SAUG National Summit 2015


  • 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 

  • Craig Farrell

    First Assistant Secretary & Chief HR Officer

    Craig Farrell is the Chief HR Officer, People Strategy and Services Division, Department of Immigration and Citizenship. His background includes managerial, employment brokerage, consultancy, contract management and corporate services, though for the past 17 years he has been in the HR arena. Craig is a keen golfer, squash and tennis player, married with three children, and is an enthusiastic pilot, having run a successful commercial ballooning operation for 6 years.

  • Stephen Foley

    Rheem Australia Pty Ltd
    Chief Information Officer

    Stephen Foley is currently CIO of Rheem Australia Pty Ltd, Australia’s largest supplier of water heating products. Stephen’s career has been in Finance, IT and Supply Chain roles in manufacturing enterprises. Rheem has used SAP’s ERP solutions for 20 years and more recently has begun to adopt SAP CEC solutions to enhance interaction with consumers.
  • 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.
  • Matt Harding

    Independent consultant
    SAP Mentor, SAP Solution & UX Specialist

    Matt is an SAP Solution, UX and Development Architect and Developer who regularly helps and mentors companies in architecture, designing, building, and/or governing quality solutions for ERP, IS-Utilities, Fiori, HANA, mobility, integration and more. Since starting his career as an R&D Software Engineer at Fairlight in Sydney, Matt has been focused on the User Experience and Custom Development, and has been fortunate enough to be continually involved in bleeding edge projects, both large and small, bringing an agile approach to solving problems and delivering solutions at enterprises. @mattharding 

  • Paul Hardy

    Hanson Construction Materials Pty Ltd
    SAP Mentor & Snr ABAP Programmer

    Paul Hardy joined Heidelberg Cement in the UK in 1990. In 1997 a global SAP rollout came along; he jumped on board and has never looked back since, working on country-specific SAP implementations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, and Australia. After starting off as a business analyst configuring the good old IMG, Paul swiftly moved on to the wonderful world of ABAP programming. After the initial run of data conversion programs, ALV reports, interactive DYNPRO screens, and (urrggh) SAPscript forms, he yearned for something more and since then has been eagerly investigating each new technology as it comes out, which culminated in him writing the SAP Press book “ABAP To The Future”. Paul become an SAP mentor in March 2017 and can regularly be found blogging away on the SCN site and has written a whole series of blogs comparing the merits of Object Orientated vs Procedural Programming. Paul invites you to come and have a drink with him at the networking event in the evening (or at any other event you see him) and ask him the most difficult questions you can think of, preferably about SAP.
  • Paul Hawking

    Hawking Solutions
    SAP Mentor

    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.
  • Gary Hooker

    Independent consultant
    SAP Alumni & 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.

  • Simon Kemp

    SAP Mentor & SAP UX Practice Lead

    Simon is currently National Solution Lead for SAP User Experience at PLAUT IT Australia. For almost two decades he has worked with many SAP customers locally in Australia and in Europe and the United States, providing innovative solutions to empower users and drive productivity. Recently Simon has been focusing on User Experience Design and developing and delivering UX strategies for his clients. In 2013 Simon was named an SAP Mentor for his ongoing contribution to and influence in the SAP Community. @skemp

  • Matthew Kilgour

    BlueScope Steel
    Program Delivery Lead & SAUG SIG Lead CEC

    Matthew has been working with SAP for the last 20 years in both consulting and end user environments. He has worked in a broad range of industries including Manufacturing, FMCG, Mining, Supply Chain and Logistics, and Utilities. Matthew has worked as an ABAP Programmer, Functional Consultant, Project Manager and developed Business Cases for deploying SAP. For the last 7 years Matthew has been the SAUG SIG Lead for CEC / CRM.

  • Craig Nicholls

    SAP Technical Team Lead

    Craig Nicholls currently holds the role of SAP Technical Team Lead at CSIRO, and has close to 20 years within the Public Sector and Professional Services industries, having held various senior SAP positions across a number of Commonwealth Agencies, and provided consultancy services to major transformational projects. Craig is committed to finding innovative and sustainable solutions to enable Business to achieve its outcomes. Craig is a passionate football fan, golfer, and loves to travel with his family.

