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
Plastic Bank

Caroline Taylor OBE

Caroline Taylor OBE
Vice President & CMO, Global Markets, IBM
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

Leigh Sales

Leigh Sales
Walkley Award-winning Journalist, Broadcaster and Author
Host of ABC's 7.30

Tia Silas

Tia Silas
Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, IBM

Rupert Colchester

Rupert Colchester
Blockchain Leader, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Lee Ward

Lee Ward
Cognitive Process Transformation Leader,
IBM Services, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Dr. Anna Phan

Dr. Anna Phan
Research Scientist, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Amelia Forbes

Amelia Forbes
Solutions Leader & Associate Partner, Hybrid Cloud Consulting Services,
IBM Australia and New Zealand

Iven Mareels

Iven Mareels
Lab Director, IBM Research Australia

Kim Bartkowski

Kim Bartkowski
Executive Creative Director, iX IBM

Natalie Gunn

Natalie Gunn
Research Manager, IBM Research Australia

Tiberio Caetano

Tiberio Caetano
Chief Scientist, Gradient Institute


Juan C. Vega

Juan C. Vega
Executive Security Advisory and Cyber Range Coach, IBM Security Worldwide

Jennifer Van Cise

Jennifer Van Cise
VP Global Sales, IBM Watson Supply Chain, IBM

Ben Hanna

Ben Hanna
Director Business Development, Soul Machines

Arthur Proestakis

Arthur Proestakis
Asia Pacific Solution Architect Lead, IBM Cloud Garage

Barry Ramirez

Barry Ramirez
A/NZ Cloud Innovation Advisory Practice Lead, Global Business Services, IBM Australia and New Zealand

John McGrath

John McGrath
Senior Solution Architect, Industry Solutions, IBM

Jason Leonard

Jason Leonard
Partner, AI & Analytics Practice Leader, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Paul Sherlock

Paul Sherlock
Senior Managing Consultant, Cognitive and Analytics Practice, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Kaustubh Vazalwar

Kaustubh Vazalwar
IBM Resiliency Services Leader A/NZ

Andre deSouza

Andre deSouza
Institute Business Manager, Harry Butler Institute (Murdoch University)

Nicholas Therkelsen-Terry

Nicholas Therkelsen-Terry
CEO, Max Kelsen

Jessica Der Matossian

Jessica Der Matossian
Registrar Digital Practice, Federal Court of Australia

Carol Maher

Carol Maher
Research Associate Professor, University of South Australia

Keith Leonard

Keith Leonard
Lead Architect, WorkSafe Victoria

Rudolph Khoury

Rudolph Khoury
GM Global Sales Operations, Fisher & Paykel

Kulan Kokulan

Kulan Kokulan
Infrastructure Team Leader, University of Auckland

Deborah Walker

Deborah Walker
Partner, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Anand Subramanian

Anand Subramanian
Technical Specialist, IBM Z Solutions, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Anthony Molinia

Anthony Molinia
CIO, University of Newcastle

Bob Blessing-Hartley

Bob Blessing-Hartley
Chief Architect, IBM Hyper Protect Services, IBM

John Currie

John Currie
Program Director, IBM Hyper Protect Services Offering Management and Strategy, IBM

Jade Moffat

Jade Moffat
Corporate Citizenship Manager, IBM Australia and New Zealand

David Billington

David Billington
Senior Digital Interaction & Automation Lead at Suncorp Group

Paul Cronin

Paul Cronin
Account Chief Technologist, Insurance, DXC Technology

Jasper Streit

Jasper Streit
Principal Product Manager, IAG

Levine Naidoo

Levine Naidoo
Watson Supply Chain Leader, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Rob LoCascio

Rob LoCascio
Founder & CEO, LivePerson

Vanessa Sulikowski

Vanessa Sulikowski
Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco

Michael McCabe

Michael McCabe
VP, Worldwide IBM Go To Market, Box

Rob Cumming

Rob Cumming
CEO, Urban.io Pty Ltd

Young Li

Young Li
IT Management Consultant - Hybrid Cloud, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Stella Drivas

Stella Drivas
Managing Consultant, IBM iX, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Christine Ma

Christine Ma
Talent Acquisition Partner, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Alexander Graham

Alexander Graham
Cognitive Process Transformation Consultant (Graduate), IBM Australia and New Zealand

Nick Sokolich

Nick Sokolich
Global VP Sales, FaceMe

Miguel Carrasco

Miguel Carrasco
Managing Director & Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Danny May

Danny May
CEO, Lingmo

Daniel Whittle

Daniel Whittle
E-business and Customer Experience Manager, BOC Australia

Fiona Wood

Fiona Wood
Research Professor and Burn Surgeon, Fiona Wood Foundation

Katrina Troughton

Katrina Troughton
General Manager for Sales Asia Pacific, IBM

Cameron Alexander

Cameron Alexander
Senior Manager Lending Platforms, BOQ

Andrew Yu

Andrew Yu
IBM Developer Advocate, IBM

Jeremy Nilmeier PHD

Jeremy Nilmeier PHD
Data Scientist and IBM Developer Advocate, IBM

John Walicki

John Walicki
CTO for IoT and Global Developer Advocate, IBM

Cong Nguyen

Cong Nguyen
Developer Advocate, IBM

Jacqui Pringle

Jacqui Pringle
National Manager, Strategy, Australian Red Cross

Aditya Arora

Aditya Arora
Lead Integration Architect, WorkSafe Victoria

Vlad Vereshchagin

Vlad Vereshchagin
Executive Manager - Digital Service, Suncorp

Natasha Kojokari

Natasha Kojokari
Designer - IBM Cloud Garage, IBM

Kirsty Purcell

Kirsty Purcell
Software Designer - IBM Cloud Garage , IBM

Ben Hanley

Ben Hanley
Product Manager, Australian Red Cross

Omkar Nimbalkar

Omkar Nimbalkar
VP, Client & Partner Developer Advocacy, IBM

Dragan Preocanin

Dragan Preocanin
Solution Innovation Lead APJ, ServiceNow

Samuel Mulkearns

Samuel Mulkearns
Business Transformation Consultant (Graduate), IBM Australia and New Zealand

