Speakers at NextGen Government 2016
Maree is the founding CEO of the Open Data Institute Queensland (ODIQ), which launched in Brisbane in December 2014. It is the ODIQ's mission to transform the lives of Australians through open data. It was important for Australia to become a formal participant in the global open data movement and so ODIQ was established. ODIQ views itself as a cross sectoral, independent catalyst in the evolution of open data culture. It is our role to facilitate and unlock supply, generate demand, create and disseminate knowledge to address local and global issues. ODIQ believes in the power of open to deliver tangible public value for the benefit of everyone.
Maree's career began in the legal profession, as partner of a tier one national law firm. 10 years later, Maree co-founded a software start-up which achieved great success and which was the recipient of multiple awards for excellence in innovation.
Maree has held a number of industry representative roles including past Chair of the Technology Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) and past Chair of the Queensland branch of the Australian Information Industry Association Queensland (AIIA). Both roles have enabled many opportunities to promote the economic value and benefits of smart adoption of technology. Maree is a regular contributor to various advisory boards.
In 2012 Maree received the prestigious Women in Technology ICT Outstanding Achievement Award which recognises the achievements of outstanding women within Queensland's ICT industries and is delighted to be the 2015 Patron of TechGirls are Supersheros.
Dr Karl Alderson is the Deputy Director-General, Policy and Cabinet in the ACT Chief Minister Treasury and Economic Development Directorate. Within that role he leads a team responsible for support to Cabinet, policy advice to the Chief Minister and other Ministers, and for key Government initiatives including transport reform and the smart parking trial.
He was previously Deputy Director-General in the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate and held a range of senior executive positions in the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.
Dr Alderson has a PhD from the University of NSW and degrees in law (honours) and economics from ANU.
Lisa Asquith is the OneGov Relationship Manager focused on improving the citizen’s experience when dealing with government.
Using her considerable commercial experience to drive the government sector to become more dynamic and customer focused, she led and delivered projects (OneGov Direct Access Service and Shop.NSW) that tested the concept of a single government service organisation that exists today.
Previously she managed the NSW Government's Digital Television Trial called ‘Channel NSW’ that grew a local audience of a million viewers before digital television was ‘mainstream’.
With substantial experience working with regional communities Lisa was responsible for the development of the Community Technology Centre Network business strategy for the NSW State Government. This work delivered 83 retail shopfronts in partnership with Communities across NSW. The network continues its operation today, managed by the representative Communities.
Prior to entering Government Lisa was Creative Director of a company that developed into the world’s first built for broadband youth portal funded by Macquarie Bank in 2000. Lisa has also worked with global entertainment companies to create digital products such as enhanced CDs for their biggest artists including Madonna and Ricky Martin.
She is passionate about the protection of animals and not a bad golfer.
Ben Bildstein has been working for the Australian Government in the authentication and digital identity space for five years, with experience ranging from systems-level implementation to high-level consultation helping to shape digital policy. Recently, he has been representing the federal Department of Industry, Science and Innovation in national-level policy and design discussions about the future of digital identity and centralized authentication, including the gradual convergence of the business and citizen domains.
Joshua is a unique blend of business strategist and tech evangelist, with a track record of delivering large-scale business transformation solutions through the innovative application of modern technologies. After founding several tech start-ups, Josh has spent the past ten years consulting internationally at CXO-level within organisations, earning him a reputation as an expert, innovator, disruptor and intrapreneur. He has deep knowledge of emerging Microsoft technologies, specialising in cloud enablement, mobility, IoT and predictive analytics. Josh is an accomplished author, speaker and regular contributor to national conferences, industry meetups and events, sharing his insights and promoting industry best practices.
Josh is currently a Director at Ignia, a business technology consultancy that receives global recognition and awards for their work and ability to retain top industry talent, including 2014 Microsoft Enterprise Partner of the Year, 2015 Microsoft Partner of the Year winners in Excellence for Mobility & Devices and Industry & Platform Innovation, and BRW’s 6th Best Place to Work in Australia.
Ignia is a national leader in business technology consulting and managed services, delivering solutions for organisational agility, productivity and competitive performance. We use the latest technologies to provide a true end-to-end service, with capabilities spanning strategy, digital, cloud, mobility and analytics. Ignia consistently receive global recognition and awards for their work and ability to retain top industry talent, including 2014 Microsoft Enterprise Partner of the Year, 2015 Microsoft Partner of the Year winners in Excellence for Mobility & Devices and Industry & Platform Innovation, and BRW’s 6th Best Place to Work in Australia.
