Advisory panel

Official Event Advisory Panel

Quest Events would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the official event advisory panel who contributed their valuable time and expertise to ensure the agenda for this event is timely and relevant for all stakeholders working in the Technology sectors.

Rachel Byrne
Product Owner, Aged Care Digital Journey
BUPA Aged Care





Karen Lay-Brew

Karen is a Board Member and Corporate Advisor, and presently holds the position President on the Australian Business Software Industry Association (ABSIA) Board.  She works closely with both Australian Government and the private sector.  Karen previously worked at Microsoft HQ in the USA as VP for delivering global software launches coordinating Marketing, Sales, Partners and Customer Service, and established Women in IT.  She also served as the VP of Six Sigma and CIO for BHP Billiton Base Metals division where she implemented a world-wide Six Sigma Operational Excellence programme.  As the CIO for Honeywell Asia-Pacific, she has worked across different cultures and geographies to successfully integrate the disparate IT organisations serving 14 different countries. 

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


Holly Tattersall
Women in Digital & Digital Talent Co

Digital Talent Co is a Digital Recruitment firm partnering with Australian businesses and talented Digital practitioners. As industry specialists the team at Digital Talent Co. pride themselves on truly understanding the needs of their clients and candidates.

Women in Digital, a passion project of hers is an international membership organisation founded in 2014. WID connects its predominantly female membership through monthly Events, Mentoring and training opportunities through the support of dedicated Advisory Board, management team and marketing crew.

A recent finalist in the QLD Young Achiever Award, a very public recognition of her work in the Digital Industry, she was also presented with the AIM Emerging Leader Brisbane Award in 2016 and named in the 40 under 40 Top Young Entrepreneurs in Brisbane.

Karen Taylor-Brown
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Refraction Media

Karen is the co-founder and CEO of award-winning, STEM-specialist media company, Refraction Media. Publications and platforms produced under Refraction Media include Careers with STEM, a multimedia platform that seeks to inspire young Australians to pursue courses and careers in STEM and Science Meets Business, online news at the nexus of research and industry.

Two decades of experience in print, broadcast and digital media has helped Karen to apply a large-scale vision to developing strategic communications platforms as well as a host of custom solutions for clients.

With a focus on collective impact, Karen has brought together over two hundred champions of STEM, from industry, government and education, who share the Refraction vision: to inspire a smarter future.

In 2016 Karen was a finalist for Publishing Executive of the Year and in 2015 a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Lama Tayeh
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Lama Tayeh is the Founder & CEO of LULUMPR®. She is recognised as a leading industry voice on technology and innovation communications. Her areas of expertise lay in the space where business, technology, and design intersect with digital PR and the marketing narrative.

Prior to founding LULUMPR®, Lama’s career journey and global experience spanned; executive, leadership, and senior advisory strategic counsel helping build and grow some of today’s most renowned brands in: technology, aviation, media and professional services. Including Future Fibre Technologies, ABB, NTT DATA, Nokia Siemens Networks, Qatar Airways, Airbus, CNN and Forbes.

Lama is a highly regarded dynamic and conscious leader, who thrives on the success of building inclusive innovative cultures and great businesses. She is a member of the CMO Global Council, and advocate for Tech Diversity & Inclusion.


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Women in Tech. Fest 2018