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Sean AudainInnovation Officer (Smart City), Wellington City Council
Sean Audain is part of the Chief Executive’s Office at Wellington City Council, focussing on smart cities, cross-organisation priorities, and understanding his city. He has a particular interest in city problems: those problems which span organisations and jurisdictions, to make citizens’ lives better.
His major interests are in Open Data, the Internet of Things, Data Visualisation, GIS and helping grow the CivicTech and Hackathon communities.
Arthur Thomas BallSenior Director, Public Safety & National SecurityMicrosoft
Clayton BanksChief Executive Officer, Silicon Harlem, New York (USA)
The mission of Silicon Harlem is to transform Harlem and other urban markets into Innovation and Technology Hubs. Under Clayton Banks’ leadership, Silicon Harlem has been focused on building smart city corridors in Upper Manhattan and collaborating with stakeholders to provide affordable broadband to all citizens.
In previous roles, Clayton has worked with former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, to publish a first-of-its-kind interactive college guide series called “The Key.” This initiative targets under-served communities and features Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions. “The Key” was featured on CNN, NY1, Univision, and several other media outlets around the States.
In his current role, Clayton has led Silicon Harlem to partner with the Department of Education for New York City to establish an after-school STEM based start-up accelerator, collaborate with the NYC Mayor’s office to assess wireless broadband in Upper Manhattan, and coordinate a virtual start-up incubator for tech based entrepreneurs.
Prior to Silicon Harlem, Clayton was a pioneer in the cable and communications industry spanning two decades. He leads the vision for Ember Media, a development group that builds digital solutions and interactive applications for top brands and non-profit organisations, across multiple platforms.
Known as a pragmatic visionary, he has developed and deployed leading-edge technology and applications for network cloud, gaming consoles, social media, augmented reality, interactive TV, tablets, mobile apps and over 300 interactive website properties.
He has implemented multi-platform strategies for MTV, ESPN, Budweiser, Essence Music Festival, Urban Latino, Prudential, New York Institute of Technology, United Technologies, Denny’s, Scholastic, and other top brands.
Clayton has also produced multimedia and broadband content for Discovery Networks, HBO, Pepsi, Bloomberg TV, Showtime Networks, Bermuda tourism, the British Tourist Authority, Monaco Tourism, and countless other companies and organisations globally.
Sandy BurgoyneExecutive Director, Citizen Cities Australia
Sandy Burgoyne is a researcher, speaker and advisor in the field of smart and sustainable cities. Currently, Executive Director, Citizen Cities Australia, Sandy was the founding Director of the Future Cities Collaborative an initiative of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.
Sandy is an experienced executive who has worked for 25 years developing and leading business strategies and transformation within the telecommunications, information technology, not-for-profit and government sectors. Since 2007 and completion of a Master in Sustainable Development, Sandy has aligned her career with her passion for building smart and sustainable cities and communities. Sandy has brought her commercial acumen and collaboration skills to create cross sector approaches to build the capacity of city leaders across industry, government /community and academia to join together to develop smart and sustainable cities- large and small.
Sandy is commencing her PhD in urban studies with a focus on adaptive governance models for smart urban development whilst continuing to inform and advocate for the smart cities agenda at a local, state and federal level by curating cross sector projects on building smart city capability within Australia. Sandy is a Board Director in the Health and Education sector, committee member of the Policy and Leadership Smart Cities Council ANZ, IoTAA and member of Australian Smart Communities Association.
Mark Burry AOFounding Director, Smart Cities Research Institute , Professor of Urban Futures, Swinburne University of Technology
In March 2017, Professor Mark Burry was appointed as the new Foundation Director of Swinburne’s Smart Cities Research Institute.
Mark joined Swinburne from the Melbourne School of Design at University of Melbourne where he was the Professor of Urban Futures prior to his Swinburne appointment.
He is also the executive architect and lead researcher at the Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona, Spain. Among his roles, he holds an Australian Federation Fellowship and is a Founding Director of the Design Research Institute at RMIT University. He is considered a thought leader in the domain of cities research.
Mark is also an ambassador for the Swiss National Science Foundation and a member of the review panel for the National Centres of Competence in Research for Digital Fabrication – Innovative Building Processes in Architecture.
Ludo Campbell-ReidDesign Champion, Auckland Council
Sought out by Mayors, Cities and Governments, Ludo Campbell-Reid is a globally renowned urban design thought-leader, city planning expert and international keynote speaker with over 24 years’ public/private sector experience on large-scale city transformation projects. He is an internationally respected commentator on cities and appears regularly in the media and trade press.
As Design Champion for Auckland, Ludo is accountable for achieving design excellence in council’s plans, policies and projects; working alongside the private sector and community to deliver exemplary design outcomes and promoting the council’s design-led city agenda across the organisation, the wider Auckland community and internationally. He is also the General Manager of Auckland Council’s Auckland Design Office (ADO), a department of multi-disciplinary design and place activation professionals charged with spearheading Auckland’s design-led renaissance.
