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Developing the Tech Talent of the Future

  • Grant Thornton Collins Square, Tower 5/727 Collins Street Melbourne Australia (map)

In recent years we’ve seen the introduction and surge in popularity of brand new roles in App Development, UX Design, Big Data, AI, Automation, Robotics, Cyber Security and Blockchain, largely as a result of evolving digital behaviour.

Buzz words like HealthTech, AdTech, AgTech, and pretty much anything conjoined with ‘tech’ signal the blurring of boundaries between traditional industries.  

Keeping up with our changing world of work requires access to continuous learning and micro credentials to attain the bite sized chunks of knowledge we need. It’s about access to the right content, at the right quantity and quality of choice, in the right time and context and, at the right price.

Our largest tech firms report that they are struggling to find the right talent and have resorted to recruiting overseas, or investing in internal boot-camps and academy training for those they do hire locally.

Enter the paradigm shift…

A new model of education will be launching in Victoria to better equip our talented workforce with the skills required by our domestic tech industry, and more broadly to support our aspirations as a global tech city. It will provide world class online content, delivered by leading local higher education specialists to curate the on-site learning experience. This will be coupled with the involvement of corporate sponsors to provide students with on premise, real-world experience.

In this panel discussion we’ll be joined by the tech companies, education providers and pioneers of this new education model to learn about its raison d'être, how it will better service our growing tech sector and what it means for future students, businesses and wider society.


Dr Andy Giddy
Andy originally trained as a veterinary surgeon before moving into clinical research and pharmaceutical development based in Switzerland. Whilst in industry he completed a Grad. Dip in Bioethics and various post graduate management & finance qualifications. In 2000 he returned to Australia as a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, completing a review of the QLD vocational training system in 2005.

In 2006 he returned to early stage pharmaceutical development as CEO of Nucleus Network Ltd a Research and Education Company. At this time he also became involved in TAFE governance at NMIT spending time as both Chairman and CEO. He is now full time at La Trobe University as Executive Director - Business Innovation with a focus on future business models.

He is a current member of the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria, a Director of Scientia Clinical Research Ltd, Vethear Consulting Pty Ltd and previously held directorships at Nucleus Network Ltd, AMREP AS Pty Ltd, Australian Centre for Health Innovation, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE.

Cameron McIntyre
Cameron was appointed Managing Director and CEO of Limited in 2017. Prior to this, Cameron held the positions of Chief Operating Officer (since October 2014), and Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for the previous seven years, including for the IPO of the company in 2009. Cameron has over 23 years of finance and operational experience and was a Non Executive Director of iCarAsia Limited from 2013 until December 2016. Cameron holds a degree in Economics from La Trobe University, Melbourne, is a graduate of the General Management Program at Harvard Business School and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).

David Latina
David is the Deputy Secretary for Jobs, Innovation and Business Engagement Group (JIBE) in the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR). The role of the JIBE Group is to help Victorian businesses grow, create more job opportunities, develop key industries and be innovative leaders.

David’s role is key to ensuring we build trust-based relationships with Victorian businesses from global enterprises to small businesses and start-ups, to achieve job outcomes that strengthen our economy. David is also involved in facilitating and enabling new investments, developing and attracting world class talent, supporting key industry capabilities, building on the state’s reputation for innovation and advocating for a competitive and fair business environment that creates more jobs.

He joins DJPR following his role as Deputy Secretary of Higher Education and Skills Group in the Victorian Department of Education and Training, where he was responsible for developing and supporting a quality, responsive and stable training system; building a stronger TAFE Network; strengthening higher education partnerships in Victoria; ensuring that skills met job opportunities, now and into the future; and actively promoting and supporting social inclusion, participation and lifelong learning.

David also brings a commercial perspective to the public sector, drawing upon his recent experience as Director at professional services firm Deloitte in its Melbourne office.

David joins DJPR with experience in Business Engagement having previously held a range of senior executive roles in the Victorian Government’s Economic Development Department over 15 years, including in Business Engagement and Industry Development, Small Business Victoria and Regulation Reform.

David has degrees in Commerce (with Honours) and Arts from the University of Melbourne.

Graham Goldsmith
Graham is Chairman of ASX listed SEEK Limited and is a non-executive director of Djerriwarrh Investments Ltd. He is an adviser to two family office boards and chairs Armitage Associates, a growth equity fund investing growth capital in a range of smaller companies in Australia. In addition he is a director of Stars Foundation, a not-for-profit engaged in the indigenous sector, and is a Trustee of Gandel Philanthropy.

He recently stepped down as Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology having served on the Council since 2010 and as Chancellor since mid-2014.

