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INVITED DELEGATES & CONTRIBUTORS____________________________________________

Extraordinary women and men, across three generations and the Asia Pacific, came together in one special place: the Sydney Opera House.

Special guests and speakers include:

  • The business woman who did not just start one of the most successful global companies, but also introduced a completely new concept to the Japanese workplace inspired by her time in Australia – one that would benefit women in particular.
  • The former Young Australian of the Year who is now heralded by Fast Company as one of the most “influential women in technology” after developing the next generation of human-machine interface - a headset that reads your brainwaves.
  • The Oxford academic and author of The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World, who is re-energising the area of social enterprise in the business leaders of the future.
  • The first woman of Papua New Guinea to receive a PhD in
    mathematical sciences – and from an Australian university.
  • The futurist whose passion for mountains led her to a major life
    change, from Manolos in Manhattan to Hiking Boots in the Himalaya,
    with one piece of advice to future generations: The best way to
    predict the future is to create it. Be brave and create your dreams.
  • The Australian expert on carbon markets and China, who has
    developed some of the largest carbon projects in the world, and
    strategic co-operations with China's largest power companies.

The following is the alphabetical list of invited Summit delegates
and contributors. Click on our delegates' names to see their
biographies which are being updated regularly. 

Kate Aitken, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, Australia

Yasmin Allen, Director, Cochlear; Director, Insurance Australia Group & Chair, Macquarie Specialised Asset Management, Australia

Sarah Backhouse, TV Host, Writer & Producer, Planet Green, USA

Julia Baird, Author & Columnist, former Deputy Editor, Newsweek, USA

Sally Begbie, Co-founder & Director, Crossroads Foundation, Hong Kong  

Afu Billy, Regional Director, Commonwealth Secretariat - Commonwealth Youth Programme Pacific Centre, Solomon Islands

Deborah Biber, Chief Executive, AustCham Hong Kong and Macau, Hong Kong

Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, Morris Herztein Endowed Professor of Biology and Physiology, Scientist & Nobel Prize Laureate, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, USA

Nina Blackwell, Senior Director Global Public Affairs, Yahoo! & former Press Secretary to Senator Hillary Clinton, USA

Pauline Bohm, SVP International Marketing Television Distribution, NBC Universal, USA

Denis Bourke, Head of Executive Development and Succession, Insurance Australia Group, Australia 

Melanie Brock, Regional Manager - Japan, Meat & Livestock Australia, Japan

Jenny Brockie, Award Winning Journalist & Presenter SBS TV’s Insight, Australia

Cathryn Carver, Global Head of Capital Markets, ANZ, Hong Kong

Fiona Caulfield, CEO, Hardys Bay Consulting, India

Laura Chambers, Senior Director of PayPal Mobile, PayPal & former Chief of Staff, eBay, USA

Dato’ Dr Jannie Chan Siew Lee, Executive Vice Chairman, The Hour Glass Limited, Singapore

Stella Clark, CEO, The Bio21 Cluster, Australia

Melissa Claassen, CFO, adidas, Hong Kong & Taiwan

Rosalind Coffey, Managing Director, Global Head of Leadership & Development, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Nomura, Hong Kong

Tracy Colgan, President & Managing Director China Operations, Kamsky Associates Inc., China 

Joanne Crewes, Vice President, Asia Prestige & Female Beauty, Procter & Gamble International Operations Pte Ltd, Singapore 

Craig Davis, Co-Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Mojo, Australia

Dr Karen Day, Professor, New York University School of Medicine, USA

Jane Diplock AO, Chairman, New Zealand Securities Commission & IOSCO Executive Committee, New Zealand  Pip Downes, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, Australia

Patrina Dumaru, Consultant, Institute of Applied Science, University of the South Pacific, Fiji

Megan Elliot, Director, XMedia Lab, China/Australia

Prof Barbara Evans, Dean of Graduate Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada

Louise Evans, Managing Editor, The Australian, Australia

Stephen C. Fitzgerald, Managing Director & Co-Chief Executive Officer, Goldman Sachs, Australia

Salomé Flores Sierra Franzoni, Adviser, Minister of Government of the State of Puebla, Mexico

Michelle Garnaut, Founder, M Restaurant Group, China

Prof Helen Grace, Visiting Scholar, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Prof Roy Green, Dean of the Faculty of Business, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Mina Guli, Executive Director, Chief Investment Officer & Co-founder, Peony Capital, China

Michelle Guthrie, JAPAC Director of Strategic Business Develoment, Google & Chair, Plan International Hong Kong, Singapore

Prof Feng Han, Assistant Dean of College of Architecture & Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Sarah Harden, Group Director, Partnerships & Development Asia, News Corporation, Hong Kong  

Dr Pamela Hartigan, Director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School, The University of Oxford & Founding Partner, Volans Ventures, UK

Stephen Harvey, Group Chief Operating Officer, Talent Intelligence, Australia

Emma Herd, Director, Emissions & Environment, Westpac Institutional Bank, Australia 

Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC, AFC, Chief of the Defence Force, Australia

Prof. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, University of Malaya; President, Malaysian AIDS Council & Fellow of the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia

Nehal Kapadia, Biomedical Techinal Officer, Ministry of Health, Fiji

Cassandra Kelly, Joint Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Pottinger, Australia 

Kate Kennedy, Head of Strategic Projects, World Vision Australia, Australia

Hael Kobayashi, Associate Director, Creative Industries Innovation Centre, University of Technology Sydney, Australia  

