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Steel

Chris Steel

ACT Minister for Transport

Chris Steel is a Member for Murrumbidgee in the ACT Legislative Assembly, representing the districts of the Woden Valley, Weston Creek, the Molonglo Valley and Kambah.

Chris is a Southside local, and was elected to the Assembly in October 2016. 

Chris is a member of Cabinet in the ACT Government responsible for the following portfolios:

  • Minister for Transport and City Services
  • Minister for Community Services and Facilities
  • Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Prior to entering politics, Chris was a education advocate, at peak body Early Childhood Australia and has previously worked in both the Australian Government and ACT Government focusing on a range of social policy areas.

 

 

 

Calfas

Marika Calfas

Chief Executive Officer, NSW Ports

Marika Calfas is the Chief Executive Officer of NSW Ports, the organisation responsible for managing a $5 billion infrastructure portfolio comprising Port Botany, Port Kembla and the intermodal terminals at Cooks River and Enfield.

Marika has operated in the port sector for over 17 years, across a broad range of portfolio areas including strategy, planning, environment and infrastructure. 

Marika was appointed by the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure and Transport to the Expert Panel advising the Government Inquiry into the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Priorities in 2017.

Marika is a board member of Infrastructure NSW, Ports Australia, Deputy Chair of the Australian Logistics Council, Member of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia National Advisory Board, Member of Wollongong University’s SMART Advisory Council and Australia’s representative to PIANC’s (the International Waterborne Transport Association) International Environmental Commission.

 

Madew

Peter Colacino

Executive Director, Policy and Research, Infrastructure Australia

Peter Colacino leads Infrastructure Australia's Policy and Research team and is tasked with identifying
the greatest challenges and opportunities facing the delivery of infrastructure for Australia's growing
cities and regions. Peter brings his experience working both in positions across the public and private
sectors on some of Australia's largest infrastructure projects, including Northconnex, Transport for
Newcastle and Gold Coast Light Rail. More recently, at Infrastructure Australia and earlier as a member
of the NRMA executive, Peter has been at the forefront of a generational change in infrastructure
services, championing increased focus on infrastructure users and the emergence of new models of
transport service provision, including the adoption of shared, connected, electric and autonomous
vehicle technology.

 

Leo Dobes

Crawford School, Australian National University

Leo Dobes completed his DPhil at Oxford University before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs. His 30-year Public Service career included intelligence analysis in the Office of National Assessments and policy roles in Defence, Treasury, and Transport and Regional Services. As a Senior Executive Service officer, he played a key role in developing and implementing the reform of the Australian telecommunications sector in 1989-91, and was instrumental in establishing an Environment Branch within the Bureau of Transport Economics. A past President of the ACT branch of the Economic Society of Australia, he teaches a Masters course in Cost-Benefit Analysis (IDEC8088) at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, where he is an honorary Associate Professor.

 

Gruen

Nicholas Gruen

Policy Economist, Entrepreneur and Commentator

Nicholas Gruen is a policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator, founder of Lateral Economics and Peach Financial, Visiting Professor at Kings College London Policy Institute and Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School.

He chairs Health Metrics (Australia’s premier software supplier for aged care), the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia) and is patron of the Australian Digital Alliance

He chaired The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) from until 2016 and Innovation Australia until 2014.

 

 

 

Gruen

Mark Harvey

Transport Economist and Research Leader

Mark Harvey has Bachelor of Economics (honours) and PhD degrees in economics from the University of Queensland. He has worked at the Bureau of Infrastructure Transport and Regional Economics since 1990. His principle areas of expertise are investment appraisal, transport economics, and modelling. He has taught cost–benefit analysis at the Australian National University and drafted significant parts of the National Guidelines for Transport System Management in Australia. He leads the cost–benefit analysis work stream for development of the Australian Transport Assessment and Planning Guidelines.

 

 

 

Michel Masson

Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Victoria

Michel Masson is Chief Executive Officer at Infrastructure Victoria, an independent body responsible for delivering Victoria’s first ever 30-year infrastructure strategy.

Michel started his career at Deloitte before joining the Bollore Group where he held various senior finance positions in the transport and logistics division in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. In 2005 he joined Keolis as head of Finance and Operations for the International Division where he was responsible for leading public transport operations in seven countries and held various non-executive director positions in UK and German rail franchises.

Michel was appointed CEO of Yarra Trams in 2009 and helped lead the development of Keolis Downer throughout Australia, before joining the Calibre group in 2014 to create and lead its Transport Infrastructure business.

Michel is a graduate from the EDHEC Business School in France, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also completed the Advanced Management Program from the Harvard Business School.

In 2017, Michel was awarded an Honourary Doctorate in Technology from Swinburne University in recognition of his contribution to shaping infrastructure in Victoria.

Michel became an Australian citizen in 2014.

 

Sims

Rod Sims

Chairman, ACCC

Rod Sims was appointed Chairman of the ACCC in August 2011, recently reappointed again in September 2018 for an unprecedented third term till July 2022, making him the longest serving Chair of the ACCC.

Mr Sims has extensive business and public sector experience. Prior to his appointment to the ACCC, among other roles he was the Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales, a Commissioner with the National Competition Council, on the boards of a number of companies, and an advisor to the Boards and CEOs of some of Australia’s leading companies on corporate strategy.

 

Suskin

Jesse Suskin

Government Relations and Public Policy, Wing

Jesse Suskin is the head of government relations and public policy in Australia for Wing, a company that sees a future where drone delivery is the safest, fastest and most environmentally friendly way to transport small items. Before joining Wing, Jesse spent over six years with Google, working in government relations, public affairs, and public policy in Washington, DC and Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining Google, Jesse spent two years working for the Government of Australia at its Embassy in Washington, DC, advising Ambassador Kim Beazley. Earlier in his career, Jesse worked in politics and public service including at the White House as Associate Director of Communications for President George W. Bush, and as Director of Media Services for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

 

Sweatman

Dr Peter Sweatman

Cofounding Principal, CAVita LLC

Dr Peter Sweatman is a cofounding principal of CAVita LLC, a trusted connected and automated vehicle (CAV) ecosystem partner for government, industry and academia. Dr Sweatman was appointed International Enterprise Professor in Transport Technologies at the University of Melbourne. He is a senior advisor to the Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystem test bed. Dr Sweatman is the former director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the founder of Mcity.

Dr Sweatman is a past chairman of the board of ITS America. He served on the U.S. Department of Transport’s ITS Advisory Committee. At the Transportation Research Board, he co-chairs the Forum on Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility.