• Catherine Anderson
    Head 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.

  • Ron Ben-David
    Essential Services Commission
  • Adrian Booth
    Partner and Global Expert on Digital Energy, McKinsey and Company

    Adrian leads McKinsey's Business Technology Practice on the West Coast and has extensive experience in technology-enabled transformations and deployment, including Smart Grid, Smart Meter/AMI, demand-side management, solar, and other renewable energy and IT opportunities. Adrian also leads their work with the engineering and construction industry in North America and is a member of the Electric Power & Natural Gas Practice.

    Adrian coauthored and edited the ‘McKinsey on Smart Grid’ compilation.

  • Michael Brear
    Director , Melbourne Energy Institute

    Professor Michael Brear is the Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne. He guides the Institute’s research on the technical, economic, environmental and social impacts of energy systems. Much of his own research is collaborative with industry and government on

    ·         the technical, economic and environmental analysis of transport and energy systems;
    ·         systems featuring reciprocating engines and gas turbines;
    ·         combustion of conventional and alternative fuels .

    Michael is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Energy and he previously established the University’s Master of Energy Systems. Prior to commencing at the University, he undertook graduate studies at Cambridge University and post-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Elisabeth Brinton
    Executive General Manager New Energy, AGL Energy

    Elisabeth has more than 25 years of experience growing companies and leading innovation across sectors including energy, technology, consumer food products and agriculture.

    Elisabeth joined AGL in September 2016 from New York Stock Exchange-listed Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) where she led Corporate Strategy, launched PG&E’s ground breaking IoT “Grid of Things” business strategy, ran M&A and strategic investments.

    Elisabeth also led California’s exploration of new utility business models. She is a science and humanities graduate of Principia College in Illinois, USA and is also a recipient of the prestigious Harry S Truman scholarship and a Lincoln Academy inductee, both in the USA.

  • 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.

  • Simon Brooker
    Executive Director, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

    Simon Brooker is an Executive Director of Corporate and Project Finance at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.  He has had lead responsibility for a number of the CEFC’s renewable energy investments, including the Moree Solar Farm, the refinancing of the Macarthur Windfarm and the delivery of loan facilities for Origin and SunEdison. Prior to joining the CEFC, Simon held senior roles with Transfield Holdings, focusing on investments in social infrastructure and renewable energy. Before joining Transfield, he worked for 14 years in investment banking at Macquarie Bank and Bankers Trust, leading a variety of asset based financing, structured finance and infrastructure financing transactions.

  • Stephen Bygrave
    Director Energy Programs
    NSW Department of Planning and Environment
  • Josh Carmichael
    Director - Low Carbon Energy, South Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

    A passionate renewable advocate who thrives on creating synergies between corporate strategies, innovation, product development with government decision making in the (Renewable) Energy Sector.

    With a strong academic knowledge of strategy & sustainability and over 10 years of professional experience including at a large Japanese Automotive company in strategy, innovation and business development throughout Europe, Asia and Middle East. Focused on converting leading automotive technologies into new industries; including Energy, Telecom, Heath & Medical, Home Energy Management Systems and more.

    In 2016 Josh joined the South Australia State Government as Director of Low Carbon Economy unit focused on maximising opportunities that arise from the states leadership in renewable technology. This includes the states Hydrogen Roadmap, project facilitation of large scale Solar PV and Wind, Bio energy projects and developing the states Low Emission Vehicle Strategy that links up EVs and FCVs with the states Battery and Hydrogen ambitions.

    In March 2017 Josh was chosen to lead the 100MW battery project as part of states’ “Energy Plan”. This includes leading a strong team to deliver an accelerated EOI/RFQ/Contractual design, short listing and negotiation phase as well as implementation phase across 3 streams on government side; project site delivery, connections and operation and investments before December 1st 2017. He’s very excited by the projects and supported by the team in place but hasn’t slept much since March.

  • Guy Chalkley
    Chief Executive Officer, Western Power

    Guy commenced at Western Power in December 2011 as Operations Commercial Manager. He was later appointed Head of Business Planning and Reporting before joining the Executive Management Team as Chief Financial Officer in February 2015. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2016. 

    Guy brings a wealth of international, financial and operational experience across a diverse range of sectors operating and residing in a number of continents including Asia, Africa, Europe,   North and South America, and Australia. He is also a Leadership WA 2013 Alumni, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).

  • Craig Chambers
    Executive General Manager Transformation, Energy Queensland

    Craig has responsibility for Energy Queensland's Strategy, Portfolio and Innovation.  In this role, he is accountable to the CEO and Board for business strategy, innovation, risk and compliance, regulation and pricing, as well as customer and stakeholder engagement across the portfolio.

    Craig has over 20 years’ experience in the electricity and gas industry in Australia, Asia and the USA.  Before joining Energy Queensland, Craig held a number of senior management roles in the energy sector.  Most recently he was responsible for AECOM’s power business line in Australia which included providing business strategy, group leadership and support to its key transmission & distribution, power generation, industrial and government energy sector clients.  This involved providing companies with advice on strategy, policy, regulatory compliance, due diligence, project development, technical design and construction delivery.

    His diverse background spans pioneering innovation in the distributed energy industry in Australia, founding and managing a vertically integrated start-up utility, advising Governments and industry on navigating change, as well as major asset sales and delivering prominent utility scale thermal, hybrid, power network, storage, gas and renewable projects from concept to execution.

  • Ty Christopher
    General Manager Asset Management, Endeavour Energy

    Ty started in the Electricity Supply Industry in New South Wales in 1986 as a cadet engineer. Over the last 32 years, his career within the industry has included responsibility for substation and mains design, project management, system operations, network planning, program delivery and most recently asset management.

