Speakers

Speakers

Kevin Bloch

Kevin Bloch

Chief Technology Officer
Cisco

"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 13 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, Australia and New Zealand
Cisco

Ken Boal is the Vice President of Cisco Australia and New Zealand. Boal's responsibility is to drive profitable growth and market leadership through the innovative use of technologies and services that help our customers solve their biggest business problems. He is driven to helping customers and partners take advantage of market transitions such as Internet of Everything, cloud, video and mobility, to increase productivity and create competitive advantage through new, sustainable business models.

Boal is well known for his experience in building a vision, strategy and execution plan to further advance Cisco's relationships and business relevance with customers, partners and government, while accelerating market adoption of Cisco solutions and services.

Boal joined Cisco in 2004 and led the company's engagement in the public sector with Australia's federal, state and territory governments, defence, education and healthcare. His role was then expanded to also include the enterprise customer segment. In this role, Boal was responsible for identifying and leading growth and development in the enterprise and public sectors as well as managing the sales force that drive Cisco business in these areas.

Boal is committed to working with the higher education sector to enhance Australia's role in the knowledge economy. He has also held a leadership position within Cisco's primary education initiative, the Cisco Networking Academy, where he manages the team responsible for the delivery of the program into the Australian education system.

Prior to joining Cisco, Boal spent 10 years at Anixter Inc/NetStar, an Asia Pacific network systems integrator as Southern Region General Manager. He commenced his career at Honeywell in a technical role in the Building Management area.

Boal graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Communications & Electronics). He currently lives in Melbourne with his three children. When time permits, he is a passionate golfer.

Wim Elfrink

Wim Elfrink

Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions & Chief Globalisation Officer
Cisco

Wim Elfrink is responsible for three global functions at Cisco: the Industry Solutions Group, the Emerging Countries Initiatives, and the company's globalisation strategy.

Elfrink joined Cisco in 1997 assuming global responsibility for Cisco Services Europe. In 2000, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Cisco Services where under his leadership business grew from $3.3 billion to more than $7.6 billion in 2010 with industry-leading margins and customer satisfaction.

Elfrink was appointed Chief Globalisation Officer in 2006 and was named Executive Vice President a year later. He went on to establish Cisco's Globalisation Centre East (GCE) in Bangalore, India. Over four years, Elfrink grew the GCE into an innovation hub and the company's smartest and most sustainable campus offering globally scaled solutions. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Cisco Services, where under his leadership business grew from $3.3 billion to more than $7.6 billion in 2010. He joined Cisco in 1997 assuming global responsibility for Cisco Services Europe. During this time, Elfrink chaired the Confederation of Indian Industry's Steering Committee on Intelligent Urbanisation, which in 2010 recommended a Framework for Sustainable Urbanisation for India.

Today, Elfrink is recognised as Cisco's Corporate Entrepreneur in residence and is responsible for the company's initiatives concerning the next era of the Internet known as "The Internet of Everything" (IoE) and "The Internet of Things" (IoT). Addressing emerging countries that are experiencing significant economic, social and environmental change are part of his global charter aimed at transforming physical communities to connected communities (Smart + Connected Communities) using network centric innovation to enable sustainability. Today, there are more than 90 Smart + Connected Community projects around the world.

An officer of the company, Elfrink is also a board member of the US India Business Council, a member of the Silatech Board in Qatar, the New Cities Foundation Board, and the Chongqing Mayor's International Economic Advisory Group. In 2009 Daily News & Analysis, a leading Indian newspaper, named Elfrink one of Bangalore's 50 Most Influential People, one of 12 from the corporate world and the only non-Indian to be featured. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Ambassador C. Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award from the Netherlands-America Foundation.

Robert Eve

Robert Eve

Director, Product Marketing
Cisco

Robert (Bob) ran marketing at Composite Software for seven years prior to its acquisition by Cisco in 2013. At Composite, Bob established data virtualisation as a category and Composite as the market leader. Bob is the co-author of the first book on data virtualisation, Data Virtualisation: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility. Bob's experience includes executive level marketing and business development roles at Oracle, PeopleSoft, and Mercury Interactive, as well as management roles at Ernst & Young and Intel. Bob holds a MS degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.

