Past Seminars


Date: 5th Feb 2013

Speaker: Nick Greiner, Chairman, Infrastructure NSW

Topic: Infrastructure NSW: A Chairman's View

Bio: Nick Greiner was Premier and Treasurer of New South Wales from 1988-1992. 

Since his retirement from politics he has been heavily involved in the corporate world as Chairman of several large companies and as the Deputy Chairman and director of others.

He is currently Chairman of Infrastructure NSW as well as holding several other board commitments. 

Nick is a Member of the Board of Governors, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and a member of the Corporate Council, The European Australian Business Council (EABC).  He is also a Trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation.

Nick holds an Honours Degree in Economics from Sydney University and a Master of Business Administration with High Distinction from Harvard Business School.

In the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 1994 he was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia for public sector reform and management and services to the community and in 2001, the Centenary Medal.

He is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Honorary Fellow of CPA Australia and a Life Member of the South Sydney Rugby League Club. 

Date: 19th Feb 2013

Speaker: Michael Kilgariff, CEO, Australian Logistics Council

Topic: Boosting productivity through supply chain efficiency. How the COAG seamless economy agenda is critical to advancing the national productivity agenda.

Abstract: An effective indicator of a country's economic and social prosperity is the health of its supply chains. Whether it be across the city, around Australia or throughout the world, high performing supply chains are a key component to the smooth flow of goods from production to consumption. 

Inefficient supply chains not only restrict growth and productivity, they deter investment which is critical for a modern growing economy.  Seamless supply chains, where goods can be moved safely and efficiently from point to point is critical to a nation's future economic growth and development.

But are Australia's supply chains up to the task and do we have the right regulatory settings in place to support growth? The Australian Logistics Council's Michael Kilgariff will discuss this issue, with a focus on the important role the COAG Reform Agenda is playing in unlocking productivity benefits for the freight logistics sector and the broader Australian economy. 

The Australian Logistics Council is the peak industry body for the major and national companies in the freight transport and logistics supply chain industry.

Bio: Michael Kilgariff holds a degree in Economics from the Australian National University and is also a Graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses.  Michael has a diverse background and leadership experience in industry, industry associations and government at the national and state/territory level. He also has experience in dealing with public policy issues across a range of internal and external stakeholders.  This background has given Michael a highly developed understanding of how industry and government interact and how key public policy issues can be successfully developed and progressed.

Date: 5th Mar 2013

Speaker: John Morandini, Author of "Watch the Road"

Topic: Transport Policy in Large Cities: From Mediocrity to Mentor

Abstract: Traffic congestion is progressively worsening and spreading along urban and interurban corridors, and the official prognosis is that delays will only continue to get worse in large cities globally.

Contemporary responses are unable to turn the situation around, giving rise to the question: What else can be done to better resolve traffic congestion and public transport issues in a timely, affordable and sustainable way?

Roads are the dominant transport infrastructure worldwide by a huge margin and it emerges that roads have the potential to be the solution rather than the problem; and they are pivotal not peripheral to successful public transport.

A Sydney transit scenario is explored, with extraordinary possibilities unfolding over a decade, including a reduction in car travel and an increase in metro-wide transit capacity and use. Success hinges on ramping up bus service networks, so comprehensively as to halt congestion growth and free up sufficient road space on the existing road system to run the services efficiently. 

In essence, rather than a preoccupation with what billion-dollar rail line or roadway to build next, the focus in coming decades ought to be on how to use the existing trillion-dollar road infrastructure more efficiently.

Although everyday precedents have yet to be implemented, transport strategies for very large events, especially the Olympic Games, have already demonstrated full-scale variants of the concept and of the planning and decision making involved. These experiences leave valuable legacies for everyday transport operations in large cities.

The concept presented here is detailed in an eBook written by John Morandini: 'Watch the Road: Solving Transport Issues in Sprawling Cities: Sooner Rather than Later'. Visit for more.

Bio: John Morandini has a lifetime of experience working on urban development policies, plans, projects, services and infrastructure, in various public authorities (including Transport New South Wales, Olympic Coordination Authority, Olympic Roads and Transport Authority, Premier's Department, Public Works Department and Dubbo City Council).

He started out as a project engineer, held senior management positions, worked as a policy advisor to a former Deputy Premier and to the Minister for the Olympics, and served on many forums, including as Chairman of the NSW Air Transport Council and NSW representative on a number of State-Commonwealth working groups.

