Speakers

CRN Pipeline will be hosted and curated by senior editors and personnel from CRN, and will feature key Australian channel practitioners and thought leaders.

Bridget Gray

Vice President IT
Korn Ferry

Bridget Gray is Vice President IT of Korn Ferry, responsible for leading digital and technical transformation talent acquisition capabilities and solutions across Asia Pacific.  Bridget is passionate about supporting clients navigate the global technology and digital ecosystem and has spent the past two decades partnering with organisations across the globe to address their current and future talent requirements. Although her career has been varied in nature, technology talent has always been a central focus.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Bridget was in an executive role for 11 years at a global recruitment and outsourcing organisation where she launched the Asia Pacific business and held accountability for recruitment, executive search and offshore technology solutions. Prior to this, she led various talent businesses across APJ, NA and Europe. Bridget advises organisations on real time technology and digital trends and insights as it pertains to org structures, talent acquisition and engagement strategies.

Nick Abrahams

Global Leader of Technology & Innovation
Norton Rose Fulbright

As the Global Leader of the Digital Transformation Practice for Norton Rose Fulbright, a professional services firm with over 7,000 employees, Nick Abrahams is at the front line of global business & innovation. He has advised many of the world's largest companies on their digital transformation strategies, including how to seize the opportunities created by the mainstream adoption of digital assets and protocols like cryptocurrencies, decentralised finance and non-fungible tokens.

 

Richard Coleman

Head of HSE
Laing O'Rourke

After nearly 30 years in Executive Safety, HR and Operational roles, I've built a wealth of experience about what works and what doesn't work in changing organisational culture. My passions and interests now lie in the intersection between the on-rushing digitisation of work, organisational capability and the executive role in riding and steering those changes.

As GM HSE for the Australia Hub of Laing O'Rourke I'm deep into the practical organisational issues of implementing safety differently principles into high risk industries.

Michael Salvatico

Head of Asia, Pacific, Middle East & Africa ESG Solutions
S&P Global Sustainable

Michael Salvatico leads environmental, social and governance (ESG) business development in Asia, Pacific, Middle East & Africa for S&P Global Sustainable1, based in Sydney. For more than a decade Michael has been providing sustainable solutions to investors, banks, corporates, regulators, governments and academics. Michael works with these organisations to understand and better Benchmark, Report, Engage, Analyse and Model ESG risks and opportunities across theirorganisations. Over this time, a key focus has been climate change impacts on global economies,corporates and financial institutions, with deep experience in de-risking portfolios, identifying opportunities and reporting on baseline footprinting and scenario analysis.

Dean Calvert

CEO
Calvert Technologies

Dean Calvert is founder, owner, and CEO of Calvert Technologies, one of Adelaide's leading managed service providers, specialising in supporting businesses with 10-100 staff located through South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Dean's ability to explain complex technical concepts in a clear non-technical manner has seen him speak as a business technologist at events across Australia, New Zealand, and the USA for organisations including Microsoft, Kaseya, and Hewlett-Packard.

Dean's personal mission is to grow people - enabling and equipping them to achieve their greatest potential. He does this through mentoring, plus teaching and equipping people to communicate in a way which ensures their message is delivered and received in the clearest possible manner. It’s an interesting mix of psychology, storytelling, drama, body language, and humour.

In 2004 Dean was awarded Microsoft's Most Valued Professional award for his technical leadership and support contributions to the global business and technology community - an award he held until retiring from the program in late 2016.

In 1992 Dean graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia.

Dean and Vivienne have been married since 1994, have 3 amazing adult kids, and 2 very cute Cavoodle puppies named Hudson and Hallee.

When not working on his business or mentoring others Dean enjoys cycling through the glorious Adelaide hills and flying gyroplanes (he is a qualified gyroplane instructor – 1 of only 31 in Australia). He is also unashamedly addicted to his family and has been heard to say he’d take a bullet for them (although he may have been referring to a liquorice bullet!).

Craig Simms

Managing Director
CCNA

Craig has over 20 years’ experience in delivering Information Technology and Communication solutions around the world. He has led the deployment of a range of successful converged products including complex contact centre applications and integrations with diverse back-end customer applications.  

Craig has led the CCNA organisation from a start-up through an accelerated growth phase into a mature organisation delivering  ITC solutions, CCNA delivers leading technology solutions and services within the Enterprise, Government, and Carrier space

CCNA’s solution set Includes Contact Centre, Unified Communications, Networking, Storage and Cyber Security.

Kristin Boesenberg

Director
KPMG

Kristin is a Director in the KPMG Insights Centre that help clients understand current capabilities and emerging technology trends. He recently published a global paper on The Future of Extended Reality and has an extensive background in the IT channel and the Telco industry. Although he loves exploring new technology he suggests it is still hard to go past the Apple IIc from 1985.

