Meet the Speakers
Hear from our great line-up of venue and event industry experts who will share their thoughts on latest trends and best practices that drives technology innovation. More speakers to come!
Chief Executive Officer at Momentus Technologies
Alex leads the strategic direction for Momentus. He is focused on building a team of passionate Momentus colleagues, ensuring the organisation delivers on its value proposition to customers, accelerating innovation, and continuing fast-paced global growth.
Prior to this role, he served as a member of the executive board, chief operating officer and president of the Latin American region for SoftwareONE. During his tenure there, Alex was instrumental in driving profitable growth, industrializing global shared service centers, building an M&A and post-merger integration program with 20 acquisitions, and driving internal digital transformation. He also led the company’s successful IPO in 2019. Previously, Alex was a Managing Director at Thomas H. Lee Partners. He started his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Alex holds bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Alex lives in Austin with his family and enjoys running, and organising his collection of hoodies.
Chief of Staff at Doltone House
Andrew Blanda has worked for Doltone House for over 11 years, during which time he has experienced all facets of the business, including work in the Operations, HR, Projects and Business Technology team, most recently focused on the business processes and technology in use across Doltone House. Andrew’s background in IT, Learning & Development and Project Management ensures the development of business processes, deployment of IT solutions and training development continues to enhance the client offerings Doltone House is synonymous for.
Sales Director at Humanforce
Andrew Williams is an accomplished business leader with over 20 years of experience in enterprise software and 15 years of experience in the workforce management and human capital management technology sector. Andrew joined Humanforce in 2010 and today holds the position of Sales Director. He has played a key role in the company’s growth and ongoing success. In recent years, Humanforce has expanded its global footprint and established itself as a leading provider of workforce management solutions, serving clients that rely on shift-based, ‘deskless’ workers.
Andrew has a deep understanding of the workforce management challenges faced by businesses and helps them achieve their goals by driving workforce efficiency and automating HR and operations processes. With extensive experience working with large-scale workforces across a range of industries, including the sports, leisure and events industry, Andrew is a sought-after speaker and has delivered keynotes and workshops at leading conferences and events worldwide.
Director of Sales at Momentus Technologies
Angie leads new logo acquisition across Asia – Pacific and is responsible for the regions overall GTM strategy, recently she has been focused on building a strategic solution-based team who are driven by one of Momentus Technologies core values, Humility.
Prior to moving into SaaS, she worked in the hotel industry with her last role responsible for driving revenue into the ANZP region for the Marriott International group as Market Director of Sales. Angie’s other roles have seen her drive on property sales at hotels such as Pier One Sydney Harbour, InterContinental and Shangri-La Sydney as well as time in corporate travel management.
Passionate about all things DE&I she constantly challenges how you look at things in this space and offers insight from a different perspective. Angie lives in Sydney with her partner, three children and has what she calls a healthy obsession with Hip Hop, Rap, R&B, Soul!
Sales Director – Asia Pacific at Uniguest
After 15 years in the AV industry, Ben joined Uniguest to manage the APAC team with a focus on developing solutions for large venues across the region, to enhance their Digital Signage, IPTV and Content Distribution systems.
With a passion for integrating systems and making AV easy for the end user, the Uniguest team have delivered fully integrated Digital Signage solutions to some of the region’s largest and newest venues across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Working closely with Momentus, Uniguest have created a cutting edge solution to automate site wide content management.
Chee Chiang Ang
Senior Vice President, Centre Management at Constellar
Overseeing Centre Management at Singapore EXPO, Chee Chiang enables operational excellence and engaging customer experiences across all our visitor touchpoints. He also champions the sustainability efforts towards becoming a net zero carbon MICE venue with environmentally friendly practices.
Chee Chiang’s rich experience in operations, compliance, strategy and sustainability comes from his previous tenures at Parkway Shenton, National Healthcare Group, Changi Airport Group and National Environment Agency.
Solutions Architect at Momentus Technologies
Whilst Chris’ professional career was shaped in the convention industry, it has been defined by over a decade at Momentus Technologies. Chris has held numerous consulting roles within the Professional Services team, and today as the region’s Solutions Architect, is relied upon for his ability to leverage the lessons learned of others, applying proven concepts, designs, and patterns to deliver economically viable complex solutions. His vast technical capabilities and knowledge of the Ungerboeck solution enable him to elicit requirements, visualise strategies, and construct solutions to facilitate the expansion of not just an organisation’s use of the software, but the application itself.