Formerly Founding CEO of Urban Design London, a pan London organisation established to lift urban design quality in London, Ludo was appointed as Auckland’s first ever Design Champion in 2006 following the recommendations of the 2005 Mayoral Task Force on Urban Design.
In 2016 Ludo was accorded a 2016 Auckland Property People Awards in the Urban Design & Architecture Category by the Property Council NZ for his pivotal role in transforming and revitalising the City of Auckland, “known as a lightning rod for transformation and man of infectious energy and innovation, Ludo has lifted the design of Auckland to ground-breaking heights.”
In 2015 he was described by Metro Magazine as one of the Top 50 Most influential Aucklanders.
A recent Paperboy article described him as the “Design Champion with an unshakeable faith in Auckland.”
He is also currently Deputy Chair and Founding Trustee of Sea Cleaners Charitable Trust (www.seacleaners.com), an organisation which has removed 4.3 million litres of plastic and rubbish from the Auckland’s Harbour and waterways since 2002.
Catherine Caruana-McManusSales & Strategy Director, Meshed IoT, Founder, Giant Ideas for Smart Cities
Catherine Caruana-McManus is a global expert in smart cities and digital transformation. She is the Director of Meshed, IoT Integrators and founder of the global community and the founder of Giant Ideas for Smart Cities. She has been recognised by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Knowledge Nation initiative as one of Australia’s leading thinkers and innovators in big data and smart cities.
Prior to Meshed, Catherine was the Director of IBM’s Smarter Cities business for ANZ and has held other Executive positions for KPMG, PMP Limited, Telstra and MC2 Consulting.
Catherine is on the Advisory Board for UoW SMART facility, is the Chairperson of the IoT Alliance Australia Smart Cities and Industry Engagement Work Stream. Catherine holds qualifications in urban planning, economics, management and finance.
Charles CasuscelliChief Executive Officer, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC)
The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) represents the collective interests of Local Government in Western Sydney.
Among his roles, Charles is also appointed as an Australian Defence Force Liaison Officer (Army) and provides advice to the NSW State Government on Emergency Management.
Formerly he was the State Member for Strathfield (Legislative Assembly) between 2011 and 2015, and was appointed Chair of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee.
Charles has held a number of senior executive appointments in the public and private sectors. In particular Charles worked at the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority as the NSW Transport Management Centre’s Project Director/GM and was responsible for the operational management of the NSW road network.
Subhash ChallaFounder, CEO and CTO, SenSen Networks
Subhash Challa is the founder, CEO and CTO of SenSen Networks, a Melbourne based company focusing on Video-IoT data driven solutions for Smart Cities.
With deep and passionate interest in taking ideas to usable products, I spent over a decade of my career in R&D & product development. During this time, SenSen won a number of innovation awards including iAwards Victoria for SenFORCE and SenSIGN products in 2014 and 2017 respectively, the Parking Australia innovation award in 2015 and the Security Industry innovation award in 2014.
Naveen Chilamkurti SMIEEECybersecurity program coordinator(UG), Department of Computer Science and ITLa Trobe University
Craig ChungCouncillor, City of Sydney
Craig Chung was elected to the City of Sydney Council in September 2016. Prior to this Craig served 4 years as a councillor on the City of Ryde Council.
Craig is a small business innovator in the hospitality and education sector. As a business turnaround specialist Craig has seen the best and worst of government intervention in business.
Craig believes that red tape, over regulation, and inefficiency are the worst attributes that government impacts on small business.
As a councillor, Craig is comitted to ensuring Sydney is a prosperous, healthy and successful city with a socially responsible heart. Economic prosperity and homelessness are not mutually exclusive issues. Planning and development should not be considered in isolation from health and housing policy. A wholistic approach to policy is critical.
Craig is passionate about ensuring Sydney is digital ready to become a Smart City. Ensuring residents, business owners, workers and visitors are equipped with the information and tools to prosper in the revolution that is Smart Cities.
Declan ClausenDeputy Lord Mayor, The City of Newcastle
Declan Clausen has become the youngest person to be named Newcastle city’s Deputy Lord Mayor. His appointment followed his election in 2015 to the Newcastle City Council, being the youngest candidate to be elected at 22.
Declan’s work with the council focuses on Newcastle’s Smart City strategy, environment and sustainability measures and issues in his ward.
His passion and expertise in these fields stem from his qualifications in a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental), Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Sustainable Resource Management from the University of Newcastle.
Nick ClearyChairman & CEO, Consolidated Land and Rail Australia (CLARA)
Nick Cleary’s background is in a range of fields including agri-business, financial services and real estate. Nick founded CLARA and subsidiary Infrastructure Corporation Australia (2011) to seek out new infrastructure opportunities to be supported by the private sector including High Speed Rail, Inland City Development, a second Sydney Airport and Land-Port facilities.
