John BairdChief Executive Officer, UCOT (Ultimo Digital Technologies)
Apart from leading work at the UCOT, John is also the CEO at Revio Cyber Security, and a Former Vice President of Credit Suisse, and Former CTO of Deutsche Bank. He is also involved with the CSIRO, and is a Panel Chairmen of NSW Government ICT Industry Advisory panel.
Dr Alexe BojovschiIT Director, International Innovative Research Network (iiRNet)
Alexe is an inventor and innovator. His innovations are used by his own companies, IntAiB, iiRNet and iDataMachine and other organizations with whom he worked including IBM, American Air Force Research Laboratory, Australian Defense Science and Technology, Monash University, RMIT University, Victoria Partnership for Advanced Computing, Swinburne University of Technology and Aston University. He holds 8 US and international patents and published many technical papers. He is a pioneer in deriving technology and business insights from BigData. Alexe developed accelerated learning, creativity and innovation techniques and courses delivered at IntAIB and RMIT University. He shares his technologies, curiosity, creativity and innovation systems at Universities and Business Organizations around the world. He also appeared on media channels such as Australia Science Journal and ABC Radio. Alexe holds a PhD in IT form Swinburne University of Technology (2009) that involved BigData, Virtual Reality, and Supercomputing. His main interests are innovation, cognitive sensing, and sensor networks.
Travis Brooks-GarrettPartner, Freight & Trade Alliance
Travis is an experienced director with a demonstrated history of working in the government relations industry. Skilled in Coaching, Sales, Sales Management, Strategic Partnerships, and International Trade. Apart from the alliance, he is also in the secretariat for the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA). This association is is the peak body for Australia's containerised exporters, designated under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and by the Federal Minister of the day.
Keya ChaturvediTrend Research Manager, DHL Asia Pacific Innovation Center
Keya leads trends research projects and proof-of-concepts for DHL Asia Pacific Innovation Center (APIC). APIC is part of a DHL global innovation platform with a mission to inspire, connect and engage industries on the future of logistics. With experience in research, project management, and consulting for the last 10 years, Keya now focuses on working with DHL business units, customers and external partners to fuel innovative ideas and bring innovative solutions to life. She has a keen interest in all areas of innovation in logistics.
Andrew ClarkManaging Director, LogisticsHelp
Andrew is a consultant in warehousing and logistics and the founder and Managing Director of Logistics Help. In his career, Andrew has worked with large corporate organisations such as Baxter Healthcare, Pfizer, Linfox, DHL, Government agencies as well as small and medium businesses to help them achieve major improvements in the performance of their logistics operations.
He founded Logistics Help to bring the expertise he gained in large corporate supply chains, to under-served Small and Medium Enterprises. He is now on a mission to help them implement high performance strategies and technologies to bring their logistics into the 21st century and compete effectively with big business.
Andrew has written numerous blog posts, an eBook on the 12 Principles of High Performance Warehousing and is currently working on his first book “Online Retail Logistics for Business Leaders”.
Carly CummingsNational Line-haul & Network Optimisation Manager - Supply Chain, Coca-Cola Amatil
Carly is an executive leader with key skills in determining, strategising and driving business and supply chain transformation.
She specialises in logistics management - with a focus on strategy, growth and cost-effective innovation within the end-to-end customer supply chain. She has extensive experience running diverse offshore teams.
Among her achievements, she wrote and implemented the 3-year ICT and Solutions & Innovation strategies for all Asian operations. She was also selected as a Board Director for the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce.
In other roles, she has partnered with Accenture to redesign the Minor Food Group's (MFG) Supply Chain and Procurement operations. This resulted in a 10-year exclusive logistics contract.
On four occasions, she took on newly-created senior roles, while designing & implementing the operation's vision for each. She has designed the physical warehouse layout and operational processes for the largest Distribution Centre in Unilever's SEA network.
In a leadership capacity, she helped shape, lead and transform operational delivery. As a strategic thinker, she has delivered on tangible business value, while forging strong client and C-level relationships.
