As Director and General Manager for DXC Oxygen, Stuart leads the DXC SAP team across Australia and New Zealand.
Stuart was appointed CEO at Oxygen in 2012, after fulfilling the role of General Manager - Consulting and Solutions in Australia, for four years. He has undertaken several key executive roles for Oxygen since the company’s inception in 2001, based on one of the first ever SAP implementations in New Zealand at Carter Holt Harvey.
Over the years, Stuart has helped craft Oxygen’s strategy, business model and many complex, operational, market-based projects for the company, bringing a clear focus on delivery and a deep understanding of the SAP marketplace to the role.
Stuart has worked and consulted on brand strategy, communications and organisational and technical change programs in organisations such as Sky City, The Farmers Trading Company, Carter Holt Harvey, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Telecom New Zealand.
Business Applications Manager
Noel is the Visy Corporate - Business Applications Manager for VISY Industries. He has over 16 years experience in the management of SAP environments and as a techno-functional SME. He currently looks after the entire SAP landscape for VISY Industries and has been instrumental in the migration of the entire SAP environment into the AWS Cloud. Noel is involved in a number of project activities, BAU-support and ongoing continuous improvement initiatives at Visy.
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.
Vice President SAP Customer Experience
Scott has helped organisations using SAP to deliver great customer experiences for more than 20 years. This journey began with SAP R/3 Customer Service and has spanned SAP CRM, SAP Hybris and now SAP C/4HANA. Today, Scott works closely with organisations to help them leverage their existing SAP investments and adopt the newest innovations to delivery great customer experiences.
Scott is a Senior Director in the SAP Customer Experience team.
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 of a large federal government department 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.
Executive HR Value Advisor
Carl is based in Sydney, Australia and his entire career has specialised in Human Capital Management, from a number of years in front-line HR, to HR consulting in two major consulting firms and working with HR solutions for the last 20 years. Carl had more than fourteen years of senior pre-sales experience with SAP prior to transferring to SuccessFactors in 2012. His role is to develop value based strategies to deliver comprehensive value propositions and business content with clear ROI/TCO for SAP SuccessFactors prospects and customers.
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.
Manager - Finance Projects
Joseph is currently Manager - Finance Projects at ANZ Wealth, where he combines both BA and PM duties. He has worked in previous lives as a Systems Accountant, Change Manager, and Auditor. He has taught at UNSW and Sydney TAFE as well as facilitated the CA Program with the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Joseph is a Chartered Accountant (ICAA), CPPM (AIPM), CBAP (IIBA) and has worked on System Implementation projects including SAP, JD Edwards, Systematics Banking Software and small business accounting solutions.
Head of Customer Success ANZ
Chris is the Head of Customer Success at SAP ANZ having joined in late 2018 to help the local leadership build a customer first organisation. He was previously a SAP customer and active member of SAUG, including as a SIG Lead and as a SAUG Committee member. Chris’ background in finance has resulted in a steadfast interest throughout his career in getting value from any technology investment. His new role enables him to operationalise this and support SAP ANZ’s drive to deliver successful outcomes for customers.
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.
University of Technology Sydney
Associate Professor & Co-ordinator Accounting Information Systems
Associate Professor Bernhard Wieder is the leader of the Accounting Information Systems team at UTS and has been teaching business analytics (incl. data mining) in the context of accounting for several years. His research has – likewise – developed from investigating the impact of ERP and BI/BA systems on accounting to the use of data analytics in (or ‘against’) accounting.
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 SAP Technology Ambassador, and a User Experience Strategist within the SAP S/4HANA Regional Implementation Group - Asia-Pacific Japan and leads the Community of Practice for Fiori and UX. She has been an advocate and promoter for SAP Fiori and great UX over the last 5 years as a blogger on SAP Community, and at local and international conferences. She is passionate about Software Accessibility, i.e. making sure software works for everyone including those overcoming diversity and inclusion challenges. Her current focus is delivering on the promise of SAP Fiori in SAP S/4HANA customers locally, regionally and internationally.
Dr Maria Prokofieva is a senior lecturer at Victoria University, Melbourne. She is also an active member of the Data Analytics Group, R-Ladies Community, Melbourne and Women in Data Science (WiDS). Her research area is in data analytics and business intelligence. Her particular expertise relates to the area of social media analytics. She has published numerous papers in top ranked academic journals, as well as presented at leading data analytic conferences.
