Global Speakers


Rocky Scopelliti

Director, Industry 4.0


Topic: The AI-First Enterprise: How 5G & Automated Machine Learning will transform the Enterprise



Satoshi Nagata

Senior 5G Lead & Expert / Vice Chairman (5G)

NTT Docomo (Japan) / 3GPP TSG-RAN (Global)

Topic: How 5G will enable & speed up AI development & advances in Robotics, the Connected Car and IoT: The Japanese Experience

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Satoshi Nagata received his B.E. and M.E. degrees from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 2001 and 2003, respectively. In 2003, he joined NTT DOCOMO, INC. He worked for the research and development for wireless access technologies for LTE, LTE-Advanced, and 5G. He is currently a senior research engineer working for 5G and 3GPP standardization. He had contributed to 3GPP over 10 years, and contributed 3GPP TSG-RAN WG1 as a vice chairman during November 2011 to August 2013, and also contributed as a chairman during August 2013 to August 2017. He is currently a vice chairman of 3GPP TSG-RAN since March 2017.

NTT Docomo (Japan)


David J. Bruemmer


Adaptive Motion Group/5D Robotics

Topic: Advanced AI in USA: Case Study – The use of swarm intelligence as a means to coordinate smart city IOT especially in the context of connected vehicles and UAVs

Adaptive Motion Group


Khalid Ashmawy

Tech Lead for Self-Driving Cars

Uber Advanced Technologies Group, USA (Confirming)

Topic: Case Study: Putting AI in Driveless Cars

Uber Advanced Technologies Group


Richard Cartwright

Director, Speech Analytics


Topic: The Technology and Challenges of Audio AI Industry

Panel Discussion: What Companies Are Doing with AI + Industry 4.0 Today – Towards Achieving Success in the Age of AI

With over twenty years’ experience in digital audio signal processing and speech recognition, Richard has designed and coded algorithms that power the audio experience across multiple audio categories from stadium concert sound reinforcement, through bass guitar effects pedals to consumer electronics devices and business teleconferencing. He has 17 granted and 15 pending patent families across a broad range of audio signal processing topics.

Richard is currently Director, Speech Analytics at Dolby Laboratories and is based in Dolby’s Sydney R&D lab, where he leads a team of researchers and engineers that melds classical signal processing techniques with machine learning.



Ariane Barker


Scale Investors

Topic: Global CEO – Chief Investment Officer – CIO/CTO – Chief Data Scientist Forum: What Top Companies are Doing with AI + Industry 4.0 today and What We Can Learn From Them – Success in the Age of AI

Scale Investors


Bronwyn Le Grice


ANDHealth - Australia’s National Digital Health Initiative

Topic 1: Global CEO – Chief Investment Officer – CIO/CTO – Chief Data Scientist Forum: What Top Companies are Doing with AI + Industry 4.0 today and What We Can Learn From Them – Success in the Age of AI

Topic 2: Beyond Health IT: Using Technology to Transform Patient Outcomes in Healthcare

Panel Discussion: What Companies Are Doing with AI + Industry 4.0 Today – Towards Achieving Success in the Age of AI

Bronwyn has 15 years executive experience in the health technology sector spanning venture capital, transaction management, capital raising, corporate development, investor relations and industry advocacy.

She is currently Managing Director of ANDHealth, a unique industry-led commercialisation accelerator focused on strengthening the Australia digital health ecosystem and de-risking digital health technologies. ANDHealth provides critical support to Australian digital health companies to meet key clinical and commercial requirements to enable them to access institutional investment and international markets.

Prior to ANDHealth Bronwyn held the role of Investment Director with leading Australian healthcare venture capital firm, BioScience Managers, where she was responsible for managing significant transactions in the health technology & digital health sectors resulting in over A$65m of private and public equity raisings.

Bronwyn is a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed cancer diagnostics company Imagion Biosystems, a Member of the RMIT University Health and BioMedical Sector Expert Research Advisory Group, a Member of the Swinburne University Innovation Precinct Advisory Board, a Member of the La Trobe University Digital health Advisory Committee, a Member of the PCH Alliance Global Innovation Task Force and a Member of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum Health Technologies Sector Group.

Australia’s National Digital Health Initiative


Kieran Nolan

Educational Technologist

RocketShoes / Wooranna Park School

Topic 1: School on the Blockchain

Kieran is a Melbourne-based Educational Technologist, International Speaker, CoderDojo Mentor, Blockchain Expert, and Business Development Executive. He’s driven by three tenets: innovation, disruption, and lifelong learning — and it is these key values that empower me to play my part in revolutionising the edutech space as we know it. Over the course of more than a decade, I have gained extensive industry experience, specialising in education, technology, and blockchain application.

