SAUG Brisbane Conference 2018


  • Alexandra Carvalho

    BI Group Australia PTY LTD
    SAP Mentor, VP & Head of Analytics

    Alexandra is the SAP APJ Lead at BI Group and a SAP Mentor. A recognised thought leader in the Analytics space, published author and internationally acclaimed speaker, Alexandra has more than 20 years of experience in SAP focusing on Analytics, Business Intelligence and Enterprise Information Management. Alexandra’s capabilities and strengths are not only in being an expert in the technical domain area, but also in her interpersonal dynamics – specifically her ability to relate to people and break down complex topics, explaining them in a frame that takes the “mystique” out of a topic that traditionally is extremely complex in nature. With great passion for delivering innovative solutions that create true business value, Alexandra has been presenting and writing on the latest SAP technologies: HANA, S/4HANA, BusinessObjects Cloud, Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Digital Transformation. @alextwittau 
  • Susan Foster

    Monash University
    Senior Lecturer & SAUG SIG Lead, Organisational Change and Training

    Dr Susan Foster holds higher degree qualifications in a variety of discipline areas such as Psychology and information systems and has a number of SAP solution consultant certificates. Over the past 10 years Dr Foster has been heavily involved in developing SAP related curriculum and consulting across a number of countries. She is the SAP SIG lead for the Organizational Change and Training group.

  • Chris Rae

    D'alRae Solutions
    SAP Mentor, Technology, UX & UI Specialist

    Chris is a SAP Mentor and career technologist with over 14 years' experience working with SAP products. He has worked with a number of major organisations including retailers, manufacturing and government departments. He has an eye on emerging technologies and specialises in delivering Fiori design, architecture and development to large organisations. @chris_rae01 
  • Paul Swain

    SNP Australia Pty Ltd
    Managing Director

    Paul joined SNP Australia as Managing Director in January 2020. Prior to joining SNP, he worked at SAP for 22 years. In early 2016, he took on the lead role for guiding and advising customers in Australia and New Zealand on their journeys to S/4HANA. Paul also lead the “Centre of Excellence” business development team at SAP which covered S/4HANA, Platform and Technology and SAP’s broader solution set. Paul was also the SAP Liaison for the SAUG S/4HANA SIG and he was instrumental in helping to set up and ensure the ongoing successful operation of this SIG.
  • Tim Hobbs

    D'alRae Solutions
    Delivery Lead

    Tim is a a delivery lead for D’alRae Solutions with over 10 years experience in the SAP ecosystem. He has worked across a variety of industries during this time with a predominant focus on SAP Retail. Tim has a keen interest in emerging technologies with a focus on user experience and delivering solutions by leveraging Fiori and SAP UI5 technologies.
  • Murali Shanmugham

    SAP Technology Ambassador & APJ Innovation Office

    Murali is a SAP Technology Ambassador and a Solutions Advisor at SAP Australia. He has over 15 years of experience working with various SAP solutions and has played different roles in various project implementations across ANZ. In his current role as a Cloud Architect, he is focused on helping customers to adopt and use cloud technologies to solve some of their key business challenges. He is passionate about cloud and helps his customers to realise and re-imagine their business processes with emerging technology.
  • Clint Vosloo

    EV Technologies AU
    SAP Alumni and Managing Partner

    Clint has almost 20 years of SAP Analytics and SAP Database & Technology experience. Since being actively involved in the first SAP IQ installation in South Africa back in 1997, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience using SAP HANA, SAP IQ, SAP Data Services and the SAP BusinessObjects suite of products. He has been involved in many large-scale SAP Analytics and SAP Database & Technology implementations and is a globally-known and renowned keynote speaker who regularly presents at many of the major SAP conferences and local user group events and has sat on various panel discussions. In 2012, Clint was selected as Africa's first ever SAP Mentor. He is currently based in Australia and is the Managing Partner for APJ for EV Technologies, an SAP Partner and Authorised Education Partner in the SAP Ecosystem.
  • Mark West

    Powerlink Queensland
    Data and Technology Strategist

    As well as his work on data management at Powerlink, Mark is also currently undertaking doctorial research titled: Data Governance: A Key Enabler for Data Quality exploring empirically the cardinal relationship between data governance and quality in the asset management domain.
  • Paul Marriott

