Speakers


Speakers

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Luke Metcalf
Data Consultant
Alpha Zeta

Luke has been a data oriented entrepreneur since 1999. He is the publisher of NationMaster, which provides and analyses 10,000 international statistics. So far it has attracted 750 million page views globally. He founded, and did the machine learning for NetComber global forensic tool that identifies websites' coding style, which he sold to Profound Networks. He has managed data teams and more recently lent his data science and team building skills to companies such as News Corp, Monash University and now Alpha Zetta.

Dr. Eugene Dubossarsky
Chief Data Scientist
Presciient

Dr Dubossarsky is a strategic advisor in all aspects Data Analytics and has created of a number of data science and analytics communities, interest groups and professional associations. As the Director at Presciient, Dr Dubossarsky has helped organisations with team selection, training, mentoring and executive coaching for team owners and sponsors. He has a passion for big picture forecasting and data analytics and believes that analytics can benefit all businesses. Dr Dubossarsky has a B. Sc (Hons 1) in Maths/Computer Science and a Ph D. in Computing Science. and has over 20 years of experience in the Data Science field.

Peter Gray
Senior Director of Technology, Sports Practice
Dimension Data

Peter is the Senior Director of Technology for the Dimension Data Global Sports Practice. He is responsible for overseeing the strategy, design and delivery of sports technology solutions including Dimension Data's technology partnership with the Tour de France, and Team Dimension data.

Tomer Garzberg
Founder and CEO
GRONADE

Gronade is a decision sciences company which helps enterprise and government solve big challenges using a blend of data science, artificial intelligence, experiment engineering, design thinking and real world experimentation. Its art meets science, in its truest, most effective form. With intimate knowledge of the startup lifecycle and growth methodologies, Tomer is a founder and an advisor to numerous startups. Tomer regularly speaks and advises on the topics of Growth Hacking, Pespective/Lifestyle Hacking, Content and Social Media.

Paul Taylor
Distinguished Engineer
Watson Data Platform
IBM

Paul Taylor is a Distinguished Engineer in the IBM Analytics Platform development group driving advanced technology in Next Generation Analytic Platform serving the needs of data engineers, data scientists, business analysts, CDOs and developers. He has extensive experience in building advanced high scale information systems products for over 25 years as a programmer, architect, chief architect and CTO, with numerous patents granted and pending. Paul is also a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, on numerous architecture and technical promotion boards, and involved in numerous cross IBM technology initiatives.

Kieran Hagan
Technical Sales Leader, Analytics
IBM

Kieran Hagan is the IBM Analytics Technical Sales Manager for Australia and New Zealand. He leads a team of dedicated Analytics professionals and has an established background in the Data Integration space through various consulting and implementation roles. He has worked with clients worldwide in the Finance, Telecommunications, Utility and Government Services sectors. He believes passionately in the ability of information to make a difference to clients and end consumers and is an advocate for unlocking data potential.

George Ioannides
IT Consultant
St Vincent de Paul

George Ioannides is an IT professional with a proven track record in delivering effective and sustainable solutions as a consultant in the not for profit, disability and aged care industry.

George's  expertise is in client management applications where he draws on his solid technology background to deliver IT solutions to agencies and care workers to strengthen services offered in this late adopter industry.

Dr. Terry Sweeney
Watson Health Executive
IBM Asia Pacific

Originally from the UK and now based in Australia, Terry is the IBM Watson Health Leader for Asia Pacific. His particular area of focus is the use of cognitive technology and artificial intelligence in healthcare, helping to drive better outcomes for patients and citizens. Terry is recognised as a global thought leader in the health and human services industry, with over 17 years industry experience. Terry has held a number of global senior strategic health and social welfare positions in both private and public sectors. Terry was the UK Government Senior Advisor on social policy and digital strategy, leading the transformation of service delivery and technology adoption. He also headed up a social policy research global think tank, providing health and human services thought leadership. Terry is a former Director of the social health and human services technology start-up, Cúram Software. Based in Ireland, Cúram’s global presence and market leadership led to IBM acquiring the company in 2011. Terry holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cambridge University, a first class honors degree in Economics also from Cambridge University, and a Masters of Science in Business Information Technology from Newcastle University. Her Majesty the Queen honored Terry with the Most   Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG), for his service overseas in relation to his role with British Intelligence.

