As part of Entrepreneurs’ Week 2018, IPAA hosted a forum to showcase examples of intrapreneurship in the South Australian public sector, and to explore emerging trends and challenges for achieving change, improving coordination and facilitating innovation.

IPAA Members joined IPAA SA and the Intrapreneurship Community of Practice (ICoP) for a snapshot of cutting edge intrapreneurial work by motivated innovators from around the world as part of Entrepreneurs Week 2018.

For the fourth year running the 2018 Intrapreneurship Forum was bigger and better, covering a wide range of Intrapreneurial topics, ideas and real time projects. Participants networked and discussed ideas with colleagues and experts, and attended exclusive workshops in a range of presentation formats.

This years keynote speaker was creative bureaucracy expert, Charles Landry.

In June 2018 IPAA SA commissioned a survey for the Intraprenuership forum, with results of this survey now available to view and download Here.

The forum featured thinking from leading practitioners in innovation. Speakers included:

  • Dr Kristin Alford, Director of MOD., University of South Australia
  • Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
  • Dr Pip Ryan, Lecturer in Commercial Equity and Disruptive Technologies and the Law, University of Technology Sydney
  • Lois Boswell, Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Human Services
  • Dr Francesco Cangiano, Lecturer in Management and Organisations, University of Western Australia
  • Darren Sharp, Director Social Surplus
  • Ian McBurney, CoFounder and Director at bHive Cooperative Bendigo
  • Suhit Anantula, Partner & Strategy Designer, Business Model Inc
  • Jay Edwards, Researcher, IndigenousX, University of NSW
  • James Calder, Calder Consultants
  • Alix Taylor, Manager, Business Transformation, Department of Human Services
  • Jack Buckskin, Youth and Community Mentor

IPAA SA will be placing a donation to the audience’s most popular charity of choice. Thank you to those who participated. Videos and slides will be available soon.

If you would like to be involved in the Intrapreneurship Community of Practice please email Tim Mares on

View the live conversation on social media by visiting the hashtag #Intra2018 #EWeek2018. You can find us on Twitter @IPAASA and Facebook @IPAASouthAustralia.

Date: Thursday, 12 July 2018
Time: 8:30 am registration/networking, 9:15 am – 4:15 pm
Venue: Hickinbotham Hall, National Wine Centre of Australia, Hackney Rd & Botanic Rd, Adelaide


Learn about our speakers

Dr Kristin Alford

Director MOD
University of South Australia

Dr Kristin Alford is a futurist and the Director of MOD. at the University of South Australia. MOD. is a futuristic museum of discovery, a place to be and be inspired. Kristin leads a team dedicated to creating dynamic, changing exhibition showcasing the edge of knowledge and emerging technologies. Kristin also established Bridge8 in 2004 following careers in engineering, human resources, strategy and product development for companies including BHP Billiton, Ansett-Air New Zealand, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and Nanotechnology Victoria. Kristin holds a PhD in process engineering and a Masters of Management in Strategic Foresight. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation. She is the licensee of TEDxAdelaide and a sessional lecturer at the University of Adelaide

Erma Ranieri PSM FIPAA

IPAA SA President, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

Appointed on 1 July 2014, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri works passionately 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.

With the role of the public sector being to serve and support South Australia to thrive, Erma leads sector-wide reform to modernise the public sector and continue to build on its value and service to the South Australian community.

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

With a key focus on flexibility, diversity and leadership development to ensure the public sector is positioned as an Employer of Choice, Erma continues to challenge cultural and structural barriers to drive innovative, collaborative and connected services for the community.

Dr Pip Ryan

University of Technology Sydney

Dr Ryan's area of expertise is commercial equity and legal technology. Her PhD formulated a new classification for the liability of third parties to a breach of trust.. Her current research explores breach of fiduciary duty in apparently trustless commercial relationships and self-executing contracts, usually enabled by Blockchain technology. Dr Ryan designed and coordinates a commercial equity elective that examines directors’ duties, Ponzi schemes and the trust as an alternative to a corporate arrangement. Her teaching research investigates how authentic legal processes can improve law students' problem-solving. In conjunction with the UTS Connected Intelligence Centre, she is piloting the use of discourse analytics software to improve law students' legal writing skills. She a member of the Standards Australia Blockchain Technical Committee, where she chairs the Smart Contracts Working Group. She sits on the Board of Lander & Rogers.

Darren Menachemson

Global Partner and Global Chief Digital Officer,
Think Place

Darren believes that co-design is an essential element in creating system-level outcomes for society. He works to improve large, public systems like the health system, the tax system and the social services system.

