2017 Speaker Bios

Rachel Neaman

Former Chair, Digital Leaders UK and CEO, Corsham Institute; Specialist in digital strategy, transformation, skills and inclusion


Digital Literacy is a must for all employees in modern government, but
how do you upskill your staff en mass? Rachel Neaman, one of the UK’s
top 20 most influential women in IT and a renowned digital government
expert, joins Technology in Government to uncover the secret to
building multidisciplinary teams in a world driven by technology.

John Dardo

Chief Digital Officer
Australian taxation Office


John has 20 years of experience across a range of ATO functions, including contact centres, digital transformation, compliance and business registries. During this time, he has delivered numerous innovations, including:

  • Voice biometrics for 2.5m ATO clients
  • myGov capability for 5.5m ATO clients
  • New authentication techniques to complement AUSkey, and
  • A range of initiatives cutting red tape for small business.
  • Masters of Business Administration: Australian Graduate School of Management
  • Graduate Certificate, Change Management: Australian Graduate School of Management
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons): University of New South Wales
  • Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Development: Southern Cross University.
  • John is also fluent in various business software systems, including MYOB and Xero.
Areas of Responsibility

John has recently stepped into his role as the ATO Chief Digital Officer, where he will continue to facilitate small business interaction with the ATO. Prior to this role, John managed the Australian Business Register and Standard Business Reporting programmes.

David Lacey

Father of ISO 27000'
BNP Paribas


David Lacey is a leading researcher, writer and innovator in Cyber Security and IT Governance, with more than 25 years’ experience leading IT Security and Governance functions for organizations such as Shell, Royal Mail and the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

David has pioneered many new ideas in cyber security. Amongst other things he drafted the original text behind the ISO 27000 family of standards, achieved the world’s first and largest accredited certifications, founded the Jericho Forum, and developed the world’s first fraud detection system based on the human immune system. His latest invention is a 4-dimensionalist, metaphysical database that he believes will revolutionize the cyber security industry.

Barbara Cohn

Former Chief Data Officer
New York State


Barbara Cohn became New York’s first chief data officer in 2012. She quickly turned around impressive accomplishments, including a much-lauded Open Data Handbook and the OpenNY Portal.

Barbara is a champion and a catalyst of open data and data sharing. She was the chief architect behind the ‘Quality by Design’ approach which focused not only on raw data but also ensuring that the public can understand it. Every data set on OpenNY comes with information to give it context: data dictionaries, an overview document that provides a narrative about the data and its source, and the metadata.

Barbara has an extensive background in advancing the utilization of data as a strategic asset, with the objective of turning raw data into actionable knowledge; creating opportunities for innovation; developing governance policies and standards; advancing analytics; and cultivating strong partnerships and alliances within and outside organizations.

Join Barbara as she takes you through some of the setbacks and successes of the initiative and how we can benefit from these learnings.

Damon Rees

Chief Information and Digital Officer
NSW Government


Damon Rees is the first NSW Government Chief Information and Digital Officer (GCIDO). His wide brief encompasses guiding NSW to be a world-leader in the areas of digital, data and cyber security. He also leads a diverse team in his role as Deputy Secretary of ICT and Digital Government in the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.

Since joining the public sector in May 2016, Mr Rees has overseen whole-of-government reforms in ICT investment and assurance, the creation of NSW’s first Government Chief Information and Security Officer and the release of the NSW Digital Government Strategy.

The GCIDO will be pushing the NSW Government into the next phase of digital transformation and enabling the delivery of 70 per cent of government transactions via digital channels by 2019.

Prior to this, Mr Rees was the Chief Digital Officer at Macquarie Bank, and earlier held senior leadership positions with Woolworths and Westpac Banking Group. He also serves as Non-Executive Director with GP Synergy, a federally-funded general practice education and training provider.

Paul Shetler

Expert in Residence
Stone and Chalk


Paul is a technologist and entrepreneur with over two decades’ experience working on large scale IT and organisational change projects – spanning the public and private sectors. He has co-founded two start-ups, worked in two others and also been in leadership roles at large suppliers like Oracle, Microsoft, and the global payments network, SWIFT.

