Our Organisation

HISTORY

Since 2009, TEDxMelbourne has explored ideas and issues important to you and the world- sometimes rapidly, sometimes dramatically.  From climate issues to politics, technology, globalisation and freedom of speech, each area has allowed us to shine a light on what's current and relevant to you. We look forward to continuing to deliver on ideas worth spreading, alongside you, our community.

OUR MISSION | OUR VALUES

TEDxMelbourne is run by passionate volunteers who are dedicated to sharing ideas with you, our community - the Curious, Creative, Courageous and the Connected.

We strive to change the way people think and feel about the world we live in for the better. TEDxMelbourne is a not-for-profit organisation.

TEDxMelbourne Team Limitless 2019
The other side of impossible.

What is TEDx?

ABOUT TEDx

x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

ABOUT TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

OUR TEAM

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TEDxMelbourne is run by passionate volunteers who are dedicated to sharing ideas with you, our community - the Curious, Creative, Courageous and the Connected. We strive to change the way people think and feel about the world we live in for the better. TEDxMelbourne is a not-for-profit organisation.

Jon Yeo

How do you stand out in your industry?
The ability to influence is an art and skill. I help leaders to articulate the complex simply through speaking.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
Nothing. The question is what meaning to we project onto the world and how do we engage with that in a positive way.

Where do you find “community”?
The main TED conference in Vancouver. You will never meet a smarter, more passionate, energised and future focused community. The next best is SPACE conference.

Jannie Mcleod

How do you stand out in your industry?
Challenge the status quo.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
Increase trust between humans - inherently, we are compassionate and empathetic.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
UN Security Council - abolishing the veto rights and creating a new world leadership approach.

Keely Malady

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
Carlo Rovelli (Physicist) in a conversation about how to question what we know about the past, present and future.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
The beauty in overthinking.

Where do you find “community”?
In laughter - I feel in community when our faces light up together.

Joanne Woo

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I'd love to speak with the fierce women in the world, past and present, such as Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Cleopatra, Frida Kahlo and Malala Yousafzai. These fearless women stood for what was right and changed the world.

How do you stay inspired?
I look to nature, take slow walks and be present with all that is around me. You can get so many answers from nature if you just take the time to listen.

Where do you find "community"?
I'm a big believer in taking the time to listen to people's stories, and to connect with each other on a deeper, more meaningful level - beyond the superficial. When you understand someone's story, and they understand yours, you'll find that we are all more alike than we are different.

Tanya Simpson

How do you stand out in your industry?
I've collaborated with some of the biggest events in Melbourne to create strategic partnerships - Melbourne Comedy Festival, Australian Ballet, NGV, Run Melbourne, Good Friday Appeal and stage shows like Matilda and Kinky Boots.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
I wish people were more compassionate and would seek education and understanding on the lives and cultures of people different to them. To not judge, but try to see another person's point of view, even though they may not agree or relate to it.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I am a huge Seth Godin fan -he's a Marketing Guru who I've been following for years, so one on one time with him about how brands can stay true to a cause (and not just profit) would be an interesting conversation.

Imogen Thomas

How do you stand out in your industry?
I have spent the past decade exploring the many facets of arts management. My favourite adventures have been in theatre, festivals, short narrative films, and my current post as CEO at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
I am a staunch advocate for the role of the food industry in influencing radical social and environmental change. To this end I am extremely fortunate to be the Director of festival21, a large grass-roots event that explores the role of food in environment, community and population health.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
It can be solved by walking.

Tiffany Lucas

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I'm incredibly interested and passionate about philanthropy. Therefore, I would love to speak to Bill and Melinda Gates about their Foundation and the philanthropic work they've been doing to provide access to education, empower women and children, fight disease and inspire people to change the world.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
How can we save Australia's cultural assets?

How do you stay inspired?
Running while listening to TED talks - exercise for my body and mind at the same time.

Alessio Somma

How do you stand out in your industry?
By understanding my circle of competence and actively seeking to expand it. Combining and synthesising ideas from disciplines and contexts that wouldn't generally be associated together.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I'd have an extensive conversation with Charlie Munger on Mental Models, whilst he's mainly famous for his work in the realms of the financial industry, he has actively endeavoured to crack the "think better" paradigms.

Where do you find "community"?
Online platforms and social media, but I would always back this up by finding a related local community, however small it may be. Just like I have been passionate about TED's cause, which led me to join the TEDxMelbourne community.

