CIO Summit 2019


Sandra Ng

Group Vice President, Practice Group, IDC Asia/Pacific

Sandra Ng is the Group Vice President heading IDC’s Asia/Pacific Practice Group. Based in Singapore, she is responsible for thought leadership and deep-dive insights and advisory content on IDC’s 3rd Platform disruptive pillars of Cloud, Mobility, Big Data Analytics, and Social along with C-suite (CIO, CMO, CEO, COO, CFO and CxO) research and tech buyer engagements as well as the Service Provider industry. In her role, she advises both tech buyers (CIO and LoB) and IT suppliers/enablers across the ICT marketplace.

As IT becomes the epi-center of our economy, IDC sees the intersection of Digital Transformation (DX) and the 3rd Platform’s Innovation Stage. Here is where we see governments, industries and consumers consuming the four technology pillars as well as increasingly the six innovation accelerators (Internet of Things or IoT, Cognitive Computing, 3D Printing, Robotics, Next-gen Security and Virtual/Augmented Reality). To this end, IDC created a portfolio of tech buyer/end-user research and methodology frameworks, the IDC DecisionScapes, to provide targeted advice in an increasingly complex and fast-paced marketplace.

Sandra leads a team of IDC’s senior analysts with collective expertise across the ICT industry. This team leverages the core research created by IDC’s Asia/Pacific Domain Research Group, through contextualizing the content and increasing its relevance for clients and their businesses. This value creation process enhances the proposition IDC brings to strategy, planning and market intelligence stakeholders. This unique delivery of research content also brings with it IDC’s thought leadership analysis and business executive insights for marketing, product management, sales and strategic leadership teams within the client’s organization.

Along with the Domain Research team, the Practice Group extensively collaborates with IDC’s Integrated Marketing Programs (IMP), IDC’s Industry Insights, and IDC’s Consulting organizations to provide a comprehensive scope of intelligence services to meet the diverse needs of today’s dynamic and complex technology marketplace.

From research to IDC’s customized go-to-market services (GMS) to executive roundtables and end-user events, Sandra and her team provide independent and insightful perspectives of market conditions, assisting clients in making informed business decisions and achieving business goals.

Sandra’s role also extends beyond quality research content delivery. She plays a key role in driving forward-looking assessment and analysis, often sharing her market insights and predictions to Asia Pacific management teams and heads of strategy within her customer base. She moderates and engages extensively with the client communities, including both traditional technology buyers and increasingly influential line of business heads often leveraging the IDC DecisionScape methodologies and deep-dive research.

Sandra has been in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) advisory and consulting industry for 20 years. While her technology research expertise is vast and diverse, she is best known in the industry for her Telecommunications knowledge and opinions within the Asia Pacific region. Her ability to discuss broad, strategic and converged issues across the ICT industry enables her to engage with many C-level management teams and technology executives in Asia.

Prior to joining IDC, Sandra was with Gartner/Dataquest for more than four years, where she was managing a variety of IT research projects ranging from midrange systems to peripherals. In addition to base unit research, she was actively leading in channel and consulting work.

Sandra has established a keen following within the Asia Pacific media fraternity and is frequently quoted in leading regional business and trade publications such as the Asian Wall Street Journal, Computer World, Telecom Asia, and Wireless World, and also in locally-based media such as Singapore’s Business Times and Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. She is often invited to present IDC’s opinions on CNBC Asia, Bloomberg and Channel News Asia. Sandra is also a regular keynote speaker at global and regional ICT conferences.

Fluent in English and Mandarin, Sandra graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Ally Watson

CEO, Code Like a Girl

Ally Watson is the founder and CEO of Code Like a Girl, a social enterprise that provides girls and women with the confidence and tools to take on the world of code and re-imagine the future of women in technology.

After experiencing first hand the isolation and barriers associated with being a woman in a male-dominated industry, Ally founded Code Like a Girl in 2015 as a way to meet other women who code. She had no idea that one event would turn into many and become the humble beginnings of Code Like A Girl.

Code Like A Girl believes that “It’s simply not enough to have more women in tech – we need more women building tech” and that “it’s more important than ever to ensure that technology serves each and every person. And the only way to guarantee our tech delivers, is to ensure we have diversity within the coders creating it.”

Now, no one defies the computer science stereotype quite like Ally Watson with her charming Scottish accent, disarming wit and colourfully tattooed skin. Her unique and refreshing insights into the life of a female developer in a male-dominated industry allow for the delivery of thought-provoking and action-inspiring presentations that are deemed to spark positive change in the technology industry.

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).