  • 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 
  • Andrew Ritchie

    Manager – IT Services, Officeworks, and Chairperson, SAUG

    Andrew is a senior IT executive, change agent and leader who is passionate about achieving strategic outcomes. He is the IT Program Manager at Officeworks and leads the IT Engagement Team including Project Management; Business Analysis; Solution Architecture; Training; Help Desk and IT Provisioning. Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in leadership roles across Information Technology within the retail sector. Prior to Officeworks, he has held roles with Coles, Millers Retail, Big W and Toys R Us. Andrew is currently the Chairperson of SAUG.
  • Graham Robinson

    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. @grahamrobbo
  • Greg Taylor

    Trility Pty Ltd
    HCM Change Manager

    Greg enjoys working with organisations in their pursuit of “helping people adopt change with confidence”. After starting his career as a Hercules pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force, he has spent the last 10 years working across a wide range of change projects, both large and small, in the government and corporate sectors. He is currently working with one of Australia’s largest retailers leading the change stream for their implementation of the SuccessFactors suite, including SAP Payroll in the cloud.
  • Chris Paine

    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.
  • Tony de Thomasis

    SAP Mentor & Technical Specialist

    A well-known figure in the SAP community, Tony has over 20 years industry related experience. In his capacity as an SAP Mentor, Tony has presented at several SAP events, authored several weblogs, and recently written an SAP Press book about managing SAP Custom Code. Tony also lectures 5th year SAP ERP Masters students at the Victoria University of Technology.
  • Jocelyn Dart

    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.


    Gavin Brown

    NSW Department of Customer Service (formerly Finance, Services and Innovation
    Assistant Director Corporate Programs

    Gavin Brown has been delivering major transformational projects for commercial and government organisations for over 15 years. Gavin has a background in development and a Masters in IT, and uses this grounding to enhance the synergies and bridge the gap between IT and business solutions.

  • Adam Doszpot

    Principal Consultant GRC and Security

    Adam has over 17 years consulting experience in SAP and SAP Business Processes, specializing in Security, Managing Risk, and Internal Control. Adam worked with Immigration on and off for the past six years and most recently was the solution architect for the GRC Process Control Enablement project. Prior to joining SAP, Adam developed a solution line for a national SAP System Integrator, which focused on the delivery of SAP Governance Risk and Compliance Services across Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. He led the delivery and solution architecture of all GRC services.

  • Nigel James

    Square Cloud
    SAP Mentor Alumni & Principal IT Consultant

    Nigel James is an independent software consultant whose passion is to create innovative and imaginative solutions. He has over 15 years of experience delivering solutions for companies like Woolworths, Shell, Komatsu, Xerox and many government organisations. As an SAP Mentor he was foundational in establishing the independent SAP Inside Track events to help developers come together and share information about the great projects they work on. Nigel is passionate about the craft and process of creating great software.

  • Jon Gooding

    Senior Solution Advisor

    While having a core focus on technology to enable business outcomes, Jon also leads the SAP Fraud Management capabilities in ANZ. Previous roles have included support, development, consultant and enterprise architecture. A technologist at heart, and with a broad spectrum of technologies covered over the years in a range of clients and industries catering for a range of client specific requirements.

  • Malcolm Yeoman

    Technology & Database Specialist

    Malcolm has worked in the Information Technology field in various roles for 25 years, including developer, database architect, technical- and functional- consultant, and presales. A common theme throughout his career has been a passion for providing clients with innovative software solutions to solve complex problems. Now at SAP, he works with customers to solve data-related business problems using SAP technologies. In addition, he brings his experience of having worked in organisations in Australia, South Africa and the UK, as well as in working with innovative startups and mentoring students as they design the future. In pursuing his interest in the Internet of Things, he blogs at ‘Tinkering with Technology

  • Greg Hill

    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.
  • Michael Ward

    Microsoft Pty Limited
    Data & Analytics Specialist

    As the Product Manager for SQL Server in Australia, Mike is responsible for the success of Microsoft's business intelligence and data platform solutions. With nearly two decades of experience in the Enterprise Software space Mike has firsthand experience with the impact software solutions can have on a business. Mike is excited to be at the forefront of the current revolution in data equipped with Microsoft's leading solutions.
  • Mike Foley

