2019 Speakers:

  • Dr Nico Adams
    Director, Factory of the Future, Swinburne University of Technology

    Nico Adams recently joined Swinburne University of Technology as the Director of the Factory of the Future and as an Associate Professor. He supports Australian manufacturing companies in exploring and leveraging modern information technology, the Industrial Internet and Industry 4.0 to develop new products, services and business models.

    Prior to his appointment at Swinburne, Nico was the IMCRC Program Lead for Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation, as well as a senior research scientist and product manager in CSIRO’s Data61 business unit. Through these roles, Nico has developed a deep understanding how manufacturing companies think about the role of digital technologies in their businesses and how to formulate and implement strategies allowing manufacturing businesses to take advantage of digitisation. He holds degrees from the Universities of York and Oxford.

  • Darren Atkinson
    Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Section, Advanced Technologies Branch, Industry Growth Division
    Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Professor Michael Blumenstein
    Associate Dean (Research Strategy & Management), University of Technology Sydney

    Professor Michael Blumenstein is currently the Associate Dean (Research Strategy and Management) in the Faculty of Engineering & IT at UTS where he recently concluded his role as Head of the School of Software. Previously, Professor Blumenstein worked at Griffith University in Queensland where he has accumulated over a decade of experience in leadership roles including portfolio Dean (Research) of the Sciences Group and Head of the School of ICT.

  • John Broadbent
    Adjunct Professor of Engineering, University of Technology (Sydney)

    As a mechanical engineer by profession, John has spent more than 40 years working with manufacturers in APAC, from shop floors to boardrooms. As a pioneer of smart factory processes I have helped many businesses successfully re-engineer their operations and culture.

  • Andrew Cooper
    Director, Future Industries and Advanced Manufacturing, Department of Trade, Tourism & Investment (South Australia)

    Andrew is the Director, Future Industries and Advanced Manufacturing with the South Australian Governments Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment.

    It is Andrews role to attract investment into South Australia that creates jobs and economic development for the State.

    With a future industries and advanced manufacturing focus, Andrew and his team have been instrumental in building an ecosystem for deployment and now manufacturing of Autonomous vehicles in Adelaide with international companies partnering with local suppliers tapping into the rich automotive manufacturing heritage that exists in South Australia.

    Born in Adelaide South Australia he relocated to Melbourne and commenced his career as an electronics technician moving quickly into management with Hitachi managing service and parts covering five Industry groups for eight years. His career spans over 30 years with companies including Konica, Lanier, Stihl and internationally as Country Director for UMW Corporation (PNG) (Komatsu) and Cardno.

    He has a proven track record of building business both in Australia as well as in emerging markets over 8 years in Papua New Guinea trading in goods and services across 14 countries throughout Asia and the Pacific.

    Most recently he served as Country Manager & Resident Director for Cardno PNG Limited. Cardno is an ASX-200 professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world as a project based consultancy working in private sector as well as Government.

    Andrew relocated back to his birthplace in Adelaide in 2016 and was appointed as Director, Future Industries & Advanced Manufacturing with Investment Attraction South Australia in December 2016.

  • Mario Dimovski
    Chief Executive Officer, TradieBot Industries

    Mario is a passionate business owner, entrepreneur and inventor. His work is at the forefront of digitisation and developing technologies. These include robotics, virtual - augmented environments, unmanned delivery vehicles, data intelligence, 3d printing, and automated systems.

    He has over 26 years of industry experience across multiple automotive sectors, and has embraced industry 4.0 and the internet of things.

    His industry expertise incorporates virtual & augmented reality, 3D printing & additive manufacturing. He also specialises in unmanned air & ground vehicles, automation & robotics, 3D scanning, training environments, automotive plastic repairs, and auto waste management & recycling.

  • Dr Steve Dowey
    Technology Manager, Sutton Tools

    Dr Dowey’s Industry 4.0 focus is on the ‘The Smart Enough Factory’, where the issues of legacy systems (cost), security and STEM skills are addressed to ensure the benefits of Industry 4.0 can reach the Australian SME.

