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Wong Heang Fine

Surbana Jurong & SMEC | International Keynote (Singapore)

Sustainability in Aviation Infrastructure Projects; Tomorrow’s here today.

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    Mr Wong Heang Fine is the Group CEO of Surbana Jurong. He has held key leadership positions across a number of industries over the last 35 years. Most recently, he was the CEO of CapitaLand Residential Singapore and CapitaLand GCC Holdings. Prior to this, he was President and CEO of SembCorp Engineers and Constructors. He started his career at the Singapore Economic Development Board.
     
    Mr Wong is a Board Director of SMEC and AETOS and Chairman of Sino-Sun. He is also a Board Member of the Building and Construction Authority, an agency under Singapore’s Ministry of National Development that regulates Singapore’s building and construction industry. Mr Wong is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. He is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of the World Green Building Council, and  was President of the Real Estate Developer’s Association of Singapore from 2011 to 2012.
     
    He has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds, England and an MSc in Engineering Production and Management from the University of Birmingham, England.
     

Amanda Yeates

Department of Transport and Main Roads (QLD) | Keynote
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    As Deputy Director-General, Infrastructure Management and Delivery, Amanda oversees the delivery of the integrated program of infrastructure projects and the maintenance and operation of the state controlled road network. This includes delivery of Transport and Main Roads’ (TMR) record $23 billion program of works over four years.

    Amanda was appointed to the Deputy Director-General role and the Executive Leadership Team in July 2018. Prior to this appointment, Amanda held the positions of General Manager (Program Delivery and Operations), General Manager (Integrated Transport Planning), Deputy Regional Director (Metropolitan Region), and Regional Director (North Coast and Wide Bay Burnett). As Deputy Director-General, Infrastructure Management and Delivery, Amanda also provides leadership and direction to the four branches – Engineering and Technology, Program Delivery and Operations, RoadTek and New Generation Rollingstock. Amanda is a passionate advocate and supporter of workforce diversity and is committed to fostering an environment and culture that supports a vibrant, diverse, collaborative, safe, rewarding and high-performing workplace. As Chair of the TMR Safety, Health and Wellbeing Governance Committee, Amanda is dedicated to the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of all staff across the department.  

Corey Hannett

Major Transport Infrastructure Authority | Keynote
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    Corey has been Victoria’s Director‐General overseeing its massive pipeline of transport infrastructure projects since 2014.  

    As head of MTIA, he is responsible for the delivery of some of Australia’s largest transport projects, including the North East Link road tunnel, Metro rail tunnel, West Gate road tunnel and the removal of 75 of Melbourne’s most dangerous and congested level crossings. As well as these mega‐projects, MTIA is upgrading every regional passenger line in Victoria, planning for a rail link to Melbourne Airport, delivering the Western Rail Plan including fast rail to Geelong and Ballarat and upgrading roads across suburban and regional Victoria. Corey’s portfolio of projects currently under construction, or in planning, is $57 billion.

    Corey is a driven and motivating leader, with more than 25 years’ experience in construction including 15 years in the public sector. He was previously Chief Executive of the Regional Rail Link Authority which delivered the largest rail project in Victoria for almost a century, and earlier in his career worked with Boral Resources and Baulderstone Hornibrook on large‐scale road projects. 

Brandi Hudson

Independent Maori Statutory Board | International Keynote (New Zealand)

Integrating Indigenous values into the Built Environment to show respect and regard for the first peoples of the land.

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    Brandi Hudson is the CEO of the Independent Māori Statutory Board where she works alongside the executive leadership of the Auckland Mayoral office and Auckland Council.

    She is passionate about her 3 tamariki, education, health, sport and Māori development.

    Brandi holds tertiary qualifications in education and is a member of the Institute of Directors. Her career experience spans across economic and community development sectors, health and sports, and Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

    Brandi is skilled in governance, executive management, strategic planning, project management and public speaking. Throughout her work she is committed to collaboration, cooperation and partnerships to achieve positive outcomes that benefit all.

Nicole Lockwood

Westport | ISAP Keynote

A new port: securing WA’s future prosperity.

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    Nicole is the Independent Chair of the Westport Taskforce charged with planning the infrastructure to drive the freight future of WA’s South West for the next 50 years and beyond. She is the Chair of the Freight and Logistics Council of WA and a member of the Boards of the Water Corporation and Infrastructure Australia. She Chairs MNG Surveying and the Sienna Wood JV and is the Deputy Chair of Leadership WA.
     