Gemma Clancy

How do you stand out in your field/ industry?
I'm the "process" queen - I can make sense out of the most muddled scenarios, and the right bring people along the journey with me. Better processes make for more efficient teams, more efficient teams are happy teams and happy teams do inspired work.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be/ what would you ask them?
I'd talk to someone making waves in aged care tech. I'm fascinated by the potential for innovations in this ever-growing industry to improve the health & happiness outcomes of our elderly community members.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
"I am privileged" — the first step to unlocking your potential and helping others reach theirs.

Jess Day

How do you stand out in your industry?
A smile, willingness to learn and being open to failure.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
Anil Seth, are humans the only creatures on Earth to experience consciousness of self?

How do you stay inspired?
Digital scrapbooking. Allowing my mind to wander allows me to think about things from a different perspective.

Penelope Chirnside

How do you stand out in your industry?
Attention to detail!

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I would love to gain further insight from the likes of Sheryl Sandberg or Alice Walker, I believe there so many nuances of gender inequality that we are still blind to in our day to day lives.

How do you stay inspired?
Meeting new people keeps me inspired, that is what I find so great about being a part of the TEDxMelbourne community! I also find reading and spending time with my friends and family motivating.

Sam Amar

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
How we educate. I reckon we can fix almost anything with the right knowledge, emotional intelligence & empathy. Let's build a world where kids love going to school in every country and aren't taught to prioritise retention and comparison above all other factors.  

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would you ask them?
A psychologist or human behaviour expert on fulfilment. Finding a balance between creativity, stimulation, and education can be tricky.

How do you stay inspired?
A camera full of film.

Agata Giovanoli-Jakubczak

How do you stand out in your industry?
Thanks to my diverse cultural and educational background, as well as my curious mind and high level of empathy, I bring a variety of different perspectives to the table. This, together with my ability to ask good questions and think outside the box, is what makes me stand out from the crowd.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
Finding a material that is a cheaper, safer, and 100% environment-friendly alternative to plastic.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
The power of a curious mind.

Lynn La

How do you stand out in your industry?
In the field of UX, I stand out by being "bilingual" between clients and developers through using my marketing and coding background.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
David Attenborough and speak to him about his extraordinary life in animal conservation.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
The day an alpaca made me cry of happiness.

Connor Forsyth

How do you stand out in your industry?
Giving time to ideas and experiences that may not immediately prove their relevance but come in handy later down the line.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
In the land of the question.

How do you stay inspired?
Showing warmth and curiosity to people that may not expect it. i.e. coffee shop workers, someone on the running track, people in the lift, someone that you wouldn't regularly interact with. It's fascinating to get an insight into someone's experience that has an entirely different lens to yours. I also carry a camera everywhere I go, which helps with my inspiration.

Jane Sutherland

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic what would it be/ what would you ask them?
I’d love to bug a patient physicist about the multiverse theory and get some answers in layman’s terms.

If you were invited to do a TED talk what would be the title?
How office lighting affects mood in the workplace.

How do you stay inspired?
By paying attention to the patterns in what I like and why I like it.

Bronte Randall

How do you stand out in your field/ industry?
I build strong relationships with smiles, laughter and honesty, before anything else.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
I would like the fashion industry to be more sustainable. The way in which our clothes are produced affects everything from workers rights, to the environment. As individuals we should shift our mindset from saving money to saving our precious planet.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic what would it be/ what would you ask them?
I would love to ask Malala Yousafzai (female education activist) how she had the courage to continue her fight and what it felt like to graduate finally from Oxford University.

Dale Logan

How do you stand out in your industry?
I build bespoke strategies that increase brand awareness, promote customer engagement, and ultimately drive web traffic and conversions that align with business goals.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, who would it be?
Elon Musk

How do you stay inspired?
Through the practice of daily journals.

Benjamin Ngooi

How do you stand out in your industry?
Being personable, able to adapt and flexible with the changing trends and interests. Not necessarily 'sticking to your guns' but being able to read the environment and design for that.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
How do you noodle?

How do you stay inspired?
To keep culling and curating where I get information from. Not only add and bookmark new sources of information, but to remove ones I'm no longer drawn to. E.g. Instagram - unfollowing accounts I'm not drawn to anymore instead of just letting them add to the endless scroll of content.

