Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

Advisory Panel

Founder and Executive Producer
Creative Innovation Global

Tania de Jong AM
Founder and 
CEO Creative Universe
Phone: +61 (0)3 8679 6000

Watch Tania’s TEDxTalk 


Ambassadors of Creative Innovation Global

  • Hugh Morgan AC
  • Sir Gus Nossal AC
  • Professor Allan Fels AO

Thought Leaders Advisory Panel

  • Donald Bates – Director, LAB Architecture Studio
  • Doron Ben-Meir – Vice-Principal Enterprise, Chancellery, University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Rufus Black – Vice-Chancellor, University of Tasmania
  • Sally Capp – Lord Mayor of Melbourne
  • Stefan Cassomenos – One of Australia’s leading young pianists, conductors & composers
  • Mark Dempsey SC – Senior Counsel/Barrister (NSW)
  • Jeremy Duffield – Director, MLC; Co-Founder, SuperEd
  • Dr Alan Finkel AO – Australia’s Chief Scientist
  • Rod Glover – Policy Consultant; Associate NESTA (UK)
  • Stephen Grant – Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific Business Coalition on Aids
  • Professor Roy Green – Dean, Faculty of Business, University of Technology Sydney
  • Sarah Hosking – Chief Executive Officer, National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Brad Howarth – Futurist, Speaker and Author: A Faster Future
  • Peter Hunt AM – Chairman, Greenhill Australia
  • Silviu Itescu – Executive Director, Mesoblast
  • Michael Johnson –  Director, Westlake Funding Limited
  • Leon Kempler OAM – Chair, Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce
  • Janine Kirk AM – Chief Executive, The Prince’s Charities
  • Charles Kovess – Australia’s Passion Provocateur and Leading Speaker
  • Peter Kronborg – Leadership, Board and Governance Advisor
  • Anthony Mackay – Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Strategic Education; Chair, Innovation Unit Ltd, UK; Chair, AITSL
  • Denis Moriarty – Co-Founder and Group Managing Director, Our Community
  • Dr Pradeep Philip – Partner, Deloitte Access Economics
  • Professor Peter Rathjen – Vice-Chancellor, University of Adelaide
  • Michael Rennie – Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Carol Schwartz AM – Chair, Creative Partnerships Australia; Director, Women’s Leadership Institute
  • Clive Scott – General Manager, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
  • Adam Simpson – Managing Partner, Simpsons Lawyers
  • Alistair Urquhart – Director, Affairs of State
  • Steve Vamos – CEO, XERO; Non Executive Director, Venture Investor, Business Advisor and Speaker
  • Alison Watkins – Chief Executive Officer, Coca-Cola Amatil

Advisory Panel

International Advisers

  • Scott Anthony (Singapore) –  Managing Partner Innosight; Harvard Business Author
  • Jason Drew (South Africa) – Eco-entrepreneur and sustainability expert
  • Dr Thomas Frey (USA) – Futurist, Da Vinci Institute
  • Patrycja Slawuta (USA) – NYC-based researcher and entrepreneur. Founder of SelfHackathon

"Without a doubt the best conference in Australia with a delightful mix of creativity and big thinking bringing together an eclectic group of industry, community and education leaders. Once again, I’ve come away enthused by new ideas, more aware of future trends, and heartened by the kindness of humanity. We all have a role to play and it should be a collective one." Kerry Anderson, Founder of Operation Next Gen

"Conferences are boring. Creative Innovation is more like a rodeo for ideas, and you are guaranteed to leave wanting to make the world better for everyone." Andrew Despi, A.kin

"Kudos to Tania for organising the the 2019 CI Conference in Melbourne - it is the best I have attended so far. All the speakers and sessions were very well-planned. I have attended many conferences and this is the first I did not have the 'luxury' to skip any sessions. Your effort in this space has truly made Melbourne a global innovation and entrepreneurship hub." Danny Ong, Deakin University

"I wanted to pass along how incredible I thought Creative Innovation was and how much your passion for life and for humanity was inspiring to all of us. It was a privilege to be included and one that I am very grateful for." John Pickering, Chief Behavioural Scientist

"Creative Innovation is a transformational platform built by changemakers for changemakers. It is an educational adventure showcasing the forefront of ideas internationally." Melissa Warner, Ci2019 Scholarship Winner & Education Officer, Mind Medicine Australia

"Creative Innovation 2019 was one of the most well-organised events I’ve ever taken part in. From beginning to the end, every detail had been planned through and taken care of. Secondly, are the production values. As a result, it was possible to attend all the sessions without suffering conference burn-out, happy in the knowledge that the next piece of content was guaranteed to delight and challenge the senses." Richard Claydon (Singapore)

"Well done on another successful Ci conference. Your energy, passion and sheer determination to ensure the conference delegates get a fantastic experience is admirable." VP People & Global Capability | P&GC, Woodside Energy


There are a host of incredible opportunities to partner with us on this world class innovation event. If you are interested in becoming a partner or creative collaborator for the upcoming conference, please contact:

Tania de Jong AM // Founder and Executive Producer
Tel: +61 (0)3 8679 6000

Alrick Pagnon
Tel: +61 (0)3 8679 6000

“Remarkable, mind blowing, brilliantly choreographed – easily the best conference ever and I’ve been to plenty. Truly wonderful and amazing.”

Jim Grant, Partner, Dattner Grant

“Thank you for a challenging and rewarding couple of days. The quality of the team you had at the conference was extraordinary! These events will change people and thereby the world.”

Craig Carolan, Director Private Wealth, ANZ

“I came to learn – I came away inspired! Best conference ever.”

Paul Duldig, University of Melbourne