Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers


    Chris Riddell

    Digital Futurist

    Chris Riddell is an award winning global futurist and industry recognized inspirational keynote speaker on emerging trends in our hyper connected world. Chris is a recognised leader in his field, and an expert in unlocking opportunities for businesses. His global expertise provides unique perspective and insights for businesses of the future.

    Chris believes that being a futurist isn't simply about 'putting your finger in the air, and saying what the future might be', but about 'authentically embedding yourself into the very space from where true innovation and disruption is taking place, analyzing future and emerging trends, then distilling them into a clear and meaningful message.


    Dr Jason Fox

    Author and Leadership Advisor

    Dr Jason Fox is a modern day wizard-rogue, author and leadership adviser. Oft sought after for his pioneering philosophies and expertise in motivation design, Dr Fox shows forward-thinking leaders around the world how to unlock new and meaningful progress—amidst a volatile sea of complexity, uncertainty, ambiguity, paradox and doubt.

    Jason is the bestselling author of The Game Changer, and How to Lead a Quest: a handbook for pioneering executives, and his research has been featured in the likes of Smart Company, Huffington Post, BRW and The Financial Review. As well as the above, Jason enjoys partaking in extreme sports such as reading, beard maintenance and coffee snobbery.


    Ross Dawson

    Leading Futurist, Entrepreneur, and Best-Selling Author

    Ross Dawson is globally recognised as a leading futurist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, strategy advisor, and bestselling author. He is Founding Chairman of the Advanced Human Technologies group of companies, which includes international consulting and ventures firm Advanced Human Technologies, futures think-tank Future Exploration Network, and three start-ups being developed in stealth mode.

    Strong demand for Ross’s expertise has seen him deliver keynote speeches and executive workshops in 27 countries across six continents and consult to leading organisations worldwide such as Ernst & Young, Macquarie Bank, News Limited, Procter & Gamble and many others.

    He is author of four books including the Amazon.com bestseller Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, now out in its second edition, and the acclaimed book Living Networks, which foresaw the social networking revolution.

    He also writes the highly influential Trends in the Living Networks blog. Ross’s frequent media appearances include CNN, Bloomberg TV, SkyNews, European Business Network, Channel News Asia, ABC TV, Today and Sunrise shows, New York Times, The Guardian and many others.

    Ross has been named as one of the top 30 most influential people in the world in crowdfunding, one of the top 6 most influential people in the world in Enterprise 2.0, and by Digital Media magazine as one of the 40 biggest players in Australia’s digital age.


    Dr Zoran Bolevich

    Chief Executive and Chief Information Officer, eHealth NSW

    Zoran is Chief Executive and Chief Information Officer of eHealth NSW, a dedicated health IT agency responsible for planning, implementing and supporting the largest digital health program in Australia – the digital transformation of NSW Health.

    Leading a team of 1,000 staff, Zoran is focusing on building on implementing the eHealth Strategy for NSW Health, streamlining governance of eHealth NSW’s key programs and activities, and developing a highly effective, customer-focussed Health IT organisation.

    He’s passionate about improving the health system through meaningful and effective use of digital technologies, data analytics, research and innovation in partnership with patients, clinicians, health organisations, government departments and industry partners.


    David Curran

    Group CIO, Westpac Group

    David was appointed Chief Information Officer in September 2014. David joined Westpac in February 2014 as a consultant on the Group’s banking technology modernisation program. David has almost thirty years of experience with proven expertise in IT and financial services and the implementation of large, complex projects.

    Before joining Westpac, David spent ten years in senior roles at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). Before joining CBA, he spent sixteen years at Accenture, where he was a Partner, primarily consulting on financial services.


    Meaghan Bilinski

    Marketing Automation Director, Movember

    Meaghan Bilinski is the Marketing Automation Director for the Movember Foundation, the global charity that raises awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically; prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. In this role, Meaghan is responsible for the outbound communication to millions of participants and donors that support the Foundation, to drive retention, engagement and fundraising. Joining the Movember Foundation more than 10 years ago, Meaghan has been passionately working in the digital marketing space to achieve their goal to stop men dying too young.


    Steve Cox

    Managing Director, Dymocks Retail, Dymocks Children’s Charities

    Steve Cox is a highly accomplished retail leader with over 20 years experience in retail management in Australia and the United Kingdom. Having worked in both Department Stores and Specialty Retail, Steve has a unique insight into the retail industry from both a big box and specialty store perspective. Steve has worked with some of the biggest brands in retail across his career including David Jones where he was General Manager, The Specialty Fashion Group, Jeans West, Next UK and Selfridges.

