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Live & Virtual Event
22-23 April 2021
10:00AM-04:00PM AEDT (GMT+11)

Docklands,Melbourne, Australia Victory Room, Gate 9,
Marvel stadium

22-23 April 2021 | Victory Room, Marvel Stadium, DocklandsMelbourne. AU

Speakers 21

Continuous presentations by experts on the stages focus on trending topics and issues affecting SMEs in Australia including growth opportunities for SMEs and how SMEs can harness success in the digital economy and the challenging global market.

VIVIENNE RYAN

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VIVIENNE RYAN

Director
Gravia Media

Vivienne Ryan is an entrepreneur, co-founding director of media agency Gravia Media, The Social Climber, Yelloe Create, Distress Rate Media and Girlfriends of Gravia (“The GG’s”) connecting inspiring women whose mission is to empower women without disempowering men. She is also the publican of The George Hotel in South Melbourne.

With a combined degree in Laws and Communications, Vivienne is passionate about helping her peers become the best version of themselves and encourages them to create the life they love. Having worked in the media industry for several decades, Vivienne recognises how important it is for likeminded people to unite and support one another and actively connects remarkable people on both a professional and personal level. Her decades of work in the media industry has enabled her to meet incredibly astute professionals across a vast array of industries and is privileged to be involved in launching and repositioning new brands to market.

Vivienne is an author and the host of Small Business Connections TV, broadcast monthly to support Small Business to Engage, Connect and Grow.

ANDREW WATSON

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ANDREW WATSON

Assistant Commissioner, Small Business Experience
Australian Taxation Office

Andrew is currently the Assistant Commissioner, Small Business Experience. In this role he is responsible for:

  • Understanding how small businesses engage with the tax and super systems
  • Collaborating with small businesses, industry groups and government agencies to shape the client experience and drive improved digital services
  • Helping small businesses manage cash-flow so sustainable and viable businesses can thrive, and
  • Advocating for small businesses within the ATO.

He has over 25 years of experience in the Australian Taxation Office.

In that time he has held a number of key leadership positions in the ATO with a focus in recent years on leading technology change. This has included:

  • Transitioning tax and BAS agents to the new ATO Online Services
  • Collaborating with software developers to successfully move tax agents from the Electronic Lodgment Service to the new Practitioner Lodgment System
  • The ATO’s contribution to the government’s regulation reform agenda
  • Leading the ATO’s work to detect and stop refund fraud
  • Working with third parties to improve the amount and timeliness of prefill information, and
  • Leading client engagement activity on treatment of employee share schemes and the subsequent introduction of the improved reporting of these.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and a Masters of Business Administration (Public Sector Management) from Charles Sturt University.

You can connect with Andrew on LinkedIn

LAUREN MOLONEY

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LAUREN MOLONEY

General Manager, Growth & Customer Commercialisation SMB
News Xtend

Lauren is a founding member of News Xtend and the General Manager of Growth and Customer Commercialisation SMB for News Corp. As the boss of ‘cool new stuff’, Lauren ensures an agile, innovative and market-leading product suite, heads up the digital capability strategy and manages marketing the News Xtend brand. Lauren has extensive experience in marketing, having worked with both national corporate clients as well as SMB’s across Australia in her 10+ year experience. Lauren was awarded the Hegarty Scholarship for Young Executive of the Year, she has also previously made B&T’s 30 under 30 list in 2015 and accepted a PANPA award. She lives in Sydney’s East and has a passion for Aussie music festivals, travel and culture.

JONATHAN ATTIA

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JONATHAN ATTIA

Managing Director
Wiise

Jonathan is the Managing Director of Wiise and a Director at KPMG’s Global Fintech Practice. As the MD of Wiise, Jonathan has led the business through development and launch and now is focused on the scale up phase. He has responsibility for achieving the financial and strategic ambitions of the company which include domestic and international growth and managing the partnership with Microsoft, Commonwealth Bank and KPMG. Before setting up Wiise, Jonathan spent a decade as a strategy consultant, where he specialised in developing growth strategies for his clients across Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.

