OUR TEAM

We have a dynamic team and we love to have some fun too, check out the fun section below for a closer insight into the great people that make TechConnect the Amazon Web Services partner it is today.

Mike Cunningham

Mike Cunningham

Director - CEO

Mike’s experience in managing companies and large projects in the start-up space spans over 20 years. He is a dynamic, strategic leader whose greatest strength is his proven ability to get the job done!

As Chief Executive Officer, TechConnect IT Solutions Pty Ltd, Mike is passionate about taking companies to the next level. He has relished the opportunity to bring to life the idea of helping companies with resource-intensive processes, automating these processes, helping them to run more effectively.

Giulio Rovera

Giulio Rovera

Director - CTO

Giulio is CTO of TechConnect IT Solutions Pty Ltd. Joining the business at the beginning of 2013; he has an in-depth understanding of the business with a primary focus on business solutions and mission critical 24x7 technology infrastructure.

Giulio has significant experience in leading and managing high performing teams in start-up and global IT environments. With his outstanding technical and organisational skills, he has a proven track record of meeting and exceeding both company and client goals.

Clinton Thomson

Clinton Thomson

Director - CDO

Clinton is Chief Digital Officer of TechConnect IT Solutions Pty Ltd. Joining the business at the beginning of 2013; he has an in-depth understanding of the business with hands on management experience across a multitude of industry sectors, with a primary focus on marketing and driving growth.

Clinton understands how to successfully use technology in today’s economic climate. This is made possible through his insight and focus on delivering breakthrough results that translate into real-world value for clients.

Dr Sujan Chowdhury

Dr Sujan Chowdhury

Data Engineer

Sujan completed his Ph.D. in the area of Machine Learning and Image Processing in 2016. His interests include Machine Learning, Image Processing, Big Data, and Data Analytics to solve business problems.

Sujan achieved the Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Associate in 2018 and is thoroughly enjoying working with Amazon Web Services.

Michelle Beer

Michelle Beer

Office Manager

Michelle is a creative and detail-obsessed administrator with more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of executive support and office management. Her strengths are in problem solving, process improvement and communication.

Her varied experience and proactive, hardworking nature make her a great addition to the team. Michelle has also completed the Amazon Web Services Business Professional Foundational Accreditation.

Brett Shepard

Brett Shepard

Team Lead - Content Optimization

Brett has been in the IT industry for over 20 years and has vast experience in technical sales and management roles. Working predominantly with Data and Cloud based projects, Brett always keeps his knowledge up to date, achieving the Microsoft SQL DBA Qualification and the Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Associate.

Brett Leads some of TechConnect’s largest projects and enjoys providing real business benefits and building strong customer relationships.

Venkat Subramanian

Venkat Subramanian

Principal Data Architect

Venkat is an experienced, qualified and multi-skilled data architect with 18 years of hands-on experience working with data at various stages within an organisation. He comes with a strong background in design, development and support of enterprise OLTP & OLAP systems, data warehouse & BI, Data Mining, Big Data, AWS, Data Lake, Master Data Management (MDM), Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Enterprise application Integration (API), migration and automation. His current focus is on Big Data, AWS, Machine Learning and statistical modelling.

Venkat has a Master’s in Applied Statistics from Macquarie University, Sydney. His industry certifications include Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, Certified Developer Associate and Certified Big Data Specialty.

Warren Venter

Warren Venter

Sales Solutions

Warren has many years of experience in architecting and building Microsoft infrastructure solutions. As TechConnect’s Pre-Sales Architect, he uses this experience to create robust cloud solutions for customers.

Warren continues to expand his knowledge across a broad range of cloud services to ensure that our customers have access to the most up-to-date solutions and advice.

Warren has several industry certifications covering both Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, these include:

Harish Kotthapally

Harish Kotthapally

Lead Data Engineer

Harish holds master’s degree in Information and Technology and has a total of 17 years’ experience delivering solutions primarily using Microsoft Technologies. Harish has worked across all aspects of Business Intelligence and Data Management and has delivered large and complex BI solutions from end to end.  Harish specialises in designing and developing BI solutions that provide valuable insights which enable our clients to make the right decisions at the right time.

