Speakers

  • Dr Leila Alem
    Adjunct Professor – Human-Computer Interaction, University of Technology

    Dr Leila Alem has 25+ years of experience in helping businesses transform for the Digital Future. Her expertise includes designing awards winning digital products and new customer experiences leveraging emerging technologies such as AI, Wearables, AR/ VR and MR and using Design Thinking, Lean Start-up and Agile methodologies. Her clients include Boeing, Rio Tinto, Thomson, 3M and many more , as well as Government Departments at both state and federal level. She won the 2013 NSW State innovation Award in R&D for her work with Boeing and was finalist of The Women Infotech outstanding Career Achievements Award in 2015.

    Leila has 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship, building new innovation programs and practices to drive client engagement. Her corporate entrepreneurship experience include government and consulting sector. Currently Leila is the co-founder of ArcSense, a wearable tech start-up in health and wellbeing. She teaches Product Design, Innovation & Entrepreneurship  in MBAs in Australia and France and mentors tech start-ups and social enterprises.
    Leila is an Adjunct Professor in Human Computer Interaction at UTS and holds a PhD in AI. She was Principal consultant at Thoughtworks, a global innovation consulting firm, for 2 years and Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO for 23 years.

    She is a sought after keynote at international conferences on emerging technologies and innovation. Leila has 100+ publications and is the editor of books & international journals in the next frontiers of Human Computer Interaction.

  • Michael Allwright
    Head of Artificial Intelligence, Frollo

    Michael Allwright is the Head of AI at Frollo, a purpose driven fintech he joined when they launched in 2016. Mike is a data scientist and entrepreneur with 15 years’ experience - he founded "The Minerva Collective" a data for good charity and has also worked in consultancy, finance, government and neuroscience leading teams and building complex models ranging from integer programming to optimise government office space, natural language processing and recurrent neural networks in neuroscience.

  • Dr Artak Amirbekyan
    Head of Data, AI & ML, Transurban

    Dr. Artak Amirbekyan heads up Enterprise Data, AI and ML function at Transurban. He previously led AI Labs team in Commonwealth Bank as an Executive Manager. Transurban is an Australian-owned company. We build and operate toll roads in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as in Greater Washington, United States and Montreal, Canada. We’re also a technology company – we research and develop innovative tolling and transport technology that makes travel easier and safer for everyone. My team help Transurban to achieve its vision by providing data analytics and machine learning solutions that ranges from simple analytics to more complex deep learning solutions in our road infrastructure.  He has a PhD in Data Mining and worked in both industry and academia for more than 15 years in machine learning field.

  • The Hon. Karen Andrews
    Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Australian Government

    After a career as an engineer and running her own industrial relations business, Karen Andrews was elected to parliament in 2010 as the Federal Member for McPherson on the Gold Coast.

    Following the 2013 election, she took on a leadership position  as Chair of the House of Representatives Joint Standing Committee on Public Works – one of the oldest investigatory Committees of the Parliament, and a “watchdog” on Government building and works programs.

    She’s also served as the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Assistant Minister for Science. In this role, Minister Andrews was one of the architects of the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda.

    It’s this experience which saw her sworn in as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in the Morrison Government Cabinet in August 2018. In doing so, she became the first ever female cabinet minister from Queensland.

    Since then, Minister Andrews has done significant work to help Australian industry to flourish, with commitments including the $160 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund.

    She has been a key driver of Women in STEM initiatives and has guided the Australian Space Agency through its highly successful first year, as it works to a goal of tripling the size of the sector to $12 billion and creating 20,000 new jobs by 2030.

    Sworn back in after the Morrison Government’s election victory in 2019, Minister Andrews is positioning Australian industry to thrive, in turn growing the economy and creating new jobs. She’s also leading discussion around technology, so Australia can embrace the economic potential of things like artificial intelligence and cyber security.

  • Dr David Black
    Head of Data Product & Strategy, Flybuys (Loyalty Pacific)

    David Black is the Head of Data Product & Strategy at Flybuys. He leads a team responsible for delivering cutting-edge data products that enable Flybuys to better serve its members and partners, along with defining data strategy for Flybuys to leverage data products as a growth platform. David has extensive experience developing economic models, forecasts, behavioural models, predictive analytics, data visualisations, recommendation tools, decision engines and prescriptive algorithms. And he has experience working with data from a variety of sources, such as customer surveys, retail transactions, telecommunications networks, WiFi networks, website analytics, public transportation, superannuation funds and government agencies. David has worked in data science – data, analytics and research – for almost 20 years, with the last 8 years spent building and leading data science teams in large organisations. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree and a PhD in Economics from The University of Melbourne.

  • Joanna Gurry
    Chief Data Officer & Executive General Manager
    NBN Co
  • Leisa Hart
    Co-Founder & Director, Adaptive Change Mindset

    Leisa Hart has led large change programs across international and domestic markets in the climate change and finance industries.

    Leisa is passionate about improving organisational effectiveness by building change adaptive leaders who are ready for increased human-digital interactions.

    As an accredited ChangeFirst practitioner and brain based executive coach (NeuroLeadership Institute & IECL Level 3) she uses science-based strategies to help harness the potential of individuals and teams to deliver for organisations.

  • Noel Jarrett
    Chief Data Officer, Telstra

    Noel Jarrett is the Chief Data & AI Officer for Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications company and national brand. Noel is responsible for delivering Telstra’s:

    • data & analytics strategy,
    • data architecture,
    • data governance
    • data management, and
    • machine learning & artificial intelligence.

    With an extensive career in technology businesses in Australia & Asia, Noel’s experience spans the diverse strategic, technology, operational and cultural issues faced by a challenger greenfield start-up company through to a market leading mature business. This unique blend of skills and experience enables him to champion and execute transformational change that delivers superior business outcomes in dynamic, highly complex technology environments. His recent secondment to the Chief Information & Security Officer (CISO) Asia Pacific role for Telstra during the COVID-19 pandemic, testament to his intellectual versatility and unmatched ability to deliver accelerated operational transformation.

    Noel began his professional engineering career with Australia’s Overseas Telecommunications Corporation (OTC) managing complex projects that delivered International Telecommunications networks and facilities. At a pivotal time in the deregulation of the telecommunications industry, Noel joined Optus, the new challenger organisation. As their inaugural Queensland State Manager, he pioneered the greenfield startup of Optus’ network infrastructure, workforce and business relationships. Over the next 20 years, Noel led a number of large national and international teams in various Director roles including Fixed Core Engineering,
    Customer Provisioning and Service Assurance.

    Upon joining Telstra in 2012, Noel continued to apply his extensive experience in Director roles including Networks & Facilities, Level 3 Proactive Assurance and Customer Service Improvement. As part of the Telstra’s 2022 Strategy, Noel was appointed as its Data and Automation Solutions Executive. Noel’s role was expanded to include the development and expansion of Telstra’s big data infrastructure, machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities. As its current Chief Data & AI Officer, Noel has accountability for Telstra’s enterprise-wide data and analytics strategy, governance framework and data and analytics solutions.

    Noel completed a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Hons) at the University of Queensland, then followed this with a Post Graduate Diploma in Management at Deakin University, INSEAD (Singapore) as well as a number of Harvard short courses. By engaging with global technology leaders in Silicon Valley, Noel has further expanded his professional network. Noel is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Noel shares his enjoyment of travel, boating, music, theatre and cricket with his wife Sue and their 2 adult sons.

  • Angela Kim
    Head of Analytics and AI
    Teachers Health Fund
  • Kshira Saagar
    Chief Data Officer, Latitude Financial Services

    Kshira Saagar (the K is silent like in a Knight) is currently the Chief Data Officer of Latitude Financial Services and has spent 21.3% of his life helping key decision-makers and CxOs make smarter decisions using data, and strongly believes that every organisation can become truly data-driven.

    He has been consecutively recognised among the Top 10 Analytics Leaders in Australia, for 2019 and 2020. At every place he has worked, working and will work - he likes to go back to the fundamentals, asking people to ask more questions of data and being a tough taskmaster on getting actionable outcomes from data, on all possible occasions. Outside work, Kshira spends a lot of time on advancing data literacy initiatives for high school and undergrad students.

  • Angela Lam
    Chief Information Officer
    Shell Australia
  • Dr Ian Oppermann
    NSW Government Chief Data Scientist, NSW Department of Customer Service

    Dr. Ian Oppermann 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).  From 2015 to 2019, Ian was also the CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre (DAC). Ian has nearly 30 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organizations 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 is considered 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. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 4000 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, is a Fellow and President of the Australian Computer Society, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian is also president of the Australia National Committee of the IEC and president of the JTC1 strategic advisory committee in Australia.

