Chief Judge

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Steve Godbee

Steve Godbee leads IBM’s CIO team in Australia and New Zealand. His business career has spanned over 35 years, performing local, regional and global roles, while living in Australia and in the USA. 

Steve is passionate about engaging with business leaders and users from across the business; to understand their dynamic and challenging business needs; to share his transformation and digital agendas; and to solicit feedback for growth and continuous improvement. He is committed to leading his team to utilize Agile and Design Thinking principles and practices to deliver capabilities that enable people to perform their work anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

Steve is regularly engaged by business units, clients, industry organisations and universities, for his expertise and experience in areas such as Leadership, Business Transformation, Digital Transformation, Agile Workplaces, Cloud, Mobile, Security and Cognitive Business.  While Steve recognises the role that technology plays as a catalyst for both Business and Digital transformation, he is always keen to stress the vital roles that Process and Culture play in effective transformation. 

Steve is active in promoting the advancement of ICT as a profession, both in Australia and Internationally. Steve is also a member of a number of industry and academic advisory groups, and is involved in mentoring students and leaders of the future. 

Steve is a Fellow of the ACS, and holds a degree in Computing Science from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Deputy Chief Judge

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Ian Oppermann

Dr. Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist and CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre. Ian has 25 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organisations 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 3500 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 Vice 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.

Chief Judge

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Steve Godbee

Steve Godbee leads IBM’s CIO team in Australia and New Zealand. His business career has spanned over 35 years, performing local, regional and global roles, while living in Australia and in the USA. 

Steve is passionate about engaging with business leaders and users from across the business; to understand their dynamic and challenging business needs; to share his transformation and digital agendas; and to solicit feedback for growth and continuous improvement. He is committed to leading his team to utilize Agile and Design Thinking principles and practices to deliver capabilities that enable people to perform their work anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

Steve is regularly engaged by business units, clients, industry organisations and universities, for his expertise and experience in areas such as Leadership, Business Transformation, Digital Transformation, Agile Workplaces, Cloud, Mobile, Security and Cognitive Business.  While Steve recognises the role that technology plays as a catalyst for both Business and Digital transformation, he is always keen to stress the vital roles that Process and Culture play in effective transformation. 

Steve is active in promoting the advancement of ICT as a profession, both in Australia and Internationally. Steve is also a member of a number of industry and academic advisory groups, and is involved in mentoring students and leaders of the future. 

Steve is a Fellow of the ACS, and holds a degree in Computing Science from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Deputy Chief Judge

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Ian Oppermann

Dr. Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist and CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre. Ian has 25 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organisations 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 3500 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 Vice 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.

Lead Judges

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Susan Andrews

Susan has spent the past 20+ years serving the ICT industry in South Australia with roles in the Department of State Development, Department of Industry & Innovation and Innovate SA - in particular with the Growing Global Companies program that made a significant contribution to the development of many ICT companies in SA. Her passion is to assist the growth and commercial success of innovative ICT companies led by focused entrepreneurs.

From 2012 - 2017 Susan developed and managed the ICT Roadmap for Minerals and Energy project for the South Australian government with a team from the CSIRO, Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and Deloitte. The Roadmap identified specific opportunities to develop the SA’s mining and petroleum sectors through innovative ICT. Over a six year period Susan managed 10 ICT collaborative innovation projects involving remote control, big data, cloud based environmental compliance platforms, real-time data analysis from remote drill sites, predictive analytics, machine learning and AI - all identified as important opportunities for the minerals and energy sectors.

Susan was the South Australian ICT Woman of the Year in the 2013 iAwards. She has served as a national panel lead judge for the Digital Disruptor and iAwards for a number of years and is the South Australian Chair for the Pearcey Foundation's ICT Entrepreneur Awards.

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Jo Stewart-Rattray

Jo has over 25 years’ experience in the IT field some of which were spent as CIO in the Utilities space, and 19 in the Information Security arena. She underpins her information technology and security background with her qualifications in education and management.

She specialises in consulting in technology issues with a particular emphasis on governance in both the commercial and operational areas of businesses. Jo provides strategic advice to organisations across a number of industry sectors including banking and finance, utilities, manufacturing, tertiary education, retail and government.

