David Cunningham, CEO Our Explorer and Shanghai Vision
David Cunningham is an experienced entrepreneur who has founded two start ups since 2003 both with successful trade sale exits. His first start up Shanghai Vision was a real estate investment company selling properties in China. He exited via a MBO in 2006. In October 2010 he sold his second start up OurExplorer.com, an e commerce travel website.
David now focuses on his new venture – Near Field Communication (NFC) Marketing via mobile phones with http://www.tapit.com.au.
Tapit NFC helps people connect to brands on the move with a simple tap of their mobile phone. Again, first mover advantage was key to David’s interest into this space.
Scott Farquhar, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Atlassian
Scott Farquhar is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Atlassian – an innovative, award-winning enterprise software company producing tools that help technical and business teams collaborate, plan projects and build software. Sydney-based Atlassian counts some of the world’s largest organisations as clients, including almost every major American investment bank and some of the biggest names in media, manufacturing and technology including Microsoft, Apple, Cisco, Oracle, HP Boeing, BMW and NASA. Atlassian currently has over 24,000 enterprise customers globally and has been named one of the “Fastest Growing Companies” by both Deloitte and BRW Magazine.
Scott was awarded the ‘Australian IT Professional of the Year’ in 2004 and in 2006, a career and life highlight was being the youngest person ever to be awarded the ‘Australian Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst & Young alongside university mate, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Mike Cannon-Brookes.
Scott graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science (Business Information Technology) and is a member of the Australian Computer Society, Young President’s Organisation and the Australian School of Business Alumni Leaders Network.
Scott is a widely sort after keynote speaker and has addressed audiences at conferences and events both in Australia and around the globe. Scott loves encouraging budding entrepreneurs, mentoring women through the Australian Business Women’s mentoring program, as well as sharing his knowledge and experiences to many university groups.
Gary Lewis, MD, Robust Resources Limited
Mr Lewis is the founding director of Robust Resources and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Business & Technology (MBT) from the University of NSW. He has more than 25 years experience in capital markets and business and strategy development in Australia and Asia, having worked in senior management positions in both private and public enterprises in industries as diverse as mining / exploration and pharmaceuticals. In addition to sitting on the Robust Board, he is also Chairman of Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) – listed Golden Peaks Resources Limited.
Jonathan Rubinstzein, CEO, Red Rock Consulting
Jonathan is a dynamic CEO that joined Red Rock Consulting as one of the Founders & Directors in 1999. From a small start up company Jonathan has helped grow Red Rock Consulting to be the largest Oracle Consulting, Outsourcing and Delivery organisation in ANZ with over 400 consultants in 5 offices.
Whilst at University in Cape Town, South Africa, Jonathan founded his own private textiles company called Ruby Manufacturing. Jonathan migrated to Australia and joined Andersen Consulting where he focused on delivering business strategy, process design and large technology implementation projects. Jonathan also worked for A.T. Kearney where he managed a number of high-profile projects in the strategy and technology areas.
Prior to joining Red Rock Consulting, Jonathan was head of the Strategic Technology Group and successfully helped build a Technology Strategy Consulting business group within one of Australia’s largest technology companies.