Katia Valerie Banoun is the Managing Director of Lyskultur in Norway from 2013-. and Executive Board member of Lighting Europe from 2019.
Katia Valerie Banoun has extensive knowledge in marketing and communication strategies. Currently working as Managing Director at the Norwegian Light association, Lyskultur. Previously worked as Head of Marketing at Selmer Law Firm. Before that as Head of Sponsorships and Public Relations at the National Museum and has also managed the project “Award for Design Excellence” at the Norwegian Design Council. Katia Valerie Banoun worked and studied abroad for many years – in Spain, France and England. BA degree in marketing, Spanish literary history and art history, and further education in graphic design, communication and leadership. She is a certified PMP project manager and authorized board member. Katia Valerie Banoun just finished a one-year course in Design Management from Grow institute January 2019.
Lyskultur – Norways leading Lighting and Illumination professional Network
Lyskultur is a membership organisation with the mission to encourage and promote knowledge and expertise within the field of lighting and lighting design in Norway. The organisation was established in 1936. Lyskultur operates nationwide with regional representatives around Norway. Its members are leading players within the lighting industry, such as lighting designers, engineers, electricians, lighting companies, municipalities and educational institutions. Lyskultur’s members are active contributors to the development of international lighting regulations and standards and guidelines on lighting. Lyskultur is by its technical committee NLK (Norwegian lighting committee) an accredited member of the international lighting Organization CIE and CEN.
Kerney R. Marine is Assistant Director with the Bureau of Street Lighting, City of Los Angeles and has 30 years of street lighting and illumination engineering experience. As Assistant Director, he oversees all street lighting design and construction activities including Smart City Technologies, Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers, Co-Location, Solar to Grid and Remote Monitoring. He is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer with the State of California, member of IESNA and has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.
General Manager and National Program Manager for Street Light National Program (NPM – SLNP) being implemented through Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) in India. Graduate in Electrical Engineering with 21 years of rich experience in the field of automation, EPC Project management, as well as Energy efficiency. Certified Energy Manager from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency of India.
As the National Program Manger I oversee the retrofitting of conventional street lights to LED, automation, bulk procurement as well as maintenance of the installed LED street lights all over the country.
Street Light National Programme (SNLP) was launched in 2015 by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. Under the program, EESL has been instrumental in replacing over 9 million street lights on Pan India basis, leading to 5917 MU of energy savings along with emission reduction of 4.08 million ton CO2 every year.
EESL was setup by Ministry of Power (MOP), Government of India, with an objective to lead the market related action of the ‘National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE)’ as well as to create and sustain markets for energy efficiency.
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.
I have been involve in construction projects since early 2000, delivered projects for multinational companies in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Middle East and Asia, in Oil & Gas industry, Transmission and distribution, commercial and residential building projects. I was responsible for construction of second largest IKANO retail shopping Centre in South East Asia (received highest safety award from Malaysian Government, issued Gold certificate by LEED green building) Design and construction of multiple complex high rise manufacturing projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Austria, and Macedonia (semiconductors backend and frontend manufacturing).
Design and delivered upgrade works for multiple commercial aquatic facilities for Town of Port Hedland, and currently Managing Switching on Darwin and Smart Darwin Projects with goal of moving Darwin by installing more than 900 LED lights, smart parking system, public Wi-Fi and reducing anti-social behaviour and improving public safety by installing more than 130 CCTVs throughout Darwin CBD.
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.
Peter Tsokas has worked in local government leadership for the past 18 years. Peter has previously worked as General Manager for the City of Marion for ten years and is currently working at the City of Unley as Chief Executive Officer; a position he has held since 2011.
The City of Unley is recognised for its strategic use of digital technologies to enhance the lifestyle of residents and visitors, better manage the environment, support the local economy and continuously improve the delivery of Council services.
Under Peter’s leadership, Council has embraced Smart City initiatives and is pioneering an expansive shared-use park as a Smart City living lab. Multiple projects under development include Smart Lighting, Smart parking and EV charging, digital kiosks, BBQ current monitoring, bin-level sensors, water usage monitoring, and more, all of which will digitally report usage centrally, to better manage requirements.
Since his appointment as CEO, Peter has focussed on strategic initiatives and partnerships for the City of Unley; actively engaging the promotion of activities and ideas that change policy at the local level and legislation at the strategic level, using a wide-lens approach of both education and innovation that enables a continuum of learning.
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.
David led the international project team to deliver the City of Newcastle Smart City Strategy. David regularly speaks on the rise of Smart City policy and implementation in our towns and cities, including speaking in this subject both in Asia and the USA.
