Thought Leadership Series (Melbourne)

25 September, 2018 - 17:30 to 19:30
KPMG, Level 36, Tower Two, Collins Square, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne

How to think like a startup

Managing change is one of the biggest challenges facing leaders today. In the era of digital disruption, artificial intelligence and robotics – existing businesses face a lot of pressure to act like a startup, but there is no clear roadmap. Innovation is essential for those that wish to thrive over the long term, but the pressure for success today often gets in the way of building for tomorrow.

Tim Kastelle, Associate Professor in Innovation and MBA Director at UQ Business School, and Faith Forster, Founder of KPMG UpStarts, will discuss some of the considerations in bringing ideas to life.

Join us to discuss how the most innovative organisations today are thinking like startups, and what this means in a digitised world.

Guests will also have the opportunity to network with fellow UQ alumni and industry guests over drinks and canapés.

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Associate Professor Tim Kastelle, UQ Business School

Tim Kastelle

Tim is the UQ Business School MBA Director as well as the Graduate Management Discipline Lead. Tim’s research, teaching and engagement work are all based on his study of innovation management. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in economics, and his MBA and PhD were completed at UQ. He has worked in marketing and management positions in a variety of industries including radio, office equipment, industrial chemicals, higher education and software, and these experiences inform both his research and his teaching. Tim has published widely in the leading innovation journals. He is deeply committed to translating research into practice. To this end, he writes a well-regarded innovation blog for managers, and he has worked extensively with a wide range of organisations. Tim has worked closely with the CSIRO to build the national research commercialisation program ON Prime.

Faith Forster, KPMG

Faith Forster

Faith leads KPMG UpStarts, who partner with corporate clients to co-create and incubate new digital businesses. They drive customer-facing innovation, creating next horizon growth opportunities and generating new revenue sources. Faith has recently returned to Australia with her young family after 9 years living in the UK where she ran her own tech startup, a collaborative platform for strategic initiatives. Her company was VC-backed and had an impressive list of corporate customers including Microsoft, LinkedIn, NHS, PwC, Capita, and GlaxoSmithKline. She was previously a senior manager with PwC in London running large scale transformation programs, including working with one of the Board members of RBS during the financial crisis, setting up new operations in Iraq and working with BP after the Gulf of Mexico crisis