He’s an Educational Technologist at Wooranna Park Primary School, where his strategic leadership has led the school to launching a 24/7 International Virtual Learning Environment in Minecraft, Victoria’s first CoderDojo, Australia’s first Immersive Education Club, the world’s youngest Cisco class, and the very first School on the Blockchain.

Kieran’s also a Co-Founder & Business Development Executive of which is an educational platform designed for a learner centric approach and providing powerful tools to manage content in a decentralised way. Learners will be able to produce and keep track of their own learning materials, including assignments, notes, and digital assets. Organisations can manage large amounts of content in a way that is not possible with today’s systems, allowing for radically new functionality, and deep integration with the Blockchain.

He have spoken at a multitude of prominent conferences including; Immersive Education (Paris), Wall Street (NYC), FYA, Australian Financial Review(SYD), Minecon, EduTech (SYD), and Future Schools among many others.

Kieran’s been involved with the Blockchain Centre since its inception, where he volunteer on a weekly basis. He helped the community grow while educating people of all ages on the importance and application of blockchain technology.

His work with Wooranna Park Primary School, The Blockchain Centre and Rocketshoes has garnered a fair amount of media attention, including The George Lucas Foundation,, The Age, and Australian Teacher Magazine. With nearly 4 million views on one of my latest television appearances.

In addition to his Degree in Computer Science, Advanced Diploma in Cyber Security, and Diploma in Information Technology, he hold an array of designations from Cisco, Microsoft and Google.

Wooranna Park School


Amir Rouhi

Data Analytics Advisor, Business Analytics & Insights

RMIT University

Case Study: Using Homogenous Markov Chain to Forecast the Education Load in an Educational Organisation

Amir H. Rouhi has a PhD in information retrieval from RMIT University in 2018. His field of research has been on multimedia signal processing, focusing on content-based image/video retrieval. Along with his research, he was working in Analytics & Insight team at the same university and he applied some of his analytics skills on institutional sector data analysis.

His publications on education sector include a paper in SEAAIR 2017: “Vector-based Models for Educational Institution Shape Analysis” and a presentation in AAIR 2017: “New Angles to Analyse Student Load Distribution Pattern”. In his research, he introduced an institutional shape analysis method utilising Cosine-similarity.

His background education shows a bachelor degree in Software Engineering and a master degree in Artificial Intelligence.

RMIT University


Skeeve Stevens


Future Crime Agency

Topic: AI in Security/Intelligence & Counter-Terrorism

Skeeve Stevens has been involved in Cybersecurity for over 25 years.  He began hacking in the late 80’s pre-internet era on everything from BBSes, X.21, X.25, DECnet, ACSNet, SPEARnet and phreaking (blueboxing, bridging, vmb) and then pre-AARNet 1989 (in Victoria) and then the Internet in early 1990.

Skeeve is an accomplished Network Architect and has held many certifications from Cisco, Juniper, Microsoft, RedHat and other vendors.  He has designed and built the networks of over 300 Internet Service Providers in a dozen countries and he invented the concept of (and coined the term) Elastic Fabrics.  He went on to design and build the largest Open Networking Elastic Fabric (at the time) for NEXTDC called AXONVX.  He was also the architect of the Security and Access Control infrastructure of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, ANZAC Bridge and other critical infrastructure.  He designed and rolled out the Digital Cinema network for Hoyts and has deployed many other large scale and networks in Retail, public events.

Skeeve is a past Director of The Internet Society and past Chair of the Policy Committee of Internet Regional Governance organisation APNIC and has authored and co-authored multiple adopted policies relating to Internet Resources.

Presently Skeeve is the Director of the Future Crime Agency which specialises in Security Awareness, Training, Consulting and Research services covering all Advanced Technologies such as Cyber, AI/MI, IoT, Robotics, Drones, V/A/M Realities, Voice Control, Brain Computer Interfaces, Machine Automation, Future Warfare and Terrorism and everything else – for law enforcement, intelligence, defence/military, governments (policy makers), Courts and Law Firms, first responders and all enterprises that specialise in servicing those sectors.  The FCA currently operate in 5 countries.

Skeeve is the author a restricted publication called the ‘Threat Matrix’ which evaluates and theorises risk scenarios for advanced technologies.  Skeeve has also led many Red and Black Teams evaluating many areas of security using physical, technical, psychological and social methodologies.

Skeeve is a professional speaker and mentor on all the above topics and seeks to empower as many as possible with awareness of how cutting-edge technology can be used offensively and defensively in the rapidly evolving threat landscape.  He presently does guest lecturing at several academic institutions in faculties relating to National Security studies.