More recently, Paul was responsible for transforming the way government delivers public services. He was appointed CEO of Australia's Digital Transformation Office in July 2015 by Malcolm Turnbull and served in that role and later as Australia's Chief Digital Officer until November 2016, delivering 6 exemplar services, a digital marketplace, a government cloud platform, a services dashboard, an alpha of a whole-of-government website – GOV.AU – and an alpha government identity platform. Paul also signed an MOU with the British government that strengthened the relationship between the two countries' digital teams and made it easier for them to work together.

While working at the UK’s Government Digital Service, he helped develop a suite of practical lessons from its work to transform 25 exemplar services. Before that, he was Chief Digital Officer at the UK Ministry of Justice (where his team delivered four of those 25 exemplar services).

Paul has lived and worked in New York City, Rome, Milan, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and London and done the weekly commute to work from the East Coast of the US to San Jose. Currently, Paul lives in Sydney, where has been since Summer of 2015. 

Sophie Gilder

Head of Blockchain
Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Sophie is the Head of Blockchain for the Global Innovation Labs at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Sophie is responsible for Commonwealth Bank’s portfolio of blockchain projects and strategic direction including blockchain prototype development and testing, integrating design thinking and lean startup principles into blockchain design, and collaborating closely with the Bank’s clients, business teams, fintechs and industry participants.

Sophie joined Commonwealth Bank in 2014 in the Bank’s Debt Capital Markets and Securitisation team, and has extensive experience working with clients, investors and ratings agencies in advisory, structuring and execution of transactions in corporate, financial and asset-backed markets. Prior to Commonwealth Bank, Sophie held a number of roles in investment banking and capital markets in Europe and Australia.

Sophie holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Law (Hons) from the Australian National University. Sophie is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Senior Associate member of FINSIA.

Alastair Macgibbon

Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet


Alastair MacGibbon became the first Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security in May 2016. In this role, he provides national leadership and advocacy on cyber security policy and the implementation of the Government's Cyber Security Strategy.

Previous to that, Alastair worked for 15 years as an Agent with the Australian Federal Police, including as founding Director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre.

Along with private sector roles such as Senior Director of Trust, Safety and Customer Support at eBay, Alastair was a Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra.

Now, working closely with the Ambassador for Cyber Issues and the Australian Cyber Security Centre Coordinator, Alastair sets clear objectives and priorities to Government's operational cyber security agencies and oversees their implementation. Don’t miss his talk on what these objectives and priorities are

Bryan Williams

Chief KNowledge Officer


I perform in a trans-disciplinary conceptual role covering strategy, planning, transformational eco-system inputs and outputs and futurescaping, taking ideas from concept to market reality and ensuring the success. These are achieved through capability and competency building with capacity planning and come with direct robust entity wide strategy alignment with growth and benefits realisation covering measures, analytics and impacts with success based on experience, effectiveness and efficiencies (including financial ROI).

Coverage and scope:-

  • People (such as; culture, human capital, intellectual property, collaboration, nature of work, advisory, L&D)
  • Process/Methodologies (such as; innovation, performance, productivity, continuous improvement, change management, information management, data management, Content, Collateral, Marketing,)
  • Technology (such as; IoT, social, mobile, cloud, data, analytics, technology, digital, security)
  • Assurance (such as; Governance, risk, compliance, surety)

Philip Chalkley

Chief Procurement Officer, Finance Infrastructure and Governance
Victorian Department of Justice & Regulation


Pia is notorious in the industry as an open systems and open data advocate. She was formerly technology policy advisor to ALP Senator Kate Lundy, and subsequently played a senior role in the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) Gov 2.0 project. As the pioneer behind building AUSTRAC’s ‘intelligence future’, Pia has taken to data to drive these initiatives. Working with both the financial sector and the community (including citizens), Pia has created a digital ecosystem that allows better detection and also disrupt any abuse to that system.

As a regulator, AUSTRAC oversees the compliance of more than 14,000 Australian businesses. With massive growth in the financial sector, AUSTRAC has created new ways of gathering information and dealing with the community.

Peter Corcoran

Assistant Secretary ICT Architecture
Department of Defence


Bio coming soon...

Loretta Joseph

Advisory Chair


Awarded the Female Fintech Leader of the Year in 2016, Loretta has pioneered the development of an open blockchain based clearing and settlement system at Sydney Stock Exchange. Loretta understand the drive and importance of developing open environment blockchain systems as they will reduce costs and increase efficiency.

