Australian Information Industry Association
National Board of Directors
The AIIA's influential Board of Directors are leaders in the technology business community and set the agenda for the Digital industry in Australia. The Board of Directors oversees all AIIA operations, develops the National Business Plan, and sets the strategic direction of the Association.
Directors are elected for a period of three years from the date of their election. The Board selects appointed directors and their terms may be up to three years.The Association’s Chair is selected from, and by, members of the Board.
As the Managing Director of Optus Business, John Paitaridis leads Optus’ enterprise, business and government organisation. With 25 years’ industry experience, he is accountable for all aspects of sales, marketing, products, operations and service delivery.
Optus Business provides a wide range of network and technology solutions to support customers with their digital experience, innovation and transformation objectives. Key services include voice and data networks, enterprise mobility, collaboration, cloud and cyber security services.
John joined Optus in 2012, bringing a deep understanding of the telecommunications and ICT requirements of enterprise and government across many markets and industries. Previously, he was Executive Director at Telstra.
John has extensive experience managing businesses in the international markets including almost 10 years based in Europe and Asia. A seasoned senior executive, John has a strong track record of driving growth in revenue and profitability with a committed focus on serving customers and building high performance teams.
John holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2012, he was appointed as a member of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) National Board of Directors and in 2016 was elected Chair of the Association.
Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer,
As Deloitte’s Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Robert positions the firm to tackle the disruption of technology, new competitors, challenging economic conditions and changing regulatory priorities. His contributions to the Australian technology industry was recognised in late 2014, with his admission as a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.
Throughout his career, Robert has retained his focus on technology issues, and is passionate about shaping the firm’s response to the huge changes to Australia’s society and economy because of technology, digital disruption and the shift to an information economy.
He is particularly known for his work in business transformation, digital disruption and information management through governance or board roles with professional and industry associations, his books, media and client work.
Charles provides corporate advisory services to the technology industry including business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity finance, and IPOs through his own company ITFC, investment bank KTM Capital and venture capital firm KTM Ventures. Clients range from the major banks to small startups.
Prior industry roles include COO for what was Australia's largest tech incubator, ATP Innovations, GM for ASX-listed UCMS, and exec roles at multinationals Hitachi Data Systems, HP, SAP Software and Unisys.
Charles has been involved in the AIIA for many years, including the AIIA board, Treasurer, Exco member, Chair NSW Council, iAwards Governance Council and inaugural chair of three Special Interest Groups. He is also a member of two surf clubs and in 2011 received an Australian Honours List Award for Courage relation to a shark attack.
Senior legal and business executive, company secretary, IP counsel/strategist and board director/observer. Deep experience in law and legal strategy, IP, commercialization, new ventures, licensing, HR, technology innovation, strategic fund management, governance and legal systems.
Group Vice President,
Moe Ali is the Group Vice President for Gartner Inc - the world’s leading research and advisory firm. Moe is responsible for leading Gartner’s business in the Australia and New Zealand region, his mandate is to execute Gartner’s corporate strategy in the A/NZ region to grow Gartner’s business across all sectors and industries.
With over 20 years’ experience in the ICT Industry, Moe has worked in several leading business management roles ranging from start-ups through to large multinationals, and has significant international experience in growing and scaling ICT companies, both in Australia and internationally.
Moe brings to the AIIA Board a combination of international leadership experience, and expertise in growing and scaling member-based organisations. Moe’s activities on the AIIA Board will be in line with Gartner’s policies regarding independence, no bias and objectivity.
Chief Executive Officer,
I am currently the CEO of SME Gateway, responsible for providing access to government for some 400+ members across Australia. This organisation has had significant growth in the last two years and now provides substantial input both through the AIIA and other sources (such as the DTA) for the formation of policy and implementation of engagement of SMEs with government and Defence.
I have been actively involved in the AIIA through the Federal Council in the ACT for eight years. During that time, I have been an active Council member, undertaking the role of Secretary and standing in when required as the Deputy and Council Chair.
My background is one of significant government engagement ranging from procurement and establishment of major panels through to the assistance in the formation of policy and execution thereof.
I have, of recent times, been working closely with the DTA and the examining the challenges of SME engagement.
Australian Data Centres
Megan James is the CEO of Australian Data Centres (ADC) based in Canberra. Australian Data Centres is the only privately wholly Australian Data Centre in the country and Megan has been with the organisation since its inception as a start-up. Prior to ADC Megan was one of the founding staff at Global Switch in Sydney (2001) when the awareness of data centres was starting to evolve. She has been in the IT Industry for over 25 years with roles in storage, hardware software and a dot.com start up.
