Think Summit
Australia & New Zealand

Inspire new thinking and redefine what’s possible

Keynote Speakers

Andrew Penn

Andrew Penn
CEO, Telstra; Chair, Australian Government’s Cyber Industry Advisory Committee

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith
Head of ICT, Western Powers

Dr Mohammad Choucair

Dr Mohammad Choucair FRACI FRSN GAICD
CEO, Archer Materials

Shelley Kalms

Shelley Kalms
Chief Digital Officer, Woodside

Major General Susan Coyle

Major General Susan Coyle
Head of Information Warfare, Australian Defence Force

Grant Straker

Grant Straker
Co-founder and CEO, Straker Translations

Matt Ensor

Matt Ensor
Business Director in Advisory Services, Beca

Scott Cass-Dunbar

Scott Cass-Dunbar
Chief Strategy and Investment Officer, Digital Transformation Agency

Jim Whitehurst

Jim Whitehurst
Global President, IBM and Former CEO of Red Hat

Katrina Troughton

Katrina Troughton
Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Ticky Fullerton

Ticky Fullerton
Award-Winning Journalist and Business Editor at Large, The Australian

Ellyse Perry

Ellyse Perry
Australian Sporting icon

Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox
Iconic Actor, Author and Advocate

Pete Ceglinski

Pete Ceglinski
CEO, Seabin Project

Keynote Speakers

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Andrew Penn

icon-expand-white Andrew Smith

Andrew Penn

icon-expand-white Dr Mohammad Choucair FRACI FRSN GAICD

Dr Mohammad Choucair

icon-expand-white Shelley Kalms

Shelley Kalms

icon-expand-white Major General Susan Coyle

Major General Susan Coyle

icon-expand-white Grant Straker

Grant Straker

icon-expand-white Matt Ensor

Matt Ensor

icon-expand-white Scott Cass-Dunbar

Scott Cass-Dunbar

icon-expand-white Jim Whitehurst

Jim Whitehurst

icon-expand-white Katrina Troughton

Katrina Troughton

icon-expand-white Ticky Fullerton

Ticky Fullerton

icon-expand-white Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox

Performances

Electric Fields

Electric Fields

Odette

Odette

Performances

Campus Breakout Speakers

Justin Amos

Justin Amos
CEO and Managing Director, Lygon

Rodolf Salem

Rodolf Salem
Chief Operating Officer, Lygon

Will Burkitt

Will Burkitt
Care & Living with Mercer | Leader, Partner, Mercer

Alastair Prior

Alastair Prior
Client Executive
IBM Australia and New Zealand

Chris Hockings

Chris Hockings
CTO, Security and IBM Master Inventor
IBM Australia and New Zealand

Dev Mookerjee

Dev Mookerjee
Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat Synergy
IBM Asia Pacific

Holly Wright

Holly Wright
QRadar Flows Product Owner
IBM Australia and New Zealand

Kieran Hagan

Kieran Hagan
IBM Data, AI and Automation Technical Sales Manager, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Kristian Smythe

Kristian Smythe
Segment Leader, Hybrid Data Management
IBM Australia and New Zealand

Prakhar Srivastava

Prakhar Srivastava
Hybrid Cloud Practice Leader, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Ross Farrelly, PHD

Ross Farrelly, PHD
Segment Leader, Data and AI Applications, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Campus Breakout Speakers

icon-expand-white Justin Amos

Justin Amos

icon-expand-white Rodolf Salem

Rodolf Salem

icon-expand-white Will Burkitt

Will Burkitt

icon-expand-white Alastair Prior

Alastair Prior

icon-expand-white Chris Hockings

Pete Ceglinski

icon-expand-white Dev Mookerjee

Dev Mookerjee

icon-expand-white Holly Wright

Holly Wright

icon-expand-white Kieran Hagan

Kieran Hagan

icon-expand-white Kristian Smythe

Kristian Smythe

icon-expand-white Prakhar Srivastava

Ross Farrelly, PHD

icon-expand-white Ross Farrelly, PHD

Ross Farrelly, PHD

Dr Mohammad Choucair FRACI FRSN GAICD

CEO, Archer Materials Limited (ASX:AXE)

Dr Mohammad Choucair became the CEO of Archer on 1 December 2017. At Archer, Mohammad is leading the commercial development of disruptive deep tech to address complex challenges in quantum technology, human health, and reliable energy.


