General Manager, Network Regulation
Australian Energy Regulator
Warwick is General Manager – Network Regulation at the Australian Energy Regulator. In this role, Warwick is responsible for managing the development of regulatory determinations for gas and electricity transmission and distribution businesses. Warwick holds a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and a Masters Degree in Economics. Warwick has extensive experience across a range of government agencies including the Bureau of Transport Economics, Department of Treasury, Queensland Department of State Development and ACCC.
|Dr. Dan Arvizu|
Director and CEO
U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Dr. Dan Arvizu is the Director and Chief Executive of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy's primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development. He was also a Commissioner of the U.S. Alliance Commission on Energy Efficiency Policy – the team that developed the plan and persuaded the U.S. Government to adopt a goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030. After more than three decades of professional engagement in the clean energy field, Dr. Arvizu has become one of the world's leading experts on clean energy. In 2004, Dr. Arvizu was appointed by President George W. Bush for a six-year term on the National Science Board, the governing board of the National Science Foundation and the national science policy advisory body to the President and the Congress. In 2010 was reappointed by President Barack Obama to a second 6-year term.
Dan’s full biography can be read here.
|Prof. Ken Baldwin|
Energy Change Institute, ANU
Professor Ken Baldwin is the Director of the Energy Change Institute at The Australian National University, where he is also Deputy Director of the Research School of Physics & Engineering. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Project Steering Committee for the Australian Energy Technology Assessment produced by the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics in the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism. Professor Baldwin is an inaugural ANU Public Policy Fellow, and winner of the 2004 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science, for his role in initiating and championing 'Science meets Parliament'. In 2007, Professor Baldwin was awarded the W.H. Beattie Steele Medal, the highest honour of the Australian Optical Society, and in 2010 he was awarded the Barry Inglis Medal by the National Measurement Institute for excellence in precision measurement. Professor Baldwin is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics (UK), the Optical Society of America and the Australian Institute of Physics.
Mr Blight was re-elected as a non-executive Director on 3 December 2011, having served on the Board since 18 January 2003. He is a member of the Policy & Advocacy Committee and the Finance & Investments Committee. He is the Board-appointed representative on the Holiday Parks Industry Advisory Panel and is the NRMA Ambassador for Alternative Fuels and Technologies. Mr Blight is involved in agriculture and agricultural businesses and a former trade representative and adviser on agricultural matters to the Federal Government. He was President of the National Farmers' Federation from 1991-1994 and President of the Ricegrowers Association of Australia for nine years. He was also President of the World Farmers' Federation from 1994 – 1998 and consultant to the World Bank in 1996. Mr Blight was a Director of SunRice Australia from 1969 - 2003. He is the former Chair of the Wheat Export Marketing Alliance and currently a Director of several private and family company businesses.
Energy Network Association
Biography to follow.
Green Energy Trading
Ric Brazzale is the Managing Director of Green Energy Trading and has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy sector. Prior to establishing Green Energy Trading in 2007, Ric was the Executive Director of 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. During this time, Ric was actively involved in the development and implementation of a broad range of solar energy and energy efficiency policies and programs, including participating on the Government’s initial REC Advisory Committee. Before joining the BCSE, Ric worked in a number of business development and finance roles with large publicly listed companies, including Fletcher Challenge Energy, John Holland and Woodside Petroleum.
|Jillian Broadbent AO|
Chair of Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and former Member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia on securing CEFC finance
Jillian Broadbent AO is one of Australia's most respected figures. Jillian is currently Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Chancellor of the University of Wollongong and a Director of Woolworths Ltd. Her former roles include Member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and Director of organisations including Qantas, Coca-Cola Amatil and the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX Ltd). She was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2003 and awarded Australian Centenary Medal in 2001.
