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Ali AsgharSenior Associate - Power, Energy storage and Electric Vehicles, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Ali Asghar covers the changing power, energy storage and advanced transportation markets in Australia. Ali joined Bloomberg in 2016 after several years of experience working as an energy analyst in the Middle East at Saudi Aramco, where he was part of a team that developed Saudi Arabia’s renewable energy strategy. Ali holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering.
Terry BickertonNational Manager Fleet - Transport & AviationAustralia Post
Charles BrewerChief Executive Officer , DHL eCommerce
Charles Brewer is CEO of DHL eCommerce, a division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, which he joined in 1984. In his role, he leads a global team responsible for developing solutions that enable the eCommerce sector.
Charles is a proven expert in supply chain, international shipping and e-commerce with over 32 years of industry experience, covering multiple global regions and disciplines across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas and Africa.
Prior to joining DHL eCommerce, Charles was the Managing Director for DHL Express, Sub-Saharan Africa where he was responsible for the successful business and operations of 54 countries and territories, encompassing more than 50,000 customers, 4,000 employees, 250 facilities, 5 regional hubs and 20 dedicated DHL aircraft.
Charles started his career at DHL in the UK, before moving to the DHL Express Asia Pacific region where he was appointed Country Manager for Philippines and subsequently Country Manager for Malaysia. After Asia Pacific, Charles spent 5 years in the Americas region, where he first led the commercial organization and later was the General Manager for the North East region.
Charles was born in 1965 in the UK. After completing school at Lord Wandsworth College, he went on to Cranfield and Reading University and has also completed executive programmes at Henley Management College.
Charles has lived and worked in multiple countries and is now based in Singapore. He is married with two children.
Marcus BurkeDirector, Automated Vehicles, National Transport Commission
Marcus Burke is responsible for transport technology projects, including developing the legal framework for automated vehicles. Over the last 12 months he has led a team at the NTC examining the regulatory barriers to automated vehicles and developing a roadmap for future reform.
Marcus also has responsibility for key heavy vehicle national law reforms, including the current reform of chain of responsibility. Marcus joined the NTC in 2011.
Previously, he worked in the private sector, with extensive experience in IT. Marcus has a combined Bachelor of Law and Science from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Diplomacy and International Trade from Monash University.
Jerome CarslakeManager, National Road Safety Partnership Program, Australian Road Research Board (ARRB)
Jerome Carslake is an experienced collaborative manager with a demonstrated history of working in the road transport researchindustry and agriculture. Strong program and project management professional skilled in Analytical Skills, Government, Market Research, Management, Agriculture and Transportation.
Declan ClausenDeputy Lord MayorCity of Newcastle
Steve CratchleyPricing Manager, Asset & Advanced Technology Suncorp
Steve is a specialist in advanced automotive technologies and has been investigating these for many years. He is particularly well-connected worldwide in this space with those working with these technologies.
He has worked in many fields at Suncorp across Strategy, Innovation and Underwriting roles, and is uniquely qualified to talk about emerging vehicle technology.
Professor Hussein DiaDeputy Director and Program Leader Smart Cities Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology
Hussein Dia is a Civil Engineer with three decades of experience in Intelligent Transport Systems and transport modelling. He has worked extensively in academia and has strong collaboration with both the public and private sectors, including strong engagement with industry research.
His research interests are in smart infrastructure systems and the convergence of technology, infrastructure and human elements in urban environments. His current work is focused on disruptive mobility and harnessing digital innovations to unlock potential opportunities for low carbon mobility in tomorrow's smart cities.
His standing in this field is demonstrated by more than 100 publications including a book on Intelligent Transport Systems published in 2014. His most recent book, Low Carbon Mobility for Future Cities, was published in 2017.
Hussein is a Chartered Professional Engineer, Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of Engineers Australia, and Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He currently serves as Senior Editor for the international journal IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transport Systems.
Clive DwyerProfessor , Monash University Accident Research Centre
The Committee for Melbourne Transport Taskforce identifies the challenges facing Melbourne’s transport network, and advocates for initiatives that will assist in the design and implementation of an efficient public transport network that amplifies the economic and social benefits for all Melburnians. For more information, please click here.
Clive Dwyer has over 30 years’ experience in strategy and business development for major government projects, destination management, project advocacy and complex stakeholder engagement.
Clive joined the Committee in 2017 and is responsible for strengthening the Committee’s membership, stakeholder engagement and supporting the Committee’s thought leadership and advocacy work.
