Summit speaker biographies

2 Rob Adams

Professor and Director of Design and Culture 

City of Melbourne, Australia

As Director of Design and Culture, he is one of six directors at the City of Melbourne. Through this portfolio, in 1985 Rob put in place the first comprehensive urban design strategy for the city. He has guided its implementation from strategic vision and implemented projects such as the City’s revitalisation project, Postcode 3000, Swanston Street, QV, Birrarung Marr, Queens bridge Precinct, Turning Basin and CH2. This comprehensive program over two decades is unique and has seen a reversal in the way the city is both perceived and as it functions. Rob’s division has received over 70 state and national awards for design excellence. He has been a visiting lecturer at RMIT and Melbourne University and in June 2004, the University of Melbourne recognised Rob's contribution to the University and the city with the title of Professorial Fellow within the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.



Bjørn Asheim 


Lund University, Sweden

Professor Bjørn Asheim is a major international figure in the area of Economic Geography. He holds the chair in economic geography at the Department of Social and Economic Geography at the University of Lund, having previously held the chair in human geography in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. Professor Asheim is co-founder and deputy director of CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy), a multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence in innovation research at Lund University. He is Visiting Professor at the Department of Geography at the National University of Ireland at Maynooth.

Asheim’s research interests are in the areas of economic and industrial geography, and regional innovation research, where his specialisations include: regional clusters, regional innovation systems and learning regions; SMEs and innovation policy; globalisation, and the geography of the creative class. Asheim has served as an international expert for UNCTAD, OECD and EU. He coordinated the EU project on "SME Policy and the Regional Dimension of Innovation" and is currently coordinating the European Science Foundation project "Constructing Regional Advantage". In 2008-2010 Asheim will be one of the key experts in the OECD review of higher education in regional development.



Richard Barbrook 

Associate Professor 

University of Westminster, England

In the early 1980s, Richard Barbrook was involved with pirate and community radio broadcasting. Helping to set up the multi-lingual Spectrum Radio station in London, he published extensively on radio issues during this period. Having worked on media regulation within the EU for some years much of his material was published in his 1995 book Media Freedom. In the same year, he became the coordinator of the Hypermedia Research Centre at Westminster's Media School and was the first course leader of its MA in Hypermedia Studies. In 2007, Richard moved to the Social Sciences School of the University of Westminster and published his study of the political and ideological role of the prophecies of artificial intelligence and the information society Imaginary Futures. Richard Barbrook is a founding member of Class Wargames and co-wrote the script to the group's film: Ilze Black (director), Class Wargames Presents Guy Debord's The Game of War.



Hugh Bradlow

Chief Technology Officer 

Telstra, Australia

Hugh S. Bradlow is Chief Technology Officer for Telstra and is responsible for investigating the future technologies that will impact Telstra’s business. Prior to joining Telstra in September 1995, Professor Bradlow was Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Wollongong in Australia and Professor of Electrical Engineering (Digital Systems) at the University of Cape Town. Professor Bradlow is a graduate in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1973 and received the D.Phil. degree for research in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne, and a recipient of a Centenary Medal from the Commonwealth of Australia. He was elected the joint 2009 Australian Telecommunications Ambassador of the Year.



Javier Carrillo

Professor and President

World Capital Institute, Mexico

An international consultant and a Professor of Knowledge Management at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, México, Javier is regarded as a world leader in Knowledge Cities and Knowledge Based Development. Director of the Center for Knowledge Systems since 1992, where he has lead nearly a hundred contracted projects. He is editor since 2002 of the annual Special Issue on Knowledge Based Development for the Journal of Knowledge Management as well as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Knowledge Based Development. He is founder and President of the World Capital Institute, the organization leading the MAKCi Awards (Most Admired Knowledge City), and the annual Knowledge Cities World Summit. He is also founder and Honorary President of the Iberoamerican Community for Knowledge Systems, founder and editor of the Knowledge Cities Clearinghouse He is listed in Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in Global Banking and Finance, and the Special Edition 2000 of The Barons 500.



Wesa Chau

Young Australian of the Year 2010 - State Finalist, Australia

Wesa Chau emigrated to Australia at a young age and while at university she witnessed the struggle international students faced. As a result she founded the Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS) in 2002. AFIS is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers, including Wesa who currently spends more than 30 hours each week helping international students and advocating for their rights. Her vision was to bridge the gap between international students and the wider community and to establish a one-stop shop to support international students. Achieving her vision has not been an easy task, however Wesa’s persistence has seen the organisation grow and secure an International Drop-in Centre and the planning of a 24-hour International Student Care Service in Victoria. AFIS is now a nationally recognised peak body. Wesa’s dedication makes international students’ integration into the university system a little easier.



Ana María Fernández-Maldonado

Associate Professor

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Ana María Fernández-Maldonado graduated as architect in Lima, Peru. Since 1992 she has worked in the Netherlands and since 1997 she is a member of the staff of the Chair Spatial Planning of the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology. In 2004 she received her doctoral degree defending a thesis on ICT-related transformations in Latin American metropolises. Her research interests include urban ICT studies and knowledge-based urban development in Europe. She is member of the editorial board of three scientific journals, has presented her work in many international conferences and published her work in numerous scientific journals and several books, including Routledge’s Cybercities Reader.



Michelle Gallaher

Chief Executive Officer

BioMelbourne Network, Australia

Michelle Gallaher joined the BioMelbourne Network as Chief Executive Officer in late June 2008. With 18 years experience in the Victorian healthcare, research and biotech sectors, principally in investor relations, government affairs and communications, Michelle has an in depth understanding of the needs and pressures of the local biotechnology industry. For the past four years Michelle was the Director of Public Affairs at the Australian Stem Cell Centre fully engaged in the very public presentation and perceptions of this new and rapidly developing field of research. Michelle began her career as a health care provider, working within major teaching hospitals and private practice, moving into pharmaceutical marketing and eventually into a listed Biotech company. Michelle has an undergraduate degree in allied health (Orthoptics) and postgraduate qualifications in business and public relations. Michelle’s role is to continue the success of the BioMelbourne Network in designing and delivering activities that contribute to the growth in knowledge, experience and connectivity of the 170 members and the environment in which we all operate.



Professor Margaret Gardner

Professor, Vice Chancellor and President

RMIT University, Australia

Professor Margaret Gardner was appointed as Vice-Chancellor in April 2005, having previously held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Queensland. She has extensive academic experience, having held various leadership positions in Australian universities throughout her career. She has been a member of Committees in the areas of the arts, education and industrial relations, and is currently a member on various federal government and state government committees, advisory boards and reference groups. Professor Gardner currently chairs the Museums Board of Victoria, RMIT International University Vietnam Pty Ltd and RMIT Vietnam Holdings Pty Ltd, Council of Australian and Latin American Relations Education Advisory Group and holds directorships on the Australian Teaching and Learning Council and Open Universities Australia. In 2007, Professor Gardner was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to tertiary education, particularly in the areas of university governance and gender equity, and to industrial relations in Queensland.



Cathy Garner

Chief Executive Officer

Manchester : Knowledge Capital, United Kingdom

Cathy has a background in international knowledge transfer, extensive experience of urban dynamics and regeneration, education and knowledge-based business development. In 2008 Cathy was appointed by the Secretary of State for Innovation, University and Skills to serve on the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property policy and in 2009, co-opted to join a Cabinet Office Innovators’ Council. Cathy established an international charity to address the health needs of the global poor; and established and ran the Research and Enterprise Office at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She has acted as an advisor in Canada and Japan on intellectual property and knowledge exchange and has served as a non-executive director on numerous public and private sector Boards. She is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.



Professor Roy Green

Dean, Faculty of Business

University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Professor Roy Green is Dean of the Faculty of Business at the University of Technology Sydney. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide with a PhD in economics from the University of Cambridge. He has published widely on innovation policy and management and has worked with universities, business and government in Australia and overseas, including the OECD, European Commission and Enterprise Ireland. He is chair of the Australian Government’s Innovative Regions Centre, CSIRO Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council and NSW Manufacturing Council and a member of TVET and the Enterprise Connect Advisory Council. He led Australian participation in a recent global study of management practice and productivity for the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.



