Advisory Board

The 2017 Industrial Internet Summit Advisory Board was comprised of individuals who develop, share and promote thought-leadership to drive awareness around the challenges and opportunities presented by the Industrial Internet of Things.


  • Dr Alex Bazin
    VP - Head of Internet of Things, Digital Technology Services Division, Global Delivery Group, Fujitsu

    Dr. Alex Bazin is Vice President – Head of Internet of Things (IoT), within Fujitsu’s Global Delivery organisation. In this role, he leads a global team of technology and market specialists who are responsible for the globalisation of the Fujitsu IoT portfolio. Alex and his team own and manage a set of standardised IoT offerings based on Fujitsu’s products and services that address the needs of Fujitsu’s global customers. His team also acts as a global ‘Centre of Excellence’ providing sales and delivery support to Fujitsu regions for IoT projects. He supports the strategic direction of Fujitsu’s IoT investments, channelling the ‘voice of the customer’ to internal and partner research and development programs. Alex is a frequent speaker and panellist at industry and customer events on the topics of new technologies and innovation.

  • David JC Cate
    Technology Innovation Manager, NAB
  • Stuart Corner
    Editor, Internet of Things Australia
  • Sudith Devan
    Vice President – Emerging Business, Telstra Software Group
  • Ronny Fehling
    Vice President - Head of Data-Driven Technologies & Advanced Analytics, Airbus Group

    Ronny Fehling is the Head of Data Driven Technologies at Airbus Group, leading the R&T Roadmaps at Group level. He also heads up the company’s Center of Competency for Advanced Data Analytics, creating a network of data analytics and machine learning with scientists and industry experts.

    Mr. Fehling cam to Airbus from Oracle, where he worked on database innovation, analytics, artificial intelligence, sensor networks and enterprise architecture. He received the Oracle Innovation Award in 2007 and 2013.

    Mr. Fehling holds a Patent in the area of Sensor Networks and published several papers. Born in Germany, Mr. Fehling lived in the Netherlands, Tanzania, Canada and the U.S.

    He undertook graduate coursework at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his masters in computer science from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.

  • Tom Fisher
    Regional Manager, IoT Cloud – APAC, Cisco
  • Dr Jens Goennemann
    Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre and Member, Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce

    Dr Jens Goennemann has extensive experience managing large advanced manufacturing operations in Australia and Europe. Until December 2015, he was based in Sydney as Managing Director with Airbus Group Australia Pacific and Airbus Helicopters. Prior to this role, Dr Goennemann held positions at Airbus Group and Daimler-Benz Aerospace in Germany. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Hamburg and a Bachelor of Business from Hamburg School of Business Administration.

  • Karen Lay-Brew
    President and Chair, Australian Business Software Industry Association (ABSIA)

    Karen is a Board Member and Corporate Advisor, and presently holds the positions of President and Chair of the Australian Business Software Industry Association (ABSIA) Board. She works closely with both Australian Government and the private sector. 

    Karen previously worked at Microsoft HQ in the USA as VP for delivering global software launches coordinating Marketing, Sales, Partners and Customer Service, and established Women in IT. She also served as the VP of Six Sigma and CIO for BHP Billiton Base Metals division where she implemented a world-wide Six Sigma Operational Excellence programme. As the CIO for Honeywell Asia-Pacific, she has worked across different cultures and geographies to successfully integrate the disparate IT organisations serving 14 different countries. 

    Karen has also consulted to various Government departments and SMEs. With over 35 years’ professional experience, Karen specialises in changing the culture of organisations and communities, and is an avid diversity champion on women’s challenges.

  • Keith McLean
    Director Manufacturing Flagship, CSIRO, Member, Industry 4.0 Taskforce

    Keith McLean has a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland where he developed expertise in oilfield microbiology, biofouling and bacterial surface interactions. Following spells in industry and postdoctoral fellowships in New Zealand and Australia he joined the surface chemistry group at CSIRO Molecular Science in 1996 working on surface modification and characterisation for ophthalmic and other polymeric biomaterials applications.