He recently returned to Melbourne from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he was Executive Director of Destination Yas Island and Executive Director, Destination Management at Miral Asset Management. Reporting to the Abu Dhabi Government Executive Affairs Authority, he was responsible for establishing the Yas Island Destination Management Strategy as well as stakeholder engagement, product development, global marketing, communications, infrastructure planning, major events and visitor services program.
Prior to his time in the UAE, Clive was Director of Business Development for the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, relaunching the largest combined convention and exhibition centre in Australia. During this time, he was Director of the Club Melbourne Ambassador program, which has delivered over 100 international conferences worth over $590 million to become the world's most influential Ambassador Program.
Before this he directed the international marketing, industry engagement and visitor services for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Other career highlights include the development of Melbourne’s annual International Mining and Resources Conference and the delivery of the globally acclaimed ‘Jigsaw’ campaign for Tourism Victoria. Clive has also held a range of industry and non-executive board positions in Melbourne.
Brian FildesProfessorMonash University Accident Research Centre
Nicola FotheringhamStrategic Policy and Research Manager, Regulatory Futures, Registration and Licensing, Practice, Standards and Solutions, VicRoads
Nicola Fotheringham is a highly experienced strategy, policy and research professional. Nicola has successfully led the development and delivery of complex government strategies, policies, projects and programs achieve successful outcomes for the community.
She applies a highly collaborative working style to engage with internal and external stakeholders and develop innovative and emergent solutions to challenging and complex problems.
Nicola takes an evidence-based approach combined with a strong understanding of stakeholder needs to drive organisational, cultural and behavioural change.
She is currently leading a cross government policy and research collaboration aimed at understanding the impact of vehicle identification on crime and community safety.
Nicola has an honours degree in Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Management.
Brian HaratsisExecutive Chairman, Macroplan Dimasi
Brian Haratsis is a best-selling author, futurist, thought leader and is regarded by corporate Australia as the leading economic and strategic advisor operating in the property sector locally and internationally.
Brian established MacroPlan Australia (renamed MacroPlan Dimasi in 2012) in 1985 and has devoted the last 30 years to his loyal client base through the delivery of effective business and property strategy, precise forecasting of niche trends, successful facilitation of strategic outcomes and successful delivery of major projects/policies.
Brian is a leader in demographic analysis and property trends and has extensive experience in forecasting demand for retirement living, aged care and is currently advising on the development of major health hubs on the Sunshine Coast and in Victoria in relation to the Sunshine Health + Wellbeing Cluster.
Mark HarlandAngel Investor, Scale Investors
Mark Harland is Global Marketing and Customer Experience leader with experience in various Sales/Marketing/CX innovation roles around the world (North America, Europe, Asia, Australia).
He is passionate about global brands, urban mobility solutions, customer experience and disruptive technology.
His recent career path has taken him across Asia leading innovative Marketing & CX teams for GM International based in Shanghai and Singapore to grow the brand and develop new technology to engage customers.
His previous role supported the brand transformation post manufacturing at GM Holden, as well supporting the Car Share launch brand, Maven.
He is currently consulting (and investing) with global brands/CX solutions, as well as mentoring future mobility/electric car growth in Australia.
Ali Izadi-NajafabadiHead of Intelligent Mobility, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (Korea)
Ali Izadi oversees an analyst team focused on research and analysis on the emerging field of intelligent mobility. The team produces analysis on business models, technologies and policies related to ride hailing, car sharing and autonomous driving. Ali’s prior experience includes working at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and the fuel cell manufacturer, Ballard Power Systems. Ali has an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a Doctorate in Materials Science from Meijo University.
Mark JonesChief Executive Officer, EnexCarbon
Mark Jones is a highly-experienced Cyber Security and Technology Risk expert with exceptional capabilities and credibility in all facets of Cyber Security management, governance and risk with a proven ability to create and manage business relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
To support his experience, he has become a Certified Information Security Manager, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, a member the Australian Information Security Association and an active contributor to the Information Systems Audit & Control Association and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.
