- The big idea
Our 2018 Speakers
Joseph AamidorManaging Director, Aamidor Consulting (USA)
Joseph Aamidor is a senior product and market strategy consultant focused on smart buildings, IoT, energy and real estate. He has nearly 15 years of experience in building and energy technology. He provides strategic guidance and advice to established building management firms, technology providers, and early-stage innovators. Previously, he served as Director of Product at Lucid Design Group and was a product manager at Johnson Controls.
Ruchika AroraAdvance Analytics & Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft
Ruchika Arora is the Solution Architect - Advance Analytics & Artificial Intelligence for Microsoft Services in APJ. In this role, Ms. Arora is responsible for envisioning, solutions design, consulting and delivery of advance analytic services to customers and partners. She works closely with Microsoft’s Enterprise & Partner Group and Microsoft Enterprise Services, as well as the various Microsoft product teams to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of offerings across APJ.
With fifteen years of experience working in many industries including IT, advisory and consulting services spanning commercial and public sector, she is a respected leader with a strong track record and extensive knowledge on the evolving challenges and opportunities experienced by enterprises today, and how organizations can prepare themselves for the future. Ms. Arora holds a masters in computer science.
Rita ArrigoChief Digital Advisor, Microsoft
Rita Arrigo is a Chief Digital Advisor at Microsoft, she dreams, designs and delivers to transform the business, empower the employee, deliver new connected customer experiences and re-invent products. With experience in designing transformational digital solutions that embrace the modern workplace, cognitive, crypto-transactions and mixed-reality across multiple industries, she engages with globally distributed teams; mentor and motivate; and works on inclusive accessible design in an AI first approach.
Her work at Microsoft is focused in Smart Buildings, Connected Manufacturing, Digital Health, Connected Vehicle and Experience Design, together with industry, government and education re-imagining people, place and technology in the digital world. Her passion for humanising innovation is evident in her view of the next boom that will be fuelled by the collision of the creative and technology improving of daily lives and digitally transforming our cities, lifestyle and play. This started in 1993 when she co-founded the radio show Byte Into It on 3RRR aiming to reducing techno fear and bring the benefits of technology to a larger audience. Since that she has launched User Groups, Mentored and Attended Hackathons, Design Thinking to engage business users and drive customer empathy with a range of techniques to enable new technologies to flourish.
She is passionate about the Rise of AI, making our lives more human, with inclusive workplaces, rise of AI for customer service, the future of work with Mixed Reality and Machine Learning driving more personal experiences, that will make our lives more Human. As User Interface moves from SmartPhone to Ambient and Mixed Reality, Interactive Design becomes Cognitive Knowledge and Understanding, the new killer app will be intelligence. In this talk She is listed in the top 10 in Microsoft Global Social Selling Index and is currently at 4th place global in employee advocacy on Social Media.
Fabian BartnickVice President, Asia Pacific & International Business, LodgIQ
Fabian is the Vice President of Asia Pacific & International Business at LodgIQ overlooking all aspects and operations within the region as well as the commercial part of LodgIQ. Fabian’s career covers all sides within hospitality including property, regional and corporate level roles as well as consulting and technology vendor roles across 4 continents and 25 countries. Fabian has helped built and apply price optimization, visual analytics and total revenue management tools across the globe and successfully turned around revenue performance in many companies by providing strategic consulting services as well developing powerful revenue analytics solutions that empower the business to maximize its revenue potential. Fabian has been on the Board of Directors for HSMAI South East Asa and currently sits on the HSMAI Advisory Board.
Stuart BrownDirector and Chief Executive Officer, BlackWall
Stuart has been involved in property development, management and funding for 20 years. Stuart has run debt and equity raisings in relation to listed and unlisted real estate structures worth over a half a billion dollars. In his earlier career, Stuart practised as a solicitor in the areas of real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate advisory with Mallesons and Gilbert + Tobin. Stuart also sits on the Board as an Independent Director of Coogee Boys Preparatory School and Randwick Rugby Club.
