Chair Professor
Division of Operation and Maintenance Engineering
Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Luleå, Sweden
E-mail: uday.kumar@ltu.se

Prof Uday Kumar is the Chair Professor of Operation and Maintenance Engineering and Scientific Director of Luleå Railway Research Center at LTU (JVTC) and Scientific Director of Research and Innovation (Sustainable Transport) at Luleå University of Technology and Luleå , Sweden. He has more than 30 years of experiences in research, consulting and finding solutions to industrial problems directly or indirectly related to reliability and maintenance of engineering systems. He has been responsible for several EU projects on Maintenance Technologies, Maintenance projects for the Chinese high speed Trains for CRRC, Chinese State Shipping Corporation projects on Intelligent maintenance,, Coal India ltd, et.. Prof.. Kumar is one of the Editors -in -Chief for International Journal of System Assurance, Management, and Area Editor (Europe) for Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering (JQME). He has published more than 350 papers in International Journals and Conference Proceedings, and has co-authored 6 books on Maintenance Engineering and contributed to World Encyclopaedia on Risk Management. Earlier, he has been a visiting faculty at Imperial College London, Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki. He is also the external Examiner & Program Reviewer for the Graduate Program in the area of Asset and Reliability Engineering at University of Manchester, UK since 2014. Prof. Kumar is also Chairman of the Scientific Council of Swedish National Maintenance Society (2006-2016) and was member of the Scientific Advisory Council of RAILENIUM- Invest in Future Program of the Govt of France (2014-2018). He is a Visiting Guest Professor at National Science Foundation sponsored Center of Excellence for Intelligent Maintenance Systems at University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Industrial Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, Honorary Professor at Beijing Jiao Tong University, China, Honorary Professor at Amity International Business School , Amity University, etc. He is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences(IVA) He was awarded the Nordea Science Foundation Award for significant contribution to science, society and region, recipient of distinguished alumnus award, of IIT BHU India (2017), Life time achievement award from Society of Reliability and Safety, Recognition award from APCOM council, USA

Topic for LectureNew Technology Empowered Asset Management- Issue Challenges and Future Directions

O.B. KrishnaDR. O.B. KRISHNA

Visiting Professor IIT, Kharagpur

O B Krishna brings an experience of 37 years in engineering, manufacturing and commissioning of steel plant equipment, maintenance engineering of integrated steel plants including open cast and underground mining equipment, safety and health engineering (including process safety) and management systems, human factors engineering (macro and micro ergonomics) and business processes reengineering. During his career, he held the leadership position of heading the whole spares maintenance and manufacturing business for steel industry. He then moved to Tata Steel's steel plant equipment manufacturing business (design, manufacture, erection and commissioning of steel plant equipment) heading a 500cr business. He brought the concept of Tribology bench, Condition Based Maintenance (CBM), Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and Zero-Based Maintenance (ZBM) to improve the reliability and cost in maintenance in Tata Steel. He is Visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2017 onwards). Contributed for IoT based work design theory and lab; Safety Engineering, Management and Analytics to the student community.

Topic for Lecture“Analytics based Integrated Safety Management System”


Post Graduate Program Coordinator:
Maintenance and Reliability Engineering Programs, Federation University,
Churchill Australia

Dr. Gopi Chattopadhyay, Ph.D. (University of Qld), has 40 years of experience in industries and Universities in Maintenance, Reliability Engineering, Risk Engineering and Asset Management. He is Postgraduate Programme Coordinator for Maintenance and Reliability Engineering in Federation University, Australia, Chair of Gippsland, past Chairs of Brisbane and Gladstone of Asset Management Council, past President of Australian Society for Operations Research (Qld) and Vice President of Maintenance Engineering Society of Australia (MESA, Qld), industry reviewer of ISO55000 series of standards on Asset Management and Total Asset Management Plan of Queensland Government. Gopi supervised 18 PhD and Master students, secured over 2.5 Million Australian dollars of funding and published 170 international journal and conference papers.

