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John BairdChair of the Cyber Security Advisory Council, NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
John’s passion lies in the role that technology can play in driving forward an organisation. As a technologist at heart, his career has been built on his ability to marry ICT and its broadest and most innovative applications with the needs of a business.
As CEO of Ultimo Digital Technologies, John has been instrumental in developing their world first supply chain management ecosystem UCOT, which is built on the latest IoT and blockchain technologies and provides total traceability of the supply chain in real time.
John is currently also Chairman of the Cyber Security Advisory Council of the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.
Previous roles include CTO at Deutsche Bank, VP at Credit Suisse, Technology Manager at Grant Thornton and Head of IT at Toshiba International Corporation.
John BroadbentDirector and Founder, Realise Potential
John Broadbent has become somewhat of an Industry 4 evangelist, sharing his experience with businesses of all sizes, educational institutions and various industry-focussed value-add manufacturing networks.
John has been in manufacturing for over 44 years, starting his journey as a mechanical engineering cadet in Dec 1975. He was part of a multi-factory-build team in SE Asia during the 1990s and started his 'smart factory' exploration in 1996.
He's helped local and international brands successfully incorporate smart factory concepts into multiple facilities and having experienced the substantial benefits of becoming 'smart', now provides education, consulting, leadership coaching and advisory services.
John is also an Adjunct Professor of Engineering, here at UTS.
Adam BryantHead of Technology and CTO, Oceania, Nokia
Adam Bryant bring more than 30 years of multinational experience in telecommunications, with both start-ups and established suppliers. In that time, he has worked on all generations of wireless in various roles included R&D, product management, and solution architecture.
Previously based in Singapore, Adam was intimately involved in service provider strategy across the Asia Pacific region, coordinating network architecture solutions for customers across the region. Adam is currently the Nokia Oceania CTO responsible for technology strategy across Australia and New Zealand.
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
Karen FellusFounder and Director, Karma Marketing
Karen Fellus is a successful marketing leader with over 20 years’ B2B experience delivering commercial outcomes for large corporates, including Telstra, American Express and Westpac. Her background ranges across the whole spectrum of marketing media and channel, as well as in technology and Agile practices.
As the founder of Karma Marketing, Karen’s core strength is in applying creative thinking to customer and market insights, delivering innovative solutions that drive cut-through in brand positioning and cross-channel communications, lift in advocacy and business growth.
As a keynote speaker, Karen recently shared her thoughts on content strategy at the 2019 B2B Marketing Leaders forum.
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.
Tim HerringExecutive Director, Telecommunications Association
Over 30 years experience in Telecommunications, including managing Telstra MobileNet and launching GSM in Australia, at the time Telstra’s largest project.
As a consultant, clients have included: Transurban, SmartTrans, NetComm and Link Telecommunications.
Tim is the Executive Director of TelSoc (Telecommunications Association) & Marketing Director of OAK Telecom.
He is an expert in the use of “disruptive” technology.
Geof HeydonPrinciple Consultant and Platforms Workstream Chair, Internet of Things Alliance Australia
Geof co-founded the IOT Alliance, Australia - IoTAA in 2015 and today is their principal consultant and Chair of the Platforms and Interoperability Workstream. Geof is currently working in Smart City initiatives and developing Digital 5G and IoT Strategy, Data Sharing Policy and risk analysis for local Governments with his own consultancy and with the Astrolabe Group.
He also Chairs the Australian Computer Society’s (ACS’s) Data Sharing Technical Committee and sits on the ACS Technical Board and chairs Standards Australia IoT committee and participates in their Smart City initiatives. Extensive practical executive management, innovation and consulting experience in Telecommunications, Science and the emerging digital economy, Smart Cities and Internet of Things. Experience driving and transitioning science and ideas though innovation into the market.
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.
Pradeep KhannaExecutive Director, Asia Pacific, VR AR Association
Pradeep Khanna is Executive Director Asia Pacific, Sydney Chapter President & Global Co- Chair Education for the global Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Association. Pradeep is also founding member of IEEE ICICLE X-Reality for Learning and Performance Augmentation SIG & CEO of Global Mindset
He has 30+ years of executive experience and has been a leader for IBM Australia/NZ leveraging India, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Egypt, Romania, Brazil & Argentina.
He is Adjunct Professor in Australia, Singapore & India. Pradeep is regular speaker at international conferences and in calendar year 2019 has presented in 27 international conferences all over the world. He is an acknowledged Leader in Emerging Technologies especially Virtual. Augmented and Mixed Reality and Education/EdTech.
Pradeep is on Advisory Boards of number of companies. He has MBA from AGSM (UNSW), MSc (Computer Science) from UTS & B Tech from IIT Delhi.
Barry LernerBoard memberC4 Digital
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.
David RubieChief Executive OfficerSmart Shepherd
Matthew Schultz5G Trials Project Director - Western Parkland City , NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
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
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.
Samuel StephensGeneral Manager - Wireless Technologies, NBN
Sam leads the Wireless Technology team in NBN’s Chief Technology Office. The focus is on architecture, technology trials and evolution options to develop a long-term strategy for NBN’s Fixed Wireless Access network.
Prior to this he worked for Nokia in Australia and Ericsson and Orange in the UK in a variety of roles including operations, engineering and support, system architecture and sales.
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.