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16 – 18 November 2015

Brisbane, Queensland

" Empowering Change: Transformative Innovations and Projects "

Keynote Speakers

The Hon. Ms Jacklyn (Jackie) Trad MP- Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade

Adj. Prof Penelope Coombes - The People for Places and Spaces, NSW

Mr Michael Dixon - General Manager, IBM's Global Smarter Cities Business

Michael DixonMichael J. Dixon is the General Manager for IBM's global smarter cities business. He leads IBM's vision, strategy and operations for teams active in cities around the world which are focused on a core element of IBM's long term strategy. The integration of transport, health, public safety, energy, utilities, social services, education and urban management are at the heart of numerous initiatives.  

Prior to a brief period as the Managing Partner for IBM's consulting and systems integration business (GBS) in Central / Eastern Europe in 2011, Michael was the Vice President of Public Sector for GBS in the growth markets, leading teams focused on supporting client initiatives in Government, Healthcare Payers and Providers and Education across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Central / Eastern Europe and Latin America. Client success in numerous projects resulted from IBM providing strategic advice, business change and process transformation to improve services and deliver cost efficiencies.

During an IBM career spanning 30 years, Michael has held a series of sales, management and executive positions associated with the public sector across increasingly broad geographies.  His depth of industry experience has seen him range from working with policy makers and senior executives in public sector organizations through to presenting to Government leaders at APEC summits; and from advising Public Sector CEOs on strategy development and project implementation through to partnering with private companies to deliver associated services. Michael spent several years based in Tokyo and was a Brookings Congressional Fellow, based in Washington, D.C..

Before joining IBM Michael completed a BBSc at La Trobe University, an MSc at the University of Melbourne and a PhD at the University of Alberta.

Michael is an Australian and spends his time in Melbourne, New York and all parts of the world.

Mr Paul Scott - Make Architects, London, UK 

Paul ScottPaul Scott is a partner at Make, one of the UK’s foremost architectural firms. He has spent over 20 years shaping cities around the world through his involvement in a diverse range of schemes, ranging from boutique to iconic. 

Paul is currently leading several high-profile projects including 40 Leadenhall Street in London’s insurance district; Wynyard Place, an office, station concourse and retail development in Sydney; and two striking 290m-tall residential towers in Mumbai. 

Paul’s approach is to consider how people, history and culture influence architectural design. He led Make’s work on ‘The Cube’, a mixed-use development which helped revitalise the centre of Birmingham, praised for the way it draws on the city’s character to create a distinctive destination.

Paul specialises in the design of tall buildings, which he believes is an increasingly important aspect of urban design. He’s championing the role they play in supporting population growth while mitigating their impact on global warming to create more integrated and sustainable spaces.

Paul is external examiner for the University of Nottingham’s course in Sustainable Tall Buildings and has been a keynote speaker at many leading international events including the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s Future Cities Conference in Shanghai 2014.

Invited Keynotes

  • Prof Jason Pomeroy
    Founding Principal, Pomeroy Studio, Singapore

The conference committee would like to thank our 2014 keynote speakers.

Mr Ludo Campbell-Reid, Design Champion, Manager Environmental Strategy & Policy, Auckland Council, New Zealand

Mr Robert Caulfield, Architect, Caulfield Krivanek Architects Pty Ltd, VIC

Professor Rachel Davey, Professor of Health Research, University of Canberra

Mr Ben Hewett, South Australian Government Architect and Executive Director of the Office for Design and Architecture SA (ODASA)

Professor Graeme Hugo, ARC Australian Professorial Fellow, University of Adelaide, SA

Dr Christine Satchell, Senior Research Fellow, Urban Informatics Research Lab, Queensland University of Technology, QLD

Mr Malcolm Snow, Chief Executive, National Capital Authority, ACT

Dr Marcus Spiller, Economist and Planner, SGS Economics & Planning, VIC

Ms Caroline Stalker, Director, Architectus, Adjunct Professor, School of Design, Creative Industries, QUT