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2018 speakers

Over 70 speakers from across government, industry and the globe presented at the 2018 Australian Clean Energy Summit.

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

  • Minister Josh Frydenberg was elected to the Australian Parliament in 2010. In July 2016, he was appointed the Minister for the Environment and Energy, having previously served as Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, Assistant Treasurer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister since the 2013 Australian federal election.

    Minister Frydenberg completed Law and Economics degrees at Monash University, and went on to graduate with a Masters in International Relations from Oxford University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

    He has worked as a Senior Adviser to former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, and was a Director of Global Banking at Deutsche Bank.

  • Liliana (Lily) D’Ambrosio is a member of the Australian Labor Party and has represented the electorate of Mill Park in the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 2002. She was appointed the Minister for Industry and Minister for Energy and Resources following the election of the Andrews Labor Government in 2014. In 2016 she became Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Suburban Development.

    Minister D’Ambrosio is a leader in action on climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency in Australia.  She oversaw the passage of the Climate Change Act, Victoria's landmark climate legislation which saw it become the first Australian state to legislate in line with the Paris Agreement for net zero emissions by 2050. The Minister has also overseen an overhaul of the Environmental Protection Act 1970, refocussing the regulatory body to focus on the prevention of harm to human and environmental health.

    As Minister for Suburban Development, she is developing strategic partnerships between Australia’s three levels of government, community and business to address local opportunities and priorities. This includes the co-ordination of social, economic and environmental investment and service delivery in Melbourne suburbs.

    In 2015, Minister D’Ambrosio oversaw the development and implementation of the Andrews Labor Government's Future Industries Fund, and Sector Strategies to harness Victoria's competitive advantage to target growth industries including the new energy technologies sector.

    She remains the only woman responsible for energy across the nine national and sub-national governments in Australia, and is a leading advocate for a modernised Australian energy system that facilitates a smooth transition into a clean, reliable and affordable energy future.


  • Mark Butler has been the Labor Member for Port Adelaide in the Federal Parliament since 2007 and is the Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy.

    Mark served as Minister for Ageing and Australia’s first Minister for Mental Health in the Gillard Government. He has also held the ministries of Housing, Homelessness, Social Inclusion, Climate Change, Water and the Environment.

    In 2013, Mark was awarded the Alzheimer’s Disease International Award (ADI) for Extraordinary Contribution to Tackling Dementia.

    He was elected as National President of the Australian Labor Party in 2015.

    Mark is the author of Advanced Australia - The Politics of Ageing, published in 2015; and Climate Wars, published in 2017.

  • The Hon Don Harwin is a minister in the NSW Liberals and Nationals State Government and Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.

    He is Minister for Resources, Minister for Energy and Utilities and Minister for the Arts.

    Don Harwin has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since March 27, 1999 and served as the 20th President of the Council between May 2011 and January 2017.

    He has been the Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council since January 2017.

  • Dr Richard Di Natale is the leader of the Australian Greens. He was elected to the federal parliament in 2010 and re-elected in 2016. He was the first Greens’ first Victorian Senator. His portfolios include health, 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. His key health priorities include preventative health, public dental care and responding to the health impacts of climate change.

    Richard's achievements in parliament so far include securing almost $5 billion towards Medicare-funded dentistry, winning a campaign to divest $250 million worth of tobacco stocks from the Future Fund, and spearheading campaigns into many issues of public significance such as dying with dignity, medicinal cannabis, and drug law reform. He is the co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friends for Drug Policy and Law Reform, the Parliamentary Friends of West Papua, the Parliamentary Friends of Medicine and the Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism.

  • Rachel joined Pacific Hydro in 2006 as a Corporate Lawyer and has held a number of positions including, Executive Manager Legal, Executive Manager Finance and Legal and General Manager Group Services with responsibility, at a group level, for human resources, external affairs, health and safety, legal and operations and development excellence and in the Australian business for energy markets. 

    In July 2017, Rachel was appointed to the role of General Manager Australia, and is responsible for leading Pacific Hydro’s Australian portfolio of new business opportunities, projects under development and in construction, and operating assets.

    Prior to joining Pacific Hydro, Rachel worked for Orica Ltd, and spent three years in Japan working for a major turbine supplier. Rachel began her career as a solicitor in private practice in Melbourne. She has over 20 years’ experience in major contracting transactions and other general commercial law issues. Rachel has a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

  • Ivor Frischknecht was appointed inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in August 2012.

    Ivor is widely acknowledged as an expert and innovator in the rapidly evolving energy industry. He leads ARENA’s efforts to accelerate the commercialisation and integration of renewable energy into Australia’s energy system as well as playing a leading role in transforming the electricity sector.

    ARENA, with funding of $2 billion, manages a diverse portfolio of projects across the innovation chain, from early research to utility scale deployment. ARENA’s work has supported almost 300 renewable energy projects under Ivor’s leadership, unlocking $2.4 billion in other investment. It has delivered and fast-tracked renewable energy development in Australia, including large-scale solar which has now become commercially viable without subsidy.