  • Dr Debra Panipucci
    Co-Founder & Director, Adaptive Change Mindset

    Dr Debra Panipucci has been helping organisations translate changes to their strategy, structure, process and people into successful outcomes across industries such as finance, insurance, FMCG manufacturing, and superannuation.

    With a Ph.D in decision-making, Debra has a deep understanding of behaviour change which she uses to identify risks and issues holding back change, as well as how to maximise business agility and resilience.

    She has a strong focus on governance and effective processes that are needed to deliver the transition of your transformation and project without erosion of benefits.

    Debra is accredited in the Human Synergistics LSI, both Prosci and ChangeFirst methodologies, as well as a certified Executive Coach (IECL Level 2) and Graduate of the AICD.

  • Tony Patrick
    ,

    Tony has extensive experience and interest in new technologies in the digital landscape, how this changes the way customers interact with organisations and how technology and AI can influence impactful business change. Through Touchpoint's Advanced AI text analytics tech, Ipiphany, Tony is giving customer feedback new life and organisations a chance to use AI and NLP to understand their customers at a deeper level. By developing AI that is easy to access and directly connected to real business problems, he brings AI onboard as an approachable and realistic next step for organisations. While the technology can be universally applied, it is current being used by large global telcos, food delivery providers, insurers and banks, among others.

  • Rimon Rony
    Data Science Leader, Safesite

    Rimon is the Data Science Leader at Safesite. “Safesite utilises AI to help customers to know exactly what they need to do to prevent an injury”. He has been working in the Machine Learning and Data science field for over 13 years. For the past 6 years he worked as Chief and Principal level Data Scientist positions at Fortune 500 companies. Rimon managed data science focused consulting firms via Bluebeak AI and AnalyticsCentral and delivered major Machine learning and Data science products at Flight Centre, Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Tabcorp, and State Governments. He was the Chief AI Scientist at Bluebeak.AI -Australia’s first no-code data science platform.

    Rimon led Local Govt LGSherlock Data Science Team (at LGAQ), as their Chief AI Scientist. Sherlock is the world’s first data storage and AI/ML tool, which was being introduced across an entire tier of local government. His immediate past role as the Global Chief/Principal Data Scientist for the world’s largest building materials company HeidelbergCement, saw him deliver multiple products in the Engineering / Construction space. Rimon started the world’s first AI project in this industry to create disruption.

    Rimon led and delivered numerous million-dollar projects utilising artificial intelligence in diverse industries ranging from energy/resources, insurance, Government, utilities, IoT, media/entertainment, Asset Maintenance, Finance, marketing, customer analytics and many more.

  • Dr Nandita Sharma
    Director – Data Science, Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

    Dr Nandita Sharma is a Director in Artificial Intelligence and Automation at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). She is experienced in leading data science initiatives in government, banking, private and research industries. She has considerable understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in industry and deeply interested in educating organisations to embrace analytics and AI for enhanced success.

    She is a strong engineering professional with a PhD in AI (Australian National University) and holds numerous International publications. Her research interests are in Deep Learning, Computational Intelligence, Optimisation, Machine Learning and Natural Language Understanding.

  • Dr Rose Skandari
    Data Science Manager
    ME Bank
  • Bhavika Unnadkat
    Head of Data, Momentum Energy

    Bhavika believes in working towards a better world through data. Information Management professional with fifteen years’ experience of complex information environments spanning the full spectrum of structured data to unstructured information. Eloquent and influential communicator, adept at stakeholder management at all levels of the organisation, across multiple business lines, shared services, third parties and vendors. Proven business acumen with demonstrated results to deliver enhanced customer experience and increased business profitability. Deep technical knowledge of multiple specialisms including metadata, data warehousing, data governance, data quality, enterprise architecture, data lineage, Big Data, data analytics, and regulatory requirements.

    Bhavika is big advocate of encouraging more women in data, she mentors young girls, female who are keen in progressing their carer as data professionals. In free time, she teaches likes to read, travel and teach young kids.

  • Grant Wright
    Director – AI Platform Services
    SEEK
  • Dr Liming Zhu
    Research Director, Software & Computational Systems, CSIRO’s Data61

    Dr/Prof. Liming Zhu is a Research Director at CSIRO’s Data61. He is also a conjoint full professor at University of New South Wales (UNSW). He is the chairperson of Standards Australia's blockchain and distributed ledger committee. His research program has more than 300 people innovating in the area of big data platforms, computational science, blockchain, regulation technology, privacy and cybersecurity. He has published more than 200 academic papers on software architecture, secure systems and data analytics infrastructure and blockchain.