The Hon. Michael McCormack MP

Deputy Prime Minister

Michael McCormack has lived and worked in the Riverina region all of his life. He was elected as The Nationals’ Member for Riverina 2010 and has held the roles of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance, Assistant Minister to Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Assistant Minister for Defence, Minister for Small Business, Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel and in February 2018 Michael was elected the 14th Leader of The Nationals and was sworn in as Australia's 18th Deputy Prime Minister as well as the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development. Prior to entering Parliament, Michael began professional life with a journalism cadetship with The Daily Advertiser newspaper in Wagga Wagga in 1981. He became editor at the age of 27, making him the youngest person appointed to edit of a daily newspaper in Australia at the time. Michael later co-founded a media and publishing small business in Wagga Wagga, which he owned and operated in partnership until he was elected to Parliament. Michael is also a keen sportsman with interests in horse racing, Australian football, Rugby League and cricket, a sport which he still regularly plays – MP commitments permitting – with Wagga Wagga’s St Michael’s Cricket Club. He is a life member of the Harlequins Hockey Club. Michael has been married to Catherine for 33 years and they have three children. As a community advocate over the decades, Michael is proud to be the Riverina’s voice in Federal Parliament. Please welcome the Deputy Prime Minister.

The Hon. Andrew Constance MP

Minister for Transport and Roads, Leader of the House

Andrew Constance has served as the Member for Bega in the New South Wales Parliament since 2003.
He was sworn in as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure in the Baird Government in 2015. In March 2019 Premier Gladys Berejiklian expanded his portfolio to include Transport and Roads. Andrew was also named Leader of the House.
As Minister, Andrew is overseeing a record $52.9 billion spend on public transport and roads over the next four years, on top of the $58.3 billion the NSW Liberals & Nationals has already spent on public transport since winning Government in 2011.
The state’s transport and infrastructure revolution is well underway with the opening of mega projects Newcastle Light Rail in 2018 and Northwest Metro in May this year. Sydney Light Rail, NorthConnex and WestConnex are also just around the corner, and progress is well underway on Metro City and Southwest, which will include the first rail tunnel under Sydney Harbour.
Transport of the future is a key interest of Andrews and he is excited about combining technology, innovation and transport. He believes customer experience should be at the centre of all transport, and overseeing both Roads and Transport portfolios means he has an unprecedented opportunity to design and build an integrated network of roads and public transport. This, combined with evolving transport technologies including contactless payments, autonomous and electric vehicles and on-demand transport will provide more reliable, comfortable and efficient options for customers now and into the future.

The Hon. Paul Toole MP

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Deputy Leader of The Nationals

Paul Toole is the State’s first dedicated Minister for Regional Transport and Roads. The creation of this new portfolio reflects the NSW Government’s vision for a connected roads and transport network and an increased focus on addressing the specific needs of regional communities.
From Bathurst in Central West NSW, Paul recognises that improved transport and road infrastructure are key to unlocking opportunity and increasing connectivity for communities and businesses in regional areas.
A former school teacher and mayor, Paul was first elected to Parliament as the Member for Bathurst in 2011. One of the key drivers behind his entry to State politics was the need for a daily return rail service between Bathurst and Sydney – a service delivered in 2012 and now known as the Bathurst Bullet.
Paul has been a Minister in the NSW Government since 2014, overseeing key policy reform in local government, Crown lands, forestry and racing. In 2019, he became the Deputy Leader of the NSW Nationals.
He and his wife Joanne live in Bathurst with their three children Rhayne, Keely and Scout.

Randell Iwasaki

Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA).

Randell “Randy” Iwasaki is the Executive Director of the Contra Costa
Transportation Authority (CCTA).
Randy was appointed by the CCTA Board on April 16, 2010. In his
role as Executive Director, he administers the one-half percent
sales tax program. He created GoMentum Station the largest
secure autonomous/connected vehicle proving grounds in the
US. He continues to work with Silicon Valley companies to provide
innovative solutions to congestion relief.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Randy was appointed
by Governor Schwarzenegger in August 2009 as Director of the
California Department of Transportation. He was in charge of the
operation of the California state transportation system, including
more than 50,000 lane miles of state highway, intercity passenger
rail, and more than 250 general aviation airports.
Randy earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering
from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, where
he currently serves on the School of Engineering’s Dean’s Advisory
Council. He also earned a Master of Science Degree in Engineering
from California State University, Fresno.