With a vast array of experience across the entire Southeast Asian region in all Ungerboeck’s industry verticals, Chris’s experience is virtually unrivaled – not just within Ungerboeck, but within the Venues & Events Industry as a whole. He is widely respected by both his peers, and by the customers that he has worked with to help them overcome any perceived limitations with their software, people, and process.
Chris lives in Adelaide, Australia, with his wife, Kendall, who are both passionate volunteers with a local wildlife refugee center.
Event Systems Development Manager at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
With over 30 years’ experience in Convention and Exhibitions venues Dale is the Event System Development Manager at Brisbane Conventions and Exhibition Centre – part of ASM Global
As well as managing the Momentus software for the venue his primary responsibility is to identify outmoded processes and replace these with contemporary solutions , streamlining business processes and implementing best practices.
Dale assists other ASM Global Venues in APAC and EMEA regions to promote consistency across these venues as well as encouraging the best use of event systems.
Event Coordinator at H3
With seven years of event industry experience, Dana brings a wealth of knowledge to the H3 team and is a valued emerging leader. As an Event Coordinator for Impact Events at H3 Group in Hamilton, New Zealand, key areas of her role include working with internal departments, contractors and clients to deliver exceptional events across Hamilton’s premier venues, including GLOBOX Arena & Events Centre, Claudelands, FMG Stadium Waikato and Seddon Park.
Dana is an integral part of the H3 Ungerboard, a group of representatives responsible for driving new initiatives and seeking growth opportunities within Ungerboeck and across the wider business. In an ever-changing industry and as part of the Ungerboard, Dana places focus on driving innovation and discovering new and efficient processes to implement within the business.
General Manager Marketing, Digital and Technology at VenuesLive
Daniel Farrar is the General Manager of Marketing, Digital and Technology for VenuesLive, proud operator of Sydney’s Accor Stadium and CommBank Stadium, Perth’s Optus Stadium and Industree Group Stadium on the NSW Central Coast. With over 20 years experience across the venue, sport and entertainment industry, Daniel provides a unique perspective on the use of technology, attacking challenges from both the technical and business outcome side to deliver solutions that are not only fit for purpose but provide positive outcomes for all.
Daniel leads the strategic direction of all digital, technology and infrastructure implementations for VenuesLive with a focus on delivering customer-centric, efficient business systems and processes to deliver amazing experiences for all stakeholders across some of the biggest events in Australia.
Chief Operating Officer at Gema Group
Dwane joined the Gema Group as Chief Operating Officer in 2020, bringing with him 28 years’ experience in event delivery, catering and kitchen operation. Dwane is a graduate of the Venue Management School as well as holding a Diploma in Commercial Cookery. Dwane has worked in some of the world’s best hotels, stadiums and venues with stints in London, Indonesia and Thailand, as well as a major presence here in Australia. Working for the likes of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, Emirates, Intercontinental Hotels and the Savoy Group. Working his way up through the kitchen to become the Group Executive Chef before making the switch to food and beverage operations and management.
Dwane is part of the executive management team and oversees Gema’s group day to day operations in all 3 functional areas of the groups venue management, major event delivery and aviation lounges. Managing a national workforce in excess of 5000 staff members across events like the Melbourne F1, Moto GP, V8 Supercars, APT cup tennis as well as venues like GIO stadium, Brookvale oval, Cbus Super stadium, Queensland County Bank stadium, Central Coast stadium and Pointsbets stadium, to name a few.
Finance & Commercial Director at H3
Irene has been with H3, part of Hamilton City Council, since 2017 as part of the executive leadership team, with responsibility for all business services, including financial, corporate, and business technology delivery.
Irene brings together her varied background of industries, including dairy, travel & tourism, information management and central government, which has enabled her to bring a fresh perspective to the success of the H3 business. With a strong skillset in continuous improvement and innovation, Irene supports to enable H3 to deliver to their guiding principles: Tight Team, Dedicated Host, Best in Business.
