Approximately 80 speakers from across government, industry and the globe presented at the Australian Clean Energy Summit 2017.

The event featured some of the country’s leading renewable energy companies, government decision-makers, business leaders and financiers discussing the latest market trends, innovation, policy, finance, business and technology developments impacting the renewable energy sector.

Speakers

  • Barnaby Joyce is the Leader of The Nationals, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.

    In 2009, he was elected to the role of The Nationals Leader in The Senate and became Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Water.

    Following the election of the Coalition to Government in September 2013, Barnaby was appointed Federal Minister for Agriculture and Deputy Leader of The Nationals with Water Resources being added to his portfolio on 21 September 2015.

    In February 2016, Barnaby Joyce was elected unopposed as Leader of The Nationals and was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister.

    Barnaby was re-elected as the Member for New England at the 2016 Federal Election and holds the seat by more than 58 per cent on a two-party preferred vote.

  • Bill Shorten is the Federal Member for Maribyrnong and Leader of the Opposition.

    Bill joined the Labor Party during his last year of secondary schooling aged 17 and has since devoted his entire adult life to serving the labour movement.

    Bill’s love and faith in the Labor Party are rooted in his family’s story.

    Bill and his twin brother Robert grew up in Hughesdale, in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

    Bill’s parents worked hard to give him and his brother the best start in life. Bill attended the Jesuit School Xavier College, completed a Bachelors degree in Arts and Law from Monash University, as well as an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.

    Bill has since worked as a union organiser, union secretary, as a member of the ACTU executive, a director of AustralianSuper, Australia’s largest superannuation fund and a director of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation.

    He was first elected as the Member for Maribyrnong at the 2007 Federal Election.
    Before his promotion to the Ministry, Bill was the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Children’s Services and Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction where Bill started a disability movement to ensure that people with disability and their carers aren’t treated like second class citizens in their own country.

    Bill was first and sworn into the Labor Ministry in September 2010 and promoted to Cabinet in December 2011.

    As a senior member of the Labor Government, Bill played a key role in securing a number of historic Labor reforms including establishing the National Disability Insurance Scheme and increasing universal superannuation to 12 per cent ensuring that Australians don’t work hard their whole lives only to retire poor.

    As Minister for Workplace Relations, Bill continued the Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to a fair and productive workplace relations system and during his time as Minister for Education helped secure Labor’s Better Schools reforms to deliver more individual attention and more resources for students in every school.

    Bill is married to Chloe, a former resources industry manager. Together, they have supported disability reform, science and medical research, and maternal and child health organisations.

    Bill and Chloe live in his electorate of Maribyrnong with their three children and dogs Theodore and Matilda.

    Bill has an enduring interest in social justice issues such as domestic violence, equal opportunity at work, and as a father of three and a stepdad the increasing diversity of families in Australia.

  • Minister D'Ambrosio grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner and studied english, philosophy and politics at the University of Melbourne. She also holds a Diploma in Public Policy and was elected to Parliament representing the Lower House seat of Mill Park in 2002.

    Following the election of the Andrews Labor Government in 2014, she was named Minister for Industry, and Minister for Energy and Resources, and then in 2016 became Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Suburban Development.

    The Minister brings to her role a strong commitment to economic prosperity and social justice, coupled with a passion for the environment and a focus on real and demonstrable outcomes.

    As Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change Mrs D’Ambrosio has already announced ambitious yet achievable renewable energy targets for Victoria, as well as a commitment to ensure net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    In her Industry and Resources roles the Minister developed the Future Industries Fund to support high growth industries and create jobs, following the decline of Victoria’s auto industry, and was a key driver behind the Andrews Government’s response to the Hazelwood Mine Fire Enquiry.

    She was also integral in reforming the Earth Resources Regulator, with a focus on safeguarding the health and wellbeing of local communities and ensuring that resource developments do not present environmental and health risks.

    Through the newly developed Suburban Development portfolio, the Minister hopes to ensure our fastest growing suburbs remain great places to live and work.

  • Dr Richard Di Natale has been the leader of the Australian Greens since May 2015. He was elected to the federal parliament in 2010 and re-elected in 2016. He is the Greens’ first Victorian Senator. His portfolios include health, climate, multiculturalism and sport.

    Prior to entering parliament, Richard was a general practitioner and public health specialist. He worked in Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory, on HIV prevention in India and in the drug and alcohol sector.

    Richard is the co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friends for Drug Policy and Law Reform, the Parliamentary Friends of West Papua and the Parliamentary Friends of Medicine.

    Richard, his wife Lucy and two young sons live on a working farm in the foothills of Victoria's Otway Range. The son of Italian migrants, Richard grew up in Melbourne. He played VFA football for six years and is a long-suffering Richmond Tigers fan.

  • The Hon. Don Harwin MLC was appointed Minister for Resources, Minister for Energy and Utilities, and Minister for the Arts in January 2017.

    Since his election to parliament in 1999 Mr Harwin served as President of the New South Wales Legislative Council and on numerous committees.

    Since being sworn in Minister Harwin has managed a number of pressing issues. Most notably his leadership and collaboration with other stakeholders ensured NSW avoided residential load shedding when the state’s electricity network was put to the test on February 10 heatwave, one of the hottest days on record across our state. He established the NSW Energy Security Taskforce which will report on measures to ensure our state is prepared and ready with best-practice standards to mitigate against and manage the impacts of energy emergencies.

    Mr Harwin is advocating for national reform to secure a clean, affordable and reliable energy supply, and delivering policies in NSW which boost energy security and help consumers save energy and money to help ease cost of living pressures in NSW.

    He has a strong passion for the Arts and in that sector has already committed funds to new and existing cultural projects in metropolitan and regional NSW.

    Mr Harwin has a strong interest in issues relating to the LGBTIQ communities, psephological matters and political history. He has authored chapters in several books about politics in NSW and has a long affiliation with the St. George Illawarra Dragons.

  • 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 to digital energy optimisation approaches. 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.

  • Alexandra Campbell is a principal of Avoca Capital Advisors, a boutique consultancy firm that provides expert principal investment, asset management and advisory services to a range of investors and operators in the infrastructure sector. Structuring of, and investment in, renewable projects is a key focus of Avoca.

    Alexandra has extensive experience in the financial and investment sector, having developed strategies for global funds and infrastructure assets, undertaken and advised on major transactions and capital raisings, managed both public and private pooled investment funds and represented owners’ interests in assets and on boards both within Australia and off-shore.

    Alexandra has held senior roles with leading fund management and legal advisory firms, including Hastings Funds Management and Herbert Smith Freehills.

