2016 Intrapreneurship Forum - 10 June


See what tomorrow’s Public Sector looks like – a one day window into the future of public service delivery.

Speaker Topic Download
Prof David Audretsch Intrapreneurship and Entrepreneurship: Ecosystem Strategies Slides
Dr Belinda Luke Inter-organisational intrapreneurship Slides
Carmel Williams Joined up Government (90 day project) Slides
Toni Delany HiAP Evaluation Flinders University Slides
Fishbowl Splash Adelaide as seen through the eyes of the City, citizens & participants Slides
Jason Gotch Organisational Resilience Slides
Kath McEwen Organisational Resilience Slides
Ryan Hubbard What can we learn from science, business and biscuits? Slides
Dr Fiona Kerr Building the Intrapreneurial Brain – (how leadership helps to craft creative bureaucracy) Slides



250 guests join IPAA SA and the Intrapreneurship Community of Practice for a snapshot of the cutting edge intrapreneurial work being done by motivated innovators from within the public sector. Attendees tested ideas and directions with colleagues and experts in real time, with exclusive workshops to discuss work and solve problems in a range of intimate forums.

Attendees came away connected to colleagues and like-minded professionals inspired to act, with practical solutions to challenge “business as usual” in their organisation.

The 2016 Intrapreneurship Forum featured some of the leading practitioners in innovation. Speakers included:

  • David B. Audretsch, PH.D. Distinguished Professor, Director, Institute for Development Strategies, Ameritech Chair of Economic Development
  • Dr Fiona Kerr, Director, FK Consulting, specialist in systems and neural complexity
  • Jason Gotch, Resilience Specialist @ RiskLogic
  • Kathryn McEwen, Organisational Psychologist
  • Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
  • Kristin Alford, Director, Science Creativity Education (Sci.C.Ed) Studio, University of South Australia
  • Ryan Hubbard, Associate, Co-design + Strategy, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

The Intrapreneurship forum was once again one of the highlights of the 2016 Entrepreneurs’ Week.

Speaker Bios

Download the Schedule here

Full downloadable program here

This event was proudly supported by:

Open State is 10 days of collaboration, innovation and enterprise to help shape our future. During October 18 - 27, Open State will bring together local and international expertise to share ideas and unlock South Australia’s economic and social challenges.

Be involved now, by registering on the website openstate.com.au and be the first to hear when the program and speakers are announced in July.


David B. Audretsch, PH.D. Distinguished Professor, Director, Institute for Development Strategies, Ameritech Chair of Economic Development

David Audretsch is a Distinguished Professor and Ameritech Chair of Economic Development at Indiana University, where he is also serves as Director of the Institute for Development Strategies. He also is an Honorary Professor of Industrial Economics and Entrepreneurship at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. In addition, he serves as a Visiting Professor at the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, Honorary Professor at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in Germany, and is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London.

Audretsch's research has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness. His research has been published in over one hundred scholarly articles in the leading academic journals. His books include Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth, with Oxford University Press in 2006 and The Entrepreneurial Society, also with Oxford University Press in 2007. He is co-founder and co-editor of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal. He was awarded the 2001 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research by the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Augsburg, and in September, 2010 he received an honorary doctorate degree from Jonkoeping University.

He is a member of the Advisory Board to a number of international research and policy institutes, including the Deutsches Institut fuer Wirtschaftsforschung (German Institute for Economic Analysis), the Basque Institute for Competitiveness, and the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum.


Dr Fiona Kerr, Neural and Systems Complexity Specialist

Fiona combines a half time academic role with Adelaide University as their Systems and Neural Complexity Specialist, with public speaking and consulting on a range of Cognitive Neuroscience areas and neuro-ethics. Her research areas include building new brain (neurogenesis), and the neurophysiological impact of human interaction, as well as humans and technology. Outside, Fiona advises a number of companies on how leaders can build better brains and craft organisations that flourish, and she has spent time with fascinating organisations such as Cirque du Soleil. She consults and collaborates with governments here and overseas on building creative democracies and innovative ecosystems.
All of these things revolve around Fiona’s passion regarding the value of human interaction and its amazingly transformative power, whether it is the ability of leaders to build flourishing environments and boost complex thinking, or the power of human touch and eye gaze on healing and wellness.


