Civic Nation 2018

27th September
Four Seasons Hotel
199 George Street, Sydney


Civic Nation 2018

27th September
Four Seasons Hotel
199 George Street, Sydney


Civic Nation 2018

27th September
Four Seasons Hotel
199 George Street, Sydney

Civic Nation 2018: Conversations to shape the nation

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us. Are we ready?

Ready or not, powerful technologies are dramatically changing existing ways of doing things and will shape our national identity for decades to come. The opportunities are immense: better service delivery, better citizen outcomes and the creation of new jobs and new industries. is brokering key discussions on the unprecedented wave of change we face as a nation, from taxation, healthcare, and sustainable energy to AI’s impact on culture and job security. Civic Nation 2018 will tackle these in open conversation but also focus on potential solutions to obstacles facing our nation in addressing these, and other technologies, which are accelerating dramatic change. 

There has never been a better time to discuss the key trends affecting Australia’s economic future, prosperity and social stability

The 2018 forum will lay the foundation for talking about national agenda and outcomes in light of vast social and technological change. will play host to international and national thought leaders in applying technology and social policy that keeps up with changes we are seeing in the world.

Civic Nation 2018 offers an unprecedented opportunity for policy makers, technology industry leaders and topic experts to re-engineer the way our nation functions.

Join 120+ government, academic and industry leaders to hear TED-style talks, fireside chats and great debates on:                

  • As the gig economy reshapes the future of work how do we address wages, taxes and entitlements?
  • Is preserving privacy a reasonable goal in an era where sharing data will improve services and value to citizens?
  • How can we fast-track connected, empowered communities in the era of Gigabit speeds?
  • Does an open door policy lead to economic prosperity, or is there cause for prudence to preserve sovereignty, culture and security?
  • Will 2018 be the tipping point for a merger between health service providers and technology specialists? 
  • How do we mobilise capital to create sustainable and cost-effective energy solutions?
  • Can we ensure AI expresses the full diversity of human experience?


Civic Nation 2018 has a limited amount of tickets for purchase.




Opening remarks from

Corrie McLeod, Publisher, and CEO, Hello Espresso


On-stage Interview : Redefining capitalism in the new economy - via video link

Nick Hanauer, Co-founder and Partner, Second Avenue Partners and Founder, Civic Ventures in conversation with Andrew Charlton, Director, AlphaBeta


On the precipice of disruption

The Hon. Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia


Real World Outcomes of Technology Disruptions

Rev. Tim Costello AO, Chief Advocate, World Vision


Are we ready to build an Australian data economy?

The Hon. Ed Husic MP, Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, and Shadow Minister for Human Services


Panel Discussion: The People vs AI

Prof. Toby Walsh, Scientica Professor, Artificial Intelligence, UNSW

Paul Shetler, Co-Founder, AccelerateHQ and Former Chief Executive Officer, Digital Transformation Agency

Ellen Broad, Head of Technical Delivery, Consumer Data Standards, CSIRO

Adrian Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Data61


Morning Tea


Australia’s Economic Growth Engine

Claire McFarland, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, US Studies Centre


The Perils of Digital Disruption – Who is on the Losing Side?

Tom Switzer, Executive Director, The Centre for Independent Studies


The Emerging Global Data Economy and How Australia Can Compete

Danny Gilligan, Chief Executive Officer, Reinventure


Panel Discussion: Digital Disorder

Glenn Archer, Visiting Fellow, ANU and former government Chief Information Officer, Australian Government 

Loretta Joseph, Director, International Regulatory Advisory, Paradym Global Ltd

Pia Andrews, Executive Director of Digital Government, NSW Government


Conference Close

James Riley, Editorial Director,

Advisory Panel


Strategic Partners

Ping Identity

Advisory Panel Bios

Ian Opperman

Ian Opperman

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Data Scientist, NSW Data Analytics Centre

Dr. Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist and CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre. Ian has 25 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organizations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO. 

Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3500 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, is Vice President of the Australian Computer Society, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian is also president of the Australia National Committee of the IEC and president of the JTC1 strategic advisory committee in Australia.

Katerina Kimmorley

Katerina Kimmorley

Associate Director – Innovation Fund, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Katerina has worked extensively in renewable energy economics, most recently assisting with the development of state government renewable energy policy in Australia. During this time she took part in the Centre for Sustainability Leadership fellowship program in Sydney, Australia, now acting as international ambassador for the organisation.

In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship from the British Council of Australia to attend the London School of Economics, where she graduated with a Masters of Environmental Economics and Climate Change. Her thesis investigating the value of distributing renewable energy solutions to urban slums in Bangalore, India, inspired the founding of Pollinate Energy. As a true Aussie, Katerina enjoys long-distance ocean swimming and hopes to one day début as an all-singing, all-dancing extra in a Bollywood film.

Prof. Genevieve Bell

Prof. Genevieve Bell

Director of the 3A Institute, Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, and Distinguished Professor, Australian National University

Professor Bell is the Director of the 3A Institute, Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, and Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University (ANU), as well as a Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel. Prof Bell is a cultural anthropologist, technologist and futurist best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development.

Prof Bell joined the ANU in February 2017, after having spent 18 years in Silicon Valley, helping guide Intel’s product development by developing the company’s social science and design research capabilities.

Prof Bell now heads the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute, launched by the ANU in collaboration with CSIRO's Data61, tasked with building a new applied science around the management of artificial intelligence, data, technology and their impact on humanity.

Prof Bell is the inaugural appointee to the Florence Violet McKenzie Chair at the ANU, named in honour Australia’s first female electrical engineer, which promotes the inclusive use of technology in society. Prof Bell also presented the highly acclaimed ABC Boyer Lectures for 2017, in which she questioned what it means to be human, and Australian, in a digital world.

Prof Bell completed her PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University in 1998.

Dr. Tamara Nair

Dr. Tamara Nair

Research Fellow in Non-Traditional Security Studies, RSIS Nanyang Technological University

Tamara Nair is Research Fellow at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is the Coordinator of the Women, Peace and Security Research Programme at RSIS. Her current research focuses on issues of power and the biopolitics of hunger in Southeast Asia and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in the region. She is currently looking into the application of the Universal Basic Income in Southeast Asia.

Speaker Bios

The Hon. Steven Marshall MP

The Hon. Steven Marshall MP

Premier of South Australia

Steven Marshall is South Australia’s 46th Premier.

He was elected to the South Australian Parliament as the Member for Norwood in 2010, and was re-elected to the seat of Dunstan at the 2014 and 2018 elections.

In 2013, Mr Marshall became the Leader of the Liberal Party and the State Opposition.

He led the Party to victory on March 17, 2018.

Mr Marshall has responsibility for the portfolios of Defence and Space Industries, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, the Arts, Veterans’ Affairs and Multicultural Affairs.

Prior to entering public life, Mr Marshall worked in the manufacturing industry, running his family’s furniture manufacturing business Marshall Furniture from 1997.

Born and educated in Adelaide, South Australia, he graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Business, and Durham University with an MBA.

Mr Marshall is a patron and ambassador of numerous sporting and community organisations.

He has lived in the Norwood area all of his adult life and is the father or two children – Charlie and Georgie.

The Hon. Ed Husic MP

The Hon. Ed Husic MP

Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy & Shadow Minister for Human Services, Federal Parliament

Shadow Minister Ed Husic MP has a well-established interest in digital innovation and the growth of Australia’s digital economy. 

Elected to Federal Parliament in 2010, the Western Sydney-based MP has advocated for policies designed to promote early stage and digital innovation - because of its ability to generate the firms and jobs of the future. He also argued for the need to sharpen the national focus on preparing for the impact of automation and technology on current and future jobs. 