    With a background in law and regional economic development, Nicole works with government and the private sector to develop long-term infrastructure plans to secure the future prosperity and livability of our cities.
     

Maisie Auld

Edge | ISAP Keynote

Cost Benefit Analysis of Sustainability

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    Maisie is an Environmental Economist at Edge Environment. She has 6 years of experience in environmental economics, climate change resilience and sustainability advisory in the United States of America, Peru and Australia. As an environmental economist, Maisie provides specialist technical input to feasibility studies, cost-benefit analyses, multi-criteria analyses, economic modelling and decision-making support. 

    Maisie has applied her core skill of environmental economics across a wide range of projects and sectors including property, coastal adaptation and land-use planning, transport and maritime infrastructure, agriculture, forestry and biodiversity. She has significant experience examining and quantifying social, economic and environmental impacts and is highly skilled in analysis with strong modelling capabilities and communication skills. Her work has resulted in economic analyses and business cases with clear action plans for organisations.

Richard Boele

KPMG Banarra | ISAP Keynote

How strategic are social risks for infrastructure?

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    Richard is the Lead Partner of KPMG Banarra, KPMG’s first dedicated human rights and social impact advisory team. Through his work with property, financial services, FMCG, retail and mining companies such as Stockland, Event Hospitality, Lend Lease, Dexus, Macquarie Group, Westpac, Bunnings, Coles, Wesfarmers, Woolworths and BHP, Richard offers over 20 years of experience in advising on and helping companies manage their human rights and social risks, including in relation to complex operating contexts.

    His particular strengths are engaging senior corporate leaders on strategic human rights and social risks, and asking the challenging but important questions that lead to many an executive’s career “ah-ha” moment.

    Richard is a former Director of the UN Global Compact Network Australia. He is a Visiting Fellow on social impact at Macquarie University and Industry Fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at University of Queensland. He is widely published and a regular speaker at conferences.

Simone Concha

Western Sydney Airport | Keynote

A “green-field” Airport.

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    Specialising in Ecologically Sustainable Design and Corporate Social Responsibility, over Simone's 18 year career, she has experienced the entire building lifecycle (plan, design, construct, operate). Most of her career has been in the property sector and has recently joined the infrastructure sector to help build a thriving, sustainable Western Sydney Airport. Growing up on a farm in Central Western NSW, her passion for sustainability and nature stems from her upbringing. 

Sue Robinson

Transport for NSW | ISAP Keynote

Building capacity through the Innovation of an ISCA Delivery Framework and Contractors Toolkit

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    Sue is an urban planning and sustainability expert with 30 years’ experience having worked as a senior executive in both the public and private sectors in NSW and Victoria. Sue was previously CEO of the Urban Taskforce Australia, a peak industry organisation representing environment.

    At Transport for NSW Sue leads a combined team of sustainability and planning professionals working on major transport infrastructure projects and transport the property development sector where she drove sustainability outcomes for the built precincts. In this role, Sue has delivered a systematic change process within Transport for NSW to embed sustainability and planning from the strategic business case planning stage onwards through the asset life cycle of design, procurement, delivery, commissioning and operation of transport infrastructure projects.  

    Sue leads initiatives across the NSW transport cluster to address the significant challenges to meet the government mandated net zero emission target by 2050 to ensure a more sustainable future.  As Chair of the TfNSW Sustainability Research Hub, Sue’s work also involves research partnerships which address innovative sustainability outcomes.

Dominic Leonard

Transport for NSW | Future of Transport Session

How transport strategy helps to deliver an EV Charging Network

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    Dominic is a Charted Civil Engineer with 20 years international experience in the UK, United Arab Emirates, Libya, and Australia.  He has worked on numerous award winning projects and has experience that includes Masdar City, a sustainable city located in the United Arab Emirates.   Dominic is an advocate of sustainable design and, as a former Asia Pacific Management Systems Regional Manager, Dominic has promoted the use of sustainable design across the region.  Now working for TfNSW’s Infrastructure Delivery team, he is heavily involved in the deployment of Electric Charging stations within NSW Commuter Car Parks.

Mitchell Price

Lime | Future Of Transport Session

The First to 100 Million Rides

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    Mitchell is a passionate leader who is committed to micromobility. After serving as the Chief of Staff to an Australian Member of Parliament, he earned an impressive reputation across Government and among stakeholders. Mitchell has more than 10 years’ experience in communications, stakeholder and government relations. Mitchell is enthusiastic about improving cities by unlocking first and last mile solutions, as well as reshaping urban communities.