Tom Alkim

Policy Officer Connected & Automated driving European Commission

Tom Alkim is Policy Officer Connected & Automated driving at the European Commission, Directorate General Research & Innovation. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of ITS, C-ITS and automated driving and was a constant factor for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management at Rijkswaterstaat. He was part of the core team that was responsible for the Declaration of Amsterdam and the European Truck Platooning Challenge during the Dutch EU presidency in 2016. Now he’s working with the European Commission on advancing Connected & Automated Driving in a responsible manner to deliver societal benefits. In this capacity he was also co-organiser of the 2nd Second European Conference on Connected & Automated Driving which took place in April 2019 (connectedautomateddriving.eu/eucad2019).

Niels De Boer

Program Director for CETRAN

Niels de Boer is the program director for CETRAN, which is tasked by the Singapore Land Transport Authority to develop technical standards and regulations to enable trial testing and deployment of Autonomous Vehicles on public roads. CETRAN is also supporting the development of the TR68 Singapore Technical Reference for Autonomous Vehicles and potential revisions to this Technical Reference. Niels is also program director for Future Mobility in the Energy Research Institute within Nanyang Technological University.

Habib Shamskhou

GoMentum Station, Co-Founder Advanced Mobility Group, President

Habib is co-founder of the GoMentum Station Program in Northern California. GoMentum Station is an Autonomous Vehicle Proving Grounds, with an international precense as the largest secure Connected Autonomous Vehicle testbed in the world. He is President of Advanced Mobility Group based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Habib is a recognized authority on emerging advanced transportation technologies with expertise in technology facilitation, congestion management, safety, advanced mobility solutions, smart cities, mobility-as-a service and program management. He has pioneered several innovative transportation projects over the past 25 years throughout the United States. Early in his career, he conducted the first precursor system analysis for the automated highways and he was a Program Manager for the Automated Highway System (AHS) Program, from 1992-1998.

Doug Spencer-Roy

Corporate Affairs & Marketing Manager, EastLink

Doug Spencer-Roy has been responsible for marketing at EastLink since 2006, adding the corporate affairs portfolio from 2015. Prior to that, Doug held various marketing roles at Transurban and Telstra. He was a technology consultant for Logica in the UK, USA and Australia, in the defence, airline and telecoms segments. Doug serves on the Frankston Arts Board, which is an advisory board to Frankston City Council, providing advice on Frankston Arts Centre and Libraries, public artworks and community events.

Stuart Partridge

National Asset Manager - Asphalt – Boral Limited

Stuart Partridge has worked in the road construction industry for nine years and has spent the last four years with Boral Australia. His role focuses on the life cycle management of circa 700 mobile and fixed asphalt assets across Australia.
He is heavily involved in specification development and procurement activities as well as strategic projects and innovation. He is passionate about safety and asking ‘is there a safer way to do this’, or is ‘there a better way to do this’?
He is the inventor (US Patent Pending) of Australia's first Forward Moving Aggregate Spreader (FMAS). Stuart sits on the Leadership team of Boral’s Engineering Network as the Asphalt Subject Matter Expert (SME).
He holds a Bachelor of Business in Management from Victoria University and is a trained ICAM incident investigator. He also holds a commercial pilots licence with a passion for flying light aircraft and helicopters.

Dr Matt Wenham

Executive Director, Policy Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (APPLIED)

Dr Matt Wenham directs science, technology and innovation policy activities for the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Australia's national academy for applied science, technology and engineering. He also oversees a number of international initiatives run in conjunction with the Australian Government, sister academies overseas and multinational organisations, including APEC and the EU.
Matt was previously a Senior Policy Associate with the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy in Melbourne. He returned to Australia in 2013, having worked in science policy and research in the United States as Associate Director with the Institute on Science for Global Policy, a Washington DC based science policy think tank, and as a research fellow at the US National Institutes of Health.
Matt holds a doctorate in cell biology and immunology from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, an Honours degrees in biochemistry from the University of Adelaide and a Graduate Diploma of Education from Monash University. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003, and is a graduate of the reserve officer commissioning course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK.

