Behavioural Exchange 2014 is the world’s first global public policy behavioural insights conference, featuring the following expert academics and practitioners from around the world.  

Plenary Speakers

Speaker Max Bazerman

Prof Max Bazerman

Co-Chair of the Harvard Behavioural Insights Group

Max Bazerman is Co-Chair of the Harvard Behavioural Insights Group. He is also the Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership (with .... Read more

Speaker Iris Bohnet

Prof Iris Bohnet

Professor of Public Policy, Academic Dean of Harvard Kennedy School

Professor Bohnet teaches decision-making, negotiation and gender in public policy and leadership in degree and executive programs... Read more

Speaker Michael Coutts-Trotter

Michael Coutts-Trotter

Secretary, NSW Department of Families and Community Services

He has also been the Director-General of the NSW Department of Commerce and was Chief of Staff to the NSW Treasurer for seven years... Read more

Speaker Jack Dan

Dr Jack Dan

National General Manager Government, Telstra

Dr. Jack R. Dan is the National General Manger for Government at Telstra, with responsibility across strategy, thought leadership, business and... Read more

Speaker Mia Garlick

Mia Garlick

Head of Policy for Facebook in Australia and New Zealand

Mia Garlick is the Head of Policy for Facebook in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining Facebook, Mia was the assistant secretary... Read more

Speaker Bates Gill

Prof Bates Gill

CEO, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

He previously led major research programmes at public policy think tanks in Washington, DC (Brookings Institution and Center for Strategic and International Studies)... Read more

Speaker Nicholas Gruen

Nicholas Gruen

CEO of Lateral Economics and Chair of The Federal Government’s Innovation Australia Board

Nicholas Gruen is a widely published policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator... Read more

Speaker Lucille Halloran

Lucille Halloran

Commonwealth Government Leader, Ernst & Young

Lucille brings a unique blend of Australian and Canadian public sector experience in policy reform... Read more

Speaker David Halpern

Dr David Halpern

CEO of the UK Behavioural Insights Team

David Halpern is the Chief Executive of the UK Behavioural Insight Team, widely known as the 'Nudge Unit' and has also recently been... Read more

Speaker Michael Hiscox

Prof Michael Hiscox

Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University

Michael received his BEcon (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney in 1989 and his PhD in Government from Harvard University in 1997... Read more

Speaker Gautam Jaggi

Gautam Jaggi

Lead Analyst, Ernst & Young

Gautam Jaggi leads the development of life sciences thought leadership at EY. He is the lead author and Managing Editor of two of the firm’s foremost publications... Read more

Speaker David Laibson

Prof David Laibson

Member of the Harvard Behavioural Insights Group

David Laibson is the Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Laibson is also a member of the National Bureau of Economic... Read more

Speaker Donald Low

Donald Low

Mr Donald Low, Associate Dean (Research and Executive Education) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Besides leading the School’s executive education efforts, he also has administrative oversight of the School’s research centres and heads its... Read More

Speaker Michael Norton

Prof Michael Norton

Member of the Harvard Behavioural Insights Group

Michael Norton is an Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Marketing Unit and Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School... Read more

Speaker Maya Shankar

Dr Maya Shankar

Senior Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Maya Shankar is Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She leads the Social and Behavioral Sciences... Read more

Speaker Peter Shergold

Prof Peter Shergold AC

Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney

Peter Shergold AC is the Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney. Peter came to Australia as an academic and was an economic historian for 16 years... Read more

Speaker Martin Stewart-Weeks

Martin Stewart-Weeks

Martin Stewart-Weeks has over 25 years' experience in organisational management and consulting in the corporate and public sectors and with a wide range of not-for-profit organisations... Read more

Speaker Cass Sunstein

Prof Cass Sunstein

Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

Cass Sunstein is currently the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He graduated in 1975 from Harvard College and in... Read more

Speaker Richard Thaler

Prof Richard Thaler

Director of the Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago

Richard Thaler is the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics and Director of the Center for... Read more

Speaker Thia Jang Ping

Dr Thia Jang Ping

Director Transformation Office, Security and Resilience Programme, Ministry of Finance; Director Public Economics, Civil Service College

Thia Jang Ping is the Director of the Transformation Office, and the Security and Resilience Programme Directorate in the Ministry of Finance... Read more

Speaker Graeme Head

Graeme Head

NSW Public Service Commissioner

Prior to joining the Commonwealth Government, Graeme had around 30 years experience in a variety of public sector roles in New South Wales, with more than 18 years in executive roles. Most recently he was Director General... Read more

Speaker Hon Andrew Constance MP

Hon. Andrew Constance, MP

NSW Treasurer

As Treasurer, Mr Constance aims to deliver better outcomes for all communities across NSW through sound economic management, better utilisation of government assets... Read more


Stream Speakers

Speaker Arun Abey

Arun Abey

Founder of ipac Securities

Arun Abey has had over 30 years experience as a financial adviser and wealth manager for individuals and institutions, including being the co-founder of the now AMP owned financial advice firm ipac. He has also worked in academia... Read more

Speaker Kerry Chant 

Dr Kerry Chant

Chief Health Officer, NSW Ministry of Health

Dr Kerry Chant is a Public Health physician who is currently the Deputy Director-General, Population and Public Health and Chief Health Officer. Prior to this Dr Chant was Director... Read more

