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Digital transformation in a mobile age


The world has gone digital, but Australian business risk falling behind. As advisor, mentor and speaker, Stephen Scheeler partners with Australia's business leaders to help them master digital strategy, culture & leadership, and build innovative, global, billion-dollar businesses.

As a speaker, Stephen has a unique ability to excite audiences on the power of technology, the future of business and the new paradigm of 21st-century leadership. He is an inspiring personality on the highest-profile stages - including TEDx, the Australian Governance Summit and AMP Amplify - and is a member of the Prime Minister’s Knowledge Nation 100, top innovation leaders in Australia.

Current work

Stephen is the founder of global advisory The Digital CEO, Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, and Executive-in-Residence at Asia-Pacific’s leading business school, the Australian Graduate School of Management - he partners with the senior leaders of some of the world’s leading companies to help them build world-beating strategies, capabilities, culture and leadership, including Qantas, nab, Westpac, Macquarie Bank, ANZ Bank, Commonwealth Bank, IAG, Suncorp, Telstra, Wesfarmers, AMP, CUB, Brambles, Google, DellEMC, Lenovo, Seven West Media, MCN, QBE, Hollard, BAT, JB Hi-Fi, Bunnings, Flight Centre, Mirvac and the Australian Government.

Previous experience

Facebook: Stephen is the former Facebook CEO for Australia and New Zealand, where he guided Facebook’s unprecedented rise from quirky Silicon Valley start up to media and technology titan.

Working with Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Facebook’s Silicon Valley leaders, his tenure at Facebook saw the Australia and New Zealand business - including Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp and Oculus - grow to become one of the most successful Facebook markets in the world.

Employment: Stephen is a seasoned business leader, with a career spanning over 25 years across consumer products, retail, ecommerce, automotive, financial services, media and technology. He has served in senior executive roles at global leaders Westfield and Inchcape, and at Australian consumer products giant, Lion.

Talking Points

Welcome to the Brain Revolution: How A.I. is Transforming Our Ability to Solve the Problems & Unleash the Potential of the Human Brain

Even in this era of supercomputing and artificial intelligence, the human brain remains by far the most complex computational device in the universe. But our understanding of how the brain really works and how we unleash its true potential have, until recently, been mired in 19th-century science.

In this engaging keynote, Stephen Scheeler - acclaimed TEDx speaker, former global leader at Facebook, and current CEO of innovative brain tech startup, Omniscient Neurotechnology - unpacks how recent breakthroughs in machine learning & data science have revolutionised our understanding of the human brain.
Using lively real-world examples from his own work at Facebook and Omniscient, Stephen brings to life how this revolution is providing science with new tools to treat the problems of the brain - from cancer to Alzheimer’s to PTSD - while also giving the world of business new technologies that are revolutionising industries from media & entertainment and marketing & advertising, to education, learning & development, recruiting…any industry where the brain’s potential has yet to be fully unleashed.
On behalf of the team at Bunning’s who attended the recent Corporate Plan Update held at Werribee Mansion, Melbourne, I would like to thank you for the presentation on Digital Disruption in Retail Australia. The presentation was very well received and one of the highlights of the event. Some of the feedback provided by the team was “very insightful”, “I have a better understanding of what is coming”, and “It really opened by eyes to social and business implications” Our team are facing the challenge of better understanding the digital world and ensuring we position ourselves and the business to embrace it, you have inspired the team in both. Bunnings

“We had nine speakers today and you were the highlight X10! Your keynote really got the room thinking and talking in a way that a room full of accountants and lawyers rarely do!”

Australian Taxation Office

“Stephen Scheeler is one of the most dynamic, engaging and authentic speakers I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Stephen connected brilliantly with our delegates as he delivered a talk on the ‘Pivots’ undertaken by Facebook during his time as CEO Australia/NZ. A relevant, captivating and effortlessly delivered presentation perfectly matched to our theme - so much so, that question time could have gone on for hours!”

Association of Market & Social Research Organisations

“Thanks so much, Stephen! It was a pleasure to work with you today. Everyone was raving about how fantastic you were and you were quoted for the rest of the day. Thanks again for sharing your insights. You were so interesting - undoubtedly the best session of the day!!!!!”

Bank of Melbourne

“Your keynote was incredibly popular, it generated a real buzz and some phenomenal audience feedback, eg: • Sensational! Fresh, proven, engaging and so very relevant and important • Very useful - it’s like a short guide to developing a business in a digital era • The best reason for coming to this 2 day conference! • Really relevant, very engaging and practical. Dramatically exceeded my expectations. Apart from Stephen being a great presenter and speaker, it is real world and talking to actual lessons and experience • Content rich and practical presentation. Great insights. Really engaging. Best presentation so far, by a long way! • Marvellous! Informative and so so relevant! • I could listen to this guy for hours!”

Australian Governance Summit 2018
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