Some of the 82 congress contributors have provided a brief biography on their life and careers thus far.
We hope you can join them and us at the Affordable Living in Sustainable Cities Congress 1-2 November 2018

John Moore
Over 25 years’ experience in:
Analysing, evaluating and delivering effective business solutions.

  • including planning, negotiating and directing innovative, leading edge technology, e-commerce, property and infrastructure projects.
  • designing solutions that incorporate UN defined sustainability and humanitarian objectives.
  • Gaining project and financial commitment from senior Government and Industry executives.
  • Preparing large scale project feasibilities to gain commitment from International infrastructure funders.

Director of PT. Lampung Energi Nasional 2018 - present
Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions (Indonesia)
Role: Create Regional Developments Plans for local provinces that make use of and maximise the value of existing assets through efficient transport Infrastructure.
CEO Forrester Cohen International Group: 2010 - present
Role: Create an implement an ethical Property Investment Advisory service and develop a large scale project consulting service. John created a $55B, Smart City and High-Speed Rail Infrastructure feasibility submitted to the Federal Government for review.
PIAA: 2002 - 2010
Founder and President if the Property Investment Association of Australia (PIAA) and currently senior lecturer for the PIA01 course.

Ian Rhodes
Ian's interest in affordable and social housing began back in his undergraduate days when he won the J.W. Fox Prize for Regional Geography at the University of New England.
Since graduation he has gathered 30 years work experience in the private sector with Cardno, the NSW State Government and then for the last 18 years in a range of NSW local government organisations.
Passionate about the future potential of Newcastle and its diverse community, Ian currently leads the City of Newcastle's Community Planning Team comprised of six professionals committed to the development and delivery of social and cultural strategy, policy and affordable housing solutions.
Having worked for government and private sector organisations Ian has made strong contributions to evidence based solutions leading to improvements in wellbeing at the community level.
A specialist in community engagement, Ian is focussed on the need for sustainable development based on urban design that encourages active transport, local employment and social cohesion. 
He is a member of The University of Newcastle's CIFAL Board.  CIFAL stands for Centre International de Formation des Autorities et Leaders (in French) and seeks to strengthen local leadership and capacity in sustainable development.
Ian lives on the NSW Central Coast as a proud father of four daughters and grandfather to one.

Associate Professor Wendy Stone
Wendy is Academic Leader of the Housing Transitions Research Program within the Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne University and is Director of the AHURI Swinburne Research Centre. Wendy convenes the annual national housing scholars' symposium, publishes for academic and community audiences and is engaged in policy development and debate in housing issues. Her current research focuses on children and family housing, housing aspirations across the life course, housing inequalities and innovations in social policy.

Martin Kennedy
Martin Kennedy is a strategic communications specialist, affordable housing advocate, and the Manager of Public Affairs at Compass Housing Services.  He has more than a decade of experience in the social and affordable housing sector and has held positions with both government and not-for-profit housing providers in Queensland and New South Wales.
Martin is the author of the 2018 Affordable Housing Income Gap Report which measured housing stress amongst median income renters across New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria. He is passionate about housing policy reform, and brings a unique perspective to campaign for a solution to Australia’s housing crisis.

Jaime Parsons
Jaime is an urban designer and strategic planner with extensive experience in large scale strategic and masterplanning projects, both in established areas and new communities. He also has considerable expertise in the conceptualisation and delivery of medium and higher density dwellings, shopping districts and public infrastructure. Jaime holds two degrees in Tourism and Marketing, and postgraduate qualifications in both Tourism Planning and Development, and Urban Design. Having worked in the private and public sectors, in Australia and the Solomon Islands, he has an understanding of how the urban development process can be influenced to achieve better urban design outcomes. His background in tourism also provides him with and insight into how cultural and economic forces shape our cities and towns. He also has strong project managements skills having delivered complex urban design strategies, policies and plans ranging from the minimisation of the urban heat island effect to complete planning schemes to accommodate transformative growth in the Solomon Islands. Jaime has presented at several public events and conferences on topics ranging from waterfront development in the Solomon Islands to emerging urbanism in Spain. He has also authored several articles in urban planning publications. He has also organised and led an urban planning and design tour of urbanism in post-GFC Spain. Having lived in six countries, travelled to dozens more, and being bilingual in English and Spanish he has a strong awareness of how culture and environment changes our use of space, and even the form of our towns and cities. This understanding highlights his passion to create distinct places that reflect who we are if our urban environment is to be vibrant, resilient and successful.

