Hudson Hollister

Executive Director, Data Coalition, President, Data Foundation (USA)

Hudson Hollister is the founder and Executive Director of the Data Coalition, a U.S. trade association representing technology and consulting firms supporting open data in government. The Data Coalition is the main advocacy group for the implementation of the DATA Act of 2014, transforming the U.S. federal government's spending information into standardized, open data. The Data Coalition also supports data standards to transform regulatory compliance, legislative mandates, and the whole landscape of government information.
Hudson is also the founder of the Data Foundation, a nonprofit think tank seeking to define an open future for both government and private-sector data. The Data Foundation is responsible for the leading research on open data in federal spending and in regulatory compliance. The Data Foundation hosts the largest annual open data conference in the United States.
Prior to founding the Data Coalition and the Data Foundation, Hudson served as counsel to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives and as an attorney fellow in the Office of Interactive Disclosure at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Before his government service, he was a securities litigator in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins LLP.
Hudson earned a law degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in political science and communications from the University of St. Francis.

Dr Maria Milosavljevic

Government Chief Information Security Officer (GCISO), NSW Government

Dr Maria Milosavljevic is the new, and very first, chief information security officer at the NSW government. Dr Milosavljevic has moved across after a two-year stint as chief innovation officer and CISO at AUSTRAC.
Dr Milosavljevic works across the NSW government and consult with industry leaders and research groups, as well as Commonwealth, state and overseas governments to ensure a collaborative approach to cyber security.
She develops standards with NSW government agencies to streamline their approach to cyber security.
Join Maria in the Secure Government stream, as she shares her experiences dealing with recent global attacks and implementation of different cyber resilience strategies.


Charles McHardie

Acting Chief Information Officer, Department of Human Services

Charles McHardie is currently the Acting Chief Information Officer of the Department of Human Services.
He is responsible for the delivery of ICT supporting the department’s Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support programmes as well as managing a large portfolio of ICT projects for social services and health programmes.
Charles is a highly experienced public service and military professional with more than thirty years of knowledge in managing complex operational and ICT environments.
Charles joined the Department of Human Services in April 2015 as the Chief Technology Officer, setting the strategic and architectural direction for technology within the CIO Group. Business and ICT transformation activities were aligned through the execution of the DHS Technology Plan, supported by the establishment of the Technology Innovation Centre.
Prior to joining the Australian Public Service, Charles enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the Royal Australian Navy, retiring in April 2015 after 30 years of service alternating between ICT, Intelligence positions and operational postings.
Charles was deployed three times to the Middle East in Australia’s contribution to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as well as operations in East Timor.
Charles was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011 for services to Naval Warfare and awarded a commendation for distinguished service in 2014 for his Command of Combined Task Force 150, responsible for Coalition Maritime Counter Terrorism Operations based in Bahrain.
He holds a Master of Science (Information Technology) from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Systems Engineering from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) from Deakin University. He is married to Terrie, has two daughters and resides in Canberra.

Charlotte Wood

A/Director, Cyber Security Operations, NSW Government Chief Information Security Officer

Charlotte is responsible for delivering programs that aim to increase cyber security preparedness, improving the ability to recover after a cyber incident, and uplifting cyber security culture across NSW Government.
Previously, Charlotte was the Manager of Cybercrime Intelligence at the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission working with the Australian Cyber Security Centre and led Australia’s whole-of-government cybercrime threat picture.

Commander David McLean

Manager Cybercrime Operations, Australian Federal Police

David is the Manager Cybercrime Operations within the Australian Federal Police Organised Crime and Cyber portfolio. David is responsible for the investigation of significant criminal acts which may compromise computer systems relied upon by the Australian critical infrastructure community or information systems of national and international significance.

Prof. Jill Slay AM

La Trobe Optus Chair of Cyber Security, La Trobe University

In her new role at La Trobe, Jill will provide leadership of the Cyber domain at the University and foster excellence in teaching and high-impact research across the University. Previously Jill was Director of the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at UNSW.  She is a Fellow of the ACS and the Director of Cyber Resilience Initiatives for the ACS.

In the last 10 years, Professor Slay has published a book and more than 120 refereed book chapters, journal articles or research papers on information assurance, critical infrastructure protection, security and forensic computing.

Rachael Falk

CEO, Cyber Security Research Centre

Rachael is the newly appointed CEO of the Australian Cyber Security Research Centre (CSRC). CSRC is part of the government’s CRC program, intended to foster collaboration between researchers and industry.
Rachael comes to CSRC with a strong commercial and cyber security background having practiced as a lawyer for 15 years both in law firms but also in-house at Telstra where she became Telstra’s General Manager of Cyber Influence. More recently, she has been a cyber security consultant.


Adam Cooper

Chief Architect, ID2020 ; Consultant ID4D, World Bank Group ; Chief Architect, UK Verify ; Technical Architect, Government Digital Service (UK)

Adam Cooper is an independent identity standards expert who has most recently worked within Government Digital Service, part of the UK Cabinet Office. 
Responsible for the overall technical architecture of the UK eID service, GOV.UK Verify, Adam is also an expert contributor to the eIDAS Regulation regarding cross-border eID in the European Union, and champions international standards with bodies such as OASIS, BSI, ISO, OpenID Foundation, FIDO Alliance, the Biometrics Institute, and the W3C.


Prof. Toby Walsh

Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of New South Wales

Toby Walsh is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW Sydney. He has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He has won several other awards including the NSW Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT and the Humboldt Research Award. His book, “It’s Alive: AI from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots” was published in July 2017 by Black Inc.

