Join us at the Cellblock Theatre for an unforgettable evening of food, wine and ideas around the theme…OPEN MINDS, DISRUPTIVE IDEAS: HOW CREATIVE...

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The Cellblock Theatre
2010 NSW

A Night of Disruptive Ideas: How Creative Genius Manifests in Different Industries


Professor Charlie Teo

Professor Charlie Teo

Neurosurgeon & Founder of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation

Charlie is an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and a pioneer of minimally invasive, keyhole surgical techniques for brain cancer treatment. 

He is known for challenging the medical establishment and for his fierce compassion in defense of his patients. 

Prof Teo is the only Australian neurosurgeon to be Board Certified in both Australia and the U.S. He has been invited to many distinguished universities in more than 50 countries as Visiting Professor, including Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Stanford universities in the USA, Marburg University in Germany and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. 

Prof Teo primarily works at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital in Sydney and has established the internationally acclaimed Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, extending the lives of many children and adults with brain tumours, some of which may have been previously considered to be 'inoperable'. 

Prof Teo dedicates three months every year to pro bono work in developing countries and has sponsored neurosurgeons from developing countries such as Bangladesh, Peru, Romania and Vietnam to attend practical courses and medical meetings. He has been recognised with awards from Rotary International, including the Paul Harris Fellowship and was a finalist in the NSW Australian of the Year awards in 2003 and 2009. In the 2011 Australia Day awards, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia. 

Prof Teo founded Cure For Life Foundation, now Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, in 2001. It is now the peak brain cancer organisation in Australia, focusing on research, advocacy and awareness. Cure Brain Cancer Foundation supports the Brain Cancer Discovery Collaborative and many other exciting research initiatives, including bringing quality international clinical trials to Australia.

Outside the operating theatre, Prof Teo is proud to support his other favourite charities; the Cambodian Children’s Trust, which runs an orphanage in Battambang and Voiceless, which funds legislative reform for the prevention of cruelty to industrial animals. He is also Ambassador and Acting Director of the Orangutan Foundation, and has travelled to Borneo with his family to see their conservation work. 

Prof Teo has written more than 70 publications and 30 book chapters. He has been featured on Australian Story five times, 60 Minutes, Good Medicine and Today Tonight, highlighting the cases of patients with "inoperable" brain tumours that he has successfully removed. 

In 2012, he gave the Australia Day address and in 2013 he became the first Australian to address US Congress, speaking to the Brain Mapping Foundation and Congressional Neuroscience Caucus about Brain Mapping as part of US President Barack Obama’s vision to explore and map the human brain.

Supported by his wife, Genevieve, and four daughters, Alex, Nikki, Katie and Sophie, Charlie has devoted his life to helping people with neurological diseases.

Jerry Speiser

Jerry Speiser

Drummer & Curator

Jerry was the Grammy award winning drummer of the 80s new wave group Men at Work. He is now a Buckminster Fuller curator and the founder of Magnificence in Action.

Men At Work achieved national and international success in the early 1980s with their hit single 'Down Under' and hit album Business as Usual which in 1983 made them the first Australian artists to have a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single in the United States Billboard charts as well as the Australian, New Zealand and United Kingdom charts.

Men at Work have sold over 30 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Hall of Fame during the ARIA Music Awards of 1994.

Tara McKenty

Creative Director, Google

Tara’s kindergarten teacher told her mother that Tara would grow up to be the Prime Minister of New Zealand, or the devil itself.

After casting a career in politics aside, and realising red wasn’t her colour, Tara found herself in the halls of Whybin\TBWA Auckland working in advertising. It was here that she and her creative partner, Iain, gained international attention by floating shares in their creative future, successfully funding themselves to Cannes.

During her time at TBWA, Tara was named in Campaign Magazines Top 50 emerging talent portfolio, submitted several entries into the iconic ABSOLUT portfolio, one of which was the creation of a limited edition ABSOLUT bottle design.

In 2012, Tara swam the ditch to join Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney and it was here that a common thread started to emerge in her work, Tara’s strong desire to do good and make a positive difference.

From creating children’s books that test the eyesight of children, to an MS Society ‘numbing soap’ that brings home the effects of the condition (TED ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’), to creating real-time marketing platforms that reunite lost dogs with their owners, Tara continues to disrupt the status quo.

Tara has won over a hundred international advertising awards, been a named judge at D&AD, and AWARD, founded (a women’s collective website that celebrates women in advertising) and has supported other emerging creatives through the D&AD New Bloods programme.

Dr Ben Ferris

Dr Ben Ferris

Co-Founder & Artistic Director at the Sydney Film School

Ben Ferris is one of the founders of Sydney Film School, where he is currently the Artistic Director and a writing/directing teacher of the Advanced Diploma Thesis program.
Ferris, a film writer/director, has screened films and won numerous awards in Paris, New York, Croatia, Italy, Tokyo, Singapore and Amsterdam, as well as having theatrical releases of his works in Tokyo, Croatia, and Australia. Ben’s first feature film Penelope, an Australia-Croatia co-production, had a worldwide release in 2011 to critical acclaim. He is currently in production on his second feature film as writer/director, 57 Lawson, and in development on the feature film The Rites of Autumn.
Ben is a researcher with the Australasian Classical Reception Studies Network, and is undertaking a part-time PhD by Research at the University of Sydney in the field of Classical Reception, exploring the figure of Orpheus in the films of French Poet-Cineaste Jean Cocteau. 
He has been the Artistic Director of the Sydney Film School since its inception in 2004 and enjoys pushing the medium right to the edge of the frame.
Dr Tim Rayner

Dr Tim Rayner

Philosopher & Author

A philosopher and social entrepreneur who wrote the award-winning collaborative short film Coalition of the Willing and a book called Life Changing: A Philosophical Guide.

