ADVI SUMMIT
SPEAKERS 

​Confirmed speakers are below. As speakers are added, their profiles will be updated on this page. Please check back regularly for updates. 

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The HON Barnaby
Joyce MP


Deputy Prime Minister of Australia & Minister for Infrastructure Transport and Regional Development

The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP is Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, and Leader of the National Party of Australia. He has served in Parliament for the past 17 years – first elected to the Senate in 2004 then the House of Representatives as the Member for New England in 2013. He is a passionate leader well-known for fearlessly expressing his views, his popularity in his electorate and strong leadership of the Nationals. A farmer and former accountant, small business owner and army reservist, Barnaby is dedicated to advancing Australia’s interests and giving voice to Australians who live outside our capital cities. Barnaby has returned to the role of Deputy Prime Minister determined to improve the lives of Australians and Australia’s interests.

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Bert Kaufman

Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Zoox

Bert Kaufman is the Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at Zoox. Bert joined Zoox from the Obama administration, where he served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Commerce. Prior to that, he started and ran an organization in Washington D.C. called Business Forward, which fostered public-private partnerships between the private sector and the federal government.

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Tania Leiman

Associate Professor and Dean of Law, Flinders University

Tania Leiman is an Associate Professor and Dean of law at Flinders University. Tania's current research interests include future mobility solutions, disruption in the legal profession, artificial intelligence and legal tech, and the future of legal education. She is a member of the National Transport Commission’s Automated Vehicles Industry Insight Group and the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative [ADVI]’s Policy & Risk Group. Tania holds a current unrestricted practising certificate. She continues to undertake legal consultancy work, particularly in relation to legal implications of grey fleet & light fleet.

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Matthew W. Daus, Esq

Transportation Technology Chair, University

of New York’s

Matthew W. Daus, Esq. currently serves as Transportation Technology Chair at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Transportation Research Center of The City College of New York, where he conducts research, and continues to be extensively published as an expert on ground transportation regulation and technology.

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Emily McLean

Portfolio Leader - Infrastructure Safety Management,
Safer Smarter Infrastructure, ARRB

Emily McLean is Portfolio Leader – Infrastructure Safety Management at ARRB. In this role, her focus is on providing practical tools and evidence-based support for safer infrastructure decisions and investment leading to a safer transport system for all road users. She recognises that infrastructure has a role to play in realising the safety benefits of AV’s, and both infrastructure and vehicles need to be designed to work together for this to occur. Emily has 18 years experience in transport engineering and policy in member-based organisations including RACV and Roads Australia. She is the current chair of ADVI’s Policy and Risk Group.

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Richard Bishop 

Bishop Consulting

Mr. Bishop serves as 2nd Vice Chair of the American Trucking Association’s Automated and Electric Truck Study Group.   He is founder and chair of the International Task Force on Vehicle Highway Automation, which recently held its 22nd Annual Meeting.  

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Isobel Pastor

Head of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in the UK

Isobel has recently joined as Head of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. Previously, she has held several roles in the UK’s Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, including leading on delivery of air quality improvements, a programme to join up the delivery of housing and transport, airspace policy and regulatory
delivery policy.

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The Hon Paul Toole MP

Minister for Regional Roads and Transport

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Vibeke Matthews 

A/ Program Manager, Future Vehicles & Technology, Environment & Sustainability, Austroads

Vibeke Matthews is one of Austroads Program Managers. She is leading the Austroads’ Future Vehicles and Technology Program and the newly established Environment and Sustainability Program.  Prior to joining Austroads she was project manager for the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot at the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).  Vibeke has worked with TMR for 13 years undertaking various program and project management roles. Beside spending more than a decade working for the TMR, Vibeke also worked for Siemens in Australia and Denmark.

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Paul Toole is the State’s first dedicated Minister for Regional Transport and Roads. The creation of this new portfolio reflects the NSW Government’s vision for a connected roads and transport network and an increased focus on addressing the specific needs of regional communities.

 

From Bathurst in Central West NSW, Paul recognises that improved transport and road infrastructure are key to unlocking opportunity and increasing connectivity for communities and businesses in regional areas.

 

A former school teacher and mayor, Paul was first elected to Parliament as the Member for Bathurst in 2011. One of the key drivers behind his entry to State politics was the need for a daily return rail service between Bathurst and Sydney – a service delivered in 2012 and now known as
the Bathurst Bullet.

