Keynote Speakers

Marcos Arizti
Chief Executive Officer


Marcos Arizti holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering combined with more than 10 years of experience within waste management in the Nordic Countries.

Originally from Bilbao (Spain) but started his career in Finland as a Project Manager at BMH Technology Oy, a turnkey waste treatment plants provider, where he was awarded with best Young Project Manager in Finland in 2014. Since then he has been appointed to various roles including Business Development Manager in Europe for a municipality owned company in Norway.

In January 2019 he started leading StalkIT to be one of the biggest NB-IoT asset tracking start-ups at the European level with more than 30.000 units online in 9 different countries and three main verticals, waste, livestock and equipment. The company has successfully managed to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic and its ready for the overseas expansion with the growing demand of digital solutions in both farming and recycling industries.

Shane Fitzsimmons
Resilience NSW


Shane Fitzsimmons was appointed as the inaugural Commissioner for Resilience NSW and Deputy Secretary, Emergency Management with the Department of Premier and Cabinet from 1 May 2020.

He is currently the chair of the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC), the State Recovery Committee (SRC), Board of Commissioners (BOC) and the National Emergency Medal Committee (NEMC). This appointment followed a distinguished career with the NSW Rural Fire Service of over 35 years, serving as both a volunteer and salaried member.

In 1998 he was appointed an Assistant Commissioner with the RFS and has held portfolio responsibilities for Operations, Strategic Development and Regional Management. In 2004, he was appointed the inaugural Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Visiting Fellow to the Australian Institute of Police management (AIPM) for a period of 12-months, developing and delivering programs in management and leadership.

During the period of September 2007 – April 2020 he was the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service and was also the Chair of the NSW RFS Bushfire Coordinating Committee and the Rural Fire Service Advisory Council. He was also a member of the NSW State Emergency Management Committee and the NSW State Rescue Board
(SRB) and was Chair of SRB from 2008 to November 2015. In July 2012, he was appointed a Board Member of the NSW Government Telecommunications Authority.

He was appointed a Director of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) in March 2008 and was the Chair of the NAFC Board from 2009 to 2013. He was a Director on the Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre from 2009 to 2014. He was a member of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council from 2007 and was a member of its Board from November 2016 to November 2019 and held the position of Deputy President upon retirement from the Board. In January 2016 he was appointed as a Councillor of the Royal Humane Society of NSW Inc. Additionally, he is a patron of two charities – Kids Xpress and Coffee 4 Kids.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons has been awarded the Rural Fire Service Long-Service Medal for more than 30 years, the National Medal in recognition of more than 35 years, and the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM). He has also been acknowledged with a Paul Harris Fellow and a Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire through Rotary Clubs of Berowra and Sydney. He has most recently been announced as the 2021 NSW Australian of the Year, and the Australian Father of the Year 2020 through The Shepherd Centre.

Romilly Madew
Chief Executive Officer
Infrastructure Australia


Romilly Madew AO FTSE was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia, in early 2019 and is responsible for overseeing Infrastructure Australia’s critical role in helping governments prioritise projects and reforms that best serve our communities.

Before joining Infrastructure Australia, Ms Madew was CEO of Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years. In acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, Ms Madew was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019.

She is currently a Member of Placemaking NSW Advisory Committee and Independent Chair of the Currawong State Park Advisory Board (NSW). Ms Madew was recently on the Expert Advisory Panel for the CSIRO Report on Climate and Disaster Resilience and a Commissioner for the Northern Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission.  She has held Board positions with the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and Sydney Olympic Park Authority.  She has sat on numerous Federal Government panels including the Cities Reference Group, National Sustainability Council, Climate Futures Independent Expert Group and the National Urban Policy Forum.

Ms Madew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Technology, Honorary Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia and Life Fellow GBCA.  She is an active member of Bilgola Surf Life Saving Club as well as being involved in programs at both a State and National level for surf life saving.  She is a Founder and Board member of Minerva Network, supporting our elite female athletes, which includes Romilly mentoring a member of Australia’s Olympic Team.

Ainsley Simpson
Chief Executive Officer
Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia


Ainsley has worked in an executive level at ASX listed organisations, with operational roles in the public sector. Her journey with ISCA has included the deployment and continuous development of IS Rating Scheme, as well as actively investing in building capacity in the ANZ infrastructure industry.

Prior to migrating to Australia, she actively participated in multi-scale housing and civil infrastructure projects in Southern Africa. Project involvement spans environmental assessment and management for transport infrastructure as well as utilities, including transmission assets, water networks, waste facilities and telecommunications. With a keen interest in building capacity and accelerating approvals processes, she specialised in the development of local and state government decision-support tools for sustainable planning and management.

Ainsley has academic credentials in business management and environmental science.

Thought Leaders

John Comrie
Local Government Association


John is a former head of the South Australian Government’s Office for State/Local Government Relations and prior to that the Local Government Association of South Australia.

For the past 15 years he has consulted and conducted training courses nationally, focussing primarily on local government financial sustainability issues.

He is a co-author of IPWEA’s International Infrastructure Financial Management Manual and has written other guidelines material and conducted training courses for IPWEA to assist councils with financial sustainability and asset management. Most recently he has helped prepare content of IPWEA’s new and successful international online course, Professional Certificate in Infrastructure Financial Management.

Ashay Prabhu


Co-Founder of Assetic – Australia’s leading Strategic Asset Management (SAM) Company. Created the vision in 2005 with Joel Brakey (Co-Founder) to combine deep rich asset management SME in infrastructure with deep rich software acumen.

Assetic set the benchmark for SAM in Australia with the largest market share in Australian Government agencies. From 2015 the business expanded significantly to Transport and Facilities in Australia and subsequently Canada and USA from 2017.

With a platform that works across all infrastructure classes and can integrate to any ERP eco-system, Assetic provides infrastructure owners the ability to solve for infrastructure deficit, stimulus funding, needs based budgeting and long term financial planning. The platform also caters for asset accounting in those jurisdictions that require componentised infrastructure valuations based on fair-value methodology.