Paul is Principal Digital Strategist at the Victorian Department of Justice where he is responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of the department’s digital services strategy. Paul has more than 17 years experience in digital engagement including ten years in government working in strategy and leadership positions. His experience extends across all digital channels and includes time working in Internet startups, managing the Better Health Channel, and leading digital transformation at the Department of Human Services (Victoria).
Bryan Cheung steers the company's strategic direction and worldwide business development efforts as one of the founders serving with the company since its inception in 2004. Drawing on his technical experience, understanding of customer needs, and a passion for end users, Bryan leads Liferay in meeting its commitment to deliver focused and effective business solutions to its customers and its community.
Bryan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Computer Science, and is a sought-after keynote speaker at major IT and open source industry events.
Yoonkee Chung is the current Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Republic of Korea. He took the office as the Director General of the e-Government Bureau of the Ministry of the Interior in June 2015. He has dedicated over 25 years to civil services working in various fields of public administration. He previously held the position as Director General of the Archive Service Bureau and Director General of IT Resources and Security Policy Bureau of the Korean government.
Sharyn is Assistant Secretary of the Online Services Branch in the Department of Finance responsible for GovSpace, Directory (Gold), govDex and govCMS. Sharyn has over 15 years experience in digital government, leading significant digital transformation programs, and implementing Service Design and Agile in public sector agencies across Australia and New Zealand.
Laurence has over 15 years of industry experience, with a diverse background in customer experience research and strategy, service design, product design and commercialisation as well as being a pioneer in designing online experiences.
Jon Cumming was recently appointed as ACT’s inaugural Chief Digital Officer. Jon’s mission is to drive the digital agenda and lead the whole of government digital strategic direction to ensure that the ACT Public Service is digitally innovative, dynamic and capable in its service to the community.
Prior to his return to Canberra, Jon held the position of Chief Information Officer for the New Zealand Department of Corrections and transformed the Department’s approach to IT with the creation and implementation of a new digital Technology Strategy.
Jon has a rich background in Information Technology with experience gained in Sydney, Canberra, the UK and New Zealand. His roles have included consulting, IT investment management, transformation program leadership and Solution Centre Management - in industries ranging from telecommunications through to the Health Sector.
John Dardo joined the ATO in 1997 and has spent more than 15 years working as a senior executive in a range of areas including Compliance and Service Delivery.
Currently the Assistant Commissioner Digital Strategy and Design, John leads a range of digital projects aligned to broader Whole-of-Government outcomes, including:
- Identity & Security
- Digital by Default
- Embedding digital experiences in natural systems
John holds an MBA and a range of tertiary qualifications in Science and Technology, Human Resources, Change Management and is a Fellow of The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).
Steven is an open data and open knowledge community contributor. He is Co-Secretary and Treasurer of Open Knowledge Australia, member of the Steering Group and Community Team Lead for the CKAN Association, an organizer of GovHack.org, founder of DataShades.com and Executive Director of the data first digital agency Link Digital.
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 innovation potential that sits in most organisations through moving to lean/ agile delivery models and design thinking.
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.
Prior to Australia Police, 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.
Allan Henn is the Director, OneGov, NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.
Allan has over 30 years work experience mostly in the NSW public sector and he has also managed a road transport and warehousing operation.
Allan started his career as an Accountant and studied part-time with a Business Degree from the University of Technology, Diploma in Corporate Management from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and is also a Certified Practising Accountant. His most recent accounting position was Chief Finance Officer for the NSW Department of Justice.
He has spent the larger part of his career as a change manager, both a disruptor and a supporter. He currently provides software solutions to most NSW government Departments and has worked in water, maritime, transport, health, justice and finance. He also has significant experience in customer service, performance management, procurement and major organisational reform programs.
Roz Howe is the General Manager, Education and Online Services at Consumer Affairs Victoria which forms part of the Department of Justice and Regulation in the State Government of Victoria.
She has a diverse range of senior management experience in national and state governments and the healthcare sector, in a variety of regulatory environments in Australia and England.
Roz manages the provision of creative education solutions to support Consumer Affairs' strategic and ministerial priorities. This includes a digital first approach, distributing information and education across all channels and driving behavioural change in consumers, businesses, and stakeholders.
In his current role as Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand for Pivotal Inc., Gavin is responsible for executing the company’s strategy, vision and growth objectives across the ANZ region and driving awareness and momentum for Pivotal's solutions. He is also responsible for strengthening Pivotal’s presence in APJ and supporting the rapidly expanding customer and partner network.