    Ivor brings decades of private sector experience to ARENA, particularly involving smart investment in clean technology start-ups and growth companies. Before joining ARENA, Ivor was responsible for clean tech investments at venture capital firm, Starfish Ventures, which manages $400 million primarily on behalf of Australian superannuation funds.
    Before that he was CEO and investor in the clean tech sector in Silicon Valley, California.
    Ivor has degrees in law and economics from the University of Sydney, and an MBA and Public Management Certificate from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

  • Peter Cowling has worked in Renewable Energy since 2002. With a background in construction law and major projects, he began a new career in the wind industry in 2002 after a sabbatical in 2001 looking at emerging renewable energy technology opportunities in Europe and the US.  His first renewables role was in business development with the Danish OEM NEG Micon, where he established them as the preeminent wind OEM in Australia. He then set up the Suzlon wind turbine business in Australia, where he was ultimately COO, and built over 800MW of turnkey wind farms. He then spent 7 years with GE, helping to build their wind and hydro businesses in the Asia-Pacific Region, before joining Vestas as Country Head in late 2017.

    To date, he has been involved in delivering over 2500MW of wind power in Australia and Asia. Peter has been a board member of the Australian Wind Energy Association and the Clean Energy Council, and is on the Advisory Board of the Melbourne Energy Institute.  Peter is passionate about renewable energy, and its role in leading the way for in climate change mitigation.   Peter is married to Liz Nixon and they have two children, Ned and Tilly.  

  • Tony Wood has led the Grattan Institute’s Energy Program since mid-2011. Since then he and his team have delivered sixteen major reports on energy and climate change and he has developed a strong profile with governments and industry, and is a regular contributor in major media on key energy issues.  From 2009 until mid-2014, he also had a role as Program Director of Clean Energy Projects at the Clinton Foundation, advising governments in the Asia-Pacific region on effective deployment of large-scale, low-emission energy technologies such as solar and CCS.

    Prior to these roles, he spent 14 years working at Origin Energy in senior executive roles covering retail and LPG line management and corporate affairs. In 2008, he was seconded to provide an industry perspective to the first Garnaut review.

    In January, 2018 Tony was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to conservation and the environment, particularly in the areas of energy policy, climate change and sustainability.

  • 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 advocating for policy that to modernise Australia’s electricity grid and maintain energy security.

    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.

  • Anne Pearson was appointed Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Market Commission in February 2016. Until then she served as a Senior Director, as part of the AEMC’s executive leadership team. Before joining the Commission in 2007 she was Executive Manager of Retail Regulation at EnergyAustralia. Anne’s prior appointments include law firms Freehills and Deacons, where she worked on a variety of commercial matters as well the introduction of retail competition in the New South Wales retail gas market and corporatisation of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme. She holds a Degree in Arts and an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Sydney.


  • David Parker was appointed Chair of the Clean Energy Regulator on 3 July 2017.

    David was previously a Deputy Secretary in the Departments of Agriculture and Water Resources, the Department of the Environment and the Commonwealth Treasury. David has qualifications in economics and law.

    With a career spanning more than 25 years with Treasury, David has worked on financial sector liberalisation, tax reform, macroeconomic forecasting and policy, competition policy, energy policy and international economic issues. More recently he also oversaw Water, Antarctica and National Parks, elements of Climate Change policy, trade negotiations and export market regulation. From 1997 to 2002 David worked at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.

    David was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012.

  • Tammy was appointed as Managing Director for Entura in May 2011. She is responsible for Entura’s business strategy, performance and services to clients, and is part of Hydro Tasmania’s Leadership Group. Tammy joined the business in 2000 and has held a range of positions at Entura, from Technical Professional to Project Manager, Business Development Manager and Water and Environment Group Manager.

    She has extensive managerial and business development experience in the consulting engineering industry within Australia and internationally, focusing on business strategy, change and transformation, international sales, culture, and profit and revenue growth.

    As a civil engineer, Tammy specialised in the design and construction of mini-hydro and hydropower systems, project management, hydropower investigations, prefeasibility and feasibility studies, environmental assessments and approvals, resource investigations and resource water management.

    Tammy is a member of the Board of the International Hydropower Association. She was the first female and now past president of the Tasmanian Division of Engineers Australia, and was an Engineers Australia National Congress representative. She is currently the Chair of Entura Hydro Tasmania India Pty Ltd.

    An active member of the engineering community, Tammy publishes papers on a range of subjects, and presents at conferences regularly. She has also spent time on national and international steering committees in both the water and energy sectors, which further expanded her understanding and knowledge of world’s best practice.    

    Tammy holds a Master of Business and Administration from Chifley Business School, is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Ed was appointed as Head of the Green Investment Group on its purchase by Macquarie. He was previously the Head of Investment Banking where he led the group's investment origination and execution activities.

    Ed has been involved in the global renewable energy industry for almost 25 years and during that time has developed and financed more than 90 renewable energy projects globally. In his early career Ed acted as a legal adviser to public and private organisations engaged in the power sector, before working in industry in various project and corporate development and fundraising roles.

    Prior to joining Green Investment Bank, he spent ten years as co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of an Australian based clean energy investment fund.

  • Dr. Jill Cainey is Regulatory Affairs Director at S&C Electric Company, working to develop key markets and arrangements that will deliver reliable and sustainable electricity networks and represents the industry on technical working groups.