Harish is an expert in combining a variety of technologies to provide out of the box solutions to complex business problems. His experience covers a wide range of industries including HealthCare, Pharma, Finance, Supply Chain, Wagering, Lotteries and ONG downstream.

Harish’s industry certifications include:

Denver Naidoo

Denver Naidoo

Head of Cloud Operations

Denver has 18 Years of enterprise experience at various levels in the Systems Development Life Cycle. He executes the strategic vision of the organisation by influencing the leadership and culture. Denver has advanced technical knowledge and has been immersed in experience as a Solutions Architect, Software Developer and Leader. Denver has a keen interest and is focusing on digital transformation by leveraging Cloud Platforms.

Denver currently holds a Bachelor of Science Honours – Information Systems as well as certifications in Agile Development, Microsoft SQL Server, and Management Principles for First Line Manages. Denver also has formal TOGAF training.

Dr Will Brown

Dr Will Brown

Lead Data Scientist

Will joined the TechConnect graduate program in 2018 following the completion of a Ph.D. in Biophysics. Will thrives on detailed data analysis and the insights it provides. He is also experienced in mathematical modelling and simulation.

Will achieved the Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certification in 2018 and enjoys working with the myriad of technologies used by the TechConnect team as he gains experience in the IT sector. Will’s current interests lie in Big Data and Machine Learning, but he relishes the opportunity to solve any problem thrown his way.

Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

Principal DevOps Engineer

A Software Development and DevOps specialist, Ryan excels in building decoupled microservice architectures in AWS. He is passionate about creating serverless architectures for clients and is very proud to have reduced monthly bills to single digits for many of our clients.

He holds a Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) from the University of Queensland and is an AWS APN Ambassador.

Ryan has completed his Amazon Web Services Certified Developer - Associate, Certified Solutions Architect - Associate and the Amazon Web Services Certified DevOps - Professional certifications.

Andre Beauzec

Andre Beauzec

Technical Business Unit Manager

Andre is an accomplished Big Data architect specialising in creating end to end Big Data processing solutions in the cloud. He is skilled in cloud computing, information management, business analytics, business intelligence, data science and database management, and loves sharing his skills and expertise with the team.

Andre has achieved the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data and the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science.

He has also successfully completed the Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Associate and theCertified Big Data Specialty.

Alexis Illig

Alexis Illig

Data Scientist

Alexis is a Data Scientist skilled in Python, R, Natural Language Processing, data mining and wrangling, visualisation, as well as predictive and statistical modelling via several machine-learning algorithms and packages.

Alexis spent several years in fundamental Atomic Physics research and recently completed a Data Science graduate course at Monash University. Alexis’ focus is on merging the analytical skills she developed in physics with the machine-learning skills she has been acquiring more recently.

Outside of work, you can expect to find Alexis playing the violin, day-tripping to do a bit of photography, or gaming

Jason Hurst

Jason Hurst

Principal Business Intelligence Architect

Jason is a Data, Business Intelligence (BI) and database expert with experience designing, developing and implementing enterprise solutions from industries including software, retail, entertainment, gaming, mining, transportation, travel, finance, hospitality and the public sector. Jason works closely with business representatives to streamline and standardise data management, business process and reporting by building and developing enterprise BI solutions. Jason thrives in a challenging environment and he architects solutions that empower organisations and employees with a means to enhance and improve their decision-making process.

Jason holds a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist accreditation.

Tully Dwyer

Tully Dwyer

Lead Cloud Security Architect

Tully joined the TechConnect team as a graduate and has proven himself to be an out of the box thinker with excellent networking, automation and security skills. With an eagerness to learn and delight TechConnect’s customers, he exemplifies our values of innovation, simplicity and customer focus.

Tully has completed the Amazon Web Services Certified Developer - Associate, Amazon Web Services Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, and Amazon Web Services Certified Security – Specialty certifications.

Jaco Coetzee

Jaco Coetzee

Finance Manager

Jaco is a business professional with rich experience in finance, operations and change management. His main interest and knowledge areas are corporate finance and strategic leadership.

Jaco places high value on continuous learning and development and has an appreciation for business intelligence and cloud technologies.

