Keynote speakers will be announced from September 2017 onwards.
Award-winning leader, consultant and author
Lucy is a change maker, an ideas machine and an exceptional communicator. After leading a successful ad agency for 20 years she focused on using her skillset to change the world. She was the founding CEO and director of a new international women’s health charity, building the team and the strategy to raise $7M in less than three years for a network of hospitals and a midwifery school in Ethiopia. Lucy then went on to transform Sunrise Cambodia as the charity’s first CEO before hitting the speaker’s trail full time, writing her second book and consulting. She’s the creator of the world’s first childbirth education program written specifically for men which is run in pubs all over Australia and she’s working on her next industry disruption. Lucy is an accomplished photographer, a social media gun and a mother of three.
Opeta Alefaio has served since early 2012 as the Director of the National Archives of Fiji. He is a Pacific islander of Tuvaluan (Nukufetau & Vaitupu) and Fijian (Rewa & Cakaudrove) descent. Opeta was bitten by the history bug at a young age. He received most of his education in Fiji where he read History, Politics, and Journalism at the University of the South Pacific, and later on spent two eye-opening years at Monash University in Melbourne where he was the joint recipient of the 2011 Australian Society of
Archivists Margaret Jennings Award. After 8 years in the private sector and a brief stint at Fiji’s Ministry of Information, he joined the National Archives of Fiji where he has spent the last 14 years, as part of a passionate team working hard to improve access to heritage. Opeta is currently President of the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives, and is an Executive Board member of the International Council on Archives.
Dr Michael Stephens
Assistant Professor, School of Information, San Jose State University
Dr. Michael Stephens is Associate Professor at the School of Information at San Jose State University. He was the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar in Australia, has consulted for US Embassies in Germany, Switzerland, and Turkey, and for over a decade has presented keynotes and plenaries to national and international library and higher education audiences. Since 2010, Dr. Stephens has written the monthly column “Office Hours” for Library Journal exploring issues, ideas, and emerging trends in libraries and LIS education.
His research focuses on the use of emerging technologies in libraries, professional development, and learning programs. He is inspired by library structures and virtual spaces that support users, participation, creation, and encouraging the heart. In 2016, ALA Editions published five years of the “Office Hours” columns from Library Journal as a book entitled The Heart of Librarianship.
Professor Dave Snowden Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge
Dave Snowden divides his time between two roles: founder Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge and the founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Complexity at Bangor University in Wales. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry, looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making. He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.
His company Cognitive Edge exists to integrate academic thinking with practice in organisations throughout the world and operates on a network model working with Academics, Government, Commercial Organisations, NGOs and Independent Consultants. He is also the main designer of the SenseMaker® software suite, originally developed in the field of counter terrorism and now being actively deployed in both Government and Industry to handle issues of impact measurement, customer/employee insight, narrative based knowledge management, strategic foresight and risk management.