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2019 Speakers

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Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo

Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab, University of Oxford and a Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute


Dr. Mariarosaria Taddeo is Research Fellow at the at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where she is the Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab, and is Faculty Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute.

Her focus is on the ethical analysis of cyber security practices, cyber conflicts, and ethics of data science. Her area of expertise is Philosophy and Ethics of Information, although she has worked on issues concerning Epistemology, Logic, and Philosophy of AI.

Dr. Taddeo has been awarded The Simon Award for Outstanding Research in Computing and Philosophy in recognition of the scholarly significance of her two articles: An Information-Based Solution for the Puzzle of Testimony and Trust (Social Epistemology, Springer) and Modelling Trust in Artificial Agents, a First Step toward the Analysis of e- Trust (Minds & Machines, Springer).

 
 
 
 
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Dr Terry Sweeney PhD, CMG

Managing Director, IBM Watson Health


Originally from the UK and now based in Australia, Terry is responsible for an international multimillion-dollar business, developing innovative solutions for new and emerging markets at the intersection of AI, big data and healthcare.

Recognised as a thought leader in healthcare innovation and technology, Terry’s industry insights are in regular demand from governments, healthcare organisations, public forums and media outlets, and is an advisor to a number of global organisations, including the G20. Most notably, Recently, Terry has been working at the forefront of the Chinese Government’s ‘Healthy China 2030’ national agenda, establishing a first of a kind partnership to bring innovative new technology to serve the healthcare needs of the largest population in the world.

Terry has held a number of global senior strategic positions in both public and private sectors. Reporting to the Secretary of State for Health, Terry was the UK Government Special Advisor on the health and social care digital strategy, leading the transformation of front-line services through technology adoption.

Terry has established and scaled two major start-ups; both being acquired by large global multinationals. He was a Founding Director of the social health technology start-up, Cúram Software. Based in Ireland, Cúram’s global presence and market leadership led to IBM acquiring the company in 2011. It remains part of the IBM Watson Health portfolio as a key platform for health and care management. Terry also founded a security software company based in the UK, focused on the gaming industry.

A former professional athlete, Terry holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cambridge University, a firstclass honours degree in Economics also from Cambridge University, and a Master of Science in Business Information Technology. Terry was honoured by HRH Queen Elizabeth II with a C.M.G. in recognition of his service overseas on behalf of the British Government.

 
 
 
 
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Jarryd Pagonis

Commercial Director, Darktrace


Jarryd is the Commercial Director at Darktrace. Based in Melbourne, Jarryd is responsible for educating the market on harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence in an ever-changing threat landscape. He works closely with CISOs and IT experts to understand their unique security challenges, and how Darktrace can help address these concerns. 

Prior to joining Darktrace, Jarryd worked for numerous years in the IT industry and holds a Bachelor of Business from Monash University with majors in Strategy and International Business.


 
 
 
 
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Lee Hickin

Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Australia


Lee has over 27 years’ experience in the IT industry working across a variety of roles and technologies. Lee has worked in Asia, the UK and Australia with a passion for innovation and leading-edge technologies such as AI. He has been a CISSP certified security architect with RSA Security and Tivoli, leading the IOT business development team across APAC with Amazon Web Services and most recently the CTO for Microsoft Australia. 

As the CTO, Lee helps customers on their journey of digital transformation through cloud technologies; focusing on the adoption of intelligent cloud services such as AI, IOT, Machine learning and cognitive services underpinned by core cloud infrastructure technology strategy, Security and ethical AI principles.

Lee is passionate about the positive potential for Artificial intelligence to build an inclusive and bright future and is a regular speaker on Cloud technology, innovation and driving digital transformation.



 
 
 
 
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Alice Sidhu

Director, LIVLAB


Alice Sidhu is a business transformation expert, digital authority and advisory board member working with organisations to improve their operations, drive their innovation agenda, and find new ways to grow. Her diverse industry experience includes retail, telecommunications, IT, mining and public sector. Having held senior global roles in many multi-national organisations as well as leading complex initiatives across the Asia Pacific has given Alice a unique insight into how organisational ecosystems operate and how they need to evolve for what’s coming.Working on digital solutions before we were even calling them that, Alice navigates through the ‘cool’ to contextualise digital, the potential of AI, and why Blockchain is so much more than Bitcoin. Alice is a Director of LIVLAB, a start up defining a new generation of health, CEO of By The Way Group, the digital publishing company behind the Leadership of Fools podcast, and an associate with Melbourne Business School.



