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Keynote Speakers


Marcus Blosch PhD - Marcus is a VP of Research on Gartner's Enterprise Architecture team based in Asia/Pacific. He focuses on using Business Architecture to innovate, transform and create adaptive organizations, creating and leveraging business ecosystems and human-centric design and design thinking to to innovate. Prior to joining Gartner, he worked at DHL's global headquarters, driving global change programs as part of DHL's strategy to create a global logistics business focused on providing value-added services. He was responsible for creating and managing the programs that would bring this about, transforming DHL's business model.

Professional Background
•             DHL, Business Modeller, 3 years
•             Lloyds Register, Business Development Director, 3 years
•             Novario International, Partner, 4 years
•             B.Eng, honors, Mechanical Engineering, University of Portsmouth
•             M.B.A., Henley Management College
•             Ph.D., Business School, University of Portsmouth
Industry Awards/Accolades
•             Chartered Engineer (C.Eng)
•             Member Institute of Mechanical Engineers
•             Member of the Institute of Directors

Dr Amantha Imber - Dr Amantha Imber is an organisational psychologist and founder of behavioural science consultancy Inventium. Amantha is also the co-creator of the Australian Financial Review’s Most Innovative Companies list and the AFR BOSS Best Places to Work list. Amantha has helped companies such as Google, Apple, Disney, LEGO, Atlassian, Commonwealth Bank and many others reinvent the way they approach their work.
In 2019, Amantha was named as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2021, Amantha was shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Innovation Award, which has been described by the Financial Times as the ‘Oscars for Management Thinking’.
Amantha is also the host of the number one ranking business podcast How I Work, which has had over 2 million downloads, where she interviews some of the world’s most successful people about their habits, strategies, and rituals.
Amantha’s thoughts have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur and Fast Company and she is the author of two best-selling books: “The Creativity Formula” and “The Innovation Formula”.

Presenters and Panellists (in order of appearance)


Rhys Paddick - Rhys is an advocate of cultural leadership and the development of sound educational and training programs. As a Badimia/Yamatji/Noongar man he believes we are all story tellers, and the story is called Our common cultures.

He provides organisations with a modern adaptation of traditional Indigenous culture and encourages them to embrace and integrate the role of Indigenous culture into the wider Australian forum. His aim is to connect Australians with our common culture – people culture.

 Rhys thrives when he is working with organisations to build long-term relationships, helping them to create holistic, healthy, substantial and sustainable cultural change.

Warwick Calkin- Warwick is the Chief Information Officer at the University of Western Australia and is responsible for leading the Information Technology Team in developing and driving digital transformation at the University.

An experienced information, telecommunications and technology professional with over 30 years’ experience, Warwick has previously held senior IT leadership roles in a number of industry verticals such as mining, (most notably as the CIO of South32) and telecommunications, living and working in New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Canada and a further twenty countries across the globe. He is a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Since joining the Higher Education sector, Warwick has immersed himself in the activities of The Council of Australasian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) becoming an Executive Member then being appointed the Vice-President and now the President. In addition, he brought the WA universities together to offer to host the next THETA conference and has actively promoted further collaboration between the WA based universities as well as between the Go8.

Teresa Finlayson – Teresa is the Chief Information Officer at Monash University, leading a division of IT and Student Services professionals providing everyday support and delivery of strategic projects across the University.

A trailblazer and change-maker by nature, Teresa is creating positive disruption to drive enterprise-level change and enable Australia’s largest University to continue to meet the challenges of the age and #CHANGEIT. She is responsible for driving significant meaningful and impactful reform through new ways of working across the University, and was named a State Finalist in the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards (Public Sector and Academia) in recognition of her achievements.

An experienced change management practitioner, Teresa has over 20 years of experience in advising, executing and managing the delivery of outcomes aligned with strategic goals and culture and values of large, complex organisations. Her approach to change management is to ‘work better and work together’.

Fabian Marrone - Fabian is responsible for delivering the best automated and personalised communications, marketing and conversion experience and outcomes for all Monash audiences to cultivate engagement to grow our community, reputation and amplify our impact.

Having developed an international reputation of his own for his expertise in business development, digital transformation and marketing, Fabian has been leading Monash on its journey to further advance its data, digital and differentiation aspirations since 2017.

Fabian has also driven the development of the disruptive, award-winning, If you don’t like it, change it campaign and its evolution into the physical activation A Future Without Change (AFWC) and newly launched Change It 2.0 and The Endangered Generation proposition which invites people to imagine a world in which we fail to make critical changes to the most pressing problems.

