Dr Ian Oppermann - Committee Chair

Dr. Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist and CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre. Ian has 25 years’ experience in the ICT sector and has led organisations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) 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 and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3500 times.

Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a PhD in Mobile Telecommunications from The University of Sydney. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, is a Fellow and Vice President of the Australian Computer Society, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian is also president of the Australia National Committee of the IEC and president of the JTC1 strategic advisory committee in Australia.

Professor Joanna Batstone

Professor Joanna L. Batstone, is the inaugural Director of the Monash Data Futures Institute and is responsible for bringing together data science and AI capabilities from across the University. Joanna is growing a digital ecosystem that fosters collaborative interdisciplinary research and promotes lasting industry engagements. An exceptional thought leader in the development and application of AI and data analytics, Joanna is passionate about the benefits of AI in driving lasting and transformative change for social good.

Prior to joining Monash, Joanna worked for IBM as Vice President, Innovation, IBM Corporate Strategy, based in New York. Joanna held a variety of technical and business leadership roles in IBM’s Research and Development Laboratories, including work with IBM Watson Data & AI.

Joanna is an experienced technology executive with international experience managing teams in the USA, Europe and Australia. From 2014-2017, Joanna was Vice President and Lab Director, IBM Research – Australia and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Australia and New Zealand. Joanna joined IBM in the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, in the Physical Sciences department.

Joanna received a BSc, in Chemical Physics and a PhD, in Physics from The University of Bristol, UK, followed by postdoctoral work at AT&T Bell Laboratories, NJ, and a Lectureship in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Liverpool, UK, before joining IBM. She received the Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America, the Robert Lansing Hardy Gold Medal from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society and the Cosslett Award from the Microbeam Analysis Society.

Emeritus Professor Stephen Dovers, FASSA

Emeritus Professor Steve Dovers originally trained as an ecologist and natural resource manager, and worked in agricultural experimentation, local government and heritage management. He later studied geography at graduate level, and gained a PhD in environmental policy in 1996. He became an academic member of staff at the then Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the ANU in 1997.

From 2009-2017 Steve was Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the ANU, and an inaugural ANU Public Policy Fellow. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, was inaugural Chair of the Management Committee of Future Earth Australia; Chair of the Science Advisory Committee of The Mulloon Institute, Associate Editor of the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, and member of the editorial Boards of the journals Local Environments, Environmental Science and Policy, and Resilience. Steve is affiliated with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, and is a Senior Associate with the advisory firm Aither.

Dr Stephanie Duce

Dr Stephanie Duce is a lecturer in Spatial Science at James Cook University. Her primary area of research is the application of geospatial technologies (e.g., Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing) to the study of Earth’s environment and natural processes. She is particularly interested in coral reef processes and geomorphology.

Stephanie first developed an interest in coral reef geomorphology (how reef features form and evolve) during her undergraduate degree at James Cook University where her honours research examined the impacts of harbour infrastructure on reef islands in the Torres Strait.

She later completed a Masters in Geospatial Technologies in Europe with a particular focus on spatial data interoperability. After a few years working as a spatial analyst in the environmental consultancy industry she decided to return to coral reef research and completed a PhD at The University of Sydney.

She enjoys multidisciplinary research and the opportunity to combine field work with a variety of geospatial technologies to better understand the world and our part in it.

Mr Paul Sherlock

Mr Paul Sherlock is the University of South Australia’s first Chief Information Officer and he has overall responsibility for the University’s Library and IT services. Prior to joining the University in 2001 Paul held senior ICT management roles at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and BHP.

Paul is Director and Chair of SABRENet Ltd. and the Project Director for the Federal Government funded National Research Network (NRN) Project. He is a member of the Director on the Board of the Australian Access Federation (AAF).

Paul is a former President of the Council of Australian University Director’s of IT (CAUDIT) and was a founding Member and President of the Australian Access Federation (AAF). He was also formerly a Member of the Australian eResearch Infrastructure Committee (AeRIC).

Paul leads CAUDIT’s benchmarking activity and is the author of the complexity index which is used by CAUDIT members to make meaningful comparisons of benchmarking data across the ANZ HE sector and internationally. Paul was a member of the AARNet Advisory Committee between 1998 and 2014 (including as Deputy Chair 2004-2008) and is a past faculty member of the CAUDIT Leadership Institute (2004-2008).

Mrs Rosie Hicks (ex-officio)

Rosie Hicks is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC).

Rosie has expertise and extensive knowledge of the Australian research infrastructure sector, and leadership experience as the former CEO of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF).

Her career, spanning Japan, UK and Australia, includes every aspect of scientific instrumentation, from product development and technical marketing to the management of multi-user facilities, working in environments that cross academic and industry domains.