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2016 Speakers

Ash Donaldson

Ash Donaldson | Behaviour Design & Innovation Consultant, Tobias & Tobias Australia

Ash Donaldson is Principal Behaviour Design & Innovation Consultant for Tobias & Tobias Australia, a design and innovation consultancy on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. He has spent
the past couple of decades studying, practising, and promoting all aspects of human centred design – from Human Factors and User Experience to Behavioural Economics.

He has extensive in the industry with opportunities to work on many interesting projects, from doing the early research and design of to designing the new Intelligent Deposit
ATMs for National Australia Bank.

Ash is passionate about understanding how people perceive and process information and using that knowledge to predictably affect their behaviours.

Cameron Adams

Cameron Adams | Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Canva

Cameron is a co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Canva, an online design platform that has quickly become one of the most exciting startups in Australia.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne in 2001, Cameron started a design consultancy that has done work for global clients such as
Atlassian, NEC, TEDx and Sydney Festival.

When Google came knocking in 2007 he couldn’t resist the call and spent the next 3 years helping Lars and Jens Rasmussen – co-founders of Google Maps – realise the design vision for their ground-breaking communication tool Google Wave.

In 2011 he founded an ambitious email startup with two other Google alumni before meeting Mel and Cliff and deciding to help them build the beginnings of Canva. He now leads the product strategy and design for Canva’s apps, which grew from 1.5 million users to over 7 million users in 2015 alone.

Through his work and his writing – which spans five books and numerous articles – Cameron has contributed to the foundations that underpin modern web design and has been asked to speak around the world at events such as South by Southwest, CeBIT and Web Directions.

Christina Lucey

Christina Lucey

Christina is VP of Product at Zinc (formerly known as Cotap), the all-in-one communication platform built for business. She has 10 years of experience building communication apps for work at Yammer, Microsoft, and BlackBerry. Hailing from the Great White North, she graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Computer Science.

Damon Pezaro

Damon Pezaro | Chief Product Officer, Domain Group

Damon Pezaro is the Chief Product Officer at Domain Group. Damon is an experienced digital leader and has been working within the digital and online landscapes for over 15 years. Having worked in several start-ups dating back to 1999 and more recently across large corporate environments; he has lived through seeing how the changing digital landscape and subsequent technology has played its’ part in forcing executives, businesses and consumers to adopt a new way of thinking.

His experience has seen him leading product and technology teams at some of Australia’s largest media companies, he has filled key operational roles across several start-up successes and joined the Domain Group in January 2013

Dan Olsen

Dan Olsen | Product Management Consultant, Author of The Lean Product Playbook

Dan Olsen is a product management consultant, speaker, and author. He is the author of Amazon bestseller The Lean Product Playbook, published by Wiley.

At Olsen Solutions, Dan works with CEOs and product leaders to build great products and strong product teams, often as interim VP of Product. His clients include Facebook, Box, Microsoft, Medallia, and One Medical Group. Prior to consulting, Dan worked at Intuit, where he led the Quicken product team. He also led product management at Friendster and was the cofounder and CEO of TechCrunch award winner YourVersion, a personalized news startup. He earned engineering degrees from Northwestern and Virginia Tech and an MBA from Stanford.

Dan is founder of the Lean Product & Lean UX Silicon Valley Meetup, the largest product-focused meetup in the San Francisco Bay Area with over 3,300 members.

Doug Blue

Doug Blue | Product Director, SEEK

Doug Blue is a digital product management professional with over 15 years of experience leading product management and development teams for some of Australia’s largest digital brands including SEEK,, Trading Post and Yellow Pages.

Currently Doug is the Product Director at SEEK, where he leads the Product Management, User Experience, Partner Management and Digital Analytics teams. Doug has also worked in the IT sector at Unisys, and worked for the United States Navy as a submarine officer and nuclear engineer.

Jen Flynn

Jen Flynn | Vice President of Product, Airtasker

Jen Flynn is Vice President of Product at Airtasker. With over 15 years’ experience, Jen has demonstrated success in building and leading product managers and practises across multiple verticals and geographies.

Previously, she was Head of Product Management at Sportsbet, part of the International gaming company Paddy Power Betfair. Prior to Sportsbet, Jen lead product functions at REA Group and Truvo and has a BSc in Applied Physics and Chemistry from Trinity College, Dublin.

