Speakers

  • Rita Arrigo
    Ecosystem Engagement Manager, CSIRO Data61

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION - Supercharging your business operations through the power of generative AI

    Session: Dissecting the dangers of deepfakes and their impact on reputation

    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.

  • Anycie Barakat
    Head of Generative Design, Archistar.ai

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION - Supercharging your business operations through the power of generative AI

    Anycie Barakat is a highly skilled Computational Designer with over 10 years in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry. Her speciality is in using AI and Generative Design to create web-based digital assessment tools that instantly assess building designs for compliance against specific planning controls.

    Anycie teaches contemporary design software in the Architecture & Planning industry with a Master of Architecture (M.Arch) from University of Technology, Sydney. She has guest lectured, presented and tutored architectural and computational design at universities worldwide and her work regarding predictive urban analytics and generating urban form has been published in multiple international journals.

  • Kate Brodie
    Senior Director – Digital AI (Tribe Lead), Optus

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION - Supercharging your business operations through the power of generative AI

    Kate Brodie is the Senior Director of Digital AI at Optus, leading next-generation AI powered solutions for Optus to create lasting customer relationships and become a most loved everyday brand. Over the last 5 years, Kate has spearheaded AI at Optus, having led the 1st Asia Pac region partnership with Google for Contact Centre AI (CCAI), led AI powered products from ideation-to-scale including generative AI applications, and built teams from the ground up. In this time, Kate and her team have won awards for Innovation and CX. More recently, this has paved the way for Optus to adopt an enterprise-wide strategy that will lead to a change in the way people connect in their everyday lives and move the company from a Telco to a Techno. With an extensive background in strategy, technology and marketing, Kate’s passion

  • Solly Brown
    Partner, QuantumBlack, AI by McKinsey

    Session: Breaking out of the gen AI experimentation trap

    Solly Brown is a Partner and leader at McKinsey’s advanced analytics and artificial intelligence division, QuantumBlack.

    He leads McKinsey’s work on generative AI across Australia and New Zealand, helping clients deliver impact at scale – from strategy, to use case delivery and capability building.

    Solly holds a PhD in machine learning and a Masters of Science (Research) in theoretical physics.

  • Ben Burge
    Member of the Team - Telstra Energy, Telstra

    Session: Understanding the importance of AI explainability and transparency within your organisation

    Ben is Member of the Team at Telstra.  He has been at the helm of epic and humiliating failures across six industries and three continents, in the midst of which he picked fights with bullies, lost (and then rediscovered) his faith in democracy, and occasionally got lucky in the all-consuming religion of start-up and early-stage growth.

    While Ben is fascinated by the prospect of interplanetary missions, he would like the earth to remain habitable for generations to come.

  • Sarah Carney
    Chief Technology Officer - Enterprise Commercial, Microsoft

    Session: Empowering Businesses in the Era of AI

    Sarah has worked with Microsoft for six years and is the Chief Technology Officer for their Enterprise Commercial team.

    She leads a team of technical experts and is responsible for Microsoft’s industry strategy for Australia’s largest commercial enterprises. In her spare time she is a passionate creator of abandoned art and attempts not to kill her large cacti collection.

  • Dan Chesterman
    Group Executive Technology and Data, Chief Information Officer, ASX

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION - Navigating the impact of generative AI right now while preparing to adapt to the future

    Dan Chesterman was appointed Group Executive of ASX’s Technology and Data business in July 2021.

    In this role, Dan is charged with delivering a comprehensive suite of technology and data solutions to meet the evolving needs of ASX’s internal and external customers. He is responsible for ASX’s data centre and connectivity business; the market data and analytics products (including DataSphere); ASX’s distributed ledger technology (DLT) platform and solutions business (DLT Solutions); and in parallel, remains accountable for the core technology functions of ASX including infrastructure, architecture, engineering, testing and systems integration.

    Dan has extensive domestic and international financial services experience and familiarity with technology and data businesses from strategy, infrastructure, delivery, regulatory, operational and customer perspectives.

