Harald Becker leads business strategy, research & marketing for the team and is responsible for creating and executing programs to scale the future vision offerings broadly across the company and partner ecosystem. Harald manages the envisioning research program focused on emerging business and technology trends and he helps envision scenarios for how leading-edge technologies might be used in real-world settings over the next five to ten years. He is a frequent presenter at Microsoft’s Executive Briefing Center on the topics of innovation and the future vision of productivity. Harald consults with Fortune 100 customers on future productivity scenarios and hosts Microsoft’s Global accounts in the Envisioning Center for in-depth discussions on macro trends impacting the way we live and work over the next 5 years.
Prior to his role on the Envisioning team, Harald was a Marketing Manager at Microsoft’s New York office, responsible for marketing strategy, planning and campaign execution. Before joining Microsoft in 2003, Harald was a Principal Consultant at a Silicon Valley start-up. He also worked seven years at Sun Microsystems in various marketing and sales operation roles.
Tony Armstrong heads up Occupier Consulting for CBRE Pacific. He has expertise in high-performance work through synergy between people, technology and place. He is at the forefront of the emerging groundswell for WELL Certified property, whereby buildings support wellness according to the WELL Building Standard. Tony will present on the ideas, trends, and behaviours that will shape work and workplace in 2030 are already perceptible today. CBRE has conducted a global study involving workplace experts, business leaders and young professionals to gauge how these factors will impact business, evolve work practices and continue to revolutionise how, when, and where work happens.
A passionate designer, thinker and provocateur with extensive experience creating inspiring environments that impact business sustainability and incorporate changing economic and social trends. An architect and researcher with over thirty years’ experience spanning across Australia, Asia and the United States, with specialisation in architecture interiors, particularly workplace design. Since 2010 completed four major research projects including Knowledge Management, which won the FMA and Spotless research award in 2010, and the Trust Research in collaboration with Swinburne University and Great Place to Work. A fifth research initiative explores the impact of space on collaboration and social interaction. A prolific writer and speaker. Co-author of Work on the Move – Driving Strategy and Change Management in the Workplace and futuresrambling.com, a well-known industry blog.
Michael writes on emerging markets, architecture and engineering. He has served as a correspondent in Tokyo, London and Johannesburg and has written for Reuters, the Financial Times, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
Kylie was appointed Executive General Manager, People & Culture in July 2013 and is responsible for leading the key people functions across Medibank. Kylie was responsible for overseeing the recent consolidation of premises in Melbourne. Kylie is leading the business in its activity-based work transformation program. Kylie is a registered Psychologist and formerly held the position of General Manager of Culture, Capability and Communications at Medibank. Prior to joining Medibank in 2010, Kylie held senior global positions with National Australia Bank and also led a number of human resources consulting practices.
Jeremy leads partnership development and product delivery for Sociometric Solutions. In this role, he has helped numerous clients build their people analytics capabilities and strategy. Matching SSI’s unique sensor-based platform to client challenges, to understand how their teams work together, and thereby support their drive for productivity.
Prior to this role Jeremy worked on building businesses and new ventures from enterprise software to pharmaceuticals. Throughout his career he spent time coaching and teaching others. Jeremy received an MBA from Babson College, and studied his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Louisville.
David is Head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne and is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Sports Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine at Monash University. His research focuses on the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic diseases.
Dermot founded Studio TILT with Oliver Marlow in 2008 after developing the coworking concept within The Hub network. The Hub is a global network of coworking spaces providing start-up social entrepreneurs and innovators with a place to work, connect and scale their ideas. It has attracted over 500 members and has supported the development of over 150 new ventures. Originally from Ireland, Dermot has a Master's in Social and Organisational Psychology from the London School of Economics, which has particularly influenced his direction and development of Studio TILT's methodology of the design process.
David believes that change occurs when different, more authentic, more powerful conversations – with ourselves and others - are encouraged and released. He is a passionate advocate of ways of deepening engagement around what matters and opening up authentic communication.
For the last 21 years David has been a coach and a consultant in progressive organization development for some of the most ambitious and purposeful companies in the world: The International Olympic Committee; Amnesty International; Unilever etc. David is also the author of books that help people be more intentional around the lives they are living. His latest writing includes Human 2.0: The Upgrade is Available; From ‘Making a Living’ to Creating a Life and the subject of his recent TEDx talk: Change Your World One Word At A Time.
Anthony Henry is an Interior Designer with qualifications from the University of Technology in Sydney and the Royal College of Art in London.
Anthony joined Macquarie Group in 2004 to lead workplace design and innovation as part of the Corporate Real Estate team. In this time he has directed the design on numerous projects including the award winning 50 Martin Place Sydney, 1 Shelley Street Sydney and 28 Ropemaker Place London.
Prior to joining Macquarie Group, Anthony was a founding partner of the design consultancy 'futurespace'.
Jay is part of the PwC Australia’s Strategic Projects and Change Group and is responsible for the firm’s corporate real estate portfolio across Australia and PNG. This involves Jay determining the accommodation needs of the firm and conducting site selection, lease negotiation, fitout design and construction, as needed.
Since joining PwC, Jay has worked in various roles including providing financial advice to clients and evaluating, establishing, integrating and managing various internal shared services support functions nationally. Jay played a key role in the merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand and has served on numerous national leadership committees, as well as Global Procurement and Real Estate Steering Committees.