    In his current role Ty is accountable for regulated network asset management and program delivery oversight for Endeavour Energy. This includes development and approvals for Endeavour Energy’s network capital and maintenance programs. The portfolio delivered is in the order of $500 million per annum of capital and operating investment.

    Ty has led teams through periods of transformational change, such as the changes required to successfully deliver the largest network investment program ever undertaken by Endeavour Energy or its predecessor organisations, including the introduction of contractor resources into the mix.
    Facing the challenges of a rapidly changing electricity supply landscape while continuing to deliver shareholder outcomes and customer service is the current challenge he faces.

  • Kerry Connors
    Associate Director - Research
    Energy Consumers Australia
  • The Hon. Simon Corbell
    Renewable Energy Advocate, Government of Victoria

    Simon Corbell was appointed as the first Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate in December 2016 to promote the state’s renewable energy sector, provide independent advice to the Victorian Government and assist the state in meeting its renewable energy targets.

    Simon’s role is to act as a voice for the development of renewable energy in the state, listening to both communities and industry and feeding that information back to policy makers and the Government in the form of independent and informed advice.

    “My role is about helping to inform and lead opinion and thought on the transition to a low carbon future through renewable energy, to engage with and support communities and industry as they make that transition,” Simon says.

    “It’s also about making sure that renewable energy developers are delivering the outcomes that the Government and the community are asking for from the new Victorian Renewable Energy Target and other related renewable energy policies.”

    Simon took up his role in January 2017 after serving nearly 20 years as a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly, including eight years as Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

    In these roles he led the policy and program development which put the ACT on track for 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020, through policies to support large scale solar, wind and battery storage projects.

    Simon won the Banksia Foundation's Gold Award for the ACT Solar Auction program in 2015, and has been recognized by the Clean Energy Council and the Climate Alliance for his work in championing the clean energy transition in Canberra and nationally.

    He is also a Patron of the Australian Solar Council and was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of the University of Canberra in recognition of his work on climate change and sustainability in 2016.

    His key responsibilities as VREA include assisting in the implementation of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) scheme, leading efforts to attract further investment in renewable energy and providing independent advice to the Government.

    In June 2016, the Victorian Government committed to renewable energy targets of 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025, supported by a competitive reverse auction scheme.

    The scheme aims to deliver up to 1500 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy capacity by 2020 and up to 5400MW by 2025,  support capital expenditure of around $9 billion in renewable energy projects and create up to 11,000 two-year construction jobs over the life of the scheme.

  • 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.

  • Royce DeSousa
    General Manager Energy & Sustainability
    Visy Industries
  • Andrew Dillon
    Chief Executive Officer, Energy Networks Australia

    Andrew Dillon is an experienced energy sector executive, most recently as the General Manager Corporate Affairs at AusNet Services, owners of electricity transmission and both gas and electricity distribution networks in Victoria. Prior to AusNet, Andrew was General Manager Corporate Affairs at Energy Supply Association of Australia, worked in Corporate and Government Affairs at TRUenergy (now Energy Australia) and was a Senior Ministerial Adviser. He is also a Director of Goulburn Valley Water. Over two decades Andrew has worked in many parts of the energy industry as well as in government and consulting. He was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Networks Australia on 20 November 2017.

    Mr Dillon qualified as a chartered accountant and spent time in banking and energy roles in the United Kingdom.

  • Peter Dobney
    General Manager Resources & Energy, Orora

    As founding Chairman of the Energy Users Association Peter knows what is required to set an energy users organisation up on a good footing.

    He understands the importance of stakeholder engagement, how to attract and keep members through regular newsletters and briefings to keep them up to date with energy market issues.

    He is also involved with energy network reviews and discussions with Federal and State Government energy ministers and bureaucrats.

    He has formed many valuable associations with key energy industry stakeholders and has presented papers and many of the EUAA Annual Conferences and Briefings on a range of energy market issues.

  • David Edwards
    Technical Visionary, Horizon Power

    Prior to his involvement in the establishment of the TechCo division David Edwards has played a leading technical role in a number of important projects, including:

    • Stream Leader – Generation – Infrastructure Australia Consortium, developing the power supply for the Square Kilometre Array in Australia
    • Development of Generation Management and Feed-in Management technical requirements for the management and hosting maximisation of renewable energy in Horizon’s networks
    • Design Management of the power station and solar farm for the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory;
    • Renewable energy coordinator for the redevelopment of the Marble Bar and Nullagine power stations into high penetration solar-diesel hybrid systems, and
    • Development of the remote community power generation concepts, including the technical and specification libraries needed for these systems.

    David also lectures at Curtin University of Technology within courses on power systems and sustainability. This role sees him teach topics such as:

    • Utility scale renewable energy integration;
    • The technical barriers to renewable (and sustainable) energy deployment, and
    • The cultural considerations of renewable (and sustainable) energy deployment.
  • 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.

  • Greg Everett
    Managing Director, Delta Electricity

    Greg is Managing Director of Sunset Power International which owns and operates Vales Point Power Station on the NSW Central Coast. Greg has over 30 years’ experience in the electricity industry, 20 of which have been in executive roles in the generation sector.

    Greg is a member of the International Energy Agency’s Coal Industry Advisory Board as the Federal Government’s nominated generator, and a member of the NSW Coal Innovation Board.

  • Suzanne Falvi
    Executive General Manager Security and Reliability , Australian Energy Market Commission

    Prior to her appointment this year as a Senior Director, Suzanne worked as a Senior Lawyer in the AEMC’s Legal team for three years and was involved in a broad range of rule change requests and reviews involving electricity, gas, networks and retail issues. Before joining the AEMC Suzanne worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Australian Capital Territory Government on implementing the National Energy Customer Framework and local renewable energy schemes. Prior to that, Suzanne specialised in competition, consumer protection, administrative law and commercial litigation for Minter Ellison, and worked as corporate counsel for a renewable start-up on intellectual property and energy regulatory issues. She has a Degree in Economics, an Honours Degree in Law and a Masters in International Law from the Australian National University.

