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Angela Colantuono

President and Managing Director
SAP ANZ
Angela Colantuono
  • Angela Colantuono

    Angela Colantuono is the newly appointed President and Managing Director of SAP Australia and New Zealand. In this role Angela is responsible for all customer operations across the market. She ensures the company delivers on its purpose of making the world run better and improving people’s lives for our customers, our partners and our community in Australia and New Zealand.

    Angela joined SAP in 2017, entering SAP as the Head of Key Enterprise & Public Sector Accounts for SAP SuccessFactors in Australia, before moving into the Head of SuccessFactors role ANZ and most recently was the head of SAP SuccessFactors HXM – APJ.

    Before joining SAP, Angela spent more than 16 years with Oracle (joining via the acquisition of Siebel) managing the industry verticals focusing on Customer Experience, HR & ERP.

    Angela has over 25 years of Business Applications experience in the Software Industry and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Passionate about Women in Leadership and empowering our next generation of female leaders, Angela is a trusted mentor to individuals from across the globe, spanning various industries and functions

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Kirk Docker

Interviewer, TV producer & co-creator of "You Can't Ask That"
  • www.kirkdocker.com
  • Kirk Docker

    Kirk Docker is one of Australia’s finest interviewers and storytellers. He is the co-creator and director of the ABC program You Can’t Ask That, now in its 7th season. The show has been awarded Rose d’Or, AACTA and Walkley awards and is the most successful format in ABC history, selling to 32 territories, and broadcast in 9 different languages world wide. When it comes to the content he creates, no subject is off-topic. Kirk’s interviewees range from ex-politicians to ice users to sexual assault survivors. He has a deep curiosity, compassion and playfulness that elicits honesty from his participants, many of whom have never sat in front of a camera before. Through thousands of hours of open dialogue, what’s become absolutely clear to Kirk is that every human, no matter what they believe or how high their stature, share a core value: the desire to be understood. 

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Timo Elliott (International)

VP, Global Innovation Evangelist
SAP
Timo Elliott (International)
  • Timo Elliott (International)

    Timo Elliott is a Global Innovation Evangelist for SAP. He works closely with leading-edge organizations around the world on their digital transformation initiatives. Over the last 30 years with the company, he has given presentations to business and IT leaders in over 60 different countries, talking about SAP's strategy and future trends, illustrated with real-world examples of customer innovation. He has worked in the UK, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and California, and currently lives in Paris, France. He has a degree in Econometrics and holds a patent in the area of mobile analytics.  

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Kate Davies (International)

Senior Vice President - Finance & Accounting
Lionsgate
Kate Davies (International)
  • Kate Davies (International)

    As Senior Vice President of Finance & Accounting at Lionsgate, Kate brings over 18 years of expertise as a senior technology executive. With a track record of designing, implementing, and managing complex global technology solutions, Kate has consistently showcased leadership in team building and product/service delivery for discerning clientele.

    A versatile professional, Kate excels in fostering strong partnerships between business units and IT, as well as establishing fruitful alliances with external vendors. She boasts extensive experience in the Media and Entertainment industry, spanning areas such as TV and Motion Picture development, production, marketing, and distribution, alongside Home Entertainment and worldwide product fulfillment.

    Driven by a passion for problem-solving, Kate is dedicated to deriving business value through innovative applications of technology, human capital, and streamlined processes.

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Thomas Jung (International)

Head of Developer Advocacy, SAP Developer & Community Relations
SAP
Thomas Jung (International)
  • Thomas Jung (International)

    Thomas Jung is Head of Developer Advocacy, SAP Ecosystem & Community at SAP. This is a continuation of his long career in the SAP technology space. Throughout his career he has focused on the SAP applications developer and the tools and languages which support their activities with a particular interest in sharing his knowledge through various channels both online and in person.

    Before joining SAP Labs in 2006, Thomas was an applications developer for a SAP customer company. He was involved in SAP implementations at this customer as an ABAP Developer for nearly 10 years. He is also the co-author of the SAP Press Books, Advanced BSP Programming and Next Generation ABAP Development (1st and 2nd edition).

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Barbara Ciancio

Head of Digital IT Solutions
Frucor Suntory
Barbara Ciancio

Divya Sharma (International)

Director, HR Digital Strategy & Innovation
Microsoft
Divya Sharma (International)
  • Divya Sharma (International)

    Divya Sharma is a HR Digital Transformation leader at Microsoft with current focus on driving AI strategy and innovation for HR. He has led several large scale complex HR transformation initiatives, including the recent implementation of SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central across 108 countries at Microsoft.

    Divya has over 20 years global experience in talent management, employee engagement, HR Analytics, change management, culture initiatives and HR technology cross different industries. He is a thought leader with vast experience in employee centered solutions, solving complex HR scenarios, holistic change management and leading large global teams. Divya earned his M.B.A. in International Business and Human Resources from DePaul University Chicago.

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Kirsty Donbavand

People & Capability Manager
NZ Rugby
Kirsty Donbavand
  • Kirsty Donbavand

    Currently serving as the People & Capability Manager at New Zealand Rugby, Kirsty has a strong dedication to cultivating company culture, particularly during a period when a significant number of individuals are exploring alternative work arrangements. Kirsty’s unwavering commitment lies in enhancing the employee experience and strategically adapting to evolving work environments. She has a professional background that traverses both the private and public sectors, she has acquired invaluable expertise across the entire employee life cycle, starting from recruitment and extending into roles within the realm of burgeoning commercial food manufacturing, as well as larger Government organizations, and beyond.

