Department of Finance
Chief Architect & Delivery Lead
Alex is the Chief Architect and Delivery lead for SDO. He has more than 20 years’ experience dealing with SAP. He is looking to design a better Shared Services operation for the future to support up to 150k Users by 2022. Alex is passionate about SAP and what it can deliver to create a better future for the Federal Government of Australia. Alex is truly interested in understanding SAP’s own service delivery model.
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.
Paul was an Associate Professor in Information Systems at Victoria University and Principle Consultant at Hawking Solutions. He is considered as one of the leading commentators on ERP systems and Business Intelligence and specifically SAP solutions. Paul helps companies to leverage their SAP investment to gain greater value, especially in the area of Business Intelligence. He has presented at the premier SAP conferences around the world and was the first academic to become a SAP Mentor.
Department of Home Affairs
SAP Mentor & SAP System Administrator
Gary is a career public servant and former systems accountant who is passionate about SAP technologies and Business Intelligence. He is currently a SAP System Administrator at the Department of Home Affairs and has more than 20 years SAP experience performing different job roles including: systems accountant, business analyst, FICO configuration, HR/payroll integration , SAP Basis Administrator, BW/BOBJ Team Lead, SAP Application Architect, SAP Technical Manager and SAP Director.
Broadspectrum (Australia) Pty Ltd
Head of Strategy & Innovation
Sunjoo is a visionary thought leader and astute strategist in Digital Transformation, IT Architecture and Technology Innovation. Her specialities include Technology Leadership, Digital Transformation, IoT, Cloud, Mobility and ERP. She is currently in charge of Strategy, Architecture and Innovation at Broadspectrum IT, and she has been successfully developing IT strategy and architecture to align with business priorities and goals via direct engagement with key stakeholders in major sectors including Natural Resources, Urban Infrastructure, Transport and Government. Sunjoo manages a network of architects and partners to leverage and support architecture decisions and develop the necessary artifacts. She keeps Broadspectrum up-to-date with ever changing technology opportunities in collaboration with Digital leads and strategic technology partners and she supports innovation and drives innovative ideas from IT into other sectors.
Yelcho Systems Consulting
SAP Mentor & Principal Consultant
Graham is an independent consultant who specialises in delivering practical, innovative and cost-effective solutions to his clients to help them maximise returns on their IT investments. Graham has led technical teams in the Finance, Public and IT Sectors. Graham’s expertise, influence and contributions to the SAP ecosystem has been recognised with his nomination and subsequent appointment as an SAP Mentor.
Jonathon leads the Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise Applications functions across DuluxGroup. In these roles, Jonathon is responsible for enterprise architecture and the Technology solutions that enable the capabilities required to deliver the Corporate and Business Unit strategies, as well as responsible for the Run, Build and Innovation activities across the portfolio. With over 20 years of SAP experience, Jonathon has survived more than a dozen implementations, many upgrades, demergers, acquisitions, data centre moves and most recently a migration to Azure and database re-platforming.
Discovery Consulting Pty Ltd
SAP Mentor & Senior HR Consultant
Chris is an SAP Mentor who loves new technology and especially all this cloud stuff, as it also touches on his fluffy HR skill-set. A self-professed HR Geek, he will happily talk your ear off about the possibilities of technology and HR solutions.
SAP Technology Ambassador, Product Expert & UX Strategist
Jocelyn is a User Experience Strategist at SAP Australia and has a special interest in both Fiori and Accessibility. She has been an advocate and promoter for Fiori and great UX over the last 3 years.
Jocelyn works with both Federal and State agencies, as well as the private sector. She currently facilitates the Public Sector UX Working Group where Accessibility is a core topic of interest.
SAP Technology Ambassador & APJ Innovation Office
Murali is a SAP Cloud Platform evangelist working at SAP Australia. He is passionate about mobile, cloud and the Internet of Things. He has over 15 years of experience working with various SAP products and has played different roles in various project implementations across ANZ. In his current role as a Solutions Advisor, he is helping customers to adopt and use SAP Cloud Platform to solve some of their key business challenges.