 

Paul has been a Minister in the NSW Government since 2014, overseeing key policy reform in local government, Crown lands, forestry and racing. In 2019, he became the Deputy Leader of the NSW Nationals. He and his wife Joanne live in Bathurst with their three children Rhayne, Keely and Scout.

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Carla Hoorweg

Chief Executive Officer at ANCAP SAFETY

Carla commenced as CEO of ANCAP Safety in December 2020. Previously Carla lead advocacy and regulatory change at ASX listed financial services firm, Challenger Limited. Carla has held a number strategy, policy, legal and product development roles across the financial sector including as a senior policy manager for financial services industry body, the Financial Services Council, and as an adviser to the NSW Treasurer. Carla's qualifications include a Masters of Law (Hons) and Juris Doctor (UTS), Executive MBA (AGSM), Bachelor & Graduate Diploma of Applied Psychology (Canberra), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

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Mark Thomas 

Group Manager Technology & Autonomy at Fortescue Metals Group Limited

Mark Thomas was appointed Group Manager Technology & Autonomy at Fortescue Metals Group Limited in April 2019. He has previously held senior positions at Fortescue including Group Manager Procurement & Information Services, Group Manager Infrastructure Services, Company Secretary and Group Manager Finance. Prior to Fortescue Mark held a number of finance & accounting and information technology positions.

 

With more than 25 years’ experience in the mining and professional services industries, Mark has gained comprehensive experience in technology, accounting & finance, governance & risk and business administration. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, a Masters of Business Administration and is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Fellow of Governance Institute
of Australia.

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Cody Kamin 

Singapore Site Lead; Director, Special Projects, Motional

Cody is the Singapore Site Lead for Motional, a USD $4B joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv and a global leader in the development of autonomous vehicles (AVs). He was one of the first employees at nuTonomy, an innovative AV start-up that was acquired by Aptiv in 2017. Cody leads Motional’s efforts to roll out a commercial driverless rideshare service in Singapore, including working closely with the government to develop a supporting regulatory framework. He has also worked closely with TfNSW to explore the potential for driverless rideshare services in NSW. Cody earned degrees from Georgia Tech and MIT and has lived in Singapore for nearly 10 years.

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Todd Essery

Telstra Technology Leader Future IoT

Todd has over 20 years’ experience in the wireless telecommunications industry. Since he was a kid, he has loved playing with electronics & technology. Today Todd continues that passion by leading a team that explores and validates new emerging Wireless & IoT product technologies at Telstra. Beginning his career at Telstra Research Laboratories (TRL), he has executed leading work on wireless machine-to-machine technologies which has since exploded into Internet-of-Things (IoT). Recently in Telstra Labs, Todd and his team has been developing and executing IoT, 5G, cooperative transport, V2X and precision location technology trials. Todd has a B.Eng (Elec) from the University of Queensland a MBA from Melbourne Business School (University of Melbourne) and is a Telstra Technology Leader for Future IoT.

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Dr Miranda Blogg 

Director of Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative at Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

Dr Miranda Blogg is the Director of the Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative at the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.  Miranda has worked for the department for the last 7 years, and prior to, she was a consultant working both in Australia and the United States.  Miranda is a registered civil engineer with a PhD in traffic engineering who has specialised in traffic engineering, transport planning and research for over 25 years.  

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Alex Lai 

Technical Manager, Future Mobility
Testing, TfNSW

Alex is the Technical Manager at the NSW State government TfNSW Future Mobility Testing Facility located in Cudal NSW. In this role, Alex led the multi-million dollar capability and infrastructure developments to establish and define the facility as the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere and is currently at the forefront of expanding the site to accommodate CAV development and trials, future mobility solutions and road safety testing and assurance. In late 2019, equipped with comprehensive ADAS testing equipment, a test track and a team of engineers, He coordinated the successful delivery of Australia’s first official Safety Assist Test program for ANCAP, allowing ANCAP to complete the full suite of testing required to award a new vehicle with a star rating and also support and share valuable data integration with EuroNCAP. To date, He has helped generate approximately $2.4M in revenue through providing high quality testing services to vehicle manufactures, ANCAP, technology developers and industry. Embracing change, over the past 18 years Alex has been part of the organisation’s evolution from the original Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and now Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW). With a Bachelor Degree in Manufacturing Engineering & Management (UNSW), Alex received chartered engineer status and recognition from Engineers Australia and has spent most of his years as a Test Engineer at TfNSW Crashlab in Huntingwood NSW. His unique experience in vehicle crashworthiness testing, occupant injury assessment, biomechanics of anthropomorphic test devices, real world crash investigation, road safety and vehicle safety research and development, infrastructure and product testing, assurance and validation places him in an elite group in the world with such knowledge.

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Dr Charles Karl

National Discipline Leader - Transport Systems, Mobility Futures, ARRB

Charles is National Discipline Leader in ARRB’s Mobility Futures Group. He has extensive experience in data from over 30 years in intelligent transportation systems. He is a member of ISO TC204 and Standards Australia IT-023 on ITS, and Chair of the Scientific Research Group of ADVI

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Gemma Read 

Associate Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Gemma Read is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has over 12 years’ experience in applied Human Factors. Prior to entering an academic role in 2015 she worked as a Human Factors Specialist for Transport Safety Victoria – the safety regulator for rail, bus and maritime operations in Victoria. Her main areas of research expertise and interest include the application of methods and approaches with a basis in complexity science and systems theory to enhance safety and optimise performance. Her work has mostly focused on accident prevention in transport safety. Her work has spanned road, rail, aviation, construction, sport, outdoor recreation, health, and emergency response. Gemma holds undergraduate degrees in behavioural science (psychology) and law and gained her PhD in Human Factors from the Monash University Accident Research Centre. Her PhD research focused on pedestrian behaviour at rail level crossings, and the development of a participatory design toolkit to bridge the gap between the outcomes of systems analysis methods and the development of practical solutions. Gemma currently holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award which aims to address potential safety risks arising from the introduction of autonomous vehicles. The project uses both Human Factors and computer-based simulation techniques. While automation promises to reduce crashes, the project expects to generate new knowledge about the emergence of risks through interactions between human road users and autonomous vehicles, particularly in the initial transition period.

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Henry Silvester 

Principal,
Barry.Nillson.

With more than 30 years in the insurance industry, Henry is an experienced compulsory third party (CTP) insurance lawyer, specialising in complex claims.  Henry has a keen interest in autonomous vehicles and the potential impacts they have for CTP insurers and injured claimants. He is a thought leader in this area, advising clients, assisting insurers with position papers and publishing articles. He has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a recommended and leading CTP lawyer since 2016. He became an ADVI committee member in 2019, the peak industry advisory body on automated vehicles in Australia and New Zealand.

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Renata Berglas

National Business Group Leader, Mobility Futures, ARRB

Renata Berglas is a Senior Executive, policy professional with extensive transport, freight, logistics, hydrogen, and beef industry development experience. Qualifications in economics, finance, and company director governance. Starting her role as State Business Leader for Queensland at ARRB in July 2021 after a few years as the CEO of Queensland Transport and Logistics Council. Her career has focussed on engaging with industry, partnering with government and successfully building whole supply chain projects to address and resolve sensitive policy issues. Strategic in approach and adaptable in fluid policy environments with a strong focus on productivity, efficiency, and market access opportunities.

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Jeremy Nassau 

Transurban

Jeremy has over 25 years of experience in strategy and technology primarily within the automotive, telecoms, and transport sectors. He has been at Transurban for the last 17 years where he works in Group Strategy as Senior Manager Strategic Initiatives, leading CAV trials and overseeing a portfolio of future mobility initiatives.

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Tia Gaffney

Principal Professional Leader, Mobility Futures, ARRB

Tia is a Portfolio Lead in our Safe Mobility Outcomes group, driving a transformative and collaborative team to deliver substantial projects and achieve high-level safety outcomes for vehicles, transport and transportation infrastructure. Prior to coming to ARRB, her career in the USA included work for General Motors and biomechanical forensic engineering research companies where she was involved with and led over 500+ forensic, biomechanical and engineering investigations in laboratory and field environments that involved the preparation of technical reports on of vehicular, workplace and public liability incidents involving fatality, injury and loss. Tia’s experience in Australia has seen her work on vehicle collision/crash incident investigations, reconstruction and analysis and appearances as an expert witness in multiple jurisdictions. She has participated and led incident investigations occurring on public roadways and mine sites, involving passenger, heavy and mine SME vehicles, as well as vulnerable road user groups – pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Tia was appointed by Victoria’s Minister for Police to provide information and advice to assist the Road Safety Camera Commissioner in the performance of his functions to improve Road Safety under the relevant Act. Tia has led notable investigations across Australia for State Coroners, State Police, State Road Authorities, and Jurisdictional WHS regulators.

