Convergence: Bringing it all Together.
Convergence: Bringing it all Together.
Shared Vision & Passion
David Lucido is Managing Director of Sentient Hubs, an advanced Decision Support Platform that solves complex multi-factor problems through collaboration.
Sentient Hubs is a cloud-based platform for integrated simulation and system-wide optimisation addressing the need to accurately model and account for the cumulative and cascading impacts of decisions across economic, environmental, and social dimensions.
David founded Sentient Hubs in 2017 following the acquisition of world-class science and technology from the University of Western Australia.
David’s vision to create a collaborative modelling platform to accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and address demand for science-based Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) by simulating cumulative impacts has produced a breakthrough innovation for global-to-local impact.
David is now dedicated to enabling the shift from ‘Smart’ to Sustainable by helping decision makers reduce cost, waste and carbon footprint by anticipating the cascading impacts of today’s decisions into the future.
Lee has over 20 years international experience spanning corporate, government and academic domains. Lee's work is at the forefront of scientific endeavour, and includes the merging of many technologies. He is the architect behind the Sentient Hubs Platform and heads the research and development program.
S. Karthik Mukkavilli, BE(Hons), MSc, PhD
AI/ML Computational Sustainability, Advisor
Karthik leads artificial intelligence efforts to help drive Earth sciences and global sustainability initiatives. He founded climate-tech AI startups with teams out of London, Montreal and Silicon Valley, supported by the McConnell Foundation, Creative Destruction Lab, Microsoft AI for Earth, and European Space Agency.
He is the founding chair of AI for Earth Sciences, and serves on the American Meteorological Society AI committee. He worked on the US Department of Energy’s exascale (billion-dollar) computing initiative with University of California and Berkeley Lab to advance Earth system models with machine learning.
During his Postdoc fellowships, he worked for a Turing Laureate in deep learning at MILA starting new AI initiatives in climate change, collaborated with IPCC Nobel Prize winning climate scientists at Berkeley, and at McGill Centre for Intelligent Machines he led AI for the environment, benchmarking efforts. He was a CSIRO Office of Chief Executive scholar in their Oceans & Atmosphere Flagship, Energy, Weather and Computational Informatics, Units, and a Research Fellow on Project Drawdown’s NY Times Bestseller.
Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, FRM
Multi Award-Winning ESG Specialist
Adjunct Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University - Financing a Sustainable World
Gabriel is Founder, Responsible Alpha, a thematic investment research manager with over 12 years’ experience as an award-winning ESG analyst (2014, 2015, 2020 & 2021), fellowship recipient (2001, 2002, 2005 & 2007), member of various NGO boards and scientific and financial technical committees, and advisor applying his scientific and investment technical skills to investors, lenders, exchanges, rating agencies, and companies across many sectors of the real-economy to support sustainable and equitable investment strategies.
He has published over 70 thematic research reports employing ESG integration skills, a couple of peer review papers, and hundreds of news articles on capital markets and ESG integration.
He is an adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches Financing a Sustainable World. He has also taught at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and at other universities. He holds the Certified Ecologist and LEED AP designations from the Ecological Society of America and the US Green Building Council respectively.
Finally, he spent almost a decade in public service as a volunteer regional environment and energy commissioner supporting a sustainable and just transition economy for the Washington, DC Metro region. His hobbies include mountaineering and alpinism. ocean sailing, running, and reading.
He splits his time between Austria where he lives with his wife and spending time in Washington DC and New York City. He has an MBA and MSc in Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan.
Gillian Marcelle, PhD
Impact Investment Specialist
Gillian is an established thought leader in the impact investment space, where her contributions and perspectives on diversity, inclusion, accountability and alignment with the SDGs are becoming influential. She is a senior leader in economic development and international business with a proven track record in attracting investment to emerging markets.
