Presents

Budget Insider 2018

Budget Night - Tuesday, 8 May, 2018
Club Bar
Hotel CBD, 75 York St, Sydney

Presents

Budget Insider 2018

Budget Night - Tuesday, 8 May, 2018
Club Bar
Hotel CBD, 75 York St, Sydney

Presents

Budget Insider 2018

Budget Night - Tuesday, 8 May, 2018
Club Bar
Hotel CBD, 75 York St, Sydney

An Intelligent Policy Soirèe - Serious Networking, Serious Fun

When seriously fun discussions and networking happens in the name of public policy

Oh what a time to be alive!

It is that time of year when the lobbyists write their wish-lists, industry groups take their caps into their hands, and the tech and innovation sector turn their attention to the one and only, Treasurer Scott Morrison.

That’s right the Budget is nearly upon us, and it means InnovationAus.com’s Budget Insider – the supercool policy soiree – is in advanced planning.  In 2018 it looks like we might even have something to talk about as discussions about innovation policy – taboo since the 2016 election – seem to be making a comeback.

Just as we thought the Federal government had slipped into an irreversible coma of inactivity, Bill Ferris’ Innovation and Science Australia has put forward 30 recommendations in its 2030 Strategy that shows there may still be life in the innovation policy after all. These recommendations do not come without Budget consequences. Certainly not in relation to the R&D tax incentive scheme, nor in education and training, or in the reinvestment of science infrastructure.  There’s even rumours of new Innovation Funds. And so we expect a swag of initiatives will land in the Treasurer’s speech – and we will be on hand with cocktails and canapes to ring in the changes as they are announced on the evening of the second Tuesday in May.

Scott Morrison’s 2018 Budget is almost certainly his last before we head to the polls for the next election. This government talked a big game on innovation policy when Malcolm Turnbull took over the leadership in 2015 and then launched the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA), now let’s see with Bill Ferris’ ISA 2030 strategy acting as the hymn sheet, if we’ll hear the bottom line details of a new innovation agenda.

This is the InnovationAus.com annual call-out to tech industry leaders and die-hard policy wonks to unite and join InnovationAus.com for Budget Insider 2018 to listen to ScoMo’s Budget address to the Parliament (and to discuss its entrails in the hours that follow). We have again pulled together two great panels – one before the speech making fearless predictions, and one straight afterwards, either basking in a glow of Treasurer-love, or a disappointed industry wallflower. This event is not one to be missed!

 

Would your organisation like to lead the conversation on how the budget measures will impact innovation across Australia?

Our journalists will prepare a report overnight that dives into the key aspects of the budget from an innovation perspective.

InnovationAus.com will make a co-branded report available to four exclusive sponsors for distribution through their own channels at 7am the following morning.

This will clearly demonstrate your leadership in the conversation on how the budget will affect, help or hinder business innovation.

Contact Andra– Strategic Partnerships - 0400 388 846 - andra@innovationaus.com

 

Agenda

5:30pm

Cocktails and Networking

6:15pm

Opening remarks

Corrie McLeod, Publisher, InnovationAus.com

6:25pm

Pre-Budget Panel

MODERATOR:

Jennifer Zanich, Ecosystems and Partnerships, UNSW Entrepreneurship

 

PANELLISTS:

Robert Pierce, Chief Executive Officer, Wrays

Danny Gilligan, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Reinventure Group

Fleur Brown, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Launch Group

Samantha Clarke, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Advice RegTech

Ian Gardiner, Co-Founder, Innovation Bay 

7:00pm

Refreshments and Networking

7:30pm

Cross live to Scott Morrison’s Budget 2018-2019 speech

8:00pm

Award winner of Budget Bingo

8:05pm

Budget Summary and Re-cap - Live from Canberra

Leigh Dayton, Science Writer and Broadcaster, Crossing live to James Riley, Editorial Director, InnovationAus.com 

8:10pm

Post- Budget Panel

MODERATOR:

Leigh Dayton, Science Writer and Broadcaster

 

PANELLISTS:

Matt Barrie, Chief Executive Officer, Freelancer

Jason Yat-Sen Li, Chairman, Vantage Asia Holdings

Amanda Rose, Manager Partner, Western Sydney Advisory

Paul Shetler, Expert in Residence, Stone & Chalk

Kobad Bhavnagri, Head of APAC Economics and Policy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

8:45pm

Closing remarks

Corrie McLeod, Publisher, InnovationAus.com

8:50pm

Refreshments and Networking

9:30pm

Budget Insider 2018 concludes

Event Partners

Wrays
UNSW

Speakers

Event Partners

Wrays
UNSW

Speaker Bios

Amanda Rose

Amanda Rose

Managing Partner, Western Sydney Advisory

Amanda Rose is a Strategic Connector, Radio Host, Keynote Speaker and brand strategist. As one of the most influential people on LinkedIn, Amanda Rose (#BossLady) is quoted as an “internet winning blogger” by TIME.com and contributes regularly to Huffington Post, The Financial Review, BRW, Sydney Morning Herald, SkyBusiness, and more. Amanda is from the Inner West of Sydney and is passionate about facilitating women in business, CEO of The Business Woman Media and Founded Western Sydney Women to ensure women are connected to the resources and inspiration they need to be economically independent and satisfied in life.