Currently Jay is focused on defining and establishing new work places for PwC in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Oliver Marlow is a multi-platform designer, with a unique skill-set as a designer, craftsman, academic and facilitator, working on all levels of the design process. Oliver founded Studio TILT with Dermot Egan in 2010 after they worked together at The Impact Hub, where Oliver was Head of Design. There he led the design process for over 25 co-working spaces all over the world. As a leading expert on the design of collaborative spaces, and the relationship between space and creativity, Oliver regularly leads keynote forums and runs workshops all over the world.
Primo Orpilla is the award-winning co-founder, with Verda Alexander, of Studio O+A, the San Francisco design firm responsible for groundbreaking workplace designs at Facebook, AOL, Microsoft, Yelp, Evernote, Cisco, Open Table and many other companies.
Orpilla and Alexander established their firm in 1991 with an eye to bringing the agility, creativity and speed of execution then prevalent in the Bay Area’s entrepreneurial economy to the offices in which that economy was being hatched. As Studio O+A evolved, its concepts of what makes for an effective workplace grew more nuanced, and today Orpilla and Alexander are recognized thought leaders in the field of workplace design.
Studio O+A’s designs have received awards from the International Interior Design Association, FX Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, Contract Magazine and the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Program. In 2011 Contract Magazine named Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander Designers of the Year.
A strong advocate for design education, Orpilla has taught workplace design at San Jose State University and with Verda Alexander has mentored students at CEDIM in Monterrey, Mexico, and at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia. This year he lectured at the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid.
Mark joined Lend Lease in 2005 and was appointed to the role of Investment Manager, APPF Commercial in 2009. APPF Commercial is a Lend Lease managed fund with ownership interests in 16 predominantly A and Premium grade assets with a combined value of circa A$2 billion.
In his role Mark is responsible for the investment management of assets in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra. Recently, Mark has overseen the refurbishment and repositioning of 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney, including introduction of The Porter to the ground floor lobby.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Melbourne University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Property from RMIT University, Melbourne, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia.
Frank Rexach is Vice President and General Manager, Haworth Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa reporting to the CEO. Based in the company’s regional headquarters in Shanghai, Frank oversees Haworth’s operations throughout the growth markets..
Frank’s focus is on developing new business models that support the co-creation of organic spaces designed to adapt as client needs evolve.
Frank’s experience spans multiple industries with senior leadership roles in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America based in Los Angeles, Paris, Hong Kong and Sydney. Frank was born in Germany, is a U.S. citizen and a permanent resident of Australia.
With a deep understanding of the importance of space and its impact on how we work, live, feel and relate, Kelly creates environments built on three principles: health, wellness, and meaningful interaction. In her work designing the global headquarters for tech stars Airbnb, SoundCloud, and Couchsurfing, Kelly has found the secret to a great office vibe is not only in its design, but also in the connection between the space and those who work in it. Her unconventional background -- economist, international traveller, yacht stewardess, yoga teacher -- allows Kelly to bring a fresh and dynamic perspective to designing spaces where people feel energised and empowered to do the best work of their lives.
Appointed Mirvac Group Executive, Commercial Development, in March 2013, David brought with him more than 30 years experience in property, construction, design and development. He has led the expansion of Mirvac’s end to end capability to deliver workplace solutions that focus on people and place with a unique understanding of future city requirements. David is responsible for overseeing Mirvac’s $1.5 million commercial development pipeline that includes 200 George Street and 55 Pitt Street in Sydney, 699 Bourke Street, 664 Collins Street, 477 Collins Street and Riverside Quay in Melbourne, and the Old Treasury Building in Perth and Perth City Link.
John has worked with Telstra for 28 years in a variety of technology and executive management roles. These have included engineering and operational roles in telecommunications, wireless, IT and property.
John has held senior leadership roles involving the acquisition, design, construction and field maintenance of Telstra's wireless networks. Some of the key achievements in this role include the major rollouts of Telstra’s & CSL’s Hong Kong 3G and 4G wireless networks.
Currently John leads the Telstra Property division, accountable for the management of Telstra’s owned and leased property portfolio including energy management, leasing construction and maintenance.
John holds an MBA with an entrepreneurial and international management specialisation coupled with professional qualifications in Engineering, Business and Computing. In addition, John speaks Italian, studies Mandarin and has lectured in public speaking.
Philip is an author, consultant and commentator specialising in the future of work. He predicts the way that new trends and forces such as emerging technology will shape how we work, live, learn and enjoy leisure.
He has written a number of books on the future of cities, work and workplace including The Creative Office, The 21st Century Office and Space to Work (all co-authored with Jeremy Myerson). He has also contributed to a number of other books including the Corporate Fool and the Responsible Workplace.
Geoff Sloan is currently the Head of Group Facilities for BHP Billiton. Geoff has 20 years’ experience in Corporate Real Estate globally having worked in Australia / NZ / Asia / South America / Europe / Middle East and Africa across multiple industry sectors – Finance, Mining, Private and Government. Geoff was most recently responsible for the delivery of BHP Billiton’s Global Head Office relocation at 171 Collins Street which has been an enormous success for the organization and was recently awarded a 5 Star Award at the Asia Pacific Property Awards and the prestigious Regional Award to represent the Asia Pacific region in the 2014 International Property Awards in Dubai.