Prior to joining Monash, Fabian was the Vice-President of marketing and partnerships (APAC and EMEA) for Hobsons for three years. He has also held senior marketing positions with Adecco Group UK and Ireland, and CAMMS APAC, North America and UK, and serves as a Director on the Board of CAMMS and a board member of The EZER Foundation Inc.

Fabian was named the 2019 CMO of the Year by the Australian Institute of Marketing (AMI) and amongst Australia's top 50 CMOs in the prestigious CMO50 list in 2019 and 2020.

Prof. Jeffrey Brand - Jeff is a professor of communication and media at Bond University, where he develops and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate programs on digital media, digital transformation, and research methodology.

Jeff’s research generates evidence of media audience demographics, attitudes, and behaviors such as his 17-year-long panel studies entitled Digital Australia and Digital New Zealand on video game audiences. In 2013 he was awarded a National Excellence in Teaching Citation from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching for using Minecraft as a Virtual Learning Environment. In 2017 he won the South Australian Premier’s Award for Technology Innovation in Ageing with a digitally driven positive ageing solution.

Jeff has held university administration and service positions throughout his career. Currently, he serves as Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Society and Design; he has led digital transformation in curriculum design, assessment, curriculum management, and quality assurance.

Jeff has served as a consultant to organisations such as the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Film Victoria, the Australian Classification Board, Commonwealth Department of the Attorney General and serves on advisory boards related to education and digital media. Jeff loves his wife and three adult sons and enjoys HiFi music, reading, beach walks, hiking, and camping.

Kate Carruthers – Kate is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in terrorism and cybersecurity.

Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT across the finance sector, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate was appointed to the Microsoft Regional Director* program for her work in cybersecurity in 2020.

She is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, data protection, cyber and information security.* This is an external advisory role that provides Microsoft leaders with the customer insights, real-world voices and insights.

Jenny Beresford - Jenny Beresford is a creative technologist who believes strongly in the transformative power of data and digital to enhance our lives and sustain our future on this planet.

She is an internationally recognised digital and technology specialist, with a background in management consulting, as a digital business advisor, and as a CIO. Prior to joining CAUDIT, her roles included CIO with Pearson in APAC, CIO at Swinburne University, and executive positions with NAB, Proudfoot Consulting, ANZ Bank, Mahindra-BT, Extraprise Consulting and SMS Consulting Group.

Recently, as Research Director (Strategy and Innovation) with Gartner, Jenny was an advisor to CIOs, CDOs, CEOs and Boards in diverse sectors, industries and organisations, across the world – from Russia to China, UK to Turkey, Belgium to Brazil.  Her research specialisations include technology and digital business strategy, enterprise agile transformation, digital product roadmaps and workplace cultures.

Jenny is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of digital teaching, learning and research, which she believes are the most powerful levers we have for social change, equity and innovation in our economy and our society. Jenny has lived and worked in Australia, Hong Kong, the UK and India.

Her qualifications include a BA (Fine Arts and English Literature) and an MBA from the University Of Queensland. She is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and a 30 year+ member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Sarah Chaloner - Sarah has been involved with the CAUDIT Leadership Institute for around 11 years, first as a participant and then as an active member of the faculty where she led a curriculum refresh and introduced team teaching.  In 2019, she was appointed as the Institute Director and has been shepherding the program online after COVID-19 meant that the program could not run face to face.

Sarah has been in leadership positions for almost 25 years both in the UK and in Australia with the last 22 years in HE.  She is proud to have established an award-winning Service Desk team in the UK and has been in pursuit of excellence in every role she has undertaken.  Sarah ran her own business for 5 years where she developed a strong sense of personal accountability which she feels is the key to successful leadership in any role. Sarah was a co-author of the Blended Learning Strategy at University of Wolverhampton, where she was not only Associate Director of IT but also a Lecturer in the School of Computing and IT and also a part time PG student.

During her time in HE, Sarah has developed a passion for learning space design and has been involved in learning space projects for over a decade. CAUDIT invited her to lead 2 learning space tours across Australia and she was responsible for initiating and leading the drive for learning space transformation at WesternU including leading the development of the Technology Masterplan for WesternU’s first vertical campus in Parramatta.  Sarah led a significant cultural shift within IT Services including swapping roles with the Senior Manager, Infrastructure Services in 2014 achieving a significant service uptick in less than a year and has become well known across the sector as an expert in driving cultural change.

Sarah led the development of Western’s first digital strategy which used student talent in its development and presentation. She was the CIO at UTS Insearch for 4 years where she once again developed a Digital Strategy and Transformation roadmap and most recently spent a year at Macquarie University helping the University Executive kick start their Operating Plan and establish an enterprise PMO, delivering a $43M program.

