Executive Symposium Speakers


Nathaniel Bavinton

Nathaniel Bavinton
Smart City Coordinator, Newcastle City Council

Dr Nathaniel Bavinton is an urban sociologist, strategic planner and social researcher. He has spent over a decade conducting research and planning focused on interconnections between urban planning and design, governance, community, consumption and culture.

Nathaniel is the Smart City Coordinator at the City of Newcastle. He is leading the development of strategies and projects to take advantage of opportunities related to digital economy, connectivity and integrated analytics in the built environment. He works closely with the local innovation ecosystem and manages collaborative city strategy and citizen engagement activities.

The Newcastle Smart City Initiative is helping to develop Newcastle as a smart, liveable and sustainable city. Nathaniel is really interested in how the city can be a more innovative and creative, safe, connected, and socially diverse place.

Kevin Bloch

Kevin Bloch
Chief Technology Officer, Cisco, Australia and New Zealand

"My job is to communicate our technology vision in ways that inspires our customers to expand their own businesses by leveraging technology"

Kevin Bloch is Chief Technology Officer at Cisco. He provides leadership of technology vision as well as leadership of people within Cisco to communicate and execute on that vision. Kevin is a member of the global Cisco CTO Forum, Cisco's most senior technology leadership board, representing APAC, Japan and China (APJC). He is also currently active on external commercial and government technology advisory boards.

Before joining Cisco 14 years ago, Kevin held senior positions with other telecommunications equipment manufacturers, systems integrators and service providers including Lucent, JNA Telecommunications and Telstra. Kevin is the author of six technical reference books.

Ken Boal

Ken Boal
Vice President, Cisco, Australia and New Zealand

Ken Boal is Vice President of Cisco Australia & New Zealand (ANZ). He has a twenty-year plus track record in the IT and Communications industry, supporting organisations in the public and private sector achieve transformational change powered by technology. Boal’s responsibility is to lead Cisco in ANZ to achieve growth and technology market leadership. Ken and his team support customers and partners implement new digital business innovations leveraging the Internet of Things and Fast IT, whilst addressing cyber security.

Boal is passionate and committed to working with business and the higher education sector to enhance Australia’s role in the knowledge economy, and the shift to the digital economy. Boal is the President of the Business/Higher Education (B/HERT) Roundtable and was appointed to the Commonwealth Science Council in October 2014.

Prior to joining Cisco, Boal spent 10 years at Anixter Inc/ NetStar, an Asia Pacific network systems integrator as Southern Region General Manager. Boal graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Communications & Electronics).

He currently lives in Melbourne with his wife and three children.

Julie Canepa

Julie Canepa
Regional IT Leader, Cisco, Australia and New Zealand

Julie Canepa, your host for the IT Management Program, is the Head of IT for Cisco Australia and New Zealand and was recently named in the top 50 CIO’s in Australia by CIO Magazine. Julie is responsible for driving strategy to enable business & IT alignment in terms of growth, productivity and user experience across Cisco’s IT service portfolio and for enabling digitisation through IT initiatives in Australia and New Zealand. Julie has been in the IT industry for 20 years developing practical experience working in a variety of global and regional leadership roles. She has held several IT leadership positions at Cisco specialising in sales, commerce, supply chain systems and operations. Key initiatives include global ERP initiatives, Cisco Commerce solutions, CRM, customer insights and user experience in a mobile first, and as-a-service framework. Her strong commitment to operational excellence and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally has resulted in great synergies between business and IT. Julie is an active member of her community with special interest in promoting STEM education as a CSIRO primary school mentor and championing women in technology. She is also passionate about raising awareness for Childhood Cancer initiatives. She resides in Sydney, with her husband and 3 children.

Chris Dedicoat

Chris Dedicoat
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Field Operations, Cisco

As EVP for Worldwide Sales and Field Operations for Cisco, Chris Dedicoat is responsible for sales, operations, growth initiatives, and investments in strategic alliances across the globe. With 20 years of leadership experience at Cisco, Chris has deep expertise in building strategic customer relationships, and his passion for customer success is the foundation of the culture for the Sales organisation.

Chris sponsors a number of global initiatives geared towards helping customers drive to digitisation and achieve higher levels of innovation and productivity through technology. In addition to being a frequent speaker at industry and government events, he engages with key business and political leaders by advising them on transformational agendas to turn major economic and societal challenges into opportunities.