Dr Kyle Wilson

Research Scientist, Seeing Machines

Dr Kyle Wilson is a Research Scientist within the Human Factors team at Seeing Machines, where his role centres on providing a strong evidence base to support the development and validation of driver monitoring technology. He works directly with global customers to directly influence product development, and with regulatory bodies to shape the future of automotive technology and policy.

After being awarded a PhD from the University of Canterbury (NZ), Kyle began his career as an academic in Yorkshire (UK), where he was involved with collaborative research projects in the UK, parts of Europe, and the USA. Prior to his role at Seeing Machines, he was a Principal Human Factors Consultant in New Zealand, where he worked with New Zealand’s largest rail provider and transport operations centres to support the introduction of new technology. Kyle is passionate about designing technology and systems that support users’ safety and enjoyment.

Anthony Riemann

Director of Urban Mobility for General Motors International (GM)

Anthony Riemann has worked for General Motors and Holden for the past 14 years and currently holds the role of Director of Urban Mobility for General Motors International (GM). He leads an innovative team in the Asia Pacific region working on demand driven initiatives to fast-track mobility services and technologies across four strategic pillars: connectivity, sharing, electrification and autonomous.

Riemann also leads GM’s on-demand mobility services brand, Maven, in Australia which successfully launched in early 2017 and is growing across the country. He is passionate about bringing new mobility solutions to market to help consumers get around more effectively and efficiently.

Dr. Fengmin Gong

Head of DiDi Labs and Vice President of Security Strategy Didi Chuxing

Dr. Fengmin Gong is a well-respected technologist in cybersecurity with more than 30 years’ experience. He is the Head of DiDi Labs in North America which focuses on developing AI-based security and intelligent driving technologies to power our vision of the future: an open, efficient, collaborative, and sustainable transportation ecosystem.

In addition, DiDi Labs provides technology and product development support for DiDi’s international operations in Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

Dr. Gong has been a founder and senior executive in several leading security companies. Among them are Palo Alto Networks, FireEye, McAfee and Cyphort. He is also a trusted entrepreneur advisor and angel investor. Dr. Gong has 19 awarded patents and has published academic articles in over 40 technical publications in security and networking.

About Didi Chuxing
Didi Chuxing (“DiDi”) is the world’s leading mobile transportation platform. The company offers a full range of app-based transportation options for 550 million users, including Taxi, Express, Premier, Luxe, Bus, Designated Driving, Enterprise Solutions, Bike Sharing, E-bike Sharing, Car Rental and Sharing and food delivery. Tens of millions of drivers who find flexible work opportunities on the DiDi platform provide 10 billion passenger trips a year.

DiDi is committed to collaborating with policymakers, the taxi industry and communities to solve the world’s transportation, environmental and employment challenges with smart transportation innovations. The company is working with a growing alliance of car industry players to build out a next-generation auto-solutions and operations platform.

DiDi partners with Grab, Lyft, Ola, 99 and Bolt (Taxify) in a global ride-hailing network that reaches over 80% of the world’s population. Currently, DiDi provides ride-hailing services in Brazil under the 99 brand, operates DiDi-branded mobility services in Australia, Mexico, Chile and Colombia, and provides taxi-hailing service in Japan through a joint venture. By continuously improving user experience and creating social value, DiDi strives to build a safe, open, and sustainable mobile transportation ecosystem.

For more information, please visit: www.didiglobal.com

Julian Broadbent

CEO, AEV Robotics

Julian’s career began in the Automotive sector, with roots in the highest level of Australian Motorsport, he joined General Motors Holden in 1995. During his 19 years at GM, he held a number of senior roles including several executive positions at GM global HQ, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
As a qualified Industrial Designer (RMIT) Julian took a position with Holden Design in Australia as a Senior Studio Engineer, for Holden Commodore production programs, VY through to VE.

In 2005, Julian was Manager for Holden Advanced Design and architecture. He was responsible for developing proposals and applications off the Global Holden RWD platform (Zeta).
He led numerous Design programs and concept cars. He represented Holden Design in the proposal to use the Australia Holden Rear Wheel Drive platform for global scale. This program would be the largest ever undertaken by GMH; as a result the Chevrolet Camaro was the highest selling ‘muscle car’ and most profitable car program for GM in the modern era.

