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Ed AbboPresident & CTO, C3IoT
Ed Abbo is President and Chief Technology Officer at C3 IoT, which provides an AI and IoT software platform-as-a-service to power enterprise digital transformations. Mr. Abbo leads C3 IoT’s strategy and execution, including technology direction, innovation, and customer success.
Prior to C3 IoT, Mr. Abbo was Senior Vice President at Oracle Corporation, where he was responsible for its application products. Prior to joining Oracle in 2006, he was Senior Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer for Siebel Systems.
Mr. Abbo earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in "Mechanical & Aerospace" Engineering from Princeton University.
Rohit AdlakhaVP & Global Head, Wipro HOLMES and Automation Ecosystem, Wipro Limited
Rohit Adlakha heads Wipro’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation charter.
This encompasses three important levers – the Wipro HOLMES TM AI platform offerings across infrastructure, applications and business process services, 3rd party technology capabilities under the Automation Ecosystem approach, and the Automation Advisory practice that enables a people-focused, technology-agnostic automation journey mapping for clients as they embark on their digital transformation initiatives. Strengthening and building partnerships in this area through alliances, investments and acquisitions, and overseeing the global delivery and rollout of Wipro HOLMES is also a big part of Rohit’s overall portfolio.
Under his leadership, Wipro has been recognized and ranked as a ‘Leader’ for its AI, RPA and Automation capabilities by Analyst firms such as Gartner, Everest Group, Forrester, HfS Research and Nelson Hall, to name a few. Wipro has also won prestigious awards from ISG, such as ‘Challenge The Future’ Awards 2017, and in the ‘Excellence’ category at the 2017 ISG Paragon Awards which celebrate the outcomes driven by automation.
Rohit is a prominent speaker and thought leader on the AI-driven enterprise digital journey. He is a member of the FORA (Future of Operations in the Robotic Age) Council established by HfS CEO Phil Fersht. He was most recently invited to deliver sessions at leading industry events such as NASSCOM Annual Technology Conference, India Mobile Congress, Constellation Connected Enterprise 2017 and VentureBeat Summit 2017. Rohit has also been featured in the cover story ‘Driving the Enterprise Digital Journey with Wipro HOLMES’ of CIOReview magazine’s special AI edition, which recognized Wipro as one of the ‘20 Most Promising Artificial Intelligence Solution Providers’.
Since 1995, Rohit has held a number of prominent and strategic responsibilities across sales, delivery, P&L management and technology domain development that have helped shape and grow Wipro’s global services offerings. Prior to his current role, Rohit managed the go-to-market and practice development for Wipro’s Global Infrastructure Services (GIS), where he played an important role in securing a number of marquee client relationships and strategic partnerships. He has also incubated and scaled several businesses from their infancy, namely GIS Growth Markets, Wireless Applications and the Application Management Services business. Rohit is also a great people’s person, he takes keen interest in the all-round development of his team and is focused on creating the next generation of Wipro’s leaders.
Hosein AlizadehData Science Team Leader, Wesfarmers
Hosein is a PhD qualified lead data scientist who established data science team at VicSuper in 2016 and since then he helped the fund to grow by making more data driven decisions.
He has 8+ years of hands-on experience in development of commercial solutions in various industries including superannuation, telecommunication, banking, and healthcare. He has in-depth technical knowledge of data science including predictive algorithms, cluster analysis, ensemble techniques, social network analysis, text mining, and optimisation algorithms.
Hosein has also hands-on expertise in data analytics tools (Python, R, SQL, SPSS, MATLAB, Tableau) and is certified in big data analytics (Hadoop, Spark). He has also worked on various large-scale databases including customer transaction, CRM, survey, text, and social media.
He also taught data science subjects (data mining, artificial neural networks, evolutionary optimisation) in university graduate programs. He conducted multiple workshops and provided mentoring to other data scientists. He was awarded as “Elite Researcher” for his significant research achievements including 40+ papers published in outstanding data science journals and conferences since 2008. His fully commercialised innovation in segmentation received the highly commended prize of “Technology and Innovation Award” at AMSRS 2016.
Hosein’s passion is applying his knowledge and expertise on complex business problems to build creative solutions for business leaders.
Sri AnnaswamyFinancial Services Advanced Analytics, Founder and Director, Swamy and Associates
Sri is an Australian who was born and educated in India and is a leading strategy and operations specialist
Educated at India's prominent world-beating institutions with an 1% acceptance rate (the IIT and the IIM), Sri is a seasoned financial institutional M&A, strategy and Advanced-analytics advisor with work experience in Chennai, Mumbai (Bombay), London, Sunnyvale (Silicon Valley/Bay Area) and Sydney.
Sri started his career as an "old style" banker in the shipping-finance area of a large Indian financial institution (ICICI/SCICI) in Bombay and has subsequently worked with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Coopers & Lybrand), the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Elance before founding Swamy and Associates (www.swamyandassociates.com.au) to advise financial institutions and global service providers on Advanced-analytics and BPM strategies.
Sri enjoys complex strategies involving all three major components - ITO, BPO and Advanced-analytics components. He was an early mover in respect of his research of the Advanced-analytics sector and its impact on the Australian financial services sector.