    Among his previous roles, he was a Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University, working with the Australian Defence Materials Technology Centre. After serving in the Royal Air Force, he gained a BEng and PhD from Hull University, and worked with SCADA, PVD coating and associated equipment development for cutting tool and semi-conductor applications.

    His current projects include ‘Additive Manufactured Tooling’, ‘Tooling for Robotic Applications’ and applied ‘Industry IoT’ in collaboration with Defence Materials Technology Centre.

  • Glen Fry
    Managing Director, ESM

    Glen specialises in electrical controls, automation, and software systems to benefit businesses around Australia and in other parts of the world.

  • Jason Furness
    Chief Executive Officer, Manufactureship

    Jason Furness’ career spans over 20 years in manufacturing enterprises where he has overseen the turnaround, transition or transformation of many projects – from single production lines through to entire business units of over 600 people as a general manager.

    He has particular expertise in and passion for businesses located in regional Australia.
    As a general manager, over a 3 year period in the middle of the GFC, he led the Electrolux plant in Orange through a transformation program. This took it from breakeven to 18% profit with multiple new export markets, and the transfer of product lines from South East Asia back to Australia, all with no net job losses.

    As an independent consultant, he has worked on over 30 projects creating breakthrough results for SMEs – from micro through to large medium-sized businesses.
    He recently co-author ‘Manufacturing Money – How CEOs rapidly lift profits inv

  • Neil Gatenby
    Director Business Transformation
    Thales Group Australia
  • Dimitrios Georgakopoulos
    Professor, Swinburne University of Technology

    Professor Dimitrios Georgakopoulos is the Director of Key Lab for IoT at the Digital Innovation Platform of Swinburne University of Technology. Before that, he was a Research Director at CSIRO's ICT Centre and led the Information Engineering Laboratory, which was the largest Computer Science research program in Australia.
    Before joining CSIRO, he held research and management positions at several companies. These were Telcordia Technologies (where he helped found two of its Research Centers in Austin, Texas, and Poznan, Poland); Microelectronics and Computer Corporation in Austin, Texas; GTE (currently Verizon) Laboratories in Boston, Massachusetts; and Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) in Piscataway, New Jersey.

    He was also Professor at RMIT University, and currently holds Adjunct Fellow and Professor Appointments at CSIRO and the Australian National University, respectively.

    Dimitrios have authored 170+ publications in computer science that include seminal papers in the areas of the Internet of Things (IoT), Service Computing, and Workflow Management.

    Dimitrios’ industrially-focused research and related commercialisation outcomes has attracted more than $37 million of research funding from DARPA and ARDA in the USA, the Framework Program in the EU, the Department of Human Services and Industry in Australia, as well as many other industry sources.

  • Chris Gilbey
    OAM, Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Imagine Intelligent Materials

    As CEO of Imagine Intelligent Materials, Chris is involved in developing proprietary coatings and compounds using graphene to deliver conductivity, strength and other properties. His company develops solutions and then licenses them to manufacturers and ensures that throughout the supply chain the materials are certified to provide the necessary rigour for scaled manufacturing.

  • David Hart
    Chief Executive Officer , Dematec

    David Hart is intimately aware of the challenges that SME’s face, having spent his entire career both working in SME’s and delivering projects and services to SME’s. He has since spent nearly twenty years in automation companies in roles progressing from system engineering and design, through to project management, and more recently in business management. He studied Electrical Engineering before starting his career with a special purpose machine builder for the manufacturing industry.

  • Dr Herbert G J Hermens
    CEO - Managing Director , TEZAMEN Pty Ltd

    Dr Herbert Hermens is a highly-accomplished executive with experience in leading national and international consumer, manufacturing and industrial business enterprises. He has a demonstrated talent for identifying and capitalising on emerging opportunities and securing sustainable competitive advantage.

    As a Director, he has deep experience in keeping boards accountable through adherence to corporate governance procedure and responsibility, particularly in risk and compliance.
    Herbert has served on various board sub-committees, including Risk and Compliance, OH&S and Safety and remuneration.  He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2014) and active participant in directorship professional development.

