Hon. Jacinta Allan MP

Minister for Public Transport, Minister for Major Projects, Leader of the House, Member for Bendigo East

Victorian Government

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Jacinta is currently the Minister for Public Transport and the Minister for Major Projects in the Andrews Government. Jacinta is also the Leader of the House.

In the previous Labor Government, Jacinta held a number of Ministerial portfolios including Regional and Rural Development and Industry and Trade. She has also been the Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation, the Minister for Skills, Education Services and Employment, the Minister for Women’s Affairs, the Minister for Education Services and Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs.

Jacinta was elected as the Member for Bendigo East in September 1999 at the age of 25, making her the youngest woman to ever be elected to the Victorian Parliament.

Jacinta was born and grew up in Bendigo and studied at St Joseph’s Primary School in Quarry Hill then Catholic College Bendigo, before completing her BA (Hon) at La Trobe University in Bendigo.

Before entering Parliament, Jacinta worked in the office of Steve Gibbons MP, Federal Member for Bendigo, and for two years prior to that she worked in the office of Neil O'Keefe MP, Federal Member for Burke, and the Commonwealth Department of Industrial Relations.

Jacinta is married and has two young children.

As Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta is looking forward to delivering a number of public transport projects including the removal of 50 of Melbourne’s most dangerous level crossings, the Metro Tunnel, extending the South Morang Line to Mernda, overseeing the purchase of new metro and regional rolling stock, delivering a $100 million improvement to bus services and the $500 million upgrade of the Ballarat line.

As Minister for Major Projects, Jacinta will also oversee the Flinders Street Station redevelopment, delivery of the Ballarat West Employment Zone, the State Library of Victoria redevelopment and co-ordinating the long-term development of key precincts like Fisherman’s Bend and Arden-Macaulay.

Andrew Abbott

Deputy Secretary, Creative and Visitor Economies

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources


David Silvester

Deputy Secretary of Network Planning

Transport for Victoria

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David Silvester is an experienced and well-respected transport planner and senior leader in the transport sector, with in-depth knowledge of all facets of land transport.  While nearly all of his career of over 30 years has been based in New Zealand, he has recently moved to Melbourne for the role as Deputy Secretary, Network Planning, Transport for Victoria.  He has strong leadership skills and ability to provide clear strategic vision and tactics.  He has a proven ability to report and present sound advice to a range of audiences, including the general public, government agencies, industry groups and Ministers on transport issues.
David is known for having enthusiasm, a passion for working with a wide range of people, a positive outlook on life, high integrity, loyalty and for "going the extra mile".

Toby Kent

Chief Resilience Officer

Resilient Melbourne

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Toby Kent is Melbourne’s Chief Resilience Officer. His role involves working across Melbourne’s metropolitan region implement Australia’s first-ever urban resilience strategy; a strategy that will see Melbourne better prepared to manage the chronic stresses and acute shocks that Melbourne will have to tackle, today and in the years ahead.

The role was instigated by Melbourne’s being selected to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities initiative, created by the Rockefeller Foundation to help cities around the world prepare to meet the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st Century.

Toby has created and implemented resilience and sustainability strategies across a range of sectors. Since the late 1990s he has worked with governments, communities, industry sectors and many other stakeholders on five continents.

Various achievements include: helping to guide the growth of Corporate Citizenship, one of the UK’s preeminent specialist Sustainability consultancies; leading PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Sustainability work with retail and consumer goods companies in the UK, before running PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change team in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining the City Of Melbourne, he worked with leading Melbourne businesses, including MMG mining corporation and ANZ bank, where he was Head of Sustainable Development.

Toby has a Masters degree in Urbanisation (Housing and Social Change) from the London School of Economics.

Jeroen Weimar

Chief Executive Officer

Public Transport Victoria

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Jeroen joined Public Transport Victoria in January 2015 as Executive Director, Performance & Contract Management, leading the management of franchise agreements and operating contracts for Metro Trains, Yarra Trams, V/Line and all bus contracts across Melbourne and regional Victoria. 
Jeroen also oversaw the introduction of Victoria’s successful Night Network, delivering all night public transport on weekends across the metropolitan network and key regional centres. 
Prior to joining PTV, Jeroen was Chief Operating Officer, UK Bus at FirstGroup plc, where he was responsible for the operation of over 6,000 buses and 17,000 staff operating across the UK and the turnaround of 40 regional bus businesses.
Jeroen has also served as Managing Director, UK Transport for Serco Group plc, and as Chief Operating Officer, Surface Transport at Transport for London (TfL). 
Jeroen was appointed Chief Executive Officer in September 2016.

