Beverley O’Connor

Written on October 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm, by Carlos

Journalist and Broadcaster; Presenter at ABC; Columnist for Herald Sun

Moderating Deep Conversation:
Getting Unstuck: Using innovation to create change in large organizations and government (November 28, 12.15pm-2.15pm)

Journalist and broadcaster Beverley O’Connor has over 20 years’ experience across both radio and television, and is currently a Presenter on the ABC’s Australia Network.

She is also a columnist for News Limited’s Herald Sun.

Beverley specialized in economics and politics, and over the years has combined her passion for sport in working as an anchor for the Seven Network and the ABC.

Beverley was the first female director of the Melbourne Football Club, where she served for nine years, seven of those as Vice-President, the only woman to hold this role with an AFL club.Beverley is a Life Governor of the Drug and Alcohol Foundation, having served six years on the Board, is an Australia Day ambassador, campaigner for breast cancer awareness, and ambassador for the children’s charities Variety and Ozchild.

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Dr Thomas Frey (USA)

Written on June 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm, by Carlos

Executive Director and Senior Futurist at DaVinci Institute, Author: Communicating with the Future

Deep Conversation:
‘Getting Unstuck! Using innovation to create change in large organizations and government’ (November 28, 12.15-2.15pm)
2 Billion Jobs to Disappear by 2030! Driverless Cars, Teacherless Schools, and Printable Houses: We’re in for a Wild Ride (November 30, 9.00am)

Thomas Frey is the Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, and currently Google’s top-rated futurist speaker. Author of the groundbreaking 2011 book “Communicating with the Future,” Tom serves as a powerful visionary who is revolutionizing our thinking about the future.

As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, he continually pushes the envelope of understanding, headlining events with some of today’s most recognizable figures: Tom Peters, Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammad Yunus; former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch; former New York City Mayor Rudy Giulliani; Former President of Colombia, Andrés Pastrana; Prime Minister of Spain, Felipe González Márquez; Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz; Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal; and former World Bank President James Wolfensohn.

His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies.

Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, the Denver Post and Seattle Post Intelligencer have referred to him as the “Dean of Futurists”.

Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer. He is also a past member of the Triple Nine Society (High I.Q. society over 99.9 percentile).

Thomas has been featured in hundreds of articles for both national and international publications including New York Times, Huffington Post, Times of India, USA Today, US News and World Report, The Futurist Magazine, Morning Calm (in-flight magazine for Korean Airlines), Skylife (in-flight magazine for Turkish Airlines), ColoradoBiz Magazine, Rocky Mountain News, and many more. He currently writes a weekly “Future Trend Report” newsletter and a weekly column for

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Adam Kahane (Canada)

Written on May 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm, by Carlos

(Photo: Móric van der Meer)

Partner in Reos Partners, Innovation in Complex Social Systems.

Deep Conversation:
‘Getting Unstuck! Using innovation to create change in large organizations and government’ (November 28, 12.15-2.15pm)
Transformative Scenario Planning: Working Together to Change the Future (November 29, 9.45am)

Adam Kahane is a partner in Reos Partners, an international organisation dedicated to supporting and building capacity for innovative collective action in complex social systems, and an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford.

Adam is a leading organizer, designer and facilitator of processes through which business, government, and civil society leaders can work together to address their most complex challenges. He is the author of Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities and Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change, and Transformative Scenario Planning: Creating New Futures When Things Aren’t Working.

During the early 1990s, Adam was head of Social, Political, Economic and Technological Scenarios for Royal Dutch Shell in London. Previously he held strategy and research positions with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (San Francisco), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Vienna), the Institute for Energy Economics (Tokyo), and the Universities of Toronto, British Columbia, California, and the Western Cape.

Adam has a B.Sc. in Physics (First Class Honors) from McGill University, an M.A. in Energy and Resource Economics from the University of California, and an M.A. in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University.

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Scott Anthony (Singapore)

Written on May 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm, by Carlos

Scott Anthony

Managing Director of Innosight Asia-Pacific, expert on disruptive innovation

Morning Master class:
‘Creating a Culture of Innovation’ (November 28, 9.00am-12.00pm)
Deep Conversation:
‘Getting Unstuck! Using innovation to create change in large organizations and government’ (November 28, 12.15-2.15pm)

Innovation Lessons from Asia and Driving Growth in Emerging Markets (November 29, 4.30pm)

Scott has written extensively about innovation. His most recent work is his fourth Harvard Business Review Press book, The Little Black Book of Innovation (January 2012) and the Harvard Business Review article ‘How P&G Tripled Its Innovation Success Rate,’ co-authored with Procter & Gamble’s Chief Technology Officer, Bruce Brown. He has written articles for publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Sloan Management Review, Advertising Age, Marketing Management and Chief Executive, and serves as a judge in the Wall Street Journal’s Innovation Awards. He has a regular column at Harvard Business Online (

He is also the author of The Innovator’s Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work and The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times (Harvard Business Press).

Prior to joining Innosight, Scott was a senior researcher with Innosight co-founder and Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen, managing a group that worked to further Christensen’s research on innovation.

His passion is in enabling innovators around the world to realize their untapped potential. In early 2010 Scott and his family relocated from the United States to Singapore to take advantage of the booming opportunities for innovation in Asia. He has spent significant time on the ground in India, China, Singapore, Korea, and the Philippines.

Scott is a sought after strategic advisor who has worked closely with senior leaders in companies such as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, General Electric, LG, SingTel, the Ayala Group, Credit Suisse, and Cisco Systems on topics of growth and innovation. He joined the Board of Directors of Media General in 2009.

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Geoff Mulgan (UK)

Written on May 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm, by Carlos

Geoff Mulgan

Chief Executive of NESTA, the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts

Deep Conversation:
‘Getting Unstuck! Using innovation to create change in large organizations and government’ (November 28, 12.15-2.15pm)
Innovations in and around Government: Is democracy keeping up with the pace of social and technological change? (November 30, 9.00am)

Before the Young Foundation, Geoff Mulgan has held various roles in the UK government including Director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and Head of Policy in the Prime Minister’s office, and he was the founder of the think-tank Demos. Since 2004: Geoff has been a visiting Professor at London School of Economics, University College London and University of Melbourne, China Executive Leadership Academy and visiting Fellow at the Australia New Zealand School of Government and the UK National School of Government. He is Adviser to many governments around the world on policy and strategy, including recent work for the governments of Singapore and UAE.

He was the first Chair of Involve, member of Academy of Medical Science review of evidence, member of Marmot Commission on health inequality, and is now board member of Atomium Culture, the Studio School Trust, Big Society Capital, Action for Happiness.

He is also a member of the European Union commission on 2030-2050 and the International Steering Committee of the Program of Innovations and Excellence in Chinese Local Governance (IECLG) and was Chair of the

Carnegie Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in the UK and Ireland (2007-10).

Books include The Art of Public Strategy; Mobilising Power and Knowledge for the Common Good (Oxford University Press), Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government (Penguin),  Connexity: how to live in a connected world (Harvard Business Press and Jonathon Cape) and due out in early 2013 is a new book on the future of capitalism (from Princeton University Press).

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