He holds an MBA and is a CPA with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, alongside a Graduate Diploma in Economics and a Diploma in Financial Services. He has also completed the Amazon Web Services Business Professional Foundational Accreditation.

Dr Tim Cleaver

Dr Tim Cleaver

Principal Data Scientist

Tim has worked for multiple tech start-ups as a data architect. His current interests lie in Big Data and the application of Machine Learning technology to deliver real business value that exceeds customer expectations.

Tim earned his doctorate in Artificial Intelligence studying belief-intention interactions in intelligent software agents. His academic background and experience in a variety of technologies bring a unique perspective to the team.

Tim’s industry certifications include Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, Certified Developer Associate and Certified Big Data Specialty.

Eric Semwenda

Eric Semwenda

Lead DevOps Engineer

Eric has worked in various IT environments with different methodologies, enabling him to quickly merge old and new knowledge to deliver innovative solutions. Living the true DevOps approach, he thrives on challenge, change, and innovation, thinking out-of-the-box when needed.

Eric holds a dual degree in Business and IT (Honors) and has achieved the Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Associate.

Kirsten Cunningham

Kirsten Cunningham

DevOps and Data Team Lead

Having spent the last 20 years in IT, Kirsten exhibits a broad range of skills and loves what Amazon Web Services is capable of and allows her to achieve.

Kirsten has achieved the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data and the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science certifications recently.

She also holds the Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Associate and the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional Certifications.

Martin Coetzee

Martin Coetzee

Lead Business Analyst

Martin spend many years working hands-on in the construction and manufacturing industries prior to shifting his focus to IT. Martin’s main responsibility within TechConnect are as the lead Business Analyst for our Mining vertical. He also heads up our managed services delivery. Martin is currently pursuing his degree in computer science, majoring in software development and applied modelling.

Martin’s Industry certifications include Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, Certified Developer Associate, Certified Sysops Administrator Associate and Certified Big Data Specialty.

Jackson Huynh

Jackson Huynh

Cloud Specialist

Jackson joined TechConnect’s Graduate Program in 2018 after completing his Master of Engineering Science Management at the University of Queensland. Recently, Jackson has been involved in various projects in the Electronic and Biomedical fields, giving him hardware design and data analysis experience. Through these projects, he has been amazed at the power and flexibility of Amazon Web Services solutions and has decided to pursue a cloud career pathway.

Jackson is now working as a part of the TechConnect Managed Services team and is enjoying helping TechConnect’s customers get the most out of their AWS services.

Adam Richards

Adam Richards

Program Manager

Adam brings to the team more than 15 years in Project Management, with a focus on delivering projects and programs with large budgets. Specialising in complex upgrades, migrations and system integration projects, Adam thrives on working with high performing teams and driving outcomes on complex projects. Adam’s strengths in continuous improvement, stakeholder management and vendor management in multidisciplinary and cross-cultural teams set him apart as a Program and Project Manager.

Adam is a PMP Certified Project Manager with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He is currently in the process of becoming AWS Certified and has completed his Amazon Web Services Business Professional Foundational Accreditation.

Paul Bunn

Paul Bunn

Principal Solutions Architect

Paul has  over 14 years’ experience in Software Development, Solutions and  Enterprise Architecture.  He has held roles in various  industries, including financial services, pre-paid energy  utilities, large-scale retail operations and recently, mining.  His strengths lie  in  helping organisations align technology with business strategy to achieve successful outcomes through pragmatic solutions and technology road-maps.  

His interests currently  lie in Big Data engineering and  supporting digital transformation efforts by  modernizing legacy systems using  modern software engineering practices  and cloud technology.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Computer Science and Information Systems.  He also has  formal training in the TOGAF enterprise  architecture development methodology.

Gerard Naude

Gerard Naude

DevOps Engineer

Gerard worked as a Java developer in the retail sector for 7 years before getting involved in system engineering roles, where he developed custom Linux distributions and network deployments. He later became involved in the migration of existing services and infrastructure to the cloud, doing a lot of work around software defined infrastructure. Gerard is passionate about open source software and deployments of OSS to the cloud.