“Once a woman is equipped with confidence, connected to resources and provided with support, nothing can stop her from achieving greatness.” – Amanda Rose

A passionate keynote speaker, Amanda Rose also works regularly with The Australian Defence Force, CPA Australia, Law Institute, UTS, Western Sydney University and the Royal Australian Navy.

Danny Gilligan

Danny Gilligan

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Reinventure Group

Danny Gilligan is a Co-Founder and Managing Director Reinventure Group. Danny has worked on both sides of the table as an entrepreneur and corporate venture capital executive. Danny was Co-Founder of Gizmo Corporation a BRW Fast 50 company 2 years running and a Co-Founder of Data Republic a venture working in the emerging space of big data. He has also worked within large companies in various strategic, commercial and venture capacities dealing with the effects of digital disruption.

“I am a restless entrepreneur at heart and love working shoulder-to-shoulder with entrepreneurs to help them on their journey. It’s hugely satisfying when I can help them learn from the scar tissue I have collected over the years.

I’ve been working at the intersection between startups and corporates for most of the last twenty years, both as founder and a Corporate VC or Strategy/M&A professional.  As a result, I’ve seen the best and worst of what happens when corporates invest in and partner with startups.  Through these experiences I have developed a deep belief that, when done the right way, it is possible to create high-functioning partnerships between large corporates and innovative startups that are mutually beneficial to both.“

Most recently he was Director of Digital Ventures at APN News & Media and prior to that worked in telecommunications as CFO of the Australian Consumer division of AAPT and as part of the Group Strategy and M&A function of Telecom NZ. Danny commenced his career as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG before moving into Corporate Finance.

Fleur Brown

Fleur Brown

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Launch Group

Fleur Brown is a creative entrepreneur who has helped build the profiles of some of the world's most innovative media, technology and entertainment brands, thought leaders and entrepreneurs. Fleur is passionate about helping individuals establish and grow their personal profile and this website is dedicated to that focus.

Fleur is Cofounder and CEO of award winning PR Agency the Launch Group and a CoFounder of TEDxSydney - one of the world's largest innovation festivals. Fleur has spent the past two decades working within and representing some of the world's most innovative technology and media brands. Prior to establishing Launch Group in 2004, Fleur was head of corporate communications for Channel Seven and Director of Communications, Marketing and Tourism for the City of Sydney in the lead-up to the 2000 Olympic Games. An expert trainer, facilitator and public speaker, Fleur has taught public relations at Sydney's leading business colleges. Fleur is a Lead Mentor with Stone & Chalk FinTech hub in Sydney.

Fleur has worked as a journalist and copywriter and will publish her first business book on personal brand in 2018.

 

Jason Yat-sen Li

Jason Yat-sen Li

Chairman, Vantage Asia Holdings

Jason Yat-sen Li is Chairman of Vantage Asia Holdings, a commercial group with offices in Beijing and Sydney with interests in financial services, resources and technology businesses in Asia. Jason spent 10 years living and working in Beijing, first with Insurance Australia Group where he was Head of China Strategy, and then as Managing Director of Yatsen Associates, a corporate advisory firm he founded specialising in cross-border M&A.

Jason was recently a non-executive director of the George Institute for Global Health and is a member of the Sydney Committee of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He was appointed a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2009 and currently serves on the WEF’s Global Agenda Council for China

Matt Barrie

Matt Barrie

Chief Executive, Freelancer.com

Matt Barrie is an award winning technology entrepreneur. He is Chief Executive of Freelancer.com, the world's largest freelancing marketplace connecting over 27 million professionals from around the globe, which has been awarded by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences ten Webby Awards, the "Internet's highest honour".

As founder of Freelancer.com he bootstrapped a US$2.5 million dollar investment for an acquisition to listing without any further funding rounds in an IPO that opened at a market capitalisation of US$1.1 billion, the third biggest opening ever on the Australian Securities Exchange, generating a 15,700% return for investors

Matt is also Chief Executive of Escrow.com, a world leader in secure online payments with over US$3.5 billion in transactions secured.

Matt was Adjunct Associate Professor in Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney where he taught Cryptography for fifteen years and, later, Technology Venture Creation. He is the co-author of over 20 US patent applications.

