Past speakers

  • Anna Bardsley
    Policy & Research Senior Advisor, Infrastructure Australia

    Anna is the lead author of Infrastructure Australia’s Future Cities paper and her presentation would cover the growth challenges facing our cities, the role of data and on-demand technology in providing public transport in low-density areas, the need to establish a positive regulatory environment for technologies that enable consumer-centric service delivery and planning for the increased uptake in electric vehicles.

  • George Bramis
    Executive Manager, Shaping Waverley
    Waverley Council
  • Prof. Mark Burry
    Founding Director / Professor of Urban Futures, Smart Cities Research Institute / Swinburne University of Technology

    Mark Burry is the Founding Director for Swinburne University of Technology’s ‘Smart Cities Research Institute’, an appointment he took up in May 2017.  His role is to lead the development of a whole-of-university research approach to helping ensure that our future cities anticipate and meet the needs of all – engaged smart citizens for engaging smart cities. 

    Mark Burry is a practising architect who has published internationally on two main themes: putting theory into practice with regard to procuring ‘challenging’ architecture, and the life, work and theories of the architect Antoni Gaudí.  He has been Senior Architect to the Sagrada Família Basilica Foundation since 1979, pioneering distant collaboration with his colleagues based on-site in Barcelona.  

    In 2001 Mark Burry founded the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) at RMIT University before establishing the Design Research Institute (DRI) in 2008.  He held an ARC funded Federation Fellowship in ‘Complex Architecture and Convergent Design’ 2007-2012.  He joined the University of Melbourne in 2014 as Professor of Urban Futures at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning where he helped develop the Faculty’s capacity to consolidate research in urban futures, drawing together and augmenting expertise in urban visualisation, urban analytics, and urban policy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Michael Doherty
    Director, Sales & Marketing – Intelligent Transportation, SenSen Networks

    Michael has extensive experience in the parking technology sector, having held senior management and sales positions with a number of international parking solutions companies including UbiPark, CellOPark, Parkmobile International and Secure Parking. In each of those roles, he was responsible for driving sales growth and new technology implementation with customers in large City Councils, Universities and Airports.

    While at Parking Payment App provider CellOPark Australia, Michael introduced new technologies such as the Licence Plate based vPermit solution and grew the number of clients 10 fold in a three year period.

  • Sherri Fields
    Principal Manager, Research, Transport for NSW

    Sherri leads a team of highly skilled, multi-disciplinary researchers to set the Strategic Research Directions for TfNSW, identifying research gaps within the agency through the Research Communities of Practice and facilitate academic partnerships and research projects. The aim is to make the research transparent, by publishing their work on the TfNSW Research Hub.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ian Hatton
    Chief Innovation & Economy Officer
    City of Gold Coast
  • David Klingberg
    Director, Smart Planning & Design

    David is a Planner and Urban Designer with over 25 years experience in the planning and design industry. David has worked on a large number of significant strategic planning projects for state and local government as well as the private sector. He has project managed large teams to deliver high quality planning and design outcomes that inform the longer term planning of regions.

    His work has included: State and local government planning policy development, urban regeneration and revitalisation studies and initiatives, master planning, urban design advice, development assessment and planning development and facilitation.

  • Justin Madden
    Cities Leader VIC/SA, ARUP

    Justin Madden is a Senior Consultant at Arup following a 15-year career in Victorian State Parliament.  He works closely with Arup’s Leadership team advising in the areas of strategic project planning and infrastructure development across Australasia, and the South East Asian region. Based in Melbourne, Justin has a particular focus on the ongoing development of the local built environment, working with public and private sector clients in helping deliver their project outcomes.

    Justin is appointed to the Arup Cities Strategy Executive and leads the City Operations portfolio overseeing the governance, funding, delivery and management programs that help our cities function and grow.

    The Arup Cities Strategy brings Arup’s previous cities study work and knowledge together to provide a platform for shaping future policy, investment and projects.
    The strategy provides a pathway for Arup to integrate its advisory services in strategy development, planning, finance, economics, consultation and operations with its key strengths in design, engineering and implementation services, all delivered in a cities context. Ensuring we design strong and active cities alongside our clients and collaborators.

    In addition, Justin's career in the Victorian State Parliament, where he held seven Ministerial portfolios within successive Victorian Labour Governments across 11 years including: Minister for Youth Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Commonwealth Games, Minister for Planning and Minister for the Respect Agenda, have provided him with a unique perspective on the way governments plan for city growth and development.

