Martin Valentine was appointed Global Design Director at Ligman Lighting at the beginning of 2018 and has worked in the field of specialist lighting design for over 25-years. A Masters graduate from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture he has worked within the client, independent design practice, multidisciplinary consultant and now lighting manufacturer sides. At Ligman Martin’s role has a strong focus on the European, Asian, Australasian, Middle Eastern and North American markets. His work encompasses standards, quality, technology, training and events, defining R&D for future interior and exterior product ranges and interfacing with the international lighting design community and clients.
Previously, as Lighting Expert for Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Martin’s work included publishing the award-winning new Abu Dhabi Government street and public lighting design standards and best practice, leading the implementation of an Emirate-wide Sustainable Lighting Strategy and overseeing the lighting design on the Municipality’s mega-projects. He is also Head of the Advisory Board & Course Director at The Lighting Institute: TLI was recently launched in the Middle East offering lighting education courses as well as establishing the first association, community and voice representing quality lighting and quality lighting design for the region.
Since completing his studies at Swinburne University, Ian Dryden has successfully worked with an assignment as Industrial Designer in the City Design Unit at the City of Melbourne.
His task since 1987 has been to program, design, implement and market street furniture and temporary facilities for the City. Ian's major task has been the design and coordination of the street furniture, temporary fixtures, kiosks, toilets, decorations, lighting systems and pedestrian information signage for the City's master plan. Ian's work has received both popular and professional recognition including an Artists and Industry Award in 1990. He is a contributing member of the City’s Design team, who has won AIA, AILA ,IES and Australian International Industrial Design awards for the cities projects.
Scotty Hutto currently leads the Lighting & Security Services Business Unit at Georgia Power Company. Georgia Power owns, operates, and maintains nearly 900,000 street and area lights in the state of Georgia, including over 400,000 LED fixtures and 250,000 networked lighting controls. Additionally, Mr. Hutto led the startup of Georgia Power’s SiteView “Surveillance as a Service” program and Smart Cities efforts. Georgia Power is active in multiple Smart Cities projects in the state of Georgia. Mr. Hutto has over 35 years in lighting and energy-related experience, including extensive experience in street and area lighting, networked lighting controls, outdoor surveillance, and energy services contracts. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Mississippi State University. Mr. Hutto holds Professional Engineering licenses in 4 states and holds both Certified Energy Manager and Certified Energy Auditor designations. He is a member of the Illumination Engineering Society, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), & American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Scotty currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Illumination Engineering Society Street & Area Lighting Committee.
Mr. Quigley has worked at the Bureau of Street Lighting, City of Los Angeles for 25 years; currently overseeing the Energy Efficiency and Transportation Grant Divisions. He has extensive design and construction experience in addition to testing and evaluation of emerging technologies.
Sponsored by The Danish Energy Agency, The Capital Region of Denmark, Region Zealand and The Technical University of Denmark, Kim Brostrøm is responsible for establishing the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab, also known as the DOLL Living Lab, and currently serves as the labs Head and Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
Brostrøm has previously held positions as Project Director, IT Director and Head of Development.
Education: Master Sc in Business Economics.
Marc Cassanet is the Coordinator of Environment and Sustainability at Wyndham City Council and he has worked in environmental management throughout Australia and New Zealand for over 16 years. Marc was the strategic lead on the federally funded Lighting the West project that changed over 26,000 residential street lights in Wyndham, Moonee Valley, Hobson Bay and Maribyrnong, including the largest bulk change of decorative street lighting in Australia. Marc is currently involved in a range of projects, programs and forums aimed at improving street lighting energy efficiency, cost effectiveness, product choice and smart city capabilities. With 6 years of experience in streetlighting he feels he can now finally answer the question of how many people it takes to change a street light - but how long it takes is another question entirely.
Wayne Wescott serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Greenfleet, a twenty-year old not-for-profit organisation restoring ecosystems to offset carbon emissions across Australia and NZ. He founded and served as CEO of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – Oceania (ICLEI Oceania) and as the Regional Director in Oceania for ICLEI International. Previously, he was a partner in an international consultancy and managed the waste management department of the former City of St Kilda.
Wayne has worked in not-for-profits, for local and state governments and as a consultant in the area of telecommunications, environmental management and local governance. He has trained individuals and organisations across Australia on Local Agenda 21, and designed and established ICLEI's Cities for Climate Protection® Program in Australia and Communities for Climate Protection in New Zealand, the Water Campaign™ and the Triple Bottom Line Alliance. He has travelled extensively in the Asia Pacific region giving presentations, workshops, keynote addresses and practical demonstrations of work on the ground.
