Technology to

reinvigorate Melbourne

Join us to discuss the technology that can fast track Melbourne’s transition towards a sustainable, economically resilient and socially responsible future. We have lined up experts from government, industry and academia to examine the reinvigoration of the city and its recovery.

Meet the panellists

Lord Mayor Sally Capp, City of Melbourne

Sally Capp was re-elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne in October 2020 after having previously been elected in May 2018, she was the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor. As Melbourne grows, she is committed to ensuring it remains a caring and thoughtful city, as well as a prosperous one. In 2019 Sally was awarded the RMIT Honorary Doctorate of Law Honoris Causa, she was also the recipient of the McKinnon Emerging Political Leader of the Year and the first women to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe and Israel. She sits on a number of different boards including the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and the Collingwood Football Club and is a patron for many different organisations such as the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and  the Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation.

Simon Young, General Manager – Transport & Infrastructure, Cisco

Simon Young is the General Manager for the Transport and Infrastructure market in Australia and New Zealand as part of the Strategic Industries Development Group. Simon is responsible for helping customers and partners define and deliver new digital businesses through go-to-market models and innovative technology engagement methodologies. Simon has driven transformational initiatives across various sales and engineering roles at Cisco including developing and leading the Internet of Things (IoT) business across Australia and New Zealand.

Nikos Katinakis, Group Executive Networks & IT, Telstra

Relocating from Toronto, Nikos Katinakis joined Telstra on 15 October 2018 as Group Executive Networks & IT. In this critical role Nikos is responsible for ensuring Telstra delivers next generation network technologies to create the largest, smartest, safest and most reliable networks in the world. This includes rolling out new technology developments, such as those related to 5G, as well as maintaining and enhancing Telstra’s IT platforms. Nikos has also held multiple board and industry positions, including at ATIS, CATA and the University of Toronto, as well as at UXP Systems, a digital life company which was recently acquired by Amdocs.

Professor Elaine Wong, Associate Dean (Diversity and Inclusion), Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Melbourne

Elaine Wong is Associate Dean and Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Melbourne. She has made numerous significant intellectual contributions in the field of optical fibre communications and optical networking. More recently she has worked on low-latency human-to-machine communications to support Tactile Internet and 5G and beyond networks.

Professor Thas Nirmalathas (Chair), Lead – Wireless Innovation Lab, University of Melbourne

Professor Thas Nirmalathas currently leads Wireless Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne. He also leads the Electronic and Photonic Systems Research Group. Previously he held many leadership positions including the Melbourne Networked Society Institute – an interdisciplinary research institute focusing on the connectivity between people, places, and things as a pathway for tackling societal challenges. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and PhD  from the University of Melbourne in 1994 and 1998 respectively.

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