Director and Principal, David Klingberg has over 30 years’ experience in the planning and the design industry. David specialises in bringing together teams and managing industry leaders to deliver outstanding outcomes in urban development, town planning and urban design. David has worked on significant projects nationally and internationally for state and local governments, as well as the private sector. These include land use strategies and growth area planning, mixed use and residential master planning, urban regeneration, town centre revitalisation studies and initiatives, state and local government planning policy development and urban design advice. David is driven to produce great planning and urban design outcomes, education and training. He regularly presents at conferences both in Australia and Asia and teaches at Universities and for the Planning Institute of Australia.
Further, David led the international project team to deliver the City of Newcastle Smart City Strategy. David regularly speaks on the rise of Smart City policy and implementation in our towns and cities, including speaking in this subject both in Asia and the USA. David has recently either led or contributed to the following urban design focussed projects include: The Ho Chi Minh City Bus Rapid Transit and Land Use Study, Vietnam, Rail Corridor Master Plans and Urban Design Guidelines in the UK and Australia, Viatale District Structure Plan, Samoa, Alkimos Eglinton District Structure Plan, Western Australia, Eglinton District Centre Master Plan, Western Australia, Alkimos Coastal Village Master Plan, Western Australia, Technology Precinct Master Plan, Western Australia, Uluru Children’s Home Master Plan, Tamil Nadu, India and Sunrise Children’s Home Master Plan, Nepal. Smart Planning and Design provides the highest quality personalised, creative and leading Town Planning and Urban Design services for clients and collaborators locally, nationally and internationally. In addition, nationally David has been the Urban Design Advisor to the City of Ballarat, Maribynong City Council, and Banyule City Council.
Kai Ren is currently the Senior Developer Relations Manager for the APAC region at the Bluetooth SIG. He has more than 10 years of experience in design and development of wireless sensor networks, specializing 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, Kai focused on developing plant safety and industrial wireless networks for gas detection and protection systems.
Kai enjoys football and swimming, and currently lives in Shanghai with his wife, child, cat and tortoises.
For the past 18 years Dave has consulted on and led numerous iconic projects both in Australia and overseas. He is a past Victorian Illumination Engineering Society President and regularly contributes to publications and organises industry events. A ‘practical creative’, Dave considers himself blessed to have made his passion his profession. In his role as Specialist Lighting Lead at ADP consulting, Dave is spearheading the newly formed specialist lighting group.
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.
David Ripper is a Principal Metrology Engineer in the Metering team at AEMO.
In this role, David is involved in the management and development of the National Electricity Market (NEM) Metrology framework. These activities include managing the development of and changes to the NEM Metrology Procedures, managing the application of the Unmetered Load framework and providing technical and quality review of metrology and metering service provision procedures and guidelines.
Prior to joining AEMO, he has had extensive experience in the electricity and gas distribution sector in areas including:
Brendan Lloyd has worked for The City of Greater Geelong for over 30 years whilst overseeing public lighting for the municipality for 20 years. Brendan’s role is diverse covering responsibility for both unmetered and metered lighting systems as well as the maintenance and upgrade of Greater Geelong Councils major and minor CCTV systems along with assisting in CPTED focused safety audits and projects.
A highlight of his role in public lighting has been the installation of one of Australia’s first integrated smart lighting systems. Although lighting from an infrastructure perspective has evolved greatly in the last few years, it is smart lighting and its applications and opportunities that many Councils are finding it hard to understand and therefore integrate due to so many competing needs such as safety, security, parking, tourism and business interests. In many ways it’s a case of be careful what you wish for when it comes to smart lighting as its potential benefits are yet to be fully realised, understood or utilized to maximum effect by local government authorities.
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.
Following an early career with a building and construction industry association, Craig has spent the last 13 years in regulation of monopoly infrastructure, covering electricity and gas distribution and transmission networks and the transport sector. He spent 10 years at the Australian Economic Regulator, most recently as Director of the pricing team responsible for assessing and approving utility charges and structural tariff reform. He was heavily involved in revenue determinations, including for the Victorian smart meter roll out cost recovery and for assessing gas access arrangements throughout Australia.
Craig led the AER’s assessment and approval of electricity distributors’ public street lighting charges for many years. This included meeting with local council representatives, lighting manufacturers, street lighting consultants and various state government departments to help formulate the regulator’s view about efficient public street lighting charges.
He recently joined the Essential Services Commission as senior regulatory manager, Price Monitoring and Regulation, responsible for oversight of the transport team.
Craig is an economics graduate of La Trobe University (B. Econ Hons, 1995).
Kylie Robert is a zoologist interested in the reproductive ecology and conservation biology of wildlife. Her group researches parental contribution to offspring and the conservation of threatened species. She has been interested in the ecological impact of artificial light at night on Australian nocturnal mammals following her discovery of light impacting the reproductive timing in tammar wallabies. Kylie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Ecology, Environment & Evolution at La Trobe University.
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