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2017 Speakers

Ken Sandy

Ken Sandy | Industry Fellow and Lecturer, Berkeley
Topic: The evolution of Product Management in Silicon Valley and what you can learn from it.

Ken Sandy is a 20-year technology Product Management veteran based in San Francisco Bay Area. He has led Product Management teams at an executive level at both fast-growth, early-stage companies, and for larger companies attempting digital transformations amidst industry disruption.

Ken is an Industry Fellow and Lecturer at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at University of California, Berkeley, where he instructs a pioneering Product Management course equipping students with real-world tools and frameworks, and immediately applying them on complex product initiatives. And he is an Executive Product Consultant, assisting companies to drive growth through establishing focused Product strategy, and maturing their Product Management processes and teams.

Previously, Ken was Vice President, Product at – the premier online learning company acquired by LinkedIn. Prior, he worked for companies developing content and advertising platforms for independent publishers, startups creating mobile messaging and social networking solutions, and led business units based in the US and China. He is an alumnus of University of Melbourne.

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Kenneth Chin | Chief Product Officer, SEEK Asia
Topic: A Product Managers Guide to Influence without Authority.

Ken leads the product team at SEEK Asia delivering engaging customer experiences to hundreds of millions of job seekers in seven countries across Asia. SEEK Asia has the mission of improving people’s lives through better careers and helping organisations be successful by hiring great talent.

Prior to joining SEEK Asia, Ken was the Product Director and member of the founding team of the London office of BCG Digital Ventures. He has consulted to many large corporate clients in Europe on startups, disruptive innovation and digital transformation. While at the firm, Ken also acted as the CEO of FarePilot, a startup venture that applied machine learning and predictive analytics to the transport sector.

Ken developed his product management career over nine years at eBay in both Sydney and London, where he became Head of Product Management for the European Product Development group at eBay Europe.

Ken’s career has included various roles in marketing, business management and sales. He founded a digital media agency in the mid 90’s and started his career as a software developer writing code for IBM mainframes in Singapore. He is a lean startup and agile practitioner and has an MBA from the University of Western Australia.

Trent Mankelow

Trent Mankelow | Chief Customer Officer, Trade Me
Topic: Rowing in the same direction: How we scaled product management at Trade Me.

Trent Mankelow is the Chief Customer Officer at Trade Me, New Zealand’s leading online marketplace and classified business, used by over 750K Kiwis a day.

For the last two-and-a-half years, Trent was Trade Me’s Chief Product Officer, responsible for the product management practice used by 22 PMs across the business.

Prior to Trade Me, Trent was the co-founder and CEO of Optimal Experience, a UX consultancy started in New Zealand. Trent helped grow the business from two people sharing a desk in 2003, to 30 staff across Auckland, Wellington and Sydney before selling to PwC in 2014. He is a co-founder of Optimal Workshop (which builds tools for UX professionals), was the Chief Product Officer for a high-growth SaaS business, and has worked for Spark Ventures.

He’s currently obsessed with mountaineering with the goal to climb Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, in December 2017.

Cameron Adams

Sally O’Donoghue | Manager, ABC iview
Topic: A product lifecycle story: reflecting on the highs and lows of ABC iview over 10 years.

Sally O’Donoghue is manager of ABC iview. iview attracts 2.1m monthly users, second only to Netflix for video on demand, and records more than 50 million program plays each month.

During Sally’s time leading product development, editorial and audience experience at iview, the service has continued to break new ground with multiple digital-first program commissions and initiatives unearthing new on and off-screen talent.

Sally has previously held senior product and editorial roles at BSkyB and Virgin Media UK before joining ABC TV in 2011. Sally completed post-graduate studies in Communication at Swinburne University of Technology.

Yasi Baiani

Yasi Baiani | Head of Product Management, Software Experience, Fitbit
Topic: Building world-class products. The tools and techniques that lead to success.

Yasi Baiani is a product innovator, entrepreneur, investor, and startup advisor. As the Head of Product Management, Software Experience at Fitbit, she strategizes and builds the next generation of health and wellness products.

Yasi also teaches the Product Management course to the MBA students at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Prior to Fitbit, Yasi was the CEO and Co-Founder of ActivePepper, a health and fitness mobile company and the Product Innovation Manager at athenahealth, a $5.5 billion healthcare IT firm.

Yasi also experienced entrepreneurship through the lens of a venture investor; she was a VC for a $3.5 billion venture fund in Silicon Valley, invested in tech and digital health startups. She served on the board of for-profit (Zvents) and non-profit organizations (City of Dreams) in the past.

Yasi is a blogger, writing regularly about the digital health and the role of women in tech. She has over 250K followers on LinkedIn and has been recognized as the Top LinkedIn Voices in 2015 and 2016. She holds a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Yasi was listed as The 27 Most Impressive Harvard MBAs by Business Insiders.

Syed Ahmed

Syed Ahmed | Head of Digital Products and Operations, Bupa Australia and NZ
Topic: Working with HAL: Product Management in the age of Artificial Intelligence.

