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Westpac has been helping Australians for 200 years – founded on leadership and a bold vision of transformation

In 2017, Westpac was the first company in Australia, and the first bank globally, to partner with the esteemed TED Institute, the ultimate champions of thought leadership – exploring ideas and stories that may help shape a more positive future for all of us.

15 speakers and two performers from the Westpac community took to the stage for this unique one-day event, TED@Westpac – The Future Legacy. Below you can learn more about them and watch their talks and performances, shared around the world by TED.

Sarah Donnelly

Work-health champion, Head of BT Secretariat, Compliance, Legal & Secretariat

In 2014, Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer—a story all too familiar among young women in her family. Sarah chose to continue working full-time throughout treatment, and the benefits she observed sparked a personal mission to challenge the way organisations— and each of us as individuals—think about serious illness.

A lawyer by trade, Sarah holds both a Bachelor and a Master of Laws and a Bachelor of Business Administration. She worked at Herbert Smith Freehills
and the Australian Securities Exchange (including through the global financial crisis) before joining Westpac in 2011. Sarah is an ally for GLOBAL (Westpac's Employee Action Group for LGBTIQ employees) and also a member of Women of Westpac.

Rowan Fitzpatrick

Colour Rock Musician
Musician

Adopted from South Korea at birth, Hayley was raised in Sydney and identifies herself as a proud Australian. Dedicated to learning, she has degrees in Human Resources and a recently-earned Master in Project Management; she is always interested in taking on new challenges.

Hayley is an experienced Change and Communications professional, specialising in complex, enterprise-wide projects. She confidently brings her whole self to everything she puts her mind to. Hayley counts herself lucky to work with a truly diverse group, and firmly believes that diversity is an essential ingredient of any high-performing team.

Jeremy Forbes

Life preserver

Jeremy has worked as a trade-qualified painter and decorator in Castlemaine for almost 20 years. He has experienced the highs and lows associated with the building industry—financially, physically and mentally. His mission is to help fellow Tradies become more conscious of how depression, stress and frustration can impact their lives and those of the loved ones around them.

In 2016, Jeremy was awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship to strengthen his leadership capabilities and support his work in suicide prevention.

Tomer Garzberg

Profit hacker, Founder and CEO, GRONADE

Jeremy has worked as a trade-qualified painter and decorator in Castlemaine for almost 20 years. He has experienced the highs and lows associated with the building industry—financially, physically and mentally. His mission is to help fellow Tradies become more conscious of how depression, stress and frustration can impact their lives and those of the loved ones around them.

In 2016, Jeremy was awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship to strengthen his leadership capabilities and support his work in suicide prevention.

Mohamad Jebara

Maths maven
Founder and CEO, Mathspace

After earning a Master of Commerce in Business, Mohamad began his career as a derivatives trader at Optiver, going on to lead the Index Options trading team and the “Robot trader” project. But he was eager to build value of a different kind—so he quit, planning to become a maths teacher. Mathspace, a personalised study program, is his effort to extend his enthusiasm for numbers to as many classrooms as possible.

Mathspace, a Westpac Business of Tomorrow, has a double bottom line that values educational outcomes as much as financial ones. The program’s embedded handwriting recognition technology allows students to write their answers as they would in a printed workbook—and Mohamad’s pay-for-study business model is a bold innovation.

Will Jenkins

Values investigator
Senior Strategy Analyst, Digital, Consumer Bank

Will is Sydney-born and -bred, but he has global goals. He likes to think about why things are the way they are. He works in the Consumer Digital Strategy team, helping understand what Westpac’s retail customers need and want, and how to serve them in digital channels.

Before joining Westpac, Will spent five years at Accenture Strategy—after studying Accounting and Information Management at UTS. He loves surf lifesaving in the summer, and spends his winters reading about business and technology, waiting for summer to return!

Michelle Knox

Mortal realist
Portfolio Manager, Finance Transformation

Michelle is an experienced Project and Change professional who has led large-scale transformation programs in the UK, Ireland and Australia. She currently works in finance, helping Westpac deliver superior products and services, plus sustainable change.

Michelle is an avid world traveller and storyteller, often combining these passions to write witty accounts of her adventures in her travel blog. Her family describe her as a master delegator, and she thrives on being organised and planning ahead to maximise travel opportunities around her career. With humor and compassion, she shares her own experiences in order to help others. She is living proof that talking about death won’t kill you.

Michael Mieni

Indigenous trailblazer
Senior Business Analyst, Business Integration (BT)

Michael, a proud Ngemba, Wangkumara and Barkindji man, is the first-ever Indigenous IT honours student at the University of Technology Sydney, and he’d like to make sure he is the first of many. Michael enjoys facilitating and volunteering for university outreach programs such as Galuwa, Nanga Mai and works with the Magic Moments Foundation as the Sydney Grandies Coordinator.

Since joining Westpac, Michael has worked as a Technical Business Analyst as well as the Communications Manager for Brothers & Sisters, the Indigenous employee action group. He has just been named Brothers & Sisters national chair. Michael envisions a connected, united future for Australia, utilising technology that will provide more opportunities for all of its people.