Having recently returned from the US Blockchain Summit in Washington DC, Loretta brings her global knowledge and expertise to the forefront of the 11th annual Technology in Government Congress. Her extensive network and connections globally and locally will open up opportunities for you to collaborate with even more thought-leaders.

Nick Giurietto

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Australian Digital Currency & Commerce Association


Nick Giurietto leads the Australian Digital Currency & Commerce Association, Australia’s industry representative council for organisations driving business change and developing new business models using blockchain technology.

ADCCA exists to encourage the responsible adoption of blockchain technology as a means to drive innovation in service delivery across all sectors of the economy.

Successful innovation using blockchain will require new levels of collaboration between business partners and with government. Nick’s focus is on education, collaboration and regulatory reform to enable this to happen.

Nick has lived and worked in 6 countries - Australia, Egypt, Germany, Austria, UK and USA - in a number of roles ranging from business process design, customer insight, marketing and product management. The common thread that unites these roles is a focus on the customer as the foundation for business success.

His personal passion is travel having recently visited his 93rd country.

Mick Motion-Wise

Technology Architect
Australian Federal Government


Mick Motion-Wise is a Technology Architect for a Federal Government. As an electronic engineer Mick began radiofrequency engineering for the Spectrum Management Authority and continued radiofrequency engineering with Air Services Australia. While completing a second degree in computer science, Mick took on a network engineering role with the Federal Government as a Technology Architect focussing on network security, IPv6, cloud and network evolution – and now very focussed on blockchain technology and smart contracts.

Coretta Bessi

Chief Procurement Officer


Bio coming soon...

Ole Nielsen

Deputy Chief Digital Officer
ACT Government


Ole Nielsen is Deputy Chief Digital Officer and Director of Digital Transformation in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government where he is promoting the implementation of the ACT Digital Strategy. Until recently, Ole was Director for Scientific Computing at Geoscience Australia where he was responsible for a large team of scientific software engineers and champion for digital transformation in the agency. He also developed the agency’s Digital Science Strategy which sets out a vision for how the agency can embrace the rapidly changing digital environment to remain at the cutting edge of geoscience. Ole loves the nexus where people and technology combine.

Dr Rory Gallagher

Managing Director APAC
The Behavioural Insights Team


Rory Gallagher is a Managing Advisor and Director, International Programmes. Rory leads the team’s international partnerships, in particular the Behavioural Insights Team’s ongoing advisory work with the governments of New South Wales (Australia) and Singapore, and is a Visiting Fellow at Singapore’s Civil Service College.

Before heading overseas, Rory led the team’s work on countering fraud, empowering consumers and helping people find work, including through the development of large scale randomised controlled trials and authoring our Fraud, Error and Debt report. Rory previously worked at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and holds a PhD from Cambridge for his work on HIV/AIDS and behaviour change.

Don’t miss Rory’s presentation in the Citizen Experience stream as he illuminates behavioural sciences that can be applied in order to make public services more cost effective and easier for citizens to use!

Karin Geraghty

Chief ICT and Digital Strategist
Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Government of South Australia


Karin Geraghty is the new Chief ICT and Digital Strategist in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, responsible for driving the whole of government ICT vision and digital agenda and the creation of an ecosystem for digital innovation and transformation. Karin has over sixteen years’ experience in Government ICT. Karin has led a significant number of whole of government and agency wide business transformation initiatives, enabling business reform and customer services delivery in a variety of roles most recently as the Chief Information Officer in the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

Michael Hirschfeld

Chief Information Officer, First Assistant Secretary, Information Technology and Workplace Division
Department of Finance


Michael Hirschfeld is at the coalface of the Department of Finance’s transition to a flexible Electronic Work Environment (EWE). Join Michael as he uncovers how his team have futureproofed their systems and automated processes to deliver a seamless experience for staff, partners and customers alike.

Jeff Roach

First Assistant Secretary, innovationXchange
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Jeff joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 1994. From 2002-2004, he ran the department’s consular crisis and information section, where he received a Medal of the Order of Australia for his role in the Government’s response to the 2002 Bali bombings. He has subsequently led Australian Government Crisis Response Teams to Nepal (2015, earthquake) and Burkina Faso/Niger (2016, kidnapping).

