Michelle Price

CEO of AustCyber

Ms Price is the CEO of AustCyber, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network Ltd, part of the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative. She was the inaugural Chief Operating Officer of AustCyber, joining the company in January 2017 and appointed as CEO in April 2018. Prior to joining AustCyber, Michelle was the first Senior Adviser for Cyber Security at the National Security College within The Australian National University. Before joining the ANU, she held various strategy and risk management roles across the Australian Government, including at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where she was instrumental to the delivery of the Government’s 2015 Cyber Security Review and 2016 Cyber Security Strategy.    

Michelle is a member of AustCyber’s Board and the Cyber Security Research Centre’s Board. She also holds positions on senior industry and government Forums, Advisory Committees and Working Groups, including several groups of the World Economic Forum, the national Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum, the NSW Government’s Cyber Security Standards Harmonization Taskforce and ICT/Digital Sovereign Procurement Taskforce, the Australian Government’s Digital Technology Taskforce’s Digital Experts Advisory Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics, Business Law) from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) from the University of Technology, Sydney and is an alumna of the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government. 

Michelle is passionate about Australia’s cyber security sector enabling all Australian organisations to grow and take advantage of the cyber world. She is also a strong advocate for increasing diversity in the cyber security workforce and inspiring people with the possibilities of cyber innovation. 

AustCyber’s key reports, ‘Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan (updated annually)’ & ‘Australia’s Cyber Security Industry Roadmap, published in partnership with CSIRO Futures’ are both available at

Marie Johnson

CEO Centre for Digital Business and AFR Top 100 Influential Women

Marie is the CEO of the Centre for Digital Business. She is an accessibility advocate, and a recognized global speaker and commentator on artificial intelligence; technology; digital services; ehealth; cyber; identity; and innovation.

Marie explores radical innovation and questions thinking which doesn’t prepare us for the future. She operates at the intersection of the human experience and systems thinking where co-design reveals boundless potential. Marie conceived and led the global co-design effort with people with disability to deliver “Nadia” the first AI powered digital human for service delivery. This work sparked a global industry and appetite for AI powered digital humans.

Following Nadia, Marie designed and created the artificial intelligent “Digital Human Cardiac Coach” which was introduced at the global Singularity Medicine Exponential Medicine Conference in San Diego November 2019. The humanitarian and social impact of AI in health and human services domains will be profoundly liberating.

Her extensive experience covers the public and private sector in Australia and internationally, including leading Microsoft’s worldwide public services and e-government business in Seattle; Chief Information Officer; Chief Technology Architect; Technology Authority; and board director. Marie speaks with challenging honesty from the deep experience of delivery. Together with her foresight, people are interested in the grit and the messy reality of politics and culture.


Suthagar Seevaratnam

CISO, Australian National University

Suthagar Seevaratnam is the inaugural Chief Information Officer for the Australian National University. He was appointed to this role upon the recommendation of the Australian Cybersecurity Centre in October 2018 following the first breach of the University’s network. Since that time he has been accountable for developing the ANU’s information security strategu and led the team which detected and disclosed the second breach reported in June 2019. Suthagar is also the strategic security advisor to the ANU Cyber Institute – a new intiative designed to build a world class cyber masters program and research hub.

Prior to joining ANU, Suthagar was the General Manager of IT Operations and Chief Information Security Officer for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. His appointment to the Bureau came at a time of extensive cybersecurity uplift in the wake of the organisation’s breach in 2016. In this role he was responsible for the development and guidance of the Bureau’s strategic cybersecurity direction.

Suthagar was also the Head of Cryptology for the Australian Signals Directorate where he was responsible for Australia’s intelligence and cybersecurity cryptologic mission. During this time he initiated the ASD joint facility on ANU’s campus – the first such open academic facility in the history of the ASD and is a key investment in helping to greater Australian STEM capability. Suthagar holds a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Commerce both from the University of Sydney. He is married with one child.

