Sydney Keynote Speakers

Bio: Eric Schnatterly is the Vice President of IBM’s Cloud & Cognitive Software business across Australia & New Zealand. In this role, Eric leads a team of sales, technical, and service delivery professionals, who are committed to helping clients navigate their Journey to Cloud; and supporting hybrid, multi-cloud deployments, leveraging Open standards and IBM’s industry leading portfolio of security software and services.

Bio: Andy Walls is Chief Architect and CTO for IBM’s Flash Systems Division. He is also an IBM Fellow, IBM’s most prestigious Honor. Andy is a pioneer in enabling MLC and then TLC flash into the enterprise and has developed an infrastructure for servers and storage which achieves the highest performance while still providing the endurance and availability that the enterprise and data center require. Known as an innovator, he has applied for or filed over 130 patents.

Bio: Jako joined Australia Post in 2008 and now heads up Applications within the Corporate Portfolio including Design, Build and Run of applications. Prior to Australia Post, Jako has lead a number of Global SAP transformation programs with leading roles on multiple projects across Australia, Japan, and Poland.

Bio: André deSouza is the Institute Business Manager at the Harry Butler Institute – Murdoch University. He is passionate about finding better ways to manage environmental issues and looks for opportunities to use emerging technologies where possible, in improving processes and increasing confidence, in protecting biodiversity.

Bio: Homer Ahr is a self-taught computer programmer who graduated from St. Mary’s after earning a degree in Mathematics and Physics in June, 1968, Summa Cum Laude. He immediately joined IBM and a year later was on the console in Mission Control for Apollo 11—the mission that landed the first man on the moon. The next year, he was a maneuver control operator in Mission Control for Apollo 13 and a part of the team that managed to safely bring the damaged craft back to Earth. The team earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award from President Richard Nixon for their efforts. From the book, “Ahr is living proof of how a team of intelligent, devoted human beings can pull off just about anything.”