Topic for Lecture"Capability building of industries and professionals through Asset Management, Maintenance and Reliability Engineering (MRE) programmes"


Engineering Manager
Asset Management
Origin Energy for the Power Generation Business Unit

Wendy is a progressive and trailblazer for women in Asset Management and STEM. She is passionate about putting people and customers at the heart of a business; of leading with courage and generosity of spirit; and of resilience. She is engaged, compassionate and believes in the importance of loving what you do; lifelong learning; backing yourself; and most importantly, integrity. Wendy has over 25 years’ experience across multiple sectors in both Australia and the United Kingdom; commencing her career in mining, resource, sugar, petrochemical and transitioning to the utility and energy sectors. She is a highly motivated and experienced Asset Management professional with strong leadership, management, change and communications skills gained in a range of roles with Origin Energy, Stanwell Corporation, Scottish Water and consulting organisations. Currently the Engineering Manager - Asset Management at Origin Energy for the Power Generation Business Unit, Wendy is responsible for supporting the production and performance outcomes for Origin’s ~7,000MW power generation assets.

Topic for Lecture"Challenges in the Energy Industry as we transition to a lower carbon future"


National Chair,
Asset Management Council, Australia

Dave Daines is the National Chair of the Asset Management Council of Australia and the representative on GFMAM (Global Forum in Maintenance and Asset Management) and WPiAM (World Partners in Asset Management). He is also the Chair of the Australian MB19 Mirror Committee for TC251/ISO55000 International Committee which is at the forefront of design and maintenance of the ISO55000 series of codes. Dave is a seasoned Asset Management professional with significant experience in all aspects of Asset Management within the Resource Industry and as a Lead Auditor in Asset Management

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Executive Director Sydney, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW, Australia
Qualifications - GAICD, CFAM, EMBA

John commenced as Executive Director Sydney in April 2017. Prior to joining Roads and Maritime, John was Head of Asset Management for Ausgrid, where he delivered ongoing savings of over $30 million per annum and the successful lease of the network business. Previously John held a number of senior management positions including Head of Network Strategy at Networks NSW, where he led key transformations and cost savings for three electricity distribution businesses (Ausgrid, Endeavour and Essential Energy). He did this by developing and implementing consistent frameworks and strategies for asset management and safety. John is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves as a board member for numerous global and Australian asset management organisations and co-authored the book Living Asset Management. In 2018 John was awarded the MESA medal by the Asset Management Council. The MESA Medal is awarded to an individual who has personally contributed at the highest level to the advancement of the science and/or practice of asset management.
John is accountable for the end-to-end management of the Sydney road network.

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CEO, Asset Management Council (AMC), Australia

Anne has international experience in managing infrastructure asset projects and teams covering many different countries, from aging infrastructure assets in Russia and Eastern Europe to those in the UK, Denmark, Argentina, Africa, Indonesia and East Timor working for multinational companies, consultancy firms, water boards, local governments, the United Nations and RedR Australia. She has also worked in both state and local government and in the engineering management consulting sector in Victoria as well as most other states of Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (civil engineering), an MBA in Technology Management and a Doctorate in Business Administration Anne is excited to be taking up the role with the AM Council and looks forward to meeting the members and working with the Board to enhance its strategy, grow the organisation and make a difference in the asset management industry.

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Chair Professor, Verghese Kurien Centre of Excellence, Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA)

Prof. Harekrishna Misra, holds PhD in Information Systems. He is Chair Professor, Verghese Kurien Centre of Excellence at Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). He has around 38 years of experience in industry and academia in the fields of IT and Systems. His current research interests include software engineering, e-governance, ICT for Development, e-Business for rural enterprises. He has widely published refereed Journals and also is in the Editorial Boards of two international Journals. He is the Chairperson of the advisory committee of the Entrepreneurship Board of DST, GoI. He is currently the member in the Governing Council of National Council of Cooperative Training (NCCT), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation, GoI. He also works closely with United Nation University, Portugal on Measuring “Global Rural E-Governance Readiness”. He chairs the Board of Governors, Sahaj Retail Limited, Kolkata, India, dealing with e-governance supported digital services in rural areas in India.

Topic for Lecture: "The track on rural asset management"


Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, IIT Kharagpur

J Maiti (PhD, FIE), the Founder Chairman of the Centre of Excellence in Safety Engineering & Analytics (CoE-SEA) and Professor of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, IIT Kharagpur is pioneer in making safety analytics as core area of research in the broad domain of Safety Science. He has established “Safety Analytics and Virtual Reality Laboratory” at IIT Kharagpur. He has more than 20 years of experiences in teaching, research, and consulting and executed several funded projects in the areas of safety, risk, analytics and management. He has authored over 160 publications and is currently serving as Associate Editor of Safety Science and International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion. Prof Maiti carries out inter- & multidisciplinary research on the interfaces of engineering, management science, and statistics including analytics, where the research embodies (i) solving engineering and socio-technical problems in safety, risk, quality, reliability, and ergonomics, (ii) development of methodologies/models with innovative engineering and management science approaches, (iii) development of novel tools and techniques using advanced statistics, data analytics, and machine learning, and (iv) application of advanced technologies. The recipient of several awards including the prestigious P C Mahalanobis Distinguished Educator Award in Management Science for the year 2020 by the Operational Research Society of India, Prof Maiti is a member of several international societies.

