Speakers 2017-09-20T13:48:21+00:00



Hear from over 60 speakers at this two-day summit. Many thought leaders working on IoT initiatives.

Delegates will gain a unique insight into IoT projects that are currently in motion, as well as hearing from IoT visionaries. The program has been structured to focus on solutions and technologies that address the opportunities as well as the vast array of IoT business challenges that every company faces.

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Jacob Rosen

Bionics Lab Director
Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering, UCLA

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Prof. Genevieve Bell

Vice President

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Kaye Ceille

Managing Director International

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Bill Bartee

Blackbird Ventures
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Andrea Koch

Adjunct Associate Professor
University of Sydney
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Paul Fox

Managing Director
Corran Toohill Capital

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Dr. Elizabeth Eastland

Director Entrepreneurship, Division of Enterprise
UNSW Sydney

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Michael Bullen

Deputy Director General, DPI Agriculture
Chief Executive, NSW Rural Assistance Authority

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MP, Minster for Innovation and Better Regulation, NSW 




Chief Technology Officer

Håkan joined Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company, as CTO in February 2017.

Håkan is focused on guiding the CTO to establish leading positions on priority technologies, drive value through advanced technology and capabilities, accelerate business and cultural innovation, and drive collaboration across Telstra.

Prior to joining Telstra Håkan had a long career at Ericsson, where his key appointments were Group CTO Ericsson and CEO Ericsson Australia and New Zealand.





Professor of Engineering & Computer Science
Australian National University

Sr. Fellow and Vice President of the Corporate Strategy Office
Intel Corporation

Genevieve is a Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University, where she also holds a research appointment at Data61. Additionally, Genevieve is a Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel Corporation, where she most recently served as their chief futurist.

Genevieve has pioneered futurist research looking at how different cultures use technology, and helped guide Intel’s product development by developing the company’s social science and design research capabilities.

She completed her PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University in 1998.





Israel Space Agency

Professor of Security Studies Program
Tel-Aviv University

Cohen Institute for the History & Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas

Arriving from Israel, our guest of honour, Major Gen. (Res.) Professor Isaac Ben-Israel is a global cyber security expert and strategist, currently holding a number of high level positions across multiple organisations, including:

  • Head of Security Studies Program, Tel Aviv University

  • Lead the task force that formulated Israel national Cyber policy as appointed by PM and head of task force which resulted in a government decision to set up the National Cyber Authority

  • The head of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC)

  • The Chairman of Israel Space Agency

  • Chairman of Israel National Council for R&D

  • Member of the Board of the Agency for Science, Technology & Research in Singapore – A*STAR

  • Member of Singapore RIEC – Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council

Issac was a member of the 17th Knesset (Israeli Parliament) between June 2007 and February 2009. During this period he was a member of the Security and Foreign Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee, the Science & Technology committee, the Chairman of the Homeland Security Sub Committee and the Chairman of the Israeli–Indian Parliamentary Friendship Association.

In 2010 he was appointed by the Prime Minister to lead a task force that formulated Israel national Cyber policy. Following that he founded the National Cyber Headquarters in the PM Office.  In 2014 he was appointed again by the PM to lead another task force which resulted in a government decision (February 2015) to set up a new National Cyber Authority.

Issac has written numerous papers on military and security issues. His book Dialogues on Science and Military Intelligence (1989) won the Itzhak-Sade Award for Military Literature. His book on The Philosophy of Military Intelligence had been published by the Broadcast University (1999) and has been translated into French (2004). His book Science, Technology and Security: From Soldiers in Combat up to Outer Space, was published in 2006. His book on Israel Defence Doctrine was published in 2013. His book on Cyber Security in Israel was published by Springer in 2015.





Bionics Lab Director
Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering, UCLA

Jacob is a professor of medical robotics at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with joint appointments with the Department Surgery and the Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Jacob research interests focus on medical robotics, biorobotics, human centered robotics, surgical robotics, wearable robotics, rehabilitation robotics, neural control, and human-machine interface. He received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University in 1987, 1993 and 1997 respectively.

Jacob developed several key systems in the field of medical robotics such as the Blue and the Red Dragon for minimally invasive surgical skill evaluation that is commercialized by Simulab as the “Edge”, Raven – a surgical robotic system for telesurgery that is commercialized by Applied Dexterity as an open source research platform, several generations of upper and lower limb exoskeletons and most recently the Exo-UL7 – a dual arm wearable robotic system. He is a co-author of 100 manuscripts in the field of medical robotics and a co-author and co-editor of two books entitled “Surgical Robotics – Systems, Applications, and Visions” and “Redundancy in Robot Manipulators and Multi-robot systems” published by Springer.




Managing Director International
Avis Budget Group

Kaye is Managing Director, International at Avis Budget Group. Based in Sydney, she has overall responsibility for the company’s operations in Australia and New Zealand.

Kaye has spent more than 20 years working for multiple Avis Budget Group brands and companies. Prior to her current role, she served as President of Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing company. Before joining Zipcar, she served as Managing Director, United Kingdom, where she oversaw all aspects of the Avis Budget Group’s UK operations. Before that Kaye was Senior Vice President of International Sales and Marketing for North America.