His long career revolved around the areas of urban roads and public transport, aviation services, urban master planning, land rehabilitation and redevelopment, event management, freight transport, airports, ports, transport security, water conservation and town and country utility services.

This pathway offered insights into the strengths and weaknesses of decision making and the potential opportunities available for improving urban services. 

Based on these experiences and his belief that urban transport planning and policy making in particular need rethinking, he has written an eBook titled: 'Watch the Road: Solving Transport Issues in Sprawling Cities: Sooner Rather than Later', published by Australian eBook Publisher in June 2012.

John holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering with Honours and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Date: 19th Mar 2013

Speaker: Charlie Macdonald, General Manager, Industry Executive: Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics

Topic: How emerging technology can help address the issues of productivity in the supply chain

Abstract: In February 2010 the ALC published a discussion paper on 'A Smarter Supply Chain using Information and Communications Technology to Increase Productivity in the Australian Transport and Logistics Industry'.
The white paper will revisit the recommendations and actions in light of significant changes to the business and technology landscape. The industry continues to report low levels of productivity improvement although companies in isolation have been significant cost saving post the GFC. On the technology side there have been dramatic changes to the environment namely Cloud computing becoming main stream, Smart phone and tablet computing has change the way people shop and work, and there has been a significant adaption of machine 2 machine (M2M) solutions in industry. This presentation will describe how these recent changes in technology and importantly the acceleration of adaption of new technology will drive innovative solutions to increase productivity through the Supply Chain.

Bio: The industry executive is responsible for the thought leadership within the Manufacturing Transport and Logistics sectors within Telstra. This role works closely with Telstra customers as well as major industry stakeholders to bring business solutions to address the main issues and challenges of the industry.

Charlie Macdonald joined Telstra Enterprise and Government in January 2012 as the General Manager for Manufacturing Transport and Logistics with the objective of providing business solutions to the connected eco systems of the Supply Chain. Charlie acknowledges a key to improving supply chain efficiency is the availability of timely, accurate and complete information from order to fulfilment to payment. Prior to joining Telstra, Charlie held a number of senior business and IT roles spanning more than 25 years in the transport sector. Charlie was recently the CIO of the Parcel Direct Group (PDG) managing the implementation and integration of the transport businesses within the Group across Australia. Before PDG Charlie held leadership roles in DHL Express in Oceania, Asia and Europe pioneering innovative Mobile, Reverse Logistics, Global Trade and Supply Chain Visibility solutions. Charlie is the chair of the ICT working group for the Australian Logistics Council (ALC), the ALC is the premier industry body in Australia representing Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain businesses.

Date: 9th Apr 2013

Speaker: Professor Mark Wardman, Visiting Professor, ITLS-Sydney; Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds, UK

Topic: Business travel value of time savings - So what did Hensher do for Europe?

Abstract: The value of travel time savings is one of the most important parameters of transport planning and has preoccupied the profession for over forty years. It is commonly claimed that up to 80% of the benefits of transport investment schemes accrue from time savings. Even though business travel tends to form a small proportion of overall travel, because of the premium valuation of business travel time savings they form around a half of the time saving benefits.

The conventional approach is to value business travel time savings at the wage rate plus the additional costs of employing labour. The potential shortcomings of the cost savings approach have long been recognised and are well rehearsed, yet it is only in Sweden, the Netherlands and previously Norway where there have been any departures from it in official appraisal practice relating to so-called briefcase travellers.

With a pedigree almost as long is the so-called Hensher equation. This has considerable intuitive appeal, allowing as it does for the productive use of time while travelling, the relative productivity of time in the normal workplace and while travelling and the use to which the time savings will be put which permits inclusion of benefits to the employee.

Another approach is to use a company's expressed willingness to pay for time savings as a direct estimate of the benefits to them of time savings for their employees while travelling. Such valuations might be obtained from Revealed Preference evidence or else from Stated Preferences.

We are aware of only one study, reported by Fowkes in 1987, that has compared the various approaches in a single study. This seminar is based on a recent study for the UK Department for Transport where we have reviewed the existing evidence in this area to enable the Department to make decisions as to how it will develop policy. After briefly summarising appraisal practice in the main developed countries, the worldwide evidence (principally European) relating to the Hensher parameters is reviewed. The implications of this approach for official values is demonstrated. We then review a large amount of European willingness to pay evidence on business travel valuations and contrast this evidence with the cost savings and Hensher approaches. Finally, some specific studies providing important insights into business travel are briefly summarised.

