- 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.
Richard AndersonInvestment Director, PieLAB
Richard Anderson is the Investment Director at Pie LAB Venture Partners, the manager of the Real Estate Industry Venture Capital Fund, Australia's first specialist Real Estate Industry Technology VC Fund.
The fund invests in a wide range of technology and technology enabled service business that either disrupt, compete with or complement the services offered by the Australian Real Estate industry.
The fund is a $20m fund whose investors include the who's who of residential Real Estate agents in Australia as well as well as many strategic investors who are large influencers in the Real Estate ecosystem. Technology around the "Smart House" and "Smart Building" are providing an increasingly interesting opportunity for investors in this ecosystem.
Richard has a proven track record in investing and establishing and developing businesses and brings a broad range of commercial experience to the Pie Lab management team. Richard has worked in accounting (Grant Thornton & KPMG - Perth), finance and investment banking (Quadrex Securities – London) in Australia and the UK before establishing a financial consulting and investment firm, Evolve Capital.
Evolve Capital has invested in and provided financial advisory services to a number of businesses in a range of industries. An accomplished entrepreneur, Richard founded Jesters Jaffle Pie Co in Western Australia and built a network of 80 stores nationally before selling the business to ASX listed Australian Agricultural Company.
Richard was a director and shareholder of Caporn Young Estate Agents and was instrumental in developing Caporn Young to become one of the most successful and prominent real estate businesses in WA.
Evolve Capital continues to provide financial consulting to a number of Real Estate and non Real Estate businesses.
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.
Tim BrownChief Financial OfficerWOTSO
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 CashenExecutive Director - Building, Safety and Security, 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.
Shen ChiuDevelopment Director, Investa
Shen Chiu is the National Development Director for Investa - one of Australia’s largest developers, owners and managers of commercial real estate with over $11bn in owned and managed funds. Specialising in large scale commercial office developments, he currently leads a national team delivering over $2bn worth of new commercial office buildings.Shen is also responsible for the identification and assessment of development opportunities beyond Investa’s current asset base.
Shen has over 20 years of experience in the property industry, having originally qualified from the University of Melbourne as a structural engineer. He has spent more than a decade working for a broad range of property developers and management consultancies in both the UK and Australia.
As a qualified structural engineer Shen has always been an early-adopter of technology and is an IT expert and enthusiast. As an authority on property development through to building operation, he offers a grounded perspective on the commercial realities and end-to-end complexities of incorporating property technology. Shen is one of Investa’s innovation champions and key thought leaders on the current and future use of technology, including digital twins, IoT and intelligent building design, across its entire $11bn portfolio of property 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.
Nikki (Nirit) EylonManaging Director ANZParKam
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, Corran Toohill Capital
Paul Fox is an investor, strategist, business builder, and technologist. He has held technology investment roles at Corran Toohill, AGL Energy, Southern Cross Ventures, the California Clean Energy Fund and Flex. He is a founder of the Fast Cities EV charging network and advisor to the Enosi blockchain project. He was instrumental in creating AGL Energy Limited's New Energy subsidiary, delivering products including zero-down solar, home batteries, smart air conditioners, virtual power plants, EV charging and blockchain enabled P2P trading. He was a VC at the California Clean Energy Fund and spent 14 years in Silicon Valley including as CEO of a smart grid company, a VP at Flextonics, and the CEO of a fuel cell company.
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.
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.
Ross McIntyreChief Data Officer and Founder, WattBlock
Wattblock has just published a major City of Sydney funded study into electric vehicle charging in residential strata. The study includes national survey results from over 130 strata schemes and 20 case study assessments within the City of Sydney. The report is available online here.
Ross is the Chief Data Officer and Co-founder of Wattblock. Winner of the SCA Innovation of the Year in 2016, Wattblock has developed a “smart building” analytics platform to reduce energy waste in high-density residential buildings. Wattblock provides sustainability reports covering energy efficiency, solar, batteries, smart meters, energy trading, electric vehicle charging, gas, and water.
Previously Ross spent 10 years working for First Data in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and China. He has consulted to tier 1 banks on high volume transaction data for ATMs and merchant acquiring. Ross has a Masters in finance and an honours degree specialising in product development and innovation from the University of NSW.
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.
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.
Executive Product Manager - Future Cities, Transport and Logistics Living Lab Mentor, Data61 CSIRO
Dr Neil Temperley is part of Data61’s product management team focusing on future cities and the role of data and analytics to solve future city challenges. Neil advocates a ‘cities by design’ approach where future user-focused vision drives our understanding of the future role of data.
He believes in the power of living lab collaboration to drive both effective innovation and industry culture transformation.
Leveraging a background in engineering, science and industry engagement, Neil has helped establish two industry clusters including Australia’s first Living Laboratory in 2011. This cluster and knowledge hub focussed on collaborative projects and challenges in Transport and Logistics.
Neil sits on the board of the Australian Living Lab Innovation Network and the industry board of the Australian Smart Communities Association.
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.
Ron VictorCEO, IoTium
Ron Victor is a Silicon Valley-based technology entrepreneur with 20 years of experience and expertise launching new ventures at startups and Fortune 1000 technology companies.
To date he has enabled raising more than $30 million in startup capital for multiple startups in Silicon Valley. Ron has founded and led three companies to date with successful exits. His latest venture is IoTium Inc. a Silicon Valley startup that provides a secure, cloud-managed, easy-to-deploy software defined network infrastructure for all IoT verticals. IoTium's secure, horizontal, dynamically-configurable and scalable IoT network infrastructure solution significantly reduces the complexities for any IoT deployment including smart cities, smart grids, building automation, energy installations, industrial automation, transportation and more.
Prior to launching IoTium, Ron was vice president of marketing and business development of Wireless Industrial Technologies, an industrial IoT company providing IoT solutions for heavy industry such as aluminum smelters, copper tank houses and more.
Ron's experience and expertise cover a vast range of activities ranging from global business development, strategic planning, sales and marketing, intellectual property and engineering development. His domain experience and expertise includes, IoT, wireless networking, VoIP, streaming media and broadband.
Ron is also the founding volunteer and president of Vibha Inc., a completely volunteer driven registered 501c3 non-profit organization based in the United States and India. Vibha's mission is to ensure every underprivileged child attains his right to health, education and opportunity. To date the organization has raised and disbursed over $13 million dollars through over 250 social entrepreneur driven projects impacting the lives of over 300,000 underprivileged children.
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.