Bruce Arnold
Associate Professor
Canberra University

Assistant Professor Bruce Baer Arnold teaches health, biotech, intellectual property and data protection law at the University of Canberra. He has a particular interest in the economics and regulation of pharmaceutical and medical devices in the digital global economy. He is a member of OECD working parties on health data and has written widely on patents, quality assurance, privacy, biometrics and disruptive technologies (including chapters in 14 editions of the leading privacy practitioner guide). His doctorate is on the legal construction of identity, including verification and professional certification.

John Bass
Chief Executive Officer
Hashed Health (USA)

John is a digital health leader who has been involved in series of healthcare technology startups. The common element of each is a focus on creating innovative new ecosystems of shared value, shared measures, and mutually reinforcing activities.

In 1999, John joined empactHealth.com (acquired by Medibuy then Global Healthcare Exchange), a B2B ecommerce platform for healthcare providers and suppliers. In 2009 at InVivoLink (acquired by HCA), he built a collaborative registry & care management platform for orthopedic patients. This year (2016) John founded Hashed Health, an information technology company focused on accelerating the commercialization of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies in healthcare.

Blockchain / DLT has the ability to reduce friction and remove transaction barriers for institutions and consumers. Its key feature is its decentralized, trusted, hashed record of transactions that allows next generation P2P, B2B, B2C asset /data transfer. This synchronization requires no intermediary or third party authority. The result is more efficient, improved delivery of information which empowers providers and consumers to improve care while removing costs associated with middlemen, inefficient processors, and third parties who no longer add value to the delivery of care.

Simon Cant 
Co-founder and Managing Director

Simon Cant is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Reinventure Group.  Launched in January 2014, Reinventure is a $50m Westpac backed venture fund which combines the best of independent venture capital and corporate venturing.

Simon is also the Founding President of Fintech Australia, the representative body of Fintech’s across Australia which has driven the Australian Government’s ‘Backing Australian Fintech’ policy agenda.

Simon has built his career in venture and innovation including advising companies such as Westpac, NAB, Suncorp, Fairfax, News APN and Tennis Australia as well as being a founding team member at Social Ventures Australia, Tinshed Angel Group and ninemsn.
Simon began his career as a solicitor with Allens.

Nick Curtis
Chairman and Co-Founder

Nick’s career spans more than 30 years in the resources and finance industries. Nick has always had a deep personal interest and commitment to the health care sector. This is evident through Nick’s significant voluntary community involvement in health care. From 2004 until 2011 he was a Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. From 1999 he was a Director of St Vincent’s Health Australia Ltd, St Vincent’s Healthcare Ltd and was Chairman of the Board of St Vincent’s & Mater Health Sydney Limited from August 2004 to October 2009.

Nick is currently Chairman of the St Vincent’s Precinct Research Executive Council. In 2011 Nick received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Australian Eastern Division. On 13 June 2011 Nick was awarded an AM (member of the Order of Australia) for his services to the community through executive roles supporting medical research and healthcare organisations and also for his work fostering Australia-China relations.

Nigel Edwards
PhD student
Deakin University and Director of Doctom Logistics

For 20 years Nigel (as Director of Dotcom Logistics Pty Ltd.) has consulted across a range Supply Chain and Logistics industry verticals, undertaking project management, business analysis, solution design and implementations for private, public and not-for-profits organisations. During this time he has been an active participant in various industry associations and committees.

Nigel is keen to contribute on how technologies such as IoT, Drones, Big-Data and now Blockchain especially in Port Container and Healthcare logistics, may assist with supply chain efficiencies.

Nigel has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Industrial Chemistry), Post-Graduate in Manufacturing / Operations Management (Monash) and is currently studying for his Doctor of Philosophy by applying Blockchain to  Healthcare Supply Chains at the ‘Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics’ (CSCL) at Deakin University.

Ken Gamble
IFW Global

Professional investigator, corporate security specialist and cybercrime expert with 30 years experience working with multinational corporations.

Co-founder and Executive Chairman of IFW Global Limited (IFWG). The mission of IFWG is to detect, intercept, disrupt and prevent global cybercrime.

Current Australian Chairman of the International Association of Cybercrime Prevention (IACP), a non-profit Association founded in Paris in 2006. Under special appointment by Association President, Chief Judge Dr. Mohamed Chawki of the Council of State in Cairo, Egypt.

Accomplished surveillance specialist. Former surveillance adviser and contractor to a Commonwealth government agency in Australia. Present consultant to numerous law enforcement agencies in USA, Asia and Europe.