Our conclusions are that the empirical evidence is not telling a consistent story, with some notable differences between the values derived from willingness to pay and the Hensher equation, and there is clearly a need for further investigation of this important area.

Bio: Mark Wardman is Professor of Transport Demand Analysis at the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds. He was Director of ITS between 2006 and 2011 and prior to that Director of Research. He has been involved in travel behaviour research for over 30 years, since being involved in the UK Department for Transport's pioneering national value of time study. His main research interests have been the use of Stated Preference methods to value travel attributes and environmental factors and the analysis of rail demand data. In recent years, he has conducted extensive reviews of values of time, price elasticities, time elasticities and time multipliers. He is interested in the reliability of SP data and means of improving it, and the consistency of demand paramaters obtained from different types of data (RP, SP) using different methods (demand modelling, choice modelling) and how they conform to or indeed challenge economic theory. He has published over 50 papers in international journals. 

Date: 7th May 2013

Speaker: Kerrie Mather, CEO Sydney Airport

Topic: Maximising Sydney Airport and Port Botany

Abstract: One in every 10 dollars generated in NSW comes from a six-kilometre area comprising Sydney Airport and Port Botany, just eight kilometres from the city centre, but the area suffers chronic congestion following years of governments. More than 120,000 people use Sydney Airport - the nation's most significant piece of transport infrastructure -daily, yet transport options are limited, whether by road or public transport. Kerrie Mather has been advocating short and long-term solutions to enhance ground transport around the precinct and deliver a better experience for passengers and other airport users by providing more choice for travelling to and from the airport.

Bio: Bringing more than 15 years of aviation sector experience to Sydney Airport, Kerrie was appointed as chief executive officer in June 2011. Her focus has been on strengthening the airport's relationships with airlines, government, industry and community, taking a leadership role in growing tourism. Welcoming close to 37 million passengers a year, Sydney Airport is Australia's busiest airport, serving a network of 99 destinations across 35 international, nine domestic and regional airlines and 10 dedicated freight carriers. The Sydney Airport precinct contributes $27.6 billion to the economy each year and its location just eight kilometres from the city centre is a competitive advantage to business, particularly the tourism sector. Sydney Airport has invested more than $2 billion in improving the services and infrastructure since 2002, delivering 40 per cent growth in passenger movements with virtually no increase in aircraft movements. Kerrie is committed to working with industry and the community on achieving further sustainable growth in the decades to come. Kerrie brings to Sydney Airport a broad international perspective and demonstrated ability to develop strategic alliances with airlines, commercial partners and tourism bodies. She is a director of Airports Council International, the peak global body for airports and the Tourism & Transport Forum in Australia as well as a member of the Australian Gulf Council (AGC) of Distinguished Advisors and a member of the Australian School of Business Advisory Council.

Chair: Dr Rico Merkert, Senior Lecturer in Aviation Management

Date: 22nd May 2013

Speaker: Professor David Hensher, Director and Dr Rico Merkert, Senior Lecturer (ITLS-Sydney), Peter Koning (Chairman of the CILTA NSW Section), Peter Humphreys (Vice President of Global Transit, AECOM), Gen Okajima (General Manager, Central Japan Railway Company, Sydney Office) and The Hon John Alexander MP (Federal Member for Bennelong),

Topic: High speed rail for Australia - Is it value for money?

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High speed railA high speed rail link connecting the large centres of Australia's east coast is an exciting but costly undertaking. With Sydney-Melbourne being the fifth busiest air route in the world and Sydney-Brisbane not far behind there would appear to be sufficient demand and a high speed rail link would be competitive in providing a journey time of under three hours between Sydney CBD and Melbourne CBD. However, as Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has commented recently, a high speed rail link would necessitate significant tunnelling (particularly around Sydney) and would be very costly.  This view is supported by a number of high level studies. High speed railIn response to the most recent study, Mr Albanese said that HSR in Australia would be an exciting but ''monumental endeavour'' and that, given the large capital cost and impacts to communities involved, a national debate is urgently required. He continued by saying "Let the debate begin." Well, this is what this forum is all about. The crucial questions addressed in this special event, as part of the ITLS Leadership and Policy Seminar Series, are where the large upfront investment for a high speed link would come from and whether the proposed HSR link is indeed value for money.


