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Autumn Members Meeting - Speakers

2017 Autumn Members Meeting Speakers 

Elizabeth Wilson - Currently CIO at Edith Cowan University, Elizabeth has over 35 years of experience in the delivery of technology programs and services with a focus on the alignment of information systems investment and technology services with strategic business objectives.

She has broad industry experience prior to her involvement in the higher education industry and has held senior roles, including CIO and Program Director at organisations such as Serco, BlueScope Steel and VicRoads. Elizabeth has led many major technology based transformation programs in her career, including one at VicRoads that led to an international award.

Since commencing at ECU in 2012, Elizabeth has initiated a transformation program that will ensure the University’s technology capability to meet the current and future teaching and learning and research needs. During this time she has also taken on the role of Chair of the WA National Research Network Steering Committee and, in 2013 became the WA representative for the AARNet Advisory Committee.

Glenda Morgan, Ph.D, Research - Glenda is a Research Director in Gartner Research, where her area is higher education technology strategies, including learning management systems and platforms, learning analytics and online learning.

Prior to joining Gartner, Glenda had over 20 years of experience in higher education, including as a faculty member and most recently leading the Academic Technologies unit at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has extensive experience not only in leading strategic planning and governance initiatives but also in conducting research on technology use among students and faculty for organizations such as Educause and the National Science Foundation (US).  She holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota.

Dawie Olivier - Dawie has had a dynamic career in the IT industry, leading many different teams in the design and implementation of strategies and solutions of strategic importance for a number of large corporations. Most recently, as Executive Head of Group Technology Build for the Standard Bank Group based in Johannesburg, Dawie lead a team tasked with the technical delivery of all new technology capabilities.

In this role Dawie focused on the establishment of a multi-speed delivery model, catering for both foundational systems delivery in a measured manner, and rapid delivery of a customer capability in the channel environment. This included the teams delivering a world-class digital banking app, and internet banking site, both of which offered full transactional banking, service origination and online share trading.

Dawie was appointed to the role of Chief Information Officer in Westpac in April 2015. With 15 years’ experience in financial services technology and several appointments as CIO, his background is well aligned to the direction Westpac is taking with its technology.

As Chief Technologist, Dawie has direct involvement in decision making across the broader running of the business to ensure a strong technology presence and focus at the executive level

Mark Roman - Mark Roman is the Chief Information Officer at Simon Fraser University and President of CUCCIO (Canadian University Council of CIOs). Prior to joining SFU Mark was the Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President of Information and Communications Technology for the University of Saskatchewan and Chair of the Board of SRNET. Prior to these roles he was the Principal Consultant of 22over7, a higher education IT management consulting organization. 

Mark was also the Chief Information Officer at the University of Victoria where he led the information technology strategy transformation. He has been the Chair of the Board of BCNET (Provincial IT shared service organization) and Treasurer of CUCCIO (Canadian Council of Chief Information Officers).

Before joining the University of Victoria, he was the Executive Director of Enterprise Systems at Carleton University and prior to that worked at senior levels in the private sector. He holds a B.Math (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo, an M.B.A. from Queen’s University and is also a certified P.M.P. (Project Management Professional).

Specialties: Management, information systems, planning, process design, organization design, portfolio and project management, strategy.

Gerrit W. Bahlman -  Gerrit s the Director of Information Technology at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong. He took up his position in August 2009 after serving as the Chief Information Officer at Massey University in New Zealand. He has been involved in the strategic planning, development, management and design of teaching and learning, research, communications and administrative support systems and structures in Universities since 1986.

He is currently a Board Director of the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN); a Governor of the Trans-Eurasia Information Network Cooperation Centre (TEIN*CC); a Board member and a Steering Committee member of the Joint Universities Computer Centre (JUCC) in Hong Kong.  Previously, he was the Director of JUCC (July 2010 – June 2012) and the Convenor of the JUCC Information Security Task Force.  He is the inaugural Director of the JUCC Leadership Institute which is a residential course with faculty and members from Hong Kong, China, Australia, the United States and New Zealand.   Current initiatives at PolyU, the largest university in Hong Kong, are aimed at enabling digital learning; supporting digital research; developing a business solutions development architecture; building a knowledge based organisation and enabling the digital workspace in a mobile, cloud centric era.  

