Our program is designed to bring you ideas from the very edge and people who are the thinkers and doers leading the charge toward a purpose-driven world. They each bring a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of purpose-driven business.
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Kyra Maya Phillips
Writer, Reader, Listener & Speaker
The Misfit Economy
Kyra Maya Phillips is a reader and a storyteller. She is the co-author of The Misfit Economy , a book which chronicles stories of creativity from informal and dark markets around the globe. Research for this book has taken her to pirate prisons in Somalia, tunnels networks deep below the city of Paris, Amish camel farms, ganglands in Cape Town, and into the history books to study 18th century pirate ships. Alongside...
Michael Bradley is a lawyer and writer. He is the Managing Partner of Marque Lawyers, which was created in 2008 with the singular ambition of completely changing the way law is practised. Ditching timesheets and the mindless pursuit of profit, Marque’s purpose is to demonstrate (by doing it) that it’s possible for lawyers to be socially useful and agents for positive change while still running a viable business a...
Board Member and former CEO
Conscious Capitalism Australia
Matt is a business leader with experience working with some of the world’s biggest brands in communications, digital marketing and sustainability. He has worked at M&CSaatchi where he helped launch their first digital division and was a founding partner at Republic of Everyone. Matt has studied at the Centre for Sustainability Leadership (where he has also sat on the board and was the Chair), is the former CEO...
Executive Director, Climate Change & Sustainability Services
Ernst & Young
Matthew is a Partner and the leader of Ernst and Young’s Sustainability and Climate Change practice in Sydney. He is a published doctoral-level scientist, and has previously managed UK Government research programmes on Climate Change. Matthew holds committee memberships for the ACCA Global Sustainability Forum, the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association’s sustainability committee, and a number of IETA working grou...
Business Models Inc.
Michael is Partner for international design and strategy firm Business Models Inc. responsible for the Australian and New Zealand offices. Business Models Inc is producer of the worldwide bestseller Business Model Generation (over 1 million copies sold worldwide since 2009). As a strategist and coach to teams seeking purposeful growth and change, Michael supports people navigate the complexity of the 21st century by ...
Minds at Work
Celebrated author, adventurer, gold medal Olympian and popular TV chef; Jason is none of these things. He is, however, one of the most sought-after creative minds in the country. As founder of Minds at Work, he’s helped people ‘think again’ since the end of the last century, working with clients across Australia in virtually every industry and government sector on issues ranging from creativity and trouble shoo...
Future Business Council
With a background in the green building industry, renewable energy sector, climate adaptation, business innovation and international politics, Tom is a strategist, communicator and advocate for future business opportunities in Australia. Future Business Council advocates the benefits of change and push for reforms that will shift the economy in favour of more sustainable, innovative and ethical business models. Its ...
Vanessa and Caro
Be An Unfucker
Vanessa and Caro met while freelancing at the same advertising agency in Melbourne. In hushed whispers near the printer, they decided they wanted to use their writing and designing skills for good. So they plotted to raise awareness about climate change without ever using the colour green. This green-less site became a movement called Be An Unfucker, with unfucking followers in the tens of thousands. They’ve been f...
Fast-talking, funny and pulling no punches, Karen James is a Jersey girl turned social entrepreneur who has risen through the ranks of the global corporate world while honouring her most important role in life as a proud single mother and humanitarian. From building with her team a 10,000-strong community of women within a leading bank, to integrating not-for-profit leadership lessons into corporate boardrooms and gr...
Corporate Account Manager
WWF - Australia
Josi is dedicated to deepening the human–nature connection. Environmentalist, sustainability advisor, partnerships manager and forever curious about the natural world – Josi works to create positive change in business. At WWF-Australia (World Wide Fund for Nature), Josi creates and manages partnerships with purpose driven business to deliver conservation outcomes, brand value, engaging stories and philanthrop...
Head of Learning
Centre for Sustainability Leadership
With over 10 years’ experience as a consultant, researcher, communicator, educator, facilitator and coach in the field of sustainability, Jeremy’s experience extends across the corporate, government and education sectors. He is Head of Learning and a Program Facilitator at the Centre for Sustainability Leadership where he supports leaders to build their capacities for positive change in line with their values and...
Jason is a designer, sometime artist and entrepreneur working at the intersection of technology and design. Jason has nearly ten years experience working with interactive technology in the architecture & urban planning, working alongside clever engineers, designers and thinkers to create new & remarkable urban environments. In recent years he has devoted himself to creating unique health focussed startups, br...