 
 
 
 
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Roger Taylor

Chair, Centre for Data Ethics & Innovation, UK


Roger Taylor is chair of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. He has worked as an entrepreneur, a regulator and a writer. His focus is on the rebalancing of control over data and information towards citizens and civil society.

He is chair of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator and a member of the advisory panel to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. His has written two books: God Bless the NHS (Faber & Faber (2014) and Transparency and the Open Society (Policy Press 2016).

He co-founded Dr Foster which pioneered the use of public data to provide independent ratings of healthcare. He worked as a correspondent for the Financial Times in the UK and the US and, before that, as a researcher for the Consumers' Association


 
 
 
 
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Michael Scheelhardt

Digital Director, Oracle APAC


Michael Scheelhardt, is the Digital Director at Oracle across APAC region and responsible for Business Development of emerging technologies such as Chatbots/AI, Blockchain and Modern Application Development. His experience within Innovation Management and Strategic Business Development helps clients with a direction to mature their organisations in the Digital Economy and open new business opportunities and revenue streams across their ecosystems. 

Michael’s approach goes beyond features and functions and rather provides a point of view that amplifies outcomes. He holds a Master’s in Management of Innovation and Business Development from Copenhagen Business School and co-developed the strategy to launch the “Beo-Reader”, a tablet similar to the i-Pad, for Danish Bang & Olufsen.




 
 
 
 
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Scott Wilson

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Wilson A.I.


Scott is a passionate advocate for the adoption of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning in business and believes that Artificial Intelligence will be more revolutionary and disruptive to modern business and the way that people work than any other technology in history.

Scott is currently an Advisory Board member of FinTech Start-up Day by Day Insurance (www.daybyday.io) Day by Day (DBD) is blockchain and AI enabled insurance technology company. Previously held the position of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ASX listed iSelect Ltd, and is the former Chairman of the board of iMoney Group, South East Asia’s leading financial comparison site.

Scott has over 20 years of executive level experience within multinational fast-moving consumer goods and entertainment companies including 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, PZ Cussons and SPC Ardmona. 

Scott holds a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration and a Master of Business from Newcastle University. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 
 
 
 
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Ben Hanna

General Manager Australia, Soul Machines


Ben has launched start-ups & new innovative products in NZ, Australia and the USA. Recently Ben has lead enterprise development at global companies such as Dell EMC and been responsible for delivering rapid enterprise growth for big data company Domo in the Australian and NZ markets.

Ben currently leads growth and business development for Soul Machines, a ground-breaking high-tech company of AI researchers, neuroscientists, psychologists, artists and innovative thinkers who are re-imagining how we connect with machines.

 
 
 
 
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Jacqueline Savage

Founder & CEO, MedCorp Technologies


Jacqueline Savage is the Founder and CEO of MedCorp Technologies; an early-stage digital health company developing wearable technologies and devices for the healthcare industry. 

Recently, the company has successfully completed product trials of its core temperature-sensing platform: a wearable, non-invasive temperature monitoring system. 

Operating MedCorp Technologies from Swinburne University’s coveted Factory of the Future, Jacqueline maintains an active role in innovation, med tech and gender issues and is well known for her strong and decisive leadership style.

Often called upon to consult internationally, Jacqueline is a face of Australian Innovation globally and is known for her gender neutral and forward-thinking approach to business.

A multi-award winning and widely celebrated businesswoman, Jacqueline has won numerous awards including: 2016 Telstra Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year Award and 2016 Emerging Women in Leadership Award, BioMelbourne Network.

Highly respected by her peers, in addition to her duties as CEO, Jacqueline sits on multiple boards and advises nationally and internationally in both the private and government sectors.

Voted Top 100 Global Engineering Innovations of 2014 (NASA Tech Briefs) Jacqueline’s success has been celebrated through her multiple achievements and her continuing desire to create wearable tech that assists to save lives.  


 
 
 
 
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Larry Quick

Founder and Managing Director, Resilient Futures


Larry is a strategist, author, researcher and speaker with over 40-years of global experience in the corporate and civic sectors specialising in disruption. 

He is the founder of Resilient Futures and co-author of "Disrupted: Strategy for Exponential Change", "The Disruption Readiness test" and his latest book "Do or Die Disruption".

Larry has led countless strategic programs in Australia and the USA with industry, government and the civic sector that draw upon his expertise in corporate and civic strategy, innovation, economic development and technology strategy.

