking at the future data management needs across our geospatial industry, especially when faced with new technologies, such as drones, that produce a lot of data very quickly.

Dr. Ball holds a BSc Honours (Environmental Protection) and a PhD (Spatial Ecology, Descriptive and Predictive Statistics) from the University of Newcastle–upon–Tyne in the United Kingdom.

Some of the awards Dr. Ball has won include:
– 2015 AFR BOSS Magazine Young Executives of the Year – Winner
– National Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2015, Corporate and Private Award
– Queensland Telstra Business Women's Awards Winner 2015: Queensland Business Woman of the Year, Queensland Corporate and Private
– Innovator of Influence, 2015 at Innovation Week
– Courier Mail Q Magazine: Queensland 50 Best and Brightest, 2015

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Mel Russell

National Transitions Director
Soldier On

Mel Russell commenced working at Soldier On in January 2016 as the Empowerment Program Manager and is now the National Transitions Director. Mel studied Communications at the University of Wollongong and worked in media research for some time prior to joining the Army in 2010 as an officer in training at the Royal Military College at Duntroon. Due to continued injury and illness, Mel separated from the ADF and secured a role in the Australian Public Service within Defence. For approximately 4 years, Mel was the supervisor for all Army Officer Selection with the Directorate of Officer Career Management – Army. She then moved to the Support to Wounded, Injured and Ill Program for Army, with the majority of work focusing on supporting Army personnel as they were medically separated from the ADF. It was during this time that Mel connected with Soldier On and watched the organisation grow in the support it was providing ex-service men and women. It was the work that Soldier On was also doing with spouses and families that drew Mel to the organisation. Due to her experience within Defence, she could see that there was a greater need to support the entire family, particularly through the period of transition, and to ensure that this support was ongoing.

As the National Transitions Director, Mel and her team of Veteran and Family Support Officers, are focused on supporting veterans, and their families, into employment and education opportunities, while ensuring they are supported through all other programs and activities Soldier On has to offer. The team continue to advocate for the veteran community to potential employers and highlight the incredible skills, experience and knowledge these individuals have and that they are assets to any organisation.

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Peter Schwartz

Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations & Strategic Planning

Peter Schwartz is an internationally renowned futurist and business strategist, specializing in scenario planning and working with corporations, governments, and institutions to create alternative perspectives of the future and develop robust strategies for a changing and uncertain world. As Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning for Salesforce, he manages the organization’s ongoing strategic conversation. Peter leads the Salesforce Futures LAB – a collaboration between strategic thinkers at Salesforce and its customers around provocative ideas on the future of business.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Peter was co-founder and chairman of Global Business Network. He is the author of several works. His first book, The Art of the Long View, is considered a seminal publication on scenario planning. Peter has also served as a script consultant on the films "The Minority Report," "Deep Impact," "Sneakers," and "War Games." He received a B.S. in aeronautical engineering and astronautics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.


Zoe Brissett

Marketing Communications Specialist

Zoe is Marketing Communications Specialist at Salesforce. Zoe was a participant in the 2014 Biz Academy program, then took on a marketing internship at Salesforce in April 2015. Since February 2016, Zoe has been in a Marketing Communications role.

Outside of Salesforce, Zoe is an Advisory Member on the Disability Council of NSW and is on the Board of Directors for Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Zoe also has experience working in disability policy and research within the NGO sector.

What drives Zoe is breaking down barriers and improving the rights inclusion and awareness of people with disability in employment, and improving equality and diversity in the workplace.

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Peter Coffee

Head of Platform Research

Peter joined Salesforce as its first Head of Platform Research in January 2007. He had previously spent eighteen years as a technology analyst, columnist and product reviewer for publications including eWEEK, PC Week, PC Tech Journal and Computer Language, while also authoring the Cue Publishing titles How to Program Java and Peter Coffee Teaches PCs. Peter's prior work included serving as the first Manager for Desktop Computing Planning & Integration at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, where he also worked in national security space-asset applications of AI techniques. Before that, he held project management roles at Exxon Corporation in synthetic fuels, polymer finishing and arctic resource development in locations on east, Gulf, and west coasts of the U.S.

