Amanda Fleming, Chief People and Technology Officer, Viva Energy

Amanda Fleming is a transformation leader with over 20 years of experience business-wide transformations across the Retail, Fast Food and FMCG sector. 

Prior to Viva Energy, Amanda was the Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) and Managing Director, Commercial, for Super Retail Group. Previously she held executive roles including Director of Human Resources for Coles, Chief Operations officer and Chief People Officer for Pizza Hut USA, and Human Resources Director for Mars in Australia. 

Tracy Moore, Executive, AI Incubation & Ethics, Telstra

Tracy recently joined Telstra to lead the D&AI Centre of Excellence – a pivotal role in their journey to become AI-fuelled. She’s passionate about driving shareholder value – getting beyond the hype to innovate and scale safely and responsibly with AI.

Before joining Telstra, Tracy led strategy and governance for a fintech platform – playing a part in doubling global subscribers and revenue over 3 years. Prior to that, she held leadership roles in management consulting and financial services.

 

Karl Neubauer, Chief Information Officer, Global Retail Brands

As an ICT Executive with over 20 years of experience, Karl is passionate about designing and implementing innovative ICT strategies that drive business improvement. With a proven track record of success across diverse environments in the UK, Europe, and Australia, Karl is skilled in leading, managing, and motivating both internal and external teams. 

Mark Cruth, Modern Work Coach, Atlassian (USA)

Focused on practice over theory, Mark is a pragmatic modern work expert who spends his days working with organizations to unleash their potential. His mission; inject modern ways of working, a transformation mindset, and the power of expert storytelling into everything he does. 

Mark is Atlassian’s resident modern work coach, bringing over a decade of experience experimenting with modern work practices and helping people, teams, and organizations transform at places like Boeing, Nordstrom, Charles Schwab, and Rocket Mortgage. 

Steve Argiriou, Chief Engineer, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Steve Argiriou is an accomplished technology who is passionate about delivering tangible business outcomes focused on customer value, promoting innovation, digital transformation and organisational agility. 

He has over 22 years of experience delivering business value across the advisory, banking, insurance and e-commerce industries having held positions at Gartner, Cover-More, IAG, CGU, NAB and Infosys prior to joining Bendigo and Adelaide Bank as Chief Engineer in 2019. 

Priyanka Paranagama, Chief Data & Transformation Officer, Suncorp 

Priyanka Paranagama is Chief Data & Transformation Officer at Suncorp Group. He joined the company in 2017 from Ernst & Young, where he was a Partner for close to three years. Previously, Paranagama worked in technical roles at a number of large financial and technology institutions such as Australia Post, ANZ Bank, IBM, National Australia Bank, BearingPoint, and Ansett. Paranagama holds a PhD in Computing and Information Systems from Monash University.

Damian Beltrami, Chief Information Officer, Toll Group

Damian is an experienced, strategic technologist and leader with a proven track-record in management, strategy & architecture, large-scale program delivery, new technology adoption, organisational transformation, and operational excellence. 
 
With 30 years’ experience in Financial Services, Consulting and Technology Damian brings a wealth of experience in building, transforming and leading high performing technology organisations.

Greg Adamson, Chief Information Security Officer, Investment & Technology, Department of Transport and Planning Victoria

Dr Greg Adamson is CISO at the Victorian Department of Transport and Planning. Greg has worked in the cyber security field for more than 30 years, including in Federal government, financial services, and health. He chairs Meta Issues in Cyber Security at the 470,000-member technology professional association IEEE, is global chair of the IEEE Ethics conference series, and an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is a published researcher on explainable AI.

Dr. Sean Gallagher, Future of Work Evangelist, Founder, Humanova

Dr. Sean Gallagher is one of Australia’s leading experts on the future of work. He focuses on how technology transforms how work gets done, and how to accelerate human capability to drive value creation for organisations. He led the Centre for the New Workforce at Swinburne University for six years and has worked with numerous leaders across the private and public sectors.  His future of work research has been published by Mirvac and WORKTECH Academy, endorsed by APEC, Richard Branson, cited by the Fair Work Commission, and shaped federal legislation (Secure Jobs, Better Pay 2022) and Victorian government policy on the gig economy.

Suzanne Hall, Chief Information Officer, Baptcare

Suzanne is an experienced technology leader having worked across government, not-for-profit and corporate sectors. She has three-times (2023, 2022, 2017) been named in the CIO50 list recognising Australia’s top 50 technology leaders influencing technology-driven change and innovation. Suzanne is passionate about working in values-based organisations and leading diverse teams to make long-term customer-centric improvements. 

 

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Paul Arthur, Regional Vice President, A/NZ, Outsystems

With vast experience across different industries and companies from global players to local start-ups, Paul has been involved in building businesses and teams that focus on customers needs and value drivers above all else. For the past 4 years, Paul has managed the OutSystems business across Australia and New Zealand and overseen tremendous growth in adoption of the Low-Code Platform.

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David Siroky, General Manager AI & Data Analytics, Dell Technologies

David Siroky has been with Dell Technologies in a variety of leadership roles across the Asia Pacific region for 12 years. David leads a team solution architects & data scientists focused on helping organizations accelerate their AI projects. David brings international experience from customers adopting AI technologies across the Asia Pacific & Japan region.

Brett Barton, Global AI Chief, Unisys

Brett Barton is Vice President and Global AI Practice Leader at Unisys. In this role, he drives identification and adoption of innovative technologies in AI, machine learning and deep learning, while leveraging these advanced technologies to drive innovation and business value for Unisys clients and their customers.