Future Crime Agency


Jim Kolitsis

Biomedical Device Expert & Consultant

Topic: Predictive Analysis, ML and AI in Healthcare

Jim is a hands-on health technology consultant with exposure to multiple sectors of the healthcare industry, including as a CTO of a global teleradiology organisation, an advisor to state jurisdictions, complex systems project lead with Siemens, and has a speciality in interventional cardiology systems.  Currently he is engaged as a Digital Health Specialist for HealthTrack Medical Systems (a leading Australian EHR vendor), is a Director of HL7 Australia (the peak community body for data modelling and standards creation) and has invested in a global AI health company that offers acute-care clinicians dynamic insights to better patient management.

Data is the new realm of healthcare, however there is no consensus amongst stakeholders of how to extract value from the digital health paradigm, which is mostly focused on the hospital and is far from being patient-centric, personalised and value-based.

Jim argues that near-horizon radical change regarding healthcare delivery will surprise lawmakers, technologists and clinicians, as patients are introduced to ubiquitous and cheap technology that will make them integral to how care is delivered, by whom, when and where, and all enabled by the new health digital paradigm.


Professor Erwin Loh

Group Chief Medical Officer & Group General Manager of Clinical Governance

St Vincent’s Health Australia

Topic: AI in Surgery & Medicine

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, with 36 facilities, including six public hospitals, nine private hospitals and 17 aged care facilities in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, along with three co-located research institutes – the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research.

He is qualified in both medicine and law, with general and specialist registration as a medical practitioner (medical administration specialty), and 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 Chair of the Victorian State Committee and Board Member of the Royal Australasian College of Administrators. 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.

St Vincent’s Health Australia


Bill Petch


The Leukaemia Foundation

Topic: AI in Medical Clinical Trials: Using AI to help match patients with clinical trials. Why access to trials and cost of trials is a big issue In the health and medical research space

The Leukaemia Foundation


Clinton Burchat

Founder & Chief Everything Officer (CEO)

BLKTATU Autonomous Drone Delivery

Topic: AI in Drones & SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) in flight



Eric Peck


Swoop Aero

Topic: Autonomous Airborne Mobility with AI for Medical Supplies Delivery

Swoop Aero


Pascal Labouze

Executive Director Operational Systems

Infrastructure & Services, Transport For NSW

Topic: Advances in Operational Technology and AI in Transport

Transport For NSW


Roger Rooney

Senior Project Manager, Smart & Predictive Parking Canberra, ACT Government Board Member

Australian Smart Communities Association

Topic: Using Machine Learning to predict Parking & Save Time

Australian Smart Communities Association


Anthony Roe

Head of Digital Technology & Innovation

Downer MEI

Topic: Operational Digital Technology in the Mining, Energy and Industrial Service Sectors

Anthony is the Head of Digital Technology and Innovation in the Mining, Energy and Industrial division of Downer Group.

He leads the Digital Technology Acceleration Program implementing Asset Data Services, Digital Asset Visualization, Data Science, AI, Digital Transformation and Operationalization of Digital Technology Service lines.

Anthony joined Downer Group following a 17-year global career in digital technology and 15 year Industrial career in the Oil & Gas, Mining and Power Generation Industries. In a decade long career at IBM he held a number of senior executive roles in Europe before spending the last 4 years in Australia as a “thought leader” in Industrial Artificial Intelligence and Analytics.

Downer MEI


Gert van Aswegen MAIB

National Digital Engineering Manager

Fulton Hogan

Topic: AI & Digital Engineering in Construction, Real Estate, Infrastructure Development

Fulton Hogan


Dr Michelle Perugini


Life Whisperer

Topic: AI in Medical Research & Women’s Health

Life Whisperer


Berowne Hlavaty

Executive Director, Quantitative Equity Strategy

J.P. Morgan

Topic: Context Aware, Domain Specific NLP

Berowne has 20+ years of quantitative, machine learning and data analytics experience, working in the J.P. Morgan Quantitative and Derivatives Strategy Research team which he joined in 2005. With an initial focus on the Australian equity markets, his research areas have expanded to cover Asia-Pacific and Global macro investment strategies. Recently the team has been more formally utilising Machine Learning techniques, publishing extensively under the ‘Big Data and AI Strategies’ banner. Berowne has typically ranked in the top 3 for Quantitative Research in the Peter Lee Surveys in Australia and the team are well placed in the Institutional Investor polls globally.

He regularly engages with industry (Microsoft, Bloomberg, Amazon, ASX, Digital Assets), regulators (ASIC) and academia contacts through a series of quarterly ‘Quantferences’ giving his clients access to the latest academic research and financial markets insights.