    As the UK expert on low carbon electricity systems and storage Jill influenced energy policy, regulation and the commercial treatment of electricity storage in the UK and Europe and was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Energy Technology in 2017.  Jill is also a research fellow with the CSIRO with over 25 years of experience internationally in climate change.

    Jill is very interested in the interaction of extreme weather and electricity systems and is keen develop resilient and robust networks for the future.

  • Commissioner Pierce was appointed AEMC Chairman in June 2010. His commitment to industry and regulatory reform has underpinned his contribution to national energy reform through a number of senior roles including his tenure as Secretary of the Federal Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism which followed 12 years of service as Secretary of the New South Wales (NSW) Treasury. He was a key adviser to Government and Chairman of the NSW Treasury Corporation.

    Prior to his time at NSW Treasury he was Pacific Power Chief Economist. John holds a BCom (Hons) (UNSW). He was a Visiting Scholar at Boston University during 2004-2005 working on public sector performance management.

  • Michael has led Carnegie for the past ten years and during his time has taken the business from an aspirational wave technology developer to a world leading energy project innovator.  Carnegie is the owner and developer of the leading wave energy generation technology, the patented CETO technology, and the operation of the only successful grid-connected wave project in the world.  Michael also drove Carnegie's expansion into the solar and renewable microgrid sector making Carnegie the only ASX-listed company with a dedicated renewable energy microgrid project design, delivery and financing capability. 

    Carnegie is recognised across Australia and internationally for its solar, battery, wave and microgrid projects in on-grid and off-grid applications, delivering these as design and construct projects or Carnegie-owned and financed build, own and operate projects.

    Michael has been responsible for raising close to $200 million in equity, debt and Government grant funding.  Prior to Carnegie, he worked in research and development and consulted in technology and innovation management.  He has advised companies on new product development, intellectual property and technology commercialisation across various industries and ranging from start-ups to large multi-nationals. 

    Michael is a former Board Member of the Clean Energy Council, Australia’s clean energy peak industry group, and a member of the Australian Government’s Energy White Paper Committee.  He is also a founding director of ASX-listed wearables company, Nuheara, and a board member of Screenwest, Western Australia’s film and TV funding and development agency.  Mike has a Bachelor of Engineering, a Master’s of Science and a Doctorate in Business Administration.

  • Aylin Cunsolo is a Special Counsel in Baker McKenzie's Major Projects team in Melbourne.

    Aylin specialises in renewable energy project development, energy regulatory matters and energy contracting, including retailer and corporate PPAs, connection, energy supply and metering agreements.

    She also specialises in energy, resources and infrastructure transactions, including M&A and joint ventures, and has experience in advising the NSW government on electricity market reform.

    Aylin is currently Secretary and Board Member of Women in Energy (WIE). The mission of WIE is to enable women to advance their careers in the energy sector by delivering education, training, advocacy and networking.

  • Paul Simshauser was appointed Executive General Manager – Corporate Development at Infigen Energy in 2017.

    Paul’s previous roles include Director-General of the Queensland Department of Energy & Water Supply, and Chief Economist & Group Head of Corporate Affairs at AGL Energy Ltd. He has also held executive positions at Stanwell Corporation and Babcock & Brown.

    Paul holds Bachelor Degrees in Economics and in Commerce, has a Masters Degree in Accounting & Finance, and a PhD in Economics. He is an FCPA
    and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Paul is also Professor of Economics at Griffith University’s Business School, and is widely published on energy economics in academic journals.

  • 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. The first of these to be developed in Australia is the Aurora Solar Energy Project, a 150MW solar thermal project incorporating 1100MWh of storage, to be located near Port Augusta, South Australia. Prior to joining SolarReserve, Daniel led the renewable energy development team at Verve Energy (now part of Synergy), Western Australia’s largest electricity generator.

  • Peter Castellas is the CEO of the Carbon Market Institute, the peak Australia business association assisting companies in meeting the challenges and opportunities associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy. Throughout Peter's 25-year career, he has worked at the leading edge of the sustainable development agenda and has advised leading corporations, governments and financial institutions. Prior to joining CMI, Peter was a Director in Corporate Finance at Deloitte leading the firm’s carbon advisory, sustainability and clean technology services. Previously Peter was Managing Director of Cleantech Australasia where he designed and ran successful clean technology finance and investment initiatives in Australia, India and China. Peter was previously Sustainability Advisor for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Fund Manager of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund.

  • Tony is a long-time observer of the Australian energy industry, with over 40 years of experience in the sector. Currently the Acting CFO at TransGrid, Tony has developed a strong understanding of energy supply chain issues across the NEM having also been the company's 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 non-prescribed business.

    Tony is a Fellow of CPA Australia and prior to joining TransGrid held senior positions with the NSW Electricity Generator, Pacific Power.

  • Wei Sue has over 8 years’ experience working within the energy sector and has recently joined MHC from ClimateWorks Australia, where she was the research projects manager, project managing engagements such as the Energy Productivity Index for Companies project, the first global energy productivity benchmark of listed companies. Wei has expertise in project management, energy sustainability and productivity, and has co-authored a number of major research reports (City of Melbourne Low Carbon Growth Plan) as well as project managing strategy developments such as Monash University’s Net Zero Emissions Strategy.