  • Andy Vesey has over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry including strategic and commercial leadership of large energy organisations, and working in complex regulatory and political environments. His experience extends across the energy supply chain, including power development, generation, distribution and retail businesses.

    He was COO, Global Utilities for AES in 20 countries, led the Utility Finance and Regulatory Advisory Practice at FTI Consulting Inc., a Partner in the Energy, Chemicals and Utilities Practice of Ernst & Young LLP, and CEO and Managing Director of Citipower Pty Ltd in Melbourne. Andy has served as AGL Energy Limited’s Managing Director and CEO since 12 February 2015.

    In October 2016, the Climate Alliance recognised Andy’s leadership in addressing climate change opportunities and risks by naming him as 2016 Business Leader of the Year.

  • Clare Savage joined the Business Council of Australia in August 2015 with the ambition of developing a suite of integrated energy and climate change policies. Clare has spent over a decade in the energy sector and has worked extensively on a range of issues including governance; climate change and renewables policy; electricity and gas market design; network pricing; and retail market regulation.

    Prior to joining the Business Council, Clare held executive positions within EnergyAustralia spanning corporate strategy; business development; policy & government affairs; and public affairs. Clare also held a number of roles at the Energy Supply Association of Australia (esaa) including Chief Executive Officer.

    From 2001 to 2004 Clare was a Senior Policy Adviser on Energy and Commonwealth–State Relations with the Federal Department of the Treasury.

    Clare has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and History) from The University of Melbourne.

  • Frank Calabria was appointed chief executive officer of Origin, Australia’s largest integrated energy company with 4.2 million customers, a large power generation portfolio and interests in gas exploration and production, in October 2016.
    Since then, Origin has emerged as one of Australia’s largest supporters of large-scale renewables, having committed to 1,200 MW of new solar and wind projects. This will see Origin’s generation mix grow from around 10 per cent renewables today to more than 25 per cent by 2020. Origin continues to be a leading voice on climate and energy policy, strongly supporting the Paris agreement and advocating for policy that will help Australia achieve its emissions reduction targets.

    Frank joined Origin as chief financial officer in November 2001 and was appointed chief executive officer of the energy markets business in March 2009. In that role, Frank was responsible for Origin’s retail business, including natural gas, electricity and LPG, power generation and solar and emerging business.
    Frank is chairman of the Australian Energy Council (AEC) and a director of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

  • Jérôme leads GE Renewable Energy, reporting to CEO Jeff Immelt. GE Renewable Energy, which has the broadest renewable energy portfolio in the industry, includes on-shore wind, off-shore wind, hydro and concentrated solar power. Jérôme is part of the Corporate Executive Council (CEC), which includes the top 45 officers in GE who work on significant decisions about the strategy and future of the company.

    Jérôme Pécresse was appointed President of Alstom Renewable Power Sector and Executive Vice-President of Alstom, in June 2011. He created Alstom’s Renewable Power business which had close to 10,000 employees and sales of around €2 billion (2013/14).

    He joined Alstom from Imerys, where he held several positions during his 12 years there, starting with Vice-President Strategy and Development in 1998, then Director Finance and Strategy (2003-2006) , Director of the Ceramics, Refractories, Abrasives and Filtration Division (2006-2008), before being appointed Chief Operating Officer of Imerys in 2008.

    Prior to this, he was with Crédit Suisse First Boston from 1992, firstly as associate, then Vice-President, and finally Director responsible for mergers and acquisitions for France.

    Born in 1967, Jérôme Pécresse is a former student of the Ecole Polytechnique and an engineer from Ponts & Chaussées.

  • Lara Olsen is an experienced energy executive with a proven international track record in the financing and delivery of large-scale energy strategies and projects. Lara is currently Regional Manager- Business Development for Tesla Energy, responsible for developing and extending Tesla Energy’s residential 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 five 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.

  • Mark Williamson leads the Clean Energy Regulator’s market entry and entitlements functions across all schemes including the Emissions Reduction Fund and Renewable Energy Target. Mr Williamson joined the Clean Energy Regulator in August 2012, following an extensive career which included senior executive roles in the private sector, state and local government.

    His previously held positions include a national commercial and technical position in an ASX 200 company and he was Executive Director of the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency, leading that agency’s regulatory operations across a diverse range of environmental legislation.

    Mr Williamson has qualifications in applied science and postgraduate qualifications in management.

  • Michael Thorpe is Managing Director, Global Head of Infrastructure for Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

    With over two decades’ experience in Australia and London, Michael is responsible for overseeing advice, client relationships and financing for the bank’s infrastructure and utilities clients. Michael leads a global team located in Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
    Commonwealth Bank’s infrastructure team is a major part of the bank’s Institutional Banking & Markets division, and supports vital national infrastructure such as energy and water utilities, hospitals, schools, prisons, roads, railways and ports.

    Prior to his current role, Michael was Managing Director Project Finance at Commonwealth Bank, covering project finance asset acquisitions for infrastructure, utilities and natural resources clients. Michael has also held senior roles in project finance and resources at Lloyds Banking Group, Bank of Scotland and Westpac Banking Corporation.

    Michael holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Business from Curtin Graduate School of Business. Michael is Chair of the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (APLMA) Project Finance committee.

  • Mr Patrick Suckling was appointed Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment in January 2016. He is responsible for promoting and protecting Australia’s national interests on global environmental issues, including through leading Australia’s negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
    Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Suckling was Australia’s High Commissioner to India and Ambassador to Bhutan. He has served in Washington and been an adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    Between 2009 and 2011 Ambassador Suckling headed the international area of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, advising two Prime Ministers on foreign policy, international trade and economic policy and development aid, as well as international aspects of the environment. He has served as Australia’s Senior Official for APEC and been First Assistant Secretary, Consular, Media and Parliamentary Affairs Division.

  • Paul Italiano is the Chief Executive Officer of TransGrid, the operator and manager of the NSW high voltage transmission network. Paul joined TransGrid in May 2016 after serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Western Power since 2012. Paul’s career includes time with Wesfarmers General Insurance as General Manager Business Services; at HBF Health Funds as General Manager Financial Services and Strategic Development; and at the RAC as Chief Financial Officer. Paul is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Business and an MBA. He is also a Fellow of CPA Australia, Leadership WA and the Australian Institute of Management.

  • Wu Gang is the Chairman and one of the founders of Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Company (Goldwind.) From Goldwind’s founding in 1997 to 2013, he served as CEO, steering the company through two successful listings on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges. Today, he continues to lead Goldwind as the Chairman of the Board. He is responsible for the oversight of the company’s management team and provides direction on high-level strategic matters. Prior to Goldwind, Wu Gang was a professor at the Xinjiang Hydro Power Institute, and worked on wind farm development for Xinjiang Wind Energy Company.