Speaker Carolyn Curtis

Carolyn Curtis

Chief Executive Officer, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

Carolyn is also a member of the Executive Board of the global Social Innovation Exchange based in London. Her strong drive to achieve social justice saw her pursue a career in social work... Read more

Speaker Kees Dorst 

Prof Kees Dorst

Professor of Design, University of Technology Sydney

Kees Dorst was trained as an Industrial Design Engineer at Delft University of Technology. He has worked as a product designer for various design firms and as a researcher, he has studied the ways in which designers work... Read more

Speaker Tim Fawcett

Tim Fawcett

General Manager (Government Affairs), Cisco

Tim leads Cisco’s government engagement on digital economy, productivity, public administration, emergency services and public safety, transport, infrastructure, sustainability and environment... Read more


Cheryl-Lea Field

Deputy Commissioner, Australian Taxation Office

Cheryl-Lea Field is an experienced senior Executive of the Australian Taxation Office, holding a range of technical, managerial, compliance and design leadership roles. She has contributed to... Read more

Speaker James Guszcza

Dr James Guszcza

Senior Fellow, Singapore Deloitte Analytics Institute and US National Predictive Analytics Lead, Deloitte’s Advanced Analytics and Modeling Practice

Jim has applied statistical learning methods to such diverse business problems as customer and employee retention, talent management... Read more

Speaker Cliff Hughes

Prof Cliff Hughes AO

Chief Executive of the Clinical Excellence Commission

He was formerly a Cardiothoracic Surgeon based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney for over 25 years. During his career, he led five surgical teams... Read more

Speaker Martin Laverty

Martin Laverty

CEO, Catholic Health Australia and Chair, Social Determinants of Health Alliance

Martin is a lawyer by training, and is near to completing a PhD in governance of not-for-profit health services. He co-edited the 2011 book Determining the Future... Read more

Speaker Dan Lovallo

Prof Dan Lovallo

Professor of Business Strategy, University of Sydney

His research is concerned with psychological aspects of strategic decisions and has appeared in the American Economic Review, Management Science and the Harvard Business Review... Read more

Speaker Damien Mu

Damien Mu

General Manager, AIA Vitality

Damien Mu joined AIA Australia in April 2007 as National Manager Client Development and moved into the role of Head of Group Insurance in early 2008. During this time, Damien has played a key role... Read more

Speaker Tony Newbury

Tony Newbury

Executive Director and Chief Commissioner of State Revenue, Commissioner of Fines Administration

He joined the Office of State Revenue (OSR) in 1985 after 13 years with the Australian Taxation Office. He has held the roles of Director, Planning and Review and Chief Operating Officer... Read more

Speaker Han Siong Ngan

Han Siong Ngan

Industrial Designer, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore

Han Siong is a senior industrial designer in the innovation and research department in Alexandra Health System. He leads design and research efforts to transform healthcare... Read more

Speaker Michael Pratt

Michael Pratt

Customer Service Commissioner for the NSW Government and Chair of the NSW Customer Advisory Board

Michael has an extensive career in banking and wealth management throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Most recently, he was CEO of Consumer... Read more

Speaker Jerril Rechter

Jerril Rechter

Chief Executive Officer, Vic Health

Jerril has extensive experience in leadership across the areas of government and not-for-profit sectors. She comes to VicHealth from Leadership Victoria... Read more

Speaker Adrian Renouf

Adrian Renouf

Lead Partner - NSW Government and Public Sector, Ernst & Young

He has over 27 years’ experience in consulting to and working for Local, State and Commonwealth government clients in areas including health, human services, education, central agencies... Read more

Speaker Hector Salazar Salame

Hector Salazar Salame

Executive Director of the Southeast Asia regional office of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL SEA)

Héctor is overseeing and growing J-PAL SEA’s portfolio of Randomized Control Trials (RCTs), as well as the office’s capacity building and policy outreach activities in the Southeast Asia region... Read more

Speaker Tamati Shepherd

Tamati Shepherd

General Manager, Digital Transformation, Department of Human Services

Tam Shepherd is a well-regarded professional who has deep private and public sector experience in innovation and large scale transformation programs... Read more

Speaker Robert Slonim

Prof Robert Slonim

University of Sydney

Robert Slonim is a Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Sydney. Slonim completed his undergraduate and MBA studies at U. C. Berkeley... Read more

Speaker Liam Smith 

Dr Liam Smith

Director, BehaviourWorks, Monash University

iam helped establish BehaviourWorks and as Director, has overseen its significant growth since inception. He has recently overseen... Read more

Speaker Jane Treadwell

Jane Treadwell

Recently the CEO of DesignGov, the Australian Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design

Jane Treadwell has worked in many transformative roles for state and federal agencies and international organisations since the 1980s... Read more

Speaker Bram van der Lans

Bram van der Lans

General Manager, Telstra Digital Studio

Bram heads up the Telstra Digital Studio, a team of creative people, developers and producers. He is accountable for Telstra’s digital sales and service channels... Read more

Speaker Adam Welsh

Adam Welsh

Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs for Asia Pacific at Opower

Adam is responsible for Opower’s engagement with regulators and government agencies and furthering the residential energy efficiency discussion in the region... Read more