    Wei is also one of five founding members of the medical start up NAVi Medical Technologies where she has successfully developed an award-winning medical device prototype.

  • Megan is the Qantas Group Manager Environment and Chair of the Qantas Group Sustainability Council. Megan is also a non-executive director of Sustainability Victoria, the Australian Carbon Market Institute, the Earthwatch Institute and a member of the Advisory Board of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining Qantas Megan worked as an environmental markets lawyer in Baker & McKenzie’s global climate change practice.

  • A leading regular commentator on energy, renewables, consumer trends, technology, and innovation, Ed McManus is the CEO of renewable energy generator Meridian Energy Australia and energy retailer Powershop Australia.

    Driven by a desire to make a contribution in a growth sector which is pivotal to ongoing economic prosperity, and efforts to decarbonise the economy, Ed sought out an opportunity in renewable energy - a decision that led to his appointment as CEO of one of Australia’s most innovative energy companies.

    Ed was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Energy Australia and Powershop Australia in January 2016, having previously been the General Manager of Powershop from 2014-2016. Under Ed’s leadership, Powershop has grown from 10,000 to 100,000 customers and has been ranked the #1 retailer on Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customer - Electricity Providers Victoria for three years running (2015, 2016 & 2017).

    With 15 years of prior experience in commercial roles, Ed has a deep understanding of consumer trends and industry disruption. Prior to his work in the energy sector, he worked for REA Group’s in roles across sales and marketing, operations and pricing strategy, and began his career as a medical research scientist with several years working for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, GlaxoSmithKline.

    Ed holds a Bachelor of Science from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Dundee.

  • Sarah is a Senior Consultant at Marchment Hill Consulting. Formerly a competition and market regulation lawyer at Freehills, followed by various commercial and policy roles at Origin Energy, Sarah has most recently been in London working for UK government agency Low Carbon Contracts Company on energy market reform implementation and assessment. She is an expert in energy reform framework and the challenges of integrating emerging technology into established markets. In her currently role leading MHC Policy and Regulation, Sarah works with market participants, government agencies, and policy makers on Australia’s energy market transformation.


  • Ian Learmonth joined the CEFC as Chief Executive Officer in May 2017. Mr Learmonth had previously served as an independent member of the CEFC Executive Investment Committee. Mr Learmonth has more than 20 years' experience as a financier and investor, working across clean energy and major infrastructure projects, as well as social impact investments.  He joined Social Ventures Australia (SVA) in 2011 to establish its Impact Investing business and raised SVA's first Social Impact fund in 2012. Ian structured and launched Australia's first Social Impact Bond and was also instrumental in establishing a dedicated Social and Affordable Housing fund with large super fund HESTA. Previously an Executive Director of Macquarie Group for 12 years, Mr Learmonth has investment banking experience in Sydney, Hong Kong and London. He established and led various businesses, notably European renewable energy and carbon credit investments, as well a cross-border structured finance and asset financing in Asia and Europe. Earlier in his Macquarie career, Mr Learmonth established the bank's IT operating lease business and completed a number of securitisations for both Macquarie Bank and external clients.


  • Bob Bellemare is Chief Operating Officer of Array Technologies, the global leader in solar tracking systems. He is responsible for leading the company’s strategic growth, business operations, and international market initiatives.

    Prior to joining Array, Bob spent thirty years in the electric utility industry in various C-level, engineering and operational roles. His experience includes renewables, conventional generation, acquisitions, system operations, engineering, business planning, and finance issues. He was managing director of CSW Energy Services and executive co-lead on the AEP-CSW merger forming the largest USA utility at that time.

    Bob holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a professional engineer, certified valuation analyst, and certified business appraiser. Bob has shared his expertise over the years by authoring numerous articles published by industry press.


  • Andrew commenced the role of National Wind Farm Commissioner in November 2015.
    He is an experienced executive, chairman and company director. Andrew currently serves on a number of boards including the 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 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.

  • Jeff Connolly is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Siemens group in the Pacific region. Siemens has been active in Australia since 1872, has a turnover of > A$2 Billion employing over 2200 people. Jeff  has lived and worked for Siemens in Beijing, China for a total of seven years. Siemens’ local financial commitment, via local equity, and in debt and equity participation in public infrastructure, is approximately A$1 Billion.

  • Matthew Bowen, Partner at Jackson McDonald specialises in energy law, infrastructure access, competition and trade practices law and statutory drafting and interpretation.  Since 1994 Matthew has helped the Western Australian Government in a wide range of legislative reforms in the energy industry, including developing several statutory access regimes for gas and electricity infrastructure, the gas and electricity licensing regimes, the introduction of full retail contestability in gas, the 2004 and 2006 electricity industry restructure, and other projects.  Matthew and his team have a particular interest in renewable and distributed energy resources, advising project proponents and customers on the particular regulatory and commercial issues these projects can involve.

