Hon. Mark Birrell

Chairman, PostSuper

Mark is an experienced corporate advisor. He is currently chairman of a number of organisations, including Regis Healthcare Limited and the Australian Payments Council. Mark has also served as the Chairman of Infrastructure Australia, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, the Port of Melbourne Corporation, and Evans & Peck Limited. Mark has deep experience in policy, having served as the Victorian Minister for Major Projects, and Minister for Industry, Science & Technology.

Christian “Boo” Boucousis

Managing Director, Afterburner Australia

Christian spent 10 years as a fighter pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force, and is now an entrepreneur, author and publisher. He runs Afterburner Australia, a team of former RAAF pilots who are passionate about using their training to help business professionals. Christian is also the CEO of Mode, an innovative property development group. Mode is currently developing Australia’s tallest prefabricated hotel in the Perth CBD.

Tim Chapman

Leader, Infrastructure Design Group, Arup Group Limited (UK)

Tim leads a group of 400 designers, working on big infrastructure. He explores the major issues facing the construction industry and how it will serve society into the future. He was even interviewed by a robot on the AI in infrastructure design. With a special interest in the development of people at all levels, Tim explores the impact of new technologies on infrastructure careers of the future.

Professor Elizabeth Croft

Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University

Elizabeth advances the cause of women’s career progression in engineering. An internationally respected researcher and teacher, she has earned considerable acclaim for her work in human robotic interaction. She’s also worked at the prestigious University of British Columbia and was Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council.

Michael Donovan

Business mentor

Michael has 45 years of international business experience and has worked with over 100 Australian CEOs and board members. He was CEO of the largest accommodation chain in Australia and chair of Tourism Noosa. He also created Queensland’s first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Michael is an international business mentor with a simple goal: to contribute something of value and be there when the going gets tough.

Sir Rod Eddington AO

Chairman, J P Morgan’s Asia Pacific Advisory Council

Rod has is internationally recognised for achievements across transport, aviation and business. Rod was awarded a knighthood by the British Government, as well as being made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He was CEO of Cathay Pacific, Ansett Airlines and British Airways before retiring in 2005. Today he serves as a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), as well as other committees and boards.

Professor Roy Green

Emeritus Professor, UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney

Roy has spent his working life advising on innovation, manufacturing and management. He has worked in universities, business and government in Australia and overseas. Roy has served on many industry and innovation bodies, has led Australian participation in a global study of management and productivity, and was an expert advisor to the 2015 Senate inquiry into Australia’s innovation system.

Professor Elanor Huntington

Dean, ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science

Elanor has dedicated her working life to encouraging young women to choose careers in STEM. She is the first female Dean of Engineering at the ANU. She’s also a program manager in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology. At present, Elanor is researching the control of quantum systems, and especially the interface between theory and applications.

Dr Christopher Jeffery

CEO and Co-founder, Field Orthopaedics

Chris has studied across electronics, medicine and business. While in the Australian Army, he developed an AI-based software package for more rapid troop deployment. After graduating from medicine, he worked in orthopaedics at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. He then undertook a PHD in bionics, exploring the integration between humans and robots. In his business career, he has created immersive cameras that operate like the human eye, medical devices to treat wrist arthritis, and advanced drug coating to prevent surgical related infections.

Stephen Langton

Managing Director, Board & CEO Advisory Group, Russell Reynolds Associates (Singapore)

For more than two decades, Stephen has advised the boards of Fortune 500 companies on leadership, governance and risk management. Stephen is a regular guest lecturer at business schools and international business forums internationally. He’s also a co-author of the book Redefining Leadership, looking at western leadership in Asian markets.

Ray Kurzweil

Futurist, Author, Inventor and Director of Engineering, Google (USA)

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called ``the restless genius`` by The Wall Street Journal and ``the ultimate thinking machine`` by Forbes magazine, he was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the ``rightful heir to Thomas Edison.`` PBS selected him as one of the ``sixteen revolutionaries who made America.``

Ray was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.

Among Ray’s many honors, he received a Grammy Award for outstanding achievements in music technology; he is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, holds twenty-one honorary Doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents.

Ray has written five national best-selling books, including New York Times best sellers The Singularity Is Near (2005) and How To Create A Mind (2012). He is Co-Founder and Chancellor of Singularity University and a Director of Engineering at Google heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.