Jo has chaired a number of ISACA’s international committees including the Board Audit & Risk Committee, Leadership Development and Professional Influence & Advocacy.  She is currently serving as an Elected Director on ISACA’s international Board of Directors and is Chair of its global women’s leadership initiative, SheLeadsTech. 

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Beau Tydd

With over 20 years technology experience in various sectors and countries Beau Tydd is seen as a leader in disrupting and changing organisations.  His last role for QLD Airports combined his passion for organisation development where he led both the Technology and People (HR) teams on a journey of discovery.  He subsequently created an Innovation framework that continued his desire to change companies from the inside while strongly advocating to create and develop meaningful partnerships with Universities and the Startup community. 

Since his last role he has taken several advisory roles including his latest at Bloxian, a revolutionary Blockchain company.

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Arnold Wong

Arnold Wong has enjoyed a long and successful professional career in the ever evolving ICT services industry for over 30 years. He has developed extensive strategic leadership, general management, customer service, and business development skills in diverse industries, including technology, education, healthcare, and resources in public and private sectors across Australia, Asia, Europe and Americas. A Fellow of ACS, he serves as National Treasurer on the ACS Management Committee and is a member of the Branch Executive Committee in Western Australia. Arnold is the Information Services Manager at the Pilbara Ports Authority and has served as a member of the WA Government CIO Council and chaired the Conference Logistic Committee for the World Wide Web (WWW) 2017 Conference and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute Company Director (GAICD)."

Panel Judges

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Christopher Baker

Christopher is a Service Delivery Manager of Corporate and Casino Systems he has come from a solution architect and software engineering background, he has a great passion for technology and likes getting his hands dirty. He has extensive knowledge in hospitality, mining, manufacturing, transport, emergency management and gaming industries. Christopher studied at the University of Tasmania and in his spare time he is involved with various technology user groups in his home state of Tasmania.

 

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Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk

Eva has had an international career in the technology sector spanning Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, and as a senior public servant is responsible for providing strategic leadership for and delivery of technology, digital and cyber security services for South Australian agencies, citizens and businesses. These critical services enable service transformation and delivery of South Australia Government’s priorities to drive economic benefit to businesses, build better public services, lower costs for families and keep South Australians safe.

Prior to this role, Eva was State Director for Microsoft South Australia. Eva has a PhD in innovation and entrepreneurship from the University of Adelaide, and has key governance and advisory roles within SA Government, as well as being a Director for Novita and the History Trust of South Australia.

To improve diversity within the technology sector, Eva is Founder and Chair of HerTechPath Inc., a community of women working in the technology sector in South Australia who deliver briefings to high schools to inspire girls to consider careers in this disruptive, exciting and important sector.

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Dr Michael Blumenstein

Michael Blumenstein is currently a Professor and the Associate Dean (Research Strategy & Management) as well as the Head of the School of Software at the University of Technology Sydney. He formerly served as the Head of the School of Information and Communication Technology at Griffith University, and earlier as the Dean (Research) in the Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology Group. 

Michael is a nationally and internationally recognised expert in the areas of automated Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence, and his current research interests include Marine Life and Shark Detection from Video Imagery, Document Analysis, Video-based/multi-lingual Text Detection and Signature Verification. He has published over 200 papers in refereed books, conferences and journals. His research also spans various projects applying Artificial Intelligence to the fields of Engineering, Environmental Science, Neurobiology and Coastal Management.

Michael has secured internal/nationally competitive research grants to undertake these projects with funds exceeding AUD$4.5 Million. Components of his research into the predictive assessment of beach conditions have been commercialised for use by local government agencies, coastal management authorities and in commercial applications.

Following his work in applying Artificial Intelligence to the area of bridge engineering (where he has published widely and has been awarded federal funding), he was invited to serve on the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering’s Working Commission 6 to advise on matters pertaining to Information Technology. Michael was the first Australian to be elected onto this committee.

In addition, Michael is currently an elected member of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) NSW Council and is also Director of the Australian Computer Society’s Technical Advisory Board. He was previously the Chair of the Queensland Branch of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Computational Intelligence Society. He was also the Gold Coast Chapter Convener and a Board Member of the Australian Computer Society's Queensland Branch Executive Committee. He is a past Chairman of the IT Forum Gold Coast and a former Board Member of IT Queensland.

