2023 Speakers

Caroline McGeechan
Executive General Manager – Transport Consulting, SYSTRA ANZ

Kerri Ricketts
Head of Customer Experience, Govia Thameslink Railway UK (Go-Ahead Group)

Aunty Di Kerr OAM
Respected Elder of the Wurundjeri Tribe

Michelle Doolan
Engineering Manager | Principal Track Engineer, John Holland

Teeshal Bal
Program Manager, Metro Trains Melbourne and Founder, Grit Leadership

Jacqui Walters
National Rail Manufacturing Advocate, Rail Industry Innovation Council

Carla Purcell
Keolis Downer Yarra Trams

Raphaelle Guerineau
Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Mobility Australia and New Zealand

Josh Bull MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Level Crossing Removals, Victoria

Shilpa Maniar
Director – Critical Infrastructure Reform and International Engagement, Department of Home Affairs

Alison Wall
Chief of Staff,
Future Skills Organisation

Sandra McKay
Executive Leading Rail Reform,
National Transport Commission

Jane Gillespie
Rail Team Lead, Victoria,

Rod Barber
Director Environment & Sustainability Sydney, Transport for NSW

Georgia Gosse

Şebnem Kurklu
Chief Information Security Officer,

Damien White

Jill Walsh
Victorian Rail Advocate, Department of Transport and Planning, Victoria

Mandi Mees
Head of National Rail Skills and Reform Design, National Transport Commission

Mick Douge
Executive General Manager, Rail and Infrastructure Delivery, Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SRLA)

Ayesha Qureshi
Senior Manager IT Infrastructure and Platforms, ONxpress Transportation Partners, Canada

Gareth Evans
Head of Rail Technology,
Network Rail

Felicity Osborn
Programme Manager, International R&D Partnerships, Network Rail

Melissa Perkins
A/Executive Director Mobility as a Service, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland

Richard Thorp
Director of Engineering & Sustainability, HS1 Ltd

Prof Andy Doherty
Chief Technology Officer, Global Centre of Rail Excellence

Matthew Kehoe
Director Digital Build, Office of Projects Victoria, Department of Treasury and Finance

Michael Cholette
Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Queensland University of Technology

Arnaud Deutsch
Technical Director – Advisory,

Antoine Belleguie
Research Engineer in Green Traction, Alstom

Mark Wood
Chief Technology Officer, 4AI Systems & General Manager, Communications & Electronics, 4Tel

Prof Sujeeva Setunge
Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, STEM College, RMIT

Lisa Martello
Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Women in Construction

Carina O’Brien
Head of Strategy ANZ, Siemens Mobility & Founder and Podcast host, Working Mumma

Dr Vinod Bhatia
Executive Director, Computerization and Information Systems, Ministry of Railways, Government of India

Sanjeev Kumar
Executive Director, Ministry of Railway, Government of India

Kerry Maidment-Grocke
Technology Planning Manager – Engineering & Systems, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Dr Owen Plagens
Future Maintenance Technologies

David Jennings
Head of Maintenance and Operations,
Future Maintenance Technologies

Chris Bowen
General Manager, Engineering Business Development and Bids, Downer

Dr Elias Kassa
Principal Engineer and Team Leader – Track Infrastructure, Monash Institute of Railway Technology (IRT)

Zoltan David
Managing Director,
Mage Consulting

Allan Murray
Senior Manager – Indigenous Participation & Outcomes, WSP

Prof Ravi Ravitharan
Director, Monash Institute of Railway Technology (IRT)

Raphael Kottel
Transportation & Railway Systems Projects Manager, Arc Infrastructure

Dale Walker
Partnerships Manager,
Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Freddie Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen, CTO,

Rod McLeod
Sequence Alliance Director, ETCS, Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Andrew Barnes
Innovator, Entrepreneur, 4 Day Week Architect

Louise Howard
Director, Louise Howard Advisory

Ben Phyland
Head of Rollingstock Development, Department of Transport and Planning, Victoria

Greer McGowan
Manager Employee Wellbeing, Queensland Rail

Naomi Dickinson
Chief Technology Leader – Rail, Safer Smarter Infrastructure, NTRO | ACRI

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