Stephan Knoll was elected as the Member for Schubert at the 2014 state election.
In January 2017 Stephan was promoted to the State Liberal Shadow Cabinet, taking on the portfolios of Police, Emergency Services & Corrections, and Road Safety. Following the 2018 state election, he was appointed as the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government and the Minister for Planning.
Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Stephan worked for his family business, Barossa Fine Foods, including ten years as General Manager.
Martin was born and raised in Adelaide. As a city resident, business owner and educator, Martin is committed to serving the City of Adelaide. Martin is married to Genevieve, an advertising and global communications professional, with whom he operates a city-based consultancy firm.
At 27 years of age, Martin opened his first retail store in Regent Arcade and grew that business into a successful national enterprise, with 16 stores and 220 employees. Martin went on to study an MBA and became the General Manager of the Rundle Mall Management Authority between 2010 and 2013.
Martin co-founded the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation in South Australia and has served on a number of boards including the South Australian Youth Arts Board (SAYAB), Rundle Mall Management Authority (RMMA), Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB), Property Council of Australia’s Mainstreets Committee and the Bay to Birdwood Run Inc.
Martin has also worked as a lecturer for MBA students where he has taught entrepreneurship, new venture creation, strategic marketing and other subjects in Adelaide and interstate.
As Lord Mayor, Martin is focused on further enhancing the City of Adelaide’s reputation as a great place to live, learn, work, play and visit.
Martin and Genevieve enjoy the arts, music, cycling, heritage and cultural tourism.
Matthew Doman is the South Australia and Northern Territory director for the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), the peak body of the Australian oil and gas industry.
Matt is a former journalist and press secretary to two Australian Government Ministers. He has also held senior corporate affairs roles at leading Australian oil and gas company Santos and has worked closely with industry, government and regional communities in South Australia and the NT.
Prior to working in government and industry, Matt spent 13 years in journalism in Australia, Latin America and the United States. He has worked for publications including The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Economist, Financial Times, International Financing Review, AméricaEconomía and The Hollywood Reporter. Before beginning his career in journalism, Matt spent five years working for a major Australian bank.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Economics from Flinders University.
Richard Price was appointed Defence SA Chief Executive in October 2017, after joining the agency as Executive Director Defence and Industry in July 2016.
During his time as Executive Director, he assisted in developing and delivering a program of activities aimed at sustainably growing the defence presence and the defence industry base of the state.
Richard has worked within the defence and public safety sectors for over 25 years and has international industry experience in leadership, business development and engineering.
Prior to joining Defence SA, Richard led a Stockholm based business unit for Saab AB with operations in Sweden, Denmark, Australia, South Africa and the UK. The focus was the global market for communication and control room solutions.
Before moving to Sweden in 2013, Richard was Managing Director of Saab’s Australian operations which have a strong presence in South Australia supplying and sustaining combat system, training and civil security solutions.
Richard is an engineering graduate of the University of Wales (BSc Hons, 1985) and a graduate of the Melbourne Business School Advanced Management Program (2006) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2010).
George Panagopoulos is the Project Manager for the Northern Connector Project.
George commenced his career with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in 2008. Since that time, he has held a variety of roles on a number of significant road and rail infrastructure projects, including the O-Bahn City Access Project, the award winning Goodwood Grade Separation Project and the $2b Rail Revitalisation Project. In 2014 George was named South Australia’s AIPM’s Young Project Manager of the year.
George is working closely with Lendlease Pty Ltd, the main works contractor on the Northern Connector, to deliver the $985m project.
Mr Vince Scanlon has been involved with the aviation industry for over 20 years, with a previous background in consulting engineering and construction management.
Mr Scanlon joined Federal Airports Corporation (Adelaide Airport) in 1997 as part of the ‘due diligence’ process during the sale and privatisation of Australian Airports. Subsequent to the sale he was appointed as the Executive General Manager, Airport Operations and Infrastructure by Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) where his responsibilities encompassed infrastructure, airside safety and security compliance and facilities management.
His current role as Executive General Manager Planning & Infrastructure includes master planning and development of commercial and aeronautical infrastructure.
During his career with AAL, Mr Scanlon has provided design input and oversight into the development of Adelaide’s new terminal. This was Australia’s first greenfield terminal to be built in over a decade and the first full ‘common use’ facility in Australia. More recently he was involved in the long term aeronautical planning of the Terminal Precinct Area, including road realignment for improved vehicle set-back, multi-story carpark, elevated passenger bridges and public transport interchange facilities.