Kara DeFrias

Kara DeFrias | Director of UX, White House Cancer Moonshot

Kara’s background is a unique mix of private and public sector experience, including an appointment to the first class of White House Presidential Innovation Fellows. She currently serves as Director of UX on the White House Cancer Moonshot team. Previously, she was senior advisor to the head of 18F, a digital services agency inside the United States government that’s transforming it from the inside out. Other work includes Intuit TurboTax, the Oscars, Super Bowl, and FIFA Women’s World Cup. A do-gooder at heart, Kara has done pro-bono product strategy, communications, and UX for the likes of TEDxSanDiego and Team Rubicon; spent 10 days in rural India teaching human centered design and business skills to micro-entrepreneur women; and guest lectures at University of California San Diego STEM Academy for high school girls.

Twitter: @CaliforniaKara

Kate Claringbold

Kate Claringbold | Chief Product Officer, Sidekicker

Kate leads the Sidekicker Product and Delivery team whose mission is to revolutionise how businesses connect with on-demand workers.

Kate has spent over 10 years delivering and nurturing online products for companies such as SEEK, Deloitte Digital, the Department of Defence and WorkSafe. Her career highlights include co-founding her own online gift registry business, relaunching SEEK’s hirer experience and leading the multi-award winning agency TravelCLICK whilst based in Barcelona, Spain.

Kate’s passion is to build online products that make life simpler. She is also a proud mother of 2 year old twins.

Lucie McLean

Lucie McLean | Head of Product, Children’s BBC

Lucie McLean is Head of Product for Children’s at the BBC in Salford, England.

She has worked for the BBC for 19 years – nine years in journalism and ten years in product management. Most of her product career has been in mobile products and she led the teams which developed the mobile website and award-winning BBC app for the London 2012 Olympics and the hugely successful BBC Sport app. She now leads the teams developing the BBC’s websites and apps for Children.

She is passionate about increasing diversity in digital organisations and helping those new to the digital world embrace the opportunities it offers. She is also her final year at Manchester Metropolitan University, completing an Executive MBA.

Mohamed Khalil

Mo Khalil | General Manager Digital Innovation, CBA

Mohamed Khalil, GM of Innovation, has recently joined Commonwealth Bank as part of Digital to support the articulation of CBA’s financial wellness vision and collaboration with FinTech partners.

Mo has over 15 years of financial services strategy and innovation experience designing, developing and marketing digital solutions that leverage data, behavioral science and gamification to improve customer outcomes. At financial services startup Moven he developed a mobile financial wellness experience that disrupted traditional banking paradigms and changed customer behaviors. This cutting edge solution won a Finovate Best in Show upon its debut in 2013 and again in 2015. It is currently being integrated by both Westpac New Zealand and TD Bank Canada as part of their digital offering in 2015.

Prior to Moven, Mo was at Bundle, a startup funded by Citigroup, Microsoft and Morningstar that developed ground-breaking consumer peer comparisons and merchant recommendations engine. Bundle was acquired in 2012 and is now part of Capital One’s Digital Innovations Lab. Mohamed was also a product innovator at Citi and Merrill Lynch where he focused on developing digital solutions for investment accounts. Mo started his career in management consulting where he was part of the founding team at Novantas, a leading financial services management consultancy, and is an alumni of First Manhattan Consulting Group.
Mo has an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.

Victoria Butt

Victoria Butt | Director, Parity Consulting

For the past 13 years, Victoria has built her recruitment career specialising in the global Banking, Commerce and Financial markets. She spent the beginning her professional career honing her skills, building her extensive network, and was voted one of London’s top four recruiters before relocating to Sydney in 2008.

Throughout Victoria’s career, she has always worked with the personal belief that an equal partnership between an applicant, client, and consultant really is the key to successful outcomes and client satisfaction. In 2012, she established Parity Consulting with this core belief in mind. Victoria has been relentless in her commitment to the professional development of her applicants and in advancing her clients’ knowledge. Developing the Parity Plus leadership series is a continuation of Parity’s commitment to ‘add to people.’

Victoria is passionate about her business and the Financial Services industry. She has invested heavily in sourcing specialist industry recruiters to build a high achieving team who are driven by the same core values. With a degree in Psychology and Business BSC, her extensive experience and passion for the industry sees her partnering with some of Australia’s leading Financial Services organisations.

