Your expert facilitators Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz, Peter Townson and Professor Melinda Edwards
Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz is an academic and industry leader with extensive global experience in conducting academically sound research, co-innovating with industry and university partners, and delivering innovative products to the market. As Founding Director of the Centre for the Digital Economy, Marek leads the digital economy research agenda of Queensland University of Technology in Australia. The Centre for the Digital Economy (CDE) is a research centre dedicated to designing digital transformation strategies for complex economic and social challenges. CDE’s research informs and empowers government and heavily regulated industries to understand and optimise digital transformation.Prior to joining QUT, Marek was based in Silicon Valley where he was Senior Director of Products and Innovation at SAP. He has 15 patents and is a frequent keynote speaker, presenting to government, corporate, and global audiences.
Peter Townson is the Senior Designer in the Centre for the Digital Economy. Peter works with organisations to harness the opportunities in the digital economy by combining a design mindset with rigorous research to deliver impactful solutions that build digital capability. Peter's work is unique in that he lectures, research and practices various design thinking, human-centered design and design-led innovation techniques that are utilised within the sprint method. Peter was awarded a Masters in Research with studies on integrating design into organisational culture.
Professor Melinda Edwards has been nationally recognised for her teaching excellence and has conducted commercial research and professional development courses in negotiation, mediation, communication and conflict resolution for lawyers, government agencies and community groups both domestically and internationally. Melinda has designed and taught university courses in: Equity and Trusts; Civil Procedure; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Mediation; Clinical Negligence; Business Law and Negotiation Strategies. She has also published extensively in these areas including a number of textbooks in Equity and Trusts Law.