In the immediate 5-year-period to 2016, he has directly advised 6 out of the top 15 financial institutions in Australia on their Advanced-analytics journeys across both banking and insurance sectors including 2 institutions at the Group CEO levels. Outside of work, Sri, an orthodox South-Indian Smartha-Brahmin ("Iyer") who hails from Kallidaikurichi, Tirunelveli (near Chennai), is also an advanced student of Yoga, Vedaanta
(Vedic philosophy at the root of Yoga), Vedic practices including the systematic chanting of mantras, the Samskrita Bhasha (Sanskrit) and related Yogic-meditation practices and taught "Vedic Mantras and Chanting" in yoga centres in Sydney for several years
Alisha BaileyHead of Digital SalesFoxtel
Sammi BhatiaCo-Founder & COO, Medius Health AI
Sammi, the COO, drives a variety of initiatives including the creation of Medius' virtual health platform and bringing the hungriest minds to work on meaningful problems.
Tim BoyleGroup Managing Partner, Blackhall & Pearl
Tim is the co-founder of Blackhall & Pearl and has had a diverse international career through senior executive and board roles with large and complex organisations including; University of Melbourne, Bankers Trust, Austock, Fidelity and COLT.
He commenced his senior career as an Executive Director with University of Melbourne before joining Bankers Trust New York as Global Chief of Staff for Risk Management.
Tim then moved to Fidelity as the Global Chief Risk Officer, before taking on the role of Executive Director for Fidelity Continental Europe. He has also completed a Doctorate on Risk, Performance and Culture.
Daniel BradbyChief Technology OfficerEliiza
Mark ChattertonCo-FounderIngenious AI
Fang ChenGroup Leader & Senior Principal Researcher Enterprise AnalyticsData61
Si ChenSenior Manager, Strategy & PartnershipsTencent AI Lab & Robotics X
David DeanMachine Learning Specialist, TAFE NSW
Dr David Dean is passionate about developing state-of-the-art machine-learning algorithms and turning them into real systems that improve the lives of everyone. He has 14 years of research and development experience with machine-learning and artificial intelligence at Queensland University of Technology, the University of Queensland, as well as a number of exciting ML health start-ups. Now working with TAFE NSW Digital, David is push the use of AI and ML to improve the learning experience for vocational training across the entirety of TAFE NSW.
Natalie FieldGM, Digital DeliveryAustralia Post
Mohadeseh GanjiData Science Research Fellow | Lead Data ScientistUniversity of Melbourne
Tim GarnseyCo-Founder and DirectorVerge Labs
Shayne HarrisHead of Technical Sales, Lenovo
Shayne Harris is the ANZ Head of Technical Sales for Lenovo Data Centre Group. A highly successful sales and business professional with more than 20 years of experience in digital industries, Shayne currently sets and manages the strategic intent of the technical sales resources for the Lenovo Data Centre Group across Australia and New Zealand. Shayne has a strong track record of achievement in complex consultative, solution-based sales. He establishes and maintains strategic relationships at Executive and C-level in a variety of industries including broadcast, digital and online, and government and enterprise. Shayne holds a bachelor of Business Management from the University of South Australia.
William JudgeHead of Social RoboticsCommonwealth Bank Australia
Jacek KowalskiChief Data Scientist, Australian Unity
Jacek has been working in academic, technical and leadership positions for over 30 years. He holds a PhD in Mathematical Statistics but his expertise also includes Statistical Learning Theory, Machine Learning and a number of ICT disciplines. Jacek worked at universities, telecommunication companies such as Telstra, finance companies such as ANZ, NAB and Liberty Financial as well as technology start-ups of which the most successful Azure Wireless Pty Ltd was acquired by Docomo NTT. Throughout most of his professional career Jacek has been involved in R&D. He published papers and holds technology patents.
At present Jacek works as the Chief Data Scientist at Australian Unity where he is responsible for building the Data Science team which operates as a centre of excellence cooperating with every business unit of the company.
Kshira SaagarHead of Analytics & Data Science, The Iconic
Kshira Saagar (Shee-Ruh Sa-Ga) has been with the Analytics/Decision Sciences industry for almost a decade now having worked across Americas, Asia, Europe and more importantly Australia. The bulk of his work has been focussed on developing solutions for the Analytics problem spaces of the Retail, Telecom and Insurance marketing departments at some of the leading Fortune 100 clients. In his other roles, he has enabled decision making through data for clients from the Media, Healthcare, Aviation, Logistics and FMCG organisations.
In his current role at The Iconic, as the Head of Analytics and Data Sciences, he's responsible for understanding and enabling data driven decision making. Previously at Datalicious & prior to that at Fairfax, he was responsible for institutionalising data-driven analytics across the company’s core competencies and building new-age analytical products for the organisation.
