Presenters at WiT events and programs


Dimity Dornan AO

Founder and Director of the Hear&Say Centre achieving exceptional outcomes for hearing impaired children.

Yvette Adams

ICT Woman of the Year 2013, Yvette Adams from The Creative Collective is an experienced speaker & trainer who will share with us some key insights on how to determine the right content for your audience, which networks are right for your message, how to engage people online & how you can leverage social media opportunities for the purpose of brand development, positioning & personal professional outcomes.

Stacey Tomasoni

Stacey is GM of BPO & Contact Centres at Datacom & works with companies to help them navigate through the ever evolving channels of customer engagement & sources of business intelligence.  Acknowledging that to be embraced, social media must first be understood, Stacey has worked with over 30 organisations to help them understand the social media landscape & how it relates to them, carving out & executing on a social media strategy that always begins with the simple step of harnessing the power of effective listening strategies.

Scott Ward

Scott has extensive background in technology having worked with Microsoft, Sun Microsystems & Deloitte.  He sits as a founding industry member of Sydney Universities Digital Disruption Panel.  A frequent speaker on effective use of Social media & Gamification to drive business outcomes, Scott presents at numerous conferences & industry functions.  He is a passionate advocate of social technologies & his clients are from diverse industry groups such as education, mining, travel, real estate, legal & financial institutions.

Dr Kim Mackenzie

Dr Kim MacKenzie is an accomplished author & independent researcher in internet innovation.  With a PhD in Business Technologies & Social Networking Services & as a Member of the Australian Government Community of Innovation Academics & Researchers, Kim will present some compelling reasons for all industry professionals to understand the broad scope that social media has to offer.  She will also deliver practical tips for creating better social media strategies & policies to effectively align your objectives & target audience.


Selena Bartlett

Professor Bartlett’s research interests are in the translation of basic research in clinical practice with the mission to improve the lives of individuals and families suffering mental health disorders. Professor Selena Bartlett is a Group Leader in Addiction Neuroscience and Obesity at the Translational Research Institute and in the Cells and Tissues Domain at IHBI and is a Professor in the School of Clinical Sciences in the Faculty of Health at QUT and an ARC Future Fellow.


Elizabeth Harper

Elizabeth joined GHD in 2010 as Chief Information Officer.  Her focus is driving efficiency & effectiveness across technical & business applications with the core intent of delivering consistent service to GHD's people & clients.  Prior to joining GHD Elizabeth was General Manager Corporate Services at Ballance Agri-Nutrients, where she was responsible for IT, HR, PR/Communications & Business Improvement.  Elizabeth is a member of QUT School of Information Systems Industry Advisory Group & a member of the Queensland Branch Executive Committee of the Australian Computer Society.

Dianne Jeans

Dianne is Assistant Director-General, Shared Corporate Services Division of DSITIA including the Corporate Administration Agency. Before this Dianne was General Manager of Smart Service Queensland.  She has worked across a number of government agencies covering criminal justice policy, human services policy & service delivery, economic development issues, community engagement and integrated service delivery & has qualifications in law, commerce, policy, management & corporate governance.  Her public service career spans over 30 years in Queensland & Victoria.

Jodi Schmidt

Jodi was appointed as the first CEO of the newly created TAFE Qld statutory body. TAFE Qld was created in legislation on 1 July 2013 as a parent body to drive the strategic direction for all TAFE delivery in Queensland.  In her role Jodi will continue to lead reform of TAFE in Queensland commenced in her former role of Deputy Director-General, Training & Employment in the Department of Education, Training & Employment.


Sonya Trau

Sonya is a Senior Business Leadership Coach with AltusQ & been involved in design & delivery of numerous corporate mentoring programs nationally for over 4 years, including the first industry wide mentoring program in Australia.

Daniel Flood

Daniel is from The Edge at the State Library of Queensland is part of the 3D printing at the Edge and the Open Hand Project.


Mia Woodruff

Associate Professor Mia Woodruff from QUT presented on “Biofabrication”  and 3D printing of bone and tissue replacement.

Katie Green

Katie Green from 3D Orthotics presented on 3D printing in practice, demonstrating the uses of 3D printing in the preparation of Orthotics.

Olga Panagiotopoulou

Dr Olga Panagiotopoulou from University of Queensland spoke on integrative 3D analysis to study body motion especially in animals and the use of 3D printing in this field.


Anne-Marie Birkill

WiT Life Science Ambassador 2014 Anne-Marie is a General Partner and Executive Director of OneVentures, a $40 million venture capital Fund backing innovative companies with global relevance in healthcare, education, mobile, cloud computing & new media.  She is also a Director for portfolio companies Paloma Mobile, TheBestDay, Charm Health & Peak3.

Jennifer Burrows

Born and raised in Scotland, Jennifer delivered her first presentation at the ripe old age of eight, motivating her similarly aged ‘sales force’ to sell painted stones to the neighbours.  This was also her first entrepreneurial venture & did a roaring trade until her mum found out.

Jen has made it her mission to overhaul corporate communications from lacklustre to the remarkable. She has a knack for converting uneasy speakers into brilliant presenters by working closely with them to increase their confidence, authority and presence when addressing any audience.


