James Mabbott, National Leader - KPMG Innovate, KPMG Australia (Sydney)
James Mabbott is Partner in Charge for KPMG Futures and National Leader for KPMG Innovate. James and his team work at the intersection of signals of change across society, technology, economics and politics to identify and understand emerging trends and their potential to reshape and reimagine our world. A natural thought leader, James has worked across a range of public and private clients in the Financial Services, Telecommunications, Technology, Energy and Natural Resources, and Government sectors.
Dr Elizabeth (Beth) Jens, Propulsion Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) (Pasadena, CA)
Jens works on a cold-gas subsystem for Mars 2020. She is also designing the propulsion systems for interplanetary SmallSat missions.
Jens is involved with several initiatives to increase Australia's investment in the space industry. She appeared on Australia's Science Channel as an expert discussing Elon Musk's Mars plan. She took part in the Australia SXSW Festival. She supports Tech Girls Canada. In 2018 Jens was listed as a Game Changer by Vogue (magazine).
Jens is from Torquay, Victoria. She decided at the age of twelve that she wanted to be an astronaut, after seeing a talk from one of the Apollo astronauts in Geelong. She went to school at Sacred Heart College, Geelong, where she was encouraged to study maths and physics. She studied at the University of Melbourne, graduating with a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering and bachelor degree in physics in 2008. She attended an introductory course at the International Space University at Ames Research Center. She completed her graduate studies as a Fulbright scholar (sponsored by BHP) and Rotary International Scholar at Stanford University. After her Masters, Jens joined Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an intern, before beginning a PhD in aeronautics and astronautics. Jens was an Amelia Earhart Fellow in 2012 and 2014. She completed her PhD, "Hybrid Rocket Combustion and Applications to Space Exploration Missions" in 2016, under the supervision of Brian Cantwell and Scott Hubbard. Whilst still a student, Jens was recognised as an Emerging Space Industry Leader.
Lisa Callahan, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space
Lisa B. Callahan is Vice President and General Manager of the Commercial Civil Space line of business for Lockheed Martin Space. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of execution and growth for Commercial and Civil markets in human and robotic deep space exploration, communications, and weather and remote sensing. Ms. Callahan is also responsible for Michoud Operations and related activity at Stennis Space Center.
In her previous role as Vice President of Corporate Internal Audit of Lockheed Martin Corporation – reporting directly to the Lockheed Martin Audit Committee of the Board of Directors – Ms. Callahan provided independent, objective assurance and advisory activity to improve the Corporation’s operations. Under her leadership, Corporate Internal Audit determined the adequacy and effectiveness of the Corporation’s network of risk management, internal control, and governance processes as designed and represented by management.
Her prior leadership roles also include Vice President and General Manager of the Mission Systems & Training Undersea Systems line of business for Lockheed Martin Corporation, Vice President of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Maritime Ballistic Missile Defense Program, and Program Director for Lockheed Martin’s Simulation Training and Support business.
Ms. Callahan graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Currently, she is a member of the Dean of Engineering Advisory Board.
Jason Crusan, Vice President of Technology, Woodside Energy
Jason is the Vice President of Technology at Woodside Energy. With over 20 years’ experience in the space industry and as a former director at NASA, Jason is passionate about the opportunities that space provides for a sustainable future.