Michael has served on the Australian Research Council's (ARC) College of Experts on the Engineering, Mathematics and Informatics (EMI) panel. In addition, he previously served on the Executive of the Australian Council of Deans of Information and Communication Technology (ACDICT). Michael currently serves on a number of Journal Editorial Boards and has been invited to act as General Chair, Organising Chair, Program Chair and/or Committee member for numerous national/international conferences in his areas of expertise.

In 2009 Michael was named as one of Australia’s Top 10 Emerging Leaders in Innovation in the Australian’s Top 100 Emerging Leaders Series supported by Microsoft. Michael is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

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Wendy Bryant

Wendy Bryant joined the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in 2017 and is currently the Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining the ATO, Wendy held roles as the Chief Information Officer at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and Senior Executive at IBM.

During her career, Wendy has managed large teams delivering IT services across Australia and Asia Pacific, and has spent time working in London.

Wendy is passionate about encouraging more girls to be interested in technology careers and is involved with a Sydney-based group, Supporting Women in Technology, helping with this challenge.  

Wendy holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and a Master of Economics.

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Richard Buckland

Professor Richard Buckland is the Director of First Year Experience at UNSW.  Richard heads the highly successful cyber security education at the University of New South Wales Sydney and leads SECedu  the joint UNSW/CBA Security Engineering Capability initiative.   He is also Grand Challenge Visiting Professor in Cyber Security at Taylor’s University Malaysia, and Visiting Professor in Online Education at the National University of Malaysia.

Richard has a passion for open education and for empowering students to love learning. His work as an educator has been recognised at national and international level across several disciplines including being named the 2008 Australasian Engineering Educator of the Year and the 2013 Australian ICT Educator of the Year.  He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including from the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

For a number of years Richard was the most watched Australian educator on the internet. His online lectures have had millions views on YouTube and iTunes. He ran the first Australian MOOC and is co-founder of OpenLearning.com Australia’s first and leading open MOOC platform whose motto is to delight and inspire students. He speaks regularly in the media about issues in security and in education.  Richard is a frequent keynote speaker at both education and security conferences and tries to combine curiosity, kindness and community to inspire students to want to learn and change themselves

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Warren Cammack

Warren supports a variety of customers to leverage the value of the cloud at scale, his focus is on identifying and overcoming blockers to adoption. This typically involves working with senior stakeholders to determine how to transform the organization in order to implement a new operating model. He is part of the global enterprise transformation and financial services practices within AWS.

Prior to AWS Warren was a General Manager at Commonwealth Bank of Australia and was accountable for the digital transformation of a subsidiary bank in Vietnam. He was also involved in a number of other large transformation programs within the main Australian bank.

Warren holds a bachelors of Computing & Management from the University of Leeds, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has had extensive professional education including MIT.

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Joanne Canavan

Joanne is an experienced executive Human Resources professional with experience in the Financial Services, information and telecommunication industry. Her extensive experience is with leading large scale business transformation and change programs, having achieved this in Optus, Aon and Westpac. 

Joanne joined Woolworths Group as Head of HR – IT in September 2017, and has been responsible for all aspects of the employee lifecycle including recruitment, remuneration, talent and capability management, employee engagement, change management, leadership development, talent management. As a member of the IT Executive Team, Joanne is responsible for developing people plans that enable business initiatives and people management solutions to suit the business both at a strategic and operational level. Before joining Woolworths Group, Joanne was the Executive Human Resources Business Partner responsible for all aspects of the employee lifecycle for Optus, providing dedicated support for the Corporate Group (Information Technology, Group Finance, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs and Human Resources) for approx. 1400 employees. 

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Andrew Davenport

An energetic senior business leader with a wealth of strategic marketing, digital and business experience. With a career spanning senior marketing and sales roles across retail, manufacturing and distribution, Andrew has also been Managing Director of 3 different digital agencies in the UK and Australia.

A strong ability to solve problems and deliver results, Andrew has passion for people, creativity, client and partner relationships, and business growth. A strong communicator and known for his people skills, Andrew has  an appetite for challenges and likes to be on talented teams.

