Miriam McLemore

Director Enterprise Strategy @ Amazon Web Services

Miriam McLemore

Director Enterprise Strategy @ Amazon Web Services

Before joining Amazon, Miriam was the Chief Information Officer, Corporate at The Coca-Cola Company.  In this role with a 500+ globally distributed team and $120M+ budget she provided global leadership across the enterprise on all technology matters in support of: global marketing; consumer/commercial leadership; product R&D; science; human resources; legal; sustainability; public affairs; and strategic security.  Miriam was responsible for defining and driving the Company’s data and analytics strategy and solutions, building the global marketing technology ecosystem, simplifying and cloud-enabling the consumer facing and legacy application portfolio, and shaping new products through the startup and venture capital community.

Toni Knowlson

Digital Innovation Lead @ AWS Australia & New Zealand

Toni Knowlson

Digital Innovation Lead @ AWS Australia & New Zealand

Toni leads the Digital Innovation Program in Amazon Web Services across Australia and New Zealand.  Prior to joining AWS, Toni has experience in a range of businesses from universities and startups to large enterprises, including Microsoft and Salesforce. Toni started her career as a developer and is deeply passionate about building, experimenting and learning; and women in tech.  She is a staunch advocate for the role technology and culture can play in transforming businesses.

Fiona Philips

Principal Consultant @ ThoughtWorks

Fiona Philips

Principal Consultant @ ThoughtWorks

Fiona is a Principal Consultant with ThoughtWorks and a leader and business strategist, who partners with C-level executives to drive large-scale transformation across the enterprise. With two decades of execution experience in the banking, insurance and telecommunication sectors, Fiona’s signature strength is leading large scale business transformation agendas and building world-class teams with expertise across offshoring, technology platforms, robotic process automation, organisational design, channel strategy and culture.  Fiona brings expertise in strategy and planning, lean governance and agile, people leadership, execution of large complex agendas, change leadership and matrix model relationships.

Emma Carter

Customer Experience Designer @ ThoughtWorks

Emma Carter

Customer Experience Designer @ ThoughtWorks

Emma is an award-winning design leader and author that believes to truly differentiate a customer's experience, organisations need to combine strategy, design, and technology. After running an agency in the UK, Emma moved to Australia and joined ThoughtWorks as a design advisor in Brisbane. With over 15 years of experience, Emma takes a human-centered approach to solving problems for clients. She has spoken at a variety of conferences including; Agile Australia, Agile Encore, The Design Thinking Conference, CXD Brisbane and Agile 2017 in Orlando.

Melissa Verner Green

Head of Melbourne Agency & Government @ Facebook

Melissa Verner Green

Head of Melbourne Agency & Government @ Facebook

Melissa is Head of Melbourne Agency + Government at Facebook and member of their ANZ Leadership team. Her primary responsibility is facilitating and building the business strategy with a particular focus on developing deeper partnerships with key clients and their agencies.

Melissa’s goal is to help marketers understand the opportunity of mobile in delivering powerful media and marketing solutions utilising the Facebook family of apps and services. She has worked in the media industry for over 25 years across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In her spare time, she sits on board of the Essendon Football Club, her passion. 

Roisin Parkes

Chief Technology Officer @ Gumtree

Roisin Parkes

Chief Technology Officer @ Gumtree

Roisin Parkes inherited her fascination for technology and the way things work from her father.  Her passion for innovation has helped carry her through her 20-year career in the technology sector. Roisin believes that technology’s underlying purpose is simply to make people’s lives easier and throughout her roles across Europe and Australia she has also witnessed its important role in bringing communities together. 

As the Chief Technology Officer at Gumtree Australia, Roisin is responsible for leading Gumtree’s technology strategy and operations, driving the business forward in our purpose of growing a community marketplace where all Australians can prosper.

Roisin was recently named in CIO50 for 2017.

Martin Herbst

General Manager @ Gumtree Australia

Martin Herbst

General Manager @ Gumtree Australia

Martin has 15 years’ experience launching eCommerce and digital media brands, from start-up mode into robust, profitable businesses. Martin has been part of the eBay family for the last 12 years, taking on challenges across the US, Asia, and now Australia. As well as leading strategy and operations for PayPal Mobile in the US, Martin has taken on GM roles at eBay classifieds around the world, overseeing Gumtree in South Africa and Poland, eBay Classifieds in the US, and LoQUo in Spain. 

In his current role as Gumtree Australia GM, Martin is focused on driving community growth, and continuing to empower Australians and create economic opportunity for local communities. Martin’s leadership agenda places an emphasis on diversity, collaboration and innovation, and at Gumtree Australia, he has produced an inclusive and empowered workplace culture characterised by the 50/50 gender balance on the leadership team. In 2017, under his guidance, Gumtree Australia undertook their biggest business move to date. The hugely successful rebrand was driven by consultation with Gumtree’s users, providing the improved functionality and updated design that they wanted. The move has led to a community more engaged than ever before, further establishing Gumtree as Australia’s favourite local marketplace for all of life’s needs.

Flavia D'Alo

Partner @ Deloitte

Flavia D'Alo

Partner @ Deloitte

Flavia has 30 years’ experience in the leadership of business transformation programs across multiple industries including Minerals and Mining, Technology, Retail, and Medical. She is passionate about integrated management systems and process redesign, labour productivity, people strategy, and leading-edge employee experience which lead business to high performance.

Vajira Weerasekera

CTO, Microsoft Services Asia @ Microsoft

Vajira Weerasekera

CTO, Microsoft Services Asia @ Microsoft

Vajira is a business leader, speaker, intrepreneur and author with over 25 years of experience. His true passion lies in incubating high-performing teams to build disruptive solutions and business models. 

Currently, he is the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Services Asia. Vajira and his team of Architects are responsible for Architecting the most complex and strategic solutions with Microsoft Enterprise customers across Asia, including Asia Pacific, India, Japan and Greater China. Prior to that Vajira was the Director for Office 365 Global Practice Asia, and he was also the co-founder of the Microsoft Solutions Development Center. A software engineering facility for implementing disruptive and breakthrough solutions. 

You can see his upcoming book herehttp://motivatingmavericks.com. Vajira also enjoys marathon and ultra marathon running and currently training for the next 100km ultra marathon.

Rianne van Veldhuizen

Vice President, Commercial Segment @ IBM Asia Pacific

Rianne van Veldhuizen

Vice President, Commercial Segment @ IBM Asia Pacific

As Vice President Commercial Segment Rianne van Veldhuizen is responsible for revenue, profit, growth and the digital transformation of IBM’s Commercial clients in Asia Pacific. Rianne’s focus is to lead growth and success through helping clients to leverage the insights and value gained from IBM’s solutions like Hybrid Cloud, Security, Blockchain and Internet of Things. 

