Corporate advisor, Strategist, NED, Speaker, Facilitator specialising in Digital transformation (Ai) and Human Capability.

"As an Imagineer, I am driven to push the boundaries of what is possible and to help create companies, products and experiences that captivate, inspire, delight and transform the world we live in.

Whether it be a new technology, a creative business strategy, an immersive Audio Visual experience or vision and mission for the future, I am always striving to deliver something transformative, something that delivers breakthrough value".

Finbar is more than just a visionary leader - he's a business expert with a difference.
As a subject matter expert in applied innovation and human capability, Finbar is passionate about helping businesses thrive in a world of AI.

With deep experience in music, software engineering, entrepreneurship, invention, coaching, speaking, and board advisory roles, Finbar brings a unique multidimensional understanding to his work. He's in high demand across all industries and business sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurs, and his insights have transformed operations and unlocked the full potential of workforces across Australia.

By partnering with Finbar, you'll gain a competitive advantage by harnessing the power of innovation and human potential. His guidance and coaching have helped businesses streamline processes, optimise operations, and achieve their goals. But Finbar's expertise goes beyond just business - he's also passionate about uplifting the human experience through technology. If you're looking to stay ahead of the curve in the age of AI and make a difference in the world, Finbar is the expert you need in your corner.

Warwick Peel - Global Impact Accelerator


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In a world of Advancing Artificial Intelligence (Ai), we need to upgrade our Human Intelligence (Hi), for our current intelligence has been developed for a world that no longer exists.
Burning Mind is an experience, designed to accelerate an upgrade of your Human OS in a fun, engaging manner, a workshop for those who want to thrive in a world of Ai.

Next year we are looking to bring Burning Mind around Australia. If interested in attending or helping hosting the event contact me for details.

I count Finbar O’Hanlon as one of the most insightful – not to mention creative – individuals in my circle.  Through years of hands-on experience as a Creator, Entrepreneur, and Business Advisor, he has amassed a deep and rich understanding of not only the business side of innovation, but the human side of it as well.  Consequently, Finbar knows how to combine the latest thinking in business, technology, and humanity all into a coherent systems-level view – empowering organizations to maximize both their business and social impacts.

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Anthony Mills —Executive Director
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With over 30 years of experience in successfully bringing new innovations to global markets, and backed by accreditation from the world's foremost innovation certification organization, GInI, Finbar is uniquely equipped to help businesses and individuals excel in today's ever-changing landscape.
He combines practical expertise, rigorous analysis, and a keen sense of creativity to help you identify and capitalize on new opportunities, from the earliest stages of ideation to the final stages of implementation. With Finbar's guidance, you can confidently validate your ideas and bring them to fruition.
Finbar O'Hanlon's public speaking skills are engaging and entertaining. He is in demand around Australia at various events and some of his previous speaking engagements include TEDx Docklands Melbourne and Pausefest.
His engagements offer a unique opportunity to learn from one of the leading experts in innovation and commercialisation whilst gaining insights and expertise on how individuals and organisations can thrive in a world increasingly shaped by AI, and rapidly evolving markets.
If you're looking to stay ahead of the curve in the competitive business world, it's essential to have a forward-looking approach to innovation.
Many companies rely on past performance as a measure of future success, but this approach can be shortsighted and fail to take into account new trends, technologies, and market disruptions. That's where Finbar O'Hanlon comes in. With his corporate advisory services, Finbar can help your organisation develop a forward-looking capability that enables you to make informed decisions about the future. By working closely with your board or leadership team, Finbar can help you see and understand the future and make meaning of how it relates to your company's goals and objectives, helping you stay ahead of the competition and position your company for long-term success.

In today's rapidly changing business environment, innovation is essential for staying ahead of the competition. However, many organisations struggle to develop and commercialise new ideas effectively.
That's where Finbar O'Hanlon's innovation consulting services can help. With expertise in new product development (NPD) and new product validation (NPV), as well as enterprise innovation strategy, creativity and systems thinking, pre-patent filing work, and intellectual property development, Finbar can help your organisation identify and create value from out-of-the-box ideas.
Whether you need help bringing a new product to market, developing an innovation strategy, or protecting your intellectual property, Finbar can provide the guidance and expertise you need to succeed.

