Leaders Forum 2022

Speakers 2022

Dr Catriona Wallace

Entrepreneur, CEO Ethical AI Advisory, Director Gradient Institute, Adjunct Professor

An entrepreneur in the artificial intelligence field, adjunct professor and expert in digital transformation, the future of work, responsible technology and women in leadership.

Dr Catriona Wallace has been recognised by the Australian Financial Review as the Most Influential Woman in Business & Entrepreneurship. Catriona is an expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence and is an Adjunct Professor, keynote speaker, Chair of an AI VC fund and an Executive Director of Gradient Institute, a Responsible AI research institute.

As the founder of one of the first Artificial Intelligence companies to list on the Australian Securities Exchange, Catriona has truly lived the life of an entrepreneur and CEO in the emerging technologies field. Indeed, Flamingo AI was the second only woman-led (CEO & Chair) business ever to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Based on her extensive experience in AI, and working between the US and Australia, Catriona delivers keynote speeches globally on topics including Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation, Responsible Technology, the Future of Work and Diversity and Inclusion.

Catriona’s rare experience as one of the first women leaders in advanced technology means that she is ideally suited to present on these important and highly topical subjects and does so in a way that is highly accessible and informative, non-technical, engaging and inclusive.

This unique skill set has also seen Catriona invited to Co-Chair Sir Richard Branson’s B Team’s AI Coalition, to sit on the Federal Government’s AI Action Initiative team as well as achieve significant industry awards. She has been achieved Advance Australia’s highest award in Technology & Innovation for Australians working abroad, she has been named among the Top 9 Female Entrepreneurs by the Sydney Morning Herald and Top 30 Women redefining business by Womens’ Agenda and as one of the top AI speakers, globally, by Onalytica. Catriona was also inducted into the Royal Institution of Australia acknowledging her as one of Australia’s most pre-eminent scientists.

With a burning passion for and deep knowledge of Artificial Intelligence Catriona believes that sharing knowledge about the responsible use of technology is her true path and purpose.

Catriona is also a philanthropist, human rights activist and mother of five.


Clare Payne

Partner, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Trust is good for society and good for business, but instead of focusing on ‘winning’ trust, we should be asking, am I being trustworthy? And, is what we are doing right? Linking trust and ethics is critical to building good relationships that will last.

Clare Payne is the EY Fellow for Trust and Ethics and an Honorary Fellow of The University of Melbourne. Clare advises businesses and leaders on ethics, good governance and trust.

Clare is a former employment lawyer who managed the integrity office of Macquarie Bank and founded The Banking and Finance Oath. Prior to the global financial crisis, Clare’s paper titled, ‘Ethics or Bust’ was awarded the inaugural Ethics & Trust in Finance Prize by the Observatoire de la Finance, Geneva. Clare went on to co-author A Matter of Trust – The Practice of Ethics in Finance and continues to write for a range of publications.

Clare is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and is recognised as an Australian ‘100 Women of Influence’. She holds a Bachelor of Communications and Laws and is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow for Ethics in Leadership.


Gareth Spence

Senior Economist NAB

In his current role, Gareth provides detailed analysis of the Australian economy and advice on economic developments both internally to NAB and externally to customers, the media and many other organisations. The group economics team provides a comprehensive set of domestic and international forecasts on a regular basis. A core part of his role is the responsibility for the well regarded NAB Business Surveys which have become a trusted source of information for frequent and detailed information on conditions in the business sector.

Gareth joined NAB in early 2018 after ten years with the Reserve Bank of Australia where he worked in the Economic Analysis and Research, Risk Management and Domestic Financial Markets Departments. During his time in Analysis, he was responsible for coverage of labour markets, wages and inflation, the household sector, business investment and broad coverage of the Chinese economy. During his time in Risk Management, he worked on the development of the RBA’s residential mortgage backed securities data capture system, building the Bank’s capacity to analyse detailed mortgage data provided by the banks.

In Domestic Markets he worked as part of the team which conducted the daily market operations as well analysis of short-term money markets where he gained more detailed knowledge of the technical side of monetary policy implementation. Prior to this Gareth completed a Bachelor of Economics with first class honours at the University of Queensland and later a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in finance. More recently, Gareth has completed a Masters of Applied Finance at Macquarie University.


Dr Juliet Andrews

Partner, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Leader in solving complex workforce challenges. Inspired by the future of work. Mother to three teenagers. Greatest skill is managing time.

Juliet has been consulting on workforce solutions for over 20 years. Through her career she’s worked with diverse organizations to help them solve their increasingly complex workforce challenges. Juliet helps them identify the capabilities they need now and in the future, and how to create the right culture, leadership and structures they need to continue to adapt to the changing skill needs and environment. 

Juliet has a PhD in Organization and Management and is a registered psychologist. Prior to EY, Juliet consulted for vocational education and Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) talent firms.

“I want to use the time I have at work to help deliver something valuable. The work I do support improvements to people’s working lives, either through new skills they obtain, better working relationships, improved culture, or opportunities to work in new ways.

When engaging on a project I look for pragmatic and effective solutions that will help deliver services and can be implemented. Time spent on design is critical, but a great design has to be able to translate to action.”


Chris Savage

The Savage Co.

Chris Savage is one of Asia Pacific’s pre-eminent reputation management and communications industry leaders. His driving passion today is to help leaders and businesses accelerate growth …. growth in profits, courage, momentum, capability, reputation, efficiency, effectiveness, and in stature.

Chris brings a 35-year career leading the most specialised corporate affairs businesses in the region, including close to a decade as COO of the largest listed communications business in the region. His specialisation is in helping businesses, leaders and brands build stakeholder trust, relationships, perceptions, goodwill equity and credibility. He is also deeply expert in protecting reputation when ‘things go wrong’- in issues preparedness and management, and in full blown crisis management scenarios.

Following a highly successful 25 year career in public relations… where his roles included Chairman of the biggest PR group in the region, as founder of Ogilvy PR which he built into the largest PR firm in Australia’s PR industry history,  and as an entrepreneur who started (and then sold to WPP) what became one of Australia’s leading financial PR firms…. Chris was appointed Chief Operating Officer of STW Group, Australasia’s leading marketing content and communications group (now WPP AUNZ). As part of his wide-ranging responsibilities over seven years, between 2008 and 2015, Chris lead the group’s digital growth strategy, its charge into Asia (now a major profit contributor to the Group) and also was directly responsible for all STW’s non-advertising and media companies.

Chris founded The Savage Company in late 2015 and focuses on helping leaders accelerate growth. He is a shareholder and chairman of five communications agencies and is also a partner in the leading M&A advisory firm for communications industry businesses in the Asia Pacific. Chris is an accomplished keynote speaker and speaks at major conferences across the world.  His blog, Wrestling Possums, is read by more than 10,000 followers and subscribers per post.

Chris presents – How to keep yourself and your business at the edge – Relevant, effective, wanted, thriving

This session is all about YOU and YOUR business. It’s an opportunity to pause and reflect, and to spend time thinking about where you are in your career and as a leader — your objectives, goals, aspirations and intent, and about your ‘value proposition’ for the future. Also, where is your business at in terms of keeping current, sharply relevant and thriving during times of constant change.

The pace of change is accelerating, for you, your colleagues, customers and in business generally. Business models are being revolutionised, with old being replaced by new. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be in business. It’s also a very challenging time. We have to keep evolving — as businesses and individuals — to be able to deliver a meaningful and valuable contribution to growth.

And that’s the essence of this session — how to ensure that YOU are working on yourself to ensure you deliver the best of you, today and tomorrow.


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