With an early passion for music, Tony kickstarted his career as a marketing guy for Sony and Virgin. It wasn’t long though before he discovered another passion, bringing people together to drive positive change. Over ten years in Indonesia he built a leading marketing communications firm and worked with clients, NGOs and government to address poverty and climate change. After short stints with advertising giants Leo Burnett and Ogilvy, he then founded Global Initiatives which grew to convene some of the world’s most impactful sustainability forums in over 20 countries. Always connecting world leaders, investors, companies and international agencies to commit to a better future. Tony still listens to a lot of music, a soundtrack for positive impact.
Leni has recently joined the Impact X team to manage the IX Summit agenda and coordinate the speakers. Leni is a published scientific writer and climate researcher. She has recently written a report for Greenpeace Australia Pacific about solutions to the climate crisis, addressing the critical technologies required to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors. Leni has a background in Earth Sciences and a PhD in Paleoceanography/Paleoclimatology. During her PhD project, she used marine sediment and microfossil archives to reconstruct past climate and ocean conditions and was able to detect past glacial meltwater fluxes and access their impact on ocean circulation and atmospheric temperature. Her extensive knowledge and understanding of past climatic variability and climate-ocean interactions is foundational for her understanding of the potential risks related to current climate change.
Life can take you to surprising places. And sometimes, when you look back, you can’t help but think, How did I get here from there? Tony Boatman grew up on a small farm in Australia. He used to milk a cow before school. The first in his family to attend university, Tony went on to lead marketing for Nokia, Asia Pacific. At Nokia he launched the world’s first smart phone. Later as Head of Marketing at Microsoft he brought the Xbox 360 to millions of users. After leaving the corporate world, Tony co founded a Swiss health tech company, a social enterprise called Bicycle Barista and in 2012 was named Global top 100 Sustainability Leader for his work with Al Gore's Climate Project. Tony is an authentic leader and proven team builder who strives to disrupt the traditional idea of a job. “I get up each day feeling grateful for what I have and motivated to make a positive impact. Experiences excite me, things don’t.”
Connecting people towards positive outcomes is one of the things that make Tati the happiest. Like many of our team members, she has roots in more than one culture and a passion for nature, which she sees as humans’ responsibility to protect. Originally Swiss-Brazilian, Australia has been Tati’s home for the past 17 years. She speaks multiple languages and holds degrees in marketing and sustainability. Before joining Impact X, Tati worked on climate change and circular economy at large corporations and NGOs and has engaged stakeholders at events ranging from Yachting and Formula 1 to UN conferences.
Ebby is our design-based creative director, with over 20 years of professional experience, ten of them in multinational advertising agencies such as FCB and Euro RSCG. Ebby creates concept-driven and contemporary design ideas that work in a commercial environment. His projects range from editorial design, music packaging and fashion apparel, corporate design and branding, to social documentaries and branded films. Ebby is also a passionate filmmaker, directing most of the branded short films that Blue Impacts has produced these past few years. He also has a strong interest in architecture. When not doing design and film, Ebby can be found playing with his daughters, DJ-ing, or creating street culture-inspired paintings.
Passion is not enough, we need grit. Hollie Chung combines her love for the environment with her career and has been working for a number of years to help businesses strive their best in their environmental, social and governance performances. Hollie joined the IX team as the SHIFT! Ecosystems Manager. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Hollie was involved in hosting Hong Kong’s largest environmental awards program. She relocated to Sydney in 2019 and has recently completed her Masters of Sustainability at The University of Sydney with Dean’s List Honors. Her team won the student award at the CSIRO Circular Economy Hackathon in early 2021 and led to her involvement in the entrepreneurship industry with Sydney Knowledge Hub, Boomerang Labs and Sydney Startup Hub. Hollie loves to surround herself with high energy people. She is also a hobby diver and enjoys travelling across Southeast Asia for dive trips and adventures.
