- The big idea
Ali AsgharSenior Associate - Power, Energy Storage and Electric Vehicles, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Ali Asghar is a Senior Associate at Bloomberg New Energy Finance in the Sydney office. He 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.
Stuart BallingallProgram Director Cooperative & Automated Systems , Austroads
Stuart Ballingall is the Program Director - Connected & Automated Vehicles at Austroads, which is the association of Australian and New Zealand road transport authorities. Stuart also holds the role of Director - Transport Futures at VicRoads, and is on the board of directors for the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). Stuart has significant experience leading technical programs that span across the transport, automotive, and ICT industries. Previous senior roles held by Stuart include with General Motors Holden, the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), and VicRoads. Stuart is also an active member on numerous government and industry forums, both at the national and international level. Qualifications held by Stuart include a Bachelor of Engineering with honours and a Master of Business Administration.
Peter BlanshardChief Executive Officer, Institute of Automotive Engineers
Peter Blanshard is the CEO of the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers. This is an association for individuals and organisations in the automotive industry. Its aim is to further the interests of members at all levels through knowledge, awareness and the sharing of expertise.
Greg BosnichHead of Corporate Affairs, Volvo
Greg has over thirty years of automotive experience. Having worked locally and overseas in a varied number of roles that encompass product, sales, marketing and public relations, he has acquired significant learnings from talking to people about their experiences when it comes to all things automotive.
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 BurkeProject Director - Compliance & Technology, National Transport Commission
Marcus 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.
Dr Tim CooperCo-Founder and Head of Algorithms, SkedGo
Timothy greatest passion however is Mobility as a Service (MaaS). He is co-founder of Skedgo Pty Ltd, a Sydney-based startup developing MaaS software. The MaaS vision is that there will be one or more apps which aggregate all forms of personal transport, one app which works in all cities which integrates information, booking and payments, and which suggests trip chains combining services as distinct as podless bikes, taxi-buses, long walks, as well as the more usual public transport and ride-sourcing. Tim’s specific role in Skedgo is Head of Algorithms.
He also founded SmartsGroup Pty Ltd with 2 partners in 1996. The SMARTS software is provided to stock exchanges – to look for market manipulation, insider trading, tax evasion, money laundering etc.. 1 in 4 stock exchange trades that happen in the world is monitored by SMARTS. Tim remained with SmartsGroup until SmartsGroup was sold to Nasdaq in Aug 2010, by then a company of 120 employees. Tim was chief software architect of SmartsGroup and he developed the proprietary 'transaction log database' technology pioneered by SMARTS.
In 2005, while still at SmartsGroup, Tim established another software company: Edval Timetables (www.edval.com.au). Edval Timetables provides software and consulting services to high schools for timetable construction and various aspects of school administration. Edval currently employs 43 Australians.
Tim received his PhD in Computer Science from Sydney University in 1996; his topic was ‘Integrated Persistent Programming Environments’.
Steve CratchleyPricing Manager – Asset and Advanced Technology, Suncorp Group
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.
Peter DamenChairman, Innovate Australia
Peter Damen is an experienced senior executive who is passionate about getting the best possible outcomes for Australia. He has demonstrated success in building sustainable businesses with a strong emphasis on improving performance and getting better outcomes. Among his projects, he was involved in many of the nation's largest infrastructure projects, and actively contributed to achieving better outcomes from the $200 billion national road asset.
His skills and capabilities include: operational general management, national and international business development, leadership, risk management, innovation, strategy development, governance, self-driving / driverless / automated vehicles, smart cities, intelligent systems, civil infrastructure, engineering design, strategic planning, road safety, infrastructure asset management, network operations, traffic management, emerging technologies, collaboration and team building, training and event management, community and industry engagement, and consultation and facilitation.
Hussein DiaChair, Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Program Leader (Future Urban Mobility), Smart Cities Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology
Hussein 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 current research projects include investigations of how autonomous vehicles, Blockchain, Internet of Things and the sharing economy are set to transform mobility in the world's large and fast growing 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.
