Amanda Johnstone

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CEO and Co-Founder of Transhuman - Saving Lives in Over 87 Countries


A Recognised Global, Energetic and Passionate Leader of her Generation


Amanda Johnstone is the global female face of emerging technology. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of Transhuman, and a technologist, inventor and investor.  A decorated entrepreneur, TIME featured her as a Next Generation Leader alongside Greta Thunberg, BTS, Halsey and Grace Tame. The CEO Magazine awarded her the title of Startup Executive of the Year and WIRED named her one of the Biggest Influencers on social audio app Clubhouse.

A standout social impact entrepreneur of her generation, she is as an energetic, charismatic and gracious technologist. In 2017, she founded mental health app Be A Looper, preventing suicides in over 87 countries.

Amanda is the Founder of the “Talk Nerdy To Me” club on Clubhouse, with over 210,000 subscribers and over 80,000 personal followers. “Talk Nerdy To Me” has hosted compelling discussions and sometimes auctions with brands including Stanford, Phillips, Kimpton Hotels, Moen faucets, AXON tasers and body cameras, TIME Magazine and whistle-blowers including Edward Snowden, Pussy Riot, Brittany Kaiser (Cambridge Analytica) and Kim DotCom. She is a founding member of, the seven female faces of decentralization and social media, with a combined social following of over 10million, with billions of impressions. She is one of the top 100 verified accounts on BitClout with her own cryptocurrency social token $amandajohnstone and one of the top 10 women on the platform.


As the CEO of Transhuman, a Social Health Innovations, Inc. company, Amanda is committed to working with the team to enhance both peer to peer and human to computer relationship through a series of technologies, including but not limited too; brain to computer interface, mobile, AI and IoT. A standout change-maker of her generation, she is as an energetic, charismatic and gracious technologist (she founded mental health app Be A Looper, preventing suicides in over 87 countries) and created a partnership with the leading content company in the world to deploy Emotion AI at scale.


Amanda's professional background includes ten years of due diligence, innovations, brand management and technology transformation on private and public companies internationally, including her last project before launching Transhuman, a due diligence for new technology rollout for global healthcare leader, Ramsay Healthcare.

Amanda's interests include technology, suicide intervention, data analysis, ESG, consumer psychology, leadership, youth, healthcare, cryptocurrency, environment, family, public health, future, corporate social responsibility, the meta verse, renewable energy, policy, social impact, artificial intelligence, education, space, art, NFT’s, vulnerability and m/telehealth. Amanda is a co-patent holder of: "Methods for tracking and responding to mental health statuses" and “Method for deriving and storing emotional conditions of humans”.


She is an investor and mentor in the Tech Ready Program for women, an Advisor to ESGtech and investor in Shebah and The Flower Company.


She has been a strategic guide in the digital commercialisation of online retailers Kookai,, and Uber for beauty app, LuxIt. At 17 years old, Amanda co-founded Sebachi, a retail clothing chain. She served for over a decade as an Advisor (and previous Manager) of youth suicide prevention retreat, The Timeout Young and the Youth Suicide Action Group.

Amanda strongly believes that technology has a significant role to play in reducing the rising suicide rate, as well as increasing the wellbeing and health of the general population on a global scale. What underpins Amanda's drive is her belief that "accessible, practical and private technology for all" must be readily accessible and provide a practical solution to maintain meaningful daily social connections.

Amanda is a keynote speaker, panellist and media commentator. As a leader, she has the ability to command the attention of an audience to deliver inspiring and concise messages. Amanda initiates thought leadership and seeks to deliver the best outcomes for others.  Amanda is a quick witted and compelling speaker. She can readily engage with an audience and motivate them to be better as individuals and as a corporate entity. Amanda’s messages are universal and she conveys them with the authenticity of a young leader who is a wonderful role model for change. Amanda delivers. She is an example of what is possible and tailors her presentations for each audience.

In this COVID-19 environment, Amanda strongly believes that technology has a significant role to play in reducing the rising suicide rate, as well as increasing the wellbeing and health of the general population on a global scale. What fortifies Amanda's drive is her belief that "accessible, practical and private technology for all" must be readily accessible and provide a practical solution to maintain meaningful daily social connections. Amanda has many of the solutions for which the corporate world is searching. 

