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17 Oct 2017
18 Oct 2017
19 Oct 2017


Hear from a line-up of expert speakers, including senior representative from Deloitte Digital, Momentum Intelligence, Red Rain, Verizon Enterprise Solutions (US), Neota Logic, plus more…

James O'Loghlin

MC, ABC TV Host, The New Inventors

James O'Loghlin is one of Australia's most respected, entertaining and experienced corporate speakers, corporate comedians and media personalities, best known as the host of over 300 episodes of "The New inventors" on ABC-TV, and for his witty and entertaining programs on ABC Local Radio.

He has been delighting corporate audiences with his unique brand of corporate comedy for over a decade and is equally at home giving keynote speeches on innovation, acting as MC for awards nights and conferences and facilitating panel discussions.

From criminal lawyer, to comedian to media personality and presenter James has a wealth of experience. It was this role as the host of the New Inventors that fuelled James' interest in innovation, a subject upon which he now regularly gives keynote speeches. He explores practical things we can all do every day to become more innovative, and about the ways in which companies can create a culture that encourages innovation. After many years of work in Australia he is a favourite with Australian audiences and event planners, James is a true industry professional with hundreds of successful live events to his credit.

Chris Novak (USA)

Director, Investigative Response, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Christopher Novak is a co-founder and the Director of the Verizon Investigative Response Unit – a division of the Verizon RISK Team. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Investigative Response and Computer Forensics. He has been involved with information security for over 15 years. Christopher has assisted corporations, government agencies, and attorneys with all matters involving computer forensics, fraud investigations, and crisis management. He has testified as an expert witness in various matters and before such bodies as the Supreme Court of the State of New York. .

Chris has been an advisor on dozens of high-profile intrusion and data breach investigations around the globe. He works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as well as joint investigative operations coordinated with foreign law enforcement.

Peter Williams

Founder, Deloitte Digital

Peter is a recognised thought leader and practitioner in Innovation with a particular focus on digital innovation.

Although his professional training was as a Chartered Accountant Peter started working with internet technologies in 1993 while working in the UK and on his return to Australia in 1996 founded an eBusiness Consulting group within Deloitte Australia. Since that time Peter founded Deloitte Digital, a business pioneering the delivery of professional services online and is now one of the world’s largest web and mobile development firms.

Peter is a sought after speaker and media commentator both locally and internationally and has worked with boards and senior executives of many companies helping them understand and adapt to the rapidly changing digital environment.

One of Australia’s technology titans is here to help explain and map the new terrain . Peter is the obvious person to have led the newly formed Australian Chapter of Centre for the Edge, a Silicon Valley Applied Research Centre chaired by two technology luminaries John Hagel III and John Seely Brown with a mission to identify and explore emerging opportunities related to big shifts that aren’t yet on the senior management agenda, but ought to be. While it is focused on long-term trends and opportunities, it is equally focused on implications for near-term action, the day-to-day environment of executives.

Recently appointed as Chief Edge Officer, Peter grasped the implications of the internet as long ago as 1993 and has been engineering change ever since. As a sought after speaker and media commentator both locally and internationally and has worked with boards and senior executives of many companies helping them understand and adapt to the rapidly changing digital environment.

Peter was recently named as one of Australia’s top Digital Influences, Is Chairman of Deloitte’s Innovation Council, an Adjunct Professor at RMIT, Board Member of Deloitte Foundation and Circus OZ. Pete is also very active in the community and has assisted in Vic Bushfire relief, QLD floods, Christchurch Earthquake as well as actively undertakes student mentoring.



Julian Uebergang

Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Neota Logic

Julian serves as the Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Neota Logic and is responsible for new and existing client engagements, as well as executing brand and marketing strategies in the region.

Previously, Julian held a digital product strategy role with a startup entity funded by Australia Post. He also has significant eDiscovery experience, having co-founded PinPoint Global in London and ultimately joining Epiq Systems (NASDAQ: EPIQ) through acquisition to lead their international Client Services and Operations division.

Chris Schwager

Video Director & Video Marketing Specialist, Ridge Films

Chris Schwager is an Inbound Video Marketing Specialist for Ridge Films and a frequent speaker at industry events. Since 2002, Chris has advised leading Corporate Organisations, Government & Small Businesses, to maximise their video marketing potential. He started as a video director over 20 years ago, broadening to feature films and video presenting. His latest viral video on ‘Swim Survival’, reached 300,000 Facebook fans in the first week.

