Events Speakers

The Hon Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Digital & Minister for Customer Service, NSW Government

Victor is a senior Minister in the New South Wales Government. He has held various portfolios over the last decade including Aboriginal Affairs, Innovation and Finance. In 2019, he was appointed the inaugural Minister for Customer Service. With a key focus on digital transformation.

Victor firmly believes that the use of real-time data and technology are the most powerful ways to improve quality of life and reduce suffering. Victor is a member of the crisis cabinet that has led the NSW response to Covid. He has had a particular focus on delivering digital solutions such as the Service NSW check in feature and real time data analysis to inform the state's response.

During his time in the portfolio Victor has been the driving force behind the roll out of the Digital Driver Licence, the establishment of the $1.6b Digital Restart Fund and the rapid expansion of Service NSW app, including the introduction of new functionality such as QR code check in's and notification of Covid test results.

Steve Vamos, Chief Executive Officer, Xero

Steve leads the global growth and performance of Xero. With more than 30 years' experience in global technology and digital media, Steve has worked in leading international businesses including Apple, IBM and Microsoft.

Steve led the growth of online media business Ninemsn from start-up to industry leader as the company's CEO.

Steve previously served on the boards of Telstra, David Jones and Medibank, and has an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Angela Coble, Chief Information Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Angela Coble is an executive leader, board member and internationally published author, with more than 20 years leadership experience in technology, healthcare, utilities, finance and agriculture.  In 2020, Angela was ranked #2 in Australia's Top 50 CIOs by CIO Magazine - the third time she has made this prestigious list. As the CIO for J&J Medical Devices in Australia & New Zealand, Angela balances her commercial responsibility as an executive Board member with her technology responsibility as the executive leader of the information & technology discipline for the markets.

Angela holds qualifications across various domains, including an MBA (Leadership) and a Bachelor of Business (Leadership & Management) from the University of Southern Queensland. She gained her Certification as an Information Security Manager from ISACA and qualified in Information Security Risk Management at the SANS Institute. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Angela has embarked on her Doctorate by Research for an Australia-first empirical study on Leadership requirements in Technology for the future through USQ and recently accepted an invitation to be an advisor for the University of Technology, Sydney Faculty of Arts and Social Science Advisory Board representing technology education requirements for the future.

Joanna Gurry, Chief Digital Officer, nbn

Joanna is a commercially focused technology executive with 25 years' experience in banking, insurance and telecommunications. Building and leading large data and analytics teams at NBNCo, IAG, Commonwealth Bank and KPMG, Jo has led successful transformations of culture and capability in large, complex businesses.

Aiming always to strike the right balance between risk and compliance with strong commercial outcomes, Jo targets strategic relationships with great partners to propel an innovation agenda - driven by advanced analytics practices and underpinned by mature information management foundations. 

Anastasia Cammaroto, Chief Information Officer, Personal Banking and Digital at the National Australia Bank

Anastasia started her career in systems engineering design and delivery roles and has also held CIO roles with the Westpac Group and BT Financial Group.

Her experiences span technology executive and transformation delivery roles across Consumer Banking, Digital, Shared Services (HR, Finance, Risk and Operations), Wealth/Investments and Technology Infrastructure. She has also led the evolution of AI-based customer services and their associated internal management principles to assure an inclusive, ethical and pragmatic path.

She has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) degree and a Masters in Engineering Science from the University of NSW, Sydney.

Ana is a passionate advocate for addressing the gender imbalance in technology and driving growth in STEM skills across Australia. In 2018 she was co-author of Westpac Group's STEM Commitment, committing to a set of initiatives sponsored by Westpac to help build a more STEM confident nation. Ana was also selected as the 2018 Woman of Influence for her work in amplifying STEM confidence and experiences in students and adults.

