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Lyn Lewis-Smith Chief Executive Officer, Business Events Sydney

HELLO. Benjamin Franklin said, “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” At Business Events Sydney (BESydney), change is in our DNA. In fact, we thrive on it. I’m very proud to welcome you to our fifth edition of Sydney Shines and its new editorial direction.


or those of you who don’t know us – hello! For those of you who do – welcome back. Since our last edition, we’ve been busy securing events for our city, connecting people and businesses with global opportunities: it’s our role to secure international business events for Sydney and New South Wales (NSW), and by doing so, bring world leaders to Australia’s shores to collaborate, exchange and shape outcomes, both economic and social. People – that’s you, your colleagues and even the person sitting next to you while you read this – are essential to our success. You see, our business celebrates, and hums, with the diversity of talent, industry, academia and research that lives right here in Australia and across the oceans. We firmly believe that we are indeed a lucky country. Our strong economy,

innovation focused agenda (supported by government agendas in this area) and, of course, world-class infrastructure are also vital to our global standing. It’s these things and more that have helped us to secure A$1 billion of business events for the state over the past five years. To do this, we work with amazing people on a daily basis. Our new magazine format will provide you with a window to some of these leaders and their contribution to global problems – their work to shape a better future for us all. It will also give you a glimpse into our multifaceted city, and just some of the things that locals and visitors alike come to explore and enjoy. Welcome to Sydney Shines.



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8 Deo the green builder

20 Harvesting food security

10 Super-problem-solver

22 Meet the new app kings of Wall Street

14 Diagnosis change: giving hope to women around the world

24 From Harbour lights to Tinseltown

30 Multicultural Sydney – where’s the best 32 Uniquely Sydney 34 Insiders view to Sydney

16 Leader of the pack 26 Get mobile – GoGet 17 Kicking global goals for NSW


Publisher Business Events Sydney | Editor Angie Ruperto | Art direction and design Damian Wheeler Contributors Fiona Pearce, Sarah O'Donnell, Hannah Jamieson | Photographers James Horan, Damian Wheeler



James Horan, Daniel Boud, Lawrence Furzey, Hugh Stewart, Anna Warr, Steve Back courtesy of Destination New South Wales. Michael Wilkinson image courtesy of Steven Simko. Disclaimer This publication has been prepared by Business Events Sydney (BESydney) as an information source only. BESydney makes no statements, representations, or warranties about the accuracy or completeness of, and you and all other persons should not rely on, any information contained in this publication. Any reference to a specific organisation, product or service does not constitute or imply its endorsement or recommendation by BESydney. BESydney disclaims all responsibility and all liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for all expenses, losses, damages and costs you might incur as a result of the information being inaccurate or incomplete in any way, and for any reason. © Business Events Sydney 2016



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GREEN MACHINE DESIGNER OF FUTURE SUSTAINABILITY GLOBAL VISIONARY Scientia Professor Deo Prasad, AO Chief Executive Officer, CRC for Low Carbon Living



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cientia Professor Deo Prasad, AO is a man of passion and extraordinary stamina. For over three decades, he has been among Australia's leading sustainability advocates. His work is paving the way for our future zero carbon cities and shaping better environments for communities across the Asia Pacific. Born and raised in Fiji, Professor Prasad won a scholarship to study at Auckland University, with the option of choosing either engineering, architecture or medicine. “I chose architecture because of the influence you can have in forming and shaping cities,” he says. As a young graduate, Professor Prasad returned to Fiji to work on a tropical design project. The Banaban people were undergoing resettlement on a Pacific island to make way for mining by the British Phosphate Commission on their home island. The program had a disastrous impact on their socio-economic wellbeing as they failed to assimilate into their new environment. “The people were totally displaced. They were environmentally, socially and economically demoralised,” says Professor Prasad. The experience drove Professor Prasad to explore sustainability and sustainable built environments. This decision led him to Sydney, and to the University of New South Wales (UNSW), where within five years he had completed two masters degrees and a PhD on energy and environmental impact. Section 1 — Smarts

“The rest of my career and life has been looking at multi-disciplinary ways of resolving problems,” he says. Professor Prasad brings sustainability research to the forefront of architectural design and construction, collaborating across industry, government, related professions, and academia to effect change. He is Program Director of Master of Built Environment (sustainable development) within the University of New South Wales’ Faculty of Built Environment. He is also the CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) – a A$104 million research collaboration supported by the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres program, and with significant investment from industry, government, and peak body participants. “The CRC, in essence, puts ideas on the table and presents what research can do to enable nextgeneration technologies and systems.”

I chose architecture because of the influence you can have in forming and shaping cities

“I believe that this is the way for making big change and improvement, it ticks the carbon box, the sustainability box, and enables a competitive sector,” says Professor Prasad. Professor Prasad points out the built environment is one of the biggest contributors to carbon and has the lowest cost for abatement. His focus is on how to produce better, lower carbon products as well as on developing new tools, data and nextgeneration technology. Demand-side efficiency is the first step towards carbon reduction, says Professor Prasad. He cites solar panels as one point in case.