Melanie Butcher
Director of User
Experience
IBM

Melanie Butcher is the Program Director of the IBM Commerce UX Design Studio and serial entrepreneur. She has created and helped to create many small companies, serving as consultant, developer, development manager, product manager and many more. In all of these roles, including her current one at IBM, she strives to make design and user interaction natural parts of the development process.

Scott Verrall
Head of Data Analytics and Research
HCF

Scott is an experienced strategy and transformation professional with a special interest in data, analytics and consumer behaviour.  Scott's career began in the dark arts of IT and evolved to supporting strategy and organisational change by teaming consumer insight with data and analytics.   With over two decades of experience in Banking, Retail and Insurance industries Scott brings a rounded point of view to the topic of driving customer experiences through transformation.

Amelia Forbes
Executive - Hybrid Cloud & ITaaS Consulting Services
IBM

Amelia leads the IT as a Service Consulting Practice for IBM Global Technology Services, in Australia and New Zealand.
Amelia and her team are responsible for assisting clients to develop their “IT as a Service” strategy, and achieve their transformation objectives using IBM’s renowned methodologies and best practice.

She has deep experience in large scale IT / Digital Transformation projects and the deployment of complex Hybrid Cloud Management services across several industry sectors.

Amelia is passionate about an holistic approach to the deployment of disruptive technologies, ensuring that both the business and technology objectives are aligned. Amelia regularly works with CIOs and Senior IT Leaders in applying these methods.

Amelia has over 15 years of experience across multiple IT domains, Digital, Multimedia, Software Development, Usability, Project & Program Management along with Business Process Transformation and Lean Process Reengineering.

James Gumley
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Level35

James realised early on in his career that technology and data can make managing change much easier in projects if used effectively in the human context.  Project management is essentially a human discipline and people can do amazing things when they come together with a common goal, respect for each other and equipped with the right collaboration and communications tools.

A mechanical engineer turned management consultant with more than 20 years experience gained from the UK to Australia, James has delivered demanding programs and projects for clients in both public and private sectors.

It must be the engineer in him that drives the need to continually build and innovate. As Co-Founder of Melbourne-based software developer Level35, he’s helping build the world’s first Cognitive Project Portfolio Management platform – OneViewPPM.  The cloud based application provides all program and project management delivery and reporting requirements, while Watson technologies are used to identify links between data sets not easily seen, providing early warning signs to avoid project risks.

Tanmay Bakshi
Watson Developer, Algorithm-ist, Author, TEDx Speaker & IBM Champion

BIO: Tanmay Bakshi, 13, Software & Cognitive Developer, Honorary IBM Cloud Advisor, and the author of “Hello Swift!”, shares his knowledge through his YouTube at “Tanmay Teaches”, and is the host of the IBM Facebook Live Series, “Watson Made Simple with Tanmay”. He is on a mission to help at least 100,000 aspiring coders learn coding, innovate through open-source coding, and take coding to the next level - AI and Cognitive. He’s been using Cognitive Computing, Cloud Computing, and IoT, to augment human capabilities in the fields of Healthcare, Special Needs, Education, Teaching, Music, Business and Security.

Jeremy Hubbard
Head of Digital & Technology
UBank

Jeremy is a delivery focused leader who has more than 18 years experience delivering digital strategy and solutions in Australia, China and the United Kingdom across software and financial service companies. Currently responsible for all things digital at UBank, Jeremy has played a key role in the development and deployment of UBank’s digital and financial products since 2008. He also managed and implemented UBank’s market leading digital mortgage capability which was deployed in 2011.

