Doron Ben-Meir

Written on June 10, 2013 at 11:58 pm, by Carlos

Doron Ben-Meir

CEO Commercialisation Australia, serial entrepreneur

Navigating the Valley of Death: How to commercialise your innovation? (November 28, 11.40am)

CEO of Commercialisation Australia; Serial entrepreneur National Precincts Board; Founder or Co-founder of six start-up companies, as well as an investor, investment manager, and advisor to several others.

Doron Ben-Meir has extensive experience in the venture capital industry and commercialisation more generally. Over the past twenty years, he has been involved in numerous venture capital organisations, and has been a founder or co-founder of six start-up companies, as well as an investor, investment manager, and advisor to several others.

In addition to personally building several technology businesses across various industry sectors, Doron also founded and was CEO of Prescient Venture Capital, and has held the positions of Principal, Private Equity and Venture Capital at Jagen Pty Ltd; General Manager, IT&T Investments at Escor Pty Ltd; and Investment Director at Momentum Funds Management.

Doron was appointed CEO of Commercialisation Australia (CA) in 2010. An Australian Government initiative, CA provides Australian businesses with access to funding and human resources tailored to help them bring their new intellectual property to market.

In addition to his ex-officio role on the Board of CA, Doron is a member of the National Precincts Board – a body established by the Federal Government to oversee the implementation of Industry Innovation Precincts and the new Industry Collaboration Fund as set out in the Government’s Plan for Australian Jobs (Industry and Innovation Statement) released in early 2013. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Doron’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (First Class Honours) from Monash University.

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Dr Alan Finkel AM

Written on June 10, 2013 at 11:43 pm, by Carlos

Alan Finkel

Chancellor Monash University, President Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Co-founder Cosmos Magazine

Deep Conversation:
‘Education: Learning to embrace the future’ (November 27, 12.00-2.00pm)

The Electric Planet: Seeing the possibilities of an electron economy over an oil economy (November 29, 9.00am)

Chancellor of Monash University; President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering; Co-founder and Chairman of Cosmos Magazine; Chairman Australian Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics; CEO of STELR Education.

For three years until 2012 Alan was involved in the provision of low-emissions electricity to operate electric vehicles. Previously, for nearly twenty-five years, Alan was the CEO of Axon Instruments, a California-based company that made precision scientific instruments used at pharmaceutical companies and universities for the discovery of new medicines.

Alan is passionate about educating the next generation. He established the Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience to provide advanced training to early-career scientists and he leads a secondary school science program named STELR that is currently running in nearly 350 secondary schools around Australia.

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Jason Drew (South Africa)

Written on June 10, 2013 at 11:07 pm, by Carlos

Jason Drew

Serial entrepreneur, passionate environmentalist and futurist

Deep Conversation:
‘Are You Ready for the Race to the Future?  At the starting line or still getting suited up?’ (November 27, 7.15-9.45pm)

How to win in the sustainability revolution – business and the 21st century (November 29, 1.45pm)

Jason is an international business leader, eco-entrepreneur and author; Former CEO of a JSE listed business; Chairs a number of organizations including, his latest green venture. Author: The Protein Crunch.

Jason is a serial entrepreneur, passionate environmentalist and futurist who argues that industrial revolution is over and the sustainability revolution has begun. Based on this he has developed a clear vision and blueprint for business in the 21st century.

As old business models implode, new ways of doing business are emerging that will be more disruptive than the internet. Peer to peer markets, product sharing platforms and 3D printing will change the business world in the next decade.  Whole new global industries are also being created that could not be foreseen five years ago. These closed loop business are driving a wave of innovation and creativity whilst changing business strategy, risk and governance.

Jason is an inspirational business leader of this nascent revolution. He has started and invested in some remarkable 21st century business, from the world’s largest insect farms, to an

empowering and profitable toilet business in the slums of Africa as well as a company that is set to replace the pesticide industry.

Jason takes business thinking, vision and action into the 21st century– he looks for  profitable game changing solutions to the new business paradigms we face. Turning accepted business concepts and models upside down as he looks at business today from the perspective of the future. He explores concepts and frameworks that will define business in the 21st century. His closed systems thinking approach to his own business makes his companies profitable yet simple and brilliant.

Described by Leadership Magazine as one of ‘Africa’s most inspiring green leaders’, he is sharp, witty and above all a realist with a no-nonsense motivational and business focused approach to fixing our problems.   Honorary Consul general for Pakistan in South Africa he was also awarded the 2013 United Nations Innovation Prize for Africa.

Twitter: @AuthorJasonDrew

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