2017 SPEAKER BIOS

 

2017 Speaker Bios

Rachel Neaman

Former Chair of Digital Leaders UK, 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

  Experience

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.
Qualifications
  • 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.


Winn Nielsen

Head of Projects
Danish Tax Auhtority

 

Winn Nielsen has been Head of City Data and responsible for Copenhagen Solution Lab and Smart City Coordination in the City of Copenhagen.  Has been active in various forums regarding digitization, including the Professional Committee for Digitization in Association of Municipal Engineering, Secretary Committee for GeoDanmark, and Geoforum, the National GI Association in Denmark.

Winn Nielsen has worked continuously with ITC, digitization and public efficiency for more than 15 years and has experience from both public and private sector.

Winn Nielsen holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Sociology and a Master in IT management and strategy


David Lacey

Chief Information Officer, '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

 

Bio Coming Soon...


Paul Shetler

Former Chief Digital Officer
Digital Transformation Agency

 

Bio Coming Soon...


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
ServiceNSW

 

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)

Pia Waugh

Project Manager
AUSTRAC

 

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

Director of Market Development
Sydney Stock Exchange

 

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

 

Bio coming soon...


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
NBN CO.

 

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 Premier and Cabinet, SA

 

Bio coming soon...


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.


Lisa Rauter

First Assistant Secretary, innovationXchange
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

 

 

Lisa Rauter is a First Assistant Secretary and the Head of the Foreign Affairs and Trade innovationXchange – a new initiative to bring science, technology and innovation into the Australian aid program.

Lisa has been with the innovationXchange since its inception.  Prior to this, Lisa led the Governance and Fragile States team in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and prior to this was responsible for the Africa aid program for AusAID. 

Lisa joined AusAID in 2007 as the Chief Financial Officer, holding a Certified Practising Accountant certification, a Masters in Applied Finance and a Bachelor in Commerce (Banking and Finance) majoring in commercial law.

Lisa has a background in public private partnerships, working across departments such as Finance, Defence, Customs and Transport to negotiate and analyse value for money in PPP arrangements.

 


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
icare

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.


Loretta Joseph

Director of Market Research
Sydney Stock Exchange

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.


Paul Shetler

Former Chief Executive Officer
Digital Transformation Agency

Bio coming soon...


Pia Waugh

Project Manager
AUSTRAC

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.


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.


Coretta Bessi

Former Chief Procurement Officer
NBN Co.

Bio coming soon...


Nick Giurietto

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

Bio coming soon...


Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz

Chief Information Security Officer
NASA (USA)

Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz is NASA’s Associate Chief Information Officer for IT Security, and Senior Agency Information Security Official (SAISO). Hanna-Ruiz has over 20 years of experience working in the government, non-profit, and private sector as a senior leader, manager and consultant.

During the first 100 days of the Obama Administration she was selected to work at the White House, National Security Staff as part of the leadership team to study and author the Cyberspace Policy Review, the endorsed cyber strategy of the United States.  Jeanette brings considerable homeland and national security expertise, having worked at the DHS-NSA Joint Cyber Coordination Group; Department of Transportation; and Department of Homeland Security.  Further, she played an important role in defining the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber mission and building up the Department’s cyber capabilities. She was requested by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to consult on legislation to improve our nation’s cybersecurity.

Not only is Jeanette an expert in cybersecurity in the public arena, she has lent her expertise to the private sector with Microsoft where she was a senior leader in their services business.  There she was responsible for the identity management team and was the Public Sector Civilian lead for cybersecurity. As Director of Cyber Forensics and Cybersecurity, she led the operational delivery team for the Computer Sciences Corporation at the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center, Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy.  She is also Professor of the Practice - Cybersecurity with the University of Maryland.

Jeanette believes passionately that the issues and challenges facing us today both in the United States and in our global community can only be addressed and successfully met with flexibility through team work, trust, and the tireless pursuit of solutions through shared accountability and collaboration.

Join Jeanette and Australia’s cyber security leaders in our Secure Government Focus Day as she shares her war stories and lessons learned from recent and major NASA incidents reported directly to congress.


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, Tactiv

Since 2005 Tactiv has developed agile cloud based solutions that respond to today’s business challenges, consumer demand and is the future of enterprise software.

  • Secure – provides both data and process security
  • Stable – reliable and robust
  • Simple – no coding and highly configurable
  • Social – mixes well with other systems

This Results in a great user experience, business outcomes and allows clients to benefit from efficiencies, security and transparency. Tactiv takes the risk out of the transition from traditional digital platforms.


Joana Valente

Partner, Partner, Advisory, Oceania Digital Government Leader, Ernst & Young

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, ThoughtWorks

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.