Before joining J.P. Morgan Berowne worked for 7 years with MSCI/Barra where he provided risk analysis, training and technical support to clients using Barra’s Equity and Fixed Income Portfolio Construction, Risk and Performance Attribution products. Berowne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering and a Master’s degree in Information Science from the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

JP Morgan


Tim Cannon


Livestock Labs

Topic: AI in the Livestock Sector

Livestock Labs


Alicia Garden

CEO, Discovery Ag / formerly, CEO

Australia Grain Growers Association

Topic: AI in the Agriculture Sector and in Precision Farming

Australia Grain Growers Association


Praveen Senadheera

IoT Deep Domain Lead


Topic: AI and IoT in Asset Management

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Praveen Senadheera is a technology leader with a broad base of experience, a clear view on business situations and strategies, and a passion for operating at the intersection of customers, business and technology.

Currently, Praveen is an Internet of Things Specialist at Telstra Global Enterprise —a role that has allowed him to work with business and operational leaders across many industry verticals, empowering customers to understand and embrace the value of emerging technologies.

An expert in the Internet of Things (IoT), and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, mixed reality and drones, Praveen can advise on how these innovations can deliver cost savings, greater efficiencies, new revenue streams and improvements in customer experience in ways that have never been possible before.

As an experienced technology sales leader, expert advisor and catalyst for change who facilitates win-win outcomes, he likes discovering how businesses operate and is passionate about their people and helping them achieve more. Challenging traditional thought and injecting new ideas and strategies into the business mix, Praveen is committed to the bottom line and is meticulous in his methods to expose untapped opportunities.



Rajiv Niles

Senior Director, Digital Solutions & Industrial Cyber Security

GE Digital

Topic: AI for Manufacturing and  in Cyber Security

GE Digital


Jason Humphrey

Head of Retail Risk

ANZ (confirming)

Topic: AI for Banking and Financial Services



Dibya Basu

Head of Intelligent Automation


Topic: AI and Automation in Insurance



Brett Burford

CEO & Founder


Topic: AI for Satellites and SpaceTech



Mick Mioduszewski

Director of Analytics

NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI)

Topic: Operationalizing Machine Learning: How to Ensure Value-Driven Deployment

NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI)


Jonathan Chang

Managing Director


Topic: A Walkthrough of An Enterprise Deep Learning Project

Jonathan is the founder and CEO of Silverpond, a machine learning and AI company based in Melbourne. Silverpond helps startups and organisations such as CliniCloud and Powercor adopt deep learning and Artificial Intelligence technology through Silverpond’s Highlighter product. Working across computer vision, natural language processing, audio and predictive models on time series data, Silverpond has delivered solutions for industries spanning retail, insurance, property, advertising, energy and healthcare.



Dr. Manasa Kesharaju

Senior Data Scientist & Algorithm Developer

Australian Government Department of Human Services

Topic: Government-Wide AI Strategy: How AI Increase Efficiency, Reduce Operational Costs, Improve Service Delivery and Increase Citizen Engagement

Australian Government Department of Human Services


Professor Rajesh Vasa

Deputy Director, Deakin Software and Technology Innovation Lab

Deakin University

Topic: Building AI for Industry: Translating AI R&D into Applications & Commercial Use, with Case Studies

Professor Rajesh Vasa heads translational R&D in the Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2) at Deakin University. He has over two decades of experience spanning both industry and academia with deep skills in data science, artificial intelligence and complex software systems design.  His career spans roles in development, operations and executive leadership in projects and organisations across the world.  Rajesh is passionate about solving high impact problems. Recent work included building intelligent homes for aged care, reducing traffic congestion, deep learning and neural networks in healthcare, and automating the process of innovation.



Bronwyn Vandermerwe

Managing Director

Fjord Asia Pacific

Topic: Design Thinking in AI – Designing AI Centaurs: Collaboration with AI

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As the local Managing Director of Fjord, Design and Innovation from Accenture Interactive, Bronwyn works with public and private sector organisations to design services that people love.  By combining a human-centred design approach with robust methodology covering design thinking and design doing, Bronwyn has helped some of the world’s leading businesses to make complex systems simple and elegant for customers. Bronwyn has worked in digital design for 20 years.

Fjord Asia Pacific


Dr Asif Gill

Director, SoS DigiSAS Lab, School of Software

University of Technology Sydney

Topic: Adaptive Enterprise Data Modelling and Design for Machine Learning & Deep Learning

Dr. Asif Gill is a result-oriented adviser, academic, coach and inventor with extensive experience in various sectors including banking, consulting, education, finance, government, nonprofit, software and telco. He specialises in adaptive enterprise architecture & information-centric secure digital ecosystems. He is also the Director of the AdaptInn and  SoS DigiSAS Lab (P.K.A. COTAR), UTS. He is certified as a Data Vault Data Modeler (Mastery Level) for information architecture, Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt) for lean business process architecture, applied business architecture (EA), ITIL (Foundation) for service architecture and TOGAF 9 (Level 1 & 2) for enterprise architecture. He has also PhD Computing, MSc Computing and Master of Business.