Mark Gregory - Mark has served as the Vice President, Corporate and Chief Operating Officer of Flinders University since the beginning of 2017.   The portfolio he leads is comprised of great people working in Financial Services, Information Technology, Buildings & Property, Planning Services, People & Culture, Student Accommodation, the University Library, and the New Venture Institute as well as other services across the University.  

Mark has a passion for supporting and promoting the University’s innovative research initiatives and partnerships.  His day-to-day work also includes driving several large capital construction and commercial real estate efforts, as well as leading the University’s physical planning, and transitions to a net-zero carbon emissions profile.

Mark has enjoyed over twenty years in the higher education sector with prior COO and CIO roles in the United States and Australia.  Before working with universities, Mark worked in educational research and innovative technology start-up environments.  He has also performed aid work in several countries focused on bringing access to essential communication technologies to remote parts of the world.   Mark holds an MBA and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science & Mathematics and Psychology.  He is a citizen of both the United States and Australia.

Prof. Adam Shoemaker - Adam is the Vice-Chancellor and President of Victoria University. He is one of Australia’s leading researchers in the area of Indigenous literature and culture.

Prior to his current appointment, he was Vice-Chancellor of Southern Cross University, and he has held senior leadership roles at a number of other Australian universities including Academic Provost at Griffith University, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at Monash University and Dean of Arts at the Australian National University.

Canadian by birth, Professor Shoemaker holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and a PhD from the Australian National University.

Professor Shoemaker is the author or editor of nine books in the area of Indigenous Australian Literature and Culture, including Black Words, White Page and Aboriginal Australians: First Nations of an Ancient Continent. Professor Shoemaker is a Commonwealth Scholar. He also has received a number of literary awards, including being highly commended for the Human Rights Awards, and winner of the Walter McRae Russell Award.

Jason Mangan - With origins in marketing within the consumer gaming industry, Jason commenced his career in technology in the 90s joining the telecommunications sector in the UK, then worked globally within the sector for the next 15 years. He now holds the role of Chief Technology Officer at the University of Auckland (NZ) seeking to extend the University’s, and the Sector's, strategic outcomes through technology enablement.

When he’s not in the office, Jason and his two sons, spend their spare time pursuing their passion for surfing.


Paul Sherlock - Paul is Chief Information Officer (Library & IT) at the University of South Australia (UniSA).  He is responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of all of the University’s IT and Library services.

Prior to joining the University in 2001, Paul held senior ICT management roles at the Defence Science & Technology Organisation and BHP Billiton.  Paul has formal qualifications in Electrical Engineering, Computing, Business, and Finance and he is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Paul has previously been President of the Council of Australia University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT).  During Paul’s leadership CAUDIT was incorporated, international ties with South Africa were established and the relationship with the Federal government was significantly strengthened.  Paul is a past faculty member of the CAUDIT Leadership Institute (2004-2008).

Dr Lesley Seebeck – Dr Seebeck is Honorary Professor and CEO of Cyber21.  The former CEO of the Cyber Institute, Australian National University, she has held senior executive roles in the Federal Government, as Chief Investment Officer at the Digital Transformation Agency, as Chief Information Officer at the Bureau of Meteorology, and in the Department of Finance.

Dr Seebeck has extensive experience in strategy, policy, management, budget, information technology and research roles in the Australian Public Service, industry and academia.   She has worked in the Departments of Finance, Defence, and the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Office of National Assessments, and as an IT and management consultant in private industry, and at two universities.

Dr Seebeck served on the Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board from 2019-2020.  In March 2017, she was recognised as Federal Government CIO of the Year.

Dr Seebeck has a PhD in information technology, an MBA, a Masters in Defence Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science (Physics). 

Daniel Smith - Daniel is a highly experienced CISO with over 20 years of proven success in enabling and driving Cyber Security, IT Governance, Innovation and Operations. Effective in highly complex environments, he has the leadership and management skills coupled with the experience to propel business transformation




William Fleming - William is the Senior Security Manager for the Department of Education and Training in Victoria.

William has over 30 years of IT experience. This includes running major risk programs and technical security projects. An extensive background in security, risk management and major project and program delivery in IT. He has worked with large manufacturing, multiple levels of government, the Higher Education sector and multinational IT suppliers combining experience in risk consulting, risk compliance programs and cyber security.

Prior to his current role of almost four years as security manager he has consulted in risk management to a range of private and government customers. Responsible for the current program delivering security risk and governance, implementation of security standards including ISO27001, NIST and ASD ISM and the full range of cyber security maturity uplift required in a large organisation.

He believes in understanding the organisation’s risk appetite clearly and delivering the sometimes-challenging balance of good business outcomes within acceptable risk boundaries.