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Management team

Advisory board

Curatorial team

Speakers

CAMP MANAGEMENT TEAM

Andrea Myles, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Andrea Myles loves China. Since travelling there as a young backpacker in 2002 on her first ever adventure overseas, she's been hooked on learning as much as she can about this fascinating country. Since her first trip, she has gained two bilingual Masters degrees in Chinese business & culture, lived in China for 5+ years, worked on social enterprise programs in regional China, headed up the Australia China Business Council, lead the business delegation of then Prime Minister Gillard's second trip to China & co- founded the Engaging China Project - a government-recognised best-practice China engagement program in Australian high schools. She holds a BSc in Neuroscience and is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs & the Sydney Leadership Program.

Andrea also co-founded the Sydney Roller Derby League. Driven by her passion, a slight frustration of the transactional nature of the Australia- China relationship & her impatience for positive change, she co-founded the highly- successful China Australia Millennial Project to connect leading talent in both nations via a world first incubator & social change program. In 2014 she was named one of Australia's 100 Most Influential Women by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review.

In 2015 Andrea was a finalist in the Emerging Entrepreneur category of the NAB Women's Agenda Leadership Awards. She has also been nominated by Australia's Former Foreign Minister Professor Bob Carr for a 2015 Telstra Business Women's Award

Rachel Walters, Co-founder and Director of Partnerships
Rachel combines expertise in business management and strategy, China engagement and business development with a strong drive to build a smarter, kinder relationship between Australia and China. Her passion for China was ignited during an exchange in Kunming in China’s South West, where she completed a Masters degree in International Studies with a China Major. She was awarded a scholarship to study the MBA program at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2007, and applied her China skills managing the multi-million dollar relationship between UTS:INSEARCH and its Chinese education agencies – involving frequent travel throughout China and strong China engagement skills.  Rachel has also worked in management consulting, education management, event management, business development and account management across multiple industries, and speaks several languages including Mandarin and French, Italian and Spanish.

 

Liu Yan, Co-founder and Chief Curator
Yan is the founder and chief catalyst of Ask Lab, a social enterprise that connects talent and ideas with business challenges through co-creation and experiential learning. She currently serves as the chief curator of China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP), a summit unites 100 young innovators from China with 100 young innovators from Australia for a 3 months online collaboration and 5 day innovation incubator at Vivid Sydney Festival. She is also the senior advisor of Transist Impact Lab, a social impact investment firm. Prior to this, She established Xindanwei, a Shanghai based coworking center, international innovation hub and one of the "World Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in China" listed by FastCompany. She is the author of “Coworking Manual” – a book published at App Store under Creative Commons to help entrepreneurs to set up coworking community. 

Next to her endeavour at Ask Lab, she also provides co-creation, experiential learning and innovation training solutions to a number of multinational, government and social enterprises to help individual and business with an increased capacity for creative problem solving and understanding of innovation processes. Her clients include Audi, British government, Kempinski, Schneider Electric, Carrefour, Standard bank, Nudge Foundation and Transist. 

Liu Yan’s educational background is predominantly in Arts Management and Marketing with a breadth in cultural and creative entrepreneurial study and practices. She is the founding participant of THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership. She is a BMW foundation Young Global Leader and the jury member of Prix Ars Electronica 2011-2012, one of the most premium international awards for digital art and community projects.

Vivien Sung, Co-founder and Chief Experience Officer
Vivien is a design strategist, innovation facilitator and educator with a specialty in facilitating innovation using design processes to solve complex problems, projects that require cultural intelligence engaging Chinese audiences and designing user and brand experiences which cross over multiple touchpoints. She is responsible for developing the design, strategy and experience of the CAMP learning program across the 3 month online and offline program.

Vivien is passionate about creating better futures and deepening the Asia-Australia relationship. She believes that cross-cultural collaboration is integral to sucessfully tackling the global issues we face. Dedicated to rethinking current practices to create a better future, Vivien has taught students interaction/experience design and design thinking at the University of Technology, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building and UTS Insearch as well as given guest lectures at UNSW COFA and UTS Business School.

