MORGO NOOSA - SPEAKER BIO's
Our speakers are part of the Morgo community - local companies to inspire us, offshore entrepreneurs to lift our sights and a bit of science to shift our mindsets.
Take a look and see who will be sharing their story with us at Morgo Noosa :
Barry Newstead : COO of Redbubble
Barry Newstead is the COO of REDBUBBLE, an ASX-listed growth business based in Melbourne, San Francisco and Berlin. Redbubble's mission is to create the leading global marketplace for independent artists; bringing more creativity into the world. Redbubble has grown 4x in the 4 years since Barry joined. His focus is on building a high performance, inclusive and compassionate culture. Barry has lived on five continents and worked in both the for-profit and for-purpose sectors including an otherworldly role on the leadership team of the Wikimedia Foundation (the non-profit that runs Wikipedia). His focus is on building great companies where learning is valued and people are treated as human beings.
Adam Schwab : CEO & co-founder Lux Group
Adam Schwab is an award-winning entrepreneur, and has built one of Australia’s most profitable e-commerce companies in just seven years without a cent of external funding.
Founded in 2010, today LUXURY ESCAPES is one of Australia’s largest home grown pure play ecommerce business with more than 200 employees globally and almost half a billion dollars in annual turnover.
Lux also holds a 50 percent stake in the Lux Everyday joint venture which owns brands like Scoopon and Cudo.
Adam was originally a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers & acquisitions at HerbertSmithFreehills before becoming a founding director of privately-owned corporate accommodation and services group, Living Corporate Apartments. In 2010, Adam founded what became the Lux Group and Luxury Escapes with school friend, Jeremy Same. Lux Group owns some of Australia’s best known ecommerce brands. He also released the Amazon (microeconomics) bestseller, Pigs at the Trough: Lessons from Australia’s Decade of Corporate Greed, published by John Wiley & Sons.
Adam has been a director of the Myeloma Foundation of Australia since 2010, and has run two Melbourne Marathons completely barefoot to raise funds for the foundation.
Lux Group was named #1 in 2013 BRW Fast 100 company list and #1 in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 while Adam was the Young CEO of the Year in 2015 and was nominated for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 (Southern Region). Adam has been on the BRW Young Rich list since 2014 and 2015 and was named a Young Business Leader 2015 by CPA.
Since 2004, Adam has been a financial journalist and business commentator specialising in corporate governance, economics and start-ups for BRW and Crikey and has appeared on Sky Business, Today Tonight and Channel Seven News nationally.
Dr. Steven Fang : CEO of Invitrocue
Dr. Fang founded INVITROCUE (ASX:IVQ) in 2014 with Prof. Hanry Yu through a Singapore A*Star spin out initiative to privatise and commercialise its 3D bioengineering material for growing live human liver cells in the lab to support Pharmaceutical companies in their drug development and testing programmes. Since then, the company have extended the use of its platform and know how in the area of Personalise Oncology through the development and building of live human cancer micro tumour for the purpose of determining phenotypic or cell based respond to specific first line chemotherapeutic drugs in drug resistance and discovering alternative FDA approved drugs for drug sensitivity. The company have since built more than 220 human cancer micro tumours for Head-Neck-throat cancer and Colorectal cancer for clinical use. The company is currently in the process of undertaking clinical validation for other cancer indications to include breast (TNBC) cancer, Ovarian cancer, Lung cancer, Prostate cancer and Liver cancer. The company today operates in Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Germany and the UK, with global ambition to change cancer treatment and outcomes by identifying the right drug, at the right time for the right patient.
Dr. Fang founded CordLife in 2001, and negotiated the merger with Cytomatrix in 2003 which led to the establishment of CyGenics and its subsequent IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange on 18th June 2004. The
CyGenics group was renamed as CordLife in 2007 to focus on its core business in tissue banking, and diversified Cytomatrix through a new strategic equity partnership with Deakin University of Australia. Cordlife relisted on the Singapore Stock Exchange in 2013 (SGX:P8A).