    Auckland Council
    Head of Information Services

    Mike was appointed to the role of Head of Information Services on Nov 1 2010, the inauguration date for Auckland Council. Prior to this role he was CIO for Watercare Services during which time he was seconded to the Auckland Transition Agency to lead the Business Process and Systems work stream to merge the local and regional authorities into a single entity. Mike has over 20 years in the IT industry and has gained a wide variety of experience in all elements of the systems lifecycle from IT strategy through to implementation and operations across multiple geographies and industries including telecommunications, utilities, FMCG, insurance and management consulting. He was voted NZ CIO of the year in 2010.
  • 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.
  • Katrin Pietsch

    SAP AG
    Head of Market Introduction APJ & Greater China

    Katrin leads the Market Introduction team APJ/Greater China in SAP’s development organization. Her team is responsible for delivering SAP Influencing programs (Customer Engagement Initiative, Customer Connection, SAP Road Maps), Early Access programs and Early Adopter Care programs in the region, to engage customers and drive adoption of new SAP products. Katrin has been with SAP’s Customer Connection team, firstly in the German headquarters for 4 years and since March 2014, she has been based in Melbourne, Australia. Before joining SAP, Katrin worked as a management consultant with a focus on HR Management, Organization Design and Organizational Change Management in Europe and the US.

  • Madhup Mudiraj

    DuluxGroup Limited
    CRM Service Manager

    DuluxGroup is a multi-brand conglomerate, with a presence in the Asia-Pacific region, Australia being the largest part. It has a diversified portfolio of different products each representing a separate business unit. Maddy's role is to implement & support CRM technology for streamlining & optimising processes for each business units in Customer Service, Sales & Marketing areas. Replacing legacy CRM systems. Maddy has been with Dulux over 1 and half years, and during this time has been involved in implementing eCommerce B2B-B2C WCEM project, Loyalty Management, Campaign Management, Segmentation in CRM on-prem, & Cloud for Customer. He is currently working on formulating the SAP C4C solution as an enterprise-wide solution.

  • Udi Jacoby

    Vice President Asia Pacific & Japan

    Udi has a great deal of experience in senior sales & marketing management roles within the IT industry. Currently at Panaya, Udi helps numerous customers along their ERP lifecycles, from successful SAP upgrades and optimising their benefits from SAP, through to cloud mogrations and big data analytics. Previously Udi has worked with a number of IT companies including General Manager Software Compliance Sales and Head of Software Sales Manufacturing & Distribution Industries at HP.

  • Lorraine Longato

    Value Engineering Director - Procurement & Business Networks ANZ

    Lorraine joined the Ariba team in 2014 which became part of SAP and she leads the Value Engineering (VE) function for the ANZ region. Lorraine has nearly 20 years industry experience across a range of sectors covering FMCG, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Heavy Freight & Logistics, ITC Management Platforms, Energy and Sustainability, with the past seven years focused on Strategic Procurement and Change Management Initiatives. Most recently, as Procurement Strategic Specialist, she led a major whole of Government Utilities strategy, as part of the procurement transformation division of the Queensland Government. Lorraine has strong industry networks, having held roles representing industry on the Queensland Chamber of Commerce and two Parmalat JV (Joint Venture) boards. She is an active contributor to procurement associations, including the Faculty Round Table, CIPSA and Procurious (Foundation Member).

  • Rick Quarmby

    Hydro Tasmania
    Manager Information Management

    Rick has worked in IT Operations, Marketing, Account Management, IT Support, Technical and Operational Support, Project Delivery, Consulting, Business Transformation and Strategic Information Management roles. He has worked at Hydro Tasmania for the past fourteen years, and more recently was seconded on as the ECM (Enterprise Content Management) Lead on the CASPaR SAP Implementation project. He has a keen understanding of Document and Records Management processes and systems, with a particular awareness of the challenges and opportunities associated with the use of SharePoint and OpenText Content Server (including xECM for SAP). He is now driving and expanding the implementation of the ECM system through the business, with a primary focus on user engagement and information delivery.

