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SBC Roundtable Lunch

Registration Time Wed 27 Sep 2017 12:30 PM
Start Wed 27 Sep 2017 12:30 PM
End Wed 27 Sep 2017 2:00 PM
Event Code EVE1705852
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Sydney Business Chamber
L 23 45-53 Clarence St
Professor Stephen Simpson AC
Academic Director, Charles Perkins Centre

Stephen Simpson is Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre and Professor in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney.

After graduating as a biologist from the University of Queensland, Steve undertook his PhD at the University of London, then spent 22 years at Oxford before returning to Australia in 2005 as an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, then ARC Laureate Fellow.

Stephen developed an integrative modelling framework for nutrition (the Geometric Framework), which was devised and tested using insects. This has since been applied to a wide range of organisms, from slime moulds to humans, and problems, from aquaculture and conservation biology to the dietary causes of human obesity and ageing. He has also revolutionised understanding of swarming in locusts, with research spanning neurochemical events within the brains of individual locusts to continental-scale mass migration.

In 2007 Steve was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, in 2008 he won the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, in 2009 he was NSW Scientist of the Year, in 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and in 2015 was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.

Steve has also been prominent in the media, including presenting a four-part documentary series for ABC TV, “Great Southern Land”.

Philip Capps
Head of Product Planning & Development, Qantas

Philip Capps is the Head of Product Planning & Development with a career spanning more than 20 years at Qantas Airways. Phil oversees a portfolio that encompasses every part of the customer journey. In his role, Phil and his team drive customer journey strategy, product development as well as hold responsibility for service standards in the air and on the ground.

With a background in Economics and two decades of airline experience, Phil has held a number of operational and strategic roles with a specialty in customer data analysis, fleet planning and configuration, airport infrastructure and lounge design as well rolling out new digital products such as the airlines Auto Check-in and wireless inflight entertainment. He’s overseen the reconfiguration of the airline’s B747, A380, A330 and B737 fleet and also the interiors of the game-changing B787, an aircraft that Qantas will take delivery of in October.

With an interest in health and fitness, Phil was instrumental in developing the collaboration between Qantas and the Charles Perkins Centre. A partnership which will investigate the impacts of long haul travel and ways to improve inflight health and comfort.

Qantas is now looking to the next generation of long haul aircraft capable of flying from Sydney to London or New York direct. It’s something Phil and his team are very excited to be working on.

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