With over 26 years of corporate development in translating novel nascent bio-technologies, Dr. Fang holds deep knowledge in the medical and healthcare industry. He previously worked for Sterling Winthrop, Baxter Inc and Becton Dickinson, where he undertook various Market Development and General Management
responsibilities. Dr. Fang was also past Chairman of the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), a national movement to foster Singapore into a creative and entrepreneurial nation. He is also the Co-Chairman for the Tech-Connect Task Force that serves to enable the national vision of encouraging more commercialization of public and private sector R&D as Singapore moves into higher value-added activities. He currently sits on the Investment and Enterprise Board of NTU, and the Pro-Enterprise Panel (PEP) for the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry. Dr. Fang is a member of the German-Singapore Business Federation chaired by Philip Yeo, and is a member of the British-Singapore Business Federation.
Dr. Fang holds a Degree in Computer Engineering, an MBA in Corporate Strategy from the University Of Hull (U.K.), eMBA from INSEAD and an eMBA from TSINGHUA University. He also holds a Doctorate in Business
Administration & Biotechnology Enterprises from The University of South Australia, and is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Adelaide.
Dr. Fang is a recipient of the prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award (2003), Entrepreneur of the Year shortlist for New Ventures (Ernst & Young - 2007), Technology Pioneer Award (World Economic Forum – 2007), and
Entrepreneur of the year from (Asia Pacific Entrepreneur Award - 2009), and Entrepreneur of the Year (Sprit of Enterprise Award – 2010).
Terrie Lloyd : CEO Japan Travel K.K.
Terrie Lloyd is a 60-year dual-national of Australia and New Zealand, who has lived in Japan for 35 years. He formed his first company on a working holiday visa at the age of 25, in Japan,
and has established more than 17 companies in Japan (others internationally) since then. He has had 8 successful earn-outs: LINC Computer and HK-based TechMan sold to EDS in 1995,
LINC Media Web division sold to Chinadotcom of HK in 2000, Layer-8 Technologies spun out to ThetaMusic in Japan in 2003, DaiJob Software KK sold to a Nikko Principal in 2004, DaiJob Inc. sold to Human Holdings of Japan in 2005, Esphion NZ sold to Allot Corporation of Israel in 2008, and BiOS KK, an IT company, sold to co-investors then on to TMJ KK of Japan in 2013.
Of the above companies, DaiJob.com was particularly notable, as it was Japan’s first mid-career recruiting portal, and within 24 months of starting had 160,000 registered users
interacting in both English and Japanese.
Currently Lloyd is the founder or director of the following companies:
1. JAPAN TRAVEL KK– Japan’s largest (by content volume) and second largest (by traffic) inbound travel site. Lloyd invented a unique “structured” crowdsourcing software platform to create massive amounts of user generated content at low cost for Japantravel.com. As a result, the website now has 30,000 writers, photographers, and videographers, is producing 30-50 articles and videos a day, and is available in 13 languages. This level of content volume plays well for Google SEO and social media, and as a result, the site had a recent peak of 7.2MM page views and 1.2MM unique users. Lloyd is the CEO. www.japantravel.com.
2. METROWORKS KK – an innovative software development company. MetroWorks built the www.japantravel.com website. This website is now the largest inbound travel portal in English in Japan. He is the CEO. www.metroworks.co.jp.
3. JAPAN INC. HOLDINGS – a consulting, investment, and Japanese-language marketing company. He is the CEO. www.japaninc.com.
Other positions Lloyd holds include:
1. Director of Keating Media Pty. Ltd., a news organization based in Canberra, Australia, and which has a press licence to operate inside the Australian Parliament House. Keating Media
includes among its clients China’s Xinghua News Agency.
2. Director of Instinct Entertainment, a start-up mobile games and cloud software company, based in Wellington, New Zealand.
