Speakers

  • Stephen Alexander
    Thought Leader and Consultant,

    Stephen Alexander is regarded as a thought leader in the art of creating meaningful value in the evolving interconnected, eco like on-line world, that is currently redefining the core requirements to not only survive but excel in a 21st century knowledge based economy.

    He is much sought after by senior management within industry, government and social enterprises who, due to the global economic conditions, are now expected to deliver more value for less cost and reduced risk by policy makers and shareholders alike.

    Stephen’s hallmark is predicting insightful end points for initiatives, organisations or sectors and generating more value outcomes with less resources through the creative use of new trends and mixing emerging online capabilities.

  • Justin Anderson
    Director, Hypercat

    Justin Anderson is founder of the Hypercat Alliance a Not for Profit organisation established to promote the importance of secure interoperability in our connected world. The Alliance convenes experts from both government and the private sector to agree on practices and works with national and international standards bodies to formalise these ideas through rigorous governance processes. Justin is a mathematician with a strong track record bringing emerging technologies and services to market for companies from across the world and has worked shoulder to shoulder with global consulting networks, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and universities. He's also a keen sailor.

  • Jack Barton
    Senior Research Associate, Urban Data and eResearch Facilitator, Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network

    Dr John Barton (Jack) is a Senior Research Associate leading the AURIN team to facilitate Urban Data and eResearch uptake across the broader urban research community in Australia. Jack has a PhD in Architecture from the University of New South Wales and has previously worked as a Research Fellow at the City Futures Research Centre, as well as running his own consultancy for over a decade specialising in three-dimensional geospatial Spatial Decision Support Systems.

  • Adam Beck
    Executive Director, Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand

    Adam is the founding Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, an organisation that is part of the world's largest network of smart cities practitioners who's goal is to make cities more liveable, workable, and sustainable.

  • Ed Blakely
    Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission and Founder, Cities Leadership Institute

    One of the world's leading scholars and practitioners of urban policy, Professor Edward Blakely has been Dean of the School of Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California and Dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University in New York City. He is the Founder of the Cities Leadership Institute, a not-for-profit dedicated to building the capacity of urban leaders to make cities great places. In addition to Professor Blakely's background in academia, the Professor has an extensive record of public service that includes advising the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, state and federal governments in Australia and the United States, as well as governments in Korea, Japan, Sweden, Indonesia, New Zealand and Vietnam.

  • Allan Burdekin
    Director Safe & Smarter Cities incorporating NCS Australia, Optus Business

    With 20 years of experience in the ICT industry, Allan Burdekin is a member of the National Consultative Committee for Security and Risk and the National Standing Committee on Cloud Based Computer Services.
    Prior to joining Optus, Allan was Head of Salmat Speech Australia and Head of Sales which specialised in Natural Language Speech (NLSR) and biometric solutions. During the five years he was at Salmat the company developed relations across all four tier one Banks providing a variety of services from consultancy in identity management to speech and biometric deployments.
    Allan also held the position of General Manager at KAZ Business Services. Responsible for Sales, Consulting and Industry Development, he lead a team focused on process improvement, industry based solutions and business process outsourcing. Prior to KAZ Allan held a number of General Management positions in Telstra focussing on convergent business.

  • Sandy Burgoyne
    Researcher, Speaker, Educator and Principal, Citizen Cities

    Sandy Burgoyne,  founding Director of the Future Cities Collaborative, is a researcher, speaker and educator in the field of smart and sustainable communities.  Sandy worked for 25 years developing and leading business strategies and transformation within the telecommunications, information technology and not-for-profit sectors and now works to build the capacity of  industry, government and community to develop smart and sustainable cities. 

    Sandy holds a Masters of Sustainable Development from Macquarie University and Bachelor or Arts (Geography) and Diploma of Education from Flinders University of South Australia.  Sandy is the Principal at Citizen Cities and advisory Board Member at Cities Leadership Institute.

