Founder and Chairman at Infrastructure Masons & CEO at Virtual Power Systems
Dean Nelson is a seasoned technology executive with 32 years of experience deploying $10B of digital infrastructure projects across 3 continents.
Dean is currently the CEO of Virtual Power Systems, a software platform that unlocks stranded power in datacenters, the Founder and Chairman of Infrastructure Masons, a professional association of industry executives and technology professionals uniting the builders of the digital age, and the Founder and CEO of Dean Nelson Inc, a strategic advisory and consulting company serving startups, fortune 500 companies and investment firms.
Previously, Dean led Uber’s Metal as a Service function supporting Uber’s ridesharing business delivering over 100 million trips a week in more than 600 cities spanning 6 continents, as well as UberEats, UberFreight, UberHealth, UberForBusiness, and Autonomous vehicle and UberAir development.
Prior to Uber, Dean worked at eBay Inc for 7 years as the Vice President of Global Foundation Services, which served over 300 million active users enabling over $250B of enabled commerce volume annually. At the end of his tenure, his team successfully integrated, then split eBay and PayPal infrastructures into two independent internet companies. Prior to eBay, Dean worked at Sun Microsystems for 17 years in various technical, management and executive leadership roles. His final project was the consolidation of Sun’s multi-billion dollar global technical infrastructure portfolio of over 1,000 facilities. Dean holds four US patents.
Global VP Infrastructure & Cloud Services at Starbucks
Chris Halstead is Vice President of Infrastructure and Cloud Services at Starbucks Coffee Company. Chris and his team are responsible for foundational technology service delivery across the worldwide Starbucks enterprise, which includes private data centers, corporate offices, manufacturing and distribution locations, Starbucks Reserve Roasteries, and integration with public cloud partners.
In addition to engineering and operating core technology infrastructure services, the team plays an instrumental role in financial management and strategic technology alignment to deliver on critical business initiatives, leveraging on-premises capacity and integrating an expanding footprint of cloud environments.
Chris joined Starbucks in 2007 and has been leading infrastructure teams there since 2011. Prior to Starbucks, Chris held both individual and leadership roles at John H. Harland Co., Delta Air Lines, SourceLabs, and Amazon. He contributes to industry advancement and improvement through membership in Infrastructure Masons and participation in Customer Advisory Boards for Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Business Application Platform.
Lucy is the Co-Founder and CEO of NOBL, a culture change organizational design firm. She believes in building legendary cultures and helps her clients operationalize their wildest ambitions. She embodies a bias-to-action, using her experience in operations, human resources, and organizational strategy to drive meaningful and lasting change. Previously, she was a VP at the fashion house Rag & Bone, an advisor to the global digital studio ustwo, and partner at Undercurrent, a leading digital consultancy.
Futurologist | Author | Professor | Board Director | Chief Scientist
Rocky Scopelliti is a world-renowned futurologist. His pioneering behavioural economics research on the confluence of demographic change associated with Millennials, and digital technology, have influenced the way we think about our social, cultural, economic and technological future.
His new Australian-first book just released Australia 2030! Where the bloody hell are we?, is a fascinating window into Australian professionals sentiment about the decade ahead, based on a major study conducted before and during the eye of the COVID-19 storm. His other book ‘Youthquake 4.0 – A Whole Generation and The New Industrial Revolution’ has now being translated into Vietnamese, Korean, Indonesian and Chinese languages.
As a media commentator, his unique insights have featured on SKY Business News, The Australian Financial Review, ABC Radio National, The Economist, Forbes and Bloomberg. As an international keynote speaker, his presentations have captivated audiences across Asia Pacific, the USA and Europe including Mobile World Congress. As a thought-leader, over 150 boards and leadership teams, including Fortune 100 corporations, each year seek his advice on strategy.
In an executive capacity, he is a member of the Optus Business Leadership team as the Director, Centre for Industry 4.0 where he leads the specialist team creating world-class thought-leadership and innovation on the 4th Industrial Revolution.
In a non-executive capacity, he is an Adjunct Professor Industry at the University of Technology Business School, a director on the board of Community First Credit Union, on the advisory board for REST Super and Wake by Reach and former member of the Australian Payments Council.
Educated in Australia and trained in the USA at Sydney and Stanford Universities respectively, he has a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Management and an MBA. He is also a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Associate Partner at McKinsey (former distinguished engineer at CBA)
Keerthi is an Associate Partner at McKinsey who leads the core technology and cloud practice in Australia. Some of his recent publications include Six practical actions for building the cloud talent you need and Seven make-or-break API challenges CIOs need to address outlining challenges and actions needed to unlock the 10x talent that are critical to beating the odds and achieve success.
At McKinsey he works with CIOs and Technology leaders globally on scaling holistic tech transformations enabled by next generation technologies. He has served fortune 100 corporations, top banks, telcos, pharmaceuticals and public sectors across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia on digital transformations covering strategy, architecture, operating model, implementation and talent management. He has also held several technology leadership roles for a Digital Bank build and Digital Telco transformations.