Kathleen Gray
Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre
University of Melbourne

Kathleen’s current research interests span the influence of the Internet, the Web and new media and communications technologies in healthcare and in biomedicine - especially influences on scholarly practice; on citizen and patient participation; and on the health professional workforce.

Her current teaching responsibilities are focused on postgraduate e-health and biomedical informatics units of study and degree programs - for people with health science backgrounds and people with information science backgrounds, and for inter-professional and inter-disciplinary learning.


David Israel
Director of Educational Innovation and Commercial Development
University of Melbourne

David Israel is the Director of Educational Innovation and Commercial Development at the University of Melbourne.  In his current role he helps drive the teaching and learning strategy of the University through development and implementation of the University’s online education programs, its campus based elearning initiatives, and its endeavours to extend its reach through partnerships in curriculum and content. He has worked in the higher education sector for most of the last 30 years and has helped take university IP to market through licenses and start-up company creation and has lead innovation strategy across a wide range of domains.

Christopher Kommantas
Founder & CEO - Amplify Health
Innovation Manager/Director, Accelerator Programs -  Melbourne Health

A dynamic and entrepreneurial leader with over 15 years of proven accomplishment in driving success in global healthcare organisations.

Disciplined, results-driven with a personal commitment to developing people and working cross-functionally to achieve corporate objectives in highly complex and competitive markets.

Currently focused on building a digital health ecosystem in Melbourne, Australia. Leveraging the robust startup environment (Top 20 globally) and tapping into Melbourne's world-class hospitals and universities.

Founder & current organiser of StartUp HealthTech, a community dedicated to cultivating a digital ecosystem and provide a platform to inspire, inform, and build collaborative relationships among individuals & organisations interested in leveraging digital tools to create a new paradigm for healthcare in Australia and beyond.

Extensive experience in effective go-to-market strategies and change management across markets in US, UK and Asia Pacific.

James Kyd
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Blockchain Consulting Group

James is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Blockchain Consulting Group (BCCG) where he provides advise to public and private organisations across industries to help them create value from blockchain technology. He formed BCCG in partnership with Bitcoin Group Limited, Australia's largest and most well capitalised blockchain company operating profitably across 7 locations in Australia, China and Iceland.

James is also the Melbourne Director for the Founders Institute, a panel judge for the AIIA Innovation awards, a member of the IoT Australia Alliance, and speaks on enterprise and startup collaboration. He brings 15 years of management consulting and collaborative leadership experience in various leadership roles - including experience operating corporate Innovation Labs.

Peter Leonard
Data Synergies Pty Limited

Peter Leonard is a data and technology business lawyer. Peter was a founding partner of Gilbert + Tobin and he has worked as a legal and commercials adviser to global and Asia Pac data, communications and technology businesses for over thirty years. Following his retirement as a G+T partner in 2017 he continues to assist G+T as a consultant.

Peter chairs the Australian IoT (Internet of Things) Alliance’s Data Access, Use and Privacy work stream, the Law Society of New South Wales Privacy and Communications Committee and the Australian Computer Society’s Artificial Intelligence Ethics Committee. He serves on a number of advisory boards, including the NSW Data Analytics Centre, and a number of boards of directors. He is a former global chair of the International Bar Association's Technology Committee, former global vice-chair of the IBA's Communications Committee and former director of iappANZ.

He was voted by industry peers as Sydney Technology Lawyer of the Year 2016 and one of the global top 35 communications lawyers. He is rated top tier in Best Lawyers International in the categories of Commercial Law, Media and Entertainment Law, Information Technology Privacy, Data Security and Telecommunications. He is also an author of many articles in these areas and formerly editor of Communications Law and Policy in Australia, the leading Australian loose-leaf service in communications law.

Glyn MacLean
Managing Director
Build the Audience

Glyn MacLean has an extensive background in sales, marketing and management both B2C and B2B. Reaching the top of Music and Media, Glyn was an early pioneer leveraging SaaS cloud technology to accelerate growth and achieve record profits. Head hunted into tech, Glyn’s tech career began with Renaissance the NZ Apple distributor, rescuing million-dollar key accounts by resolving supply chain issues. This quick success lead to a key role migrating accountants to the cloud for MYOB. Then promoted through three roles at Attache Software, National Partner Manager NZ, Channel Development Manager ANZ and Head of Advisory ANZ. Glyn’s work pioneering a SaaS accounting Industry transformation program earned Recognition for Best Cloud Product in the 2014 Australian business Awards.