She is passionate about Australian SME's, start-ups and supporting organisations as they evolve to the cloud and digital transformation.
Megan is the Vice President for Women in IT and Communications (WIC) based in Canberra which is a growing not for profit supporting students, and women in STEM and IT. She also sits on the Board of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) and is an activate advocate and public speaker in this space.
Megan is very active in the local community and also spends her spare time by the pool as a Bronze Certified Swim Coach, and mentoring young women and graduates.
Ken Boal is Vice President of Cisco Australia & New Zealand (ANZ). Ken has a twenty-year plus track record in the IT and Communications industry, supporting the public and private sector achieve transformation, improved productivity and sustainable growth through technology innovation. Ken is responsible for all aspects of Cisco’s business in Australia & New Zealand, spanning sales & business development, technical engineering, services, customer success, local partnerships and innovation.
Ken is passionate and committed to working with business and the higher education sector to enhance Australia’s economy. Outside of Cisco, Ken is the President of the Business / Higher Education (B/HERT) Roundtable; on the board of the Australian Information Industry Association(AIIA); and co-chairs the Cybersecurity Alliance in the Business Council of Australia . He was also appointed to the Commonwealth Science Council in October 2014 and is a passionate STEM advocate.
Prior to joining Cisco, Ken spent 13 years at Anixter Inc/ NetStar and Honeywell Inc. in engineering, sales and management roles. Boal graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Communications & Electronics).
Ken currently lives in Melbourne with his wife and three children.
Murray Hurps has been coding for 24 years, and running profitable software companies in Sydney for 16 years, mainly in the Internet filtering space.
Having seen what Sydney was like for startups 16 years ago, and how far it has come recently, Murray has dedicated his last few years to organisations that support Australian startups. This work has included founding Startup Muster, the largest survey of Australian startups, running Fishburners, Australia's largest startup space, and significant volunteer contributions to #StartupAUS.
He's excited to contribute to the AIIA, and ensure it can engage with not just medium to large tech companies, but also our future medium to large tech companies.
DXC Technology Australia & NZ
Seelan is Managing Director, DXC Technology ANZ, created by the merger of CSC and HPE Enterprise Services.
Seelan has a razor sharp focus on delivering increased shareholder value and helping clients harness the power of innovation to thrive on change. In his role, Seelan has been instrumental in making strategic investments and securing key partnerships that have enabled DXC to successfully lead clients on their digital transformation journey.
He is focused on helping clients drive greater agility and innovation. Seelan believes that people are a strategic differentiator and is committed to developing next-generation skills throughout the organisation.
He has a solid track record of revitalising complex business units of multinational organisations and played a pivotal role in the recent acquisitions of both UXC and Xchanging.
Prior to DXC, Seelan held several senior executive positions with IBM. He joined IBM Australia in 1999, and worked across different regions and countries, including Australia, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and South America.
Information Professionals Pty Ltd
Mark formed Information Professionals Group (IPG) in 2005, after a career of successfully delivering Software Development and Business Transformation programs in the Telecommunications, Transport and Government sectors here in Australia, and overseas including the United States.
IPG now provides ICT and Digital services to government and other sectors in areas ranging from Business Transformation, ICT Strategy, ICT Sourcing, Information Management, Enterprise Architecture and Digital Innovation. Mark is a highly credentialed program manager and adviser, specialised in leading, reviewing and advising organisations on the delivery of ICT, Digital & Business Transformational Programs.
Mark was appointed to the QLD Council of AIIA in 2013 and to the AIIA Board of Directors in 2015. He holds a Degree in Applied Science – Mathematics, an MBA, and executive education with Harvard Business School and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
As the Managing Director of Microsoft Australia I'm responsible for Microsoft's business here, ensuring the company meets the needs of all our customers and the 11,000 plus partners who sell or build on the Microsoft platform.
As a senior technology industry leader I live and breathe client success through the application of technology.
I see my role primarily as motivating high calibre people to focus on helping clients achieve the outcomes they seek for their businesses and organizations.
Before taking on the role of Managing Director, Microsoft Australia, I was Director of Microsoft's Enterprise and Partner Group, bringing together business insights, technology and people to deliver great solutions for some of Australia's largest companies. I look forward to being considered to join the board, with Mark Leigh (Director - One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Australia) as my delegate.