Panelists announced for Disruptive Innovation: the hidden opportunity

by | Oct 30, 2015 | Uncategorised

Attendees at Disruptive Innovation: the hidden opportunities seminar on Monday 9 November 2015 will experience an engaging discussion by panelists including:

  1. Marek Kowalkiewicz, PwC Chair in Digital Economy;
  2. Randolf Clinton, Founder of Clinton Capital Partners;
  3. Christian Schaefer, Founder of Carhood; and
  4. Abel Immaraj, Manager Service Strategies, Queensland Urban Utilities.

The panel will be moderated by PwC’s Head of Innovation in the Digital Change unit, Kate Eriksson.

“We are focussed on presenting many different perspectives and paradigms and as such are looking to seat a panel of diverse thinkers, experience and stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem,” says Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz.  “A digital mindset is fundamental to embracing and thriving in the digital economy.  This mindset can be seen in digital natives who naturally challenge long held paradigms of business and service offerings, but is not limited by age.”

“A digital mindset is exactly that – a mindset – that can be develop with the right tools, motivation and ecosystem no matter what role or industry you operate in.  We are excited to explore the digital mind and its value to disruptive innovation at this event,” maintains Professor Kowalkiewicz.

PwC’s Innovation Hubs in Sydney and Brisbane help organisations and individuals to adapt to the challenge of disruption and use innovative practices to positively self-disrupt.  PwC’s Lead Partner for Innovation and Disruption, Mr Trent Lund is an expert in uncovering the hidden opportunity of disruption and applying open innovation strategies.  “The challenge and opportunity is for organisations to positively self disrupt and build cultures of innovation to remain relevant in a rapidly evolving environment. This requires leaders of incumbent organisations to adopt new ways of thinking and working, and to view disruption as an opportunity rather than a threat.”

Disruptive innovation is often cast as a villain, however panelists will explore how value can be created and scaled in traditional and non-traditional industries harnessing the power of technology as an enabler.

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About the Panelists:

Professor Marek Kowalkiewiczis the PwC Chair in Digital Economy and former Senior Director, Innovation and Products in Silicon Valley. He previously focussed on user experience and business collaboration tools, developer evangelism and organisational culture in innovation.  “Nothing excites me more than exploring bleeding edge technologies and using them to create opportunities and solve problems that businesses or individuals face,” says Professor Kowalkiewicz.

Randolf Clinton has over 30 years of experience in global investment banking & financial markets, having worked in London, Singapore, Hong Kong & Australia for companies such as JPMorgan, Credit Suisse, ABN Amro & RBS. He has been responsible for businesses, products and teams across 15 countries managing upwards of 250 people generating in excess of $500-700m in revenues.

Christian Schaefer and Carhood co-founder Steve Johnson had a lightbulb moment in an airport carpark and subsequently created Carhood.  A disruption to the airport car parking and hire car industries, Carhood is a platform where travellers can earn money from hiring their car out in their absence.  Already operating in Melbourne, Carhood is set to launch in Brisbane at Kingsford Smith Airport where car park charges the highest fees in the country (Sydney Morning Herald, 9 April 2015).  In early 2016 they have contracted to expand internationally to Heathrow Airport and one of 10 start-ups to be hand picked to participate in the Tech Founders Accelerator Program to expand into Europe.

Abel Immaraj is Manager Service Strategy at Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU). With a distinguished career in the Australian water sector spanning water regulation and policy to resource management to  utility operations, Abel plays a key role in developing innovative approaches to service delivery.  His interest extends to digital technologies, smart meters and how the Internet of Things is transforming how utilities services are managed and delivered.  QUU was ranked 10th in the recent BRW 50 Top Innovative Companies 2015.

Moderator: Kate Eriksson joined PwC (Melbourne) after Director roles in telecommunications in Silicon Valley and Europe, although her professional career has seen her work in over twenty countries over two decades.  Kate has inimitable strengths in the areas of innovation, customer experience and business results transformation. Her C-Level experience includes telecoms; internet companies (e.g. Skype, Google, Facebook and venture capital firms) and hundred of entrepreneurs and start up companies.

The Chair in Digital Economy is a joint venture and a globally unique partnership between, QUTPwCBrisbane Marketing and the Queensland Government. The Chair sets a world-class standard for collaboration among academia, industry and government. With all its partners, the Chair in Digital Economy has a shared goal to explore and develop new creative opportunities in an age of great disruption.

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