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.
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.
Glencore Coal Assets Australia
HR Manager Process & Systems
Nicholas is the Manager of Human Resources Systems and Processes for Glencore Coal Assets Australia. He has over 12 years’ experience working with SAP products for large resources companies and has a wide range of experience leading HR and Payroll implementations and transformations in Shared Services, Business Improvement and HR.
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)
Perth SIG Lead & Manager Strategy & Portfolio Core Solutions
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.
Senior Finance Solutions Consultant & Enterprise Architect
Joy Kennedy, from SAP’s Digital Transformation Office, helps companies transform their finance functions by advising on the latest trends and innovations. In this special presentation, she will discuss emerging trends and how finance is expected to evolve in the digital era. Joy will also describe the key technologies that are underpinning the change in the way Finance works, including cloud computing, artificial intelligence, blockchain and predictive analytics.
Strategic Analytics Specialist Innovation and Analytics, Strategy, Portfolio and Innovation
Christian is a Business Analytics Specialist with 10 years of experience in the process of delivering Data and Analytics solutions to customers in Australia and Latin America. He is currently part of the Strategic Insights team at Energy Queensland where, together with his colleagues, he works on understanding and analysing the challenges the electricity industry is going through and providing insights to executives to support their long-term decisions. He is passionate about data and supports Energy Queensland to derive value from it by using data science and analytics.
SAP Technical Manager
Jamie is the SAP Technical Manager for UGL with over 15 years of professional experience. She manages the SAP Basis, Development, Business Intelligence, Security and Service Desk teams. Recently, she has led her team in the successful migration of SAP ERP from a traditional database to HANA and the delivery of a suite of Fiori and custom mobile applications. While Jamie manages different areas of the SAP technical space, she started her career and remains passionate and hands-on in the area of SAP Development. Jamie and her team are constantly looking for ways to innovate and are excited to explore and implement innovation technology to achieve maximum business benefits.
Chief Information Officer
Joined Genesis Care in 2014. Prior to GenesisCare, spent 16 years in healthcare IT roles and before that 6 years in software engineering and artificial intelligence research. His specialties include implementing IT systems with focus on change and transformation, maturing IT organisations from start-up to enterprise grade, and innovating systems using agile. As a student he worked for an innovative company which later became part of Tesla. He is passionate about working with organisations who have a strong purpose and where IT can be a part of making a difference.
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.
SAP Fieldglass ANZ
A passionate professional who strives to empower leaders to understand and harness the asset value of their contingent workforce. As demonstrated by his career results and thought leadership, Sean has established himself as an industry expert in the Talent Outsourcing and Human Capital Management industry and continues to influence directly and indirectly how companies balance digital transformation with the personal nature of workforce engagement.
His career and approach to business was founded in the Business and Risk Management practices of Ernst & Young; since that time he served 13 years with ManpowerGroup in global and regional roles, including four years as the European General Manager of their Workforce Solutions business (TAPFIN). For the past three years, Sean has led the Fieldglass business for Asia Pacific and Greater China.
Sean has proven experience working across the global landscape and a passion for developing markets stretching from Asia to Europe; diverse experiences across complex multi-national, national and SMB organisations, and a consultative approach to developing agile workforce solutions linked to strategic business drivers, digital transformation and evolving industry / market trends.
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.
Chief Information Officer
Sridhar is the acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Sydney Water.
Sridhar has a successful track record in implementing technology solutions to support increasing customer expectations, challenging regulatory outcomes and corporate business goals.
Since joining Sydney Water in 2017, Sridhar has led the successful implementation of the new customer relationship and billing solution (ISU,CRM, REFX) on S/4HANA at Sydney Water as CxP Program Director. He is passionate about leading and working with a diverse talented group of people, finding innovative and better ways of achieving outcomes in a positive work environment. Sridhar has over 18 years of global utilities experience combined with a deep technical knowledge, strong commercial, business and regulatory understanding.
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.
SAP Asia Pacific Japan
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.
Frucor Beverages Ltd
Value Stream Manager - Customer & Consumer
As Value Stream Manager for Customer and Consumer, Fernando partners with the Sales, Marketing and R&D teams at Frucor Suntory to deliver benefits for the company, its people and its customers via developing and deploying digital platforms and enabling better ways of working. He is based in Auckland and works with teams across both Australia and New Zealand. He has previously worked in digital development and product management roles at Yahoo! Inc., Les Mills International and Sky Television Ltd.
