Speakers


The Rewind/Fast Forward speaker lineup includes more than twenty of Australia’s most significant business and government thinkers and leaders.


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Roger Allen is an entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist and Angel investor. He was awarded an Order of Australia Honour (AM) for his services to the IT sector. Roger has served on two Prime Ministers’ Science and Technology Councils and has chaired both Victorian and NSW State Government ICT Advisory Boards.

Luke Carruthers

Mark Armstrong is currently the Director at the Network Insight Institute, an independent, non-profit organisation committed to the future of communications. Mark has has contributed to communications policy since he started teaching and research in the field at the University of NSW from 1973, and has many significant publications to his name. He has been a director, trustee or chair of various communications organisations including the ABC, the Broadcasting Tribunal, the International Institute of Communications and the ACLA (now CAMLA) which he founded in 1976.

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Kirsty Bloore is Research Director, whose guidance is used to inform business decisions across all brands operating within VIMN’s Australian and New Zealand portfolio including MTV, MTV Music, MTV Dance, MTV Hits, MTV Classic, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Comedy Central. Prior to this, Kirsty served as a Research Consultant for Fairfax Digital, Nickelodeon International and APN Newspapers.

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Mara Bun is Non-Executive Director of climate resilience non-profit Green Cross Australia, and listed superannuation and investment firm Australian Ethical Investments. She was founding CEO of Green Cross, Australia’s most awarded digital non-profit, between 2008 and 2014. Previous roles include Senior Internet Equities Analyst with Macquarie Bank, Director of Business Development with CSIRO, Director of The Allen Consulting Group, and head of Policy and Public Affairs with Choice.

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Mike Cannon-Brookes is the co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian, an award-winning enterprise software company that helps teams collaborate, build software and serve their customers better. Outside Atlassian, Mike is an active angel investor and a non-executive director of Tyro, a technology-focused Australian bank.

Luke Carruthers

Luke Carruthers’ first company, Magna Data, was founded in 1993, and went on to become one of Australia’s most successful early Internet service providers. Sold in 1999 for $16 million. Since then he has founded three more companies, all focused on the Internet and telecommunications market, including Inter-touch, an in-hotel network operator acquired by NTT DoCoMo for US$70 million, and Alterna Telecom, which provided wholesale PSTN switching services and was acquired by RSLCom in 2002. In 2007, Luke founded The Reading Room and is now General Partner at 25fifteen where he works to share his entrepreneurship skills to build startups.

Roger Clarke

Roger Clarke is one of Australia’s most knowledgeable and highly regarded IT experts, who has worked as an independent consultant in the field since 1982. Roger has also held a number of Visiting Professorships, currently at UNSW and ANU. In 2009, he was awarded the second ever Australian Privacy Medal, after Justice Michael Kirby. Roger has also spent many years on the Board of the Australian Privacy Foundation, among a number of other major organisations and companies.

Rachel Dixon

There is nothing worth knowing about digital that Rachel Dixon doesn’t. Rachel began her career as a film producer, which developed into a passion for digital content. Before recently taking up the role as Director at Digital Loungeroom, Rachel was a Director of Digital Consulting at KPMG, COO at Viocorp, and founder and Managing Director of Handshake Media.

Bill Gair

As the founder of travel.com.au and the man who brought lastminute.com.au to Australia, Bill Gair is a well established industry veteran. Bill now heads up BRR Media, a website that audio streams company announcements and interviews with CEOs.

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Professor Michael Georgeff is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Precedence Health Care and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. In 1988 he set up the Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute (AAII).

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Simon Hackett co-developed the world’s first Internet Toaster in 1990 before founding Internode in 1991. Two decades later, Internode was sold to iiNet in 2012 for $105 million. He has since invested in a variety of tech sector companies including Redflow, UltraServe, AvSoft, BlueChilli and Spookfish. He is on the boards of NBN Co and of Redflow, and is developing a creative space in Adelaide called Base64. Simon drives multiple Tesla electric vehicles in an effort to offset the carbon emissions from flying various aircraft.

Monique Harris

Monique Harris is currently Head of Digital Commercial Strategy at Bauer Media where she is responsible for maximising content opportunities around Bauer Media consumer brands. Before that, Monique founded online advertising company Tempest Media in 1999, which was the largest independent network of premium websites, with partner sites like eBay, Carsales, Ticketek and SEEK for all online and digital media solutions.