  • James Fazzino
    Chairman, Manufacturing Australia

    James Fazzino is Chairman of Manufacturing Australia, a group whose membership comprises the CEOs of Australia’s largest manufacturing companies. Manufacturing Australia’s members include many of Australia’s largest industrial electricity and gas customers. James was a founding member CEO of Manufacturing Australia, well known for his passionate belief that Australian manufacturing can compete on the world stage.

    James’ career in the international chemicals industry included 14 years at Incitec Pivot Limited, first as CFO and then as CEO. Under James’ leadership, Incitec was transformed from a fertiliser co-operative, operating in four Australian states with an enterprise value of $400 million, to a global diversified industrial chemicals company, operating in 13 countries and with an enterprise value of $8 billion. It is now the world’s second largest supplier of commercial explosives, and Australia’s largest manufacturer and supplier of fertilisers.

    James is a passionate advocate for the transformative power of education. The first member of his family to attend university, he obtained a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Latrobe University, where he is now Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, a role that sees him share his experience with the next generation of Australian business leaders, advise the Vice-Chancellor on the strategic direction for the university, and help to strengthen industry and research links.

    James is a member of the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Expert Advisory Panel of senior energy leaders.

  • Rick Francis
    Chief Executive Officer, Spark Infrastrucutre

    Rick Francis commenced as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Spark Infrastructure in 2012.  He originally joined Spark Infrastructure in 2009 as the Chief Financial Officer and served in that role for three and a half years prior to his appointment as Managing Director. 

    Rick has 20 years' experience in the Australian energy and energy infrastructure industries. Prior to Spark Infrastructure he was employed by the ASX listed gas transmission and energy infrastructure business APA Group, where he was Chief Financial Officer for four years and by Origin Energy Limited for over eight years in a number of senior management roles in the corporate and operational areas. Rick is also a Chartered Accountant.

    Rick has been a Non-Executive Director of SA Power Networks and Victoria Power Networks since 2009. He was appointed as Chairman of NSW Electricity Networks Operations (TransGrid) in December 2015 and has served as Deputy Chair since June 2016. He also sits on a number of Board Sub-Committees for Spark’s investments, including Audit, Risk Management, Regulatory, HS&E and Remuneration committees.

  • Andrew Fraser
    Network Innovation Team Leader, TasNetworks

    Andrew is an innovator, engineer, and entrepreneur working with disruption in the energy industry. He is currently leading projects on battery storage and aggregation, electric vehicles, LoRaWAN IoT sensor development, peer-peer energy trading, community micro-grids and remote area power supplies.

  • Ivor Frischknecht
    Chief Executive Officer, ARENA

    Ivor Frischknecht is ARENA’s inaugural CEO. Before joining ARENA he was responsible for clean technology investments at venture capital firm Starfish Ventures.

    Ivor was previously Director of New Ventures at Idealab, a company involved in developing and investing in renewable energy technology start-up companies. Before focusing on investments Ivor was a senior executive at a number entrepreneurial and clean energy companies.

    Ivor holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics with Honours from the University of Sydney and a Master of Business Administration and Public Management Certificate from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business

  • The Hon. Josh Frydenberg
    MP Minister for Environment and Energy, Australian Government

    Josh Frydenberg was elected to the Australian Parliament in 2010 as the Member for Kooyong. He is the seventh person since Federation to hold this seat.

    In July 2016, he was appointed the Minister for the Environment and Energy, having previously served as Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, Assistant Treasurer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister since the 2013 election.

    As a primary school student Josh attended Bialik College in Hawthorn and then completed his secondary schooling at Mt Scopus College in Burwood. He currently lives with his family, in Hawthorn.

    Josh has Law and Economics degrees both with Honours from Monash University and completed his articles of clerkship at Mallesons Stephen Jacques.

    He went on to graduate with a Masters in International Relations from Oxford University which he attended on a Commonwealth Scholarship and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

    Josh is also a former Senior Adviser to Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Prime Minister John Howard and was a Director of Global Banking at Deutsche Bank AG.

    Josh is a keen tennis player having represented Australia at the World University Games in England in 1991 and the United States in 1993.

    He currently sits on the Board of the Kids Tennis Foundation which provides coaching to disadvantaged kids.

  • Michael Fuge
    Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Hydro

    Michael joined Pacific Hydro in July 2014 as Chief Executive Officer. With 20 years of international experience in the energy sector, his career has focused on driving transformations in performance in the areas of growth, productivity, efficiency, safety and people engagement. Michael has deep energy experience across exploration, production and distribution, having led large teams and complex, large-scale developments in New Zealand, Oman and Brunei. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Commerce, Chemical and Process Engineering, Hons) and a Master of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Canterbury.

  • Jim Galvin
    Executive Director Retail, Alinta Energy

    Jim has an established history in Australia’s energy markets, with more than 25 years’ experience in retail, commercial, sales, marketing and customer operations roles.

    Prior to joining Alinta Energy, Jim was General Manager Retail Markets at Origin where he was responsible for the growth and financial performance of the retail business servicing four million customers. This built on 20 years with AGL, where he had responsibility for retail sales and marketing, customer operations, strategic positioning and transformational change across a variety of senior roles.

    Jim is responsible for Alinta Energy’s retail business, with a primary focus on profitably growing the retail segment focused on developing innovative products, delivered through exceptional customer service to its ~800,000 customers. Jim joined Alinta Energy in mid-2014.

  • Joel Gibson
    Campaign Director
    One Big Switch
  • 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

    As CEO of Ausgrid, Richard Gross is leading the transformation of Australia’s largest electricity distribution business. He is driving the company’s strategic expansion to growth businesses to establish it as a highly competitive and innovative network of the future.

