AmCham Industry Series: Infrastructure
Driving Business and Accelerating Growth
Does SA have the infrastructure – ports, roads, broadband access, and more….. to help business thrive? Our leaders are promising new growth and jobs through industries such as space and defence, and skilled migration to deliver on projects. Are the supports in place to deliver long-term economic goals - without compromising quality of life?
Mark Dowd, Founder and Executive Director, Smart Cities Lab
Prior to starting Smart Cities Lab, Mark served several different roles in the Obama Administration. He was a Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget and a Senior Advisor in the White House Council of Environmental Quality. Mark also was a member of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Task Force and served for three years as a senior member of the President’s Auto Task Force, where he worked on the historic restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler.
Mark also served as a Senior Advisor to U.S. Department of Transportation’s Secretary Foxx and a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology where he worked on issues related to technology and innovation. Mark’s nongovernmental service includes the Director and Assistant General Counsel at the Association of Global Automakers where he worked on policy development for advanced vehicle technologies
Hon Stephan Knoll MP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, Local Government & Planning
Stephan Knoll was elected as the Member for Schubert at the 2014 state election. He is a fresh voice for his electorate and is enthusiastic about making positive changes in his community.
Stephan has served as the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government and as the Minister for Planning in the Marshall Ministry since 22 March 2018.
In his role Stephan Knoll is dedicated to building a strong pipeline of productive infrastructure projects in South Australia.
Clare Boan, Mayor, City of Port Adelaide Enfield
Claire was raised in the country, in the Lower Lakes area, where her parents taught her strong family values, hard work, honesty and the ability to listen.
She has been a local councillor for the past eight years and her council journey began, when as a local primary school teacher, she developed her passion for being actively involved in the community.
Claire is married to Jonathon and they have three children, who are also active participants in their local community through school, sport and recreation. Her ability to actively improve the environments for our next generation as well as including them in this process, was the catalyst to run for Mayor.
Her hope is for the City of PAE community to continue to grow in inclusivity by providing safe and healthy environments for all people, while preserving natural and heritage beauty of the area.
Nikki Govan, Chair, Business SA
Nikki is currently chair, Business SA, the South Australian Chamber of Commerce and chair Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board.
Nikki owns and manages the national-renowned Star of Greece restaurant in Port Willunga.
She has an impressive pedigree in destination marketing in Melbourne and Adelaide, has developed several start-up ventures and has extensive experience in membership and not-for-profit business.
For many years, she ran her own marketing company See More Solutions (a play on her maiden name of Seymour-Smith) with clients that included Southcorp Wines, Department of Trade and Economic Development, Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, Magic Millions and BHP Building Products.
Nikki has served on a number of boards including the Technology Industry Association, Australian Red Cross (SA), Volleyball SA, the South Australian Motorsport Board and the Adelaide Convention and Tourism Authority.
In 2016 Nikki was a member on the panel advising the South Australian Government to Reduce Reoffending.
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