Speakers

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Chief Digital Officer, Digital Transformation Agency

Zena Assaad

Zena Assaad

Research Fellow, 3A Institute, Australian National University

Matthew Beard

Matthew Beard

Fellow, The Ethics Centre

Ellen Broad

Ellen Broad

Senior Fellow, 3A Institute, Australian National University

Ellen Broad

Em Campbell-Pretty

CEO & Managing Director, Pretty Agile

Ellen Broad

Kate Carruthers

Chief Data & Insights Officer, UNSW

Lindley Edward

Amber Case

Cyborg anthropologist and user experience designer

Lindley Edward

Chris Cooper

Executive Director, Responsible Tech Australia

Lindley Edward

Lindley Edwards

Group CEO, AFG Venture Group

Phil Gadzinski

Phil Gadzinski

Principal Consultant,
Elabor8

Leanne Kemp

Leanne Kemp

Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur, Advance Queensland

Justine Lacey

Justine Lacey

Director, Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform, CSIRO

Laura Summers

Tony Ponton

Principal Consultant,
Elabor8

Laura Summers

Lachlan McCalman

Chief Practitioner,
Gradient Institute

Manita Ray

Manita Ray

Principal Advisor, Capital Human (cH)

Laura Summers

Laura Summers

Founder,
Debias AI

Jon Whittle

Jon Whittle

Dean Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University

Julian Thomas

Sek-loong Tan

Partner, BCG

Julian Thomas

Julian Thomas

Director of the Social Change research platform & Professor of Media & Communications, RMIT University

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Chief Digital Officer, Digital Transformation Agency

Rapid design and delivery of COVIDSafe
Peter Alexander was appointed the Australian Government Chief Digital Officer, within the Digital Transformation Agency, in June 2017. He joined the DTA as its Chief Operating Officer in October 2016.

In his current role, Peter is responsible for the whole of government digital delivery including the Australian Government’s Digital Identity program, myGov, user-journey approaches to service design, digital product and service platforms, emerging technology and secure compute solutions for Australian Government agencies.

Peter was previously the Chief Information Officer at the Treasury and a senior executive at the Department of Finance.

Peter has extensive experience across Australian Government leading and delivering policy, strategy, change programs, government collaboration, financial and corporate management and security.

He holds a Master of Business Informatics (IT), a Graduate Diploma in Information Systems, a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and is a Fellow of Certified Practising Accounts. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra.

Zena Assaad

Zena Assaad

Research Fellow, 3A Institute, Australian National University

The emerging safety considerations of robotics
Dr Zena Assaad is a Research Fellow at 3Ai. Zena completed a PhD in strategic long-range air traffic flow management. She has worked with the Department of Defence as a liaison officer for military airspace. She was a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) engineer with Geoscience Australia, working as the technical lead for test and evaluation and the development of a safety case for civil aviation safety-of-life certification. Prior to joining ANU, Zena worked with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority as a research specialist. Her research areas of interest include air traffic flow management and unmanned traffic management.
Matthew Beard

Matthew Beard

Fellow, The Ethics Centre

The four horsemen of unethical technology

Dr Matthew Beard is a moral philosopher with a background in applied and military ethics. In 2018, he co-authored Ethical by Design: Principles for Good Technology and has spent the last two years focused on the ethics of technology. Matt has taught philosophy and ethics at university for several years, has consulted with some of Australia’s largest technology and data analytic companies, and has been extensively published in academic journals, book chapters and is a sought after speaker at both national and international conferences. In 2016, Matt won the Australasian Association of Philosophy prize for media engagement, recognising his “prolific contribution to public philosophy”. He is columnist with New Philosopher magazine and ABC Life, and a podcaster on the ABC’s Short & Curly program, an award-winning children’s ethics podcast.

Ellen Broad

Ellen Broad

Senior Fellow, 3A Institute, Australian National University

Ellen Broad is a data policy wonk and data tinkerer, who moved back to Australia in September 2016 after working in London, the Hague and Paris. She’s currently working as a Senior Fellow with Professor Genevieve Bell’s 3A Institute, based within the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University.

