Chris AlthausChief Executive Officer, Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association
Chris was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) in 2005.
AMTA is the peak industry organisation representing Australia’s mobile telecommunications sector and operates programs covering all aspects of the mobile ecosystem such as telecommunications policy, mobile network infrastructure, radiofrequency spectrum, health & safety, product stewardship / e-waste and recycling, national security, content regulation and consumer awareness & education.
Prior to joining AMTA, Chris held Chief Executive roles with leading national industry associations representing the Australian road transport and logistics industry and the Australian forests and forest products sector.
Chris has a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University; Graduate Diploma in Economics from the University of Canberra; and Business Administration Diploma from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Iain CollingsDeputy Dean, School of Engineering, Macquarie University
Iain has over 20 years’ experience in research, development and teaching.
He has held positions of: Head of Department and Professor of Engineering at Macquarie University; Deputy Chief of Division at CSIRO; Research Director and OCE Science Leader of the Wireless and Networking Technologies Laboratory at the CSIRO ICT Centre; Associate Professor at the University of Sydney; Lecturer at the University of Melbourne; and Research Fellow in the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Sensor Signal and Information Processing.
He has published over 300 research papers in the area of wireless communications, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.
David CooperHead of Networks, 5G & IoT, Ericsson Australia
As Ericsson’s local Head of Networks, David’s role is to work closely with our customers to ensure their networks are sufficiently agile and scalable to adapt to the dynamic requirements placed upon them.
David maintains a keen interest in nascent technologies and looks to understand how they will likely impact or disrupt existing industry sectors. David sits on a number of industry boards and committees, including the federal government 5G advisory board and the IOT standards alliance.
David has over 20 years of telco experience and has worked in a variety of engineering and sales roles in the UK, Africa and Singapore as well as Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. David has an MBA from Liverpool Business School (UK) and BENG (Hons) in Electronic and Computer Engineering from Bradford University (UK). He has also completed the Ericsson Executive Program at Boston University (USA).
Maurie DobbinManaging DirectorTeleresources Engineering
Amanda FinnisGeneral Manager – Information, Digital and Cyber, Coliban Water
Dinesh GanwaniHead of Mobile Networks – Oceania, Nokia
As the Head of Mobile Networks for Oceania, Dinesh oversees Nokia’s Mobile Networks business in the region, which includes the key markets of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Dinesh has over 14 years of telecommunications industry experience across emerging and developed markets. He has a proven track record of increasing sales, brokering landmark deals, expanding market share, building investment plans and influencing C-level executives to evolve their networks to 5G.
Prior to moving to Sydney, Dinesh served as the Head of Sales for Mobile Networks in Middle East West, where he introduced CAT16 and CAT18 technologies, crucial to 5G development in the region. Previously, he also undertook various sales and business development roles for the company, focusing on the Middle East and Africa regions.
Dinesh holds a Bachelor of Electronics Engineering from the Thadomal Shahani Engineering College in Mumbai. He later obtained a Masters in Telecom Engineering from La Trobe University in Melbourne before completing an Executive Program in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
Julian GormanHead of Asia Pacific region , GSMA
Julian is the Head of Asia Pacific for the GSMA, leading a highly experienced cross functional team inthe execution of GSMA programs across the regions. He is a global telecommunications executive with over 20 years of commercial and marketing experience across Wholesale, Business, Regulatory, Policy and Digital Transformation.
He has pioneered new digital partnerships and business units in mature and emerging markets across Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia with industry leaders including Vodafone, MTN and Ooredoo. As advisor to management executive teams and Boards he has extensive insight and relationships to support collaboration and delivery of industry alignment.
He has been recognised for his leadership in digital innovation, digital women, health and agricultureservices with industry awards and grants. Julian has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Law from Australia.
Salil KanhereProfessor - Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW
Salil Kanhere is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW Sydney. He is also a conjoint researcher at CSIRO's Data61 and a participating researcher in the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre. He has held visiting appointments at Technical University Darmstadt, University of Zurich, Graz University of Technology and Institute of Infocom Research Singapore.
His research interests include Internet of Things, blockchain, cyber physical systems, applied machine learning and cybersecurity. His research has been featured in various media outlets including ABC News Australia, The Conversation, Forbes, IEEE Spectrum, Wired, ZDNET, Computer World, Medium and MIT Technology Review. He serves as the Editor in Chief of the Ad Hoc Networks Journal and as Associate Editor of Pervasive and Mobile Computing and Computer Communications journals. He is a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship and is an ACM Distinguished Speaker.
Mike KhanExecutive Director, Australian Taxation Office
Mike has over thirty years of senior management experience in the Australian Public Service. He currently holds an Executive Director, Business Transformation Team role with the Australian Taxation Office.
Technology is developing exponentially creating new opportunities to reach and connect customers, and generating opportunities for considerable cost savings and efficiencies. Digital technologies today are swiftly disrupting the existing business models. Digital transformation remains a major issue for private and public sector organisations globally. With this in mind, Mike continues to ensure that learnings and best practice from private and public sector transformation journeys are identified to assist the ATO to redefine value add, become more client centric and make it easier to transform the organisation.
