Inside Infrastructure

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia

Inside Infrastructure is a podcast co-hosted by two professional infrastructure nerds – Adrian Dwyer, CEO of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and Ilya Zak, Associate Director at PwC Australia. Each episode, Adrian and Ilya speak with a prominent identity shaping the future of Australian infrastructure – from CEOs of top ASX listed companies

All Episodes

Adrian and Ilya sat down with Chair of the Productivity Commission, Michael Brennan to discuss Australia’s reform opportunities, how the economy might evolve coming out of COVID-19, and what the future of productivity growth may look like in a services-based economy.

Jul 9

73 min

Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, Adrian and Ilya sat down with Co-Head of Macquarie Capital, Australia and New Zealand John Pickhaver to discuss his journey from civil engineering to private finance, the evolution of infrastructure financing in Australia, and the opportunities of technological disruption.

Jun 23

73 min

Before the outbreak of COVID-19, Adrian and Ilya sat down with CEO of NSW Ports Marika Calfas to discuss the evolution of NSW Ports, what the organisation is doing to sustainably grow trade and improve the efficiency of its supply chain, and the enormous change that new technologies and automation has brought to port operations around the world.

Apr 21

65 min

Adrian and Ilya sit down with one of Australia’s most respected businessmen – and GWS Giants enthusiast – Tony Shepherd to discuss his career, insights on the COVID-19 crisis, and what stimulus and broader reform measures are required to battle the economic fallout of the global pandemic.

Apr 7

53 min

Adrian and Ilya sit down with CEO International of Keolis, Bernard Tabary to discuss his global career in transport, his views on franchising and the future implications for transport as technology evolves.

Mar 9

61 min

Adrian and Ilya sit down with the Deputy Secretary of Strategy and Delivery at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Amy Brown to discuss her varied career across the public and private sectors, the often unquantified social benefits of infrastructure, whole-of-life service delivery, and how the NSW Government is changing its thinking about customer needs.

Feb 4

75 min

Adrian and Ilya sat down with Executive General Manager Australian Energy Market Commission Tim Nelson to discuss his early career, the tortured history of energy policy in Australia, and what the Commission is doing to optimise its regulatory frameworks to integrate a new wave of technological disruption.

Dec 2019

74 min

Adrian and Ilya talk with CEO of Sydney Metro Jon Lamonte about his 32 years in the Royal Air Force, what he learnt flying Hercules planes in the Falkland Islands and running transport for Greater Manchester, and his reflections on Australia’s largest metro project.

Oct 2019

54 min

Adrian and Ilya talk with the General Manger of Uber Australia and New Zealand, Susan Anderson about her Uber rating, how the rider sharing platform has stayed ahead in the Australian market, and her reflections on the future of mobility and road pricing.

Sep 2019

53 min

Adrian and Ilya talk with Rodd Staples about his journey to the top job as Secretary of Transport for NSW, how the power of data is transforming the way Sydney’s transport network is planned and operated, and the big customer-centered changes underway at TfNSW.

Jul 2019

67 min

In part two of their conversation, Adrian and Ilya talk with Graham Bradley about his chairmanship of Infrastructure NSW and the importance of good infrastructure advice in the age of mega-projects.

Jul 2019

42 min

In part one of their conversation, Adrian and Ilya talk with Chair of Infrastructure NSW Graham Bradley about his life as a professional board director, the role of social licence to operate in corporate governance, and the challenges in Australia’s energy sector.

Jul 2019

41 min

Adrian and Ilya talk with President and CEO of Bridges to Prosperity, Avery Bang about connecting the rural last mile, managing the pitfalls and challenges of remote infrastructure delivery, and her big vision to transform the aid sector. If you want to find out more about the work of Bridges to Prosperity or get involved visit

Jun 2019

62 min

Adrian and Ilya talk with Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas about his early years’ in the union movement, eventual rise to the treasury benches, what to expect in the upcoming state budget, and his views on the Electric Vehicle debate.

May 2019

52 min

Leader of the Australian Labor Party, Anthony Albanese MP chats with Adrian and Ilya about the remarkable story of his childhood, growing up in the inner west as a young Labor man, and his vision for infrastructure in Australia.

Mar 2019

55 min

Transurban CEO Scott Charlton reveals his key predictions for the future of transport and the need to price Australian roads.

Feb 2019

54 min

From PE teacher, Oxford mathematician to infrastructure tsar. We speak to Kerry Schott about her rise to the top of the sector.

Feb 2019

66 min

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