Rianne has 18 years experience in successful business leadership, both in the Netherlands and internationally. Prior to her appointment in Asia Pacific she was responsible for IBM’s Software business in Benelux, where she was part of the Benelux Executive Committee and a member of IBM’s European Technical Leadership team. Goal-oriented team player, decision maker, pragmatic and down to earth are a few words that describe her. Rianne holds a Bachelor in Business Communications from Hanzehogeschool Groningen, a Masters degree in Policy, Communication and Organization from VU University Amsterdam and completed Executive Education from INSEAD. Rianne is married, has three children and lives in Singapore.

Dr. Susan Entwisle

Head of Cognizant Digital Business – Australia @ Cognizant

Dr. Susan Entwisle

Head of Cognizant Digital Business – Australia @ Cognizant

Dr. Susan Entwisle leads a talented team of digital strategists, creatives, innovators, architects and technologists that help our clients to thrive in the digital age. Dr Susan Entwisle has over 20 years’ experience at the forefront of technology services. Prior to joining Cognizant, Susan was a Distinguished Technologist / Executive Director at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services and EDS. Susan has also worked with Microsoft Visual Studio, Redmond and collaborated with CSIRO. 

Susan has a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Software Engineering from Monash University, Australia.

Caroline Raj

Head of Marketing, Global Technology Services @ IBM

Caroline Raj

Head of Marketing, Global Technology Services @ IBM

Passionate. Addicted to Innovation. Loves a good challenge. Caroline has worked with a number of the world’s most successful international brands across Australia, UK and Europe on agency side and client side.  Her passion is to drive marketing transformation initiatives to engage customers more deeply and in new ways across by leveraging brand, culture and data.  Caroline has recently moved to Sydney (with two toddlers!) from her role in IBM as the Melbourne Marketing Executive and is the Head of Marketing at Global Technology Services at IBM. She also looks after the data and analytics remit for Australia and New Zealand.

Ben Green

Smart Space Director @ Schneider Electric

Ben Green

Smart Space Director @ Schneider Electric

A proven Business leader, innovator, entrepreneur, and Apple ambassador, Ben Green has founded two Australian tech start-ups in the past 15 years and is currently the Director for Schneider Electric’s Smart Space business in Australia. During the iOS and Android revolution of 2010, Ben launched the brand PUSH, a disruptive automation solution to control connected technology through a simple to use smart app. In 2014, PUSH was acquired by fortune 500 technology giant and world leader in automation and energy management - Schneider Electric.

Post-acquisition, Ben Green was promoted to Director of Smart Space for Schneider Electric Australia, a market leader in creating innovative, automated and sustainable solutions for smart buildings.

Tali Friedman

Solutions Architect @ Elastic

Tali Friedman

Solutions Architect @ Elastic

Tali is an IT professional with 15 years of experience. She has hands on experience with software development lifecycle, DevOps, consulting and cyber security. She has worked with numerous customers in the region on optimising and securing their software development lifecycle and protecting sensitive data. In her current role she is helping customers to democratise data and  gain insights with the elastic stack. Tali holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science and Masters in Business Administration. Tali lives in Sydney with her family and pets.

Stuart Duncan

Solutions Architect @ Elastic

Stuart Duncan

Solutions Architect @ Elastic

Stuart has over 15 year’s experience of architecting, deploying and supporting solutions for tier 1 telcos and enterprises, with a background in telecommunications, messaging and email security.

Observing the emergence of the Elastic Stack in customer use cases from the mid 2010s, Stuart was inspired to start leveraging the technology to provide deep insights and visualisations for multiple Proof of Concept and data analysis projects.

Seeing the potential, Stuart was excited to join the rapidly growing Elastic Sydney family in 2017 as a Solution Architect, helping to spread the word and enable users in ANZ!

Julie Lee

Director, Design Thinking, Agile Advisory @ PwC

Julie Lee

Director, Design Thinking, Agile Advisory @ PwC

Julie is a passionate an experienced Design Thinking and agile advisor with over 16 years consulting experience across a range of industries including finance, telecommunications, media and airlines to name a few. In her current Agile Advisory Director role at PwC, Julie applies DT and business agility to help her clients understand what it means to be agile and how to drive strategic and transformational change by using the agile mindset.

Lynn Hamilton

Lead Product Architect @ Xero

Lynn Hamilton

Lead Product Architect @ Xero

Lynn first got her hands on code at the age of 6 and this is what started her lifelong love of technology. With a background in Software Engineering, Lynn has spread her development wings (putting her natural fears aside) and is currently leading one of the Architecture teams at Xero. In Lynn’s time, Xero has grown from a tiny Wellington startup to a global force for small business and accounting software. She’s not sure how she ended up being a manager type person, but she is sure that she’s enjoying the challenge. While her day to day role no longer involves coding as much as she would like, she still keeps herself up to date by encouraging her friends to learn things with her.

Katharine Barnett

Director, Employee Success JAPAC @ Oracle

Katharine Barnett

Director, Employee Success JAPAC @ Oracle

Katharine Barnett is the Director, Employer Success for JAPAC, leading several strategic programs including Diversity and Inclusion for Oracle’s License & Consulting organisation, the Onboarding program and the Oracle Women’s Leadership organisation. Starting her career in Recruitment, Katharine moved into Human Resources (HR), finding the profession afforded the rare opportunity to work globally, as well as across industry. Taking full advantage of this, Katharine’s career spans notable global corporations including Sky News Corporation in London, Liberty Global in Amsterdam and Oracle in Melbourne.  Katharine has been a board member of MND Victoria for 3 years, becoming Vice Chair early 2017.

Sheila Mistry

Director @ EY

Sheila Mistry

Director @ EY

A highly experienced Director within the People Advisory Services, EY Australia. Sheila has over 18 years of experience in technology, Change Management, Business Transformation and Organisational Change gained across various business industries, bringing together a unique combination of experience from working in both industry and consulting roles.  Working alongside major international clients to build strong client relationships and detailed understanding of clients’ requirements’, has succeeded in delivering business process improvement, and organizational change programmes to ensure successful business transformation for her clients.  

Digital disruption coupled with constantly evolving technology platforms and the need for flexibility and agility in delivery has driven Sheila to constantly strive for creative techniques to support her clients deliver successful transformation programs and drive sustainable change within their organisations.