Kristen Myles

Chartered Professional Engineer, Major Projects Team, WSP

Kristen specialises in the design and leadership of major infrastructure and transport projects in Canada and Australia. Kristen was Design Manager on the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade project. She has also been recognised for her project and controls management approach as part of her role with the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link project. Kristen is the current vice-chair of Engineers Australia’s College of Leadership and Management – Sydney Division.

Jonar Nader

Digital Age Philosopher, Author and Principal, Logictivity

Jonar has 37 years’ business experience, having worked as IBM’s E-business Software Manager, Network Computing Manager and Consumer Manager for Asia Pacific South. He also held senior positions at Acer Computer, Compaq/HP and Myer. An author and presenter, Jonar consults on everything from innovation and leadership to terrorism, and politics. He also founded Logictivity, a management consulting firm, where he’s been Chairman for 18 years.

Professor Peter Newman AO

Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University

Peter is one of Australia’s most widely published authorities on sustainable design. He has written 20 books and over 340 papers on sustainable cities. In 2014, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport. Peter is a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s a new study for achieving a zero-carbon future.

Richard Palmer

Director of Sustainability, WSP

Richard is an engineer by training, a consultant by profession, and an ecologist at heart. He has spent over 13 years working in industrialised and emerging economies, using sustainable design and urban resilience approaches to improve built environments. As Director of Sustainability at WSP, Richard advises on green buildings, sustainable infrastructure and urban renewal projects. His multidisciplinary team works on increasing sustainability across the built environment.

Michael Pascoe

Contributing Editor, The New Daily

With more than four decades in newspaper, broadcast and online journalism, Michael Pascoe is one of Australia's most sought-after finance and economics commentators. He is a regular commentator on Channel 7’s Sunrise and the ABC's The Drum, bringing perspective and rare humour to the ‘dismal science’. Michael also pioneered specialist finance journalism in commercial broadcasting – first in radio, then with Channel 9, Sky News and Channel 7.

Hartley Pike

Founder, Construction Cloud

Hartley grew up working in his dad’s construction business in the school holidays. He went on to study civil and structural engineering at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), then worked as a construction engineer with Abigroup and Lendlease’s engineering division. Now he runs Construction Cloud, developing project management software for construction projects.

Geoffrey  Robertson Q.C.

Human Rights Barrister and host of television series ``Hypothetical`` (UK)

Geoffrey Robertson QC is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers and has argued many landmark human rights cases in British and Commonwealth Courts and the European Court of Human Rights. He has served as first President of the UN's Special Court for Sierra Leone and is one of the three ``distinguished jurists`` on the United Nations internal justice council
He has had a distinguished career as a trial and appellate counsel, an international judge, and author of leading textbooks. He has argued many landmark cases in media, constitutional and criminal law, in the European Court of Justice; the European Court of Human Rights; the Supreme Court (House of Lords and Privy Council); the UN War Crimes courts; the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and in the highest courts of many commonwealth countries.

He has argued hundreds of death sentence appeals, prosecuted Hastings Banda, defended Salman Rushdie, Mike Tyson and Julian Assange and acted for Human Rights Watch in the proceedings against Genera lPnochet. He is a Master of the Middle Temple and author of Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice; The Case of the Pope; Mullahs without Mercy: Human Rights and Nuclear Weapons; and The Tyrannicide Brief. In 2011

Geoffrey has, as a jury advocate, appeared in many criminal trials at the Old Bailey and libel trials in the High Court. He has appeared in several hundred reported cases in the Court of Appeal (both civil and criminal divisions) and in judicial reviews in the High Court, and in subsequent appeals. He has a large advisory practice, for clients including governments, media corporations, NGO’s and local councils.

Geoffrey was awarded the New York Bar Association prize for achievement in international law and affairs.

Geoffrey hosted an Australian television series of programmes called Geoffrey Robertson's Hypotheticals. These shows invite notable people, often including former and current political leaders, to discuss contemporary issues by assuming imagined identities in hypothetical situations.

Rob Sindel

Managing Director, CSR Limited

Rob’s 30-year career in the construction industry started with Pioneer in Australia before moving to the UK. There he was managing director of Hanson UK, a subsidiary of global building materials company HeidelbergCement Group. Rob joined CSR in 2008 and is now Managing Director. He believes the business community can help address social inequality, and works with not-for-profit organisations to mentor young people in areas of high need.

