CIO Summit 2020


Dr Fiona Kerr

Speaker, Neuroscientist Professor, Implementer

Fiona’s consuming interest in the science and power of human connectivity continues to develop after more than 35 years of working in various industrial sectors in Australia and abroad; including power generation, automotive manufacturing, defence, pharmaceuticals, government, and artistic organisations like Cirque du Soleil.

Fiona’s Doctoral research combined neuroscience and complex systems engineering to examine how good leaders think, how they change others, and how they build adaptive, responsive, and successful organisations.

These research combinations created Fiona’s expertise in human to technology, and human to AI interaction; applicable to varied industrial and commercial environments.

To this end, she founded The NeuroTech Institute in late 2018 to investigate the neurophysiology of the interaction between people and people, and people and technology; how we shape each other, how technology shapes us, and how we should shape future technology. Neurotech explores the science of the union of human awareness and machine intelligence, and what that means for healthcare, ageing, defence, education, and industry.

Fiona maintains collaborative partnerships in Australia, the USA and Europe, advising technologists, health professionals, and governments to make productive choices and create successful outcomes regarding the economic and societal impact of technology and people.

She is an advisor to the robotics industry, the health sector, the Global centre for Modern Ageing, Finland’s national artificial intelligence program, and Defence organizations both in the USA and Australia.

She researches, consults, and speaks publicly on a wide range of topics including the neuroscience of human to human, and human to technology interactions, neurogenesis, and how good leaders create organisations that flourish.

David Reinsel

Sr. Vice President, Global Datasphere, IoT, Mobility, Security, Consumer, Semiconductors, Telecom, Client Computing and Imaging/Print/Document Solutions, IDC

Dave Reinsel is senior vice president over a number of IDC’s research areas, including: IoT, mobility, security, consumer, semiconductors, telecommunications, client computing, and imaging/print/document solutions. Mr. Reinsel and his team of over 50 analysts provide timely and industry-leading insight and analysis for IT professionals, investors, resellers, distributors, and manufacturers worldwide. In addition to delivering annual and quarterly forecasts and analyses on mainstream 2nd platform technologies, his research teams are responsible for delivering research and insight around 3rd platform pillars (e.g., Mobility) and innovation accelerators such as augmented/virtual reality, 3D printing, next generation security, and robotics. Beyond his management responsibilities, Mr. Reinsel provides custom research and consulting for IDC clients on industry trends, product requirements, and marketing strategies and maintains detailed models and research related to high profile research like the Global Datasphere.

Fenella Kernebone

Head of Curation, TEDxSydney

Fenella Kernebone is the Director of Frankly Group and Head of Curation for TEDxSydney, programming one of the most acclaimed TEDx events in the world. She also hosts a podcast all about storytelling called Lumina, through AFTRS and is working on another podcast with the Art Gallery of NSW.

As the founder of Frankly Group, Fenella works on all manner of projects from curating events, running masterclasses, storytelling workshops, presentation training and as a creative consultant.
Starting out in television and radio as a presenter and producer (ABC TV, Triple J, Radio National and SBS TV), Fenella is now a sought after MC, moderator and keynote speaker. Fenella programmed the World Gourmet Symposium in 2019, Xerocon (external Speakers) 2018 & 2019 and regularly works with the University of Sydney for their Sydney Ideas program.
Fenella is also a Board Director with the National Trust (NSW)

Shane Lenton

Chief Information Officer, CUE Clothing Co.

Shane Lenton is a technology and retail leader with more than 20 years experience across a variety of industries including retail, finance, media, and government with a track record of delivering industry leading and awarded solutions. He is currently Chief Information & Digital Officer at Cue Clothing. Prior to this role, he held various technology positions at organisations such as Tricom Equities, AMP Capital Investors, St George Bank, Commonwealth Bank, British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB) and JCDecaux.

Byron Connolly

Editor-in-Chief, CIO Australia

Byron Connolly is a highly experienced technology and business journalist and editor with 20 years’ experience. As the editor-in-chief of CIO Australia he is responsible for commissioning, writing and editing content that appears on, published by IDG Communications – Australia. Byron also facilitates roundtables and conferences for senior IT and business executives and creates content from these events.

Prior to this role, Byron was a senior writer and editor at Editor Group, a Sydney-based corporate writing agency, where he produced editorial material for some of the world’s top technology and consulting companies.

Byron was editor of technology channel publication, CRN Australia, published by Haymarket Media Group, and held senior editorial roles at technology publications ITNews and Information Week at Penton Media and APN News and Media.

He was also client services director at public relations firm Upstream Australia (now Bite Global).

Simon Reiter

Head of IT Delivery, First State Super

Recognised as one of the 2019 Top50 Chief Information Officer & Digital Transformation Executives in Australia.

