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Professor Genevieve Bell

Director of the 3A Institute, Florence Violet McKenzie Chair and Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University, and a Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel.

Professor Bell is the Director of the 3A Institute, Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, and Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University (ANU), as well as a Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel. Prof Bell is a cultural anthropologist, technologist and futurist best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development.

Prof Bell joined the ANU in February 2017, after having spent 18 years in Silicon Valley, helping guide Intel’s product development by developing the company’s social science and design research capabilities.

Prof Bell now heads the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute, launched by the ANU in collaboration with CSIRO’s Data61, tasked with building a new applied science around the management of artificial intelligence, data, technology and their impact on humanity.

Prof Bell is the inaugural appointee to the Florence Violet McKenzie Chair at the ANU, named in honour Australia’s first female electrical engineer, which promotes the inclusive use of technology in society. Prof Bell also presented the highly acclaimed ABC Boyer Lectures for 2017, in which she interrogated what it means to be human, and Australian, in a digital world.
Prof Bell completed her PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University in 1998.

Andrew Lock   

Andrew Lock is the most accomplished high altitude mountaineer in Australian history.

In addition to being the only Australian, indeed the only member of the British Commonwealth, to have climbed all of the world’s death zone mountains, Andrew has guided multiple teams to the summit of Mt Everest and some of the most inhospitable environments on earth. Andrew’s story is exceptional becomes he comes from a humble, urban background, with no family links to the mountains.  Yet he pursued his dream of climbing all of the world’s highest mountains for sixteen years, actually living on the sides of those frozen monoliths for 4 years!  His exceptional achievements in the face of such adversity have demanded supreme levels of resilience, motivation and leadership.

But success has not come easily. He has survived avalanches, crevasse falls, frostbite, bivouacs at extreme altitude without equipment and lost more than twenty of his friends to the mountains.

Catherine Molloy   

Communication expert Catherine Molloy reveals the hidden psychology behind connection and influence, and the keys to revolutionise their communication effectiveness. She is an award winning international certified speaking professional Body language expert and creator of the million dollar handshake and conscious connection framework.

With 25 years’ experience in business, education, speaking and transforming lives, Catherine believes that business success rests on the ability to build lasting connections, fast.

Catherine uses a variety of different tools and skills to help individuals build confidence and courage. Skills that have been honed during her extensive experience teaching cross-culturally and her passion to help people succeed.