Keynote Speakers

Charles Gibbon

Independent Non-Executive Director


Our keynote speaker, Charles Gibbon, is a Non-Executive Director of Wisetech Global - a tech company that literally embodies our 'global connections' theme.  Wisetech develops innovative cloud software that helps over 12,000 logistics companies in 130 countries move goods and information around the world.


Charles Gibbon has a long history in superannuation fund management and private equity investing.  His career includes high profile CEO and directorship roles with Morgan Grenfell, Schroders, State Street Bank and Frank Russell.  Charles has also founded fund management businesses in active equity, indexing and private equity asset categories.  He has ventured a number of companies, including the successful ASX listed Wisetech Global, a major supplier of global supply chain software.

What you will learn from Charles

  • Lessons from real business experience

  • Gems extracted from his private equity activity

  • Thoughts on where value comes from in the internet age


Simon Waller

International Keynote Speaker, Author

and Founder of The Digital Champions Club

We are constantly being blindsided by technology. Activities that were previously considered the sole domain of humans are now being done (often more successfully) by machines. Simon researches trends and emerging technologies, then runs experiments on himself, his business and sometimes his family. Along the way, these experiences have led him to dramatically change the way he operates his business and, more importantly, how he lives his life. Simon helps others implement the future and successfully navigate the risks, challenges and opportunities it brings. Simon’s presentation is titled “Can Technology Make Us More Human” and promises to be an enthralling session in a number of ways.

Michael Schiffner

Managing Director / Executive Coach

Collective Intelligence

Michael Schiffner is committed to helping professionals develop high performance habits by supporting them in shifting their Business Development mindset, skill set and discipline to structure more mutually rewarding client conversations and outcomes.

Michael will share his experience as to why many firms struggle with implementing change. You will take a deep dive into the psychology of change and the surprising reasons why people often resist change.  Participants will be introduced to the work of Professor Robert Kegan from Harvard on the Immunity To Change along with an exercise to explore how they can more successfully implement change initiatives.

Michael has a proven track record of helping professional service firms build high performance habits that generate results.  As a former Associate Director with KPMG Australia Michael was instrumental in the establishment of KPMG's BD Academy where he clocked over 600 hours of BD coaching influencing $12 million of new revenue for the firm in 2013.  Michael's clients include PWC, KPMG, HLB Mann Judd and Moore Stephens.

Andrew Inwood

Founder / Principal


Andrew Inwood is the founder and principal of CoreData and has more than 30 years’ experience in the Australian financial services industry.

Understanding the market within which you compete is a critical foundation for business success. Andrew has a passion for data and insights and believes in bridging the gap between businesses and your customers.  CoreData are focused on helping you understand how changes in the broader market affect the business in which you operate. Andrew will share their model which is based around four core capabilities: market intelligence, business intelligence, customer intelligence and customer engagement.

Andrew is the author of more than 50 pieces of significant research into clients and their behaviour and has a particular focus on the value of the client experience in financial services. 

Andrew is a highly regarded speaker and has delivered key note speeches in every Australian capital city, London, Edinburgh, New York, Tokyo, Queenstown, Monaco and Berlin.


Andrew’s unique insights into client demographics and what clients really want are essential for any aspirational firm that wants to know how they stand and how to position themselves for the future.

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