Every day there is another news article stating that more jobs will be automated, artificial intelligence will replace more humans for specific tasks, and that our children will have professions that haven’t yet been invented. This can be both frightening and overwhelming for many people. However humans have many innate qualities and capabilities that cannot be replaced by machines, and Eva will explore how people can best employ technology for the greatest good.

Eva Balan-Vnuk is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the delivery of cyber security, digital government and technology services across South Australia Government. With her team, Eva drives the implementation of SA Government’s strategic priorities for security and risk assurance, digital strategy and exploration of new technologies to benefit citizens, businesses and public servants.

Prior to this role, Eva was State Director for Microsoft South Australia, as well as the inaugural National Skills Program Lead to develop and implement Microsoft Australia’s future-ready workforce initiatives. Eva has a PhD in innovation and entrepreneurship from the University of Adelaide, and is a Director for Novita, St Peter’s Girls’ College and the History Trust of South Australia. She is also founder of HerTechPath, a community of women working in the technology sector in South Australia who deliver briefings to high schools to inspire girls to consider careers in this disruptive, exciting and important sector.

Eva tweets at @Eva_BalanVnuk