Advisory Board

The CityIgnite Summit Advisory Board develops, shares and promotes thought leadership for the social and economic development and sustainable operation of cities globally. It consists of a select group of city CDOs and senior city officials along with invited industry experts.

  • Philipa Bowron
    Head of Innovation, Wellington City Council
  • Sandy Burgoyne
    Researcher, speaker, advisor on Smart, Innovative cities, Future Cities Collaborative

    Sandy Burgoyne is a researcher, speaker and educator in the field of smart and sustainable cities. Sandy has worked for 25 years developing and leading business strategies and transformation within the telecommunications, information technology and not-for-profit sectors and now works to build the capacity of industry, government and community to develop smart and sustainable cities- large and small.

    Sandy holds a Masters of Sustainable Development from Macquarie University and Bachelor or Arts (Geography) and Diploma of Education from Flinders University of South Australia.

  • Craig Chung
    Councillor, City of Sydney
  • Brook Dixon
    Smart City, Smart Regulation Executive, Delos Delta

    Brook developed the ACT Government’s Digital Canberra Action Plan, delivered CBRfree wifi (the biggest single network in Australia), implemented smart parking in Manuka (real time parking availability and mobile payment), and spearheaded the ACT Taxi reforms, seeing Canberra become the first Australia city to legalise and regulate Uber and other ridesharing services.

    For his achievements Brook was awarded a 2015 Churchill Fellowship, to study the drivers of digital transformation in leading global cities. As part of this study, Brook visited cities in Asia, Europe and the Americas in 2016.  Brook will be sharing his research at conferences across Australia and overseas over the next 18 months.

    Mr Dixon has also authored the ACT Government’s Performance and Accountability and Evaluation Policies, and led the Government’s regulatory reform program, including 4 red tape reduction bills over the last two years.

    Brook is an experienced leader, strategic planner, digital city exponent, public administrator, economist, and policy analyst. He has a passion for public service, innovation and leadership, and holds degrees in Economics (Hons.), Commerce and Arts (Ancient Greek and Classics) from the Australian National University.

  • John Galvin
    Enterprise Information Architect – Open Data, City of Gold Coast
  • Jacob Lindsay
    Service Designer | Digital Futures, Aurecon

    Jacob is a multi-disciplinary designer based in Melbourne. He is working on how emerging technologies impact our cities and built infrastructure globally as a Service Designer within the Digital Futures team at Aurecon. He is also Non-executive Director and Co-founder of Code for Australia, and co-founder and board member for Creative Suburbs.

  • Lizzie Mettam
    Futures Thinker, Think5678 - a coalition of thinkers, makers and doers

    A communicator and connector, with cross sector experience in London, Belgium and Australia in both the private and public sectors.

    I'm passionate about working with advanced technology, education and emerging business models to solve social and environmental problems. Having worked in unique roles globally, I see opportunities for innovative, fresh partnerships that are future focused, strategic and powerful, delivering better value and impact in an economy testing new approaches.

    Love developing relationships and partnerships that underpin a society celebrating diversity and mutual respect. A passionate advocate for the elimination of discrimination and oppression, I strive for a more just, sustainable, caring and prosperous world through principled leadership, evidence based policy reform and sustainable development.

    Am interested in the fast paced, changing nature of our economy and feel a responsibility to drive a more cohesive, integrated approach to strategic planning and leadership, enabled by smarter, logical partnership models that place people front and centre. Always striving to drive the need for a more human led, environmentally sustainable approach to urban and regional planning to enable better liveability, workability and sustainability outcomes.

  • Pascal Perez
    Director , SMART Infrastructure Facility

    Prof Pascal Perez received his PhD in Environmental Studies from Montpellier University, France in 1994. Pascal is a specialist of integrative infrastructure modelling, using various computer simulation technologies to explore complex interactions between social and technological components of infrastructure systems. He has a 30-year experience in complex system modelling, first in France, then at the Australian National University and CSIRO. Pascal joined the University of Wollongong in 2011.

    He currently is the Director of the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong. Pascal is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW and a member of the Academic sub-committee of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN). He is also a member of the Modelling and Decision Support Division of Simulation Australasia and of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ). In 2002, he received an ARC-International Linkage Fellowship to develop social modelling research at the Australian National University.

    Professor Perez has published more than 140 refereed papers and book chapters. In 2006, he co-edited with his colleague David Batten the book ‘Complex Science for a Complex World’ (ANU E Press).

  • Johanna Pitman
    Program Director City Connect, BlueChilli

    Johanna directs BlueChilli’s latest accelerator program, CityConnect: an open innovation program to co-create solutions addressing the biggest challenges facing the world’s urban communities, launching in 2017. With our global partner, AngelHack, and leveraging the proven BlueChilli business model to address the major areas of risk for early stage ventures, entrepreneurs from around the world will be invited to participate, and supported to develop solutions to address real problems identified by the CityConnect partners.

    Prior to BlueChilli Johanna was the Deputy CEO for the Committee for Sydney, an independent think-tank advocating for global best practice in city-making. Johanna brings a deep understanding of urban issues and economic development, through senior roles in Federal and State agencies, and the UK Government's overseas trade network. Johanna is passionate about connecting the right players to create smart cities that are productive, inclusive and liveable for all.

  • Jacyl Shaw
    Director: Corporate Liaison, University of Melbourne

    Jacyl Shaw is currently Director- Corporate Liaison at the University of Melbourne overseeing transformational enterprise partnerships with industry, government and community. These include the development of the University’s Carlton Connect Initiative, a capital and cultural project to transform the former Royal Women’s Hospital into a leading STEM enabled national innovation precinct. By positioning world-class talent with 21st century technologies in the heart of the city, its goal is to drive global economic and social transformation.

    Jacyl has worked as a corporate lawyer, Supreme Court Judges Associate, in practice management at a national law firm and undertaken many consultancies in international education. At the university she has over 15 years' experience in chancellery, international strategy, at Asialink and the Australia India Institute. Jacyl was deputy director of the University’s Festival of Ideas in 2009 and 2011.

    Jacyl has a Masters of Laws, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Enterprise. In 2011, she was awarded the University of Melbourne’s Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Engagement and in 2016 undertook a prestigious U21 Professional Staff Scholarship to benchmark engagement and impact strategies of universities globally that are developing innovation precincts, partnership and placemaking with local ecosystems (city government, industry and community).

    Jacyl is a board director of Melbourne University Publishing and the Microsoft Research Centre for Natural User Interfaces.