Julian was keen to explore new opportunities becoming Senior Manager, GM Advanced Design. Key portfolio opportunities were formulated ranging from new mobility solutions through to an electric supercar, years ahead of an imminent launch by a start-up company called Tesla.

Julian took on two international Executive placements at GM HQ in Detroit; Director of Advanced Concept Portfolio Planning and subsequently Director of Innovation. GM was looking for a fresh approach, knowing markets were consolidating and new opportunities needed to be conceived.
Julian led engagements with many companies outside the traditional Automotive framework, including Google and Polaris.

Julian was head hunted in 2014 to be Chief Operating Officer for a Silicon Valley Start-up called MetroBee, providing ride sharing in cities. This later became the basis for an Australian Start-up called AEV Robotics, of which he is a founder and CEO. AEV has designed, engineered and manufactured Autonomous Electric Vehicles for over 3 years quietly in Melbourne East until a recent global launch that attracted great interest…

Steve Cratchley

Pricing Manager - Asset and Advanced Technology for PI CI Australia and NZ

Steve Cratchley is the Pricing Manager - Asset and Advanced Technology for PI CI Australia and NZ. He is a specialist on advanced automotive technologies and has been investigating these for many years. He is particularly well connected worldwide in this space with those working with these technologies.

Steve has worked in many fields at Suncorp across Strategy, Innovation and Underwriting roles and is uniquely qualified to talk about emerging vehicle technology.

John Wall

Program Manager Future Vehicles and Technology, Austroads

John Wall is recognised as one of Australia's leading specialists in the application of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for road safety. He has over 25 years of experience in the development of road safety strategies and countermeasures and holds tertiary qualifications in agricultural science, education and public health. He currently holds the position of Program Manager Future Vehicles and Technology with Austroads, the peak body for government road agencies across Australia and New Zealand.

Professor Paul Alexander

Chief Technical Officer Cohda Wireless

Professor Paul Alexander is a pioneer in the field of iterative detection, with innovative and novel research dating back to the mid-1990s, and a track record of turning his research into products in Australia, Singapore and the United States of America.
Paul was the principal designer of advanced 3G receivers at Southern Poro Communications before co-founding Cohda Wireless to capitalise on new techniques he developed with his team at the University of South Australia.
From the beginning, Paul has led the creation of all of Cohda’s IP and has built an impressive patent portfolio. He continues to create innovative IP at the head of Cohda’s Research team.

Jackie Dujmovic

CEO, Hover UAV

Jackie’s vision is to be a solution provider and the critical link between emerging UAS technologies, individuals, schools, enterprises and governments. Jackie has a strong belief that drones will have a major impact on improving safety, the environment and saving lives across the world, not just in the future but now.
As founder and CEO of Hover UAV an internationally recognised drone consultancy and system management company. Jackie herself has invented products now considered standard equipment to improve the safety of life.
Jackie’s strength lies in creating strong dialogue and procedures with regulators on a local, national and international level to ultimately implement revolutionary drone system integration to everyday life.
Jackie has been recognised in both the UAS and business worlds. She was made a 2018 honoree as a woman to watch in the UAS industry for conservation, and finalist For Australian Association of Unmanned Systems 2019 leader and humanitarian company of the year.

Peter Colacino

Executive Director, Policy and Research, Infrastructure Australia

Peter Colacino leads Infrastructure Australia's Policy and Research team and is tasked with identifying the greatest challenges and opportunities facing the delivery of infrastructure for Australia's growing cities and regions. The team has recently delivered Australia's second national Infrastructure Audit as well as deep dive policy examining future mobility, sequencing infrastructure delivery and population growth.

Peter brings his experience working both in positions across the public and private sectors on some of Australia's largest infrastructure projects, including Northconnex, Transport for Newcastle and Gold Coast Light Rail. He has also been a champion for generational change in transport services, including the adoption of connected and autonomous vehicle technology, electric vehicle adoption and new models of transport service provision.

