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The Riding the Digital Wave Summit: Speakers

The Refectory, The University of Sydney (see Map and Directions)
Thursday 24 February 2022; 9:00am – 1:00pm AEDT (followed by lunch)

Roger Allen

Roger Allen AM

Co-Founder, Director, and Chairman, Allen & Buckeridge

Roger Allen AM is a highly experienced entrepreneur and investor in early-stage growth companies in Australia and internationally. He built Computer Power Group (CPG) in the 1970s from a small start-up to a worldwide group of 3,000 people operating from 50 offices in 12 countries, listing on the ASX in 1987. In 1996 he co-founded Allen & Buckeridge, an early-stage venture capital fund with offices in Silicon Valley and Australia. He is dedicated to social entrepreneurship, especially to enterprises focused on indigenous economic development and digital health. Roger has served on two Prime Ministers’ Science and Technology Councils and Advisory Boards, and was Deputy Chairman of Austrade from 1990 to 1997. Currently an adjunct professor in the Business School of the University of Technology Sydney, he has also lectured occasionally at the School of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD. Roger has been awarded the top two lifetime awards in the IT industry (CSIRO Tony Benson award and the Pearcey Medal for lifetime achievement) as well as an Order of Australia Honour for his services to the IT sector through leadership roles, venture capital investment and professional development, and in recognition of his support of the indigenous community and philanthropic interests.

Genevieve Bell
Prof. Genevieve Bell

Director, School of Cybernetics and 3A Institute, ANU

Genevieve Bell is the Director of the School of Cybernetics, Director of the 3A Institute, Florence Violet McKenzie Chair, a Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University, and Vice President and Senior Fellow at Intel Corporation. She is a cultural anthropologist who completed her Master at Bryn Mawr College in 1991 and PhD at Stanford University in 1998.

Genevieve is best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technological development. In September 2017, she established 3A Institute at ANU in collaboration with CSIRO’s Data61, with the mission of building a new branch of engineering to effectively and ethically manage the impact of artificial intelligence on humanity through better design and management of technology.

Genevieve is widely-published, holds many patents, and has an immense love of books.

Fang Chen
Fang Chen
Distinguished Professor; Executive Director UTS Data Science & UTS Data Science Institute, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
Distinguished Professor Fang Chen is an award-winning, internationally-recognised leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and data science. She is passionately innovative in her work, architecting and implementing data-driven solutions to problems met in industry and governments. Her experience in solving these real-life complex problems in large-scale networks span across transport, water, energy, agriculture and many more sectors. Fang is also actively involved in promoting ethical, human-centred AI.

Fang leads multidisciplinary teams of experts, together with whom she has won major scientific and industry awards on the national level. These include the Intelligent Transport Systems Australia National Award 2014, 2015 and 2018, the NSW iAwards 2017, the VIC iAwards 2019 and 2020, and the National Award and NSW “Research and Innovation Award” 2018 from the Australian Water Association.

In terms of personal recognition, Fang is the winner of the “Oscar” of Australian science – the Australian Museum Eureka Prize 2018 for Excellence in Data Science. She is the Australian Water Association’s “Water Professional of the Year”, awarded in 2016. She is the 2021 winner of the Australia and New Zealand “Women in AI” Award in Infrastructure, and a 2021 winner of the NSW Premier’s Prize of Science and Engineering.

Fang is a member of the inaugural NSW Government AI Advisory Committee. She also serves on the expert panel of the Singapore National Science Foundation, and on several boards, including ITS Australia. She has 300 publications and 30 patents in 8 countries. Currently, Fang is the Executive Director of Data Science at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the Executive Director of the UTS Data Science Institute.

Alisdair Faulkner
Alisdair Faulkner

CEO and Co-founder, Darwinium

Alistair Faulkner has a passion for social equitability and is living out his vision to make the digital world safe, fair and accessible to everyone in society with the creation of Darwinium.

Darwinium is the next evolution in digital risk, sitting at the intersection between fraud and abuse prevention. Unlike Charles Darwin’s legacy, Darwinium’s motto is ‘Survival of the Unfittest’; protecting those least able to protect themselves and ensuring everyone has access to the best defenses we can build.

Prior to Darwinium, Alisdair co-founded, built and scaled ThreatMetrix, the world’s leading Digital Identity company. As ThreatMetrix grew, it was protecting 1 in 3 ecommerce transactions in the US, and over 1 billion global accounts across 4 billion devices for the world’s largest global banks and brands. Alisdair created the Digital Identity category, grew recurring revenues from $0-100M USD resulting in a $830M USD acquisition by a FTSE 100 company. Alisdair then went on to manage the global fraud and identity organisation for the US, Canada, LATAM, APAC, UK and EMEA.