Adrian LetchfordSenior Data ScientistAirtasker
Thyago LiberalliGlobal Director of Artificial IntelligenceSEEK
Alex LuscombeProduct ManagerSajari
Katharine McLennanFounderWhat is Leadership
Jacqui McNamaraHead of Security ServicesTelstra
Felipe MottaGrowth ManagerC3IoT
Atul NarangFounder, CIO, COO, HashChing
Atul Narang is a serial entrepreneur, digital geek, certified project manager, trainer and the founder of HashChing. He was recognised and awarded CIO/CTO of the year at 2nd Annual Australian FinTech Awards 2017. He was also nominated as a finalist for CIO of the year at Australian Retail Banking Awards 2017. He is currently a finalist for Business leader of the year award in Indian Australian Business Community Awards being organised in October.
Prior to HashChing, Atul established his own digital agency, serving renowned clients which included Specsavers, Lexus, and Korean Tourism. His experience spans from ideation to branding, building, launching, and online marketing strategy for digital products. He is a sought after keynote speaker covering topics from digital disruption, growth hacking, AI and digital transformation. He is an adviser to the start-ups in the EdTech and InsurTech space and advise them on their product and launch strategy.
As a social non-profit initiative, Atul is a part of the advisory board at Youth Engagement and Employment Support System (YEESS), where he works closely with the board on their mentoring initiative for young entrepreneurs.
Natalie RensArtificial Intelligence Specialist, Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur
Natalie has completed a PhD in Neuroscience and is now the Artificial Intelligence Specialist for the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur. In her current role, she works on developing strategies to advance Queensland by improving the adoption of AI. She is also co-founder of Brisbane.AI, a meetup group that runs AI events and training programmes. She is particularly passionate about democratising emerging technology to enable better solutions to be created for the world's problems.
Rimon RonyChief AI Data Scientist, Local Government Association of QLD
As Sherlock’s Principal Data scientist, Rimon has been focusing on data science / analytics since 2006. His immediate past role was as the Global Principal (Chief) Data Scientist for the world’s largest building materials company, HeidelbergCement, and he has delivered numerous projects over the past 10 years utilising Artificial Intelligence
Tony SaldanhaVice President - Global Business ServicesThe Procter & Gamble Company
Kelly SlessorChief Executive Officer, Shop You
Kelly Slessor CEO and founder of Shop You is a Digital Retail Strategist specialising in mobile. Kelly began her career with British Telecom, the UK's largest telecommunications provider.
Kelly has spent her career understanding consumer behaviour, simplifying technology and designing the future based on insights and research to drive results for retailers.
Working with major clients including Westfield, Woolworths, Fairfax, Showpo, Big W, Suncorp bank, Le Specs, and LendLease right through to SMEs;
Jon StubleyManaging Director, Australia & New ZealandGumGum Visual Intelligence
Siamak TafavoghLead Data ScientistCoca-Cola Amatil
Dan TaylorGeneral Manager of Innovation, TAL
Dan Taylor leads the innovation team, including TAL’s accelerator, incubator and data lab, with responsibility for leveraging emerging technologies, such as AI, to drive transformational change across the business.
Dan has been at the frontline of corporate innovation for over 15 years, working in and with some of the world’s largest companies to establish and sustain innovation. He has developed and launched everything from digital payments technologies to engineering services, from smart home products to electric vehicle businesses, and from media ventures to telecoms tariffs.
Dan has expertise in customer-led design and in leveraging data and technology to deliver commercial growth. He is the author of The Secrets of Big Business Innovation.
Colin TimmCountry Director, Google Cloud, Australia and New Zealand
Colin Timm Country Director, Google Cloud, Australia and New Zealand Colin joined as Country Director of Google Cloud in September 2017. He has responsibility for all of Google Cloud in Australia and New Zealand, including G-Suite, Chrome and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Google Cloud is building strong momentum in Australia and New Zealand following the Australian Cloud Region launch in mid 2017 and developing a strong emerging Partner ecosystem. Colin has more than 27 years experience in the I.T Sector. Prior to Google, Colin spent almost 5 years at Telstra as Executive Director responsible for Telstra’s Enterprise business, serving its largest customers. He also served as Executive Director for Operations & Services for Telstra’s Enterprise & Government division. Colin worked at AWS where, as the Managing Director for Public Sector APAC, he helped establish their Government footprint in the region. He spent almost a decade at Microsoft, where he ran their Enterprise business in Australia for 4 years, followed by 2 years as Managing Director of their Public Sector business across APAC. Colin also spent 8 years with Sun Microsystems, managing their Banking & Finance business in Australia, as well as across various leadership roles in his 5 years with Unisys. Originally from South Africa, Colin, his wife and 3 children immigrated to Australia more than 20 years ago and are now proud Australians. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and is an avid cyclist and sports enthusiast.
Gavin WhyteHonorary Adjunct Associate, University of Technology Sydney
I am a seasoned Data Scientist, executive, leader and strategist. I am an expert in business communications, product and process design relating to DataScience space. I am an addict Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney and a Chief Data Scientist at deloitte and a machine learning specialist, I focus in Data Science models for predictive capabilities. I have worn many hats in my career - programmer, researcher, manager, strategist, technical reviewer for manning publications and DataScientist. I have a unique ability to mange multi-disciplinary projects and navigate complex challenges.
James WilsonChief Executive OfficerEliiza