Imagine 2060: Rail Renaissance (Melbourne)


In Search of New Ground

AECOM 2019

How will Melbourne's unprecedented investment in rail ensure equitable growth for current and future communities?

Asia Society Australia and AECOM's global conversation series Imagine 2060: Delivering tomorrow’s cities together comes to Melbourne. Join us and other leaders from the transport, planning and land-development industries to discuss a future vision for Melbourne, Australia and Asia.

Date: Wednesday 4 September, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Venue: Melbourne Gallery, Level 1, Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, 3053

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Why Now?

Melbourne is in the midst of a rail renaissance. The Government of Victoria is investing $57 billion in major infrastructure and smart technology projects to build more capacity on existing networks and to fund infrastructure improvements. New urban metro and suburban passenger rail projects will dominate the infrastructure pipeline for the next 30 years. These projects provide opportunities to fundamentally change future land use, evolve how Melburnians live, work and play, and continue to enhance Melbourne’s competitiveness as one of the world’s most-liveable cities.

“In Search of New Ground” visits four diverse and high growth cities in Asia Pacific including Mumbai, Singapore and Hong Kong, to facilitate an exchange of ideas and best practices on how to optimise the vital commodity of land, and achieve the right balance between design, land use and density across the world’s fastest-urbanising region.

About Our Speakers

Sean Chiao, President, Asia Pacific, AECOM

Sean Chiao

Sean Chiao is President, Asia Pacific, at AECOM, with over 30 years of experience in urban design and management. Sean is responsible for leading operational performance and strategic growth in the Asia Pacific region; this includes 15,000 employees across Australia and New Zealand, Greater China, India and Southeast Asia.

Throughout his career, Sean has played a pivotal role in the creation of award-winning master plans for high-density new towns and the revitalisation of existing urban landscapes, including: the Kuala Lumpur River of Life; Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor; Bonifacio Global City in Metro Manila, Philippines; and China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park. In 2016, Sean spearheaded the publication Jigsaw City, which showcases AECOM’s work and philosophies around forming new urban environments and experiences in Asian cities.

An advocate for inspiring future generations of talent, Sean orchestrated AECOM’s collaboration with Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Department of Urban Planning and Design. The partnership enables students to explore topical issues related to Asia’s rapid urbanisation and empowers them to envision tangible, holistic solutions.

Sean is a Global Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a member of Asia Society’s Executive Committee. He is also a member of Harvard University’s Master in Design Engineering (MDE) External Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors for the University of Southern California’s American Academy in China.

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Jenni Forrester, Technical Director, Nation Partners

Jenni Forrester

Jenni Forrester is a Technical Director at Nation Partners. A self-confessed transport tragic, Jenni has worked across various government departments and ministerial offices and cut her teeth on regional rail upgrades. She has worked for almost 20 years on some of Victoria’s biggest road, rail and freight initiatives.

Jenni is known for providing leading stakeholder relations services and targeted strategies that integrate all aspects of project planning and development. As a trusted adviser on projects, including Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy, Melbourne Airport Rail Link, the West Gate Tunnel Project, Inland Rail and Regional Rail Link, Jenni offers valuable insights for private and public sector infrastructure.

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Philipp Ivanov, CEO, Asia Society

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Philipp Ivanov commenced as CEO of Asia Society Australia in January 2015. Philipp is a China specialist with extensive experience in policy, education and research and a commitment to building an Asia-connected Australia. Previously, he was a policy officer and manager of the Australia-China Council at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

Philipp was one of the principal authors of Australia in the Asian Century White Paper — China Country Strategy. Philipp was also Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific at the University of Sydney, advised the University of Sydney on China strategy and managed La Trobe University's partnerships in the Gulf States, Vietnam and Thailand.

Philipp spent over six years in China and is the recipient of the ‘Rose Award’ by Shenyang City’s municipal government for his contribution to Shenyang. He is a board member of the Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue, Asia Recon, Haymarket HQ and Sydney City Council's Chinese New Year Advisory Panel.

He grew up in Vladivostok on Russia's Pacific coast and is a fluent Chinese and Russian speaker.

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Chris Mitchell, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell is a Partner at King & Wood Mallesons and has worked in the area of major projects and infrastructure for all of his 30-year career. He has extensive experience in major development projects in both the public and private sectors, including in defence, complex contracts and procurement, and in drafting and negotiating contracts for large infrastructure projects.

Among these projects are significant transport infrastructure projects, public-private partnership projects, large residential developments, urban redevelopment programs, alliancing contracting, facilities management, joint ventures and advising on government development agreements. Examples include One Melbourne Quarter, Parramatta Light Rail, the Western Sydney Airport Rail Infrastructure Project, Sydney Metro and the Central Station Precinct.

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Tim O’Loan (Moderator), Director, Cities – Australia and New Zealand, AECOM

Tim O'Loan

Tim O’Loan leads AECOM’s Melbourne Cities Team, which seeks to unlock critical urban infrastructure opportunities within Melbourne. Through the application of independent research, Tim is focused on and passionate about driving broad, integrated strategies that tap hidden value, attract people and investment, and overcome financial and operational challenges for the benefit of the community.

Most recently, he has been focused on the Fishermans Bend Employment and Innovation District in Melbourne and the Melbourne Cricket Ground Deck concept project.

Tim has built a team focused on developing forward-thinking urban policy and development strategies to underpin world-class infrastructure that enhances the social equity, environment, and economy of cities in Australia and New Zealand. He is a proud member of the Creative Director’s team working on the Australian Pavilion at the renowned Venice Biennale.

Even more broadly, Tim has worked on significant national and international integrated developments and master-planning projects in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

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Terry Wong, Deputy Director – Australian Business, MTR Corporation Limited

Terry Wong

Terry Wong is responsible for managing and developing MTR’s businesses in Australia and its international consultancy business. Terry is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Metro Trains Melbourne, which operates and maintains the metro network in Melbourne.

He is also the Chairman of Metro Trains Sydney, which operates and maintains Australia’s first driverless metro line in Sydney namely Sydney, Metro Northwest. Prior to his current role, Terry was General Manager – Corporate Finance & Development of MTR, and responsible for corporate finance, strategic planning, investment analysis and project development in Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas, covering the company’s rail and related property projects. 

Terry has been working in different regional roles in business development and management, corporate finance, and the cross-border merger, acquisition and divestiture fields for a number of major multinational corporations for over 20 years. He is qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in the USA and a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He received his Master of Science in Global Finance from HKUST Business School and NYU Stern School of Business, as well as an MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Event Details

Wed 04 Sep 2019
5 - 7:45 p.m.

Melbourne Gallery, Level 1, Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, 3053

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