At this year's event, you will be joined by over 200 industry experts, scholars, scientists, policymakers, and tech media to envision the future of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Together, we will explore how emergent digital technology can be more effectively leveraged to stimulate growth and make lasting improvements in the quality of human life.

Asia-Pacific economies are on the threshold of a new, smart society, and as we take a step forward into uncharted technological territory, the challenges we face will be many and varied. No government, enterprise, or single organization can overcome these challenges alone. However, by sharing ideas and forming more open, collaborative relationships, we can make sure that our next steps will be in the right direction.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to let me know. I do hope you'll join us in Sydney—it's going to be brilliant.

Yours sincerely,

Joy Tan

President, Global Communications, Huawei



  • Li Jinge

    President of Asia-Pacific, Huawei


    Summary of Jin Ge Li

    • Mr. Li serves as the President of Asia Pacific Area at Huawei.

    • Mr. Li joined Huawei in 1992 and has served as China Regional Vice President, China Regional President, President of the Global Technical Sales Department, President of the Sub-Sahara Area, member of the Joint Committee of Regions, and member of the Finance Committee, and member of the HR Committee.

    • Mr. Li has been a Director of Huawei since December 27, 2013. He served as Director of Huawei in New Zealand.


    • Mr. Li holds bachelor's degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

  • Greg Hunt

    Australian Minister for Industry, Innovation & Science


    Greg Hunt is Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, a position which he has held since July 2016.

    Prior to his current position, Mr. Hunt was Minister for the Environment for nearly three years. His key achievements as Minister for the Environment include establishing Australia’s successful Emissions Reduction Fund, developing the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan and $1 billion Reef Fund, as well as establishing the Green Army.

    Earlier in his career, Mr. Hunt worked as senior adviser to the then opposition Leader and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, and headed Australia’s electoral mission to Cambodia. He went on to work for McKinsey and Co for three years, during which time he became an Engagement Manager and specialised in telecommunications, start-ups, government reform and the banking sector. He subsequently held a number of positions in government, before serving as Shadow Minister in the Environment portfolio between 2007 and 2013.

    Mr. Hunt’s achievements include being named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, being a runner up in the World Debating Championships and being selected as Australia’s debating captain. In 2016 he was selected as the inaugural Best Minister in the World recipient at the World Government Summit.

    Mr. Hunt is a Law graduate from Melbourne University and holds a Masters of International Relations at Yale University.

  • Glenn Wightwick

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Technology Sydney


    Professor Glenn Wightwick is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research at the University of Technology Sydney, a position he has held since August 2014.

    His current responsibilities include research policy development, general oversight of the University's research activities, postgraduate education, industry liaison, intellectual property and commercialisation.

    Prior to working at UTS, Professor Wightwick held a number of positions in research, development and technology at IBM, where he worked for over 27 years. Some of his roles included Director of IBM Research Australia and IBM Australia Chief Technologist.

    Professor Wightwick brings global experience from his role at IBM having led teams in the US and China, worked on IBM’s global technical strategy and established world-leading research laboratories here in Australia.

    His research interests cover a wide spectrum of science and technology, including computer science, mathematics, data science and artificial intelligence. Professor Wightwick’ research goes beyond sole technology applications to look at implications technology might have for society.

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  • Charles Lawoko

    Director of Industry Doctoral Training Centre, ATN Universities


    Charles Lawoko is Director at the Industry Doctoral Training Centre at Australian Technology Networks Universities, a centre devoted to training postgraduates to solving industry’s problems through applied research.

    Mr. Lawoko’s career spans academia, industry, and consulting.

    Prior to his current role, Mr. Lawoko ran the Statistical Consulting Services at Victoria University, Melbourne.

    He has worked in academic research across several universities internationally, where he supervised many postgraduate students and published over 50 academic research papers. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at Victoria University, involved in collaborative research between Victoria University and industry.

    Mr. Lawoko has extensive knowledge and experience in applied statistical methodologies, business analytics, analytical customer relationship management (aCRM), Business Inteligence (BI), and leveraging of customer information.

    As a consultant, he has worked on enterprise analytics challenges in Australia, New Zealand, and throughout the Asia Pacific region, across many sectors such as banking, telecommunications, logistics, retail, health services, and manufacturing.

    Mr. Lawoko holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Queensland.