Kevin BurmanNational Director - Technology Solutions, Colliers International
Kevin Burman has been with Colliers International since 2008, and leads the Technology Solutions team, which delivers IT consultancy and technical project management to corporate and government clients within Australia and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He has had extensive experience in the IT industry at all levels from technical roles to senior management positions, and specialises in complex mission-critical infrastructure and workplace technologies within office buildings and data centres.
Ian CashenDirector Building, Sydney Opera House
With formal training as a civil engineer, Ian has more than 20 years’ experience in construction and asset management. Ian’s experience spans the asset lifecycle including the development of strategies, planning and delivery of capital projects, and operations and maintenance management.
Ian joined the Sydney Opera House in 2016 after 12 years with infrastructure advisory firm Evans & Peck (now known as Advisian). Ian was a Principal of the firm responsible for providing a range of high value advisory services to clients as well managing the operations of the NSW branch comprising of 70 consulting staff.
Ian’s earlier career included experience in design and project management of high profile projects including a number of the Sydney Olympics venues. With this as a foundation Ian developed broader expertise, fulfilling leadership roles for delivery of major projects as well as reform initiatives for improving operations and maintenance of major assets.
Brent ClarkCEO and Founder, Wattblock
Brent Clark is the CEO and co-founder of Wattblock. Wattblock provides sustainability reports for strata buildings covering energy efficiency, solar, batteries, smart meters, electric vehicle recharging, gas and water. It has offices in Sydney and Brisbane and has assisted strata buildings across Australia.
Brent Clark was Chairperson of a 40 unit residential building and co-ordinated 10 energy saving projects to reduce common area electricity costs by 70% – a saving of $16,000 per year or $400 per unit p.a.
Michael CookGroup Executive, Investa
From 1992 until 2000, Michael was the Senior Asset Manager at Bankers Trust Australia, with responsibility for the development and asset management of shopping centres, industrial buildings, hotels and office buildings. Michael spent a short time at AMP as the Head of Co-Owned Assets, before departing Australia for Hong Kong to work on the $5 billion IFC Development.
Michael has been with Investa for 15 years, has been a Group Executive for 12 years and has at various times, had responsibility for Capital Transactions, Commercial Development, Leasing, as well as Asset Management and Portfolio Management.
Michael’s development projects included: 400 George St, Sydney, the Lord Foster designed Deutsche Bank Place at 126 Phillip St, Sydney. He is currently responible for 60 Martin Place.
Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics, a Graduate Diploma in Urban Estate Management and is a “Fellow” of the Australian Property Institute.
James DellowDirector, Digital Workplace Company
James Dellow, Director, Digital Workplace Company, uses human-centred design and technology management know-how to provide masterplanning to help develop organisations that are digital first workplaces from the ground up.
He is a human-centred designer, with a long-standing interest in the intersection of people, place and technology in workplace design. His consulting experience includes collaborating with leading design studios to help them develop workplace strategies for companies such as AMP, King & Wood Mallesons, Rabobank, and Suncorp that take into account new ways of working, technological developments, and how people collaborate and share knowledge.
Dr Christian DerixPrincipal Woods Bagot & Global Leader, SuperSpace
Dr Christian Derix is a principal of Woods Bagot and the Global Leader of SUPERSPACE, the design research agency of Woods Bagot. SUPERSPACE develops computational platforms for human-centric spatial environments simulating user-experiences employing data analysis, cognitive science and machine learning. SUPERSPACE has been a pioneer in computational planning since 2004 when Derix set up the first global professional Computational Design group at Aedas in London, to focus on users and spatial performance.
Derix holds a PhD from Technical University Vienna and has been researching and teaching at various European universities, recently completing visiting professorships at Technical University Munich, Germany and University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Bruce DuyshartDirector, Meld Strategies
Bruce Duyshart is a technologist, strategist and facilitator with a professional background in architecture, planning, design, property development and information technology. He has been at the forefront of innovation within the property industry for the past 20 years, having successfully implemented a number of ground breaking and award winning initiatives including: Smart Building Technologies, Sustainability Energy Monitoring, Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) communications systems and Web-based project collaboration systems.