Suzette Jackson
Suzette leads the One Planet Living Program working with communities and end-users across multiple sectors for transition to sustainable cities and regions. Suzette is a facilitator, trainer and assessor with a wealth of experience in architecture, design and sustainability.
Bioregional Australia Foundation, operates the One Planet Program Australia and New Zealand, providing training, membership and integrator services, workshop facilitations, advisory services, and assessments. Bioregional Australia works with Bioregional UK, to progress behaviour change towards one planet lifestyles.

Dr Jonathon V Manalad
Dr. Jonathan Manalad has an extensive professional practice both as an architect and academician for the past 25 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Education and a Master’s Degree in Architecture, major in Urban Design and minor in Housing. 
He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas within which, he had been sent as an international exchange student to the University of Greenwich in Kent, England that exposed him to British-based architecture curriculum. His early exposures to international design practices has been his tool to be an effective design practitioner and academician being an Assistant Professor at the College of Architecture of the University of Santo Tomas.
As an architect and licensed environmental planner, he heads an independent architectural firm J.V. Manalad Design, Planning and Construction. His project involvement ranges from commercial, institutional, academic and residential undertakings. Currently, he is heavily involved with major master planning projects in Davao City and various architectural design projects in Metro Manila.
In the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), the country's national organization of architects, he is currently the Executive Director of the Commission on Education for the current fiscal year.

Joseph Mwangi Wanjiku
A Kenyan native, my passion for wildlife and conservation education begun after my first visit to Nairobi national park when I was six. This would foster my career path in matters conservation, and after completing my Diploma, and securing first internship with African Fund for Endangered wildlife, in Nairobi, there was no turning back.
I later worked and volunteered with different organization for 4 years including, as a conservation educator and graduate research assistant with National museums of Kenya, Olpejeta conservancy and Laikipia wildlife forum.
I pursued Diploma in Tourism and wildlife management, a BSc of science in wildlife management, before a partial sponsorship to pursue a MSc degree in Environmental science, at the university of south Australia.
I have a genuine interest in creating awareness about the environment, wildlife and their habitats and threats.  I founded, ‘Sauti ya Ndovu’ while pursuing my undergraduate, an initiative to create awareness among my fellow students and youth about elephants and other species of conservation concern in general.

Professor Ralph Horne
Prof Ralph Horne is a geographer interested in urban sustainability, in particular, low carbon transitions in housing and households. The spatial, material and contingent social and policy structures at play are the main focus of his work on both the making and shaping of urban environments. He is Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation for the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University. He combines research leadership and participation in research projects concerning the environmental, social and policy context of production and consumption in the urban environment.

Dr Iain Butterworth
Iain has more than 25 years’ experience in a range of sectors, including community development, government, higher education and consulting.
Iain has particular expertise in the World Health Organisation’s Healthy Cities and Communities approach; population health; liveability policy research, measurement and implementation; and university-community engagement.
Prior to joining AHURI, Iain was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, helped establish Deakin University’s interdisciplinary post-graduate planning degree, and supported the university's community engagement agenda. He co-led the formal Partnership between Deakin University and the Victorian Department of Human Services.
More recently, Iain worked with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services in a range of roles, including driving the development of the Place, Health, and Liveability policy research partnership with the University of Melbourne.   The Liveability research output and resources have had considerable policy impact and uptake by state and local government.
Iain is currently National President of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association, and an Urban Scholar with the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme.

Kris Hartley
Kris Hartley is a Lecturer in public policy in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. In 2018, he will commence as Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian and Policy Studies at the Education University of Hong Kong. Kris conducts research on intergovernmental relations and cross-sector collaboration in addressing regional policy issues in Asia’s urban megaregions. His work covers issues related to environmental management, economic policy, and urban development. His research has appeared in academic publications across the fields of public administration, sociology, and geography. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore and a Master of City Planning from UC Berkeley.

