Project Manager - Tim Martin
Tim Martin brings more than expertise and experience to the position of Project Manager of FFITS.ORG. His commitment to ‘green IT’ and his enthusiasm for educating government, business, academic and individual IT users about the principles of green IT, combined with his management and leadership skills provide a sound platform for his role.
His journey into sustainability and resource management began in 2003 when he began a Bachelor degree in Sustainable Resource Management and Marine Science from Newcastle University, where his focus was on climate policy and sustainable management of natural environments.
Tim is currently completing a Masters in Environmental Law at Sydney University specialising in international and comparative energy and climate law; environmentally sustainable business; and sustainable development within the Asia-Pacific region. He completed a Certificate IV in Carbon Management to formalise his interest in this area and corporate climate change management and policy in 2011.
Tim’s extensive knowledge and experience have enabled him to find innovative solutions, advise on climate change management and organisational sustainability strategies. Tim has held positions with the University of Technology, Biosis Research and Adaptation Environmental Support, a major Australian sustainability consultancy. He has worked with businesses to improve their environmental and sustainability performance, and helping them move beyond compliance to investigate opportunities to become market leaders.
An active volunteer with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and the Shaper Group's Sydney Sustainability Drinks, Tim assists with policy development, event management, youth training and corporate relationship building. The weaving together of Tim’s expertise, management skills and vibrant personality heralds a heightened awareness of the importance of a greener IT future around the world.
Mark Winter, Founder & CEO
Mark Winter is the Group Sales & Marketing Director for inTechnology Distribution, one of Australia’s leading and fastest growing Value Added IT Distributors (VADs). Living on the beautiful Gold Coast after growing up on Sydney’s northern beaches and travelling extensively, Marks appreciation for the environment has grown as science has increasingly illustrated the impact humanity is having on the planet.
A devoted husband father of four, Mark is your ordinary Australian bloke and businessman who has seen an opportunity to make a real difference – not just sit back and “let someone else do it”, but to drive and invest in an initiative that he truly believes in.
A business trip to Sydney during the “Lights Off Australia” (now earth hour)campaign, and the personal impact made by Al Gore’s documentary on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth” inspired Mark to make a commitment to reducing his own carbon footprint, and encouraging others to do the same. Three weeks later Mark received a copy of the Gartner Report which stated that “the global Information and Communications Technology industry accounts for approximately 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions – equivalent to the emissions of the aviation industry!” Mark had found his first target!
With 9 years experience and great business relationships within the IT industry, Mark called on his key strengths to develop the Computers Off Initiative. After first gaining the support of inTechnology’s Board of Directors, Mark has lobbied Government, business and investors to support him in his quest to have the initiative make a significant impact in it’s first year.
As Mark says, “It’s the simple actions that can make a big difference if we collectively commit to reducing our impact on the environment. I shut down my PC when I go to lunch and when I leave the office. I shut down my home PC when I’m finished using it. It’s such a simple action but makes such a big difference”.
Stephen Coates (Chairman), Partner, BDO
Stephen is currently the national leader for BDO's Technology, Media & Telecommunications sector specialisation in Australia. Stephen's leadership roles have focused on business building, engagement delivery, and people development responsibilities. He is engaged for short technical assignments and annual coaching briefs by high profile brand name entities. Stephen is a results driven specialist with demonstrated success in building strong business relationships with C level executives in Australia and globally.
Stephen has over 25 year's experience operating assurance & risk functions in both the public and private sector and leading governance risk & control teams in a professional services context. In the past Stephen has founded two assurance & advisory firms; one to provide compliance & regulatory services, and the other to provide governance & risk services. He has held Non-Executive Director positions in a rural merchandise business, and a global not-for-profit organisation, and he has also served as a member of the Audit & Risk Committee for several entities.
Stephen has significant IT assurance & advisory experience specialising in information technology governance, risk and control. Stephen has been involved in major IT advisory, security and forensic projects and has presented papers nationally and internationally on his work.