University of Technology Sydney


Professor Hussein Abbass

FACS, FORS, FIML School of Engineering & Information Technology

UNSW, Canberra at Australian Defence Force Academy

Topic: Why many AIs are better than one: Trusted Human-Swarm Teaming, with future applications

UNSW, Canberra at Australian Defence Force Academy


Rita Arrigo

Chief Digital Advisor


Topic: Using AI to Turn Data Into Knowledge: New Frontiers in Knowledge Mining

Panel Discussion: What Companies Are Doing with AI + Industry 4.0 Today – Towards Achieving Success in the Age of AI

Rita Arrigo is a Chief Digital Advisor at Microsoft, with a passion for emerging technology to re-imagine the possible with AI, Mixed Reality, IOT and Blockchain, she designs programs of change, envisions with Design Thinking & Inclusive Design, hacks, prototypes and delivers. She believes in making our lives more human and reinventing our working lives to a lifelong learning inclusive culture powered by data to drive new levels of human experiences. Her role as an AI Ambassador drives many AI for Good Initiatives, including Smart Inclusive Cities, Diversity, Sustainability, advancements in Genomics, agriculture, manufacturing, finance and Humanitarian aspects.


Chris Zhong

Chris Zhong

Founder/President, Blockchain Lead/ Industry X.0 Senior Manager

Blockchain Philantropy Foundation / Accenture

Topic: The Intersect of AI, Blockchain and Industry X.0

Panel Discussion: What Companies Are Doing with AI + Industry 4.0 Today – Towards Achieving Success in the Age of AI

Chris Zhong, Accenture Digital Blockchain Lead and founder & president of Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation, a non-profit organisation focus on promoting Blockchain technology for humanitarian causes. Prior to joining Accenture, she worked as the Lead Cloud Architect in Microsoft Australia.

She is an innovative leader in tech industry with a track record of driving business growth and develop new revenue stream through technology. She is also a strong advocate for technology making social impact.

Dr Tasneem Memon

Dr Tasneem Memon

Machine Learning Advisor on Cognitive Decision Systems (Defence Logistics), CASG / Co-founder & CEO

Australian Defence Force / Cognidius Solutions

Topic: Advances in Cognitive AI: Case Study in Defence Solutions

Panel Discussion: What Companies Are Doing with AI + Industry 4.0 Today – Towards Achieving Success in the Age of AI

Dr Tasneem Memon looks forward to an AI-enabled future that is human-centric and unbiased, and she is working towards creating that future.

Building on the foundations of computer science, cognitive science and human behaviour, she has developed a way to neutralize biases (including sexism, racism and ageism) in AI Systems, to produce non-discriminatory results and decisions.

She is an avid public speaker on AI and Cognitive Computing, with a TED Talk and several Keynotes to her name. She is a Personalized Education champion, currently building a Cognitive Computing based Educational platform. She is a Machine Learning Advisor on two multi-million dollar projects for Australian Defence Force. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Cognidius Solutions.

Chris Arnold AM

Chris Arnold AM

Executive Director / Board Member

Australia Skin & Cancer Foundation / BioGrid Australia Ltd

Panel Discussion: What Companies Are Doing with AI + Industry 4.0 Today – Towards Achieving Success in the Age of AI

Chris has held six CEO roles, across health, law and accounting & financial services. He is currently part-time Executive Director of the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc.

Concurrently, as a principal of Hodgson Associates, Chris has also held consulting and advisory roles to medium sized businesses across health, media, property development, genetics, informatics, law, accounting and financial services, arts & classical music and governance.

He has held Board member and Chair positions in both not for profit and for profit organisations. He is currently a director of BioGrid Australia and Melba Opera Trust. He has had a life-long involvement and contribution to philanthropy, for which he received an AM Award.


Assoc Prof Tam C. Nguyen

Deputy Director, Research / Honorary Principal Fellow

St Vincent’s Hospital / Melbourne Medical School

Panel Discussion: What Companies Are Doing with AI + Industry 4.0 Today – Towards Achieving Success in the Age of AI

Associate Professor Tam Nguyen is a Non-Executive Director with over 12 years of board level experience across not for profit, healthcare and aged care sectors. He has over 20 years of working in the healthcare, health and medical research environment including tertiary teaching hospitals, research institute and community clinics both in public and private setting.

As Deputy Director of Research at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne he is responsible for research strategy, research business development and innovation.  Tam leads a dynamic team dedicated to providing innovative solutions to facilitate health and medical research.

Tam is also a founder and portfolio manager of an investment fund supporting Australian medtech and biotech start-ups.