Patrick Greene

Chief Executive Officer

Museum Victoria, Australia

Patrick Greene is Chief Executive Officer of Museum Victoria which comprises the Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, Immigration Museum, Royal Exhibition Building and IMAX Theatre. He is an executive member of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors, Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Deakin University, Honorary Professorial Fellow with the University of Melbourne, member of the Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee, National Cultural Heritage Committee and Committee for Melbourne, and an ambassador for Club Melbourne. He is also a Fellow of the Tourism Society, Museums Association and the Institute of Public Administration of Australia. From 1971 Patrick directed the excavations of Norton Priory in Cheshire, was Director of the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, Chairman of the European Museum Forum, inaugural Chair of the Greater Manchester Visitor and Convention Bureau and President of the Museums Association (UK), served on the Council of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Industry and chaired the Expert Panel of the Heritage Lottery Fund (UK).



Baroness Susan Greenfield


United Kingdom

Susan Greenfield took a DPhil in the University Department of Pharmacology, Oxford, and subsequently held research fellowships in the Department of Physiology Oxford, the College de France Paris, and NYU Medical Center New York. In 1985 she was appointed University Lecturer in Synaptic Pharmacology, and Fellow and Tutor in Medicine, Lincoln College, Oxford. She became Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology in 1996 and has since been awarded 30 Honorary Degrees from British and foreign universities. From 1998 until 2010 she was Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, a post she has held jointly with her chair in Oxford. She is currently Director of the Institute for the Future of the Mind at the James Martin 21st Century School, a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College and Honorary Fellow at St Hilda's College, all at Oxford University.



Klaus Kunzmann


University of Dortmund, Germany

Klaus R. Kunzmann was head of the department "Spatial Planning in Europe" from 1993 to 2006. Honorary Professor, University College London, Bartlett School of Planning, London, UK, and Department of City Planning and Regional Development, University of Cardiff, Wales, and Chung Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. Formerly Jean Monnet Professor of Spatial Planning in Europe, School of Planning, University of Dortmund. 

Klaus R. Kunzmann studied architecture and urban planning at the Technical University of Munich and made his Ph.D. in Planning at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria in 1971. From 1974 to 2006 he was Professor at the School of Planning, University of Dortmund, Germany. His present research interests are, on innovative urban policy and European spatial planning, on regional restructuring, on the learning region, the role of creativity and the arts for spatial and endogenous economic development, and, more recently, in the consequences of China’s rapid economic growth for cities and regions in Europe. He has published extensively on the future of the European city.



Tom Kvan

Dean, Faculty of Architecture

The University of Melbourne, Australia

Thomas Kvan has a background in the management of design practice and development of digital tools in design. Formerly Professor of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong and currently Dean of the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, he holds degrees from Open University (England), Cambridge and UCLA. 

He is author of over 100 publications on design and design management, including the key text The art of computer graphics programming in 1987 which brought computer scientists and designers together for the first time. He has practiced in architecture in Africa, Europe, Hong Kong and the USA in small practices to large, was director of software development in a start up in California and a management consultant to architects and engineers. He has assisted many national and international organizations on digital and management issues in design, has been a member of the Board of Directors in digital design and facility management associations worldwide and serves on the boards of several journals and professional organizations. He was named a CAADRIA Fellow in 2005 in recognition of his efforts in supporting CAAD research. Research interests include digital design, cognition and collaboration.



Carol Lin


National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Carol Yeh-Yun Lin is a professor of the Department of Business Administration at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. She received her Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992. Her research interests include strategic human resource management, international human resource management, and intellectual capital. Dr. Lin has published extensively with over 40 scholarly publications and 60 conference presentations. She has been awarded “Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2009” for her paper “National intellectual capital: Comparison of the Nordic Countries, Journal of Intellectual Capital, 9(4), 525-545”, co-authored with Prof. Leif Edvinsson.



