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Jason Li Yat-Sen
Degree (Hons) in Arts/Law, University of Sydney; Master's in Law, Australia's Hauser Global Fellow, New York University Law School. Chairman, Vantage Asia Holdings, an investment group with interests in financial services, natural products and technology. Former: Youth Chair, NSW Ethnic Communities Council; Cultural Spokesperson, NSW Tourism during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games; Director, National Centre for Volunteering; NSW Government's Sydney Metropolitan Strategy Group. Vice-Chair, Australia-China Chamber of Commerce, Beijing; Director, George Institute for Global Health and the Sydney Institute. Governor, Smith Family, one of Australia's largest charities. Senate Fellow, University of Sydney.
Founder and Chief strategist, Inspired Companies. A purpose led business framework and roadmap to transition business to a force the world can get behind. (www.inspiredcompanies.global)
Former NIKE Inc Vice President, with executive positions (2001-2014) spanning commercial, strategy and brand through to leadership of NIKE’s Corporate Philanthropy and Global Community Investments. Managing Director of the Nike Foundation and co-creator of the multi-award winning girleffect concept (www.girleffect.org).
Founding Chair of the World Sporting Goods Industry’s Physical Activity Commission. Co- author of Designedtomove. A Framework for Action and multi-sector global alliance to tackle global physical inactivity. (www.designedtomove.org)
Co-founder, Business Breakthrough Inc: (1997-2001) Tokyo-based multi-media and broadcasting company.
Global Ambassador for the World Benchmarking Alliance; NED Limeade Ltd (employee experience platform); CSRB Board Committee member British Telecom PLC (2015-2018). NED, Bond University Limited, Australia; KAO Corporation Japan Advisory Board; Commissioner, Knight Foundation and Aspen Institute’s Information Needs of Communities Living in a Democracy (2010)
Early professional career in Accounting, Finance and Consulting with KPMG in both Australia and the USA.
Loves ocean swimming, beach running, kids sports and the best of humanity and the planet.
Jessica Hilda Mauboy is an Australian R&B and pop singer, songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Darwin, Northern Territory, in 2007, Mauboy released her debut studio album, Been Waiting. In 2008, it earned Mauboy her first number-one single, "Burn". In 2009 it became the second highest-selling Australian album and was certified double platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Mauboy is a role model for Australian girls, particularly indigenous girls, for her positive messages about the value of education. She is actively engaged in encouraging indigenous girls to undertake formal education and has started and supports a number of charities and initiatives that promote indigenous literacy.
Lucy McRae is a sci-fi artist, film director, TED Fellow and body architect, placing the human body in complex, futuristic scenarios that confound the boundaries between the natural and artificial; inventing iconic artworks that take people beyond the expectations of themselves. Trained in classical ballet and interior design, her approach is to influence culture by exploring scientific breakthroughs relating to health and the human body, while providing a feminine point of view on emerging technology. Inventor of Swallowable Parfum, Lucy is recognised as an early identifier of emerging technologies that drive product innovation. Lucy led Philips Electronics far–future research lab, developing stretchable electronics, an electronic tattoo and a range of emotional sensing dresses. She has consulted with companies such as Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Intel and Aesop on the cultural impacts that emerging technologies will have on future lifestyles. McRae encourages scientific conversation around the slipperiness of where science and technology meet the body, throwing into question "What makes us Human"? She has spoken and taught masterclasses on the impact technology has on human nature at TED, WIRED Health, Royal Albert Hall, London’s College of Physicians, Tribeca, Cannes Lion and most recently at MIT’s Being Material conference in 2017. McRae’s award-winning artworks have been develo and exhibited at London Science Museum, Centre Pompidou and Venice Biennale.
