Industry Advisory Board

The School of Information Technologies has a dynamic and engaged Industry Advisory Board. The main objectives of the Board can be summarized as follows:

  1. to advise the School's academics on emerging industry trends, opportunities and skills requirements into the future and thereby help the School’s strategic planning and curriculum development;
  2. to help connect the students with opportunities for internships and to undertake real-world projects in industry settings,
    to assist in providing access to guest speakers who can address students on relevant industry technology trends and challenges as well as insights into the changes that technology is making in their organisations,
  3. to help the School’s academics and students understand the research priorities and needs of industry and government organisations.

The overarching expectation from the industry advisory board is that it will assist the School to engage in useful and industry-relevant research and pedagogy.

If you are interested in joining the Advisory Board, or in obtaining further information about its activities contact John Warren, Manager External Relations, .

External members

Vanessa Beggs

Vanessa Beggs

Commonwealth Bank of Australia
General Manager, Organisational Development and Innovation Initiatives, ES, FS and Bankwest Human Resources

Vanessa has over 20 years experience in large corporations in roles spanning: relationship management; logistics; workplace management; program management; employee engagement, cultural change and transformation programs.

Currently responsible for developing and implementing culture, diversity, talent, leadership and capability strategies, aligned to the people strategies of ES, FS and Bankwest businesses.
Vanessa has led complex change and cultural transformations and most recently has developed an innovation strategy to encourage a culture of innovation that evolved into the introduction of core digital capabilities (Design Thinking, Experimentation, Agile, Data Analytics and Lean Productivity) and innovation initiatives such as Wired for Wonder, Innovation Festival, Unleashing Innovation fund and the Innovation Lab.

Prior to joining the Commonwealth Bank Group, Vanessa spent 9 yrs in roles developing retail distribution strategies and network development plans for several retailers. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Land Economics) and had undertaken post graduate study in Project Management, Corporate Real Estate, Change Management and General Management practices.

Dr Michael Cahill

Michael Cahill

MongoDB Inc.
Director of Engineering (Storage)

Michael Cahill was a founder and architect at database storage engine startup WiredTiger prior to its acquisition by MongoDB in 2014. He was an architect of Berkeley DB at Sleepycat Software and Oracle Corp., responsible for design and implementation of multiversion concurrency control, as well as SQL interfaces and programming language APIs. Previously, Michael was CTO at Sydney startup Bullant Technology, which grew tenfold and raised over US$30 million from investors including Intel Capital and JP Morgan during his three year tenure. Michael’s PhD from the University of Sydney is in the area of transaction processing and concurrency control. His work on a new algorithm for implementing serializable isolation received an ACM SIGMOD Best Paper award and was added to PostgreSQL 9.1.

Lawrence Crumpton

Lawrence Crumpton

Microsoft Australia
Technology Evangelist - Developer eXperience (DX)

As Microsoft Australia’s Academic Developer Evangelist, Lawrence works with universities, students, and educational departments to leverage the transformational opportunities presented by emerging technologies and ubiquitous computing with a particular emphasis on how it is changing the way people work, play & interact. For the last two years Lawrence has led Australian teams of students to Global World Citizenship victories in the Imagine Cup – a competition where each year over 300,000 students from 121 countries compete to address some of the world’s most difficult challenges using technology. As a result, teams "Eyenaemia" (2014) and "OpaqueMultimedia" (2015) each took home $50,000 cash prizes and are continuing to bring their solutions to market as startups to help people world wide. Born in the American Deep South, today Lawrence is proud to be an Australian citizen.

John Debrincat

John Debrincat

e-Corner Pty Ltd
Managing Director and CEO

John Debrincat has over 40 years of experience in business and the Information and Communication Technology Industry in the Asia Pacific and is CEO or eCorner Pty Ltd.

In 2003 he founded eCorner, an Australian specialist eCommerce solutions provider with over 2,600 customers and partners.

eCorner is a member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Professional Partners Program, and is Gold Certified under the GreenBizCheck Sustainability and Environmental Certification program.

John is a founding board member and Chairman of the ACS Foundation a charity that has raised over $45 million dollars in scholarship and research funds since 2001 to assist students to enter the information technology industry.

John is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and Honorary Life Governor and member of the Information Technology Advisory Board at the School of Information Technology, Sydney University.

John is also Director of and RNC Alliance Pacific, focused on environmental restoration and management.

