Leadership and Policy Seminar Series

Established in 2003, the ITLS Leadership and Policy Seminar Series benefits from leading national and international experts (CEOs, Visiting Professors etc) speaking on topical transport and logistics issues relevant to business and academia. The seminar series attracts a broad audience from industry, government and academia as well as our own faculty and research students. Seminars are usually one hour long including the presentation and time for Q&A.

Our seminar convenors are Dr Matthew Beck, Senior Lecturer in Infrastructure Management and Professor Rico Merkert, Chair in Transport and Supply Chain Management. As seminars are confirmed details are listed below.

Seminars are normally held fortnightly on Tuesdays, between March and November (with a break in July), from 2:00pm to 3:00pm with coffee and tea available from 1-30pm Please check the venue details listed under each seminar.

Invitations are sent to our mailing list at least one week in advance. Seminars are free, however, an RSVP is required, so please respond to the seminar invitation.


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Gareth Evans

Date: 3rd May 2017 02:00 pm

Speaker: Gareth Evans, CEO, Qantas International and Freight

Topic: Future Directions for Global Aviation: the Qantas View

Venue: by Invite only this will require RSVP at the request of Qantas, media reporting of the seminar is not permitted.

Bio: Gareth Evans became CEO, Qantas International and Freight in March 2015. He was previously the Qantas Group's Chief Financial Officer, a role he held for five years.  Mr Evans' portfolio as CFO included Finance,  Strategy, Treasury, IT, Procurement (including Fleet), Investor Relations, Mergers & Acquisitions, and the Group's business transformation program.

His earlier roles with Qantas covered a range of areas, including financial operations, commercial and business analytics, major business change initiatives, scheduling, ticket pricing and revenue management, as well as readiness activities for the arrival of the Airbus A380.

Prior to joining Qantas Group in 1999, he held a number of corporate finance roles with Caltex Australia and KPMG in Australia and the UK.

Mr Evans is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Abstract: Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans will share the national carrier's view on the forces re-shaping the global aviation industry, including economic change, emerging alliances, and the impact of new  technologies. He will discuss the implications of these broader trends for Australia, and outline Qantas' strategy for a sustainable future after a period of transformation

Paul Lee

Date: 9th May 2017 02:00 pm

Speaker: Professor Paul Tae-Woo Lee, School of Business IT and Logistics and Leader of the One Belt One Road Research (OBOR) Lab in RMIT University

Topic: Impacts of the OBOR on ports in Asia and Australia

Venue: The Darlington Centre Conference Room – 174 City Road, Darlington.

Bio: Professor Tae-Woo (Paul) Lee is currently a Professor at School of Business IT and Logistics and Leader of the One Belt One Road Research (OBOR) Lab in RMIT University, Melbourne Australia. He is Secretary-General of the OBOR-International Collaboration Network (OBOR-ICN). He was Visiting Professor at, among others, the Faculty of Economics and Politics in University of Cambridge, Dalian Maritime University, Shanghai Maritime University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Chulalongkorn University, and MPA Visiting Professor in Singapore.

Paul conducted more than 50 key research projects in the maritime sector and international logistics for governments, and major public and private companies in several countries, including Korea, Indonesia, Egypt, India, China, Japan, and South Africa. He is also a regular speaker at international conferences, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, and Supply Chain Asia (Singapore).

Paul holds a PhD from Cardiff University, and has published seven books and more than 200 papers. He also contributed to Lloyd’s List in 1997-2001 as a monthly columnist. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Journal of International Logistics and Trade, Associate Editor of Transportation Research Part E and Journal of Shipping and Trade. He is also a book series editor of ESEVIER’s China Transportation Series (Elsevier Publishers) and a book series editor of ANTHEM Studies in Maritime Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Anthem Press, London, UK

Abstract: The One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative promotes policy coordination, trade facilitation, and transport connectivity between the countries involved. The aim of this presentation is two-fold: first, to provide an overview of the OBOR focusing on its key elements, such as corridors, city clustering, dry ports, infrastructure, zone and area development, in association with a visual approach; second, to draw the expected impacts and implications of the OBOR on ports in Asia and Australia.