Michael Connory

CEO, Security in Depth

Michael is an innovator, researcher and commentator recognised as one of Australia’s leading voices in cyber security. Michael is the CEO of Security in Depth, a global company founded on Cyber Security research providing Cyber risk management strategies and support to organisations around the world. Michael has been involved in leading edge cyber security research as well as developing innovative new products including: Cyber Assurance Risk Rating (CARR), Candiru – simulated cyber-attack solution and GuardMyID focused on identity protection.
In a previous life, Michael led teams at Oracle, Gemalto and Volante, has worked with Governments and business around the world on leading identity and security solutions.

Jennifer O'Brien

Associate Editor of CIO, CMO and Computerworld

Jennifer O’Brien has worked in IT journalism, covering the reseller market since 1997 in her home-town of Toronto, Canada. Prior to IT reporting at Computer Dealer News (working as a journalist, section editor and associate editor), O’Brien worked as a journalist, reporting on occupational health and safety and environment news for one of Canada’s top publishing houses, Southam Communications.

After graduating with an Honours Degree in Journalism and English from Carleton University in Ottawa (and scooping internships at both the Ottawa Sun and the Ottawa Citizen), O’Brien set sail for Europe and clinched an internship at a community newspaper in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She wrote local news, produced a series of features on religious leaders and local churches, and wrote profiles for the Ulster Star in Lisburn.

In 2003, O’Brien ventured to Australia, looking for adventure and a “life change,” after reporting and editing at Toronto-based CDN for six years. While her original plan was to travel and do temporary work, she knocked on the door of ARN – and given her Canadian reseller experience – was offered a contract position as a news journalist. After covering the market for several months, O’Brien moved into the features editor post, a role she held for four years. She then went on to clinch the associate editor role, a title she held from 2010 until 2016, with a major emphasis on event speaking, hosting and moderating, as well as large-scale content and event coverage.

Today, O’Brien has moved across to IDG’s enterprise division and is associate editor of CIO, CMO and Computerworld.

Dr Sean Brady

Managing Director, Brady Heywood

Dr Sean Brady is a forensic structural engineer who specialises in identifying the cause of defects and failures in the construction and engineering sectors. Through this work he has identified and examined the cultures and human behaviours that cause projects, people and teams to fail. His session will provide a different insight into team cultures and why it is always important to think outside of the box.

Salvatore Trimboli

Chief Technology Officer, E.L. & C. Baillieu Limited

A Senior Executive with more than 15 years of experience in evolving strategy, executing and leading technology governance across a range of businesses and industries on a local, regional and global base.

An acknowledged business technology leader with a network of contacts, a wealth of knowledge about utilising Information Technology to expand businesses and a growth focused leadership style.

Successful track record delivery of large transformation and disruptive change programmes from mid to large organisations across Logistics, Retail, Professional Services, Construction and Financial services industries.

Key areas:

• Digital, Innovation, Strategy and Analytics
• Product lean development and execution.
• Business process re-engineering; mergers; operations and analysis
• Governance, cyber and risk management

Specialising in the digital transformation, Salvatore is passionate about strategy, governance and operational excellence. A trusted executive business advisor.

Sam Hunt

Vice President - APAC, GitHub

Sam Hunt is GitHub’s VP for APAC. Sam leads a talented local team and is responsible for overseeing regional partnerships, community engagement, customer support and sales across the region.

Sam joined GitHub in 2015, bringing 18 years of local IT industry experience. He specialises in business efficiency applications with a focus on better collaboration. Prior to GitHub, Sam worked for organisations such as Progress Software, Alfresco, Intelledox, Hitachi Data Systems and Corporate Express, specialising in business solutions driving efficiency, transparency and cost reduction.

Felicity Nutter

MBA is Director IT - ANZ, US & Europe, Swisse Wellness

Felicity Nutter, MBA is Director IT – ANZ, US & Europe at Swisse Wellness, part of the H&H Group. Felicity’s career has spanned technology roles in Telecommunications, Government, Banking, Oil and Gas, Superannuation, Construction and international FMCG businesses. Her experience has been dominated by ERP integrations, receiving industry and vendor awards. In her current role Felicity leads the Technology function and the Global Project Management Office that she established. She is leading the Swisse Wellness global Dynamics implementation including ERP, CRM and Azure Lake with Power BI which has rolled out to 12 countries with different supply chain models, routes to market, multiple languages and currencies. She is currently involved in long-term strategic planning and implementation of technology projects for the parent H&H Group, including overarching planning, tracking and reporting of the initiatives, as well as leveraging the investment to support international growth to another 4 countries in 2020. She is also a member of the Sustainability Team. Felicity has twice been nominated for Businesswoman of the Year, served as a Director on the Rowing Victoria Board and is President of Melbourne Rowing Club where she is an active rower and coach.

