Technology shaping cities

Technology shaping cities

Mar 12
Join CEDA to examine emerging and disruptive technology shaping modern cities and how governments, industry, and operators can leverage them to enhance the customer transport experience.


Anna Chau, Acting Chief Executive, Infrastructure Australia
Rodd Staples, Secretary, Transport for NSW
Charles Page, Head of Business Development and Strategy, Siemens Mobility

Event overview

Technology is becoming immersed in the transport experience and how transport is delivered. How we harness technology and data is vital for boosting the productivity of transport systems, busting congestion and can fundamentally alter how we plan urban development.

This event will examine:

  • The pace, scale, and adoption of technologies that will shape cities, enhance consumer experience and expectations, and influence the future of mobility;
  • How connectivity can reduce commute times, enhance user experience, improve public safety, and generate significant efficiencies;
  • The limits of existing infrastructure, and what the future of mobility and disruptive technologies will require of our utilities to keep pace with advances in technology; and
  • New proposals for NSW identified by Infrastructure Australia in the 2019 Infrastructure Priority List.

Event presentations

Rodd Staples, Secretary, Transport for NSW MP3 | PDF
Anna Chau, Acting Chief Executive, Infrastructure Australia MP3
Charles Page, Head of Business Development and Strategy, Siemens Mobility MP3 | PDF
Moderated Discussion MP3 
Delegate Handout PDF

Meet the speakers

Anna Chau
Acting Chief Executive, Infrastructure Australia

Anna Chau is the Acting Chief Executive of Infrastructure Australia and the Executive Director of Project Advisory. Anna leads the on-going development of the national Infrastructure Priority List and the assessment of project business case submissions which are considered by the Infrastructure Australia Board for the Priority List. She is a leading applied economist in infrastructure with 27 years’ professional experience, specialising in transport economics. Anna was previously Chief Economist at AECOM Australia and led AECOM’s national Economics team. Her previous positions include Principal at Booz & Company, Executive Director of EY’s Economics team in Sydney, and Senior Manager in the business development group at a major train operator company in the UK.

Rodd Staples
Secretary, Transport for NSW

As the Secretary of Transport for NSW, Rodd Staples leads more than 25,000 people across the Transport cluster to plan, manage and deliver transport infrastructure and services for all transport modes.

Charles Page
Head of Business Development and Strategy, Siemens Mobility

Charles is one of Australia’s foremost rail infrastructure, signalling and engineering experts. He is a Fellow and Past President of the IRSE (Institute of Railway Signalling Engineers). With his wealth of international experience over the past 40 years, from the UK to India, China, Asia and Australia, he is a regular contributor to thought leadership on the topic of the future of mobility including the role of digitalisation, automation and data in infrastructure and mass transit for cities.

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