Paul Geason

Paul Geason

Group Managing Director, Telstra Global Enterprise & Services Australia
Telstra

Telstra is Australia's largest communications provider. Its global workforce of 40,000 committed people are here to design, build and maintain world-leading products and networks for its customers with the aim of creating a brilliant connected future for everyone.

Telstra has one of the largest shareholder bases in Australia; with 1.4 million shareholders and millions more investing through superannuation funds.

Paul Geason is the Group Managing Director of Global Enterprise & Services Australia, part of the recently formed Global Enterprise & Services division, a new $5 billion revenue business unit operating as a global scale, industry-based services and solutions business. Specifically, Paul is responsible for Telstra's relationship and sales to approximately 1,500 large business, enterprise and government customers in Australia.

Paul originally joined Telstra in 1994 and held many positions over an 11 year period in Telstra’s legal directorate and product management teams before moving to Boston, USA, as the Senior Vice President of Sales at a telecom operating software company.

Paul re-joined Telstra in August 2006 as Executive Director of Convergent Sales, part of Telstra Enterprise and Government. Here Paul was responsible for the sales and marketing for voice, data, mobile and unified communications solutions to the company's largest enterprise and government customers.

Prior to his current role, Paul was the Group Managing Director of Telstra Wholesale which included responsibility for the company's sales and service delivery to wholesale customers both locally and globally.

Rick Hutley

Rick Hutley

Vice President, Internet of Everything Solutions
Cisco Consulting Services
Cisco

Rick Hutley is vice president of Cisco Consulting Services, leading the rollout of technology-based business and IT solutions to enterprise and service provider customers globally. His work is focused on how the Internet of Everything (IoE) will drive innovation and transform business operations and profitability over the next decade.

Rick has extensive experience in successfully guiding some of the world’s largest and most complex customers through their use of technology throughout the Internet era. He is now using that experience to help companies navigate the transition from the Internet age to the age of the Internet of Everything, including their use of ‘things’, Big Data, and analytics to drive innovative customer experiences, employee productivity, and new business models.

Prior to Cisco, Hutley was chief information officer for British Telecom’s Concert Communications Company, a $1.5 billion global telecommunications service provider operating through 53 distributor companies around the world. As CIO, he was responsible for the development and operation of Concert’s network and business management systems, including its intranet and extranet solutions for both Concert and its global partners.

Prior to Concert, Hutley was director of information systems for Syncordia Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia, responsible for the development and operation of all systems for the first global telecommunications outsourcing company.

Hutley holds an honors degree in computer science from Hatfield University, United Kingdom, and an MBA from Cranfield University, United Kingdom. He has appeared on BBC Television’s series on computing and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and seminars.

Peter Jaegar

Peter Jaegar

Program Manager
Cisco

Peter Jaeger is the Program Manager responsible for Cisco's Global IT Architecture Practice. His charter is to drive the maturity of the global architecture practice including architecture processes, tools, governance, talent and community. Peter has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry across banking, financial services, manufacturing and information technology sectors.

Soni Jiandani

Soni Jiandani

Senior Vice President, Marketing
Insieme Networks

Soni Jiandani is currently the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Insieme Networks, Inc. Insieme Networks is building next generation data centre solutions and is a majority-owned subsidiary of Cisco. Prior to Insieme, Soni was the Senior Vice President for the Server Access Virtualisation Technology Group at Cisco. In this capacity, she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Cisco-wide strategy for data centre access and virtualisation solutions including Unified Computing System and Unified Fabric (Nexus portfolio).

Soni was previously co-founder and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships for Nuova Systems. She was responsible for the development and implementation of marketing, technology partnerships and sales strategy programs for this data centre transformation focused start-up.

While at Cisco, she has played key roles in creating and executing strategic initiatives and driving product marketing development in the LAN switching arena. She was Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's LAN and SAN switching business unit within the Data Centre, Switching and Wireless Technology Group. In this capacity, she was responsible for the industry leading Catalyst modular switches and a comprehensive portfolio of intelligent MDS SAN switches.

Soni also served as Vice President of Marketing for the Cisco Internet Systems Business Unit and Vice President, Marketing for the Workgroup Business Unit.Her contributions enabled Cisco to secure its leadership position in Ethernet LAN switching.

Prior to her tenure at Cisco, she was a marketing executive at UB Networks where she was responsible for Virtual LANs and LAN switching market development. She also took on a sales role as Regional Manager, developing markets for the company in India. Prior to UB Networks, she drove numerous market development programs at Novell.