Andrew Haschka

Andrew Haschka
Director, Cloud Platforms, VMware Asia Pacific and Japan

Scott Barter

Scott Barter
Solution Engineer - Financial Services, Salesforce

Craig Fulton

Craig Fulton
Vice President – Executive Partner Cloud Advisory and Cloud Application & Migration Services, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Atul Desai

Atul Desai
Director Technology Solutions, Carrington Associates

Varun Vijaywargi

Varun Vijaywargi
Technical Architect, Carrington Associates

Jeff Hanlen

Jeff Hanlen
Head of AppDev Practice A/NZ, Red Hat

Paul van der Linden

Paul van der Linden
Director, outThought

The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee

The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee
MP, NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education

Paul Hutchison

Paul Hutchison
Vice President Blockchain Asia Pacific, IBM

Tom Corcoran

Tom Corcoran
Associate Principal Solution Architect, Red Hat

David Katz

Founder & CEO

Plastic Bank

David Katz, founder and CEO of Plastic Bank, is a dynamic, inspirational leader described by many as “the best in the sustainability industry.” He is globally renowned for 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.

Andre deSouza

Institute Business Manager, Harry Butler Institute (Murdoch University)

As Institute Business Manager at Harry Butler Institute, Andre deSouza has over 15 years’ experience in Training and Learning & Development, including as a Training Advisor with Chevron, to prevent introduction of non-indigenous species to Barrow Island (a Class A nature reserve).

Andre was previously a technology advisor with Chevron Quarantine, developing tools for training (such as Quarantine Hero simulation training and assessment for Quarantine Inspectors), diagnostics, field ops and contractor management (using Smartglasses such as Microsoft’s HoloLens or Google Glass) in support of biosecurity.

Andre is investigating the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in identifying NIS (Non-Indigenous Species), such as Asian House gecko and black rats, as a triage tool.

Andre has a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts (Sociology).

Rudolph Khoury

GM Global Sales Operations, Fisher & Paykel

Rudi Khoury is the General Manager of Global Sales Operations & Customer Experience for Fisher & Paykel. He has held various positions since joining Fisher & Paykel in 2009, including regional Chief Financial Officer. Driven by his passion for creating seamless interactions with customers, Rudi continuously seeks technology that can elevate employee and customer experience.

Caroline Taylor OBE

Vice President & CMO, Global Markets, IBM
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 is a prolific blogger and respected thought leader in the areas of data science, data governance, European Union General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) and enterprise digital transformation. He leads the IBM Data Science Elite team, a group comprised of the world’s top data scientists. Under his leadership, the team has successfully helped clients implement AI in the enterprise, sustainably and at scale. Dr Dobrin is also responsible for the transformation of IBM’s operations through the use of data and AI.

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.

Leigh Sales

Walkley Award-winning Journalist, Broadcaster and Author
Host of ABC's 7.30

Leigh Sales is an award-winning author and journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and currently anchors the prime time flagship program 7.30.

From 2001 to 2005, she was the ABC's Washington Correspondent, covering stories including the aftermath of September 11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 2004 Presidential election and Hurricane Katrina. From 2006 to 2008, Leigh was the ABC's National Security Correspondent, before becoming the anchor of Lateline.  

In 2005, Leigh won a Walkley Award, Australia's highest journalism honour, for her coverage of Guantanamo Bay and the case of David Hicks. In 2012 Leigh was again presented the prestigious Walkley Award for best interviews for her work on 7.30. She's the author of two books, Detainee 002 and On Doubt and her writing appears in Australia's top newspapers and magazines.

She co-hosts a popular independent podcast with her colleague Annabel Crabb called Chat 10, Looks 3 about culture and politics.

Tia Silas

Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, IBM

As Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Tia Silas is responsible for driving IBM’s global diversity and inclusion strategy across more than 170+ countries.

Tia has considerable recognition for her work, being the only corporate leader asked to testify before US congress in support of the Equality Act, and also having recently met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin at the Vatican to condemn global laws that criminalise consensual same-sex relations.

She has been named one of Black Enterprise’s “Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity”, an SAP “Forward Thinker”, has received Crane publication’s “Game Changer” Award and has been endowed by Workforce magazine.

Vanessa Sulikowski

Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco

Vanessa Sulikowski is a Distinguished Systems Engineer and has been working in the ICT industry for over 28 years. Vanessa joined Cisco in 2000 and pursued a specialisation in Collaboration Technology. She is considered a Trusted Advisor for many high profile customers and partners across the Asia Pacific region and is the global voice of the customer to Cisco’s business units.

Vanessa is an evangelist for workplace transformation and automation. She has been researching workplace transformation technology for 5 years, working with customers on their transformation projects, with the focus now including cognitive interfaces and cognitive interactions through AI technology.

Michael McCabe

VP, Worldwide IBM Go To Market, Box

Michael McCabe is Vice President of Go-to-market for the IBM partnership at Box. Michael drives the global relationship with IBM across sales, enablement, marketing and customer success leading a team across these disciplines at Box. He is an accomplished professional with over 20 years of success for high-growth, very large and start-up organisations including VMware and IBM. In his time at Box, Michael ran National Partner Sales in North America before becoming the sales alliance manager for the IBM partnership.

Michael holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business Administration and Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from the Quinnipiac University School of Law. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife and three children.