Matt is a prolific speaker globally and has headlined at SXSW, The Summit Series, Tony Robbins, The Next Web, the New York Times, Bloomberg TV, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, BRW and the Economist.

Previously he founded and was CEO of Sensory Networks Inc., a vendor of high performance network security processors which sold to Intel Corporation in 2013.

In 2006, he was awarded the State Pearcey Award for contribution to the IT&T industry. In 2010 he was named Alumnus of the Year for the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney. In 2011 he was named inaugural BRW Entrepreneur of the Year, by Australia's most prestigious business publication as well as the E&Y Technology Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2016 he was awarded Libertarian of the Year by the Australian Libertarian Society. He has won consecutive Silver Stevies in the International Business Awards in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 for CEO / Executive of the Year.

Samantha Clarke

Samantha Clarke

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Advice RegTech

Awarded IT Innovator and Industry Advocacy finalist in the 2017 Money Management and Super Review Women in Financial Services Awards. Samantha Clarke is CEO and co-founder of Advice RegTech. Experience spanning 25 years in financial services includes Executive Director roles at blue-chip multi-nationals; NFP advisory; and start-up commercialisation.

An experienced leader of strategic initiatives; product development, marketing, corporate affairs, distribution, policy negotiations and advocacy, government and regulator relations. Samantha advises businesses navigating innovation and tech disruption, regulatory compliance policy imperatives and strategic transformation.

Advice RegTech's SAMI solution was recognised as Compliance Innovator of the Year finalist in the Fintech Business Awards and was also showcased in ASIC's inaugural RegTech event. Advice RegTech is a member of both FinTech Australia and a founding member of the RegTech Association, where Samantha also volunteers to support the growth of the sector and is a sought after speaker on RegTech, FinTech and InsurTech.

An expert in the financial services sector, Samantha consulted to a peak association as GM leading policy & professionalism. This included negotiations with the Minister, Treasury and Regulators, and resulted in key improvements to the Government's financial services policy positions on Professional Standards and Life Insurance reforms. Samantha was recognised as Association Leader Finalist in the 2017 Women in Finance Awards.

An early signatory to the Banking and Finance Oath, Samantha supports ethical professionalism, culture, diversity and inclusion, with a track record of empowering, recognising and nurturing high quality talent.

James Riley

James Riley

Editorial Director, InnovationAus.com

James Riley is Editorial Director of InnovationAus.com and joins the Hello Espresso Group following a 25 year career in journalism, government relations and marketing communicationsJames began his career as a reporter in trade publishing, in an age when the market still supported a weekly newspaper devoted to the information industry, Computing Australia. He has written and interviewed some of the world’s most influential technology executives and companies for a range of media outlets in Australia and Asia, including the South China Morning Post, PC Week, InformationWeek, ITNews, Business Spectator, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, BRW and The Hong Kong Standard. He also spent seven years at The Australian, primarily reporting on news in enterprise and government technology, and telecommunications.

Prior to launching InnovationAus.com, James was Director of Government Relations and Protocol for the global trade fair group, Deutsche Messe’s subsidiary in Australia.

Robert Pierce

Robert Pierce

Chief Executive Officer, Wrays

As CEO of one of Australia’s largest intellectual property specialists, Wrays, Rob is at the epicentre of Australia’s burgeoning knowledge economy. He leads a team focused on helping clients achieve their innovation goals and overcome business challenges.

Prior to taking on the CEO position in July 2017, Rob was chief financial officer at Wrays for four years. In both capacities, he has played a key role in overseeing the firm's transformation from a patent and trade mark attorney service to now providing holistic, end-to-end IP solutions that also includes legal and corporate advisory services. Rob has also overseen the acquisitions and mergers helping to grow Wrays from its Perth roots to a truly national presence with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.

Prior to joining Wrays, Rob held several senior financial management roles in the UK at both listed and private businesses in industries including construction, utilities, manufacturing, retail, and distribution. This background has given Rob broad industry experience that enables him to drive a culture at Wrays to deliver robust, relevant and commercial solutions that best support client needs.

If we’re not adding value, what’s the point? This is a question I ask myself every single day,” says Rob.

Rob is also on the Board of SEAANZ (Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand), a not-for-profit dedicated to research, policy development and ideas relating to entrepreneurship and small business.

Ian Gardiner

Ian Gardiner

 Co-Founder, Innovation Bay 

Ian is a technology entrepreneur working to grow the startup ecosystem in Australia and New Zealand as part of Amazon Web Services.

Previously Ian was the CEO and founder of Viocorp, a successful Australian technology startup operating since 2002. Viocorp develops and sells a video software publishing platform for corporates and government.

Ian has been running technology start-ups since 1997 and is passionate about helping to create a better climate for technology start ups in Australia.

