Karen Lay-Brew

President & Chair
Australian Business Software Industry Association (ABSIA)


With over 30 years of experience at board level and C-Level executive leadership in multi-national corporations such as Microsoft, Eaton, Honeywell, BHP, and Caltex, plus working with government partner boards for the ATO and ABR/SBR – Karen has a wealth of experience and direction to add to the Technology in Government Summit.

Karen is no stranger to the Summit, having chaired the Technology in Government Summit back in 2017 – leading strong conversations into the future of emerging technology and its implementation within government.

Now, Karen is the President and Chair for the Australian Business Software Industry Association (ABSIA). ABSIA represents all stakeholders in the digital community, to be the voice of the Australian Digital Service Providers in driving policy and implementation with the Government. Focus areas are Australian Digital Agenda, Whole-of-Government efforts and advocating for a thriving software and technology industry.

Stephen Wilson

Digital Identity Innovator and Analyst, Lockstep Group


Stephen Wilson is a leading authority on digital identity and electronic authentication. For over 22 years he has helped organisations in government, healthcare and banking establish effective authentication systems and frameworks, providing high calibre advice on strategy, technology selection, architecture, policy, privacy and governance. His specialisations include national scale IDAM infrastructure, PKI, smart devices, cryptography, blockchain technologies and biometrics. He has been personally responsible for many important innovations and policy reforms, and today is one of the world’s most original thinkers in digital identity. In December 2016, UK-based Innovate Identity named Stephen in the top 10 of The Most Influential Thought Leaders in Digital Identity; One World Identity named him in the Top 100 Influences in 2017 and 2018. He is currently undertaking a PhD on the evolution and ecology of digital identity, at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Drew Andison

Director, DACA Advisory Services & Former Team Lead, Digital Identity, Digital Transformation Office

Drew has spent over three decades working in various roles within the Australian Public Service, his latest in the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) where he was the Policy Lead for the Digital Identity Program. In that capacity he had primary responsibility for the development of the Trusted Digital Identity Framework - a policy framework that will underpin the implementation of the Government’s vision for a national digital identity federation. As policy lead he was also responsible for integrating the development of the Framework with the design and build of the DTA’s GovPass platform.

Prior to his transfer to the DTA Drew spent over 15 years working on identity and access management policy including development of the National e-Authentication Framework, the Gatekeeper PKI Framework and the Identity Management for Australian Government Employees (IMAGE) framework.

Lance Blockley

Managing Director, The Initiatives Group

Lance Blockley is Managing Director of The Initiatives Group, a consulting firm specialising in payments. He has advised issuers, acquirers, third-party processors, technology providers and payment associations in addressing many of the financial sector’s most significant issues. He has over 35 years experience in senior management and consulting in the UK, USA, Asia and Australia.

Lance has led the consulting team on a number of industry-wide assignments, including the successful removal of signature (PIN@POS) on card payments in Australia in August 2014, the culmination of two and a half years work across multiple stakeholder groups.

Prior to establishing the firm in 2013, Lance ran Edgar, Dunn & Company in Asia-Pacific for over 10 years, also acting for a term as global Managing Director

Lance holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, England and an M.B.A. from IMD, Switzerland. He is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Management Institute (UK).

David G. Birch

Author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services UK

David G.W Birch is an author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services. He is a Global Ambassador for the secure electronic transactions consultancy Consult Hyperion, Technology Fellow at the London-based think tank the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey Business School.

Before helping to found Consult Hyperion in 1986, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics. Dave was named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information (Wired magazine) and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking (Financial Brand); was found to be one of the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson (PR Daily); was ranked in the top three most influential people in London’s FinTech community (City A.M.), was voted one of the European “Top 40” people in digital financial services (Financial News), was listed of the world’s top 100 most influential FinTech leaders (Hot Topics) and rated Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments (Total Payments).

His most recent book “Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From money we understand to money that understands us” was published in June 2017 with a foreword by Andrew Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England. The London Review of Books called his 2014 book “Identity is the New Money” fresh, original, wide-ranging and “the best book on general issues around new forms of money".