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ACS QLD Bundaberg Chapter Presents: Tech Leader's Fireside Chat

Join a cast of leading Australian tech and innovation rock stars who will share their career journeys in ICT and business generally, their career triumphs, challenges along with insights into the cutting edge of emerging technology.

Registration End Date: Mon, 07 Nov, 05:00 PM

  • where

  • Bundaberg Multiplex
    1 Civic Avenue
    Bundaberg QLD 4670
  • when

  • Event Start: Wed, 09 Nov, 05:00 PM
    Event Finish: Wed, 09 Nov, 07:30 PM
  • event price

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<span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">Join a cast of leading Australian tech and innovation rock stars who will share their career journeys in ICT and business generally, their career triumphs, challenges along with insights into the cutting edge of emerging technology. Our panel will provide the valuable advice they wish they’d known as emerging professionals and leaders, and invite you to bring your burning tech career, leadership or technology project questions to ask on the night. The event will also provide a valuable networking opportunity for Bundaberg’s local tech and business communities.</span></span><br><br><img alt="User-added image" src=";oid=00D90000000o5NE&amp;lastMod=1663904274000"></img>

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Beau Tydd

Beau Tydd

Chair, ACS Queensland Branch Executive Committee and Co-CEO, Forticode 

Beau is an experienced company director, chairman and chief executive, CIO/CDO of companies in a wide range of industry sectors operating in the private, not-for-profit and research sectors. He has over 25 years’ of corporate advisory, strategy, innovation and scaleup experience in cybersecurity, smart cities, aviation, international development and research sectors to drive new business growth through digital transformation and organisational change, with a major focus on new and emerging digital technologies.

Beau is a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and a certified professional, Fellow at Griffith University for Business Strategy and Innovation (BSI), Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Chair of the QUT Science and Engineering Faculty Information Technology Industry Advisory Group, Member of the Healthcare Innovations Advisory Board at Bond University and Member of the Central Queensland University (CQU) ICT Course Reference Committee.   
He also Chairs the Oxfam Australia Philanthropy Advisory Board and is Chair the Queensland ACS Executive Committee and a member of the ACS Management Committee. 

He has also been invited to be one of ten (worldwide) independent grant reviewers for the Internet Society Foundation grants program and recently undertook a role in the Digital Advisory Group for the Queensland Government Department of Community, Housing and Digital Economy to advice on implementation of the Queensland Governments Digital Workforce Strategy. 

He is also Co-CEO of Forticode, an Australian company who developed Cipherise, a Next Gen identity management and authentication solution.

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Wayne Gerard

Wayne Gerard

Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur & CEO and Co-Founder, RedEye

Brisbane tech superstar, Wayne Gerard has been appointed as Queensland’s 4th Chief Entrepreneur. As the Executive Director and Co-Founder of global company RedEye, he is a key leader in Queensland’s innovation ecosystem and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. Wayne is passionate about cementing the value of having a competitive and sustainable innovation ecosystem in Queensland.

In 2015, he was named Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year. He has also been a serving member on several boards, including StartUpAus and the Premier’s Business Advisory Council. He will work alongside a newly established Advisory Council for Innovation. Together they will focus on maximising the support available to help open doors to the expertise and networks our innovation community needs to succeed in the new economy

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Rowena Barrett

Rowena Barrett

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship), QUT

Professor Rowena Barrett is QUT's Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship).  

Rowena is an experienced and authentic leader who brings integrity, purpose and commitment to engaging people across many domains inside and outside the university around entrepreneurial mindset and practice.

As an academic, Rowena is widely recognized as an expert in managing people in smaller and entrepreneurial firms. 

In 2021 she was appointed as a member of the Queensland Government's Innovation Advisory Council which works closely with Queensland's current Chief Entrepreneur, Wayne Gerard.

She also works with members of the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport to deliver Queensland Connects, a regional ecosystem leadership program.

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Gillian Gardiner

Gillian Gardiner

Chief Operating Officer – Innovation, Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport

Gillian is currently Chief Operating Officer, Innovation Engagement and Delivery in the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport. She is passionate about people, creativity and is especially committed to doing her bit towards a sustainable and reconciled future for Australia.

With 20+ years government experience at state and federal levels, Gillian has worked across a range of social and economic portfolios, including arts and culture, education, youth affairs, tourism, infrastructure, major events and innovation.
Career highlights include leading the legacy and festival programs for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games which featured an Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan and the distribution of more than 20,000 ex-Games assets to schools, sporting clubs and community groups all over Queensland.

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Ian Oppermann

Ian Oppermann

Immediate Past President, Australian Computer Society

Dr Ian Oppermann is the Immediate Past ACS President, NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist and Industry Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).  Ian has 25 years’ experience in the ICT sector.  These include senior leadership roles in Europe and Australia’s the Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO. Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy, a champion for the NSW Smart Places Strategy, and a regular speaker on big data. 

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1 Civic Avenue,Bundaberg,QLD,Australia

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