Angel Joseph

Senior Software Developer @ William Hill

Angel Joseph

Senior Software Developer @ William Hill

Angel Joseph is a senior software developer at William Hill, a team player and a vibrant person. With degrees in Bachelors of Information Technology and Masters in Human Resources from India, she started her coding journey with Microsoft technologies. Rooted with the zeal to explore new horizons, the move to Australia was natural. She has 7 years of experience, is always keen about learning new skills and delivering well architected solutions to her customers. From ASP.Net forms to cloud hosted micro services, she has several Microsoft certifications under her belt. She also loves reading fiction, writing and cooking.

Faten Healy

Inside Solutions Engineer, APAC @ GitHub

Faten Healy

Inside Solutions Engineer, APAC @ GitHub

Faten Healy is an Inside Solutions Engineer for APAC at GitHub. Based in Sydney, she has a wealth of experience in all different parts of the software development life cycle. In her 13 years of working in technology, she has taken on varied roles — a software developer (writing code), in technical support (service desk), a technical trainer, and her current role in the solutions sales team at GitHub. Faten is passionate about software and enjoys helping people to understand the power and benefits of Git and GitHub.

Magda Griffiths

Senior Product Manager @ eBay

Magda Griffiths

Senior Product Manager @ eBay

Magda Griffiths is a curious and creative product manager who has spent the last 12 years crafting cross-platform digital experiences. She is the Senior Product Manager at eBay Classifieds Group currently working on Gumtree. Magda is responsible for shaping experiences that connect buyers, sellers and brands within Gumtree using data, messaging and forms of AI technology. Magda was a presenter at Sydney’s Vivid Festival discussing essential questions product managers should ask for developing successful products. She is also a mentor to emerging start-ups and women in tech. With a passion for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Magda is an advocator of age and gender diversity in the tech industry. Previously, Magda worked at News Corp and Ninemsn where she applied design thinking and lean/agile principles to product development.

Vanessa Doake

Co-Founder @ Code Like a Girl

Vanessa Doake

Co-Founder @ Code Like a Girl

Vanessa is a co-founder of Code Like a Girl, a highly successful and award-winning initiative that provides girls with the support, tools and knowledge to enter and flourish in the world of coding.

She has developed her HR expertise working in the not-for-profit, health and government sectors. 

 

Gender equality and social justice are concurrent themes as she leads HR and Operations at Women's Legal Service Victoria and serves as a committee member for the Australian Human Resource Institute Diversity Network.

Lindsay Lim

Principal Architect @ AKQA

Lindsay Lim

Principal Architect @ AKQA

Lindsay is a Principal Architect at AKQA. She has spent majority of her working life integrating front-end code with enterprise applications. She enjoys the battle of wrangling code and processes to make things work and working closely with other developers and designers to help them to achieve their vision! Lindsay loves to push the boundaries of what enterprise applications are capable of.

Sonya Corcoran

Manager, Digital Innovation @ The University of Sydney

Sonya Corcoran

Manager, Digital Innovation @ The University of Sydney

Sonya is on a mission to advance humanity through the power of software, research and education, and prides herself on having a gritty, growth mindset. Above all, she is a passionate educational designer turned coder who believes in designing “with” and not “for” to achieve positive, authentic change.

Gavin Whyte

Chief Data Scientist, Principal @ Deloitte

Gavin Whyte

Chief Data Scientist, Principal @ Deloitte

Gavin is currently a Principal at Deloitte, with over 25 years’ experience in the industry and specialises in machine learning and software development. Gavin has a deep technical background and started his career as a professor in Mathematics and Computer Science.  He is a seasoned Data Scientist, executive, leader and strategist an expert in business communications, product and process design relating to Data Science space. He has specialised in the Big Data space with extensive experience in Hadoop, Spark Scala and Machine learning, and have developed platform and built models, in the Commbank Omnia Big Data team for many years.

Yasmine Sefouane

Product Owner @ Xero

Yasmine Sefouane

Product Owner @ Xero

Yasmine is a product owner at Xero, she helps grow Xero’s applications ecosystem by building beautiful integrations with development partners. She started as a programmer and has been doing mobile development for nearly 5 years. She loves programming and problem solving, but what she’s most passionate about is taking ideas from concept to product.

Lakshmi Easuwaran

Agile Coach @ Telstra

Lakshmi Easuwaran

Agile Coach @ Telstra

Lakshmi Easuwaran is a seasoned program management professional adept at leading large product development initiatives. With rich experience in using Agile practices for significant customer deliverables, she also has substantial technical experience with DevOps, XP Practices, and enterprise testing frameworks.

Lakshmi’s leadership experience includes delivering strategy, project management, solutions architecture and large scale business transformation. In her 18 years career, she has led cross functional teams across India, Singapore, Australia, France, Korea and the United States, and has managed large programs by mentoring and improving employee engagement. She is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Product Owner, Certified Scrum Professional and a Certified Project Management Professional. Lakshmi is currently working for Telstra Corporation Ltd as an Agile Coach. Lakshmi's Agile Coach manifesto is to bring the best version of people to make invaluable human systems enabling organizational agility.

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Valeria Plutino

Senior Software Engineer @ UTS Rapido, University of Technology Sydney

Valeria Plutino

Senior Software Engineer @ UTS Rapido, University of Technology Sydney

Valeria is senior software engineer from Italy with a degree in Electronic Engineering and 7 years experience in cross-platform mobile development (specialising in iOS and Android) and IoT solutions. She is committed to delivering quality consumer and enterprise applications through solid technical foundations and up to date industry knowledge.

Her passion for travelling and surfing led her to Australia, where she found her niche working on advanced media streaming solutions and mobile applications. She has since moved on to lead a number of mobile app projects at UTS Rapido, a prototyping unit of University of Technology Sydney, where she uses her creativity and knowledge to solve new challenges the industry is facing.

Lina Sharii

Azure Stack Sales Strategy Lead, Asia @ Microsoft

Lina Sharii

Azure Stack Sales Strategy Lead, Asia @ Microsoft

Lina is a Sales Strategy Lead for Azure Networking and Azure Stack which are the two flagship Microsoft offering to support the customer digital transformation and provide the consistent cloud experience. For the last 3 years Lina has been leading partnership engagement and enablement initiatives for Asia Pacific Region which included analysing market tends and providing the insights back to the headquarter to drive new Microsoft businesses growth. Her role requires high levels of entrepreneurial and strategic thinking as she helps partners to define new growth directions in the fast changing industry of technologies and cloud services transformation.

