Paul Bassat is a co-founder and major shareholder in Square Peg Capital, which is an active investor in early stage and growth stage technology businesses throughout the Asia Pacific region. Paul is passionate about mentoring management teams that are focussed on building outstanding businesses.
Paul is a director of Wesfarmers Ltd and a Commissioner of the Australian Football League (AFL). He is on the board of a number of not for profit organisations including the Faculty of Business and Economics at The University of Melbourne, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation, the Mount Scopus College Foundation and the P&S Bassat Foundation. He was designated as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2009.
Paul co-founded SEEK in 1997 and served as CEO and then as Joint CEO from 1997-2011. SEEK is the world's largest online employment business and in 13 years went from a start up to one of Australia's top 100 companies with a market capitalisation of $2.5b. SEEK has operations in numerous markets throughout Australasia, Asia and Latin and South America. SEEK has consistently been ranked as one of Australia's best employers over the past decade.
Paul started his career as a lawyer and practiced for six years working on a range of corporate transactions. Paul holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne.
Angela Clark joined the ABC as Director of Innovation in March 2012. Angela started her career as an investment analyst before joining JCDecaux Australia as Managing Director and launching the company's operations across four states. In 2003, Angela joined Macquarie Radio Network as CEO. After 5 years heading up Macquarie Radio Angela left to pursue digital opportunities, founding a number of start-ups including Streetcorner.com.au
Dr Michelle Deaker established OneVentures in 2006, coming into the venture capital industry as a successful IT industry business owner and entrepreneur. OneVentures current fund is a $40 million Innovation Investment Fund backing innovative companies with global relevance in CleanTech, IT&T /New Media and Life Sciences. Michelle founded E Com Industries which became the leader in prepaid card and electronic voucher technologies in Australia and was acquired by a UK publicly listed company returning $30m cash and an excellent return to investors. For three years prior to establishing E Com, Michelle was the Managing Director of Sydney-based computer and web design firm, Networks Beyond 2000.
Through her interest in high growth companies, Michelle has provided advice for, invested in and raised capital for emerging technology companies. She has extensive experience in the development of early stage companies, a strong background in Australian R&D and expertise in international business expansion. Michelle serves on the Board of NICTA, Australia's National ICT centre of excellence. She also has a number of active board and advisory positions with OneVentures investee companies including Datacastle (Seattle) and AdGent 007 (San Francisco) and an interest in Sydney-based BuzzNumbers. Michelle has over 10 years experience in research and development with leading Australian Universities and CSIRO. She holds a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours), and with both a Commonwealth and the CSIRO Postgraduate Research Scholarships, was awarded a Masters of Science and a PHD in Applied Science.
Elizabeth Eastland is the CEO of Innovation and Commercial Research (ICR). She is responsible for Innovation Strategy at the University of Wollongong, including spearheading the iAccelerate Project, redesigning the technology commercialisation process and commercial research engagement. With 25+ of international experience in high technology, Elizabeth is passionate about cross - discipline innovation, cultural regeneration, entrepreneurship, and committed to engagement, transparency and knowledge exchange.
Lisa Frazier is leads Commonwealth Bank's digital and mobile channels, including CommBank.com.au, NetBank.com.au and MyWealth.com.au. Having more than 20 years of experience working for both multinationals and innovative start-up operations, Lisa continues to drive Commonwealth Bank's position as a leader in technology and innovation.
Amanda Gome is a successful media entrepreneur, renowned business journalist, experienced educator and internationally recognised business authority. Amanda has had a long history in business journalism at both Fairfax and News and was an editor and senior writer for BRW where she founded the successful Fast 100 and Fast-Starters flagships. She has specialised in writing and interviewing Australian entrepreneurs on their successes and failures. She also researched fast growth entrepreneurship and became an Adjunct Professor of Business at RMIT University, a position she has held for 14 years. After writing and researching entrepreneurship for almost two decades, Amanda decided to do it herself. In 2006 she started her own online publishing business SmartCompany, which quickly became Australia's leading news and resource site for entrepreneurs and small business owners. SmartCompany ran an awards program (Smart50, Top 30 under 30, Australia's top 50 female entrepreneurs) and was highly innovative in creating new sales products for advertisers including highly effective lead generation tools such as online events and ebooks. Two years after starting SmartCompany, she also launched Startup Smart aimed at people starting businesses. Both businesses were profitable soon after startup. In 2010 Amanda merged that business with Private Media which owns Crikey and became CEO of this fast growing media business, starting more media publications including Property Observer and Women's Agenda and developing new revenue opportunities for the business. Amanda is also a passionate educator and enjoys lecturing students and talking to business groups about entrepreneurship, innovation and the changing face of media and journalism.