    In addition to her professional pursuits, Kirsty embraces various personal roles, such as being a loving daughter, supportive sister, devoted spouse, trusted friend, diligent PTA committee representative, and nurturing mother of two.

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Rob Coombe (International)

Group IT Manager
The Royal Eswatini Sugar Corporation
Rob Coombe (International)
  • Rob Coombe (International)

    Trained Mathematician and Physicist, ex-teacher, ex-company owner, now a passionate corporate IT guy who loves delivering business value through IT transformations and projects, Rob Coombe is the Group IT Manager for the Royal Eswatini Sugar Corporation.

    Prior to joining RSSC he had 26 years’ experience in IT, having held positions in Architecture, Infrastructure and Business Unit Management within the Motor Manufacturing, Banking and Education industries. He has managed teams to achieve business change through the implementation of global strategic IT projects across the ERP, HR, Infrastructure and IoT functional areas.

    Rob loves process design, but don’t ask him to follow one that doesn’t make sense. Rob believes anything is possible with the right people, passion and perseverance. Away from work Rob goes to the bush with his family – walking, camping, hiking, birdwatching. He also enjoys woodworking, wood turning and photography.

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Michelle Moudy (International)

Developer Advocate, SAP Developer and Community Relations
SAP
Michelle Moudy (International)
  • Michelle Moudy (International)

    Michelle Moudy is a developer advocate at SAP, with a focus on Frontend UI topics; particularly topics like React, Angular, and Svelte relating to SAP technologies. Her previous role was a frontend developer working with React and Redux. While frontend is her current preference, she is also experienced in backend work.

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Mignon Mapplebeck (MBA) (International)

Chief Operating Officer
SEE Consulting (UK)
Mignon Mapplebeck (MBA) (International)
  • Mignon Mapplebeck (MBA) (International)

    Mignon Mapplebeck is a distinguished international leader in the dynamic field of AI and Data, serving as the Chief Operating Officer at SEE Consulting, a prominent London-based firm. With a technology career spanning over 24 years, Mignon has consistently demonstrated a deep-seated commitment to innovation and excellence within the realm of Data and AI. She has also also worked with a multitude of SAP technologies including SAP Financials, BW and Business Objects.

    Mignon equally has been recognised amongst the "Most Influential Women in UK Tech" by ComputerWeekly.com in 2021, 2022, and 2023, a testament to her significant impact and influence in the technology sector. In 2019 she was also placed as a Top 3 Entrepreneur in Technology in the Women of Silicon Roundabout Tech Series

    As a sought-after international speaker, Mignon shares her unparalleled wealth of knowledge and extensive experience with audiences spanning the globe. Her captivating presentations have resonated with diverse audiences, ranging from top-level executives in the C-Suite to budding data professionals. This has firmly established her as a trusted and respected authority in the field.

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Indry Lestari (International)

VP & Finance Controller
Kopi Kenangan
Indry Lestari (International)
  • Indry Lestari (International)

    Indry, as VP Financial Controller at Kopi Kenangan, Indonesia's fastest growing New Retail F&B chain, has extensive experience in finance, accounting & tax functions across various industry sectors (private practice, banks, and oil companies). She is committed to overseeing all functions of the company’s finance, accounting, and tax department, and monitor internal controls.

    Indry possesses strong analytical skills in preparing and analysing reports and making improvements to reporting tools and systems, and has excellent leadership skills in managing finance, accounting, and tax teams. She is capable of developing financial solutions and is strong advocate of process efficiency who is always passionate about improving and automating every aspect of the finance business processes to ensure organizational financial stability.

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Venessa Barrins

General Manager People, Performance & Capability
ANSTO
Venessa Barrins
  • Venessa Barrins

    Venessa has been at ANSTO for over 10 years and has a track record of managing and delivering on a wide range of HR operations to meet both HR and organisational strategies.  

    She has close to 30 years of HR experience from global investment banking Citigroup to some of Australia’s top financial institutions, such as Westpac, Suncorp, IAG to large construction equipment at Coates National Hire.  

    As a HR professional, Vanessa enjoys being a trusted partner to the business, building key relationships both internal and external to ANSTO and focusing on ensuring ANSTO has a sustainable diverse skilled workforce for the future. 

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Chris Harvie

Head of People Systems, Analytics & Payroll
Kmart
Chris Harvie
  • Chris Harvie

    Chris is an experienced senior executive with a demonstrated history of working within many sectors, focusing on Payroll, Human Resources (HR), and Time & Attendance (T&A) systems and business processes. He has expertise in Oracle, Kronos, SAP, ADP’s GlobalView, and working with Consulting Firms such as Deloitte, PwC, KPMG, EY, and Accenture. Chris is a senior leader with operational experience in HR, Payroll, and HR shared services, service delivery, project management, sales, business development, and relationship and engagement management.

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Naomi Benjamin

Global Vice President HXM Technology Architecture Advisory
SAP
Naomi Benjamin
  • Naomi Benjamin

    Naomi has over 25 years HR experience across multiple industries in Australia, the UK and the Republic of Ireland. With degrees in Social Science – Psychology and Information Systems; Naomi has gained an in depth knowledge of the realities of the business challenges organisations face, and is passionate about the role technology can play as enabler of HR transformation.