Raisa Hashem

Cloud Architect Consultant @ AWS

Raisa Hashem

Cloud Architect Consultant @ AWS

Raisa Hashem is a Cloud Architect Consultant in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Professional Services team, based out of Melbourne, Australia. On a day to day, Raisa works with Enterprises to fast-track their cloud adoption journey through educating best practices and developing system architectures, security controls, and infrastructure automation. Prior to AWS, Raisa worked as a DevOps engineer and Architect at enterprises such as Telstra and GE. Raisa is passionate about Women-in-Tech and works with many organizations, high schools, and primary schools in Melbourne to conduct hackathons, mentorships, and coding workshops. With a graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering, she loves learning about intelligent technology and their application in improving human movement. Outside of technology, Raisa loves to do and teach yoga, is a student of Indian Classical Dance, and is obsessed with traveling the world.

Torsa Das

Senior Software Engineer @ Expedia

Torsa Das

Senior Software Engineer @ Expedia

Torsa is a Senior Software Engineer at Expedia where she combines her passion for both technology and travel.

Torsa’s area of expertise lies in large scale distributed system & micro services. She has spent much of her career in software improving the performance and scalability of such systems. Torsa’s current area of interest lies in leveraging Machine learning to detect security related attacks and phishing. She is a co-lead of Expedia’s Women in learning and leadership community in Australia that encourages women to aim for Leadership roles.

Alvaro Maz

CoFounder & Managing Director @ Code for Australia

Alvaro Maz

CoFounder & Managing Director @ Code for Australia

Alvaro is an entrepreneur with a passion for public issues, technology and social change. In 2013 he launched his first venture, Creative Suburbs, an online platform to help more people make a difference in their cities. He then co-founded Code for Australia in late 2014 which led to launching Code for Aotearoa. 

Alvaro's background is in international development, philosophy and urban planning, none of which he has really practised. On his spare time he works on fun projects like this one and is also cooking plans to go sailing around the world.

Sophie Rabani

Senior Project Manager @ Oracle

Sophie Rabani

Senior Project Manager @ Oracle

Sophie is PMP® and Prince2 certified Senior Project Manager, leading groups of technical and business stakeholders, delivering successfully a variety of IT solutions in a thriving and ever-changing industry. Working nowadays at Oracle NetSuite Australia, implementing Cloud based Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and Webstores solutions.

Pratibha Gannavarapu

Head of Data Product @ News Corp Australia

Pratibha Gannavarapu

Head of Data Product @ News Corp Australia

A firm believer in people, Customer-centric design and data informed product management, Pratibha is a Head of Data Product heading up cross-functional team of product managers, BAs and UXD at News Corp Australia. She loves building products to solve customer problems. 

Pratibha’s previous roles span across various disciplines in Technology including Software Engineering & Program Management at Yahoo!7, Product Owner at News Corp. 

During downtime, Pratibha loves reading books, traveling, writing travel and leadership blogs and talking science with her five-year-old son. 

Crena Menner

IT Project Manager @ Nestle Australia

Crena Menner

IT Project Manager @ Nestle Australia

Crena has 20 years of expertise in integrating large systems landscapes at Nestle and PwC Consulting. Having stumbled across a career in IT she quickly developed her aptitude and passion for developing logical and creative solutions for a range of industries from Pharma, Banking and Oil to Consumer Products. Her career has matched her passion for travelling having vacationed in 60+ countries and worked in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, USA and Sydney. Crena has recently gained her PMI certification and has been project managing global SAP systems implementations for the past 5 years. Nestle has the largest SAP ERP system and the scale and performance requirements adds to the excitement of a new challenge every day. Mum of two beautiful daughters she is committed to inspiring the next generation of tech girls in the community.

Fiona Habermehl

Executive Director @ EY

Fiona Habermehl

Executive Director @ EY

Fiona leads the Asia Pacific Assurance Technology and Solutions team for at EY.  Fiona has been in this role for 18 years, managing and coordinating the Assurance technology implementation projects across Asia Pacific. Fiona is currently working with the Asia Pacific and Global Assurance leadership team on an area wide Analytics, Automation and FAAS Leasing tool strategy and solution, leveraging technology to meet the needs of the business. This includes the setup of infrastructure for in country data centres to support solutions for analytics, automation and financial accounting leasing solutions. The strategic direction is to build cost effective solutions which will meet market needs. 

Fiona has significant experience working with both the business leadership and IT leadership to implement technology solutions and project manage large transformational activities. A fresh perspective is provided to organizations requiring insight and experience managing their organizational risk initiatives.

Ray Moukaddem

Senior Director of Marketing Cloud @ Salesforce

Ray Moukaddem

Senior Director of Marketing Cloud @ Salesforce

A results-oriented leader focused on innovation and using technology for customer success with proven outcomes in a fast-paced environment. 

Accomplished in building the Marketing Cloud practice with coverage from pre-sales, technical solutions, commercials to delivery and operational excellence. A strong people manager with a focus on multiplying the team and setting them up with the skills to ensure they have a bright career.  I recently filed a U.S. provisional patent application related to AI, emotions and personalisation. As well as received Salesforce manager mvp 2018 award.

Vasvi Kakkad

Software Engineer II @ Microsoft Azure

Vasvi Kakkad

Software Engineer II @ Microsoft Azure

I am a software engineer, a researcher, and a mother in tech. I have worked with world’s leading organisations, and have broaden my experience in distributed computing, programming languages and compilers. I graduated with PhD from University of Sydney, 3 years back and currently working as a software engineer in Microsoft Azure. My current research interest lies in cloud services and machine learning. I am passionate about problem solving, learning new technologies, and teaching. In the last couple of years, I have volunteered as mentor to teach programming to primary school kids and to high school girls to encourage them towards STEM subjects.

In my spare time, I love reading books and solving puzzles with my five-year-old son.

Inês Almeida

Chief Transformation Officer @ NKDCO

Inês Almeida

Chief Transformation Officer @ NKDCO

Inês has over 20 years of experience in technology, business strategy, innovation and change. She loves to connect dots and people. As Chief Transformation Officer at NKDCO, she works with teams and clients on enterprise-wide digital transformation initiatives and innovation programs that unlock fast and sustained business growth. She is an experienced speaker both in corporate settings and at industry events. Her favourite topics include inclusion in the workplace, innovation, transformation, artificial intelligence and blockchain.

Tayler Feigl

Channel Development Manager, APAC @ Datto

Tayler Feigl

Channel Development Manager, APAC @ Datto

Being a young woman in a male dominated industry, Tayler attributes her success to building her brand and getting a seat at the table very early on in her career – kick started by her move to Hong Kong to work for a mobile wallet start-up, PassKit in 2014.  