Leadership and talent development is a key priority for Chris. He believes that people are central to success and therefore places tremendous focus on building world-class teams that are well equipped to lead Sales for the digital age. He is committed to building an inclusive and diverse organisation that reflects the world at large in which everyone can contribute and reach their full potential. In his previous role, Chris and his team received numerous awards across EMEAR for Cisco’s leadership as a diverse and great place to work.

Leadership and talent development is a key priority for Chris. He believes that people are central to success and therefore places tremendous focus on building world-class teams that are well equipped to lead Sales for the digital age. He is committed to building an inclusive and diverse organisation that reflects the world at large in which everyone can contribute and reach their full potential. In his previous role, Chris and his team received numerous awards across EMEAR for Cisco’s leadership as a diverse and great place to work.

Michael Draheim

Michael Draheim
Chief Information Officer, Metro South Health

Michael is a registered nurse with postgraduate qualifications in intensive care, health administration and information systems. He has a background in clinical education, informatics and leadership positions across both the public and private sectors and has worked in health delivery roles in Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania. Michael has experience in the implementation, management and delivery of ICT and its benefits in hospital and health care environments. He is passionate about working with clinicians in expanding the understanding and value informatics can bring to health care

Sam Gerner

Sam Gerner
Director, Enterprise Sales, Cisco, Australia and New Zealand
Twitter: @samgrr

Sam's career in the information technology and communications industry spans 23 years and includes time at Fujitsu and EMC before he joined Cisco in 1999.

At Cisco, Sam has held various sales and management roles in Australia and throughout the Asia Pacific region. From 2008 until 2010 Sam held the position of Director, SMB Sales in the Asia Pacific region including the rapidly developing economies of India and China. Since returning to Australia, Sam has lead teams responsible for engagements with the Utility, Media and Service Provider markets including leading Cisco’s initial successes with the Australian Government owned NBNCo.

In 2012 Sam was asked to lead Cisco Australia & New Zealand's sales and marketing strategy for cloud and managed services – a role that was expanded to include Asia Pacific and Japan in 2015.

Currently Sam leads the sales teams engaged with Cisco's largest Enterprise Accounts in Australia. Due to their strategic use of Cisco technology and the ability of this technology to enable constructive change, this group of customers is referred to as "Transformational Accounts".

Sam has two teenage sons and spends much of his spare time supporting their sporting and extra-curricular endeavours. He is also actively involved in a number of community organisations that support those with disadvantage, homelessness, mental-health and substance abuse issues.

John N. Stewart

John N. Stewart
Senior Vice President, Chief Security and Trust Officer, Cisco

John N. Stewart formed and leads Cisco's Security and Trust Organisation, underscoring Cisco's commitment to address two of the most critical issues that are top of mind for boardrooms and world leaders alike. Under Stewart’s leadership, the organisation’s core missions include protecting Cisco's public and private customers, enabling and ensuring Cisco Secure Development Lifecycle and Trustworthy Systems efforts across Cisco's portfolio, and protecting the Cisco enterprise from ever-evolving cyber threats.

Throughout his 25-year career, Stewart has led or participated in widely ranging security initiatives from IT design for elementary schools to national security programs. In addition to his role at Cisco, he sits on technical advisory boards for Area 1 Security, BlackStratus, Inc., and Threatstream. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Shape Security, Shadow Networks, Inc., and the National Cyber-Forensics Training Alliance (NCFTA). He also serves as a special advisor to Redseal’s Board of Directors. Additionally, Stewart serves on the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Cyber Security Review panel and on the Cybersecurity Think Tank at University of Maryland University College. He served on the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th United States Presidency and on advisory boards for many companies including Akonix, Cloudshield, Finjan, Fixmo, Inc., Ingrian Networks, Nok-Nok Labs, Riverhead, and TripWire.

Stewart is a highly sought public and closed-door speaker and most recently was recognised with the RSA 2015 award for Excellence in Security. Other recent honours include the global 2014 Golden Bridge Award for CISO of the Year, as well as the CSO 40 Silver Award for Chief Security Officer of the Year in 2014.

Stewart has a Master of Science degree in computer and information science from Syracuse University.

