Emerging and Brilliant

We've scoured the state and the country to bring the best, most innovative speakers and topics to TEDxUniSA Emergence. These speakers will make up our August 3 program, and we're super excited to have them on board!

All speakers went through an application process. Successful applicants were invited to an Open Mic Night, where they were judged by the TEDxUniSA panel on their presentation skills, style, and their topic applicability to the theme. Introducing the TEDxUniSA Emergence speakers...

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Sanja Jovanovic

Sanja has been an integral part of the TEDxUniSA Curation Team, and we are delighted she has accepted our invitation to host our event in 2019. 

Sanja is the Managing Director and Founder of Talent Academy Australia, which develops public speaking skills in the public and private sectors. Sanja is also on the state team for the National Council of Women Australia

LinkedIn: Sanja Jovanovic

Professional Development: Talent Academy

Angela Bee Chan

Angela Bee Chan is passionate about activating innovation amongst all individuals and bringing people together to create meaningful change. Angela is the Head of Innovation and Growth at Schneider Electric Pacific and the Founder and CEO of Hackathons. Some call her “Australia’s Innovation Hacker”.

LinkedIn: Angela Bee Chan

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Sam Corfitsen

Sam Corfitsen is a voice for LGBT+ rights, mental health and human connection. He is a story teller who relates to people across all walks of life through the physical, emotional, spiritual and social challenges he has faced. Now Sam travels the world sharing his message on stages and YouTube.

YouTube: Sam Corfitsen

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Dr Corinna Di Niro

Dr Corinna Di Niro is a theatre maker with a passion for enhancing the audiences’ experience. She holds a PhD in Commedia dell’Arte and has performed and taught theatre nationally and internationally. Corinna is the Artistic Director at her theatre company Stage Secrets, teaches at UniSA and guest lectures at NIDA.

LinkedIn: Dr Corinna Di Niro

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Rebecca Marrone

Rebecca Marrone is a final year PhD Candidate in the School of Engineering at the University of South Australia. Her research focuses on minimising gender differences in Mathematics.

LinkedIn: Rebecca Marrone

Dr Richard Matthews

Dr Richard Matthews is no stranger to wicked problems. He has worked in diverse fields including the military, governance and academia. His adaptive leadership style brings diverse, dissenting views together on problems that have no well-defined solutions. His talk presents an innovative technical tool for content moderation in a growing social world.

LinkedIn: Dr Richard Matthews

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Joseph O'Leary

Joseph O’Leary is a final year PhD student from the University of South Australia, School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences. Joseph's PhD research has focused on improving the mechanics associated with near-Earth objects and solar system bodies in the post-Newtonian approximation to the general theory of relativity.

LinkedIn: Joe O'Leary

Professor Tarl Prow

In 2004, Dr. Prow earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in the field of Nanomedicine. He then completed his T32 funded post-doc at the Wilmer Eye Institute at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and was faculty there until he relocated to the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia in 2007. He now focuses on translational outcomes from his NHMRC funded micromedical device development team as a Research Professor.

LinkedIn: Tarl Prow

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Pratishtha Purohit

Pratishtha works as a success coach and finds innovative ways to empower her clients to unleash their true potential and aims to connect them with their inner selves. She is a head injury survivor and knows what it means to hit rock bottom. Pratishtha is known to have a vibrant and colourful energy, and her dependency on hearing aids doesn’t deter her from being a great listener.

LinkedIn: Pratishtha Purohit

Sonya Ryan

For the past five years, Sonya Ryan has dedicated herself to the promotion of internet safety through the Carly Ryan Foundation, established in memory of her daughter Carly. Sonya is continuing her campaign to have online safety made a compulsory component of the national education curriculum. Through the Carly Ryan Foundation, Sonya also provides counselling for victims of internet crime and provides police with information to help prevent crimes against children. Sonya was named South Australia's Australian of the Year in 2013.

LinkedIn: Sonya Ryan

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Rebekah Smith

Bek Smith is a fitness leader, physiotherapist and psychology educator. Her work centres around teaching cognitive, emotional and behavioural skills, including mindfulness, compassion and creativity. She is a Master Instructor for SAHMRI’s Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, a Reebok-sponsored presenter for Les Mills Asia Pacific, and an independent consultant for Smith & Wellness.

LinkedIn: Bek Smith

Professor Jessica Vanderlelie

Professor Vanderlelie is the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Success at La Trobe University leading the university to develop and implement a sustainable, and integrated strategy to improve the La Trobe student experience and graduate outcomes. Jessica is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Australian Award for Excellence in Teaching and the AFR Emerging Leader Award in recognition of her transformative leadership.

LinkedIn: Professor Jessica Vanderlelie

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Dr Zachary Anesbury

Zachary Anesbury is the Inaugural Gerald Goodhardt Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Senior Marketing Scientist at the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute, University of South Australia. His research focuses on expanding the generalisable knowledge of consumer brand buying behaviour. He is currently extending that knowledge to how consumers buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

LinkedIn: Dr Zachary Anesbury

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