Stephen is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Quality Reviewer for the Institute of Internal Auditors, Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Government Auditing Professional. He is an international member of the Institute of Internal Auditors' Professional Issues Committee co-authoring and reviewing topical global technology guidance and position papers as well as an Editorial Advisory Committee Member for IIA - Australia's Journal, SOPAC 2013 Co-Chair, and reviewer of the Information Systems Audit & Control Association's 2013 CISA Review Manual.
Robyn Elliott, CIO, Foxtel
Robyn is a leader in the creation of business value from information technology. She is at the forefront of the convergence of media and technology, and an advocate for the opportunities that technological change can offer organisations. As an experienced Chief Information Officer and I.T. consultant, she has a track record in successful strategy and implementation for business technology initiatives and is well-versed in the practical challenges of IT success within business organisations.
Robyn is currently the Chief Information Officer for FOXTEL, Australia's leading subscription television organisation. Over the last nine years, Robyn has led an innovative information technology program for development of media products, customer solutions, business intelligence and content delivery across cable, satellite, mobile and broadband platforms for a variety of consumer devices. FOXTEL is committed to finding opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of its operations, and the technology group have a vital role in these sustainability initiatives. These initiatives have targeted the reduction in power usage of devices and data centres, eliminating wastage of paper and resources, and the choice of partners who share these environmental values.
Prior to FOXTEL, Robyn's career included roles as CIO in financial services, and a consulting career as a Partner in Accenture and a Principal with IBM where she led projects for organisations across Australia and South East Asia. Her consulting expertise focuses on creating integrated business and technology strategies, developing customer relationship strategies and systems, and the delivery of major change programs.
Robyn has a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems, an MBA in Technology Management and has completed an executive program in Corporate Strategy at MIT. She is a Board member on the CIO Executive Council and contributes to the CIO Pathways program for the development of I.T. leaders.
Robyn is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Craig Scroggie (Deputy Chair), Vice-President, Symantec Pacific Region
Craig Scroggie is the vice president and managing director of Symantec in the Pacific region encompassing Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Scroggie is responsible for driving Symantec’s sales and business development in the region and serves as a senior leader for the overall Symantec business in Pacific which hosts more than 950 staff across 12 locations.
Previously the senior director of business development for Asia Pacific and Japan, Scroggie was responsible for leading enterprise business development for Symantec’s fastest growing region. He was also the sales director for Veritas Software Australia and New Zealand, responsible for sales, support, strategy, planning, renewals and operations. Scroggie was previously the national sales manager at Computer Associates; national channels manager for EMC Corporation; sales and marketing manager of the telecommunication and technology group for Fujitsu; national sales manager of Yamaha’s computer and multimedia products division; and the IT manager of Allans/Brashs retail chain in Australia.
Scroggie has twice served as a judge in the Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioners 2008 and 2009 Australian Privacy Awards and recently gave evidence as an expert witness in the Australian Government Standing Committee on Communications Inquiry into Cyber Crime. Scroggie supports the Australian Council for Education and Research by participating in a number of programs including Principal for a Day in New South Wales and Victoria. As part of the Australian government’s Digital Economy and e-security national agenda, Scroggie partners with the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy to actively promote National E-Security Awareness programs and development of the Digital Economy.
Most recently, Scroggie was appointed Chairman of the La Trobe University Graduate School of Business Advisory Board, he is also the Chairman of the Storage Networking Industry Association’s (SNIA) Board and a member of the ComputersOff.org Board. He is a graduate and fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a fellow of the Australian Sales & Marketing Institute and serves on its National Advisory Committee. Scroggie is also a member of the international CEO Forum, a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, and a trustee for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Scroggie is a Graduate of the University of Southern Queensland and holds post graduate qualifications in Information Technology and Management and a Masters of Business Administration (MBAD).
Robert Kenn (Treasurer), General Manager - Taxation, NBN Co
Robert Kenn is the General Manager of Taxation for NBN Co, the Commonwealth-owned company tasked with designing, building and operating Australia's first national wholesale-only, open access broadband network to all Australians, regardless of where they live. Robert is responsible for setting and implementing all tax strategy, providing professional guidance on tax to the business, and ensuring full compliance with all tax obligations of the organisation.
