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Keynote Speakers

Gerald Khoury PhD

Gerald is passionate about working with IT leaders and their departments, to achieve personal and organisational transformation. This is supported by innovative research-based insights and guidance.

As a strategist and thought leader, Gerald has advised the leaders of some of Asia Pacific’s largest brand names and government departments including: Australian Catholic University, University of Technology Sydney, Western Sydney University, Massey University, Qantas, Energy Australia, Mortgage Choice, Thales, Coates Hire, Fuji Xerox, Dibbs Barker, Allens Arthur Anderson, Baker McKenzie, Gilbert & Tobin, Servcorp, Bankstown City Council, NSW Dept of Commerce, NSW Dept of Community Services, NSW Dept of Education & Training, NSW Justice Health, NSW Rural Fire Service, and NSW State Property Authority.

Prior to joining Info-Tech, Gerald worked in senior roles at IBM and Gartner. Gerald has had numerous articles published in leading technology and business publications, such as CIO Magazine and Fast Thinking Magazine, and regularly presents to industry groups on the topics of Strategy, Enterprise Architecture, Technology Planning and Innovation. With a Bachelor of Science in Computing, a Master of Business in IT Management, and a PhD in Computer Science, as well as Executive Coach training from the NeuroLeadership Institute, Gerald can tailor individual or group development programs that will position you for success.

Gerald is a member of the UTS LiDA leadership and innovation ‘think tank’, a member of the UTS School of Computer Science Professional Advisory Board and past Chair of the External Advisory committee for UWS.


Steven Miller

As the Chief Operating Officer, Steven is responsible for the development and execution of marketing strategies across the full range of Microsoft’s products and services in Australia. He leads business operations for the local subsidiary including long-term planning initiatives. In this role, Steven is also responsible for the Small, Medium and Corporate business supporting our customers’ success within the growing Australian small and medium business market. 

Prior to this, Steven was Director of Education at Microsoft Australia. He led the transformation of learning across primary, secondary and tertiary sectors empowering students and teachers to achieve more. Working for Microsoft for over 13 years and the technology industry for over 20 years, Steven has also led the Small and Medium Business segment team, the Office Business Group and Business Planning and Operations teams. 

Steven is passionate about improving how we learn and use technology to extend opportunity across Australia. Originally from Scotland, Steven holds a Double Honours Degree in
Marketing and Organisational Behaviour, and a Master of Accounting.


Debra Bordignon

Debra is a Senior Vice President and leads the Strategy, Innovation and Technology Office for NTT Ltd. Australia. She is a collaborative leader, passionate about innovation, R&D and the future of digital technologies.  Debra joined Dimension Data Australia in 2014, as Chief Technology Officer. In 2018 Debra led the creation of the first NTT Group Client Centre (CIC) - located in Sydney - which is now a global asset for the company.

Debra’s career in IT started in the early 1990s. She has worked for Tier 1 consultancies and systems integrators on the Fortune 500 list, leading sales teams, niche and large consulting practices, product management teams and as a senior executive. Debra holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from La Trobe University, and is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Debra’s passion for lifelong learning sees her currently focusing on playing drums and learning more about the Japanese language and culture. When she is not at work, Debra spends her time with her family and enjoys gardening. Note: Debra will also participate on the Panel for Day 3. 


Zlatko Skrbis

Professor Skrbis is Provost of Australian Catholic University with executive responsibility for the university’s academic activities, learning and teaching, the Indigenous agenda, and equity pathways. He is also responsible for driving innovation and transformative change across ACU.

As a sociologist, Professor Skrbis has a strong and current research profile in the fields of migration, cosmopolitanism, and youth studies. Since 2006, he has been the Principal Chief Investigator on the longitudinal ARC Discovery Project titled ‘Social Futures and Life Pathways of Young People in Queensland’, which is following a single age cohort of young people as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. 



Note: If you are interested in being a Panel Member for any of the three days, please contact the Chair of the Program Committee, Mr Niranjan Prabhu, via 

Day 1 - Contain 

Gina White - Elected in May 2019 Gina will complete the remaining term of the President until the 2020 AGM.   Gina joined Southern Cross University in 2015 and is now the Director of Technology Services.

Gina has led technology enabled business transformation for over 20 years establishing and operating IT practices with the capabilities needed to deliver successful solutions.  Gina’s combination of big picture 'customer' vision and delivery pragmatism brings an appreciation invaluable to companies on the cusp of significant change in this digital age.  Gina's experience comes from working as an IT executive across a wide array of industries including Education, Energy, Finance and Telecommunications.

Mark Griffith - Mark Griffith is the director of Customer Service Delivery, he joined UNSW in May 2017 and has led teams providing technology services across the university  as Director or Custiomer Service delivery and Director of Research IT. Mark has a career of over 30 years in senior technology leadership roles across a range of industries including: outsourcing, Defence, Banking,  and international airlines. He was a member of the SITA council (supervisory board for a global Telco to the airline industry) and a member of Intel’s global advisory boards for desktop and server products from 2013 to 2016.


Ben Tulloch - Ben is a Managing Director in Accenture Australia and New Zealand and the Accenture Intelligent Operations Lead in ANZ across all industry groups.

