Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

Warren Wills (UK)

Pianist, musical director and performer

Melbourne born, London based, Warren Wills is a multi-award winning composer, musical director and performer who has worked with many of the world’s best cabaret, opera, jazz and classical artists. One of the most versatile and gifted musicians on the international scene, he has authored 8 original operas, 10 musicals, 13 children’s musicals, 25 albums ( with Prestige Records on iTunes, and Spotify), 5 major orchestral works and music direction credits on more than 50 productions. Warren has played and composed for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), as well as for Woody Allen in New York City, Pamela Anderson in London, and has toured extensively in Europe, Asia and the US, with appearances on MTV in the Middle East.

Credits include: Winner of Best Musical: Carling London Award 1992 for Pinmoney Opera which he co-wrote with Christiana Jones; Runner-up, Critics Circle Award for Josephine; Twice finalist for the Vivian Ellis Award for Moscow Belongs To Me and House Of Obsession; Musical Director and Arranger Soul Train, nominated for Olivier Award for Best Entertainment; Composer of Critics Choice Card Index (BAC); Composer and pianist on the album Lost And Found; Composer Great Expectations (UK/Philadelphia co-production); Composer and Musical Director Ella and Marilyn (Stratford East Theatre); Composer Penelopiad (RSC production Swan Theatre, Ottawa); Musical Director The Realness (Young Vic with Only Connect); Composer and Musical Director Happy Hooker (launched NYC); Xmas with Alistair McGowan (Riverside studios); numerous solo albums as part of the Maestro series for Prestige Records including Eleven Aspects and Piano Classics, and Composer and founder of INTERNATIONAL SHED, a collaborative, socially inclusive musical theatre for children from disadvantaged and special needs backgrounds in Australia, Hong Kong and UK.

"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