  • Mark Paterson, General Manager of Horizon Power’s Consumer Energy division previously led the CSIRO Future Grid Forum and the CSIRO/ENA Network Transformation Roadmap projects. Mark has three decades of professional experience, engaging extensively with senior industry, government and regulatory stakeholders together with a broad range local and international thought-leaders. He holds a Master of Enterprise from the University of Melbourne and undergraduate qualifications in Business and Engineering. Coupled with his original electromechanical trade background, he is noted for a professional approach that is highly collaborative, theoretically robust and intensely practical.

  • Sally is Managing Director within the Infrastructure Lead Advisory group at PwC Australia. Based in Sydney, she is a dual qualified lawyer and electrical engineer advising on renewable energy projects. Her focus is enabling development projects to achieve maximum value, by leveraging her global project experience in Europe, Asia, MENA, and Australia. 


    Cr. Lyn McLaughlin is a primary school teacher, who is serving her third term as Mayor of the Burdekin Shire Council.  Lyn had previously served six years as a Councillor commencing in 1994. 

    Throughout her involvement with Local Government, Cr. McLaughlin chaired and was a member of numerous State, North Queensland, regional and local committees including the Queensland Local Government Grants Commission, Queensland Reconstruction Authority, North and North West Queensland RDA, The Townsville Hospital and Health Service Board and Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group.  Mayor Lyn has also served as president, secretary and treasurer of community, educational and sporting organisations.

  • Achim has been working in the international renewables sector for nearly 30 years. Starting his career in Texas in the late 1980s, Achim acted in a variety of roles including developer, construction manager, independent engineer, and investment advisor. Project experience spans across Germany, Europe, Australia and Southern Africa.  Achim worked with international companies including PB Power, Macquarie Capital and Wind Prospect before joining Windlab in 2017. Achim is responsible for Windlab’s development business in Australia.

  • David has over 30 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors across the Australasian region. David’s experience in the sector spans the coal and gas sectors, thermal generation and now renewables. David develops, acquires, raises capital for, and acts as principal investor in battery storage, solar and wind projects across Australasia.

    David co-founded Lyon Group, the world’s leading independent developer of integrated utility-scale battery storage and renewable generation projects.

    Lyon developed the first grid-connected utility scale solar and battery storage project in Australia. Lyon’s next tranche of projects are in advanced stages of development and will be the world’s biggest integrated battery storage and solar plants.

    David was instrumental in establishing the alliance between JERA, Fluence and Lyon to develop integrated solar and battery solutions across JERA’s global footprint. The alliance is supported by Siemens, TEPCO, Chubu Electric and AES. David is currently establishing a Lyon managed investment fund with a major global energy company, for investment in battery storage projects.

    David has held a number of Board positions for Federal and State Governments and private sector entities with responsibilities for multibillion dollar infrastructure portfolios. He has advised the Australian Government, and a number of electricity governance bodies and market participants on market design related issues.

  • 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.


  • Amy Kean is Australia’s first Renewable Energy Advocate, a position appointed under the NSW Government’s Renewable Energy Action Plan in 2013.

    As the Advocate, Amy has provided tailored support and helped resolve unreasonable barriers for 51 large-scale renewable energy projects worth around 6,500 MW of new generation capacity and $9.9 billion in investment into NSW. The Advocate has fostered strategic partnerships with industry and academic institutions that have helped demonstrate the benefits and growing potential of new technologies and business models in the energy sector.

    Amy has worked in the renewable energy industry for 20 years in the public and private sectors, both nationally and internationally.  Including establishing the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) in the Asia-Pacific region at the Clean Energy Council. She has also held positions at Pinpoint Mastercard, Hydro Tasmania, NSW Sustainable Energy Development Authority and Accenture.


  • Allen heads up the Energy Solutions function of Western Australia’s largest ‘gentailer’ Synergy.  As Synergy’s chief mischief maker, Allen is responsible for driving the move to delivering new energy products and solutions to meet customers rapidly changing energy needs. Allen has over 20 years of domestic and international energy markets experience and has held leadership roles in marketing, wholesale finance, project management, sales and service management functions.

  • Andrew Dickson is Business Development Manager at CWP Renewables, a global developer of renewable energy projects. Two notable CWP projects include the 600 MW Fântânele-Cogealac Wind Farm in Romania (the largest onshore wind farm in Europe) and the 270 MW Sapphire Wind Farm in northern NSW (which is currently being hybridised with 200 MW of solar PV and a large battery).

    Andrew has over 15 years of experience developing renewable energy projects including wind farms, solar thermal power projects and microgrids. He has also led CWP’s initiative to open up the Sapphire Wind Farm to large scale, local community investment. In three and half years outside of the renewable energy sector, Andrew was an economic development manager with the South Australian Department of State Development.


    For the Asian Renewable Energy Hub project, he is working closely with the Australian National University to contribute research into areas including indigenous engagement and capability mapping, legal frameworks for intercontinental energy agreements, the potential for large scale pumped hydro energy storage, and the potential for processing minerals and producing hydrogen using renewable energy.

    Outside of work, Andrew directs a team which is developing an off-road, off-grid, solar powered electric vehicle to transport pregnant women from remote villages in Sub Saharan Africa to hospitals, to reduce maternal mortality: using renewable energy to save lives.

