Keynote Speaker Prof. Neville Jackson, Ricardo PLC

“We face some significant challenges in achieving the carbon reduction targets set by many nations to reduce transport carbon emissions.

In my view, one of the key enablers in achieving this challenge is to increase our rate of innovation, bringing new ideas and products to market faster that cost effectively reduce carbon emissions.

It will not be easy but sets a challenge that I believe the engineering community will embrace, surprising us all with the rate of progress, delivering products that consumers will value and want to buy.”

Prof. Neville Jackson

Chief Technology & Innovation Officer

Ricardo PLC

Neville Jackson is the Chief Technology & Innovation Officer for Ricardo plc, He is responsible for developing the future global vision of automotive and energy technology at Ricardo and for the strategy, planning and execution of research and development.  A graduate of Imperial College, London, his career has included 29 years at Ricardo focused on research and technology demonstration programmes covering advanced combustion engines, hybrid systems and energy recovery technologies.

His is also Chairman of the UK Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, a member of the UK Automotive Council Technology Group, a member of the UK Energy Research Partnership and a member of the Strategic Advisory Network for the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  He is also Vice Chairman of the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC).  He is a visiting Professor at the University of Brighton and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

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MC John Mellor, GoAutoMedia

“A wide range of alternative transport propulsion technologies and fuels are entering a period of flux as each fights for a place of favour with the car consumers of tomorrow.

A task of this conference is to review the contenders and their prospects.”

John Mellor



John Mellor is not so much a car enthusiast as a car business enthusiast, with a 47-year career as a publisher, writer, commentator, innovator and analyst.

Starting as a cadet at the Melbourne Herald in the 1960s, his early experience includes an appointment as a feature writer for The Sun in London.

In the 1970s, he was a motoring writer and feature writer on The Herald before moving to Motor Manual magazine as editor. In the 1980s he started his own motoring editorial service to other publishers as well as his own publishing ventures and worked closely with the industry consulting group, Martec, and with the leading motor industry newsletter, Automotive Industry Matters (AIM).

John founded the Automotive Business section in The Australian newspaper in 1990 in a joint business enterprise with News Limited and was its producer and editorial director until 1998 when his motoring newsroom team was appointed to produce the automotive content for a planned Yellow Pages Online automotive portal. and GoAutoNews were launched soon after and John continues to maintain the editorial direction of the GoAuto editorial team.

He is highly respected for his knowledge about the significant changes taking place in the way cars are sold.

John is passionate about the car business and is a strong admirer of the men and women in the industry who deliver the complex matrix of services to the motoring public.

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The Honourable Steve Bracks AC

“As one of only 13 countries with a comprehensive automotive industry, and with advanced national R&D capabilities and extensive natural resources, Australia is well positioned to develop and commercialise tomorrow’s automotive technologies. It is vital we innovate for an environmentally sustainable future and to ensure car-making goes on contributing to Australia’s prosperity.”

The Honourable Steve Bracks AC

Steve Bracks was one of Victoria’s longest serving Premiers. He entered Parliament as the Member for Williamstown in 1994 and became Victoria’s 44th Premier in October 1999.

He was one of Victoria’s most successful Premiers winning three consecutive elections including achieving record majorities in the 2002 and 2006 elections.

Mr Bracks at 52 retired as Premier of Victoria on 27 July 2007, after almost eight years as Premier, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.

Subsequent to his retirement as Premier of Victoria, The Hon Steve Bracks AC went on to hold a number of major honorary positions.

In 2008 he was commissioned by the Federal Government to head a major review of the Australian Automotive Industry. He is now an Automotive Envoy for the Australian Government.

Mr Bracks received a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010 for services to the Parliament and community of Victoria.

He is also a leading advocate for both multiculturalism and Aboriginal reconciliation.

Kevin Wu

Automotive Marketing Manager, Australia – New Zealand
SABIC, Innovative Plastics

Kevin is a professional with 16 years of experience in the auto industry including many years in China where his roles with VW Group and GM involved developing strategies to increase auto market growth. With GE and Sabic he worked across key stakeholder groups, such as car makers, component suppliers and government and legislative groups focusing on future trends for the Chinese auto market.

He is now acting as Marketing Manager of SABIC, Innovative Plastics ANZ and is based in Melbourne. His focus is on developing the business for the company in the Australian market by influencing material specification in design and engineering functions of car makers and tiers centralized in Australia.

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“Range, cost and recharge time are seen as the Achilles heel of the EV. Yet this powertrain technology is the only perceived route to zero emissions. Creating a successful market is essential”

Henry O’Clery

Director, LEV Automotive Partnership

Henry, an engineer by profession, with a Masters in Transport Research, is Executive Director of Future Climate Australia, a not-for-profit environmental organisation.

He has worked in the transport and environment field for the last twenty years, and founded ‘Greenfleet Australia’, the first biological carbon offset program for motorists.

He is Director of the ‘LEV Automotive Partnership’ with RACV and the Victorian government that promotes the uptake of low emission vehicles in Australia

He chairs the recently formed Electric Vehicle Alliance, that brings together the relevant stakeholder industry associations

Henry has been a technical delegate to successive Challenge Bibendum events in Kyoto, Paris, Shanghai, Rio and Berlin.

Frank Muller

“There is the potential to dramatically cut carbon emissions from Australia’s new car in the short term. Our analysis shows that average carbon emissions from new cars are higher in Australia compared to Europe. In addition, there are now many low carbon emissions vehicles available in Australia. However, these vehicles are not typically amongst the best-selling vehicles.

Over the longer term, our analysis shows that new cars need a 10-fold improvement in carbon emissions by 2050. Put another way, a car will have to run on the equivalent of one tank of petrol each year”

Frank Muller


National Transport Commission

Frank Muller was appointed a Commissioner of the National Transport Commission in September 2008.

Mr Muller is a Professorial Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Environmental Studies, University of New South Wales. He has a 36 year career in environmental, energy and land use policy in Australia and the United States in government, universities, private consulting and the community sector.

Mr Muller has a special interest in strategies to better align economic, environmental and social goals in government policy. He is an expert in climate change policy and carbon pricing.

Mr Muller previously headed climate change policy in the NSW Government and, during the 1990s, directed policy research at the University of Maryland’s Center for Global Change in Washington, advising the United Nations, the Clinton Administration, US state governments and several developing countries.

Mr Muller has a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a non-executive director of the consumer organisation Choice.

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Garry Connelley

“Motor Sport has long been a catalyst for environmental innovation and excellence, and never more so than now as we head into a low carbon future”

Garry Connelly AM
BA, Dip Ed, Dip AII, MAICD

Deputy President
FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability

Garry Connelly is a graduate of Sydney University with majors in Mathematics and Psychology.

He represents Australia at the world governing body, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (“FIA”). He is a member of the FIA World Motor Sport Council, a member of the Executive Committee of the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability, one of the Permanent Stewards for the Formula One World Championship, and is a Director of the Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety.

He is also Chairman of the TEGA Tribunal, the body which adjudicates on commercial disputes for the Touring Car Entrants Group for V8 Supercars Australia.

His services to motor sport were honoured by the awarding of the CAMS Membership of Honour in 1993.

In the Queen’s Honours List of June 2009 he was awarded an AM in the Order of Australia.

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Gary White, AutoCRC

“Affordability, sustainability and having a holistic system view are key to the rapid uptake of EVs and researchers in Australia are well-placed to make a significant technological contribution addressing these areas and help accelerate the uptake.”

Dr. Gary White
Ph.D (Civil), Grad. Dip B.A., B.E. (hons) Mech, B. Sc.(RAAF Physics), GAICD

Research Manager

During his 28 years in the automotive industry, Dr. White has managed research and engineering teams at Scalzo Automotive Research, Paccar Australia, GM-Holden and the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Automotive Technology (AutoCRC).

As AutoCRC’s Research Manager, Dr White is responsible for its $100M automotive R&D project portfolio developing innovative technologies and processes for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. Since 2007 AutoCRC has set the example for collaboration with industry with its award winning ASEA supply chain development program, and in 2010 AutoCRC developed the AA2020 Technology Roadmap for the Australian automotive industry.

Dr White is also Co-Chair of the AusDSRC Industry Cluster, Chair of Swinburne University’s Mechanical Engineering Advisory Committee, and Advisory Committee member for La Trobe University’s Centre for Technology Infusion.