Peter has held faculty appointments at UCLA (expert-systems programming), Pepperdine University (IT management), and Chapman College (business analytics), while also lecturing at Stanford, CalTech, Harvard Business School, and the Sloan School of Management at MIT as well as institutions in Italy, Spain and Singapore. He received his degree in civil engineering from MIT and his MBA from the graduate school of business at Pepperdine. He serves as an advisor on curriculum and degree programs for Pepperdine and for Marymount California University.

He currently supports Salesforce efforts in CIO and developer engagement; in regulator and stakeholder discussions, including information security technology and practice; and in collaborations with research professionals in both the commercial and academic communities.

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Tom Champion

Senior Analyst, Customer Experience

Tom Champion is based in Sydney and serves Customer Experience Professionals across Asia Pacific. His focus is on customer experience strategy and partnerships, experience ecosystems, digital strategy, service transformation, and developing authentic customer-centric cultures.


John Somorjai

Corporate Development & Salesforce Ventures

John Somorjai is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development & Salesforce Ventures at Salesforce. Since 2005, he has been leading the evaluation, deal execution and integration of Salesforce’s corporate strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, as well as investments.

John‘s team has helped bring the company into significant new growth areas and onboarded a number of key leaders through acquisitions including ExactTarget, Heroku, Radian6 and RelateIQ. The Salesforce Ventures portfolio includes innovative cloud companies such as Apttus, Box, DocuSign, Dropbox, Evernote, FinancialForce, InsideSales, MuleSoft, Stripe and Twilio. In addition, his team has made investments in over 150 technology companies located in 11 different countries, including Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, UK and the US.

Prior to Salesforce, John was Vice President of Business Development for Ingenio, which was acquired by AT&T. Prior to Ingento, John worked for Oracle Corporation where he was Senior Director, Corporate Development and Corporate Counsel in the Corporate Legal Department.

John holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Claire Harrison

Commercial Director
Mamamia Women’s Network

Claire Harrison is the Commercial Director at Mamamia Women's Network, Australia's only media company run by women, for women. She is responsible for sales, strategy, programmatic and advertising operations for the group.

Claire has held senior roles in digital media sales & strategy for over 12 years and has over 17 years experience in media with organisations such as NewsCorp, Bauer & Getty Images.

Prior to MWN Claire was the Head of Sales at Amobee, Head of Media Sales & Strategy at realestate.com.au and Sales Director at Private Media. Her areas of specialisation are sales transformation, people leadership and commercial strategy.

Claire is also an executive coach & mentors emerging leaders in marketing, sales & technology.

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Tony Hughes

Speaker – Author – Consultant

Tony Hughes is an international speaker and bestselling author with 30 years of sales leadership experience. He is ranked as the most influential person in professional selling within Asia-Pacific by Top Sales Magazine and teaches 'modernised selling' within the MBA program at the University of Technology, Sydney. Tony is also the ‘most read’ LinkedIn Author globally on the topic of sales leadership and in 2016 was recognised multiple times as a top 2 blogger globally. His articles can be read at www.linkedin.com/today/posts/hughestony.


John Hernandez

Chief Operating Officer
Service Cloud, Salesforce

John Hernandez is COO of Salesforce’s Service Cloud. In this capacity, John is responsible for the business and product operations, as well as key market adjacency and growth strategies for Salesforce’s multi-billion dollar, customer care, Service Cloud business.

Previously, Mr. Hernandez served as Vice President and General Manager of IBM’s Collaboration business. In this capacity, John was responsible for driving IBM’s multi-billion dollar SaaS and Premise based Social, Mail, Meetings, Chat and Smarter Workforce businesses.

Prior to that role, Mr. Hernandez held a variety of General Manager roles within Cisco’s multi-billion dollar Collaboration business. Including premise and cloud based offers within Omni-Channel Customer Care, Telepresence, WebEx and Unified Communications.

A regular keynote speaker at corporate and industry events, Mr. Hernandez has spent his entire career in Silicon Valley, executing global initiatives, with extensive engagements in Asia, Europe and throughout the Americas. Before joining Cisco in December 2002, Mr. Hernandez held a variety of Contact Center management positions at Genesys Telecommunications and Nortel Networks.

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Bridget Loudon


Bridget Loudon is the CEO of Expert360, Australia’s leading online marketplace for curated, on demand, consulting talent. Since cofounding Expert360 in 2013, Bridget has led the company to become a global Talent-as-a-Service (TaaS) platform, and enabled a new market for readily available elite capability and expertise.

