Speakers

BUY PASS
Sam Tarascio
Executive Chairman
Salta Properties

Salvatore (Sam) Tarascio is the founder and executive chairman of Salta Properties, one of Australia’s largest private companies and a name synonymous with the changing face of modern Melbourne.

Having emigrated from Italy in the 1950s, Sam started out in industrial property and has since transformed his enterprise from a logistics business into an integrated property development business spanning all major sectors.

With a net worth estimated by Forbes at $1.2 billion, Salta Properties’ extensive interests include Preston Market, Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre, Nexus Corporate, Tribe Hotels and Taralinga Estate on the Mornington Peninsula.

William Sharples
Founding Principal
SHoP Architects

Regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent architects, William is responsible for leading a New York-based global studio with projects spanning five continents.

With a reputation for delivering intelligent and evocative projects in complex, urban contexts, SHoP are responsible for some of the most high-profile projects in the United States including Uber’s HQ, Google’s Silicon Valley campus, Barclays Centre and 111 West 57th Street in New York City. 

In Australia, SHoP have partnered with Woods Bagot to design the striking Collins Arch in Melbourne’s CBD. Dubbed the ‘pantscraper,’ Collins Arch is regarded as one of the most transformational projects in the APAC region. 

Tessa Bontempo
Owner
King Street Precinct

The creative and commercial force behind The King Street Precinct, Tessa is reviving Perth’s pre-eminent heritage precinct and its surrounding area into one of Australia’s most unique and desirable shopping experiences.

Home to some of the globe’s leading luxury names, The King Street Precinct features modern ateliers housed in restored 20th century buildings, hip retail pop-ups and charming architecture – a nod to Perth’s earlier streetscapes.

Tessa is also co-founder of La Settima Duchessa, a luxury villa rental and concierge business based in Como, Italy and the owner of Villa Amalia in Sicily.

Karl Fender
Founding Partner
Fender Katsalidis Architects

Karl is an undisputed industry leader, a champion of Australia’s ongoing urbanisation and a formidable example of architecture’s contribution to the public realm.

Currently, Karl serves as chairman of the jury for the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats, has served as both national and state president of the Australian Institute of Architects, a Venice Biennale Committee member and has sat on various design review panels for state governments.

Karl is also one of the three-person design review panel acting for the Barangaroo Delivery Authority which has governed the masterplanning, urban design and delivery of the western harbour-front precinct of Sydney.

Clem Newton-Brown
CEO and Founder
Skyportz

Regarded as one of the key figures behind the urban aerial mobility revolution, Clem’s Skyportz business is shaping the future of cities through his involvement with Uber Air.

Through Skyportz and his property consultancy Whitemark, Clem is directly involved in Uber Air’s expansion in Melbourne – one of only three cities to be recognised by the technology giant globally.

A former construction and planning lawyer, Clem has also served as Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne and as a Member of the Victoria Parliament.

Lucinda Hartley
Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer
Neighbourlytics

Lucinda co-founded Neighbourlytics as a social data analytics platform for neighbourhoods. By harnessing social data to provide specific, real-time insights into local places, Neighbourlytics helps property developers and governments measure and map how cities work.

Following a successful capital raise, Lucinda and her team are now expanding their offering to help the industry and public sector better design and deliver urban development.

A passionate urbanist and social entrepreneur, Lucinda has been a recipient of the Myer Foundation and Westpac Social Change fellowships.

Jonathan Hallinan
Founder and Managing Director
BPM

Since establishing BPM in 1995, Jonathan has risen to become one of Australia’s most influential entrepreneurs with an active pipeline of $1.4 billion of residential projects across Australia.

Having purchased his first property aged 19 in Melbourne, Jonathan has grown BPM into a global business with a presence across Australia, Asia and the United States.

BPM’s vision is now expanding further into BPM World with the inception of a BPM café, hotel, champagne bar and health and fitness offering within Shadow Play – the $300 million residential tower in central Melbourne.

Kate Frear
Principal
Woods Bagot

Kate is a Principal of Woods Bagot and leads the Australian and New Zealand region.

During her career she has worked on projects throughout Australia, the Middle East and London and is a recognised specialist in lifestyle sector design, most notably multi-residential, hospitality and mixed-use developments.

Kate also has extensive experience in commercial buildings, workplace design and educational facilities. Kate works closely with clients, designers and the broader consultant teams from project inception to completion, ensuring continuity and successful design outcomes.

With knowledge of business and passion for client-centric design approaches, she has a highly disciplined and engaging style and fosters a collaborative, inclusive approach to maximise project potential.

Nick Cleary
Chairman
CLARA

Nick is the founding Chairman of Consolidated Land and Rail Australia (CLARA) and its subsidiary Infrastructure Corporation Australia.

CLARA is proposing to build a privately-funded high-speed rail link between Sydney and Melbourne, opening up the development of eight new greenfield cities that are smart, sustainable and highly-connected.

Nick is passionate about regional Australia and about rebalancing the Australian settlement through new economic models that ensure infrastructure and land use are aligned in future growth plans.

Nick’s $200 billion, 30-year dream for CLARA is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most ambitious transit oriented developments (TODs).

John Harman
CEO
St Marks Development

John is an Auckland-based entrepreneur that defies convention by approaching business in a truly unconventional way.

A trained plastic surgeon, John founded New Zealand’s first multi-disciplinary breast centre of excellence over 30 years ago, St Marks Breast Centre. Not content with the medical profession, John established Guardian Self Storage and grew the business to seven locations before selling to National Storage in 2019 for an industry record price.

Today, John is the developer behind Auckland’s $130 million St Marks luxury residential development which was recently crowned best medium-density residential development by the Property Council of New Zealand.

A passionate traveller, skier and food and wine enthusiast, John also serves as Chairman of renowned New Zealand fashion brand, Harman Grubisca.