    Richard brings to his role a unique 360 degree perspective of the energy landscape, its infrastructure and the regulatory environment. He is both a leader and trusted advisor in the operation of utilities, with decades of experience in asset management, asset risk management, valuation drivers, market dynamics and acquisitions.

    In previous roles at Citipower, Powercor and Wellington Electricity Lines, he led major regulatory strategies, industry acquisitions and mergers and business transitions. Richard has significant success developing high performance teams and championing the interests of both providers and consumers in Australia’s fast changing energy sector.

    Mr Gross holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and a Graduate Diploma of Agricultural Economics, as well as a Masters of Commerce in Economics and Finance. He attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program in 2011.

  • Dr Thomas Haller
    Global Head of Energy, Simon Kucher & Partners

    Thomas Haller is a Partner at Simon-Kucher & Partners Strategy & Marketing Consultants in Vienna. He started his professional career 1999 at Simon-Kucher & Partners in Bonn and has more than 15 years of experience in consulting with a focus on strategy, pricing, sales and marketing topics.

    Thomas is also responsible for the Vienna office and Global Leader of Simon-Kucher & Partners' energy practice. His focus is on the energy industry and industrial companies. More specifically, Thomas specializes and has considerable experience in the development of general strategies, marketing and sales strategies, pricing and new product development and positioning.

    Selected clients from the energy industry: AGL (AU), Calor (GB/IE), E.ON (DE/FR), EAA (AT), EKZ (CH), Enel Energia (IT), Energie 360° (CH), enviaM (DE), Essent (BE/NL), EVN (AT), EWB (CH), EWV (DE), Gasag (DE), Gaspol (PL), Ipragaz (TR), Kelag (AT), Knauber Energie (DE), Mainova (DE), Mitnetz (DE), Oxxio (NL), Primagas (DE/ES), Primagaz (FR/BE/NL), RheinEnergie (DE), RWEST (DE), Supergasbras (BR), SW Augsburg (DE), SW Bochum (DE), SW Karlsruhe (DE), SW Osnabrück (DE), Tauron (PL), Trianel (DE), Vattenfall (DE/PL), Verbund (AT).

    Thomas studied economics and business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, focusing on marketing and retail management and subsequently awarded a Ph.D. degree.

  • Emma Herd
    Chief Executive Officer, Investor Group on Climate Change

    Emma Herd has been Chief Executive Officer at the Investor Group on Climate Change since August 2015. Emma has worked in climate change, sustainability, public policy and finance for almost twenty years.

    Prior to IGCC, Emma spent 15 years at Westpac Banking Corporation where she worked at the vanguard of climate change and finance. She held a range of roles across carbon finance and emissions trading, ESG Risk assessment, public policy and advocacy, sustainability strategy development and corporate affairs across Westpac Institutional Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation. She started her career working in Parliamentary Committees (Senate and House of Representatives) in Parliament House, Canberra.

    Emma is a Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute and a member of the Queensland Climate Change Advisory Council. She holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Thai) Hons.

  • Lance Hoch
    Executive Director, Oakley Greenwood

    Lance has over 25 years of experience in policy, regulation and business strategy as it applies to electricity and gas distribution and retail businesses. He most recently served as Vice President with CRA International. In Australia he has advised policy makers, regulatory authorities and deregulated electricity and gas businesses in a number of areas including regulatory strategy, tariff design, improving the commercial basis on which internal utility operations are undertaken, demand management and energy efficiency for improved financial and technical operation, business strategy development and implementation, and customer interactions.

    Lance also advises corporate clients on asset acquisition investment decisions involving the electricity and natural gas markets in the Asia Pacific region. In this role, he has developed considerable expertise in conducting energy retail asset valuations, feasibility studies, competition analyses, and customer segmentation studies.
    Lance has significant experience in the wider Asia Pacific region, having led major project assignments in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Thailand, the People's Republic of China, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.

    Most of his work in these countries has focused on energy efficiency and integrated resource planning as means for ensuring the reliability and adequacy of supply, and reducing customer's costs for electricity while also reducing costs for the utility company. He has also been part of major assignments in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates focused on the reorganisation of those countries' national utilities and improving their commercial operations.

  • 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.

  • Rob Amphlett Lewis
    Executive General Manager Strategy and Regulation
  • Pierluigi Mancarella
    Chair Professor, Electrical Power Systems , University of Melbourne

    Pierluigi Mancarella is Chair Professor of Electrical Power Systems at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Professor of Smart Energy Systems at the University of Manchester, UK. Pierluigi obtained the PhD degree in Power Systems from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, has been a Research Associate at Imperial College London, UK, and has held visiting research positions at Sintef/NTNU in Norway and NREL in Colorado, as well as visiting professorships at Ecole Centrale de Lille in France and the Universidad de Chile. Pierluigi has been involved in/led, in the last 10 years, some 50 research projects and consultancy and professional activities in the UK, Australia, and internationally, in the area of techno-economics and business cases for smart grid technologies, risk and resilience assessment of future networks, integrated multi-energy systems modelling, and energy infrastructure investment under uncertainty. Pierluigi is author of four books, several book chapters, and of over 200 research papers. He is an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Systems Journal, International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A (guest). Pierluigi is also an IEEE Power and Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer and the past Chair of the Energy Working Group of the IEEE European Public Policy Initiative.

  • Andrew Mansour
    Partner, Allens

    Andrew Mansour is an energy and infrastructure specialist and is Allens' Sector Leader – Power & Utilities. He has advised government, sponsors and financiers on various energy, transport, defence, water and gas projects and privatisations.

    Andrew’s recent electricity sector work includes advising NSW Treasury on the long-term lease of its electricity transmission and distribution networks, Snowy Hydro on its 2.0 Expansion Scheme and Goldwind Australia on its acquisition of the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm.