9.30am Introduction Professor David Hensher, Director and Dr Rico Merkert, Senior Lecturer, ITLS-Sydney

9.40am The real impact of high speed rail - evidence from a European perspective Peter Koning, Chairman of the CILTA NSW Section and Peter Humphreys, Vice President of Global Transit, AECOM

10.10am Building the backbone of the nation - the Japanese HSR experience Gen Okajima, General Manager, Central Japan Railway Company, Sydney Office

11am Investment in growth The Hon John Alexander MP, OAM, Federal MP for Bennelong

11.30am Assessing the employment agglomeration and social accessibility impacts of HSR in the Sydney-Canberra-Melbourne corridor Professor David Hensher, Director, ITLS-Sydney

12pm Round table panel discussion

12.30pm Lunch

Date: 18th Jun 2013

Speaker: Professor Michiel Bliemer, Chair in Transport and Logistics Network Modelling, ITLS-Sydney

Topic: Road pricing reform: A simple, fair, publicly acceptable, and revenue-neutral distance based discounting strategy

Bio: After studying economics at Brown University Graduate School (USA) and receiving his MSc degree in Econometrics and Operations Research (with honours) from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in 1996, Michiel began his PhD in transport planning and traffic engineering at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) on the topic of dynamic traffic assignment. In 2001, he successfully obtained his PhD degree, and become Assistant Professor in Transport Economics at Delft. At the same time, he held a part-time position at the Dutch Institute for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and developed the INDY dynamic traffic assignment software. In 2004, Michiel was promoted to Associate Professor in Transport Modelling and has since supervised several PhD candidates in the fields of road pricing, dynamic network modelling, evacuation planning, network reliability and robustness, and firm location choice. In addition, he has been responsible for teaching the transport modelling course and courses in discrete choice methods, dynamic traffic management, and transport economics. As of 2008, he accepted a part-time position as Innovation Manager at Goudappel Coffeng, the largest transport and traffic consultancy in the Netherlands. At the company, he has been responsible for several model innovations in the OmniTRANS software, such as the StreamLine dynamic traffic network model, the STAQ static traffic assignment with queuing model, and discrete choice models to be applied on large transport networks.

Michiel's ties with ITLS have always been strong; since 2003 Michiel has been a visiting professor, working at ITLS between one and five months each year. His research in Sydney has focused on experimental designs for stated choice surveys, which in cooperation with colleagues has led to the Ngene software for generating experimental designs. In early 2012, Michiel joined ITLS full-time as Chair in Transport and Logistics Network Modelling, where he is active in teaching courses and conducting research in the transport and logistics modelling domain, with a strong focus on realistically modelling behaviour of travellers and agents. Michiel actively works together with consultants and industry partners to bring new scientific methods and models to practice and to support policy makers in making better infrastructure and traffic management decisions.

In the past ten years, Michiel has published over 200 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, and conference proceedings, and is an active member of the network modelling and survey methods committees at the Transportation Research Board (USA), the innovative methods committee at ETC (Europe), and the scientific board of the DTA conference. Furthermore, he is a member of the International Association of Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR), the Dutch TRAIL Research School, and is an associate editor of the Journal of Choice Modelling.

Date: 2nd Jul 2013

Speaker: Dr Andrew Daly, Senior Research Fellow, RAND Europe; Research Professor, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, UK

Topic: Improving the Basis of Travel Demand Forecasting

Abstract: Appraising transport infrastructure or deciding whether transport policy such as road pricing or public transport subsidy is beneficial to society requires forecasts of travel flows, which are routinely made in developed countries by models of quite large scale. These models are difficult to understand, and often misunderstood, and are subject to criticism for their errors and inflexibilities.This seminar will discuss what can be done, using choice modelling, to clarify the basis of the modelling and to remove some of the dubious aspects. However, forecasting remains subject to professional judgement and cannot be made entirely rigorous. At the same time, analysts have a duty to advance their models to take account of modern developments in choice modelling, for example by the inclusion of attitudinal variables, the use of non-linear representations of key variables and representing the varying decision-making paradigms that the population might be using. The author will refer to his experience in developing the Sydney Strategic Transport Model and similar models in a dozen other countries.