Mr Scanlon is Chair of the ACI Asia Pacific Regional Aviation Security Committee and a member of the ACI World Security Committee.
Mario Russo is an experienced Project Manager employed by McConnell Dowell, with a track record successful delivery of high profile infrastructure projects in South Australia.
During his career Mario has held a variety of roles on projects such as the O-Bahn City Access, Riverbank Pedestrian Bridge, Adelaide Desalination Plant, Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand Redevelopment and Common User Facility.
Mario is currently the Alliance General Manager for the $160 million Public Transport Projects Alliance in Adelaide. The Alliance involves participant organisations The Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure, McConnell Dowell, Mott MacDonald and Arup, and is responsible for the delivery of a number of initiatives including the Oaklands Rail Crossing Grade Separation Project and the new Port Dock Railway Line.
Mr Brian Green holds the position of General Manager Asset Management and is responsible for asset management, project delivery and maintenance of ARTCs Interstate Network which covers some 7,500 kms from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Port Augusta, Broken Hill, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Coffs Harbour and Brisbane.
Brian has an honours degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Management and commenced his career in the coal mining industry in the UK and is an indentured time served mining electrical craftsman. Brian’s career has spanned 38 years with 20 years in senior executive and general management positions. He has extensive experience in the mining, electricity generation and distribution and rail industries in asset management, engineering and project management.
Over the years Brian has been involved with and has been responsible for delivering millions of dollars of electrical and rail infrastructure across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Brian was recipient of Engineers Australia, National Electrical Engineer of the Year Award for 2013.
Tom Georgis is SolarReserve’s Senior Vice President of Development, responsible for driving SolarReserve’s continued growth through initiating and developing projects and business opportunities across the US, Latin America, Asia and Australia.
Over the past 10 years, his efforts have resulted in the development of a portfolio of 1,100 MW of 24-hour solar thermal projects in Chile, a 3,700 MW portfolio of both solar thermal and PV in the United States, 300 MW of solar projects in Central America, and 800 MW of solar thermal and PV solar projects in Australia.
Georgis led the development and financing of SolarReserve’s flagship Crescent Dunes 110 MW project in Nevada, the world’s first utility scale solar thermal project with integrated molten salt energy storage. He was instrumental in signing a long-term Generation Project Agreement with the South Australian Government to build a 150 MW solar thermal power station with 8 hours of energy storage in South Australia. Georgis is also in the process of advancing strategic partnerships that will facilitate the deployment of the company’s advanced technology in China.
Georgis has more than 28 years of development and operational experience in the energy, technology, and government service sectors. He has held several senior management positions and his diverse expertise includes structuring transactions for energy and infrastructure projects, leading all aspects of energy project acquisition and managing greenfield project development.
Georgis earned his Masters of Business Administration from the Anderson School at the University of California Los Angeles. Georgis also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Northwestern University. Georgis served nine years as a Naval Special Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. He also serves on the board of the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Dariusz Fanok is a Senior Project Manager at the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) in South Australia. He received his Bachelor Degree of Engineering with Honours in Civil Engineering from the University of Adelaide in 1998. Some of the projects he has worked on include the Goodwood Junction Rail Grade Separation, recognised by winning numerous awards; the Marino Rocks Greenways shared path – Anzac Highway underpass; O’Sullivan’s Beach Rail Cutting Stabilisation; and the $100 million Adelaide – Melbourne corridor safety upgrade program and recently the $160 million O-Bahn City Access Project. Dariusz is currently the Senior Project Manager for both the $620 million Darlington Upgrade Project and the $85.5 million Flinders Link Project.
Simon Keith is the Manager Assets and Projects at the City of Playford, his current role is responsible for Council’s asset management and project delivery teams, which includes an annual budget of $25-30 Million, and asset portfolio worth just under $1Billion.
Having worked in both technical and managerial roles, Simon has spent 12 years in the general field of civil engineering including open pit mining, civil construction, consultancy and local government. He has a strong passion in smart design projects, strategic asset renewal and best practise lifecycle management, which has seen him serve a stint as board member with IPWEA (SA) including becoming a ‘Fellow’, as well as presenting at numerous conferences on the future of civil engineering. Through the Local Government Association (SA), he recently co-authored and published design requirements that consider standards for quality asset design and construction within local government, the document 'Infrastructure Guidelines (SA)’, is the culmination of research and the formulation of a benchmark for the Australian civil industry.
As an avid four wheel driver, Simon is often found out beyond the boondocks putting his knowledge of soil and rock strength characteristics to the test.