For the past 5 years, she has consulted to the City of Sydney providing high level consultation and strategic advice on cultural protocols and community engagement of the largest Chinese New Year Festival outside of China. She is author of the award-winning book Five-fold Happiness which uncovers important concepts and values vital to understanding Chinese cultural contexts reaching a global audience of over 40,000 readers. Vivien’s expertise covers strategy, innovation and design within China Australia contexts building new and innovative ways to engage between the two countries.

 

Aimee Zheng, Co-founder and Director of China Partnerships
Aimee has deep experience in multiple sectors including innovation and start ups, China Australia business relations, establishing research partnerships and consulting in the design engineering built environment. 

Having attended high school in Australia and graduated from a Bachelor of Design Architecture (Urban Planning) from the University of Sydney, she has been involved in a number of residential and commercial architectural design projects both in Sydney and Singapore. Her consulting career highlights include being the Client Account Executive for a major Chinese client in mining. Aimee worked directly with the Chief Marketing Officer - conducting client care visits, workshopping and implementing the cross cultural relationship management plan; and presenting proposals to Chinese investors coming to Australia drawing input from a panel of technical global market leaders. 
On completion of her MBA at the University of Technology, Sydney, Aimee joined the innovation Campus at the University of Wollongong in 2013 as Manager of Corporate Relations - forging a number of significant industry partnerships with Chinese Corporations across the University’s full value proposition. Her key contribution involved raising the public profile of UOW, forging research and commercial partnerships as well as enriching the student experience through creating career and mentoring opportunities. Aimee is professionally fluent in both English and Mandarin and is bi-cultured.

Julien Leyre, Recruitment Project Manager
Julien is a French-Australian writer, educator and social entrepreneur. Julien studied humanities and classics at Ecole Normale Supérieure, France's #1 College of Arts and Humanities, before teaching linguistics and translation at the Sorbonne. In Paris, he also collaborated with musicians and film-makers, and published a first novel and various short stories. 

Since migrating to Melbourne in 2008, Julien has taught languages and translation at La Trobe University and worked in government strategy while pursuing his work as a writer and collaborative artist. In 2011, Julien founded the Marco Polo Project, a Melbourne-based charity organisation exploring new models to develop Chinese and China literacy by celebrating literature and language using peer-to-peer and open source models. In 2014, he was appointed as Industry Fellow by the Monash University Centre for Literary Translation, and directed the first Marco Polo Festival of Digital Literature, bringing together readers, writers and translators from China and Australia through a series of interactive online and offline events. Julien has been invited to speak at many prestigious forums internationally on Digital China, online writing and the multilingual internet, including the French Foundation for Political Innovation, Melbourne Writers Festival, and Sydney Ideas. 

Susan Zhang, Technology Evangelist

Susan grew up in China. She came to Australia as an International Student in 2009. Obtaining a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Master of Information and Communication Technology from the University of Wollongong by 2011 was her first taste of Australia.

Susan is passionate about propelling Sino-Australian cultural relationships, and communicates swiftly across cultures and collaborates over many geographical borders. In 2012, Susan founded her first Business - Dragon Translating and Interpreting Service, while working full-time as a Software Engineer.

Now, working at Google as a Dynamic Display Campaign Manager, Susan provides strategic direction for some largest advertisers in Australia. Her past project highlights including ‘Bringing Traditional IT Companies onto the Cloud’, ‘Enterprise Demand Management for APAC’ and ‘Business Pathway to China’.

Outside work, Susan actively involves in various charity initiatives including the Cancer Council and 'Hour of Code' which promotes a global coding culture for anyone ages 4 to 104. She also advocating for 'Women in IT' as well as volunteering for the UN Women Program.

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Anna Kirkpatrick, Program Manager

Anna is passionate about the collaboration of talented and resourceful individuals to solve complex problems with solutions that result in positive, widespread and sustainable impact.

