Speakers

Ronni Kahn


Driven by a determination to find purpose in her life, the simple act of rescuing good food and delivering it to people in need quickly caught on, and in 2004 OzHarvest was born.

Ronni Kahn is renowned for her boundless energy, infectious enthusiasm and not taking no for an answer! Her ability to inspire and motivate everyone she meets has seen OzHarvest grow from humble beginnings to become Australia’s leading food rescue organisation. Her journey in the fight against food waste became the feature of an independent film Food Fighter and in 2019 she was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia.

Jamila Gordon


Jamila Gordon is CEO and Founder of Lumachain, a technology platform that disrupts traditional enterprise supply chains, globally.

One of Australia’s most respected digital and technology leaders, Jamila was selected by Microsoft to be their global Awardee in the 2018 International Women Entrepreneurship Challenge (IWEC), and has been appointed by the Australian Federal Government to sit on the board of Questacon, the national science and technology centre.

Jamila’s professional success is made more remarkable by her personal story. She arrived in Australia at the age of 18 having escaped the Somali civil war alone and being virtually homeless in Kenya. Jamila set about learning English and then studied IT at La Trobe University, before commencing a career that has taken her around the world.

Su-Lin Tan


Su-Lin Tan is a property journalist with The Australian Financial Review who also covers Asian business and trade in Australia. She is a chartered accountant and previously worked in investment banking. She has had stints at Babcock and Brown and AMP Capital in Sydney and worked in London previously. She speaks Mandarin and Malay.

Dr Melody Caramins


Dr Melody Caramins is the National Director of Genomics for Healius, and a senior lecturer in Pathology for the University of New South Wales.  She is a nationally recognised expert in the field of genomics, holding both medical and scientific specialist qualifications. She currently chairs the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s Genetics Advisory Committee, and sits on a range of committees influencing national testing standards, policy, professional practice, and translational activities.

She comes to her current role from a diverse 25 year professional background as a medical practitioner spanning a variety of roles across public and private healthcare settings. Her perspective includes time spent studying and practicing in non-scientific domains, including a Masters of Design and as an exhibiting artist in both commercial and artist-run galleries.

Melanie Gleeson


Melanie Gleeson's vision and passion was, and still is, to help women be their best, so they can live their best life.

The ethos of the brand was fuelled by her personal belief in the power of positive sharing and a desire for more meaningful connections. 15 years ago she and a friend saw a gap in the market and opened their first day spa on the Mornington Peninsula at a time when few people even knew what a spa was and even fewer recognised the importance of investing in wellbeing. endota spa is a place where women feel cared for on a physical, spiritual and emotional level. There are now over 100 day spas across Australia.

Lynette Mayne


Lynette Mayne has over three decades of international business experience in the USA, Europe, Asia, Africa + Australia.  She held senior positions in New York before returning to Australia as a CEO with Lendlease, one of Australia’s largest international companies. Next she created + ran Work Wear World, a successful uniform company with employees sharing significantly in the business. Currently she is Co-Chair of the B Team Australasia; director of Chief Executive Women, an organization comprised of close to 600 of Australia’s leading female executives;  represents Australia at APEC and runs leadership programs in Australia and Asia for CEW and the Pacific for the Asian Development Bank.  Lynette is also a non-executive director on the new Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP), a $2bn initiative by the Australian government to fund transformative infrastructure.

Natasha Stott Despoja


Natasha Stott Despoja AO is the founding chairperson of Our Watch (the national organisation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children). She was Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls 2013-2016, responsible for the Government’s gender equality work internationally. As Ambassador, she travelled extensively throughout the Indo-Pacific region to promote women’s leadership, economic empowerment and an end to violence against women and girls.  

She is a former Senator for South Australia (1995-2008) and former Leader of the Australian Democrats.

She is the youngest woman ever to enter the Australian Federal Parliament.

Natasha is the author of ‘On Violence’ (MUP, 2018).

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