Glyn’s current Blockchain and Cryptocurrency projects include assisting the widespread adoption of Bitcoin and Ethereum mining, pioneering Sia, Steem and Ethereum mining through a global workshop series www.cryptocurrencyminers.com and music and finance industry transformation projects. Glyn has innovated the concepts of Blockchain IDEAology (ideation) and Blockchain Reaction. Glyn eats, sleeps and dreams Bitcoin and was one of the first 1000 people in Australia to buy his weekly groceries with Bitcoin, proudly supporting ADCCA members.

Glyn helps CEOs and Boards with “business development on steroids” (outsourced Channel, Partner and Business Development) through his company www.buildtheaudience.com An aspiring writer, Glyn has over 30,000 blog readers on themes including Wisdom, Democracy, Human Rights and Wealth Democratization and Redistribution as a Life Enterprise coach at www.glynmaclean.com Glyn is now the number one most viewed expert on Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Digital Currency at Quora.com.

John Mattick
Executive Director
Garvan Institute of Medical Research

John Mattick has pioneered a new understanding of the information content of the human genome as well as the introduction of genomically-informed precision healthcare, by establishing one of the world’s largest genome sequencing centres and one of the first clinically accredited genome analysis enterprises at the Garvan Institute in Sydney.

Emma Poposka
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Emma Poposka is the Co-Founder and CEO at Brontech, a company that specializes in development of blockchain solutions for decentralized data management, digital identity and alternative currencies. She is particularly interested in the synergies between technology and market economy, decentralized systems and monetary theory.

With master degrees in Computer Science, Bioinformatics and MBA she provides a unique thinking from technological and ideological perspective on development of robust decentralized systems.   She has 10 years experience in software including software development, data analytics and product management.

Peeter Ross
Professor and Head of Healthcare Technology Master’s Program
Tallinn University of Technology and Expert, Estonian eHealth Foundation (Estonia)

Peeter Ross is a professor of e-health and senior research scientist in eMedicine Lab of Tallinn University of Technology. Peeter also serves as an e-health expert at Estonian E-Health Foundation and holds radiologists position in East Tallinn Central Hospital, Estonia. He is a founder and member of the board of e-health and radiology consulting company SMIS International OÜ and OÜ Safe To Act. Dr. Ross has previously worked as a Director of R&D and a Head of Diagnostic Clinic in East Tallinn Central Hospital. He has been a member of the supervisory board of the Estonian E-Health Foundation and Estonian Health Insurance Fund.

Peeter Ross studied medicine in Tartu University, Estonia, and in Helsinki University, Finland 1985-91. Dr. Ross completed residency in radiology in Tartu University in 1996. He studied radiology in Oulu University, Finland, and in Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington DC, USA, as well as health care management in INSEAD, France. He received PhD degree in Medical Engineering in Tallinn University of Technology in 2011. The title of his thesis work was Data sharing and shared workflows in medical imaging. His current research topics are medical terminology, integration of home monitoring data with large scale health databases and citizen on-line access to personal health related data.

Peeter Ross has participated in EU funded eHealth projects InterregPacs, Baltic eHealth, R-Bay, Dreaming, Regional Telemedicine Forum, epSOS, eMedic and Chromed. Peeter Ross is a past president (2005-2011) of Estonian Society of Radiology.


Mark Staples
Group Leader

Dr Mark Staples is a Principal Researcher and a Group Leader in the Software and Computational Systems program at Data61, CSIRO, and is a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW. His research areas are in software engineering (software architecture, empirical software engineering, formal methods, software reuse, and development processes), and in the philosophy of engineering. Previously at NICTA he led the creation of the Future Logistics Living Lab. 

He has also worked in industry in Australia, on implantable medical devices, electronic payments systems, and distributed industrial control systems. He holds a BSc and BInfTech (Hons) from University of Queensland and a PhD from University of Cambridge.

Mark Toohey
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mark Toohey is an experienced commercial lawyer who has worked with both major law firms and as general counsel in the TV, telecommunications, and IT industries.

Mark is also Australia's leading legal expert on blockchain technology and its implementation. He is a co-founder of TBSx3, a brand protection company.

TBSx3 uses the power of blockchain technology and their patented three layers of protection to detect supply chain anomalies and to defeat counterfeiters. The TBSx3 technology is backed by a free mobile app that alerts consumers if goods are fake.

Speaking opportunities are still available! 

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Use this unique forum to voice your solutions and expertise in a fast-paced and up-and-coming area. Speakers will assert themselves as facilitators of future successful blockchain strategies.

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Blockchain in Healthcare Summit 2017