  • Peter Lawther

    CTO of Fujitsu Australia Limited


    Peter Lawther is the Chief Technology Officer for Fujitsu Oceania.

    Mr. Lawther has worked in the IT industry for 19 years and has extensive experience in solution design, governance and delivery in support of major digital business and technology projects.

    Mr. Lawther joined Fujitsu Oceania in 2014 and was as appointed CTO in early 2016. His focus has been the establishment of an Oceania Technology Office to support the implementation of an enterprise wide agile technical governance framework, the development of partner ecosystems for Hybrid IT and IoT solutions and providing technical leadership to the challenges of Digital Transformation.

    Prior to joining Fujitsu Oceania, Mr. Lawther was with IBM, where he worked for 15 years, during which time he held a variety of pre-sales and delivery technical leadership roles.

    Mr. Lawther holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Sunderland.

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  • Abdurazak Mudesir

    Vice President 5G Marketing Europe, Wireless Product Line


    As Vice President of 5G Marketing Europe, Dr. Abdurazak is responsible for the development of Huawei’s 5G product and market strategies in Europe.

    He first joined Huawei in 2012 as senior innovation manager responsible for joint mobile innovation between Huawei and Deutsche Telekom Group. In 2014 he was promoted to be director of the Joint Mobile Innovation Center responsible for IoT and 5G. His team has won much recognition for 5G joint innovation with Deutsche Telekom including the 5G Global Cooperation Award at 5G World Summit.

    Prior to joining Huawei in 2012, Dr. Abdurazak was lead consultant responsible for the Network and Infrastructure Competence Center at Altran Germany, an European leader in innovation consulting and at that time parent company of Arthur D. Little (ADL).

    Abdurazak holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany and he was a visiting researcher at the University of Edinburgh in 2007.

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  • Stephen Gould

    Chief Investigator with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Robotic Vision


    Stephen Gould is an Associate Professor in the Research School of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University.

    Mr. Gould is a former ARC Postdoctoral Fellow and Microsoft Faculty Fellow, and is a Contributed Researcher to the Data61 Machine Learning group and a Chief Investigator with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Robotic Vision.

    Mr. Gould has broad interests computer and robotic vision, machine learning, probabilistic graphical models, and optimization. His main research focus is on the application of machine learning techniques to geometric and semantic scene understanding.

    Mr. Gould received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1994 and 1996, respectively. He received his Master degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1998.

    Mr. Gould went on to work in industry for a number of years and co-founded Sensory Networks, which was acquired by Intel in 2013. In 2005, he returned to PhD studies and earned his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2010.

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  • Neil Evans

    Director of IT and DataCentre, Huawei Australia


    Neil Evans is the Managing Director of the IT & Datacenter businesses at Huawei Australia. Prior to this role Neil was the Regional Vice President & Managing Director of Hitachi Data Systems Australia & New Zealand where he was responsible for all operations within the region, a team of 250 staff and revenues in excess of 200M AUD.

    Neil was formerly the Regional Vice President for Eastern EMEA at Hitachi Data Systems where his role included responsibility for Austria, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia & the CIS countries and the Middle East, North African and Turkish markets with responsibilities for $225M revenue and a team of 250. Prior to this role Neil held a number of leadership positions within the company including leading the UK business and leading the Russian operation through sustained periods of high growth.

    Before HDS Neil was a Co-Founder and Director of Solutions MTD Limited which is a European Management Consultancy where his responsibilities included Sales, Marketing and Leadership of the company.

    Prior to his work with Solutions, Neil was the Director responsible for Computacenter’s $1Bn pa. business with Hewlett Packard. Before his work with HP Neil led the sales and services engagements with the major System Integrators, Consultancy partners, ISV’s and Application Partners across the UK and was part of the senior leadership team that drove successful growth across 10 consecutive years.

    Neil held a number of other roles in Computacenter including Development Director of the Enterprise businesses and Commercial Director for the UK company where he helped the company build a highly successful Infrastructure Services business.

    Prior to Computacenter Neil spent 4 years in IT Distribution where he ran successful divisions of Enterprise, Desktop and Software products to UK resellers and 6 years in varied roles in the Facilities Management and Outsourcing divisions of Mainframe Services Companies.

