Mr Anthony Murfett
Deputy Head, Australian Space Agency
Mr Anthony Murfett is the Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency. Anthony reports to Dr Megan Clark AC and is responsible for performance of the organisation and has oversight of strategy, policy and operations.
Prior to this role, Anthony was the Minister Counsellor (Industry, Science and Education) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Anthony’s role was to develop and implement strategies to strengthen Australia’s engagement with the industry and innovation, science, research and education systems in the US and Canada. Areas of focus include the space industry and policy, innovation ecosystems, the digital economy, and resources policy.
Previously, Anthony was the General Manager of the Growth Centres Branch within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. His key responsibility was advising the Australian Government on the policy, design and implementation of the Industry Growth Centres Initiative (a key program focused on lifting the competitiveness of growth sectors in Australia). Anthony has also been the General Manager of the Productivity and Competitiveness Branch and the Precincts and Coordination Branch. In these roles he was responsible for advising the Australian Government on matters such as sectoral policy, IP policy and strategic industry policy. He has also been responsible for Australia’s Cooperative Research Centres program, which is focused on supporting medium to long term industry-led research.
Anthony has also worked across a number of areas within the industry and innovation portfolios within the Australian Government. These include the Australian Research Council and IP Australia (Australian Patent Office).
Anthony is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He also has a background in biotechnology and immunology.
Brent A. Jones, PE, PLS
Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, Esri
Based in Washington D.C., Brent Jones oversees Esri’s worldwide strategic planning, business development, and marketing activities for land records, cadastral, surveying, and land administration. As a recognized innovator, Jones specializes in modernizing existing land administration systems and designing new GIS-based cadastral management systems for small and large governments globally. He is a member of the URISA board of directors, past president of the Geospatial Information and Technology Association and a current member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Geospatial Information Management sitting on the Expert Group on Land Administration and Management. Established in 1969, Esri creates systems that drive all components of land and cadastral administration, including addressing, registration, taxation/valuation, planning, and development.
Head of the National Positioning Infrastructure Branch, Geoscience Australia
Gary Johnston is the Head of the National Positioning Infrastructure Branch at Geoscience Australia.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science (Surveying and Cartography) and a Masters Degree in Applied Science (Information Systems and Technologies).
Gary’s professional career has focused on Geodetic Surveying, particularly the application of the Global Positioning System (GPS) to measuring the changing shape of the Earth.
In Australia Gary oversees the Positioning for the Future Program. This program aims to provide positioning accuracies of several centimetres anywhere across Australia from GNSS technologies to support improved efficiency and safety in many industries, enhanced environmental management, and innovative societal applications.
Inter-Regional Advisor, UN-GGIM, United Nations Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Greg Scott joined the United Nations Statistics Division in early 2012 with the specific task of establishing the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and growing its role and relevance with Member States and related International Organizations involved in national, regional and global geospatial information management. In his role as Secretariat, Greg provides strategic policy advice and leadership, and guides the development, coordination and implementation of the substantive content for the Committee of Experts, including its High-Level Forum’s, international technical capacity development workshops, and other international fora.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Greg previously spent 25 years in Geoscience Australia in several key roles delivering Australia’s national topographic mapping and derivative geospatial programs and providing independent scientific analysis and advice in the use of geospatial information for environmental management, emergency management, critical infrastructure protection, and lifeline network functionality.
Greg possesses formal qualifications in Cartography and Survey Mapping, has a Graduate Diploma in Geography from the Australian National University, and is now completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne’s School of Engineering.
Principal Surveying, Spiire
Manager of Geodesy and Positioning, Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
Matt Higgins is Manager of Geodesy and Positioning in the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. He is a Member of the U.S. Position, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board, which advises the U.S. Government on GPS. He Co-Chaired a Working Group of the UN International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and is past Vice President of the International Federation of Surveyors. Within Australia, Matt is President of the IGNSS Association, a Member of Australia’s National Positioning Infrastructure Advisory Board and an Honorary Fellow of Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute.
NSW Surveyor General & Director Survey Operations
Narelle Underwood was appointed the 25th Surveyor-General of NSW in 2016 – the youngest person in 200 years and the first female to hold the position. A major role within state government responsible for the leadership and regulation of the land and mining surveying profession. She is the President of the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information (BOSSI), Chair of the Geographical Names Board (GNB) and the Surveying and Mapping Industry Council.
Mrs Underwood is a strong advocate within the surveying and spatial information field, particularly for its future development as it intersects with innovation and emerging technologies. She is also an energetic mentor for young men and women entering the profession.
Dr Tom Lewis OAM
Topic: The great air race in 1919 and how they navigated 18,000 km from England to Australia
A naval officer for 20 years, Dr Lewis served in Baghdad at the height of the Iraq war. Originally a high school teacher, he lectured at the Royal Australian Naval College and ADFA, and is in popular demand for radio, television, documentaries and public speaking. Awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to history, he was the historian for commemorations of Albert Borella VC’s WWI service, and the 75th anniversary of the Top End air raids. The author of 14 books, his most recent – The Empire Strikes South – a study of Japanese aircrew casualties in WWII, is being joined by current research on USAAF service.