Speakers

Prof. Carlo Ratti

Director, Senseable City Lab, MIT and Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati

An architect and engineer by training, Carlo teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, later earning his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.

In the last decade, Carlo has given talks around the world on the theme of Smart Cities, while his work has been exhibited in international venues including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum and Barcelona’s Design Museum. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – were hailed by Time Magazine as “Best Inventions of the Year.”

He has been included in Blueprint Magazine’s “25 People who will Change the World of Design” and in Wired Magazine’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.” He was curator for the Future Food District at Expo Milano 2015, and is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Council on the Future of Cities and Urbanization

Prof. Carlo Ratti
Director, Senseable City Lab, MIT and Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati

Meredith Westafer

Staff Industrial Engineer, Tesla

Meredith manages the factory design and site layout of the company's Gigafactory in Nevada, which produces the integral lithium-ion batteries and electric drive units that run Tesla vehicles.

Meredith developed the models that determined the factory’s space requirements and how materials flow within the factory. She designed an automated material delivery system that uses a fleet of autonomous mobile robots to deliver goods to and from the production line.

Meredith has been with Tesla for over four years and was previously with Owens Corning, where she worked in material flow design, developing inventory models, and as a hands-on process engineer on production lines.

Her work at Tesla focuses on material flow & factory design for new products, processes, and future sites.

Meredith Westafer
Staff Industrial Engineer, Tesla

Dr Alan Finkel AO

Australia’s Chief Scientist

Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist. Prior to his appointment, he served as President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and for eight years as Chancellor of Monash University.

As Chief Scientist, Dr Finkel is leading the development of the national hydrogen strategy at the request of the Council of Australian Governments. He also led the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, the 2017 Review into the National Electricity Market (“Finkel Review”) and the 2018 STEM Industry Partnership Forum report. He serves as the Deputy Chair of Innovation and Science Australia.

Dr Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator. He was awarded his PhD in electrical engineering from Monash University and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience at the Australian National University.

In 1983 he founded Axon Instruments, a California-based, ASX-listed company that made precision scientific instruments used at pharmaceutical companies and universities for the discovery of new medicines. After Axon was sold in 2004, Dr Finkel became a director of the acquiring company, NASDAQ-listed Molecular Devices.

In 2006, he focused his career in Australia and undertook a wide range of activities. He led the amalgamation that formed the Florey Neuroscience Institutes; he became Chair of the Australian Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) and was a director of the ASX-listed diagnostics company Cogstate Limited. He was Executive Chair of the educational software company Stile Education, Chair of Manhattan Investment Group, Chief Technology Officer of Better Place Australia and Chair of Speedpanel Australia.

Dr Finkel was the 2016 Victorian of the Year and the recipient of the Mountbatten Medal (UK). A winner of the Clunies Ross Award for facilitating international neuroscience research, Dr Finkel is committed to science education. He co-founded Cosmos Magazine, which in addition to magazine publishing operates a secondary schools science education program. At ATSE, he led the development and implementation of the STELR program for secondary school science, which has been adopted in more than 600 Australian schools. As Chief Scientist he has led the development of the STARportal information web site for extracurricular STEM activities.

Dr Finkel also established the Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience to train early career neuroscientists.

Dr Alan Finkel AO
Australia’s Chief Scientist

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Dr Collette Burke

Victorian Chief Engineer/Office of Projects Victoria & Exner Group

Dr Collette Burke has spent more than 25 years within the Engineering and Construction Industry in both the private and public sectors. She has moved through a variety of roles within telecommunications, road, tunnel, rail, building, marine and other major infrastructure projects. She is an internationally acknowledged researcher, with a PhD in risk management. Currently a Director to the VicTrack Board and Managing Director of two private engineering consulting firms; Exner Group in Australia and Karsta Middle East based in the UAE. Dr Burke was appointed the very first Victorian Chief Engineer at the beginning of 2018, to which she will provide expert advice to the Government on major project design and engineering.

