Speakers

Prof. Carlo Ratti

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

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 & 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 here 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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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 experienced in 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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Peter McIntyre

Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Australia

Peter was appointed as CEO of Engineers Australia in July 2017. He has been a Board Director with TasNetworks since November 2016. Peter was previously employed at TransGrid, where he served as its Managing Director for six years. Prior to that he held several executive positions there, with responsibilities including regulatory strategy, revenue reset, customer engagement, asset management, network planning and system operations.
Peter is a past Deputy Chairman of the Energy Networks Association, past Chairman of Grid Australia and past Deputy Chairman of the Australian Power Institute.

Peter holds a BSc in physics and a BE (Hons) in electrical engineering from UNSW and an MBA in technology management from Deakin University. Peter is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and has been an Engineers Australia member for 34 years. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Engineering Executive. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Energy.

Peter McIntyre
Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Australia

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