SAP Technical Lead
Brett has worked in SAP Technical areas for over 20 years in a wide range of industries. His background is within the ABAP development space and he has been managing development teams of various size over the last 5+ years.
Throughout his career, Greg has held many IT based roles across a wide range of industries. Some of these industries include FMCG, Manufacturing, Retail and more recently Higher Education, and has mostly worked for businesses that have adopted SAP as their core ERP solution.
With his working experience in the industry, and his background in earlier Finance roles, Greg has often worked alongside Business Executives to help them deliver their strategies, through the use of appropriate Business Applications and Architecture.
Recently, Greg has started up his own consulting firm, and is working with companies to help them realise the benefits and challenges that lie ahead transforming to cloud based platforms.
Greg can often be found presenting at user groups and conferences around the country, or delivering industry based lectures to students, presenting the lessons he learned whilst working in businesses that were on the leading edge of cloud technologies, and is passionate not only about the technology’s available, but also the ‘human’ side of these expansive transformational programmes, along with the ever increasing challenge of improving the overall user experience.
Alisdair is a software journey man, technology thought leader and SAP Mentor. With a long and varied career advising corporations in Australia and internationally on enterprise architecture, usability, ERP systems and more, he has worked with Accenture, BHP Billiton, Walt Disney and Australia Post to name a few.
Chief Information Officer
Mark is Chief Information Officer, responsible for providing strategic leadership on technology operations and innovation across the Australian business.
Mark was appointed CIO in November 2013, following his role as General Manager Microsoft Solutions – Application Integration, where he was responsible for the business and financial strategy.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Material Science and Engineering from Purdue University in Indiana, USA. He is also Chairman of the Board of SQL Services, Dimension Data's subsidiary operating in Australia and New Zealand.
EV Technologies AU
SAP Mentor 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.
SAUG SIG Lead EA & Enterprise Architect
Evan is an Enterprise Architect at DuluxGroup and is the co-leader of the SAUG EA SIG. With a technical background in the infrastructure and operations space, his focus is to merge technology concepts, design and architecture with business requirements and initiatives.
Constellation Research, Inc (USA)
Author, Founder, Chairman and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research
R "Ray" Wang is a highly sought after thought leader and speaker. His dynamic speaking style brings energy and enthusiasm to a range of topics including how disruptive technologies impact the future of work, next generation customer experience, matrix commerce, data to decisions, digital marketing transformation, technology optimisation and innovation, and Consumerisation of IT. As the Principal Analyst and CEO at Constellation Research, Inc., he also authors the popular enterprise software blog "A Software Insider’s Point of View". With viewership in the millions of page views a year, his blog provides insight into how disruptive technologies and new business models impact the enterprise.
Naomi du Plessis
Electricity Generation and Retail Corporation (Synergy)
Naomi is a senior leader who has been involved with SAP solutions and implementations for more than 20 years. She has managed several successful end-to-end SAP projects internationally in South Africa, Germany and Australia in many different industries. She loves her role at Synergy due to the variety of exciting business projects she is delivering. Under her leadership, her cross-functional, high performing teams are creative in designing innovative business solutions (with SAP and other products) that improve the user experience and automate business processes. In addition to her day job, Naomi also leads the active SAUG SIG in Perth.
Technical Learning Capability Lead
With an experience of over 17 years in the field of Knowledge Management and End User learning, I am currently involved with designing an integrated Knowledge Management solutions for SAP implementation including developing, and deploying best practice for SAP Enable Now, and other integrated applications and processes. SAP Enable Now is integrated with other applications at technical level, and Learning Capability stream is integrated with other streams in the application development at a Process level.
Dr Uwe Grigoleit
Global Vice President & General Manager SAP S/4HANA
Dr Uwe Grigoleit has vast experience with, and a broad and profound knowledge of SAP and SAP solutions. As well as leading high performing teams and working with numerous global customers, Uwe is a renowned thought leader. He is the author and editor of more than 30 books and numerous publications around information technology. He is also a guest lecturer on SAPs software strategy and supervises master and diploma students at various universities around the world.