Australia has well-established research capabilities, yet as a nation it continues to purchase solar panels from overseas. “Our research is exploring how next-generation, lower carbon products, and technologies, can be produced locally, including innovations such as geoplymer concretes, and building cladding from recycled materials,” he says. “We can then deliver these solutions globally.” Professor Prasad is working closely with universities in Shanghai, Singapore, and Malaysia looking at ways to boost energy efficiency to build greener cities. Funded by the United Nations, he has developed a guideline for sustainable cities and communities in Beijing, and has assisted other Chinese cities with greener planning initiatives. Professor Prasad is now working with Chinese industry to test and trial the planning guidelines to see how they can be upscaled to all cities. On the home front, Professor Prasad says Sydney compares very well with other global cities, in terms of its drive towards low carbon solutions, and continues to benchmark itself against other world leaders. “City of Sydney aspires to a 70 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. This is a big goal for a big city, largely being designed and implemented on the systems already in place. To improve on existing systems, and deliver globally competitive cities, will require collaboration between all levels of government, industry, and researchers,” he says. Professor Prasad has made an outstanding contribution to green buildings research in Australia. He was awarded the NSW State Government’s individual Green Globe Award in 2004, and the Order of Australia in 2014 for services to sustainability and renewable energy, and for extensive international community work. Professor Prasad is a Business Events Sydney Ambassador.


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P R O B L E M Self-declared change agent and straight talking ‘super-problem-solver’, Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC, is an unstoppable force in her service to science, engineering and policy development.

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mong the sun-drenched picnics, barbecues, concerts, and waterfront festivities that mark our national day, Australia Day is also the day we honour outstanding achievement and merit of the highest-degree in service to Australia or humanity at large. This year, New South Wales (NSW) Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane AC was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in recognition of her contributions as one of Australia’s leading scientific experts and consultants. It is certainly an honour that is representative of her lifelong passion, and exceptional career. Professor O’Kane’s love of science and mathematics sprouted from the family dinner table while growing up in country Queensland. With her father a chemistry and maths teacher, and her mother an accountant, maths was often the accompaniment to the evening meal. “At dinner, we would sit around the table doing maths problems,” says Professor O’Kane. During her PhD studies in the 1970s, Professor O’Kane was a pioneer in automatic speech recognition. In the early 1980s she was responsible for the design and establishment of a spoken Australian English database to provide a basis for recognising certain classes of sounds as they occur in naturally spoken continuous speech. From 1996 to 2001, Professor O’Kane was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of 12

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Adelaide – the first female ViceChancellor in the University’s 125-year history. She has also been the Chair of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy from 2010 to 2012, and is a former Member of the Australian Research Council and the Co-operative Research Centres Committee. She has also previously been on the board of FH Faulding & Co Ltd and the board of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Today Professor O’Kane is NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, consulting widely with academia, industry and government to ensure scientific knowledge and research can be adapted and used to benefit NSW. She is also a company director and Executive Chairman of Mary O’Kane & Associates Pty Ltd, a Sydney-based consulting practice specialising in innovation and major policy reviews. “Some of the best things I have achieved have been in policy work,” says Professor O’Kane. She is Chair of the NSW Medical Devices Fund, Chair of the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies Board for the University of Tasmania, Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information Board, and Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Space Environment Management Board. From 2013 – 2014, at the request of former NSW premier Barry O’Farrell, Professor O’Kane conducted an independent review of Coal Seam Gas activities in NSW, and presented her final recommendations to the government in September 2014.

Professor O’Kane is also Director of the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Innovation, an advisory role established to advance the understanding of medicinal cannabis, as well as monitor NSW funded clinical trials, and educate the community and stakeholders in regulatory processes and support innovation. Professor O’Kane believes universities can be the super-problemsolvers to crack some of the hard problems and drive innovative contributions to society. Researchers have the core capabilities for problem-solving. By their very nature, researchers embrace debate and challenge ideas and in fact, thrive on solving big, complex issues. Likewise, industry and government can be “intelligent posers of problems and intelligent absorbers of the results,” says Professor O’Kane. It is on this premise that Professor O’Kane believes collaboration between university expertise, government, and industry is the critical way forward. “Universities, because of their research expertise, are good at posing and refining problems and working together with industry and government to ask and articulate what the issue is. And universities are great connectors with a strong international reach. Ask an academic to solve a hard problem and if they don’t know how, they know who will,” says Professor O’Kane. Nurturing our next generation of super-problem-solvers is therefore just as critical. Professor O’Kane is without doubt a shining role model for


Universities, because of their research expertise, are good at posing and refining problems and working together with industry and government to ask and articulate what the issue is. And universities are great connectors with a strong international reach. Ask an academic to solve a hard problem and if they don’t know how, they know who will

young scientists and a strong advocate for women in science. “We are working very hard to get more women in science and particularly in engineering, making sure they get to senior roles and increasing the numbers in the industry,” says Professor O’Kane. And it starts from the ground up, inspiring students in NSW schools to discover the wonderful world of science and maths. “The vision I have is that every school child will love maths, and we will have lots more people go on to do science and engineering, so Australia will be an even better innovation player,” says Professor O’Kane. Professor O’Kane AC is a Business Events Sydney Board Member

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Seizing opportunity, achieving social justice and making a difference to people’s lives has been at the forefront of Professor Ian Jacobs’ agenda since he was young. Now the new President and Vice Chancellor of UNSW embraces the challenge on a global scale.


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he first in his family to go to university, Professor Ian Jacobs graduated from Cambridge University in 1980 with a BA in Medicine and a relentless desire to have a positive impact on women’s health. “Studying medicine at that time was quite divorced from clinical practice,” says Professor Jacobs. It was his training in obstetrics and delivering babies that gave him the rare chance at “doing something useful”, and inspired him to pursue a career in clinical medicine specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology. In 1991, Professor Jacobs began specialist training in surgery for women's cancer at St Bartholomew's Hospital, and the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. By 1995 he was coinventor and patent holder of a test for ovarian cancer screening. Ovarian cancer is the seventh most common cancer in women worldwide, and only 30 to 50 percent of sufferers survive five years, even today. Finding a way to detect and diagnose the cancer early and save lives has been Professor Jacobs’ passion for 30 years. As a medical student in the early 1980s, Professor Jacobs visited Kenya as part of an elective subject, and was moved by the suffering of the people. Twenty years later, upon setting up the Institute for Women's Health at University College London, an opportunity arose to work alongside Dr Anne Merriman, seeing him return to Africa where he established the Uganda Women’s Health Initiative (UWHI) in 2006. “The focus of the initiative was obstetrics, care of the new born, education, palliative care, radiotherapy, and importantly, setting up a screening service for ovarian cancer,” says Professor Jacobs. In Uganda, cervical cancer is the largest cause of death from cancer among women. “The scale of the problem was, and remains, enormous,” says Professor Jacobs. Section 1 — Smarts

