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think tank 2015 Attendee Feedback

Andrew Paton Smith - CEO Jazoodle

"I just wanted to express how good a conference the Think Tank was these past couple of days. The insight and potential opportunities that the event has given myself is enormous."

Coretta Bessi - CPO NBN

"A brilliant couple of days Ollie. Congrats to you and the team for a first class event. Well done. Now breathe deep and have a beer."

Charles Wong - ANZ

“One of the most thought provoking and forward thinking events I have been to. Fantastic speakers with insights beyond any conferences I have attended. Congratulations to the team for the leadership shown in putting on such a great event!”

Odelle Brown - Director Evolve People

"In 11 years I have seen every procurement presentation, conference, workshop etc etc and believe me nothing was like the think tank - it blew them all out the water! The speakers were inspiring, thought provoking, challenging, insightful I could go on! The room was filled with awe and the level of conversations were just so much better than I expected!"

John Perego - Westpac

"I would like to congratulate you (and the team) for putting on an excellent event. I enjoyed the majority of the speakers and the opportunity to network with other attendees. The venue was great also."

Jeff Cathcart - Director PACSA

"Congratulations on a brilliant conference. Well organised. Great speakers. Fabulous location."

think tank 2015 Speaker Feedback

Chris Riddell - Technology Futurist

"The think tank forum was a great meeting of some of the best minds in Australia. The future is all about thinking differently and being able to navigate quickly and decisively. The energy in the room was electric and what a great way to finish the year off on a high! "

Tim Fung - Co-Founder and CEO Airtasker

"Think Tank brought together a really high-quality group of executives and entrepreneurs across many areas of procurement - a great opportunity to share ideas and experiences which are going to shape the industry of the future."

David Rohrsheim - GM Uber Australia New Zealand

"As a supplier, it was great to hear feedback from a range of business in one room at one time. Definitely walked away with a few ideas on how to improve in 2016."

Nick Roberts - CEO RISQ Group

"Congratulations to Think Procurement for giving us all the opportunity to gain such fabulous insight into the impact of innovation on our work and lives. It was a welcome change from standard conference formats proving much more valuable and thought provoking than could reasonably have been expected. And an inspiring location!"

Joe Powell - SEEK

"The calibre of attendees and their experience in navigating through real-world disruption resulted in a conference that was practical and highly relevant to the business environment we’re operating in today."

Ben Tamblyn - Chief Storyteller Microsoft

"It was a great conference. A good mix of speakers and some super smart people in attendance."

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About think tank

It's about conversation and sharing of ideas, it's about challenging the status quo and it's about getting the right people in the room. Attendance at the annual think conference enables attendance free of charge for the seasonal sessions. All profits from think tank will be donated to charity at the end of the conference

What is think tank

think tank focuses on new and innovative ideas that will challenge current thinking & provides opportunities to create a new network of peers to take you to the next level.  

  • C Level Executives with at least 5 years experience.
  • Leaders prepared to contribute to discussions of new ideas.
  • Identified rising superstars in procurement & finance roles.

Seasonal Sessions

Seasonal Sessions are held quarterly and are free of charge for attendees of the previous year's annual session. Sessions will be held in Melbourne & Sydney. 

  • March Session Dates
    To Be Announced Soon
  • June Session Dates
    To Be Announced Soon
  • December Session Dates
    To Be Announced Soon

Annual Session

think tank 2016
1st September - 2nd September

Day One: Peer into the Future

From peering into the future to being challenged by today's biggest disruptors and networking with your peers, think tank offers up a day of surprises.

Chris Riddell will open your eyes to technology opportunities, entrepreneurs will make you think twice and Jimmy Anklesaria will challenge your views on procurement.

  • 0730 - 0900 Breakfast & welcome - Oliver Tams

    Oliver Tams will welcome guests and delegates to today's event. Enjoy the company of your peers over breakfast, before the excitement starts.

  • 0900 - 0915 Opening & introduction - Adam Ryan - disruption & inspiration

    Hear from think CEO, Adam Ryan as he outlines the themes and ideas that culminated in think tank 2015.