Andrew Moore

AMSL Aero | Future of Transport Session

Aerospace Future – The New Electric Aircraft with vertical take off and landing to take to the skies over the next decade.

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     Andrew Moore is the inventor and founder of Vertiia, an electric Vertical Take Off and Landing aircraft, and the future of transport. Andrew completed his Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (1st Class Honors) at the University of New South Wales. Andrew has over 20 years of experience in aerospace engineering, project management and business development. Most recently Andrew was Chief Engineer for the design and build of a 5 seat Helicopter. He previously held senior engineering leadership and project management roles with Yamaha, Raytheon, Total Aerospace Solutions and the Australian Navy. Andrew brings a passion for fast and efficient urban mobility.

Wes Johnston

John Holland | Regional Investment In Communities

Murray Bridge Wastewater Infrastructure Delivers Long Lasting Social Benefits for a Regional Community

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    Wes is an accomplished Project Manager with 30 years of extensive experience across multiple industry sectors, working on large and complex projects covering civil, marine, water and structural mechanical process projects in various sectors of the industry.

    He has proven strategic insight producing management and engineering design solutions from concept to fruition to issues of quality, productivity and safety. Strong effective communications, a professional and motivational leadership style, with a focus on building high performance teams. Wes demonstrates a clear and pro-active focus on delivering projects on-time, on budget and incident free, and is conscientious in working with clients to deliver a win-win outcome.

    Wes is a recipient of numerous awards including the Engineers Australia Bradfield Award and voted one of Engineers Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers.

Rebecca Pickering

ARTC | Regional Investment In Communities

Getting Regions Ready for Inland Rail and Beyond

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    Rebecca is responsible for leading Inland Rail’s community and stakeholder engagement, and property access and acquisition functions, and directing the Program’s environmental and social management area. Her remit covers Inland Rail’s entire 1,700km alignment comprising 13 individual projects across 37 local government areas in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

    A Chemical Engineer by background, Rebecca’s extensive experience was honed within the energy industry in both the UK and Australia with leadership roles ranging across policy and regulation, strategy and portfolio management, stakeholder relations, gas field operations, safety leadership, and reputation management.
    Before joining ARTC Inland Rail in July 2018 Rebecca was with Origin Energy, where she led the environment, community and land access work during the Queensland coal seam gas fields approvals and development phases.

Dr Jane Inglis

Transport for NSW | Regional Investment In Communities Session

Collaborating with Aboriginal stakeholders for the Regional Rail Fleet Project

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    Jane has been working on the Regional Rail Project since early 2017, and was instrumental to the establishment of a Regional Development and Jobs, Skills and Industry Participation strategy. Jane has worked at Transport for NSW for over five years, and has over 12 years’ experience leading sustainability programs on major projects including North Strathfield Rail Underpass (NSW), East West Link (VIC) and Regional Rail Link (VIC).
     

David Bell

Infrabuild | Innovation & Impacts Workshop

InfraBuild’s Journey To Making Sustainable Steel

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    David Bell is currently the Construction Market Manager for InfraBuild Steel, based in Sydney.
    Working within the Market Development & Innovation Team, his national role is focussed on developing and deploying innovative steel solutions for the Australian construction and infrastructure markets.
    This includes working with project teams to deliver steel outcomes for specific projects as well as the development and deployment of long term initiatives around innovation, sustainability, insight and product solutions.
    David graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Civil/Structural Engineering (Honours) degree and is a current ISAP (Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional) to ISv2.0

Keith Allilomou

Downer | Innovation & Impacts Workshop

Smoother Roads Delivering Fuel Savings

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    Keith Allilomou is an Engineering Manager at Downer. Keith provides leadership, specialist technical knowledge and project management for Downer's new 'Reconomy' division, using the latest in innovation and engineering technology to maximise repurposing and landfill diversion on an industrial scale.
    Beyond delivery of physical projects and upgrades, he also works to identify and leverage new market opportunities for the Reconomy business, from Strategy and Market Analysis through to development of Business Cases and CAPEX proposals.
    Previously, Keith managed energy efficiency, procurement, and general business improvement projects across Downers national Roads business, and is still heavily involved with the national production team.
     

