Speakers

Janders Dean is pleased to bring an unrivalled faculty to the first Legal Knowledge & Innovation Africa event including thought leaders and industry experts from across the globe. Invited speakers and panel members for event will include the following: 

David Fitch
Global Director of Knowledge Management,
Latham & Watkins (UK)
David Fitch is the director of Knowledge Management at Latham & Watkins LLP, a global role, based in London, that includes responsibility for the firms network of knowledge management lawyers and the further development and implementation of knowledge strategy, culture and process at the firm. 
 
Michael Roch
Chief Executive Officer,
Kerma Partners (UK)
Michael Roch is a Principal and CEO at KermaPartners. His expertise is in the areas of strategy design and implementation, international development, governance, performance and remuneration systems, and pricing management. He has advised on projects in over 40 countries. He is the lead author of Pricing and Profitability for LAw Firms and Financial Management in the Legal Profession, both practice guides produced by the publishers of Managing Partner magazine. He is qualified as a certified public accountant and as a New York attorney-at-law. 
 
Keith Wells 
Principal,
Kerma Partners (UK)
Keith Wells is a Principal at KermaPartners and Head of Markets - Asia Pacific. His expertise is in defining, creating and and delivering market and brand positioning for clients. Keith has developed unique methodologies over the past 20 years, which he has refined in his work throughout all the major international markets, and across many different business sectors. With an MA from Cambridge University in Modern Languages, he worked for 8 years in advertising and brand planning before spending 5 years at Landor Associates as European Director of Marketing & Consultancy. 
 
George Beaton
Executive Chairman,
Beaton Research & Consulting (Aus)
George is the Executive Chairman at Beaton Research + Consulting and has guided clients through a wide variety of strategic decisions in his 25 years as an adviser and consultant. His practice is focused on an mix of advisory, performance improvement and trouble-shooting assignments in services firms. His management experience includes executive director roles in advisory, consulting, communications and marketing research firms, and professorships in leading universities in Australia and South Africa. He holds MB BCh, MBA and PhD degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. 
 
Jean O'Grady
Director Research Services & Libraries,
DLA Piper (USA)
Jean P. O’Grady is Sr. Director of Research & Knowledge Services at DLA Piper US, LLP. She has over 25 years’ experience developing strategic information initiatives for large law firms. She holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, an M.L.S. from St. John’s University and a B.A. in History from Fordham University. She has previously held Director positions at WilmerHale and Shea & Gould, and is Chair Elect of the Private Law Libraries Section of the American Association of Law Libraries and a past President of the Law Library Society of Greater New York.
 
Stephanie Abbott
Director of Knowledge Management, Learning & Development,
Mayer Brown JSM (Hong Kong)
Stephanie is the Director of Knowledge, Learning & Development at Mayer Brown JSM and is based in Hong Kong. She has over 13 years’ experience in professional service firms. After leaving legal practice she has held senior roles concerned with organisational development and knowledge management. Her primary focus is on ensuring that these services deliver value to the business and are aligned with the firm's strategy. She has led strategic programmes within professional service organisations concerning knowledge, learning and development.
 
Stuart Kay 
Global Business Systems Director,
Baker McKensie (USA)
Stuart Kay is Director, Global Business Systems, for Baker & McKenzie, with responsibility for all global, lawyer-facing technologies. He has led some of the largest global technology change projects at Baker & McKenzie, including deployment of a global collaboration portal, global knowledge management technologies, and core desktop systems. Now based in San Francisco, before moving to the United States he was the Head of Knowledge for Baker & McKenzie's Australian offices.
 
Ken Jagger
Chief Executive Officer,
AdventBalance (Aus)
Ken is the founder of Balance Legal which merged with Advent Lawyers in 2012 to form AdventBalance. AdventBalance has re-engineered the delivery of legal services to respond to client demands for resourcing flexibility, budget certainty and lawyers who genuinely understand their businesses. AdventBalance has established an alternative model by providing their experienced lawyers to integrate with their clients’ teams, and work in-house on a flexible and fixed fee basis. Prior to establishing Balance Legal in 2008, Ken was a partner of Freehills.
Jon Kenton
Chief Operating Officer,
Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Aus)
Jon Kenton is the Chief Operating Officer at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, one of Australia’s leading law firms, and is responsible for human resources, marketing, technology and legal support functions, and in particular has oversight of the firm’s major strategy and change program known as Corrs2015. Prior to taking on the COO role, Jon acted as Director of People & Development, and held the role of Chief Information Officer in which he was responsible for the firm’s technology strategy and change programs. In 2009, Jon was awarded CIO of the Year for the Australian private sector by the Financial Review’s Managing Information Strategies magazine.
 
