Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk
State Director, South Australia, Microsoft
Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk is State Director for Microsoft in South Australia, and with her team works with organisations to achieve business outcomes using technology as a key enabler. Eva spent nine years working for Microsoft in Europe and Asia in a variety of sales, marketing and strategy roles.
Eva completed a PhD in entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Adelaide. She is a passionate advocate of the growth mindset approach and South Australia’s innovation ecosystem. Eva volunteers with organisations including ThinkUKnow and Novita Children’s Services, and is a member of the SA Government’s Chiefs for Gender Equity.
Founder, Zest Learning
Robert Hart is an addict. He also founded Zest Learning in 2010. Obsessed with banishing burnout in workplaces, Zest Learning delivers creatively designed learning experiences in wellness, energy and innovation. Robert remains addicted to finding sustainable, enhanced energy and engagement in organisations of every shape and size.
As an active researcher in psychology, creativity and wellbeing for over 20 years, Robert brings evidence-based methodology to the fields of leadership development, human performance, emotional intelligence and creative thinking.
Dr Amantha Imber
Innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of Australia’s leading innovation consultancy, Inventium
Dr Amantha Imber is an innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of Australia’s leading innovation consultancy Inventium. Amantha has a PhD in organisational psychology and has helped companies such as Google, Coca-Cola, Disney, LEGO, Red Bull, American Express, McDonalds, Virgin Australia, Commonwealth Bank and many others, innovate more successfully.
Amantha was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women of the Year awards. Amantha is the co-creator of the BRW Most Innovative Companies list, compiled annually by Inventium to rank Australia's top innovators. She has written for publications including The Australian Financial Review, BRW, Australian Business Solutions and Smart Company and is the author of the best-selling book The creativity formula: 50 scientifically proven creativity boosters for work and for life.
Co-founder, Magneto Communications & Credosity
As a copywriter, corporate trainer and speaker for 18 years, Paul Jones’s principles have helped blue-chip CXO teams through to graduates change how they write, think and lead at work.
In analysing 10,000 business-writing samples, he has seen clear patterns emerge: major flaws in credibility, clarity and competence are endemic in business. They kill productivity, dragging down companies and careers. And Paul is on a mission to fix them.
Paul is a charismatic speaker and corporate-communications expert, passionate about the intersection of psychology, behavioural change and communication.
Managing Director, Code 360
Ben Smit is the co-founder and Managing Director of Teamgage, an online solution that instills a culture of continuous improvement in medium to large organisations. Ben is highly skilled at leveraging technology to solve human problems, with a focus on motivating team members to own and advocate for the improvement process.
Ben has worked with global brands across Australia, Asia Pacific and the USA, and has a diverse range of experience in different sectors including technology, finance, insurance, mining, utilities, education and not-for-profit.
Senior Vice President, Global Research, PageUp
Sylvia Vorhauser-Smith drives thought leadership in the field of human capital management for global organisations and leads the PageUp Talent Lab. Sylvia has more than 25 years of experience in corporate and entrepreneurial business environments, including senior business and HR positions at Westpac Banking Corporation and Citibank Limited.
Sylvia is an international speaker on applied neuroscience, talent and human capital management. She is a featured contributor to Forbes Magazine, author of numerous white papers on talent management. In March 2017, Sylvia will be launching her new book Cliffhanger, HR on the precipice in the future of work.