Toby is a leading voice in the discussion around the societal impact of AI, and is a passionate advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve, not hurt, our lives. He was behind two open letters, one signed by thousands of AI researchers and the other by more than one hundred founders of AI and robotics companies calling upon the UN to take action on lethal autonomous weapons (aka “killer robots”). He has subsequently spoken on the topic at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva. His twitter account @TobyWalsh was voted one of the top ten to keep abreast of developments in AI. You can read more at his blog, thefutureofai.blogspot.com.
Toby Walsh has authored a paper, The AI Revolution, as part of the NSW Department of Education’s Education: Future Frontiers Occasional Papers Series.


Steve O'Neill

Director EDW / Hadoop, Data Warehouse, Intelligence, Identity & Biometrics Systems Branch, Information & Communications Technology Division, Department of Home Affairs

Steven O'Neill began his career as a DBA and has about 20 years' experience specialising in Oracle and SQL Server. He started working with Hadoop, using Hortonworks HDP, three years ago and in that time has overseen the implementation of multiple projects involving data archiving, image storage and text indexing. Steven's current projects focus on analytic workloads, graph storage and analysis, and improvements to streaming ingestion of data into both Hadoop and the Department's Teradata Enterprise Data Warehouse.

Helaine Leggat

Principal Lawyer, Sladen Legal

Helaine Leggat is one of a few people in the world to hold a bachelor of law degree together with CISSP, CISM, CIPP/US and CIPT Credentials. Helaine has specialised in information (cyber) law, information security, information governance and information privacy since 2000 and has provided services to public and private sector organisations globally across all sectors.

Her current energies are directed at establishing recognition of new norms in Cyberspace, including the adoption of active defence and the development of international law and ethics in support of a continuing rules-based global order. We have invited Helaine to speak as a non-government representative due to her specialisation in decentralised ledger technology regulation.

Jamie Norton

CSIO, Australian Taxation Office

Jamie has been named the ATO’s new CISO and information and cyber security assistant commissioner. At ATO he will now have responsibility for protecting the systems and integrity of data at one of Australia's largest public-sector agencies. Prior to joining ATO, Jamie was at NEC. , and Tenable Network Security’s ANZ regional manager, national manager of Check Point Software and had been a CISO of the World Health Organisation.

Dr. Nalin Asanka Gamagedara Arachchilage

Lecturer in Cyber Security, Australian Centre for Cyber Security

Nalin is a Lecturer in Cyber Security at the  Australian Centre for Cyber Security  (ACCS) and School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT) at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy) and leads the  OzUSec  (Australian Usable Security) research group. 

Amy Roberts

Assistant Director, Learning and Development, Australian Cyber Security Centre

Amy manages Women in Cyber initiatives at the Australian Cyber Security Centre.  Prior to her recent new role as L&D Coordinator,  Amy was an Adviser in the Cyber Security Policy Division, at Department of Home Affairs, and is enjoying being part of the Australian  Cyber Security Centre. She  coordinated  the Women in Cyber Program and the Cyber Security Challenge Australia, a national tertiary ‘hacking’ competition run by an alliance of Australian Government, business and academic professionals to identify the next generation of cyber talent. Prior to her current role, Amy managed the national Stay Smart Online cyber security awareness program, and is a chapter lead for the Australian Women in Security Network. Amy specialises in working with partners, and has a long history of bringing great people together to make magic happen. 

Carmel Ali

General Manager, Information and Safety and Chief Security Officer, Department of Internal Affairs (NZ)

Carmel is the General Manager, Information and Safety and Chief Security Officer for New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs. She holds overall leadership responsibility for all aspects of protective security along with setting DIA’ strategy in the areas of information, security, privacy, resilience, recovery, and health and safety.
Throughout her career Carmel has driven change in the private and public sector. In her current role there has been a shift in focus from a compliance approach to an educator approach. This has enabled increases in maturity across security and information management and resulted in a greater understanding of how to keep the Department’s people, information and assets safe. 

Avi Shavit

Strategic Adviser Cyber Security, Israeli Innovation Authority, Ministry of Economy (Israel)

Avi has extensive experience in mentoring hi-tech companies from cradle to success. He is member of a task force appointed by the Israeli Prime Minister to suggest the Israeli roadmap in cyber warfare.  As the Strategic Advisor in Cyber Security for the Israeli Innovation Authority, Avi managed programs with a budget of $50 Million dollars for R&D cyber activities.
Avi professional experience commenced during his military service, where he managed complex and novel projects, in the field of command and control systems receiving recognition of the highest rank of Israeli Security Reward given by the Israeli President. Back in the civil life, Avi was a CEO of a software company, and later made a shift to investment banking, holding the CTO position of a venture fund.
Over the years Avi developed a method of taking an idea, mentoring the young generation who has brilliant technological ideas, and bringing the company success at the business level

Richard Addiscott

Chief Security Officer, Silver Chain Group

Richard’s IT career spans 15 years and took up the role of Chief Security Officer for the Silver Chain Group in June 2018. Prior to joining Silver Chain, Richard led Curtin University’s information security team for three years and before that was a Principal Consultant with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence delivering GRC services across Australia.
Richard has also held senior IT leadership roles supporting some of Australia's most secure IT environments inside the National Security Community and was a Technical Advisor to Australia’s first National Security Chief Information Officer. 
Richard's passion and primary focus is developing business-aligned, risk appropriate information security capabilities to assist organisations generate and sustain value in today's rapidly transforming digital business environments.

