Creel Price is a serial entrepreneur. He had launched eight businesses by the time he left school and a further two at university, and at age 25 he co-founded Blueprint Management Group with just $5,000 in capital and sold it a decade later for over $100 million. Creel built a unique company culture of over 1,000 employees though a revolutionary leadership style that included taking his employees to climb Mt Kilimanjaro and ride bikes from Bangkok to Saigon. Blueprint was awarded Best Small or Medium Business in Australia (My Business Magazine), the 3rd and 6th fastest growing business in Australia (BRWFast100), top 50 Asian Technology Company (Deloitte Tech 500). Creel has been awarded the Young Direct Marketer of the Year and Virgin Unite Global Entrepreneur of the Quarter.
Creel now spends his time teaching, speaking and writing about business. He runs Accelerate Global a service that helps businesses fast track their growth through the three stages of income, profit and value. His curriculum is taught in the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa and Jamaica and he was the Founding Director of Global Ethics Australia that globally has funded over $5 million worth of Play Pumps in Africa from the sales of Love One Water.
Creel is the founder of the Club Kidpreneur Foundation, a social enterprise committed to assisting youths start and grow their own micro-enterprise in order that one day they may choose entrepreneurship as a career. With a network of volunteer entrepreneurs the program has been rolled out to over 45 schools around Australia and is being launched in Africa in 2012. To further inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs Creel co-authored the children’s novel Curtis the Kidpreneur.
Driven by his belief in the power of business to make the planet a better place Creel founded the Entreprenaissance movement – a vision to create a 21st century renaissance inspired by entrepreneurial thinking. To help achieve this he helps inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, guide existing business owners to success and works on various social initiatives to revolutionise how we think of charity.
Quoted by Sir Richard Branson in Screw Business as Usual as ‘the Living Breathing Definition of an Entrepreneur’ Creel joins Richard and Five other judges from around the world on a mission to find the business that is combining commerce and charity to ‘Screw’ business as usual. Creel’s latest book The One Thing to Win at the Game of Business launched in April 2012.
Director of Social Business, Centre for Social Impact
Cheryl is the Director of Social Business at CSI. She has been elected Chair of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and NZ for the past 2 years. Since December 2007 she has been an honorary board member of Foresters Community Finance which is pioneering social investment in social enterprises, and is also on the founding committee of a UK charity which works to provide shelter and education for street children in Kampala, Uganda.
Cheryl is one of the National Trust’s 100 National Living Treasures. She was Leader of the Australian Democrats from 1993-1997 and the Member for Dickson and a Labor Shadow Minister from 1998-2001. Her political portfolios included, amongst many, Indigenous Affairs, Treasury, Employment, and Women’s Policy. She played a major parliamentary role in the introduction of compulsory superannuation and in the introduction of Native Title. Her policy interests have been in social justice and social structural reform and in 1994 she introduced legislation to legitimise parental leave; in 1998 she introduced trial social inclusion projects to the Labor Party’s employment platform. Her work in the UK has been an extension of this pioneering policy interest. She was a member of the Council for Reconciliation from 1992-1997.
Following her distinguished political career, Cheryl spent the five years working in the UK as a Programme Director at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School at Oxford University and as the Director of Learning at the School for Social Entrepreneurs in London. Her specialist role at the Skoll Centre was to assist and mentor start-up social businesses particularly in the delivery of innovative health services.
SS48 Judge | Keynote Speaker
Nick Moraitis has spent 12 years working at the forefront of social change communications in New York, Toronto, London, and Sydney.
In 2001, Nick helped found TakingITGlobal.org, one of the world’s first social networks, where he spent four years crafting partnerships with eight UN agencies. In 2005, Nick joined Amnesty International in London where he worked with senior directors & the international board to craft new global strategies around youth engagement, digital, and internet censorship issues.
Nick returned to Australia to join GetUp, as their first online & outreach director. He played a key role in that organisation’s membership growth, technology infrastructure and high-profile political campaigns. Prior to co-founding Make Believe, Nick also spent a year with Greenpeace.
Nick has twice served as a member of the Australian Government’s delegation to the UNESCO General Conference, coordinated a range of civil society activities at 20 other UN meetings, and spoken at more than 40 international conferences.