Of the 3,577 women diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in Uganda, 2,464 die from the disease – a death rate of 35 per 100,000 (compared to 2 per 100,000 in Britain). The programme has now screened over 20,000 women and for Professor Jacobs, “It’s the most effective thing I have ever been involved in,” he says. Professor Jacobs has also just completed one the largest clinical trials in history, screening 200,000 British women between 2001 and 2015. The results, published in December 2015, provide encouraging evidence of a potential reduction in mortality rates by 20–25 percent. “It’s a very big step forward for a disease where ordinarily 60 percent of women diagnosed will die within five years,” says Professor Jacobs.

BY 1995, HE WAS CO-INVENTOR AND PATENT HOLDER OF A TEST FOR OVARIAN CANCER SCREENING One of his top priorities for UNSW, as published in the UNSW 2025 Strategic Plan, is to work with disadvantaged and marginalised communities both in Australia and around the world. “We’re looking to do that across the Asia Pacific region but we are also, at the very early stages, exploring what UNSW can do in Africa, and specifically Uganda,” says Professor Jacobs. Having only arrived in Sydney in 2015, Professor Jacobs has made his mark on the landscape. Significantly, he continues to be an advocate for women’s health and taking this message to the world, ensuring it remains a key issue for the medical fraternity.

In 2015, he worked alongside his local and international colleagues to lobby stakeholders to bring the 2021 World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) to Sydney, which will see approximately 7,000 of the world’s leading obstetricians and gynaecologists converge on the city. The world’s largest and most important obstetrics and gynaecology conference, the bid received overwhelming support from both the Australian Federal and New South Wales (NSW) State governments. “Every day approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, and 99 per cent of these occur in developing countries. Events like FIGO shine a light on these issues and bring together global leaders and the best in Australia, to work together to improve health outcomes,” said Professor Jacobs. Unsurprisingly, given the successes of 2015, Professor Jacobs has kicked off early in 2016 with an exciting initiative to pave the way for UNSW’s 52,000 students to access international learning. In February, he was back in the UK to launch the new global university partnership, PLuS Alliance. The alliance brings together Kings’ College London, Arizona State University, and UNSW to help find research-led solutions to global challenges, such as global health, sustainability, renewable energy and innovation in technology. “Through all of this we’re creating opportunities that would not have existed for one university on its own,” says Professor Jacobs. Adding to his achievements in 2016, in March, Professor Jacobs was appointed to an Australianfirst panel of experts to measure the value of university research. The panel, announced by the federal government, will assess research performance to better understand why it lags behind international competitors on commercialisation and industry engagement. Professor Jacobs is a Business Events Sydney Ambassador.



with Amanda Kennedy


I am a legal researcher, and my work has been generally concerned with assessing the effectiveness of natural resources law in rural communities – basically, looking at the law in practice and how it works (or not). In particular, my recent work has focused on land use conflict involving the development of extractive industries (such as coal and coal seam gas). Given the broad-scale conflict we’ve witnessed in the last 5-10 years over these issues (both in Australia and internationally), I am interested in how we can improve regulatory arrangements in this space. This includes looking at how our policy and regulatory arrangements work from the perspective of communities, and how we can look at things like public participation mechanisms and citizen engagement strategies to strengthen land use decision making processes, and hopefully minimise intractable conflict. There is a strong focus on principles of environmental justice in my work, which is an interesting and evolving area of legal and social research.


I was the first in my family to attend university, and my parents always instilled in me persistence and an attitude to never take anything – especially educational opportunities – for granted.


By accident! I actually started down the path of contract law and employment law, and during my undergraduate legal studies I completed a clerkship with a leading firm in Sydney. But legal practice never felt right for me. Then a postgraduate research opportunity came up with my current employer and the rest, as they say, is history. I found I had a real passion for legal research, and I also love teaching and working with students. One of the great things about being an academic is that you get to present your work at national and international conferences, and meet researchers from all over the world looking at similar issues to you. It is great to hear different views and to broaden your perspective; ultimately I think it enriches your work.

They’re leading the packs, taking charge, and steering us towards tomorrow. Our Future Leaders are our window into the future and our next generation of global leaders. But what drives these future leaders, how did they get here, and who are they away from their desks and labs? Here we meet Associate Professor Amanda Kennedy, Deputy Director Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law, University of New England.

of online courses and watched hours of YouTube videos to perfect my skills, and I’ve since made cakes for friends and family, and even won a prize in a national home baking competition a few years ago (on the FoodNetwork PayTV channel – I won a Kitchen Aid, which has come in super handy in cake decorating). It is so different from my day job; it is great to make something with your hands.


I grew up in Sydney and it will always have a special place in my heart; but I would definitely advise visitors to come up and see where I now call home, the New England region. Summers are cool, but in Autumn the region really comes alive in an explosion of colour. We have some fantastic national parks on our doorstep and magnificent seasonal local produce for the foodies. Winter can be a little confronting – but then there is always a chance you will get to see some snow!


I do some of my best thinking when I step away from the computer, particularly when I have time with my two daughters. Their curiosity about the world and how it works, and their honesty and optimism gives me new energy each day. They have a keen sense of justice and fairness, which has prompted some rich conversations about my research, and also my husband’s work (he is a criminal lawyer) around the dinner table.