The Hello Nature Project
Jane is the founder of The Hello Nature Project, an initiative to reconnect people back to the the delight, awe and excitement of the natural world. An alumni of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership and with a background in community sustainability, she’s not afraid of using the word ‘love’. She is heavily influenced by Richard Louv’s quote: “We cannot protect something we do not love, we cannot love wh...
Co-Founder, Operations Director
Future Business Council
Felicity is a business strategist with a passion for innovation, adaptive business models and women in leadership. As Co-founder and Operations Director for the Future Business Council, Felicity stays on the cutting edge of business thinking and global trends reshaping Australia’s economy. She is a strong believer in the positive role business can play in the economy and greater society, and brings experience worki...
Values, framing & comms strategy
Common Cause Australia
Eleanor helps organisations to engage the values that motivate us to care for each other and for the planet. She has worked across the sustainability field in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Her fascination with what makes us tick led to a shift in focus to the psychological and societal dimensions of sustainability. She is a communicator and qualitative researcher, having recently completed her PhD o...
Head of Curriculum
The School of Life Australia
Daniel is the Head of Curriculum at the School of Life Australia. Having studied Arts and Philosophy and spent close to 10 years as a youth educator, Daniel is inspired by the wisdom in culture and the power of meaningful educational experiences to help us live wisely and well. Previously Daniel made up part of the strategy team at Small Giants. Small Giants invests in businesses that are shifting us to a more social...
Founder and Program Director
Circular Economy Australia
Candice has been presenting, educating and facilitating on the circular economy for more than three years and has been managing creative and technical teams on innovation projects for more than 10 years. Her passion for connecting people and drive for good business practice is the force excelling Circular Economy Australia into the valued network represented today, connecting people and resources to circular economy ...
Managing Director & Founder
Premonition.io & Foodbank Local
Brad Lorge is an entrepreneur, computer scientist and advocate for socially driven business, and was announced as the “Hills Young Innovator of the Year” for 2015.Brad founded Foodbank Local – a technology platform which utilises real-time constraints optimisation to improve logistics in the foodbanking sector.Brad is currently working with his co-founders on Premonition, which combines a new approach to real-t...
Former Chief Executive
Ben Burge was the CEO of a merchant bank before he was thirty, developing and managing a private equity transaction that was judged private equity deal of the year. He was the founding CEO of eMitch, a listed ASX company that brought new approaches to digital marketing to Australia and was headhunted to lead a key group within IBM Global focussed on data analytics. Four years ago, Ben a proud father of two, decided h...
James and his wife Monica founded Whole Kids with the purpose of helping parents to create happy, healthy lives for their children. Whole Kids is Australia’s largest range of certified organic snack foods for kids and the first food company in Australia to become a B Corporation. James is on the committee for Conscious Capitalism Australia and was previously a non-executive board member of Environment Victoria...
Make Do Co.
Johanna Scott is the founder of Make Do Co., an organisation aimed at fostering a culture of change makers empowered to pursue values-led business and purposeful living. Make Do Co. is the combination of Johanna’s past experience in communications, design, lean startup thinking and behavioural design; and her passions for writing, yoga, permaculture, creativity and meditation. She is a certified yoga and meditatio...
CEO & Managing Director
With 28 years of customer owned banking experience in a range of executive management roles, Damien was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Bank Australia on 1 September 2011 – the same day it became Australia’s first customer owned bank. Prior to this appointment, Damien served as General Manager of Corporate Services for eight years, also holding the position of Company Secretary. Under Damien’s leadershi...
Centre for Workplace Leadership
Sarah Fortuna Sarah brings to the Centre for Workplace Leadership extensive experience in higher education and government in advisory, strategy, communications and project management roles. She spent several years working at the United Nations in Thailand and Indonesia, working in communications and partnership development roles. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 2011, she worked at the Victorian Depar...
Head of Venture Community
Lauren is a community strategist and disruptive innovation specialist passionate about the development and application of new business models, corporate social innovation, impact investment and fostering entrepreneurial capacity, particularly in women. She is currently Head of Venture Community at Reinventure Fund, an Australian venture capital firm focused on investing in disruptive financial services startups, wit...
Suzanne Boccalatte is a designer, writer, forecaster. Suzanne founded Boccalatte Pty Ltd in 1990—her mission is using creativity to bring together people, business and culture. Suzanne has a Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Hons), University of Sydney and has qualifications in Communications Management (UTS), Drawing, Printmaking (NAS) and Copywriting (UTS). She is currently enrolled in an MA of Creative Writin...