Moving back to Sydney in 2016 Tayler joined the high-performance business development team of one of the fastest growing global data protection companies, and Connecticut’s first unicorn company, Datto. At Datto, Tayler leads the initiatives to grow Datto’s partner base as well as general presence within the APAC region. 2018 will see Tayler represent Datto at industry events across APAC, including presenting a Key Note at Cloud Asia Expo in Hong Kong on data protection.

Asma Gulbaz

QA Team Lead @ Hudl

Asma Gulbaz

QA Team Lead @ Hudl

Asma Gulbaz is a QA Team Lead at Hudl, where she works on sport analytics software used by professional teams and Olympians around the world. She holds a Master degree in Computer Science and has sound experience in automation testing, measuring quality to drive improvement. Alongside her role of mentoring Quality Analysts, analysing risks in products and being the voice of the user, she is passionate about teaching programming and robotics to young minds. Since a year, she has also been involved with Code 4 Fun School as a Curriculum Developer.

Corrina Liao Ph.D.

Customer Experience Lead, Business Transformation @ Telstra

Corrina Liao Ph.D.

Customer Experience Lead, Business Transformation @ Telstra

Corrina Liao is a leading Customer Experience strategist and practitioner with 14 years senior leadership experience in both B2C & B2B spaces – specialising in product development and service delivery.  

Hailing from a research background, she also pioneered a customer experience research framework that was central to shaping Telstra’s product and service strategies. Corrina currently continues to re-imagine and create delightful experiences for customers and bringing them along in the journey of digital transformation.

Laura Doonin

GM of Digital & Mindfulness Coach @ Kollide

Laura Doonin

GM of Digital & Mindfulness Coach @ Kollide

Responsible for leading digital strategy and innovation, Laura has a proven track record in growing and transforming retail businesses, with a focus on fashion, to meet the fast evolving expectations of customers through omni-channel and global strategies. 

Challenging the status quo in traditional retail with the hope to shape the future of retail in Australia. No more offline and online separation, it's all just retail. Alongside Laura's background in all things tech and retail, having worked for some of the biggest global companies including eBay and Pitney Bowes, she is also a leader in the health and wellness industry. You can find her teaching yoga and fitness classes in Fitness First NSW. Laura's motto is that there is no dichotomy between work and life. Life is life.

An active speaker and contributor who has been featured in Online Retailer, Retail Global and Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global network.

Jessica Symes

CEO & Founder @ Symes Group

Jessica Symes

CEO & Founder @ Symes Group

Jessica Symes is the CEO and Founder of Symes Group. Symes Group’s focus is on leadership and people development that is grounded in the principals of creativity and coaching psychology. Jessica Symes holds a Masters of Applied Science – The Psychology of Coaching at Sydney University and holds a Bachelor of Communications from Charles Sturt University and a Graduate Diploma of Directing from The National Institute of Dramatic Arts – NIDA. Jessica is an accomplished speaker, coach and consultant in the spaces of leadership, the future of work, organisational culture, creativity and innovation.

Tanuja Reddy

Agile Project Manager @ Endeavour Energy

Tanuja Reddy

Agile Project Manager @ Endeavour Energy

Strategic and results-focused leader commanding more than 14 years of dynamic consulting and management success across variety of industries, including Federal and State Government agencies, Banking and Technology sectors. Led world-class organizations providing expert business transformation services and cutting-edge technology solutions to major enterprises in diverse industries and domestic and international markets. Strong background in consulting, project management, and business development. Excellent problem-solving and leadership skills.

Bethan Timmins

Principal, Asia Pacific @ Equal Experts

Bethan Timmins

Principal, Asia Pacific @ Equal Experts

When not following her beloved Welsh rugby team, Bethan is busy working as a Partner at Equal Experts leading up the organisation here in Australia.  She  specialises in scaling agile delivery and infrastructure based projects .  Bethan’s extensive experience in technology spans over 18 years, and a variety of roles – Business Analyst, Scrum master, Delivery Lead and Delivery Manager.  Her work has exposed her to multiple industries, including finance,  telco, utilities and charities as well as the public sector. Her focus is in getting the right people to build the right product, in such a way as to scale delivery as efficiently and quickly as possible.

June Cheung

VP @ Grapeshot

June Cheung

VP @ Grapeshot

June is currently spearheading the growth of Grapeshot in AU and NZ. She is a leader, and passionate driver of tech delivering better and more effective advertising results. June has over 14 years of industry experience in digital advertising. With a background in E-commerce Engineering, she decided early on to leverage her technical knowledge and apply it to commercial roles throughout her career. 

June leads by example and hopes to inspire women to build resilience, and adapt and believe that they can have a successful career in tech. June’s experienced in working in fast paced growth businesses that are constantly adapting to change and innovation.

Ashley Ward

Digital Marketing Strategist & Corporate Speaker @ SEMrush

Ashley Ward

Digital Marketing Strategist & Corporate Speaker @ SEMrush

Ashley Ward is a Corporate Speaker for SEMrush, an all-in-one digital marketing tool. Her passion is focused on helping businesses and marketing professionals gain long term ROI through teaching content and social media marketing. Speaking both internationally and throughout the US, Ashley regularly teaches workshops and speaks at conferences. Ashley has co-authored the best-selling book “The Better Business Book V.2” and is a contributing writer to industry blogs such as Search Engine Journal and AuthorityLabs.

Mandi Gunsberger

Founder @ Babyology

Mandi Gunsberger

Founder @ Babyology

Mandi founded Babyology, Australia's largest digital publisher for parents. With a social media following of 1.2 million Facebook fans, and over 1M unique visitors a month and rising, Babyology was acquired late 2017. An entrepreneur who just happens to be a mum-of-three, Mandi launched the business alone in her living room with $5000 in 2007 and built it into a publisher with a team of almost 25, mostly women who work remotely from their own homes and also in the Surry Hills, Sydney Headquarters. Mandi has always loved business and launched a cookie company at 23, a relocation business at 25 and then Babyology at 29, which was acquired in 2017.

In 2016, Babyology was named as a finalist in the NSW Telstra Business Awards. Mandi was also recently named one of Australia's Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs Under 40.

Moe Kiss

Analytics Manager @ @ THE ICONIC

Moe Kiss

Analytics Manager @ @ THE ICONIC

Moe leads the analytics team at THE ICONIC. Day to day she focuses on understanding customer behaviour through data & analytics. For example, answering questions about customer engagement, cross device behaviour, segmentation and product feature importance. Moe is an active organiser in the analytics community serving as President of the Digital Analytics Association Inc. NSW and co-hosting a fortnightly podcast, the Digital Analytics Power Hour, on all things analytics. Moe is a strong advocate for gender and cultural diversity, organisational mentoring and networking.

