Partners & Participants
Australia is well placed to be a world leader for the responsible and innovative adoption of blockchain technology. We have a strong blockchain start-up sector and our key corporate players are already developing blockchain-enabled solutions. Our regulatory bodies are globally recognised and trusted, and we have a proven history of supporting innovation.
The CRC for the Australian Blockchain Superhighway has partnered with industry, government and research providers who are leading the charge to unlock the vast potential that blockchain possesses.
We are proud to partner with a number of Australian companies, professional associations and peak bodies who are at the forefront of the blockchain revolution. Our industry partners come from a diverse range of sectors such as IT, finance and commerce.
Australia has a number of institutions that are regarded as world leaders in the field of blockchain research. Our research partners are among these world leaders, and they will be using their expertise to develop outputs that will lead to Australia becoming the global leader in the adoption and use of blockchain.
The CRC for the Australian Blockchain Superhighway is led by some of the best and brightest minds in the fields of blockchain, research collaborations and secure funding.
Kerry Roxburgh has over 50 years’ experience in financial services.
He is a Practitioner Member of the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association.
He is Chairman since 2015 of the Eclipx Group Ltd (ASX Code: ECX) and he is the immediate past Chairman of Tyro Payments Ltd (ASX Code: TYR), where he was a non- executive director from April 2008 retiring at their AGM in October, 2019.
For 22 years until November 2019, he served as the Lead Independent non-executive Director at Ramsay Health Care Ltd (ASX Code: RHC).
Until December 2019 he was a Non-Executive Director of the Medical Indemnity Protection Society and of MIPS Insurance Ltd, also chairing their Group Investment Committee.
Over 10 years Kerry was the CEO of E*TRADE Australia and subsequently its Non-Executive Chairman until it was acquired by the ANZ Bank in 2007.
Prior to his time at E*TRADE in Australia, Kerry was an Executive Director at the HSBC Bank Australia where, for 10 years he held various positions including Head of Corporate Finance and Executive Chairman of HSBC James Capel in Australia.
Prior to the HSBC, Kerry spent almost two decades as a Chartered Accountant and partner at HLB Mann Judd until 1986 and previously at Arthur Andersen.
For 10 years until 2014, Kerry was the inaugural Chairman of the Charter Hall Group (ASX Code: CHC) and in 2015 he retired after 20 years as Chairman of the Board of Tasman Cargo Airlines (a member of the DHL International network). He was previously a member of the Advisory Board of AON Risk Solutions in Australia.
Committee MemberLeanne Kemp is the Founder & CEO of Everledger. With extensive experience in emerging technology, business, jewellery and insurance, Leanne is pushing boundaries with Everledger, addressing real-world challenges through driving transparency and trust along global supply chains using emerging technology.
Her entrepreneurial success has led to her appointment as the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur for Australia in 2018, a role to further develop the startup ecosystem, attract investment and support job creation throughout the state of Queensland. She is the first female entrepreneur to hold this position.
Leanne is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Blockchain Business Council and a Co-Chair for the World Trade Board’s Sustainable Trade Action Group. She is also on the IBM Blockchain Platform Board of Advisors.
In recognition of her leadership role in technology, Leanne has won multiple awards including the AIM Global Allan Gilligan Award 2019, Advance Global Australian Awards 2018 for Technology Innovation and Innovator of the Year 2018 at the Women in IT Awards (London).
Committee MemberKatrina is the CEO and Co-Founder of Civic Ledger, a multi-award winning Australian GovTech start-up helping governments to be more efficient, effective, accessible and transparent in an ever-increasing digital society. Prior to founding Civic Ledger, Katrina was a career bureaucrat spanning 20+ years in both state and local government in Australia working in the areas of strategy, program delivery and revenue optimisation to improve the customer experience with government.
Committee MemberSteven Brown is one of Australia’s preeminent consultants for designing, delivering and securing funding for a range of Australian government research programs. Steve has been able to secure over $217M AUD for 7 successful CRC bids..