    SAP Asia Pacific Japan
    Senior Vice President, Digital Core

    Paul Marriott is Senior Vice President of Digital Core at SAP Asia Pacific Japan. In this role he leads all regional sales teams for ERP (i.e., SAP S/4HANA, SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud, SAP Business One, SAP Business byDesign), SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, and Digital Supply Chain & Manufacturing. An established IT and business leader with more than 20 years of experience, he most recently served as the region’s Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, he led a successful cloud transformation program, established focus on the region’s strategic partners, incorporated social impact activities, sponsored an Early Talent program, as well as supported the development of the Asia Soaring strategy which he operationalized through the COO go-to-market process. Paul also provided executive sponsorship to many customers across the region, building a strong customer base and supporting SAP’s strategy to put customer’s first. Prior to this, Paul successfully served as the Senior Vice President of Database & Analytics solutions for the region where he was instrumental in driving the business strategy and sales execution to meet the Database & Analytics license and revenue goals, including the successful adoption of the SAP HANA platform. Before joining SAP, Paul spent more than 10 years at Oracle Corporation driving database and middleware strategy and customer adoption across Asia Pacific, EMEA, and Europe. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in both Applied Physics & Computer Science from Staffordshire University as well as a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Essex. Outside of work, Paul has a keen interest in youth rugby and coaches the U10 squad at the Tanglin Rugby Club in Singapore.
  • Andreas Kral

    Solution Advisor

    Andreas is Solution Manager for Analytics, BI and Predictive, for SAP ANZ. With a background in mathematics, he joined Business Objects in Europe in 2005 as Presales, looking after mainly Financial Services customers in Switzerland. Since 2008, Andreas has been living in Melbourne and working for SAP Australia, helping customers across ANZ understand and realise the value of BI and Predictive solutions. Having completed his MBA at the University of Melbourne, Andreas has recently joined the Centre of Excellence team at SAP Australia, looking after the BI and Predictive solution portfolio. Andreas has a passion for analysing numbers and big data, turning hidden patterns and trends into meaningful pictures that serve Science and Businesses run better and achieve better outcomes.
  • Aniket Shah

    Senior Technology Consultant

    Aniket is a Senior Technology Consultant at SAP Australia where his main focus is Security, GRC, Identity Management and SSO topics .He has over 13 years of experience working on several greenfield, brownfield and upgrade projects. He is very passionate to achieve the best outcome for his customers and is constantly developing his skillset and knowledge base through continuous learning and development. He recently attended the EU GDPR enablement course at Waldorf, Germany to gain deeper knowledge and understanding on how SAP can help customers start working towards GDPR compliance.
  • Chris Nunn

    Aurizon Operations Limited
    SAP Functional Lead (Reporting & Analytics)

  • Pierre Van Rooyen

    Senior Solution Advisor, Database & Data Management

    Pierre is a senior solution advisor in the SAP Platform and Data Management Centre of Excellence. With more than 15 years’ experience in data warehousing and business intelligence, Pierre started a new journey with the launch of SAP Hana in 2011. He experienced firsthand how early adopters used this platform to materially transform and accelerate their business models. This made him extremely passionate about in-memory computing and helping organisations understand how this can help them deliver an Intelligent Enterprise by effectively dealing with today’s tsunami data.
  • Michael Choudhury

    Bolton Clarke
    Manager Reporting & Analytics

    Michael has over 17 years’ experience in the domains of data mining and predictive analytics, working in key roles for organisations such as BHP, Telstra, Coles, ANZ Bank and Airbus. SAP modules have been foundational for most of the data products that he has developed. His current focus is on building cost-effective, state-of-the-art machine learning solutions, leveraging an enterprise’s existing technology assets by marrying the old with the new. Michael has completed the Data Science specialization program at the Johns Hopkins University.
  • Navin Nirmalrajan

    Director - Operations

    Navin is the Director of Operations at K2Fly Limited, an ASX listed company that K2fly helps clients optimise their physical and data asset values with innovative, tailored software solutions and consulting services. K2Fly optimise asset management for asset intensive industries including utilities, energy, mining and resources. Navin has over 22 years in the IT industry and has experience in software operations and IT consulting with both start-ups and within larger corporate environments. Navin has extensively serviced global markets and has been driving the InfoScope land management system and the SAP partnership In his current role, Navin drives both the customer and operational interfaces of the business and understands the changing expectations of the market. Apart from overseeing the operational aspects of K2Fly, Navin is also responsible for strategic partnerships, product commercialisation and identifying new and emerging markets. Navin’s strength is his highly analytical and leadership skills with a practical approach to finding winning solutions for all stakeholders.
  • Jeff Lewis