As an innovation specialist, Bruce is passionate about creating intelligent property assets and mixed-use developments that retain long-term market value. Widely regarded as an industry leader in this field, he achieves successful project outcomes by working closely with clients to develop business strategies and development briefs that optimise technological, sustainable, cost effective and operationally efficient solutions for all project stakeholders.
He is also a published author and experienced speaker on a range of technology subjects.
Ivan FernandezIndustry Director, Industry Practice, Australia & New Zealand, Frost & Sullivan
Ivan is the Industry Director at Frost & Sullivan’s Industrial Practice in Sydney. He has close to two decades of experience in tracking market and technology trends across diverse fields including smart urban infrastructure; energy and environmental technologies; mining technologies; manufacturing technologies; process control and automation; building and facilities management; software, hardware and services for diverse applications; and other industry sectors. His consulting experience has included market opportunity assessments, end-user analysis, technical and management due diligence and competitive analysis.
Clients he has worked for include ACCC, Austrade, CSIRO, a range of State Government departments, utilities and industry associations, Telstra, Siemens, Hitachi, ABB, Toshiba, Schneider Electric, Rockwell, Cummins, Eaton, CIMIC, Downer, Broadspectrum, JLL, Programmed, Brookfield, etc. He has managed and executed diverse studies across Frost & Sullivan’s global offices, authored numerous reports and articles for www.frost.com and has been quoted frequently in leading international business magazines and industry journals.
Ivan holds a Masters qualification in Business Administration (MBA) and in Journalism & Mass Communications, and was a topper in his Advanced Marketing specialization (for the MBA program). He is a triple Gold medalist in his Bachelor’s degree.
Paul FoxManaging Director, Blockchain Pacific Capital
Paul Fox is the Managing Director of Blockchain Pacific Capital. Paul has held technology investment roles at AGL Energy, Southern Cross Ventures, the California Clean Energy Fund and Flex. He worked in Silicon Valley for 12 years as an executive, start-up CEO and venture capitalist. He was a strategy consultant during the deregulation of the energy industry in the 1990s.
His initial interest in blockchain was for securitisation of renewable energy projects. He later ran two blockchain peer-to-peer projects at AGL Energy Limited.
Paul holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Engineering. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Amanda GoodmanHead of Syndication & Director, Giant Leap
Amanda has run IIG’s Sydney office since 2014 and is responsible for managing the group’s relationships with institutional investors and intermediary groups. Amanda has 18 years’ experience in investment banking, venture capital and structured finance in the US, UK and Australia, as well as several years’ experience in the non-profit sector.
Amanda started her career at Goldman Sachs in New York and London in the Real Estate Advisory team (part of the Investment Banking division) and was a founding principal of venture capital firm Frontiers Capital in London. After arriving in Australia in 2001, Amanda worked with LJCB Investment group, a diversified private investment group owned by the Liberman family and JCA, a non-profit fundraising and planning organisation for the Jewish community in NSW and ACT.
Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, where she graduated cum laude with a concentration in Government and minor in Economics, and a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University. Amanda sits on the boards of two non-profits: The Observership Program and Stand Up, and serves as Deputy Chair of the Impact Investment Forum, an initiative of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia.
Dr. Hari GunasinghamChief Executive Officer & FounderEutech Cybernetics & the iViva Platform
Darren HedleyIFMS Account Director, Sodexo
Darren is an established senior managing director with over thirty years of operational management and leadership experience in the Mining and Offshore Oil & Gas industry across Asia Pacific.
Darren is an innovative and strategic thinker who transforms vision into feasible solutions benchmarked performance against key operational goals. Darren oversees the largest single mining contract at Sodexo, utilising Integrated Facilities Management Systems (IFMS), to evolve the development of Sodexo’s unique business processes. The adoption of the newly integrated IFMS platform has delivered increased productivity, greater efficiency and improved safety outcomes for clients, customers and employees.
