NEDC will feature a compelling program of highly regarded thought-leaders whose knowledge and expertise will challenge delegates, and encourage robust dialogue around the conference’s central themes Leveraging Smart Cities for Economic Development and Digital Globalism, Digital Localism.
Dr. Emily Wise has more than 25 years’ experience in strategic consulting and international economic development – spending the past 16 y...
Dr. Emily Wise has more than 25 years’ experience in strategic consulting and international economic development – spending the past 16 years working as a public policy analyst focused on cluster development programmes and international innovation collaboration. Currently, Emily is an independent consultant and affiliated researcher – providing research, analysis, advisory support to regional and national governmental organisations, the European Commission and other international organisations. Emily has a particular focus on strategy and governance of clusters and other collaborative ecosystems.
Emily has conducted international benchmarking studies and other analyses, supported the development of (regional, programme, or monitoring) strategies, and facilitated transnational policy learning processes in the field of innovation and cluster development since 2003. More recently, Emily has been involved in providing research and advisory support on monitoring and evaluation of cluster programmes, governance and implementation of smart specialization and industrial transition strategies, internationalization and interregional collaboration.
Emily has a BSFS in International Politics from Georgetown University (1991), an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia (1997), and a PhD in Research Policy from Lund University (2014). In addition, Emily serves on the Board of Directors of TCI – the global practitioners network for competitiveness, clusters and innovation.
Matthew Schultz is internationally recognised as a Smart City expert and Digital and Data Transformation practitioner. As City Digital...
Matthew Schultz is internationally recognised as a Smart City expert and Digital and Data Transformation practitioner. As City Digital Officer for the City of Ipswich, he has extensive experience and leadership expertise in telecommunications connectivity, city data, internet of things and spatial visualisation and analysis of data.
Matthew is also National President of the Australian Smart Communities Association, a rapidly growing Australian peak industry association for Smart Community, Broadband and Digital Economic Development with members across Australia and New Zealand. He is also an inaugural Board Director of Open Data Australia, a member of Open and Agile Smart Cities Australia, Standards Australia IT042 Internet of Things Standards Development Committee and Standards Australia Smart City Standards Development Committee.
In addition, Matthew has also positioned Ipswich City as a Top 7 worldwide Intelligent Community for 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Chris Riddell is Australia and Asia’s most sought after futurist, and award-winning industry recognized keynote speaker on digital...
Chris Riddell is Australia and Asia’s most sought after futurist, and award-winning industry recognized keynote speaker on digital. He is also a renowned media commentator and global emerging trend spotter for businesses and leaders in today’s highly disrupted world.
A global trailblazer, Chris Riddell has worked for some of the largest and most successful companies and brands in our modern world. Having lived and worked in countries such as the UK, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, China, New Zealand and lately Australia, his understanding of our new world is compelling and thought provoking to say the least.
Notably, Chris Riddell was the first ever Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for MARS Incorporated in Australia and New Zealand, architecting the corporate digital strategy behind brands including Whiskas, Pedigree, Wrigley, Starburst, Masterfoods, Snickers and Maltesers.
Chris Riddell is frequently called on as a futurist, speaker and expert commentator to give insights into consumer technology trends within traditional media. As a regular on Sky News Business, The Project on Ten, Channel 7’s The Morning Show, The Daily Edition prime time shows, and ABC 774 Radio, Chris Riddell’s insights and expertise as a trend spotter extend far beyond the walls of the corporate world.
Australia’s futurist for the leaders of tomorrow, and keynote speaker for businesses of today. For more information visit www.chrisriddell.com.
Master of Ceremony - ConferenceTodd Miller has been a communicator across his career spanning 30+ years. Todd covered many speaking...
Master of Ceremony – Conference
Todd Miller has been a communicator across his career spanning 30+ years. Todd covered many speaking, training and emcee opportunities across the Globe. These include emcee work in his role as General Manager International Trade for the Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment.
Hosting international delegations in South Australia, most recently as part of Tasting Australia, Todd brings energy, passion and entertainment to his audiences.