Sarah Murray

Digital housing developer
Entrepreneur-in-residence, Innovation Services

Sarah joined Westpac Innovation Services as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence in May 2017. A selfdescribed serial entrepreneur and learning junkie, she brings extensive experience in software development, user-experience design and the commercialisation of strong ideas.

Previously, Sarah founded the TAL Data Lab and Telstra Idea Accelerator. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science from Newcastle University, and earned certificates from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (corporate innovation) and the Australian Institute of Project Management. She is the founder of Dream Play Live, an interactive virtual design simulator that enables people to design their ideal abode, and fantasises about building her own off-grid home.

Alastair O'Neill

Genetic-choice advocate
Knowledge Worker, Strategy & Enterprise Services

Alastair is on the frontline of new ways of working, anticipating the needs of businesses in the future. His workshops foster boundary-crossing problem-solving, creative thinking and analytical skills. He actively encourages diversity of thought and facilitates innovation through collaboration.

Alastair received a BA in Media and Communications from University of New South Wales, where he was nominated for the Bruce Petty Award for Best Animation for his short film on youth homelessness. He did a gap year as a teacher in the UK and still draws upon that experience today to guide his sessions at Westpac.

Rach Ranton

Veteran leader
Inclusion & Diversity Consultant, HR CAS

Having served in the Australian Army for more than a decade (including tours of East Timor and Afghanistan), Rach has a unique perspective on managing people. Drawing on both her military and corporate careers, she explores leadership, and how we will need to manage differently in the gig economy. She seeks to help others understand the positive influence they can have if they lead with purpose.

Rach is always ready to laugh, learn and lead. She constantly has a side project on the go, and is currently writing a science-fiction novel.

Vikram Sharma

Encryption expert
Founder and CEO, Q-Labs

Vikram is the founder and CEO of Canberra-based QuintessenceLabs, or Q-Labs, which uses quantum technology to strengthen cryptographic key management and encryption, an urgent need in this era of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.  One of Westpac’s high-potential Businesses of Tomorrow, Q-Labs uses the world’s fastest random-number generator to create the strongest possible encryption keys, and integrates them into advanced key management and encryption capabilities, protecting banks, governments, and other security-aware enterprises around the globe.

Previously, Vikram founded two successful information-technology startups. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Doctorate in Quantum Physics from ANU, as well as a Master of Science in Management (Sloan Fellow) from Stanford University. He received the Pearcey State Award for Entrepreneurship in 2013.

Raymond Tang

Agent of flow
IT Governance Manager, GroupTech Strategy & Architecture

Raymond grew up in Guangzhou, China. Inspired by his own cultural heritage, Raymond wants to help bridge the East and the West. He is founder and president of Westpac’s Cultural Leadership Toastmasters Club, an inclusive platform for individuals to share their unique stories, and an active participant in the Cultural Diversity Employee Action Group, which helps connect diverse talents with growth opportunities. A technology geek at heart, Raymond believes that great technology should enable us to connect deeper with others and with ourselves.

Olivia Tyler

Sustainability futurist
Director of Sustainable Business Services, Strategy & Enterprise Services

As a sustainability practitioner with 17 years' experience, Olivia aims to do herself out of a job. She believes that everyone, no matter their role in society, can make decisions that help to create a better future—and that businesses can, too. She works to accelerate that process, wherever she is.

Olivia joined the financial services sector after a 10-year career in manufacturing and retail. Drawing upon her MBA as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Science and Environmental Engineering, she leads the creation and adoption of responsible, sustainable and inclusive practices across the supply chain and identifies ways to reduce the environmental impact of an organisation’s operations.

Hayley Yeates

Inclusion strategist
Change and Communications Manager, Strategy & Enterprise Services

Adopted from South Korea at birth, Hayley was raised in Sydney and identifies herself as a proud Australian. Dedicated to learning, she has degrees in Human Resources and a recently-earned Master in Project Management; she is always interested in taking on new challenges.

Hayley is an experienced Change and Communications professional, specialising in complex, enterprise-wide projects. She confidently brings her whole self to everything she puts her mind to. Hayley counts herself lucky to work with a truly diverse group, and firmly believes that diversity is an essential ingredient of any high-performing team.

Shadé Zahrai

Social Entrepreneur/Latin Dance Champion
Dancer

Shadé Zahrai is a trained lawyer, author and strategy consultant. A Master’s student, Shadé is a recipient of the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship. She also runs a social enterprise devoted to empowering young women.

Shadé has won three national championship titles as a Latin dancer, finding her passion at the intersection of movement, positive psychology and mindfulness.

Linda Zhang

Education innovator
Education Director, Generation Entrepreneur

Linda is a young innovator who invites us to rethink high-school education. She has led the effort to partner Australia’s leading startup incubator for students—Generation Entrepreneur—with city councils, universities and high schools around the country. She challenges schools to go beyond the textbook and unleash hidden learning potential by encouraging students to build practical solutions for real problems they’re passionate about solving.

Linda is currently studying for a Bachelor of Commerce and Computer Science at the University of New South Wales. A former GroupTech intern, she has worked as an analyst with Westpac's Finance and Information Security teams.