  • 0915 - 1015 Keynote - Chris Riddell - Technology Futurist

    Chris Riddell is a true evangelist in today’s disrupted world, and a well renowned digital strategist, technology futurist and progressive thought leader.

    A global trailblazer, he has worked with some of the largest and most successful companies and brands in our modern world. Having lived and worked in countries such as the UK, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, China, New Zealand and lately Australia, his understanding of our new world is compelling and thought provoking to say the least.

    Notably, Chris was the first ever Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for MARS in Australia and New Zealand, architecting the corporate digital strategy behind brands such as Whiskas, Pedigree, Wrigley, Starburst, Masterfoods, Snickers and Maltesers to name but a few.

    As well as being a renowned independent digital and technology strategy advisor, he is also a board member for the first digital museum in Australia, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE).

  • 1015 - 1115 think session - Accommodation disruption - Airbnb/iSOS

    Disruption is now business as usual but how do you integrate it into your business with comfort and safety for your staff and travellers? Hear how Airbnb and International SOS are working on corporate solutions.

  • 1115 - 1145 Networking - thinkers available for presentations & introductions

    Opportunity to engage and challenge, discuss and converse, meet and connect with people who are open and willing to share ideas and innovation. Connect with any of the think staff for introductions if required.

  • 1145 - 1245 think session - Future of money & payments - think/Bitcoin

    The bane of any company CFO is the changing and complex landscape of payment technology and the advent of online cryptocurrencies. Hear from Reuben Coppa and Adam Ryan on the changing landscape of online payments and what the future holds.

  • 1300 - 1345 Lunch & networking - Utzon Room

    Continue on conversations over an ARIA catered lunch.

  • 1400 - 1500 think session - Moving disruption along - Uber/GoGet Carshare

    Legacy thinking on transport is being challenged by technology innovation. Are you ready for the change?

  • 1500 - 1530 Networking - thinkers available for presentations & introductions

    Opportunity to engage and challenge, discuss and converse, meet and connect with people who are open and willing to share ideas and innovation. Connect with any of the think staff for introductions if required.

  • 1530 - 1630 Keynote - Jimmy Anklesaria - Global Procurement Rockstar

    One of the world’s most sought-after speakers on cost management, Jimmy has positively influenced the procurement transformation process at numerous Fortune 500 companies. He has a unique ability to provide practical solutions to complex business problems and has been the keynote speaker and workshop leader for a number of organizations and companies. Let Jimmy challenge you on your thinking about procurement today and tomorrow.

  • 1630 - 1700 Close - Adam Ryan

    What to take home? What to think about? Who to connect with? Let Adam wrap it up for you.

  • 1730 - 2100 Cocktails ARIA

    What better way to wind up the day, than a wind down with good food, good wine and good conversation. Maybe a hint of what's to come for tomorrow.

Day Two: Crystallising Thoughts

Why not continue the journey with more thought-provoking sessions, more engaging keynote speakers and continuing conversations with your peers from the previous day.

Rachel Botsman will entrance you with her vision of collaborative consumption, listen to Microsoft storyteller Ben Tamblyn, be regaled by Ben Bartee as he navigates the turbulent waters of the startup world. Throw in Joe Powell from SEEK, think sessions on people, networking, and the day has all the learning, insights and knowledge you need to change your future.

  • 0730 - 0900 Breakfast & welcome - Oliver Tams

    Oliver Tams will welcome guests and delegates to today's event. Enjoy the company of your peers over breakfast, before the excitement starts.

  • 0900 - 1000 Keynote - Rachel Botsman - Collaborative Consumption

    Rachel Botsman is the global thought leader on the power of collaboration and sharing through technology to transform the way we live, work, bank and consume. She has helped inspire a new economy with her critically acclaimed book What's Mine is Yours : How Collaborative Consumption Is Changing The Way We Live. TIME Magazine named Collaborative Consumption one of the '10 Ideas That Will Change The World'. 