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Paul Bisby

SAP Security Analyst
Commonwealth Bank
Paul Bisby
  • Paul Bisby

    Paul has worked as an SAP Security professional for over 20 years. During this time he has worked across government and privates sector positions and across a variety of SAP modules. Paul is passionate about his work and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and insights.

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Brock Pescud

People Systems & Analytics Manager
Officeworks
Brock Pescud
  • Brock Pescud

    Brock is currently employed with Officeworks as the People Systems & Analytics Manager. His journey with Officeworks began in 2019 as part of the project team assigned to implementing SuccessFactors. Prior to joining Officeworks, Brock worked at Wesfarmers corporate office in a systems role, where he oversaw Succession planning across the Wesfarmers brands. His HR journey commenced in a generalist role within the mining industry in Western Australia, primarily working in a fly-in-fly-out capacity to mine sites in the Pilbara region. Brock has a passion for discovering and implementing efficiencies in work processes through system solutions, and he also enjoys leveraging People Analytics to inform and drive people decisions.

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Dr Kim Oosthuizen

Head of Artificial Intelligence
SAP
Dr Kim Oosthuizen
  • Dr Kim Oosthuizen

    As an Innovation principal for AI, Kim supports customer and partner enablement with AI innovation opportunities across process and usability to enable an intelligent enterprise. She has over 20 years of experience spanning South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Australia; she has held various operations, the centre of excellence and technology roles during her career, helping her develop a well-rounded understanding of the end-to-end business processes. Kim is passionate about evolving businesses digitally using intelligent applications. She leverages her business, technical, and financial acumen to assist customers in building organisations for the future.  
     
    Kim is an expert in the application of Artificial Intelligence in business. She holds both MBA and PhD degrees from Stellenbosch Business School. Her research has led to multiple academic publications exploring the integration of Artificial Intelligence into business. Kim founded and is leading the SAP partner AI Council of Australia. The council focuses on unlocking opportunities and possibilities for the responsible adoption, operation, and scaling of AI across Australian industries. 
     
    Kim has presented at multiple events, including DigitalNSW, SAP User group, and Partner Kick-off sessions and participated in the SAP ANZ best-run podcast. She also shares her AI in business knowledge through guest lecturing at universities across South Africa, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.

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Jackie Palalagi

Security Specialist
Jemena
Jackie Palalagi
  • Jackie Palalagi

    An accomplished SAP Security professional with over 20 years’ experience working across FMCG and the utilities industries, Jackie has built a career assisting organisations with their SAP Security needs to support functional and operational compliance requirements.

    Performing support and consulting roles across SAP, and branching out into new disciplines around integration of Identity Management andCybersecurity a cross SAP, Jackie is now focusing on integrating her extensive SAP knowledge with advanced cybersecurity strategies, and incorporating her own professional development with her pursuit of a master’s degree in cybersecurity, to ensure the protection of organisational data and maintaining the integrity of the underlying systems that integrate with SAP.

    In her new role as Security Specialist, the evolution of the SAP Security function and how organisations should be looking to expand and integrate their SAP environment across the entire cyber spectrum, has provided a wonderful opportunity to enhance the traditional security strategies around SAP into the more complex demands to defend against the ever present danger from cyber-attacks.

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Brendan Tanner

Head of Finance
McGrathNicol
Brendan Tanner
  • Brendan Tanner

    Brendan is a reliable Senior Finance Leader, skilled Business Partner, and trusted leadership advisor, bringing with him a wealth of experience from a senior Big 4 external audit background. Known for his business and people-centric approach, he is a decisive problem solver with a proven track record of delivering high-quality results in a timely manner. His diverse skill-set includes leading significant Finance transformations and implementing Finance technology solutions, such as SAP S4 HANA Cloud and Concur.

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Jason Anthony

Head of Enterprise Application Management
SA Power Networks
Jason Anthony
  • Jason Anthony

    Jason Anthony is a highly experienced senior IT leader who has over 30 years’ experience in software development, project delivery, portfolio management, application management and senior leadership positions. Has worked internationally including Europe and Asia focused within the utility sector. As Head of Enterprise Application Management, he is responsible for the design, governance and delivery of SAP centric solutions that enable and enhance business operations. This role has full end to end management of IT operational SAP functions with accountability for the IT SAP service and support offerings which also include the Application Management Support (AMS) contract

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Georgegina Poulos

Director
gamma3Consulting
Georgegina Poulos
  • Georgegina Poulos

    Georgegina Poulos is a seasoned senior executive specialising in human resources across diverse industries. With expertise in change transformation and fostering inclusive cultures, she blends organisational acumen with strategic HR approaches.

    Georgegina holds a Masters in Applied Sciences and a Post Graduate degree in Human Resources. Beyond her career, she champions fundraising for non-profits and holds memberships with OD Australia and Women on Boards. As the first female Chair of the Board for the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI), her visionary leadership has left a lasting impact. Known for driving high-performance cultures and global HR initiatives, Georgegina advocates diversity and inclusion, fostering organisational success.