    He achieved wide recognition for success in difficult and complex environments, achieving major supplier recognition in companies as diverse as Holden Assembly, Bunnings Hardware, and Tomago Smelters. These achievements required negotiating skills of understanding whilst integrating and addressing often conflicting priorities including that of his own company and the various stakeholders involved each client company.

  • Christopher Janssen
    Chief Executive Officer, GPC Electronics

    Christopher Janssen founded GPC Electronics in 1985 after starting his career in Medicine. Over 30 years of operations, the global and local environment for electronics manufacturing has changed quickly and frequently. The company has continued to adapt to these changes, and continues to be at the fore-front of developments.

    GPC Electronics is a Sydney headquartered Electronics Manufacturing Services company. It started in Sydney in the mid-1980s and rapidly grew with global customers as a contract manufacturing company. In the early 2000s the company set up operations in Christchurch, New Zealand and Shenzhen, China.

    The company continues with global customers in sectors such as Industrial Electronics, Medical Electronics, Automotive Electronics, Fintech, Communications and others, exporting into Canada, USA, Mexico, Europe and China.

    In a global competitive industry, GPC Electronics continues to innovate and invest in its processes and systems to stay ahead of its competitors.

  • Dr Sue Keay
    Research Director – Cyber Physical Systems, DATA61 | CSIRO

    Dr Keay is an experienced R&D leader with a focus on disruptive technologies. She runs the world's first robotic vision research centre at QUT. Her background in commercialisation has helped successfully bridge the gap between ideas and implementation.

    With a PhD in Earth Sciences, Sue escaped the lab to move into research management and commercialisation where she has demonstrated national leadership, while directing and ensuring impact from multidisciplinary R&D programs. These spanned engineering, physical and social sciences.

    A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she serves on the Board of the CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction. Passionate about the development of the robotics and computer vision industries in Australia, she is leading the development of a roadmap to demonstrate existing capability and future opportunities for Australia to develop these disruptive technologies.

  • Angelo Labriola
    Head of Product, Digital Solutions, Orica (Singapore)

    Angelo is Orica’s Head of Product, Digital Solutions, leading the direction and roadmap of the company’s product development, and managing a team of globally distributed product owners. The role is core to the delivery of Orica’s digital strategy, providing a suite of software, operational technology control systems and measurement technology solutions to facilitate the continuous improvement of blast outcomes for customers.

    Angelo moved to the Head of Product role in October 2018. Prior to this, he was the Senior Manager, Strategic Marketing for Digital based in Melbourne, Australia. In this role, he developed the initial vision and strategic plan for a dedicated Digital Solutions function.

    In his 24-year career at Orica, Angelo forged a path towards Digital Solutions following a period as Global Manager for Orica’s Advanced Blasting Services, during which he was responsible for building and growing performance-based services. These service contracts offered clients the opportunity to purchase guaranteed blast results that reduced total cost of operation by delivering outcomes to agreed specifications. It was during this period that Angelo reinforced his belief in a digital twin of the drill and blast process that would connect and react to rich data from upstream and downstream processes in the mining value chain.

    Angelo has also served as the Marketing and Technical Manager of the Australian Quarry and Construction business unit following his role as a field engineer in the early part of his career with Orica; through which he has gained experience in all major market segments of the business, spanning surface and underground mining, quarrying and construction as well as all major geographical locations of Orica’s global business.

    Angelo holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Geological Engineering from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

  • Reed Leighton
    Chief Executive Officer, Leighton O'Brien

    Reed Leighton is responsible for leading the organisation’s global operations and strategic direction. He began his career at Shell Australia where he was responsible for the management of Health, Safety and Environment for Shell’s Australian retail and distribution network.

    Recognising a need for the better management of storage and wetstock tank management through outsourcing, Reed joined with Shell colleague, Steve O’Brien, to form Leighton O’Brien in 1995.

  • Michael Livingstone
    Director, Guavas/The Thales Group

    Mike is a strategic sales leader with more than 15 years’ experience in enterprise and mid-market security solutions.

