Speaker Spotlight: Melbourne

At innovationCAFE, join big and small businesses, educators, entrepreneurs and government leaders from your local state and discover exclusive insights from industry leaders. With the Melbourne event just around the corner on the 12th August, discover a little more about the hosts of innovationCAFE Melbourne below.

Starting the morning off is Dr Charlie Day, the Project Director for the Carlton Connect Initiative at the University of Melbourne. The Carlton Connect Initiative is an ambitious project to create Australia’s premier STEM innovation precinct anchored by the University of Melbourne. Prior to his current role, Charlie was the leader of Melbourne Ventures, the technology commercialisation company of the University of Melbourne, from its foundation in 2004 until 2010. Charlie currently serves on the board of the Murdoch Childrens’ Research Institute and is a member of their Translation and Commercialisation Committee.  Dr Charlie Day will be delivering insights into the topic of ‘Productivity’ and will be exploring the following areas: working closer with the university sector, considering an appropriate balance between access to ideas and products, and developing innovation-led growth and investment.

Next, Micheal Ellis, the Head of Culture at Vinomofo – one of Australia’s fastest-­growing companies and a leader in innovation, disruption and values­ based company culture – will share in-depth viewpoints regarding innovation culture in Australia. This includes, identifying, attracting, growing, retaining and mentoring the right talent (from as early as high school) and exploring the role of culture in an innovation-led economy.

Our last key speaker of the day is Patricia Kelly, the Director-General of IP Australia since December 2013. IP Australia administers intellectual property rights in relation to patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeders’ rights. Prior to joining IP Australia, Patricia was a Deputy Secretary in Commonwealth departments responsible for industry and innovation from 2004 -2013. Patricia has had a public sector career spanning over thirty years, including in the Department of Social Security and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. With a rich background in intellectual property rights and the public sector, Patricia will provide insightful acumens into the subject of commercialisation and moving from an idea to a business.

Ultimately, innovationCAFE will be an opportunity to share in-depth viewpoints with industry leaders about key issues, challenges and opportunities as Australia transitions to an innovation-led economy.  Don’t miss the rare opportunity to learn, connect and share ideas across sectors with some of the world’s most influential thinkers and innovators under one roof.  Book and secure your ticket today for your relevant state below:



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Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre  

7:30am – 10:00am

Friday, 12th August

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Stamford Plaza Hotel

7:30am – 10:00am

Friday, 19th August

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Hilton Sydney Hotel

7:30am – 10:00am

Friday, 26th August

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Perth Parmelia Hilton Perth

7:30am – 10:00am

Tuesday, 30th August

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