From 2008-2010, he was seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). From 2013-2016, he ran the department’s Executive Branch - responsible for oversighting corporate governance - before moving to the department’s innovationXchange.

Jeff has served overseas in Australian embassies in Vientiane (1997-2000), Paris (2005-2008) and as High Commissioner to Vanuatu (2011-12).


Anthony Kitzelmann

Chief Information Security Officer
Australian Digital Health Agency


Tony is currently employed as the Chief Information Security Officer and General Manager for the Australian Digital Health Agencies Cyber Security Centre. Tony leads a team of Cyber Security professionals responsible for the security of the My Health Record Systems and the Agencies corporate networks. Tony holds numerous industry and academic qualifications and is currently studying a Masters in Cyber Security, Strategy and Diplomacy with UNSW.

Tony was previously employed as the Senior Cyber Security Executive and Chief Information Security Officer (APAC) at Lockheed Martin for five years from 2012. He was accountable for the strategic leadership and delivery of all corporate cyber security functions within the ASIA Pacific region and provided functional leadership to the various business lines in the region.

During Tony’s time at Lockheed Martin he successfully established and integrated two cyber security practices within the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of Defence Chief Information Officer Group. He was also a key senior leader on the CIOG CP bid team, resulting in a successful contract award worth over $790M.

Tony has previously been employed as the CrimTrac Chief Security Officer, CrimTrac Manager Background Checking Services, and Department of Defence’s National ICT Security Manager.

Tony is always looking to further his knowledge through new challenges working within the cyber security domain and believes that our role as leaders in this exciting field, is to challenge the status quo and look at ways in which we can shape the future and security of our respective organisations.

Jo-Ann Pass

Head of Digital Operations
Sydney Water

A leader in vital change and transformational programs, Jo-Ann brings to the table a wealth of IT experience. Before joining Sydney Water in 2013, Jo-Ann had been around the blocks in the IT sector, from oil and gas, finance, police and government both here and internationally.

Here to discuss Sydney Water’s ICT Transformation, Jo-Ann will delve into the colossal programs behind Sydney Water in its mission to become an organization that delivers exceptional service. From the ‘Every Drop Counts’ to the ‘Livable City Solutions’ program, what has underpinned these successful programs is the successful digital and ICT strategies behind them.

There’s another side to Jo-Ann you’d be surprised by – Jo-Ann as an actor. For Jo-Ann, acting is not only a stress relief and a total change from her day job, but also enables her to share her insights through captivating story telling.

Join Jo-Ann and learn some key takeaways behind Sydney Water’s digital and ICT programs.

Rob Craig

Chie Operating Officer

Rob Craig joined  icare  in November 2015 and leads the organisation's Business Technology; Customer, Brand & Digital; Public Affairs and Strategy & Transformation teams.

He brings to  the 11th Annual Technology in Government Summit  a wealth of knowledge gained from 25 years of senior positions in the financial services industry, including with experience in general insurance, consumer, business and institutional banking as well as wealth management.

With experience in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia - his real passion and expertise lies in strategic development, transformational programs, technology integration, business product and process enhancement, and financial services.

Rob is a huge advocate for creative problem solving, out of the box thinking, and improving customer experience, with a demonstrated ability to successfully implement transformations in a corporate environment.

Don’t miss Rob’s presentation on how icare improved digital operations service integration.

Pia Waugh

Project Manager

Pia is notorious in the industry as an open systems and open data advocate. She was formerly technology policy advisor to ALP Senator Kate Lundy, and subsequently played a senior role in the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) Gov 2.0 project. As the pioneer behind building AUSTRAC’s ‘intelligence future’, Pia has taken to data to drive these initiatives. Working with both the financial sector and the community (including citizens), Pia has created a digital ecosystem that allows better detection and also disrupt any abuse to that system.

As a regulator, AUSTRAC oversees the compliance of more than 14,000 Australian businesses. With massive growth in the financial sector, AUSTRAC has created new ways of gathering information and dealing with the community.

Nick Giurietto

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Australian Digital Currency & Commerce Association

Bio coming soon...

