EXPERT PANEL

 
 
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Andrew Barnes | GO1

Andrew is the CEO and co-founder of GO1.com which helps individuals and organisations access training from hundreds of providers. He was also named one of the Top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs by Forbes for his role in co-founding Libromat, a combined laundry and library facility that operates in urban townships in South Africa.

Andrew was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for Queensland and completed his Masters at the University of Oxford. He holds a PhD from the University of Queensland Business School. He has a keen interest in identifying, exploring and implementing creative solutions in education.


 
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Tracey Hocking | Lazybones

Tracey has been the CEO and Creative Director of Lazybones for 19 years. During that time Lazybones has evolved from producing hand printed sleepwear to creating bedding, women’s apparel, fashion accessories and gift lines and is sold in over 200 stores worldwide. Lazybones is now a curated lifestyle brand inspired by timeless fashion and homewares from the past.

Over the past two years, Tracey has moved all Lazybones production to factories who support sustainable and ethical manufacturing methods.

Tracey holds a Bachelor or Arts (Fine Arts) and Post Graduate Diploma (Fine Arts - Painting). She is motivated by a love of art, design and the beauty of the natural world. Tracey is proud to have created an enduring business that has sustainability at its core.


 
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Rudy Crous | Shortlyster

Rudy is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shortlyster, a hiring optimisation platform that uses science and data to match talent and businesses together. 

As an Organisational Psychologist, Rudy is a subject matter expert in corporate culture, competence, and operational risk management. His PhD research focuses on organisational culture maturity and the relationship with workplace performance. His research is currently being used by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to help minimise shipping incidents and accidents and the related negative impact on the Great Barrier Reef.  

Prior to Shortlyster, Rudy founded a management-consulting firm that specialises in safety psychology and culture, change management, workforce development and behavioural profiling. Rudy has worked with the world’s biggest mining and heavy industry companies including BHP, Cement Australia, Glencore, Rio Tinto, and Yancoal.  

His academic background and professional experience has led Rudy to develop software that helps companies improve how they attract, select and retain talent.



 
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Cameron Mitchell | TrademarkVision

Cameron was the COO of TrademarkVision before a successful exit to Clarivate Analytics in late 2018. He brought a commercial acumen to a deeply technical product disrupting the legal fraternity. TrademarkVision is a computer vision and AI company which works with governments, corporates and law firms throughout the world, with a team in Brisbane, Australia and Pittsburgh, USA.

Before TrademarkVision, Cameron had a decade of experience leading and building legal technology teams throughout Australia, USA and the UK for both large and startup companies.

Cameron holds an MBA from UNSW, Graduate Certificate of Commerce from the University of Sydney as well as studying engineering and aviation at UQ and Griffith University respectively.



 
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Rowan Lamont | Designworks

Referred to as a “design thinker who is good with a spanner”, Rowan is an Industrial Designer who cut his teeth working in Australia’s top consultancies and has developed products for the consumer tech, medical, and FMCG markets.

Enjoying the creative challenges wrangling projects across a variety of industries led Rowan to develop his expertise in Design Thinking and business strategy. As Head of Strategy at Designworks, Rowan leads clients through user centred discovery to identify and implement meaningful business opportunities.



 
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Lynda Coker | The Studio

Lynda is a Non-Executive Director of The Studio; a media and creative tech incubator in the Sydney Startup Hub. She is also a Non-Executive Director and angel investor for Scale Investors; an investor network that invests in female founder or female-influenced companies.

Lynda won Mentor of the Year for the 2018 Women in Finance Awards and is a mentor on a number of accelerators including Tech Ready Women, Slingshot Accelerator, SBE Australia, and others.

She sits on several FinTech company Advisory Boards and has c.20 years of working as a corporate finance advisor to both financial institutions and private equity, including working with Government and regulators on policy settings. 

Lynda has two bachelor degrees in Information Technology and Business and has completed studies in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford University Graduate School of Business


 
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David Giles-Kaye | Australian Fashion Council

David is CEO of the Australian Fashion Council - AFC (formerly Council of Textile & Fashion - CTF), and spent several years on the CTF board of directors. He was recently involved with smart textiles technology company, Imagine Intelligent Materials, which is at the forefront of developing the future of wearables.

His primary background lies in technology and business development in sports apparel with a number of companies including WL Gore (Gore-Tex). As former CEO of Australian Defence Apparel Pty Ltd, David has experience in the development and performance of personal protection clothing and equipment. He has also started his own sports fashion label.

David spent a number of years living and working in Germany and the UK and has been back in Australia since 2008.


 
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Carl Hartmann | Aussie Founders Network

Carl Hartmann is a prominent, multi-award winning Australian serial entrepreneur, who is best known for his work in co-founding Temando, Shortlyster and Lyre’s Spirit Co, and his involvement as an investor & board member/advisor to a range of leading technology companies around the world.

Carl took Temando from an idea to one of the largest Australian technology companies, having raised over $56M in funding. Shortlyster has raised $5M in funding to date, and is now going through tremendous growth. Most recently, Carl also co-founded Lyre’s Spirit Co which has quickly become one of the fastest growing new consumer products in the world, with distribution in Australia, NZ, USA, UK, Singapore and more locations to be announced.
Carl is also the adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Queensland; Serves as a Non-Executive Director on several boards, and has won a number of awards including the IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year Australia, Asia Pacific and global runner up, amongst others.