MEET THE TEAM
Fronting his knowledge, expertise and experience in the field of business operations, Alex is passionate about helping organisations find their purpose, develop their leadership and create a thriving culture from within. He advises organisations in healthcare, funds management, IT and online education.
Alex is a graduate Industrial Engineer who started his entrepreneurial life while completing his Masters at university. Alex was co-founder with Rob Irving of a conference and events company eventually acquired by SoftBank, then becoming 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, CEO of online education company CPDLIve and currently principal of Culture Works, a consultancy that assists organisations to build values driven cultures. He is the co-author of “Master CEOS” and has served as a director for public, private and NFP organisations. He is also the co-founder and 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, business coaching, not-for profit enterprises, event marketing and business development.
Rob has enjoyed 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 in Sydney. Shares deep experience as executive and speaker coach, workshop facilitator, off-site leader. Co-founding partner of Forté (in 1992) focused on igniting performance and talent – for clients including Colonial First State, Datacom, Google, Lend Lease, Origin energy, RBA, STW, The Eventful Group, Westpac, among others.
Rob held CEO positions spanning 20 years at global ad agency, J Walter Thompson – in Johannesburg, Cape Town, London and Sydney. He is Head Pitch Coach of The Funding Network, a not-for-profit organisation, Ambassador and former Chair of the SchoolAid Trust – changing the lives of kids by empowering them to change the lives of others via Australia’s first kids crowd funding platform.
Beth is an accomplished business management professional with over 20 years experience across a diverse range of industry sectors. Known as a highly collaborative, results driven executive with proven expertise in leading teams to achieve goals and navigate rapid change. Beth has a strong background in leadership, strategy, stakeholder engagement, along with operations and business management.
With the recent appointment as Managing Director of Impact Asia Pacific, Beth is excited to be working with the inspirational IAP team and extended impact community to shift capital for social and environmental good.
In her role at The Intermedia Group, Beth and her team work across multiple brands and industry specific B2B publications to deliver an annual portfolio of events and experiences.
Curator and Head of Program
Mel’s driving purpose has been to catalyse and lead positive social and environmental impact.
She has honed the art of conversational leadership, is an ideas synthesist and strategist with a proven record of achievement in business, social ventures, community engagement, and culture transformation with a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion and systemic social change.
Melanie has been instrumental in convening the impact investment ecosystem in the Asia Pacific, and brought international thought leaders to Australia – building communities around the key themes of – impact, purpose, conversational leadership, vulnerability, courage and innovation.
In 2011 Mel founded The Coterie for Renewal (then Talking Sticks), a global community of passionate future shapers, committed to developing self-leadership and relational intelligence for a better world. The community delivers multiple events throughout the year, immersing Members and others in generative leadership and human transformation experiences.
Her strengths converge around systemic change, creating flourishing cultures, driving engagement, building long term partnerships, strategic communication, community building, catalysing policy change and action.
In 2021 Mel founded social impact business, Scriibed, providing safe and secure employment to vulnerable women. She has led social/not-for-profit organisations and teams as Chief Executive.
Mel’s strongest conviction is that a world where women’s economic and social participation yields unparalleled dividends for children, families, communities and the planet, is possible.
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.