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 is a Director of Urban Enterprise and draws on 14 years of consulting experience to lead our strategic planning and urban economic projects.

With qualifications in urban planning and economics, Paul offers public and private sector clients nuanced and independent advice based on an understanding of the economic and property market forces that influence how cities and regions develop and how strategic planning can best respond.

Paul specialises in the fields of strategic planning, infrastructure funding, economic impact assessment and land demand and supply assessments for a range of sectors including residential, retail, commercial, industrial and tourism. Paul often appears as an Expert Witness at Planning Panel, Advisory Committee and VCAT hearings in respect of urban economic matters.

Paul is committed to providing the highest quality analysis, evidence and approach to planning and is a Registered Planner with the Planning Institute of Australia. Paul advocates the importance of proper planning and ongoing professional development in the industry through recent volunteer roles on the Committee of the Victorian Division of PIA and as a co-editor of the monthly Planning News publication.


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

Todd Ainsaar

BEnvs MUP

Director


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

  • Master of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne


Key Disciplines
  • Property

  • Urban Planning

Staff Members

Jonathan Rochwerger

BComm (Hons.) BArts
Senior Associate

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts (History and Politics), Monash University

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (Economics), Monash University


Key Disciplines
  • Economics

  • Tourism

  • Economic Development

Kurt Ainsaar

BEnvs (Property) MBA (Completing)
Senior Associate

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

  • Master of Business Administration (Completing), RMIT


Key Disciplines
  • Property

  • Urban Planning

  • Economics

  • Tourism

Danielle Cousens

BEnvs (LArch) MUP MTour MPIA
Senior Consultant

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

  • Master of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne

  • Master of Tourism, Monash University


Key Disciplines
  • Tourism

  • Strategic Planning


Industry Memberships
  • Member Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)

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


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
  • Development Contributions

  • Urban Economics

  • Urban Planning

Madeleine Hornsby

BEnvs MUrbPlanEnv
Urban Planner

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Environments (Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures), University of Melbourne

  • Master of Urban Planning and Environment, RMIT University


Key Disciplines
  • Urban Planning

  • Urban Economics

Jessica Farrugia

BEnvs MUP (completing)
Consultant

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Environments (Urban Planning), University of Melbourne

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

Hans-Karel Fros

General Manager Software Applications

Qualifications
  • Diploma in Electronic Engineering

  • Cert IV in Business Management

  • ITIL Service Management Practitioner

  • Prince2 Project Management Practitioner

  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Agathy Patsouris

BEnvs
Consultant

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Environments (Urban Planning and Design), University of Melbourne


Key Disciplines
  • Urban Planning

  • Strategic Planning

  • Design

Hong Knowling

MBus (Prop) MUrbRegPlan BUrbRegPlan
Senior Consultant

Qualifications
  • Master of Business (Property), RMIT

  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of South Australia

  • Bachelor of City Planning, Guilin University of Technology, China


Key Disciplines
  • Property Economics

  • Urban Planning


Industry Memberships
  • Planning Institute of Australia

  • Urban Planning Society of China

Nancy Yoo

BEnvs (Urban Planning and Design)
Consultant

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Environments (Urban Planning and Design), University of Melbourne


Key Disciplines
  • Strategic Planning

  • Tourism Planning

  • Research, Demographic and Market Analysis

  • Graphic Design

  • Tourism Market Analysis


Tayler Neale

B.Comm/B.Econ
Consultant

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Economics, University of Western Australia


Key Disciplines
  • Economics


Alessandra Lucchetti

Executive Assistant

Robyn Ainsaar

Office Manager