  • Dave Martin
    Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • Hannah McCaughey
    Executive General Manager Transformation
  • Ian McLeod
    Global Ambassador, Edison Electric Institute

    Regarded nationally as a thought leader and innovator, Ian is passionate about creating value for customers, employees and shareholders. Ian was the Chief Executive Officer of Ergon Energy from 2007 to 2016, leading the transformation of Queensland’s (Australia) regional poles and wires business, Ergon Energy, from a monopoly transporter of electricity to an open access platform that enables the efficient integration of distributed energy resources and user applications within an effective market construct.

    Ian has led key innovations including the development of a spatial intelligence and situational awareness capability, ROAMES (2015 Edison Award International Finalist), and the development and delivery of Townsville Energy Smart Community Smart Grid Program which was a(An Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Smart Grid demonstration project and Queensland Premiers Award Finalist, as well as receiving the EPRI Technology Transfer Award.

    Chief Executive of Ergon Energy Corporation Limited from 2007 to 2016, Ian has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy industry in a broad range of roles and functions. Ian also holds the positions of Chairman of Ergon Energy Queensland Pty (Retail), Ergon Energy Telecommunications, SPARQ Solutions Pty Ltd (ICT) and Queensland Futures Institute Energy Committee, and was Deputy Chairman of Energy Supply Association of Australia (ESAA).

  • Ed McManus
    Chief Executive Officer, Powershop Australia

    Ed became the Chief Executive Officer of Powershop Australia in January 2016.

    Beginning his career as a medical research scientist, Ed followed a commercial path and spent several years working for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, GlaxoSmithKline, where he headed up its respiratory business. This was followed by a move into the media industry, working for realestate.com.au in roles across sales and marketing, operations, and pricing strategy.

    In 2014, Ed made the decision to do something that would positively impact the future of his children’s lives and sought out an opportunity in the renewable energy space. This led to his leap to Powershop, ranked by Greenpeace as Australia’s greenest energy company (2014 & 2015), where he joined as General Manager.

    In his role as Powershop CEO, Ed is driving a unique service that gives customers transparency and control like they’ve never had before over a key part of their household budget – their energy bill. With a strong and growing customer base, Powershop powers more than 70,000 households and businesses from across Victoria and New South Wales.

    Ed is excited by the challenge of trying to make a connection with customers in an industry where trust is currently low. But it’s also the idea of being a part of a business that strives to have a positive impact on the future of the planet that pushes him daily.

    Ed holds a Bachelor of Science from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Dundee. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Ed now calls Australia home and lives in Melbourne with his wife and two daughters.

  • Luke Menzel
    Chief Executive Officer, Energy Efficiency Council

    Luke's work at the Council has been focused on developing projects and policies that facilitate the steady increase of capacity in the energy efficiency sector.    Most recently, he led the development of a certification scheme for the professionals that manage complex energy efficiency retrofits. The Scheme (www.efficiencycertification.org.au) launched in 2013.

  • Adrian Merrick
    Chief Executive Officer
    Energy Locals
  • Darren Miller
    Chief Executive Officer
    Mojo Power
  • Monique Miller
    Director Corporate & Project Finance, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

    Monique is a Director in Corporate and Project Finance at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and co-leads the large-scale solar business platform. Monique has over 15 years’ experience in clean energy and environmental finance.  Monique’s team at CEFC has provided debt finance to over 14 utility scale solar projects throughout Australia, committing over $400m to this sector over the past several years.  Monique joined CEFC at its inception in 2013 and previously worked in Macquarie Bank’s Environmental Financial Products team in London and Sydney, trading environmental commodities and investing in clean energy projects on bank balance sheet.  Prior to this, Monique was a lawyer in Baker & McKenzie’s Climate Change and Environmental Finance division.

  • Martin Moore
    Chief Executive Officer, CS Energy

    Martin Moore is the Chief Executive Officer of CS Energy, a merchant generator which owns, operates, and trades electricity from a portfolio of power station assets. CS Energy’s assets are valued at approximately $2.0bn, with annual operating revenues of over $600m.

    In a career spanning over 30 years, Mr Moore has held senior executive roles in sales and marketing, finance, strategy, and IT. He has a reputation as an exceptional leader and is renowned for his ability to drive successful commercial outcomes.

    Prior to joining CS Energy, Mr Moore spent five years at Aurizon (formerly QR National), where he was an integral part of the executive team that took the company to one of the largest and most successful Initial Public Offerings (IPO) in Australian corporate history. At Aurizon, he was responsible for driving the company’s commercial transformation in capital productivity and procurement. After the IPO, Mr Moore was appointed to the role of Senior Vice President, Marketing, where he led a team to secure several multi-year customer deals valued in the billions of dollars.

    Mr Moore’s previous appointments include Chief Information Officer roles at Mt Isa Mines (MIM) and National Transport Insurance (NTI). He later served as General Manager, Strategy for NTI.

    He holds an Executive MBA from the QUT Graduate School of Business, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He currently serves on the Board of the Australian Energy Council.

  • Elysse Morgan
    Presenter, The Business

    Elysse Morgan is an award winning journalist with a specialist business and finance background. She has been at the ABC for almost a decade, and before that in the Sky News Parliament house bureau. After joining the ABC her specialist knowledge saw her appointed as ABC News’ national finance reporter. After 2 years of co-hosting, Elysse is now the host of the ABC’s business programs on ABC1, ABC News channel and radio current affairs program Business PM.

  • Rob Murray-Leach
    Head of Policy, Energy Efficiency Council

    Rob has an extensive background in climate change, energy, transport and sustainability, as an author of the Garnaut Climate Change Review and senior policy expert in the South Australian Government. His academic background from Oxford and Adelaide focussed on behaviour and sustainability, and he has contributed to a number of texts in this field.

