Our Team

Company Directors

Matt Ainsaar

BTRP GRAD DIP PROP CPP FAPI MPIA

Managing Director

Matt established Urban Enterprise in 1989 after a successful career working for the Victorian Government. He has more than 35 years experience in strategic planning, property market assessment and urban economic analysis. Matt is an expert in development contributions. He regularly appears as an expert witness in Planning Panel and VCAT hearings in matters relating to development contributions, land economics and tourism. Matt has qualifications in urban planning and post-graduate qualifications in property, and is a Certified Development Practitioner.

Matt is a member of the Property Council of Australia Industrial, Infrastructure and Logistics Committee and a member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Infrastructure and Urbanisation Committee. He is a fellow of the Australian Property Institute (API), a member of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and member of the Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association (VPELA).


Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning, University of Melbourne

  • Graduate Diploma of Property, RMIT


Key Disciplines
  • Urban Planning

  • Property Economics


Industry Memberships
  • Member Planning Institute of Australia(PIA)

  • Fellow, Australian Property Institute

  • Member VPELA

  • Member EDA

Mike Ruzzene

BA PGRAD DIP UP MPIA ACEcD

Director

Mike has developed a strong reputation as an industry leader, with over ten years experience in the fields of urban planning, tourism, research and urban economics. Extensive knowledge in theses fields facilitates his preparation of strategic plans for industry, regions and urban centres.

Mike’s large number of regular clients are a testament to his ability to provide sound, strategic advice to inform planning, economic and tourism studies. Mike leads Urban Enterprise’s tourism and economic development projects, and is a regular presenter at conferences on topics relating to tourism and economic development.

Mike is a member of the Economic Development Australia (Victorian) Committee.


Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University

  • Post Grad Dip. Urban Planning, University of Melbourne


Key Disciplines
  • Strategic Planning

  • Tourism

  • Economic Development


Industry Memberships
  • Member Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)

  • Victorian Committee Member Economic Development Australia (EDA)

Paul Shipp

BUPD MPIA CPP MCOM

Director

Paul has qualifications in Urban Planning and Economics and is a Certified Practicing Planner. Paul provides insightful analysis and advice on economic issues to inform strategic plans for activity centres, housing, retail, employment and industrial projects.

Paul specialises in the development contributions, land demand and supply and retail modelling fields.

Paul is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Victorian Division Committee, and is co-editor of Planning News.


Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Urban Planning & Development, University of Melbourne

  • Master of Commerce, RMIT


Key Disciplines
  • Urban Planning

  • Urban Economics


Industry Memberships
  • Member Planning Institute of Australia(PIA)

  • Member of the PIA (Victoria) Committee (2014-2015)

  • Certified Practicing Planner

Allen Stephens

BPD (PC) BPC (Hons) BCom (Finance)

Director Product Development & Property

Allen has degrees in both property & construction and commerce. Allen has developed specialisations in property, development contributions and software product development.

Allen leads Urban Enterprise's software product development team, including the development of DevCAP (Development Contributions Accounting Program) and Monitor, online industry tracking software.


Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Design (Property & Construction), University of Melbourne

  • Bachelor of Property and Construction (Honours), University of Melbourne

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), University of Melbourne


Key Disciplines
  • Property

  • Software Products

Staff Members

Chris Funtera

BSC MUP MPIA
Associate Director

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honors), Monash University

  • Master of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne


Key Disciplines
  • Strategic Planning

  • Economic Development

  • Urban Economics

  • Industry Consultation


Industry Memberships
  • Member Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)

  • Member of VPELA

Todd Ainsaar

BEnvs MUP
Senior Associate

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Environments (property), University of Melbourne

  • Master of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne


Key Disciplines
  • Property

  • Urban Planning

Kurt Ainsaar

BEnvs
Senior Consultant

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Environments (Property), University of Melbourne


Key Disciplines
  • Property

  • Urban Planning

Danielle Cousens

BEnvs (LArch) MUP MTour (completing) MPIA
Consultant

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Environments (Landscape Architecture), University of Melbourne

  • Master of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne

  • Master of Tourism, Monash University (completing)


Key Disciplines
  • Tourism

  • Strategic Planning


Industry Memberships
  • Member Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)

Brett Hannah

BEnvs (urban planning) MUP (completing)
Consultant

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Environments, University of Melbourne

  • Masters of Urban Planning (completing), University of Melbourne


Key Disciplines
  • Demand & Supply Analysis

  • Economic Impact Studies

Robyn Ainsaar

Office Manager

Eva Abbinga

BUPD BFA
Senior Consultant

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development, University of Melbourne

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Expanded Studio Practice), RMIT University


Key Disciplines
  • Strategic Planning

  • Concept Design and Feasibility Studies

  • Tourism Development and Creative Industries Strategies


Pramudita Santoso

BICT MIT
Software Developer

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology, Swinburne University of Technology

  • Master of Information Technology, University of Melbourne


Key Disciplines
  • Software Development

  • Software Programming


Asaf Cohen

BCom BSC
Economist

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Economics), Monash University

  • Bachelor of Science (Ecology and Geography), Monash University


Key Disciplines
  • Economics