Our 2022
Speakers

Summit Speakers

Annie Kane
Annie Kane
Editor, The Adviser and Mortgage Business

Annie Kane is the editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, Australia’s leading source of news, opinion and strategy for mortgage brokers and third-party mortgage distribution. As well as writing news and features on the Australian broking industry, the mortgage market, financial regulation, fintechs and the wider lending landscape – Annie is also the host of the Elite Broker podcast and In Focus podcasts and The Adviser Live webcasts. She is also a co-host of the Mortgage Business Uncut podcast. Before joining Momentum Media in 2016, Annie wrote for a range of business and consumer titles, including The Guardian (Australia), BBC Music Magazine, Elle (Australia), BBC Countryfile, BBC Homes & Antiques, and Resource magazine.

Catriona Wallace
Catriona Wallace
Leading writer, speaker and advisor on responsible technology, ethics and the future of work

Dr Catriona Wallace has been recognised by the Australian Financial Review as the Most Influential Woman in Business & Entrepreneurship.

Catriona is an expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence and is an Adjunct Professor, keynote speaker, Chair of an AI VC fund and the Director of the Gradient Institute, a Responsible AI consultancy.

As the founder of one of the first Artificial Intelligence companies to list on the Australian Securities Exchange, Catriona has truly lived the life of an entrepreneur and CEO in the emerging technologies field. Indeed, Flamingo AI was the second only woman-led (CEO & Chair) business ever to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Based on her extensive experience in AI, and working between the US and Australia, Catriona delivers keynote speeches globally on topics including Artificial Intelligence and Digital

Transformation, Responsible Technology, the Future of Work and Diversity and Inclusion.

Catriona’s rare experience as one of the first women leaders in advanced technology means that she is ideally suited to present on these important and highly topical subjects and does so in a way that is highly accessible and informative, non-technical, engaging and inclusive.

This unique skill set has also seen Catriona invited to Co-Chair Sir Richard Branson's B Team's AI Coalition, to sit on the Federal Government’s AI Action Initiative team as well as achieve significant industry awards. She has been achieved Advance Australia’s highest award in Technology & Innovation for Australians working abroad, she has been named among the Top 9 Female Entrepreneurs by the Sydney Morning Herald and Top 30 Women redefining business by Womens’ Agenda and as one of the top AI speakers, globally, by Onalytica. Catriona was also inducted into the Royal Institution of Australia acknowledging her as one of Australia’s most pre-eminent scientists.

With a burning passion for and deep knowledge of Artificial Intelligence Catriona believes that sharing knowledge about the responsible use of technology and is her true path and
purpose.

Catriona is also a philanthropist, human rights activist and mother of five.

Chris Schwager
Chris Schwager
Video Marketing Specialist | Video Director, Ridge Films

Chris Schwager is an Inbound Video Marketing Specialist for Google’s highest rated video company in Australia, Ridge Films. He has a 20+ year history as a Video Director, Script Writer, Presenter, Podcast Host and video coach. Chris is on a mission to change how Businesses use DIY and professional videos and break through the monotony of day-to-day communication.

Dylan Webber
Dylan Webber
Director, Video Domain

Experience working in professional video and content production for the past 12 years, across many different mediums including Television, Social & Digital. Dylan is driven by customer growth and satisfaction.

About Video Domain

Video Domain is an app that helps businesses book shoots and create videos at scale anywhere in Australia and New Zealand. This is through our growing network of more than 200 talented videographers based across over 100 cities interstate. We help business owners from the very beginning with their concepts and ideas, right through to delivery. Whether you're somebody who knows exactly what you want, or need a hand with our creative producers, we can help put scope around your ideas and bring it to life fast and enjoyably. Shooters sign up to Video Domain to get opportunities to work with bigger brands, and be part of a national team of people just like themselves. We create videos using our four level scale, Enthusiast, Professional, Elite & Hollywood, which helps us to determine the magnitude of each project and budget.

Jane Clarke
Jane Clarke
Founder & Principal Consultant, VIE Marketing

Jane Clark is the Founder and Principal Consultant of VIE Marketing. With a Master of Business, Jane has over 20 years’ experience working across diverse sectors such as professional services, education, engineering, mining and manufacturing. A specialist in Marketing Strategy and Brand Revitalisation, Jane is a speaker for The Executive Connection (TEC Group). Jane also speaks regularly about the importance of brand positioning, and the difference a strategic approach to marketing can have on the bottom line.

