MahmoudWeb.jpgMahmoud Abu Shammeh
BSc, MSc Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director of Central Laboratories, University of Sharjah
Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mahmoud Abu Shammeh has a total experience of 28 years in the field of academia and laboratory management.  He holds the position of Director of Central Labs at the University of Sharjah-UAE since Sept 2009. Abu Shammeh is also currently working as a faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Sharjah since 2000. He also worked as Career Advisor for Saudi Electric Company for two years in which he developed many technical programs for newly graduated engineers. He also worked for Philadelphia University – Amman Jordan for five years. He participated to establish the labs and curriculum at Philadelphia University and University of Sharjah.

Mahmoud Abu Shammeh served in many University committees to establish new teaching and research labs. Abu Shammeh has a long experience in Laboratory management and he introduced many effective ways to optimize lab operations and efficient utilization of available resources.



DrAmandaCaplesOriginal.pngDr Amanda Caples


Dr Amanda Caples BSc Hons PhD GAICD is Victoria’s Lead Scientist.  She works across the Victorian Government to foster linkages and identify opportunities for economic outcomes by engaging with business, the research sector and the Australian government. Amanda brings to the role broad experience in technology commercialisation, public policy development and governance of public and private entities. Previously as Deputy Secretary Sector Development and Programs, Amanda was responsible for the development of Future Industries strategic sector growth plans and for support of the Victorian science, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Dr Caples will provide an overview of her role as Victoria’s Lead Scientist and her key strategic priorities. This includes her work with universities, the space sector and with the Victorian Gas Program. In particular, Amanda will discuss the opportunities to discover, align and connect within the science, technology and innovation ecosystem, for the joint benefit of the Victorian community and economy.



LisaWebSM.pngMs Lisa Stevens
Principal Consultant,
Lisa J Stevens and Associates Pty. Ltd.

Lisa Stevens is a well-qualified Health & Safety Consultant having worked in the areas of OHS, worker’s compensation and injury management for over 30 years. Having spent many years in industry, joined the School of Science, RMIT University a developer and presenter of one of Australia’s pre-eminent laboratory safety short courses.  Ms Stevens has spent the last 6 years auditing some Australia’s most respected university and medical research laboratories against AS/NZS 2243 Safety in Laboratories and AS2982 Laboratory Design and Construction.

At this year's conference, Lisa will provide an overview of AS/NZS 2243 Safety in Laboratories Series and how it applies to laboratories of all genres of laboratories and some of the more common areas of non-compliance.

BradCochranWebSM.pngBrad C. Cochran
CPP Wind Engineering, Inc.

Brad Cochran has over 25 years of experience in dispersion modeling of laboratory exhaust systems. During the past decade, Brad has defined new techniques to safely minimize the energy requirements for laboratory exhaust stacks by utilizing VAV technologies. He has successfully implemented over 100 VAV exhaust systems throughout the US, Canada, and the UK.
He has authored papers on laboratory exhaust design for ASHRAE, I2SL, SL-Can, S-Labs, AMCA, and R&D Magazine.

In 2011, Brad became one of the very first recipients prestigious I2SL GO BEYOND award for his outstanding contributions to the field of efficiency and sustainability in laboratory design.



DrAngelicVeccioSadus.jpgDr Angelica Vecchio-Sadus
Regional HSE Manager, Victoria/Tasmania
CSIRO, Australia

Angelica Vecchio-Sadus is the Regional HSE Manager, Victoria/Tasmania with CSIRO and has oversight for a large portfolio of research facilities and a team of HSE Advisers. Angelica began her career in science and then transitioned to HSE where she has over 15 years experience in leadership, strategy development, regulatory compliance and operational management. She is a multi-award winner and published author. Angelica chairs the Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand technical committee on Safety in Laboratories. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia, and a member of RACI and ASSE. She holds postgraduate qualifications in science and HSE.



NickGWeb.pngNick Gannoulis
Managing Director,
OnQ Software


Nick Gannoulis started his career as a Research Scientist at St Vincent’s Hospital in the days when all labs ran on manual, paper systems.  As technology developed, improved, and became easier to access, Nick focused on finding better systems and processes to help labs to reach their full potential.  With OnQ Software, Nick has worked with laboratories of all sizes and in all industries, and has gathered a unique set of insights to help tailor solutions for each laboratory he works with.

Nick will present ‘LIMS-driven Digital Transformation of the Laboratory’ at ALMC 2018, discussing the evolution of LIMS over the course of more than 20 years, through to today when laboratories are capturing and generating unprecedented amounts of information with the advent of modern technologies.



Kirsten Balding
M Sc., Grad Dip Ed., Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment,

  Kirsten has worked in the laboratory industry for 30 years. She completed her Masters in molecular biology and bioinformatics at La Trobe University and researched in ‘wet lab’ and bioinformatics at La Trobe, ANU and QIMR. She then trained scientists to use bioinformatics tools while at ANGIS, Sydney University. This led to consulting and marketing roles at eBioinformatics/Entigen. After gaining teaching qualifications, Kirsten returned to the lab, training undergraduates in Vocational programs at RMIT University (12 years). For the last year Kirsten worked as a Project Rewire “Champion” while RMIT transformed its LMS.  She is recently back to teaching Analytical techniques, QA and Sustainability.


Nedaossadat Mirzadeh
Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry,


A scientist (PhD, Chemistry) by background, Neda has an MBA and has been active in the magical triangular space of science, innovation and diversity for more than a decade. Currently she is the Group Leader of a multidisciplinary research group at the Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry at RMIT University.

An entrepreneur by nature, Neda has developed “Entrepreneurship in Science” framework to encourage science graduates to broaden their skills and address real-world challenges.

Building on her passion to create societal impact, she uses her expertise to develop entrepreneurial mindsets in people, who she believes are the key to diversity-led innovation and entrepreneurship capability.



Peter Vitali
ChemVit Consulting Pty Ltd


Peter has been a key representative for over 33 years working with the Victorian Government Health and Safety Regulator (WorkSafe Victoria and its predecessors) dealing with numerous national and multinational companies in the petrochemical and specialty chemical process industry.

During this period, he has been the primary technical reference source to both the Inspectorate and the broader chemical industry in the implementation of both prescriptive and performance based dangerous goods regulatory regimes.
Peter has over 40 years’ experience associated with dangerous goods and hazardous chemicals with a long history and reputation of close working relationships with governments, regulatory authorities and industry in all states and has been a key committee member on many of today’s Dangerous Goods Australian Standards and the current Chair of AS1940:2017. 

For over 20 years, Peter has been the lead dangerous goods technical subject matter expert and incident investigator for the Victorian Government Health and Safety Regulator. For over 30 years Peter has been an Inspector under the Dangerous Goods Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Equipment (Public Safety) Act as amended.