A seasoned technology veteran with more than 18 years of experience in strategic account management, sales process management and leadership roles, Gavin has an outstanding track record of working with Australia's most respected organisations to create disruptive new business platforms that allow his customers to change the way business is done in their industry. In his previous role, Gavin served as the Vice President Sales and General Manager for Good Technology, a leading mobile solutions company. He also held various executive and leadership positions at salesforce.com, Oracle, Avaya, Soprano and Sulcus.
Gavin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Applied Maths, and Pure Maths from the University of Sydney.
Prof. Marek Kowalkiewicz comes to the role of PwC Chair in Digital Economy from SAP as their Senior Director of Products and Innovation. Leading the ambitious research agenda to inform and influence a robust digital economy in Brisbane and Queensland, Dr Kowalkiewicz manages a contemporary research portfolio and converts industry-driven opportunities in the digital economy into research outcomes of global relevance.
“Nothing excites me more than exploring bleeding edge technologies and using them to create opportunities and solve problems that businesses or individuals face,” said Dr Kowalkiewicz. “The opportunity to make a tangible difference to businesses and students is a key reason for making the move. That and the enormous liveability of Brisbane.”
Anne Lyons has been a member of the National Archives of Australia executive since August 2004, managing the Archives public access programs and services and its government information and policy functions.
Under Anne's leadership the Archives moved its primary access service delivery to the web, growing the public's use of records online, and since July 2013 she has managed the Archives’ role in the National Digital Transition policy, assisting government agencies to be fully digital by 2015.
Anne has overseen groundbreaking online innovations to make millions of records searchable and viewable online and has managed the Archives national award-winning touring exhibition program, education, marketing and national reference services. More recently Anne led the development of the Archives Digital Continuity 2020 Policy which has set the direction for comprehensive information management in all government business systems by 2020.
Before coming to the Archives Anne managed marketing and communications for the Australian Federal Police and spent the previous 20 years working in the communications and marketing fields in both the public and private sector.
Alvaro has been an urban planner, designer, open data and open government consultant for Australian governments and a social entrepreneur.
He is currently working on a series of projects to improve the governance processes and the urban infrastructure of Australian cities, including an Australian enterprise to facilitate innovation in government through collaboration, transparency and technology.
Alvaro is also a Sandboxer, Centre for Sustainability and Leadership Fellow, Startup Leadership Fellow and sits on the Board of a new enterprise to leverage technology in the education sector.
Charles McHardie joined the Navy via the Royal Australian Naval College in 1985 after schooling on the South Coast of New South Wales. Graduating in 1987 he undertook initial training in HMA Ships PARAMMATTA and STALWART before being awarded his Bridge Watch keeping Certificate in HMA Ships TOBRUK and HOBART, undertaking deployments to Europe and South East Asia as an Officer of the Watch.
One year as an instructor at the Royal Australian Naval College was followed by a two year exchange posting to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis Maryland instructing navigation and seamanship to US midshipmen. While in the US he graduated from the US Naval War College Command and Staff Course with Distinction.
As a Lieutenant, McHardie completed the RAN Principal Warfare Officers Course and subsequently graduated as a Surface Warfare Officer and later as a Communications and Information Systems Specialist. Warfare Officer postings as the Communications Officer in HMA Ships SYDNEY and PERTH were followed by two years as the Fleet Communications Officer at Maritime Headquarters Australia.
As Executive Officer of HMAS SYDNEY, McHardie deployed twice to the Middle East in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. His time as Executive Officer was followed by two years at Maritime Headquarters as Commander Plans, responsible for the Fleet’s operations and exercise planning.
As Commanding Officer of the Amphibious Ship, HMAS MANOORA in 2006 and 2007 he completed deployments to East Timor in support of Operation ASTUTE, the South Pacific and South East Asia. He commenced his posting as Director General Naval Communications and Intelligence in late 2007 followed by a year of studies at the College of Defence and Strategic Studies in 2011. In 2012 he undertook duties as the Director Joint Amphibious Capability Implementation Team at Campbell Park in Canberra. Commodore McHardie deployed to the Middle East in late 2012 to Command Combined Task Force 150 responsible for Coalition Maritime Counter Terrorism Operations based in Bahrain.