From global multi-national corporate enterprises to early stage start-ups, fluid, fast-moving digital experiences to deep, mission-critical enterprise IT systems, Syed has experience in synthesizing business outcomes with the technologies that enable them.

He is currently the Head of Digital Products and Operations at Bupa Australia and New Zealand, where he begs, cajoles and sometimes leads a number of cross-functional multi-disciplinary teams in delivering and managing the digital product portfolio. Prior to joining Bupa, Syed worked across technology management, strategy and advisory roles across a range of organisations including ThoughtWorks, Servcorp, Perpetual and Avanade.

When he’s not juggling corporate priorities, Syed provides advice to early-stage tech start-ups, mentors a small number of start-up founders and occasionally helps out as a judge in start-up competitions. He also considers himself a coffee enthusiast (one level below snob), is a keen camper and occasionally gets to ride his motorbike.

Syed has a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Information Systems, a Master of Information Systems (Honours) in Artificial Intelligence, and an MBA from AGSM.

Magnus Billgren

Magnus Billgren | CEO, Tolpagorni Product Management
Topic: The Product Soundtrack® – succeeding with Product Management in B2B environments.

Magnus Billgren is a Product Guy. He has been developing and rolling out products throughout the globe in different settings. But always technology intensive products in the B2B space.

He has created products that have generated billions in turnover. Industrial tools, CRM system, Neurosurgery equipment, Telecom switches, IoT platforms, Car diagnostics, Diving gear and more. Magnus has guided Product Managers to success in different technology & market environments. Product Management tools like Value Tree®, PMA, Product SoundTrack® and Value Development Model bear his signature. He has also built and sold two IT companies (in CRM and digital communication) . Magnus has done product management at ABB, the Swedish Post, Bergman & Beving and Strålfors, where he developed award winning products .

He is the founder of Tolpagorni Product Management, one of the largest Product Management Companies in the world. He is a founding member of ISPMA. He is contributes in research for Product Marketing, Business modelling, Product Planning and sits on the steering board for university projects. With an educational background in Engineering, Business, Philosophy and Industrial Design he takes on projects from holistic but yet pragmatic point of view.

He has trained thousands of Product Managers. Companies like Ericsson, Profoto, Würth, Volvo CE, Atlas Copco, IBM, Transmode, Interspiro, Vendemore are using his expertise to develop and manage technology intensive products. Tolpagorni has consulting and speaking engagement around in world in countries like China, UK, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Finland and more.

Twitter handle: @magnusbillgren

Wendy Glasgow

Wendy Glasgow | Head of Data Consulting, Google
Topic: Data : Considering more than the obvious

Wendy heads up Google’s Advanced Data Solutions APAC team and specialises in working with partners building integrated data, analytics and marketing capabilities to power their business. With a technology background Wendy started her career as a software engineer moving to Project Manager, Product Manager and CTO roles. She has worked in London, Paris and Australia at organisations including AOL, Microsoft and News Corp building business critical and market leading products.

Twitter handle: @wendy_glasgow

Dr. Sarah Colley

Dr. Sarah Colley | Organisational Psychologist, Pockets of Brilliance
Topic: Psychology for Product Managers. Understand your teams and your customers, so you can build better Products.

Dr. Sarah Colley is an organisational psychologist who works with organisations and teams to develop a range of human-centered development processes, based on applying insights from psychology, neuroscience and design thinking. Sarah has spent the past ten-years designing and delivering innovative training, development and coaching processes that result in sustained organisational change, enhanced cultural alignment, accelerated leadership development, improved team alignment / effectiveness, and enhanced outcomes for individuals and organisations.

Sarah has trained at Stanford Design School and utilises design thinking to collaborate in the creation of all processes with clients. She is an engaging facilitator and coach, having presented at national and international conferences including at the United Nations. She has designed and delivered hundreds of development processes across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, The United States, Europe and Asia; across a range of industries including government, engineering, oil and gas, mining, rail, shipping, energy and explosives.

Susan Teschner

Susan Teschner | Product Director, 99designs
Topic: Experimenting with experimentation — Pro tips for doing it well.

Susan’s degree in Political Science qualified her for nothing, but her journey through the ranks of product management sure has. Having tried her hand at all angles of product, Susan’s found that straying too far from either the thinking or the doing makes her seriously cranky pants. She’s most happy building collaborative, creative and generally ass-kicking teams, learning daily, delivering on a shared vision and laughing hard along the way.

Currently directing a Product team spread between Melbourne and San Francisco, Susan’s work growing 99designs — the world’s largest marketplace for graphic design — keeps the cranky pants away.

Rakalene Condon

Rakalene Condon | Head of API and Partner Integrations, CoreLogic
Topic: How small shifts and perseverance create winning products

Rakalene is the Head of API and Partner Integrations at CoreLogic, leading a team that delivers bespoke data solutions for clients. In this role she collaborates closely with customers and partners on product development to help them integrate property data into their own systems and customer engagement solutions. Rakalene is passionate about the power of data combined with user-centric design thinking to create value, transform organisations and change the shape of society!