Bridget is a digital native and a former management consultant from top tier firm Bain & Company. Running successful businesses and start-ups is in Bridget’s blood. She started her first business, a wholesale distribution company, in high school, sold out in University and has had the start-up bug ever since.

A recognised thought leader in strategy, entrepreneurship and digital disruption, she has won numerous accolades and awards, including NAB 2014 Women’s Agenda Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, FutureMakers list of Australia’s top 25 Emerging Entrepreneurs, and Shoestring’s Top 50 Australian female entrepreneurs under 40.

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Steve Baxter

Entrepreneur, Investor and ‘Shark’ on Shark Tank Australia

Tech start-up investor Steve Baxter is a proud Queenslander, born in the remote town of Cloncurry and raised in Emerald in the State’s central highlands.

He left school at 15 and joined the Army, enlisting in its apprenticeship program. There, he became a technician working in the field of electronics, telecoms and guided weapon systems.

In 1994, at the age of 23, Steve put his life savings of $11,000 on the line to launch his first start-up, the pioneering internet service provider SE Net, from the spare room of his Adelaide home.

Servicing more than 35,000 customers, SE Net was eventually acquired by Ozemail/UUNet under the stewardship of its founding Director and now Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

In 2001, Steve teamed with a schoolmate to launch his second start-up, PIPE Networks. Eight years later they sold it to the TPG Group for $373 million.

Steve spent a year working with Google in California in 2008, leading a project to deliver high-speed telecommunications systems across North America.

In the past three years he has become a major early-stage investor in Australian start-ups, helping to launch a host of companies which together boast a valuation of more than $100 million.

Three years ago, Steve launched River City Labs in Brisbane, a leading co-working community and startup hub to encourage and grow the entrepreneurial scene in Queensland. In 2014, Steve underwrote the Startup Catalyst program, a mission to send 20 tech-savvy future entrepreneurs to the Silicon Valley and in November 2015, announced River City Lab’s imminent expansion plans. Steve is married and the proud father of 3 year old daughter and is a keen private pilot and recreational fisherman.

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Niki Scevak

Blackbird Ventures

Niki is a co-founder of Blackbird Ventures, a venture capital firm with the mission to be a partner to the greatest business stories born from Australia. Prior to Blackbird Ventures, he founded Startmate, an accelerator that helps nerds with ideas become great CEOs and build global startups. Before that he founded Homethinking and worked at Jupiter Research in New York.


Marisa Warren

CEO, Chair & Founding Director
ELEVACAO Foundation

Marisa is a global tech advisor, social entrepreneur and speaker, who is incredibly passionate about elevating women to higher levels. As an entrepreneur, Marisa has built three global businesses from idea stage to revenue producing, and worked in Australia and New York for companies such as SAP, Microsoft and Workday. Whilst living in New York, Marisa founded ELEVACAO Foundation – a global not for profit empowering women entrepreneurs to build and launch successful tech businesses. With world domination plans, the Sydney chapter was launched in 2016, the Melbourne and Singapore chapters to launch in 2017.


Michael Sharkey

Co-Founder & CEO

Michael Sharkey co-founded Autopilot and has served as CEO since it's beginning. Prior to founding Autopilot, Michael joined his brother Chris to grow start-up Stayz into a top Australian rental booking site (acquired by FairFax Digital in 2006 and again by HomeAway for $225M in 2013). He also co-founded Sharkey Media with his brother Chris, where he helped grow Australian startups, marketing programs, and websites.


Casey Ellis

Co-Founder & CEO

Casey Ellis is founder and CEO of Bugcrowd. He started life in infosec as pentester, moved to the dark side of solutions architecture and sales, and finally landed as a career entrepreneur. He’s been in the industry for 15 years, working with clients ranging from startups to government to multinationals, and awkwardly straddles the fence of the technical and business sides of cybersecurity. Casey pioneered the Bug Bounty as-a-Service model launching the first programs on Bugcrowd in 2012, and has presented at Blackhat, Defcon, Derbycon, SOURCE Boston, AISA National, and many others. He is happy as long as he's got a problem to solve, an opportunity to develop, a kick ass group of people to bring along for the ride, and free reign on t-shirt designs.


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