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Bernard Salt 
Tuesday 23 February, 3.30pm

Bernard Salt is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators by business, the media and the broader community.  Bernard heads The Demographics Group which provides specialist advice on demographic, consumer and social trends for business.  Prior to that Bernard founded KPMG Demographics. 

Bernard is one of the most in demand speakers on the Australian corporate speaking circuit and has been so for more than a decade.  He is also responsible for popularising the phrase “smashed avocado” globally.  Bernard is a twice-weekly columnist with The Australian newspaper.  He was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2017 Australia Day honours.

Felicity Ward 
Thursday 25 February, 3.15pm

Grown from a carob pod in a sunny, Central Coast national park, Felicity Ward is a multi-award winning comedian, actor and writer who has toured her award-winning, sell-out shows across the world, winning hearts of audiences and critics everywhere she goes.

Following the success of her 2014 ABC documentary, Felicity’s Mental Mission, Felicity was handpicked by the BBC in 2015 as one of the new faces of UK comedy starring in her own Live From The BBC special - the only Australian selected to be part of this new comedy series.  She is a regular face on many other international TV shows and has been nominated in Australia for Best Comedy at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, and won Best Australian Act at Perth Comedy Festival, and Sydney Comedy Festival, twice.



Professor Sohail Inayatullah 
Thursday 25 February 2pm

Sohail is a political scientist/futurist at Tamkang University, Taipei, an Associate at Melbourne Business School; the University of Melbourne; a researcher at  From 2001-2020, he was Adjunct Professor from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia.  From 2011-2014, he was Adjunct Professor at the Centre for policing, counter-terrorism and intelligence, Macquarie University, Sydney.  In 1999, he was the UNESCO Chair in European Studies at the University of Trier, Germany. 

He has authored and co-edited twenty-five books including Futures Thinking in Asia and the Pacific: Why Foresight Matters for Policy Makers (2020); Asia 2038: Ten Disruptions that Change Everything (2018);  His articles have been translated into a variety of languages, including Catalan, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Indonesian, Farsi, Arabic, and Mandarin.

Alexandra Gartmann 
Wednesday 24 February 2.45pm

Alexandra is the CEO Rural Bank & Group Executive Partnerships, Marketing and Corporate Affairs.  Alexandra joined Bendigo and Adelaide Bank in October 2015 as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Rural Bank, having been a member of the Board since November 2014.  Since July 2019, Alexandra also has responsibility for the Group’s Partner Engagement, Marketing, Corporate Affairs and Climate Risk.  Before joining the Bank, Alexandra was CEO of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), a charitable foundation based on a partnership between philanthropy, community, government and business supporting the economic prosperity of rural, regional and remote communities across Australia.  Prior to this, Ms Gartmann held the position of CEO of the Birchip Cropping Group for 10 years — a not-for-profit agricultural research organisation based in the Mallee Wimmera region. 

In addition to her role at the Bank, Alexandra is a member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, a Trustee of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and Director of the Australian Farm Institute.  

Dr Jen Frahm
Wednesday 24 February 10.15am

Dr Jen Frahm is a global expert on organisational change and transformation and an executive coach.  Jen is a tamer of ambiguity, speaker of truths and solver of problems.  

A sought-after speaker she is known for being at the frontier of business agility.  She is also the co-founder of The Agile Change Leadership Institute and author of Conversations of Change: A guide to workplace change, and co-author of the new Agile Change Playbook.  She has designed and delivered change across multiple industries and professions, from wine sales to wedding dresses, veterinary products to energy retailers, nuns and engineers, big banks, small IT companies, publicly listed, privately owned and non-profit organizations, and across 28 countries. 

She grew up on land of the Yuwibara people, and now resides on the land of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung. 

Barry Quirk
Thursday 25 February 10.10am

Barry has been one of the UK’s leading public sector manager's for over two decades.  He combines a core role as a Chief Executive in London Local Government with a portfolio of academic, international and commercial work.

He is an engaging public speaker and an accomplished author on public policy and public leadership.  In 2011, his book Re-imagining Government was published to critical academic acclaim.  He works to help public leaders discover creative solutions to complex public problems and management challenges.  Barry is always looking to blend what is publicly and politically desirable, with what is both technically feasible and managerially deliverable.

Barry brings clarity of thinking, insight and humour to the serious business of building good government and reforming public services.

Wallace Jin
Wenesday 24 February 2.45pm

Wallace is a doctor at the Royal Melbourne Hospital with a passion for healthcare, social impact, and systems-level change.

Outside of his work, Wallace is passionate about serving and improving the community.  During university, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at CHASE, an award-winning, youth-led health promotion charity operating in Melbourne’s most underprivileged suburbs.  He has held numerous other leadership and technical positions across not-for-profit and corporate sectors alike.  As a global citizen, Wallace has travelled to 43 countries and worked in Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking environments.

Wallace was recognised as the 2020 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year and as a recipient of the 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership Award.  He also received the 2019 Boston Consulting Group Scholarship and the 2020 McKinsey Academy Young Leaders Forum Scholarship.  In his spare time, Wallace loves classical music, orchestral percussion, and long-distance running.