Dr Kate Auty

Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment, Australian Capital Territory; Ambassador – Future Melbourne 2026

City of Melbourne

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Dr Kate Auty is the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment. Her qualifications include law, history and environmental science. She holds a PhD in law and legal studies and continues as a barrister. Kate has held appointments as a magistrate and coroner (Victoria and Western Australia). She has also held appointments as a WA mining warden and industrial magistrate.

Kate was instrumental in establishing Aboriginal sentencing courts in both Victoria and Western Australia. Subsequent to those appointments she was the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability from 2009-2014 and she continues as a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow with University of Melbourne through to 2017. Current boards and advisory roles include the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (Chair), AURIN and MDBA ACSEES (member).  Kate is presently a City of Melbourne Ambassador in the development of the Future Melbourne Plan 2026 with a portfolio responsibility in climate change. In accepting the ACT Commissioner role Kate relinquished advisory roles with La Trobe University in sustainable society, water and agriculture research, and she also stepped down as the chair of the advisory board to NeCTAR. 

Susan Oliver

Chairman, Scale Investors; Steering Committee

30% Club

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Susan is an entrepreneur, company director and deeply committed to Australia’s innovation and diversity agendas. Susan is founding chairman of Scale Investors, a female focused angel investing network, is an angel investor, the co-inventor of two software systems and co-founder of a technology start-up company. She is a committee member of the 30% Club in Australia.
Susan is an experienced listed company director of more than 20 years with strong commercial and technical skills. She is a non-executive director of CNPR, and is the independent member of the Investment Committee for Industry Funds Management, and sits on the boards of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Melbourne Theatre Company.  Prior appointments include deputy chairman of Simonds Homes Ltd, Coffey International Ltd, Fusion Retail Brands, Transurban Group, Centro Properties Group (where she was a member of the board that achieved the successful restructure), Programmed Group, Just Group and MBF.
Susan co-founded The Big Issue in Australia, headed the Australian Commission for the Future and has contributed significantly to the innovation, IT and arts policy agendas in Australia over a period of 30 years. She was a British Council Scholar, was awarded a Centenary medal for service to business and in 2013 was named as one of the 100 women of influence by Westpac and AFR.

Brigadier David Westphalen

Commander, Headquarters 4th Brigade

Australian Army


Melissa Verner Green

Head of Melbourne Agency + Government


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Melissa is Head of Melbourne Agency + Government at Facebook and Instagram and member of their ANZ Leadership team. 
Her primary responsibility is facilitating and building the business strategy with a particular focus on developing deeper partnerships with key clients and their agencies. 
Melissa’s goal is to help marketers understand the opportunity of mobile in delivering powerful media and marketing solutions utilising the Facebook family of apps and services.
Melissa has worked in the media industry for over 25 years across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Andrew Clark

Managing Partner for Australia and New Zealand, Male Champion of Change

The Boston Consulting Group


Anne Bellavance

National President

Women's Federation for World Peace Australia

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Anne has a Bachelor of Pure Science from Canada. She was given the opportunity to apply for a PhD scholarship, but passed it down, because she had a young family to care for. Currently, she is a math/science teacher in the middle school of a private college, with a passion for environmental science.

Anne has been involved in social action and peace building in Canada, the United States and Australia for 42 years. She is currently the international vice-president (representing the Oceania region), and the Australian national president of the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP for short); an international NGO in General Consultative Status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations.

Richard Wormald

Division President Australasia



Kate Palmer

Chief Executive

Australian Sports Commission


Dr Dong Yang Wu

Chief of Aerospace Division

Defence Science & Technology Group

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Dr Dong Yang Wu took up her appointment as Chief of Aerospace Division in July 2017. In this role, she leads the work of over 300 scientists, engineers and
technicians who undertake science and technology work to support the operation of Defence’s fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

Sean O'Donnell

Global Markets Executive



Josh Vanderloo

Head of Female Football


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Josh Vanderloo is an industry sports leader in Australian football and competition management. As the Head of Female Football & Junior Development at the Australian Football League (AFL) he brings 15 years of industry experience building participation and talent pathways to drive growth across community and elite competitions. 
Driven to provide opportunities for anyone to be involved in Australian Football, his career start in sport involved managing State and National Auskick portfolios before eventually taking on the broader management of National Participation growth strategies in 2010. 

Over the past two years, Josh has steered the establishment of the history-making new AFL Women’s Competition (developing the league structure, licensing AFL Clubs, drafting players and establishing rules and regulations whilst leading teams to create a brand position and build a new audience) which launched successfully in February 2017 to 196,00 attendees and 5.6million cumulative TV audience.   