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In 2011, I won a prestigious Australian Research Council ‘Discovery Early Career Researcher Award’, a A$375,000 grant to undertake research in my chosen field. In that year’s round of awards I was the only winner in the discipline of law.


I try to read for pleasure rather than work – but this can be hard when you spend a good deal of your working hours reading articles and textbooks. My other hobby is cake decorating. A few years ago, after my eldest daughter was born, I started making kids’ birthday cakes and found I really enjoyed it. I enrolled in a couple

That is a tough one! Anything I can sing along to, really. With two daughters I’m forced to listen to a lot of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry; but otherwise, my music collection spans 50s jazz through to 60s psychedelic rock and 70s disco, with some 80s punk and new wave, and 90s pop thrown in for good measure! It all depends what mood I’m in.

KICKING GLOBAL GOALS FOR NSW Stuart Ayres Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport


rowing up the son of a father serving in the Australian Defence Force, Stuart Ayres has perhaps experienced more of Australia than most. Given his mobile lifestyle during his formative years, and his broad appreciation of the many strengths our nation can offer, it speaks volumes that he not only chose to live in Sydney but also to represent its people in the New South Wales (NSW) Parliament. As NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, and Minister for Sport, Stuart brings his drive for growth and better living to the fore on a daily basis. His passion for Australia’s most populous state is palpable. “There are people who would look at my portfolio and think that it is quite a broad and a disparate set of areas in which to work. In fact, it is quite the opposite, particularly in a nation which is prized for its lifestyle, tourism and multiculturalism,” says Ayres. “These areas are about growth, about building connections – economic, cultural and social – that will continue to add value to businesses and our local communities. They also sit at the heart of our number one strength: Section 1 — Smarts

we are not only a wonderful place to visit and invest, but a great place to do business and study. “NSW is firing on all cylinders. We are one of the only Australian states to maintain a AAA credit rating. And our economy is growing at around 3 percent. In fact, Sydney itself contributes around 20 percent of Australia’s GDP. I’d say in anyone’s book that these are outstanding results and there’s much more to come. “Sydney is a city undergoing a great period of transformation with a massive infrastructure agenda. This change is generating a new enthusiasm amongst our communities about taking our great city to the next level on the global stage. “Sport also has a vital role in this our natural beauty and climate lends itself to heading outdoors and there we teach our children the values of mateship and fair play. These days people often talk about the diplomacy of sport – its ability to bridge cultural and language differences with the appeal of a common game and goal. We certainly see these opportunities, business, trade, tourism and sport, as serving a common purpose, which is to strengthen NSW, and showcase our natural attributes, be they people or place. “In my time as Minister for Trade, I’ve led a number of international missions, and one thing is clear: globally our innovation and entrepreneurship is sought after and respected. Our message from Sydney is that anything is possible there. We are Australia’s startup capital and at the same time we are the nation’s strongest economy. This is the beauty of NSW, we are open for business. “Our state has a number of strategically strong sectors , including professional and financial services, ICT and education and research, and we are investing in making sure that our talent has access to world markets. Business events are an important branch of our international engagement strategy,” says Minister Ayres. The increasingly valuable contribution that meetings can make towards national and regional economic development, employment and education and how this will

progress over the next 15 years will be the central subject of discussions at the 14th annual IMEX Politicians Forum, taking place in Frankfurt in April. This unique event will again unite up to 40 politicians, including national and regional government ministers, and political influencers with around 80 industry leaders. They will exchange knowledge and best practice on how governments, regions and cities can make the most of the wide-ranging benefits that investment in conferences and meetings can bring, from income and employment to inward investment, education and scientific advancement. As this year’s keynote speaker, Minister Ayres will deliver a speech entitled How Meetings and Events Can Fulfill Political Optimism. He will focus on several key areas including the importance of matching business events with trade, investment and export policies. Ayres said, “I’m excited to address the Politician’s Forum at IMEX in Frankfurt on the major issues affecting our industry. Business events are key drivers for our State – stimulating the knowledge economy, supporting trade and investment, talent acquisition and retention, and fostering sustainable future growth.” As Hon Ragnheidur Elin Arnadottir, Minister of Industry and Commerce for Iceland commented after taking part in the IMEX Politicians Forum 2015. “There is tremendous economic value and intellectual capital gain associated with a strong meetings and conference industry. Therefore it is crucial for governments to respond with a focused strategy to make the most of these business opportunities to benefit their destination.” Sydney and NSW are well ahead of the game, with strong government support and industry alignment with its business events industry: the focus is on global engagement and collaboration for the state’s business and community.


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To have the biggest retailer of food in the country as OzHarvest’s partner means there is a real opportunity for impact. For Woolworths to state that they have a zero waste target and to partner with us to help them achieve that is a very big stand



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very year two million Australians rely on food relief, half of whom are children. Yet, Australia a country of 24 million people, produces enough food to feed approximately 60 million people. Thankfully one woman’s quest to eradicate food waste is helping to close the gap in the supply chain. 13 years ago Ronni Kahn was an events producer running a successful business when she decided to do something about the food waste she kept seeing in the industry every day. Kahn says what galvanised her into action during her search for purpose, was connecting with a friend who was personally responsible for bringing electricity to Soweto, a South African city of around six million people. Seeing the extent of what she had been able to achieve and the impact on people’s lives was the defining moment. “I wanted to know what that felt like,” says Kahn. Drawing on what she knew best, Kahn founded food rescue organisation, OzHarvest in Sydney in 2004. The following year she successfully lobbied state governments to amend legislation to allow potential food donors to donate surplus food to charitable organisations without fear of liability. Since then, OzHarvest has delivered more than 45 million meals to people in need. Each week their fleet of 35 vans rescues 88 tonnes of food that would otherwise go to landfill, and distributes the food to over 850 charities. They collect some of Australia’s finest produce from restaurants, hotels, delis, takeaway outlets, film and TV shoots, producers, supermarkets, growers and farmers, and deliver it free of charge all around Australia. In a significant move, one of Australia's supermarket giants, Woolworths, has now partnered with OzHarvest to help reduce the billions of dollars in food wasted every year, and reach their ambitious landfill reduction targets over the next five years.

