Our team

  • Rita Excell

    Rita Excell

    Since 2016 Rita has held the role of the Executive Director of the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) where she is responsible for delivering ADVI’s contribution to the safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicle technologies into Australia and New Zealand.

    Rita has overseen the growth of the ADVI partnerships from 25 partners in 2015 to over 130 partners and growing today.

    Rita is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience across transport planning and road safety servicing the private sector, research industry and local government. She remains the Technical Leader for the Australian Road Research Board in South Australian office, where she oversees a team of senior researchers working across a wide range of transport related projects.

    Rita has been invited to be an expert contributor to Connected and Automated Vehicle steering groups across Australia, New Zealand, United States, Singapore and Canada. As the key spokesperson for ADVI Rita has delivered keynote addresses on the topic across the globe and has met with all levels of governments and their agencies in Australia

  • Irene Seah

    Irene Seah

    Irene is the Administrative Coordinator for the ADVI office. She is the first point of contact on queries received by the office; managing and routing them appropriately.  Her responsibilities include supporting regular office operations; develop, review and update administrative systems; on boarding of new partners, scheduling of meetings and ensure processes are compliant with company standards and procedures.

  • Francis Cheong

    Francis Cheong

    Francis works as a technical representative in ADVI, and at the same time is a Professional Engineer at the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) within the Future Transport Systems group.

    Francis previously worked with AEV Robotics, a Melbourne-based electric vehicle start-up, during his undergraduate degree. He was also a part of Monash University’s Formula SAE team Monash Motorsport, within the Autonomous Systems section working on their driverless race car.

    Francis completed his bachelor’s in electrical and computer systems engineering from Monash University in 2019. At the same time, he also obtained a bachelor of arts, majoring in psychology and minoring in Chinese studies.