Future Series: Infrastructure

Future Series: Infrastructure
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FUTURE INFRASTRUCTURE: Reimagine and Rebuild

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The creation of new business models to transform the built world. 


Covid-19 has been the biggest disruptor for business, you have heard the word – pivot, adapt and the new reality.

This is a turning point for VR, virtual worlds, and the internet more generally. We may now truly be forced to create an equitable public common online, where historically we’ve had the fallback of real-life proximity.

By now, it is well known that usage of video-conferencing software like Zoom has exploded as a result of the Covid-19 shutdown. What is less known is that interest in avatar-based virtual worlds and business-specific adaptations.

We may not realize it, but the videoconferencing technologies we are using are right out of science fiction. Remember the TV series The Jetsons? We now have the videophones that George and Judy used.

The next leap forward will come from virtual reality, which is advancing at breakneck speed and will take us by surprise. Our business meetings, family vacations, and leisure activities will increasingly move into virtual worlds. A trip to Tahiti or Mars, perhaps? The holodecks from Star Trek are on their way.

This panel will address Bricks and Mortar versus Virtual infrastructure.

An emerging tech corridor in New York City has seen Facebook lease over 700,000 sf of prime commercial space during a pandemic when most of their employees are working from home. This area is popular with tech giants Apple, Amazon and Google.

Australia also needs to invest in the creation of industry clusters where the business community, education researchers and government can work together leveraging technology and innovation (such as Lot Fourteen).
William Ruh
Chief Executive Officer, Digital, Lendlease Corporation

  Tooran Alizadeh
Associate Professor of Urbanism and Telecommunication Planning Director of Urban Studies Major/Minor, The University of Sydney

James Sherrard
Partner, PwC Australia

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Webinar Details

Date  Thursday 12 November 2020
Time  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM AEDT
Webinar Link to attend the webinar will be sent after registrations have closed.

Speaker Biographies

William Ruh
Chief Executive Officer, Digital, Lendlease Corporation

Mr. William Ruh is the Chief Executive Officer for LendLease Digital. In this role, he is focused on building out advanced automation and analytics capabilities, as well as driving the global strategy, operations and portfolio of digital services across all of LendLease businesses. His portfolio includes the Innovation Group, Living Utilities, Technology in Property, DesignMake and the IT organization.

Prior to joining LendLease, Mr. Ruh was the CEO of GE Digital and the Chief Digital Officer for GE. He grew the overall GE digital sales 2.5x and established the GE Digital business unit. During his tenure, Mr. Ruh led the charge to develop the first cloud-based platform for the industrial world. A recognized expert in the emerging Industrial Internet of Things he helped establish the Industrial Internet Consortium, was a member of the US Dept of Commerce Digital Economy Board of Advisors, Executive Board member of the Bay Area Council as well as the Co-Chair of the Bay Area Council India Initiative and is a member of the board of the Magna Corporation. 

Tooran Alizadeh
Associate Professor of Urbanism and Telecommunication Planning Director of Urban Studies Major/Minor, The University of Sydney

Associate Professor Tooran Alizadeh utilises cross-disciplinary knowledge and methodologies to gain new vital perspectives into the ever-growing complexities of cities in the age of advanced technological challenges and opportunities. She has investigated the socio-spatial patterns of telecommunication infrastructure deployment in Australia and beyond; if and how the advanced infrastructure is accounted for in the strategic plans for the future of our cities; and finally the extent to which smart city initiatives respond to the strategic challenges of each city and its citizens. Her work has resulted in over 80 refereed publications; and made meaningful contributions to the public discourse around the urban and equity implications of the National Broadband Network in Australia - evidenced by numerous prime time TV and radio interviews, and hundreds of quotations in the print media.

James Sherrard
PwC Australia

James Sherrard is the National Managing Partner for the 400 strong Infrastructure team at PwC. James has 25 years experience in leading teams across the globe to deliver complex infrastructure projects. He has worked in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia on both heavy and social infrastructure projects. The infrastructure team at PwC works at all phases of a project’s lifecycle including strategic planning, business case development, financing, transactions, project management and property planning.

James has particular interest in project governance, risk mitigation and procurement planning. Whilst leading the team James continues to work with the pubic and private sector on maximising their return on investment. James is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has formal qualifications in building, business and law.

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