Mr David Spence, Chair
Mr David Spence, Chair
David has been involved in over 25 internet and telecommunication businesses since the early 90s. Born in South Africa, David joined Consolidated Press on arriving in Australia in 1989. He joined pioneering ISP OzEmail as COO in 1994 and has been CEO, founder, chairman of many internet businesses, including CEO of Unwired, the pioneer of wireless broadband and Chairman of Vocus which went from start-up to ASX 100 in seven years. Today, David chairs PayPal Australia, National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo), DiscoveryAG, GoannaAg and Canopus Networks. He recently co-founded a new business AllThingsEncrypted to look at new ways of encrypting IoT networks.
Ms Catherine Caruana-McManus
Ms Catherine Caruana-McManus
A global expert in smart cities and digital infrastructure Catherine has over 25 years’ experience across the infrastructure, telecommunications and IT sectors. Currently she is a Director of Meshed, a Sydney based IoT integration company. Previously Catherine was a Director at KPMG in the IoT Practice and Director of IBM Smarter Cities. She has held other executive positions for PMP Limited, Telstra and MC2 Consulting. Catherine is on the Advisory Council for SMART Infrastructure (UoW) and winner of IoT Ambassador and Smart Cities Industry Leader Awards. Catherine holds university qualifications in urban planning, economics, management and finance.
Dr Mike Briers AO
Dr Mike Briers AO
Mike is CEO of the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre, empowering Australia’s food industry through digital transformation. Mike co-founded the IoTAA, Capital Markets CRC, agtech business The Yield and e-research service provider Intersect. His pioneering efforts in fintech and e-research led to the global success of SIRCA and the founding of big data company RoZetta. In 2016 Mike was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours for distinguished service to the finance and digital technology sectors. Mike was named in the Knowledge Nation 100 as Australia’s chief evangelist for big data and the internet of things (IoT) and appointed Australia’s first Industry Professor of IoT at UTS.
Professor Michael Blumenstein
Professor Michael Blumenstein
Michael is Associate Dean (Research Strategy and Management) in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at UTS. He is an internationally recognised expert in automated Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence; his research interests include Marine Life and Shark Detection from Video Imagery, Document Analysis, Video-based/multi-lingual Text Detection, and Signature Verification. He has published over 270 papers. His research applies AI across engineering, environmental science, neurobiology and coastal management. Michael’s team developed SharkSpotter, a world-first AI-based technology detecting sharks, now deployed at 50+ Australian beaches. In 2009 Michael was named as one of Australia’s Top 10 Emerging Leaders in Innovation.

Ms Judy Anderson
Ms Judy Anderson
Judy is the Government Relations and Advocacy Lead at AustCyber, Australia’s cyber security growth network. Recognised as a highly experienced government relations leader across technology, energy, health, and business and government transformation, she has worked for Optus, IBM and Research Australia. Judy has led industry associations and representative organisations over many years shaping and positioning policy to benefit industry and the wider community. As a passionate advocate for positive industry development, she has worked with start-ups and developed business opportunities for large corporates.
Mr Matt Codrington
Mr Matt Codrington
Matt Codrington has been Managing Director of Lenovo (Australia & New Zealand) since 2013. He joined Lenovo in 2006 in the Asia Pacific Centre-of-Excellence in Singapore, was appointed Director of Operations, Japan in 2009 before becoming an Executive Director.
Prior to joining Lenovo, Matt worked in a number of multi-national global IT vendors in various Product Marketing and Sales roles over 10 years. Matt is a non-executive board member of the Australian Information Industry Association, HirePay, a Board member of Lenovo, a Member of YPO, Australian Institute of Company Directors, NSW Business Chamber, International CEO Forum Group, and the American Chamber of Commerce.