Mohammad served a 2-year mandate at the World Economic Forum on the Global Council for Advanced Materials and is internationally recognised for his forward-thinking breakthroughs in Nanotechnology. He received the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Cornforth Medal for the most outstanding Chemistry PhD in Australia and is the coinventor of the 12CQ quantum computing technology.


Mohammad is currently a Fellow of The Royal Society of New South Wales and The Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Alumni of the World Economic Forum and Australian Graduate School of Management, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney. He received his PhD in Chemistry and BSc in Nanotechnology with Honours Class 1 from UNSW Sydney.

Katrina Troughton

Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Starting her career at IBM in New Zealand, Katrina has since held leadership positions in A/NZ, Asia Pacific and the USA for IBM’s analytics, cloud and software businesses including more than four years as General Manager for IBM New Zealand.

Most recently, Katrina was Vice President for Enterprise and Commercial Sales for Asia Pacific where she revitalised the region’s skills agenda and led a team to deliver strong growth in IBM’s cloud, software and infrastructure business.

She also previously held the global role as Vice President for IBM’s Smarter Workforce Solutions where she worked to reform end-to-end offerings and the go-to-market strategy driving the transformation to SaaS and services solutions.

Katrina has served on a number of external boards including New Zealand Advisory Board for Global Women, and Uniservices (the commercialisation arm of Auckland University). Katrina also chaired the NZ Government Digital Strategy Advisory Board (2006 – 2008).

Jim Whitehurst

Global President, IBM and Former CEO of Red Hat

Jim Whitehurst is the President of IBM. He is responsible for the IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software organization, and Corporate Strategy. Whitehurst is an advocate for open principles as a catalyst for business innovation. With a background in business development, finance and global operations, he has proven expertise helping companies flourish—even in the most challenging environments.

Prior to IBM, Whitehurst served as the President and CEO of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise software solutions.

At Red Hat, Whitehurst grew its influence with key milestones—including becoming the first $1 billion revenue open source software company in 2012 and, most notably, the landmark acquisition of Red Hat by IBM for $34 billion in 2019. He has grown revenue from more than $500 million for its 2008 fiscal year to $3.4 billion for its 2019 fiscal year. Under his leadership, Red Hat was named to Forbes’ World’s Most Innovative Companies list, Fortune’s Most Admired Companies list and Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list. He was also named to Barron’s list of the World’s Best CEOs in 2018.

In 2015, Whitehurst published a book with Harvard Business Review Press entitled "The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance," showing how open principles of management can help organizations navigate and succeed in a fast-paced, connected era.

At Delta Air Lines, Whitehurst drove significant global expansion and, as chief operating officer, oversaw all aspects of airline operations,from sales to strategy. He began his career at The Boston Consulting Group in 1989, where he held several corporate development leadership roles.

Ticky Fullerton

Award-Winning Journalist and Business Editor at Large, The Australian

Ticky Fullerton is the Business Editor of Sky News in Australia. She presents Business Weekend, the channel’s flagship business program and writes for The Australian newspaper. Ticky is an award-winning journalist and a household name in Australian business circles with over twenty years at News Corp and the ABC. Prior to journalism, Ticky spent ten years with investment bank CS First Boston in Britain and Australia. She is a director of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce and a former director of the CRC for Irrigation Futures. Ticky has a law degree from Oxford.

Michael J. Fox

Iconic Actor, Author and Advocate

Childhood
Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox in 1961 to parents William and Phyllis in Edmonton, the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. (He later adopted the "J" as an homage to legendary character actor Michael J. Pollard.) Fox, a self-described "Army brat," moved several times during his childhood along with his parents, brother, and three sisters. The Foxes finally planted roots in Burnaby, British Columbia (a suburb of Vancouver), when William Fox retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1971.

Career
Like most Canadian kids, Fox loved hockey and dreamed of a career in the National Hockey League. In his teens, his interests expanded. He began experimenting with creative writing and art and played guitar in a succession of rock-and-roll garage bands before ultimately realizing his affinity for acting. Fox debuted as a professional actor at 15, co-starring in the sitcom Leo and Me on Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) with future Tony Award-winner Brent Carver. Over the next three years, he juggled local theater and TV work, and landed a few roles in American TV movies shooting in Canada. When he was 18, Fox moved to Los Angeles. He had a series of bit parts, including one in CBS' short-lived (yet critically acclaimed) Alex Haley/Norman Lear series "Palmerstown USA" before winning the role of lovable conservative Alex P. Keaton on NBC's enormously popular "Family Ties" (1982-89). During Fox's seven years on "Ties," he earned three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe, making him one of the country's most prominent young actors.