Katherine O’Regan
Katherine is an experienced executive and commercial Board Director specialising in urban management, finance and economic development. She has strong strategic abilities, commercial acumen and international experience across banking and property, infrastructure, innovation, urban development and the environment.
Katherine O’Regan has developed and implemented growth strategies for cities, business and government. In 2017 Katherine was appointed Executive Director of the Cities Leadership Institute, a not for profit dedicated to building the capacity of urban leaders to make cities, towns and communities great places.
Katherine has served as a Chief of Staff and Advisor to Federal and State Government Ministers and Deputy Mayor, Woollahra Municipal Council where she served as a Councillor for five years. She served as Trustee and Chair of a $15 billion superannuation fund and is a current Board member of the Sydney Institute, Foundation National Parks and Wildlife and Chair of Sydney East Business Chamber.
Formally an athlete, scientist, and coach Katherine holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Sports Science), Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of US Studies (with Merit).

Khairiah Talha
Madam Khairiah Talha qualified as a Town Planner from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1980.  She has had 38 years’ experience as an Urban Planner, both in government and private sector.  She has been managing her own practice in the field of urban planning, urban design and planning research since 1996. Her company, KW Associate Planners Pty. Ltd. is based in Shah Alam and is an award-winning firm, having introduced new initiatives in the field of urban and regional planning.  Her field of expertise include the formulation of state, regional and city structure and local plans as well as in the field of eco-tourism and coastal land management and protection. She is very active in several professional organizations and has held several posts, amongst which are:
i.              President of the Malaysian Institute of Planners for 2 terms (1999- 2003)
ii.             Board Member Association of Professional Bodies Malaysia   (2010-2013)
iii.            Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Planners (1995-1999); (2003-2013)
iv.           Secretary General of the Eastern Regional Organization for Planning and Human Settlements (EAROPH) for 8 years (2002-2010)
v.            Honorary President of EAROPH  (2003 to date)
vi.           Council Member, International Federation of Housing and Planning (IFHP),
vii.          Board Member of the Town Planners Board 2012-2018
viii.         Board of Advisors to Ministry of Federal Territories (2012-2016)
ix.           General Manager of the MIP Training Centre Sdn.Bhd. (2014 to 2018)
In 2010, Madam Khairiah was also a member of the team from the Malaysian Institute of Planners who worked on the Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF) for the Ministry of Energy, Water and Green Technology, Malaysia. 
She has led the training on Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF) for the Ministry and the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation, and other government agencies at Federal, State and Local levels.  She has undertaken training sessions and workshops for several local authorities in Kuala Lumpur and the state of Selangor on matters of public engagement, community participation, private sector partnerships, etc.  
She was appointed the General Manager of the MIP Training Centre Sdn. Bhd. since April 2014 by the MIP Council.  Her services as the General Manager included framing training modules and content that encompassed the organizing of many workshops, seminars, as well as technical site visits on local and international best practices. 
She is an avid speaker at many domestic and international conferences and forums and is often invited to speak on a variety of issues that touch on sustainable development and low carbon cities. 

Dr Jane Stanley
Dr Jane Stanley is qualified in architecture, planning, social and economic research. She is author of the award-winning textbook “Gnarly Planning: tools for local and global action”, the Australian handbook “Building Indigenous Economies”, and the new e-book “How to Build Local Economies”.  Jane is current President of the Australian Chapter and Member of the International Council of EAROPH (Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlements), the Asia Pacific peak body for the built environment. She is past President of the International Division of the Planning Institute of Australia, and Past Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.
Jane's experience in capacity building includes design and delivery of diverse programs for Australian and international delivery. This includes a postgraduate UNESCO badged program for Asia-Pacific delivery on Sustainable Heritage Development based around UN Local Agenda 21 and the Stockholm Declaration on Culturally Sustainable Development. She has designed and delivered programs for Australian local government on public sector ethics, access and equity of service delivery, governance and corporate planning. For other clients she has designed and delivered adult education programs on housing, planning and economic development.
Jane has been accredited by the World Bank as a facilitator in its Business Partners for Development Program, concerned with tools for development productive partnerships between the public, private and community sectors. She is also an accredited Mediator by the Australian Native Title Tribunal, recognising her negotiation and mediation skills. She has prepared a training manual on negotiating regional agreements, published by the Australian Government. Jane is also an accredited Business Planner and Town Planner, with a wide range of experience in working for public and private sector clients.
Jane’s recent work includes oversight of a national audit of the informal economy in Papua New Guinea, preparing foundation documents for a UN program improving fresh produce markets in Melanesia, developing an Australian farm energy project, developing a closed loop manufacturing cluster in Victoria, and promoting innovative waste management technologies.
George Zhou
George is an Associate and Landscape Architect at Tract, having joined the team in 2008 after obtaining his Masters in Landscape Architecture at the University of Melbourne.
George has played an instrumental role in Tract's China projects over the past few years, as well as having significant involvement in local projects.
His experience includes large scale landscape planning, infrastructure, greenfield, resort, public realm, golf and urban design projects. George is skilled at the generation of conceptual design and graphic communications and has been involved in numerous design competitions.
George participates in a range of tasks from design and documentation to project management and delivery.
Key projects:

  • Palm Deira Mall, Dubai
  • Eastern Golf Club Relocation, Yering Victoria
  • Upper West Side, Melbourne
  • Surrey Road Park, South Yarra
  • Eastern Plaza, Melbourne Park
  • River Valley Estate
  • 108 Flinders, Melbourne
  • Power St Loop, Southbank
  • KL 100, Malaysia
  • MIC,Hanoi Vietnam
  • Suchu Industry Park, Anhui China
  • Suzhou Bay, China
  • Suzhou Gaoxin District Eco-Master Planning, China
  • Xijing Bay, Suzhou China
  • Shuangliu Township, Chengdu China
  • Long Mu Bay Resort, Hainan Island, China

Jayden Holmes
Jayden Holmes is a final year Master of Urban Planning and Environment student at RMIT University with an interest in sustainable urbanism and the creative (re)use of urban space. His research considers the policy incentives and dis-incentives for re-purposing commercial multistorey carparks in the City of Melbourne for new uses, such as green roofs. Jayden also works for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), where he recently coordinated the Victorian Government’s input into Australia’s first Voluntary National Review on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Geoff Rollinson
Geoff Rollinson is currently working as the Landcare Coordinator for Heytesbury District Landcare Network, located in south west region of Victoria, Australia.  He is currently focused on delivering on-ground works in the natural resources management (NRM) sector in this community-based, not for profit organisation which is funded mostly through government and corporate investment.
Other parts of his role include working with educational and community groups in addition to being on NRM and environmental reference groups. Geoff understands the power of collaboration by applying it practice through professional work and through volunteer roles in community-based organisations such as Warrnambool Community Garden.
Prior experience includes working as a media and marketing professional in the newspaper industry through Fairfax media and Leader Newspapers and through his own marketing enterprise Impress Marketing.

Donnell Davies
Two decades in government and another in private sector, academia and international charities.
President United Nations Association Australia in Queensland (organizer: inaugural UNAA SDG community action awards 2017). ICAT working group (UNEP, WRI & UDP) for transformational change for climate action transparency ( 2nd draft out for public comment).
Owner Urban Climate Governance facilitating professional development on creating Climate-Sensitive-Cities© Author: The Race between Education and Catastrophe 2018.
Lead author: SDGs - role of civil society in implementing the future we want.  (CHOGM April 2018)  Co-author: Gunyaji: SDGs through an Indigenous Lens (published Hansard Australia).
Co-author:  SDG Framework for transparency in Long term International Aid (MC x WRR x PA = TA) in Hansard Australia. Author: text book and training manual for Climate-Sensitive-Cities (in several languages) 2015.
Workbook for 2018 EAROPH congress: Leadership roles for urban professionals in SDG delivery.

Alice Howe PhD GAICD FIEAust CPEng EngExec
Alice is an environmental engineer with over 20 years’ experience in environmental management and local government.  Alice is responsible for Lake Macquarie City Council’s extensive sustainability program. Alice is also President of Engineers Australia’s Newcastle Division, Conjoint Academic at the University of Newcastle, and a member the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Samantha Cross
Samantha Cross, is the Director of Cross Connections Consulting, established in 2014 to assist businesses and councils find value in waste and progress circular economy opportunities. Prior to this she spent 22 years working in operational and management roles within a diverse ASX100 listed waste and industrial services company. She consults to business, councils and both the NSW EPA and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and is involved in several industry working groups including the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) soft plastics working group.  Samantha completed a Bachelor of Business degree at UoN and has been recognised as ‘an amazing woman of the Hunter’ for her local industry contributions and the development of the Plastic Police® Program. This program was the winner of the 2017 Keep NSW Beautiful, Blue Star Waste Less Recycle More Award. In 2016 she received national industry recognition for sustainability contributions to the industry as the recipient of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) Women in the Environment Award. From 2014 to 2017 Samantha was Chair of the WMAA Hunter Regional Group and has mentored emerging leaders in the region under both the Hunternet Future Leaders Program and the Centre for Sustainable Leadership.  Through the Plastic Police® Program, Cross Connections is collaborating with business, schools and councils across the Hunter to rethink soft plastics and progress opportunities to redirect into innovative new products including asphalt.  