Karen Lay-Brew

President & Chair, Australian Business Software Industry Association (ABSIA)


With over 30 years of experience at board level and C-Level executive leadership in multi-national corporations such as Microsoft, Eaton, Honeywell, BHP, and Caltex, plus working with government partner boards for the ATO and ABR/SBR – Karen has a wealth of experience and direction to add to the Technology in Government Summit.

Karen is no stranger to the Summit, having chaired the Technology in Government Summit back in 2017 – leading strong conversations into the future of emerging technology and its implementation within government.

Now, Karen is the President and Chair for the Australian Business Software Industry Association (ABSIA). ABSIA represents all stakeholders in the digital community, to be the voice of the Australian Digital Service Providers in driving policy and implementation with the Government. Focus areas are Australian Digital Agenda, Whole-of-Government efforts and advocating for a thriving software and technology industry.

Adam P. Henry

Australian co-lead, Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance

Adam is a cybersecurity education, skills and workforce development expert and researcher. Adam is an Adjunct Lecturer at the UNSW Canberra Cyber and Australian co-lead for the Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance (CWA). Adam will be presenting on Closing the cyber security skill gap.

Victoria Richardson

Chief Strategy Officer, Australian Payments Network

Victoria has been working with payment and identity technologies for over 20 years. She has advised a range of organisations, from start-ups to major banks, on the business implications of emerging payment and identity technologies. She is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at Australian Payments Network Limited.
Australian Payments Network (AusPayNet) is the self-regulatory body set up by the payments industry to improve the safety, reliability, equity, convenience and efficiency of the Australian payments system. A key part of Victoria’s role involves shaping the future direction of the payments industry through her work with the Australian Payments Council, for which AusPayNet provides subject matter expertise and secretariat support.

The Australian Payments Council is the strategic coordination body for the Australian payments industry. It engages directly with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Payments Systems Board.

Tobias Freakin

Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Tobias is Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs. He leads Australia’s whole-of-government international engagement to advance and protect Australia’s national security, foreign policy, economic and trade interests, and development interests in the Internet and in cyberspace.
Ambassador Feakin was a member of the Independent Panel of Experts that supported the Australian Cyber Security Review to produce Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. He was the Director of National Security Programs at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute from 2012 to 2016 and established the Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre.
He has also held a number of research and advisory positions, including with the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, the Oxford University Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre, the Global Commission on Internet Governance and the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.


Cindy Nicholson

Director, Strategic Accounts Digital Innovation, Opotus

Ms. Nicholson is an Advisory Board Member to the Australian Digital Currency Association (ADCA); a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society (MACS Snr), and a certified Executive Coach recognised by the International Coach Federation (ICF)


Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Distinguished Expert in Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence, Ryerson University & Three-Term Commissioner, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (CANADA)

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. She is presently the Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University. Dr. Cavoukian is also a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University, and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. There she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an international standard. Since then, PbD has been translated into 40 languages.

Dr. Cavoukian is the author of two books, “The Privacy Payoff: How Successful Businesses Build Customer Trust” with Tyler Hamilton and “Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World” with Don Tapscott. She has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership in privacy, including being named as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada, named among the Top 10 Women in Data Security and Privacy, named as one of the ‘Power 50’ by Canadian Business, named as one of the Top 100 Leaders in Identity, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding work on creating Privacy by Design and taking it global (May, 2017), named as one of the 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders, (November, 2017), and most recently, was named among the Top Women in Tech.


David Oakley

Vice President Australia & New Zealand, ServiceNow

David Oakley joined ServiceNow in July 2013 and currently serves as Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this, Oakley served at Oracle from 2008 to 2013 as Sales Director and then Vice President – Middleware. From 2001 to 2008 he held sales roles with Rational Software, IBM and BEA. Oakley holds an MBA (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management.


Dr Steve Hodgkinson

CIO, Department of Human Services

Steve is the department CIO and Director of the Business Technology & Information Management branch.
He was awarded Australian State & Local Government CIO of the Year in the 2017 ITNews Benchmark Awards and was ranked #7 in the IDG CIO50 list of the top CIOs in Australia in 2017.
Steve is a member of the Victorian Government’s Cybersecurity Strategy Group and chairs the CenITex Cybersecurity Customer Group.
He was previously Chief Analyst Public Sector for the UK–based research & advisory firm Ovum for 8 years. Prior to this he was Director eGovernment Strategy & Policy and Deputy CIO for the Victorian State Government in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
His earlier career includes founding and selling an eCommerce start-up and a range of consulting and executive roles in the government and utilities sectors in Europe and Australasia.
He has a doctorate in Management Studies from the University of Oxford and a First Class Honours Degree in Information Systems from the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Steve actively publishes thought leadership articles and promotes the department’s ICT achievements on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevehodgkinson/

Karen Astley

Vice President - Asia Pacific, Appian

Karen Astley leads Appian’s Asia Pacific operations, responsible for customer success throughout the region.

Karen joined Appian in 2011 to open the Asia-Pacific practice and has expanded the client base across a range of industries. Karen is passionate about the benefits that BPM brings to organisations and has 15 years of senior management experience at Pegasystems and Lombardi (now IBM).