Kala Mulqueeny is an environmental lawyer and policy specialist. She is currently Senior Advisor at the Ocean Geographic Society. Previously, she led the Law, Justice and Development Programme. at the Asian Development Bank (ABD). Kala also initiated and chaired the Asia-Pacific Dialogue on Clean Energy Governance and Regulation, the creation of the ASEAN Energy Regulators' Network, the Asian Judges Network on Environment and the ASEAN Chief Justice's Roundtable. After the 2004 Asian tsunami, she led work in Sri Lanka to implement a legal aid and governance project that has directly helped about 100,000 people. Kala was recognized as an Asia 21 Young Leader of the Asia Society and a Yale World Fellow. She taught at the Hong Kong University, the University of the Philippines, and the Law College of the Australian National University. Australasian Legal Business: Legal News named her one of the Top 40 Lawyers in 2010. Kala is on the WWF - Phippines Advisory Council. She has a Doctorate from Harvard Law School, and a Masters in Environmental Law from Sydney university. She was a University Medalist at Qld University.
Kaila Murnain became the NSW Labor General Secretary in January 2016, and is the first woman to hold that position. Kaila Murnain became the NSW Labor Assistant General Secretary in September 2013, and was the first woman to hold that position. Kaila grew up on a small farm outside of Narrabri in North-Western NSW before moving to Sydney to attend University. She has a degree in Social Science from the University of New South Wales, and is undertaking a Masters of Business Administrative (Executive MBA) at the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW. Kaila joined the Labor Party in 2000 after campaigning for Australia to become a Republic and served as Vice President of NSW Young Labor from 2005-2007. Kaila has served in the NSW Labor Party Office since 2008, as the NSW Labor Organiser (Communications and Training) and prior to that as the Membership and Communications Officer. Kaila has extensive Campaign experience and has been a Campaign Manager for Candidates at Local, State and Federal elections. Prior to working in the NSW Party Office, Kaila was the advisor for Ageing and Disability Services in the NSW Government, overseeing the NSW Ageing Roundtable and also advised the Spokesperson for World Youth Day in 2008.
O'Neil is the Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Shadow Minister for Justice in Australia's federal parliament. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Harvard graduate, a published author and former Mayor and Councillor in the City of Greater Dandenong.
Melanie Perkins is chief executive officer and co-founder of Canva, an online design and publishing tool that makes graphic design simple for everyone. Since launching in 2013, Canva has grown to over 15 million users across 190 countries, with more than 1 billion designs created, at 33 designs per second. Today Canva is growing from strength the strength, with over 500 team members working together on a mission to empower everyone to create beautiful designs.
Passionate about people and helping them recover and thrive! I started Halo Medical to change global health care equality. After my father’s farming accident I wanted everyone, no matter how far they lived from healthcare and no matter what they could afford, to receive the healthcare they needed to recover optimally.
So Halo Medical was born! Moving into our 3rd product, incorporating Artifical intelligence with a new device to HUMANIZE medtech and Ai.
We want to positively impact the 46Billion dollar Orthopaedic Industry, reaching to help over 3 million joint replacement patients by 2030 with our new tech, Halo Buddy.
Open to collaborative partners.
Simon Sheikh is the CEO and co-founder of Future Super, a fast growing ethical investment focussed asset manager in Australia with AUD$3.5b + under management across pension and managed investments. The pension fund has approximately 40,000 investors and helps everyday Australians divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions. Prior to founding Future Super Simon was a candidate for the Australian Senate where he narrowly lost out on being elected in 2013.
Simon's background is as a community activist, having run the 1 million strong group GetUp. In this role he led campaigns on clean energy, carbon pricing, mental health reform and water policies. Prior to joining GetUp as its second National Director, Simon worked at the NSW Treasury as a Financial Analyst. Simon is passionate about parenthood and climate action. He is the father of a 6 year old who loves surfing and skateboarding.
Lawyer, geologist, entrepreneur, investor and social entrepreneur. Chairman, Papua New Guinea superannuation investment fund Nambawan Super ($3 billion in investments) and food company Paradise Company Limited, developing entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Pacific islands as founder of Kumul Foundation in partnership with UNDP and Australian Aid. Directorships and interests in climate change, responsible extractives, financial inclusion, telecommunications, banking and pharmaceutical industries.