About this Event
Join Dean Grandy, Partner at KPMG, Simon Bush, CEO at the AIIA, and expert panellists in unpacking how AI can be safely adopted across business and government. The event will also discuss the AIIA and KPMG major paper, Navigating AI which is an innovative guide to the development, use and adoption of Artificial Intelligence.
In the 21st century, machine learning, automation and AI are shaping up as the next great frontier for society to understand and adopt. Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate, with innovations such as ChatGPT changing the game for universities, artists, technologists and lawyers alike. The AIIA and KPMG have partnered in the belief that industry, including businesses of all size, require greater confidence and guidance in adopting these technologies for the benefits of their customer and society at large.
Lead Partner, Technology – Infrastructure, Government & Healthcare
Dean is a government digital and business transformation specialist with extensive experience in the Federal Government domain. He delivers management consulting engagements to a wide range of public sector clients both nationally and internationally, with a focus on the design and delivery of government programs of scale, complexity, and national significance.
Based in Canberra, Dean is the Lead Partner for KPMG Australia’s Technology for Infrastructure, Government & Healthcare (IGH) group, and leads the Modernising Government strategic initiative within Management Consulting.
Dean began his career as a non-politically aligned Ministerial advisor. Prior to KPMG, he worked as a Lead Partner in Federal Government for an advisory firm, and a Senior Executive at a global systems integration firm.
Chief Digital Officer
Office of Digital Government, Western Australia
Jonas Petersen is the Chief Digital Officer within WA’s Office of Digital Government, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. The Office leads, supports and coordinates the digital transformation of the WA public sector and helps agencies change the way they work, and reorient their services and processes around the needs of people and businesses – rather than the structures of government.
Jonas has an extensive background in digital strategy, transformation, and innovation across government, healthcare, the private sector and startups. He started in the role in January 2020 after arriving from Denmark – one of the world’s leading countries in digital service delivery. Now based in Perth, he oversees the Western Australian Government’s Digital Strategy and administration of the AUD $900 million Digital Capability Fund, work on privacy and responsible data sharing, efforts to address the digital divide and the State’s participation in inter-jurisdictional collaboration. Jonas has Master’s Degrees in Public Administration from Denmark and Belgium and an Executive MBA from IMD (International Institute of Management Development) in Switzerland.
Dr Michael Raghib
Principal Data Scientist & Manager, AI & Analytics Practice
Michael Raghib, PhD, serves as a Principal Data Scientist & Manager within the AI & Analytics Practice at IBM Consulting, based in Perth, WA. With over two decades of experience spanning research and consultancy, Dr. Raghib is a recognized technical leader in leveraging mathematics and computational science to solve complex industrial and scientific challenges.
He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Glasgow followed by postdoctoral research at both Princeton University and the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Labs in the U.S., specializing in multiscale modeling for complex systems.
Transitioning into the corporate world, Dr. Raghib advised the exploration R&D group of Ecopetrol as an external consultant in computational science. He later joined IBM Research in Rio de Janeiro, focusing on AI applications for the Oil & Gas industry. In 2016, he moved to IBM Research Australia and has since progressed to his current role as a Principal Data Scientist in IBM.
Dr. Raghib is a published author of a number of scientific articles and holds patents specifically geared towards AI applications in the resources industry. His current work centers on advancing AI and analytics solutions tailored for the energy, resources, and utilities sectors.
Dr Ghulam Mubashar Hassan Jally
School of Physics, Maths and Computing, Computer Science and Software Engineering UWA
Dr. Ghulam Mubashar Hassan Jally attained his PhD from The University of Western Australia, where he pursued a joint program encompassing the Schools of Computer Science & Software Engineering, as well as Civil & Resource Engineering. During his academic journey, he distinguished himself as the valedictorian and garnered multiple accolades for his doctoral research, including the prestigious UWA Entrepreneurship Award in 2015, the UWA Bruce & Betty Award, the Australian Postgraduate Award, the UWA Merit Top-up Award, and the International Mining for Developing Countries (IM4DC) Postgraduate Research Award. During his tenure in UWA, he has received multiple teaching awards at both state and national level. Additionally, he is leading multiple research projects in collaboration with world leading researchers including Harvard Medical School and MIT.
As an enthusiastic computer scientist, he directs his research towards enhancing people's lives through the utilization of contemporary Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques. His primary research thrust revolves around tackling cross-disciplinary challenges, with a particular emphasis on engineering and medical quandaries. His significant contributions to the field have yielded impactful outcomes, facilitating the implementation of reliable and impartial automated systems in real-world scenarios. His scholarly achievements have garnered recognition through a multitude of esteemed awards and evaluation panels on both national and global scales. Not only has he earned distinction as a keynote speaker for the world's largest scientific computing society, but he has also occupied esteemed positions within numerous prestigious scientific entities in his domain.
Chief Executive Officer
Simon is an experienced business leader and strategic thinker with a career covering government, ICT, management consulting and media sectors. Simon has advised many of the world’s leading business consulting and technology companies in developing and implementing business strategies including assisting clients win large transformation deals as well as shape government policy and procurements worth billions to the industry.
Simon joined the AIIA as Head of Policy and Advocacy in 2019 before being appointed, via a competitive process, to the role of CEO in 2022. Simon’s early career included being a senior ministerial adviser in the federal government and held a senior management role at Accenture before setting up his own advisory and consulting business in 2003. Prior to joining the AIIA, Simon was also the long-term CEO of the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA). Representing the $1.2 billion Australian home entertainment film and TV industry with members including: Disney, Foxtel, Warner Bros, Sony, Universal, Roadshow, Madman, Paramount and Fetch TV.
Simon has an Honours degree in Political Science from the Australian National University and the University of California, San Diego. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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KPMG, 235 Saint Georges Terrace, Perth, Australia