Mr Cleary has a passion for regional communities and the potential that resides within. He continues to seek ways to play an active role in contributing to the improvement of people’s lives across the East Coast of Australia. Nick served as Vice Chairman of the NSW Nationals over 2013-2016.
In 2015 Mr Cleary founded Consolidated Land and Rail Australia (CLARA) to deliver a program to change Australia. CLARA is an Australian private group which seeks to undertake a re-balancing of our settlement and deliver new ways of imagining, planning and building cities, transport and infrastructure. This is a population strategy for our nation.
Greg ConkeyMayor, City of Wagga Wagga
For his services to Wagga Wagga, Greg Conkey received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2012. Later that year he was elected as a Wagga Wagga City Councillor and in September 2016 elected unopposed as Mayor. He has been an active member of the Wagga Wagga community since arriving in the city.
He has served as President of South Wagga Apex Club (he is a senior active member of the Club), President of Wollundry Rotary club (he is a Paul Harris Fellow), has been Chair of Murrumbidgee Life Education for 10 years and Chair of Wagga Base Hospital Drug Advisory Committee.
Greg was instrumental in launching the city's Outstanding Business Awards, The Leader's Christmas Food Appeal for disadvantaged people and the Good Neighbour Awards as well as organising fund raising campaigns to purchase water pumps for World Vision to place in Laos, Mozambique and Tanzania.
He has won a number of NSW Country Press Awards including awards for feature writing, local news reporting and local government reporting.
Jarmo EskelinenChief Innovation & Technology Officer, Future Cities Catapult (UK)
As Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, Jarmo helps accelerate Future Cities Catapult’s ideas to market, brings together potential partners and collaborators and is constantly striving to innovate across the many challenges that we face in the urban sector. His team bring together businesses, universities and city leaders so that they can work with each other to solve the problems that cities face.
Previously, Jarmo was the CEO of Forum Virium Helsinki, the innovation lab of the City of Helsinki, Finland, from 2006 to 2016. Prior to that, he’s been the executive director of the Media Centre Lume of the Aalto University and program director of the Helsinki 2000 European Capital of Culture. Jarmo was also an entrepreneur in a successful concert promotion company in the 90’s. Originally trained as an architect, he is an expert in smart cities.
Jarmo is vice-chair of the international Open & Agile Smart Cities network, member of the Smart London Board, member of the EC Open Innovation group OISPG and former president of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).
Peter FitchettStrategic Director City Planning & Infrastructure, City of Casey
Peter Fitchett joined Casey in 2006 and currently holds the position of Strategic Director City Planning and Infrastructure.
Casey has grown from 220,000 residents to 310,000 in that time and it will eventually grow to 520,000 residents by 2036. Balancing the needs of new communities with renewal of older suburbs is a key challenge of his role.
Peter has 18 years expertise at senior management level, having previously served as Director of Planning and Infrastructure at Frankton Council. It was here that he launched the “I Love Frankston” campaign which saw Frankston as a Bronze Medal winner at the World Liveable Communities Awards in Niagara, Canada. He also received the Planning Minister’s Inaugural Award for Planning Excellence for his TAFE to Bay Strategy which underpinned the renewal of Frankston’s Waterfront and CBD.
At Casey, Peter works collaboratively with key developers such as Stockland and Villawood to facilitate creation of smart suburbs in the green field context. Exemplar sites currently being planned and developed under the smart cities principles include Minta Farm and Aquarevo.
Greg GaleNational Security Officer, Microsoft
Gregory Gale (Greg) is the National Security Officer for Microsoft in Australia. In this role Greg is responsible for leading Microsoft’s initiatives in information security assurance, trusted cloud and secure mobility. An incurable tech-geek who was using Windows 10 at home from the early days of the Windows Insider program, Greg has both a depth in technical security expertise and the capability to engage with senior security, IT and business executives. Over the past 15 years, Greg has specialised in information security within government and it’s something he is deeply passionate about.
Greg’s previous roles include being the Information Technology Security Adviser (ITSA), a Senior Executive Service Band 1 position, for the Department of Defence, a number of director-level cybersecurity roles within Defence, and executive manager ICT Infrastructure for Western Australia Police.
Prior to these appointments, Greg held a number of roles in Defence and private industry including roles in infrastructure and network design, delivery and management, security and risk management, training development and delivery and as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy.
Greg is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Politics) and Masters of Capability Management.
Darren GladmanDirector Smart Energy, Clean Energy Council
Darren Gladman leads the Clean Energy Council’s policy and advocacy for solar and battery systems. He also leads CEC’s work on product quality and development of product standards. He has extensive experience in policy, communications and stakeholder engagement in energy and climate change policy.
He has been with CEC for more than five years. Before CEC, he was a senior manager and policy adviser in the Victorian Government (2004 to 2012). Prior to working in government, he worked for many years as a campaigner and campaign director for a range of NGOs and non-profit organisations.
Xavier GoldieOutreach Manager, Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN)
Xavier Goldie is Outreach Manager for AURIN. He has an interest in urban planning, transport and disadvantage, and is currently undertaking his PhD at RMIT in transport disadvantage. He maintains a research interest in segregation and the geography of marginalised groups.
Grace GuintoPrivacy Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Grace is the national Privacy leader for PwC Australia's Digital Trust practice. The Digital Trust practice is aimed at helping clients maximise their growth potential, manage the risks and build confidence in their digital future. PwC’s Digital Trust assurance services focuses on Supplier Security Assurance, Identity and Access Management, Cloud Assurance and Privacy.
Grace returned to PwC Melbourne in April 2014, having spent the previous nine years in Los Angeles and San Jose U.S.A, where she worked significantly with technology, media and entertainment companies. With privacy and consumer data management being a cornerstone to trust in the digital economy, Grace advises clients on how to assess and build sustainable and repeatable privacy programs, respond to regulatory orders and build confidence amongst consumers and other stakeholders by leveraging on privacy and data security. Grace provides a range of solutions from helping clients to develop a vision for their privacy program, designing and building a privacy program, implementing and operating a program, and providing review and assurance of their program to management or third party stakeholders.
Ross HardyFounder & CEO, Adyuvo
Ross Hardy began his healthcare career with the first 10 years as a Operating Department Practitioner in the UK and New Zealand. He covered all aspects of the patient journey, including surgery, anaesthetics sterile services, endoscopy clinics and fracture clinics. He then moved into the medical technology industry and then spent almost 20 years in strategic sales and marketing across primary, secondary and tertiary care providers, in both public and private sectors.
He hold an Executive MBA from Monash University, and is passionate about using technology to enable better health outcomes and health economics and believe that connected health matters.
Professor Gernot HeiserChief Research Scientist, Data61 and UNSW
Gernot’s primary occupation is leading research in the Trustworthy Systems at Data61, aiming to make software systems truly trustworthy, i.e., secure, safe and dependable. Prime application areas are safety- and security-critical cyberphysical systems such as aircraft, cars, medical devices, critical infrastructure and national security.
He also teaches Advanced Operating Systems to a group of excellent students with a tendency to masochism. The course has, over the years, produced many Heroes of Operating Systems and has been copied at a number of universities. It also has its own prize for the best-performing student, the Advanced Operating Systems Alumni Prize.
In 2006 Gernot founded Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs) for commercialising L4 microkernel technology and he served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) from 2006–2010 and as a Director from 2006 until OK's acquisition by General Dynamics in August 2012.
Claire HowlettGeneral Manager, Cities DivisionDepartment of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Thomas JacobSenate ChancelleryCity of Hamburg
Behyad JafariChief Executive Officer, Electric Vehicle
As the CEO of the Electric Vehicle Council, Behyad works with industry, government and the media to accelerate the electrification of road transport, for a more sustainable and prosperous Australia. With experience advising politicians, businesses and non-profits, Behyad has a strong understanding of Australia’s political, corporate and media landscape.
Zach JohnstonFounder and Chief Executive Officer, Xandra
Zach Johnson is Entrepreneur in Residence and Technology Adviser at SunCentral Maroochydore, Australia’s only greenfield smart city development. Zach is also founder and CEO of Xandra, Inc. a conversation design studio building experiences for engagement, education, and entertainment on AI platforms.
He has more than 20 years’ experience in technology and digital innovation in many of the world’s tech hot spots including Boston, New York, Hamburg, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Singapore, and Sydney.
After serving in the US Army as a special ops soldier, he started his professional career as a policy analyst working in housing and community development. Since joining an internet consultancy at the start of the first ‘dot com boom,’ Zach was involved in launching several start-ups and delivering technology solutions with some of the world’s largest organisations.
Notable projects include developing the first online banking portal for Citibank Japan, delivering an intranet for all 300,000 employees of the newly merged DaimlerChrysler and creating the online learning platform for the UK Ministry of Defence.
Martine LettsChief Executive Officer, Committee for Melbourne
Martine Letts is an experienced executive within the government, non-profit and international policy sectors, providing high level expertise in public policy development, formulation and promotion both in Australia and internationally.
Martine joined the Committee in March 2016 after serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC), where she led the development of the organisation’s national strategy.
Prior to her role at the ACBC, Martine was Deputy Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, where she led the organisation’s business and organisational development. As Secretary General of the Australian Red Cross (ARC) from 2001-2004, based at its national headquarters in Melbourne, she worked on a national transformation strategy to help the ARC improve its delivery of community and relief services across Australia and globally.
Martine was a senior Australian diplomat for 17 years and an adviser to Foreign Minister Evans from 1992 to 1994.
She served on the Australian National University Council from 2004-2014 and is a member of the Australian Volunteers International board. Martine speaks French, German and Spanish.