Sarah Blackstone

How do you stand out in your industry?
With a Masters of Voice Studies, I have a unique lens when helping people sharpen their communication approach.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
For the Australian government to deliver a treaty to acknowledge First Nations peoples and begin to rectify the impacts of terra nullius.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
Just a quiet contemplative afternoon with Haruki Murakami and Luca Guadagnino painting pictures of the world.

Rithi Gupta

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
I'd eliminate human greed. There are many problems in the world right now - racism, gender inequality, marriage inequality, global warming, terrorism, war, crime...the list goes on. I believe greed and the desire for material gain, more power, and more privilege to be at the root of so many of the world's issues.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
Cultural Education through Virtual Travel

How do you stay inspired?
I really love using LinkedIn for inspiration from both people and businesses. LinkedIn enables you to stay up-to-date on what those inside and outside your network are doing...and provides an easy way for you to connect.

Amy-Rose King

How do you stand out in your industry?
People are at the heart of everything I do - making connections, hearing others' stories and working with people with diverse experience and backgrounds. Not sure if that makes me stand out but it's why I do what I do.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I would ask Brené Brown how to teach courage and vulnerability in the school classroom for the next generation.

How do you stay inspired?
Daily beach walks (I live 5 minutes away). There's something about the everchanging nature of the beach: no two walks are the same. Sometimes the ocean is rough, sometimes its flat like glass or with gently undulating waves. It's a poignant reminder that we exist in a constant state of flux.

Claudia Sarosiek

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I would ask William Perkin – the 18-year-old who accidentally invented the colour mauve when searching for a malaria cure, how he felt about adding a new colour into the world.

How do you stay inspired?
Converse with those who challenge me.

Where do you find "community"?
Discussing the big and little things over a greasy pub meal and cold beer.

Julia Leong

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic what would it be/ what would you ask them?
I'd love to go back in time and ask Alan Turing what he thinks of modern day technology and AI.

How do you stay inspired?
Reading - sometimes the way a sentence is strung together can make you see something completely differently!

Where do you find “community”?
Anywhere that I can connect with curious people.

Lauren LeQuire

How do you stand out in your industry?
By laughing almost all of the time and building great relationships to get stuff done - success and good times flow naturally then.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I'd chat to the leading expert on dreams because I've always been a vivid dreamer and so has my dog. I know dreams are still very much a mystery but I'm super curious.

Where do you find “community”?
In my daily interactions around Northcote and in the city. It feels great to have a real conversation with my local barista and make friends at the gym, and I love the feeling of belonging it brings.

Irfanhaider Dewji

How do you stand out in your industry?
My interest in the tech world started at a very young age; I developed my first iOS application at the age of 14. I've also used my tech experience in assisting various events and organisations.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
I would like to help in reducing the number of cyber-related attacks carried out against innocent "nontechnical" people. Such attacks can have devastating impacts on peoples lives.

Where do you find "community"?
I generally define community when people are willing to support each other in areas that they have had experiences in.
For me, I find "community" in my home country(Tanzania) since everyone that you interact with will have good intentions for you.

Alice McGenniss-Destro

How do you stand out in your industry?
To make more people empathetic.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
Nonlinear Careers are Becoming the New Normal

How do you stay inspired?
Podcasts, reading, meeting new people.

Angelina Kitono

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
Bear Grylls, how do I survive in the wild.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
Jack of All Trades, Master of Some?

Where do you find "community"?
Right now, Instagram has a great community for fellow artists. Facebook is great for fellow foodies and recipe sharing!

Lou Pellegrino

How do you stand out in your industry?
I challenge ideas and concepts that don't have intended positive purpose.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
Connections - people being able to feel connected with each other, global issues and equality.

How do you stay inspired?
Surrounding myself with people who challenge me in positive ways.

Silvia Saad

How do you stand out in your industry?
I am a school counsellor and preschool teacher who utilises the human connection to support, inspire, educate and transform. I greatly value my role as a facilitator in people's lives to help create the type of life they desire.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
I am very passionate about promoting mental health and giving a voice to the vulnerable. I volunteer in organisation such as GriefLine and Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria to lend a hand to the community suffering from loss, trauma, anxiety and depression.. there is a great sense of honour in being present in people's pain space.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I would like to spend a day with Carl Roger, the psychologist. I want to hear his perception on the humanistic approach in counselling. How did he utilise all his counselling skills to support a vulnerable individual finding his strength?