Robert is passionate about delivering innovative, yet practical, solutions; and he has a proven track record of generating significant benefits and savings across a diverse range of businesses. Leading high performing teams, or working autonomously, Robert has over 25 years experience working within Telco, ASX-listed and Professional Services industries: and has been based in Australia and the UK, applying his strategic, financial and governance expertise across many continents.
Previously the Group Tax Manager and Head of Company Secretariat for Vodafone Australia, Robert was responsible for ensuring the local board was able to make timely, fully informed and sustainable decisions, as well as developing and implementing tax strategies to minimize taxation. Robert's time with Vodafone included close involvement in the merger of the Vodafone Australia with Hutchison Australia, and also 18 months in the UK working on numerous corporate restructures and new business initiatives.
Prior to Vodafone, Robert's career included 5 years with Boral where he created the Group's first ever tax function during a period of significant transition and restructure, and 9 years with Price Waterhouse where he worked in audit in the UK, and then in both tax and audit in Australia.
Robert has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Birmingham, England, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators.
William Ehmcke, CEO, Connection Research
In January 2009, William accepted a role to develop Connection Research Services in the Sustainability and Environmental sector. The company has since established itself as one of the premier consultants on Green IT worldwide.
He has over 35 years ICT experience, with 12 years European business experience which includes managerial positions with Olivetti, based in Italy and UK, and McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Returning to Australia in 1994, he started META Group AP, (Asia Pacific) an IT consulting business, specialising in large corporate computing infrastructure. Between 2001 and 2006, William formed a property management & investment company. Returning to IT in 2005, William was involved with online data backup products, which ultimately led to the establishment of the Telstra T-Suite SaaS business services, launched in April 2009.
Since 2000, Mr Ehmcke has been a director of two public companies, including as founding director of Customers Ltd (ASX:CUS) - a web services R&D company which has evolved from payment gateways to being the largest provider of independent ATM cash machines in Australia, and the listing of Rey Resources (ASX:REY), a mineral exploration company with leases in Western Australia, Peru and Chile.
He is also a keen jazz enthusiast, and since 2007, has been a director of Eastside FM (www.eastsidefm.org), a community radio station, based in Paddington, Sydney. During the past 3 years, William has assisted with moving the station to IP-based transmission, online streaming and negotiations with ACMA over licensing requirements.
He holds a BSc in Mathematics, Adelaide University, and an MBA, International Management Development, University of Geneve, Switzerland.
Andrew Cann, CTO, Australian Crime Commission (ACC)
Andrew Cann was a serving Western Australia Police Officer for 21 years working on the beat for eleven years before moving into Intelligence Analysis.
After deciding on a career change Andrew began studying IT part-time and transferred to Western Australia Police Major Project where he worked on a mainframe replacement project in Service Desk, Business Analysis and Testing Roles.
In 2005 he was seconded to the Australian Crime Commission to Manage the Service Desk and is now the Chief Technology Officer. Andrew's current focus is on rolling out Unified Communications, Performance Reporting and Applications Consolidation Projects for the ACC.
Andrew holds a Graduate Certificate of Business Informatics and an MBA both from the University of Canberra.
Dr Idris Sulaiman, Economist & Visiting Fellow, Australian National University
Idris is an economist specializing in energy efficiency particularly in relation to Info-Com Technology (ICT), sustainability and ICT for development. He has international working experience in research and project management with the private sector and in government-related work for several donor agencies.
He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University (College of Engineering and Computer Science) conducting research on comparative green ICT diffusion in universities as well as on energy efficiency regulation and policies for ICT sustainability adoption. Idris led the initial development of ComputersOff.ORG (now FFITS.ORG).
In addition Idris has worked with the Australia's Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (Energy Efficiency Branch) as economist and project manager implementing minimum energy efficiency standards and labeling in ICT equipment specifically computers and monitors as well authoring white papers on energy efficiency challenges facing ICT/computing equipment and data centers.