McHardie’s most recent role in Defence was as Director General of the Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre in Canberra. He was responsible for the development and management of Defence Simulation Governance, the delivery of Simulation Services in support of Joint and Combined training, with a specific focus on major exercises and the evolution and development of the Defence Synthetic Environment including the design and production of innovative simulation and modelling assets. He retired from the Navy in April 2015 to take up a position within the Australian Public Service at the CIO Group with the Department of Human Services.
Charles McHardie 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. 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 and has two daughters that reside in Canberra.
Nic Moore is the Director of Digital at Service NSW. In this role, Nic is leads the development, implementation and management of the Service NSW Digital Channel to ensure it is a highly-scalable, cost-efficient operational framework that will support and grow to cover an anticipated 70% of all transactions across the NSW Government.
Nic is also accountable for the Service NSW Digital channel strategy including developing and implementing new products and services to ensure the Digital Channel accelerates the growth of revenue streams and becomes the primary way for customers to transact with the NSW Government.
Prior to this Nic was a member of the Telstra Executive Team where he was accountable for technology and solution delivery of Telstra’s Online (Digital Channel) Program which involved the redevelopment of all Telstra's online products and services. He was also accountable for the design, development, delivery and lifecycle management of Telstra’s Service Delivery Framework and BigPond network, products and services. This portfolio generated annual revenue of over $2B.
Tim Neal is the Director of Data Access Policy in the Commonwealth Department of Communications. He is responsible for providing strategic data capability and infrastructure advice to Government; specifically policy leadership, programme management and concept development across spatial policy, open data, big data and data analytics.
In this role he is the lead on the Australian Open Data 500, NationalMap, Open Data Network, Data Driven Innovation, the Commonwealth Data Efficiency, and the FIND projects; the Commonwealth Sponsor of the Foundation Spatial Data Framework Geocoded Addressing Theme; and the manager of international data standards engagement for the Commonwealth Government.
Tim previously worked in Commonwealth Government Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism as the Director of Capability and Standards in the Office of Spatial Policy and spent seven years in a variety of roles in the Department of Defence. In both roles he was responsible for a range of operations and projects that covered national security, Defence and foundation data.
Tim is a graduate of the University of Queensland with a Masters and Bachelor Degree in Political Science.
David leads the team's strategy and implementation with new and existing clients. David has over 17 years experience in the online space and over 7 years with Drupal. He has led some of the largest Open Source projects in the APJ region along with being the lead Architect and Security Consultant on the govCMS project with the Australian Government.
David enjoys tinkering with robotics, REST APIs and Graph Databases - someday he plans on creating something amazing with all of them.
As the Head of User Research at the UK Government Digital Service in the Cabinet Office, Leisa led a team of user researchers who work in agile, multidisciplinary teams to help continuously connect the people who design public services with the people who use them. The user research team ensure that government really understand what user needs are and supports experimentation and ongoing learning in iterative service design.
She is most proud of helping to build a cross government community of user researchers in the UK Government that now includes dozens of skilled and enthusiastic user researchers who share their knowledge and experience across the boundaries of government departments, and who have made a real difference in the design of service used by millions of people every day across the country.
Leisa has recently moved to Sydney, Australia to join the Digital Transformation Office in the Australian government where she is be building a multidisciplinary team who will help transform the design of public services in Australia.
Previously Leisa has worked as a consultant to clients including Virgin Atlantic, BBC, HSBC, The Economist, Transport for London, University of Surrey, the Drupal community, Tourism Australia, Moo, SkimLinks and Touchnote and many others. She has mentored at Seedcamp, coordinated the London UX Bookclub and spoken at (too) many UX conferences. Leisa blogs at disambiguity.com and you can follow her on twitter @leisa
Anthony has over a decade of experience managing retail. Completing his Bachelor of Business Management and International Management, he has worked in a number of multinational retailers throughout Australia and New Zealand. Anthony has expertise in operational execution and business management as well as general establishing and growing businesses in new markets. Recently he project managed a national brand expansion throughout Australia and in New Zealand in the role of National Operations Manager of a Food Retail brand with over 40 stores.
Anthony’s experience in operations has been invaluable to Scancam. Recently successfully negotiating an international supply and distribution model for the business locking in competitive pricing with suppliers and establishing a distribution network with companies including Apple, Netgear and Mobotix. Anthony also oversees the financial control of Scancam along with ensuring the day to day operations of the business and also is the acting CTO for the business.
Scancam has also been the recipients of a number of Innovation Awards including the National I Award for R&D, was a finalist in the WAITTA Awards and has also been awarded the WA’s chamber of Commerce’s WA Innovator of the Year award also for R&D.