Emma Dobson

Director , Westpac , Member , Digital Business Council and Chair of the Adoption Working Group

Emma Dobson has more than 25 years experience in Financial Markets and Banking in Australia and New Zealand.  Emma has been instrumental in leading Westpac’s response to the Superannuation reforms recommended by the Cooper Review and has been a member of the SuperStream Advisory Council and is currently a member of the SuperStream Reference Group. Emma is also a member of the Australian Tax Office’s (ATO) Single Touch Payroll Advisory Group, the Digital Business Council and chairs the ATO’s Adoption working Group for eInvoicing.

Karen Lay-Brew

Independent Director, Organization Change Specialist, Executive Coach

As an independent non-executive director, Karen is sought to provide objective perspectives on Boards of public and private sector. She is the President and Chair of the Australian Business Software Industry Association (ABSIA), and sits on a number of high-level Government Boards.

As advisor and executive coach, Karen works with C-Level executives, Directors, GMs and Managers of small, medium and large private sector organisations as well as senior public service personnel. Karen has been an avid diversity champion, a founding director of DAWN, and promotes leadership development of diverse talents.

Karen has over 30 years of work experience at executive levels in multi-national corporations in different countries, and has also consulted to various Government Departments and SME’s. Her executive responsibilities have encompassed all aspects of a business from strategy and planning, organisation alignment, leadership development, financial and performance management, all tightly linked to improving product and services to the customer.

With strong leadership and communication skills, Karen is effective in highly complex environments. She has achieved outstanding sustained results by leading corporations through embodying culture change at each level of the organisation across different cultures.

Karen previously worked at Microsoft Head Quarters in the USA as Vice President for delivering global software releases. She also served as the Vice President & CIO for BHP Billiton Base Metals Division responsible for implementing a world-wide Six Sigma Operational Excellence programme.  As the CIO for Honeywell Asia-Pacific, she worked across different cultures and geographies to successfully integrate the disparate IT organisations serving 14 different countries.

Katrin Reinhold

Director, Health and Welfare,
Information Systems Centre (Estonia)

Bio coming soon...

Andrew Collins

Chief Technology Officer, Australian Taxation (ATO) Program,
Leidos Australia

Andrew Collins is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Program at Leidos Australia, a science and technology, C4ISR and ICT company. In this role, Andrew sets strategic technology direction for the ATO account, while being focused on security in open environments, activity based working and transforming legacy ICT infrastructure.

Andrew has 20 years’ experience in IT in various government and private enterprise organisations. Prior to joining Leidos Australia, Andrew was the CTO for the Northern region of New Zealand healthcare, where he initiated and led a major infrastructure transformation resulting in clinical mobility, the first e-services and the first stages of standardisation of the healthcare platform used in the region.

Simon Warner

Managing Director,

Simon Warner is Managing Director of enterprise software company Tactiv Pty Ltd. Previously he was Chief Executive Officer and Director of SEQ Catchments Ltd a Community Not for Profit based in South East Queensland focusing on sustainability and prior to that held executive positions in agribusiness and mining. 

Simon has an Economics degree and a post graduate qualification in IT. He has spent a good deal of his working career in executive roles ranging from IR to Logistics management. He has also worked closely with government on policy and regional planning issues including overseeing the development of the South-East Queensland Rural Futures Strategy Simon is an experienced company Director and was at one stage Chairman of the National Grower Register.

Simon is currently a Member of Regional Development Australia – Ipswich and West Moreton Committee and is an active volunteer and advocate for rural issues and his local community. He lives at Murphys Creek in the Lockyer Valley and operates a small grazing holding in addition to his corporate activities.

Joana Valente

Partner, Partner, Advisory, Oceania Digital Government Leader,

Joana Valente is EY’s Oceania Digital Government Leader working with the public sector to improve the effectiveness of federal and state government policy and in driving technology strategy across a range of data and technology enabled transformation programs. As a highly experienced and trusted advisor at the executive level with her strong ability to define vision and strategy and then lead execution. Joana has worked with federal and state government in Australia, NZ and further abroad for the last 20+ years in areas including Social Services, Border Protection, Education, Health, Central Government and Veteran Affairs.

