Co-Founder & Project Director
Alex was co-founder with Rob Irving of a conference and events company eventually acquired by SoftBank Expos. He then became CEO of Australian operations for Ziff-Davis, a listed global IT media company across events, internet and publishing. Brands under his management included COMDEX, Interop, ZDNet, PC Week and PC Magazine. He is former director at the Institute of Human Excellence together with Niran Jiang and coaching pioneer Sir John Whitmore.
Currently Alex is principal of Culture Works, a consultancy that assists organisations to build values driven cultures. He is passionate about helping organisations find their purpose, develop their leadership and create a thriving culture from within. Alex co-authored “Master CEO’s” with fund manager Matthew Kidman and has served as a director in public and NFP organisations. He is also a director of Impact Asia Pacific Pty Ltd, the producer of the Summit.
Co-Founder & Brand Director
With an intense curiosity, commitment and passion around what makes people, businesses and brands tick, Rob’s career spans top management, coaching, not-for profit enterprises, event marketing and business development.
Rob has had extensive involvement in the corporate event business in partnership with Alex Feher. In 2014, he contributed to the successful launches of Google inspired Search Inside Yourself program and the inaugural Mindful Leadership Global Forum Sydney. As executive, off-site leader, speaker coach and co-founding partner of Forté (in 1992) focused on igniting performance and talent, clients include CBA, Colonial First State, Google, Lend Lease, RBA, STW, The Eventful Group, Westpac, among others.
Rob has held CEO positions spanning 20 years at global ad agency, J Walter Thompson - in Johannesburg, Cape Town, London and Sydney. He is Pitch Director of The Funding Network, a not-for-profit organisation, Ambassador and former Chair of the SchoolAid Board - empowering kids to help kids in need via Australia’s first kids crowd funding platform kidsgive.com.au.
Strategic Communications Director
Ranya is founder of Impact Group International, an experienced team of experts focused on strategic communications advice for philanthropists, corporate shared value initiatives and innovative social impact programs. She is a communications strategist, with experience in working across media markets and for high profile people, including one of Australia’s leading philanthropists, Andrew Forrest and Australia’s then Foreign Minister and former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.
Ranya has personally been behind the global launches of the Walk Free Global Slavery Index, which reached more than a billion people through media coverage. Under Ranya’s leadership, the Impact Group creates communications strategies that maximise whole-of-corporation benefit. The team aligns communications for varying corporate strategic goals, leveraging corporate strengths and delivering and optimising public relations outcomes.