Australia's Blockchain opportunity

Australia's Blockchain opportunity

Sep 21
This livestream brings together some of Australia’s leading thinkers on blockchain, its opportunity and application in Australian business.
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Doug Campbell, General Manager Australia, Convergence.Tech
Greg Medcraft, Director, Salzburg Global Seminar
Dr Liming Zhu, Research Director, Software and Computational Systems, Data61, CSIRO
Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA

Event Overview

Like so much in the emerging tech space, some big numbers get thrown around when discussing blockchain potential in Australia.  While there is little doubt that blockchain or distributed ledger technologies bring tremendous opportunity for Australia’s economic and social development, what is the potential really, and how far advanced are we in realising these opportunities?  

Are our current ‘technology-neutral’ regulatory frameworks fit for that task? What other underlying fundamentals must we get right to enable Australia’s blockchain future?  And how do we ensure that business, government and researchers are working together to maximise the benefits to Australia?  

Join CEDA and a panel of experts from across business, government and research to explore these issues.

Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 12.30pm
WA: 11.00am

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details to the event coordinator.


Meet the speakers

Doug Campbell
General Manager Australia, Convergence.Tech

Doug is responsible for growing the Australian operation for Convergence.Tech. He is also leading the Blockchain Pilot project with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, the ATO and the local Spirits Industry. This eight-month project will identify efficiencies for both regulators and industry from the application of blockchain and stablecoin to excise processes. Doug brings over 25 years' experience helping organisations improve performance from leveraging information and analytics. From early roles in analytics with Citibank and SAS UK, he moved to Australia and pioneered the roll-out of data mining capabilities with SAS' Australia and NZ's major clients. Doug has joined Convergence.Tech after 15 years with Deloitte and KPMG assisting government and industry with major programs of work leveraging analytical solutions to drive performance improvement. Doug was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Analytics within Australia following his eight years' leading IAPA (the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia).

Greg Medcraft
Director, Salzburg Global Seminar

Greg is currently a director of the Washington-based think tank Salzburg Global Seminar. He was Director of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD from November 2017 until July 2021. One of his key initiatives during his time at the OECD was establishing the OECD Blockchain Policy Centre. Earlier appointments include Commissioner and later the Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Chair of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Board and a member of the Financial Stability Board.

Dr Liming Zhu
Research Director, Software and Computational Systems, Data61, CSIRO

Liming is a Research Director at CSIRO's Data61 and a conjoint full professor at University of New South Wales (UNSW). He is the chairperson of Standards Australia's blockchain and distributed ledger committee and on AI trustworthiness related committees. His research program innovates in the areas of AI/ML platforms, responsible/ethical AI, software engineering, computational science, blockchain, regulation technology, quantum software, privacy and cybersecurity. He has published more than 200 academic papers on software architecture, secure systems and data/ML infrastructure, blockchain, governance and responsible AI.

Meet the facilitator

Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA

Melinda is a company director, economist and experienced senior executive. She is a Non-Executive Director of Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of expert advisors. Melinda was previously a Non-Executive Director with Woodside Petroleum, Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia. Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund.

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