  • Catherine Caruana-McManus
    Director, Giant Ideas

    Catherine Caruana-McManus is the founder of Giant Ideas, a digital transformation and technology firm for the built environment and is a non-Executive Director for Meshed (www.meshed.com.au), an IoT integration and analytics company and has launched www.facebook.com/smartcitiesIoT - an independent global community promoting the advancement of smart cities, IoT and the renewable energy economy.

    Prior to founding Giant Ideas, Catherine was a Director at IBM and was appointed as ANZ Smarter Planet Executive and lead IBM’s Smarter Cities business for over 6 years.  Catherine has held other senior positions with MC2 Consulting, PMP New Media Limited and Telstra.

    As an serial disrupter, Catherine has launched many successful internet businesses such as whereis.com and whitepages.com.au.  Some of her most notable digital planning projects include the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Melbourne Docklands and Telstra’s mobile and broadband networks.

    Catherine is a Member of the Advisory Council of the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong and a Member of the Technical Advisory Council for the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN).   Catherine is a passionate advocate for the adoption of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by young Australians and is an Ambassador for Whitelion Foundation – Youth at Risk. 

    Catherine holds qualifications in urban planning, economics and management and is currently completing post graduate studies in applied finance.

  • Nick Cleary
    Chairman, Consolidated Land and Rail Australia (CLARA)

    Mr. 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.

  • Brad Coughlan
    Government Lead - Asia Pacific & Japan, Amazon Web Services

    Brad has 30 years' experience in Information & Communications Technology (ICT) and related industries and has worked extensively in both the private and public sectors.

    His past roles have included Sales, ICT Management, CIO, Corporate Strategy, Corporate Services, ICT Consulting, Business Group Management, ICT Training & Support, Business Analysis, Project & Programme Management, Account Management, Industry Specialist, Partner Business Development, Public Sector Lead and Business Development Lead.

    Brad spent 11 years with Microsoft, in a variety of Public Sector roles, before joining Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2013 as their Public Sector Lead for Victoria & Tasmania.

    In January of this 2016, he took on a new role, leading AWS' Government business across Asia Pacific & Japan.

    He thrives on working with fellow employees, customers, partners and industry contacts across Asia, who sit at the intersect of Thinking Big, Getting Stuff Done and Fun to Be Around.

    During his career in ICT, he has lived in Melbourne and London and has worked on a range of eGovernment consulting assignments in Australia, England, Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland.

    Brad lives in Melbourne with his wife and two kids, loves golf, tennis, red wine and travel (particularly when they’re all combined in some way) and was a Hawthorn AFL supporter long before it was fashionable.

  • Renato de Castro
    Executive Director, Baumann Consultancy Network

    Renato de Castro is a world traveller. He is a smart city senior consultant with more than 20 years experience and specialized in investment attraction and management for smart cities projects. He is vice president International Affairs at The Brazilian Human Smart Cities Network and global Ambassador for TM Forum. He is also member of the advisory board of Leading Cities, located in Boston; and international advisor for The World e-Governments Organization, in Seoul.

    Renato responds as mentor specialized in globalization strategies for startups around the world. He is Doctor of Business Administration candidate at Maastricht School of Management, MSM, Netherlands, researching about Smart Cities. He is writer, columnist and video blogger for Smart City, ICT, IoT and Urbanization Strategies topics and keynote speaker s in more than 30 global events in 25 countries, including 2 TEDx Talks in 2016. Renato has lectured as an MBA professor for 17 years, responsible for the subjects/courses on international marketing and globalization strategies at several Universities, including Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he lectured a special seminar in October 2016.

  • Brook Dixon
    Smart City, Smart Regulation Executive, ACT Government

    Mr Brook Dixon is a senior executive of the ACT Government, leading the government's smart city, smart regulation and digital service innovation agendas.

