Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers

The conference program features thought-provoking keynote speakers who will explore the conference theme from diverse perspectives:

Lord Mayor of Adelaide Sandy Verschoor
Sandy was elected as an Area Councillor in the 2015 by-election and served as Deputy Lord Mayor from June 2017 to November 2018. She has had a career in both the public and private enterprise, not-for-profits, and Local and State government, including three years as General Manager City Culture and Community Services for the City of Adelaide.

Simon Griffiths

Simon is an engineer and economist turned social entrepreneur. In 2007, after turning down his dream job offer as a corporate high-flyer, he moved from Australia to South Africa to immerse himself in his true passion: development aid. There he discovered that the biggest problem faced by NGOs and social entrepreneurs is a lack of funding.

Driven by a passion to use business to give back, in 2010, Simon had the idea to start a toilet paper company that builds toilets in the developing world. In 2012, he launched Who Gives A Crap with a crowdfunding campaign, agreeing to sit on a toilet on a live webfeed until he had pre-sold the first $50,000 of toilet rolls. The multi-award winning launch attracted global media attention and generated over $1 million of PR value.
Since launching, Who Gives A Crap has tripled in size year-on-year, primarily relying on word-of-mouth to fuel its growth. In five years, Who Gives A Crap has donated more than $1 million.

Simon is one of Australia’s most prominent social entrepreneurs. His work has been covered by countless media outlets around the world, including The Huffington Post, MTV and The Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Dr Helen Murphy
Dr Helen Murphy is a Senior Research Scientist and ecologist and leads the Landscape Management Group in CSIRO’s Biodiversity, Ecosystem Knowledge and Services Program. Helen has increasingly contributed to science underpinning ecological threat management and was one of 18 independent experts invited to author the 2016 Australian State of the Environment report.

Chlöe Swarbrick MP
Chlöe cut her political teeth as a 22 year old, running a ground-breaking campaign for election as the Mayor of Auckland in 2016. She is now a Green Party MP, and Aotearoa’s youngest MP in 40 years. She brings to parliament her experience as a policy wonk, journalist, business owner and a community project leader.

She is focused on opening up parliament and politics to all New Zealanders, so they can see themselves in it and take part in making Aotearoa a great place for everyone.
Chlöe is the Green Party spokesperson on: Education (including Tertiary), Open Government, Sensible Drug Law Reform, Local Government, Arts Culture & Heritage, Small Business, Broadcasting, Mental Health and Youth.

David Speirs MP
David Speirs is the Minister for Environment and Water in the South Australian Parliament. He is a founding member of Friends of the Lower Field River, a landcare group established by Hallett Cove residents to protect the local environment.

Professor Andy Koronios

Professor Andy Koronios is currently the CEO Designate of the SmartSat CRC

Andy has recently lead a bid to establish a space industry-focused Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) aimed at catapulting Australia into the global space industry through collaborative research and development with the support of over 80 participants from industry, government and academia. The SmartSat CRC has raised a total of $245 million and is the biggest space industry research collaboration in Australia's history.

Andy has established two University Research Labs and a funded Research Centre and was the Research Program Leader for System Integration & Interoperability in the CIEAM CRC. He has worked both as a consultant as well as a professional speaker on IT issues in Australia and South East Asia and has over twenty five years’ experience in the academic environment.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, and a Founding Fellow of the International Institute of Engineering Asset Management, Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Information Quality. He was recently been honoured as a Distinguished Speaker of the ACM.

Anton Andreacchio

Anton has qualifications in mathematical and computer sciences and has founded leading animation and virtual reality studios with applications in sport, live entertainment and real estate.

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