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Joost de Kock 

Deputy Secretary Customer Strategy and Technology, Transport
for NSW

Joost joined Transport for NSW (TfNSW) in March 2020 as Deputy Secretary Customer Strategy and Technology. Prior to this, he was the General Manager Enterprise Transformation at Services Australia. He is a former Partner, Managing Director and Senior Advisor in the Sydney office of Boston Consulting Group where he was a member of BCG’s global Public Sector and Technology Advantage Practices, and the global IT in government topic leader. Joost’s career has been built around his ability to set strategy, define technology-driven reform and deliver customer-centric solutions. These are the skills he brings to his role at TfNSW where he is responsible for leveraging data and insights, new technologies, innovative solutions and partnerships to provide improved, integrated customer-centred solutions and develop long-term strategies, plans and policies for the Transport Cluster.

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Darren Gough

Founder YDrive

Darren is the founder of YDrive.
YDrive specialises in providing
Autonomous solutions.

 

Our most recent AV trial was the NAVYA Shuttle along Newcastle Foreshore. YDrive is the distributor of Neolix, and Navya autonomous vehicles in Australia and New Zealand. YDrive is the 1st Australian Small Business to own and operate an Autonomous Public Transport Vehicle.

Darren is a Sociologist, with a strong interest in technology integration. By leveraging technology to reduce the impact of harmful social problems, Darren has successfully established a number of $ Mil companies.

‘A social scientist, with an ability to facilitate the introduction and adoption of World Saving technology. This is where I make a difference.’ D Gough

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Nikki Vajrabukka
 

Director, Transport Technology Policy & Research, Office of Future Transport Technology

Nikki Vajrabukka is Director of Transport Technology Policy and Research at the Office of Future Transport Technology in the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

 

In this role, Nikki leads a range of work to prepare Australia for emerging road transport technologies, including implementing and engaging on Commonwealth-led actions in the National Land Transport Technology Action Plan 2020-23; and providing strategic policy advice on uplifting transport sector digitalisation, the digital and physical infrastructure needs of new transport technologies, and the contribution these technologies can make to improved transport safety, accessibility and productivity.

 

Prior to joining the Office of Future Transport Technology, Nikki held a range of roles working on telecommunications and internet strategic policy, and led work on reforms including reshaping telecommunications consumer safeguards for a changing market and technology landscape, driving policy aspects of Australia’s first Digital Dividend radiofrequency spectrum auction (spectrum freed up by the move from analog to digital television), and migrating homes and businesses across Australia to the National Broadband Network. Nikki holds a Bachelor of Industrial design from the
University of Canberra

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Steve Cratchley 

Pricing Manager - Advanced Technology and Future Mobility Lead for Suncorp

Steve Cratchley is the Pricing Manager - Advanced Technology and Future Mobility Lead for Suncorp. He is a specialist on advanced automotive technologies and has been investigating these for many years. He is particularly well connected worldwide in this space with those working with these technologies. Steve has worked in many fields at Suncorp across Strategy, Innovation and Underwriting roles and has served as either Chair or Deputy Chair of ADVI’s SRG since ADVI’s inception so he is uniquely qualified to talk about emerging vehicle technology.

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Colonel Robin Smith

Director RICO at Australian Army

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Julian Butler

Product & Technology Principal, Telstra

Colonel Robin Smith is the inaugural Director of the Army’s Robotic & Autonomous Systems Implementation & Coordination Office (RICO) within Future Land Warfare Branch of the Australian Army HQ. RICO leads concept development around emerging and disruptive technology, including autonomy and AI, Quantum Technologies and alternative power and energy. He has overseen Army’s exploration of autonomous systems since 2017 after he authored the Australian Army Robotic and Autonomous Systems Strategy.

He is a logistician by background and served for over 30 years in the British Army before transferring to the Australian Army.  He has commanded at all levels up to and including Regimental level and deployed a number of times.  He has a background in Electronic Engineering and has fulfilled a number of roles in the Joint logistics domain at the tactical and operational levels

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Julian currently leads the Telstra Data Hub. The Telstra Data Hub is a platform developed in partnership with Microsoft that enables the secure, fast and cost effective sharing of multi-party data and insights across entire industry ecosystems. Prior to his current role Julian was the General Manager of Big Data Strategy and Operations at Telstra, focusing on enabling the use of AI and Machine Learning at scale across the business. He has over twenty years international experience in leveraging data technologies to transform business operations and maintains a deep personal interest in how the use of data will transform our economic landscape, organisational structures, social contract and personal identity.

