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2020 Confirmed Speakers

Ticky Fullerton


Dr. Parag Khanna


Nando Parrado



Gail Kelly




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.


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.


Nando Parrado is a survivor of the 1972 plane crash in the Chilean mountains, a best-selling author of Miracle in the Andes, a successful businessman and television producer, and an internationally renowned speaker who, with his audience, unlocks potential and excellence in the workplace and everyday life! In 2010, he was selected as “Best Speaker in the World” by the World Business Forum (New York). He was immortalised in the Hollywood movie ‘Alive’ with Parrado played by Ethan Hawke.

Nando Parrado recounts the extraordinary tale of how he and 15 of his teammates survived for 72 brutal days after their plane crashed into the frozen Andes Mountains over 30 years ago. It remains one of the paramount survival stories of all time.


Gail Kelly holds a number of international roles: Senior Global Adviser to UBS, Director of Singapore Telecommunications, Chair of the Optus Advisory Committee, Member of each of the Group of Thirty, Bretton Woods Committee, McKinsey Advisory Council and PLuS Alliance Advisory Board. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales, Director of Australian Philanthropic Services, Patron of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia, and Ambassador for Women’s Empowerment for CARE Australia. In addition, she is the author of Live Lead Learn: My stories of life and leadership, and founder of The Gail Kelly Global Leaders Scholarship between the University of New South Wales and University of Cape Town. Gail’s executive banking career spanned 35 years. She served as CEO of two banks in Australia: St.George Bank from 2002 to 2007 and the Westpac Group from 2008 to 2015. She is married to Allan and they have four children.

Jan Knikker


Luci Ellis


Peter Calthorpe


Hon Alan Tudge MP



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.


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.


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.


Alan Tudge is the Federal Member for Aston and Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure. This new portfolio brings together population policy with infrastructure and cities in order to better for our growth in our big urban centres. He has previously served as Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Human Services (where he introduced the cashless welfare card) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. Alan was first elected in 2010 and prior to entering parliament he spent most of his career in business including with the Boston Consulting Group in Australia and the United States, and worked as a senior adviser to the Foreign Minister and Education Minister.


He has been involved with multiple community organisations, including being one of the co-founders of “Teach for Australia”, a national non-profit which targets top graduates from non-teacher faculties and fast-tracks them into teaching in disadvantaged schools. He holds a Law degree and Arts degree from Melbourne University and an MBA from Harvard University and is a proud North Melbourne supporter!

Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz


Mark Steinert


Nigel Satterley AM


Catherine Caruana-McManus


Simon Basheer



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).


Mr Steinert was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Stockland in January 2013. He has over 27 years’ experience in property and financial services including eight years in direct property primarily with Jones Lang LaSalle and 10 years in listed real estate with UBS where he held numerous senior roles including Head of Australasian Equities, Global Head of Research (Equities and Fixed Income) and Global Head of Product Development and Management for Global Asset Management. Mr Steinert is a past President and current Director of the Property Council of Australia and a member of the Property Male Champions of Change.



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.



Simon has over 30 years’ experience in the development industry holding a number of senior General management positions across several states since he first joined the industry in 1987. Simon is passionate about the development industry and the responsibility developers have in their profession. He has been an active member of the UDIA both in Queensland and NSW for nearly 20 years and was a Councillor on UDIA NSW for 8 years. Simon has sat on UDIA National Council for over 10 years. After over 8 years working for Delfin Property Group, Simon joined Lend Lease in 1995 and during this time, he has been involved in many of Lend Lease’s largest masterplanned community and urban projects.  Simon’s background brings a depth of industry experience which is translated into strong policy and advocacy activities for the development industry.  Simon is the General Manager, Sales for the Australian Residential business at Lendlease and UDIA National President. He has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and Graduate Diploma in Property (Valuation).

