Speakers

Featured Keynotes

Matt Eastwood

Senior Vice President

IDC

USA

Matt Eastwood is Senior Vice President of IDC’s enterprise infrastructure, infrastructure software, infrastructure services, cloud, developer and alliances research groups. His responsibilities include managing a team of analysts researching people, process and technology trends affecting enterprise computing, storage, networking, systems infrastructure software, infrastructure services, cloud, edge infrastructure, datacenter, developers, channels and alliances. Mr. Eastwood also leads IDC's BuyerView syndicated primary research focused on emerging trends in cloud, developers, service providers, AI and Security. 

Holly Ransom

Founder and CEO

Emergent

Australia

A specialist in disruptive strategy, a private company director and advocate for social and economic inclusion, Holly Ransom is recognized globally for her super-human ability to synthesize and simplify complex issues, and create engaging, thought-provoking conversation.

An in-demand keynote speaker, Holly breaks open obscure technical language and ambiguous challenges to ignite inclusive debate and drive pragmatic responses. Having presented over 500 sessions across six continents in the past three years to corporate, public and not-for-profit audiences, Holly brings high energy and a strong new voice to the topics of leadership, culture and innovation.

As founder and CEO of renowned consulting firm Emergent, Holly has partnered with clients such as P&G, Microsoft, Virgin, Cisco and across all levels of government to catalyse new strategic thinking, build innovative workplace cultures and to help leaders prepare for the employment, consumer and community challenges created by the rapid evolution of both technology and society. A 2019 Fulbright Scholar and Harvard Kennedy School Class of ‘21 fellow, Holly is currently undertaking a Master of Public Policy with a focus on how we drive better decision-making when it comes to technology’s impact on humanity.

Named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, Holly has delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, interviewed Barack Obama on stage and was Sir Richard Branson’s nominee for Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List’ of Future Game Changers to watch in 2017. In 2019 she was awarded the US Embassy’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Leadership Excellence.

Identified early as a dynamic leader by the Australian Prime Minister, Holly was asked to Chair the G20 Youth Summit in 2014, the United Nations Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs in 2016, and is the youngest Director to have been appointed to an Australian Football Club Board. Holly attributes her intense curiosity and bias for pragmatism to a childhood in which answers always warranted further questions!

Miao Song

Global CIO

Mars Pet Food

Belgium

Miao joined MARS in Jan 2018 as Global Chief Information Officer of global Petcare. Prior to MARS, she worked at Johnson & Johnson as VP/CIO. She has over 23 years of global experience in the IT industry, with broad exposure to the Oil/Energy/Natural Resources as well as Consumer Goods and Health Care business, having worked for Royal Dutch Shell for 14 years, Nestle for 5 years and more recently Golden-Agri Resources for two years. She has extensive IT Management experience, having headed all IT disciplines in both global and regional capacities.

Dr Angus Hervey

Political Economist

Future Crunch

Australia

Angus is a political economist specialising in the impact of disruptive technologies on society. He was the founding community manager of Random Hacks of Kindness, a global initiative from Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank to create open-source technology solutions to social challenges. He was also the first editorial manager for Global Policy, one of the world's leading international policy journals. He holds a PhD in Government and a Masters in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, where he was also the Ralph Miliband Scholar from 2009 to 2012.

He is a founder of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

Tane Hunter

Cancer Researcher

Future Crunch

Australia

Tané is a cancer researcher and science communicator. He is the founder of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.

He has a Masters in Bioinformatics from the University of Melbourne, and has worked for the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases. He is currently completing his PhD at the Victorian Cancer Care Centre, using molecular biomarkers in DNA and analysing them with artificial intelligence to improve treatments for people suffering from cancer. He's also a former United States mountain biking champion and an avid sailor.

Kitty Fok

Managing Director

IDC

China

As the managing director of IDC China, Kitty Fok manages over 80 specialised analysts and leads all research for the China region. Kitty's expertise includes an in-depth understanding of the IT market, with a focus on emerging technologies, the impact of the Chinese government's policies, and digital transformation, as well as the fundamentals of forecasting, business development, and strategic planning/analysis. 
 
She is often invited to be a guest speaker in the industry's leading events and is regularly interviewed by the mainstream media, including the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CCTV, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, and China Daily. 
 
In addition, she is a senior advisor to the Guangzhou Municipal Government Internet Industry Committee, an expert judge at the GSMA's Global Mobile Awards and the Global Mobile Applications Development competitions, and an advisor for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 
 
She joined IDC in 1996 with a master's degree in Management (Operations Research) from Lancaster University.

Local Experts

Lindsay Zwart

Enterprise Director

Vodafone New Zealand

Lindsay recently joined Vodafone New Zealand as the Enterprise Director.

Prior to Vodafone, Lindsay was the Microsoft US General Manager Cloud & Enterprise Business Group, Lindsay had end-to-end accountability for the multibillion-dollar Cloud and Enterprise(C+E) business consisting of Application & Infrastructure and Data and AI elements of Microsoft’s Software platforms.