Kevin MackChair, Evocities, Mayor, Albury City Council
Kevin Mack was elected to council in 2012 and again in 2016 and has spent three years as Mayor and one year as Deputy Mayor. He is also the chair of the Riverina and Murray Region of Councils, NSW Inland Forum of Cities (Albury, Wagga Wagga, Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo, Tamworth and Armidale) and the Evocities Steering committee.
He is passionate about all communities and believes in the power of their voice in decision making.
Kevin was the founder of Youth Albury Wodonga wilderness therapy project, was the 2010 Albury Citizen of the Year, 2007 Police Youth Officer of the Year and has received a Paul Harris Fellow for his work with young people.
Grace MicallefExecutive Director, Hexagon Geospatial
Grace Micallef is the Executive Director for Hexagon Geospatial, In this role, Grace spearheads sales and strategic growth initiatives in the APAC region, with specific focus on key government programs including Smart Cities.
With over 18 years of experience in international sales management and business development, Grace has extensive knowledge of Information Technology and Geospatial industries. She has held key senior roles in various Fortune 500 companies and was responsible for leading teams to achieve benchmark net promoter score, innovation and financial growth.
Adrian MotherwayGovernment Industry Leader , Microsoft Australia
Adrian Motherway is the Government Industry Leader at Microsoft Australia and works with public sector executives across the country to help them achieve their goals through the thoughtful application of transformative technologies.
Adrian believes that technology, used appropriately, has the potential to help people and organisations do and achieve more and can empower cities to be more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive.
Adrian has over twenty years senior management experience across a range of public and private sector organizations and has held senior executive roles in start-up companies, Federal Government agencies and the CSIRO.
Adrian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology and Anthropology from the Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma in Business from the University of Canberra.
Nam NguyenPrincipal, Digital Vines
Nam is a business-minded technologist, and is constantly learning and evolving to keep himself at the top of his chosen industry. Throughout his career, he has held a number of different roles; as a Business Development Manager, a Solutions Architect , a web developer, a Customer Engagement Manager, a Principal Consultant and as a Technical Lead.
Currently, Nam is focusing his effort on providing advisory services on IoT ecosystem & technology strategy; as well as end-to-end IoT solutions and security framework.
Nam is also passionate about emerging technologies such as AR, AI, Machine Learning (apart from IoT), and is a firm believer in the potential benefits that these emerging technologies could bring to human.
Rajiv NilesSenior Director Cybersecurity, GE Digital
Rajiv has a career spanning over 20 years, having diverse experience in market development, technical leadership, innovation center development and building solutions for technology, services and software. He currently holds the position of Senior Director in GE Digital, having a dual responsibility for Digital Solutions & Industrial Cybersecurity. In his responsibility for managing the digital solutions practice, industrial customers are enabled to transform their businesses through greater asset reliability, reduction of unplanned downtime, lowering operating costs, reducing risks and accelerating performance through a rich portfolio of digital software solutions, that are built on GE’s Predix Platform.
He is also responsible for leading GE’s thrust in Industrial Cyber Security enabled through the acquisition of Wurldtech in 2014, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Wurldtech is world leader in industrial cyber security solutions, providing security products, device posture testing, site assessments andsecurity certification services to customers in the oil & gas, transportation, aviation, healthcare and utilities sectors.
Rajiv is an expert speaker and presenter on topics such as Digital Industrial, Cyber Security for Industrial Applications and Innovation Center Strategies. Rajiv often is engaged to speak at industry events and panelist discussions.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Western Australia. He is a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) and a TOGAF Certified Enterprise Architecture Practitioner.
Gordon NoblePrincipal Advisor, Better Infrastructure Initiative, John Grill Centre for Project Leadership, The University of Sydney
As the previous Director of Investments and Economy at the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, Gordon Noble was responsible for ASFA’s investment strategy and stakeholder relations including relationships with the Federal Government, focusing on issues such as financial system stability, infrastructure, innovation, capital markets and fixed interest markets. Gordon was formerly Deputy CEO of the Committee of Melbourne, a city based think tank, and over a 25 year career has worked in industrial relations, as a political adviser and in banking and superannuation. Gordon was involved in the early establishment of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment and worked with the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, to found the Responsible Investment Academy, a global online training platform that educates investors on incorporating environmental, social and governance issues into investment processes. He commenced his career with National Australia Bank having completed a Bachelor of Economics at the Australian National University.
Gordon also works with Inflection Point Capital Management, a UK based investment advisory business and is involved with a number of not-for profit organisations including as member of the Melbourne Program Committee for UNHCR, business advisor for the Environmental Health Trust, Director of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets and Steering Committee Member for Australian Alliance to Save Energy.
