We will explore the impact of artificial intelligence and automation, agile ways of working, big data and an increasingly diverse workforce. What opportunities do these trends hold? How can leaders fully harness them while navigating the transition from the old ways of working to the new? What are the priorities for leaders in this modern age, and do we have an increasing responsibility to consider the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit)?
Our panellists include:
Amanda is from the Wonnarua nation – traditional owners of the Hunter Valley in NSW. She has spent most of her life living in WA, and has more than 35 years’ experience in the mining industry, both in Australia, Africa and Canada – working for Blue Chip miners such as BHP, Rio Tinto and WMC.
In 2004 she founded her own Engineering business in the Pilbara – Maxx Engineering which was sold to a large international company in 2015. Amanda developed Kirrikin in late 2014, and is a social enterprise sharing profits with the artists – to address shortage of authentic Indigenous products. Kirrikin digitally prints gorgeous Aboriginal artwork onto luxurious Cashmeres and silks, turning them into scarves and ties, and more recently a resort wear line. Kirrikin won an Ecommerce award through the Export Council of Australia, and is a finalist in the national awards in 2016. In 2018 Kirrikin again won an Export Council award in the Creative Industries field.
In 2017 Amanda joined forces with David Flett and Roy Messer to form Warrikal, an Indigenous Majority owned Mechanical Services business, combining some 50 years of experience in shutdowns and turnarounds in the Pilbara. Amanda is the CEO of Warrikal, and continues her work in Social Responsibility through Kirrikin.
Rebecca is a software engineer and project manager who feeds off the enthusiasm of others and contributes to the Perth software industry. She is a mentor in and outside of her company to junior developers and other professionals. She is Chair of DDD WA Inc, who run DDD Perth, Chair of the Australian Computer Society — Diversity & Inclusion chapter and Vice-Chair of the Australian Computer Society, WA branch. She spends her time leading projects that incorporate all the buzzwords, and helping her team achieve their goals.
Dr. Raymond Sheh
Dr. Raymond Sheh is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computing, Curtin University where he leads the Intelligent Robots Group, and a Guest Researcher at the Intelligent Systems Division of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He specialises in Trusted Autonomous Systems, focusing on developing standard test methods for robots (trusted abilities), investigating new forms of explainable artificial intelligence (trusted decisions) and working at the interface between artificial intelligence and cyber security (trusted integrity). Current collaborators include NIST, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the Japan Science and Technology Agency and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.
Brooke Fowles is a bureaucrat with more than a decade of experience in the WA public sector. She currently leads organisational reform at the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, and spent the two years prior as the Director General’s right hand at the Department of Health. She has a range of degrees.
Andrew is the STEM Outreach Manager at Curtin. STEM Outreach aims to get more young people interested in Science and Engineering, with workshops, camps, excursions, incursions and competitions. Andrew is an experienced leader who has worked across education, museums and the not-for-profit sector. He prides himself on building high-performing teams who deliver innovative and inspiring programs. Prior to working at Curtin University, he was the Director of Science Programs at Scitech.
Remember, if you participate in three or more Festival activities and give us your feedback, you will go in the running to win $1500 towards a professional development opportunity of your choice, sponsored by Rio Tinto.