Major General Marcus Thompson, AM

Deputy Chief Information Warfare, Australian Defence Force

Since graduating from the Royal Military College - Duntroon in 1988, Major General Marcus Thompson has held commands at every level in the Australian Army and has been deployed on several overseas missions. As Deputy Chief Information Warfare, Marcus oversees four branches: Information Warfare Capability; Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) and Battle Management Capability; Capability Support Directorate; and the Joint Cyber Unit. Marcus also holds a PhD in cyber security from the University of New South Wales, and is a Member of the Order of Australia.

Admiral Chris Barrie AC

RAN Former Chief of the Australian Defence Force

Admiral Chris Barrie AC was a career naval officer, rising to become Chief of the Defence Force in 1998. He retired in 2002 after 41 years of active service but continues to share his wealth of knowledge, including through Oxford University and the National Defense University in Washington DC.

Chris teaches Command, Leadership and Management at the Australian Defence College. He uses his deep knowledge of defence strategy to run demanding scenario exercises and simulations that complement course work.

He is a member of the ADC Forum Advisory Council and has chaired working groups on ‘Strategic Cities’ and ‘Infrastructure and Population’.

Gavin Blakely

Chair of the Board, Engineers without Borders Australia

Gavin Blakey OAM is a man committed to using engineering to make a difference. In 2014, he joined Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB), an organisation that creates social value through humanitarian engineering and development programs. Gavin served as their In-Country Manager for Cambodia and Vietnam in 2015 and is currently Chair of EWB’s Board of Directors.

Passionate about developing leaders and helping people communicate with confidence, Gavin was also the first Australian to be elected International President of Toastmasters International.

Lauren Kajewski

Senior Manager, Sustainability, Landcom

Lauren Kajewski heads up the sustainability team for Landcom, a NSW Government developer. She is deeply interested in the liveability of urban places and building community partnerships. Lauren was the driving force behind Landcom’s Sustainable Places Strategy, which commits to exceptional outcomes in urban development. This strategy is aligned to international frameworks such as COP 21, the Sustainable Development Goals and 100 Resilient Cities.

Through this and other projects, Lauren has helped Landcom achieve international recognition for sustainable development.

Maureen Thurston

Global Director, Design to Innovate, Aurecon

Maureen Thurston is an industrial designer, educator and entrepreneur. She’s also the Global Director of Aurecon’s ‘Design to Innovate’ program, setting out to unlock creativity and cultivate change. And with Aurecon’s top 5 ranking on the Australian Financial Review’s Most Innovative Companies list, she’s done just that.

Maureen has spent over 30 years helping organisations get ready for the future, by focusing on the relationship between strategy, customer engagement and innovation. She uses ‘design thinking’ as a catalyst for business transformation.

Maureen is also the chair of Australia’s Good Design Council, co-founder of the Design as Strategy Forum and an honorary professor at University of Technology, Sydney.

Neil Greet

Collaborative Outcomes, Innovative Building Resilience

Neil Greet, a Civil Engineer by training, founded Collaborative Outcomes to advise organisations on resilience and humanitarian action. He is a member of the Engineers Australia College of Leadership and Management Board, serving as the Canberra Division President in 2015.

With energy policy very much in the national spotlight, Neil has authored reports addressing energy security and energy resiliency. He also recently delivered advice to the Asia Pacific Economic forum on disaster resilience.

Neil previously served in the Australian Defence Force and was a member of units deployed to Iraq and Timor Leste. He also led projects in remote indigenous communities and played a key role in the Defence’s response to Victoria’s ‘Black Saturday’ disaster.

Shaza Rifi

Engineer, NSW Young Woman of the Year

Shaza Rifi is a Civil Engineer at JAPM, managing construction projects from concept to completion. She works on mixed-use (residential, retail and commercial) developments that also include facilities for the community.

With a strong sense of social justice and understanding the importance of social cohesion, Shaza is dedicated to building better communities and furthering social enterprise.

Shaza is the president of the Muslim Women Association (MWA). Though this role, she is improving services for women and children facing domestic and family violence. Shaza also guides health, wellbeing, and empowerment programs to encourage Muslim women in Australia to get involved in their community.