Director - Public Policy
Australian Industry Group
Peter Burn, B.Ec. (Hons.), Ph.D. Director - Public Policy, Australian Industry Group. The role of Director – Public Policy involves the development and dissemination of policy advice on a wide range of issues relevant to Ai Group’s members. This embraces economic, industrial, regulatory, social and environmental policy areas as they affect business. Prior to joining Ai Group in 2002, I was Director – Policy at the Business Council of Australia and previously held academic positions in Economics Departments at the University of Queensland and the University of Newcastle. I began my professional career at the Commonwealth Treasury. Other current positions: • Director: Standards Australia • Director: Industry Super Australia • Alternate Director: AustralianSuper • Chair: Standards Australia’s Strategy Committee • Member: Australian Super’s Investment Committee • Member: IFM Investors Advisory Board • Member: Australian Technology Network’s Research Impact Advisory Board • Member: CSIRO, Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council I live in Sydney with my wife and three sons.
U.S. Alliance to Save Energy
Kateri has more than 25 years of experience in policy advocacy and coalition building. She was a driver in convincing the Obama Administration to adopt the goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030. Kateri is also instrumental in gaining community and state support and adoption of the goal by traveling and speaking across the U.S. as part of Energy 2030 on the Road - an education, outreach and action campaign. Kateri is frequently asked by media, academics, government, and industry to speak on the work and progress of the U.S. Alliance Commission on Energy Efficiency Policy and the race to doubling energy productivity by 2030.
Kateri’s full biography can be read here.
Ron Finemore Transport
Dave Coleman aims to help people profit from Green Transport. He is a progressive transport executive who generates profitable new business and manages key customer relationships in his business development role with Ron Finemore Transport. A leading Australian linehaul trucking business, Ron Finemore Transport operates over 180 vehicles transporting general freight, refrigerated food, bulk liquid fuels & oils and agricultural commodities. Dave also leads the company's environmental business strategy to develop carbon and energy-efficient supply chains for customers' competitive advantage. This involves building business cases for environmental improvements as well as handling compliance with the NGERS and Energy Efficiency Opportunities programs. Twenty years of transport & logistics roles servicing the Resources, Food and Fuel industries is complemented by Dave’s formal education in logistics and environmental law.
Executive General Manager Property Services and Chief Operating Officer
DEXUS Property Group
Tanya Cox has over 25 years of experience in the finance industry, is the Executive General Manager Property Services and Chief Operating Officer of DEXUS Property Group and is responsible for the tenant and client service delivery model, corporate responsibility and sustainability practices, information technology solutions and company secretarial services across the Group. Prior to joining DEXUS in July 2003, Tanya held various general management positions over the previous 15 years, including Director and Chief Operating Officer of NM Rothschild & Sons (Australia) Ltd and General Manager- Finance, Operations and IT for Bank of New Zealand (Australia). Tanya is a Member of the Property Council of Australia National Risk Committee, Chair of Australian Athletes With a Disability Limited and a non-executive director of a number of not-for-profit organisations. Tanya is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA) and Chartered Secretaries Australia (CSA). Tanya has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. Tanya was a finalist in the 2005 NSW Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards.
Chris' full biography can be read here
General Manager, Research & Development
NSW Farmers’ Association
David Eyre is General Manager, Research & Development with NSW Farmers' Association where he is leading innovation projects in areas including energy efficiency, carbon farming, functional foods, the digital economy and Asian market development. He was previously a Director of the Commonwealth Research & Development Corporation, Land and Water Australia and held senior policy and science roles in NSW Government.
Engagement Project Manager
Scott joined ClimateWorks in January 2013 following three years as the Executive Officer of the Gippsland Climate Change Network. During this role he worked to develop and coordinate a strategic and effective response to both mitigation and adaptation activities across all sectors in the region. He sat on the Working Group for the Low Carbon Growth Plan for Gippsland, and undertook subsequent work to coordinate the implementation of the opportunities identified in the plan. Scott holds a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Hons), and has recently completed a Masters in Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Management. He has previously worked as an environmental engineer in Vancouver, Canada, developing solid waste management projects, with a focus on reducing emissions from waste disposal. He has worked across the private and local government sectors in Australia in an environmental engineering capacity.
