Emergence 2019 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Educators

Panellists

Fran Strajnar

Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Techemy and Brave New Coin

James Spenceley

Founder of Vocus Communications

& CEO of MHOR Asset Management

Leanne Kemp

Founder and CEO of Everledger & Queensland's Chief Entrepreneur

Sam Riley

Co-Founder and CEO of Ansarada

Steve Baxter

Founder of Transition Level Investments and 'Shark' on SharkTankAU

Steve Torso

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Wholesale Investor

Vitaly Mzokov

Head of Verification, Growth Center at Kaspersky Lab.

Wee Meng Thoo

Head of Investments, Technology, Media and Telecom Sectors at Leonie Hill Capital

Educators

Aleksandar Svetski

Chief Executive Officer for Amber

Anthony Thomson

Founder of Metro Bank, Atom Bank and Chairman of 86400

David Weir

CEO of Radium Capital

Fran Strajnar

Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Techemy and Brave New Coin

Hui Jie Lim

Founder and CEO at ITF Corporation

Jane Lowe

Founder & Managing Director at IR Department

Jonathan Jeffries

Co-Founder of Think & Grow

Ram Gorlamandala

Co-founder & Director for TAT Capital

Pras IndraKumar

Co-Founder & Director of Tat Capital

Sam Riley

Co-Founder and CEO of Ansarada

Tim Eisenhauer

Managing Director of OnMarket

Wee Meng Thoo

Head of Investments, Technology, Media and Telecom Sectors at Leonie Hill Capital

Panellists

Keynote Speakers

 

JAMES SPENCELEY

Founder of Vocus Communications & CEO of MHOR Asset Management

James is the founder and former CEO of Australia’s 4th largest telecommunications company Vocus Communications. James grew the business from startup to a listed $5 billion dollar market cap business with revenues of $1.8 billion in under ten years.

 

Today James has turned his attention of the finance world and is CEO, Co-Portfolio manager & co-founder of MHOR Asset Management. MHOR was one of the best returning small company managers in the last 12 months specialising in investing in listed smaller companies outside the ASX 100 in Australia and New Zealand. 

 

 

STEVE BAXTER

Founder of Transition Level Investments and 'Shark' on SharkTankAU

Steve Baxter is a major early stage investor and entrepreneur.  He established Transition Level Investments in 2012, through which he has backed 27 Australian startups in seed/pre-seed rounds.

Steve has been a major advocate for Brisbane’s startup scene. He founded Brisbane co-working space River City Labs, Startup Catalyst and River Pitch and in 2018 he completed a 12 month pro-bono appointment as Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur.  Steve appeared on the Channel 10 series “Shark Tank” for four seasons,  giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch for investment.

 

LEANNE KEMP

Founder and CEO of Everledger & Queensland's Chief Entrepreneur

Leanne is the Founder & CEO of Everledger, a leading emerging technology enterprise that tracks the provenance of high-value assets on a global digital ledger in an authenticated immutable manner.

 

Her leadership role in technology has been recognised, winning awards including the 2018 Advance Australia Award, Innovator of the Year 2018 at the Women in IT Awards (London) as well as being named in UK Business Insider’s 26 Coolest Women in UK Tech 2016. Leanne was named Brummell Magazine’s Top 30 Female Innovators 2016 and is also an IBM Champion for 2018.

 

Leanne is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Council and a Co-Chair for the World Trade Board's Sustainable Trade Action Group and is on the IBM Blockchain Platform Board of Advisors.

 

Leanne Kemp is Queensland's third Chief Entrepreneur, following on from Steve Baxter and inaugural Chief, Mark Sowerby.

 

STEVE TORSO

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Wholesale Investor

Since launching in late 2008, Wholesale Investor has become Australia’s largest capital raising platform, showcasing Private, Pre-IPO and ASX Listed companies to over 20,700 high net worth and professional investors.

 

Steve is a regular contributor to the media on the Private investment space, including the AFR, BRW, Sydney Morning Herald, Startup Smart, Smart Company Sky Business Switzer and Switzer.com.au.

 

He has been a keynote presenter at events for the Australian Stock Exchange, Macquarie University, UTS, Queensland Government, WA Chamber of Commerce, AusBiotech, Thomson Reuters, Commercialisation Australia, DLA Piper and PwC.

 

SAM RILEY

Co-Founder and CEO of Ansarada

Sam Riley is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ansarada. Sam’s vision is to help millions of businesses raise and protect their potential throughout their lifecycle.

 

Ansarada is doing this through leveraging all its experience from running +20,000 M&A deals across the globe into the AI-powered Material Information Platform that provides the visibility, insights, connections and automation that companies need to be ready for the most important outcomes in their lifecycle, such as debt and equity capital raising, compliance, refinancing, M&A and more.

 

 

WEE-MENG THOO

Head of Investments, Technology, Media and Telecom Sectors at Leonie Hill Capital

Wee Meng heads the All Stages Investments relating to TMT sector in Leonie Hill Capital. With over 20 years of his experiences in the Technology sector covering diverse senior management positions in HP, Sun Microsystems (now Oracle), NEC, Oredoo, and VMware managing the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets.

