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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visiting Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution
Bruce McKern is a researcher, educator and corporate advisor on issues pertaining to innovation, strategy and international business.
Mr. McKern currently is a Visiting Professor of International Business at the China Europe International Europe Business School in Shanghai, as well as an Honorary Professor of International Business at the University of Sydney Business School. He also works as an adviser for the Maritime Silk Road Society in Hong Kong.
Throughout his career, Mr. McKern has held several research and teaching positions at various global teaching institutions, including most recently at Oxford and INSEAD.
Mr. McKern has conducted executive programs for a wide range of international companies including Schneider, Bayer, Philips, GE China, Bosch Group, Element 6, Nitto Denko, E&Y, Rio Tinto, Goodyear China, Nestlé China and Shandong Gold.
Mr. McKern writes extensively about innovation, strategy and international business. He is the author and editor of numerous academic papers and no less than eight books. His latest book, China's Next Strategic Advantage: from Imitation to Innovation, has been published by MIT Press. He is also a regular commentator on issues of Chinese innovation and MNC strategy in Chinese and international media.
Mr. McKern hold a Doctorate in International Business from Harvard Business School and a BE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney.
CEO of National University of Singapore(NUS) Enterprise
Dr. Lily Chan leads NUS Enterprise at the National University of Singapore (NUS) with the vision to inject an enterprise dimension to NUS teaching and research. As CEO, Dr Chan is responsible for architecting a comprehensive innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystem for the support of NUS’ staff, students and alumni, inclusive of entrepreneurial education, venture development, technology commercialization and industry partnership initiatives.
Dr. Chan has more than 20 years of government and industry experience, from initiating start-ups and venture investments, to active Board involvement in many start-up companies. She currently sits on several national-level committees on enterprise and innovation.
Dr. Chan has played a key role in the establishment of Blk71, an initiative that has been instrumental in aggregating the start-up community in Singapore. In January 2015, the concept of Blk71 was further evolved when Block 71 San Francisco was set up, serving as an overseas launchpad for growth-stage companies, helping to link the Asian and US markets.
Prior to joining NUS in 2006, Dr. Chan held positions as Managing Director, Investments, of Bio*One Capital Pte Ltd, an investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board. Earlier in her career, she worked as the General Manager (Singapore) and Director of Product Development (USA) for Genelabs Diagnostics Pte Ltd Singapore.
Dr. Chan holds a degree Biology from the Agnes Scott College (Georgia, USA) and a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Illinois.
Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, the University of Sydney
Professor Archie Johnston is the Dean of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney, where he spearheads the development of education and research programmes and teaches as an Emeritus Professor.
He is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), Engineers Australia, the Institution of Civil Engineers (London) and the Australian Institute of Company Director, as well as Chair of Health Sciences Divisional Board at the University of Sydney.
He also serves as director of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, Smart Services CRC and CRC for Advanced Composite Structures, as well as an independent expert for the Cooperative Research Centres Selection Round. He is also an Advisor to the Reliance Group of India, Advisor to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, Lifetime Advisory Professor to Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), Honorary Professor to Tianjin University (China), and is past National Chair of the Centre for Leadership and Management (Engineers Australia).
From 2004 to 2009 Professor Johnston was cited as one of Australia's 100 most influential engineers. In 2007, he was honoured as the Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year and Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year of the Business and Higher Education Roundtable. He has been Peer Reviewer for the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia, a member of the Judging Panel of 2010, 2011 and 2012 Prime Minister's Science Prizes and Chair of the Judging Panel for the 2009 Australian Construction Achievement Awards.
Professor Johnston holds a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Civil Engineering and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Watt University, Watt University, as well as a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chief Strategy Officer and Corporate Affairs Director, Vodafone Australia
Dan Lloyd joined VHA as Chief Strategy Officer and Corporate Affairs Director in 2014.
Dan’s areas of responsibility cover company strategy, public policy, corporate affairs and inter-carrier.
Dan previously served in a number of global leadership roles with Vodafone Group including Director of Public Policy for Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, Vodafone India’s Head of Regulatory, and a range of global strategy, business development and governance roles.
Before joining Vodafone, Dan was a Senior Associate at Sydney commercial law firm Gilbert & Tobin.
Dan has Honours degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Sydney, and has lived, worked or studied in 11 countries.
General Manger of Digital & Industry Partnerships for the National Farmers Federation of Australia
Charles Thomas is the General Manager of Digital and Industry Partnerships at the National Farmer’s Federation. In his current role, Mr. Thomas oversees the implementation and execution of NFF’s digital strategy, with a view to redefining the organisation’s role and reputation.
Mr Thomas started his career at a prominent law firm before pursuing a career in political advocacy across a wide variety of causes, from environment and land use to telecommunications and economic policy. Mr. Thomas comes from a farming background in Central West NSW, and is passionate about the growth potential of Australian agriculture.