Prior to joining 3AI, Ellen led the technical program within CSIRO’s Data61 developing API standards and software to support implementation of the Australian Government’s Consumer Data Right. She has also worked as an independent consultant for a range of organisations, including CSIRO’s Data61, federal and state government departments and universities.
Ellen writes about artificial intelligence, open data, data ethics and privacy in various places. She has been published in the Guardian, the New Scientist, Griffith Review, the Royal Statistical Society’s StatsLife, the Australian Centre for Ethics and a range of technology and policy publications. Ellen has also spoken about data issues for ABC Radio National, ABC News Breakfast, at SXSW and Australian writing and science festivals. She is the author of Made by Humans: The AI Condition (2018).

Ellen likes science fiction films, board games and pop music and incorporating these into data-related work wherever possible. She even co-designed a board game about open data with Jeni Tennison that’s been picked up in 19 countries.

Kate Carruthers

Em Campbell-Pretty

CEO & Managing Director, Pretty Agile

Responsible Tech starts with teams, tribes and scaling culture

Em Campbell-Pretty is one of the world’s most experienced SAFe practitioners and the author of two Amazon #1 best-selling books, Tribal Unity and The ART of Avoiding a Train Wreck. As one of the first SAFe Fellows and SPCTs, Em has been working with SAFe since before it was called SAFe. After reading Dean Leffingwell’s Scaling Software Agility in 2011 she launched Australia’s first SAFe Agile Release Train at Telstra in early 2012.

Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers

Chief Data & Insights Officer, UNSW

Why Data Policy is important in this new world of AI and Machine Learning

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. Kate has extensive experience in senior executive roles for diverse organisations such as GE, AMP, Westfield and State Government. She has also lectured in postgraduate business and accounting at Macquarie University and taught TAFE level courses in business and management. Kate is a Co-founder of several startups, is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers and is a member of the NSW Government Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board.

Ellen Broad

Amber Case

Cyborg anthropologist and user experience designer

Designing Calm Technology at human scale

Amber Case is a cyborg anthropologist and user experience designer from Portland, Oregon. She studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds.

She is the Co-founder and former CEO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012 and the author of Calm Technology and Designing With Sound. Amber is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Future. Named one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers, she’s been listed among Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 and featured among Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology.

Ellen Broad

Chris Cooper

Executive Director, Responsible Tech Australia

Responsibility + regulation: taking on big tech

Chris is Executive Director at the independent advocacy organisation, Responsible Technology Australia which is a non-partisan, independent advocacy organisation committed to ensuring a future where technology works for Australians. Through research and creative campaigning, RTA advocates for nuanced and considered evidence-driven policy that ensures the prosperity of Australians online as well as enabling an innovative and thriving technology business ecosystem.
Chris brings to RTA over a decade of experience in strategic communications and advocacy on campaigns across a range of issues and regions including digital rights, public health, poverty alleviation and climate change.

Through his early career in media production and international development, he found a deep interest in the role of culture and storytelling in shaping values, behaviours and systems, and how it can be leveraged to enable change and drive progress. He has a strong commitment to participatory methods and is driven by work that enables vulnerable and marginalised communities to self-advocate and design their own progress.

Lindley Edward

Lindley Edwards

Group CEO, AFG Venture Group

Lindley has had a long career in financial services. She has been the Group CEO of AFG Venture Group since 2009. She is also Chair of Xinja Bank, a Board member for National Bank of Vanuatu, Senior Fellow of FINSA and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She spent a decade of her career split between Macquarie Bank and Citibank, was inducted in the Telstra Australian Business Woman Hall of Fame in 2000, and is a passionate advocate for the power of good banking and financial inclusion to bring positive social change.