    Brook developed the ACT Government’s Digital Canberra Action Plan, delivered CBRfree wifi (the biggest single network in Australia), implemented smart parking in Manuka (real time parking availability and mobile payment), and spearheaded the ACT Taxi reforms, seeing Canberra become the first Australia city to legalise and regulate Uber and other ridesharing services.

    For his achievements Brook was awarded a 2015 Churchill Fellowship, to study the drivers of digital transformation in leading global cities. As part of this study, Brook visited cities in Asia, Europe and the Americas in 2016.  Brook will be sharing his research at conferences across Australia and overseas over the next 18 months.

    Mr Dixon has also authored the ACT Government’s Performance and Accountability and Evaluation Policies, and led the Government’s regulatory reform program, including 4 red tape reduction bills over the last two years.

    Brook is an experienced leader, strategic planner, digital city exponent, public administrator, economist, and policy analyst. He has a passion for public service, innovation and leadership, and holds degrees in Economics (Hons.), Commerce and Arts (Ancient Greek and Classics) from the Australian National University.

  • Stephen Engblom
    Global Director, AECOM Cities

    Stephen Engblom, AIA, LEED AP, is a Senior Vice President and Architect with AECOM with a global track record of working with public and private sector clients to develop healthy and successful places. As Global Director of AECOM Cities, Stephen and his team are dedicated to forward-thinking urban policy and development strategies that underpin world-class infrastructure that enhances the environment, equity, and economy of our cities. Stephen is active in the Urban Land Institute and American Institute of Architects, contributes thought leadership to industry journals, and lectures and teaches at universities and institutes worldwide.

  • Michelle Fitzgerald
    Chief Digital Officer and Manager Smart City Office, City of Melbourne

    In November 2015, Michelle joined the City of Melbourne as Chief Digital Officer (the first position of its kind for Victorian Local Government) managing the newly-formed Smart City Office. In this position she will assist the City of Melbourne to attract start-up investment; drive the take up of digital, agile development and open data across customer services; lead the shift in infrastructure management towards smart city modelling; and collaborate with Melbourne’s research and higher education sectors to build the city’s education capabilities and reputation as a knowledge hub.

    Michelle was previously a Customer and Digital Partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) Consulting Australia.
    She is also a current Non-Executive director for Standards Australia, and was recently awarded as one of the Knowledge Nation 100 leaders in Australia"

  • John Galvin
    Convenor, Open and Agile Smart Cities and Enterprise Information Architect – Open Data,
    City of Gold Coast
  • Jamye Harrison
    Toward Labs, Dexterous & Deft, Committee for Sydney

    Jamye has over 20 years of experience in strategy, design and delivery spanning technology, customer experience and business architecture. He works with organisations in transport, infrastructure and smart cities domains to apply design disciplines that align customer, commercial and technology outcomes.

    He is Chair of the Transport Taskforce at the Committee for Sydney – an independent policy think tank, and the Committee’s Strategic Adviser on Smart Cities. The Committee for Sydney aims to enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions that make Sydney a competitive and liveable global city.

  • Kate Deacon
    Executive Manager - Research, Strategy & Corporate Planning, City of Sydney

    Kate has a keen interest in cities and placemaking and has worked at Federation Square in Melbourne, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority in Sydney and more recently as head of marketing and now Executive Manager, Research Strategy and Corporate Planning at the City of Sydney.

    She is strategic planning lead for the organisation's economic, social, cultural and asset management project initiatives. Kate recently developed the City of Sydney's Draft Digital Strategy which is the roadmap for how the City will deliver a green, global and connected city for the people of Sydney in a digital age.

    Previously: Head of Marketing, City of Sydney; Business Development Manager, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority; and Program Manager - Events, Federation Square.