Simon is a seasoned Executive with more than 22 years of ICT industry experience across both State & Local Government, Education, Healthcare, Legal & Financial Services sectors. Successful track record in delivering large Enterprise wide transformation programs and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Simon has been involved with the Vic ICT for Women organisation as an Executive Mentor since 2016 with a focus of coaching Female senior technology leaders to make the transition to Executive level roles within the Technology sector.

Russell Morris

Chief Information Officer, TransGrid

Russell Morris is Chief Information Officer of TransGrid, owner and
operator of the major high voltage electricity transmission network
in NSW and the ACT. The company employs more than 1000 people and generates over $650 million of annual EBITDA.

In this role he is driving technology transformation, and is currently
replacing a legacy ERP system, enabling a modern digital core for the business. He is also overseeing a complex modernisation
programme of the industrial SCADA system, including introducing
world class cyber security.

Morris is an IT Executive whose career with large, well-known brands, spans over 20 years. He has delivered technology enabled business change on a global scale. He was successively recognised as one of the top 100 CIO’s in the UK before moving to Australia. He is currently listed as one the 50 most innovative CIO’s in Australia, and is the only CIO from the energy sector to be featured in that list. Having significant international experience within multiple engineering or manufacturing organisations in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia, Morris brings a future facing, global outlook. He has an established reputation across multiple countries and cultures, with budget management experience in excess of $250m.

His experience in the electricity distribution and transmission sector is noteworthy. Formerly, as part of a six year role within Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Morris successfully lead large scale, IT enabled business change at a UK Electricity Distribution company. In this role he was accountable for all aspects of IT, including Cyber Security, and Telecommunications. The changes implemented had a business wide impact, delivering significant cost efficiencies and securing ISO27001 certification, as well as delivering IT/OT convergence for critical system operations.

His passion for innovation stretches beyond the confines of IT. As a long term advocate of a more diverse and representative IT industry, Morris acts as a women in technology mentor, following previous work as a STEM ambassador in the UK, where he supported workshops in schools, to encourage uptake of STEM subjects in higher education.

Jeremy Francis

Chief Information Officer, Pepper Money

Jeremy is the Chief Information Officer at Pepper Money – an Australia and New Zealand based alternative lender. His role at Pepper involves challenging the accepted in the Australian finance industry and looking for new ways to help customers who don’t tick all the traditional boxes for a loan.

Jeremy has held senior technology roles across the Banking and Finance industry in Australia for over 20 years at companies such as Westpac, Lloyds Bank and Halifax.

James Aylward

SVP - Head Learner, Pluralsight

James Aylward is SVP of Learner Experiences at Pluralsight, a technology learning platform that empowers developers and CIOs to close critical skills gaps and innovate faster than ever before. Based in Boston, James joined Pluralsight in 2018 and leads the
multi-skilled teams (Product, Design, Engineering, Data Science) that are responsible for developing all Learner facing experiences at Pluralsight.

Tiffany Stevenson

Chief Talent & Inclusion Office, Global Head of Communities at Box

Tiffany Stevenson currently serves as Chief Talent & Inclusion Office, Global Head of Communities at Box, based in Redwood City. In her role, she oversees the talent, learning, inclusion and community efforts, including, on behalf of the awesome Boxers and nonprofit communities worldwide. With a core belief that culture is a VERB and not a noun, Tiffany believes that her ultimate calling is to help make culture WIN inside and out!

Box has recently been named a 2019 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for in addition to receiving several distinctions by Great Place to Work: Best Workplace in Technology, Best Workplace in the Bay Area, Best Workplace for Diversity, and Best Workplace for Parents.

Prior to Box, Tiffany served 12 years at Sephora USA Inc. (LVMH), where she led the talent and learning functions and launched the D&I practice for the Americas region.

Outside of work, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco (Smithsonian Affiliate) and most recently ended a two-year post on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the US Department of Commerce.

Tiffany holds a BA from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Ritika Gunnar

VP, Data & AI Expert Labs

Ritika Gunnar is the Vice President of Data and AI Expert Labs. In this role, she and her team work with clients on their transformation journey through a data & AI-first methodology and help implement Data & AI solutions using deep knowledge-based skills to accelerate the adoption of data & AI enterprise capabilities.

Prior to this role, Ritika was the Vice President of Offerings for IBM Watson and many other parts of the Data and AI portfolio. She is a Data and AI enthusiast. Ritika joined IBM as a software engineer and has held numerous development and support roles in her career.

Ritika holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and an Executive Masters in Business from the University of Texas at Austin.She currently resides in New York.

