Leadership Team

Mark Bradley

Executive Chairman and CEO

Mr. Bradley graduated from the University of NSW in 1981 and joined IBM Australia as a computer programmer in IBM’s internal computing division. In 1982 he moved to field sales in the role of Sales Engineer until 1984 when he was appointed as Account Manager for a steel-making Division of Australia’s then largest company, BHP.

In 1986 Mr. Bradley was appointed Sales Manager within the mainframe sales division. In their first year together, Mr. Bradley’s team set IBM Australia’s record for mainframe sales by a single sales team in a single year. In 1988 Mr. Bradley formed an international collaboration between IBM Utility customers to jointly build a next generation billing system, and graduated from the Macquarie University Advanced Management Program. In 1990 Mr Bradley graduated from IBM’s Advanced Management Program in Tokyo.

In 1991, after two years in an IBM Headquarters role managing upgrades to IBM revenue management systems in Asia, for which he was awarded an IBM Management Excellence Award, Mr. Bradley was appointed IBM State Manager, South Australia. In this role, he sat on the South Australian Board of the national Australian Quality Awards Foundation, and became a key adviser to the State Government’s Information Technology and Telecommunications industry strategy team, during which time he assisted the State Government to develop its whole of government IT outsourcing strategy.

In 1994, after the global IT industry went into a severe downturn, Mr Bradley elected to have a two year break from IT and was headhunted to establish a direct salesforce for Qantas Airways. Over the following two years Mr Bradley’s new sales team won almost the entire corporate and government customer base from the rival airline, Ansett Airlines, said to be the largest market share shift in Australia corporate history.

In 1996 Mr. Bradley returned to technology joining telecommunications start-up AAPT Limited as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Attracted by the opportunities of the emerging Internet, in August 1998 Mr. Bradley ended corporate life to found his own start-up company, Online Australia Pty. Ltd. This was followed by a second start-up venture, Tralee Software Group, in 2001, when that company invented breakthrough technology for next generation data integration and messaging over the Internet, and applied for its first patent. The technology invented was years ahead of its time utilizing XML-like virtual structures and in-memory processing to automate transformation of data from one format to another, a growing need for internet based electronic commerce.

After the award of patents for the above inventions Tralee turned its focus to commercialising what was clearly a disruptive new technology. In early 2012 a White Paper was commissioned from London-based respected analysts Bloor Research, who hailed the technology as world leading in its class and a necessary component of a future “Semantic Web”.

 Upon receiving the Bloor opinion Mr Bradley commenced a Research and Development program to study this next generation “Semantic Web”, a forward-thinking initiative that resulted in

  • Hiring a Research and Development team
  • The filing of sixteen new patent applications for components of the 2001 inventions
  • The filing of seven patent applications for new semantic technologies
  • The development and launch of a semantic interoperability software platform called Semantiro

In 2013 the company gained approval to become an (unlisted) Public Company and changed its name to Semantic Software Asia Pacific Limited.

The company has now developed an extensive Intellectual Property portfolio consisting of Australian and United States patents, and a world-leading Semantic Computing platform for cognitive computing.

Don Tonkin

Chief Technology Officer

Don joined the Australian Atomic Energy Commission in 1965. He left as a Research Scientist to join IBM Australia after working on centrifuge based fuel enrichment. His last project was the computer modelling of gas flows within the centrifuge.

He joined IBM Australiain 1976 as a Systems Engineer in IBM's Information Systems department responsible for developing internal use software. Don was considered the “go-to man” for any technology challenge that no other IBM Australia Engineer could answer.

In 1985 Don left IBM to establish the IT consulting firm I.S. People, in a partnership with others from IBM and American Express. This company specialised in the migration of whole of company software onto IBM platforms (MVS and AIX) from other environments (NCR, HP, Concurrent etc.). They built the world's first production DB2 relational database site in 1986 for a large Australian Insurance company.

In 1988 Don left IS People and founded ADC Consultants which he managed through to a trade sale to TIER Technologies in 2001. ADC built applications for Telco's, Banks, Insurance, Airlines and heavy industry. It continued the migration of applications across platforms and the setup of major data migrations, both one-off and continuous. The demutualisation of a leading Australian insurance company involved 81 applications across 27 companies on 5 continents (treating Australia as a continent rather than an island) was performed in record breaking time with global-standard setting accuracy.

In 1990 Don set up the DB2 User Group Sydney (DUGS) which later amalgamated with IDUG.

In 1992 he was invited to become an IBM Gold Consultant, IBM’s highest and the most prestigious technical accreditation offered in hardware and software engineering globally; a small group of approximately 40 senior consultants to IBM worldwide.