    In addition to his work at Goldwind, Wu Gang is the Chairman of Xinjiang New Energy Co., the Vice chairman of the World Wind Energy Association, the Vice-Chairman of the National Wind Energy Association, and a Director of the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Wind Power Engineering R&D Centre. In 2012, he was elected as a representative of the National People’s Congress.

    Wu Gang has been widely recognized for his work in the clean energy industry. He was given the WWF’s “Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Renewable Energy” award. He led Goldwind to win the World Wind Energy Association’s annual award for excellence in wind power in 2006.  Business Week has named him one of “China´s Most Powerful People.” He is regularly listed as one of the “Most Influential People in Wind Power Today” by Windpower Monthly.  And in 2013, Wu Gang received an award from China’s National Energy Agency for his contribution to the development of energy technology.

    He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Automation Systems and a Masters in Control Systems Engineering. He also holds an EMBA from Tsinghua University.

  • Aidan was drawn to renewable energy following a stint as a part-time English teacher/ full time surfer and explorer on the Galapagos islands of Ecuador in 2005. This was not long after a fuel tanker grounded and spilled 240,000 gallons of fuel in to this World Heritage area. Because of this, Aidan came to the conclusion that shipping heavy fuel oil around the planet couldn’t possibly be the best solution for supplying the worlds energy needs and he became passionate about renewable energy.

    Aidan joined Wind Prospect in 2008 as a construction manager where his role was to oversee the development and construction of wind farms including; Hallett Hill, North Brown Hill and Boco Rock.

    And then as an EPC Contractor he has worked on a long list of solar PV projects including; Collinsville, Mt Majura, Mugga Lane, Gannawarra and Sun Metals to name a few.

    At RCR he is responsible for the development of new business opportunities for all things renewable.

  • In her role as Executive Counsel at Herbert Smith Freehills, Alison advises a broad range of clients in the projects and infrastructure sector, with a particular focus on renewable energy. Alison’s renewable energy practice has included advising sponsors, financiers and contractors in respect of a range of technologies (including wind, solar PV, CSP, hydro and biomass) across Australia, Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe. Alison has also previously advised state government in respect of renewable energy and climate change policy and legislation.

  • Allison is an experienced Renewable Energy Project Manager with a deep understanding of planning legislation and the full development lifecycle. Allison has a proven track record in contract management, development approvals, landowner lease negotiations and working with stakeholder groups. With a broad technical knowledge, Allison’s experience also includes due diligence studies, design optimisation, ARENA applications, solar flagships and the ACT reverse solar auction and she is recognised for identifying issues early and working quickly to resolve them whilst maintaining project viability on schedule and within budget.

  • Andrew commenced the role of National Wind Farm Commissioner in November 2015.

    He is an experienced executive, chairman and company director. Andrew serves on a number of boards including Cancer Council Victoria and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He is also a Professorial Fellow at Monash University.

    Previous board roles include Chairman of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Council and serving on the boards of the Transport Accident Commission, Grampians Water and the East Grampians Health Service.

    Immediately prior to his current board career, Andrew was the Victorian Government Commissioner to the Americas, based in San Francisco.

    Andrew’s professional career includes executive and operational roles in the utilities, telecommunications, information technology and professional services industries, primarily in Australia and North America.

    A former McKinsey & Co. consultant, Andrew holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with first class honours from Monash University and an MBA from Georgetown University in Washington DC. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

  • Andrew Smith is NAB’s Global Head of Clean Energy. NAB is the leading arranger of project finance in the Australian renewable energy sector. Andrew’s focus over the past 11 years has been providing project finance to renewable energy customers in Europe and Australia.

  • Anthony heads up the Projects Group of Pinsent Masons in Australia.  He has extensive experience advising project sponsors, contractors, O&M providers and financiers on renewable energy projects in Australia and internationally. His advice on renewables projects covers the full project life cycle from the bid and procurement stages through to project execution and operation and maintenance phase issues. 

  • Angela Rozali is a senior engineer with over 6 years of experience in renewable generation project development and energy advisory with a keen interest in energy storage. She is an accomplished PVsyst modeller and the wind turbine lead for Ararat Wind Farm but likes to think big picture.

    Her technical project experience includes due diligence work, cost benefit analyses, design, specifications, energy yield modelling using PVsyst, energy storage sizing, financial modelling, design reviews, owner’s engineer support and asset management advice.

  • Ben Peacock is Founder and Partner at the Republic of Everyone, an award-winning and world-leading brand, sustainability, and innovation company.

    Ben combines creativity, ideas, and his entrepreneurial spirit to achieve the company’s mission to “make doing good, good for business.”

    Ben is also chief architect of the 202020 Vision, and co-founder of Australia’s biggest community day, the Garage Sale Trail.

  • Bin Lu is a senior electrical engineer with a 12 years’ experience of engineering design and consulting services in power supply and electrical systems for infrastructure, municipal facilities, commercial and residential buildings. He holds a Master and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degrees and is now undertaking a PhD study in renewable energy at the Australian National University. His research interests include electricity system/market modelling, assessment of renewable energy resources, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) application development and power system analysis. He has delivered a series of conference presentations and papers on the topics of high wind and solar electricity penetration and the integration of short-term off-river pumped hydro energy storage in Australia’s power systems.

  • Bruce’s career spans business, innovation investment, government and technology development fields. He is currently CEO of Australian Scientific Instruments, a company manufacturing and exporting scientific instruments.

    Bruce focuses on advancement and commercialisation of new technologies (from solar cells and fuel cells to low emission coal), investment readiness, and innovation policy and programs.

    He has served on several AusIndustry and other government agency innovation committees, including as Chair of ARENA’s Advisory Panel until mid-2014. He’s currently a Member of AusIndustry’s R&D Tax Incentive Committee.

    He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and Chair ATSE’s Energy Forum.

  • Bruce is an Electrical Engineer from a High Voltage Power systems background.

    Current challenges include providing solutions to the posed by New Energy Technologies and existing Power Infrastructure.

     Technical knowledge of design, project management and commissioning of High Voltage substations, Generator Excitation systems, Static Var compensators, High voltage DC systems, wind farms and conventional power stations.

     He currently manages a team of highly skilled engineering and software specialists who carry out planning, technical and commercial studies for clients to assist them in obtaining low cost, clean energy which is safe and reliable.

  • Catherine has played a formative role in the development of the renewable energy industry in South Australia within industry, government and the not for profit sectors. She worked within the mining sector for resource giant BHP Billiton in a project development role with responsibility for energy and greenhouse gas management for the Olympic Dam Expansion project.

