Bob Flores is a Founder and Partner with Cognitio Corp., a company specializing in go-to-market strategies, enterprise architectures, and security assessments. Previously, Bob spent 31 years at the Central Intelligence Agency where he held various positions, including that of Chief Technology Officer. His career included assignments in applications programming, training and education, contract and project management, and both line and staff management roles at various levels of the CIA. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Statistics from Virginia Tech.
Bob is an Adviser or Director for several technology companies.
With nearly 20 years of expertise in language technologies, Hassan Sawaf is well-recognized in the field of machine translation. As senior director of machine translation at eBay, Hassan develops tools and services in language technology to open new markets and enable more opportunities for eBay customers around the world. In his role, Hassan focuses on eBay’s efforts in emerging markets and cross border trade, helping the company develop new ways to solve the language challenge inherent in global online commerce. For the past year, Hassan and his team have developed and implemented language solutions that enable eBay shoppers to more easily access the items they need and love in their native languages, and offer seamless translation options for businesses selling on eBay.
Prior to joining eBay in April 2013, Hassan held management roles with several companies in the language solutions space, including AIXPLAIN AG, AppTek Inc., Net2Voice and SAIC. Hassan speaks fluent English, German and Arabic, holds two patents, is a member of the board of directors at idenTV LLC and BlueOSS, and continues to be active in the Angel investor community. He holds a Master of Science degree in computer science from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen, and attended the university for his Ph.D. studies.
Ronny Fehling is the Head of Data Driven Technologies at Airbus Group, leading the R&T Roadmaps at Group level. He also heads up the company’s Center of Competency for Advanced Data Analytics, creating a network of data analytics and machine learning with scientists and industry experts. Mr. Fehling cam to Airbus from Oracle, where he worked on database innovation, analytics, artificial intelligence, sensor networks and enterprise architecture. He received the Oracle Innovation Award in 2007 and 2013. Mr. Fehling holds a Patent in the area of Sensor Networks and published several papers. Born in Germany, Mr. Fehling lived in the Netherlands, Tanzania, Canada and the U.S. He undertook graduate coursework at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his masters in computer science from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.
Named by CNN as one of The Top 7 Tech Heroes to Watch in 2015, Kathryn Myronuk is a leading expert on exponentially growing technologies and the synthesis of the broad set of related fields of the Singularity movement.
As a founding staff member at Singularity University (SU) at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, Kathryn participated in the early formation of SU’s groundbreaking approach to experiential learning — encouraging participants to shift from one field to another, sometimes on an hour-by-hour basis, creating connections to build solutions to solve global grand challenges. She designed curriculum and worked closely with interdisciplinary and international participants and teams in all seven of SU’s 10-week programs and within SU’s many shorter programs.
As staff, Kathryn served in multiple roles, including Director of Research, from 2009-2013. As a member of SU’s core faculty, she’s led SU’s Synthesis and Convergence curriculum track, also guiding finance and economics curriculum. Her areas of interest and teaching include the value of synthesis, effective interdisciplinary teams, and the complex set of factors affecting the future of jobs and technological unemployment. Her analysis and data played central roles in two New York Times bestselling books: Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near (2005) and Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler’s Abundance (2012).
Kathryn has spoken about exponentials, convergence, and the insights of the smart newcomer at AAAS, DLD, WiredUK, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Karolinska Institute, California STEM Summit, and Idaho National Labs. She has consulted for Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Orange Institute, and the Institute for the Future among other prominent organizations. Previously she worked as a research analyst and energy economist. She holds degrees in Agricultural Economics and Zoology from UCDavis.
Mengmeng Chen is head of the US branch of Seeed Studio, an open hardware innovation platform that helps makers turn their cool ideas into reality. By providing open source hardware products and agile manufacturing services, Seeed pushes the boundaries of making and manufacturing. As head of the US branch, Mengmeng is responsible for cross-functional and cross-border operations between Shenzhen Bay and San Francisco Bay. In addition, she helps tell the story of Seeed for a greater audience. In her past life, Mengmeng worked as a management consultant and business innovation researcher (see her work on Future of Manufacturing). She is passionate about exploring approaches to rethink an industry by empowering individual creativity.
