Speakers

Featured Speakers

Mr Ed Ebrahimian

Mr Ed Ebrahimian
General Manager,
City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting

Bio

Ed Ebrahimian is the General Manager/ Director of the Bureau of Street Lighting in the City of Los Angeles. He has more than 30 years of experience with the City and was appointed General Manager 12 years ago. He is responsible for the 2nd largest municipal street lighting system in the USA with over 219,000 streetlights and 400 different styles ranging from modern, decorative to historic and provides illumination to more than 4,500 miles of streets.

Ed Ebrahimian has overseen the largest international retrofit of urban LED road lighting resulting in cost savings of $7.5 million in electricity and $2.5 million in maintenance.

Topic

Streetlights are desirable for Smart Cities with new cutting edge technologies and revenue generating applications

Mr Scotty Hutto

Scotty Hutto

Lighting Services Business Unit Manager,

Georgia Power Company, USA

Topic

Challenges of leading an electricity utility to convert more than 600,000 street lights to LED and controls.

Professor Rune Elvik

Professor Rune Elvik
Professor, Research Scientist and editor of the 1st and 2nd editions of “The Handbook on Road Safety Measures”,
Norwegian Institute of Transport Economics

Bio

Professor Elvik was the lead editor of the internationally acclaimed 2nd edition of the Handbook of Road Safety Measures and joint editor-in-chief of the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention. He is Professor of Road Safety Studies at Aalborg University (Denmark) and Lund University (Sweden).

His main areas of research include evaluation of the effects of road safety measures, research synthesis by means of meta-analysis, and cost-benefit analysis. He has taken part in international research organised by the European Commission, the OECD, the European Transport Safety Council and the US Transportation Research Board. He is a member of the Norwegian Association of Political Scientists, the Society for Risk Analysis, and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Topic

Strong international economic and safety research evidence exists for road lighting: an opportunity missed?

Mr Wayne Martin

Mr Wayne Martin
City Engineer,
City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Bio

Wayne S. Martin, P.E., is the City Engineer for the City of Harrisburg Pennsylvania, USA, responsible for the operations of city streets, bridges, streetlights, traffic lights and sidewalks.

Mr. Martin is also responsible for the design and construction administration of all transportation assets in the city of Harrisburg. His background as a structural engineer for transportation infrastructure worldwide is complimented by a Juris Doctor degree and experience as an attorney on construction legal issues. Mr. Martin is a frequent university lecturer on government contracting and construction law.

Topic

LED and Controls: getting the job done in an American city

Speakers

Paul Gowans
Principal Engineer Electrical & Furniture,
City of Sydney

Bio

Paul Gowans is Principal Engineer, Electrical & Furniture, City of Sydney. Sydney was the first city in Australia to install energy-efficient LED public lighting deployment, which was voted winner in the 2014 IPWEA (NSW Division) Engineering Excellence Awards. Paul has also managed the extensive City of Sydney trials of CMS controls technology.

Paul has over 35 years experience in consultancy, construction and Local Government management and has presented technical papers at many national and international conferences. In his native Scotland Paul managed an electrical and lighting business and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Institution of Lighting Professionals UK.

Paul is currently a member of the Standards Australia AS/NZS1158 road lighting committee, and the AS 4282 Control of the obtrusive effects of outdoor lighting committee.

Topic

Sydney’s Journey towards modern street lighting

John Comrie
JAC Comrie Pty Ltd, Local Government Financial Consultant

Topic

Financial viability of Councils taking over responsibility for street lighting in South Australia

Dr Kellie Pendoley
Director,
Pendoley Environmental, Australia

Topic

What about the little penguins and tortoises? The effects of artificial light at night on our ecology

Steve Coyne
Director,
Light Naturally Pty Ltd

Topic

Applying International Street Light Energy Standards to Australia and New Zealand

Varant Meguerditchian
Senior Manager, Stakeholder Engagement & Public Affairs,
Standards Australia

Topic

The benefit of Australian standards in the roll-out of advanced street lighting technologies

Julian Chisnall
National Traffic & Safety Engineer,
NZTA

Topic

Leading the Roading Authority Way with NZTA M30 specification 

Robert Fuller
CEO,
IPWEA

Topic

The SLSC Programme

John Kettle
Partner,
McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Bio

John joined McCullough Robertson in February 2013 following a successful career in Dublin and London. He has almost 20 years’ experience in major transactional and project work in regulated industries including energy (gas and electricity), utilities, resources, transport, aviation and telecoms.  He also has a strong understanding of the government sector with considerable experience in privatisation and state transactional matters.  He is presently advising Sunshine Coast Council on its innovative street light project.

