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Technical Advisory Board

Terms of Reference    
  • Dr David Cook


    Technology advocate dedicated to advances and the progression of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), and cyber security, combined with research and academic engagement in six main areas, Business, Information Technology, International Relations, Security, South-east Asia, and Governance. Fluent in South-east Asian languages

  • Mr Mathias Gaertner


    Mathias Gaertner is a publicly accredited and sworn in expert witness for IT, Vice President at NIFIS e.V. MACS Snr CP (Cyber Security), IP3P Lecturer at the University of Applied Science in Darmstadt/Germany, Information and Computer Science Member Technology of the Steering Committee of the “Initiative IT-Sicherheit in der Wirtschaft” of the German Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Vice Chairman Global Information Security Forum, Diplomatic Council Vice Chairman of the National Initiative for Information Security, NIFIS e.V. Technical advisory panel Tripoli Rocketry USA CCIE #11220 since Mar. 2003, emeritus since 2015

  • Mr Chris Radbone

    Chair - Data Sharing Committee

    Chris has over 40 years Information Management and Technology experience working collaboratively and innovatively across the Private, Public and Non-for-profit (Welfare) sectors. Current role since 2009 as the Associate Director of SA NT DataLink, a nationally leading collaborative partnership across the University Research and Government sectors, operating an authorised facility for South Australia and the Northern Territory to safely share de-identified data for approved use and unit record level analysis. Chris specialises in collaborative partnerships to unlock the public's value from data, supporting innovative research, planning, monitoring, evaluation and analysis, enabling greater value and accountability from organisations and government resources. Chris has professional qualifications in information security, and deep experience in data governance and privacy protection protocols.

  • Professor Kimberlee Weatherall

    Vice Chair - Artificial Intelligence Ethics Committee

    Professor Kimberlee Weatherall is a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney Law School. Her research spans intellectual property law, the relationship between law and emerging technologies, and international trade law. Her research program has a strong interdisciplinary focus, having included projects with economists, cognitive psychologists, and, currently, social scientists and data science. She has been a member of assorted government advisory committees including the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property, and is a past winner of Linux Australia’s Rusty Wrench award for contributions to the open source community for her work on law reforms consequent on the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

  • Mr Louay Ghashash

    Vice Chair - Cyber Security Committee

    Louay is a Director with over 22 years' experience in Information security across number of industries. He has also acted as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) across number of customer engagements including Non-for-Profit and Retails and FSI. Louay has been providing advisory services for number of industries sectors: Banking & Finance, Transport, Government, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing and Gaming sectors. He has solid experience in providing security advisory for senior managers and Board of Directors. Louay has completed and lead number of large and medium security transformation programs across industries including Finance, Emergency, Utilities sectors, Fast food, City Councils, e-commerce and others. Louay has a solid technical background in technology and security technical solutions and controls. Louay holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master Degree in Networking Systems Engineering. He also holds the following industry certifications: CISA, CISM, CRISC, QSA and ISO27001LA

  • Dr Maria Milosavljevic

    Chair - Cyber Security Committee
    MACS Snr

    Dr Maria Milosavljevic is the NSW Government Chief Information Security Officer (GCISO). She works across NSW government, with Commonwealth, State and overseas governments, industry and academia to ensure a collaborative approach to cyber security. Her role focuses on building improved prevention, detection and a streamlined response to cyber security. Milosavljevic is also an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University (ANU) and Chair of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Cyber Security Committee. Prior to moving to NSW Government, Dr Milosavljevic was the CIO and CISO of AUSTRAC where she led the creation of leading-edge data analytics / AI technology and an Innovation Hub for the Fintel Alliance, a world-first public-private partnership between AUSTRAC and its public and private sector partners. As the CIO and CISO at the Australian Crime Commission she was the key driver in the establishment of the National Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability which won several awards including an iAward and an ACS Digital Disrupter Award. Dr Milosavljevic completed a PhD in Artificial Intelligence on a prestigious scholarship from the Microsoft Research Institute, graduated from ANU with an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). As a data scientist, Dr Milosavljevic has developed several world-first and award-winning solutions to difficult problems in the private and public sector throughout her 25-year career. She has also published widely and has been a keynote speaker for a range of conferences globally.