Alisdair Faulkner
Chris Ferrie
Associate Professor, University of Technology Sydney
Chris Ferrie is a father of four and happy husband. His day job is academic research where he follows his curiosity through the world of quantum physics. His passion for communicating science has led from the most esoteric topics of mathematical physics to more recently writing children’s books.

During the day, you will find him as an Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and Centre for Quantum Software and Information. His research interests include quantum estimation and control, and, in particular, the use of machine learning to solve statistical problems in quantum information science. He obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Institute of Quantum Computing and University of Waterloo (Canada) in 2012.

Wayne Fitzsimmons
Wayne Fitzsimmons
Chair, The Pearcey Foundation
Wayne Fitzsimmons OAM is an experienced executive who has worked extensively in the US, UK, as well as Australia. He is a director of several small privately owned start-up and hi-tech companies in Australia including iPro, Acendre, and Mooroolbark Group. He is Chairman of the Pearcey Foundation ( which promotes the ICT sector in Australia to Australia. Wayne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Engineering from the University of Queensland.
Ian Opperman
Prof. Gernot Heiser
Scientia Professor and John Lions Chair, University of New South Wales
Gernot Heiser’s primary occupation is leading research in and evangelising for the Trustworthy Systems (TS) Group, aiming to make software systems truly trustworthy. His prime application areas are safety- and security-critical cyberphysical systems such as aircraft, cars, medical devices, critical infrastructure and national security.

Gernot also teaches Advanced Operating Systems to a group of excellent students with a tendency to masochism. The course has, over the years, produced many Heroes of Operating Systems and has been copied at a number of universities. It also has its own prize for the best-performing student, the Advanced Operating Systems Prize.

In 2006, Gernot founded Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs) for commercialising L4 microkernel technology. He served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) from 2006–2010 and as a Director from 2006 until OK’s acquisition by General Dynamics in August 2012.

Liz Jakubowski

Liz Jakubowski

Director – Digital, National Skills Commission

Liz Jakubowski is a digital leader experienced in building data platforms, managing stakeholder relations and communications. She has held senior executive and leadership roles across research and public agencies including CSIRO, NICTA, ABC & NSW Health and consulted with the private sector.

Over the last four years, Liz has led the development of the online platform,, which matches tertiary students with STEM or digital skills to entry level roles with innovative businesses. Ribit established a community of 40,000 students across every university and TAFE in Australia and 5000 of Australia’s leading employers. It was acquired by Stone & Chalk in 2020.

Rashmi Karanth
Rashmi Karanth
Head of Products & Delivery, Quasar
Rashmi Karanth is a Digital Artisan who is completely obsessed about building customer-oriented user-centric digital products and services. Rashmi has over a decade of experience working in the United Kingdom and Australia for companies such as Airbus, Jaguar, J&J, National Audit Office, UK, Veolia, Mojo Power and Westpac. Rashmi has practical leadership experience working in diverse and complex environments with a proven track record of building complex and successful digital products and services whilst leading high performing teams, organisations, and commercial strategies across multiple industries & sectors. Outside work Rashmi has keen interest in space-related technologies and Formula 1.
Heba Khamis

Heba Khamis

Co-founder & CEO, Contactile

Heba Khamis is the CEO and Co-founder of Contactile and believes that people shouldn’t have to work like robots. She has a PhD in Engineering, an Honours degree in Software Engineering, and a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science from the University of Sydney. She has been researching human tactile sensing and tactile sensor design since 2012 and has extensive experience with programming for Kuka, Epson, and Physik Instrumente robots.
Kristi Mansfield
Kristi Mansfield

Co-founder & CEO, Seer Data & Analytics

Kristi Mansfield is the Co-founder & CEO of Seer Data & Analytics. Kristi is an inspirational thought leader, published author and industry leader on the use of data for social benefit.

Kristi has served on several boards including the North Queensland Cowboys Community Foundation, The Stella Prize, the Australian Women Donors Network, SharingStories and the NSW Government’s Family and Community Services Advisory Board for Social Investment. In 2015, she was named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review.

Ian Opperman
Dr. Ian Oppermann
Chief Data Scientist, NSW Government
Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government Chief Data Scientist and Industry Professor at University of Technology Sydney, as well as President of the Australian Computer Society after serving as Vice President — Academic Boards for two years He has a Master of Business Administration from the University of London and a PhD in Mobile Telecommunications from the University of Sydney.

Ian has 27 years of experience in the ICT sector and has led organisations with over 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO.

Ian is regarded as a thought leader in the area of Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services, and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited over 3500 times.