Regulatory Affairs Manager
Ian Forte was appointed Regulatory Affairs Manager of Electrolux Home Products Australia and New Zealand in 2005. Forte’s role includes executive responsibility for product safety and performance compliance of all Electrolux major household appliances sold in Australia and New Zealand. He also represents Australian Industry on Standards Australia’s major household appliance performance committees and Electrolux on several other industry regulatory bodies. Forte has been involved with the major electrical appliances industry since 1973 after graduating from the University of Adelaide as an electrical engineer. Prior to his appointment, Forte had many years of management and design experience in appliance manufacturing and related sectors. In 2007, Forte was elected to represent Australia on the Swiss-based International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) – the world’s leading organisation for preparing standards on electrical items. He has in recent years become increasingly involved in developing environmental sustainable policies in Electrolux manufacturing plants, distribution centres and offices.
|Dr Damien Giurco|
Associate Professor Damien Giurco is Director (Research Outcomes) at the Institute for Sustainable Futures. He serves on the Institute’s Steering Group and leads the development and implementation of both research and communication strategies to strengthen the quality and impact of ISF research. Concurrently, he is Research Director for the thematic area of Resource Futures. With a focus on industrial ecology, integrated resources planning and responsible production and consumption – Damien has worked collaboratively with government and industry clients spanning the minerals, water, waste and energy sectors to create change towards sustainable futures. Further information on Damien can be read here
|Dr Garry Glazebrook|
University of Technology
Garry's full biography can be read here
Clean Energy Council
David Green is the Chief Executive of the Clean Energy Council. David is also an Executive Director of the International Council for Sustainable Energy. In his native UK, David co-founded the national charity Neighbourhood (now National) Energy Action that has worked, since 1981, with partners to secure warmer homes for many millions of lower income households. He is now a Vice President of National Energy Action. David is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Fellow of the Energy Institute; member of the Council of the UK Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies; member of the high-level UK Ministerial Advisory Group on Zero Carbon Homes; and member of the UK Government's Delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and the follow-up International Renewable Energy Conference.
Business Development Manager
Patrick is an internationally experienced business manager with more than 15 years of technical sales and management experience gained in the Solar PV and I.T. sectors in Australia, Europe and Asia. Patrick is responsible for Ingenero’s commercial solar business nationally. He has extensive experience consulting to both mid to large scale- companies on the feasibility of solar PV for lowering their onsite energy use. He is currently studying for his Masters in Energy Policy at University College London.
Biography to follow.
|Dr Nina Hall|
Social Scientist and Project Leader
Dr Hall is the project leader for CSIRO’s EnergySavers program, aimed at achieving efficient energy use by low-income individuals to cut greenhouse emissions, improve their wellbeing through heating and cooling, and better manage their energy bills. Full bio can be read at : http://www.csiro.au/en/Organisation-Structure/Divisions/Earth-Science--Resource-Engineering/NinaHall.aspx
Commission for Climate Action
|John Hewson AM|
Economist, Business Leader, former Federal Liberal Party Leader
Dr John Hewson is an economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government, media and the financial system. He has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the IMF and as an advisor to two successive Federal Treasurers and the Prime Minister. His academic career included 11 years as the Professor of Economics and 4 years as the head of the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales and, more recently 2 years as Dean of Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University.He is currently a Professor and Chair, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, in the Crawford School, ANU Dr. Hewson’s business career before entering politics in 1987, was as a company director and business consultant and included roles as Foundation Executive Director, Macquarie Bank Limited and as a Trustee of the IBM Superannuation Fund. Dr. Hewson’s political career included 7 years as a ministerial advisor and a further 8 years as the Federal Member for Wentworth in the Federal Parliament. He was Shadow Finance Minister, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Industry and Commerce, then Leader of the Liberal Party and Federal Coalition in Opposition for 4 years. Since leaving politics in early 1995, Dr. Hewson has run his own private investment banking business, including as director/advisor of a wide range of companies and was, until December 2004, a Member of the Advisory Council of ABN AMRO, having previously been Chairman of the Bank. In addition, he is Chairman of GSA, Signature Gold, Shartru Capital and Shartru Wealth. He is also Chairman of two major charities, Osteoporosis Australia and KidsXpress, and a Director of a number of other companies. Dr. Hewson writes and comments widely across the Australian media, including as a weekly Panelist on the Sky News Agenda program. A principal focus of Dr. Hewson’s career has been Asia, where, over more than 30 years he has developed a wealth of contacts and experience in government and business and as a consultant to international agencies such as the IMF, UNESCAP and the Asian Development Bank. Dr. Hewson has recently served as Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and he is a member of the Trilateral Commission.