Nick is a recipient of the Australian Leadership Award and the author of “Cyberscene” (Penguin). He is passionate about building the next generation of social change leaders and serves on the board of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
In two years at Make Believe, Nick has worked with more than fifty organisations on hundreds of projects – whether it be leading strategy for winning political campaigns, advising on organisational re-structures, or continuing to work with groups at the cutting edge of online & community organising.
Tom Dawkins is an Australian social entrepreneur who has just returned to Sydney after four years living in the United States. He is Co-Founder of StartSomeGood.com, a crowdfunding platform for social good initiatives globally. Previously he was the founder and CEO of Australian youth media nonprofit Vibewire, and the first Social Media Director at Ashoka, the world’s leading association of social entrepreneurs.
Tom has supported numerous nonprofits, governments and arts organizations to better engage communities using technology and culture and spent many years organizing music and film festivals in Sydney. He has been recognized with awards and Fellowships from the World Summit Youth Awards, International Youth Foundation and Future Summit.
Positive Change Consultant, Angela Chang Consulting
Creative leadership coaching & team building to kick start innovation or positive change have now been Angela’s passions for several years. ANGELA CHANG CONSULTING’s work has included a research project on ‘Empowering Communities through Social Innovation’ with the Uniting Church of Australia and also facilitating and mentoring Kaospilot students on cross-cultural social innovation projects.
Angela values the meta-skills of authenticity, trustful and respectful open dialogue, courage, curiosity and a lightness of being. She is a member of an international Courageous Women’s Circle. Her blog, the ministry of Possibility at http://ange-angelachangconsulting.blogspot.com sheds more light on her journey and her deep engagement with the changes that are already happening in the wider world.
Senior Product Manager, Freelancer.com
Dino Talic is a Senior Product Manager and passionate technologist. Experienced in leading cross functional teams in conceptual and technical development of product initiatives from beginning to end, Dino was formerly a Software Engineer.
His areas of expertise incluse user experience design and testing, product roadmapping, marketing, patent drafting, and more. Dino specialises in mobile, web, and e-commerce platforms and holds degrees from the University of Technology Sydney in Engineering and Business.
Founder and Director, Women as Entrepreneurs
Deputy CEO, The School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia
With 20 years of facilitation experience in the non-government sector, previously Jessie was manager at the Centre for Community Welfare Training, the learning and development arm of the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies, where she managed the Emerging Leadership Program, an inspiring ‘inside – out’ adaptive leadership program for stand out staff.
She’s a passionate advocate for entrepreneurial learning and social justice.
Founder, Ideaction and Social Innovation Sydney
Michelle is the founder of Ideaction and also founded Social Innovation Sydney. Inspired by the emerging social innovation and enterprise sector. She is a connector and community builder who believes that change can happen on a grand scale when those engaged are leveraging and collaborating with each other.
Client Director, not-for-profits–Deloitte Private
Tharani has worked with Deloitte for 8 years as a business advisor to small and medium businesses and not-for-profit (‘NFP’) organisations. Her areas of experience span across – audit, advisory, business process improvement, project management and change management.
In her role as Client Director of Not-for-profits, Tharani is tasked with working with leaders across the firm to tailor and deliver the best of Deloitte’s services (from traditional offerings such as audit and tax right through to advisory and value add services) specifically for the not-for-profit sector of Australia.
Tharani works with wide range of not-for-profit organisations including Barnardos, National Congress for Australia’s First Peoples, Australian Medical Association, Sydney Foundation for Medical Research, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, and the 40K Foundation.
Tharani is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia and has a Bachelor of Business (Majoring in Accounting and Information Technology) from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Tharani is very passionate about poverty eradication and enabling social change. She works with a number of NFP organisations and volunteers extensively across India and Sri Lanka.
Sebastian’s decision to start Batyr, at only 25, was driven by a passion to engage, educate, and empower young people to confront and accept difficult social issues ranging from depression and anxiety to sexuality. This passion came from his experience of dealing with depression whilst studying at university and holding major leadership roles. He decided that unless he spoke out about his ‘success story’ that he was only adding to the stigma that stopped him asking for help when he needed it.
