Global Speakers


Amy Kulka-Marks

President & Owner; Member

XSite Modular; Modular Building Institute

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

AMY MARKS is the CEO and Co-Founder of XSite Modular Consulting.  XSite is an  off-site program manager and prefabrication consulting firm focused on enabling and optimizing the use of prefabrication in large, complex, technology-embedded buildings.  XSite has some of the largest global companies as their clients working on projects including high-rise, hi-tech industrial, healthcare, hospitality semi-conductor and mission critical.  Ms. Marks is an Alumna of the prestigious Harvard Business School and a graduate of the University of Florida.  She is an industry thought leader and a highly sought after chairperson and keynote speaker for international conferences on construction and innovation.  She is chairing the upcoming Advancing Prefabrication Conference in January in Dallas and teaches for the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA). Amy was appointed by the Government of Singapore to their Panel of Experts focused on Construction and Productivity.  She is the founder and moderator of the Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) a closed Group on LinkedIn and is trained in CoreClarity to deliver personal development and team dynamics workshops.  Amy and her team have worked on six of the seven continents implementing prefabrication.


Adam Strong

Owner & Managing Director


Exclusively at Sydney Session Only


Chris Johnson


Urban Taskforce Australia

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Chris Johnson is the CEO of Urban Taskforce Australia, an organisation that represents the property industry. In this role Chris has produced research papers on the structure of local government in NSW and publications on the future of our cities. He worked closely with local government as Executive Director in the NSW Department of Planning in developing the Housing Code, plans for regional cities and urban renewal generally. Before this he was NSW Government Architect for 10 years, a member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee, the Heritage Council of NSW and many government committees. Chris has written or edited over a dozen books on urban planning, architecture and cities. He has been adjunct professor at 3 Sydney universities and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012.

Palliative Speaker

Joseph Genco

Director, Technical and Regulation

Victorian Building Authority

Exclusively at Melbourne Session Only


Dr Masa Noguchi

Associate Professor, Environment Design

School of Architecture, University of Melbourne

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Dr Masa Noguchi specialises in environmental experience design research. He is a Chartered Engineer, Environmentalist, and Technological Product Designer registered respectively with the Engineering Council, Society for the Environment, and the Institution of Engineering Designers in the UK. In 2002, he also became a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and now he serves as a Certified Passive House Designer registered with the Passive House Institute in Germany. Dr Noguchi is the founding coordinator of ZEMCH Network which consists of over 670 partners from nearly 45 countries and initiated a number of industry-academia knowledge transfer events. At the Melbourne School of Design, he leads ZEMCH (Zero Energy Mass Custom Home) design courses, i.e. “Travelling Studio” and “Design Thesis Studio”, within the graduate program. Before coming to Melbourne, he was a Reader at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, The Glasgow School of Art affiliated with the University of Glasgow, where he established a ZEMCH pathway within the Master of Architectural Studies program. His research is based on ZEMCH engineering design and socially, economically and environmentally sustainable housing community developments in developed and developing countries. Inventing a “mass custom design” system approach to sustainable housing, he developed a digitalised interactive mass custom design communication tool, which was demonstrated in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon’s Canadian house 2005. In 2006, he designed Canada’s first net zero energy modular home – Alouette Homes’ EcoTerra house – built and commercialised in 2007 through the federal government’s EQuilibrium sustainable housing initiative/competition. He is active, contributing to Scottish and Brazilian ZEMCH construction projects.


Drenka Andjelic

Chair, Hotel Property Committee; Managing Director

Property Council of Australia; Construction Assignments

Exclusively at Melbourne Session Only

Drenka established Construction Assignments in 2006 and is sole owner and Managing Director of the company. She is a civil engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the property and construction industry. Drenka gained extensive experience in project management working in roles including Project Engineer with AMP Property Investments and Construction Manager with Accor Hotels. Drenka’s industry niche is the cost-effective design and construction of hotels. She has been responsible for the design and construction of 20 new hotels in the last 18 years. Construction Assignments represent developers and investors. Currently, they have two hotels currently under construction with a further two yet to be publicly announced. Drenka has received awards including NAWIC, CB Richard Ellis Businesswoman of the Year, 2011, UTS 2011 Alumni Award, Faculty of Engineering and IT for her exceptional business leadership in a traditionally male dominated industry. Drenka is current Chair of the Property Council of Australia’s Hotel Property Committee for 2015/2016. In 2014, she established the UTS Women in Engineering companion initiative ‘one of the guys’ where she serves as an accessible and inspirational mentor for young engineering students.