Irene is a Chartered Accountant, and in the final stages of completing a Diploma in Law at University of Waikato.
General Manager at Stadiums Queensland (The Gabba)
As a professional in the venue industry for over 25 years, Mark has held senior positions at venues around Australia, overseeing major international sporting and entertainment events, as well as being a regular contributor to the venue industry.
As part of Stadiums Queensland, Mark is currently General Manager at The Gabba. The Gabba is a world-renowned stadium, with rich history in cricket, AFL, and entertainment. In 2020, The Gabba became the first venue outside of Victoria to host the AFL Grand Final after a tumultuous COVID impacted year.
The Gabba is earmarked to be redeveloped and host of the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as athletics competitions for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to which Mark is a key contributor on operational and design elements.
Through his career, Mark has been active in the development of the venue industry in local and international markets as a Board Member with Venue Management Association for five years and is a current member of the Venue Management School Committee. Mark has also represented the industry internationally having been a member of the IAVM Diversification Committee, and the IAVM Certification Board, and a guest instructor at the US Venue Management School in 2015.
Mark has successfully managed a number of triumphs and crises, which have helped to shape and define his career, some of which he will share through his session.
Director of Business Services at ICC Sydney
ICC Sydney’s Director of Business Services, Martin Clapham, is responsible for overseeing and controlling all corporate, financial and ICT operations. He has extensive experience and a high degree of commercial acumen gained in past roles across sectors including FMCG, agricultural, hospitality and the construction industry.
Martin is a strategic thinker and is admired for his ability to bring clarity to complex commercial and operational business decisions. He has demonstrated a strong leadership ability, inspiring high performance in teams across the Asia Pacific region, in line with playing a pivotal role in driving business excellence and efficiency through his leadership.
Martin also holds a Master’s Degree focused in Professional Accounting (MPACC) from Sydney University. Prior to joining ICC Sydney, he served as Global Chief Financial Officer at Cliftons Event Solutions Group for over five years.
His impressive track record of achievement strengthens ICC Sydney’s commercial and strategic capabilities.
Global Director of Sales at EventDraw
Mel is an accomplished Venue/Event Innovation and Technology Specialist with over 28 years of experience in Event-based Tech, from Event Management software, Venue Management software, Room Diagramming, Exhibitions, Event production, Registration, CRM, Mobile Apps, Wayfinding, Catering, and Lead retrieval/generation.
As a growth-oriented leader with a passion for education, Mel has a deep understanding of enterprise technology and a proven track record of success. She has worked at the Director level for several leading companies, including Tigerlily, Imagine Asia Pacific, Aventi (etouches), Eventbooking, Ungerboeck (now Momentus) and Eventdraw.
Mel is also a Business and Incubator Advisor; she has a keen eye for identifying opportunities for growth and innovation and has helped many companies successfully navigate the ever-changing tech landscape.
In her free time, she loves swimming, yoga, and spending time with her friends, husband and three gorgeous kids.
CEO at Venue Management Association (VMA)
As the current Chief Executive of the Venue Management Association (Asia and Pacific) Michael joined the organisation in 2018 and has overseen the significant expansion of the business including membership growth, new product development and further extension into the Asia Pacific market. While significantly impacted during the covid years the VMA has returned with record levels of industry engagement across all core business units and continues to expand its profile and reach.
Holding both a CPA and Masters of Management qualifications, coupled with over 25 years of senior management experience gained across sports, major events and venue management, Michael excels in business turnaround, building strategic capability and relationship management.
Technology & Innovation Director at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Michael Duckworth has spent 28 years in the events and convention centre industry, rising from production operator to his current position as director of technology and innovation at the BCEC.
Over this time, he’s seen user engagement change drastically as technology and systems continue to evolve.
Business Systems Analyst at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Missy is the Business Systems Analyst for the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Her key responsibilities revolve entirely around Momentus Technologies and include system administration, user training, continual process improvement and project manager for upgrades and new modules.
Prior to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, she worked for the Brisbane Racing Club. One of her key accomplishments at the club was to successfully project manage the V20 upgrade and cloud implementation. Whilst at the club she lead other software implementation projects including Humanforce and Ticket.com.
Missy also has a casual position within the Clinical Trials team at Pindara Private Hospital.