Ken Medlock

Chief Information Architect,
Leidos Australia

Ken is the Chief Information Architect for Leidos Australia, a science and technology, C4ISR and ICT company. Ken has over 20 years of IT experience spanning government, defence, insurance, and financial services sectors. Prior to joining Leidos, Ken established and led agile development and delivery teams and legacy remediation programs for state government and financial services organisations. Ken has proven experience in architecting, developing, and implementing complex solutions in challenging environments to solve real business problems. Ken has also previously led technology simplification, big data capability establishment and information architecture initiatives.

Born and raised in Southern California, Ken is now settled in Melbourne with his wife and four children. Most of his spare time is spent avoiding the news, hiking through the Victorian bush and ferrying children to sporting events and parties.

Scott Shaw

Head of Technology,

As the Head of Technology for ThoughtWorks in Australia, Scott divides his time between professional services leadership and consulting. As a consultant, he helps enterprise customers to shape their technology to align with 21st century practices like cloud, continuous delivery, microservices and lean governance. As a lifelong programmer and technology professional, Scott has designed and worked on distributed systems of every imaginable size and shape. When he’s not in meetings, Scott enjoys writing Clojure code.

Sonja Braidner CAHRI

Diversity Coordinator | People and Culture Directorate,
Fire & Rescue NSW

Sonja is the Diversity and Inclusion lead at Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW). She brings a wealth of experience in Organisational Development and Diversity & Inclusion, having consulted across numerous corporate and business sectors for the past 20 years. Prior to FRNSW Sonja worked at the University of Sydney, UNSW and Singtel /Optus in diversity leadership capacities. A creative and pragmatic Inclusionist, Sonja’s expertise lies in the tailored design and delivery of strategy and implementation plans to drive positive cultural change; enabling businesses and their people to share in the many successes afforded by inclusive and synergistic workplaces. Sonja was a founder and 1998 NSW Senate Candidate for an inclusive political party founded in response to societal issues pertaining to Diversity.

Maria Milosavljevic

NSW Government Chief Information Security Officer,
NSW Government

Dr Maria Milosavljevic is the new, and very first, chief information security officer at the NSW government. Dr Milosavljevic has moved across after a two-year stint as chief innovation officer and CISO at AUSTRAC.

Dr Milosavljevic works across the NSW government and consult with industry leaders and research groups, as well as Commonwealth, state and overseas governments to ensure a collaborative approach to cyber security.

She develops standards with NSW government agencies to streamline their approach to cyber security.

Join Maria in the Secure Government stream, as she shares her experiences dealing with recent global attacks and implementation of different cyber resilience strategies.

Dan Duperron

Principal Technical Advisor,

s a Principal Technical Advisor at Quantum, Dan Duperron brings the perspective of 30 years of IT experience to today’s challenges. His early career ‘in the trenches’ performing systems, storage, and network engineering in financial services companies keeps him grounded in reality and skeptical of hype. In various positions with ADIC and Quantum since the turn of the century, he’s worked to solve data storage challenges for US local, state, and federal government entities as well as clients in the private sector. In his current role he’s equal parts conspirator, consultant, educator, gadfly, inventor and writer.

Nathan Steiner

Head of Systems Engineering A/NZ,
Veeam Software

Nathan Steiner heads Veeam’s ANZ Systems Engineering Group. In this role he takes responsibility for leading, driving and owning Veeam’s technical pre-sales strategy for Australia and New Zealand.

With over two decades of experience in the Information Technology and Communication industry, Nathan also evangelises Veeam’s technology value proposition and leads, motivates and inspires the team of pre-sales engineers across ANZ.

Prior to joining Veeam, he was a Regional Manager within Sales Engineering at Citrix Systems ANZ. From building strategic roadmaps for enterprise customers to developing structured approaches for technical presales engagement opportunities, Nathan has been recognised for his contribution as part of the Global Citrix Innovation Awards for customers such as Westpac Banking Group, Optus/Singtel Telecommunications and John Holland Group.

And, before Citrix, Nathan held the positions of Chief Engineer, Workplace Services, Westpac Banking Group and numerous Senior Architecture and Engineering roles. These included enterprise and infrastructure architecture roles at IBM as a Certified Architect in addition to managing a team of infrastructure architects as Chief Architect of one of Australia’s largest Area Health Services.

Nathan is a former contracted athlete, NSW, Australian and World Champion in the sport of Surf Life Saving now actively serving in administrative roles on various committees.