Professor Toby Walsh, Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW and Research Lead, Dat61

Toby is a world-renowned professor on artificial intelligence and is Scientia professor at the University of New South Wales and Digital Think-tank Data61. He was named by the media as a "rock star" of the digital revolution and included on the list of the 100 most important digital innovators in Australia. He is a fellow of the Australia Academy of Science and of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, a Humboldt award winner and recipient of the NSW Premier's Prize for excellence in engineering and ICT.

Toby has previously held research positions in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Sweden. He has played a leading role at the UN and elsewhere on the campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons (aka "killer robots"). Toby is a sought-after keynote speaker on how artificial intelligence influences business, education, warfare, personal development, and finance, among others. He regularly appears in the media talking about the impact of AI and robotics on society.

Toby is the author of the books 'IT'S ALIVE', 'Android Dreams', 'Machines That Think' and '2062: The Year that AI Made'.

Adrian Turner, Tech Entrepreneur, CEO of Minderoo Foundation

Adrian is an influential Australian technology entrepreneur who has spent 18 years in Silicon Valley. In 2019 Adrian Turner stepped down as CEO of CSIRO's Data61. He now leads the Minderoo Wildlife Disaster and Resilience Program, a $500m plus effort backed by some of the country's biggest listed companies with a goal to see Australia become a world leader in natural disaster resilience before 2030.

Adrian is also co-chair of the Australia Cyber Security Growth Centre (AustCyber), a member of the Board of Directors for the Australian eHealth Research Centre (AeHRC), a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Digital Economy and a member of the Genomics Health Futures Mission Steering Committee.

Prior to his 5 years at Data61, Adrian was co-Founder of Borondi Group, a holding company focused on the intersection of pervasive computing, platform economics and traditionally conservative industries and was co-founder and CEO of smart phone and Internet of Things security company Mocana Corporation.

Dr Maria Milosavljevic, Chief Information Security Officer, Services Australia

Maria has more than 20 years' experience as an innovative leader specialising in Artificial Intelligence, Data Management, Risk Management and cyber security. She recently became Services Australia's Chief Information Security, after two years as the inaugural Chief Data Officer (CDO) for Department of Human Services (DHS). Milosavljevic is also an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University (ANU) and Chair of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Cyber Security Committee.

Prior to moving to DHS, Dr Milosavljevic was the inaugural NSW Government Chief Information Security Officer (GCISO), responsible for building improved prevention, detection and a streamlined response to cyber security across the State. She also spent two years as AUSTRAC's chief innovation officer and CISO and five years as CIO and CISO at the then Australian Crime Commission.

Dr Milosavljevic completed a PhD in Artificial Intelligence on a prestigious scholarship from the Microsoft Research Institute, graduated from ANU with an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). As a data scientist, Dr Milosavljevic has developed several world-first and award-winning solutions to difficult problems in the private and public sector throughout her career.
 
 

Professor Enrico Coiera, Director of the Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University

Enrico has worked at the intersection of information technology and healthcare for over three decades. Medically trained at Sydney University, he obtained a Computer Science PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of New South Wales in 1990.

Enrico founded the Centre for Health Informatics in 1999 at UNSW, and now based at Macquarie University it is Australia’s largest and longest running biomedical and health informatics academic research group. His academic work has seen multiple technologies developed and commercialised, including consumer e-health systems and clinical decision support technologies.

Coiera spent 10 years at the prestigious Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories in Bristol UK where he led numerous health technology projects and was responsible for multiple patents and technology innovations. In 2003 he founded the Australasian College of Health Informatics, was its first President, and in 2017 initiated its Fellowship by Training Program.

Coiera has won a number of prestigious awards including the 2015 International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) François Grémy Award for Excellence and the 2011 UNSW Inventor of the year (Information and Communication Technology) for a literature-based computational discovery system.

Enrico is a prolific author. With over 200 journal papers in research journals, he is also the author of a major international textbook – the Guide to Health Informatics - now in its 3rd Edition.

