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Travelling virtually around the world, Seth Schultz will present his lecture alongside a regional panel of key industry thought leaders. From both a global and local perspective, they will debate some of the biggest issues facing the planet and the profession, before answering audience’s questions.
The 13th Brunel International Lecture Series was launched in London on 2 December 2020, and since then has visited seven regions. The Australasia regional lecture will be our last virtual event before closing the lecture tour in London on 1 December 2021.
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Seth is executive director of The Resilience Shift, a global initiative focused on making the world safer through resilient infrastructure. Seth is leading work to accelerate the theory and practice of resilience for critical infrastructure systems. He has a long track record of building consensus and initiating change in sustainable development and urban resilience.
With a 20-year career as a geologist and environmental scientist, Seth has worked with leading organisations to drive change in urban sustainability and raise awareness of the role of cities in tackling climate change. He is a founding partner of the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, a global coalition of organisations from across the engineering, investment, city and philanthropic communities.
ICE Council Member for Asia Pacific
Matthew Colton is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Engineers Australia, and is currently in his second term on Council at the ICE representing Asia Pacific’s 1700 members.
Over the past 4 years Matt has developed several successful avenues to increase international membership. With an aim to sustainably improve our built environment, Matthew works closely with other internationally reputable professional organisations to identify synergies and positively influence political vision to benefit our wider society.
Matthew has been heavily involved with the ICE since 2010, when he was elected as Chairperson for the New South Wales’ (NSW) ICE Committee. As a result of this role, Matthew brought governance, structure and improved opportunities for ICE-NSW members, increasing the active membership by 40%. He was appointed as the ICE NSW Representative in 2015.
During which time he curated and delivered the ICE Asia Pacific Conference in 2018 as part of the ICE’s Bicentenary Celebrations in Sydney. Matthew sits on a series of international expert panels including NEC Contract. He is also an ICE Mentor and Professional reviewer, promoting the importance of maintaining our Institution’s highest professional standards and superior reputation as the premier international engineering and infrastructure professional qualifying body.
In 2017, Matthew won the Warren Medal to recognising his valuable service rendered to the NSW region. Professionally Matthew has delivered a wide variety of civil engineering schemes including earthworks, bridges, viaducts, tunnelling and sea defence schemes. He has been involved with significant projects in both the UK and Australia including Birmingham New Street Station, London Bridge Station and Parramatta & Newcastle Light Rail.
Matthew is the managing director of Management Commercial Engineering, a highly regarded infrastructure advisory business based in Sydney. He is currently the engineering director for Sydney Metro West program, the biggest public transport project in Australia. The project consists of a fully-automated metro rail system (a first in Australia) that will increase Sydney's rail capacity by up to 60 per cent by 2024.
ICE UAE Committee Chair and Vice-President International
Dr. Sabih has over 37 years of experience in executing rail infrastructure and infrastructure development programs in the UK, Europe and most recently in the Middle East.
Dr. Sabih has been involved in infrastructure projects such as Heathrow Terminal 5 in London; Khalifa Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi; Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon; A13 DBFO Project and Metro operation in London; London Underground Tube Lines and in multi-mode transit systems designs (such as the Abu Dhabi’s US$ 32-billion Integrated Public Transport Program), Doha Metro and recently in Hyperloop Transportation Technologies in the MENA Region.
Dr. Sabih is a Charted Civil Engineer, Fellow of ICE, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute in the UK. He is a member of ICE’s Trustee Board and is ICE Vice-President International and the Chairman of the ICE’s UAE Branch.
He sits on several Universities Industry Advisory Boards. He is an Honorary Professor at Heriot-Watt University.
Regional General Manager & Principal Environmental Engineer, Water Technology, Adelaide, South Australia
Mel started her engineering career in the Northeast of England with a Civil and Environmental Engineering degree.
She has worked on a variety of exciting projects including the canoe course for the 2012 London Olympics, UK city-wide flood defence schemes, writing flood management policy, wastewater treatment works, large sewerage networks, flood mitigation schemes, prioritisation, water asset management and floodplain infrastructure management.
Mel’s worked on iconic schemes in some of the world's most beautiful places in the UK, India and now Australia where she moved with her family in 2011. She’s been involved with ICE since 1990 and is currently an ICE Reviewer, and the Australasia Representative for South Australia. She recently became a Fellow of both Engineers Australia and Institution of Civil Engineers.
Acting Director, Canning Environment
Anita has been a committee member for the Institution of Civil Engineers Western Australian Local Association for the past seven years including in the roles of Chair and Honorary Secretary.
Anita’s 30 year career spans both public and private sectors across a wide range of engineering related business areas. Anita is currently Acting Director of Infrastructure at the City of Canning where she is responsible for an annual budget in excess of $50million (Australian dollars) and over 230 staff. Anita’s academic background covers Civil Engineering, Economics and Wastes Management, Construction Law and Leadership.
Project Manager and Owner, Bullen Management Ltd
Ruth Bullen is a Chartered Civil engineer with a 15-year career in civil engineering construction management across the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She has experienced design and construction of many forms of horizontal infrastructure and worked within, managed, and delivered successful outcomes, bounded by various conventional and some quite unusual contractual arrangements. The latter included the particularly demanding post-earthquake rebuilds of Christchurch pipes and roads and the devastated landscape, road and rail of the Kaikoura region.
A key element of this recovery work has been project and programme adaptation to constantly changing environments, requiring special risk management and re-adjustment when adversity strikes.
Another feature of Ruth’s experience is in establishing and maintaining project relationships that give focus to best outcomes for investor / community / owner and client.
Most recently Ruth has become self-employed, supporting local authorities by providing strategic advice and hands-on infrastructure programme oversight. The success of these has enabled wider societal outcomes to be achieved through the infrastructure delivery.
A GHD Principal / Technical Director
Robert is a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and Engineering New Zealand, is currently a Technical Director in GHD’s New Zealand water team, with a wider focus on industry strategy and direction.
Robert previously headed up the Northern Water and Wastewater Group and has experience of working in Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia, Fiji and New Zealand.
Robert is passionate about the water sector and solving clients’ problems in the most efficient way, minimising cost and carbon, while maximising value.
He has provided personal leadership in carbon reduction at home and work, developing a Carbon Charter were the GHD Principals, the principal owners of the business, commit to understand and seek to reduce their personal carbon footprints.
Robert also led the process for GHD New Zealand to achieve Toitu carbonzero accreditation, in accordance with ISO 14064-1.
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