“To have the biggest food retailer in the country as OzHarvest’s partner means there is a real opportunity for impact. For Woolworths to state that they have a zero waste target and to partner with us to help them achieve that is a very big stand,” says Kahn. This is just one of many outstanding partnerships the organisation has developed. Kahn says she receives daily calls from businesses seeking to 'up the ante' on their social commitment. “Our major purpose is to nourish our country, and in doing so we rescue, educate, and engage,” says Kahn. OzHarvest has formed a new ‘healthy eating partnership’ with the nation's national Indigenous performing arts group, Bangarra Dance Theatre. The two organisations will work together to create positive change to health and nutrition in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Joining Bangarra in their recent tour to Arnhem Land, OzHarvest produced delicious meals from local produce to demonstrate how easy and cost effective it is to eat sustainably. Kahn says the initiative is making real inroads in indigenous health and gives communities an ongoing program to source surplus food and reduce waste. “Two million Australians suffer from lack of food security,” says Kahn. “Food rescue is a very important part of what we do but in order to minimise food waste and grow our impact, we also have to educate,” she says. OzHarvest runs numerous national programs such as Think.Eat.Save – as part of their UNEP partnership, the CEO CookOff, and their Nourish program to raise awareness about food waste, food security and sustainability. These programs bring leadership and the vulnerable together, putting the spotlight on food education, and ultimately breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. “My goal has always been to put us out of business in the food waste space. Every day, I need to innovate and look at ways we can be more impactful,” says Kahn.




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Sydney start-up, Simply Wall Street, has uncovered a niche market in the highly competitive global fintech industry, and snared a place amongst the top 50 emerging fintechs ‘to watch’ around the world in December 2015’s 'Fintech 100'.


owered by data sourced from Standard & Poors Global Market Intelligence, Simply Wall Street's app uses simple infographics to disseminate complex financial data into a visual platform, helping retail investors to make profitable non-emotional long term investment decisions in the stock market. “Like all good relationships these days, we met online,” laughs Cofounder, and Chief Operating Officer, Nick van den Berg on how he came to join forces with his founding partner and Simply Wall Street Chief Executive Officer, Alistair Bentley. At the time, Mr Bentley was frustrated by the lack of tools to support the average person investing in the stock market, and had started tinkering with a few prototypes to demystify the investment challenge. His mission was to help people look beyond the market hype and present companies' performance details in simple visuals based on intelligent, quantitative data. Inspired by their vision, the pair began collaborating on early visual concepts while both working full-time jobs in Perth. In June 2014, they launched Simply Wall Street, and moved to Sydney. The start-up quickly gained traction and they secured a place in Australia’s first targeted accelerator

program for financial technology start-ups, AWI Ventures. The sixmonth program gave them access to the fintech network, office space, and included a A$100,000 capital injection, which they used to purchase the financial data. On graduating from AWI, they successfully secured A$600,000 in a second round of funding from a syndicate of high-net-worth individuals, including Sydney Angel's Sidecar Fund. Since then they have recently been announced as one of winners of the Citibank Mobile Challenge. The challenge saw 1,900 teams from around the world compete to show Citibank innovative fintech solutions that the bank could use for their clients. In addition to


winning USD$25,000, the bank is now exploring possibilities of a pilot utilising Simply Wall Street. Covering the Australian Securities Exchange, the London Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ, and the New York Stock Exchange, Simply Wall Street currently has 25,000 ‘freemium’ users worldwide. Their new subscription platform for 'power users' was turned on 1 March 2016, closely followed by the launch of their mobile apps for Apple and Android devices. “Australians are natural innovators, starting with the lawn mower and the hills hoist. We just go out and give it a crack,” says van den Berg. Australia is a prime player in the growth of fintech companies Section 2 — Ideas


worldwide, with Sydney being one of the five top global fintech hubs. The boom in the industry has been helped by the Australian Government’s R&D Tax Incentive, and for Simply Wall Street it is a very attractive reason to stay in Sydney, despite growing success across the US, UK, and Hong Kong markets. So what’s the key to a successful start-up? Van den Berg says it is a strong co-founder relationship. “Always work with a co-founder so you can bounce off each other, don’t try to create a start-up alone,” says van den Berg. “Al and I focus on different areas. We are both forceful and driven personalities, but it works really well.” 23

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any mere mortals would be intimidated at the prospect of clothing Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, but Michael Wilkinson simply mustered his own super powers when he was called on to costume the caped crusaders for the upcoming blockbuster Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. “There’s nothing I like more than a challenge – I like to get out of my comfort zone and go to new creative places,” says Wilkinson. There have been many unforgettable chapters in Wilkinson’s life since he graduated from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in costume design. In 2014, Wilkinson received multiple award nominations for his work on American Hustle, including an Oscar nomination for best achievement in costume design, a Costume Designers Guild Award nomination for excellence in period film and a BAFTA nomination for best costume design. Earlier in his career Wilkinson designed the costumes for Tron: Legacy, Man of Steel, Babel, Noah, Terminator: Salvation, 300, and Watchmen. His theatre work includes awardwinning costumes for the Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia and Radio City Hall. In 2000 he masterminded the opening and closing ceremony costumes for the Sydney Olympics. “I like to get out of my comfort zone and go to new creative places,” he says. Next up is Joy, David O. Russell’s follow up to American Hustle starring Jennifer Lawrence. While he now lives in Hollywood and counts its A-list among his circle of celebrity friends and colleagues,