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Greg Garland

Commercial Finance Manager
Genesis Energy
Greg Garland
  • Greg Garland

    Greg trained at Ernst and Young in New Zealand and the UK before moving into commercial roles. He has worked in senior finance roles for leading companies across the globe in industries including investment banking, technology, energy and financial services. Specializing in FP&A, finance transformation and process improvement, Greg has lead the establishment of global shared service functions and has been a key member in large-scale SAP implementations, along with the transformation and management of centralised FP&A functions.

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Mona Mazumdar

IT Manager - Team Member Experience and People Applications
Officeworks
Mona Mazumdar
  • Mona Mazumdar

    Mona is currently employed as the IT Manager for Team Member Experience & People Applications at Officeworks. Her professional journey commenced over 15 years ago in HR business before transitioning into the IT field, specializing in SAP HCM and SuccessFactors. Mona has accumulated 12 years of combined experience in these domains, spanning across banking, utility, and retail industries.

    Passionate about fostering continuous improvement within day-to-day operations (BAU), Mona is dedicated to staying abreast of emerging trends in HR technology.

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Laura Burge

Future Career Pathway Manager
CS Energy
Laura Burge
  • Laura Burge

    Spanning over two decades, Laura has been a specialist HR practitioner in a range of roles and industries. Currently serving as the Future Pathway Manager at CS Energy, her role is pivotal in transitioning CS Energy's workforce from coal-fired power generation to renewable energy sources. Leveraging her extensive experience with the SuccessFactors system, Laura is integrating HR data with theoretical frameworks to create a sustainable shift towards renewable energy solutions.

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Tina Rosario (International)

Head of Data Innovation, Chief Data Officer, EMEA
SAP
Tina Rosario (International)
  • Tina Rosario (International)

    In this customer facing role, Tina is responsible for helping EMEA businesses drive data innovation typically as an important component of an enterprise wide transformation initiative.

    As a business strategy professional, Tina has more than 25 years of experience in business process re-engineering, defining business impact and leading transformation programs – she has two passions: data and diversity.

    She’s an American who chose to move to Paris for a greater work-life balance and international experience for her family. When she moved to EMEA in 2016 she became the head of data innovation, where she works directly with senior business executives to design a data management approach, future state information management capabilities and consult with executives on the design and execution of their data strategy.

    Tina's expertise ranges from building best practice enterprise programs, defining data management innovations, driving data technology development, and managing teams of data stewards and data operations. Tina has practical experience as head of SAP’s own data governance program, responsible for the enterprise data strategy across SAP.

    A recognized expert in information management, Tina is regularly requested to speak at industry events and lead SAP’s Chief Data Officer engagement. She spends a significant amount of time presenting SAP’s point of view on the power of data and a data-driven culture.

    Tina also serves as President of the European chapter of the Women in Big Data network whose mission is to promote diversity in the field of data management. She runs a program with over 6,000 members across EMEA targeted at providing training, awareness, mentoring and job sharing in the growing field of big data (including ML, AI, Data Science, IoT and Data Warehousing). Under her leadership the region has grown and now includes chapters in South Africa, Israel, Russia and Slovenia as well as many other tech hubs like Berlin, Paris and London.

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Jelvie Grech

People Systems & Insights Lead
LRV8 Group
Jelvie Grech
  • Jelvie Grech

    Ever since IT class in high school, Jelvie knew she had an interest in business and technology. During a data entry role in first year uni, Jelvie volunteered to learn about the company’s applicant tracking system and trained others. She then became an SAP Trainer for Linfox where she worked in implementation projects across various industries. Linfox sponsored Jelvie to complete her master’s in business (ERP System) at Victoria University, where she discovered an interest in HRIS. She joined the SAP SuccessFactors implementation team at Linfox and moved into the HRIS Analyst role. After 16 years at Linfox, Jelvie was headhunted by Aesop for the global implementation of Workday. After four years at Aesop, Jelvie was headhunted by REA Group as the People Systems Lead charged with optimising Workday. On top of this, Jelvie is also working with SAP and Victoria University as a People Systems and Analytics Industry Expert, to develop the SAP SuccessFactors curriculum to be rolled out to universities globally and she is currently teaching that curriculum at Victoria University. Jelvie is also a future skills industry mentor at RMIT Online. Her favourite pastime is karaoke and going on vacations with her husband and three boys.

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Gaurav Singh (International)

Manager, SAP Cyber Security
Under Armour
Gaurav Singh (International)
  • Gaurav Singh (International)

    As an accomplished Cyber Security Transformational Leader with extensive experience in Digital transformations for Finance, Supply Chain, and other enterprise applications like enterprise resource planning systems (ERP) and compliance, Guarav brings a unique combination of technical knowledge and business acumen.

    With over 18+ years in the industry, he has a proven track record of protecting organizations from cyber threats while maximizing their investment in digital transformation.

    In addition to leadership role, he is a highly sought-after Speaker and Author, delivering sessions and publishing articles on various topics related to cybersecurity and digital transformations. His recent speaking engagement was at the prestigious Gartner IT Symposium 2023, which happened in Orlando in Oct 2023 and is deemed The World's Most Important Gathering of CIOs and IT Executives.

    Guarav's expertise spans the entire spectrum of SAP security, including Identity and Access controls, Governance, Risk and Compliance, more importantly, into Vulnerability Management and Threat Management, Incident Response, and Back Up and Disaster recovery. He is passionate about going beyond traditional SAP Security and rather be true Cyber Security and covering all aspect of SAP Security Operations Map, including Infrastructure and Cloud Security as well.