His specialties include:
• Cyber Security Culture Development and Change
• Cyber Strategy Development and Implementation
• Cyber Security Management
• Cyber Security Risk Management
• Technology Risk Management
• ISO 27001 Implementation and Certification
• Cyber Security Incident Management
• Business Continuity Management
• Disaster and Crisis Management
Dickson LeowPrinciple Technology Leader , Australian Road Research Board
Dickson Leow is an experienced senior executive with over 20 years of distinguished roles in Product & Technology, Smart Cities Mobility, Infrastructure, Regulatory & Legislative Framework, Vehicle Safety Design, Intellectual Property Law with excellent grounding, exposure and understanding of Management Principles, Project Planning, Regulatory Affairs and Risk Management through diverse practical experience from Japan and Australia.
Recognised for his decisive leadership, management, negotiation skills and continuous improvement mind set. He was also the ambassador for Toyota Australia in Fuel Cell Vehicle Technology & related hybrid technology.
Dickson also assisted government with legislation drafting and is currently an Australian committee expert for ISO Technical Committee - drafting international standards for future transport mobility.
Andrew MahonGeneral Manager (Land Transport Safety & Regulation), Department of Transport and Main Roads QLD
Andrew Morton is a Public Sector Professional with experience in public policy, regulation, consultative environments and contracts.
Mathew McAuleyDirector of Communications, Cox Automotive
With a career spanning more than 25 years in automotive marketing and communications, gained in a number of senior positions with OEM’s and Cox Automotive, Matt has been at the forefront of the changing automotive landscape.
Working for brands such as Porsche and Peugeot prior to joining Manheim, one of Cox Automotive’s many brands, Matt has lead national and international marketing, public relations, communications, events, and sponsorship campaigns.
More recently, as Director of Communications for Cox Automotive Australia, Matt played a key role in the company’s launch in Australia, formulating the corporate strategy and establishing an industry presence for the group which is comprised of leading automotive brands, such as CarsGuide, Autotrader, Manheim and Dealer Solutions.
With access to vast amounts of global research and data, Matt is passionate about informing and educating dealers and consumers so that they can successfully navigate their way through the quickly evolving mobility sector. Last year Cox Automotive announced a ‘Mobility Solutions’ group in the US, bringing together brands such as Clutch Technologies, Flexdrive and the newly formed Pivet to form a division focused on providing mobility options for dealers and consumers alike. The company also has investments in additional mobility brands such as Ridecell (a ride-sharing and car-sharing technology platform), Getaround (a consumer car-sharing platform) and Ouster (a maker of LIDAR sensors for autonomous vehicles).
Scott NagarManager, Future Mobility and Government, Hyundai
Scott Nagar has over two decades of experience in the motor industry in technical, media, product planning and technology advocacy roles. At NRMA Scott worked in vehicle inspection, judging and writing on Australia’s Best Cars Awards and as a member of the Technical Working Group with the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
For the last six years Scott has been working for Hyundai Motor Company Australia in senior technical management, product planning, environment and Government engagement policy roles. Scott leads the company’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle project and future mobility programs.
As a passionate proponent of vehicle safety, renewable transport and autonomous vehicle technology, Scott has engaged with many levels of Federal and State Government, as well as policy and academic experts and key industry partners around the world.
Professor John NelsonChair, Public Transport, Institute of Transport & Logistics Studies, University of Sydney Business School
Professor John Nelson holds the Sixth Century Chair of Transport Studies in the School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen and is Director of the Centre for Transport Research (CTR).
He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS), University of Sydney. Before moving to Aberdeen in 2007 to establish the Centre for Transport Research he held a personal Chair in Public Transport Systems at Newcastle University. John Nelson is the immediate past Chairman of the Universities’ Transport Study Group (UTSG), which promotes transport teaching and research across the UK and Ireland.
He served as Scientific Director for the 11th Intelligent Transport Systems European Congress (June 2016) and is a member of the Research and Evidence Group for the on-going National Transport Strategy for Scotland Review.
He is Series Editor for Routledge’s Transport and Mobility and Transport and Societybook series. John is particularly interested in the application and evaluation of new technologies to improve transport systems (with a particular focus on public transport and shared transport solutions) as well as the policy frameworks and regulatory regimes necessary to achieve sustainable mobility and his research is funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK, the European Commission and industry.
Kevin OrrFounder, LiftandGo Australia
Kevin Orr has 10 years of experience in the corporate world as a Business Intelligence Manager for a $10B SuperFund. Kevin has a background and degree qualifications in GIS and Mathematics, with strong analytics experience.
He has a strong technical background coupled with front-line business experience developing and launching a start-up from scratch. To sum it up in one-line Kevin is: "A self-confessed tech nerd who can translate the jargon into plain English". Evident in his chosen line of work, has a passion for solving big problems through innovation and technology.