His recent speaking engagements include the Global Innovation and Leadership Summit in Silicon Valley, CSIRO AIM Melbourne, Innovation Places in Connecticut, USA and the Digital AI Summit in Melbourne. 

He is a cancer survivor and is “committed to squeezing every ounce out of life that this great world can bring”.


 
 
 
 
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David Platt

Director, Resilient Futures


David is a strategist, author, researcher, speaker and facilitator with over 20-years of experience working with organisations and their leaders. David has developed effective tools and frameworks to reshape the mindset, skill-set and strategic focus required to pursue opportunity and manage risk in our fast-moving, disruptive environment.

He has worked with leading organisations and communities in Australia and the United States. With significant experience in corporate strategy, organisational transformation, education and training, learning and development, social enterprise, community development, David is regarded as an expert in the field of resilience and change management.

David Platt is the co-author of three books - "Disrupted: Strategy for Exponential Change" and The Disruption Readiness Test". The third book upcoming book, "Do or Die Disruption" is set to become another best-seller within the business community. Recent speaking engagements include National Future Work Summit, Digital AI Summit, CSR Way National Conference, NAB Leadership Matters National Conference and Best Practice Network National Summit.



 
 
 
 
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Michelle Mannering

Founder & Director, MishManners


Michelle Mannering is Melbourne’s “Hackathon Queen” and an accomplished MC, speaker, facilitator and journalist. With a background in science, communications, events and marketing, Michelle works to create and run hackathons, implement social media strategies and coordinate marketing campaigns for her clients.

Michelle is at the forefront of Melbourne’s science, tech and startup scenes, where she helps to drive the city’s entrepreneurial culture. She was the founder of tech and AI development company Black, led sales and marketing at BajaBoard and acted as an ambassador for the ZEN Esports Network. Michelle has a Masters of Media and Communication and a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from the University of Melbourne.

 
 
 
 
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Mitchell Price

Head of Government and Policy Asia Pacific, Lime


Mitchell is a passionate leader who is experienced in the disruptive mobility space. After spending four years as the Chief of Staff to a NSW Member of Parliament, he has gained a well respected reputation within the sector. Mitchell is enthusiastic about improving cities by unlocking first and last mile solutions, as well as planning better communities.

Founded in 2017, Lime is an American company headquartered in San Francisco, California. Our mission is to revolutionise mobility by providing residents with a safe, convenient and affordable transport option that advances urban sustainability.  Lime now operates networks of 100% carbon-free shared scooters without the need for public subsidies or charitable support in over 100 cities, over 20 countries, and on 5 continents.

 

 
 
 
 
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Mike Wang

Chief Technology Officer, Deep Recognition


Mike is the Chief Technology Officer at Deep Recognition, an AI platform and services company. Mike is a massive computer nerd. Having completed his PhD while working at NVIDIA, he joined Deep Recognition as a co-founder and now leads the innovation and technology teams.

Mike is also passionate about empowering people. He frequently speaks at events, and is considered a thought leader in business transformation using artificial intelligence.

 

 
 
 
 
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Cheryl George

Commercial Director, CSIRO | Data61


Cheryl George is CSIRO’s Data61’s Commercial Director. Cheryl joined Data61 in March 2016 as Group Leader – Government Business and Stakeholder Engagement. In her role, Cheryl lead Data61’s strategic engagement with Commonwealth, State and Territory Government agencies across Australia, including the identification of new data-driven research projects and initiatives. Prior to joining Data61, Cheryl led the Australian Trade Commission’s (Austrade) digital technology investment attraction group, supporting international companies to connect into new opportunities in Australia. Her previous roles also include leading the Victorian Government’s life sciences investment activities and also a role as Head of Investment for the Small Technologies Cluster (STC Australia), a small technology and medical technology focused start-up incubator in Melbourne. 

With over 15 years’ experience in business development and investment attraction roles across government and industry, Cheryl has developed extensive networks within Australia’s technology, life sciences and advanced manufacturing sectors and across Government. Cheryl holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the Australia New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Commerce from Monash University.

 
 
 
 
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Clive Dwyer

Director, Engagement, Committee for Melbourne


Clive Dwyer has over 30 years’ experience in strategy and business development for major government projects, destination management, project advocacy and complex stakeholder engagement.

Clive joined the Committee in 2017 and is responsible for strengthening the Committee’s membership, stakeholder engagement and supporting the Committee’s thought leadership and advocacy work.

