Future Industries Australia is proud to announce it’s inaugural Advisory Panel which brings together a distinguished and diverse group of civic and business leaders, all united by their shared passion and commitment to supporting innovation.

As Future Industries Australia works to mobilise the Australian innovation ecosystem, our Advisory Panel will provide critical insight and support to drive our work forward and set an even more ambitious agenda in 2022 and beyond.


Rohit Talwar

Rohit Talwar is a global futurist, award-winning keynote speaker, author, and the CEO of Fast Future. His expertise lies in helping clients understand and shape the emerging future. He has a particular interest in how we can advance business, society, and individual lives by harnessing the power of new thinking, innovation, and disruptive technologies such as AI and blockchain.  

His clients include 3M, Aruba, BT, Citrix, Etisalat, Gartner, GE, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, ITU, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Nokia, O2, Orange (EE), Panasonic, Ping Identity, RIM (Blackberry), Samsung, SAP, Siemens, The BBC, T-Mobile, twofour54, Vodafone, and Zip.  

Rohit has co-authored and edited seven books. His latest, Aftershocks and Opportunities 2 – Navigating the Next Horizon. published on September 28th, brings together 36 future thinkers from around the world to explores critical ideas, possibilities, and scenarios for how the political, economic, societal, technological, and business landscape could evolve in the coming years.


Linda ginger

Linda is a market strategist.  She helps small-medium businesses discover, validate and confidently launch customer-centred ideas using the same science-based methodology proven by some of the world’s most innovative, market-leading companies.

Via speaking and workshop engagements, Linda also shares the simple, counterintuitive science and strategies, underpinned by quantitative research started at Intel and Harvard Business School in 2006, that is transforming the practice of innovation and commercialisation.

Linda is a non-executive director of Australia’s leading university commercialisation company, UniQuest, for the University of Queensland and board member of data science research firm, Growth Science.


Warrick Cramer

Warrick Cramer is an innovator, entrepreneur, collaborator, strategist and executive having worked extensively in cross functional and economically dynamic environments. He pairs his expertise with a philosophy of creative and empathetic leadership to deliver positive outcomes. 

His professional career has taken him through a wide variety of roles, from a start-up founder in his hometown Melbourne, through to a large global corporate in Europe .He was formally the CEO of Tomorrow Street, Vodafone’s Global Innovation centre based in Europe. In this role, Warrick negotiated the formation of the first public private partnership between Vodafone and the Luxembourg Government. 

He has a strong track record delivering large scale international projects, influencing stakeholders, managing international brand perception, inspiring actionable marketing outcomes and building and leading high performing teams spanning 29 countries. Warrick sits on the board of a Silicon Valley based venture capital fund, Non-Executive Director for, Venture partner for Antler and advisor to Pancare Foundation. 


Maria MacNamara

Maria has specialist expertise in policy, politics, professional services and digital transformation. She has spent over 25 years working in the professional services sector. As the most recent CEO of, Australia’s diaspora organisation, Maria undertook a successful whole of organisation transformation.

Maria was an adviser to the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO while he was Senator for NSW, head of Strategy and Engagement at the Digital Transformation Agency within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. She sits on the board of the Spark Festival, the Advisory Council for the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, the advisory board of the University of Sydney Business School and chairs the strategy board for the ARC Training Centre for Information Resilience (CIRES). She has been a co-founder of three startups and exited two. 

As the inaugural Convenor of the Australian Innovation Council Maria connects leaders of the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem domestically and globally.

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