Attilio PigneriChief Executive Officer, H2U
Attilio Pigneri is a co-founder and CEO of H2U, a specialist developer of hydrogen infrastructure initiatives for sustainable mobility and renewable energy storage.
A professional mechanical engineer from Italy, with Masters and PhD-level qualifications in energy engineering and energy-environmental issues, Attilio brings to H2U 20 years of consulting experience, in the provision of strategic, technical advisory and due diligence services for a wide range of hydrogen and fuel cells initiatives in Europe, the US and Japan.
Working at the forefront of hydrogen infrastructure commercialization in Australia, H2U has developed an innovative roll-out program for the establishment of a core network of 20 commercial-scale hydrogen refuelling stations during the 2018-21 timeframe. H2U is based in Australia and operating throughout the Asia-Pacific.
Attilio is the current President of the Australian Association for Hydrogen Energy (AAHE), and was the Chairman of the successful World Hydrogen Technologies Convention, held in Sydney in October 2015.
Attilio serves on the AEMO Expert Panel and the steering committee on the National Hydrogen Roadmap.
Shyamala PrayagaInteraction Designer – Voice UX + HMI, Ford (USA)
Shyamala Prayaga is a user experience evangelist having experience designing mobile, web, desktop and voice-based interactions. Presently working at Ford motor company, she is helping shape the future of digital and physical spaces within Ford and Lincoln vehicles through voice and multimodal speech interfaces.
Senator Janet RiceSenator for Victoria & Member, Select Committee on Electric Vehicles (Australian Government)
Senator Janet Rice is the Australian Greens transport and infrastructure spokesperson. Janet has a passion for zero-carbon transport and infrastructure and its potential to meet transport needs, with a focus on electric vehicles and associated infrastructure, public transport, active transport and increasing the amount of freight carried by rail.
She chairs the Senate Environment & Communications Committee, is a member of the Senate Regional and Rural Affairs and Transport committee and was a member on the Select Committee on Electric Vehicles.
Prior to becoming a senator in 2014, Janet was a councillor and mayor of Maribyrnong Council in Melbourne’s west, where she positioned the city as a leader in environmental sustainability, pioneered an ambitious carbon-neutral strategy, and increased investment in cycling and walking infrastructure. She was also chair of the Metropolitan Transport Forum in Melbourne, the first coordinator of Bicycle Network’s Ride2Work Day, and worked as a consultant with local and state governments on a range of transport and sustainability initiatives.
Anthony RiemannDirector, Strategy and Urban Mobility, General Motors International
Anthony Riemann leads an innovative team in the Asia Pacific region working on demand driven initiatives to fast-track mobility services and technologies across four strategic pillars: connectivity, sharing, electrification and autonomous vehicles.
Anthony is responsible in the region for the rollout of GM’s on-demand mobility services brand, Maven, which has successfully launched in Australia in early 2017 and is growing across the country. He is passionate about bringing new mobility solutions to market to help consumers move around more effectively and efficiently. Anthony has been with GM and Holden for the past 15 years working across various roles in Corporate Strategy, Planning and Information Technology and based across multiple countries.
Roger RooneySmart Parking, Canberra (City & Digital Transformation), ACT Government
A public entrepreneur, Roger Rooney is passionate about generating new ideas and realising benefits for end-users.
A natural collaborator, he seeks out change agents, vendors and data scientists to help leverage insights and develop machine learning models to confirm what is happening, better understand why it is happening and predict it happening to improve services for end users.
A Smart City evangelist, Roger has over a decade of digital delivery experience and was the chief architect of Canberra’s first digital strategy, the key enabler of the CBRfree public Wi-Fi network and the project manager and product developer for Smart Parking Canberra; a service that helps to decrease travel times in the nation’s capital.
Stacey RyanPolicy Manager, Intelligent Transport Systems Australia
Stacey Ryan has more than 20 years’ experience in communications, policy, and engagement in the public and private sector. In government, she worked in highly-regulated environments including transport, planning, liquor and gaming, and emergency services. As a professional services consultant, she worked with organisations across a range of sectors on strategic engagement and communications challenges.
She has a strong policy development and legislative background and was senior advisor to the NSW Minister for Roads focusing on ITS, road freight and heavy vehicles, road safety.