Charles EdwardsVIC / TAS State President, Supply Chain Logistics Association of Australia
Charles is a management consultant with GRA and specialises in supply chain strategy and operations. His experience includes sales and operations planning (S&OP), inventory optimisation, 3D printing strategies, and demand and replenishment planning across the Defence, MRO, automotive, telecommunications and retail industries.
As president of SCLAA VIC in 2018, Charles aims to further increase the quantity and quality of events and programs which deliver member value.
Jeremy GoodmanDirector - Supply Chain, Carnival Australia
Prior to joining Carnival Australia, Jeremy was the Group Procurement Manager at Ardent Leisure Group and has held Procurement & Senior Management roles at Mummu Media, Quest Serviced Apartments and AccorHotels.
Jeremy is a Supply Chain & Strategic Sourcing Specialist with over 12 years’ experience primarily in the hospitality industry, and has a keen focus on maximizing value through partnerships, and maintaining close alignment to internal & external customers to ensure that the end result delivers holistic benefit to the business. Jeremy’s key areas of speciality include the strategic sourcing of Food & Beverage, IT&T, Consumables & Travel.
Ian GriffithHead of Procurement, Dulux Group Limited
Ian Griffith has led the Group Procurement function at DuluxGroup for the last five years, managing a team of 25 procurement professionals with a groupwide remit covering raw materials, packaging, finished goods and indirects, managing a total spend of just over $1Bpa.
The procurement team at DuluxGroup is highly integrated with DuluxGroup's technical, marketing and supply chain functions, and aims to drive value for the business by partnering with DuluxGroup's key suppliers and accessing leading edge technology network at the best possible price and terms.
Prior to commencing his current role, Ian held senior procurement roles at Foster's Group and AGL, in addition to spending four years at A.T. Kearney working on procurement projects across a wide range of industries and businesses.
Cameron HallHead of Strategy and Innovation, Port of Brisbane
Cameron joined the Port of Brisbane in 2016 after working in a strategy consulting capacity with the Board and Executive team. He has over 25 years’ experience in both strategy consulting and line management, focused on addressing and managing corporate strategic issues. Cameron has worked across many industrial sectors including infrastructure and logistics, the energy and resources sector, manufacturing, financial services and retailing in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining the Port of Brisbane Cameron was the Principal Consultant of his own Strategy Advisory firm working with CEOs and Boards in the region to plan and deliver growth opportunities.
Cameron holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics) degree from the Queensland University of Technology and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management in 2000.
Rob Hango-ZadaCo-Founder & Joint CEO, Shippit
Rob is co-Founder and joint-CEO of Shippit.com, Australia’s fastest growing shipping platform. Shippit helps hundreds of online retailers delight thousands of customers every single week through a better shipping experience. Rob brings a common-sense approach to retail innovation, spanning from a decade working with global retailers in the FMCG industry.
Shippit maintains 50% growth each month with Harvey Norman, Glue Store, Topshop / Topman, Petcircle.com.au, Cracka Wines, St Frock and The Academy Brand now depending on Shippit’s technology on a daily basis. Rob is an active member of the online retail community, contributor to startup and retail publications and an advocate for customer-centric design.
John HopkinsProgram Director, Master of Supply Chain Innovation, Swinburne Business School
John is the Discipline Leader (Supply Chain and Logistics Management) for Swinburne Business School. He has worked extensively in industry, for organisations such as General Motors and Cadbury, in addition to academic institutions in the UK, USA, Ireland and Australia. John's experience in industry has been critical to his academic career and he enjoys working at the interface of academic theory/knowledge and real-world industry practice.
Kieren JamesRetail, Manufacturing & Logistics Account Manager, MessageXchange
Kieren James has over 25 years of experience in designing EDI solutions and implementation projects for major retailers, saving them millions of dollars annually. Since joining MessageXchange, Kieren has overseen more than 30 implementation projects, helping some of Australian biggest retailers on-board 100% of their suppliers to EDI. These include The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, Costco, Best Friends Pets and more.
