Dr Angus Hervey
Angus is a political economist and a journalist specialising in the impact of disruptive technologies on society. He was the founding community manager of Random Hacks of Kindness, a global initiative from Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank to create open-source technology solutions to social challenges. He was also the first editorial manager for Global Policy, one of the world's leading international policy journals. He holds a PhD in Government and a Masters in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, where he was the Ralph Miliband Scholar from 2009 to 2012.
Big Data Scientist
Tané is a cancer researcher, bio-informatician, and science communicator. He's a co-founder of Future Crunch, as well as a data analytics startup, Lighthouse. He holds a Masters in Bio-Informatics from the University of Melbourne, and has worked for the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases. He is currently completing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, using molecular biomarkers in DNA and analysing them using artificial intelligence to improve treatments for people suffering from cancer. He's also a former US mountain biking champion and an avid sailor.
Rebecca is a personal branding consultant, talent agent and speaker, who has spent more than a decade working with global business influencers and entrepreneurs. She has represented professional speakers in Australia, Europe, and the US as an agent, liaison and more recently as a branding and marketing consultant. She's a founding member of Project Gen Z, a movement of entrepreneurs inspiring young people to take action on their dreams to create social impact. Her mission is to implement entrepreneurial education in schools, universities, and youth communities across the globe.
Will Tait is a songsmith, MC and presenter with a passion for inspiring wonder and revealing the hidden potential in situations and gatherings. He is an educational presenter, founder of Our Planet Enterprises, and the lead singer for 8Foot Felix, a theatrical multi-genre festival band touring in Australia and overseas. He is motivated by the idea that our modern global culture is reaching out for a new story about the workings of the world, a story in which we see ourselves as integrally connected to each other and our universe. Through music, theatre, whole-heartedness and humour he aims to create moments of sharing, inspiration and joy that help make this new story tangible and trustworthy.
Dr Steven Manos
Steven is a maker, digital technologist, facilitator and physicist. He works at the intersection of digital technologies and community building, and is passionate about strengthening teams and organisations to work in new ways in the 21st century. He completed a PhD in Physics at the University of Sydney in 2006, designing optical fibres using genetic algorithms, and spent four years at University College London as a postdoc simulating blood flows in the human brain. Since 2012 he’s been the Head of Research Platforms at the University of Melbourne, developing strategies and implementing projects to drive the future of data-intensive research. He is also a woodworker, and runs a custom design company, Weld + Fathom.
Shasta is a scientist and science communicator; a passionate adventurer, entomologist and educator. She has named beetles from the Amazon (and has one species named after her), guided white water rafts in Canada and once crocheted a hot air balloon. She's worked at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, and is currently completing her PhD at the University of Tasmania, investigating the impact of fire on invertebrate communities in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Melissa is an environmental town planner, community builder and sustainability specialist. She is the Managing Director of Suburban Town Planners, a purpose-driven town planning consultancy based in Sydney. She has developed and implemented award-winning sustainable development projects across Australia, and is on a mission to activate sustainable forms of living in urban spaces of the future. She is a founding member of the World Economic Forum Sydney Shaper Hub, and was the National Convener for the United National Association of Australia Young Professionals Network. She believes in a 21st century that works for every one, and every thing, and that cities will be at the heart of that revolution.