Stuart Moseley

Chief Executive Officer

Victorian Planning Authority

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Stuart Moseley is a respected practitioner, values-driven leader and communicator, with a strong track record of leading organisational change encompassing strategy, culture and delivery.
With more than 30 years of experience in planning, urban management and project delivery, including as Chief Executive of Adelaide Council, Stuart is a reformer with a passionate advocate for outstanding urban environments.
Stuart has most recently been the Deputy Director General (Planning Group) for the Queensland Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, where he was responsible for delivering flagship reforms. 
This included the introduction of new planning legislation and a new regional plan for South East Queensland, concentrating on new land supply metrics and a new focus on affordable living and design quality.
He is a Registered Planner and a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and has previously served as National Vice President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).
Stuart is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michel Masson

Chief Executive

Infrastructure Victoria


Prof Alex Cockram


Western Metropolitan Partnership


Andrew Stripp

Chief Executive

Monash Health


Brian Morris

Chief Executive Officer

Melbourne and Olympic Parks


Tony Keenan

Chief Executive Officer

Launch Housing

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Tony Keenan has been CEO of Launch Housing since July 2015. Launch Housing was formed through a merger of Hanover Welfare Services and HomeGround Services and Tony was CEO of Hanover since 2006.  He has served in many community and policy advisory roles including as a member of the Australian National Council on AIDS and the Australian Social Inclusion Board. He has served as Chairperson of the Australian Foyer Foundation, President of the Victorian AIDS Council and national president of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations. He is a graduate of the Executive Masters in Public Administration from the Australian New Zealand School of Government (ANZOG) and was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Public Policy to the University of California, San Francisco. 

Chris Glennen

Chief Executive Officer

Active Community Housing


Kelly Grigsby

Chief Executive Officer

Wyndham City Council

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With more than 20 years of experience in leading municipal governments, Kelly has dedicated her career to building strong communities. Her focus has been on improving organisational structures, effectively implementing strategic plans and facilitating urban innovation. Kelly speaks internationally about the critical role municipalities play in the national conversation on the economy, the environment and social issues.

Justine Linley

Chief Executive Officer

Ballarat City Council

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Justine began as Chief Executive Officer with the City of Ballarat on Monday, 23rd May, 2016.

Justine has held senior roles in higher education and local government, starting her career in local government with the City of Melbourne in the mid-1980s.

Prior to commencing as CEO with the Northern Grampians Shire Council in October 2011, Justine was the Regional Director for the Grampians Region, Regional Development Victoria, working with 11 councils, businesses and organisations from Bacchus Marsh to the South Australian border.

Justine has a commitment to regional co-operation and planning.

John Bennie

Chief Executive Officer

Greater Dandenong City Council


Craig Niemann

Chief Executive Officer

City of Greater Bendigo City Council


Craig Richards

Chief Executive Officer

Bicycle Network

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Craig leads an amazing team of people who are striving to make the world better. Physical activity is vital for a long, happy life. So Bicycle Network makes it easier for everyone to ride a bike every day. The end game is to turn Australia into a nation of bike riders.
As the CEO, Craig’s role is to provide direction, get the best out of the team and make sure everyone is on track. Craig says the title means nothing unless he inspires the team to do things they didn’t think they could.
Craig sums up how he feels about his job with this quote, “To love what you do and feel that it matters, how can anything else be more fun.”

Bryan Lipmann AM

Chief Executive Officer

Wintringham Housing


Gregory Anderson

Chief Executive Officer

Development Victoria


Kate Cornick

Chief Executive Officer


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Kate Cornick is the CEO of LaunchVic, the Victorian Government’s $60 million startup initiative.
Kate is deeply passionate about the role of innovation in our economy and society more broadly, and has considerable experience in technology innovation across start-ups, academia, corporates and government.
Most recently, Kate led the development of human resources technology start-up Rision Ltd, creating new products, partnerships, sales and ultimately a listing on the ASX. 
Kate previously held positions at the University of Melbourne including Director of Industry Engagement and Innovation, Executive Director of the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES). She also co-led the establishment the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications - a joint venture between the University of Melbourne, Victorian State Government and global telecommunications giant Alcatel-Lucent. 
Kate’s is a telecommunications engineer, and was involved in policy development for the NBN. She has held the positions of Senior Telecommunications Adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and has also worked as a General Manager at NBN Co.
Kate Cornick undertook her PhD in optical telecommunications at the University of Melbourne and, as part of her studies, spent time at AT&T Research Laboratories, USA. 

