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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers
Tansel AliTansel Ali

Tansel Ali is a two-time Australian Memory Champion and has recently memorised the Yellow Pages phone book in only 24 days. He has broken a number of memory records and competed in the World Memory Championships in Malaysia where he was crowned ‘Grandmaster of Memory’ for remembering a random shuffled deck of cards in under three minutes. At the same event he also broke five national memory records for a total of six out of 10 events.

Tansel has spent the last 10 years assisting organisations to save time and money by showing unique memory strategies to become more creative, innovative and entrepreneurial.

An engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking speaker, Tansel is often delivering to large audiences and capturing their minds with the topic he loves most: personal development. From students, actors and comedians right through to executives, Tansel’s interactive coaching, speaking style and personal experience have attributed to many success stories.

Regularly featured on television, radio, print, and online, Tansel is candid about his strategies and enjoys revealing the secrets to his success.

His iPhone and Android App The 4 Most Powerful Memory Techniques has been number one in several countries and downloaded over 70,000 times around the world. He is currently writing a book on memory titled The Yellow Elephant (April 2013, Hardie Grant Publishing).

Tansel has also worked as a radio presenter, played guitar in a metal band, acted in videos in a VicRoads drink driving campaign video, was a finalist in the 2006 Australian Muslim Achievement Awards for Role Model of the Year, and has 12 years experience in IT and training, and more than 20 years in customer service.

Kieran Kinsella
Kieran Kinsella

Kieran was appointed to the position of CEO of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority in June 2012.

Kieran will play a central role in the transformation and renewal of the metropolitan area with projects from Elizabeth Quay, Perth City Link and Riverside, to the continued redevelopment of Midland, Armadale and Subiaco.

Kieran comes to the role after serving as CEO of the Midland Redevelopment Authority from May 2000 to December 2011, where he led the revitalisation of Midland as a strategic regional centre.

Prior to this, Kieran held the role of Project Director at the WA Tourism Commission where he oversaw the delivery of major projects on the North West Cape. Other recent senior management positions included serving a secondment to the Commonwealth Government as the Western Divisional Manager for the Indigenous Land Corporation and a six year term as the inaugural Director of the Gascoyne Development Commission.

Over the last 25 years he has gained extensive senior management experience in both the Federal and State Government public services in a wide range of disciplines including urban renewal, statutory planning, economic and community development, strategic and regional planning, regional development and employment and training.

Anna Meares
Anna Meares

After growing up in the small Queensland mining town of Middlemount, Anna was inspired to become a cyclist by her sister Kerrie after they watched Kathy Watt win the cycling gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. Anna started cycling competitively the same year, aged just 11, with the nearest cycling track around 300kms away in Mackay. Two years later, the family moved to Rockhampton, making the training schedule far easier

Anna’s training paid off when she not only won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, but she was also the youngest Australian track cyclist to win Olympic gold, and the first Australian female track cyclist to win an Olympic gold medal. To top it off, she also set a new world record in the Women’s 500 metre time trial of 33.952. She also won a bronze medal in the Women’s 200m Sprint, and was later awarded an Order of Australia medal for her achievement.

Her training was in full swing when in January 2008, Anna broke her back at the Los Angeles World Cup. She was thrown from her bike in a collision with other riders and sustained a hairline fracture to her C2 vertebrae. If it had been just two millimetres more, she would have been a quadriplegic on a respirator for the rest of her life. Her other injuries included a dislocated AC joint in her shoulder, heavy skin grazing, torn tendons and muscle tissue damage. The accident immediately threw her plans for the Beijing Olympics in August into doubt, and it was possible she may never ride again.

She was determined however, and was back on the track within just ten days of the accident, albeit only tentatively. At the Melbourne time trial four and a half months after the accident, she was easily able to eclipse the Olympic qualifying time set by selectors in the 200 metre sprint. She was also very close to achieving a personal best time. At the Beijing Olympics, with the goodwill of Australia behind her, she won the silver medal in the Women’s Individual Sprint.

At the 2012 London Olympics, Anna won gold in the Sprint and bronze in the Team Sprint.

Most recently, Anna swept the pool at the 2012 Australian Cyclist of the Year awards. She was awarded the Sir Hubert Opperman Cyclist of the Year medal, along with the People’s Choice award and the Women’s Track award.

Ed Merrow
Ed Merrow

Ed Merrow is the President and CEO of Independent Project Analysis, Inc. (IPA), the global industry leader in quantitative analysis of project management systems and the preeminent consultancy in project evaluation and project system benchmarking.

After receiving degrees from Dartmouth College and Princeton University, Merrow began his career as an Assistant Professor at UCLA, followed by 14 years directing the Rand Corporation’s Energy Policy Program.

He is a recognized expert on the development and execution of large and complex megaprojects, having spent decades conducting research on the unique challenges of these complex investments. Merrow’s pioneering research has culminated in the publication of his latest work, Industrial Megaprojects—Concepts, Strategies, and Practices for Success (John Wiley & Sons, April 2011).

