SPEAKERS Future Ready Smart City Masterclasses




Dr Neil Temperley

Executive Product Manager Future Cities, Data 61 

Neil led Data61’s Transport and Logistics Living Lab activity since its formation in early 2011 before joining Data61’s new product management team in 2016.  Neil has an interest in digital product platforms for future cities and transport & logistics.  Neil believes future user-focused vision should drive our choices of today and believes in the power of living lab collaboration to drive both effective innovation and industry cultural transformation.  Neil sits on the board of the Australian Living Lab Innovation Network and continues to play a mentoring role in Data61’s Living Lab.


The Transport and Logistics Living Lab — the first of its kind in Australia — was founded by Data61 (then NICTA), Fraunhofer and SAP Research as a demonstration space for innovative technologies, and as a community of industry, research and government organizations that works collaboratively to bring innovation into logistics.  This community has now grown to more than 50 participants.





Colin Griffith

Executive Project Manager, Data 61 


Colin Griffith is one of Australia’s leading exponents of innovation and the development of digital solutions for business, government and the cultural sector. He has led the many major transformation and reform programs over twenty-five years working as a senior executive in a variety of research, consulting, media and government positions.


Colin is currently working with Data61, Australia’s data innovation group, providing advice and strategy on smart city initiatives.  This includes the establishment of open data platforms to drive open innovation and advanced analytics, indicator frameworks to help inform priorities and collaboration networks.


Colin previously led the Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation at CSIRO that developed a range of new broadband enabled health, aged care, agricultural and business services.  He was also responsible for establishing the popular and awarding winning ABC Online while managing the ABC’s new media services during the 1990s and responsible for developing the NSW Government’s open data policies and initiatives during the 2000s.  





Peter Runcie 

Business Leader - Future Communities, Data61 / CSIRO


Peter is Future Communities Leader for Data61 – CSIRO’s data science unit.  In this role he works closely with the research community, industry and governments to apply transformative technologies to social and industrial challenges.


Peter has been involved in various aspects of smart cities for a number of years and has an interest in using data science to better understand increasingly complex urban systems. 

Peter has a technical background and is an inventor on over 25 granted patents in voice and video communications, data networking, biometrics with others pending in structural health monitoring and data analytics.


Peter holds an MBA (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Peter is a board member of the Australian Smart Communities Association.





Sandy Burgoyne

Researcher, Speaker, Educator and Principal at Citizen Cities


Sandy Burgoyne, founding Director of the Future Cities Collaborative an initiative of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, is a researcher, speaker and educator in the field of smart and sustainable communities.  Sandy worked for 25 years developing and leading business strategies and transformation within the telecommunications, information technology and not-for-profit sectors and now works to build the capacity of industry, government and community to develop smart and sustainable cities.  


Sandy holds a Masters of Sustainable Development from Macquarie University and Bachelor or Arts (Geography) and Diploma of Education from Flinders University of South Australia.  Sandy is the Principal at Citizen Cities, advisory Board Member at Cities Leadership Institute and holds several board director positions in Health and Education.





Iain Walker (MA, Sydney)

Executive Director, newDemocracy Foundation, Australia.


Iain holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Sydney (2007) and a Bachelor of Business from UTS (1996). The work of the Foundation focuses on exploring and delivering systemic structural reform based on a complementary role for randomly selected everyday people alongside elected representatives. nDF’s processes involve giving citizens vastly extended time and access to multiple sources of information to see if they can find common ground.





Dr Nathaniel Bavinton
Smart City Coordinator, City of Newcastle


Dr Nathaniel Bavinton is an urban sociologist, strategic planner and social researcher. He has spent over a decade conducting research and planning focused on interconnections between urban planning and design, governance, community, consumption and culture.

Nathaniel is the Smart City Coordinator at the City of Newcastle. He is leading the development of strategies and projects to take advantage of opportunities related to digital economy, connectivity and integrated analytics in the built environment. He works closely with the local innovation ecosystem and manages collaborative city strategy and citizen engagement activities.

The Newcastle Smart City Initiative is helping to develop Newcastle as a smart, liveable and sustainable city. Nathaniel is really interested in how the city can be a more innovative and creative, safe, connected, and socially diverse place.



Daniel Latorre,

Co-founder, Digital Placemaking Institute, Founder, The Wise City and Senior Fellow, Digital Placemaking, Project for Public Spaces


Daniel is founder of The Wise City, a strategic design studio focused on making digital civic engagement apps, and training and capacity building for civc service design. He is also the Senior Fellow for Digital Placemaking at Project for Public Spaces, where he started the Digital Placemaking practice in 2010. He was a steering committee member for NYC Participatory Budgeting’s first 3 years, and previously helped advance sustainable urbanism with Streetsblog & Streetfilms, and rebooted the community mapping product strategy at OpenPlans.


With 20 years of digital design consulting experience from Razorfish, Funny Garbage, Scholastic, and others, his focus today is on building communities of practice around place, socially engaged arts & media. Daniel offers talks, presentations, and training, most recently at Columbia University GSAPP, School of Visual Arts, Parsons The New School for Design, DOX Museum for Contemporary Art Prague, Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, and the NYC Center for Architecture. With a Colombian & Norwegian-American background this "Third Culture Kid" brings a multi-cultural awareness to all he works on. He lives in New York City where he also co-founded a neighborhood public space alliance in Brooklyn.


Professor Peter Fisher

Adjunct Professor, Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University


Peter Fisher is an Adjunct Professor in in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University.


He has spearheaded a large number of projects at all levels of government as well as private industry including stormwater, creating cooler cities through the use of vegetation and a systemic integration of the water and electricity sectors.


He has further been involved in education and training writing tertiary level courses on water management as well as climate change adaptation and water management; some for AusAid.


He has also contributed a chapter on Melbourne to a new book, Resilient coastal city regions: Planning for climate change in the United States and Australia as well as to another new book, Managing Urban Disaster Recovery on infrastructure.


He has published with D Trainham, a PhD candidate, Naturizing outside-in: Reconnecting buildings with the natural world through a design innovation metric in the January 2013 issue of the Singapore based journal, CITYGREEN. This has recently been incorporated into the Green Building Council of Australia's Innovation Challenge program. 



Prof. Peter Newman AO 

John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Sustainability

Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute & Director DSD


Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and works in CUSP which has 95 PhD students working on all aspects of the green economy. Peter has worked in local government as an elected councillor, an advisor to three WA State Premiers and was on the Board of Infrastructure Australia from 2010 to 2014.


He was a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC. He has written 17 books and 286 refereed articles. Peter’s book with Jeff Kenworthy 'Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence' was launched in the White House in 1999 and their most recent book is 'The End of Automobile Dependence'.


In 2001-3 Peter directed the production of WA’s Sustainability Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the first state sustainability strategy in the world. In 2004-5 he was a Sustainability Commissioner in Sydney advising the government on planning issues. In 2006/7 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville. In 2014 Peter was awarded an AO for contributions to urban design and sustainable transport, particularly related to the saving and rebuilding of Perth’s rail system.




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