  • Fiona is Head of Energy & Utilities, Corporate & Institutional Banking at NAB.  Fiona is responsible for driving the energy and utilities strategy at NAB and leading the team that manages client relationships and deal origination activity across the Energy, Utilities & Infrastructure sectors.

    Fiona has over 20 years banking experience in corporate and project finance and client relationship management.  Fiona has specialised in the energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors for the past 14 years and has been involved in many significant transactions across the sector.

    Fiona has been employed at NAB since 2003.  Prior to this, Fiona was at TD Securities where she specialised in providing both corporate and project finance to companies in the media and telecommunications industry sectors.  Fiona was employed at TD for 7 years and started her career at Westpac. 

    Fiona graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Degree with Honours in Finance) and completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia and holds a Master of Business Administration (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management

  • Based in GE Australia’s head office in Sydney, Steven is responsible for GE’s renewable energy business in Australia and New Zealand. Steven leads GE’s team across a range of technologies including hydropower, onshore wind and energy storage. In Australia, Steven has responsibility for nine GE wind farms representing over 1.5 GW of renewable capacity operating or in construction across Australia

    In addition to these responsibilities, Steven leads Commercial Operations for Asia Pacific, a role that covers bidding and negotiation activities, risk and pricing across diverse markets including China, India, ASEAN, North Asia, and Australia and New Zealand.

    He is a strong advocate for the renewables sector and the transition to a low emissions economy, and brings decades of sector experience covering the development, construction and operation of power projects, and a successful track record of working with governments and regulators both in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

  • Tim is the Chief Economist AGL Energy Ltd*. He is a member of the Westpac Stakeholder Advisory Council and the Grattan Institute Energy Reference Group.

    Tim is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University. He holds a PhD in economics for which he earned a Chancellors Doctoral Research Medal and a first class honours degree in economics. Tim is also a qualified Chartered Secretary (AGIA and ACIS).

  • Steven has almost 2 decades of experience in renewables and utilities. At Goldwind since 2010, Steven oversees Wholesale Markets, Product Performance, Grid Connection, and Innovation.

    Goldwind’s innovation program implemented the first MW-scale wind-solar hybrid in the NEM and is continuing to replicate the model across the market.


  • Catherine Way is the Australian Business Development Manager for the global renewable energy developer, DP Energy. Prior to joining DP in September 2016 Catherine worked for the South Australian Government through RenewablesSA, providing high level policy development and legislative reform in support of the renewable energy sector in the state. As a result of the initiatives implemented by RenewablesSA, South Australia has enjoyed an uptake of nearly 50 per cent of electricity from renewable sources.

    Catherine has also worked in the mining sector advising BHP Billiton on greenhouse gas abatement strategies, and more generally in the not for profit sector in areas related to anthropogenic climate change.

    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 economic imperatives, environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

  • Andrew Blakers is Professor of Engineering at the Australian National University. His research interests include photovoltaic energy systems; silicon solar cell technology, solar concentrators, energy storage, integration and sustainable energy policy. He is co-inventor of PERC and Sliver cell technologies. He is a leading figure in discussions of 100% renewable energy futures, including pumped hydro energy storage

  • Benjamin White joined TasNetworks in March 2018 as head of Stakeholder Relations, Community, Environment & Planning for Project Marinus. He brings extensive senior government leadership experience in policy, strategy, investment attraction, supply chain activation and engagement covering renewable energy, water and natural resource management. Benjamin has led a number of significant and innovative reform projects for government, in partnership with industry sectors, business and the community, including delivery of the Victorian Government's $146 million Renewable Energy Action Plan (launched by Vice-President Al Gore) – a project that has transformed Victoria's energy future to be smarter, cleaner and more customer-focused. He was also a key part of the leadership team that facilitated the largest investment in renewables and in new energy technologies by any Victorian Government. Benjamin is renowned for his entrepreneurial and collaborative approach to public sector business, and is passionate about bringing government, industry, business, investors and the community together to drive innovation and make public value happen. He is excited to be part of a leadership team that seeks to unlock Tasmania’s potential in supporting Australia’s objective of delivering affordable, reliable and clean energy.

  • Alex Hewitt is  the co-founder and CEO of CWP, an integrated renewable energy developer and asset manager with a combined track record of over 4,200 MW of global renewable energy experience. Engineer by degree, entrepreneur, dreamer and a doer, closet artist and surf bum. Combines years of experience from spectacular successes and humiliating failures across 5 continents.

  • Annabel Wilton is an analyst in Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Sydney office, specialising in Australian distributed energy. She joined BNEF in 2016 and has helped develop BNEF's modelling tools for small-scale PV and storage. Annabel has previous experience in economic consulting and has an academic background in economics and science.

  • Morten Dyrholm is Vestas’ Group Senior Global Vice President for Vestas Wind Systems.

    Morten has been with Vestas for the last ten years and is an expert in wind energy. He is currently based in Vestas Headquarters in Denmark, where he is leading Vestas Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs activities..

    He has extensive experience from the wind industry around the World, but particularly in Asia, and has worked three years for Vestas in China where he was in charge of business development and government affairs. Morten Dyrholm holds a Master degree in Political Science and Chinese Politics.

    Morten is currently the Chairman of the Global Wind Energy Council, Vice-Chairman of the Danish Wind Association, Vice-Chairman of the Danish Chinese Business Forum and Board Member of WindEurope.

  • Dr. Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm based in San Francisco, California, advising clients on the rapid transformation of the electricity sector and emerging business models.

    He has over 35 years of experience including working at Southern California Edison Company (SCE), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), National Economic Research Associates (NERA), and Henwood Energy, now part of ABB.

    He is the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter with international circulation.

    Since 2006, he has edited 10 books, the latest titled  Innovation and disruption at the grid’s edge: How distributed energy resources are disrupting the traditional utility business model, was published in 2017. His forthcoming volume is tentatively titled “From consumers to nonsumers: How new service innovations are disrupting utility business models” 

    He has degrees in Engineering and Economics, including an MS and Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University.

  • Christian is an electrical engineer with over 20 years’ experience building, commissioning and operating transmission networks, thermal power stations and renewable generation.

    He currently leads the Systems Capability Group at AEMO, providing engineering oversight to the operational support teams of the National Electricity Market Operations, including constraint management, new generation and customer connections, ancillary services procurement, and specialist engineering studies. The team manages the connection of new large-scale battery energy storage projects to the NEM, including the world’s largest battery, the Hornsdale Power Reserve.

    Prior to joining AEMO he has worked in an engineering and management capacity in the planning and operational departments of Powerlink Queensland, and Western Power in Australia, and at EirGrid, the Irish ISO. He has also held senior engineering roles within the Australian renewable generation sector, as well as ABB High Voltage Technologies’ FACTS R&D group in Switzerland.

    In his spare time, Christian chairs the National Electricity Market Operational Committee, and is an Australian Panel member of CIGRE study committee C1 Power System Development and Economics, as well as a number of technical international working groups.  

  • Dan is a senior member of ARENA’s business development and transactions team. Prior to joining ARENA 5 years ago Dan worked in various investment banking roles with Macquarie and PwC. Dan has worked in the renewable energy industry for more than 10 years and is responsible for ARENA’s investments in the battery storage sector.

  • Kate Axup is a projects partner at Allens in Melbourne. Kate leads the Allens renewable energy group and, as part of her renewables practice, acts for sponsors, offtakers and financiers in relation to solar and wind projects across the country. Kate's involvement in renewables started with her role in 2008 acting for Meridian Energy in relation to the development of the Macarthur Wind Farm – which remains the largest operating wind farm in Victoria. Kate has subsequently acted for AGL in relation to the sale of its equity interest in the Macarthur Wind farm – and in relation to the establishment of the Powering Australian Renewables Fund, and the transfer of each asset into the PARF. Kate's renewables clients include large gentailers such as AGL, and newer market entrants such as PowerChina and John Laing. More recently, Kate has been acting for a number of corporate offtakers on corporate PPAs, including Orora Limited in relation to offtakes from the Clements Gap and Lal Lal wind farms. Kate has spent almost half of her career with Allens working in China, and is a Mandarin speaker.

  • Tristan Edis is the Director - Analysis and Advisory at Green Energy Markets, where he assists clients make informed investment, trading and policy decisions in renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy and carbon abatement markets more generally.

    Tristan’s involvement in the clean energy sector and related government climate change and energy policy issues dates back more than a decade. This includes running a daily publication on energy and carbon market issues: Climate Spectator; establishing the energy research program at the Grattan Institute think tank; the Clean Energy Council; Ernst & Young; and the Australian Government’s Greenhouse Office.

  • Neil’s current roles include Chairman of Marchment Hill Consulting, i.n. concepts and the CEC’s Distributed Energy Leadership Forum. He was until recently the Founding Chairman of GreenSync, and previously was a VP for AT Kearney.

    Following an extensive career in global energy markets, Neil now actively supports the decarbonisation of the electricity system, specialising in the evolution of technology, business models, regulations and markets at the “grid edge” – harnessing the value of innovation and customer engagement to deliver secure, reliable, affordable and carbon-light energy services.

  • Pete McCabe is a GE Company Officer and the President and CEO of GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind business. With more than 30,000 wind turbines installed globally, GE is one of the world's leading onshore turbine suppliers. GE’s portfolio of turbines feature rated capacities from 1.7 MW to 4.8 MW, and are suited to meet the needs of a broad range of wind regimes. Pete is based in Chicago, IL and manages over 3,000 employees worldwide.

    Pete was previously Vice President of Global Services Organization (GSO) for GE Transportation, where he led a team in overseeing maintenance agreements for part sales, asset maintenance, global remanufacturing, fulfillment and the development of advanced software and analytics.

    Pete began his career with GE in 1988 as a member of the Company’s Manufacturing Management program. He completed assignments with GE Aerospace and GE Plastics, and had responsibilities in Sourcing, Manufacturing Engineering, Quality and front-line supervision. Upon program completion, Pete joined GE Plastics as Indirect and Direct Sourcing leader for the Mt. Vernon, IN sites before being named Product Engineer for the Lexan finishing operation.