As a ThinkPlace Partner, Darren’s focus is on applying design thinking to intractable challenges, in both OECD and developing countries. He has worked extensively in health, international development, border management, energy systems, social protection, regulatory compliance and digital government.

Darren co-designs in complex, sensitive environments to develop strategy, programmes, policy and services. He has pioneered powerful approaches for linking strategy and architecture to the experience of users, and advises executive groups, programme/project teams and governance boards on how to optimise their impact when taking on these types of at-scale initiatives. Whether facilitating a senior forum in Canberra or conducting ethnographic research in a village in Uganda, Darren’s approach is grounded in the need to build public good.

As ThinkPlace’s Head of Digital, he has had both a strategic and a sleeves-up role in the design of national-level digital systems. Darren serves as ThinkPlace’s Chief Ethicist.

Darren Sharp

Consultant and Researcher
Social Surplus

Darren Sharp is a leading sharing economy consultant and researcher. As Director of Social Surplus he works with a range of clients to design programs that amplify the strengths of people and communities through sharing and envision the transition to socially just and sustainable futures. Darren is the Australian editor of Shareable, Melbourne coordinator of the Sharing Cities Network, and co-authored the book Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons which contains 137 case studies and policies that showcases how city residents around the world are using commons-based strategies to meet their needs in housing, food, transportation, work and energy. Darren is the convenor of the Australian Platform Cooperativism Working Group and a Steering Group member of the New Economy Network Australia. He is completing his PhD on urban experimentation for sustainability transitions at Curtin University, funded by the CRC for Low Carbon Living.

Ian McBurney


Ian McBurney is the co-founder of, Australia’s first platform co-operative. He is an ecological sustainability educator, entrepreneur, facilitator, speaker, MC and author. Ian’s specialty is change practice: how do we inspire others around us? Ian spent 5 years in the early 2000s at Vox Bandicoot in Melbourne, delivering the famous environmental theatre program to ten thousand students, workplace culture change training to six thousand staff in local government and manufacturing. Ian was responsible for the expansion and delivery of the Sustainability Street Approach to over 40 local governments around Australia, and cofounded the Bendigo Sustainability Group in 2007, Bendigo – A Thinking City in 2012 and the Synergize CoWorking Hub in 2013. He published Talking ecoLogical in 2014. With his business Live ecoLogical, he has worked across health, manufacturing and social sectors, schools, state government and 60 local governments in four states and two countries.

Suhit Anantula

Impact Strategist and Designer
Business Model Inc

Suhit works at the intersection of entrepreneurship, design and social sciences with a focus on social change. His focus is to solve adaptive social challenges and is a consultant and facilitator for innovation, business models and strategy. Suhit works across sectors such as families, child protection, domestic violence, ageing, arts and cultural sector, educational challenges, indigenous issues, digital technology, environment, food and nutrition. He partners with individuals in governments, business, social enterprises and social sector organisations to create better outcomes for people.

Jay Edwards

IndigenousX, University of NSW

Jay Edwards is a young, ambitious Palawa man from Central Tasmania. He is currently in his final year of studying Business Economics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Jay’s passion is for Indigenous people to have the ability and knowledge to ensure we are successful in all areas of life. He has the belief that Indigenous people benefit from Indigenous entrepreneurship. He has worked with and for many Indigenous start-ups and has engaged with multiple Indigenous entrepreneurs across the world.

James Calder

Calder Consultants

James Calder is a practitioner, facilitator, author and part-time educator interested in all facets of the strategy, design and use of the workspace. He is also working on a number of Proptech startups. Throughout his career James has practiced extensively in Australia, North America, Europe and Asia Pacific with the world’s pre-eminent organisations across most business sectors, including broad experience within the public sector. James has developed new workplace strategies for the public sector on projects such as 1 William Street and Brisbane City Council in Brisbane, and SAHMRI, the Education Department and Tonsley Park in Adelaide. Key private sector clients include Atlassian, GE, Fairfax Media and NAB.

Alix Taylor

Manager, Business Transformation
Department of Human Services

Alix Taylor is the Manager, Business Transformation at the Department of Human Services. With 20 years experience as a SA public servant, Alix is nearing completion of her PhD Thesis on Public Sector Intrapreneurship, with study participants drawn entirely from the SA Public Sector. Entitled: How far can I push this? Alix’s thesis has been able to develop the first framework for the practise of public intrapreneurship, encompassing the major activities, mindsets and personal consequences for public servants acting intrapreneurially.

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Thursday, 12th July 2018