25 years diverse IT leadership experience leveraging people, process and technology to transform business & IT. Drives digital outcomes impacting growth, productivity and user experience through cross discipline partnerships and driving synergies between business leadership, operations and IT.
Global Chief Technology Officer at Dell Technologies
John Roese is Global Chief Technology Officer at Dell Technologies. In this role, John is responsible for establishing the company’s future-looking technology strategy and fostering innovation to make sure Dell Technologies is at the forefront of the industry with ground-breaking technologies that anticipate customers’ needs across the portfolio.
John joined Dell EMC in the fall of 2012 and was instrumental in shaping Dell EMC’s technology strategy as the company embarked on new growth and leadership across three of the most transformative trends in the history of IT – Cloud, Big Data and Trusted IT.
Prior to joining Dell EMC, John was the CTO, GM, and leader of several technology companies including Nortel, Broadcom, Futurewei, Enterasys, and Cabletron systems. In addition to his roles as CTO, John has been a Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Information Officer in publicly traded companies.
John is a published author and holds more than 20 pending and granted patents in areas such as policy-based networking, location-based services, and security. John has been active in numerous boards, including ATIS, OLPC, Blade Networks, Pingtel, Bering Media, and the Cloud Foundry Foundation. He currently serves as a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council, NYU Wireless Industry Advisory Board, and the Purdue Research Foundation / Purdue University Lab to Life Technology Leaders Advisory Board.
Mike is the Senior Director of Cloud at VMware. He has a strong passion for driving business transformation through technology and has been doing so since 1996 – always maintaining a key focus on the leadership of emerging technology solutions to market and helping customers on their digital transformation journeys.
At VMware, Mike leads the cloud sales team and go-to-market efforts across Australia and New Zealand, as well as having a particular focus on the continued acceleration of VMware’s Multi-Cloud strategy and growing VMware’s Cloud Provider Program.
Prior to VMware, he has held leadership roles including Head of Cloud in Australia for the Singtel/Optus group, CTO for Broadreach, advisory roles at Citigroup UK, and previous roles in several IT organisations. Mike has strong experience across many different technology domains including Cloud, Digital Workplace, Security, Networks, and Applications; with core focus on leadership, driving business growth, and exceptional commitment to high quality customer outcomes.
VMware software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. The company’s cloud, app modernisation, networking, security, and digital workspace offerings help customers deliver any application on any cloud across any device. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from its breakthrough technology innovations to its global impact.
Jason O’Connell is Chief Technology Officer for Macquarie Bank. Macquarie Bank is the Australian retail banking arm of Macquarie Group.
As a Digital only bank, Macquarie has invested heavily in technology, and has close to 100% of its systems running on public cloud. Jason has a strong focus on the power of platforms to improve developer experience, as well as automation at scale. Strategically Macquarie Bank is moving towards cloud-native higher order services, to reduce operations, increase scale and unleash innovation for the business.
As Director of Strategic Research at ADAPT Matt Boon, is responsible for directing and developing ADAPTs research content and positions. In his role at ADAPT Boon advises C-Suite executives across the end-user and technology provider landscape. Boon is also responsible for bringing together groups of C-Suite leaders to discuss and prepare for the myriad of challenges and opportunities they face.
ADAPT host’s numerous industry leading IT focused events annually and Boon is responsible for hosting, chairing and delivering ADAPT independent content and positions to help attendees make informed IT decisions.
Aparna Sundararajan leads the emerging and disruptive technology research agenda within ADAPT’s strategic advisory team. As Senior Research Strategist, her role is to create independent advice for the Australian C-Suite around emerging technologies, trends and investment priorities and developing industry leading content for the ADAPT portfolio of Edge events.
As a technology analyst and marketer, Aparna aligns the burning issues of senior executives with digital business dynamics and emerging technology capabilities to create strategic advice for ADAPT’s Members and Strategic Partners.
Aparna has had 12 years working in the IT services sector, much of it with Gartner, where she developed independent advice for senior IT managers on the emerging roles and responsibilities they face in digital technologies, digital customer behaviour, and business model transformation.
Jim is well known in the local market for delivering on his promise and his entire career has been spent connecting the right people at the right time in roles across Europe, China and Australia.
He founded ADAPT to deliver quality outcomes with integrity and now in our 8th year, growth has been consistent. Jim is still positioned across sales and account management where he delivers innovative results and programs and leads by example.
He also runs entrepreneurial product development and the evolution and clear differentiated value of ADAPT’s offerings. As well as a NSW Small Business Excellence nomination, ADAPT were 55th in BRW’s 2014 Top 100 Start Ups – Jim’s 3rd time there – previously as Founder of Strategic Path, an award-winning ICT publisher, he steered the company to make the list in both 2009 and 2010.