Prof Marc Parlange

Provost and Senior Vice-President

Monash University

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Professor Marc Parlange is the Provost and Senior Vice-President of Monash University and is Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering.

 Prior to assuming his position at Monash, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia (Canada) and Dean in Switzerland at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) in the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering. He was professor and department chair at Johns Hopkins University and Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of California at Davis.  He did his MS and PhD at Cornell University and BS at Griffith University.

Professor Parlange is a highly regarded graduate advisor and his numerous PhD students and post-doctoral associates have had much international success in universities and industry. He has received the Agepoly Excellence in Teaching Award from EPFL. He has served as Editor in Chief of Water Resources Research and Editor for Advances in Water Resources.  In 2017 he became a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

Amanda Caples

Lead Scientist

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

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Dr Amanda Caples BSc Hons PhD GAICD was appointed to the Victorian Lead Scientist role in mid-2016. The Lead Scientist works across the Victorian Government to foster linkages and identify opportunities for economic outcomes by engaging with business, the research sector and the Australian government. Amanda brings to the role broad experience in technology commercialisation, public policy development and governance of public and private entities. Previously as Deputy Secretary Sector Development and Programs, Amanda was responsible for the development of Future Industries strategic sector growth plans and for support of the Victorian science, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Jill Garner

Victorian Government Architect

Office of the Victorian Government Architect


Kathy Mitchell

Chief Panel Member Planning Panels Victoria

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

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Kathy Mitchell was appointed as Chief Panel Member with Planning Panels Victoria (PPV), for the Victorian State Government in June 2004.  Amongst a range of PPV matters, her role requires her to chair matters of State and regional significance.
Kathy is the immediate past President (2004 – 2011) and a Fellow of the Victoria Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA), and has been a State Judge for the Urban Development Industry Association (UDIA) - Victorian Chapter Awards of Excellence since 2003.  In 2008 Kathy was the recipient of the Raymond J Peck award for services to industry by the UDIA.  In 2011, she was the recipient of the Richard J Evans award from VPELA for her services to planning in Victoria.  In 2012, Kathy was a judge for the Planning Institute of Australia (Victoria Division) (PIA) Awards.  In 2013 Kathy was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the PIA for her contribution to planning in Victoria. 
Kathy has a Bachelor of Arts in Planning, a Graduate Diploma in Urban Sociology and a Master of Arts in Planning (Research).  She has previously worked in the private sector, local government, and as an academic.

Ivan Colhoun

Chief Economist, Markets

National Australia Bank

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Ivan Colhoun is Chief Economist, Markets for National Australia Bank. He joined NAB in November 2014 and is responsible for the Australian Economics function within the Global Markets Research team.
Ivan has had a long and varied career in Economics. He received a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from the University of Tasmania and commenced his career at the Reserve Bank of Australia.
He spent 15 years at Deutsche Bank before following his passion for aviation by joining Qantas as Chief Economist. Most recently, Ivan was Chief Economist for Australia for ANZ Bank. 
He has also consulted to SEEK, Virgin Australia and IATA and is a member of Tourism Australia’s Tourism Forecasting Committee.
Ivan is a keen supporter of the Western Bulldogs and Arsenal, plays O45s soccer, has a commercial pilot’s license and enjoys pinot noir.

Adrian Williams

Vice President Operations


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Adrian Williams is Vice President Operations for Victoria, South Australia & Tasmania for the global hotel group AccorHotels which sees him in charge of a region representing 48 Accor hotels and more than 3000 employees. AccorHotels in this region covers a diverse range of brands including the luxury Sofitel and Pullman brands, mid-market brands of Novotel and Mercure, the economy Ibis brands and boutique brands of M Gallery and Quay West.  With over $1.5b of assets this region includes some of the biggest names in hotel investment. 
With over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Adrian has held various senior roles in hotels in multiple cities and states across Australia and Canada.   He has been a passionate advocate for the industry with involvement in regional tourism and industry associations including TTNQ MICE Advisory Committee, Board member of Geelong Otway Tourism, member of the VTIC Accommodation Policy Committee as well as various working groups with industry organisations in Western Australia and South Australia. In this way Adrian has a diverse range of experience working with various stakeholders and industry organisations.  
Adrian is a graduate of VU holding a Bachelor of Business and Masters of Marketing.

Dee McGrath

Managing Partner, Global Business Services, Australia and New Zealand


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Dee McGrath is Managing Partner of the Global Business Services (GBS) business for Australia and New Zealand. In this role, Dee is responsible for the strategy, client value and growth of IBM’s consulting and digital businesses across all industries. This includes bringing together a portfolio of deep industry expertise and world-class digital, cognitive and cloud solutions to help our clients in Australia and New Zealand digitally reinvent and solve complex business challenges. 
Prior to this role, Dee was Vice President osf the Financial Services Sector in Asia Pacific for IBM responsible for the strategy, capability and performance of Financial Services business across 12 countries. 
With a focus on helping clients in banking, wealth, insurance, payments and capital markets integrate IT with business insight to create and deliver value for their customers and shareholders, the business experienced a period of strong performance under her leadership. 
Prior to joining IBM, Dee built extensive General Management experience across a number of industries. She has led business strategy, operating model transformations and merger integrations, as well as guided the development and management of very significant global client relationships.
Her career has been also been distinguished with roles at Visa as Vice President & Head of Client Relationship Management, at HP Enterprise Services as Vice President of the Financial Services Industry as well as senior management positions at National Australia Bank including leading the Consumer & Commercial Cards business.
Dee is a member of the advisory board for Women in Payments.

Mikel Alonso

Global Service Leader, Rail and Mass Transit


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Mikel is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and Global Service Leader, Rail and Mass Transit, for global engineering and infrastructure advisory company, Aurecon. Mikel is responsible for leading, developing and deploying Aurecon’s professional services into key infrastructure projects. 
His strong leadership skills, technical ability and client focussed approach, have enabled him to successfully fulfil leadership roles in complex rail projects across Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand – including five years as a technical advisor to the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority.  Mikel’s strengths in project development, strategy, creation and leadership of high performing teams, coupled with his high degree of adaptability, are testament to his breadth of experience and deep knowledge of the rail industry. His passion for premium client service and successful long term and user centric outcomes underpins his values, behaviours, and his approach to bringing ideas to life. 

Ben Sington

Managing Director

The Langham Melbourne

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Ben Sington has been the Managing Director of The Langham, Melbourne since 2007.

In that time he has shepherded the hotel through renovations, refurbishment and enhancements of the hotel including being responsible for having the innovative idea of retro-fitting expansive terraces and spacious balconies to some of the hotel’s river-facing rooms and suites.

During his tenure, The Langham, Melbourne has been awarded numerous accolades including most recently being named a finalist in Australian Gourmet Traveller hotel awards and being named number two luxury hotel in Australia by the readers of Luxury Travel magazine. The Langham, Melbourne was also the only Melbourne hotel nominated by the readers of prestigious magazine title, Condé Nast Traveler as one of Australia and New Zealand’s top 10 hotels in last year’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

In 2016, The Langham, Melbourne was also named the #1 hotel in the category Top City Hotels in Australia and New Zealand in the Travel + Leisure 2016 World’s Best Awards.

The Langham, Melbourne’s success is underpinned by a service culture that is committed to excellence and building guest loyalty each and every day.

A set of core values and essentials are at the heart of The Langham, Melbourne’s service oriented approach supported and championed by the hotel’s leadership team, including Sington.


Trevor Hall

Executive General Manager Vic/SA/Tas & NZ

John Holland


Mark McManamny

Group Director Civil Infrastructure Victoria, South Australia & Tasmania



Aidan McGann

Regional Director, Metro South East



Jane Hider

Partner, Melbourne

Corrs Chambers Westgarth


Samantha Cockfield

Lead Director, Road Safety

Transport Accident Commission


Sander van Amelsvoort

Director, Policy & Research

Committee for Melbourne

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Sander is an experienced executive with proven abilities in strategy development, advocacy and shaping debates.
He joined the Committee in 2014 from the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors.
He is responsible for undertaking high-level policy and research work on key issues affecting Melbourne’s growth and development. In particular, he formulates strategies for change that add value to the long-term development of Greater Melbourne as a major internationally competitive city.
Sander leads the Committee for Melbourne’s flagship Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce which aims to prepare our city for the forces of innovation and disruption brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Sander is also the President of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Australia; a networking platform for the Dutch business community in Victoria.