Anna is the founder of YEVU, a socially responsible clothing label made in Ghana, West Africa. YEVU is a social enterprise with the primary objective of addressing urban poverty through economically empowering disadvantaged micro enterprises, micro producers and artisans manufactures in Ghana’s informal sector. Informed by her background in international development, Anna saw potential in partnering with small...
CEO & Founder
Tom Dawkins is co-Founder and CEO of StartSomeGood, a crowdfunding platform for social benefit projects. He was previously the founder of Australian youth non-profit Vibewire, the first Social Media Director at Ashoka in Washington DC and the founding Director of the Australian Changemakers Festival. He has organised dance parties and film festivals, youth journalism projects and new media conferences, co-wor...
Six Capitals: The revolution capitalism has to have
Jane Gleeson-White is a writer and speaker with degrees in economics and literature. She is the author of Six Capitals: The revolution capitalism has to have – or can accountants save the planet? and Double Entry: How the merchants of Venice shaped the modern world (2011). Double Entry won the 2012 Nib Literary Award for excellence in writing and research. It was shortlisted for the 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary A...
Daniel brings technology, stories and people together to create behavioural change. He and the team at PrincipleCo run major issue and electoral campaigns at the international, national and state levels. If you’ve followed a recent election in Australia, you’ve seen his work – which has reached over 5 million people. An award winning researcher and experienced communicator, Daniel is skilled at identifying ...
When Malcolm and Melanie started ecostore in 1993 they had a dream to create a healthier more sustainable world and set a new model of how to fund a not-for profit, the FairGround Foundation. ecostore produce Australasia’s leading range of healthier, eco friendlier household cleaners, body care and baby products with a focus on looking after the health and wellbeing of people as well as the planet. The ecostore ra...
Founder and CEO
Hello Sunday Morning
Chris is the Founder and CEO of Hello Sunday Morning (HSM) – an organisation that helps people to change their relationship with alcohol. Hello Sunday Morning was started after one particularly bad hangover when Chris was 22 years-old. By the end of that year (2009) HSM had helped change the lives of 20 people. Five years later, thanks to the support of governments across Australia and New Zealand, the HSM com...
Founder & CEO
Audette Exel is a founder of the Adara Group, established in 1998, and Chief Executive Officer of its Australian corporate advisory businesses. The Adara businesses were established as “for purpose” businesses with the principle objective of supporting Adara Development – dedicated to improving health and education for women, children and communities living in poverty. Audette is a lawyer by profession spe...
Shebeen and Who Gives a Crap
Economist, engineer and social entrepreneur. Simon is the CEO of Who Gives A Crap, a profit for purpose company, an environmentally friendly toilet paper company that uses 50% of its profits to build toilets in the developing world. He is also the founder of Shebeen, Australia’s first non-profit bar, located in Melbourne’s CBD. In 2011, Simon was recognised by The Age’s Melbourne Magazine as one of ...
Etsy - Australia & Asia
Souness came into her role at Etsy with the mission to develop the team and business within Australia and Asia Her CV includes senior roles in market leading companies including SEEK, Lonely Planet and Envato. According to Souness, Etsy’s mission ‘reimagining commerce in ways that make for a fulfilling and lasting world,’ was what first attracted her to the role. “It seems to me that the ways Etsy maximise...
Co-founder and Managing Director
Abigail’s entrepreneurial spirit was kick-started when she caught sight of opportunity as an eleven year old, selling sandwiches in the business park where her father worked during her school holidays. In 1998 Abigail left law to start up Bluebag – feel good food; a chain of fresh and healthy sandwich shops in Melbourne’s CBD, with her brother Jamie Forsyth. After twelve years the business was sold in 2010...
Dr Jason Fox
Motivation Strategy & Design
Dr Jason Fox is a motivation strategy & design expert who shows forward thinking leaders how to influence culture & build for the future of work. He works with Fortune 500 companies such as Toyota, Microsoft, Gartner, and Sony. Jason is the director of The Future of Leadership Melbourne, the founding director of Clever Happenings and a global ambassador for the ideas execution conference 99U. He is also the b...
James Chin Moody
Founder and CEO
James Chin Moody is the Founder and CEO of Sendle, a door-to-door parcel delivery service that unlocks big-business logistics for everyone. James has held roles as Executive Director, Development at the CSIRO, Australian National Commissioner for UNESCO, member of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Advisory Board and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and So...