Kaye holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.




IoT Business Development Lead 
APAC, Amazon Web Services

As the Business lead for IOT across Amazon’s APAC region; Lee is responsible for the execution, delivery and success of the AWS IOT Platform and associated services such as AWS Greengrass.

Lee is focused on the success of our customers in leveraging AWS Cloud platform to drive innovation, automation and savings in their core business through IOT solutions.

With over 23 years’ experience in the IT industry, prior to Joining Amazon, Lee was with Microsoft for 11 years (most recently as the Product marketing manager for IOT) and prior to that spent 5 years at RSA Security as a Senior Consultant on Identity management and Authentication Services and 8 years in a variety of roles at IBM, Tivoli and a couple of Start-ups.

Lee holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification and is an active participant in the IOT community.”




Head of Emerging Technology, Enterprise Services
Commonwealth Bank 

Dilan Rajasingham runs CommBank’s Emerging Technology team, which identifies emerging technologies that are expected to radically change the status quo in financial services in the medium-long term (5-20 years).

The Emerging Technology team performs experiments that solve real business challenges and then shares learnings and/or commercialises outcomes. This deep emerging tech capability allows the Bank to follow fast with any disruptive play against the business as well as create new market opportunities. The team also scales learnings and knowledge to ensure CommBank’s workforce is ready for the future.

Dilan’s current focus areas include big data, cyber, identity, blockchain, smart machines, Internet of Things, Ag-tech, and next-generation compute, including platforms and atomic computing (e.g. quantum computing).

Dilan has a deep technical skillset in strategy, architecture and technology implementation across multiple industries, as well as a proven ability to build impressive global networks of collaborators to commercialise concepts and technology.

He is passionate about innovating to better our world and collaborating with Australia’s technology ecosystem to ensure Australia remains a leader in technology.

As a highly engaging and practiced speaker, he is often called upon to help explain abstract ideas, complex technologies and their social implications in a simple way.




Deputy Secretary Customer Services 
Transport for NSW

Tony is Deputy Secretary Customer Services at Transport for NSW. His role is to advocate for better outcomes for transport customers by applying customer insights to support all transport decisions and actions, guiding Transport in becoming a customer centric organisation

He also directs Transport’s programs for digital products and services; customer information; brand, marketing and campaigns; communications and engagement; customer experience design, urban design and wayfinding; customer relations and service improvement. Tony’s career spans 30 years in hospitality, services and tourism in leadership roles with Sheraton Hotels and the P&O Group, then more recently as CEO of Dreamworld (Australia’s largest theme park) and CEO of Great Southern Rail, (operator of Australia’s transcontinental rail services).




CSIRO Ventures

Bill is co-founder of Blackbird Ventures specializing in investing in and assisting disruptive, innovative companies grow.

As a successful founder and CEO Bill is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and management teams build the next large, category winning companies.

Bill has led investments in and/or served on the Boards of many market leaders including Seek, Altium, Culture Amp, Autopilot, Shoes of Prey and is a mentor at Startmate, Muru-D, and External Lecturer at University of Sydney teaching lean startup methodology/principals to computer science, engineering and graduate students. He also helped design and facilitate CSIRO’s accelerator.




Adjunct Associate Professor
University of Sydney

Andrea is a Consultant in Digital Agriculture and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney.

Andrea grew up on a South Australian cropping and sheep farm. Andrea is an experienced marketer, strategist and project manager with 20 years of experience in product development in the telecommunication and media industries.

In recent years her focus turned to sustainability. As part of the Dow Sustainability Program, Andrea led a soil policy think tank at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. During this time, she became Australia’s leading expert on international and domestic soil policy within an environmental and agricultural context.

With her technology development background, Andrea is bringing her knowledge of soil and agriculture together with the big data phenomena to help bring about the digital transformation of Australia’s farming sector.




Managing Director
Corran Toohill Capital


Paul has worked as an investor, strategist, business builder, and technologist.  He is currently focused on helping boards and executives to capitalise on business model and technology disruption.  He has been fortunate to have direct experience in multiple industry sectors which are now converging.

He was instrumental in creating the New Energy business at AGL Energy Limited, where he introduced lean product management, made several technology investments, and supported the rapid deployment of new products including zero-down solar, home batteries, smart air conditioners, virtual power plants and blockchain enabled P2P trading.

He is also a venture capitalist at the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) and spent 14 years working in Silicon Valley. In 2009 Paul was selected to join the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program, which identifies, develops and networks the next generation of global leaders in venture capital.





Director Entrepreneurship, Division of Enterprise


Elizabeth’s most recent appointment is as Director Entrepreneurship, Division of Enterprise for UNSW. Previously she was Director, Strategy, Market Vision and Innovation at CSIRO, helping to guide CSIRO’s strategic direction and defining CSIRO’s national and global market roadmaps, as well as leading CSIRO’s Innovation and Entrepreneurial Program, which is aimed at developing a pipeline of new investable ventures.