Steve Martino

Steve Martino
Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer, Cisco

Vice President Steve Martino leads Cisco's Information Security (InfoSec) organisation to innovate and adopt the most effective security technologies and policies, reflect them in Cisco's people, products and services, and share them with customers. He has more than 30 years of high-technology experience in security, IT operations, product development and operations, marketing, and sales.

Under Martino's leadership, Cisco's InfoSec organisation equips the company to defend itself, its partners and customers from information security threats. His team creates and adopts risk-based data governance and technology policies and capabilities to enable and secure Cisco’s customer and partner information and computing assets. Information Security influences Cisco and its ecosystems to secure information assets by making information security services transparent, and easy to engage and adopt through streamlined and consistent processes. Martino strives to create a world-class culture of agility, innovation, business and technical leadership, helping to make Cisco the #1 security vendor in the industry.

In addition to his Information Security leadership role, Martino participates in various Cisco IT, risk management and business transformation initiatives. Prior to joining Cisco in August 2007, Martino spent six years at Digeo, Inc., as Vice President of Business Operations. He managed the design and engineering efforts in Digeo’s central business operations systems, NOC Support Centre and internal IT operations. Prior to Digeo, he spent six years with Click2learn, where he ended his tenure as Chief Operating Officer. While at Click2learn, Martino lead the company’s SaaS e-Learning portal development, professional services business, transitioned the field sales organisation from an indirect model to an enterprise sales model, and helped take the company public in 1999. Martino has held marketing and management consulting roles at Sun Microsystems/ SunSoft, Inc., Pricewaterhouse, and Xerox Corporation.

Fergal Murphy

Fergal Murphy
Business Unit Executive, Watson Industry Platforms, IBM, Australia and New Zealand

Fergal Murphy is an Executive at IBM and serves as the leader of the Watson Industry Platforms business unit for Australia and New Zealand. In this role Fergal leads the go-to-market strategy and execution for IBM’s growing portfolio of cognitive industry solutions.

Previously, Fergal was a Partner in IBM’s Global Business Services systems integration and consulting business. In his role as Service Line lead for Advanced Analytics, he managed the service line’s strategic direction, client relationships, and operations. Fergal also served as the IBM Client Partner for key clients within industrial, government and financial services industries.

Fergal joined IBM in 2007 and has held numerous leadership and practice management positions related to Digital Strategy, Information Management and Business Analytics. Fergal’s early career was as a Management Consultant in Europe and the US, before relocating to Australia in 2000 where he spent 7 years in start-up and commercialisation roles, to fulfil his passion for artificial intelligence technologies.

Fergal holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science from The University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Anthony Stitt

Anthony Stitt
General Manager of Security Sales, Cisco, Australia and New Zealand

As General Manager Security Sales, Anthony Stitt is responsible for defining the security sales strategy and managing Cisco security business in ANZ. Mr. Stitt has over twenty years of experience building information security solutions for major enterprises. His expertise includes technology solutions, managed services and consulting services across a variety of vertical markets including finance, services provider, enterprise and government.

Prior to Cisco, Mr. Stitt held roles as Sales Manager at Sourcefire ANZ, and security Business Development Manager at Dimension Data. Mr. Stitt previously worked for 10 years at Logicalis/NetStar where he held several roles including National Services Manager, State Manager for Queensland, and Security Practice Manager, where he setup and built the security business from startup.

Anthony holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science & Mathematics from Sydney University and an M.B.A. from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales

Lynn Warneke

Lynn Warneke
Executive Director Channels and Platforms, Deakin University

Lynn Warneke is the Deputy CDO and Executive Director, Channels & Platforms at Deakin University, where she works at the nexus of digital technology, business transformation and customer experience. 

Four years ago she came to Deakin from a long career in the corporate sector, working in both business and IT roles, into a position newly created by Deakin’s Chief Digital Officer.  After establishing a multi-disciplinary digital team, Lynn set about realising the vision of exceptional customer engagement via the University’s many digital channels.   She is now working on interlinked transformation strategies across the Deakin Smart Campus, Cloud Campus and the Digital Frontier, and Foundation Digital Ecosystems. 

Lynn’s broad remit includes: digital strategy; platform operations; application development and integration; user centred design; personalisation and cognition; and innovation in new enterprise channels and emergent technologies including Internet of Things, Augmented and Virtual Reality, and data and analytics.

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