CRAIG GILLIES

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CRAIG GILLIES

Director, Technical Advice and Uplift - Small and Medium-sized Enterprises & Home Users, Protect and Assure Branch, Australian Signals Directorate
Australia Cyber Security Centre

Craig is the inaugural Director of the Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD’s) Technical Advice and Uplift – Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Home Users Section, as part of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). He manages a multi-disciplinary team to identify and deliver unique initiatives to improve the cyber resilience of Australia’s more than 2 million small and medium-sized businesses. Prior to this role, Craig was responsible Public-Private Partnerships in the ACSC, where he led strategic reviews of the ACSC’s assessment, certification and evaluations functions, as well as leading Australia’s cyber security engagement within the International Watch and Warning Network and Usual Five.

Prior to joining the ASD, Craig has held a number of roles in the Commonwealth Government, including the Attorney-General’s Department, Geoscience Australia, [the then] Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and a number of years in the Royal Australian Air Force, working in operational and command units around Australia and overseas.

Craig holds qualifications in Public Policy and Management, Government, and Air Force Studies

DAVID ROBERTSON

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DAVID ROBERTSON

Head of Economic and Market Research
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

David joined Bendigo Bank 17 years ago as head of Financial Markets, and today is the Head of Economic and Market Research for the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. His banking career commenced in 1989 as a foreign exchange dealer, and prior to joining Bendigo he worked in a range of senior roles in Treasury for the State Bank of NSW, First Chicago and Commonwealth Bank. David’s regular commentaries and video updates are shared via the bank’s YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn platforms, and beyond the world of banking and his family David’s passions lie in golf, the outdoors and thoroughbred racing.

LYRA MACKAY

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LYRA MACKAY

Evangelist
Zoho Corporation

Lyra Mackay is an Evangelist for Zoho. Her role is to spread the word about Zoho’s unique products and culture. Lyra represents Zoho at a number of events in Australia and New Zealand. She is excited to be at the forefront of Zoho’s Australian expansion and looks forward to working closely with customers in both Australia and across the globe whilst providing an education on Zoho’s powerful offerings.

FABIAN CALLE

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FABIAN CALLE

General Manager – Small to Medium Business in Australia & New Zealand
SAP Concur

Fabian Calle is an experienced General Manager, and has been part of the SAP Concur Journey for over 10 years.

During Fabians time at SAP Concur, he has managed just about every segment in ANZ, which in turn shaped his passion for SMB’s.  In the last few years, the demand for small to medium business specific software has exponentially grown in Australia.

Fabians role, due to such demand is to focus on SMB’s in Australia and New Zealand, and to help businesses like yours gain access to an enterprise grade software, tailored both in price and functionality specific to SMB’s.

ANGUS SEDGWICK

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ANGUS SEDGWICK

Managing Director & CEO
TIM Finance

Angus is an experienced financial services industry executive with over 25 years’ experience operating in the insurance, financial advice and funds management industries in Australia and South Africa – including 10 years as the Managing Director of the largest broker in the Traded Endowment Policy market internationally.

Angus holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning.

PETER LOOSLEY

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PETER LOOSLEY

Managing Director
Virtual IT Managed Services

Peter Loosley, Managing Director of Virtual IT Managed Services, has over 30 years’ experience in Information Technology. Starting as a computer technician fixing circuit boards, to then learn system administration and cyber-security. Having honed his skills working for large corporations, the gaming industry and then to eventually become IT Manager of an International Airport and Head of IT for a research company.

He is now recognised as a trusted advisor and thought leader for many businesses since starting his own business 4 years ago and is a sought-after keynote speaker.

Peter has seen massive changes in technology and the growing gap between the business’s understanding of today’s technology and the skills required to properly manage and secure their data.

Peter states, “We are in a war with cyber criminals and if you are not properly prepared and know what you need to do to protect your business, you can easily become a statistic in the evening news”

During his informative sessions, Peter explains some of the way’s organisations suffer data breaches. He helps business owners understand that no matter how up to date their security technology, their last line of defence is always their users. Are your employees prepared? Arm them with the skills to become your greatest asset and the first line of defence, not the last.