    Today Steve is Managing Director of Dymocks Retail, a position he has held for 6 years. Taking on the challenges of the book retailing industry, Steve has direct experience in managing change through a disruptive retail environment. He has successfully steered Dymocks to sales and profit growth, delivering a strategy which has transformed direct customer communications and significantly increased customer loyalty to the 138 year old iconic brand. He continues to seek innovation in the operation of the locally owned network of stores, and delivers on the company mission of 'inspiring more book lovers'.

    As part of the Dymocks Retail growth strategy, in November 2015 Steve managed the acquisition of stationery and lifestyle gift supplier Telegram Co., including online retailer milligram.com. Today this business, as part of Dymocks Retail, is enjoying strong growth across both the wholesale and retail verticals.

    Steve is also on the Board of Dymocks Children's Charities, a not for profit organisation specialising in literacy support for disadvantaged children in priority areas across Australia. In the last financial year, Dymocks Children’s Charities programs delivered over $540,000 worth of books to 18,500 students in 124 schools across Australia, delivering on its vision to “change kids’ lives, one book at a time”. An avid reader, cyclist, family man and Sydney Swans supporter, Steve holds a Master of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.


    Stevan Premutico

    Entrepreneur and Tech Advisor

    Stevan is one of Australia’s leading tech entrepreneurs. In 2007, in the middle of the GFC he conceptualised Dimmi Online Restaurant Reservations on the back of a napkin and went on to revolutionise the Aussie restaurant industry. In 2015, his startup was acquired by one of the great tech businesses of our time, TripAdvisor.

    On the tin, Dimmi was the perfect text book start-up story - started in a garage, ran out of money, took on the big Goliath, won the battle, sold to a tech darling. But the true story is one of grit, passion and a true entrepreneurial spirit to make a dent in the world.

    He is an entrepreneur, a passionate tech investor, sits on the board of a couple of disruptive Aussie start-ups and strongly believes that the world (and our businesses) would be in a better place if we all acted a bit more like founders and a bit less like CEO’s.


    Mark Sunday

    Chief Information Officer, Oracle

    Mark Sunday is chief information officer and senior vice president at Oracle. He is responsible for providing the global communications, computing, and security infrastructure that enables Oracle’s internal business operations as well as a variety of hosting and education services for Oracle customers.

    Additionally, Sunday and his team strive to be the first adopter, biggest influencer, and best promoter of relevant Oracle technologies. He routinely shares his insights in optimizing business results through the use of technology, developing world-class global teams, fueling innovation, and enabling IT operational excellence.

    Prior to joining Oracle in 2006, Sunday was senior vice president and chief information officer of Siebel Systems. With more than 30 years in the high tech industry, he has also served in various IT leadership positions at Motorola, ST Microelectronics, and Texas Instruments. Sunday holds a BSE from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

    Sunday supports the innovation, technology, and science community by serving as a trustee of the Utah Technology Council and a board member of The Leonardo—a museum dedicated to the intersection of art, science, and technology. He is also on the board of directors of Vantiv.


    Ashish Mohindroo

    Vice President, Oracle Cloud, Oracle

    Ashish Mohindroo is responsible for driving product strategy and global transformation and growth of the Oracle Cloud Platform portfolio including IaaS, PaaS, Mobile, Big Data, and Management. Prior to Oracle, he was General Manager for the technology incubator at Bertram Capital, a private equity firm, where he incubated and launched four Cloud startups focused on DevOps. Ashish was also the Chief Marketing Officer at NuoDB, a cloud database company. He has also held various product and marketing leadership roles at Salesforce.com, Symantec, BEA Systems, Calico Commerce and Trilogy.


    Rob Willis

    Regional Managing Director, Oracle Australia and New Zealand

    Rob Willis is the regional Managing Director for Oracle Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). He joined the company in November 2016, with a focus on leading the company’s transformation into a major player in the cloud. In this role he is responsible for driving Oracle’s operations and growth plans locally, with a continued focus on providing a great customer experience and building a strong internal culture. Willis has over 25 years’ IT industry experience. Previously, he was Vice President of Japan & Asia Pacific and ANZ for Citrix Systems. Willis has also held executive roles at several notable IT companies.


