The Knowledge Society team

Knowledge Society believes in the power of multidisciplinary teams. Problems don’t come in disciplinary boxes; solutions emerge from unexpected places. Our consultants combine disciplinary mastery with a universal approach. We are entrepreneurs, strategy experts, human-centred designers, creatives, technicians, data-visualisation specialists and research professionals with global best-practice experience.

Elena Douglas

Founder and CEO

Elena Douglas is an entrepreneur and researcher. She is the CEO and founder of Knowledge Society, an Australian innovation agency. Elena created Knowledge Society to partner with organisations and businesses to build their capacity to innovate and reinvent. She works with clients from civil society to the financial sector. In 2016, Knowledge Society hosted a national summit to drive the implementation of the Australian Government's National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Elena was previously co-founder of the Australian mobile internet pioneer, BlueSkyFrog. While based in New York from 2002 to 2007, she established Advance.org, the global community for more than one million Australians in the diaspora. Elena was co-convenor of the Advance 100 Summit, which brought leading Australians from around the world to the Sydney Opera House in December 2006.

Since returning to Australia in 2007, she established the Centre for Social Impact at the UWA Business School, the UWA Religion and Globalisation initiative in partnership with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the In the Zone conference series.

She started her career in the federal government, working for the Department of Employment, Education and Training and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, where she was part of the team that launched the first user-pays information products and services. She has also been a management consultant with KPMG and Deloitte in their national consulting teams.

Elena lectures in social innovation and philanthropy at the UWA Business School. She is completing a PhD in the history of economics and has written essays and opinion editorials for the <i>Australian Financial Review</i>, <i>The Australian</i> and <i>Standpoint</i> magazine.

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Elena Douglas

Elena Douglas

Founder and CEO

Milly Main

Creative Lead and Consultant

As Creative Lead, Milly is responsible for stewarding Knowledge Society’s brand ethos and communications strategy. She conceives and executes creative campaigns with innovation and technology themes. As an innovation consultant, she uses data and design thinking to help organisations at risk of disruption reinvent themselves at pace.

Milly is KnoSo’s resident data-visualisation enthusiast and experimenter, using tools like Tableau and R to visualise data to help make business decisions in our innovation hubs. She has a background in communications and publishing and, before helping to found Knowledge Society in 2014, worked at Cambridge University Press and Australian Book Review magazine.

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Milly Main

Milly Main

Creative Lead and Consultant

David Perich

Product Manager

David Perich has a background in community services, social enterprise and procurement for social outcomes. As Knowledge Society’s Product Manager, David works with clients and customers to build both digital and tangible products. He applies design thinking and business analytics to create new, innovative products and services for organisations at risk of disruption that must create new revenue streams at pace. David has a Bachelor of International Business from the Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

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David Perich

David Perich

Product Manager

Katie Stubley

Human-centred Designer

Katie Stubley has been an educator, social-process designer and community builder for over ten years. She holds a Bachelor of Education and for the last six years has been immersed in the field of human-centred design. She has worked with organisations like Goetheanum, an international research centre in Switzerland, the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia.

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Katie Stubley

Katie Stubley

Human-centred Designer

Anne Goodall

Human-centred Designer

Anne Goodall is a skilled human-centred designer, facilitator, researcher and placemaker with fifteen years’ experience. She has practiced placemaking since 2008 and contributed to innovative projects in homelessness, mental health, and community and youth development, and has helped bring to life cultural precincts, community hubs and social-housing developments.

For ten years Anne has run a social-design consultancy, working with more than thirty government, not-for-profit, education and private-sector clients. Anne has also worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Curtin University’s Research Centre for Stronger Communities and Ruah Community Services.

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Anne Goodall

Anne Goodall

Human-centred Designer

Rihana Ries

Editor and Producer

Rihana is a publishing and communications professional with more than seven years’ experience. For four years she was an editor for Australian independent publisher Hardie Grant Books, where she developed an appreciation for beautiful design and narrative. Previously she was a technical writer and editor for stockbroking firm E L &amp; C Baillieu. She holds a Masters of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing from the University of Melbourne, and her short fiction has been published in national magazines and anthologies.

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Rihana Ries

Rihana Ries

Editor and Producer