MORGO BAROSSA 2017 SPEAKERS

ROGER SHARP

Technology investor, advisor and director

Roger has 30+ years’ global experience in building, financing and running growth companies.

After studying law and languages, Roger’s first job in 1983 was in technology in San Francisco. This shaped his career and he subsequently co-founded, built and sold a database company.

He then became an investment banker to learn how to finance companies, holding roles with ABN AMRO Bank that included Head of Corporate Finance and Equities for Asia, Interim Head of the USA and Global Head of Technology.

In 2003, Roger and Peter Hynd founded North Ridge Partners to invest in and advise listed technology companies across Asia Pacific that need help to fulfil their promise. Roger and his colleagues have completed hundreds of capital raisings, M&A transactions, restructurings and investments, and have plenty of good war stories (and a few scars!) to show for it.

He currently chairs Asia Pacific Digital (ASX: DIG), GeoOp (NZAX: GEO) and will shortly assume the chair at Webjet (ASX: WEB).

MARTIN BROWN

Martin founded Wine-Searcher in 1999 and has been the CEO from its formations.

Wine-Searcher is dedicated to finding and pricing wine. Wine-Searcher brings together the wines of the world in a fast and accurate search tool. It allows 4.7 million users a month find exactly the wine they are looking for at the best price, wherever they are. Based in Auckland, New Zealand. Martin has brought together wine and technology to create an essential tool for the drinks trade and wine enthusiasts.

SUZANNE KENDRICK

Suzanne Kendrick – Head of Marketing

Suzanne’s has long and deep experience in digital world, having been in it since it started.  At Wine-Searcher she works with all parts of user acquisition.  Suzanne is currently focussed on delivering Wine-Searcher Data to our customers.

JUSTIN MILLER

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer – Mr. Miller is a serial entrepreneur who has developed a thorough knowledge of the global technology and innovation marketplace during his 25-year executive career. Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Miller has successfully founded and managed the aggressive and profitable growth of technology, manufacturing and service related companies. This includes strategic acquisitions, capital raisings, research & development, product development & onshore/offshore manufacture, significant staff growth and multi-million dollar sales deals involving both direct & channel sales models. Justin founded ASX-listed IT services company, Empired, and most recently was the founder and CEO of industrial hearing and communication company, Sensear Pty Ltd, where he was responsible for growing the global business from the San Francisco Bay Area.

SAM RILEY

Sam Riley is the CEO and co-founder of ansarada.  Sam’s vision is to help millions of businesses raise and protect their potential, operate more effectively and be better prepared to execute their most important events. Ansarada is doing this through leveraging all its experience from running +15,000 M&A deals across the globe into a Material Information platform that provides the visibility and insights stakeholders need to be ready for what’s next.  

Ansarada was established with just $30k in capital and now has 150 employees around the world and annual revenue of $35m. More than 300,000 professionals use ansarada’s platform and data room for transactions such as capital raising, private placements, IPO’s, asset sales and more. ansarada has frequently been listed on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and BRW’s Best Places to Work in Australia Awards.

The purpose of Sam’s role as CEO at ansarada is to build a company people love to work for and a product that revolutionises the way businesses prepare and execute their most important events.  Sam is passionate about leadership, simplicity, challenging the status quo and serving those less fortunate. Sam has pledged 1 percent of ansarada’s equity, time and product to the Adara Group, a unique organization working to improve the lives of women and children in Nepal and Uganda. 

ALAN NOBLE

I’ve been Engineering Director for Google Australia and New Zealand since 2007, overseeing the rapid growth of our engineering center in Sydney. I joined Google from NetPriva, a networking software company I founded in 2005 which was acquired by Expand Networks and in turn acquired by Riverbed. From 1986 until 2002 I lived in California. I worked for Schlumberger for 8 years, then in 1996 I cofounded NetMind, which developed the Internet’s first change detection service.  NetMind was acquired in 2000 by Intellisync (acquired by Nokia) where I was VP of Engineering until returning to Australia in 2002.

I’m a co-founder and director of StartupAUS, on the board of the South Australian Museum and the founder of AusOcean. I attended Adelaide University and Stanford University and was appointed a Fellow of Engineers Australia in 2014.

In my free time I enjoy spending as much time on the water as possible (kitesurfing, kayaking, diving and sailing) as well as snowboarding.

  • Cluey Voter, an app for voting “below the line” in Australian elections.
  • KML Tools, an app for visualizing data on Google Earth and Google Maps.
  • Chart plotter, for plotting charts on Google Maps.

Finally, when I’m not working, not coding, not volunteering and not on the water, I enjoy blogging.

LINDA JENKINSON

She has developed five businesses and a social venture, WOW for Africa, and sold her collective companies for over $750 million.   Linda has raised more than $350 million in funds for her for-profit, social ventures and non-profits. In 1998, she was the second Kiwi ever to float a company on the United States Nasdaq stock
 exchange and her current appointments include being a director for Air New Zealand. Prior to her entrepreneurial career Linda was a Partner at A.T. Kearney where she was a leader on the financial institutions practice

Linda has received multiple awards including Most Influential Women in the Bay Area, US and in New Zealand.  Linda is a WorldClass New Zealander, has won the E&Y Master Entrepreneur of the Year and was the first women to be awarded The Sir Geoffrey Peren Award for most Distinguished Alumni from Massey University. Linda is co-located between San Francisco and Wellington following the November sale of concierge services company John Paul to French hotel group Accor, for $200m.