Topic for Lecture: "Safety and Risk Analytics – Issues, Challenges and Future Directions"


Professor, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, India.

He completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, Mysore University. Later he pursued his PhD in Tribology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Subsequently he has worked as a Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, BOYSCAST postdoctoral research fellow at Cranfield University, England. He was a research fellow at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane and an Endeavour Executive Fellow, Australian Government at Federation University Australia. He was the Dr T.M.A. Pai endowment chair in Tribology at MAHE, Manipal. He has held various administrative positions in MAHE, Manipal over the past 20 years. He was the Head of Department, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Joint Director at Manipal Institute of Technology, Director of International Centre for Applied Sciences and Director Research (Technical), MAHE, Manipal. He was the founder Dean of the School of Engineering at Manipal’s Dubai campus. He was also the founder Dean of the School of Science and Engineering at Manipal International University, Malaysia. He has a number of research publications in journals and international and national conferences. His expertise in research is in the field of water lubricated bearings, externally-adjustable bearings, tri-taper bearings, tribology of machining metal matrix composites, Nano lubricants in bearings and Biomechanics. Ten students have completed their Ph D dissertation with him and currently there are 06 other students pursuing their PhD. He is the founder President of Asset Management Society, India.

Topic for Lecture: "Role of Tribology in Maintenance and Asset Management"


E-mail: vedanta@vedantamelbourne.com

Swami Sunishthananda is the Resident monk in-charge of Vedanta Centre of Melbourne since October 2017. He is a monk of the Ramakrishna order. He comes from electronics engineering background before he joined the order in 1991. He served as Principal of various Higher Secondary Schools run by Ramakrishna Mission in India and was posted to Fiji as the Manager of Swami Vivekananda College, Nandi in 2012. He was posted to Vedanta Centre of Sydney as its Associate Minister of Religion in 2013 and continued there till he was posted to Vedanta Centre of Melbourne in October 2017 as its Resident Monk in-charge. Apart from conducting weekly spiritual discourses and online classes, he is an active participant in seminars, workshops on human values and interfaith events.

Topic for Lecture: "Positive influencing factors of spiritual paradigm that may be adopted to Human aspects of Asset Management"


Energy, Emissions and the Environment Research Group Leader
Division of Operation and Maintenance Engineering,University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, U.K.
E-mail: r.mishra@hud.ac.uk

Professor Mishra has a strong background in the analysis, design and management of Energy and Flow systems. He has led many external research projects (worth more than £3M) with various industrial partners on Energy and flow systems’ design, development and operational management. He has successfully supervised over 30 PhD students in cutting-edge research and development Energy and Flow systems research area. Prof. Mishra has had transformational effects on many industrial collaborators through knowledge transfer activities and has also run courses on the use of open-source CFD packages for industry. Prof. Mishra is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK and also a member of the Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Power Society of India, which promotes the effective use of fluid power in developing economies. He has published more than 300 papers in various journals and conference proceedings of repute and has been invited to give keynote lectures at various conferences. He has also organised and chaired several conference sessions addressing the green issues.

Topic for Lecture: "Digital Twinning for Asset Management"


BHP Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
University of Western Australia, M050, UWA, Crawley, Perth, WA 6009
E-mail: Melinda.hodkiewicz@uwa.edu.au

Melinda Hodkiewicz FTSE graduated with a BA(Hons) in Metallurgy and Science of Materials from Oxford University in 1985 and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2004. Her early career was spent in operations and maintenance roles in the mining industry in the USA, Australia and the UK. She has been the BHP Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations at the UWA since 2015 and has an ongoing teaching and research position at UWA. She is a Chartered Engineer registered in the UK, a member of IEEE and the IOM. She sits on the Advisory Board for Australia's National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority and METS Ignited. In 2012-2015 she led Australia's effort to develop the ISO 55000-55002 set of Asset Management standards. She has held visiting fellowships at NIST in the US and the Turing Institute in London. In 2016 she was awarded the MESA Medal, a lifetime achievement award for services to Asset Management in Australia and in 2019 she was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Topic for Lecture: "AI on Maintenance data – challenges to value delivery"