After graduating from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce (finance, accounting and international business) he joined the Financial Management Program with General Electric. Constantly involved in various extra-curricular programs including extensive volunteering, Sebastian recognised the role social enterprises play in creating a positive society and wanted to do more to contribute to this movement.
In 2011 he was chosen as an Australian Youth Representative for the Commonwealth Youth Forum and was awarded a ‘Time to Shine’ Award for his work to date with Batyr by his local community in Sydney. He was also awarded Sydney’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 by the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Sebastian hopes to use his passion and skills in business to develop a sustainable social enterprise that creates a platform for other young people to help continue ‘giving a voice to the elephant in the room’. He loves to enjoy life and is still surprised that ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ have not asked him on as a guest star…
Solution Designer, PwC’s the difference; ELSC leadership team
Liz Cameron-Smith is a Solution Designer/management consultant at PwC’s the difference, specializing in the process of bringing large groups of people together to solve complex problems through collaboration and design thinking. She is part of the leadership team of the Emerging Leaders for Social Change (ELSC), which is an active network of over 500 people from across all sectors – corporate, non-profit, government, social enterprise, or otherwise – who share a common interest in driving social change.
Liz is passionate about tackling broken systems and driving better solutions to social problems. She believes this can only be achieved by drawing on the tools, expertise and lessons from different sectors and disciplines. Social enterprise is an area of interest to Liz because of its potential to provide innovative solutions to social challenges – solutions that are creative, financially sustainable, and potentially disruptive to existing systems. Unreasonable people are her favourite kind of people.
Sarah has specialised in starting new companies, from a tour operator promoting ski holidays in the French Alps, to a technology company in Thailand, Australia and the UK. She set up travel agencies in Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma) and Cambodia, before moving into technology in the year 2000 when she started a business leasing Internet-booking technology to hotels and travel companies. Sarah sourced the vast majority of her business through online marketing and grew the company until it had hotels leasing their software in more than 60 different countries.
Sarah is now helping entrepreneurs to kick-start their businesses, or to take an existing business up to the next level. She offers advice based on her 12 years’ experience of marketing a service on the Internet. Her particular area of interest is taking products into multi-national markets – but she has equally enjoyed helping a friend to develop a dog-walking business on the Northern Beaches!
Management Consultant and Chip In blogger
Prashan is a management consultant. No not that type – the good kind. He has worked with a host of great organisations in the non-profit world (Teach for Australia, Vision Australia, One Laptop Per Child, Alzheimer’s Australia + more) to help them do what they do even better. He loves seeing corporates working with non-profits and has worked with some of the most innovative to help them figure out what they want to do.
In his prior life, Prashan worked with the World Bank Group building microfinance banks in rural China and before that learnt his craft in the world of corporate management consulting.
Entrepreneur, Founder of Matewire
Marius is a 25 years German bloke who went overseas to seek his fun and fortune one year and a half ago. He holds a Bachelors in Business and IT and a Masters of IT from the University of Sydney. His current startup Matewire has been accepted to the 2012 pushstart startup-accelerator program. Matewire is an app, where people can post their own activities and where they can see what’s on around them. It is similar to Meetup–but for very spontaneous, impromptu activities like having a jamming session or a spontaneous kick in the park.
What can he bring to the table? Marius is a Young Entrepreneur, very involved in the Aussie startup-ecosystem and is very passionate about startups that create value. Thanks to his interest in apps, he can especially give you advice on the mobile market.
Co-founder at mmMule, Founder at Think Act Change
Avis Mulhall is an Irish girl who ditched her successful career inIreland in 2008 to move to Africa where she lived in a rainforest in Tanzania,traveled through 15 countries, got attacked by a cheetah and ran a surf andyoga lodge in Mozambique before moving to Australia to set up her travel startup mmMule.
Passionate about social innovation, connecting people and travel, Avis is mmMule’s caped crusader who fully intends on changing the world with AngelMule. She is also the founder of ThinkAct Change a monthly meetup where changemakers, thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs or anyone who is interested in social innovation, social enterprise or simply doing good meet once a month. Through TAC Avis aims to inspire ordinary people to do great things whilst giving them the tools,resources and connections to bring about real change.
When she was small she genuinely believed she could fly. It ended badly.