Keynote Speakers

Holly Ransom

Twitter @HollyRansom 

Holly is the CEO of Emergent, a company specialising in the development of high performing intergenerational workforces, leadership and social outcomes. Holly is renowned for generating innovative solutions to complex multi-stakeholder problems for corporations, governments and non profit organisations, and for coaching and professionally mentoring leaders of all generations around the world.

In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to chair the G20 Youth Summit, resulting in the first summit to secure its policy demands from G20 leaders. Holly also co-authored the strategy paper on youth entrepreneurship and unemployment for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal agenda.   

Holly’s company, Emergent, has worked with the likes of INPEX, CBH, Conoco Phillips, KPMG, as well as local, state and federal government departments around the world. 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. Her work with Rotary has played a key role in the global efforts to lift youth participation in the organisation, more than doubling the organisation’s youth membership in the last five years.   

In 2016, Holly was appointed to Co-Chair of the United Nations Global Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs and became the youngest ever female Director of an AFL club with her appointment to the board of the Port Adelaide Football Club


Associate Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick

Twitter @diannevbr

Dianne (PhD) is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She is also Head of Research and the inaugural Director of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (2013 – 2015) at the Centre for Positive Psychology. She is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Health Psychologists, an Editor in Chief of the Psychology of Wellbeing journal and Secretary of the International Positive Psychology Association. She founded the Australian Positive Psychology Network and has co-directed three Australian Positive Psychology and Wellbeing conferences. Her work is well published in scientific journals and she has received $2.5 million dollars of funding including three Australian Research Council grants, for her research on evaluating wellbeing programs in schools and community settings.  

She has worked with not for profit organisations, schools from all sectors, community services and large commercial organisations to assess and promote wellbeing for all. She is especially interested in enhancing the wellbeing of young people by working in partnership with them to listen to their experiences, understand their needs and co-create youth-friendly wellbeing programs that consider the whole person and the complex system in which they interact. Dianne’s methods are diverse and innovative.


Phil Ruthven AM

Twitter @IBISWorldAU

Phil is the founder of IBISWorld, an international corporation providing online business information, forecasting and strategic services. IBISWorld now operates in Australia, the United States (NY and LA), Canada, China, United Kingdom and Indonesia. In 2014, Phil became a Member of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his significant service to business and commerce and to the community.

Phil is a science graduate with further studies in management and economics at various universities and institutes. He spent over 10 years in the food industry, including executive positions in research, production and marketing, before establishing IBIS in 1971.

He is currently an Adjunct Professor at The University of Technology (Sydney), and a member of the ANU College of Business & Economics Advisory Board. He is a recent past board member of the Melbourne Institute, CEDA and a past Director of Open Family Australia.

IBISWorld has earned the reputation as an astute forecasting and advisory corporation based on its unique and comprehensive databases. Its website is rated as one of the most sophisticated and powerful industry and marketing websites in the world today.

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