2020 Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Parag Khanna

(International Keynote)
Managing Partner

Ticky Fullerton

(Congress MC)
Business Editor
Sky News

Peter Calthorpe

(International Keynote)
San Francisco-based Architect, Urban Designer and Urban Planner, Senior Vice President
HDR | Calthorpe


Dr Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveller, and international best-selling author. He is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. Parag’s newest book is The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century (2019). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also author of Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012).

He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In 2008, Dr Khanna was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He has traveled to nearly 150 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.


We are thrilled to have joining us as the UDIA 2020 National Congress MC, journalist and TV presenter Ticky Fullerton. Ticky is the Business Editor at Sky News, leading the channel’s business coverage and contributing expert insights and analysis across Sky News programs. She presents Business Weekend, the channel’s new flagship weekly business program and writes for The Australian newspaper.  Ticky is an award-winning journalist and a household name in Australian business circles, with over twenty years at News Corp and the ABC.

Prior to journalism, Ticky spent ten years as a banker with CS First Boston in Britain and Australia.  She is a board member of the Australia British Chamber of Commerce and a former director of the CRC for Irrigation Futures. Ticky is the author of Watershed, the first comprehensive book on Australia’s water challenges.  She has a law degree from Oxford where she was also Treasurer of the Oxford Union.


Peter Calthorpe’s design practice is informed by the idea that successful places — whether neighborhoods, towns, urban districts or metropolitan regions – must be diverse in uses and users, must be scaled to the pedestrian and human interaction, and must be environmentally sustainable. In the early 1990s, Calthorpe developed the concept of Transit Oriented Development (described in his book The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community and the American Dream) – an idea that is now the foundation of many regional policies and city plans around the world. He is a founding member of the Congress for New Urbanism.

In 1983, Peter Calthorpe founded the award-winning firm of Calthorpe Associates devoted to sustainable urban design and planning globally. Throughout his career in urban design, planning, and architecture, he has been a pioneer of innovative approaches to urban revitalization, community planning, and regional design. For his contribution in redefining the models of urban and suburban growth, Calthorpe was awarded ULI’s prestigious ‘J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development’ in 2006. He is one of the founders and the first board president of Congress of New Urbanism. Metropolis Magazine claims: “The titles of Peter Calthorpe’s books define the recent history of urban design in its most vital and prescient manifestations”.

In 1986 he, along with Sim Van der Ryn, published Sustainable Communities, a book that inspired several generations of new thinking in environmental design and helped launch ‘sustainability’ as a defining goal of many ecological efforts.  In the early 90’s he developed the concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) highlighted in The Next American Metropolis, an idea that is now the foundation of many regional policies and city plans around the world. In 2001 he published The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl with Bill Fulton, explaining how regional-scale planning can integrate urban revitalization and suburban renewal into a coherent vision of metropolitan growth.  His latest book, Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, documents his work relating patterns of development to energy and carbon emissions, along with other environmental, social and economic impacts.  Recently he led a groundbreaking state-wide urban design effort, Vision California, to inform the implementation of the state’s Climate Change legislation.

Kylie Rampa

Chief Executive Officer
Property Australia

Jan Knikker

(International Keynote)
Partner, Strategy & Development
MVRDV Netherlands

Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz

Chief Executive Officer
& Managing Director


Kylie Rampa is chief executive officer of Lendlease’s Australian property business where she leads a multibillion-dollar business comprising an extensive urban regeneration portfolio, residential community developments, retirement living, retail and investment management. Kylie has held a variety of senior positions in other leading businesses including the Gandel Group, Macquarie Group, AMP and Schroders.

With more than 25 years’ experience in Australian and global real estate, Kylie’s expertise extends across investment management in both private and public capital markets, development, asset management, mergers and acquisitions and business strategy and operations.  She holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Earlier this year the Federal Government appointed Kylie as an inaugural director of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation, an independent Commonwealth body dedicated to improving housing affordability. Kylie is active on several other boards including Lendlease Real Estate Investments Limited and Lendlease Development Pty Limited.


The UDIA NSW 2019 Study Tour delegation met Jan Knikker on tour in Rotterdam, Netherlands and knew he would be an amazing addition to the Congress speaker line-up.

