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Adelide Mutinda

Melbourne Accelerator Program Velocity Program Manager, University of Melbourne

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Social Impact & Entrepreneurship/International Development
  • Design thinking/ Strategy
  • Gender, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Program Design

Adrian Sulaeman

Managing Director, 11th Space

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Accounting & financial reporting
  • Financial analysis
  • Business process & operations
  • Business development

Andrew Rowse

Program Manager – Translating Research at Melbourne (TRAM)

Specialty areas for questions:
  • Pitching – especially complex ideas
  • Finding and communicating your value prop
  • Translating tech to real world value
  • Customer discovery

Darren Sutton

Founder of The Common Purpose Collective, leading circular innovation leader and strategic designer of the Infiniti Canvas

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Circular economy principles
  • Circular innovation and product market fit
  • Systems design and scaling
  • Circular commercialization strategy

Diletta Legowo

Marketing & Partnerships Coordinator, SPARK Deakin

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Partnerships with local organisations
  • Life in Indonesia (cultural aspects, values, public opinions)
  • Tech innovation
  • Creative economy

Florian Van Den Corput

Industrial Designer, City of Melbourne

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Designing for public open space
  • Designing for a circular economy and sustainability
  • Design engineering and design thinking
  • User experience design, graphic design and communication design

Gary Lee

International Education Project Coordinator, City of Melbourne

Specialty areas for questions:

  • International Education Policy Development and Planning
  • International Student Wellbeing Initiatives
  • Pathways to Employment Programs
  • International Student Leadership and Volunteering

Dr. Husam Wafai

Programs manager and technical advisor at Hatch Quarter

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Fibre-Composite materials
  • Data Science and predictive modelling
  • Numerical simulation - Finite Element Method.
  • Mechanical behavior and Materials science of structural and functional materials

Ian Wong

Co-Founder Circular Economy Victoria

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Digital Strategy and Innovation
  • Retail and Consumer Products Industry
  • Circular Economy Innovation
  • Platform Business Model

Indra Pramana

CEO, Navanti Indonesia

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Business development
  • Business modeling + strategy
  • Business Pitching
  • Business Leadership

Kennie Kurniawan

Marketing Manager, 11th Space

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Marketing strategy
  • Brand management
  • Market research
  • Digital marketing

Libby Briggs

Program Manager and Facilitator, SBE Evolve Accelerator, SBE Australia

Speciality areas for questions:

  • Accelerator programs
  • Early stage validation
  • Pitching
  • Raising Investment

Mo Hamdouna

Managing Director of Mo Works and Co-founder of Hatch Quarter

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Brand development for technology-led companies
  • Market-fit digital product planning
  • Go-to-market and activation
  • User experience

Phil Ore

CEO and Co-Founder at 25eight Group. Co-Founder of Entrepreneurs&Co. Pitch Mentor for Startup Victoria

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Pitching your idea
  • Humanising technology

Sasha Ward

Creative Spaces Manager, City of Melbourne

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Creative spaces management
  • Creative economy and data
  • Connecting with the creative community
  • Adaptation of spaces for creative use

Sean Trewick

Co-Founder Circular Economy Victoria

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Community Building
  • Circular Economy Innovation
  • Business Process Reengineering
  • Supply Chain Optimisation

Sophie Travers

Manager, Creative Programs, City of Melbourne

Specialty areas for questions:

  • International best practice in creative programming in cities
  • Creative organisations, artists and communities in Melbourne
  • Arts projects in unusual city spaces
  • How to engage with artists and arts workers in the city

Suneel Jethani

Engagement Manager and Research Fellow, Open Data, Digital Design and Innovation, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victorian Government

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Data storytelling
  • Open data Platforms and portals (Vic Gov)
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Data ethics and governance

Tegan Kop

Emerging Technology Testbed Lead, City of Melbourne

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Problems and opportunities for City of Melbourne
  • Emerging technology – 5G, sensors and devices, AI, VR, AR
  • Piloting and trialling new technology
  • Universal Access

Tim Bright

Events Manager, Melbourne Accelerator Program

Specialty areas for questions:

  • Events
  • Project management/operations
  • Partnerships/marketing
  • Product/digital systems and platforms

Will McIntosh

Open Data Lead, City of Melbourne

Specialty areas for questions:

  • City of Melbourne Open Data Platform
  • Open data API (Socrata)
  • Dataset integration
  • Waste datasets

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