TELSTRA EXCHANGE|Author List
Jehad began his career in a suburban Telstra call-centre, after completing the Graduate program he now works with Telstra’s Employee Communications and Digital Media team. Jehad produces video content and employee communications to the corporate intranet and Telstra’s YouTube channel.
Jehad has keen interests in social media, politics and music. He is also a poet, activist and hip-hop artist.
Due to his awesome entry, we gave Telstra customer – Anthony, the opportunity to walk the red carpet and interview the cast of the hilarious film Anchorman 2 – Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell & David Koechner.
Nick Adams is the Director of One to One Marketing and Digital at Telstra and is responsible for all one to one acquisition, engagement and development programs at Telstra. Prior to joining Telstra, Nick was the CMO for Westpac and held a number of senior marketing leadership positions. Nick has also lead major marketing teams for leading companies such as American Express, Citibank and MBF.
Nick is one of the most awarded marketers in Australia having been identified as one of the four young stars of Australian marketing at the 20th Anniversary edition of Marketing magazine in 2004. In November 2009, Nick was awarded Australian Direct Marketer of the Year by ADMA. In 2011, Nick was named one of eighteen marketing leaders globally by Internationalist Magazine as a leader in marketing and marketing innovation,
Nick is an active member and supporter of the Australian Direct Marketing Association having held various committee positions.
As Executive Director of Business, Commercial and Premium Services, Greg uses his depth of knowledge and experience in project management, technical management and general management to span shared elements of the Operations group. In this role Greg is accountable for the Operations business strategy, commercial engagement, process re-engineering, regulatory compliance, key strategic projects, and Telstra Plus.
Greg began his career in IT, and built a disciplined commercial management style from that through various industry verticals including the wine industry, gaming, major building such as the New Parliament House project, and today in telecommunications. During his career his enthusiasm for project management led him to move to a start-up company where he was asked to set up and run a separate technology venture.
Greg enjoys watching his children participate in various sporting and cultural activities, riding his jet ski, and innovative moments in his shed. Outside of his home, his favorite place to be is the beach and he is a very strong supporter of Surf Lifesaving Australia.
Charles was formally responsible for running the Small Business customer unit for Telstra.
Natalie Alaimo is the Founder and Director of Natalie Alaimo International and is based on the beautiful Gold Coast which means Natalie has achieved the right balance of play, play and some work.
In her play time Natalie enjoys computer games, painting, reading and socialising with a good bottle of New Zealand Sav Blanc.
In her work time, Natalie assists small business owners and solopreneurs tackle the online world, include web design, blogs, email marketing solutions and social media.
You can follow her adventures on Facebook
Based in Cairns, Amanda Albon is Telstra’s Area General Manager (AGM) for the Far North Queensland area.
I am now a full-time Mum/Nana, and loving it! I have worked in administration for over 20 years and am enjoying being able to spend all of my time with my family now.
I am a bit of a computer nerd, have been since school, and I absolutely love my gadgets. I can't afford to be the first to have “it”, but I do get it eventually!
At home I have a 16 (almost 17) year old daughter and a 10 month old grandson. My daughter is also my best friend, I am so lucky to have such an open relationship with her. She has just finished her school exams and is going to go for her drivers licence very very soon (so be warned!).
I also have 3 older step-children who have given me 4 gorgeous grandchildren between them so far. I absolutely adore them!
Dr Mario Alvarez-Jimenez completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University Hospital Marques de Valdecilla (Spain) in 2004; this was followed by a Masters in Research Methodology, Design and Statistics at the University Autonomous of Barcelona, and a PhD in Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Cantabria in 2009 (Spain).
In 2010 Dr Alvarez-Jimenez took up a Senior Research Fellow position at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre and the Centre for Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne. His current research focuses on relapse prevention and psychosocial recovery in early psychosis through innovative technologies, interdisciplinary interventions and new models of psychotherapy. He has pioneered the use of online interventions to promote long-term recovery in early psychosis. At present he is the leading investigator of the HORYZONS study, a multidisciplinary research project which aims to develop and evaluate novel online interventions to foster recovery in first episode psychosis and a project focused on developing and testing newmodels of positive psychotherapy in psychosis (The PEPP study).
His work includes 42 articles published in internationally leading journals, 3 book chapters and 1 book. He has obtained 6 competitive grants as lead investigator since 2010. Dr Alvarez-Jimenez has been awarded the 2012 International Early Psychosis Association Young Investigator Award.
Video Producer – Telstra
When at Telstra Sam plays the role of video content producer for internal communications and helps create a lot of the content on the corporate Youtube channel.
He spends a lot of his time running around shooting various exciting projects around Telstra like product launches and the CEO blog.
The rest of his time he spends researching (i.e watching) Youtube and experimenting with the cool interactive features that Youtube keeps bringing out.
Originally a media communications graduate from UNSW Sam has spent almost all of his working life working as a video production specialist.
Sam has hopes of continuing his filmmaking when this whole online video thing dies down.
Ben Armstrong is the General Manager of T-Suite Solutions in Telstra Business responsible for Telstra businesses cloud computing (SaaS) strategy and executing on that strategy. Ben has over 15 years experience in the IT industry from the perspective of a software developer, an IT manager, a website developer, managing product lines, business development and legal aspects. Ben holds a computer science and a legal degree from Melbourne University.
In his spare time Ben enjoys playing with his children, blogging about growing small businesses and occasionally helping his wife and her small business with SaaSifying their IT.
Ben is also a director of the AMA's medical publishing company, the publisher of the Australian Medical Journal
Brent Artindale is the Manager at BigPond Games. Since starting in the role he's been instrumental in the success and growth of Telstra's games-focused businesses - Australia's largest non-aggregate games media site, GameArena, Australia's leading digital distribution site BigPond Games Shop and the biggest Australian-specific mobile games library in the country, BigPond Games Shop Mobile.
Cathy Aston is the Executive Director Business Improvement in Telstra’s Business Support & Improvement business unit. She is responsible for driving improvements in customer experience, productivity, process simplification and the future ways of working.
Her leadership experience is in the telecommunications industry covering finance, sales, marketing, strategy, business development and operational roles.
Previous leadership roles include Executive Director, Telstra Business; Finance Director for Telstra International (based in Hong Kong); Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, Mobitel (Telstra's former mobiles joint venture in Sri Lanka) and Regional Director, Asia South (based in New Delhi).
Duncan Atkin is the IT Director at Telstra Global, based in London. Duncan has been working for Telstra for two years and he has more than 12 years experience in various technology verticals. Married to Rhian, Duncan and Rhian have two children, Dewi and Iestyn. Dewi was born profoundly deaf and it is for him and the charity that supported Duncan in the early days that he is taking on this huge bike ride!
[Adapted from http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me]
Michael is the creator and editor of the technology blog - Craving Tech. He works full time in a small I.T company in Melbourne, Australia, as a Software Development Manager.
He is also involved in the Emmanuel Baptist Church, a Christian Indonesian community in Melbourne.
More info can be found at Michael's blog: http://www.cravingtech.com/