    Founding CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council, Rob now leads the Council’s policy and advocacy activities, working with members and governments to inform the development of robust and cost-effective energy efficiency policies and programs in Australia.

  • Steven Neave
    General Manager Electricity Networks, CitiPower and Powercor

    Steven Neave started his career with VPN back in 1989 when it was still known as the State Electricity Commission. He began his 27-year career as an electro-mechanical draftsman, engineer, then moving into senior management leading a team of over 100 responsible for design and associated services for Powercor Network Services. Steven then moved laterally into the company’s Control and Operations team, managing the daily operations of the company’s System Control Centre which oversees fault response and outage management for over half of Victoria’s electricity network. In December 2015, Steven was appointed General Manager of Electricity Networks, overseeing Asset Management, Strategic Planning & Augmentation, Compliance and day to day Operations activities for VPN. Steven resides in West Melbourne, Victoria.

  • Lara Olsen
    Regional Manager - Business Development, Tesla Energy

    Lara Olsen is the Regional Manager- Business Development for Tesla Energy, Asia Pacific. Lara is responsible for developing and extending Tesla Energy’s commercial and grid scale storage business in Australia, New Zealand and the neighboring regional markets. Prior to this, Lara was Head of Strategy at CitiPower Powercor and Head of Strategy at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). She also spent more than 5 years founding and leading energy start ups  - including being the CEO of Cool nrg and co-founding Billcap, and energy software as a service company. Lara has an MBA from INSEAD,  a B.Eng/Arts from Melbourne University and Tokyo Institute of Technology and is a John Monash Scholar.

  • Keith Orchison
    Director, 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.

  • Hugh Outhred
    ipen Consulting
  • Alan Pears
    Senior Industry Fellow
    RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
  • Christoph Petzoldt
    Partner & Managing Director Oceania, Simon Kucher & Partners

    Chris Petzoldt is Partner and Managing Director Oceania at Simon-Kucher & Partners.

    Chris has more than sixteen years of global consulting experience. He mainly worked in the areas of monetisation strategies (portfolio, pricing, sales) for telecoms, energy, tech and media clients. He has conducted more than 100 projects in that space across Australia, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Oceania and South America for companies such as:

    AGL, EWE, Axiata, Celcom, Deuschte Telekom, Ebay, Fairfax, Foxtel, Indosat, KPN, New Zealand Post, Optus, Singtel, Sky, Spark, Telefonica, Tmobile, Vodafone,

    Chris is a regular presenter at conferences around the world e.g. for Marcus Evans, NeoEdge, Salvo, GSMA Asia, Zuora Subscribed and others.
    Chris studied business administration at the University of Kiel and at the School of Business and Commercial Law Gothenburg, Sweden. He majored in Innovation Management and Marketing. His degree dissertation focused on willingness to pay functions of interactive television users.

  • Tony Pfeiffer
    Chief Executive Officer, Enova Energy

    Tony has been working in the Electricity Utility Industry for more than 30 years and currently holds the position of Managing Director for Enova Community Energy Ltd.  Enova Community Energy is Australia’s first and only community owned energy retailer.

    Prior to holding this position Tony was Executive General Manager Energy Services for Energy Queensland and Executive General Manager Retail, General Manager Effective Market Reform and Executive General Manager Asset Management for Ergon Energy. 

    Tony holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Adelaide University., and a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • John Pierce AO
    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.

  • David Prins
    Member, AER Consumer Challenge Panel

    David Prins is the Director of Etrog Consulting, a specialist consultancy business in energy and utilities.  David is a highly accomplished consultant, with extensive international experience and expertise in government and regulatory policy.  He has a keen understanding and twenty-seven years of practical experience spanning four continents, specialising in setting of policy and the application to effective regulation and competition in electricity and gas industries.  Currently based in Melbourne, Australia, he has provided advice to private and public sector clients across Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Asia, Europe, and North America, and has worked extensively on national and jurisdictional market and regulatory arrangements.  Much of David’s recent work has focused on advice on consumer facing issues in energy and water industries, including issues of affordability, security and sustainability.

    David is a member of the Australian Energy Regulator’s Consumer Challenge Panel to help ensure that decisions on electricity and gas network regulatory access arrangements and costs across Australia incorporate the interests of consumers.

    David holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours degree in Computational and Statistical Science, and the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA).

  • The Hon. Shane Rattenbury
    MLA Minister for Climate Change & Sustainability, ACT Government

    Shane was previously Speaker of the Assembly, and in 2012, became the first ACT Greens Minister and holds the portfolios of Territory and Municipal Services, Corrective Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, and Sport and Recreation.

    Shane has lived in Canberra for more than twenty years, in Tuggeranong, Weston Creek and Belconnen, and currently resides in Braddon. Shane loves what Canberra has to offer, both the increasingly vibrant city life and getting out to enjoy our natural environment. He is a keen triathlete and photographer.

    Shane grew up on the South Coast and came to Canberra with his family after securing a scholarship to attend Canberra Grammar School. He studied economics and law at the ANU, and then, after a short stint in the federal public service, followed his passion for the environment working for Greenpeace, both in Canberra and overseas. He campaigned to protect global oceans and headed up Greenpeace’s expedition to Antarctica to protest against Japanese whaling.

    In 2008, Shane was elected to the Legislative Assembly as one of four Green MLAs, and became the first Greens Speaker of a parliament anywhere in the world. As the Greens Spokesperson on Climate Change and Environment, and Attorney-General and Emergency Services, he worked to secure the ACT Government’s climate change target and campaigned for equal marriage rights.

    Shane was re-elected to the Assembly in 2012 and appointed as the first ACT Greens Minister by the Chief Minister, taking on the portfolios of Territory and Municipal Services, Corrective Services, Housing and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.