Katrina Troughton

General Manager for Sales Asia Pacific, IBM

Katrina Troughton is the General Manager for Sales Asia Pacific with significant experiencing in both creating new markets around new technology and services, developing line of business solutions, as well as leading large teams focused on continuing to support and grow existing clients across services and technology. Prior to this role, Katrina lead the Cloud and Solutions business for IBM Asia Pacific spanning all IBM’s Software, SaaS and Cloud IaaS and PaaS business.

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); additionally, she chaired the NZ Government Digital Strategy Advisory Board (2006 – 2008).

Katrina holds a BSC / BCom, with majors in Pharmacology, Physiology and Economics from Auckland University.

Jessica Der Matossia

Registrar Digital Practice, Federal Court of Australia

Jessica Der Matossian is the Judicial Registrar, Digital Practice of the Federal Court of Australia. She is also Secretariat of the Judges’ Digital Practice Committee and Chair of the Courts’ Artificial Intelligence Committee. Jessica is responsible for driving digital innovations and business plans for each national practice area of the Federal Court of Australia. She has been instrumental in developing a digital hearings platform, improving the existing practices and procedures to support a ‘working digitally’ environment, and introducing advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and the mining of big data for the benefit of dispute resolution, and administrative registrar decisions. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business and Commerce from Western Sydney University. She was admitted as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in October 2014.

Keith Leonard

Lead Architect, WorkSafe Victoria

Keith is a thought leader in business and technology strategy, with extensive experience developing, aligning and implementing strategy and architectures for both business and IT. Having worked internationally across manufacturing, technology, government, utility and telco sectors for organisations such as Apple, Alcatel-Lucent and O2/Telefonica, he is currently leading the technology & architecture components of the Worksafe Victoria business transformation program.

Danny May

CEO, Lingmo

Danny is a global AI tech entrepreneur and industry speaker who founded Lingmo - a translation technology startup business. His idea to develop a real-time language translation solution and break down the global language barrier came about after a situation in China when his passport was stolen and he had no way of communicating. Despite no formal training in the technology space, Danny has a deep understanding of AI in the translation sector and the benefits it brings to people using the technology. This has led him to develop relationships with many corporate multinationals and take the lead in mentoring them on how they can improve their business communications, as well as guide them into incorporating AI into their internal systems.

Nick Sokolich

Global VP Sales, FaceMe

FaceMe’s Head of Sales, Nick Sokolich specialises in matching the needs of incredibly complex banking clients to technology solutions that impact positively, immediately and effectively on their customer experience. Previously Channel Manager for Zeacom, Nick is passionate about enterprise technology solution. He led the deployment of FaceMe’s Intelligent Digital Human Platform to several of the world’s largest banks, including UBS. The Platform is a next generation interface that combines the best customer experience influencers from both man and machine, embodying the brand of an organisation and creating significant value through emotional connection, personalisation and consistency with end-users (something that has not been able to be achieved through digital channels previously).

Miguel Carrasco

Managing Director & Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

A partner in Boston Consulting Group's (BCG) Public Sector Practice and Technology Advantage Office, Miguel has been with Boston Consulting Group for the last 15 years. He has worked across a wide range of industries and functions with a strong passion is working with governments to design and deliver better outcomes, more efficiently.

As BCG's global topic leader for Digital and Technology Transformation in the public sector, he established the BCG Center for Digital Government. He has supported some major e-government and service delivery programs in Australia including payments reform, myGov and service delivery reform at the Department of Human Services, ServiceNSW and digital licensing.

He has been a long-term supporter of Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships and worked with Noel Pearson's Cape York Institute on a range of policy and programs including welfare reform, literacy, and education, housing, and health.

Kulan Kokulan

Infrastructure Team Leader, University of Auckland

An ex-Naval officer who joined the University of Auckland as the inaugural Net Account Administrator, Kulan was responsible for rolling out in-house monitoring and chargeable printing services, as well as internet access of over 35,000 students across all faculties. Kulan was a key member of the univeristy team to commission two new active data centres and seamlessly migrated all compute and storage from the old environment. During the past 2.5 years, Kulan was team lead of 9 IT infrastructure staff responsible for the 24x7 maintenance of over 3000 VMs, over 20 PiB of block and file data and over 15 PiB of backup data on IBMs TSM system. This year, Kulan has joined the Cloud enablement team at the University of Auckland. He wishes to enhance hands-on skills with emerging trends in hybrid cloud, agile methodology and DevOps delivery.

Vlad Vereshchagin

Executive Manager - Digital Service, Suncorp

Vlad Vereshchagin is a digital transformation specialist with more than 10 years’ experience working on a variety of IT acceleration projects, including the development of online self-service platforms for brands like AAMI, GIO, Suncorp, Shannons, Bingle and Apia. Most recently Vlad has led a product ownership team to deliver the new mobile Suncorp App, designed to act as a single destination of service for all customers across Suncorp Group, covering all insurance and banking digital service needs. Vlad is passionate about new technology and the opportunities they present, which led him to AI and the development of the world-leading, AI-enabled digital Zero-Touch claims process at Suncorp. Vlad is a qualified Industrial Engineer, holds a cum laude MBA degree majoring in digital disruption, and is a professional ex-Air Force officer rank.

Fiona Wood

Research Professor and Burn Surgeon, Fiona Wood Foundation

Professor Wood has been a burns surgeon and researcher for the past 20 years and is Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia (BSWA). She is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital (previously at Royal Perth Hospital) and Perth Children’s Hospital (previously Princess Margaret Hospital for Children), co-founder of the first skin cell laboratory in WA, Winthrop Professor in the School of Surgery at The University of Western Australia, and co-founder of the Fiona Wood Foundation (formerly The McComb Foundation). Professor Wood’s dedication to improving outcomes for burns patients and expanding the knowledge of wound healing began in 1991 when she became trained as West Australia’s first female plastic surgeon. Professor Wood’s greatest contribution and enduring legacy is her work pioneering the innovative ‘spray-on skin’ technique, which greatly reduces permanent scarring in burns victims. Professor Wood patented her method in 1993 and today the technique is used worldwide.