He recently returned to Melbourne from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he was Executive Director of Destination Yas Island and Executive Director, Destination Management at Miral Asset Management. Reporting to the Abu Dhabi Government Executive Affairs Authority, he was responsible for establishing the Yas Island Destination Management Strategy as well as stakeholder engagement, product development, global marketing, communications, infrastructure planning, major events and visitor services program.

Prior to his time in the UAE, Clive was Director of Business Development for the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, relaunching the largest combined convention and exhibition centre in Australia. During this time, he was Director of the Club Melbourne Ambassador program, which has delivered over 100 international conferences worth over $590 million to become the world's most influential Ambassador Program.

Before this he directed the international marketing, industry engagement and visitor services for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Other career highlights include the development of Melbourne’s annual International Mining and Resources Conference and the delivery of the globally acclaimed ‘Jigsaw’ campaign for Tourism Victoria. Clive has also held a range of industry and non-executive board positions in Melbourne.

 
 
 
 
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Rohan Raghavan

AI Lead for EY DnA in Oceania, EY


Rohan Raghavan is the AI Lead for EY DnA in Oceania and is a member of the Committee for Melbourne’s AI TaskForce.

He is passionate about the application of AI, research methods and behavioural theories to help drive better Human-Machine partnering. An area of special interest is enabling organisations to develop principles and frameworks for successful AI programs, with a particular focus on deconstructing the non-technical challenges of AI as well.

With a background in Data Science, his expertise in AI is also a result of over a decade in consulting with top-tier firms, delivering strategy and technical AI and Data Science outcomes to clients.

 
 
 
 
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Nattapat Kun Thanesvorakul

Head of Ventures, RISE Corporate Innovation Powerhouse


Kun is currently the Head of Strategy and New Ventures at RISE, SE Asia’s Leading Corporate Innovation Powerhouse. In his role, Kun successfully launched joint ventures with major conglomerates and established “RISE.AI” SE Asia’s First Corporate AI Accelerator, driving AI transformation in the region. Occasionally, Kun takes pride in mentoring and inspiring early stage startups across the globe to expand their business in SE Asia.

Prior to RISE, he spent a number of years in investment banking and strategic consulting, helping conglomerates in the region refine their long-term competitive strategy. He received an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Bachelor of Engineering with First Honor and a Gold Medal from Chulalongkorn University.

 
 
 
 
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Geoff Brim

President, NxT5 Advisors


Geoff is a natural innovator who has created multiple award-winning and market-disrupting startup products and has held senior leadership roles in Europe, Asia and the Americas with some of the worlds leading technology and telecommunications companies. This year Geoff founded NxT5 Advisors with the goal of assisting companies through the transitions to smart systems and advanced communications. 

Prior to founding NxT5 Advisors Geoff worked as Vice President of B2B Innovation Architecture, Immersive and Real-Time Experience with Deutsche Telekom. Where Geoff oversaw the transformation of a conservative culture into one where innovation flourished. This led to a pioneering sports application that enabled the launch of multiple products across immersive sports viewing solutions, as well as an educational solution that was presented to the World Economic Congress in Davos. With a remit to dramatically increases revenue Geoff also worked on a groundbreaking field service augmented reality product that current forecasts predict will generate tens of millions in new revenue.  

Prior to moving to Germany, Geoff spent over thirty years in innovation and leadership roles with Sun Microsystems, Oracle and with PwC consulting to some of the largest technology organizations and to governments around the globe with a particular focus on the Defense, Energy, Human Services and Health sectors.

As one of the worlds leading minds in emerging technologies such as digital ethics, artificial intelligence, privacy, identity management, augmented, virtual and mixed reality with NxT5 Advisors Geoff aims to assist clients implement and leverage the very latest cutting-edge technology with pioneering products that drive revenue and profit growth in a principled way. 

NxT5 Advisors are also able to communicate the story behind technology innovation, crafting compelling narratives that ensure the buy-in and financial support needed to move projects forward and drive successful launches.

Geoff is passionate about personalizing the human touch in application production to develop next generation solutions that drive real world value today. It is with this approach that Geoff comes to Australia consulting to organizations such as Telstra Corporation.

 
 
 
 
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Susie Sheldrick

Marketing & Community Manager, Silverpond


Susie Sheldrick is dedicated to helping people get the most out of emerging technology. She is the marketing and community manager for the AI company Silverpond. Her role involves the explaining of complex technology in a way that is accessible and engaging. Susie is fascinated by analysing what value new technologies can bring to businesses and our day-to-day lives. 