    Gavin Whyte

    Chief Data Scientist, Deloitte

    Gavin Whyte is Deloitte’s Chief Data Scientist and Honorary Adjunct Fellow of the University of Technology, Sydney. Gavin is a an expert in business communications, product and process design relating to the Data Science space. Throughout his career, Gavin has worn many hats including programmer, researcher, manager, strategist, and technical reviewer for manning publications. Currently he is a machine learning specialist with a focus on Data Science models for predictive capabilities. Gavin often speaks on IoT and the power of machine learning and will be discussing how to showcase the art of the possible leveraging data. Twitter handle: @gavinwhyte


    Paula Gibb

    Customer Centre Transformation Manager, Benetas

    In order to meet growing customer demand and expectation in the aged care sector, Paula has led the development and delivery of the Customer Journey Framework at Benetas Aged Care. Using her extensive experience in project and change management, Paula has modernised and centralised the customer centre function at Benetas. This has involved implementing new and data driven customer enquiry channels and nurture paths, while educating the business on customer experience best practice. As a result, Benetas has seen significant growth in customer enquiry and conversion.


    Heath Valkenburg

    Deputy CFO, Element Financial Corporation


    Catherine Cherry

    Acting Associate Director, The University of Adelaide

    Catherine is currently the Acting Associate Director of the Prospect Management team within Student Recruitment & Admissions. Her portfolio includes lead management, marketing automation, future student enquiries and customer insights. Her team works to create and deliver an exceptional future student experience across inbound enquiries, self-service, and outbound communications; as well as enabling customer feedback and uncovering behavioural insights.


    Bob Shueh, CFO

    Chief Financial Officer,
    LINX Cargo Care Group

    Bob has held leadership roles in Patrick since 2011 in both the container terminals and bulk and general businesses. Prior to joining Patrick, Bob had extensive leadership experience in projects, financial, commercial and management roles across IT, telecommunications, manufacturing, shipping and logistics industries for businesses such as SAP, Optus, BlueScope and Maersk.


    Amanda Jobbins

    Vice President Marketing, EMEA/APAC, Oracle

    Jobbins is an industry renowned marketing leader in the technology industry; her experience includes leadership positions across the globe for amongst others Symantec, IBM and Cisco. In her current role, she drives digital demand generation and marketing for Oracle in EMEA and APAC.


    Gretchen Alarcon

    Group Vice President, HCM, Oracle

    Gretchen Alarcon is group vice president for Oracle’s human capital management strategy, responsible for development and go-to-market initiatives that help businesses around the world modernize their HR practices through the adoption of Oracle’s HCM cloud apps. Additionally, Alarcon acts as a thought leader, highlighting trends and strategic initiatives in businesses’ transition to the cloud. With more than 20 years’ experience in product strategy, Alarcon uses her knowledge of the industry to showcase the importance of modernization through the integration of cloud apps in core HR, talent acquisition, and HR data analytics. Together with her team, she forecasts future of work movements and delivers initiatives to businesses to protect their bottom line.

    Prior to Oracle, Alarcon worked at Icarian, National Semiconductor, Ford, and Silicon Graphics, where she drove the management of workforce suites and aided in the redesign of worldwide human resource functions.

    Alarcon holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in American Studies from Stanford University.


    Steve Cox

    Group Vice President, ERP/EPM, Oracle

    Steve Cox leads go-to-market strategy for Oracle ERP and EPM Product Marketing. Cox joined Oracle in 1997. Prior to his current role, he held various management positions within Oracle product marketing, consulting, and development. Cox holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Bath. He is the author of Modern Best Practice Explained, an ebook articulating the next generation of business processes needed by organisations embarking on digital transformation.


    Adrian Jones

    Co-Fouder and CEO, Marketing Cube

    Adrian is Co-Founder and CEO of Marketing Cube, a leading Oracle Eloqua Partner across Australia & New Zealand.

    Adrian’s passion is helping organisations leverage the power of the Oracle Marketing Cloud to grow revenues, drive operational efficiencies, and create unique customer experiences.

    With over 10 years’ experience in senior sales & marketing director roles with Dun & Bradstreet and Wolters Kluwer, Adrian turned his focus to Cloud strategy and consulting in 2007, Adrian founded Marketing Cube in 2013, an Oracle Gold Partner, now Asia-Pacific’s leading connected capability agency.


    Jeremy Deutsch

    Managing Director, Equinix Australia

    With over 16 years’ experience in the ICT industry, Deutsch is responsible for the overall performance and expansion of Equinix’s business and operations in Australia. Prior to Equinix, Deutsch was General Manager Products at Unwired, managing product strategy, alliance partnerships and user experience delivery. Deutsch holds a Bachelor of Economics and Information Systems from the University of New South Wales.