One of Australia’s most globally acknowledged AI technologists, technology communicators, and
award-winning technology CEO, Tasmanian born Amanda Johnstone, is returning to Tasmania in March
as guest speaker at an International Women’s Day event for TasICT – Tasmania’s Peak Industry Body for
the Information, Communication and Technology sector.
An award-winning entrepreneur for over 20 years, Amanda was just 17 when she co-founded successful
retail chain, Sebachi, in Tasmania. Under the mentorship of Cotton On founder, Nigel Austin, Sebachi
became one of Australia’s first e-commerce stores in the early 2000’s.
A trailblazer in leadership and STEM, Amanda Johnstone brings her unique perspective to International
Women’s Day and beyond in 2024. With the theme #InspireInclusion, Amanda encapsulates the
essence of empowering women in leadership and across diverse fields.
“The rise of women in leadership is a journey of collaboration and mutual respect, not a competition
between genders. It’s about embracing change and working together to create a world where
everyone, regardless of gender, can succeed based on their capabilities and aspirations.”
— Amanda Johnstone
Speaking on the topic of Forecasting the Future: Trends and Predictions in Technology, Amanda offers
an insider’s view on the latest in Artificial Intelligence, including machine learning and natural language
processing, and their broad impacts.
As the peak body for the technology industry, businesses and organisations in Tasmania, TasICT unites
diverse tech stakeholders to champion collaboration, innovation and growth for a vibrant, future-ready
“Welcoming Amanda Johnstone back to Tasmania to share her global views with our members and
their guests is fantastic opportunity for the industry”
— TasICT CEO, Steve Adermann
Drawing from her personal journey, Amanda illustrates that the rise of women in leadership is not a
zero-sum game but a collective elevation of all. She challenges gender stereotypes and emphasizes the
importance of mutual respect and collaboration between genders for a more inclusive future.