Mark Lorenzen

Associate Professor

Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

In his research, Mark focuses on the interdependencies between innovation, the economic organization of the market, and regional development, currently within the cultural industries. Mark is editor-in-chief of Industry and Innovation, co-director of the imagine Creative Industries Research centre and member of the executive committee of the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID).



Andrew MacLeod

Chief Executive Officer

Committee for Melbourne

Andrew MacLeod worked as a Marine Litigation Attorney in Melbourne, Sydney and London before being recruited by the International Committee of the Red Cross to deal with military factions in Yugoslavia and Rwanda. 

He was previously a Senior Adviser on Disaster Management for the United Nations. He ran high level humanitarian teams under great pressure to deliver results in the most arduous of circumstances, crossing cultures, borders and front lines of battle.

In these roles Andrew served in several conflict zones and natural disaster settings, including Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia, East Timor, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka.

Most recently he was the head of Humanitarian Investment and Political Risk Analysis at Responsible Investment. In this role, Andrew advised major companies on their community investments, corporate responsibility, community improvement programs and political risks in emerging economy investments.

Andrew has been awarded several decorations by different governments including the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal by Australia, the Silver Medal for Humanity for work in the Balkans and the Australian Davos Connection Leadership Award. He was also a world-class swimmer having won a silver medal at the world masters games and volunteered to help national swimming teams in the developing countries in which he has worked. 

Andrew was born and raised in Melbourne. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law from Tasmania University, and a Master of Law (Shipping and Human Rights) from the University of Southampton. 

As CEO of the Committee for Melbourne, Andrew is a representative on the Advisory Board for the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme, ADC Cities Summit and People, Productivity, Planet.



Brendan McClements

Chief Executive Officer

Victorian Major Events Company, Australia

After initially beginning his career in Human Resources, Mr McClements moved into Public Affairs and Communications consultancy in 1991. Over the next 7 years he built a career in the business and sporting world with senior roles in the brewing, financial services and sporting industries. In 1999 Mr McClements focussed on his interest in sport and joined the then Australian Cricket Board’s Senior Executive Team as General Manager - Public Affairs.  In 2002 he was recruited by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in London into the ICC’s executive team as General Manger – Corporate Affairs and spent four years working in London and Dubai with the ICC where he managed the Corporate Affairs and Strategy functions.  After returning to Australia Mr McClements joined VMEC in January 2007 as the General Manager, Events and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of VMEC in October 2007.



James Bradfield Moody

Executive Director, Development

CSIRO, Australia

James Bradfield Moody is Executive Director, Development at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), one of the world's largest and most diverse global research organizations. Moody is on the Advisory Council of the Australian Bureau of Statistics and a Board Member of the Brisbane Institute. He is an Australian National Commissioner for UNESCO, was previously co-chair of the UN Environment Programme Youth Advisory Council and Executive Secretary of the taskforce on Science and Technology for the UN Millennium Development Goals. He has been named Young Australian of the Year in Science and Technology and one of the Australian Financial Review’s Young Executives of the Year. Moody received his PhD in Innovation Theory from the Australian National University, National Graduate School of Management and was Chief Systems Engineer for the Australian Satellite FedSat, the first Australian satellite to be launched in 30 years.  He is the co-author of The Sixth Wave: how to succeed in a resource-limited world and is a regular panellist on the ABC TV television program The New Inventors.



James Powell

Professor and Director

Smart City Futures, United Kingdom

James is a Chartered European Engineer with specialisation in Design, Academic Enterprise, Human Communications and Team Building.  His research areas include space and resource utilisation, design methods, the product introductory process, technology and knowledge transfer, multi-media for professional communications, partnering, cultural change, action learning, the information superhighway and simulation, including virtual reality.  He was one time managing director of Britain's first commercial learning videodisc company and designer of the Menuhin Auditoria in Portsmouth.  He was head of two very different university departments, architecture and manufacturing and engineering systems, a Deputy Dean of Technology and Dean of Postgraduate Studies before taking up the post as Director of Academic Enterprise responsible for Salford University's 'Reach Out' initiatives into industry, commerce, the service industry, the voluntary sector and society at large.   For the past 30 years James has been researching into all aspects of communication and the mid-career education of professionals especially those in the construction industry.  He has designed, directed and produced a number of national/European award winning multi-media learning packages.  He has also been responsible for developing effective professionals' learning strategy based upon a fourfold model of learning.