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  • Tim Williams

    CEO of the Committee for Sydney


    Tim Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of the Committee for Sydney, a think tank focusing on developing and promoting Sydney as a global economic and cultural powerhouse. Mr. Williams has held this position since November 2011.

    Mr. Williams arrived in Australia from the UK in October 2010, and has since established himself as a leading thinker about high speed broadband and the impact of digital media on communities, public services and businesses.

    His report, titled ‘Connecting Communities: the impact of broadband in the UK and its implications for Australia’ and commissioned by Huawei, was launched at the National press Club in Canberra in February 2011.

    Mr. Williams is recognised as one of the leading urban renewal thinkers and practitioners at work in the field. For ten years he had a weekly column in the professional journal ‘Regeneration and Renewal’ and currently writes a blog for them on urban renewal and development issues in Australia. He has written and published reports on the design of affordable housing and is credited with writing much of the current London Mayor’s Design Guide for London.

    When in the UK, Mr. Williams served as the senior Special Advisor to a number of UK cabinet ministers in the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG). He was one of the UK’s leading policy makers on urban regeneration and city development between 2005 and 2007. Mr. Williams was also the CEO of the Thames Gateway London Partnership from 1998 to 2003 and subsequently served as an advisor on the construction of the Olympic Athletes Village.

    Mr. Williams is a graduate of Cambridge, has a Postgraduate Certification in Education from Oxford and holds a PhD from the University of Wales.

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  • November 2


    Welcome Speech: Brilliance of Exploration to a Better Connected World

    Li Jinge, President of Asia-Pacific, Huawei


    Welcome Speech: Importance Of Science and Cooperation

    1. The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Australian Minister for Industry, Innovation & Science
    2. Glenn Wightwick, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Technology Sydney


    Conversation with a Scientist: Brilliance of Scientific Exploration

    Charles Lawoko, Director of Industry Doctoral Training Centre, ATN Universities


    Exploring Future Technology: Application Driven Network Inspiring the Future

    Zhang Gong, Principal Researcher Scientist, Director of the Future Network Theory Lab, Huawei


    Tea Break


    Exploring the IoT

    Peter Lawther, CTO of Fujitsu Australia Limited


    Exploring 5G

    Abdurazak Mudesir, Vice President 5G Marketing Europe, Wireless Product Line


    Exploring the Cloud: The Future of Cloud Migration

    Manik Narayan Saha, CIO of SAP Asia-Pacific and Japan


    Exploring AI: Advances in Visual Perception

    Stephen Gould, Chief Investigator with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Robotic Vision




    New Era of Alliances in the ICT Ecosystem

    Neil Evans, ‎Director of IT and Data Centre, Huawei Australia


    Exploring Smart City: The Future of Cities

    Adam Beck, Executive Director at Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand


    Exploring Intelligent Education

    Archie James Johnston, Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, the University of Sydney


    Panel: Exploring Intelligent Agriculture

    MC: Jeremy Mitchell, Director of Corporate &Public Affiairs, Huawei Australia;
    Panelists: 1) Bridgit Hawkins, CEO of ReGen; 2) Dan Lloyd, Chief Strategy Officer and Corporate Affairs Director, Vodafone Australia; 3) Charlie Thomas, General Manger of Digital & Industry Partnerships for the National Farmers Federation of Australia


    Tea Break


    Cultivating Global Talent

    Tim Williams, CEO of the committee for Sydney


    Panel: Driving Future Growth Through Innovation

    1. Introduction(10 min.): Bruce McKern, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
    2. Panel(45 min.): MC: Bruce McKern, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Panelists: Lily CHAN, CEO of National University of Singapore(NUS) Enterprise; Tim Williams, CEO of the committee for Sydney; John Lord, Chairman of Huawei Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd


    Media Interview


    Gala Dinner


Last Year's at a Glance

On November 12, 2015, Huawei co-hosted the inaugural Huawei Innovation Day Asia in partnership with the National University of Singapore today. The forum attracted government officials, operator representatives, as well as experts from universities and research institutions, which were involved in in-depth discussions on how ICT technologies can make Asian cities smarter.

Important guests present at the forum included Li Jin'ge, President of Huawei's Asia Pacific Region; Singapore's Minister for Trade and Industry; Chinese ambassador to Singapore; NUS Enterprise CEO; StarHub CTO; and Director of the Singapore National Research Foundation.

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