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Mark Barry

Head of Customer Advisory - S/4HANA Finance & Customer Experience
SAP
Mark Barry
  • Mark Barry

    Mark is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in the realms of ERP, Budgeting, Forecasting, Consolidation, Business Intelligence, and Governance Risk and Compliance solutions. Currently serving as the Head of Customer Advisory for S/4HANA Finance & Customer Experience at SAP, Mark is deeply passionate about guiding customers through the dynamic landscape of the digital economy.

    His expertise lies in leveraging SAP S/4HANA Applications to equip organisations with the agility needed to thrive in today's fast-paced environment. With a rich history of working with prestigious organisations spanning various industries, Mark has honed a diverse skill set and an impressive track record of fostering enduring client relationships.

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Ben Choo

People Analytics and Systems Manager
Genesis Energy
Ben Choo
  • Ben Choo

    Ben is a People Analytics and Systems Manager with over a dozen HR-related system implementations and integrations under his belt. Using tools like Excel, SharePoint, and Power BI, he has then helped companies gain insight from the data captured in the systems.

    He’s known around the office as the person who has too many hobbies and isn’t afraid to tell things like it is.

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Amy Mawer

Head of Customer Engagement SuccessFactors ANZ
SAP
Amy Mawer
  • Amy Mawer

    Amy is a qualified HR Professional with over 10 years of experience working in diverse and progressive companies in their HR and transformation teams. She has extensive experience in business improvement and transformation programs, specifically utilising HR Information Systems such as SuccessFactors and SAP. Amy is passionate about project management, process design, and change management.

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Matthew Minski

General Manager People Operations
AusNet Services
Matthew Minski
  • Matthew Minski

    Matthew is the General Manager of People Operations at AusNet, a leading energy delivery service provider in Australia. Matthew is responsible for delivering core People services across Payroll, Talent Acquisition and Facilities Management functions, whilst also overseeing the operation of HR-related systems. He has a strong background in Corporate Services, having worked in both Professional Services and Industry-based roles across both HR and Finance, and is a fully qualified member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

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Aman Kaur-Shaik

Director, Global HRIS Strategy and Analytics
Nutrien
Aman Kaur-Shaik
  • Aman Kaur-Shaik

    Fusing technology and business experience, Aman sits between disciplines as a catalyst of digital transformation, delivering impactful outcomes for globally operational businesses. She am a problem solver and partner, who seeks to leverage tech and automation for optimisation and efficiency.

    Most recently this has been shown in $28bn company Nutrien’s HRIS and digital transformation, leading the design and delivery of a sector-leading analytics and insights platform and capability supporting strategic workforce planning and employee lifecycle management for 24k employees. This transformational project has created strategic advantage through new functionality and automation. Prior to this, Aman spearheaded major projects across functions, delivering multimillion-dollar value, including an asset management process improvement system for Sydney Trains that reduce budget spent by $100m.

    Recognised as a thought leader in the SAP Community, she has been invited to speak at industry events such as Mastering SAP and SAP User Group, where she shares her insights and expertise. Aman has also been nominated for the SAP Best-Run Project, acknowledging her commitment to excellence in technology integration.

    With a deep understanding of cultural nuances and the ability to motivate and engage diverse teams, Aman is skilled in change management and adoption. She firmly believes in working from the user's perspective and ensuring that the solutions implemented truly add value from a consumer's point of view.

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Frank Florian (International)

Independent
Frank Florian (International)
  • Frank Florian (International)

    Frank Florian is a visionary leader and coach in digital and business transformation, boasting over 25 years of global experience in delivering comprehensive SAP programs. His career is marked by the successful implementation of over twelve SAP projects, including several S/4 HANA migrations. Where he championed industry best practices and process optimization. With a proven track record in spearheading large-scale transformation projects, Frank excels in building cohesive teams, forging strategic alliances, and providing decisive operational leadership in dynamic and uncertain environments. His commitment to innovation, coupled with his expertise in financial systems re-engineering and a keen entrepreneurial mindset, makes him a dynamic force in navigating and leading organizations through the complexities of digital transformation.

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Sussan Lam

Head of Business Architects, Public Sector and Defence – Customer Advisory
SAP
Sussan Lam
  • Sussan Lam

    Sussan is an experienced IT professional with over 20 years experience holding a variety of roles helping organisation achieving their corporate goals through technology and innovation. Sussan is skilled at designing complex and innovative concepts and collaborating with multiple stakeholders at all levels across the organisation. Much of Sussan’s career has been focussed on helping customers leverage the power of analytics to drive business outcomes and deliver on their purpose, alongside organisations spanning diverse industries in translating business/functional solution requirements to deployable analytics architecture, planning, co-ordinating, overseeing and being hands-on with project implementations.

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Russell Dawson

General Manager Commercial Finance
Jemena
Russell Dawson
  • Russell Dawson

    Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Finance Director expertise in large energy utility infrastructure, engineering, project management, construction, operations and maintenance services and FMCG.

    Over 20 years’ experience in Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Finance Director supporting roles. Recognised for delivering strong Financial and Business Performance Management results based on extensive leadership and business partnering skills in infrastructure owner, infrastructure service providers and FMCG companies. A proven track record of financial control, transformation, results delivery and people development.