Sophia The Humanoid Robot (Hong Kong)

Sophia will be one of the featured speakers at this year’s Australian Engineering Conference. Sophia made her debut at the South by Southwest show in March 2016. Since then, she has
become a much-sought-after media personality, being interviewed on television shows from
the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan. She has also become a keynote speaker and panel member at some of the world’s leading conferences.

Sophia is frequently asked about the possibility of robots one day destroying humans, and she has stretched her growing mind to grapple with the complex issues involved, at times expressing contradictory views. However, in recent months she has settled on a strongly pro-human ethical perspective. In June 2017 at the “AI For Good Global Summit” United Nations event in Geneva, she issued a powerful statement in favor of human-AI cooperation for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Sophia was created by Hanson Robotics, a company renowned for developing the world’s most humanlike robots,endowed with remarkable expressiveness, aesthetics and interactivity.

Professor Euan Lindsay

Foundation Professor of Engineering, Charles Sturt University

Euan Lindsay is the Foundation Professor of Engineering at Charles Sturt University. His research interests centre around online learning, including remote and virtual laboratories, MOOCs, and data analytics for promoting student learning.

He believes that good engineering is about people. Euan is passionate about promoting diversity in engineering and breaking down barriers that keep young people from pursuing engineering as a career.

Euan was the 2010 President of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the UK Higher Education Academy, and is a Chartered Professional Engineer.

Reverend Simon Hansford

Moderator, Synod of NSW & ACT in the Uniting Church in AUS

Reverend Simon Hansford is the Moderator of the Synod of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory in the Uniting Church in Australia. The Moderator is elected to give prophetic and pastoral leadership to the people and congregations of the Synod.

Simon completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney in 1988. He was formed for ministry at the United Theological College, North Parramatta, completing a Bachelor of Theology while working part time in youth ministry with the Gymea-Miranda Congregation of the Uniting Church. He was ordained as a minister in 1990 and has served in ordained ministry for more than 25 years in rural and regional communities across New South Wales. He is passionate about the Church being engaged and active in the community.

Greg Williams

Director of Engineering & Asset Management, Yarra Trams

Greg is an asset management professional with 35 years’ experience in the care of physical assets. He has worked in a variety of senior and general management positions across the defence, utilities and telecommunications industries. He is currently the Director of Engineering and Asset Management at Yarra Trams.

An active member of the Asset Management Council, Greg is also involved with standards committees and asset management interest groups. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Certified Fellow in Asset Management, a Certified Asset Management Assessor, a Certified Reliability Leader, and a Member of the Risk Management Institute of Australia. Greg has a first-class honours degree in aerospace engineering, and postgraduate qualifications in maintenance management, business administration and aviation logistics.

Roma Agrawal MBE (UK)

Structural Engineer, AECOM

Roma Agrawal MBE is a structural engineer at AECOM. Her projects include footbridges and sculptures, train stations and skyscrapers, including London’s iconic The Shard.

Roma is a tireless promoter of engineering and technical careers to young people, particularly under-represented groups such as women. She has advised policymakers and governments on science education, and has given talks to thousands around the world at universities, schools and organisations, including two for TEDx. She is also a television presenter, and writes articles about engineering, education and leadership.

Roma has received international awards for her technical prowess and success in promoting the profession, including the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering’s Rooke Award. Her first book, Built, was published by Bloomsbury to glowing reviews earlier this year.

Professor Robert Sparrow

Professor, Philosophy Department and Bioethics Centre, Monash University

Rob Sparrow is a professor in Monash University’s Philosophy Department, as well as a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, and an adjunct professor in the Monash Bioethics Centre, where he works on ethical issues raised by new technologies. He has published on topics as diverse as the ethics of robotics, the moral status of artificial intelligences, human enhancement, stem cells, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, xenotransplantation, and migration. He is a co-chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Technical Committee on Robot Ethics and was one of the founding members of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control.

Edward Santow

Human Rights Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

Edward Santow has been Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission since August 2016.

Ed leads the Commission’s work on: detention and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT); refugees and migration; human rights issues affecting LGBTI people; counterterrorism and national security; technology and human rights; freedom of expression; and freedom of religion.

From 2010–2016, Ed was chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a leading non-profit organisation that promotes human rights through strategic litigation, policy development and education.

Ed’s areas of expertise include human rights, public law and discrimination law. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales and serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Australia Pro Bono Centre.

