- The big idea
Martin AndrewsCo-founder, Chargefox
Marty has over a decade of experience building software for some of Australia’s most successful online businesses and promising startups. This led to an interest in the technology behind electric vehicles and charging networks, sparking Marty to co-found Chargefox, a technology driven business aiming to simplify electric vehicle charging and management across fleet, private and public networks.
When he’s not busy playing semi-professional pool, Marty invests in promising Australian startups and speaks about the technology needed to support the growing number of electric – and eventually autonomous – vehicles on our roads.
Thomas BeermannChief Executive Officer, car2go Europe GmbH (Berlin)
Thomas Beermann, born in 1966, has been managing director of car2go Europe GmbH since 1.10.2013. Since then he has been responsible for the European business of the worlds biggest station-independent car sharing company which currently has 15 European sites with seven in Germany. Thomas Beermann studied business administration at the University of Paderborn.
From 1997 to the end of 2012 Beermann worked at Europe's biggest car rental company, Europcar, as a key account manager, product manager, regional manager and lastly as director of strategy and business development Thomas Beermann is married and has three children.
Michael BellProfessor of Ports and Maritime Logistics, The University of Sydney
Michael Bell is the Foundation Professor of Ports and Maritime Logistics in the Institute of Transport and Logistics. Prior to his commencement at the University of Sydney in August 2012, he was Professor of Transport Operations and Director of the Port Operations Research and Technology Centre (PORTeC) at Imperial College London. Having graduated in 1975 from Cambridge University with a BA in Economics, he obtained an MSc in Transportation (1976) and a PhD on Freight Distribution (1981), both from Leeds University.
Between 1979 and 1982 he worked as a Research Associate at University College London, before moving to the Institut für Verkehrswesen at the Technical University of Karlsruhe as an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral Research Fellow. He returned to the UK in 1984 to a New Blood lectureship at the University of Newcastle. In 1992 he became the Deputy Director of the Transport Operations Research Group (TORG), becoming its Director in 1996, when he was also promoted to a Personal Chair. In January 2002, he moved to Imperial College London.
His research and teaching interests are catholic, spanning ports and maritime logistics, transport network modelling, traffic engineering, and intelligent transport systems. He is the author of many papers, a number of books (including Transportation Network Analysis, published in 2007) and was for 17 years an Associate Editor of Transportation Research B. In 2005 he founded the Port Operations Research and Technology Centre (PORTeC), a virtual centre spanning both Civil Engineering and the Business School dedicated to research and consultancy in the field of ports and maritime logistics.
Scott BenjaminTechnical Director – Intelligent Transport Systems, WSP
Scott is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Project Manager with 20 years experience working for public and private sector clients across a broad variety of transportation projects in Australia and the UK, focusing on key skill areas of Intelligent Transport Systems, Traffic Engineering, Traffic Modelling, and Traffic Data. He has been involved in a large variety of projects from policy development to feasibility and strategy, outline to detailed design, installation and operation.
Greg BosnichHead of Corporate Affairs, Volvo
Greg has over thirty years of automotive experience. Having worked locally and overseas in a varied number of roles that encompass product, sales, marketing and public relations, he has acquired significant learnings from talking to people about their experiences when it comes to all things automotive.
Charles BrewerChief Executive Officer , DHL e-Commerce
Charles Brewer is CEO of DHL eCommerce, a division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, which he joined in 1984. In his role, he leads a global team responsible for developing solutions that enable the eCommerce sector.
Charles is a proven expert in supply chain, international shipping and e-commerce with over 32 years of industry experience, covering multiple global regions and disciplines across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas and Africa.
Prior to joining DHL eCommerce, Charles was the Managing Director for DHL Express, Sub-Saharan Africa where he was responsible for the successful business and operations of 54 countries and territories, encompassing more than 50,000 customers, 4,000 employees, 250 facilities, 5 regional hubs and 20 dedicated DHL aircraft.
Charles started his career at DHL in the UK, before moving to the DHL Express Asia Pacific region where he was appointed Country Manager for Philippines and subsequently Country Manager for Malaysia. After Asia Pacific, Charles spent 5 years in the Americas region, where he first led the commercial organization and later was the General Manager for the North East region.
Charles was born in 1965 in the UK. After completing school at Lord Wandsworth College, he went on to Cranfield and Reading University and has also completed executive programmes at Henley Management College.
Charles has lived and worked in multiple countries and is now based in Singapore. He is married with two children.
Chris BuckthorpDirector, Advisory, Performance Improvement, Ernst & Young
Chris is a Director in the Supply Chain and Operations business within EY where he is focused on the delivery of digital supply chain transformation projects. He has over 30 years of experience in end-to-end supply chain management with a deep specialisation in logistics and distribution, and supply chain technologies. Prior to joining EY late last year he ran Strategic Market Development for Linfox in Australia after completing a 5 year stint living and working in India where he was at the forefront of creating and delivering innovative logistics solutions during the initial eCommerce boom and the arrival of Amazon.
Ian ChristensenManaging Director, iMOVE Australia
Ian has been Managing Director of iMOVE Australia since it commenced operations in July 2017. Prior to that, whilst CEO of Excellerate Australia, he led the team that developed the successful bid for iMOVE CRC, as well as overseeing the activities of the Automotive CRC and Automotive Supply Chain Excellence (ASEA) team.
Ian was promoted to CEO of Excellerate Australia (formerly AutoCRC) in January 2014 after four years as General Manager. Prior to this, he managed the operations of another CRC for four years.
Ian has more than 30 years’ experience in the manufacturing industry, ranging from automotive, paper, polymers, silicone products, and fine chemicals.
His considerable working experience at the interface between industry and research enables him to manage the many stakeholders involved in the transport and mobility space and draw them into the collaborative processes required to address complex problems and capture opportunities.
Ian has a science degree and an MBA, and in addition to working in manufacturing has also had several roles developing and commercialising new technologies. He is the inventor on two patents and has extensive experience in licensing of intellectual property.
Andrew ClarkFounder & Managing Director, Logistics Help
Andrew Clark is a consultant in warehousing and logistics and the founder and Managing Director of Logistics Help. In his career, Andrew has worked with large corporate organisations such as Baxter Healthcare, Pfizer, Linfox, DHL, Government agencies as well as small and medium businesses to help them achieve major improvements in the performance of their logistics operations.
Andrew founded Logistics Help to bring the expertise he gained in large corporate supply chains, to under-served Small and Medium Enterprises. He is now on a mission to help them implement high performance strategies and technologies to bring their logistics into the 21st century and compete effectively with big business.
Andrew has written numerous blog posts, an eBook on the 12 Principles of High Performance Warehousing and is currently working on his first book “Online Retail Logistics for Business Leaders”.
Rita ExcellExecutive Director, ADVI
Rita Excell is the Executive Director of the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI). Rita leads the ADVI collaboration of over 120 partners comprising of Government, Researchers and Industry leaders across Australia, New Zealand and the globe.
As the key spokesperson for ADVI Rita is regularly called upon to provide expert advice to a range of sectors, including state and local governments, to help inform the how to plan for a future with driverless vehicle technology. She is a passionate advocate for how technology will change our community for the better, particularly those who currently suffer from transport disadvantage including the elderly and those living with a disability.
Rita is a qualified Civil Engineer with a distinguished career spanning more than 25 years where she has worked across a range of disciplines including strategic transport planning, road safety, project management, asset management and business transformation
Brian HaratsisExecutive Chairman, Macroplan & Co-chair, Australian Driverless Vehicles Initiative
Brian Haratsis is a best-selling author, futurist, thought leader and is regarded by corporate Australia as the leading economic and strategic advisor operating in the property sector locally and internationally.
Brian established MacroPlan Australia (renamed MacroPlan Dimasi in 2012) in 1985 and has devoted the last 30 years to his loyal client base through the delivery of effective business and property strategy, precise forecasting of niche trends, successful facilitation of strategic outcomes and successful delivery of major projects / policies.
Brian is a leader in demographic analysis and property trends and has extensive experience in forecasting demand for retirement living, aged care and is currently advising on the development of major health hubs on the Sunshine Coast and in Victoria in relation to the Sunshine Health + Wellbeing Cluster.
Conrad HarveyChief Information Officer, Linfox
Conrad is responsible for delivering the information technology underpinning Linfox’s customer service and growth.
Conrad has more than 20 years international experience in business technology with a strong track record in customer service and delivering change.
He was Chief Information Officer at Coles Group for more than six years, leading the rejuvenation of its ordering and transport systems.
More recently, Conrad established a digital business that focuses on developing start-ups and helping top Australian companies to develop their digital and IT strategies.
He currently serves on the board of CenITex.
Conrad is married with two sons. His interests include travel, photography, basketball and AFL.
Rachel JohnsonChief Executive Officer, Victorian Ports Corporation
Rachel Johnson took up the role of inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM) in November 2016, following the Victorian Government's successful leasing of the Port of Melbourne's commercial operations to a private sector operator.
VPCM is responsible for safe navigation in Port of Melbourne waters and for the mamagement of Station Pier, Victoria's premier cruise shipping facility, as well as the developement of the cruise industry for the benefit of the Victorian economy.
Rachel has wide ranging experience of Australian freight and logistics businesses and the developement and operation of transport infrastructure in both the public and private sectors.
She has held senior positions in New South Wales government bodies as well as in a number of high profile private sector companies.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Aeronautical Engineering, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has advance management qualifications.
Anthony JonesGroup Chief Executive Officer, Linx Cargo Care Group
Anthony’s career of more than 20 years in the transport and logistics industry extends across road, rail and sea.
In his early career, Anthony joined Patrick in 1999 and quickly progressed through the operational ranks to management and senior executive positions at Patrick, Pacific National and Asciano.
In 2016, Anthony was appointed as Group CEO of LINX Cargo Care Group, following the separation from Patrick and Asciano.
Today, LINX Cargo Care Group brings together the capabilities of four market-leading operations built on over 100 years of port and logistics experience. The Group of businesses; LINX, Autocare, C3 and GeelongPort, employs 4000 highly skilled professionals across Australia and New Zealand.
In addition to Anthony’s role as Group CEO, Anthony is Chairman of C3 Limited, Chairman of Albany Bulk Handling, and Board Member of Autocare Services, GeelongPort and LDCMI Pty Ltd.
Charlie MacdonaldCIO Australia and New Zealand, DB Schenker
Charlie is the CIO of DB Schenker Australia and New Zealand – DB Schenker is a global leader in Air & Ocean Freight and Logistics services. He has over 25 years’ experience in Transport and Logistics based in Europe & Asia. Prior to joining DBS Charlie was the Industry Executive for Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics at Telstra where he published a number of research papers including in 2015 “The Personal Chain” a study on how consumer focused digital retail is disrupting supply chains.
Charlie was previously the Chair of the ICT Executive committee of the Australian Logistics Council.
Nicholas NicoloudisTechnical Innovation Executive, SAP
Dr Nicholas Nicoloudis has always been a passionate software developer. He began his career working for a small software provider, before deciding to do his PhD at Monash University. Dr Nicoloudis became the lecturer for one of the first mobile application development subjects at Monash, worked on projects for Victoria Police and later joined a software startup company. He also started the Mobile Special Interest Group for the Australian Computer Society and convened the group for over 6 years. Dr Nicoloudis now works as a Global Solution Architect specialising in mobile and user experience solutions for SAP. He continues to give guest lectures at universities and conferences. In his free time, Dr Nicoloudis is a loving father of 3 and enjoys drawing, painting and keeping fit.
Amanda O’BrienChief Executive Officer , Xtreme Freight
Amanda O’Brien is a Transport & Logistics Professional and the CEO and Managing Director of Australian Worldwide Logistics Pty Ltd trading as Xtreme Freight with head office based in Melbourne. Amanda’s particular expertise is in strategy and solving logistical challenges for Global Freight Forwarders and increasing efficiencies in the supply chain through strong partnerships and transparent analysis. Her belief is that developing people’s talents is fundamental to achieving great results and that flexibility and outside the box thinking is the greatest catalyst for change which is essential in keeping up with globalisation.
Past experience in diverse fields ranging from Telecommunications, Airlines and Retail holding both management and procurement roles has seen Amanda involved in projects that return investment to companies with people at the core. Changing the image, increasing the efficiencies and developing seamless logistical solutions for clients in the Transport & Logistics sector is fundamental to her philosophy.
Amanda joined the committee of the Victorian Division of the SCLAA in 2012 to contribute to the growth of female participation in the industry and believes that giving back to the community and awareness of social and political issues is cognisant with greater results.
Roberto Perez-FrancoSenior Research Fellow at the Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics (CSCL)Deakin University
David RogersChairman, Asia Pacific Logistics Federation
David is currently running his own boutique consulting business called Insync Supply Chain Management Pty Ltd which provides an extensive range of supply chain consulting services across Australia and Asia. Insync Supply Chain Management Pty Ltd has significant expertise in the development and execution of supply chain strategies, transforming the integration, alignment and functional synchronisation across all supply chain stakeholders.
Prior to starting his own business, David worked in the corporate environment in various senior supply chain management positions with blue chip companies
David has a Masters Business Degree in Logistics (RMIT), Graduate Diploma of Transport and Distribution (RMIT), Diploma of Project Management. David also holds Certificates in Business, Finance Management, Change Management, Materials Handling Management, Distribution Management, Training and Assessment and is a Certified Logistics and Supply Professional Asia Pacific (CLSP-AP), Certified Professional Logistician Australia (CPL).
David is the Chairman Asian Pacific Logistics Federation (APLF), Past Chairman and National Director of the Supply Chain Logistics Australia Association (SCLAA), Australian Roundtable President of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), National Councillor for GS1 Board in Australia.
David has also lectured on Supply Chain Management at RMIT University and Victorian University.
James SooActing Director - Road User and Vehicle Access, VicRoads
James Soo has 20 years of automotive OEM experience in Global Product Development & Engineering Management. He possesses extensive knowledge in cross-functional Vehicle Performance Integration attributes, target setting and balancing – Fuel Economy (CO2), Drive Quality, Noise & Vibration, Crashworthiness Safety, Mass, Aerodynamics, Ride & Handling, Durability.
James’ leadership skills have helped in guiding cross-functional global teams and setting technical / architecture direction to future vehicle projects (from Concept Initiation to Production) for USA, Europe, Australia, Korea and China markets.
Specialties: Vehicle Integration Engineering, Project Management, Product Design & Development, Team Leadership, Virtual CAE Analyses, Physical Prototype Development & Validation Testing, Six Sigma Black Belt, Experienced & Trained Vehicle Evaluator/Assessor, Vehicle Benchmarking.
Evan WalkerDirector of Smart Innovation Centre , Transport for NSW
Evan Walker is the Director of the Smart Innovation Centre at Transport for NSW. His role is to work with industry and government agencies to identify and trial future transport technologies.
Before taking on this role, Evan worked as the Director of the Divisional Management Office for the Freight Strategy and Planning Division of TfNSW which provided him with a broad overview of Transport in NSW.
These roles follow-on from Evan’s 15 years’ experience working in road Safety, where he was the Director of Safer Systems at the NSW Centre for Road Safety for over four years. During his road safety career, Evan lead the development and implementation of new initiatives that contributed to significant improvements in road safety in NSW, including the NSW Speed Camera Strategy, the Plan B campaign and the establishment of the Community Road Safety Fund.
Mark WellsChief Executive Officer - Cogent and Investment Director, Cogent Ventures
Mark is an angel investor and the CEO of Cogent. Having held a range of CEO, CCO, CTO and Non-Executive Director roles, Mark’s a sought after advisor on topics spanning from fundraising to strategic planning and market entry.
An active investor in numerous early stage and not so early stage startups, Mark has a passionate belief in the positive impact that renewable energy tech and transport as a service (TaaS) will make over the coming decade. He’s also an avid cyclist and rarely stops talking about bikes and his ever expanding collection (nine at last count).
Andrew WeyerVice President Information Technology, Australia New Zealand & Life Sciences & Healthcare APAC, DHL Supply Chain
Andrew is an experienced IT leader, having spent 25 years transforming business operations through the adoption of technology solutions in the banking, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and logistics industries. He has led significant transformational IT, digital, standardisation and innovation delivery initiatives aimed at maximising team capability and capacity outcomes to deliver tangible business results.
Andrew also has accountability for leadership of Information Technology solutions delivery for Life Science and Healthcare customers for six countries across Asia.
Andrew was born and grew up in South Africa. He has significant multi – cultural work experience across Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific.
He was previously the Executive Regional Sponsor for the DHL GoTeach Partnership with the S.O.S Children’s Village organisation, a mentoring program to empower and improve the employability of World Youth.
Jon WilsonGlobal Centre of Excellence Digital Supply Chain & Manufacturing, SAP
Jon is responsible for the go to market strategy for Digital Supply Chain & Manufacturing for SAP in Australia and New Zealand. SAP Digital Supply Chain & Manufacturing encompasses digital business processes for Integrated Business Planning, Warehousing, Transportation, Track & Trace, Asset Management, Portfolio & Project Management, Research & Development, Manufacturing and Environment Health and Safety.
Originally from the North of New Zealand, Jon now lives in Canberra, with his wife and two daughters. While he is a keen local supporter of Brumbies Rugby, when it comes to internationals, he still supports the All Blacks. He particularly likes it when the temperature starts to drop, as he enjoys snowboarding, and you will find him and his family down at Perisher most weekends during Winter.
Brendan WrightVP, Public Services, Asia & Japan, SAP
Brendan is a recognised leader in contemporary service delivery models for public services and has a long history of leading public services transformational programs across Whole of Government, Healthcare and Education. Having also been co-founder of a technology startup, Brendan has a broad mix of skills spanning enterprise and small business that provides him with a unique perspective around unearthing innovation and entrepreneurship across the public services domain.