Maurice Pagnucco
Prof. Maurice Pagnucco

Deputy Dean (Education) of the Faculty of Engineering, UNSW

Professor Maurice Pagnucco is the Deputy Dean (Education) of the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW. He was previously the Head of the School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) from July 2010 to September 2019. He is a Professorial Fellow at the iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research, Deputy Director of Creative Robotics Lab (CRL) and Co-Director of the Intelligent Environments Lab. He was the President (mid-2016 — mid-2018) and the Immediate Past President (mid-2018 — mid-2020) of the Australian Council of Deans of ICT (ACDICT). I was previously Chair of NICTA (now Data61; Australia’s national ICT centre of excellence) University Partner Committee and Chair, NSW Steering Committee for Digital Careers.
Sandra Peter
Sandra Peter

Director of Sydney Business Insights, University of Sydney Business School

Dr Sandra Peter is the Director of Sydney Business Insights at the University of Sydney Business School. She contributes to research, public conversations, policy and critical thinking by working with leading experts in industry, government and community. Her research focuses on current understandings of the future, and how the future of emerging technologies, their social, ethical and political implications can be conceptualised in novel, more productive ways. 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 and the Sydney Business Insights podcast series. 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.

Kai Riemer
Kai Riemer

Professor of Information Technology and Organisation in the Discipline, Business Information Systems, University of Sydney Business School

Kai Riemer is Professor of Information Technology and Organisation in the Discipline of Business Information Systems at the University of Sydney Business School. Kai has extensive experience with industry-funded research and leads a Linkage project initiative on the Management of Disruptive Workplace Technologies, sponsored by the Australian Research Council. He is the Founder and leader of the Digital Futures Research Group and convener of DISRUPT.SYDNEYTM. His expertise spans the fields of digital commerce, collaborative systems, the future of work, technology adoption, and the philosophy of technology. Kai is frequently requested to comment, speak and consult on issues around digital disruption, the future of business and social media. Kai co-hosts The Future, This Week, Australia’s leading podcast on the future of business and technology, and most recently, The Unlearn Project, the podcast about changing common sense.

Flora Salim
Flora Salim
Professor, Data Science, RMIT University; Incoming Professor and CISCO Chair of Digital Transport, Centre for Critical Digital Infrastructure, UNSW Sydney
Flora Salim is the incoming Professor and CISCO Chair of Digital Transport, Centre for Critical Digital Infrastructure, UNSW Sydney, from April 2022. She is currently a Professor of Data Science in the School of Computing Technologies and the co-Deputy Director of RMIT Centre for Information Discovery and Data Analytics (CIDDA), RMIT University. She is a member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Expert. She is an Associate Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Automated Decision Making and Society.

Flora Salim’s research is in the cross-cutting areas of data science and ubiquitous computing, particularly on human behaviour modelling, mobility data science, machine learning with multimodal time-series and spatio-temporal data, and AI on the edge (IoT, sensors, wearables, digital systems and infrastructures). She has received more than $10M in research funding in the last 10 years. Her research has been funded by ARC, Microsoft Research, Northrop Grumman Corporation US, Rheinmetall Defence Australia, Qatar National Priorities Research Program, IBM Research, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bayer Foundation, and many industry and government partners. Her research has led to more than 150 research publications and 3 patents.

She was a Humboldt-Bayer Fellow, Humboldt Fellow (experienced researcher), Victoria Fellow, and was the recipient of the RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence–Early Career Researcher 2016; the RMIT Award for Research Impact – Technology 2018; Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Research Industry (APDI) Fellowship (2012-2015), and IBM Smarter Planet Industry Skills Innovation Award (2010). She obtained her PhD in Computer Science from Monash University in 2009.

Daniella Traino
Daniella Traino
Group Chief Information Security Officer, Wesfarmers Limited
Daniella Traino is the Group Chief Information Security Officer at Wesfarmers Limited, responsible for group level cyber strategy, architecture, risk & assurance and cyber defence.

She is currently an advisory board member for Charles Sturt University’s Cyber & Data Science Research Institute, Editor for Cyber and AI at and a judge for Fintech Australia.

Daniella has regularly contributed and published articles in cyber security, strategy and innovation.

For the past 3 years, Daniella was a finalist for the AWSN Security Champion Award and prior to that was a member of the CSIRO Data61’s multi-award winning team (national and state) iAwards for cyber product innovation.

Jon Whittle
Dr. Jon Whittle
Director, CSIRO’s Data61
Jon Whittle is the Director of CSIRO’s Data61, Australia’s national centre for R&D in data science and digital technologies. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Monash University and was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology. Jon completed a BA in Mathematics at the University of Oxford in 1994 and his PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering at The University of Edinburgh in 1999.

Jon was named CEO Magazine’s 2019 Education Executive of the Year. Prior to joining Data61, he was Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University and is a former Technical Area Lead at NASA, where he worked on software for NASA space missions.

Jon is passionate about the role digital technologies can play in society. He has a world-leading reputation on how to adapt software development methods to fully take into account human values and ethics, so that we build software for a society we want, rather than one we get by accident.

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