|Adjunct Prof. Robert Hill|
U.S. Studies Centre
Robert Hill was a member of the Australian Senate from 1981 to 2006, representing South Australia. He was educated at the University of Adelaide and the London School of Economics, where he gained a masters degree in law. Hill was Leader of the Government in the Senate from March 1996 until his resignation in January 2006. He was Minister for the Environment 1996-98, Minister for the Environment and Heritage 1998-2001 and Minister for Defence from November 2001 to January 2006. In July 2005 the Coalition parties took control of the Senate and Hill became the first Government Leader in the Senate since 1981 to command a majority in the chamber. In January 2006 he announced his resignation from the Parliament. Hill was Australian Ambassador to the United Nations for Australia from 2006 - 2009. In July 2009, Hill was appointed by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as Chairman of the Australian Carbon Trust. In June 2012, he was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia.
Manager of Liveable City Programs
Kaia is the Acting General Manager for Sustainability and Regulation. Kaia is responsible for environmental management, science and technology and setting strategic direction for Sydney Water’s products and services. Kaia was previously the Stormwater Manager at Sydney Water. She also managed Sydney Water’s environmental governance and impact assessment functions between 2000 and 2007. Kaia was appointed Trustee of the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Trust during 1999 and 2000, and previously worked on the establishment of Sydney Catchment Authority and for the NSW Environment Protection Authority.
Deputy Secretary for Energy
Department of Industry
Martin Hoffman was a Deputy Secretary at the former Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism from 2010. He joined the Australian Public Service in 2009 and held senior executive positions at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Martin has extensive private sector experience. He was CEO of Australia’s largest internet media company, NineMSN, and held senior management roles at Fairfax Media and Optus Communications and was a director of a number of public companies. Martin has an MBA (Hons) from the Institute for Management Development in Switzerland, a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University.
Group General Manager
Brian specialises in providing practical strategic guidance to Energetics resource clients to help them prepare for the many energy and carbon challenges ahead. With a first class Honours degree in mechanical (materials) Engineering, Brian also has qualifications in HR, Marketing and Finance and has been active in the international materials and chemicals business for over a decade. Brian has experience across a range of sectors ranging from mining, minerals extraction, chemicals, manufacturing, advanced materials, energy and environmental technologies.
Jon has been a leading figure in Australia and internationally in the field of energy and carbon management for over 30 years. In 1984 he founded Energetics, which employs some of Australia’s leading experts to consult to the nation’s largest energy users on ways to reduce their greenhouse emissions and improve energy efficiency. He is also the Chairman of the Australian Alliance to Save Energy, which is well known for its annual Summer Study on Energy Efficiency. Jon is a chemical engineer by training with a masters degree in energy technology. Jon has been selected as one of the 100 most influential engineers in Australia, and in recent months he was announced as one of the top 25 “carbon cutters” by Crikey, and by WME as a Sustainability Leader in Energy and Carbon.