    In 1994, Pete joined Halliburton Energy Services as Business Unit Manager of what was then a $75MM P&L. He then led the supply chain design, and Completion Products business implementation, of a global enterprise resource planning (ERP) system across the world. In 1998, Pete joined I-Gate Capital as the Managing Principal for their SAP Supply Chain group.

    In 2000, Pete joined GE’s Corporate Initiatives Group with responsibilities for e-procurement and corporate indirect and direct sourcing. One year later, he joined GE Medical Systems (now known as GE Healthcare) as the General Manager of Learning Solutions. He led the creation of its Performance Solutions business and was named General Manager of Performance Services in 2002.

    By 2004, Pete was appointed Quality Leader for GE Healthcare. In this role, Pete was responsible for leading the businesses Lean and Six Sigma efforts where the team launched NPS, global product quality initiatives, customer quality initiatives and GE Healthcare’s drive to improve the speed and quality of our key customer facing processes. In 2006, he was named President and CEO of GE Healthcare’s Surgery business and helped the team successfully respond to an FDA consent decree. In 2010 he moved to Paris and was named President and CEO of GE Healthcare Services for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Pete was then named Vice President of Global Operations for GE Global Growth & Operations (GGO). Based out of London, he led a team in identifying, building and operating shared services for GE’s core financial processes based out of London.

    Pete earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1998 from Northeastern University. He and his wife have three daughters.


  • Andrew Catchpole has for the last seventeen years been involved in Hydro Tasmania’s participation in Australia’s National Electricity Market.  Roles have covered market entry and regulation, energy policy and stakeholder engagement, business sustainability and transformation. Andrew is a Life Member and former Director of the International Hydropower Association and former Chairman of independent social sector provider Colony 47. Andrew currently has responsibility for corporate strategy and market development for Hydro Tasmania.


  • Ms Zibelman has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for profit energy and electricity sectors in the United States, most recently having held the positions of Commissioner and Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC) prior to her appointment as the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in 2017.

    During her tenure at the NYPSC, Ms Zibelman led the design and implementation of extensive regulatory and retail market changes to modernise and transform the state’s electricity industry under New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ plan.

    A recognised national and international expert in energy policy, markets and Smart Grid innovation, Ms Zibelman is a Founder and past President and Chief Executive Officer of Viridity Energy, Inc., which she formed after more than 25 years of electric utility industry leadership experience in both the public and private sectors.

    Previously, 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 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.

    During her career, Ms Zibelman has served on numerous industry-related and non-profit boards, including, but not limited to the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic Reliability Councils. Ms Zibelman’s board experience also includes Advisor to Secretary of Energy for the US Department of Energy and Advisory Council, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York State Planning Board and the New York State Emergency Planning Council.

  • Lara Olsen is the Regional Manager- Business Development and Policy for Tesla Energy, Asia Pacific. In her role, Lara is responsible for developing and extending Tesla Energy’s commercial and grid scale storage business in Australia and the Asia Pacific and for developing new business models such as the South Australian Virtual Power Plant.

    Prior to this, Lara led the strategy at CitiPower Powercor and was Head of Strategy at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). She also spent more than 5 years founding and leading energy startups  - 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. She is a John Monash Scholar and a Director of the Clean Energy Council of Australia.

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

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

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

    Steve has a First Class Honours Degree in Physics.

  • Stephanie Bashir has proven success with more than 16 years working for energy market leaders in complex, matrix style environments.  Stephanie has held leadership roles spanning the energy value chain in technical, commercial, strategic, policy and advisory; with expertise in energy market policy and regulation, energy technologies, innovation, customer centricity, networks and grid modernisation.  Stephanie recently left AGL in her most recent role as Senior Director Public Policy and branched out into consultancy to start up Nexa Advisory. Nexa Advisory focuses on helping businesses and organisations find new opportunities and navigate complex problems in the energy transition, providing them with trusted value-added and future-proofed solutions.

  • Ric Brazzale is Chairman of the Green Energy Group and has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy sector.

    The Green Energy Group comprises Green Energy Trading (GET) and Green Energy Markets (GEM). GET is one of the largest environmental certificate creators in Australia and is active across renewable energy and energy efficiency markets. GEM is a dynamic research and advisory business with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable energy and distributed generation, and improving energy efficiency.

    Prior to establishing the Green Energy Group in 2007, Ric headed the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), now the Clean Energy Council, 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 President of the REC Agents Association, President of the Voluntary Carbon Markets Association and a Director of the Energy Savings Industry Association. Ric is also Chair of the National Steering Committee of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics.

  • Megan has over two decades of experience delivering clean energy policy, programs and projects.


    Megan has been in the wind industry in Australia for the past 8 years with a focus on external affairs, community engagement and communications.
    Megan’s career in renewables began in the Victorian Government where she was responsible for the development of the Victorian Wind Atlas, and coordinated the delivery of the original Victorian Policy and Planning Guidelines for Wind Energy.  
    She spent two years in London as Head of Policy at the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy, which brought together the Chief Executives of the major energy companies in the UK to progress the sustainable energy agenda including shaping the UK's role in meeting the EU 20% renewable energy target.  
    Megan is a Board member of the Clean Energy Council.