Aryaman Pandav

Chief Engineer of our M19-D Autonomous Vehicle, Monash Motorsport

Aryaman is an undergraduate Mechatronics Engineering student who joined Monash Motorsport in 2017 as an Electric Powertrain Engineer. In 2018, Aryaman coordinated the research and
development of the Autonomous Systems required to adapt Monash Motorsport’s electric vehicle into a Formula Student Driverless regulation compliant vehicle. In 2019, Aryaman led the manufacturing and testing effort of the vehicle as the Chief Engineer of M19-D, Monash Motorsport’s first Driverless Vehicle.

Henri Coron

Chief Business Development Officer, Navya

Henri Coron is responsible for NAVYA’s vehicle sales worldwide, currently positioned to establish NAVYA as a dominant player in the North American, Oceanian and Asian market. Henri launches his career at Infogrames/Atari with different executive positions, ranging from Regional Manager to Commercial Director for the United Kingdom. His career as a digital and automotive entrepreneur is highlighted by his role as Managing and Sales Director for Electronic Arts (maker of FIFA videogames), a subsidiary he is responsible for setting up in France. Prior to EA, Henri developed an online advertising platform that he later sells to the Lagardère Group. His early years as an entrepreneur were spent establishing Infonie, an early entrant to Francis ISPs space, later to be sold to BelgaCom. A father of three children, Henri graduated from the ESAE International school of Business with a master in Business and Distribution in 1986.

Nicolas de Cremiers

Head of Marketing, Navya

Nicolas de Cremiers is NAVYA Head of Marketing. He and his team are dedicated to present, promote and demonstrate NAVYA technology and vehicles worldwide.
After working at Bouygues Telecom, Nicolas specialized in mobility by working during five years as Head of Marketing at Coyote Systems, the leading provider of community-based driving assistant systems. Before joining NAVYA, he launched Drop don’t park which provides an innovative on-demand parking and concierge service for urban drivers.

Siddartha Khastgir

Head of Verification & Validation, Intelligent Vehicles, WMG, University of Warwick, UK

Siddartha Khastgir is the Head of Verification & Validation of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles at WMG, University of Warwick, UK, leading various Collaborative R&D projects with industrial partners. His research areas include test scenarios, safety, use of simulation for testing among many others. He represents the UK on various ISO Technical Committees and is the lead author of a new international standard for Low-Speed Automated Driving (LSAD) systems.
He has received numerous awards for his research contributions which have delivered impact to the automotive industry both nationally and internationally. He has been recognized in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2018 list.

Roland Pittar

General Manager, Office of Future Transport Technology Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

Roland Pittar is the General Manager of the Office of Future Transport Technology in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development.
The Office is responsible for working with a range of stakeholders across Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, as well as industry and research bodies in preparing for the deployment of advanced transport technologies, including highly automated vehicles.

During his career, Mr Pittar has held a range of positions within the department including the Major Infrastructure Projects Office and the North West Roads Branch. He has also held policy positions with the Australian Government, which have focused on agriculture, fisheries, mineral resources and science policy. Mr Pittar was posted to Australia’s Delegation to the OECD in Paris between 2005 and 2008 as its Minister-Counsellor (Agriculture).

Andrew Lucas

Founder & Managing Director of AOS

Andrew Lucas is the founder and Managing Director of AOS. AOS was established in Melbourne in 1997 as an offshoot from the Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute (affiliated with the AI Center at SRI International, Menlo Park, CA), AOS specialises in AI, autonomous and robotic systems, with major contracts for the RAAF, Australian Army, RAN, Australian Defence Department and UK Ministry of Defence.

AOS has developed its own technology base of AI software, focused on intelligent software agents, combining this with other AI technologies, such as machine learning and machine vision, and constraint programming, to address a wide range of applications.

Andrew is leading AOS’s development of off-road autonomous vehicle technology, including teams of autonomous vehicles, for the agricultural, mining and construction industries. The recent establishment of Lucas Field Autonomous Agriculture to develop the Kelpie vehicle into an autonomous weed spraying robot is the first step.

Andrew holds a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from Cambridge University, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Engineering (1st Hons) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has over forty years of experience in various engineering roles in aerospace & defence, management consulting, robotic systems, agricultural technology, artificial intelligence software, and telecommunications.