PETER FARRELL

Peter Farrell is founder, former long-term CEO and current Chairman of ResMed. Farrell has been Chairman and a director of ResMed since 1989, when the company began as a management buyout of sleep technology from Baxter Healthcare. Peter was previously Foundation Director of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Graduate School for Biomedical Engineering (1978-89) while simultaneously serving as Vice President of R & D for Baxter Healthcare in Tokyo (1984-89). Dr. Farrell is a director of NuVasive, Inc. (NUVA) a company focused on the surgical treatment of spine disorders. He is also on the board of trustees of The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla and is Chairman of the Boston-based POC NMR diagnostic company, WaveGuide.

Dr. Farrell is a fellow or honorary fellow of several professional bodies, including the US National Academy of Engineering. He was inducted as 1998 San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences, 2001 Australian Entrepreneur of the Year and 2005 US National Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences. In 1998, Peter joined the Sleep Medicine Executive Council at Harvard Medical School, served as vice chairman from 2000 to 2010 and then as chairman from 2010 until 2013. He is on various academic advisory boards including UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering, where he was named the 2012 Gordon Fellow, UCSD’s Rady Business School and the MIT Dean of Engineering’s Advisory Council.

KAREN SANDERS

Karen Sanders is the co-founder and Commercial Director of Real Serious Games. With over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, working her way up from construction engineer for Thiess, to co-founding her own technology company Real Serious Games.

Karen has engaged with construction on the ground level, having worked as a technical specialist and a project manager – working on iconic projects such as the Eastern Busway and the Airport Link Project.  Now in her role as Commercial Director of Real Serious Games she is actively involved in working with large infrastructure and training providers.

Karen is recognised as an industry leader in spatial gamification and was recently published as part of the G20 Global Café.  Karen is also a former Director of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction).

STEVE GRAY

After attending the University of Illinois majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics, Steve kicked off his career as a professional musician playing in Los Angeles and touring in the United States. He then spent about a decade in the visual effects world, starting with Robert Abel & Associates, then Rhythm & Hues and finally Director of Digital Production at Digital Domain. A change to Game Development lead to work at Electronic Arts and Square, and then Steve then founded his own game company Heavy Iron Studios, which he later sold to THQ.

Returning to Electronic Arts he was Director of Technology for EA.com’s “Worlds Channel”, and then Senior Development Director and Executive Producer for EA’s Lord of the Rings console games. Steve then made another big shift moving to China, spending 8 years as Executive in Charge of Production at Tencent.

He is now a Founder and CEO of Mission Control Digital, a new pan-entertainment and online media start-up based in Los Angeles.

REBEKAH CAMPBELL

Rebekah is a serial entrepreneur who has played a lead role in the disruption of two industries. Her company ‘Hey You’ is Australia’s largest mobile ordering and payments platform for cafes. Hey You enables customers to discover and build relationships with storeowners, order and pay via their mobile phones and gain loyalty. The company processes more than 50K transactions per week with 4% weekly growth and recently closed a $5M investment round led by Westpac.

Rebekah is an expert in developing strategies to disrupt and improve the way we do things and then to create the right product and brand to fulfil on the opportunity. She understands how grass roots communities work and how to build momentum so that a product takes off. Rebekah has won the support of high profile investors in Silicon Valley, raising $10 million in venture capital.

In Bali, APEC named Rebekah ‘Young Women Innovator’. rebekahcampbell.com named #3 best Australian business blog by Smart Company. She is a finalist in the AFR Women of Influence Awards for Innovation.

ANDY LARK

Andy Lark is a globally recognised marketer, business leader and Amazon bestselling author. He has built one of the most successful SaaS start-ups into a global software powerhouse; launched apps used by millions every day; lead the transformation of Australia’s most vibrant financial services brand; and, built one of the largest eCommerce sites in the world.

As an executive, entrepreneur and VC he has raised and deployed billions of dollars to realise the potential of innovation. Most recently he was the Chief Business Officer for global accounting software company Xero – named by Forbes as the world’s most innovative company. He previously held senior positions at Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Dell

Today he is co-founder and chair of hot Australian-based marketing technology start-up, Simple Technologies, while also leading Group Lark – a global consultancy driving brand and digital transformations for the world’s leading countries and enterprises.

PROFESSOR JANA MATTHEWS

Professor Jana Matthews is an international expert on entrepreneurial leadership and business growth. As the ANZ Chair in Business Growth, Director of the UniSA Centre for Business Growth and the founding CEO of The Jana Matthews Group, Jana helps CEOs, corporate executives and boards unlock their company’s growth potential. Jana helps companies develop and execute plans for growth, attract and retain talent, develop products and services that meet customer’s needs, and improve their leadership effectiveness. Based in Adelaide, AU, Jana is the former Managing Director of the Innovyz START Institute and former Program Director of the ANZ Innovyz START accelerator program.