Chris C. Kemp is an entrepreneurial executive that has founded three companies and serves as a board member or advisor to Planet Labs, Scalr, and Nixie. Chris co-founded OpenStack, the largest and fastest growing open source project in history.
Chris has been recognized in the 2014 CNBC Disruptor 50 list, the Silicon Valley Business Journal "40 under 40," and received the prestigious "Federal 100" award for his service at NASA.
At NASA, Chris was responsible for pioneering work in cloud computing, open source, and open government. Chris worked with the White House to develop the cloud strategy for the United States federal government. Previously, he served as the CIO of NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley where he forged partnerships with Google and Microsoft and helped create Google Moon, Google Mars, and Microsoft World Wide Telescope.
Leigh Angus is a specialist in introducing and operationalising emerging technologies, digital products and services to corporate markets. Her personal calling into innovation and entrepreneurship makes her deeply passionate about disruptive technologies and business models and an asset to Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited (“Domino’s”).
Before joining Domino’s in the position of Head Innovator in 2015, Leigh’s experience spans across 20 years in corporate and research environments as well as working with technology start-ups in Australia and Israel.
Having studied Business and Industrial Psychology at the Queensland University of Technology in 1995, Leigh’s career started in her position as an organisational change consultant in 1996, before moving into various roles in Marketing and Business Development. She also continued to study and gained a Graduate Diploma of Education from Monash and a Master of Social Sciences from Edith Cowan Univeristy.
In 2000, Leigh moved to Israel where she spent several years working as Marketing and Business Development Manager for technology start-up, Wizzapp and KP Electric Systems in Tel Aviv. After returning to Australia in 2004, Leigh was appointed Market Development Manager at Canon Australia where she was responsible for developing and executing channel marketing in Australia and New Zealand. During this time she also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Engineering and Technology Management to match a strong interest in entrepreneurship and innovation.
With a passion for invention and moving ideas and knowledge into action, it wasn’t long before Leigh permanently took up residence in this space joining UniQuest as the Manager of Innovation and Commercial development – ICT, Industrial Design and Multimedia (2008). In this role Leigh focused on assisting social entrepreneurs and university researchers to commercialise their ideas.
Not happy to sit on the sideline, it wasn’t long before Leigh was rolling up her sleeves and co-founding her own start-up. In 2010 Leigh launched WizzyBoard, a fully integrated gaming and toy app for children. WizzyBoard went on to win the 2001 Geelong ICT Innovation Prize and 2011 Creative3 Innovation Prize as well as being a recipient of Digital Media Grant by the NSW Government.
After licensing the Wizzyboard technology to third party, Leigh moved roles to become the Director of ilab Digital Start-Up Accelerator which is a subsidiary of The University of Queensland that supports early stage, high tech companies. In this role Leigh transformed a Government run incubator to a sustainable, accelerator consisting of design, seed funding, development and launch of next generation digital projects and services. During this time she also completed the Executive Program for Venture Capital at the University of California, Berkley.
Leigh went on to co-found another successful ventures called Junior Engineers, developing innovation in the area of education while also acting as Queensland Lab director for Data61 (formerly NICTA). She is currently a senior advisor for Student Entrepreneurism and Innovation at the University of Queensland.
Leigh has been published in publications including Idea Network, Tech Street Journal and Start-up Smart and has advised on many panels including work with the Queensland Government and IT Queensland. Leigh has also presented a TEDxUQ presentation on Entrepreneurship.
At Domino’s Leigh heads up innovation to help further accelerate the company’s ability to move at rapid pace within the market by facilitating internal and external ideas in partnership with universities and the Australian start-up ecosystem. She is currently in the process of developing the Dlab, a coworking space dedicated to helping foster design and innovation.
