Inspire your transformation at
IBM Think Summit

Sydney, Australia | 22 May 2019

Meet the Speakers

We look forward to bringing you industry visionaries and some of the world's greatest minds.

Dr. Dario Gil

Dr. Dario Gil
Director of IBM Research
IBM

Lee Hatton

Lee Hatton
Chief Executive Officer
UBank

Bryan

Bryan Knouse
CEO and Co-Founder
Project Owl

David Katz

David Katz
Founder & CEO
The Plastic Bank

Caroline Taylor OBE

Caroline Taylor OBE
Vice President and CMO, IBM Global Markets
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Stop the Traffik

Seth Dobrin, PhD

Seth Dobrin, PhD
Vice President and Chief Data Officer, Data and AI
IBM

David La Rose

David La Rose
Managing Director
IBM Australia and New Zealand

David Katz

Founder & CEO

The Plastic Bank

David Katz, founder and CEO of The Plastic Bank, is a dynamic, inspirational leader described by many as “the best in the sustainability industry.” He is globally renowned for The Plastic Bank’s solution to make plastic waste a currency that transcends poverty, while stopping the flow of plastic into our oceans.

His humanitarian work has earned him international recognition. David has been named one of the world’s most compassionate entrepreneurs. He is the recipient of the United Nations Lighthouse Award for Planetary Health and of the Paris Climate Conference Sustainia Community Award.

David can be found at TED.com and in the award-winning documentary, A Plastic Ocean. He was recognised in Salt Magazine’s list of The World’s Top 100 Compassionate Business Leaders.

David is a steward of the earth and a champion for the poor.

Caroline Taylor OBE

Vice President and CMO, IBM Global Markets
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Stop the Traffik

Caroline Taylor is Vice President and CMO for IBM Global Markets, leading IBM’s international marketing teams around the world.  A 30 year marketing veteran, Caroline joined IBM in 1997, and held a number of regional leadership roles prior to taking on her current global remit in 2016. 

Caroline is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, for sustainability, and for ending modern slavery. She is chair of the board of trustees of Stop the Traffik, a charity which is pioneering intelligence-led prevention of human trafficking; connecting community generated big data with sophisticated data analytics and AI.  

In the January 2017 New Year Honours she was appointed as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), for services to Marketing, Diversity and Prevention of Human Trafficking. 

Caroline is active in social media, and can be contacted via LinkedIn or Twitter 

Lee Hatton

Chief Executive Officer

UBank

Lee Hatton is a visionary leader with a breadth of international experience in the financial services and technology industries across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, and the US.

Having run many successful customer-facing businesses, as well as strategy and risk teams, Lee is known for her ability to harness technology and strategic innovation to drive transformation and grow businesses at scale. 

In her current role as CEO of UBank, Lee is responsible for driving the strategic vision and culture of Australia’s leading digital bank. With years of experience in leading the transformation of businesses, Lee believes culture is the true disruptor of companies today. 

Lee is also an executive director of NAB Ventures, non-executive director of ASX listed Xero LTD, and executive director of TEC (The Executive Connection).

Bryan Knouse

CEO and Co-Founder

Project Owl

Bryan Knouse is a software developer based out of New York City and Co-Founder of Project Owl. Over the last decade, he has built a variety of cloud software tools for marketing agencies and enterprise companies in need of web development and data analytics. He has competed in and won numerous software competitions viewing them as an outlet to quickly ideate, design, and prototype software solutions for a wide array of customers. Recently, Bryan has focused his efforts on AI technologies and how they are going to evolve much of the technology we use in everyday life. In particular, he is focused on natural language technology and its developing ability to improve the speed and simplicity of traditional enterprise processes such as accumulating, cleansing and analyzing data.

Dr. Dario Gil

Director of IBM Research

IBM

Dr. Dario Gil is the Director of IBM Research, one of the world’s largest and most influential corporate research labs. The research division of IBM is a global organization with over 3,000 researchers across 12 laboratories and 21 locations devoted to advancing the frontiers of information technology. He is the 12th Director in its 74 year history. Prior to his current position, Dr. Gil was the Chief Operating Officer of IBM Research and the Vice President of AI and Quantum Computing, areas in which he continues to have broad responsibilities across IBM. Under his leadership, IBM was the first company in the world to build programmable quantum computers and make them universally available through the cloud. A passionate advocate of collaborative research models, he co-chairs the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, a pioneering industrial-academic laboratory with a portfolio of more than 50 projects focused on advancing fundamental AI research to the broad benefit of industry and society. Dr. Gil received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

Seth Dobrin, PhD

Vice President and Chief Data Officer, Data and AI

IBM

Dr. Dobrin joined IBM in November 2016 as the Vice President and Chief Data Officer for IBM Analytics. 

In addition to leading the Data Science and AI Elite team, he is responsible for the transformation of IBM Data and AI Business operations through the use of data and AI. 

Established in January 2018, the Data Science Elite team is comprised of the top data scientists in the World who have successfully implemented AI in the enterprise, sustainably and at scale. The aim of the team is to sit with clients and help them implement data science around a specific use case. 

Seth is a prolific blogger and thought leader in the areas of data science, data governance, European Union General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) and enterprise digital transformation. His blogs are based on real world experience in a multinational Fortune 500 company, as well as his experiences traveling around the world speaking with global leaders.

Seth holds a PhD in Molecular and Statistical Genetics from Arizona State University. 

David La Rose

Managing Director

IBM Australia and New Zealand

Appointed as Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand in October 2017, David is responsible for leading the business locally, and helping IBM employees, clients and business partners reshape industries and make markets in the digital economy.

David started his career with IBM in Sydney in 1990 as a business analyst, and left Australia in 2001 to work with IBM in senior executive roles across Europe and Asia Pacific (AP). Most recently he was the AP Vice President for Enterprise and Commercial, responsible for IBM’s sales organisation across the region.  

During his time in Europe, David was the General Manager, Central and Eastern Europe - responsible for 29 countries including Poland, Czech Republic and Russia - where he gained market share and transitioned the business to strategic software and services. He also held the role of Vice President, IBM Global Business Partners where he drove the expansion of new eco-systems partners and grew traditional partner revenue.

Meet the Speakers

We look forward to bringing you industry visionaries and some of the world's greatest minds.

icon-expand-white Dr. Dario Gil

Dr. Dario Gil

icon-expand-white Lee Hatton

Lee Hatton

icon-expand-white Bryan Knouse

Bryan Knouse

icon-expand-white David Katz

David Katz

icon-expand-white Caroline Taylor OBE

Caroline Taylor OBE

icon-expand-white Seth Dobrin, PhD

Seth Dobrin, PhD

icon-expand-white David La Rose

David La Rose