Meet the speakers

Cheryl Desha is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Development and Discipline Leader for Environmental Sciences within QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty. Her research focuses on methods and technologies for developing transformational solutions for thriving, resilient and liveable cities. This includes exploring nature’s potential to vacuum particulate matter from the air, air-condition buildings, streets and neighbourhoods, fight mosquito-borne diseases, filter our storm water runoff and improve our ability to recover from illness. Antony Funnell is a Walkley award-winning broadcaster and the author of The Future and Related Nonsense (Harper Collins). He presents Future Tense on Radio National. Stefan Hajkowicz is a senior principal scientist working in the field of strategic foresight at CSIRO - Australia’s national science agency. He has devoted his career to helping governments, companies and communities comprehend patterns of change so they can make wiser choices and secure better futures. Stefan’s academic background is in geography, economics and decision theory. Chris Luebkeman is a Global Director for Arup Foresight, where he formed the Foresight, Innovation and Incubation team (now Foresight + Research + Innovation). His passion for the built environment led him to study engineering, before completing a Doctorate in Architecture from ETH in Zurich. He gained valuable experience as the protégé of esteemed Spanish Architect, Santiago Calatrava, but later turned to his other love, education. Chris Luebkeman appears with thanks to ARUP. Gerfried Stocker is a media artist and telecommunications engineer. In 1991, he founded x-space, a team formed to carry out interdisciplinary projects, which produced numerous installations and performances featuring elements of interaction, robotics and telecommunications. He has been artistic director of Ars Electronica since 1995. In 1995-96, he headed the crew of artists and technicians that developed the Ars Electronica Center’s pioneering new exhibition strategies and set up the facility’s in-house R&D department, the Ars Electronica Futurelab. Gerfried Stocker appears with thanks to QUT.