RadComms 2016: Speakers | ACMA

RadComms 2016: Speakers

Keynote speakers

.Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for Communications, Minister for the Arts and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Government

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield was sworn in as Senator for Victoria in the Australian Parliament on 1 April 2004 and re-elected at the 2007 and 2013 elections.

Senator Fifield was previously the Assistant Minister for Social Services, with responsibility for disabilities and ageing.

Mitch was appointed as the Minister for Communications, Minister for the Arts and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Government on 21 September 2015.

Mitch also serves as a member of the Prime Minister's Leadership Group and the Senate leadership team, as Manager of Government Business in the Senate.

Before entering Parliament, Mitch worked as a senior political adviser to the former Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, and held senior advisory positions in the Victorian Kennett and New South Wales Greiner governments. Mitch has served as a reservist in the Australian Army Psychology Corps and studied politics at Sydney University.

Mitch was an Ambassador for the not-for-profit school music organisation The Song Room and was an Advisory Board Member for the Yachad Accelerated Learning Project for indigenous students. Mitch was a founding director and is the current chair of the Sir Paul Hasluck Foundation.

.Houlin Zhao

ITU Secretary-General

Houlin Zhao was elected ITU Secretary-General at the 19TH Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Korea, in October 2014. He took up his post on 1 January 2015. 

Prior to his election, he served two terms of office as ITU Deputy Secretary-General (2007–14), as well as two terms as elected Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (1999–2006).  A graduate of China's Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, with an MSc from the UK's University of Essex, Mr Zhao has spent most of his career working in the international arena. His leadership has been characterised by a tireless commitment to further streamlining ITU's efficiency and enhancing strategic partnership between Member States and Sector Members. He has boosted ITU's level of international cooperation with other international organizations, and is dedicated to harnessing technology to bridge the gap between developing and developed countries. 

Kim-Williams-125-wide jpgKim Williams AM

Kim Williams has had a long involvement in the arts, entertainment and media industries here and overseas and has held various executive leadership positions since the late 1970s including as chief executive at each of News Corp Australia, FOXTEL, Fox Studios Australia, the Australian Film Commission, Southern Star Entertainment and Musica Viva Australia and also as a senior executive at the ABC.  

Mr Williams was the chief executive of FOXTEL for the decade up until November 2011. At FOXTEL he pioneered many of the major digital broadcast innovations in Australia and received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Subscription Television Association (ASTRA) for his diverse contributions.   

Mr Williams has also held numerous board positions (and chairmanships) in commercial and public life over more than three decades including as chairman of the Australian Film Finance Corporation (which he founded in 1988); chairman of MCN—the subscription television industry’s major advertising sales company; chairman of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and of Musica Viva Australia; and most recently as the chairman of the Sydney Opera House Trust from 2005 until 2013.  

He was appointed as a member in the Order of Australia in June 2006 for his services to the arts and public policy formulation in the film and television industries. In October 2009 he was awarded a doctorate of letters (honoris causa) by Macquarie University for his contribution to the arts and entertainment industry in Australia and internationally. He is a previous recipient of the Richard Pratt Business Arts Leadership Award from the Australian Business Arts Foundation and the Australian Writers Guild’s Dorothy Crawford Award for outstanding contribution to the profession.   

Mr Williams is a current board member of numerous commercial bodies and foundations and also serves as a commissioner of the Australian Football League. He undertakes private writing, consultancy, teaching and speaking assignments for diverse clients.  

Melbourne University Press published his first non-fiction book Rules of Engagement in 2014.  


.Richard Bean

Acting Chairman, ACMA
Richard Bean was appointed Deputy Chairman of the ACMA in 2010 for a five-year term. In 2015, his appointment was extended for a further two years to October 2017. He has been Acting Chairman since 27 February 2016.

Before joining the ACMA, he was general counsel and company secretary at wireless broadband infrastructure and ISP owner Unwired Group Limited, subsequently acquired by Optus. He had previously held positions responsible for the legal and business affairs side of Australian commercial free-to-air television network Network Ten's programming activities, and practised as a commercial, media and litigation lawyer at national commercial law firm Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst).

Richard holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a law degree from the University of New South Wales.