Amelia HodgeChief Executive Officer, Australian Property Institute
Amelia has three decades of preofessional experience, her most recent executive role as CEO of the Queensland Law Society, providing leadership in advocacy, regularatory oversight and membership services to around 13,000 members of the legal profession.
Prior to that, Amelia held senior executive roles at the Powelink, Origin Energy, Coffey Commercial Advisory and the Sustainable Industries Division of the Queensland EPA and property, legal and planning advisory roles across the public and private infrastructure and developement sectors. A broad non-executive director career has seen Amelia hold board positions in the Water, Technology, Arts, Not for profit, Transpot and Sport (AFL) sectors
Heather IkinOrganisational Psychologist, Board-Approved Supervisor, National Chair, APS College of Organisational Psychology
Heatheris an Organisational Psychologist with over a decade of experience spanning health, safety and wellbeing, organisational development, culture change, leadership development, career development, recruitment and selection, and program evaluation. She has worked with a variety of industries across the private sector, including Mining, Energy, Manufacturing, and Construction, not-for-profits, and at all levels of government. In addition to maintaining an active career as an Organisational Psychologist, Heather is also the head ofher professional association, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Organisational Psychologists. Heather’s national team of volunteers work to support the practice of Organisational Psychology and promote the value that Organisational Psychologists contribute to Australian workplaces through their unique expertise.
Heather currently works as an Organisational Development Specialist with the Queensland Government, where she specialises in leadership development and change management. Her primary area of expertise is psychosocial risk management, having spent many years working with organisations to better understand work-related factors that increase risks to the psychological health of workers. Heather’s focus is on applying principles of organisational psychology to better understand how to mitigate these risks, making recommendations regarding improvements to work and organisation design, the working environment, change management, leadership performance, communication, culture, and employee capability. Heather will bring a unique point of view to the Summit, having recently had first-hand experience moving into a smart building environment as one of approximately 5,000 public servants that took occupancy of ‘1 William Street’ in Brisbane late in 2016.
Yee JienSenior Associate, John Wardle Architects
Yee is an Architect with a broad skill set, experienced in leading projects and teams from schematic design through to completion. Yee is a valued senior member of the JWA team, respected for his clear interactions, commitment and inclusive management approach.
With a background in delivering projects across a range of scales and market sectors, Yee has played key roles on numerous award-winning projects including the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture in 2014. Yee has worked in public, commercial, residential and master planning sectors.
As the main point of contact for Clients, Contractors and Consultants, Yee is adept at guiding complex projects through the process of design and construction, while remaining committed to delivering high-quality outcomes through collaboration and innovation.
Nathan LyonHead of Building Technology, Investa
Nathan is accountable for the development and recommendation of strategies as they relate to the identification, scoping, sourcing, development and implementation of building technology solutions that enhance the experience of tenants and occupants, and increase the performance and adaptability of the built environment.
David MurrayCustomer Insights & Innovation Manager, Operational Intelligence
David is the Customer Insights & Innovations Manager for Operational Intelligence. He has a strong background in Automotive, HVAC, BMS and Integration software solutions, developed over 20+ years in the building services and automation industry. Throughout his career, David has worked with many customers on numerous projects and solutions. His current focus is working with building owners, developers and portfolio managers to help them achieve the best outcomes for asset performance and human productivity in the race for digital transformation of buildings, cities and workspaces.
Greville PabstExecutive Chairman, WBP Property Group
Greville Pabst is one of Australia’s leading property commentators and a passionate advocate for the role property plays in creating personal wealth.
Spanning three decades, Greville’s career is characterised by entrepreneurial drive and innovative vision. Throughout his extensive career Greville has witnessed the often costly mistakes people make when buying and selling property, and he passionately believes in seeking professional advice when it comes to property. This passion fuelled the co-creation of PropertyDuo, the strategic advice arm of WBP Group committed to providing independent property advisory solutions. This advice supports Australians, from the first home buyer to the avid investor, to make smart, evidence-based property decisions that help them achieve their financial and lifestyle goals.