Soni holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from London University in England.

John Manville

John Manville

Senior Vice President, IT - Global Infrastructure Services
Cisco

John Manville is Senior Vice President of Cisco IT Global Infrastructure Services. In this role, Manville leads the strategy and operations for Cisco networks, data centres, middleware, and databases. These systems provide the technology infrastructure services for Cisco's global workforce of more than 75,000 people.

His primary focus is on addressing critical business requirements while maintaining a balance of operational excellence and innovation. Among other achievements, Manville successfully led the transformation of Cisco's data center strategy, implementing Cisco's internal cloud data center services while significantly improving Cisco's resiliency posture, time to capability, and cost structure.

In keeping with the philosophy that "Cisco is its first and best customer," Manville continues to showcase the real-world benefits of Cisco's technology solutions throughout its own network and data centers. This practice has contributed to the reduction of Cisco's carbon footprint through significant savings in power and increased asset utilisation.

Since joining Cisco in 2007, Manville has played a key role in establishing Cisco IT as a trusted advisor to business partners, both internal and external to Cisco. He drives collaboration with external partners to integrate their technologies with Cisco's, demonstrating the value both provide as one integrated solution.

Prior to Cisco, Manville held a variety of IT positions with some of Wall Street's most respected financial companies. With a career spanning North America and Europe, he began in the industry as a network engineer, designing packet switching networks for customers in the United Kingdom.

Manville holds an electrical and electronic engineering degree from University College, London University, and an executive master's degree in technology management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Saddington

Michael Saddington

Workplace Resources Manager - APAC
Cisco

Michael Saddington has worked in Facilities Management for over 30 years with clients ranging from government, financial institutions, IT, telecommunications and the performing arts. Michael's special interest is in alternate workplace solutions, in particular, the design of support services for new ways of working.

James van Smeerdijk

James van Smeerdijk

Partner
PwC

James is a Partner at PwC and leads the Economics and Policy team in Melbourne. He has 25 years of experience as a policy adviser in government and as a consultant, and specialises in undertaking strategic public sector reviews and advising business on economic and policy issues. His experience covers a wide range of sectors including education, health, human services, justice, resources, energy, water, urban development and economic development.

James clients have included the Commonwealth and all State and Territory Governments, major corporations, NGOs and international agencies.

James is PwC’s National Leader, Social Services and Indigenous – responsible for the development of PwC's practice across the education, justice and human services sectors as well as PwC's Indigenous practice.

He leads PwC’s Reconciliation Action Plan with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and is a board member of PwC’s Indigenous Consulting, Australia’s leading majority Indigenous owned consulting firm.

James was previously CEO of the Allen Consulting Group. Before this, James held a range of senior policy positions in the Victorian Public Service, most recently in the Treasury.

Christopher Young

Christopher Young

Senior Vice President, Cisco Security Group
Cisco

As Senior Vice President of the Security Group at Cisco, Chris Young is responsible for Cisco's overall security vision and the integration of Cisco's product and cyber security into one platform. With security as one of Cisco's top engineering priorities, Young is tasked with the development of industry-leading security products and solutions as well as managing a cross-portfolio security strategy and architecture. He oversees a team of more than 2000 employees combining the security technologies group, the global government security solutions group, and Cisco's own security operations team into a single entity.

Young joined Cisco from VMware, where he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, responsible for strategy, products, engineering, and delivery across all of VMware's end-user computing solutions. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Products at RSA, the security division of EMC, where he was responsible for strategy, product management, product marketing, engineering, and delivery of products across all of RSA's identity and access assurance, security information and event management, governance risk and compliance and data security solutions. He built the company's identity protection and verification business, which today protects more than 200 million online accounts.

Young has also served as Vice President of safety and security premium services for America Online, Inc. (AOL) and prior to that, he founded and served as president of Cyveillance, a technology provider leveraging search technologies to help companies manage business risk.

As an expert in topics related to information-centric security, Young is a regular speaker at security industry events. He has also testified in front of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on the subject of cybersquatting.

Outside of Cisco, Young serves on the board of Rapid7, a privately held company in Boston, Massachusetts, and has served on Princeton University's Board of Trustees.

Young holds a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from Princeton University and a master's degree in business administration, with distinction, from the Harvard Business School.