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ThinkFWD contributors draw on a diverse range of experience writing for technology and business readerships to present you with a wealth of knowledge, insight and advice on mobility, productivity, data centre infrastructure and high-performance computing.
Charmaine Teoh is a writer, editor and corporate communications professional. She writes about business, technology, finance and lifestyle topics for a wide range of publications and public and private sector organisations.
Chuck Kolyvas is an Australian freelance writer and photographer working in content marketing, journalism and copywriting. Chuck specialises in the future of technology, design and lifestyle and their impact on our lives. Chuck draws on broad world experience gained from living and working in Australia, Japan, the UK, the Netherlands and New Zealand.
Iain Ferguson is a freelance writer and editor with a keen interest in how technology is changing the way we live and work. A former senior editor at some of Australia’s leading IT and business publications, Iain writes news, features and comment on topics ranging from cloud to new medical technologies.
Lisa Creffield is an experienced business and technology writer who has worked across a range of publications in the UK and Australia for over 18 years. Lisa is passionate about the role technology can play in transforming how we live and work.
Matt Meakins is an Adelaide-based freelance writer, blogger and former software engineer with a keen interest in emerging technologies and how they affect the way we do business. He studied at the University of SA and the Adelaide College of the Arts, and has produced and edited content for a wide range of companies, including lean startups, high-tech innovators and digital marketing agencies.
Andrew Storrier is a writer with experience across several fields, including business, technology, HR and consumer electronics. He works out of Sydney, and in his free time he practises slam-dunking basketballs.
Darren Baguley started his journalism career in 1986 as a cadet on the Burnie Advocate, in Tasmania. Since finishing his cadetship he’s had more jobs both in and out of journalism than he likes to remember. In 2002, Darren began freelancing for a variety of publications including The Bulletin, Managing Information Strategies (MIS), Computerworld, Computer Reseller News and Image and Data Manager (IDM).
Over the years, he added Cosmos, Monument, Management Today, several Reed Business publications, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The City Weekly, Voyeur Virgin Blue Magazine, Inside Mining and Supply Chain Review to his portfolio. He has also done a stint as managing editor of the Green Pages Business Directory. He lives on a farm in Central West NSW with his wife, three cats, one dog, two alpacas, a dozen or so sheep, too many ducks and chickens to count and nearly a thousand hazelnut trees.
Graeme Philipson is a communicator and researcher focusing on technology’s effects on business and society. He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, and has spent most of that time as a market researcher, analyst, journalist and speaker.
Graeme was founder and Research Director of Connection Research, a market research and analysis firm specialising in the convergence of sustainable, digital and environmental technologies. He was also founding editor and publisher of The ICT Sustainability Review, and editor of CommsWire.
Iain Hopkins is passionate about words and has been a sub-editor, writer and editor for the past 10 years. He is currently editor of Human Resources Director Magazine and Human Capital Australia Online. Although HR and people-management topics are his specialty, he has also written feature articles for Business Review Weekly, Your Investment Property and Mortgage Professional Australia. Iain has also created marketing content for companies including Randstad and Adecco.
Ian Grayson is a freelance technology journalist who has been reporting on the IT industry for more than 20 years. Former IT editor of The Australian newspaper, he writes regularly for a range of publications and news outlets.
Joshua Gliddon is a writer and editor with 20 years’ experience in business, IT, health and science journalism. He has held senior editoral positions at The Australian Financial Review, The Bulletin Magazine and others. In his downtime, he enjoys surfing, the novels of Thomas Pynchon and spending time with his two children.
Kat Aoki is a business professional and freelance writer with over 10 years’ experience in the IT industry. As a freelance writer, Kathleen has written for several industry publications and blogs across Australia on the topics of marketing, social media, SEO, mobile technology, and more.
Mark Gambino is a professional freelance journalist and contributor to various websites and print publications, specialising in technology, gaming and entertainment content, as well as business innovation and efficiency. He likes strong coffee and movies with plot holes so big you could pilot an Airbus A380 through them.