Andrew Zeon

Solution Consulting Manager - ANZ, Dell Boomi

Andrew is Solution Consulting Manager, ANZ for Dell Boomi with over 15 years’ experience in enterprise software sales for large software vendors. Andrew has mainly been focused on selling integration, SOA, Business Process, Big Data, Analytics and IoT solutions for customers that range from large top tier customers to SMBs. Andrew directed at a technical level high value sales engagements with clients in government, banking & finance, telecommunications, logistics, manufacturing, retail and education both in Australia/NZ and Asia Pacific Japan. Now with Dell Boomi working as Solution Consulting Manager for Australia and New Zealand, he is helping customers transform from traditional on-premise solutions to adopting cloud technologies.

John Martin

Director of Strategy and Technology, Office of the CTO - APAC, NetApp

Martin is NetApp’s Director of Strategy and Technology, working as part of the Office of the CTO in APAC. Based in Sydney, John is responsible for developing and advocating NetApp’s solutions for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and large scale Data Lakes across the APAC region.

John is one of the driving forces behind NetApp’s continued expansion into hybrid cloud architectures and machine and deep learning and works closely with field sales, the channel and alliance technology partners to provide innovative solutions that solve customer business challenges.

While John is NetApp’s Hybrid Cloud and AI champion, he continues to provide technology insights and market intelligence to trends that impacts both NetApp and its customers.

Prior to his current role, John was NetApp’s ANZ’s principal technologist for over six years and has over 20 years’ experience working in the IT industry.

John joined NetApp in 2006 as a system engineer. Prior to this, he was a principal of GRID IT, where he built relationships with a variety of major storage vendors while also helping to start two storage-related businesses. At GRID IT, John was involved in senior pre-sales, consulting and training for Legato, Veritas, and StorageTek.

In his spare time, John enjoys singing, writing and cooking. He also spends time researching modernist and post-modernist philosophy, ancient history, renewable energy, social justice and global development.

Poorany Sitsabesan

Head of Cloud and Network Services, Harbour IT

Poorany is an experienced senior leader in the IT&T industry. She has held a range of roles in leading technical teams spanning delivery and operations and been responsible for setting technical strategy in line with business targets. Poorany is a results focused leader with a proven track record for implementing both operational and delivery efficiencies driving transformational and cultural change in private and government organisations. Poorany is passionate about technology and people and sees them both as key drivers in her commitment to strive for improvement and success. Poorany’s career has been predominantly in the infrastructure space of the IT and Telecommunication sector where she has risen to senior leadership roles from her early days as a Network Engineer for one of the biggest Telecommunications providers in Australia.

Her role prior to joining Harbour IT was managing a number of Infrastructure teams that executed the build, run and operation of the NBN internal infrastructure. This included the design and build of the underlying infrastructure being used to run and operate FTTC services being deployed across Australia.
Poorany has recently joined Harbour IT as part of the management team to drive the Harbour IT Infrastructure service strategy aligned with parent company Cannon and Cannon Business Services.

Ady Kalra

Engineering Practice Manager, BetEasy

An experienced leader with demonstrable people skills, technical knowledge, and passion for delivering world-class software. Leading a group of cross functional engineers to work closely with solution architects, product owners, delivery leads , VOC and other Engineering teams to ensure that the Engineering strategy aligns with the overall business vision.

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Wednesday, 8th May 2019 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Crown Towers Perth Great Eastern Highway Burswood WA Australia



Tuesday, 13th Aug 2019 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Hilton Sydney 488 George St Sydney NSW Australia



Wednesday, 20th Nov 2019 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre 1 Convention Centre Place South Wharf Melbourne VIC Australia

Sponsored by

  • Fujitsu
  • HPE
  • Harbour IT
  • Dell Boomi
  • Ring Central
  • Macquarie Cloud Services
  • Pluralsight
  • GitHub
  • Outsystems
  • LastPass
  • NetApp
  • Dell Technologies
  • Lenovo
  • GitHub
  • Macqaurie Cloud Services
  • Ring Central
  • MuleSoft
  • Dell Boomi
  • Pluralsight
  • Fujitsu
  • Cohesity
  • HPE
  • Talend
  • Targus
  • Cloudflare
  • Snowflake
  • Kryon Systems
  • Sunshine Coast Council
  • Dell Technologies
  • Cloudflare
  • Dell Technologies
  • LastPass

Who Should Attend

  • CIOs, IT Directors, GM IT, Heads of IT
  • CTOs , VPs
  • 2ICT, IT Managers