She is currently the managing member of Resilience Capital Ventures LLC and provides strategic guidance to a portfolio of commercial start-ups and social ventures. In the Caribbean region, she assisted international investor MPC Capital AG with its capital raising efforts in renewable energy and energy efficiency and initiated a blended finance partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative.
Her Sub-Saharan African activities include serving as a non-Executive Director of Tafari Capital Pty Ltd., an innovative fintech start-up in Joburg, South Africa. She previously held staff positions with the International Finance Corporation, as well as, with JP Morgan Chase. Gillian has also advised the United Nations on impact investment and innovation for the benefit of the global South.
Miguel Mujica Mota, PhD
Aviation Modelling, Simulation, & Optimisation Specialist
Miguel is an internationally recognised expert in aviation modelling, simulation, and optimisation. He has published multiple studies on sustainability problems related to airport operations including emissions, efficiency, and CO2 footprint.
Miguel is the Scientific director for Europe of International Group on Aviation and Multimodal Transport (www.igamt.eu), and is an Associate Professor at the Aviation Academy of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. He holds a PhD and a MSc. in informatics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a PhD and MSc. in operations research from the National University of Mexico. He is the current president of EUROSIM (www.eurosim.info) the Federation of Simulation Societies in Europe and the Chair of the Dutch Benelux Simulation Society (www.DutchBSS.org).
Miguel is the co-author of four books and has published more than one hundred scientific and general papers. Miguel's core competencies include: Aviation Simulation & Modelling, Algorithm Development, Optimisation, AI, Machine Learning and Air Traffic Management (ATM).
Dr Patrick Scolyer-Gray
Patrick has a deep understanding of how human factors contribute to, and are affected by, complexity and uncertainty. As a Cyber-Sociologist, Patrick is a socio-technical specialist with an established reputation for his ongoing contributions to cross-disciplinary research and problem-solving.
Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure Specialist
Pascal is a Transport, Logistics and Infrastructure specialist with over 25 years’ experience across Government and Private sectors.
Most recently, Pascal was WSP’s ANZ Transport Executive for Network Performance and Asset Information Services. This followed 8 years as an Executive Director at Main Roads, Western Australia where his strong understanding of cost effective and innovative infrastructure delivery supported the State’s long-term plans and strategies for transport infrastructure assets.
Engineering & Port Infrastructure Specialist
Bob is a recognised specialist in port planning and design with over forty years’ experience spanning project management, planning, design and contract management for both national and international clients.
After 8 years with government, Bob joined AECOM spending 34 years in both commercial and technical leadership roles. Bob established the AECOM Ports & Marine Group in Perth in 1988 and provided technical leadership in the group through to 2016.
Supply Chain & Logistics Specialist
Nigel brings international leadership experience in large-scale infrastructure, port operations, warehousing and supply chains.
Nigel’s previous roles include: Global Director – Ports, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Group General Manager - Storage and Logistics – Grain Corp, and CEO - Grain Growers Limited. Nigel has led complex change management programs to deliver business synergies, efficient cost structures and top line revenue growth.
Jack HC Kerklaan
Environmental Dredging Specialist
Jack has been working in the marine construction industry for more than 39 years, starting in the Netherlands with the Adriaan Volker Dredging Company. After four mergers and the resultant growth, he left Van Oord after more than 33 years working for the same Company, where he gained unrivalled experience on large-scale dredging and reclamation projects throughout the world.
Process Performance Specialist
Bobby is a highly-experienced leadership coach & continuous Improvement Professional.
He has significant expertise in proven strategies including Lean. Six Sigma, as well as being a founding partner of the internationally renowned John Maxwell Team.
Business Development, Energy
Arun is highly accomplished strategic leader with over 19 years of experience across Mining, Oil & Gas and Power industries. Expert in: Project Management, Risk Management, Strategic Planning, HR and HSE Management, Stakeholder Engagement and leading multi-functional teams.
Project Delivery, Energy
A Professional Engineer dedicated to continuous improvement, Ross has 25 years experience in Mining Infrastructure, Oil & Gas and Power industries. He has held senior positions with large international Engineering and Construction companies and is passionate for strategy implementation through stakeholder engagement and leading multi-functional teams.
