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
Dr. David Soldani
Chief Technology Officer
David Soldani received a M.Sc. degree, Laura Vecchio Ordinamento, in Electronic Engineering with magna cum laude from Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, in 1994; and a D.Sc. degree in Technology with distinction from Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University), Finland, in 2006. In 2014 and 2016, he was appointed Visiting Professor and Industry Professor at University of Surrey, UK, and University of Technology Sydney, Australia, respectively.
Dr. Soldani has been active in the ICT industry for more than 20 years, successfully working on 500+ research, innovation and customer services projects for 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G ICT systems and services, and contributing to 1000+ quality deliverables – from strategic research and innovation strategies, business and work plans formulation, to modeling, simulations, emulations and proof of concepts of innovative solutions, products and services with partners and customers, globally.
He is currently back at Huawei Technologies, serving as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in Australia. Areas of his responsibilities and expertise include, but not limited to: future wireless, network, big data value, artificial intelligence, IoT and multimedia technologies.
Prior to that he was at Nokia, as Head of 5G Technology, e2e, global, and in various technical and research management positions. Before rejoining Nokia in 2016, he was for eight years at Huawei European Research Centre, Germany, serving as Head of IP Transformation Research Centre (IPTRC), Head of Network Solution R&D and, subsequently, Head of Central Research Institute (CRI) and VP Strategic Research and Innovation, in Europe; and represented Huawei in the Board of Directors of The 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA) and NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform (ETP), in Europe.
He has been selected many times to receive special awards in recognition of his role, commitment, professionalism, and outstanding contribution in the ICT industry; and in 2016, he was granted a Distinguished Talent (DT) visa for his profession by the Australian Government. He has published or presented numerous international papers, contributed to the publication of many books, and holds several international patents.
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 eCommerce Business Development, Platforms and Digital
With a career spanning all facets of the sale of supply chain solutions both domestically and internationally, Marc’s primary focus in his role as Head of eCommerce Business Development, Intermediaries is the development and delivery of Australia Post’s marketplaces, platforms and intermediaries strategy and partnership management. Working within the Operations division, Marc continually identifies and creates future opportunities across the globe to improve customer value and experience.
Director – Program Purchasing Management
Jaydeep Solanki, Head of global purchasing and supply chain at General Motors (GM) Holden Australia and Asia-Pacific Vehicle Program Purchasing Management at GM International, is leading a regional team based in Australia, India, South Korea and Thailand, responsible for combined $1B+ purchasing activities. Since 2010, he has guided GM suppliers to improve competitiveness and supply chain efficiencies in very challenging circumstances leading up to Automotive Manufacturing Industry closure in Australia. Over 20+ years career, Jaydeep had various leadership roles in India, Thailand and Australia with responsibilities for Procurement, Supply Chain, Supplier Development, Strategic Planning, Program Management and Information Technology. Based in Melbourne Australia, Jaydeep is a passionate advocate of advanced technology platforms enabled customer centric business models driving continuous improvement.
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
Simon Morgan is Director – Government & Communications with the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).
ALC is the peak national body representing the major and national companies participating in the Australian logistics industry, with a focus on national supply chain efficiency and safety.
Throughout 2018, ALC’s continuing focus is on the development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, which was announced by the Prime Minister as part of his Annual Infrastructure Statement in November 2016 and is expected to be released towards the end of 2018.
ALC is committed to working with the freight logistics sector to ensure the Strategy is relevant to the needs of industry.
Prior to joining ALC, Simon was a political and policy advisor to a number of Federal MPs and Ministers and was previously National Policy Advisor for the Facility Management Association of Australia.
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
John is Discipline Leader (Supply Chain and Logistics Management) for Swinburne University of Technology. He has worked extensively in industry, for organisations such as General Motors and Cadbury, in addition to academic institutions in the UK, USA, Ireland and Australia. John’s experience in industry has been critical to his academic career and he enjoys working at the interface of academic theory/knowledge and real-world industry practice. John is also the Program Director for Swinburne’s new Master of Supply Chain Innovation, the first course of its type in the world.
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)
Mark Franke is the Asia Pacific Convenience Retail Procurement Manager at BP. Mark and his team procures Goods for Resale and supports Offer Development for BP petrol stations across Australia and New Zealand as well as supporting BP’s joint venture operations in Indonesia and China.
Mark is passionate about retail innovation and was a 2016 finalist and presenter at the Procurement and Supply Australasia (PASA) Awards for Australia’s most innovative Procurement organisation.