    Prior to joining DP Energy in September 2016, she championed the renewable energy industry on behalf of the South Australian Government through RenewablesSA. Her work with industry, policy development and legislative reform has supported an uptake of nearly 50 per cent of electricity from renewable sources in the state.

    With Masters degrees in both Environmental Management and Business Administration and qualifications in leadership and company directorship, Catherine works for outcomes that reflect a strong balance between the economic imperative and environmental and social sustainability.

  • Claire O’Rourke is the National Director of Solar Citizens. Claire's interest in solar and renewable energy began in 2008 when she installed a solar hot water system as part of a renovation designed to reduce her home's energy footprint. Claire brings 15 years’ experience in journalism, communications and campaigning to Solar Citizens. Claire has a broad history of organising and campaigning with organisations of social value including overseeing communications for the successful Every Australian Counts campaign for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. She has a 2kW system on her rooftop.

  • Chris Mrakas is the CEO and co-founder of Matter Technology Limited, an Australian technology start-up.  For a decade, Matter has been disrupting energy and has developed an impressive array of technologies built on its own IoT platform.

    Chris is one of the early pioneers in the Internet of Things (IoT) space in Australia. The creator of Digital Solar – a new business model where landlords make more money from their investment properties by selling clean, cheaper solar power directly to their tenants at a discount to expensive daytime grid electricity. This service uses at its heart Matter’s IoT platform which is embedded at the site. It is one of the successful examples of what the internet-of-energy brings.

    He envisions a future of amazing customer experience, smart technology, machine-to-machine intelligence and chat-bots being mainstream within investment properties sooner than people think. He is an inspirational leader for a movement that is changing the investment property landscape through the disruptive use of IoT technology whilst doing good in communities. His mission is to bring affordable cheap solar power to a third of society who rent.

    With world-class IoT technology Matter are turning capital intensive, complex assets like solar systems and energy storage into shared resources. Founded in Australia in 2008, Matter is at the forefront of a market called Asset-as-a-Service. In a nutshell, this model involves monetising the service of a device rather than its outright ownership. 

  • Chris is a solar consultant working in the Energy Assessment team of DNV GL in Melbourne. He holds a double degree of Bachelor of Science (Hons I) in Material Engineering and Bachelor of Arts, both from Monash University in Melbourne. During his time at Monash he specialized in the field of organic solar cells.

    Prior to joining DNV GL, Chris worked in 2015 at the Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, Germany in the OPV team. After this he joined one of the few companies in the world focussing on the successful commercialisation of Perovskite solar cells, Dyesol. During his tenure at Dyesol, he worked in the process engineering team engaging in enhancing encapsulation and thin film patterning techniques.

  • Dale has been involved in the wind industry since 2010, when he made an ethical decision to join a sustainable engineering profession. As a chartered civil engineer, Dale has played a lead role in delivering the balance of plant component of wind farm projects. This includes engineering management at all development stages – concept, design, construction, operation and maintenance - on NSW, Vic and SA sites. Before managing the turnkey wind farm works for the Coober Pedy Renewable Hybrid Project, Dale was responsible for management of the Bald Hills Wind Farm project.

  • Daniel joined Palisade in January 2012 and is a member of Palisade’s Board of Directors. He is responsible for acquisition and management of economic infrastructure assets and is a director on the board of a number of investee companies.

    Prior to joining Palisade, Daniel spent 6 years experience in M&A advisory, debt structuring and principal investment with the Macquarie Group in Sydney and London working in the Infrastructure & Renewable Energy sectors. His roles included origination, execution and transaction management of investments both as a principal investor and in an advisory capacity for co-investors and infrastructure funds.

    Previously, Daniel worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Financial Services Group.

    Daniel is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Masters of Finance from the INSEAD Business School and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney.

  • With 30 years of advancing renewable energy in the U.S. and around the globe, Dan is frequently invited to speak on a wide variety of business, policy and technical topics. As Founder and CEO of NEXTracker, Dan brings together solar expertise and technology innovation in a way few clean technology leaders can. Prior to NEXTracker, he grew Solaria Corporation’s annual revenue five times over a three year period. Well-known for his leadership as president of SunPower Corporation and president of Powerlight, he surrounds himself with passionate, tech-savvy, solar-driven executive teams who share his mission to make solar a mainstream energy source. From Visalia, California to the Atacama Desert of Chile, there isn’t a solar power plant Dan doesn’t know about or has worked to develop.  Part of his genius has resulted in multiple U.S. patents and over 50 published technical papers.

    Dan Shugar has delighted and inspired audiences at over 100s of events, keynotes and technical panels. Some notable venues include: FORTUNE Brainstorm E 2015, the MIT Energy Conference, Solar Power International, Intersolar, Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) Solar Week Conference, Greentech Media Solar Market Insight, Solar Power Finance and Investment Summit, Photovoltaics Summit, PV USA, Cleantech Open West, and Commonwealth Club’s Climate One, among many others.

    He currently serves on multiple boards of directors including the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), and the Solar Foundation.

    Mr. Shugar holds a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Golden Gate University. If asked of his most coveted achievement, he would most likely mention the six years he served as a Board Member of the Sierra Club where we worked on the Beyond Coal Campaign. To read more on Dan Shugar, see his extended bio here.

  • Daniel is SolarReserve’s Australian Director of Development, responsible for developing innovative renewable energy projects in Australia utilising SolarReserve’s world leading solar thermal and integrated storage technology, as well as large scale PV projects. Prior to joining SolarReserve, Daniel led the renewable energy development team at Verve Energy (now part of Synergy), Western Australia’s largest electricity generator.

  • David Leitch is the Principal of ITK, a small consultancy specialising in analysis of the electricity and gas industry and the implications of decarbonisation of the Australian  and Global economy.  As well as contributing articles to www.reneweconomy.com.au David runs various podcasts discussing industry issues with corporate leaders and industry experts globally.

    Prior  to starting ITK David was a research analyst with various Australian investment banks and was consistently rated a 'Top 3 Utilities Analyst' in various industry surveys over a 20 year period.  David's team has at one time or another rated No 1 in three separate sectors of the Greenwich investment banking survey, utilities, infrastructure and building materials.

  • David Robinson is an environmental lawyer whose day job, since 2008, has been with Epuron, assisting with the Gullen Range, White Rock and Yass wind farms in NSW, and with various smaller, solar projects across Australia.   His ‘night job’  is in renewables education, where he builds on experiences gained with the Environmental Defender’s Office, the EPA (NSW) and as a sessional lecturer at UTS (Sydney).

  • Dean Spaccavento is a co-founder of Reposit Power, a leading distributor energy company that integrates software with solar battery systems to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Before devoting his time to Reposit Power, Dean served as the Chief Information Officer of Energy Response. Dean is refreshingly direct and considers himself as a grid nerd, having an intimate understanding of the electricity space and high performance enterprise software for modern grids.