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Jocelyn Dart

Chief Expert / UX Strategist
SAP
Jocelyn Dart
  • Jocelyn Dart

    Jocelyn Dart is a leading international voice on SAP Fiori and User Experience. She has been working with SAP Fiori since 2014 and her current primary focus is the user experience SAP Fiori for SAP S/4HANA. Her mission is to help customers make the most of the more than 3K SAP Fiori apps delivered for SAP S/4HANA.

    Within the SAP S/4HANA RIG team (who run the SAP S/4HANA Customer Care program) she has been working with SAP S/4HANA customers (Private Cloud Edition and on-premise) since 2015, and recently with SAP S/4HANA Cloud customers on SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud Edition.

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Peter George

Head of Data & Analytics
Foodstuffs South Island
Peter George
  • Peter George

    Peter George is an experienced IT leader with a proven track record in delivering high-quality outcomes and fostering high-performing teams. He combines deep analytical and strategy expertise, strong communication and collaboration skills, and pragmatic commercial focus. 

    As the Head of Data & Analytics for Foodstuffs SI, Peter is entrusted with defining the strategy and vision for data within New Zealand’s largest grocery retailer. His goal is to support Foodstuffs journey to being a truly insights-led organisation. 

    With a diverse background encompassing leadership and consulting roles across various industries, Peter is passionate about leveraging data and analytics to drive enduring value.

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Ben Nottle

Head - SAP Customer Experience Industry & Solutions, APJ
SAP
Ben Nottle
  • Ben Nottle

    Ben was a CRM pioneer and has been involved in supporting Customer Engagement related initiatives for 20 years. Ben’s experience in advising CxO’s on CRM adoption and supporting Customer Experience Transformation with technology has resulted in becoming a trusted advisor to many SAP customers across Asia.

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Andrew Dyer

ERP Superintendent
PanAust
Andrew Dyer
  • Andrew Dyer

    Andrew has been in the IT industry for over 20 years, spending all that time working with ERP systems. He has worked for a wide range of organisations across all levels of government, and in the private sector. Andrew spent the first part of his career implementing and supporting Oracle systems, and has spent the past 10 years working with SAP solutions. Andrew’s last role was as the technical lead for Ariba implementation and support. Now with PanAust, Andrew is leading the organisation’s ERP systems and strategy.

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Alexander Bauer

Head of Analytics & Insight Services Australia and New Zealand
SAP
Alexander Bauer
  • Alexander Bauer

    Alexander Bauer has a background as a Software Development Architect for SAP Business Warehouse. From there, he always stayed close to the topic of Data & Analytics, not only developing and architecting solutions for modern data platforms, but also working directly with customers and partners to drive adoption and the latest innovations as a Principal Solution Architect in software consulting. In his current role, Alex heads up the SAP BTP Analytics & Insight Professional Services consulting team for Australia and New Zealand.

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Zeenat Siddique

Business Insights Lead
Costa Group
Zeenat Siddique

Murali Shanmugham

SAP Customer Success Manager
SAP
Murali Shanmugham
  • Murali Shanmugham

    Murali Shanmugham is a Customer Success Manager at SAP Australia with plenty of experience working with various SAP solutions. In his current role, he is focused on helping customers adopt and use SAP Business Technology Platform to solve some of their key business challenges. He is passionate about cloud topics and helps his customers to realize and re-imagine their business processes with emerging technologies. He is an active member of the SAP Community and drives efforts to share knowledge, foster collaboration, and facilitate the exchange of insights within the SAP ecosystem.

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Philip Wallingford

Former General Manager Group Technology
Eastland Group
Philip Wallingford

Jasmine Fernance

Head of Members Services
Australian Payroll Association
Jasmine Fernance
  • Jasmine Fernance

    Jasmine is a seasoned expert with over 20 years of experience in payroll and human resources. As the Head of Member Services at Australian Payroll Association, she oversees training, qualifications, and member support services. Jasmine has a dedication to excellence and a passion for advancing the payroll profession in the ever changing payroll landscape. When not sharing her wealth of payroll knowledge Jasmine can be found cheering on her beloved Sydney Swans.

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Chris Paine

SAP Mentor / SAP SuccessFactors Confidant
Chris Paine
  • Chris Paine

    Chris, an SAP Mentor, SAP SuccessFactors Confident, SAP HANA Distinguished Engineer, community advocate and general outspoken HR Technologist has been implementing SAP HR solutions on premise and in the cloud for over 25 years. He takes great interest in all new SAP technical innovations and has in particular been involved in pushing the envelope of SAP SuccessFactors enhancement solutions built on SAP Business Technology Platform. Whilst these days Chris is more often found putting together PowerPoint slides on system architecture and integration strategies, he also does get hands on with the actual technical implementations of solutions. A frequent presenter at SAP conferences and a prolific contributor to SAP forums (both public and behind the scenes partner discussions), Chris loves to share his thoughts on working better and smarter with SAP technologies. Don’t ask him about blockchain.

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Amandeep Dua

Delivery Lead for ERP Applications
AGL Energy
Amandeep Dua
  • Amandeep Dua

    Amandeep Dua is an established leader in the dynamic world of Information Technology (IT). With a passion for innovation and a keen understanding of the evolving tech landscape, she has quickly risen through the ranks, showcasing exceptional leadership qualities. Armed with a robust technical background and a forward-thinking mindset, she has successfully navigated complex IT challenges, demonstrating a knack for problem-solving and strategic decision-making. Their ability to inspire and collaborate with diverse and non-collocated teams has not only fostered a culture of creativity but has also yielded tangible results.

