Keynote Speakers

Hon Minister Julie Anne Genter

Associate Minister of Transport, New Zealand

TKC/ATRF Opening Remarks
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Growing up in Los Angeles made Minister Genter recognise early in life that transport and urban design have a profound impact on the way we live.
Minister Genter graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA degree and studied Politics at the prestigious Sciences Po Paris, before moving to New Zealand as a scholar at the University of Auckland, where she gained a Masters of Planning Practice with First Class Honours.
She went on to work as a transport consultant at some of New Zealand’s leading firms, undertaking ground-breaking research in transport economics and urban design.
In October 2017 Julie Anne was appointed Associate Minister of Transport. Her responsibilities include; transport safety, active modes, electric vehicles and emissions, transport rules and regulations, and research and statistics.


Dr Jari Kauppila

Head of Statistics and Modelling, International Transport Forum, OECD
Adjunct Professor, Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Turku School of Economics, Finland.

Is shared mobility the answer to congestion, emission and access issues?
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Urban authorities face numerous challenges as they try to manage the access and mobility needs of their citizens. Some of these are related to uncertainty about how new services, technologies and emerging social trends might affect mobility choices. In this presentation, Jari will discuss the modelling work at the International Transport Forum that explores the potential outcomes of replacing private car use by new shared mobility services. Specifically, the study examines the effect of replacing certain cars and bus trips with on-demand dispatched door-to-door services for selected cities. Jari will discuss the potential impacts on congestion, emission and access also for the Auckland Metropolitan Area.

Jari Kauppila, PhD, is a Head of Statistics and Modelling at the International Transport Forum at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. At the ITF, his team is responsible for the ITF’s flagship publication, Transport Outlook, and the work looking at impacts of new mobility services on cities, among others. In addition to above, Jari has coordinated several international research projects on topics such as logistics, transport reliability, road safety and infrastructure investment.

Prior joining the ITF in 2007, Jari spent eight years as a Lead Economist with the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Finland. His responsibilities included investment appraisals, questions on infrastructure funding, performance measurement of administrations, taxation, economic analysis and statistics.
Besides his duties at the ITF, Jari is an Adjunct Professor in Transport Economics at the Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Turku School of Economics in Finland.

Dr Debbie Hopkins

Departmental Research Lecturer
Transport Studies Unit
School of Geography and the Environment
University of Oxford

Putting People into Driverless Cars
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In this presentation, Debbie will bring a socio-technical perspective to the emergence of so-called ‘driverless’ vehicles. Drawing insights from freight and passenger transport, I will bring to light the problems with current conceptualisations of automation, and consider the social and behavioural implications of these innovations.

Debbie is a Departmental Research Lecturer at the Transport Studies Unit, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford (UK). She works with the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand leading research into the emergence of automated vehicle technologies within the ‘Smart City’. From 2014 to 2016, Debbie was a research fellow on the Energy Cultures research programme at the Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago (NZ). Her research is broadly concerned with the social dimensions of climate change, the social practice of mobility, and low-carbon mobility transitions. Debbie has conducted research into both passenger mobility (e.g. transport to school, learn to drive behaviours) and goods mobility (e.g. automation for freight). 

Ian Christensen

Managing Director,
iMove Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) 

Tackling our transport challenges: the power of data and collaboration
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The current explosion of data and new technologies presents almost limitless opportunities to make improvements to our movement of people and goods. Harnessing the advantages however, requires vision and a multi-stakeholder, transdisciplinary approach. Ian’s presentation will describe how Australian-based companies are using the cooperative research centre model to deliver organisational objectives that translate into better transport options for individuals, industries and nations.

Ian has been Managing Director of iMOVE CRC since it commenced operations in July 2017. Prior to that, whilst CEO of Excellerate Australia, he led the team that developed the successful bid for iMOVE CRC, as well as overseeing the activities of the Automotive CRC and Automotive Supply Chain Excellence (ASEA) team. Ian was promoted to CEO of Excellerate (formerly AutoCRC) in January 2014 after four years as General Manager. Prior to this, he managed the operations of another CRC for four years.
Ian has more than 30 years’ experience in the manufacturing industry, ranging from automotive, paper, polymers, silicone products, and fine chemicals. His considerable working experience at the interface between industry and research enables him to manage the many stakeholders involved in the transport and mobility space and draw them into the collaborative processes required to address the complex problems and opportunities. Ian has a science degree and an MBA, and in addition to working in manufacturing has also had several roles developing and commercialising new technologies. He is the inventor on two patents and has extensive experience in licensing of intellectual property.



Peter Clark

New Zealand Transport Agency

Challenges of planning for rapid growth in Auckland
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Pete has been involved in the transport sector for 30 years and has held roles in research, lecturing, consulting, local and regional government. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Pete is a New Zealand citizen where he has lived for 15 years. Qualifications include an honours degree in economics as well as master’s degrees in City & Regional Planning and Transport Engineering from Imperial College, London.

