25 July 2018 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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‘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 spetd 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

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


Academy Xi,
48 Druitt Street,
Sydney 2000