Project Delivery - Analytics
Simon has over 12 years experience in the areas of business analytics, business intelligence and system development across the full system development life cycle (including Agile), covering the Mining, Oil & Gas and Utilities industries.
Dr Ian Oppermann
Chief Data Scientist and CEO
NSW Data Analytics Centre
Dr. Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist working within the Department of Customer Service, and Industry Professor at University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
Ian has 27 years’ experience in the ICT sector and has led organizations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO.
Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3500 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University.
Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, a Fellow and Immediate Past President of the Australian Computer Society, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian is also president of the Australia National Committee of the IEC and president of the JTC1 strategic advisory committee in Australia.
Former Managing Director
After various postings with Munich Re Group, including a period of eight years as President of Munich Re Japan, Heinrich joined Munich Re Australasia as General Manager Non-Life in 2003.
In 2005, Heinrich was appointed to the position of Managing Director of Munich Holdings of Australasia responsible for the life and non-life reinsurance and primary insurance operations of the Group in Australasia. In 2016 he retired from this role after 36 years of service for Munich Re Group.
IBM Global Technology Services
Andrew led IBMs IBM’s Global Technology Services (GTS) business unit in Asia, a multi billion dollar business with thousands of employees. He was appointed to this role in January 2009, with a two-year period (2013-2014) where he moved to the US to take on global leadership roles, based out of New York. Prior to this Andrew had many leadership roles at IBM at regional and global level.
Australia Indonesia Business Council
Phil has built a long and successful career as a Professional Engineer, Project Manager and Business Development Professional with over 25 years’ experience in Resources, Infrastructure and other projects. He has held senior positions with large international Engineering and Construction companies, including Hatch and WorleyParsons, where he served as Project Delivery Director (Mining & Metallurgy and Energy) and Operations Manager (Minerals and Metals) respectively.
President Hydrogen Society of Australia
Peter is a passionate believer and advocate for innovation. He is President at Hydrogen Society of Australia and Co-Founder and CEO at Innovate Australia.
Dr Vivienne Conway
Director, Web Key IT, Australian W3C Evangelist
Vivienne is an internationally recognised accessibility expert with a vision to enable full digital access for persons with disabilities. She is an ardent advocate for the effective recognition of the needs of people with disabilities and their inclusion in our digital society.
CEO, General MicroGrids
Terry is recognised as one of the ‘Top-20 Global Power Elite’. Terry is the former Chair of the International Microgrid Association and has served as Federal Advisor to the Dept. of Commerce NIST, as well as emerging technologies for the California Energy Commission.
Terry has chaired the Microgrid Alliance and the United Nations Foundation microgrid work groups. Terry specialises in the integration of renewables into balanced energy platforms for industries, businesses, cities and sustainable communities.
Martin Studdert AM
Former Director General
Emergency Management Australia
Martin is an internationally recognised expert in Nation-wide Emergency Management and Disaster Risk Reduction. He was awarded an Order of Australia for achievements as commander of the Australian and New Zealand contingent to United Nations Cambodia, and received an Excellence in Organisational Leadership Award, from Indira Ghandi University, India. Martin’s leadership and governance experience spans a number of National priority areas.
Tamara Close, MSc, CFA
ESG Specialist Advisor
Tamara has over 25 years of experience in capital markets and is founder of Close Group Consulting Inc. Tamara focusses on ESG integration practices for asset managers, general partners and asset owners, and recently launched an industry-leading ESG integration maturity assessment tool for investment managers providing standardized industry best practices in a scalable technology-driven solution.
She has held various front office investment management positions for the Bank of Montreal and Credit Lyonnais in the global derivatives and foreign exchange markets. She was head of research and risk management for a fixed income asset management firm in Montreal and later joined PSP Investments, holding senior management roles within the risk and public markets investment groups.