Pete is currently on the Advisory Boards for the Centre of Infrastructure Research and the Department of Civil Engineering at Auckland University. He was the Chief Strategy Officer at Auckland Transport prior to joining the Transport Agency as Senior Advisor Demand Management. He is also currently the Acting Regional Relationships Upper North Island Director.

Pete is married with 3 children and lives in Auckland.


Prof. Graham Currie

Director Public Transport Research Group,
Monash University
Director Monash Infrastructure Institute

 Autonomous vehicles, shared mobility and the future of public transport
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This papers explores reality vs the hype of autonomous vehicles and what are termed shared mobility modes and how they will act to influence future urban public transport.   The presentation debunks views that public transit has no future and illustrates how increasing shared vehicle occupancy is a critical issue for future cities.  A new development; ‘transit fusion’ is also described.   This is a presentation of a new paper to be published in the special edition of the Journal of Public Transportation on the future of PT.

Prof Currie is a renowned international Public Transport research leader and policy advisor with over 30 years experience.  He is founder and Director of the Public Transport Research Group at Monash University which in 2015 was identified as one of the top 3 research groups in the world by an independent European review of the field.   Graham has published more research papers in leading international peer research journals in this field than any other researcher in the world.    In July 2016 he won the best research paper prize at the 14th World Conference on Transport Research in Shanghai.   Also in 2016 he won the William W Millar prize for best research paper from the US Transportation Research Boards Annual Meeting in Washington DC, the largest transport conference in the world.  Prof Currie also won the William W Millar prize award in 2012 and is the only person in the world to win it twice.  In 2017 Prof Currie won the Research Impact award from the Australian Road Research Board.

Professor Currie specialises in research on public transport markets, route and network design in transit, transit futures and social and economic benefits of urban transit.   In 2017 Professor Currie became the first Australian and one of the few non-Americans to become a Chair of a research committee at the US Transportation Research Board, part of the US National Academy of Sciences.  He chairs the Light Rail Transit Systems Committee in Washington DC.  In 2017 Professor Currie was elected to be a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Prof. Grant Covic

Power Electronics and Inductive Power Transfer Research
The University of Auckland

The Challenges and Opportunities for Inductive Power Transfer Charging of EVs on Roadways
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The ability to provide power without wires was imagined over a century ago, but assumed commercially impractical and impossible to realise. However for more than two decades the University of Auckland has been at the forefront of developing and commercialising this technology alongside its industrial partners. This research has proven that significant wireless power can be transferred over relatively large air-gaps efficiently and robustly. Early solutions were applied in industrial applications to power moving vehicles in clean room systems, roadway lighting, industrial plants, and in theme parks, but more recently this research has helped develop technology that has the ability to impact us directly at home and around our cities.

The seminar will show some of the early motivations behind the research. It will then describe how the technology has been re-developed to enable battery charging of electric vehicles without the need to plug in, and more recently how it is being imagined to change the way we drive in the future.

Grant is a full professor at the University of Auckland. In the mid 90’s he began working with Prof. John Boys to develop the technology of resonant Inductive (contact-less) Power Transfer (IPT) and in the early 2000’s they began jointly leading a team focused on AGV applications for traditional markets, and redeveloping EV charging solutions.

Today Grant’s research and consulting interests are focused on industrial solutions using IPT. Over the past 15 years he has published more than 140 international refereed papers in this field, worked with over 40 postgraduates and filed over 40 patents, all of which are licensed to various global companies in specialised application fields.

In 2010 he co-founded (with John) a new global start-up company “HaloIPT” focusing on electric vehicle (EV) wireless charging infrastructure and was joint head of research from formation until sale. During this time HaloIPT received the Clean Equity Monaco award for excellence in the field of environmental engineering and two NZ clean innovation awards in the emerging innovator and design and engineering categories. Grant and John have been awarded the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Science Prize, the Vice Chancellors commercialisation medal and the KiwiNet research commercialisation awards for scientific research which has seen outstanding commercial success.

Grant is a senior member of IEEE and a fellow of both the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, and the Royal Society of New Zealand.  Presently he heads inductive power research at the UoA and co-leads the interoperability sub-team within the SAE J2954 wireless charging standard for EVs. 


Prof. Stef Proost

Centre for Economic Studies
Hogenheuvel College, KU Leuven,
University of Leuven, Belgium

Decentralising Transport Policy
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In most countries, transport policy decisions are often decentralised at the regional or local levels due to better access to local information and the efficiency in decision-making. However, when the actions or decisions of one region result in significant impact on other regions, there is a need for federal (or national) intervention. It is difficult to maintain the right balance between the two levels because federal decisions tend to be uniform, and there could be differences in political decision preferences between federal, regional and local jurisdictions.

Technology developments can lead to a future with increased decentralisation of transport policies. For example, fuel taxes could be replaced by distance charges, by cordon pricing in cities and distance charges for electric cars could also be applied. Will these decentralised policies be more efficient? With the use of simple economic models, Stef has carried out a range of studies to look into various efficiency and welfare implications of selected transport policy interventions and the potential issues facing the federal and regional jurisdictions.

