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Green Olympics – Opportunities for Digital Infrastructure

Thursday, 19 October 2023

}8:00 AM – 10:00 AM (AEST)

SAP Australia, Level 20, 140 Creek Street Brisbane, QLD 4000


Join us for an exciting networking breakfast that explores the opportunities for digital infrastructure and how the Brisbane Olympics represents a once in a generation opportunity for Queensland and the nation. ‘The Green Olympics: Opportunities for Digital Infrastructure’ comprises a panel discussion by executives from industry, government and the research community and will share insights into how innovative digital technologies can not only make mega-events like the Olympics more sustainable but also drive business opportunities through digital infrastructure.

Tailored specifically for digital leaders and project investors, this high-impact networking breakfast will explore the symbiotic relationship between the sustainability goals of future Olympic Games and emerging digital infrastructure.

We will explore both the opportunities and the challenges facing Queensland’s massive investment in infrastructure in the leadup to the 2032 Olympic games and the opportunity for Queensland to position itself as a digital leader to the world to achieve community and business legacy outcomes post the Olympics. Such opportunities include areas such as digital twin investment by the state government – critical digital infrastructure that need to be open for utilisation by industry as an industry development enabler – transition to net-zero and resilient supply chains.

Join us for this exciting stand up breakfast networking event hosted and sponsored by SAP Australia.


Professor Raja Jurdak

Professor of Distributed Systems & Chair in Applied Data Sciences


Raja Jurdak is a Professor of Distributed Systems and Chair in Applied Data Sciences at Queensland University of Technology, where he is Director of the Trusted Networks Lab. He received the PhD degree in information and computer science, University of California, Irvine. Professor Jurdak spent a decade at CSIRO, where he established and led the Distributed Sensing Systems Group at Data61, to become one of the world’s leading large scale sensing research groups, from 2011 to 2019. He also spent time as visiting academic at MIT and Oxford University in 2011 and 2017. His research interests include trust, mobility, and energy-efficiency in networks. Prof. Jurdak has published over 250 peer-reviewed publications, including 3 authored books in the areas of IoT, Cyberphysical Systems, and Blockchain. His publications have attracted over 13,500 citations. He was an Embark Fellow in 2006, and Endeavour Fellow in 2011, and has won the CSIRO Medal for Environmental Achievement in 2011.

He serves on the editorial board of Ad Hoc Networks, Nature Scientific Reports, and on the organising and technical program committees of top IEEE international conferences, including Percom, ICBC, IPSN, WoWMoM, and ICDCS. He is a conjoint professor with the University of New South Wales, a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE Computer Society.

Graham Nicholson

Solution Advisor | Asset Intensive Industry Centre of Excellence


Graham joined SAP from Industry where he owned process and technology solutions bringing to life capabilities for the business to grasp its digital assets and then operationalise them for best Asset Management outcomes.  He also worked in Procurement as a process owner on solutions from network procurement through to contractor management, sourcing on digital platforms and expense management.

Graham current work sees him running initiatives to connect Customers, Product Engineering and Partners to deliver focused solutions across a range of subject areas from Collaborative platforms for both Master Data and Operational Asset Management, Digitisation of Public Infrastructure, Asset Health, Mobility Solutions and Long Term Budgeting and Planning and is always looking for new opportunities to delight customers on their SAP journey.

Barbara-Anne Bested

VP Sustainability (APAC)


Barbara-Anne Bensted is Head of Sustainability for APAC.

Barbara-Anne is an industry recognised technology influencer with more than 20 years’ experience leading digital transformation programs across Energy, Mining and Government organisations in Australia, USA, Southern Africa, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Barbara-Anne is passionate about the role technology can play in advancing sustainable practices in the public and private sectors. She is a Foundation Board member for WaterStart, a Nevada-Queensland State to State initiative and the Founder of Women in Energy & Water (Qld).

Prior to joining Capgemini, Barbara-Anne has held executive positions at KPMG, Origin Energy, Rio Tinto and Energy Queensland.

Patrick Mooney


Executive Chair

Impact Tech Ventures

Pat is Executive Chair of Impact Tech Ventures, a company that provides strategy and growth execution support to technology scaleups solving the climate and environmental challenges of the APAC region. ITV has also run the Australian Technologies Competition, a 13 year old national competition and international growth support program for scaleups, with more than 350 alumni (prior finalists) and a high calibre pool of mentors, judges and corporate partners.

Over 20 years in technology commercialisation and international business development has included cofounding three companies, angel investing and providing funding or commercialisation support to more than 900 early stage companies. Pat was a founding Adviser at Commercialisation Australia and its successor, Accelerating Commercialisation and subsequently Director of that national early stage funding agency. During that period 630 companies were funded with over AUD 320 million, in a very competitive process.

Pat has held a variety of Chair, Board and advisory Board roles in technology and non technology companies, government grant programs and industry advisory bodies, including NSW Cleantech Grants and Chair of AIIA’s ESG Advisory Network. He has judged a wide range of accelerator and award programs and delivered more than a dozen entrepreneurship and growth strategy programs in Sydney and Hong Kong. He is a regular speaker on climate and environmental challenges and technologies and co-author of two books on venture capital and angel investing.

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