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James Cameron

Acting Deputy Chair, ACMA
James Cameron is an Authority Member with the Australian Communications and Media Authority, having been appointed to that role in August 2013. He has been Acting Deputy Chair since 27 February 2016.

James has over 20 years Australian Government public policy experience, including senior executive roles in the telecommunications, radiocommunications, broadcasting and digital economy fields. James has held executive positions managing government policies and programs supporting Australia’s arts and sports sectors and, immediately prior to joining the ACMA, was Chief Executive Officer of the National Water Commission.

James has also represented government agencies in Parliament, in the media, at conferences and internationally.

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Chief Executive Officer, Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association
Mr Althaus was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) in 2005. 

AMTA is the peak industry organisation representing Australia’s mobile telecommunications sector and operates programs covering all aspects of the mobile ecosystem such as  telecommunications policy, mobile network infrastructure, radiofrequency spectrum, health and safety, product stewardship/e-waste and recycling, national security, content regulation and consumer awareness and education.     

Prior to joining AMTA Mr Althaus held Chief Executive roles leading national industry associations representing the Australian road transport and logistics industry and the Australian forests and forest products sector. 

Mr Althaus has a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University, a

Graduate Diploma in Economics from the University of Canberra and a Business Administration Diploma from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

DavidBall-125px jpgDavid Ball

David has 25 years of experience in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors, with a significant portion of his career spent specialising in satellite communications. David has held senior positions encompassing sales, sales team management, product development, engineering and space systems development.

Until July 2015, David was the Chief Technology Officer for NewSat Limited and was responsible for operational and engineering management of the NewSat teleport business as well as for all technical matters relating to the Jabiru Satellite Program.  

Prior to joining Newsat in early 2011, David was the Regional Vice President Asia-Pacific for Intelsat and also held that position for PanAmSat prior to the merger between PanAmSat and Intelsat in 2006. David also filled a variety of sales, customer engineering and product management roles for PanAmSat.

David served as a commissioned officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, specialising in fixed, tactical and mobile communications systems management, before joining PanAmSat in 1995.

David holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Communications Engineering) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Deakin University.  

Stuart-Ballingal-125px jpgStuart Ballingall

Program Director - Cooperative and Automated Systems, Austroads
Stuart Ballingall holds the role of Program Director - Cooperative and Automated Systems at Austroads, which is the association of Australian and New Zealand road transport authorities. The program that Stuart leads involves the planning and establishment of an operational framework to support the deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Vehicles on our road networks.

Stuart has significant experience leading technical programs that span across the transport, automotive, and ICT industries. Previous senior roles held by Stuart include with General Motors Holden, the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, and VicRoads. Stuart is also an active member on numerous government and industry forums, both at the national and international level.

Craig-Benson-125px jpgDr Craig Benson

UNSW Canberra Space Group
Dr Craig Benson manages the communications aspects of the UNSW Canberra Space Group.  His current research interests are in Global Navigation Satellite Systems and in Space Situational Awareness using passive techniques, with previous research in Underwater Acoustic Communications.  His previous careers were as a consultant and engineering manager delivering GPS capabilities, prior to which he was a Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force.

mike-Briars_125px jpgDr Mike Briers

CEO, Knowledge Economy Institute
Mike Briers has recently been named in the Knowledge Nation 100 as Australia’s chief evangelist for big data and the internet of things (IoT) and appointed Australia’s first Industry Professor of IoT at the University of Technology Sydney. He is currently the CEO of the Knowledge Economy Institute (KEi), which he co-founded with Ros Harvey in 2015, as the nation’s IoT research and innovation hub.

Mike is one of Australia’s most respected big data and IoT thought leaders and public-private sector entrepreneurs. Mike led the growth of SIRCA to become a leading provider of financial market data services to over 600 universities, corporations and regulatory clients world-wide. He is a serial entrepreneur and a founder of big data company RoZetta Technology, e-Research service provider Intersect Australia, the CMCRC, and, most recently, KEi.  Mike is also an angel investor and a founding Director of AgTech business, The Yield. 

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David Brumfield

Executive Manager, Spectrum Management Policy Branch, ACMA
David has over 20 years experience in Communications policy and implementation, working on policies such as commercial television equalisation, the expansion of the Community broadcasting sector in Australia and in a Parliamentary liaison capacity for a former Minister for Communications.