Sherye Lim

How do you stand out in your industry?
My desire to constantly be learning to obtain new knowledge and apply in real world situations.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
Educational inequality

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
Revolutionising The Way People Learn

Tanya Setyawan

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
To end systematic racism once and for all and for people to prioritise mental health and truly accept it's importance.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I would love to talk to a Music Therapist to dive deeper into the science and psychology of how music heals and connects.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
How music made me live again.

Bernadette Butterworth

Leadership Team

The TEDxMelbourne Leadership Team consists of the heads of each department. Our role is to set the strategy for TEDxMelbourne and lead our teams to create great events, engaging content and thought provoking ideas for our community.

Jon Yeo

How do you stand out in your industry?
The ability to influence is an art and skill. I help leaders to articulate the complex simply through speaking.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
Nothing. The question is what meaning to we project onto the world and how do we engage with that in a positive way.

Where do you find “community”?
The main TED conference in Vancouver. You will never meet a smarter, more passionate, energised and future focused community. The next best is SPACE conference.

Jannie Mcleod

How do you stand out in your industry?
Challenge the status quo.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
Increase trust between humans - inherently, we are compassionate and empathetic.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
UN Security Council - abolishing the veto rights and creating a new world leadership approach.

Keely Malady

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
Carlo Rovelli (Physicist) in a conversation about how to question what we know about the past, present and future.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
The beauty in overthinking.

Where do you find “community”?
In laughter - I feel in community when our faces light up together.

Joanne Woo

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I'd love to speak with the fierce women in the world, past and present, such as Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Cleopatra, Frida Kahlo and Malala Yousafzai. These fearless women stood for what was right and changed the world.

How do you stay inspired?
I look to nature, take slow walks and be present with all that is around me. You can get so many answers from nature if you just take the time to listen.

Where do you find "community"?
I'm a big believer in taking the time to listen to people's stories, and to connect with each other on a deeper, more meaningful level - beyond the superficial. When you understand someone's story, and they understand yours, you'll find that we are all more alike than we are different.

Tanya Simpson

How do you stand out in your industry?
I've collaborated with some of the biggest events in Melbourne to create strategic partnerships - Melbourne Comedy Festival, Australian Ballet, NGV, Run Melbourne, Good Friday Appeal and stage shows like Matilda and Kinky Boots.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
I wish people were more compassionate and would seek education and understanding on the lives and cultures of people different to them. To not judge, but try to see another person's point of view, even though they may not agree or relate to it.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I am a huge Seth Godin fan -he's a Marketing Guru who I've been following for years, so one on one time with him about how brands can stay true to a cause (and not just profit) would be an interesting conversation.

Imogen Thomas

How do you stand out in your industry?
I have spent the past decade exploring the many facets of arts management. My favourite adventures have been in theatre, festivals, short narrative films, and my current post as CEO at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
I am a staunch advocate for the role of the food industry in influencing radical social and environmental change. To this end I am extremely fortunate to be the Director of festival21, a large grass-roots event that explores the role of food in environment, community and population health.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
It can be solved by walking.

Operations Team

Our Operations Team look after TEDxMelbourne's people, culture and operations, with the mission to make our volunteering enjoyable and rewarding. Throughout the year, we work to identify and recruit talented team players and ensure meetings flow smoothly. Leading up to significant events, we're busy recruiting and training our pop-up squads of event volunteers to provide friendly and helpful service on-the-day.

Keely Malady

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
Carlo Rovelli (Physicist) in a conversation about how to question what we know about the past, present and future.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
The beauty in overthinking.

Where do you find “community”?
In laughter - I feel in community when our faces light up together.

Alessio Somma

How do you stand out in your industry?
By understanding my circle of competence and actively seeking to expand it. Combining and synthesising ideas from disciplines and contexts that wouldn't generally be associated together.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I'd have an extensive conversation with Charlie Munger on Mental Models, whilst he's mainly famous for his work in the realms of the financial industry, he has actively endeavoured to crack the "think better" paradigms.

Where do you find "community"?
Online platforms and social media, but I would always back this up by finding a related local community, however small it may be. Just like I have been passionate about TED's cause, which led me to join the TEDxMelbourne community.