He was educated at Swinburne Institute of Technology in the 80s, and graduated in Accounting. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Graham’s professional career began with National Australia Bank in Melbourne, and in 2012 he left Goldman Sachs Australia where he had been Vice-Chairman and a Managing Director, after a 25 year career with the firm and its predecessors in Australia, working in both Melbourne and London.

Kee Wong
Kee is an entrepreneur with a background and qualifications in Engineering, Information technology and Business.

Since 1999, Kee has started several businesses and has made investments across a number of industries which include technology, services, retail, food and beverage, trading and property.

Prior to being an entrepreneur, Kee practiced as an engineer after graduating from Monash University. He practiced as an IT/Management consultant for a number of years before joining IBM in 1994 as a senior executive running part of its e-business group in the Asia Pacific region.

In 1999, Kee founded his first business, e-Centric Innovations – an IT/Management consulting firm that is still operating successfully in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, serving large multinational enterprises and governments.

Since then, Kee has started (and invested in) a number of other businesses and today continues to invest in startup as well as established businesses globally.

Kee is a Board member of He is also Deputy Chairman of Asialink and a Board member for the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the Committee for Melbourne and a member of the Metro Trains Melbourne Strategic Advisory Committee.

Kee is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Adjunct Professor of Engineering and IT at La Trobe University. Kee was awarded a Fellow of Monash University in 2010 and Distinguished Alumni in 2014. Kee has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.), a Graduate Diploma in Computing and an MBA.

Mary Lemonis

Mary is responsible for REA Group’s people strategy across its global network. She leads teams across business partnering, talent acquisition, remuneration, organisation development and HR operations.

With more than 20 years’ experience in HR, Mary is passionate about realising enterprise value and growth by creating an exceptional employee experience. Mary joined REA from Campbell Arnott’s where she was the Vice President – Human Resources for Asia Pacific for eight years, and worked in a variety of senior HR roles with Campbell Soup Company both in Australia and the US. Mary holds a Bachelor of Manufacturing Management from the University of Technology Sydney and is a founding member of the International Women’s Forum Australia.

Paul Naphtali
Paul is Managing Partner of Rampersand Venture Capital, an early stage technology fund backing Australia/NZ's most ambitious startups. Together with Jim Cassidy, Paul founded Rampersand in 2013 and has backed more than 20 companies including Assembly Payments, Expert360 and Sendle. Prior to Rampersand he was a senior exec with a number of venture-backed companies in Silicon Valley and the United Kingdom before returning to his native Australia.

Sarah John
Sarah is a product analyst working in Digital Payments at Australia Post. Upon joining Australia Post as a graduate she has worked across diverse teams including international product, major infrastructure and digital platforms. Originally focussing her career as a business analyst Sarah has recently moved into product to expand her skills in product development. Sarah holds a double degree in Bachelor of International Trade/International Studies. She is particularly interested in the FinTech space

Tony Bates
Tony joined the Department of Education and Training (DET) in April 2019 as Deputy Secretary – Financial Policy and Information Services.

Prior to joining DET, Tony worked as a Special Advisor reporting to the Secretary at Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) on the Victorian Government’s response to a range of issues related to autonomous, connected and zero-emission vehicles.

In 2018 Tony was the Lead Deputy Secretary - Police, Emergency Management and Corrections in the Department of Justice.

Tony has a breadth of experience in central and line agencies, most recently at the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) and Victoria Police.

At DPC, Tony was Deputy Secretary, Governance Policy and Coordination where he was responsible for public sector governance, performance measurement and reform, protective security and emergency management, public sector ICT policy, strategic communications and the department’s corporate services. He led the establishment of the Victorian Centre for Data Insights and Cyber Security Unit and the development of the Victorian Government ICT Strategy 2016 to 2020.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Science degree from the University of Melbourne, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an alumni of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government Executive Fellows program. Tony was awarded a Public Service Medal in January 2016 for outstanding public service to fiscal management in Victoria.

Vanessa Nimmo

Vanessa is a Protege Developer at MYOB and a recent career changer into tech. During her past life as a musician, she completed a Bachelor of Music in Composition at the Australian National University, Honours in Music at the University of Melbourne, and several performance qualifications. She wrote and performed award-winning music shows at Fringe Festivals, released an album of electronic music and taught music performance and composition for 17 years.

Vanessa chose coding as her new career to build software that makes a difference in people’s lives and to work with great people. She taught herself to code before completing a bootcamp as a part of MYOB’s Developher program, which aims to increase the percentage of women in technical positions. Vanessa is involved in local tech communities as an organiser, host and speaker, and aims to help the next generation of coders through the door.

Moderator - Bec Kempster

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