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Speakers and Moderators

Preliminary Program – remains subject to change.

DAVID ADELMAN Vice President of Business Development, Via

On-Demand Transport: Lessons learned from Keolis Downer and Via experience in NSW

David Adelman is the Vice President of Business Development at Via, leading Via’s on-demand transit partnerships around the world. Prior to Via, David led BD and M&A at Snagajob, America’s largest marketplace connecting hourly job seekers and employers. David previously founded and led two tech startups. David received his MBA from the Wharton School, where he majored in Entrepreneurial Management. Before Wharton, David was an associate with Charlesbank Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity firm in Boston. He also worked for the management consulting firm Bain & Company, advising clients in Los Angeles, India, and most importantly, in Sydney and Melbourne for 6 months. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government, cum laude, from Harvard University, and grew up in Israel where he was the Israeli junior national golf champion. He now lives in Washington, DC with his wife Melissa and two little boys, Griffin and Archer.

MICHAEL APPS Executive Director, Bus Industry Confederation, Australia

Panellist: Making it Work – Panel Discussion

Michael Apps is the Executive Director of the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) which represents the collective interests of bus and coach operators and suppliers to promote safety, efficiency, effectiveness and accessibility of bus and coach transport in Australia.

Michael established the National Secretariat in Canberra in 2001 to engage the Federal Government in taking a strategic role in the future of Australia’s Public Transport systems.  Under him BIC has developed a moving people strategy that aims to provide solutions to the nation’s long term transport problems through the development of a public and active transport culture. BIC is recognised as a leading proponent of growth in travel by public transport, as an effective way to reduce the economic, social and environmental costs associated with excessive use of the private car for personal and business travel.

Michael is the former Deputy Chief of the Australian Trucking Association and has previously worked for Ministers in the ACT and NSW governments.

JOOST BEKKER Business Development Manager, PTV Group, Australia

Session 2 Moderator: Scalable Opportunities for Smart Journeys

CHRIS BENNETTS Executive Director, Digital Products and Services – Customer Services Transport for NSW, Australia

Welcome from the Program Committee Chair

Chris is the Executive Director, Digital Products and Services for the Customer Services Division at TfNSW. The Digital Products and Services branch leads customer facing digital transformation and innovation to improve the customer experience for all Transport customers. Its remit includes leadership of the Future Transport program, Open Data and Apps program, Customer Feedback Systems, the Transport call centre, the Opal customer experience and product roadmap, Customer channel transformation program, and customer facing digital initiatives.  Prior to joining Transport, Chris spent 15 years leading technology product development at companies including Nokia and Hewlett Packard.

PHILIP DAVIES Chief Executive, Infrastructure Australia

Australia’s Future Cities

Philip Davies is an infrastructure executive with over 25 years of experience shaping policy, delivering nationally significant infrastructure projects, and leading reform within the infrastructure sector. He is the Chief Executive of Infrastructure Australia, with a mandate to provide independent expert advice to all levels of government on infrastructure policy and planning. Infrastructure Australia publicly advocates for reforms on key issues including means of funding, financing, delivering and operating infrastructure and how to better plan and utilise infrastructure networks.
Infrastructure Australia released the Australian Infrastructure Audit, in May 2015. A comprehensive independent review of Australia’s infrastructure and our future needs across transport, water, energy and telecommunications. In February 2016, Infrastructure Australia released its 15-year Australian Infrastructure Plan – a strategic framework for addressing Australia’s future infrastructure needs.
Infrastructure Australia develops and maintains infrastructure priorities in the form of the Infrastructure Priority List. This provides governments, the community and the private sector with a list of nationally significant infrastructure initiatives and projects underpinned by the evidence base of the Audit. This list is regularly updated and project assessments published by Infrastructure Australia.
Philip is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

VINCENT DORAN Executive Director, Service Planning and Infrastructure, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Australia

Demand Responsive Transport: A step towards MaaS

Vincent Doran is a chartered civil engineer and a passionate transport planner who has worked across in the private sector in the UK and exclusively for Queensland Government since arriving in Australia in 2010. Vincent is currently the Executive Director for Service Planning and Infrastructure for Transport and Main Road’s TransLink Division, and is the Senior Responsible Owner for the Division’s Demand Responsive Transport trials. Vincent has been involved in the planning and delivery of a wide variety of public transport and accessibility projects including Quality Bus Corridors, major bus network changes, Park n’ Rides, Bus Stations and multi-modal PT Interchanges.

