Business Sydney

Smart Cities Summit 2022


Tuesday, 25 October 2022

09:00 AM - 03:00 PM (Plated lunch included)



ICC Sydney | Meeting Rooms C4.5 & C4.4



Business Sydney members and guests

With large scale projects underway and bold proposals for the future of urban living being debated, Sydney is at the centre of a global conversation about smart cities ecosystems. Business Sydney's day of discussion and advocacy in October 2022 will be a recognition of this moment and the critical importance of getting it right.

The cities of tomorrow are being created today. From data governance to public trust, to commercialisation of new technologies, it’s clear we need new thinking if we are to make the most of this new opportunity.

The goals of the Smart Cities Summit were to showcase smart city projects already taking place and find ways to unlock long term opportunities to achieve commercialisation and deployment of smart cities technologies that will enable better socio-economic outcomes for Sydney, now and in the future.

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 09:00 am  Registration, tea and barista coffee                                                                                                                           
 09:30 am  Master of Ceremonies | Paul Nicolaou, Executive Director, Business Sydney
09:40 am  UTS Presentation and Introduction | Professor Andrew Parfitt, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney
09:55 am  Opening Address | The Hon Victor Dominello MP, NSW Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government, Minister for Small Business, and Minister for Fair Trading 
Q&A with Minister Dominello with Lyall Gorman, President, Business NSW
10:25 am  Morning tea
10:50 am  
PANEL 1 | DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE & TECHNOLOGY -  What are the opportunities for Sydney as a Smart Place and what should we be investing in today to ensure our success in the future?

 - Distinguished Professor Fang Chen, UTS 
 - Rory Brown - Executive Director  - Smart Places Program – Transport for NSW
 - Jonathan Jackson, Director of Sales Engineering APJ, BlackBerry
- Jonathon James,  Head of Community & Stakeholder Engagement, NBN Co
 - Facilitator: Mimi Curran, Group Executive, Partnerships, Stone & Chalk

11:45 am  International Case Study - Architecting Singapore's Digital Future | Mr Lew Chuen Hong, Chief Executive Officer, Infocomm Media Development Authority
12:05 pm Break
12:10 pm  Pre-lunch refreshments
12:40 pm  Luncheon opening remarks - main course served
01:15 pm

 PANEL 2 | ENABLING A SUSTAINABLE & RESILIENT SMART CITY  - How do we ensure we are designing our cities and managing our assets to truly capitalise on future developments?

- Beck Dawson– Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Sydney, hosted by the City of Sydney 
- David Wright – Executive Chairman, CIM 
 - Geoff Roberts AM, Chief Commissioner, Greater Cities Commission 
 - Abbie Galvin, NSW Government Architect 
 - Facilitator: Professor Elizabeth Mossop, UTS, Dean of Design, Architecture and Building Faculty 

02:05 pm  Introduction of Minister | Professor Glenn Wightwick, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Enterprise at the University of Technology Sydney
02:10 pm  Keynote Address | The Hon Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Minister for Cities, and Minister for Active Transport 
02:25 pm  Q&A with Minister Stokes with David Harding, Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy, Business NSW
Dessert served
02:55 pm  Vote of thanks | Stephen Taylor, Australian Cities Director, Arcadis
03:00 pm  Event close - photos and networking





The Hon Victor Dominello MP

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government, Minister for Small Business, and Minister for Fair Trading

Victor is a senior Minister in the New South Wales Government. He has held various portfolios over the last decade including Aboriginal Affairs, Innovation and Finance.

In 2019, he was appointed the inaugural Minister for Customer Service. With a key focus on digital transformation.

Victor firmly believes that the use of real-time data and technology are the most powerful ways to improve quality of life and reduce suffering.

Victor is a member of the crisis cabinet that has led the NSW response to Covid. He has had a particular focus on delivering digital solutions such as the Service NSW check in feature and real time data analysis to inform the state’s response. 

During his time in the portfolio Victor has been the driving force behind the roll out of the Digital Driver Licence, the establishment of the $1.6b Digital Restart Fund and the rapid expansion of Service NSW app, including the introduction of new functionality such as QR code check in’s and notification of Covid test results. 


Minister for Infrastructure, Minister for Cities, and Minister for Active Transport

Rob Stokes is the State Minister for Infrastructure, Minister for Cities and Minister for Active Transport. Rob is focussed on promoting development throughout NSW that improves people's lives into the future.

Rob is an environmental lawyer and has read sustainable urban development at Oxford and completed a PhD in planning law under a Commonwealth Scholarship. 


Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology, Sydney

Professor Andrew Parfitt is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Technology of Sydney. He joined UTS in February 2017 as the university’s Provost and Senior Vice-President. Previously Andrew was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has also held senior leadership roles at the University of South Australia and the CSIRO.

Andrew has a distinguished career as an educator and researcher in telecommunications engineering, specialising in antennas and radio systems and has made contributions to satellite communications, radio astronomy technologies and space engineering.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and has previously held adjunct academic appointments at Adelaide, Sydney and Macquarie Universities. 

Andrew is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has served on many boards and committees, including most recently as Chair of the Universities Admissions Centre in NSW. 


University of Technology, Sydney

Distinguished Professor Fang Chen is an award-winning, internationally-recognised leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and data science. She is passionately innovative in her work, architecting and implementing data-driven solutions to problems met in industry and governments. Her experience in solving these complex real-life problems in large-scale networks span transport, water, energy, health, agriculture and many more sectors. She is also actively promoting ethical, human-centred AI.

Fang won the "Oscar" of Australian science – the Australian Museum Eureka Prize 2018 for Excellence in Data Science. She is the "Water Professional of the Year", awarded by the Australian Water Association in 2016. In 2021, she won the Australia and New Zealand "Women in AI" Award in Infrastructure and the NSW Premier's Prize of Science and Engineering.

Fang leads multidisciplinary teams of experts, together with whom she has won major scientific and industry awards on the national level. These include the Intelligent Transport Systems Australia National Award 2014, 2015 and 2018, the NSW iAwards 2017, the VIC iAwards 2019 and 2020, and the National Award and NSW "Research and Innovation Award" 2018 and 2022 from the Australian Water Association.

She has built up a career in creating innovations, developing digital transformation strategies, and executing them with leadership and passion. With vast experience in many segments of industry, governments, and academic environments, allows her to formulate strategies for innovation, development, products and business growth.

Distinguished Professor Chen also has extensive global experience with more than 100 different entities across North America, Europe and many parts of Asia, under extremely varied circumstances from early-stage R&D, to product development and deployment. She has done exceptional work to bridge customer requirements and innovative technological solutions, creating value in business with innovations.

Professor Chen has created much ground-breaking research evidenced by 300+ refereed publications in science and engineering, including several books. In addition, she has filed 30+ patents in Australia, US, Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea, Mexico and China.


A/Executive Director, Smart Places at Transport for NSW

Rory is A/Executive Director, Smart Places and Net Zero Cities, in the Cities and Active Transport Division and has been part of the Smart Places revolution since its inception in 2019. His passion lies in instilling a data- and technology-first approach, and a citizen- or customer-led lens to smart places.  

An executive leader with over a decade of C-level advisory experience, Rory has a track record in delivering strategy, transformation and developing enterprises. His prior commercial roles have included growing SeventeenHundred, a digital platform provider of diversity solutions, leading product, strategy and development organisations for Optus, and leading SingTel Group’s Consumer Cloud business.


Director of Sales Engineering APJ, BlackBerry

Jonathan Jackson (JJ) leads the cyber pre-sales team for APAC and Japan at BlackBerry. With 20+ years’ experience, he helps organisations manage cyber risk, leveraging best of breed solutions to stop cyber attacks. JJ is a staunch advocate of protecting data and privacy and is a frequent spokesperson on cyber threat intelligence in Australia and across APAC.


Head of Community & Stakeholder Engagement, NBN Co

Jonathon James is an urban planner with a variety of experience across the infrastructure and telecommunications sectors including 10 years with NBN Co, Australia’s wholesale broadband network.

With qualifications from the University of New South Wales in city planning and Queensland University of Technology in business & public relations, Jonathon is interested in how the interaction of people and place with digital infrastructure is rapidly evolving and challenging how we plan our communities.


Group Executive – Partnerships, Stone & Chalk

Mimi's career began in digital and technology development in the US including a leadership role at one of the US's first digital pure-plays, which brought her to Australia. Throughout her career, she has led numerous high-growth digital and technology startups to success and IPO, as well as developed and led international commercial partnerships with some of the world's largest companies including Google, Apple, Brightcove and Facebook as well as developed innovation focused partnerships with US-based innovation hub Plug and Play and numerous Australian Federal and State Government partners. 

Mimi brings to Stone & Chalk extensive commercial partnership experience and success in harnessing emerging technology as an enabler for innovation. Her team at Stone & Chalk is responsible for developing partnerships between Government or Corporates and emerging tech startups around innovation.