  • Ian Jamieson

    Insurance Australia Group
    Manager, Enterprise Services Solution Architecture

    In his role at IAG, Australia and NZ’s largest general insurer, Ian has architectural domain responsibility for Document Management, BPM, Business Intelligence, Integration and Enterprise capabilities such as SAP, Ariba, SuccessFactors and many other corporate applications. Ian brings over 20 years of experience across both financial and professional services industries, including 14 years with KPMG. In recent years, Ian has become a regular presenter at industry events and has shared IAG’s experiences leveraging technology to help transform and digitise the IAG business

  • David Taylor

    Executive Director, SAP University Competence Centre APJ

    David is an experienced IT professional with in excess of 30 years IT experience including the last 20 working in the SAP ecosystem. David’s current position is Executive Director of the SAP University Competence Centre (Asia Pacific Japan) which is located at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. The UCC is one of 6 located at various locations globally with the sole purpose of providing SAP solutions using Private cloud services to Universities for teaching and research purposes. The University customers are members of the SAP University Alliance Program which has in excess of 2,500 members globally. David has also provided technical consultancy and project management services to 5 global SAP implementations. For the past 10 years David has been fully focused on delivering Technical Project and Support Services in Global SAP environments for companies including Rio Tinto, Syngenta AG and Roche Pharmaceuticals in both Australia and Switzerland.

  • Holger Mueller

    Constellation Research, Inc (USA)
    Vice President & Principal Analyst, ex SAP Chief Applications Architect

    Holger Mueller is Vice President and Principal Analyst for Constellation Research for the fundamental enablers of cloud, IaaS, PaaS and next generation Applications, with forays up the tech stack into BigData and Analytics, HR Tech, and SaaS. As a world renowned advisor and commentator, Holger provides strategy and counsel to key clients, including Chief Information Officers, Chief Technology Officers, Chief Product Officers, Chief HR Officers, investment analysts, venture capitalists, sell side firms and technology buyers. Holger was Chief Application Architect with SAP, working on strategic projects and next generation product capabilities and worked in the Office of the Chairman, Hasso Plattner. He was also VP of Products for FICO, creating the foundation for the current Enterprise Decision Management Suite. Holger has also worked for Oracle in various management functions both on the application development (CRM, Fusion) and business development side. Holger started his career with Kiefer & Veittinger, which he helped grow from a startup to Europe’s largest CRM vendor from 1995 onwards. There he helped spearhead offshore development in Bangalore, India, where the previous K&V Lab is now SAP Labs Bangalore. Mueller has presented at numerous trade shows and industry events and writes his blog on enterprise software at
  • Sven Denecken

    SAP SE
    Global Vice President, Co-Innovation and Strategy

    Sven Denecken is SAP Global Vice President, Co-Innovation and Strategy SAP S/4HANA at SAP SE. In this role, Sven is constantly assessing customer and market requirements and supporting SAP´s Business Suite 4 SAP HANA strategy. Via Co-Innovation projects he discovers key trends and best practices in the application of new technologies. Sven’s experience working with customers, partners, SAP´s field organisation and industry analysts allows him to bring client issues and challenges directly into the solution development process, assuring that the next generation software solutions address customer requirements to focus on business outcome and help customers gain competitive advantage.He supports SAP´s solutions strategy and its alignment with customers, the ecosystem and SAP´s field organization. Through co-Innovation with market constituents and SAP´s engineering organisation he helps facilitate and enable sustainable relationships between SAP, customers, industries and partners.


    Steve Kletzmayr

    Hitachi Data Systems
    APAC Solutions Sales Director

    Steve is a highly experienced professional with 30 years of experience in helping customers across Europe, Asia and ANZ accelerate innovation with information, simplify and protect their IT operations & introduce efficiencies and new services to transform businesses. In this role Steve is responsible for aligning HDS’ Solution vision and joint business activities with SAP Customers, together with SAP and their Ecosystem. Hitachi Data Systems pursues Social Innovation with data-driven technology solutions that helps build a strong business and a healthier, safer, smarter society. To succeed in a world of disruptive change requires technological adaptation and smart decisions. HDS helps you achieve both with a focus on data that offers real value – what we call the Internet of Things that matter. With software-defined infrastructure to improve IT agility and flexibility, we accelerate innovation, improve business outcomes, simplify the lives of mobile workers and administrators, and expedite business insight and competitive advantage. Transform to thrive with an agile data center, highly available content, and informed decision-making. Visit HDS at

  • Georgia Cronin

    Collaboration & Information Management Architect

    Georgia has over 17 yrs experience in Collaboration, Intranet and Information Management technologies. The majority of her working career has been in the Mining Industry (BHP Billiton, MMG). She has also worked in FMCG, Manufacturing and Retail industries. Georgia has a background in Marketing and IT which has ensured her focus in always on balancing user needs with a practical and sustainable implementation approach. She works in close partnership with SAP architects striving to extract value from the company’s strategic platforms through positive and productive user experience. Georgia has been instrumental in the successful delivery of a Unified Approvals facility for managers which has been live for 7 months and already resulted in measureable improvements to the efficient processing of SAP workflow approvals and achieved a high rate of user satisfaction and adoption from all levels of Management.