    Amandeep has been a gold medallist in her management studies from IIM, Mumbai, and a certified Human-centred design professional with people at the heart of every process.

    Outside of the office, she is interested in volunteer work for the community. She is involved with an NGO that works for the education of youth from low-income backgrounds in India. Aside from this, she is an advocate for social justice. Amandeep co-hosts an event called Th!s is Me every year on International Women’s day. This event is created for women by women to celebrate themselves in all their brokenness and through parts that they feel were misshapen and unworthy. She is also involved with Vic ICT for women's initiative - Go girl, go for IT.

    In her spare time, whatever is left, Amandeep enjoys reading, traveling and cooking.

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Varun Thamba (International)

Regional Director, Business AI & Technology Strategy: Asia Pacific & Japan
SAP
Varun Thamba (International)
  • Varun Thamba (International)

    Varun is a regional technology leader at SAP, the digital transformation partner for some of the largest and most innovative organisations globally. He has over 10 years of experience in leading digital transformations across industries, powered by best of breed and emerging technologies.

    In his current role, Varun leads the Business AI and Technology Strategy in the Asia Pacific and Japan region, bringing cutting edge technologies into core business processes impacting top, bottom and green line. He also leads the field strategy and customer programs, working closely with industry leaders, product engineering, partner ecosystem and academia. Varun holds multiple certifications from SAP and is an accomplished keynote speaker, a business mentor and a guest faculty at some leading B-schools.

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Travis Smith

Domain Architect
SA Power Networks
Travis Smith
  • Travis Smith

    Travis Smith is a dedicated and results-driven professional with over 20 years of experience, including 15 years of specialising in the Utilities Industry. Collaboratively led several business-wide transformations through strategic SAP technologies. Recognised for a strong commitment to delivering sustainable outcomes, bringing a unique blend of program architecture expertise and a passion for driving success in every role undertaken

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Amanda Forsyth

Delivery Specialist
Powerco
Amanda Forsyth
  • Amanda Forsyth

    Amanda is a Project Management professional with extensive experience in multi-disciplined teams and complex programmes of work. With over 10+ years’ experience, responsible for delivering complex service offerings and change for corporate clients across the financial, banking, legal and utilities sectors.

    Amanda has spent the past 4 years working with Powerco in NZ. More recently supporting Rudy Gesterkamp, Andrew Coates and the Finance team implement their SAP extension solutions, SAC Planning for Budgeting and Forecasting and Blackline for their General Ledger Reconciliation.

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Amit Verma (International)

Regional Head of CFO Advisory, Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ Value Advisory)
SAP
Amit Verma (International)
  • Amit Verma (International)

    Amit Verma is Head of CFO Advisory, Asia Pacific & Japan region at SAP and is based out of Singapore. By profession, he is an Accountant and by passion, he loves to advise Finance leaders in their business transformation journey!

    With over 24 years in the finance & technology sector, he adeptly combines SAP and business finance expertise. As a certified Management accountant (CMA) with master's degrees in commerce, Amit passionately advises organisations on their finance transformation journeys.

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Simon Wee

Finance Architecture Manager (Transformation)
Jemena
Simon Wee
  • Simon Wee

    Strategic and results-driven finance leader with over 15 years of experience and a strong foundation in driving financial processes, business transformation, and operational excellence.

    Adept in leading cross-functional teams, implementing ERP systems, and streamlining business processes to achieve optimal financial performance. Proven expertise in planning, budgeting, forecasting, financial analysis, and stakeholder management.

    Passionate about developing talent and fostering collaborative environments. Trusted "go-to" person for business and accounting advice, recognised for delivering impactful solutions in complex, capital-intensive, and commercially dynamic organisations.

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Emma Barr

CX Senior Solution Advisor
SAP
Emma Barr
  • Emma Barr

    Emma Barr is a Senior Pre-Sales Specialist at SAP Customer Experience, known for her dual expertise in Customer Identity and Access Management (CIAM) and Marketing. With over a decade of experience in these domains, Emma is dedicated to empowering organisations to go beyond transactional sales and foster enduring customer relationships. Leveraging her CIAM experience, she seamlessly integrates security and seamless user experiences into marketing strategies. As a trusted advisor, Emma collaborates closely with clients, offering strategic insights and pioneering CIAM solutions that enhance both security and customer engagement. Her passion lies in nurturing authentic connections between brands and their clientele, championing transformative engagement strategies that redefine the customer journey. With her wealth of knowledge and commitment to excellence, Emma Barr is instrumental in guiding businesses towards sustainable growth and lasting success in today's dynamic market landscape.

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James Drummond

Head of Architecture
GrainCorp
James Drummond
  • James Drummond

    James leads the Architecture team at GrainCorp as the Head of Architecture and has been involved in the IT field for more than twenty years, focused on all aspects of transforming businesses and business systems. James’ career to date has spanned many roles and industries and includes development, functional and technical consulting, all aspects of architecture, and project and program management including leading business transformation teams. His focus has always been on business objective-led transformation, having recently focused on the business architecture discipline to help drive true transformation. His industry experience spans utilities, industrial manufacturing, banking, public sector, retail, professional services, and agriculture.