  • My progression into renewable energy was not a well trodden one, progressing through steel manufacturing and then professional motorsport. In an effort to neutralise my carbon footprint, I transitioned into renewable energy, working for a UK based consultancy called Natural Power for 6 years, before returning to Australia working with Acciona. I am currently the Asset Manager for Gullen Range Wind Farm and the Senior Project Manager of Gullen Solar Farm.

  • Donald McPhail (BE, CPEng, RPEQ), is the Senior Network Strategy and Policy Engineer with Energy Queensland. Donald has been responsible for the development and implementation of connection standards, strategies and policies for distributed energy resources - including Solar PV, Battery Energy Storage, Electric Vehicles and microgrids. The focus of this work has been to facilitate the network becoming a market enabler, in an increasingly dynamic industry. From 2011 to 2013 Donald was an E.S. Cornwall Scholar, working in the UK, Netherlands and US and gaining exposure to international developments in the integration of DER.

  • Gavin Dietz is Managing Director of Sydney-based energy technology company Wattwatchers. He’s a keen technologist and home automation innovator who has spent over 25 years working in a variety of roles focused on consumer-facing, enterprise-grade, globally-applicable technology solutions. In the energy technology sector, he was global Chief Information Officer (CIO) for leading transnational smart meter company Landis + Gyr for nearly a decade 2005-2014. Gavin also worked in the medical technology sector 2014-16. He joined Wattwatchers as an adviser in May 2016 prior to becoming MD in July 2016. Wattwatchers won the New Energy Award in the 2016 Australian Technologies Competition.

  • Graeme Dennis has extensive experience in energy projects, energy trading (including power, gas, LNG, and environmental products) market regulation and reform, climate change, and renewable energy.

    He has advised on a range of electric power and gas projects involving project finance and structuring of power stations, LNG plants, solar farms and wind farms, and energy purchase and trading contracts, including the development of energy futures, swaps and hedges.

    Graeme also has experience in energy market regulation and reform, and has advised clients on the privatisation and acquisition of energy businesses.

    He has a reputation for developing innovative solutions to complex issues, particularly in the areas of energy trading and energy projects.

    Graeme has authored various works on the Australian national electricity market and energy law.

    Graeme's clients have included the Clean Energy Regulator, ACT Government, NSW Government, Origin Energy, TransGrid, and City of Sydney.

  • Humberto Roca is Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of GreenPowerMonitor which is part of DNV GL group.

    With more than 10 years’ experience, Humberto is an expert of market-leading integrated solutions for management and maintenance of renewable energy installations, with special focus in photovoltaics. Also, he is Country Manager UK where the company manages more than 1GW of its 14.5GW worldwide.

  • Jackie Raynor has 19 year’s experience in public administration and is the General Manager of Regulatory Obligation Management and Auctions Branch within the Clean Energy Regulator.  This role administers the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting, Renewable Energy Target and Emissions Reduction Fund legislation and undertakes regulatory activities to protect the integrity of the schemes. 

  • Jackson manages the solar engineering/consulting practice for DNV GL in the Asia-Pacific Region.  Jackson previously managed DNV GL’s North American utility-scale solar independent engineering practice.  In 2013, this practice area supported over 500MW of successful project financings in both the United States and Canada. 

    Jackson has worked in the field of photovoltaics since 2007, managing system engineering and inverter product development teams.  Immediately prior to joining DNV GL, Jackson had been managing the front-end engineering and permit engineering of utility-scale PV projects for NextLight Renewable Power and First Solar.  In this role, he was responsible for site selection, performance evaluation, permit engineering and played key roles in negotiating power purchase agreements and purchase-and-sale agreements for utility scale solar projects.

    Prior to the PV industry, Jackson was an electrical and controls engineer for electric utility SCADA systems. Mr. Moore received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville and is the inventor on three issued patents related to inverter control algorithms.  

  • James has 30 years’ experience in the international project business, having been involved with the development, financing and implementation of major capital projects around the world. Prior to joining Genex, James was a Director and Head of Business Development at Abengoa Solar Power Australia, a world leader in commercial solar thermal energy and photovoltaic technology. He has previously worked in Australia, Europe and Asia, as General Manager Renewables with IPS Australia and MAN Ferrostaal (part of MAN AG), with the German utility RWE as Regional Director for development projects in South-East Asia, and in a variety of business development and management roles with the Kloeckner Group. He started his career in the project and export financing division of Kleinwort Benson, the UK merchant bank.

  • James has spent the last 20 years specialising in technology commercialisation and bringing new ventures to market within the energy sector. He has worked in the international solar industry in manufacturing, product development and sales across the EU, US, China, Japan & Australia. 

    Prior to joining Jemena, James headed up Origin’s Solar and Home Products business. He then became Director of Solar Ventures to help the transition to new energy services which included bringing in solar PPA products, the introduction of Tesla batteries, direct field sales channel and an in-field repairs business.

  • Global Solar World pty Ltd, is an Australian Company which is primarily focused on providing smart energy solutions based on Solar Energy. Our company Global Solar World Pty Ltd(www.globalsolarworld.com.au) promotes solar energy with Australia and India as prime focus area and an office at Sydney, Australia.

    I am also on the Board of ADGEX Ltd, an Australian company developing high end new technologies for sustainable Energy, Resource and Infrastructure sector like Rail. ADGEX has also developed, ADGEX Green Blaze which produces various liquid fuels, hydrocarbon liquids and gases, water-steam heat and electricity from carbon and hydrocarbon containing materials including low quality coal, industrial and urban organic and inorganic wastes.

    In Australia, he was CEO of an ASX Listed company and country head of a large Indian Business House with interest in Power, steel and Resource sector. Indian business house, which represented the largest Indian Investment in NSW. He has been actively promoting Bi-lateral trade and business relationship between India and Australia.

    Besides on the Board of Jindal affiliated companies, he was also on the Board of Board of Port Kembla Coal Terminal, Australian Coal Research Ltd, Australian Nodal Agency for Coal Research. I am very well networked in Australian Mining Industry.

    Jasbir had more than 25 years of experience in Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution sector and has worked for largest Power companies NTPC/Powergrid, Indian Public Sector Company in his previous roles in India. By profession a Power Sector Engineer with post graduate qualification in Power System Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh and Finance from MDI,Gurgaon. He had advised various Indian State power companies in their Power reform program and rural distribution program. This power consultancy include distributed power through non-conventional sources like Solar, wind and Biomass.

