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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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,
  3. 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, .

External members

Quinton Anderson

Quinton Anderson

Commonwealth Bank
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

Michael Cahill

MongoDB Inc.
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.

Graham Carrick

Senior Development Manager

Michael Clark

Michael Clark

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).

Lawrence Crumpton

Lawrence Crumpton

Microsoft Australia
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.

Jae Debrincat

Jae Debrincat

e-Corner Pty Ltd
General Manager

Jae has 15+ years’ experience working in and advising Australian businesses and currently is General Manager of eCorner, an Australian service provider specialising in eCommerce. Previously having worked at Deloitte, Compuware and Brown & Partners Solicitors.

Jae is a Solicitor and Registered Tax Agent, having previously specialised in Australian corporate and international tax, tax management consulting, transaction and M&A advisory services, and financial transformations. Professional experience ranges from advisory and compliance, management consulting, project management, relationship management, business development, IT technical support and legal administration.

Berne Gibbons

Berne Gibbons

Australian Digital Health Agency
GM Operations

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.

Dr Anna Liu

Dr Anna Liu

Amazon Web Services
Innovation and Partnership Development

Dr. Anna Liu has 20+ years of experience in the ICT sector, with a rare combination of expertise and experience ranging R&D, Tech startup, enterprise and academia.

Prior to joining Amazon Web Services, she led Software Systems research at NICTA, formulated IP and commercialization strategy for their distributed systems research discoveries, founded the world’s first ‘all-in-cloud’ Disaster Recovery as a Service company, and exited via US Private Equity. Today, her team’s inventions and products continue to run mission critical enterprise systems across 4 continents.

Dr. Liu is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has held senior positions at Microsoft, CSIRO, and University of New South Wales.

Nik Lukich

Nik Lukich

Director Universities

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

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.

Tina Raniga

Tina Raniga

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.

Jeff Smoot

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

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.

Duncan Stone

Duncan Stone

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.

Luther Uthayakumaran

Luther Uthayakumaran

Sydney Water
Senior Leader - Strategy, Analytics and Innovation

Luther has approximately 15 years’ experience managing technology in a wide range of industries including ICT, Financial Services, Aviation, Infrastructure, Utilities and Academia, where he has set up innovation capabilities in complex organisations functioning in highly regulated environments. He has held senior leadership roles at IBM, Vodafone, Qantas, the Commonwealth Bank and Sydney Water in strategic, R&D and operational areas.

Luther has presented at a number of conferences, and has led industry bodies and advocacy initiatives to promote innovation in industry, society and education. He has an honours degree in Statistics from the University of Jaffna, and postgraduate degrees from the University of Technology Sydney and the University of New South Wales. His main current interests are in Mathematical Modelling, Machine & Deep learning, Artificial intelligence, Smart Cities, Smart infrastructure, Open government, Public policy and Social- entrepreneurship.

Sally-Ann Williams

Sally-Ann Williams

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.