Speakers

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  • Gus Balbontin - Speaker

    Former executive at Lonely Planet, Founder, Investor, Mentor and Keynote speaker

    Born and bred in wild Patagonia, Gus Balbontin never allowed his small town and humble beginnings get in the way of his big dreams. A healthy disrespect for authority and a severe case of fomo (fear of missing out) landed him in Australia at the young age of 17. By the age of 22 he had dropped out of uni, hitchhiked South America, set up his first business and landed his dream job at Lonely Planet. Fast forward a few more years and he was leading the company globally, working with companies such as Google X, Nokia and Amazon on the latest technology, creative cultures and high performing teams. Seeking a change from corporate life, he hung up his boots as the Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet and decided to move back to his entrepreneurial roots, becoming an investor, founder and mentor across the start-up ecosystem in Melbourne. He loves sharing a story, he loves even more, knowing those stories make a difference to people, helping them in their own business and life. Over the last 3 years Gus has presented to audiences of 10 across regional Australia and New Zealand, to audiences of 10,000 across North America, Europe, South America and Asia. To him there’s no difference. Small, large, private, public, board room to mail room, his lessons hit a chord, his simplicity disarms you, his energy infects you and his counterintuitive way of looking at the world will motivate you to do things different. Often thought as futurist, not because he predicts the future, but instead because he helps you focus on what you can control to deal with any future. Still want to talk trends? Sure! He loves as much as the next person trying to imagine a world run by AI, but he warns that getting too distracted with future guesses will only take time away from you and your company to actually do something about the future.

  • Keith Buckley - Speaker

    Managing Director and Area Vice President A/NZ, Citrix

    Keith Buckley joined Citrix in January as Managing Director and Area Vice President having held previous leadership positions with multiple senior operational and sales positions at Riverbed, McAfee, Symantec and Dell. Keith’s depth of experience in cloud, security and channel complements his proven leadership skills to drive Citrix’s go-to-market strategy for customers and partners in ANZ.

  • Brendan Dunne - Panelist

    Managing Director, BDC Services

    As an outcome-driven professional, Brendan Dunne has a proven track record of spurring revenue acceleration, optimising productivity and leading the way through uncharted territories. During his 10-year career in the IT industry, Brendan has been responsible for delivering key national refreshes of aging IT infrastructure for both the government and private sectors. Brendan has also been responsible for delivering change initiatives for customers looking to implement IT management strategic plans, and establishing key relationships with international specialist vendors such as ServersCheck (an IoT solution vendor) to identify new client markets. In late 2017, Brendan branched out and started his own company, BDC Services – offering a unique suite of technology solutions including IT infrastructure, electrical, cooling, data and comms, and AV conferencing systems. With a go-to-market strategy of increasing ‘solutions’ per customer, BDC Services focuses on building strong accredited partnerships to offer end-to-end business technology solutions. In a market crowded with incumbents, Brendan Dunne’s approach to business is centred on using smart business practices and systems to deliver consistency of service as a ‘turnkey’ or the ‘go to’ provider.

  • Callum McDonald - Panelist

    Director, CSW-IT

    As much as he might tell you otherwise, Callum McDonald’s rise as a dynamic, innovative, forward-thinking tech entrepreneur is based on a solid foundation of hard work, attention to detail and exceeding client expectation - all with a cheeky smile. With McDonald at the helm, CSW-IT has been able adapt to gravitational shifts in the industry which has afforded the opportunity to transition accordingly and often ahead of the curve. This flexibility and ability to forecast and then adapt has not gone unnoticed, attracting some of Australia and the World’s most respected IT vendors, resulting in valuable, long-standing relationships that ensure value. McDonald’s vision of accomplishment and something he takes great pride in is successful technical outcomes delivered with next generation technology. The idea that supreme customer satisfaction is enhanced through future-proofing the solutions CSW-IT delivers is a cornerstone of his vision and one that distinguishes him from his peers. Driven by innovation, relevance and new technology, McDonald’s penchant for customer satisfaction is reliant on solutions that push the limits of what is possible and represent a path forward rather than wasting time and resources on legacy systems.

  • Gabe Marzano - Panelist

    Vendor Manager, Cyber Security, NEXTGEN Distribution

    Gabe joined NEXTGEN Distribution in 2019 to lead the Cyber Security business and has since achieved >315% revenue growth, including >80% partner growth within the ANZ channel. Gabe has an extensive and diverse background; having graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon as a Combat Engineering Officer, leading over 140 soldiers and becoming the first Army Diver in the DoD. She was also a professional soccer player in the W-League, winning a Premiership with the Perth Glory in 2014 and W-League “Goal of the Year” in 2015. Gabe was also appointed to the Executive Committee of Professional Footballers Australia in 2016 and instrumental in negotiating Australia’s first Collective Bargaining Agreement for women’s soccer. Gabe transitioned into the corporate sector in 2018, as a Commercial Sales Executive at SAP before joining NEXTGEN Distribution in 2019. Gabe is passionate about cyber security and how technology shapes the world; and strives to become a global technology leader.

  • Jason Duerden - Panelist

    Managing Director, BlackBerry Spark A/NZ

    As Managing Director for BlackBerry’s Spark Division, Jason Duerden is responsible for building and executing the business in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). In this region, he drives strategy, operations and growth of BlackBerry’s next-generation platform, BlackBerry Spark.

  • Nikita Dhami - Panelist

    Head of AI & Machine Learning, DXC Technology

    Nikita Dhami is the Head of AI & Machine Learning, Analytics Business Solutions, at DXC Technology. This includes Customer Analytics & Marketing Automation as well as Risk and Financial Crime Analytics, across Australia and New Zealand.

  • Victoria Kluth - Panelist

    Managing Director, Araza

    Victoria Kluth is the CEO of Araza, a technology company that specialises in implementation of complex solutions, including cloud-based applications and enterprise systems integration, to ASX 200 organisations. Before starting Araza, Victoria had a successful twenty-four year corporate career where she held technology leadership roles.

  • Leon Spencer

    Editor, ARN and Reseller News

    As Editor of ARN and Reseller News, Leon is responsible for managing the publications’ editorial team and guiding the broader editorial strategy. Leon has a focus on the core issues of the local channel landscape and the broader enterprise technology sector.

  • Eleanor Dickinson

    Senior Journalist, ARN and Reseller News

    Having worked across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Eleanor Dickinson is now a senior journalist for ARN and Reseller News. She is responsible for driving conversations online and at events on all the major developments, trends and issues within the local IT channel and the broader technology industry.