    He was a team member and project leader of the implantable contact lens project in the VisionCRC. This team designed a polymer, surface and surgical methods for an implantable contact lens application which is in phase 1 clinical trial. This team won the 2004 Royal Societies of Australia Eureka Award for Interdisciplinary Research and the 2009 CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement.

    He is currently the Research Theme Leader for Biomedical Materials in CSIRO Molecular and Health Technologies leading an 80 member team of polymer and surface chemists and biologists developing biomaterials for tissue engineering, stem cell propagation and implantable devices.

    Over the past several years he has had responsibility for the initiation, planning, development and management of multidisciplinary research projects in biomaterials within CSIRO and with external collaborators and clients. The Biomaterials team has delivered significant commercial impact through, for example, the development of a second-generation extended wear contact lens and the launch of several spin-off companies (PolyNovo Biomaterials; Polyactiva and Adventus Technologies). He is Program Leader of The Biomedical Polymers Program in the CRC for Polymers the aim of which is to develop novel materials for stem cell proliferation.

    He is the immediate Past President of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Inc. He has been a Keynote and Plenary Invited speaker at several international conferences.

  • Stephen Mellor
    Chief Technical Officer, Industrial Internet Consortium

    Stephen Mellor is the Chief Technical Officer for the Industrial Internet Consortium, where he directs the standards requirements and technology & security priorities for the Industrial Internet. In that role, he coordinates the activities of the several engineering, architecture, security and testbed working groups and teams. He also co-chairs both the Definitions, Taxonomy and Reference Architecture workgroup and the Use Cases workgroup for the NIST CPS PWG (National Institute for Standards and Technology Cyberphysical System Public Working Group).

  • Samantha Read
    CEO, Plastics & Chemicals Industry Association (PACIA)

    Ms Samantha Read is the Chief Executive Officer of the Plastics and Chemical Industries Association (PACIA). As an engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in a wide range of industries, she is acutely aware of the challenges facing manufacturing but could not imagine living in a country that does not make things.

    In January 2014, Ms Read was appointed Chief Executive Officer of PACIA, the voice of Australia’s chemistry industry. The industry is central to the economic success and social wellbeing of Australia, is the second largest manufacturing sector and provides essential building blocks for 109 of Australia’s 111 industry sectors. As the pre-eminent national body representing Australia's $40 billion chemistry industry, whose sectors directly employ more than 60,000 people, PACIA's members comprise a broad range of companies positioned across the entire value chain, from small family-owned companies and medium-sized enterprises, to leading national and multinational enterprises. As CEO, Ms Read provides industry leadership and advocacy to build and promote a vibrant market sector.

    Ms Read’s career in manufacturing and industry spans more than 25 years. Prior to joining PACIA, she was CEO at the Biofuels Association of Australia and has previously held senior executive and Board roles in the Australian automotive and steel industries, including as a former Director on the boards of GM Holden, General Motors Australia and the automotive industry’s peak body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. Ms Read’s career has been diverse with her time at Holden including roles in Corporate Affairs, Government Relations, Procurement and Quality. Her career began in BHP’s Research and Steel Divisions, working in roles including manufacturing, strategic technology planning and research, across a range of locations.

    Ms Read is a passionate advocate for a strong Australian manufacturing industry as vital to the long-term success of Australia’s economy, providing skilled jobs, driving investment and delivering innovation, new technology and research outcomes. She has contributed to numerous government and industry working groups, committees and Boards over the past 13 years, focused on policy to drive growth, investment and the sustainability of Australian manufacturing.

    Ms Read was a finalist in the 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.  She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) in Materials Engineering from Monash University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Dr Elena Sitnikova
    Critical Infrastructure Protection, Research Leader , Australian Centre for Cyber Security

    Elena is an academic and a research leader in the Critical Infrastructure (CI) protection research area within the Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).  Her main research interests are in cyber security in SCADA and Industrial Control Systems (ICS). Prior to joining UNSW, Elena worked at the University of South Australia (UniSA) leading cyber security research and was Program Director for Masters Cybersecurity program.  Prior to joining academia, she worked at the Motorola Australia Global Software Centre for 5 years developing software and managing projects to successful completions. 