Tom Larner

Director of Events and Facilities

Tennis Australia

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Tom Larner is Director Events & Facilities at Tennis Australia. Tom is responsible for the delivery of the Australian Open, the Australian Open Series Events as well as other major tennis events throughout Australia, including Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties. Tom manages a large team of staff during the year, which grows to several thousand during the Australian Open.  Tom is also responsible for TA’s development of facilities, including the Melbourne Park Redevelopment and other large scale state facilities.  Previously, Tom served as Tennis Australia’s Manager Tennis Operations, Chief Executive Officer of Tennis Queensland and has a background in finance as a Chartered Accountant.

Jason Loos

Director, Partnerships Victoria

Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance

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Jason is the Director of Partnerships Victoria at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance where he is responsible for providing strategic commercial, financial and risk management advice to the Victorian Government.
Jason has been with the Department of Treasury and Finance for 18 years.  Early on in his career Jason was heavily involved in the development of Victoria's PPP policy, Partnerships Victoria and the supporting guidance material.
After a long stint in the Partnerships Victoria group Jason moved into a role that involved overseeing the structuring, delivery and implementation of major transport infrastructure projects, particularly the re-franchising of Melbourne's train and tram services and the Regional Rail Link project.
Jason returned to the Partnerships Victoria Group as Director in January 2011.  Since then he has overseen the PPP tender process to contractual and financial close for: the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the New Bendigo Hospital, Ravenhall Prison, Desalination Plant, the Bio Sciences facility at Latrobe University, the Peninsula Link, the restructuring of the Hopkins Correctional Facility and High Capacity Metro Trains.  More recently his team has been heavily involved with the West Gate Tunnel Project, Metro Tunnel Project  and Western  Suburbs Roads Package.
Jason’s team is also responsible for the oversight of Government’s Market-led Proposals Guideline and is heavily involved in a number of proposals being progressed under the guideline.
Jason is looking forward to continuing Victoria’s leadership in PPP policy and development and to applying the PPP principles to new sectors.

Stuart Menzies

Director City Development

Brimbank City Council


Marigold Look

Investment Director

IFM Investors

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Marigold is an Investment Director with IFM Investors. She has over 15 years’ experience in infrastructure, investment evaluation, asset management, portfolio management and corporate finance. At IFM Investors, Marigold is responsible for the origination, analysis, structure and execution of fund investments, along with ongoing management of assets within the existing infrastructure portfolio. Marigold represents IFM Investors as a Director on the Board of NT Airports. Prior to joining IFM Investors, Marigold held roles with Wilson HTM as an equities research analyst and with PwC in its Corporate Finance division specialising in corporate valuations and strategy. 
Marigold is a CFA Charterholder, a Fellow of The Financial Services Institute of Australasia and holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Monash University. Marigold is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Amanda Roberts

Director, Urban Design, Melbourne


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Amanda Roberts is an Urban Designer with experience in both the private and government sectors in delivering and advocating for thoughtful design within the context of competing needs. 
She is a registered Landscape Architect and has qualifications in Architecture and a Masters in Urban Planning.  Amanda has worked around Australia and in the UK on a range of projects of all sizes including major brownfield and greenfield developments in Victoria and the Places for People study, in partnership with Gehl Architects, for the Melbourne Docklands.
Amanda is passionate about Urban Design and its role in the delivery of engaging spaces which contribute to the community’s quality of life. Her professional career has focused on the practicalities of delivering the quadruple bottom line for development: achieving socially, environmentally, financially and culturally successful projects.  
Her strength as a clear communicator of complex urban design issues provides clarity for project teams laying the groundwork for well balanced and integrated outcomes.  Amanda believes that good thoughtful design through collaborative processes really can change the world.

Abhijay Sandilya

Director of Development – Australasia

InterContinental Hotels Group

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Abhijay Sandilya is Director of Development for Australasia at Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG®). 
In this role, Abhijay drives IHG's strategic growth and development across the Australasia region, encompassing Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
He plays a vital part in ensuring the company's long-term growth strategy, helping to grow IHG's portfolio across its leading hotel brands including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn Express, EVEN Hotels and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.
Before joining IHG in May 2016 Abhijay was Director of Development Planning AMEA for Whitbread PLC in Singapore, where he led asset acquisitions for the company’s Premier Inn brand. Prior to that he worked for the Jumeirah Group in Dubai, growing the group’s iconic hotels and resorts portfolio in the role of Director of Development, Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
Abhijay has worked in seven countries and holds a Master’s degree from Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management.

