Series wrap-up: Victorian Digital Asset Strategy - so what's next?

7:30am Thursday, 20 January 2022
9:30am Thursday, 20 January 2022

The series’ aim is to give our members an opportunity to learn more about how utilities have adapted their work practices to reflect this document and to help facilitate discussions around how the SIBA members can support such adaptations.

Facilitated by George Havakis, Managing Director of GISSA International. Introductions by Jacinta Burns SIBA|GITA Victorian Branch Chair

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Craig Sandy LS MAICD
Mr Sandy, a licensed surveyor, is the Surveyor-General of Victoria, and Chair of the Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria, as such is the primary government authority on surveying and the cadastre. The Surveyor-General fulfills a range of statutory roles and responsibilities dealing with land and property boundaries.

Mr Sandy is also a member of the following Commissions and Committees in Victoria:
• Registrar of Geographic Names
• Victorian Electoral Boundaries Commission
• Federal Redistribution Committee for Victoria
• Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping - Chair
• Council of Reciprocating Surveyors Board of Australia and New Zealand – former Chair

Mr Sandy has a focus on engaging with the surveying profession to develop strategies for meeting the challenges that the current digital environment is creating. In 2020, he was awarded the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Award for Spatial Professional of the Year for 2019 for his work in modernisation of the cadastre and in raising awareness for mental health issues in our profession. Mr Sandy is the former Surveyor-General for the Northern Territory of Australia, the only person to have held this title in more than one Australian jurisdiction.

Jennifer George is the CEO of Nakoudu, a social network for innovators that connects and proactively attempts to find partners for Deep tech and digital B2B companies anywhere in the world. It is focused on Health tech, Smart Cities, and Climate Change. Jennifer has been working at the intersection of digital and industry innovations for more than 15 years. She was an executive in US capital markets and has founded several companies. Jennifer has commercialised technical innovations in more than 50 different industry sectors and one, a medical device company, is currently listed on the ASX. Jennifer has an MBA, a GAICD designation and is the Chair of IT-268 a voluntary committee for Smart Cities and Communities at Standards Australia.

Adam Beck, Executive Director, Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand Adam is an urbanist who has worked for private sector consultancies and leading global non-government organisations to advance sustainable community outcomes for over 25 years. As Executive Director with the Smart Cities Council, he works with the world’s longest running smart cities organisation focussed on catalysing action and investment in technology and data to accelerate liveability, workability and sustainability. Prior to this Adam was Director of Innovation at EcoDistricts, where developed a collaborative governance model for urban regeneration across North America and beyond. Before entering the mission-driven sector, Adam spent 15 years with global consulting firms, including GHD and almost a decade with Arup.

Dr Haydn Read, as Te Hēteri for Te Whānau-ā-Apanui. I support my friends to understand the challenges ahead, as a specialist practitioner in systems thinking and action - a way forward to tackle them. And, from time to time, others who need similar support. I have been a Senior Executive in the Private and Public Sectors for nearly 30 years, here in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. My passion lies in unpacking complex problems and helping others find solutions to the most difficult and intractable ones, some refer to as ‘wicked’ - especially those impacting on the most vulnerable in our communities. I have a skill in big data, digital twins and smart cities to support big data analytics and evidence-based decision-making to support those endeavours.

My Master of Science is from Auckland University, my MBA in International Business and Finance from Melbourne, my doctorate more recently is from Victoria University’s School of Government in Wellington. I have also recently been appointed as a Visiting Scholar (remote) to The Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy (IFSD) at the University of Ottawa in Canada - as part of a team that provides independent financial and infrastructure advice to the Canadian government.

Luke Belfield is an experienced infrastructure professional with over 15 years of experience in policy, technology and business strategy, project management, and organisational and process optimisation in asset intensive sectors. Luke has had a diverse background having previously worked in a variety of roles at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, as a management consultant for PwC and EY, as a project manager for a metropolitan based water utility and as an engineer for a large global engineering consultancy in the oil and gas and petrochemical industry. This has included leading multidiscipline teams for large-scale complex infrastructure investments, accountable for delivering and managing multiple concurrent projects from pre-business case development through to operational handover and decommissioning.

Luke is not only qualified in Mechanical Engineering (honours) but holds a Computer Science degree and a Master of Business Administration (Strategy / Public Policy). He is a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Australia, a Member of the Australian Institute of Project Management and is listed on the National Engineers Register (NER) as well as the APEC and International Engineers Register. He is also currently in the process of obtaining chartered accounting qualifications.