Iwan Sunito


Justine Roberts



John Brogden AM


Turi Condon


Andrew Hoyne


Michael Comninos



Iwan Sunito’s story is one of resilience and success. Born in Surabaya, East Java, Iwan spent many childhood years in the small town of Pangkalan Bun in Kalimantan, known also as Borneo, before moving to Australia as a teenager. Iwan completed a Bachelor of Architecture with Honours and a Masters of Construction Management at UNSW and in 1996 Iwan formed Crown Group with business partner Paul Sathio. In the years following Crown Group completed a string of successful projects, weathering the storms of the 2008 global financial crisis and the company is now set to be one of the largest private property developers in Australia. His first book ‘From Borneo to Bloomberg, A Comeback Story and 13 Principles of Success’ was published in 2014. Iwan’s top-selling biography ‘Without Borders’ by Teguh Sri Pambudi was published in 2016. 


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.


John was appointed to the Board of Landcom in January 2012 as Chairman before accepting the permanent role of CEO in May 2018. Prior to this John was the Managing Director & CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the CEO of the Financial Services Council and the CEO of Manchester Unity. John’s previous non-executive directorships include Abacus Australian Mutuals (Chairman), BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education (Chairman), NIA Pty Limited (, Sydney Ports Corporation, Australian Private Health Insurance Association and the Australian Friendly Societies Association. From 1996 to 2005, John was the Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament. In January 2014, John was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community through representational roles with social welfare organisations, particularly Lifeline, to the business and financial sectors and to the Parliament of New South Wales. John holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Turi Condon broke some of Australia’s biggest property stories during more than two decades as a business journalist. She is the former Property Editor of The Australian, launching the newspaper’s Primespace section and Mansion Australia magazine. Before joining The Australian, Turi was the Sydney Bureau Chief for BRW magazine, and Deputy Property Editor for the Australian Financial Review. She has also appeared on Sky News Business channel, Seven’s Sunrise and on radio. Stepping away from journalism last year, Turi is currently a strategic advisor to the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation.


Andrew is the Principal of place brand and property marketing agency Hoyne. Over the last decade Hoyne have evolved to a core focus on place and property, and today they work with major international asset owners, developers and local councils to create recognisable landmarks and destinations; from residential towers and masterplanned communities to commercial developments, new mixed-use precincts, and even cities. Andrew’s passion for the power of place has led him to produce The Place Economy, a series of resource books on the social and economic benefits of effective placemaking from around the world. As a direct result of the insights uncovered through The Place Economy, Hoyne has developed a trio of unique place related processes: Place Visioning™, Instaplace™ and Traderhood™. Hoyne are now considered global thought leaders on place branding and place making.


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.


Colin Keane


Eliza Owen


Dr Benjamin Coorey


Lucy Booth


Jeffery Sewell



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.



Eliza Owen is the Head of Residential Research Australia. Eliza has a wealth of experience in property data analysis and reporting. She worked as an economist at Residex, a research analyst at Domain Group and previously as the commercial real estate and construction analyst at CoreLogic. She specialises in descriptive and inferential data analysis, data visualisation and framing data trends with broader economic concepts. Alongside her career in property data and research, Eliza is passionate about explaining economic concepts to broader audiences. She unpacked housing affordability on the TEDX stage, and has been a regular commentator for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and commercial radio and television. Eliza is also a popular keynote speaker, having presented to thousands in real estate, construction, banking and finance and property development, as well as consumer audiences.


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 – 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.


Lucy is an urban planner who has worked at COX Architecture for over 8 years on the design and delivery of large infrastructure, urban design and strategic planning projects. She is a co-founder of a proptech company called Giraffe, a platform created to arm the development industry with computational design tools and data to make decisions about the built environment. She is passionate about finding better ways to understand the opportunity in cities and more effectively encourage collaboration and data-driven design and decision making.



An experienced Information Technology (IT) professional, Jeffery works for Hitachi, the 7th biggest technology company in the world, with over $85 billion USD turn over a year, more than 303,000 staff & 864 companies. Hitachi won the 2019 Microsoft Government partner of the year based on their work creating smart cities globally and Hitachi is the first tenant at the new Aerotropolis in Western Sydney.

Extensive experience has been gained delivering transformation programmes across the construction, financial services, health care, supply chain, manufacturing, environmental management and law enforcement industries. Jeffery holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Communications and Information Technology and has had a research thesis published on critical infrastructure protection.


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