Tech Australia 2018 | London Tech Week

Tech Australia | London Tech Week 2018

Speaker line-up includes: AirTree Ventures, London Stock Exchange, Financial Conduct Authority, Hays, Revolut, Trade and Investment Queensland, and emerging Aussie startups

Australia is one of the world’s most exciting growth tech markets with over 27 years of continuous economic growth, a sophisticated consumer base, and business spending on tech forecast to hit more than £35 billion this year.

Australia is the home of local world-beaters including Atlassian and Freelancer, the big new market for recent entrants including Amazon, LinkedIn and Expedia, the regional hub for global tech unicorns like Slack, TransferWise and Twitter, and a global test bed for giants including Citibank, AOL and Facebook.

Join us at ‘Tech Australia 2018’ to hear more about the Australian tech market from keynote speaker Craig Blair, Founder and Managing Partner of Australia’s largest VC fund AirTree Ventures, Deputy High Commissioner of Australia Matt Anderson, rapid fire sessions with a range of Aussie start-ups, and a panel discussion with key allies on moving between the UK and Australia including the Financial Conduct Authority’s Anna Wallace, Trade and Investment Queensland’s Warren Bartlett, Hays’ Adam Shapley and Revolut’s Will Mahon-Heap.

Followed by a reception with Aussie wine, beer and pies.


Craig Blair, Founder and Managing Partner, AirTree Ventures

Craig Blair is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at AirTree Ventures, an early and growth stage venture firm based in Sydney that backs world-class entrepreneurs. Craig has been a principal in two venture capital funds for over 10 years and has been involved in building some of Australia’s and the UK’s leading software businesses.

Craig’s experience includes 5 years as Executive Director of Netus, a venture fund that delivered top decile returns to investors, 2 years as founding CEO & Executive Chairman of Beamly, 6 years as Chairman of PetCircle and four years as Founder/Director of Travelselect, one of the early online travel companies in the UK that successfully exited to Lastminute.com.


James Clark, Head of Tech and Lifesciences, Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange

James joined the London Stock Exchange in January 2016 in Business Development with a sector focus on the Technology and Lifesciences industries. James brings this sector focus to help startups and investors by demolishing the myths around public markets. James is based in London but integrates with colleagues across Europe, Israel, Asia and the rest of the world.

Over nearly 20 years, James has developed a broad range of experience in marketing, policy and deep industry knowledge around venture funding and tech startups. In recent years, as a “one man think tank” at the British Venture Capital Association, James published policy research into the role of technology and innovation. His three major research papers Tech CountryThe Missing Piece, and VC Evolved, looked at how early stage entrepreneurship interacts with sources of growth funding. Alongside this work, James was a founding member of the Tech City UK Cluster Alliance as well as the founder of TLA Triage, a free advice service for startups under the auspices of Tech London Advocates.


Matt Anderson, Deputy High Commissioner, Australian High Commission

Mr. Anderson is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has returned recently from a posting to Afghanistan as Head of Mission.

Mr. Anderson has served as High Commissioner to Solomon Islands (2011-13) and High Commissioner to Samoa (2007-2011) and has also been posted to Papua New Guinea and South Africa. He was Chief Negotiator of the Australian-led Peace Monitoring Group on Bougainville and undertook a Short Term Mission to Cambodia.


Anna Wallace, Head of Innovate, Financial Conduct Authority

Anna is the Head of Innovate at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). She was appointed in July 2017 and had previously been the Senior Manager of the FCA’s Innovation Hub. Anna has worked at the FCA and its predecessor, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) since 2012.

Prior to leading the FCA’s approach to innovation, Anna worked in Policy where, amongst other things, she led the FCA’s approach to pay day lending and smarter communications. Before joining the FSA, Anna worked at the Scottish Government for seven years. In that time, she held various roles in public policy spanning public health, elections and transport.


Adam Shapley, Senior Regional Director Australia New Zealand, Hays

As a member of the Operations Management team across Australia and New Zealand, Adam is responsible for the strategic direction and operational performance of Hays Digital Technology across the region. His responsibilities include driving growth across the sector and within our specialised vertical markets including Digital Technology, Projects & Business Change, IT Operations & Support.


Will Mahon-Heap, International Expansion, Revolut

Will Mahon-Heap leads international expansion in Asia-Pacific for neo-bank Revolut, one of the world’s fastest growing fintech companies. Revolut is launching in Australia in the next few months.

Revolut started as a travel card allowing retail consumers access to free foreign exchange in up to 26 currencies. It’s now Europe’s most successful neo-bank, acquiring over 2 million customers in under 3 years with no marketing spend.

Will also co-founded Equitise the only Aus/NZ equity crowdfunding platform, and was a corporate lawyer at Russell McVeagh.


Warren Bartlett, Deputy Trade and Investment Commissioner, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, Trade & Investment Queensland

Warren joined Trade & Investment Queensland in January 2015 to support the Agent General and team in London with achieving key sectorial priorities in the UK, European and Sub Saharan African markets. He has worked in the UK and Australia and is a dual citizen of both countries. Since 2011 he worked as a senior BDM at London & Partners, identifying FDI business opportunities for Queensland companies operating in London and accessing European markets. Warren has performed sector lead roles at London & Partners in the areas of Infrastructure and Life Sciences. Warren has also worked as an investment manager at Industry & Investment NSW and has performed several export sales management roles for Dunlop Hiflex both in Australia and the UK.


Supun King-Jayawardana, Head of Innovation Lab, London, Commonwealth Bank

At the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Supun is responsible for leading the bank’s London Innovation Lab. This comprises engaging with the European Banking and Fintech community to explore emerging technologies that can be scaled back to Australia’s largest financial services organisation. After completing his degree in finance and law, Supun worked as a management consultant in Oliver Wyman Financial Services. He joined CBA in 2012, working initially in Wholesale Banking Strategy before becoming a founding member of the bank’s inaugural innovation lab in Sydney.



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