George MathewExecutive Consultant, Independent Digital Strategist
George is an independent digital strategist, executive consultant and innovation practitioner. Before starting off as an independent strategist, George was a Partner at IBM Global Services and Senior Director at Infosys Australia where he was responsible for the growth of their respective Australia & NZ Financial Services digital portfolios. His interest in supply chains began while consulting for McCain Foods in Canada in their track and trace logistics program and later for IATA in their cargo fleet optimization. He has since been an avid follower of sensor networks, digital supply chain and iOT trends and its consumer applications in banking, insurance, retail and telecom industries. Over the years George has worked with tier 1 Australian and international clients including CBA, NAB, Westpac, Telstra, Disney Television, ANA, Fairfax Media, News Limited, Canadian Pacific Rail, Loblaws, Royal Bank of Canada, and more recently Cochlear in varied areas of Digital Transformation in these industries. George engages specifically in addressing clients' consumer engagement, customer service and core digitization challenges specifically solving sales, marketing, servicing and logistics.
Simon MorganDirector - Government & Communications, Australian Logistics Council
Simon leads the ALC’s communications programs. The ALC is the peak national body representing the major and national companies participating in the Australian logistics industry, with a focus on national supply chain efficiency and safety.
Throughout 2018, ALC’s continuing focus is on the development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, which was announced by the Prime Minister as part of his Annual Infrastructure Statement in November 2016 and is expected to be released in the first half of 2019.
ALC is committed to working with the freight logistics sector to ensure the Strategy is relevant to the needs of industry.
Prior to joining ALC, Simon was a political and policy advisor to a number of Federal MPs and Ministers, and was previously National Policy Advisor for the Facility Management Association of Australia.
Peter NemtsasManaging Director, Myoora Transformations
Peter owns and operates his own consulting and contracting business that provides organisations with a competitive edge through the application of sound supply chain management and process improvements through Lean and 6 Sigma to reduce bottom line costs. The business also performs training design and delivery services for transport and Logistics, Project Management, Competitive Systems and Practices, Management and Leadership.
Peter is an industry recognised Supply Chain Executive and passionate trainer and mentor. Best practice know-how is provided through the application of Lean Manufacturing techniques and international standard of excellence, captured from having worked with iconic industries like Transport and Logistics (Linfox) Energy (Western Power), Retail (Coles Myer & Spotlight), FMCG, Industrial (Komatsu), Health Care (Faulding, Mayne Health, Glaxo Smith Kline), Tyres (Dunlop Goodyear, Michelin), Technology (Telstra, SPAusnet), Auto (BMW, Holden, Mitsubishi), Defence (Royal Australian Air Force) to Consulting (CEVA Logistics and KM&T).
Experience spans public and private, listed and unlisted organisations, from SMEs to MNCs. Acknowledged by peers for sound business acumen, a library of strategy and leadership expertise in Operations, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, a catalyst for conceiving and executing group wide large scale Change Initiatives. LEAN Manufacturing expert, qualified trainer and assessor, management of RTO activities and design and development of training and assessment resources.
Peter was most recently the Asia Pacific Training Manager/CEO RTO 103554 for Linfox where he developed and delivered nationally recognised training in logistics, warehousing, transport, (including the new 2016 units for Chain of Responsibility) and Competitive Systems and Practices. Peter is also the Deputy Chairman of the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee and is a member of two Transport and Logistics Technical Advisory Committees for Fatigue Management and training design and delivery in the Pacific region.
Peter has a Diploma of Administration, Certificate in Vocational Instruction, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (including LLN), Project Management Certificate, Applying Sustainability to Learning Programs, completed the Defence Industry study Course and has also completed training in Lean/6 Sigma, adult learning, industrial relations, strategic outsourcing and business planning.
