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Speakers EngageTech Forum ANZ 2020

Speakers EngageTech Forum ANZ 2020

EngageTech Forum 2020 ANZ 28 July powered by engage2

We’re excited to tell you more about amazing speakers that will join us for the 2020 EngageTech Forum ANZ. During the forum they will share how they have been using technology to help governments understand, engage and work with stakeholders and communities.

Matt Leighninger

Vice President Public Agenda

Matt Leighninger leads Public Agenda’s work in public engagement and democratic governance and directs the Yankelovich Center for Public Judgment.

Over the last twenty years, Matt has worked with public participation efforts in over 100 communities, in 40 states and four Canadian provinces. Matt serves on the boards of e-democracy.org, the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2USA), The Democracy Imperative, and the Participatory Budgeting Project, and is a Senior Associate for Everyday Democracy.

In the last two years, Matt led a working group that produced a model ordinance on public participation; and developed a new tool, Text, Talk, and Act, that combined online and face-to-face participation as part of President Obama’s National Dialogue on Mental Health. He has also assisted in the development of Participedia, the world’s largest online repository of information on public engagement.

Ross Brown EngageTech Forum Speaker Brisbane 2020


Academic leader for ViseR, Queensland University of Technology’s visualisation skunkwork

Ross is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), QUT. He’s a member of the Computer Human Interaction (CHI) discipline.

His research centres on immersive technologies, such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). Ross seeks to understand how immersion and presence influence humans: “How can VR or AR environments enhance human cognition?”.



Public Purpose

Martin has over 25 years’ experience of consulting, specialising in strategy, policy analysis, facilitation and market research. He’s working at the intersection of policy, public sector reform and innovation and technology strategies at both an agency and whole-of-government level.

He writes and speaks extensively on government, service design and policy reform. Together with former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner, Martin wrote and published Changing Shape: Institutions for a Digital Age (Longueville Press, February 2014).

Dr Linda de George-Walker EngageTech Forum Speaker Brisbane 2020


Director, Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives, Metro South Health

Experienced leader of strategic engagement, collaborative design and innovation strategy. Linda is Action-oriented, reflective and adaptable with a passion for enabling healthy, inclusive and high-performance teams who achieve, learn and laugh together!

A skilled communicator with strengths in facilitation, presentation and writing and expertise in design thinking, co-design, and capability development. Strong in strategy, policy, research and evaluation.

Helen Grant EngageTech Forum Speaker Brisbane 2020


Principal Advisor Citizen Value and Engagement, Auckland Council

Social scientist, community development and engagement practitioner, Helen is a Principal Advisor Citizen Value and Engagement at Auckland Council. She’s passionate about participatory democracy and open government.

Helen explores ways that cities around the world are leveraging the expertise of citizens and communities in decision-making, citizen science, design and delivery of policies, initiatives and solutions to local and global challenges.

EngageTech Forum: Michael Baranovic


Product Manager Engage Victoria, Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria

Over ten years of experience in social planning, community engagement and product management across multi-stakeholder projects for both government and private consulting.

Michael implemented and managed digital engagement platforms for local and state government in Australia: Participate Melbourne for the City of Melbourne, and Engage Victoria for the Victorian Government. He’s also a program manager of Pick My Project, a state-first participatory budgeting grants initiative.

Karenina Fromhold EngageTech Forum Speaker Brisbane 2020


Community Engagement Practice Lead, Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria

Nina is a bold change leader with a depth of experience in government. She is a community engagement specialist and change maker. 

Driven to contribute genuinely, she focused her decision-making on the best outcome. Nina is collaborative and decisive, drawing on balanced judgment and experience to make sound choices. Her communication and public speaking skills allow her to build trust and relationships that accelerate change.

Willow Hart EngageTech Forum Speaker Brisbane 2020


Inland Rail

Willow is part of the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s team and is responsible for stakeholder and community engagement on the Border to Gowrie (B2G) project. One of the 13 projects that make up the 1,700km Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail alignment. Willow is primarily responsible for the greenfield section.

She’s a specialist in engagement on major projects with a background in infrastructure, cultural sectors, universities and government.

Amelia Loye - Engage2


Managing Director engage2

Amelia is a social scientist specialising in community and stakeholder engagement. She’s passionate about representative open government, sustainable development and civic innovation.

Amelia has spent her career helping governments to consult community, work with stakeholders and consider social issues and impacts in the design and delivery of policy, programs and services. For over 17 years, she has worked with governments across Australia, New Zealand and British Columbia in Canada.

Join us on the 28th July to learn more about the innovative ways these speakers are using technology to help governments understand, engage and work with stakeholders and communities.

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