Dr Collette Burke
Victorian Chief Engineer/Office of Projects Victoria & Exner Group

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Krishna Bodanapu

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Cyient

As Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Krishna provides the strategic direction for growth and is responsible for all operations.

Krishna initially joined Cyient as a Sales Manager for engineering services in Europe. He later moved to India, where he held dual roles of Marketing Manager, and Key Account Manager for the company's aerospace vertical, as Marketing Manager, he worked with several key aerospace customers and was an integral part of many successful customer engagements. As Key Account Manager, he was responsible for relationship building and account management for several primary customers in engineering services.

Advancing into the role of Chief Operating Office, Krishna contributed significantly to Cyient's consistent growth in terms of revenue, margin, customer and associate satisfaction.

Prior to Cyient, Krishna was with Altera Corporation, a leading semiconductor manufacturer in San Jose, California. He was responsible for the company's flagship product line, APEX.

Krishna holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a master's degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management, at Northwestern University.

Krishna Bodanapu
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Cyient

Susan Freemen-Greene

Chief Executive Officer, Engineering New Zealand

Susan has been Chief Executive of Engineering New Zealand since February 2015. She is transforming the engineering professional body into an outward-facing organisation dedicated to engineering better lives for New Zealanders. Engineering New Zealand changed its name from IPENZ in October 2017 and at the same time introduced a revamped membership pathway appealing to a broad range of engineering professionals. Membership is 22,000 and growing. Before starting at Engineering New Zealand, Susan was Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Standards Authority. Susan is also on the Board of TeamTalk and a Board Trustee of the New Zealand Festival.

Susan Freeman-Greene
Chief Executive Officer, Engineering New Zealand

Trish White

National President, Engineers Australia

Trish is National President and Chair of the Board of Engineers Australia. A professional company director, she serves on the boards of companies in the insurance, manufacturing, property, transport and university sectors. She is an executive director of professional services and business advisory firm, SlingsbyTaylor.

Formerly, Trish was Executive Strategic Advisor for WorleyParsons Ltd, working in the global resources and energy industries. That followed a career as a cabinet minister in the South Australian government, where she served in the infrastructure, development, transport, science and education portfolios.

Her early career had been in telecommunications, then in applied research with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and she managed national infrastructure projects in Canberra. Trish is an experienced professional company director, having served on the boards of several large Australian companies. She is a Fellow of the College for Leadership and Management and the AICD.

Trish White
National President, Engineers Australia

 
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Dr Marlene Kanga AM

International Advisory Committee, President-Elect World Federation of Engineering Organizations, Past President Engineers Australia

Dr. Marlene Kanga is Chair of the WEC2019 Advisory Committee and President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), the peak body for engineering institutions internationally representing some 100 engineering institutions and approximately 30 million engineers. She was National President of Engineers Australia in 2013. She is the 2018 Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year and was listed in March 2019 among the Top 10 most influential women engineers in Australia. She has led the initiative to declare 4th March as World Engineering Day at UNESCO. She is a Member of the Order of Australia as recognition of her leadership of the engineering profession.

Marlene is a chemical engineer, and has significant experience in process safety and risk engineering in the oil and gas industry in Australia and New Zealand. She is an experienced non-executive director and board member of Sydney Water Corporation Australia’s largest water utility, AirServices Australia providing air navigation services across Australia and the Indian Ocean and other boards involving innovation. She is a director of iOmniscient Pty. Ltd. which has developed artificial intelligence technologies for moving images.

Dr. Kanga is a member of the Australian Academy of Technology Science and Engineering and a Foreign Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK). She is a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers India and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr. Kanga has been listed among the Top 100 Women of Influence in Australia and the Top 100 Engineers in Australia. She was the 2014 FEIAP (Federation of Engineers in Asia and the Pacific) Professional Engineer of the Year, the first woman to win this award.

Dr Marlene Kanga AM
International Advisory Committee, President-Elect World Federation of Engineering Organizations, Past President Engineers Australia

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