Topic

Transitioning from DNSP owned street lighting to Council owned lighting managed by a third party

Speakers, John Kettle and Ren Niemann, will explore the need for councils to consider how best to access and exploit existing and future public lighting systems.  In a fiscally constrained environment, councils need to understand what are the risks and opportunities and how they can deliver greater revenue.  John and Ren will address:

  • the importance of effective due diligence in managing risks
  • how councils can future-proof its opportunities
  • leveraging this undervalued asset base for alternative uses
  • the convergence of lights, technologies and mid-21st century urban life

Carolyn Vigar
Partner – Public law and regulation,
Wallmans Lawyers

Bio

Carolyn Vigar is a specialist legal adviser on public law and regulation.  Carolyn advises governments and regulated businesses in the energy, water, public lighting and transport sectors on issues of compliance, governance and reform.   As a designer of regulatory systems, Carolyn  has worked with all tiers of government and the private sector on achieving policy and commercial objectives through regulatory systems.

During her career, Carolyn has enjoyed considering the deployment of new or novel technologies within regulatory frameworks and the transition of utility services between the private and public sectors.

Topic

Illuminating the path – dispelling the legal myths regarding council provision of public lighting services

Dr Ron Gibbons
Director – Center for Infrastructure-Based Safety Systems,
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Bio

Dr Gibbons is Virginia Tech’s lead lighting and visibility researcher in roadway-based safety systems. He is the author of several published papers on roadway lighting, photometry and target visibility showing that lighting and visibility are critical to the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists on roadways, parking lots and garages. His research examines the effect of the spectral components of lighting and the use of adaptive lighting technologies that will adjust lighting based on need. Dr Gibbons is a past president and Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

Topic

Spotlight on “Just Right” for Road Lighting

Trevor Leighton
Technical Director Australia / Regional Technical Officer – AMEA / APAC,
Schréder Australia (Pty) Ltd

Topic

Abu Dhabi Street Lighting has one of the most advanced requirements in the world

Bryan King
Director,
Strategic Lighting Partners

Bio

Bryan King has a 30-year record of leadership and governance positions in lighting manufacturing and consultancy for the professional and local government lighting sectors.  He is a member of the AS/NZS1158 Road Lighting committee and chairs the Energy Performance Working Group, is a member of the AS/NZS Lamps and Luminaires committee and is  NZ Head of Delegation of the International Electrotechnical Commission committee for Lamps and Luminaires.  Bryan was the Founding Chairman of Lighting Council NZ and is currently Executive Director. 

As a principal of consultants Strategic Lighting Partners, Bryan has undertaken road lighting advisory assignments for New Zealand Government and Australian Federal Government agencies, NZ and Australian councils and LED lighting consultancy for the IFC-World Bank. Bryan is an advisor to the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Street Lighting and Smart Controls programme and is a co-author of the IPWEA Street Lighting and Smart Controls Roadmap.

Topic

Public Lighting Standards in Australia & NZ – Future options and pathways to adapt to changing user needs

Andy Legrand
Public Lighting Project Manager,
Local Government Association of South Australia

Topic

Financial viability of Councils taking over responsibility for street lighting in South Australia

Ren Niemann
Partner,
McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Bio

For more than 18 years, Ren has extensively provided all levels of government and the private sector with strategic advice on procurement, construction and infrastructure projects. His focus on these areas means his clients have confidence they are receiving the right commercial advice on the development and procurement of complex projects. Ren’s work spans all forms of procurement and major projects, including PPPs and project financed infrastructure. He is presently advising Sunshine Coast Council on its innovative street light project.

Topic

Transitioning from DNSP owned street lighting to Council owned lighting managed by a third party 

Speakers, John Kettle and Ren Niemann, will explore the need for councils to consider how best to access and exploit existing and future public lighting systems.  In a fiscally constrained environment, councils need to understand what are the risks and opportunities and how they can deliver greater revenue.  John and Ren will address:

  • the importance of effective due diligence in managing risks
  • how councils can future-proof its opportunities
  • leveraging this undervalued asset base for alternative uses
  • the convergence of lights, technologies and mid-21st century urban life

… and an unprecedented lineup of other high profile international speakers.

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