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Dr. Andrew Higgins
Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Land and Water

Andrew is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at the CSIRO Land and Water business unit, based in Brisbane. He joined CSIRO in 1996, with a passion in developing novel methods to optimise agriculture transport & logistics to increase profitability across the supply chains. Andrew worked closely with various Australian agriculture and forestry industries (including sugar, beef, grains) for 20 years, improving strategic and operational logistics across all segments between farming and marketing.

From 2012, Andrew led the development of Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT), which is a state-of-the-art model for assessing and optimising infrastructure investments (road upgrades, use of rail versus road, processing and storage facilities) and policy interventions in agriculture logistics. It holistically estimates the transport benefits across the freight network, by analysing every possible vehicle and rail trip each year, and optimising routes between all enterprises in the supply network. Andrew has a background in operations research and received his PhD from Queensland University of Technology on the topic of optimising rail freight schedules.

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Dr. Steve Rogers
Chief Executive Officer, The Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd (CfAT Ltd)

Dr. Steve Rogers is the CEO of The Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd (CfAT Ltd), an Aboriginal controlled not for profit company based in Alice Springs, operating across rural and remote Australia. The company’s core business is the provision of effective and appropriate infrastructure solutions to the challenges people in remote areas face, such as reliable power, digital connectivity, water supply and built infrastructure.

Dr Rogers is an experienced company director currently holding Directorships with Ekistica Pty Ltd (CfAT Ltd.’s wholly owned commercial subsidiary), CfATMPJV Pty Ltd and Territory NRM. He has a leadership background in research and technology development in the environment sector and commercial technology development in the mining exploration and mineral processing industries. He has led the transition of CfAT Ltd from a government grant, block funded NGO to a sustainable commercial company, and has a strong vision for CfAT Ltd as a national organisation delivering the technology innovation needed to stimulate economic development across remote Australia.

His presentation will discuss the CfAT Ltd mobile phone hot spot technology. A passive, low cost technology providing extended access to the digital mobile phone network, currently installed at 45 remote sites in the Northern Territory, including; highways, remote Indigenous communities and tourist sites.

Dr. Jim Lee
Human Movement Scientist, Charles Darwin University

Dr Jim Lee is a human movement scientist at Charles Darwin University. He attained his PhD in Exercise Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast QLD, in 2010.

In the early years of his research career, Dr Lee’s work focused on microtechnology development, particularly in swimming applications. In 2012, he spent the year at the Keio University in Japan, having won a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowship. Here, Dr Lee primarily investigated gait in lower limb amputees, but also swimming and horse biomechanics.

Since commencing at CDU, Dr Lee’s research has largely focused on wearable technology development, not only in sporting applications, but also for workplace and rehabilitation environments. Recently a one area of focus has been on development of wearable technology to monitor safe lifting in working environments.

Throughout 2016 and 2017, Dr Lee was the main driver at CDU for inclusion in the successful iMOVE cooperative research centre (CRC) bid. This is a national CRC that is aiming to improve all facets of transportation in Australia for the next 30 to 40 years. The main focus of Dr Lee’s work will not only be on driver safety, but also development of cattle monitoring during transportation.

In 2011, Dr Lee won the inaugural ICT Geelong CSIRO-AIS Prize for Best Sports Technology. He also has close to 50 journal and conference publications under his belt, mainly in the areas of wearable technology development for monitoring human movement.

Penny Dillon
Sustainable Transport Manager, Optus

Penny Dillon has overseen the Optus Sustainable Transport program successfully for 5 years.  Using her experience in transport, communications and consumer insights, she has driven the evolution of sustainable transport at Optus to become an award-winning program.  It is also the most successful and longest-running workplace travel plan in Australia, having the lowest drive alone mode share of any business in Macquarie Park.  Penny’s experience spans marketing, project management, transport planning, communications, change management and stakeholder management.  She is an advocate for sustainable transport both at Optus and within Macquarie Park, leading a national transport team to deliver a positive employee experience for 11,000+ Optus people.  She is currently charged with preparing Optus’ Macquarie Park campus for the upcoming Epping-Chatswood rail closure, which will see over 90% of employees impacted by the temporary closure.

Mr. Ian Satchwell
Executive Director, Economic and Environment Policy, Department of the Chief Minister, Northern Territory Government
Adjunct Professor at The University of Queensland

Ian Satchwell was recently appointed Executive Director Economic and Environment Policy in the Department of the Chief Minister, Government of the Northern Territory of Australia. He also holds the positions of Adjunct Professor at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland and Senior Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre at The University of Western Australia.

Ian is based in Darwin, Australia’s closest city to Asia, about one hour’s flying time from Indonesia and Timor Leste and abutting the Timor Sea.

Ian has more than 30 years of experience in minerals, energy, and trade and development. He has worked on projects in Australia, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Ian has been a policy adviser to the Indonesian Ministry of Trade and Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Between 2011 and 2015, Ian was Director of the International Mining for Development Centre, a joint venture between The University of Western Australia and The University of Queensland, supported by the Australian Government. The Centre provided research, advisory, education and training services to resource-rich developing nations to support development of strong mining governance regimes.

Ian has held senior management roles in Australian economics consultancy firms, advising industry and government on strategies for development of minerals and energy, infrastructure and local economies. Previously, Ian held executive positions within four different minerals and energy industry bodies, including the Minerals Council of Australia, where he was Director, Environment.

Ian is a former National President of the Australia Indonesia Business Council and former Board Member of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. and a Member of the Green Business Task Force of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. 

Sherri Fields
Principal Manager of Research, Transport for NSW (TfNSW)

Sherri Fields is the Principal Manager of Research, at Transport for TNSW (TfNSW). Her work is focussed on undertaking practical and innovative research projects to address Transport for NSW challenges and includes working with Universities to develop new and collaborative research partnerships. Sherri has over 25 years’ experience in research and analysis, business strategy and development, stakeholder engagement, and marketing and communications and holds an Honours Degree in Social Science from the University of NSW, majoring in Economics and Urban Geography.

Simon Pearce
Head of Asia Pacific, Easymile

Simon joined the Easymile as Head of Asia Pacific in 2017 Simon was previously CIO for Transdev Australasia.  Simon has over 21 years of experience as an IT executive across many industries including pharmaceutical distribution, utility, education and public transport and has previously held senior management positions with DKSH, Zinfra Group and CSL. As a result, he has diverse experience has fostered his expertise in Information Communication Technology (ICT) disciplines, including; sourcing, commercial and vendor management as well as an aptitude to understand and predict trends and challenges in the technology industry. Simon’s working knowledge of ICT solutions, proficiency in implementing new projects and his excellent project management skills make him a valuable member of Easymile's executive team. Simon holds numerous certifications in business systems, programming, and security administration; he has also participated in the Leadership Development Program from the Centre for Organisation Development

Camille Fong Lim
Regional Manager - Northern Australia, SRA Information Technology

Camille is a leader in the IT Industry in Darwin and is NOT a licenced drone pilot.  She has worked internationally and nationally in the IT Industry for some of the largest companies in the world, but has always called Darwin home.  Camille is the Regional Manager – Northern Australia for SRA Information Technology (a commercially licenced drone organisation).  She is an advocate for the IT Industry (through the ICT Industry Association) and for the Buy Local and has experience across many industry sectors, including manufacturing and research & development.  Camille is the Deputy Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council and a member of the Board of Top End Group Training.