He was a key contributor to the development of a regulatory framework designed to limit Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) to Radiocommunications which has culminated in Australia’s EMC framework.

As the leader of the Australian Communications Authority’s Spectrum Marketing Team, David ran three of Australia’s most successful spectrum auctions, including sale of the 2 GHz spectrum now used for 3G mobile telephony.

More recently David oversaw the allocation of the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz spectrum in 2013 and oversaw the recent 1800 MHz auction. He now manages licensing and spectrum policy matters for the ACMA.

David Holds a Master of Arts Degree from Sydney University, a diploma in Public Law from the Australian National University, and an MBA from the University of Canberra.

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Dr Anne Byrne

General Manager, Manufacturing and Services Policy Branch, Sectoral Growth Policy Division, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Dr Anne Byrne is currently the General Manager, Manufacturing and Services Policy Branch of the Sectoral Growth Policy Division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Anne’s current responsibilities include providing advice on a range of industry policy issues in the civil space, building, metals, defence and commercial/civil aerospace and marine sectors; developing program guidelines for new initiatives; implementing programs; and undertaking reviews of relevant legislation including the reviews of the Disability (Access to Premises – Building) Standards and the Space Activities Act.

maureen125 jpgMaureen Cahill

General Manager, Corporate and Research Division, ACMA
Maureen Cahill is the General Manager of the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Corporate and Research Division. Prior to that she led the Communications Infrastructure Division as the General Manger.  

Maureen has worked in the spectrum management, communications policy and regulatory fields for more than 20 years. With the ACMA and its predecessor organisations, she has worked in in a diverse range of positions, including the management of the ACMA’s Operation Branch, and the Convergence and Coordination Division. She also led the Australian Delegation to World Radiocommunication Conference in 2012 and 2015.

Maureen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Australian National University.

Catherine-CM_125-px jpgCatherine Caruana-McManus

Founder, Giant Ideas and non-Executive Director, Meshed
Catherine Caruana-McManus is the founder of Giant Ideas, a digital transformation firm for smart cities and IoT and is a non-Executive Director of Meshed, an IoT integration company. Catherine has just launched an independent global community on Facebook called ‘Smartcities IoT’, which promotes the advancement of smart cities, IoT and renewable energy. Prior to Giant Ideas, Catherine was the Director of IBM’s Smarter Cities business for ANZ.

As a serial disrupter, Catherine has launched many successful internet businesses such as Australia’s first real estate portal, whereis.com and whitepages.com.au. Recently, Catherine was recognised by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Knowledge Nation initiative as one of Australia’s leading thinkers and innovators in big data and building Australia as a Smart Nation.
Catherine is an Advisory Council Member of SMART Infrastructure at the University of Wollongong, a Member of the Technical Advisory Council for AURIN and recently appointed Chairperson of the Sectors & Industries Work Stream for the IoT Alliance.


Jonathan Coppel

Commissioner, Productivity Commission
Jonathan Coppel has been a Commissioner with the Australian Productivity Commission since July 2011.

Prior to his appointment, Jonathan was the Head of the OECD G20 Sherpa office. Before that he has held positions including Economic Counsellor to the OECD Chief Economist, Executive Manager of the NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative, Head of the EU and UK Desks, environmental economist and energy analyst at the International Energy Agency.

Jonathan has held senior management positions in the Reserve Bank of Australia and started his career at the Australian Commonwealth Treasury. He has also been a lecturer for the World Trade Institute's Mile Masters Programme in International Law and Economics and at Sciences Po Institute in Paris.

Jonathan has a Bachelor in Economics (Honours) from the Australian National University and a Masters in International Affairs (Economics and Management) from Columbia University in New York.

Julie-Flynn-125 jpgJulie Flynn

Chief Executive Officer , Free TV Australia
Julie Flynn is the Chief Executive Officer of Free TV Australia, the industry body that represents Australia’s commercial television licensees.

Julie has led Free TV since 2001 and guided the industry through its transition from analog to digital services with a clear focus on the commercial and regulatory impacts of a rapidly changing media environment.

In her time as CEO, Free TV has driven the public policy debate on the need for regulatory reform including reduced licence fees and a modern regulatory framework that recognises that broadcasters are now competing against global players who are unregulated and pay virtually no tax in Australia.

