The speaker line up for Leading the Product has been finalised and it looks amazing. Those of you who attended last year’s inaugural event will know what a great day of insights, networking and learning Leading the Product is. This year promises to be equally as inspiring and thought provoking:
DAMON PEZARO, CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER
Damon Pezaro is the Chief Product Officer at Domain Group. Damon is an experienced digital leader and has been working within the digital and online landscapes for over 15 years. Having worked in several start-ups dating back to 1999 and more recently across large corporate environments; he has lived through seeing how the changing digital landscape and subsequent technology has played its’ part in forcing executives, businesses and consumers to adopt a new way of thinking.
His experience has seen him leading product and technology teams at some of Australia’s largest media companies, he has filled key operational roles across several start-up successes and joined the Domain Group in January 2013
DAN OLSEN, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT
AUTHOR OF THE LEAN PRODUCT PLAYBOOK
At Olsen Solutions, Dan works with CEOs and product leaders to build great products and strong product teams, often as interim VP of Product. His clients include Facebook, Box, Microsoft, Medallia, and One Medical Group. Prior to consulting, Dan worked at Intuit, where he led the Quicken product team. He also led product management at Friendster and was the cofounder and CEO of TechCrunch award winner YourVersion, a personalized news startup. He earned engineering degrees from Northwestern and Virginia Tech and an MBA from Stanford.
Dan is founder of the Lean Product & Lean UX Silicon Valley Meetup, the largest product-focused meetup in the San Francisco Bay Area with over 3,300 members.
JEN FLYNN, HEAD OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT
Jen Flynn is Head of Product Management at Sportsbet, part of the International gaming company Paddy Power Betfair. With over 15 years’ experience, Jen has demonstrated success in building and leading product managers and practises across multiple verticals and geographies.
Prior to Sportsbet, Jen lead product functions at REA Group and Truvo and has a BSc in Applied Physics and Chemistry from Trinity College, Dublin.
CAMERON ADAMS, CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER
Cameron is a co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Canva, an online design platform that has quickly become one of the most exciting startups in Australia.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne in 2001, Cameron started a design consultancy that has done work for global clients such as Atlassian, NEC, TEDx and Sydney Festival.
When Google came knocking in 2007 he couldn’t resist the call and spent the next 3 years helping Lars and Jens Rasmussen – co-founders of Google Maps – realise the design vision for their ground-breaking communication tool Google Wave.
In 2011 he founded an ambitious email startup with two other Google alumni before meeting Mel and Cliff and deciding to help them build the beginnings of Canva. He now leads the product strategy and design for Canva’s apps, which grew from 1.5 million users to over 7 million users in 2015 alone.
Through his work and his writing – which spans five books and numerous articles – Cameron has contributed to the foundations that underpin modern web design and has been asked to speak around the world at events such as South by Southwest, CeBIT and Web Directions.
LUCIE MCLEAN, HEAD OF PRODUCT FOR CHILDREN’S
Lucie McLean is Head of Product for Children’s at the BBC in Salford, England.
She has worked for the BBC for 19 years – nine years in journalism and ten years in product management. Most of her product career has been in mobile products and she led the teams which developed the mobile website and award-winning BBC app for the London 2012 Olympics and the hugely successful BBC Sport app. She now leads the teams developing the BBC’s websites and apps for Children.
She is passionate about increasing diversity in digital organisations and helping those new to the digital world embrace the opportunities it offers. She is also her final year at Manchester Metropolitan University, completing an Executive MBA.
KARA DEFRIAS, SENIOR ADVISOR
18F DIGITAL SERVICES
Kara’s background is a unique mix of private and public sector experience, including an appointment to the first class of White House Presidential Innovation Fellows. She currently serves as Senior Advisor to the head of 18F, a digital services agency inside the United States government that’s transforming it from the inside out. Previous experience includes the Oscars, Super Bowl, and FIFA Women’s World Cup.
A do-gooder junkie, Kara has done pro-bono communications, product strategy, and UX for the likes of TEDxSanDiego and Team Rubicon; spent 10 days in rural India teaching innovation and business skills to micro-entrepreneur women; and guest lectures at University of California San Diego STEM Academy for high school girls.
CHRISTINA LUCEY, VP OF PRODUCT
Christina is VP of Product at Zinc (formerly known as Cotap), the all-in-one communication platform built for business. She has 10 years of experience building communication apps for work at Yammer, Microsoft, and BlackBerry. Hailing from the Great White North, she graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Computer Science.
ASH DONALDSON, BEHAVIOUR DESIGN & INNOVATION CONSULTANT
TOBIAS & TOBIAS AUSTRALIA
Ash Donaldson is Principal Behaviour Design & Innovation Consultant for Tobias & Tobias Australia, a design and innovation consultancy on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. He has spent the past couple of decades studying, practising, and promoting all aspects of human centred design – from Human Factors and User Experience to Behavioural Economics.
He has extensive in the industry with opportunities to work on many interesting projects, from doing the early research and design of Wotif.com to designing the new Intelligent Deposit ATMs for National Australia Bank.
Ash is passionate about understanding how people perceive and process information and using that knowledge to predictably affect their behaviours.
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