Bobbi Young


As CEO of LEAP Australia with over 20 years’ experience working in and for the legal profession, Bobbi Young’s focus is on helping small law firms work more productively, enabling them to grow and succeed.

Client-centric experiences are her priority so Ms Young encourages her staff and management team to continuously innovate and grow to achieve the common objective of delivering high quality customer experiences. Ms Young has vast experience in operations, business development, client management, quality assurance, product implementation and legal practice management.

Nick Abrahams

Partner & APAC Technology Practice Leader, Norton Rose Fulbright

Nick is the APAC Technology Practice Leader of Norton Rose Fulbright. Nick is a former dotcom entrepreneur, an angel investor and director of one of Australia’s most successful software companies, Integrated Research (ASX:IRI). Nick is a regular technology columnist for the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He specialises in assisting companies in the tech, media and telco space with M&A/investment as well as general contracting/commercial legal work, including eBusiness, cloud, outsourcing and privacy.

Pouyan Afshar

Barrister, Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers

Pouyan is a barrister (was a solicitor) and is a co-founder of a number of technology businesses based in Sydney. He is a keen user and advocate for the use of technology in practice.  He is also an international business advisor and consultant. He brings together experience of legal practice and the development and use of technology.

Chaman Sidhu

General Counsel, Envato

Chaman Sidhu is General Counsel and Company Secretary at Envato Pty Ltd. Based in Melbourne but “born global”, Envato runs an ecosystem of international websites that support the creative professional community – such as digital marketplaces offering images, templates, project files and creative assets, a network of online learning sites, and a services marketplace offering access to digital service professionals. The Envato legal team was a winner of a LexisNexis® Legal Innovation Index award for its innovative use of “agile” workflow management, MVP approach to legal services and “natural language” online user terms and conditions.

Chaman manages a range of global and cross-border matters including general commercial transactions, intellectual property issues, licensing, user-focussed online terms, and complex regulatory areas. She is an executive leader with a passion for people, culture, and natural language legal communication, and has extensive experience in Australia and the US.

Jodie Baker

Managing Director & Founder, Hive Legal

Jodie believes in the importance of constant innovation and a healthy curiosity to explore new ways of doing old things; innovation has been a hallmark of Jodie’s career. Jodie’s background includes extended periods as a lawyer and financial analyst at Minter Ellison, JBWere, Goldman Sachs, and 2008 start-up Evans & Partners. Jodie was the architect and a founder of Hive Legal, recognised for its innovative business model with the ALPMA Telstra Thought Leadership Award 2014, listing in the Legal Innovation Index 2014,  Australasian Lawyer Employer of Choice (Silver) 2015, Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards Boutique Diversity Law Firm of the Year (Finalist) 2015, Australasian Law Awards Employee Health & Wellbeing Award 2016, LIV Law Firm of the Year (<20 partners) 2016 and widely welcomed as a changing force in today’s Australian legal landscape. At Hive Legal, Jodie was Managing Director, a role for which she was recognised as a finalist in Lawyers’ Weekly Women in Law Awards, Executive of the Year 2015. Jodie also directed Hive Legal’s Innovation Program and from July 2016 became the Managing Director of Hive Legal’s first innovative spin out (details coming soon!).

Anna Collyer

Partner, Allens

Anna Collyer is championing Allens' innovation strategy, to design and develop services that continually meet and anticipate client needs in an environment of rapid change. Anna is also the head of Allens' 30 partner Energy Resources and Infrastructure practice group, and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. 

In her 15 years as partner at Allens, Anna has held various other leadership roles, including as sector leader for Power & Utilities and serving on the Allens board. Anna has an active practice in the energy sector, where she has worked on many transformational projects including privatisations, renewable energy and significant industry reform.

Andrew Abel

Founder and Principal, Legal Practice Blueprint

Andrew Abel is the Principal Coach and Founder of Legal Practice Blueprint, a business coaching and consulting firm specialising in helping legal practice owners build profitable, scalable and saleable legal practices.

As a fully qualified accountant, and with more than twenty years successfully growing business across a range of industries, 10 of which as Chief Financial Officer of a large service based business, Andrew now applies his considerable experience in driving profitability and growth to the legal industry. In addition to his coaching work he also delivers tailored training programs, online and offline workshops, strategic facilitation and is an engaging speaker.

Whilst his ability to strategically enhance key profit and growth metrics are his bread and butter his real passion is connecting professional firms with their market and embracing the opportunities available through legal industry disruption.


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