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Integrated Mobility Impacts 2021 will feature a strong line-up of speakers.

As speakers are added for the ARRB Symposium, their profiles will be updated on this page. Please check back regularly for updates on our road and transport conference.

DAY 1 

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Sally Capp

Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Sally Capp was re-elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne in October 2020 after having previously been elected in May 2018 and was the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor.

Sally’s top priority is bringing the
buzz back to Melbourne and driving
the city’s economic recovery following the devastation caused by
the COVID pandemic.

Sally is committed to helping rough sleepers get more support and a pathway into secure housing, and ensuring Melbourne remains a global leader in environmental sustainability.

Sally was the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe and Israel. She has also served as the CEO for the Committee for Melbourne and Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia. A passionate Collingwood Football Club supporter, in 2004 Sally made history as the first female board member of Collingwood Football Club.

Sally began her career as a Solicitor, after completing Law (Hons) and Commerce degrees at the University
of Melbourne. She has held senior roles at both KPMG and ANZ, and
co-founded a small business
which she took to the ASX.

She is involved in a number of charities, currently sitting on the board of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, the Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation and the Melbourne University Faculty of Business and Economics.

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Vicki Ward MP

State Member for Eltham
Parliamentary Secretary for Transport

Vicki grew up in Research and has lived, studied and worked
in the Diamond Valley community for most of her life. For the last 19 years she has lived in Eltham with her partner Mark, raising two daughters and spoiling their goofy dog Jack.
While first drawn to politics by the Tasmanian Dams issue in the 1980s, it was the unfair drastic cuts to hospitals, schools and transport by the Kennett
Government which led her to join the Labor Party in 1996. Vicki was elected to represent Eltham District in 2014 and became Parliamentary Secretary for Transport in 2020.

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Polly Epov

Public Policy and Government Affairs, Uber

Polly Epov is part of Uber's global public policy team, leading their delivery policy and research program across Australia and New Zealand. Polly leads Uber’s two wheel safety advocacy agenda and is passionate about safeguarding the future of cities. Polly previously held roles at the Office of Environment and Heritage and the NSW State Government.

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Paul Younis

Department Secretary at Department of Transport, Victoria

Paul Younis was appointed Secretary of the Department of Transport on 26 March 2019.  Mr Younis, who had been acting in the role since the Department was created on 1 January 2019, was Deputy Head of Transport for Victoria (2017-2019) where he steered the planning and coordination of key transport projects.  Originally from Victoria's south-west, Mr Younis has extensive experience in running regional and metropolitan councils and infrastructure projects.   The Secretary also holds the position of Head, Transport for Victoria - a statutory office established under the Transport Integration Act 2010.   The Head plays a key strategic role in ensuring Victoria’s growing transport system is integrated and coordinated.

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Amanda Yeates

Deputy Director General
Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland

As Deputy Director-General with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Amanda leads the delivery of the $26 billion transport infrastructure program of works, over four years. Overseeing the integrated program of infrastructure projects, as well as maintenance and operation activities, Amanda’s team is integral to keeping Queensland moving. Amanda is a passionate advocate for inclusive and diverse workplaces. In both her role as a senior public servant and a leader within the transport sector, Amanda is committed to fostering a culture that supports vibrant, collaborative, safe, rewarding and high-performing workplaces. As TMR's executive champion for Health and Wellbeing, Amanda's passion for people
overflows into her professional
and personal networks. 

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Dennis Walsh

MIEAust CPEng APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) | Chief Engineer of Transport and Main Roads

Dennis is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a member of Engineers Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of company directors. Dennis has worked across a wide range of areas including strategic planning, traffic and transport planning, road safety policy and engineering, road design, road operations and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Having contributed to a range of national groups, Dennis is the Queensland Director on the ANCAP Board and currently serves as a board member and Vice President of ITS Australia. He is also a member of the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia. Dennis is committed to bringing together the skills and knowledge of his team and their partners to embrace new technologies, engage with customers and drive new ideas into action for the benefit
of the community.