Jonathan is a full stack engineer and web developer haling from the southern Texas ‘Panhandle’. Jonathan leads the development of our Hubspot web platform of which all of our digital applications are hosted. Jonathan is excited about all thing tech. Preferring to work at night and being based in Texas, he is always available for a chat with those of us in Asia on the other side of the world! Jonathan love the outdoors, camping, fishing, shooting and the wide open spaces of Texas.
Chloe’s sense of adventure kicked in early. Shortly after high school she moved to the United States to study architecture, where she focused on green buildings and sustainable urban development. Upon returning home, Chloe joined the booming exhibition industry where she fell in love with the buzz and excitement that comes with convening large international events with up to 100,000 participants. A natural collaborator, Chloe has built strong partnerships with government which have become foundational to the Impact X business in China. Chloe enjoys the beach, travel and the company of good friends.
LEarly in his career Michael spent three years working in New Zealand, where he discovered a passion for fine food, coffee and wine! A lawyer by training, Michael returned to China and entered the convention and exhibition industry in 2009. His entrepreneurial nature enabled him to quickly grasp the scale of opportunity in mega cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzen. Later relocating to Hainan, where the exhibition and events industry was growing exponentially in unison with the governments free trade zone policy, Michael quickly established himself as an industry visionary. A natural team leader with a passion for sustainable development Michael is excited to be part of the shift to a more sustainable world.
Brendan KavanaghSales DirectorBrendan began his career in London in the 90s, delivering cross industry conferences and exhibitions for business leaders, decision makers and solution providers across the globe. Moving to Asia 12 years ago, he has launched, grown and delivered numerous marque events across the region whilst developing high performing project, CX and sales teams along the way. A lover of rock music, football, cats and the planet - he is now focused on the latter, building the IX global partner ecosystem and in the process helping shift capital to impact technologies ideas that solve systemic global problems.
Originally a journalist and then a producer for Microsoft’s Sidewalk startup, Alan was Yahoo!’s first technical hire in Australia and went on to become Product Director, South Asia for Yahoo. He then was a co-founder of home entertainment tech startup HomeScreen Entertainment, backed by the Packer family’s CPH Investments, subsequently acquired by Quickflix. Alan was a founding investor in Pollenizer, Startmate and Blackbird Ventures. His startup services agency The New Agency built AAP MediaNet and EmploymentHero before being acquired by BlueChilli in 2012. Alan is a prolific angel investor in early-stage tech startups from Australia and New Zealand, chairs the refugee and migrant accelerator Catalysr and coaches founders in a number of accelerator programs in Australia and New Zealand. He is a frequent public speaker and media commentator on tech industry issues.
Darwin Jayson Mariano
Darwin is a Marketing, Digital Content and Social Media strategist with gainful experience in events and technology sectors. Strong in digital domain with solid experience in content creation, digital marketing, social media strategy, creative and business communications, Darwin is focused on building the IX brand as a globally recognised leader in sustainability and impact technology initiatives. Darwin is a constant learner who believes there are few skills as valuable as the art of learning.
Rebecca is an accomplished responsible investments leader with more than 20 years of experience in Australia and the UK. Rebecca has held senior roles in the world’s largest & most successful investment banks and is passionate about Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) investing improving the lives of all and ensuring we look after our planet & resources in a sustainable way. Rebecca has been awarded a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW, MBA (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Alicia was born in Xinjiang, China and has lived, studied and worked in Qingdao, Beijing, Tianjin and Hong Kong. She holds a Bachelors degree in Exhibition, Economics and Management from Beijing International Studies University. After graduating from University, Alicia joined the Reed Exhibitions International Sales Group, working in Energy, Environmental Protection, Security, Medical, Building Exhibitions Management for the past 4 years. Alicia is a self-motivated problem solver, eternal optimist and naturally curious with a zest to travel the world and learn about other people and places. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and watching movies. Alicia is now directing her passion and boundless energy to helping Impact X scale globally.