Human Resources


While individuals are adapting to rapid advances in technology, organisations are struggling to keep up. To thrive in the digital age, they must address the disruptive forces that drive their business strategy and people. Ultimately this means adopting a new mindset, driving new methods and embracing new technologies.

Now is the time to think forward. Attend Oracle CloudWorld and accelerate your human resources.  You’ll gain invaluable knowledge from thought leaders and HR professionals, and have the opportunity to evaluate proven solutions. 



    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.


    Linda Redfearn

    Head of Human Resources at Blackmores

    Linda Redfearn is the Head of Human Resources at Blackmores.

    Linda has worked at Blackmores for the past 15 years in key roles including Customer Relations Manager, National Field Manager, National Sales Training Manager and National Sales Manager and has been the Head of Human Resources for the past 4 years.

    Linda has worked on a number of key HR initiatives at Blackmores including:

    Employee Engagement – key activities introduced to enhance staff collaboration and engagement.
    Organisational Culture and Change Management programs - encompassing the Blackmores Values, Climate Survey, staff award programs and a supportive new hire on boarding program.
    Talent Management – identification and assessment of high potential employees at all levels of the organisation.
    Succession Planning – enabling staff to be aware of development requirements to progress through the organisation and individually tailored programs to further engage and provide support

    Previously, Linda developed specific strengths through Sales and National Training roles at Nestle and in export and import functions at Dilmah, which involved stock coordination for warehouse and distribution to national accounts.

    Linda holds a teaching degree from Chisholm Institute in Victoria and has completed a number of educational programs through recognised external institutes.


    Rohan Dyster

    General Manager Organisational Development & Learning, The Star Entertainment Group

    Rohan is the General Manager Organisational Development & Learning for The Star Entertainment Group, based in Sydney. His role covers learning & development, diversity & inclusion, performance management, talent strategy, employee engagement, strategic workforce planning and similar areas. Since joining The Star in 2012, Rohan has implemented several high-profile people systems with successful uptake amongst the target audiences.


    Tricia Cahill

    Manager, Staff Experience & Systems, People’s Choice Credit Union

    Drawing on fifteen years of experience in training, change and leadership in financial services, in 2017 she managed the project implementation of Oracle HCM & Taleo to drive transformation in HR business processes and deliver significant improvements to the employee experience. Key to the success of the implementation was the team’s unwavering focus on the employee experience and delivery of a comprehensive change program, combined with a strong relationship with their implementation partner. These successes have seen the organisation shortlisted in the 2018 Oracle HCM Cloud Rubies awards, recognising and celebrating HR trailblazers.


    Jacqui Huntington

    Head of Organisational Development, MLC Life Insurance

    Jacqui is a versatile HR leader with over 20 years of experience working in fast paced and complex organisations.  Having originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant she combines her commercial and financial acumen with broad HR capabilities to provide business oriented, strategic and practical organisational development solutions. 

    She is currently the Head of Organisational Development at MLC Life Insurance which is Australia’s newest Life Insurance company after Nippon Life purchased 80% from the National Australia Bank in 2016.  Jacqui also led the implementation of the HCM platform which went live after an intensive 9 month program in September 2017.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Andrew Dellaposta

    Group HR Operations Manager, Findex

    Andrew Dellaposta has over five years experience in Project Management, leading initatives in Human Resources, Healthcare, Digital and Healthcare  in Australia and the United Kingdom respectively. Andrew has a clear focus on ensuring the end user is at the forefront of every decision; from design through to execution whilst concurrently meeting business requirements.

    His passion lies in application design, product development and new technologies.


    Sameer Jain

    HCM Cloud Delivery Manager, Presence of IT

    Sameer Jain has over seventeen years of experience in HR-IT consulting, solutions development, program management, and application management across several countries. He puts to use his deep understanding of HR solutions landscape in large multi-national corporations in helping clients find solutions for complex HRIT challenges by facilitating strategy definition, finding the right technologies, and then designing and overseeing appropriate delivery programs to realise them.

    Sameer’s project experience includes high quality implementations, upgrades, rollouts and support services to clients across Australia, US, UK, Africa, Middle-East and India. He has worked in various capacities on several high-profile transformation initiatives.

    Whether in a consulting or corporate role, Sameer has played an integral part in translating organization vision into HRIT programs. He draws upon his experience and understanding of business models across different industry segments to contribute to cross-functional solution definition and change management initiatives. He has been involved with global rollout programs, rollout of HRIT Solutions in M&A scenarios, setting up of offshore centres, and standardization of application testing.

    His keen interests include HCM technologies, HR outsourcing, and newer developments in the areas of recruiting and talent management. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.


    Rowan Tonkin

    Senior Director, HR Transformation, Oracle

    Rowan has spent the last 20+ years working in HR Executive roles, 15 years as a CHRO/HR Director/GMHR leading HR functions for Australian and New Zealand organisations in the financial and technology sectors. He is industry recognised as HR Person of the Year and is a Fellow of both the New Zealand and Australian HR Institutes.

    Rowan has also been a CIO and most recently was responsible for leading the ANZ Bank's HR Systems, Technology, Payroll, Analytics and Channel Management teams delivering to 50,000+ employees in 30 countries.  Rowan has a deep understanding and experience as an HR practionner who has lead digital HR transformations and has developed and delivered HR technology platforms, including migrating complex HR environments to the cloud.

    As Senior Director, HR Transformation for Oracle, Rowan is the HR Executive/Practice Lead for Oracle HCM across Australia and New Zealand and works with CHRO/HR teams embarking on their HR cloud transformation journeys.  Using his HR experience and engagement with across the HR industry, he provides insight into continually improving Oracle’s HCM Cloud solution and increasing adoption of Oracle HCM Cloud.

    His passion is HR, Technology and digitalising HR services that maximise new technologies and improve employee experience.


    Yazad Dalal

    Head of HCM Cloud Applications, Asia Pacific, Oracle

    Yazad Dalal is Oracle’s Head of HCM Cloud Applications, Asia Pacific, responsible for strategy, operations and overall growth of Oracle’s Human Capital Management Cloud solutions across the APAC region.

    Yazad has spent the past 18 years working in the human capital space, helping companies around the world use digital tools to attract, engage and retain the best talent. He speaks regularly on trends and innovation in Human Resources and the Employee Experience and has worked on HR transformation projects with Human Capital and HR leaders across the Fortune Global 500.

    As a Human Capital expert, Yazad has been published or quoted in publications including the Bangkok Post, The Economic Times, Forbes, New York Daily News,,, CNNMoney and the Washington Post.

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