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Dr Kate Harrison Brennan is the Founder of Global & Smart, a storytelling platform for the story behind the good. Kate studied international development at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton on a visiting fellowship. She returned home to Australia to be an Advisor to Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Her edited volume, Making Global Institutions Work, was published by Routledge in September 2014. Kate was Young Australian of the Year for NSW in 2006.

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Martin Hoffman is responsible for both Commonwealth sectoral industry policy, and science, commercialisation and innovation policy. He is also a board member of ARENA, and has responsibility for the Department’s ICT and whole-of-Government digital transformation agenda. He previously had a lengthy private sector career including senior executive roles at Optus and Fairfax, CEO of NineMSN from 2003 to 2006, CEO of Moko Social Media Ltd (ASX:MKB) leading it to an IPO in July 2007, and investor and advisor to a number of other successful digital businesses, before joining the Australian Public Service in March 2009.

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Rebekah Horne is Network Ten’s Chief Digital Officer, responsible for developing their digital media strategy. Prior, Rebekah was CEO of social commerce platform TopFloor.com, a startup that delivers content-driven sales events into social media streams.  Rebekah also famously led Fox Interactive Media internationally as Managing Director.

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Martin Hosking is a co-founder of Redbubble and became the CEO in July 2010. Previously he was the Chairman of Aconex and Southern Innovation, a digital pulse processing solution. He was instrumental in the development and subsequent listing on NASDAQ of search company, LookSmart. He started his career as a diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before joining McKinsey & Company.

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Brad Howarth is a writer, speaker and consultant in the field of digital transformation. As a journalist he has written on the topic of technology-driven change for BRW and The Australian. He is an Ambassador for the annual Broadband for the Bush Alliance Forum, being held this year in Darwin in July.

Leigh Jasper

Leigh Jasper is the CEO of Aconex, which he co-founded Rob Phillpot in 2000. The company, which provides online collaboration software for the construction industry, listed on the ASX in late 2014 and is valued at over $315 million.

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Paul Kallenbach is one of Australia’s leading intellectual property and technology law specialists. His expertise spans copyright, trademarks and other intellectual property rights, technology contracting and licensing, strategic sourcing, and ecommerce and internet law. Paul was also co-founder of a software start-up.

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As EY Digital Partner, Tom Kennedy has over 25 years’ experience in digital media, broadcasting, content and technology markets. He is an award winning producer, and won the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association Award (AIMIA) for outstanding contribution to Industry. He was listed in B&T Magazines Power 40 Digital Leaders list and is a former Commissioner and board member of the Australian Film Commission and the National Film and Sound Archive.

Pippa Leary

Pippa Leary is currently the CEO of a joint venture, APEX, formed by Fairfax and Mi9. APEX is an exchange set up to trade brand safe mobile inventory. Prior to Fairfax, Pippa worked for NineMSN as the Business Manager of the Lifestyle section, later becoming the Network Services Director. Pippa has an Honours Degree in History (First Class and Medal) from the University of Sydney.

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Michael Malone is the founder of iiNet and was CEO for over 20 years, resigning last year. He’s currently the Chairman of Diamond Cyber and holds several directorships with technology companies.

Ramin Marzbani

Ramin Marzbani was the CEO of www.consult from 1995 to 2003 and oversaw the transition of the company to ACNielsen following the sale of the business in 2000. Ramin is an incredibly active mentor to, and investor in, many young companies, and is currently a General Partner at Indigo Venture Capital Partners, focusing on seed and early stage technology companies.

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Paul McCarthy is CEO of Online Gravity Consulting and an adjunct Professor at UNSW’s Computer Science and Engineering. He was previously Executive Director of Strategy and Innovation at Sirca, providers of online services for data-intensive researchers and analysts. Paul is also co-founder of several innovative enterprises for IBM, NSW Government and CSIRO.

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Liza Noonan is General Manager of Springboard Enterprises Australia, an accelerator platform for women-led Australian enterprises seeking equity capital to achieve scalable growth. Prior to this role she led the ng Connect program in Australia, building an ecosystem of 30 organisations to develop and prototype services for new broadband enabled business models.

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Cass O’Connor is a leading corporate advisor, with a focus on the communications, media and entertainment industries. Cass has been a Director with Carnegie, Wylie & Company (now Lazard Australia); Executive Director with Goldman Sachs Australia LLC; Director of Turnbull & Partners Limited and equities research analyst with Bain & Company (now Deutsche Bank).