Scott Brusaw

Solar Roadways | Innovation & Impacts Workshop (USA)

Solar Roadways: Intelligent Sustainable Infrastructure

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    Scott Brusaw is the co-founder and inventor of Solar Roadways, along with his wife Julie Brusaw. He is an electrical engineer with 30 years of industry design experience. He creates hardware, firmware, and software, and has designed entire product lines from start to finish.

    He has taken Solar Roadways from concept to product and has just completed the newest model SR4, which will soon be available to the public. He has just completed the company’s third US Department Of Transportation contract and is now helping manufacturers gear up for mass production to meet world- wide demand for Solar Roadways.
     

Dr Jason Nairn

Lendlease | Innovation & Impacts Workshop

Recycled crushed glass in Concrete Pavements undertaken by the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade

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    Jason is a Materials Engineering professional with a passion for the supply and management of construction materials for the building, civil and infrastructure construction industries. He has over twenty years’ experience as a Technical Manager in the construction materials industry having worked across all aspects of this industry from as a supplier, a customer, a consultant and a contractor. His skills include design, production, selection and use of a range of construction materials in a range of applications including heavy manufacturing, building and infrastructure. In particular, he has extensive experience in concrete mix design, manufacture and supply of in-situ, precast and pre-stressed concrete. 

Hans Fuchs

Holcim | Innovation & Impacts Workshop

Towards low carbon concrete

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    Hans Fuchs has been in the construction materials industry of supplying ready-mixed concrete, aggregates and asphalt for over 30 years. He moved away from his home in the UK in 2000 to work in Asia. Since then Hans has held the roles of Managing Director and CEO as he moved through Asia starting in India in 2000, Thailand in 2003, Indonesia in 2004 and India again in 2008. Hans moved to Australia at the start of 2013 and has been working with Holcim Australia as their Executive General Manager of Ready-mix Concrete.

Thirukumaran Jallendran

Norman Disney & Young | Innovation & Impacts Workshop

Sydney Metro – Pioneering Sustainable Timber Project Certification in the Southern Hemisphere

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    Thiru is Norman Disney &Young (NDY)’s Sustainability Lead for New South Wales (NSW) and is responsible for enhancing NDY’s sustainability presence in the Sydney/NSW market. Thiru has overall responsibility for the NSW team performance and reports directly to NDY’s Global Sustainability Group Leader.

    Thiru has a comprehensive understanding of sustainability principles, strategies and implementation across a diverse range of applications. He has worked with consultant, project management, development and construction companies in Australia as well as Internationally in educational, commercial, residential, healthcare, retail and infrastructure sectors. Thiru has in-depth experience in structural design, field supervision, design coordination, project management, sustainability delivery as well as advocacy. He is well-networked within the professional, industrial and sustainability groups in Australia and Asia. Thiru has managed the successful delivery of sustainability ratings and outcomes on state-significant infrastructure projects such as the WestConnex M4 East and the Sydney Metro Northwest. Thiru is an Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional.

Venessa McGrath

Jacobs | Innovation & Impacts Workshop

Realising net zero carbon emissions

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    Vanessa started her careers as a building services engineer working. In 2010 she was awarded a scholarship to study her masters degree across three European universities. This experience ignited her passion for creating a more sustainable world.

    After running sustainability workshops with SMEs in Sweden, Vanessa moved to New Zealand to work for the NZGBC (New Zealand Green Building Council) and the New Zealand central government to introduce NABERS, to the Kiwi market. After managing and teaching NABERSNZ for two years, Vanessa became the Manager of Rating tools at NZGBC and oversaw both the technical and certification processes of Green Star NZ, NABERSNZ and Homestar. Since returning to Australia Vanessa has been working for part time for Jacobs as the Sustainable Building Lead and managing a cattle and sheep farm. 

Michael Steele

Lendlease | Circular Economy Session

How Lendlease Engineering collaborate with different organisations to drive Circular outcomes.

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    As the Regional Environment, Community and Sustainability Manager for Lendlease Engineering, Michael provides Sustainability leadership across operational works in Queensland and the Northern Territory. He focusses on achieving real outcomes on the ground. Across 20 years of experience in the civil infrastructure sector, working in both Australia and Canada, Michael looks to work with clients, stakeholders, partners, designers and local communities to maximise all opportunities of sustainability that present during project delivery. In his current role, he has recently overseen the delivery of the Excellent As Built Rating for the largest IS rated project in Queensland.

Angela Hoefnagels

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning | Circular Economy Session

A Circular Economy policy and action plan for Victoria.

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    Angela Hoefnagels is the Acting Director of Waste and Resource Recovery at the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. She is currently leading the development of a circular economy policy for Victoria. 

    She has over 15 years of public policy experience and is a strong advocate for effective and efficient environment policies. Prior to her role in the Department, Angela led reviews of Australian and international policies and action on climate change for the Climate Change Authority and provided advice to the Australian Government.

    Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from The Australian National University and a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne.
     

Peter Murphy

Alex Fraser | Circular Economy Session

On the road to a Circular Economy.

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    Peter Murphy is the Managing Director of Alex Fraser, Australia’s leading provider of sustainable construction materials including asphalt, aggregates, roadbase and sand. Alex Fraser is one of Australia’s longest running companies; recycling more that 4 million tonnes of material each year, it strives to enable the construction industry to build greener roads. 

    Leading a team of enthusiastic and experienced people, Peter fosters a culture of innovation and best practice. He has a wealth of experience and industry knowledge having compared industry practices throughout Australia, North America, Europe, Asia and the United Arab Emirates. During his 17 years with the company he has overseen the establishment of a network of world class sustainable production facilities. These plants supply recycled materials to construction projects surrounding Melbourne and Brisbane, reducing the carbon footprint of projects by up to 65 per cent. 

    Peter’s background in logistics drives Alex Fraser commitment to reliability, ensuring responsive delivery to its valued customers. He holds tertiary qualifications in commerce, logistics and operations management, and has completed an advanced management program at INSEAD in France.

Alexia Hilbertidou

Girlboss NZ | Social Sustainability Session

Gen Z: Inside the minds

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    Alexia is the founder and CEO of GirlBoss NZ -  a 12,000 strong army of young women who are determined to achieve gender equality in their lifetimes.

    Dismayed by the under representation of women in leadership roles Alexia founded GirlBoss when she was just 16. Encouraging young women to embrace STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), leadership and entrepreneurship, GirlBoss is now New Zealand’s largest organisation for young women. It’s members are shrugging off the statistics and preparing themselves to take their seats at the table - the boardroom table that is.

    At 17, Alexia was the youngest person to lead a research project at the New Zealand Treasury - and at 18 - she was selected to seek new stars and planets on the NASA SOFIA mission.

    She was named the most influential young leader under the age of 25 at the Westpac Women of Influence awards and recently returned from Buckingham Palace where she received the  Queen’s Young Leader medal for services to the commonwealth. She is the youngest Commonwealth citizen to ever receive this honour. 

    Alexia proves that you are never too young (or too short) to be an agitator for change. Alexia’s humble origins and incredible journey make her a positive and relatable role model for young women from every corner of New Zealand.

Greg George

Australian Business and Community Network | Social Sustainability Session

Building student success through mentoring

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    Greg George is the Regional Manager at the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN), a group of 40 leading Australian corporations and almost 200 low socio-economic schools. ABCN enables volunteers from member companies to deliver business-oriented mentoring and workplace experiences to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Part of the executive team, Greg is responsible for program delivery across VIC, QLD, SA, TAS and WA.  He has a BA and also an MBA from Melbourne Business School.  Prior to joining ABCN in 2018 he spent more than 25 years in senior corporate and commercial roles across a number of different industries including sports, technology and finance. He has brought this wealth of experience to ABCN and is passionate about providing positive work place experiences for all students to inspire them to achieve more than they thought possible.
     

Tanya Ramm

Metro Tunnel Project | Social Sustainability Session

Building student success through mentoring

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    Tanya is a strong environmental and sustainability leader who has proven experience in establishing teams to deliver optimal outcomes.  She has over 20 years of experience in environment and sustainability roles delivering major projects across Australia.  Tanya is the Sustainability Manager for the CYP Design & Construction Joint Venture delivering the Metro Tunnel Project’s Tunnels and Stations package, and leads a team of experienced sustainability professionals across both design and construction. Tanya's drive to implement sustainable solutions within infrastructure project delivery is highly regarded amongst her peers and across industry. 
     

Michael Combs

Career Trackers | Social Sustainability Session

Tap the pool, sustain your business!

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    Michael Combs is the Founder & CEO of CareerTrackers and CareerSeekers - two social enterprises that he established in pursuit of heightened social mobility for Indigenous Australians and Refugees. Combs is recognised for his pragmatic approach to solving social issues. He has been included in the 'True Leaders' list by the Australian Financial Review, was the inaugural recipient in the Westpac Community Leaders Awards for his role in social entrepreneurship and is frequently called upon to voice his opinion on using employment and social enterprise as a vehicle for social change.

    In his youth he was a Gates Millennium Scholar and at the age of 20 was awarded the United States Congressional Medal of Service for his work to champion diversity and inclusion in the education and the community. In 2018 Michael was invited to the United Nations in Geneva to present the work of CareerTrackers and CareerSeekers as a model of best practice for securing the employment of underrepresented minorities.
     

Steve Webster

Watercare NZ | Carbon Neutrality Session

40:20:20 - a vision for sustainability in the delivery of infrastructure.

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    Steve Webster is a civil engineer with more than 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles, predominantly in the infrastructure sectors in New Zealand and Australia, delivering projects and maintenance services to government, local authority and private asset owners.

    He was appointed Watercare’s General Manager – Infrastructure Delivery in May 2015 and then appointed Chief Infrastructure Officer in January 2018. Steve is responsible for Watercare’s delivery of infrastructure projects from servicing strategies, through planning to construction and for supporting external developer services to enable growth in Auckland. Steve is the executive sponsor for Watercare’s Climate Change and Adaptation Strategy.
     

Cathy Chesson

Mott MacDonald | Carbon Neutrality Session

Mott MacDonald is committed to a 25% carbon reduction target for 2021 based on our 2016 baseline. What comes next?

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    Cathy is the Australia and New Zealand Infrastructure Sustainability Lead for Mott MacDonald.  She has over 20 years’ experience in sustainability and environmental aspects in the transport infrastructure sector.  She led the first Design and As-built rating in South Australia and has continued her IS journey in both technical advisory and assessor roles.  
     
     

Dr Donovan Storey

Global Green Growth Institute | Carbon Neutrality Session

Greening the Infrastructure Gap for a Carbon Neutral Future

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    Dr Donovan Storey is currently Deputy Director and Urban Lead – Green Cities, at the Global Green Growth Institute, Seoul. In this role he leads the Global Green Cities Team and works with 33 country teams and key stakeholders to identify green city projects related to the built environment, waste management, urban planning, sustainable mobility, and resource efficiency in cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    Previous to his current position he worked for six years at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok, first as Chief of Social Policy and Population and then as Chief of the Sustainable Urban Development Section. Prior to the United Nations Donovan was a researcher and academic specializing in development management, urban planning, and sustainable development, including appointment as Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland.

    Donovan has led projects related to urban planning and infrastructure governance, environmental management, waste to resource & circular economies, urban resilience, social inclusion, and sustainable development for the Asian Development Bank, UN-Habitat, Oxfam, AusAID, NZAID, The Commonwealth and the private sector. He has a PhD in Development Studies and degrees in History and Political Science and has published extensively, most recently on planning for low carbon cities, green infrastructure, waste management and density. Donovan is a Member of the Planning Institute of Australia (MPIA), International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and was Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Queensland from 2015-2018.
     

Bob Gordon

Nando's | Outside Looking In Session

How Nando’s are improving their practices by putting business purpose at the centre of everything they do.

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    Bob has worked in sustainability in the retail and hospitality sector for over 15 years. He has led Nando’s sustainability agenda for 7 years, both in the UK and more recently in Australia. Prior to that he has worked in policy, research and campaign groups on environmental and social issues in the UK.   
     
    Nando’s is striving to improve its impact in the world, having recently adopted the global purpose statement ‘Changing Lives, Together’. The strategy to achieve this ambition is to drive a culture of purpose, which changes mindsets and ultimately improves both environmental sustainability and social impact.

Elke Lindner

Toyota | Outside Looking In Session

Toyota Environment Challenge 2050.

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    Elke Lindner, Sustainability and Environment Manager at Toyota Australia since 2015, leads the strategic pathway towards the global Toyota Environment Challenge 2050 of:
    1. Achieving zero emissions; and
    2. Developing a recycling-based society.
    With a Master in Social Science (Environment and Planning, RMIT) and qualifications including Green Star and Infrastructure Sustainability, Elke has been identifying and implementing sustainability initiatives with all levels of Government and industry for over 15 years. Prior to her sustainability calling, Elke worked across all levels of the IT industry.
     