Jason Gotch, Resilience Specialist @ RiskLogic

Prior to joining RiskLogic as a Resilience Specialist, Jason was employed in similar roles at companies such as Knight Frank, AEG Ogden, Westfield and Foxtel. Jason recently formed the Organisational Resilience Group (ORG), a networking group that includes practitioners from Australia and overseas and is the current chair of the RMIA's Special Interest Group (SIG) on Organisational Resilience.

In addition to these positions he is a committee member of the RMIA for the NSW Chapter and the National Conference Organising Group. He was recently appointed to the Standards Australian/ISO working group (MB025/TC292) on Security and Resilience and holds both an elected membership of the United Kingdom’s Security Institute (SI) and affiliate status with the Business Continuity Institute (BCI).

As a sought after public speaker, he has delivered presentations to leading organisations such as the RMIA, BCI, Transport Accident Commission and the Organisational Resilience Group. He is currently completing a MSc Organisational Resilience with Buckinghamshire New University, adding to existing postgraduate qualifications in business continuity, security and emergency management

Areas of specialisation include:

• Organisational Resilience • Crisis Management • Risk Management • Business Continuity • Security Management • Emergency Management


Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Office for the Public Sector

Appointed on 1 July 2014, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri works passionately to ensure the public sector is a trusted, respected, courageous and honest organisation.

The Commissioner holds a statutory role under the Public Sector Act 2009. The Act outlines principles and guidelines to improve and uphold public sector performance – it is the Commissioner’s role to bring these to life across government.

Erma is working towards creating a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong.

Erma has worked for more than 30 years to help organisations optimise productivity and employee wellbeing. She was named 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year and SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector.

Erma currently oversees the Office for the Public Sector. The Office is responsible for a number of sector-wide reform programs, including Change@SouthAustralia.

Erma will continue to challenge cultural and structural barriers within the public sector to raise productivity and foster excellence. She is leading a cultural shift and creating a public sector that is more collaborative, innovative, and connected to the community.


Kathryn McEwen, Organisational Psychologist

Kathryn McEwen is an organisational psychologist, executive coach and mediator with an interest in how to sustain performance in challenging work environments. 

She is the Managing Director of Working With Resilience, an international consortium formed to advance the understanding of how to measure and build workplace resilience. 

Kathryn is the author of the book Building Resilience at Work, and has recently published her second book in this area – Building Your Resilience:  How to Thrive in a Challenging Job.  Her third publication, Building Team Resilience, is due for release later this year.She has also partnered with academic colleagues to research and develop the Resilience at Work (R@W) Toolkit which comprises measures of personal, team and leader resilience at work.  The R@W Scale which is part of this toolkit is being used in practice and research internationally.

Kathryn understands the SA Pubic Service.  She has worked extensively as an organisational psychology consultant with leaders and teams across most government agencies.  This work has ranged from organisational reviews and cultural change through to leader coaching, rebuilding teams and assistance with difficult staffing issues. In 2005 she was the inaugural organisational psychologist within SA Health, based at Lyell McEwin Hospital.  While in this role she received the SA award for practitioner excellence from the Australian Human Resources Institute.  Together with a team of Masters in Psychology placement students she also won a Public Service Commissioners Award for service innovation and impact.   In 2011 Kathryn was the recipient of an Augusta Zadow scholarship awarded by SafeWorkSA to fund a study of resilience in community nurses.

Kathryn ensures a strong evidence-base to her work through collaboration with University of SA.  She is a member of two of its advisory bodies and is a guest lecturer and placement supervisor.

In 2015 she was awarded Fellow status within the Australian Psychological Society for her contribution to the profession of psychology.


Kristin Alford, Director of the Science Creativity Education (Sci.C.Ed) Studio, University of South Australia

Kristin was appointed inaugural Director of the Science Creativity Education (Sci.C.Ed) Studio in February 2016. In this role she is designing exhibits and experiences to inspire young adults about the place of sciences, arts and creativity in creating shared futures.

Prior to this role, she was the founder of foresight agency Bridge8 where she facilitated futures, strategy and engagement projects for government, corporate and not-for-profit clients across multiple sectors.

Her postgraduate qualifications are in engineering and foresight. She lectures in foresight and social change and is a Fellow of the Leaders' Institute of South Australia.