Rakalene is an experienced product professional with extensive experience in transactional data in both B2B and B2C businesses and telecommunications. Highlights include a stint in South Africa to launch a new telecommunications company and helping with the first iPhone launch for an Australian Telco. Rakalene believes that great product comes from a great team and starts with a compelling story.

Liz Blink

Liz Blink | Digital Customer Experience Manager, Dept. of Water, Environment, Land and Planning (DWELP)
Topic: Positive psychology and its impact/use on your role as a product leader.

Liz Blink is a passionate product builder, data-nerd, people person and scientist. Liz is an agitator, accomplished at bringing positive change to her organisation. She’s not afraid to go out on a limb in order to quickly learn which measures will be good for the customer or the organisation. She can process complex information quickly and make powerful decisions that keep things moving. As a result, Liz is known as someone who “gets shit done”.

Currently Liz is the Digital Lead at Sensis within the Customer group, leading a team of designers and product people to rethink the service experience for customers and instilling a customer led mindset at Sensis. She has had a great experience also applying a design thinking mindset into the work and augmenting the product management practice at the organisation.

Liz is so passionate about product mgmt stuff she co-founded the community group Product Anonymous: where Melbourne-based product manager folk get together & discuss product management topics & meet others in the industry or related fields (like UX). Check them out at:

Zac Andrew

Zac Andrew | Product Manager, ANZ
Topic: The unsexy Product Manager: Navigating the details to achieve fantastic customer outcomes.

Zac Andrew is Rewards and Travel Product Manager at ANZ, responsible for ANZ’s Rewards Credit Cards, Travel Card and Travel Money.

He is responsible for the success of ANZ’s Rewards and Travel cards, including enhancing customer experience, profitability, utility and compliance.

Zac joined ANZ for the second time in January 2017 after spending 2.5 years at Australia’s leading provider of end-to-end payments solutions: Cuscal, where he managed the Prepaid and Debit cards portfolios. Prior to Cuscal, Zac spent nearly 8 years at ANZ in a variety of roles including in deposits product management and credit card customer experience.

Zac has a Bachelor in Business Studies majoring in Marketing and Human Resource Management from Monash University.

Outside of work he likes to eat out with friends, follow US politics and is also the Secretariat for ANZ’s Pride Network.

Katherine Barrett

Katherine Barrett | Senior Product Manager,
Topic: The 5 Stages of Product Management.

Katherine Barrett is a traveller, story teller and team appointed nerd whisperer. Since her start in product management Katherine has worked on researching, creating and optimising products but takes the most joy from making product moments that surprise and delight. Having started her product management career by decommissioning a product Katherine has seen the birth, life and death of products and lived to tell the tale. With a love of shiny objects Katherine recognises the importance of curation and clarity in product design.

Twitter: @Misscommunikat

Dan Taylor

Dan Taylor | General Manager, Innovation, TAL
Topic: Product Management in the corporate context: When Product/Market Fit isn’t enough.

Dan is General Manager of Innovation at TAL, Australia’s largest Life Insurer, where he leads the innovation team including TAL’s Accelerator, Incubator and Data Lab.

Dan has been at the frontline of corporate innovation for over 15 years, working in and with some of the world’s largest companies to establish and sustain innovation. He has developed and launched everything from digital payments technologies to engineering services, from smart home products to electric vehicle businesses, and from media ventures to telecoms tariffs – and even founded some of his own businesses along the way, not least a vineyard in Argentina.

Dan is a thought leader and published author (The Secrets of Big Business Innovation) with deep expertise in customer-led proposition design, leveraging the power of data and technology, and critically, how to deliver innovation in the corporate environment.

Laura Cardinal

Laura Cardinal | GM Product Development, Xero
Topic: The Product Manager’s Stakeholder Survival Guide.

Laura believes that amazing things happen when you align different types of people to a common purpose. She wants to live in a world where people feel confident to be themselves, and is passionate about creating cultures and teams that enable that to happen.

With over 15 years’ experience in leadership and technology, Laura leads a large innovative team of product managers and engineers who are dedicated to building beautiful cloud accounting software used by over a million small businesses all over the world.

When she’s not leading product teams at Xero, you may find Laura speaking or volunteering at women in tech events, singing bad songs really loudly at karaoke, and navigating her way through motherhood with her two daughters.

Leisa Reichelt

Leisa Reichelt | Head of Research and Insights, Atlassian

Leisa has built and led teams who transformed public services with user centred service design with the Australian government and UK Government at the Government Digital Service (GOV.UK).

Leisa is a regular speaker and workshop-giver and has spoken at conferences including London IA, UX London, dConstruct, Drupalcon, EuroIA, Future of Web Apps, Web 2.0 Expo, Next, Interesting, GUADEC, Interaction, and Reboot. She has mentored at Seedcamp and coordinates the London UX Bookclub.

Leisa holds a Masters of Interactive Multimedia from the University of Technology, Sydney where she was particularly interested in innovative design research methodologies and the evolution of identity in online communities.


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 | VP of Product Management, Zinc Inc

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 | COO and CFO, Expert360

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 | CEO, Sure Product Consulting

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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