Mayor Luke Smith, City of Logan  

Mayor Smith is committed to building upon Logan City’s strong foundations, and pursuing new opportunities for the city in digital technology and advanced manufacturing, public private partnerships, and driving innovation and job creation to create a strong economy and a prosperous future for the city’s rapidly growing population.

Mayor Luke Smith was first elected as a Logan City Divisional Councillor in 2006, and served the community in this capacity for 10 years until his election as Mayor in 2016.

Mayor Smith was born and raised in the City of Logan, and prior to his time in Council, he worked in the television news industry and completed an Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati in the United States. During his ten years in Council, Cr Smith chaired a number of committees, and has been a panel member of several internal and external boards including: Chair of the Governance, Finance and Economic Development Committee; Chair of the Audit Committee; Member of the Executive Review Panel; Director of Invest Logan; Chair of the Logan Enterprises Board and Council’s Water and Waste Committee; and he is an active Ambassador for Kidsafe Queensland.

Joaquim Alvarez, Digital Business Transformation Strategist,
CEO, Forest Future Technologies Institute, Barcelona

As the Digital Business Strategist for the Barcelona City Council, Joaquim has been instrumental in helping transform the City of Barcelona into what Fortune Magazine recently called the Most Wired City in the World. Joaquim comes from a telecommunication engineering background, and is a specialist in software development and telematics communications. His passion for technology and its application to improve the quality of life of the people brought him to work for the Barcelona City Council and to found his own start-up company.

At the city, one of his primary roles has been the development and operational execution of a self-sustainable mobile ecosystem. This included defining a mobile relationship model between industry, government and citizens, as well as elevating the mobile industry in the City of Barcelona to the global level. He is the lead on a project entitled Apps4Bcn, a unique public- private partnership that aims to promote the creation and development of innovative initiatives that improve the quality of life of people through mobile technology, and encourage the adoption of these solutions by industry and Government.


Oscar Bedolla was appointed Director of the Department of Community & Economic Development in 2014. The department oversees all aspects of economic and community development, including housing and parking services.

Mr. Bedolla has 10+ years of experience working in real estate, municipal finance and project finance. Prior to joining the City in 2014, Mr. Bedolla worked on several large-scale complex infrastructure projects including: Capital Crossing in Washington DC, which fueled 2.2 million sf of mixed-use development; the Chicago Riverwalk Project, a finalist for the 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence; and the I-4 Ultimate Project in Florida, honored at the 2015 North American P3 (public-private partnerships) Awards and one of the largest P3 projects in the US.

Mr. Bedolla holds a Masters of International Public Policy and Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Hampton University. He also holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.

Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business

As the first member of her family to graduate from university, Minister Leeanne Enoch developed a life-long commitment to education early in her life.

She spent more than a decade as a high school teacher, working in a number of schools in South-East Queensland and in East London, where her passion for community development and social justice grew stronger.

After leaving teaching, Minister Enoch held senior roles in local and state government leading the development and implementation of policies to support some of Queensland’s most at-risk families.

Minister Enoch worked for the Australian Red Cross for almost seven years in leadership roles at the state and national level guiding humanitarian policy and programs to improve the lives of Australia’s most vulnerable.

She is a proud Nunukul/Nughi woman from North Stradbroke Island. She has two teenage sons.

When Minister Enoch won the seat of Algester in the 2015 Election, she became the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Queensland Parliament.

As a Member of the Queensland Cabinet, Minister Enoch previously held portfolio responsibility for Housing and Public Works, Science and Innovation.  Minister Enoch is currently the Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business.

Pro Vice Chancellor and
Head of Campus, Griffith University, Logan Campus

Lesley Chenoweth AO BSocWk, MSocWk, PhD is the inaugural Professor of Social Work and currently Head of Logan Campus at Griffith University.  She has more than 35 years experience as a social work and human service practitioner, academic and activist chiefly in the disability area.

Lesley’s research has spanned disability issues, delivery of services to rural and remote communities, welfare reform, recruitment and retention in human service organisations, and social work practice. Lesley is on the editorial board and is a reviewer for international journals in the social work and disability fields She is co-author, with Donna McAuliffe, of a leading social work text: The road to social work and human service practice now in its third edition (2012). Her work has been translated into Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

Lesley is a regular consultant to government and community organisations and has served on numerous boards and committees for disability, legal and family welfare agencies. She is a regular invited speaker at conferences both in Australia and overseas.

Lesley was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015 for her work in higher education and social work, and as a leading supporter of people living with disability. She was also named as one Australian Financial Review’s 2015 100 Women of Influence and winner of the Local/Regional category.

Liza Noonan
Executive Manager of Innovation at the CSIRO and leader of ON

Liza Noonan is Executive Manager of Innovation at the CSIRO and leader of ON – an accelerator designed for publicly funded research teams to achieve real world impact faster.

Liza has extensive experience in innovation and technology and was most recently CEO of Springboard Enterprises Australia, a US connected Accelerator for female entrepreneurs.

Liza is passionate about supporting Australians with big ideas build value and make innovation real – here and on the world stage. Liza is a Board Director at The Canberra Innovation Network and sits on the Executive Council of the IoT Alliance Australia.

Liza holds a Bachelor of Economics from UNSW and an Advanced Certificate in Management from the Danish Leadership Institute.

