Mediator, human rights advocate and author of ‘Brave Truth’, a story of the crime, violence and retribution born from the South African Apartheid regime. A fierce champion for racial and gender equality, Coy has transformed many lives through her work in community empowerment, public policy and peacekeeping. During the final days of the apartheid regime and the establishment of a democratic South Africa, she played a core role as mediator and human rights advocate. After receiving threats against her family, she relocated to Australia, where she now runs a successful executive coaching business, Red Tin Shed. She remains committed to her goal of creating positive change in communities and is a strong advocate for refugee rights.
Internationally-respected relationships speaker, author, and researcher, and father of six girls (yes, six!), Coulson is self-admittedly obsessed with what makes relationships flourish. In addition to authoring two best-selling books: 21 Days to a Happier Family and 9 Ways to a Resilient Child, Coulson has guided tens of thousands of people to improve their relationships in leadership, education, and family life. He has also worked with numerous schools to promote education around wellbeing, resilience and relationships (and a handy hint for any rebel parents requiring reinforcements – he’s also the parenting expert at kidspot.com.au).
CEO Meridian Energy Australia and Powershop Australia. One of Australia’s leading regular commentators on energy, renewables, consumer trends, technology, and innovation, McManus has a diverse career behind him. From his beginnings as a medical research scientist, then real-estate marketer, McManus was driven to renewables by a desire to contribute to a an economically-pivotal growth sector and support efforts to decarbonise the economy. It’s no surprise therefore that Powershop has been ranked by Greenpeace as Australia’s greenest energy company, and is the only electricity retailer to be certified 100% carbon-neutral by the Australian government.
Global traveller and Co-Founder of the Equal Playing Field project. In 2017, Youngson scaled Kilimanjaro with 60 women of 25 nationalities. At the peak, they blew previous world records out of the snow, setting a new bar for the world’s highest-altitude all-female football match. A passionate advocate for women in sport, Youngson is shining a light on the obtrusive gender inequalities in this arena and inspiring women and girls to challenge these norms.
MA, PhD(c) Psych, behavioural scientist and founder of SelfHackathon. Need a reboot? Slawuta’s SelfHackathon is “hacking minds, rewiring brains and upgrading lives.” Rerouting 10+ years of cutting-edge research into business innovation, Slawuta helps global audiences to identify what’s holding them back and creates optimum environments for change. Sharing her insights into the complexities of human nature, she empowers individuals to transform their own personal and business performance.
World-renowned relationship therapist and Founder of Erotic IQ. Get up, get up, get up, get up! Jaida Suheyla Simone is amping up the volume on sexual healing. For the first time, relationships are being seen in an evolutionary light, human connection fundamental, not just for our own wellbeing, but also the growth of global economies. Through the intersections of spiritual ecstasy, neuroscience, quantum physics and psychoanalysis, Simone is revolutionising how we think about sexuality.
Director of Policy & Research at the Committee for Melbourne and President of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Australia. With strong determination, van Amelsvoort has proven abilities in strategy development, advocacy and shaping debates. He has undertaken high-level policy and research work and successfully formulated strategies on key issues affecting Melbourne’s growth and development as a major internationally competitive city. He has helped secure parliamentary approval for a number of high-profile cases in the Netherlands and was a member of the Dutch delegation that won the 2007 Harvard National Model United Nations.
The diminutive disrupter. A former corporate lawyer and ABC Radio Breakfast Presenter, turned global leader in Client-Centered Legal Innovation. Combining interview-skills, design thinking and mindfulness practices, Leong brings a unique approach to proactive client conversations and collaborations. In 2015, she partnered with Telstra Legal to co-develop a radical series of design thinking workshops and innovation sprints which subsequently won multiple innovation awards. Her other superpowers include Courage, Creativity and delivering key messages by way of song.
Designer, narrative animator, and digital craftsman. Mond Qu is the founder of United Make, an experimental think-tank and multi-disciplinary studio based in Melbourne. Mond pushes the frontiers of design through the act of making; from deep materials research, visceral immersive experiences, interactive artworks or modular furniture, to large-scale speculations. Working in research, practice and teaching internationally, Mond challenges designers to innovate and embrace the challenges of the 21st century.
A former child soldier turned defence lawyer and refugee advocate. Deng, who was conscripted into the Sudan People’s Liberation Army at just six years old, had never been to school. Now, he owns his own successful law firm and spends much of his free time working with disenfranchised youth and refugees. Deng gave the 2016 Australia Day address, was painted for the 2016 Archibald Prize by Nick Stathopoulos and won the People’s Choice award, and Deng was recently named NSW Australian of the Year for 2017.