Karen has extensive knowledge of client implementations, having managed both pre-and post-sale consulting teams


Katryna Dow

Founder & CEO, Meeco

Katryna Dow  is the founder and CEO of  Meeco ; a personal data platform that enables people to securely exchange data with the people and organisations they trust. Katryna has been pioneering personal data rights since 2012, when she envisioned a time when personal sovereignty, identity and contextual privacy would be as important as being connected. Now distributed ledger, personal clouds, mobile technology, AI, Internet-of-Things and regulation such as the GDPR and Open Banking have converged to make  Meeco  both possible and necessary. She speaks globally on privacy and data innovation and currently serves on two IEEE standards working groups; Co-Chair for the Personal Data and Privacy Committee, part of the Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems, and Chair for the new P7006 - Standard for Personal Data Artificial Intelligence (AI) Agent. Katryna is also the co-author/co-architect of Meeco’s distributed ledger solution and White Paper on Zero Knowledge Proofs, due for publication in May 2018.


Rupert Taylor Price

Founder & CEO, Vault

Rupert Taylor-Price founded Vault Systems in 2012, driven by his strong desire to improve citizen’s lives through government. Australian-owned and operated Vault Systems is dedicated to providing cloud services to the Australian Government and its partners with an emphasis on security.
In March 2017, Vault Systems became one of the first two cloud service providers to be granted the Protected level of certification from the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), allowing Vault Systems to store highly classified government information. Vault Systems has created one of the world’s most secure clouds, with many large Government agencies already procuring Vault’s services, including the Digital Transformation Agency, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Employment, the Department of Health, the Department of Social Services and the Department of Defence.
Rupert’s has a long history of handling sensitive data, stemming from his eight years as Chief Executive Officer at JN Solutions. At JN Solutions, Rupert developed a world-leading Software-as-a-Service Information Management Platform for the Australian Government which provided extensive services to the community services sector. JN Solutions’ products were focused on meeting high-security requirements because the data it held was sensitive personal information, including citizen’s social security and health records. Under Rupert, the organisation grew to be the market leader in multiple industries, delivering over $1bn AUD in payments to customers while maintaining a strong track record in claim compliance and generating operational efficiencies.
As a result of his extensive experience in the industry, Rupert is recognised as an expert in government cloud services and cyber security. He is a highly sought-after speaker at technology conferences and is often called upon to provide advice to major government departments on the adoption of cloud by Government and cloud strategy.
Rupert’s educational achievements include a Bachelor of Physics Hons from the University of Southampton.


Jane King

Deputy Commissioner, Design and Change Management, Australian Taxation Office

Jane King joined the Australian Taxation Office in 2007 as Deputy Commissioner, Customer Service and Solutions where she managed the contact centre network (around 1500 seats across 8 sites) and oversaw the customer service strategy for the ATO. Jane managed the transformation of the ATO call centres into a multi-channel contact centre environment serving its customers with most inbound interactions.

In mid-2014, Jane was tasked with leading the ATO’s Budget Response Program as well as being the project sponsor of a number of enabling reviews. Jane undertook the Chief Information Officer role for the ATO’s Technology Group from November 2014 to December 2015. Jane is currently Deputy Commissioner for the Enterprise Culture, Change & Innovation capability across the enterprise.

Prior to joining the ATO, Jane worked in senior roles in customer service for over 20 years with Telstra, the Brisbane City Council and various departments in the Queensland Government always driven by the belief that citizens deserve as good a service from government as they get from anywhere else.

Jane started her career as a teacher and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jane sits on a number of boards within the ATO and other federal agencies. She is also a non- executive director for Auscontact, the national industry body for customer experience in Australia.


Jordan Race

Director, Service Operations and Security, NSW Department of Education

Jordan is responsible for Information Security for a network of over 2200 sites, supporting five-hundred thousand devices and over one-million users with a team of six Information Security professionals. The NSW Department of Education provides public education to students in NSW from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and provides IT services to TAFE. Jordan has previously held roles in Enterprise and Technical Architecture, Network Design, System Administration and Policy.


Alex Gilleran

Developer, Data61, CSIRO

Alex is the technical lead on Magda, an innovative new platform for managing government data inside and outside agencies that powers the new version of data.gov.au. As a senior developer at CSIRO Data61 Alex has also worked on Australiaís NationalMap, and through previous roles at IBM and Valtech Australia he has consulted for clients across the public and private sector including Telstra, Foxtel, Coles Supermarkets, and the Departments of Defence and Immigration. Alex is passionate about building technology that improves the world, and has helped organise Random Hacks of Kindness in Sydney since 2015.


Alan Bell

Director, Digital Identity Transition, Department of Internal Affairs (NZ)

Alan is an experienced strategist in the government digital arena in New Zealand, and a senior leader in the office of the Government Chief Digital Officer. His previous roles include, leading the development of New Zealand’s first Cyber Security Strategy, developing the government’s cloud computing policy and policy lead for New Zealand’s ICT Strategy. He is currently leading a NZ Digital Identity Transition Programme.


Katherine Noall

CEO, Sphere Identity (NZ)

Katherine is CEO of Sphere Identity, a global identity blockchain-based identity platform for identity storage and on-boarding. As a firm believer that automation needs to do more than mirror manual ways of doing things, Katherine applies distributed technologies to architect and build new solutions. Blockchain and distributed technology are used to increase the identity security and internationalism. Katherine has 20 years of international management experience with technology companies such as AT&T-Unisource and Information Builders.


Stephen Pratt

Managing Director ANZ, Kurz

Stephen manages the Kurz Kinegram DOVD solutions which are incorporated into the design of Australia’s new banknotes. An authority on the integration of security into design, he works closely with forensic document examiners on latest trends & today’s best practices. He is also a leader in the effort to lobby Australia’s federal and state governments to act responsibly on the need for higher security for all government-issued identity documents such as drivers’ licenses, passports and Medicare cards to reduce identity theft & fraud. An experienced MD/CEO, Stephen is an innovator and exceptional communicator, with success leading blue-chip & entrepreneurial companies operating in global environments.


