Emilie Sydney-Smith – Keynote Speaker

Chief Executive Officer of ExO Works & co-Founder and CEO of Unearth Corp

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Specialist Subjects

  • Corporate transformations
  • Change management
  • Urban transformations
  • Government and community relations
  • Technology transfer
  • Evaluating disruptive technologies
  • Future
  • Innovation
  • Purpose-driven companies
  • Fintech
  • ESG
  • Emissions reduction


  • English


Emilie Sydney-Smith brings 20 years’ broad experience in energy technology screening and commercialisation, private equity, capital raising, business development, due diligence, investment, keynote speaking and project management.

​Emilie is the Chief Executive Officer of ExO Works, whose purpose is the global transformation of business.

Emilie was co-Founder and CEO of Unearth Corp, transferring technology from space programs into the global energy industry. Unearth Corp was proving up a technology that could take 40% of cost out of a key process in the energy industry. It was also repurposing rugged sensors, telemetry and batteries from space programs that can be used in extreme environments, gathering real-time data from previously invisible industrial processes for the first time.

From 2006 – 2014, Emilie Sydney-Smith sourced and evaluated potential $20 – 400 million investments in energy production start-ups and technologies. She was at the crux of global energy market intelligence and was consistently top-5 rated by delegates when presenting at conferences.

From 2002 to 2005, Emilie managed corporate development and corporate relations for Sydney Gas Limited. She helped achieve 400% shareholder gains and raised $200 million for this turnaround company, which became Australia’s 230th largest public company. She was instrumental in raising the company’s poor reputation to a media-recognized “market leader.” Emilie regularly acted as the company’s spokesperson in high-stakes media engagements.

She won first prize in a presentation competition and was said to have given “the best presentation I had heard in 20 years” by an investor.

From 1999 – 2002, Emilie Sydney-Smith consulted on the sweeping deregulation of the energy and water markets in Australia and New Zealand, facilitating complex negotiations between senior executives, regulators and Government Ministers.

Prior to that, she managed a luxury boutique hotel and events in Indonesia for a local Royal Family/Governor.

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