Aditya Arora

Lead Integration Architect, WorkSafe Victoria

Aditya Arora is the Lead Integration Architect on a major program of work for WorkSafe Victoria. He has extensive experience across a breadth of IBM Integration technologies, AWS, ICP, Docker, Splunk and Security. He regularly provides input into key strategic initiatives into WorkSafe. His current involvement is in Strategy 2030 which aims at streamlining business processes for WSV in terms of licensing/inspections and premiums. As part of his role, he set up the cloud architecture and helped operationalise IBM cloud private offering running on AWS. He also helped architect the IBM Integration Layer including App Connect Enterprise and API Connect with various integration points including SalesForce, Services Vic, Experian, Paypal and more. His subsequent initiatives involve hosting the Business Automation Workflow offering, ODM and Filenet on the same platform.

Carol Maher

Research Associate Professor, University of South Australia

Carol Maher is an Associate Research Professor in the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) at UniSA. Carol’s research focusses on how daily activity patterns impact on their health. In particular, she is interested in developing programs that help people improve their lifestyle and health, and which can be delivered at scale to have a positive impact in Australian communities. Carol’s work explores how technologies such as wearables, online social networking and mobile phone apps can support people to make better lifestyle choices in a fun engaging way. Carol is currently a NHMRC Career Development Fellow (2017-2020) and was a National Heart Foundation Fellow (2015-16) and Australian Research Council Fellow prior to this (2011-2014). In addition, she chairs the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity's e- & mHealth Special Interest Group, and is a Section Editor for BMC Public Health.

Nicholas Therkelsen

CEO, Max Kelsen

CEO Nicholas Therkelsen-Terry co-founded Max Kelsen in 2015 to provide big data and machine learning services and artificial intelligence to clients large and small. Max Kelsen now employs over 30 machine learning and artificial intelligence experts and is able to call some of Australia’s biggest brands clients. The Max Kelsen team has recently attracted millions in funding to further its research into applying state-of-the-art artificial intelligence to treatment selection and outcome prediction for lung cancer and melanoma patients. In 2017, Nick co-founded cognitiveCX, a platform for enterprises to analyse and process unstructured data from any source. Nick has a broad range of expertise spanning business, economics, sales, management and law. He has a deep theoretical and applied understanding of cutting-edge machine learning techniques, and has been widely recognised as a domain expert in this field. Nick holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland.

Dragan Preocanin

Solution Innovation Lead APJ, ServiceNow

Dragan has 20 years’ experience in the software industry in Australia, and is currently responsible for the Solution Innovation team at ServiceNow covering the APJ region. Dragan is focused on the application of technology with human centred design techniques, and processes to drive innovation at speed in the enterprise. Prior to his current role Dragan spent many years in process automation, creating business applications and cloud service operating models for AWS and Azure; 5 years at HP in Application Quality Management working with the ex-Mercury products and 11 years in ECM including Document Management, Imaging, Records Management and Business Process Management.

The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee

MP, NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education

Dr Geoff Lee MP is the Member for Parramatta and Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education. He is committed to delivering world class skills and education for New South Wales, and he is a passionate advocate for Western Sydney and its diverse communities. Dr Lee is also the driving force behind the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to Parramatta, with more than $5 billion committed to build vital infrastructure over the next 4 years - infrastructure that will greatly improve the lives of the people of Parramatta for generations to come. Geoff was first elected as the State Member for Parramatta in 2011 and returned in 2015, This is the first time in 60 years that the State seat of Parramatta has been held by a Liberal Party member for three consecutive terms.

Tom Corcoran

Associate Principal Solution Architect, Red Hat

Tom Corcoran is an Associate Principal Solution Architect with Red Hat. He has worked for Red Hat and 3scale, its API Management acquisition, for the past 5 years throughout Europe, the US, and Australia.

Tom has over 20 years of technical experience - in Java development and delivery, as well as in pre-sales for Red Hat's Middleware and Containerisation solutions.