Committee MemberA qualified legal practitioner turned blockchain enthusiast, Christian first began his involvement in the blockchain space in 2014 and is the Managing Director of the Future Currency Group. Christian has presented at numerous seminars and conferences in Asia to discuss the evolution of blockchain and virtual currency systems.
Data61Dr Zhu leads the Software and Computational Systems Research Program at Data61. He is also a conjoint full professor at University of New South Wales (UNSW) and chairs Australia’s blockchain standards committee.
Queensland University of TechnologyProfessor Alistair Barros’ research focusses on the development of novel business design utilising services in different industries, service-based IT architecture and the technical analysis of systems for identifying of validating new designs. He has worked extensively with SAP, government departments and industry partners including Bank of Queensland and Suncorp.
Queensland University of TechnologyProfessor Arun Sharma is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Commercialisation) at QUT. He has played a leadership role in developing Australian research capability in information and communication technology.
Flinders UniversityMark began his career in IT and was a former Vice President at JP Morgan Chase. Seeking a career change, he graduated with a law degree in 2016 and his now a lecturer in law at Flinders University.
Macquarie UniversityDr Jian Yang is a professor for the Department of Computing, at Macquarie University. Before she joined Macquarie University, Jian worked as an associate professor at Tilburg University, Netherlands, a senior research scientist at the Division of Mathematical and Information Science with the CSIRO, and as an assistant professor at Department of Computer Science for the Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales.
Australian National UniversityDr Philippa Ryan’s area of expertise is commercial equity, in particular, the liability of third parties to a breach of trust. Her PhD formulated a new classification for accessorial liability. Her current research explores trust and distrust in digital economies and autonomous systems, including smart contracts enabled by blockchain technology.
Swinburne University of TechnologyProfessor Yang Xiang is the Dean of the Digital Research and Innovation Capability Platform at Swinburne University of Technology. His research includes cyber security, which covers network and system security, data analytics, distributed systems, and networking. Yang is currently leading his team to develop active defence systems against large-scale distributed network attacks. He is also the Chief Investigator of several projects in network and system security, funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).
Flinders UniversityAngela is part of Flinders University’s New Venture Institute. Her role involves coordinating activities that assist in developing and maintaining relationships of key stakeholders within the business and university community. Her projects include Flinders annual ‘Current Directions’ Blockchain Conference. Angela was also a speaker at the 2019 ADC Blockchain Summit and is a current board member for the South Australian Blockchain Alliance and the South Australian Women in Blockchain Group.
Swinburne University of TechnologyDr Wang is a Senior Research Fellow in blockchain. Before joining Swinburne, Ziyuan was a Research Scientist at IBM Research-Australia and worked for CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research division. She is co-author of several patents, in the areas of IoT, AI and blockchain.
Queensland University of TechnologyRaymond is the Knowledge to Innovation Broker for the Institute for Future Environments, IFE Directorate. His disciplines include applied mathematics, statistics and pure mathematics.
Data61Dr Staples is a Senior Principal Researcher for the Software and Computational Systems program. He coordinates most of the blockchain research at Data61, and leads various blockchain projects including working towards the Australian National Blockchain. Mark is also the Data61 representative on Standards Australia’s blockchain and distributed ledger technology standardisation committee as part of the ISO’s technical committee TC307.
Data61Dr Chen is a principal research scientist at Data61. He also holds an adjunct associate professor title with the University of Sydney. Shiping has been working on distributed systems for over 20 years with focus on performance and security, and has published over 100 research papers in these research areas. He is also senior member of the IEEE. Prior to working for the CSIRO and Data61, Dr Chen was a research fellow at the University of Technology in Sydney, and was a system engineer for the Chinese Academy of Sciences at the Shenyang Institute of Automation.
Macquarie UniversityDr Sheng is a full Professor and Head of the Department of Computing at Macquarie University. Before moving to Macquarie, Michael spent 10 years at the University of Adelaide’s School of Computer Science, and he also worked at the University of New South Wales as a visiting research fellow. Prior to that, he spent 6 years working as a senior software engineer.
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