Hilton Sydney  |  Friday, 24 May 2019

Please note, program is subject to change


8.00am - 8.30am

Registrations Open

8.45am - 9.30am
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Session 1 - Creating Great places for People

Cities are the aggregate of places. To create great cities, we need to create great places. Take an international tour exploring the core components, which are the fundamentals of the creation of great places. Hear world-renowned experts in a sneak peek of the Property Council’s next Thought Leadership project.


Kate Meyrick, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Studio THI

Dr Tim Moonen, Managing Director, The Business of Cities

9.30am - 10.15am
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Session 2 - Tech Influencing Cities

As cities around the world make the push towards becoming ‘smarter’ the question must be asked, are we maximising the opportunity here in Australia? Learn how government and industry can better bring together people-centred urban design with cutting edge technology to make our lives easier, travel times quicker and minimise cost.

Senior Professor Pascal Perez, Director, SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong

Scientia Professor Deo Prasad AO, Chief Executive Officer, The CRC for Low Carbon Living

10.15am - 10.35am
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Morning Tea

10.35am - 11.20am
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Session 3 – Developing healthy cities

The shape of cities influences the health of its inhabitants. Learn how the quality of urban life can be improved by re-orienting city design to focus on health. Understand how a focus on health influences strategic plans and investment decisions. 


Henriette Vamberg, Partner & Managing Director, GEHL

11.20am - 12.00pm
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Session 4 – Broadening the concept of resilience

City resilience is now accepted as a critical urban agenda, yet it has typically focused on the environmental challenges facing our cities.  The new paradigm facing our cities means that our concept of resilience needs to be broadened. Explore how cities can shape the wellbeing of people, improve equality, become more inclusive in the face of chronic stress or acute shock.


Joan Ko, Regional Sustainability Leader, ARUP


Rod Fehring, Chief Executive Officer, Frasers Property Australia
Joan Ko, Regional Sustainability Leader, ARUP
Prof Pauline McGuirk, Director, Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS) & The University of Wollongong
Greg Paramor AO, Non-Executive Director, Charter Hall Group


Caroline Squires, Director, Ethos Urban

12.00pm - 12.45pm
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Networking Lunch

1.10pm - 2.00pm
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Session 6 – Addressing the growing pains

Australian cities are growing fast. Over the next 30 years are population is expected to grow to 36 million people. Three-quarters of this growth will happen in just four cities.  The pace and scale of this change are confronting for some. Economic, social and civic infrastructure is vital to how a community perceives change and development. How are our leaders managing the perceptions that our cities are growing too fast and becoming too full?


Stephen Conry, Chief Executive Officer, JLL Australia & NZ
David Harrison, Managing Director & Group Chief Executive Officer, Charter Hall Group
Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Mirvac
Romilly Madew AO, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia
Mark Steinert, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Stockland


Turi Condon, Property Editor, The Australian

2.00pm - 2.45pm
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ethos urban

Session 7 – Anchoring a new city

The development of new airports, hospitals and universities can be used to disrupt existing areas or drive new opportunities to greenfield sites. An anchor institution, when properly planned, can act as an important catalyst for economic and community development. How can these opportunities be maximised? Learn from those leading the creation of Australia’s newest cities.


John Tabart, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Education City


Deborah Coakley, Executive General Manager, Funds Management, Dexus
James A. Moore, Principal, Jacobs (USA)
Sam Sangster, Chief Executive Officer, Western City & Aerotropolis Authority
Lucy Turnbull AO, Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission


Nicholas Sproats, Chief Executive Officer, Fortius Funds Management

2.45pm - 3.30pm
Fortius Funds Management

Session 8 – Big data: a big threat or a big opportunity?

What do you do when you believe one of the world’s biggest companies isn’t taking the community concerns about data privacy seriously enough? In an intimate conversation, explore the ethical boundaries for data-driven cities with someone who has not only taken a stand on data privacy concerns, but becomes a global force in tech entrepreneurship, and passionate advocate of responsible innovation.


Saadia Muzaffar, Tech Entrepreneur, Author & Advocate


Jessica Christiansen-Franks, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Neighbourlytics

3.30pm - 3.50pm
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Afternoon Tea

3.50pm - 4.30pm
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Session 9 –Show & Tell; our contribution to creating great places

The future of our cities is fast-paced and changing; limited only by the imagination of Australia’s best innovators. Be inspired by the next big things that will change business is done, reshape how we interact with the urban environment and maximise efficiency.


Steve Sammartino, Australian Futurist & Business Technologist


Anycie Coorey, Lead Generative Designer,
Julia Suh, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Paper Plain


Grant Fowler, Chief Executive Officer, DIVVY

4.30pm - 5.15pm
Property Council of Australia

Session 10 – Oh my Lord!

What are cities for? They act as magnets for opportunity and prosperity, and they are a lifestyle choice for an increasing number of Australians. But thinking about our cities today involves not just making them work today but helping them be great in the future for the people and jobs that are yet to come.  How are our elected official's building and shaping our capitals for the future? Could more be done to shape our future cities? 


Sally Capp, Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne
Clover Moore, Lord Mayor, City of Sydney
Anna Reynolds, Lord Mayor, City of Hobart
Andrew Wilson, Lord Mayor, City of Parramatta


Mike Zorbas, Group Executive, Policy and Advocacy,
Property Council of Australia

5.15pm - 5.25pm
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5.30pm - 7.30pm

Cocktail Party at Zeta Bar

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