Alessia Verderio

THE ICONIC | Outside Looking In Session

THE ICONIC’s journey to make a positive impact through its own operations, and the importance of stakeholders and customers engagement.

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    Alessia Verderio has a strong retail background with 8 years of experience in understanding and managing this sector’s major environmental impacts. Alessia has previously worked for the leather-goods brand Bottega Veneta (Kering Group) in Milan and more recently for David Jones, before joining THE ICONIC as Environment Manager.

    THE ICONIC’s core value is customer liberation and being a responsible business is key piece of this commitment towards our customers. From working conditions in the supply chain and community issues, to the environmental impacts of our packaging and transporting orders to customers, our responsibility is multifaceted, and each of these facets are equally important and built in our approach to Sustainability. 

Dr Kate Ringvall

IKEA | Outside Looking In Session

Business opportunity, consumer problems and solutions, and how IKEA are giving furniture a second chance.

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    Dr Kate Ringvall is no stranger to the infrastructure space, having previously worked in sustainable transport planning and has a passion for sustainable cities. Kate has over 20 years experience in sustainability, and is the Country Sustainability Leader for IKEA Australia.
     
    IKEA have the ambitious goal to become a fully circular business by 2030 – that means zero waste, being powered by 100% renewable energy, ensuring zero emissions from home deliveries from home deliveries, and reducing staff and customer travel emissions by 50%.
     
    Kate will tackle the business opportunity, consumer problems and solutions, and how IKEA are giving furniture a second chance.

Struan Collins

John Holland | Implementing New Materials into Projects Session
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    As General Manager Operations at John Holland, Struan oversees all infrastructure projects in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.  He has over 20 years’ construction industry experience.  Struan has held project-based and senior management roles across a broad range of sectors including roads, rail, airport, ports, bridges, power stations, water treatment and sewage plants and mining infrastructure.
     

Ingrid Segovia

Transport for NSW | Implementing New Materials into Projects Session
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    Ingrid has over 15 year’s experience in sustainability ranging from sustainability education, implementation of sustainability initiatives and innovation across different transport modes. Ingrid is currently leading a cross-cluster sustainable concrete working group exploring opportunities to trial and implement sustainable concrete options on TfNSW projects.

    She believes in challenging the way we do things to create opportunities for new ways of working. Her passion for sustainability extends beyond her work life and sees her involved in a number of community initiatives and volunteer groups.

Alexia Davidson

Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) | Implementing New Materials into Projects Session
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    Alexis has a career in infrastructure that spans more than 20 years. Her contribution and service to the industry is wide-reaching across both Australia and the United Kingdom. With the establishment of the Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV), Alexis was promoted to her most complex role to-date, Director, Program Services and
    Engineering. On top of her outstanding contribution to the infrastructure industry at MRPV, Alexis acts as a formal and informal mentor to young and established women engineers across the Victorian Government transport sector.
     

Matt Genever

Sustainability Victoria | Implementing New Materials into Projects Session
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    Matt Genever is Director of Resource Recovery at Sustainability Victoria, a statutory agency that seeks to promote the sustainable use of resources. Matt has spent more than 17 years working across the waste and resource recovery sector, in government, industry and not-for-profit roles. A recognised leader in the sector, Matt brings knowledge across a broad range of waste and recycling issues, from policy and regulation, through technology, materials efficiency and markets for waste-derived commodities.
     

Stephen Foster

UNSW | Implementing New Materials into Projects Session
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    He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Honorary Member of the Concrete Institute of Australia, Honorary life member of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib), a member Australian Standards Committee BD2, Chairman of sub-committee BD2/1 “Strength”, BD2/6 “Fibre Reinforced Concrete” and BD2/9 “Geopolymer Concrete”. He is elected Deputy Chair of the Technical Council of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib).

    Dr Foster has over 350 publications in the field of structural concrete, with textbooks on Reinforced Concrete and Prestressed Concrete. His main interest is in delivering of new engineered materials and technologies to practice.

Andrew Papacostas

VicRoads | Implementing New Materials into Projects Session
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    Andrew has over 30 years’ experience as a civil engineer in the road building and maintenance industry, 25 years of which have been specialising in road pavement technology. Currently in his role as the VicRoads Principal Advisor – Pavement, Geotech. & Materials he is responsible for providing the Department of Transport (DoT) with technical advice relating to pavement technology issues including the development of technical specifications and standards. Andrew also represents the DoT nationally through Austroads and is involved in various national research projects.

