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The Hot New Issues in Management Innovation

20 November 2023
8.00am – 12.30pm AEDT
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The Hot New Issues In Management Innovation 

Join senior industry professionals, government experts, consultants and academics with passion for innovation in management as we bridge knowledge gaps, strive for excellence in practice and research and promote the evolution of Australian business.


8.00 - 8.15am Registration 

8.15 - 8.20am Opening & Acknowledgement by Professor Christopher Jackson 

8.20 - 8:30am Opening Address by Professor Karin Sanders 

8.30 - 9.00am Non-tech foundations for Innovation by Melanie Kansil 

9.00 - 9.30am AI 101 and the opportunities for business by Nick Munro 

9.30 - 10.00am How innovation and regulation work together by Kate Reader

10.00 - 10.30am Morning Tea

10.30 - 11.00am Ripple-Down Rules and Machine Learning by Paul Compton 

11.00 - 11.45am Managing rapid organisational change to harness next generation AI by Peter Leonard 
11.45 - 12.00am Discussion

12.00 - 12.30am Networking 

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Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Conference Organiser, Master of Ceremonies

Chris Jackson is a former Head of School and is Professor of Business Psychology in the School of Management, UNSW Business School. He has been involved in several business start-ups and consultancies. He has been Master of Ceremonies of the Peter Farrell Cup and is a keen public speaker. Moreover, he leads the Management Innovation at UNSW Sydney which engaging with people from government and industry. With research interests covering organisational behaviour, leadership and strategy, over 120 research articles, three ARC grants, well over $1M of grant income and over 8000 citations to his work, Chris Jackson is a leading researcher at UNSW Sydney. Chris has supervised nearly 20 PhD students to successful conclusion and many have gone on to very successful careers.

Karin Sanders

Karin Sanders

Professor at UNSW Business School, Deputy Dean of Research of Business School

Karin Sanders' research focuses on the Human Resource (HR) process approach, in particular the impact of employees’ perceptions, understanding and attributions of HR on their attitudes and behaviours, such as their informal learning activities. Karin published on this topic in journals like HRM (Wiley, including a Special Issue in 2014), Academy of Management Learning & Educational, Human Resource Management Journal and International Journal of HRM. In addition, she published articles on other and related topics in Organization Studies, Organization Science, British Journal of Management, and Journal of Vocational Education. Together with Prof David Guest and Dr Ricardo Rodrigues Karin is editing a Special Issue on the attribution theory in Human Resource Management Journal. Together with Dr Huadong Yang and Dr Charmi Patel she is editing a book on the HR Process Research (Edward Elgar). Karin is Editor for the Special Issues International Journal of HRM, and Associate Editor for Human Resource Management, and Frontiers of Business Research in China. In addition, she is on the Editorial Board of six HRM and management journals. She was Head of School Management between 2015 and 2019 served as a member of the Executive Committee HR Division Academy of Management from 2013 to 2018.

Melanie Kansil

Melanie Kansil

CEO & Co-Founder, Alyte

Melanie Kansil is the Co-Founder & CEO of Alyte, a social fitness app transforming the way individuals connect and share healthy experiences together.

Nick Munro

Nick Munro

Head of Automation, AI robotics, Westpac

With 13 years of experience in major projects and transformation roles at two of Australia’s largest banks, Nick Munro has been instrumental in reshaping how both consumers and businesses engage with digital and assisted channels. Nick is an industry innovator, taking a leading role in 2017 to adopt artificial intelligence in a highly regulated enterprise environment, leading the development of immersive digital experiences, such as introducing virtual assistants for customers and staff, driving process efficiency with natural language understanding and classification (NLU, NLC) and establishing AI Principles to create guardrails for scaling AI. Beyond his professional role, Nick is a self-confessed geek, driven by an insatiable curiosity for emerging technologies. Since 2010, he has relentlessly worked to transform the banking landscape to meet the evolving expectations of Australians in our fast-paced, tech-driven world. When he's not reshaping the digital banking frontier, you can find Nick exploring the depths of the ocean, 20 meters underwater, in search of sharks. 

Kate Reader

Kate Reader

General Manager Digital Platform Services Inquiry Branch ACCC

Kate Reader has been the General Manager of the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Branch (formally the Digital Platform Inquiry) since 2017 and was previously been a Director of Merger Investigations, a Principal Lawyer and a Director of the Mobile and Consumer Engagement at the ACCC.  Ms Reader has worked across a number of significant issues including international mergers, NBN related matters, mobile roaming and gas and electricity matters. Prior to joining the ACCC, Ms Reader was a Principal Lawyer at the Australian Communication and Media Authority. She also worked in regulatory roles at Ofgem and the Office of Rail and Road in the United Kingdom.

Paul Compton

Paul Compton

Emeritus Professor, UNSW Sydney

Paul Compton is an emeritus professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a member of Rich Data Corporation’s advisory board and was a co-founder of Pacific Knowledge Systems, now Beamtree.  Prior to UNSW he was at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research for 20 years, initially as a biophysicist, but later focusing on AI.  At the Garvan he worked on one of the first medical expert systems to go into clinical use which led to his research on incremental development of knowledge-based systems while they are in use, an approach known as Ripple Down Rules (RDR).  RDR has had significant industrial impact, with a number of companies having developed services based on RDR.  Following the Garvan, Paul was an academic in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW.  He was head of school for 12 years and has been a member of the University Council.

Peter Leonard

Peter Leonard

Principal, Data Synergies and Professor of Practice, UNSW Business School

Peter is an AI, data analytics and technology business lawyer. As principal of Data Synergies, many of his clients are data analytics services providers and business developing and implementing AI applications and data driven projects. He is a part-time Professor of Practice (across the Schools of Management and Governance, and Information Systems & Technology Management) at UNSW Sydney Business School. Peter serves on the Australian Treasury’s Data Standards Advisory Committee, the NSW Government AI Review Committee, which reviews applications of automated decision making and AI by NSW government agencies, and the NSW statutory Information and Privacy Advisory Committee, which is tasked “to provide the [NSW] government with information, advice, assistance and training to deliver world-leading information and privacy management practices”. In his capacity as immediate past chair of the Australian Computer Society’s AI Ethics Technical Committee, he was actively involved in the ACS’ development of advanced data analytics and AI frameworks and methodologies. He founded Gilbert + Tobin’s technology and communications practice and then led that practice for many years.