Steve Hayden

Procurement Expert & Senior Project Manager

Procurement Capital Works, ACT

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions


Andrew Bradley

Manager – Strategic Projects and Supply Chains

ICN Victoria

Exclusively at Melbourne Session Only

Andrew is one of the Managers of Strategic Projects and Supply Chains with ICN Victoria. Joining ICN in 2007, he brings with him over 40 years’ experience across the Construction, Infrastructure, Transport and Health sectors. Prior to joining ICN, Andrew worked in Jordan and Qatar, and has helped set up export distributors in Middle East, USA, Europe and SE Asia for local manufacturers. Andrew’s experience has assisted in determining and understanding our client’s needs and help identify relevant and achievable solutions. Some of the many projects he has been involved with at ICN include Ravenhall Prison, Royal Hobart Hospital, Melbourne Park, City West Police Complex and the Redevelopment of Royal Hobart Hospital.


A/Prof Tuan Ngo


APTES Group & ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Prof Ngo is the Research Director of the ARC Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (CAMPH) at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Research Leader of the CRC-P for Advanced Manufacturing of Building Envelope Systems. He has carried out significant research collaborations with industry to develop new products and perform R&D experiments of prefabricated building structures (facades, wall panels and floor slab systems). Prof Ngo has won a number of prestigious scientific awards, including the prestigious Eureka Science Prize (2013) for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia. He has been working as an expert on many projects to protect critical infrastructure against extreme events (blasts, impacts, fires, earthquakes). He is one of the pioneers in Australia carrying out research in the research area on safe and sustainable technologies for structures and high performance façade systems. Prof Ngo has also been leading the research and development of advanced protective materials and systems for a number of companies in the civil and defence industries.


Joyce Ferng

Associate Director – Building Structures


Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions


Makoto Ochiai

Product Development and Manufacturing Manager

Sekisui House Australia

Exclusively at Sydney Session Only

Makoto is a registered architect in Japan, specialized in product design and engineering of SHAWOOD product. He is responsible for product development of SHAWOOD home division in Australia.


Dino Vrynios

Architect (Strategic Development)

Grieve Gillett Andersen

Exclusively at Melbourne Session Only

Councillor of Australian Institute of Architects (SA)

Dino is an Architect at Grieve Gillett Andersen and Director of Escapod, a start-up exploiting Prefabricated and Modular Construction methodologies to facilitate innovative housing models.

In 2015, Dino was the Jack Hobbs McConnell Travelling Fellow in Architecture and spent 12 months undertaking independent research around the world in the field of Manufactured Buildings and now applies this knowledge on various construction typologies, from off-grid tourist accommodation to $250m Correctional Facilities.

Dino will share his observations from his time as the Fellow, opportunities to leverage automotive and manufacturing expertise in the construction industry and case studies for upcoming and live projects around Australia.


Nick Deeks

Managing Director

WT Partnership

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions


Nathan Hildebrandt


Fulton Trotter

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Nathan is passionate about delivering high quality outcomes for his clients. In his role as a Director, Nathan successfully leads a team of architects to deliver projects in the Education, Aged Care and Cultural sectors as well as leading OpenBIM process development for Fulton Trotter Architects.

Nathan’s key objective is the efficient and effective delivery of projects. To achieve his objective Nathan has led the strategic development of Fulton Trotter Architects Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes. The OpenBIM processes, developed by Nathan for Fulton Trotter Architects, are highly regarded and respected at both a national and international level. With a focus on sharing experiences and learnings Nathan has been invited to present at numerous National and International Conferences and Events.

He contributes to Industry in volunteer roles as the Sponsorship Manager of BrisBIM (a bi-monthly free BIM event) and as Stream Lead for BILT ANZ 2017 assisting in the development and delivery of the Construction, Estimation and ARCHICAD relevant sessions.

Palliative Speaker

Jonathan Evans

Design and Timber Technology Director

Tzannes Architects

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions


Jeremy Harkins



Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions


Glenn Day

Sales Director/Project Consultant

Stiebel Eltron

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Glenn has 22 years’ experience with STIEBEL ELTRON in operational, sales, product and market development roles. He has been involved in local and offshore project designs as well as product and market training in Germany and Asia. Glenn is a previous member of the Australian Standards committee for solar water heaters and heat pumps as well as the Clean Energy Council.

Palliative Speaker

Prof Jay Sanjayan


Spatial Technologies

Exclusively at Melbourne Session Only


Dr Philip Alviano

Sustainable Building Advisor

Master Builders Association of Victoria

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Philip has been employed as the Sustainable Building Advisor at Master Builders Victoria for the past 13 years and on building and construction related projects for the last 17 years. Phil’s extensive experience in education and training has informed the development of nationally recognised sustainable construction training programs and the national roll out of the accredited Master Builder Green Living program.