Marketing  Team

The Marketing Team look after the promotion of TEDxMelbourne, encouraging the community to attend our events (both physical and virtual) and engage with each other.   We ensure the TED brand comes to life via interesting content, publicity, social media and brand partnerships.

Dale Logan

How do you stand out in your industry?
I build bespoke strategies that increase brand awareness, promote customer engagement, and ultimately drive web traffic and conversions that align with business goals.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, who would it be?
Elon Musk

How do you stay inspired?
Through the practice of daily journals.

Connor Forsyth

How do you stand out in your industry?
Giving time to ideas and experiences that may not immediately prove their relevance but come in handy later down the line.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
In the land of the question.

How do you stay inspired?
Showing warmth and curiosity to people that may not expect it. i.e. coffee shop workers, someone on the running track, people in the lift, someone that you wouldn't regularly interact with. It's fascinating to get an insight into someone's experience that has an entirely different lens to yours. I also carry a camera everywhere I go, which helps with my inspiration.

Bronte Randall

How do you stand out in your field/ industry?
I build strong relationships with smiles, laughter and honesty, before anything else.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
I would like the fashion industry to be more sustainable. The way in which our clothes are produced affects everything from workers rights, to the environment. As individuals we should shift our mindset from saving money to saving our precious planet.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic what would it be/ what would you ask them?
I would love to ask Malala Yousafzai (female education activist) how she had the courage to continue her fight and what it felt like to graduate finally from Oxford University.

Alice McGenniss-Destro

How do you stand out in your industry?
To make more people empathetic.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
Nonlinear Careers are Becoming the New Normal

How do you stay inspired?
Podcasts, reading, meeting new people.

Jess Day

How do you stand out in your industry?
A smile, willingness to learn and being open to failure.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
Anil Seth, are humans the only creatures on Earth to experience consciousness of self?

How do you stay inspired?
Digital scrapbooking. Allowing my mind to wander allows me to think about things from a different perspective.

Tanya Simpson

How do you stand out in your industry?
I've collaborated with some of the biggest events in Melbourne to create strategic partnerships - Melbourne Comedy Festival, Australian Ballet, NGV, Run Melbourne, Good Friday Appeal and stage shows like Matilda and Kinky Boots.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
I wish people were more compassionate and would seek education and understanding on the lives and cultures of people different to them. To not judge, but try to see another person's point of view, even though they may not agree or relate to it.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I am a huge Seth Godin fan -he's a Marketing Guru who I've been following for years, so one on one time with him about how brands can stay true to a cause (and not just profit) would be an interesting conversation.

Claudia Sarosiek

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I would ask William Perkin – the 18-year-old who accidentally invented the colour mauve when searching for a malaria cure, how he felt about adding a new colour into the world.

How do you stay inspired?
Converse with those who challenge me.

Where do you find "community"?
Discussing the big and little things over a greasy pub meal and cold beer.

Gemma Clancy

How do you stand out in your field/ industry?
I'm the "process" queen - I can make sense out of the most muddled scenarios, and the right bring people along the journey with me. Better processes make for more efficient teams, more efficient teams are happy teams and happy teams do inspired work.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be/ what would you ask them?
I'd talk to someone making waves in aged care tech. I'm fascinated by the potential for innovations in this ever-growing industry to improve the health & happiness outcomes of our elderly community members.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
"I am privileged" — the first step to unlocking your potential and helping others reach theirs.

Sam Amar

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
How we educate. I reckon we can fix almost anything with the right knowledge, emotional intelligence & empathy. Let's build a world where kids love going to school in every country and aren't taught to prioritise retention and comparison above all other factors.  

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would you ask them?
A psychologist or human behaviour expert on fulfilment. Finding a balance between creativity, stimulation, and education can be tricky.

How do you stay inspired?
A camera full of film.

Sherye Lim

How do you stand out in your industry?
My desire to constantly be learning to obtain new knowledge and apply in real world situations.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
Educational inequality

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
Revolutionising The Way People Learn

Jane Sutherland

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic what would it be/ what would you ask them?
I’d love to bug a patient physicist about the multiverse theory and get some answers in layman’s terms.

If you were invited to do a TED talk what would be the title?
How office lighting affects mood in the workplace.

How do you stay inspired?
By paying attention to the patterns in what I like and why I like it.

Benjamin Ngooi

How do you stand out in your industry?
Being personable, able to adapt and flexible with the changing trends and interests. Not necessarily 'sticking to your guns' but being able to read the environment and design for that.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
How do you noodle?