Julie joined Free TV after a distinguished career as a political journalist and media executive. Julie is a Walkley Award Winner and a former President of the Canberra Press Gallery.

For the last decade, Julie has been a member of the Ronald McDonald Charities Board. She has also been a member of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre Board, the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Advisory Board, the Public Service Medal Committee and the Walkley Awards Advisory Panel.

chris-hose125 jpgChristopher Hose

Executive Manager, Spectrum Planning and Engineering Branch, ACMA
Chris Hose is the Executive Manager of the Spectrum Planning and Engineering Branch within the ACMA’s Communications Infrastructure Division.  His branch responsibilities cover both the radiocommunications and broadcasting aspects of spectrum planning and engineering that contribute to national spectrum management.   

Chris has a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from the University of Canberra, and a Masters of Engineering Science from the University of New South Wales.  He has been working at the ACMA and its predecessor, the Australian Communications Authority since 2000, and previously spent a short period working for a power system consultancy company in Queensland.

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BroadSpectrum Consultants
Andrew King has 40 years’ experience working in the telecommunications and broadcasting industries in various roles, from manufacturing, engineering design, operations, sales, planning and working with governments and regulators.  

His career has spanned many different technologies, from audio to cable transmission, to satellite systems, the development of innovative use of cellular mobile services, video encoding and finally broadcasting. His core interest has always been radio communications. 

At Network Ten he was responsible for transmission and saw the transition from analogue to digital through all its stages from simulcast to the restack of digital television to deliver ‘digital dividend’ spectrum to government.  

Since leaving Ten at the end of 2013 he has established a consultancy business offering specialist advice in radio frequency and broadcast technology areas, working with clients on tenders, drafting operational engineering procedures, undertaking studies on sharing spectrum, writing technical and regulatory papers and making presentations for clients. He has recently been involved in advising South Pacific administrations regarding the transition of their broadcasting to digital. 

He is Chairman of Australian Radiocommunications Study Group 6 and sits on Standards Australia committees relating to television transmission.

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Chief Strategy Officer and Corporate Affairs Director, Vodafone Australia
Dan Lloyd has been Vodafone Australia’s Chief Strategy Officer and Corporate Affairs Director since February 2014. Prior to joining Vodafone Australia, Dan served in a number of global leadership roles with the Vodafone Group including Director of Public Policy for Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific; Vodafone India’s Head of Regulatory; and a range of strategy, business development and governance roles.

Prior to joining Vodafone, Dan was a Senior Associate at leading Sydney commercial law firm Gilbert & Tobin, advising a range of fixed and mobile operators and governments across the globe. Dan has Honours degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Sydney, and has lived, worked or studied in 11 countries including the UK, India, Indonesia, Iraq, the USA and the Philippines.

Mark-Loney-125 jpgMark Loney

Executive Manager, Operations, Services and Technologies Branch, ACMA
Mark was born in Western Australia and completed a Bachelor of Arts at the Western Australian Institute of Technology in 1985.  Mark joined the Department of Defence in 1988 and worked in Melbourne, Washington DC and Canberra over the next nine years. 

Since joining the Spectrum Management Agency in 1996, Mark has led the development, implementation and delivery of regulatory arrangements for broadcasting, radiocommunications and telecommunications services.  He played a key role in the establishment of Australian Communications and Media Authority in 2005 and has been responsible for service delivery in Communications Infrastructure Division since it was established in 2009. Since then, Mark has delivered national field surveys of television coverage in support of digital switchover, developed a new HF DF capability in partnership with the Department of Defence and established the ACMA's Customer Service Centre. 

This year, Mark’s responsibilities include continuing implementation of new arrangements in the 400 MHz band, completion of Project HELM—the acquisition of a new spectrum management system for the ACMA—and the development and implementation of customer self service capabilities for radiocommunications licensees.

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The Centre for International Economics
Phil is a Director in CIE’s Sydney office. His expertise is focused on infrastructure project appraisal, regulation and cost benefit analysis. His work in communications has included cost benefit analysis modelling for the National Broadband Network (for the Vertigan Review), assessing the economic impacts of mobile broadband and the impact of spectrum allocation changes for the ACMA, and advising on spectrum value and management for the Department of Communications.