John Holland
John has extensive planning experience working in State and Local Government, mainly in Victoria, Australia This includes as Manager Strategic Planning at Cardinia Shire, a growth area of Melbourne. He delivered several Precinct Structure Plans and Development Contributions Plans in-house for residential and employment precincts while concurrently planning for the extensive Shire area and producing award winning Township Plans. This required the creation of a new format Precinct Structure Plan and accompanying Development Contribution Plan, and, within the Priority Development Panel process, the creation of the Growth Area Zone and the first Schedule to the Zone. This format was then adopted and used extensively by the State Government agency the Growth Areas Authority, later updated by the Metropolitan Planning Authority and the current Victorian Planning Authority.
John is Director of UrCity Pty Ltd, operating as Planning People Places, providing professional planning services to both the development industry and Government.

Nick Byrne
Nick is an integrated strategic planner with experience working within State and Local Government settings and as a consultant. Nick holds a Master of Environmental Planning and is a corporate member of the Planning Institute of Australia.
Nick has coordinated Precinct Structure Planning across multi-discipline teams, developed residential and rural land use strategies, prepared Environmental Management Plans, written Urban Design Guidelines and contributed to Transport Planning across south eastern Australia.
More recently Nick’s work has focussed on strategy and investment, leading business case and regional development policy with clients throughout Australia.

Andrew McIntyre
Andrew McIntyre has a background in forest ecology and natural resource management. He has worked for the NSW Government for over 20 years. He is currently the manager of the Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme and is based in Newcastle. Andrew is currently undertaking post graduate studies in Disaster Risk Reduction at CIFAL Newcastle, with the University of Newcastle. Andrew has a research interest in engaging with communities regarding flood risk.

Associate Professor Janet Stanley
A/Prof Janet Stanley is Principal Research Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Faculty of Design, University of Melbourne. Janet’s work focuses on the interface between social, environmental and economic issues across policy, system design, and at community levels.  She has approximately 150 publications, including five authored and edited books.

Claire Edwards
Claire is a Senior Social Sustainability consultant in the Stakeholder Engagement and Social Sustainability team at GHD.  
She recently completed a Masters of Research in the UK. The work focuses on equity issues in relation to young people’s affordances in public space and fulfilment of their rights under the UNCRC. It examines the socio-economic, policy, conceptual and cultural factors affecting the design of public space and the built environment, and case study analysis of international best practice. The study also explores methods to increase participation in the design and development process and our understanding of place and play.
Claire is a contributor to conferences, strategic planning, policy and placemaking discussions and holds advisory roles, such as on a public arts committee.

Lorenza Lazzati
Lorenza has been a member of Architects for Peace since 2015. For the past 4 years, Lorenza has been supporting the organisation delivering a range of projects, including public talks focusing on advocating for urban development based on social justice, solidarity, respect and peace. In her current role as board Secretary, Lorenza is involved activities such as capacity development, project support and advocacy.
Lorenza is an architect with 15 years-experience in the construction sector. After completing her Master of International Urban and Environmental Management, Lorenza worked with PSA Project, a Melbourne-based project management company engaging in post-disaster and community project management. Their methodology bridges traditional Project Management with a community-based approach, putting stakeholders' values at the core of the project planning.  Lorenza is currently working as the Diaspora Learning Network coordinator at Diaspora Action Australia supporting and facilitating cross-sector dialogue on peacebuilding, development and humanitarian aid between multiple stakeholders.

Nicole Mechkaroff
Nicole joined Architects for Peace in 2011 and has been President since 2017. She has been involved in core organisational activities to develop and implement its Strategic Plan. She chaired a number of public talks on socio-political agendas in sustainable city development, loss of public housing stock in Australia, and settlement options available to people seeking asylum.
Nicole is a practising architect with 12 years’ experience in community, educational, residential and urban design projects. She has worked closely with stakeholders, community representatives and authorities in the design development to construction phases to identify common needs for accessible, adaptable, safe and comfortable urban environments.