In 2002 Don founded 'Quipoz', a firm specialising in modernising legacy applications. Quipoz developed software tools for translation of legacy languages to modern OO languages. Using this technology they performed a number of language transformations for whole of government departments, banks, manufacturers and Telcos. This firm was acquired by CSC in 2010.

In 2012 Don joined Semantic Software, as Chief Technology Officer.

Professional Qualifications

1964 Bachelor of Science (Physics & Maths) Sydney University, Sydney, Australia

1972 Master of Engineering (Nuclear) University of NSW, Sydney, Australia

As one of some 40 hand-picked active IBM Gold Consultants world-wide, Don participated in the publication of many IBM technical documents, provided expert input to IBM on core technology directions and product development, and advised IBM on very significant and strategic technology acquisitions.

Dung Xuan Thi (a.k.a. Dzung) Le

Chief Data Scientist

After completing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Swinburne University of Technology in 1993, Dr. Le spent 9 years working globally in software development and technical support for MMM Technology in Malaysia.  Between 1999-2003, Dr. Le was made to responsible for overseas market and high profile customers. She had successfully commissioned many projects in South-East Asia and Middle-East.

In 2004, Dr Le returned to Australia to take up a position as Research and Teaching Assistant at La Trobe University and graduating in 2006 with a Master of Science in Information Systems at La Trobe University.

Dr. Le’s Master’s thesis proposed an integrated technique to integrate different data sources from various design approaches into a web-integrated data warehouse. She utilized the Object-Oriented modelling concept to integrate unstructured, structured and semi-structured data into a uniform data warehouse model.

Between 2006 and 2010 Dr. Le worked as a Senior Global Support Analyst at Oracle Corporation in Australia. From 2011 to 2013 Dr. Le was part of Business Intelligence (BI) development team at Downer Group in Sydney, she specialised in Oracle BI Enterprise Suite.

In 2010, Dr Le received an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship for completing her Doctor of Philosophy research. In 2013, Dr. Le was made a Doctor of Philosophy at Macquarie University for her thesis on Semantic Transformations for XML Queries. This research proposed a series of semantic transformations to transform XML queries to semantically equivalent, but more efficient, XML queries for optimization purposes.

Since 2013 Dr. Le also holds the roles of Honorary Associate and Adjunct Lecturer at Macquarie University.

Dr. Le’s research interests include, but are not limited to, Data Integration, Data Warehouse, Data Modelling, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Semantic Computing, Natural Language Processing.  Her research long-term ambition is to follow the new exciting areas introduced into research and pick them up from where they start.

Dr. Le’s selected publications are as below:

Dung Xuan Thi Le, Moad Maghaydah, Mehmet A. Orgun, Optimization of XML Queries by Using Semantics in XML Schemas and the Document Structure. Accepted for WISE 2013, China. (Ranked in A category) The 13th International Conference on Web Information System Engineering (acceptance rate - Unknown). 

Dung Xuan Thi Le, Stephane Bressan, David Taniar, Wenny Rahayu, Semantic XPath Query Transformation: Opportunities and Performance. Accepted for DASFAA2007, Bangkok, Thailand. (Ranked in A category) the 12th International Conference on Database Systems for Advanced Applications (acceptance rate 18.7%)

Dung Xuan Thi Le, Stephane Bressan, Eric Pardede, David Taniar, Wenny Rahayu, A Utilization of Schema Constraints to Transform Predicates in XPath Query. Accepted for DEXA 2010, Bilbao, Spain. (Ranked in B category) 21st International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications.

Dung Xuan Thi Le, and Eric Pardede, On Using Semantic Transformation Algorithms for XML Safe Update. Accepted for ISTA 2009, Sydney, Australia. (Ranked in A category ) 8 th International Conference on Information Systems Technology and its Applications. (acceptance rate 25%)

Dung Xuan Thi Le, Stephane Bressan, Wenny J. Rahayu, David Taniar, Eric Pardede, Using Semantics for XPath Query Transformation. International Journal of Web and Grid Services, 2010.

Le, D. X., Rahayu, W. J., Taniar, D., Web Data Warehousing Convergence: From Schematic to Systematic. International Journal of Information Technology and Web Engineering Vol. 1, Issue 4, 2006, IGI Publishing.

Dr. Le is on:

Semantic Scholars

Google Scholars

Science at Macquarie University

Duncan Mount

Non-executive Director

Duncan Mount graduated from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom in 1970 and joined Merchant Bank Samuel Montagu, established in 1853 to make money from the Australian gold rush as a gold bullion broking business. Duncan progressed to become the second youngest ever to be appointed as a Director. In 1980 Duncan moved to Hong Kong where he was appointed Hong Kong Managing Director of British investment company Gartmore Group, founded in 1969. Under Duncan’s stewardship, Gartmore came to be acknowledged by 1986 as having the best performing mutual fund in the world.