Tali Trigg, International Energy Agency

“There are several methods being undertaken to promote the widespread adoption of LEVs, but the most successful ones are technology-neutral (such as the ‘Bonus-Malus’ system in France), informative (banding in the UK), and easy-to-understand (refund at point-of-purchase vs. a tax credit). Ultimately, for LEVs to traverse the valley of death from early adopters to early majority, the selling point needs to be framed in terms of LEVs being an additional value proposition beyond the traditional notion of a car so that LEVs use their differences to their advantage.”

Tali Trigg

Energy Analyst – Transport Sector

International Energy Agency

Mr. Trigg joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2010 as an Energy Analyst. His specialty is transportation technology policy, with an emphasis on smart growth, bus rapid transit (BRT), and electric vehicles (EVs). At IEA, he spearheads the intergovernmental Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI), working on data collection and research collaboration. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Georgetown University and a Masters of Environmental Management at Duke University.

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 Ric Tamba, AVL

“Vehicles today are changing, gone are the days of a Them vs Us engineering approach between the subsystem developers, all new vehicles are designed, analysed and developed with a total energy usage and efficiency approach in mind.”

Richard Tamba

Senior VP, Passenger Car Transmissions , AVL

Founder NTC Powertrain

Ric is the son of a successful motor mechanic inSydneyand started his early childhood helping dad in the workshop. He received his Mechanical Engineering degree From the University of Technology inSydneyin 1988 and then worked for Goninan’s inNewcastleon trains and sugar mills, then at Rank Arena/General Electric inSydneybefore settling at Borg Warner Australia Transmission Design for passenger cars. In 1994 Ric travelled around the world solving Transmission problems for Ricardo before starting his business in 1995 which he managed to grow to international status with 98% of the turnover was sourced from overseas customers in Europe,USAandAsia. At the start of 2011, Ric’s company, NTC Powertrain had offices in theUSA,UKandAustralia. Ric sold NTC Powertrain to AVL in February 2011 and is now in charge of business development for AVL in passenger Car transmissions worldwide, being responsible for strategy and growth of over 40 divisions globally. In addition to his role at AVL, Ric, through his own company, Nautitech, assists technology businesses inAustraliaand theUSAto develop and grow technology from clean sheet of paper to production.

Ric is the author of over 50 patents of which 21 are currently in production in vehicles, boats and mining equipment and has a track record of successfully developing technology through to production for over 26 years. Ric has successfully serviced the Automotive, Marine and Mining industries with innovative technology solutions that have been proven to be successful in production. Ric has been the recipient of Engineering Excellence awards in 1997, 2003 and 2004, was a finalist in the 2009 SME Technology Exporter of the Year Awards, is a recipient of the Warren Center Innovation Hero Award in 2011 was awarded the Institution of Engineers Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 and was recently accredited as a CCEO.

Ric provides training to organizations like ATRA, VACC and the IAME at no cost to facilitate knowledge transfer and skills to the Automotive Repair Industry. Ric acts as an Advisor to several start-up and established companies and continues to promote engineering at all levels from Schools to Universities.

Simon Washington, Queensland University of Technology

“Countries that directly confront future constraints on mobility .. will position themselves strategically for achieving more sustainable mobility and for exporting valuable knowledge, skills, and technologies internationally.”

Simon Washington

Professor and TMC Chair, Science and Engineering Faculty

Queensland University of Technology

Professor Washington holds a split appointment between QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) and the Faculty of Science and Engineering (SEF). Professor Washington holds the Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Endowed Chair of Transport. Previously Professor Washington was Director of the Safe Transportation Research & Education Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and has held academic faculty positions at the Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been visiting Professor at the University of Sydney in 2007 and Ajou University in South Korea in 2003.
Professor Washington’s research interests span a variety of areas including understanding the complexities of travel behaviour and transport related mobility decisions (vehicle purchase, vehicle use, residential location, route choice, etc.), sustainable transport, and the human and engineering causes and mechanisms associated with transport system related crashes.
Professor Washington has lead over $10 million (US) in externally supported research throughout his career for the National Academy of Sciences, the Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Arizona, California, and Georgia Departments of Transport. He is Chair of the US Transportation Research Board committee on Statistical Methods, and has served on numerous US local, state, and federal advisory panels and committees.
Professor Washington has authored or co-authored more than 70 peer reviewed articles and is lead author on the textbook “Statistical and Econometric Methods for Transportation Data Analysis” (Chapman and Hall), now in its second edition and currently used in universities in over 20 countries. He is on the editorial boards of seven transport related journals.