NICOLE WARE

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NICOLE WARE

General Manager, Sales VIC SMB & Real Estate
News Xtend

Lauren is a founding member of News Xtend and the General Manager of Growth and Customer Commercialisation SMB for News Corp. As the boss of ‘cool new stuff’, Lauren ensures an agile, innovative and market-leading product suite, heads up the digital capability strategy and manages marketing the News Xtend brand. Lauren has extensive experience in marketing, having worked with both national corporate clients as well as SMB’s across Australia in her 10+ year experience. Lauren was awarded the Hegarty Scholarship for Young Executive of the Year, she has also previously made B&T’s 30 under 30 list in 2015 and accepted a PANPA award. She lives in Sydney’s East and has a passion for Aussie music festivals, travel and culture.

HARRY SANDERS

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HARRY SANDERS

Founder & Director
StudioHawk

WHAT I DO

I am the founder and director of StudioHawk, a Google Marketing Specialist SEO company which helps businesses to drive the maximum possible organic search engine traffic and sales.

In 2019, with changing social media algorithms, and increasingly fierce PPC competition, effective SEO is CRITICAL for long term, bottom line growth for online businesses. Right now there’s a significant opportunity to be ranking on page 1 of Google for very profitable keywords in your niche, if you implement the right SEO strategies that matter most right now.

WHY STUDIOHAWK ?

We won’t enter into a deal unless we know we’ll ace it AND we don’t ‘pad’ our retainers with mysterious SEO voodoo that sounds fancy but actually is a waste of time.

Our work is only made up of tested strategies that will generate you the fastest path to more leads and sales with organic search.

ANDREW LAURIE

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ANDREW LAURIE

Entrepreneur, CEO, author and elite business coach

Andrew Laurie (https://andrewlaurie.com.au/) is an entrepreneur, CEO, author and elite business coach.

Andrew is on a mission to enable millions of business owners to not only create great businesses but also to lead extraordinary lives; lives providing the freedom that business ownership always promises yet rarely delivers. His systematic approach to designing and creating your ideal life and business is the one that he has implemented himself, to great effect, and that has been implemented successfully by countless clients.

Regularly ranked among the top business coaches globally, and recognised in 2018 as Executive Coach of the year orldwide, Andrew has supported countless others to build prosperous businesses, delivering their owners enviable lifestyles. His approach to executive coaching is based on his business acumen and principles used when he grew a business from $50 million in sales to $2 billion in sales in under two years. Andrew has lectured in strategy and management at Sydney Business School, holds an MBA from INSEAD, Degrees in Economics and Law (Honours) from the ANU and is a published author of business books on strategy, management and the process of releasing yourself from your business.

Andrew is also actively involved in charities aiming to empower young Australians to achieve more in life and to that end has worked with organizations including Rotary, Rotaract, Junior Chambers International, the Oaktree Foundation, White Lion, Open Families Australia and the Top Blokes Foundation. He continues to pursue his passion for sport and adventure and loves to spend time with his family and friends travelling, rock climbing, skiing, sailing or pursuing a range of other active pursuits. Over the years he has been a professional mountain guide, run ultra-marathons around the world, played cricket to a professional level, rode his bike, alone, across the Nullarbor plain, and climbed such iconic ascents as the Totem Pole in Tasmania.

JUDY CELMINS

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JUDY CELMINS

Co-Founder & Marketing Director
Engage4Insights

Judy Celmins is a born marketer and seasoned entrepreneur with a variety of adventures under her belt. Keeping life fun & exciting!  Her guiding star is that “small business has an enormous opportunity over the big end of town, to build stronger relationships with their audience. Unearthing emotional insights into the Why of behaviour, and driving the innovation proven to scale-up your business.”

Nothing energises her more than seeing the creative process in action, unlocking often-hidden emotional triggers. “The fresh, breakthrough ideas sparked from their own customers, often surprises people!”

Judy is Co-Founder & Marketing Director of Engage4Insights.  Presenting an agile, new breed of market research developed on marketing principles. Designed to help Small Business reach out, and build stronger connections with their audience. While gathering insights you would otherwise miss out on. It’s always a stimulating journey working with Judy. Catch her on a roll and watch the ideas flow.