Wee Meng brings the depth of operating experiences working with the portfolio companies as business partners to develop operating models, grow and scale revenue, and build winning go-to-market strategies.

 
 

VITALY MZOKOV

Head of Verification, Growth Center at Kaspersky Lab

Professional business developer with more than 10 years experience in IT and Security projects.

 

In Kaspersky Lab, he was responsible for enterprise-grade security products and services, and now is responsible for managing a flow of new projects, validating their applicability to core business, as well as verifying proper execution and business development.

 

Current projects that Vitaly manages lay within crisis communication, block chain, DLT, crypto currency, and many other areas.

 

FRAN STRAJNAR

Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Techemy and Brave New Coin

A multi-disciplined entrepreneur and blockchain evangelist, Fran has co-founded Techemy and Brave New Coin and has been deeply involved in the cryptocurrency and blockchain communities from their earliest days.

 

Describing his mission in life as "terraforming the digital asset landscape", he is a sought-after industry thought leader and is also the co-founder of Blockchain Labs NZ and the Dasset exchange

 

Educators

 

ANTHONY THOMSON

Founder of Metro Bank, Atom Bank & Chairman of 86400

PRAS INDRAKUMAR

Co-Founder & Director of Tat Capital

HUI JIE LIM

Founder and CEO at ITF Corporation

TIM EISENHAUER

Managing Director of OnMarket

RAM GORLAMANDALA

Co-Founder & Director of Tat Capital

JANE LOW

Founder & Managing Director at IR Department

JONATHAN JEFFRIES

Co-Founder of Think & Grow

FRAN STRAJNAR

Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Techemy and Brave New Coin

DAVID WEIR

CEO of Radium Capital

ALEKSANDAR SVETSKI

Chief Executive Officer for Amber

SAM RILEY

Co-Founder and CEO of Ansarada

WEE-MENG THOO

Head of Investments, Technology, Media and Telecom Sectors at Leonie Hill Capital

Panellists

 

ERIC GAO

Founder and Managing Director of BMY Group

GEORGINA TURNER

Investment Manager for Bailador Technology Investments

LESLIE CHONG

Managing Director & CEO for Imugene

JAMIE SKELLA

Strategic Advisor for Skella & Co

CHRIS ROLLS

Founder of PieLAB Venture Partners

HAYK HAKOBYAN

Partner for Vision Capital and Prysm Group

 

BEN UNGER

Chief Executive Officer for Windhaven Investments

RAJEEV GUPTA

Director for Alium Capital

VINEETHA MENON

Senior Technical Consultant at Refinitiv

TYLER TAN

Investment Director at Skyfield Capital

SERGEY GRIBOV

Partner at Flint Capital

DR SAM BUCOLO

Design Thinker in Residence Meat and Livestock Australia

VINCENT LU

Partner - Corporate Advisory

HUI JIE LIM

Founder and CEO at ITF Corporation

ANNE-MARIE BIRKILL

Managing Partner and Executive Director for OneVentures

FRAN STRAJNAR

Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Techemy and Brave New Coin

ALDO MICCIO

CEO and Director of KELA

YASSER EL-ANSARY

Chief Executive Officer for AVCAL

DUNCAN WARD

Founder & CEO for Classroom of Hope

 

THIERRY SANDERS

Chief Executive Officer for Mekar

ANDREW LARSEN

Investment Director at Larsen Ventures

PETA ELLIS

Chief Executive Officer at River City Labs

HENRIK ANDERSSON

CFA, Co-founder and CIO, Apollo Capital

 

LEIGH TRAVERS

Chief Executive Officer for DigitalX

MICHAEL LEE

MLA Manager High Value Foods Frontier

MADISON BARTLETT

Panel Moderator

JUN BEI LIU

Co-Manager of the Tribeca Alpha Plus Fund

SHAI BRONSTIEN REGEV

VP Investor Relations for iAngels

 

DATO' JOEL LOW

Co-Founder & CEO of Agrivo International

KEVIN O'HARA

Group CIO and Investment Portfolio Manager for Tulla Private Equity Group

PAUL KELLY

Biotechnology Entrepreur and Managing Partner for OneVentures

WINNIE LAI HADAD

Director for Winn Consulting

TIM MCGAVIN

Chief Executive Officer for Laguna Bay

PAUL COLGAN

Publisher & Editor-in-Chief at Business Insider Australia

PETER THORNTON

Head of Impact Investment at iProsperity

DARREN BRUSNAHAN

Head of Funds Management - Real Estate (Impact Investment Group)

ALICE LEMESSURIER

Executive Director, Head of Invesments for Seer AM

CALEB YEOH

Co-Founder of TravelByBit

MATTHEW KIRK

Head of Marketing for Wholesale Investor

BEN AU

Founder and Executive Chairman of the AP Group

SUREN PATHER

Chairman of SUMO Group

ALEKSANDAR SVETSKI

Chief Executive Officer for Amber

NIV DAGAN

Executive Director of Peak Asset Management

KARISSA BREEN