DUNCAN EDGHILL, Deputy Director-General, Transport Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Government Australia

Smaller Cities and MaaS: An ACT Perspective

Duncan Edghill, presently Deputy Director-General Transport Canberra within the ACT Government, has responsibility for the planning and operation of Canberra’s public transport network. This includes oversight of Canberra’s bus network operations, two light rail projects, transport planning and active travel. Prior to joining the ACT Government, Duncan spent over a decade with an Australian investment bank in its Sydney, Vienna and Boston offices. During this time Duncan served in a variety of business development, transport, funds management and legal roles, and was involved in the establishment of a number of new businesses. Duncan has also served in a financial and business development capacity within a utility services organisation.

HANY ELDALY Managing Director, Mobility as a Service Australia

Mobility as a Service in Australia: The State of Play

Panellist: Making it Work – Panel Discussion

Hany Eldaly is a Managing Director of Mobility as a Service Australia. He has for almost two decades assisted Australia’s conversion to smart mobility and intelligent transportation. Hany has held national leadership roles in the private sector and is known for being passionate about Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and smart mobility. Dedicated to the role of technology to improve the performance of the transport network and customers’ experience, Hany has contributed to the development and delivery of managed motorway solutions, improving the driving experiences of road users on Australia’s major roads. He has also contributed to the development of mobility as a service, on demand transport and automated and connected vehicles initiatives in Australia. Hany holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering.

SUSAN HARRIS Chief Executive, ITS Australia

Mobility as a Service: What does it mean for Australia and what do Australian’s think? (Update on the MaaS Report)

Closing Comments with Update on Opportunities across ITS Australia Activities

With an extensive career in transport strategy, as Chief Executive of ITS Australia Susan is ideally placed at the nexus of technology and transport to translate the benefits to business and the Australian community, supported by strong linkages with the international ITS community and the global network of ITS Associations. Susan is highly regarded for her roles supporting the growth and innovation of our industry including: convenor of Austroads CAV Industry Reference Group; Victorian Ministerial Freight Reference Group, National Transport Commission Industry Advisory Group; Space Cross Sectoral Interest Group; and 2026 Spatial Agenda Leadership Group. Susan leads ITS Australia’s partnership with the iMOVE CRC and established the Mobility as a Service research and report project, one of the first to be delivered out of this exciting initiative.

CLAIRE IMRAY Manager Transport Innovation, Investment and Business, Transport for Victoria, Australia

Session 3A Moderator: Accelerating Deployment Nationally

MICHAEL KIESLINGER Chief Executive, Fluidtime Data Services GmbH Austria

Enabling Mobility as a Service Solutions

Michael Kieslinger founded Fluidtime Data Services GmbH in 2004. Under his leadership the business has been growing steadily, to its position today as Austria’s leading provider of mobility information services. Michael Kieslinger has comprehensive experience in managing research and industrial projects as well as conceptualising and designing interactive information services. He has been a guest speaker at numerous national and international events. Prior to founding Fluidtime, Michael Kieslinger was associate professor at the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy, where he was responsible for research and teaching in the field of service design. From 1994 to 1998 he worked as a research assistant at the Royal Institute of Technology in the field of human computer music interaction. Michael Kieslinger studied computer music and electronic media at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and interaction design at the Royal College of Art in London, United Kingdom.

