YPO Innovation Week brings together global innovators in Melbourne, Australia

Annual Event Connects Global Leaders of the World’s Most Innovative Companies

25 April 2017 – YPO, the world’s premier leadership organization for chief executives, will kick off the second annual Innovation Week in Melbourne, Australia, with the two-day signature event, Igniting Innovation in Australia. YPO Innovation Week 2017 will connect the most respected innovators, disruptors, business leaders and entrepreneurs through a series of more than 50 events around the world focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.

YPO Innovation Week offers YPO chief executives with networking and learning opportunities to infuse innovation into their companies, form strategic partnerships, and positively affect their businesses and the communities in which they work. YPO leaders will be able to leverage new partnerships in innovation, integrate innovation into their company culture, and convert ideas into actionable plans.

Igniting Innovation in Australia, 8-9 May, will bring together leading influencers shaping the innovation agenda in one of Australia’s innovation capitals, Melbourne. Members will meet with top innovators, thought leaders and trendsetters learning how to ignite a culture of innovation within any business, and understand the common forces impacting the future.

During these two days, the most dynamic global innovators will come together for a rare chance to network, overturn conventional thinking and leave inspired to infuse innovation in their companies and communities.

“Every business leader needs to focus on innovation to grow and thrive,” says YPO Innovation Week Chair Keith Alper, Founder and CEO of GenieCast. “YPO Innovation Week will provide hundreds of opportunities for members to learn from each other and from the most well respected global innovators, disrupters, inventors to help integrate innovation at the most strategic level across all businesses. Combining research, technology and business leadership, Innovation Week is the one place where the world’s most innovative companies share their inspiration and insights.”

‘Democratization of the change continuum has accelerated the pace of discovery, transformation and invention that add value to a product, service or strategy,” says serial entrepreneur, corporate advisor, transformation strategist, Igniting Innovation in Australia event chair and YPO member Neville Fielke, with a portfolio including board roles and director at GSG Ventures.

Key event speakers include:

  • Giam Swiegers, Chief Executive Officer of Aurecon
  • Adrian Turner, Chief Executive Officer of Data61
  • Dr. Charles Day, Chief Executive Officer of Innovation & Science Australia
  • Dave Simmons, Chief Executive Officer of TSG Key Group PTY LTD
  • Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BlueChilli
  • Tony Falkenstein, Executive Director of Just Water
  • John Pollaers, Chairman of Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council

YPO Innovation Week 2017 will continue the events in innovation hotspots around the world, including Tel Aviv, New York, Toronto, Silicon Valley, Hong Kong and more the week of 8-12 May 2017. The mission of YPO Innovation Week is to drive innovation across a diverse range of industries through signature events, live two-way interactive video casts, global conference calls, and “idea jams” as well live two-way video broadcast discussions across more than 30 countries.

For more information, visit the YPO Innovation Week website.



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Angela Mers is the global PR and Media Manager at YPO and has worked for the organization since 2007. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science.