Combining Anthony’s retail management with Eoin’s security background gives Scancam Industries a strong foundation and competitive knowledge base to succeed where others have failed. With Eoin based in Perth and Anthony in Sydney, between us we’ve got the country covered. We see this geography as another competitive advantage.
Mandy Smith is Head of Agency Services and RealMe for the New Zealand Post (NZP) group and leads the RealMe digital identity partnership with the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). Having lead the RealMe relationship with DIA since inception including being responsible for the private sector commercialisation of RealMe Mandy is ideally positioned to provide an overview of the RealMe challenges to implement and its track record so far including insights into future roadmap ideas . In addition Mandy also manages Agency Services which includes both other the counter BillPayment services and ID & Apply services including biometric capture. Mandy has a wide commercial background having worked in a number of sectors and technologies and has a vision on how a high confidence digital identity is a key enabler of the digital economy.
Jacob Suidgeest is the Director of Regulation and Strategy (Health and Privacy Assessments) at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).
Jacob is responsible for the OAIC’s regulatory and strategic policy response to privacy issues across a number of areas, particularly in Health, eHealth and information security.
Jacob’s section conducts all the OAIC’s assessments (formerly known as audits) of organisations and agencies against the Privacy Act and related Acts.
Examples of Jacob’s other work includes producing guidance for consumers and entities about privacy and health; advising the Department of Health on Privacy Impact Assessments on changes to the eHealth system; and updating the Guide to Securing Personal Information which is a resource to help agencies and organisations to meet their obligations under the Privacy Act to take reasonable steps to protect personal information.
Fiona Symmons is Strategic Planning Manager, Education and Online Services, at Consumer Affairs Victoria. Within this role she is responsible for guiding the organisation's strategic marketing planning as well as visual services and brand management.
Fiona has a background in marketing and brand management in the tourism and education sectors, and a passion for understanding customer behaviour and motivations to help determine innovative ways of engaging target markets.
Stephen is fiercely committed to ensuring Queensland’s 400,000 small businesses continue to be the driving force of the state’s social and economic prosperity and are actively supported in their desire to innovate and adapt to the challenges of the future economy.
His passion for small business saw him become CEO of CCIQ (Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland) in 2012.
With a vision to reinvent and rejuvenate an industry association through the creation and provision of comprehensive advice, relevant services and essential tools for small and medium sized businesses, he turned CCIQ into a 150-year-old start-up, revolutionising its culture, performance, and value to reflect the passion and energy of the small business community.
CCIQ subsequently embarked on a transformational journey to become Queensland’s leading industry body in under three years, which will culminate this year with the launch of Collaborate in Brisbane – the first of a series of revolutionary co-working spaces throughout regional Queensland.
Collaborate’s uniqueness will be driven by CCIQ’s desire to help businesses solve the problems they encounter every day, through insight, innovation, product development and expert advice; a unique approach to co-working that will grow Queensland’s economy by making businesses more profitable, productive and successful.
Originally from Scotland and coming to Brisbane via a track record of achievement and success forged in global media, in London, Melbourne and Sydney, Stephen is a noted speaker, passionate advocate and driver of change and represents CCIQ and the interests of small business as a member of several Government, Enterprise and Non-Profit Boards in Queensland.
Rob Thomas has 15 years communications experience ranging from advertising, community events management, social media outreach and science communication. Since 2008 he has been involved in community development and communication at the Department of Industry in Canberra. With a focus in online communications he has developed and implemented strategies to engage and grow audiences. He has extensive experience with the social media toolkit, creating communities of thousands and building one of the most successful government YouTube channels.
Currently Rob is Communications Manager for the Public Sector Innovation Network. A platform designed to share stories of program innovation in public services and encourage the culture of innovation in the public sector.
Uuno Vallner is working for eGovernment Academy as senior expert. Uuno Vallner has been the initiator of several key e-governance projects for Estonia, including the X-Road, the governmental portal eesti.ee, e-elections and the open data portal. Several information policy documents have been drafted under his aegis, including interoperability frameworks and the green book on open data. He has represented Estonia in the e-government working group of the European Commission, in the working groups of the ISA European interoperability programme, in the European eGovernment working group and in European working groups on open data.
Uuno graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Tartu and received a PhD degree in technical sciences from the Soviet Academy of Science in Moscow. He has worked in the Institute of Information, the Government Office and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications as director of eGovernment division.
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