    Prior to his current role, Dan was ASX Chief Information Officer (2017-2021), where he led ASX's technology teams and was responsible for the delivery of technology solutions and services aligned with ASX's business strategy. Before joining ASX, Dan was CIO for the Commonwelath Bank of UAstralia's CommSec and Private Bank, led the technology teams supporting CBA's International FinancialServices businesses in Asia, and worked as a management consultant with Accenture and Whittman Hart. 

    As Chair of Q ASX, ASX’s LGBTQI+ employee networking group, Dan is a strong advocate for creating workplaces that are safe and inclusive, and where all employees feel supported to bring their wholeselves to work.

  • Dr. Benjamin Coorey
    Founder & CEO, Archistar.ai

    Session: Embracing AI to stay competitive, increase efficiency & boost productivity

    Dr. Benjamin Coorey is the Founder and CEO of Archistar, an award-winning Proptech platform that leverages AI to streamline property research and maximise potential, all on a single platform.

    Dr. Coorey is a global leading expert in architecture and generative design. He completed a PhD in generative design and has dedicated his working career to consulting, educating, and developing cutting-edge technology to revolutionise the architectural design and property industries. 

    Dr. Ben has worked for a number of prestigious international architectural firms and his extensive research has been published in multiple international journals. He has presented at a range of conferences across Hong Kong, Singapore, San Francisco, New York, and Australia. 

  • David Cyrus
    Head of APAC Marketing, Staffbase

    Session: Masterclass B - How to use generative AI to increase your marketing and communications ROI

    David Cyrus serves as the Head of APAC Marketing at Staffbase, the world's leading internal communications platform, which is currently implementing generative AI to augment both internal and external communications. In addition, David is the CEO & Co-founder of Edukado AI, the creator of the AI text detection tool, AICheatCheck.

    Previously, David held the position of Director of Marketing at Faethm AI, a Sydney-based Australian AITech firm that specialized in predictive AI solutions to help enterprises and governments prepare for the workforce impact of AI. At Faethm AI, a leader in Natural Language Processing (NLP), David honed his knowledge and understanding of large language models.

    An early adopter of AI in marketing since 2020, David has effectively utilized generative AI, including GPT-2, GPT-3, DALL-E, Midjourney, and other text-to-image models, to create diverse marketing content, such as blogs, social media posts, landing pages, and websites. David advocates for AI to automate and augment marketers' workflows, removing mundane tasks and enhancing creativity and strategy.

    David holds an MBA with a specialisation in strategic marketing and digital business model strategy, as well as a Certificate in Business Communication.

  • Julian Delany
    Chief Technology Officer, News Corp Australia

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION - Navigating the impact of generative AI right now while preparing to adapt to the future

    Julian Delany is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Data & Digital leading the Technology, Data & Digital function at News Corp Australia.

    In his role as CTO, Julian is a strategic partner at the helm of News Corp Australia’s digital transformation journey - championing the transition of News Corp Australia into a consumer and customer-centric organisation through the delivery of scalable best-in-class digital product experiences, and data solutions across all aspects of the company that contribute to growth outcomes.

    His remit includes a wide range of titles and categories, including news.com.au, state-based Mastheads, Regionals & Communities, Food Corp, the With Her In Mind Network, Escape, Punters, Racenet, Odds.com.au, and the travel, sport, wagering and gaming categories.

    Over the past two decades, Julian has built a solid track record of strengthening brands and optimising their channels of discovery through the latest technology and innovation such as apps, video, social, app and newsletters. Notably, Julian established audience and commercial dominance across several of News Corp Australia’s powerhouse brands, including news.com.au, and The Weather Channel during his time at Foxtel.

    Julian is also the Executive sponsor of News Corp Australia’s Women in Tech committee.

  • Ean Evans
    Partner, EY

    Session: Balancing the opportunities of Generative AI whilst managing risks responsibly: What questions do executives need to be asking?