Roberto Perez-FrancoSenior Research Fellow - Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics , Deakin University
Roberto Perez-Franco is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics (CSCL) at Deakin University, where he will be in charge of the Disruptive Technologies Lab, a new think tank dedicated to exploring the impact of emergent technologies on supply chains.
Last year, Roberto served as Principal Researcher of the scenario planning project conducted by Deakin’s CSCL for the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, to inform Australia’s national inquiry into freight and supply chain priorities, which will inform the national freight and supply chain strategy to be released later this year.
Before joining Deakin, Roberto spent almost twelve years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), first as a masters and doctoral student, and then as Research Associate at the Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL). There he was a member of the core team that conducted a scenario planning research project for the United States government.
Jacqui PriestlyExecutive Manager - Capability, ArcBlue Consulting
Jacqui Priestly has worked in the procurement industry for more than 10 years, joining ArcBlue from a resourcing background. Since joining ArcBlue, Jacqui has led capability engagements, assessing the capability of procurement and contract management professionals and designing bespoke development programs. Having worked with a diverse client portfolio, she brings a macro view of procurement structures, methodologies and deep knowledge of procurement capability.
Peter RatcliffeHead of Digital Technology and Innovation, Retail Apparel Group
Peter has extensive experience in IT and Digital and the implementation and growth of ecommerce channels, along with a proven track record of successful implementations across all areas of the business.
He has held pivotal roles at Gazal Apparel Limited, Apparel Group and now holds the role of Head of Digital for The Retail Apparel Group, home to the well-known menswear brands – Tarocash, yd, Johnny Bigg and Connor and women's active wear brand - Rockwear.
Previously, he held notable senior IT leadership roles across major organisations including Manassen Foods, Hagemeyer Brands, Pacific Brands, Volvo Australia and other FMCG and non for profit businesses.
David RogersChairman, Asia Pacific Logistics Federation
David is currently running his own boutique consulting business called Insync Supply Chain Management Pty Ltd which provides an extensive range of supply chain consulting services across Australia and Asia. Insync Supply Chain Management Pty Ltd has significant expertise in the development and execution of supply chain strategies, transforming the integration, alignment and functional synchronisation across all supply chain stakeholders.
Prior to starting his own business, David worked in the corporate environment in various senior supply chain management positions with blue chip companies.
David has a Masters Business Degree in Logistics (RMIT), Graduate Diploma of Transport and Distribution (RMIT), Diploma of Project Management. David also holds Certificates in Business, Finance Management, Change Management, Materials Handling Management, Distribution Management, Training and Assessment and is a Certified Logistics and Supply Professional Asia Pacific (CLSP-AP), Certified Professional Logistician Australia (CPL).
David is the Chairman Asian Pacific Logistics Federation (APLF), Past Chairman and National Director of the Supply Chain Logistics Australia Association (SCLAA), Australian Roundtable President of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), National Councillor for GS1 Board in Australia.
David has also lectured on Supply Chain Management at RMIT University and Victorian University.
Marcel SieiraHead of Customer Engagement, GS1 Australia
Marcel has been involved in e-Business and Supply Chain for the past 25 years.
He joined GS1 Australia in 2003 to assist grow the Consulting Services group and to develop and launch new services to industry and government. Marcel has led a number of functional areas within GS1 Australia including the Professional Services Group, Sales and Business Development, Industry Engagement and the Alliance Partner Program.
Today Marcel heads GS1 Australia’s Customer Engagement and Business Development across all industries; including Food and Grocery, Fresh and Meat, Liquor, Healthcare, Retail, Transport and Logistics, Mining and Construction. This engagement is focused on the use of GS1 Global Standards across areas such as traceability and product safety, inventory visibility and accuracy, anti-counterfeit, online commerce, cross-border trade, freight management and fulfilment amongst many others.
As Head of Customer Engagement, Marcel is part of GS1 Australia's Leadership Team, assisting to develop and execute GS1 Australia's business strategy.
