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Keynote Speakers

Details of further keynote speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

Yvette Adams 

Yvette has been active on social networks since 2007, starting withLinkedin. She now has extensive networks onLinkedin,Facebook, Twitter,YouTube, Google+,Instagramand Pinterest, and her company The Creative Collective are widely recognised as a leading social media agency in Australia. She has assisted many clients to establish social networks relevant to their business, has been involved in devising numerous social media strategies, has run tons of social media campaigns and has provided social media training to thousands of businesses throughwebinars, programs, workshops and in one-on-one consults.


Claire Macken

Associate Professor Claire Macken is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Future Learning) at La Trobe University (2013-). She holds a PhD in Law, a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, a Bachelor of Laws degree with Honours, and a Bachelor of Arts degree. Associate Professor Macken is the author of five books as well as several book chapters and journal articles in both law and higher education. She is a nationally award-winning teacher, with an ALTC Australian Award for Teaching Excellence (2009), an ALTC Australian Citation for her work in relation to the First Year Experience and an ADC Australian Leadership Award (2010).

Prior to her appointment as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Associate Professor Macken was the Director of Flexible and Online Learning (2011-2012). This role was to lead the design, development, implementation and evaluation of flexible, online and blended learning approaches in subjects and courses across the University through collegial, professional, accessible and sustainable design and utilising and investigating existing and new technologies for this purpose. Prior to these roles at La Trobe University, Associate Professor Macken was the Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning) and Associate Professor in the School of Law at Deakin University.

Michael Rosemann

Dr Michael Rosemann is Professor and Head of QUT’s Information Systems School. This School includes the Business Process Management Discipline, one of the largest BPM groups in the world.

Michael is the author/editor of seven books, more than 200 refereed papers, Editorial Board member of ten international journals and co-inventor of US patents. His publications have been translated into Russian, Mandarin, German and Portuguese.

He has been the Chair of the first International Conference on Business Process Management outside Europe (2007) and a keynote speaker at most global international BPM conferences. He is the founder and Chair of the Australian BPM Roundtable.

His research projects received funding from industry partners such as Accenture, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Infosys, Rio Tinto, SAP and Woolworths. Michael regularly provides advice to organisations from diverse industries including telecommunication, banking, insurance, utility, retail, public sector, logistics and the film industry.

Jessica Watson

Born 18 May, 1993 at Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Jessica Watson suffered from dyslexia as a child. Struggled to read and write. Uncoordinated at ball sports, slow to learn to ride bike. She was afraid of most things and had no confidence.
When Ms Watson was 11 and the family were still living on the boat, her mother Julie read Jess Martin’s book Lionheart. Having struggled to excel at most things at this age, Ms Watson decided that she could do what Jesse Martin did and sail around the world.

Aged 13, she told her sister Emily she was going to sail around the world. She then told her parents, who initially just thought it was another teenager’s dream that would fade away. But Ms Watson is no ordinary teenager. She sought advice, began researching solo circumnavigations, vessels and took every opportunity to sail when she could. Her years of preparation had begun.

Aged 15, after much persistence, Ms Watson was donated a 34 foot S&S yacht by fellow adventurer, Don McIntyre. She then door knocked seeking sponsors and support so she could re-fit the boat to the proper specifications to sail around the world.

Ms Watson painted the boat pink and named her Ella’s Pink Lady, after her major sponsor, Ella Bache. During this time, she oversaw the entire re-fit over four intensive months of preparation in an outback country shed

Finally, after years of preparation, Ms Watson and the boat was ready. On the first night of a sea trail sailing from Sunshine Coast to Sydney, Ella's Pink Lady collided with a 63,000-tonne bulk carrier and her boat was dismasted in the collision. She was able to retain control and return the boat to shore under motor.

It was an unfortunate incident where she could so easily have been killed. The media pounced and politicians sought to introduce legislation to ban her from continuing on her journey. The media were relentless, with Ms Watson and her team the subject of some stinging criticism.

However, Ms Watson maintained her composure, learned a lot from the incident, then set about repairing the damage. She was now more determined than ever to achieve her goal.

A month later, she was on her way again. The media were monitoring her every move. Her sea trial to Sydney was successful. However, the media were not aware of the technical issues she faced on this sea trial, where she had to undergo complex repairs during the journey.

On 18 October 2009, she departed Sydney aiming to achieve her dream of sailing solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world.

She was then smashed by hurricane force winds and 50 foot plus waves in the Atlantic Ocean in one horrific storm. Her boat was knocked down four times. On the third occasion, the rogue wave (believed to be approx 90 foot or more) picked up Ella’s Pink Lady and smashed her into the next wave, turning her upside down and 10 feet underwater. Ms Watson hung on for grim life during this 8 hour storm!

After six months, she entered Australian waters again. It was front page news across the country. With only four weeks to home, she then suffered two weeks of horrible lightning storms and massive waves. Right in her own backyard in the Southern Ocean near Tasmania. The news of the storms spread and finally, the whole nation was willing her home. She was so close, but yet so far, battling the turbulent weather.

As she rounded Tasmania, she made front page news again & the whole country now eagerly awaited her arrival into Sydney. What greeted Ms Watson in Sydney Harbour on 15 May, 2010, was a sight that she will never forget for the rest of her life. Nor will anyone else who was there!

After having not seen a person for seven months and having viewed land in the distance on only three occasions during this time, Ms Watson was greeted by 1,600 support boats and over 100,000 adoring fans around the Harbour as she crossed the finish line, plus a national television audience in the millions, as every major network in Australia broadcast the final 4 hours of her voyage to watch history unfold.

As she docked at the Sydney Opera House, the country wept with pride. She walked up the pink welcome carpet, met the Prime Minister on stage and then delivered what many believe is one of the most simple, but brilliant and inspirational speeches of all time where she replied to the Prime Minister’s summary of her as our newest Australian hero:

“I would like to disagree with our Prime Minister. I do not consider myself a hero. I am just an ordinary person, who had a dream and worked hard at it. By sailing solo, non stop and unassisted around the world, I have proved that anything really is possible”.

It was an extraordinary performance, considering she had not seen a person in seven months. She had captured the hearts of not only Australians, but millions of supporters around the globe as they cheered on the 16 year old Aussie, who had overcome the adversity and odds to achieve what many thought impossible.

It was Ms Watson’s writings during her voyage that seemed to captivate people. She became a story teller and her fan base grew to the extent of having five million hits on her website when she sailed into Sydney.

Within three months of her return, Ms Watson wrote a book called “True Spirit” which told the story of her epic voyage.

The book went straight to number one in Australia and has been published in 11 countries – another extraordinary achievement from the girl who suffered badly from dyslexia, only years earlier!

Ms Watson also filmed a documentary, 210 Days, which was narrated by Sir Richard Branson.

She was named Young Australian of the Year 2011 in January.

In December 2011, she skippered the youngest crew ever to compete in the 66 year history of the iconic Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

She was named in the Australia Day Honours list in 2012 and received an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for services to sailing and being a role model for youth.

A movie is being produced about her incredibly story, due to be released in Australia in 2014 by Paramount Pictures.

Jessica Watson – she is an inspiring story that ultimately proves that we all have the power to live our dreams – no matter how small or big they are!