    Ean Evans is a Partner at EY with over 22 years of industry and consulting experience in large-scale transformative projects and programs. He is EY’s Oceania Intelligent Operations and Automation Solution Leader and is a passionate advocate for the re-imagination of enterprise processes coupling innovative technologies, process excellence and employee adoption - helping to build a better working world for EY’s clients and give employees time to focus on adding value. He specialises primarily in large-scale process optimisation initiatives utilising intelligent automation technologies (RPA, webforms, machine learning), lean process reengineering and effective sourcing. Ean has led 50+ complex process optimisation digitisation and automation programs, including with Top 20 ASX organisations and numerous government departments, and his clients have won global awards for their automation programs successes.

  • Dr Nathan Faggian PhD
    Head of Cloud AI Services (JAPAC), Google

    Session: Transforming your operations with an AI strategy that aligns with your business goals and priorities

    Dr. Nathan Faggian is a technical expert focused on machine learning with many years of field experience. As the head of AI services in JAPAC his role is to help large enterprises adopt AI and make best use of cloud computing through technical leadership and guidance. Nathan holds a PhD in computer science, specialising in computational geometry and machine vision for pattern recognition. Nathan has been an academic in multiple domains with a career that has spanned computational science, medical imaging and meteorology.  Before joining Google, Nathan was high performance computing (HPC) section head, bushfire predictive services manager, forecast systems developer and research scientist at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology,  data scientist and applied scientist at Microsoft and research fellow at the centre for neuroscience at Melbourne University.

  • Dr Richard George
    Vice President – Workplace Apps & Analytics, Pearson

    Session: Opening remarks from the Chair

    Dr Richard George is the VP of Workforce Apps and Analytics at Pearson. Richard was formally the Chief Data Scientist at Faethm AI, before its acquisition, where his team of data scientists and AI engineers built large language models to predict the future impact of emerging technology on work. Richard has a PhD in bioinformatics from University College London; Postdoctoral positions at Inpharmatica – Europe’s first AI biotech; the European Bioinformatics Institute; and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sydney; he has an MBA from the AGSM, Sydney, and Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, MA, USA; and ten years in strategy consulting and senior management positions.

  • Beverley Honig
    Chief Executive Officer, Honeylight Enterprises

    Session: The future role of AI in contracts

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION - Navigating the impact of generative AI right now while preparing to adapt to the future

    Description automatically generatedNamed AFR/Westpac top Australia’s entrepreneurs, listed in Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame, Who’s Who of Business, recipient of Prime Minister’s International Trade Awards, and 3 times  Stevie® Winner for Global Start Up of the year (2022, 2021 and 2020, based on the entrepreneurial success of Greenville Developments upcycled shipping container business. 2022 Women in Digital Founder of the Year and 2021 Innovator of the Year.

    Beverley is an experienced lawyer and businesswomen and works across multiple continents. She is also Judge, Essential Services Commission Appeals, and Board Director of public, private and government organisations in education and international trade, and senior executive with responsibilities for asset portfolios worth $4 billion.  

    An accomplished presenter at conferences on contracts, projects, and innovation, Beverley is Chief Executive of Honeylight Enterprises, named Westpac Bank’s top 200 Businesses of Tomorrow”, described by Deloitte as “Unlocking some of Australia’s $70 billion economic potential”. With expertise as a technology entrepreneur, she is Co-Founder of First Nations Blockchain, an Aboriginal Enterprise protecting provenance and cultural IP. 

    Beverley has been designing and delivering corporate courses in the areas of strategic sourcing and acquisition, procurement, contract and project management for over 2 decades, and has delivered over 20,000 programs globally.

    As Chief Examiner of NewLaw subjects at Monash University, she brings an outstanding track record of establishing innovation and practical theories in Contract Management Lifecycle™ as published author of bestseller Making Contracts Work (2010), and textbooks on Project Management and Contemporary Management. Noted by Monash Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Innovation in technology development

  • Dr. Omid Karr, PhD
    Chief Executive Officer, Ambiata

    Session: Masterclass A - The essential generative AI toolbox

    Session: Live 1-on-1: In conversation with Omid Karr and Bill Simpson-Young

    Dr Omid Karr is a data science and technology leader with more than 15 years of experience and a proven track record of building and executing end to end data-driven software solutions including artificial intelligence, machine learning, mathematical & statistical modelling and optimisation to solve complex real-world problems, deriving actionable insights and supporting optimised decision making in a wide range of contexts.

