Keynote Speakers


Anne O’Neil, P.E., CSEP

Systems Engineering Catalyst and Industry Advisor, Anne O’Neil Consultants
Founding Chief Systems Engineer, MTA New York City Transit                   

Anne O’Neil serves as a committed catalyst for building Systems Engineering capability among global transport and infrastructure sectors.

Founder of Anne O’Neil Consultants [AOC], the firm advises organisations in North America, Europe and Australia seeking to adopt Systems practices and apply Systems Engineering (SE) capability to achieve and improve business outcomes. AOC counsels the increasingly diverse range of transport and infrastructure industries facing complexity and integration challenges.

Anne was the founding Chief Systems Engineer for New York City Transit, North America’s largest transit (metro and bus) network, from 2005-2013. In this role, Anne established and integrated SE capability to improve the agency’s capital project delivery. This required developing Systems Engineering discipline expertise and modifying the agency’s business process and capital program development approach. It also necessitated effecting change and building systems awareness at an industry level – among peer transit properties, consultants, contractors and systems suppliers.

A former Board member for INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering), Anne has actively support SESA (Systems Engineering Society of Australia) since 2015. She has long served as a Systems champion within the transport industry, raising SE awareness as a global speaker and industry thought leader. Engineers Australia profiled her efforts in June 2017 CREATE magazine.


François Davenne

Director General
UIC International Union of Railways

Mr Davenne graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications d’Evry in 1988 and from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 1999. Throughout his career, he has consistently promoted interdisciplinarity as a key factor for success. Having gained experience in international satellite telecommunications, he initially held various roles in the housing sector, making use of his strong financial and legal skills. He was involved in policy and regulation of the sector and managed key operational programmes, most notably for the city of Paris.

After three years with the French Ministry of Transport, working on railway safety and regulation, with an emphasis on European regulations, he was elected in 2012 as Secretary General of OTIF, the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail. From early 2013 to the end of 2018, he promoted interdisciplinarity and partnership building in order to expand and develop the uniform regulations for international carriage by rail.

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