In addition to practising as a buyer’s agent and property advisor, Greville is Executive Chairman of WBP Group. He maintains certified practising valuer status and holds fellowships with the Australian Property Institute and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He is a fully licensed Real Estate Agent, former Chairman of the Australian Property Institute Membership Admissions Committee, former Vice President of the MFAA Victorian Council and fellow member of the MFAA. Greville is recognised by the Australian Property Institute as a Specialist Determining Valuer for Dispute Resolution in Rental Disputes and is a member of the Property Council of Australia
Greville is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading property commentators by business, the community and the media. He is a regular contributor to The Australian Financial Review, The Australian, The Age and leading property publications Domain, API Magazine, Your Investment Property Magazine and Smart Property Investor. Greville has also appeared on a range of television programs including Nine Network’s The Block as a member of the Buyer’s Jury and advisor to contestants; ABC’s “The Business”; Today Tonight; A Current Affair; SBS, Nine, and Seven News; Sky News Real Estate; and Channel 31 community television.
Interests outside of property include family life with his wife, children and pet boxer. Greville is an avid Western Bulldogs supporter (a Coterie member and a member of the Coaches Club), and enjoys a hit of tennis at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club where he is a member. He has been a member of The Executive Connection (TEC) for 10 years and is actively cultivating his collection of Australian Contemporary, Street and Indigenous Art.
Johanna PitmanProgram Director, CityConnect
Johanna Pitman directs BlueChilli’s latest accelerator program, CityConnect: an open innovation program to co-create solutions addressing the biggest challenges facing the world’s urban communities. Prior to BlueChilli, Johanna was the Deputy CEO for the Committee for Sydney, an independent think-tank advocating for global best practice in city-making. Johanna brings a deep understanding of urban issues and economic development, through senior roles in Federal and State agencies, and the UK Government's overseas trade network. Johanna is passionate about connecting the right players to create smart cities that are prosperous, inclusive and liveable for all.
Matt PopeFounder, SpaceConnect
Matt is the founder of Space Connect, an IoT based workplace utilisation & collaboration platform specialising in artificial intelligence and algorithmic machine learning. Matt has over 12years experience in the public and private sector with both business strategy & enterprise software development. Space Connect’s vision isto enable natural office collaboration through intelligence space management.
John PreeceChief Property Officer, Hub Australia
John joined Hub Australia as Chief Property Officer in 2018. In this role, John leads a team responsible for sourcing and securing new clubhouse sites, the refurbishment and fitout of the spaces to create amazing environments for Hub members, managing the technology infrastructure, ongoing portfolio management, and working closely with our Bespoke clients to create individual workspaces for larger corporates.
John has over 20 years of experience in commercial property and project management. He has held a range of senior positions in global property agencies including Knight Frank and DTZ in Australia, and CBRE in Europe. He also has a multi-disciplinary skill set, having worked across project management, occupier solutions and office leasing, as well as running Knight Frank’s full-service North Shore agency business in Sydney. He is a Fellow of the RICS, and a licensed real estate agent.
Linda RuddHead of Asset Management Services, Knight Frank
Operating within the property industry for over 12 years Linda has actively managed a mix of commercial, retail and industrial property portfolios both in Australia and the UK. Linda’s experience in asset management has included A Grade office towers in Sydney, trophy Central London buildings to business parks and industrial assets. Linda works nationally across the Knight Frank Asset Management business to drive consistency of service delivery and performance, developing effective service delivery models that suit client requirements, working closely with the property teams to deliver the outcomes that have been committed. Linda’s key strengths lie in her close alignment with the Knight Frank teams and ability to understand and deliver the client’s vision. Linda’s ability to identify, formulate and implement asset strategies and business plans, along with her attention to detail and ability to handle complex negotiations has positioned Linda as a key advisor to Knight Frank
Mark SminkChief Information Security Officer - Asia PacificJLL
Sajid SuddozaiEngineering Director, Command Centre, Asia Pacific, JLL
A dedicated professional who has more than 17 years of industry experience in various sectors primarily inMarine engineering, ,building services engineering (critical environments, Data Centers management Tier III & IV), Manufacturing-semi conductor industry , Industrial Management including Management of large asset portfolios in Asia pacific regions.
