Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies and its Board of Advice
Managing Director, Pacific Infrastructure Corporation
Alastair has more than 30 years' experience in banking, economics and engineering. His career has covered all facets of urban affairs including senior positions with the World Bank, Lend Lease and Merill Lynch. Alastair teaches in the Foundations lecture series on public infrastructure services.
Gillian has more than 35 years' experience in traffic and transport, road design, urban development and civil engineering. She has participated in several state and national working groups and is often consulted on strategic transport planning matters by both public and private sector infrastructure investors.
Co-Founder, Compass IoT
Emily is a co-founder of Compass IoT, a multi-award-winning Road Intelligence company that uses Connected Vehicle data to build better, safer transport and city infrastructure. She has 6+ years of experience operating tech-enabled mobility startups with a focus on vehicle-generated data and CAV-led innovation. Emily was also a finalist for NSW Young Woman of the Year 2022 and winner of Women in Digital's Innovator of the Year 2022.
Principal, Leading Edge Management Consulting
Todd is the Principal of Leading Edge Consulting, a Sydney based practice that specialises in business transformation and operations improvement. Todd had previously worked in senior leadership roles within the Qantas Group for over 20 years and leverages this experience to help businesses unlock value and to be their best. He also brings a high energy, people centered approach to his work and focuses on developing leadership and relationships to driven genuine and sustainable change.
Executive Director, Transport Strategy at Transport for NSW
Julie is a proud founding staff member of ITLS and former student, who regularly gives her time to support the ITLS learning and research programs. Julie has over 30 years’ experience in the transport sector gained through a variety of planning, policy, advocacy and research roles across state and local government, consultancies, universities and the community sector. She has expertise in transport and land use planning and a strong personal interest in transport disadvantage. Julie currently leads the Transport Strategy team in Transport for NSW who deliver better community outcomes through collaboratively creating strategies and tools informed by robust evidence that anticipate future challenges and opportunities. Accountabilities include setting the long-term vision for an integrated, user-centric transport system for NSW, creating guidelines and practical tools to support the implementation of this vision (including Movement & Place), and place-based multimodal network strategies across NSW.
Executive, Group Services, Qantas
Prior to Qantas, Kelsey was a Director at KPMG and a Corporate Lawyer at what is now Norton Rose Fulbright. She has advised a range of government and transport entities, covering air, road and rail, with a highlight being work on the separation of Queensland Rail and creation of Aurizon, Australia's largest rail freight operator. Kelsey is also a mum of two kids, keen traveller, and she has a passion for driving inclusion.
Transport for NSW
Simon started as the Chief Transport Planner in Transport for NSW in 2022. In this role he is responsible for the Strategic Planning Branch that sets the future direction for Transport in NSW. Simon has worked for over 20 years in the NSW Government, primarily in Transport, working in policy and planning roles in freight, regional and urban transport roles as well as in infrastructure strategy as an Executive Director at Infrastructure NSW. Prior to this Simon was the Executive Director, leading the Smart Cities work for the NSW Government including the $45m Smart Places Acceleration Program and the Smart Places Customer Charter. He was DPE’s Chief Data Officer and holds an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).
Gareth was born in the UK and educated in the UK , USA and Australia. He has spent his most of his career in the retail industry and is now a well-known speaker, commentator, author and advisor with a particular interest in the disruptive effects of technology on the retail supply chain. His new book, “Retail Innovation Reframed” looks at process driven innovation in the retail industry. Gareth is a PhD candidate at ITLS researching consumer motivation to collaborate in last mile logistics.
Michael Kaine, TWU National Secretary
Michael has been fighting for the rights of transport workers for over 20 years from the TWU NSW branch legal team right through to national leadership. Michael drives the union’s national campaigns, bringing together workers from all sectors of road transport and aviation to fight for safe rates of pay and conditions and to lift standards in transport. A leading figure in the union movement, Michael has also led the charge to kick banks out of super as well as daringly taking on multinational giants in the gig economy such as Uber and Amazon to protect Australia’s hard-earned workers’ rights.