Elizabeth has thirty years international experience in high tech research and development, innovation management, business development, M&A, and strategy, with senior executive roles in CSIRO, UOW, Alcatel, Optus, Optus Vision, GEC, NorTel, and BNR.

Elizabeth has a BA, BFA, EMBA and PhD across disciplines of computer science, creative writing and filmmaking.





Digital Transformation Specialist 
IoT, Microsoft

Matt is a Digital Transformation Specialist at Microsoft focused on the Internet of Things, working with organisation’s to understand the value of emerging technologies to help them transform.

Matt works with a range of large and small Businesses, Government Departments and Education Establishments across Australia and New Zealand, assisting them in the development of their future thinking and ultimately proving out the use of IoT, Big Data, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence as accelerators and disruptors for change.

Matt has a varied experience in technology across different industries, having previously worked in the UK for a couple of start-ups, IBM e-Business hosting and Microsoft as a Global Technology Advisor to the retailer, Tesco. 5-years ago Matt relocated in Australia and has worked in a range of roles at Microsoft, always with an eye on the future, working on everything from mobility and helping to launch Surface in Australia to working in the hybrid cloud business.




Former General Manager, New Business & Stakeholder Relations 
Healthdirect Australia

Wendy possesses over 13 years’ experience in commercial and innovation leadership roles across the digital health, pharmaceutical/biotech and medical-devices sectors. Wendy most recently held the role of General Manager, New Business & Stakeholder Relations for Healthdirect Australia – a public government owned disrupter in digital health services delivery.

Immediately prior to joining Healthdirect Australia, Wendy worked for Sanofi’s start-up Innovation business unit, where she was responsible for bringing to life a vision of improving people’s health outcomes through disruptive digital solutions. This role involved active exploration of partnership, in-licencing and collaboration opportunities; scoping and building evidence-based service/digital solutions aimed at delivering health’s triple aim.

Wendy champions the value of strategic data and has a deep understanding of the Australian and global healthcare systems and its challenges. She is a passionate advocate for leveraging technology to deliver better health outcomes at scale.  Wendy holds an MBA (AGSM) and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering (Hons I) and Commerce, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors





Deputy Director General
DPI Agriculture (DDG DPI)

Chief Executive
NSW Rural Assistance Authority

DDG DPI Agriculture is responsible for undertaking Research, Development and Education to improve the profitability and productivity of the agricultural sector.

Before joining DPI Agriculture Michael was Chief Executive of the Sydney Catchment Authority and prior to this worked for Forests NSW across both plantation and native forest management. All of these roles have involved working to strike the right balance of social, economic and environmental outcomes.

Michael also Chairs the National Research and Innovation Committee which is charged with overseeing the investment in Primary Industries Research and Development Framework across all of the industry sectors including dairy, fisheries, wine and grape and horticulture.




Founder and Managing Director
The Yield

Ros is an experienced entrepreneur and executive in the field of technology – particularly the Internet of Things (IoT) and user-centric design. Ros is committed to creating public good through the innovative use of technology, which is reflected throughout her career.

After founding The Yield in 2014, Ros now leads an experienced team which brings together leading engineers, data scientists, agriculturists and technologists. Each of these skills work together to ensure our solutions offer real outcomes for growers and industry. Ros is passionate about technology playing a role in the sustainable governance of the planet, and is a sought-after speaker on AgTech, IoT, converting data to knowledge and the future of food.

Ros founded the globally-recognised Better Work program, and co-founded the Food Agility Consortium and the Knowledge Economy Institute with Dr Michael Briers. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the QUT Institute for Future Environments in Intellisensing.




Director of Flight Operations

Joe is Airobotics Director of Flight Operations and has more than 26 years of experience in the aerospace industry having worked in senior management roles in both the private sector (Boeing & General Electric) and public sector (CAA & CASA) as an Airworthiness and Air Transport Safety Inspector.

Joe is the President of Australia’s peak commercial drone association (ACUO) and has a degree in aeronautics. He also holds chief UAV controller approvals for piloting, maintaining various types of unmanned aircraft, and is also a licensed [manned] pilot and aircraft engineer.

Joe is a member of the CASA CEO Directors Advisory Panel (DAP), Government Aviation Industry Strategic Council, UAS Standards Consultative Sub-Committee and is also a non-Executive member of the Board of Directors for the Paris-based International RPAS Coordination Council of UVS International.




Co-founder and CEO

Flavia began her career at the European Space Agency as Propulsion Test Engineer, before she joined TNO to apply her technical knowledge to advanced space propulsion engineering projects. She rapidly became involved in project management and business development within the space and defence domain and after that she was assigned to developed international relations and identified business opportunities in the Middle East.

After establishing the business in Qatar, she return to her love of space propulsion systems, and has successfully completed full lifecycle development of satellites and several micro thrusters currently flying on actual space missions (Delfi Program’s CubeSats).

In 2015, Flavia co-founded Fleet to solve the issue facing businesses globally: how to connect the more than 75 billion connected devices expected to come online over the next decade, simply and cheaply. Fleet will launch the first of more than 100 planned nanosatellites in 2018, creating a global, free connectivity network that will plug directly into the millions of digital sensors already beginning to transform industries like agriculture, logistics, and mining and gas.