Corporate Solutions Manager
Vance has worked in the SAP Ecosystem for over 20 years and the majority of time has been in the Utilities / Power Industry, previously he held roles within the Power Industry in New Zealand. He has been involved in SAP implementations in both Australia and New Zealand in a wide variety of roles. In May 2015 Vance joined Hydro Tasmania as SAP Solution Architect in the Information, Process and Systems Group within a newly formed Corporate Solutions Team aimed at enabling the business to work smarter and more efficiently by simplifying corporate systems, automating repetitive business processes and supporting complex decision making. Vance is currently Corporate Solutions Manager and manages the internal SAP support team and has been managing the S/4HANA Business Case development.
Enterprise Systems Manager
Asra joined Genesis Care in April 2017. Prior to this, she worked as an SAP FI/CO consultant for 17 years at a number of different organisations. Her specialities include implementation and support of Enterprise Systems, with a focus on business process improvement. Asra enjoys working for organisations that have a direct impact on people’s lives.
Transport for NSW
As the SAP Information Architect at Transport for NSW, Mustafa is responsible for Analytics Architecture, UX Standards and Master Data Governance. He is currently leading the architectural assurance and design of a cluster-wide Self Service Reporting initiative.
With over 20 years local and international experience implementing SAP ERP and analytics solutions in both the private and public sectors, he enjoys keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies and product developments, including SAP HANA, SAP BW/4HANA, SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Fiori and SAP Cloud Platform, to solve business problems. As an active member and blogger in the SAP Community, he has previously presented at the SAP TechEd and Mastering SAP Business Analytics conferences.
Mustafa’s prior work experience includes the Office of Environment and Heritage and Accenture.
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.
Director SAP S/4HANA GTM Business Development
Imari Okamoto is Director at SAP S/4HANA Global GTM Business Development team responsible for the Asia Pacific Japan region (based in Tokyo). From the establishing time of SAP S/4HANA, she is focusing on delivering business value of SAP S/4HANA as well as latest intelligent Enterprise to the customer. It includes also SAP’s commercial offering along with digital transformation with multiple deployment option. In the session she will talk about overall licensing model towards SAP S/4HANA for the best use of the solutions. Imari holds MBA with major on Finance and Corporate Governance.
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.
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
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.
Papuan Oil Search Limited
Vice President - ICT
Michael has 25 years+ extensive IT Strategy and Operations expertise across Oil & Gas, FMCG, Energy, Facilities, Manufacturing, Mining, consulting to IT and software development for a range companies including start-ups, SMEs, Australian Corporates and multi-nationals.
His expertise includes operations, business systems, software development and specialist ERP knowledge. Michael aligns technology to business strategy to achieve growth, in strong support of the sales, operations, finance, asset management and supply chain functions.
Michael is heavily involved in Oil Search’s SAP implementation as a member of the steering committee, project working group and as the business process owner for non-functional requirements.
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.
Director - Global Customer Value Services
Christian is part of the global Customer Value Experience team, which provides SAP’s installed base customers with insights of how to experience the highest value from their SAP investment. To this end, he helps customers identify and quantify improvement opportunities in the Lines of Business and the IT organisation, addressing innovation agility, faster time to value, business performance improvements, and TCO optimisations. Recommendations cover innovations and SAP’s service and support offering. Christian is globally in charge of SAP Pathfinder and other Customer Value Experience services.
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 Privacy Advisory
Julie is SAP’s APJ Digital Trust and Data Privacy Specialist. She joined SAP in May this year from eBay where she was Director of Privacy, Asia Pacific. Prior to eBay, she held privacy roles at both Westpac and Acxiom. Julie has extensive experience in privacy and data protection, has navigated the privacy landscape across different industries and has advised from both a customer and vendor perspective. She is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Co-Founder & Director of Enterprise Delivery
Peter is a Co-Founder and the Director of Delivery at Xinja. He is a proven executive leader of strategic transformational change. His background includes roles at NAB, Telstra Digital and Accenture. His experience spans consulting, strategy, start-ups, technology, core banking and digital.
Peter has worked at Xinja since its inception in May 2016 and has been the driving force in delivering its technology roadmap including the implementation of SAP for Banking.