Elliott Young

Joint Venture Project Director, Sydney Light Rail, ACCIONA Infrastructure Australia

Elliott Young is a chartered civil engineer who is highly experienced in leading the development and delivery of major, complex, high-profile civil and rail infrastructure projects. He has extensive experience in civil, structural and rail engineering, and mechanical and electrical installations.

He is passionate about health, safety, environment and quality (HSEQ), and strives to engender a strong safety culture in all his projects, especially the ‘safety first’ and ‘right first time’ principles. Elliott has worked on the Sydney Light Rail project, the Melbourne-based Regional Rail Link Alliance, the Leeds 1st remodelling project, and the Heathrow Terminal 5 and East London Line projects. He is currently the Joint Venture Project Director, Sydney Light Rail, at ACCIONA Infrastructure Australia.

Associate Professor Alistair Sproul

Associate Professor & Head of School, School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW

Alistair Sproul is an Associate Professor in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He is the Head of School for SPREE and also the Program Leader (Integrated Building Systems) with the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living.
Alistair has worked in the area of photovoltaic and energy efficiency research and R&D since 1985. He has served in a range of positions with various companies and research institutions, including BP Solar, Pacific Solar, UNSW, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. Alistair joined the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW in 2001. His current research interests include energy-efficient buildings, building-integrated and building-applied photovoltaic and energy systems for low-energy buildings, and highly efficient fluid-handling systems.

David Pickett

Certification and Engineering Manager, Volvo Cars Australia

David Pickett is the Certification and Engineering Manager at Volvo Cars Australia, managing technical certification for all new Volvo car models introduced into the Australian market.

In his 35-year career with Volvo, David has been at the forefront of introducing the company’s major technological and safety innovations to Australian car buyers, including rollover protection systems, Blind Spot Information Systems and the City Safety auto-braking system.

As well advising several industry bodies on vehicle safety, David is deeply involved with Volvo’s push into autonomous driving (AD), the next generation of vehicle technology. He has been part of several trials and demonstrations, most notably in Adelaide in 2015 when Volvo supported Australia’s first-ever trial of AD by the South Australian government, using Volvo XC90s on the Southern Expressway.

Professor Eduardo Nebot

Professor, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Sydney

Eduardo Nebot is a professor at the University of Sydney in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. He was appointed as the Patrick Chair in Automation and Logistics in 2004, and is also the Director of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
Eduardo has a substantial track record in robotics and automation, especially autonomous systems, navigation, mining safety and intelligent transport systems. His major research contributions include industry collaborative research projects in field robotics, which are now part of new key autonomous technologies deployed in various industrial environments such as mining, stevedoring, cargo handling and urban road vehicles. He is currently leading various industry collaborative research projects in driverless vehicles with Ford US, Renault France and Applied EV Australia.

Matt Morgan

Project Manager, Sydney Motorway Corporation

Matt Morgan is a Project Manager at Sydney Motorway Corporation with a passion for work health and safety, planning and constructability innovation. Matt has been a part of the WestConnex Project since mid-2014, seeing the project progress from concept design, through the procurement phase and into the design and construction phase. He has previously been a consultant with Evans & Peck (now Advisian) and has worked for almost a decade with Tier 1 Contractors Baulderstone (now Lend Lease Engineering) and Leightons (now CPB Contractors) on a variety of large civil infrastructure projects.

Richard Johnson AO

Honorary Professor, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW

Richard Johnson graduated with first-class honours in architecture from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 1969, and later completed a Master of Philosophy in Town Planning at University College, London. He was awarded the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 2008 and was made a Life Fellow in 2012. He was also made a Life Governor of the Art Gallery of NSW in 2012, and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from UNSW in 2013.
Richard was admitted to the Order of Australia in 2014 for distinguished services to architecture, the visual arts and the museums and galleries sector. He is currently is an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW. He serves on the City of Sydney Design Advisory Panel and the Public Art Advisory Panel.

