• Nico Adams
    Director, Factory of the Future, Swinburne University of Technology

    Nico Adams recently joined Swinburne University of Technology as the Director of the Factory of the Future and as an Associate Professor. He supports Australian manufacturing companies in exploring and leveraging modern information technology, the Industrial Internet and Industry 4.0 to develop new products, services and business models.

    Prior to his appointment at Swinburne, Nico was the IMCRC Program Lead for Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation, as well as a senior research scientist and product manager in CSIRO’s Data61 business unit. Through these roles, Nico has developed a deep understanding how manufacturing companies think about the role of digital technologies in their businesses and how to formulate and implement strategies allowing manufacturing businesses to take advantage of digitisation. He holds degrees from the Universities of York and Oxford.

  • Rafael Amaral
    Principal Architect, Nukon

    Rafael is Nukon’s Principal Architect, who has over 12 years’ experience specialising in the development of solutions and strategic business initiatives, ensuring they align with the applications architecture within the IT landscape. His experience spans early solution road-mapping, through to blueprinting and the subsequent deployment of the processes and solutions that enable businesses to realise their desired business benefits.

    Rafael’s functional expertise spans the full supply chain spectrum and business intelligence, real-time data analytics across industries that include Mill Products (Wood and Steel), Fast Moving Consumer Goods (Food and Beverage), Electrical Appliance and Mining Processing.
    Rafael brings a strong combination of technical and customer facing skills to an engagement, with a proven record of delivering quality outcomes. Full hands on system build with programming knowledge.

  • Grant Anderson
    Group Chief Executive Officer, ANCA Pty Ltd

    Grant Anderson is the CEO of the ANCA Group, a world leading Australian manufacturer of machine tools, motion control systems and metal fabrication. The Company has three divisions;
    ANCA CNC Machines, ANCA Motion and Tinfish, with manufacturing operations in Thailand and Taiwan, and sales, service and application operations in the USA, UK, Germany, India and China.  ANCA has achieved market leadership through innovation and a commitment to research and development.

    The ANCA Group Head Office is in Melbourne, Australia and has over 1,000 staff worldwide, 450 of whom are based in Melbourne.  ANCA exports around 99% of its product and, under Grant’s leadership, the Group has tripled sales since his appointment in 2010.

    Grant has over 40 years’ experience in the design and manufacturing sectors.  This experience encompasses export driven growth at the level of executive, CEO and managing director for a number of public and private best practice international companies. 

    Grant is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, member of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council and a life member of the FAPM.  Grant enjoys sailing on weekends.

  • Glenn Bulloch
    Innovation Officer – Processing, Australian Country Choice

    Glenn Bulloch is a young Agri-food innovator who is collaboratively employed by industry and positioned within the Australian Country Choice supply chain to lead and facilitate design led thinking. As part of his current role Glenn participates in the Emerging Leader’s Young Agri-food innovators program, focused on delivering increased agility and value to Australian Agri-food companies.

    With a family history in meat processing Glenn is driven by the increasing ambiguity facing the red meat value chain. Glenn believes that this growing uncertainty has the ability to offer competitive advantage within the agri-food space through developing new business models that challenge the way in which value is delivered to consumers.

    A passion for the red meat value chain has allowed Glenn to undertake industry study tours to both North America and Europe developing an appreciation of international agri-food production.
    Glenn was able to continuing learning through applied knowledge in assisting with the commissioning of Northern Australian Beef Limited, a new state of the art red meat food processing facility located in Darwin, NT.

    Glenn holds a Bachelor of Rural Science from the University of New England, and is currently undertaking a graduate certificate in Technology and Innovation Management through the University of Queensland.

  • Steve Dowey
    Technology Manager, Suttons Tools

    Dr Dowey is the Technology Manager at Sutton Tools and a Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University working with the Australian Defence Materials Technology Centre. After serving in the Royal Air Force he gained a BEng and PhD from Hull University and worked with SCADA, PVD coating and associated equipment development for cutting tool and semi-conductor applications.

    His current projects include ‘Additive Manufactured Tooling’, ‘Tooling for Robotic Applications’ and applied ‘Industry IoT’ in collaboration with DMTC.

    Dr Dowey’s Industry 4.0 focus is on the ‘The Smart Enough Factory’, where the issues of legacy systems (cost), security and STEM skills are addressed to ensure the benefits of Industry 4.0 can reach the Australian SME.

