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

Senior 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
Senior 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 Finkel will be appearing at the World Engineers Convention via video message.

Dr Alan Finkel AO
Australia’s Chief Scientist

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Paul O’Halloran

Executive Director Network Integration, Metro

Paul O’Halloran is the Executive Director Network Integration at Metro Trains Melbourne. Paul has extensive experience in managing large-scale railway networks. He is committed to continuous improvement and nurturing a culture of safety and innovation through asset management, engineering and network strategy excellence.

Paul has held several key roles at Metro and Public Transport Victoria where he has proven his ability to lead teams of highly-skilled engineering, infrastructure and rolling stock specialists that maintain and advance the integrity of the rail network.

Paul and his team are helping to transform Melbourne’s rail network into a modern, reliable system.

Paul O’Halloran
Executive Director Network Integration, Metro

Professor Elanor Huntington

Dean, ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science

Professor Elanor Huntington is the first female Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University. She is committed to reimagining Science and Technology for the future. In particular, Professor Huntington hopes to encourage young women to get involved in STEM related fields.

Professor Huntington was previously the Head of School for the School of Engineering and Information Technology at UNSW Canberra. Additionally she has served as Chief Investigator on several Australian Research Council projects, Program Manager for the ARC Centre for Excellence in Quantum Computational Communication Technologies and is an Honorary Fellow for The Institution of Engineers Australia. Professor Huntington has a long history of council and board contributions including previous service on the ACT Accreditation and Registration Council as well as currently serving on the Board of Significant Capital Ventures, Innovation Science Australia and Questacon.

Professor Huntington holds a PhD (2000) in experimental quantum optics from the ANU. Her current research includes the control of quantum systems, with a particular interest in the interface between theory and applications.

Professor Elanor Huntington
Dean, ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science

Jon Williams

Partner, Fifth Frame

With an academic background in Psychology and Economics, Jon has spent over 30 years consulting in Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia on issues relating to the impact of people on organisational performance and in the area of behavioural economics and employee change. Jon has expertise in change management, leadership, organisational culture, human capital management, employee engagement and the alignment of organisation mission and values to the achievement of organisational objectives.

From an early career in reward consulting, Jon’s prior roles included establishing the Hewitt Associates business in Australia and spending 5 years as its Managing Director in ANZ, moving onto his next role as the Managing Principal for the Gallup Organisation in ANZ and lastly into the People Consulting business at PwC where he spent the last four of his ten years in the Partnership as the Global Leader for PwC’s People and Organisation business. Most recently Jon has co-founded the consulting firm Fifth Frame, providing people focussed business solutions to private sector clients.

For the past few years Jon has sharpened his focus to concentrate on the emerging issues around the Future of Work, partnering with Lynda Gratton from London Business School, presenting at conferences on this topic in North America, Australia, the UK, Southern Africa and Europe; commenting in the Australian media (4 Corners, Lateline, Stateline, The Australian Financial Review amongst others) and working with leadership teams to address the emerging challenges and opportunities created by artificial intelligence, robotic process automation and machine learning in the workplace. Jon is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Advisory Research Panel and an annual presenter to both their National conference and National President’s Forum.

Dylan is a keen philanthropist, and broke the world record playing wheelchair tennis for 24 consecutive hours non-stop, setting the new world record and raising an
incredible $100,000 for two charities. Dylan’s true passion is his work as a motivational speaker, and through his inspirational storytelling, he is continually trying to alter and change the way people with disabilities are perceived in the wider community. He works as a keynote corporate speaker, bringing disability awareness to schools. He also works extensively in the Australian media landscape, currently hosting on Triple J Radio, and he regularly makes appearances on Channel Ten’s The Project and Channel
7 Sports. In 2018, Dylan published his autobiography, Able - Gold Medals, Grand Slams and Smashing Glass Ceilings.

Jon Williams
Partner, Fifth Frame

 

Marco Assorati

Operations Regional Director South East Asia and Oceania, Salini Impregilo

With over 20 years’ experience, and a qualified civil engineer, Marco has undertaken roles varying from Company Director and General Operations Manager managing concurrent multi-million dollar projects in Nigeria and Ethiopia to Delivery, Business Development and Tendering activities in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Viet Nam, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia and most recently D&C metro trail line, bridging, tunnelling and stations across Australia.