National Practice Leader – Internet of Things

As KPMGs National IoT Leader, Piers draws on the firm’s deep industry, technology, policy and analytics insights, to assist organisations to better deliver safe and effective IoT solutions. Helping with new markets, strategy and implementation, security, data analytics, local and international policy, growth plans, revenue, tax compliance and more.

Piers key focus is helping to unlock opportunities presented by the IoT with a particular focus on Smart Cities including connected transport & infrastructure, Smart Campus (education) and Smart Agriculture. Piers is also board advisor to Hypercat, an alliance and standard driving secure and interoperable IoT for Industry and Cities.

He has been recognised by Business Age as one of the Top 50 Entrepreneurs in the UK to have made the most significant contribution to the internet, innovation and wealth creation.




Formerly Business Leader – Cyber Security (GAICD) CSIRO

At Data61, Daniella co-developed the cyber security business strategy and is responsible for business development and global innovation partnerships for the cyber security domain.

Daniella is a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) – a cyber security research unit of Federation University Australia. She was a judge at the 2017 Finnies (Fintech Australia awards), a contributor to 2017 ‘Startup secrets: How Australia can create new businesses with fintech and cyber security industry collaboration’ report and Cyber Track leader for the 2016 Spark Festival.

Prior to Data61, Daniella has held senior management roles including General Manager Security & Risk (Chief Information Security Officer) for a NSW government department, responsible for the effective management of all ICT risk, security & continuity practices; and executive management roles in Banking & Finance and Management Consulting.

Daniella holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Computer Science) from the University of Sydney, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).




Head of Startup Ecosystem, Australia and New Zealand
Amazon Web Services

Ian is a technology entrepreneur working to grow the technology startup ecosystem in Australia and New Zealand as part of Amazon Web Services.

He also co-founded and helps to run Innovation Bay, a networking and angel investment group for technology startups.

Previously Ian was the CEO and founder of Viocorp, a software company supplying a video publishing platform for corporates and government.

In 2009 Ian won the NSW Pearcey award for Technology Entrepreneur of the Year.

Ian has an Engineering degree from the University of Oxford where he also won two rowing blues in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race.

When he has time he is also a competitive cyclist, an avid computer gamer, husband and father of two boys (not in that order).




Program Director, CityConnect
Blue Chili

Johanna directs BlueChilli’s latest accelerator program, CityConnect: an open innovation program to co-create solutions addressing the biggest challenges facing the world’s urban communities. CityConnect brings together government, corporates, academics and investors, to find and fund great smart cities ideas.

Prior to BlueChilli Johanna was the Deputy CEO for the Committee for Sydney, an independent think-tank advocating for global best practice in city-making. Johanna brings a deep understanding of urban issues and economic development, through senior roles in Federal and State agencies, and the UK Government’s overseas trade network. Johanna is passionate about connecting the right players to create smart cities that are prosperous, inclusive and liveable for all.





Principal Research Engineer, Coal Mining Research Program
CSIRO Energy

During the last several years, Mark has worked extensively on the commercialisation of CSIRO’s Longwall Automation technology (LASC).  This has included comprehensive communication protocol testing and compliance utilities, as well as extensions such as 3D Lidar measurement for longwall positioning.  Mark has also been heavily involved with international commercialisation of LASC, with sites now in North America and Europe.

Mark has extensive experience in machine vision applications and automation technology. His current focus is on the application of automation in underground longwall coal mines to increase safety, sustainability and efficiency. This includes working on everything from novel sensors for environmental condition identification, through to architecture roadmaps, and remote control and autonomous navigation of underground machinery.




Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand

Responsible for leading the Australian and New Zealand Sales Centre, Martin has worked extensively with his team to grow AT&T’s presence in the ANZ region.

Martin works with his team to assist their customers on their Digital Business Transformation by delivering innovative solutions and services including IoT where AT&T is recognised as a global leader in connecting and mobilising people, processes and things. When it comes to the AT&T IoT portfolio, Martin focuses on transforming the customer’s experience by leveraging the AT&T network to enable connections between devices and machines to deliver data to businesses to make decisions in real-time.





Integrated Mining Team Leader
CSIRO Energy

Johnathon is a Principal Research Engineer with CSIRO Energy and is currently leading the development of integrated mining research.

His major focus is the delivery of innovative solutions to promote transformational change in the resources and energy sector. He has extensive expertise in sensing and systems architectures, real-time computing, automation, statistical modelling and identification.

He has contributed to world-class industrial automation projects including longwall automation, continuous miner automation, and highwall guidance systems. Jonathon’s current research focuses on developing platforms to advance integrated digital mining capability.




CEO and Founder
LX Group

Simon is the CEO and founder of Smart Elements, an IoT agtech start-up focussed on providing high quality “sensor as a service” solutions for farmers, agronomists and software developers, enabled by the LX IoT Cores. Growing up on a sheep and grain farm in Northern NSW and having a passion for IoT product development, Simon has a strong personal desire to see technology accelerate the performance of Australian agriculture.