  • Dr Bronwyn Evans
    Chief Executive Officer, Standards Australia

    Dr Bronwyn Evans is the CEO of Standards Australia, and Chair of MTPConnect (the Industry Growth Centre for Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals). She is also the Vice President (Finance) of the International Standards Organisation (ISO), a Director of the Australia-Japan Foundation, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Industry 4.0.

    She has over 30 years’ experience in the areas of standards development, medical devices, engineering education, and power generation.
    Dr Evans has previously held positions as an independent non-executive director of John Holland Limited, Chair of the Medical Technology Association of Australia Board, Chair of the National Board of the Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management, and a member of the Australian Government Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council.

    Dr Evans is an Honorary Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, an Honorary Fellow of University of Wollongong and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2014 and 2015 she was recognised as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers, and in 2016 was recognised as an AFR/ Westpac 100 Women of Influence.

    Dr Evans has a BE (Elec) and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wollongong in the field of industrial automation.

  • Jason Furness
    Chief Executive Officer , Manufacturship

    Manufacturship is an agile consulting practice that mentors, trains and advises senior and emerging leaders in production based businesses to create rapid and sustainable performance improvements.

    Jason’s driving passion is to see organisations execute projects and production on or ahead of time, every time, all of the time to become world class manufacturers. To this end he is the co-author of the recently released book ‘Manufacturing Money – How CEOs rapidly lift profits in Manufacturing’.
    His background is in leading complex engineering change management and improvement programs with cross-organisational project teams.

    Jason started his career at Holden in the late 1980’s. He led turnaround programs in a number of roles within Holden, including running the largest grey iron foundry in the southern hemisphere. A team of 400 people produced over 3000 engine blocks a day and set new records in productivity, quality, and on time delivery.
    Jason’s major achievement at Holden was leading the building of their current $200m engine plant with a consortium of Japanese companies, the US product designers and the local Australian team.

    Prior to starting manufacturship he was the General Manager of the $247m Electrolux Refrigeration Factory in Orange. The business employs 600 people producing over 320,000 fridges a year for Australian and overseas markets.

  • Professor Dimitrios Georgakopoulos
    Director, Key IoT Lab, Swinburne University of Technology

    Prof. Dimitrios Georgakopoulos is the Director of Key Lab for IoT at the Digital Innovation Platform of Swinburne University of Technology. Before that, he was a Research Director at CSIRO's ICT Centre and led the Information Engineering Laboratory, which was the largest Computer Science research program in Australia. Prior to joining CSIRO, he held research and management positions in Telcordia Technologies (where I helped found two of its Research Centers in Austin, Texas, and Poznan, Poland); Microelectronics and Computer Corporation in Austin, Texas; GTE (currently Verizon) Laboratories in Boston, Massachusetts; and Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) in Piscataway, New Jersey. He was also Professor at RMIT University, and currently holds Adjunct Fellow and Professor Appointments at CSIRO and the Australian National University, respectively.

    Dimitrios have authored 170+ publications in computer science that include seminal papers in the areas of the Internet of Things (IoT), Service Computing, and Workflow Management. According to Google Scholar, he has more than 12,500 lifetime citations. He received numerus awards, that include outstanding paper awards from the IEEE Computer Society, GTE’s (Verizon’s) Excellence Award, 4 ACT iAwards, and a divisional innovation award from CSIRO’s Plant Industry. Dimitrios’ industrially-focused research and related commercialization outcomes has attracted more then $37M of research funding from DARPA and ARDA in the USA, the Framework Program in the EU, the Depts of Human Services and Industry in Australia, as well as many other industry sources.

  • Mark Goodsell
    Executive Director, Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council

    Mark Goodsell is Executive Director of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, now part of Australian Industry Group where he is national manufacturing lead.

    Mark has a long career with Ai Group representing the interests of manufacturing industry across all the policy areas at state and federal level that are important to the industry, including innovation policy, skills, employment and economic  regulation, public procurement, infrastructure and trade.

    He is a member of the NSW Skills Board, Safe Work Australia and Chair of the NSW Industry Capability Network.

    Mark holds degree qualifications in law and economics.

  • Rajeev Goyal
    Digital Transformation Director – Asia Pacific, Honeywell Process Solutions

    Rajeev is a digital transformation specialist with over 28 years of global experience with companies including Honeywell, IBM, Baker Hughes, GE, British Gas, Enron Oil & Gas, Jubilant and ONGC. Rajeev’s deep domain knowledge enables him to serve clients in various industries including Oil & Gas (upstream, midstream, downstream), Mining, Chemical, Process and Pulp & Paper.