DAVE STEIN

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DAVE STEIN

Head of Corporate Development
Airwallex

Dave Stein is Airwallex’s Head of Corporate Development in ANZ, leading key commercial functions in the Melbourne office. Dave spent over 12 years at Bain Capital, a top tier global private equity firm, most recently as Executive Vice President in portfolio operations, driving transformative change across sales & marketing, operations and M&A at Bain portfolio companies. Prior to joining Bain, Dave was a consultant at Oliver Wyman in Boston, and graduated from Harvard University in 2004.

DAVID PRICE

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DAVID PRICE

Co-Founder & Global CEO
BizPay

David Price is a serial entrepreneur with decades of expertise in finance and management consulting. He has been involved in numerous successful start-ups mostly in the social media and technology sector. David holds a Masters degree in Technology Management from UNSW. He is the Co-Founder and current Global CEO of BizPay, an innovative ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ platform for B2B transactions. 

ANDREW BARKER

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ANDREW BARKER

Chief Marketing Officer
Qoin

Presenting in over 10 countries around the world, Andrew brings passion, energy and a direct approach to his key note topics educating and supporting SME’s in their quest for success!!

With a diverse background of over 30 years in business, Andrew represents a leader who pursues constant opportunity, challenge and success. Starting out as a Sydney based musician, Andrew has enjoyed a successful career in Hotel Management and Marketing, owned several business’ in the fields of marketing, business consultancy, hospitality and project management along with a long corporate career as a Senior Executive with Bartercard International. Andrew’s current role as CMO of the new Qoin Digital Currency project is his most exciting challenge yet.

SAFWAN CHOWDHURY

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SAFWAN CHOWDHURY

Growth Director
Online Marketing Guru

Saf is the Growth Director at OMG. He loves talking all things digital marketing, having built over 1,200+ strategies, including 300+ enterprise strategies including many household brands. Over the years, he’s lived in over 10 countries and even lived one year on a ship.

MICHELLE PASCOE

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MICHELLE PASCOE

International speaker, accredited trainer, researcher, author and podcaster

Michelle Pascoe (CSP) is an international speaker, accredited trainer, researcher, author and podcaster. Establishing her company Optimum, Operating Procedures & Services (OOPS) in 1994 she has an undeniable passion for customer service. From a foundation in the Hospitality industry and an employer of 70 staff, Michelle has developed a strong repertoire of “real life” customer service/business success scenarios which she communicates to people from diverse business backgrounds in a variety of forums both locally and internationally.

With a proven track record and vast experience, Michelle specialises in every aspect of service operations and processes – looking holistically at the overall impact of the customer experience.

In Michelle’s primary role as a speaker and trainer, Michelle combines her extensive experience and specialised knowledge with an absolute commitment to igniting the potential in each and every individual, so they can achieve outstanding results. Program participants walk away from her presentations feeling inspired, educated and equipped to deliver exceptional service experiences.

DIONNE ALAVERAS

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DIONNE ALAVERAS

Social and Content Lead
News Xtend

Dionne is the Social and Content Lead at News Xtend, leading a team to produce quality content for customers. In addition, Dionne works to develop a flexible and effective social and content product suite for News Xtend, with a goal of continuous improvement and being Australia’s leading social and content team. With a Master’s in Journalism and dedication to the written word, Dionne has grown her career across various publishers before moving into the dynamic world of Social Media. A lover of travel, Dionne enjoys exploring and immersing herself in new cultures. Easily the loudest person in any given room, Dionne believes a day without laughter and kindness is wasted, that passion must fuel every motive and that Dumbledore is God.

LEO TYDALL

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LEO TYNDALL

Founder
Marketlend

Leo’s experience in the financial service industry is extensive. Recently he was the Head of Capital Markets Asia Pacific for UniCredit, one of the largest banks by assets in Europe. Before founding Marketlend, Leo was engaged by some public companies to assist in raising capital to fund their financing of receivables. He has also been a director at National Australia Bank and part of the treasury team at RAMS Home Loans. He has also worked in Japan and Hong Kong for some years. In the legal field, Leo holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons.) from Bond University and is a nationally accredited mediator and qualified barrister.

Leo founded Marketlend in 2014 to address the significant $1.5 trillion dollar ‘trade finance gap’ in global trade financing as identified by the International Chamber of Commerce. Leo realized that SMEs weren’t given the same funding opportunities or able to obtain the equivalent insurance protections as corporates. 

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