St Vincent’s Health Australia

Lionel Kho

Lionel Kho

Industry Analytics Expert

Panel Discussion: What Companies Are Doing with AI + Industry 4.0 Today – Towards Achieving Success in the Age of AI

With BIG4 banking pedigree, experience in Australia’s largest health insurer, and even contributions at The Australian Ballet, Lionel is an industry veteran in the application of data analytics to solve significant commercial challenges. He is excited about the growth in enterprise investment and opportunity in this domain.

Hoang Thai

Hoang Thai

Lead Data Scientist

Energy Australia

Topic: AI in the Energy Sector: Managing Customer Outcomes in the Age of Black Box Modelling

Hoang started out life in M&A before joining the data revolution. From his time at Landmark in rural areas of Australia to the rapid fire world of FMCG at Coles, he’s accumulated a diverse range of experiences in data science and machine learning. Now as a lead Data Scientist at EnergyAustralia, he leads key data science projects across the customer domain.

Outside of work, you’ll be hard pressed to find him as he disappears into the mountains or tears through the tributaries of some of Australia’s most beautiful waterways.

Prof Elizabeth Chang

Prof Elizabeth Chang

Professor of Logistics/Canberra Fellow

UNSW at Australian Defence Force Academy

Topic: AI and Blockchain for Defence Logistics

Elizabeth Chang is Professor of Logistics and Canberra Fellow at the UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) since 2013. Professor Chang leads the Defence logistics research group targeting the key issues in Logistics ICT, big data management, defence logistics and sustainment, predictive analytics, IoT and cyber-physical systems, trust, security, risk and privacy. In the 2012 edition of MIS Quarterly vol. 36 issue. 4 Special Issues on Business Research, Professor Chang was ranked fifth in the world for researchers in Business Intelligence.

She has delivered 48 Keynote/Plenary speeches largely at major IEEE Conferences and supervised 41 PhD theses to completion,. She has published seven authored books, over 600 international journal papers and conference papers with an H-Index of 47 (Google Scholar). She is an IEEE Fellow and has been Chair/Co-Chair for IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Informatics since 2010. She is also an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (since 2007); Co-editor in Chief for International Journal on Engineering Intelligent Systems. She is a member of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, honorary member of the Australian Logistics and Supply Chain Society.

Amit Ghildyal

Amit Ghildyal

Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group

Department of Defence

Topic: AI and Blockchain for Defence Logistics

Amit Ghildyal works for Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) at Australian Department of Defence. He is currently enrolled as a PhD Candidate with UNSW Canberra under supervision of Professor Elizabeth Chang and his research is on developing an enhanced model for Information Governance in Defence, cognizant of the impact of rapidly changing digital services environment and the First Principle Review on Defence Supply Chain. Amit has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and an MBA, and is a certified procurement professional (MCIPS – UK).

Amit has worked with large global corporations across Asia-Pacific in a variety of operational and corporate roles, and functions including Supply Chain Engineering and Management. He has developed Supplier performance measures, and set-up Supply Chain data-analysis and reporting. He led the implementation of one of the world’s first web-based collaborative global data-centric supply chain information system in the Asia Pacific region; this led to a transformational impact across the supply chain – improving supplier response time, productivity, and visibility of key program deliverables.

Khitish Mohanty

Khitish Mohanty

Data Scientist (Department of Premier and Cabinet)

Victorian Government

Topic: AI in Government

Khitish Mohanty is the Data Scientist at Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria. He is technically trained with heavy math and static background. He has several years of experience in banking and public sector industries. He has a particular area of interest in text analytics and unstructured data analysis. He is managing and looking into the social media listening platforms, implementation of AI, setting up methodologies and practices for data collection from different sources and responsible for how government can get most out of it and understand the data lake in a more intelligent approach. He is also helping the officers to get 360-degree insights with the help of advanced data architecture, machine learning practices and by creating tools for getting insights from the open text.

Babar Jan-Haleem

Babar Jan-Haleem

APAC Segment Leader, AI, ML, Big Data Analytics


Topic: Innovate or Evaporate

Panel Discussion: Addressing Practical Challenges in AI in Australia

Babar heads the APAC Big Data Analytics & AI|ML Segment for Amazon Web Services responsible for driving strategic AWS solution initiatives across APAC. His professional experience in Big Data Analytics / Data-warehousing & Cloud computing field stretches over 20 years in United States & APAC including Greater China and Japan. Before being relocated to APAC, Babar was based in the US heading an Analytics Consulting practice providing architecture guidance to Fortune 500 organizations including GE, IBM, HP, Bank of America, Cendant, IP, AT&T and its’ subsidiaries in the EDW & Business Analytics arena. He has a deep technical architecture background with focus on business outcomes. Prior to joining Amazon family, Babar managed and led APAC Big Data & Analytics Architecture Specialist practice for Oracle for over 11 years based out of Australia supporting the Asia-Pacific geo including Greater China & Japan.