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

icon-expand-white Leigh Sales

Leigh Sales

icon-expand-white Tia Silas

Tia Silas

icon-expand-white Rupert Colchester

Rupert Colchester

icon-expand-white Lee Ward

Lee Ward

icon-expand-white Dr. Anna Phan

Dr. Anna Phan

icon-expand-white Amelia Forbes

Amelia Forbes

icon-expand-white Iven Mareels

Iven Mareels

icon-expand-white Kim Bartkowski

Kim Bartkowski

icon-expand-white Natalie Gunn


Natalie Gunn

icon-expand-white Tiberio Caetano

Tiberio Caetano

icon-expand-white Juan C. Vega

Juan C. Vega

icon-expand-white Jennifer Van Cise

Jennifer Van Cise

icon-expand-white Ben Hanna

Ben Hanna

icon-expand-white Arthur Proestakis

Arthur Proestakis

icon-expand-white Barry Ramirez

Barry Ramirez

icon-expand-white John McGrath

John McGrath

icon-expand-white Jason Leonard

Jason Leonard

icon-expand-white Paul Sherlock

Paul Sherlock

icon-expand-white Kaustubh Vazalwar

Kaustubh Vazalwar

icon-expand-white Andre deSouza

Andre deSouza

icon-expand-white Nicholas Therkelsen-Terry

Nicholas Therkelsen-Terry

icon-expand-white Jessica Der Matossian

Jessica Der Matossian

icon-expand-white Carol Maher

Carol Maher

icon-expand-white Keith Leonard

Keith Leonard

icon-expand-white Rudolph Khoury

Rudolph Khoury

icon-expand-white Kulan Kokulan

Kulan Kokulan

icon-expand-white Deborah Walker

Deborah Walker

icon-expand-white Anand Subramanian

Anand Subramanian

icon-expand-white Anthony Molinia

Anthony Molinia

icon-expand-white Bob Blessing-Hartley

Bob Blessing-Hartley

icon-expand-white John Currie

John Currie

icon-expand-white Jade Moffat

Jade Moffat

icon-expand-white David Billington

David Billington

icon-expand-white Paul Cronin

Paul Cronin

icon-expand-white Jasper Streit

Jasper Streit

icon-expand-white Levine Naidoo

Levine Naidoo

icon-expand-white Vanessa Sulikowski

Vanessa Sulikowski

icon-expand-white Michael McCabe

Michael McCabe

icon-expand-white Young Li

Young Li

icon-expand-white Stella Drivas

Stella Drivas

icon-expand-white Christine Ma

Christine Ma

icon-expand-white Alexander Graham

Alexander Graham

icon-expand-white Nick Sokolich

Nick Sokolich

icon-expand-white Miguel Carrasco

Miguel Carrasco

icon-expand-white Danny May

Danny May

icon-expand-white Daniel Whittle

Daniel Whittle

icon-expand-white Fiona Wood

Fiona Wood

icon-expand-white Katrina Troughton

Katrina Troughton

icon-expand-white Cameron Alexander

Cameron Alexander

icon-expand-white Andrew Yu

Andrew Yu

icon-expand-white Jeremy Nilmeier PHD

Jeremy Nilmeier PHD

icon-expand-white John Walicki

John Walicki

icon-expand-white Jacqui Pringle

Jacqui Pringle

icon-expand-white Aditya Arora

Aditya Arora

icon-expand-white Vlad Vereshchagin

Vlad Vereshchagin

icon-expand-white Natasha Kojokari

Natasha Kojokari

icon-expand-white Kirsty Purcell

Kirsty Purcell

icon-expand-white Ben Hanley

Ben Hanley

icon-expand-white Omkar Nimbalkar

Omkar Nimbalkar

icon-expand-white Dragan Preocanin

Dragan Preocanin

icon-expand-white Samuel Mulkearns

Samuel Mulkearns

icon-expand-white Andrew Haschka

Andrew Haschka

icon-expand-white Scott Barter

Scott Barter

icon-expand-white Craig Fulton

Craig Fulton

icon-expand-white Atul Desai

Atul Desai

icon-expand-white Varun Vijaywargi

Varun Vijaywargi

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Jeff Hanlen

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The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee

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Paul Hutchison

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Tom Corcoran
Dr. Dario Gil

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.

David Katz

David Katz

Founder & CEO

Plastic Bank

David Katz, founder and CEO of Plastic Bank, is a dynamic, inspirational leader described by many as “the best in the sustainability industry.” He is globally renowned for 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

Caroline Taylor OBE

Vice President & CMO, Global Markets, IBM
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

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

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.

Seth Dobrin, PhD

Seth Dobrin, PhD

Vice President and Chief Data Officer Data and AI, IBM

Dr Dobrin is a prolific blogger and respected thought leader in the areas of data science, data governance, European Union General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) and enterprise digital transformation. He leads the IBM Data Science Elite team, a group comprised of the world’s top data scientists. Under his leadership, the team has successfully helped clients implement AI in the enterprise, sustainably and at scale. Dr Dobrin is also responsible for the transformation of IBM’s operations through the use of data and AI.

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

David La Rose

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.

Leigh Sales

Leigh Sales

Walkley Award-winning Journalist, Broadcaster and Author
Host of ABC's 7.30

Leigh Sales is an award-winning author and journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and currently anchors the prime time flagship program 7.30.

From 2001 to 2005, she was the ABC's Washington Correspondent, covering stories including the aftermath of September 11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 2004 Presidential election and Hurricane Katrina. From 2006 to 2008, Leigh was the ABC's National Security Correspondent, before becoming the anchor of Lateline.  

In 2005, Leigh won a Walkley Award, Australia's highest journalism honour, for her coverage of Guantanamo Bay and the case of David Hicks. In 2012 Leigh was again presented the prestigious Walkley Award for best interviews for her work on 7.30. She's the author of two books, Detainee 002 and On Doubt and her writing appears in Australia's top newspapers and magazines.

She co-hosts a popular independent podcast with her colleague Annabel Crabb called Chat 10, Looks 3 about culture and politics.

Tia Silas

Tia Silas

Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, IBM

As Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Tia Silas is responsible for driving IBM’s global diversity and inclusion strategy across more than 170+ countries.

Tia has considerable recognition for her work, being the only corporate leader asked to testify before US congress in support of the Equality Act, and also having recently met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin at the Vatican to condemn global laws that criminalise consensual same-sex relations.

She has been named one of Black Enterprise’s “Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity”, an SAP “Forward Thinker”, has received Crane publication’s “Game Changer” Award and has been endowed by Workforce magazine.

Vanessa Sulikowski

Vanessa Sulikowski

Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco

Vanessa Sulikowski is a Distinguished Systems Engineer and has been working in the ICT industry for over 28 years. Vanessa joined Cisco in 2000 and pursued a specialisation in Collaboration Technology. She is considered a Trusted Advisor for many high profile customers and partners across the Asia Pacific region and is the global voice of the customer to Cisco’s business units.

Vanessa is an evangelist for workplace transformation and automation. She has been researching workplace transformation technology for 5 years, working with customers on their transformation projects, with the focus now including cognitive interfaces and cognitive interactions through AI technology.