Marco Assorati
Operations Regional Director South East Asia and Oceania, Salini Impregilo

Prof. Mark Cassidy

Dean, Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Professor Mark Cassidy is Dean, Professor of Civil Engineering and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, Melbourne School of Engineering. Prior to his appointment in Melbourne he was Director of the internationally renowned Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS) and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering (ARC CoE CGSE) at the University of Western Australia (UWA).

Mark’s research interests are in offshore geotechnics and engineering, predominantly in developing models for the analysis of oil and gas platforms, mobile drilling rigs, renewable wave and wind turbines, anchors and pipelines. Mark has published over 280 refereed journal and conference papers and jointly holds three international patents with Singaporean mobile jack-up builders Keppel Offshore and Marine and with Korean shipbuilders DSME. He has supervised over twenty PhD students to completion.

Mark is the 2015 Western Australian Scientist of the Year, an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) and the 2007 recipient of the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year – one of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. He is a three-time recipient of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) David Hislop Award for the best paper on offshore engineering (2003, 2014 and 2017), as well as the 2012 recipient of the ICE’s Geotechnical Research Medal for the best paper on geotechnical engineering.

Mark is passionate about safe and sustainable engineering in the ocean, though he still is failing in teaching himself to surf.

Prof. Mark Cassidy
Dean, Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne

John Sukkar

Director, Engineering & Design CSIRO | Data61

John leads Engineering and Design at CSIRO’s Data61. Data61 is the data and digital specialist arm of the CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency and are Australia’s leading data innovation group. John has extensive experience delivering global scale enterprise and consumer products; and joined Data61 returning to Australia after 17 years working in the United States. He held numerous product development roles with Microsoft in their Windows, Office and Xbox business units; as well as having product development experience in the Life Sciences industry and enterprise modernization.

Data61’s Engineering and Design group sits in a unique place in the technology ecosystem, partnering with academia, government and industry to help bridge scientific research innovation and outcomes with technology that creates economic, environmental and social impact.”

John Sukkar
Director, Engineering & Design CSIRO | Data61

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

Prof. Veena Sahajwalla Hon

Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT), UNSW

Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials.’ In 2018 Veena launched the world's first e-waste microfactory. As the founding Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, she is producing a new generation of green materials and products made entirely, or primarily, from waste. Veena also heads the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for ‘green manufacturing’, a leading national research centre that works in collaboration with industry to ensure new recycling science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits.

Prof Veena Sahajwalla became one of Australia’s best-known scientists and inventors through her regular appearances as a judge on the long-running ABC TV series ‘The New Inventors’ and recent guest on the ‘War on Waste’. Some of her recently given talks were: European Materials Research Society Fall Meeting 2018, Warsaw, Poland; Falling Wall Conference 2018, Berline, Germany, Farm2Fork Summit 2019, Sydney; TRANSFORM Conference 2019, Green Building Council of Australia. She continues her community engagement through regular public talks, her mentoring program for girls in science (Science 50:50) and regular media commentary. In 2018 she was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In 2016, Veena was named one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers and in 2015, Veena named Australia’s 100 Most Influential Engineers, both by Engineers Australia. In 2013, Veena received the ‘Howe Memorial Lecture Award’, Pittsburgh, USA in appreciation for her lecture on ‘The Power of Steelmaking – harnessing high temperature reactions to transform waste into raw material resources’. In 2012, she won the Australian Innovation Challenge (Overall Winner) for her innovation for her “ Green Steel”.

Prof. Veena Sahajwalla Hon
Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT), UNSW

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Prof. James Trevelyan

Faculty of Engineering, University of WA

Professor James Trevelyan is an engineer, educator, researcher and has recently become a start-up entrepreneur.

He is CEO of Close Comfort, a tech start-up introducing new energy saving, low emissions air conditioning technology to Australia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and other countries with a vast potential global market.

His research on engineering practice helped define the current Engineers Australia professional competencies for chartered engineers. His book “The Making of an Expert Engineer” and advances in understanding how engineers contribute commercial value are influencing the future of engineering education in universities and workplaces. His new book “30 Second Engineering” will help build greater awareness of the key importance of engineering and reach a global audience in about 25 languages.

He is best known internationally for pioneering research that resulted in sheep shearing robots from 1975 till 1993 and for the first industrial robot that could be remotely operated via the internet in 1994. He received the leading international award for robotics research, equivalent to the Fields medal in mathematics.

In 2018 he was awarded West Australian of the Year in the professions category in recognition of his achievements.