Spin City reunited Fox with Family Ties creator/executive producer Gary David Goldberg. Together with Bill Lawrence, Goldberg created the series expressly for Fox, establishing it as a joint venture of Dreamworks SKG, Goldberg's UBU Productions, and Lottery Hill Entertainment (run by Fox and partner Nelle Fortenberry, now a member of the Board of Directors of The Michael J. Fox Foundation). Goldberg served as co-executive producer with Fox for Spin City's first and second seasons, and Lawrence stepped in during the third. For the fourth seasons, Rosenthal and Cadiff shared duties with Fox.

In other television work, Fox starred in Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water" in 1994. He directed Teri Garr and Bruno Kirby in an episode of "Tales From the Crypt" and later directed an installment of the series "Brooklyn Bridge."

Fox also had time during his busy TV work to become an international film star, appearing in over a dozen features showcasing his keen ability to shift between comedy and drama. These include the Back to the Future trilogy, The Hard Way, Doc Hollywood, The Secret of My Success, Bright Lights, Big City, Light of Day, Teen Wolf, Casualties of War, Life With Mikey, For Love or Money, The American President, Greedy, The Frighteners, and Mars Attacks! Fox married his "Family Ties" co-star, actress Tracy Pollan, in 1988. Together they have four children. Inspired to find projects that his kids would enjoy, Fox has lent his voice to a variety of hit children's films since the early 1990s. He began as Chance the dog in Disney's Homeward Bound movies. In December 1999, he provided the voice of Stuart Little for the Sony feature of the same name, and in the summer of 2001 Fox's voice was heard as that of the lead in Atlantis The Lost Empire, his first animated feature for The Walt Disney Co.

Living and working with Parkinson's disease
Though he would not share the news with the public for another seven years, Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's disease in 1991. Upon disclosing his condition in 1998, he committed himself to the campaign for increased Parkinson's research. Fox announced his retirement from "Spin City" in January 2000, effective upon the completion of his fourth season and 100th episode. Expressing pride in the show, its talented cast, writers, and creative team, he explained that new priorities made this the right time to step away from the demands of a weekly series. Later that year he launched The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which the New York Times has called “the most credible voice on Parkinson’s research in the world.” Today the largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s drug development in the world, the Foundation has galvanized the search for a cure for Parkinson’s disease, and Michael is widely admired for his tireless work as a patient advocate.

In 2012 Fox announced his intention to return to full-time acting. While the announcement may have upended public expectations, Fox had spoken publicly about finding a drug cocktail that helped him control the symptoms and side effects of his Parkinson’s disease well enough to play a character with PD. In 2013, he returned to primetime network TV as Mike Henry on NBC’s “The Michael J. Fox Show.” The show, which quickly gained nationwide attention, centers on a beloved newscaster and family man who returns to work following a diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s families and Michael J. Fox Foundation supporters united around the power of optimism demonstrated by Fox’s return, hosting more than 2,000 premiere night house parties around the country to celebrate the airing of the first episode.

Fox also continued to thrill fans in his multi-episode guest arc as Lewis Canning, a devious attorney who uses his tardive dyskinesia to his clients’ advantage, in the CBS hit drama "The Good Wife" starring Julianna Margulies. In 2011, he guest starred in “Larry versus Michael J. Fox,” the season eight finale of Larry David's acclaimed HBO comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm.” In spring 2009 he portrayed embittered, drug-addicted Dwight in Denis Leary's hit FX Network drama "Rescue Me," a role that earned him his fifth Emmy Award. His 2006 recurring guest role in the ABC legal drama "Boston Legal" was nominated for an Emmy, and he appeared as Dr. Kevin Casey in the then-NBC series "Scrubs" in 2004.

Fox is the recipient of several lifetime achievement awards for accomplishments in acting, including the 2011 Hoerzu Magazine Golden Camera Award and the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters Distinguished Service Award.