Julie Bale

Julie Bale joined BOQ as Chief Information Officer in December 2012 responsible for strategy, development and maintenance of the infrastructure and technology solutions that support BOQ.  Julie has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, primarily within Financial Services, Telecommunications and Utilities sectors, across UK & Australia.  Before joining BOQ, she was at ING Direct, responsible for delivery of all technical solutions.  Before joining ING Direct, she was Head of Solutions Delivery at Bendigo Bank, where she guided the IT systems integration activities during the merger with Adelaide Bank.


Linda Price

Linda is Group Vice President, Asia Pacific at Gartner.  She is a senior IT executive with 20 years' experience in media, manufacturing, distribution & service organizations.  Before joining Gartner, she was a key member of the executive management team of an iconic Australian ASX100 organization, working directly with board members.  She was responsible for IT strategy development & organizational development in a rapidly transforming media environment.  She led several successful IT & organizational change programs aligning people, process and technology to deliver strategic outcomes. She has a track record of managing and motivating large teams, engendering an ethic of energy and drive.


Michelle Tredenick

Michelle has served on the Board of BOQ since February 2011. She has more than 30 yrs experience in banking, insurance & wealth management industries across Australia & NZ.  She has held senior executive roles & been a member of the Executive Committee at NAB, MLC & Suncorp-Metway Ltd, as well as serving as an Executive Director for NAB & MLC companies. During her career, she has held various roles as Chief Information Officer, Head of Strategy as well as line responsibility for corporate superannuation, insurance and wealth management businesses.

Fiona Craig

The job for life has gone.......the world of work has changed forever.  It's more important than ever to harness and hone your own personal skills, and forge your career.  I work with individuals and organisations to educate and get results in the areas of personal branding and profile building; strengths identification and use; client and business development; networking skills; influencing and communication skills and career management.

Sam Kennedy

Sam is a dynamic, driven and highly energetic executive with extensive experience in sales, marketing, customer service, public relations, media, legal and human resources.  Sam has recently been appointed as the Director of Strategy and Innovation for Optus Business. In this newly created role Sam’s passion and energy will be focused in creating new innovative partnerships between Optus and its customers.  For the past 4 years Sam has been Optus State Director for Queensland, managing all Optus Business customers in the region, as well as corporate affairs and government relations.

Carolyn Mountford
Professor Carolyn Mountford is a world-leading expert in magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). Her work has resulted in techniques and therapies used by research centres and hospitals for patients with cancer, brain tumors, and neurologic and psychological disorders.  To date Professor Mountford has secured approximately $39 million in funding grants.  She is the author or co-author of more than 180 peer-review articles and the holder of five significant patents in the areas of cancer, chronic pain, head injury and MR, with a further five patents in the pipeline.

Sarah Yip
Since 2004, Sarah has been creating productive & positive workplaces through sharing  practical transformational leadership practices. She is consistently described as exciting, engaging, knowledgeable, approachable and “BRILLIANT!” 

Sarah is highly sought after for her consultancy & facilitation skills. With clients requesting her services throughout Australia and overseas.

Kim Volp
Kym is a degree qualified scientist and Innovations and Strategic Manager at Evolve Scientific Recruitment, market leader in scientific & technical recruitment in Australia and has also been instrumental in founding the Casual and Temporary Employees Association of Australia, offering free online job seeking resources to temporary employees and job-seekers.

She is passionate about helping maximise your job prospects by giving you an insider’s view.  If you’ve ever wanted to know what your job prospects really are, or why you’ve not been successful in the past, Kym will give you the whole truth (even if you don’t want to hear it!).

Jennifer Loy
A/Prof Jennifer Loy, Griffith University, Deputy Director Griffith Centre for Creative Arts ResearPhD (Industrial Design). Scholarship from Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, CRC Wood Innovations, National Institute of Design, Swinburne University.
Master of Arts (Textile and Product Design). Manchester Metropolitan University & Liverpool John Moores Uni, UK.
2:1 Bachelor of Arts Hons (Furniture Design). Nottingham Trent University, UK.  Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Staff Educational Development Association Accreditation. Liverpool John Moores Uni, UK.
Certificate in Global Sustainability, RMIT

Peter Tatham
Prof Peter Tatham, Griffith University, Professor of Humanitarian Logistics and Deputy Head, Department of International Business and Asian Studies.

Wayne Gerard
Co-founder and CEO of RedEye, a Brisbane based Tech startup.  I'm passionate about growing our business into a leading global internet company and contributing to the development of our startup ecosystem.  I believe that startups and entrepreneurialism are cornerstones of the new economy. As the world moves more and more to a connected economy, a city's ability to encourage and foster digital innovation and commercialisation will have a large impact on its economic prosperity.  The goal of a startup ecosystem is to develop globally relevant high growth companies, these companies develop products and services that impact everyone and create jobs and support the development of associated startups and other industries locally.

Sarah Timmerman
Director and Founder of Beginning Boutique - Australia's raddest online store. Beginning Boutique is one of Australia's fastest growing fashion e-commerce pure play stores. BB is backed with huge social media followings on instagram and facebook.
  Sarah-Jane Peterschlingmann
A multiple award winning technology entrepreneur with practical capabilities spanning every key business area including finance, human resources, marketing, legal, governance and compliance, technology and operations.  Consultant to a broad range of organisations from sole traders to fortune 100s across a range of industries. A broadly skilled technologist with hands on experience in all key areas of online business including development.
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