Samantha Krull

Director Infrastructure, Environment and Leisure

Glen Eira City Council


Justin Burney

Director, Sport Infrastructure and Events

Sport and Recreation Victoria

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Justin Burney is currently the Director of Sport & Recreation and Industry Development (DHHS). He is responsible for the oversight of the Victorian Government Sport & Recreation Infrastructure program, significant sporting event program and international engagement strategy. Previous to this role he held the position of Director, Major Projects and Events (Sport and Recreation Victoria). Justin has been working in the Sport and Recreation industry for over 20 years, involved in all major Victorian sporting infrastructure projects along with majority of Victoria’s major sporting events including the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth and the delivery of Olympic Football Tournament in Melbourne as part of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Rosemary Calder AM

Director of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration

Victoria University

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Professor Rosemary Calder is the inaugural director of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration, an independent national health policy ‘think tank’ at Victoria University, established in 2015.  
Rosemary is a leading health and social policy expert, with a background in sociology.  
She has worked for State and Commonwealth governments in Australia as a senior public servant in health policy and administration and, prior to joining Victoria University, was Chief of Staff to the then Victorian Minister for Health.  
Rosemary was the head of the Office for the Status of Women during the Howard Government, and prior to taking up public administration roles, she worked for 10 years in policy and management with the Australian Council on the Ageing. 

Huw Phillips

Public Policy Associate Australia and New Zealand



Amber Koster

General Manager, Communities and Facilities Development

Netball Victoria

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Amber has experience within the not for profit and government sectors, providing expertise in sport development, women’s leadership opportunities and facility development and planning. She is Netball Victoria’s General Manager of Community and Facility Development which leads the strategic direction and implementation of key services and support to Associations and Leagues across Victoria.  Further, she is responsible for ensuring the successful implementation and ongoing use of both the Statewide Facilities Manual and Strategy.  Amber’s role in the facility space is to provide strategic direction to the planning and development of netball facilities in Victoria, consider future demand for netball facilities and guide investment in the planning and development of netball facilities.

Wayne Harvey

Manager ITS Infrastructure and Systems



James Shields

General Manager – Growth

Quest Apartment Hotels


Robert Doyle AC

Lord Mayor of Melbourne


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Robert Doyle AC was elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016 and is the longest serving Lord Mayor of Melbourne.


Robert Doyle is a Principal at The Nous Group, a management consultancy business based in Melbourne and since 2007 has been Chairman of Melbourne Health (The Royal Melbourne Hospital).

Robert is President of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Chairman of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation and a Trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance. Robert is also an Ambassador for Odyssey House, an Ambassador for SecondBite, an event champion for Field of Women, an Ambassador for the White Ribbon Day Foundation, an Ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and an ex-officio Board member of the Cancer Council Victoria, ex-officio Co-Vice President of the Royal Humane Society of Australia and an ex-officio member of the Melbourne Art Trust, while also including Honorary President of the Melbourne Region of the Scout Association and a Board member of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) Ltd.


In 2010 Robert was made a Fellow of Monash University and in 2016 was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Laws, also from Monash University.


The 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List saw Robert awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).


Robert is a committee member of the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA). Robert is an Advisory Board Member of the World Economic Forum (Davos).

A Member of Victoria’s Parliament for 14 years, Robert was Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Liberal Party for four years. He has also been Shadow Minister for Health and in Government, Parliamentary Secretary for Health.


Brett Adam

Managing Director & VP Engineering, Zendesk; Advisory Member

Victorian Government Innovation Expert Panel

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Brett has over 25 years’ experience in the software industry, with a background that includes CEO and CTO level positions in both public and private companies, software architecture and engineering, product management, marketing, sales and corporate development.

Brett has built profitable market focused organisations that deliver leading-edge IT solutions to solve real-world business problems. As an entrepreneurial technologist with extensive enterprise software experience, he has co-founded four companies and led multiple corporate acquisition plays.

Brett joined Zendesk in April 2015 and is also an Advisory Member of the Victorian Government Innovation Expert Panel.