Offstage
Fox also is the bestselling author of four books. His most recent memoir, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, was published on November 17, 2020. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, a compendium of wisdom for graduates, was published in April 2010. Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist, published in April 2009, debuted at number two on the New York Times bestseller list. It was accompanied by an ABC-TV primetime special that was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Special; additionally, its audio recording by Fox won the 2010 Grammy award for Best Spoken Word Album, an honor for which all three books were nominated. His first book, the 2002 memoir Lucky Man, also was a New York Times and national bestseller.

Andrew Smith

Head of ICT, Western Powers


As Head of ICT, and previously Head of Transformation and Chief Information Officer of Western Power, Andrew Smith is helping lead the West Australian electricity network utility through the changes necessary to support the decarbonisation and decentralisation of the power system.


During his time at Western Power Andrew has overseen modernisation of the technology architecture and delivery model, positioning the organisation to exploit emerging technologies to build the next-generation grid that meets the future needs of society.


Andrew's 25 year leadership career includes roles across technology, business transformation, strategic planning, commercial and program delivery in financial services, resources, telecommunications, government and utilities sectors in the UK and Australia.


In his (limited) spare time he is a non-executive director in the not for profit sector.

Andrew Penn

CEO, Telstra; Chair, Australian Government’s Cyber Industry Advisory Committee


Andy Penn became the CEO and Managing Director of Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications company, on 1 May 2015. At Telstra Andy is leading an ambitious change program transforming Telstra to be positioned to compete in the radically changing technology world of the future with 5G at its core.


Andy has had an extensive career spanning 40 years across 3 different industries - telecommunications, financial services and shipping. He joined Telstra in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer. In 2014 he took on the additional responsibilities as Group Executive International.


Prior to Telstra, Andy spent 23 years with the AXA Group, one of the world’s largest insurance and investment groups. His time at AXA included the roles of Chief Executive Officer 2006-2011 AXA Asia Pacific Holdings, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Asia and Chief Executive Australia and New Zealand.  At AXA, Andy was instrumental in building one of the most successful Asian businesses by an Australian company that was sold to its parent in 2011 for more than A$10bn.


Other Directorships/Appointments:
Chairman of the Australian Government’s Cyber Industry Advisory Committee, created to guide the implementation of Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy; Board Director of the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) (from 2018); Member of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria; Patron, on behalf of Telstra, of the National and Torres Straights Islanders Arts Awards (NATSIAA); Life Governor of Very Special Kids and an Ambassador for the Amy Gillett Foundation. He serves on the advisory boards of both The Big Issue Home for Homes and JDRF.

Recognition and Qualifications
Andy has a national diploma in business studies (with distinction), is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, holds an MBA from Kingston University and is a graduate of Harvard’s Advance Management Program. In 2008 Andy was recognised as Insurance Executive of the year in the Australian Banking and Finance Awards and in 2016 he was made an honorary fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management. In 2018 Andy was named by the Financial Times among the top 10 male leaders globally HERoes list supporting women in business. In 2019 he was named by the Australian Financial Review as among the top 10 most powerful people in business.

Ellyse Perry

Australian Sporting icon


“Youngest”, “Only”, “Best” — You don’t get very far into a description of Ellyse Perry’s career before the superlatives appear.


Not only is Ellyse the youngest ever cricketer, male or female, to have represented Australia, she is also one of very few Australians to have represented her country in two different sports, and the only person ever to have played for Australia in both cricket and football (soccer) World Cups.


No wonder Cricket Australia, not short of high achievers to draw upon, calls Ellyse “arguably the best athlete in Australia”.


Currently, the world’s top-ranked women’s all-rounder, the ever-modest Ellyse’s many accolades include being named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in both 2017 and 2019 and three-times winning Australia’s prestigious Women’s International Cricketer of the Year (Belinda Clark Award) in 2016, 2018 and 2020.

In 2019, Ellyse became the first female outside of England to be named within the Wisden Five Cricketers of the Year and was also named the Leading Women Cricketer in the World, for the second time


Away from the field, Ellyse has been declared Australia’s most marketable athlete.


With a slew of high profile endorsements, including Adidas, Fox Sports and CommBank, Ellyse’s commercial appeal reaches far and wide.


In November 2019, Ellyse released her first non-fiction book, Perspective, which features stories and reflections from her childhood and career on the themes of dreaming, belief, work, resilience, acceptance, opportunity, balance and perseverance –and their importance in everything she has achieved.


