These are our first Keynote Speakers for 2023

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Amna Karra-Hassan

Founder and President of the Auburn Giants Australian Football club

Imagine starting an AFL team with no funding, no coach and no experience. It takes a strong woman who’s not afraid to break all the rules to tackle a task this insurmountable. It takes Amna Karra-Hassan.
The Founder and President of the Auburn Giants Australian Football Club, Amna has pioneered programs for women of minority communities in Western Sydney. As a woman and a Muslim, her road to greatness wasn’t an easy one. But Amna derives her strength from adversity and uses her influence to change the conversation on intersectionality, inclusion and gender parity.
An active leader in the community, she’s also worked for the Australian Federal Police and previously served on numerous government boards. Amna’s presentation style is candid and cheeky - a true inspiration with a wicked sense of humour. She pulls no punches and says it like it is and will engage you at every level, opening your eyes to what can be done when everyone says that it can’t.

 

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Jess Hatzis

CMO/Co-Founder Frank Body and Founder of Willow & Blake

Jess Hatzis is the co-founder and CEO of Willow & Blake, an agency that specialises in creating and building brands from scratch.
She is also the co-founder and CMO of the iconic and disruptive global skincare brand, frank body.
 Willow & Blake has played a pivotal role in building some of the world’s best-known start-ups and direct-to-consumer brands and works in a studio capacity with some of the world’s best-known organisations.
 Frank body was born three years later as an experiment to see what could be achieved when they retained full end-to-end control of a brand, enabling them to build a strong and cohesive experience for consumers with a strong focus on language; knowing too well the capacity words and tone have to make or break a brand. The rest as they say is history; frank body now has offices throughout the world and a recent valuation of over $100m.
 Jess is passionate about supporting women in the workplace and proudly sits at the helm of two businesses whose board of directors consists of a minimum 50% female seats. This, to Jess, is crucial to leading a strong, female-led workforce and the next generation of women in leadership.

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Mark Mathews

Award Winning Speaker

As a world class big wave surfer, Red Bull Athlete and Surf Contest Director Mark Mathews has become obsessed with the relationship between personal growth, high performance and fulfilment.
Winner of an unprecedented 3 back to back Oakley Big Wave Awards, Mark has cemented himself as one of the best big wave surfers in the world.
As a highly sought after international speaker, Mathews’ surfer chill vibe and magnetic charisma, has graced the stages of leading companies worldwide.
From Google, Sony, Intel, to MasterCard, he instantly captures audiences with his epic tales and spectacular big wave surf vision.
His compelling story offers game changing tips to adapt to stress, harness resilience and perform when it counts. He has deconstructed, fine-tuned, and personalised emotional resilience techniques to successfully strengthen ones mindset and sustain long term performance.

 

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Rebecca Percasky

Co-Founder and CEO at Better Packaging Co.

Rebecca has had a lifelong passion for positive environmental change coupled with a desire to do better business. With a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry she began her career working with multinationals (Vodafone, HP and IBM) to deliver complex tech implementations involving numerous moving parts.
As COO of tech start-up StarShipIT, she was responsible for partnering with courier companies and expanding its market penetration. Working so closely with the rapidly expanding eCommerce industry, Rebecca became cognisant about the growing repercussions of the amount of packaging waste being generated. When researching alternatives to plastic, Rebecca realised she could and was highly inspired to do packaging better. That was the genesis of Better Packaging Co which was launched in March 2018.
She’s now on a mission to use packaging to deliver impact by combatting pollution, poverty and climate change. In 2020 Better Packaging launched POLLAST!C packaging made from 100% ocean bound pollution, a world first with 75% less carbon footprint than traditional packaging. Working with communities in Southeast Asia to collect pollution from beaches and waterways and turning it into packaging that delivers on 13 of the 17 sustainable development goals. 
A Cartier Women’s 2021 Laurette , finalist in the inspiring women’s leaders NZIBA awards 2022, SheEO venture and an Unreasonable fellow. 

 




Mark Wilson


Head of Product
Search.io

Mark Wilson is a product leader with over 15 years' experience creating world-class digital products and experiences, spanning video game development, esports, e-commerce, and machine learning. Mark is currently the Head of Product at Search.io, a proprietary AI search engine which uses machine learning to deliver fast, accurate, and smart search results. After moving around Australia, and living abroad in Canada, Mark relocated to Toowoomba in 2021.