How do you stay inspired?
To keep culling and curating where I get information from. Not only add and bookmark new sources of information, but to remove ones I'm no longer drawn to. E.g. Instagram - unfollowing accounts I'm not drawn to anymore instead of just letting them add to the endless scroll of content.

Angelina Kitono

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
Bear Grylls, how do I survive in the wild.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
Jack of All Trades, Master of Some?

Where do you find "community"?
Right now, Instagram has a great community for fellow artists. Facebook is great for fellow foodies and recipe sharing!

Tanya Setyawan

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
To end systematic racism once and for all and for people to prioritise mental health and truly accept it's importance.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I would love to talk to a Music Therapist to dive deeper into the science and psychology of how music heals and connects.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
How music made me live again.

Curation Team

Curation is part crucible, part exploration of people and ideas that are relevant locally and globally. We guide and explore with our community concepts that are future-focused, challenging and provocative that stimulate deep consideration and conversation. We find, prepare and develop the ideas and talks to a level our community, and the world expect. They need to be clear, compelling and challenge our assumptions and complacency.

Joanne Woo

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I'd love to speak with the fierce women in the world, past and present, such as Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Cleopatra, Frida Kahlo and Malala Yousafzai. These fearless women stood for what was right and changed the world.

How do you stay inspired?
I look to nature, take slow walks and be present with all that is around me. You can get so many answers from nature if you just take the time to listen.

Where do you find "community"?
I'm a big believer in taking the time to listen to people's stories, and to connect with each other on a deeper, more meaningful level - beyond the superficial. When you understand someone's story, and they understand yours, you'll find that we are all more alike than we are different.

Sarah Blackstone

How do you stand out in your industry?
With a Masters of Voice Studies, I have a unique lens when helping people sharpen their communication approach.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
For the Australian government to deliver a treaty to acknowledge First Nations peoples and begin to rectify the impacts of terra nullius.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
Just a quiet contemplative afternoon with Haruki Murakami and Luca Guadagnino painting pictures of the world.

Lynn La

How do you stand out in your industry?
In the field of UX, I stand out by being "bilingual" between clients and developers through using my marketing and coding background.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
David Attenborough and speak to him about his extraordinary life in animal conservation.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
The day an alpaca made me cry of happiness.

Julia Leong

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic what would it be/ what would you ask them?
I'd love to go back in time and ask Alan Turing what he thinks of modern day technology and AI.

How do you stay inspired?
Reading - sometimes the way a sentence is strung together can make you see something completely differently!

Where do you find “community”?
Anywhere that I can connect with curious people.

Penelope Chirnside

How do you stand out in your industry?
Attention to detail!

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I would love to gain further insight from the likes of Sheryl Sandberg or Alice Walker, I believe there so many nuances of gender inequality that we are still blind to in our day to day lives.

How do you stay inspired?
Meeting new people keeps me inspired, that is what I find so great about being a part of the TEDxMelbourne community! I also find reading and spending time with my friends and family motivating.

Jon Yeo

How do you stand out in your industry?
The ability to influence is an art and skill. I help leaders to articulate the complex simply through speaking.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
Nothing. The question is what meaning to we project onto the world and how do we engage with that in a positive way.

Where do you find “community”?
The main TED conference in Vancouver. You will never meet a smarter, more passionate, energised and future focused community. The next best is SPACE conference.

Production Team

Our Production team 'make it happen' by bringing our vision and ideas to life on stage. We work closely with all TEDxMelbourne teams to ensure our creative direction is articulated at the highest production standard for our speakers and audiences. Our Production team are a diverse group of left and right-brainers who share a passion for events, and love connecting the finer details with the big picture (no matter how big!).

Bernadette Butterworth
Amy-Rose King

How do you stand out in your industry?
People are at the heart of everything I do - making connections, hearing others' stories and working with people with diverse experience and backgrounds. Not sure if that makes me stand out but it's why I do what I do.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I would ask Brené Brown how to teach courage and vulnerability in the school classroom for the next generation.

How do you stay inspired?
Daily beach walks (I live 5 minutes away). There's something about the everchanging nature of the beach: no two walks are the same. Sometimes the ocean is rough, sometimes its flat like glass or with gently undulating waves. It's a poignant reminder that we exist in a constant state of flux.