In 1988 Duncan was recruited to lead start-up funds management company CEF for Li Ka-shing, now the second richest man in Asia. During his tenure at CEF, the Company managed a third of both the Hutchison and Hong Kong Electric pension funds and acted as a successful advisor to the Cheung Kong pension fund.

Duncan served as a committee member of the SEC Takeovers Committee and various Unit Trust Committees, and was an Investment Advisor to the first China Fund. After moving to Sydney in Australia in 1996, Duncan has been a successful trader and developer of a number of Australia’s iconic and highest profile real estate properties.

Duncan has joined the Board of Semantic Software to provide his expertise in engaging with Singapore, Hong Kong and China based investors and potential technology alliances. Artificial Intelligence based on semantic technologies is in high demand in Asia due to its ability to manage the demands of multi-dialect meaning of words that is typical in Asian languages. Asia is also now an investment powerhouse rivalling Silicon Valley.

Michael Bradley

Director of Operations and Company Secretary

Michael is a meticulous, results-driven and creative Company Director with over 10 years of management and operations experience within information technology and retail. He has a passion for new and future technologies, particularly surrounding the Artificial Intelligence realm as he firmly believes the future of humanity lay in the hands of computer-driven sciences.

Michael joined Semantic Software (formally Tralee Software) in 2011. His primary responsibility was the maintenance of our financial accounting, members register, payroll and invoice processing. As the company progressed and grew, his role broadened into areas of HR and operations. During this time we successfully grew from 2 people, to 6 people and moved into its first commercial office location. Since, Semantic Software has grown into one of Australia's leading R&D companies focusing on Semantic Computing. In 2012, he completed a course on Organisational Behaviour and completed his Diploma of Business Administration at the Sydney Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT).

In 2013, Michael was appointed as the Director of Operations and Company Secretary. This involved further diversification into other areas of the business including legal (understanding the NSW Corporations Act), in depth financial reporting and audit, and project management. During his time in this role, he has successfully implemented an Employee Share Scheme in which employees are rewarded with shares when their KPIs are met, led the User Experience development for our Semantiro prototype.

Since, Michael has successfully assisted in the growth of Semantic Software, from four people in total to a current four expert researchers and six senior software developers, and four experienced company managers. The organisation has now positioned itself as Australia’s leading provider of semantic computing solutions and is starting to position themselves in the global marketplace. From 2015, he has also has played an active role in overseeing the development and release of the Semantic Computing Platform, Semantiro.

Michael is currently studying to complete his Executive Masters of Business Administration at the University of Technology Sydney.

Maureen Moore

Non-executive Director

Maureen has enjoyed a long career in the Education and Research sector in New Zealand and Australia, and is currently employed by the University of Canterbury in New Zealand as a Primary School Principal Appraisal Facilitator, advising School Principals and School Boards on optimising success models. Maureen holds a Master of Education (Educational Leadership) degree from the Australian Catholic University. Her thesis explored key elements of Educational and Research Leadership and, as part of her thesis research, her study group met with senior Company Executives, a Senior Police Inspector, and Education and Research Leaders, to compare Leadership models of various enterprise types to understand the skills and expertise typical of successful Leaders across industry sectors. Mrs Moore is an acknowledged expert on the interface between key Stakeholders and Boards in research and educational environments.

With over 30 years teaching experience including 14 years as a School Principal Mrs Moore's academic experience in research, education and management includes: Executive member of a New Zealand Catholic Principals association. Maureen is also a member of a Community based Cluster Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) management committee Sector Leader for a Community based Cluster Network Learning Community. Management committee member for the Social Workers in Schools (SWIS) programme in a Community cluster. A wide background of experience working with Boards of Trustees and developing programmes for student teachers, teachers and children. Leading the development of the highly successful New Zealand ‘Hei Flyer' values based education programme used as a model for schools throughout New Zealand and in Australia.

Nick Volmer

General Manager of Solution Development

Nick is a Technology Leader with a strong technical background who started his career programming mainframes in South Africa. His versatility soon saw him working on solutions across multiple platforms, solving a variety of business problems.

After spending a number of years as a consultant in the USA, he moved to Australia initially contracting for AGL. He later joined permanently and made the formal switch to web based solutions (primarily Java) and continued to expand his leadership competencies. He prototyped the first AGL solution to pay a mainframe gas bill via the web, and was one of 2 employees who developed the secure OnlineAGL website, winning an internal award.

