conference mc


Indigenous Australian Entrepreneur, MC & Agent for Change


Ingrid Cumming is a Whadjuk Balardong Noongar woman from Fremantle, Western Australia and recognised young leader within the First Nations community.

Ingrid is the founder and principal consultant of Kart Koort Wiern consultancy, representing First Nations Business globally for over ten years, alumni of Murdoch University and Melbourne Business School. Ingrid was part of the establishment of the Indigenous Women in Business network and has served as a Commissioner for Conservation for the WA State Government.

Ingrid has worked with a variety of sectors and organisations, creating, facilitating and evaluating programs and strategies to address their issues and strengths.

Ingrid has won and been a finalist in a range of awards like NAIDOC Perth, Telstra Women in Business, Curtin Vice-Chancellor Awards, ‘Champion for Change’ by EPHEA (Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia), WA Heritage Awards and Belmont Small Business Awards.

Ingrid has presented at various forums and conferences around the world in relation to engagement, equity and diversity matters including as a delegate at the UN Women Leaders Conference in Israel in 2013, TedXPerth in 2014 been on various TV programs, including the Drum in 2021.

Ingrid is a strong ally of LGBTIQ, First Nations, Youth and diverse groups, stakeholders and organisations.

keynote speakers

Gihan Perera

Futurist, Speaker, Presenter & Author


Has COVID-19 shaken up your world? Are your people looking for leadership in this time of massive change? Do you want to be more confident and decisive in chaos and uncertainty?

Gihan Perera is a futurist, conference speaker, online presenter, and author who shows you how to be fit for the future in a fast-changing world.

For 25 years, he has worked with organisations and leaders throughout Australia, as well as in New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and North America – helping them to thrive in a fast-changing world. Since the pandemic, he has helped people lead in uncertainty, and act with clarity and confidence through crisis, recovery, and growth.

He is the author of “The Future of Leadership”, “Disruption By Design”, “Disrupted”, and 10 other books.
Forbes magazine rated him the #5 social media influencer in the world (and #1 in Australia) in his area of expertise.

Panel speakers

Martin Ginnane

Retail Expert – Ginnane & Associates


With over 40 years of experience in the retail industry, Martin established Ginnane & Associates, a locally based, globally connected retail and governmental advisory firm. He specialises across the “revitalisation and activation agenda” working with local and state governments, statutory authorities and industry associations to bring successful outcomes to all parties.

As a leading retail expert Martin’s knowledge of industry trends, style and future direction is gained by participating in major global and local retail events. Martin brings years of experience in domestic and international retail, business development and client engagement.