    He was Speaker on varied subjects in many international Energy conferences in Singapore, Hong Kong, India and in Australia like First Energy Future Conference organized by UNSW, Sydney 2015 and 2016. 

  • Jeremy Chunn has edited EcoGeneration since June 2016. This is Jeremy’s first venture into the fast-changing world of renewable energy and follows five years at the Financial Review, where he wrote for retail investors. He has worked in publishing for 25 years and holds a BSc in mathematics.

  • John Davidson is an Executive Director of Carnegie Clean Energy Limited (ASX: CCE) and Founder and Managing Director of Energy Made Clean, a leading Perth‐based renewable energy company providing off‐grid power and utility‐scale solutions. EMC was recently acquired by Carnegie Clean Energy, making it the only company in the world to offer a combination of wave, solar, wind, storage and desalination via microgrids. Mr Davidson is a highly‐regarded corporate and business executive with more than 30 years’ experience leading major strategic business initiatives and business transformation in a diverse range of industries, particularly the renewable energy and technology sectors.  

  • Julia is a Solicitor in PwC’s Projects & Finance team in Melbourne.

    She joined PwC in 2016 having previously worked at Baker & McKenzie as an Associate in the Construction team. During her career, Julia has also gained Dispute Resolution and Commercial Real Estate experience.

    She advises project owners, contractors, government authorities and lenders, providing procurement, contract documentation, negotiation and contract administration services for a range of industry sectors.

    She has experience working with Australian Standard form construction contracts, engineering, procurement and construction contracts, as well as bespoke forms of construction contracts and is familiar with the Building Code of Australia.

    She has gained a broad range of experience working on both non-contentious and contentious construction.

  • Karen joined Palisade in 2016, with a focus on asset origination, acquisition and management. Immediately prior to joining Palisade, Karen was a Senior Vice President at Macquarie in London where she focused on principal investments in renewable energy projects (including solar, wind, biomass and waste to energy). Karen spent 5 years with Macquarie and her role included origination, project development, due diligence, execution and asset management (including representation on a board of directors of a waste to energy business).

    Prior to this, Karen was a Director at the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency where she developed aspects of Australia’s climate change and renewables policy, and was a lead negotiator at the international UN climate change negotiations.

    Karen also spent almost 4 years as a commercial lawyer in the Baker & McKenzie global climate change and renewables practice, after commencing her career as a graduate engineer at CH2M Hill.

    Karen holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (1st Class Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (1st Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.

  • Katie Yates is an experienced energy sector professional who has worked in a variety of roles involving the intersection between economics and the Australian political and business environments. She has provided strategic advice to leaders in the public and private sectors.

    Katie is Energy Policy Manager for AusNet Services, an owner of energy network assets in Victoria as well providing a diversified range of commercial energy services.  AusNet Services sees its role as empowering customers and their energy future, and Katie’s work focuses on ways that policy will need to respond in a time of immense change for the sector.

  • Kobad Bhavnagri is one of Australia’s leading experts on the transformation of the energy sector. He is the Head of Australia and Head of Asia-Pacific Economics and Policy at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, an independent research house specialising in the future of energy. There he leads a team of analysts focused on the Australian market, and is also the lead author of the New Energy Oultook in APAC, which forecasts how the power sector will evolve to 2040. He has authored over 100 publications spanning energy policy, economics, finance and technology since joining the company in 2010. Kobad has worked in the energy and finance industries since 2003 as an engineer, management consultant and analyst, and has a first class honours degree in Mechatronic Engineering from the University of New South Wales.

  • Krista manages Pacific Hydro’s community engagement, communications and external affairs.

    With extensive experience in construction of major infrastructure projects with complex engagement and communication needs, she is an accomplished IAP2 qualified community engagement practitioner and has contributed to delivery of projects cumulatively worth in excess of $8Bn.

    Independently verified data has seen near neighbour satisfaction at Pacific Hydro’s PWEP IV site in Portland more than double from 42% in 2014 to 90% in 2016 under her leadership.

    She is recognised as a leader in her field and has continually demonstrated her commitment to innovative, authentic, measurable community engagement by delivering sustainable, long-term legacies with the programs she creates.

  • Lauren is a Senior Associate with New Zealand law firm Chapman Tripp.  She specialises in the energy sector, with particular experience in renewable energy projects and emerging technology.

    In her role at Chapman Tripp and previously working for a magic circle firm in Abu Dhabi, Lauren has advised government entities, sponsors, developers, lenders and contractors on the development of a range of power, gas and solar projects in New Zealand, the Pacific and the Middle East.

  • Lisa Stiebel manages community engagement for CWP Renewables and runs QED Energy, a Canberra-based renewable energy consultancy. A graduate of Oxford University with a Masters in Climate Change from ANU, Lisa has over 20 years’ experience in communications, community development and project management across the not-for-profit and corporate sectors. Her particular interest lies at the crossroads of renewable energy and community, exploring and implementing ways in which the transition to renewables can help to improve people’s lives and strengthen community.

  • Marija Petkovic is the Founder and Managing Director of Energy Synapse. Marija has worked in energy markets across Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Her expertise includes predictive modelling of energy markets, demand response, electricity procurement, contract negotiation, energy policy, and techno-economic studies of renewable energy and energy storage. Marija has a BE in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (Hons I) and a BCom in Finance from the University of Sydney.

  • Mark Paterson has recently joined Horizon as General Manager of their Consumer Energy Division.  He has spent the last six years at CSIRO where he led their Electricity Grids & Renewable Energy research program.  During this time he chaired the national Future Grid Forum and was Program Director for the Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap.  In his new role with Horizon Power he leads the development of an innovative new range of energy solutions for customers throughout regional WA and beyond.

  • Matt Campbell is Vice President for Power Plant Products and Solar Solutions Americas at SunPower Corporation. In his role, he oversees product management, applications engineering, and sales for the SunPower’s Americas power plant products. In his 13 years at SunPower, Matt played a variety of business development and product roles including development of the Oasis power plant product platform, the creation of the company’s original power plant LCOE reduction program, the acquisition of four PV power plant technology companies, and supporting the project development of more than $6 billion worth of solar PV power plants. Prior to joining SunPower in 2004, Matt was the co-founder and COO of Iris AO, a manufacturer of MEMS adaptive optic systems, serving the aerospace and medical imaging industries. Prior to that, he worked in venture capital technology investing while at William Blair Capital Partners L.L.C., a $1 billion Chicago-based Private Equity/Venture Capital group. Matt holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Business Administration degree specializing in Technology Management from University of California, Berkeley.

  • Michelle Crosbie is the General Manager of the Participation and Processing Branch at the Clean Energy Regulator. Michelle has worked for the Clean Energy Regulator since 2012 administering the Australian Government’s climate change programmes.

    Michelle has built a career across a variety of public and private sector roles and disciplines, with a focus on building organisation capability, developing human capital, governance and regulation, programme delivery and organisational change. 

    Michelle has masters level qualifications in business administration and currently holds a position as Council member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia ACT Division.

  • Michelle has worked in solar energy since 1996. She is currently a consultant to the PV industry and a Partner of PV Lab Australia, a specialised test laboratory with a focus on quality assurance and risk evaluation for PV modules and components. Michelle has also been the CEO and one of the founders of Spark Solar Australia, an Australian company seed-funded by a group of German experts in the photovoltaic field with the mission of raising funds to establish a PV manufacturing company in Australia. Prior to this, she worked in the photovoltaic group at the University of Konstanz in Germany, where she was group leader of the novel devices group. She has a PhD from the photovoltaic group at the Australian National University. Michelle has twice held a world record for high efficiency solar cells.

  • Mike is a professional engineer with over thirty years of experience in the Australian electricity industry, specialising in distribution network planning, capital investment and field operations.

    With a passion for energy sustainability and a fair deal for energy customers, Mike’s mission is to further the empowerment of residential and small business energy customers in today’s changing energy markets.

    Mike is principal consultant of his business The Customer Advocate, is a member of the Consumer Challenge Panel with the Australian Energy Regulator and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

  • Monica Richter heads up WWF’s Low Carbon Futures Program. She is an economist and Social Ecologist with extensive experience in sustainability and business engagement, with an interest in accelerating the uptake of low carbon technologies. For over 15 years Monica has worked in the not for profit environment sector including at for four years at WWF and 10 years at the Australian Conservation Foundation.

    Some of her career highlights include facilitating the WWF Renewable Energy Buyers Forum, establishing a Community of Practice for companies setting Science-Based emission reduction targets, establishing the Business Roundtable on Climate Change (with companies such as BP, IAG, Origin, Swiss Re, Visy, and Westpac) which prosecuted the case for a ‘long, loud and legal price signal’ on greenhouse gas emissions reductions, successfully getting the 20% Renewable Energy Target passed into legislation, getting Bunnings to commit to not stocking illegally sourced timber, supporting Federal government around leadership in urban policies including greater investment in public transport. Monica also managed ACF’s “Sustainable Cities Index”, a Banksia Award finalist.

    Monica is a thought leader and has been invited to participate in many forums and conferences, and is a graduate of the Future Directors program. She is an Executive Member of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, and a board member of the Mercury Centre collaborative enterprise catalyst, as well as an advocate for the 202020 vision for 20 per cent more green space in Australian cities by 2020.

  • Neil Gibbs has enjoyed an extensive career in the global energy industry, advising on business strategy, electricity market development, and helping to deliver significant reform programs.

    He now specialises in the evolution of technology, business models, regulations and markets at the ‘grid edge’ – harnessing the value of Distributed Energy Resources and customer engagement to deliver secure, reliable and affordable energy.

  • Nick has a broad range of skills in Civil, Structural and Hydraulic Engineering, Building Design and Project Management through 24 years’ experience as a Consulting Engineer. These skills relate to detailed design of Reinforced and Pre-stressed Concrete, FRP Composites, Structural Steel, Timber and Masonry, in Commercial, Industrial and Residential Projects.

    In recent years Nick's focus has been towards consulting to the Energy and Mineral Resource sectors. This includes a diversity of projects from Wind Farms to Cement Production Facilities. Nick’s experience spans all facets of industrial and commercial buildings and structures, and provides the all-round capabilities to design and certify all required parts to these buildings.

  • Oliver Hartley is the Managing Director of Epho Pty Ltd with 20 years of experience in solar energy. Epho is one Australia’s leading service provider of commercial solar systems. Before founding Epho, Oliver was the managing director of Q CELLS Australia and a board member of a number of solar manufacturing companies in Europe.

    His experience encompasses R&D, strategic business development, sales and marketing as well as project management. Oliver has worked in the UK, Germany and Australia. He has a PhD in solar energy, which he carried out at the UNSW Photovoltaic Special Research Centre, Sydney.

  • Oliver Nunn is the director of Endgame Economics, a firm that provides mathematical and economic advice in the energy sector.

    Oliver is an expert in wholesale energy markets. His advice is regularly sought on the implications of changes to policy and macroeconomic factors for the wholesale energy sector. He has worked with generators, renewable energy developers, and investors , to provide quantitative analysis to inform bids for major gas and electricity assets.

    Oliver holds a first class honours in pure mathematics, and a commerce degree with majors in economics and finance, both from the University of New South Wales.

  • Patrick specialises in intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution with a particular interest in patents. With his science degree and previous roles in industry, his ability to understand a diverse range of technologies and over 18 years practising in IP law, enables him to communicate effectively with scientists, managers and IP counsel in technical industries. Patrick’s IP practice spans a range of industries and technologies including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, mineral processing, dental remineralisation, consumer products, LED lighting, automotive, polymers and security printing. He has extensive experience managing IP disputes that are part of multi-jurisdictional proceedings where global strategies are pursued.

  • Paul Curnow is recognised as one of Australia’s leading renewable energy and climate change lawyers, specialising in renewable energy greenfields and M&A transactions across solar, wind and other emerging technologies. He has advised a range of private and public sector clients on solar and wind farms in Australia, as well as in Asia and Africa for more than 12 years. Paul acted as General Counsel of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (on secondment) from its set up in April 2013, overseeing the legal execution of the financing of clean energy projects and reporting to the CEFC Board. Paul is head of Baker McKenzie’s Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Group and a member of its Global Renewable Energy Steering Committee.

  • As the Founder and Managing Director of GreenSync, Phil is forging new paths to energy management in Australia, defined by cloud analytics, grid edge technologies and network optimisation. Phil has over 15 years experience commercialising new technology, in Australia and the UK, and has held CTO positions with technology and financial services startups in numerous industries. He is an active contributor to discussions about the future of global energy markets and has held academic posts at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin and the University of Sydney where he obtained his PhD.

  • Redback Technologies Founder and Managing Director. Phil is an experienced executive, entrepreneur and operations professional with 13 years of direct Renewable Energy experience, driving business development, and exceeding business targets for a diverse range of governmental, not for profit and for profit organizations. Adaptive strategic thinker specializing in the creation of entrepreneurial solutions to meet specific market requirements. Demonstrated track record of growing start-ups into successful & profitable organizations. Adept at communicating complex technical information with non-technical audiences.