Henrik SmedbergRegional Vice President, SAP Ariba, Australia & New Zealand
Henrik is the Regional Vice President at SAP Ariba for Australia and New Zealand leading the procurement line of business solutions for SAP Australia. In his role, Henrik’s responsibilities include ensuring SAP Ariba’s solutions meet the needs of our ANZ customers by working closely with the organisation’s solution consultants, customer success and implementation teams, both locally and globally.
Henrik has been a leader in business and sales management within the information technology industry, with a particular focus on procurement solutions for almost 20 years. He has held a series of increasingly expanding positions across Europe, Middle East, and Africa at SAP as well as leading the Enterprise Sales & Professional Services teams at Amazon Business, and CEO for an SAP focused consulting firm.
Henrik moved to Sydney in January 2018, however first joined SAP Ariba about 15 years ago and since then has been passionate about driving change into the procurement function not just by cost control and compliance, but also through building convenience into all companies’ procurement processes. A firm believer in driving a collaborative change agenda, Henrik is an entrepreneur at heart and loves growing individuals & teams.
Outside of work, Henrik loves to spend time with his family, singing in the choir and maintaining his multi-lingual fluency in Swedish, English, and French.
Amrik SohalDirector of the Australian Supply Chain Management Research Unit , Monash University
Amrik is a Professor in the Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University. He is also the Director of the Australian Supply Chain Management Research Unit.
He has received research grants from the State and Federal Governments, the Australian Research Council and Monash University. In 2001, Professor Sohal received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Postgraduate Supervision and in 2004 he received an award for research excellence from the International Association for Management of Technology.
Ashok SudhakaranHead of Procurement, The Warehouse Group (NZ)
Ashok is a senior procurement executive with advanced strategic and management experience borne through a career in supply chain and procurement around the Globe.
Currently, he is Head of Procurement for The Warehouse Group, New Zealand’s largest retail chain, Ashok previously worked with SKYCITY (NZ’s largest Casino business), Pernod Ricard (one of the world’s largest wine and spirit company) and HB Fuller (the world’s largest adhesive manufacturer), all in New Zealand. Before migrating to New Zealand 13 years ago, Ashok used to work for a Singapore based agricultural trading company and has travelled extensively to 44 countries and lived in Europe, Asia and West Africa.
Ashok is also a member of the Institute of Directors, New Zealand.
Martijn van den BrandGeneral Manager Integrated Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel Australia
Martijn has extensive logistics expertise gathered in his 21 years working in the industry in Asia Pacific and Europe. Martijn brings with him multi-tiered management experience including project, operational, change and implementation management, Process / IT / EDI application design, implementation, specialist Warehouse Management Systems and Customer Integration.
Rosita Van VuurenMerchandise Operations Manager/Head of Quality and Sourcing, Best and Less
Rosita is a business professional who has worked in the Apparel and Footwear Industry for 25 years. From running her own Apparel Manufacturing Company through the 90’s she entered Corporate Business in 2001 in the areas of Operations, Production, Quality, Supply Chain and Sourcing.
She currently works for Best and Less, an Australian National Discount Retailer, as Merchandising Operations Manager and Heads Sourcing and Quality. Her previous role was as VP of Operations with Bloch International, which she held for 5 years.
Rosita emigrated from South Africa in 1987 and holds an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.
Pieter VandeveldeChief Operating Officer, TBSx3
Pieter is the Chief Revenue Officer at TBSx3 (to-be-sure-times-three), a blockchain start-up in supply chain that helps brands to secure and optimize their global supply chains and create provenance narratives for their consumer base. Pieter has over fifteen years of experience in sales and project management of software technologies in EMEA and APAC regions. Prior to TBSx3, Pieter led the Asia Pac region for a global supply chain software company as Vice-President and held leading sales roles in \fintech conglomerates like FIS. Pieter started his career in BNP Paribas Fortis leading projects in Europe and obtained dual Master’s degrees (LL.M) at the University of Ghent in Belgium and the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main in Germany. He holds a number of qualifications such as a Postgraduate Certificate in Financial Modelling from the London School of Business and Finance.