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AIIA and KPMG: Navigating AI Report Roadshow – Brisbane

Thursday, 10 August 2023

}4:00PM – 6:30PM AEST

KPMG Brisbane Office, Level 16, Riparian Plaza, 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000


Join Dean Grandy, Partner at KPMG, Simon Bush, CEO at the AIIA, and expert panellists in unpacking how AI can be safely adopted across business and government. The event will also discuss the AIIA and KPMG major paper, Navigating AI which is an innovative guide to the development, use and adoption of Artificial Intelligence.

In the 21st century, machine learning, automation and AI are shaping up as the next great frontier for society to understand and adopt. Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate, with innovations such as ChatGPT changing the game for universities, artists, technologists and lawyers alike. The AIIA and KPMG have partnered in the belief that industry, including businesses of all size, require greater confidence and guidance in adopting these technologies for the benefits of their customer and society at large.


Dean Grandy

Lead Partner, Technology – Infrastructure, Government & Healthcare

KPMG Australia

Dean is a government digital and business transformation specialist with extensive experience in the Federal Government domain. He delivers management consulting engagements to a wide range of public sector clients both nationally and internationally, with a focus on the design and delivery of government programs of scale, complexity, and national significance.

Based in Canberra, Dean is the Lead Partner for KPMG Australia’s Technology for Infrastructure, Government & Healthcare (IGH) group, and leads the Modernising Government strategic initiative within Management Consulting.

Dean began his career as a non-politically aligned Ministerial advisor. Prior to KPMG, he worked as a Lead Partner in Federal Government for an advisory firm, and a Senior Executive at a global systems integration firm.

Simon Bush

Chief Executive Officer


Simon is an experienced business leader and strategic thinker with a career covering government, ICT, management consulting and media sectors. Simon has advised many of the world’s leading business consulting and technology companies in developing and implementing business strategies including assisting clients win large transformation deals as well as shape government policy and procurements worth billions to the industry.

Simon joined the AIIA as Head of Policy and Advocacy in 2019 before being appointed, via a competitive process, to the role of CEO in 2022. Simon’s early career included being a senior ministerial adviser in the federal government and held a senior management role at Accenture before setting up his own advisory and consulting business in 2003. Prior to joining the AIIA, Simon was also the long-term CEO of the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA). Representing the $1.2 billion Australian home entertainment film and TV industry with members including: Disney, Foxtel, Warner Bros, Sony, Universal, Roadshow, Madman, Paramount and Fetch TV.

Simon has an Honours degree in Political Science from the Australian National University and the University of California, San Diego. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Nicole Gillespie

KPMG Chair in Organizational Trust and Professor of Management

University of Queensland Business School

Nicole is a leading international authority on trust in organisations, and an International Research Fellow at the Centre for Corporate Reputation at the University of Oxford. Trained as an organisational psychologist, Nicole’s research and consulting over the past 20 years has focused on developing and repairing trust in organisations, leading with trust and developing cultures of trust, and helping organisations understand, measure and benchmark stakeholder trust.

Together with KPMG, Nicole has a program of research underway examining trust in emerging technology, including an international survey of public trust of artificial intelligence systems. Nicole is experienced in developing and validating measures of trust including measures used by the US Army and the National Canadian Trust Survey.

Nicole has worked with clients across the public and private sectors to develop and use evidence-based insights to inform trust building and repair, including in the finance and banking, natural resources, health, defence, higher education, R&D, and not-for-profit industries. In 2019, Nicole was made an Academic Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government for outstanding contribution to public management. She is a regular speaker at industry, government and academic round-tables and conferences, and her research is regularly featured in international and national media outlets.

Kate Seward

Corporate Affairs Manager

Microsoft Australia

Based in Melbourne, Kate is a policy expert at Microsoft working on a range of tech policy issues including AI.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Kate was a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group, advising both public and private sector clients, and spent time as a political adviser. Kate started her career at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with postings to the Australian Embassies in Beijing and Washington DC.

Kate has a Masters of Business Administration from London Business School.

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