Jane’s work has been recognised by multiple state and national awards, including Australia’s most prestigious marketing award, the Australian Marketing Institute’s Marketing Program of the Year at the 2014 Awards for Marketing Excellence.

Jenny De Lacy
Jenny De Lacy
Content Marketing & Social Video Expert, Talking Digital

Jenny De Lacy is an expert in strategic communications, focusing her skills on video marketing coaching, education and speaking. She helps business leaders and founders grow powerful personal brands to grow their business and increase their profitability.

From generating ideas to bring your video marketing to life and reach the right audience, to nailing your message through strategic communication and content plans, Jenny inspires and motivates clients every day to use video marketing to grow their business and increase their profitability. Through workshops, online programs and 1:1 intensives, Jenny works to implement video YOUR way.

Jenny has worked for some of Australia’s largest organisations and hundreds of small business owners and founders across diverse industries. She’s spoken at and MC’d some Australia’s largest conferences for freelancers and solo practitioners, such as CopyCon, Virtual Assistant’s Conference and internationally at OIVAC. She was one of the top 10 entrepreneurs to watch in 2019 as voted by YMag, and has been featured on many awesome Australian small business podcasts on this topic.

Kristen Park
Kristen Park
Creative Director, Social Direct Marketing

With more than 10 years' experience in digital marketing, Kristen Park is a social media expert who helps Australia’s top mortgage brokers and aggregators to win more clients online.

Kristen believes that sustained online success comes from building personal & authentic connections with followers while offering clear & frictionless ‘next steps’ for leads.

As the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Social Direct Marketing, Kristen helps businesses refine their marketing strategy and take full advantage of online platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, WordPress and Google.

Prior to Social Direct Marketing, Kristen loved helping franchisees market their businesses at Aussie Home Loans and Mortgage Choice.

On the rare occasion that Kristen isn’t working, you’ll find her fishing Brisbane’s Moreton Bay and eagerly inspecting the progress on her new home build on the Gold Coast.

Luke Matias
Luke Matias
Founder, Matias Group
Major General (Ret’d) Dr Marcus Thompson AM
Major General (Ret’d) Dr Marcus Thompson AM
Director, Cyber Compass Pty Ltd

Marcus Thompson is a retired Major General who served 34 years in the Australian Army. Graduating from the Royal Military College in 1988, Marcus was allocated to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. He served in a variety of command, regimental and Special Operations appointments including: Command of the 3rd Combat Signal Regiment; secondment to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as the Senior Advisor Defence Policy and Operations; Director General Special Operations Capability; Commander 6th Brigade; and deployments to East Timor, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His final appointment was as the inaugural Head of Information Warfare for the Australian Defence Force.

Marcus holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with honours from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Business from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra, a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from Deakin University, and a PhD in Cyber Security from the University of New South Wales. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Since leaving the Australian Army, Marcus has founded Cyber Compass Pty Ltd, an independent advisory focused on improving cyber security and developing sovereign Australian capability. He has worked with and supported several Australian entities, including Bank Australia, Macquarie Telecom Group, NAB, Macquarie Bank, ParaFlare, and Melbourne Business School. He is the Chair of the Board of Penten and an elected Board Director of Engineers Australia.

Maz Farrelly
Maz Farrelly
International, award-winning TV & Film Producer, Author

IF YOU’VE WATCHED IT,
MAZ PROBABLY MADE IT.

If you’ve watched it, I probably made it and won an award for it - every ratings juggernaut you’ve watched from five series of Big Brother (the controversial years), to Dancing With The Stars, The X Factor, The Celebrity Apprentice, The Farmer Wants A Wife and I was one of the creators of the long running current affairs show, Q&A on the ABC.

The numbers on my speed dial are head spinning and diverse - Scary Spice Mel B, David Hasselhoff, Usher, Ronan Keating, Guy Sebastian, Kelly Rowland, Jason Derulo, Manu Fiedel, Julia Morris, Mark Bouris, Fitzy, Pauline Hanson, and many many more.