Lloyd is married to a Japanese national, Kumiko, and has 4 daughters and 1 son, ranging from 32 years to 15. His hobbies are starting businesses, cycling and swimming, and hanging out with the kids.
ALIZA KNOX : CLOUDFLARE
Aliza leads APAC for CLOUDFLARE, an internet security, performance, and reliability provider. Previously, she was Head of APAC for Twitter, having joined the digital enterprise after building a significant business for Google in APAC.
Aliza sits on the board of listed companies Scentre Group (Westfield Shopping Malls, Australia/NZ) and SingPost (mail and e-commerce, Singapore). She recently retired from the board of GfK (#5 global market research firm, Germany) and from her role as an advisor to the ANZ Bank Board Technology Committee. She was also previously a director of Invocare (Australia). She lead SWAT (Super Women at Twitter) and did the same for Women@Google. She has served on two key committees for the Singapore government, and was invited to address the Singapore Institute of Directors on why gender diversity is important to boards, as well as on globalization. She was named the AWA Singapore International Business Woman of the Year in 2015 and featured in the 2018 book, “Women on Board- Making a Real Difference”.
Aliza has significant financial services and international experience. Prior roles include SVP, Commercial Solutions, Visa International; SVP, International, Charles Schwab; and Partner and Head of Financial Services at Boston Consulting Group in Sydney and Singapore.
Aliza graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Applied Math-Economics from Brown University, and holds an MBA with distinction in Marketing from New York University. She lives in Singapore.
HELEN JARMAN : CEO INFOACTIV
Helen is the CEO and founder of Asia Pacific's leading, independent specialist provider of supply chain and sustainability solutions, INFOACTIV.
She founded INFOACTIV in 1999 as she could see better ways of designing and delivering high performance supply chains, particularly in the 'post-sale' or reverse logistics space. She could see that customers wanted independent advice, deep industry knowledge and a centralised management lead.
Melanie Johnston-Hollitt : Radio Astronomy Professor.
A/Prof. Melanie Johnston-Hollitt is an internationally prominent radio astronomer working in the space between astrophysics, computer science and big data. She is CEO of Peripety Scientific, Director of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Victoria University of Wellington, Chair of the Board of the 60 million dollar Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation, which is tasked with building the World’s largest radio telescope. In her nearly 20 year career, Prof. Johnston-Hollitt has been involved in design, construction and operation of several major radio telescopes including the Low Frequency Array in the Netherlands, the MWA in Australia and the SKA which will be hosted in both Australia and South Africa. These instruments produce massive quantities of data, in the case of the SKA it will be in the realms of exabytes per day requiring new and disruptive technologies to allow value to be extracted from the data deluge.
Alex Grant : CEO of Myriota Pty Ltd
Recently acknowledged as one of the 2018 Top 50 Small Business Leaders, Alex (Professor Grant) is a researcher, technologist and entrepreneur. Right now he’s all about making wireless communications robust, scalable and cost-effective. Myriota offers a disruptively low cost solution for machine-to-machine connectivity, providing global reach for the Internet of Things.
Philip Mayes : Founder & Director at Mighty Kingdom
Adelaide has a long history in game development. Ratbag was one of the largest studios in Australia in it's day. Founded in 1993 it made made a name for itself producing solid racing titles. And it's at Ratbag that Phil cut his teeth in commercial game development, scoring a programming role only months before Ratbag was closed by its parent Midway. Many of the Ratbag team, including Phil, landed roles at Krome Studios, a Brisbane headquartered studio. Here he was able to work on huge titles such as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and truly hone his craft. Krome Studios Adelaide was closed in 2010 and it was at this time that Phil and some of his now ex-colleagues went on to found Mighty Kingdom to build not only games but unique apps as well. Phil and Mighty Kingdom developed Happy Inspector, that first went through StartMate and then Dave McClure's 500 Startups accelerator, and they've also made headlines developing iModellling, an app that helps autistic kids to develop their social/communication skills. Phil is an Adelaide legend and we’re delighted to hear his story here in Noosa