Keynote Speakers

UDIA National Congress is securing a number of global industry leaders to share their knowledge and ideas for the future with our delegates.  Key note addresses will provide insight at an international level in regard to the latest in planning, design and technology.  Speakers confirmed to date include:

Janet Attarian, USA

Director of Planning & Development, City of Detroit

What happen’s when normal rules don’t apply? Enabling Revitalisation through Pink Zones in the City of Detroit, USA

Ryan Gravel, USA

Urban Planner, Designer and Author, Sixpitch


Future Cities – Where We Want to Live

Margaret Wallace Brown, USA

Planning & Development Director, City of Houston

Delivering Affordability through Growth in the City of Houston, USA



The speaker program is designed to provide delegates with a choice of quality speakers on a range of topics in order to provide you with a tailored Congress experience.  Choose the topics and speakers most relevant to you and ensure you get the most out of your Congress.  Speakers confirmed to date include:

Sharon Bierman

Professor & Director, PATREC


Ride sharing and driverless cars: Adapting our cities for the future

Julian Bolleter

Assistant Professor, Australian Urban Design Research Centre


Nick Cleary

Founder & Chairman, CLARA


Michael Corcoran

UDIA National President

David Cresp

Director, Urbis


Peter Dean

Principal, HASSELL


Andrew Forrest

Chairman, FMG

Adrian Fratelle

Project Director, Fratelle Group


Jemma Green

Senior Research Fellow, Curtin University


James Guthrie

Regional Director, Head of Residential Facility Services, JLL

Shea Hatch

Landscape Architect, UDLA


Stephen Hicks

Associate, David Barr Architect

Colin Keane

Director, Research 4, National Land Survey Program

Paul Lakey

Regional General Manager Development, Peet Limited

Dean Landy

Architecht, Partner, Clarke Hopkins Clarke

Joe Langley

Technical Director Infrastructure Advisory, AECOM


Peter Newman

Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University


Travers Nuttall

Development Director, Glenvill Group

Robert Papaleo

National Executive Director Research, Charter Keck Cramer

John Poynton AO

Chairman, Jindalee Partners

Holly Ransom

CEO, Emergent

David Rohrsheim

CEO, Uber Australia & New Zealand

Hiam Sakakini

Co-Founder, ThinkChangeGrow

Nigel Satterley

Managing Director & Chief Executive, Satterley Property Group

Michael Sukkar MP

Assistant Minister to the Treasurer

Paige Walker

General Manager, Residential Development WA, Apartments, Masterplanned Communities, Residential Development, Mirvac

Darren Walsh

CEO, Strategen Environmental

Michael Webb

Director, Urbis


Gavin Williams

Executive General Manager, New Developments Wireless and Satellite, nbn


Tony Wong

Chief Executive, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

Julian Wright

A/General Manager Strategy and Policy, Housing Authority WA

Karen Wright

Planning Director, Urbis


Congress MCs

Karen Tighe

National Congress 2017 MC


Peter Rowsthorn

Gala Dinner & Awards Night MC