Speakers

  • Dr Leila Alem
    Adjunct Professor – Human-Computer Interaction, University of Technology

    Dr Leila Alem has 25+ years of experience in helping businesses transform for the Digital Future. Her expertise includes designing awards winning digital products and new customer experiences leveraging emerging technologies such as AI, Wearables, AR/ VR and MR and using Design Thinking, Lean Start-up and Agile methodologies. Her clients include Boeing, Rio Tinto, Thomson, 3M and many more , as well as Government Departments at both state and federal level. She won the 2013 NSW State innovation Award in R&D for her work with Boeing and was finalist of The Women Infotech outstanding Career Achievements Award in 2015.

    Leila has 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship, building new innovation programs and practices to drive client engagement. Her corporate entrepreneurship experience include government and consulting sector. Currently Leila is the co-founder of ArcSense, a wearable tech start-up in health and wellbeing. She teaches Product Design, Innovation & Entrepreneurship  in MBAs in Australia and France and mentors tech start-ups and social enterprises.
    Leila is an Adjunct Professor in Human Computer Interaction at UTS and holds a PhD in AI. She was Principal consultant at Thoughtworks, a global innovation consulting firm, for 2 years and Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO for 23 years.

    She is a sought after keynote at international conferences on emerging technologies and innovation. Leila has 100+ publications and is the editor of books & international journals in the next frontiers of Human Computer Interaction.

  • Michael Allwright
    Head of Artificial Intelligence, Frollo

    Michael Allwright is the Head of AI at Frollo, a purpose driven fintech he joined when they launched in 2016. Mike is a data scientist and entrepreneur with 15 years’ experience - he founded "The Minerva Collective" a data for good charity and has also worked in consultancy, finance, government and neuroscience leading teams and building complex models ranging from integer programming to optimise government office space, natural language processing and recurrent neural networks in neuroscience.

  • Dr Artak Amirbekyan
    Head of Data, AI & ML, Transurban

    Dr. Artak Amirbekyan heads up Enterprise Data, AI and ML function at Transurban. He previously led AI Labs team in Commonwealth Bank as an Executive Manager. Transurban is an Australian-owned company. We build and operate toll roads in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as in Greater Washington, United States and Montreal, Canada. We’re also a technology company – we research and develop innovative tolling and transport technology that makes travel easier and safer for everyone. My team help Transurban to achieve its vision by providing data analytics and machine learning solutions that ranges from simple analytics to more complex deep learning solutions in our road infrastructure.  He has a PhD in Data Mining and worked in both industry and academia for more than 15 years in machine learning field.

  • Tiberio Caetano
    Chief Scientist, The Gradient Institute

    Tiberio is Chief Scientist of Gradient Institute. He is a machine learning researcher and leader, having worked in Brazil, Canada, France and Australia.

    He was a researcher at NICTA (now Data61) for 10 years. He has published in the premier machine learning research venues and graduated numerous PhD students, among whom are leading data scientists, researchers and academics at top universities and industry labs across Australia, the US and Europe. He co-founded Ambiata, later acquired by Australia's largest general insurer IAG, where he led the design of decision-making algorithms that have touched millions of consumers across several industries. Recently he helped establish Gradient Institute, a not-for-profit research institute focusing on Responsible AI.

    Tiberio is an Adjunct Professor at UNSW, an Honorary Professor at the ANU and an advisor for the OECD on AI.

  • Fang Chen
    Distinguished Professor & Executive Director UTS Data Science & UTS Data Science Institute, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

    Professor Fang Chen is a prominent leader in AI/data science with international reputation and industrial recognition. She is the winner the Oscars of Australian science, 2018 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science. She has created many innovative research and solutions, transforming industries that utilise AI/data science. She has helped industries worldwide advance towards excellence in increasing their productivity, innovation, profitability, and customer satisfaction.

    The transformations to industry with practical impact won her many industrial recognitions including being named as "Water Professional of The Year" in 2016. She has actively led in developing new strategies, which prioritise the organisation's objectives, and capitalise on any growth opportunities. She has built up a career in creating research and business plans, and executing with leadership and passion. In science and engineering, Professor Chen has 300+ refereed publications, including several books. She has filed 30+ patents in Australia, US, Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea, Mexico and China.

  • Gavin Dietz
    Chief Executive Officer, Wattwatchers

    Gavin Dietz is an information technologist with a history in large-scale startups including Fox & News Limited in Australia. Prior to joining Wattwatchers as CEO in 2016, Gavin was global Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the world’s largest meter manufacturer, Landis + Gyr (2005-14). He was a founder member of Bayard Capital, which purchased and merged 14 smart metering technology companies and in 2011 sold the rolled-up entity (Landis + Gyr) to Toshiba for $US2.3 billion.