Hany EldalyManaging Director/Co-Founder, MaaS Australia
For almost two decades, Hany has assisted Australia’s conversion to smart mobility and intelligent transportation. His interest in MaaS is driven by community needs to improve customers' experience and offering seamless, enjoyable journey to their destinations whilst optimising the performance of the transport services.
He has a strong track record in successfully applying information and communications technologies to improving the performance and operations of the nation’s roads network.
Hany also has broad experience in the application of information and communications technologies to the military and health sectors.
Hany has held national leadership roles in the private sector and is known for being passionate about Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and smart mobility. Dedicated to the role of technology to improve the performance of the transport network and customers' experience, Hany has contributed to the development and delivery of managed motorway solutions, improving the driving experiences of road users on Australia’s major roads.
Hany holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering.
Professor Brian FildesPhD, Monash University Accident Research Centre
Brian is an Adjunct Professor with the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). Brian has a PhD in Psychology and qualifications in Science and Engineering. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Transport Safety Research Centre at Loughborough University in the UK. His speciality is Human Factors research in road safety. He has particular interests in occupant protection, speeding, driver perception and injuries to older people, both on the road and in the home.
Brian joined MUARC soon after it was established in 1987. He developed and managed a team of researchers and graduate students working on a number of safety research projects. He has been instrumental in helping government agencies implement a number of new injury prevention counter-measures and programs as well as evaluating real world crash performance for the automotive industry. From 2008-2012, Brian was based at the Monash University Prato Centre in Italy, and was involved in a number of teaching and research activities in Europe.
He has an extensive publication record and is on several editorial panels for a number of international scientific journals and has supervised over 15 Masters and PhD graduate students. He is also the immediate past President of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) and has received numerous awards for his research in injury prevention.
Lucas GroeneveldState Manager - Victoria & Tasmania, Uber
Lucas Groeneveld leads Uber's business across Victoria and Tasmania, driving the delivery of a safe and reliable ride for over 1.2 million Victorians.
Owen HayfordLegal Advisor, PwC Legal
Owen is a partner at PwC Legal specialising in transport and other infrastructure.
Owen has led the legal thinking in Australia in relation to automated vehicles, with his thought leadership reports and numerous articles.
He brings a deep understanding to not only the regulatory and legal liability issues associated with automated vehicles, but also the public infrastructure and funding challenges which they will create.
Ali IzadiHead of Intelligent Mobility, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (Seoul)
Ali 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.
Behyad JafariChair, Electric Vehicle Council
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.
Dickson LeowPrinciple Technology Leader, ARRB
Dickson is the Principal Technology Leader at Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) and will be facilitating the integration of automated and connected vehicle technologies with infrastructure and demystifying the community’s understanding of the technology.
Dickson is an engineering management specialist with over 19 years of experience in Intelligent Transport System (ITS), Regulatory Affairs, Compliance, Vehicle Safety Design, Certification, Homologation and IP Law in both private and government sectors. Recognized for his passion and decisive leadership by his peers, Dickson is a highly effective advocate with the ability to build strong and lasting stakeholder relationships and a proven ability to face challenges head-on and execute optimal decisions.
Professor David McInnesPresident, Autonomous Transport Solutions
Professor McInnes is an experienced CEO and President with a demonstrated history of working in education, research, logistics and environment industries with strong, results oriented, financial achievements. He’s skilled in Negotiation, Sustainable Development, Project Evaluation, Business Planning, and Operations Management. He is an experienced professional with Post Graduate studies from Cambridge University, having specialised in the fields of Autonomous Transport, Sustainable Business Practices and new technologies.
Professor Michael MilfordARC Future Fellow, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow, Chief Investigator, Queensland University of Technology
Michael is an interdisciplinary researcher at the boundary between robotics, neuroscience and computer vision and a multi-award winning educational entrepreneur. His research models the neural mechanisms in the brain underlying tasks like navigation and perception to develop new technologies in challenging application domains such as all-weather, anytime positioning for autonomous vehicles. He currently holds the position of Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, as well as Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and Chief Investigator at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.