    With a PhD in machine learning, more than 8 years of executive-level consulting and 5 years of executive leadership experience, Omid is passionate about making real impact through scientifically proven, commercially driven and ethical application of data science.

  • Dr Michael Kollo
    Chief Executive Officer, Evolved Reasoning

    Session: Unlocking the secrets of generative AI to make the most of this generational technological change

    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.

  • Dee Kulkarni
    Head of Technology, Sidekicker

    Session: Panel Discussion: Exploring how generative AI can create a hyper-personalised customer experience

    Dee Kulkarni is a technology leader with extensive experience in building and growing large scale e-commerce and marketplace teams. She’s fluent in tech, exec and human. Dee is the Chief Technology Officer for Sidekicker a leading start up that is changing the way businesses hire temporary and casual staff.

  • Marc L'Huillier
    EY Oceania Customer Strategy Leader; Consumer Insights Practice Leader, EY

    Session: EY Global Future Consumer Index

    Marc is an accomplished and highly regarded expert on customer strategy, spanning customer experience, consumer insight, product/service innovation and accelerating growth. He leads both the Customer and Growth field of play and the Consumer Insights Practice in EY Oceania.

    Marc is passionate about helping major organisations better understand their customers and develop integrated strategies to drive growth and create value. He has a strong reputation for delivering sharp market insight and astute thought leadership, playing lead roles on a number of EY's flagship global research programs.

     

  • Brendan Murphy
    Lecturer in Digital Media, CQ University

    Session: Unravelling the complexities of intellectual property rights in AI-generated text and images

    Brendan Murphy is a Lecturer in the Digital Media programme at Central Queensland University’s Rockhampton campus. Brendan is an art photographer who has held exhibitions of hybrid analog/digital photography in Queensland and New South Wales. He has been active in in a range of artforms in his local community, from writing to radio production. He is currently exploring ways of combining photography, sketching and generative AI to produce novel hybrid forms of Photomedia. Some of these explorations are online at brenmurphyart.com.

    Brendan currently teaches in the areas of photography, visual design and screenwriting. He has degrees in Applied Science and Humanities and holds a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education. His background spanning computer science and humanities and his long engagement in digital arts gives him a unique perspective on emerging AI technologies. He has recently been a contributor to The Conversation and to ABC Radio, providing analysis on contemporary digital media and AI trends.

  • Dr Ian Oppermann
    Chief Data Scientist, NSW Department of Customer Service

    Session: Exploring the reputational risks of relying on AI-generated content for critical decision making

    Dr. Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist working within  the Department of Customer Service. He is also an Industry Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

    Ian has been recognised as a Global Leader in Data and Analytics (Corinium’s Global Top 100 in 2020 and 2022) spanning the domains of government, industry, academia and standards. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a PhD in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University.

    Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, is a Fellow and Immediate Past President of the Australian Computer Society, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is Chair of Australia’s IEC National Committee and JTC1, the NSW AI Review Committee and the NSW Smart Places Advisory Council.

  • Adam Peaston
    Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist, Seer Data & Analytics

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION - Navigating the impact of generative AI right now while preparing to adapt to the future

    Adam Peaston is co-founder and Head of Data Science at Seer Data & Analytics. Adam developed his passion for data analytics and data science through his early career in engineering and strategic planning. Adam’s customer obsession and creativity in architecting analytical workflows was central to the early success of professional services delivery at Seer Data, as well as the design and development of core elements of the Seer Platform. The Seer Platform is today used by a wide and growing number of commercial and public sector organisations for accessing and sharing data safely and securely.

