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CEO & Co-Founder of Transhuman


There is no other woman on the planet like Amanda Johnstone. She invents technologies to improve the human condition.

TIME awarded her as a Next Generation Leader. The CEO Magazine honoured her as the Startup Executive of the Year. WIRED named her one of the Top 200 Influencers on Social Audio and she has been recognised by GSMA and Singularity University.

Current Work:

Amanda is the Founding CEO of EmotionAI and mental health company, Transhuman Inc. Her mental health app Be A Looper, has prevented over 20,000 suicides in over 87 countries since 2017.

As one of the most sought-after social audio hosts globally, Amanda has had the opportunity to interview many of the most influential power brokers, inventors and minds in STEM. Show guests include those from organisations such as Stanford Medicine, EY, The Science Channel, Universal, Atlassian, NASA, IBM, Linktree, Sotheby’s, Phillips and TIME where she can persuade the people inventing the future to share their plans for the future of technology and leadership. In the last 2 years, she has hosted over 350 social audio shows to her 285,000 subscribers.

Amanda reaches an audience of 464,300 on her social media.

Talking Points

The Future of Technology

The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, recently stated: “all companies are software companies”.

Are you prepared for 2022 and beyond? Technology CEO and futurist Amanda Johnstone will make sure you won’t get left behind.

“Armed with influential thought-leadership skills and a tenacious drive to transform the role of technology, it
is Amanda who is propelling the future wellbeing of the human race.”
- The CEO Magazine

Johnstone's proprietary work in artificial intelligence has her exposed to the forefront of research and development in arenas including the Internet of Things, the Internet of Bodies, Web3, Connected Cities, DeFi, Virtual Reality, 3D Modeling, Data Ethics, Innovation, Robotics, Digital Health, Decentralisation, Future Forecasting, Augmented Reality, Gamification, Space, Biometrics, NFT’s, Technophilosophy, e-Commerce, Communications, Tokenomics, Wearables and Implantables, Social Media, The Creator Economy and Human-Machine Symbiosis.

As a technologist, she is perfectly poised to deliver inspirational and educational messages about STEM.

Modern Leadership

Amanda is living proof that the next generation of leadership is shaped by empathy, diversity and inclusion.

She shares traits with the most disruptive global entrepreneurs. She dares to lead with purpose to change the world around her. She understands that most are not born with a visionary mindset, and leads by example to effectively help individuals and organisations reach new heights.

Amanda addresses intersectionality, and demonstrates what leaders must do now to ensure their teams feel valued and have a sense of social economy. Amanda’s success and acclaim in business and modern leadership have placed her at the forefront of changemaking in areas including Meta Leadership, Sustainable Development Goals, Vulnerability, Inclusion, Diversity, Productivity, Intrapreneurship, Entrepreneurship,
Empowerment, Raising the Next Generation of Leaders and Individual Wellness.

As a dynamic leader, Amanda’s leadership frameworks encompass Elite Human Behaviour, addressing and solving concerns including Mental Ill-Health, Wellbeing, Sleep, Performance Mindset, Teamwork and Nutrition. She provides custom end-to-end strategies for Peak Performance with her evidence-based Neuroscience and Psychology team, Combatting Executive Burnout and Navigating Connectedness in the Remote Workplace.

Empathy & Role Modelling Vulnerability - A Leader's Responsibility

Empathy and role modeling vulnerability must be on the front page of every modern leader's playbook. Only when diverse perspectives are included, respected, and valued can we start to get a full picture of the world: who we serve, what they need, and we can successfully meet people where they are.

Daring leaders fight for the inclusion of all people, opinions, and perspectives because that makes us all better and stronger. That means having the courage to acknowledge our own privilege and staying open to learning about our biases and blind spots. It is also listening, centring, and honouring stories that reflect experiences different from ours.

Amanda role models the perfect balance between research and positioning an organisation at the forefront of innovation. She discusses combining structure and science with being the first to market and building an effortless community using evidence-based principles, neuroscience and co-design for a more human approach to technology.

Courage is listening, learning, unlearning, knowing when to lead, and knowing when to let others lead. Amanda will share her evidence-based strategies and frameworks on how you can optimise these learnable and buildable skills in emotional intelligence.

The Founder's Journey - Preventing Suicide One Swipe at a Time

At the tender age of 18, after co-financing and co-founding a successful retail chain in Tasmania, Amanda was left at a crossroads. She had experienced self-made success, acclaim, and mentorship at a young age in retail, but a human element was missing. Following the loss of some friends to suicide, she participated in a mental health training course, leading her to manage a suicide prevention retreat for young people.