Director and Professor of Practice at Monash Institute of Transport Studies
Michael Kennedy OAM is Director and Professor of Practice at Monash Institute of Transport Studies in the Department of Civil Engineering. In an environment of rapid technological, social, economic and environmental change and rapid growth in the transport and mobility sector, Michael’s focus is on ensuring that Monash ITS education and research programs respond to evolving challenges and opportunities. Michael has a well-earned reputation as an innovator, developing an entirely new intermodal transport system including new ships, terminal systems, road vehicles and containers, all designed to cater for the needs of the market.
Chief Executive, Roads Australia
Michael has worked closely with industry and government to promote public policies beneficial to national productivity and efficiency. Industry association Roads Australia has 150+ members including major contractors and consultants, motoring clubs, service providers and other industry groups.
School of Civil Engineering, The University of Sydney
David teaches at the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney, where he leads the Network Design Lab and the Transport Engineering group. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering at the University of Minnesota in the United States.
Martin is an infrastructure finance specialist with more than 25 years' experience who has closed high-profile public-private partnerships in transport, health and education. He retired from PwC as a senior partner after leading the infrastructure advisory practice in Sydney since 2001. He now leads Lidunian Partners, and has a portfolio of consulting and non-executive director roles.
Supply Chain Director, APAC
Anisa is also a board member and director of the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores. She is a supply chain management and strategy professional with extensive experience supporting organisations by delivering improvements throughout the supply chain.
Professor and Chair in Transport and Supply Chain Management, Deputy Director, ITLS
Professor Rico Merkert is Chair in Transport and Supply Chain Management and Deputy Director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at The University of Sydney. Equipped with a PhD in Transport Economics he has taught and researched at a number of high profile institutions such as Cranfield University or Haas Business School, University of California Berkeley and is Visiting Professor at the University Johannesburg, South Africa. Rico is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Air Transport Management, Associate Editor of the Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management and an appointed member of three U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB) standing Committees.
Supply Chain Director - Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Carlee is a supply chain professional with more than 25+ years’ experience in fast-moving consumer goods, both locally and internationally. She specialises in supplier management, supply planning, production, logistics, customer management, sales and operations planning to retail.
Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, GS1 Australia
Maria Palazzolo is the Chief Executive Officer of GS1 Australia a Not-for-Profit global multi-industry association responsible for the development and implementation of GS1 Standards and services in the Australian market. In her twenty plus years as Chief Executive Maria has worked with a wide range Industry associations representing GS1's twenty two thousand company members as they navigate their eCommerce journeys.
Veronica Schulz is a PhD Student at ITLS since March 2022. Veronica’s research interests are in sustainable logistics, the circular economy and port diversification. She has received various scholarships including the Australian Government’s Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship in 2022. Prior to this, Veronica obtained a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2019 majoring in clarinet performance. She then graduated from the University of Sydney Business School with a Master of Commerce in 2021 majoring in logistics and supply chain management. Veronica has practical experience in public transport and marketing.
Kelsian Group Ltd
Neil is a Non-Executive Director and major shareholder of Kelsian Group Ltd, the largest operator of road and water-based passenger transport in Australia. He is a trustee of The Relay Trust, a charity focussed on developing leadership training colleges across Africa. Neil has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Transport Management from the University of Sydney. He has been an active participant in the Institute of Transport Studies and Logistics from inception, and a strong supporter of the THREDBO series of conferences. He has funded the Neil Smith Chair in Sustainable Transport Futures.
Principal of Transportation Associates
Peter is a leader in infrastructure and transportation consulting based in Sydney. He specialises in the strategic development, planning and concept design of transport and infrastructure projects, drawing on his skills in engineering, environmental planning and project economics. He formed Transportation Associates after holding senior roles in WorleyParsons and having been a Director of TMG International and Arup Australia and an Associate Director of Macdonald Wagner. Peter has advised on projects such as Western Sydney Airport, Very High-Speed Trains, Inland Rail, airport rail links, autonomous freight vehicles and highways, minerals railways and port development. Peter is also a member of the Committee for Civil Engineering at Sydney University and was influential in the commencement of an undergraduate program in Transport, which has strong links to ITLS, within the School of Civil Engineering at Sydney University. He is an occasional lecturer on transport matters in the undergraduate program. From 2019 to 2022 Peter was the Chair of the Humanitarian Innovations Awards Committee of the Warren Centre at Sydney University.