In November 2009 Ian won the NSW Pearcey award for ICT Entrepreneur of the Year.

Ian holds an Engineering degree from Oxford where he also won two rowing blues in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race.

In his spare time he is a competitive cyclist, avid computer gamer, husband and father of two boys and a cute dog (not in that order).

Paul Shetler

Paul Shetler

Expert-in-Residence, Stone & Chalk and former Chief Digital Officer, Australian Government

Paul is a technologist and entrepreneur with over two decades’ experience working on large scale IT and organisational change projects – spanning the public and private sectors. He has co-founded two start-ups, worked in two others and also been in leadership roles at large suppliers like Oracle, Microsoft, and the global payments network, SWIFT.

More recently, Paul was responsible for transforming the way government delivers public services. He was appointed CEO of Australia's Digital Transformation Office in July 2015 by Malcolm Turnbull and served in that role and later as Australia's Chief Digital Officer until November 2016, delivering 6 exemplar services, a digital marketplace, a government cloud platform, a services dashboard, an alpha of a whole-of-government website – GOV.AU – and an alpha government identity platform. Paul also signed an MOU with the British government that strengthened the relationship between the two countries' digital teams and made it easier for them to work together.

While working at the UK’s Government Digital Service, he helped develop a suite of practical lessons from its work to transform 25 exemplar services. Before that, he was Chief Digital Officer at the UK Ministry of Justice (where his team delivered four of those 25 exemplar services).

Paul has lived and worked in New York City, Rome, Milan, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and London and done the weekly commute to work from the East Coast of the US to San Jose. Currently, Paul lives in Sydney, where has been since Summer of 2015. 

Corrie McLeod

Corrie McLeod

Chief Executive Officer, Hello Espresso and Publisher InnovationAus.com

Corrie McLeod founded Espresso Communications in 2004 and over the past decade has built the business into a thriving, internationally-recognised communications consulting company. Her expertise in guiding some of the world’s top brands and new market entrants alike in their cross-discipline communications initiatives is widely respected in the Australian market.

In recognition of the challenges modern businesses face in communicating effectively with public and private stakeholders, Corrie spearheaded the creation of two additional business units under the Hello Espresso brand in 2015. InnovationAus.com and One Part Idea sit under the Hello Espresso umbrella to provide public advocacy and creative services respectively to Australian and international businesses.

Jennifer Zanich

Jennifer Zanich

Ecosystems and Partnerships, UNSW Entrepreneurship

Jennifer has spent more than 25 years in technology innovation as a CEO, a start-up founder, investor, and government advisor to the Australian venture capital industry.

After a successful corporate career at Microsoft, Jennifer went on to found 5 companies, of which, she led 2 to exits in the areas of enterprise security and mobile messaging.

Jennifer has built and led teams in multiple geographies including US, Europe, Asia Pacific, China and Latin America. She has a unique combination of operational, strategy and marketing skills underpinned by a contagious passion and drive.

In 2012 Jennifer was appointed by the Federal Minister of Industry and Innovation to the Venture Capital Committee, as an industry representative for the Innovation Investment Fund (IIF), responsible for allocating more than $750 million of government capital, to the Australian venture capital industry

Jennifer designed and delivered the successful and highly acclaimed Founder 10x Accelerator, the flagship program for high potential startup companies at UNSW.

Jennifer is currently working with UNSW leading the global partnership and ecosystem strategy and developing the University’s Founder Fund.

Jennifer serves on the board of CHOICE, Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group; is an advisor to a US Venture Capital firm Bullpen Capital and advises Autonomous Group, a Blockchain investment, advisory and consultancy firm.

Jennifer has previously served on the board of the commercialisation arm of Capital Markets CRC and Sirca a Big Data Company owned by Australian Universities.

Leigh Dayton

Leigh Dayton

Science Writer and Broadcaster

Leigh is an award-winning writer and broadcaster, specialising in the impact of science, technology, environment and medicine on news and current events. As well, in April 2018 she completed a PhD at Macquarie University where she explored the pathways to science and biomedical innovation in Australia.

Until September 2012 Leigh was the Science Writer for The Australian newspaper, as well as the editor of the paper’s Weekend Health section. She now works on a freelance basis for scientific and media organisations and contributes regularly to ABC radio.

Kobad Bhavnagri

Kobad Bhavnagri

Head of APAC Economics and Policy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Kobad Bhavnagri is one of Australia’s leading experts on the transformation of the energy sector. He is the Head of Australia for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, an independent research house specialising in the future of energy. There he leads a team of analysts focused on the Australian market and has personally authored over 100 publications spanning energy policy, economics, finance and technology. He has worked in the energy and finance industries since 2003 as an engineer, management consultant and analyst. Kobad has a first class honours degree in Mechatronic Engineering from the University of New South Wales.

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