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Matthew Michalewicz
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Matthew has more than 20 years of experience in starting and running high-growth tech companies, especially in the areas of predictive analytics and optimisation. He is currently the CEO of Complexica, a provider of Artificial Intelligence software for optimising sales & marketing activities, and a director of several ASX-listed companies, including Prophecy International (ASX: PRO), ComOps (ASX: COM), and LBT Innovations (ASX: LBT). He is also the author of several books, including Life in Half a Second, Winning Credibility, Puzzle-Based Learning, and Adaptive Business Intelligence.

From 2005 – 2012, Matthew was the co-founder and CEO of SolveIT Software, a supply chain optimisation business he grew from zero to almost 180 employees and $20 million in revenue before selling the business to Schneider Electric. Under his leadership, SolveIT Software became the 3rd fastest-growing company in Australia in 2012, as ranked by Deloitte. The company won numerous awards, and counted among its customers some of the largest corporations in the world, including Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, and Xstrata.

From 1999 - 2003, Matthew was the co-founder and CEO of NuTech Solutions in the USA, where he raised more than US$15 million in venture capital and grew the business to almost 200 employees in six international offices. Matthew established an “A-list” board of directors, which included former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Lech Walesa, former Bank of America Chairman and CEO, Hugh McColl Jr., world-renowned fraud expert and subject of Steven Spielberg's blockbuster "Catch Me if You Can," Frank Abagnale, and former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, Zbigniew Brzezinski. NuTech Solutions was acquired by Netezza Corporation, which was subsequently acquired by IBM Global Services.

From 1994 – 1999, Matthew was the founder and operator of Fitness Forever, a personal training business, and later, the co-founder of CFG Investments, a money management and financial planning company with more than $150 million under management.

Matthew is also a Limited Partner in Blackbird Ventures, an Australian early-stage venture capital fund, and from 2005 - 2016 he held the position of Visiting Fellow at the University of Adelaide where he lectured on the subject of technology commercialisation for graduate students.

Matthew’s business achievements have been featured in numerous television shows and publications, including Time Magazine, Newsweek, and Forbes. He was named the Pearcey Foundation "Entrepreneur of the Year", Business Journal "40 under 40" list of accomplished business leaders, and Ernst and Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" finalist.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate Finance from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, where he was later named "Alumnus of Year."

Testimonials

"Matthew is an accomplished speaker, but more than that, he presents with the utmost authority and credibility. He has an ability to gauge the mood and interest of the audience, and tailor his comments and presentation to suit."

American Chamber of Commerce

"His experience in technology entrepreneurship, and business in general, allows Matthew to find a way to spark interest and make a connection with everybody in the audience."

Australian Institute for Commercialisation

"After hearing Matthew speak, you gain insight into what makes an entrepreneur tick, what drives him, and what motivates him as a Company Director to take an idea and turn it into a business. He speakers with passion and self belief, and above all, he is entertaining and very easy to listen to."

State Manager, Australian Institute of Company Directors

David Spear

"We got numerous comments about how easy to relate to Matthew was and how inspired people were to take charge of their own goals."

BOC Australia

"Advisers were highly impressed with Matthew Michalewicz and his Five Drivers of Personal and Business Success presentation. This session had the highest average of all sessions from the PD day series and was voted the most valuable plenary session overall and the most useful session overall."

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

"Matthew was an absolute hit at every event we had. His presentation is always delivered with passion and humour, and the feedback from our clients has been great! We would highly recommend Matthew to anyone wanting a keynote speaker."

Colonial First State

"Clear and direct, Matthew Michalewicz is a great speaker who inspires audiences by sharing his experiences and providing good advice."

Director, Slattery IT

Rachel Slattery

"Matthew is one of the most accomplished and sought after speakers on the business circuit who inspires audiences through his confident delivery. His message content is drawn from his vast commercial experiences, providing his audience with a relevant, valuable message in an entertaining manner."

InVenture Partners

"Matthew delivered a keynote that was thought provoking and inspiring, and which set the scene for our whole conference – attendees were still talking about it on the last day. I would certainly look to book Matthew again and have no hesitation in recommending him."

Graham Dear

CEO Leading Edge Buying Groups

"We were absolutely thrilled with Matthew. He was professional, on message, approachable, highly relevant, engaging, value-adding. Our delegates were exceptionally positive, and they were hard to please. Well done."

CEO, Liquor Marketing Group

Doug Misener

"Matthew's presentations provide that rare mix of being both educational and entertaining. He leaves you with core messages and key take-aways that can add value to your business and everyday life. If you are looking to inspire creativity and entrepreneurship, or just a motivational boost, I would highly recommend Matthew as a speaker."

State Manager, Macquarie Private Wealth

Kieran Purcell

"Matthew encapsulates the talented professional speaker who is able to engage and hold the attention of audiences at a level which could best be described as absolute. I highly commend Matthew to any organisation seeking to engage him in the capacity of speaker, confident with the knowledge he will deliver each and every time to the highest expectation!
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SA Great

"Matthew is a fine, natural speaker and I have been delighted to engage his services for several important events. Drawing upon a variety of successful experiences, including leadership of several high-tech companies, Matthew is able to convey deep insights into issues such as the commercialisation process and work-life balance in a highly articulate and entertaining fashion."

Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Adelaide

Dr. Mike Brooks