WORKTECH17 Sydney - Explore the Future of Work and the Workplace










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Graham Barrett

Graham Barrett
Strategic Partnerships & Innovation

In his role as Technology Director for Australia & New Zealand, Graham Barrett leverages 15 years with AMX and 25 in the AV industry overseeing AMX's product development & management, training, & marketing operations in the region and is also responsible for managing AMX's local relationship with a number of Strategic Accounts in the corporate and education sector. In addition, Graham has a secondary reporting line to the Chief Technology Officer at AMXHQ in the USA and represents Australia and New Zealand in this global forum.

Angela Barwick

Angela Barwick
Regional Manager of Business Development APAC, Serraview

Originally involved directly in bringing the modern workplace to life, Angela now works at Serraview as the Regional Manager of Business Development for APAC. Leveraging her first-hand experience, Angela brings her passion and commitment to Serraview in her new role, helping many clients make their Modern Workplace Vision a reality.

Peter Brady

Peter Brady
Founder & Director, Collaborative Design

Before Collaborative Design Space, Peter worked with some of the best consultancy companies in the world specialising in transformational change. In the last 5 years he has specialised in large meeting design and facilitation.

Peter has assisted large corporate organisations, providing value and learning in the areas of change, strategy and creativity.

During his career, Peter has been through a number of multi year transformational programs. He often reflected on the experience of his clients and the consultancy business model. He observed a few consistent themes which challenged him to ask… is there a better way? The answer to this question was what sparked the formula for Collaborative Design Space.

Peter Brady set out to develop a methodology to simplify what he had learnt throughout his career and orientate his methodology towards the users participating much more in the process of change.

In addition to the processes, Peter believed the physical environment needed to enable different behaviours and ways of working and so commenced sourcing adaptable and mobile furniture pieces to support his vision of growing collaboration skills and providing consulting services to a broad range of corporate clients.

Steve Bushby

Steve Bushby
Senior Consultant - Urban Bio

As a senior member of the Urban Bio team, Steve is responsible for strategic services across Australia and New Zealand. Urban Bio is a smart cities start-up, investigating human-to-human collaboration patterns within the workplace. By leveraging emerging technology and data science, their analysis allows clients to refine organisational structures and built-form design. Steve is also an active member of Sydney’s rapidly growing co-working community.

Rob Chalmers

Rob Chalmers
Creative Director, Experience Design, R/GA


Dr. Agustin Chevez

Dr. Agustin Chevez
PhD Senior Researcher, Hassell

Architect and academic, Agustin has dedicated his career to understanding the notion of work and environments that best support our working lives. He is driven to discover how work has shaped our civilization and given purpose to our existence. Agustin’s interest in the relationship between people, space and technology saw him pursue a PhD on the evolution of workplace architecture at RMIT University. His work has been presented at various international forums and publications and a short TEDx “Soufflés, Gymnasts and the Workplace of the Future”.

Agustin is a Senior Researcher at HASSELL and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre For Design Innovation, Swinburne University.

Simon Coles

Simon Coles
Managing Director, Amicus Consulting

Simon Coles, is Managing Director of Amicus Consulting and brings a wealth of diverse experience to the role. In his corporate life prior to Amicus he held leading positions in human resources, operations and general management for a global research company.

He has also run a boutique consultancy practice focused on driving change through better people practices.

He is an experienced trainer and change leader and is passionate about the role that physical workspaces can play in helping organisations make progress.

Simon has a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors degree focused on Philosophy and Psychology.

James Dellow

James Dellow
Human Centred Designer, Technology Strategist, Chief Technology Solutions

James is a human-centred designer and a technology strategist. His specialty is the digital workplace, approached through the lens of people, place and technology. He provides consulting and research services to support digital transformation and new ways of working, including technology strategies for Activity Based Working (ABW).

Dr. Kristine Dery

Dr. Kristine Dery
Research Scientist, MIT Sloan, Centre for Information Systems Research (CISR)

Twitter @kristinedery

Kristine’s research in the dynamic between technology and the way that people work has been a focus of her publications and teaching for the last 15 years. Currently she is investigating the design and management of the workplace to understand how organisations use digital capabilities internally to create more effective ways of working, and the impact of new ways of engaging with talent in the digital era. This work has stemmed from a historical research focus on the relationship between HRM and IT, Mobile Connectivity, Human Resource Information Systems, Gamification, and Remote Working. She previously held management roles in the tourism and airline industries in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. Kristine is based in Sydney and is responsible for fostering research relationships with companies in Australia and New Zealand.

Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards
General Manager Workplace Experience, Mirvac

As General Manager of Workplace Experience for Mirvac, Paul Edwards works to define and shape what the future of workspace and office development will look like for Mirvac and the greater property industry. His role centres on partnerships, relationships and knowledge creation across all elements of property including placemaking, smart technology, design, sustainability, health, wellbeing, brand, culture, community and mobility.

Mark Hansen

Mark Hansen
Chief Information Officer, Technology DEXUS Property Group

Mark Hansen is the Chief Information Officer at DEXUS Property Group (DEXUS) responsible for the Technology and Innovation functions across the Group. Mark has over 25 years’ technology experience in developing and executing IT strategies to drive business performance and improve productivity across a range of sectors including Financial Services, Energy and Commercial Property. Prior to joining DEXUS, Mark led the IT functions within major organisations such as Citigroup, Westpac and Macquarie, he also supported large scale LNG projects with Origin Energy.

Brent Harman

Brent Harman
Global head of Real Estate and Experience, Atlassian

Brent is a senior executive with significant experience building and leading critical support functions, focusing on People, Workspace & Real Estate. Brent is a passionate advocate for creating high-performing workspaces given the essential role they play in helping to build and amplify culture. His areas of expertise include; Employee Experience, building high performing teams, Experience led design, implementation & management of high -performing workspaces, Integration and alignment of People, Place, Process and Tech and Strategic planning

Ella Hafermalz

Dr Ella Hafermalz
Postdoctoral Researcher, The University of Sydney Business School

Twitter @ellahsyd

Ella Hafermalz studies how technology is changing work and the workplace. She is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sydney Business School and an active member of their Digital Disruption Research Group. Ella has presented her peer-reviewed research on technology use by remote workers around the world, most recently in London and Dublin. She is currently involved in a project that investigates how managers can facilitate and sustain user-led adoption of new technologies in pursuit of organisational transformation. Ella is also interested in the consequences of automation for issues of identity in the future of work.

Kevin Janks

Kevin Janks
Chief Meditation Officer, Centred Meditation

Kevin reluctantly came to meditation out of desperation to rid himself of the detrimental effects of stress. Although he may have appeared to be succeeding on the facade, prior to meditation he was plagued with anxiety, chronic nightmares and a host of other issues. Years down the track of cumulative benefits, Kevin now dedicates his life to making meditation and mindfulness more accessible to urban professionals. Centred Meditation's world-first guided meditation drop-in studio and corporate training programs are 100% contemporary and free from any religious affiliation.

Dr Fiona Kerr

Dr Fiona Kerr
Industry Professor, Systems and Neural Complexity

Dr Fiona Kerr combines her role of Industry Professor, Neural and Systems Complexity at Adelaide University with speaking engagements and international consulting to industries and governments on a number of topics. These include how leaders build better brains and flourishing businesses, building new brain (neurogenesis) and the neurophysiological effects of human interaction, as well as the use of Artificial Intelligence and the impact of humans interfacing and partnering with technologies. Fiona has spent time with fascinating organisations such as Cirque du Soleil, and appears regularly in the media (including ABC Radio and TV and SBS Insight) to delight people with accessible science. She is currently writing a book on creating a human centric future.

Adam Lanteigne

Adam Lanteigne
Global Surface Devices Marketing, Microsoft

Over the past 10 years Adam has helped to launch dozens of technology products on the front lines of digital transformation, beginning with personal, mobile devices at BlackBerry, to large screen, multi-touch, group computing technology with Microsoft.

Adam has always leaned on a passion for uncovering hidden motivators in audiences, putting people and their outcomes at the center of the modern workplace. Most recently, this has led him around the world, interviewing hundreds of executives and modern workplace transformation leaders in fields from education to healthcare to understand the affects digital technology have had on the behaviors and habits of their teams, and ways to harness creativity and collaboration in this new world of work.

Adam studied commerce in Canada and Denmark before embarking on a journey that lead him to work in in Sydney Australia, Toronto, Canada, and now calls Seattle, USA home.

Gabrielle McMillan

Gabrielle McMillan
CEO, Equiem

Gabrielle is the founding CEO of Equiem and has led the Equiem business and team from inception in 2011. Recognised in Business Insider’s Coolest People in Australian Tech (2016), Gabrielle is an exceptional leader, with a commercial acumen honed across 15+ years of leading and growing businesses in executive level positions.

At Equiem, she has built the company from a team of two to over 200+, from one client, to a national portfolio of 100+ buildings, totalling 4.1M sqm of property, and 9 of the 11 biggest property REIT’s as clients, all in a space of 5 years, leading the company to being recognised in Deloitte's Fast 500 (APAC) in 2016.