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Professor Graham Currie

Director of Monash Infrastructure, Chair of Public Transport, Professor in Transport Engineering

Prof Currie is a renowned international Public Transport research leader and policy advisor with over 30 years experience. He has published more research papers in leading international peer research journals in this field than any other researcher in the world. He is founder of the ‘World Transit
Research’ clearinghouse ( which has consolidated all research in this field into a single accessible source and is now used by over 8,000 towns and cities in over 170 countries worldwide. Professor Currie has worked for some of the worlds leading Public Transport Operators including London Transport, and he has managed numerous Public Transport research and development projects internationally. Prof Currie’s experience spans Project Management, Demand Forecasting, Planning Methods in Public Transport, Regulatory Reviews, Efficiency and Performance Benchmarking, Training, Market Research, Investment Appraisal and Financial and Economic Analysis.

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Neil Scales OBE

 Director General Department of Transport and Main Roads

Neil Scales OBE is currently the Director-General for the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland. He was previously the Chief Executive and Director-General of Merseytravel, the transport authority for Merseyside in the north of England. Mr Scales has held executive roles with transport and engineering companies and has consultancy experience with several agencies, including the World Bank and the European Commission. Mr Scales is the current Chairman of Austroads.

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Tia Gaffney

Principal Professional Leader, ARRB

Tia is the Victorian Road Safety lead at the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB). Tia comes from a crash investigation background. She has worked for General Motors in the United States, and for biomechanical forensic engineering research companies where she was involved with and led more than 500 forensic, biomechanical and engineering investigations in laboratory and field environments. This involved preparing technical reports on of vehicular, workplace and public liability incidents involving fatality, injury and loss.

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Luke Warren

Principal Professional, Road Asset Performance, ARRB

Luke Warren is a leader in ARRB’s Road Asset Performance team, which specialises in next generation asset management and data collection. Luke is a results-oriented, business focused professional project manager with operations and resource management experience in the engineering/scientific research and construction environments. He has led multiple successful high-level projects for ARRB, and has proven success in leading cross-regional, cross-functional teams in delivering high quality outcomes to government and private sector clients.

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Shannon Malone

Principal Professional Leader, Future Transport Infrastructure, ARRB

Shannon is a highly capable, passionate, and experienced Laboratory Manager at ARRB, who has over 20 years of experience in research and construction materials laboratories. He has strong management capabilities with expertise in test method and specification development, asphalt mix design, asphalt performance testing, research project development and implementation. At ARRB, Shannon is responsible for the coordination and delivery of all experimentation programs at our state of the art laboratories in
Port Melbourne.

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Dr Michael Moffatt

 National Leader Infrastructure Management, ARRB

Dr Michael Moffatt joined the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) in 1991 after graduating from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of (Civil) Engineering with Honours Degree. He also holds both a Master of Technology (Pavements) degree, and a PhD from Monash University.

He has worked in a variety of areas dealing with both the design and analysis of pavement structures, including the effects of water movements through pavements, the mechanistic design of new and rehabilitated pavements, and the characterisation of pavement materials, including the conduct of various trials using the Accelerated Loading Facility (ALF), a program which he managed for many years. 

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Dickson Leow

National Leader Future Transport Technology, ARRB

Dickson Leow is a Chief Technology Leader at the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) and the National Leader of the Future Transport Systems stream. Dickson is project leader in a number of mobility, transport, traffic, and CAV related projects as well as an active committee expert member of ISO TC 204 for Intelligent Transport System and Standards Australia IT-023, and numerous SAE Technical and Strategy Working Groups. Prior to ARRB, Dickson worked in various roles, including 15 years with Toyota Motor Corporation Australia.

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Didier Bodin

Principal Professional Leader, Future Transport
Infrastructure, ARRB

Dr Bodin is a Principal Professional Leader at the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB). Since he joined the pavement team in October 2010, his research has focused on the current Austroads projects dealing with rut-resistance characterisation, modelling and prediction of unbound granular materials response.

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Dr James Grenfell

Principal Professional, Sustainability and Resilience, ARRB

Dr Grenfell is a Senior Technical Leader at ARRB (Australian Road Research Board). Since joining the pavement team in February 2017, his work has focused on current Austroads projects looking at the improving knowledge of foamed bitumen stabilised pavements and the use of lightly cemented materials in pavement construction. He has also been looking at the addition of nanosilica to asphalt to improve properties and the addition of recycled crushed glass to asphalt to help reduce waste stockpiles.

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