  • Mr Mohammed Khaiata

    Vice Chair - Blockchain Committee

    Mohammed is a digital transformation expert who successfully led and delivered complex large digital transformation programs, devised and executed IT strategy to have a higher level of alignment with business, streamlined business operations and functions by reengineering business processes and implementing integrated business systems. Mohammed is a TEDx speaker and a Board Member of several renowned organisations like the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management ANZAM and the Centre for Islamic Economics Australia CIEA. Mohammed is certified in Project Management (PMP), Information Systems Audit (CISA), Information Technology Management (ITIL), Building Internet Applications (OCP) and cloud technologies. He holds a Masters degree in Information Technology Management, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Artificial Intelligence and a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering. Mohammed is due to complete his PhD in emerging technologies from the University of Western Australia by the end of 2021.

  • Mr Peter Leonard

    Chair - Artificial Intelligence Ethics Committee

    Peter Leonard is a data and technology business lawyer and principal of Data Synergies. Peter was a founding partner of Gilbert + Tobin. He has worked as a legal and commercials adviser to global and Asia Pac data, communications and technology businesses for over thirty years. Following his retirement as a G+T partner in 2017 he continues to assist G+T as a consultant. Peter chairs the Australian IoT (Internet of Things) Alliance’s Data Access, Use and Privacy work stream, the Law Society of New South Wales Privacy and Communications Committee and the Australian Computer Society’s Artificial Intelligence and Ethics Technical Committee. He serves on a number of advisory boards, including the NSW Data Analytics Centre, and a number of boards of directors. He is a former global chair of the International Bar Association's Technology Committee, former global vice-chair of the IBA's Communications Committee, and former director of iappANZ.

  • Mr Samuel Brooks

    Chair - Blockchain Committee

    Samuel Brooks is Chief Technology Officer at Block8, a leading distributed systems engineering company based in Sydney, Australia. After completing his degree in Electrical Engineering at UNSW, Sam worked as an engineer, analyst and project manager within energy and financial services. He has a key interest in the power of distributed software systems to create new value for the world, and sometimes writes about blockchains on his blog at

  • Mr Peter Runcie

    Vice Chair - Internet of Things Committee

    Peter is an independent consultant assisting organisations engage with the research sector to undertake research and development programs. In recent roles at Data61 Peter led the development of CSIRO’s Future Communities strategy and Data61’s digital innovation mission program addressing smart cities, energy, supply chains and genomics. He is active in the IoT space being on the board of the NSW Smart Sensing Network, a member of the IOTAA Water Sector working group and a member of the Australian Citizen Science Association. His formal qualifications include an MBA(Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and graduation from the Australian Institute of Directors Company Directors course. Peter is also an inventor on 28 granted patents in Europe, China and the US in the fields of voice and video communications, data networking, biometrics and the monitoring of civil infrastructure sensing and artificial intelligence.

  • Dr Stephen Hardy

    Vice Chair - Data Sharing Committee

    Dr. Stephen Hardy is the group leader for Data Platform Engineering at Data61, where he leads teams focussed on privacy preserving machine learning and government data analytics. He was previously Technology Director for Computational Analytics at NICTA, running data analytics projects across telecoms, finance, health and government. He also led the $18m, 3-year “Big Data Knowledge Discovery” project funded by CSIRO’s Science and Industry Endowment Fund. Stephen's has a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Sydney. He spent 12 years in R&D at the Image and Video R&D Centre at CISRA, Canon’s Sydney lab, where he was Senior General Manager. There he produced a number of innovations that were used in Canon's products worldwide. He is an inventor on 21 US patents and current applications and author of over 20 academic publications.

  • Mr Tom Zorde

    Chair - Internet of Things Committee

    Tom Zorde leads purpose driven communities to future-proof Australia for a changing digital world. He convened and lead volunteers to deliver a free-to-use wireless Internet of Things Communications Network for Western Australia which now enables entrepreneurs, academia, industry, rural and city councils. His efforts were recognised by the Australian Computer Society awarding the project the 2018 Digital Disruptor award for transforming skills of work teams 21 to 200 staff. In addition to launching the world’s first certified internet of things practitioner accreditation in compliance with ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standards, Tom is a respected leader nurturing collaboration across industry, government and academia, and is a sought-after advisor for organisations embarking on digital transformation. Twitter: @TomZorde LinkedIn: