Speakers

Frances Valintine, Founder, Tech Futures Lab
KEYNOTE – Futureproofing the rail industry: A customer centric exploration
Conference Plenary

Dr Polly McGee, Author, Digital Strategist, Good Hustler
The yoga of rail: Creating customer connections in a service economy
Conference Plenary

Meegan Fitzharris MLA, Minister for Transport and City Services, ACT Government
Territory Welcome Address
Welcome Reception

Richard Wankmuller, CEO, Inland Rail, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Transforming the future: Inland Rail project update
Conference Plenary & Welcome Reception

The Hon Michael McCormack MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Federal Address

Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Shadow Minister for Tourism
Federal Opposition Address

Danny Broad, CEO, Australasian Railway Association
AusRAIL Host

Bob Herbert AM, Chair, Australasian Railway Association
ARA Chairman’s Address

Emma Thomas, Director General, Transport Canberra
Industry judge: 2018 Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition

Nick Easy, CEO, Queensland Rail
Industry judge: 2018 Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition

Anna Squire, Australasia Rail Business Leader, Arup
Industry judge: 2018 Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition

Steve Butcher, Executive General Manager, Rail Business Group, John Holland
Industry judge: 2018 Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition

Amy Lezala, Head of Engineering – Rolling Stock, Metro Trains Melbourne
PANEL | Rail for a better future: Priorities of the next generation
Conference plenary

Michelle Doolan, Track & Civil Engineer, AECOM
PANEL | Rail for a better future: Priorities of the next generation
Conference plenary

Jamie Ross-Smith, Commercial and Compliance Manager, Unipart Group Australia
PANEL | Rail for a better future: Priorities of the next generation
Conference plenary

Dallas Martin, Regional Manager – West, V/Line
PANEL | Rail for a better future: Priorities of the next generation
Conference plenary

Loulou Hammad, Head of Communications, Australia, Bombardier
PANEL | Smart rail route map: A national approach to technology of the future
Conference plenary

Georgina Hartwell, Vice Chair, IRSE Australasia
Chair, IRSE Technical Stream

Hermione Parsons, Director, Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics, Deakin University
PANEL | Creating the supply chain for a better freight future
Conference plenary

Marika Califas, CEO, NSW Ports
PANEL | Creating the supply chain for a better freight future
Conference plenary

Todd Moyle, Chief Operations Officer, KiwiRail
A customer led future & PANEL | Creating the supply chain for a better freight future
Conference plenary

Andrew Adams, President Freight, Pacific National
PANEL | Creating the supply chain for a better freight future
Conference plenary

James Dixon, General Manager, Transport and Aviation, Australia Post
Transforming the logistics of the future
Conference plenary

Peter Keyte, Chief Operating Officer, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd
It’s time to finish the job: Connecting Port of Brisbane to Inland Rail
RTSA Technical Stream

Adrian Hart, Associate Director, BIS Oxford Economics
Identifying the skills for a better future
Conference Plenary

Thomas Bieg, VP Mining and Freight Rail Solutions, Siemens Mobility
PTC: The cost-effective alternative to ETCS in Australia’s mining and freight sector
IRSE Technical Stream

James A. Moore, Principal, Advanced Planning Group, Jacobs (USA)
Urban rail and smart cities of the future
Conference Plenary

Tilo Franz, General Manager, Operations and Maintenance, Canberra Metro Operations
Canberra Metro
RTSA Technical Stream

Nikan Rezvani, Continuous Improvement Lead, Schneider Electric
Securing a sustainable future for rail
RTAA Technical Strea

Trevor Moore, Principal Signals Engineer, Endeavour Management & Engineering Pty Ltd
SFAIRP in practice for signalling and train control systems
IRSE Technical Stream

Stanislas Pinte, CEO, ERTMS Solutions
How to reduce the impact of track circuits failures
IRSE Technical Stream

Associate Professor Anjum Naweed, Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation and CQUniversity
Road train operator perspectives of level crossing safety risks in remote areas: Preliminary findings and implications for action
IRSE Technical Stream

Dr Jane Inglis, Senior Manager Regional Development & Sustainability, Transport for NSW
Leveraging major project procurement to deliver benefits to regional NSW
Rail Suppliers Technical Stream

Yvette King, Aboriginal Participation Manager, Transport for NSW
Leveraging major project procurement to deliver benefits to regional NSW
Rail Suppliers Technical Stream

Beatrice Lippus, Associate Vice President Transportation Business Unit, Cyient
Rail for a safer and more reliable future through the Internet of Trains
Rail Suppliers Technical Stream

Ravi Murty, Deputy General Manager, Transportation Business Unit, Cyient
Rail for a safer and more reliable future through the Internet of Trains
Rail Suppliers Technical Stream

Scott Elaurant, Transport Planning Lead, Arup Jacobs Joint Venture Auckland Light Rail
Planning a new light rail system for success and community acceptance
RTSA Technical Stream

James Quinlan, Design Manager, Arup Jacobs Joint Venture Auckland Light Rail
Planning a new light rail system for success and community acceptance
RTSA Technical Stream

Dongyu Zhang, PHD Candidate, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University MAE and Institute of Railway Technology
Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for railway inspection
RTAA Technical Stream

Chris McDougall, Technical Director, GHD
Sydney Light Rail – Light Rail for a Better Future
RTSA Technical Stream

Jefferson Fern, Head of VFS Australia, Vossloh
Slab track: The Australian verses international experience
RTAA Technical Stream

Neil Gibbs, Executive Director Rolling Stock, Rolling Stock Development Division, Transport for Victoria
Update on harmonisation of Australian rolling stock standards and what’s next
Rail Suppliers Technical Stream

Robert Casimir, Executive Project Manager, Jacobs
Sydney Light Rail – Light Rail for a Better Future
RTSA Technical Stream

Bill Palazzi, Director, palazzirail
A coherent national strategy for network control systems
IRSE Technical Stream

Mercedes Gonzalez-Palacio, Principal Consultant, Abbott Risk Consulting (ARC)
Proven SIL levels on new rail projects
IRSE Technical Stream

Steve Bickley, Australia Rail Director, Abbott Risk Consulting (ARC)
Proven SIL levels on new rail projects
IRSE Technical Stream

Bradley Hocking, Systems Engineer, Shoal Engineering
The case for systems engineering investment in early stages of Australian rail projects
Rail Suppliers Technical Stream

Jase Berry, Graduate Engineer, Shoal Engineering
The case for systems engineering investment in early stages of Australian rail projects
Rail Suppliers Technical Stream

Dr Stuart Thomson, CEO, Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)
PANEL | Smart rail route map: A national approach to technology of the future
Conference plenary
Real progress in rail research and development
Rail Suppliers Technical Stream

Warwick Talbot, Deputy Executive Director Engineering System Integrity, Sydney Trains
Going digital in an operating railway
IRSE Technical Stream

David Panter, Industry Solutions Manager – ITS, Trapeze Group Asia Pacific
Running like clockwork: How Zurich’s trams keep to time
Rail Suppliers Technical Stream

Ben Mason, Economist, Frontier Economics
Heading down the right track: Making a compelling business case for rail
Innovation Hub

Steven Johnson, Managing Director, MATISA Australia
Securing a sustainable future for rail
RTAA Technical Stream

Mark Xerri, Senior Transport Planner, WSP
Freight rail: The untapped key to resolving passenger rail demand?
RTSA Technical Stream

Mark Smith, Director, Industry & Technical Development, Asset Standards Authority, Freight, Strategy and Planning Division, Transport for NSW
PANEL | Smart rail route map: A national approach to technology of the future
Conference plenary
Transport for NSW: Creating an Innovation Ecosystem
Innovation Hub

Stewart Blair, Head of Development, MRX Technologies, A Siemens Business
Broken rail detection system: A reliable and accurate onboard solution
RTAA Technical Stream

Ryan Jansz, National Technical Manager – Asphalt, Boral Australia
Experiences after one year of RailPAVE and IVES in Australia
RTAA Technical Stream

Henrik Vocks, Manager Technical Services, Rhomberg Rail Australia
Experiences after one year of RailPAVE and IVES in Australia
RTAA Technical Stream

Ruben De Vries, Quality Engineer, Australian Rail Track Corporation
Quality assurance at work: A story of depot weld compliance
RTAA Technical Stream

Tony Crosby, General Manager – Services, 4Tel
Using a SIL-rated driver advisory system to improve train operations safety and efficiency
IRSE Technical Stream

Graeme Steverson, Technical Executive Transport Planning, WSP
Which speed rail? The case for faster rail
RTSA Technical Stream

Gregoire Larue, Senior Research Fellow, ACRI
Current approaches combining new technology and human factors to improve safety at level crossings
Innovation Hub

Doug Creighton, Deputy Director, Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI)
PANEL | Smart rail route map: A national approach to technology of the future
Conference plenary

Jacqueline Linke, Manager Innovation & Strategy, Sydney Trains
Putting innovation on the rails
Innovation Hub

Karan Coombe-Smith, Unit Manager, Environment and Amenity, Rail Maintenance, South Australian Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure
Godzilla versus Monet: Art and greening meets the rail monster
Innovation Hub

Paul Harris, Principal Engineer – Operational Control Systems, Network Integrity, Project & Assurance Division, Public Transport Victoria
PANEL | Smart rail route map: A national approach to technology of the future
Conference plenary

John Dyer, Project Manager Standardised Design Solutions, Level Crossing Removal Authority
The design reuse revolution
Innovation Hub

Cherie Lee, Value Engineering Manager, Level Crossing Removal Authority
The design reuse revolution
Conference plenary

Bonnie Ryan, Senior Manager – Freight, Logistics & Industrial Sectors, GS1 Australia
PANEL | Smart rail route map: A national approach to technology of the future
Conference plenary

Leah Waymark, Chief Corporate Relations and Business Development Officer, Metro Trains Australia
Great Debate
Conference Plenary

René Lalande, CEO, Transdev
Great Debate
Conference Plenary

Pranoy Banerjee, Advisor, CWG Project Services
Pitching Competition Finalist

Tyler Plowright, Operational Technology Engineer, Pacific National
Pitching Competition Finalist

Owen Plagens, Asset Strategy Engineer, Downer
Pitching Competition Finalist

Jessica Ghaleb, Track and Civil Engineer, Jacobs
Pitching Competition Finalist

Allan Logan, Treasurer, Rail Track Association Australia
Chair, RTAA Technical Stream

Henry Swisher, Strategic Consultant – Energy Markets, Jacobs
Pitching Competition Finalist

Thomas Kerr, President, Rail Track Association Australia
Chair, RTAA Technical Stream