General session    AUAUS01
2017 AU Australia Keynote
Patrick Williams, Bhupesh Lall + 7 co-speakers
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Watch some of the best minds in the business sharing insights, provoking exploration, and inspiring creativity.


Patrick Williams
<p>Patrick (Pat) Williams is Autodesk’s Senior Vice President for Asia Pacifc, responsible for general management and sales activities. Pat has extensive experience in sales and marketing in multinational corporations, and has spent more than 20 years in the IT industry. He is based in Shanghai, China and was previously in Japan for a decade. Prior to Autodesk, Pat was Vice President of Mentor Graphics Corp. and President of Mentor Graphics Japan, an international design software company. He reorganised the company’s sales operations, almost doubling company revenue from 1999 through 2004, and maintaining strong growth for the company’s Japan business. Pat has also held executive positions at VeriBest Inc., VeriBest/Intergraph and Calay Systems. Pat studied Computer Science and Psychology at Mount San Antonio College in the US. He enjoys travel, basketball, outdoor activities and Asian cuisine.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Bhupesh Lall
<p>Bhupesh Lall leads Autodesk’s eld, channel and digital marketing strategy and activities across the Asia Paci c region. As a mechanical engineer by background, Bhupesh is passionate about cutting edge technologies and their applications. For more than 17 years, Bhupesh has worked closely with leading customers in the manufacturing, engineering and architecture industries, constantly learning and sharing best practices in the eld of design and make. Bhupesh is currently based out of Singapore and has lived and worked in Europe, US and Asia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Eric Bugeja
<p>Eric has been at the forefront in the application of technology to improve ef ciency. His early engineering career was in the development of leading edge automation of manufacturing processes. Applying technology to improve quality and speed of manufacturing processes. He was also an early adopter of 3D design and BIM (Building Information Modelling). Following this, Eric worked with a start-up company to transition out of R&amp;D into large scale manufacturing. In the last ten years Eric has transitioned his skills from Manufacturing and applied this knowledge to transport infrastructure. Eric has a passion for technology and regularly presents on the implementation of technology. Eric is part of working groups on the implementation of Digital Engineering in Infrastructure and Smart ICT technologies. He is currently the Digital Delivery Lead for GHD, a multinational AEC consultancy. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Hank Haeusler
<p>Dr. M. Hank Haeusler Dipl.-Ing. (Fh) / PhD (SIAL/RMIT) is the Discipline Director of the Computational Design degree and Associate Professor in the Australian School of Architecture + Design at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Haeusler is known as a researcher, educator, entrepreneur and designer in media architecture, digital technology, interaction design and ubiquitous computing and author of seven books; several book chapters and conference papers. He<br> has taught and lectured in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia at several universities and conferences and is Director of the Media Architecture Institute, Sydney. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Salvador Klein
<p>A ‘serial entrepreneur’ is a great way to describe Salvador. He has an itch that only genuine, grassroots entrepreneurship can scratch. “Digital advancements have changed the way we do business. It is the age of the Entrepreneur and the age of the Contractor, I feel lucky to be alive at this time in history.”&nbsp;Swift advancements in commercial roles in private and public companies was always attributed his constant commitment to innovation. “My success is ultimately because I do everything differently. Once something different succeeds, it will surpass everything else.” Salvador is now up to his 11th startup venture - amidst much failure he now sits on the board of six successful companies: GlobalRevGen - a digital media agency with of ces in Australia, Asia and Europe. Ki-Kayaks - innovating kayak design, engineering and manufacture. Mediapedia - a world rst in contextual media planning across all media channels. LifeSherpa - delivers affordable nancial advice online to everyone that typical nancial planners ignore. Carbonix - designs and manufactures drones advanced composite materials. Pirate Pee Argh - an integrated marketing communications agency specialising in B2B+C public relations &amp; corporate communications. “People always said that I should focus on one thing at a time, I never have. It’s one of the core things I do differently.” </p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Nathan Abbott
<p>Nathan Abbott is a partner in the construction and engineering team at Colin Biggers &amp; Paisley. He has extensive experience in both providing advice on major construction projects and acting in construction disputes Nathan has acted for the Victorian state government, the federal government, property developers, contractors, major corporations and signi cant clubs and sporting organisations. Nathan is an accomplished public speaker and has presented numerous seminars and conference papers on construction contract drafting, risk allocation and other construction law topics.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Will Hackney
<p>Will has a wealth of experience in managing and implementing a Digital Built approach (aka BIM), both strategically and technically, with much of his career to date with a leading UK Main Contractor and the world’s largest Transport Owner Operator where he delivered a business transformation programme for Information Modelling &amp; Management (IM&amp;M) in line with the UK Governments BIM Level 2 Mandate for 2016. Will continues to in uence industry best practice for life-cycle information modelling and management and heads up Aurecon’s Digital Infrastructure Globally, setting strategy and providing expertise and leadership to the business and Clients. He has a Civil Engineering background and an MSc in IT Management in Construction, is a member of BuildingSMART, Consult Australia’s Innovation Board and Chair of the SBEnrc Research Utilisation Committee. Will is an active member of the Standards Australia ISO19650 Working Group and the ISO BIM Task Force for Business Planning &amp; Strategy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Johan du Plessis
<p>AbilityMate is a social enterprise that combines the power of 3D printing with human-centred design to co-create assistive technology with Australians with disability. In recent years, AbilityMate has undertaken a number of initiatives that focus on improving accessibility and innovating new assistive products. AbilityMate collaborates with people with disability, their families, healthcare providers and mission-driven organisations to ensure its products are human-centred, clinically-safe and ful l the needs of the community. AbilityMate is focused on ensuring that custom-made assistive products can be accessed affordably by all.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Keely Quinn
<p>Keely is the Canberra Division Manager, for Engineers Australia, based in the Barton national of ce. She leads engagement with industry, academics, schools and the broader community to promote what engineering achieves. She also delivers member engagement programs, including professional, award and CPD events. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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