KITTY CHILLER - 2016 AOC Chef de Mission; Leadership & Culture Expert
Kitty Chiller has reinvigorated the culture of Australia’s Olympic Team. The driving force behind the successful ONE TEAM approach, she was the Chef de Mission of the 2016 Australian Olympic Team and the Deputy Chef in London 2012. An international sporting champion in her own right, Kitty was a Sydney 2000 Olympian in Modern Pentathlon and is a 12 times Australian champion, a seven time world cup medalist and a six time world cup finalist. Kitty Chiller is an expert in strategic and operational planning and management; learning and development; workforce training; sport management and leadership; event management; project management and communication. As well as working with Australian Olympic teams, Kitty has worked as a sports journalist, and senior executive manager in organisations including the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and 2006 Doha Asian Games Organising Committees; the Australian Sports Commission; Surf Life Saving Australia and Athletics Australia. She brings this expertise and diverse experience to every speaking address, delivering powerful keynote presentations that are packed with insights and important take-home messages about leadership, dealing with diversity, change management and delivering cultural change. Kitty Chiller began competing internationally in the sport of Modern Pentathlon while studying at the University of Melbourne. Her first success came at the World Aquathon Championships (swimming and running) and she then joined her University fencing club, which launched her modern pentathlon career.
Kitty spent almost a decade at the top of her sport, before female modern pentathlon was added to the Olympic program. She became a 12-time National Champion, seven-time World Cup medalist and six-time World Cup finalist. Chiller was ranked number one in the world in 1996, 1997 and 1998. At the age of 36, Chiller competed at the Sydney Olympic Games, despite seriously injuring her knee cap the week before the Games, requiring a reconstruction afterwards. She placed 14th. Retiring after Sydney 2000, Chiller has continued to be involved in sport. Her appointments include Executive Board Member of the Australian Olympic Committee and President of Modern Pentathlon Australia.
Kitty Chiller drew on her enormous passion for the Olympic movement to help lead the Australian Olympic Team in Rio in 2016, and she drove the development of the very successful ONE TEAM approach.
Craig Davis - Exclusively represented by Saxton
Despite his creative inclinations, Craig Davis deviated into law and finance before course correcting to the creative industries. He started his own advertising agency after graduating from AWARD School, moved to Asia a few years later and went on to make Saatchi & Saatchi the most creative network in the region. Next stop London where he supercharged J Walter Thompson's 10,000 strong network as Chief Creative Officer, Worldwide.
In a truly international career Craig has helped clients develop and launch broadband services, software and soft drinks, banking and payment services, beer, cosmetics, foods, cars, devices and not-for-profit organisations. He has also initiated and led cultural change programmes building engagement and elevating the standard of creative thinking across two separate agency networks. Craig has worked with many of the world's best known companies including P&G, HSBC, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Shell, Nokia, Sony, Bank of China, Toyota, Kraft, Ford, Vodafone and Diageo.
In the process he's won innumerable awards, been a juror at every major international advertising show, been President of the Cannes Festival, Spikes Asia, AdFest and led the D&AD Integrated and Earned media jury. Craig also Chaired YouTube's recent global initiative to unite the world's creative community with non-profit organisations called 'Good Work'. He loves speaking and has given enough keynotes on creativity and innovation to cramp a Macbook Pro, everywhere from the World Export Development Forum in Geneva to the Club de Creacion in Sao Paulo. He has also been invited to speak at Cannes four times, AdTech, UTS, QUT and his wife's 40th.
Craig is Adjunct Professor at UTS and sits on the Boards of Advance, the Creative Industries Taskforce and Conscious Capitalism Australia. Craig has also served as Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer for Publicis Mojo in Australia, Chairman of the Australasian Writers and Art Directors Club and Deputy Chair of The Communications Council. In 2014 he co-founded Sendle - Australia's first 100% Carbon Neutral Delivery Service. He blogs and tweets, and has wrote the most popular column for Campaign Asia-Pacific for several years running. He also happens to be the fastest Australian to run a marathon at the North Pole.
Naomi Simson - Exclusively represented by Saxton
Naomi Simson started her entrepreneurial journey with RedBalloon in 2001 from her front room with just $25,000 and a second-hand computer - it is now considered one of Australia’s online business success stories.
RedBalloon is an online “experience” gift retailer which has sold more than 3 million experiences and featured on BRW magazine’s Great Places to Work list five years in a row. From its humble, home-based beginnings a decade ago, RedBalloon is considered a brand success story – with it’s mantra Give, Share Live, it supports more than 3000 activity partners throughout Australia and New Zealand
Before founding RedBalloon, Naomi worked for big businesses including IBM, Apple, KPMG and Ansett Airlines – all of which influenced her views on workplaces. Naomi is a speaker, author, blogger, entrepreneur and LinkedIn Influencer with 1.5 million followers, with whom she shares her insights, experience and observations about business, innovation and success.
Naomi is passionate about great workplaces and her entrepreneurial energy is focused on redii.com, a leadership tool that drives the alignment of teams through recognition and reward. Along with her investments from Season 1 & Season 2 of Shark Tank, Naomi is a keen investor and supporter of the start up community.
In 2015, Naomi released the best seller Live What You Love, and May 2016, saw her newest release Ready To Soar hit the book stores.
Liana Downey - Liana Downey & Associates
Liana Downey is a internationally acclaimed strategic advisor dedicated to creating social change. As Executive Director of Liana Downey & Associates, Liana leads a high performing global team that helps leaders increase focus and change lives. Clients include social enterprises, non profits and federal, state and city governments, such as Speak up Africa, Community Solutions, the Nature Conservancy and the NYC Education Department.
Liana is also a sought-after speaker, and the author of Mission Control: How Nonprofits and Governments Can Focus, Achieve More and Change the World (Bibliomotion, 2016). Previously, Liana taught leadership at the NYU Robert F Wagner Graduate School of Public service in New York, co-led the Australian nonprofit and public sector practices of McKinsey & Company and was an Special Advisor to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Liana holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business (Arjay Miller Scholar) and serves on the National Board of Room to Grow, an innovative nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of families living with poverty.
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