SAP America, Inc.
VP, SAP Products & Innovation (USA)
Phil is a Vice President within the SAP Products and Innovation team, responsible for outbound Product Management and Partner Management. In this role, Phil is responsible for developing and executing programs that leverage the Partner ecosystem to drive SAP market share gains, accelerate customer success and expand ecosystem readiness. A 19 year experienced veteran at SAP, Phil has held leadership roles in Pre-Sales, Global Sales Operations, Business Development and Solution Management. In 2002, Phil relocated to the USA from his native England, and lives in the Boston area with his wife and 3 daughters.
Prior to SAP, Phil has more than 15 years of expertise in various line of business roles, as well as in divisional General Management roles at Pirelli in Europe.
Phil holds an MBA and a PhD from the University of Southampton in the UK.
Data SIG Lead & IT Service Manager - Master Data & Integration
Andrew Lim has been a data practitioner for over 18 collective years in IT with a strong background in Data Management which includes Information Architecture, Data Warehousing, Data Strategy and Data Governance.
Andrew currently works as the IT Service Manager supporting Master Data and Integration at Orora Limited, based out of Orora’s corporate head office in Melbourne Australia. Andrew currently sits on the Architecture Review Board.
Andrew loves to share knowledge and has been teaching sessionally at Monash University for over 10 years on a number of topics such as; IT for Executive Decision Making, BI Modelling, BI Applications, Data Warehousing, and System Design.
An interesting fact - Andrew’s was a practicing accountant and a banker in the 90s before transitioning into IT.
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, Andy 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, his 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.
Managing Director APAC
T.J. Chandler leads SAP’s Customer Experience line of business for Public Services in Australia. His career, starting as an Analyst for the US Environmental Protection Agency, has been evenly split between the public and private sectors, with notable stints at the New York City Board of Education, US Department of Transportation, Deloitte (eGovernment practice), and most recently Gigya where he was the Managing Director for APAC during the acquisition by SAP. This range of experiences has helped T.J. earn a reputation for pragmatism and respect for compliance; he is not one to think “out of the box,” but instead to create ways to make the contents of the box more valuable. He holds two Master’s degrees (Public Affairs, Urban and Regional Planning) from Princeton University, lives in Sydney with his wife and son, and has recently fallen in love with scuba diving.
Ryan Van Leent
Global Public Sector Specialist
Ryan van Leent is a member of SAP's Global Public Sector leadership team, with deep subject matter expertise in Social Protection, spanning unemployment benefits and income protection, child welfare and family services, disability services and step-down healthcare, health insurance, aged pensions and social assistance. His industry experience also includes Taxation, Border Protection, National Security, Defence, International Trade and Social Enterprise.
In nearly 20 years of Public Sector IT consulting, Ryan has worked with leading government agencies in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
Australian Taxation Office
Single Touch Payroll Relationship Manager
Scott is a Relationship Manager in Single Touch Payroll and has worked across a number of areas within the Australian Taxation Office over the last 8 years. His primary focus in the STP program is working with Australia’s largest employers to support their transition into STP reporting, whilst also playing a key role in providing client support to a range to digital service providers and other key stakeholders. Scott has presented at a number of different forums across Australia and enjoys getting out and talking to the community.
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.
Senior Vice President & APJ Head of Sales
Steven was appointed Senior Vice President, SAP Customer Experience Asia Pacific Japan in January 2019. SAP Customer Experience, with its SAP C/4HANA portfolio of solutions, helps customers create, manage and measure great customer experiences. Customer Experience is a key growth area for SAP, and in this role, Steven leads the sales and partner go to-market strategy and execution. Steven has more than 25 years in technology and business networks with more than 20 years in technology leadership positions and the last ten years in the cloud software industry. He brings a diverse background to the role with experience across various industries, geographies,
applications and organisations.
Executive Branch Manager, Strategic Business
Mat is a highly self-motivated senior executive leader, with a demonstrated history of outcome-focused delivery. He has held various private industry and public sector executive roles and has been involved in SAP based programs for over 10 years. He previously worked at SAP in a Regional Public Sector role servicing Asia Pacific and Australia. He is currently in charge of ICT strategic direction, commercial services and program delivery for ACT government where he is accountable for the delivery of a new SAP program delivering Successfactors to over 26000 public servants utilising SAP developed PS enhancements. Prior roles in EDS, Fujitsu and Securenet have developed and supported a broad ICT background across various industries.
