Head of Strategy & Policy, Autonomous Delivery
A believer that technology and cultural change will rapidly change the way we work, think, socialise and go about our daily lives. Bernard looks beyond the hype of new trends to assess the real challenge of disruption and opportunity – to understand the changing commercial models, hurdles to reach scale, and most importantly, taking key stakeholders along the journey.
General Manager Victoria & South Australia
Head of Digital Operations
Dr. David Soldani
Chief Technology Officer
Principal Technology Leader Future Transport Technology
Australia Road Research Board
Dickson Leow is the Principal Technology Leader at Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) within the Future Transport Technology Team. Prior to ARRB, Dickson has worked in various roles over 15 years with Toyota Motor Corporation Australia and his most recent role as the Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Vehicle Safety Department. Dickson was also the ambassador for Toyota Australia in Fuel Cell Vehicle Technology & related hybrid technology. He has also assisted the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development (DIRD) with ADR legislation such as ADR 58 – Requirements for Omnibus Design. Dickson has over 19 years’ experience in Homologation, Regulatory Affairs, Compliance, Certification, ITS / CAV and IP Law, in both private and government sectors. Dickson holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering both from Monash University and is currently undertaking his MBA with University of Canberra. He is an active committee member of ISO for Intelligent Transport System as well as Standards Australia IT-023. His focus at ARRB will be facilitating the integration of automated and connected vehicle technologies with infrastructure and demystifying the community’s understanding of the technology.
Head of Fulfillment
Head of eCommerce Business Development, Platforms and Digital
Director – Program Purchasing Management
Dr. Mehrdokht Pournader
Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Dr Mehrdokht (Medo) Pournader is a lecturer of Operations Management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management/Faculty of Business and Economics of Macquarie University. She is an expert specialist in problem solving, optimizing and decision making in supply chain, logistics and operations management.
Dr Pournader is a recipient of Australian government and Macquarie University scholarships for her research excellence. One of her main areas of research is on the application of disruptive technologies in operations and supply chain management. She has published her research in prestigious outlets such as Supply Chain Management: International Journal, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Project Management and Journal of Business Ethics. She has been leading research projects with academics from ETH Zurich University, University of Sydney-ITLS, Monash University, and Texas A&M University to name a few.
Dr Pournader has contributed to several national projects of supply chain and operations management as a research consultant in Iran. She is also an academic contributor to KPMG AU/Global focusing on the emergence of disruptive technologies and their impact on supply chain management. Her latest global KPMG thought leadership publication investigates the impact of big data and analytics on current and future state of supply chain management.
Director Government & Communications
Australian Logistics Council
David McLean has worked in the finance, technology and medical industry for many years with a focus on operations, sales, marketing, distribution and retailing. Working for companies such as Microsoft and UBS throughout his career. This was all great training for the founding of HUBBED in 2014.
Program Director of Supply Chain Innovation
Swinburne Business School
Lecturer in Data Science
Dr. Christoph Bergmeir is a Lecturer in Data Science in the Monash Faculty of Information Technology. He works as a Data Scientist in a variety of projects with external partners in diverse sectors, e.g. in healthcare or infrastructure maintenance. Christoph holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Granada, Spain, and an M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Ulm, Germany. He has published on time series prediction using Machine Learning methods, recurrent neural networks and long short-term memory neural networks (LSTM), time series predictor evaluation, as well as on medical applications and software packages in the R programming language, in journals such as IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, Journal of Statistical Software, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, and Information Sciences.
Procurement Manager (Asia Pacific - Convenience Retail)
Chief Executive Officer
Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne)
Rachel Johnson took up the role of inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM) in November 2016, following the Victorian Government’s successful leasing of the Port of Melbourne’s commercial operations to a private sector operator.
Rachel has wide ranging experience of Australian freight and logistics businesses and the development and operation of transport infrastructure in both the public and private sectors. She has held senior positions in New South Wales government bodies as well as in a number of high profile private sector companies.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Aeronautical Engineering, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has advanced management qualifications.
Managing Director & Engineering Manager
Mike is the Managing Partner of Engistics Pty Ltd, who are specialist engineers in the safety and efficiency of road transport.