Dr. Chitra Dorai
IBM Fellow and a Master IBM

Chitra is responsible for Cognitive Solutions and Services in IBM's Global Business Services as its CTO. She has received numerous awards and recognition both externally and at IBM for her groundbreaking research and client-facing work in Banking, Financial Markets and Media & Entertainment industries over the last twenty-five years. She was a recipient of IBM’s highest honor in 2011, the Gerstner Award for Client Excellence, was recognised as an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2012, and was appointed as an IBM Fellow, the company's highest technical honor in 2015. Her work on customer focused analytics in mortgage servicing helped thousands of struggling home owners through home ownership retention programs during one of the most challenging times in the history of the U.S. housing market. In 2014, Chitra received the Tamil American Pioneer Award for Excellence in Finance and Business from the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America.

Chitra graduated from IIT Madras with an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and received her Ph.D. in Computer Science at Michigan State University with the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award. She has co-authored 100+ technical papers in IEEE and ACM conferences and journals, edited a book and received 5 best paper awards at international conferences. She is also the co-inventor of more than 45 patents and has been recognized as a Master Inventor thrice. Chitra is frequently interviewed on a wide variety of topics from cognitive computing, Big Data, social media analytics to mortgage risk management and continuous process improvement.

Leith Donaldson
CTO and Co-Founder
Gavl

Leith has been responsible for developing Gavl Live Auctions from initial concept through to global release. With over 15 years of successful experience in engineering roles spanning from avionics to Formula 1, Leith thrives on architecting digital solutions.

Throughout his career he has championed technological change amongst the largest of companies, with highlights including the development of an internationally recognised avionics program utilised by Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar.

Timothy Mannah
Head of Digital
Servian

At the cutting edge of the digital user experience, and as one of IBM's primary partners in the IBM Watson and Bluemix technology arena, Servian is first and foremost a data driven technology company. Research and Development plays a vital role in Servian’s Digital practice and as a result they are integrating IBM Watson to their services offerings.

Tim has held executive technology roles at some of Australia’s key blue chip companies, and has led his Servian team on major projects with Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, Macquarie Bank, Bank of NZ, Optus, Lend Lease and Woolworths UBank and NAB.

Ricky Sutton
CEO
Oovvuu

Ricky is founder and CEO of Oovvuu, a leader in using artificial intelligence to match video to billions of viewers worldwide.

Oovvuu is trusted by 70 broadcasters and its pioneering work in AI led to it becoming an IBM global entrepreneur earlier this year.

Ricky is a former journalist and war correspondent, now father and surfer, who has worked in the UK, US and now lives in Sydney.

Hugh Riminton
Journalist,
Foreign Correspondent
and Television News Presenter

Few Australians have seen more of the world or witnessed more momentous events than Hugh Riminton.

He has reported from some 50 countries. He has covered every major military engagement by Australian Defence Forces since 1990, including Somalia, Rwanda, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He has interviewed every Australian Prime Minister since Gough Whitlam, regularly clashing heads on programs like the Nine Network’s NIGHTLINE, and TEN’s MEET THE PRESS. In one interview for CNN, he made Colin Powell, the former US Secretary of State, cry.

Wherever there has been big news, Hugh has been on the frontline, for CNN, Channel Nine and Network TEN. He has been blown up, shot at, thrown in jail, and threatened with deportation. He once bought 876 slaves from African traders, to set them free.

Throughout it all, he has maintained the sense of humour and perspective that has seen him a regular host of TEN’s alternative news show THE PROJECT, and as an in-demand guest on THE CHASER’S MEDIA CIRCUS and AM and FM radio.

He has won every Australian journalism award worth winning, as well as the prestigious DuPont-Columbia Award in New York, and the Asian Television Award (twice) for Best News Program in Asia as presenter of CNN TODAY.

His memoir “MINEFIELDS: A LIFE IN THE NEWS GAME” is due out this year through Hachette.

He tweets @hughriminton.

“All news is about change,” says Hugh. “And the changes are getting faster. So strap in.”

Ian Jackman
Head of Customer Voice
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Ian has a dual degree in Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Melbourne, and a Diploma in Project Management.  Before joining Bendigo and Adelaide Bank in 2009, Ian spent 15 years in industry and consulting roles across project management, business strategy, information management and customer experience.  This included working within and supporting large companies such as Orica, Pitcher Partners, Telstra Super, Medibank, RACV, and VicRoads amongst others, and 3 years working in London for ICI.