    Rajeev regularly conducts POV / RAPID workshops with customers on the focus areas of Smart Operations, Digital Transformation, Business Performance Improvement, Enterprise Asset Management, Operational Efficiency Optimisation, HSE and Supply Chain Optimisation. These workshops are key in defining the high level business value (impacting revenue & cost) of digital transformation from the client’s point of view while also keeping techno-commercial business needs at the forefront of discussions. 

    Rajeev holds a Masters of Management from IIT Bombay, a Bachelor of Technology (Mech. Eng.) and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Integrated Operations. Rajeev is currently based at Honeywell’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • David Hart
    Chief Executive Officer, Dematec Automation

    David Hart is the CEO of Dematec Automation. He studied Electrical Engineering before commencing his career with a special purpose machine builder for the manufacturing industry.

    David has since spent nearly twenty years in automation companies in roles progressing from system engineering and design, through to project management, and more recently in business management.

    David is intimately aware of the challenges that SME’s face, having spent his entire career both working in SME’s and delivering projects and services to SME’s

  • Christopher Janssen
    Managing Director, GPC Electronics

    Christopher Janssen founded GPC Electronics in 1985 after starting his career in Medicine. Over thirty years of operations, the global and local environments for electronics manufacturing has changed quickly and frequently.

    The company has continued to adapt to these changes, and continues to be at the forefront of developments.
    GPC Electronics is a Sydney headquartered Electronics Manufacturing Services company. It started in Sydney in the mid 1980s and rapidly grew with global customers as a contract manufacturing company. In the early 2000s the company set up operations in Christchurch, New Zealand and Shenzhen, China.

    The company continues with global customers in sectors such as Industrial Electronics, Medical Electronics, Automotive Electronics, Fintech, Communications and others, exporting into Canada, USA, Mexico, Europe and China.
    In a global competitive industry, GPC Electronics continues to innovate and invest in its processes and systems to stay ahead of its competitors.


  • Dr Sue Keay
    Chief Operating Officer, ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology

    Dr Keay is an experienced R&D leader with a focus on disruptive technologies. Sue runs the world's first robotic vision research centre at QUT. Her background in commercialisation has helped successfully bridge the gap between ideas and implementation.

    With a PhD in Earth Sciences, Sue escaped the lab to move into research management and commercialisation where she has demonstrated national leadership, directing and ensuring impact from multidisciplinary R&D programs. These spanned engineering, physical and social sciences.

    A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she serves on the Board of the CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction. Passionate about the development of the robotics and computer vision industries in Australia, she is leading the development of a roadmap to demonstrate existing capability and future opportunities for Australia to develop these disruptive technologies.

  • Reed Leighton
    Chief Executive Officer, Leighton O’Brien

    Reed Leighton is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Leighton O’Brien, responsible for leading the organisation’s global operations and strategic direction.

    He began his career at Shell Australia where he was responsible for the management of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) for Shell’s Australian retail and distribution network.

    Recognising a need for the better management of storage and wetstock tank management through outsourcing, Reed joined with Shell colleague, Steve O’Brien, to form Leighton O’Brien in 1995.

  • Charlie Macdonald
    Chief Information Officer , Schenker Australia

    Charlie is the CIO of DB Schenker Australia and New Zealand – DB Schenker is a global leader in Air & Ocean Freight and Logistics services. He has over 25 years’ experience in Transport and Logistics based in Europe & Asia. Prior to joining DBS Charlie was the Industry Executive for Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics at Telstra where he published a number of research papers including in 2015 “The Personal Chain” a study on how consumer focused digital retail is disrupting supply chains.

    Charlie was previously the Chair of the ICT Executive committee of the Australian Logistics Council.

  • Lisa McAuley
    Chief Executive Officer, Global Trade Professionals Alliance

    Lisa McAuley, Chief Executive Officer of the Export Council of Australia (ECA), has worked in international trade for over 12 years. Lisa’s current term as CEO for the last 4 years has seen the organisation focus on ground-breaking research and advocacy projects that place the global competitiveness of Australian SMEs at the heart of all the ECA’s projects.

    Lisa’s passion for international trade and respected voice in the industry puts her on the AmCham Trade Advisory Group and the Board of Yuluma Holdings.
    In the last four years alone Lisa has passionately overseen the development of the ECA leading research and product development initiatives that have benefited Australian companies engaged in International Business.

    Prior to joining the ECA, Lisa worked in various Financial Services companies both in London and Australia in marketing and communications and business development roles.

