Industry Advisory Board
The School of Information Technologies has a dynamic and engaged Industry Advisory Board. The main objectives of the Board can be summarized as follows:
- to advise the School's academics on emerging industry trends, opportunities and skills requirements into the future and thereby help the School’s strategic planning and curriculum development;
- to help connect the students with opportunities for internships and to undertake real-world projects in industry settings,
to assist in providing access to guest speakers who can address students on relevant industry technology trends and challenges as well as insights into the changes that technology is making in their organisations,
- to help the School’s academics and students understand the research priorities and needs of industry and government organisations.
The overarching expectation from the industry advisory board is that it will assist the School to engage in useful and industry-relevant research and pedagogy.
If you are interested in joining the Advisory Board, or in obtaining further information about its activities contact John Warren, Manager External Relations, .
Head of Engineering
I am a delivery focussed IT Leader. I believe in building a team with the right people and then enabling them to succeed. I believe that a highly motivated and skilled team is vital to success and that my role in a management position is to create an environment in which this exists and then combine it with the appropriate processes, domain expertise and technology to create success.
I find delivering IT projects extremely challenging and exciting. I believe that software systems should be engineered through quantitative and disciplined processes and that quality should be an absolute focus.
- Software team leadership
- Software architecture
- Software team process coaching
- Bridging the gap between IT and business through domain knowledge
Dr Michael Cahill
Director of Engineering (Storage)
Michael Cahill was a founder and architect at database storage engine startup WiredTiger prior to its acquisition by MongoDB in 2014. He was an architect of Berkeley DB at Sleepycat Software and Oracle Corp., responsible for design and implementation of multiversion concurrency control, as well as SQL interfaces and programming language APIs. Previously, Michael was CTO at Sydney startup Bullant Technology, which grew tenfold and raised over US$30 million from investors including Intel Capital and JP Morgan during his three year tenure. Michael’s PhD from the University of Sydney is in the area of transaction processing and concurrency control. His work on a new algorithm for implementing serializable isolation received an ACM SIGMOD Best Paper award and was added to PostgreSQL 9.1.
Senior Development Manager
Thales Australia Pty Limited
Director Technical Strategy
Michael has more than 30 years’ experience in the development of complex electronic and processing systems across a broad range of engineering disciplines. Michael has held senior technical management roles in both Australia and in France where he served as Corporate Technology Co-ordinator responsible for the Thales’ global investment in self-funded research and development in the underwater systems sector.
Today Michael fulfils the role of Director Technical Strategy in the Thales Australia Corporate organisation. He provides broad technical leadership, and oversees the planning and coordination of research & development activities across the various business units within Thales Australia. He is a strong advocate for establishing research collaborations with universities and other research providers, and finds time to mentor enthusiastic students working on extracurricular projects.
Michael is a technical thought leader in the development of new business strategies and in promoting a culture of innovation. Michael has a Master of Science (MSc) in Electronic Physics from The University of Auckland, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Michael is a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia (IEAust), and a member of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES).
Technology Evangelist - Developer eXperience (DX)
As Microsoft Australia’s Academic Developer Evangelist, Lawrence works with universities, students, and educational departments to leverage the transformational opportunities presented by emerging technologies and ubiquitous computing with a particular emphasis on how it is changing the way people work, play & interact. For the last two years Lawrence has led Australian teams of students to Global World Citizenship victories in the Imagine Cup – a competition where each year over 300,000 students from 121 countries compete to address some of the world’s most difficult challenges using technology. As a result, teams "Eyenaemia" (2014) and "OpaqueMultimedia" (2015) each took home $50,000 cash prizes and are continuing to bring their solutions to market as startups to help people world wide. Born in the American Deep South, today Lawrence is proud to be an Australian citizen.
e-Corner Pty Ltd
Managing Director and CEO
John Debrincat has over 40 years of experience in business and the Information and Communication Technology Industry in the Asia Pacific and is CEO or eCorner Pty Ltd.
In 2003 he founded eCorner, an Australian specialist eCommerce solutions provider with over 2,600 customers and partners.
eCorner is a member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Professional Partners Program, and is Gold Certified under the GreenBizCheck Sustainability and Environmental Certification program.
