Speakers

  • Paul Broad
    Chief Executive Officer, Snowy Hydro

    Paul has been extensively involved with some of Australia’s largest electricity and water organisations throughout his career and has a deep understanding of the value of water and importance of a reliable energy system for communities and the economy.

    Paul’s first CEO role was with Hunter Water in his hometown of Newcastle from 1989-1993. Under his leadership, Hunter Water was the first government business to be corporatised. Paul also introduced a ‘user-pays’ system of water usage, successfully changing the way people respect water. This same success was also achieved during his time as CEO of Sydney Water from 1993-1997, introducing a user-pays system, corporatising the business and successfully increasing productivity by 60%.

    Paul ‘switched’ to electricity in 1997, taking over as CEO of Energy Australia until 2004.  In his time as CEO he expanded the business into new energy retail and also established a small telco, PowerTel. In 2004, Paul left Energy Australia to head up PowerTel.   Paul’s next role was as CEO of AAPT, from 2007-2011.

    Paul was also the inaugural CEO of Infrastructure NSW. During his time as CEO of Infrastructure NSW, Paul was responsible for delivering the first Infrastructure Plan in NSW, a 20-year horizon strategy underpinning productivity growth in the State.

    In June 2013, Paul joined Snowy Hydro as CEO.

  • Stephen Davy
    Chief Executive Officer, Hydro Tasmania

    Steve is Chief Executive Officer at Hydro Tasmania and has been with the business since 2005. 

    Hydro Tasmania is Australia’s largest hydro company with over 30 hydro power stations and a hydro consulting business, Entura, operating internationally.

    Steve is currently Chairman of Hydro Tasmania’s mainland retail business, Momentum Energy, selling electricity and gas on mainland Australia and on the Bass Strait Islands.

    Steve is currently a Director on the Board of the Australian Energy Council.

  • Jo Evans
    Deputy Secretary Climate Change and Energy Innovation, Department of Environment and Energy

    Jo Evans is the Deputy Secretary responsible for Climate Change and Energy Innovation, which includes the Emissions Reduction Fund, international climate programs and clean energy innovation. Jo is proud to be the Department’s Indigenous Champion.

    Prior to joining the Department in September 2016, Jo was Deputy Secretary at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources where she had responsibility for international trade and market access and export certification services. Jo was also responsible for the department’s corporate functions.

    In 2009-10 Jo was a member of the advisory board that developed the report Ahead of the Game: blueprint for reform of Australian Government administration.

    Prior to joining the APS in 2000, Jo worked for management consultants McKinsey & Company.

    Jo has a Masters of Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Melbourne; and a combined bachelor degree in Asian studies and economics (honours) from the Australian National University.

  • David Green
    Founding Partner, Lyon Group

    David has over 30 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors across the Australasian region. He is on a number of Boards and has held a number of non executive Directorships for Federal or State Government and private sector entities with responsibilities for multibillion dollar infrastructure portfolios.

    David developed, acquired or advised on renewable projects in wind, solar, biomass and hydro in Australian and a number of international jurisdictions and advised the Australian Government on the financing of energy in Australia under the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and the ability to achieve renewable energy outcomes.

    He advised the Australian National Generator Forum on the implications for energy generation under an Emission Trading Scheme and renewable energy investment options to meet their obligations.

    David was principal financial advisor to the Government on the restructure of the $18 billion Queensland electricity supply industry and undertook a similar role in the restructure of the Western Australian electricity supply industry. He has also advised on a number privatisations and acquisition of privatised assets and Governments such as Indonesia, India and Philippines on their industries.

    He has been responsible for the rollout and management of major infrastructure portfolio including an on time and on budget rollout of A$9 billion in water infrastructure.

    David’s has held the following relevant roles:

    • Founder, Lyon Group
    • Director, Water Utilities Australia, representing an Australian sovereign wealth fund
    • Director, Federal Government Authority
    • Commissioner, Queensland Government Commission
    • Director, South East Queensland Water Grid Manager
    • Australia wide Team leader at a large investment bank
    • Leader of Ernst & Young’s National Energy and Utilities Advisory Group
    • Leader of Ernst & Young’s National Water Practice
    • Director, Infrastructure Association of Queensland.
    • Qualifications
    • Bachelor of Business (Economics and Administration)
    • Fellow, Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia
  • Richard Gross
    Chief Executive Officer
    Ausgrid
  • Paul Italiano
    Chief Executive Officer, Transgrid

    Mr Paul Italiano has been Chief Executive Officer of TransGrid since 2 May 2016. He comes to the role after being the Chief Executive Officer of Western Power since August 2012. Paul has previously worked at Wesfarmers General Insurance as General Manager Business Services; at HBF Health Funds as General Manager Financial Services and Strategic Development; at Ernst & Young as Senior Manager Corporate Finance; and at the RAC as Chief Financial Officer. Paul is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Business and an MBA. He is also a Fellow of CPA Australia, Leadership WA and the Australian Institute of Management.

  • Siham Knowles
    General 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.

  • John Pierce
    Chairman , Australian Energy Market Commission

    Commissioner Pierce was appointed AEMC Chairman in June 2010. His commitment to industry and regulatory reform has underpinned his contribution to national energy reform through a number of senior roles including his tenure as Secretary of the Federal Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism which followed 12 years of service as Secretary of the New South Wales (NSW) Treasury. He was a key adviser to Government and Chairman of the NSW Treasury Corporation. Prior to his time at NSW Treasury he was Pacific Power Chief Economist. John holds a BCom (Hons) (UNSW). He was a Visiting Scholar at Boston University during 2004-2005 working on public sector performance management.

  • Kerry Schott AO
    Independent Chair, Energy Security Board

    Kerry Schott is Chair of the Energy Security Board, Chair of Moorebank Intermodal Company, a Director of NBN, and a Director of TCorp NSW.

    She also Chairs the Assurance Board for Sydney Metro, and is a member of the Advisory Board for City and SouthEast Light Rail.

    Kerry was Managing Director and CEO of Sydney Water from 2006 to 2011. Before that Kerry spent 15 years as an investment banker, including as Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and Executive Vice President of Bankers Trust Australia. During this time she specialised in privatisation, restructuring, and infrastructure provision.  Prior to becoming an investment banker Kerry was a public servant and an academic. 

    Kerry holds a doctorate from Oxford University, a Masters of Arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and a Bachelor of Arts (first class Honours) from the University of New England.  She was recently awarded an Order of Australia and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Sydney and the University of Western Sydney.

  • Robert Slonim
    Professor, Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government

    Robert Slonim is a Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Sydney and recently served as the temporary Director of Research for the Behavioural Economics Team of Australia (BETA) in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Professor Slonim is currently co-editor of the Journal of the Economic Science Association (JESA) and is an original member of the University of Sydney's Sydney Policy Lab (SPL).

    Robert is best recognised as a pioneer in the area of experimental and behavioural economics and has written extensively on trust, learning, education and the economics of charitable behaviour and blood donations. Robert has been very innovative in his use of experimental methods that have provided theoretical contributions as well as important findings for matters of public policy. His research has appeared in leading academic journals in Economics, Science and Business, he has given invited talks to many public and private sector organizations and leading international academic institutions. His work has received numerous large grants from many of the most competitive scientific communities including the Australian Research Council and the US National Science Foundation.