Meet the WORKTECH 16 Sydney Speakers

WORKTECH 16 Sydney will draw industry movers and shakers to Australia to debate and discuss the future of work.

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We’re proud to support WORKTECH 16 Sydney. The conference will take place on Tuesday, February 23 in the Dockside Pavilion at Darling Harbour; speakers and guests will explore workplace themes including the future of work and the workplace as well as real estate, technology, and innovation.

Read more and register for the event here, and scroll to get to know the all-star lineup of speakers.

Nicole Birbas
General Manager, Future Ways of Working, Telstra

Nicole is the general manager for Future Ways of Working (FWoW) at Telstra. FWoW is a major company-wide change program focused on improving collaboration, enabling people to be productive wherever they need to be, and the best reference site for Telstra’s own technology. Nicole has worked in the IT&T industry for over 20 years across a number of functions, including several major programs.

Michael Bleby
Senior Reporter, Australian Financial Review

Michael writes about property, construction, architecture, design, and infrastructure. He has worked as a journalist for Reuters in Tokyo, in London for Bloomberg, and Johannesburg for Business Day, and has written for publications including the Financial Times (UK), The Age, and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Juliet Bourke
Partner, Human Capital, Deloitte

Juliet leads the Australian diversity and inclusion practice as a human capital partner at Deloitte, and co-leads the Australian leadership practice. She brings over 20 years of experience in human capital, management, and law to her work, and is an internationally recognized expert author and speaker on the workplace, cultural change, leadership, and diversity. Juliet is a member of the Australian firm’s Diversity Council and sits on the Australian School of Business’ HR Advisory Board.

Agustin Chevez
Senior Researcher at HASSELL, Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Design Innovation, Swinburne University

Agustin’s experience combines industry practice with academic research in the field of workplace design. His interest in the relationship between people, space and technology saw him pursue a Ph.D. on the evolution of workplace architecture as a consequence of technology development at RMIT University. As an architect, he has participated in the development of workplace strategies in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. His research has also been presented at various international conferences and publications.

Sean Corcorran
General Manager, Steelcase Education Solutions

Sean serves as general manager of Steelcase Education Solutions. Previously, Sean was director of product development and marketing for Steelcase Education Solutions. In this role, Sean was responsible for research, product development, and marketing of Steelcase products for secondary and higher education. From 2005 to 2008, Sean was VP of product development for Vecta and PolyVision. Where he was responsible for research and development of new education solutions including visual collaboration technologies, interactive whiteboards, and furniture, for classrooms and other learning environments. Before joining PolyVision and Vecta, Sean spent 16 years at IDEO. He has more than 20 years of experience in design, engineering, product development, and innovation consulting.

Jessica Rose Cooper
Executive Vice President, Delos Solutions & Director of Sustainability, Delos

A long-time member of the architecture and design industry, Jessica has experience in project management, design, and construction, as well as in developing and executing educational programs for the green building community. Currently at Delos as executive vice president leading the Delos Solutions group, Jessica’s work seeks to improve health and wellness through the spaces in which we live and work, while minimizing the impact on our natural environment. In collaboration with the research and development work being done by Delos Labs and Delos Ventures, the Delos Solutions team offers advisory consulting services to help infuse the interior environment with strategies that enhance the health, wellness, and productivity of occupants.

Satyajit Das
Former Banker and Corporate Treasurer, turned Consultant, Author, and Academic

Satyajit is a former financier with over 35 years of experience. He presciently anticipated the 2008 financial crisis and many subsequent developments. In September 2014, Bloomberg included him as one of the 50 most influential people in international finance. He was featured in the 2010 Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job, the 2012 PBS Frontline series Money, Power & Wall Street, the 2009 BBC TV documentary Tricks with Risk, and the 2015 German film Who’s Saving Whom. Das is the author of two international bestsellers, Traders, Guns & Money (2006) and Extreme Money (2011). His latest book is A Banquet of Consequences: Have We Consumed Our Own Future? (2015).

Bruce Duyshart
Building Technology Strategist and Director, Meld Strategies

Bruce is a technologist, strategist, and facilitator with a professional background in architecture, planning, design, property development, and information technology. He has been at the forefront of innovation within the property industry for the past 20 years, having successfully implemented a number of ground breaking and award winning initiatives including: Smart Building Technologies, Sustainability Energy Monitoring, Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) communications systems, and Web-based project collaboration systems.

Dr. Connie Henson
Author of BrainWise Leadership: Practical Neuroscience to Survive and Thrive at Work

Connie’s passion for the science of “how people work” enables her to apply the most current research and techniques in a way that is both practical and entertaining. Her talks encourage high interaction and quickly get people thinking and working differently. She also designs and implements change leadership programs that are informed by the latest neuroscience research through her company Learning Quest, a Sydney-based applied psychology and leadership development consultancy. Connie has been running Learning Quest since 2001. Her focus and expertise lies in helping people, organizations, and communities to realize their strengths and abilities. She has extensive experience designing and delivering highly effective leadership programs for organizations in a range of industries, including finance, health, media, technology, professional services, and government.