With a product development consultancy background in the design of mission critical military, medical, industrial and agricultural solutions the team at Smart Elements have develop a wide range of IoT ag sensor and tracking devices with a vision of accelerating innovation by enabling software developers to build niche vertical applications.

The Smart Elements HAAS model takes away the pain needing to deal with the on-farm hardware & network problem, allowing organisations focussed on vertical solutions, analytics and end-user support to invest in what matters most. As a previous winner of the Science and Innovation Awards for young people in agriculture and a number of other national and international awards, Simon has spent over 15 years looking at ways of applying ultra-low power wireless technology to increase agricultural performance.




National Board Director
Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)

Having been born in to a tech family, a professional career in IT was encouraged from a young age. Nicki has over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry in both the UK and Australia originally as a Computer Scientist before moving in to Sales and Marketing with companies such as KAZ and Microsoft, before spearheading her own data integration tech start-up called Breeze.

More recently Nicki was the CEO of MOQ, an ASX listed cloud system integrator, which was awarded the 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Country Partner of the Year award for an innovative health and safety Internet of Things solution.

Nicki was awarded in the industry as the 2014 ARN Women in ICT Entrepreneur of the Year and has a key interest in smart innovations using clever analytics, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things – combined with her passion for storytelling she brings real world customer solutions to life.




Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer 
GE Digital

Mark Sheppard is the Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for the Asia Pacific region of GE Digital.  GE Digital drives the development and delivery of GE’s software strategy across the organisation.

Prior to his current role, Mark was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for GE in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the CIO for GE Global Mining. Mark’s vision for cultivating how technology supports the industry has been instrumental to the growth of GE’s Energy, Oil and Gas, Aviation, Healthcare and Financial Services businesses, in one of the company’s largest and fastest growing regions.

Before joining GE, Mark lectured in Computer Science in the UK, after having completed his PhD studies in Artificial Intelligence.
Mark specialized in the use of neural networks in the analysis of big industrial data and computational linguistics.




Chief Technology Officer, Asia Pacific

Ian has worked with organisations globally on Cyber Security initiatives and projects, particularly in the areas of Strategy & Transformation, Identity & Access Management, Data Protection, Threat Management, Governance, Risk & Compliance, and API Management.

He has held a variety of leadership, advisory, sales, marketing, product management, consulting, and technical roles across Europe and Asia Pacific in some of the world’s leading companies, including McAfee, Ernst & Young, IBM, CA Technologies and NetIQ.

In addition to being a published author, Ian has built, led and managed teams with multi-million dollar sales, operational and delivery targets, defined and executed go-to-market strategies based on market analysis & needs, set corporate & product strategy, brought new products to market, delivered major cyber transformation programs & engagements, delivered keynote presentations at industry & corporate events, been interviewed & quoted in the media, and contributed articles to a variety of publications.





Chirayu is an experienced technology executive and a Partner at SeedPlus, managing IOT, hardware, smart city and related investments. Seedplus is a seed stage platform backed by Jungle Ventures, Cisco, Tata Communications, Accel, amongst others.

Chirayu’s background includes launching wireless and mobile payments products at Google, Mountain View. He headed business development for the smart router designed by Google, and before that lead business development for the NFC mobile wallet ecosystem back in 2012 with Google Wallet/Android Pay. Prior to Google, he started Verizon Wireless’ corporate development presence in Asia Pacific and India and was one of the first few people on Softcard (JV between Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T). Between large company stints, he has also tried his hand at founding a startup, which went on to raise a few million dollars in venture funding.




VP Product & GM APAC
XM Cyber

Adi Ashkenazy is the VP Product for XM Cyber, an innovative cyber security start-up developing a revolutionary breach and attack simulation solution, capable of identifying critical attack paths towards key organizational assets, while providing actionable prioritized remediation.

Prior to XM Cyber, Adi served as deputy director of an elite cyber technology department in the prime minister’s office in Israel, leading Israel’s finest engineers and security professionals through some of the most complex cyber security challenges in the world today.

Adi Holds a B.Sc in computer science and M.Sc in information technologies from the university of Tel-Aviv, where he graduated summa cum laude, while earning several scholarships for academic excellence.




Manager Emerging Technology, Enterprise Services
Commonwealth Bank

Working in CommBank’s Emerging Technology team, Andrew researches and experiments with emerging technologies that are expected to radically change the status quo in financial services in the medium-long term (5-20 years).

Andrew currently leads the Bank’s exploration of AgTech, the Internet of Things and the machine-machine economy, with an eye towards how Industry 4.0 will impact Australian businesses. Prior to this he ran CommBank’s early experimentation with blockchain technology.

Andrew is passionate about the impact of technology on humanity as a whole and regularly provides thought leadership to CommBank staff and customers on long-term trends and potential impacts on people, businesses and communities.




Founder and CEO
Unleash Live

Hanno Blankenstein is an experienced entrepreneur, product and service innovator, coder, business builder and strategy consultant. Hanno incubates and scales digital businesses globally.