  • Toby Kent
    Chief Resilience Officer
    City of Melbourne
  • Tom Kvan
    Director
    AURIN
  • Craig Lawton
    Solution Architect, Public Sector
    AWS
  • Martine Letts
    Chief Executive Officer
    Committee for Melbourne
  • Jacob Lindsay
    Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member, Creative Suburbs

    Jacob is a multi-disciplinary designer based in Melbourne. He is working on how emerging technologies impact our cities and built infrastructure globally as a Service Designer within the Digital Futures team at Aurecon. He is also Non-executive Director and Co-founder of Code for Australia, and co-founder of Creative Suburbs

  • Ian McLeod
    Former Chief Executive Officer, Ergon Energy, and Adviser to Innovative Energy Start-ups
    Smart Wires and Bidgley
  • Cameron McNeill
    Smart Cities Director, Optus Business

    As the head of Optus’ new smart cities business, Cameron is charged with bringing together all of the company’s capabilities to deliver innovative solutions for council, government and industry.

    Before joining Optus, Cameron worked as a business development director at Cisco in Hong Kong for a decade, the last five years driving their Smart Cities business. In this role, he was responsible for developing and delivering numerous smart cities projects to governments and public sector agencies across Asia.

    He gained in-depth knowledge of the technologies and services required for these solutions – experience that is serving him well as he heads the team that integrates Optus’ network, cloud, analytics, applications and other capabilities to help implement customers’ smart cities solutions.

    Cameron is a 25-year veteran of the ICT industry, having worked for the likes of Nortel Networks and Bay Networks in a variety of roles in Asia, Europe and Australia.

  • Matt O'Callaghan
    Founder
    VicHyper
  • Alok Patel
    Founder, Azcende

    Future of Cities Thought Leader, An aspiring adviser to the US President and world political leaders. Alok is a management consultant pursuing a vision where organisations (government and industry) can engage in transformation - where dreaming big and working collaboratively is practiced. Assisting Cities and business with reinventing solutions to today’s challenges across Transportation, Education, Health, Infrastructure and Business Practice with a holistic vision of cities, citizen demands and global markets.

    He does this through redefining and retooling organisations around the world with pragmatic vision and execution. He is a holistic executive with broad experience across numerous industries from Engineering through to Investment Banking. Developing and leading initiatives and programs and projects across government and organisations across large capital assets. With a focus upon strategic outcomes and sustainable development of an organisation has been consistent throughout his career.

    He has a successful track record of leading the successful delivery of high-visibility complex projects and engagements.  Alok has an in depth understanding of the challenges of sustainable development of organisations, and the integration of capabilities for organisational learning, innovation, knowledge management and organisational agility. This allows him to provide strategic guidance and contemporary solutions to organisations.

  • Pascal Perez
    Director, SMART Infrastructure Facility

    Prof Pascal Perez received his PhD in Environmental Studies from Montpellier University, France in 1994. Pascal is a specialist of integrative infrastructure modelling, using various computer simulation technologies to explore complex interactions between social and technological components of infrastructure systems. He has a 30-year experience in complex system modelling, first in France, then at the Australian National University and CSIRO. Pascal joined the University of Wollongong in 2011.

    He currently is the Director of the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong. Pascal is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW and a member of the Academic sub-committee of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN). He is also a member of the Modelling and Decision Support Division of Simulation Australasia and of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ). In 2002, he received an ARC-International Linkage Fellowship to develop social modelling research at the Australian National University.

    Professor Perez has published more than 140 refereed papers and book chapters. In 2006, he co-edited with his colleague David Batten the book ‘Complex Science for a Complex World’ (ANU E Press).

  • Johanna Pitman
    Director, CityConnect, BlueChilli

    Johanna directs BlueChilli’s latest accelerator program, CityConnect: an open innovation program to co-create solutions addressing the biggest challenges facing the world’s urban communities, launching in 2017. With our global partner, AngelHack, and leveraging the proven BlueChilli business model to address the major areas of risk for early stage ventures, entrepreneurs from around the world will be invited to participate, and supported to develop solutions to address real problems identified by the CityConnect partners.