In the same month, Facebook announced it had signed an exclusive partnership with Ellyse to be the first Australian athlete to star in their own content series, exclusive to Facebook Watch. The seven-part short-form docuseries, titled INSIGHT, provided global Facebook fans a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into Ellyse’s life during the 2019/20 season, culminating with the Women’s T20 World Cup.


The 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup final was a momentous day for Ellyse and her team, winning the tournament in front of a home crowd at the MCG. To make the win even more special, the final which was held on International Women’s Day broke numerous Australian and global sporting records including the highest attended women’s sport event in Australia and the highest attended T20 cricket match, men’s or women’s, worldwide.


Ellyse began 2021 with a bang, taking out a clean sweep at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards winning all three female categories including Women’s Cricketer of the Decade, Women’s ODI Player of the Decade and Women’s T20I Player of the Decade - Perry is truly the flag bearer of women’s cricket globally.


Ellyse is a keen student of high-performance training across various sports, and an innovator who adapts what she has learned into her own training.


Her philanthropic causes include being an ambassador for the McGrath Foundation, raising awareness for breast cancer in Australia.

Shelley Kalms

Chief Digital Officer, Woodside


As Woodside’s Chief Digital Officer since 2018, Shelley Kalms is working across the organisation to change the way we work. Together with Chief Operations Officer Fiona Hick, Shelley is leading Woodside’s digital component of the operations transformation program that aims to deploy even more technology at scale in our business, while striking the right balance between automation and human judgement and decision making. Other initiatives and technologies Shelley has championed as CDO include: Digital Academy, Willow, AI, Digital Twin and Woodside’s quantum computing collaboration with IBM.


A process engineer by background, Shelley is motivated by process improvement as a way to go beyond the symptoms of an issue and make solutions simpler, faster, cheaper and ultimately better for people. Shelley took up the CDO role after nearly a decade with Woodside in various leadership roles in projects, asset management, logistics and data science, bringing wide cross-sector business experience from the chemical, food and beverage, and energy retail sectors.


Outside the workplace, Shelley is passionate about building STEM awareness, interest and skills in children’s early years. Shelley grew up in rural Victoria, Australia, and holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Major General Susan Coyle

Head of Information Warfare, Australian Defence Force


Susan Coyle was born in Kyogle, NSW on 21 May 1970. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the Australian Defence Force Academy she graduated from the Royal Military College in 1992 into the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. She has worked at the tactical, operational and strategic level in a variety of command and staff appointments including Commander Joint Task Force 633, Commander 6th Brigade, inaugural Commander Task Group Afghanistan, and Commanding Officer 17th Signal Regiment.


Major General Coyle has received a Distinguished Service Medal as the Deputy Commander JTF 636 / Commander Task Group Afghanistan on Operation SLIPPER / HIGHROAD, and a Conspicuous Service Cross as the Commanding Officer 17th Signal Regiment. She holds post-graduate qualifications in a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, a Master in Organisational Development and Strategic Human Resource Management from the University of New England, and a Master of Management in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra.


Major General Coyle currently holds the appointment of Head of Information Warfare for the Australian Defence Force.

Electric Fields


Multi-award winning Electric Fields are known for their immersive performances, bringing moments of breathtaking beauty and power to the stage. Featuring the rare and beautiful voice of Zaachariaha Fielding - who often sings in his traditional languages of the Anangu people - and the brilliance of composer and producer Michael Ross, this co-writing duo have headlined large festivals throughout Australia, Asia, New Zealand, the UK and Europe. Australian shows include Splendour in the Grass, APRA, Apple, Spotify and Vogue’s 60th Anniversary.

Odette


A melting pot of culture and influences, singer-songwriter Odette’s worldy-wise and astute songwriting has certainly made her mark on both the Australian and international music scene. The release of her highly acclaimed debut ‘To A Stanger’ sparked a legion of growing fans and admires resulting in the record amassing nearly 30 million streams, two consecutive triple j Hottest 100 entries and two nominations in at the 2018 ARIA’s including “Breakthrough Artist”. Alongside the album accolades, Odette has embarked on two sold out national tours of Australia, performed at numerous festival’s and completed shows a far afield as Dublin, London, Zurich and Paris.


“To A Stranger” is a bold and confident debut record, brimming with deliberate melodies, clever compositions and lyrical meditations on love and life plucked straight from the heart. Deeply personal and captivating in presence, Odette is one not to miss.

Pete Ceglinski

CEO, Seabin Project


Pete Ceglinski has been around the ocean his entire life and enjoyed surfing exotic destinations around the globe.