Anna has worked on innovation project and programs with public and private sector clients based across Australia, Indonesia and China. Clients have ranged from industry-leading corporate enterprises in banking, finance and property, to emerging social startups, a leading environmental NFP, university bodies and local Councils including the City of Sydney.

Her MBA completed in 2014, Anna loves solving problems that really matter, where innovative solutions make a significant difference to peoples' lives.

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Lucy Jak-Lax, Partnerships Manager

Lucy Jakubowski Laxon (Lucy Jak-Lax) comes from the creative discipline background of a classical music degree at the University of New South Wales. After studying Mandarin at Yunnan Normal University in Kunming in 2012 Lucy was invigorated by the idea of strengthening cross cultural collaboration between Australia and China, particularly as the trade relationship between the two countries strengthens.
Lucy entered Hanyu Qiao Sydney, the Chinese language and culture competition for two successive years, and won scholarships to continue her studies in China. It was then she started applying her cross cultural skills, performing Chinese pop and classical music in Beijing and Shanghai festivals. Her focus is on finding new ways to lessen the cultural divide between Australia and China, using innovative culture-focused strategies. When Lucy is not at CAMP, she spends a lot of her time performing with her neo-soul band Hustle Mama. 
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Gemma Pitcher, Marketing and Communications Manager
Gemma has a passion is for telling new and fresh stories for online and offline audiences. She likes writing, photography, speaking and presenting, generating ideas, managing digital projects, building relationships and working in fun, dynamic and creative teams. She dislikes bigotry, misogyny - and celery.

Jun Zhang has a high level of education from quality institutions from China, Japan, Australia and UK. Fluent in Japanese, Chinese and English, She has worked in various areas in Japan, China and Australia such as in banking and consulting.  She is currently undertaking a master degree in international management (CEMS) at The University of Sydney and will spend the following semester at London School of Economics. Jun Zhang is interested in travelling, playing sports and the Chinese harp in her spare time. She will start a career in management consulting upon completion of her degree. 

CAMP ADVISORY BOARD

Sarah Tritsch

Sarah Tritsch 戚思雅 is the Principal of Star Jasmine.  

Sarah has a longstanding interest in innovation and technology.  With diverse international business and government experience and networks, Sarah assists dynamic companies realise commercial opportunities in the global value chain of innovation.  

Sarah has provided corporate advice to clean energy, resource and biotechnology companies.  In 2013-14, Sarah identified and advised innovative Israeli companies across the IT, medtech and cleantech sectors about entering the Australian market.  She also advised the Australia-China Business Council on innovation for the 2014 Food Summit.  In 2012, Sarah was part of the team which won a competitive tender to deliver the Australia-China Science and Research Knowledge Exchange Symposium on behalf of the federal Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. 

Sarah has broad government experience, federally, as a diplomat and working in the Trade Minister’s office, and in the NSW Cabinet Office (head of the State Development team) and Treasury.  She has provided strategic advice to Government leaders and planned and managed key government trade, investment and innovation related business initiatives.

Sarah holds a MBA and has Mandarin language skills.  She is a member of the NSW Australia-China Business Council’s Agri-business subcommittee, the Asia Society, Export Council of Australia and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Peter Young, Managing Director, Consulo Advisers

Peter has a passion for unfolding possibility and realising opportunity in dynamic markets, purposeful organisations and vibrant communities.

He has a particular affinity for the service economy with experience in professional and financial services; healthcare; tertiary education; consumer and industrial products; media; and resources. 

Peter has been an advisor to and held senior management roles in Australia, through Asia, the Americas and in Europe, contributing in business strategy development, planning and implementation; organisational design; governance; business model transformation and cohesion; service innovation and enhancement; growth; talent formation and leadership development.

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Maree Cummins

Maree's career in events, with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and other organisations, has spanned over two decades. She currently work on a consulting basis for corporate organisations and the events industry. Her experience covers various event management, logistics, production and communication roles.