    Prior to his parliamentary career, Justin held the role of President of the AFL Players Association during an AFL career totalling 332 AFL Games with both Carlton and Essendon Football Clubs. He is also a registered Architect, having run his own practice, and a qualified teacher.”

  • Jannat Maqbool
    Director, Policy & Research Smart Cities Advisor, Hamilton City Council

    Jannat Maqbool is an accomplished academic, CPA and former CIO, completing a Masters of Digital Business at Waikato University and actively engaged in the NZ technology sector.

    Jannat has a focus on leveraging technology in innovative ways to benefit individuals, organisations and communities, and is currently the Smart Cities Advisor for Hamilton City Council in regional New Zealand.

    Jannat also works with the team at Te Waka - Waikato’s economic development agency coordinating a programme of work focused on regional digital enablement including supporting smart cities initiatives across the Waikato, and is involved with various other technology initiatives promoting and building capacity in the areas of digital, IoT, Fintech, AI and Agritech.

  • Peter Marklew
    Consulting Services Manager, itvision

    Peter has been a professional in the IT industry for over 28 years and throughout that time has developed a broad set of technical, operational, and management skills.

    Peter has worked within small business, public listed companies, start-up businesses, national IT integration organisations, and held global roles. All the while delivering innovative technologies with a business focus to bring about increases in productivity and cost savings.

    With experience across multiple industry verticals such as

    • Mining
    • Oil and Gas
    • Local, State and Federal Government
    • Telecommunications
    • Engineering
    • Accounting and Financial Services
    • Manufacturing
    • Information Technology
    • Data Centre and Cloud Services
    • Medical

    Peter has helped businesses gain an understanding of their business needs and ensured alignment for the delivery of the most appropriate technology solutions to meet their requirements.
    Driven by the principle of “Business outcomes are the priority” not just technology for technology’s sake.

    Peter is an innovative lateral strategic thinker who excels under pressure. He is able to manage through any crisis with a level perspective that enables him to direct resources and assets to achieve the best possible outcome.

  • Kes McCormick
    Associate Professor / Assistant Head
    International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) / Lund University
  • Katherine O'Regan
    Executive 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.

  • Lynne Powell
    A/Manager Business Development & Compliance, Water & Waste, Cairns Regional Council

    Lynne Powell has worked with Cairns Regional Council, Water and Waste, for the last ten years and is the Strategic Policy and Compliance Coordinator.

    Lynne oversees the Drinking Water, Environmental and Quality management systems and has an industry advocacy role representing Council at a state and national level to help influence Government policy.

    Prior to working for Cairns Regional Council, Lynne spent eight years managing the policy and legislation team with the now Tasmanian EPA. Lynne has over twenty years professional experience in the environmental management field, including a PhD in Antarctic microbiology, and is the project manager for the Cairns, Smart Cities and Suburbs project.

  • Roger Rooney
    Policy and Cabinet Division, ACT Government

    A public entrepreneur, I am passionate about generating new ideas, conducting UX design sprints and delivering a human-centred Smart City that leverages data insights and machine learning to implement predictive services.

    I know from first hand experience that technology is a force multiplier that can be harnessed to speed up work, create value and deliver better services.

    Highly adaptable leader, program & project manager. Successfully delivered in the disciplines of grants management, policy and research, agile development and infrastructure deployment in Australia and Ireland.

    I enjoy taking personal responsibility for outcomes and people in a collegiate and flexible team; recognised as an empathetic and empowering leader. Very strong relationship, influencing and communication skills, with acknowledged ‘best practice’ governance.

    I am experienced in delivering Digital Transformation projects: drafting the Digital Canberra Action Plan, delivering Digital Business Workshops and leveraging expertise to extract additional value.

    Success is an attitude and I am a resilient leader and an experienced program and project manager expert in delivering best practice at least-cost in dynamic environments (e.g contracting 6000 infrastructure projects).

    A leader who knows how to get the best out of people and who strives to build high-performing work teams.