I have developed implemented and managed various contracts arrangements, supported in complex environments with industry contestability. Currently working on intelligent building management platforms using IoT for clients. This new product provides real estate owners and occupiers with advanced management data collection, analytics and operational knowledge for real-time, remote monitoring of buildings and facilities.
Scott TaylorThe Head of Living Utilities, Lendlease
Scott Taylor was appointed as the Head of Living Utilities in July 2014. In this role, Scott is accountable for:
• leading Property’s Smart Cities strategy to improve user experiences and the performance of the places that we create
• enabling the best places through innovative infrastructure solutions that solve problems and provide better outcomes
• the performance and growth of Living Utilities through providing customer centric services and place benefits from local solutions
Scott is a member of the Property Council of Australia’s (PCA) Cities Roundtable that facilitated the “Creating Great Australian Cities” thought leadership report, the PCA Energy Markets steering committee and sponsor of the ANZ Smart Cities Council, including the Standards Committee and sponsor of the Code for Smart Communities.
Scott has led the implementation of the Barangaroo South Precinct Green Utilities, contributing to place outcomes such as carbon neutrality, water positive and 6 start NABREs ratings.
From 2009 to 2013 Scott was a senior executive with Infigen Energy, where he established Infigen’s business in the US and then managed the growth of Infigen’s Australian business from 3 to 6 windfarms, becoming Australia’s largest singularly focused renewable energy retailer.
A graduate and facilitator in strategy and risk with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Risk Management Institute of Australia and was an Industry Fellow of the University of Queensland (UQ) Business School. Currently working with the UTS advisory Board for Masters of Smart Cities and the AGSM Executive Program.
A graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon, with ten years’ experience as a logistics officer within the Australian Army and Defence Force.
Scott has over 30 years’ industry experience in infrastructure, utilities, transport, manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management. A key focus has been the development and implementation of innovative businesses that positively disrupt the traditional approach.
Carolyn TrickettRegional Director, Head of Business Technology, Property & Asset Management, JLL
Carolyn Trickett is passionate about using technology as a strategic enabler for business innovation and growth. Her experience as an IT professional spans 25 years across a broad range of industries and technology; including nine years in property, eight years in telecommunications, and seven years in SAP software integration.
As the Head of Business Technology for JLL Property & Asset Management, Carolyn drives IT strategy, delivery and support across the Asia Pacific region. Over the last nine years, she has delivered a systems transformation program that has re-engineered the day to day functions for staff and provides clients with a continually improving reporting and service delivery suite.
Her latest success at JLL was the design and delivery of JLL Acumen - an enterprise data warehouse and reporting system which provides staff and clients with access to portfolio and property performance data through dashboards, reports and data analysis tools.
Toni TrumbullClient Executive, Willow
Toni’s passion for emerging technologies, combined with her 15 years’ experience in the commercial property industry, has created an exciting opportunity given the continuing rise of Proptech.
Toni’s background in the CRE space has traditionally been in analytical, asset management and client relationship roles across the office, industrial and retail markets. Having previously worked for large institutions including Macquarie Bank, ANZ and JLL, Toni has now embarked on a journey with EG Funds Management as their Digital Innovation Manager to explore big data, AI, blockchain and many other innovative opportunities enhancing the built environment.
Leon WurfelCEO & Founder, Bueno
Leon Wurfel is the founder and CEO of BUENO. Leon founded BUENO 5 years ago becoming the first mover in Australia in the operational property analytics space. Over the 5 years the team at BUENO has grown to 60 people, a global presence, and an install base of >1,300 buildings covering more than 15 million square metres. Leon is considered a thought leader in the smart buildings and operational big data spaces and regularly presents at conferences in Australia and abroad.