Andre Boysen

Distinguished Expert in Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence, Securekey (CANADA)

Andre Boysen is the Chief Identity Officer at SecureKey. Andre has led the pioneering privacy-engineering in his work at SecureKey in the evolution of its services, including the Verified.Me service, the SecureKey Concierge service and the BC Services Card. He consults with SecureKey’s public sector customers around the world on how to transform service delivery to offer citizens more choice, control and convenience while increasing business integrity and lowering costs. Recognized as a global leader 2016 through 2018 on identity, privacy, digital transformation, and blockchain Andre also is a regular speaker, contributing author and media commentator.
Andre also represents SecureKey on key global advisories. Andre was involved with the creation of, and now serves as a board member and treasurer of DIACC (Digital Identity and Authentication Council of Canada) which brings together all the organizations in Canada that are bringing digital identity to life.  He is also serves on the board of Kantara Initiative, a global standards body for identity. In the past, he also served on the board of the Open Identity Exchange, and as vice-chair of the international committee at IDESG. He is an advisory board member to EEMA LightEST trust-framework initiative, a global not-for-profit think tank.


Allan Foster

VP, ForgeRock & President, Kantara Intiative (USA)

Allan is currently VP Global Partner Success at ForgeRock Inc. As one of the founders of ForgeRock, he has helped build ForgeRock into a multinational Identity Management software vendor with offices on four continents. Having served in multiple positions during its startup, Allan is now responsible for leading the worldwide ForgeRock community. This includes the contributing developer community, as well as the representation of ForgeRock on multiple standards committees.In the twenty years prior to ForgeRock, Allan founded and ran a successful small consulting business focusing on the Identity Management space, with clients all over the world. With a small and dedicated staff, Guru Associates built a reputation for delivering projects on time, and under budget. Allan currently serves on multiple Boards including the DIACC, and Kantara Initiative. Allan is a sought after speaker at international technical conferences where he has spoken on multiple technical topics.

Emma Poposka

Co-Founder & CEO, Brontech

Emma Poposka is the cofounder and CEO at Bron.Tech and a non-executive director at the ASX listed Ookami. She has more than 10 years experience in technology and software development across different stages of the software development life cycle. During her career she has worked on several large-scale projects for international organisations including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The European Commission (EC).

In her work, Emma leverages technology to solve business and social issues. She is particularly interested in personal data exchange protocols and how they can be applied within the existing business processes to remove friction, but at the same time limit the negative impact on the individual’s privacy.

David Watts

Professor, Information & Policy, La Trobe University Law School

David Watts is one of Australia’s leading data protection experts.  An experienced regulator, leader, policy maker, consultant and public and private sector lawyer, he has taken on and solved some of Australia’s most complex privacy and data security challenges.
David is Professor of Information Law and Policy at La Trobe University Law School, Task Force leader on Big Data and Open Data for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, data protection adviser to UN Global Pulse and a Director of Bainbridge Associates, Data Protection Advisory. David was Victoria’s Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection and Commissioner for Law Enforcement Data Security.

Cameron Gough

General Manager & Founder, Digital iD, Australia Post

Cameron Gough joined Australia Post in mid-2012 as the General Manager of the newly formed Digital Delivery Centre (DDC) at Australia Post. Cameron is passionate about unlocking the enormous potential that sits in most organisations through moving to lean / agile delivery models. The DDC was established as the proving ground for this drive within Australia Post with the transformation effort now extending more broadly within the organisation. Cameron is currently leading Australia Post’s effort to understand how Identity and blockchain could be used to reimagine how identity is done in Australia. Prior to Australia Post, Cameron worked in strategy, delivery and consulting roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Accenture, before moving to Head of Technology roles at ANZ’s Retail Bank and Commercial Bank.

Stephen Wilson

Digital Identity Innovator & Analyst, Lockstep Group

Stephen Wilson is a leading authority on digital identity and electronic authentication. For over 22 years he has helped organisations in government, healthcare and banking establish effective authentication systems and frameworks, providing high calibre advice on strategy, technology selection, architecture, policy, privacy and governance. His specialisations include national scale IDAM infrastructure, PKI, smart devices, cryptography, blockchain technologies and biometrics. He has been personally responsible for many important innovations and policy reforms, and today is one of the world’s most original thinkers in digital identity. In December 2016, UK-based Innovate Identity named Stephen in the top 10 of The Most Influential Thought Leaders in Digital Identity; One World Identity named him in the Top 100 Influences in 2017 and 2018. He is currently undertaking a PhD on the evolution and ecology of digital identity, at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Rocky Scopelliti

Director, Centre for Industry 4.0, Optus

Rocky Scopelliti is a world-renowned futurologist. His pioneering research on the confluence of demographic change associated with Millennials, and digital technology, have influenced the way we think about our social, cultural, economic and technological future. His new book  ‘Youthquake 4.0 – A Whole Generation and the New Industrial Revolution’ will be launched in September 2018.
As a media commentator, his unique insights have featured on SKY Business News, The Australian Financial Review, ABC Radio National, The Economist, Forbes and Bloomberg. As an international key note speaker, his presentations have captivated audiences across Asia Pacific, the USA and Europe including Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As a thought-leader, over 150 boards and leadership teams, including Fortune 100 corporations, each year seek his advice on strategy.
A distinguished author, his 12 published thought-leadership research reports have become internationally recognised for their influence including the World Economic Forum’s Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services Program.
In an executive capacity, he is a member of the Optus Business Leadership team as the Director, Centre for Industry 4.0 where he leads the specialist team creating world class thought-leadership and innovation to guide enterprises on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
In a non-executive capacity, he is director on the board of Community First Credit Union, a member of the REST Super Technology Advisory Panel and member of the Australian Payments Council.
Educated in Australia and trained in the USA at Sydney and Stanford Universities respectively, he has a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Management and an MBA. He is also a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Joanne Cooper

