Main program official opening and keynote 1

TUESDAY 28 AUGUST, 5.00PM - 6.30PM

BRIGHT SPARKS: THE FUTURE OF INNOVATION


Innovation is everybody’s business. People are smarter, more savvy and more diverse than ever before, and the best leaders enlist everybody – their teams, customers, clients, peers and community – to adapt to change, embrace it and even lead it. Gihan Perera gives business leaders a glimpse into what’s ahead – and how they can become fit for the future. Perera has worked with business leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and other change agents – helping them with their strategy for thriving in a fast-changing world. Forbes Magazine has rated him the #5 social media influencer in the world (and #1 in Australia). Perera’s formal background is in science and technology, but he’s always been interested in people and the way they communicate, and how to leverage technology to deliver messages, extend reach and live happier lives.

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Gihan Perera

Gihan Perera

Futurist

Since 1997, Gihan Perera has worked with business leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and other change agents, helping them with their strategy for thriving in a fast-changing world.

Perera has always taken the lead in embracing emerging technologies and trends, from his university thesis in robotics and artificial intelligence, to leading a software development team building the infrastructure for the early Internet, founding one of Australia’s first web development companies in 1996, teaching thought leaders how to engage in elearning platforms, and helping business leaders build their personal brand and online influence.

Forbes magazine has rated him the #5 social media influencer in the world (and #1 in Australia) in his area of expertise. His formal background is in science and technology but he has always been interested in people and the way they communicate – and how to become fit for the future, so that they embrace change, act on opportunities and live happier lives.

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