FEATURED PAST SPEAKERS
Co-Founder, Energy Disruptors
Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a company specialising in disruptive strategy and building the capacity of leaders to execute change. Emergent, has worked with the likes of Microsoft, Virgin, INPEX, Europcar, KPMG, & the AIS, as well as local, state and federal government departments globally.
Holly is an experienced non-executive director across the private, government and non-profit sectors, in a statutory and advisory board capacity. In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to Chair the G20 Youth Summit. In 2016, Holly became the youngest ever woman appointed to the board of an AFL football club with her appointment as a Director of Port Adelaide Football Club and was also asked by the AFL to serve on their Advisory Board for the launch of the AFL Women’s League. Her corporate career has involved working as Chief of Staff to NAB Wealth Chief Executive and for Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh, giving her a strong background in complex change strategy, public affairs, and risk management, government and stakeholder engagement, and innovation and technology-driven performance improvement. Holly holds a Law degree and BA (Economics). In 2012, she was the youngest person to be named in Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’, and also became the world’s youngest-ever Rotary President.
An accomplished global keynote speaker, Holly has presented across 6 continents, including delivering a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama. She has featured on ABC’s ‘Q&A’, Channel 7 News & Channel 10’s ‘The Project’, and is renowned for her commentary on intergenerational economic and social issues. A top-ten age group finisher in her most recent Ironman Endurance Triathlon, in 2016 Holly was listed by Sir Richard Branson as one of his dream dinner guests. In 2018, she was personally requested by Barack Obama to moderate an hour-long conversation with during his only engagement in Australia.
SIR RICHARD BRANSON
BUSINESS MAGNATE, INVESTOR, AUTHOR, PHILANTHROPIST & FOUNDER, VIRGIN GROUP
Founder of the Virgin Group, which has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment and health and wellness. Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands. Since starting youth culture magazine “Student” at aged 16, I have tried to find entrepreneurial ways to drive positive change in the world. In 2004 we established Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, which unites people and entrepreneurial ideas to create opportunities for a better world. Most of my time is now spent building businesses that will make a positive difference in the world and working with Virgin Unite and organisations it has incubated, such as The Elders, The Carbon War Room, The B Team and Ocean Unite. I also serve on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and supports ocean conservation with the Ocean Elders. I'm a tie-loathing adventurer, philanthropist and troublemaker, who believes in turning ideas into reality.
Journalist, NYT Best-Selling Author, Public Speaker
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers. He has explored how ideas spread in The Tipping Point, decision making in Blink, and the roots of success in Outliers.
Malcolm’s popular 10-part podcast Revisionist History is in its third season. In the weekly podcast, Malcolm re-examines an overlooked or misunderstood aspect of past events. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has won a national magazine award and been honored by the American Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society. He was previously a reporter for The Washington Post.
WRITER, SPEAKER, & AUTHOR
HARNESSING THE STRENGTHS OF INTROVERTS TO CHANGE HOW WE WORK, LEAD, AND INNOVATE
SUSAN CAIN is the author of the bestsellers Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into 40 languages, is in its seventh year on the New York Times best seller list, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Cain one of its Most Creative People in Business. LinkedIn named her the 6th Top Influencer in the world. Susan has partnered with Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant and Dan Pink to launch the Next Big Idea Book Club; they donate all their proceeds to children’s literacy programs. Her writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 30 million times on TED.com and YouTube combined, and was named by Bill Gates one of his all-time favorite talks. Cain has also spoken at Microsoft, Google, the U.S. Treasury, the S.E.C., Harvard, Yale, West Point and the US Naval Academy. She received Harvard Law School’s Celebration Award for Thought Leadership, the Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award for Communication and Leadership, and was named one of the world’s top 50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc. Magazine. She is an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. make changes to the font. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you.
SIR KEN ROBINSON
GLOBAL AUTHORITY IN CREATIVITY & INNOVATION IN EDUCATION & BUSINESS
LEARNING TO BE CREATIVE
An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world's leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.
Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and leading cultural organization. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia.
Called "one of the world's elite thinkers on creativity and innovation" by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognition for this groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers50 list of the world's leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/ Fortune/ CNN's Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th-anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times bestseller. His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson's trademark wit and engaging style, includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation's troubled education system.
BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE
GLOBAL ENERGY TRENDS
Michael is the Founder of and Senior Contributor to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of research for senior decision-makers in clean energy and transportation. He is also a Board Member of Transport for London, the capital’s transport authority, a member of the high-level advisory board of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and holds a variety of other directory and advisory positions in business and the non-profit sector. Michael is a Visiting Professor at the Imperial College Energy Futures Lab. Michael also serves on the High-Level Advisory Group for the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, and he founded and chairs three charities: Finance for Resilience (FiRe), the Swiss-based EcoVillages Association and the Liebreich Foundation. He chairs the selection committee for the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers, which are announced each year at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, and is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College’s Energy Futures Lab.