Dr Angus Hervey

Dr Angus Hervey

Political Economist & Co-Founder of Future Crunch

Dr Angus Hervey is a writer, technologist and science communicator. He is the co-founder of Future Crunch, a platform for intelligent thinking about the future of science and technology, and the current Australian manager of Random Hacks of Kindness, a global initiative started in 2009 by Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank to create open-source technology solutions to social challenges.
He is the former manager of Global Policy, one of the world's leading international political journals, and holds an MSc in International Political Economy and a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics, where he was also the Ralph Miliband Scholar between 2009 and 2012. 
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Ninotschka Titchkosky

Ninotschka Titchkosky

Principal & Studio Director at BVN Architecture

Ninotschka is a highly creative thinker who specialises in clearly distilling complex scenarios and projects into inspiring and realisable concepts.

She is interested in future scenarios and possibilities that can emerge through a project that have global currency and is passionate about the role architects play in shaping our interactions, communities and cities and continually seeks to effect change through projects. 


Tané Hunter

Tané Hunter

Co-Founder, Future Crunch

Tané Hunter is a science communicator, futurist and bioinformatician. He works with big data in the biological realm and specialises in cancer research.
His first career though, was in mountain biking. In 2004 Tane won a US national title and was heading for a career as a professional cyclist. Unfortunately, an injury in 2006 brought Tané’s cycling career to an end and he refocused on science and received a degree in Biology and Chemistry at Fort Lewis College in Colorado.
While sailing across the South Pacific in 2010, he helped with a dissection of a Cuvier’s beaked whale in the Cook Islands. Here Tané met Dr. Darlene Ketten from Harvard Medical School. Long discussions with her piqued his interest in medical genomics and bioinformatics which eventually led him to the University of Melbourne where he completed a Masters in Bioinformatics in 2013.
He has worked for the Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare diseases in children using genetics, and is currently doing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne using molecular biomarkers to better understand, diagnose and improve treatment for people suffering from cancer.

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Fenella Kernebone

Fenella Kernebone

Radio and TV Host

Fenella Kernebone is a noted television, radio presenter and producer, MC, interviewer and writer and has had a long career working across arts, film, music, design and culture.

Her hosting roles have included Radio National’s By Design, The Sound Lab on triple j, Art Nation on ABC TV and The Movie Show on SBS.

As well as being an MC, interviewer, facilitator and writer, Fenella is also the Director of Frankly Group, a production company currently working on an Oral History project.

In 2015, Fenella presented a five part series for the ABC called Design Shots, focusing on Australian designers.

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Dr Alex Klat-Smith

Dr Alex Klat-Smith

Partner at PwC The Difference

Alex is an expert in design thinking and collaborative innovation who uses Group Genius and Open Space Technology methods to transform organisations across government, healthcare, utilities, transport, financial services, telecommunications, media and not-for-profit. 

Event Details

Join us at the Cellblock Theatre for an unforgettable evening of food, wine and ideas around the theme…


During drinks and an elegant two course dinner, you will hear three thought-provoking conversations between an eclectic selection of brilliant minds.

They will be discussing: 

  • The Creative Mind
  • The Future of Creativity


  • Professor Charlie Teo: Neurosurgeon and Founder of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation
  • Tara McKenty: Creative Director at Google
  • Fenella Kernebone: Radio and TV Host
  • Dr Angus Hervey & Tane Hunter: Co-founders of Future Crunch
  • Dr Ben Ferris: Founder and Artistic Director of the Sydney Film School
  • Dr Tim Rayner: Philosopher and Author
  • Ninotschka Titchkosky: Principal and Studio Director at BVN Architecture
  • Dr Alex Klat-Smith: Partner at PwC’s The Difference
  • Jerry Speiser: Drummer of Men at Work and Buckminster Fuller Curator

It will be an immersive experience, so be prepared for a spectacular evening full of…


Our artist in residence, Laura Jade Hindes, will be showcasing her installation, ‘Brainlight’, which connects the fields of art, lighting design, neuroscience and brain-computer interface technology through an interactive sculpture that illuminates in response to changing brain activity and thus allows guest to visualise brainwaves in real-time. 

Furthermore, our historic sandstone venue at the National Art School will be lit inside and out to amplify its structure and the atmosphere inside. 


Grammy Award-winning drummer Jerry Speiser will perform a surprising and electrifying piece to kick off the evening. And Fenella Kernebone, who hosts The Sound Lab on Triple J, will curate a selection of unknown masterpieces. 



  • Drinks in the courtyard of the National Art School on arrival 
  • A sit down two course dinner in the Cell Block Theatre
  • The opportunity to witness a series of intimate discussions
  • An unforgettable evening full of music, colour and inspiration
VIP tables of 10 in prime position (with the option of inviting a speaker and their partner to your table) are $3500*. This includes: corporate logo loop at the event, logo display on the table and recognition by the MC. 
Individual tickets are $220* per person.
* Organised by CURE BRAIN CANCER FOUDATION. All net proceeds from this event will go to fund innovative research into new treatments for brain cancer. 

* Booking and transaction fees may apply.

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