Karen Hanigan
Knowledge Management Director, Clayton Utz (Aus)
Karen is a lawyer and knowledge management director for Clayton Utz. Karen has had many years of experience as both a lawyer and knowledge management professional in a number of Sydney's top tier law firms. Karen's particular area of expertise is in construction and major projects. Karen has a diverse role incorporating information and knowledge management, communications, publications, current awareness, intranet management, precedents and staff collaboration. She also works closely with the business development team on creating innovative solutions to client needs. 
 
Ivan Ross 
Chief Executive Officer,
Geyer (Aus)
Ivan is CEO of Geyer, a strategic design practice of over 100 people across 6 studios who specialise in the development and implementation of strategies and design solutions for workplace, retail, hospitality and education environments. The firm’s key focus is using space as a lever to achieve business objectives. Ivan brings over 20 years of experience in managing professional service firms as a practitioner, client and in senior leadership roles at Woods Bagot, SEEK and the Boston Consulting Group. Ivan has an MBA from the Wharton Business School.
 
Sue Anderson
Director of Programs,
ARA Retail Association
Sue has over 20 years experience working with leading Australian retail brands and property groups. Having held Senior Management roles within a number of organisations in Visual Merchandising, Operations, Buying and Marketing, and currently working broadly in the retail industry as a Consultant, Sue specialises in guiding retailers in areas that impact on customer's perception, specifically Visual merchandising, Marketing and Customer Experience.
Peter Campbell
CIO/ Director of Knowledge,
Sparke Helmore (Aus)
Peter Campbell is the CIO and Knowledge Director at Sparke Helmore. He has more than 15 years of experience in Information Technology strategic and operational leadership and has worked in a variety of services industries in Australia and the United Kingdom. Peter has spent the last nine years of his career in law firms. He has a strong focus on legal process management through workflow tools, reporting, business intelligence, the evolution of knowledge management services away from the traditional, and improving engagement in knowledge management.
 
Ben Wightwick
Lead Consultant,
HighQ (UK)
Ben joined HighQ in late 2011 from the law firm CMS Cameron McKenna where he worked closely within the business in delivering IT projects as a business analyst and project manager. Ben is part of the management team and responsible for a number of areas across the business including client success, adoption and heading our consulting team. Ben is also the product manager for the HighQ Publisher platform and works with it's clients and development team in striving it forward. In the summer of 2012 Ben and his family moved to the Isle of Wight, so if you call him and you hear waves crashing then he is working from the beach - don't be jealous.
 
Tony Bleasedale 
General Manager of KM,
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
For more than a decade, Anthony has led the way in implementing management systems in law firms right across North America, United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. In his role he is responsible for knowledge management, information management and business process improvement through innovation and thought leadership. With a keen interest in using knowledge management and information technology to provide efficiencies and growth opportunities within legal practices, Anthony’s approach is to balance continual improvement with the ongoing and often changing needs of internal business and external partners. He is a National and State board member of Australasian Legal Practice Management Association.
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Miz Brmbota
Knowledge Manager,
Cooper Grace Ward (Aus)
Miz runs a Knowledge team of 10 under a diverse umbrella. His team include 6 research clerks, a librarian, 2 precedent team members and a Learning and Development Advisor. Working closely with the IT team, Miz oversees Knowledge projects in the firm and recently released a new intranet homepage and a library management system. Prior to joining Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers, Miz was the Know-How Manager with Minter Ellison for 5 years, and a Research Consultant with Middletons (now K&L Gates) prior to that. 
Justin Moses
Corporate Counsel & General Manager,
Westpac Bank (Aus)
Justin Moses is a Corporate Counsel & General Manager in the Westpac Counsel & Secretariat function, sharing responsibility for driving functional initiatives that enhance the performance of the 150 strong Westpac Legal team; and for the management of Westpac’s external panel. Justin has been a lawyer at Westpac for 25 years.
 
Cristina Libro
Legal Tech Solutions Manager,
Henry Davis York (Aus)
Cristina Libro is the Legal Technology Solutions Manager at Henry Davis York. She has been an attorney since 1996, specialising mainly in commercial property transactions. Cristina has presented at the ILTA annual conference in 2012 in Washington DC, on the urgent need for workflow technology and has recently written an article in ILTA's quarterly Peer to Peer Journal (March 2013) titled "A Data Management Project Forges a new career path." Cristina holds a Masters of Law from Sydney University and was a Lecturer with the College of Law before commencing at Henry Davis York.
 
