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

The event will feature 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ms Audrey Zibelman has extensive international experience in the public, private and not-for profit energy sectors, most recently having held the position of Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC), where she was responsible for overseeing the regulation and safety of New York’s electricity, gas, telephone, cable, water and steam utilities.

    While at the NYPSC, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo enacted the ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ (REV) plan. The REV plan has been internationally recognised for successfully developing and implementing 21st century regulatory reform with a focus on lowering the cost of energy for consumers while building a more resilient and reliable power system.

    Prior to joining NYPSC, Ms Zibelman was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of GO15 member organisation, PJM, a regional transmission organisation responsible for operating the power grid and wholesale power market which serves 14 states across the eastern United States.

    Ms Zibelman is also a Founder and past President and Chief Executive Officer of Viridity Energy, Inc., which she formed after more than 25 years of electricity utility industry leadership experience in both the public and private sectors.

    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.

    Ms Zibelman has an Executive MBA from the Carlson School of Management and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University and a JD/LLD-Doctor of Jurisprudence (Law) degree from Hamline University School of Law.

    Ms Zibelman is originally from Albany New York, and her husband Phillip Harris, are the proud parents of four children.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mark Collette is Executive – Energy at EnergyAustralia. He is responsible for all aspects of the company’s commodity trading and wholesale operations, including a 4500-megawatt portfolio of coal, gas and wind generation assets.  

    Over the past decade-and-a-half Mark has helped build EnergyAustralia into one of the country’s leading energy businesses. In 2010 alone he oversaw the $2 billion acquisition and integration of 1.5 million customer accounts and 2400 megawatts of generation, doubling the size of the business. 

    Prior to his appointment as Executive – Energy in 2015, Mark held a variety of roles in which he had responsibility for strategy, business development and retail, policy and government affairs.

    As Head of Sustainability, Mark led development of EnergyAustralia’s Climate Change Strategy. Launched in 2007, the strategy was the first commitment to decarbonise by an energy company in Australia.

    Mark has represented EnergyAustralia and the energy industry in government and industry forums on issues ranging from carbon policy to gas markets and energy policy. He is a member of the Reliability Panel and a former director of the Australian Financial Markets Association. 

    Prior to joining EnergyAustralia, Mark worked at LEK Consulting in Melbourne, Bangkok and London on a variety of engagements focused on helping private and government clients answer key strategic questions.

    Mark holds degrees in engineering (aerospace), business and economics and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    For more about Mark visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-collette-06a06a1

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Amanda has overseen a rapid expansion of the Climate Council, garnering more than $35 million in media coverage during its first two years, reaching more than 200 million people through over 14,000 media appearances and building a reputation as Australia’s go-to organization for information on climate change and renewable energy.

    Under Amanda’s leadership, the Climate Council has played a significant role in reshaping the public conversation on climate change in Australia, including: moving the public debate from a discussion of the science and whether or not climate change is real, to a discussion of solutions, like renewable energy; shifting the public understanding of extreme weather and climate change with public polling showing that increasingly the public link the two; and elevating renewable energy to a top tier political issue.

    This has been achieved through providing messaging guides and briefings to commentators including scientists, environment organisations, fire fighters, health professionals, farmers, politicians, military personnel and others. Additionally, we have supported a broad range of “trusted voices” to speak to the media and community. On extreme weather this has included emergency service workers, health professionals and farmers. We have also briefed thousands of nurses, doctors and fire fighters at all levels to speak to their community. On renewable energy we have helped build the profile of key actors like the Solar Council, Solar Citizens and the Wind Alliance.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gerard Pike is a Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills who specialises in offtake arrangements and project financing of renewable power projects. Gerard has over 15 years’ experience in the market advising project developers, equity investors and project financiers.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Dr Ottaviano has been with Carnegie since 2006 and during his time as CEO, Dr Ottaviano has led the Company’s development of its CETO Wave Energy technology from Proof of Concept, through to operation of the only grid - connected wave project in the world. He has been responsible for raising $77m in equity, $35m in Government grant funding and $20m in debt. He also drove Carnegie’s recent acquisition of solar/microgrid EPC, Energy Made Clean, making Carnegie the only ASX-listed company with a dedicated renewable energy microgrid project delivery capability and the only microgrid company globally with a wave energy technology. Dr Ottaviano’s previous work has focused on research and development – both in industry and consulting. He has advised companies on new product development, intellectual property, innovation portfolio management and technology commercialisation across various industries and ranging from start-ups to publicly-listed companies with market capitalisations in excess of $1 billion.

  • 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 Canto is a Civil Engineer and Director of Yarranlea Solar, which he founded in 2015. Nick is also the Principal Consultant and founder of icubed consulting.  He has over 16 years experience in the design of Renewable Energy facilities and has been the lead designer for over 1.7GW of installed wind capacity in Australia across 20 projects.  He also oversees our Renewables Planning team, which is currently responsible for obtaining approvals for over 500MW of PV projects.  He has driven all aspects of the Yarrnlea Solar Project using skills developed during a long career in Renewables.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.