Kerry McGovern
Kerry has been working with K McGovern & Associates since 1993 when it was established as a firm providing services to governments, parliaments, multilateral agencies and donor bodies. In that time Kerry has worked with international agencies of Auditors’-General, individual Auditors’-General and Ombudsman’s Offices to strengthen their capacity to meet their constitutional obligations and has worked with Ministries of Finance to identify fiduciary risks and to build their internal audit functions. She has advised Departments of Foreign Affairs on the public financial management systems of recipient governments and how the donor government may, in partnership with the recipient government, mitigate risks in the management of donor funded programs. She has worked with individual ministries and departments advising them on their fiduciary risks and ways to mitigate these. The firm has also developed and delivered a training program to Auditors-General on Auditing the Management of Public Assets.
Kerry has worked in fragile states, working with the staff of new institutions to create the institution and build their capacity to manage it. This included establishing the framework for the Government of Timor-Leste to manage its public assets.
Kerry is a certified practising accountant (CPA) with CPA Australia and a professional member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Australia. She is also a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Asset Management Council.
In 2015 Kerry was elected to the position of Treasurer on the Board of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), a 103 year old feminist peace organisation which strives for a fundamental change in how states conceptualise and address issues of gender, militarism, peace and security. It does this by carving a path for grassroots organisations to use and develop existing international legal and political frameworks. It is actively involved in bringing women to the negotiating table to bring to an end all major conflicts and has a presence in over 40 countries.
Kerry is also a past Vice President for Australia of the Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlements (EAROPH) and is currently Treasurer of EAROPH Australia – Australia’s national chapter, an organisation working towards the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Professor Sanjay Sharma
SK Sharma (born 2.2.1965), is a Civil Engineer, has worked on land & water management issues in the plateau areas of Jharkhand & West Bengal states as an NGO volunteer. He has 15 years of experience in teaching & administration in engineering colleges across India & 13 years in promotion of land & water management activities as well as in promotion of rural industrialization through disadvantaged sections' women's self-help groups. Sharma has also worked in building alternate development paradigm as part of his ongoing research.
He has worked on National Standing Committee on Rural Technology, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India as also on sub-committee on Rural Industrialization, Planning Commission of the country.
He is married to Anu, a History teacher & they have a 7 year old son, Siddharth Krishna.

Chandra Vikash
Chandra Vikash (47) is a strategic thinker, innovator and innovation coach. In his work in various companies – SAIL, Arvind Mills, TCS, Mastek, Logica, Reva Electric Car Co., Erehwon Innovation Consulting and Vertebrand Brand Consulting - and entrepreneurial ventures over past 22 years, he has always valued and upheld social and environment responsibilities as symbiotic and synergistic to commercial success, persisting against several odds and deeply entrenched perceptions. 
At present, he is the Global Outreach Director for Amritam and Convenor of Global Academy for Indigenous Activism (GAIA) which is working towards mentoring and nurturing 1000 social ventures in next 12 months up to July 2019. Earlier, Vikash founded TEN Systems in 2007, a company that develops smart and sustainable solutions in the areas of Transport, Energy and Environment.
His wife Alka, mother and sister Vinita have been the pillars of strength in his life-long endeavor. He has two daughters Akarshita (15) and Parnika (10) who are his inspiration to build a brave and bright new world as his life purpose. He studied for his Bachelor in Technology from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (1993) and MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata (1997).

Craig Niles
Craig Niles is a highly experienced urban planner, specialising in evaluation of complex development scenarios to formulate innovative transdisciplinary outcomes. Craig’s broad industry experience spans over 20 years in planning and design for communities, centres and infrastructure.
At Ramboll, our integrated holistic approach cultivates smart, liveable and sustainable solutions by drawing on our technical expertise in liveable cities, transport, infrastructure, water, energy, sustainable buildings, architecture, landscape and urban design. As Principal Urban Planner for the Sydney office, Craig combines extensive local knowledge with our internationally-recognised planning and design expertise to deliver bespoke solutions.