Wilkinson credits his studies in Sydney as forming the foundations for his stellar career. “My three years at NIDA really shaped who I am today,” he says. “It was constantly challenging on a creative and personal level, and it changed the way I see the world and how I process my experiences. It was at NIDA that I first decided to ‘say yes to everything’. I realised that if something sounded scary and new, I’d grow as an artist and, as a person by facing it head-on.” His degree in design from NIDA also instilled in Wilkinson a belief that creativity is an intrinsic part of his humanity, something he embraces in his professional and personal life. “NIDA instilled in me that what I do is not just a job or how I earn a living, it is a way of expressing who I am, and how I feel about the world around me.” Wilkinson is not the only Australian costume designer to have found success in Hollywood, with other bold-face names including Orr Kelly and Catherine Martin. “I think Australians have a combination of hunger and fearlessness: we can escape the cautiousness and over-thinking that might affect designers from other cultures,” says Wilkinson. “The Australian quality of ‘giving it a go’ and not being afraid of what other people might think, is wonderfully liberating and helps you fly off into uncharted creative waters.” @wilkinsonmartin Source: First published on Author: Georgina Safe. Licensed from the Commonwealth of Australia under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence. The Commonwealth of Australia does not necessarily endorse the content of this publication. Image courtesy of Steven Simko.




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t all started with two guys living in Newtown in Sydney’s busy inner west, and one great idea to reduce the number of cars on the road, and do something positive for the environment. “Wouldn’t it be great to share a car with our neighbours?” In 2003, GoGet co-founders, Bruce Jeffreys and Nic Lowe, put their idea into action and launched Sydney’s first car sharing operation with three cars, and a handful of customers. Today they have 2,100 cars, 80,000 members, and operate in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra. “GoGet is now one of the largest car share companies in the world, and Sydney is one of the largest car share cities in the world. Over 10 percent of residents in the City of Sydney are car share households,” says GoGet CEO Tristan Sender. Convenience is what GoGet is all about. They cleverly map customers' needs to service offerings and by doing so, make car sharing a viable option over car ownership. The net effect is fewer cars on the road and less money tied up in expensive assets, which in turn boosts the uptake of alternative transport options, and helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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GoGet has cars in fixed ‘pods’ across residential areas and the inner city. They are pet friendly, baby friendly (with baby seats installed), vans are available outside IKEA outlets for transporting heavy purchases, and business vehicles are ready for use in many CBD carparks. The service is powered by smart, in-house telematics technology that allows customers to book a car online, swipe, and go. “Our mission from the outset has been to make it more convenient to use a GoGet than own a car,” says Sender. “Studies have shown that the average car share car takes between 9 and 14 private vehicles off the road. We are part of the City of Sydney’s environmental policy as a way of getting people to use car sharing instead of using their own individual car, which is often only used for on average about an hour a day,” he says. Their successful demanddriven business model has seen the company expand from the residential and small-tomedium business market, to large business and government agencies. Servicing the Australian business market now makes up 30 to 40 percent of their business. “Businesses can see a

profound saving in the money they spend on their fleet because they do not have to buy so many cars to accommodate their peak needs,” says Sender. GoGet recently formed a partnership with Dexus, to enable the property developer to offer car sharing services to their tenants as an alternative to their corporate tenants’ fleet or car pooling needs, as well as servicing occupants’ needs. The company has also been working with the New South Wales (NSW) Government to trial car sharing as part of their fleet reform process, and reduce expenditure on car pooling. The NSW Government predicts a population increase of approximately one million people in Sydney over the next 10 years. Sender points out, with current car ownership levels as they are, that would make Sydney extremely congested. “Car sharing can really help alleviate that problem and lower the level of ownership. It is quite exciting that we are working in that way to help create smarter better cities of the future,” says Sender.




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ustralia has long been known for its multiculturalism and unique diversity. Australia’s first city, and the nation’s largest city, Sydney is a melting pot of cultures; all of which make up the rich and vibrant tapestry of this iconic city. Over 20 percent of the city was born outside Australia. Migration to Sydney and New South Wales (NSW) has been on the rise since the 1950s. This migration has not only seen the population swell, and an influx of global talent arrive in the city and state, but the array of diverse cultures and traditions have created a community of depth unlike anywhere else in the world. Cultures from around the world have woven their way through the streets of every suburb, but like most global cities around the world, if you truly want to experience the best of Australian-ethnic culture, here are the best of the best.


Saigon express They say if you’re looking for the best Vietnamese food in Sydney, look no further than Cabramatta. This tiny suburb is home to Australia’s largest Vietnamese population, and has undergone one of the most successful urban transformations over the past few years. INSIDER’S TIP: You cannot beat Bau Truong (42 John Street, Cabramatta) for a great, authentic meal

DON’T MISS: Cabramatta Moon Festival, one of Australia’s largest South-East Asian events each September

Hellenic delights

A’right cobber?

The areas of Brighton Le-Sands and Sans Souci, near Sydney’s airports are known as home to a large Greek population. Closer to the central business district, the suburb of Marrickville has long been established as a Hellenic capital in Sydney. The scent of lamb and oregano fills the air, and Orthodox churches loom amongst the urban sprawl.