Amanda Johnstone believes that every community needs to engage and protect their most precious asset, their people! 



  • 2021 Guest Expert, Social Audio 

        Stanford University ​

  • 2021 Keynote Speaker, Human Insights Conference 

        The Research Society ​

  • 2021 Biggest Influencers on Clubhouse 

       Wired Magazine ​

  • 2021 #6 Startups in Delaware 

        The Tech Tribune​

  • 2020 Winner – Startup Executive of the Year
    The CEO Magazine

  • 2020 Technologies of the Future

        SingularityU Australia

  • 2020 Panellist - International Womens’ Day

        The Modern Women / We Work

  • 2020 Panel Member - lndustry Advisory Panel for the Bachelor of Technology and lnnovation
    University of Technology Sydney

  • 2019 Makers and Mavericks List

“Each year we compile a list of the one hundred+ people that got us to utter those words ‘I wish I had done that, made that, invented that, thought like that, changed that’. These are the people who have shone the brightest for us in 2019.”

  • 2019 Time Magazine x Rolex Next Generation Leader
    Awarded 1 of 10 Global Leaders under 35 by Time Magazine 2019. Alumni include Greta Thunberg, Stormzy, Ariana Grande and The Weeknd.

  • 2019 Honoured in Australian Federal Parliament 
    Commended by Federal MP Bridget Archer for global efforts in suicide prevention though app Be A Looper.

  • #2 Startups in Delaware
    The Tech Tribune
    #2 spot in the 2019 Best Tech Startups based in Delaware, judged on revenue potential, leadership team, brand/product traction and competitive landscape. 

  • 2019 College Dux Keynote Speaker
    Launceston College Dux Keynote Speaker

  • 2018 Global Mobile Award World Finalist - Best Use of Mobile for Accessibility & Inclusion
    Global Mobile Awards (GLOMOS) presented by the GSMA - Barcelona

  • 2018 International Women in Leadership Showcase
    MYOB and Smart Company

  • 2018 Guest Speaker
    FutureFest Innovation Festival

  • 2018 Powerhouse Women in Technology Panelist
    Tech Ready Women

  • #24 - Top 50 Australian and New Zealand Women in Tech 2016
    Startup Daily Annual Women in Technology list

  • 2015 Panel Member - lndustry Advisory Panel for the Bachelor of Technology and lnnovation - University of Technology Sydney
    University of Technology Sydney

  • 2015 Forbes Under 30 Change the World Competition, Social Impact Category

  • 2015 Shortlisted - Best Start Up Community or Social Impact
    Talent Unleashed Awards - Social Health Innovations were shortlisted in the Best Startup Community or Social Impact category. This category recognises the inspirational work of people who are using technology to confront the world’s most difficult problems.


KEYNOTE SPEAKING TOPICS (Amanda tailors to the client requirements)



Does your business accept Bitcoin as payment? Have you minted your own social token on BitClout or $RALLY? Purchased a plot in the metaverse for your business yet? Formed a branded Clubhouse club? Didn’t think so…TIME Magazine single headedly changed the media industry when President Keith Grossman auctioned off Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) covers for USD$435,000 on SuperRare while the auction streamed live on a social audio platform called Clubhouse in a club called “Talk Nerdy To Me” (TNTM). In another TNTM event, whistle-blower Edward Snowden dialled in via a burner phone to raise USD5.5M his Freedom of the Press Foundation via a sale of an NFT. Global brands including Microsoft, Starbucks, TIME and Tesla both now accept BitCoin as payment and Shopify has it enabled for all retailers, if they choose. Major celebrities and venture capitalists are minting their identities as form of social token currency on BitClout, the definition of web 3.0, a blockchain based social platform. Major brands are securing their ‘land’ in the metaverse, as prices explode by 3500%. Gucci, Adidas and FarFetch all held virtual stores in ComplexLand, a festival where you could purchase everything from DTC items through to food from a virtual food truck and have it delivered fresh and warm to your home in real time. Head&Shoulders even sponsored hairstyles of the avatars people used to explore the event. IWC, IHeartMedia and AfterPay hold weekly scheduled, branded events in their clubs on Clubhouse. In this keynote, Amanda will present the case studies of the most powerful brands she has personally spoken with on how they are leveraging new technologies and share how you can too.