I've never met someone like Finbar. At a technical level he is a genius but at a marketing level he also has the ability to cut through to build a solution that completely meets the consumer need. As a business partner he is ideal because he is able to quickly develop an array of new solutions and paths that were not considered at the project start point.

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Andrew Coady —Director




The IDeAction process aids in the development and validation of new products, it is a process that helps transform an idea into an innovation, a commercially viable product with measurable Desirability, Feasibility and Viability. This process helps with the understanding of whether the problem that is being solved, is in fact a “problem worth solving”, a problem that will generate good business or commercial returns.

The IDeAction NPV (New Product Validation) framework is built from 30 years entrepreneurial innovation expertise and built on the back of the GNI (Global Innovation Institute USA) BRInM (Breakthrough Innovation Method) framework, a framework which is one of the most globally recognised Innovation frameworks in terms of applied innovation.


The innovator in residence program is a structured program that provides Innovation capability uplift to an organisation or community for a specific period of time. The program provides a unique opportunity for the host organisation to benefit from Finbar's skills as an inventor, innovator ands entrepreneur.
As someone with 30+ years experience taking ideas to IPO, covering all aspects of innovation, creativity, systems, technology and governance and someone who is certified as an Innovation professional, Chief Innovation Officer and Subject Matter Expert in Creativity on the Australian Human Capability standards, Finbar understands the nuances involved in building innovation capability, without bringing chaos and disruption to current systems and processes.


  • Fresh perspectives and ideas: Finbar can bring a fresh perspective and new ideas that can help to spark creativity and innovation within an organisation. Finbar can challenge existing assumptions and suggest new ways of approaching problems, which can lead to breakthroughs and improvements.
  • Knowledge sharing: Finbar has a wealth of Innovation knowledge and experience, which can help to train and mentor employees, transfer new skills and knowledge, and contribute to ongoing research and development efforts.
  • Networking opportunities: An inventor and innovator in residence program provides an opportunity for the host organisation to connect with other innovators and inventors. This can help to build new relationships, create new partnerships, and expand the organisation's network.
  • Brand building: Hosting an inventor and innovator in residence program can help to build the host organisation's brand and reputation as a leader in innovation. It can demonstrate the organisation's commitment to exploring new ideas and staying at the forefront of their industry.



If your board or organisation is looking for someone with good governance skills, coupled with proven experienced in understanding and driving innovation look no further than Finbar O'Hanlon.
Finbar can enhance any Audit and Risk Subcommittee by providing a skillset that helps understand how Macro-trends can affect business direction, doing so in a rapid timeframe, a timeframe between board meetings.


With his extensive nationwide network of Innovation professionals, Finbar can assemble an Innovation advisory board, a type of subcommittee that can provide an organisation with valuable guidance and support to help it stay competitive and innovative in today's rapidly changing business landscape.
The value of an innovation advisory board lies in the following areas:

  • Expertise and insights:
    Members of an innovation advisory board bring a wealth of expertise and insights from various industries and disciplines. They can provide guidance on emerging technologies, market trends, and best practices in innovation, as well as offer different perspectives and ideas to help the organisation identify new opportunities and overcome challenges.
  • Objectivity and impartiality:
    An innovation advisory board can provide an objective and impartial perspective on the organization's innovation efforts, free from internal biases and politics. This can help the organization to make more informed decisions and avoid common pitfalls.
  • Accountability and oversight:
    The innovation advisory board can hold the organization accountable for meeting its innovation goals and objectives, and provide oversight to ensure that innovation initiatives are aligned with the organization's overall strategy.
  • Credibility and reputation:
    An innovation advisory board can enhance the organization's credibility and reputation in the marketplace, by demonstrating its commitment to innovation and its willingness to seek out and embrace new ideas and approaches.

Burning Mind is a program designed to help people thrive in a world of Ai. It is a half day workshop where human capabilities are explored and exercised, where serious play is systematised with the Human Capabilities, where Innovation, Critical thinking and Creativity are forefront in delivering a fun and engaging experience that helps turn fear into opportunity. Contact Finbar or
Common Sense events for more info.
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