Concurrent presenters

QUESTnet 2018 is delighted to welcome the following presenters to the conference:

Wade Alcorn

Wade Alcorn is the Founder of Alcorn Group (, a leading security consultancy uniquely positioned to provide trusted, agile and responsive services. Alcorn Group pioneers a new dynamic service model that is responsive to the agile demands and rapid pace of today’s business realities.
Wade was a founding director of CREST Australia New Zealand, and as Chair of the Technical Committee, he led the establishment of the organisation’s technical certifications. Wade is the creator of the BeEF open source browser exploitation framework and was awarded the AusCERT national “Award for Individual Excellence in the field of IT Security”.
As one of the first penetration testers in Australia, Wade has discovered security vulnerabilities and developed exploits for numerous critical infrastructure and enterprise level applications. Wade founded the Brisbane Security Special Interest Group in 2007 and has recently led the establishment of the CrikeyCon security conference. He is an OWASP chapter lead and presents at international conferences.
Wade Alcorn is a security expert. He has worked with some of the world’s leading organisations to provide enterprise strategic security guidance and to develop successful defence strategies.

Mark Barrett

Mark Barrett has built his career in networking over 29 years. Through his time at IBM, Cisco Systems, the Australian Federal Police and Juniper Networks, he has been on the forefront of network convergence, first through IBM networking over IP, then voice over ip, video conferencing/video streaming over IP, and finally storage over IP/Ethernet. Mark has a keen interest in high speed networking, and deploying networking technologies to achieve significant productivity gains.

Clinton Bell

Clinton has a background in front line service teams responsible for supporting and retaining current students at USQ. This prospective, coupled with a keen interest in data and analytics, provides a true user-centric focus in conceptualising, designing and implementing all the pieces of an engaging user experience. In the role of Senior Functional Analyst on the Student Portal project, Clinton has managed relationships with business areas and student stakeholders, and worked closely with in-house developers and external consultants to deliver a fresh, dynamic entry point to USQ online.

Louise Brosnan

Louise is the Technical Business Analyst on USQ’s Search Project and prior to this on their Mobile App Project. Her qualifications in Marketing and IT have led to positions in the luxury consumer goods, finance and education sectors in Australia and abroad.
In her spare time Louise builds successful community events with teams of people who are not getting paid to do it. She is gradually learning to embrace tough success.

Jake Carroll

Jake is the Associate Director, Research and Advanced Computing for The University of Queensland’s Smart Science Institute’s (QBI, AIBN, IMB) and long-time collaborator of UQ’s Research Computing Centre. Jake’s primary focus in the enablement of sector leading scientific and research discovery through the use of cutting edge research computing infrastructure. Jake is also the subject matter expert (infrastructure) for the QLD government’s Artificial Intelligence Centre initiative. Jake’s background is in computer science. He lives in Brisbane, Australia with his wife and three children. If he’s not in the lab, or on a plane – he’d rather be scuba diving.

Elisha Hulme

Elisha Hulme joined USQ from the Government sector and is an experienced Functional and Business Analyst who thrives on taking a ‘user-first’ approach to her work. Elisha navigates complex relationships with multiple stakeholders, including external vendors, students and staff, to deliver ICT projects such as the new USQ Student Portal.

Steven Jorgensen

Steve Jorgensen is an IT professional with over 15 years experience in the industry. Steve has held various operational & management positions, specialising in end user computing technologies and service delivery. Steve is the Manager of Field Services at Griffith University and has been project managing the Student Digital Workspace implementation for the past 18 months.

Mark Krischer

Mark has over 20 years of experience in Mobility and Security technologies. He joined Cisco in 2001 through the Radiata acquisition where he was the Director of Software Engineering.
As part of Cisco’s Wireless Networking Business Unit, he was responsible for such technologies as EAP FAST (IETF RFC 4851) and Management Frame Protection (IEEE 802.11w).
Through his engineering work, Mark holds 18 patents.
Mark received his Masters of Engineering Science in Electrical Engineering from UNSW, and a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University.

