Early confirmed speakers
Joseph AamidorManaging Director, Aamidor Consulting
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.
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.
Alex FuerschkeSenior Manager, DEXUS
Alex Fuerschke is Senior Manager for Building Technology at Dexus where he is responsible for developing a smart building strategy and framework to execute across one of Australia’s largest property portfolios.
Alex has held several roles in Information Technology, with over 20 years’ experience gained in organisations including Dexus, Deutsche Bank and UNSW. Prior to his current role, he led the application and software development team at Dexus.
Educated in architecture, and with 15 years working in the property industry, Alex has been able to blend his passions for technology and the built environment to deliver people centric solutions.
David GerrelliGlobal Director, APAC Head of Digital Innovation, CBRE
A leader of innovative technology led change in commercial real estate, taking the world’s largest real estate business, CBRE, through client centric digital transformation.
Combining the value of traditional property services with emerging technology such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Smart building Technology, Digital Twins, Next Gen GIS, Virtual and Augmented Reality and Digital User Experience. Working side by side with industry leaders and visionary start-ups across Asia Pacific to deliver tangible world leading client outcomes.
Through direct consultation with our valued clients across Asia Pacific David relentlessly develops client led products and services that deliver truly valuable outcomes such as operational excellence, cost savings, digital revenue and differentiating competitive advantage.
Salil KanhereProfessor, School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney
Salil Kanhere is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW Sydney. He is also a conjoint researcher at CSIRO's Data61 and a participating researcher in the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre. He has held visiting appointments at Technical University Darmstadt, University of Zurich, Graz University of Technology, Institute of Infocom Research Singapore and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
His research interests include Internet of Things, blockchain, cyber physical systems, applied machine learning and cybersecurity. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles which have collectively received over 6800 citations according to Google Scholar. His research has been featured in various media outlets including ABC News Australia (with Dr. Karl), Forbes, IEEE Spectrum, Wired, ZDNET, Computer World, Medium and MIT Technology Review. He serves as the Editor in Chief of the Ad Hoc Networks Journal and as Associate Editor of Pervasive and Mobile Computing and Computer Communications journals. He is a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (2014) and is an ACM Distinguished Speaker (2019-202!). He regularly serves on the organising committee of top-tier IEEE/ACM conferences in his discipline.
Maryam LitkouhiDevelopment ManagerCommercial Property Stockland
Karen MessittFounder and Managing Director, Optic Insights
Karen has developed award winning Advertising, Digital & Sales Promotion campaigns for a host of blue chip international brands across a range of industry sectors, some of which include Commonwealth Bank, Diageo, General Motors, Vodafone, Chevron Group, British Airways, The Hilton Hotel Group, Bayer, Colliers International, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Kraft, Cadbury, Goodman Fielder, Coca-Cola, Pepsi Group, Spar, Glaxo Smithkline.
Karen is also Founder /Managing Director at OPTIC INSIGHTS which provides top end Retail Facial Recognition Analytics and Reporting. Currently we provide a solution which is first in market and our mission is to deliver insights to businesses via optics to streamline operations, improve customer experience and deliver R.O.I.
Karen is also Founder of LOVE MY BUSINESS a Business Marketing tool that helps businesses grow their customer base via social media and analytics.
Peter MorleyHead of Office DevelopmentDEXUS
Craig RodgersInnovation LeadCharter Hall
William RuhChief Executive Officer, LendLease Digital, Lendlease
Mr. William Ruh is the Chief Executive Officer for LendLease Digital. In this role, he is focused on building out advanced automation and analytics capabilities, as well as driving the global strategy, operations and portfolio of digital services across all of LendLease businesses. His portfolio includes the Innovation Group, Living Utilities, Technology in Property, DesignMake and the IT organization.
Prior to joining LendLease, Mr. Ruh was the CEO of GE Digital and the Chief Digital Officer for GE. He grew the overall GE digital sales 2.5x and established the GE Digital business unit. During his tenure, Mr. Ruh led the charge to develop the first cloud-based platform for the industrial world. A recognized expert in the emerging Industrial Internet of Things he helped establish the Industrial Internet Consortium, was a member of the US Dept of Commerce Digital Economy Board of Advisors, Executive Board member of the Bay Area Council as well as the Co-Chair of the Bay Area Council India Initiative and is a member of the board of the Magna Corporation.
A 35 year veteran of the software and internet industries, Mr Ruh has held executive management positions at Cisco, Software AG, Inc., The Advisory Board, The MITRE Corporation and Concept 5 Technologies. Mr. Ruh is an accomplished author of four technical books and a frequent speaker on such topics as industrial Internet, IoT, Industrial AI and ML and Digital Industrial Strategy. He serves on Advisory Boards for the California State University, Fullerton School of Engineering and Computer Science and the University of Virginia Department of Systems Engineering. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science from California State University, Fullerton.
Jörgen VerstralenContinuous Improve & Innovation ManagerCBRE
Sara WilkinsonAssociate Professor, School of the Built Environment, University of Technology Sydney
I am a Chartered Building Surveyor, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Australian Property Institute. Prior to becoming an academic, I worked in London providing professional Building Surveying services particularly in refurbishment of commercial buildings and social housing. I have worked in four universities in the UK and Australia over a 23 year period. I am a member of RICS Oceania Sustainability Working Group and NSW committee and has excellent professional networks globally.