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.
Solution Specialist, SAP Digital Supply Chain
Adem has over 20 years’ experience helping retailers, manufacturers, logisticians, utilities and public sector organisations apply innovative technologies to drive value. In the early part of his career, Adem implemented and managed asset management, predictive maintenance, process control and manufacturing execution systems. He progressed to broader supply chain roles in Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) and Integrated Business Planning (IBP). Adem’s role at SAP is centred around helping customers connect with the latest innovations, and he is focused on ways to ‘make it real’ with a pragmatic, value-based approach to yield real business benefit.
Aarron is widely regarded as a leading growth strategist in the experience economy. A student of futurism, psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural economics, his work is often referred to as “Experience Anthropology”.
Aarron teaches that for the first time in history, the key to brand growth and prosperity at scale lies in the ability to understand and harness the human condition, and that the empirical economic evidence is overwhelming.
KG Information Systems Pty Ltd
Vice President & Country Manager - Australia & New Zealand
Raj has over 20 years of experience in leadership positions working for a fortune 50 company. He was responsible for the country/region sales revenue, product launches, marketing, channels and distribution for various divisions across the key markets in APJ. Raj has a passion for technology and was instrumental in setting the strategy for the ongoing transformation of the organisation, partners and customers in IoT, Cloud, Data-Centre, Gaming, Analytics, and AI. He is known for his leadership philosophy - “Collaborate with Trust for Success”.
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.
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 has held various positions in the development organisation within the last 24 years at SAP. These included 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 transfers their needs back into the development organisation.
The sharing of SAP Fiori 3 and the configuration of the Intelligent Enterprise are key focus areas for him in 2019.
Before joining SAP, Johannes 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.
Customer Experience Platform Evangelist
Alfred is the Customer Experience Platform Solution Evangelist at SAP and advises companies in Japan and Asia Pacific on how they can embark and improve on their CX journey. With over 20 years’ experience in the CX industry, he has consulted on many projects which had initially started off with a single customer experience management requirement and evolved into to a true customer experience platform as CxOs realise they require not just a single view of a customer, but true end-to-end customer journey.
Alfred’s passion lies in helping companies discover how they create fans starting by the customer’s first contact.
VP of Litmos APAC
Phil is the VP of Litmos APAC and heads global training content. He is fanatical about e-learning and the transformational effects it has on business, its people and ecosystems. Before SAP, Phil founded an e-learning start-up that grew to deliver 100s of learning solutions to some of Australia’s biggest brands.
Manager Litmos APAC Solutions Team
Lisa is manager of the Litmos APAC Solutions Team and our local platform guru. Lisa is passionate about Learning and Development and uses her 10 years' experience in this field to partner with clients to maximise the value they obtain from their learning technology.
Senior Solution Engineer
Paul has been helping organisations using SAP to deliver great customer experiences for more than 12 years. This journey began with SAP ERP and CRM, Sybase, SAP Hybris and now SAP C/4HANA.
Today, he works closely with organisations to help them adopt the newest innovations from SAP to deliver great customer experiences.
Paul is a Senior Solution Engineer in the SAP Customer Experience team.
Coca Cola Amatil
Solution Delivery Manager
Keith has spent the better part of 35 years in various roles in Supply Chain. The last 20 years has been in IT delivery roles, delivering various components of SAP and associated systems. More recently, Keith has overseen the supply Chain delivery program of projects at Coca Cola Amatil, which has included implementation of both SAP EWM and SAP TM.
Curl Curl Lagoon Friends
Paula Cowan is President of Curl Curl Lagoon Friends, a community group with a proud 40 year history of environmental advocacy. She brings her communication, education and management skills from her professional career to this volunteer role.
Paula works with local residents, volunteer groups, government, politicians, local council staff and innovative organisations like SAP to protect and restore a unique natural waterway on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
SAP Ariba ANZ
Richard leads the Value Advisory Practice across Asia Pacific and Japan for Intelligent Spend Management. Working with our major customers, the VA team deliver strategic advisement, program planning and business case analysis services. Prior to SAP, Richard held senior roles in the Financial Services Industry leading teams delivering major technology, outsourcing and procurement programs. With formal qualifications in business, technology and accounting, Richard has a passion for working with businesses to deliver bottom line value and manage risks through planning and execution excellence.