Founder, ID Exchange Pty Limited

ID Exchange’s Founder, Joanne Cooper is the entrepreneurial daughter of Australian IT pioneer Tom Cooper a prominent figure during the 1980’s PC era.  Currently she is forging Privacy Enhancing Technologies for individuals by developing advanced digital consent controls to regain Personally Identifiable Information (PII) usage trust.
Joanne’s experience includes Head of European Distribution for Taiwanese PC manufacturer IMC and APAC Development for leading Boston consulting firm The Yankee Group.  In 2002, she joined Optus Australia as a Cloud Specialist then in 2007 moved into Financial Services with Allianz Australia.   Joanne has received innovation accolades for crafting leading edge commercial solutions.  

Geoff Slagle

Director, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (USA)

In his role as Director of Identity Management for AAMVA, Geoff works in cooperation with the North American motor vehicle administrations and other Government issuing authorities on their identity management and identification security efforts to include their continuing improvement in their identification documents and credentials: identity proofing methodology; production equipment and materials; machine-readable technologies; biometrics; physical security features; and back-end databases in support of credentialing programs.  Geoff is AAMVA’s project manager for the community’s mobile driver license efforts, he is the sitting Chair of the ANSI committee working on driver license standardization and is a past Convenor of the ISO mirror committee.  Geoff is a founding member of the Document Security Alliance and currently serves on their Board of Directors.  He has over 20 years’ experience within the AAMVA community including a seven year stint with a publicly-held software developer where he served as a Vice President.  Prior to AAMVA Geoff worked as a project manager and functional analyst to the State Department and Department of Defense.  

Arjan Geluk

Principal Advisor UL Identity Management and Security

Arjan Geluk has been in UL’s security business for over a decade. He delivers security advisory to public and private organisations. He contributes to the development and standardization of new secure technologies:
  • Leader of ISO/IEC task force for mobile driving license
  • Special technical advisor to the joint mobile driver license working group of AAMVA (the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators)
  • Advisor to RDW (The Netherlands Department of Motor Vehicles) on mobile driver license and automotive security
  • United Nations world forum on harmonization of vehicle regulations – task force on cybersecurity and over-the-air issues
  • ISO/SAE joint working group on automotive cybersecurity
  • Technical steering committee and work group Connectivity & Cloud of FASTR (Future of Automotive Security Technology Research)
Arjan supported the European Commission by drafting the regulation 383/2012 for electronic Driving licenses, and by developing the security framework for the new European Smart Tachograph. Also, he coordinates the proof-of-concept implementation of proposed mobile driving license technologies, and supports the development of automotive cybersecurity services in UL.

Mark Lowe

Director, Iowa Department of Transportation (USA)

Mark Lowe was appointed as director of the Iowa Department of Transportation on May 26, 2017, by Governor Kim Reynolds.  Before taking this position, Mark served as the Iowa DOT’s general counsel from 2008 to 2009, Motor Vehicle Division director from 2009 to 2016 and Interim Director from November 2016-May 2017.  Mark served on the board of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) from 2010 to 2016, serving as its chair in 2014 to 2015.
Lowe graduated from Iowa State University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in community and regional planning. He earned his law degree from Drake University in 1993. Before entering state government, Mark was an associate and then shareholder with Hopkins & Huebner, P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa.  He has also served as associate general counsel for Norwest Financial in Des Moines and, prior to law school, as a planner at the Region XII Council of Governments in Carroll, Iowa.
Mark lives in West Des Moines, Iowa with his wife Linda.  They have four children – Daniel (Utah State University), Mary (Iowa State University), Matt (Iowa State University) and Erin (Valley High School). In his leisure time he enjoys running, swimming, biking and playing guitar.

Dr Andrew Arch

Web Accessibility Expert, Intopia Digital

Dr Andrew Arch is a senior digital accessibility consultant with Intopia working with the government and corporate sector to make digital services more accessible for people with disability.

From 2015 to mid-2017 he worked in the Digital Transformation Agency on the Digital Service Standard and supporting guidance with a interest in ensuring the widest range of users are assisted to interact digitally. From 2011 to 2014 he was part of the team in the Dept of Finance responsible for the supporting the implementation of the Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy for the Australian government to adopt WCAG 2.0.

Andrew has a long history with web accessibility, including working with the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative in Europe and with Vision Australia. He has been a member of the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative’s Education and Outreach Working Group since 2001 to promote awareness, understanding, and implementation of web accessibility.

Leon Fouche

Partner and National Cyber Security Lead, BDO Australia

Leon is a Cyber Security and Technology Risk specialist with more than 20 years' experience. He has performed numerous senior roles within this practice area, including working extensively with Board and C-level leaders in the public and private sectors. He has extensive experience helping organisations with building cyber resilience, establishing cyber defence capability, managing a range of cyber incident investigations and remediation activities, and being a lead consultant for cyber security programs at global sporting and government events.