At the NFF, Charlie uses his experience in advocacy and the not-for-profit sector to reshape the way the organisation delivers services to its members in the digital era, and to manage strategic cross-industry partnerships.
Before joining the NFF, Charlie worked as a National Policy Manager at the Property Council, while serving as a council member for Standards Australia. Prior to that, he served as a Policy Manager in the Land Use and Regulatory Affairs department of the NSW Farmers’ Association
Mr. Thomas holds a Law diploma from LPAB and the University of Sydney.
CIO of SAP Asia-Pacific and Japan
Manik Narayan Saha is the CIO for SAP Asia Pacific and Japan. Based in Singapore, Mr. Saha leads a global multinational and multicultural IT organization.
In his current role, Mr. Saha works closely with companies across the Asia Pacific region as they move to digital business models. He brings along 17 years of experience in technology spanning IT strategy, governance, compliance, vendor management and building successful business-IT partnerships. He is an executive sponsor and advisor to several key clients of SAP in the region.
Mr. Saha writes also extensively on a wide range of topics ranging from operating models, technology strategy, process excellence and enterprise innovation.
Prior to joining SAP in 2005, Mr. Saha worked at PSA Corporation in Singapore. Prior to that, he held several positions in the shipping and logistics industry in Singapore and overseas.
Mr. Saha received the prestigious Certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD in March 2016, and is currently a member of the INSEAD Alumni Network and a Regional Ambassador of the INSEAD International Directors Network. He holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), as well as a Master’s degree in Applied Finance from the Singapore Management University.
CEO of ReGen
Raised on a Reporoa sheep and beef farm, Bridgit gained a Masters Degree in Agriculture from Massey University before focusing on transforming science into a product or service that adds value. She has a successful track record in innovation and commercialising agricultural science.
Bridgit’s strengths are strategic analysis and business development. She brings a great combination of commercial experience and in-depth rural market knowledge, plus technology application to the table. Her extensive experience includes strategic development and business analysis for organisations as diverse as AgResearch, SpectraNet, Danish Technology Institute (DTI), Agribusiness Research and Education Network (AREN), TradeNZ and Catapult Genetics.
She’s presented on effluent management and environmental sensing solutions at various industry conferences throughout New Zealand, Korea and South America.
Executive Director at Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand
Adam is Founding Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, Cities Advisor to the Green Building Council of Australia, and Director of Centre for Urban Innovation, a consulting practice collaborating with urban leaders to build sustainable communities and cities.
Adam is also an Ambassador with Portland-based think tank EcoDistricts, where he was previously Director of Innovation. Before entering the non-profit world, Adam spent almost a decade with global consulting firm Arup, and five years with GHD.
Adam was also lecturer and studio lead in social impact assessment and community engagement at the University of Queensland, and maintains strong research interests in collaborative governance processes for city-building.
Chairman of Huawei Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd
John Lord is presently Chairman of Huawei Technologies Australia Pty Ltd, Chairman of the Victorian Veterans Council, and a member of the Victorian Minister's Advisory Committee for Corrections. He is also Chairman of the Defence Bank Foundation and Patron of Darwin Defenders 1942-45 Melbourne Branch.
As a senior government and corporate business executive, Mr. Lord has provided risk management, international relations and strategic advice to governments, senior government and industry executives, and facilitated international meetings and conferences.
Mr. Lord served with the Australian Navy for over 36 years and retired with the rank of Rear Admiral.
In 2000, he became Executive Director of P&O Maritime Services, a subsidiary of P&O UK, and a Director of Australian Maritime Systems Pty Ltd, Austen Maritime Services Pte based in Singapore, and P&O Maritime Services UK and South Africa.
From 2003 to 2013, Mr. Lord served as Director and Chairman of Defence Maritime Services Pty Ltd. He is also a former Chief Executive and Director of the Marine Board of Victoria, and a member of the Australian Maritime Group and the National Plan Committee for maritime emergency responses around Australia.
Principal Researcher Scientist, Director of the Future Network Theory Lab, Huawei
Gong (Nicholas) Zhang is Director of the Future Network Theory Lab of Huawei and Principal Research Scientist. His major areas of research are network architecture and large-scale distribution systems.
Mr. Zhang has extensive experience in network system architecture, distribution systems and communications systems, areas that he has researched for over 20 years. To this day, Mr. Zhang has secured 90 global patents, some of which have played a critical role in Huawei’s success.
In 2000, Mr. Zhang was appointed system engineer for Huawei’s L3+ switch product and became the product development team leader for smart device development, pioneering along the way a new consumer business for the company.
In 2005, he became Senior Researcher, leading future internet research and cooperative communication. In 2009, he was appointed to oversee the advance network technology research department, leading research efforts in future network architecture, distributed computing, database system and data analysis. In 2012, he became the Principal Researcher and led the system group in data mining and machine learning. Since 2014, he is the director and the Principal Researcher of the Future Network Theory Lab.
Mr. Zhang holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the Harbin Institute of Technology.