Jo-Anne Ruhl

Vice President Application Sales ANZ


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 Jo-Anne Ruhl is Vice President of Oracle Cloud (SaaS) Applications for ANZ. Jo is responsible for leading the transformation of the Oracle Applications business in ANZ to Cloud, and charged with driving accelerated SaaS growth through clearly defined strategies, specialization, focused sales execution, thought leadership as well as strong people development and change management.

Prior to joining Oracle in 2016, Jo was the Managing Director of Infor ANZ responsible for the entire software portfolio. 

She holds a joint Bachelor of Commerce and Law degree from the University of Pretoria and an LLB from the University of South Africa. 

Sarah Loh


South Metro Junior Football League


Alexandra Badenoch

Group Executive, Human Resources



Maree McCabe


Alzheimer’s Australia

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Maree McCabe is the Chief Executive Officer of Alzheimer’s Australia, the national peak body that provides advocacy, support services, education and information to people living with dementia and their families and carers in Australia. 
A passionate advocate for not only improving the lives and quality of care of those living with dementia and their families and carers, Maree is committed to elevating the voice of the 413,000 Australians that live with dementia.

Maree drives Alzheimer’s Australia’s focus to raise awareness about dementia and demystify the disease and promotes the opportunity of risk reduction and for people living with dementia to stay engaged in, and with their own community, for as long as possible.
Believing that innovation and new technology can play a major role in improving the lives of those with dementia, Maree in her previous role as CEO in Victoria established the Perc Walkley Dementia Learning Centre – a world-first multisensory immersive environment for experiential learning. This multi award winning technology won the Microsoft Imagine Cup in the domain of Global Citizenship and the state, national and international awards.  The technology is making a profound difference in the lives of people living with dementia.

Dr. Jennifer Fitzgerald

CEO, 2016 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year


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Jennifer became the Chief Executive Officer of Scope in January 2012. Jennifer’s value-driven approach has led her to work in the disability, health, aged care and community sectors for more than 30 years.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Physiotherapy), Graduate Diploma of Physiotherapy (Neurology), a Masters in Business Administration and a Doctor of Physiotherapy.
She is a Director of National Disability Services, Ability First Australia and Ability Roundtable and Chair of Cerebral Palsy Australia. Jennifer is also currently on the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Advisory Council Housing Innovation Working Group and the Victorian Ministerial National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Implementation Taskforce. 

In 2016, she was named Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year.

Jacqueline Savage

CEO & Founder, 2016 Telstra Victorian Business Woman's Entrepreneur of the Year

MedCorp Technologies

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Jacqueline Savage is the Founder and CEO of MedCorp Technologies, a medical device company developing wearable technologies for the healthcare industry. As a Product Design Engineer by training she is passionate and dedicated to improving healthcare through innovation.  After obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering (Product Design), specialising in Biomedical Engineering, Jacqueline has used her diverse range of skills to develop products from concept through to manufacture and global distribution.

A multi-award winning and widely celebrated businesswomen, Jacqueline has won numerous awards including: 2016 Telstra Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year Award and 2016 Emerging Women in Leadership Award, BioMelbourne Network. Highly respected by her peers, in addition to her duties as CEO, Jacqueline sits on multiple boards and advises nationally and internationally in both the private and government sectors on healthcare and innovation.
Voted Top 100 Global Engineering Innovations of 2014 (NASA Tech Briefs) Jacqueline’s success has been celebrated through her multiple achievements and her continuing desire to create wearable technology that assists to save lives.

Stella Choe

Managing Director, Head of Corporate Banking Australia and New Zealand,



Ben Crowe

Co-Founder, Board Member of Richmond Football Club and AFL Coaches Association



Andrea Douglas

VP, R&D Strategy & External Affairs


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Dr Andrea Douglas is the Vice President, R&D Strategy and External Affairs at CSL Limited, located at CSL’s headquarters in Parkville, Australia. Andrea oversees the global R&D strategy, product portfolio and R&D investment and prioritisation processes and is responsible for relationships with external stakeholders in the Australian Medical and Translational Research environment. Andrea also leads the Government Affairs Strategy in Australia.     
Andrea has held various roles at CSL since 2005, including VP, Licensing where she lead the in and out licensing of R&D assets, head of Global R&D Project Management and Program Director, Influenza, where she had oversight of CSL’s Influenza Vaccine activities. 
Before joining CSL Andrea was the CEO of the Gene CRC. She also held a senior research role at WEHI where she studied the molecular genetics of breast cancer. 
Andrea has a PhD degree in Forensic Medicine from Monash University.  She also holds a Masters degree in Health Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has been a Director of AusBiotech since 2013 and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute since 2016.