With a background of product design combined with ten years of boat building for high-end racing yacht teams, the switch to developing a technology that both cleans the oceans, addresses science and behavioural change has proved invaluable for the development of Seabin Project and its Smart Cities focus.


Along with the development of the Seabin Project as a business, Pete is heavily involved in the technical design and development of the products. Speaking engagements include United Nations, Bangkok, TEDX Auckland, Volvo Ocean Summit Valencia and other numerous events.


Free-diving, surfing, scuba diving, stand-up paddle boarding, camping, road trips, travel, photography, art and design are just some of Pete’s interests when he has spare time.


Juggling all of the above, Pete also is a father to two wonderful boys, Koa aged 2 ½ and Ziggy aged 14 months.

Chris Hockings

CTO, Security and IBM Master Inventor

IBM Australia and New Zealand


Chris Hockings is the CTO for IBM Security Australia and New Zealand and is responsible for representing the IBM global security strategy to the market. Chris is an expert in leading strategic customer solutions for Security and enjoys helping clients work through transformation digital programs with security as front of mind. Chris is an IBM Master Inventor, a title that reflects a sustained contribution to IBM’s patent portfolio. Chris is CISSP certified.

Dev Mookerjee

Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat Synergy

IBM Asia Pacific


Dev Mookerjee is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM’s Red Hat Synergy Office in the Asia Pacific Region.


A frequent keynote presenter and panellist, Dev specialises in helping organisations design and deploy emerging and innovative technologies and build teams around them.


Dev has nearly two decades experience in the Asia Pacific region as a technology leader in advanced analytics, machine learning, AI, and cloud technologies. Prior to his current role, Dev was the CTO of IBM Watson Solutions in Asia Pacific from 2013 to 2019.


Dev lives in Sydney and holds a Master in IT from the University of Canberra and a Master of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Holly Wright

QRadar Flows Product Owner

IBM Australia and New Zealand


Holly Wright is a Product Owner and Software Engineer for IBM QRadar Flows. She specialises in threat hunting and network anomaly detection and works on developing new product features that will help fast-track your network analysis and incident investigation.

Kieran Hagan

IBM Data, AI and Automation Technical Sales Manager, IBM Australia and New Zealand


Kieran Hagan is the IBM Data, AI and Automation Technical Sales Manager for enterprise accounts across Australia and New Zealand. Kieran leads a team of dedicated Analytics and Integration professionals for IBM’s most strategic local customers - who represent IBM’s best in class software for delivering information and automation capabilities. IBM’s latest Cloud Pak offerings are fundamental to every client's cloud and digital transformation, and we empower customers on the latest innovation to achieve that outcome. Kieran passionately believes in the ability of information to make a difference to clients and is a keen evangelist for unlocking data potential.

Kristian Smythe

Segment Leader, Hybrid Data Management
IBM Australia and New Zealand


Kristian Smythe’s analytics career spans 20+ years, having spent 12 years in North America working with IBM Canada driving the North American emerging e-commerce segment. Also worked in London, England, helping the International Olympic Committee define their online digital rights strategy in the age of the Internet. Afterwards, he returned to Toronto and worked at DataMirror (purchased by IBM) and led their real-time Data Integration (Change Data Capture) Asia Pacific business, when he decided to move back to Australia and moved to a sales role in the Data Integration & Analytics business at IBM with a strong focus on Telecommunications and the Utilities industries. His most recent role was the IBM Australia and New Zealand Information architecture & AI Segment leader. In this role, Kristian is responsible for the world of “old & new skool” database and data governance software solutions to ensure clients are set up for success when driving insights for their digital transformations. Key areas of focus are traditional Data Warehousing, Database Cloud Containerisation but also emerging trends in DataOps, and Open Source Database solutions like MongoDB, Cloudera and EDB Postgres. Kristian always enjoys a chat with clients looking to drive new insights.

Will Burkitt

Care & Living with Mercer | Leader, Partner, Mercer


Will Burkitt is the leader of Care & Living with Mercer and a Partner within Mercer’s Australian business. Care & Living with Mercer is a new innovative service supporting seniors and their family carers with independent guidance and advice for any of their ageing care and living needs. Will is also one of Mercer’s leaders for its broader suite of retirement solutions for clients. This incorporates providing solutions to support people achieving their desired quality of life as they move into and within their retirement years. In doing so these solutions incorporate Health, Wealth and Career as they contribute to a retiree’s wellbeing. In addition to ageing care and living needs, these solutions include a retiree’s income needs and experienced workforce strategy.