Phil Gadzinski

Phil Gadzinski

Principal Consultant, Elabor8

Agile remote governance

A recognised contributor and leader in the agile community in Australia and globally, Phil is constantly focusing on learning and growing, taking that experience to the Executive and Senior Leadership teams he works with as they embark on transforming their businesses for the digital age. Agile is about fostering nimble, adaptive organisations that respond to and initiate change. For more than 10 years Phil has been working to help organisations transform their business, free up their bureaucracy, and to achieve their business goals and create the ability to move.

Phil has led major programs of work building complex global systems executing with agile delivery models so has actually ‘done’ what he helps others to ‘do’. He also has an active interest in disruptive startups having founded two, and is now helping a group with an integrated, blockchain based concept.

Leanne Kemp

Leanne Kemp

Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur, Advance Queensland

Every organisation needs a Chief Entrepreneur

Leanne Kemp is the Founder and CEO of Everledger. With a rich history in innovation, Leanne previously founded three Australian startups including Absoft Queensland, Fastcards, and the Great Australian Survey Company. Her entrepreneurial success has led to her appointment as the first female entrepreneur to hold the position of Queensland Chief Entrepreneur for Australia in October 2018, a role to further develop the startup ecosystem, attract investment, and support job creation. Leanne is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Council and a Co-chair for the World Trade Board’s Sustainable Trade Action Group and is on the IBM Blockchain Platform Board of Advisors. Her leadership role in technology has been recognised, winning awards including the 2018 Advance Australia Award, Innovator of the Year 2018 at the Women in IT Awards (London) as well as being named in UK Business Insider’s 26 Coolest Women in UK Tech 2016. Leanne was named Brummell Magazine’s Top 30 Female Innovators 2016 and is also an IBM Champion for 2018.

Justine Lacey

Justine Lacey

Director, Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform, CSIRO

Is responsible innovation the pathway to responsible tech?

Dr Justine Lacey leads CSIRO’s Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform; a research program examining the interface between science, technology innovation and the associated ethical, social and legal consequences of new and disruptive science and technologies. CSIRO’s Future Science Platforms aim to develop the early stage science that underpins disruptive innovation and has the potential to reinvent and create new industries for Australia.

Prior to taking up this role, Justine led a research group of social and economic scientists developing and supporting adaptive solutions for Australian communities and industries. She is trained as a philosopher and her own research has focused on examining the aspects underpinning the minerals industry’s social licence to operate, and how this concept is used in other resource management contexts, such as forestry and agriculture.

Justine Lacey

Lachlan McCalman

Chief Practitioner, Gradient Institute

Building more ethical AI targeted marketing systems

Lachlan MacCalman has spent the last decade developing algorithms and software systems to solve real-world problems with machine learning (ML) for governments and industry. He now applies that experience working at Gradient Institute to advance the theory and practice of ethical ML.

Previously at NICTA and CSIRO’s Data61, Lachlan led teams of ML researchers, software engineers and domain experts to tackle large, interdisciplinary estimation problems requiring robust uncertainty quantification. Lachlan received his PhD in ML from the University of Sydney, after completing honours in theoretical physics at ANU.

Justine Lacey

Tony Ponton

Principal Consultant, Elabor8

Agile remote governance

Tony Ponton has been an IT Professional for over 20 years and an Agile – Lean Practitioner, Coach and Trainer since 2002.
He specialises in coaching leaders, individuals and organisations in agility in order to build high performing organisations.
Tony has trained and coached for Australian and International enterprise companies as well as keynoting, presenting and training at world and local conferences.