Managing Director ANZ, SAP Concur
Matthew Goss is a management executive with extensive experience in establishing and managing operations for cloud-based technology companies.
Matthew Goss has been Managing Director ANZ at Concur since 2013. He has been with the company for more than 14 years. Matthew has held several senior management positions including Country Manager - Concur Philippines, and Vice President Client Services Asia Pacific.
Before joining Concur in 2002, Matthew was technical manager for Captura Software for two years and prior to that he worked as a senior IT consultant for Acumen Alliance (now known as Oakton Consulting technology).
Matthew has been a board member of the Global Business Travel Association since 2011.
SAP Asia Pacific Japan
Chief Operating Officer
Rachel Barger has over 15 years experience in the software industry holding a variety of leadership roles with Enterprise Sales, Customer Success and Professional Services. As SAP’s Chief Operating Officer for Asia Pacific Japan, responsible for development and execution of SAP’s go-to-market and growth strategies across all industries and portfolios in APJ.
Rachel has also represented SAP at the G20-Y Summit appointed as Annual Chair for the Digital Innovation and Transformation Committee in both 2017 and 2018. She brings a global understanding and approach gained through her time spent managing teams in the North America, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Europe.
Over the years, Rachel has excelled at helping customers understand the business value of technology investments, supporting customers through technology transformations, developing long-term strategic partnerships, driving execution of vision through executive sponsorship and building/scaling new teams and territories. Overall, she is truly passionate about driving customers success through technology transformation which delivers sustainable business value.
Lenovo ANZ Pty Ltd
ANZ Chief Technology Officer
Joao is the Chief Technology Officer, Data Centre Group at Lenovo Australia and New Zealand, and encompasses over 15 years of industry experience, transitioning from IBM to Lenovo with the acquisition of the System X Business in 2014. Joao is responsible for the technical outlook and strategic position of DCG in this fast, ever-changing technology world. Throughout his career, Joao has designed and deployed very large, complex solutions in both Europe and ANZ.
Head of Customer Services
Kathy is a dedicated customer advocate with a passion for service excellence. With a career spanning 25 years working with customers, Kathy has held senior positions in Customer Service, including state and national roles, across a variety of industries including insurance, telecommunications and utilities.
Kathy is a well respected leader who has demonstrated capabilities in leading outcome-focused teams to produce results.
Kathy’s experience spans both public and private sectors. She has established and led multi-site, multi-function and multi-product operations servicing national customer bases with sales, technical support, complaints, customer service, emergency response, collections, metering and billing.
Kathy has a humanistic and encouraging style, is achievement-driven and passionate about building and leading high performing teams. As a leader Kathy is collaborative, optimistic and strategic in her thinking. With a strong customer centricity, Kathy has led a number of customer experience programs and driven significant business transformation and technology advancements in both her current and previous roles.
Kathy’s most recent role is that of Business Director for Sydney Water’s Customer Experience Platform (CxP) Program – a program of State significance delivering SAP CRM, ISU and REFX.
Business Innovation & Transformation Lead
Mark is a business innovation and digital transformation leader, with over 12 years of consulting experience across multiple industries and geographies. Mark is currently a member of SAP's global Applied Business Innovation team, driving growth in Australia and the region. Our focus is helping organisations apply emerging technologies to create impact at scale.
Global Product Manager, SAP Enterprise Threat Detection
Dr Schmitt joined SAP in 1999 and worked in different roles as developer, architect, development manager, and product manager. For about six years he focused on security topics in and around SAP products. In his role as development manager the feature Read Access Logging and SAP Enterprise Threat Detection were developed in his department. In June 2018 he became the global product manager for SAP Enterprise Threat Detection.
Micro Focus Australia Limited
Senior Specialist, Application Security
Barbara is a Presales Senior Specialist for Application Security at Micro Focus with over 15 years experience in the IT industry. Over these years Barbara has worked very closely with a broad range of SAP customers across Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand.
Barbara has been involved in software security from her early days, having originally been responsible for the protection of all personal data according to European laws in one of Europe’s largest conglomerates, Kloeckner KG’s. Later on Barbara extended her focus to the broader area of testing including functional, performance and security testing. Barbara’s experience has been in advising customers on how to build, implement and optimize testing strategies to mitigate risk, save costs, accelerate testing cycles and deliver better service to their customers/business units.
