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 www.AgriProtein.com, 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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Steve Vamos

Written on June 10, 2013 at 10:04 pm, by Carlos

Steve Vamos

Non Executive Director, Telstra, Medibank and David Jones

Defining leadership and business success in the age of endless and rapid change (November 29, 1.45pm)

Founding President, Society for Knowledge Economics Non Executive Director, Telstra, Medibank and David Jones; Former Vice President of Microsoft.

Steve Vamos serves as a Non Executive Director of Telstra (appointed September 2009), Medibank Private (appointed October 2011) and David Jones (appointed June 2012). Steve has more than thirty years experience in the Information Technology and on line Media industry and has lived and worked in Australia, the USA and Asia.
Steve was a founder of the Society for Knowledge Economics (SKE), a not for profit think tank established in 2005, which encourages new and better practices in the leadership and management of human and other intangible resources that create economic and social value in knowledge based and globally connected economies.

From January 2007 to September 2008 Steve lead Worldwide Sales and International Operations for Microsoft Corporation’s Online Services Group (OSG). He was responsible for the organization’s international business in more than 30 countries around the world. Steve was Vice President of Microsoft in Australia and New Zealand from 2003 to January 2007.

Between 1998 and 2002, Steve was Chief Executive Officer of ninemsn, the on line joint venture between Microsoft and Australian media industry leader Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.  Other roles Steve has held include, Vice President and Managing Director of Apple Computer Asia Pacific (1996 to 1998), Managing Director of Apple Computer Australia (1994 to 1995) and 14 years with IBM Australia in a number of sales, marketing and general management positions.

The Australian Financial Review has twice included Steve in the top five listing of the most influential members of the Australian technology industry.

Steve holds a degree in Civil Engineering (with Honors) from the University of New South Wales.

Twitter: @stevevamos

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Michael Rennie

Written on June 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm, by Carlos

Michael Rennie

Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company

Leadership and Prosperity: The Future of the Australian Economy (November 29, 1.45pm)

Managing Partner of McKinsey and Company, Australia & New Zealand; Global leader of McKinsey’s Organisation Behaviour practice which covers organisation performance including innovation.

Michael Rennie has 25 years’ experience at the leading edge of management innovation and for many years has been the Global leader of McKinsey’s Organisation Behaviour practice, which covers organisation performance including innovation.

He is known as an innovator inside McKinsey, for founding radical approaches to organisation performance which holistically integrate the deeply personal dimensions of awareness and meaning with the external performance drivers of structure, process and measurement.

Michael has honors degrees in law & economics, studied languages & history in Switzerland and has a Master’s degree in Arts from Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

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Jon Duschinsky (Canada)

Written on June 10, 2013 at 9:23 pm, by Carlos

Jon Duschinsky

Social innovator, global cage rattler and a change agent, Author: (me)volution

Master Class:
‘Are you really worth talking about? (November 27, 2.15-4.15pm)

Deep Conversation:
‘Are You Ready for the Race to the Future?’ (November 27, 7.15-9.45pm)

Being the change – leadership in the age of shared value? (November 29, 1.45.pm)

Jon thrives by constantly looking at the world around him, thinking about it and using these observations to drive new and creative thinking that break down silos and challenge the status quo.

He is the CEO of The Conversation Farm, a global agency that develops creative ideas to change the way people think about problems. The agency grounds most of its work in social innovation and builds new conversations for some of the world’s most innovative organisations in more than a dozen countries.

Jon’s world is that of social innovation. He is a leader in marrying social profit with financial profit and his radical and inspirational futurology paints a vivid picture of how tomorrow’s businesses will use social innovation to grow their audiences.

Author of two books – Philanthropy in a Flat World and (me)volution, Jon is a celebrated speaker and has shared speaking platforms with leaders such as Kofi Annan and Princess Mary of Denmark. His visionary sessions are both inspirational and empowering, leaving his audiences with the tools they need to ready their businesses for tomorrow.

Twitter: @jonduschinsky

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Dr Linda Yueh (UK)

Written on June 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm, by Carlos

Linda Yueh

Chief Business Correspondent, BBC

China’s Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower (November 29, 1.45pm)

Chief Business Correspondent for the BBC; Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University; Adjunct Professor of Economics at the London Business School; Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University.

Dr. Yueh is Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, Adjunct Professor of Economics at the London Business School, and Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University. She also directs the China Growth Centre (CGC) at St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, and is an associate of the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and IDEAS: International Affairs, Diplomacy & Strategy research centre, both at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Previously, she was an international corporate lawyer at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in NY, BJ, HK, and Economics Editor at Bloomberg TV, where she hosted “Economic Edge”.

Dr. Yueh has published widely and is the Series Editor of the Routledge Economic Growth and Development Series. Her books include: Macroeconomics (co-authored with Graeme Chamberlin) which is a recommended textbook of the UK Government Economic Service,

Globalisation and Economic Growth in China (co-edited with Yang Yao), The Law and Economics of Globalisation: New Challenges for a World in Flux (editor), The Future of Asian Trade and Growth: Economic Development with the Emergence of China (editor), China and Globalisation: Critical Concepts in Economics (editor), Enterprising China: Business, Economic, and Legal Developments Since 1979 (includes 12 business case studies), and the award-winning The Economy of China. China’s Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower is her latest book.

She serves on the Advisory Board of The Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), and has advised the World Bank, European Commission, Asian Development Bank, World Economic Forum in Davos, among many others. Dr. Yueh was a Non-Executive Director of the FTSE-listed companies, JPMorgan Asian Investment Trust plc and Baillie Gifford’s Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust plc, served on the Board of London & Partners, the official promotion agency of London, and was an advisor to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

Twitter: @lindayueh

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