Jonathan MyersHead of Growth, Innovation and Partnerships, Keolis Downer
Jonathan Myers is an exceptional business strategist who excels at bringing teams together to create value, developing innovative solutions and driving change. His international experience spans Europe, Australasia and Southern Africa in senior leadership roles and major project delivery. This has included a UK SX-listed group company, the UK and Victorian governments, and as a partner in an international consulting firm.
Jeremy NassauCV Trial Program, Senior Manager, Strategic Initiative, Transurban
Jeremy has over 20 years of experience in strategy and technology primarily within the automotive, telecoms, and transport sectors. He has been at Transurban for the last 14 years where he works in Group Strategy, leading Transurban’s program of trials of Connected and Automated Vehicles in Australia. He is also a director of ITS Australia.
Steve NuttallResearch Director , ACA Research
Steve is a highly-experienced research analyst who, over the last 25 years, has worked globally advising clients in the automotive, telecommunications, financial services and technology industries. He leads the ACA Research automotive practice providing strategic insights to leading OEMs and aftermarket suppliers in the Australian road transport sector.
He has a keen interest in understanding how established industries and markets are being disrupted by the digital revolution and how this is transforming the way organisations do business with their customers. Steve is a thought leader and commentator on how the Australian automotive industry is evolving.
Justin PassaportisGeneral Manager - Victoria & South Australia, GoGet
Justin joined GoGet from Hertz Australia, where he headed fleet operations for carshare. He was part of the original core of Flexicar carshare team which was acquired by the Hertz Corporation in 2010 and played a critical role in this transition.
Since his appointment to GoGet three years ago, the size of both the fleet and membership base across Melbourne and Adelaide has more than tripled to over 600 vehicles and 25,000 members.
His work with government and industry has helped establish carshare's place as an integral part of the private-public transport landscape, and witnessed city councils embrace broad policy reform. The City of Melbourne is now targeting up to 30% of all households using carshare over the next decade.
Recently, Justin led the launch of an Australian first: the integration of carshare on airport in Melbourne; an initiative GoGet is looking to roll out across its nationwide network.
David PickettCertification & Engineering Manager, Volvo
David Picket is the Certification and Engineering Manager at Volvo Car Australia.
Anthony RiemannDirector, Strategy and Urban Mobility, General Motors International Holden
Anthony Riemann currently holds the role of Director of Strategy and Urban Mobility for General Motors International (GMI) and Holden. He 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 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 get around more effectively and efficiently.
Anthony has been with GM and Holden for the past 14 years working across various roles in Corporate Strategy, Planning and Information Technology. He also spent two years based in Seoul, Korea and two years as Chief Advisor to GM Holden’s Managing Director in Australia.
Majid SarviChairman, Transport Engineering
Majid is the chair in Transport Engineering and the professor in Transport for Smart Cities at the University of Melbourne. He is the founder and the director of the AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem). AIMES is the world’s first urban testing ecosystem for implementing and testing of emerging connected transport technologies at large scale and in complex urban environment which involves 37 partners from government and leading Australian and global industry partners.
He has over 22 years of professional, academic and research experience in the areas of traffic and transport engineering. His researches are multidisciplinary with international outlook and both theoretically oriented and applied in nature. His fields of research cover a range of topics, including: connected multimodal transport network modelling and analysis, crowd dynamic modelling and simulation and network vulnerability assessment and optimization. He has been the author/co-author of over 250 refereed publications in top transportation journals and various conference and symposia proceedings. This includes over 140 ISI publications listed in Scopus and 7 papers in the International symposium of Traffic and Transportation Theory (ISTTT). He currently serves on the editorial board of several journals including Transportation Research Part C, Transportmetrica, and Journal of Transportation Letters.
He has served on several international research committees, the Network Modelling Committee (ADB30), Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics Committee (AHB45), and the Emergency Evacuation Task Force of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the U.S. National Research Council. He is also the co-founder and co-chair of the Crowd Dynamic Modelling Subcommittee AHB45(2) of TRB.
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.