Bio: Andrew Daly is a Senior Research Fellow at RAND Europe, a Research Professor at the Institute for Transport Studies in Leeds and the author of the widely-used ALOGIT software; he received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research and was instrumental in founding the International Choice Modelling Conference series. His work has attempted to bridge the gap between research and practice in choice modelling: pioneering the introduction of random utility models, making advanced models operational for large areas so they can be used in practical planning and improving the credibility of Stated Choice methods. He has published and presented about 200 papers on these subjects, has contributed to a number of books and regularly reviews papers for the leading transport journals. He has directed major transport modelling projects in The Netherlands, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Australia and the UK and contributed to projects in several other countries. He frequently advises local, national and international government agencies on transport modelling and valuation.

Date: 25th Jul 2013

Speaker: Associate Professor Fred Lazar,

Topic: Decision making and risk - the inevitability of mistakes


All decisions are forward looking and hence require guesses/assumptions about the future values of a host of variables. Herein lies the essence of risk in decision making. Strategic decisions are all about moving your company from A to B. But what does A, the current position, look like? And why choose B as the destination? Further, is B a stop along the way to C? Or is B the ultimate destination? If the latter, do you re-evaluate once you get to B, assuming you ever do, and choose your next destination and move at that time? Usually, there are multiple paths between A and B. Each path creates/destroys options; each path depends on numerous factors; each path involves one or more key investment decisions. Hence, how do you select the "right" path and the associated investments?Analysis is important, but so too is intuition. And mistakes are inevitable. Thus, do you have a back-up plan and how do you decide when to transition to the back-up plan?


Fred Lazar received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and is Associate Professor of Economics at the Schulich School of Business, York University (Toronto). His primary research interests include air transportation, strategy, governance, incentives and compensation, and First Nations economic development. He regularly advises governments and companies around the world.

Date: 20th Aug 2013

Speaker: Associate Professor Yoram Shiftan,

Topic: The Use of Activity Based Models for Transport Project Evaluation


Activity-based models are the new generation of travel demand models. These models treat travel as being derived from the demand for personal activities. Travel decisions, therefore, become part of a broader activity scheduling process based on modelling the demand for activities rather than merely trips. The explicit modelling of activities and the consequent tours and trips enables a better understanding of travel behaviour and more credible analysis of response to policies and their effect on traffic and air quality. These models have various advantages in support of transport project evaluation by being able to provide detailed disaggregate individual and vehicle activity output that can improve our analysis of emissions and provide various accessibility measures important for equity and other economic evaluation.


Yoram Shiftan is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Technion, and the previous Head of the Transportation and Geo-Information Department. Prof Shiftan teaches and conducts research in travel behavior with a focus on activity-based modeling and response to policies, the complex relationships between transport, the environment and land use, transport economics and project evaluation. Prof. Shiftan is the editor of Transport Policy and the vice chair (becoming chair in 2014) of the International Association of Travel Behavior Research (IATBR). He is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Travel Behavior and Values, the co-chair of the Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research (NECTAR) cluster on Environment and Policy, member of the World Conference Transportation Research (WCTR) scientific committee, and chair of its Transport Security Special Interest Group. Prof. Shiftan received his Ph.D. from MIT and since then has published dozens of papers and co-edited the books "Transportation Planning" in the series of Classics in Planning, and Transition towards Sustainable Mobility, The Role of Instruments, Individuals and Institutions". In Israel, Prof. Shiftan was the president of the Israel Association of Transportation Research and chaired two of its annual conferences.

Date: 27th Aug 2013

Speaker: Malcolm Ramsay, Global Head of Aviation KPMG

Topic: Malcolm will talk to the fragile state of airline profitability and comment on some of the current market place activity in Australia and globally

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Profitability and the air transport value chain current market conditions and observations


Malcolm Chairs our Global Aviation Practice and Australian Transport Practice. In his global aviation role, he has visited KPMG's major airline clients in all geographies to discuss current industry and global issues and the associated impact on the airline industry and individual carriers

Malcolm has 20years experience with the firm and is responsible for KPMG's Transport line of business in Australia. He brings;

  • Deep transport sector knowledge
  • ASX50 Audit experience
  • Capital markets transaction experience
  • Sustainability and greenhouse gas audit experience

He is a member of the firm's Global Transport Steering Group and is responsible for the audit of key KPMG transportation clients including Qantas Airways Limited (ASX 50 listed) and AP Moller Maersk Shipping and logistics operations in Australia.

He was the external Statutory Audit and Sustainability review engagement partner for Qantas Airways Limited, one of the top 10 airlines globally and one of Australia's 30 largest companies.

He is a member of the IATA Accounting Working Group, which provides thought leadership in accounting for the aviation industry series, he co-authored KPMG's Disclosure Handbook: Accounting and Financial Reporting in the Global Airline Industry as well as other KPMG aviation publications.

He has had extensive involvement in airline alliances and cost management/reduction activities in areas such as airline engineeringHe has provided extensive transaction (M&A and debt) advisory and other services to the airline and rail industries both in Australia and Europe.

He has previously worked in the UK with easyJet and Virgin Rail Group providing audit and transaction assist services.

Selected aviation clients Malcolm has dealt with:

  • Air France/KLM
  • Avianca/TACA
  • British Airways
  • Cathy Pacific
  • Delta
  • easyJet
  • Etihad
  • Emirates
  • Lufthansa
  • US Airways

Selected Australian listed clients Malcolm has dealt with:

  • Australian Stock Exchange
  • Boral
  • Downer EDI
  • Arrium
  • Enero
  • Qantas

Date: 3rd Sep 2013

Speaker: David Asteraki, Director Infrastructure KPMG

Topic: Closing the infrastructure gap - funding, finance and PPP policy considerations

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  • Where are we now? What is the scale of the problem?
  • The benefits of infrastructure investment
  • Funding constraints and opportunities
  • Financing issues

David Asteraki is a senior infrastructure financier with an international track record of advising Governments on the award of Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects, advising bidders, and arranging and providing limited-recourse finance. David is a Director of KPMG's Infrastructure and Projects Group, where he has advised the Federal Government on the National Broadband Network and various Defence projects; and the NSW RTA on the M2 Enhancement project. He undertook a review for Infrastructure Australia on barriers to competition and efficiency in the procurement of PPP projects, and has written widely on the challenges of financing Australian PPPs in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis. David was formerly Head of Partnerships Victoria and held several senior positions in the London PPP market, where his major projects included the M5 and M6 motorways in Hungary; the M74 motorway in Scotland; the M8 and M7/M8 motorways in Ireland; one of England's first PPP hospital projects; Spain's first PPP hospital project, England's first grouped schools project; Northern Ireland's first PPP raw water treatment project; and the BA London Eye, London's leading tourist attraction.

Date: 10th Sep 2013

Speaker: Julieta-Legaspi, Transport for NSW Finance Audit and Strategy Division.

Topic: The Principles and Guidelines on Economic Appraisal of Transport Investment & Initiatives

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Julieta is the principal manager of Economic Policy Strategy and Planning at the Transport for NSW Finance Audit and Strategy Division. She is mainly responsible for the development of the Principles and Guidelines on Economic Appraisal of Transport Investment & Initiatives, is the main author of version 2 of the RTA Economic Analysis Manual, and was a member of the Standing Committee on Transport (SCOT) Working Group which produced the ATC National Guidelines for Transport System Management in Australia in 2006. She is also responsible for the development of transport revenue strategy.

She has advised on various economic policy and project issues and has undertaken cost benefit analyses and financial evaluations of various roads and transport project proposals. Julieta was formerly the Director of National Policy and Planning at the National Economic & Development Authority, Republic of the Philippines, Senior Economist at NSW Public Works Department, Manager, Performance Management & Standards at the NSW Health, Manager, Economic Analysis at Corporate Finance & Advisory Services of RTA, and Manager of Economic and Financial Analysis at NSW Department of Transport.

She has undertaken Masters in Economics and PhD Economics at the University of the Philippines.