Professor Erwin Loh, Group Chief Medical Officer, St Vincent’s Health Australia

Professor Erwin Loh is national Chief Medical Officer and Group General Manager Clinical Governance for St Vincent's Health Australia, the nation's largest not-for-profit health and aged care provider. He has previously held positions as Chief Medical Officer of Monash Health, Victoria's largest health service, where he worked for almost ten years, and Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for three years.

He is qualified in both medicine and law, with general and specialist registration as a medical practitioner (medical administration specialty) and is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia. He also has an MBA, Master of Health Service Management, and PhD in management.

He is Honorary Clinical Professor with the title of Professor at the Department of Medical Education, University of Melbourne. He is adjunct Clinical Professor at Monash University, where he leads the Clinical Leadership and Management Unit at the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation. He is also Honorary Professor at Macquarie University at the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research.

Professor Low teaches and carries out research in health law, health management and clinical leadership. He has been an invited speaker at local and international conferences, and is widely published on health law, medical management, and health technology.

Professor Bronwyn Fox, Chief Scientist, CSIRO

Bronwyn is the newly appointed Chief Scientist of the country's national science agency, CSIRO. She is the CSIRO's fourth female Chief Scientist and joins the agency after beginning her career there twenty-two years ago as a research assistant. Bronwyn aims to champion science research and capability; and work with industry and to foster STEM careers.

Before she took over the reins as Chief Scientist, Bronwyn was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at Swinburne University of Technology. Prior she was founding Director of the university's Manufacturing Futures Research Institute with a mission to support the transition of Australia's manufacturing sector to Industry 4.0 - the fourth industrial revolution.

Bronwyn is an internationally recognised expert on carbon fibre and composite materials. Leveraging her specific knowledge of materials science and engineering, Professor Fox has built multidisciplinary teams to work with the manufacturing sector to ensure they are digitally equipped and linked into global supply chains.

In 2020 she was awarded the prestigious Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research by the Royal Society of Victoria. In addition to her role at the CSIRO Bronwyn is also Chair of the Victorian Division of Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Dan Jermyn, Chief Decision Scientist, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

As Chief Decision Scientist, Dan leads the largest AI and Data Science practice in Australia. He oversees the machine learning that powers CBA's award-winning Customer Engagement Engine, the most advanced decisioning platform of its type in the world which has a reported 7.5 million digitally active customers as of February 2021. He is an experienced leader in both technology and data science, with a rare combination of advanced technical skills, strong commercial awareness and a proven track record of building global teams in Digital, Data Science and Customer Decisioning.

Dan is an accomplished public speaker and frequent contributor to industry and governmental policy initiatives, with a passion for inspiring teams to deliver value in complex organisations, and a career path that encompasses top-flight academia, strategic consultancy, building and selling a successful technology start-up, and establishing award-winning analytical units.

He has also worked as a strategy consultant and then Head of Analytics for an agency in the UK as well as co-founding a successful digital technology start-up. Prior to his current role, he held various positions at the Royal Bank of Scotland including Head of Digital Analytics and Head of Big Data & Innovation. Dan has a double master's degree with a M.A. in Physics from Oxford University and a M.Sc. in Computing from the University of Cardiff.

Anthony Murfett, Deputy CEO, Australian Space Agency

As Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency, Anthony Murfett is Space Agent Two. Anthony has been with the Agency since it launched in 2018. He is responsible for strategy, policy and day-to-day operations and supports the CEO in monitoring the performance of the Agency. He ensures the Agency delivers on its purpose to transform and grow a globally respected Australian space industry that contributes to the economy. Anthony brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the Australian Space Agency, valuing partnerships while drawing strength from diversity and pushing the boundaries of our knowledge.

Anthony has worked as Minister Counsellor, Industry, Science and Education at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. He has also been General Manager of the Growth Centres Branch in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in Canberra.

Anthony began his career at the Australian Patent Office (now known as IP Australia) where he examined pharmaceutical patents for a while before moving into intellectual property (IP) policy and project management. He then moved over to the Australian Research Council where he looked after $700 million worth of research funding.

