Brett Wiskar


Meet Brett

Brett Wiskar is Chief Future Officer at Wiley.

Brett has spent the last 20 years in digital, technology and innovation in Australia and the UK. Prior to joining Wiley his entrepreneurial approach to innovation was used to drive business change and digital platform adoption across large corporates and government agencies across Australia.  He has worked with some of the largest brands in the country on their digital roadmap and innovation programs. He is a recipient of numerous awards and is a frequent speaker on the topics of innovation and technology.

At Wiley Brett’s role is to work with clients and project teams on diverse subjects such as digital enablement, innovation, data (big & small), strategy, business models & the future of food industries & markets. He is responsible for Wiley’s Technology, Innovation, R&D and Data Consulting services and works with clients to drive efficiencies across their operations.


Brett is passionate about the technology that is creating the future – he loves to speak and inspire!

Available for keynote speaking engagements and workshops to business and industry across the Asia Pac region, Brett is an engaging conference speaker who will develop content for your audience to align with your themes and the focus of your event or business!

Australian Businesses’ Opportunity to Rise to the Challenge of the Asian Century

The Asian Century is a hot topic for industries across Australia. The term was coined in 2012 by the then Federal Gillard Government in the publishing of a white paper charting a vision for Australian prosperity based on selling our goods to the growing economies to our north. Now nearly 20 years into the 'Asian Century' how does the opportunity stack up and what are our businesses doing to take on the challenge and reap the rewards?

The New Speed of Change

The worst thing you can do is build today's business for tomorrow. While you were building your business : business changed. The last 30 years has seen more change than the previous 100 years - the last decade has seen more change than the previous two. So what is driving these rate of change? The compounding nature of tech driven innovation, a shrinking world, exponential growth in data, mushrooming communication, computational power and tomorrow's businesses being in market today. To plan for the future we can't plan based on today we have to understand how change happens and plot our course ahead of the curve.

Psychology of Disruption: Evolution Didn’t Prepare You for Innovation

Move than 500,000 years ago homo erectus descended from the trees, walked upright set out across the savanna headed for Silicon Valley. In order to survive certain physical attributes, skills and cognitive mechanisms became part of our make up but unfortunately these were selected based on their ability to keep us alive and not to help us design the future of our industries. Not only are we not designed to innovate we're not psychologically wired to cope with the type of change innovation brings. So with that in mind how can you structure your businesses, work methods and culture to allow your business to become a innovation hot spot with a bright future.


“Brett’s knowledge in technological leadership and guidance on best practice in innovation, digital platforms and revenue generation is invaluable.”

Justin Grace - Marketing and Communications Director, Brisbane Festival

“Brett challenged attendees with what is already happening now, and what might happen in the future. Wow – what a fantastic speaker and the feedback received was excellent.”

Shane Charles - Executive Chairman, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise

“Brett stoked the fires of creativity and innovation for our Food Leaders Australia event. His take on value chains, technology and how they can be harnessed to drive the transformation in our sector is always fresh and a wakeup call that enterprises should always take heed.”

Dr Ben Lyons - Chief Executive Officer, Food Leaders Australia

“Brett’s grasp of the challenges and opportunities of innovation in and around Agribusiness is only superseded by his ability to eloquently articulate both experiences of innovation and opportunity to be gained from innovation.”

Tim Burrow – CEO, Agribusiness Australia



‘Fake’ Food, the Super Bowl and Fake News

Every year, one Sunday, early in February, the eyes of the USA turn on to the Super Bowl. In 2020 a lobby group spent a purported US$5.6 million to use the Super Bowl platform to pedal fear to the public about clean or alternate meats using pseudoscience. Innovation and progress aren't always right and new isn't always better but science and reason must win out over fear and deceit.

A tale of innovation, greed, compassion & disruption in the face of COVID-19

In the face of the COVID19 crisis to date Italy has seen more confronting times than almost anyone. When crises arise we frequently see both the best of people and the worst. In this case skilled innovators brought their focused problem solving to the aid of the health care system and in the process disrupted the incumbent supplier who failed to see the situation from the perspective of their or understand the need to act for the greater good.

Workforce disruption – Better Leaders to Build a Better Future

In 2015 CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia) released a report that 5 million Australian jobs from that time would cease to exist through automation before 2030. The concept has been extrapolated to become a key topic at every relevant seminar and conference since then but now that we're nearly a third of the way into the forecast period what opportunities are their for Australia to use leadership as a tool to combat the forecast disruption...?

Opinion: Australian ag must grow up to grow

AUSTRALIA’S agricultural industry has a bright future with growing global opportunities at every turn. Despite being globally remote, battling the challenge of being distributed across such a large continent, and the impact of a predominantly arid climate, the nation’s ability to produce agricultural product for the global market sees Australia punching well above its weight. Australia’s commercial relationships with the rest of the world are driven by a first world economy, underpinned by enormous natural resources, a widely dispersed population and a good helping of ingenuity.

The Industry 4.0 smart food revolution that’s (nearly) here

The hype of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) and its relevance to the food processing sector has been increasing since 2013 when the concept was conceived by the German government and for a concept which has existed for only six years, I4.0 is fairly mature. While the concept of I4.0 might be mature, it is not the tidal wave of technological upheaval it is frequently made out to be, nor is it knocking down the door of business. As we shall see, industry is now just starting to transition to something which could be referred to as I4.0, and there’s a long road ahead.


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Brett and his team can help deliver keynotes, written content, or workshops that are designed to inspire, inform and engage your audiences. Developing content based on themes for the future of industry and focusing on innovation, future trends and skills needed in the business world of tomorrow is what we do.


About Brett

Brett Wiskar is Chief Future Officer at Wiley and an active speaker and writer on the subjects of innovation, disruption, technology and it’s impacts on people, businesses and society. He works with clients and project teams on diverse subjects such as digital enablement, innovation, data (big & small), strategy, business models & the future of food industries & markets.

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