The Principles and Guidelines on Economic Appraisal of Transport Investment & Initiatives (PGEATII) was released in April 2013 for use and implementation across the transport cluster. It provides a consistent framework, policies and guidelines for economic appraisal of investment programs and projects within the integrated NSW transport portfolio. The methods and solutions for economic appraisal are considered best practice and appropriate for consistent application across the cluster to preserve the integrity of investment decision and prioritisation process. Great care has been made to ensure integrity of the data and the estimation methods for parameter values that need to be applied consistently across multi modal programs and project for both built and non-built solutions. The TfNSW economic appraisal guidelines also covers emerging appraisal issues such as the wider economic impacts of transport enhancements, and estimation methods of transport benefits for customers such as amenities as well as freight benefits. A series of training program on economic appraisal is also being conducted to help transport staff and managers to better understand the concepts, principles, components, methodologies and steps in economic appraisal and to know how and when to use it.

Date: 22nd Oct 2013

Speaker: Professor John Stanley, ITLS-Sydney

Topic: Land use/ transport integration: from project to place

Bio: John joined ITLS in July 2008 as Adjunct Professor and Bus Industry Confederation Senior Research Fellow in Sustainable Land Transport. Prior to recently taking on this role, he had nine years as Executive Director of Bus Association Victoria, after eight years as Deputy Chairman of the National Road Transport Commission. He is a member of the Committee for Melbourne's Urban Development Taskforce and is a board member of Vicurban, the Victorian Government's development agency, and of the Victorian Alpine Resorts Co-ordination Council. John is also Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Monash University Institute of Transport Studies. He was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to public transport and conservation.

Date: 12th Nov 2013

Speaker: John Borghetti, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Virgin Australia Group of Airlines

Topic: Aviation industry dynamics: The Virgin Australia view

Bio: John Borghetti commenced as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Virgin Australia Group of Airlines in May 2010. Under his leadership, the Group has undergone a strategic repositioning. Mr Borghetti has had 40 years experience in aviation, including a long career at Qantas where he was appointed Executive General Manager Qantas in November 2003, responsible for Qantas Domestic, International and QantasLink. Mr Borghetti is a Director of Energy Australia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He has previously served as a Director of Jetset Travelworld, Sydney FC, Piper Aircraft (USA), The Australian Ballet and CARE Australia.

Chair: Dr Rico Merkert, Senior Lecturer in Aviation Management

Date: 19th Nov 2013

Speaker: Professor Michael Bell, ITLS-Sydney

Topic: Port-centric logistics and what it could do for Sydney


Michael Bell is the Foundation Professor of Ports and Maritime Logistics in the Institute of Transport and Logistics. Prior to his commencement at the University of Sydney in August 2012, he was Professor of Transport Operations and Director of the Port Operations Research and Technology Centre (PORTeC) at Imperial College London. Having graduated in 1975 from Cambridge University with a BA in Economics, he obtained an MSc in Transportation (1976) and a PhD on Freight Distribution (1981), both from Leeds University. Between 1979 and 1982 he worked as a Research Associate at University College London, before moving to the Institut f??r Verkehrswesen at the Technical University of Karlsruhe as an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral Research Fellow. He returned to the UK in 1984 to a New Blood lectureship at the University of Newcastle. In 1992 he became the Deputy Director of the Transport Operations Research Group (TORG), becoming its Director in 1996, when he was also promoted to a Personal Chair. In January 2002, he moved to Imperial College London. His research and teaching interests are catholic, spanning ports and maritime logistics, transport network modelling, traffic engineering, and intelligent transport systems. He is the author of many papers, a number of books (including Transportation Network Analysis, published in 2007) and was for 17 years an Associate Editor of Transportation Research B. In 2005 he founded the Port Operations Research and Technology Centre (PORTeC), a virtual centre spanning both Civil Engineering and the Business School dedicated to research and consultancy in the field of ports and maritime logistics.

Date: 25th Nov 2013

Speaker: Sir David Higgins, Chief Executive Officer, Network Rail

Topic: The challenge of providing efficient rail services - delivering today's rail network and planning for future improvement

Bio: David Higgins joined the board in April 2010 as a non-executive director and took up the role of chief executive on 1 February 2011. He is also a non-executive director of Sirius Minerals Plc. He was appointed chief executive designate of the Olympic Delivery Authority in December 2005 and appointed chief executive with effect from 30 March 2006 and held this role until January 2011. Prior to December 2005, he was chief executive of English Partnerships for three years. His early career was at Lend Lease Group, where he was appointed managing director and group chief executive in 1995. David graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Sydney and holds a diploma from the Securities Institute of Australia. 

