National Manager - Customer Centre Design and Innovation
BT Financial Group

Opher returned to Australia in 2009 after almost 10 years in the US and China with IDEO, a renowned global design and innovation consultancy. Most recently, he led their China start up office in Shanghai. Previously based in Silicon Valley, he helped create products, services and innovation cultures across a broad range of industries for clients such as Apple, Nike, Pfizer, McDonald's, P&G, NASA, GE and non-profits. He was integral in building the sustainable design initiative at IDEO enabling clients to derive value from design which is mindful of the environment and its communities. Opher has also facilitated numerous workshops with outcomes ranging from specific product and service innovations to new business processes.

Opher is now charged with helping to build innovation capability at BT Financial Group, the wealth management arm of Westpac. He is passionate about embedding creativity within teams and corporations to enable them to design compelling experiences.

Originally from South Africa, Opher earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering and BCom in Management from The University of Western Australia in 1994. He is excited to be back in Australia and to be part of the growing Australian Innovation conversation.