Jan started his career as a journalist, and then shaped the public image of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) for nearly a decade. Jan joined MVRDV in 2008. As Partner, Jan leads the Contracts, Business Development and Public Relations efforts, forming a client-oriented, fast, and strategic studio that includes a strong visualisation team and the practice’s sustainability team. He leads MVRDV’s branding efforts and has overseen the practice’s rapid expansion into new markets, focusing on solutions for global issues through its architecture and urbanism. He has worked on many publications and exhibitions, including the book MVRDV Buildings. Jan regularly lectures internationally, at commercial and academic venues in Germany, the UK, Israel, Colombia, Australia, Kuala Lumpur, and elsewhere.  He writes for various publications and is Deputy Editor of Domus 2019. He is a member of the HNI Heritage Network, led the online design magazine Dafne, and from 2007 to 2011 was a member of the International Projects commission of the Netherlands Architecture Funds.

MVRDV has a global scope, providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues in all regions of the world. The work of MVRDV is exhibited and published worldwide and has received numerous international awards. Current projects include a public art depot in Rotterdam, the transformation of a mixed-use building in central Paris, mixed-use high-rises in New York and Shenzhen, and a variety of housing projects in the Netherlands, France, China, India, and other countries. MVRDV is also working on large-scale urban masterplans in Bordeaux and Caen, France and the masterplan for an eco-city in Logroño, Spain. Larger scale visions for the future of greater Paris, greater Oslo, and the doubling in size of the Dutch new town Almere are also in development.


Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz was appointed Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director in August 2012 and a Director of Mirvac Board in November 2012. Prior to this appointment, Susan was Managing Director at LaSalle Investment Management. Susan has also held senior executive positions at MGPA, Macquarie Group and Lend Lease Corporation, working in Australia, the US and Europe.

Susan is a Past President of the Property Council of Australia, Chair of the Green Building Council of Australia, a member of the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board, President of INSEAD Australasian Council and a member of the INSEAD Global Board.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney and an MBA (Distinction) from INSEAD (France).

Luci Ellis

Assistant Governor (Economic)
Reserve Bank of Australia

Nigel Satterley AM

Chief Executive
Satterley Property Group

Catherine Caruana-McManus

Co-Founder and
Director Sales & Strategy
Meshed Pty Ltd


Luci Ellis is the Assistant Governor (Economic) at the Reserve Bank of Australia, a position she has held since December 2016. She is responsible for the Bank’s Economic Analysis and Economic Research departments and is the chief economic advisor to the Governor and the Board. She is also the executive sponsor of the Bank’s LGBTI+ allies employee resource group. Luci has been a member of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council since November 2015.

Prior to holding this role, Luci was Head of Financial Stability Department for eight years. She has also served as a Deputy Head of Economic Analysis Department and spent almost two years on secondment at the Bank for International Settlements.

Luci holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales, a Masters in Economics degree from the Australian National University and a first-class Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Melbourne.


Nigel Satterley founded the Satterley Property Group (Satterley) in 1980 and has more than 40 years of experience in homebuilding, real estate and property development.

Satterley is the largest private residential land developer in Australia with an annual sales turnover of around AU$1.2 billion. It has been involved in 170 individual residential communities, sold more than 67,000 lots and won over 100 international, national and state industry awards.

Controlling a land bank with an end-value of some AU$11 billion, Satterley operates in three Australian states: Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland. In addition, Satterley has seven residential joint ventures with the WA State Government including the Department of Housing and Landcorp and local government.

Mr Satterley is a sought-after industry expert on Australian residential housing markets and cycles, taking on advisory roles to the Australian Federal Government and working with all levels of government to improve housing affordability.

In 2006, Mr Satterley received membership of the Order of Australia for his contribution to land development, urban renewal programs and to charity, medical research and sport. In 2015, he was honoured with a Doctor of Business from the Edith Cowan University for the contribution to the WA housing industry and his philanthropic activities in the community.

He is a patron of the Telethon Speech and Hearing, former Chairman of the Residential Council of Australia from 2009 – 2017, representing the seven largest Australian residential developers, Life Member of the West Coast Eagles and former number one ticket holder.