    Prior to BlueChilli Johanna was the Deputy CEO for the Committee for Sydney, an independent think-tank advocating for global best practice in city-making. Johanna brings a deep understanding of urban issues and economic development, through senior roles in Federal and State agencies, and the UK Government's overseas trade network. Johanna is passionate about connecting the right players to create smart cities that are productive, inclusive and liveable for all.
     

  • Leon Poggioli
    Regional Manager
    LogRhythm
  • Scott Przibella
    Project Manager, Gehl People

    Scott is an Architect and Project Manager at Gehl. Working within the design field, he is involved in Masterplaning Frameworks and Public Space Public Life Strategies with public and private clients, with a particular focus on integrated mobility and transport.

    Scott enjoys the complex and cross-disciplinary nature of urban design projects and his time spent in local governments has emphasized the importance of all spheres of decision-making coming together to achieve a shared vision for a city or project.

  • Carlo Ratti
    Director, SENSEable City Lab, MIT

    An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He is also a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.

    Carlo holds several patents and has co-authored over 250 publications, including “The City of Tomorrow” (Yale University Press, June 2016, with Matthew Claudel). As well as being a regular contributor to Project Syndicate, he has written for international media including New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Scientific American, BBC, Il Sole 24 Ore, La Stampa, Corriere della Sera, Domus. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, MAXXI in Rome, and MoMA in New York City.
    Carlo has been featured in Esquire Magazine’s ‘Best & Brightest’ list and in Thames & Hudson’s selection of ‘60 innovators’ shaping our creative future. Blueprint Magazine included him as one of the ‘25 People Who Will Change the World of Design’, Forbes listed him as one of the ‘Names You Need To Know’ and Fast Company named him as one of the ’50 Most Influential Designers in America’.

    He was also featured in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – have been included by TIME Magazine in the list of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’.
    Carlo has been a presenter at TED (in 2011 and 2015), program director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, curator of the BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin, and was named Inaugural Innovator in Residence by the Queensland Government. He was the curator of the Future Food District pavilion for the 2015 World Expo in Milan. He is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, and as special adviser on Urban Innovation to the President and Commissioners of the European Commission.

  • Geoff Roberts
    Deputy Chief Commissioner and Economic Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission

    As Deputy Chief Commissioner and Economics Commissioner at the Greater Sydney Commission, Geoff Roberts’ role entails advising and assisting the Greater Sydney Commission on achieving the Minister of Planning’s key priorities for the Commission, particularly the preparation of six District Plans across Greater Sydney and the review and updating of A Plan for Growing Sydney. Geoff is tasked with leading the development of metrics and to provide advice to the Minister for Planning on the Commission’s economic narrative for metropolitan Sydney and its implementation into the District Plans and Metropolitan Plans.

    Geoff has 35 years’ experience in Australia and internationally. He is a specialist in city strategy, governance and leadership and currently holds an Adjunct Professor position in the City Futures Research Centre at the University of NSW. He is a highly regarded strategic advisor at a number of public and private sector organisations and has a deep history working in large metropolitan scale land use and infrastructure projects.
     

  • David Rohrsheim
    General Manager ANZ, Uber

    David Rohrsheim is Uber's General Manager for Australia and New Zealand.

    David was living in San Francisco in 2012 when he met the Uber founders and agreed that Australian cities needed a better way to get around. After initially launching Sydney as Uber's third international city, David has since helped Uber expand to nine cities across Australia & New Zealand, creating thousands of new jobs for responsible car owners along the way.

    David previously worked at DFJ, a top tier venture capital fund in Silicon Valley, famous for investments in Skype, Hotmail, Tesla, SpaceX and Box. He holds a B.Eng from his hometown Adelaide University, and an MBA from Stanford University.

  • Roger Rooney
    Senior Project Manager - Smart Parking & CBRfree Wi-Fi, ACT Government

    Roger is a public entrepreneur who is passionate about generating new ideas, improving processes and delivering projects that help make Canberra a Smart City.