It might be home to Australia’s most famous beach, but Bondi Beach, and neighbouring Coogee, are Sydney’s English and Irish expat havens. Walk along the Bondi-Bronte track on any given day, listen to conversations around you, and you would be forgiven to think that you are in Brighton or Galway. There is so much to see and do in these coastal suburbs, we just do not know where to start. But for those homesick expats, you cannot go past everyone’s all-time favourite, fish and chips!

INSIDER’S TIP: One bite and you will be transported to Athens, Corinthian Rotisserie Restaurant (283 Marrickville Road, Marrickville)

INSIDER’S TIP: For traditional British fare DON’T MISS: Lamia Super Deli (278 Marrickville Road, Marrickville) – one step inside and you will feel like you are at the Laiki Markets in Athens

Sydney’s Middle-East Little Italy Drive through this leafy garden suburb of Haberfield, wind down the window and no doubt you will feel like you are in Naples! The smell of tomato sauce fills the air, shops on the main street are lined with Italian sweets, old men sit in a council on public benches. Some of the best authentic pizza in Sydney will be found here; welcome to Sydney’s little Italy.

Travel out to Sydney’s South-Western suburbs and you’ll be steeped in the heart of multicultural Australia. Home to diverse cultures and Australia’s newest waves of migration, the area has been home to Sydney’s thriving MiddleEastern culture for some time. Sydney’s lively and vibrant Lebanese community has introduced some of the best of the Middle-East in Lakemba and Greenacre.

stop in at The Traditional Chip Shop (78 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction)

DON’T MISS: Where to start! Something you can do all year around, the Bondi to Bronte walk is of a spectacular short-walk

Dumplings made in heaven Right in the heart of Sydney’s Asian community, Ashfield has long been established as the centre of the city’s Chinese community. Look no further for the best dumplings in the city. Delicious little morsels filled with so much tasty goodness. INSIDER’S TIP: If you are not at New

INSIDER’S TIP: Al Aseel (183 Waterloo Rd, Italian in the city, La Disfida (109 Ramsay Street, Haberfield)

Greenacre), you cannot go past the mixed plates, and make sure you get extra garlic dip

Shanghai (273 Liverpool Road, Ashfield) by 6.00pm, make sure you have comfortable shoes on; you will be waiting a while

DON’T MISS: Haberfield Festa for the best

DON’T MISS: After you walk out of Al

DON’T MISS: Ashfield comes alive each

Aussie-Italian festival each November

Aseel, turn to your left and walk towards the bright lights of Sabbagh Patissery, and the mouth-watering deserts such as kanafa

year to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year

INSIDER’S TIP: Trust us, this is the best

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1. Hello Kitty Diner

4. Buffalo Dining Club

In the heart of Chatswood, one of Sydney’s largest Chinese communities outside of Chinatown, and just a short train ride out of the city centre, is the Hello Kitty Diner. Offering an explosion of bright, pastel colours, Hello Kitty print clad booths, and a statue of the famous icon, the café is over the top – and that is why we love it. Popular choices are the overfilled sodas and shakes with Hello Kitty stamped cookies, Asian-inspired ribs and fries, and homemade waffles. If you are there at the right time, you might also bump into the kitty herself entertaining visitors.

Tucked away in the backstreets of Sydney’s ultra-trendy Darlinghurst is a ‘mozzarella bar’, specialising in fresh produce, such as their famous buffalo mozzarella, which is flown into Sydney direct from Italy three times a week. The intimate two-level local venue is a smash hit with locals, who visit often to sample the ever changing menu. The speciality of the house is the steaming hot pasta tossed at your table in a giant wheel of cheese, as well as the imported mozzarella, cured meats, and housemade gelato. Buon appetito! ADDRESS: 116 Surrey Street,

ADDRESS: 436 Victoria Ave, Chatswood



2. Tella Balls Dessert Bar

5. Catmosphere Café

Head to Dulwich Hill, south of Sydney, for the recently opened chocolate-hazelnut spread café, Tella Balls Dessert Bar. Owner, Aki Daikos, is the creator of the extremely popular Tella Ball, a Nutellafilled doughnut served atop a milkshake at Erskineville institution, Foodcraft Espresso. Taking his passion further into inner Sydney, Daikos’ café has released 10 new doughnut flavours, including: peanut butter, lemon butter, and cheesecake. This is the first-ever Nutella dessert bar in Sydney and it is certain to secure a place on a sweet tooth’s map of Sydney.

Fancy a cuddle with a rescued kitten? Australia’s first ‘space-themed’ cat café consists of a regular cafe area – where you can pick up a hot drink, and a cat-spaced coffee – and two separate cat rooms. While entry to the café is free, bookings for the cat rooms are restricted to 10-12 people per hour, to ensure the happiness and welfare of the ‘Catstronauts’ while guests enjoy their coffee. Spending some time with your new feline friend requires a reservation.

ADDRESS: 372 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill NSW 2203

3. Aqua S Ice Cream Parlour Taking two of the most popular choices for childrens' parties – ice cream and fairy floss – Aqua S Ice Cream Parlour on George Street combines the two treats for a taste sensation for all ages. On the menu are three flavours of soft serve that change fortnightly such as, salted panna cotta, and lemon ice tea. From here you can add your choice of white fairy floss, toasted marshmallows, popping candy, and caramel popcorn. Queues for the desserts can be fairly lengthy, so be prepared to wait, or get there early.

ADDRESS: 66 Foveaux St, Surry Hills

6. Café Bones Claiming to be the world’s first doggy café, Café Bones is based in the inner western suburb of Leichhardt, and aims to be the ultimate destination for dogs, and their ‘two-legged’ pets – us humans. Food and beverages are available for both species, with gourmet dog biscuits and a café-style dog beverage, the Pupaccino, to keep the four-legged friends happy. ADDRESS: Hawthorne Canal Reserve, Leichhardt

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Sydney is consistently voted amongst the top 10 cities in the world to live. The rumours are true; Sydney is home to beautiful beaches, great leisure and entertainment, food and culture, and fantastic career opportunities. In fact, did you know that recent research undertaken by BESydney and the University of Technology Sydney shows that 7 percent of people attending international events in Sydney then chose to move here for work or study? So what is it really like to live in Sydney? Let’s take a sneak peek into the life of an average Sydneysider, Kate, a Creative Director.