Leading into the 2016 federal election, Ed was heavily involved in the development of Opposition policy designed to encourage the growth of startups and digital entrepreneurship. He also championed policies to help accelerate the creation of startup communities beyond Australia's capital cities. 

After the 2016 election Ed was promoted to the front bench as Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, as well as Shadow Minister for Employment Services, Workforce Participation and the Future of Work. 

He previously held the positions of Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband. 

Nick Hanauer

Nick Hanauer

Co-founder and Partner, Second Avenue Partners and Founder, Civic Ventures

Nick Hanauer is one of the most successful entrepreneurs, investors, and business executives in Washington State. Hanauer is a co-founder of the Seattle-based venture capital firm Second Avenue Partners. An influential civic and political activist, Hanauer founded Civic Ventures—an organization devoted to ideas, policies, and actions that catalyze significant social change—in 2015.

Hanauer has managed, founded, or financed 37 companies across a broad range of industries, creating an aggregate market value of tens of billions of dollars. He was the first non-family investor in and served at Amazon as a board advisor for 5 years. He also founded Aquantive Inc., a global leader in digital advertising (purchased by Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion.) Other companies he’s launched, funded, or managed include Insitu (purchased by Boeing for $400 million), Market Leader (purchased by Trulia in 2013 for $350 million), Marchex, Newsvine, Real Self, Modumetal Inc., Seeq Corp, Flexe, Juno Therapeutics, and Seattle Bank. Hanauer got his start in the family business, Pacific Coast Feather Company—a national leader in home textiles.

Today, Hanauer devotes a majority of his time to a broad portfolio of civic and philanthropic activities. As a national leader on policy issues related to income inequality and the future of capitalism, his advocacy and policy initiatives have helped shape the global economic conversation. 

Ellen Broad

Ellen Broad

Head of Technical Delivery, Consumer Data Standards, CSIRO

Ellen is a data policy wonk and data tinkerer, who moved back to Australia in September 2016 after working in London, the Hague and Paris.

While in the UK, Ellen was Head of Policy for the Open Data Institute, an international organisation headquartered in London and co-founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, a leading expert in artificial intelligence. Ellen also worked for senior UK government minister Elisabeth Truss as her expert adviser on data. At the moment, Ellen is an Associate for the ODI and ODI Australian Network and a freelance consultant, while doing some postgraduate work in data science and settling back into life in Australia.

Ellen writes about open data, data ethics, privacy and AI-type things in various places. Ellen's work has been published in the Guardian, the New Scientist, the Royal Statistical Society’s StatsLife, the Australian Centre for Ethics and a range of technology and policy publications. Helen also speaks about data issues in various settings in Australia and overseas.

Loretta Joseph

Loretta Joseph

Director, International Regulatory Advisory, Paradym Global Ltd.

Loretta is a highly dynamic, skilled banking, financial and consulting professional with over 25 years in financial markets and related sectors. She has a worked for major investment banks at Board, MD or senior management level throughout Asia and India including, RBS (India), Macquarie Group  (India), Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and  Elara Capital (India), Spanning a long career, Loretta has tremendous exposure to global financial markets, multiple asset classes and emerging market environments. Loretta has advised many international banks, global hedge and pension funds on managing portfolio and exposure to derivatives and related products.

For the last decade, she has been paramount in successful transaction facilitation for Foreign Investors in India and other emerging markets. She has operated in many multi-cultural organisations. Loretta sits on the advisory board of UWS (Business School), Blume Ventures (India).An adjunct fellow at UWS (Australia).Chair of the advisory board of  ADDCA (Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association) and holds various advisory positions for multiple tech, biotech and Cybersecurity companies  . Loretta champions the cause for responsible blockchain adoption with global governments , regulators and industry players . She was the recipient of the Fintech Australia, "FinTech Leader of 2017", “Female leader of 2016” and Sancta Sophia College (Within Sydney University) Alumni Award 2016 for Social impact

Rev. Tim Costello AO

Rev. Tim Costello AO

Chief Advocate, World Vision

Rev. Tim Costello AO is one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics.  

