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ICON WA: Disruption and Innovation Panel Event

  • 22 March 2018
  • 17:30 - 19:30 (AWST)
  • FLUX, Ground Floor, 191 St Georges Terrace


  • Members of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (ANZ Chapter)

Registration is closed

Disrupters are fundamentally changing the rules and dynamics of industries and creating new markets and economies, be it the likes of Uber or Airbnb, they shake up markets with new business models that are agile and scalable.

As the impacts of disruptive innovations continue to grow, the importance of being prepared to respond quickly can mean the difference between thriving, surviving or dying in the new market.

ICON WA invites you to attend a cross-industry disruption event to explore the impacts, benefits and challenges associated with rapid change.

This event will feature panellists from professional services, education, marketing and social enterprise with the aim of providing members and guests with the opportunity to learn from colleagues inside and outside their respective industries. We hope this discussion will inspire you and your organisation to take a differentiated and proactive approach towards innovation.


Chandra Sundareswaran, Impact Manager, Spacecubed - An outcomes focused manager and entrepreneur with fifteen years of experience gained in diverse sectors, including profit-for-purpose, social enterprise, not-for-profit, retail, energy and manufacturing in India and Australia, Chandra joined the Spacecubed team in April 2017 as Impact Manager. Chandra manages programs at Spacecubed, including the Plus Eight accelerator and hackathons. He also drives Spacecubed's social impact strategy and activity. Chandra has a personal commitment to social equity and is constantly searching for innovative solutions to foster social inclusion through entrepreneurial activity.


Katherine Thomas, Managing Director, Katherine Thomas Consulting - Katherine hasn't just experienced disruption:  she created it when she established the flexible resourcing service Vario for international law firm Pinsent Masons (www.pinsentmasons.com/vario).  By growing long-term client relationships as well as gaining new clients, she grew Vario from an idea to an award-winning, several million £ turnover business in under three years.  Prior to that, Katherine spent 15 years in senior business development, communications and knowledge roles, leading major change projects across multiple geographies and establishing Pinsent Masons' firm wide client development program.

Katherine now runs her own consultancy - Katherine Thomas Consulting Pty - that helps law firms grow by launching new products and services, developing existing client relationships and establishing new relationships.


Chris Nelson, Managing Director, Juicebox

Chris Nelson co-founded Juicebox in 2008 with a vision of improving the digital landscape in Perth. With a background in web development and digital marketing, Chris is a technically minded, UX-orientated digital strategist. He has best applied his expertise across industries that offer a challenge in delivering commercial, functional and results-orientated digital solutions. Despite primarily operating as the Managing Director for Juicebox, Chris featured as the Lead Developer in the project that won the 2012 Innovation award at the Australian Web Awards.

Simon Fasolo, General Manager, Crimson Education

With a background of over ten years in corporate marketing, business development and advertising, Simon knows first-hand how quickly an industry can be disrupted. In late 2017, Simon joined Crimson Education, a company rapidly changing the landscape of education and international admissions consulting globally. Leading the Western Australian market, Simon has experienced, and is experiencing, the changes in education on a local and global level.

Moderator: Christa Queern, Client Relationship Manager, King & Wood Mallesons and ICON WA - Chair

Experienced business manager with a legal and business development background dedicated to building strategic client relationships, co-developing innovative, client-centred solutions and driving change in global organisations. Christa started her career as a practising corporate attorney working on large-scale transactions in the USA before transitioning to her business development role in Australia.

Event details:

Date: Thursday 22nd March 2018
Time: 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Location: FLUX, Ground Floor, 191 St Georges Terrace

ICON Members: $35
Non-Members: $50

Drinks and canapés included.

ICON thanks event hosts FLUX powered by Spacecubed and
event sponsor AC Visuals Photography:


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