DR LE MINH KIEU Senior Research Scientist, Data61 | CSIRO, Australia

Demand Prediction and Behavioural Modelling of On-Demand Public Transport

Dr Kieu is a Senior Research Scientist at Data61, CSIRO, Australia. He holds a Master Degree in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) from Linkoping University, Sweden and a PhD in Transportation Science from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. His expertise lies in the use of Big Data in Public Transport, Behavioural Modelling and Traffic Simulation. He is currently exploring a machine learning approach to behavioural modelling and mobility-of-a-service.

RENÉ LALANDE Chief Executive, Transdev Australasia, Australia

Changing Public Transport: Reflecting on the Transdev Link experience in Sydney

René joined Transdev Australasia as Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Prior to Transdev, René was Managing Director at Bombardier Transportation Australia. René has nearly 35 years of experience in the public transport, automotive and aerospace industries, and has held numerous executive roles, including Vice President Operations at Heroux Devtek and Spectra Premium Industries. René brings to Transdev a wealth of expertise having worked in both international and local markets, with previous projects in Canada and Mexico. René holds a bachelor degree in Applied Science and Mechanical Engineering from Sherbrooke University and post graduate studies in Software Engineering at École Polytechnique. He is a member of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) Board, member of Monash University’s Infrastructure Advisory Board and a member of the Tourism and Transport Advisory Board. In July 2017, René was appointed as Honorary Consul for Canada in Melbourne by The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

OLGA LANDOLFI Secretary General, TTS Italia, Italy

From Mobility Services Payment Systems to MaaS: Towards common guidelines in Italy

Panellist: Making it Work – Panel Discussion

Olga Landolfi graduated in Mechanical Engineering (1990) and she got a PhD in “Thermal Machines and Propulsion Systems” (1995). Since 2001 she is the Secretary General of TTS Italia, responsible for operational, personnel and administrative management as well as for the communication and dissemination activities of the Association. Over the last few years, she coordinated the redaction of the Italian ITS Action Plan proposal, a survey on Italian ITS Market and has been involved in several Working Groups and European projects on ITS sector.

DAVID NG Director PTV Asia Pacific, Australia

Stuttgart Shared Mobility: A Case Study

David has been working with software and solution provider PTV Group since 2009. He has been in various roles in the organisation. With the growing demand of bespoke solutions in real time and mobility as a service, he is currently regional director looking after services and projects in Asia-Pacific region. He also coordinates with product management and development teams in headquarters to make sure the development of PTV Group solutions addresses new and emerging challenges we are facing in the industry.

DR HOSSEIN PARSA Manager Spatial Services, VicRoads , Australia

Shared Information and Services for On-Demand Mobility Market: State of Victoria

Dr Hossein Parsa is a transport technology leader in the Victorian State Government. Hossein is involved in multiple projects related to mobility and ITS including Australian Integrated Multi-modal EcoSystem, Victorian CAV Trial, Heavy Vehicle Access Management and VicTraffic. Hossein holds a PhD in Information Science from Melbourne University and and an Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School.

NATALIE PELHAM Executive Director, Innovation Research and Reform, Freight, Strategy and Planning, Transport for New South Wales

Session 1 Moderator: Next Generation Public Transport and MaaS

ANDREW PICKFORD Director, Infrastructure and Transport Advisory Services, MVA Hong Kong Limited, China

MaaS Appeal: Proving the Business Case

Andrew Pickford is the Director of Infrastructure and Transport Advisory Services for SYSTRA, based in Hong Kong. He has 30 years’ experience focused on the design and practical application of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to road infrastructure and Smart City applications in the built environment to help deliver optimal policy outcomes. Since moving to Hong Kong in 2010 he has promoted the benefits of transport service integration, the impact of automation, implementation of Travel Demand Management, On-Demand Bus Services and leads its MaaS advisory service practice in the region mainly serving government agencies. Andrew is also a Fellow of the Institute of Transport Studies at the University of Hong Kong, and has published several journal articles on MaaS since 2015.

