Mr Gavin Smith
Gavin Smith is the President and Chairman of Robert Bosch Australia, a regional subsidiary of the global Bosch group.
Bosch is a leading global technology and services company operating across four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. Bosch is a leading company in IoT by virtue of its diverse connected devices, IoT software and solutions and Cloud Services.
Gavin joined Bosch Australia in 1990 following 10 years in various information technology roles at a number of well-known multinationals in Australia and New Zealand. After a successful two years in Frankfurt as part of Bosch’s Original Equipment Sales team, Gavin held a number of senior leadership positions in the company’s Australian Automotive Components divisions including Regional President of the Powertrain Division from 2003 and Regional President of the Vehicle Safety Systems Division from 2008.
Gavin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Otago in New Zealand, and an MBA from Monash University in Melbourne.
Amongst others, Gavin is a Board Director of the German Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK) and “The Yield”, a Tasmanian agTech company in which Bosch has invested. Most recently Gavin was appointed to the Prime Ministers Industry 4.0 task force, to chair the workgroup ‘Security of Networked Systems’.
Prof Bronwyn Harch
Professor Harch is the Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) and Professor of Applied Statistical Science, at QUT. Bronwyn leads transdisciplinary research efforts – where industry, government and the community co-develop with QUT researchers a range of initiatives that address global challenges to build a strong Australia with a competitive economy.
Bronwyn has worked across the sectors of agriculture, environment, health, manufacturing and energy bringing the “unreasonable effectiveness” of digital technologies and mathematical sciences to make a real difference to industry, society and the environment.
Bronwyn is an applied statistician with 21 years’ experience undertaking research largely applied at the nexus of agricultural and environmental systems. This has seen her develop transdisciplinary research, engagement and commercialisation strategies with state and federal government and their agencies, Australian and global multi-national companies (e.g. Bayer, Orica, Boeing, AMP) and partnerships with research organisations (e.g a National Research Flagship Cluster, Chinese Academy of Sciences, NASA) – with a particular focus at the agri-environmental and informatics interface.
In November 2016, Bronwyn was appointed to the Board of Innovation and Science Australia.
Dr Mike Briers AO
Mike was named in the Knowledge Nation 100 as Australia’s chief evangelist for big data and the internet of things (IoT) and appointed Australia’s first Industry Professor of IoT at UTS. He is currently the CEO of the Knowledge Economy Institute, an IoT innovation hub, and leads the FoodAgility.com consortium to empower Australia’s food industry to grow its comparative advantage through digital transformation.
Mike’s pioneering efforts in fintech and e-research led to the global success of SIRCA and the founding of big data company RoZetta, e-research service provider Intersect, and co-founding of Capital Markets CRC and AgTech business, The Yield.
Ms Johanna Plante
Johanna Plante has been professionally and personally involved in telecommunications for more than 40 years in a variety of board, CEO, management, facilitation and independent advisory roles including at the ACCC; Australian Communication Exchange; Australian Communications Industry Forum; ACMA; ATUG; AUSTEL; Coopers & Lybrand; Computer Power; Infonet, KPMG; Networking The Nation; the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and Telstra.
She is the longest serving Chairperson of ACCAN and has been active on the ACCAN Board for the past seven years.
The breadth and diversity of this experience has given her unique insights into most facets of Australia’s communications environment, invaluable experience in effective corporate governance and a strong commitment to progressing the long-term interests of end-users.
Johanna has a First Class Honours Degree in Engineering (majors in Communications & Operations Research) from the University of Western Australia.
Ms Nicole Lockwood
Nicole is the Principal of Lockwood Advisory providing strategic advice to government and the private sector in the areas of regional development, infrastructure and stakeholder engagement. She is a member of the Boards of the Water Corporation, Tourism WA and Infrastructure Australia, Chair of the Freight and Logistics Council and MNG and the Deputy Chair of the Leadership WA Board. Previously she was a Director at KPMG leading the government team in Management Consulting.
Nicole resided in the Pilbara for seven years until 2012 as Chairman of the Pilbara Development Commission, a member of the WA Planning Commission, a Director on the Horizon Power board and a Councillor at the Shire of Roebourne. She was the Shire President from 2009 to 2011. Nicole is a lawyer having worked in private practice, at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and as the Principal Solicitor of the Pilbara Community Legal Service. Nicole is passionate about government reform, regional and economic development and the creation of thriving communities.
Mr Stuart Waite
Stuart is a start-up investor, advisor and digital transformation consultant. He's focused on the strategic direction and delivery of innovative products to a multitude of platforms across mobile, web, TV and the Internet of Things.
With over 20 years’ experience in digital media he knows how to build teams and implement digital transformation in businesses that are struggling to adapt to the disruption around them. He's at the forefront of digital innovation and product design strategies and concepts - delivering the next generation of user experiences, engagement, business models and content distribution.
At age 30 Stuart founded a software development company in the UK, selling 7 years later for over €10m. He has three times built and managed cross-functional teams in excess of 100 people, which included transforming the operating structure of News Corp Australia’s digital team, introducing scaled agile and lean design thinking methodologies.
Mr Warren Lemmens
Warren is Chief Technology Officer for Nokia in the Oceania Region. He is a specialist in connectedness and IOT. Warren has consulted widely across the Asia Pacific region and has over 35 years ICT industry experience. Warren is known for his leading insights into technology trends, transformation and innovation. He is consulting widely on the positively disruptive possibilities from the Internet of Things. He has a personal goal to ensure a vibrant ICT sector through it substantially benefiting Australia’s future.