    He understands from first hand experience that technology is a force multiplier that can be harnessed to speed up work and deliver better services at least cost.

    He is a resilient leader who in a 24 hour period:

    • launched the roll out of the CBRfree public Wi-Fi network in Australia
    • commenced the ICT Capacity Building Workshop program
    • published the digitalcanberra.com.au website
  • Matthew Schultz
    Chief Digital Officer, Ipswich City Council

    Matthew is an accomplished and experienced professional with over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology, Telecommunications, Digital Economic Development, Geospatial and Civil Engineering fields covering project management, consulting, general management and technical roles.

    As the City Digital Officer of Ipswich, Matthew is responsible for a City Digital Strategy encompassing Smart City, Data and Infrastructure, Innovation, Startups and Education and Digital Enablement, and Technology Industry Development. As demonstration of this, Matthew has recently led the establishment of Fire Station 101 (www.firestation101.com.au), the 1st fully funded local government Innovation and Startup Hub in Australia and development of the Ipswich Smart City Blueprint and Implementation Plan, which seeks to entrench Ipswich as Australia’s most liveable and prosperous Smart City.

  • Adam Scott
    Founder and Creative Director, Freestate UK

    Architect, designer and creative force behind FreeState, the award winning Experience Design agency responsible for storyboarding some of the world’s greatest brands, Adam’s singular approach to the art of communication explores the idea of brand as experience.

    Having graduated in 1999, from the Royal College of Art, London, during which he moonlighted as an Ideas Consultant for the Millennium Dome, Adam co-founded FreeState with Ben Johnson and Charlotte Boyens, his philosophy and practice guided by a lifelong love for English Landscape Gardens and Casino Architecture, both of which he has always understood to be hugely effective forms of the brand as living, breathing entity.

    Placing the idea of time and place as centre-stage, and exchanging the symbols of what are essentially the concerns of an elite for those of the world of public art, urban regeneration and private commerce, Adam stands at the forefront of a very modern and multi-sensory wave of brand experience, a wave that began, in FreeState’s case, with highly original installations, chief of which are Channel 4’s much acclaimed Big 4 and the Cannes Gold winning Blackpool’s Dune Grasses.

    A 2013 Cannes Design Lions festival judge, the recipient of many an award, including D&AD commendations, IVCA Gold Awards and most recently a Cannes Lions Gold, Adam continues to live and work in London, UK.

  • Maha Sinnathamby
    Chairman, Springfield Land Corporation

    From humble beginnings in war torn Malaysia, Maha is known as the visionary behind the multi-award winning master planned city, Greater Springfield. Maha is the Chairman and Founder of Springfield Land Corporation – the master developer of Greater Springfield. Born in Malaysia, Maha went on to receive a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of New South Wales. The only thing Maha is more passionate about than Greater Springfield is his family. Maha is married to his wife of over 40 years, Yoga, and has 4 loving children – Uma, Raynuha, Meera and Naren. Maha is also the proud Grandfather to nine Grandchildren – Ashwin, Aanjali, Anisha, Annika, Indran, Amara, Amani, Avnesh and Aaliya. Maha’s children, Raynuha are Naren, are actively involved in the running of the family company, Springfield Land Corporation, both holding the role of Directors.

    On the rare occasion that Maha does have a day off, he can be found enjoying a game of golf at his award winning golf course, Brookwater. Maha also invests his time mentoring a select group of young professionals, helping them to achieve personal excellence. Giving back and helping others is a core belief of Maha’s values.

  • Rachel Smith
    Founder, City Planning for Modern Lifestyle and Innovative Cycling Advocate

    Rachel Smith is a Researcher-Author-Speaker and an Urban and Transport Planner.

    She is the Founder of Underspent, Underspent People and Underspent Towns and Cities. She focus at the intersection of urban/transport planning, modern lifestyles and saving money.