He is Head of Business Advisory Queensland and Principal Consultant for Elabor8 and also co-chairs one of the worlds leading Agile Podcasts – The Agile Revolution.
Tony is part of the global Heart of Agile movement and serves as a Heart of Agile Method Guide

Manita Ray

Manita Ray

Principal Advisor, Capital Human (cH)

Why do we still need to make a case for Gender? Is data and tech the solution?
Manita Ray is the founder and Principal Advisor of Capital Human, Gender Lens Action Australia and the GESIData project. Capital Human works with business, government, SME’s and NFPs to operationalise gender equity and social impact initiatives into organisational decision-making. Manita is the immediate past CEO of ygap, with over 22 years experience across the private, public, not-for-profit and international development sectors. She has worked in multiple sectors including renewable energy, infrastructure construction, hazardous waste, frontier markets, entrepreneurial ecosystems, impact investing, medical research and refugees support. Her work has been across South and South East Asia, Africa and The Pacific Islands and Australia.She led ygap’s work for DFAT’s InnovationXChange’s Frontier Incubators Program across APAC and was the lead designer, developer and advisor for the ‘Gender Lens Incubation and Acceleration Toolkit’ (GLIA).
Laura Summers

Laura Summers

Founder, Debias AI

The elusiveness of ethics: encoding fairness in an unfair world
Laura Summers is a multi-disciplinary designer researching technology ethics and building tools to promote fair machine learning. She recently founded Debias AI (debias.ai) and is the human behind Ethics Litmus Tests (ethical-litmus.site), fairXiv (fairxiv.org), the Melbourne Fair ML reading group (groups.io/g/fair-ml). Laura is passionate about feminism, digital rights and designing for privacy. She speaks, writes and runs workshops at the intersection of design and technology.
Laura Summers

Sek-loong Tan

Partner, BCG

Rapid design and delivery of COVIDSafe

Sek-loong Tan joined Boston Consulting Group in 2007 in the London office and has subsequently been based in BCG’s Melbourne, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, and Canberra offices. Sek focuses on the public sector, and works with government leaders to design and deliver on ambitious reforms. He has deep expertise in data and digital transformation, innovations in service delivery, agile at scale, and organizational effectiveness. He has worked with governments across Europe, Asia, and Australia, and in particular in social and human services, industry and trade, and economy and skills.

Sek previously advised companies in a range of private sector industries including consumer goods and retail; financial services; and technology, media, and telecom. Before joining the firm, Sek was a co-founder and Director of Operations and Strategy at Teach for Australia, and senior advisor to the CEO of Asialink in Australia, where he helped establish Asialink Business.

Julian Thomas

Julian Thomas

Director of the Social Change research platform & Professor of Media & Communications, RMIT University

Responsible Automation: Understanding the social aspects of Automated Decision-Making

Julian Thomas is Director of the Social Change research platform, and Professor of Media and Communications at RMIT. He works on new communications technologies and public policy – current interests include social aspects of cryptography, trust, AI, and inclusion. Recent publications include Internet on the Outstation: The Digital Divide and Remote Aboriginal Communities (INC, 2016), Measuring the Digital Divide: The Australian Digital Inclusion Index (2016 and 2017), The Informal Media Economy (Polity, 2015), and Fashioning Intellectual Property (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Jon Whittle

Jon Whittle

Dean Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University

Let’s get real: how can we actually embed values and ethics in software?

Professor Jon Whittle is the Dean of the Faculty of IT at Monash University. He is a world-renowned expert in software engineering and human-computer interaction (HCI), with a particular interest in IT for social good. In software engineering, his work has focused around model-driven development (MDD) and, in particular, studies on industrial adoption of MDD. In HCI, he is interested in ways to develop software systems that embed social values. Jon’s work is highly interdisciplinary. As an example, he previously led a large multidisciplinary project with ten academic disciplines looking at how innovative digital technologies can support social change.

Before joining Monash, Jon was Head of the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University, where he led eight multi-institution, multi-disciplinary research projects. These projects focused on the role of IT in society, and included digital health projects, sustainability projects and projects in digital civics. Jon is well-known in the software engineering research community and will co-chair the major conference in the field (International Conference on Software Engineering) in 2019. When in the UK, he was a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Awardee – this is a prestigious award given to outstanding and respected scientists in the UK. Prof. Whittle is an experienced research leader, having been the Principal Investigator of projects totaling over £8M in recent years.