STACEY RYAN Policy Manager, ITS Australia

Moderator: Making it Work – Panel Discussion

Stacey joined ITS Australia as Policy Manager in 2017, having worked for years in communications, policy, and engagement in the public and private sector. Keenly interested in data and privacy policy, intellectual property, and digital convergence she recently graduated UTS with a Master of Communications Law. Currently leading an ITS Australia MaaS Research and Report project in partnership with Institute for Choice through the iMOVE CRC, reviewing the current status of MaaS overseas and in Australia and to explore Australian consumer preferences in relation to on-demand transport and MaaS.

STEPHANIE SALTER Associate Director, Future Transport Digital Accelerator, Transport for NSW, Australia

Accelerating Mobility as a Service for NSW

Stephanie has over 17 year’s experience working in the digital innovation space. She oversaw digital products at ABC TV and for the last 3 years she has worked for the NSW Government setting up Accelerators and transforming the public service with a focus on human centred design and agile methodologies.

NATHALIE SASSEN Head of Customer Experience and Network Design, Keolis Downer, Australia

MaaS Solutions to Enhance the Customer Experience

Nathalie Sassen has been working for Keolis for the past five years. As Head of Customer Experience and Network Design her role is to deliver best-in-class mobility solutions to passengers and Public Tranport Authorities. This has given her a very accurate understanding of the mobility needs in the different territories, each with its own regulatory and contractual contexts, and an ability to innovate to meet their needs. Her expertise in Network design and planning, customer experience and new mobilities, has been a real value for the development of Keolis in Europe and now in Australia. Nathalie is currently based in Sydney.

GRAEME SCOTT Director, IBI Group and Chair MaaS Scotland

Keynote Industry Presentation: Scotland Perspective

Panellist: Making it Work – Panel Discussion

Graeme Scott is a Director of IBI Group, leads the firm’s Intelligence practice in the UK and Ireland and involved in IBI’s global activities. He has more than 20 years experience in the ITS area and in recent years has played a key role in delivering smart and future city projects. He is the Chair of MaaS Scotland, which is the topic of his talk today.

ALLISON STEWART Project Director, Automated & Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Advice, Infrastructure Victoria, Australia

Panellist: Making it Work – Panel Discussion

Dr Allison Stewart is the Project Director for Infrastructure Victoria’s Automated and Zero Emissions Vehicles Infrastructure Advice. Allison is an experienced capital projects leader, strategist, and academic. She is a recognised expert in the theory of mega-events, and her work has been cited by the Economist, the BBC, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal among others. She completed her doctorate in mega-project management at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School, and has experience working in the infrastructure, energy, defence, and mega-events industries.

ALEC TATTERSALL Director, Transport Planning Projects, PSA Consulting, Australia

Demand Responsive Transport: A step towards MaaS

Alec Tattersall is the Director of Transport Planning Projects at PSA Consulting (Australia). Alec is an experienced transport planner and project manager specialising in operational public transport planning and service delivery. In recent years Alec has managed the planning and implementation of several high profile and complex public transport service changes in Queensland and is currently responsible for the operations, monitoring and evaluation of the Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) trials in Logan.

ANDY TAYLOR Director of Strategy, Cubic Transportation Systems, United States

A Utility-Based Model for the Evaluation of “Mobility as a Service” Applications

Andy is a global transportation expert with diverse experience ranging from air traffic control to multimodalism. He has recently been recognized as one of the Top 10 Influences of MaaS by Business MaaS Magazine. He began his career in a harmonization role for the UK Transport Department, before relocating to DC eight years ago. Since 2014, Andy has overseen global strategy focusing on strategic partnerships with the world’s leading technology companies. In his role, he’s spearheaded the Mobility-as-a-Service solution to help cities evaluate the benefits of integrated multimodal transport. Andy is on the Board of Directors for the global MaaS Alliance. In his spare time, he enjoys sampling red wine and volunteering to walk shelter dogs.

