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 Scientist

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.

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.

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 a 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:

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.

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.

Andre Beauzec

Andre Beauzec

Head of Operations

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 the Certified Big Data Specialty.

Jess Neate

Jess Neate

Marketing Coordinator

Jess is our marketing coordinator, a proven brand builder with expertise in digital and traditional media marketing. Her innovative skills also include social media management, design, website building, photography and videos. Jess is best known for being super organised, versatile and diligent, while also being passionate about creating quality work that people love.

Having completed a double degree in Business & Marketing and Digital Design, she also holds a diploma in graphic design with extensive industry experience in customer service, administration and business management.

Jess has also completed the Amazon Web Services Business Professional Foundational Accreditation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mark Priestner

Mark Priestner

Lead Data Engineer

Mark has been in the IT Industry for over 20 years and comes with a strong background in Software and Database Development primarily using Microsoft Technologies.

During more recent years, Mark’s focus has been more on developing Data Warehousing and end to end Business Intelligence solutions with his experience covering a wide range of industries including Pharmaceutical, Finance, Childcare and Retail.

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.

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.

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.

Matthew Dickson

Matthew Dickson

DevOps Engineer

Matthew joined the TechConnect graduate program after working for several years in the IT industry in a managerial role. He holds a Bachelor of Information Technology and a Bachelor of Multimedia and is excited to continue his studies in the cloud space.

Matthew is currently deploying Content Delivery Networks globally as well as assisting in overcoming different challenges that these networks face. He is also studying towards the Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Associate.

In his spare time, you can find Matthew building custom gaming computers, gaming, reading comics and buying collectibles.

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 modeling.

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.

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.

Baxter Meadowcroft

Baxter Meadowcroft

DevOps Engineer

Baxter is a relatively new face in the scene of cloud computing. With his passion for software development, strong can do attitude, and willingness to achieve, he believes TechConnect is the best place for him to learn and grow his skills.

Baxter is very curious about what the future of the cloud holds, and is currently studying towards the Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Associate.

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

Maxime Henn

Maxime Henn

Data Scientist

Maxime joined the TechConnect team after graduating from a Bachelor of Science. She specialises in content delivery networks, and has in-depth knowledge of web caching systems and global internetwork routing.

She has an interest in web programming and artificial intelligence and is always eager to broaden her skills.

Maxime is also an Certified Solutions Architect - 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 traveling overseas whenever the opportunity presents.

Jack Chiang

Jack Chiang

DevOps Engineer

Jack is a diligent individual who is currently completing his Bachelor of Information Technology. His strengths lie in his wide range of development and analytical skills, he is looking to further grow his versatile skillset after recently transitioning into the field of AWS with TechConnect. Jack currently develops and deploys Content Delivery Networks in various geographical locations in the world whilst studying for the Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Associate.

Outside of work you can find Jack enjoying video games, DIY projects or being a motor-vehicle enthusiast and working on his car.

Daniel Borg

Daniel Borg

Lead Data Engineer

Daniel has over 17 years’ experience as a database administrator specialising in database products. He has extensive experience in administration and maintaining high-transactional OLTP databases on a 24x7 basis as well as data warehouse environments. He has held roles across a diverse range of industries including gaming and financial.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Information Technology.

Outside of work, Daniel is a passionate Liverpool FC fan who also enjoys cycling and travelling.

Mazzi Nabavi

Mazzi Nabavi

Principal Solutions Architect

Mazzi is a highly passionate individual with 18+ years of experience in various IT industry setups. He thrives by learning more every day while keeping focus on business deliverables. He has a track record of production experience in architecting complex, highly available, scalable and multi environment cloud infrastructures.

Mazzi holds 3 currents AWS certification including Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect - Professional. As a TOGAF Certified consultant, Mazzi is able to understand enterprise challenges and offer suitable solutions for time and budget defined in scope.

Mazzi is passionate about Big Data, Machine Learning and AI.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cheryl Miller-Crispe

Cheryl Miller-Crispe

Scrum Master
Jaime Brian

Jaime Brian

Business Analyst