Sumi Goto

Sumi Goto

Solutions Sales

Sumi is a sales professional who works with clients to help find the right data solutions that align with their corporate strategy in order to drive business innovation in the cloud. With over 10 years of customer service experience, Sumi is passionate about delivering the best possible outcomes for her clients.

Sumi holds a bachelor International Business and Finance. She has also completed the Amazon Web Services Business Professional Foundational Accreditation

Mohan Kagita

Mohan Kagita

Data Scientist

Mohan is a graduate from the University of New South Wales, specialising in Artificial Intelligence and Internetworking. Mohan also has experience working with various early staged start-ups and has been focussed on the AI and Data Science space.

Mohan defines himself as a problem solver by nature and Data Scientist/AI Engineer by choice. He has gained significant expertise in Machine Learning, Predictive & Dimensional Modelling, Product Recommendation systems, NLP, Big Data Analytics etc.

With Problem Solving as his primary tool, he brings out of the box thinking to assist with the solutions Tech-Connect provides.

David Rowe

David Rowe

Lead DevOps Engineer

David has a passion for software development and automation in cloud platforms. With a wide range of knowledge and skills, he takes pride in finding the right solution for each problem.

David holds a Diploma in Computer Networking, and a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. David’s focus is on Software Development and Intelligent Systems.  He is also an Amazon Web Services Certified Developer Associate.

Matt Norman

Matt Norman

Cloud Specialist

Matt comes from almost 10 years of local government experience in both Control Systems Engineering and ICT Database Administration. With degrees in both Computer Engineering and Computer Science, he has recently transitioned into the field of AWS with TechConnect with great enthusiasm. Matt is currently supporting our clients from within the Managed Services team, while studying for the Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Associate.

In his spare time Matt enjoys going to the gym, gaming and travelling overseas whenever the opportunity presents.

Jatin Nansi

Jatin Nansi

Team Lead

Jatin has 18 years of experience in designing, developing and managing enterprise computing, internet and cloud environments. He is an expert in seamlessly integrating heterogenous IT systems running on Linux, Windows and old school Unix. He has extensive project management, programming, performance tuning and troubleshooting experience. The technical capabilities of the Dev Ops team and a nearly infinite computing capacity in the cloud has given him the confidence to take on any problem thrown at him.

He holds the following certifications:

Linton Beattie

Linton Beattie

DevOps Engineer

Embracing the core values of innovation, growth and integrity, Linton always strives to become greater in all areas of life. With a passion for open source tools, automation and AWS, he is always excited to learn new technologies. Linton is excited for the future at TechConnect, as he believes we are at the forefront of the fastest moving technology industry trend: cloud services.

He holds a diploma in Information Technology, as well as two Cisco Certifications, CCNA R&S and CCNA Cyber ops. He currently pursuing his Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Associate and Azure Certification.

Thean Jonck

Thean Jonck

Lead SysOps Cloud Engineer

Thean specialises in cloud technologies and has over 18 years of experience within the Microsoft stack. Thean is especially passionate about Microsoft Office 365 and unlocking productivity solutions for customers.

Baxter Meadowcroft

Baxter Meadowcroft

DevOps Engineer
Maxime Henn

Maxime Henn

Data Scientist
John Santias

John Santias

DevOps Engineer
Daniel Borg

Daniel Borg

Lead Data Engineer
Mark Priestner

Mark Priestner

Lead Data Engineer
Jess Neate

Jess Neate

Marketing Coordinator
Jack Chiang

Jack Chiang

DevOps Engineer
Mazzi Nabavi

Mazzi Nabavi

Principle Solutions Architect
Matt Dickson

Matt Dickson

DevOps Engineer
Cheryl Miller-Crispe

Cheryl Miller-Crispe

Scrum Master
Jeffrey Albano

Jeffrey Albano

DevOps Specialist

Jeffrey is a software developer with several years of experience in Microsoft technology stacks and more recently with Amazon Web Services. He loves developing solutions to different problems and is passionate about cloud solutions, automation, and new technologies.

Jeffrey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Southeastern Philippines.

Aside from being a computer geek, Jeffrey also is a passionate musician.