Clover Moore has been the Independent MP for Sydney since 1988 and the Lord Mayor since 2004. She was the first woman popularly elected to the role and leads the City’s ambitious long term Sustainable Sydney 2030 plan. In the last eight years Clover has entered and won elections every two years.
A recent newspaper article said “In her 20 years as MP, with more successful private member’s bills than anyone in a century, Moore has done more to keep the bastards honest than Don Chipp ever did.” (SMH 22/3/12)
Tim Ross is one of Australia’s best-known comedians. He built up an enormous fan base as half of Merrick and Rosso through their ratings-topping show on Triple J and also their sell out live shows.
In 2001 he helped launch the Nova network. The Merrick and Rosso breakfast show fast became Sydney’s most popular radio program and then went national for six of its nine years. On TV Rosso featured on three seasons of the Logie nominated ’Unplanned’ and also featured in ’The B-Team’ and ’The Merrick and Rosso Show’.
In the thick of the global financial crisis Matt Fayle & Pip Jamieson quit their MTV dream jobs to launch creative community The Loop. In two short years, the creative industry-networking site they founded with their joint savings has exploded.
Boasting over 100,000 unique visitors a month and membership of over 28,000 Australia’s top creative industry professionals, the site has quickly become an invaluable resource from which Australian creative practitioners can promote themselves, collaborate, network and find work.
Matt is co-founder and partner of Republic of Everyone. This innovative sustainability strategy and communications company is in the business of building Hero Brands. The agency is famous for its work on The Green Party ad for the Gruen Nation TV show and the Say Yes Australia campaign featuring Cate Blanchett.
Before this he worked for the world’s most famous advertising agency brand M&C Saatchi London where he looked after clients selling everything from toothpaste to Rolls Royce cars and British Airways.
Tania de Jong AM is a leading Australian soprano and social entrepreneur. She founded Creativity Australia and Creative Universe to improve wellbeing, engagement and innovation in organisations and communities.
Tania consults to multinational organizations on creative leadership and innovation, works with a range of migrants and disadvantaged communities to build social capital and performs nationally and internationally with her group Pot-Pourri and event production company Music Theatre Australia.
Ben Rennie is as passionate about understanding failure, as he is about success. He believes in failing fast, failing often and failing inexpensively. Ben is the ceo of 6.2, an innovation lab based in Melbourne & Sydney with clients in Australia, New York, Hong Kong and Brazil.
He is the founder of the popular online magazine, uncluttered white spaces, with over 450,000 readers and the Black Report (an iPad Magazine). In 2009, Ben created the IF Talks, a series of forums across Australia and a conduit for innovation, good ideas and solving complex problems.
Rebekah Campbell is a music industry entrepreneur. She started out by organizing a music festival to raise awareness of New Zealand’s youth suicide epidemic at the age of 19. At age 21 Rebekah moved to Sydney to work for Grant Thomas Management.
Rebekah then opened her own management company ‘Scorpio Music’ in 2002 and grew to become one of Australia’s largest and most successful management companies. She successfully launched Posse.com , the world’s first platform for brands to empower and reward their fans for spreading the word online. Posse launched as a tool for the Australian music industry in August 2010 with the support of Ticketmaster, Moshtix, MTV and MySpace.
Galvin is Director and Creative Director of award-winning boutique creative studio ‘Protein One’ which offer a unique service in Brand integrity and multi-disciplinary media. He is also Director of PitchPerfect™ – a trademarked interactive service for producing engaging rich-media presentations.
Recently he co-founded Blind Mice Studios to develop a slate of iPhone applications. He is also an award-winning film writer and director with representation in both the US and Australia.
Paul Breen is an experienced entrepreneur, private investor,board director and venture consultant. He has industry experience from retail, oil, banking, and venture capital. Paul specialises in business start-ups, business planning & execution, expansion plays, strategic investments, restructuring, board roles, and exits.
Currently he is owner of Calendar Club; the largest pop-up retail business in Australasia, Director to STREAT; a social enterprise that stops youth homelessness and partner to 6.2.