Head of S/4HANA Regional Implementation Group
Lars drives Co-Innovation with customers and partners for SAP S/4HANA and leads the Regional Implementation Group for SAP S/4HANA in APJ. In his role, Lars closely cooperates with customers and partners to assess market requirements and interweave with SAP´s Cloud Suite Strategy and Portfolio. Before this he was a senior member of the SAP Business Suite Product Management organisation.
Lars’ profound experience in working with clients in different roles as Software Engineer, Solution Architect and IT-Strategist help him to analyse and transfer market and client requirements directly into the solution development process with the goal to help clients achieve competitive advantages based on requirement driven next generation software and services.
He is a frequent speaker at conferences and other industry events on SAP S/4HANA, Digital Transformation and Business Transformation strategy. His key expertise areas are Co-Innovation, IT strategy of enterprise processes, SaaS, social and hybrid concepts.
SAP Asia Pacific Japan
Vice President & Chief Evangelist, Analytics SAP APJ & GC
Shailendra is the Vice President and Chief Evangelist for Analytics and Leonardo at SAP in APJ. With a global experience of more than two decades, Shailendra has worked with a myriad of Corporations, Consulting Services and Software Companies in various industries like Public Sector, Retail and Telecommunications - to help them realise incremental value hidden in zettabytes of data. He has published multiple articles in international journals about Analytics and Cognitive Solutions; and recently published “Making Money out of Data” which showcases five business stories from various industries on how successful companies make millions of dollars in incremental value using analytics.
Strategic Sales and Alliances Director
Andrew is responsible for the go-to-market with partner organizations and overseeing strategic customer engagements. In this role, he leads the engagement to deliver against global programs and growth plans for Virtustream Cloud Services with key Strategic partnerships for the APJ Region with a key focus on modernizing SAP environments.
Virtustream is the Cloud business unit of Dell Technologies, a unique family of businesses encompassing Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, VMWare, Boomi and Virtustream. Andrew joined EMC in 2003 and in more recent years he has operated as a Sales Leader focused on cross verticals and all elements of the relationship. EMC’s Managed Services business was established in APJ on the back of a flagship Financial Services win led by Andrew, for which he oversaw the deployment and delivery phases of the engagement. He continued to manage the relationship over an extended period overseeing delivery and growth into multiple new strategic areas. Andrew also went on to lead and manage the largest Telco relationship for EMC before moving across to Virtustream in June 2017. Andrew has 25 years of information technology experience, having held various Business Development roles with IBM, Oracle, Siebel, IBM and EMC primarily focused on Enterprise Application deployments, core Data Center technologies and Cloud.
Bureau of Meteorology
Chief Financial Officer
Pranay is the CFO at the Bureau of Meteorology, commencing in Jan 2018. He is an experienced executive and leader of people who has held senior roles in large and complex organisations facing significant challenges and led large scale transformations.
Over the last 4 years Pranay has led The Tadishi Group where he has been called upon to advise organisations in Australia and overseas on various strategic issues. As part of this Pranay was recently engaged by The University of Western Australia as their Interim Chief Operating Officer to reshape the University’s approach to strategic financial management, long-term infrastructure and digital and Information strategy and establishing a service culture within the University. He is also a CPA and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has held various senior positions within the University sector, including as Vice- President Finance/ CFO at La Trobe University. He has also held senior roles at The University of Melbourne and Victoria University. Prior to this, Pranay worked in the Health and Local Government sector in New Zealand. He is a past recipient of the Association of Tertiary Education Managers (ATEM) Higher Education Award for Excellence in Financial Management in 2013 and has been sought to speak at conferences and leadership programmes within Australia and overseas. Pranay has held various board positions and is currently on the Finance Committee of the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and the Finance & Audit Committee of Parks Victoria.
