Presenting Partnerships

Our events


Cities and Regions 4.0 Summit

12-14th March 2019 | Crown Melbourne 

Wednesday 13th March 9:30am-10:00am

Cities 4.0 Briefing Session by Committee for Melbourne, Director Policy and Research, Sander van Amerlsvoort.

Sander van Amelsvoort is responsible for undertaking high-level policy and research work on a wide range of issues that affect the Committee’s agenda for change. In this role, he helps to formulate strategies for change that add value to the long-term development of Greater Melbourne as a major internationally competitive city.

Sander is also leading the Committee's new flagship taskforce, Melbourne 4.0.

Following the briefing session, Committee for Melbourne will host a panel session: From Competition to Collaboration 10:00am-10:50am

What does the Fourth Industrial Revolution mean for our cities and regions? How will we compete and thrive, while retaining our highly-prized liveability, in an increasingly globalised world?

Join us as we get a better understanding of how we can collaborate to compete in the 21st century.

Sander will then join fellow panellists:

Tim O’Loan | Director, Cities – Australia and New Zealand | AECOM

Tim leads AECOM’s Cities group across Australia and New Zealand, which seeks to identify and make possible critical urban and social infrastructure opportunities within major cities across the region. Through the application of independent research, Tim is focused and passionate about driving broad, integrated strategies that attract people and investment, and overcome financial and operational challenges for the benefit of the community.

Tim has worked on significant national and international integrated developments and master planning projects in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He has built a team focused on developing forward-thinking urban policy and development strategies that underpin world-class infrastructure that enhances the environment, equity, and economy of our cities. 

Most recently Tim is focused on; the Fishermans Bend Employment and innovation District in Melbourne, the Melbourne Cricket Ground Deck Concept project, also in Melbourne, and is a proud member of the Creative Director team for the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

The projects he peruses are typified by an engagement with strategic ideals relevant to the future of our cities and evolution of contemporary life. His focus is on the development and leadership of a highly charged design team focused on finding practical and evocative solutions to complex urban design issues. In reality Tim understands that these aspirations need to find ground in conceptual applications to real projects within the practice of landscape architecture and urban design.

Jessica Christiansen-Franks | Co-Founder and CEO of Neighbourlytics

Jessica Christiansen-Franks is an urban designer and social entrepreneur who has dedicated her career to understanding the social dynamics of urbanisation. Passionate about creating neighbourhoods people love and feel connected to, Jessica is a thought leader in innovative citizen participation, and particularly the value of ‘placemaking’ as a tool for collaboration and inspiring active citizenship. With experience across Australia, as well as the UK, Canada, India, Vietnam and the Philippines, Jessica has been fortunate enough to advise the public and private sectors, along with major international aid agencies.

As Co-founder and CEO of Neighbourlytics, Jessica has side stepped into the world of big data to develop a social analytics platform for neighbourhood development. Neighbourlytics harnesses social data feeds to provide real time insights into local neighbourhood identity, place attachment and social connectedness.

A champion for the citizen voice, Jessica is Vice Chair of the Smart Cities Council’s (AusNZ) Centre for Civic Innovation.

Kathy Coultas | Director of Strategic Innovation Investment Department of Job, Precincts and Resources, State Government of Victoria

Kathy is a multi-disciplined professional with wide experience across Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. In the public sector, she has held senior positions in industry policy development, program delivery and trade and investment portfolios. She has managed trade missions, industry development and investment attractions projects involving Australian and international stakeholders with a focus on digital technology and innovation. In her current position with the Victoria department of economic development, jobs, transport and resources, Kathy leads a team responsible for bringing a strategic approach to building innovation and technology partnerships, capability and investment in Victoria.
Kathy has an Honours degree from Australian National University, and, as an Australian winner of a Japanese Government Scholarship, completed a Master degree in public policy at Saitama University in Japan

Chaired by Clive Dwyer, Director Engagement Committee for Melbourne.



Date: Tuesday 12 March 2019 | 5:30pm reception followed by a 6:00pm start, concludes at 7:30pm

Venue: Wadawurrung 1 Room, Deakin Downtown, Tower 2 level 12/727 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3008


Next Gen Goes Global: Are They Prepared?

A panel discussion on how we equip students for a global future. 