As an expert in Entertaining Content, I live on both sides of the camera & was a regular panelist on Tom Ballard’s ABC show, Reality Check.

I started life as a magazine journalist & stylist in London, and Absolutely Fabulous was based on my agent – it feels like a documentary to me- why the laughter?

I’ve since had a variety of smart corner offices as Executive Editor of Format Entertainment at the BBC UK London, Director of Television Content, Fremantle Media Australia, Director of the award winning, Media Tribe, Australia, Creative Strategist at BBC WorldWide and Executive Producer of Megastar, an international online talent show based in San Francisco. I now run Absolutely Farrelly, a company which specialises in creative content, training & strategy around engagement.

I believe that all business is show business, and to cut through in this listening-deficient society, you have to deliver the triple Es - Entertainment, Engagement & Emotion. Nail them & you’ll rock it.

Nick Abrahams
Nick Abrahams
Global Futurist, Innovator & Author

A leading expert in digital assets like cryptocurrencies and NFTs. The AFR describes Nick as a "digital transformation guru"

 
As the Global Leader of the Digital Transformation Practice for Norton Rose Fulbright, a professional services firm with over 7,000 employees, Nick Abrahams is at the front line of global business & innovation. He has advised many of the world's largest companies on their digital transformation strategies, including how to seize the opportunities created by the mainstream adoption of digital assets and protocols like cryptocurrencies, decentralised finance and non-fungible tokens.

Nick created the world's first AI-enabled privacy chatbot and was a category winner in the Financial Times Asia-Pac Innovator of the Year Awards in 2020. Separate to NRF, he is the co-founder of Australia's leading online legal service, LawPath which has over 250,000 users and was recognised in the 2020 Deloitte Fast 50 as one of Australia's fastest growing companies. 

He is a director of: the Vodafone Foundation; the Sydney Film Festival and global genomics research leader, the Garvan Foundation. In December 2020 he stepped off the board of ASX300 software company, Integrated Research after six years. He is the author of two Amazon best-selling books Digital Disruption in Australia and Big Data, Big Responsibilities.

Nick Abrahams is a futurist. But Nick's real-world business experience makes him very different to other futurists. Nick doesn't just read about trends, he lives them every day in his various roles. The knowledge he gains from being at the front line of global business means his presentations have a currency and a credibility that is hard to match.

Nick's profile as a global executive, media commentator and best-selling author gives him the ability to engage not only a large conference audience but also to provide meaningful guidance to smaller leadership groups or boards. 

Whether it is an auditorium, board room or virtual event, Nick aims to:
Inform ... people about what is happening in the real world
Equip ... each person with an action plan and, importantly
Entertain ... as we know learning works best when enjoyed.

This last point is a key differentiator for Nick as: he was a professional standup comic; he wrote and appeared in his own TV show and he appeared in a film with Woody Allen. Nick speaks at over 40 live/virtual events globally each year bringing his unique blend of hands-on insight and humour to audiences. 

Peter Hemming
Peter Hemming
Head of Broker Distribution Queensland, NAB
Phillip Tarrant
Phillip Tarrant
Director, Defence and Aerospace, Momentum Markets

Phillip is an executive with over 20 years’ experience, in a career that spans finance, business, economics, international politics, defence and aerospace. He has led the launch, acquisition and growth of a range of award-winning business and consumer platforms and is recognised for his expertise in building highly-connected communities. As head of Momentum’s defence and aerospace business, he is charged with the growth and development of brands including Defence Connect, Space Connect, Cyber Security Connect, Australian Aviation and World of Aviation. Phillip has a master’s degree in international relations and a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Renee Blethyn
Renee Blethyn
Head of Broker Partnerships, NextGen

Having started her career as a broker working with her father, Renee has incredibly valuable insights of being both a mortgage broker and a business owner.

She is extremely passionate about the finance industry and the role we play as a community, working together in helping consumers make informed choices about their finances, and hopefully improving their financial wellbeing.

Having joined NextGen in early 2021 as Head of Broker Partnerships, Renee has a wealth of experience in the industry, a deep understanding of the needs of the broker channel, and a strong focus on optimising innovation and opportunity.

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