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Rebecca Chenery

Chief Digital Officer, Watercare

Rebecca is Watercare’s Chief Technology Officer. In this role she has responsibility for all aspects of IT and technology at Watercare. As the Executive Sponsor of Watercare’s recent transformation programme, Rebecca is passionate about the opportunities that come with the evolution of technology solutions and teams, from ‘back office support’ to critical business enablers.
In 2020 Rebecca was #1 on the New Zealand CIO50 list, which recognises the top 50 senior technology executives who are driving innovation and influencing rapid change across their organisations.
Prior to joining Watercare in 2010, Rebecca worked held a variety of roles in the information services and telecommunications industries in New Zealand and overseas.

Jen Cherrington

Chief Digital Officer, Callaghan Innovation

Jen Cherrington activates innovation and helps businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand, through a range of R&D services at Callaghan Innovation. Jen also works as a digital advisor to corporate boards and startups. She has held a range of business technology executives roles in New Zealand and in the UK. These include Executive GM technology and digital (CTO) at Genesis Energy; vice president - digital technology and innovation, at Electrocomponents Plc in the UK; managing director for eBay, director (home and garden, toys, personal care) at Amazon and director, BT Business Online for British Telecom.

Byron Connolly

Editor-in-Chief, CIO Australia

Byron Connolly has 25 years’ experience as a journalist and editor. In his current role as Editor-in-Chief at CIO Australia, he is responsible for commissioning, writing and editing content for the brand. He also facilitates roundtables and conferences for senior IT and business executives and creates content from these events.

Prior to this role, Byron was a Senior Writer and Editor at Editor Group, a Sydney-based corporate writing agency, where he produced editorial material for some of the world’s top technology and consulting companies.

Byron was Editor of technology channel publication, CRN Australia, published by Haymarket Media Group, and held senior editorial roles at technology publications ITNews and Information Week at Penton Media and APN News and Media.

He was also Client Services Director at public relations firm Upstream Australia (now Bite Global).

Kevin Drinkwater

Retired CIO Mainfreight

Kevin Drinkwater was CIO at Mainfreight for almost 34 years. During this time he was responsible for creating and implementing many significant new and innovative business systems. Prior to COVID-19, his role involved a significant amount of travel which has enabled him to observe technology in many different countries and companies. Previous Mainfreight roles include CFO, GM of the Logistics division and Sales Manager.

Kevin is chairman of Duffy Books in Homes NZ and is also a director of its sister organization in the USA. He is on the advisory board of A-Ward Attachments. He has previously spent 10 years as a director of SPCA Auckland and 6 years on the Board of TUANZ.

Julia Kotlarsky

Professor of Information Systems, University of Auckland

Julia Kotlarsky is a Professor of Information Systems at the University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand. She holds a PhD from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherlands). Julia’s research interests revolve around technology sourcing and digital innovation in knowledge-intensive businesses. More recently, she has also started to study the interplay and interfaces between artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and human actors, focusing on data issues and digital transformation. Julia has published 16 books on technology, innovation and sourcing, and has written extensively about these topics in both managerial and academic journals including MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Journal of Information Technology, and the Wall Street Journal.

Owen McCall

Owen McCall Consulting

Owen McCall is an experienced management consultant and former CIO who is passionate about harnessing the power of technology to create value for businesses, communities, families and individuals. Previously, Owen spent 18 years with Deloitte where he worked with clients from around the world to implement technologies that supported their business strategy. He also led Deloitte's outsourcing practice for Australia and New Zealand. Owen then became the CIO of The Warehouse, where he was responsible for delivering value from IT.These roles have given Owen a broad perspective of IT, its power and challenges. He now operates as an independent consultant and advisor, guiding CIOs and senior executives on how to use technology in a way that adds real value to their organisation. He is a regular blogger and contributor to CIO New Zealand where he is a member of the editorial advisory board, and is a sought-after speaker across the technology industry.

Ilan Oshri

Director of the Centre of Digital Enterprise, University of Auckland

Professor Ilan Oshri joined University of Auckland Business School in 2018. He has been the Director of the Centre of Digital Enterprise since 2019. He is the co-author of 22 books on information systems outsourcing and digital innovations. His work was featured on the Wall Street Journal, BBC Radio 4, Business Week, the Financial Times and many other journals and magazines. Ilan is a regular speaker in international conferences, a contributor to numerous professional magazines and a keynote speaker in corporate events and seminars.

Sarah Putt

Editor, CIO New Zealand

Sarah Putt is Editor CIO and Computerworld in New Zealand. She has been actively involved in the New Zealand technology sector for over a decade, including as a regular technology commentator for Radio NZ. She has also worked for leading technology companies MYOB and Orion Health, and as the Policy and Communications Manager at the Telecommunications Users Association.