Keynote Speakers


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 its impact on their architectural and interior design in Europe and North America. More

Anders Sorman-Nilsson

Anders Sorman-Nilsson is a global futurist and innovation strategist who helps leaders decode trends, decipher what’s next and turn provocative questions into proactive strategies. 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. 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. 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. More

Kylie Legge

Kylie Legge is a leading voice in the fast-developing profession of placemaking. She is an architecture graduate, planner, author and founding Director of Place Partners, a multidisciplinary placemaking consultancy based in Sydney, Australia and of Place Score, a community insights technology platform. Kylie’s passion lies in the relationship between people and their urban environments and how we can work collaboratively to create the kinds of places people want to connect with and spend time in. Her commitment to understanding the trends and external factors influencing decision-making ensures that the projects she works on are fit for the future. More

Luis Herrera

Luis Herrera is the City Librarian of the San Francisco Public Library. He is responsible for the administration of the city’s 28 libraries including a main library and 27 neighborhood branches. He has served as President of both the Public Library Association and the California Library Association and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Mr. Herrera was named the Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year in 2012. He was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. More

Darren Percival

One of Australia’s most accomplished entertainers, best-selling artist, gifted musician and dynamic vocal coach. Darren creates inspiring workshops centred around fun and involvement. His performances are powerful and engaging. More