Kylie Gray 
Head of Commercial, Technology & IP, WestPac Legal & Secretariat
Kylie started her career at King & Wood Mallesons as a transactional lawyer in the technology and telecommunications space. She worked there for 8 years before moving to Westpac. Kylie has also spent time in the legal teams of other major corporates including Woolworths and Telstra.  Over the last two years, Kylie has been involved in the Bank's Strategic Investment Priorities Program, a suite of major investments designed to enhance Westpac's front end and product systems, and strengthen the Group's technology infrastructure. Kylie's team of 11 lawyers looks after all of the commercial, technology and intellectual property transactions across the Bank including Westpac's large construction and leasing portfolio.
 
Wayne Kaplan
Special Counsel, Sparke Helmore Lawyers
Wayne is a Special Counsel in Sparke Helmore's Property, Development and Finance team. Wayne works on a wide variety of property transactions with a significant focus on leasing.  Wayne's leasing practice spans both the commercial and government sectors and he acts for both landlords and tenants. His broader expertise includes land acquisition and disposal, property due diligence, property contracts, strata development and general property advice.
Tyson Wienker
Executive Director of Strategy, Technology & Business Developement,
Lexis Nexis
Tyson Wienker is responsible for forward looking strategy and business development for the LexisNexis Pacific business. With a five year outlook Tyson drives the creation and management review of large scale business development projects that impact the company’s direction. To support growth for the business, Tyson’s focus is on existing and new solutions for new markets and new solutions for existing markets, all the time ensuring that LexisNexis Pacific’s direction is in line with the global strategy. Supporting and fostering innovation is also high on Tyson’s agenda as the Innovation Leader for the business. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Tyson worked with the Australian Defence Industry in business development and project management. He was responsible for the delivery of a number multi-million dollar import deals for the Australian Defence Force and worked on associated regional strategy. Subsequently, he worked for a year in the Pacific LexisNexis business as the Pacific Strategy Development Manager before joining the LexisNexis Executive Development Rotational Program. After working for a year out of New York on the Program, he transitioned to London.
 
Andrew Todd
Chief Operatng Officer,
Minter Ellison (Aus)

Andrew has worked for more than 25 years in top tier accounting and law firms.  He qualified as an agronomist before taking the plunge as a Chartered Accountant.  Postgraduate study in management, pure finance and professional services marketing at both London Business School (University of London) and GSB University of Chicago led to a number of senior professional services roles.

 

Andrew spends his time helping partners and lawyers understand the business side of their practice with the aim of driving practice profitability.  One of his more recent  challenges is to try and convince people to use fewer numbers and to present financial reports without 'digit overload'. He has a latent interest in new ventures.  In Andrew's spare time, he chases his 4 children around and dreams about growing truffles on his farm high up in the mountains on the Qld/NSW border.

 
Mark Hinkle 
President and COO ,
Manzama (US)
Mark Hinkle the President and COO of Manzama and is responsible for running the day to day operations of the company along with leading the Client Services and Marketing divisions. Mark has spent his entire career in the technology sector having spent time at Oracle (NASDAQ ORCL) and various other software and technology companies.  Manzama is the leading provider of current awareness and intelligence platforms specifically tailored to the legal community.  Through Manzama’s revolutionary Listening Platform, lawyers and law firms are better able to understand what is happening, up to the minute, with their clients, prospects, industry sectors, areas of practice or focus, competitors and any other issue or topic. Manzama turns information into actionable intelligence and gives its users a knowledge advantage by making finding insights easy.
 
Justin North
Director Founder,
Janders Dean (Aus/UK)
Justin is the founder and director of Janders Dean International. He specialises in the area of assessing and developing knowledge and information management strategic roadmaps, analysing unique lawyer behaviours, and maximising the adoption of knowledge initiatives. Justin thrives in leading Knowledge Management and Information Technology planning projects aimed at improving firm efficiencies, profitability, fee earner working practices and user experiences. His role requires in depth expertise and understanding not only of law firm management processes and emerging technologies, but also of the unique law firm processes and objectives (the way in which lawyers and law firm user communities operate), which, in turn are interpreted into process and application designs which are sensitive to change management, usability, and risk management requirements of users, law firm management and external clients.
Derek Schueren
GM Information Access & Governance (Co-Founder),
Recommind
Derek Schueren is a Co-Founder and General Manager of Information Access and Governance at Recommind. As a co-founder of Recommind, Mr. Schueren helped build the company into a market leader for enterprise search, categorization, and information risk management software. Mr. Schueren has extensive experience working with Fortune 500 enterprises, global law firms and technology partners in the areas of eDiscovery and information access. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been named one of the top 100 Global Tech Leaders by Citytech Magazine. Prior to co-founding Recommind, Mr. Schueren was at S & T World Products where he held several senior positions in sales and operations. Mr. Schueren holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry & molecular biology from Brown University and a Masters degree from the University of Oregon.
 
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Confirmation of additional speakers and further details of the individual presentation sessions and panels will be released to registered attendees and interested parties in the coming weeks.