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Christoph Siebold

Group Analytics Manager
Costa Group
Christoph Siebold

Galvin Gunawan

Senior Solution Architect, Planning & Analytics
SAP
Galvin Gunawan
  • Galvin Gunawan

    Galvin Gunawan bringing a wealth of experience to the domain of SAP Data Analytics and Planning solutions. He has played pivotal roles in numerous successful projects across diverse industries. With a comprehensive understanding of data warehousing & analytics principles, concepts, and cloud technologies, Galvin has excelled in various capacities, from consultancy, architecture to leading project delivery teams, leveraging SAP Business Technology Platform technologies such as SAP Datasphere, SAP HANA Cloud, and SAP Analytics Cloud, among others.

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Rudy Gesterkamp

Manager – Process, Systems, and Continuous Improvement
Powerco
Rudy Gesterkamp
  • Rudy Gesterkamp

    Rudy leads the Process, Systems and Continuous Improvement team within Finance at Powerco.

    Rudy has held roles in Business Advisory, Audit, and Corporate Finance across many industries including Primary, Oil and Gas, Insurance, Entertainment, Retail, Manufacturing, and more recently Regulated Electricity and Gas Distribution.

    As Management Accounting Manager, he was seconded to the role of Finance Lead on the project to select and implement Powerco’s new ERP (SAP S4HANA). Since Go-Live he has changed focus to working on fine tuning and automation within Powerco’s SAP Environment. He was the Project Lead on the SAC Planning and Blackline selections and implementations.

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Nicole Petschel

APJ HR Solution Architect
SAP
Nicole Petschel
  • Nicole Petschel

    Nicole is excited by new technology in all aspects of life – from how it can seamlessly integrate into our lives to deliver better experiences at work and at play. 

    With 27 years’ experience working with SAP HR solutions across a range of industries, from support and implementation roles to solution advisory, Nicole is passionate about helping customers find the best solution to solve their HR challenges and deliver amazing experiences to their workforce.

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Pradeep Tondapu

SAP Solutions Architect – Enterprise Applications IT & Platforms
Newmont Mining
Pradeep Tondapu

Eric Ricaflanca

SAP Technical Manager
United Group Limited (UGL)
Eric Ricaflanca
  • Eric Ricaflanca

    Eric has 24 years of SAP experience in the various areas, among them leadership, transformations, projects, service management, architecture and development. He has an expansive knowledge, experience and network in Asia Pacific having lived in different countries and cities within the region. He has expertise in Life Science industries having worked with Biotech, Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics companies/businesses. In his current role at UGL, he leads the Data & Analytics, SAP Basis, Development and Integration teams.

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Colleen Hebbert

Cybersecurity Advisor
SAP
Colleen Hebbert

Pavan Namuduri

Test Manager
Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Pavan Namuduri
  • Pavan Namuduri

    Pavan Namuduri is an test manager of The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital on SAP SuccessFactors implementation. In this role Pavan is responsible to manage end-to-end testing across the hospital and leveraged SAP Cloud ALM to train and execute the testing with the business users. He ensures that the quality solution is delivered as part of this implementation.

    Before joining The Eye and Ear Hospital, Pavan has 15+ years of extensive experience and worked in various Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations in HR, Finance and Payroll spanning various industries and domains in Australia and India

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Dudley Cartwright

CEO
Soterion
Dudley Cartwright

Jakob Kjaer

Senior Solution Architect, Planning & Analytics
SAP
Jakob Kjaer
  • Jakob Kjaer

    Jakob Kjaer is a genuine SAP jack of all trades. He’s been involved in the SAP community for the last 12 years contributing to everything UX related such as SAP Business Client, Powerlists, SAPUI5, BTP etc. He is focused on making the SAP processes as simple as possible and for end users to enjoy working with SAP software. This has been his goal since he saw SAP for the very first time nearly 15 years ago. Outside of SAP he is a dedicated father to 4 boys and enjoys the life at the Sunshine Coast going surfing, cycling or hiking.

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Nigel James

Enterprise Software Developer and Architect
Nigel James
  • Nigel James

    Nigel James in an Enterprise Software Developer. He has been writing software for enterprises for over 20 years. From Shell, Brother, Xerox and a host of Government departments from Federal to Local.

    He builds or modifys software for enterprises to help them run their business more efficiently. To do this he has used platforms like SAP and Salesforce, and has also built financial systems from scratch using PHP and Laravel running on AWS.

    When not helping his clients he is a keen photographer, kayak-er and musician.

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Mike Ellis

Executive Vice President APAC
Zalaris
Mike Ellis
  • Mike Ellis

    Mike leads the Professional Services division globally at Zalaris & the Zalaris APAC Organisation. He has over 23 years of Cloud based HCM experience working with Rizing, Synchrony Global, ADP, NGA and HCL AXON in a number of leadership roles including consulting, support, operations and sales. Clients that Mike has worked with include Woolworths, Bridgestone, IRT Group, Singtel, BHP Billiton, Changi Airport Group, AMP, Ralph Lauren, Steelcase and Medtronics. Mike was a founding partner and Chief Commercial Officer of Synchrony Global, an Organisation acquired by Rizing in 2019.

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Mike Doyle

Developer
Mike Doyle

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