Date: 26th Nov 2013

Speaker: Professor Marcela Munizaga, ITLS Visiting Scholar; Universidad de Chile

Topic: Using smart card and GPS data for policy and planning: the case of Transantiago

Abstract: The introduction of a new public transport system in Santiago, Chile, in 2007 brought to us an unexpected gift: the availability of what we now call BIG DATA; massive amounts of passive data obtained from the technological devices installed to control the operation of buses and to administer the fare collection process. Santiago is not unique in this, something similar has been happening in many big cities around the world, and sooner or later, it is likely to be everywhere. Many researchers have seen this as an opportunity, and have been developing tools to obtain valuable information from the available data. However, the case of Transantiago is particularly advantageous, because since 2007 all buses are equipped with gps devices that generate a position record every 30s and a smartcard card called bip! is the only payment option available at buses, and by far the most popular in Metro, implying an overall 97% penetration rate. This presentation will include a brief description of the Transantiago public transport system, a description of what we have already obtained from the data available (public transport trips origin-destination matrices, speed profiles of buses, ...) and a discussion of what else can be obtained from this data and how it can change the way we do transport planning.

Bio: Professor Marcela Munizaga has over 20 years of experience in research and teaching on transport demand modeling, predictive models and microeconomic analysis applied to private and public transport. In the last few years she has leaded research on smartcard data and developed applications to obtain valuable information from automatically generated databases, which have been transferred to practice and used for planning purposes. During her career she has leaded six research projects, supervised over 20 theses, edited 2 books, published 14 ISI journal papers and over 40 conference proceedings papers. Professionally, has been advisor to the Chilean Minister of Transport, and participated as transport demand expert in consultancy projects. Former: President of the Chilean Transport Engineering Society, Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee Transport Survey Methods Conference, Chair Time Use Observatory Workshop.

Date: 3rd Dec 2013

Speaker: Professor Sveinn Gudmundsson, ITLS Visiting Researcher

Topic: Scalability of air transport systems and estimations of spillover effects from airport congestion - The case of London Heathrow

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Bio: Professor Sveinn Vidar Gudmundsson has undertaken extensive research in business management and strategy: performance measurement and prediction, alliances and networks, sustainability strategy, entrepreneurship, and management decision-making. He has focused his time largely on airline and aerospace firms and worked on foresight with industry associations such as Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe, European Environment Agency and the EU Research Framework Programmes on aerospace research in Europe. Sveinn was Senior Visiting Fellow at the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment at University Oxford, where he worked on strategic foresight for the aerospace industry and meta-analysis of long-term CO2 emission scenarios for air transport. He is Vice-President of the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) and Associate Editor for Transportation Research E. Sveinn has co-edited over 40 special issues of academic journals dealing with air transport issues. In his work, Professor Gudmundsson combines multi- and inter-disciplinary research to address strategic questions in the air transport and aerospace industries. He has made a significant contribution to the air transport academic community and the education of senior professionals in aerospace and air transport around the world. As a holder of the International Research Collaboration Award he will collaborate with Dr. Rico Merkert, at ITLS, on a research into the cost effects of strategic mergers and acquisitions in the airline industry.

Chair: Dr Rico Merkert, Senior Lecturer in Aviation Management

Date: 10th Dec 2013

Speaker: Ben Condry, Railway and Transport Strategy Centre, Imperial College London

Topic: International Public Transport Benchmarking - learning from others: How the world's major transport providers are improving performance, management and policy decisions through a structured process

Abstract: The RTSC, a research unit within Imperial College London, has specialised in public transport benchmarking for 20 years. More than 70 railways, metro and bus operators from around the world, including those in most major cities, now participate in an annual benchmarking process focused on sharing best practices. Many public transport providers across the world are under increasing pressure to meet rising expectations from customers, funders and other stakeholders, to improve efficiency and effectiveness while giving a higher quality of service to a growing number of customers. In this seminar, Ben will explain how the benchmarking helps transport providers improve management and policy decisions through a structured process to share experience and compare performance.

Bio: Ben is a Senior Research Associate within the RTSC at Imperial College London, where he is also Project Manager of ISBeRG, an international benchmarking group comprising 15 suburban railway from six continents (including Sydney Trains). Since completing an MSc in transport at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2000, he has developed an expertise in public transport, and especially rail, through a combination of research, consultancy and working within the UK rail industry, including spending five years at the Association of Train Operating Companies in the UK.

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