ANDERS SÖRMAN-NILSSON (LLB / EMBA) is a global futuris t and innovation
strategist who helps leaders decode trends, decipher what’s next and turn
provocative questions into proactive strategies. With an average of 240
international travel days a year, Anders’ view is that the future and the now are
converging in a city or s tart-up near you, giving the curious, the creative and the
courageous a competitive and sustainable edge. At the same time, that same
future contains fearsome forecasts for futurephobes.
This Swedish-Australian futurist has shared stage with Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureates, and European and Australian heads of state. He is an active member of TEDGlobal, has keynoted at TEDx in the United States and Australia, was nominated to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2015, and was the keynote speaker at the G20’s Y20 Summit in Australia.
His thought leadership has been featured in international media like Monocle, Business Insider, Sky News Business, Financial Review, CIO Magazine and Boss. He is the author of the books Digilogue: how to win the digital minds and analogue hearts of tomorrow’s customers and Thinque Funky: Upgrade Your Thinking, and his upcoming book Seamless: the futurephile’s guide to leading digital adaptation and human transformation is due for release by Wiley in October 2016.
His presentations are meticulously researched, highly energetic and always fascinating with content tailored to the audience, which is why clients like Apple, Cisco, Mercedes Benz, Hilton, SAP, Gartner and Macquarie Bank have turned to Anders over the years to help them turn research into foresight and business impact.
Tony Seba is an author, a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur and an instructor in Entrepreneurship, Disruption and Clean Energy at Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program.
His work focuses on industry and market disruptions: the exponential technology trends, business model innovations, and product architecture innovations that are leading to the disruption of the world’s major industries, including energy, transportation, infrastructure, finance, and manufacturing.
David Boloker is CTO of IBM’s Emerging Internet Technology group and also holds the title of Distinguished Engineer. He is leading work in many areas including Cloud Computing, Mobile, Mobile Identity and Data analytics. Previously, he was responsible for the commercialization of the “Watson machine.” David has developed an internet-based data exploration tool to support development and testing of hypotheses regarding complex genetic and environmental relationships in the development of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) in collaboration with COPDGene investigators in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Advanced Medical Imaging and COPDGene®.
David is also responsible for forming IBM’s technical strategy around the emerging areas of Mobile Identity and gaining insights from big data. In this role, he leads an globally distributed IBM team researching new areas in software design and development. In the Watson work, David and his team took the system that played Jeopardy (TM ) and created a multipurpose machine that can analyze information and provide solutions across the industry from Healthcare to Financial to Retail.
Throughout David’s extensive career at IBM, he has held the role of CTO for Java technology, he’s worked at IBM’s esteemed Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and the Cambridge Scientific Center doing research in the area of remote distribution and control of hardware and software systems and secure internet gateways.
Philip Dalidakis is the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade in the Andrews Labor Government in Victoria, Australia. Mr Dalidakis was elected as a member of the Victorian Parliament in November 2014 and was appointed to Cabinet in July 2015.
Since Philip's Ministerial appointment in 2015, he has worked hard to strengthen Victoria's reputation as a regional tech hub by engaging the local startup community and attracting leading global companies (including Zendesk, GoPro and Slack) to establish a regional presence in Victoria.
The Minister believes Victoria is well placed to be a leader in cyber security education, research, policy and entrepreneurship. As such, he recently announced the development of the Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC), which will bring together eight Victorian universities, the Melbourne-based Defence Science Institute, major private sector partners and Oxford University’s world leading Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) to create a cyber security powerhouse in Victoria. An additional partnership, brokered between the Labor Government and the digital research arm of the CSIRO, Data61, will see them co-locate their lead national cyber security centre with the OCSC.