In this presentation, Stef will discuss:
• How best to allocate transport infrastructure investment between regions considering efficiency and welfare implications?
• Is it better to use interregional transport investments to help lagging regions or are there alternative policies?
• What are the potential coordination problems between federal and regional jurisdictions when applying localised policy interventions such as traffic calming, distance charging, congestion charges or carbon taxes?

Stef Proost is full professor at the University of Leuven and held visiting professor positions at KTH Stockholm, ENS Cachan (Paris), University of Cergy (Paris), UIUC (Illinois), UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara. At the KU Leuven he teaches transport, environmental and energy economics to economists and engineers. His research group deals with economics of transport, environment, energy and transport. He has particular interests in optimal pricing and investment in transport, choice of policy instruments for environmental policy and energy pricing questions.

He has co-developed the TREMOVE and GEM-E3 models that are used in the EU to assess environmental policy in the European transport sector and to assess economy-environment interactions in the EU economies. He is the co-founder of the spin-off Transport Mobility Leuven (TML). Before joining the KU Leuven academic staff in 1989, he worked as a researcher in electricity modelling and pricing at CORE in Belgium, obtained a PhD in public economics and he worked as a manager of an energy modelling team of the Belgian Government (Science Policy). 



Leaders Forum Speakers

“What are the opportunities and future challenges within the transport system and where can data and research add value?”

Chair: Professor Jillian Anable, University of Leeds  Read More

Jillian’s current research direction investigates ‘the future of the car’ – bringing together technological and societal developments including electrification and new mobility services to explore the concept of ‘car usership’. She applies socio-psychological theories and methods to the understanding of variations in car ownership, mobility patterns and resulting energy demands over time and space. This includes the design of qualitative and quantitative surveys and secondary data analysis to evaluate transport policy interventions at local and national scales.

Gary Dolman


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Dr Gary Dolman is Head of the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE): the research arm of the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. BITRE provides economic analysis, research and statistics on infrastructure, transport and regional development issues to inform Australian Government policy development and wider community understanding.

Fergus Gammie

CEO, New Zealand Transport Agency

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Fergus has spent his whole career working in the transport sector with his first job being at School Transport with the Education Department.
Fergus took up the role as Chief Executive of the New Zealand Transport Agency in March 2016 where he’s responsible for a team of over 1400 and an investment programme of $4.5 billion per year.

Prior to that he was the Deputy Director, Transport Infrastructure and Services at Transport for NSW. This was at a time when the NSW government was restructuring transport to become more fully integrated and customer focussed. He led a team of 1700, managed an operating budget of A$5 billion and projects totalling A$11 billion. He led projects that included building a new Busway for Sydney’s northern beaches and the ‘OPAL’ smart card ticketing system that allows integrated travel on all forms of public transport. Before that, Fergus was the CE of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) and then COO at Auckland Transport (AT) at a time that was crucial for Auckland. Both organisations were focused on using a wider diversity of transport modes to solve the Auckland’s transport issues.

Fergus’ passion for transport comes from the contribution it makes to people’s lives and the role it plays in the future and prosperity of New Zealand.

Peter Mersi

Ministry of Transport

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Peter Mersi was appointed as Secretary for Transport and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Transport in July 2016.

Peter was the Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand for four years prior to this role and has spent the majority of his career in the Public Service. Peter has held senior leadership roles in Inland Revenue, the Treasury and spent six months as Acting Secretary for Internal Affairs.

Stephen Perkins

OECD-International Transport Forum

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Stephen Perkins is the Head of the Transport Research Centre of the International Transport Forum at the OECD. The Forum is an International Governmental Organisation for Transport Ministers with 59 Member countries. It is part of the OECD family of organisations, with a secretariat located in Paris.

The ITF holds an annual Ministerial Summit in Leipzig where strategic challenges for transport are examined with leaders of industry and civic society. The Transport Research Centre undertakes economic research in support of transport policy development. The Centre’s work covers all transport modes and most aspects of transport economics.

Stephen’s work at the Forum has focussed on issues of regulation, competition, investment, pricing and taxation, congestion and environmental protection. His previous experience includes energy industry restructuring and regulation at the International Energy Agency, work on economic regulation for a major gas utility and consultancy on energy policy and environmental issues for government and industry. He holds degrees on Energy Economics from Imperial College London and Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.

David Warburton

CEO, Auckland Transport

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David has been Chief Executive of Auckland Transport since its establishment in November 2010. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of professional services business CPG, a subsidiary of Downer EDI.

David has held a number of roles as Chief Executive / Director in a range of businesses including the energy, packaging, processing and farming sectors.

David has a doctorate in environmental engineering and is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers, New Zealand. Having started his professional career as an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois and Senior Lecturer at Massey University he comes with a breadth of academic, commercial and local government experience.

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