PANEL SESSION | Advances in diversity and inclusion

05 Sep 2023Transport
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PANEL SESSION | Advances in diversity and inclusion

PANEL SESSION | Advances in diversity and inclusion

05 Sep 2023Transport
About the speakers
  • Carina O'Brien
    Carina O'Brien
    Head of Strategy ANZ at Siemens Mobility
    Carina O’Brien is the Head of Strategy for Siemens Mobility in Australia & New Zealand and is the founder and podcast host of Working Mumma, a community to support woman navigate motherhood and a career. She holds a Masters of Management and a Bachelor in IT/IS. Carina started her professional journey in the IT industry, working with startup-ups and medium-sized businesses, then moved into facility management, before joining Siemens in 2010. Carina is an active member of the Siemens Mobility DE&I and Sustainability Committees with strong experience in running cross functional project teams. Prior her current role, Carina was the Communications Lead for Siemens Mobility, and this provided her with a good foundation and understanding of the rail industry across Australia & New Zealand. At Siemens she has held roles in Strategy, Sustainability and in Communications that have given her international exposure to industry trends and initiatives around the world. Carina loves helping women feel empowered and confident returning to work after maternity leave so they can thrive.
  • Jill Walsh
    Jill Walsh
    Victorian Rail Advocate at Department of Transport and Planning, Victoria
    Jill’s background is in manufacturing. She was a partner in an engineering company which supplied a complex range of components to all major OEMs for nearly 2 decades. In 2018 Jill was awarded the inaugural Victorian Women Manufacturer of the Year recognising the contribution of women in manufacturing. In 2018 Jill was awarded the inaugural Victorian Women Manufacturer of the Year recognising the contribution of women in manufacturing. In August 2019, Jill was appointed Victorian Rail Advocate. Jill chairs the Rail Industry Development Advisory Committee (RIDAC) which directly and independently advises the Minister for Public Transport. The Committee was established to improve the engagement and collaboration between government, industry and the education sectors.

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