Michael McCabe

Michael McCabe

VP, Worldwide IBM Go To Market, Box

Michael McCabe is Vice President of Go-to-market for the IBM partnership at Box. Michael drives the global relationship with IBM across sales, enablement, marketing and customer success leading a team across these disciplines at Box. He is an accomplished professional with over 20 years of success for high-growth, very large and start-up organisations including VMware and IBM. In his time at Box, Michael ran National Partner Sales in North America before becoming the sales alliance manager for the IBM partnership.

Michael holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business Administration and Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from the Quinnipiac University School of Law. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife and three children.

Rupert Colchester

Rupert Colchester

Blockchain Leader, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Lee Ward

Lee Ward

Cognitive Process Transformation Leader, IBM Services, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Dr. Anna Phan

Dr. Anna Phan

Research Scientist, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Amelia Forbes

Amelia Forbes

Solutions Leader & Associate Partner, Hybrid Cloud Consulting Services, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Iven Mareels

Iven Mareels

Lab Director, IBM Research Australia

Kim Bartkowski

Kim Bartkowski

Executive Creative Director, iX IBM

Natalie Gunn

Natalie Gunn

Research Manager, IBM Research Australia

Tiberio Caetano

Tiberio Caetano

Chief Scientist, Gradient Institute

Juan C. Vega

Juan C. Vega

Executive Security Advisory and Cyber Range Coach, IBM Security Worldwide

Jennifer Van Cise

Jennifer Van Cise

VP Global Sales, IBM Watson Supply Chain, IBM

Ben Hanna

Ben Hanna

Director Business Development, Soul Machines

Arthur Proestakis

Arthur Proestakis

Asia Pacific Solution Architect Lead, IBM Cloud Garage

Barry Ramirez

Barry Ramirez

A/NZ Cloud Innovation Advisory Practice Lead, Global Business Services, IBM Australia and New Zealand

John McGrath

John McGrath

Senior Solution Architect, Industry Solutions, IBM

Jason Leonard

Jason Leonard

Partner, AI & Analytics Practice Leader, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Paul Sherlock

Paul Sherlock

Senior Managing Consultant, Cognitive and Analytics Practice, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Kaustubh Vazalwar

Kaustubh Vazalwar

IBM Resiliency Services Leader A/NZ

Andre deSouza

Andre deSouza

Institute Business Manager, Harry Butler Institute (Murdoch University)

As Institute Business Manager at Harry Butler Institute, Andre deSouza has over 15 years’ experience in Training and Learning & Development, including as a Training Advisor with Chevron, to prevent introduction of non-indigenous species to Barrow Island (a Class A nature reserve).

Andre was previously a technology advisor with Chevron Quarantine, developing tools for training (such as Quarantine Hero simulation training and assessment for Quarantine Inspectors), diagnostics, field ops and contractor management (using Smartglasses such as Microsoft’s HoloLens or Google Glass) in support of biosecurity.

Andre is investigating the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in identifying NIS (Non-Indigenous Species), such as Asian House gecko and black rats, as a triage tool.

Andre has a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts (Sociology).

Nicholas Therkelsen-Terry

Nicholas Therkelsen-Terry

CEO, Max Kelsen

CEO Nicholas Therkelsen-Terry co-founded Max Kelsen in 2015 to provide big data and machine learning services and artificial intelligence to clients large and small. Max Kelsen now employs over 30 machine learning and artificial intelligence experts and is able to call some of Australia’s biggest brands clients. The Max Kelsen team has recently attracted millions in funding to further its research into applying state-of-the-art artificial intelligence to treatment selection and outcome prediction for lung cancer and melanoma patients. In 2017, Nick co-founded cognitiveCX, a platform for enterprises to analyse and process unstructured data from any source. Nick has a broad range of expertise spanning business, economics, sales, management and law. He has a deep theoretical and applied understanding of cutting-edge machine learning techniques, and has been widely recognised as a domain expert in this field. Nick holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland.

Jessica Der Matossian

Jessica Der Matossian

Registrar Digital Practice, Federal Court of Australia

Jessica Der Matossian is the Judicial Registrar, Digital Practice of the Federal Court of Australia. She is also Secretariat of the Judges’ Digital Practice Committee and Chair of the Courts’ Artificial Intelligence Committee. Jessica is responsible for driving digital innovations and business plans for each national practice area of the Federal Court of Australia. She has been instrumental in developing a digital hearings platform, improving the existing practices and procedures to support a ‘working digitally’ environment, and introducing advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and the mining of big data for the benefit of dispute resolution, and administrative registrar decisions. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business and Commerce from Western Sydney University. She was admitted as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in October 2014.

Carol Maher

Carol Maher

Research Associate Professor, University of South Australia

Carol Maher is an Associate Research Professor in the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) at UniSA. Carol’s research focusses on how daily activity patterns impact on their health. In particular, she is interested in developing programs that help people improve their lifestyle and health, and which can be delivered at scale to have a positive impact in Australian communities. Carol’s work explores how technologies such as wearables, online social networking and mobile phone apps can support people to make better lifestyle choices in a fun engaging way. Carol is currently a NHMRC Career Development Fellow (2017-2020) and was a National Heart Foundation Fellow (2015-16) and Australian Research Council Fellow prior to this (2011-2014). In addition, she chairs the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity's e- & mHealth Special Interest Group, and is a Section Editor for BMC Public Health.

Keith Leonard

Keith Leonard

Lead Architect, WorkSafe Victoria

Keith is a thought leader in business and technology strategy, with extensive experience developing, aligning and implementing strategy and architectures for both business and IT. Having worked internationally across manufacturing, technology, government, utility and telco sectors for organisations such as Apple, Alcatel-Lucent and O2/Telefonica, he is currently leading the technology & architecture components of the Worksafe Victoria business transformation program.