    He combines a depth of account management and channel sales experience with an ability to work in undefined markets.

    He has proven experience working with CXO customers across the public and private sectors to deploy high value programs spanning data security analytics, insider threat and next-gen security solutions. As a commercial GM and leader, he brings a track record in working with providers to deliver products to market from concept to launch.

  • Lisa McAuley
    Chief Executive Officer, Global Trade Professionals Alliance

    Lisa McAuley has worked in international trade for over ten years, previously as the CEO of the Export Council of Australia. She saw the organisation focus on ground-breaking research and advocacy projects that promote and enhance the global competitiveness of SMEs. She lends her passion for international trade and a respected voice in the industry to various initiatives. These span an advisory role on the AmCham Trade Advisory Group, to the board of CargoHound, and the Executive Director of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance.

    She has extensive experience across Asia, Europe, and North America, and at several multilateral forums. A champion of international trade, Lisa travels globally to promote and consult on issues affecting the international competitiveness of SMEs.

  • Dave Mcpherson
    Infrastructure & Global IS Engagement Manager, Fonterra

    Dave is an experienced OT Infrastructure & Stakeholder Engagement Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the dairy & wider agricultural industry. Skilled in Business Process, IT Infrastructure Management, People Management, IT Service Management, and IT Strategy.

  • Gabriel Metcalf
    Chief Executive Officer
    Committee for Sydney
  • Jithendra Nair
    Director IT APAC, Cook Medical

    Jithendra is committed to improved patient outcomes as the backbone to his work at cook medical. He has been working closely with hospital procurement and it teams to streamline product ordering solutions.

  • David Norris
    ATS Architect
  • Mark Parker
    Sales and Partner Manager
  • Professor Ren Ping Liu
    Director, Cybersecurity Lab & Head of Discipline, Network and Cybersecurity, University of Technology Sydney

    Ren Ping LIU is a Professor and Head of Discipline of Network & Cybersecurity at University of Technology Sydney. Professor Liu is also the co-founder and CTO of Ultimo Digital Technologies Pty Ltd, developing IoT and Blockchain. Prior to that he was a Principal Scientist and Research Leader at CSIRO, where he led wireless networking research activities. Prof Liu was the winner of Australian Engineering Innovation Award and CSIRO Chairman medal. He specialises in system design and modelling and has delivered networking solutions to a number of government agencies and industry customers. His research interests include wireless networking, Cybersecurity, and Blockchain.

  • Dr Leon Prentice
    Research Program Director, CSIRO

    Dr Leon Prentice leads the Materials and Processes research group at CSIRO Manufacturing – within the High-Performance Metal Industries research program. His group includes CSIRO’s metal powder processes, from extractive metallurgy, through powder modification, and the range of additive manufacturing capabilities within the ‘Lab22 Innovation Centre’. The group focuses on research and collaboration with local and international industry partners.

  • Inu Rana
    Author, Manufacturing 4.0; Cracking the Code for Western Sydney, Western Sydney University

    Inu Rana has devoted past 14 years to consulting and advising businesses, executive training & development and most importantly getting some real life business experience.

    She has served on the panel of National Productivity Council as an expert in areas of productivity and strategic growth. Her career has presented her with a chance to contribute significantly to a range of domains in the field of business consulting, from strategic planning to business analysis; stakeholder management to competency mapping and workforce assessment and more.
    She has worked with top MNCs and industries including Johnson & Johnson, Coca Cola, Hindustan Lever, ONGC, GAIL and many more.

  • Peter Roberts
    Founder, Australian Manufacturing Forum

    Peter has worked with mainly manufacturing companies in Australia delivering media and business networking services.

    He has created and manages social media business networking services such as the 4,800 member Australian Manufacturing Forum Group on LinkedIn.

    He has worked with a diverse range or organisations ranging from Nestle Oceania to the first 5000 social media grouping of the owners of large small and medium-sized enterprises.