  • Dr Sandra Peter
    Director – Sydney Business Insights, University of Sydney

    Session: Upskilling and reskilling for the age of generative AI – changing the game for the future of business

    Dr Sandra Peter is the Director of Sydney Business Insights at the University of Sydney Business School. She is also co-director of Sydney Executive Plus, the Business School’s new executive initiative. Her research expertise and practice focus on engaging with the future in productive ways. She has led strategic initiatives and worked on executive programs with business, Research Organisations, Government and Defence. Her new podcast series is The Unlearn Project. She also co-hosts one of Australia’s leading Business and Technology podcasts The Future, This Week. She has published in MIS Quarterly, JAIS, JIT and EJIS and works on a wide range of educational research initiatives and programs, including work with UNESCO and the Department of Education. She has contributed thought pieces, op eds, interviews and research in the Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Australian and the ABC.

  • Lambros Photios
    Founder and CEO, Adaca | Ante

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION - Navigating the impact of generative AI right now while preparing to adapt to the future

    Lambros Photios is the Founder and CEO of two technology companies, Adaca and Ante.

    Adaca is a managed software development services business with a goal of changing the way people feel about offshore software development. Adaca combines local management with exclusively senior engineers located abroad to expeditiously deliver innovative technology solutions for companies globally. Adaca's clients have included the likes of the Swiss Government, Qantas, and EY.

    Ante is a distributed ledger technology using artificial intelligence to deliver measurement tools for Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs). A spinoff of Adaca, Ante provides conflict analysis solutions in Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia, and Kenya. This is enabled by its use of state of the art technology to provide a platform that anonymously gathers and verifies data from affected populations to measure the impact of humanitarian relief work.

  • Geoff Pidcock
    Data and Analytics Lead, Atlassian

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION - Navigating the impact of generative AI right now while preparing to adapt to the future

    Geoff’s role at Atlassian is to help create better partnership products and involves working with second and third party developers to build apps and integrations that deliver customer value.

    Some examples include integrating with Slack and Teams to make our products better together, or shipping extensibility so that our lively ecosystem of second party developers can deliver new product features through apps.

    His role involves closely partnering with senior leaders, identifying business opportunities for data and analytics, owning a roadmap, and onboarding and managing a team.

  • Howard Silby
    Chief Innovation Officer, National Australia Bank

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION - Navigating the impact of generative AI right now while preparing to adapt to the future

    Howard Silby is Executive, Innovation and Partnerships (Chief Innovation Officer) for the NAB Group. Howard’s career has encompassed a broad range of customer, product, marketing and risk leadership roles in the financial services sector. He has over 18 years of experience in major banks in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and six years in wealth management.

    Howard joined NAB in 2006 and has held a variety of roles with the company, including Executive for Business Lending, Deposits, Enterprise Risk, Chief Marketing Officer and CEO of UBank.

    Prior to his current role, Howard was Chief Operating Officer at BNZ. Previous roles have also included Head of Commercial Operations, Banking and Savings at HBOS Retail. He managed transactional banking and the largest end-to-end deposits business in the UK. Prior to working at HBOS, Howard worked in wealth management at Aviva plc.

    Howard holds an MBA from Durham University and an MSc in Mathematics from New Zealand.

  • Bill Simpson-Young
    Chief Executive Officer, Gradient Institute

    Session: Masterclass A: Generative AI fundamentals - building your essential AI toolkit 

    Session: Live 1-on-1: In conversation with Omid Karr and Bill Simpson-Young

    Bill has spent more than 20 years building teams of researchers, software engineers and product designers to develop novel techniques, technologies and products and get these into widespread use. He started as a software engineer and research assistant in machine learning (ML), working on the c4.5 library, one of the world’s first ML technologies used commercially.

    He has led R&D for global technology companies (Canon and Unisys) and government-funded research institutions (CSIRO and NICTA) and been on the executive teams of three leading Australian science and technology organisations (CiSRA, NICTA and CSIRO’s Data61).

    Most recently, he has been Director of Engineering and Design at Data61 where he led a team of 100 data scientists, engineers, user experience designers and product managers, developing new techniques, technologies and products. This included work in areas incuding ML (including ethically-aware ML), data privacy, computational law, geospatial systems and more.

