Advisory Board

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 sector.


  • Rita Arrigo
    Strategic Engagement Manager, CSIRO National AI Centre

    Session: Revolutionising industries: the impact of large language models across sectors

    Rita Arrigo is a renowned digital strategist with a reputation for leading digital transformation projects in the public and private sectors. Her deep technical skills, digital insights and communication skills have made her a sought-after digital speaker, commentator, broadcaster, and mentor across the IT sector and the broader leadership community. She can communicate complex technical ideas across the “IT divide” to non-geek stakeholders across creative, technical and business.

    She is the Strategic Engagement Manager at CSIRO National AI Centre, focused on building a Responsible AI Network, a world-first cross-ecosystem collaboration aimed at establishing and sharing best practice of responsible AI in the commercial sector.

  • Lieutenant Colonel Adam J Hepworth, PhD
    Technical Director - Artificial Intelligence, Australian Army

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the emerging threats and opportunities in generative AI over the next 6-12 months?

    Lieutenant Colonel Adam Hepworth leads exploration of Artificial Intelligence within the Army’s Robotic and Autonomous Systems Implementation and Coordination Office (RICO). Adam’s portfolio includes human-cognitive augmentation, autonomous systems, AI-enabled decision-making, and human-machine teaming and swarming.  Adam holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the University of South Australia, a Graduate Diploma in Scientific Computation from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science from the University of New South Wales.

    Adam was the 2022 Chief of Army Scholar at the Australian Army Research Centre and is presently a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, resident in the School of Systems and Computing. His current research contributes to swarm shepherding for human-swarm teaming, activity recognition and behaviour prediction, and the design of artificial intelligence systems.

  • Dr Michael Kollo
    Chief Executive Officer, Evolved AI

    Session: Shifting horizons: the dynamic evolution of generative AI and its corporate implications

    Session: FIRESIDE CHAT: Is generative AI stifling creativity or unlocking genuine areas of new potential?

    Session: Masterclass A: The essential generative AI toolbox – generative AI mastery 101

    An executive business leader with global financial services and deep technology management experience Dr. Kollo has deep subject matter expertise in quantitative finance, asset allocation, portfolio construction and risk management, as well as economic forecasting.

    Dr. Kollo is an analytical and thoughtful people leader with a passion for mentoring and bringing aligning to high performing teams.

  • Mithil Shah
    Principal AI/ML Solutions Architect, AWS

    Mithil Shah is a Principal AI/ML Specialist Solution Architect at AWS. Currently he helps public sector customers improve lives of citizens by building Machine Learning solutions on AWS.