    He has forty year's business journalism and editing experience mainly for the Australian Financial Review and BRW Group in Australia and Asia.

    He has been a senior columnist, writer, editor and editorial manager, founded a start-up online procurement service and served on the board of Australia's premier private-sector funder of research into innovation and competitiveness.

  • Matt Shields
    Platform Solution Architect PLM, Astronomy and Space Science (CASS), Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder, CSIRO

    Matt specialises in systems integration, PLM solutions, HDI manufacturing, strategic planning, and test software development.

  • Andrew Spence
    National Manager Operations and Supply Chain, BlueScope Steel

    Andrew Spence has worked with Bluescope for 10 years. His portfolio has incorporated across the supply chain, business improvement, manufacturing excellence, project management and maintenance.

  • Professor Aleksandar Subic
    Deputy Vice Chancellor (R&D), Swinburne University of Technology

    Professor Aleksandar Subic currently holds the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) at Swinburne University of Technology. Prior to this appointment, he was the Dean of Engineering and the Head of School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at RMIT University.

    He is internationally recognised for his research in engineering design and advanced manufacturing, having led numerous global R&D projects in collaboration with industry leading to important translational research outcomes and impact.

    Professor Subic held positions on the Prime Minister's Industry 4.0 Taskforce, the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council Leaders Group, Deputy Chair of the National Aerospace and Aviation Industries Association, Director of Oceania Cybersecurity Centre, Director of SAE-A and on the Executive Committee of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC).

    He served on the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) National Assessment Committee for Engineering and Environmental Sciences and on the research advisory panels of the Defence Materials Technology Centre and the European Engineering Research Council.

    He is an honorary Professor of Tsinghua University, Tianjin University and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia (IEAust), Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Fellow of the International Energy Federation (IEF).

  • Tristram Travers
    Director, GPT Alliance

    Tristram Travers is a consultant with over 30 years of management experience in both the public and private sectors, 20 of those in senior leadership positions. In the private sector he led corporate export businesses through high levels of growth and organisational change including twice leading the restructure of companies in financial distress to deliver viable entities. He has passion for developing strategies for business to commercialise ideas, build markets and drive scale. He clearly articulates strategic direction and goals to deliver outcomes in complex environments with multi-stakeholder and multi-business teams.

    He came to the public sector with 20 years of experience and understanding of the drivers of the commercial world. He has worked in Austrade in trade development roles both on-shore and off-shore before transitioning to the Department of Industry Innovation and Science. At the Department he led a dynamic team of business advisers providing strategic advice on innovation, international trade and investment, business strategy, R&D, continuous improvement and operational excellence to SMEs.

  • Trish White
    National President & Chair, Engineers Australia

    Trish is the Engineers Australia National President and Chair of the Board. She is a Fellow of Engineers Australia in the Information, Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering College and has been an Engineers Australia Board Director for two years. Trish holds electrical engineering and arts degrees from University of Queensland, and is a Fellow of the College of Leadership and Management.

    She is an executive director of professional services and business advisory firm, Slingsby Taylor, and provides advisory services to boards and executives of both commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

    Formerly, Trish was Executive Strategic Advisor for WorleyParsons Ltd, working in the global resources and energy industries. That followed a career as a cabinet minister in the South Australian government, where she served in the infrastructure, development, transport, science and education portfolios.

    Previously, her career had been in applied research with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. Prior to that, she managed national infrastructure projects in Canberra. Trish is an experienced professional company director, having served on the boards of several large Australian companies. She is a Fellow of the AICD.

  • Kevin Worrell
    Project Lead, Industrie 4.0, Dulux ANZ

    Kevin Worrell’s role has been as the Project Director of the Dulux Project Honeyeater $165mil water-based paint making facility in the north of Melbourne. He was a project manager and director for the last 35 years, and originally qualified as an architect. He was drawn to managing complex engineering projects early on in his career.

    His approach to project management is to build strong diverse teams, where he explores all aspects of a project, while focusing on innovative answers to complex problems. These incorporate, but are not limited to, technical, innovation, contractual delivery and new procurement models.