Sydney Speakers April 2018

Angela Vithoulkas

Angela Vithoulkas

Councillor of the City of Sydney Council

Deputy Chair of the City of Sydney Economic Development and Business

Angela Vithoulkas is a second term independent Councillor at the City of Sydney. As well as representing all members of the local community, she is actively involved with Sydney’s small business and start-up community.

Angela is the Deputy Chairperson of the City of Sydney Economic Development and Business Sub-Committee. Angela’s successful career in public and corporate life has been acknowledged through numerous awards including: City of Sydney Business of the Year and NSW Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as 2007 Telstra Women’s Business Owner of the Year. In 2017, she was also named as one of Australia’s Top Nine Influential Female Entrepreneurs.

In 2015, Angela formed the Sydney Matters Independent Team. She is committed to ensuring that Sydney becomes a smart city through the use of technology that will transform the city and improve the amenity of residents, businesses and visitors.


Christine Bartlett

Christine Bartlett

Non Executive Director: Mirvac, TAL, Sigma Pharmaceuticals

Clayton Utz, Deputy Chairman GBST, Chairman of the Board The Smith Family

Christine is a company director and business advisor with extensive senior executive experience across a range of sectors including finance, banking, superannuation, property, digital/technology, education and professional services. Christine currently serves on the Boards of Mirvac Ltd, GBST and The Smith Family. She sits on the Mirvac Risk and Audit Committee and is Chairman of the People and Culture Committee of The Smith Family. 

Previously Christine has served as a company director of PropertyLook, National Nominees Ltd and Australian Custodial Services Association (Deputy Chairman). She was also a member of the Pymble Ladies College Governing Council. Christine is a member of the Minter Ellison’s Advisory Council, UNSW Australian School of Business Advisory Board, Chief Executive Women, and AICD.

Christine spent her formative years with IBM where she honed her management skills through senior executive roles spanning national, regional and global responsibilities with positions based in Australia, New York and Tokyo. Christine's joined Jones Lang LaSalle Australia as CEO. Jones Lang LaSalle is a major commercial property services provider. With a focus on building the business through innovation, acquisition and organic growth, Christine grew revenues by over 55% and profit by over 350%.

Following Jones Lang LaSalle, Christine was appointed by NAB as Executive General Manager of NAB’s “NextGen” business process and technology transformation project. The scope of this highly complex program was to replace the ageing core banking, finance, risk and treasury systems of the bank. After 3 years running NextGen, Christine was appointed Executive General Manager of NAB’s market leading Asset Servicing business with over $700B in assets under custody.


Sein-Way Tan

Sein-Way Tan

Chairman & Group CEO

Green World City

Sein-Way Tan is well renowned in the fields of sustainable cities, innovation and future trends. He is the founder of Green World City, a consortium with global mission to make cities and large-scale projects more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. He has been invited to meet many world leaders (Heads of State) and engaged with hundreds of influential political and business leaders worldwide.

He is an Australian business leader that have been invited to APEC Summit, Forbes Global CEO and many major international summits. He has also been invited by the Australian Federal Government to do reports on Property Development and by the Chinese Government to the Great Hall of the People and other major forums to advise on sustainable cities and future trends.

In addition to speaking on TV and radio globally, he has been invited to speak at the Nobel Peace Prize City Hall in Oslo, selected by leading experts and peers to be honoured as a World Cities Summit Leader and awarded by University of Newcastle for International Leadership.

He has lived and studied in Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan. This experience has given him a wide understanding of many cultures. He interest includes business, geopolitics, current affairs, history, languages, environment, innovation and evolving global trends.

He has also advised major corporations and CEO forums in Asia, Europe and North America on business opportunities in investing in large-scale sustainable projects and sustainable cities.

He is on the Advisory Board of Global Urban Development, Sustainia and Data Cities. He is an Advisor to many Governments, including the Chinese Government on creating green cities and is also on the Steering Committee of the UN-Habitat (United Nations) World Urban Campaign.

Sein-Way Tan is also passionate in helping innovative companies expand internationally by using his global connections and resources.


Lee Tonitto

Lee Tonitto


Australian Marketing Institute

Lee Tonitto is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI), Australia’s peak marketing membership body.

With a career spanning 30 years in marketing and distribution roles, Lee has represented major brands such as Unilever, Revlon, AMP and the Commonwealth Bank’s Count Financial.

Lee is a highly awarded marketer with strengths in brand management, customer value, distribution, and business strategy. She is considered a marketing thought leader and has served the marketing profession through contributions to industry and professional associations, including Australian Association of National Advertisers, the Australian Direct Marketing Association, and leading Financial Services Professional Association.

A specialist in identifying and solving complex enterprise-wide business issues, Lee is a business catalyst, a passionate content marketer and marketing profession commentator.

Dr Sandra L J Johnson

Dr Sandra L J Johnson

Clinical Associate Professor


Dr Sandra L J Johnson is a developmental paediatrician trained in the field of child development and she has been in private practice for about 26 years. Sandra is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Medical School in the Children’s Hospital at Westmead clinical school.

Sandra completed her medical training at the University of Cape Town and Red Cross Children’s Hospital. After internship at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town she spent 12 months in adult medicine and she worked as a GP locum for 12 months. She commenced her paediatric training in Sydney and completed her child development specialty training in London. She is Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Australia) and Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK). In addition to child development she trained and worked in the specialties of child neurology, neonatology, brain injury, cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities. She spent 12 months as a paediatric registrar in child psychiatry and attained a certificate in “Emotional and Behaviour problems in Children” at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry.

Dr Johnson trained in learning disorders, attention deficit disorders and school related difficulties while working at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She did a training course for doctors on Learning Disorders at the Boston Children’s Hospital. She returned to Australia and worked as staff specialist in developmental disabilities at the Royal Alexandria Hospital and the Children’s Hospital Westmead. She subsequently opened her private practice.

Sandra has studied Law in relation to Medicine. She is currently the President of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine, having attained her Membership in 1997 and Fellowship in 2008 with this College. She does medico-legal assessments for defence and plaintiff legal teams in matters relating to brain injury and developmental problems in infants and children.

Sandra Johnson is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles. She is the main author of a book, written with several contributing authors, called “A clinical handbook on child development paediatrics”. She is the author and publisher of a book for parents and carers called “Your child’s development”.


Jo Maxwell

Jo Maxwell

National Relationships

National Retail Association

Jo Maxwell’s a born and bred retailer. Since joining the NRA as Program Manager, Industry Trainer and Assessor in 2013, Jo has earned a reputation among members and trainees for being a consummate professional who takes great pride in delivering progressive outcomes, and who will go out of her way to uncover hidden student and member needs, and create a bespoke solution for whatever challenge comes her way.

It’s a rare skill Jo’s been able to cultivate through extensive mentorship and guidance from business leaders in visual merchandising, performance management, leadership, training/assessment and adult education.

Now stepping into a new role as the NRA’s National Relationship Manager, Jo is tapping back into her customer service roots, and is looking forward to enhancing experiences for existing partners; leveraging networks; working with the technical teams in generating and developing new ideas; and building relationships with new members.


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