Maree has had roles in these organisations and events:

• Minter Ellison, 2014-2015.

• PwC global leadership Program, 2012/13 in Mexico, Middle East, Brazil, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Singapore and USA.

• George P. Johnson and the Australian Government - Australian Cultural Program in EXPO, Shangahi 2010 and Business Summit event of APEC in the Sydney Opera House, 2007.

• PwC Global Leadership Summit Program in Sydney, November 2008 - attended by 350 PwC partners and guests from 42 nations.

• Received the MEA (Meeting and Events Association Australia) Award for best National ln-house Meetings Team in 2005.

• Established and led the PwC national events team from 2003 to 2007, managing a national events program of over 900 events annually, receiving recognition from PwC in 2004, for embodying our high performance culture (develop, achieve, inspire).

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Pat Mooney, Managing Director, WorldStage

Pat has over 20 years experience in technology commercialisation and international business development. He has founded three services companies, invested in three other startups and held Asia Pacific and global sales, strategy and marketing roles in telecommunications and software.


He is a Charter Member of TiE Sydney and co-author of Enterprise & Venture Capital, sponsored by AVCAL and launched by the Minister for Industry. He has lectured in entrepreneurship and strategy in Sydney and Hong Kong.


At Accelerating Commercialisation, Pat has funded and provided commercialisation advice to 23 outstanding early stage technology companies, including Critical Arc, Building IQ, IPscape, ingogo and Quintessence Labs.

 

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Dr Brandon Gien, CEO, Good Design Australia
President, International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID)
Brandon founded Good Design Australia, now widely recognized and respected for its important role in promoting the value of design-led innovation to business, industry, academia, government and the general public. Brandon studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle where he later graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design. He holds a PhD in Environmental Design from the University of Canberra’s School of Design and Architecture.

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Jean Dong, Founder and Managing Director, Spark Corporation

Jean Dong is the founder and managing director of Spark Corporation Group, and the board director of Winworld Australia; a company that focuses on Chinese investment in Australian agriculture and resources industry, and expansion of Australian businesses into Chinese markets through strategic partnerships. Prior to her entrepreneur journey Jean worked for 5 years at a world leading consulting firm, during which she successfully led investment projects for multiple Chinese SOEs and private companies overseas.

During 2014 G20, Jean led a senior government official level negotiation between China and Australian and signed a strategic collaboration plan under the Free Trade Agreement framework. This MOU was witnessed by the President of China and the Prime Minister of Australia. Her contribution was highly recognised by the Chinese and Australian senior government officials and she was invited to meet with the President of China during G20. She has been invited to be key representative at the 2014 APEC Women Leadership Forum and 2014 APEC CEO Summit. Jean was named as a 'Global Shaper' by the World Economic Forum.

Prior to Jean's Australian journey, she enjoyed a rich experience as the editor of Youth newspaper (China), and a TV presenter and national reporter for CCTV television station (China). In 2009, Jean graduated from the University of Adelaide and was the Mace Bearer for the Commerce Graduate Class. Jean has a passion for promoting the Australian-Chinese bilateral relationship and is heavily involved in advising State Government on Australian-Chinese engagement. She has made speeches at various national business conferences and actively supported Australian-Chinese NGOs, and she has independently produced a number of well received documentaries in Australia and China promoting Australian-Chinese business and cultural engagement.

 

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Lynette Nixon, Director, Deals Innovation, PWC Australia
Lynette is the leader of the Innovation program for PwC – currently focusing her energies on the Deals business. Her role has been to design the PwC response to innovation as well as being accountable for its execution. A key part of this role is influencing and partnering with senior leaders to help them apply the core innovation principles to their businesses. She also actively consults with a wide range of clients on their innovation strategy both conceptually and in developing their implementation approach.