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Karen Gee

I have 25 years’ experience in the ICT services industry with continual dedication to making a difference through technology and passion for leading people through change to achieve improved business outcomes.  I have helped transform businesses via a people and talent strategy to meet 21st century challenges.

My track record in leadership has included engagement with service providers and customers across various industries sectors including IT / ICT services, telecommunications, health, education, financial, manufacturing and logistics. 

I feel strongly that as ACS is Australia’s Professional Association for the ICT sector, we need to be more focused on enabling diverse opportunities through industry employment, government programs and education experiences to attract, develop and retain talent to ICT career pathways both now and for our future.

I am actively engaged with various ACS committee as well as other industry initiatives.   My LinkedIn profile provides a summary overview of my industry experience and voluntary activities.

As a passionate and committed advocate, I believe ACS can enable greater opportunities by working more in the industry with our partners and engaging closely with business leaders and education to enable new technology and talent initiatives and deliver improved benefits to attract and retain our members.

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Peter James

Mr James has led some of the most successful and innovative tech companies in Australia. He was CEO of the hugely successful Computer Power Group (CPG) for 15 years before moving on to a variety of other successful businesses. 

He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of five listed tech companies: 

  • Nearmap Ltd (ASX:NEA)
  • Macquarie Telecom Ltd (ASX:MAQ)
  • Droneshield Limited (ASX:DRO)
  • Dreamscape Networks Limited (ASX: DN8)
  • UUV Aquabotix Ltd (UUV)

Previously Peter was a long-term director of iiNet where he chaired iiNet’s Strategy and Innovation Committee and was actively involved in the $1.5bn sale to TPG.

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Stephen Kowal

Stephen Kowal is Group CEO of FTS, Headquartered in Sydney with over 350 people across Australia, FTS carries expertise ranging from digital advisory services, change management, training and recruitment, through to bespoke software development, data & AI, managed services and enterprise application integration.    Stephen also serves as in the role of Non Executive Director in several companies including ConnectiX and Protegic.

Stephen Kowal previously held several executive positions in DXC most recently as Vice President accountable for DXC’s business development and growth strategy across Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Stephen wass the executive owner of the DXC neurodiversity initiative, the DXC Dandelion Program.   Prior to his role as Vice President, Stephen led the DXC Australia and New Zealand financial services business, expanding both insurance and banking operations for each of the six years he managed the business. Stephen has also led new business success in the UK, US and Japan, as well as launching a new operation in the Philippines.

Stephen has an extensive background in the commercial and IT environment, including prior roles as CIO and Director Business Excellence for CSC Australia, CIO of BHP Billiton Base Metals based in South America, and CIO WMC and BHP Billiton IT Integration Lead, in which he led the technical integration of WMC into BHP Billiton as part of the $9.2B acquisition.

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Tien Ti Mak

Tien-Ti leads the Corporate Innovation Practice at Bain & Co which helps corporates to innovate more effectively – from incubating new business ventures through to partnering with start-ups.  He is also an Advisor at Premonition, a leading edge technology company using AI / ML to revolutionise the logistics industry.

Prior to that, Tien-Ti was Innovation Partner and CTO at Australia Post. He helped to drive customer led innovation through corporate venturing, new business incubation, and the exploration of disruptive technologies. He was a key agent of culture change within the enterprise, championing new ways of working and a customer focused, lean start-up mindset.  As the Chief Technology Officer, Tien-Ti was also accountable for Technology and Digital Strategy and Architecture across the enterprise.

Prior to that, Tien-Ti had a successful career in consulting with Accenture and The Customer Experience Company.  He has played pivotal roles in major transformation programs for a number of large organisations.  He constantly challenges the status quo, and is a highly creative problem solver. 

Tien-Ti's career has spanned over two decades across a variety of industries including telecommunications, insurance, superannuation, banking, government and logistics.  Stephen Kowal previously held several executive positions in DXC most recently as Vice President accountable for DXC’s business development and growth strategy across Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Stephen wass the executive owner of the DXC neurodiversity initiative, the DXC Dandelion Program.   Prior to his role as Vice President, Stephen led the DXC Australia and New Zealand financial services business, expanding both insurance and banking operations for each of the six years he managed the business. Stephen has also led new business success in the UK, US and Japan, as well as launching a new operation in the Philippines.