  • Adarsh Kapoor

    SAP SE
    Product Manager, SAP Virtualization and Cloud Management

    Adarsh Kapoor is the Product Manager for the SAP Virtualization and Cloud Management Program (VCM) responsible for driving global product adoption, product roadmap and go-to-market for VCM products. He has been with SAP for 10 years and is currently based out of SAP Headquarters in Walldorf. He works closely with the development teams, senior management team and field services to ensure successful product adoption for VCM products.

  • Michael Gillett

    Australia Post
    Manager Workforce Metrics & Analytics Human Resources

    As manager of Workforce Metrics & Analytics at Australia Post, Michael leads a small team that influences senior management decision making in areas of workforce management and workforce safety.

  • John Goldrick

    Head of APJ Centre of Excellence Customer Engagement & Commerce

    John Goldrick is the head of the Centre of Excellence in Asia Pacific and Japan. He is responsible for the go-to-market strategies to drive revenue, growth and market share across the range of Commerce, Sales, Service and Marketing solutions. John has been with SAP for over 9 years and has held various roles including head of CRM Business development, APJ head of CRM OnDemand. Sales Director for SAP Business ByDesign, Director of the Industries Group in Australia and New Zealand. Director of Mobility Solutions for SAP in Australia & New Zealand John brings with him a strong history in the enterprise applications industry, Business Process Re-engineering consulting and key industry focus of FSI and Service Industry, with over seventeen years sales and management experience. His focus is on building and expanding on an ecosystem that has propelled SAP to being the number one solution provider worldwide.


    Peter Goldrick

    Daya Dimensi Global Pty Ltd
    Managing Director

    Peter has over 25 years’ experience in organisational development, human resources and strategic management. Peter has worked closely with senior leadership executives in many organisations, including ANZ Bank, BHP Billiton, Digital Equipment, Downer EDI, Australia Post, Nokia, and AMP, to design and implement regional succession planning and development strategies. With a passion for generating real impact for his clients Peter has worked with many of Australia's leading multinationals across the region to translate strategy into results through the re-engineering of process, implementation of HR systems and introduction of outsourced Managed Services.As Managing Director for DDG, Peter will be hosting a client panel to discuss various Australian and Global HR transformations with SuccessFactors.

  • Cor Van Der Scheer

    AusNet Services
    Acting Head of Procurement

    Cor leads the Procurement Enablement team at AusNet, responsible for the Contracts Management team, Purchasing Services team (PR2PO conversion, MRP, helpdesk and catalogue management, Analytics & Reporting team and the Spot Buying team. Prior to joining AusNet Services, Cor was Senior Consultant at the Portland Group, Procurement Manager for Transfield Services and National Commercial Manager for Spotless.
  • Nathan Vandenberg

    NTT Australia Pty Ltd
    General Manager - Data Centre Business Unit

    Nathan Vandenberg is General Manager - Data Centre Business Unit at Dimension Data. He leads the national Data Centre team, which focuses on designing, implementing and managing Data Centre infrastructure solutions, including storage, back-up & recovery and virtualization, for our enterprise and public sector clients. His areas of specialisation include business transformation, hybrid cloud, enterprise applications and big data.

  • Rohan Wong

    Services Australia (formerly DHS)
    Group Finance Manager - Service Delivery Operations

    Rohan is a CPA with 35 years in the public service and is currently the Group Finance Manager, Service Delivery Operations in the Commonwealth Department of Human Services. In that role he has responsibility for all things financial in the DHS Network as well as business analytics for network operations. Rohan joined DHS to take on the financial coordination and benefits management of the Service Delivery Reform Program – a major change initiative integrating several government agencies and changing our approach to service delivery to the community, followed by a stint as the National Manager, Internal Budgets and Reporting. Prior to joining DHS in SDR, Rohan had 11 years with the now Department of Infrastructure in a variety of finance roles. Rohan recently played a major role in the development of the DHS Group Finance Manager function and associated Service Offer.

