The Hon. Angus Taylor MP

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation

Australian Federal Government


Frans-Anton Vermast

Senior Strategy Advisor for Low Carbon and Connected Urban Planning

Amsterdam Smart City

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He is an expert in searching for the opportunities of novel appliances and services that make cities a more habitable place for it’s citizens where it is pleasant to live, work and play.
Furthermore, he specialises in developing Smart Cities as open and user centric platforms as well as holistic and cross silo approaches through collaborative bottom up approaches and citizens engagement. Apart from best and next practises Mr Vermast is not afraid to share worst practises and lessons learned to prevent other cities making the same mistakes.
His objective for working in projects like Smart Work, Smart Grids, Smart Living, Smart City and Smart Mobility is to create a more sustainable and liveable environment and boost social and economic benefits that will result in more happy citizens.

Geoff Roberts

Deputy Chair and Economics Commissioner

Greater Sydney Commission

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As Deputy Chief Commissioner and Economics Commissioner at the Greater Sydney Commission, Geoff Roberts’ role entails advising and assisting the Greater Sydney Commission on achieving the Minister of Planning’s key priorities for the Commission, particularly the preparation of six District Plans across Greater Sydney and the review and updating of A Plan for Growing Sydney. Geoff is tasked with leading the development of metrics and to provide advice to the Minister for Planning on the Commission’s economic narrative for metropolitan Sydney and its implementation into the District Plans and Metropolitan Plans. 
Geoff has 35 years’ experience in Australia and internationally. He is a specialist in city strategy, governance and leadership and currently holds an Adjunct Professor position in the City Futures Research Centre at the University of NSW. He is a highly regarded strategic advisor at a number of public and private sector organisations and has a deep history working in large metropolitan scale land use and infrastructure projects. 

Kim Woodbury

Chief Operating Officer

City of Sydney

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The City Of Sydney local government area although only small in extent at 27 square kilometres, caters for 1.2 million people daily and generates 22% of the NSW economic output. Its residential population is increasing at a staggering yearly rate of 4.6% and it houses 44% of the nation’s tech start-ups.
Kim Woodbury is the Chief Operating Officer with the City of Sydney and is responsible for City’s economic, cultural, social, environmental and asset strategies, transformation of the CBD with light rail and public infrastructure coordination in urban renewal areas.
Kim has broad experience across both public and private sectors in the planning and management of new and existing infrastructure. He has qualifications in economics and engineering.

Malcolm Middleton

Queensland Government Architect

QLD Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning


Ian Oppermann

CEO and Chief Data Scientist

NSW Data Analytics Centre, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation


Eric Lumsden


Western Australian Planning Commission

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Eric Lumsden was formally appointed Western Australian Planning Commission Chair in 2013, following 12 months in that role while also concluding six years as the Director General for the Department for Planning and Infrastructure (and latterly the Department of Planning).
He was previously CEO of the City of Melville and the City of Swan. Mr Lumsden holds master’s degrees in town planning and business administration, and post graduate qualifications in local government and social sciences, and has been a leading planning professional with over 45 years’ experience.
He is a life fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, fellow of the Institute of Public Administration, and fellow and past president of the WA division of the Local Government Managers Association. In 2005 Mr Lumsden was awarded a Public Service Medal for his contribution to local government, especially in the area of economic development. In 2012 he was made a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia and in 2015 was awarded the Dr Ken Michael Gold Medal by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia.

Gary White

Chief Planner

NSW Department of Planning and Environment

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Gary White is a proven leader in strategic and statutory planning and visionary and is the Chief Planner for the NSW Department of Planning & Environment.  Gary has a comprehensive understanding of all planning facets, having previously held senior roles with MacroPlan Dimasi and Queensland’s Local and State Governments.  
Gary’s extensive knowledge and pragmatic approach to planning systems, regional planning, individual and unique projects enables him to analyse and decipher complex developments and elements of planning, providing a practical and innovative solution. 
Gary is very optimistic about the positive opportunities presented by the Department’s planning agenda and the city shaping that will take place on the back of the current NSW Government infrastructure programs.

Elizabeth Tydd

Information Commissioner

NSW Information & Privacy Commission, NSW Open Data Advocate

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Elizabeth Tydd was appointed CEO/NSW Information Commissioner, NSW Information and Privacy Commission in 2013 and in April 2016, in addition to her current role, was appointed NSW Open Data Advocate.
Ms Tydd has extensive regulatory experience in a range of jurisdictions and industries and has held positions as Executive Director, Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing and Assistant Commissioner of the Compliance and Legal Group, NSW Fair Trading.
Ms Tydd holds a Bachelor of Laws together with a Master of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney and has also completed post graduate certificate studies in executive management and governance.

Stephen Troughton

Deputy Secretary, Infrastructure and Services

Transport for NSW


Steve Kanowski

Chief Economist, Executive Director - Infrastructure Policy & Planning

QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads

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Steve commenced his career in 1983 with Queensland Rail.  He relocated to London in 1987 and worked for Travers Morgan and Transmark (the international consultancy business of British Rail).  Steve returned to Australia in 1993 to set up the Brisbane office of Travers Morgan.  With the sale of TM, he moved to Sinclair Knight Merz to establish the SKM Economics subsidiary, followed by roles with PwC, Booz Allen Hamilton, AECOM and GHD.  
He has worked on numerous international assignments, in Argentina, Angola, Ireland, Malaysia, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam.  
In December 2013, Steve joined the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning as Chief Economist and Executive Director, Infrastructure Policy and Planning, where among other things he was responsible for the State Infrastructure Plan.  
Steve is currently the Chief Economist and General Manager (Strategic Policy) for the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Sinead O’Brien

Executive Director, Office for ICT and Digital Transformation

SA Department of the Premier and Cabinet

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Sinéad was educated in Ireland and England and qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1993 and holds a Masters in business and law.  She brings a wealth of experience across the health, prison and local government sectors in the United Kingdom.
In April 2009 Sinead moved to South Australia to support SA Health in the reform of health care services and was the early architect of Transforming Health, the largest health care reform in the history of SA Health. In her position as Executive Director ICT & Digital Transformation, Sinead is leading this transformation across government in SA to support a more modern flexible, innovative and responsive Government. 

Michelle Narracott

Executive Director Strategy, Innovation & Customer Experience

ACT Government

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As the Executive Director Strategy Innovation and Customer Experience at ACT Government, Michelle is passionate about digital leadership and disruption in creating a ‘smart’, highly collaborative and productive Australian society.  In achieving this vision, she brings a unique background as a government tech transfer lawyer (CSIRO), startup sponsor (Canberra Innovation Network and the University of Sydney Genesis Program and Australian innovation leader (PolicyHack Champion). Michelle has held executive roles within science, sports and indigenous portfolios with the Australian Government, and with global professional and ICT services firms (Deloitte, PwC, Accenture & Xerox).
An active participant in policy reform, the ACT and Sydney startup community, hackathons and thinktanks, Michelle has  including the UNAA roundtable on digital access for youth and children, Michelle appeared as expert witness before numerous Australian parliamentary and legislative inquiries into public sector governance and accountability, corporate governance, ethics and probity. She  has also worked with professional & industry bodies (including Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA Australia, Institute of Chartered Accountants and Business Council of Australia) to develop policy and strategic reform positions on governance, risk and ethics. 

Cate Hart

Chief Executive Officer

City of Prospect

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Cate was appointed as CEO at City of Prospect Council in April 2016 following a four year appointment at Wakefield Regional Council as CEO.  She has a long association with local government, having worked in senior roles for the South Australian Local Government Association and also the City of Playford (in northern Adelaide) following a significant period as a consultant to local government.  
Cate has built strong working partnerships with State and Commonwealth Government departments across a wide range of local government issues, and has been involved in strategic planning for nearly 30 years.  She has significant experience in both the private sector and local government in strategy and policy, development services, environmental assessment, and community consultation and advocacy. 
Cate is a Past President of Local Government Professionals Australia (SA Division), and currently sits on the LG Professionals Board as well as the LG Professionals Women’s Network for SA.  She is keenly interested in building the capacity of all employees within the Local Government sector, and has also worked closely with educational institutions to build the expertise of students across the State. 

Brian Beswick

Chief Information Officer

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

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Brian has over 29 years’ experience in business and information management ranging from technician to project, strategic planning, and general management of large and diverse teams and systems. This includes senior management experience, which has been practiced in both public and private sectors, including his current role as CIO for the Sunshine Coast Council. He has also held a considerable number of other ICT management positions, including Senior Adviser to the Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet, as well as CIO for Challenger Financial Services Group, and the Dept. of Economic Development and Tourism and Arts. His experience extends to general broadband (including high-speed fibre networks) development, economic development, knowledge management, and whole systems facilitation.
As CIO for the Sunshine Coast Council he is responsible for leading all aspects of the council’s technology, information, spatial, and property land management needs, and is a key driver in the council’s digital transformation and smart cities programs.

Paul Byrne

Lead Director, Greenfields

Victorian Planning Authority

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Paul Byrne is the Lead Director for the Melbourne Greenfields Planning Team, as well as Director Economic Planning and Development for the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA).  The VPA is the Planning Authority for the high level planning of Melbourne's and Victoria’s key growth areas, and provides planning and infrastructure coordination advice to the Minister for Planning on development and planning issues. 
Paul is involved in the overall planning for Melbourne’s new growth areas, as well as monitoring the overall development across Melbourne and Victoria, together with development of the town centres and employment areas Precinct Structure Plans.  Paul is managing the preparation of the East Werribee Employment Precinct.  Paul was heavily involved in the development of the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC), as well as the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) Logical Inclusions Review Process.  Paul has an extensive background in urban planning, applied research, business management and urban economic development.

Chris Pettit

Professor of Urban Science, Associate Director - City Futures Research Centre, City Analytics, Smart Cities



Mayor Paul Pisasale


City of Ipswich

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Mayor Paul Pisasale is celebrating over 25 years in local government, being first elected to Council in March 1991 and appointed Deputy Mayor in April 2000. He has subsequently been elected four terms as Mayor of the City of Ipswich since 2004 and in the 2012 and 2016 Local Government elections, Paul averaged approximately 85% of the primary vote.
Paul’s dedication to and pride for the City of Ipswich, as well as his drive and enthusiasm, are very evident to all that come in contact with him. He is passionate about working at a regional and global level, breaking down barriers and ensuring that people and business are the number one priority for local government. He is also strongly determined to work together in partnership with the community, private enterprise and all levels of government to meet the challenges ahead as the City of Ipswich continues to prosper and grow, making sure no person or community goes unnoticed.

Amanda Chadwick


City of Parramatta Council

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In May 2016 the NSW Government appointed Amanda Chadwick as Administrator of the new City of Parramatta Council following the Proclamation of new local government boundaries.
Together with the General Manager, Ms Chadwick will lead the Council until the next local government elections for the City of Parramatta, proposed to be held on 9 September 2017.
Amanda brings extensive experience to Council having held numerous executive positions within the NSW State Government, including three years as the Executive Director of Policy, Economics & Regional Development at NSW Trade & Investment. 
She has previously worked with the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), the Department of Water and Energy’s Metropolitan Water Directorate and Sydney Water. Most recently she served as a ‘Fit for the Future’ Delegate to examine three merger proposals in regional NSW as part of the State Government’s local government reform process.
Throughout her career, Amanda has established a track record for driving innovation and managing complex business operations while displaying a strong commitment to customer service.
Her achievements include establishing the first economic development strategy for regional NSW and leading Sydney Water’s highly successful residential water efficiency programs, which were delivered to 1 in every 4 Sydney households.

Kay Fraser


Lake Macquarie City Council

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Kay Fraser was popularly elected as Mayor of Lake Macquarie City in September 2016. She has lived in Lake Macquarie for more than 40 years and is serving her fourth term on Lake Macquarie City Council. 
Cr Fraser is committed to making Lake Macquarie a great place to live, work and visit, building on its superb natural assets of lake, mountains, bushland and sea, its unique sense of community and its growing, fast-evolving regional economy. 
As a social justice advocate who believes everybody should have access to necessary services and a quality of life that meets their needs, Cr Fraser appreciates the potential of digital technologies to create cities that are more inclusive and sustainable. She also recognises the importance of building a strong digital economy, to create the new-generation jobs that will spur growth, attract business and give young people employment options beyond traditional industries.
In October 2016, Cr Fraser signed an MOU with the Global Smart City and Community Coalition and is excited about the opportunities the partnership offers to collaborate with thought leaders at the cutting edge of digital innovation in city planning. 

Rob Pfitzner


NSW Treasury


Neil Temperley

Executive Product Manager - Future Cities

Data 61, CSIRO

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Neil led Data61’s Transport and Logistics Living Lab activity since its formation in early 2011 before joining Data61’s new product management team in 2016.  Neil has an interest in digital product platforms for future cities and transport & logistics.  Neil believes a user-focused vision should drive our choices of today and believes in the power of living lab collaboration to drive both effective innovation and industry cultural transformation.  Neil sits on the board of the Australian Living Lab Innovation Network and continues to play a mentoring role in Data61’s Living Lab.
The Transport and Logistics Living Lab — the first of its kind in Australia — was founded by Data61 (then NICTA), Fraunhofer and SAP Research as a demonstration space for innovative technologies, and as a community of industry, research and government organizations that works collaboratively to bring innovation into logistics.  This community has now grown to more than 50 participants.

Andrew Beehag

Project Director

Queensland Treasury


Nathan Rogers

Executive Manager Systems & IT (Strategic)

Northern Beaches Council


Michael Hopkins

Deputy Secretary, Network Planning

VIC Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources


Chris Picton MP

Member for Kaurna

SA Government


Kate Vinot

Director, City Strategy and Place

City of Melbourne


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