This year we have an incredible line up of insightful and talented speakers making the 2024 conference poised to be the best year yet.

Meet Our Speakers

Steve Sammartino

Futurist Steve Sammartino is a tour de force in the field of technology. An expert in AI’s profound implications for business and society, Steve has been immersed in Computational Intelligence systems from the tender age of 10.

Steve goes beyond theory and brings lessons from his own tech ventures. His latest Macro3D, a ground-breaking AI and robotics company – which 3D print houses, and is now embarking on building the world’s first home built entirely by AI.

Steve takes the complex and makes it simple, and human. The sentiment is captured in his viral views, which boast over 100 million views – his drivable Lego Car being a prime example. As a respected media commentator and best selling author on the future of technology, his views are widely sought after, making him an authoritative voice in the tech industry. Steve Sammartino doesn’t just predict the future of technology, he’s literally building it.

Steve appears courtesy of ICMI
wednesday PM
Andrew Fisher
Investment Breakfast

Andrew joined Australian Retirement Trust, formerly Sunsuper, in 2010 and is Head of Investment Strategy, responsible for managing strategy, asset allocation & investment risk for the Super Savings investment options at Australian Retirement Trust.

He has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry. His recent experience has included roles with the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation as an Investment Strategist and with Milliman as a Consultant.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries Australia and holds a Bachelor or Commerce and a Bachelor of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Andrew’s investment breakfast is brought to you by Australian Retirement Trust
thursday am
Bastien Treptel
Fomer Black-Hat Hacker

Reformed black hat hacker, Bastien Treptel from his early teenage years, hacked into computers and accounts to steal important bank customer information and credit card details.

He was eventually caught by the federal police over his love for pizza, and now uses his detailed knowledge of cybercrime to enlighten Australians to help them stay safe from Cyber Hackers!

Bastien now works with Australian corporates providing best-in-class security solutions ranging from audits, hacking, monitoring, advisory and education. He is also the host of the very popular CyberHacker podcast series which has over 100,000 subscribers and which is currently in production for season 2.

In a hyper-digitized world, our data security has never been more important. Hear how to think like a hacker and to wrest back control from cyber-criminals.

Bastien appears courtesy of Saxton Speakers Bureau.
thursday AM
Lucy Bloom
Creative Thinker

Lucy is an award-winning leader and speaker.

She’s a change-maker, exceptional communicator, and business fixer with the best mohawk in the business.
Lucy led an advertising agency for 20 years before she became the CEO of a brand-new women’s health organisation, funding a network of hospitals and a midwifery school in Ethiopia. She then went onto transform a Cambodian children’s charity as its first CEO.

She is the creator of an education start-up and the author of two books. Lucy’s memoir, Get the Girls Out, was published by HarperCollins to rave reviews. You will find her challenging and entertaining in equal measure, with humour tied into a powerful business message.
Lucy Bloom is a rule-breaker, idea-maker, and momentum creator.

thursday AM
Kitty Chiller AM
Olympian - Chef de Mission

Kitty Chiller AM become Australia’s very first female Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The campaign was fraught with logistical and security challenges, leading Kitty to devise a “one team” concept that focused on the culture and values of the Australian team. As a leader, Kitty’s strong resolve and incredible personal and professional resilience reinvigorated the sense of team amongst the 420 athletes.

Kitty has held virtually every other role on the Australian Olympic team: media director (1988), coach and team manager (1996), Deputy Chef de Mission (2012) – and as an athlete (2000). In her sport of Modern Pentathlon, Kitty was national champion on 12 occasions, won seven World Cup medals and was ranked number one in the world three times.

With Paris only three months away, hear a firsthand account of what goes on behind the scenes at the Olympics Games.

Kitty appears courtesy of ICMI
Thursday PM
Peter Clay
Research Breakfast

Peter is a tourism and research expert with over 25 years’ experience working across a range of sectors including cruise, aviation, and destination development.  

Working as GM for Insights at Caravan Industry Association of Australia, Peter has revolutionised the role that industry research plays to support data driven decisions both at an Association level but also for the broader industry. The internal datasets which are now owned and accessed by Caravan Industry Association of Australia are the envy of both the tourism industry and within the broader Association landscape. This data, much of which is close to real time, is also fed into Government changing the narrative towards our industry as well as by broader research commentators who speak on our industry.

Peter also lectures at Monash University in tourism, is a PhD candidate in tourism development in regional economies and sits on Tourism Research Australia's forecasting advisory panel.

Peter’s research breakfast is brought to you by Christie Barbecues
friday AM
Daniel Flynn
Co-Founder of Thankyou

Daniel Flynn co-founded Thankyou at the age of 19, with every product sold contributing to helping end global poverty.  12 years later, Thankyou has raised over $17 million to impact the lives of people across 22 countries.  

Daniel is known for his disruptive marketing and has received widespread media coverage for some truly unconventional and highly successful campaigns that led to Thankyou products being stocked by some of Australia’s biggest retailers.  Daniel’s achievements as an entrepreneur have also been widely celebrated.  He has been named an honouree in JCI’s Ten Outstanding Young People of the World, won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year (for the Southern Region), and was named in 2016 in the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship.  

Hear the story behind one of Australia's most successful start-ups, and how with a little determination and resourcefulness you too can turn ideas into reality.

Daniel appears courtesy of ICMI
Friday PM