SNP Australia Pty Ltd.
Marcus has over 30 years of extensive business leadership and consulting experience of developing & offering effective software solutions, project management in SAP landscape worldwide. His expertise is in Data Migration, SLO, Business Landscape Transformation, SAP LT, S/4HANA, Cloud Solutions, Management & Strategy Consulting, International Project Management, Functional Integration of SAP System Integrators in Global Companies. He has been responsible for multifunctional business development contributing significantly to productivity, sustainability, achievement of revenue and profitability for over 15 years globally since he joined Schneider-Neureither and Partner SE in Heidelberg, Germany. As part of SNP’s senior management team, Marcus is currently spearheading the strategy, business operations, revenue and value for a sustainable growth of all the strategic business units of SNP SE in the regions APJ and ANZ.
BTS Principal Business Consultant & Product Expert - S/4HANA On-Premise & Cloud
Hendrik is the BTS Principal Business Consultant and Product Expert for SAP S/4HANA On-Premise & Cloud. From 2007, Hendrik specialised in sourcing and contract management and in the last few years he delivered several cloud implementations, as a functional consultant and project lead. Hendrik also managed the Ariba Consulting Team in ANZ (Australia & New Zealand), and more recently focused on guiding SAP customers on their transformation journey and realising the value of SAP cloud solutions, especially the power of the network.
Head of IT Change & Compliance
Having developed a career through the traditional IT route in various IT Director and General Manager positions across both infrastructure and applications and within numerous vertical environments worldwide I realised that change is not just a given and change frameworks are only part of the picture. Currently Head of IT Change and Compliance at Orora my goal is to drive cultural awareness and ability to change across the organisation from hire to retire such that when change strikes, as it inevitably does, individuals are already painlessly riding the wave of change , swiftly moving across a shallow valley of despair whilst singing the tune of successful change to all.
Senior Business Process Consultant
Sharad is a Senior SAP Business Process Consultant at SAP Australia with the focus on SAP Governance, Risk and Compliance and Security Solutions. He has more than 13 years of SAP experience, has certifications in SAP Security, SAP GRC and SAP Design thinking and has worked in Development and Consulting organizations within SAP. Sharad has hands on experience of multiple SAP products namely SAP Identity Management, SAP GRC (AC, PC, RM) SAP Business Integrity Screening and SAP Enterprise Threat Detection.
Sharad has been working with SDO since April 2018 and leads the SDO SAP Security Stream.
Department of Finance
Gopal Vilayur is an experienced program management practicing professional and has more than 21 years SAP experience across Solution Advisory, Solution Architecting and Project Management. Gopal has been with the Service Delivery office (SDO) for almost 4 years and has been responsible for the Departments HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC) migration, onboarding new customers and expanding with new SAP Cloud and UX offerings. As Director - Technical Delivery, Gopal plays a very important role that provides the link between IT and the business to make things happen. Gopal holds a professional certification from The Institute of Cost and Works accountant (AICWA) and is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Data Migration Manager
Simon is an engineer working in the electrical utilities sector in Australia. After years of struggling with data issues working on projects driven by data, he was given an opportunity to fix it. Simon is currently responsible for managing the data cleanse, migration, governance and archival for a major greenfield S/4 implementation at Endeavour Energy. Through this project, he has driven the creation of a data enterprise at Endeavour Energy, raising maturity levels and getting better outcomes.
CEO & Director
Geraldine is a renowned Enterprise Business Technology and AI thought leader. With a Science background, her global career spans 30 years, with senior executive roles in IBM,
Dell and SAP. She has a deep knowledge of enterprise systems, enterprise processes, AI and how these can be transformed to deliver further tangible returns for enterprises and their customers.
Her most recent roles were President & CEO of SAP North America and SAP Asia Pacific Japan. Geraldine is a Director of National Australia Bank, Sky Television and Fisher and Paykel Healthcare. She is also CEO & Director of MyWave, a market leading Enterprise AI company
focused on Intelligent Personalisation by putting the customer at the centre of your business.