Ben Loveridge

Ben Loveridge is an Institute Fellow (Virtual Reality) at the Networked Society Institute and Communications and Media production Consultant at the University of Melbourne.
He provides staff with technical and development and support for virtual reality, video and web conferencing, digital video production, streaming, audio production and photography. He set up the first dedicated Virtual Reality Lab at the University in 2014 and has since focused on applications for research, teaching and learning.
He completed a Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Melbourne in 1999 and has worked in the film, television and music industry for 20 years.

Ashley Martin

As the Field Application Engineering Manager for CommScope, Ashley provides leadership to a broad skilled field applications engineering team. This team provides engineering design and support across Data Centre and Enterprise solutions involving fibre optic, copper and wireless technologies.
Ashley has been involved within the telecommunications industry for over 19 years, and is involved in Standards Australia committees such as CT-001 (mirroring the International Standards JTC1 SC25 work group), chairing the CT-001-2 fibre optic sub-committee, as well as providing representation for Australia as an IEC expert in SC86B.

Connie McIntosh

Connie is Manager of IT Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) where she looks after Cyber Security, Networks, Servers & Storage and Audio Visual teams. Previously Connie worked for CERT Australia for five years, assisting Systems of National Interest manage cyber incidents, reporting and handling, along with briefing industry partners, setting up CERT Australia’s regional information sharing communities across Australia and liasing with other Agencies and Law Enforcement in investigations. Connie has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Information Systems. Connie’s passions are Cyber Security and Fitness.

Danny Munnerley

Danny is the Head of Learning Environments and Innovation at James Cook University in Australia. He has a background in Fine Arts, Design, Education and Technology and has led many educational projects and programs within higher education and for the private sector in Australia, UAE and UK.
He is passionate about rethinking global education, creating new places to study and developing rich learning experiences that help students connect with each other online and on campus. Danny has developed approaches that blend space design and pedagogical frameworks to deliver student experiences that encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial activity.
His current work is future focussed and includes the design and development of learning environments suitable for students in 2020. Through a series of transformational projects his teams are managing a whole of university LMS migration and adoption of new media creation systems that will provide learning experiences that works seamlessly across the physical and mobile world.

James Sankar

James established the AARNet Enterprise Services team after recognising a need to develop a sustainable professional services capability for the Research and Education sector.
With 17 years of experience working for National Education and Research Networks worldwide, and co-founder of the Eduroam service among his achievements, James has a deep cross sector appreciation of the needs of IT Services to deliver solutions to educators, researchersand administrators.
He is a problem solver, tuned into technology trends and sector issues and keenly focused on adding value through delivering high-quality cost-efficient outcomes.

Darren Smith

Darren Smith is the Aruba Category Manager for Australia/New Zealand, with over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry, working for Vendors, Systems Integrators and End Users. Darren has seen the IT landscape from both sides of the fence, and puts this experience to great use advising customers nationwide on IT solutions and emerging technologies.

Scott Sorely

Scott Sorley is Executive Director of ICT Services at the University of Southern Queensland.
Scott is responsible for enterprise wide planning, coordination and delivery of USQ information and communications systems. Scott has lead major system and change projects to deliver benefits that transform and maximise business value. He has a particular interest in enabling Higher Education and its mission to improve people’s lives and create value for society.

Wayne Tufek

Wayne Tufek is currently a Director of CyberRisk ( He has formulated pragmatic, business driven strategies to establish, execute and improve cyber risk management in ASX listed companies and some of Australia’s largest organisations across the public sector, Big 4, financial services, consumer products, education and retail sectors. Wayne is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and holds the SABSA SCF, CISSP, CRISC, CISM, CISA, PCI QSA and ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Implementer qualifications. He has presented at security conferences and events in Australia and internationally including the Australian Cyber Security Centre Conference, AusCERT and RSA APJ.

Peter Vanheck

Peter is the Deputy Director for Digital Infrastructure at CQUniversity. He is responsible for ICT Technology, Cyber Security and Risk Management, Audio Visual and Data Centres. Works with a team of Project Managers and Engineers to manage ICT Infrastructure projects, Operational and Cyber Security activities across a growing national footprint to support the Chief Information and Digital Officer achieve University strategic and operational goals. Peter has over 25 years of experience working in the ICT sector within Australia and the United Kingdom.