Sami Laine

Director of Technology Strategy, Okta

For last couple of decades Sami has helped many of the world’s largest enterprises, financial institutions and public sector organisations protect against fraud, malware, threats and data
breaches and now at Okta helps companies embrace identity as the new security perimeter.

Paul Arthur

Regional Vice President, ANZ at OutSystems

Paul has spent over 20 years working with IT solutions vendors and partners across both Europe and Asia Pacific. Paul has a passion for improving the customer experience through the power of IT to drive the business value for his clients.

Paul as worked in several different industries and companies from global players to local start-ups, building businesses and teams that focus on customers needs and value drivers above all else.

Paul was employee number one at Cherwell Software APAC and most recently was General Manager at Australian start-up Data Republic.

Ben Verschaeren

Global Solutions Engineer, Sophos

Ben Verschaeren joined Sophos in 2015 as a Sales Engineer and has since become a Global Solutions Engineer. Based in Melbourne, he supports high value and strategic initiatives throughout Asia Pacific and Japan. Ben is responsible for researching the threat landscape and educating the Sophos team, customers and partners on the latest threats. This includes building demonstration and training tools, focusing on real world exploits and malware.

Ben has more than 15 years of experience within the IT industry, with experience in both sales and engineering. He previously worked for JB HiFi Commercial and Thiess.

Robert Le Busque

Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific

Robert Le Busque is the regional Vice President of Verizon Enterprise Solutions APAC with overall responsibility for driving the digital transformation journey of the company’s enterprise and federal government customers in Australia, New Zealand and India.

Robert started his career with Verizon in 2001 and has since spent many years living and working throughout the Asia region. He has led specialist technology sales teams across the Asia Pacific region, most notably in the Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) category. In addition, he has also held various leadership roles within the Asia-Pacific World Accounts Program and as the
enterprise sales team leader in the Australian market.

Prior to joining Verizon Business, Robert held consulting and channel management roles in both Asia and Europe.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Queensland University of Technology where he majored in classical music performance and a Postgraduate Graduate Diploma from Queensland University.

Rob Pickering

Chief Technology and Digital Office, Cbus Super Fund

As a CIO/CTO, Rob sees his role as first and foremost a business leader. He sees technology as an enabler of performance not a solution in its own right. As a result, Rob sets and executes enterprise-wide transformational agendas that not only deliver performance gains but set up organisations for the future with flexibility and customer-centricity.

Driven to make a difference, Rob has most recently served as an executive and technology leader with purpose-led/member organisations, supporting organisations such as Open Universities Australia and CBUS Super to align customer experience with brand promise. In both tenures, he led multimillion-dollar digital transformations with maximum return on investment, building the in-house capability needed to deliver on board priorities today and into the future. He was named in Australia’s top 50 technology and digital chiefs, 2019 (CIO50).

Mark Banfield

Chief Revenue Officer, LogicMonitor

Mark is a seasoned leader with a history of developing international go-to-market strategies for high-growth businesses. He comes to LogicMonitor from Autotask (acquired by Vista in 2014 and merged with Datto in 2017) where he was most recently Senior Vice President and General Manager, International. In his previous role, Mark was responsible for establishing and operating all international offices and grew Autotask’s international business to around 50% of the total company’s revenue. Prior to Autotask, Mark held various sales management roles at Innopath and SmartTrust. Mark is a graduate of Kingston University, with a Masters degree from University College London and further education at London Business School. In his free time, Mark enjoys spending time with his family.

Gautam Dua

Regional Director, Microsoft Business Unit, APME

Gautam Dua leads HCL’s Cloud Native Services Business for Asia Pacific & Middle East, and the Microsoft Ecosystem Unit in the region. A successful technologist and solutions leader, Gautam
is deeply passionate about using technology to support the digital transformation of business.

Gautam has been helping customers solve their business problems with technology for nearly two decades now. Prior to HCL, he has also worked with Microsoft, Oracle, Checkpoint, and CommVault. He has extensive experience of working with customers facing diverse challenges in their security, infrastructure, cloud and enterprise applications space.

Working with the world’s largest enterprises to help shape, define and implement their IT strategies, Gautam has real insights in to executing innovative approaches to IT transformation.

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Thursday, 24th Sep 2020 1:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.


Live Virtual Forum . . . .

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  • Appian
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  • Outsystems
  • Okta
  • Pluralsight
  • Juniper Networks
  • Dell Boomi
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  • HCL
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  • Okta
  • Outsystems
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  • Verizon
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  • Adobe
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  • IBM
  • Crestron
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  • Sophos
  • Box
  • Appito
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  • Twilio

Who Should Attend

  • Chief information officers
  • Chief technology officers
  • Chief digital and data officers
  • Chief security officers
  • General Managers of IT/IT Directors
  • Senior IT executives
  • IT managers and other senior business executives