    Rachel has spent the last 17 years working in urban and transport planning in the public and private sectors in the UK and Australia. She has 2 TEDx talks, has published 4 books, written several e-books, has won national and international awards and spoken at more than 200 conferences around the world. She recently spoke in the UK House of Lords. She was part of the BMW Guggenheim Lab, is  a columnist at Sourceable and is a regular on TV, radio and in print media. 
     

  • Bill Taylor
    Vice President, LogRhythm Asia Pacific and Japan, LogRhythm

    Bill Taylor is the VP of Asia Pacific. Prior to joining LogRhythm, he was employed as the President of Acronis Asia Pacific, a Global Cloud and Virtual back up software supplier.

    His two previous roles were with the security vendor Symantec for 3 years, as Director of Sales and Dell Computer, where he performed the duties of General Manager ANZ for 6 years.

    Bill received a diploma in Business Management from the Australian Institute of Management and diplomas in Photography and Computer Science in the UK. During his duties for Acronis he was an active board member and Director of the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA).

  • Neil Temperley
    Executive Product Manager, Future Cities
    Data61/CSIRO
  • Jitendra Tomar
    Founder, LocalVolts

    Jitendra has held a number of positions in engineering, finance, operations, and sales at companies serving utilities, airlines, and governments.  He was a founding team member of Energy Response, a company that created an electricity demand response market in Australia and New Zealand, and was later acquited by EnerNOC, Inc.

    Jitendra is the founder of Localvolts.

  • Clint Van Marrewijk
    Chief Executive Officer, Thundermaps

    Clinton Van Marrewijk is an experienced software entrepreneur based in Wellington, New Zealand. Over the last 10 years Clinton has built, and helped build, several thriving businesses and currently heads ThunderMaps, a company that specializes in sharing open data with citizens in cities, which he founded in 2012. Clint is active in helping early stage businesses and enjoys assisting others in commercialising their projects.

    Prior to ThunderMaps, Clint was part of a team that built-up and sold a KiwiSaver Scheme to Kiwibank.

  • Heath Walker
    Senior Marketing & Communications Manager, Tesla Motors Australia

    Heath is the Senior Marketing and Communications Manager for Tesla in Australia. With no paid advertising or sponsorships, Heath’s role concentrates on direct marketing, experiential marketing and media relations, whilst dealing with key business and government relationships to further advance the accelerated adoption of electric vehicles.

    More recently, with the delivery of energy products into market, Heath’s role within media relations extended across the new Powerwall and Powerpack products.

    Heath has a wealth of experience in experiential and digital marketing having led some key motor vehicle launches within Australia and having worked as head of brand on the 150th Melbourne Cup Carnival and head of events and broadcast for the Formula One Grand Prix and MotoGP in Australia.

    Heath holds a Master of Business, as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science.

  • Mary Wiley-Smith
    First Assistant Secretary for Cities
    Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Arron Wood
    Deputy Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne

    Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood has a strong interest in sustainability, liveability and city resilience. He runs the environmental education program, Kids Teaching Kids, which has seen more than 120,000 students participating over the past 17 years and won the 2010 Banksia People’s Choice Award.

    The Deputy Lord Mayor is Chair of the Finance and Governance portfolio. He sits on the Audit Committee and Chief Executive Officer Employment Matters Committee. Arron is also a Council representative for Committee for Melbourne, the Victorian Local Governance Association and the Fishermans Bend Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Sustainability Victoria Board and Chair of the Ecocity World Summit 2017 Executive Advisory Board.

    Named in the top ten education leaders nationally in 2009 as part of the Weekend Australian Magazine, Arron received the Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to conservation and the environment. He completed a Churchill Fellowship to New York and Geneva with the United Nations. As the 2007 Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year, Arron also won the prestigious Melbourne Award for Contribution to the Environment and was selected to complete Al Gore’s Climate Change Leadership Program.