    He designed and taught a Masters course in IT Innovation at University of Sydney for seven years to 2016 covering topics such as technology life cycles, disruptive innovation, open innovation, open source strategies, organisational culture for innovation and innovation ecosystems. He has sat on several government data-related committees influencing approaches to data sharing, data privacy, data analytics and open data as well as advisory groups at two Australian universities. He has degrees in computer science, history of art and cognitive science.

  • Stela Solar
    Director – National Artificial Intelligence Centre, CSIRO's Data61

    Session: Staying ahead of the competition & avoiding the risk of being left behind

    Stela Solar is the Director of the National Artificial Intelligence Centre, hosted by CSIRO's Data61. In this role, Stela is focused on building value for Australian people, businesses and the country, through use of Artificial Intelligence.

    Over the past 15 years, Stela has cultivated expertise in capturing new revenue opportunities presented by emerging technologies and business model transformation. Stela is passionate about removing barriers to positive technology adoption and engagement. She leverages her broad experiences across business development, strategy, ecosystem development, marketing and product management to inform her insights surrounding cross-organizational factors affecting an organization’s ability to capture an advantage.

    Prior to CSIRO, Stela most recently held the position of Global Director of AI Solutions Sales and Strategy at Microsoft, and before that was with channel partners Ingram Micro, Express Data, and web security startup M86.

    Stela has recently returned to Australia from 7 years in the US technology industry. She has a Masters of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts from University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW. Outside of work, Stela enjoys competitive sailing and plays cello and piano.

  • Angela Stengel
    Head – Innovation Lab, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION - Navigating the impact of generative AI right now while preparing to adapt to the future

    Angela lead ABC's Innovation Lab, a team focussed on growth and innovation. With 15+ years’ experience in media and digital, Angela works collaboratively to solve complex strategic challenges. She is currently focused on: AI tools for content, new commissions for TikTok, talent-led social content.

  • Dayle Stevens OAM
    Executive - Data & AI, Telstra

    Session: Opening remarks from the Chair

    Dayle is an executive with over 30 years experience in technology, data &AI, across multiple industries. Dayle’s current role is Executive Director for Data & AI at Telstra and the Chief Ambassador for the Telstra Foundation.

    Prior to this Dayle was Chief Data Officer at AGL Energy. Previous roles have included Divisional CIO and other roles at National Australia Bank, and as an IT consultant with PWC working all over the world helping businesses transform through the adoption of new technologies.

    Dayle is an ambassador for Robogals Global, an international not-for-profit organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology.

    Dayle is an ambassador for Girl Geek Academy, a global movement encouraging women to learn technology, create startups and build the internet.

    Dayle’s work has been recognised with multiple industry and professional awards, including recently being awarded the Women Leading Tech Glass Ceiling Award in recognition of proudly ascending in her own career and for setting the tone, leading by example and then sweeping aside all barriers so others following didn’t even notice a bump.

  • Cori Stewart
    Founder and CEO, ARM Hub

    Session: Successfully adopting embodied AI to revolutionise your business

    Associate Professor Cori Stewart is a skilled and versatile science and technology commercialisation leader, who works in executive and advisor roles across industry, government, and the research sector. She is passionate about driving impact through university and industry collaboration and building strategic and trusted collaborations in Australia and across the globe.

    As the Founder and CEO of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub, Cori has built an Australian-first not-for-profit technology commercialisation company. ARM Hub has nurtured hundreds of businesses to validate, commercialise and modernise using cutting-edge technologies, design thinking, new IP and workforce development strategies in defence, energy, medical, resources, agriculture sectors and more. 

    Cori is widely recognised by her peers and the companies she works with, having been awarded one of Australia’s 2023 & 2024 ‘Superstars of STEM’ - lifting the profile of women and science in our communities – and the Asia Pacific 2022 Women in AI Award for AI in Manufacturing.