Bernadette Holloway
Head of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management, Zurich Insurance

Bernadette is the head of corporate real estate and facilities management for Zurich Insurance, Australia and New Zealand. Her career began in hospitality before undertaking roles on both the end user and supplier side of corporate real estate. In her current role, she is responsible for the successful delivery and customer satisfaction in all aspects of owned and leased facilities as well as major projects and workplace strategy.

Ben Howden
Strategy and Marketing Director,

Ben’s mission is to help clients understand how they can use location technologies to solve business challenges and drive better ROI from their people and assets. In addition to co-founding Lighthouse, Ben also works as Strategy Director at Inlight, a leading digital agency based in Melbourne. In this role Ben has helps brands effectively utilize technology to drive innovation and positive commercial outcomes. Ben is also an active contributor to Australia’s digital and marketing communities. He has been featured in key publications such as B&T Weekly, CEO Magazine, and Qantas Magazine, and regularly speaks at technology forums and events.

Cai Kjaer
Partner and Co-Founder, Optimice; CEO and Co-Founder, SWOOP Analytics

Cai is a partner and co-founder of Optimice, and the CEO and co-founder of SWOOP Analytics. For the last 15 years, he has been mapping and analyzing social networks and relationship patterns inside large complex organizations and has been involved in over 100 projects. Optimice is Australia’s leading social network analysis consulting company and collaborates with the AFR BOSS Magazine on the annual ASX Power and Influence Index that maps the board room network of Australia’s 2000 ASX listed companies comprising more than 9000 directors.

Sarah Liu
Head of Relationships, Gemini3

Named the 2014 Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year at International Stevie Awards and 2015 Women of Style Finalist, Sarah has led an impressive portfolio career as a branding strategist, senior marketer, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. She founded The Dream Collective at age 24, which develops high-caliber young professional woman in business. Simultaneously, she has led marketing strategies for the world’s top FMCG and cosmetic companies including Revlon, P&G, and Coca-Cola. Sarah’s passion is to see more women in leadership and to transform the way we work.

James Maddock
Head of Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield

James is the head of Global Occupier Services at Cushman & Wakefield. With over 20 years ofprofessional experience, he works closely with the senior management of companies wishing to align their real estate strategy with their business objectives, ultimately to improve performance and create shareholder value. He is responsible for the delivery and management of real estate services for global clientele ranging from strategic advisory, transactional through to project management, working closely with local Cushman & Wakefield partners and resources. In addition, he is responsible for designing, implementing and managing client reporting processes, and the assurance of consistent delivery and reliability of Cushman & Wakefield services.

Kellie Payne
Associate Director, Workplace Strategy and Briefing Team Leader, Bates Smart

Kellie is an associate director at Bates Smart, leading the Bates Smart workplace strategy team. The firm’s increased focus on workplace strategy has been a key factor in the growth of the team into one of Australia’s most highly respected future focused workplace practices. Some of the firm’s innovative projects include Goodman, one of the first ABW workplaces in Australia, and Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia’s first open plan legal workplace.

David Rolls
Head of Cities and Urban Renewal, Mirvac

David has over 30 years of experience in property, construction, design, and development, with a particular focus on complex major mixed-use development projects. David has extensive leadership experience in delivering some of the largest urban regeneration projects nationally, including Barangaroo, Darling Park and Darling Quarter in Sydney, Victoria Harbour in Melbourne and RNA in Brisbane. Previously, David held the role as managing director of development at Lend Lease and was responsible for all development projects for Lend Lease Australia including Mixed Use & Commercial, Communities, Apartments, and Retail developments. David is also the NSW President of the Property Council of Australia.

Philip Ross
Futurologist & CEO, Cordless Group & UNWORK

Philip is an author, consultant, and commentator specializing in the future of work. He predicts the way that new trends and forces such as emerging technology will shape how we work, live, learn, and enjoy leisure. He has written a number of books on the future of cities, work and workplace including The Creative Office, The 21st Century Office, and Space to Work (all co-authored with Jeremy Myerson). He has also contributed to a number of other books including The Corporate Fool and The Responsible Workplace.

Will Walker
Global Head of Business Services, Macquarie Group

Will is the global head of business services for Macquarie Group and is responsible for delivering successful infrastructure and services that support the Group’s local and international activities. Will’s innovation, leadership, and drive have led to the delivery of globally awarded, flexible, and creative working environments for Macquarie’s people and clients. Business services searches for the right alignment of innovative, commercial, and forward-thinking solutions that provide a high-quality platform allowing the Macquarie business to evolve for the benefit of the Group’s clients, shareholders, and staff.

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