In addition to her role at Stone & Chalk, Mimi is a shameless American tech nerd, now Aussie citizen, passionate sustainability champion, home organic food farmer and novice golfer.


Chief Executive Officer, Infocomm Media Development Authority

Mr Lew Chuen Hong is the Chief Executive of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). He leads IMDA in growing Singapore’s Digital Economy, to secure Singapore’s place as an international digital metropolis.

This includes providing world-class infrastructure, spurring innovation, nurturing local companies, and anchoring global MNCs. He also oversees the up-skilling of our Tech workforce, as well as nurturing a digitally inclusive society where all Singaporeans can enjoy the benefits of digitalisation. 

Mr Lew had previously served on the Boards of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, and ST Engineering.


Chief Commissioner of the Greater Cities Commission 

Geoff Roberts AM was appointed as Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission in April 2020. Prior to this, Mr Roberts served as the Deputy Chief Commissioner and Economic Commissioner from late 2015.

He has 35 years of experience in Australia and internationally working on city strategy, governance and leadership. Over his career, Mr Roberts has been involved on behalf of governments and the private sector, in the key economic challenges and opportunities facing cities. He has a deep history in decision-making around the delivery of integrated land use and infrastructure programs.

Mr Roberts led the negotiation of the Western Sydney City Deal on behalf of the NSW Government and played a pivotal role in this tri-government agreement reached in March 2018 between the Australian Government, the eight councils of the Western City and the NSW Government.

In February 2019, Mr Roberts was appointed as a member of the board of the Western City & Aerotropolis Authority. He also served as Chief Coordinator of the Western City from May 2018 until November 2019.

The NSW Government, in November 2019, appointed Mr Roberts as Head of Global Relationships for NSW Treasury. He supported the delivery of international trade and investment strategy and enables a focused, collaborative and proactive approach across the government when engaging with top-tier investors both foreign and domestic. In April 2021, Mr Roberts became the Chief Investment Officer for Investment NSW, the state’s newly formed agency driving new business, jobs and tourism for NSW.

In June 2019, Mr Roberts was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to urban planning and development. He also was the Planning Institute of Australia’s National Planning Champion for 2019 and in September 2019 was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by Western Sydney University in recognition of his work at the Commission.

Mr Roberts currently holds an Adjunct Professorship position in the City Futures Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. He is a passionate practitioner of collaboration and a regular public speaker.


Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Sydney, Hosted by City of Sydney

Beck Dawson is the Chief Resilience Officer for metropolitan Sydney, hosted by the City of Sydney Council as part of R-Cities.

Known as “the person paid to worry for Sydney,” Beck champions urban resilience and systems thinking for cities.

Since 2015, Beck has led the development and implementation of the Resilient Sydney Strategy, working with governments, business, and the community to build collaboration and investment for a stronger, more connected, and more resilient city.

As a property sustainability expert, Dawson’s background is in long-term planning and investment in natural and built environments. She was previously the General Manager of Corporate Sustainability at Investa Property Group, and worked on resilience committees in the Australian property sector.

Beck holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Architecture, a Graduate Diploma in Scientific Communication, and a BSc.


NSW Government Architect 

Abbie Galvin is the 24th NSW Government Architect. Abbie brings 30 years of experience in architectural practice on projects across a range of sectors that have been highly awarded, published and recognised internationally.

Her focus on policy and advice enables Abbie to promote and leverage the long term benefits of great design within the built environment. 

David Wright

Executive Chairman, CIM 

David is a C-suite leader of organisations that combine technology, research and innovation practices to solve global challenges. He is also a board member, advisor and investor in companies spanning education, research, agriculture and the environment.


UTS, Dean of Design, Architecture and Building Faculty

Professor Elizabeth Mossop is Dean of the UTS School of Design, Architecture and Building and a landscape architect and urbanist with wide-ranging experience in both landscape design and urban planning. Elizabeth is a founding principal of Spackman Mossop & Michaels landscape architects based in Sydney and New Orleans. Her professional practice concentrates on urban infrastructure and open space projects such as the multiple award-winning Bowen Place Crossing in Canberra, Press Street Gardens in New Orleans, and Sydney’s Cook and Phillip Park. She has also been involved in many aspects of the post-hurricane reconstruction of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and the ongoing revitalisation of Detroit. With an academic career spanning 25 years, Elizabeth has held key roles at universities in both the United States and Australia. Before joining UTS, she was Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University, one of the highest ranked landscape architecture programs in the US. Previously, she was the Director of the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.






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