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Kerry Brown, Executive Director, China Studies Centre
Professor Kerry Brown leads the centre as its Executive Director. His research and work focuses on contemporary Chinese politics, particularly elite politics in the Communist Party. The key outcome of his work is to feed research and analysis into policy making at government, company and university levels. He works closely with a range of policy makers in particular areas that are engaged on issues where thinking about China matters.

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Yiying Lu, designer

Yiying Lu is a global award-winning designer with more than 10 years of experience in the creative realm.

Born and Raised in Shanghai, China. Educated in Sydney, Australia and London, UK; Yiying is now based in San Francisco USA, working as a Creative Branding Mentor at 500 Startups.

Yiying has done creative work for Disney, Expedia, Microsoft, SXSW, Twitter, PepsiCo, Sony, Scholastic, JWT and many more. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums globally. She has been named named in the Top 10 Emerging Leaders in Innovation from Microsoft The Australian 100; was awarded the Winner of the Design category in the New York Shorty Awards, One Show Design Award Merit, and received the Best of China Award at the Cannes Advertising Festival, France. Her projects have been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, BBC, Times Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald and more.

She is deeply passionate about startups, innovation, creativity and culture exchange.

 

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Liz Jakubowski, Director of Government Relations, NICTA

Liz is Government Relations Director for NICTA. She has a background in stakeholder management, strategic communications, policy development and technology innovation. Liz has had senior executive roles at the ABC, NSWHealth, worked in Government, made documentaries and developed new technology pilots in media and health.

Liz is a strong supporter of start-ups and believes its important for school students, young and older people to understand how technology is changing everything and creating new opportunities worldwide, and that we can help meet this challenge by developing entrepreneurial skills.

Liz was particularly inspired by the CAMP vision through team of young women entrepreneurs wanting to build a closer cultural and economic relationship between young people in Australia and China.

CAMP CURATORIAL TEAM

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Liu Yan, Chief Curator, CAMP
Yan is the founder and chief catalyst of Ask Lab, a social enterprise that connects talent and ideas with business challenges through co-creation and experiential learning. She serves as the senior advisor of Transist Impact Lab, a social impact investment firm. Previously she established Xindanwei in 2009, the first and largest co-working centre in China and one of the “World Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in China” listed by FastCompany. She is the author of “Coworking Manual”– a book published at App Store under Creative Commons to help entrepreneurs set up co-working communities worldwide.

 

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Vivien Sung, Chief Experience Officer, CAMP
Vivien is a design strategist, innovation facilitator and educator with a specialty in facilitating innovation using design processes to solve complex problems, projects that require cultural intelligence engaging Chinese audiences and designing user and brand experiences which cross over multiple touchpoints. Vivien lectures and tutors at the University of Technology, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building and UTS Insearch and has given guest lectures at UNSW COFA and UTS Business School.

 

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Suhit Anatula
Suhit works at the intersection of entrepreneurship, design and social science with a focus on social change. He heads Business Innovation at TACSI, and is a consultant and facilitator in innovation, business models and strategy. His focus is solving adaptive social challenges and increasing social impact. He works across sectors and partners with individuals in government, business, social enterprise and NGOs to create better outcomes for people. Suhit holds an MBA from the International Graduate School of Business.

 

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Kevin Bathman, Founder, Coalition of Mischief
Kevin is a designer, storyteller, writer and social change advocate based in Sydney. He is interested in using creativity to address environmental, cultural and social justice issues, and believes that the arts is an untapped avenue for catalysing change.

As the founder of social enterprise, Coalition of Mischief, Kevin has worked on numerous social justice projects with not-for-profit and arts organisations to help them communicate their message better. His main areas of interest include multiculturalism, sustainability and storytelling. Since 2012, Kevin has been researching the history, connections and cross-cultural stories between the Chinese and Indian culture for his project, The Chindian Diaries.