Geraldine has a proven track record of commercialising technology in global markets, delivering strong, consistent revenue growth.
Leading the transformation of Lion’s customer experience in one of the most ambitious digital transformation projects the Company has ever undertaken, is Michelle Lucas. Having worked in various senior strategy, regional and general management roles at the FMCG company, Michelle brings 15 years of Lion experience into her role as “Sales and Distribution” Solution Owner.
Michelle and her team are responsible for the implementation of the SAP Customer. Thriving on exploring ways to improve effectiveness and innovate by taking complex problems and simplifying them to deliver solutions, Michelle achieves this by communicating and collaborating in an open and honest fashion.
Global Head of Customer First
Martin is the head of SAP’s global customer success organization called Customer First. The team is focused on transforming the way SAP engages and cares for our customers throughout the entire lifecycle. Martin’s new organization brings together several cloud and on premise customer teams under one umbrella including Analytics and Innovation, SuccessFactors, SAP Cloud Platform, S/4 HANA Customer Engagement, Digital Supply Chain.
In his previous role as chief innovation officer, Martin Mrugal was responsible for SAP’s innovation agenda in North America including the Chief Customer Office, Solution Engineering, Industry and Value Advisory practices, and the Customer Center of Excellence (CoE) organizations. He was also the executive sponsor for SAP S/4HANA, leading the launch, customer adoption and success of SAP’s next generation computing platform in North America. Since joining SAP in 1998, Martin has held a number of diverse management and executive leadership roles. Prior to his current assignment, he was chief operating officer (COO) for cloud procurement and business networking at SAP Ariba. He has served as COO for global industry solutions, as global head of manufacturing industries and solutions business, and spent time on assignment for the SAP Executive Board working on a software development change management program. Prior to his Board assignment, Martin was national vice president and general manager, responsible for solutions and products for midsize companies. In this role, he directed the North America strategy, launch, and sales of SAP’s first SAAS solution. He also successfully led industry, presales, and product management teams in past roles.
VP SAP Products & Innovation
Dr. Johannes Wasserfall is a vice president within the SAP Design Unit. He is responsible for the SAP Cloud Platform & UX Strategy Roll-Out of this unit.
Johannes held various positions in the development organization within the last 24 years at SAP. These include project management responsibilities for several strategic development projects in Public Sector, SRM and the Business Suite Foundation area. Since 2011 he shares the latest User Experience and SAP Cloud Platform features with customers and partners and transferred their needs back into the development organization.
The sharing of SAP Fiori 3 and the configuration of the Intelligent Enterprise are key focus area for him in 2019.
Before joining SAP Johannes Wasserfall studied Physics at the Technical University of Berlin and earned his PhD in 1994.
Microsoft Corporation (USA)
General Manager Business Application Services
Mike is the General Manager of Business Application Services. In this role, Mike is accountable for all internal SAP, Dynamics, and Integration platforms. This includes overseeing all production assets, as well as working with the various businesses to manage all change onto these platforms. In this role, Mike and his team also partner with sales groups to help drive Microsoft’s go to market efforts with SAP. This includes helping align roadmaps/features, testing beta software at Microsoft, sharing experiences with many external customers, and speaking at conferences around the world. Mike has been at Microsoft for 25 years where he has held numerous IT positions and worked for a short time in the Windows product team. Mike holds a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from the University of Washington. He has also worked at the Boeing Company as a Design Engineer and at Accenture (Anderson Consulting) as a consultant.
Head of Financial Services Technology
Rohini is a digital and tech evangelist with extensive experience in product, engineering, digital strategy and operations. In her current role, she has been leading teams that power businesses digitally and create exemplary experiences for their customers and members alike. In her leadership, she is passionate about building a culture of inclusion and physiological safety with teams she works with.
Rohini has a bachelor in computer science and an MBA. In her tenure, she has worked in various industries, retail, customer loyalty, insurance and banking, to name a few.