Andrew is a board member of the Australian Association of Unmanned Systems and is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Unmanned Air Systems Specialist Group.

Charles Casuscelli

CEO of WSROC

Charles Casuscelli is the CEO of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) representing the collective interests of Local Government in Western Sydney comprising an area of 8,000 sq km and over 2 million residents.

Charles is also appointed as an Australian Defence Force Liaison Officer (Army) and provides advice to the NSW State Government on Defence capability and policy as it affects emergency management in NSW.

Formerly he was a Member of the NSW Parliament Legislative Assembly between 2011 and 2015, and was appointed Chair of the NSW Parliament’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee.

Charles is a member of the South West Metropolitan District Emergency Management Committee and works with the emergency services and other public agencies to ensure that Sydney is prepared for major emergencies.

Charles has held a number of senior executive appointments in the public and private sectors, including agencies representing both the State and Commonwealth governments.

From 2001 to 2003 Charles lead the largest business unit of NRMA Motoring & Services. The team of over 650, comprising in-house resources and contracted service providers, had accountability for the delivery of the company's core motoring assistance services to its 2 million members.

Prior to this Charles worked in the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority. He commenced in October 1997 as a Senior Executive Service Officer with a dual role, as the NSW Transport Management Centre’s Project Director he was responsible for the building and commissioning of the new facility in time for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Charles was the head of the team that delivered the roads and traffic services during the Sydney Olympic Games. As its inaugural General Manager he was responsible for the development and delivery of a range of innovative road transport operations services across the NSW road network.

Charles has held a number of senior executive positions in the multi-national market research company Nielsen, most recently he was Director Operations for the Pacific region.

Between 1988 and 1992 Charles held various military appointments on continuous full-time service as a staff officer in Headquarters Australian Defence Force and Land Command. This involved the planning and implementation of command, control and communications systems within the Australian Defence Force.

In amongst his continuous full-time service with the Australian Regular Army, Charles has been an Army Reserve Signal Corp officer since 1978 having served in a range of appointments including Squadron Commander of a Royal Australian Signal Corp unit. He holds the Reserve Force Decoration (RFD) in recognition of his service.

Dr Rebecca Michael

Head of Public Policy at RACQ.

The RACQ is the peak advocacy body for Queensland road users and represents almost 1.8 million members covering 60% of Queensland household.
In her role, Rebecca advocates for policy that promotes safe, affordable and sustainable mobility, both now and into the future. With the RACQ future mobility ecosystem, Rebecca plays a lead role delivering smart mobility solutions including the recently established RACQ Mobility Centre of Excellence.
Rebecca has worked in the transport and infrastructure policy sector for several years and has delivered a diverse range of research, transport, infrastructure, ITS and economics projects and policies that focus on improving transport system outcomes to benefit Queensland.

Jon Sciortino

Nova Mining Sector Lead Senior Systems Engineer, Nova Systems

Jon Sciortino is a systems engineering specialist with over 25 years' experience in complex systems delivery and capability assurance. With a focus on business outcomes and integration at his core, Jon works internationally within both commercial and Defence sectors to assist clients with systems engineering, integration and requirements management, program analysis and test and evaluation excellence to harness innovation opportunities and achieve real value. Jon has extensive experience in the mining automation domain with a particular focus on autonomous haulage, and is highly sought after by organisations wanting to access his expertise and insight, particularly in complex projects and where a systems perspective is required. Jon is passionate about helping clients to solve the technologically challenging problems that really matter. He is also deeply committed to applying his wealth of experience to make a difference with clients. Jon holds degree qualifications in electrical engineering and business administration, is a Member of Engineers Australia and lives in Perth, Western Australia.

Marcus Burke

Executive Leader, Future Technologies, National Transport Commission

Marcus Burke is Executive Leader, Future Technologies, at the National Transport Commission (Australia). Marcus leads the team at the NTC developing the regulatory framework for automated vehicles in Australia from trials through to commercial deployment. Work to date has included the development of National Guidelines for Automated Vehicle Trials, the policy for safety assurance of automated vehicles at first supply and motor accident injury insurance for automated vehicles.

Marcus has previously led the national reform of ‘chain of responsibility’ legislation for heavy vehicles safety in Australia. Marcus joined the NTC from the private sector in 2011.