He has provided advice on sustainability solutions and onsite environmental management on projects ranging from large infrastructure developments to small residential building companies. Phil has also spent time working for the Environment Protection Authority Victoria, Melbourne Water, local government and as an academic.

In 2014 he received a fellowship from the International Specialised Skills Institute which enabled him to travel to Germany in 2015 to investigate job skills in the prefabricated construction industry. He has presented at forums and conferences both nationally and internationally.

Philip has a PhD in Ecology and land management, Masters of Environmental Science and a background in education.

Palliative Speaker

Mark White

Manager, Construction Supplier Register Infrastructure Policy & Assurance

Department of Treasury and Finance, Victoria Government

Exclusively at Sydney Session Only


Georgios Anagnostou


Jackson Teece

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Georgios is a senior associate at Jackson Teece architects. He joined the company  in June 2013 and provides over 25 years of experience in planning, design, architecture and construction.

As a carpenter and architect educated in Germany he has located to Sydney in 2002. His experience includes design and construction of timber engineered buildings and designs in a variety of sectors including healthcare and public buildings. His experience in ESD projects includes sustainable masterplans, ‘greenstar’ commercial developments and low to zero energy houses in Australia and overseas.

He is currently leading the design team for the AVEO Seniors Living development at Circa Norwest, Sydney – a 10 storey residential CLT tower under construction.

Palliative Speaker

Charles Northcote

Chief Executive Officer

BlueCHP Limited Affordable Housing

Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions

Palliative Speaker

Dr Jackson Yin



Exclusively at Melbourne Session Only

Palliative Speaker

Michael Zeng

Director of Operations


Exclusively at Melbourne Session Only

Palliative Speaker

Eddie Pallotta

Operations Director, Sync by Hickory

Hickory Group

Exclusively at Melbourne Session Only

Palliative Speaker

Ma Yihe


Winsun Building Tech

Exclusively at Melbourne Session Only


Gabriele Ulacco



Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions


Knut Menden



Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions


Edward Duc


Duc Associates

Exclusively at Sydney Session Only


Joachim Clauss

Associate Director


Both Melbourne and Sydney Sessions


Chris Kakoufas

General Manager (Development)

Cbus Property

Exclusively at Melbourne Session Only


Roger Wallis

Project Responsible Person, Building Fabric, Buildings and Property Division

Monash University

Exclusively at Melbourne Session Only

Palliative Speaker

Patrick Weeden

Managing Director

Scout Aerial

Exclusively at Melbourne Session Only

Patrick, a commercial pilot and a CASA Certified UAV Controller  is currently the group managing director of the Scout Aerial group of companies (Scout Aerial Media and Surveying Pty Ltd, Scout Aerial Systems Pty Ltd and Scout Aerial Africa Pty Ltd), heavily involved in RPAS innovation and new and emerging technologies and their potential application. Patrick is passionate about streamlining processes and utilising new technologies in order to maximise project efficiencies and service delivery. Patrick has over 9 years of team management and project execution experience within various, administrative, business, technical and voluntary roles. In his professional career Patrick has provided data management, quality management, risk management and communication strategies for monitoring and remote sensing programs across multiple industries. Complementing Patrick’s expertise in competently managing diverse and numerous data, other responsibilities and activities include: RPAS experimental design, analysis and manufacturing processes for remote sensing platforms. Patrick is extremely passionate about the RPAS industry, the applications for improving processes and using technology to create change for the better. With a fairly diverse exposure to many different capacities in the RPAS industry, he brings with him a keen understanding of project integration and safety system development. With a unique exposure to operations and regulation development in third world countries, as well as in Australia, he is able to work “between the lines” to ensure safety and operating standards are implemented and maintained in countries with limited RPAS resources.

Palliative Speaker

Assoc Professor Shoudong Huang

Robotics Expert

University of Technology Sydney

Exclusively at Sydney Session Only


Burkhard Hansen



Exclusively at Melbourne Session Only

Burkhard trained as a carpenter in Germany and has 15 years extensive experience in prefabrication and the Passive House energy efficiency standard. In 2011 he established CARBONlite | design + build with his wife Kate. Burkhard is also a Registered Builder, Certified Passive House Builder and Passive House Tradesperson Teacher.


Kylie Mills


Australian Passive House Association

Exclusively at Sydney Session Only

Director and Architect
BluKube Architecture

Kylie is passionate about achieving fulfilling design outcomes with client briefs and budgets; which are engaging and challenging. She is a registered architect and director of BluKube Architecture.

Completing the Passive House Design course in 2015, serendipitously awarded the course scholarship, and has become an advocate and enthusiast for ‘passive house’, and sustainable, low energy well-built buildings to be constructed in Australia. Elected to the Australian Passive House Association (APHA) board in 2017, and maintaining her role as NSW APHA representative.