Hanno is Founder and CEO of Unleash Live, an artificial intelligence powered video and sensor platform. Previously he served as a Partner and Managing Director of the BCG Digital Ventures Asia business and was joint CEO of the award-winning strategic design firm S&C, which was acquired by The Boston Consulting Group in 2014.

Hanno has been building and investing in companies for more than a decade. He held senior positions at start-ups and large corporates including CEO of a geolocation platform business, Head of Innovation and Strategy at Vodafone Australia and Principal at Strategy&.

Hanno holds an M.B.A. from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and studied Business and Economics at the University of Würzburg and University of Berkeley. S&C was acknowledged by BRW magazine for its fast growth two years running. He is a former recipient of the European Space Agency Award for location-based services and analytics. He is widely recognized as a global thought leader on strategic design and value generation. Hanno sits in various advisory boards, advised the World Economic Forum and, hosts executive roundtables, has hosted design-led workshops for TEDx Sydney and regularly lectures on the role of digital and design in corporate strategy at universities such as MGSM, UTS and the Hasso Plattner d.School.




Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
IoT Alliance Australia

Frank is an industry leader and influencer in building the collaborative Internet of Things (IoT) eco-system in Australia and is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the IoT Alliance Australia, the peak Australia IoT body. The IoTAA now has over 250 government, industry and research corporate members and over 500 participants.

Frank is also responsible for Industry collaboration at the Knowledge Economy Institute, an Internet of Things (IoT) hub based at University of Technology Sydney, and Industry Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and IT, School of Systems, Management and Leadership. He is concurrently the Director of Digital Technology Advisory, Creator Tech and the NSW Director of Telsoc, a multidisciplinary society whose aim is to promote knowledge, understanding and excellence in telecommunications.

Previously he has been Alcatel Australia Sales and Marketing Director; Vice President Sales and Marketing, EMEA for Alcatel Data and COO and Acting CEO of Open Telecommunications.




Principal Researcher and Director of Microsoft Station Q, Sydney, Microsoft and Chief Investigator and Professor, University of Sydney

Professor David J. Reilly holds a joint position with Microsoft Corporation and the University of Sydney, where he is the Principal Researcher and Director of Microsoft Station Q, Sydney, a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence, Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS) and a Professor in the School of Physics.

The focus of much of Reilly’s work is at the quantumclassical interface and the scale-up of quantum technology. As a leader in Microsoft’s quantum effort he bridges the gap between fundamental quantum physics and the engineering approaches need to scale quantum devices into quantum machines. He is also
interested in applying quantum tech in biomedicine, pioneering new approaches to magnetic resonance imaging using nanodiamonds. Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Reilly was a postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University (USA) and has held a Fellowship from Hewlett-Packard. Born in Sydney Australia, he hold degrees from UNSW (Ph.D) and UTS (B.App.Science Hons-1).




P.Eng. MBA PMP CPIM, Postgraduate Fellow
The University of Sydney Business School

David has over 30 years of industry experience having held senior leaderships roles with recognised IT brands such as KPMG Consulting, Microsoft and Hitachi Solutions.

A consummate entrepreneur David has created his own successful IT start-up, built it up to being a global award winning business and then sold it off.

Currently a Post-Graduate Fellow at Sydney University, David teaches at both Sydney University and the University of New South Wales in the areas of Innovation, Business Applications, Digital Business Management and Accounting Information Systems.

His research areas are the Internet of Things, Business Models and Innovation.

A published author he is presenting his work on IoT Architecture at the American Conference on Information Systems in August. A member of the IoT Association of Australia, David participates in the New Business, Security, Privacy and Architecture work streams for the alliance. He also provides consulting advice to entrepreneurs starting new businesses.




Executive Chairman
Clarity Pharmaceuticals

Alan has a background as a scientist, investment banker, entrepreneur and investor. Alan is very active in the Australian start-up area, investing in, advising and taking an active role within a number of early stage companies.

Alan is currently the Executive Chairman at Clarity Pharmaceuticals, a company focused on developing radiopharmaceuticals for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Alan is also the Chairman and co-founder of Mizzen Group Pty Ltd, a new technology start-up company.

Alan has approximately 10 years of investment banking experience, and was until recently an Executive Director and shareholder of Inteq Limited, a boutique Australian investment bank, where he remains on the Board of Directors. Alan has significant experience in capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate advisory. At Inteq, Alan was involved in some of the largest ever medical device transactions in Australia.
Alan completed an undergraduate degree in Applied Science at the University of Sydney, where he finished first in his year and won the prestigious University Medal. He completed his Ph.D. in Medicine at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.




Managing Director 
Enex TestLab

Matt is the Managing Director of Enex TestLab, an independent testing laboratory with over 28 years history and a University heritage.

Matt is the chair of IoT Alliance Australia Work Stream 5 – Cyber Security and Network Resilience. He also serves on the Communications Alliance Cyber Security Reference Panel (CSRP), the Internet Australia Cyber Security SIG, and is a member of the research advisory committee for the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory at Federation University.