  • David Johnson

    Head of User Adoption APJ

    David Johnson is a seasoned professional in the User Adoption space having spent around 25 years advising and assisting customers implementing and running SAP in their businesses. As Head of User Adoption for SAP in Asia Pacific and Japan, David is responsible for crafting services and solutions to help customers succeed in realising and extending the value of their SAP investment. Prior to SAP, David has worked in the SAP Ecosystem specialising in IT education, organisational change management, and user adoption.  Most recently, David was chief executive of the Cubic Group (including Cubic Consulting and Cubic Resources) and prior to this was with Accenture and DA Consulting Group. 

  • Grant Clinch

    SAP Asia Pacific Japan
    Head of APJ Ariba

    Grant has over 25 years experience in commercial IT negotiations, strategic account management, sales leadership, project management, IT service delivery, stakeholder and executive management. With a strong grasp of global business trends and a deep understanding of macro and micro economics, business models and business operations Grant has a strong history of delivering tangible business value from simplified IT solutions aligned to clients business models.

  • Richard McLean

    SAP Asia Pacific Japan
    Regional Chief Financial Officer Asia Pacific Japan

    Richard McLean joined SAP in 2008 as the CFO for ANZ and was appointed as Regional CFO, Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) from 1 January 2015. In this position, Richard oversees all key field and regional HQ finance & administration functions, with responsibility for all countries in APJ, supporting annual revenue of over €2 billion with more than 16,000 employees. Richard is a member of the SAP Global Finance Leadership Team and Senior Executive Team, APJ. Richard has over twenty years of experience in senior finance roles with leading global companies across a range of industries including Financial Services, Investment Banking, Automotive and IT. Richard is also recognised as a transformation agent and leader of change within the Finance function. At Microsoft, he led the local transition of transactional Finance processes to 3rd party off-shore BPO operations in India and China. At SAP he has been a leader of the global finance transformation project execution within the APJ region over the past 2 years.

  • Rod Jones

    AusNet Services
    Manager Strategic Programs

    Rod leads the Strategic Programs team at AusNet Services. His most recent role included business leadership of AusNet Services’ SAP implementation project (WorkOut). Rod was responsible for driving the enterprise transformation objectives by delivering efficient, streamlined business processes supported by an SAP-based solution. Rod has over 17 years of experience in the energy industry in a variety of roles, including asset management, operations and maintenance, project delivery, regulatory submissions and business improvement.

  • Hongbo Ma

    SAP China
    Customer Engagement & Commerce Product Development Manager

    Hongbo is an expert in the APJ region for hybris and Customer Engagement. He is the Product Owner for Customer Engagement & Commerce Development China, and has been working in the Service/Customer Engagement/Social CRM area for over 4 years. Prior to this he was working in the Business ByDesign development team for about 6 years, as development architect and product owner.

  • Michael Patron

    Tabcorp Holdings Limited
    General Manager Total Rewards

    Michael Patron is the General Manager, Total Reward, leading the remuneration, benefits, performance management, shared services and HR Information Systems functions within Human Resources at Tabcorp. Prior to Tabcorp, Michael played a similar role at both Coles and Foster’s. Michael has extensive experience both as a management consultant (over 10 years) and within senior roles in corporate organisations (over 8 years) providing advice on, and managing, all facets of Human Resources. Originally from South Africa, Michael immigrated to Australia in 2007 with his family in pursuit of greater global opportunities.

  • Conor McNamara

    Amazon Web Services
    Head of Cloud Economics and Enterprise Strategy, APAC

    Conor is the AWS Enterprise Strategy Lead for APAC where he works with enterprise customers as they embark on their journey to the Cloud. Conor’s areas of focus include helping customers understand the economic benefits of moving to AWS; and, in conjunction with AWS partners, helping customers develop and execute an adoption journey that supports their business objectives. Prior to joining AWS Conor spent two years working in an operational capacity on behalf of an Australian Private Equity fund where he led a number of technology enabled business turnarounds. Prior to this he spent seven years at PwC where he led a number of IT strategy engagements across both the Public and Private sector.