Most recently Nick worked as an Associate Director in Technology at Macquarie Group. He managed the largest portfolio of technology work in Risk Management IT, leading 3 development teams supporting various business units. He led the delivery of multiple regulatory calculation engines from a shared code base for a number of jurisdictions (earning him a prestigious Macquarie Award), headed an infrastructure migration and version uplift for his entire portfolio working with a substantial team to overcome the complex technical and logistical issues, and produced a proposal for a group wide Project Portfolio Management tool which was endorsed by the CIO and the Technology Executive committee.

Nick is passionate about technology and the value it can provide to business. He joined Semantic Software to lead an innovative development team and to challenge his conventional IT skills and thinking by contributing to the delivery of cognitive computing solutions which form part of the third wave of computing

Bob Connell

Semantic Academy Convenor

Bob Connell started his IT career working for Westpac. In the early 1980s he launched a successful IT security consultancy. Clients included AMP, NRMA, Commonwealth Bank and the Reserve Bank of Australia. During this time Bob founded the ACS IT Security Special Interest Group and was the Security Audit project manager for Australasian Share Guide for two years.

In 1995 Bob attended the inaugural Data Warehouse Institute conference in Washington D.C and subsequently became a Charter Member of the Data Warehousing Institute.

He has been involved in many data warehouse and business intelligence assignments including designing and implementing a spare parts inventory management system for a mining company; managing RFP preparation and evaluation for a DW for a large Federal Government department;. During this time, he became a Foundation Member of the International Data Warehousing Association of Boston.

In 2002, Bob joined Quipoz Ltd, as the Service Delivery manager. His clients included the NZ Ministry of Social Development; Eden Technologies and CBA. Bob joined Semantic Software in 2012 as a Senior Research engineer.

Bob has prepared and presented many in-house and commercial data security training courses and papers and has had a variety of articles published in relevant trade publications. He has developed and prepared commercial training courses on IT Enterprise and Solution architecture and presented them in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Representatives from organisations such as Westpac, IAG, Medibank, Adelaide Bank and the Victorian Department of Justice attended.

Bob developed, prepared and presented a 4 day in-house Solution Architects course for AXA University - Asia Pacific Campus, Singapore. AXA employees from Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Malaysia attended. He also developed and prepared a 3 day in-house Solution Architects course for CISCO China.

 

Qualifications

MBA from Macquarie University

Certified PRINCE2 Practitioner

TOGAF Version 9 Certification

 

Membership of Professional Bodies

Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society

Member of the Association of Enterprise Architects

International Data Warehousing Association, Boston (Foundation Member)

The Data Warehousing Institute of Washington DC (Charter Member)

The Open Group

Founding member of the ACS IT Security Special Interest Group

Semantic Web Research Group

Graeme Wood

General Manager - Marketing and Alliance

Graeme has over 30 years’ experience across all facets of the business - sales, marketing and alliance/channel management portfolio. He is experienced with a proven track record in the IT, Communications and Professional Services industries. His focus has been working as an international business unit leader specialising in -- Marketing, Business Development Channel Development and Alliances -- to assist organisations build sustainable revenue and market share, across A/NZ, Asia Pacific & Japan.

His geographical experience is extensive with many years outside A/NZ in Asian & Global teams collaborating to develop effective Go-To-Market models to meet regional requirements.

Graeme joined IBM in Melbourne in 1983 and worked in a number of technical and sales roles with a diverse group of customers including BHP and Telstra but his later focus centred on Government, Healthcare, Education and Research industry segments

After completing his MBA , Graeme was one of the founding members of IBM’s internal marketing and agency team, delivering marketing campaigns and programs to both IBM business units and IBM channel ecosystem.  He participated in the APAC Marketing team that implemented marketing principles and programs to all locations in IBM APAC, and was on a number of global taskforces to bring “Marketing” to IBM

In 2008 Graeme joined a leading transnational cloud security vendor, Trend Micro, using his experience to exploit the use of the entire sales, marketing and alliance/partners, to drive brand awareness, direct marketing campaigns to achieve the business result, helping grow the Trend Micro revenue by 100% in 5 years

To augment his career, Graeme has been an adjunct lecturer in a number of Tertiary Institutions in NSW and Victoria on a number of topics including sales, marketing and channel development and has been a regular speaker at Industry conferences

Graeme has been in Semantic Software for over 18 months and has assisted the Management team in raising the awareness of AI/semantic computing into the Australian market. He has also focused on Semantic software’s products and opening the company’s ecosystem to include complementary IT vendor alliances and local universities & research groups (Data 61) while developing close relationships with key State and Federal Government agencies

Qualifications

  • MBA from RMIT in International Marketing
  • Strategic Marketing from Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of .Science and Bachelor of Education  from University of Melbourne 

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of the AIIA (with significant involvement in a number of SIG including Data and Analytics group)
  • Member of Cloud Security Alliance (ANZ) leadership group