IAG 2018 Conference
 


2018 IAG SPEAKERS

Rabia Siddique

Rabia is an Australian criminal and human rights lawyer, retired British Army officer, former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, international humanitarian, hostage survivor, professional speaker, advocate and published author.

Rabia has undertaken human rights and community aid work in the Middle East, South America, the United Kingdom and Australia, receiving numerous awards including a Queen’s commendation in 2006 for her work in Iraq, Runner Up for Australian Woman of the Year UK in 2009, Australian Business Woman of the Year Finalist and being named one of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence. Rabia was also selected as a State finalist in the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards and has been appointed as a Director of the International Foundation for Non-Violence and the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance WA.

Having earned an international reputation as a powerful, transformative, inspirational and unforgettable speaker Rabia is in demand to address audiences around the globe. In October 2014 Rabia received a standing ovation from 1700 people at her TEDx talk titled ‘Courage Under Fire’ where she spoke about the power we all have to create the change in the world we wish to see.

In March 2015, Rabia was nominated for the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award and cited as a case study at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York. In 2017 Rabia was named by PSA as Breakthrough Keynote Speaker of the Year and has been nominated this year for the Keynote  Speaker of the Year Award.

Rabia’s best selling memoir, “Equal Justice’ was published in Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and is now in its tenth reprint. Her book will soon be published in North America and Europe and a feature film based on Rabia’s incredible life is currently being developed.

Leading with professionalism, integrity, ethics and compassion, Rabia, who speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic, is committed to peace, diversity,  inclusion and education. This is evidenced in her philanthropic work and dedication to inspiring others to find their voice and embrace their capacity to create ripples of change.

Rabia has run the London marathon and a double marathon in Australia for charity. She is a Mother to young triplet boys, her biggest and most rewarding challenge yet.

Rabia’s life purpose is to tell, teach and curate impactful stories for global change. 

Put simply, to inspire, empower and transform!


 
Toby Travanner

Toby Travanner is a professional corporate trainer, keynote presenter, master of ceremonies and consultant. His primary area of expertise is coaching individuals and teams to realise their business and personal goals especially in the areas of sales and marketing.

He is an entertaining and challenging facilitator, with a reputation for high-energy, high-contact presentations. Toby consistently achieves 'excellent' ratings from the participants of his sessions, with most of his clients rating him as the best presenter they have ever worked with.
Being well versed in many industries and with over 30 years of experience in consulting, Toby is able to capture and motivate audiences with real, 'take home' techniques and attitudes. With global experience of business and personal cultures, Toby tailors his presentations and facilitated sessions specifically to the strategic environment of his clients and will often develop new techniques and methodologies to meet the continuing demands of people development in business today. This customisation means that new ideas are more likely to be used and implemented by participants in his programs which are more likely to lead to a significant impact to the success of an organisation.

Toby is described as the ‘swiss army knife’ by many of his clients because of his ability to pull out the appropriate tool when necessary. Although he speaks on his favourite subjects, he uses his learning and development background to tailor his presentations from first principles to ensure that the content is relevant, informative, entertaining, but most importantly, immediately usable. He’s used this approach for not only keynote presentations, but also in his role as a ‘link presenter’, that five minute topic to link two speakers together when he is MCing, but also when he launches new products or initiatives for his clients. It’s all about making them look good.

Toby's presentations are designed around his 3 ’S’s:

Short term: There must be something that is immediately useable by the participants. If people and organisations don't see an immediate benefit, it is more difficult to gain the momentum from Skills Development or motivational activities.
Sustainable: Motivation can sometimes be limited to the time during the interaction with the presenter. Often we take part in sessions where we are entertained and think "I must do that when I get back to work". Unless the ideas, attitudes and methods are sustainable outside the conference or learning environment, then improvements to the return on intellect will not be achievable.
Significant: Outcomes, over a period of time, need to have a significant, measurable benefit to both the individual and to the organisation of which they are a part. These outcomes need to be in the form of improved technical and professional behaviours that lead to benefits to business processes.