As the leader of Intelligent Operations Ben is passionate about the Digital Reinvention of Industry, where businesses use advanced digital technologies to transform their core operations and achieve new levels of efficiency. Helping clients to re imagine worker and customer experiences and ultimately create new business models that drive new revenue streams and accelerate growth.  Ben has an extensive transformation track record across Australia, USA and Asia Pacific. Underpinning competencies in change leadership, commercial strategy, solution and business development, management, and services innovation have helped deliver well over $1 billion in business value through a broad range of accelerated change initiatives, services and transactions.

Ben started his career with BHP with exposure to oil and gas, steel products, planning and logistics functions spanning 13 years, followed by a number of engagements in supply chain and transformation roles within high tech leaders in Australia and North America. Ben joined Accenture in 2015 and has been instrumental in developing market changing solutions, including the sustainment and ongoing executive leadership for the national University Procurement Hub.

He holds a master of Masters of Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales. His LinkedIn profile can be found at https:

Day 2 - Sustain

Warwick Calkin - Warwick is CIO at the University of Western Australia.  He has more than 15 years CIO experience and has worked in a large number of industry verticals in a number of countries around the world.  He notes his fortune to currently work in an institution which has embraced the need for an end to end digital transformation and as such has had an incredibly immersive journey wide and deep into the organization which has given him a rapid understanding of many of the challenges that we are exposed to in higher education. 

Warwick has current Board experience as a non-executive director of Carers WA which is a Not for Profit organization  looking after the interests of primary carers and have completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Directors course.  

Rodney Hamill - Rodney is Cisco’s Director for Data Center and Cloud in Australia and New Zealand. In this role he is responsible for the go-to-market strategy and sales in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) for Cisco’s data center software, hardware and partner alliance solutions. His portfolio includes server and hyper-converged infrastructure, data center networking, data centre/application analytics and private and hybrid cloud management.

Prior to this role, Rodney was responsible for the execution of Cisco’s Cloud strategy in Australia and New Zealand where he led a dedicated team that worked with partners and customers across enterprise, public sector, service provider and commercial markets to capture opportunities that arose from the transition to Cloud.

During his 8 years at Cisco Rodney has also held Account Management and Business Development. Before joining Cisco Rodney worked at Optus for 7 years in its newly emerging ICT business and has held various leadership and technical roles across other areas of the industry.With more than 20 years of technical, business and sales leadership experience in the ICT industry, Rodney has a diverse ICT background that provides great insight into emerging market transitions.

Rodney holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Management from The University of Melbourne and a Master of Business (IT) degree from RMIT. Living in Melbourne, Rodney is a push over for tech gadgets, loves a round of golf and is a keen photographer.

Teresa Tjia -  An engaging and innovative leader who excels in joining the dots, creating collaborative high performing teams, and delivering transformational and change programs involving people, data, systems and processes. Experienced executive across major corporate areas: service delivery, governance, finance, HR, infrastructure, legal, risk, audit, marketing, business development and strategic planning. Breadth and depth of senior executive and portfolio management experience in higher education, scientific research and community sectors.

Specialties: strategic and institutional planning, big data, analytics and performance evaluation; portfolio and project management; digital communication and marketing; customer service; stakeholder management; people and change management. Experienced in chief operating officer suite including finance, compliance, risk and audit, human resource and infrastructure management, commercial operations and service delivery. Specialist areas include: issues communication and management, crictical incident management and business continuity.  

Day 3 - Grow 

Jason Mangan - With origins in marketing within the consumer gaming industry, Jason commenced his career in technology in the 90s joining the telecommunications sector in the UK, then worked globally within the sector for the next 15 years. He now holds the role of Chief Technology Officer at the University of Auckland (NZ) seeking to extend the University’s, and the Sector's, strategic outcomes through technology enablement. When he’s not in the office, Jason and his two sons, spend their spare time pursuing their passion for surfing.

Manjunatha G. Kukkuru -  Manjunatha is an Associate Vice President and Principal Research Analyst of the Infosys Center for Emerging Technology Solutions (iCETS) unit. He is an intrapreneur incubating emerging technology led offerings for Infosys. He leads the development of new offerings across Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), autonomous systems and automation He is also responsible for Go-To-Market of emerging technology offerings in iCETS. Manjunatha leads and support several aspects of co-creating innovation between Infosys and its clients. As a founding member of this approach and enabling teams, he inspires investments for innovative products and services, designs and build innovation capabilities, institutionalize new ideas from concept to reality, develops innovation process, tools, techniques, systems and ecosystems, and research on companies, industries and technologies.

Manjunatha has been a key contributor in creating a culture of innovation and innovation infrastructure for Infosys with programs like Co-creation, Flatworld, Building Tomorrow's Enterprise, Murmuration, Hackathon, Labstorm and Zero Distance. He is currently part of the Be the Navigator Program at Infosys, bringing grass roots innovation to clients. His other interests include the larger context of societal change, economy, politics and history. Manjunatha has experience across trends research, valuation and costing, mentoring startups, strategy and IT consulting, and aerospace research with aircraft research and design center.