She is heavily involved in the local AI ecosystem and showcasing the local talent and capabilities on offer, while ensuring AI is applied in a responsible manner. This has manifested in initiatives such as the Victorian AI and Robotics Showcase, Responsible AI and the 2019 AI Ecosystem Survey.

 
 
 
 
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David Mckeague

Co-founder, Curious Thing


David is a serial tech entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building advanced systems and technology businesses. Before Curious Thing, David was the Co-founder of Incoming Media, a mobile-embedded Machine Learning media solution backed by Intel and Warner Brothers. It was exited to OVO in 2017. David was also a founding team member of Nitero, a semiconductor and wirelessVR solution.

 
 
 
 
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Dr Amanda Caples

Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Victorian Government


Dr Amanda Caples BSc Hons PhD GAICD is Victoria’s Lead Scientist, a ‘catalyst’ responsible for working across the Victorian Government to identify opportunities for economic outcomes by building relationships between business, the research sector and government. Amanda brings to the role broad experience in technology commercialisation, public policy development and governance of public and private entities.

Amanda joined the Victorian public service in 2002 as the inaugural Director of Biotechnology and subsequently was appointed as the Executive Director Science and Technology and Deputy Secretary Sector Development and Programs to drive the state's science agenda. In these roles,Amanda has led the development of industry sector strategy plans, delivered research-led health initiatives, regulatory and legislative scientific reforms and established international business development and research alliances. Amanda has worked with Commonwealth agencies on national science and innovation policies and programs, including the Australian Synchrotron and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme.

 
 
 
 
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Stephen Coffey

Engagement Manager, Erricsson


Over the last 5 years, Stephen has lead global and regional teams within Ericsson to drive the evolution of Mobile Broadband networks for advanced and emerging markets. Most recently, Stephen collaborated with industry and operators to drive opportunities created by Cellular Internet of Things and 5G. Stephen was actively involved in Ericsson’s 5G program that brought cutting edge, 5G technology to Australia and other South East Asian countries. Before moving back to the Asia Pacific region, Stephen was part of Ericsson’s Radio Business Unit in Stockholm responsible for driving Network Evolution programs with customers, as well as through industry events such as Mobile World Congress. Prior to this, Stephen worked in Australia, UK and Germany and had key roles in the deployment and evolution of GSM, WCDMA and LTE.

 
 
 
 
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Mohammad Chowdhury

Partner, PwC Australia


Mohammad is PwC’s Telecom, Media and Technology industry leader in Australia, SE Asia and NZ. He has experience covering public policy, strategy and regulation and focuses on the intersection between technology, economy and society, and focuses on the Australia market, advising TMT clients as well as city authorities on technology enablement. Mohammad has held executive positions in PwC, Vodafone and IBM based in London, Washington, D.C., Johannesburg, Cairo, Mumbai, Jakarta and Melbourne.

At Vodafone he acquired the operator’s first fiber license and led strategy for the Group’s emerging markets across 200m+ subscribers. At IBM he led the company’s global strategy for the telco industry and set up its first offshore unit in Bangalore for telco solutions. He managed PwC’s TMT practice in India and SE Asia and served as Cabinet Adviser to the Government of Myanmar, authoring the telecom masterplan prior to the country’s first elections. Mohammadchairs the Ministerial Program of Mobile World Congress, is an Adviser to the GSMA, and has advised the World Bank and the UN Broadband Commission on digitalization, Internet of Things, eHealth and the 4th Industrial Revolution. He is quoted regularly by the BBC, Forbes, Financial Times and CNN.

 
 
 
 

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Fernanda Foertter is the Alliance Manager for healthcare, high performance computing (HPC) and AI at tech company NVIDIA. She has been a long-time advocate of graphics processing units (GPUs), parallel computing platform CUDA and programming model OpenACC in the HPC community.

Prior to working at NVIDIA she was a member of the Advanced Data Workflow Group assigned to the Biomedical Science and Engineering Center at the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In this role she worked on scalable deep learning algorithms on next generation high performance computing systems with application to cancer research. Fernanda was also in charge of HPC training and is the original creator of the OLCF GPU Hackathons. Her interests include disrupting healthcare research and advocating for developer productivity for HPC and AI.

Fernanda has a cross-disciplinary background in physics, computational materials science, data science and engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Physics), a Masters of Science (Materials Science Engineering) and she is currently completing her PhD in Philosophy (Data Science and Engineering).

