Calum Drummond


As Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President at RMIT, Professor Drummond has a leadership role in the development of discovery and practice-based research and in building and enhancing capability in research and innovation across the University.

Professor Drummond has a strong interest and passion for the commercialisation of research outcomes. He joined RMIT University in 2014 from CSIRO where he was Group Executive for Manufacturing, Materials and Minerals comprising 1300 researchers and research support staff and an annual budget of $250 million.

Professor Drummond is an active researcher with interests in the area of advanced materials, including application to energy storage and biomedical products. 


Dr Siu-Ming Tam is the Chief Methodologist/General Manager of the Methodology Division at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Dr Tam has a PhD in statistics from the Australian National University, is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and also an Accredited Statistician of the Statistical Society of Australia.

Dr Tam is currently Chair of the Task Force on Satellite Imagery, Remote Sensing and Geo-Spatial Statistics established by the United Nations Statistics Division and a past Vice President of the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS). He was also the foundation Editor-in-Chief of the Official Journal of the IAOS between 2007 to 2011.


Professor Glenn Wightwick is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is responsible for research activity and research policy development, postgraduate education, industry liaison, intellectual property and commercialisation.

Prior to his appointment at UTS in August 2014, Professor Wightwick was Director, IBM Research — Australia and IBM Australia Chief Technologist. He brings global experience from his role at IBM, having led teams in the US and China, worked on IBM’s global technical strategy and established a world-leading research laboratory here in Australia.

Professor Wightwick is recognised as a leader in developing Australia's ICT industrial R&D base and a significant contributor to innovation across the nation.


Dr Liming Zhu is the Research Director of Software and Computational Systems Research Program at Data61, CSIRO.

Dr Zhu holds conjoint full professor position at University of New South Wales (UNSW). He is the chairperson of Standards Australia's blockchain and distributed ledger committee.

His research program has more than 200 people innovating in the area of big data platforms, computational science and cyber security. He has published more than 150 academic papers on software architecture, dependable and secure systems and data analytics infrastructure.  His recent book is DevOps: A Software Architect's Perspective. 


Greg Stone heads Arup’s Digital Services business - aligning technology, business models, and processes to drive new value for customers and employees and more effectively compete in an ever-changing digital economy.

He brings 30 years of broad strategic, commercial and operational leadership together with over 15 years in the IT industry to the breadth of Arup’s built-environment business including commercial and retail buildings, rail, aviation, highways and utilities.

In particular, Greg applies his unique understanding of consumer, enterprise grade, global scale technology design and deployment gained through his nearly decade long period as Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft Australia to enable Arup to bring together these currently separate technology worlds to really change the way users and managers of built assets work and operate.

Geoff Prince


Geoff Prince has been the Director of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) since 2009. With 40 members drawn from universities, government agencies and learned societies, AMSI is the principal national voice for the mathematical sciences discipline. Its programs cover research and higher education, school education and industrial and commercial engagement. AMSI is recognised by government and industry as a leading provider of policy advice, services, programs and strategic initiatives.

Geoff has a long academic career as a teacher and researcher at RMIT, the University of New England and La Trobe University where he was Head of Department. He works in differential geometry, differential equations and their application. Geoff holds a BSc honours and a Dip Ed from Monash University and PhD from La Trobe University.