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Darren Atkinson 

Director of Connected & Automated Vehicle Policy and Regulation, Office of Future Transport Technology (OFTT)

Darren Atkinson is Director of Connected and Automated Vehicle Policy and Regulation at the Office of Future Transport Technology (OFTT), in the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. In this role, Mr Atkinson leads a range of work to prepare Australia for Connected and Automated Vehicles, including the Commonwealth’s role in developing a national in-service safety law for automated vehicles and interactions with first supply arrangements, the risks and opportunities of new transport technologies on Australian jobs and skills, and cyber security issues. His team also conducts international engagement including Australia’s participation in the United Nations Global Forum on Road Traffic Safety (Working Party.1), and working with state and territory governments and industry to develop a fit-for-purpose, nationally consistent policy and regulatory framework. Prior to joining OFTT in 2021, Mr Atkinson held senior positions at the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, including in the areas of Advanced Manufacturing Policy, with a focus on transforming business capability through the uptake of new Industry 4.0 technologies. He also delivered strategic policy advice on the transition of industries undergoing transformation, such as automotive, biotechnology and pulp and paper. Mr Atkinson has also worked for extended periods in the Australian Parliament, most notably as Senior Adviser to then Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation, the Hon Greg Combet AM MP, and in the private sector as Fleet and Quality Manager at business process service provider Hermes Precisa Pty Ltd (previously Bell and Howell Australia). He has a Master of Public Policy degree from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Political Science from the University of New South Wales.

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Andrew White 

Safety Assist Test Officer Future Mobility Customer Strategy and Technology Transport for NSW

Andrew is a test engineer at Transport for NSW’s Future Mobility Test Facility. In this role he is responsible for executing high quality test programs according to national and international standards and protocols. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Andrew has spent the last 5 years in software development before joining Transport.

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David Hicks

Safety Assist Test Engineer at Transport
for NSW

David is a mechanical engineer with 8 years experience in road and rail transportation. Most of this work has involved vehicle safety research related to cars, trucks, off-road vehicles and trains using both testing and simulation methods. During this time David also completed a PhD that investigated why quad bikes rollover on farms. David is currently a Safety Assist Test Engineer at the Transport for NSW Future Mobility Testing Facility, which tests the collision avoidance features included in modern vehicles and autonomous vehicles.

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Megan Sharkey 

Senior Manager Future Mobility Testing and Assurance

Megan has spent the last 15 years working in many different capacities of city transitions across multiple countries. Most of this work has focused on creating sustainable infrastructure change in the transport and energy sectors. Focusing on systems thinking approach, her doctoral research looked to identify the connections between political, social, and infrastructure actions needed to speed up the transition to sustainable cities. Since returning to Australia she has worked for Transport for NSW as the Manager of Walking and Cycling, and is currently the Senior Manager Future Mobility Testing and Assurance leading the research development for connected and autonomous vehicles. Megan is also an adjunct lecturer at UNSW.

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Suresh Kerai
 

System Engineering
and Assurance

Originally from Wales in the UK, and now a settled Sydney sider, Suresh is experienced in Electrical engineering, System engineering and System assurance and has held positions within the communications, automotive and transport sectors. With a focus on ensuring fit-for-purpose customer outcomes in a safe, integrated, and assured manner, Suresh is currently the Systems Assurance Manger within Future Mobility.

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Dr. Kate Devitt

Chief Scientist Trusted Autonomous Systems

Dr S. Kate Devitt is Chief Scientist of the Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS), CEO of BetterBeliefs an evidence-based social platform and adjunct Associate Professor Human-Computer Interaction, ITEE, University of Queensland (UQ). With a diverse background in the history and philosophy of science, epistemology, cognitive science ethics, science communication, decision support and human factors, Dr Devitt helps build technologies that enable the development of autonomous systems that incorporate ethical, legal, and regulatory structures to achieve social license to operate and trusted adoption. She is one of ‘50 Women in Robotics You need to know About 2021’ by the Robots Association Switzerland. Dr Devitt is part of the TTCP AI Strategic Challenge for Ethics & Law, member of NATO's 'Human Systems Integration for Meaningful Human Control over AI-based systems' working group and contributor to UNIDIR discussions on frameworks for human control of robotics and autonomous systems.

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