 
 
 
 
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Robert Wickham leads Salesforce’s specialised teams for platform & emerging technologies across Asia Pacific, including Lightning Platform, Heroku, Einstein Analytics, Quip and CPQ. He also directs Salesforce’s regional program for startups and is a member of the Victorian Government Innovation Expert Panel. Robert is a regular public speaker and media contributor, having appeared in Sky News, Boss Magazine, Australian Institute for Company Directors and CloudAsia.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Robert led the Engineered Systems business at Oracle across Australia & New Zealand; held multiple marketing, product management and sales leadership positions at Boston-based technology startup Empirix and was the co-founder of European airline Go Fly Limited, which was later sold to EasyJet. He holds a Master and Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

 
 
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Blair Bryant is a Global Digital Advisor at Microsoft, where he works to ignite top global enterprises via strategy and digital innovation. His knowledge of ever-evolving technologies, including AI, big data, IoT, machine learning and Azure cloud solutions, gives him the background to open up the opportunities that are core to implementation.

Blair is also the CEO of Arcadia Pacific, a values-driven private digital transformation firm working with global Fortune 500 CEOs, senior leadership teams and boards. In this role, he has worked closely with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Motorola, Porsche Design and McKinsey.

Blair has a significant business background in global first-tier professional services, executive management and high-growth technology company leadership. He has previously worked at McKinsey, PwC and Morgan Stanley. Blair holds bachelors of Science and Business Administration and Engineering at the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

 
 
 
 
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Mike is a Solutions Architect for NVIDIA based in Melbourne, Australia. In this role, he has worked with local and worldwide technology partners to deliver some of Australia's leading High Performance Computing (HPC) and Deep Learning (DL) systems to the research, government and commercial sectors. 

Prior to joining NVIDIA, Mike developed a versatile skill-set, having graduated with bachelors degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Laws, and then undertaking a PhD in Materials Engineering. Mike frequently deals in both technical and business spheres, enabling the successful deployment of emerging—and often esoteric—technologies in real world scenarios that ensure a meaningful return on investment.

 
 
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Dr. Philip Cohen has long been involved in the Artificial Intelligence sector, in the areas of human-computer dialogue, multimodal interaction and multiagent systems. He currently acts as the Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Director of the Laboratory for Dialogue Research within the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University.

Phil is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and is a past President of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Before working at Monash University, Phil was the Chief Scientist of AI and Sr. Vice President for Advanced Technology at VoiceBox Technologies, Cofounded Adapx Inc. and was a Co-Director and Professor at the Center for Human-Computer Communication at the Oregon Graduate Institute.

Phil has worked on a number of high profile AI projects, including conceiving the initial idea and leading the team that developed the Open Agent Architecture, which eventually became Siri™. Phil has published over 150 refereed papers, with more than 16,000 citations and received 7 patents. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Cornell University and a PhD of Computer Science from the University of Toronto.

 
 
 
 
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Annette Hicks is a Senior Health Advisor for IBM Watson Health where she works internationally to support the Chief Health Officer. In this role, she works with healthcare professionals to support the adoption of new technologies like cognitive computing. She also works with clinicians and researchers to generate an evidence base on the impact of cognitive solutions within the clinical setting. Annette is a member of the IBM Industry Academy which has a key focus to drive industry-focused eminence of its members across industries for collaboration and innovation.

Annette has a background in healthcare as a clinician and in the ICT Industry in the areas of strategy, business development, solution development and sales, service delivery, product management and training. She has worked for IBM Australia and New Zealand since 2008 and previously held the role of Health Industry Leader in the company. Annette holds a Masters of Business Administration from Deakin University, a Masters of Commercial Law from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Health Administration from UNSW and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology & Biochemistry from La Trobe University.

 
 
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Agustinus “Gus” Nalwan is the Head of Artificial Intelligence for Carsales.com.au, where he has worked since 2009. He designs and builds AI projects for Carsales, developed the company's image recognition tool Cyclops and provides technical direction on AI to various teams across Carsales. With over 25 years of experience in software development, Gus has worked in range of areas industries including artificial intelligence, 3D animation, games development, desktop software, mobile apps, computer vision and machine learning.