    My service delivery highlights:
    · successfully expended $450 million, improved program performance through repeatable processes and recommended by the ANAO as a model for program delivery
    · agile developed $1 million project information management system with increased business unit satisfaction and 95% client satisfaction nationally
    · contracted Australia’s largest free public Wi-Fi network and Smart Parking service

  • Joshua Sattler
    General Manager Innovation, Growth and Development Services
    City of Darwin
  • Jacyl Shaw
    Practice Director - Digital Innovation, GHD Digital

    Jacyl has a strong track record in innovation, research and engagement and is passionate about facilitating the nexus between industry, higher education, government and the startup entrepreneurial community and accelerating impact.

    With degrees in law, business, arts and enterprise as well as global experiences in Asia, Europe and the Americas, Jacyl is well positioned in her new role as GHD’s Digital Innovation Lead to support clients and partners to co-create creative and new ways that foster fresh innovative thinking and deliver value.

    At GHD Jacyl is responsible for overseeing Smart Seeds; an annual global innovation program for young professionals across industries (and currently 11 cities) focused on co-creating fresh ideas to solve complex infrastructure challenges.

    Prior to GHD Jacyl was Project Director (Engagement) of an ambitious project to create Australia's premier STEM innovation district anchored by the University of Melbourne. And has also worked as a corporate lawyer, Supreme Court Judge’s Associate, in advisory and in several startups (including co-founder of Fishable a startup in recreational fishing).

    She enjoys writing, public speaking and contributing to various boards and advisory committees in industry and research and been honoured to accept numerous scholarships, awards and opportunities to strengthen her knowledge and networks in this exciting “innovation” space.

  • Steven Bowman
    Manager, Economic Development, Bathurst Regional Council

    Steven Bowman is the Economic Development Manager for the Bathurst Regional Council.

    He is an enthusiastic and driven business professional experienced in general management, economics and business development.

    His fields of expertise include: Leadership, people development and management (training, leading and mentoring staff); Educational program development (conferences, training and eLearning); Economic development/growth/modelling; Relationship management; Strategy and business planning; Budgeting, management reporting and forecasting; Management of cross-functional/international teams; and Strategic marketing and sales development.

  • Matthew Szymczak
    Acting Manager Digital, Information & Technology, City of Greater Geelong

    Matthew launched his digital career back in the ‘90s managing web application development working across multiple locations Melbourne, Sydney, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

    Now Senior Lead Digital Services at the City of Greater Geelong, Matthew brings over 20 years’ experience in leveraging new technologies and agile thinking to drive organisational transformation, performance, profitability and customer satisfaction.

    He’s excited about leading the charge for Geelong to become a Smart City as Geelong transforms itself into a city of entrepreneurs and innovators.

  • Jennifer Uebergang
    Economic Development Officer, City of Prospect

    Jennifer has played a key role in the implementation of the Strategic Economic Development Plan 2014-2018, Digital Economy Strategy 2014-2018, Business and Investment Attraction Strategy and the China Engagement Strategy. Currently, she is working on the creation of both a Smart Cities and International Engagement Strategy for City of Prospect.

    She has lead teams on various place making initiatives including the Prospect Farmers Market, the 2015 Shandong Mission, and driven business participation in the Tour Down Under Street Party "Tourrific Prospect", 2015 Business Awards Night and Investment ProspectUs launch. She co-wrote the successful submission for the City of Prospect Smart21 Communities for 2014 and 2015.

    She is committed to supporting the Economic Development department to help businesses anchor themselves in their community, provide connections and information which can lead to growth and economic viability.

  • Sander Van Amelsvoort
    Director, Policy & Research, Committee for Melbourne

    Engaged strategy developer with deep interest and comprehension of international economic, political and investment climate issues.

    Solid grounding in communicating policy, business and advocacy agendas to stakeholders at all levels in both the public and private sector.

    An assertive self-starter, as well as an engaged team player, with the skills to help organisations respond in a more integrated way to future challenges and opportunities.

    Green Belt certified, multilingual and the ability to provide public / private sector insights.

  • Gerben Van Straaten
    Chief Executive Officer, World of Walas

    Gerben has worked in urban and community development for over 25 years. He founded World of Walas over 5 years ago to offer a fundamentally different approach to sustainable urban development.

    The firm has grown quickly, with over 30 companies, successful projects and a global network of partners focused on economic, social and cultural development.

    With a strong focus on financial, environmental and social sustainability, the Walas group develops new ways of doing business and focuses on innovations, projects and sharing information through their own efforts and in collaboration with leading specialists.