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.
As Deputy Chief Operating Officer (DCOO) for Smart and Sustainable Communities, Mr. Caldwell oversees the day-to-day City operations of the Smart and Sustainable Communities Branch which includes the Development Services, Economic Development, Planning, and Sustainability departments. The Branch is charged with providing services that enrich San Diego’s diverse communities, engage its citizens, and to improve service delivery by leveraging Smart Cities technologies.
Prior to taking on the DCOO role, Mr. Caldwell served as Director of the Economic Development Department. There he refocused the Department around an inclusive economic growth strategy focused on connected all communities to the growing number of economic opportunities in our regional innovation economy. Mr. Caldwell also played a critical role in the establishment of the City’s Sustainability Department which is charged with implementing the City’s ambitious Climate Action Plan. Prior to joining the City, Mr. Caldwell served as Vice-President of a San Diego-based clean energy financing company.
Mr. Caldwell’s experience also includes a long career in public policy, having advised elected officials at the City of San Diego, County of San Diego, California State Board of Equalization, and California State Assembly. Mr. Caldwell previously worked for the City of San Diego as Deputy Director of Policy to former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. In this capacity, he was responsible for the implementation of the Mayor’s economic development strategy and leading the City’s efforts to support the region’s innovation economy.
Mr. Caldwell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University San Marcos, a Master of Business Administration degree from San Diego State University, in addition to completing advanced studies in Real Estate, Data Analytics, and Data Visualization.
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.
Adam is the founding Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, an organisation that is part of the world's largest network of smart cities practitioners and policy makers who's goal is to make cities more liveable, workable, and sustainable. We advocate for the adoption of technology, data-driven decision making and intelligent design as an accelerator to sustainability outcomes in cities.
Adam was Director of Innovation at EcoDistricts, a fast-paced entrepreneurial start-up non profit based in Portland Oregon, who's mission is to build a marketplace for district and neighborhood-scale sustainable development. In this role Adam was responsible for the development of the EcoDistrict Protocol, described as a new model for urban regeneration that helps accelerate district-scale sustainable development projects.
In 2015 Adam launched the Centre for Urban Innovation Pty Ltd, a consulting practice that collaborates with urban leaders to advance sustainable urban regeneration projects. As Chief Collaboration Officer he supports clients across the world seeking to build capacity, strategise and create the conditions for successful project implementation.
Prior to joining EcoDistricts in 2013, Adam spent over three years with the Green Building Council of Australia developing the Green Star – Communities rating tool in collaboration with government and industry. This work is highly respected globally, being one of few rating tools that covers the full spectrum of sustainability issues across the built environment.
Adam was a sociology lecturer at the University of Queensland for four years and held senior roles with global consulting firms Arup and GHD for over a decade. He was active in numerous programs with the World Green Building Council and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
Adam sits on the Steering Committee for the US-based STAR Community Rating System, and is on the editorial board of cities publication, Foreground.
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.
Bryan Douglas has a long history of advocacy on behalf of the lighting industry. He was inaugural CEO of Lighting Council Australia. In 2016 he was appointed Secretary General of the Global Lighting Association. GLA is a grouping of peak national and regional lighting associations representing over 5,000 lighting manufacturers and US$75 billion annual sales.
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.
Master of Fine Art (Painting), National Art School Australia
Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Theatre Design), National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
Lucy is the Curator of Vivid Sydney's light program, artistic director of Espèces en voie d’illumination Festival in Paris and regular consultant for independent light-based art festivals in France, Belgium, China and the USA.
As the managing director of Public Art Australia, Lucy designs and curates large-scale public art projects including; video and installation art, sculptural works, projection mapping and animatronic sculpture, within Australia and overseas. A lover of traditional practice, Lucy's paintings have been exhibited in Italy, Australia and the Czech Republic and projection mapped works have been displayed across Europe, South East Asia, USA and Australia.
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:
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.
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.
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).
Jackson is the co-founder and design director of A Billion Suns which is an independent lighting design practice based in Melbourne. He takes an active role in promoting and expanding awareness of the lighting design profession through his role as the Victorian chapter coordinator of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), producing the podcast series Light, Cities and Architecture and starting the CRi Awards.
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.
Michelle is a specialist in environmental sustainability policy and strategy. She has worked in the non-profit, local government and state government sectors. Her main focus is delivering projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the community cope with climate change impacts. Currently she is working on a project to upgrade the major road street lights in Glen Eira to LED and undertake a trial of dimming technology.
With 15 years as a lead lighting designer with NDYLIGHT and 3 years at a high-profile international architectural practice prior to that, Nic has worked on an extremely wide array of projects in Australia and abroad. These range from King and Gentoo Penguin habitat at SEA LIFE Melbourne to retail centres in Poland and the Czech Republic and major workspaces for some of Australia’s biggest businesses. Nic has a broad approach to lighting design, considering more than just the aesthetic of the outcome, integrating sustainability approaches, services coordination, constructability and functional outcomes within the design process.