  • With 30 years’ experience in the utility industry, Ray continues to be a key player in developing Hydro Tasmania’s renewable energy and hybrid technology expertise. He is currently the Development Manager for the Hybrid Energy Solutions team, identifying and developing project solutions and design innovations for hybrid energy solutions, both on and off grid. Key ievements in this spaces included playing a lead role in the development and delivery of world leading Hybrid projects at King Island, Flinders Island, Rottnest Island and Coober Pedy. The Hybrid Energy Solutions Team also provides advisory, and EPC services for hybrid energy solutions to customers across Australia and the Pacific.

    With a long history of experience in roles covering project investigation, design, construction and operational aspects of Hydro Tasmania’s renewable energy portfolio he brings a well-rounded practical approach to project development from concept through financial decision to project close.

    His broader experience has involved design of renewable energy projects, primarily in wind & hydro covering resource assessment, feasibility studies, civil & structural detail design, development approval, procurement, cost and economic modelling and construction supervision.

  • Renzo has been working in renewables in Europe and Australia. He participated actively in the design and construction of over 30 MW ground mounted projects in Italy. In Australia, he is responsible for the development of utility scale solar projects, from origination to commercial operations.

  • Ric Brazzale is Managing Director of Green Energy Trading (GET) and has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy sector.

    GET is one of the largest environmental certificate creators in Australia and is active across renewable energy and energy efficiency markets. Prior to establishing GET in 2007, Ric headed the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), now the Clean Energy Council, and a leading advocate for renewable energy and energy efficiency markets in Australia. Before this, Ric worked in a number of business development and finance roles with Fletcher Challenge Energy, John Holland and Woodside Petroleum.

    Ric is also Director of Green Energy Markets and is President of the REC Agents Association and a Director of the Energy Efficiency Certificate Creators Association.

  • Rob Koh is Morgan Stanley’s lead equity research analyst for Australian utilities and infrastructure.  Rob was previously a senior banker at ANZ and Westpac for these sectors, where he worked in advisory, financing and trading.

  • Rod has been the Executive Director of Sales and Marketing at Selectronic Australia since 2005 and more recently has moved to the role of CEO. Prior to this he was involved with various start-up companies in the IT industry. Rod’s involvement in the renewables Industry has recently become like a return to his past with IT, big data and communications now playing such a significant part. Rod’s ambition is to see Australia become a major producer of innovative sustainable energy solutions to the world. Selectronic has been designing and manufacturing battery-based inverters since 1981 for both the Australian and overseas markets.

  • Roger is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Windlab Limited. In more than 25 years of experience Roger has worked for both multinationals and start-up companies in Australia and the USA. He has a depth of operational experience including senior engineering, manufacturing and international business development roles across the telecommunications, transport and energy sectors. He has led the investment, acquisition or sale process for more than 10 companies. He is also a director of Audinate Pty Ltd and a Partner and Director of Innovation Capital. He holds an honours Degree in Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney.

  • Ryan has 15 years of consulting experience and has worked for a number of utilities in Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand throughout his career. Ryan is CEO of Marchment Hill Consulting and also leads their Technology, Innovation and Reform practice. Ryan specialises in supporting clients to manage the impacts of disruptive technologies driving transformation in the electricity industry.

  • Sam delivers renewable energy and energy efficiency programs for the NSW Department of Planning and Environment's Energy, Water and Portfolio Strategy Division. This includes the new 'clean energy strategies for business' program, a range of knowledge-sharing activities for innovative clean energy technologies and business models, and the regulatory aspects of the NSW Energy Savings Scheme.

    Sam has eight years' experience in the electricity sector, including in power system engineering, demand management and energy efficiency program design and delivery, and regulatory analysis across the supply chain. 

  • Simon Taylor has more than 30 years’ experience across various roles in the electricity transmission and oil industries.

    Simon is a highly experienced leader and is currently Manager Network Customers at Powerlink, which provides high voltage electricity transmission services in Australia. In his 12 year tenure at Powerlink, Simon has contributed as Group Manager Network Customers.

    Simon has previously worked as Stakeholder Manager and Regulatory Manager at InterGen Australia, which develops, owns and operates generation assets.

    Prior to his time at InterGen, Simon worked for several years at Ergon Energy as Strategy Regulatory and Pricing Manager. Simon also had an extensive tenure at Shell Australia, where roles included Human Resources Advisor, Quality Management Advisor and Commercial Manager South Queensland and Northern Territory.

  • Stefan Jarnason is a pioneer in the development of the solar PV industry. His 20 years of experience includes thin film PV research; development of an innovative residential AC module system Plug&Power™; developing the Combined Cycle durability test program now used by PV test laboratories globally; commissioning a 20MW manufacturing facility in Germany; PV system design; large scale solar power plant development; and now solar monitoring. Stefan is recognised internationally for his expertise in PV life-cycle testing and locally for his deep industry expertise.

    Co-founder and CEO of Solar Analytics, Stefan leads a team of engineers, developers and designers in providing customers with analytics that helps them to maximise the value of their solar system through detailed and actionable information.

  • Taryn Lane is the manager of Australia's first community-owned wind farm Hepburn Wind, a co-operative of just over 2000 members located in Daylesford. The two turbine wind farm generates enough power for over 2000 homes and are leading their local Shire's transition to 100% renewable by 2025. In addition she worked for Embark Australia for 5 years mentoring other communities to build their own energy projects as well as developing resources, undertaking research and policy development for various governments. Taryn runs her own consultancy Akin Consulting, is a founding director of the Australian Wind Alliance, Chair of the Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE) and was awarded a 2017 Churchill Fellowship. 

  • Tom has been Managing Director of Infrastructure Capital Group since 2014.   Infrastructure Capital Group is one of Australia’s leading renewable energy investors, with nearly 500MW of wind generation under management.  This includes five wind farms across South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria, all with long term contracts.  Prior to joining Infrastructure Capital, Tom worked at Macquarie in its infrastructure and utilities team across various jurisdictions. 

  • Tony has extensive experience across many Executive roles at TransGrid having previously held the roles Executive General Manager /Finance and Information Systems and Chief Information Officer. Tony has overseen TransGrid’s last two regulated revenue determinations and the development of TransGrid’s unregulated revenue stream. Tony is a Fellow of CPA Australia and prior to joining TransGrid held senior positions with the NSW Electricity Generator, Pacific Power.

  • Warwick Forster has 20 years of energy market experience across a number of businesses in Australia. This has included work in energy trading, retailing, project development and energy storage. He now heads a boutique advisory firm, Apogee energy, that specialises in bespoke energy advisory services.

  • Warwick Johnston is the managing director of SunWiz, a consultancy to the solar industry and an expert on solar and battery trends. Warwick holds a masters degree in Renewable Energy, is a board director of the Clean Energy Council, and is Australia's representative to the International Energy Agency's PV working group.