Stephen has an extensive background in the commercial and IT environment, including prior roles as CIO and Director Business Excellence for CSC Australia, CIO of BHP Billiton Base Metals based in South America, and CIO WMC and BHP Billiton IT Integration Lead, in which he led the technical integration of WMC into BHP Billiton as part of the $9.2B acquisition.

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Michael Malone

Mr Malone founded iiNet Limited, an ASX listed telecommunications company in 1993 and continued as CEO until his retirement in 2014, by which time iiNet had over 2500 staff, serving over a million households and businesses, with revenue of over a billion dollars.

Mr Malone is currently Chair of the Board of ASX listed Superloop Ltd and a director of nbn Co Limited (nbn), Seven West Media, Speedcast International and Axicom Pty Ltd. He is also the founder and Chairman of Diamond Cyber Pty Ltd. Mr Malone was previously the founder and Deputy Chair of Autism West.

Mr Malone has received a number of prestigious industry recognitions including 2012 Australian Entrepreneur of the Year, Winner of the Telecommunications Society’s Charles Todd medal, CEO of the Year in the Australian Telecom Awards and, National Customer Service CEO of the Year in the CSIA’s Australian Service Excellence Awards. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Directors, the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Computer Society. Mr Malone has a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) and a post graduate Diploma in Education both from the University of Western Australia.

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Maria Markman

Maria Markman is the Chair of ACS (Australian Computer Society) in Victoria and also a member of the national ACS Management Committee. In the ICT industry, Maria is a connector and is known for bringing people, ideas and technological solutions together across the sector. She has domain expertise across disruptive technology trends as well as software implementations in various industries. Her involvement includes working on large projects undertaken by ASX300 corporations. At the end of 2018 Maria left corporate career to embark on entrepreneurial journey in tech. Maria is a passionate advocate for increased representation of women in IT as well as broadening the general diversity of backgrounds for professionals working in technology.

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Mike Memmolo

Mike is well known in Defence ICT, Research and Finance circles with more than 40 years in Government experience predominantly as a Group Chief Finance Officer managing billion dollar budgets, and negotiating complex IT contracts with industry in Australia and overseas.

His career in Defence spans across four decades, currently in Science and Technology Group but previously in Information Management Group, People Management Group and Intelligence Group. He is currently Director of Strategy, Portfolio Management and Resources at Defence Science and still aspires to transform from being a Chief Finance Officer to a Chief Information Officer, before his imminent retirement.

Whilst studying for his degree in Philosophy and Literature, Mike started his career in the Defence Signals Directorate back in 1979 where amongst the clatter of ticket tape machines, the biggest technology disruption to Intelligence work was the after effect of the mobile Enigma cipher machine, a modern day version of Machine Learning in cryptanalysis.

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Dr Fawad Nazir

Dr. Fawad Nazir is an experienced Chief Technology Officer with a demonstrated track record in technology architecture, strategy, innovation and transformation. He is currently working for Telstra as a customer CTO for the largest bank in Australia. He is very proud of the fact that his everyday work positively impacts 55%+ of Australians in terms of their communication and financial needs.

He previously served as Principle Enterprise Architect in Telstra and was responsible for Telstra’s strategic IT and Network architecture and strategic technology roadmap. Prior to this, Fawad was responsible for designing and managing the network that helps make Australian’s safe and it’s used by Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance at NSW Telco Authority.

Fawad Nazir started his career as a software engineer in Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre (SLAC), Stanford University, US. Where he wrote algorithms to manage one of world most extensive networks and data from the particle accelerator. He still loves programming, building robots, data analytics and distributed algorithms.

Most recently he was an author in a patent on blockchain and working very hard to bring 5G to Australia in the most meaningful and useful ways.

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Maurice Pagnucco

Maurice Pagnucco is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Deputy Dean (Education) of the Faculty of Engineering and Head of the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW. He joined UNSW in 2001 as a Senior Lecturer and has held the position of Head of School since 2010 and Deputy Dean (Education) since 2015. He has also worked as a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and a Lecturer at Macquarie University along with research appointments at both the University of Sydney and UNSW early in his career.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science (Hons I) and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Sydney. During his undergraduate studies he also spent a year at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Milan, Italy.

