Australian Amanda Johnstone is the CEO and Co-Founder of Transhuman. She is a technologist, inventor and investor, primarily in emerging technologies. She is also a keynote speaker, panellist and technology advisor.
Amanda is a standout change-maker of her generation. She is an energetic, charismatic and forward-thinking technologist. She founded the mental health app ‘Be A Looper’, preventing suicides in over 87 countries.
In 2019, she was awarded as a 1 of 10 “Next Generation Leaders” under 35 globally by Time Magazine. She was the first Australian to receive the honour and is 1 of 100 in the history of the awards to be highlighted.
As the CEO of Transhuman, a Social Health Innovations company, Amanda is committed to working with her team to enhance both peer to peer relationships and human to computer communication through a series of technologies, including but not limited to brain to computer interface, mobile, AI and IoT.
Amanda's professional background includes a decade of due diligence, innovations, brand management and technology transformation with private and public companies internationally. Her last project before launching Transhuman, was a consultancy on a new pharmaceutical and technology rollout for global healthcare leader, Ramsay Healthcare.
Amanda's interests include suicide intervention and prevention, leadership, public health, corporate social responsibility, social impact and artificial intelligence.
Amanda is a co-patent holder of ‘Methods for tracking and responding to mental health statuses’ and the ‘Method for deriving and storing emotional conditions of humans.’
Amanda is an investor and mentor in the Tech Ready Program, an advisor to ESGtech and an angel investor in a number of tech start-ups.
She has been a strategic guide in the digital commercialisation for several large online retailers after co-founding retail chain Sebachi in Tasmania at 17 years of age. She served for 15 years as an advisor to youth suicide prevention retreat, ‘The Timeout House” and the ‘Youth Suicide Action Group’.
As a leader, she has the ability to command the attention of an audience to deliver inspiring and concise messages.
Amanda initiates thought leadership and seeks to deliver the best outcomes for others. Amanda is a quick-witted and compelling speaker. She can readily engage with an audience and motivate them to be better as individuals and as a corporate entity.
Amanda’s messages are universal and she conveys them with the authenticity of a young leader who is a wonderful role model for change. Amanda delivers. She is an example of what is possible and tailors her presentations for each audience.
In this COVID-19 environment, Amanda strongly believes that technology has a significant role to play in reducing the rising suicide rate, as well as increasing the wellbeing and health of the general population on a global scale. What fortifies Amanda's drive is her belief that "accessible, practical and private technology for all" must be readily accessible and provide a practical solution to maintain meaningful daily social connections. Amanda has many of the solutions for which the corporate world is searching.
Amanda Johnstone believes that every community needs to engage and protect their most precious asset, their people!
Amanda tailors to the client requirements
The Founder’s Journey
Preventing Suicide one Swipe at a Time - In 2015, Amanda lived in Vaucluse, Australia – alongside a notorious suicide hotspot, “The Gap” – where she would hear the police rescue and helicopters multiple times each week rescuing those who had given up hope, Amanda took action to help. She decided to turn an SMS check-in method she used to care for friends who were battling depression into an app, recruiting some of the leading public health services and professionals in the world.
The result: a world first, award-winning daily check-in and peer support app which now prevents suicides in 87 countries which has been recognised by TIME, Forbes, Yahoo!, MSN and The CEO Magazine. Her seemingly effortless road to success has been plagued with silent obstacles, including initial scepticism by others of an unknown market, the loss of loved ones, heartbreak, financial setbacks and disputes. In this keynote, Amanda shares her inspiring journey of grit and determination, alongside the milestone moments that taught her how to overcome adversity, create resilience, inspire others to join the journey at the beginning, on a minimal budget.
As the first and only Australian to be recognised and awarded the title of TIME Magazine Next Generation Leader, Amanda shares with your organisation the foundations of modern leadership. In this keynote, Amanda takes your organisation on a journey of defining a purpose-led vision, the importance of self-awareness and how vulnerability can create and retain the ability to influence.
Leadership Styles at all Levels - Leading with Empathy and Authenticity - The next generation of leadership is shaped by empathy, diversity and inclusion. Amanda addresses intersectionality and role-models the responsibility leaders must take now to ensure all team members feel valued and have a sense of social economy within the workplace. Drawing on her own rise from a small-town retail entrepreneur (selling her CD collection to Cash Converters to finance her clothing store Sebachi at 17 years of age), to global privilege as an award-winning social impact technology entrepreneur, Amanda outlines key responsibilities in a moving way. Modelling the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), she will ensure your organisation can continue to grow and reframe its social responsibility from the boardroom through to the basement.
ESG and Impact
Environmental, Social, and Governance are non-financial factors increasingly being used to measure performance, growth and risk. As the Founding CEO of a global award-winning Social Enterprise and Advisor to ESG Tech (Singapore), Amanda reflects on what the future of organisational impact looks like and how your organisation can continue to be best in class in its ESG ratings. Amanda discusses the importance of a company's supply chain, labor practices, talent management, product safety and data security.
Mentally Healthy Organisations
Empowering your organisation during COVID19. A perspective from a Millennial. Is your company mentally healthy? Amanda discusses elite human behaviour, addressing and solving concerns including mental ill-health, wellbeing, sleep, performance mindset and nutrition. She provides custom end-to-end strategies for peak performance, combatting executive burnout and navigating connectedness in the remote workplace.