Stefan Knight

Antler Australia, Director Queensland

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Sessions

Stefan Knight’s Track Sessions

FWD›››Invest

Session I2: Local Champions: Pioneering Regional Investments (Panel)

Local VC Panel

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TAFE Queensland Mooloolaba campus

FWD›››24 Speakers and Panellists

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Keynote

Dave Clare

Founder of Circle Leadership

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Keynote

Dr Dylan Saunders

Dr. Dylan Saunders is the Director of Quantum Systems Engineering at PsiQuantum, a quantum computing company on a mission to build the world’s first commercially useful quantum computer. PsiQuantum’s approach to building a large-scale, fault tolerant quantum computer involves photonics-based architecture that enables manufacturing in a conventional silicon chip foundry. Dylan has been with PsiQuantum for six years, starting in component research before becoming the first quantum systems architect and leading the design and delivery of our first systems. His background is in experimental quantum physics, holding research and teaching positions at the University of Oxford, lecturing on Quantum Optics and Photonics (both foundations to our machine). He completed his post-graduate studies under Prof. Geoff Pryde at Griffith University as a part of CQC2T in 2012.

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Keynote

Gayan Benedict - FWD›››Executive Keynote

Chief Technology Officer, Salesforce Australian and New Zealand Gayan leads regional efforts in security, engineering and architecture engagement with Salesforce product engineering, industry and key customer accounts. Gayan is co-founder of Salesforce’s global Architecture Guild and is an Industry Research Fellow at MIT’s Center of Information Systems Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Career Highlights Gayan was the CIO of the Reserve Bank of Australia where he oversaw the digital transformation of the Bank’s federal government core banking services, delivery of Australia’s real-time national payment infrastructure (NPP), and uplifting the Bank’s cyber operations. Prior to the RBA, Gayan was the head of technology strategy and enterprise architecture for Westpac and director of customer data architecture for Oracle Asia Pacific. Gayan chairs Standards Australia’s governance working group for blockchain standards (IT-041) and is a member of the ISO Committee TC/307 on blockchain standards.

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Keynote

Tania Price - FWD›››Breakfast keynote

Founder & CEO of Entropolis Tania Price is a recognised leader in youth entrepreneurship and building skills for the future through entrepreneurship education and higher-level learning experiences in primary through high school. Inspired by the rich entrepreneurial and education expertise of her network and leveraging her own 30 years of global corporate and start-up experience, Tania’s mission is to empower the next generation to become more adaptable, employable, productive, and competitive by exposing them to entrepreneurship education and building practical, transferrable 21st Century mindset and skills while still at school. Tania’s youth entrepreneurship journey started in 2010 when she co-founded Club Kidpreneur. She engaged passionate entrepreneur volunteers, early adopter schools, and dedicated educators to share the ‘real’ entrepreneurial experience in classrooms and as an extra-curricular activity. Recognising the emerging need to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit broadly in young people and augment their formal studies, in 2016 Tania launched her flagship Kidpreneur Challenge, Australia’s longest-running curriculum-aligned primary school program. The program has been delivered by educators in more than 1,200 Australian classrooms and across APAC including New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea. Entropolis was born with the vision of enabling 1 million school-aged children globally by 2030 to build successful futures through entrepreneurship education. Recognising there is no one-size-fits-all solution, Tania’s goal is to make entrepreneurship education as accessible as possible by working directly with young people and alongside schools, educators, and education providers.

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Aaron Birkby

Co-Founder of Tribe Global Ventures

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Alan Hegerty

Managing Director Impactus Advisory & Director of Silicon Coast Alan believes in creating a better world through business and is driven by helping great businesses multiply their growth and impact in the world. He has had 25-year career growing business across UK, Australia and North America. Including a success investment platform business be scaled to manager over $3.5bn and exited in less than 7 years. Over his career Alan has been driven by a desire to create a single unified system for scaling businesses. He now uses this system with clients to scale their business with less time, less money and less effort while getting more time to live the life they want.