American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy
Skip Laitner has 40 years of involvement in the environmental and energy policy arenas. He focuses on developing a more robust technology and behavioral characterization of energy efficiency resources for use in energy and climate economic policy models. He joined ACEEE in 2006. Prior to joining ACEEE, Skip worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Senior Economist for Technology Policy. In 1998 Skip was awarded EPA's Gold Medal for his work with a team of EPA economists to evaluate the impact of different strategies that might assist in the implementation of greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies. In 2003 he received an award from the US Combined Heat and Power Association for contributions to the policy development of that industry. He is the author of more than 250 reports, journal articles, and book chapters. Skip earned a Master of Arts degree in Resource Economics from Antioch University.
Expertise: Benefit-cost assessments; Behavioral assessments; Macroeconomic impacts of climate and energy policy scenarios.
|Dr Howard Lovatt|
Team Leader Electrical Machines
Biography to follow.
Group Director of Strategy and Communication
Barry Lynham is Group Director for Strategy and Communication at Knauf Insulation having responsibility for Group Strategy, Global Public and Regulatory Affairs, Communications and Sustainability. As part of this role, Barry also leads Knauf Insulation's Global Financial Task Force. Previous to joining Knauf Insulation, Barry worked as Director of Climate and Energy at The Centre, a Brussels-based consultancy and think-tank and before this at Fleishman-Hillard, a global public affairs consultancy. He started his career working at the European Commission, DG Environment, where he was responsible for drafting legislation on CO2 from cars. Barry studied English and French law at University.
Green Building Council of Australia
Romily's full biography can be read here
Department of Industry
Victorian Automobiles Chamber of Commerce
Mark is an experienced transport professional with particular expertise in evaluating the economic and environmental performance of alternative fuels and alternative vehicle technologies for road transport, and in development of greenhouse strategy, both in Australia and overseas. In his current role he is general manager of commercial services with the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce; he also runs his own transport consultancy, KeyPath Consulting, where he is the founder and managing director. In his previous career he worked as a senior manager with the NRMA Group of Companies before, in 2005, starting his own business, Rare Consulting, which established itself as a respected specialist consultancy recognised nationally for its advice on transport and environmental solutions. The business was sold to Pitt & Sherry in 2011. Mark is an accomplished public speaker and workshop facilitator and has addressed a large number of national and international forums. In consultancy roles he has worked with a range of clients including corporate businesses, governments and public sector organisations. He is a member of ClimateWorks Australia’s expert advisory panel (transport) and is chairman of both Standards Australia committees EL062 (smart grids) and EVO-001 (electric vehicles). He holds a BCE in transport & environment from the University of Technology, Sydney, and an MBA (business strategy & new ventures) from Charles Sturt University.
Lord Mayor of Sydney
Clover Moore is currently serving her third term as the Lord Mayor of Sydney and is the first popularly elected woman to lead the City of Sydney. Ms Moore also represents Sydney at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network established to address global warming. Under Ms Moore’s leadership, the Sustainable Sydney 2030 initiative was developed to improve Sydney’s environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability. The 2030 plan particularly focuses on reducing emissions, using alternative energy and diversifying transport for the city. Ms. Moore joins the Forum to speak on how the City of Sydney has been building business partnerships for energy efficiency and what these trends mean for energy users and providers, the economy, and the environment as part of the session ‘Commercial sector energy productivity’.
Ms Moore’s full biography can be read here.
National Transport Commission
Frank Muller is an independent director with a 38-year career in environmental, energy and land use policy in Australia and the United States in government, universities, private consulting and the community sector. He recently completed a 5 ½ year term as Commissioner of the National Transport Commission and is a Non-Executive Director of Australia’s leading consumer organization Choice. Frank previously headed climate change policy in the NSW Government and, during the 1990s, directed policy research at the University of Maryland’s Center for Global Change in Washington, advising the United Nations, the Clinton Administration, US state governments and several developing countries. He has a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Energy Efficiency Council
Rob Murray-Leach is the CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), the peak body for energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is one of the fastest growing sectors of the world economy, with HSBC estimating that global revenue from energy efficiency more than doubled between 2008 and 2009 to reach $164 billion. Rob joins Beyond Zero's Anthony Daniele to talk about emissions abatement, demand response, efficient appliances and the effects of the recently introduced carbon price on energy efficiency policies.