  • Brett Redman
    Chief Financial Officer
    AGL Energy
  • Melissa Reynolds
    Chief Customer Officer, AGL Energy

    Melissa is a senior business executive with significant experience leading customer focused change in companies operating in complex, regulated and disruptive markets. Her experience spans large P/L ownership, significant people leadership (6000+) , sales and distribution, product, marketing, brand, and customer strategy. She has achieved successful business outcomes through deep respect for customers and empathy for the impact of change on people. Melissa is an energetic and down to earth leader who knows how to re-create customer value propositions and align organisational change required to get things done.

  • Andrew Richards
    Chief Executive Officer, Energy Users Association of Australia

    Over the last 28 years Andrew has held a variety of public relations, sales and marketing and senior management roles in the energy utilities sector.

    In August 2016 Andrew joined the Energy Users Association of Australia as its Chief Executive Officer.

    Immediately prior to his current role, Andrew had been with Pacific Hydro for 16 years in the role of Executive Manager, External Affairs where he led a team of professionals who managed media and public relations, corporate marketing, community engagement, reputation enhancement, government affairs and policy development.
    In addition to this Andrew was company spokesperson for over 12 years and had represented the company at numerous state and federal parliamentary inquiries into energy and climate change policy along with significant engagement with industry, government and media stakeholders both in Australia and internationally.

    Andrew has also been active with various industry associations having been a director and president of the Australian Wind Energy Association, director and deputy chair of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and was a founding director of the Clean Energy Council having also played a central role in its formation.

  • Timothy Rourke
    Chief Executive Officer
    CitiPower & Powercor
  • 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.

  • João Sergobe
    Partner, McKinsey and Company

    João brings to Australia a passion and deep global expertise in the energy sector, having served clients in the electric-power, oil and gas, and heavy industries across Africa, Europe, and South America. This work has spanned a range of topics, from optimising mature oil and coal businesses to crafting strategies for emerging technologies, such as solar and storage.

    His most recent experience includes leading the ramp-up of multibillion-dollar investments in Africa’s oil industry, re-organising exploration and production business units, transforming transmission and distribution operations, and changing how companies work with suppliers. João has also worked extensively on marketing and sales strategy in energy, specifically in the fuel-retail and electricity and gas markets.

    João’s first language is Portuguese; he is also fluent in English, French, German, and Spanish.

  • James Seymour
    General 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.

  • Lesley Silverwood
    Director Energy
    Pacific Aluminium (Rio Tinto)
  • Tarandeep Singh
    Partner, 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.

  • 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.

  • Jim Snow
    Adjunct Professor
    UQ Energy Initiative
  • Jon Stretch
    Chief Executive Officer, ERM Power

    Jon joined ERM Power as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 2 February 2015. He is an experienced chief executive with broad international experience in the information technology (IT), telecommunications and industrial sectors.

    Jon’s background in systems and process engineering, and business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) sales and marketing has enabled him to lead business transformation and growth in Australia and internationally.

    Prior to joining ERM Power, Jon was the Executive Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for Landis+Gyr, the leading provider of smart metering and energy management solutions globally. Jon joined Landis+Gyr as Executive Vice President Asia Pacific in January 2008 and in April 2010 moved to Switzerland to take up the EMEA position.

    Prior to joining Landis+Gyr, Jon was CEO of AAPT, an Australian based telecommunications company, wholly owned by Telecom New Zealand and was based in Sydney. He has had extensive experience in Asia and Europe in IT and telecommunications, starting his career with IBM in Australia in 1986. He spent six years in Hong Kong with IBM and AT&T running substantial cross regional telecommunications services businesses, and several years running AT&T’s business across Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Paris.

  • Mike Swanston
    Principal, The Customer Advocate

    Mike is the Group Manager - Customer Advocate at Energex. As well as carrying responsibility for the stakeholder and industry relationship management team for Energex, the team is focused on ‘stepping outside the company’ and fostering a healthy and productive community and customer focus.

    In 2009, Mike’s team took responsibility for the integration of the emerging (?) technology of customer solar PV into Energex.

    Mike is a power systems engineer of 25 years experience in technical, regulatory, public affairs and strategic management positions across utilities in three states.

    Before joining Energex, Mike was Senior Network Manager for Powercor Australia.

  • Peter Tickler
    Digital Innovation & Advisory Leader, ERM Power

    Pete has spent the last 10 years innovating in and around the area of data-driven energy efficiency. He co-founded Greensense in 2010, a cloud-based energy management software platform that in 2016 was acquired by ERM Power, one of Australis'a largest energy businesses, and is currently heading up the digital innovation team within ERM's Energy Solutions group.

    Pete is currently based in Melbourne, Australia and spends most of his spare time rock climbing in the Grampians and overseas.

  • Frank Tudor
    Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Power

    Frank Tudor has held various executive management roles over the last 25 years in the European, Asian and Australian oil, gas and power industries with BP, Woodside and most recently Horizon Power.

    Frank is currently Managing Director of Horizon Power which is the vertically integrated regional energy provider to the natural resource rich regional part of WA.  In this capacity Frank is directly and indirectly involved with Chinese companies and interests that are seeking to buy, invest or otherwise promote resource developments and associated infrastructure in WA.

    Frank is the Vice Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (CCI) Energy and Resources Forum, a Board member of the Federal Government’s Australia China Council and a member of the ANU China in the World Advisory Board.

    Frank holds first class degrees in engineering, economics and business administration from Curtin University (WA), London School of Economics (UK) and AGSM (University of NSW).  Frank also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in September and October 2008.

  • Leon-Gerard Vandenberg
    CTO - Platform Evangelist, RightsFusion - Solara.io

    LG Vandenberg is a technology and wireless executive maven who is into Bitcoin, blockchains, and bio-genomics. LG graduated B.A.Sc. in Systems Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada. He has evolved his green and cleantech skills via a base of defense technologies & security learning curve. From systems design principles and critical thinking, he enjoys tangling conceptual adventures into thought leadership and live projects.