John is a founding board member and Chairman of the ACS Foundation a charity that has raised over $45 million dollars in scholarship and research funds since 2001 to assist students to enter the information technology industry.
John is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and Honorary Life Governor and member of the Information Technology Advisory Board at the School of Information Technology, Sydney University.
John is also Director of IEWF.org and RNC Alliance Pacific, focused on environmental restoration and management.
Australian Digital Health Agency
With a background in Nursing and the Pharmaceutical Industry spanning 30 years, where she held senior roles such as Product Manager for Anaesthetics at Glaxo Wellcome, Head of Hospitals at Mayne Health Pharmaceutical Wholesale, CEO for Central Hospital Supplies and Managing Director for Vitro Software Pty Ltd, where she has developed a particular interest in providing digital health records and strategic use of information. Berne Gibbons has led a number of major e-health projects including the successful bid for the PCEHR Infrastructure contract when she was Head Of Health for Telstra and has consistently contributed to progression of technology to improve healthcare for all Australians. Berne Gibbons is the Chair of the AIIA Health Special Interest Group and is a member of the Dean of Health Advisory Board at UTS and an Assoc Professor of Healthcare Industry at UTS. Berne Gibbons has been committed to advancing Digital health in Australia for over 15 years. Berne is also a Board member on the NFP organization Pathfinders with a special interest in registering the Births of Aboriginal people through the National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Register, being run by Pathfinders. Berne is currently working with the Australian Digital Health Agency as GM Operations.
Nik has been with Telstra since 1998 and is currently the Industry Director for Universities with responsibility for strategic engagement and relationship management. For the last ten years Nik has worked closely with Telstra’s top corporate and government customers and delivered insights and issues on new technology and business trends. He has presented at industry forums on consumer, business and technology trends.
He has a background in direct sales, business development, marketing and strategy within the telecommunications and the banking & finance sectors. His career at Telstra has included a variety of roles from sales, consulting, sales management, strategy and marketing.
Nik has an MBA from the University of Technology Sydney with a Sub-Major in Electronic Business and has a keen interest in law.
Dr Ian Oppermann
New South Wales Government, NSW Data Analytics Centre
CEO and Chief Data Scientist
Ian has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organizations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO.
Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3200 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Talent Acquisition Manager, Australia and New Zealand
With 9 years’ experience in managing 360 degree recruitment cycles, Tina is acknowledged as an expert in IT&T and Sales Recruitment across the Banking and Financial Services, Retail, Utilities and Mining sectors.
Her advice is sought after in relation to matters ranging from recruitment strategies and employee engagement.
She is well-recognised for her talents, including managing the recruitment team for Tata Consultancy Services across Australia and Zealand and an active member of Employment Engagement programmes.
Tina holds Bachelors in Business Information Systems from the University of Paisley, Scotland and Certificate IV in Human Resources from the Australia Human Resources Institute.
Vitro Software ANZ
Jeff Smoot has spent over 20 years in health Informatics in various senior roles with organizations delivering clinical software solutions and infrastructure services. He is the CEO ANZ for Vitro Software providing Digital Medical Record capability across all key segments of health. Prior to joining Vitro Jeff was the Managing Director Asia Pacific for Cerner Corporation responsible for growing their business in Australia and penetrating the Singapore and Malaysia markets. Jeff then moved to Fujitsu as Industry Director Healthcare Solutions where he developed the Health Industry Vertical and go to market strategy for Fujitsu Australia/New Zealand. He chaired Fujitsu’s Global Health Advisory Committee and was a member of the Global Health Strategy Team assisting Fujitsu organizations around the world in the development and implementation of their sales and marketing strategies. Following his career at Fujitsu and just prior to joining Vitro Jeff was Regional Vice President Allscripts Australia/New Zealand where he led their market penetration into this region.
Jeff brings strong experience in penetrating new markets with Health IT solutions, developing and implementing sales and marketing strategies, understanding the relationships across all segments of care delivery, building and maintaining key relationships across all stakeholder groups and partners, and a strong understanding of the procurement processes in both public and private environments.
