Date and time

Thursday, 9 September 2021
1pm to 2pm


via Zoom
Sydney, NSW 2000
This event has already taken place.

Join us as we highlight some of the innovations already in use across the transport industry - and what else the sector can do to play its role in progressing towards a net-zero world.

The construction and operation of transport infrastructure results in significant  greenhouse gas emissions  every year. As  community expectations change and governments set national and global sustainability goals, this webinar will highlight some of the innovations  already in use across the transport industry - and what else the sector can do to play its role in progressing  towards a net-zero world.

Moderated by Marko Misko, Partner HWL Ebsworth and Sustainability Policy Stream Chair, RA, we will be joined by a panel of experts including:

  • Ainsley Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Sustainability Council
  • Dr Geoff Allan, Chief Executive, Austroads
  • Michael Caltabiano, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Road Research Board

Date: Thursday 9 September

Time: 1pm - 2pm (AEST)

  12.30pm - 1.30pm (ACST)

  11am - 12pm (AWST)

ZOOM The Zoom link will be sent to you when you have booked on this event.  An email will be sent with the link on Tuesday.



This event is complimentary to RA members

RA Non members - $150 (inc GST)

Contacts: Rachael Rooney (Event queries) or Daniel Mellow (Booking queries)



This event is proudly sponsored by WSP



 Marko Misko – Partner at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

Marko is an infrastructure lawyer with 30 years of experience in putting together infrastructure deals.
Apart from advising on the usual issues, Marko has a strong focus on corporate social responsibility, and the the extent to which infrastructure can deliver D&I and broader sustainability outcomes.

In particular, Marko has a focus on working with First Nations people to further their involvement in the sector. This includes advice to government on how to structure and procure projects to maximise that involvement, as well as working closely with Indigenous business to assist in making the most of those opportunities.

Ainsley Simpson – Chief Executive Officer, ISCA

 As CEO of ISC, Ainsley fosters partnerships to advance sustainability; enabling industry to deliver infrastructure for our all communities.

 She has worked in an executive level at ASX listed organisations, with operational roles in the public sector. Her journey with ISC 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.

Geoff Allan – Chief Executive, Austroads

Geoff Allan was appointed Austroads Chief Executive in 2020. Geoff joined Austroads after six years as Chief Operating Officer for the National Transport Commission.

He has previously worked at the Queensland Department of Main Roads and the Commonwealth Department of Transport. In 2006-08 Geoff was the Director of Strategic and Legal Policy at the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency where he oversaw the development of the Queensland Government’s waste and resource recovery strategy and a significant overhaul of Queensland’s Environmental Protection Regulations.  Geoff holds a PhD in public sector management and a degree in town planning.  

As a displaced Queenslander with ties to Melbourne, Geoff is an avid Brisbane Lions member.

Michael Caltabiano – Chief Executive, ARRB 

Michael Caltabiano was appointed as Chief Executive of ARRB, in November 2016 after a very successful three years at the helm of the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA). Mr Caltabiano brings to the role of Chief Executive extensive experience in the flexible pavement and bituminous surfacing industry. ARRB is the National Transport Research Organisation for Australia and New Zealand with offices across Australia and is the national reference agency for infrastructure standards and delivery outcomes for State and Federal Governments.

Michael graduated from James Cook University with an Honours degree in Civil Engineering and commenced work with the Department of Main Roads, Queensland. He subsequently completed a Master of Philosophy degree at Nottingham University in the UK and researched the application of treatments to prevent reflective cracking from cement treated bases through asphalt pavements. He has also gained a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and is a qualified Company Director and Mediator.

He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors and also had an elected representative role and Local and State Government level for 10 years. His career has spanned across a wide range of areas including the delivery of large infrastructure projects, the development and planning of multibillion-dollar City Budgets and public representation, legislative engagement, and community representation.

Michael brings almost 35 years of experience, and great enthusiasm for the roads and transport sector with a particular focus on creating knowledge for tomorrow’s transport challenges and driving innovation to deliver an adaptable connected future.



Bookings are to be confirmed and paid in full 48 hours prior to the event.  Bookings received 48 hours prior to the event cannot be guaranteed unless a confirmation has been received by the Events Director. Cancellations should be notified in writing by email.  Cancellations received prior to one week before the event will receive a full refund less 25%.   No refund will be applicable for cancellations received after one week prior to the event although substitute delegates are welcomed.    

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