Cindy Schwartz

General Manager, Product Strategy and Innovation @ Citadel Group

Cindy Schwartz

General Manager, Product Strategy and Innovation @ Citadel Group

Cindy Schwartz is a leader who is passionate about using technology to solve everyday problems and transform government and business to drive greater results for its citizens, customers and shareholders. She loves to enable people to become their best and help more girls and women thrive in STEM. A 20+ year veteran in the tech industry, Cindy has been lucky enough to work across many roles from help desk to managing director and for small companies, large multinationals and many in between. Her current role is General Manager of Product Strategy and Innovation for the Citadel Group.

Gail Williamson

Chief Growth Officer @ WiseTech Global

Gail Williamson

Chief Growth Officer @ WiseTech Global

As Chief Growth Officer, Gail focuses on accelerating growth and geographic expansion for WiseTech globally, delivering on strategic initiatives, launching breakthrough technologies and leading the global brand.  Her role spans capital markets, communications, brand, marketing, channels, culture, governance and stakeholder management. She is a member of the group’s M&A Committee and the Capital Committee.  She is passionate about high growth, globally scalable, innovation and engaging teams and aligning resources to deliver it.  Gail has 20 years executive experience across the UK and Australasia with leading international corporates including Henderson Global Investors and ABN AMRO NV.  Gail holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney, was awarded a Gold ‘Stevie’ International Business Award in 2016 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Yvonne Butler

Managing Director @ The Information Source

Yvonne Butler

Managing Director @ The Information Source

Yvonne Butler is a thought leader in the strategy execution, governance and risk management. She is widely respected in the project management world for her unique combination of deep industry knowledge, consulting expertise and global management experience. Yvonne currently sits on a number of boards as a non-executive director, including being an External Board Member for the Department of Defence.  Prior to this she was the CEO of the Australian Institute of Project Management, which is the peak body for project management in Australia. With over 16,000 constituents, the AIPM is recognised by Australian business, industry and government as the key promoter, developer and leader in project management professionalism.

 

Yvonne is passionate about seeing more women in senior executive and Board positions.  She is a member of the UN Women National Committee Australia and a participant in the forthcoming OECD Asian Governance Round Table. In her spare time she is currently writing a book on strategy execution

Michele Fernandez

Tutor, Interface Design @ The University of Sydney

Michele Fernandez

Tutor, Interface Design @ The University of Sydney

Michele is a designer, electronic artist and researcher. Her research focuses on the design of creative methods for tech education. Her work strives to create engaging experiences by providing ways for girls to express their individuality using technology and art. She has a Master on Interaction Design and Electronic Arts from USYD. Her dissertation project was a framework to teach basic electronics through storytelling and paper electronics crafts. Starting out as graphic designer, she has worked as UI designer and front-end developer for almost 10 years. She also loves dinosaurs, painting and wood cut printing.

Angela Donohoe

CIO @ BPAY Group

Angela Donohoe

CIO @ BPAY Group

Angela was appointed to the role of Chief Angela Donohoe — BPayInformation Officer in October 2016. In this role, Angela has ownership and oversight of information and technology strategy, payment platforms and operations, cybersecurity and risk management. Angela has more than 25 years’ experience in executive technology leadership roles in financial services and government including Cuscal, Societe Generale, Bank of New York and NSW Office of State Revenue. Angela is a Fellow of CPA Australia and FINSIA, is a director of a not-for-profit childcare organisation and serves on a range of technology advisory boards.

Christy Forest

CEO & Executive Director @ LiveHire

Christy Forest

CEO & Executive Director @ LiveHire

With a strong interest in the transformational business model, Christy’s focus lies in changing the way all people find meaningful work. Best known for the drive for performance and collaboration and humanity in the workplace, Christy has more than 20 years of experience in leading high-growth talent and technology businesses.

As the Global Head of Member Services, and the first woman on CEB's Executive Committee, Christy developed a passion for delivering and scaling high-quality customer experiences worldwide. As the MD APAC for CEB, she pioneered new markets, products, and processes. Christy is passionate about creating the right avenues that encourage women to pursue a career in technology.

Dr. Michael Haywood

Founder & Growth Director @ LiveHire

Dr. Michael Haywood

Founder & Growth Director @ LiveHire

Dr Michael Haywood is Founder and Growth Director of LiveHire. A talent acquisition software platform that creates unique candidate experiences with the purpose of attracting high quality, diverse talent. Prior to founding LiveHire, Michael launched two technology start-ups with his respective co-founders.

Michael is passionate about scaling businesses in fast-paced, competitive industries, solutions that deliver real positive value in people's lives and technology that helps us evolve to a more personalised and connected world. Dr Haywood has completed a PhD in Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce and Engineering, both from the University of Western Australia.

Natasha Mandie

MD @ EM Advisory

Natasha Mandie

MD @ EM Advisory

Natasha Mandie has over 20 years’ experience helping mid-market companies with company-defining change, rapid growth, capital raisings and M&A transactions. Renowned for her energy, insights, dedication to purpose and unwavering commitment to clients, she helps both listed and private companies reach long-term goals.

Natasha has founded and exited numerous companies, and is currently Managing Director of EM Advisory Pty Ltd - a corporate advisory firm advising vibrant, purposeful companies on their transactional needs. Australian tech companies doing global deals is a speciality. Natasha has also held various board positions, including in the NFP space.

Brianna Davis

Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific @ ConsenSys

Brianna Davis

Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific @ ConsenSys

Brianna heads up the marketing efforts for ConsenSys across the Asia Pacific region. This involves managing the Marketing and Communications for ConsenSys as well as their 50+ venture products. With a career largely focused on Financial Services, which included managing the global brand for banking behemoth HSBC, she moved into the Ethereum Blockchain space with a desire to pioneer structural and institutional change in the finance industry. Frustrated with legacy systems and tech, she was drawn Blockchain as a result of technology’s huge potential, specifically the impact it could have in addressing social and environmental challenges.

Barbara Harvey

Creative Director @ Symes Group

Barbara Harvey

Creative Director @ Symes Group

Barbara Harvey is the Creative Director of Symes Group- A leadership and Coaching consultancy.  A consultant, facilitator, and presenter, Barbara enjoys facilitating discussion and sessions that are thought-provoking, uplifting and engaging.  She has a Bachelor of Economics of Economics (Social Sciences), is accredited in a variety of psychometric tools and is currently studying Organisational coaching/leadership.  Barbara’s specialty areas in presenting/facilitating are creative thinking, design/systems thinking, social phenomenons (unconscious bias/The Bystander Effect) and social impact. Barbara consults and facilitates in the above topics at major Australian/international organisations from graduate to C-suite level. Barbara is the epitome of warmth and friendliness and is renowned for talking to anyone, everywhere…

Jonathan Hooker

Chief Executive Officer @ Autonomous Group

Jonathan Hooker

Chief Executive Officer @ Autonomous Group

Jonathan is an investor and strategic advisor to web 3.0 companies, helping them to build new socio-economic decentralised systems in the cloud. “My passion is the equalisation of human governance and economic structures underpinned by technology, helping us all to move to Humanity 2.0.”