For 13 years, until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia. Now, as World Vision Australia’s Chief Advocate and as the Executive Director of Micah Australia, Tim continues to place the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda.  

Tim is an active campaigner and thought-leader through various community organisations. He is the Chair of the Community Council of Australia; member of the Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee of the EU-Australia Leadership Forum; member of the SBS Community Advisory Committee: Chief Advocate of the Thriving Communities Partnership; board member for the Campaign for Australian Aid; board member for the Australian National Development Index; Patron of SMSF and Patron of the National Youth Commission.

In addition to these projects, Tim is also a founding board member and spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.

Previously, Tim was National President of the Baptist Union of Australia and Mayor of St Kilda. He has been Baptist Minister at St Kilda Baptist and Collins Street Baptist in Melbourne, as well as Executive Director of Urban Seed.

In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures

His books include Faith (2016), Hope (2012), Another Way to Love (co-edited with Rod Yule); Streets of Hope: Finding God in St Kilda; Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher; and Wanna Bet? Winners and Losers in Gambling’s Luck Myth (co-written with Royce Millar).

Claire McFarland

Claire McFarland

Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, US Studies Centre

Claire McFarland is the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program Director at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Claire combines private sector experience at the cutting edge of technology with public sector experience in digital policy and programs. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program is a multi-year research initiative focused on understanding the United States as an innovation leader with a view to developing insight for the benefit of New South Wales and Australia.

Previously Assistant Secretary Digital Economy Policy and Strategy with the Australian Government, Claire had responsibility for the National Digital Economy Strategy and programs designed to increase the use of digital technologies by individuals and businesses.

Prior to joining the Australian Government, Claire had responsibility for one of Australia’s biggest online and mobile media audiences, leading Telstra’s Bigpond Media business.

Claire is a digital technology pioneer, starting her career in the early days of OzEmail, Australia’s first internet service provider. Through the dot com era Claire was the editor of Fairfax’s and introduced content personalisation at Excite@Home. Claire managed significant customer bases for Optus internet access products and led a range of first-to-market content services.

Claire has a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology, a Master of Arts in Journalism and a Master of Business Administration.

Paul Shetler

Paul Shetler

Co-Founder, AccelerateHQ and Former Chief Executive Officer, Digital Transformation Agency

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. 

Prof. Toby Walsh

Prof. Toby Walsh

Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of New South Wales

Toby Walsh is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales. He was named by the Australian newspaper as a "rock star" of Australia's digital revolution. Professor Walsh is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives. He has been a leading voice in the discussion about lethal autonomous weapons (aka killer robots) speaking at the UN in New York and Geneva on the topic. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science. He appears regularly on TV and radio, and has authored two books on AI for a general audience, the most recent entitled "2062: The World that AI Made".​

Pia Andrews

Pia Andrews

Executive Director of Digital Government, NSW Government

Pia Andrews is an open government and open data ninja, working within the machine to enable greater transparency, democratic engagement, citizen-centric design and real, pragmatic actual innovation in the public sector and beyond. Basically she is trying to do her part in establishing greater public benefit from publicly funded data, software and research.

Pia is also passionate about the Australian tech sector, and continually works to improve the scene for startups, SMEs and clever people do clever things in Australia. This includes work in policy development, in public consultations (eg, the ICT industry Public Sphere, and the Digital Culture Public Sphere) and is interested in how government procurement policy can better facilitate government engagement with SMEs to tap into a broader skills and services base.