Before working at Carsales, Gus was the owner and developer of Mobilebuster.com where he created educational apps for mobiles and tablets. He has extensive experience working in the areas of Deep Learning, Convolution Neural Network, Tensorflow and Keras. Gus is an in-demand speaker on the topics of AI and future tech, having spoken at technology events across Australia. He has a Bachelor of Computer Science, Digital Systems and Robotics from Monash University.

 
 
 
 
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Tam Cao is an AI Software Engineer at Carsales.com.au where he works on projects that apply cutting edge AI technologies to the company’s products and services. He helped to develop image recognition tool Cyclops, Carsales’ innovative AI engine. He is passionate about artificial intelligence, machine learning and image/video processing.

Prior to Carsales, Tam worked as real-time computer vision and image processing specialist. He also worked as a system and software engineer for ATOMOS Engineering and was a software developer in image/video analysis and processing for Sentient. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (BE, Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications) from Swinburne University of Technology and a PhD in Electronic Engineering and Computer Vision from La Trobe University.

 
 
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Michelle Mannering is Melbourne’s “Hackathon Queen” and an accomplished MC, speaker, facilitator and journalist. With a background in science, communications, events and marketing, Michelle works to create and run hackathons, implement social media strategies and coordinate marketing campaigns for her clients.

Michelle is at the forefront of Melbourne’s science, tech and startup scenes, where she helps to drive the city’s entrepreneurial culture. She was the founder of tech and AI development company Black, led sales and marketing at BajaBoard and acted as an ambassador for the ZEN Esports Network. Michelle has a Masters of Media and Communication and a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from the University of Melbourne.

 
 
 
 
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Larry Quick is a strategist, author and speaker with over twenty-five years of global experience in both the corporate and civic sectors. He is a cofounder of strategic firm Resilient Futures, is the original developer of the Strategy in Action framework and he co-authored Disrupted: Strategy for Exponential Change and The Disruption Readiness Test.

Larry has designed, led, and facilitated countless strategic programs that draw upon his expertise in corporate strategy, innovation, economic development, technology strategy, sustainability and resilience, and urban planning.

His recent speaking engagements include the Global Innovation and Leadership Summit in Silicon Valley, CSIRO AIM Conference, The International City Managers Association in Kansas City, the Innovation Places Network in Connecticut, and the Environmental Protection Agency District One Management Forum in Boston. He is a cancer survivor and is “committed to squeezing every ounce out of life that this great world can bring”.

 
 
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Agnes Panosian has spent 26 years in the data industry working in the domain of AI, business intelligence and analytics. She has worked at and with Microsoft in a range of roles since 1997 in engineering, consulting and strategic management. Agnes currently holds the title of Data and AI Lead at Microsoft, where she helps organisations draw greater insights and transform their businesses through advanced analytics and cognitive services.

Agnes is member of several advisory boards in the education sector and is a regular presenter at industry and analyst events. Her experience with enterprise customers and background in enterprise software engineering & information management systems allows her competencies for both business and deep technical conversations. Agnes has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Macquarie University and a Master of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

 
 
 
 
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Joel Ko is a serial entrepreneur and president of Marvelstone Group, a private investment company based in Singapore. In this role, he invests in and incubates startups, accelerates portfolio companies and leads mergers and acquisitions across borders with a focus on AI, FinTech, and Smart City innovations.

Joel co-founded the world’s largest FinTech hub LATTICE80, which helps FinTech startups develop and expand their business models globally, supports corporates and financial institutions in adopting new innovations, and forms public-private partnerships to develop new tech and educate the public. He also co-founded funds management company Marvelstone Capital and tech-focused venture builder Marvelstone Ventures.

Originally from South Korea, Joel founded a software company at the age of 23 and has built more than ten startups over his career. He has written widely about AI, innovation, and entrepreneurship for publications including The Business Times, Yahoo and Tech In Asia and has volunteered actively as a mentor for startups. He holds an MBA from the National University of Singapore Business School.

 
 
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Dr Nathan Faggian is a technical expert focused on machine learning, big data and analytics using the Google Cloud Platform. As a Google cloud consultant his role is to help large enterprise adopt and make the best use of cloud computing through technical leadership and guidance.

Nathan holds a PhD in computer science (computer vision) and has been an academic in multiple domains, with a career that has spanned computational science, meteorology and medical science.

Prior to Google, Nathan was a high performance computing section head, predictive services manager and research scientist at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Data Scientist and Applied Scientist at Microsoft and Research Fellow at the Centre for Neuroscience at Melbourne University.