Prior to joining Mercer in January 2018, Will gained 19 years of experience in wealth management, including working in Sydney, Hong Kong and London, advising clients on investment portfolios, the full range of wealth products and strategies to achieve their goals in retirement. During his career, Will has gained experience as a company director.


He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) from Macquarie University, and is a Justice of the Peace (NSW).

Scott Cass-Dunbar

Chief Strategy and Investment Officer, Digital Transformation Agency


Scott was appointed as Chief Strategy Officer in June 2020. He leads Strategy and Capability Division, responsible for digital strategy, digital capability and whole-of-government architecture. Scott has more than 20 years experience working as a consultant and public servant on complex technology-enabled transformation, and developing and enabling digital strategy.


Before joining Digital Transformation Agency, Scott was a Partner in a global consultancy firm. He worked in government and private sector digital consultancies on a wide variety of digital initiatives and strategy definition.


Scott is driven by defining and delivering the digital strategy and architecture that enables digital services for Australians that are faster and simpler to use. He is passionate about driving positive change, delivering measurable outcomes and continually improving government through the use of digital, agile delivery.

Ross Farrelly, PHD

Segment Leader, Data and AI Applications, IBM Australia and New Zealand


Ross Farrelly is the Segment Leader of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence for IBM Australia and New Zealand. He works with companies throughout the region to develop and execute on their strategies to adopt and realise the benefits of predictive analytics and AI. Ross has extensive consulting experience in large-scale big data implementations in multiple companies across Telco, Banking and Government verticals in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.


He has a Master of Applied Statistics, a Masters of Applied Ethics, a first class honours degree in Pure Mathematics and a PhD in Information Systems.

Matt Ensor

Business Director in Advisory Services, Beca


Matt Ensor is a Business Director in Advisory Services at Beca. Beca is a 3,500 strong professional services firm providing design and advisory services throughout Australasia, the South Pacific and South East Asia. Matt leads the work Beca does using IBM Watson including AI tools for public consultation and engagement. Matt’s qualifications are a mix of engineering and social science, and he has worked in the field of consulting for more than 20 years.

Prakhar Srivastava

Hybrid Cloud Practice Leader, IBM Australia and New Zealand


Prakhar Srivastava is the Head of Service Line Sales for Global Technology Services (GTS), IBM Australia and New Zealand. Prakhar leads a team of Competency Leaders across hybrid cloud, cloud application services and security & resiliency who are responsible for selling technology consulting and managed services solutions for GTS. Prakhar is a recognised speaker, thought leader who is acknowledged for well-defined understanding of the business-technology interface and capacity to identify and align clients’ emerging technology needs in the field of cloud and infrastructure services. A successful and diverse background spanning technical infrastructure, operational management, service delivery and practice sales disciplines with expertise in engaging decision makers and devising winning propositions and solutions. Prakhar helps large enterprise customers with their cloud strategy, Target Operating Model and help them drive business outcomes.

Alastair Prior

Client Executive, IBM Australia and New Zealand


Alastair Prior has 20 years in IBM, spanning client leadership, Cloud, pricing, sales management, and partner management roles. He has worked with clients on transactions of all sizes including up to large multi-billion outsourcing deals. He now leads IBM’s relationship with Australian financial services firms, focusing on infusing Cloud and AI as transformational technologies.

Grant Straker

Co-founder and CEO, Straker Translations


Grant Straker is the co-founder and CEO of New Zealand based company Straker Translations. Straker delivers AI driven translation solutions at scale around the world. Recently Straker was named a strategic translations partner for IBM globally. Grant is of Māori descent from the Ngāti Raukawa Iwi, a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and served as a paratrooper in the British Army before founding Straker.

Justin Amos

CEO and Managing Director, Lygon


Justin Amos is the CEO of Lygon. With a wealth of experience in capital markets and emerging technologies, he is constantly excited by building high performing companies through a people-focused lens to deliver great commercial outcomes.

Rodolf Salem

Chief Operating Officer, Lygon


Rodolf Salem is Lygon’s energetic COO who wields over 15 years’ experience in banking and finance. As an industry leader he is passionate about transforming the customer experience and enhancing business performance.