    Elena is among the first Australians to be certified in CSSLP - Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional, issued by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2. From this she gained the knowledge and the concept of how to embed security into the software applications development process that she applies to her research and teaching specific courses within the Master of Cyber Security  programs at UNSW.

    Elena is an award winning academic, holding an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Team Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. She is an executive member of and a Champion for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) and a key member and a champion of the Australian Council of Deans for Information and Communications Technology (ACDICT).

  • Gavin Smith
    President Oceania Region, Bosch

    Gavin Smith joined Bosch Australia in 1990 following 10 years in various Information Technology roles at a number of well-known Multinationals in Australia and New Zealand. After a successful two years in Frankfurt as part of Bosch’s Original Equipment Sales team, Gavin held a number of senior leadership positions in the company’s Australian Automotive Components divisions including Regional President of the Powertrain Division from 2003 and Regional President of the Vehicle Safety Systems Division from 2008.

    In 2011, Gavin was promoted to the positon of President and Chairman of the local subsidiary Robert Bosch Australia.

    Gavin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Otago in New Zealand, and an MBA from Monash University in Melbourne.

    Amongst others, Gavin is also a Board Director of the Tasmanian technology company “The Yield”, Bosch’s first direct investment in the Internet of Things (IoT) for the agriculture sector. Most recently Gavin was appointed to the Prime Ministers Industry 4.0 task force, to chair the workgroup “Security of Networked Systems”.

  • Danielle Storey
    Chief Innovation Officer, Smarter Technology Solutions

    Danielle is a thought-leader in mobility, digital enterprise and connected systems.  She has a wealth of experience spanning multiple industry verticals in both public and private sector and possesses well-attuned business acumen.

    Unlike many technologists, Danielle seeks to understand the business motivations, operational processes and efficiencies sought,before offering technical solutions. It is this approach that protects the long term investments of our customers and ensures that solutions are fit for purpose and strategically aligned with organizational goals.

    As a well respected and authoritative figure in Mobility, IoT and business transformation technologies, Danielle offers a knowledgeable and proven approach to addressing the operational inefficiencies that businesses face as well as solving complex business process challenges.
    Danielle is a highly focused and driven individual with a demonstrated capacity to efficiently operate and manage successful innovative technology entities and her teams are known for their collaborative and quality approach to outcome delivery.

  • Professor Aleksandar Subic
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology, and, Member of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce

    Professor Aleksandar Subic currently holds the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Development) at Swinburne University of Technology. Prior to this appointment, Professor Subic was the Dean of Engineering and the Head of School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at RMIT University. He is internationally recognised for his research in engineering design and advanced manufacturing, having led numerous global R&D projects in collaboration with industry leading to important translational research outcomes and impact.

    Professor Subic hold positions on the Prime Ministers Industry 4.0 Taskforce, the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council leaders group, Deputy Chair of the National Aerospace and Aviation Industries Association, Director of Oceania Cybersecurity Centre, Director of SAE-A and on the Executive Committee of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). He served on the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) National Assessment Committee for Engineering and Environmental Sciences and on the research advisory panels of the Defence Materials Technology Centre and the European Engineering Research Council.

    Prof Subic is an honorary Professor of Tsinghua University, Tianjin University and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronatucis, and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia (IEAust), Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Fellow of the International Energy Federation (IEF).

  • Branka Vucetic
    Laureate Professor, School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Sydney

    Professor Branka Vucetic's work aims to develop theoretical framework and design principles for wireless communication systems. She is an internationally recognised expert in coding theory and its applications in wireless engineering.

    Professor Vucetic has held various research and academic positions in the UK, Yugoslavia and Australia, and since 1986 she has been with the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at Sydney University, where she is currently Laureate Professor and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Telecommunications.