Rudolph Khoury

Rudolph Khoury

GM Global Sales Operations, Fisher & Paykel

Rudi Khoury is the General Manager of Global Sales Operations & Customer Experience for Fisher & Paykel. He has held various positions since joining Fisher & Paykel in 2009, including regional Chief Financial Officer. Driven by his passion for creating seamless interactions with customers, Rudi continuously seeks technology that can elevate employee and customer experience.

Kulan Kokulan

Kulan Kokulan

Infrastructure Team Leader, University of Auckland

An ex-Naval officer who joined the University of Auckland as the inaugural Net Account Administrator, Kulan was responsible for rolling out in-house monitoring and chargeable printing services, as well as internet access of over 35,000 students across all faculties. Kulan was a key member of the univeristy team to commission two new active data centres and seamlessly migrated all compute and storage from the old environment. During the past 2.5 years, Kulan was team lead of 9 IT infrastructure staff responsible for the 24x7 maintenance of over 3000 VMs, over 20 PiB of block and file data and over 15 PiB of backup data on IBMs TSM system. This year, Kulan has joined the Cloud enablement team at the University of Auckland. He wishes to enhance hands-on skills with emerging trends in hybrid cloud, agile methodology and DevOps delivery.

Deborah Walker

Deborah Walker

Partner, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Anand Subramanian

Anand Subramanian

Technical Specialist, IBM Z Solutions, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Anthony Molinia

Anthony Molinia

CIO, University of Newcastle

Bob Blessing-Hartley

Bob Blessing-Hartley

Chief Architect, IBM Hyper Protect Services, IBM

John Currie

John Currie

Program Director, IBM Hyper Protect Services Offering Management and Strategy, IBM

Jade Moffat

Jade Moffat

Corporate Citizenship Manager, IBM Australia and New Zealand

David Billington

David Billington

Senior Digital Interaction & Automation Lead at Suncorp Group

Paul Cronin

Paul Cronin

Account Chief Technologist, Insurance, DXC Technology

Jasper Streit

Jasper Streit

Principal Product Manager, IAG

Levine Naidoo

Levine Naidoo

Watson Supply Chain Leader, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Rob LoCascio

Rob LoCascio

Founder & CEO, LivePerso

Rob Cumming

Rob Cumming

CEO, Urban.io Pty Ltd

Young Li

Young Li

IT Management Consultant - Hybrid Cloud, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Stella Drivas

Stella Drivas

Managing Consultant, IBM iX, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Christine Ma

Christine Ma

Talent Acquisition Partner, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Alexander Graham

Alexander Graham

Cognitive Process Transformation Consultant (Graduate), IBM Australia and New Zealand

Nick Sokolich

Nick Sokolich

Global VP Sales, FaceMe

FaceMe’s Head of Sales, Nick Sokolich specialises in matching the needs of incredibly complex banking clients to technology solutions that impact positively, immediately and effectively on their customer experience. Previously Channel Manager for Zeacom, Nick is passionate about enterprise technology solution. He led the deployment of FaceMe’s Intelligent Digital Human Platform to several of the world’s largest banks, including UBS. The Platform is a next generation interface that combines the best customer experience influencers from both man and machine, embodying the brand of an organisation and creating significant value through emotional connection, personalisation and consistency with end-users (something that has not been able to be achieved through digital channels previously).

Miguel Carrasco

Miguel Carrasco

Managing Director & Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

A partner in Boston Consulting Group's (BCG) Public Sector Practice and Technology Advantage Office, Miguel has been with Boston Consulting Group for the last 15 years. He has worked across a wide range of industries and functions with a strong passion is working with governments to design and deliver better outcomes, more efficiently.

As BCG's global topic leader for Digital and Technology Transformation in the public sector, he established the BCG Center for Digital Government. He has supported some major e-government and service delivery programs in Australia including payments reform, myGov and service delivery reform at the Department of Human Services, ServiceNSW and digital licensing.

He has been a long-term supporter of Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships and worked with Noel Pearson's Cape York Institute on a range of policy and programs including welfare reform, literacy, and education, housing, and health.

Danny May

Danny May

CEO, Lingmo

Danny is a global AI tech entrepreneur and industry speaker who founded Lingmo - a translation technology startup business. His idea to develop a real-time language translation solution and break down the global language barrier came about after a situation in China when his passport was stolen and he had no way of communicating. Despite no formal training in the technology space, Danny has a deep understanding of AI in the translation sector and the benefits it brings to people using the technology. This has led him to develop relationships with many corporate multinationals and take the lead in mentoring them on how they can improve their business communications, as well as guide them into incorporating AI into their internal systems.

Daniel Whittle

Daniel Whittle

E-business and Customer Experience Manager, BOC Australia

Fiona Wood

Fiona Wood

Research Professor and Burn Surgeon, Fiona Wood Foundation

Professor Wood has been a burns surgeon and researcher for the past 20 years and is Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia (BSWA). She is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital (previously at Royal Perth Hospital) and Perth Children’s Hospital (previously Princess Margaret Hospital for Children), co-founder of the first skin cell laboratory in WA, Winthrop Professor in the School of Surgery at The University of Western Australia, and co-founder of the Fiona Wood Foundation (formerly The McComb Foundation). Professor Wood’s dedication to improving outcomes for burns patients and expanding the knowledge of wound healing began in 1991 when she became trained as West Australia’s first female plastic surgeon. Professor Wood’s greatest contribution and enduring legacy is her work pioneering the innovative ‘spray-on skin’ technique, which greatly reduces permanent scarring in burns victims. Professor Wood patented her method in 1993 and today the technique is used worldwide.

