Month: August 2018

2nd Speaker Announcement – September Event

The SYDBIM committee are proud to announce Andrew T Harris of Laing O’Rourke as one of the speakers for our 11 September event.

His talk is entitled “Construction of the Future”

Andrew T Harris

PhD, BEng, BSc, CEng, FIChemE, CPEng, FIEAust, NER, RPEQ, MAICD

Director, Technical Futures and Engineering Excellence Group,

Laing O’Rourke

Andrew Harris is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Sydney, and the Australian director of Laing O’Rourke’s future engineering and innovation consultancy, the Engineering Excellence Group.
Laing O’Rourke is Australia’s largest private engineering and construction business, with local turnover of ~$3 bn p.a.
Andrew received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Engineers Australia (IEAust).
Throughout his career he has worked at the interface between industry and academia. He is an expert in disruptive innovation, with deep experience of most of the technologies likely to impact all industry sectors in the future, including IoT, robotics and automation, big data, digital, augmented and virtual reality, biomimetics, smart cities and AI.

Andrew is a non executive Director of Hazer Group (ASX:HZR), a listed clean tech and serves on the board of the Australian Research Council Centre for Robotic Vision.
He was recognised as one of Australia’s 50 most innovative engineers by peak body Engineers Australia in 2016.


Speaker Announcement – September Event

Speaker Announcement – September Event

The SYDBIM committee are proud to announce Saul Brown of Spring Ventures as one of the speakers for our 11 September event.

His talk is entitled Overcoming Organisational Challenges to Cope with Industry Disruption

Saul Brown
Managing Director,
Spring Ventures
Adjunct Faculty & Program Director,
Australian Graduate School of Management


Saul Brown is a consultant and educator with deep expertise across strategy, organisation and leadership. His unique value lies in helping organisations achieve high performance in both business and human domains concurrently as a source of competitive advantage.

Saul draws on his own leadership experience of more than twenty years with leading Australian and multi-national corporations in financial services, ICT, and professional services. He has been part of a successful ICT start-up and has held executive and board positions with corporate and not for profit organisations – usually in phases of launch, growth or significant change.

Saul’s thought leadership is based on extensive academic scholarship and global industry connections, applied in a way that is most practically relevant and impactful for the client. He is a graduate of and adjunct faculty member at the Australian Graduate School of Management UNSW where he has been recognised for excellence in the design and delivery of executive education programs.

He has a BEc (USyd), double Masters Degrees in Business & Technology (UNSW) and Organisational Development & Coaching Psychology (USyd), a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (Finsia), and is a graduate of the Adaptive Leadership Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has many years of coaching, group facilitation, teaching and consulting experience. Saul’s research on coaching, leadership and innovation has been published internationally.

Specialties: High performance organisations, creativity and innovation, executive coaching, leadership and team development, culture & change, strategy facilitation and planning, adaptive leadership.