Kirsten Gray

Group Executive Corporate Services & Company Secretary


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Kirsten was appointed Group Executive Corporate Services and Company Secretary in October 2015. Kirsten has responsibility for the legal function, company secretariat, as well as sustainability, government and community affairs. She joined Orica after a 20 year career with BHP Billiton where she held senior global legal positions. Kirsten has deep experience in corporate governance, global mergers and acquisitions and general commercial law.

Jemma Wong

Head of Audience


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Jemma Wong is a strategic marketer, brand storyteller and growth builder. Leading with an audience-first purpose, disruptive spirit and always designing for growth, she has ten years of specialist marketing experience within the Australian Entertainment and Non-Profit industry working for City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Cricket Australia, The Australian Ballet and now the Australian Football League. In 2016 she led the marketing and audience strategy for AFL Women’s, building brand change for the sport. 
In 2017 Jemma won the MUmBRELLA Under 30 Achiever of the Year Award and in 2015 the Cannes Young Lion Award for Marketing, competing internationally amongst the top marketers around the world in France.
She is the creator of the community, Girls Who Brand, and is passionate about diversity within marketing and giving young women more opportunities to empower narratives in marketing, content and creative.

Nicole Stoddart

Managing Director Construction Services ANZ



Kath Sutherland

Head of Talent, Capability & Learning



Sophie Mitchell

Head Government Relations

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Sophie Mitchell is the Head of Government Relations at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has worked at the public broadcaster for the last 8 years across corporate strategy, media relations, stakeholder communications and crisis management. 
Sophie holds over 15 years’ experience in the fields of corporate communications and stakeholder relations. Sophie joined the ABC in 2009 and prior to this worked as an adviser to the federal communications minister and in commercial legal practice.

Samantha Johnson

Executive General Manager HSEQ

McConnell Dowell

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Samantha Johnson is the Executive General Manager for HSEQ with McConnell Dowell,  a role she has held since the beginning of 2015. Samantha has been with McConnell Dowell  for over a decade, working in Risk Management, but in her spare time she enjoys crafts and sewing - A far cry from her Safety role.

Meg Bonighton

General Manager, Home Lending


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Meg Bonighton is General Manger of Home Lending at NAB, responsible for the bank’s end-to-end home lending portfolio and customer experience across Retail, Direct, Business Bank, and third party channels. 
Meg has over 15 years’ experience in banking, across product, distribution, and project management, and is passionate about supporting women in financial services.
A senior leader at NAB, Meg leads a team of almost 65 people dedicated to helping customers achieve their home ownership goals through new and engaging banking experiences.
Prior to her joining NAB in May 2015, Meg was ANZ General Manager of Specialist Channels, responsible for the distribution of mortgage products via third party, mobile lending and direct channels.

Keran Howe

Executive Director

Women with Disabilities Victoria


Anna Thomas

COO, Brand Ambassador for Empowered Women in Real Estate; 2016 Telstra Victorian Corporate and Private Award Finalist

Stockdale & Leggo


Karen Milward


Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria


Joanne Love


Elite Performance Management

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Joanne Love holds a degree in Business and Psychology, using her knowledge to educate others on how psychology and neuroscience can create successful performance outcomes both in Australia and overseas. Joanne’s journey started many years ago, working as elite swimming coach, representing Australia at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Through her workshops, mentoring and speaking, she continues to help athletes and coaches achieve success, which has resulted in numerous Olympic Medals and World Records.  Presently, Joanne has been working with women to perform and excel within differing industries. Her focus is to create impactful women through improved confidence, action and delivery.

Ro Allen

Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality

Victorian Government

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Ro Allen is an experienced and longstanding advocate for LGBTI Victorians and has held leadership positions in the community and government sectors.
Ro has been a member of three Victorian Government LGBTI ministerial advisory groups and chaired the ministerial advisory committee on LGBTI Health and Wellbeing between 2007 and 2009.
As founding CEO of UnitingCare Cutting Edge, Ro established Victoria’s first rural support group for young LGBTI people, giving Ro a particular understanding of the issues faced in rural and regional areas.
Ro is a former Chair of the Adult, Community and Further Education Board, the Victorian Skills Commission, the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVIC), and former member of the Hume Regional Development Australia Committee.
Ro has been recognised for extensive community service: in 2003 Ro received a Centenary Medal and in 2009 was inducted into the Victorian Government Honour Roll for Women.

Venetia Blackman

Assistant Commissioner - Digital Communication & Identity Services

Australian Taxation Office


Sarah Jones

Global SHES Counsel



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