Are we adequately preparing the next generation with the skills needed to excel in our interconnected, global future? Join Asia Society Australia and the Centre for Global Education at Asia Society on Tuesday 12 March as we discuss what it takes to prepare students for a global future.

Featuring remarks from Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, The Hon James Merlino and global entrepreneur Ido Leffler, together with a panel discussion featuring educators, entrepreneurs, policy makers and advocates, this public program will look at how our education systems are equipping students to work, live, and study in highly globalized and culturally diverse cities and communities.

Convened in conjunction with the Global Cities Education Network Symposium which brings together teams of high-ranking educators and officials from across 15 locations in Asia and North America, this program brings leading world educators to Melbourne. 


  • Ido Leffler, Co-founder of Yoobi and Brandless, Asia Society Global Trustee
  • Hon. James Merlino, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education


Panel Discussion

  • Tony Jackson Vice President, Education and Director, Centre for Global Education, Asia Society
  • Martine Letts FAIIA, Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Melbourne
  • Cindy Khoo, Divisional Director, Planning Division, Singapore Ministry of Education
  • Minxuan Zhang, Director of the Research Centre for International and Comparative Education, Shanghai Normal University
  • Moderator: Anthony Mackay AM, Chief Executive Officer and Chair, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership


To register, please click here.  

1-3 April 2019

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Explore the theme: Human Intelligence 2.0: A collective future? how willl we manage the transition?

Creative Innovation

National Future Work Summit | 15 May MELB

15th May 2019

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center

 Skills Today, For Work Tomorrow

Future of Work Summit

17-18th July 2019

ZINC, Federation Square

The Melbourne Planning Summit will bring together over 200 industry and government leaders to discuss critical and timely insights into the current issues facing planning in the Greater Melbourne region, and the future of planning, transport, smart cities and urban development over the next 30 years.

The Summit will also provide insights into planning and infrastructure development for major cities and regions across Australia.

Best practice case studies will be presented, show-casing innovative and successful planning solutions for a vibrant and liveable urban future.

Key topics include:

  • Plan Melbourne 2017-2050
  • Melbourne’s Activity Centre
  • New Cities Partnership Program
  • Infrastructure Victoria’s 30 Year Infrastructure Strategy
  • Smart Melbourne – the impact of technology disruption on Melbourne’s planning and infrastructure development
  • Melbourne’s transport ecosystem and the future of mobility
  • Population planning - demographics and growth patterns of Melbourne
  • Aligning population growth, housing and infrastructure
  • National Employment and Innovation Clusters
  • The role of planning in achieving better environmental outcomes and water sensitive urban design.
  • Factoring climate change into planning and infrastructure decisions.


The Summit will be featuring the following speakers to name a few:

  • Stuart Moseley, CEO, Victorian Planning Authority
  • Michel Masson, CEO, Infrastructure Victoria
  • Kathy Mitchell, Chief Panel Member, Planning Panels Victoria
  • Martine Letts, CEO, Committee for Melbourne
  • Danni Hunter, CEO, UDIA (Victoria)
  • Laura Murray, Victorian President, Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
  • Chris Johnson, CEO, Urban Taskforce Australia
  • Paul Kelly, Chief Data Scientist, The Demographics Group
  • Bronwen Clark, CEO, National Growth Areas Alliance
  • Adam Beck, CEO, Smart Cities Australia and New Zealand
  • Professor Tony Wong, CEO, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities
  • Professor Billie Giles-Corti, Director, NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities


Ultra Early Bird registrations are now available for $995, and there is a 15% discount for groups of 3 or more delegates.

For further information and to register, please go to

20-21 June 2019

Pullman Melbourne on the Park

Exploring the best of current and emerging practices and thinking as well as the future prospects of volunteering through the lens of Energise, Enhance, Connect.

State Conference 2019

Tuesday 27th August

Resetting your Expectations

Digital Ai Simmit

17 - 18 September | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Over the next 10 years, Australia plans to spend $73 billion on transport infrastructure. The National Roads and Traffic Expo brings together companies that provide solutions and services to the road planning, building and operating ecosystem.

Our CEO, Martine Letts will give a keynote presentation on the topic “Future Trends and Innovative thinking in the City of Melbourne”. For more information on other keynote speakers, click here.

Image gallery