He is passionate about the immense value Big Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence | ML solutions offer and how they are being leveraged by organization to generate value for consumers via innovation. Based out of Australia, in his current role Babar maintains a close working relationship with AWS HQ giving him direct insight into solution product roadmap & strategy and inner workings of these solutions. His undergraduate and MBA studies in the US are in Information Systems and Mathematics. Babar is active in number of APAC technology forums and a regular keynote speaker globally displaying his passion. He is a strategic thinker with the ability to clearly articulate long-term strategies for organizations embarking on data driven initiatives transformation.


Kyle Rogers

Kyle Rogers


Supply Chain and Logistics Association

Topic: AI in Supply Chain Management & Logistics

Kyle is a Supply Chain and Logistics (SC&L) enthusiast, with a sharp focus on technology and innovation. Kyle graduated with a BSc in Transportation & Logistics in is home country of Ireland. Since arriving in Australia, Kyle has become increasingly interested in technology and the effects it has on both our personal and business lives. “There is no disputing that the world is experiencing radical change and disruption or what can be called industry 4.0.”

Kyle is the current Vic/Tas President for the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA). Kyle has worked on many AI projects and believes in its potential. However, he also believes human intelligence will be paramount to its success.

Peter Jones

Peter Jones


Omni-Financial (Formerly with ME Bank)

Topic: Starting Up a Fintech

Panel Discussion: Addressing Practical Challenges in AI in Australia

Having worked across 6 financial institutions including CEO of a Mutual Bank, Peter embarked on a career change in 2014 into the business improvement and program of work functions, to understand more about how technology could be better leveraged to deliver business outcomes.

Motivated by not being provided a clear runway to deliver capability within larger organisations during this period, Peter and two other co-founders establish Omni-Financial with the purpose of creating and delivering a differentiated customer experience through a simple to understand and use self-service on-line platform.

Today Peter would like to share some of the journey of Omni-Financial and how they were able to tackle some of the traditional investment and prioritisation challenges that face organisations and how they are now positioned to deliver value ahead of the market. organisations.

Katarina Klaric

Katarina Klaric


Stephens Lawyers & Consultants

Topic: Addressing Intellectual Property, Governance and Privacy Issues in AI

Panel Discussion: Addressing Practical Challenges in AI in Australia

Katarina Klaric is a Director/Principal of Stephens Lawyers & Consultants, a boutique commercial law and business consultancy firm, with specific expertise in intellectual property, e-commerce and information technology, privacy and data protection, competition and consumer law and international trade. Katarina works with her clients in developing and implementing strategies for the protection of their intellectual property and privacy and data compliance programs and related risk management strategies. She also works with clients to deal with privacy breaches. Katarina also represents clients in Court proceedings involving intellectual property ownership disputes and cases of unauthorised us or infringement of intellectual property and is skilled in commercial business transactions and dispute resolution/litigation in all these areas.

Prof. Dimitrios Georgakopoulos

Prof. Dimitrios Georgakopoulos

Director of Key Lab for IoT

Swinburne University of Technology

Topic: Application and Impact of Machine Learning on Industry 4.0 and Manufacturing

Panel Discussion: Addressing Practical Challenges in AI in Australia

Prof. Georgakopoulos is the Director of the IoT Lab at the Digital Innovation Platform of Swinburne University of Technology. Dimitrios came to Swinburne from his roles as Research Director at CSIRO’s ICT Centre and Professor at RMIT. He is also currently an Industrial Internet program Leader at Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute and a CSIRO Adjunct Fellow. Dimitrios has held research and management positions in several industrial labs in the USA, including Telcordia Technologies (where he helped found Telcordia’s research laboratories in Austin, Texas and Poznan, Poland), Microelectronics and Computer Corporation, GTE (now Verizon) Laboratories, and Bell Communications Research. Dimitrios is an internationally known expert in IoT, process management, and data management. He has won more than twenty major research awards, produced one 190 publications that have been cited 14,000+ times, and attracted significant industry and government research funding ($37M+) in the USA, EU, and Australia.

Scott Wall

Scott Wall



Panel Discussion: Addressing Practical Challenges in AI in Australia

Scott has been working in the IT industry for 3 decades including 25 years with financial institutions, and has held executive positions at BankVic and ANZ Bank in Australia; and Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Bankers Trust and News International in the UK.

Scott is currently responsible for Technology at BankVic a mutual bank based in Melbourne, his role covers Digital Transformation, Data, Cyber Security, Innovation and the formulation and execution of the Bank’s IT strategy.


