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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.
Chris BallPropTech Advisor, Stockland Accelerator/ SPV & Head of Partnerships, Blue Chilli
Chris has worked in and founded startups in the travel, fintech and retail sectors, the latest of which he scaled throughout S-E Asia and the sub-continent. Prior to embarking upon his startup journey, Chris ascended the senior ranks of corporates real estate, transacting in excess $100M in deal flow for high net worth and institutional investors.
Chris has facilitated and mentored Spark International accelerators for entrepreneurs in Kenya and South Africa.
He is a keynote speaker on social entrepreneurship for organisations including: Microsoft, University of California Berkley, Telstra, Colliers International and UTS. on social entrepreneurship for organisations including: Microsoft, University of California Berkley, Telstra, Colliers International and UTS.
Matthew BarbutoCo-Founder, Ynomia
Matt Barbuto founded Ynomia, a platform that digitises realworld construction projects enabling builders to have visibility over what is moving in and out of the construction site. He was CEO of efm Logistics, Australia’s largest supply chain integrator and served as Head of Strategy and Corporate Development for FLIP Group, a technology company developing logistics solutions. Currently completing a Masters of Applied Finance, Matt holds an MBA, a Bachelors of Commerce and is a graduate of Harvard Business School.
Brett BassettQBCC Commissioner, Queensland Building and Construction Commission
Mr Brett Bassett was appointed as QBCC Commissioner on 30 May 2016 and was recently reappointed in May 2019 as Commissioner for a further 3 years.
Prior to commencing at the QBCC, Mr Bassett was the Queensland Regional Commissioner for the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). With ASIC from 2011, he was also their Senior Executive of Small Business Compliance and Deterrence.
Mr Bassett led the ASIC team that focused on the business risks in the building and construction sector, and the development of ASIC’s response to the Senate inquiry into insolvency in the Australian building and construction industry. He developed and implemented ASIC’s small business strategy with a specific focus on education, engagement and regulation of the building and construction industry. He also chaired the inaugural Federal Government Building and Construction roundtable that now occurs annually.
As well as possessing strong customer focus, leadership and governance capabilities, Mr Bassett has a regulatory background, having held positions with the Queensland Police Service, NSW Department of Fair Trading, and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Mr Bassett holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business Administration. He is a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a certified fraud examiner.
Dominic BrownHead of Insight & Analysis, Asia Pacific, Cushman & Wakefield
Dominic leads insight and analysis across the Asia Pacific at Cushman & Wakefield, overseeing the timely production of strategic thought-leadership research in the region.
He has undertaken a wide range of studies that analyse the urban environment from a micro to macro level. His expertise includes analysis of investment and leasing trends in commercial real estate, residential need assessments, centres network strategies, industrial land demand studies and strategic economic development opportunity studies such as the Brisbane CBD Retail Business Development Study. In recognition of this expertise, he has also given evidence before the Planning and Environment Court of Queensland as an independent expert witness.
Dominic has an extensive academic background with an Honours degree and a PhD in Geography. He has a number of peer reviewed publications to his name as well as a wide array of professional conference presentations. Dominic is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland.
Mobile: +61 431 947 161
Shen ChiuNational Development DirectorInvesta
Dr. Benjamin CooreyFounder & CEO, ArchiStar.ai
Dr Ben Coorey is a leading expert in parametric modeling and is the Founder and CEO of ArchiStar. In 2014 Dr. Ben received a PhD in Architecture and Technology and is a registered Architect in NSW, Australia. He has worked for a number of prestigious international architectural firms and his extensive research has been published in multiple international journals. He has presented at a range of conferences across Hong Kong, Singapore, San Francisco, and Australia.
Sam CuccurulloHead of Property & Asset Management - APAC, Cushman & Wakefield
Sam has nearly 40 years’ experience in property management services. Sam is the Director responsible for Property & Asset Management operations in Asia Pacific and sits on the Global Executive Committee for Property Management.
Sam was instrumental in winning the management of the ING Office & Industrial Funds, DEXUS and Challenger – some of the largest outsourcing assignments in Australia. He was also involved in winning the Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, the tallest outsourced management in history; the Lotte Tower, Hanoi, Vietnam, the tallest tower in Vietnam; GFC House, Seoul, South Korea for GIC; and numerous others across APAC.
During Sam’s career, he has commissioned numerous buildings including Centennial Plaza, 1 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, 360 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, the refurbishment of 20 Bond Street and Zurich Insurance House, North Sydney, and numerous new properties in Asia.
Sam is currently assisting with the strategic advice and direction for the business line.
Mobile: +61 439 032 015
Vincent DermodyManaging Director, CohnReznick Advisory
Vincent Dermody develops smart-building strategies for real estate developers and owners. He is a Managing Director of CohnReznick Australia. With more than 25 years experience in the technology space, Vincent has been instrumental in developing Smart Building strategies for commercial real estate firms.
Colin DominishAustralian Digital Leader, GHD Digital, GHD
Colin is the Australian Digital Leader for GHD Digital. Colin and his team focus on bringing the best value digital solutions and expertise from across GHD globally and applying them to local projects. This involves closely monitoring investments by federal, state and local government, and private enterprise, in the development and operations of infrastructure assets. His team are engaged in delivering large projects that are reshaping Australia, using digital transformation to enhance the customer experience and increase the operational efficiency of infrastructure assets.
