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Real World Futures 2017 - Disruptive Influences And What To Do With Them

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Room Three Sixty, QUT, Brisbane, Australia



Dr Mary Foley AM
Managing Director, Telstra Health

Mary Foley has a distinguished career in the health sector, holding leadership positions in state and federal government, the private sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Prior to joining Telstra Health, she was Director General and Secretary of NSW Health for a five-year term. She has also previously held roles as National Health Practice Leader at PwC Australia, Chief Executive of St Vincent’s and Mater Health Sydney, and an executive at Mayne Nickless.

She is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Science and Health at Western Sydney University and has previously served as a member of the Federal Minister’s Primary Health Care Advisory Group, a Director of the National eHealth Transition Authority, Deputy Chair of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council and a Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

In 2016, Mary was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia and she is a former Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year.




Professor Ronal Arkin
Regents’ Professor; Director of Mobile Robot Laboratory,
College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA


Professor Ronald Arkin is an adviser to the US Defence Department on the ethical use of robots in warfare. He is based at the Georgia Institute of Tech and is currently in Australia at both QUT and the CSIRO.

He is an engaging speaker on both the technology of robots and the ethical aspects of their rise across society.





Mr Paul Kelly
Editor at Large, The Australian

Mr Paul Kelly is Australia’s leading political author and journalist. He is Editor-at-large of The Australian and the chronicler of both daily political life and the big political trends nationally and internationally over five decades.
He has recently written on the Brexit and Trump phenomenons as well as the disruption to the Australian political process as voters seek alternatives to the traditional approaches to politics. 






Distinguished Professor Peter Corke
Professor of Robotic Vision, QUT and Director, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision

Distinguished Professor Peter Corke is a world leader in robotics and Director of the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision based at QUT. He is also a participant in the Mobile Robotics Group at Oxford University.
He has led development of QUT’s series of online courses on robotics and is the author of the leading textbook on robotic vision.






Ms Pip Marlow
Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Innovation, Suncorp Group Ltd


Pip Marlow was appointed Chief Executive Officer Strategic Innovation of Suncorp Group Ltd in December 2016. She is responsible for Suncorp's strategic role in market disruption, and identifying and establishing and cultivating new external marketplace partners to meet the needs of customers.
Pip is a highly-recognised leader in her field. She brings a wealth of international experience and has a strong track record of delivery, most recently through her six-year tenure as Managing Director of Microsoft Australia.
Pip has more than 20 years' experience in the IT industry. Pip is a non-executive director of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU), sits on the Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Board at University of Technology Sydney and is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW), an organisation committed to supporting and growing women in executive positions.



Mr Stephen Scheeler
Special Adviser to PwC Australia

Stephen Scheeler is a special adviser on mobile technology to PWC Australia. He is a former managing director of Facebook, and Instagram Australia and New Zealand.
Stephen is an advocate of companies developing mobile strategies to keep up with customer behaviour and works with boards to help build their mobile businesses.
He has a strong retail background through the shopping centre owner and developer, Westfield Corporation, and the beverage company Lion.




Mr Nick Vanzetti
Managing Director – Australia, ESL Gaming


Nick Vanzetti is managing director – Australia of ESL Gaming, a leader in the fast-growing e-sports field. E-sports is a competitive league of electronic gaming which is building multi-million audiences internationally.
They are under consideration for introduction to the Paris Olympics program in 2024.
Nick is a former QUT student and works actively with QUT’s e-sports club to build their skills and presence.




Professor Suzi Derbyshire
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), QUT

Professor Suzi Derbyshire has two decades experience of teaching and leadership in higher education in Australia and the United Kingdom. She is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at QUT where she champions and develops programs that meet modern learning needs.
Professor Derbyshire came to this role through the fashion industry where she worked in London and Hong Kong as a designer before begin a teaching career at the London College of Fashion.
She has applied the creativity of design to her teaching work and is an advocate for creativity in technical and non-technical environments, demonstrated by her successful TEDx talk, Think More Like A Fashion Designer


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