Prof. James Trevelyan
Faculty of Engineering, University of WA

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Tanya Ha

Director of Engagement, Science in Public

Tanya Ha is an award-winning Australian environmental campaigner, author, broadcaster, science journalist and sustainability researcher. She is also a media commentator on science and environmental issues, a behaviour change researcher and was a delegate to the Australia 2020 Summit.

Tanya is currently Director of Engagement at the communication agency Science in Public, a member of the executive committee and board of Science & Technology Australia, and and Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne and has recently been appointed to the to the board of Diversity Council Australia.

She is an environmental and science communication specialist. Her work has included reporting for ABC TV’s respected science show Catalyst, answering viewers’ eco questions as the environment presenter for Can We Help?, writing for several magazines and conducting media interviews on environmental issues. Tanya is also a best-selling author. Her books include the best-selling eco-guide book Greeniology and the acclaimed Green Stuff for Kids. In 2010 she won the United Nations Association of Australia Media Award for Environmental Reporting. In addition to her media work, Tanya also develops sustainable living and behaviour change programs. She was an ambassador for National Science Week in 2009.

Tanya now consults on science and environmental engagement and communication for several organisations, companies and research institutions. She is also a regular contributor to ABC Environment and has contributed to the sustainable cities and business section of The Guardian.

Tanya Ha
Director of Engagement, Science in Public

Valerie Agberagba

Vice President and Chair, Committee for Women in Engineering, Federation of African Engineering Organisation

Valerie Agberagba is a Vice President and Chair of the Committee for Women in Engineering. She serves in the same capacity at the Federation of African Engineering Organization. A 1989 graduate of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering as worked as Quality Control Engineer for over 20 years and is presently very involved in the Power Sector. She presently oversees a presidential initiative of providing Solar Home Systems to the rural communities in Nigeria. A professional engineer, Valerie is very involved in the mentoring of the younger generation of engineers and she effectively does this through her mentoring NGO.

Valerie Agberagba
Vice President and Chair, Committee for Women in Engineering, Federation of African Engineering Organisation

Daniel Favrat

Professor Emeritus, EPFL

Daniel Favrat, Professor Emeritus and Former Director of the Energy Center and of the Mechanical Engineering Institute of EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale of Lausanne). Vice Chair of the Energy Committee of WFEO, member of the Swiss Society of Engineers (SIA) and of ASME and ASHRAE, member of the Editorial Board of Energy: the international journal, author of numerous journal papers and of several patents and books on thermodynamics and energy systems. Cofounder of ExerGo Sarl and Fellow of Presans (Paris)

Prof. Daniel Favrat
Professor Emeritus, EPFL

Samuel Grossman

Vice President, WFEO

Sam has over 38 years of leadership experience in development, design, construction, consulting and operations of industrial and commercial projects. His areas of expertise include fossil, hydro, geothermal, and nuclear power, wastewater treatment, refineries, food processing, and electric and gas transmission.

Sam's responsibilities include developing and leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and operations and maintenance (O&M) activities. Develop contracting strategy for executing projects. This included a Qualification Based Selection Process for identifying major contractors and subcontractors. Negotiate EPC and O&M contracts to maximize operability and minimize cost.

Samuel Grossman
Vice President, WFEO

Mustafa Shehu

CEO, MBS Engineering

Mustafa Shehu started his professional career upon graduation in 1985 with the National Youth Service Corps scheme where he served with the Electrical Inspectorate Division, Federal Ministry of Mines and Power, Enugu. He got involved in pre-commissioning tests of various Rural Electrification Projects in the then Anambra, Imo, Rivers, Cross-Rivers and Benue states, 27MW gas Turbine Project Angiama Rivers State, Greater Enugu Water scheme and host of other Projects. In 1986 Mustafa joined the Lagos Themal Power station Egbin, A NEPA 6 x 220MW gas turbine generation station. He was attached to the switchgear and transformer section and was responsible for the maintenance of protective relays.

