Dr Angus Hervey
Dr Angus Hervey is a political economist, writer, and professional speaker on the topic of disruptive technologies. He is part of a global movement of scientists, technologists, hackers and creatives that are pioneering new and better ways of doing things in the 21st century.
He is the co-founder of Future Crunch, a think tank designed to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to it. He was the founding community manager for Random Hacks of Kindness, the longest running and largest social hackathon in Australia, and a former editorial manager of Global Policy, one of the world's leading international political journals.
He 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.
Big Data Scientist
Tané is a cancer researcher, bioinformatician, and science communicator. He works with big data in the biological realm. In 2004 Tane won a US national mountain biking 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, statistics, and viticulture.
Tané is the co-founder of Future Crunch and Lighthouse Data Science. His interest in medical genomics, big data, and evolutionary biology 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 genetic diseases in children and is currently completing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, using molecular biomarkers and artificial intelligence to better understand, diagnose and improve treatment for people suffering from cancer. He is also an avid sailor, and participates in races around the world.
Tanushree is a communicator, writer and musician with a background in international development. She analyses how technology can interact with global issues, including human rights, refugees, clean energy, sustainable development and poverty alleviation.
Tanushree once went to a party dressed as a semicolon. That's when she resigned herself to always being a word nerd. She has advised on economic and investor communication for a semi-government state issuer, coordinated communication and international development for an environmental NGO, and worked as a research assistant in humanitarian affairs. She holds an Honours degree in International Relations and degrees in Peace & Conflict Studies and Journalism from the University of Queensland. In addition to having pun with Future Crunch, Tanushree works as a consultant and writer in development and sustainability, and performs as a musician.
The people we work with
Will Tait is an MC, musician and presenter with a talent for inspiring wonder and empowerment. He is motivated by the sense that our modern global culture is reaching out for a new story about the workings of the world, a story in which we see ourselves as integrally connected to each other and our universe. Using music, drama, humour and joy Will creates moments of magical, mythical experience that help make this new story tangible and trustworthy.
He is an educational presenter and the founder of Our Planet Enterprises, producing and delivering sustainability-focussed school and festival performance throughout Melbourne and Victoria. He is also the lead singer for 8Foot Felix, a theatrical multi-genre festival band. Will has crafted his singing voice, and his ability write for it, touring with the band in Australia and overseas. His focus is now on integrating his musicianship, his storytelling talent and his passion for kindling a sense of belonging and stewardship towards our living planet.
Chris is an independent filmmaker of ten years’ experience. Recently he became a film and TV lawyer at Melbourne firm Shiff and Co. Chris has joined the Future Crunch team help to develop, produce and launch a YouTube channel with an eye to developing up a television series for global broadcast.
Chris’ producing credits include the feature documentary Small Is Beautiful (2015), an exposé on the tiny house movement that is taking the world by storm. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2012) 52min, a sorely needed humanitarian perspective on the highly politicised Australian asylum seeker issue. And the comedy web series Corn Cobs,, part of Freshblood Comedy Series (2014).
Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Vincent moved to Brisbane to study film at the Queensland University of Technology. Following the end of his studies he's been working interstate as well as internationally. He has a passion for telling stories and creating beautiful sequences and to make video concepts come to life. He now lives in Melbourne where he is a Trivia host at the Stolberg Beer Café. He enjoys avocado on toast, Netflix Original Series’, Steven Colbert and a sneaky rock climb every so often. He's at his most comfortable sitting in a hostel dorm striking up conversations with travellers (and feeling thankful for a job that lets him do it). Ah, and he's not the tall guy in this photo.
Dr Ele Jansen
Ele is a culture hacker, exploreress, younger sister, North European, ethnographer, sharer, midnight doodler, free dancer, and sound addict. She applies these interests as a collaboration designer and teacher with a focus on story, play, androgyny and the commons. She holds a PhD in Media/Design Anthropology, and co-founded Learn, Do, Share, an international collective that works with Columbia University.
Before moving to Sydney in 2009, Ele lead communications at the IICG in Leipzig, a social enterprise funded by 50+ brands to innovate East Germany’s post-socialist economy. She has facilitated workshops at Parsons New School of Design NYC, Google Creative Labs, OUIshare Paris, Re:publica Berlin and Vivid Ideas Sydney. She currently teaches Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Technology Sydney, and is working with UNSW's Michael Crouch Innovation Center and PwC’s The Difference.