Recruited to the original senior team of the Kauffman Foundation’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Professor Matthews was the architect of highly successful programs designed to teach CEOs and their executive teams how to lead and manage growth. Additional responsibilities included working with seventeen venture capital companies to design and develop the Kauffman Fellows Program.  She was also instrumental in the development of programs for angel investors, technology transfer, and the creation of ecosystems to support entrepreneurs and growth companies.

Jana was also named one of 18 Women Business Gurus in the world – the only one focused on entrepreneurial leadership and business growth.

DAVID WHITTLE

David has spent his career applying a passion for creativity and technology with his entrepreneurial spirit to drive transformative growth in companies he loves.

Since mid 2014, David has focussed on Lexer, a data and analytics software company. During this time, Lexer has grown 20x and now services global clients and the number 1 or 2 in almost every industry in Australia.

David also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of MYER, GWS Giants Foundation and Melbourne Festival.

Prior to Lexer, David spent a decade with M&C Saatchi, locally and globally building the digital practice, starting new agencies and ultimately as Managing Director of M&C Saatchi Group in Australia.

David has a BA/BCOM from Deakin University with majors in Marketing, eCommerce, Public Relations and Sociology.

JESS WILSON

Jess Wilson is the founder and CEO of online shopping app, Stashd.

Stashd is changing the way we engage in online shopping specific to mobile. Adopting a Tinder-esq swipe motion to hit high levels of engagement and promote fashion discovery.

Provide consumer generated market research insights to retailers to make more informed marketing and business decisions, based on the consumers opinion “Stashd is gameified market research”.

Jess also has become involved in the Women in Tech, Young Entrepreneurs and Fashion Tech spaces regularly speaking on panels and keynote at various events. Including FASHHACK Australia, Sydney ACYPI, Accenture, Newscorp, Starcom Media, VAMMF and The Entourage.

PROFESSOR ANDREW DZURAK

Andrew Dzurak is one of world’s leading experts in quantum computing. He is a Scientia Professor at UNSW-Australia, and is Director of ANFF-NSW, the NSW node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility.

Following a PhD in Cambridge in 1993, Andrew was central to the establishment of the Australian Centre for Quantum Computer Technology, which now maintains the world’s largest focused collaboration on silicon-based quantum computing. Andrew, with colleague Andrea Morello, demonstrated the world’s first silicon quantum bits (qubits) in 2012, and more recently developed a new qubit technology by reconfiguring the ubiquitous CMOS transistors that make up all of today’s silicon processor chips.

He has published well over 100 scientific papers including 11 papers in the prestigious Science and Nature group journals, and is co-inventor on 11 patent families. Andrew received the 2011 Australian Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, and his silicon qubit work was selected by Physics World, UK as one of the world’s Top Ten Scientific Breakthroughs for 2015.

JENNY MOREL

Jenny Morel founded No 8 Ventures Management in 1999. For No 8 Ventures, Jenny was a director of the Martin Aircraft Company – producer of the Martin Jetpack, Rex Bionics – building a robotic exoskeleton to enable wheelchair users to walk, ikeGPS – “measure anything anywhere” using offset GPS and photogrammetry and Open Cloud – a telecommunications service deployment platform, and a number of other companies.

Before No 8 Ventures, Jenny founded a boutique investment bank that worked with technology companies. She also had a number of large company directorships such as NZ Rail, CentrePort, the Rural Bank, AgResearch, NZTE and Trust Bank and was a member of the National Council of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Jenny also founded and runs Morgo, the gathering of people building high growth companies going global.

In 2006, Jenny was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business. In 2011 she was given an award at the Hi Tech Awards for her Outstanding Contribution to the Industry. In 2012 she was named a Wellington Icon at the Gold Awards.

Jenny now divides her time between Singapore and New Zealand.

GOWER SMITH

Gower is founder of 5 high growth technology companies, each of which has attained a leadership market-share position in its sector.

Having invented the first high-tech vending machines Gower is widely regarded as the founder of the automated retail industry.

Smith started ZoomSystems in 2002, launching the first automated retail store in 2005. Revenues grew 2,194 percent from 2003 to 2007. In 2007, ZoomSystems was recognized by Deloitte as the No. 2 fastest-growing company in Silicon Valley, and has partnered with companies such as Apple, Sony, Proactiv, AT&T, Benefit Cosmetics, Best Buy, L’Oréal, Macy’s, Media-Saturn, Nespresso and NTT. Smith handed off his CEO responsibility at ZoomSystems in 2011.

In 2013, Smith co-founded Swyft Inc. to provide increased convenience to customers through a more scalable and disruptive next-generation automated retail business.  Swyft offers retailers a low-risk, turnkey solution to quickly enter the profitable and expanding automated retail segment in high-profile locations, such as malls and airports.

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