Chikondi Mbemba
Chikondi Mbemba is a candidate of Master of Engineering in Water Resources Management at University of South Australia. He works as a Senior Water Resources Engineer in the Department of Water under the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development in Malawi. In this role, he designed and constructed several earth dams, reviewed technical submissions from consultants, devised flood defence strategies to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs. He was the project coordinator of a UNDP -GEF funded project called “Strengthening climate information and early warning systems in Africa for resilient development and adaptation to climate change – Malawi”. Apart from that, he also worked as an attaché to Shire River Basin Management Project for Water Department. His responsibilities were to coordinate the project activities with the Surface Water Section and provide technical guidance on the project activities.
Before joining the Water Department, he was the Project Engineer at Blantyre Water Board, a water utility company owned by the government. In this position, he identified water supply sources for the construction of boreholes, prepared bills of quantities for the construction of boreholes and water supply system. In addition to that, he supervised the operation and maintenance of water supply infrastructures and provide technical guidance on implementation of project works.


Pieta Bucello
Pieta is the Healthy Communities Coordinator at Cardinia Shire Council. She oversees the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the municipal public health and wellbeing plan (Liveability Plan). Pieta ensures Council is an effective ‘backbone’ for the collective impact approach by working closely with local partners and other council departments to guide vision and strategy, support aligned activities, establish shared measurement practices, build public will, advance policy and mobilise funding.

Sandi Taylor
Sandi Taylor is a Kakadoon, Ngawun and Yirendali woman from North-West Queensland. She is an experienced Community Development Practitioner and has acquired and demonstrated over a thirty-year work period, a strong social justice ethos. This ethos of Access, Equity, Participation and Rights aligns to the facilitation of building, affirming and validating personal and community empowerment, which is the corner stone to strengthening and sustaining personal and community social and emotional wellbeing.
Sandi has had the opportunity to work across rural, remote, urban and regional community settings, with diverse employer organisations within Queensland and other States and Territories. She has effectively engaged and collaborated with grass roots community service organisations, regional organisations, and NGO’s over several decades to facilitate and support their community aspirations and deliverables to meet their community needs. Working from the premise of self-determination, community empowerment and leadership, Sandi has led with a strong belief in the resiliency of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s own cultural knowledge and wisdom to respond to their own needs and issues in a culturally valid and appropriate ways.
Throughout her professional life, she has demonstrated her commitment to a Rights based Agenda, for First Nation’s people, and strives to advocate whenever the opportunity arises to encourage all interested citizens of this great Nation to work respectively together to tackle the insurmountable needs and issues impacting on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and their communities to improve their quality of life, now and into the future.
Sandi has cultivated and maintained an extensive network and relationships to, a diverse professional Indigenous and non-Indigenous workforce that operates in particular, in the community services and health sectors, that are passionate about creative and sustainable collaborations that aim to improve and disrupt the social inequity norms afflicted by First Nations People. It is with this knowing and resolve that Sandi and her partners continue to work in a co-designing, co-creating and co-productive way to meet these challenges head-on.

Jim Bentley

Jim Bentley was appointed as Managing Director of Hunter Water Corporation on 28 July 2016. Jim has more than 20 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector, much of it in water and wastewater businesses. Jim’s experience includes key roles at Thames Water in London and internationally, including in Turkey and the Middle East. Prior to joining Hunter Water, Jim worked in New Zealand as Executive Director of infrastructure services consultancy Synergine Group Limited and Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Research at the University of Auckland. Jim previously served as the Chief Executive of Metrowater Limited which supplied water and wastewater services to Auckland City.

Jenny Hayward
Jenny is a senior research scientist in CSIRO Energy. She leads research projects on technology cost projections and has made economic modelling contributions to renewable energy projects, including the National Hydrogen Roadmap, Low Emissions Technology Roadmap and studies undertaken by CSIRO on the techno-economic potential of solar fuels, including hydrogen for export; the potential of aviation biofuels in Queensland; ocean renewable energy; geothermal heat for gas processing and concentrating solar thermal energy in Australia. Dr Hayward’s focus is on developing new methods and modelling approaches to provide robust projections of the capital costs of existing and emerging electricity generation and fuel conversion technologies.