BusNSW Executive Director
Matt is the Executive Director of BusNSW which incorporates the Bus & Coach Association (NSW), Bus and Coach Industrial Association (NSW), and Bus and Coach Co-operative Society NSW. He is a senior executive with experience in managing contracts, people, fleet, marketing and events.
Chief of Project Advisory & Evaluation, Infrastructure Australia
David has responsibility for assessing business cases that are seeking more than $250 million in funding from the Australian Government, and for maintaining the Infrastructure Priority List, which provides a long-term pipeline of high-quality infrastructure proposals to guide government investment. David also oversees the Infrastructure Australia Assessment Framework, which provides best practice, fit-for-purpose guidance on the preparation and evaluation of infrastructure proposals, and led its major refresh, which was published in July 2021. David has over 21 years experience in the infrastructure sector. His technical experience includes planning, design and evaluation across multiple industry sectors and covering each stage of the project lifecycle.
CEO, Polis Partners
Rob is a Director in the PwC economics and policy team. He has extensive experience in cost-benefit analysis, option analysis, forecasting, policy formulation, economic growth strategies and business case development, as well as transport infrastructure and urban renewal.
Board Member, iMOVE CRC
Cecilia leads IAG’s Research and Development function with responsibility for collaborating with university and research partners to deliver insights into the nexus between emerging technology and human need in mobility, shelter and work.
Director, Center for Transportation Research and Adnan Abou-Ayyash Centennial Professor in Transportation Engineering, the University of Texas at Austin
Chandra teaches courses in transportation systems analysis and transportation planning.
School of Engineering, Future Mobility Group, Newcastle University, UK
Elisabetta is currently Editor in Chief of Transportation Research Part A. Her research interest is in data collection, discrete choice models, benefit evaluation, especially for sustainable transport modes and transport innovations.
Centre for Transportation Studies, Operations and Logistics Division, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada
Trevor was head of the transport economics and logistics programs at UBC for many years. His recent research focuses on economic and sustainability issues in international shipping and logistics.
Head of Logistics, Logistics University, Hamburg
Alan was also a founder and director of the Logistics Research Centre at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where he is now an emeritus professor. In 2003 he received the Sir Robert Lawrence Award, the highest distinction of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
George Mason University
Elise holds the Bill and Eleanor Hazel Endowed Chair in Infrastructure Engineering and is Interim Department Chair of the Sid & Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental & Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University. She is an advisor to the World Bank and founding Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Sustainability Analytics and Modeling journal. She previously served as a program director at the U.S. National Science Foundation and on the faculties of the University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University and Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas – Austin and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College.
Department of Transport Engineering and Logistics, Institute in Complex Engineering Systems (ISCI), Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile
Juan has more than 40 years' experience as an academic and adviser on transport modelling and social projects. He has fostered development of discrete choice models and their application to determining willingness-to-pay in transport.
Department of Urban Management, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan
Eiichi's research centres on city logistics and urban freight transport modelling focusing on stochastic and dynamic vehicle routing and scheduling with time windows, multi-agent simulation considering behaviour of stakeholders who are involved in urban freight transport.
Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley; Vice President, US National Economic Research Associates
Kenneth teaches econometrics, regulation and industrial organisation. He has received numerous awards for teaching and research, including the Richard Stone Prize in Applied Econometrics.
Professor of Transport Policy, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Bert ia also a scientific director of TRAIL research school. His interests are in long-term developments in transport in the areas of accessibility, land-use transport interaction, evaluation of large infrastructure projects, environment, safety, policy analyses and ethics.
Director, ITLS-Africa, Head of Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management, University of Johannesburg
Jackie's academic specialties include public transport and aviation studies, as well as transport economics and logistics.