Keynote Speakers


Martin Griffin

Martin has over 20 years’ experience in engineering design and management, with the recent 10 years specifically within the Maritime Defence sector. He has 8 years’ experience as an Executive Engineering Manager and is a

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Vernon Ireland

Vernon Ireland has spent a little more than half of his working as an academic and the remainder in industry. In academia he was Dean of the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at UTS

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Bill Parkins

Bill Parkins completed his role of Principal Engineering Manager and Chief Engineer at Rockwell Collins Australia on 30 June 2018.

Bill had a 25 year career in the Royal Australian Navy progressing from a Naval

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John Welford

John holds a master’s degree in Electronic, Systems and Control Engineering and a PhD in mechatronics. He has previously worked in the defence and automotive industries, but is currently exercising his cross-domain systems engineering skills

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Roger McCowan

Roger McCowan is a senior Systems Engineer whose professional experience spans more than forty years during which he has specialised in systems engineering across both the Defence and commercial sectors. He has extensive experience in

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Emma-Rose Tildesley

Emma-Rose is a Senior Intelligent Transport Systems Engineer with experience across telecommunications, rail, building and road industries. She has experience in requirements definition, architecture design, asset management and detailed design. She is the current secretary

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Jawahar Bhalla

Manager Solutions & Technologies, CAE ME-APAC

JB is a passionate professional with over 28 years’ experience across complex projects, with particular strengths in Systems Thinking (ST), Systems Engineering (SE), Modelling and Simulation (M&S). Interoperability and

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Luke Brown

Luke Brown is the Australian Department of Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) Chief Engineer.  In this role he is responsible for the quality of engineering across the organisation.

Luke joined the Royal Australian

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Kambiz Maani

Professor Kambiz Maani is a scholar and author in Systems Thinking and Complexity.  His academic and consulting career spans 30 years in the USA, Australasia, and Asia, including visiting positions at MIT, London Business School,

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Katherine Eastaughffe

DPhil, BSc(Hons), FIEAust, CPEng

Director and Principal Consultant

Katherine is a systems engineering and assurance practitioner with over 23 years’ international experience in industry and academia. Initially trained as a mathematician and computer scientist, Katherine has

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Michael Psalios

Michael Psalios is a professional engineer with experience in mechanical engineering and systems engineering. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide in engineering and applied mathematics, and an INCOSE Associate Systems Engineering Professional.

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Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik

Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik is a Senior researcher at School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of New South Wales at Australian Defence Force Academy, in Canberra. He has a PhD in Complexity management of

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Ray Hentzschel

Ray is the Immediate Past President of the SESA.  He has 39 years of software and systems engineering governance, management, design, code and test experience in real time military applications.

In this capacity Ray negotiated

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