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Dr. Gemma John

Dr. Gemma John is Founder and Director at Human City, a spatial research, strategic design and innovation consultancy.  She was a researcher and lecturer at Edinburgh and Manchester Universities in the UK, before she became a consultant in the design and architecture industry.  She worked for the global engineering firm AECOM and internationally renowned architectural practice Foster + Partners.  She was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in 2015 to research the changing vision for public libraries and it impact on their architectural and interior design in Europe and North America.

Gemma John will describe her findings from visiting 34 public library buildings in twelve locations in Europe and North America.  Using case-studies from her visit, she will show how design is being used as a tool to enhance the experience of customers and change the behaviour of staff, with some impressive results. More

Anders Sorman-Nilsson

Anders Sorman-Nilsson (LLB / EMBA) is a global futurist and innovation strategist who helps leaders decode trends, decipher what’s next and turn provocative questions into proactive strategies. With an average of 240 international travel days a year, Anders’ view is that the future and the now are converging in a city or start-up near you, giving the curious, the creative and the courageous a competitive and sustainable edge. At the same time, that same future contains fearsome forecasts for futurephobes.

This Australian-Swedish futurist has shared stage with Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureates, and European and Australian heads of state. He is an active member of TEDGlobal, has keynoted at TEDx in the United States and Australia, was nominated to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2015, and was the keynote speaker at the G20’s Y20 Summit in Australia. More

Kim Tiari

Kim Tairi

Kim Tairi is the Kaitoha Puka (University Librarian) at AUT in Auckland New Zealand. Ms Tairi spent 27 years living in Australia 20+ years of those working as a librarian in the tertiary sector. Her last Aussie gig was as the University Librarian at Swinburne University in Melbourne. She is a Bowie fangirl and runs the Library Whisperers Blog. If she could be anyone else in the world it would be Beyoncé. She is a dreamer. More

Taryn Brumfitt

Taryn Brumfitt is an internationally recognised keynote speaker and the fiercely passionate thought leader behind The Body Image Movement.

Best-selling author and director of the inspiring social-change documentary Embrace, Taryn’s global crusade to end the body dissatisfaction epidemic has seen her recognised by the United Nations Women, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and the Geena Davis Institute.

Whether motivating the next generation at Google HQ or becoming General Electrics’ highest rated speaker, Taryn’s determination to shift the way the world thinks about themselves and their bodies has the support of high profile personalities including Rosie O’Donnell, Ricki Lake and Ashton Kutcher who famously praised her activism as being “good for the world.”

Named alongside Beyonce and Emma Watson in Germany’s Brigitte magazine’s ‘Woman of The Year’, Taryn’s positively infectious voice and powerful message has reached over 100 million people via the likes of the L.A Times, Washington Post, The Doctors, Good Morning America and The Today Show.

She loves dancing like no one is watching (even when people are, especially Ellen Degeneres), channeling her inner child at the skate park with her kids and sharing a joyful life with her hubby in her hometown of Adelaide … oh, she’s also partial to a particular pair of pink and orange glasses! More