Amanda Johnstone




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


A Recognised Global, Energetic and Passionate Leader of her Generation



Australian Amanda Johnstone is the CEO and Co-Founder of Transhuman. She is a technologist, inventor and investor, primarily in emerging technologies. She is also a keynote speaker, panellist and technology advisor. Amanda is a standout change-maker of her generation. She is an energetic, charismatic and forward-thinking technologist. She founded the mental health app ‘Be A Looper’, preventing suicides in over 87 countries. 


In 2019, she was awarded as a 1 of 10 “Next Generation Leaders” under 35 globally by Time Magazine. She was the first Australian to receive the honour and is 1 of 100 in the history of the awards to be highlighted. As the CEO of Transhuman, a Social Health Innovations company, Amanda is committed to working with her team to enhance both peer to peer relationships and human to computer communication through a series of technologies, including but not limited to brain to computer interface, mobile, AI and IoT. 

Amanda's professional background includes a decade of due diligence, innovations, brand management and technology transformation with private and public companies internationally. Her last project before launching Transhuman, was a consultancy on a new pharmaceutical and technology rollout for global healthcare leader, Ramsay Healthcare. Amanda's interests include suicide intervention and prevention, leadership, public health, corporate social responsibility, social impact and artificial intelligence. 


Amanda is a co-patent holder of ‘Methods for tracking and responding to mental health statuses’ and the ‘Method for deriving and storing emotional conditions of humans.’ Amanda is an investor and mentor in the Tech Ready Program, an advisor to ESGtech and an angel investor in a number of tech start-ups.


She has been a strategic guide in the digital commercialisation for several large online retailers after co-founding retail chain Sebachi in Tasmania at 17 years of age. She served for 15 years as an advisor to youth suicide prevention retreat, ‘The Timeout House” and the ‘Youth Suicide Action Group’. 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! 




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

  • 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.


EXAMPLE SPEAKING TOPICS (Amanda tailors to the client requirements)


  • The Founder’s Journey – Preventing Suicide one Swipe at a Time - In 2015,  Amanda lived 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. 

  • Modern Leadership - As the first and only Australian to be recognised and awarded the title of TIME Magazine Next Generation Leader, Amanda shares with your organisation the foundations of modern leadership. In this keynote, Amanda takes your organisation on a journey of defining a purpose-led vision, the importance of self-awareness and how vulnerability can create and retain the ability to influence.

  • Leadership Styles at all Levels - Leading with Empathy and Authenticity - 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.

  • ESG and Impact - 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.

  • Mentally Healthy Organisations - 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. 



“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


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