Speaker Search

  • Name

Enquire about this Speaker

Dr Robert Kay

Dr Robert Kay

Dr Robert Kay is an active researcher and analyst who looks at areas of organisational resilience, innovation, overcoming business challenges and leadership. A sought after speaker, Robert is engaging and interactive.

Call 1300 314 788

or fill in this form

  • *
  • *

Speaker Categories

Testimonials for Dr Robert Kay

The highlight of the day. Rob's presentation was the perfect blend of solid content presented in an engaging style.

Future Forum


Robert certainly met up to my expectations and exceeded those of the audience; I received great feedback from the attendees (some 50 individuals) who commented on how they loved his style, his ability to get right to the real issues without messing around the edges and his dry humour.

Knowledge Management Roundtable


Rob's presentation on attitudes to risk management was clear and interesting; he confidently handled many questions from the floor in a considered way resulting in one of our most successful forums.

Institute of Actuaries


Robert, we have just gone over all the past 10 years conference evaluations and have determined that your session has rated the highest ever at 4.88. I can't thank you enough for all the work you put into the presentation.


Dr Robert Kay Travels from NSW
Fee Range: POA

Dr Robert Kay's Biography

Dr Robert Kay is a Co-founder and Executive Director of Incept Labs. He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance at Macquarie University.  Robert is interested in the interaction between industry and academia and has been an active researcher and analyst looking at issues such as leadership, resilience and innovation.


With a career that has continuously moved between industry and academia, he was formerly the Head of Strategic Innovation at Westpac Banking Corporation; a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems and Organisational Development at UTS, and a Research Analyst for Bovis Lend Lease.


Over the last couple of years Robert has been commissioned to undertake multiple studies of senior leaders from Australia's top organisations. These include a study on CEO perspectives of organisational resilience, a world first comparison between public and private sector leaders in relation to innovation, and interviews with 100 Chairman on the relationship between governance and organisational performance.


Combining these studies have given Robert a unique perspective on the way in which leaders think about the survival and resilience of their organisations and what is needed to overcome the challenges of innovation and change for the future.


Robert is a sought after speaker where he received the highest evaluation of any speaker in the last 10 years. His presentations use an innovative combination of video and storytelling to illustrate complex ideas in simple and practical ways.


Robert has a first class honours in curriculum development and worldview change, whilst his PhD involved the application of biological systems theory to improving learning and resilience in organisations.


Speaking Topics Include

How to Innovate in a Large Mature Organisation

Innovating in a mature organisation presents managers with a unique challenge. This presentation what can be done when more of the same is not enough.


Engaging Stakeholders in the Change Process

Stakeholder engagement requires much more than simply asking what they think, it requires knowing what they think and building a strategy that's compatible with that.


Managing Strategic Risks

As the world gets more uncertain, our old modes of dealing with risk continue to show their shortcomings. This New uncertainty requires new tools and ways of thinking to maintain organisational resilience. This presentation provides a framework for dealing with the 'New Uncertainty'


Decision Making for Growth

Why is it so difficult for decision-making groups to pursue growth opportunities and innovate? This presentation takes the audience on a journey through sociology, psychology and neuroscience to explain why groups struggle to pursue new opportunities and how they can overcome these challenges.


CEO Perspectives on Organisational Resilience

This presentation reports on the results of research with 51 CEOs from both private and public sector organisations (including three of the top 10 ASX listed organisations in Australia), on the factors that drive organisational resilience. The most important of these is trust. The presentation involves stories from the Gulf war and the massacre in Norway to take the audience on a journey that powerfully illustrates the ways in which trust is created and destroyed in modern organisations.


CEO Perspectives on Innovation

What does a CEO mean when they say they want to innovate? This presentation reports on world first research that provides a direct comparison between styles of innovation in the private and public sectors. Twenty-five private sector CEOs and 18 Commonwealth Departmental Secretaries were interviewed. The presentation involves different stories of public and private sector innovation to illustrate the difference between the two contexts and the factors that lead to success.