Mark Mullaly
Mark Mullaly

Mark Mullaly is a senior management consultant with over 20 years experience of managing projects in a range of industries, including information technology, communications, utilities, oil & gas, engineering, construction, finance, insurance, the arts and research & development. Mark Mullaly has provided project management services to a number of prominent companies throughout Canada, as well as leading comprehensive organizational development, process implementation, software development and change management projects focused on the creation of effective project organizations. He is one of the foremost experts in organizational project management in North America.

Mark Mullaly is a regular columnist on projectmanagement.com, the leading project management portal, and for Projects@Work magazine, where he also serves as a member of the Editorial Board. Mark is well recognized as a trainer and facilitator; this has included a role as lead instructor and program developer of the PM certificate programs offered by Executive Education at the University of Alberta School of Business. He is past-president of the Northern Alberta Chapter of the Project Management Institute. Mark is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Bond University in Australia. Most recently, Mark was co-lead investigator of the research project ‘Understanding The Value Of Project Management’; sponsored in part by PMI, this was the largest research undertaking in the field of project management and has provided valuable insight into how project management delivers value to organizations.

Dr Keith SuterDr Keith Suter

Since moving to Australia from London in 1973 at the age of 25, Dr Keith Suter has achieved two doctorates and is working towards a third. The first of these was about the international law of guerrilla warfare (University of Sydney), and the second about the social and economic consequences of the arms race (Deakin University). A doctorate on scenario planning (Sydney University) is in progress.

He has been appointed to many prestigious roles throughout his career, including Chairperson of the International Humanitarian Law Committee of Australian Red Cross (NSW), Chairperson of the International Commission of Jurists (NSW), Director of Studies at the International Law Association (Australian Branch) and Managing Director of the Global Directions think tank.

He has also been a member of the prestigious Club of Rome since 1993. The Club is “an informal association of independent leading personalities from politics, business and science, men and women who are long-term thinkers interested in contributing in a systemic interdisciplinary and holistic manner to a better world. The Club of Rome members share a common concern for the future of humanity and the planet.” The club has only 100 members, with Mikhail Gorbachev amongst them.

In 1999, Keith was made a Life Member of the United Nations Association of Australia in recognition of his service. At various times from 1978 to 1999, he served as the national president of the organisation and took on the roles of the WA and NSW state president.

Keith was the President of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (1991-1998) at the University of Sydney, and was a Consultant on Social Policy with the Wesley Mission’s for 17 years. In addition, he served as a consultant for a number of other organisations, with a focus on local and international issues.

He is also an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and his activities include conducting monthly webcasts with business leaders. He frequently appears on radio and television discussing politics and international affairs.

Amongst Keith’s many books are “All about Terrorism: Everything you were afraid to ask” and “Global Order and Global Disorder: Globalization and the Nation-State” and “50 Things You Want to Know About World Issues… But Were Too Afraid to Ask”.

He is a highly experienced, professional and awarded presenter of ideas, with topics including ethics, world affairs, globalisation, mining, global warming, leadership, the future, and corporate governance. Engaging in style, Keith’s discussions are always very topical and audience-specific.

Laurice TempleLaurice Temple

Laurice is originally from the United States but has relocated many times around the world to work on a variety of major infrastructure projects.

Laurice is a senior executive who comes with a vast amount of global experience on major infrastructure projects. She has a strong strategic understanding as well as an operational background with diverse multi-cultural teams. She has an exceptional understanding of the end-to-end business processes within the construction industry and has held roles in cost engineering, planning and scheduling, and project management. She has worked on the construction of manufacturing plants, airports and rail, to name a few, in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Australia.

As the current Project Services Manager at BP in the Asset Management Leadership Team, Laurice is in charge of developing and implementing the new Project Services team. Her team portfolio includes Project Controls, Contracts Management, People Capability, Change and Continuous Improvement, Property and Office Facilities, Project Management Systems, and Governance and Project Risk.

Laurice is also the current past president of NAWIC Victoria /Tasmania President which is currently partnered with AIPM with the mentoring program and International Women’s Day events in Victoria.

As you can imagine, she is constantly working on a work-life alignment that is suitable for her and her family.

Jim Whalley
Jim Whalley

Jim Whalley is the CEO and co-founder (with Peter Nikoloff) of the Nova Group and a former RAAF fighter pilot and test pilot.

The group employs over 300 people in Australia and overseas and in addition to providing specialist engineering advice in defence the group also operates in areas of space, satellite communications, health care, utilities and rail where its expertise in systems engineering, safety and project management has been used in a number of projects.

The majority of Nova people are former military personnel with post graduate qualifications in areas ranging from flight test and explosive ordnance to project management and satellite communications. The groups achievements have included selection as one of the top 20 fastest growing companies in South Australia, four years running, a BRW Fast 100 company, as a Top 100 South Australian company and three years in a row as one of the BRW “Best Places to Work” in Australia and one of the BRW’s Top 30 Most Innovative Companies in Australia.

Jim is a Board Member (and Deputy Chair) of The Repat Foundation, a member of the University of Adelaide Business School Advisory Council, the Federal Government Defence Industry Innovation Centre Advisory Committee, the Sir Ross and Keith Smith Advisory Committee and the Ai Group Defence Council National Executive and a former chair of the South Australian Defence Teaming Centre (DTC).


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