Katherine O'ReganExecutive Director, Cities Leadership Institute
Katherine O’Regan has over 30 years’ experience in developing and implementing growth strategies for business and government. Having served as a Chief of Staff and Advisor to Federal and State Government Ministers and Deputy Mayor, Woollahra Municipal Council where she served as a Councillor for five years, Katherine has unique insights into the policy, process and priorities of government.
This is complimented by a corporate executive career centred on the banking, financial and property sectors where she gained experience in public private partnerships, corporate transactions and mergers and acquisitions.
In 2017 Katherine was appointed Executive Director of the Cities Leadership Institute, a not-for-profit dedicated to building the capacity of urban leaders to make cities, towns and communities great places.
Marimuthu PalaniswamiFellow IEEE Network Convener/Director ARC Research Networks on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing, University of Melbourne
Marimuthu Palaniswami is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) and an internationally recognised expert in Internet of Things (IoT), Sensor Networks, Automated Learning, and Computational Intelligence in large-scale complex systems. He is a named Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society over the period 2013-2015.
He obtained his Ph.D from the University of Newcastle, Australia and is currently the Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He has a demonstrated track record in leading large research initiatives. In particular, he has been the Founder and Director of the ARC Research Network ISSNIP (Information, Signals, Sensor Networks and Information Processing), which has become an internationally recognised constellation of researchers, partner universities and industry organisations in the area of sensor networks.
He has built many large-scale projects by bringing together teams of chief investigators in related areas such as the Distributed Sensor Networks Project funded by former Department of Education, Science and Technology (DEST), the Smart Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Technologies(SEMAT) project of the Queensland government’s Smart State Program and Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)- Great Barrier Reef Ocean Observing System (GBROOS) for the Great Barrier Reef. He was the co-director of the Centre of Excellence for Networked Decision Systems (CENDS) funded by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation.
Sonja PedellAssociate Professor Director Future Self and Design Living Lab, Department Research Director, School of Design, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology
Associate Professor Sonja Pedell is Director of Swinburne’s Future Self and Design Living Lab. The FSD Living Lab has core development capabilities in the area of innovative socio-technical systems and design solutions for health and wellbeing with a focus on the ageing population.
Alongside this role, Dr Pedell is also Department Research Director for Swinburne’s Department of Communication and Digital Media Design. She contributes knowledge of human-computer interaction (HCI) and co-design methods to the teaching of digital media and communication design. Prior to taking up these roles at Swinburne, Dr Pedell completed a Masters of Psychology from the Technical University of Berlin and was employed as an Interaction Designer, Usability Consultant and Product Manager in industry for several years.
Christopher James PettitInaugural Chair of Urban Science, UNSW
Professor Pettit is the inaugural Chair of Urban Science at the University of New South Wales, Director of the newly launched City Analytics Postgraduate Program (https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate-degrees/city-analytics/how-apply), Associate Director of the City Futures Research Centre (https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/research/city-analytics/) and Smart Cities Director for the Collaborative Research Centre –Spatial Information . His expertise is in the convergence of the fields of urban planning, Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) and Planning Support Sciences (PSS). For the last 20 years, he has been undertaking research and development in the use of spatial information and mapping technologies for envisioning what if? Scenarios across both urban and regional landscapes.
In the context of Smart Cities, the UNSW city analytics team focuses on the application, development and the evaluation of online interactive geographical visualisation tools including, advanced spatial decision support systems, city dashboards and datastores.
A smart cities approach is undertaken to engage citizens and leads to an improve quality of life for all who traverse urban spaces.
Lani RefitiChief Executive Officer, IoTSec Australia
Lani is a long-time security professional, entrepreneur and business technologist. He was one of Australia's first CISSP's in 2002 and is a long-time contributor to Australian Information Security Association (AISA) formerly serving as Branch Chair and Advocacy Board Member. Lani sits on the advisory boards of Australian Cyber Security Network, Signature Media and recently Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, is a technical advisor for Channel 9 News Queensland and is a regular speaker at conferences on cybersecurity issues. Lani is a Director in PwC's Cyber security practice.
Katherine SaintyDirector, Sainty Law
Katherine Sainty is the founder and team leader at Sainty Law. Katherine is a corporate and commercial lawyer who specialises in digital, technology and media law. A partner at Allens Arthur Robinson for many years, Katherine gained significant experience advising clients from major technology, internet and media companies as well as Government departments and agencies. One of Katherine’s key strengths and areas of focus, in the highly regulated and fast changing technology and media industries, is her knowledge and ability to interpret legislation and its interaction with other laws and policies.
Katherine holds a Master of Laws, a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Finance. She is a member of the Law Council of Australia Media and Communications committee, a Director of the International Association of Privacy Professionals ANZ and a member of the Privacy and Communications Committee of the Law Society of NSW. Katherine was a Director of the Sydney Film Festival from 2007-2011 and an advisor for the Network Insight Institute from 2007-2011.
