• Sean Audain
    Innovation 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.

  • Clayton Banks
    Chief 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.

  • Garry Bowditch
    Executive Director - Better Infrastructure Initiative, The University of Sydney - John Grill Centre for Project Leadership

    Garry Bowditch is an active contributor to the debate on infrastructure governance and investment in Australia and globally. He is uniquely placed to challenge and shape the current and future agenda for cities, regional development and the role of government and the private sector in the provision of infrastructure services.

    He  is well known for thought -provoking presentations, speeches and reports on the future of infrastructure that have been shaped from his unique balance of commercial and government experience spanning Australia, Asia and the OECD.

  • Sandy Burgoyne
    Executive 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
    Founding 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-Reid
    Design 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-McManus
    Sales & 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 Casuscelli
    Chief 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 Challa
    Founder, 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.

  • Craig Chung
    Councillor, 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 Clausen
    Deputy 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 Cleary
    Chairman & 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 Conkey
    Mayor, 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 Eskelinen
    Chief 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 Fitchett
    Strategic 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.

  • Darren Gladman
    Director 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 Goldie
    Outreach 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.

  • Mark Gregory
    Associate Professor, Network Engineering, RMIT University

    Mark A Gregory was recognised for his teaching in 2009 when he was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation. Mark published a book on Security and the Networked Society in 2013 which provides research and discussion relating to current issues surrounding telecommunications, the National Broadband Network and the Internet.

    Dr Gregory is the Managing Editor of the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy and the General Chair of the International Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference.

    Mark has more than 100 refereed publications including journal and conference papers covering topics in the areas of telecommunications, cyber-security, fibre and wireless networks, public policy and technical risk.

    Dr Gregory is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc

  • Grace Guinto
    Privacy 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 Hardy
    Founder & 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.

  • Gernot Heiser
    Chief Scientist, Data61

    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 Howlett
    A/First Assistant Secretary
    Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Behyad Jafari
    Chief 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 Johnston
    Founder 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.

  • Toby Kent
    Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Melbourne

    Toby Kent has created and implemented resilience and sustainability strategies across a range of sectors. Since the late 1990s he has worked with governments, communities, industry sectors, and many other stakeholders on five continents.

    Various achievements include: helping to guide the growth of Corporate Citizenship, one of the UK’s preeminent specialist Sustainability consultancies; leading PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Sustainability work with retail and consumer goods companies in the UK; and running PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change team in Hong Kong.

    Prior to joining the City Of Melbourne, Toby worked with leading Melbourne businesses, including MMG mining corporation and ANZ bank, where he was Head of Sustainable Development.

  • Martine Letts
    Chief 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 Mack
    Chair, 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.

  • Nam Nguyen
    Principal, 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.

  • Rajeev Niles
    Senior 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.

  • Marimuthu Palaniswami
    Fellow 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.

  • Laurie Patton
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Smart Communities Association

    Following a successful career spanning politics, television and technology including a series of senior executive positions at the Seven Network – Laurie Patton is now active in the not-for-profit sector.

    In October 2017 Patton became the first full-time Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA). ASCA believes Australia is well placed to be among the leaders in emerging global moves to make our communities more liveable, more sustainable and more technologically empowered. It highlights the importance of putting people first – viewing things from a local perspective while also drawing on international experience. ASCA's board and members hold significant roles in organisations committed to creating smart communities for the benefit of every Australian.

    From 2014 to 2017 Patton was Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director of Internet Australia, a chapter of the global Internet Society, where he was frequently interviewed on radio and television and quoted in the press.

  • Sonja Pedell
    Associate 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 Pettit
    Inaugural 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.

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  • Ben Pole
    Chief Operating Officer
    City of Ipswich
  • Lani Refiti
    Chief 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 Sainty
    Director, 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 Spencer
    Executive 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.

  • Daniella Traino
    Cybersecurity Specialist,

    Daniella is a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) – a cyber security research unit of Federation University Australia. She was a judge at the 2017 Finnies (Fintech Australia awards), a contributor to the 2017 report ‘Startup secrets: How Australia can create new businesses with fintech and cyber security industry collaboration‘, and Cyber Track leader for the 2016 Spark Festival (formerly Startup Week Sydney).  Daniella also volunteers some of her time to advise Australian cyber security startups on innovation pathways and product-market strategies.

    Daniella has held executive roles including Cyber Business Leader at Data61, General Manager Security & Risk (Chief Information Security Officer) for a NSW government department, responsible for the effective management of all ICT risk, security and continuity practices; and executive management roles in banking and finance and management consulting.

    Daniella holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Computer Science) from the University of Sydney, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). She is motivated to help industry and government tackle the growing and challenging cyber security implications and opportunities of operating in the emerging digital economy.

  • Munir Vahanvati
    Unit 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.

  • Julie Wagner
    Non-resident Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Brookings Institute (Switzerland)

    Julie is a non-resident senior fellow with the Centennial Scholar Initiative and co-director of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking at the Brookings Institution, for which she co-authored the paper “The Rise of Innovation Districts: A New Geography of Innovation in America.”

    She subsequently wrote articles on the new geography of innovation for the Harvard Business Review, Fortune Magazine, Quartz, and The Guardian. She also co-authored several papers regarding the changing role of innovation and place including “Innovation spaces: The new design of work,” and “Advancing a new wave of economic competitiveness: The role of mayors in the rise of innovation districts.”

    Living in Europe, Julie provides strategic guidance to advance the competitiveness of cities globally, including Amsterdam, Melbourne, Milan, Sheffield, Sydney, and Torino. She has trained numerous European cities on how to design public involvement strategies for large-scale urban projects. She is the author of a European Commission handbook on the topic, which was subsequently translated into six languages.

    A trained city planner, Julie served as a deputy planning director for the District of Columbia where she developed the city’s long-range plan, orchestrated the development of plans for more than one hundred neighborhoods, and managed all controversial land use disputes regarding projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars. She also designed a library revitalization strategy with the District of Columbia Library Board of Trustees.

  • Nicola Ward
    Manager 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 Warren
    Chief 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.

  • Stephan Winter
    Professor, 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 Yip
    Chief Technology Officer, McAfee

    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 Zaslavsky
    Senior 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.