Cuono (Con) Biviano is the founder and current managing director of the ULA Group for over 27 years.
Con’s 30 years’ experience in the specialised lighting and visual industry has seen him take his organisation from distribution and rental in the professional entertainment and events industry to manufacturing and global distribution of architectural lighting and LED screen technology as well as the design of turn key project solutions for international awarded projects such as Marina Bay Sands, Gateway Bridge Brisbane and many other iconic projects.
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.
Ian’s career in the lighting industry spans 35 years, collaborating with architects, engineers, interior designers, specialist lighting designers, government agencies and education institutions. In addition to his commercial lighting business development roles he commenced teaching at RMIT University, Melbourne Australia in 1996.
Ian regularly contributes as a media commentator and subject matter expert on energy efficiency, sustainability and lighting education syllabus development to various organisations, peak industry bodies and government agencies. Over the past two years Ian has focused his professional development interests towards the human and emotional aspects of light and the emerging science of the influence that light has on human well-being.
Ian brings a wealth of experience and insight into the technology and application of light.
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.
A/Professor Dr Christopher Lidman – Director, Siding Spring Observatory, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The Australian National University
Chris Lidman is the Director of Siding Spring Observatory, which is Australia’s premier optical astronomical observatory. It borders the Warrumbungle National Park in New South Wales and is part of Australia’s first dark sky park. Chris chairs the observatory’s Dark Sky Committee, which has a watching brief over developments that could affect observing conditions at the Observatory. The committee collaborates with private companies, public organisations and local, state and federal governments on measures that can be taken to mitigate upward light spill.
In his role as Executive Officer for the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA), Scott leads the implementation of a range of regional scale climate change mitigation and adaptation projects across eight municipalities in Melbourne’s east. This includes a number of sector wide initiatives including large scale renewable energy procurement, upgrades to public lighting assets and advocacy activities with distribution network service providers.
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.
Clancy Philippe is a municipal engineer and has previously worked at the Essex County Council (UK), Curepipe City Council (Mauritius), Shire of Mildura (Vic, Aus), Rosedale Shire Council (Vic, Aus) and Australian Road Research Board (Vic, Aus). He is currently the Strategic Infrastructure Planning Engineer at the City of Greater Dandenong (Vic, Aus). He has witnessed the public lighting transition from the State Electricity Commission to Public Utilities, public lighting technology changes, introduction of LED that has totally revolutionised public lighting science, and pushed for changes in public lighting legislation.
The City of Greater Dandenong has been among the first Councils in Victoria to upgrade their public lighting inventory with LED technology. Navigating through the legal limitations imposed by the public utilities and local government procurement due diligence, the challenges and hurdles have been many. Through it all, the City of Greater Dandenong has successfully transitioned to the use of LED technology, with half the public lighting inventory upgraded. Serious consideration is now being given to pedestrian lighting illumination compliance, in conjunction with public safety and CCTV technology. The use of Smart Lighting technology to monitor infrastructure service delivery and performance is also under consideration, as well as the introduction of “Dark Nights” to minimise costs and reduce skyglow.
Dr. Andrew Phillips is a Senior Lecturer in the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University. He received a PhD in Physics in 2010 from the University of Sydney, then worked as a postdoc and junior faculty at Harvard Medical School's Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders from 2009-2017, and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Michigan (2013-2014), before moving to Monash University in 2017. He has made major contributions to the field of light and circadian rhythms, including the discovery that there are very large inter-individual differences in the sensitivity of the human circadian system to light, as well as the development of an influential neurophysiological model of human sleep and circadian rhythms that is used for predicting circadian timing and its dependence on lighting conditions in the field.
Professor Joanne Wood is from the School of Optometry and Vision Science, QUT, Brisbane. Her research over more than two decades has focused on the impact of vision and ageing on driving performance and the factors affecting visibility for night-time driving including vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
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.
Paul has worked at City of Stonnington since May 2018. As Sustainable Environment Officer, he is responsible for working with facilities managers to identify and manage projects to reduce energy and water consumption. Projects include street-light upgrades to LEDs (3,000 in the last year), improving irrigation systems and optimising building management systems. Employee engagement is also a key area, raising awareness through solar displays and developing a fleet of electric vehicles.
Prior to this, Paul worked at the Carbon Trust, a London-based organisation with a mission ‘to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy’ for six years. As a consultant Paul worked with corporates, smaller companies and public bodies, helping them achieve
sustainability best practice. Paul sold and delivered projects to clients including Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Sainsbury’s, AXA, Vodafone, Carlsberg and Samsung. Paul specialised in the development of science-based carbon targets, i.e., targets in line with no more than 2C of warming.
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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