    Gavin also was a founding shareholder of Mammoth Pets, now the publicly-listed Greencross Vets/Pet Barn group. Under Gavin's leadership, Wattwatchers has raised nearly $14 million in investment and grants - growing to become Australia's leading digital energy platform, with 50,000-plus Energy IoT devices in the field and commercial deployments in over 20 countries.

  • Ean Evans
    Partner, EY

    Ean Evans Partner at EY with over 20 years of industry and Consulting experience. Being a Finance Transformation and Global Business Services advisor and Project Director Ean has delivered tangible outcomes to numerous clients across Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

    Ean is EY’s Oceania Intelligent Automation Solution Leader and is a passionate advocate for innovative technologies that will improve our client’s working world and give employees time to focus on adding value.

    He specialises primarily on large-scale process optimisation initiatives utilising intelligent automation technologies (RPA, webforms, machine learning), shared services and BPO advisory, finance process optimization and enterprise-wide cost reduction.

    Ean has led 35+ successful major shared services projects across a range of industries and has run numerous projects with Logistics and Postal providers

  • Richard George
    Director of Data Science
    Faethm Pty
  • Jamila Gordon
    Chief Executive Officer and Founder
    Lumachain (Winner -Australian and New Zealand WAI Innovator of the Year 2021 and Australian and New Zealand WAI AI in Manufacturing)
  • Joanna Gurry
    Chief Data Officer & Executive General Manager, NBN Co

    Jo Gurry is a commercially focused Chief Data Officer with an outstanding track-record in banking, insurance and telecommunications sectors. She has 25 years’ experience in information technology, finance and business intelligence. Jo has held leadership roles in IT Strategy, analytics, IT Operations, program management and IT consulting at Commonwealth Bank and KPMG in London, New York and Australia.

    Jo has led the adoption of machine learning and AI methods in large companies such as IAG and nbn, building teams of several hundred experts, and driven successful transformations of data culture and capability. Jo aims to balance risk and compliance activity with strong commercial outcomes and an innovation agenda.

  • Ian Hansel
    Director
    Verge Labs
  • Leisa Hart
    Co-Founder & Director, Adaptive Change Mindset

    Leisa Hart has led large change programs across international and domestic markets in the climate change and finance industries.

    Leisa is passionate about improving organisational effectiveness by building change adaptive leaders who are ready for increased human-digital interactions.

    As an accredited ChangeFirst practitioner and brain based executive coach (NeuroLeadership Institute & IECL Level 3) she uses science-based strategies to help harness the potential of individuals and teams to deliver for organisations.

  • Aurelie Jacquet
    Chair – Standards Australia Committee on Artificial Intelligence, Standards Australia

    Aurelie is a member of the NSW Government AI Advisory Committee.

    She also works on leading global initiatives for the implementation of Responsible AI:

    • Aurelie is the chair of the standards committee representing Australia at the international standards on AI.
    • She is an expert for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and works with them on various initiatives, such as the standard on organizational governance of AI, the Ethics Certification Program, and she also leads the work stream on Dignity and Agency as part of IEEE’ s Digital Inclusion, Identity, Trust, and Agency program.

    She is a member of the European AI Alliance, the editorial board of Springer’s International Journal on AI & Ethics, and of the Australian Computer Society’s AI Ethics Committee.

    In 2021, she won the Australia-New Zealand Women in AI and the law award, and was recognised by Women in AI Ethics (WAIE) as one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics globally.

  • Noel Jarrett
    Chief Data Officer, Telstra

    Noel Jarrett is the Chief Data & AI Officer for Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications company and national brand. Noel is responsible for delivering Telstra’s:

    • data & analytics strategy,
    • data architecture,
    • data governance
    • data management, and
    • machine learning & artificial intelligence.

    With an extensive career in technology businesses in Australia & Asia, Noel’s experience spans the diverse strategic, technology, operational and cultural issues faced by a challenger greenfield start-up company through to a market leading mature business. This unique blend of skills and experience enables him to champion and execute transformational change that delivers superior business outcomes in dynamic, highly complex technology environments. His recent secondment to the Chief Information & Security Officer (CISO) Asia Pacific role for Telstra during the COVID-19 pandemic, testament to his intellectual versatility and unmatched ability to deliver accelerated operational transformation.

    Noel began his professional engineering career with Australia’s Overseas Telecommunications Corporation (OTC) managing complex projects that delivered International Telecommunications networks and facilities. At a pivotal time in the deregulation of the telecommunications industry, Noel joined Optus, the new challenger organisation. As their inaugural Queensland State Manager, he pioneered the greenfield startup of Optus’ network infrastructure, workforce and business relationships. Over the next 20 years, Noel led a number of large national and international teams in various Director roles including Fixed Core Engineering,
    Customer Provisioning and Service Assurance.