Head of Digital Experience
Jo-Ann has been working in technology for over 20 years in a variety of sectors including oil and gas, finance and government in Australia and internationally before joining Sydney Water in 2013. As a IT trainer, she was inspired to pursue a career in technology experiencing a variety of roles, project and program management, infrastructure, consulting, transformation and digital enablement.
Jo-Ann’s current role fulfills her desire to work for an organisation that makes a difference to individuals and the community. Her key objectives are to advocate for diversity of thought and to providing an environment in which people are successful.
Muhammad has more than 14 collective years of IT infrastructure and cyber security experience. He started his career in 2005 and worked for number of years in network and cyber security operations. He progressively attained relevant industry accreditations and moved to professional services. He has worked as infrastructure and cyber security subject matter expert on a number of customer engagements and helped customers on their journey to successful and secure hyperscaler adoption. He has worked in key IT companies such as NTC Pakistan, HPE Malaysia, Dimension Data Singapore and Australia, Fujitsu Australia and Unisys Australia before joining SAP. As a Cyber Security Advisor, he supports SAP customers in the secure adoption of SAP solutions in the APJ region.
Healthcare Business Architect
Simon brings both consulting and social entrepreneurship experience from across the Asia Pacific region to the Australian healthcare sector. As healthcare business architect, Simon helps organisations within Healthcare, Aged Care and Medical Research apply digital technology and processes to modernise operations, create great patient experiences and deliver higher standards of care quality.
Simon is also a co-founder of SAP Digital Aged Care, a social venture funded by SAP 1 Billion Lives and UNSW. Digital Aged Care aims to help seniors live wherever they call home, for longer, by connecting seniors, aged care providers and families through intelligent devices and collaborative applications.
CxP Program Director
Stathis is a Program Manager/Director with over 25 years of expertise in Utility business transformation projects and delivering business value. Stathis began his career with Accenture in 1995, after graduating from the University of Technology, Sydney. In the course of 17 years with Accenture, he was a part of the Consulting workforce, focused on the Utility industry and relocated to Vancouver, Canada in 2001. During this period, he managed large customer service related transformation programs and business operations projects on behalf of clients globally. He is viewed as one of the preeminent SAP IS-U/CRM (CR&B) Solution Architects and Program Managers for the implementation and operation of SAP solutions globally. Stathis was promoted to Partner (Senior Executive) by Accenture in 2010.
In June of 2012, Stathis returned to Sydney. After brief stints establishing an online retail start-up, and the delivery of a Business Intelligence and Data Analytics capability for a large global insurance firm in Australia, he was engaged by Sydney Water to be the Program Manager for the CxP (Customer Experience Program) SAP IS-U/CRM implementation. In this role, Stathis was responsible for managing the delivery of the Core Solution (Design, Build & Test), Data Migration, Deployment, Familiarisation and the post go-live Stabilisation and Warranty periods. In June 2019 he was promoted to CxP Program Director and continues to oversee CxP initiatives.
SAP Business Transformation & Digital Architect
Shivanand is an SAP Business Transformation & Digital Architect with over 20 years of experience in SAP and over 17 years in Utilities. He has experience in implementing solutions for Meter Asset Management (MAM), Distributor, Supplier and Shipper market participants within the Utilities industries in the UK, Spain, Australia, US and Germany, and has worked with clients such as National Grid Transco, BP, Shell, RWE npower, British Gas, Thames Water, Sydney Water etc. He currently heads the SAP Solutions within the Digital Innovation Group of Wipro, focusing on Emerging Technology Assessment, Product Maturity Improvements, Global Utilities Template (RDS), GTM Strategy, SAP Roadmap, Co-Innovation and Portfolio Solution.
Chief Operating Officer
Keith is Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for the Customer First, SAP’s Customer Success program, go-to-market strategy and operations to deliver a unified and outcome-focused experience, making it possible for our customers to run at their best. Previously, he was Global Head of Customer Engagement and Success, responsible for cloud customer success strategy, operations, tools and renewal management. He also led Customer Engagement and was COO for SAP SuccessFactors. Before joining SAP in 2015, he was President, North American for NGA HR. He also served as EVP of the HR Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) business and product management at Ceridian. Earlier in his career, Keith was Director of BPO solutions at PwC.