CLAIRE THOMPSON Manager Transport Futures and Innovation, Transport Strategy and Reform, Department of Transport Western Australia

Session 4 Moderator: Integrated Solutions for Customers

CLAUS VON HESSBERG Chief Executive, Chairman and Founder, SkedGo Australia

Mobility as a Service in Australia: The State of Play

Claus’ mission with SkedGo was and continues to be to grow a team of highly skilled software engineers, UI/UX designers and marketers to address social and environmental challenges, with focus on transport and travel. SkedGo’s platform, API, and tools have become the most flexible technology to create digital transport marketplaces that enable Mobility as a Service. Gartner named SkedGo 2017 Cool Vendor for Smart Cities solutions and applications and in 2017 Claus was named top 10 Mobility as a Service Influencer. Born and raised in Germany, Claus travelled extensively before settling in Sydney, Australia. Prior to starting SkedGo, Claus started, grew, merged and or sold B2B ventures in film, television, exhibitions, events, marketing and staging.


MaaS Appeal: Proving the Business Case

Ruben Welschen is a Director at SYSTRA Australia. Ruben has over 15 years of international experience on Traffic and Transportation projects covering Transportation Advisory, Risk Management, RAMS and Asset Management. Ruben has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering & Management, with a major in Traffic & Transportation Planning and Management.

SUE WIBLIN New Mobilities Manager, Keolis Downer

On-Demand Transport: Lessons learned from Keolis Downer and Via experience in NSW

Sue is a strategic customer and stakeholder specialist with over 15 years’ experience leading behaviour change and urban mobility projects across listed property groups, membership organisations, SMEs and government. Sue passionately believes that we need to look beyond one size fits all solutions if we want to improve connectivity, reduce congestion and create more liveable cities. To enable people to travel where they want, when they want, a suite of flexible mobility options is required. As our cities grow people will need the ability to make decisions among rather than between modes with the car simple one of many available choices. Sue joined Keolis Downer in 2017 to development the New Mobilities business stream focusing on first/last mile solutions. She is currently leading a range of projects across Australia and New Zealand including on demand trials in NSW and autonomous vehicle trials in Victoria and South Australia.

BARBARA WISE NSW Point to Point Transport Commissioner, Independent Commissioner, Australia

NSW Regulation of Point to Point Transport: Addressing the advent of ridesharing

Barbara is the NSW Point to Point Transport Commissioner, since 1 November 2017 the independent regulator for taxis, hire cars and rideshare services under the NSW Government’s point to point transport reforms. Prior to her appointment, Barbara ran the secretariat for the Point to Point Transport Taskforce which formed the basis of the Government’s reforms to the regulation of point to point transport announced in late 2015, and then led the implementation of the Government’s initial response to the Taskforce report. She has previously worked as both a regulator and in policy relating to passenger transport in NSW. Barbara has more than 15 years’ experience across Federal and State Government, specialising in transport and education policy.

DEAN ZABRIESZACH President ITS Australia and Chief Executive, HMI Technologies, Australia

Welcome from the President ITS Australia

Dean Zabrieszach was appointed as CEO/Director of HMI Technologies in Australia in March 2015.  Previously Dean worked with VicRoads, the state road authority of Victoria where he occupied a number of senior positions. Dean also has extensive experience in traffic management and security management, as well as the development of numerous road infrastructure projects in metropolitan Melbourne. Through his work Dean is actively involved in numerous national and international ITS related boards and committees allowing him to provide leadership and guidance in his role as President, ITS Australia. Throughout his career Dean has played leading roles in developing Victoria’s traffic and transportation plans for major events including the Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix, the Melbourne Motorcycle Grand Prix and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. His involvement has also been pivotal in the deployment of numerous ITS solutions, and the development of business cases for major infrastructure projects such as the Monash Freeway-CityLink-West Gate Freeway project. Dean is also a Board Director of ITS Asia Pacific and the Australian Head of Delegation to the ISO Technical Committee 204 on ITS.

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