•         ► Aditya Ghose (President)
  •         ► Joel Kocherry (Executive Director)
  •         ► Xyra Rose (Operations Manager)
  •         ► Joseph Davis (Annual Symposium)
  •         ► Shrikant Deshpande (Industry Outreach – Financial Services)
  •         ► Chris Papadopoulos (Industry Outreach)
  •         ► Shankar Sivaprakasam (Industry Outreach – Telecom)
  •         ► Fethi Rabhi (Annual Symposium)
  •         ► Aditya Ghose(Media)
  •         ► Anton Rajaratnam(Treasurer)


Aditya GhoseAditya Ghose is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Decision Systems Lab at the University of Wollongong. He holds PhD and MSc degrees in Computing Science from the University of Alberta, Canada (he also spent parts of his PhD candidature at the Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the University of Tokyo) and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. While at the University of Alberta, he received the Jeffrey Sampson Memorial Award. His research is (or has been) funded by the Australian Research Council, the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Japanese Institute for Advanced Information Technology (AITEC) and various Australian government agencies as well as companies such as Bluescope Steel, CSC and Pillar Administration. His research has been published in the top venues in service-oriented computing (SCC and ICSOC), software modelling (ER), software evolution (IWSSD, IWPSE) and AI (Artificial Intelligence Journal, AAAI, AAMAS and ECAI). He has been an invited speaker at the Schloss Dagstuhl Seminar Series in Germany and the Banff International Research Station in Canada. He has also been a keynote speaker at several conferences, and program/general chair of several others. He is a senior technical advisor to several companies in the areas of constraint programming and business process management, both in Australia and Canada. He serves as assessor (Ozreader) for the Australian Research Council and as an external reviewer for the research funding agencies of Canada, Ireland, Austria, the Netherlands and South Africa. Professor Ghose is a Research Leader in the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Smart Services, Co-Director of the Centre for Oncology Informatics at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, Co-Leader of the University of Wollongong Carbon-Centric Computing Initiative and Co-Convenor of the Australian Computer Society NSW SIG on Green ICT. He is Vice-President of CORE, Australia's apex body for computing academics.

Industry Outreach - Financial Services

Shrikant DeshpandeShrikant Deshpande 

Shrikant has held various senior vice president positions in core banking technology, information risk, audit and compliance with Citigroup Australia and overseas for 20 years followed by 3 years with Westpac in the information security and risk management areas.

In his technology roles Shrikant championed mobile banking, internet strategies and then emerging technologies in Citibank Australia. Shrikant is actively engaged with academics exploring innovations in Governance, Risk and Compliance and has presented in international conferences.

Shrikant is passionate about Service Innovation and Service Science with particular interest in managing risks and compliance in complex service systems.

Shrikant has Masters degree in Systems Analysis from Aston University in UK and postgraduate diploma in accounting from University of Kent in UK

Shrikant is Certified Internal Auditor (CIA); Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA); Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP); Certified in Risk and Information Control (CRISC) and Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT(CGEIT).

Shrikant is currently working in the Insurance industry

Annual Symposium

Joseph G. DavisJoseph G. Davis is Professor of Information Systems and Services in the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. He is the Director of Knowledge Discovery and Management Research Group and the theme leader for Service Computing at the Centre for Distributed and High Performance Computing at the University of Sydney. He has previously held faculty positions at the University of Wollongong, Australia, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and Indiana University Bloomington, USA and served as visiting Professor/research scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Syracuse University, Syracuse, and IBM Research Labs (India). He has a PhD in Information Systems from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.

Joseph's primary research interests are in knowledge management including ontologies, data mining, service computing, and human computation. He has published two books and over one hundred research papers in these and related areas. His research has been funded by grants from the Australian Research Council under the Discovery and Linkage funding schemes, the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Carnegie Bosch Institute, Pittsburgh, IBM Research Labs, Cooperative Research Centre for Smart Services, among others.

Annual Symposium

Fethi RabiFethi Rabhi is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia. His main research areas are in service-oriented software engineering with a strong focus on business and financial applications. He completed a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Sheffield in 1990 and held several academic appointments in the USA and the UK before joining UNSW in 2000. He is currently actively involved in several research projects in the area of large-scale news and financial market data analysis. He is a member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and IEEE Computer Society.

Industry Outreach - Telecom

Shankar SivaprakasamShankar Sivaprakasam has held several senior positions in IT strategy consulting/ advisory, systems integration, managed services, and more recently sales.

Shankar has over 16 years experience in Information Communication Technology (ICT) business, of which 12 years have been at HP. Prior to joining HP, he was the global e-business manager for EDS Asia Holdings; an offshore Managed Services company. Shankar program directed several large, complex projects and managed service contracts for global and government clients during this period. An e-business project in this role had won the coveted British Computer Society (BCS) award for the best global e-business initiative for the client. Shankar's track record demonstrates a consistent performance in achieving client delight, helping clients innovate, and drive growth.

Shankar had helped transform several government agencies and private sector businesses while serving as their trusted advisor assisting with IT and sourcing strategies, e-governance, planning, architecture, projects implementation and managed services. Shankar's industry clients include mid to large-sized companies and multi-national corporations, and they span industries such as financial services, communication service providers, fast moving consumer goods, energy related companies and governments. Shankar's strategy related advisory had not only helped CIOs and other line of business sponsors secure funding to execute on large scale transformation initiatives, but also won him several accolades including Total Customer Experience (TCE) and HP High Flyer awards. Shankar's sponsors are normally the C-suite executives. He had received commendations for his and team's work from several of his clients. Prior to taking up the strategic sales engagement role, Shankar had held regional business responsibility for application managed services.

He is a regular speaker at industry forums and a recipient of several international scholarships. Shankar has presented refereed academic papers at international management conferences. Shankar was also featured in several industry publications and national dailies in several countries. Shankar is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society and a Golden Key member. Shankar graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India, in Computer Science and Engineering, and obtained his EMBA from University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He is currently a PhD candidate in Management studies with his research interest in 'Service Innovation'.

A Singaporean by nationality, Shankar lives in Sydney, Australia.


Anton RajaratnamAnton Rajaratnam Anton is based in GRACosway’s Sydney office and is responsible for oversight of the financial and administration functions of the firm on a national basis.

Leveraging his strong background in corporate accounting, Anton manages and prepares GRACosway’s financial accounts and reporting, oversees the finance team and systems, coordinates administrative functions, and works closely with the CEO and Partners on GRACosway’s financial strategy.

Anton is also responsible for development of the firm’s IT network and information management operations.

Prior to joining GRACosway, Anton held a number of finance management and accounting roles with organisations in both the professional and charitable services sectors. He has also previously worked as Finance Manager and IT Coordinator for a peak medical industry body.

Anton holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Victoria University.