Michael Harte

Written on August 31, 2012 at 3:10 pm, by Carlos

Group Executive, Enterprise Services & Chief Information Officer

Technology-led acceleration: passion, creativity and innovation in a corporate environment. (November 30, 9.00am)

Michael is a multi-award winning CIO and business leader who, together with his team, is helping to make the Commonwealth Bank of Australia one of the most respected, customer-focused and technology-leading banks in the world.

Michael is spear-heading a major transition at the Commonwealth Bank, where technology and operational excellence is one of the bank’s key strategic pillars. As a result, the Commonwealth Bank is leading the industry with its core banking modernisation project; is delivering world-class platforms; more agile IT infrastructure, and is innovating across its technology portfolio, from payments to internet banking and mobile apps.

An advocate of open systems, cloud computing and on-demand infrastructure, Michael is always looking at what opportunities and challenges lay ahead for the industry

He is fascinated by trends in social media, mobility and big data and regularly participates in industry discussions on these and other topics.

On the philanthropic front, he supports a number of organisations which use technology to help make a difference in people’s lives.

If he has a personal philosophy, it is to be open-natured and to always be open to possibilities.

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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 FuturistSpeaker.com.

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Michael T. Jones (USA)

Written on May 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm, by Carlos

Chief Technology Advocate, Google

Deep Conversation:
‘Now to Next: How will Science and Technology help solve our wicked problems?’ (November 28, 7.00-9.30pm)
The future enters by the back door: How and why learning must change with advancing technology (November 30, 9.00am)

Michael Jones is Google’s Chief Technology Advocate, charged with advancing the technology to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Michael travels the globe to meet and speak with governments, businesses, partners and customers in order to advance Google’s mission and technology. He previously was Chief Technologist of Google Maps, Earth, and Local Search——the teams responsible for providing location intelligence and information in global context to users worldwide. Before its acquisition by Google, Michael was CTO of Keyhole Corporation, the company that developed the technology used today in Google Earth. He was also CEO of Intrinsic Graphics, and earlier, was Director of Advanced Graphics at Silicon Graphics.

A prolific inventor and computer programmer since the 4th grade, he has developed scientific and interactive computer graphics software, held engineering and business executive roles, and is an avid reader, traveler and amateur photographer using a home-built 4 gigapixel camera made with parts from the U2/SR71.

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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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