She believes that this is the future of building in Australia that will be of great benefit – with increased comfort, lower expenses, improved health, and general well-being of building occupants.


Helmut Spiehs

Managing Director

binderholz Bausysteme GmbH

Exclusively at Sydney Session Only

Since 2006, Helmut is the managing director of binderholz Bausysteme GmbH, Austria. He has more than 20 years experience in commercialization, sales, marketing and technical consultation of Cross Laminated Timber CLT and Mass Timber Solution.

Palliative Speaker

Rowan Braham

Senior Innovation Engineer, Engineering Excellence Group

Laing O'Rourke

Exclusively at Sydney Session Only


Dr Kate Nguyen

Leader of the Innovative Fire Engineering (IFE) Group, Leader of the CRC-P for Advanced Manufacturing of High Performance Building Envelope Systems

Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Faculty of Engineering University of Melbourne

Exclusively at Melbourne Session Only


Prof Kerry London

Deputy Dean / Professor

Built Environment and Urban Transformation, Western Sydney University

Exclusively at Sydney Session Only

Professor Kerry London, a senior academic with an international research reputation, has 17 years academic experience and 12 years industry/government experience. She joined the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at Western Sydney University in 2017 as Deputy Dean and Professor Built Environment and Urban Transformation. She holds five prestigious nationally funded grants, three which are aligned to offsite manufacturing. She has published more than 160 peer reviewed publications, won over $3.0M in funding and supervised 11 Higher Degree Research students since 2003. She researches cultural and behavioural change for adoption of technological innovations in the built environment.

Palliative Speaker

Lew Deegan

General Manager

Modular Building Systems

Exclusively at Sydney Session Only

Lew is an executive with 25 years of senior management, consulting and leadership extensive experience in the building and construction industries, industrial products and business-to-business markets. He has had a long involvement in manufacturing of modular buildings and bathroom pods, manufacturing and distribution of building products as well as residential and commercial construction. He is General Manager of Modular Building Systems – one of Australia’s leading modular building manufacturers with a strong presence in markets including education, mining, construction and detention.

Palliative Speaker

Jason Reints

Sales Manager

Bliss & Reels

Exclusively at Sydney Session Only


Greg Boyer

Managing Director

Drone Ranger

Exclusively at Sydney Session Only

Greg founded the innovative drone consulting company Drone Ranger Australia in February 2016 where he both Managing Director and Chief Remote Pilot. Drone Ranger Australia specializes in providing corporate advisory and drone technology services to Clients in the property and infrastructure industries. Prior to starting Drone Ranger Australia, Greg had been Founder & Managing Director of the Propertylink Holdings Ltd infrastructure subsidiary (InStruct Corporation). From its inception in 2012, Greg built InStruct into a $1.5 billion AUM organisation until it was strategically divested to Plenary Group in January 2016 (prior to Propertylink’s ASX listing). Greg’s extensive project management and senior executive experience has been developed from a wide range of projects and businesses associated with the petrochemical, property and infrastructure industries. Significant projects that Greg has been directly engaged on include:

• Royal North Shore Hospital & Community Health Services PPP (St Leonards)

• University of Wollongong Student Accommodation PPP (Wollongong)

• NSW Schools PPP No.1 and No.2 (various locations)

• Long Bay Forensic & Prison Hospitals PPP (Long Bay)

• Spencer Street Station Redevelopment PPP (Melbourne)

• Regency Green – 25Ha industrial subdivision (Regents Park)

• Forum West – 290 apartment residential and commercial development (St Leonards)

• Wondakiah – 297 apartment residential development (Wollstonecraft)

• JUHI Project – aviation fuel depot and pipeline network (Sydney Airport)


Kevin Starling

Principal Designer & Builder


Exclusively at Melbourne Session Only

Kevin is a multi-award winning designer and builder of diverse synergistic structures incorporating sustainable building and design practices and products.

Kevin began his career over thirty years ago, gaining valuable experience in architectural design & documentation, presentation, structural documentation, specification writing, building supervision, contract administration, tendering and liaison with associated consultants, and local authorities.

Using this experience, in 1985 he launched his own company, Designology. Initially Kevin’s focus was on creating environmentally sustainable custom designs incorporating high end technologies for new homes and alterations.

Kevin’s passion is helping clients create their own, individual sanctuary, however he also recognised the need for a specific design that responded to our changing climate including the extreme weather events that houses in rural and coastal areas are often exposed to. His design brief included an extensive list of criteria that should be considered : environmental sustainability, durability, semi-prefabrication, low embodied energy, highly secure, fire and storm resistance. The Convertible House was born.