    Upon joining Telstra in 2012, Noel continued to apply his extensive experience in Director roles including Networks & Facilities, Level 3 Proactive Assurance and Customer Service Improvement. As part of the Telstra’s 2022 Strategy, Noel was appointed as its Data and Automation Solutions Executive. Noel’s role was expanded to include the development and expansion of Telstra’s big data infrastructure, machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities. As its current Chief Data & AI Officer, Noel has accountability for Telstra’s enterprise-wide data and analytics strategy, governance framework and data and analytics solutions.

    Noel completed a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Hons) at the University of Queensland, then followed this with a Post Graduate Diploma in Management at Deakin University, INSEAD (Singapore) as well as a number of Harvard short courses. By engaging with global technology leaders in Silicon Valley, Noel has further expanded his professional network. Noel is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Noel shares his enjoyment of travel, boating, music, theatre and cricket with his wife Sue and their 2 adult sons.

  • Zeeshan Javed
    Head of Media Performance and Analytics
    Foxtel
  • Angela Kim
    Head of Analytics and AI
    Teachers Health Fund
  • Kshira Saagar
    Chief Data Officer, Latitude Financial Services

    Kshira Saagar (the K is silent like in a Knight) is currently the Chief Data Officer of Latitude Financial Services and has spent 21.3% of his life helping key decision-makers and CxOs make smarter decisions using data, and strongly believes that every organisation can become truly data-driven.

    He has been consecutively recognised among the Top 10 Analytics Leaders in Australia, for 2019 and 2020. At every place he has worked, working and will work - he likes to go back to the fundamentals, asking people to ask more questions of data and being a tough taskmaster on getting actionable outcomes from data, on all possible occasions. Outside work, Kshira spends a lot of time on advancing data literacy initiatives for high school and undergrad students.

  • Angela Lam
    Chief Information Officer
    Shell Australia
  • Damian Madden
    Head of Digital Transformation , Pernod Ricard

    Damian Madden is an award-winning creative technologist with close to 20 years of experience. Throughout his career, Damian has driven digital transformation, customer experience and innovation projects across a range of industries globally (with a focus on Korea, China and Japan) and has worked on everything from NFTs and haptic technology to future retail and connected clothing. He specialises in the luxury and art sectors and also donates his time to help artists and arts institutions embrace digital change. He currently works as the Head of Digital Transformation for Pernod Ricard Winemakers.

  • Joanne Moss
    Independent Non-Executive Director, Ellume

    Joanne Moss is a non-executive director, chair of audit and risk committee, chair of technology and innovation committee, and member of remuneration and nominations committee in the tech space. Of note is her directorship with Ellume, an award-winning MedTech company that develops, manufactures, and commercializes high-performance, digitally connected rapid diagnostic products for health professionals and consumers. Ellume has secured major commercial partnerships for its products including with GlaxoSmithKline, Qiagen, the US Department of Defence and Department of Health Services.

    An accomplished industry representative, Joanne is a media trained corporate spokesperson, ASX100 roundtable facilitator, lecturer and international keynote speaker on innovation, emerging technology, deal strategy, stakeholder engagement, corporate governance and social responsibility.

    Joanne was previously chief legal officer, chief corporate affairs officer and privacy officer within a Fortune 500 brand. Prior to that, she was a corporate/M&A advisor and disputes lawyer within a top-tier law firm.

    Joanne has a deep understanding of the commercial drivers and pressure points of emerging tech-focused organisations to drive enterprise strategy around global commercialisation, scale up, partnerships, asset allocation and capital raising. Her prior experience in risk, governance, legal, compliance, privacy and stakeholder management allows her to ambitiously drive commercial objectives in a holistic, ethical and sustainable manner.

     

  • Dr Ian Oppermann
    NSW Government Chief Data Scientist, NSW Department of Customer Service

    Dr. Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist working within the Department of Customer Service. He is also an Industry Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).  From 2015 to 2019, Ian was also the CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC). Ian has nearly 30 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organizations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO.

    Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 4000 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, is a Fellow and President of the Australian Computer Society, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian is also president of the Australia National Committee of the IEC and president of the JTC1 strategic advisory committee in Australia.

  • Dr Debra Panipucci
    Co-Founder & Director, Adaptive Change Mindset

    Dr Debra Panipucci has been helping organisations translate changes to their strategy, structure, process and people into successful outcomes across industries such as finance, insurance, FMCG manufacturing, and superannuation.

