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  • Gus Balbontin

    Former executive at Lonely Planet, Founder, Investor, Mentor and Keynote speaker

    Born and bred in wild Patagonia, Gus Balbontin never allowed his small town and humble beginnings get in the way of his big dreams. A healthy disrespect for authority and a severe case of fomo (fear of missing out) landed him in Australia at the young age of 17. By the age of 22 he had dropped out of uni, hitchhiked South America, set up his first business and landed his dream job at Lonely Planet. Fast forward a few more years and he was leading the company globally, working with companies such as Google X, Nokia and Amazon on the latest technology, creative cultures and high performing teams. Seeking a change from corporate life, he hung up his boots as the Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet and decided to move back to his entrepreneurial roots, becoming an investor, founder and mentor across the start-up ecosystem in Melbourne. He loves sharing a story, he loves even more, knowing those stories make a difference to people, helping them in their own business and life. Over the last 3 years Gus has presented to audiences of 10 across regional Australia and New Zealand, to audiences of 10,000 across North America, Europe, South America and Asia. To him there’s no difference. Small, large, private, public, board room to mail room, his lessons hit a chord, his simplicity disarms you, his energy infects you and his counterintuitive way of looking at the world will motivate you to do things different. Often thought as futurist, not because he predicts the future, but instead because he helps you focus on what you can control to deal with any future. Still want to talk trends? Sure! He loves as much as the next person trying to imagine a world run by AI, but he warns that getting too distracted with future guesses will only take time away from you and your company to actually do something about the future.

  • Keith Buckley

    Managing Director and Area Vice President A/NZ, Citrix

    Keith Buckley joined Citrix in January as Managing Director and Area Vice President having held previous leadership positions with multiple senior operational and sales positions at Riverbed, McAfee, Symantec and Dell. Keith’s depth of experience in cloud, security and channel complements his proven leadership skills to drive Citrix’s go-to-market strategy for customers and partners in ANZ.

  • Keryn Algie

    Country Business Manager, Be Nimble IT

    Keryn has over 18 years technology, cloud solutions and partner manager experience. Her expertise in providing partners Software Licensing and Asset Management from a strategy, delivery, business development and growth perspective. Over the last 18 months, she has been working with the NZ channel to drive the agenda to move traditional on-premise infrastructure into Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud. As Be Nimble IT’s Country Business Manager, Keryn’s role is to work exclusively with Channel Partners and Services Providers to drive the adoption of Cloud Platform and Services for Start-ups, Small Businesses and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).

  • Leon Spencer

    Editor, ARN and Reseller News

    As Editor of ARN and Reseller News, Leon is responsible for managing the publications’ editorial team and guiding the broader editorial strategy. Leon has a focus on the core issues of the local channel landscape and the broader enterprise technology sector.

  • Rob O'Neill

    Senior Journalist, Reseller News

    Rob O'Neill is covering new developments in the Kiwi IT channel for Reseller News. He has previously worked for ZDNet, The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne's The Age as well as various business titles.