Dr Lizzie Valentine

Chief Information Officer, Massey University

Kate Carruthers


Kate Carruthers is the Chief Data & Insights Officer for the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is a Certified Information Security Manager and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in cybersecurity. 

Kate is the co-host, together with Annie Parker, of the podcast Conversations with Annie & Kate, which showcases interesting women. She is active in supporter of women in Engineering, ICT and Cybersecurity. 

Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT across the finance sector, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. She was co-founder of several startups and is currently an adviser to My Medic Watch. 

She is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection. 

Nick Lewis

Program Manager, NET+ Cloud Services – Security and Identity, Internet2

Nick Lewis (CISSP) is a Program Manager for Security and Identity at Internet2, where he manages the NET+ security and identity services portfolio, while also contributing to the development of new NET+ offerings in cloud security. Nick rejoined Internet2 in 2015, after previously working here from 2002-2007.

Nick has also held positions in information security at the University of Michigan and most recently was Director of IT Security and Compliance and Information Security Officer at Saint Louis University. He has also worked for Children’s Hospital Boston as an Information Security Manager and Michigan State University as an Information Technologist. Nick holds masters degrees in information assurance from Norwich University and telecommunications from Michigan State University.

Dushyant Sattiraju

Cyber Security Operations Team Lead DEAKIN

Dushyant Sattiraju is the Cyber Security Operations Lead for Deakin University. He holds two master’s degrees in Information Security and Business Information Systems. Over the past 8+ years at Deakin University, Dushyant was has worked in various areas in the field of ICT including Application development, Business Analytics and Security.

As a SecOps Lead Dushyant is responsible for security incident response, threat hunting, vulnerability management. He has played a key role in Deakin’s security uplift and was awarded with VC’s award for outstanding contribution to the digital environment.
Dushyant is currently working on improving the cyber security operations centre capability at Deakin university.

Fadi Alja’fari

IT Security & Risk Manager, DEAKIN

Fadi lives to make organisations more secure; as cybersecurity and risk advocate, Fadi started his career working for international leaders in telecommunications and logistics. Working for organisations with global presence gained Fadi a lot of knowledge about large enterprise systems and how technology can scale to achieve business goals. Later, Fadi joined a major firewall vendor as a project manager, and then successfully led the PCI-DSS certification for a bank in 2013.

After moving to Australia, Fadi joined organisations in mutiple industries covering Technology, Utilities, and Higher-Education. As part of his role with Deakin, Fadi directed the cybersecurity program “Deakin Shield” which last year received the VC award for outstanding contribution to the digital environment. Fadi held positions leading cybersecurity teams to achieve compliance or elevate the information security posture for multiple organisations.

Ryan Caught

Senior Software Developer

Ryan is a Senior Software Developer for the Australian Access Federation who specialises in creative problem solving and developing secure and scalable solutions.  He has worked in a variety of sectors and environments, including North American startups and corporate consulting.  Ryan has worked at the Australian Access Federation since 2016 and led much of the development of Rapid IdP, AAF’s secure and scalable cloud-based Identity Provider as a Service.

James Ng

General Manager – Security Operations AARNet

James is AARNet’s (Australia’s Academic & Research Network) General Manager, Security Operations responsible for supporting the build and then on-going operation of AARNet’s Security Operations Centre (SOC) as well as leading Security Governance, Risk and Compliance activities.

Previously, James was a leader in Telstra’s Cyber Security Governance, Risk and Assurance team responsible for implementing and operationalising cyber security risk management maturity through business partnering, engagement and security compliance activities (including PCIDSS and ISMS/ISO27001). During his time at Telstra he was also seconded to their digital-only challenger brand Belong to lead their information security function.

Bradley Beddoes

Head of Technology AAF

Bradley is the Head of Technology for the Australian Access Federation (AAF) and has 20 years experience delivering innovative technology solutions that are underpinned by high performing agile teams, modern software development practices and secure, scalable cloud infrastructures. Bradley currently represents the AAF on the Australian Higher Education Cybersecurity Service (AHECS) and on the OpenID Foundation (OIDF).