Rob has an extensive background in climate change, energy, transport and sustainability, as an author on the Garnaut Climate Change Review and senior policy expert in the South Australian Government. His academic background from Oxford and Adelaide focused on behaviour and sustainability, and he has contributed to a number of texts in this field.
Chair of Australian Food and Grocery Council
Managing Director of Simplot Ltd.
Terry O’Brien joined the J. R. Simplot Company in 1995 when Simplot Australia was acquired from Pacific Dunlop and was appointed Managing Director of Simplot Australia in 2001. Prior to 2001 he was Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer. He is a qualified accountant and has a post graduate qualification in banking and finance and is a Fellow of both CPA Australia and the Institute of Company Directors.
Terry is presently Chairman of the Australian Food and Grocery Council and has represented the food industry on the Federal Government’s Food Processors Industry Steering Group and the National Food Policy Working Group.
Prior to joining Simplot he had two years with the Pacific Dunlop Food Division, had nine years of financial and managerial experience with Cadbury Schweppes plus nine years experience in the textile industry. Terry also participates in strategic and managerial activities for the global JR Simplot Company being a member of the Company’s global senior leadership team.
Director, Policy and Advocacy
NSW Business Chamber
Paul is Director, Policy and Advocacy at NSW Business Chamber. He leads teams responsible for defining and representing to all levels of government NSW Business Chamber’s public policy positions aimed at maximising business competitiveness for its members. Also reporting to Paul are teams providing workplace advice to members and specialist advocacy/business development services to defence industry members. Prior to joining NSW Business Chamber, Paul worked in roles within the NSW Government, including leading a communications team and providing policy advice at the then Department of Business and Consumer Affairs. While with the Department, he spent 12 months as a business development manager with a major bank. He has also worked as Private Secretary, including providing policy advice to a NSW Government Minister and provided policy advice in the NSW Cabinet Office, and as an assistant private secretary within the office of the then Premier. Paul has economics and accounting qualifications.
Environmental Policy Manager
As a recent (1 year) addition of Toyota Motor Corporation Australia (TMCA)'s Environment Policy team, Riccardo works on various matters including policy development and trial programs concerning future sustainable mobility initiatives. Prior to TMCA, Riccardo worked on sustainable mobility projects in the commercial and passenger vehicle spaces spanning advanced aerodynamic development for the US DoE Supertruck program, aerothermal development at Tesla Motors and Intelligent Transport System research.
|with Rob Passey|
Australian PV Institutute
Rob is a Senior Research Associate with CEEM, as well as Project Manager, IT Power (Australia), and a casual academic with the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW. He focuses on policy research and analysis, particularly renewable energy, distributed generation, energy efficiency and emissions trading. Specific interests include market mechanisms to reduce greenhouse emissions, increase uptake of low emission technologies and drive energy efficiency; distributed generation and its integration into electricity networks, including smart grids; electric vehicles and their impact on electricity networks; technical assessments of low emissions technologies; and the characteristics of end-user decision-making relevant to uptake of distributed energy. More information on Rob can be read here
|Adjunct Prof. Alan Pears|
Alan's full biography can be read here
Minerals Council of Australia
Brendan Pearson has been Chief Executive of the Minerals Council of Australia since January 2014, having served as Deputy Chief Executive of the MCA from 2007-2012. Prior to re-joining the MCA, Brendan was Vice President of Government Relations and Corporate Affairs at Peabody Energy from February 2012 to December 2013. From 2006-2007, Brendan served as a senior officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade including as Assistant Secretary of the Environment Branch and as Lead Negotiator on Services and Intellectual Property negotiations as part of the Doha Round of global trade negotiations. From 1999 to 2005 Brendan was a senior writer for the Australian Financial Review serving as that newspaper’s Tokyo-based North Asia correspondent from January 2002 to August 2004. From 1999 to 2002, Brendan covered trade policy issues for the AFR in the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Canberra. From 1996 to 1999, Brendan served as Counsellor (Trade Policy) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC following three years working on the formative years of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation forum in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra. Brendan has a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and an Honours degree in Politics and History from the Australian National University.