  • Tania Montesin
    Regional Manufacturing Operations Manager, Asahi Beverages

    Tania Montesin is an experienced operations manager with more than two decades' experience in building and managing large, high-volume end-to-end Supply Chain Management and Manufacture of fast-moving consumer goods.

    Apart from the management of the region, she is currently working with the leadership team on asset procurement, planning and deployment of Industrie 4 initiatives to improve efficiency, consistency and profitability of manufacturing across the region.

    Her interest and speciality is in the investigation and predictive analysis of business improvement initiatives and automation with an emphasis on viewing the customer value chain and manufacturing supply chain as a whole. This is complemented by projection, assessment and definition of required workforce skills, conducting gap analysis and planning to meet future skill needs by training existing staff and recruiting appropriate additional skills.

  • Derek Munn
    Innovation and Technology Manager, CSR Bradford

    Derek Munn has held various roles at CSR, among these, Innovation and Technology manager, and Technical manager. Formerly, he was Operations Manager and Engineering Manager at Edmond Pty Ltd. He has also worked as Manufacturing Engineer at Cochlear.

    He holds a Masters of Engineering Management specialising in New Product Design from the University of Technology (Sydney), and a Bachelor of Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. 

  • Surya Nepal
    Principal Research Scientist , CSIRO Data61

    Dr Surya Nepal is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Data61 and leads a distributed systems security research group with 10 staff and over 30 PhD students. His main research interest is in the development and implementation of technologies in the area of distributed systems and social networks, with a specific focus on security, privacy and trust. He obtained his BE from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Surat, India; ME from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand; and PhD from RMIT University, Australia.

    He has more than 170 peer-reviewed publications to his credit; his papers are published in international journals such as IEEE Trans. Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Trans. on Service Computing, ACM Trans. on Internet Technologies, and IEEE Trans. on Computers. He has co-edited three books including security, privacy and trust in cloud systems by Springer. He currently serves as an associate editor in an editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Service Computing.

  • Dr Ian Oppermann
    Chief Executive Officer, NSW Data Analytics Centre, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

    Dr Ian Oppermann is CEO and Chief Data Scientist of the NSW Data Analytics Centre.  Prior to this, he was the founding Director of CSIRO’s Digital Productivity and Services Flagship, and Director of CSIRO’s ICT Centre, the unit responsible for addressing major scientific challenges in wireless communications, robotics, information theory, environmental sensing and eHealth. Before that, he held senior leadership positions in Europe and Australia, including at Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks.

    Dr Oppermann is regarded a thought leader in Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband-enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to six books and co-authored more than 120 papers that have been cited over 3200 times. 

    Dr Oppermann has an MBA from the University of London and a PhD in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Institute of Engineers Australia. He is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Stephen JK Parker
    Assistant Professor , UBSS

    Among his roles, Stephen JK Parker is an Assistant Professor at UBSS where he lectures on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Commercialisation.  He has written several books in the area of digital transformation including: The Internet of Things from the Directors Perspective, Offering a Cloud Solution and Buying a Cloud Solution, and Planning for ERP in the Cloud.

    In a chairing and MC capacity, he has moderated industry forums involving cloud security, digital transformation, the internet of things, and business transformation. His credentials incorporate:

    • Postnomicals: GAICD, MACS (Snr) CP
    • Member of CompTIA’s global training Faculty.

  • Dr Leon Prentice
    Research Program Director, CSIRO

    Dr Leon Prentice leads the Materials and Processes research group at CSIRO Manufacturing – within the High-Performance Metal Industries research program. His group includes CSIRO’s metal powder processes, from extractive metallurgy, through powder modification, and the range of additive manufacturing capabilities within the ‘Lab22 Innovation Centre’. The group focuses on research and collaboration with local and international industry partners. 

  • Matt Pyke
    Project Engineer, Asahi 4.0, Asahi Beverages

    Matt developed a passion for manufacturing during a 12 month internship at GM Holden working in the Quality Engineering team. Matt then graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) – Mechanical and Automotive. Immediately upon graduating, Matt was hired as the manufacturing graduate in the 2016 Asahi Beverages graduate program, where he completed rotations through the operations and technical services teams.

    Following a number of successful CI, Matt was then offered the opportunity to work full time on Asahi 4.0 – Asahi’s strategy to implement principles of Industry 4.0 across the value chain. Jumping at this opportunity, Matt has been working across all functions of the business to develop the Asahi 4.0 framework and strategy, and manage 4.0 focussed projects.