Gabrielle studied at Monash University Melbourne, is a published writer and accomplished presenter.

Tim O’Connor

Tim O’Connor
Head of Office Leasing, JLL

As Head of Office Leasing NSW & Australia, a Regional Director of the Firm and member of the Global Leasing Board, Tim has a career in the commercial property industry spanning 19 years. Tim leads a team of 60 leasing professionals across Australia to bring a strategic, proactive approach, be it a new development or the leasing of commercial real estate assets, helping owners to optimise financial performance and developers create lasting legacies for our capital cities. Since 2007, the national Office Leasing team has been transacting on average 400,000 sqm across 450 deals every single year.

Frank Rexach

Frank Rexach
Vice President & GM, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Haworth

Twitter @Frankinshanghai

Frank Rexach is Vice President and General Manager, Haworth Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa reporting to the CEO. Based in the company’s regional headquarters in Shanghai, Frank oversees Haworth’s operations throughout the growth markets..

Frank’s focus is on developing new business models that support the co-creation of organic spaces designed to adapt as client needs evolve.

Frank’s experience spans multiple industries with senior leadership roles in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America based in Los Angeles, Paris, Hong Kong and Sydney. Frank was born in Germany, is a U.S. citizen and a permanent resident of Australia.

David Rolls

David Rolls
National Development Director, Lendlease

David Rolls, B Building (Hons), was appointed National Development Director, Property at Lendlease in May 2016. In this role, David is responsible for overseeing future development projects in Lendlease in Australia.

David has over 30 years of experience in property, construction, design and development, with a particular focus on complex major mixed use development projects. He has extensive leadership experience, having led the creation of some of the largest urban regeneration projects nationally, including Barangaroo, Darling Quarter, Australia Technology Park, RNA Brisbane & Victoria Harbour.

David held executive positions at Mirvac Group from 2013 – 2016. These included Head of Cities & Urban Renewal and Group Executive of Commercial Development. In this role, he was responsible for the creation of Mirvac’s extensive commercial pipeline.

Prior to this, David worked at Lendlease for over 20 years, and from 2010-2013 was Managing Director, Development. In this role he was responsible for all Development projects for Lendlease’s Australian business including Commercial & Mixed Use, Communities, Apartments and Retail developments.

During his Lendlease tenure, he played a leadership role in numerous major projects, including Darling Quarter, Barangaroo and Darling Harbour Live in Sydney, RNA in Brisbane and Victoria Harbour & Melbourne Quarter in Melbourne.

Philip Ross

Philip Ross
Futurologist & CEO, Cordless Group & UNWORK

Twitter @Pjnross

Philip is an author, consultant and commentator specialising in the future of work. He predicts the way that new trends and forces such as emerging technology will shape how we work, live, learn and enjoy leisure.

He has written a number of books on the future of cities, work and workplace including The Creative Office, The 21st Century Office and Space to Work (all co-authored with Jeremy Myerson). He has also contributed to a number of other books including the Corporate Fool and the Responsible Workplace.

Viswesh Sathi

Viswesh Sathi
Director Strategic Services, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Haworth

As Director of Strategic Services for the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region, Viswesh partners with clients to co-design business solutions to create, evolve and sustain their spaces.

Vish’s passion to help our customers achieve their business outcomes comes from his unique management experience having worked across diverse geographies across the world including the Middle East, Africa, China, India and Australia. Vish focuses on transforming blue sky thinking into new business models including the activation of developments, leveraging analytics to inform and manage furniture in spaces and ways to streamline the supply chain to support more efficient regional client asset management.

Natalie Slessor

Natalie Slessor
General Manager, Workplace & Change, Lendlease

Natalie is one of Australia's very few environmental psychologists. She has over 15 yrs experience in property strategy and managing the design process. She has specific expertise on the workplace design of the future, and is considered a Place User Experience expert. Lend Lease are committed to a focused initiative specifically helping users of space amplify their places. This means working directly for space users and tenants to build briefs for spaces of the future. The outcomes are exciting and ground-breaking. Typically saving space and resources as past models are challenged, and critically increasing the connection between business strategy and built outcome. Measurable benefits, managed engagement and mission alignment are at the core of our philosophy. Prior to joining Lend Lease, and Woods Bagot before that, Natalie spent 5 years as director of workplace strategy for Macquarie Group. During her time there she was a key member of the team responsible for the aspirational briefing and communication solutions for 1 Shelley Street, a world-class transformational workplace. She was also based Hong Kong for 2 years during her Macquarie time, during which she led the relocation of the Delhi, Manila, Jakarta and Hong Kong offices. Before joining Macquarie; Natalie spent 9 years with DEGW, in their London and Sydney offices. Natalie’s experience of working inside a large corporation, as well as her past work with numerous tenant types, landlords and developers, puts her in a unique position to add value to and lead projects of all kinds. Adding true value, by design.