Mr. Tim Hellsten

Manager Planning Strategy and Urban Growth

Greater Geelong City Council

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Tim Hellsten is a town planner with 30 years’ experience in planning and project management in local government and private industry within regional Victoria and is currently the Manager Planning Strategy & Urban Growth with the City of Greater Geelong. Tim has worked on regional scale planning and infrastructure projects including the G21 Regional Growth Plan and Implementation Plan and the Central Geelong Action Plan for the revitalisation of Central Geelong. Tim leads a department responsible for planning for growth including delivery of Framework and Infrastructure Plans for two new communities to accommodate another 100,000 people in Geelong. Tim is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, a member of the MAV’s Planning Committee and Deakin University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment Planning Advisory Board.


Peter Anderson

Chief Executive Officer

Victorian Transport Association

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Peter Anderson is a seasoned businessman with a long and distinguished background in transport and logistics. His career has seen him engage within both corporate and private entities at senior levels.  Having been Chief Executive Officer of one of Australia’s biggest transport companies, Peter now leads the industry as CEO of the Victorian Transport Association (VTA). With a history spanning over 115 years, the VTA is the strongest and largest transport industry Association in Australia.
Peter joined the VTA as Chief Executive Officer in 2014 after serving as a Board member since 2007. He has been involved with the VTA since 1994 having served as Chairman of the Association’s General Freight Committee and Container Group. These positions were held in an honorary capacity.
As VTA CEO, Peter is the voice of the transport and logistics industry in Victoria. With a focus on leadership and advocacy, Peter is committed to enhancing the productivity, safety, workforce development and sustainability of the industry.
Having held operational roles within the industry, Peter brings a closer perspective of the day-to-day issues that confront transport and associated businesses within the supply chain.

Dr. Kate Raynor

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Design

University of Melbourne


Max Eichhorn

General Manager


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Maximilian “Max” Eichhorn is heading the Mobility Division for Siemens Australia and New Zealand. Together with more than 500 employees he serves public and private customers in the areas of Rail and Road with products and services around Electrification, Automation and Digitalisation.


Key focus of the Mobility Division is a safe and reliable transport of people and goods. While the traditional view focuses on each of these modes individually, e.g. Rolling Stock or Signalling Systems, more and more emphasis is needed on enhancing the overall utilization and optimization of assets and flows of people and goods. Siemens is therefore continuously developing its portfolio leveraging modern software architectures and big data. Key areas for example are management of intermodal traffic and availability and performance availability guarantees.


Prior to relocating to Australia in early 2015, Max worked for seven years with the Siemens Business Unit Mobility Management in Berlin and Braunschweig, Germany, most recently as Vice President for global Business Development and Strategy. From 2000 until 2007 Max worked with the Siemens Management Consulting group and lived in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the United States of America supporting various Siemens businesses in strategy, growth, project management and quality. He started his career with an industrial technology supplier.


Max holds a Masters’ degree in electrical engineering and a PhD in Logistics. He also is a graduate of the AICD.

Mr. Russell Thompson

Associate Professor in Transport Engineering

University of Melbourne


Peter Steele

Co Founder and Managing Director

HIP V HYPE Sustainability

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Peter Steele, Co-founder and Managing Director of HIP V. HYPE Sustainability, is an experienced Urban Planning, Property and Sustainability practitioner. He sees sustainability as inherent to good design and fundamental to long-term prosperity; not an option or a barrier, but an opportunity.
HIP V. HYPE Sustainability works with clients who are seeking exceptional sustainability outcomes and are willing to think strategically to achieve this. Peter leads a passionate team that collaborates with and supports a diverse range of partners to deliver advice and actions for better buildings, cities, infrastructure and businesses. 

Martin Hablutzel

Head of Strategy


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Martin Hablutzel is the head of strategy for Siemens Ltd working across all Siemens divisions along the electrification value chain that extends from generation, transmission, distribution and smart grid to the efficient application of electrical energy through automation and digitisation. 
Martin began his career at the (then) Hydro Electric Commission in Tasmania, joining Siemens in 1997 as a protection and control engineer. Subsequent roles in project engineering, project management, asset management, sales, marketing and executive management have given Martin broad exposure to the deployment of electrification, automation and digitalisation in diverse industries including utilities, resources, infrastructure, transportation and manufacturing.
Martin holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tasmania and an MBA from Deakin University.

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