Sue Klose is Chief Operating Officer for 12WBT, the online health and fitness company run by Michelle Bridges and team. In this role, Sue oversees product, marketing, member support and administrative functions for the company within Australia. Before joining 12WBT, Sue was Partner leading the Digital practice of Venture Consulting, an independent strategy consultancy, specialising in media, telecoms and digital. Prior to her consulting role, she was formerly head of digital corporate development for News Limited where she led growth initiatives and acquisition strategy for digital. Previously in the US, she was the Tribune Company's director of strategy for publishing, based in Chicago. In both the Australian and US markets, Sue has led strategy, change management product and business development and brand positioning initiatives, working with corporates and high-growth emerging companies. In addition, Sue has held board roles on CareerOne, Getprice, Wego and Carsguide.
Matthew Koertge is a Managing Director in Telstra's Application & Ventures Group. Prior to joining Telstra, Matthew was the founder and General Partner of Accede Capital, an independent venture capital firm; the head of the venture capital team at Deutsche Bank in Australia; and a founding team member of the venture capital team at Macquarie Bank. Matthew has worked with approximately 40 venture backed companies in Australia and the USA which have encompassed all stages of the company life cycle including many acquisitions and successful IPOs. Prior to joining the venture capital industry in 1998, Matthew held several engineering and operational positions at various corporations including Fujitsu. Matthew has graduated with a BE, a LLB and a MBA.
Ms Pak-Poy is a non-executive director, with experience investing and guiding technology and fast growth companies in a variety of industries. Fiona is a nonexecutive director of iSentia Ltd (ASX:ISD), Australia’s leading media intelligence company. She Chairs iSentia’s Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Risk and Audit Committee. Fiona is a member of the Innovation Australia Board; an independent statutory body established to assist with the administration of the Australian Government's industry innovation programs. She has Chaired or been a member of various innovation programs like Commercialisation Australia, COMET, Industry Innovation Follow On Fund and Clean Technology Investment. Fiona is a director of Adelaide Research and Innovation Pty Ltd, the commercialisation company of the University of Adelaide; and a member of the Federal Government’s National Precincts Board. She is a former member of the not-for-profit international aid development agency, Mercy Works Inc. Previously, Fiona was a General Partner for Innovation Capital, an Australian venture capital fund that invested in Australian companies with unique intellectual property. Investee companies of which she was a director included Audinate, Opto Globo and Call Journey.
Fiona holds an Honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Adelaide and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Daniel Petre has been a leading player in Australia's technology industry for more than 25 years, and has held leadership positions in technology-based businesses in Australia and the United States. Daniel's experience includes the past five years as Chairman of netus (technology investment firm), six years as Chairman of Ecorp, five years on the PBL Board and nine years with Microsoft Corporation, where he served as Vice President of the Workgroup Division, Director of Advanced Technology and Director of the Asia Pacific Region.
Both netus and Ecorp were founded on the basis of exploring new online business models in the US and Europe and bringing leading businesses to Australia (joint venture or through licence) and by establishing startups to address emerging online opportunities. Netus is a 50/50 joint venture between NEWS Ltd and the netus management team, and has undertaken nine investments since 2007, exiting five (Travel.com.au, ReachLocal, Switchwise, Tantalus and Our Deal), with an average internal rate of return on each deal of between 40% and 80%. The current netus portfolio includes Downstream, Allure publishing, Buyser and TVN.