Mike Paduada
Mike spends part of his time as an indie game developer, creating casual games for mobile devices. His ultimate objective is to create mobile user experiences that can help people change their behaviour and collaborate for systems change. Mike also spends time as a social innovator, lending his experience in strategy, risk management, communications, and community animation to ambitious social-purpose projects. He is particularly passionate about promoting social enterprises, civic engagement, and citizen science. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Mike currently lives in Shanghai, China.

Lu Rui
Lu Rui works with a special emphasis on creative ideas and communication goals, with a very high attention to details. Inspired by everything, everywhere, interested and enthusiastic, he is in complete love with visual creation. http://www.jzsq.org
As a graphic designer, he worked for Wieden+Kennedy Shanghai, a full service integrated advertising agency in 2010. After that he worked as an information designer,art director, interactive designer with Urban China magazine, a bimonthly issue about urbanization in China for half a year. He works and lives in Shanghai.

Dean Economou, Technology Strategist, NICTA
Dr Dean Economou’s career spans the research, commercial and government sectors. From 1999 to 2005 he held senior positions at CSIRO, including Director of CSIRO’s Networking Technology Lab. He was a co-founder of the Centre for Networking Technologies for the Information Economy. Dean is a business advisor/mentor in the start-up community, and has provided policy input to the Australian government on the Internet, Built Environment, Broadband Technology, Smart Infrastructure and Cloud Computing.

CAMP SUMMIT 2015 SPEAKERS

Suhit Anatula
Suhit works at the intersection of entrepreneurship, design and social science with a focus on social change. He heads Business Innovation at TACSI, and is a consultant and facilitator in innovation, business models and strategy. His focus is solving adaptive social challenges and increasing social impact. He works across sectors and partners with individuals in government, business, social enterprise and NGOs to create better outcomes for people. Suhit holds an MBA from the International Graduate School of Business.

Rod Andersen, Advisor and lecturer, iAccelerate

Rod is one of Australia’s most experienced consultants in the field of leadership, culture, and persuasive and compelling communication. Rod is consistently engaged by organisations ranging from blue chips to start-ups across Asia Pacific.
He is the co-founder of The Allegion Group and an advisor and lecturer at the University of Wollongong’s iAccelerate incubator specialising in Lean Business Canvas and pitching. Rod has a reputation for presenting a unique approach to coaching pitch presenters. Some of his clients have appeared recently on the newly launched Network 10 television program, ‘Shark Tank’.

Rebecca Barry, National Manager Strategic Partnerships, Migrant and Expatriate Banking, Westpac

Rebecca manages Westpac’s key national relationships with businesses, government and universities and coordinates relationships offshore to onshore. Rebecca originally joined Westpac as a lawyer and has since held roles including National Manager, Strategy in Westpac Retail Bank and Project Director in AFS. Rebecca was the first recipient of Westpac’s Women of Influence Award in the Young Leader category, and is a past Director of Australian Women Lawyers, Past-President of Women Lawyers Association of NSW, Board Member of NSW Young Lawyers and the Business and Corporate Lawyers Committees of the Law Society.


Rick Chen, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pozible

Rick Chen is an entrepreneur and a social change-maker with a strong focus on new media design. He has a keen interested in web-based technology, user interface design and innovative ideas that change people’s behaviour. Rick co-founded Australia’s first crowdfunding platform Pozible in  2010, which has became the 3rd largest crowdfunding platform worldwide and raised over $18million dollars for the industry. In 2013, Rick was selected by The Australian newspaper as one of the top 20 Australians to watch of the year.

Greg Crowther, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, uSig

Greg is a communications practitioner and entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience. Greg helps business owners communicate their vision and plans to different audiences, including the media. He assists people to craft their messages and deliver them in face-to-face and electronic environments. Greg has a passion for helping start-up founders communicate clearly and confidently. Greg co-founded an online communication skills training tool and a cloud-based user authentication platform. He also participates in a range of communication research and practitioner groups.

Onur Ekinci is co-Founder of Peer Academy (www.peeracademy.org). Peer Academy is Australia’s first professional development marketplace, where anyone can teach and learn. Think Airbnb meets Tedtalks. This on-demand, cost-effective, practical model is fast becoming the preferred destination for professional development across all sectors.