Matt has a deep technical background in network and security systems and he holds the following security certifications in good standing for 10+ years: CISSP, CISM, CSEPS and CISA. He holds Government and Police Contractor security clearances.




General Manager APAC

Stephen has a 30 year career of business transformation experience. Providing creative and challenging thinking that aligns essential business needs with innovative technology.

He demonstrates passionate leadership across large enterprises, start-ups, SMBs, and business turnarounds. Cloud business model transformation across the whole IT channel (vendor, distributor & reseller).

Stephen gained his experience from executive leadership roles, working closely with leading software vendors on their global cloud strategy, providing associate services to industry analysts, sharing knowledge as a keynote speaker, convener of the ACS Cloud & IoT SIG and writing a variety of books covering the Cloud space.





Founder and CEO

Adrian is an internationally acclaimed expert in remote area medical services, occupational medicine, international medical evacuation and emergency medical services.

He has spent over 20 years in Emergency Medical Services specialising in Medical Risk Management, pre-hospital care, helicopter and international retrieval with a special focus on preventable head and neck injuries.

After experiencing firsthand the lack of understanding and awareness of effective treatments for head and neck injuries he published a “Guidebook for the Management of Acute Spinal on this topic, later this was followed by “NeckSafe: the Acute Management of Spinal Injury”.

NeckSafe is the Not For Profit Charity he started over 20 years ago. NeckSafe and HeadSafe monikers are the labels under which they provide educational courses, promote awareness and advocacy.

Adrian is an accomplished author, speaker and consultant, having worked in the prehospital environment on and off the sporting field, as well as in front of and behind the cameras for TV shows including “Survivor”, “The NRL Rookie” and “The Discovery Channel Eco Challenge”.

International speaking and media credits including appearances on “Oprah”, “CBS Early Show”, “Access Hollywood”, “E!” and “The Discovery Channel”.




Airtree Ventures

John is a Partner at Airtree Ventures where he focuses on investing in and supporting great founding teams at the very early stages of building a business.

Prior to Airtree, John spent 6 years in London and New York. There he held roles at Facebook, then as COO of Summly (acquired by Yahoo for $30m in 2013), and most recently as a Principal at White Star Capital where he invested in IoT companies such as Mnubo. John also co-founded which has become Europe’s leading event for AI practitioners. John has also worked at The Boston Consulting Group, having started his career founding Bush Campus, a startup whose failure taught him more than the rest of his experiences combined.




Head of Environment, Social & Governance Research 
Credit Suisse

Sandra is the Head of Environment, Social & Governance Research at Credit Suisse in Australia. She has spent 35+ years working in the energy and utilities industry at senior executive level for companies such as Energex, AGL and Santos.

She has been a selection committee member and mentor for startup programs such as EnergyLab and is on the Advisory Board of a fintech startup. Sandra has recently been appointed to the Queensland Government’s Climate Advisory Council.




The Register

Mark is an inventor, author, educator, broadcaster and entrepreneur. In 1991 he founded pioneering consumer VR startup Ono-Sendai, inventing a orientation sensor (US Patent 5,526,022) licensed to Sega Corporation for Virtua VR.

In 1994, Mark co-invented the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), the standard for interactive 3D graphics on the Web, and went on to found BlitCom, delivering streaming VRML entertainment into the browser.

Mark founded postgraduate programs at both USC and AFTRS, and currently holds appointments as Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney and Honorary Adjunct at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Mark writes fortnightly a column for The Register, and hosts This Week in Startups Australia, Australia’s leading tech podcast.




Australian Information Industry Association

Rob is a passionate technology advocate, and has been so for much of the past 3 decades. His career spans research and advocacy at the Property Council of Australia, corporate strategy, sales & marketing at McKinsey & Company, telecommunications at SingTel Optus, technology innovation at, commercialisation of early stage research at Data61, foundation investor in technology-based startups and company director influencing technology adoption in traditional businesses.

As CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association, Rob helps shape Australia’s innovation agenda, connecting members with public and private sector organisations as the nation embraces disruption to improve our economy and society. AIIA’s members – from large ‘born global’ Australian companies, to talented small and medium businesses, to entrepreneurial startups and the incubators that nourish their journeys, to global players making a difference in our society – are the digital leaders helping Australian industry embrace disruption to grow wealth, stake out globally relevant leadership and remove friction from our economy.

Rob has Economics and Law degrees from the University of Sydney and a Master in Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Rob is an active family man, avid traveller, ocean swimmer and surfer.




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Sarah is the founder and CEO of AgThentic, a boutique consultancy firm helping entrepreneurs and investors to build the food system of the future by providing strategy, coaching, and business development support.

Sarah is also a writer, speaker, startup advisor, and recognized AgTech innovation expert. Sarah has contributed to leading industry and academic publications such as Forbes, AgFunder News, Sustainable Brands, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review; judged numerous AgTech startup prizes and pitch competitions; and presented at various food and agriculture innovation events globally. Sarah is also the founder of NSW’s first AgTech Meetup, part of a national community of AgTech innovators and investors in Australia.