Jock Gammon

Managing Director, Junglefy; Joint Venture Project Director, Sydney Light Rail, ACCIONA

Jock Gammon is the managing director of living infrastructure company Junglefy. Having trained as a horticulturist with studies in environmental science, Jock loves plants and understands their power to make cities more liveable. At Junglefy, he works with clients to deliver innovative and low-risk living infrastructure projects.
Jock pioneered the award-winning Junglefy Breathing Wall, an active plant system scientifically proven to accelerate the removal of air pollutants, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter. He challenges the status quo through investing in the science and research behind the Breathing Wall and other technologies, and is passionate about using living infrastructure to create better places for people

He is passionate about health, safety, environment and quality (HSEQ), and strives to engender a strong safety culture in all his projects, especially the ‘safety first’ and ‘right first time’ principles. Elliott has worked on the Sydney Light Rail project, the Melbourne-based Regional Rail Link Alliance, the Leeds 1st remodelling project, and the Heathrow Terminal 5 and East London Line projects. He is currently the Joint Venture Project Director, Sydney Light Rail, at ACCIONA Infrastructure Australia.

Abhi Datta

Project Controls Manager, WestConnex Program of Works, Sydney Motorway Corporation

Abhi Datta is the Project Controls Manager for the WestConnex Program of Works on behalf of the Sydney Motorway Corporation. He has over 15 years’ experience on mega-projects and has established risk-based contingency frameworks for major capital projects in the oil, gas, mining and infrastructure sectors. He specialises in mega-project system establishment and setup.
Abhi is a civil engineer and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales.

Terry Chapman

Project Director, M4 Widening and M4 East, Sydney Motorway Corporation

Terry Chapman is the Project Director, M4 Widening and M4 East at Sydney Motorway Corporation. He has more than 36 years’ experience in project management in the engineering and construction sectors, including natural resources, power transmission, rail transport, road and rail tunnelling, and communication.
He has been involved in electrical and mechanical design and supply, installing and commissioning many of Australia’s road and rail tunnels, primarily with Alstom Australia and UGL Limited. Terry has worked on major projects including the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Eastern Distributor, Epping to Chatswood rail, M5 East, and the Lane Cove Tunnel, as well as tunnels in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Glenn Bentley

CEO, ALTRAC Light Rail Consortium

Glenn Bentley has been the chief executive officer of the ALTRAC Light Rail Consortium since 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (first-class honours) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Over his 30-year career, Glenn has successfully created and led large teams in the delivery of complex linear rail infrastructure projects, in the both public and private sectors, in Australia and internationally. These include project director roles for Transport for NSW in the delivery of the $2 billion Rail Clearways Program and the $1 billion Northern Sydney Freight Corridor program.
Glenn previously spent 10 years in the rail division of Barclay Mowlem (now Laing O’Rourke), working in New South Wales, Victoria, and Hong Kong.

Tim Tompson

Strategic Designer, Axilo

Tim is a strategic designer at Axilo, where he helps organisations renew themselves to stay relevant in an uncertain future.

For the last ten years, Tim has been conceptualising and implementing design practices in complex innovation projects. Starting with his background in design and social science, Tim consulted with organisations such as Deloitte, Medibank and Suncorp. He has since further specialised in business-to-business relationships, utilising system, service and information design to bridge disciplines in Sydney’s urban transportation context.

Tim recently submitted his Ph.D. in the UNSW City Futures Research Centre. His thesis defines a pragmatist perspective of smart city projects. During his doctoral studies, Tim also taught a UTS design-led problem-solving course to mechatronic and mechanical engineering students.

Overall, Tim enjoys seeing people and organisations challenge what they currently hold to be true. He believes that this experimentation with ideas transforms business and society.

Professor Mary-Anne Williams

Distinguished Professor and Director, The Magic Lab, University of Technology Sydney

Mary-Anne Williams is a Distinguished Professor and Director of The Magic Lab at the University of Technology Sydney. An artificial intelligence researcher and roboticist, she holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Sydney and a Master of Laws from the University of Edinburgh. She is listed as one of Robohub’s Top 25 Women in Robotics.

Mary-Anne is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, a Fellow at Stanford University, and co-founder of the AI Policy Hub. The aim of her research is to bring science-fiction into reality through the design of intelligent autonomous technologies that can learn and adapt as they interact, augment and work with people.

Naomi Simpson

Entrepreneur & host of Shark Tank Australia

As one of Australia’s most prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders, Naomi Simson is known as the founding director of online experience retailer RedBalloon. She’s an investor on Network Ten’s popular television series Shark Tank, a business blogger and author and is now co-founder of the newly formed The Big Red Group (BRG) an organisation housing her 4 businesses RedBalloon, Redii, Wrapped and The Huddle.