Fast forward to 2015, living 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 and has been recognised by TIME, GSMA and The CEO Magazine. 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 and inspire others.

Her Founder's Journey keynote is a favourite in the media and on stage that always entertains and inspires audiences.

Demystifying the Metaverse and Web3

In 2022, the number of active users in the metaverse hit an all-time high of 400 million. Due to the fact that its virtual worlds will "infiltrate every industry in some way," according to JP Morgan, the metaverse will present a $1 trillion market opportunity over the next few years. No one is more qualified to guide your team into the Web3, the metaverse, and the internet's exciting next phase.

Amanda is a world leader who is uniquely skilled in Web3, having filed her first patent in the field nearly a decade ago. Transhuman, her business, was established with the goal of developing future technologies enabling seamless connection with humanity eight years ago.

She co-founded Web3 and NFT dashboard in 2022 with serial unicorn and decacorn builder Joe Griston (Arrival, Freelancer).

She can easily explain concepts like tokenization, NFTs, and the blockchain because she has a wealth of knowledge about how various industries, including sports, advertising, finance, real estate, online education, healthcare, virtual goods, gaming, media, arts, philanthropy, and human rights, are changing. She collaborates with companies in these categories to train their teams and introduce Web3 products and services or to take their Web3 products to market.

Artificial Intelligence and ChatGPT

"84% of multinational corporations think AI will provide them a competitive edge. 83% of businesses claim that incorporating AI into their company plans is a major priority. By 2030, artificial intelligence might produce $15.7 trillion for the global economy and 97 million new positions and enable employees to use more creativity. Over 120 million people worldwide will require up-skilling in the following three years as a result of AI’s influence on jobs.” - DemandSage

As a captivating keynote speaker and CEO of an AI company, Amanda has a unique ability to explain the rapidly changing AI and ChatGPT to an audience in an informative yet engaging way.

Her experience leading businesses combined with her knowledge of artificial intelligence gives her the unique perspective needed to discuss these topics in detail while keeping the audience interested. What sets her apart from many other business speakers is that she doesn’t just talk about AI, she owns an AI company, advises two others and holds patents and products in the area.

With her dynamic presentation style, Amanda can help audiences understand how AI is transforming their industry and what ChatGPT offers as a powerful tool for creativity, growth and customer engagement.

Women in Leadership (perfect for #IWD23)

International Women’s Day states: “We can all challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion.”

Amanda’s mantra is simple but powerful:

"Only when diverse perspectives are included, respected, and valued can we start to get a full picture of the world: who we serve, what they need, and how we can successfully meet people where they are."

In her keynote, Amanda will address intersectionality and demonstrate what individuals can implement now to ensure their teams feel valued and have a sense of social economy. Her guidance will indicate ways your team can #EmbraceEquity in 2023 and beyond. Amanda will communicate fresh and inspiring methodologies and demonstrate how the rise of women is not about the fall of men.

Daring leaders fight for the inclusion of all people, opinions, and perspectives - because it makes us all better and stronger. Inclusion also means having the courage to acknowledge our own privilege and to stay open to learning about our biases and blind spots in gender equity. For men, it also means listening and honouring stories that reflect experiences that are different from their own.

Courage is listening, learning, unlearning, knowing when to lead, and knowing when to let others lead. Women thrive when men meet women where they are. It’s beyond paperwork, lunches, fancy words and reports; all humans thrive when they feel truly seen.

Amanda will reference and share her organisation's proprietary award-winning, evidence-based strategies and frameworks. She will use easy-to-implement examples showing how each person in your organisation can utilise these learnable and buildable skills to enhance well-being and morale in the workplace.

Empathy and role-modelling vulnerability must be on the front page of every modern leader's playbook. These qualities make us more humane and are what created the sense of community and affinity we experienced during lockdown during a hybrid workplace.

The outcome:
An increased spirit of togetherness and community. A new, invigorated sense of self within each individual. A celebratory atmosphere among your team. Brand new frameworks, practical tools, empowerment and evidence-based neuroscience as inspiration this International Women's Day.

Amanda is available for a dynamic, interactive keynote crafted specifically to empower and educate teams this IWD and beyond.
Thanks Amanda! So great you could share such a wonderful day with us. Really, really appreciate it. The team loved it and it had such a fantastically uplifting impact on us all. Thank you. Kelloggs Australia

Amanda is a leader and disruptor like no other. She is a magnanimous beacon of hope for all entrepreneurs and organisations. She is my go-to for anything AI and web3 related. Her mind-bending perspectives and money can’t buy access to world-class thought leaders keep her ten steps in business and innovation. Amanda pushes boundaries in technology but is realistic in commercialisation, proven by her achievements in business.

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