Cathy Saldana
A graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Architecture and the Asian Institute of Management, Cathy Saldaña is an inspiring female architect in the Philippines. She was a student leader in UP and an honors graduate in AIM. While there are a lot of women designing homes and restaurants, she has been doing challenging and more technical work out there in the islands, along coastlines, in major cities across the Philippines, designing commercial and corporate structures, hotels and master planned resorts, retail mixed use buildings, hospitals, and high rises.
Standing tall among predominantly male architects in that circle, she has created a niche for
herself, working with recognizable clients and also with boutique developers. There are advocacies close to her heart: inclusive architecture thoughtfully designed for people and the preservation of natural environments amidst new building technologies. Hers is a familiar and strong voice in conventions and conferences both locally and intentionally. Apart from being a leader for other architects to learn from on various topics with the United Architects of the Philippines, Worldbex, Asia CEO Forum, real estate organizations and women’s groups, she also writes papers that enable her to present to larger audiences abroad. One of these topics close to her heart is Coastal
Design: Architecture by the Water, where she has probed in-depth into projects and communities beside the seas and rivers in the Philippines. She has given talks in China, Singapore, Florence and most recently, Palermo in Italy.
Leading hospitality brands in the Philippines such as Shangri-la, Marriott, and Ayala Land rely on her whether the projects are in the cities or in islands. Among her other innovative projects now are some automatic cold storage facilities of a scale that have never before been seen in the Philippines. Her attention to detail and passion for work is evident in all her endeavors. She has recently reorganized the teams between her companies, PDP Architects and ArcoGroup.

Mizou Kishita Biodata
BSE, Civil Engineering, Kyushu Univ., Japan, 1970MSE, Civil Engineering, Univ. of Pennsylvania, USA, 1983 PhD, Waseda Univ., Japan, 2001
Worked at Urban Engineer/Planner, Ministry of Construction (Professor, Environment and Ecology Program, Meisei University, Tokyo
Currently Representative Director, Urban Design Centre Japan

Professor Tim Roberts
BSc (Hons) Adelaide, PhD Flinders
SRT265 Social Sciences Building, University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan NSW2308.
0418 205 664
Professor Tim Roberts was appointed Emeritus Professor in 2018 after a long career in biological sciences at the University of Newcastle, including the last 8 years as Director of the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment (TFI).  He has developed long-term collaborative partnerships with industry, business, government and the community to promote environmental sustainability in the Hunter region.  Since 2011 he has organised the highly successful “Best Practice Ecological Rehabilitation of Mined Lands Conference” and the Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival.  Professor Roberts is also an active researcher in the areas of immunology and the study of chronic disease.
Michael Cassel
CE | Hunter and Central Coast Regional Development Corporation
Program Director | Revitalising Newcastle
Michael Cassel is Chief Executive of the Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation.
Michael has thirty years’ experience in the construction and real estate industry and has extensive expertise in managing complex stakeholders and delivering city-changing outcomes. He is passionate about creating opportunities that see communities thrive.
In his role as Chief Executive, Michael is leading significant urban transformation to support the Hunter and Central Coast regions, including the NSW Government’s $650 million Revitalising Newcastle program, as well as exciting new initiatives as part of the revitalisation of Gosford.

Trudie Larnach
Trudie is the Environment & Community Relations Manager and part of the Executive Committee at Port Waratah Coal Services. She is the first female Executive in the 40 + year history of the world’s largest coal export port. She aspires to be a leader who enables others to create, challenge, improve and perform.
She was appointed to the role with Port Waratah after many years with Rio Tinto as an environmental and planning approvals specialist in the Hunter Valley. Trudie holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science.
Trudie is passionate about sustainability in the Resources sector and leads the sustainability agenda for Port Waratah building authentic, constructive relationships with Industry, Government and community stakeholders along the way. Trudie’s experience in the environmental approvals process and community engagement has developed her approach to social licence to operate.

Soheil Sabri
Soheil is an Urban Planner and Research Fellow in Urban Analytics at the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA) in Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne. His research focuses on enabling spatial information and technological innovation in smart urban planning and design to improve urban quality of life.

Nicole White
Nicole holds a Master of Public Health and has over 10 years’ experience working in local government in the health planning and corporate planning space. Currently Nicole is the Coordinator Corporate Planning at the City of  Boroondara and leads Strategic Business Planning across the organisation. Recently, Nicole project managed the development of the Boroondara Community Plan - which sets the strategic direction of the organisation based on Council’s most comprehensive community consultation to date.

Dr Tanya Styles
After receiving her Doctorate in Health Psychology from Deakin University, Tanya worked for several years in the road user behaviour field. Tanya is now a Senior Research Analyst in the Community Planning and Development Department at the City of Boroondara. In this role, Tanya facilitates the application of socio-demographic data sources in the organisation’s projects and policy development. Tanya also advises on community consultations, and developed the research method for the consultation that underpins the Boroondara Community Plan.