Sarah holds a Masters in System Design and Management from MIT, where she was President of the MIT Food and Agriculture Club, launched the MIT-Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Innovation Prize, and served as Managing Director of the MIT Sustainability Summit. Sarah wrote her MIT-published master’s thesis on private sector approaches to innovation in agribusiness, which includes interviews with leading corporations, investors, and entrepreneurs across the FoodTech and AgTech landscape internationally.

Previously, Sarah was a Product Manager and Systems Engineer at Charles River Analytics in Boston. Sarah received a B.S. in both Computer Science and Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University, where she was a three-sport varsity athlete and All-American soccer player.




School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW

Sami is a mechanical engineer with a PhD in manufacturing. He has a professional background of more than 30 years in industry, research and tertiary education, including several engineering and management positions in manufacturing companies in Australia and around the world.

In 2000, he has joined the University of New South Wales with research interests in sustainability in manufacturing, energy and resource efficiency in manufacturing, Life Cycle Engineering, Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing, and urban production and factories. He is the founder and in‐charge of Sustainability in Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering Research Group ( He is also the co‐ director of joint German‐Australian Research Group on Sustainable Manufacturing (www.sustainable‐

Sami is an elected fellow of the UNSW Scientia Education Academy. He is also the member of Institute of Engineers Australia and the elected fellow of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP).





IoT Association Australia

Stuart is a startup investor, mentor, product innovator and digital transformation expert. He’s focused on the strategic direction and delivery of innovative products to a multitude of platforms across Mobile, Web, TV and the Internet of Things.

With 20 plus years working in digital media he has developed a finely tuned sense of how best to build teams and implement digital transformation in businesses that are struggling to adapt to the disruption around them. As a strong advocate for lean user-centric design, Stuart’s at the forefront of digital innovation and product design whose strategies and concepts are delivering the next generation of user experiences, engagement, business models, and product development.




Executive Director
Macquarie Capital

Patrick is an Executive Director at Macquarie Capital. He is responsible for innovation relating to the infrastructure sector. He has over 19 years of experience in the areas of infrastructure and corporate banking combined with a passion for innovation.

Since joining Macquarie, Patrick has been involved in leading and structuring large infrastructure transactions, raising over A$50bn of financing. Prior to joining Macquarie, Patrick worked at Morgan Stanley’s Global Capital Markets group in New York. Patrick in his personal capacity is also a founder and on the board of Thinxtra, the company rolling out the Sigfox LPWAN network in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Macau.




Wearable Valley

Niv heads the Investor relations and digital marketing at Envoy, an LA based startup company that brings ride sharing as an amenity to communities, where people live, work and stay.

He is also the founder of Wearable Valley, one of the biggest IoT communities in Israel for wearables and IoT. Niv is also an evangelist and a public speaker who talk about IoT trends, mobility and innovation.





Doug is a co-founder of the global company Agworld, the provider of the only collaborative farming solution across the agricultural value chain. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Agworld, which began its commercial operation in December 2009.

He has been involved and contributed to the agricultural industry for the past 33 years. Passionate about both building things and farming from a young age, he began building a practical skill set for farming from the beginning starting with an apprenticeship in automotive mechanics, later moving to rural areas working as a wool classer, farm hand, manufacture and marketing of water pumping equipment and then agricultural implements, before becoming a regional manager for a farm supplies network.

In 1994 Doug joined AgrEvo Pty Ltd, as Sales Representative where he became recognized by the company for his sales and leadership abilities. In 2000 he joined Bayer, focused on leadership, organizational structure and strategic areas of the business, while holding commercial roles at state and national levels.

He holds both a Diploma of Business in Leadership, a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration and coaches in the field of leadership. Owning his own farming property, he remains passionate about the agricultural industry, and has a strong desire to contribute positively to the challenges farmers and their families face in the space of information management, decision making and community.




Enterprise Sales Manager – Energy and Industrial Services
Amazon Web Services

As part of the AWS Enterprise team leading Energy and Industrial Services; Andrew is focused on enabling the success of our customers leveraging the AWS Cloud platform to drive innovation, automation and savings in their core business.

Andrew has experience working with a number of large enterprise customers using the AWS cloud to enable their IOT journey and form the foundation of the analytics and insight platforms deriving insight from IOT devices.

With over 18 years’ experience in the IT industry, prior to Joining Amazon, Andrew has worked across enterprise, government and start-ups building businesses and leading enterprise transformation programs.




Founder and CEO
Everything IoT

Entrepreneur, investor and startup mentor, Eitan spent the past 20 years working for fortune 100 companies, venture capital firms and founding couple of startups in Israel, the US and Australia. During the late 90’s Eitan was responsible for the development of Intel Israel’s incubator program, which resulted in over USD100M increase in sales for supported companies in the first 3 years of the program including a successful listing on NASDAQ of (NVMI).

After selling his events hire and online marketing companies in 2013, Eitan joined Artesian Capital as a managing director, corporate venturing. Currently, Eitan is Managing Partner at the San Francisco based Propeller Venture Capital and the founder of Everything IoT.