Born PNG, raised Darwin (NT), Robert Barnes lives in Sydney, Australia. He’s been known to talk under wet cement with a mouth full of marbles about associations, engagement, community and culture. He volunteers for The Smith Family as a mentor and recently raised $20,000 for them by riding a motorcycle around Australia. Rob’s first association job at 19 years old was with Surf Life Saving Australia and he has been a CEO, COO and General Manager over the last 30 years in Australia, New Zealand and the US. Rob received his CAE credential in 2020 through the American Society of Association Executives. As country manager for Higher Logic, Rob guides a local team of 12 to deliver success for over 170 membership organisations throughout the APAC region.