The ACP Committee

The ACP Committee is Made of 11 Members

Omar Khalifa, ACP Founder and President

Omar is a life-long leisure and (later) commuter cyclist who took up cycling advocacy 6 years ago as CEO of Bicycle NSW.  He later continued to develop community advocacy strategies through Go! Alliance that  led to the creation of the Australian Cyclists Party.

Omar began his career as an engineer working at the Kennedy Space Center before moving to product development roles with Hewlett Packard and Apple Computer.  His work in product life cycle management led to his appointment as Policy Director for the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva.

Omar has now lived in Australia for nearly 20 years and has worked primarily with product development with Optus, Telstra, Citigroup, Unwired and with Uniseed, a venture capital firm.  He later led the development of an online young people’s community – Livewire – for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Omar is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Wollongong’s iAccelerate innovation hub and spends his spare time helping to raise fish, chickens, pigs and helping to grow vegies.


Noel McFarlane, ACP Vice-President

Noel has been in the bike industry for 35 years. Mostly as a wholesaler (Gemini/Mongoose/Cervelo) but also as a touring bike designer and producer (Vivente World Randonneur). He also owns a farm in NW Tasmania. Noel has been a long term bike industry activist and helped set up the CPF in Australia.

Noel does not own a car and cycles over 10,000km a year. He loves to go on bike tours. At his stage in life (61) he is lucky to be touring internationally several times a year. He sees first hand how bikes are used in many counties. His advocacy focus is particularly on Canberra where he sees top-down policy development and tied funding as the keys to bringing change in Australia.


Rich Nicol, Volunteer Engagement

Rich has been cycling all of his life as a commuter, a road rider and even worked as a bicycle courier for a year and a half. He has recently become passionate about the promotion of cycling as an accessible means of active transport to foster better mental and physical health for all Australians.

Rich has worked in environmental management, corporate sustainability  and energy efficiency for nearly 15 years. He currently works for Car Next Door which is a neighbourhood car sharing start up company providing real transport solutions in Sydney and Melbourne.


Edward Stratton-Smith, Legal and Contracts

Edward is a Barrister at Edward Barton Chambers.

Edward was admitted to practice in 2003 and signed the Bar Roll in 2010.  He has a wide ranging practice encompassing criminal law and general civil litigation, including commercial and contract matters.

Before moving to the Bar, Edward worked for the Crown Solicitor’s Office where his practice included criminal prosecutions, employment law and administrative law.


Roman Ciurpita, ACP Treasurer

Roman is an avid cyclist having experienced the health, enjoyment and financial benefits of commuting and touring cycling for more than 25 years. Roman is a member of and volunteers for many cycling organisations helping to promote the benefits of cycling to the wider community.

Roman has more than 30 years commercial experience working for financial institutions in Australia and elsewhere. Since 2007 Roman has been working in a private capacity as a consultant to the finance industry. This finance experience, particularly relating to the regulatory environment and policy making areas has enabled him to fulfil treasurer roles in a number of not for profit community organisations.

Nik Dow, Online Presence and Member Management

Since 1964 Nik has used a bicycle as his main means of transport. Over recent decades the advantages of mass adoption of the bicycle for transport have become more and more compelling and Nik has been involved locally in Melbourne and nationally in efforts to remove the obstacles to mass cycling. Nik believes Australia has much to gain by making cycling ubiquitous.

Nik works in IT as an independent contractor with customers in Australia and elsewhere, and travels (with a folding bicycle) to various places learning from other cities.

Rebecca Palser, Marketing and Outreach


Sam Reich, ACP Secretary and Candidate Coordinator


Luke Freeman, Media and Communications

I believe that Australia is a place where we should all have the freedom to live happy and healthy lives. However, we are trapped with infrastructure that limits our mobility and costs us our health, our money, and stresses us out. My goal is to enable Australia to be healthier, happier, and safer by making our cities more walkable, rideable, and liveable.

We live in a democracy where every vote counts. Our governments don’t have a great track record of keeping promises. I want our votes to send a message to Canberra that we want our government to be accountable to  yet another promise to build more liveable cities. We can improve the health of our families AND put money back in the public purse.

I’ve worked in marketing and communications for both the corporate and public sectors, and I am now working for logistics startup Sendle.  I wrote my thesis on electoral systems and that has had an impact on the way I think about politics and the possibility of making positive changes in a healthy democracy.

Ted Re, Policy and Social Media Editor


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