Her focus and passion in her work life is all things data…. Data quality, Data management and Data Governance. She believes any company automating tasks in software systems is great, but to make it awesome needs the leaders attention to hire, train and motivate there people in best practice.
Missy lives on the Gold Coast with her wife, 2 dogs and enjoys being on or in the water. She is grateful to be living just meters away from the glorious broadwater.
Director of Sales & Events at Victoria Park
For the past 6 years as Director of Sales and Events at Victoria Park, Jessie Newell is responsible for the delivery of approximately 1,400 events annually across our 7 function spaces. She is passionate about the events industry, networking and delivering strong sales results. Jessie is also actively involved in the tourism and events industry and is the Director of Events for International Skal Brisbane and the Vice President of Valley Chamber of Commerce, Brisbane’s most connected chamber.
Chief Product Officer at Momentus Technologies
Ken Surdan serves as the Chief Product Officer for Momentus Technologies, responsible for all aspects of product development including strategy, product management, user experience, software engineering and technical operations. Ken works closely with the go-to-market teams to build outstanding products for our customers and markets.
Ken has over 20 years of C-level technology and product leadership experience, in private and public companies. He has extensive experience in building outstanding product teams that build market leading products in multiple high growth markets.
Managing Director at WeTrack
Peter Ward is the founder of WeTrack, who provide planning, sustainability, readiness and operations software to the world’s biggest and best events, venues and organisations in sport. WeTrack’s range of modules provide consistency and continuity throughout event planning and delivery, venue management, business-as-usual project and risk management and sustainability tracking, saving organisations time, money and risk. Clients now include World Triathlon, FIFA, the International Olympic Committee, Ascot Racecourse, ASM Global, Wimbledon, Arsenal FC and many others.
In founding WeTrack, Peter was inspired by experiences at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, where he worked both as Readiness Tracker for the Project Delivery Office, and as Deputy Manager in the Olympic Park Operations Centre. Peter has now led WeTrack through multiple fundraising rounds, created the team, brand, products and strategy, and continues to develop new solutions to operational challenges faced by major events and federations.
In April 2023, WeTrack became part of Momentus Technologies. Together, the two companies will have a significant impact on the event industry, providing venues with the tools they need to achieve their environmental, social and governance goals.
Managing Director at Alto Cibum
Robert Clifford (Rob) is the Founding Director of Alto Cibum Food and Beverage Consultancy. For over 25 years, Rob has been at the forefront of Australia and New Zealand’s hospitality and tourism industry. An industry professional and entrepreneurial sales and marketing expert, Rob has extensive experience developing new and exciting concepts for various markets.
Beginning his career in hospitality with the Hyatt International Hotels and Resorts, Rob has held various executive management positions in Perth, Canberra and Macau.
Rob was the CEO of the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre before moving to Melbourne, where he led Australia’s largest boutique catering brand, EPICURE. Here he championed a sustainable food philosophy and was responsible for the catering experience at some of the most significant and high-profile venues and events in Australia and New Zealand.
Rob has provided specialised advice to architects, developers and operators since 2015 across various industry sectors such as Convention and Congress Centres, Airline Catering, Stadia and Large events.
Rob also holds several board positions in listed companies, not-for-profit and start-up companies.
Director and Co-founder at The Demographics Group
Simon Kuestenmacher is a Director and Co-founder of The Demographics Group.
He presents on demographic and global trends that are shaping Australia today and into the future and his observations are enjoyed by corporate, government and industry audiences alike.
Simon is a columnist for The New Daily newspaper and a regular contributor to The Australian newspaper; and he is a media commentator on demographic and data matters.
In his spare time Simon has authored three books on maps and runs what is by now the world’s largest Twitter account dedicated to maps and data. His social media posts reach over 25 million people every month. Simon ranks as one of the world’s top 10 influencers in data.
Head of Sales at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Steph Martin, Head of Sales at MCEC is a business leader with a wealth of industry experience spanning over 16 years.
Throughout her career, she has focused on leading high-performing sales teams and expanding her organisation’s reach and impact through exploring and finding new commercial partnerships. Steph is driven by her passion for creating positive customer experiences that add measurable value to her organisation’s offerings.