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Alex Knight

Managing Director, Advanced

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Alezeia Brown

Investment Manager, Main Sequence

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An Vo

An is a Partner at venture capital firm, TEN13, which has invested over $100m in over 50 global technology startups. Prior to that, An was a lawyer, startup co-founder and helped manage Transition Level Investments, the family office of Steve Baxter.

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Ant Moorhouse

Co Founder of EarthTech

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Ben Johnson

Founder of Flower Group & Josephmark

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Brad Chesham

CEO Bundle of Rays

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Brad Davies

Investment Manager, RM Developments With a career spanning over three decades, Brad brings real-world expertise in property investment, strategy, and management. As the Investment Manager at RM Developments who are currently delivering over $900M in projects, he focuses on honest communication and building trust, to drive business success. His entrepreneurial journey recently involved founding whenWe, a tech start-up that highlights our authentic human bonds through written stories, creating a platform where shared memories form the backbone of our lives and our connection to the world around us. Guided by these principles, Brad is thrilled to represent both the property and tech sectors at FWD Fest, exploring high-level challenges and realities when merging these two sectors, specifically the essential role of property in fostering sustainable business growth.

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Charlotte Connell

Ambassador of Greenhouse

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Chris Le Serve

Chris Le Serve, as Head of Economic Development at Sunshine Coast Council, is charged with delivering the outcomes identified in the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy in collaboration with business and industry stakeholders. He has extensive commercial and transaction experience in both the private and public sector throughout a range of geographies and industries. Chris is skilled in negotiating complex deals, managing diverse stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes and taking initial seed concepts through the development and approval stages to an operational entity.

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Councillor Terry Landsberg

Sunshine Coast Council – Division 2 Terry Landsberg moved to the Sunshine Coast in the late 1980s and has since become a cornerstone of the Caloundra community. With over 20 years of experience as a local business owner, Terry understands the importance of community-based action and has dedicated himself to fostering local growth and development. As a second-term councillor, Terry shares responsibility for the Resilient Economy Portfolio with Cr Joe Natoli. In this role, he actively contributes to the areas of Economic Development, Industry and Local Business Development, Investment Attraction and Facilitation, Innovation and Tourism, and Major Events across the entire Sunshine Coast. His background as a small business owner, combined with his passion for promoting healthy, active lifestyles, informs his work and commitment to the community. Portfolio Highlights: - Represented the council on two panels discussing digital economy and sustainability credentials at the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) in New York in October 2023. - Represented the council at the Smart Cities Conference in Kuala Lumpur in 2022, focusing on smart cities and investment strategies. Beyond his portfolio duties, Terry holds positions on several Council committees, serves as a Director of the Sunshine Coast Events Centre, chairs the Caloundra Downtown Taskforce, and has established the Division 2 Community Committee. Through these roles, he continues to champion initiatives that enhance the quality of life for residents and drive sustainable economic growth on the Sunshine Coast.

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Craig ‘CJ’ Josic

Co-Founder Silicon Coast & Forward Fest

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Dale Rankine

Founder, Cogenuity For over 30 years, Dale Rankine has been a serial entrepreneur and venture builder across every major technology trend and shift. From the early days of web, mobile, cloud, IoT and more, Dale has pushed the boundaries of emerging commercial opportunities being driven by seismic shifts in technology. Dale is a globally-recognised builder and innovator, with deep hands-on experience in developing products and ventures that have identified and capitalised on early market opportunities, scaled globally, generated enterprise value and exited. His successes have been fuelled by strong personal values and execution capabilities across not only the technical landscape, but also the commercial and human elements of building great teams and ventures. His most recent success came through his company and industrial data integration platform Reekoh; founded in 2014, scaled across Australia, US and Asia, and acquired by Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) in 2023. On the people-side of venture building, Dale has a particular interest in founder wellbeing, coaching and support. The journey of building great companies, especially in the early stages, requires equal attention to how founders are performing personally as well as professionally.