Dr. Catherine Ball

Scientist, Innovator and Champion of Diversity

Dr. Catherine Ball is an author, founder, and ethics advocate working across global projects where robotics and new technology meet environmental protection.
A sought after voice in industry, Dr. Ball is now working with the application of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) aka drone technology across remote communities, schools, industry, and citizen scientists. Dr. Ball is leading the call for discussions around the ethics of spatial data, and commercial drone operations.

Andrew Boutchard

Infrastructure Development Manager, Lendlease

Angelo Nicolas

Student and author of the book “If”

Angelo is a 16-year-old Australian student, currently in Year 11, preparing for the High School Certificate. He began the ‘IF’ project as a way to broaden his mind and to think deeply about the world. He started working on his book during Year 8. Angelo thoroughly enjoys music, animals, physics, books, tennis, and the broader world through nature, science, technology, and history. He has studied music and the violin for ten years, and has enjoyed the piano along the way; composing pieces for both instruments. His book, called 'IF' is 186 pages. It invites reader to consider what would happen if some things were different. How would we survive if certain animals or insects were to disappear? What would happen to the world’s economy if all poor nations were to join the developed world? What would our population-level be now, if those who died in the various wars were to have lived? These and many other questions make readers wonder if humans would be better off, or worse off, if specific aspects of our world were to be slightly different. Angelo's book takes readers on a journey of discovery that could amaze and alarm.

Brendan Hopper

General Manager, Cyber Security Centre, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Brendan Hopper is the General Manager of the Commonwealth Bank’s Cyber Security Centre, which works around the clock to actively defend customers and vital bank infrastructure from cyber threats. Prior to this, Brendan lead the Group's Cyber Architecture, Secure Coding and Penetration Testing practice, and originally started his career in Cyber Security focusing on vulnerability research. Brendan is also actively involved in fostering the next generation of cyber experts within the Sec.EDU program, and has been doing cyber security curriculum design, course creation, and lecturing at the University of New South Wales since 2009.

Craig Laslett

FIEAust CPEng EngExec, Managing Director, Lendlease Engineering

David McCracken

Development Advisor, Barangaroo Delivery Authority

Denis Goggin

Senior Associate, Robert Bird Group

Denis Goggin is the Structural Project Engineer from Robert Bird Group for the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort project and is responsible for the design and delivery of the base building. Denis has been working on the project for over 4 years and has been involved in the design development, detailed design and delivery of the superstructure in particular. Denis has over 10 years' experience in the industry over a variety of sectors including residential, healthcare and educational. Since joining Robert Bird Group 4 years ago Denis has worked on projects such as Blacktown hospital and the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Precinct Development in UNSW.

Hugh Durrant-Whyte

NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer

Hugh Durrant-Whyte is NSW State Chief Scientist and Engineer. From 2016-18, he was Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence. From 2014-16 and from 2002-2010, he was a Professor and ARC Federation Fellow at the University of Sydney. From 2010-2014, he was CEO of National ICT Australia (NICTA), and from 1995-2010 Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR). Hugh is a world-leading authority on machine learning and robotics, and its application in areas including cargo handling, mining and defence. He has published over 300 research papers, graduated over 70 PhD students, and has won numerous awards and prizes for his work, including being named 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year. In his career he has worked with many major companies, has co-founded three successful start-up companies, and has won many awards including being named 2008 Engineers Australia NSW Engineer of the Year. He is particularly well known for his work with Patrick in delivering the automated container terminals in Brisbane and Port Botany, and for his work with Rio Tinto in pioneering the delivering the automated “Mine of the Future”. He is an honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia (HonFIEAus), a Fellow of the IEEE (FIEEE), Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS).

Guy Langlois

Pre-Sales Manager, Thinxtra

Ian Cashen

Director of Building, Sydney Opera House

John O’Sullivan


Johnathon Earley

HMAS Adelaide

Julian Day

Founder and CEO, Consensus Group

Known as “Mr Innovation”, Julian (Jolly) Day has a passion for Innovation and has worked in IT since 1978. In the last 20 years, his company Consensus has conducted in excess of 1,000 evaluations of locally designed and developed innovative solutions. With a huge “brains’ trust” of over 160 Judges, Consensus Awards are the World’s Most Successful Awards Program, with 90% of Winners going on to become world-wide success stories.

