Final 24 global leaders join the Innovation Capital

With only less than three weeks to go, Pause Fest announces its last group of global thought leaders that have joined an already stellar speaker line-up. Come and hear from major forces in business such as ZOOX, WeTransfer, Antler Global, Hootsuite, MUSE, Icon Agency, eCreators & Open LMS, Women In Tech, City of Melbourne, Proxima and many others.  


From examining gender equity rights to revealing the autonomous all-electric robotaxis to a further deep dive into mental health crisis, Pause Fest is proud to announce over 20 more speakers as it prepares to go live on the 1st of March 2021.

We are also proud to welcome Hootsuite, eCreators and VicGov aboard our extensive list of sponsors.

Our new list of featured speakers include Lord Mayor Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of City Of Melbourne, Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evangelism Officer of MUSE, Damian Bradfield, Chief Creative Officer of WeTransfer, Megan Hughes, Country Manager and Regional Sales Director APAC of Hootsuite, Mandi Gunsberg, Global Business Development Director of Women In Tech, Andrew Davies, CEO of B Lab, Fiona Nixon, Head of Strategy of Bank Australia, and many more.

Here is the list of all the global leaders announced:

Keynote sessions


Harnessing the power of your brain: A fireside chat with Ariel Garten

Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evangelism Officer, MUSE

12 March | 10:45 to 10:59 am AEDT


The future of jobs: What’s yours?

Yasmine Morrison, Venture Capitalist, Antler Global

8 March | 8:00 to 8:15 pm AEDT


The road to recovery: Reactivating the City of Melbourne

Lord Mayor Sally Capp, Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne

5 March | 10:15 to 10:30am AEDT


Future-proofing your brand through human-centred design

Chris Dodds, Co-Founder, Icon Agency

Matt White, UX Design Director, Icon Agency

1 March | 9:15 to 9:45 am AEDT


AI at the bleeding edge of automation, marketing and personalisation

Sebastian Pedavoli, Co-Founder & CEO, Proxima

3 March | 9:15 to 9:30 am AEDT


ABC: Always Be Contrarian

Damian Bradfield, Chief Creative Officer, WeTransfer

10 March | 10:15 to 10:30 am AEDT


Aspirations of a humanistic designer

Charles Johnson, Agent of Innovation, Driven By Charles

9 March | 10:15 to 10:30 am AEDT


Revealing a robotaxi during a global pandemic

Karen Sorensen, Senior Manager, Marketing, Zoox

10 March | 9:15 to 9:30 am AEDT


Ahead of the curve: Sophisticated social strategy in 2022

Megan Hughes, Country Manager & Regional Sales Director APAC, Hootsuite

8 March | 10:15 to 10:30 am AEDT


Sky’s the limit! : The future of virtual workplace and learning industry

Phil Miller, Managing Director, eCreators & Open LMS

Dean Saunders, Vice President of Product Development, eCreators & Open LMS 

Brian Carlson, Head of Sales, eCreators & Open LMS

4 March | 10:15 to 10:30 am AEDT




We are so tech-advanced, yet women are losing years in gender equity rights

Mandi Gunsberger, Global Business Development, Women In Tech

Dr Catriona Wallace, Executive Chairman, Boab AI

Sam Turner, Program Director, Champions of Change Coalition

Prasadi Pilasof, Technical Program Manager, Google

8 March | 8:30 to 9:00 pm AEDT


So what is the role of business, and have we had it all wrong?

Claire Payne, EY Fellow for Trust and Ethics

Jennie McLaughlin, Partner, Customer and Strategy, EY

Andrew Davies, CEO, B Lab Australia & New Zealand

Fiona Nixon, Head of Strategy, Bank Australia

James Chin Moody, Co-Founder & CEO, Sendle

2 March | 11:00 to 11:30 am AEDT


Mental health crisis: Combining two intelligences for a solution

Dr Simon Kinsella, Director, CP Consulting

Peter Thatcher, Investor and Conversational AI Evangelist, Mesh AI

12 March | 11:00 to 11:30 am AEDT


In less than 3 weeks, #Pause2021 will be broadcasting the future of business, creativity and innovation across the globe. Register now and tune in on 1 - 12 March online to dive into a wilderness of content, ideas, skills and trends over a 10-day program that is curated around your lifestyle.

Click here to see all of Pause Fest 2021 speakers.