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Keynote Speaker – Amanda Johnstone


Keynote Speaker - Amanda Johnstone

“Armed with influential thought-leadership skills and a tenacious drive to transform the role of technology, it is Amanda who is propelling the future wellbeing of the human race. ”



As one of Australia's most globally acknowledged AI technologists and technology communicators, Amanda's contributions have been celebrated by TIME as a Next Generation Leader and by The CEO Magazine with the Start-up Executive of the Year award, underscoring her significant impact in social impact technology.In 2023, LinkedIn awarded her as a Top Voice in Artificial Intelligence, one of only 1500 top voices globally of nearly 1 billion users.

Recognised as a subject matter expert in both emerging technology and modern leadership, Amanda lends her insights to esteemed organisations including Commonwealth Bank, The Australian Property Institute, YPO, Zoom, The Australian Digital Health Agency, Allianz, Leap, Kellogg’s, Universal, Stanford, Women Making Waves, The Education Department, Schmidt Futures, Optus, ADMA and Google Cloud, among others. She has built a substantial following on her social audio channel, engaging 300,000 subscribers and reaching tens of millions with content on emerging technologies.

An award winning entrepreneur for over 20 years, it was at the young age of 17, Amanda co-founded award-winning retail chain, Sebachi, in Tasmania. Under the mentorship of Cotton On founder, Nigel Austin, Sebachi became one of Australia’s first e-commerce stores in the early 2000's.

Amanda has always been passionate about social issues, as Australia’s first Youth Development Officer at 18 in local government at the West Tamar Council – she also took on philanthropic roles in management, policy and strategy in suicide prevention at a youth suicide prevention retreat in Tasmania for fifteen years. Her many personal experiences with suicide, inspired Johnstone to invent her proprietary mental health App, “Be A Looper” and EmotionAI technologies.

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It has been an absolute delight working closely with Amanda during the past year. Her ability to bring our board and executive into a modern way of thinking about future focused technology has been revolutionary to our business and me personally. Amanda’s knowledge and connections are second to none. Her easy-going presentation style and ability to allow non tech people to conceptualise such topics as AI has made our transition into a tech enabled business possible. I highly recommend Amanda..

Preston Rowe Patterson CEO, Greg Sugars OAM

Amanda has one of the most inviting presence and trust building attitudes that I’ve ever worked with. Not only she is a technological guru, but she is an accomplished executive with several companies founded and a focus on using her skill and network to do good for society. I first encountered her during her hit Clubhouse show “Talk Nerdy to Me” in which I was first drawn to the very real and noble and raw technology and personal conversations advancing the field during the pandemic in several areas including Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Crypto, NFTs and more generalized topics.

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of NASA JPL, Dr Chris Mattmann

Amanda is a leader and disruptor like no other. She is a magnanimous beacon of hope for all entrepreneurs and organisations. She is my go-to for anything AI and web3related. Her mind-bending perspectives and money can’t buy access to world-class thought leaders keep her ten steps in business and innovation. Amanda pushes boundaries in technology but is realistic in commercialisation, proven by her achievements in business.

Executive Chairman of HydrolyTe and Top Shelf International, Adem Karafili