Berne Gibbons

Berne Gibbons

Director of Health Technology

Berne Gibbons serves as an Asia Pacific Managing Director at Sláinte Healthcare Limited. Ms. Gibbons has been responsible for the rapid growth of Slainte Healthcare’s business within the Asia Pacific region. She has over 30 years of experience working within the healthcare industry. She started her career as a Theatre Nurse at Sydney Hospital and moved into leadership roles in Glaxo Wellcome, Mayne Health, Chief Executive Officer of Central Hospital Supplies then Telstra, where she was responsible for development and delivery of the strategic plan for their healthcare business. She believes the role of technology is a key enabler for delivering sustainable healthcare. Her passion is to bring young graduates into healthcare ICT, comfortable that their careers will be paved with the success of adoption of the technology that will improve the health of all.

Berne also holds the position of Chair of the Australian Information Industry Association Special Interest Group for Health and is a member of the Faculty of Health Deans Advisory Board at UTS.

Claire Jorgensen

Claire Jorgensen

The University of Sydney
Director, Digital Strategy

Claire Jorgensen is an influential IT and strategic business executive with over 20 years’ experience in blue-chip, government & education organisations. Claire leads teams to achieve maximum potential in high volume, demanding environments by providing strategic direction, management and leveraging the strengths of each team member. She takes a leadership role in the development of organisational culture and values within the organisation to foster and support the growth and development of people.

Claire is currently the Director, ICT Digital Strategy at the University of Sydney, responsible for the University’s digital strategy and a plan to support digital transformation across the University. Claire understands the current and emerging digital realities, opportunities and threats and acts as a champion for change in the use of information and technology to orchestrate digital transformation through data-driven decisions. She works across the University and develops strong relationships with senior University executives and external stakeholders to drive an understanding of the value of ICT. Her outstanding organisational and project management skills with a focus on excellence, accountability and ‘attention to detail’ enable her to deliver against key project commitments.

Dan Lacey

Dan Lacey

Graduate Recruiter

Dan is the Graduate Recruiter for Atlassian’s HQ in Sydney.

He has worked in Graduate Recruitment for the past 9 years within Investment Banking and Tech Consulting and has now found home at Atlassian, an Australian Software Success story!

Atlassian’s growth since start in 2002 has been phenomenal. Dan now recruits a large number of graduates and interns into areas such as Software Development, Site Reliability, Product Management, IT, Design, Security and Infrastructure.

Dan is passionate about working with students and increasing diversity within the tech industry.

Roger Lawrence

Roger Lawrence

Hewlett-Packard Company
Chief Technologist, Innovation - HP Enterprise Services, Asia-Pacific & Japan

Roger Lawrence is Chief Technologist for Innovation in HP Enterprise Services, Asia-Pacific & Japan, responsible for facilitating innovation for enterprise clients across the region. He also works with senior client executives to understand industry trends and develop strategic solutions.

Roger has spent some 27 years in Information Technology and benefits from experience such as Mainframe Programming in the late 1980’s; Infrastructure Support and Consulting in the 1990’s; Architecture and Strategy Consulting in the earlier part of this decade; Consulting Practice Management & Group Management of Technologists, Technology Evangelism, Start-up experience and Marketing Strategy.

Roger was educated in South Africa, England, and Australia, and holds a Master Degree in Systems & Networking. He has worked with multi-national organizations across 5 continents, and currently resides in Sydney, Australia.

His passion is around enabling people and business with the latest technologies, especially where the virtual and real worlds intersect. Roger is currently the chair of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) Innovation Special Interest Group (SIG) and he regularly presents at industry forums.

William Murphy

William Murphy

NSW Government, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
Deputy Secretary, Service Innovation and Strategy

William was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary, Service Innovation and Strategy in 2014. Current responsibilities include driving NSW Government's transformation to digital government, better use of public sector data, ICT, Procurement and Shared Services Reform. Prior to this, William held the position of Executive Director, Strategic Policy. During his time in that role, he was instrumental in designing and delivering the New South Wales Government ICT Strategy and leading the implementation of the Government’s procurement reform agenda. Prior to that, William held various policy and strategy positions in the Commonwealth and NSW State Governments

Tina Raniga

Tina Raniga

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Talent Acquisition Manager, Australia and New Zealand

With 9 years’ experience in managing 360 degree recruitment cycles, Tina is acknowledged as an expert in IT&T and Sales Recruitment across the Banking and Financial Services, Retail, Utilities and Mining sectors.