Lou Pellegrino

How do you stand out in your industry?
I challenge ideas and concepts that don't have intended positive purpose.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
Connections - people being able to feel connected with each other, global issues and equality.

How do you stay inspired?
Surrounding myself with people who challenge me in positive ways.

Rithi Gupta

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
I'd eliminate human greed. There are many problems in the world right now - racism, gender inequality, marriage inequality, global warming, terrorism, war, crime...the list goes on. I believe greed and the desire for material gain, more power, and more privilege to be at the root of so many of the world's issues.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
Cultural Education through Virtual Travel

How do you stay inspired?
I really love using LinkedIn for inspiration from both people and businesses. LinkedIn enables you to stay up-to-date on what those inside and outside your network are doing...and provides an easy way for you to connect.

Agata Giovanoli-Jakubczak

How do you stand out in your industry?
Thanks to my diverse cultural and educational background, as well as my curious mind and high level of empathy, I bring a variety of different perspectives to the table. This, together with my ability to ask good questions and think outside the box, is what makes me stand out from the crowd.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
Finding a material that is a cheaper, safer, and 100% environment-friendly alternative to plastic.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
The power of a curious mind.

Silvia Saad

How do you stand out in your industry?
I am a school counsellor and preschool teacher who utilises the human connection to support, inspire, educate and transform. I greatly value my role as a facilitator in people's lives to help create the type of life they desire.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
I am very passionate about promoting mental health and giving a voice to the vulnerable. I volunteer in organisation such as GriefLine and Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria to lend a hand to the community suffering from loss, trauma, anxiety and depression.. there is a great sense of honour in being present in people's pain space.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I would like to spend a day with Carl Roger, the psychologist. I want to hear his perception on the humanistic approach in counselling. How did he utilise all his counselling skills to support a vulnerable individual finding his strength?

Imogen Thomas

How do you stand out in your industry?
I have spent the past decade exploring the many facets of arts management. My favourite adventures have been in theatre, festivals, short narrative films, and my current post as CEO at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
I am a staunch advocate for the role of the food industry in influencing radical social and environmental change. To this end I am extremely fortunate to be the Director of festival21, a large grass-roots event that explores the role of food in environment, community and population health.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
It can be solved by walking.

Lauren LeQuire

How do you stand out in your industry?
By laughing almost all of the time and building great relationships to get stuff done - success and good times flow naturally then.

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I'd chat to the leading expert on dreams because I've always been a vivid dreamer and so has my dog. I know dreams are still very much a mystery but I'm super curious.

Where do you find “community”?
In my daily interactions around Northcote and in the city. It feels great to have a real conversation with my local barista and make friends at the gym, and I love the feeling of belonging it brings.

Irfanhaider Dewji

How do you stand out in your industry?
My interest in the tech world started at a very young age; I developed my first iOS application at the age of 14. I've also used my tech experience in assisting various events and organisations.

What do you wish you could change in the world right now?
I would like to help in reducing the number of cyber-related attacks carried out against innocent "nontechnical" people. Such attacks can have devastating impacts on peoples lives.

Where do you find "community"?
I generally define community when people are willing to support each other in areas that they have had experiences in.
For me, I find "community" in my home country(Tanzania) since everyone that you interact with will have good intentions for you.

Finance Team

As a not-for-profit, it's important for us to have a sound financial setup through a dedicated team to provide due diligence in all areas of finance, financial modelling, cashflow and funding. We ensure other teams have support with their budgets and accounting, to keep our events as cost-effective as possible and to ensure we comply with not-for-profit legislation and requirements. These are undertaken in close collaboration with our legal team.

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Legal Team

Our Legal Team helps address legal and commercial issues across the organisation, including governance, contracts and compliance. We help problem-solve and troubleshoot in innovative ways and provide appropriate solutions to legal and/or commercial issues that arise throughout the year.

Tiffany Lucas

If you could talk to a world-leading expert to gain insight on any topic, what would it be?
I'm incredibly interested and passionate about philanthropy. Therefore, I would love to speak to Bill and Melinda Gates about their Foundation and the philanthropic work they've been doing to provide access to education, empower women and children, fight disease and inspire people to change the world.

If you were invited to do a TED talk, what would be the title?
How can we save Australia's cultural assets?

How do you stay inspired?
Running while listening to TED talks - exercise for my body and mind at the same time.