Göran Roos

Professor and Founder 

Intellectual Capital Services, Australia

Göran Roos is Chairman of VTT International, Honorary Professor at Warwick Business School in the UK, Visiting Professor of Intangible Asset Management and Performance Measurement at the Centre for Business Performance at Cranfield University and Senior Advisor, Asia Pacific at Aalto Executive Education Academy.

He has been Visiting Professor of Innovation Management and Business Model Innovation at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland [where he still holds the title of Professor], part-time visiting Intellectual Capital Adjunct at Melbourne Business School, Mt. Eliza Centre for Executive Education and part-time Industrial Professor of Strategy and Internationalisation at the Norwegian School of Management in Oslo. He has also been a Visiting Research Associate in technology-based business development at the Institute for Policy Science located at the University of Saitama Campus Kita-Urawa, Japan and in Biotechnology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, and in Intellectual Capital at Henley Management College.

Göran is the founder or co-founder of several companies in many countries and is presently the Managing Director for Intellectual Capital Services Ltd and he has worked as a consultant in 50 countries and has served in management positions in several European and US-based corporations and presently sits on several corporate advisory boards.

Göran is one of the founders of modern intellectual capital science and a recognised world expert in this field and a major contributor to the thinking and practice in the areas of strategy and innovation management as well as industrial and innovation policy.

Göran is the author and co-author of over one hundred books, book chapters, papers and articles on Intellectual Capital, Innovation Management, Strategy and Industrial Policy many of which have been recognised with awards.

Göran was named one of the 13 most influential thinkers for the 21st Century by the Spanish business journal “Direccion y Progreso” and have been appointed Thinker in Residence by the South Australian Premier for the period commencing 2011.



Marcus Spiller


SGS Economics & Planning Pty Ltd, Australia

Dr Marcus Spiller is a Director of SGS Economics & Planning Pty Ltd.  His consulting experience spans land economics, regional development, housing policy, infrastructure funding and policy co-ordination systems.  He has taken up secondments as lecturer in urban economics at Melbourne University, adviser to the Minister for Planning and Housing in Victoria and senior executive in the Queensland Department of Housing, Local Government and Planning.  He is an Adjunct Professor in Urban Management at the University of Canberra, a member of the National Housing Supply Council and a former National President of the Planning Institute of Australia.



Evan Thornley

Chief Executive Officer 

Better Place Australia, Australia

Evan Thornley is CEO of Better Place Australia. Better Place Australia is an electric vehicle network and services provider with a mission to end the world’s dependence on oil.

Mr Thornley was one of Australia’s most successful young business people and co-founded and led LookSmart Ltd (NASD:LOOK) from inception through a successful NASDAQ listing – the only Australian IT company to achieve that position and deliver a 100x return on investment to venture capital investors.

Mr Thornley was personally recruited by then Premier Steve Bracks to join the Victorian Government in 2006 and was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier – a position he held until appointment to Better Place. Prior to LookSmart, Mr Thornley was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in their Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur and New York offices. He maintains an active interest in public policy and is Chair of the Board of the Per Capita Think Tank, a Board Member of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and was a founding director of – an online network that now has 380,000 members.

Mr Thornley has degrees in Law and Commerce from The University of Melbourne where he also served as student body President and a member of the Council of The University.



Lucy Turnbull


Turnbull & Partners Ltd, Australia

Lucy Turnbull has worked for many years as a solicitor, principally in Turnbull and Partners Limited. Lucy chairs AXS listed WebCentral Group Limited and is director of Pengana Holdings Limited, a governor of the Woolcock Institute for Medical Research and a Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Lucy was Sydney’s first female Lord Mayor (2003-4) and Deputy Lord Mayor (1999-2003), during which time she also chaired many council committees, including the Central Sydney Planning Committee, the Planning, Transport and Development Committee and the Finance and Audit Committees. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Committee for Sydney, a board member of the Redfern Waterloo Authority and an Administrator of Tweed Shire Council. In 1999, Lucy published Sydney – Biography of a City.