    Leon enjoys driving change and convergence using various disruptive fashion. Today this means permissionless and exponential technologies, sensor networks, breakthrough identity and industry security models all inside chips, SIM cards  and new IoT devices alongside cloud services, AI and big data.

  • Matthew Warren
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Energy Council

    Matthew Warren was appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Council in December 2015. Prior to this he led the Energy Supply Association of Australia (esaa) from 2012 to pursue the deregulation of energy markets, the development of comprehensive, efficient and durable national climate and energy policy, and to manage the aggressive transformation facing the sector.

    Prior to joining the esaa, Matthew held the position of Chief Executive of the Clean Energy Council, where he made a significant contribution to Australian policy debate on the role of renewable energy in meeting the challenges of reducing emissions.

    Matthew has also worked as an advocate for the mining and food industries, and has advised both governments and industry on environmental policy. In addition, over the years he has worked as a journalist, most recently as the environment writer for The Australian newspaper. Matthew was a trainee in the Environment Directorate of the European Commission.

    Matthew holds a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from the University of Adelaide.

  • Mark Williamson
    Executive General Manager, Clean Energy Regulator

    Mark Williamson has been the Executive General Manager of the Renewables and Carbon Farming Division of the Clean Energy Regulator since February 2014.  Mark joined the agency in August 2012 and led the operational preparation for, and delivery of, the first year of the carbon tax which achieved a 99.6% on time acquittal. With the commencement of the Emissions Reduction Fund, Mark is responsible for the agency’s market entry function and the crediting aspect of ERF in addition to the Renewable Energy Target.

    Prior to joining the agency, Mark held a range of senior executive roles in the private sector, State and local government.  This included a National Technical and Commercial role in a waste sector ASX 200 company and Executive Director at the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leading all the EPA’s regulatory operations across industrial, mining (including petroleum and gas), coastal protection and conservation legislation.

    Mark has undergraduate qualifications in Applied Science and a number of post graduate management qualifications.  He has a passion for excellent client service, transparency and business improvement with a strong focus on outcomes.

  • Ben Wilson
    Chief Executive Officer, Dampier Bunbury Pipeline

    Ben Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of Dampier Bunbury Pipeline, Multinet Gas, and Australian Gas Networks.  Together these represent one of Australia’s largest gas infrastructure businesses, active nationwide, with 2 million distribution customers, 3,500 km of transmission pipelines, and 34,000 km of networks.  Ben became CEO of AGN in 2015 and of DBP and MG in 2017.

    Previously, Ben was the Director of Strategy and Regulation and Chief Financial Officer at UK Power Networks (UKPN), a large electricity distribution company in the UK with 8 million customers.  At UKPN Ben’s responsibilities included negotiating UKPN’s 2015-2023 price control under Ofgem’s RIIO framework, and UKPN’s Business Transformation Program.  Before joining UKPN in 2011 Ben was a utilities investment banker for fifteen years, working in Europe, Asia and Latin America, most recently at Deutsche Bank.

    Ben is a Director of the Energy Networks Australia and is Chairman of the ENA’s Gas Committee.

    Ben has a Bachelors Degree in Natural Science from Cambridge University in the UK.

  • Alex Wonhas
    Managing Director Energy & Resources, Aurecon

    Dr Alex Wonhas has recently joined Aurecon, a global engineering firm, as its Global Managing Director for Energy, Resources and Manufacturing.

    Alex brings deep strategic and innovation expertise in the energy and resources sectors in Australia and globally. Prior to Aurecon, Alex was Executive Director for Environment, Energy & Resources at CSIRO. At CSIRO, Alex has initiated the Future Grid Forum and the Network Transformation Roadmap together with the Energy Networks Association (ENA). Both processes used deep stakeholder engagement across the whole Australian power sector grounded in technical and economic realities to shape the future of network businesses in Australia. Alex has also overseen the development and commercialisation of a number of transformative energy technologies ranging from grid-scale battery storage (eg http://www.ecoult.com ) to digital energy optimisation approaches (eg https://buildingiq.com; ASX:BIQ). Alex is a sought after adviser to government on energy matters. 

    For example, Alex was a key member of federal government’s expert panel of the 2012 and 2015 Energy White Papers and he was appointed to the Low Emissions Technology Roundtable, convened by the Minerals Council of Australia. Prior to CSIRO, Alex was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he led numerous projects for major Australian and international energy and resource companies. He is also one of the co-authors of McKinsey’s Australian Carbon Abatement Cost Curve.

  • Merryn York
    Chief Executive Officer , Powerlink

    Merryn has more than 25 years’ experience in the Queensland electricity industry. Her career encompasses experience in strategic business development and asset management to optimise the long-term return on investment, network planning, regulatory affairs, customer management and strategic development of the transmission network. Merryn attends the Board’s Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, the People, Culture and Remuneration Committee and the Harold Street Holdings and Powerlink Transmission Services meetings.

  • Audrey Zibelman
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

    Ms Zibelman has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for profit energy and electricity sectors in the United States, most recently having held the positions of Commissioner and Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC). During her tenure at the NYPSC, Ms Zibelman led the design and implementation of extensive regulatory and retail market changes to modernise and transform the state’s electricity industry.

    A recognised national and international expert in energy policy, markets and Smart Grid innovation, Ms Zibelman is a Founder and past President and Chief Executive Officer of Viridity Energy, Inc.

    Previously, Ms Zibelman was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PJM, a regional transmission operator of the power grid and wholesale power market across the eastern United States.

    Ms Zibelman also held legal and executive positions at Xcel Energy, served as General Counsel to the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and was Special Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.

  • Marcin Ziemski
    Program Lead Integration - Sustainable Minerals Institute
    University of Queensland