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.

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.

Sam Taylor

State Technical Leader for Vic/Tas and the National Leader for Sustainability and Resilience at ARRB

Samantha is the State Technical Leader for Vic/Tas and the National Leader for Sustainability and Resilience at ARRB. She has a degree in Civil Engineering, a Research Master’s in Engineering Science (Transport and Traffic) and a Grad Dip in Leadership and Management. Her 25 years of experience cuts across transport in both public and private sectors, government, academia and consulting, with a demonstrable history of delivering practical outcomes and useful insights. Samantha specialises in collaboration across disciplines, across teams and across stakeholder groups. She has a long history in transport research, policy and planning with recent experience in CAVs, urban freight and logistics, sustainability, movement and place, and EVs. Samantha is passionate about shaping our transport future and delivering results for sustainable living.

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.

Anne Still

General Manager, Public Policy Advocacy and Members Royal Automobile Club of WA (RAC WA)

Anne is a transport professional with both public sector and private sector consulting experience having delivered transport projects in the UK, the UAE, New Zealand and Australia. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts Honours and has previously worked for the London Borough of Barnett, Transport for London, Land Transport New Zealand and the Australian Road Research Board. She is currently General Manager, Public Policy within RAC’s Advocacy and Members team. Anne is a member and a past President of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management; and participates in a number of public policy forums and committees. She is also a member of RAC’s Innovation Board and is the Project Leader for RAC’s Automated Vehicle Program.

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.

Dickson Leow

Chief Technology Leader at Australian Road Research Board (ARRB)

Dickson Leow is the Chief Technology Leader at Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) within the Future Transport Technology Team. Dickson holds an MBA from University of Canberra, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering both from Monash University and a Certificate in IP Law. He is project leading in number of CAV related projects as well as an active committee expert member of ISO TC 204 for Intelligent Transport System and Standards Australia IT-023 as well as several SAE Technical Committees. Prior to ARRB, Dickson held various roles over 15 years with Toyota Motor Corporation Australia, including Head of Regulatory Affairs and Vehicle Safety. Dickson has over 20 years’ experience in Homologation, Regulatory Affairs, Compliance, Certification, Vehicle Safety, ITS / CAV, Vehicle Engineering, Vehicle Design and IP Law, in both private and government sectors. His focus at ARRB will be facilitating the integration of automated and connected technologies with infrastructure and enhancing the community’s understanding of the technology

Mike Lenné, PhD

SVP, Fleet & Human Factors, Seeing Machines

Dr Mike Lenné is an internationally recognised expert in human factors and safety. Following a successful academic career as a Professor at the Monash University Accident Research Centre, he moved to Seeing Machines in 2014 has transformed the business into a company that is renowned for the science underpinning its market-leading safety technologies. In his current role as SVP Fleet and Human Factors he is responsible for leading the fleet business and continuing to maintain crucial relationships with customers, partners and regulatory bodies around the world.

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…