Vishal Ahuja

Vishal Ahuja is a highly reputable energy and utilities lawyer and one of Australia’s most sought after strategic energy regulatory specialists. Vishal boasts over 20 years’ experience advising a range of clients including private industry, governments and regulators in respect of access regimes, energy regulation, project contracts, renewables and transactions. He has led teams in the National Electricity Market and the Western Australian Electricity Market on fundamental regulatory reform to address the disruption and penetration of renewable energy generation.

Julian Gomez

Operations Lead – Autonomous Vehicle Trials, RAC

Julian manages the operations of RAC’s Automated Vehicle Program. Working within the Advocacy and Members division, he makes it possible for the community to see, use and experience the future of driverless vehicle technology firsthand. He was part of the team to deliver Regional WA’s first demonstration of a driverless vehicle on public roads and just recently launched the RAC Imagine Program which provides an opportunity for Western Australian students to discover past and future technologies and learn about mobility and road safety. Julian regularly engages with State and local governments as well as industry professionals on emerging challenges relating to trial implementation including permits and approvals, insurance and the development of safety cases.

Brian Haratsis

Executive Chairman, MacroPlan

Brian Haratsis is a best-selling author, futurist, thought leader and is regarded by corporate Australia as a leading economic and strategic advisor operating in the property sector.
Brian established MacroPlan Australia (renamed MacroPlan Dimasi in 2012) in 1985 and has devoted the last 30 years to his loyal client base through the delivery of effective business and property strategy, precise forecasting of niche trends, successful facilitation of strategic outcomes and successful delivery of major projects / policies. Brian is a leader in demographic analysis and property trends and has extensive experience in forecasting demand for a wide range of sectors.

Anna Chevalier

Principal Technology Leader, Transport Safety Australian Road Research Board

With over 20 years’ experience in road safety across a range of portfolios including road user behaviour; safety‐related in‐vehicle, roadside and wearable technology; and strategy and policy development, Dr Anna Chevalier’s achievements in delivering programs for government are underpinned by academic expertise in evidence‐based research. Her strengths include benchmarking; design, management and evaluations of large-scale innovative-technology trials; and complex statistical analysis. Anna has designed, implemented and evaluated ground‐breaking programs including related to connected vehicles, naturalistic driving, driver-feedback systems, wearable technologies, intelligent speed adaption, automatic crash notification, driver fatigue and distraction detection, alcohol interlocks, reverse automated braking, and speed cameras. She also has experience with studies related to roadwork zones, heavy vehicles and tunnels. Anna is the Lead Behavioural Science Advisor to ADVI, and conducts research into community perceptions of automated, partially automated and connected vehicles.

Nick Connor

CEO Volvo

Nick is a high performing global business executive with over two decades of experience inspiring teams and enabling growth in the automotive industry.
Prior to the Managing Director role at Volvo Car Australia, Nick headed up Volvo in the UK where he led a 60 per cent sales increase in the company before being named as CEO of Sweden’s Polestar (Volvo Car Group's electrified performance brand) in 2016. In this position, Nick oversaw the design, development and production of separately branded, high-performance electrified cars. As the Managing Director at Volvo Australia, Nick believes that people are our greatest asset when it comes to shaping the future of mobility, electrification and autonomous driving. However, pursuing a range of future-facing initiatives requires care and consideration in the way one thinks, invents and designs; It’s what we at Volvo call ‘Omtanke.’ It helps us see the world differently and how our actions impact the world and those around us.

Selena Ledger

Professional Scientist, Transport Safety Australian Road Research Board

Selena holds a Master of Research in Human Sciences from Macquarie University, and is currently employed by the Australian Road Research Board as a Senior Professional Scientist in the Transport Safety team. She is one of the lead researchers on the ADVI Public Opinion Surveys, has been involved in the CITI Connected Light Vehicle Study trialling CIT-S technology in the Illawarra region, and provided subject matter expertise to the State Insurance Regulatory Authority on their Young Driver Telematics Trial examining the safety benefits of real-time telematics-based feedback. Selena has specialist skills in survey development and experimental design, and the collection, analysis and reporting of road user behaviour data.