Paul has worked in fields involving sustainability and asset management for his whole working life. Paul is Managing Director of Ironbark Sustainability and Forthcoming Director for YMCA Victoria.
Since the mid 1990's Paul has been involved in helping to establish many sustainability action organisations including:
In 2004 Paul formed Ironbark Sustainability and has since worked extensively with all levels of government, power authorities and private businesses to drive action on climate change. Ironbark Sustainability specialises in street lighting and building management programs and strategies and works closely with clients to ensure their action leads to real outcomes for both the organisation and the climate.
Ironbark supports around 200 local governments each year. In 2013 Ironbark assisted Councils access over $50m worth of funding and deliver projects that are saving in excess of $430m and 1.5m tonnes of greenhouse emissions.
Internationally, Paul has assisted local governments in the UAE, as a key presenter at the annual Middle East Smart Lighting Conference and in Kazakhstan, to plan for large scale energy efficient street lighting programs.
Among many projects, Paul has authored the National Street Lighting Strategy (produced for the federal government) and is a member of the Australian Road Lighting Standards Committee.
Fred Watson comes from a long line of Fred’s but was the first in his family to become a scientist. Known for pioneering the use of fibre optics in astronomy during the 1980’s, he has been an astronomer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory since 1995. Fred is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, talks, books and other outreach programs; which earned him the 2006 Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. His recent work emphasises the environmental benefits of sky-friendly lighting.
Fred holds adjunct professorial positions at five Australian universities and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for his contributions to astronomy and space science. He has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won't be his fault.
Alexi has been at Ironbark Sustainability since 2009. He works with councils on range of energy efficiency and renewable projects. He brings decades of experience in project management, stakeholder engagement, facilitation and program development in the sustainability field since co-founding the Environmental Jobs Network (EJN) in 2001. Alexi managed ICLEI Oceania's flagship Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) campaign in Australia until mid-2008, building the capacity of Local Government and communities to tackle climate change.
Alexi has managed hundreds of energy efficient asset management programs local governments throughout Australia and worked on the development and creation of the Australian One Planet Councils to assist councils in assessing their sustainability performance against a range of indicators. Since 2013, Alexi has managed a project team that has obtained over $100m of government funding and third-party finance for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout Australia.
Kaiser Ren is currently a Technical Program Manager for the APAC region at the Bluetooth SIG. He has more than 6 years of experience in design and development of wireless sensor networks, specialising in short range, low power wireless technology. His goal at the Bluetooth SIG is to build out Bluetooth’s developer program in the APAC region, helping developers bring innovative applications and products to market.
Prior to joining the SIG, he served as a senior engineer at Honeywell in research and development of wireless sensor networks for industrial products. For Honeywell Kaiser focused on developing plant safety and industrial wireless networks for gas detection and protection systems.
Kaiser enjoys badminton and swimming, and currently lives in Shanghai with his wife, child and parents.
Tim Hunt leads the Melbourne lighting team and has an industrial design based background. Tim like to innovate and challenge the norm to find new ways of approaching problems, through creativity, research, testing and embracing new technologies. Tim has a passion for lighting design and the way light can be used to accentuate architecture and create unique environments, especially with regards to urban design and placemaking.
In his time at Arup, Tim has worked in the Sydney, London and Melbourne offices. This has given him both local and international experience on several wide ranging lighting projects from design for multiple airports, Green Star commercial buildings and fit out’s, exterior urban lighting, international retail lighting experience for Bentley Motors and Acne Studios, to the design, fabrication and commissioning of 5 different light art installations in the Vivid Sydney Festivals.
Tim has a solid understanding of a holistic design process, from client facing presentations and initial conceptualisation, drawing and specification documents, custom luminaire design to dealing with contractors and commissioning.
Therésa Jones is a behavioural ecologist interested in understanding the ecological impact of artificial light at night on the fitness of individual animals and their communities. She addresses this using a variety of species including crickets, spiders, swans, willie wagtails and the eastern grey kangaroo. Research in her lab has demonstrated across many of these species that individuals inhabiting areas with artificial light at night may suffer reductions in immune function, reproductive success and survival. These studies also suggest that reductions in the photo-sensitive chemical melatonin may be a key underlying reason for these negative impacts. Theresa is a senior lecturer in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne.
