Yvonne Adele – Conference MC
Yvonne began her career with Microsoft in Sydney, before travelling the world with the software giant, training tech-support and education teams. Armed with this deep wealth of knowledge and experience, Yvonne returned to Australia on a mission to help Australians learn to love technology. She created the Ms Megabyte brand/persona which led to a national media profile (IT Reporter, Today Show; Woman’s Day; Womens’ Weekly), regular radio spots and best-selling books (Conquer Your Computer; PCs For Dummies).
As a pioneer in tech education in Australia, Yvonne began to receive invitations as guest speaker and MC for corporate events. Working so closely with event teams, Yvonne naturally began consulting in many of these businesses and now brings this diverse, rich and abundant well of knowledge back into her presentations.
A successful speaking and business consulting career has continued, driven by demand for Yvonne’s expertise, fresh thinking and get-up-and-go!
Recognising a gap in the market for small business owners without resources to appoint agencies and consultants, Yvonne founded start-up Spruikable.com – providing custom digital marketing strategy & action plans which educate business owners and their teams as they execute.
Yvonne is a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional, Professional Speakers Association) – the highest designation for Speakers, and recognised globally and is a volunteer for Code Club Org – a global movement to #getkidscoding.
Yvonne has worked with over 500 groups including NAB, Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals, realestate.com.au, Telstra, Schwarzkopf, Neways, LJ Hooker, Intel, Microsoft, Fujitsu, Mitchell & Partners, REIV, Austereo, Westpac, Westfield, Optus, Victorian Tourism, Victoria Racing Club, Federal Government, Business Victoria, AMEX, MYOB, Siemens, Australian Booksellers Association.
Michelle has a PhD in biomedical materials engineering, runs New Zealand’s only nanomechanical testing laboratory and is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie.
Her passion for both sports and science has enabled her to travel the world on the search for her next adventure or research project. With specialist knowledge in nanotechnology, Michelle has contributed to the development of cutting edge technologies.
Secretly, however, Michelle has been working on advancing these developments to help her to achieve her childhood dream of becoming a real life superhero. In her spare time you will usually find her outside kitesurfing, cycling, running, paddle boarding, or inside practicing martial arts.
Her recent move to academia from industry was a step towards her goal of inspiring females to push the boundaries in both science and sports, and to encourage environmentally sustainable living through engineering design.
More recently, Dr Michelle Dickinson, who uses the popular twitter handle’Nanogirl’ (@medickinson), has been named Science Communicator for 2014 by the New Zealand Association of Scientists.
Lani Refiti has a unique, diverse background as a leading authority on emerging technology and cybersecurity having spent 20 years in senior roles for leading organisations such as Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and also practicing as a Psychotherapist specialising in organisational leadership and innovation.
Building on this Lani co-founded IoTSec Australia Inc in 2016 and serve as it’s Chief Executive Officer to focus on the cybersecurity implications when developing solutions for smart cities, driverless / autonomous cars, smart health and AI. As a sought after executive, Lani also serves on the advisory boards of Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce QLD (AICC), Australian Cyber Security Networks (ACSN) and Signature Films.
Although these are primarily technologically focused, Lani’s passion as a Psychotherapist gives him unique insights into the human experience and our existential needs around connection and contact juxtaposed against a rapidly emerging technology landscape that may or may not support these needs.
Subsequently Lani is pioneering a person-centred approach to technology and one of his first projects is to begin research in the emerging field of technology addiction/obsession particularly in adolescents.
A prominent public speaker, Lani also has a regular guest appearance on Channel 9 Queensland as technology expert where he is often called upon to speak on emerging technology such as smart cities, autonomous vehicles and cybersecurity.