 Drawn to its customer centred culture, Ian joined the Bank to initially work on, and subsequently lead as Program Director, the implementation of an enterprise CRM platform, single customer view and customer master data solution.  In early 2014, Ian moved into the role of Head of Customer Insights, evolving the enterprise capabilities around customer analytics.  In late 2015, Ian became the Head of Customer Voice reporting into the Chief Customer Officer and responsible for customer feedback management, customer analytics and insight, voice of customer, and market research.

Ian’s particular passion and focus is around leveraging customer voice, data, technology, and people to deliver exceptional customer experiences and outcomes .  Based in the Macedon Ranges in regional Victoria with his family of 3 daughters, Ian works predominantly out of the Bendigo and Melbourne offices.

Chris Howard
Associate Partner,
Digital Strategy
IBM

Chris Howard holds the position of CTO Digital Strategy within IBM's consulting services, based in Sydney, Australia. Chris draws on his 20+ years of experience, creating and delivering complex technology solutions, to driving transformative digital strategies through the exploitation of emerging technologies, masses of data and leveraging agile / dev-ops practices.

In his previous role, Chris held the position of Technical Leader & Chief Architect for Big Data and Analytics at IBM Asia Pacific. In this position, Chris gained extensive experience in delivering data driven solutions for clients across the region with a heavy focus across data strategy, data monetization, big data platforms, real-time / continuous analysis, advanced analytics / Cognitive and Internet of Things applications.

Prior to moving to Australia, Chris was jointly responsible for defining the strategy and leading the early stage incubation of several IBM missions including IBM Smarter Cities Technology Centre, EMEA Stream Computing Centre, EMEA Cloud Lab, and the Dublin Innovation Centre.

He is passionate about innovative and emerging technology, enjoys taking on a client challenge, and still likes to get his “hands dirty”.

Jacqueline Korhonen
General Manager
Global Technology Services (GTS)
IBM

Jackie commenced her career as an engineer at IBM, and progressed from a technical customer service role to become a Vice President. Her career has taken her across the globe, building partnerships with clients across Australia, Singapore, China, and more.

Prior to her return to IBM in 2016, Jackie held senior leadership positions as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SMS Management & Technology, an ASX listed Consulting and IT Services company; and Senior Vice President and Country Head Australia/New Zealand for Infosys, an $8 billion global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing.

Jackie is a University of Sydney alumna, receiving dual degrees in Science and Engineering. She completed studies at Harvard Business School and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jackie previously served on the board of SMS Management & Technology and also served as a national board member for the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak body representing the IT industry in Australia.

She lives in Sydney with her husband and son. She is a keen runner and enjoys hitting the slopes and skiing during the winter.

Mark Ebeling
CTO, Financial Services Industry
Distinguished Engineer
IBM

Mark is responsible for delivering technical strategy and innovation to finance industry clients.

As a technology leader, architect practitioner and mentor, Mark has established a track record delivering new technology in the finance industry for more than 28 years. Mark's broad experience has enabled the pragmatic application of technology, addressing business challenges for his clients in Australia and around the globe.

Mark is leading the development of blockchain standards with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology technical committee. Mark is an active mentor in the Fintech ecosystem.

Mark currently chairs the Financial Services group within the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and has published thought leadership papers on technology themes including: The role of data, Customer Service in a digital bank and blockchain. Mark is an invited speaker on blockchain topics at The Australian Trade Forum, The International Blockchain Conference Sydney and the FIX trading Community FIX conference.

Danny May
Founder and CEO
Lingmo International

As a student who was always fascinated with how things work, Danny originally commenced his career as a plumber and soon after became involved with the design, development and distribution of a purpose-built solar system for the Australian and Asian markets. It was during that time on a work-related trip overseas when he experienced a particularly frustrating translation experience, that the concept for Lingmo was born. Inspired to create a better application than was currently available, over the last four years Danny has dedicated his time to leading the development of the technology and through his current role of CEO, now oversees a growing team of developers and business specialists, as he continues to drive the company to realise its enormous global potential.

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