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Advisory board

Offering advice, expertise and experience to assist the institute in achieving its vision, objectives and strategy.

Members of the Smart Cities Advisory board will offer advice, expertise and experience to assist the institute in achieving its vision, objectives and strategy. This includes matters relating to specific program themes, relevant industry/sectoral trends, policy, skills and training, business development and market intelligence.


David Singleton
Chairperson, Swinburne University of Technology

David Singleton AM is Chairman and Director of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia, a Director of Standards Australia Ltd and a board member of the Future Business Council of Australia. David is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering.


Executive Director

Professor Mark Burry
Director, Smart Cities Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Mark Burry has been a Senior Architect and lead researcher at the Sagrada Família Basilica in Barcelona, Spain and was awarded Australian Federation Fellowship in 2005. He is recognised internationally as a thought leader and researcher in the domain of future cities.



Lisa Barry
Partner, Advisory, KPMG

Lisa brings more than 25 years’ experience working with boards and C-Suite executives in major retail, manufacturing, banking and ICT sectors.

Adam Beck
Executive Director, Smart Cities Council

Adam has spent more than 20 years influencing infrastructure and urban regeneration projects across the world. In this time, he has worked for global consulting firms, as well as transformational non-profit organisations. 

Tim Black
Director, BKK Architects

Tim Black is a founding Principal of BKK Architects.  He specialises in Infrastructure, Urban Design, and Strategic Masterplanning, and has played a leading role in some of Melbourne’s most significant urban renewal projects in his 18 years of practice. 

Robert Buckingham
Creative Director, MPavilion
CEO, Naomi Milgrom Foundation

Robert Buckingham is the CEO of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, and MPavilion’s creative director. He has a long association with Australian design and the arts, and has curated more than 200 fashion events and art/design exhibitions.

Michelle Fitzgerald
Chief Digital Officer, City of Melbourne

Michelle Fitzgerald is the City of Melbourne’s first ever chief digital officer, heading up the city’s newly-formed Smart City Office.

Nicholas Gruen
CEO, Lateral Economics

Nicholas Gruen is a prominent Australian economist and commentator on innovation. The CEO of lateral Economics and the Chairman of the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia), he was formerly Chairman of the Australian Centre for Social Innovation.

Lucinda Hartley
CEO, CoDesign Studio

Lucinda Hartley is a designer, urbanist and social entrepreneur whose disruptive approach to revitalising neighbourhoods has been implemented across Australia and around the world. From turning vacant blocks into parks to building an army of citizen volunteers, she is renowned for mobilising local communities to develop initiatives that deliver social impact.

Justin Madden
Principal and Leader, VIC/SA, Arup

Justin works closely with Arup Melbourne’s leadership team in the areas of strategic project planning and infrastructure development across Australasia and the South East Asian region. Justin’s career includes 15 years in the Victorian State Parliament, having held seven Ministerial portfolios within successive Victorian Labor Governments across 11 years.

Michel Masson
CEO, Infrastructure Victoria

Michel has extensive experience in leadership roles in the transport and infrastructure sectors, along with an ability to work with the public and private sectors and the community. Michel brings more than 20 years' experience in senior transport and infrastructure roles in Europe and Australia including CEO of Keolis Downer and Yarra Trams.

David Napier
Executive Director, Digital Harbour

David has over 30 years' experience in the management and delivery of large-scale commercial projects throughout Australia and Asia, bringing to the board an extensive architectural and property development background.

Sander Van Amelsvoort
Director Policy and Research, Committee for Melbourne

As Director of Policy and Research at the Committee for Melbourne, Sander is responsible for undertaking high-level policy and research work on key issues affecting Melbourne’s growth and development. In particular, he formulates strategies for change that add value to the long-term development of Greater Melbourne as a major internationally competitive city.