2015 Speakers

Andrew Bassat

Andrew Bassat | CEO Seek Limited

Andrew is the CEO of SEEK Limited and an Executive Director and co-founded the company in 1997. He has been involved in all stages of the development of the business since then. In particular, Andrew has driven the strategy of the group since its inception, and led the creation and development of the international and education businesses.

Prior to co-founding SEEK, Andrew was a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton and prior to that, he worked as a solicitor at Corrs Chamber Westgarth. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from Monash University and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Barrie Barton

Barrie Barton | Strategy & Insights Director Right Angle Studio

Barrie Barton is a lawyer by qualification, an entrepreneur by nature and a product developer by accident. The purpose of his company, Right Angle Studio, is “to understand and improve life in our cities”. Over 10 years Right Angle has positively shaped culture and commerce right across the country by founding Australia’s longest running independent online city guides, starting Rooftop Cinema in Melbourne as well as the Golden Age Cinema in Sydney. Right Angle is now employed by government and large businesses to help understand what inner-city people want and how to design enriching products and environments for them.

Bo Ren

Bo Ren | Product Manager Instagram

Bo is a product manager at Instagram. Before Instagram, she built Android deep linking into the Facebook app. Previously, she worked at SigFig building the leading financial planning tool tracking over $100 billion in investments. She discovered product management at Sunrun and learned about behavioral change product development at Opower. She writes about philosophy, psychology, and product management for the Women 2.0 and the ThinkApps blog.

Emily Yue

Emily Yue

Voted one of Australia’s Top 10 female entrepreneurs, Emily Yue, co-founder and CEO of, is a former management consultant from top-tier firm Bain & Company. Emily grew up in Sydney, studied a combined Bachelors of Laws and Economics at The University of Sydney and international law at the Vrijt University in The Netherlands. She trained as a lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills before joining Bain & Co where she advised CEOs of ASX50, Fortune 100 companies and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and USA. Emily left Bain as a Senior Consultant to join Lisa O’Brien, the CEO of the Smith Family, to lead the organisation through an era of rapid change. Following that, Emily joined forces with Bridget Loudon to form

Lindsay Matthews

Lindsay Matthews | Senior Product Manager Yammer

Lindsay Matthews is a Senior Product Manager at Yammer (a Microsoft company). She heads up Yammer’s London office and product team. At Yammer she always finds herself tackling Yammer’s most controversial projects, including External Messaging.

Prior to Yammer, Lindsay worked at Intuit and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt, where she built Formula1 style race cars.

She’s passionate about travel and is attempting (unsuccessfully, so far) to learn German.

Matthew Lipscombe

Matthew Lipscombe | Group Product Manager Cochlear

Matthew is a highly motivated, versatile and commercially-focused Product & Program Management professional with over 20 years of experience working across a broad range of technology, product development, product management and product marketing areas. Matthew is a confident strategist and effective team player who combines creative thinking with strong analytic and communication skills to solve, influence, plan and execute and is considered by his peers to be an accomplished ambassador for products, brands and organisations. Matthew currently works for Cochlear as a Global Product Manager responsible for Sound Processors and Connectivity Products and Strategy, and previously was the Principal Consultant for Objective Corporation, CEO for DocBanq, Principal and Senior Consultant at Red Dot Consulting and Product Development Manager at ResMed. Matthew is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and Computer Scientist and also completed an MBA at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Neil Doyle

Neil Doyle | Director DeltaMV Knowledge Solutions

Neil is a leading research and strategic marketing practitioner with 20+ years experience in Australia and across Asia Pacific. At DeltaMV he is pioneering the application of Neuroscience and Behavioural Economics to understanding and influencing customer decision making. He uses the term ‘Behaviour Strategy’ to capture this exciting break from traditional marketing research practice.

Sue Raisty

Sue Raisty

Sue Raisty is the name and face behind “The Cranky Product Manager” blog. She currently is a self-employed entrepreneur, running a boutique consulting firm and consults to Silicon Valley software companies. In addition she is an occasional user experience designer, a born-again software engineer and a coach and mentor to product management leaders. In the past she was a software engineer and IT consultant working for MIT CSAIL (formerly LCS) and National Semiconductor and the former technical co-founder of a semi-successful high tech startup, ZSP. Sue is a graduate of MIT with a BS in Computer Science and has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.


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