    With a Ph.D in decision-making, Debra has a deep understanding of behaviour change which she uses to identify risks and issues holding back change, as well as how to maximise business agility and resilience.

    She has a strong focus on governance and effective processes that are needed to deliver the transition of your transformation and project without erosion of benefits.

    Debra is accredited in the Human Synergistics LSI, both Prosci and ChangeFirst methodologies, as well as a certified Executive Coach (IECL Level 2) and Graduate of the AICD.

  • Geoffrey Pidcock
    Senior Data Analyst , Atlassian

    Trained as a Materials Scientist, Geoff moved into business and then data, leading the marketing data team at Salesforce, the data and analytics function at Jayride, and now Customer Analytics projects within Atlassian. Some of Geoff's work has been featured by Google as the first Australian use case for geospatial analytics and machine learning on a global transport dataset.

    Geoff has experience in geospatial, marketing, product, and customer data science, and supports a production natural language processing and recommendation system at Atlassian.

    In his free time, Geoff loves hiking through Random Forests, and donating his skills to charities on pro-bono projects.

  • Dr Mahendra Samarawickrama
    Manager – Data Science and Analytics, Australian Red Cross

    Dr Mahendra Samarawickrama is a leader in the data science and analytics sector with rich experience across a wide range of people, cultures, technologies and governance. He is extremely passionate about empowering people, innovations, and creativity to enhance the businesses and customer experience. His experience spans across conceptualising, building and managing a variety of data science and analytics teams, systems and processes. He holds a PhD in computer science with masters of business administration (MBA) and project management (MPM). His technical skills specialised in machine learning, deep learning, telecommunication and high-performance computing. He is a graduate of the AICD (GAICD), an ACS certified professional (CP), a senior member of IEEE (SMIEEE) and an honorary visiting scholar at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). In the Australian Red Cross, he leads the data-science strategy and capability build component for social innovation, transformation and sustainability by mobilising the power of humanity.

  • Dr Nandita Sharma
    Director – Data Science, Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

    Dr Nandita Sharma is a Director in Artificial Intelligence and Automation at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). She is experienced in leading data science initiatives in government, banking, private and research industries. She has considerable understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in industry and deeply interested in educating organisations to embrace analytics and AI for enhanced success.

    She is a strong engineering professional with a PhD in AI (Australian National University) and holds numerous International publications. Her research interests are in Deep Learning, Computational Intelligence, Optimisation, Machine Learning and Natural Language Understanding.

  • Dr Rose Skandari
    Data Science Manager
    ME Bank
  • Bhavika Unnadkat
    Head of Data, Momentum Energy

    Bhavika believes in working towards a better world through data. Information Management professional with fifteen years’ experience of complex information environments spanning the full spectrum of structured data to unstructured information. Eloquent and influential communicator, adept at stakeholder management at all levels of the organisation, across multiple business lines, shared services, third parties and vendors. Proven business acumen with demonstrated results to deliver enhanced customer experience and increased business profitability. Deep technical knowledge of multiple specialisms including metadata, data warehousing, data governance, data quality, enterprise architecture, data lineage, Big Data, data analytics, and regulatory requirements.

    Bhavika is big advocate of encouraging more women in data, she mentors young girls, female who are keen in progressing their carer as data professionals. In free time, she teaches likes to read, travel and teach young kids.

  • Grant Wright
    Director - AI Platform Services, SEEK

    Grant heads the Artificial Intelligence & Product Analytics teams at SEEK; leading a team of ~150 Data Scientists, Analysts, Engineers and AI Product Managers leveraging data and AI to solve critical information problems in emplyment and education for online marketplaces across the globe. Grant brings to this role his previous experience in a range of Strategy and Operational leadership roles in SEEK’s operations across  Asia Pacific and the Americas.

    Prior to joining SEEK, Grant worked at the global management consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting for 10 years.

    Grant holds a Bachelor of Business & Bachelor of Computer and Information Science, Business Economics and Software Development from the Auckland University of Technology where he was awarded the New Zealand Computer Society Cup for top Computer and Information Sciences Graduate.

  • Dr Liming Zhu
    Research Director, Software & Computational Systems and Interim Director, Engineering and Design, DATA61 | CSIRO

    Dr/Prof. Liming Zhu is a Research Director at CSIRO’s Data61. He is also a conjoint full professor at University of New South Wales (UNSW). He is the chairperson of Standards Australia's blockchain and distributed ledger committee. His research program has more than 300 people innovating in the area of big data platforms, computational science, blockchain, regulation technology, privacy and cybersecurity. He has published more than 200 academic papers on software architecture, secure systems and data analytics infrastructure and blockchain.