 
 
 
 
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Priscilla believes technology innovation in the health sector can significantly improve patient lives. She has multiple years experience in the research, development and translation of technologies to the health sector, including artificial intelligence, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals, both in corporate and start-up settings. As the Director of Upstart Innovations, she currently spends her time as the Vice President of Wintermute Biomedical, which is a biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation antibiotics to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

In addition to this, she is an advisor to DoseMe; a world leading precision dosing software platform. Prior to this, she was leading the Cognitive Health & Life Sciences portfolio at IBM Research - Australia, and co-owner of a medical device company, which was recently acquired. Priscilla’s passion for health and life sciences research began when she undertook a PhD in Engineering at Monash University, specialising in the exploitation of micro and nanoscale phenomena for diagnostic applications.

 
 
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Trent Clews-de Castella is the Co-founder and CEO of Victorian based immersive technology (VR/AR/MR) startup PHORIA. After pioneering interactive 3D tours and VR experiences into the Australian property sector. Trent and his team continue to innovate and pioneer Virtual, Augmented and Extended Reality powered solutions into the mainstream arena.

 
 
 
 
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Alice is a business transformation expert, digital authority, and Advisory Board member, with over twenty three years experience enablingorganisations to improve their operations, drive their innovation agenda, and find new ways to grow. Her diverse industry experience includes retail, telecommunications, IT, mining and public sector. Having held senior global roles in many multi-national organisations as well as leading complex initiatives across the Asia Pacific, has given Alice a unique insight into how organisational ecosystems operate and how they need to evolve for what’s coming.

 
 
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Geoff Swaine is the Alliances Director for Asia Pacific and Japan at CrowdStrike. Leading CrowdStrike’s work with partners across the region, Geoff’s focus is on establishing and growing channel relationships and alliances across APJ to increase market reach and drive strategic value through its partners. With almost 20 years’ experience in helping enterprise organisations leverage technology to drive business efficiency, advantage and innovation, Geoff’s most recent roles prior to joining CrowdStrike include ANZ Managing Director at Blue Coat/ Symantec and General Manager for ANZ South at McAfee.

 
 
 
 
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Paul Velich is the Vice President of Sales & Partnerships at Headspin. Paul leads Headspin's global expansion and is accountable for all aspects of sales, marketing, products, operations and service delivery while building sustainable profit and growth.

HeadSpin helps companies build mobile apps that delight the world. The HeadSpin platform lets companies experience their applications the way their users do and take action with AI-driven performance insights through a single platform that is easy by design. Companies can gain visibility into mobile experience everywhere with access to 25,000 real devices on real networks in 150 locations globally. HeadSpin has been named one of the 20 Rising Stars as part of Forbes's Cloud 100 list.

 
 
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Clive Dwyer has over 30 years’ experience in strategy and business development for major government projects, destination management, project advocacy and complex stakeholder engagement.

Clive joined the Committee in 2017 and is responsible for strengthening the Committee’s membership, stakeholder engagement and supporting the Committee’s thought leadership and advocacy work.

He recently returned to Melbourne from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he was Executive Director of Destination Yas Island and Executive Director, Destination Management at Miral Asset Management. Reporting to the Abu Dhabi Government Executive Affairs Authority, he was responsible for establishing the Yas Island Destination Management Strategy as well as stakeholder engagement, product development, global marketing, communications, infrastructure planning, major events and visitor services program.

Prior to his time in the UAE, Clive was Director of Business Development for the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, relaunching the largest combined convention and exhibition centre in Australia. During this time, he was Director of the Club Melbourne Ambassador program, which has delivered over 100 international conferences worth over $590 million to become the world's most influential Ambassador Program.


 
 
 
 
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Martine is an experienced executive within the government, non-profit and international policy sectors, providing high-level expertise in public policy development, formulation and promotion both in Australia and internationally.

Martine joined the Committee in March 2016 after serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC), where she led the development of the organisation’s national strategy.

Prior to her role at the ACBC, Martine was Deputy Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, where she led the organisation’s business and organisational development.  As Secretary-General of the Australian Red Cross (ARC) from 2001-2004, based at its national headquarters in Melbourne, she worked on a national transformation strategy to help the ARC improve its delivery of community and relief services across Australia and globally.

Martine was a senior Australian diplomat for 17 years and an adviser to Foreign Minister Evans from 1992 to 1994. She served on the Australian National University Council from 2004-2014 and is a member of the Australian Volunteers International board. Martine speaks French, German and Spanish.

 
 
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