Catherine is widely recognised as an expert in smart cities and digital infrastructure with over 25 years’ experience across the Infrastructure, Telecommunications and IT Sectors. Catherine is on the Board of the IoT Alliance Australia, on the Advisory Council for SMART Infrastructure (UoW) and winner of IoT Ambassador and Smart Cities Industry Leader Awards. Prior to Meshed, Catherine was a Director at KPMG in the IoT Practice and Director of IBM Smarter Cities. Catherine has held other Executive positions for PMP Limited, Telstra and MC2 Consulting. Catherine holds university qualifications in Urban Planning, Economics, Management and Finance.


Colin Keane


Justine Roberts

Chief Executive Officer
Kingston Development Group


Dr Benjamin Coorey

Founder and CEO


Colin runs Research4’s signature research program, The National Land Survey Program which monitors in detail the performance of the nation’s major Greenfield land markets. He has spent the past 15 years researching Australia’s residential land markets. Prior to this Colin was Director of Market Research for the Docklands Corporation and Director of Market Research for the lead development agency in Victoria, VicUrban.



Justine Roberts is CEO and founder of Kingston Development Group.

Kingston Development Group are leaders in build-to-rent development with a portfolio of luxury build-to-rent apartments in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle and clients in NSW, WA and the USA. Justine Roberts has led the development of over 2,200 BTR apartments, across 5 projects from concept to completion, right through to operation. Her projects have ranged in size from 140 units to 610 units per project, delivered in a plethora of construction methodologies.

Prior to founding Kingston Development Group, Justine was Vice President of Development for leading USA build-to-rent development companies, Carmel Partners in San Francisco, California and ZRZ Realty Company in Portland Oregon. Not only has she completed 5 BTR projects, she has also managed an existing asset to the rare milestone of “100% leased, 100% occupied” and further, has lived in a BTR project gaining valuable insights from a resident’s perspective.

As a residential development specialist, Justine has also led Australia’s most awarded master planned community, Ellenbrook and held the role of General Manager of aspirational home building brand, Webb & Brown-Neaves.

Justine holds degrees in Environmental Design and Architecture and approaches development with an unique design-led approach which fuses creativity with outstanding financial results.

KDG’s clients include leading real estate investment fund managers and developers in WA, NSW and the USA.


Dr. Benjamin Coorey, PhD is one of the world’s leading authorities in Parametric Design for Architecture. Dr Ben is the founder and CEO of ArchiStar.ai – a company specialising in delivering generative design solutions to understand the feasibility of developments and urban precincts. Dr. Ben also acts as a consultant to some of the World’s largest Architecture and Engineering firms, and has over 10 years experience lecturing at Universities and presents regularly at International Conferences.

Su-Lin Tan

Australian Financial Review

Michael Comninos

Founding Director
Astrolabe Group


Su-Lin Tan is a journalist with The Australian Financial Review covering property and Asian business and trade in Australia. She is a chartered accountant and previously worked in investment banking. She has had stints at Babcock and Brown and AMP Capital in Sydney and worked in London previously. She speaks Mandarin and Malay.


Michael is a former Executive Director in the NSW public service and has over fifteen years of experience advising government and industry stakeholders on infrastructure, land use and innovation matters.

Michael founded Astrolabe Group in 2017. The company aims to challenge existing approaches to the development and delivery of policy for innovative results that positively affect people. Michael is responsible for strategy and development advice. During this time, he has worked with local, state and Federal Government agencies, industry bodies, as well as private companies operating in planning and urban innovation.

Prior to establishing Astrolabe Group, Michael led the establishment of infrastructure planning and digital tool development capabilities at the newly formed Greater Sydney Commission. In the role, Michael developed frameworks for the prioritisation of infrastructure, the spatial evaluation of growth options for Sydney and initiated an innovative spatial analytics program called location insights.

Michael has a truly unique set of skills with competencies in economics, finance and planning as well as politics, government affairs, public administration, media management, campaigning, engagement and communication. In addition, Michael has an interest in and has developed capabilities in understanding how to use behavioural insights and data analytics to create customer-focused products and services.

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