Michael was a founding Board Member of the Dubai-based Middle East Clean Energy Business Council and is an inaugural member of the Advisory Council of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. He has recently joined the advisory board of The Hawthorn Club, an international network for professional women in the energy industry. Michael is also a founding Advisory Board Member of Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER).
Michael has in the past served on the advisory board of the Clinton Global Initiative‘s Energy and Climate Change working group, as well as on the selection panels for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers. He was a long-time member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils for Sustainable Energy and the New Energy Architecture, where he helped launch an initiative which led to WTO negotiations for an Environmental Goods Agreement (expected to conclude in a trade deal before the end of 2016). Michael has also been a member of the Accenture Energy Board and a member of the advisory panel for the INSEAD Energy Club.
Michael is a three-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and in June 2015 was presented with the Renewable Energy Association’s Judges Award for his outstanding contribution to the development of renewable energy. He is also co-author of three peer-reviewed academic papers on energy-related topics.
Prior to founding New Energy Finance, Michael was an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and media executive. In the 1990s he acted as Deputy Managing Director of Associated Press Television, Founding Director of Sports News Television and UK Managing Director of Groupe Arnault’s technology investment activities. He also spent five years as part of the London office of management consultants McKinsey & Company.
Michael graduated in Engineering from the University of Cambridge with first class honours, winning the Ricardo Prize for Thermodynamics, the Christ’s College Wyatt Prize and a College Scholarship. He earned his MBA from Harvard, where he was a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar and earned first and second year honours. He was a member of the British Ski Team from 1986 to 1993, competing in two World Championships and the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games.
DR VIVIENNE MING
Theoretical Neuroscientist, Entrepreneur, Author, & Founder Socos Labs
AI FOR GOOD
Frequently featured for her research and inventions in The Financial Times, The Atlantic, Quartz and the New York Times, Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author. She co-founded Socos Labs, her fifth company, an independent think tank exploring the future of human potential. Dr. Ming launched Socos Labs to combine her varied work with that of other creative experts and expand their impact on global policy issues, both inside companies and throughout our communities.
Previously, Vivienne was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, pursuing her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has invented AI systems to help treat her diabetic son, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers weeks in advance, and reunited orphan refugees with extended family members. She sits on boards of numerous companies and nonprofits including StartOut, The Palm Center, Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, Zoic Capital, and SmartStones. Dr. Ming also speaks frequently on her AI-driven research into inclusion and gender in business. For relaxation, she is a wife and mother of two.
FOUNDER & CEO, CADENZA INNOVATION
Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud is renowned for her pioneering work in developing and commercializing Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for portable electronics, electric vehicles and utilities.
She currently serves as CEO of Cadenza Innovation, Inc., a startup she founded in 2012 to bring higher energy density, lower cost, safer and environmentally sustainable batteries to the EV, grid storage and industrial markets. The company’s patented ‘supercell’ energy storage platform is available for license to global manufacturers.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Lampe-Onnerud founded and served as CEO and International Chairman of Boston-Power, an innovative battery company providing products to the consumer electronics, transportation and other end markets. In her time there, she took the firm from a startup to a global organization backed by more than $400 million in investment with technology centers in Beijing and Boston as well as multiple Asia-based Six-Sigma manufacturing locations. She transitioned from the company to assume an executive position at Bridgewater Associates.
Prior to Boston-Power, Dr. Lampe-Onnerud was a partner with Arthur D. Little, where she led the world’s largest non-captive battery lab and related practice. In that role, she advised market leaders on technology and go-to-market strategies.
A member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Dr. Lampe-Onnerud’s work has earned her numerous awards. These include recognition as a two-time Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, an organization for which she serves as the co-chair of its Global Futures Council on Energy and advises on energy and innovation, renewable transport and finance. Honored as an Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year for the New England region, she is active in EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women annual competition program and executive education program. Featured among Inc.’s inaugural list of Top 100 Female Founders, she is a member of MIT’s Visiting Committee.
A sought-after keynote speaker, Dr. Lampe-Onnerud has shared her insights about batteries, energy storage, climate change and cleantech worldwide at events hosted by The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, The United Nations, TED, The International Battery Conference, the US Department of Energy, MIT and many others. She holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Uppsala University, Sweden, and conducted post-doctoral work at MIT.