Over recent years he has consulted to Government and Industry across Australia, and New Zealand. His involvement with multiple transport projects has covered a wide range of freight including retail, steel, dairy, building products, mining ores and many more. He is a member of the International Federation of Road Transport Technologists and closely follows Australian and overseas trends in the ever evolving world of heavy trucks.
VP- Strategy & Growth
Apurva is an expert in eCommerce and logistics, with a focus on the fastest growing eCommerce segment – SMEs – which is growing at 18% YOY in Australia. He currently heads strategy and growth at Sendle – Australia’s fastest growing courier company. He is well known in the industry and comes from a very visible position at eBay & Catch Group where he was heading key shipping and strategy functions. With his background in building multiple eCommerce businesses in India, Apurva has brings his expert insights in both domestic and key international markets
Head of Supply Chain
Yelitza is Head of Supply Chain for Ricoh Australia. She is designing an agile Supply Chain that supports strategic delivery by being fit for purpose and adaptive to a fast-paced transforming ecosystem.
Formed as an Economist and equipped with an Executive MBA from AGSM @ UNSW, she has a unique 20+ year background combining organisational health checks with a variety of best practice frameworks across continuous improvement and strategy across the medical device and FMCG Industry. Her professional experience covers end to end operations, procurement. Tendering, Contracts, Warehousing, Transportation and Inventory.
Yelitza has been recognised for her contributions driving employee creativity in the workplace. She is an Entrepreneur as well as an Intrapreneur and is passionate about bridging the gap between Ex and Cx.
Chief Revenue Officer
Pieter is the Chief Revenue Officer at TBSx3, a fast-growing blockchain start-up in supply chain and logistics helping brands to protect and optimize their supply chains. Pieter has over fifteen years of experience in sales and project management of software technologies in EMEA and APAC regions. Prior to TBSx3, Pieter led the Asia Pac region for a global supply chain software company as Vice-President and held leading sales roles in global fintech conglomerates like FIS. Pieter started his career in BNP Paribas Fortis in risk management and obtained dual Master’s degrees (LL.M) at the University of Ghent in Belgium and the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main in Germany. He holds a number of qualifications such as a Postgraduate Certificate in Financial Modelling from the London School of Business and Finance.
Michael Donath leads IKEA’s multichannel transformation in Australia. Looking after expansion planning, new store formats, eCommerce, Innovation and Web & Digital as well as Multichannel initiatives, Michael’s role will transform IKEA into a retailer that supports customers across all channels and provides a great shopping experience wherever and whenever a customer engages with IKEA. Michael has had broad experience in IKEA covering Logistics, Store Operations and Projects as well as a background in Manufacturing and Wholesale.
General Manager Supply Chain
Kevin Gunn is the General Manager of Supply Chain at Coles – a position he was appointed in April 2017 after successfully developing a Supply Chain Centre of Excellence at Coles.
In his current role, Kevin is responsible for delivering great Availability and improving freshness for our customers whilst delivering improved efficiencies throughout our Supply Chain.
Kevin previously worked in a variety of leadership roles for Safeway and Asda Walmart in the United Kingdom, prior to joining Coles in 2009 as a Regional Manager for a number of regions in Victoria. In 2013, Kevin was appointed the Zone General Manager in South Australia, leading the operations team. In 2014, Kevin transitioned to the Supply Chain Senior Leadership team and led the restructure of Coles Supply Chain and Total Loss teams.
Kevin has completed an MBA at Napier University Edinburgh’s and is currently on Coles’ steering committee for Woman in Leadership.
Peloris Global Sourcing
Peter has over 25 years of experience in Finance, Supply Chain and Procurement roles within multinational corporations and as a business consultant.
Prior to founding Peloris Global Sourcing (PGS) Peter spent almost ten years working in regional management roles for an Australian based multinational corporation. Peter had functional responsibility for supply chain personnel and operations across Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and China. Peter then transitioned into the world of consulting, providing business process solutions for several large corporations both in Australia and overseas including BHP, Aurizon, Vopak (Singapore), PanAust (Laos) and Oxford University Press (Asia).
Retail Industry Executive
Gareth has spent most of his career in senior roles in retail businesses. In addition he has consulted to retailers and taught retail logistics at Sydney, Macquarie, UTS and Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities. He currently holds the position of Retail Industry Executive at Telstra where he has published six research reports in to the digital disruption of the industry. He speaks at conferences around the world.