Simon Cant, Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, and Clive Whincup announced as Keynote speakers for Sydney Business Influentials Event


Liberty Stage is pleased to announce Simon Cant, Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, and Clive Whincup as the Keynote speakers for the Sydney Business Influentials Event with Professor Clayton Christensen on November 6th.

We are also pleased to announce that Clive Whincup, Matt Symons, and David Kirk will join Professor Clayton Christensen on the panel discussion which will be facilitated by Simon Cant.


Speaker Information: 


MC Simon Cant | Founder & Director | Reinventure

Simon Cant is a co-founder of Reinventure, a corporate venturing group that connects proven entrepreneurs with corporations to help them address disruption and reinvent their business.

Simon has had a career working on innovation from every angle including: venture capital (at TiNSHED Angel Investment Group), venture philanthropy (Director of Corporate Programs and Learning at Social Ventures Australia), startup management (at Austlii) and innovation consulting to large corporations (as an innovation consultant at global innovation group ?WhatIf!, and in his own consultancy, CANTT). Through CANTT he has worked with companies that are being deeply disrupted, including Fairfax, APN News & Media and News Limited, and drawn lessons on what does and doesn’t work in addressing disruption.

To learn more about Simon’s company Reinventure, you can visit the site here.

Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP | Minister for Communications

For more personal opinions, media and recent news relating to Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, visit his website.

Clive Whincup | CIO | Westpac Group

Clive has more than 25 years’ experience across IT and financial services holding a number of senior roles at several global banks. Clive joined the Westpac group in mid 2009 as the General Manager of Service Delivery Applications, being promoted to Group General manager in 2010. Now the Chief Information Officer at Westpac Group, a position he’s held since 2011, Clive has taken on the challenge of transforming the Westpac’s online banking by instigating Westpac Groups fifteen IT strategic investment priorities, or SIP’s.

Clive Whincup gave a Q&A session with presenting his views that CIO’s need to become much more effective.

Matt Symons | CEO & Founder | Society One

Matt is the CEO and co-founder of SocietyOne. SocietyOne is Australia’s first fully compliant P2P lender and owner of the ClearMatch™ technology platform. The ClearMatch™ technology platform combines a proven loan origination, credit assessment and loan portfolio management solution with the highly innovative SmartFund module that enables groundbreaking innovation such as the first personal loan application and approval process designed to work on a phone. See our ‘Best-of-Show’ winning Finovate Demo here. The ClearMatch™ platform is also one of the first P2P platforms anywhere in the world to offer investors access to multiple loan asset classes from a single integrated dashboard.

Prior to co-founding SocietyOne Matt was the CEO of Memetrics Ltd a profitable, rapid growth data and analytics technology business based in San Francisco. After managing the successful sale of Memetrics to Accenture in 2007 Matt spent 4 years as the Partner responsible for leading Accentures marketing data management and analytics team from San Francisco. Matt’s practice was centred around large scale digital transformation projects with a focus on innovative technology adoption within the enterprise.

Matt is also an active angel investor with 10 current investments and a couple of successful exists (including the sale of Quotify to Telstra in 2011). Matt graduated with a law degree from the University of Melbourne and has worked as an attorney for both Korea’s largest law firm, Kim & Chang, and one of Australia’s largest law firms, Minter Ellison.

David Kirk | Co-founder and Managing Partner | Bailador Investment Management

David Kirk’s career spans the top level of both business and sport. He has achieved success in both the public and private sectors.  David is currently Co-founder and Managing Partner of Bailador Investment Management, Chairman of the publicly listed Trade Me and Chairman of The Hoyts Group. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Media.

His previous experience also includes time as CEO and Managing Director of PMP Limited and a period as an advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister. Earlier he worked for McKinsey & Co in London. He is a Rhodes Scholar with degrees in Medicine from Otago University and Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.  He is currently the Chairman of Trustees of Sydney Grammar School and sits on a number of other Boards including investee companies of Bailador and charitable organisations.

In the sporting arena, David enjoyed a highly successful rugby career playing for Otago and Auckland and captained the All Blacks to win the World Cup in 1987. David is President of the New Zealand Rugby Players Association. He was awarded an MBE in 1987 and now lives in Sydney.


A profile of Bailador can be found on their website.

Listen to these speakers along side Professor Clayton Christensen this November in Sydney, Australia discussing Disruptive Innovation and the Role of Management: Creating New Growth Opportunities. 

Find out more about the Business Influentials series at the website here.