Keynote speakers 

Dr Akio Kasuga


fib Deputy President and Presidium member, and Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Sumitomo Mitsui Construction.

Dr Kefei Li


Dr. Kefei Li works in Civil Engineering Department of Tsinghua University as tenured full professor, and principal investigator (PI) of the research group of building materials. His research fields include the physical and mechanics of cement-based materials, the durability of concrete materials and structures and the life-cycle engineering of concrete structures. He obtained his Ph.D degrees from Tongji University (2000) and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, Paris (2002). He leads multiples national projects of research, publishes 70+ SCI papers, heads the draft team of the durability standards of China, and serves in the editorial boards of Cement and Concrete Research, Materials and Structures and Journal of Engineering Mechanics (Part B: Nanomechanics and Micromechanics). He is now the convener of China Region of RILEM.

Richard Buswell


Richard Buswell is a Professor of Building Systems Engineering at Loughborough University in the UK and is a recognised pioneer of 3D Concrete printing. He led the development of the first off-site, large-scale additive manufacturing process that used concrete. His research produced world first demonstrators and some of the seminal work in the field. 

Marion Fulker


Marion Fulker is recognised internationally as a leading expert in the future development of cities. She is the CEO for think tank organisation Committee for Perth and is leading a project on the future of work. Marion is a board member of Infrastructure Australia and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia. Recognition of Marion’s accomplishments include the WA Women’s Hall of Fame, WA Telstra Business Woman of the Year (For Purpose) and Australia’s 100 Women of Influence.

Invited speakers 

Oscar Antommattei


Oscar R. Antommattei, MS, PE, FACI is the Chief Concrete Engineer and Engineering Manager that leads the Materials Engineering team in Kiewit. He has over 19 years of experience in the industry with focus on concrete materials and construction. Oscar serves in several committees in ACI, ASTM and CSA. In ACI, he is a member of the ACI 301-H subcommittee on mass concrete and has been responsible for leading the most recent revisions of the ACI 207.1 Guide to Mass Concrete. He is currently the Chair of ACI 305 Hot Weather Committee, Chair of the Construction Liaison Committee, and the Past-Chair of ACI 201-G Subcommittee for the Specification on Executing Durability in Concrete Construction. He is also member and part of the Steering Committee for the newly created ACI 321 Durability Code Committee. Oscar is also a member of the CSA A23.1/.2 technical committee, where he is the Chair of Clause 8 Subcommittee on Concrete with Special Performance and Material Requirements, and recently led the development of the requirements and guidance for mass concrete published in the CSA A23.1-2019. In 2019, he was recognized as one of the Most Influential People in the Concrete Industry.


John Hilton


John Hilton joined Aurecon over 30 years ago and is Aurecon’s Global Capability Leader for Bridges and Civil Structures.  In 2016 John was awarded the Roads Australia Technical Excellence Award and in 2018 John was named as one of Engineer Australia’s 30 most innovative engineers.  John was awarded the 2018 John Connell Gold Medal from Engineers Australia Structural College.

John is chair of the AS 5100 Bridge Design Standard committee and member of a number of associated subcommittees.

John is passionate about exploring new ideas, innovation, design led thinking and sustainable construction, and in helping to create and enable a professional environment where people can thrive and grow.


Prof Stephen Foster


Prof Foster is Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering, UNSW, a member of the fib Presidium, a major contributor to BD002 “AS3600 – Concrete Structures”, and an Honorary Member of both fib and the Concrete Institute of Australia.

Dr Stuart Matthews


Stuart Matthews is Convenor of fib Task Group 10.1, which is the group responsible for preparing the next edition of the fib Model Code for Concrete Structures (which has a working title of fib Model Code 2020). At different times Stuart has served as chairman of the then fib Commission 5: Structural Service Life Aspects; fib Special Activity Group 7: Existing Concrete Structures; and more recently fib Commission 3: Existing Concrete Structures.

Stuart was awarded the fib Medal of Merit in 2016. He is also an Honorary Member of fibUK.
Amongst his other publications, Stuart was a contributing author to the widely known and acclaimed Institution of Structural Engineers (London) document “Appraisal of Existing Structures”, for both the 1996 and 2010 editions. Stuart received the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Clancy Prize and Medal in 2013.

Stuart is a chartered civil & structural engineer and also a chartered scientist. He has worked in various fields including civil engineering and building, heritage structures, full-scale structural testing, structural service life assessment, non-destructive testing & investigation, as well as the deterioration, repair, rehabilitation, maintenance and structural strengthening measures to extend the useful life and durability of concrete structures. He has undertaken research consultancy & expert witness commissions on a range of matters and has also made various forensic, durability, fire and accident investigations, including a number of structural collapses.

Stuart worked at the Building Research Establishment in the UK between 1992 – 2017. Previously he had worked within the UK water industry, for a specialist testing house, for an international consulting firm and a UK building contractor.