About

Project Connect presents

Gus Balbontin

Investor, advisor, adventurer and alternative futurist

Tuesday 24 November

5.30pm

Gus will be beaming in to the big screen, and we'll be doing an in-person 'watch party' with drinks and nibbles before and after — as well as an online-only option.

More details to come, but you can get your tickets already!

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About Gus

Born and bred in wild Patagonia, Gus never allowed his small town and humble beginnings get in the way of his big dreams. A healthy disrespect for authority and a severe case of fomo (fear of missing out) landed him in Australia at the young age of 17.

By the age of 22, he had dropped out of uni, hitchhiked South America, set up his first business and landed his dream job at Lonely Planet. Fast forward a few years and he was leading the company globally working with companies such as Google X, Nokia and Amazon on the latest technology, creative cultures and high performing teams.

Seeking a change from corporate life, he hung up his boots as Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet and decided to move back to his entrepreneurial roots, becoming an investor, founder and mentor across the start-up ecosystem in Melbourne. He loves sharing a story, he loves even more knowing those stories make a difference to people and help in their own business and life.

Over the last 3 years, Gus has presented around the world. From audiences of 10 to that of 10,000, the simplicity of his message and his counterintuitive way of looking at the world, will motivate you to do things differently.

Often thought of as a futurist, not because he predicts the future, but because he helps you focus on what you can control to deal with any future. Still want to talk trends? Sure! He loves that as much as the next person trying to imagine a world run by AI. But he warns: “getting too distracted with future guesses will only take time away from you and your company to actually do something about the future”

He is involved in the start-up scene as a founder, investor and advisor and is on the board of Startup Victoria and Director of Above All Human. He currently runs a small Creative Studio and Innovation agency called Roshambo, is the co-founder and partner at Atessa and is the Entrepreneur in Residence and Executive Director of VU Innovations at Victoria University which keeps him close to large public corporate challenges as well as small business puzzles.

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    Gus Balbontin
    Investor, advisor, adventurer and alternative futurist

Dr Anita Sands
Global technology and business leader

Dr. Anita Sands is a global technology and business leader, public speaker and advocate for the advancement of women. She currently serves on the board of three Silicon Valley public companies - Symantec Corporation, Service Now, and Pure Storage, and is a board director at private companies, ThoughtWorks and AppBus. She is also an active advisory board member at Docusign, Accompany and Box.

Anita earned both her Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics and bachelor's degree in Physics & Applied Math from Queen's University Belfast, and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Prior to her latest career pivot into technology, Anita spent a decade in the financial services sector, specialising in enterprise transformation and technology led innovation. She was the youngest ever Senior Vice President at the Royal Bank of Canada where she served as the Head of Innovation and Process Design. At the age of 33, she was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, and subsequently as Head of Change Leadership, for UBS Wealth Management Americas, responsible for technology, operations and corporate services.

Anita has been honoured on many occasions for her contribution to technology leadership and the advancement of women. She holds a diploma in piano from the London School of Music, and has travelled to all seven continents, including an expedition to Antarctica. Anita is a former all-Ireland public speaking champion and a frequent commentator on digital transformation and women’s leadership.

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Dr Anita Sands 1
Global technology and business leader

Dr. Anita Sands is a global technology and business leader, public speaker and advocate for the advancement of women. She currently serves on the board of three Silicon Valley public companies - Symantec Corporation, Service Now, and Pure Storage, and is a board director at private companies, ThoughtWorks and AppBus. She is also an active advisory board member at Docusign, Accompany and Box.

Anita earned both her Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics and bachelor's degree in Physics & Applied Math from Queen's University Belfast, and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Prior to her latest career pivot into technology, Anita spent a decade in the financial services sector, specialising in enterprise transformation and technology led innovation. She was the youngest ever Senior Vice President at the Royal Bank of Canada where she served as the Head of Innovation and Process Design. At the age of 33, she was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, and subsequently as Head of Change Leadership, for UBS Wealth Management Americas, responsible for technology, operations and corporate services.

Anita has been honoured on many occasions for her contribution to technology leadership and the advancement of women. She holds a diploma in piano from the London School of Music, and has travelled to all seven continents, including an expedition to Antarctica. Anita is a former all-Ireland public speaking champion and a frequent commentator on digital transformation and women’s leadership.

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Dr Anita Sands 2
Global technology and business leader

Dr. Anita Sands is a global technology and business leader, public speaker and advocate for the advancement of women. She currently serves on the board of three Silicon Valley public companies - Symantec Corporation, Service Now, and Pure Storage, and is a board director at private companies, ThoughtWorks and AppBus. She is also an active advisory board member at Docusign, Accompany and Box.

Anita earned both her Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics and bachelor's degree in Physics & Applied Math from Queen's University Belfast, and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Prior to her latest career pivot into technology, Anita spent a decade in the financial services sector, specialising in enterprise transformation and technology led innovation. She was the youngest ever Senior Vice President at the Royal Bank of Canada where she served as the Head of Innovation and Process Design. At the age of 33, she was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, and subsequently as Head of Change Leadership, for UBS Wealth Management Americas, responsible for technology, operations and corporate services.

Anita has been honoured on many occasions for her contribution to technology leadership and the advancement of women. She holds a diploma in piano from the London School of Music, and has travelled to all seven continents, including an expedition to Antarctica. Anita is a former all-Ireland public speaking champion and a frequent commentator on digital transformation and women’s leadership.

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