Lindsay was responsible for ensuring execution of sales, marketing, strategies and tactics to further drive the business, including building deep audience insight, understanding audience segmentation, managing the investments in broad marketing and digital media outreach initiatives.

Before her career at Microsoft, Lindsay managed a large engineering business unit at IBM and worked with a handful of small and large companies with experiences in engineering development and support roles in the UK, New Zealand and South Africa.

Lindsay enjoys working in a vibrant, collaborative environment, and is an advocate for supporting women in leadership roles and empowering people through trust and accountability. Through her passion around women in leadership, Lindsay started the Microsoft & Women in Partner community which focuses on connecting, empowering and inspiring female leaders in technology across Microsoft & our partner community.

When not working, Lindsay is married and has two girls, Mikayla and Hannah aged 14 and 12 years old who keep her busy. She is also involved in many leadership groups and enjoys traveling, sports, and outdoor activities.

Angela Nash MInstD

Chief Technology Officer

NZ Rugby

Angela is a career IT Professional with experience in a broad range of industries including Telco, Professional Services, High Speed Networking and Sports Technology.  She has a particular interest in people management, future technologies and people driven change management. Alongside her day job Angela is an accredited Business Mentor and Director working with 3D printing technology for cancer survivors, technical startups, high-tech medical software and sports & recreational opportunities for disabled athletes.

Terri Carajannis

Chief Digital Officer

Harrison Grierson

Terri is the Chief Digital Officer at Harrison Grierson (HG), a leading engineering and design consultancy in New Zealand. Terri’s a digital transformation specialist, with a unique blend of experience which spans digital marketing, IT and digital strategy. Her role as CDO involves developing and leading HG’s digital and data strategies to support growth across the eight offices across New Zealand. She also heads up the HG Digital Group.

Terri’s expertise includes leading organisations through the evolving digital landscape, unlocking value by enabling emerging technologies to improve customer experiences and business productivity and efficiency. Her happy place is working in the grey and empowering her people to get comfortable with change to pave the way for the future.

She has a Bachelor of Mass Communication majoring in marketing and organisational communication from the University of Southern Queensland and is an ICAgile Certified Professional

Superintendent Rob Cochrane

Chief Information Officer

New Zealand Police

Superintendent Rob Cochrane has been with the New Zealand Police for 25 Years and Chief Information Officer. Rob’s theme for ICT to 2023 is ‘connect’, to use technology to connect officers with each other and with the information and services they need; to strengthen the connection between Police and the public to help them be safe and feel safe; and to inter-connect with other providers for better community outcomes. In December 2019 Rob held the inaugural technology for transformation summit at the Royal New Zealand Police College showcasing how Police ICT is a critical component of policing. Rob previously lead and delivered Police’s very successful mobility programme which provides world leading policing capability to the front line staff. Rob spent his first 21 years of operational policing in the Auckland Districts and held senior leadership roles.

Greg Cross

Director

Soul Machines

Greg Cross is one of the original tech nomads, spending his career travelling to and living in every major tech market in the world. He now lives in New Zealand but creates businesses that compete on the international stage. Most recently PowerbyProxi, a wireless charging company he co-founded, was sold to Apple in 2017.

In 2016 Greg teamed up with Dr Mark Sagar and created Soul Machines to build a HumanOS for Artificial Intelligence and explore the future of human-machine cooperation. Soul Machines is at the cutting edge of AI research and its unique Digital Brain, based on the latest neuroscience and developmental psychology research, is leading the way as we move towards Artificial General Intelligence. With global corporations like Procter and Gamble, AutoDesk, Mercedes Benz and Royal Bank of Scotland as customers, Soul Machines is re-imagining what is possible in the delivery and underlying economics of highly personalized customer experiences and specialized knowledge.

Greg is Chairman of luxury fashion retailer Dadelszen and is also the Sir John Logan Campbell Executive in Residence at the University of Auckland Business School. He was recently inducted into New Zealand’s Technology Hall of Fame as the recipient of the 2019 Flying Kiwi Award.

Dr. Figen Ulgen

Head of Data, Analytics & Insights

Woolworths NZ

Figen has worn a variety of hats across her 20+ years in high tech in USA and Japan – common threads across her career are data, analytics and innovative system design. After completing her PhD on Neural Network Training Algorithms, she has worked on intelligent user interfaces for smart phones in Silicon Valley, dabbled in data driven insight creation as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, helped ship products and manage Data Science as well as competitive analytics teams at Microsoft. Most recently she was the General Manager for High Performance Computing & a founder of OpenHPC open source community and General Manager of Rack Scale Design at Intel Corporation – all of these efforts were aimed to provide scalable platforms for demanding computing environments.

Her Kiwi husband’s longing for his home country has brought Figen to New Zealand with a role in Woolworths NZ where she is loving the variety of retail analytics and data mining in a very fast paced environment.