He was the Winner (Public Sector category) of the Hong Kong CIO Awards 2016 organized by the magazine “Computerworld Hong Kong” and the CIO peer network “CIO Connect”.

Jan-Martin Löwendahll Ph.D (Chemistry) - Jan-Martin is a Research VP in Gartner Research, where his research area is mainly higher education governance, strategy and emerging trends. The methodologies for strategic planning and frameworks for governance are especially focused on stakeholder communication and are also used in several other sectors with a high percentage of knowledge workers or end users with large and complex consumption of IT-related services. Such organizations include R&D organizations, public-sector organizations, as well as primary and secondary education institutions.

Anne Kealley - Anne is a speaker at the THETA conference and a member of THETA 2017’s Organising Committee.

As CEO Anne leads activities to enhance CAUDIT’s member’s initiatives as strategic advisers on the use of technology in higher education and research.  Anne brings more than 20 years’ experience in universities to the role.

In previous roles, Anne spent 12 months as Director, IT at the Australian National University and, in another role, designed, implemented and led shared services for student administration, research administration, HR, finance and marketing services and facilitated collaboration in IT support for more than 1,500 staff across two colleges.

She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of the Australian Institute of Management, the Association for Tertiary Education Management and the Australian Computer Society.

Andy Keiller -  Andy has worked in the IT industry for almost 30 years, the last 7 in the tertiary sector, and has a wealth of experience in leading teams of multi-disciplined IT professionals, including Service Management, Project Management, Operations and Infrastructure, Applications, and Customer Support.

He has successfully developed IT strategies that are implemented through strong portfolio planning, financial and operational prudence, and mitigating associated risks.

He is also an advocate for strong service management disciplines.

John O’Brien - John is President and CEO of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology.

Throughout his 25-year career in higher education, John has served as a leader in technology, academics, and institutional leadership.

He was a faculty leader in instructional technology, a statewide IT project leader, and associate vice chancellor/deputy CIO at the system level. He has been a provost and college president in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, the fifth largest higher education system in the country.Prior to his appointment at EDUCAUSE, he served as senior vice chancellor of academic and student affairs.John holds a bachelor’s degree in English and English education from Augustana College, a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish Literature from the University of Dublin (Trinity College), and a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota.

Andy Jenkins-   Andy is the Strategic and IT Portfolios Manager at the University of Auckland. Put simply, his role aims to help the University answer a fundamental question:

“Are we sure this investment is right for us and how will it contribute to our strategic objectives?”

Working in the University Strategic Programmes Office (USPO) since November 2014, Andy is responsible for the definition of an optimised and balanced portfolio of strategic, typically enterprise wide, initiatives and ensuring their benefits realisation is maximised. This includes reviewing, adapting and improving the organisation’s portfolio management approach and spreading associated techniques via a centre of excellence available University wide. In 2015 Andy’s responsibilities were increased to include the definition of the University’s IT portfolio.

 In early 2017 Andy was recognised for having, through portfolio management, “significantly increased the scope and impact of the University’s strategic investments and escalated the delivery of a number of the Strategic Plan objectives” at the annual Vice-Chancellor’s Recognition Dinner.

 Prior to working at the University of Auckland Andy held analysis and project roles in Welsh local government, a national education consortia, and two transnational companies.

 Stephen Whiteside -  Stephen is the Chief Digital Officer for the University of Auckland. He is responsible for developing digital transformation strategies for the University of Auckland and to be a voice for change in the University’s Senior Leadership Team.  He is currently leading initiatives for enhancing BI, reporting & analytics, and for enhancing the University’s capability to automate processes and eliminate paper forms.  He is developing a program for enhancing the student experience and service.  Stephen is also responsible for Information Technology at the University of Auckland, and the National eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) team reports to him.  Stephen is a member of the NeSI Board.

From 2011-16 Stephen was also responsible for supporting strategy execution at the University, responsible for the strategic portfolio office, business process & change management, and performance & risk teams reporting to Stephen.  Stephen is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Directors.  He has a passion for developing leaders, and was a faculty member of the CAUDIT Leadership Institute, three years of which were as Director.