Ian-Miller-125 jpgIan Miller

Executive Officer, ARCIA 
After many years of involvement in the land mobile radio industry in a variety of roles, Ian has now moved into a phase of putting back into the industry to ensure the ongoing viability. 

After having been involved in ARCIA for the past eight years, initially as a founding committee member of the revised organisation and now as the Executive Officer, Ian is a strong advocate for good spectrum management. Through ARCIA, Ian has initiated moves to bring different industry segments together to recognise that in a world of converged communications, the silo mentality has no place.

Dr Ray Owen

Managing Director, Nokia Oceania
Dr Ray Owen was appointed Managing Director of Nokia Oceania in January 2016. He is responsible for managing all Nokia operations and sales across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. He was previously Head of Singapore, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand at Nokia Networks.

Ray brings has an in-depth experience in the telecom industry and a proven track record of more than 20 years in various customer facing sales, marketing, R&D and leadership roles.

Prior to joining Nokia as the Head of Sales Development of Asia-Pacific for Nokia Networks in 2011, Ray was Head of Technical Marketing & Pre-Sales for Motorola’s Networks business, Asia-Pacific, where he had responsibility for Motorola’s networks portfolio and leading the strategy, technical marketing and solution architect teams. He had also held various roles across the Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions for Motorola as General Director in Vietnam, director of network products and Chief Architect for Motorola’s first 3G roll out in Australia as well as R&D management positions in the UK. Ray’s achievements include winning Vietnam’s first 3G network rollout with VNPT for Motorola and then ensuring Vietnam’s first 3G services was launched within three months of contract signing.

Based in Sydney, Ray holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of London. He has also obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) from the University of Birmingham in the UK. He is married and has two children.

Laura-Roberti125 jpgDr Laura Roberti

Director for Market Access, Inmarsat
Dr Laura Roberti is a Director for Market Access in Inmarsat. She is responsible for licensing and authorisations for the new Inmarsat satellite system in Ka-band, Global Xpress, for countries in Asia–Pacific and Europe. She also participates in related ITU-R work. 

She has a PhD in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy) and many years of experience working in the industry and academic/research world. Her experience spans satellite/terrestrial telecommunication systems and spectrum management and engineering. She is the author of many research papers in the area of radio propagation and she has worked for British Telecom and NASA. 

.Rosemary Sinclair

Part-time Authority Member, ACMA
Rosemary Sinclair is CEO of Energy Consumers Australia, a company established by COAG Energy Ministers. Rosemary was a Member of the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency and Chair of the Regional Telecommunications Inquiry 2011-2012. Rosemary was CEO of the Australian Telecommunications Users Group and Director of Strategic Development at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 

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John Stanton

Chief Executive Officer, Communications Alliance
John Stanton is a seasoned communications industry executive with more than 20 years of experience, who joined Communications Alliance as CEO in early 2010.

From 2006–09 John was Chief Executive Officer of ASX and NZX-listed telecommunications carrier, People Telecom. Under his leadership, People Telecom became profitable and was recognised as Australia’s Best Regional Service Provider in the Australian Telecom Awards 2007. In early 2009 the Company was sold to M2 Telecommunications.

Prior to that Mr Stanton was a senior executive with Intelsat, the largest provider of fixed satellite services worldwide. Based in the UK from 2001–05, he was President and Director of Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing and of the Data, Carrier and Internet Business Unit. Mr Stanton also spent two years in the US with Intelsat as Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 1999–2001.

Mr Stanton joined Telstra in 1992 following the merger with OTC, where he was Manager of Public Affairs. From 1992–99 Mr Stanton held a number of roles with Telstra, including Managing Director of Payphones and Card Services and General Manager, Americas & Satellite Arrangements. From 1996–97 he was Chairman of the Intelsat Board.

In his early career, Mr Stanton worked as a political journalist for The Australian newspaper and as a press secretary and adviser to the Australian Minister for Telecommunications and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Acting Manager, 400 MHz project, ACMA
Andrew was born in Bega, NSW and completed a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Canberra in 1991. Andrew subsequently joined the Australian Federal Police as a communications specialist before moving to the Australian Communications Authority in 1999, working predominantly on land mobile radio.