Ken Briggs - BASF Australia

Ken Briggs

Applications Development Manager – Plastics

BASF Australia

Ken Briggs is a chemist and chemical engineer with more than thirty years’ service with BASF in Australia and New Zealand.  Prior to Ken’s role as Applications Development Manager, he’s held roles in production, product development and lab management.  Before joining BASF Ken was a site chemist in Sydney and prior to that involved in the flexible packaging industry in the UK.

Ken is a recognised and respected technical expert for BASF in the field of plastics, including engineering plastics and biodegradable polymers as well as being an active member of the BASF regional automotive industry team.

Ken is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and has presented a number of papers at various industry events.

About the Smart Forvision concept car

The Smart Forvision concept car presented at the IAA 2011 combines futuristic design with innovative technologies in the areas of energy efficiency, lightweight design and temperature management. Researchers and developers from both Daimler and BASF have succeeded in combining a total of five auto world premieres in the smart forvision. Transparent organic solar cells, transparent organic light-emitting diodes, all-plastic wheels, new lightweight body components and infrared reflective films and coatings lower energy consumption, in this way enhancing the car’s driving range and comfort.

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John Conomos, Australian Automotive Industry Envoy

“The growing global demand for innovative, low-emission automotive technologies and products provides immense opportunities. Australia can apply its advanced research, design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities to benefit from these opportunities. A New Car Plan for a Greener Future and the Automotive Australia 2020 technology roadmap are assisting the industry to utilise and develop its strengths, including in the area of gaseous fuels”

John Conomos AO

Australian Automotive Industry Envoy

Mr John Conomos has a 40 year history with the automotive industry and was appointed President of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries in March 2006. Previously, Mr Conomos had been FCAI Treasurer from 1994 and was granted Life Membership of the Federal Chamber in 1995. He has also served as President of the Chamber of Automotive Industries, NSW.

In July 2009, Mr Conomos was appointed Automotive Industry Envoy by Senator the Hon Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

Following his retirement as Executive Chairman of Toyota Australia and Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation of Australia, positions he held since 2004, Mr Conomos was appointed Chairman Emeritus and Principal Policy Adviser to Toyota Australia, the new position becoming effective 1 July 2006. Simultaneously, Mr Conomos continued on the Board of Toyota Financial Services, and Toyota New Zealand. In August 2006, Mr Conomos was appointed Chairman, Hino Motor Sales Australia Ltd., a position he held until August 2009.

Previously Mr Conomos was Senior Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Corporation Australia from 1993. Prior to joining Toyota (Thiess Toyota Pty Ltd) as Chief General Manager in 1981, he was employed by British Leyland Motor Corporation within the commercial vehicle division and in 1974, established Daihatsu Distributors in Australia. In this latter role, Mr Conomos was responsible for the introduction of a range of small passenger cars, which as a new brand were previously prohibited due to quantitative policy restrictions of the Australian Government.

With the implementation of the Australian Government’s Automotive Plan (Button Plan) in 1984, John served on the board of United Australian Automotive Industries (a TMC Japan and GMC America joint venture in Australia – set up to comply with the fundamentals of automotive industry policy) until its dissolution in 1996. He was a member of the Business Consultative Group for APEC 2007.

Mr Conomos was awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2005.

Mr Conomos was born in 1943, is married to Barbara, and has two daughters and three grandchildren. His interests include water sports, golf and snow skiing.

Ian Chalmers, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

“Now, more than ever before, the Australian automotive industry is faced with a highly competitive global market. This strong competition is not only between brands for customers, but also between countries for the skills, innovation and jobs that flow from a vibrant local car manufacturing sector. This is the challenge that faces the Australian auto industry, today and into the future.”

Ian Chalmers

Chief Executive

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries

Over the past 20 years, Ian’s career assignments have included Chief Executive of Medicines Australia, the Australian Local Government Association, the Australian Private Hospitals Association and the Association of Financial Advisers. In addition to these representational roles, his professional experience also includes appointments as a federal ministerial adviser, a parliamentary policy and research adviser, a government relations consultant, an army officer and several non executive directorships. During the period 2009 – 2011 Ian was a non executive director of Fermiscan Holdings Limited, an ASX listed medical diagnostic company established to commecialise technologies for the early detection of cancer. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New South Wales. Ian currently serves on the Board of the ACT Asthma Foundation.