Dr Allison StewartProject Director, Automated & Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure, Infrastructure Victoria
Dr Allison Stewart is the Project Director for Infrastructure Victoria's Automated and Zero Emissions Vehicles Infrastructure Advice. Allison is an experienced capital projects leader, strategist, and academic. She is a recognised expert in the theory of mega-events, and her work has been cited by the Economist, the BBC, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal among others. She completed her doctorate in mega-project management at the University of Oxford's Said Business School, and has experience working in the infrastructure, energy, defence, and mega-events industries.
Dr Neil TemperleyExecutive Product Manager - Future Cities, Transport and Logistics Living Lab Mentor, Data61 CSIRO
Neil is part of Data61’s product management team focusing on future cities and the role of data and analytics to solve future city challenges. Neil advocates a ‘cities by design’ approach where future user-focused vision drives our understanding of the future role of data.
He believes in the power of living lab collaboration to drive both effective innovation and industry culture transformation.
Leveraging a background in engineering, science and industry engagement, Neil has helped establish two industry clusters including Australia’s first Living Laboratory in 2011. This cluster and knowledge hub focussed on collaborative projects and challenges in Transport and Logistics. Neil sits on the board of the Australian Living Lab Innovation Network and the industry board of the Australian Smart Communities Association.
Matt TettChair, Cybersecurity & Network Resilience IoTA, MD, 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.
Cecilia WarrenDirector, Mobility Research and Development , IAG Customer Labs
Cecilia leads IAG’s innovation thinking in mobility and future directions for motor insurance covering research, collaboration and partnerships.
With a passion for creativity, people and imagining the future, Cecilia’s experience canvasses over 15 years of policy, research, regulatory reform and innovation in government and private sectors.
She has a broad understanding of the socio-political context of connected and autonomous vehicles, including the challenge and complexity for regulation, insurance and liability.
Since joining Australia’s largest general insurer in 2009, Cecilia has served on a number of motor industry and road safety advisory boards and is a current steering committee member of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI). Cecilia holds a Bachelor of Science and Arts from the University of Sydney, and has studied fine art at the New York Studio School.
Andrew WeyerVice President Information Technology, Australia New Zealand & Life Sciences & Healthcare APAC, DHL Supply Chain
Andrew is an experienced IT leader, having spent 25 years transforming business operations through the adoption of technology solutions in the banking, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and logistics industries. He has led significant transformational IT, digital, standardisation and innovation delivery initiatives aimed at maximising team capability and capacity outcomes to deliver tangible business results.
Andrew also has accountability for leadership of Information Technology solutions delivery for Life Science and Healthcare customers for six countries across Asia.
Andrew was born and grew up in South Africa. He has significant multi – cultural work experience across Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific.
He was previously the Executive Regional Sponsor for the DHL GoTeach Partnership with the S.O.S Children’s Village organisation, a mentoring program to empower and improve the employability of World Youth.
Barbara WiseCommissioner, NSW Point to Point Transport Commission
Barbara is the inaugural NSW Point to Point Transport Commissioner – the incoming regulator for taxis, hire vehicles and rideshare services under the NSW Government’s Point to Point transport reforms.
She was appointed to the position in October 2016 and has focused on establishing the new regulatory functions provided for by the Government’s reforms.
Prior to her appointment, Barbara ran the secretariat for the Point to Point Transport Taskforce, which formed the basis of the Government’s reforms to the Point to Point transport industry, announced in late 2015, and then led the implementation of the Government’s initial response to the Taskforce report.
Barbara has previously worked as both a regulator and in policy relating to passenger transport in NSW.
Barbara has more than 15 years’ experience across Federal and State Government, specialising in transport and education policy.
Brendan WrightVP, Public Services, Asia & Japan, SAP
Brendan is a recognised leader in contemporary service delivery models for public services and has a long history of leading public services transformational programs across Whole of Government, Healthcare and Education. Having also been co-founder of a technology startup, Brendan has a broad mix of skills spanning enterprise and small business that provides him with a unique perspective around unearthing innovation and entrepreneurship across the public services domain.