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Marika Calfas – Chief Executive Officer, NSW Ports
Marika Calfas is the Chief Executive Officer of NSW Ports, the private sector organisation responsible for managing the ports of Botany and Kembla, and the
intermodal terminals at Cooks River and Enfield.
Ms Calfas has over 16 years’ experience in the port sector across a broad range of portfolio areas, and was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of NSW
Ports in December 2015. Ms Calfas commenced with NSW Ports at its inception in June 2013, and led the development of the NSW Ports Long-term Master
Plan, released in October 2015.
Prior to NSW Ports, Ms Calfas held senior positions at Sydney Ports Corporation and Sinclair Knight Merz. At Sydney Ports, she was an integral part of the
delivery of the $1 billion Port Botany Expansion development project.
Ms Calfas is a Board member of Ports Australia; Australian Logistics Council; and PIANC Australia (the International Waterborne Industry Association). She is
also Australia’s representative to PIANC’s International Environmental Commission. Ms Calfas is also a member of the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s
National Advisory Board.
Ms Calfas has been appointed to the Expert Panel by the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and is advising the Inquiry into the National
Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Priorities.
Ms Calfas has a degree in Environmental Engineering, together with a Master of Engineering Management and Masters of Environmental Law, and is a
Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia.
Dr Stephanie Fahey – Chief Executive Officer, Austrade
Dr Stephanie Fahey is the Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international
education, and tourism policy, programs and research.
Dr Fahey has over 30 years’ experience both as an academic and as an executive, working in Australia and overseas.
Previously, she was EY’s lead partner for education in the Oceania region, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at Monash University, and Director of
the University of Sydney’s Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific. Dr Fahey brings an international perspective to her work and a wealth of experience across
business and academia.
Austrade’s first female chief executive, Dr Fahey has also served on the Australia China Business Council, the Australia China Council, the New South Wales
International Education Advisory Board, the European Australian Business Council, the Board of Canberra Institute of Technology, the Foreign Affairs Council
and the Australia Korean Foundation.
Dr Fahey holds a PhD from the Australian National University and a Bachelor’s degree with honours from the University of Sydney. She speaks Melanesian
Pidgin. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2012.
Peter Harris AO – Chairman, Productivity Commission
Peter Harris is Chairman of the Productivity Commission. Mr Harris has previously served as Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Broadband,
Communications and the Digital Economy, and the Victorian Government agencies responsible for sustainability and the environment; primary industries; and
Mr Harris has worked for the Ansett-Air New Zealand aviation group and as a consultant on transport policy. He has also worked in Canada on exchange with
the Privy Council Office (1993–1994). His career with the government started in 1976 with the Department of Overseas Trade and included periods with the
treasury, finance, the Prime Minister’s Department and transport. He worked for two years in the Prime Minister’s office on secondment from the Prime Minister’s
Department as a member of then–Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s personal staff.
In 2013, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia ‘for distinguished service to public administration through leadership and policy reform roles in the areas
of telecommunications, the environment, primary industry and transport’.
Mr Harris has a degree in Economics from the University of Queensland.
Brendan Lyon – Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
Brendan Lyon is the Chief Executive of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA), the peak infrastructure policy partnership between Australia’s Commonwealth
and state governments, and the business sector.
Joining IPA on its formation 11 years ago, Mr Lyon initially led the policy and research team, before being appointed Chief Execuive Officer in early 2008. Through
strong, evidence-based public policy, good research and strong relationships across the business, media and government sectors, IPA has developed into a
respected and trusted voice on economic and social infrastructure policy.
Mr Lyon also serves on a range of boards, committees and government inquiries; is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and holds a
Masters of Business Administration with Distinction. In 2013, Mr Lyon was appointed an Honorary Associate Professor at the Sydney Business School.
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