Kieran’s role is to oversee the development and operations of T-Ports in Australia. Originally from Ireland, Kieran’s background is in shipping and grain trading and he has worked with a number of well-known global companies in the industry.
Kieran has worked with Sea Transport Corporation since 2014 where he was responsible for the creation and development of a portfolio of agricultural and mineral port projects in Australia and Asia.
Kieran was CBICS / KCH Steel International Sales and Procurement Manager, responsible for creation and development of a portfolio of suppliers and customers in Asia. He was subsequently appointed Managing Director, taking on team management and strategic development worldwide.
Kieran previously held the position of European and Eastern European Grain Trading Manager at A.C. Toepfer where he was responsible for market risk, trade profitability, analysis, strategy and the management of pan European trading.
During his other previous positions as International Commodity Manager and World Product Manager at Cargill, Kieran was responsible for managing the full trading and back office team, worldwide coarse grain trading, pan European wheat and coarse grain trading, as well as Company representation with the European Union.
Kieran holds a Masters of Economics from The University of Dublin and is fluent in German, English, and French.
Wendy has extensive experience working with Federal, State and Local governments and considerable knowledge and experience working in the areas of intergovernmental relations, economic development, governance, industrial relations, education and training.
Previously the CEO of the Local Government Association, Wendy built strong relationships across all spheres of government to ensure effective service delivery and funding to local communities. She also played a leadership role in enhancing the performance of local government, initiating projects for best practice in governance and management approaches, and commissioned various independent inquiries and research projects to demonstrate needs and determine appropriate responses. All the work undertaken within the local government sector was subject to extensive consultation and engagement by councils in metropolitan and regional areas.
Wendy has held memberships with numerous professional associations in addition to various board appointments, building on her broad network of contacts in both the public and private sectors. As the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, Wendy brings the ability to connect community organizations, government and the private sector to achieve outcomes.
Wendy will work with the Kangaroo Island community, businesses on the Island and in the region, the Kangaroo Island Councils, State/Federal governments and with key Kangaroo Island Industry bodies and other stakeholders to ensure that the economic, social and environmental needs of the community are clearly defined and met. The Commissioner will also be working closely with the community to maximise the benefits realised by over $171 million of projects that are underway or in the planning stages on Kangaroo Island over the next three to five years creating population growth and over 300 new jobs.
With over 25 years of diverse industry experience, Mark has an extensive knowledge of complex manufacturing processes, technologies and scales of production and a career that spans Australia, Japan, Europe, Africa and the US. He holds a Master of Management (Manufacturing) and in 2014 was named the inaugural ‘Manufacturing Fellow’ at the CSIRO.
Mark co-founded Advanced Focus in 2005 with a passion to help companies grow and compete globally by increasing the value they create in their products and services. This is achieved through innovative technologies underpinned by efficient ‘smart factory’ systems, processes and skills.
Advanced Focus has worked with a diverse range of Australian and international businesses within the advanced manufacturing, defence, resources, food and agri, and services sectors. The Company helps its clients ‘see the future’ by understanding the potential impact and opportunity brought by disruptive technologies. Through their independent evaluation Advanced Focus helps their clients quantify the opportunities to improve both business effectiveness and efficiency using data and real experience to assist in decision making and change support for effective adoption.
Nesimi Ertugrul received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and the M.Sc. degree in electronic and communication engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., in 1993. Since 1994, he has been with The University of Adelaide, where he is currently an Associate Professor.
His primary research interests include power electronics, microgrid and battery storage systems, emerging magnetic materials in high efficiency rotating electrical machines, renewable energy (PV and Wind) systems, autonomous vehicle technologies, condition/power quality monitoring and data acquisition systems.
A/Prof. Ertugrul leads the Power Electronics and Electrical Machines research group in the School of EEE, which accommodates various industrial linked project and research students.
A/Prof. Ertugrul has published 2 sole authored books and 4 book chapters. He has been the guest editor of 2 journals and key note speakers in various conferences. Dr. Ertugrul has also been the author of over 140 conference and journal articles and 4 patents.
Helen Edmonds is SA Water’s Manager of Water Assets and has over 20 years’ experience in the utilities and oil and gas sectors. Helen’s previous roles include, Strategic Asset Management Manager with SA Power Networks and Water Planning Manager for Watercare Services Limited in Auckland. She has also worked as a consultant in the water and the oil and gas industries in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. With a degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Fluid Mechanics, Helen is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, and both a Chartered Professional Engineer and an Executive Engineer.
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