PANEL SESSION | Removing barriers to technology adoption

06 Sep 2023Transport
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PANEL SESSION | Removing barriers to technology adoption

PANEL SESSION | Removing barriers to technology adoption

06 Sep 2023Transport
About the speakers
  • Raphael  Kottel
    Raphael Kottel
    Transportation & Railway Systems Projects Manager at Arc Infrastructure
    Executive with an 18-year career in Logistics and Technology, especially surface transportation (railway/road), ports, and multimodal terminals. Leveraging his track record, Raphael has led and delivered Projects & BAU Initiatives related to Railway Operations, Train Control, Signalling, Asset Management, Asset Condition Monitoring, and Network Operations Centres. He has also collaborated with Logistics and Railway Companies in Australia, Europe, North America (including Class One Railroads), South America, and Africa, which provide services in General Freight, Mining, Passengers, Ports & Terminals, and Engineering.
  • John Fascio
    John Fascio
    National Business Leader, Safer Smarter Infrastructure at NTRO | ACRI
    John joined NTRO in early 2023 bringing 25 + years’ experience in leading projects across infrastructure sectors representing organisations encompassing Public, Private and Government entities. John has direct project experience in project development strategy, commercial, risk management and delivery of multidiscipline projects throughout Australia. At NTRO he continues to build on the organisations history of innovation to meet the nation’s infrastructure delivery challenges. John’s passionate team at NTRO develop standards through applied research to make a difference in transport user safety, and better transport infrastructure delivery outcomes nationally.
  • Naomi Dickinson
    Naomi Dickinson
    Chief Technology Leader - Rail, Safer Smarter Infrastructure at NTRO | ACRI
    Naomi is the Chief Technology Leader – Rail, Safer Smarter Infrastructure at the National Transport Research Organisation. She holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, and a Master of Energy Systems. She is the Chair of the Electrical College of Victoria (Engineers Australia). She has recently conducted research with RMIT, where she reviewed the legal and regulatory frameworks applicable to electric vehicles in Victoria. Prior to this, Naomi led multi-national and multi-disciplinary teams at the general manager level to successfully deliver major international roiling stock projects. She honed her design, manufacture, and delivery expertise across the world and successfully delivered the low floor D-Class tram fleet to Melbourne. She is passionate about transport projects being well delivered and for them to meet their intended purpose to serve our community. She likes to foster transparency in projects and implement strategies to guide the project team, users, and other stakeholders through complex situations as they arise for successful outcomes to be reached. She is excited to work with NTRO and Transport sector participants to build a sustainable and well-integrated transport system.
  • Louise Howard
    Louise Howard
    Director at Louise Howard Advisory
    Louise Howard is a highly accomplished business consultant and strategic advisor to large-scale billion-dollar infrastructure projects in the civil, rail, and energy sectors. With a wealth of experience leading teams across delivery, design, engineering, finance, risk and safety functions, Louise has a proven track record of successfully navigating complex environments, delivering exceptional results earning her national recognition across industry. Louise was named one of the Australian Financial Review's BOSS Young Executives of the Year in 2020 and was both a finalist and overall winner in the 2021 & 2022 NSW Premier Awards. Louise's experience and achievements are supported by advanced qualifications in multiple disciplines, including science, health and safety, and an Executive MBA. Louise holds multiple board and committee roles, leveraging her insightful contributions to shape strategic decision-making and industry development.

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