Today Jonathan is the CEO of Autonomous Group, Autonomous is a dedicated blockchain investment and consultancy firm established to assist investors and blockchain projects participate and succeed in the rapidly expanding decentralised world.

Jonathan has spent the last 14 years building software products for the banking industry and blue chip companies, in Seattle, New York, London and Hong Kong.

Brona Kelly

Talent Acquisition Partner @ Sportsbet

Brona Kelly

Talent Acquisition Partner @ Sportsbet

Brona is the Talent Acquisition Partner at Sportsbet. Her role is focused on partnering with Sportsbet’s Technology leaders to attract and recruit talent who are right for the company now and into the future. She dedicates her time to fostering employee career development and recruiting a high calibre of diverse, talented and dedicated individuals. Determined to promote gender diversity and equality across all sectors at Sportsbet, Brona is committed to embedding inclusive practices into the organisation’s people systems, processes and policies. Prior to joining Sportsbet, Brona was the Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant at Odecee, A Cognizant Digital Business, where she worked to recruit across technology roles of development, DevOps, mobile development and test automation. 

Inga Latham

Chief Product Officer @ SiteMinder

Inga Latham

Chief Product Officer @ SiteMinder

Inga Latham began her working life as a journalist before finding user experience and product management by fortuitous accident in the early years of the ‘dotcom’ boom in London. Inga has seen the good, the bad and the ugly as a veteran of boo.com and Yahoo!, online travel agencies, ticketing and financial services. She has led product strategy, implementation, launch and optimisation programmes for complex, content-rich, transactional websites and mobile applications across multiple geographies, based on a marriage of commercial drivers and user-centred design principles.

Today Inga is the chief product officer at SiteMinder, the name behind the global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform and one of the top 20 tech pioneers to come out of Australia.

Teresa Janowski

CEO @ STEM Nation

Teresa Janowski

CEO @ STEM Nation

Over 20 years, Teresa Janowski improved the corporate training and quality programs of companies including Telstra, Motorola, BAE Systems and SAAB Technologies. In 2013 she seized the opportunity to join the STEM Nation team, applying her expertise to the empowerment of young people pursuing STEM careers. As General Manager, Teresa has been instrumental in the creation of programs that build both technical and personal skills of students passionate about STEM: this includes the Concept2Creation Program and STEM Sista and STEM Mista mentoring programs, which give students the chance to solve real world problems, learn life skills, and build the resilience required to succeed both in their STEM careers and into the future. Teresa is married with adult children and enjoys working on cars on the weekend with her husband.

Amy Rixon

Chief Brand, People and Culture Officer @ Arq Group

Amy Rixon

Chief Brand, People and Culture Officer @ Arq Group

A cultural change evangelist and commercially-focused executive who is passionate about driving business performance through humanistic leadership and engagement. Amy has been instrumental in leading the branding and cultural elements of Arq Group’s transformation as Chief Brand, People & Culture Officer and is a passionate advocate for inclusion. Amy’s wealth of HR and cultural change experience spans both small business and large enterprises across a range of industries including professional services, financial services, and telecommunications.  

Amy holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources and Industrial Relations and has completed a number of graduate courses in management, strategy and leadership.

Martin Mercer

Chief Executive Officer, Director @ Arq Group

Martin Mercer

Chief Executive Officer, Director @ Arq Group

Martin’s leadership of Arq Group, as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, is underpinned by more than 20 years in strategy and planning, sales, marketing, product development and general management. Prior to joining Arq Group, he was Managing Director, Strategy and Fixed at Optus, following four successful years as Chief Executive Officer of vividwireless and a decade in senior leadership positions at Telstra. 

A recipient of a Harness Fellowship from Commonwealth Fund of New York, and a former Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Martin holds a Graduate Diploma in Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. 

Brett Fenton

CTO @ Arq Group

Brett Fenton

CTO @ Arq Group

Leading the management of Arq Group's software systems and platforms, project management and delivery, infrastructure and technical platforms, and general technology operations, Brett Fenton is a technology evangelist with a passion for both business management and leadership. As Chief Integration Officer during the group's critical transformation period from late-2015, Brett was responsible for customer integration, migration, platform consolidation, customer experience and customer journey, data science and innovation. His success in building this integration capability saw him transition to taking on the wider technology role across the group.

Brett has held a number of senior leadership positions at Melbourne IT and Netregistry prior to its acquisition, including as Chief Customer Officer of Melbourne IT and Chief Operating Officer of Netregistry. He holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Sydney where he majored both chemistry and geology.

Sally Browner

General Manager @ Coder Academy

Sally Browner

General Manager @ Coder Academy

Sally is a former corporate executive turned passionate high school teacher turned technology education enthusiast. She was appointed as General Manager of Coder Academy late last year. Under her lead, Coder Academy has introduced a new mission to reduce inequality and drive innovation via high quality, technology training. Sally believes that the people who control technology will control the future, and she is passionate about ensuring that this group of people is as diverse as possible.

Sally's career began at Macquarie Bank, followed by six years as a Media Strategist for both Mitchell Media and Young & Rubicam. She holds a Finance Degree and Diploma of Education from UNSW, a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, and a Masters of Education from Macquarie University. She is a reformed Luddite with a desire to keep learning and inspire others to do the same.

Sirine Demachkie

Facilitator @ Symes Group

Sirine Demachkie

Facilitator @ Symes Group

Sirine Demachkie is a Bilingual Presenter and Writer (speaking fluent Arabic and English), working locally and abroad for over 10 years across a diverse array of genres. Sirine has worked with global and Australian brands, including; ABC Foreign Correspondent, ABC Kids, Westpac Banking Corporation, and as a facilitator with leadership and consulting company, Symes Group. Sirine has also just self-published her first bilingual children’s book – inspired by her curly haired, pocket rocket little girl, Elyssa. 