She manages engagement and building strong relationships with external stakeholders across all levels of government, NGOs, clients, collaborators, and the media. Fostering partnerships that collaboratively work to solve problems we collectively face.
Rachel SmithIndependent Transport, Planning and Advisory Rachel Smith Pty Ltd
Rachel Smith is an Industry Expert, Thought Leader & Speaker for ‘Cities, Cycling, Congestion, Community Engagement & the Circular Economy”.
She’s the Author of 2 best-selling books Decongestion & Underspent. She was part of the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York, Berlin and Mumbai, has two TEDx talks, has spoken in London’s House of Lords and is a Project Reviewer for Government projects.
James SooActing Director - Road User and Vehicle Access, VicRoads
James Soo has 20 years of automotive OEM experience in Global Product Development & Engineering Management. He possesses extensive knowledge in cross-functional Vehicle Performance Integration attributes, target setting and balancing – Fuel Economy (CO2), Drive Quality, Noise & Vibration, Crashworthiness Safety, Mass, Aerodynamics, Ride & Handling, Durability.
James’ leadership skills have helped in guiding cross-functional global teams and setting technical / architecture direction to future vehicle projects (from Concept Initiation to Production) for USA, Europe, Australia, Korea and China markets.
Specialties: Vehicle Integration Engineering, Project Management, Product Design & Development, Team Leadership, Virtual CAE Analyses, Physical Prototype Development & Validation Testing, Six Sigma Black Belt, Experienced & Trained Vehicle Evaluator/Assessor, Vehicle Benchmarking.
Jonathan SpearExecutive Director, Infrastructure Victoria
Dr. Jonathan Spear has previously held senior leadership, policy, strategy and legal roles with the Department of Premier & Cabinet, Department of Justice, Victoria Police and Slater & Gordon Lawyers. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Master of Laws, Executive Master of Public Administration and Doctor of Philosophy (History). He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Williamson Community Leadership Program.
Dr Neil TemperleyAdvisor, Future Cities Transport & Logistics
Dr Neil Temperley is currently an advisor on future cities, transport and logistics. He was formerly with Data61 as executive project manager. His interest is in digital product platforms for future/smart cities and more generally in transport & logistics.
Matt TettManaging Director, Enex TestLab
Matt heads Enex TestLab (www.testlab.com.au), an independent ISO17025 accredited testing laboratory with over 28 years history, ISO 9001 certification and a university heritage. He is well-known globally across industry and government as a highly technical straight shooter, effectively translating complex technology to the lay-person. His organisation’s objective is using science to keep tech vendors honest by rigorously testing their product claims and ensuring consumer requirements are met.
Matt is the chair of IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) Work Stream 5 – Cyber Security and Network Resilience. He also serves on the Communications Alliance Cyber Security Reference Panel (CSRP), the Internet Australia Cyber Security SIG, and is a member of the research advisory committee for the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory at Federation University.
Matt has a deep technical background in network and security systems and he holds the following security certifications in good standing for 10+ years: CISSP, CISM, CSEPS and CISA. He holds Government and Police Contractor security clearances.
Evan WalkerDirector, Smart Innovation Centre, Transport for NSW
Evan Walker’s role is to work with industry and government agencies to identify and trial future transport technologies.
Before taking on this role, Evan worked as the Director of the Divisional Management Office for the Freight Strategy and Planning Division of TfNSW which provided him with a broad overview of Transport in NSW.
These roles follow-on from Evan’s 15 years’ experience working in road Safety, where he was the Director of Safer Systems at the NSW Centre for Road Safety for over four years. During his road safety career, Evan lead the development and implementation of new initiatives that contributed to significant improvements in road safety in NSW, including the NSW Speed Camera Strategy, the Plan B campaign and the establishment of the Community Road Safety Fund.
Tony WeberChief Executive, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries
Tony Weber has a strong understanding and appreciation of the Australian automotive industry, and an extensive background working in Federal Government.
In his role as Chief Executive, Tony represents the interests of the manufacturers and importers of passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles and motorcycles in Australia.
Prior to joining the FCAI, Tony was in the Senior Executive Service within the Innovation Division at the Industry Department. During his 15 years working in the Industry Department, Tony also worked in the areas responsible for Small Business, Manufacturing and Industry Policy.
Prior to working in the Industry Department, Tony worked in the Commonwealth Treasury, in roles focussing on superannuation, taxation and Commonwealth–State relations.
Tony has formal qualifications in economics and public administration.