Nathan holds Bachelor degrees in Applied Science (Health Informatics) and Computer Science from the University of Sydney and Wollongong and is nearing completion of a Masters of Engineering Science from the University of NSW.

Houman Asefi

ANZ Leading Architect,
Kemp Technologies

Houman is responsible to help organizations deliver their applications. Whether these enterprise applications are in cloud or on-prem or in a hybrid environment, he can help them so organizations can gain valuable insight on how to optimize the application delivery to the expectations. He has extensive experience working with clients in different verticals to build a flexible and scalable application fabric so it can scale in or out the organizations.

Houman holds Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering and Masters degree in Commerce from UNSW.

Eric Keser


Eric is the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Consultant of Certitude, the IT governance, risk and compliance consulting firm of the Trusted Security Group.

Eric has over 20 years of IT governance and risk experience both in industry and as a consultant. He specialises in IT risk, governance, and compliance, as well as cyber security and business continuity management

Eric started his career as a Senior Security Analyst for some of Australia’s largest banks, and rose to head cyber security practices as a Principal in global professional services firms.

He has assisted organisations across many industry sectors, and large global organisations around the world including, Australia, the USA, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, France and South Korea. He regularly presents on current technology risk issues at industry forums, and has authored numerous magazine, and newspaper articles, and been interviewed on television programs such as the ABC’s 7:30 report, related to IT governance and risk management.

Dave Bearth

Senior Customer Success Manager,

Dave specialises in customer centric solutions to technical and online challenges, ensuring organisations make the most of their digital investments, to deliver the best possible online experience to customers.

In his role with Siteimprove, Dave works closely with organisations such as; NSW Department of Justice, Australian Transport Safety Bureau, QLD Department of Education and Training, NSW Department of Education and AUSTRAC to help manage and improve their digital effectiveness.

Cab Morris

Blockchain Strategy Lead, Deputy Director of Strategy and Operational Performance,
State of Illinois (USA)

Cab (Morris) currently serves as the Deputy Director of Strategy and Operational Performance for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Working at the intersection of business strategy, technology and policy innovation, Cab (Morris) has led a variety of digital transformation projects, both within his department and across agencies statewide.

Cab (Morris) also serves as the State of Illinois' Blockchain Strategy Lead and is the chief architect behind the Illinois Blockchain Initiative, an effort to position the State as a pioneer in using distributed ledger technology to create more integrated and trusted public services.

Tom Jackson

General Manager – Tenders,

Tom Jackson is the global General Manager for the Tenders Division at ansarada. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the continued development of ansaradara’s Tender platform and its expansion globally.

Over the last 4 years Tom has been responsible for the exciting growth of the Tenders business in the ANZ region. With ansarada the platform of choice for virtually every major government infrastructure tender, including:

  • Westconnex
  • Sydney Metro
  • Melbourne Metro
  • Western Distributor Project
  • Sydney Light Rail
  • Gold Coast Light Rail
  • Level Crossing Removal Authority
  • NSW Health Partnerships
  • Auckland City Rail Link
  • Ravenhall Prison Project
  • Victorian Governemnt’s Telecommunications Purchasing Strategy

The goal for the Tenders business is now to take the learnings from one of the busiest and most progressive regions in the world for transport and social infrastructure development and replicate the success on a global stage.

Tom had previously forged his career in corporate finance in Australia and the UK, before moving into SAAS with ansarada.

Tom is from Melbourne originally and is a passionate Tigers supporter in the AFL, but now having made the move north spends more time surfing and playing golf in Sydney than on an Aussie Rules field!


David Oakley

Managing Director, ANZ,

ServiceNow enables organisations to modernise IT providing the foundation for transitioning to ICT as-a-service. David is responsible for driving adoption and customer success of ServiceNow’s Enterprise Cloud clients in Australia and New Zealand, including a significant number of State, Federal and Local Government organisations. David has lead ServiceNow’s Australia & New Zealand business since 2013 and has more than 15 years’ experience across global vendors with a depth of expertise in as-a-Service models, process automation and application development. He is Sydney based and holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. 

Brendan Walsh

Sales Director Asia Pacific,

Brendan Walsh leads the business development and support teams for Opengear in the Asia Pacific Region. In this role, he works with the leading government and telecom organizations and with global enterprises, to protect them from the potential impacts of prolonged network outages.