Joe Perrone

Head of Market Development -Technology,
Macquarie Bank

Joe is a banking specialist, with over 15 years of experience working in the financial services industry. He has worked with founders and business owners from start-ups to large corporates across a range of different industries in Australia and New Zealand.  As the head of market development for Macquarie Business Banking’s technology team, he was instrumental in establishing its first dedicated banking offer for technology companies in Australia – providing tailored solutions and industry connections for IT, software and digital infrastructure companies.

 Joe studied economics, management and law and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Canterbury University in New Zealand

Stephen Koukoulas

Managing Director
Market Economics Pty Ltd

Few economists have both the global and local experience of Stephen Koukoulas. He is an economic thought leader in his role with his business, Market Economics. Stephen is often driving the debate on housing, consumer spending, investment strategies, interest rates and budget policy. He does this by drawing on his unique background including his experience heading global research for TD in London, his role as Chief Economist of Citibank and Former Senior Economic Advisor to the Australian Prime Minister.

When it comes to the economy, Stephen continues to cover the big issues. He does so independently, without the constraints of many of the bank economists who are limited by what they can say. Stephen’s views are presented without fear or favour.

VB Templeman

Journalist
nextmedia B2B

Velvet-Belle Templeman is the lead journalist at DigitalNation Australia. She focuses on drivers of transformation in business, including digitalisation, sustainability and responsible investment. Her previous work appears on Which-50 and Boardroom.Media.

Brad Bond

Head of Emerging Technology
Mantel Group

Brad has been in the Australian technology industry for well over 20 years. He has founded multiple successful technology businesses including an enterprise IT support company, a successful consumer review website and a satellite phone management solution. 

At the age of 21 when most friends were out partying, Brad co-founded a small IT Support business which would later become Invizage Technology. Over the next 8 years the business grew into Australia’s largest IT support business for Small to Medium Enterprises. Along the way he won numerous awards including Ernst & Young – Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2001 and Telstra Small Business of the Year 2003. 

In 2003 when the business was a national concern with offices in all Capital Cities and over 100 employees it was sold to Telstra Corporation and became part of Sensis. 

In 2007 Brad co-founded WordOfMouth.com.au with Fiona Adler. Together they built Word Of Mouth to become Australia’s leading Consumer Review website with over 400,000 reviews for 150,000 Australian businesses and the website was sold to OneFlare.com in 2015. 

One of Brad’s most recent ventures was Versus Fitness which set out to change the way people workout in gyms by gamifying group workouts. Using advanced sensor technology and IoT principles, data was gathered from gym participants in real-time including movement data, force data and heartrate. Participants competed against each other for the highest score at each given exercise and real-time leaderboards around the gym keep them motivated to push harder. 

Brad joined Mantel Group in 2019 and began to apply his Start-up learnings to increase innovation. In 2022 Brad officially moved into a Head of Emerging Technologies role with Mantel Group which allows him to work with all of Mantel Group’s brands to help keep them on the forefront of their industry. Within his current role, Brad will be working on exploration of Web3 and its impact and opportunities in the Enterprise space. 

Andrew Birmingham

Group Managing Editor
B2B - nextmedia Pty Ltd

Andrew joined Nextmedia after selling the award-winning digital transformation title Which-50.com to Boardroom Media. Andrew is the former associate publisher of The Australian Financial Review, where he was also a contributing editor. As General Manager Channel Development at the Financial Review Group he led the relaunch of afr.com. During his career he has reported on the Australian ICT and related sectors for over thirty years. In addition to the AFR, his prior editorial credits also include The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Computerworld, CIO, B&T and My Business. He also held the roles of deputy managing director, CIO and COO for IDG
Communications

William Maher

Editor in Chief
CRN

William is the Editor in Chief of CRN Australia, and has over 25 years experience writing about technology as a journalist, editor and corporate writer.

 

 

David Norris

Managing Director
Nortec IT

I am an experienced entrepreneurial business owner, IT professional and Speaker. For over 30 years I have worked in the IT industry, initially at a mainframe level. And yes I do remember punch cards. After a solid business and ethics grounding at both Westpac and IBM, I decided I could bring this professionalism to the small to medium business market. In the early 90's, there were very few experienced IT people service this market properly. Early on I developed the motto " Where Quality, Service and Experience Count". This is as true today as it was back in the 90's. Perhaps even more so today.

As would be expected over almost 25 years - I have guided and reinvented the business many times. Initially as a educational software provider to schools, to the biggest computer store in the Hills district. I then reinvented to the first Compaq Connect franchise store and finally to the business as it is today.