Jackie Korhonen, CEO & Managing Director, Infosys Australia & New Zealand, Australia

Tan Le, Co-founder & President, Emotiv, USA

Margaret Leung Ko May-yee JP, Vice-chairman & Chief Executive, Hang Seng Bank, Hong Kong

Prof Merilyn Liddell AM, Pro Vice-Chancellor, RMIT University & President, RMIT International University of Vietnam, Vietnam

Josephine Linden, Adjunct Professor, Business School, Columbia University & Retired Partner, Goldman Sachs, USA

Belinda Luscombe, Editor at Large, TIME Magazine, USA

Dr Philippa Malmgren,  President & Founder of Canonbury Group, Former Advisor to the President of the United States & 2000 World Economic Forum 'Global Leader for Tomorrow', UK

Rosmawati Manaf, Deputy Chief Executive, Royal Brunei Technical Services, Brunei Darussalam 

George Eby Mathew, Senior Principal Business Consultant, Infosys Australia & Author of 'India's Innovation Blueprint', Australia

Catherine Mattiske, Founder & CEO, The Performance Company, Australia

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman & Managing Director, Biocon Ltd, India

Romilly Madew, CEO, Green Building Council Australia, Australia

Amanda McCluskey, Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment, Colonial First State Global Asset Management, Australia

Meg McDonald, CEO, Australian Carbon Trust; Former President of Alcoa Foundation & Former Director, Global Issues, Alcoa Inc., Australia

Kim McKay, AO, Managing Director, Momentum2 Pty Ltd; Board Member: Eye Foundation & Sydney Institute of Marine Science Foundation & Co-founder Clean Up Australia & Clean Up the World, Australia

Gina McLellan, Director Asia, Talent2, Hong Kong

Ruth Medd, Chair, Women on Boards, Australia

Raisa Monteiro, COO, Primed Pty Ltd, Australia

Fiona Morrison, Director Brand & Advertising, JetBlue Airways, USA

Sam Mostyn, Non-Executive Director, Board of Directors, Transurban, Virgin Blue, AFL Commission, the Australian Museum Trust and the Sydney Theatre Company, Australia

Jane Nash, Group Head of Financial Inclusion & Capability, ANZ, Australia

Jennifer Nason, Managing Director & Global Head of Technology, Media & Telecom, Investment Banking, JPMorgan, USA

Dr Cecilia Nembou, Vice President, Divine Word University, Papua New Guinea

Dr Mari Elka Pangestu, Minister of Trade, Republic of Indonesia, Indonesia 

Katie Petering, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs, Australia

Ligwina Poerwo-Hananto, Founder & CEO, Quantum Magna Financial, Indonesia 

Dr Alice Aruheeta Pollard, Chairlady, SICHE Solomon Islands College of Higher Education Council, Solomon Islands 

Joe Pollard, CEO, ninemsn, Australia

Scarlett Oi Lan Pong, JP, Chairman, The Outstanding Young Persons' Association; Chairman, Preventive Education and Publicity Committee, Action Committee Against Narcotics, HKSAR & Elected District Councilor, HKSAR, Hong Kong

Amanda Price, Co-founder & CEO, AusEmerge, USA

Shoba Purushothaman, Founder, Training Ventures (India) Ltd & Founder/Non Executive Chairman, Synaptic Digital Inc. (USA), India

Ramachandra Rameshwari, Managing Director, Business Breakthrough Technology Pte Ltd, Singapore

Lidia Ranieri, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, Australia

Dr Marlo Rankin, Agribusiness Consultant, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, Vietnam/Cambodia

Anjali Rao, Anchor, CNN International, Hong Kong 

Heather Ridout, CEO, Australian Industry Group, Australia

Scott Riedel, Director, AMP Private Wealth Management, Australia

Kylie Robb, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs, Australia

Margaret Rose AM, Founder & Director, The Rose Group, Australia

Carol Schwartz AM, Director, Australian Innovation and Research Centre; Chairman, Our Community & President, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Australia 

Jillian Segal AM, Director, Australian Securities Exchange; Director, National Australia Bank, & Chairman, General Sir John Monash Foundation, Australia  

Yoshiko Shinohara, President & Founder, Tempstaff Co Ltd, Japan

Dr Ir. Hetifah Sjaifudian, MPP, Member of Parliament & of the Parliament's Australian Alumni Group, Indonesian Parliament, Indonesia Kate Stokes, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs, Australia

Dr Anne Summers AO, Author, Journalist & Former Advisor to Prime Minister Paul Keating & Prime Minister Bob Hawke, Australia

Tony Surtees, CEO, Hyperlocalizer Pty Ltd, Australia Kate Temby, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, Australia

Greta Thomas, COO, Institute for Economics and Peace & former Marketing & Commercial Director, (RED)

Lakshmi  Venkataraman Venkatesan, Co-founder, Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust, India

Nicola Wakefield Evans, Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Hong Kong

Anthea Webb, Director, UN World Food Programme, China

Jack Whelan, COO, Sustainable Business Australia & Chair, Advance Green Network, Australia 

Julie White, Division Director, Macquarie Group & Global Head, Macquarie Group Foundation, Australia Martijn Wilder, Partner &Head of Global Environmental Markets and Climate Change Practice, Baker & McKenzie,Australia 

Samantha Wills, Founder & Creative Director, Samantha Wills, Australia/USA

Ewa Wojkowska, Co-founder & Chief Operations Officer, Kopernik, Indonesia

Opher Yom-Tov, National Manager - Customer Centre Design and Innovation, BT Financial Group, Australia