Jeff was born and raised in the US and relocated to Australia early in his career. He has a BSBA from the University of Denver in Colorado and an MBA from Loyola College Baltimore Maryland. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held a number of advisory roles with various health associations and industry groups.
Professor Aruna Seneviratne
Director NICTA ATP Lab & Mahanakorn Chair of Telecommunications, UNSW
Professor Aruna Seneviratne came to NICTA from University of NSW where he was Professor of Telecommunications in the School of Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering.
Currently he is the Australian Technology Park Laboratory Director and the Leader of Networks Research Group. He holds the Mahanakorn Chair of Telecommunication at the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales.
Professor Seneviratne has over 15 years of telecommunication and computer systems engineering experience. His research interests include mobile data communication systems, in particular the development of mechanisms for managing the quality of service in wireless Internet environments.
Professor Seneviratne received his Bachelor of Engineering with honours in Electrical Engineering from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1979. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bath, UK, 1982.
Since graduating Professor Seneviratne has had rich international experience, having held academic appointments at the University of Bradford, UK; Curtin University and the Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales.
Outside academia, Professor Seneviratne has worked at the Standard Telecommunication Laboratories, Muirhead & Co, in the UK, and for Telecom Australia.
He has also held visiting appointments in France at the MASI Laboratory at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, and at the Rodeo Group at the National French Research Establishment, INRIA, Nice. In addition, he has been a consultant to numerous organisations including the Roads and Traffic Authority NSW, Telstra, Vodafone, Inmarsat, Xantic, and Ericsson.
Director, Open Innovation, Economics & Policy
Working across the Digital Change and Economics & Policy practices within PwC Australia Duncan is leading PwC's charge to accelerate the use of open innovation within large private and public sector organisations. Duncan has led the market in the use of Open Innovation approaches to tackle problems across a wide range of industries including transport, tourism, financial services, agriculture, food, asset maintenance, health, data and emergency management.
Duncan is one of the leadership team which developed and proved the value of a ‘need-led’ approach to innovation; combining the best of lateral thinking, design thinking, lean, lean startup and agile methodologies. These videos from a Transport for NSW project and QLD Government project might give you a flavour of what this style of 'getting things done' has been all about.
An econometrician by training, Duncan also continue to work with both governments and private sector clients by contributing to the key policy debates around the growth of Australia's digital economy. Key contributions include authoring Small Business: Digital Growth; The Startup Economy Report and Deciding with Data.
Senior Leader - Strategy, Analytics and Innovation
Engineering Community & Outreach Program Manager
Sally-Ann Williams is the Engineering Community and Outreach Manager for Google Australia.
She is responsible for a broad portfolio of programs including leading Google’s efforts in CS and STEM education & outreach (K-12), research collaborations with universities and entrepreneurship and startup engagement.
In her role leading Google’s CS/STEM education engagement she manages over 45 partnerships & programs designed to inspire students, equip teachers, and connect the community to the possibilities careers in CS can lead to. Most recently this work has included national implementation strategies to support ACARA’s Digital Technology curriculum and help position Australia as a nation of innovators.
In her role with the startup community she manages partnerships and collaborates with co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators, universities and the public sector to build and grow the ecosystem.
Amazon Web Services
Public Sector Business Development
Stephanie’s career has been focused on the Education and Public Sector industry while working in Account Management, Training, Sales, Marketing, Events, and Product Management. She is currently supporting the Public Sector business at Amazon Web Services, which includes Universities throughout Australia.
Prior to this, Stephanie worked at Gartner to support CIO’s and IT Leaders in the ANZ Public Sector/Education industry. In her work with the education community, Stephanie designed targeted industry specific events with focused content to address the challenges facing these roles today.
In previous roles, she worked to implement product development changes and create marketing strategies for new market segments as well as being a part of a team that focused on globalisation projects in offering a standard service and product delivery across the US and EMEA.
Stephanie is passionate about how technology is empowering learning and teaching in new ways and is thrilled to be at the center of this change and have the ability to truly innovate how organisations deliver on their mission.