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Gavin Keeley

Chair RDA Sunshine Coast

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Greg Laverty

Greg Laverty is Group Executive Economic and Community Development at Sunshine Coast Council. Greg's role focuses on developing, supporting and providing cultural, economic and social opportunities for the region, and Greg is also currently leading Council’s delivery of the Sunshine Coast component of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Greg has played a lead role with Sunshine Coast Council in the delivery of region-shaping projects including the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion, the Maroochydore City Centre, and the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm. Greg’s most recent achievement has been the successful delivery of the Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network project – which has seen Council become the first local government in Australia to secure an international submarine cable and provide Australia with its fastest telecommunications connection to Asia from the east coast.

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Jasmine Batra

Managing Director, Arrow Digital Jasmine Batra is at the forefront of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship, bringing two decades of experience and a keen focus on shining the spotlight on founders. As the Managing Director of Arrow Digital, one of Australia’s longest-standing and multi-award-winning digital growth agencies, Jasmine leverages her deep marketing expertise to guide businesses to build brand awareness & tell their story. Her portfolio includes early-stage startups, family-owned enterprises, global tech giants & ASX-listed companies like Telstra and AGL. Jasmine’s impact in the tech and innovation sectors has successfully led clients through multiple funding rounds and high-value exits, with notable acquisitions by industry leaders like News Ltd, Fairfax & NAB Ventures. She is a mentor for various Federal, State & University programs for early-stage market validation to scaling internationally.

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Kathryn Giudes

Managing Director of macroDATA Digital Solutions & Chair of Silicon

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Kimberly Randle

Co-founder & CEO of Fair Supply

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Min Swan

President, White House International Min Swan is a respected businesswoman, natural-born leader and dedicated community connector with an extensive background covering small business, corporate business, and charity and community engagement. Min is a born communicator and collaborator with her firm responsible for leading ten Chambers of Commerce and Industry Groups, as well as managing some of the largest corporate and charity events in the region. Min has been the driving force behind many projects, initiatives and connections that make the Sunshine Coast an innovative and world-class region to live in, and she spends considerable volunteer hours looking for opportunities for local businesses to work together, for the broader community to have more impact and for the entire Sunshine Coast to shine.

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Owen Bowling

Co-Founder and CEO of Coach Welly & Ambassador of Silicon Coast

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Paul Salmon

Paul M. Salmon is a professor in Human Factors and is the creator of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Paul has almost 25 years’ experience of applied Human Factors and systems science research in areas such as transport, defence, sport and outdoor recreation, healthcare, workplace safety, and cybersecurity. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries journal, and has co-authored 23 books, over 300 peer reviewed journal articles, and numerous book chapters and conference contributions. Between 2020 and 2023 The Australian’s research analysis identified Paul as Australia’s field leader in the area of quality and reliability.

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Roz White

Chair, Sunshine Coast 2032

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Sarah Morgan

CEO | Entrepreneur | Speaker | MC | Author | Panel Facilitator | Leadership Expert | Founder - Influential Leader Academy

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Stefan Knight

Antler Australia, Director Queensland

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Thomas Pollock

Managing Director, Gov Ready Thomas Pollock is the Founder of Gov Ready and brings over two decades of expertise in winning government business for the SME sector. He has fostered strategic collaborations with government, major corporations, and in particular loves working with the SME sector. Thomas is the author of the book, “Winning Government Business: The 6 Rules and 9 Absolutes,” which provides valuable insights into government procurement, empowering SMEs to compete and win government contracts. In 2019, Thomas established Gov Ready to enhance the capabilities of Queensland businesses, offering essential support to those pursuing government contracts and providing a clearly defined road-map into Government revenue streams.

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Timothy Hui

Partner, Mandalay Venture Partners

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Tracey Gosling

Regional Vice President - Public Sector APAC of Dataminr

31 JULY - 2 AUGUST 2024 Sunshine Coast

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