Tim SpencerExecutive General Manager, Mulpha Developments
Tim Spencer leads the Mulpha Development platform that has been delivering projects for over 25 years on the world stage. With its skill base in world-leading, master-planned communities such as Norwest Business Park, Sanctuary Cove Resort and Leisure Farm Resort, Mulpha Development’s expertise in commercial, residential, retail, recreational and infrastructure developments is exemplary.
Tim’s 20 years of property experience was founded in tier 1 construction and development delivery, extending into visionary urban planning and sales and marketing. He has worked for both private and public enterprises –delivering the full spectre of property from residential, commercial, industrial, retail, infrastructure and retirement.
Nicole StephensenPrincipal, Ground Up Consulting
Nicole Stephensen is a Privacy Specialist with extensive local and international experience in operational and strategic privacy matters. She is Principal Consultant at Ground Up Consulting, a boutique firm she established in 2011.
Nicole began her career overseas, with roles in privacy, freedom of information and information policy at the Offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioners of Alberta and British Columbia, Alberta Health and Wellness and the City of Saanich. She has been based in Brisbane, Queensland since 2003.
Nicole believes in building organisational capacity around privacy and embedding best practice into organisational culture. She assists government, private and not for profit sectors to unpack and address privacy issues, via formal Privacy Impact Assessments and more collaborative on-site reviews of policies, processes and “on the ground” handling of personal information.
In 2013, Nicole worked in an expert privacy advisory capacity at the Office of the Information Commissioner (Qld), where she investigated and mediated complaints of breach of privacy and provided ongoing support to government officers regarding legislative compliance.
With a strong focus on legislative reform, Nicole joined the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in 2009, where she provided comprehensive drafting instructions on the structure, content and policy imperatives for Queensland’s first privacy law, the Information Privacy Act 2009. This law replaced the State’s previous administrative privacy regime which, from 2005-2007, Nicole had responsibility for implementing at a whole-of-government level via her role with the Department of Justice and Attorney-General. This included privacy advisory services, consulting on Privacy Impact Assessments being completed by government agencies, establishing the government’s privacy practitioner network and extensive resource development focused on privacy best practice.
Complementary to her privacy work, Nicole provided extensive advisory and training services at the Office of the Ombudsman (Qld) in the field of Complaints Management. This included rolling out the Office’s Complaints Management Program from 2007-2009, which continues successfully to present.
Nicole is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), as well as the International Association of Privacy Professionals ANZ Chapter (iappANZ) where she sat for three consecutive terms on the Board.
Nicole completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada).
THE HON Angus Taylor MPMember for Hume, Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security
Angus entered politics in 2013 when he was elected as the Liberal Federal Member for Hume in NSW.
Building on his background in economics, Angus was appointed to parliamentary committees on employment, trade and investment, and public accounts. He was also chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.
Angus was promoted to Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister with special responsibility for Cities and Digital Transformation in February 2016. He was reappointed to the frontbench after the 2016 Federal election.
Angus’ portfolios stretch across the whole of government to improve city liveability and tackle long standing issues of traffic congestion, housing affordability and the need to create jobs closer to where people live. He has a focus on regional cities and outer suburban cities.
With a passion for cutting edge technology and the benefits for citizens of the digital age, Angus authored an essay The Promise of Digital Government which was published by the Menzies Research Centre in 2016.
He has gained a reputation amongst his constituents as a keen problem solver, focusing in his electorate on growth opportunities for regional communities and improving telecommunications.
Prior to entering parliament in 2013 Angus was a Director at Port Jackson Partners where he was a strategy and business advisor on the resources, agriculture, energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to this he was a partner at global consulting firm McKinsey & Co.
Angus has a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours and University Medal) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney. He also has a Master of Philosophy in Economics from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His thesis was in the field of competition policy.
In his private capacity Angus has founded or advised a number of small, fast growing start-up businesses, particularly in the agriculture sector.
Daniella TrainoGeneral Manager, Cyber Security & Non-Executive Director & Strategic Advisor, aizoOn Australia
At aizoOn Australia, Daniella is responsible for setting the strategy and leading the cyber security division across our three areas of capability - product development, consulting and R&D for the Asia Pacific region.
Daniella is a non-executive director and strategic advisor to IoTSec Australia (a not-for-profit organisation influencing IoT cyber security innovation) and is a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) – a cyber security research unit of Federation University Australia.
Prior to aizoOn Australia, Daniella was the Business Leader - Cyber Security at CSIRO Data61 where she co-developed the cyber security business strategy and led business development and global innovation partnerships for the cyber security domain. Daniella was a member of the combined Data61-DSTG team that won two National iAwards and three state iAwards in the last year.
She has held senior management roles including General Manager Security & Risk (Chief Information Security Officer) for a NSW government department, responsible for the effective management of all ICT risk, security & continuity practices; and executive management roles in Banking & Finance and Management Consulting.