  • Göran Roos
    Member, Economic Development Board of South Australia

    Göran Roos is a member of the Economic Development Board of South Australia, the advisory board for Investment Attraction South Australia, METS Ignited Australia Limited’s Innovation Advisory Council (MIAC), an Invited Chair of CSIRO Manufacturing Business Unit Advisory Committee and a strategic Advisor to Defence SA and the Defence SA Advisory Board.

    He is a Stretton Fellow appointed by the City of Playford at University of Adelaide; Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney Business School; Visiting Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai. Göran is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

  • Siamak Tafavough
    Lead Data Scientist, Coca Cola Amatil

    Experienced Data Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the finance, food & beverages and health care industry. Skilled in Leading Advanced Analytics projects, designing and structuring framework around machine learning and advanced analytics stream. Strong research professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Machine Learning from University of Technology, Sydney.

  • Matt Tett
    Chair, Cybersecurity & Network Resilience IoTA, Managing Director, Enex TestLab

    Matt Tett is the Managing Director of Enex TestLab (www.testlab.com.au), an independent ISO17025 accredited testing laboratory with over 28 years history, ISO 9001 certification and a University heritage.

    Matt is well known globally across industry and government as a highly technical straight shooter. Effectively translating complex technology to the lay-person. His organisations objective is using science to keep tech vendors honest by rigorously testing their product claims and ensuring consumer requirements are met.
    Matt is the chair of IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) Work Stream 5 – Cyber Security and Network Resilience. He also serves on the Communications Alliance Cyber Security Reference Panel (CSRP), the Internet Australia Cyber Security SIG, and is a member of the research advisory committee for the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory at Federation University.

    Matt has a deep technical background in network and security systems and he holds the following security certifications in good standing for 10+ years: CISSP, CISM, CSEPS and CISA. He holds Government and Police Contractor security clearances.

  • Damian Trubiano
    Country Manager, Advantech

    Advantech is devoted to IoT development and helping businesses adjust their strategies to be up-to-date with recent Industry 4.0 trends. With over 30 years of experience specializing in providing innovative embedded and automation products and solutions, Advantech is always striving to create more value for our partners and customers alike.

    Damian has over 10 years of experience in leading and managing the Industrial Automation team at Advantech. He currently heads the Advantech Australia team with a keen focus on delivering industrial IoT solutions and the development of partner eco-systems to facilitate growth and adoption of applications.
    With extensive experience and skills in managing various sales teams including distributors, channel partners and field account executives, Damian is passionate about creating value though industrial IoT for customers.

  • Shaun Westcott
    Chief Executive Officer, HMPS

    Shaun Westcott is an experienced CEO and has developed and implemented strategies for growth across both commercial and operational roles. He brings a wealth of experience in leadership and developing multi-disciplined business and project teams. Shaun has utilised significant interpersonal and business skills to achieve outstanding performance to meet business objectives.

    His past roles have included senior management and executive positions in renewable energy, forestry, mining and beverage manufacturing. He has a keen understanding of lean manufacturing and developing an integrated value chain.

  • Kevin Worrell
    Project Lead, Industrie 4.0, Dulux ANZ

    Kevin has been a Freelance Client-side Project Manager/Director for the last 35 years.

    Originally qualified as an Architect, he was drawn to Project Management of complex Engineering Projects early in his career. The relocation of the Albion Explosives Factory to Mulwala NSW, being one notable example.
    His signature approach to Projects is to Build Strong Diverse Teams. He likes to explore all aspects of the Project for innovative answers to complex problems which will produce th Best Outcomes for his Clients. These can include but are not limited to Technical, Innovation, Contractual Delivery and new Procurement Models.
    He enjoys being close to the coal face, working closely with his team and the client, his enthusiasm and accessibility ensure that both understand his commitment to them and their joint goals.

    His current role is Project Director of the Dulux Project Honeyeater $165mil water based paint making facility in the north of Melbourne.

  • Frank Zeichner
    Chief Executive Officer, IoT Alliance Australia

    As co-founder of the IoT Alliance Australia, Frank drove the establishment of the Alliance, enlisting and engaging stakeholders across a wide spectrum.

    Frank has worked in the telecommunications industry, in Australia and overseas, for the last 33 years.

    Frank is a member of the Knowledge Economy Institute, based at UTS, the Australian Computer Society Data Taskforce, runs the Digital Technology Advisory, Creator Tech, and is an active member of the board of Telsoc.