Quest Events would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the official 2018 event advisory panel who contributed their valuable time and expertise to ensure the agenda for this event was timely and relevant for all stakeholders working in the energy sector.
Tarandeep Singh AhujaPartner, McKinsey & Company
Tarandeep is a Partner in McKinsey and Company's Melbourne office. Tarandeep co-leads McKinsey’s Energy practice in Australia and New Zealand. Over the last 12 years, he has worked extensively with companies across the energy value chain in Australia as well as Asia, serving clients on a variety of topics including strategy, M&A, operations improvement and comprehensive business transformations. Tarandeep holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business and an M. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.
Catherine AndersonHead of Marketing, Powershop
As the head of marketing for energy retailer Powershop Australia, Catherine Anderson is an integrated marketing communications specialist with more than a decade of experience on both client and agency sides in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to her appointment to Powershop, Anderson worked for multinational brands such as the Coca-Cola Company and Siemens. In her time with Powershop Australia, the company has been recognised for its innovative approach to marketing in national media such as The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Guardian and was named as one of the top 10 most disruptive brands in Australia and New Zealand by Marketing Mag in 2017.
Simon CamrouxHead of Regulation, Ausgrid
Since commencing work as an energy market regulatory analyst at Macquarie Generation almost 15 years ago, Simon has worked across the energy supply chain, from generation to retail and across a range of issues, from economic regulation to environmental sustainability.
In 2002, Simon was a member of the Parer Energy Market Review Secretariat where he led the development of the Review’s recommendation to implement an emissions trading scheme domestically.
More recently, Simon wrote the Energy Sections of the Victorian Government Climate Change Green and White Papers and was the Victorian Government representative on the Commonwealth Government’s National Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Target Working Groups.
Simon also attended the COP15 Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen) on behalf of the Victorian Government.
Simon is currently responsible for managing relevant National Electricity Market regulatory issues on behalf of AGL and holds a Batchelor of Economics (Hons) and Master of Environmental Law.
Ross EdwardsGeneral Manager - Trading, EnergyAustralia
Ross Edwards is EnergyAustralia’s Head of Trading, responsible for trading electricity, gas, coal, and renewable energy to provide competitive priced energy for residential and business customers. Ross has worked in the energy industry for more than 14 years in roles covering strategy, business development and mergers and acquisitions. Ross has held Board positions on renewable development companies and is currently on the Board of the Australian Financial Markets Association.
Siham KnowlesGeneral Manager Network Strategy, AusNet Services
Siham is the General Manager of Network Engineering and AusNet Services having previously held senior in Jemena, Alinta Energy and United Energy & Multinet Gas.
Samantha McCullochEnergy Analyst, International Energy Agency
Samantha is an Energy Analyst with the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris. Her role includes a focus on carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, including analysis of economic and policy issues. Samantha was a lead author of the IEA’s 2017 Energy Technology Perspectives publication and primary author of the 2016 report '20 years of CCS: Accelerating future deployment'. She also contributes to broader IEA energy analysis, including market reports and in-depth country reviews.
Prior to this, Samantha spent five years as the Policy Director of the Australian Coal Association, where she worked on energy, climate and environmental policy issues, including the development and funding of CCS technologies. She also held various positions in the Australian Government, working on coal policy, energy market reform and energy security policy.
Samantha holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Commerce and a Master’s in Public Policy.
Keith OrchisonDirector, Coolibah Pty Ltd
Keith has been involved in Australian resources and industry policy issues management and communications for 37 years. He has been a communicator for 58 years, starting as a journalist in South Africa in 1959 and emigrating to Australia in 1970.
He served for four years in the 1970s as public affairs manager of Associated Pulp & Paper Mills Limited and for three years as head of public relations at La Trobe University, Melbourne.
He was chief executive of what is now APPEA for 11 years and of the Electricity Supply Association of Australia for 12 years.
From 2003 to 2007 he chaired the energy committee of the Critical Infrastructure Advisory Council for the Howard government.
He has also been chairman of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network and of the CSIRO Energy Technology Advisory Committee.
Today he runs his own energy advisory business as Coolibah Pty Ltd and is publisher of the blog “This is Power” and of the Coolibah monthly newsletter.
Keith is also engaged in the organisation and chairing of a series of energy outlook conferences.
He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 and in 2012 was recipient of AusIMM’s Sir Willis Connolly Memorial Medal for outstanding communication about the mining and resources sectors.
Stephen QuilterExecutive General Manager, Stanwell Corporation Limited
Mr Quilter joined Stanwell in February 2012 as Swanbank Power Station Manager and was appointed General Manager of Stanwell’s gas and hydro generation portfolio in May 2013.
In a career spanning more than 20 years in the energy industry both in Queensland and New South Wales, Mr Quilter has worked in various operational roles including senior engineering and management positions.
Mr Quilter was appointed Executive General Manager, Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy at Stanwell in July 2016.
In this role, he is responsible for the trading of Stanwell’s generation in the National Electricity Market.
He also oversees the development of commercial strategies targeted at diversifying revenue streams and creating value from Stanwell’s various fuel resources.
James SeymourGeneral Manager New Energy Services, Jemena
James is currently the General Manager of New Energy at Jemena, having previously held various senior roles in the energy industry, including at Origin Energy and Transform Solar in the US.
Julie WarkeNetwork Performance Manager, CitiPower & Powercor