Orin Thomas is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, Regional Director and Certified Trainer, and has a string of Microsoft MCSE and MCITP certifications. He has written more than three dozen books for Microsoft Press on topics including Windows Server, Windows Client, Azure, System Center, Exchange Server, Security, and SQL Server.
He is an author at PluralSight and is a contributing editor at Windows IT Pro. He has been working in IT since the early 1990’s and regularly speaks at conferences in Australia and around the world. Orin founded and runs the Melbourne System Center, Security, and Infrastructure Group and is a candidate in the Doctor in Information Technology program at Charles Sturt University.
For more than three decades, Rob Livingstone has amassed senior managerial experience within multinational corporations, predominantly as CIO. Today he’s a sought-after industry advisor, conference speaker, book author, news media commentator and columnist. Rob is also a Fellow of the University of Technology Sydney’s Faculty of Engineering and IT, and lectures to higher-degree students on organisational leadership, strategy and innovation.
Ruby Lohman is an experienced freelance writer and editor who writes about a broad range of topics – from food to technology and everything in between. She has a journalism degree and a passion for delving into the stories behind the headlines to find out what really matters.
Julian Harlow has spent a number of years helping Australian companies stay on top of the media issues that influence their business, building a broad knowledge of the country’s business media. In addition to writing on technology and small business, he now also works with Australian companies that are looking to improve their communication with investors.
Michael Butler is an experienced communications professional who has worked at publishing companies and content agencies serving clients a wide range of industries. These include business, finance, government, infrastructure, legal and professional services, technology and video games.
Mark Pesce is an inventor, writer, entrepreneur, educator and broadcaster. In 1994 he co-invented VRML, a 3D interface to the World Wide Web. He has written six books, on topics including VRML and how games technology is transforming our interaction with computers. For seven years, he was a panelist and judge on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s hit series The New Inventors. His articles about technology and culture are regularly published in WIRED, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and ABC’s TheDrum.
A highly-regarded speaker, he entertains and informs audiences on the future of technology, media, government, health care, and education. As an educator, he founded graduate programs in interactive media at both the University of Southern California’s world-famous Cinema School and the Australian Film, Radio and Television School. He currently holds an appointment as Honorary Associate in the University of Sydney’s Digital Cultures Program.
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Matt is the Managing Director of Lenovo (Australia & New Zealand) and is responsible for Lenovo’s business within the ANZ region across all Government, Commercial, Consumer and Emerging PC+ segments. Matt works with IT executives who are looking to define strategies that can add value to their business.
Rob is a senior sales leader in the IT and telco industry with over 20 years’ experience in building and growing businesses in various markets. He has strong proven experience in leading across multiple channels, with particular success in Lenovo Australia & New Zealand’s Enterprise Business Group.
David leads the Australia and New Zealand Commercial Sales team working with businesses to help them leverage the latest technologies and support highly collaborative and customer-driven organisations. David joined Lenovo in February 2015, bringing with him over 30 years’ IT experience with a strong heritage in sales.
Braith became Chief Operations Officer of Lenovo ANZ in June 2012 and has been a driving force behind the company developing and adopting a strong business management system. Previously Braith had a distinguished career in the Australian Navy before turning his hand to the management of global IT companies.
Stuart Corner has worked as a journalist covering information technology for 30 years. Prior to that he trained in maintenance personnel for IBM compatible mainframe computers, and before that taught electronics, mathematics and science to technical college students in the UK. He holds a postgraduate certificate in education from the University of London.
Charis Jamieson is an experienced technology and marketing professional with over 17 years in the IT industry. Charis draws on her engineering and global IT experience from working across EMEA and now AP to provide insights into operational best practices that support work place efficiency while putting the customer first.
Samyukta started her career in the finance industry. As a Wealth Manager from 2003 -2009, she helped build and maintain investment portfolios for clients based in India, Singapore and Hong Kong. She has also worked with a life science consultancy firm headquartered in India, assisting them in content marketing with a primary focus on highlighting their medical consultancy services and solutions for Pharma clients. Samyukta also has many years of experience writing business related articles in investment and property.