Outside of work, Anthony has another mission. An avid cyclist, he is on track to ride the distance to the Moon. He is currently more halfway to his goal of 384,400 kilometres.

Dr Ian Oppermann, NSW Chief Data Scientist, NSW Department of Customer Service

Ian is the NSW Government's Chief Data Scientist working within the Department of Customer Service. He is also an Industry Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the President of the Australian Computer Society. From 2015 to 2019, Ian was also the CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC). He is considered to be one of the leading practitioners of AI in the Australian public sector and is a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on "Big Data", broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society.

Ian has 27 years' experience in the ICT sector and, has led organisations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University.

Greg Cross, AI Pioneer and Chief Business Officer, Soul Machines

Greg Cross is one of the original tech nomads, who has spent his career travelling to and living in every major technology market in the world. He now lives in New Zealand but creates businesses that compete on the international stage.

Prior to teaming up with Dr. Mark Sagar to create Soul Machines, Greg co-founded one of the world's leading wireless power companies, PowerbyProxi, which was sold to Apple in 2017. Through an early career in multiple technology companies, Greg has made his mark as a business leader with a career that includes launching BellSouth NZ, one of the biggest start-up technology investments made in New Zealand, and leading Microsoft New Zealand as Managing Director. Greg was also CEO of Advantage Group before leaving for the USA to pursue various business opportunities including a role as Entrepreneur in Residence in Silicon Valley for an international VC firm.

Since his return to New Zealand Greg has taken on multiple Chair positions including the Icehouse, NZ Trade and Enterprise's Global Beachhead programme, and SLI Systems. Greg is also the Sir John Logan Campbell Executive in Residence at the University of Auckland Business School, and was inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame in 2019. Greg is responsible for growing and building the business and sits on the Board of Directors of Soul Machines.

Adrian Iannessa, Senior Director of Technology, Dell Technologies ANZ

As Senior Director of Technology, he is responsible for leading the Dell Technologies engineering community, focused on supporting customers on their digital transformation journey by modernising their IT infrastructure to achieve their strategic business objectives. Prior to being promoted to his current role in April 2020, Adrian lead the Dell Technologies Consulting services business in ANZ where he partnered closely with customers and provided expertise across the entire Dell Technologies portfolio, encompassing hybrid-cloud computing, cloud native application architectures, DevOps and data science practices.

Before joining Dell Technologies, more than 20 years ago, Adrian worked as an IT consultant across Europe and Australia, specialising in the financial services, public sector and mining industries.  

Professor M@ Kuperholz, Chief Data Scientist and Partner, PwC

Professor Matt Kuperholz is Chief Data Scientist and Partner at PwC. Known as "The Data Whisperer", Matt was rated the #1 analytics leader by peak body, IAPA. He was also honoured by then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as one of the Knowledge Nation 100 group of innovators and entrepreneurs helping to shape Australia's new economy; and was listed in 2020 as one of the Global 100 Innovators in Data and Analytics by Corinium.

Matt specializes in the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to detailed and complex data and delivers analytics insights to the PwC organisation and PwC clients keen to improve business via analytics.

Originally an actuary and computer science graduate, Matt's career has matured in line with the analytics profession. In the early days, his was considered a specialist technical skill unlikely to be a strategic part of management decision support. Over time data and analytics became seen as a competitive advantage for early adopters to today's view of analytics as an invaluable business tool.

Through each of these eras, Matt has showed that evidence-based decisions powered by advanced analytics are more accurate, reliable and lower risk than the alternative. He has been a passionate and long-time advocate of data as an asset, teaching and proving to senior management the business advantages from the analytics insights derived from data.

Michelle Pinheiro, Global Head of Enterprise Data Governance, ANZ

Michelle is responsible for the Data Governance strategy across the ANZ Banking Group, the ANZ Data Privacy and Ethics framework, Enterprise Metadata Management and a Centre of Excellence for Data Quality.

She is an expert in understanding and minimising data risk for executive stakeholders, and promotes a data-driven culture through a management framework that values ethics and the customer.