    Managing Director & CEO

    Jeff is a seasoned SAP commercial and contract expert whose career has spanned 26 years of SAP experience across Europe, the Middle East and Australia & New Zealand. Jeff spent eight years with Accenture developing a very successful SAP consulting practice before building an advisory business consulting to large European customers with their own SAP transformations. In 2004, Jeff joined SAP with a remit to lead large deals facilitating negotiations across customers, consulting companies and software vendors and more recently lead SAP's Ariba cloud business across AN&Z. Since leaving SAP, Jeff now manages a boutique advisory business, Libertas Partners, with a number of other ex-SAP executives utilizing their diverse SAP background to support customers to better understand and manage their SAP risk profile and software compliance exposure, minimizing unnecessary licensing costs and ensuring future licensing security and flexibility.
  • Simon McKee

    Office of State Revenue (QLD Treasury)
    Deputy Commissioner

    Simon is a Deputy Commissioner in the Office of State Revenue, a division of Queensland Treasury, and member of the Senior Executive Team. Simon’s particular responsibilities are to lead the enabling divisions of OSR, including policy and legislation, objections and litigation, debt management, information technology services, risk and analytics functions, and relevantly OSR’s Transformation Program. Simon has over 20 years’ experience across all revenue lines and functions in State revenue offices, and Treasury functions including policy and portfolio reviews.
  • Alex Kocz

    Services Australia (formerly DHS)
    Program Manager

  • Muralidharan Surendran

    Solution Architect & Machine Learning Fellow

    Murali is a Solution Architect at SAP IBSO based in Melbourne, focusing on SAP Cloud Platform & Leonardo topics. More recently he was part of the Consulting organisation in SAP with extensive experience in developing and implementing Fiori & Mobile Apps. Prior to consulting he has extensive experience in Product Development & Product Management at SAP Labs. Recently, he completed a fellowship with SAP Leonardo Machine Learning at SAP
  • Wolfgang Reibel

    SAP ANZ Centre of Expertise (COE)

    Wolfgang is expert for SAP Premium Engagement Security Services and specialises in Solution Manager Security Tools such as Security Optimsiation Service, Configuration Validation, Early Watch Alert Security Chapter and Security Patching He has over 20 years of experience within SAP. He has worked in regional Support teams both in Walldorf and Sydney. As part of the SAP Premium Engagement programs he has supported and safeguarded customer implementation and upgrade projects as team lead and team member. More recently he has been working with customers as Technical Quality Manager (TQM) preparing for the journey to SAP S/4HANA In his capacity as Security Expert for PE Security Services Wolfgang was asked to participate in the EU GDPR enablement workshop in Walldorf in 2017 to advise customers of the upcoming introduction of the laws and of SAP tools and services suitable to help achieve GDPR compliance.
  • Jon Tew

    Aurizon Operations Limited
    SAP Functional Lead (SAP BW and HANA)

  • Tom Turchioe

    SAP America, Inc.
    Spatial Expert in Global SAP HANA Center of Excellence

    Tom Turchioe is the spatial expert in Global SAP HANA Center of Excellence. He has done extensive testing with alpha and beta versions of ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6 and the HANA enterprise geodatabase and worked with Esri development during that process. He also developed the patterns which show how the HANA enterprise geodatabase could be utilized in common deployment scenarios. Tom has also written blogs on SAP Community ( on ArcGIS/HANA integration and the enterprise geodatabase. Tom is on the Esri Partner Advisory Council as the SAP representative. Before Tom returned to SAP he was the CTO at Critigen, an Esri Platinum partner and SAP partner. There, he was a key element in the creation of the ArcGIS – SAP integration business.
  • Claudia Fiess

    Senior Solution Architect - Analytics & Insight

    Claudia is a Senior Consultant and Analytics Solution Architect at SAP Australia with major focus in the following areas: SAP HANA, Enterprise Data Warehouse (SAP BW on HANA, native SAP HANA and SAP BW4HANA), Big Data and S/4HANA Analytics. In her recent role within the SAP BW/4HANA Regional Innovation Group & her current role as SAP BW/4HANA Champion in ANZ, Claudia is working very closely with the BW Product Management & BW Development teams to ensure efficient and successful SAP BW/4HANA implementations.
  • Daniel Gerdes

    SAP SE
    Analytics & Insight DE2, Digital Business Services

  • Christian Ellis

    Accounts Payable Manager

    Christian Ellis has worked at GrainCorp since 2006, where he currently leads the Accounts Payable function and a team of 12. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and an Advanced Dip in Accounting. His current focus is in developing systems that facilitate a better customer service environment that also promotes personal development of the individuals in the Accounts Payable team.
  • David Dekker

    Cubic Consulting
    Director & Head of Education

    David is focused on helping organisations adopt and use new technology effectively and efficiently utilising modern approaches to change management and system adoption. Supporting customers to make data-driven decisions to ensure a sustainable solution is one of his key drivers. He has over 10 years’ experience in change management and enablement, leading teams across both Europe and Australia and New Zealand.
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