High-profile failures due to Cyber security, hacking, and weak infrastructure have raised the urgency of network resiliency planning to new levels. Brendan’s experience in the Information Technology and Communications industry over the last two decades allows him to consult with IT organizations, to provide the best solutions for always-on access to their network infrastructure.

With a degree in Computer Science from RMIT, Brendan has lead the sales and support teams in a number of high-growth IT solution companies, including Avocent, Qbt Consulting and Arrow Data Supplies. At Opengear, he now evangelizes the network resiliency value proposition, and inspires the team across the entire APAC region to ease the concerns of IT management.

Andrew Cann

Executive Director, Technology Innovation/Chief Technology Officer,
WA Government

Andrew was formerly a Western Australian Police Officer who worked General Duties before moving into intelligence followed by a change of career direction into ICT assisting with the implementation of IMS for WA Police. Seconded to the Australian Crime Commission in Canberra and became the CTO there for 4 years responsible for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Database, various other Protected level systems and working with many other federal government organisations on ICT initiatives.

Returned to WA in 2013 to take the role of CIO at the Department of Sport and Recreation with the brief to transform the organisations’ ICT capabilities.  This has included implementing a core Customer Relationship Management System and migrating systems to the cloud.  Andrew was recently seconded to the Government CIO office and has responsibility for the delivery of the key strategic initiatives for the CIO.

Ash Rutledge

Applications Service Delivery, Technology Services Shared Services ICT,
ACT Government

Bio Coming Soon...

Mark Toohey

Founder and Director,

Mark Toohey is an experienced commercial lawyer who has worked with both major law firms and as general counsel in the TV, telecommunications, and IT industries. 

Mark is also Australia's leading legal expert on blockchain technology and its implementation. He is a co-founder of TBSx3, a brand protection company. 

TBSx3 uses the power of blockchain technology and their patented three layers of protection to detect supply chain anomalies and to defeat counterfeiters. The TBSx3 technology is backed by a free mobile app that alerts consumers if goods are fake.

Carlo Nizeti

Senior Manager Systems Engineering ANZ,

Carlo’s role at Nutanix is to build and lead a world class Systems Engineering dream team that combines business and technical expertise with an incredible desire to make a positive impact on the world.

His experience includes numerous senior roles at companies including Wolters Kluwer, Ingram Micro and Dell, giving him a unique view of all aspects of IT delivery and adoption. This experience has created a deep understanding of how to run an innovative and efficient IT operation, skills he has used to build his team, drive the regional systems engineering strategy and continue Nutanix’s extraordinary growth across the region

Demos Gougoulas

Sales and Marketing Director,

Demos is Director of Sales and Marketing for Outback Imaging, the home of ‘EzeScan’. He is passionate about helping his customers achieve their digital business goals. He enjoys working for a company that creates smart technology that people love to use.

Narayan Sreenivasan

Business Transformation Director,
Dassault Systèmes, Asia Pacific South

Narayan has driven key business transformation programs for our clients in ASEAN and Australia for almost two decades.

Since joining Dassault Systèmes, apart from initiating Industry Supply Chain capability programs, Narayan has led high-value projects in the Aerospace, Defense and Automotive sectors, developing operational platforms for submarines, fighter and trainer aircrafts, attack helicopters and heavy commercial vehicles. His functional expertise is in Knowledge Management, Systems Engineering, Data Interoperability and Collaboration Methodologies.

Narayan was previously the lead Design Engineer for Digital Collaboration at National Aerospace Labs in India. He currently leads the Dassault Systèmes Business Transformation team in Asia Pacific South.

Gordon Maddern

Pure Hacking

In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Gordon Maddern leads the technical team and quality assurance of Pure Hacking’s penetration testing and security services. A major focus for him is guiding the technical team and ensuring Pure Hacking’s testing and methodologies are world class.

Gordon has been working in the field of IT Security for over twenty years. Today, he is regarded as one of the industry's most highly proficient, technical renowned and experienced security consultants.

Previously he has held senior security roles with NSW Police and IBM, Westpac, along with CTO positions with two IT security consultancies. Gordon has managed 1000s of penetration testing engagements and is a specialist in vulnerability identification and exploitation.