Richard Houghton, AI & Data Analytics Specialist, Dell Technologies

Richard is an AI and Data Analytics Specialist at Dell Technologies

He has over 8 years’ experience at Dell and he has worked with multiple customer organisations across APJ assisting them with their AI & Data Analytics requirements and helping with solutions delivered by kore.ai, Katonic, H20.ai, Cloudera, Splunk, Elastic (ELK), TigerGraph and others.

With over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry covering Telco, Health, Retail and FSI verticals, he has the experience to help deliver the AI solutions required to help drive business outcomes.

Kendra Vant, Advisor at National AI Centre and the Fed Gov’s Data Advisory Council [former CxO of AI, ML at Seek, Xero, Telstra, Deloitte]

Kendra Vant is a product & tech exec with experience across industry (Xero, SEEK, Telstra, Deloitte, Commonwealth Bank) and research (MIT, Los Alamos National Laboratory). She is an industry leader in driving the development of data and AI products that change people’s lives for the better.

Kendra is deeply committed to creating environments of continual learning and development for her teams and increasing AI and data literacy for the general public. She provides an expert voice to investors, analysts, media, and founders on AI product strategy, ethical AI, and current and emerging market and regulatory landscape. Kendra advises a number of Australian and New Zealand startups and is an invited member of the Australian Federal Government’s National Data Advisory Council and CSIRO’s National AI Centre Industry Forum.

Amanda Caples, Lead Scientist, Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions

Amanda is Victoria’s Lead Scientist, a role that aligns and connects Victoria’s science, technology and innovation capability with business needs and with government’s economic development activities.

Amanda is Chair of mRNA Victoria’s Scientific Advisory Group; Chair of the Victorian Quantum Technology Network; and a non-executive Director of Agriculture Victoria Services Pty Ltd. 

During her time in the public service Amanda has delivered major policy reforms, a range of programs and global partnerships, and landmark initiatives including the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

Nikita Atkins, AI Executive and Thought Leader, NCS

Nikita Atkins is NCS Australia’s AI Lead, overseeing how artificial intelligence (AI) technology is successfully adopted into right-fit solutions to support clients today and into the future. He is also responsible for identifying and deploying AI, innovation and automation opportunities to support the internal operations of NCS Australia. 

Charlotte Lockhart, 4 day Week Global Co-Founder

As co-founder of 4 Day Week Global, Charlotte works promoting internationally the benefits of a productivity-focused and reduced-hour workplace. Through this, she is on the board of the Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University. Charlotte’s passion for the reduced-hour work has led 4 Day Week Global to become the world’s leading organisation in promoting the concept of working smarter, not longer.

Madhu Venkatakrishna, Director, Industry & Innovation, Transaction Banking, ANZ Bank

Madhu’s career spans consulting and innovation within banks and he has consulted some of the biggest global conglomerates across Asia, Europe, USA and Oceania having worked for EY, Deloitte, IBM etc. Madhu leads the Data as a Service practice at ANZ and is actively engaged in exploring solutions and technologies that can help deliver greater value through data in a safe, secure and compliant manner.

Peter Barnes, Head of Data and AI, SEAANZ, Thoughtworks

With a rich 30-year career trajectory, Peter has been the driving force behind organizations that leverage data science to shift the status quo. His global experience spans s a diverse range of industries and the public sector. From startups to multinational enterprises, he has demonstrated expertise in areas such as language processing, computer vision, security, behaviour modeling and operations research. As the leader of Thoughtworks’ Data and AI business unit in SEAANZ, Peter seeks opportunities to generate economic, societal and environmental benefits through innovative technology.

Julian Badell, Solutions Lead A/NZ, Lenovo

With a rich history of experience across software & hardware platforms, Julian has worked for some of the market leading technology organizations including Citrix & NTT Solutions prior to his time with Lenovo. Julian specializes in technologies such as Data Management, Hyperconverged Cloud Infrastructure, Data Management, AI & Machine Learning, DaaS / IaaS as well as VDI and Cloud Services.

 

Shaun Wadsworth, Director of AI & IoT, Fujitsu

Shaun has more than 30 years experience of successfully delivering IT solutions in Australia and internationally. He is an expert in data and analytics solutions with experience covering data strategy, big data, data governance, analytics, AI and IoT. He has a wide range of industry expertise with a current focus on public sector and utility organisations.

 

Dr Kim Oosthuizen, Head of Artificial Intelligence, ANZ, SAP

Dr. Kim Oosthuizen is the Head of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for SAP Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). She is responsible for identifying and harnessing AI innovation opportunities to enhance processes and usability, driving the modernisation of businesses into intelligent enterprises. With over 20 years of experience in various operations, Centre of Excellence, and technology roles across South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and Australia, Kim has developed a well-rounded understanding of end-to-end business processes. She holds a PhD in AI integration into business and is passionate about leveraging AI to simplify processes. Kim has published multiple academic papers on AI integration into business and founded the SAP AI Council in Australia to focus on the responsible adoption, operation, and scaling of AI across Australian industries. She also lectures part-time at various business schools.

As head of AI, Kim supports customer and partner enablement with AI innovation opportunities across process and usability to enable improved working practices. With over 20 years of experience spanning South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and Australia, she held various operations, Centre of Excellence, and technology roles. Holding a PhD in AI integration into business, Kim is passionate about leveraging AI to simplify processes. Her research has led to multiple academic publications exploring AI integration into business. She founded the SAP AI Council in Australia to focus on the responsible adoption, operation, and scaling of AI and lectures part-time at various business schools.