Regional Updates Presented By: 

Kisione Finau - Kisione is Director, Information Technology Services at the University of the South Pacific, He has worked in ICT for more than 30 years and his experience includes:

Director for IT Services at the University of the South Pacific since 1999.; Member of the CROP ICT Working Group (Pacific).  Advising Pacific Countries on ICT development.; Member of the Steering Committee & Working Group on the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (ESAPE); Member of the Board for Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (PacCERT); Member of the Steering Committee for the Pacific Island Regulatory Resource Centre(PIR) and  ICT Advisor to some of the regional Governments in the region.

Eion Hall - Eion has proven expertise in and a passion for leading and implementing business change for improved organisational performance. He has brought about positive business change for organisations ranging from small private enterprises to large multinationals. Successful projects led by Eion have varied in size from small continuous improvement initiatives to enterprise-wide change. These projects have had a wide-ranging focus including strategy development, technology-enabled change, organisational development, business planning and reporting, health and safety, inventory management and process improvement. 

Eion currently holds the position of Director of Information Technology Services at the University of Waikato, New Zealand; is the Chair of the Universities New Zealand ICT Committee and a member of the CAUDIT Executive Committee.

He holds a MBA (Distinction) gained from University of Waikato, and has received a number of notable awards for Project of the Year, Project Management, Excellence in Leadership and Collaboration. 

Kerry Holling - Kerry joined University of Western Sydney in July 2011 and is the Chief Information and Digital Officer.  He has responsibility for Digital Strategy and Innovation, Solutions and Project Services, IT Operations, Digital Security and Risk, Procurement and Planning Services, frontline Academic and Campus-based support, and is a member of the University Executive Committee.

Kerry is the Chair of the NSW and ACT University Directors of IT (NAUDIT), Co-Chair of the combined NSW Health and University CIO Forum and a member of the ParraConnect, a smart cities initiative led by the Parramatta City Council

From 2007 until 2011 he was the CIO for the NSW Department of Human Services.  Previously he was the Australian CIO for Digital Equipment Corporation (1996-1998), Compaq Computers (1998-2002) and Hewlett-Packard (2002-2006).

Kerrie Campbell -  Kerrie has worked in the IT industry in various sectors including banking, Utilities, Federal Government and Higher Education for the last 30 years. Kerrie is currently Deputy CIO and Associate Director of Research Technology Support at the University of Adelaide, she has a passion for implementing progressive methods to improve IT delivery and is a strong supporter and builder of positive cultures.

Kerrie has previously worked as Director in the Application Services area for the Department of Human Services and Business Manager for British Gas in the United Kingdom.

Kerrie currently sits on the 100% Project board and is on the board of the Adelaide University Council.

The vision of the 100% Project is to see 100% of Australia’s leadership potential, female and male, equally contributing to our social and economic future.

Scott Sorley - Scott is the Executive Director of ICT Services at the University of Southern Queensland.  Scott is responsible for enterprise wide planning, coordination and delivery of USQ information and communications systems.  Scott has lead major system and change projects to deliver benefits that transform and maximise business value.  He has a particular interest in enabling Higher Education and its mission to improve people's lives and create value for society.



Zoran Sugarevski -  Zoran commenced his career in the insurance sector in presales roles working at HIH and Promina before moving into the IT sector.  After completing his Bachelor of Business, Zoran worked as an IT analyst for a large number of retail and pharmaceutical suppliers in the United Kingdom. Over a two year period Zoran developed a strong interest in the use of technology to enable business outcomes.

Zoran spent a number of years in support roles developing an appreciation of delivering a high level of service to clients. In 2004, Zoran completed a Master of Business Administration and undertook a project management role within Victoria University to pilot a new email system. 

In 2005, Zoran developed an interest in Project Management methodologies and established the first Project Management Office within Victoria University. Over a 4 year period Zoran was responsible for the delivery of infrastructure and software related ICT initiatives whilst maintaining a project management methodology aligned to University processes. Subsequently in 2009 Zoran undertook the role of Associate Director of services, in this role Zoran was responsible for the ICT network, Datacentre infrastructure, desktop and teaching space support throughout the University. 

Zoran undertook the role Associate Director of solutions in 2011 and changed his focus to application development.  His current responsibilities include overseeing all IT related services and delivery of strategic technology related capital programs and projects.  Zoran is also currently the Deputy Chair of the Victorian Directors of IT.