Munir VahanvatiUnit Manager Urban Design, City Strategy and Design, Moreland City Council
Munir Vahanvati is an architect and urban designer with more than 14 years of professional experience in private sector and local government. At Moreland, he has been responsible for instigating and developing a number of innovative projects including the award winning Moreland Apartment Design Code, Parklet Program and the Virtual Moreland Project. His architectural background and a strong approach to design innovation has enabled him to work on a wide range of projects starting from product design, building design to large scale urban regeneration and streetscape improvement projects. Over the past 6 years, he has gained extensive experience in managing complex urban design projects and a highly productive urban design team.
Nicola WardManager City Planning , City of Casey
Before joining the City of Casey, Nicola worked in NSW Premier and Cabinet on a range of contentious policy issues, and then the Victorian state government in senior environment and planning roles. She has a strong background in public policy and strategic thinking. At the City of Casey she has held a range of positions. As Manager Organisational Strategy she kickstarted a three year program of reform focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Council. She now holds the position of Manager City Planning and initiated Casey’s interest in Smart Cities. In her role she oversees seven teams undertaking all the land-use and infrastructure planning for one of Australia’s fastest growing cities with a current population of 320, 000 and projected population of 540, 000 by 2040. Her portfolio of responsibilities includes landuse planning for the growth area, Green Wedges and urban areas; environment and heritage management; forward planning transport, stormwater and drainage infrastructure; sport, recreation and open space; and community facilities infrastructure; as well as managing the Casey planning scheme.
Nicola is interested in the governance around Smart Cities technology between levels of government, the opportunity for understanding how a city works at people-scale, and how the model of residential development that is occurring right now needs to change to accommodate Smart Cities thinking.
Matthew WarrenChief Executive Officer, Australian Energy Council
Matthew Warren was appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Council in December 2015. Prior to this he led the ESAA from 2012 to pursue the deregulation of energy markets, the development of comprehensive, efficient and durable national climate and energy policy and to manage the aggressive transformation facing the sector.
Matthew was previously Chief Executive of the Clean Energy Council, where he made a significant contribution to Australian policy debate on the role of renewable energy in meeting the challenges of reducing emissions.
He has also worked as an advocate for the mining and food industries, and has advised both governments and industry on environmental policy. Matthew has also worked as a journalist, most recently as the environment writer for The Australian newspaper. He was a trainee in the Environment Directorate of the European Commission.
Alison WhittenOperations Coordinator, Resilient Melbourne
Alison Whitten is the Resilient Melbourne Operations Coordinator. She is responsible for program management to facilitate successful delivery of the suite of actions in the Resilient Melbourne strategy.
Alison has a background in management consulting, international development and urban planning. Her planning experience has focused on the intersection of design with public health, housing, food systems, and risk mitigation in natural disasters. Alison has worked professionally across the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Australia, the United States, China and across Sub-Saharan Africa. She has led a range of relevant projects, including an evaluation of low-carbon urban development programs, a review of philanthropic engagement with the private sector to achieve development goals and multiple initiatives to promote sustainable food production.
Alison holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master in Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Stephan WinterProfessor, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne
Stephan Winter is Professor for Spatial Information Science in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne. His areas of research interest include intelligent transportation systems and computational transportation science. He has also worked in the fields of mobile geosensor networks, smart cities (smart transport, urban analytics), as well as spatial cognitive engineering, spatial cognition spatial data mining and geographic information retrieval.
Ian YipChief Technology Officer, McAfee, Asia Pacific
Ian has worked with organisations globally on Cyber Security initiatives and projects, particularly in the areas of Strategy & Transformation, Identity & Access Management, Data Protection, Threat Management, Governance, Risk & Compliance, and API Management.
He has held a variety of leadership, advisory, sales, marketing, product management, consulting, and technical roles across Europe and Asia Pacific in some of the world's leading companies, including McAfee, Ernst & Young, IBM, CA Technologies and NetIQ.
In addition to being a published author, Ian has built, led and managed teams with multi-million dollar sales, operational and delivery targets, defined and executed go-to-market strategies based on market analysis & needs, set corporate & product strategy, brought new products to market, delivered major cyber transformation programs & engagements, delivered keynote presentations at industry & corporate events, been interviewed & quoted in the media, and contributed articles to a variety of publications.
Arkady ZaslavskySenior Principal Research Scientist, Data61, CSIRO
Dr Arkady Zaslavsky is a Senior Principal Research Scientist in Data61. He led and leads a number of national and international initiatives in the Internet of Things science area. He led the CSIRO part of EU FP7 project which developed an IoT platform called OpenIoT. He currently leads a Workpackage "Context Provisioning" of the EU Horizon-2020 project bIoTope - building IoT Open Innovation Ecosystem for connected smart objects which enables smart city applications and services.
Before joining CSIRO in July 2011, he held a position of a Chaired Professor in Pervasive and Mobile Computing at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, where he was involved in several European research projects, collaborative projects with Ericsson Research, PhD supervision and postgraduate education.