Welcome to ‘Close-Ups’

Welcome to the home of ‘Close-ups,’ a Q&A article that captures the essence of the person – it could be a thought leader, a marketing director, a CEO, or a quirky tech guru.  In this section, you’ll meet a colourful cast of characters and get ‘up-close-and-personal’ with the guests featured on the ‘storytelling’ couch.

You’ll get a glimpse of their life, career, and what makes them tick. Perhaps they’ll reveal how they landed their first job in the world of technology and business, or tell us about a childhood wish, or a best-kept secret or obscure fun fact. Indeed, you’ll read it all here – and you’ll connect through the power of storytelling.

‘Close-Up with ‘AI visionary’ Stela Solar 

‘Close-Up with ‘AI visionary’ Stela Solar 

Working in AI came as a complete accident. In fact, AI visionary Stela Solar was originally meant to be a film composer and live and breathe the world of creative arts.Today, the director of the National Artificial Intelligence Centre, is on a mission to help...

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‘Close-Up’ with ‘changemaker’ Rockyath Adechoubou

‘Close-Up’ with ‘changemaker’ Rockyath Adechoubou

Rockyath Adechoubou is the ultimate explorer - a worldwide adventurer seeking answers and truth about people, cultures, and global issues. It’s not surprising then that her path led her to the world of climate change, working as the program and operations manager at...

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‘Close-Up’ with ‘brand specialist’ Aaron Crowther

‘Close-Up’ with ‘brand specialist’ Aaron Crowther

He chases challenges; he’s restless to evolve. PR and marcomms man come business leader, Aaron Crowther, has started companies, led countless teams, and is making a difference to the community as the chief brand and reputation officer for St John WA. Starting his...

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‘Close-Up’ with ‘media powerhouse’ Maz Speaks

‘Close-Up’ with ‘media powerhouse’ Maz Speaks

When Maz speaks, people listen. You might think it’s simply because she’s super charismatic and bold – she is, and even calls herself “the boss lady” – but in fact it’s because she is a master storyteller and has been telling quirky, compelling ones for over 20 years...

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Close-Up with ‘avid performer’ Mary-Beth Hosking

Close-Up with ‘avid performer’ Mary-Beth Hosking

Mary-Beth Hosking always wanted to perform. In fact, she chose to be a singer - over a doctor - and was an avid singer performer for many years - one of her highlights was singing in the SA state youth opera.  But after singing for some time - and even performing...

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‘Close-Up’ with ‘heartfelt leader’ Kath Blackham

‘Close-Up’ with ‘heartfelt leader’ Kath Blackham

Kiwi-born Kath Blackham - the founder and CEO of VERSA - has seen and done a lot of things - and scored many interesting firsts. Take her “crazy” work experience  at a trading company in Russia, for example, where she opened the very first foreign...

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‘Close-Up’ with ‘kindness guru’ Carl Gough

‘Close-Up’ with ‘kindness guru’ Carl Gough

Carl Gough, founder of meetmagic.org, knows all about struggle. In fact, he struggled to be “alive and safe” while growing up in a poor, disruptive and chaotic environment in Nottingham, England.But kindness always ran through his veins, and he reveals how coming from...

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‘Close-Up’ with ‘tech adventurist’ Roisin Parkes

‘Close-Up’ with ‘tech adventurist’ Roisin Parkes

Irish-born Roisin Parkes is a former waitress (albeit a sacked one admittedly), a runway model, a computer science student, a Java developer, a software engineer, a CTO, and technology leader.In fact, Parkes - the former Gumtree CTO - has worn so many hats in multiple...

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‘Close-Up’ with ‘business technologist’ Syed Ahmed

‘Close-Up’ with ‘business technologist’ Syed Ahmed

Lao Tzu’s teachings resonate with Syed Ahmed, who feels that when the situation calls for it, "a leader is best when people barely know he exists." For Ahmed, who’s both a practitioner and a leader, he believes if you’re an effective supervisor - and able to...

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‘Close-Up’ with ‘business transformer’ Karl Sice

‘Close-Up’ with ‘business transformer’ Karl Sice

Karl Sice is a business transformer with a strong track record in blue chip enterprises. No less, he’s a turnaround/transformation and high growth generation operative.Today, this purposeful leader is Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s (ALE) Country Business Leader for...

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‘Close-Up’ with ‘marketing maven’ Eliza Dawes

‘Close-Up’ with ‘marketing maven’ Eliza Dawes

From would-be chef to personal trainer to newly promoted director of APAC marketing for GitHub, Eliza Dawes knows all about hard work, the big picture, and making things happen.  Dawes, who’s an experienced marketing leader with a demonstrated history of working...

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‘Close-Up’ with ‘Business Mastermind’ Sharon Melamed

‘Close-Up’ with ‘Business Mastermind’ Sharon Melamed

Business tycoon, Sharon Melamed, speaks five languages, is a passionate globetrotter, and understands the power of ‘long-term relationships of trust’ in business. Certainly, this powerhouse CEO, whose business, Matchboard - named by Optus Australia as the ‘Business of...

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