Toby’s favourite topics include:
* communicating with influence and motivation
* human behaviours
* technology demystification
* sales skills in the Australian culture
* customer service
 
Nigel Collin

Nigel created his first business at the age of twenty and sold it at twenty-one. He then went on to build Absurd Entertainment, one of Australia largest entertainment design companies. He worked extensively on the 2000 Olympic Games, was entertainment advisor at the 2000 Paralympic Games, and holds the accolade of being show director for Australia's largest ever corporate event in 2005. Having passed the baton by selling the Absurd in 2004, he moved into the world of consulting, advising his clients on implementing ideas and everyday innovation.

In 2013, armed with a video camera, Nigel set off on an initiative to travel throughout Australia, solo on his motorbike, to discover ingenious Australians and share their stories. His quest was to inspire the ideas of a nation and led to the founding of ‘Ingenious Oz Project’. In 2014, as an ambassador of Start-up Australia, he interviewed over 50 of Australia’s top entrepreneurs and business leaders. He is now founder and maestro of ‘Game of Inches’.

He has advised C-Suite executives, Ministers of Parliament and entrepreneurs in both public and private sectors. As an international speaker, he has presented his experience and expertise to organisations in myriad industries including IT, Franchise, Events, Marketing, Finance, Pharmaceuticals, Government and Telecommunications.

Having now spent over 20 years in business events (both on and off the stage) he understands the importance of not just being engaging, but delivering practical and lasting business benefits. As a speaker he is in demand both in Australia and overseas. He is an alumni of the Disney Institute, a Ted-Xer, and author of two books with a third in production titled "Game of Inches’.

When not speaking, working with clients, writing or riding his motorcycle he spends his time between Sydney and the rural mid north coast of NSW with his family.

 
Craig James
Commonwealth Bank

Craig is married with three ’20-something’ children and currently lives in Huntley’s Cove, just to the north of Sydney.  Chief interest outside work is Masters athletics, basically sprints. His current role is Chief Economist, CommSec, interpreting ‘big picture’ economic and financial trends for customers, clients and staff.

CommSec is known for innovative, ‘user friendly’ reports including State of the States, the CommSec iPhone Index and CommSec Home Size report. As well as providing presentations to staff and clients and commentaries on financial and economic trends, Craig appears regularly in the electronic and print media.

Craig has worked in banking, finance and journalism for around 38 years and holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in Commerce (Economics). Both degrees were undertaken at University of NSW. Craig is an Adjunct Professor at Curtin Business School in Perth.


 
Paul Alsbury
Senior Executive Director, Corruption

Mr Paul Alsbury has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)(QUT), a Bachelor of Laws (QUT) and a Master of Laws (QUT). He was admitted in Queensland as a Solicitor in 1999 and as a Barrister in 2001. Mr Alsbury is also admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Alsbury has over 15 years' experience in the Queensland Public Service, including as a Crown Prosecutor with the Office the Director of Public Prosecutions, Executive Director (Legislation and Standards) with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and Executive Director (Legal Division) with the Queensland Police Service.


 
Sarah Vandersee
Queensland Shared Services

Sarah Vandersee is currently acting as Executive Director, Service Delivery at Queensland Shared Services.  She is a Certified Practicing Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience across many different functions such as both internal and external audit, statutory claims, legal services, customer service and customer experience.

Sarah joined Queensland Shared Services in January 2016 to lead a large team of accounting professionals providing services to 25 government departments.  Her passion for introducing innovative ways of doing business is helping to bring about change to improve the shared service experience for QSS’ customers.
 
Jen O'Farrell
Acting Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Strategy and Corporate Services

Ms Jen O'Farrell has a Bachelor of Laws (1st class honours, QUT), a Bachelor of Commerce (UQ) and a Bachelor of Business (QUT). She was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2008.

Prior to commencing at the CCC in July 2015, Ms O'Farrell assisted the Commission of Inquiry into the regulation of the Queensland Greyhound Racing Industry as the Commission's Executive Director. This role allowed her to combine her experience in law, risk management, corporate governance, workforce management and organisational strategy, she gained this experience through more than 15 years in both the public and private sectors, including as the General Manager, Strategy and Renewal and Director Legal Services at the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and as a solicitor with Corrs Chambers Westgarth lawyers.

Ms O'Farrell's professional achievements include the success of the Department of Transport and Main Roads' Innovation Strategy: Putting ideas into action. This strategy was developed and led by Ms O'Farrell in 2014 and won that year's Australian Human Resources Institute Fons Trompenaars Award for Innovation & Creativity.