Katrina_Troughton

Katrina Troughton

General Manager for Sales Asia Pacific, IBM

Katrina Troughton is the General Manager for Sales Asia Pacific with significant experiencing in both creating new markets around new technology and services, developing line of business solutions, as well as leading large teams focused on continuing to support and grow existing clients across services and technology. Prior to this role, Katrina lead the Cloud and Solutions business for IBM Asia Pacific spanning all IBM’s Software, SaaS and Cloud IaaS and PaaS business.

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); additionally, she chaired the NZ Government Digital Strategy Advisory Board (2006 – 2008).

Katrina holds a BSC / BCom, with majors in Pharmacology, Physiology and Economics from Auckland University.

Cameron Alexander

Cameron Alexander

Senior Manager Lending Platforms, BOQ

Andrew Yu

Andrew Yu

IBM Developer Advocate, IBM

Jeremy Nilmeier PHD

Jeremy Nilmeier PHD

Data Scientist and IBM Developer Advocate, IBM

John Walicki

John Walicki

CTO for IoT and Global Developer Advocate, IBM

Cong Nguyen

Cong Nguyen

Developer Advocate, IBM

Jacqui Pringle

Jacqui Pringle

National Manager, Strategy, Australian Red Cross

Aditya Arora

Aditya Arora

Lead Integration Architect, WorkSafe Victoria

Aditya Arora is the Lead Integration Architect on a major program of work for WorkSafe Victoria. He has extensive experience across a breadth of IBM Integration technologies, AWS, ICP, Docker, Splunk and Security. He regularly provides input into key strategic initiatives into WorkSafe. His current involvement is in Strategy 2030 which aims at streamlining business processes for WSV in terms of licensing/inspections and premiums. As part of his role, he set up the cloud architecture and helped operationalise IBM cloud private offering running on AWS. He also helped architect the IBM Integration Layer including App Connect Enterprise and API Connect with various integration points including SalesForce, Services Vic, Experian, Paypal and more. His subsequent initiatives involve hosting the Business Automation Workflow offering, ODM and Filenet on the same platform.

Vlad Vereshchagin

Vlad Vereshchagin

Executive Manager - Digital Service, Suncorp

Vlad Vereshchagin is a digital transformation specialist with more than 10 years’ experience working on a variety of IT acceleration projects, including the development of online self-service platforms for brands like AAMI, GIO, Suncorp, Shannons, Bingle and Apia. Most recently Vlad has led a product ownership team to deliver the new mobile Suncorp App, designed to act as a single destination of service for all customers across Suncorp Group, covering all insurance and banking digital service needs. Vlad is passionate about new technology and the opportunities they present, which led him to AI and the development of the world-leading, AI-enabled digital Zero-Touch claims process at Suncorp. Vlad is a qualified Industrial Engineer, holds a cum laude MBA degree majoring in digital disruption, and is a professional ex-Air Force officer rank.

Ben Hanley

Ben Hanley

Product Manager, Australian Red Cross

Omkar Nimbalkar

Omkar Nimbalkar

VP, Client & Partner Developer Advocacy, IBM

Natasha Kojokari

Natasha Kojokari

Designer - IBM Cloud Garage, IBM

Kirsty Purcell

Kirsty Purcell

Software Designer - IBM Cloud Garage , IBM

Dragan Preocanin

Dragan Preocanin

Solution Innovation Lead APJ, ServiceNow

Dragan has 20 years’ experience in the software industry in Australia, and is currently responsible for the Solution Innovation team at ServiceNow covering the APJ region. Dragan is focused on the application of technology with human centred design techniques, and processes to drive innovation at speed in the enterprise. Prior to his current role Dragan spent many years in process automation, creating business applications and cloud service operating models for AWS and Azure; 5 years at HP in Application Quality Management working with the ex-Mercury products and 11 years in ECM including Document Management, Imaging, Records Management and Business Process Management.

Samuel Mulkearns

Samuel Mulkearns

Business Transformation Consultant (Graduate), IBM Australia and New Zealand

Andrew Haschka

Andrew Haschka

Director, Cloud Platforms, VMware Asia Pacific and Japan

Scott Barter

Scott Barter

Solution Engineer - Financial Services, Salesforce

Craig Fulton

Craig Fulton

Vice President – Executive Partner Cloud Advisory and Cloud Application & Migration Services, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Atul Desai

Atul Desai

Director Technology Solutions, Carrington Associates

Varun Vijaywargi

Varun Vijaywargi

Technical Architect, Carrington Associates

Jeff Hanlen

Jeff Hanlen

Head of AppDev Practice A/NZ, Red Hat

Paul van der Linden

Paul van der Linden

Director, outThought

The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee

The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee

MP, NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education

Dr Geoff Lee MP is the Member for Parramatta and Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education. He is committed to delivering world class skills and education for New South Wales, and he is a passionate advocate for Western Sydney and its diverse communities. Dr Lee is also the driving force behind the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to Parramatta, with more than $5 billion committed to build vital infrastructure over the next 4 years - infrastructure that will greatly improve the lives of the people of Parramatta for generations to come. Geoff was first elected as the State Member for Parramatta in 2011 and returned in 2015, This is the first time in 60 years that the State seat of Parramatta has been held by a Liberal Party member for three consecutive terms.

Paul Hutchison

Paul Hutchison

Vice President Blockchain Asia Pacific, IBM

Tom Corcoran

Tom Corcoran

Associate Principal Solution Architect, Red Hat

Tom Corcoran is an Associate Principal Solution Architect with Red Hat. He has worked for Red Hat and 3scale, its API Management acquisition, for the past 5 years throughout Europe, the US, and Australia.

Tom has over 20 years of technical experience - in Java development and delivery, as well as in pre-sales for Red Hat's Middleware and Containerisation solutions.