25 July 2018 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Event details

‘Innovation’ nowadays is a buzzword that refers to individuals and businesses’ ability to create more effective processes, products, and ideas. According to McKinsey, there are three types of innovation: incremental, adjacent, and disruptive innovation.


So what is the difference between these types of innovation and what are the biggest brands doing to innovate?


At our event, The Forces of Innovation: Innovating in the World’s Biggest Brands, we’ll cover:

  • What is innovation?
  • How are the big brands innovating?
  • What frameworks and methodologies do companies use to innovate?
  • What’s does day-to-day innovation look like in your company or business?

Dan Pankraz

Head of Strategy of Leo Burnett Australia & Managing Director of Diner (Leo Burnett's Business Design Consultancy)

Dan Pankraz is Head of Strategy at Leo Burnett, the AFR’s 4th most innovative company in 2017 and the Gunn Report’s 9th most awarded creative agency in the world. Dan leads strategy and innovation across a broad portfolio of clients from Samsung, Diageo, Canon, Emirates, Oporto & Red Rooster. Dan has spent the last 19 years  in Sydney, London and New York at world class creative companies like AKQA London, iris and BBH New York developing award winning ideas and innovations for brands like Nike, Adidas, MINI, Samsung, McDonald’s.  As Managing Director of Diner, Dan works with clients to create new marketing ventures and business models – fusing behavioural design with world class creativity and cultural smarts.
Dan also is passionate about inspiring the next generation of problem solvers and creative thinkers and runs Design Thinking Workshops for schools and disadvantaged youth communities across Sydney.

Angela Bee Chan

Innovation Lead at Schneider Electric

Angela Bee Chan is the Innovation Lead at Schneider Electric in the Pacific Zone where she is responsible for fostering a culture of innovation. She  started her career in public relations working in with  food and lifestyle brands such as Max Brennar and Hamilton Island before getting immersed into hackathons. She then worked on accounts such as Intel, EMC, ASUS and Tableau before transitioning into marketing working for a small IT reseller, and then APC by Schneider Electric. Having built her own small businesses, she loves having both the corporate and startup life.  You may know her for also being the Founder and CEO of Hackathons Australia.

Christian Lafrance

CX Director at Tricky Jigsaw | Sydney JTBD meetup founder

Christian leads customer opportunity definition at Tricky Jigsaw, M&C Saatchi’s product & service innovation arm. He bring to projects and workshops insights from 15 years across most parts of the product life cycle with a focus on customer strategy and innovation in digital, media, banking, insurance, retail and consumer electronics. Prior to M&C Saatchi, he held senior customer experience roles at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation & service design consultancies. He also successfully launched several product innovations to market. He holds a Master of Art in Design (UNSW) and a Master of Science in Innovation Engineering (Mines ParisTech).

Christian is passionate about how design thinking brings better business outcomes and founded the Sydney Jobs-To-Be-Done meetup to evangelise effective customer centricity. Get in touch at linkedin.com/in/madeinlafrance or meetup.com/sydney_jtbd

Poppy Rouse

Client & Community Innovation

Poppy is responsible for designing and delivering human, business and social innovation programs to our clients and community.

Poppy joined CommBank in September 2013 following a career in marketing and comms whilst exploring London and Buenos Aires before landing in Australia. She is passionate about using innovation methodologies to solve key societal issues and prior to joining the Lab she set up the Bank’s Not for Profit Innovation offering. Now, Poppy is proud to lead a curious team of “agitators” who are focused on unleashing potential and solving problems that matter.

Outside of work you’ll usually find her exploring new places to eat, listening to live music, running around Sydney’s harbour, cooking up a crazy business idea planning her next adventure with friends over a glass of wine.

Heath Brown

Executive Manager
Client Employee & Community Innovation

Heath is responsible for developing and delivering key programs in innovation for employees, clients of the Bank, and community partners for social impact.

With a background in leadership, strategy, go-to-market, and consulting/ advisory, Heath brings an array of experiences to the Group, having been a key player in the building out of one of Australia’s most successful innovation labs and programs.  Outside of work, Heath has represented his country in elite sport for more than ten years, before turning his attention to the coaching ranks – where his passion for the women in sport movement has seen him play a hand in over 20 young athletes reaching Australian or elite level of representation in the sport of netball.  He has also recently become a founding member of the Growth Mindset Institute here in Australia, on appointment from his intellectual crush – author and theorist (mindset theory) Carol Dweck of Stanford Uni, which has become his side hustle outside of CBA.  Heath calls many places home – with Tasmanian where he grew up, Melbourne where he spent his twenties, Sydney currently and a family spin-off in California!

Dates and fees
25 July
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Academy Xi,
48 Druitt Street,
Sydney 2000