Chris Eigland
Chris Eigeland, Chief Operating Officer, GO1

Chris is a serial entrepreneur and internationally focused lawyer who is the co-founder and COO of GO1. At the age of 26 Chris had founded and run three international enterprises, each addressing a unique social challenge. In the wake of the devastating Haiti earthquake, he founded The Schoolbag, a not-for-profit that has distributed thousands of primary education supply kits to Haiti, South Africa and Vietnam.

Chris has worked with the South African Constitutional Court, was named Australian Young Innovator of the Year in 2014, and is currently serving as the Australian Youth Representative to the UN.

It’s this extraordinary background and diverse experience set that allows Chris to excel in his role as COO at GO1, and award winning online learning system with over 400,000 users around the world.

Oakley Kwon
Legislation Policy Manager & Innovation Specialist

Building Innovation capability is Oakley’s raison d’être. Experienced as an innovation specialist she has pioneered and championed innovation programs that have won awards and achieved outstanding results. With her unique insights into public sector innovation, Oakley has spoken to international audiences on the topic of connecting government through human systems and digital technology.

Admitted as a lawyer of the ACT Supreme Court, Oakley holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), and a Masters of Law (LLM) from the Australian National University. She has founded two small businesses, been appointed to the Boards of two Australian companies, provided leadership as CEO of an international innovation company, and has worked in the public sector as a policy expert for over a decade.

Oakley integrates academic research across a variety of subject matter from public administration, through to law, business management, workforce capability, entrepreneurship, and innovation to develop practical programs that empower.

Oakley’s personal vision is that within her lifetime, every child in Australia will have the fundamental skills and mindset they need to innovate.

Prof. Marcus Foth FACS
Director, QUT Design Lab
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Honorary Professor, School of Communication & Culture
Aarhus University, Denmark

Professor Marcus Foth is the director of the QUT Design Lab, founder of the Urban Informatics Research Lab, and Professor in Interactive & Visual Design, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. He is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Marcus’ research focuses on the relationships between people, place and technology. He leads a cross-disciplinary team that develops practical approaches to complex urban problems. He adopts human-computer interaction and design methodologies to build engagement around emerging issues facing our cities.

Marcus has authored and co-authored over 170 publications in journals, edited books, and conference proceedings. In 2017, he was made a fellow of the Australian Computer Society. In 2013, he received a Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award, and was inducted by the planning, design and development site Planetizen to the world’s top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology.

Paul Spiro
Chairman, Brisbane & National Property and Construction Group

Paul is Chairman of Gadens Brisbane and Gadens National Joint Venture. Paul is one of Australia’s most respected property and development lawyers. An expert in all areas of property law, commercial negotiation and facilitation. He is also the former representative of the Attorney General on the Queensland Law Society Council and Executive Committee.

Paul has been an active member of the Brisbane art community for many years and has spearheaded Gadens’ long-standing and significant support for the arts, and shaped Gadens’ culture of creativity and innovation.

The approach that both Paul and Gadens take to the arts is based on a philosophy of creative engagement designed to encourage the firm’s people to think outside the box and to feel comfortable sharing ideas.

Sandy Burgoyne
Researcher, Speaker, Educator and Principal at Citizen Cities 

Sandy Burgoyne, founding Director of the Future Cities Collaborative an initiative of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, is a researcher, speaker and educator in the field of smart and sustainable communities.  Sandy worked for 25 years developing and leading business strategies and transformation within the telecommunications, information technology and not-for-profit sectors and now works to build the capacity of industry, government and community to develop smart and sustainable cities.

Sandy holds a Masters of Sustainable Development from Macquarie University and Bachelor or Arts (Geography) and Diploma of Education from Flinders University of South Australia.  Sandy is the Principal at Citizen Cities, advisory Board Member at Cities Leadership Institute and holds several board director positions in Health and Education.

Dr Kate Thompson
Senior Lecturer, Educational Technology, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University

Kate Thompson teaches all things digital and technology related, and her latest teaching project is a new Graduate Certificate in STEAM Education. She has far too many research projects on the go. They tend to be with teams of researchers, using innovative analytic or data collection techniques, about connecting people and knowledge to answer some big questions about learning and teaching.

The underlying focus of Dr Thompson’s research is learning sciences, specifically collaborative learning and discovering patterns of learner interaction that could be used by an instructor to indicate progress through a task. Her research in this area influences how educators design for the use of a range of digital technologies as the tool around which collaboration occurs in increasingly complex face-to-face and online collaborative environments.

Rod Regier, Commissioner of Planning, Development and Legislative Services with the Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Rod Regier, Commissioner of Planning, Development and Legislative Services with the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, received an Honours Bachelor degree in Geography at the University of Winnipeg, and a Masters in Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo.

After graduating from Waterloo, Rod worked briefly with the Region of Hamilton-Wentworth in planning policy; then for 16 years with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in various capacities: municipal planning, regional economic development and provincial economic policy with a special focus on dialogue between business, labour and government on provincial competitiveness in global markets.

For 11 years, Rod provided leadership to a staff team and community of stakeholders implementing the Kitchener’s economic development strategy Make it Kitchener ( During that time, the City became known as a dynamic centre for innovation in the Toronto Waterloo Region Corridor.