Otavio Freire

President and CTO, Social Safeguard

Otavio is a Brazilian-born American entrepreneur and inventor. As the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Social SafeGuard, Otavio is responsible for the creation of Social SafeGuard’s enterprise technology solutions, that enable customers in global, regulated industries to significantly impact their sales, marketing risk management and compliance efforts.
Social SafeGuard’s platform has received significant amount of attention following its original release including the Wall Street Journal, Information Week and CBS. Otavio is a guest lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Engineering at the School of Engineering at the University of Virginia and also at the MBA and EMBA program at the Darden Business School.

Brian Hay APM

Executive Director, Cultural Cyber Security

Brian Hay APM has a rare blend of cyber security skills and business attributes.  Long considered a Thought Leader in the world of Cyber Security he learned his craft not from the technical demands of the industry but rather by focusing on the activities of organised crime and cyber criminals.  
Having developed the security concept of the “Lifecycle of Cybercrime” he consults with key clients to understand their business strategies and seeks to assist organisational objectives whilst ensuring the highest levels of security.  His broad environmental awareness and thought leadership expertise seeks to understand the client environment in order to align how CCS can assist in meeting the client’s full spectrum of security requirements, from governance, risk management, compliance and technical consulting, through to technology integration, training and managed services. Recently with Unisys as Lead CISO Advisor APAC, Security he was responsible for managing and developing Unisys’ Security Consulting business for Asia Pacific, while delivering operational and service excellence.
Brian brings a wealth of security experience, and has a proven record of partnering with industry for innovative solutions to difficult problems.
Prior to joining Unisys, Brian was General Manager, Security for Dimension Data, Australia.  Prior to this Brian was Detective Superintendent at Queensland Police, where he served 35 years. Since 2004, he has worked extensively in the area of financial, identity and cybercrime.  He was Commander of the Queensland Police Fraud & Cyber Crime Group, Chair of the Australia New Zealand Police Advisory Agency’s eCrime Working Group, a pivotal driver of the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network, and member of the Federal Attorney-General’s National Cybercrime Working Group.

In 2009 Brian was the recipient of an international award from McAfee for efforts in combating cybercrime - "The International Award for Cyber Crime Fighter of the Year". Brian is also  the recipient of the Australian Police Medal, and in 2010 he was the recipient of the National AusCERT Award for Individual Excellence in Information Security.  He has a Masters in Public Policy and Administration and former President of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Brisbane Chapter).

John Minasyan

Director of Product Management Cyber Security, Belkin

John Minasyan leads Belkin’s cybersecurity business unit focused on solutions to mitigate advanced threats at an operator’s desk. Throughout his career, Mr. Minasyan has been at the forefront of advanced technologies and the convergence of IT. Prior to Belkin, he spent over a decade managing a video security portfolio for Schneider Electric, helping transform the company’s technology from analog CCTV to streaming video over IP networks. He serves on the United States’ NIAP Technical Committee for Peripheral Sharing Switches and is a member of the US IT Sector Coordinating Council of technology companies chartered with sharing practical cyber defense strategies with industry.

Joana Valente

Partner, Advisory, EY

Joana Valente is an executive-level advisor with a background in technology strategy who works across a range of data and technology enabled transformation programmes. For nearly two decades, she has worked with the public sector helping to improve the effectiveness of federal and state government policy, across a wide range of areas from border protection to human services delivery. Joana specialises in Digital Transformation and leads EY’s Oceania Digital Government practice.
In both the public and private sectors, she has led engagements in: strategy, digital enabled transformation (across the entire operating model), data driven policy design, data driven service delivery transformation, customer service delivery strategy , enterprise maturity assessments, case management and systems integration.
As the Oceania Digital Government Leader Joana leads teams in working with clients and technology partners to shift the engagement between the public sector and its key stakeholders. Key solution approaches include: leveraging customer behaviour insight to deliver services more efficiently; understanding the complexity and risk profile of different government decisions in order to highlight those that require most resource attention; Integrating traditional and digital engagement channels to shift engagement quality and cost; and improving policy design through a data driven modelling capability.
Before joining EY, Joana was a partner with IBM’s systems integration and consulting arm. In this role, Joana was responsible for delivering IT systems across social security, service delivery and border protection sectors. Prior to this, Joana led the delivery of a $1 billion IT services contract as the Public Sector General Manager, Computer Sciences Corporation.

John Phillips

Partner, 460 degrees

John Phillips is driven by the desire to make a positive, lasting, difference to the organisations, people and projects that he works with. With over 20 years of international experience, John has worked in 10 countries in sectors ranging from the Space Industry to Finance and Higher Education. A Partner and a Champion of Self-Sovereign Identity, John also leads Innovation and the Higher Education Sector for 460degrees.
John believes that Self-Sovereign Digital ​Identity provides a disruptive alternative to existing data and identity models, and will drive the next evolution of the internet and our digital society​.