Another important part of Mr Dalidakis' portfolio is the delivery of the Labor Government's $60 million startup initiative, LaunchVic, which was created to accelerate startups, drive new ideas and create jobs in Victoria. This new body will invest in core infrastructure, improve access to capital for local startups, advocate on legislation and regulation, as well as engage in local sector events.
In his capacity as Trade Minister, Mr Dalidakis will also be responsible for strengthening and expanding Victoria’s network of international business offices across the world, growing our presence from 18 to 21 countries. This will provide the best possible opportunities for Victorian businesses to tap into overseas markets, grow and create more jobs for the future.
Prior to entering Parliament Mr Dalidakis operated his own small business, was CEO of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries and was Deputy Chief of Staff to Federal Senator Stephen Conroy, (frm) Leader of the Government and Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and started his commercial/finance career at Deloitte.
Mr Dalidakis has a Master of Commerce from UNSW as well as a double degree in Arts (Politics and Thai Language) and Business (Management) from Monash University. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
John O’Connell joined Macquarie in December 1997 as a senior analyst covering the Healthcare and Food sectors. John was appointed Head of Research, Australia in 2004. After the acquisition of ING Barings, and the development of the Securities product throughout Asia, John moved to New York to build a Domestic Securities business in the U.S. and the U.K. In 2009, John returned to Sydney to take up the role of Global Head of Research for Macquarie Securities Group, which is the institutional stockbroking arm of Macquarie Group Limited.
In July 2015, John took up the role of Chief Investment Officer, Macquarie Wealth Management and was instrumental in the development of Macquarie’s industry changing robo-advice platform.
Kate Burleigh is Managing Director for Intel Australia/ New Zealand. Kate is responsible for Intel’s overall business within Australia and New Zealand and is committed to ensuring Intel’s customers benefit from the diverse breadth of products and services the company offers; from personal computing, the cloud and big data solutions, to the Internet of Things and data security offerings.
With a strong reputation in high-tech sales and brand marketing built over a 20 year career, Kate is passionate about the potential for technology to vastly improve how we live, work, and play within this increasingly connected world. She is a strong advocate for boosting educational efforts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) and supports the need for smart government policy and industry leadership on how we harness technology to drive innovation.
Prior to her appointment as Managing Director, Kate spent six years as Marketing and Retail Sales Director. More recently she managed Intel’s Channel Sales Organisation, and from 2000 to 2003 Kate held the role of Asia Pacific Category Manager for Intel Centrino® mobile technology. Kate sits on the board of the Australian IT Industry Association (AIIA) and is deputy-chair of the National i-Awards steering committee. Additionally Kate sits on the Camp Quality board.
Prior to joining Intel in 1996, Kate worked in marketing roles in both the retail and non-profit sectors.
Kate holds a Masters of Business and Marketing from University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sydney University. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two daughters.
Thomas (Tom) M. Garrison is vice president in the Client Computing Group and general manager of the Business Client Platforms Division at Intel Corporation. He has overall responsibility for Intel’s business client revenue and strategy, including the Intel® vPro™ brand, across all desktop and mobile platforms.
Garrison has held a variety of management roles since joining Intel in 1994. Most recently, as general manager of the Datacenter Engineering Group, his responsibilities included managing worldwide resources related to engineering for Intel® Xeon® processor-based boards, server CPUs, power and thermal engineering, and technical marketing, as well as managing Intel’s commercial boards and systems business.
For the 7 years prior to that position, Garrison was general manager of data center planning in Intel’s Data Center Group. He was responsible for defining CPUs across Intel Xeon, Itanium®, Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC) and Intel® Atom™ processor-based architectures, and for developing platform roadmaps spanning multiple computing segments, including enterprise, small business, mission-critical, cloud, high-performance computing, storage, workstation, MIC and Intel Atom processor-based system-on-chip microservers. Earlier in his Intel career, Garrison was a marketing director in Intel’s Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.
Garrison holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Portland State University in Oregon and has a patent pending in the field of mobile computing device technology and systems.