His research is focussed on Artificial Intelligence with particular emphasis on Cognitive Robotics, Belief Change and Reasoning About Actions. Maurice was the programme director of the Decision Making theme in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and a co-director of the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research. His collaboration with the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research and other researchers in the School of Computer Science and Engineering resulted in a world-first interactive cinema piece that premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2011 that includes an artificial intelligence planning system to control virtual characters as they interact with audience members. A collaboration with researchers at the Creative Robotics Laboratory at UNSW has led to an exhibition that is currently touring the country.

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Matthew Perry

Matthew is a unique leader with an eclectic background in architecture, IT and sport.  His career started on the drafting board before moving onto the first CADD systems in the late 80’s.  Matthew learnt all about teamwork, leadership, communication, trust, respect and the pursuit of exceptional performance during his decade in the National Volleyball team throughout the 80’s and 90’s.

Upon retiring from the National team Matthew re-joined the traditional workforce and accepted a number of leadership roles in various industries, living and working in Sydney, Singapore, Mexico and the USA for many years, before returning to Melbourne in 2013.

Matthew has both participated in and led a number of significant transformations, across multiple industries and geographies, and is presently the CIO at Orora, a global manufacturing company based in Hawthorn, Victoria.

Matthew is married to Fiona, an exceptional artist, and together they have two sons both currently commencing their own careers.

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Geoff Purcell

I am the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Victorian State Government owned Melbourne Water. In my 25 year career as an accomplished Senior Executive, I have delivered tangible contributions to organisations through technology transformation to support business strategy and growth.

Core to my success has been my ability to create a shared technology vision, delivered through the development and leadership of high performing teams.

I am a member of the Australian Computer Society's Professional Education Committee and am passionate about rectifying the gender diversity imbalance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathemetics (STEM).

I hold a Masters in Business Administration [MBA Executive] from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), I am Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, past Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the AGSM Alumni.

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John Ridge

John Ridge AM was appointed Executive Director of the ACS Foundation in January 2005.

John was the inaugural Chairman of the Foundation and was president of the ACS in 2000 and 2001. He worked tirelessly to ensure the ACS Foundation was established and has since played a substantial role in the successful development of the Foundation.  The ACS Foundation was established to help students make the transition from their tertiary studies into the industry.  Since its establishment the ACS Foundation has helped in excess of 6,500 people get their first employment opportunity.

John was recognised for his contribution to ICT and Education by being awarded with an Order for Australia in 2007.

Since joining the ACS in the 1970s, John has served in varying capacities, initially as an Executive Committee Member of the NSW Branch, then serving as NSW Branch Chair, National Vice-President prior to his election as President for 2000-1 and subsequently as National Marketing Director.

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Neville Roach

Neville Joseph Roach AO is Chairman of the Advisory Board for Australia and New Zealand of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He is an Honours Graduate of the University of Bombay, majoring in Economics and Political Science.

He is also a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.

He worked for IBM from 1965 to 1980 and Fujitsu from 1980 to 2004, serving as CEO of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand from 1989 to 2000 and Chairman from . He is currently Chairman of FNS Pty Ltd and TCSM Pty Ltd, both subsidiaries of TCS and of Collaborative Services Network Pty Ltd.

He was Chairman of AIBC from 2000 to 2006.

He is a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council of Overseas Indians. He is also a member of the Australian Government’s Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing (APPA) and Patron of the UNSW node of the Australia India Institute and the Australian Chapter of India’s peak IT industry association NASSCOM.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2000 for his contribution to business, especially the IT industry and for the development of Australian Multiculturalism. In 2008, he received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, India’s highest honour for Overseas Indians from the President of India.

He is married and has 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

His vision for the Australia – India relationship is that it should be of mutual benefit and be founded on mutual respect. He believes that both countries need to give significantly higher priority to the bilateral relationship that they do at present.

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Kathleen Robinson

Kathleen is the Chief Executive of the NT Government Department of Corporate and Information Services (DCIS). She has had a long career with the NT Public Sector, including extensive experience in senior leadership roles in DCIS and Treasury.

In her current position Kathleen has responsibility for digital policy and strategy through the Office of Digital Government, major digital transformation programs to improve frontline services, management of the NT Government’s ICT network, telecommunications and cyber security.

