Dr Megan Clark AC, Chair, Australian Space Agency
Daniel Lipshut, Chief Executive, Israel Aerospace Industries Australia;
Niki Scevak, Co-founder, Blackbird Ventures;
Alex Grant, CEO, Myriota and
Moderator - Mike Kalms, Partner, KPMG
The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce in association with KPMG and Celestino are delighted to invite you or a colleague to attend a business briefing event on 1 June 2018, where a panel of leading experts will discuss the key issues in the development of Australia’s space industry.
How can companies, public policymakers and politicians most effectively stimulate a sustainable space industry in Australia, and increase Australia’s share of the global space industry? What (if any) competitive advantages does Australia possess? How can companies, public policymakers, politicians, and other agents capture the public imagination?
What are the existing and potential flow-on effects for the broader Australian economy and innovation from developing a strong and sustainable Australian space industry? How can Australia most effectively collaborate with our regional neighbours to share expertise, resources, and initiatives? What lessons can Australia learn from other countries’ experiences?
Dr. Megan Clark AC
Chair, Australian Space Agency
Former Chair, Prime Minister’s Expert Review Group on Australia’s space capabilities
Board member, CSL Limited, Rio Tinto, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Advisory Board
Megan Clark was the chair of the Prime Minister’s Expert Review Group on Australia’s space capabilities. She is currently the Chair of the Australian Space Agency, director of CSL Limited and Rio Tinto, and a member of the Australian advisory board of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She was Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) from 2009 – 14, and before that a director of NM Rothschild & Sons (Australia) and Vice-President Technology and Vice-President Health, Safety, and Environment at BHP Billiton from 2003 – 08. She holds a BSc from the University of Western Australia, a PhD from Queen’s University, Canada, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chief Executive, Israel Aerospace Industries Australia
Daniel Lipshut is Managing Director of Israel Aerospace Systems in Australia, Israel’s largest defence company and only satellite OEM in Israel. He has been an executive in the defence industrial sector of Australia for over 25 years. An experienced company director and executive, Daniel has served as Chief Executive Officer of both large listed and small private corporations. He is currently a non-executive director of Praemium Limited (ASX: PPS), Sunnyvale Ventures Australia, One Atmosphere, The Association of Unmanned Systems Australia (AAUS) and Intercorp Telecommunications. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Defence Industry Study Course and holds an MBA from the University of Technology Sydney.
Partner, Blackbird Ventures
Niki Scevak is a co-founder and partner at Blackbird Ventures, a venture fund that exists to supercharge Australia’s most ambitious founders, irrespective of where they are based. The fund initially focused on software-as-a-service businesses with global ambitions, but has increasingly shifted into areas such as space tech and robotics. Their investments now include Gilmour Space Technologies, which fly low-cost rockets into space carrying nano-satellites and recently signed an agreement with NASA, and nano-satellite tech start-up Fleet, who will be launching at least 100 nano-satellites between 2018 and late 2020, forming a constellation that will provide free low-bandwidth internet connectivity for IoT devices in remote areas of Africa, parts of Asia, South America, Australia and other unconnected regions.
Chief Executive Officer, Myriota
Alex Grant co-founded Myriota in 2015 who developed world class satellite Internet of Things (IoT) technology to connect any device, from any location on earth, at ultra low cost. Myriota's direct-to-orbit satellite solution removes the need for any towers, gateways or other terrestrial communications infrastructure. He previously co-founded Cohda Wireless, the world’s leading developer of safe vehicle and connected vehicle design solutions and services for automotive machine-to-machine communications. He was previously a professor and director of the Institute for Telecommunications Research at the University of South Australia. He has published a book, over 150 technical papers, holds many intelligent transport and wireless communications patents, and served previously as associate editor of the journals the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.
Lead Partner – Australian Defence Industry & Space, KPMG
Mike is a Partner within the Advisory team of KPMG Australia working primarily on the Defence Industry, Space and Strategy lines of business. He is a veteran program designer and stakeholder management expert with over 25 years commercial and Defence experience. This expertise extends into strategy creation and analysis where Mike has advised all levels of Government on their defence and industry portfolios, ambitions and plans. He is a LinkedIn contributor and regular moderator at Defence events.