Denise Christie

General Manager Products & Services @ Intelematics Australia

Denise Christie

General Manager Products & Services @ Intelematics Australia

Denise Christie is the General Manager of Products and Services at Intelematics Australia. Denise is responsible for driving the continued growth of Intelematics via the development of innovative products and services into global markets like Australia, North America and Europe. Denise brings over 20 years’ of leadership experience in product management, software development, service delivery and professional services. Prior to Intelematics, Denise worked as the Head of Big Data Solutions at Telstra, co-founded a digital start up in Melbourne, and had a long-standing stint at Electronic Arts where she was responsible for leading their digital platform and product development. Denise’s leadership and experience will play a pivotal role in Intelematics’ continued global success in the future. 

Stacey Horder

Human Resources Director @ CSG

Stacey Horder

Human Resources Director @ CSG

Stacey is the Company Director and HR Gal for the Australia/NZ entities of CSG. With a career working for dynamic US tech companies; overseeing the Asia Pacific region and more recently focusing on Australia and New Zealand she is passionate about ensuring people have connection with their work and the company that they work for. With interest in both the Private & Not-for-Profit sectors, Stacey works on initiatives to help businesses learn how to engage with their employees to achieve best results by cultivating a sense of partnership throughout all levels of the organisation.

Miles Toomey

Business Manager @ Symes Group

Miles Toomey

Business Manager @ Symes Group

With over a decade of experience in global sales and business management, Miles brings a wealth of knowledge paired with strategetic and innovative planning to the Symes Group. Qualifications and Experience include, BA Marketing and Management, University of Wellington, National Director and Sales Manager for Sealord Group, National Business Manager for Allied Mills & Sales and Marketing Consultant for 2me Solutions.

Kirsty McGrath

Managing Director @ OnPoint Solutions

Kirsty McGrath

Managing Director @ OnPoint Solutions

Kirsty McGrath is a rare female awarded Microsoft MVP, and the Founder of OnPoint Solutions and the founder of the Australian Office 365 Business User Groups in Sydney & Melbourne. OnPoint Solutions is a leading Training & Adoption practice that helps organisations maximise ROI through efficient use of technology, particularly centred on productivity and collaborative improvements. Through best practice adoption methodologies, OnPoint accelerates team collaboration and communication in the cloud. Kirsty is a highly experienced Adoption Specialist having worked alongside Microsoft with their top 200 clients, leading businesses through large and complex transformation projects.

Meenakshi Ralhan

Software Engineer @ Trip Advisor

Meenakshi Ralhan

Software Engineer @ Trip Advisor

Meenakshi is a software engineer in Trip Advisor and has extensive experience in developing e-commerce applications. She has done her masters in computer applications. She has worked on various backend and front-end technologies and now specializing in Internet marketing (especially in SEM & SEO). She is inquisitive and a good team player. She is committed to provide the quality solutions in time. Apart from coding, she loves to work-out and join the fitness classes.

Kerrie-Anne Turner

Head of Channels & General Business for Australia & New Zealand @ VMware

Kerrie-Anne Turner

Head of Channels & General Business for Australia & New Zealand @ VMware

Kerrie-Anne joined VMware in February 2016 as Head of Channels & General Business for Australia & New Zealand. 

Kerrie-Anne has built a comprehensive management and leadership skillset locally and internationally with a 25-year career in the information technology sector including 15 years with leading software company, Symantec holding both global and regional senior executive roles, including opening the India operation for the company.

Kerrie-Anne actively gives back to the community and has been a member of the NSW Premier’s Lucy Mentoring Program, a keynote speaker at the AIM Outstanding Women’s Series, and is a regular speaker and lecturer on leadership for the University of NSW, Business Leadership Program – LEAD and the e-Lead program for young leaders in high school – Step Up Stand Out. Kerrie-Anne is also a mentor with NAWO’s (National Association of Women in Operations) mentoring circles program.

Alister Dias

VP and MD, Australia and New Zealand @ VMware

Alister Dias

VP and MD, Australia and New Zealand @ VMware

Alister Dias joined VMware in January 2016 as Vice President and Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Dias is responsible for driving strategic planning, business operations, go-to-market strategy, and management. As an industry veteran, Dias brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding with over 30 years’ experience in leadership, technical, sales and channel management roles. 

Prior to joining VMware, Dias spent 16 years working in various roles at EMC, where he most recently served as Vice President and Managing Director for ANZ for 4 years. In that role he was responsible for creating and implementing the company’s technology vision and strategy, working directly with EMC’s executive team and leading technologists in ANZ to drive the company’s growth in the region. Dias has also held previous positions within the market at CA Technologies and Soft Centre.

Rhonda Brighton-Hall

CEO @ mwah

Rhonda Brighton-Hall

CEO @ mwah

Rhonda is CEO of mwah. Making Work Absolutely Human, Chair of the AHRI National I&D Reference Panel and Chair of FlexCareers, and is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost experts in the future design of organisations, HR, leadership and work.

A Telstra Businesswoman of the Year, AHRI HR Leader of the Year, and inductee into the Human Capital Hall of Fame. She did her TedX talk in 2017 – “The Seven Aces – Privilege and how to be successful without it”

A determined optimist, her fundamental belief – that inclusion and good leadership are not only foundational for good people practices in organisations, but equally of more equitable and prosperous economies and communities.

Jane Huxley

MD @ Spotify

Jane Huxley

MD @ Spotify

As Managing Director for Spotify Australia and New Zealand, Jane leads a team of fifty in defending and growing Spotify’s market-leading position, implementing the commercial model, partnerships and overall market approach. For more than 25 years Jane has built a career based on innovation, technology and disruption. Working across blue chip organisations – Microsoft, Vodafone, Fairfax, and Pandora in Australia and internationally, Jane has had roles spanning systems engineering, through to sales, marketing, channel management and MD.

A previous non-executive board director, Jane also works as a mentor, focusing on female led start-ups through the accelerator programs SheStarts (Blue Chilli) and Slingshot. Jane is also an ambassador for the Big Day Off – a charity supporting Australians affected by spinal cord injury. Jane is a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and holds a degree in Change Management from AGSM.

Rupert Colchester

Head of Blockchain & Practice Leader @ IBM Australia & NZ

Rupert Colchester

Head of Blockchain & Practice Leader @ IBM Australia & NZ

Rupert Colchester is the Head of IBM Blockchain in Australia and New Zealand, and the lead of the Blockchain Services Practice for consulting and technical delivery. He helps governments and businesses across all industries, and the full ecosystem of developers, startups and partners, to leverage blockchain technology.

Having completed a degree in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, Rupert began his IBM career as a technical architect in the networking, communications, and security domain. 

He worked with Lloyds Banking Group as IBM’s Global Technology Services Lead for 4 years, before a 1-year assignment with IBM’s Chief Executive in the UK where he engaged with many senior business leaders across the UK.

He led the UK and Ireland blockchain business for more than a year before a move to Sydney in early 2018.