Dr. Victoria Haritos, CSIRO

“The development of low CO2 emission alternative fuels is imperative for Australia primarily to mitigate against climate change, to buffer ourselves from dwindling crude oil stocks and to rejuvenate regional and rural industries.”

Dr Victoria Haritos

Stream Leader – Biofuels

CSIRO Energy Transformed Flagship

Dr Victoria Haritos is the Stream Leader for Biofuels in the Energy Transformed Flagship of CSIRO; she oversees projects that are researching the potential for Australia to produce significant quantities of biofuels derived from non-food plant materials like forestry thinnings, agricultural residues and algae. Victoria conducts research into low energy-requiring biological methods for converting plant materials to fuels but has broad interests in the range of technologies that are under development worldwide. Dr Haritos is an author of research articles, reports and monographs in the field of conversion of renewable materials to fuels and products. Dr Haritos has a background in chemistry and biochemistry and has conducted research in the innovation sector for almost 20 years; she also holds the position of Associate Professor (Adjunct) at Monash University.

Mark McKenzie, Rare Consulting

“The global fuel supply and fuel price outlook is subject to considerable uncertainty with some industry commentators forecasting a severe tightening in fuel supply and prices before 2015, while others assert that global supplies are likely to be sufficient to support demand to 2040 and beyond. Both cannot be right, raising a dilemma in respect of what actions (if any) should be pursued by economies in the face of this uncertainty. The answer to this question is complicated by substantial uncertainty about the real-world economic and environmental performance of alternative fuels and technologies, creating a significant dilemma for advanced and developing economies alike.”

Mark McKenzie

Managing Director

Rare Consulting

Mark McKenzie is the Managing Director of Rare Consulting, a national consultancy firm providing strategic advice and research services on a range of transport and environmental issues (particularly greenhouse and transport energy considerations). Rare’s past and current clients include numerous state and federal government agencies, energy companies, the automotive industry, the heavy transport industry, the investment community, and corporate Australia.

Mark’s specific expertise relates to the economics and environmental performance of alternative fuels and alternative vehicle technologies. Between 2001 and 2008 he was the national facilitator for the Commonwealth Government’s Alternative Fuels Conversion Programme – an $80m programme designed to encourage the growth of greenhouse positive gas-powered engines in the Australian heavy vehicle industry.

In more recent times, Mark has provided strategic advice to government agencies (federal and state) and the transport industry on the opportunities and challenges associated with securing Australia’s transport energy independence while simultaneously reducing transport sector emissions in accordance with national and global GHG reduction targets.

Prior to establishing Rare Consulting, Mark held a number of senior public policy and research roles within the NRMA group of companies where he was responsible for developing public policy responses on contentious transport and environment issues.

Andrew Simpson, Verdant Vision

“By 2030 EVs are expected to become a mainstream vehicle technology and Australia stands to gain significant national benefits from the uptake of EVs. However to maximise these benefits over time we must seed the EV market NOW through targeted marketplace incentives, strategic infrastructure investment and transitioning of local manufacturing capacity.”

Dr Andrew Simpson

Managing Director

Verdant Vision

Dr Andrew Simpson founded Verdant Vision in 2011 to meet the demand for trusted, independent, expert advice in the planning of renewable electric transport solutions.

Andrew’s expertise is recognised by his invited participation in committees for the Federal Government Alternative Fuels Strategy, the Standards Australia EV Technical Committee, the Victorian EV Trial, the South Australian Low Emission Vehicle Strategy, the Western Australian Strategic Energy Initiative, the AutoCRC EV Reference Group and the Australian EV Alliance.

Andrew is also an Adjunct Research Fellow of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy, and a Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Ian McCleave, EV Engineering

“EVs are well suited to Australian urban drivers and offer many technical advantages but fast uptake depends on demonstrating economic benefits to business users.”

Ian McCleave


EV Engineering

Ian McCleave is CEO of EV Engineering, a collaborative venture between leading Australian automotive suppliers Air International; Bosch, Continental and Futuris, together with GE and Better Place, to develop a proof of concept Australian electric vehicle based on the Holden Commodore.

The project goal is to demonstrate the technical viability and attractiveness to customers of a large electric vehicle. If successful the project will allow technologies to be considered for mass production and will help to develop electric vehicle engineering skills and components within the Australian supplier industry