Joris Van Wezemael


University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Joris Van Wezemael’s writings, in English and German, range from Urban Governance and Spatial Planning, Space and Technology, Housing Studies, and Planning Competitions to more conceptual papers on knowledge-creation and collective decision-making. He is developing conceptions of social complexity with empirical studies in the fields of 'Geographies of Architecture', 'Atmospheres of Democracy' and 'Politics of Techno Geographies'. Currently he is working on a Guattarian dia-grammatic in order to conceptualize interfaces of urban governance with technologies of control in the context of the privatization of security and logistics and the militarization of urban space. Joris Van Wezemael’s specialties include Social Complexity, Decision-Making Analysis in Strategic Spatial Planning and Urban Governance, Place Politics, Dia-Grammatics and Militarization of Urban Space.



Glenn Wightwick

Chief Technologist / Director, Australia Development Laboratory 

IBM, Australia

Glenn Wightwick is Director of the IBM Australia Development Laboratory, Chief Technologist for IBM Australia and an IBM Distinguished Engineer.  In this capacity he leads a regional team of 650 software engineers and technical specialists engaged in the development and support of IBM software, and provides technical leadership across IBM's business in Australia.  Glenn has led numerous systems and software development projects, and has undertaken international assignments in the USA and China.  Glenn is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and is a Senior member of the IEEE, and has served a three year term on the Australian Research Council College of Experts.  He was recently appointed and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne.



Peter Williams

Chief Executive Officer 

Deloitte Digital, Australia

Peter Williams is a Partner with Deloitte, CEO of the newly formed Deloitte Digital, and until recently, was CEO of Australia’s largest online mobile and emerging technology firm, Eclipse. Prior to his time at Deloitte Digital & Eclipse, Peter founded Deloitte’s e-business consulting group in Australia in 1996. Peter is one of Australia’s thought leaders on innovation and online, mobile & emerging technology. He has worked with many high profile organisations such as Telstra, CSIRO, Holden, Victorian & Federal Governments and Meat & Livestock Australia. Peter is a sought after commentator on web and technology trends and in 2006 & 2007 has been featured in articles in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, BRW and Fast Thinking Magazine. Peter’s other roles include: Chairman of the Deloitte Innovation Council ; Advisory Board Swinburne University, School for Business Innovation ; Board member of Circus Oz ; Institute of Chartered Accountants – Future of the Profession Thought Leadership Committee. For the past four years, since its introduction, Peter has been voted by peers and Deloitte staff as the firm’s most inspirational partner.



Tan Yigitcanlar

School of Urban Development

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Dr Tan Yigitcanlar has a multi-disciplinary background and over two decades of work experience in private consulting, government and academia. Currently holding a senior academic position at the School of Urban Development, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, the main focus of his research are advocating and promoting knowledge-based urban development and sustainable urban, infrastructure and transport development in city-regions. These two broad research areas are clustered around several themes: knowledge economy, knowledge-intensive activities, knowledge city, ubiquitous city, local governance, civic engagement, sustainable urban and infrastructure development, urban and transportation modelling, accessibility planning, online planning support systems, and understanding urban structures, processes and driving forces in the knowledge era. 

Dr Yigitcanlar is one of the leading researchers in the field of ‘knowledge-based and sustainable urban development’, and he has been responsible for research, teaching, training and capacity building programmes on urban and regional planning, transport modelling, environmental science, policy analysis and information and communication technologies in respected Turkish, Japanese and Australian universities. He is the editor of five books entitled ‘Knowledge-based urban development’, ‘Creative urban regions’, ‘Knowledge-based development of cities and societies’, ‘Sustainable urban and regional infrastructure’ and ‘Sustainable urban and infrastructure development’. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the ‘International Journal of Knowledge Based Development’, Annual Special Issue Editor of the ‘Journal of Knowledge Management’, the Chair of the ‘World Capital Institute Events Program’ and the Chair of the ‘Knowledge Cities World Summit Executive Board’.