He has more than 30 years' experience in general management, project leadership, business development, client relationship management and delivering strategic outcomes across multiple continents and industries. As a strategic thinker and planner, Colin enjoys working together with clients to deliver lasting community benefit. He is passionate about leading change initiatives that improve client service, especially where they rely on enhanced employee diversity, empowerment and satisfaction.
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.
Emma HendryChief Executive Officer, Hendry
A respected industry leader & advocate, Emma is driven by innovation & finding ‘better, smarter ways’ for buildings, cities & communities. Emma pursues ventures that transform how things ‘should be done’, driving industry forward & championing innovation to propel the sector globally. Emma’s focus on industry 4.0 continues to advance Hendry as a leading national built-form & proptech advisory firm. Named CEO Magazine 'Building & Construction Executive of the Year' 2018, a female first in the category, Emma is a role-model, & passionate about promoting diversity & inclusion, with a focus on supporting women to pursue leadership roles.
Tica HessingHuman Geographer & Tenant Advisor, Strategic Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield
Tica is a Human Geographer and Tenant Advisor in the Strategic Consulting team at Cushman & Wakefield. She combines her social science background with real estate knowledge to develop real estate and workplace strategies across a broad range of sectors. She also helps her clients finding the right space for their business and negotiate the best deal on their behalf.
Working for Cushman & Wakefield in both Australia and the Netherlands, Tica has been given the opportunity to apply her expertise in strategic consulting and partner it with tenant representation, allowing her to help clients identify and align strategic business, financial, and operational objectives with their real estate requirements.
As a Human Geographer she loves exploring the future of society. Tica believes that applying social sciences to the corporate real estate sector brings a much-needed perspective. As technology continues to innovate, the focus will be on the human element. Workplace strategies with a human touch are desirable to drive enterprise performance by creating an optimal workplace experience that truly engages its people. For Tenant Representatives, there will be an enhanced focus on how they interact with clients, as the significance of emotional and social intelligence becomes greater.
Carola JonasChief Executive Officer, Everty
Carola is the CEO and founder of Everty, a software company in the e-mobility sector which provides EV charging solutions and a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) platform to companies installing Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The software allows EV charging station operators to monitor, manage and monetise their charging infrastructure assets and provides an interface to EV drivers for the use of chargers.
Carola has a background in logistics and supply chain management where she worked on sustainability and energy efficiency projects before transitioning into the carbon and renewable energy markets.
Prior to founding Everty, she also worked as a Sustainability and Marketing consultant helping brands like Enphase Energy to bring storage solutions, microinverters and smart software to market.
Julie JuppAssociate ProfessorUniversity of Technology Sydney
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.
John KofronDigital Solutions Leader, Johnson Controls Australia
John is the Digital Solutions Leader for Johnson Controls Australia. John and his team focus on helping customers think differently. From the way manufacturing plants run to the client experience in built environments, they are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to ensure a more sustainable future for our planet. This includes leveraging the digital solutions expertise from across Johnson Controls globally and applying it to Australian and New Zealand client’s, and their client’s, needs to deliver outcome based solutions.
His team are using digital transformation to enhance the customer experience and increase the operational efficiency of built environment assets. He has more than 30 years' experience in building services, building automation, project leadership, business development, client relationship management and delivering strategic outcomes across multiple continents and industries. He is passionate about leading change initiatives that improve client service, employee empowerment and customer satisfaction.
As a strategic thinker and planner, John enjoys collaborating with clients treating their mission as his own. The Johnson Controls Team put their deep expertise, leading technology and world-class products to work for their clients, never resting until they achieve the client’s goals.
Maryam LitkouhiDevelopment Manager Commercial PropertyStockland
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.
Paul OatesHead of Development, Dexus
Paul is responsible for the overall operations of the Development business including long term development planning, leasing development execution and delivery services for Dexus balance sheet assets and third party funds, overseeing master planning and design, and driving best practice development processes and systems. Paul was previously the Head of Development at Woolworths. Paul graduated with Honours from Engineering at Sydney University in 1989. He has been working in construction, property and development for 25 years in total.
Markus PorvariTechnology Entrepreneur, Founder, HyperIn Inc. (Finland)
Mr. Porvari’s experience extends over two decades in customer relations and managing high-level business operations for major clients and enterprises in ICT industry. Currently Porvari serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of HyperIn Inc. HyperIn’s solutions are widely used to manage retail real estates in Europe and Asia with R&D centers in Finland and Hong Kong with authorized distributors in Europe, North America, Middle East and Asia. Markus is also a very experienced seminar speaker and a known person in the information technology community."
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.
Benjamin VealePartner, Head of Facilities ManagementKnight Frank
Jörgen VerstralenContinuous Improve & Innovation Manager, CBRE (Netherlands)
I am Jörgen Verstralen and have been working for 8 years for CBRE and the client Deloitte in different roles.
I have been working as site manager for 4,5 years from a year we moved to the Edge. Since May 2018 I am continuous improvement and innovation manager for the Deloitte account in the Netherlands. In this function I have been involved in gamification, lean based working, digital improvements and stimulate the people and chainpartners to make every day an improvement. In the first year we made 170 improvements with 1800 hours saving time.
Sara WilkinsonProfessor, 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.