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Keynote speakers

We are thrilled to announce the keynote speakers for the ATRF 2023, as we have lined up an incredible roster of keynote speakers.

Peter Woronzow

In November 2021, Peter Woronzow was appointed to the position of Director General – Department of Transport, which also sees him hold the concurrent roles of Chief Executive Officer of the Public Transport Authority and Commissioner of Main Roads. Peter had been undertaking the role since March 2020. Peter is responsible for setting the strategic direction of transport for the State, shaping the development of all major integrated transport plans and leading the implementation of some of WA’s most transformational capital projects. Prior to his appointment at Director General, Peter held the role of Managing Director Main Roads since 2016. Peter is a member of CPA Australia, Chairman of the Australian Road Research Board, Director on the Board of Austroads Ltd, and is an ex officio Board Member of Infrastructure WA.

Dr Alan Finkel AC

Dr Alan Finkel AC is a neuroscientist, engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Career highlights include 23 years running US company Axon Instruments and 8 years as Chancellor of Monash University. Alan was Australia’s Chief Scientist from 2016 to 2020, during which time he led the National Electricity Market Review, the development of the National Hydrogen Strategy and the panel that advised the Australian Government on the Low Emissions Technology Roadmap. As Special Adviser to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technologies in 2021 and 2022, he brokered bilateral low emissions technology partnerships between Australia and each of seven key countries and chaired the Australian Government-hosted Sydney Energy Forum. He is currently Chair of Stile Education and a corporate adviser on climate change technologies. His book, Powering Up: unleashing the clean energy supply chain, was published in June.

Click to see his book: Powering Up

Glenn Lyons

Glenn is the Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility at the University of West of England, Bristol, UK. He is also Vice-President of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation. Spanning between academia and practice, he specialises in addressing transport sector developments in the context of ongoing and uncertain social and technological change. He has been instrumental in bringing forward the ‘decide and provide’ transport planning paradigm and led the development of FUTURES – a six-stage vision-led approach to strategic planning for an uncertain world. He is the overall co-ordinator of the three-year pan-European project ‘Triple Access Planning for an Uncertain World’ and since 2019 has been the technical lead in a ‘Futures Support’ call-off contract with the UK Department for Transport (DfT). With his recent roles as a member of the Wales Roads Review Panel, Chair of the Road Investment Scrutiny Panel, and previous senior-level secondments into the DfT and the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, Glenn has considerable experience of stakeholder engagement. He is a vocal supporter of the need for decisive and urgent action to address the climate emergency, as well as the need for further progress on diversity and inclusion within the transport sector.

Click to see his project: Triple Access Planning for an Uncertain World

Adrian Warner

Adrian Warner was appointed as Road Safety Commissioner in Western Australia in April 2020. During this time he has overseen the development of the Driving Change road safety strategy for WA. He came to the role with over 18 years of executive management experience in the WA public sector including four years as a CEO for Workcover WA, and immediately prior to taking on the Road Safety Commissioner role had held senior executive roles with a focus on inter-governmental relations, remote community housing, social housing policy and housing data and research. Outside of work, he has been involved in coaching and administrative roles with a number of community sporting clubs and is currently a Director of the Perth Redbacks Basketball Association.

Professor Graham Currie FTSE

Prof Currie is a transport research leader/ policy advisor and Directs the Public Transport Research Group (PTRG) at Monash University Australia. He has published over 200 research papers in leading international research journals. In 2013 he won the TRB William W Millar prize for best research paper in public transit at the US Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. In 2016 he won the prize again and is one of only two people to ever win it twice. Prof Currie was Chair of the Light Rail Transit Committee at US Transportation Research Board between 2016 and 2022. He is currently a Board member of the Singapore LTA Research Advisory Board and the Swedish Centre for Research on Public Transport. In 2020 he was presented with the Transport Medal for outstanding contributions to transport by Engineers Australia. Prof Currie is President of the Australasian Transport Research Forum.

Click to see his full profile: Professor Graham Currie Profile

Professor Julie Lee

Prof Julie Lee is currently the Director of Research and Research Training at the UWA Business School, Director of the Centre for Human and Cultural Values, and a Professor in the Marketing discipline. Julie’s research investigates how deeply held personal values influence people’s beliefs, attitudes and behaviours. She has published widely in top international journals and received several awards for her work, including the Charles R. Goeldner Article of Excellence Award for the 2020 article making the greatest contribution to the tourism research literature in terms of its impact on tourism theory and management practice in the prestigious Journal of Travel Research. She also published several books on international and cross-cultural business and marketing.

Conference program

Printable version

Click the link below to download the printable version of the program. We will be updating the website with web version of the program shortly.

Please note that each presentation will be 15 minutes long, followed by 5 minutes questions.

Download the program

Site visits

Bicycle field trip

This field trip features a bicycle tour of the streets surrounding UWA, to hear from representatives of WA Department of Transport about current practice and design interventions for cycling in Western Australia. On this tour we will discuss Safe Active Streets, bicycle network planning, bicycle level of service, intersection treatments and station access for bicycles. The field trip will leave from the conference venue at 7 am and return at 9 am on Friday 1st December (please note that the concurrent session starts at 9.30 am). The cost of the field trip is $30 and will cover bike/helmet hire and morning coffee. This field trip will require a minimum of 15 people to make the bike hire viable. Registrations close 12 November 2023.

RNOC visit

Join us for a presentation and tour of the Road Network Operations Centre (RNOC), a purpose-built, world-class facility designed to help manage congestion, optimise road network safety and performance. The RNOC visit will be held on Wednesday 29 November at 12.35 pm.

The facility delivers situational awareness and a common operating picture, to enable rapid, effective, and data-supported decisions in a real-time environment. It facilitates collaboration with critical first responders to manage operations, emergency incidents and events. With a focus on the customer journey, the RNOC incorporates technological capabilities required to address the current and future road network management needs; including operating WA’s Smart Freeway network.

Electric bus tour

Join us for a presentation on ‘Transperth’s EV bus experience to date’, followed by an electric bus tour to Perth CBD. You will hear about Transperth’s current fleet of electric buses and the recent announcement of additional EV’s joining the CBD bus fleet. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions. The E-Bus tour will be held on Wednesday 29 November at 1.05 pm.


Please register below to attend the site visits.