Speakers

  • Gus Balbontin - Speaker

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

    From his humble upbringing in Patagonia, by age of 22, Gus had hitchhiked across Latin America, built and sold his first business and secured his dream job at one of the most loved brands in the world, Lonely Planet. As the former Executive Director of Lonely Planet he led the company through significant cultural and product transformation that put the company back in the black and ready to tackle a digital future. As a current investor founder and owner of a creative studio he is involved heavily in educating the next cohort of entrepreneurs and corporate innovators.

  • 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

    Brendan Dunn is managing director at BDC Services. 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. In late 2017, he 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.

  • Callum McDonald - Panelist

    Director, CSW-IT

    With Callum 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. In the proces, CSW-IT has attracted some of the market’s most respected IT vendors, resulting in valuable, long-standing relationships aimed at ensuring value for customers.

  • Gabe Marzano - Panelist

    Vendor Manager, Cyber Security, NEXTGEN Distribution

    Gabe Marzano is cyber security vendor manager at Nextgen Distribution, a role she came to in 2019 with an already extensive and diverse background. Gabe graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon as a Combat Engineering Officer, leading over 140 soldiers and becoming the first Army Diver in the Department of Defence. 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 and was appointed to the Executive Committee of Professional Footballers Australia in 2016.

  • 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.