Prior to working at BP, Mark held various Procurement and Supply Chain roles at Coles, The Faculty Management Consultants and General Motors Holden. `
Mark has a BA/BSc (Hons) from Monash University, MBA from Melbourne Business School and has attended the PLD and GMP programs at Harvard Business School.
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.
General Manager – Research, Development and Innovation
Meat & Livestock Australia
Sean Starling is General Manager – Research, Development and Innovation. A member of Meat & Livestock Australia’s executive team, Sean is responsible for MLA’s $170 million annual R&D investment across the Australian red meat industry value chain. Innovation areas cover: global innovation insights; value chain innovation; food safety and industry traceability and integrity systems; product development and value-adding; automation technology; and building industry innovation capability.
Sean has been engaged in food value chains for most of his career. Having worked in a range of organisations and positions from factory engineer to general manager in manufacturing, R&D and engineering organisations, underpins Sean’s ability to work with business and scientific thinkers to facilitate delivery of their concepts into commercial reality. In addition to ensuring no good opportunity is wasted, Sean has a passion of supporting young people to strive and deliver in an ever changing and complex environment.
Vice President Of Thought Leadership
Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia
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 works for Silk Contract Logistics, one of Australia’s largest 3pl providers and is the Vice President of the Thought Leadership programme for the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA). Kyle will represent the SCLAA during the conference and will act as conference chair on day two & speak about how blockchain is impacting the SC&L industry.
Supply Chain Transformation Leader ANZ
Partner and Chief Data Scientist
Matt is PwC’s Chief Data Scientist and a Partner in the Analytics practice that incorporates Enterprise Information Management and Insight Analytics.
Formally trained in actuarial and computer sciences, Matt has been a data scientist working at the intersection of maths, computers and business consulting for over 20 years.
Matt leads the ongoing development and application of the PwC Analytics Process to standardize the application of a range of analytics approaches.
Matt’s specialty is segmentation using Artificial Intelligence, a discipline he has been applying to client challenges for over 20 years.
Matt is proud to have been recently awarded one of the top 100 knowledge workers of Australia by the office of the prime minister and the office of the chief scientist.
Matt was the lead technical partner for a variety of analytically-based solutions for a global logistics company for over 5 years, ranging from supply chain optimization, customer segmentation to asset recovery to commercialization of data assets.
Matt is leading the development of technical approaches to providing trust and visibility throughout global supply chains using leading edge analytics and distributed ledger (blockchain) technologies.
Dr Leon Prentice
Research Program Director, Metal Industries
Dr Leon Prentice is Program Director of the Metal Industries Research Program in CSIRO Manufacturing. CSIRO, Australia’s key national research agency, undertakes applied research and the development of new technologies, and Leon’s Program is focused on assisting Australian industry advance into a more globally competitive and technologically advanced industry sector. As well as working towards Australian value chains in light metals such as titanium and lithium, Metal Industries includes the ‘Lab22’ Innovation Centre in Metallic Additive Manufacturing. This Centre undertakes research into metallic AM (or 3D Printing) as well as assisting companies to accelerate their knowledge of new manufacturing technologies and adopt them into new and existing industrial processes and products. The Metal Industries Program connects with advanced manufacturers from around the world, particularly in the aerospace and medical device research areas, as well as partnering with universities and collaborators both in Australia and internationally.
Vice President - Business Development and Channels (Asia Pacific)
One Network Enterprises
With over 20 years of supply chain software experience, Chris is One Network Enterprises’ (ONE) Vice President of Business Development, supporting partners and leading a team of sales and solution design specialists across Asia Pacific.
ONE’s cloud platform, the ‘Real Time Value Network (RTVN), delivers value for many large enterprises in sectors such as Auto, Retail, Logistics and Defense. RTVN is a multi-tenanted cloud platform that deploys supply chain and logistics software as a subscription service.
Chris has a deep supply chain software consulting background. After retiring from the Australian Navy as a Supply Officer in 1995, Chris has assisted both military and commercial enterprises across Asia Pacific and the Americas in leveraging software to reduce cost and increase business effectiveness. Chris has a Masters of Strategic Information Systems Management. Chris is based in Australia.
Chief Information Officer
Silk Contract Logistics
Matt is a experienced Chief Information Officer with over 16 years experience in the logistics and supply chain industry. Skilled in IT Transformation, IT Strategy, Supply Chain Optimization, ITIL, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Strong information technology professional with a National Diploma and Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.) focused in Information Technology.
Director, Factory of the Future
Swinburne University of Technology