He has been keynote speaker at many event across the World, including:
- Growing Global forum, Adelaide 2018
- Shandong International buyer delegations – 2015-2018
- South Australia in China – Shanghai, Guangzhou, Qingdau – 2016-2018
- US Business Forum, Adelaide – 2015-2019
- Global Brand Conference, Tehran, Iran 2013
Todd is currently General Manager International Trade for the Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment. Todd heads up a team of 7 including 5 TradeStart Advisers. TradeStart is an initiative of Austrade and is delivered through a partnership with the Department of State Development. Todd’s role is to assist South Australian businesses to achieve long term success in exporting to international markets.
He has ‘lived the dream’ having launched his own business Aussie Inc. in 2009. Todd exported Australian consumer products to the USA and Canada using a direct to retail model.
Todd has worked with some of the world’s biggest retailers including Wal-Mart, Kmart (USA), Wholefoods, Costco, Coles and Woolworths. At the height of his business products were being sold through more than 7,000 shopfronts in North America.
He has a diverse background covering retail, advertising, marketing and market research. He has experience across consumer electronics, toys, FMCG, food, and many more.
Todd offers real world inspiration and provides solutions and ideas to sales, marketing and branding. He tells it how it is – from his own travels and experiences working with some of the World’s biggest retailers and companies.
Master of Ceremony - The Economic Development Awards of Excellence DinnerA passionate and engaging communicator, Nuala has relished the...
Master of Ceremony – The Economic Development Awards of Excellence Dinner
A passionate and engaging communicator, Nuala has relished the diverse opportunities that have been afforded to her during almost 20 years in television. From her start in children’s television in Adelaide in the 90s, to filing stories from around Australia and the world, Nuala’s television career has felt more like a real life “choose your own adventure” story. She is always grateful for the opportunity to share people’s stories in a way that is engaging, entertaining, and affirms the common human experience. In recent years, Nuala has broadened her field of interest by combining freelance television work with further study. She is now a registered psychologist have just completed a Master of Clinical Psychology.
Jessica Christiansen-Franks is an urban designer and social entrepreneur who has dedicated her career to understanding the social dynami...
Jessica Christiansen-Franks is an urban designer and social entrepreneur who has dedicated her career to understanding the social dynamics of urbanisation. Passionate about creating neighbourhoods people love and feel connected to, Jessica is a thought leader in innovative citizen participation, and particularly the value of ‘placemaking’ as a tool for collaboration and inspiring active citizenship. With experience across Australia, as well as the UK, Canada, India, Vietnam and the Philippines, Jessica has been fortunate enough to advise the public and private sectors, along with major international aid agencies.
As Co-founder and CEO of Neighbourlytics, Jessica has side stepped into the world of big data to develop a social analytics platform for neighbourhood development. Neighbourlytics harnesses social data feeds to provide real time insights into local neighbourhood identity, place attachment and social connectedness.
A champion for the citizen voice, Jessica is Vice Chair of the Smart Cities Council’s (AusNZ) Centre for Civic Innovation.
As the Digital Business Strategist for the Barcelona City Council, Joaquim has been instrumental in helping transform the City...
As the Digital Business Strategist for the Barcelona City Council, Joaquim has been instrumental in helping transform the City of Barcelona into what Fortune Magazine recently called the Most Wired City in the World. Joaquim comes from a telecommunication engineering background, and is a specialist in software development and telematics communications. His passion for technology and its application to improve the quality of life of the people brought him to work for the Barcelona City Council, to found his own IoT start-up company and to become a radio and global keynote speaker about smartcities, innovation and digital transformation
At the city, one of his primary roles has been the development and operational execution of a self-sustainable mobile ecosystem. This included defining a mobile relationship model between industry, government and citizens, as well as elevating the mobile industry in the City of Barcelona to the global level. He is the lead on a project entitled Apps4Bcn, a unique public- private partnership that aims to promote the creation and development of innovative initiatives that improve the quality of life of people through mobile technology, and encourage the adoption of these solutions by industry and Government.
After working for global digital consulting firms like Deloitte, T-Systems (Deutsche Telekom) or Atos Origin, currently he is working as smart city expert helping to design the cities of the future like Neom in Saudi Arabia.