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Lee Valentine
Partner and Group General Manager, Hoyne

Twitter @HoyneDesign

Lee Valentine is a Partner and Group General Manager of brand agency Hoyne. During the course of his 25-year career, Lee has worked both client and agency side, and, in the process, built an impressive reputation as a brand and marketing strategist.

For over 15 years, Lee has specialised in place and property branding, working with major Australian and international developers and asset owners to create recognisable landmarks across Australia. Lee is passionate about the role brand can play in creating real destinations and firmly believes in the increased value owners and developers, as well as tenants, can achieve through a considered and strategic approach to placemaking, branding and marketing.

Hoyne, with insight and contribution from Lee, has recently published The Place Economy a comprehensive resource book that discusses best practice placemaking from around the world, bringing together leading thinkers on the subjects of architecture, urban planning, property development, emotional and physical health, sustainability, philosophy and more.

Suzanne Westgate

Suzanne Westgate
Head of Workplace & Property, AGL Energy Limited

Suzanne Westgate is Head of Workplace & Property at AGL Energy Limited, where she and her team are responsible for property and employee services, corporate real estate, land access arrangements and assisting with project approvals across AGL.

Suzanne graduated from the University of Auckland in 2000 with a BA in Chinese and Geography and an LLB (Hons). Suzanne was a lawyer with Russell McVeagh then Allens Linklaters for more than 10 years specialising in planning, environmental and property law, before joining AGL Energy’s corporate legal team then its Upstream Gas business as Head of Land & Approvals.

Suzanne has published numerous articles on planning and environmental law.

Mike Zamora

Mike Zamora
(CREIF, SLCR, MCR), Managing Director, Asia Real Estate Advisors

Twitter @mikezamora10

Mr. Zamora is currently Managing Director of Asia Real Estate Advisors, which provides due diligence, financial and advisor services for real estate investment companies and multi-national corporations throughout the Asia Pacific Region.His experience encompasses numerous functions in the real estate industry and multiple geographies. For the past 18 years he has worked on real estate projects throughout the entire Asia Pacific Region.

He has worked in the Corporate Real Estate arena, where he helped Cisco develop a 12,000 person / 1.5 million sf campus in India. This included all phases: locating and negotiating with the Landlord on the Build to Suit terms, working with the Business and Architects on the masterplan and building design, and incorporating the technology into the building. He also planned a 3,000+ person campus in Sydney, Singapore and Shanghai. His role also included the Portfolio Management Strategy for70+ location in 13 countries in approximately 5.3 million sf throughout Asia Pacific. Due to his diverse skill set, he held many different roles throughout his 13 year tenure at Cisco. This included functional roles and leadership roles.

Mr. Zamora was also a Director at Brooke International where he provided real estate consulting services for global multinational clients throughout the Asia Pacific region. When he initially arrived in Hong Kong, he was the Vice President for Koll Asia Pacific, a US based real estate development company. At Koll he oversaw the development of a 300 room hotel project in China and a 1,200 acre new town development in Thailand. While in the US, Mr. Zamora worked for the Koll Company as an Asset Manager for a 1.5 million sf mixed use project.

Mr. Zamora previously served on the Harvard Business School of Hong Kong Association’s Board of Directors. He has also served on CoreNet’s Global Board of Directors. He has spoken at MIPIM and other real estate conferences. For the past 10 years, he has taught multiple real estate courses throughout Asia, Europe and the US for real estate professionals. His real estate articles have been published in various real estate journals. He has written articles on: Artificial Intelligence, Sustainability, Real Estate Investment and Corporate Real Estate.

He graduated from Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration and attained his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Arizona State University.


Our market-leading WORKTECH conferences are “unmissable” events for senior corporate workplace professionals.

  • Over 3000 people attend WORKTECH each year and primary consists of Heads of CRE, Heads of FM and Chief Executives
  • The events cater to the educational needs of the top Global 1000 companies, relating to their global corporate real estate portfolios
  • The attendees want to learn about how they can help drive efficiencies in their workplaces and drive the productivity of their workforces
  • WORKTECH provides a vehicle to build your business relationships with these decision makers, develop senior contacts and enhance your credibility with key prospects by alignment with the event

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