Shendon Ewans

Shendon Ewans



Panel Discussion: Addressing Practical Challenges in AI in Australia

Shendon Ewans is the CEO & Co-founder of Gobbill, a digital finance assistant that automates bill payments using artificial intelligence for small businesses and households. Users are protected from online scams, avoid late fees, maximise discounts and protect their credit rating scores. Small businesses have the additional benefit of digitising invoices, scheduling payments and synchronising data with their accounting software.

Prior to Gobbill, he was a former advisor in innovation and commercialisation for the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Ventures and National ICT Australia (now CSIRO Data61). He has developed digital strategies to create new services and revenue streams for large organisations faced with increasing competition and digital disruption.

Shendon was previously the VP & CTO for an Australian-American biotechnology company that he helped to startup and grow. The company served high profile clients across medical research institutes, hospitals, pharmaceutical and biotech companies. It was acquired by the U.S. Government and private investors in its third year.

He has extensive experience in business consulting and managing enterprise (ICT) transformations working at PwC, Arthur Andersen & KPMG.

Shendon holds a Master of Enterprise (Executive) from the University of Melbourne (Melbourne Business School), Bachelor of Information Technology from Swinburne University of Technology (Scholarship) and was an eCommerce Research Fellow at the University of Maribor, Slovenia. He is a Certified Professional and Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Noon van der Silk

Noon van der Silk



Topic: The Quantum AI Landscape

Noon has 18+ years’ experience in various forms of software engineering, application development, and the design and implementation of machine learning + AI systems. Within AI he has a special interest in the field of computer vision and interactive art.

Noon has a research background, obtaining a Masters in Pure Mathematics, with a focus on quantum computing.

Bruce Joycey

Bruce Joycey

Senior Delivery Manager


End of Summit Symposium: AI, The Next Chapter

Topic: Starting an AI Journey: Considerations, Pitfalls and Business Strategy

Bruce is passionate about technology and aware of the ever-increasing reliance business has on it.  Bruce has worked a range of roles in his IT career from hands-on development through to architecture, consulting and delivery management.  Bruce has extensive experience working with business and IT domains to deliver solutions that meet requirements and align with strategies.

Bruce also has a passion for Artificial Intelligence and in particular identifying use cases for businesses to utilise aspects of AI such as Machine Learning, NLP and Robotics.  Helping enterprises start their AI journey and incorporating AI in to their business strategy is a big focus.  Bruce also likes to work with enterprises to help clarify and demystify some of the current perceptions of AI to ensure opportunities and possibilities are understood for applying AI to not only improve business processes but radically transform them also.

Bruce has a process improvement mindset due to many years of delivering BPM and Integration programs of work.  Delivering a clear process architecture and deploying a framework for continuous improvement initiatives are outcomes Bruce strives for.  Bruce enjoys solving problems utilising design thinking principles and having genuine empathy for the customer or stakeholder.  Bruce is also a big fan of applying lean principles not only to business processes but in the workplace and home.


Michael Brand

Michael Brand


Otzma Analytics

End of Summit Symposium: AI, The Next Chapter

Topic: Addressing Challenges Faced by Machine Learning and Deep Learning Practitioners

Michael Brand is the founder and head of the analytics consultancy firm Otzma Analytics (, helping businesses maximise their value from advanced analytics investments. With Otzma Analytics, Michael provides three basic services: “Analytics Training” – helping business stakeholders understand the potentials and pitfalls of advanced analytics, and how best to manage Data Science so as to reap its benefits;  “Analytics Consulting” – upskilling Data Science teams with the best-available tools and methodologies, and re-orienting projects towards highest value data directions; and “Analytics Auditing” – providing organisations with external review of their analytics models, solutions and methodologies, evaluating the validity of models’ underlying assumptions and assessing the viability of proposed solutions, thus saving organisations on costly, unnecessary operationalisation of faulty systems, on business losses from misguided data-driven decisions, and on potential adverse side-effects of AI.

Prior to Otzma Analytics, Michael served as Chief Data Scientist for Telstra. Before that, he headed Monash University’s Centre for Data Science, where he also instigated the Monash Master in Data Science. He was Senior Principal Data Scientist and the Data Science Lead in charge of Infrastructure for the global Data Science team at Pivotal, CTO Group Algorithm Leader at PrimeSense Ltd (in the machine-vision team that developed the XBox Kinect), and Chief Scientist at Verint Systems (where his pioneering work on speech research still powers the unlocking of actionable intelligence from contact centre interactions).

Altogether, he has had over 25 years of cutting-edge, international industry experience in advanced analytics, in which he developed industry-defining solutions at every scale from on-chip to Big Data, and from real-time to high-powered computing. His analytics contributions underline $100Ms in valuation and in per-annum revenue to companies he has worked with. He is passionate about bringing true value to organisations and about pushing Australia to the forefront of the data revolution.

Otzma Analytics