Mark Pesce

Mark Pesce is one of Australia’s best known futurists. For seven years, Pesce was a panelist and judge on the ABC’s hit series The New Inventors, which celebrated Australia’s newest inventions and inventors. Mark is currently a columnist at the Global IT publication The Register, and recently launched This Week in Startups Australia, which has already become the #1 tech podcast nationwide.

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Paul Rickard spent almost 20 years with CBA where he was Executive General Manager Payments & Business Technology and CIO for Premium Business Services. Paul was the founding Managing Director of CommSec, which he led from 1994 to 2002. He later became Chairman until 2009, as well being a Director of numerous other bank subsidiaries. Now a Non Executive Director of PEXA Ltd, Tyro Payments and Halidon Asset Management, Paul is a partner with Peter Switzer in the Switzer Financial Group, the publisher of Switzer Super Report and provides consulting services to financial service firms through Lumus Financial Services.

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Niki Scevak is a Managing Director of Blackbird Ventures. Before Blackbird Ventures, he founded Startmate, one of Australia’s pre-eminent incubators. Prior to that, Niki founded Homethinking, a US-based real estate site.

Mark Scott

Mark Scott has been Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation since 2006, and is considered one of the most influential people in Australian media. On his watch, the ABC has launched two new digital television channels – ABC3 and ABC News 24 – and he has presided over the ABC’s reinvention online. Before joining the ABC, Mark worked for Fairfax, and before that he was Policy Advisor to the then NSW Minister for Education, Terry Metherell.

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David Skellern founded Radiata in 1997, acquired by Cicsco; and is a former CEO of NICTA. David is currently Chairman of Capital Markets CRC Ltd and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2012, for service to science and engineering.

David Spence

David Spence is Australian Internet royalty. He has been involved in more than twenty Internet businesses since 1995. He was OzEmail’s first CEO, then moved to Unwired, where he grew the company to one of the world’s largest portable wireless broadband carriers, servicing in excess of 70,000 customers in the greater Sydney and Melbourne areas. David has also worked for Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull, and is currently Chairman of Vocus Communications and Chairman of Paypal Australia.

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John Stanton is the Chief Executive Officer of Communications Alliance. From 2006-2009 John was Chief Executive Officer of ASX and NZX-listed telecommunications carrier, People Telecom. John Stanton is a seasoned communications industry executive with over 18 years of experience.

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Andrew Stead has worked extensively with startup founders and investors and is the Director New Ventures at NICTA, and co-founder and director of investment group Sydney Angels and serves on several company boards. His primary responsibility at NICTA is the creation and growth of spinouts and managing the existing equity portfolio.

Salah Sukkarieh

Professor Salah Sukkarieh is an international expert in the research, development and commercialisation of field robotic systems. He has lead a number of robotics and intelligent systems R&D projects in logistics, commercial aviation, aerospace, education, environment monitoring, agriculture and mining, and has consulted to industry including Rio Tinto, BHP, Patrick Stevedores, Qantas, BAE Systems, QLD Biosecurity, Meat and Livestock Australia, and the NSW DPI amongst others. Salah is the Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney, and the Director of Research and Innovation at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics.

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Matt Symons is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of SocietyOne. Prior to this, he was the CEO of Memetrics Ltd. He managed the successful sale of Memetrics to Accenture in 2007. Matt is also an active angel investor with 10 current investments and a couple of successful exists (including the sale of Quotify to Telstra in 2011).

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Kenneth Tsang is a young, enthusiastic geek and programmer – and he’s into all things NBN. He’s the creator of the independent NBN rollout tracking project: myNBN.info and Australia’s ultimate streaming content guide: streamin.it. Having just finished his secondary studies in regional NSW, Kenneth is keen to continue his passion in IT and computing by studying Geospatial Engineering at UNSW.

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Pia Waugh is an open government and open data ninja, working within the machine to enable greater transparency, democratic engagement, citizen-centric design and innovation in the public sector and beyond.

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Chris Winter has a long all-media background with the ABC; is on the board of NSW’s Metro Screen, was on various state and federal government advisory committees, and industry memberships include the American Alliance of Museums, Museums Australia, the Australian Digital Alliance, the Australian Smart Communities Association, and the Australian Library and Information Association.

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Michael Zimmerman has been working with high growth technology companies as CEO/executive, investor or Director since 1996 in the US and Australia. He was founder and CEO of BuildingIQ. Previously Michael was a General Partner at TVP, an Australian VC fund, Before this he worked in venture capital and technology businesses in Silicon Valley.