Steph’s interests lie in agile ways of working and using innovation to drive new growth opportunities. By embracing new technologies and forward-thinking strategies, she has helped stay ahead of the curve in an ever-changing business landscape.
Steph’s track record of success has earned her a reputation as a respected leader in her industry. With her sharp business acumen and her focus on customer experience, she is a force to be reckoned with in the world of sales and business development.
Sr. Manager, Audio Visual Services at ICC Sydney
Not only does Travis Henry have 20 years’ experience in the audio visual services industry under his belt, he’s spent much of that time at the helm. Travis’ experience spans theatre, corporate, associations, sporting and charity markets, often in management roles that have seen him lead large teams across multiple simultaneous events, an achievement heightened only by the fact that many of these events were at separate locations and venues.
Whether it’s project managing large, international conferences with up to 1,100 speakers or delivering the city wide data network, time code distribution and digital two way and wired communication system for Sydney’s New Years’ Eve celebrations, chances are, Travis has done it.
Steve Mackenzie CVE
Chief Innovation Officer at Momentus Technologies
Steve has 38 years of experience within the Hospitality and Events industry, 29 years focused on the technology side of the business. He has held leadership roles in event tech companies such as Oracle (formerly Micros-Fidelio), Ungerboeck Software, Aventri (formerly etouches) and is currently Chief Innovation Officer at Momentus Technologies, the world’s leading venue management software company.
In 2022, Steve was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Event Tech Live Awards, and inducted to their Hall of Fame. He is also a Certified Venue Executive, achieving this accreditation through the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) in 2022.
Steve is very involved in giving back to the industry and currently volunteers on the Board of Directors for IAVM, Chair of the VMS for IAVM, North American Chapter Chair of the ICCA, Chair of the Strategic Leadership & Resources Committee for IAVM, Instructor at the VMA Venue Management School & Learning Institute and Instructor at the AIPC.
Over the past 20+ years, Steve has spoken in over 25 countries on topics related to the industry, with a focus on technology.
Chief Innovation & Sustainability Officer at Supercars
Prior to joining the Supercars executive team at the end of 2022 as Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer, Tim Watsford was the CEO of the Government owned Northern Territory Major Events Company.
Tim’s achievements throughout his career have positioned him as an industry specialist having delivered notable award-winning outcomes across both the public and private sectors.
Tim’s resume boasts senior roles at the NRL, Rugby Au and the Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust. His focus is driving commercial outcomes across the facilitation of major events, executive leadership, sponsorship acquisition, sport administration, project management and ministerial government relations.
Wayne De Wet
Chief Financial Officer at Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)
Wayne is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds an Honours in Accounting Science Degree. He has over 38 years’ experience in the financial and commercial sphere within various industries, including business events, tourism & hospitality, gaming, tobacco and the public sector.
His current role is Chief Financial Officer of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). In this role, Wayne is responsible for developing and implementing the CTICC’s financial strategies, strategic leadership of finance and supply chain management, and growth and resource management of this world-class, 5-star rated venue.
Wayne believes in facing challenges head-on, is driven by results, and believes that before implementing any new changes you must fully immerse yourself within your environment. One of his key strengths is orientating himself intimately with all the various disciplines within the organsation in order to effectivey manage from a finance perspective. He loves a challenge and is an avid problem-solver.
“I gather as much information on the issue, then analyse and consult allowing me to make a decision using my experience and knowledge,” he adds.
Wayne is a dedicated husband and a father of two. When he is not in office, he enjoys golfing, social sports, skydiving, reading and travelling.
He also sits on the Board of Trustees of a local Waldorf school, lists Albert Einstein as the person he most admires, and his parents as the biggest influence on his working life. “They always stood by me early on in my career and allowed me to carve out my own path with their full support.”
Wayne Middleton CVE
Global Vice President, Risk at Momentus Technologies
Wayne Middleton is the current Global Vice President for Risk at Momentus Technologies. He is highly experienced in helping public venues, events, sports and companies in the entertainment industry to manage risk. He has over 30 years’ experience in management and operational roles in the venues and events industries and over 20 years as a risk management professional. He is also a VMS graduate (1996). Wayne holds a Master Degree in Risk Management, a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Diploma in Security Risk Management. He also holds a Certified Venue Executive (CVE) designation awarded by the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).
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