Advisory Board

  • Justin Anderson
    Founder , Hypercat Alliance

    Justin Anderson is a Director in KPMGs Internet of Things practice, with a focus on Smart Cities including infrastructure, utilities and transport and Smart Agriculture (Food & Fibre).

    Justin has over 25 years experience leading teams working across the innovation life-cycle from R&D to customer advocacy  He is a recognized global leader in the Internet of Things with broad experience across multiple industries.  He has led multiple IOT consortia projects using highly collaborative models leading to numerous innovation breakthroughs and new market opportunities. Justin founded Hypercat, with $35m funding from government and industry to drive secure and interoperable IoT. He chaired the IoT Council of the UK’s leading technology trade association techUK.

  • Sri Annaswamy
    Financial Services Advanced Analytics, Founder and Director, Swamy and Associates

    Sri is an Australian who was born and educated in India and is a leading strategy and operations specialist
    Educated at India's prominent world-beating institutions with an 1% acceptance rate (the IIT and the IIM), Sri is a seasoned financial institutional M&A, strategy and Advanced-analytics advisor with work experience in Chennai, Mumbai (Bombay), London, Sunnyvale (Silicon Valley/Bay Area) and Sydney.
    Sri started his career as an "old style" banker in the shipping-finance area of a large Indian financial institution (ICICI/SCICI) in Bombay and has subsequently worked with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Coopers & Lybrand), the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Elance before founding Swamy and Associates (www.swamyandassociates.com.au) to advise financial institutions and global service providers on Advanced-analytics and BPM strategies.

    Sri enjoys complex strategies involving all three major components - ITO, BPO and Advanced-analytics components. He was an early mover in respect of his research of the Advanced-analytics sector and its impact on the Australian financial services sector.

    In the immediate 5-year-period to 2016, he has directly advised 6 out of the top 15 financial institutions in Australia on their Advanced-analytics journeys across both banking and insurance sectors including 2 institutions at the Group CEO levels. Outside of work, Sri, an orthodox South-Indian Smartha-Brahmin ("Iyer") who hails from Kallidaikurichi, Tirunelveli (near Chennai), is also an advanced student of Yoga, Vedaanta
    (Vedic philosophy at the root of Yoga), Vedic practices including the systematic chanting of mantras, the Samskrita Bhasha (Sanskrit) and related Yogic-meditation practices and taught "Vedic Mantras and Chanting" in yoga centres in Sydney for several years

  • Paul Dovas
    Founder , Dovas Digital

    Adatos is a data science company which specializes in building intelligent machines for big data analysis. Adatos applies its proprietary Artificial Intelligence technology, which is based on recently declassified technology developed within the US Intelligence Community, to provide their clients with superior data analysis at unmatched speed and accuracy. Adatos has extensive experience in developing solutions that serve several industries, with an increasing focus on financial services and retail.

    As the founder of Dovas Digital, an experienced C-Level and Board Advisor, he also provides valuable strategic advice to start ups and corporates on digital transformation and automation through the use of Artificial Intelligence in a variety of industries such as Media, Fintech, MarTech and AdTech.

    Paul’s previous working life spans a broad and diverse spectrum having started in insolvency and ending up at the cutting edge of computer science, data science and artificial intelligence.

    Paul Dovas has over 16 years of service in the media industry, more recently transitioning the Australian industry’s peak print body, the Audited Media Association of Australia (AMAA), into a broader media organisation, through the reformation of traditional print metrics to an expanded model which included digital media. Paul recently launched Dovas Digital, a consultancy focusing on digital strategy, innovation, change management and technology assessment for corporates, SME’s and start-ups.

  • David Powers
    Director - Centre for knowledge and interaction technology , Flinders University

    Prof. David Powers has a broad range of qualifications across the mathematical, information and cognitive sciences. He specializes in helping people communicate with technology more naturally by advancing our understanding of both human and artificial intelligence. He leads the Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Group and the Knowledge and Interaction Technology Centre in the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Flinders University in South Australia. Spin off companies and products include YourAmigo.com, Clipsal Homespeak, and Clevertar’s AnnaCares.com. Applications are particularly focussed on multimedia information retrieval and assistive or educational technologies that involve language rich embodied conversational agents embedded in real world devices and vehicles, or in virtual worlds with animated agents.

  • Samir Sinha
    Founder , Robonomics AI

    Samir is the Founder CEO of Robonomics AI, which is  is a technology startup evangelising an “AI-first” approach to solving your real-world problems like driving growth, cutting costs, reducing risk and enhancing customer experience. Samir is registered with the Australian Government’s Research Council as a researcher in AI, and has been advising leading global advisory and consulting firms on Automation.

    Samir is one of the industry leaders who established offshoring as the prime delivery methodology for transformation projects in Australia and New Zealand. As the MD for HCL Australia and previously as the head of SAP Practice at TCS.

    Samir has been a keynote speaker in multiple events within Australia and overseas.

  • Ricky Sutton
    Founder, Oovvuu
  • James Ward
    Managing Director , Insight Data

    James Ward is a leading thinker and practitioner in the art of applying Artificial Intelligence to the challenges of business strategy, with a particular focus on marketing and distribution in Financial Services.
    James has practiced his craft working as a consultant with McKinsey & Company and other leading consulting firms, as an industry insider working with some of Australia's largest Financial Services companies in Banking and Insurance, and as a fundamental academic researcher with the Key Centre for Advanced Computing Sciences.
    James holds a B.App.Sc in Computing Science and a M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from UTS and is a former BRW Fast 100 entrepreneur.  His current area of specialisation is Causal Inference.