Idris is a member of the Australian Computer Society, the Australian Institute of Energy and the Australia-Indonesia Business Council (AIBC) of which he is Vice-Chair (ICT, sustainability and the environment) of the ACT Branch.
He is a graduate of the Australian National University (PhD-Economics and MEcD) and Macquarie University (MA-Dev.Studies and BA-Comp.Ec.Stats). He is also currently involved in Green ICT Advisory Committees with the ANU and ACS with a deep commitment towards local and global sustainable development.
Paul Harapin, Vice-President, VMWare Australia & New Zealand
Paul Harapin is the Vice President and Managing Director, VMware, Australia and New Zealand. Since he joined VMware in 2005, he built VMware in this region from a start-up to one of VMware’s fast growing organisations globally, with offices in all major capital cities.
Paul brings to the role vast experience in building and managing multi-million dollar IT corporations, spanning over 20 years across Asia and the USA. This includes the establishment of major Software vendor Tivoli Systems from start up through full integration with the IBM Corporation, and Micromuse, since also acquired by IBM. Paul also successfully started his own Network Managed Service Provider Company in Singapore, later growing into Australia.
He is a member of the Australian-American Chamber of Commerce and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Paul is a member of the Australia Cambodia Foundation, a not for profit group assisting Australian supported Orphanages in Cambodia and is Chairman of Orphan Angels, a not for profit organisation which runs national Adoption Awareness Week, and whose mission it is to advocate and Lobby for Adoption and Forster Care reforms. Paul is also on the Board of Green Kids Global (http://www.greenkidsglobal.org) working to provide sustainable futures for vulnerable children worldwide by developing ‘Eco Villages’ or self-sustaining communities.
Mary Hawkins, Principal, Green IT Solutions
Mary Hawkins brings both depth and breadth to Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and environmental sustainability. She has worked in the ICT industry for twenty years and has held many senior positions including the position of Head of Technology for environmental sustainability and community programs at ANZ. She has an MBA, B. Sc and Grad Dip Computing.
She believes that ICT will play a key role in an organization's commitment towards becoming carbon neutral and saving costs as long as energy efficiency strategies are incorporated into the overall technology strategy. She also holds positions on advisory panels for Sustainability Victoria’s investment fund, the Center for Organizational and Social Informatics at Monash University and ComputersOff.ORG as well as Board positions with Victorian ICT for Women, the International Women's Development Agency and Breast Screen Victoria.
Tom Worthington, Independent Consultant & Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Australian National University
Tom Worthington is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University College of Engineering and Computer Science, where he teaches web design, professional ethics, e-commerce and Green Information Technology.
Tom is author of several books, including Green Technology Strategies. His globally accredited e-learning course on green IT is run by the Australian Computer Society, the Australian National University and Open Universities Australia.
Tom consults to government and industry on technology policy and has been an expert witness in several court cases involving international patent, computer and telecommunications issues. He is a past president, Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Australian Computer Society, a voting member of the Association for Computing Machinery and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Robin Eckermann, Principal, Eckermann & Associates
Robin Eckermann discovered broadband in the early 90's and became convinced that the world sat at the threshold of a communications revolution that would transform the way in which people live and work. He has long been a passionate advocate for the socio-economic benefits offered by broadband. More recently, with climate change having come onto the radar as one of the most serious threats ever to face humanity, he has focused on opportunities to use ICT as a tool to reduce the carbon footprint of our modern lifestyles.
Robin's career in ICT spans 35 nearly 40 years. From 1996, he led the establishment of what became recognized as one of Australia's most advanced broadband initiatives - TransACT's fiber-to-the-kerb network - delivering triple play services (phone, video and data) to tens of thousands of users in Canberra since 2000. Much of his current professional work is associated with developing models for attracting investment into last-mile optical fiber infrastructure.
Robin is an Adjunct Professor in network & communications technologies, business models and project management at the University of Canberra. He is a popular and much sought after speaker on all matters relating to broadband.