Kathleen’s department, DCIS, also delivers a suite of diverse shared services across all NT Government agencies. This remit is now being substantially expanded, taking on responsibility for corporate support services under a single enterprise model for government and implementation of the Corporate Services Reform Program.

Kathleen is chair of the ICT Governance Board, a CPA Fellow and sponsor of multiple transformation projects.”

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Elena Schamp

An accomplished Technology Executive and Strategic Solutions provider with 17+ years’ of solid experience. Elena applies her skills in the implementation and delivery of diverse range of projects across IT management/ Technology consulting, mining resources, government and consumer goods, to drive business growth. She is known as an outcome-oriented leader adept at leveraging technology to drive business value through large-scale ICT initiatives that reduce costs, improve customer experience and streamline operations, whilst ensuring compliance with established organisational processes.

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Nick Tate

Nick Tate is a CEO and Company Director and has considerable experience at the level of CIO in two London banks and at the University of Queensland (UQ).

He is co-author of “A Director’s Guide to Governing Information Technology and Cybersecurity”, a book published by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has 20 years’ experience as a Company Director in 16 Australian and 2 US companies.

He is Chair of the Council of ICT Associations (CICTA) and chaired the World Computer Congress in 2010. He was the National President of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) in 2012/2013. Nick is also an adjunct professor in IT and electrical engineering at (UQ) and has written and presented widely on cybersecurity, cloud computing and big data.

He worked on the development of antimissile systems and real-time air traffic control systems before spending 20 years working for investment banks in both London and Australia. He is National Vice-President (Membership), Immediate Past Chair of the Queensland branch and the President of SEARCC.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, a Master’s degree in computer science, and a PhD in Cybersecurity. He is both a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the ACS.

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Dr Tim Turner

Dr Tim Turner has been involved in the IT industry for over 25 years, with the focus on e-commerce, and particularly e-government, for over 20 years.

He has concentrated his attention on assisting governments at all levels to understand how information technology can be used to enhance effectiveness and efficiency. He has played significant roles in several of Australia’s leading e-government projects and consults to peak government and industry bodies in the e-government arena.

His PhD developed a theory of e-government service design grounded in his experience and that of Australian governments at the Federal, State and Local levels. Tim has also delivered significant projects in the private sector in information technology generally and electornic commerce specifically.

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Christian Venter

Chris leads the Consumer Digital Technology Enterprise Domain that is responsible for the strategy, customer experience, project delivery, roadmaps and support of ANZ’s global consumer digital assets across Mobile, Content, Multi-Channel, Internet Banking and Digital Marketing for 38 countries.

Chris has been working in IT for 25 years working in Global roles in USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Malaysia and Australia.

Chris has experience in IT strategy and consulting having worked for Accenture and Deloitte. He has also worked for Software vendors like Oracle and Siebel running their software delivery practices.

He has also run his own Digital Agency/Ecommerce start up that focused on ecommerce and B2B solutions for small to medium organisations. With over 10 years’ experience in the Financial sector across Operations, Retail and Commercial banking, Chris has extensive knowledge of the banking sector and software delivery and transformation within large enterprise organisations.

Chris keeps his hands on the technology and jointly owns and runs 2 ecommerce organisations Nite-Rays and Sambellina PTY LTD where he is accountable for all the technology and operations and development.

He is also on the Board of Advisors to Melbourne University school of engineering.

In all his spare time when he is not doing that he has a Black Belt in Taekwondo, Races Cars, considers programming a hobby and loves teaching his 2 Children to code.

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Andy Wood

Andy Wood is currently Executive Director, Corporate Services at the Western Australian Department of Finance. An award-winning technology and transformation specialist, Andy has worked with the Department of Finance since early 2016. His expertise lies in crafting the strategies and culture required to drive enduring value for enterprises, citizens and employees.

Prior to joining Finance in 2016, Andy spent seven years as a Director with global outsourcing firm Serco, leading their Citizen Services business in Western Australia.

With 20 years’ senior management experience spanning banking, superannuation, professional services and the public sector, Andy is specifically attuned to the challenges digital disruption brings to citizen service delivery - and, more importantly, its potential impact on individuals, teams and organisations.

Andy holds a Masters of Business Administration from Edith Cowan University, specialising in Leadership, Innovation and Creativity.