wed 26 MAY 2021


We are delighted to invite you to the Exclusive Fellows Session during the Planning Festival 2021.

It is an opportunity for PIA to recognise and celebrate the huge contribution that you and other Fellows have made to the planning profession.

Just as importantly, this will be an opportunity to network and catch up with other Fellows, whilst enjoying a short panel presentation facilitated by PIA President, Darren Crombie RPIA (Fellow) with special guests from our international planning association counterparts.

Darren Crombie RPIA (Fellow)

President, Planning Institute of Australia

Darren is a Principal and Director with E3 Advisory, an independent, employee owned infrastructure advisory firm providing strategic services to clients across Australia and internationally.

Darren has some 25 years experience in the Australian infrastructure, planning, economic development, and transport sectors. In that time, he has held senior executive roles in the infrastructure, planning and economic development portfolios in the Queensland Government, and in the transport and infrastructure portfolio in the Australian Government. His most recent role prior to joining E3 was as Queensland’s Deputy Director General infrastructure policy and planning.

Darren holds an Honours degree and a research Masters degree in Regional and Town Planning from the University of Queensland, and an Executive Master of Public Administration from the Australian National University and the Australia New Zealand School of Government. He is a Registered Planner and has been a member of PIA since 1996 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has previously represented Australia on UN and APEC bodies.

Darren became the National President of the Planning Institute of Australia in November 2020 after having served as the Queensland Director and chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee since 2014. 

Leo R. Asuncion, Jr., AICP

President, American Planning Association, USA

Leo R. Asuncion is a commissioner with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission and previously served as director and administrator of the State of Hawaii Office of Planning.  Leo has over 30 years of extensive experience in planning, policy analysis, and management throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Region, in both the public and private sectors, through previous positions with Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., SSFM International, Inc., the Hawaii State Judiciary, and the State Land Use Commission.  He has also chaired or been a member of a number of governmental boards, commissions, task forces and councils during his professional career. 

Leo holds a certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and holds an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University, and Master of Urban and Regional Planning and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Hawaii.   He has served in a number of leadership roles within APA, including serving on the Board of Directors and the Chapter Presidents Council, and as APA Hawaii Chapter president. He is a member of Lambda Alpha International, a board member of McKinley High School (Honolulu) Business Academy, and past chair of the Coastal States Organization.


President, Royal Town Planning Institute, UK

Anna has been a passionate strategic planner and community engagement specialist for close to 20 years, working with communities across Western Australia and at all levels of Government. Anna’s main passion, and the key catalyst for establishing Shape Urban, is a vision to improve the experience of future generations through collaborative engagement on planning and community building projects. Quite literally; to shape the urban environment with the community who have the lived experience of the place. Anna has worked on infill projects, community plans, marinas, civic spaces and all manner of cool projects in between.