Mike is a prolific writer on digital transformation. He is a sought after speaker because of his ability to bring a unique perspectives from his expertise in intelligent automation, change management, customer centricity, organisational development, process transformation, capability development, knowledge development, performance improvement and risk management.
Robert MatchettFounder and Co-CEO, ENE.HUB
Robert Matchett is an Industrial Designer, founder and Co-CEO of ENE.HUB. Robert has more than 25 years' experience in the Design and Delivery of Smart City Infrastructure. He is responsible for delivering outcomes for Cities that balances the commercial, technological and infrastructure requirements of our increasingly complex urban environments. Robert has overseen the delivery of a range of public realm projects with a strong focus on Smart Cities. His attention to detail, intent on achieving timelessness and embracing of innovative solutions has contributed to award winning results for a wide range of his clients.
Shaun NewtonSenior Solutions Manager – Telecommunications, BAI Communications Australia
Shaun has spent the last three years building out Cellular and Wi-Fi deployments in the NYC subway. He has over 18 years’ experience in the communications industry including Broadcast, Public Safety, Transit and Telecommunications segments.
David RubieChief Executive OfficerSmart Shepherd
Matthew SchultzPresident , Australian Smart Communities Association
Matthew Schultz is internationally recognised as a Smart City expert and Digital and Data Transformation practitioner. He has extensive experience and leadership expertise in telecommunications connectivity, city data, internet of things and spatial visualisation and analysis of data.
An accomplished and experienced executive with over 24 years of experience, Matthew has deep expertise and expert knowledge in the Information Technology, Telecommunications, Digital Economic Development, Geospatial and Civil Engineering fields covering leadership, management, consulting, and technical roles.
In recent years Matthew led the establishment of the award-winning Fire Station 101 (www.firestation101.com.au), the 1st fully funded local government Innovation and Startup Hub in Australia and currently oversees the award winning Ipswich Smart City Blueprint and Implementation Plan, which seeks to entrench Ipswich as Australia’s most progressive Smart and Connected City.
Matthew is also National President of the Australian Smart Communities Association, a rapidly growing Australian peak industry association for Smart Community, Broadband and Digital Economic Development with members across Australia and New Zealand. He is also an inaugural Board Director of Open Data Australia, a member of Open and Agile Smart Cities Australia, Standards Australia IT042 Internet of Things Standards Development Committee and Standards Australia Smart City Standards Development Committee.
In addition, Matthew has also positioned Ipswich City as a Top 7 worldwide Intelligent Community for 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Rocky ScopellitiFuturologist, Author and Board Director, Youthquake 4.0
Rocky Scopelliti is a world-renowned futurologist. His pioneering behavioural economics research on the confluence of demographic change associated with Millennials, and digital technology, have influenced the way we think about our social, cultural, economic and technological future. His new world-first book ‘Youthquake 4.0 – A Whole Generation and The New Industrial Revolution’ was launched globally and available in Chinese, Indonesian, Korean and Vietnamese languages.
As a media commentator, his unique insights have featured on SKY Business News, The Australian Financial Review, ABC Radio National, The Economist, Forbes and Bloomberg. As an international keynote speaker, his presentations have captivated audiences across Asia Pacific, the USA and Europe including Mobile World Congress. As a thought-leader, over 150 boards and leadership teams, including Fortune 100 corporations, seek his advice each year on strategy.
Easwaren SivaGeneral Manager Technology StrategyVodafone
Dr. David SoldaniChairman / Adjunct ProfessorIMDA Taskforce (Singapore) / UNSW
John StantonChief Executive Officer, Communications Alliance
John Stanton is a seasoned communications industry executive with more than 25 years of experience, who joined Communications Alliance as CEO in early 2010.
John is also a member of and former Chairman of the Executive Council of the IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) – a collaboration of more than 200 companies and stakeholders from academia, Government and the consumer sector, dedicated to harnessing the opportunities of the Internet of Things for the Australian economy.
From 2006-2009 John was Chief Executive Officer of ASX and NZX-listed telecommunications carrier, People Telecom. Under his leadership, People Telecom became profitable and was recognised as Australia’s Best Regional Service Provider in the Australian Telecom Awards 2007. In early 2009 the Company was sold to M2 Telecommunications.
Prior to that Mr Stanton was a senior executive with Intelsat, the largest provider of fixed satellite services worldwide. Based in the UK from 2001-2005, he was President and Director of Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing and of the Data, Carrier and Internet Business Unit. Mr Stanton also spent two years in the US with Intelsat as Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 1999-2001.
Mr Stanton joined Telstra in 1992 following the merger with OTC, where he was Manager of Public Affairs. From 1992-1999 Mr Stanton held a number of roles with Telstra, including Managing Director of Payphones and Card Services and General Manager, Americas & Satellite Arrangements. From 1996-1997 he was Chairman of the Intelsat Board.
In his early career, Mr Stanton worked as a political journalist for The Australian newspaper and as a press secretary and adviser to the Australian Minister for Telecommunications and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Harvey WrightHead of 5G, Optus
Harvey is a senior strategy and product marketing professional with 20 years of experience in the Tech/Media/Telco sectors and an international career spanning the UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia. Harvey is currently Head of 5G, responsible for the 5G portfolio and commercialisation of the 5G Fixed Wireless Access proposition.