Jolly is an author, visionary, mentor and seasoned project manager, having delivered in excess of 200 projects including several compliance projects in Banking & Finance, Government, IT, retail, Distribution, NFPs and small-sized businesses. His speciality is “making a difference” and is involved in some major charitable causes, including being the Founder of Waterline Challenge®.

Elizabeth Williams

Research Fellow, 3A Institute

Dr Elizabeth Williams is a Research Fellow at the 3A Institute at Australian National University (ANU). She completed her PhD in experimental nuclear structure at Yale University in December 2009, did postdoctoral work in fundamental and applied nuclear physics at Yale and CSIRO, and joined the ANU in 2012, where she held an ARC DECRA fellowship. She has created and used cyber-physical systems to carry out her research in nuclear science, and has always had a fascination with how complex systems come together in a human context. Her passion for research impact and the responsibilities that researchers have to imagine the context in which their research will be used led her to the 3A Institute, where she is currently working on creating a new applied science in the management of data, artificial intelligence, and cyber-physical systems.

Louise Herron AM

CEO, Sydney Opera House

Michael McAllum

Chief Steward, Centre for the Future Academy and Director, Global Foresight

Michael McAllum is an internationally recognised speaker, author and facilitator-consultant who was instrumental in defining the concept of strategic foresight. As a macrohistorian (or specialist in the evolution of large scale social systems) his focus is on designing better futures, as the world transitions from a mechanistic and centralized 20th century, to a networked and collaborative society. Michael is the Chief Steward of the Center for the Future Academy which brings together transdisciplinary scholars from across the globe who are interested in narratives of the next social system; a Director of the international consultancy Hames McGregor & Partners; a foundation member of the Association of Professional Futurists and a member of the Oxford Forum for the Future.

Lee “Mickey” Clemon

Lecturer, UTS School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, FEIT

Julie Mikhail

Chemical Engineer and President, Sydney Division, Engineers Australia

Julie, founder of Engineering Business Pty Ltd, is an engineer with more than 17 years' experience in the public sector working on Defence projects including major acquisitions and long-term sustainment contracts. She is experienced in managing large technical teams in effective project delivery and has the insider knowledge on government procurement processes. While working for Defence, Julie managed the sustainment of Navy’s communication systems which included upgrades to secure communication systems, maritime distress signaling systems and the installation of satellite TV across the Naval fleet. As a result of outstanding management and leadership Julie was awarded a CEO Commendation and the Australia Day Medallion in 2009.

Over her time at Defence, Julie has issued numerous tenders to industry, evaluated them and debriefed unsuccessful tenderers on the failures of their bids. This has sparked the desire to assist companies that are technically capable but don’t have the resources or knowledge to bid successfully on government tenders and as such open up a whole new world of opportunities to them. To build on this desire, Julie started her own company Engineering Business Pty Ltd in 2016, to work with Small to Medium Enterprises developing capability and assisting them in their bidding process to bid and win on government tenders. Engineering Business also works with larger firms who’ve had little to no exposure in government tendering. Since start up, 2 years ago, Engineering Business has held a 90% success rate in achieving contract signature for clients both SMEs and large corporates across various government departments.

Julie also is actively involved with Engineers Australia (EA), and currently holds the position of President of Engineers Australia Sydney Division. This role leads a committee that represents the EA members in ensuring the engineering profession is recognised, maintains its standards and continues in its aims to provide benefit to the wider community. Julie has also led the Women in Engineering Group over a period of four years and represents EA on its Congress.

Julie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering, Master's Degree in Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering), a Certificate IV in Government Procurement and is a Fellow and Chartered Engineer of Engineers Australia.

Lieutenant Colonel Keirin Joyce

CSC, Program Manager, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Australian Army

Lieutenant Joyce is an Australian Defence Force Academy graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering. LTCOL Joyce has spent the last 13 years in support of the Army Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) capability including deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. LTCOL Joyce is a Chartered Professional Engineer, holds a Masters in Aviation Management (specialising in Human Factors), a Masters of Aerospace Engineering, a Masters in Military and Defence Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (Mathematics) and he is currently researching part time as a Doctorate of Philosophy student through ADFA. LTCOL Joyce is the Australian Army UAS Sub-Program Manager responsible for all Australian Army UAS activities.