Bzzzz… alarm goes off. Bang! Grrr Monday morning! Fantastic weekend – yet again! So much to tell people at work around the water cooler. Quick, gotta get out the door. Sydney’s light rail – love it! Get to work in the heart of Ultimo in no time.

Groundhog day! Repeat the whirl of Monday’s morning routine. Come lunch time, and today the great sushi in the city is beckoning me. Head out into the great weather. Winter in Sydney isn’t too rough – the days peak at around 16º – not too bad really. Better take a jacket just in case it is cooler than expected.

Decide to beat the alarm and get in a run before the day begins. Today is conference day!

Emails emails emails, followed by meetings… then pensive thoughts over my latest project. Stop, get some fresh air – it is lunch time. Back from lunch and time to come together with the team to work through some strategies for progressing a global pitch we’re working on. It is great to have talent from around the world working with us, gives us so many different and unique perspectives. Ping! It’s home time. It’s Monday, so along with every other Sydneysider I hit the pavement for a run. We Sydneysiders take our exercise and outdoor lifestyles pretty seriously. Dinner! Fresh produce is the best, and there are so many great farmers’ markets around, this weekend I went to Pyrmont Growers’ Markets where I picked up some wonderful produce (another thing we take seriously – our food!). It’s the national broadcaster’s (ABC) night tonight, so hit the couch for Q&A – the best topic of conversation at work tomorrow.


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Make it through the afternoon of work, looking forward to tonight’s adventure! Vivid Sydney is on! The city comes alive with a lights spectacular. Where else do you get entertainment like this all along the harbour foreshore, from The Rocks, Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Darling Harbour. I cannot get over how much there is to do in this city. Last week it was the superb Bangarra Dance Theatre performance, and next week it is Carmen at Sydney Opera House.

Professional development opportunities are rife in the city, and today is my sector’s turn. Sydney’s creative services industries are moving rapidly, and there is such a wealth of talent in the city, who are taking on global projects. International conferences such as the one I am attending today are so exciting as we get to hear from the best in the business from around the world. There is also the opportunity to network, and connect with other delegates from right here in Australia and internationally, and discover what they are doing in our space. Long day – conference finishes with cocktail networking – love this time of conferences, really get to meet new people in my sector. Set up some meetings to discuss potential collaboration on a new project. Exciting times ahead, watch this space.





Back to the morning routine.

Yay made it! It is Friday, and as much as I love work, I am looking forward to the weekend. Perfect winter weather!

Get up and go for a run again, and grab the weekend newspaper (oh, ok and a croissant and coffee!).

Zoom through the day, and it is home time! Not before I hit Friday night drinks at The Establishment, at the other end of the city. Everything is so close, so I jump on a train and get down to the bar in no time at all. Love catching up with the gang.

Need to buy a present for Mum. She likes unique and well-thought out gifts. The city has a range of fantastic shopping options – with Australian and international brands; but this time it is the markets that offer the best ideas. Hit Paddington Markets for something a little arty.

Road trip time! An hour later and we are out of the city, heading down the south coast to Wollongong, one of the state’s biggest regional centres. Along the stunning coastline, the drive along Lawrence Hargreave Drive is spectacular. Stop at one of the clifftop pubs for a quintessential Aussie pub lunch, there really is nothing as picturesque and relaxing as this.

Decide to ride into work today, across the Anzac Bridge, what a view across the city as I zoom across the bridge. Lock up the bike and grab a coffee, along with a green juice. Yet more ‘Sydneyisms’ – coffee and health food. Get to work and shoot off some emails to the contacts from yesterday’s conference. Share the learnings from yesterday with management and my colleagues. Everyone is feeling inspired by the endless possibilities and opportunities. Looks like the projects we are working on are leading the way in our sector, feels so great to be part of an environment that will make a difference to our community. Finish the day on time and head to yoga! Love the time spent sweating it out on my yoga mat, it is my time. Feeling very zen. Looking forward to a healthy dinner to make me feel invigorated inside and out!

We are all hungry, so decide to go around the corner to Mr Wong’s. This city is full of fantastic restaurants, it took us all a while to come to a consensus on the best place to eat. Home time – taxi!

Since we are in the Eastern suburbs, we travel out a bit more and head to Bondi Beach, lunch at Icebergs right on the water. What a fab location. Decide to do the Bondi to Bronte walk, perfect weather for it. Winter sun is great. Trek back across the city, tonight it is a quiet one, after a big week.

Drive another 20 minutes into the heart of Wollongong. There is an exhibition of a local artist at the Wollongong Art Gallery, so take some time to explore the exhibition and the gallery. We parked at the beach, so the walk back is perfect – we make the most of it and stop off for ice-cream as we walk along the Blue Mile coastal walk, which takes in the stunning local coastline. There are so many locals out, as well as visitors making the most of the outdoors and coastal picnic areas. The afternoon creeps on and it is time to head home. Hmmm it is Sunday night, a new week ahead. Another great week finished.

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Sydney Shines edition 5  

Sydney Shines shares the stories of the brains, beauty, ideas and personalities borne from Sydney and NSW. The people and stories in the pub...

Sydney Shines edition 5  

Sydney Shines shares the stories of the brains, beauty, ideas and personalities borne from Sydney and NSW. The people and stories in the pub...