  • 1000 - 1100 think session - What about people - Airtasker/RISQ

    What about your people? How do you know you've got the right ones for the job? How do you find the right ones? Can you outsource your people requirements? Hear what RISQ and Airtasker have to say about the change management requirements and governance needed to make it happen for you.

  • 1100 - 1130 Networking - thinkers available for presentations & introductions

    Opportunity to engage and challenge, discuss and converse, meet and connect with people who are open and willing to share ideas and innovation. Connect with any of the think staff for introductions if required.

  • 1130 - 1230 think session - from start-up to blue chip to start up - Joe Powell SEEK Education

    What does it take to keep your start-up DNA relevant, once you've achieved success? Learn how SEEk aims to keep the edge and continue to innovate, regardless of pushback from their detractors.

  • 1230 - 1330 Lunch & networking - Utzon Room

    Continue on conversations over an ARIA catered lunch.

  • 1330 - 1430 think session - Startups, competition & entrepreneurship - Bill Bartee

    Hear Southern Cross Venture Partners Bill Bartee espouse on the new start-up landscape that could affect your business very shortly. Is the business model so different and how do you know if it will work?

  • 1430 - 1500 Networking - thinkers available for presentations & introductions

    Opportunity to engage and challenge, discuss and converse, meet and connect with people who are open and willing to share ideas and innovation. Connect with any of the think staff for introductions if required.

  • 1500 - 1600 Keynote - Ben Tamblyn Microsoft - Stories make you remember the facts

    Ben Tamblyn leads Microsoft's storytelling team, including the Microsoft Stories (www.microsoft.com/stories) site. His team produces stories about the places and people that make Microsoft tick as well and helps shape Microsoft’s key global conferences. He started at Microsoft 10 years ago and has worked in a variety of sales and marketing roles both in Redmond and the UK.

  • 1600 - 1630 Close - Adam Ryan

    What to take home? What to think about? Who to connect with? Let Adam wrap it up for you.

Speakers

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Chris Riddell

Technology Futurist

Chris Riddell is Australia and Asia’s most sought after futurist, and award-winning industry recognized keynote speaker on digital.

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Jimmy Anklesaria

Procurement Rockstar

Jimmy Anklesaria, F.C.A., LL.B., is the founder of Anklesaria Group, Inc. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds...

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Adam Ryan

CEO think procurement

Adam is the Founder and CEO of think and has an impressive record of success with​ ​Software as a Service business models...

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David Rohrsheim

GM Uber Australia & New Zealand

David Rohrsheim is Uber's General Manager for Australia and New Zealand. David was living in San Francisco in 2012 when...

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Tristan Sender

CEO GoGet

Tristan has gained much of his business management and operations experience working in senior management positions...

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Reuben Coppa

Co-founder of EI8.HT

My passion as a nerd and analyst, My desire to remove inefficiencies and My ability to communicate with tech...

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Sam McDonagh

GM Airbnb Australia & New Zealand

Sam is General Manager of Airbnb for Australia and New Zealand. With nearly 2 million listings in 191 countries...

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Rachel Botsman

Collaborative Consumption

Rachel Botsman is the global thought leader on the power of the collaboration and sharing through digital technologies to transform...

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Bill Bartee

Southern Cross Venture Partners

International Venture Capitalist/CEO/Board Director specializing in investing in and assisting disruptive, innovative...

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Ben Tamblyn

Storyteller Microsoft

A global manager with more than 15 years experienceA Marketing and Communications leader, Ben is responsible for Microsoft’s...

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Joe Powell

Managing Director SEEK Education

Joe Powell has day-to-day responsibility for SEEK's education businesses and leads SEEK Learning, IDP, Swinburne Online or OES, as...

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Nick Roberts

CEO RISQ Group

Entrepreneur specialising in fast growing businesses with international potential.

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Tim Fung

CEO Airtasker

Founder of Airtasker, a services marketplace allowing people to outsource chores and errands to people in their local...

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Tim Daniel

Executive VP for International SOS

I am currently an Executive Vice President for International SOS, the world’s most comprehensive, 24-hour medical and security assistance...

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