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Amy Renee Hovorka


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She is an inspiring speaker who awakens your inner creative spirit and shapes it into positive activism both within an organisation and for the world.

Ghandi said, “be the change you want to see in the world.”  Amy-Renee takes this concept one step further and says “create the change you want to see in the world.”

Amy-Renee takes her audience on a journey of inspiration and personal empowerment, awakening their inner innovation activist.

Recognising that necessity can often be the mother of innovation; she walks her audience through a process that transforms frustration, angst and powerlessness into positive, creative and awe-inspiring solutions.

Innovation happens on a scale; from the incremental changes that you make to improve your immediate situation, to larger improvements that result in an expansion of opportunities beyond your current situation, to significant improvements that result in a whole new opportunity or approach that did not exist before.

Structuring the creative spirit of innovation, Amy-Renee has developed a methodology to segment, qualify and quantify innovation.  The beauty of the methodology is that it has been written in simple, easy to understand language, demystifying innovation, so that anyone can easily explain the innovative qualities of their idea and the degree of innovation obtained.

As an internal and national speaker, Amy-Renee has motivated delegates from diverse areas including the Internal Symposium for Professionals in Innovation Management, Dubai Government Excellence Program, Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Dubai Roads and Traffic Authority, Australian Government, Crazy Might Work Innovation Forum, SME business forum, Work Club Organisation.

Amy-Renee Hovorka has always been an innovation activist; enthusiastically challenging the ways things have been done to deliver some remarkable achievements throughout her career including:

  • Managed a portfolio of inventions towards commercialisation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for economic growth.
  • Founding member of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Raised over $1.5 Million in seed and prototype development funding for innovation projects managed without equity commitments.
  • Restructured and renegotiated a $1 Billion supply chain contract
  • Developed strategic sourcing plan to deliver $100 Million savings over three years
  • Led strategic sourcing pilot program for the NSW Government delivering 12.4 Million savings

Leading the innovation activist movement, Amy-Renee believes that all the solutions to our problems exist in the here and now, we just don’t know where to look for them; the solution may even be resting inside your head or heart.

Amy-Renee Hovorka is changing the game for innovation as CEO and Founder of Innovation-Firebug, she has developed a methodology and platform to value, advance and commercialise innovation that is globally scalable.

In addition she consults with companies to develop innovation strategies and integrated innovation programs that motivate every employee in an organisation as Managing Partner of Flame Thrower Consulting.

Amy-Renee has always been passionate about the development of industry based on innovation and the quantification of ambiguous information, studying an undergraduate in Manufacturing Management and an MBA.  A certified member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) she has had a strong career in strategic procurement, delivering $100 million savings strategy and leading procurement transformations.  She started to deliver on her vision for innovation activism, as a founding member of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, where she was working with the university inventors to manage their innovations through the development process and build new industries from their inventions.


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