Glenn Hedges

EIC Activities | Power Half Hour Session

Cost Benefit Analysis on T2T

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    Glenn is a Principal with CIMIC Group’s EIC Activities and is passionate about creating value from infrastructure sustainability.  He was ISCA’s co-founder and its first Company Secretary, and today supports ISCA in many ways such as being one of their verifiers, a member of the Technical Advisory Panel, and co-chair of the Contractor Working Group.  His day job comprises providing support to CPB and UGL corporate, tender and project teams to plan and achieve sustainability outcomes efficiently, capturing and sharing learnings within the Group, and working with suppliers and subcontractors to promote and accelerate new products and services into the market.
     

Kat O'Mara

CMDRKAT Consulting | Power Half Hour Session

Lessons Learnt ISv2.0 Planning

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    Kat is one of Australia’s leading infrastructure sustainability professionals, been recognised as the inaugural winner of the Leadership in Infrastructure Sustainability Award by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) in 2014.

    Her almost unique combination of experience in resource management, particularly energy and materials, along with her extensive community and stakeholder engagement experience – both spanning more than 20 years, provide her with a detailed understanding of both environmental and social aspects of sustainability.

    Kat has worked with ISCA for almost 10 years, as both a verifier for projects seeking a rating and to deliver training for individuals seeking to become Accredited Professionals. She also has extensive experience in integrating sustainability into projects, including leading registered ratings and projects using sustainability frameworks to benchmark performance outside of formal ratings.
     

Ben Mason

Frontier Economics | Power Half Hour Session

Using economics as a decision making tool

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    Ben Mason is an economist based in Frontier Economics’ Melbourne office. Ben regularly works on research and thought leadership in the field of infrastructure economics. This has included developing guidelines for the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia and Infrastructure NSW. In 2018, Ben's contribution to economics was recognised when he won Economic Development Australia's Rising Star Leadership Award.
     

Amy Elkington

GHD | Power Half Hour Session

Benefits of Using ISv2.0 Planning

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    Amy has been in the environmental and sustainability field for the last eleven years, as a consultant at GHD. Majority of her career has focused on large infrastructure projects in WA and the Cocos (Keeling) and Christmas Islands. Notable projects include the Rumah Baru Freight and Passenger Facility, New Perth Bunbury Highway, Mandurah Entrance Road, Great Eastern Highway Upgrade, Gateway WA Perth Airport and Freight Access Project and Forrestfield Airport Link. Amy is currently involved in the planning study for Bunbury Outer Ring Road, where she is the Sustainability Manager, and is a main member of the team delivering the outcomes of the independent MCA for Westport. She is also a verifier for IS Ratings, and is the co-chair of the ISCA WA Working Group.

Charlotte Wang

Edge Environment | Power Half Hour Session

Rating Tracking System

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    Charlotte is a Sustainability Consultant at Edge. Charlotte has 3y ears’ experience in sustainability modelling and strategy, particularly in the development of quantified models to support decision-making in a sustainability context. Charlotte led the development of the Holcim ViroDecsTM EPD within Edge and has delivered ISCA modelling and support on Newcastle Light Rail, Sydney Metro North West, Northern Beaches Hospital Upgrade, M1 M3 Upgrade, ACT Healthy Waterways and Parkes to Narromine (P2N) Inland Rail.
     

Dale Thomas

Downer | Power Half Hour Session

Tasmania North West - Operations Rating

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    Dale Thomas is an ISAP currently providing environmental and sustainability leadership, specialist technical knowledge and project management for all of Downer’s road maintenance contracts and road services assets for the East Coast of Australia. Dale is particularly passionate about social engagement, energy efficiency and emission reductions, and is currently leading the first ISCA rating in Tasmania.
     

Bo Christensen

WPA | Power Half Hour Session

Innovation in a Rating

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    Bo has more than 20 years of sustainability experience across commercial building and design, commercial fit out, online education, energy efficiency research and implementations, logistics and supply chain and innovation as well as infrastructure. A passionate advocate for new and innovative business practices, disruptive technologies and making connections between stakeholders to create a new and better future.  
     

Patrick Illot

Perspektiv | Power Half Hour Session

ISAPs from the Future

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    Award winning sustainability professional with over 18 years’ experience delivering successful outcomes on large infrastructure and building projects . My mission is to facilitate big positive outcomes for business, the environment and society.