Global Speakers

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COLIN GUDGEON

Segment Director Pacific - Cpg & Manufacturing Software

AVEVA

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CHRIS BRUGEAUD

CEO & Co-Owner

SSS Manufacturing and IR4

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DAVID CHUTER

CEO and Managing Director

Innovative Manufacturing CRC

David Chuter is an experienced senior executive with a strong industry record in leading strategic business growth, operational management and change in the manufacturing sector.
He is passionate about local industry and creating a stronger platform for the wider Australian manufacturing sector through catalysing investment in technology, innovation, collaboration and competitiveness. David has more than twenty-five years of international manufacturing experience, with much of this experience gained in the global automotive industry.
David joined the IMCRC in June 2016. Prior to this, he was CEO of MHG Asia Pacific from 2014, and a member of Futuris Automotive’s executive leadership team from 2001.
David holds a first-class Honours Degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Management from the University of Bath (UK), and is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
David is a Director of the CRC Association (www.crca.asn.au).

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MICHAEL GROGAN

Managing Director

Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre

Michael Grogan joined AMGC in 2016 as Director responsible for advancing Australian manufacturing in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Michael brings extensive experience having been the CEO of Sutton Tools for almost two decades. Under his leadership, Sutton Tools employed 350 workers across three locations in Victoria. In addition, he managed manufacturing facilities and operational outlets in New Zealand, Singapore and Europe. Michael launched successful joint ventures in India and the Netherlands, and boosted the company’s revenue through extending its sales reach in international markets including the USA and China.
Michael is a board member of Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC), sits on the board of Manufacturing Skills Australia and Training Taskforce, is heavily involved in Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS), is a member of the School Committee of the Northern College of the Arts and Technology, and Chairman of the Inner Northern Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN).

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SEAN LEADBURY

Managing Director

Packsize

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MATT TETT

Managing Director

Enex TestLab

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ABRAHAM SAHELY

MD

Accenture

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MICHAEL FREYNY

Executive General Manager, Digital Factory and Process Industries

Siemens

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VIKRANT CHAUDHARY

Principal

A.T. Kearney

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BILL SKANDALAKIS

Head of Manufacturing Systems

Resmed

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AMER CHAUDRY

Chief Technology Officer

Boral

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KATARINA KLARIC

Director/ Principal

Stephens Lawyers & Consultants

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 advises on all aspects of intellectual property law and works with her clients in developing and implementing strategies for the protection of their intellectual property. Katarina also represents clients in Court proceedings involving intellectual property ownership disputes and cases of unauthorised use or infringement of intellectual property. Katarina is also skilled in commercial business transactions and dispute resolution/litigation in all these areas.

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KEVIN WORRELL

Project Director

DuluxGroup

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NICO ADAMS

Director, Factory of the Future

Swinburne University of Technology

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PROF. DIMITRIOS GOKOPOULOS

Director, Key IoT Lab

Swinburne University of Technology

Prof. Georgakopoulos is the Director of the Key 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 currently an adjunct professor at Australian National University and a CSIRO Adjunct Fellow. Dimitrios has also held research and management positions in several industrial labs in the USA, including Telcordia Technologies (where he helped found Telcordia’s research labs 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 two hundred publications that have been cited 13K times, and attracted significant external research funding ($35M+) from industry and government organisations in the USA, EU, and Australia.

 

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DON MOLONEY

Deputy Director

Department of Defence of Australia

Don Moloney is a restless and passionate leader of Naval innovation and technology. He has held various engineering roles within the Australian Department of Defence and its suppliers over the last ten years including Engineering Manager at the Guided Missile Frigate Systems Program Office. He is currently involved in the Navy’s Additive Manufacturing program and is responsible for unifying industry, government and Navy in finding paths to successful capability outcomes. Don graduated from Sydney University as a mechanical engineer with first class honours, where he held the Rolls Royce undergraduate scholarship and a position on the Dean’s list for academic merit. He also has two masters degrees in engineering. He was awarded a gold commendation by the Chief of Navy in 2017 for thought leadership in fostering innovation and collaboration in Navy, and for founding the Navy’s Centre for Innovation. Don is an active member of the institute of Engineers Australia and sits on the Sydney Division committee.

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DANIEL WALTON

National Secretary

Australian Workers Union

Daniel Walton is the secretary of the AWU’s NSW branch, and the National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union, Australia’s oldest and largest blue-collar trade union with over 100,000 members.

Daniel began his career in the union movement in 2003, when he started working for Unions NSW. It was here that he began to develop specialised campaigning and negotiating skills. 

In 2008, he joined the Australian Workers’ Union National Team as a Campaigns and Growth Co-ordinator, where he gained unique experience in change management and team leadership. He led a number of union recruitment projects, the success of which has been recognised by the Australian Council of Trade Unions. 

In 2014, Daniel became National Vice-President of the Union, and used this position to advocate for policies that protect and strengthen Australian industries. His leadership in the 2015 Bluescope Steel negotiations kept the manufactuer from closing down their Australian operations. 

In November 2016 Daniel was elected as both the NSW Secretary and the National Secretary of the AWU.

Daniel is a director on the board of Chifley Financial Services. He is also completing a Masters in Business Administration at the University of New South Wales. 

 

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STEVEN KENNEDY

Head of NPI

Cochlear

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MEGAN LILLY

Head of Workforce Development

Australian Industry Group

Megan Lilly is the Head of Workforce Development for The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), Managing Director of the Australian Industry Group Training Services (AiGTS) and the AiGroup Graduate Employment Services. In this role Megan is responsible for the development of all education and training policy as well as member service delivery across the breadth of workforce development. Prior to this she was the Chief Executive Officer of Business Services Training Australia, the national industry advisory board for the business services and related industry sectors. Before joining the national board, she held several senior management positions in various Victorian TAFE institutes.

Ms Lilly is a member of the Australian Industry Skills Committee (alternating Director), Chair of Manufacturing Skills Australia, Deputy Chair – Worldskills Australia, member of the Australian College of Educators, member of the Salvation Army Disability Employment Services Advisory Committee, and the Naval shipbuilding College – Delivery Advisory Committee. She has been a member of the Australia India Education Council, including Chairing the Skills Working Group, Australian Qualifications Framework Council, Queensland Ministerial Commission, Victorian Skills Commission and Australia Pacific Technical College. Megan was a member of the National Skills Standards Council, and the National Quality Council. Megan also chaired the Joint COAG-NQC Working Group – VET Products for the 21 Century and has presented at international conferences. She has a Masters in Educational Policy and Administration.

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GORDON G. WALLACE

Executive Research Director

Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science

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GILBERT GAGNAIRE

CEO

EasyMile

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JAMIE NEO

Director of Engineering

HP Inc.

Jamie is the Director of Engineering responsible for the manufacturing of printheads and supplies for HP’s Print Business. She is also the Manufacturing Data Analytics Lead in support of Supplies Organization’s Smart Manufacturing Initiative.

A 27-year veteran with HP Inc, she has worked in a range of functions in manufacturing – from wafer fabrication to assembly operations, quality assurance, product engineering, new product transfer, competitive intelligence and business insights. Most recently, she conceived of and set up HP’s Smart Manufacturing Application & Research Center (SMARC) in Singapore. The facility, which opened in December 2017, focuses on digital transformation and re-invention of HP Inc’s Supplies Manufacturing Lines.

She is also an executive member of HP’s Women-Impact-Network, an employee resource group that aims to create opportunities for HP Women to meet, share, learn and grow – and strengthen leadership skills.

Jamie graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Master of Science in Chemistry and holds a Graduate Diploma in Financial Management from Singapore Institute of Management.