Growing up as the youngest child in a working-class family in regional Tasmania, saw Amanda first embracing her entrepreneurial spirit in year six. Fed up with eating plain white vegemite sandwiches for lunch each day, the innovator sold home-made crafts to other school kids to finance her sweet tooth at the school canteen – buying ice creams and treats for all of her friends with the profits. 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 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 which has been recognised by TIME, Forbes, Yahoo!, MSN and The CEO Magazine. Her seemingly effortless road to success has been plagued with silent obstacles, including initial scepticism by others of an unknown market, the loss of loved ones, heartbreak, financial setbacks and disputes. 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, inspire others to join the journey at the beginning, on a minimal budget.


Empowering your organisation during COVID19. A perspective from a Millennial. Is your company mentally healthy? Amanda discusses elite human behaviour, addressing and solving concerns including mental ill health, wellbeing, sleep, performance mindset and nutrition. She provides custom end-to-end strategies for peak performance, combatting executive burnout and navigating connectedness in the remote workplace. 


The next generation of leadership is shaped by empathy, diversity and inclusion. Amanda addresses intersectionality and role-models the responsibility leaders must take now to ensure all team members feel valued and have a sense of social economy within the workplace. Drawing on her own rise from a small-town retail entrepreneur (selling her CD collection to Cash Converters to finance her clothing store Sebachi at 17 years of age), to global privilege as an award-winning social impact technology entrepreneur, Amanda outlines key responsibilities in a moving way. Modelling the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), she will ensure your organisation can continue to grow and reframe its social responsibility from boardroom through to the basement.


Environmental, Social, and Governance are non-financial factors increasingly being used to measure performance, growth and risk. As the Founding CEO of a global award-winning Social Enterprise and Advisor to ESG Tech (Singapore), Amanda reflects on what the future of organisational impact looks like and how your organisation can continue to be best in class in its ESG ratings. Amanda discusses the importance of a company's supply chain, labor practices, talent management, product safety and data security.




“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.”

– CEO Magazine 2020


“Amanda Johnstone lost too many friends to suicide. Now she’s dedicated her life to helping prevent others from facing the same tragedy. As a pioneer in the emotion AI and mental wellness space, the Transhuman Founder and CEO uses state-of-the-art technology to positively benefit mental health, breaking boundaries no-one else has dared to face.”

– CEO Magazine 2020

"On behalf of WISE Employment I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the excellent and powerful presentation at our WISE X 2021 Virtual Staff Conference today. It was truly amazing, and our 1300+ team across Australia have responded in a huge amount of support and heartfelt love for your message around role modelling vulnerability, trust, and looking out for the most vulnerable in our teams and communities. As a not for profit Australian organisation that specialises in working with the most vulnerable and those with a disability, that this a huge accolade. The presentation was sincere and from the heart. Words cannot indicate how appreciative we all are for hearing you speak today. Thank you."

- Ary Laufer, Executive Strategy, Quality & Partnerships & Acting Executive People & Culture

WISE Employment 

"Amanda has one of the most inviting presence and trust building attitudes that I've ever worked with. Not only she is a technological guru, but she is an accomplished executive with several companies founded and a focus on using her skill and network to do good for society. I first encountered her during her hit Clubhouse show "Talk Nerdy to Me" in which I was first drawn to the very real and noble and raw technology and personal conversations advancing the field during the pandemic in several areas including Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Crypto, NFTs and more generalized topics. Beyond being the amazing co-founder and host of this group, Amanda was inclusive, cordial and an absolute pleasure to work with. She and I hosted several rooms and shows related to the Dark Web and my passion for applying data analytics to solving international financial crime related to the Panama Papers and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism. Amanda's work has been recognized by TIME as a Next Gen Leader, and she has an international audience and reputation as an international leader. I have absolutely enjoyed my existing collaborations with Amanda and highly recommend working with her should you get the chance."

- Chris Mattmann, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


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