Danny Gilligan

Danny Gilligan

Chief Executive Officer, Reinventure

Danny has 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, Danny has seen the best and worst of what happens when corporates invest in and partner with startups.  Through these experiences Danny has 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. Reinventure Group, through its strategic relationship with Westpac, is the way Simon and Danny are seeking to prove this belief

Danny is a restless entrepreneur at heart and loves working shoulder-to-shoulder with entrepreneurs to help them on their journey. Danny is hugely satisfying when he can help entrepreneurs learn from the scar tissue he has collected over the years. Along with Reinventure, Danny has been fortunate enough to help build Australia’s leading FinTech hub as a Founding Director of Stone & Chalk. Danny also feels privileged to be a co-founder of Data Republic along with Paul McCarney, helping the drive towards a truly data-driven economy.  Danny is a total data junkie, and believes that data will fundamentally transform most industries and society over the next two decades

Andrew Charlton

Andrew Charlton

Director, AlphaBeta

Andrew has senior experience in business, government and international institutions. After commencing his career with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he received a Doctorate and Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. From 2008-2010, through the period of the global financial crisis, he served as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister of Australia and Australia’s senior government official to the G20 economic summits. He was the prime minister’s representative to conferences of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF).

From 2010-2014 he worked for Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers, including two years in corporate strategy (M&A and major group projects) and two years in operational roles (divisional Chief Financial Officer and General Manager). His academic research covering international economics, trade and development has been published in leading international journals including the American Economic Review, World Trade Review and World Economy. He is the author of two books, Ozonomics (2007) and Fair Trade for All (2005), co-written with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz. In 2011 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

He is regarded as a thought leader on entrepreneurialism, Internet of Things and the impact of network connectivity on business economics. He authored the eBook BlueSky Mining – Building Australia’s Next Billion Dollar Industries. Adrian is a UTS graduate and has completed the Executive Program for Managing Growth Companies at Stanford University.

Tom Switzer

Tom Switzer

Executive Director, Centre for Independent Studies

Tom Switzer is executive director of the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, a presenter at ABC’s Radio National and a columnist with Fairfax Media. He’s been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and Financial Times and is a regular guest on Sky News and ABC radio and television.  

Glenn Archer

Glenn Archer

Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, Former Chief Information Officer, Australian Gove

Glenn Archer is recognised nationally and internationally for his leadership and contribution to digital government - spanning senior management roles in both the private and public sector.

Prior to his appointment as Federal Government CIO and head of the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) in 2012, he held various Senior Executive and CIO roles in a number of Federal Government agencies.

In 2014, he joined Gartner as Research Vice President for the Public Sector - focusing on Digital Government and publishing research in this field and supported government and industry CIOs across the world.  Today Glenn is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU’s Research School of Management, undertaking private research in Digital Government, and provides consulting & advisory services to the public sector and industry. 

In his early career Glenn worked in a range of security and technology related roles in Government.  He subsequently worked at Apple for over eight years - in systems engineering and sales roles, ran a mid-sized consulting firm for a year and also worked at Cisco Systems as a Channel and Account Executive for almost 4 years. 

Glenn has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from the Australian National University with majors in Computer Science and Pure Maths.  He also holds an MBA awarded jointly by the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales (AGSM).

Adrian Turner

Adrian Turner

Chief Executive Officer, Data61

Adrian is the CEO of CSIRO’s Data61, Australia’s largest data innovation network. He is a successful and influential Australian technology entrepreneur who has spent 18 years in Silicon Valley. He is also co-chair of the Australia Cyber Security Growth Centre (AustCyber), a member of the Board of Directors for the Australian eHealth Research Centre (AeHRC), a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Digital Economy and a member of the Genomics Health Futures Mission Steering Committee. Most recently he was Managing Director and Co-Founder of Borondi Group.

Prior to this, Adrian was co-founder and CEO of smart phone and Internet of Things security company Mocana Corporation, had profit and loss responsibility for Philips Electronics connected devices infrastructure, and was Chairman of the Board for Australia’s expat network,

Adrian was also author of the eBook BlueSky Mining, Building Australia’s Next Billion Dollar Industries.


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