Ben Hamley, Strategy Designer, Business Models Inc

Ben is an established thought leader in the Australian creative and entertainment industries, co-editing one of the first books of original research on entertainment as a cultural system. He is a passionate advocate for interdisciplinary skill development and the intersections between culture, technology, design and strategy. Ben has worked in audience strategy for large cultural institutions and as a strategic advisor to fast-growth technology companies such as Google, Undrtone and MySpace. As a strategy designer with business models inc, Ben leads design anthropology, research and customer insight projects in Australia and New Zealand.

Alan Jones, Chief Growth Hacker, Blue Chilli

Alan is responsible for advising and mentoring startup entrepreneurs on lean startup methodology, marketing and communications. A founding Startmate mentor and investor, as well as an investor in Pollenizer's incubator fund, Alan is also an active angel investor here and in the US, with current investments including Muru Music, Tzukuri, Bugcrowd, Scriptrock, OtherLevels, Bugherd and Chromasun. Alan’s startup digital agency The New Agency was acquired by BlueChilli in 2012. Previously, he was Product Director, South Asia for Yahoo Inc., Chief Product Officer of online video startup HomeScreen Entertainment and Editor of Australian Macworld.

Kristofor Lawson, Digital Producer, ABC International

Kristofor is currently focused on building engagement through video and community projects. Previously he was Digital Producer for The Feed - a daily news, technology, and culture program which broadcasts on SBS 2. He was also Digital Editor of News Corporation's award winning website questnews.com.au which won Best Digital News Destination Rural/Regional/Suburban in the 2012 Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association awards. Prior to News Corporation, Kristofor worked at Network Ten where he established social media accounts for Ten News Melbourne and encouraged the use of social media as a tool for broadcast reporting.

Holly Ransom, global strategist

Holly was handpicked by Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh, at the age of 21 to support him in creating effective change through the organisation. She was also handpicked by Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott to work on the World Y20 and B20 conferences in Australia in July and September 2014, and was a 2013 finalist for the Young Australian of the Year. The Financial Review named her one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Australia.

Andrew Whitford, Westpac Head of Greater China

Andrew has responsibility for the bank's operations and strategy in the region, covering mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Andrew has led Westpac’s operations in China since the 2007 opening of the first China branch in Shanghai.
Andrew has extensive experience across the banking industry in China, working closely with the Chinese Government as it continues to pursue financial market reform. Andrew is a regular commentator in the media on China related matters such as the Free Trade Agreement, Shanghai Free Trade Zone and Renminbi internationalisation.

Andrew Yu, Founder, 1kg More

Andrew is the initiator of 1KG More campaign, a movement that engages travellers to carry books and materials and do service projects in rural China. Now Andrew is running a social enterprise focused on educational design. The product, 1KG Box, with an easy-to-use design and rich content, makes everyone a teacher, cultivating creativity, critical thinking and life skills for every child. Andrew is a council member of the China Youth Development Foundation, the largest educational foundation in China.

Jack Zhang, Founder & President, Geek Park (www.geekpark.net)

The past decade has witnessed a boom of geeks and geek culture in China. With the global resource relocation brought by the Internet to the world, Chinese geeks are no longer a minority hidden in the laboratory or library, who bury themselves in impractical knowledge. Thanks to the fast growth of internet and technology, they have found a new significance in Chinese society and a new approach to communicate with their country and the world, including Europe.

The emergence and boom of geek culture in China has created a major impact on social progress, from technology innovation to social and cultural thinking.

Geek Park was the first organization to bring the concept of a ‘geek’ to China, and provides geeks/innovators with original content, offline events and an accelerator service. Their regular meetups in China see over 1000 geeks attend each meeting. Geek Park has become the epicenter of China’s internet sector, attracting companies, developers and investors looking for a piece of the world’s biggest online market.