Her advice is sought after in relation to matters ranging from recruitment strategies and employee engagement.

She is well-recognised for her talents, including managing the recruitment team for Tata Consultancy Services across Australia and Zealand and an active member of Employment Engagement programmes.

Tina holds Bachelors in Business Information Systems from the University of Paisley, Scotland and Certificate IV in Human Resources from the Australia Human Resources Institute.

Professor Aruna Seneviratne

Aruna Seneviratne

Director NICTA ATP Lab & Mahanakorn Chair of Telecommunications, UNSW

Professor Aruna Seneviratne came to NICTA from University of NSW where he was Professor of Telecommunications in the School of Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering.

Currently he is the Australian Technology Park Laboratory Director and the Leader of Networks Research Group. He holds the Mahanakorn Chair of Telecommunication at the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales.

Professor Seneviratne has over 15 years of telecommunication and computer systems engineering experience. His research interests include mobile data communication systems, in particular the development of mechanisms for managing the quality of service in wireless Internet environments.

Professor Seneviratne received his Bachelor of Engineering with honours in Electrical Engineering from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1979. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bath, UK, 1982.

Since graduating Professor Seneviratne has had rich international experience, having held academic appointments at the University of Bradford, UK; Curtin University and the Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales.

Outside academia, Professor Seneviratne has worked at the Standard Telecommunication Laboratories, Muirhead & Co, in the UK, and for Telecom Australia.

He has also held visiting appointments in France at the MASI Laboratory at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, and at the Rodeo Group at the National French Research Establishment, INRIA, Nice. In addition, he has been a consultant to numerous organisations including the Roads and Traffic Authority NSW, Telstra, Vodafone, Inmarsat, Xantic, and Ericsson.

Duncan Stone

Duncan Stone

Director, Open Innovation, Economics & Policy

Working across the Digital Change and Economics & Policy practices within PwC Australia Duncan is leading PwC's charge to accelerate the use of open innovation within large private and public sector organisations. Duncan has led the market in the use of Open Innovation approaches to tackle problems across a wide range of industries including transport, tourism, financial services, agriculture, food, asset maintenance, health, data and emergency management.

Duncan is one of the leadership team which developed and proved the value of a ‘need-led’ approach to innovation; combining the best of lateral thinking, design thinking, lean, lean startup and agile methodologies. These videos from a Transport for NSW project and QLD Government project might give you a flavour of what this style of 'getting things done' has been all about.

An econometrician by training, Duncan also continue to work with both governments and private sector clients by contributing to the key policy debates around the growth of Australia's digital economy. Key contributions include authoring Small Business: Digital Growth; The Startup Economy Report and Deciding with Data.

Sally-Ann Williams

Sally-Ann Williams

Engineering Community & Outreach Program Manager

Sally-Ann Williams is the Engineering Community and Outreach Manager for Google Australia.

She is responsible for a broad portfolio of programs including leading Google’s efforts in CS and STEM education & outreach (K-12), research collaborations with universities and entrepreneurship and startup engagement.

In her role leading Google’s CS/STEM education engagement she manages over 45 partnerships & programs designed to inspire students, equip teachers, and connect the community to the possibilities careers in CS can lead to. Most recently this work has included national implementation strategies to support ACARA’s Digital Technology curriculum and help position Australia as a nation of innovators.

In her role with the startup community she manages partnerships and collaborates with co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators, universities and the public sector to build and grow the ecosystem.

Stephanie Zieno

Amazon Web Services
Public Sector Business Development

Stephanie Zieno

Stephanie’s career has been focused on the Education and Public Sector industry while working in Account Management, Training, Sales, Marketing, Events, and Product Management. She is currently supporting the Public Sector business at Amazon Web Services, which includes Universities throughout Australia.

Prior to this, Stephanie worked at Gartner to support CIO’s and IT Leaders in the ANZ Public Sector/Education industry. In her work with the education community, Stephanie designed targeted industry specific events with focused content to address the challenges facing these roles today.

In previous roles, she worked to implement product development changes and create marketing strategies for new market segments as well as being a part of a team that focused on globalisation projects in offering a standard service and product delivery across the US and EMEA.

Stephanie is passionate about how technology is empowering learning and teaching in new ways and is thrilled to be at the center of this change and have the ability to truly innovate how organisations deliver on their mission.