  • Theva Surendra

    Financial Accounting Manager

    Theva Surendra has over 10 years’ experience in the finance industry as a chartered accountant. Prior to joining Graincorp Theva worked for Deloitte in a management role in the Assurance and Advisory Division. Since 2014, Theva has been the Finance Manager within Graincorp and is involved in lease and real estate management. He had a leading role in the development and implementation of SAP Real Estate into Graincorp as their Real Estate Management system.

  • Jamie Waelend

    IBM Australia Ltd
    Technology Business Advisor

    Jamie is an accomplished and experienced IT executive, strategist and cloud evangelist. Jamie has worked in the IT industry for 15 years and as an ex-CIO, has the real-life experience of the challenges clients face with driving change in their business and the paradigm-shift clients face with the challenges of adopting new technologies, like cloud. Jamie has executed many technology strategy projects for clients, including assessments, detailed business cases, TCO modelling, strategic directives, workload mapping, governance frameworks, target operating models and cloud transition maps and brings a true technology business advisory perspective to each client and project.

  • Darryl Warren

    GFG Alliance
    Chief Information Officer

    Darryl joined Arrium Limited in January 2014 and prior to that was the CIO at Lion (following the merger of Lion Nathan and National Foods). A kiwi he moved to Sydney from Auckland in 2001. He has always been considered a thought leader in the adoption of technology designed to deliver significantly improved business outcomes. Darryl has broad experience across all Manufacturing, Logistics, and Wholesaling and Retail aspects of the supply chain and has developed IT strategies and delivered solutions targeting a diverse range of business opportunities during his career.

  • Dr. Kerstin Geiger

    SAP Asia Pacific Japan
    Senior Vice President Industry Value Engineering

    Dr.Kerstin Geiger was appointed Head of Industry Value Engineering for SAP Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) in July 2014. In her role she has a strong focus on customer value and industry solutions. Dr. Geiger brings years of international leadership experience, a deep understanding of customer needs and an impressive network across SAP’s organization from a global and departmental perspective to her latest role. After working in Japan for a German car manufacturing company, Dr. Geiger started at SAP SE in May 1997 as a product manager in the Industry Business Unit (IBU) Automotive. In 2001, she moved to the United States and soon became the vice president of the IBU Automotive; under Dr. Geiger’s leadership SAP’s worldwide automotive revenue grew by 80%. In January 2006 Dr. Geiger assumed responsibility of Sector Head for the Manufacturing Industries and in 2009, she became the global lead for the Value Architect Team. This team is responsible for building scalable programs to support customer engagements on a global basis. From 2010 to 2013 Dr. Geiger was SVP and global head of Industry Business Solutions. In this leadership role, she was responsible for driving SAP’s global industry solutions management and go-to-market strategy. As such she had intense contact with the top customers from all manufacturing industries and she was and is acting as executive sponsor for customers like Samsung, Nissan, Hyundai/Kia Motors, Mitsui, NOL and Posco.

  • Nam Je Cho

    Amazon Web Services
    Enterprise Solution Architect

    Nam Je Cho is an Enterprise Solutions Architect based in Sydney Australia. Nam Je works closely with customers across ANZ to help them on their cloud journey and realise the the business benefits of running their applications in the cloud. Nam Je also specialises in helping customers take advantage of the cloud with traditional enterprise applications such as SAP.

  • Murray Warner

    Business Development Director – Asia Pacfic

    Murray Warner is the Business Development Director of Concur Technologies Asia Pacific. Murray joined Concur in 1999 in the UK and shortly after joined the initial startup Concur Australia team. He has gained over 15 years experience across the Travel, Financial and Technology industries and responsible for Concur’s partnership channel operations across the Asia Pacific region.

  • Joumana El Hassan

    Services Australia (formerly DHS)
    Director Engineered Solution (Converged Infrastructure)

    In her current role, Joumana set up a section within the Dept of Human Service that manages the delivery and integration of new ICT infrastructure in the form of Converged Infrastructure and oversees delivery of the new capability. Joumana has almost 15 years experience in a range of varied senior management roles including project management, strategic planning, marketing, business transformation, IDM and security. She has wide ranging and recognised skills in risk, change and stakeholder management, business analysis, communications and negotiations, as well as international experience with UN human rights training programs.
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