Mustafa Shehu
CEO, MBS Engineering

Dr Khin Sandar Tun

Chairman of Women Engineers Chapter & Vice President of Myanmar Engineering Society (MES), Associate Professor in West Yangon Technological University Myanmar

-Chairman of Women Engineers Chapter, Myanmar Engineering Society
-Vice President of Myanmar Engineering Society (MES)
-Associate professor in West Yangon Technological University, Myanmar
-B.E.(Electronic), 1991
-M.E.(Electronic), 1999
-Ph.D (Electronic), 2017
-supervised more than 30 research theses for Master of Engineering students and Ph.D Engineering students from 2004 up to at present
-Member of Myanmar Engineering Council (MEngC)
-P.E(Electronic), ACPE( Electrical)
-Honorary fellow of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisation (AFEO)
-Fellow of ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology (AAET)

Dr Khin Sandar Tun
Chairman of Women Engineers Chapter & Vice President of Myanmar Engineering Society (MES), Associate Professor in West Yangon Technological University Myanmar

Prof Jose Vieira

Centre for Territory, Environment and Construction, University of Minho

Professor and Researcher in Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho.
Education and Degrees
1986 - PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Minho (approved with distinction)
1997 - Agregação, University of Minho (approved unanimously)
1997 - MSc in Sanitary Engineering, IHE - Delft (Holland) (Diploma with distinction)
1997 - Licenciatura (BSc) in Civil Engineering, University of Porto (16/20)

Domain of specialization
Water resources planning and management
Water quality modelling
Drinking-water and public health

Present research interests
Hydroinformatics
Hydrodynamics and dispersion of pollutants in estuaries and coastal zones
River basins water quality management
Water supply and public health
Drinking water safety plans

Lectures Hydraulics
Water and Wastewater Treatment
Water Management.

Prof Jose Vieira
Centre for Territory, Environment and Construction, University of Minho

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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Dylan Alcott

WEC Signature Event Speaker

Not many people can lay claim to being a Paralympic gold medallist and world champion whilst still being in their teenage years. Then again, there aren’t many people like Dylan Alcott.
Dylan, a dual sport athlete, has represented Australia on the international stage in both wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis since the age of 13.

In 2008, at the age of 17, Dylan was a member of the Australian wheelchair basketball team, The Rollers, won gold medal victory at the 2008 Paralympic games in Beijing. Dylan became the youngest ever wheelchair basketball gold medallist in history. At the 2016 Rio Paralympics Dylan won gold in both the singles and doubles tennis making him one of an elite few to have won Olympic gold in two different sports at two separate Olympics.

Dylan was born with a rare type of tumour wrapped around his spinal cord, which required immediate surgery only weeks after birth. After a three-year battle for his life, Dylan defied the odds and through sheer determination and hard work, he has been able to strive to become one of Australia’s best and widely recognised Paralympians.

One of Dylan’s greatest achievements was being inducted as a member of the Order of Australia in 2009 at the age of 18. From there, Dylan and The Rollers followed up their win in Beijing with victory at the 2010 FIBA World Championships, becoming the first Australian basketball team to ever win the title. At the tournament, he was selected in the World All Star 5, making him the best player in his position in the world. In 2012, he returned from the London Paralympic Games with a silver medal.

In 2013, Dylan re-launched his tennis career, and was granted a wild card into the 2014 Australian Open, reaching the semi-final. After only 18 months into his comeback, Dylan won his first ever grand slam title, The Australian Open, and is currently ranked number one in the world.

Dylan made sports history in 2016, as the first wheelchair athlete to win the Newcombe Medal, the highest individual award in Australian tennis. Dylan won Gold in both the singles and doubles tennis at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, was the winner of the 2016 Australian Open and awarded the winner of the 2016 GQ Sportsman of the Year. In 2019, Dylan won his fifth consecutive Australian Open title, and he has won seven grand slam singles titles to date.

Dylan’s achievements are not only restricted to the sporting field. In 2017, Dylan created the Dylan Alcott Foundation, a foundation to help young people who are struggling to come to terms with their disabilities. The foundation aims to improve quality of life through mentoring, scholarships and grants which assists individuals to be involved in education and sport. Dylan is also an entrepreneur, and is the co-founder of Get Skilled Access, a training provider educating corporates and governments on how to better understand and treat customers with disabilities. He was also nominated for 2017 Young Australian of the Year.

Dylan is a keen philanthropist, and broke the world record playing wheelchair tennis for 24 consecutive hours non-stop, setting the new world record and raising an
incredible $100,000 for two charities. Dylan’s true passion is his work as a motivational speaker, and through his inspirational storytelling, he is continually trying to alter and change the way people with disabilities are perceived in the wider community. He works as a keynote corporate speaker, bringing disability awareness to schools. He also works extensively in the Australian media landscape, currently hosting on Triple J Radio, and he regularly makes appearances on Channel Ten’s The Project and Channel
7 Sports. In 2018, Dylan published his autobiography, Able - Gold Medals, Grand Slams and Smashing Glass Ceilings.

Dylan Alcott
WEC Signature Event Speaker Only