The finishing touches to an incredible 2016 auIGF list of speakers

Posted by Cameron Boardman on 5 October 2016

With the 2016 auIGF less than a week away, we have some great news to share. Whilst the schedule is already packed with a high caliber of diverse and talented experts, spanning the breadth of the technology sector, we have three new additions to add to the two-day event in Melbourne on 11&12 October.

Rachael Falk joins the opening plenary focusing on Cyber Security and it’s with pleasure we can announce she has also agreed to join the team at auDA as Director Technology, Security and Strategy. Rachael was, until recently, the General Manager for Cyber Influence at Telstra Corporation, responsible for raising awareness on cyber security issues for all 35,000 Telstra staff.

Rachael is the co-author of the "Five Knows of Cyber Security", a highly regarded and often referenced approach that can be used to effectively manage cyber security risk from the Board down. Rachael is also a contributing author to Palo Alto’s Australian edition of "Navigating the Digital Age: A Cyber Security Guide for Directors and Officers".

Rachael has a keen interest in legislative and policy issues surrounding cyber security and has just completed an Advanced Masters in National Security Policy with the National Security College at the Australian National University (ANU).

Having Rachael join our team will ensure that auDA is at the forefront of cyber security thought leadership within the Australian digital community, and she will help galvanise our policy practises and set a new international benchmark for regulatory best-practice.

We’re honoured to be able to also confirm Victoria’s former Lead Scientist Leonie Walsh will join the “Getting girls into STEM” plenary on day one of our 2016 schedule. Leonie has had a distinguished career as a leading figure in the world of science and technology, and was recently named the inaugural Ambassador for Women in STEMM Australia. 

Leonie will bring to the stage 30 years of experience across a range of domestic and international industries, focusing on innovation efficiency, technology commercialisation and the future skilled workforce. She stands out as one of Australia’s most inspiring women in technology, working tirelessly to encourage more women and girls to pursue a career in science.

A good MC is integral to the success of any professional conference and in Ian Cover we have one of the best in the business. Ian is a founding member of the ABC Radio team the Coodabeen Champions, who have just completed the 36th season of their ever-popular Aussie Rules footy program.

As well as his role with the Coodabeens, Ian is renowned for his professional and entertaining work as an MC and facilitator at corporate, charity and sporting events. He has strong relationships with many businesses and organisations who engage his services on a regular basis.

Registrations close Monday 10 October, 5pm - you can register online