Cassandra Meagher

Executive Director, Policy and Regulation, Service Victoria

As an experienced leader, Cassandra translates ideas into strategies and delivers them. She is currently Executive Director, Policy and Regulation at Service Victoria, in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet leading the creation of Victoria’s identity policy and regulatory framework.
Cassandra grew her career in the early 90’s as an economist with the Productivity Commission learning the fundamentals of public policy and regulatory reform, applying them in practice to the restructuring of railways in New South Wales and Britain. She then leveraged this understanding to work in the Financial Sector as stock brokers advising Australian and International institutions on the rationale for investing in transport, mining services and commercial service firms. Since 2011 she has worked in the Victorian public sector, including leading the Victorian Biosecurity Regulator and being on six statutory committees and representing the Victoria on the National Biosecurity Committee. Some of her achievements in this role included leading the policy and regulatory work underpinning the Victorian Government decision to implement Electronic Sheep Identification, as well as the development of a series of actions plans including the Victorian Wild Dog Action Plan, the Fruit Fly Action Plan and the draft Animal Welfare Action Plan.
Cassandra has a Masters in Commerce majoring in Economics from the University of Melbourne and an honours degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics for La Trobe University. She has post graduate qualifications in project management and applied finance. She has studied utility regulation in the United Kingdom and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Women on Boards. Cassandra is a member of the advisory group for the ANZSOG/national regulators community of practice and is the founder of MS Angels Melbourne (raising money for a cure for MS) and manages two under 9s soccer teams.
Cassandra drives reform and innovation seeking to improve service offerings, value for money, the operation of the public sector and the experience of the public sector for stakeholders and the public.  Highly skilled in leading teams, solving problems and building team capability, Cassandra believes that collaborative team working that enables team members the opportunity to learn from each other delivers great results and the best environment for people to thrive in.

Ted Egan

VP Asia Pacific, ThreatMetrix

Ted Egan is Vice-President for ThreatMetrix. ThreatMetrix®, A LexisNexis® Risk Solutions Company, empowers the global economy to grow profitably and securely without compromise. With deep insight into 1.4 billion anonymized digital identities, ThreatMetrix IDTM delivers the intelligence behind 110 million daily authentication and trust decisions, to differentiate legitimate customers from fraudsters in real time.

Ted is a technology entrepreneur and industry advisor with over 25 years’ experience in Cybersecurity and development of Digital Identity Solutions with the last decade focused specifically on developing and delivering both mission critical and risk based digital fraud prevention technology to various industries ranging from financial services, e-commerce, payments and lending, media, government and insurance industries. In his former role as CEO of TrustDefender before merging with ThreatMetrix in 2011, he developed and lead a team of researchers focused on malware research, research into crime ware methodologies and identity takeover tactics undertaken by cyber criminals while also developing solutions to detect and prevent these ever changing sophisticated threats.

Ches Rafferty

Managing Director & Co-Founder, Scantek

Ches has over 15 years experience in business creation, capital raising and product development roles in technology and hospitality. As a co-founder of Scantek, he directed the development, implementation and marketing of our ID scanning and information handling systems. Ches has overseen the project management and implementation of our technology to hundreds of locations throughout Australia.

Andrew Lalor

Assistant Secretary, Data and Digital Branch, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Andrew is the Assistant Secretary, Data and Digital Branch at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; where he oversees whole of government data policy and engagement, the Data Integration Partnership for Australia and supports the Government’s digital transformation agenda.

Andrew worked at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science where he led the Data Management and Analytics Taskforce. Andrew has also held senior roles relating to skills policy and programs, aviation security, broadband infrastructure and innovation policy.

Brenton Harley

Regional Vice President, Tanium

Tanium Regional Vice President, Brenton Harley, has over 15 years in the IT industry in Operations and Security. He is an experienced Engineer, Programmer, Security Architect and Leader. Spending time in roles in both government and the commercial sectors he understand the landscape and associated challenges facing organisations today and into the future. He now leads Tanium in Australia, New Zealand & South-East Asia, working with diverse multinational organisations to regain control of their environments.

John Shepard

Assistant Commissioner, Australian Taxation Office

John is the Program Lead for Single Touch Payroll.
John has performed a number of senior roles in his 27 years with the ATO, leading significant change programs and projects seeking to improve the client experience. Playing an active role in the implementation of SuperStream, John also led the delivery of a number of other super reform initiatives, including driving online superannuation account consolidation.
John has been a passionate Movember ambassador since 2009, the ATO team he leads raised over $40,000 last year.
John holds a Masters of Taxation and is based in Canberra.

Mike Wang

Solution Architect, NVIDIA

Mike is NVIDIAís Solutions Architect for Australia and New Zealand regions. In this role, Mike coordinates with technology vendors and startups, both within the region and worldwide, enabling NVIDIA and its partners to deliver the best possible solutions. With a background in Mechanical Engineering and Laws from the University of Melbourne, Mike has had strong relationships with many Universities and national research centres for over 10 years. He has developed GPU-accelerated software as part of his PhD research work, and trained many students and researchers to accelerate their own code on the CUDA platform. He is excited to be able to offer NVIDIAís Deep Learning platform to complement existing predictive models across all sectors of data analytics and research within environments such as MATLAB.

Ash Smith

Director, Silver Group

Ash Smith is a technical security expert and a leader in the cyber security domain. Prior to joining SilverGroup Ash implemented and managed a cyber security program providing security design and risk mitigation strategies across multiple key Department of Defence capability projects.

Ashís extensive experience spans across private industry as well as Commonwealth public service. These include senior cyber security management roles focussed on client engagement, business risk analysis, threat analysis, assessment and assurance, security strategy and architecture and incident response. Ash has held senior management positions and security advisory roles in Department of Defence, Telstra, Datacom Technical Security Services, Department of the Treasury and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Throughout his career, Ash has developed new and innovative methods to assist organisations in assessing and managing business risk to prevent poor security outcomes. His latest methodology Plan, Assess, Acquire and Manage (PAAM) has been adopted by Defence and Treasury to assess the risk associated with moving applications to the cloud. This comprehensive methodology ensures that security, technical and legal domains are working together harmoniously to achieve business outcomes.