Previously Daniel founded ecorp as a subsidiary of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL), and developed it to become Australia's leading technology-focused investment company. Ecorp founded ebay Australia (joint venture with Ebay), Ninemsn (joint venture with Microsoft) as well as developing Ticketek into the leading online ticketing company in Australia. Ecorp also made investments in a range of other businesses including Wizard Financial Services and ePredix.
Outside of the netus company boards Daniel currently is on the Board of Nine Entertainment Co, Board of The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, Research Committee of the Kerry Packer Institute at The Children's Hospital Westmead, CSI (Centre for Social Impact) Sydney Advisory Council, SVA (Social Ventures Australia) PAF Advisory Council, Board of HRX Limited (privately held HR outsourcing business), and Advisory Board for Business Spectator.
Daniel has a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Sydney. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Counseling, and has written several books on the information revolution, father-child relationships, and the work-life balance.
He was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO), for distinguished service to Australia.
Greg Roebuck is the Chief Executive Officer and original architect of Australia's #1 automotive Internet site: carsales.com Ltd. Greg has been in the Auto industry for over 25 years and prior to joining carsales.com in an executive role, was Joint Managing Director of Pentana Solutions. Greg's background was as a software developer and included roles with Hartley Computer and Solution 6 before joining Pentana Solutions in 1983.
With more new and used cars than any other site in Australia, carsales.com.au has outstripped the print based sites to emerge as the most visited and most successful site in the country. With over 1,800,000 vehicle searches per day and over 180,000 cars for sale it's no wonder that carsales.com.au deliver more car buyers to more car sellers than any of its competitors. The carsales network is comprised of over 25 leading websites including: carsales.com.au; bikesales.com.au; boatsales.com.au; trucksales.com.au; quicksales.com.au; caravancampingsales.com.au; carpoint.com.au; bikepoint.com.au; boatpoint.com.au. Other brands include discountnewcars.com.au; discountnewbikes.com.au; DataMotive; MediaMotive and Red Book.
carsales.com Ltd made the BRW Fast 100 list for fast growing companies, for five consecutive years. The company employs over 350 staff and head office is in Hawthorn, Victoria. It has customers and offices in numerous countries including the Middle East, China and Thailand.
carsales.com listed on the ASX in September 2009 and has a market capitalisation of over $1.1bn.
Greg was named the Australian Entrepreneur of the Year for 2009.
Deena has had extensive senior executive experience in the Communications Industry. She served as a Group Managing Director at Telstra Corporation between 2005 and 2013, during which time she led the Wholesale Division, established Telstra's Business Division dedicated to the communication needs of Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) customers and established Telstra's corporate venture capital arm, Telstra Ventures. Deena has also had a legal and regulatory career, including as Partner at Mallesons 1995-1998, in house corporate counsel at Telstra, and as a senior executive and adviser on legal and social policy reforms for the Australian Government earlier in her career. Deena is currently a Non Executive Director of the Australian Government backed export facilitation bank, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation. She serves as a director of a number of venture capital backed software businesses and advises and mentors entrepreneurs building new media and e-commerce businesses.
Richard White is the CEO and founder of a software business that focuses exclusively on system solution for International Trade and Transport providers. Since its inception in 1994, CargoWise has developed a large global client base with over 2000 installations and 50,000 users in 66 countries.
Today, CargoWise and its International subsidiaries, have revenues approaching 40 Million AUD, a growth rate of over 50% per annum. It supplies software to some of the world's biggest freight, Customs Clearance and Import / Export companies such as Geodis, DSV, OHL, UPS, DHL, TNT, Woolworths, Johnson & Johnson to name a few.
CargoWise sponsors, supports and belongs to a number of Industry associations and participates in Industry to Government forums in numerous countries.
Richard's skills combine a unique 20-year understanding of the international trade and logistics industry combined with over 30 years in both software development and business management. He has an extensive IT and software skillset and deep knowledge in e-Commerce and combines this with a strong commercial grip on industry issues.
In 2010 CargoWise rose to the position of the No. 2 supplier in the world in revenue terms and holds the largest market share of any provider in installed licenses on a single product.