Gary Mackenzie is a Successful Entrepreneur and Digital Marketing Professional, with over 25 years experience in COO and CEO positions, Gary shows a strong interest in new technologies, Music and Video Content Sales and Marketing. His industry experience extends to Sales Strategies and Operations in the Telecommunications and Energy sectors.
Gary is CEO and on board Director of multiple companies, including technology group nextLifi; which is focused on the development of new solutions utilising Visible Light Communications or Li-Fi for IoT and smart cities to overcome environmental challenges. This includes R&D into various Li-Fi applications for deployment into the commercial and residential sectors and Solar Li-Fi solutions to create cable-less environments for urban infrastructures utilising Solar, Renewable Power Storage and High-Speed Data Communications via LED's using Li-Fi technology.
With Danish origin Claus joined The Queens Royal Guards in Denmark immediately after high school. From the army he continued his education and finished his degree with his thesis in Danish export to the Scottish and Irish Aquaculture market. The thesis was funded by a Danish manufacturer to the industry that employed Claus to establish and manage their UK market which is successfully in operation to date. Claus then moved to Hong Kong to work for a leading fashion eyewear manufacturer to manage their distribution and M&A in Asia, Pacific and Duty Free EU and Middle East. After 4 years in Hong Kong Claus moved to Australia and successfully built and sold an import and distribution business in the construction industry. Since then he has invested in several Australian businesses with a special interest in IT and Network Solutions. He is the founder and majority shareholder in NB SmartCities Pty Ltd where he is working as managing director. The purpose of this lighting business is to establish and grow communication networks within the public and private sector based on global best practice and in partnership with best global talent.
Claus is a dedicated father and husband to his Danish wife and their two Australian born children. He is also a keen outdoors enthusiast who is passionate about fly fishing, general fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
David Wilson is the South Australian founder of Green Frog Systems, a pioneering solar lighting firm currently disrupting the commercial lighting space. David knows the key to renewable energy is about giving business and government a reliable source of power. It’s his commercial lighting innovation and smart energy storage technologies that are the vanguard of solar lighting development, producing highly innovative products that are innovative, robust, easy to install and smart city ready.
David is passionate about developing creative ways to reduce business costs for his customers while also reducing their carbon footprint. He considers himself to be an “out of the square” thinker, with disruptive technologies, ideas and concepts being core to his innovation principles. ‘I’m always looking for ways to add value to my customers and save energy, costs and the environment, I love to create cool tech that no one else has even thought of”.
David’s concepts are pivotal to the development of intelligent, predictive energy storage systems and smart connected lighting networks, no one else is producing. David and his engineering team have a string of new research and innovation that will be ready to be revealed at the end
of the 2018. Green Frog Systems was the first in Australia to implement smart city connected infrastructure for an entire town (Katherine, NT). His innovative technologies were also installed around a Lake Albert, Wagga Wagga NSW. At five and half kilometers, it’s the longest continuous solar lighting pathway project ever implemented in Australia. Such is the caliber of projects rapidly transforming Green Frog Systems into a company with an increasingly international presence.
David’s early engineering background saw him incorporate product innovation and design while developing military hardware and software systems for companies such as IBM, a career gave him international exposure and experience. David has garnered a solid reputation for disruptive technology that’s changing the entire commercial lighting space.
Tom is a Chartered Accountant with 17 years’ experience with energy and infrastructure markets and their regulatory systems. His focus is strategic business development: creating new products and service models; developing commercial and regulatory proposals; and managing negotiation. Earlier roles include 10 years in chartered accounting and investment banking firms. He has managed corporate reorganisations, acquisitions and sales, and provided corporate advisory services including business valuations.
As Director Assets and Facilities Management for the NSW government Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands since May 2015, George’s portfolio includes seven estates in the Sydney CBD, the Eastern Suburbs, South West Sydney and in the Blue Mountains with assets valued more than $2 billion.
Coupled to experience gained in the Defence force in logistics management, George has previously held senior private sector roles in facilities management. This included leading multi-discipline and multi-site teams, delivering both technical and corporate services to large blue-chip clients and government authorities in Defence, telecommunications, water, power, Private Public Partnerships, and border protection.
Beth McMahon is the Creative Director of the indirect Object. Founded in 2006, the indirect Object is an award-winning, collaborative group of multi-skilled performing and technical artists. We focus on using space, light, sound, and design to create emotionally compelling immersive experiences for children, families and adults presented in non-traditional spaces. Our projects are diverse and varied, ranging in scope from large scale interactive installations, community engagement activations, experimental live art performances, and arts health residencies, to roving puppets, and exploratory workshops.
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