Andrew led the 400 MHz review and is now managing the implementation of new arrangements in the 400 MHz Band.  

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General Manager,
Communications Infrastructure Division, ACMA
Giles Tanner PSM has worked in broadcasting and communications law and policy in Australia for over 25 years. As the General Manager of the ACMA’s Communications Infrastructure Division, he is responsible for discharging the ACMA’s responsibilities as radiofrequency spectrum manager as well as some of the ACMA’s technical regulation roles. 

Since the formation of the ACMA in 2005, Giles has worked on diverse matters within the ACMA’s portfolio, including digitisation of television and realisation of the ‘digital dividend’ from switching off analog television.  

Giles is a former General Manager and Acting Member of the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA), where, among other things, he led the development and implementation of the ABA’s public spectrum planning process for analogue broadcasting services.

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Strategic Marketing Manager
ricsson Australia and New Zealand
As a Strategic Marketing Manager at Ericsson Australia and New Zealand, Andres is responsible for supporting the development and execution of strategic marketing activities, programs and campaigns in accordance with Ericsson’s corporate strategy and key business opportunities across a broad portfolio of Networks, IT, Media and Connected Industries.

Andres has over 15 years’ experience in the telecoms industry including strategic marketing, pre-sales support, project technical coordination, product management, test leading, system testing, and technical customer support. He also has extensive experience in the design, implementation, operation and support of ICT solutions, which has allowed him to develop a deep understanding of market dynamics, operator strategies and technology evolution.  

Having previously worked with the Ericsson services organisation for several years, Andres has also participated in numerous mobile broadband projects in four continents, adding exceptional experiences to his technical, customer and cultural backgrounds.  

Andres holds an MBA from Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia) and a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia). 

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Executive Manager, Infrastructure, Commercial Division
Department of Treasury and Finance (Victoria)
Steven has 30 years’ experience in government, and for the last 20 years has worked on government reform programs and delivering a range of commercial projects within the Victorian Treasury. 

He has focussed on energy, transport and environment sector issues, and more recently, Victoria’s infrastructure and technology requirements. His work involves assessing the rationale, the viability and the commercial considerations associated with project delivery.   

His professional interests are in dispute resolution and public policy, particularly issues relating to the role of government. He’s an advocate for using evidenced-based decision-making in government administration. He is Treasury’s senior official on the Victorian State Crisis and Resilience Council and on the International Advisory Committee of the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety at the University of Melbourne.  

Steven has a Bachelor of Science (physics) from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Public Administration also from Melbourne University and ANZSOG. 

.Joan Warner

Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Radio Australia
Joan Warner is the Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) representing Australian commercial radio broadcasters.

Ms Warner is also Vice President of WorldDAB Asia-Pacific. In her role as CEO of CRA, Ms Warner oversees the whole of industry marketing and brand campaign campaign, the co-regulatory Radio Codes of Practice, audience measurement survey contracts and industry copyright agreements. Ms Warner is responsible for negotiations across a range of regulatory and legislative issues with regulators and directly with government ministers. She is also responsible for the annual National Commercial Radio Conference, Siren Creative Awards and Australian Commercial Radio Awards.

Ms Warner coordinated and managed the planning, rollout and implementation of DAB+ digital radio in the five metropolitan capitals covering 64 per cent of the Australian population and continues to manage strategy development for the DAB+ implementation into regional Australia.

As Vice President of World DAB, Ms Warner works with regulators and broadcasters to advance and assist with the rollout of DAB+ technology to improve radio services to listeners across the Asia-Pacific region.

Ms Warner has worked at senior executive levels in the private and government sectors and holds four degrees including a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Education.

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Chris Worley

Senior Radiofrequency Engineer, ACMA
Chris has been a Senior Radiofrequency Engineer with the ACMA for the past seven and a half years. His career to date has spanned a number of Government and private industry appointments, and has been largely centred on radiocommunications in a range of capacities, including as an operator, developer, trainer, and now spectrum planner. His current responsibilities involve technical and regulatory planning to accommodate the radio spectrum requirements of government operators, including those responsible for the provision of public safety, Defence, transport and utilities services. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the University of Tasmania.

Last updated: 26 March 2019