    Cori is a keynote speaker on topics such as technology transformation, university and industry collaboration, advanced manufacturing, supply chains, innovation and industrial policy, and inclusion.

  • Arafat Tehsin
    Senior Manager, EY (Microsoft MVP for Artificial Intelligence)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Supercharging your business operations through the power of generative AI

    Arafat Tehsin is a Senior Manager at EY and a Microsoft MVP for Artificial Intelligence based in Sydney, Australia. He has a wealth of experience in software development with a specialisation in digital transformation and business automation. Arafat has worked with Global SIs of Microsoft and has developed some next-gen solutions using emerging technologies.

    Arafat is an active member of the AI community and is committed to making artificial intelligence accessible to everyone, regardless of their background. He is a co-founder of Global AI - The Podcast, which explores AI applications within different industries. Arafat is always eager to learn new things and explore new possibilities in the field of Applied AI.

  • Rania Wannous
    Chief Customer Officer, NSW Telco Authority

    Session: Exploring how generative AI can create a hyper-personalised customer experience

    Rania Wannous is the Chief Customer Officer at NSW Telco Authority. She leads the customer experience, partnerships, communications and stakeholder engagement functions. As Customer Advocate, Rania ensures the Telco Authority’s services meet evolving connectivity requirements.  

    A communications specialist, Rania has worked with high-profile organisations in Sydney and the UK including Visit London, the National Rugby League and global consultancy firm, ERM

  • Benni Weller
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bramp

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION - Supercharging your business operations through the power of generative AI

    Benni Weller is an interdisciplinary creative director with international experience. He believes in the transformative power of ideas, and that great brands tell great stories.

    Benni is the founder and CEO of Bramp, a smart and affordable brand creation ecosystem for startups and SMEs. Benni’s mission is to make strategic brand creation tools accessible to every budget and revolutionise how startups build their brand.

    In his 16 years in the industry, Benni has worked for some of the most influential agencies in Germany and Australia, including Hulsbosch, MetaDesign, Re| M&C Saatchi, Interbrand, Landor Associates and BBDO Peter Schmidt Group. In 2013 Benni helped to build Whybrand, where he and his partner Annika led the creative department and shaped the agency’s creative vision.
    Before leaving the agency land in late 2020, Benni was the Creative Director Brand at Hulsbosch Sydney. He was responsible for key accounts like Virgin Australia, Velocity, Football Federation Australia, Channel Seven, Tyro, 86 400 and Dexus.

    While Benni’s focus is on identity, his experience includes the disciplines of digital, motion, packaging, retail and environmental design. He has created holistic brand experiences for an extensive list of international clients such as Hugo Boss, DHL, Virgin Australia, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Sydney Airport, Optus, Westpac, Bayer, GoreTex™ Products, and many others, in industries as diverse as fashion, finance, travel, education, entertainment, destination, engineering, retail and telecommunication.

    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.

  • Michael Williams
    Partner, Gilbert & Tobin

    Session: Navigating copyright law in the era of generative AI

    Michael is a senior partner in Gilbert + Tobin's Tech + IP Group and leads the Intellectual Property practice.

    He has always been fascinated by technology and its interaction with law and policy. Having had decades of experience working with clients who are exploring of the boundaries of copyright and content protection, Michael has closely followed the rise of generative AI and the legal implications of AI created imagery, text and synthetic information. His forthcoming paper I, Robot: Is IP Law Ready for the age of AI? (on Thaler and other provocations to our existing systems) is one of many examples of his work in relation to these issues.

    Michael makes regular appearances in the media, discussing complex legal issues in copyright and innovation

  • Amanda Winchester
    Expert Associate Partner, QuantumBlack, AI by McKinsey

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION - Navigating the impact of generative AI right now while preparing to adapt to the future

    Amanda is a leader in McKinsey’s advanced analytics and artificial intelligence division, QuantumBlack.

    With expertise across retail and consumer sectors in South America, APAC and her native United States, she helps clients drive commercial transformations through data-driven strategies informed by quantitative analysis.