|Professor Deo Prasad|
CRC for Low Carbon Living
Scientia Professor Dr Deo Prasad is an international authority on sustainable buildings and cities and among the leading advocates for sustainability in Australia. Deo won the 2006 Royal Australian Institute of Architect’s National Education Award for contribution to ‘sustainability education, research and design’. In 2004 he won the NSW State Government’s individual GreenGlobe Award for ‘showing leadership and commitment to the supply of renewable energy’. He has also won the Federal Government’s national award for ‘outstanding contribution to energy related research’. He is a regular contributor to debate in this area in local and international media. Deo sits on numerous Boards and Committees in this field in Australia and abroad. Deo has been Director of the UNSW Centre for a Sustainable Built Environment (SOLARCH), which has been Australia’s leading research group in sustainable buildings for the 20 years. He has been teaching sustainability courses within the Faculty of the Built Environment at UNSW. He introduced the faculty’s Masters in Built Environment (sustainable development) program and has been its director since. Deo has published in excess of 220 key publications in this field and graduated 20 PhDs as supervisor.
Director of Resource Sustainability
Stefan is the Director of the Resource Efficiency Division at Sustainability Victoria. He is responsible for the delivery of resource efficiency programs and expert advice in the areas of business, industry, buildings and households. Holding Masters Degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design Stefan is also a leading advocate of best practice sustainability in the built environment combining technical expertise with practical experience as architect in Australia and Europe. He has taken a lead role in a number of award winning buildings and contributed to the development of building rating tools. Stefan is the technical expert for sustainability on the Victorian Government Architect’s Design Review Panel (VDRP), a green building building assessment chair, the Victorian representative on the Steering Committee of the National Australian Built Environment Rating System and the Australian Executive Committee Member in the International Energy Agency EBC program.
Transport for NSW
Biography to Follow
|Dr Nicholas Regan|
Technical Manager - Australia International Division
COFELY Australia Pty Limited & GDF SUEZ Energy Services
After serving a trade apprenticeship with British Gas, Nick spent 14 years working in the UK Gas Industry holding roles concerned with client side plant and systems as well as projects involved with updating the UK gas grid infrastructure. In 2003, Nick returned to school to complete his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of Sussex, and then followed this with a PhD also in Engineering from the Thermo-Fluids and Mechanics Research Centre, also at from the University of Sussex. His PhD research, sponsored by and working in partnership with Rolls-Royce PLC, was an experimental research programme involving the characterisation of multiphase flows which can occur in gas turbine engines. His research played an important role in informing new engine design rules. Nick joined GDF SUEZ in 2010 within the Energy Services business line (COFELY) as a Sustainability Engineer, with a remit of sustainable energy delivery and with a particular focus on UK district energy schemes, carrying out feasibility studies for local authorities and providing a balance of technical engineering with commercial knowledge. Following a series of secondment assignments in Australia, Nick transferred permanently to COFELY Australia last year as Technical Manager.
|Dr. Peter Rickwood|
Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS
Dr Rickwood is a computer scientist with a background in mathematical modelling and scientific programming. He was awarded the university medal in Computer Science from the University of New South Wales in 2000, and has worked at major scientific research institutions in Australia (UNSW, DSTO, CSIRO, ANU, and UTS).
Peter has a PhD in urban analysis/modelling, and has used his analytical and programming skills in a wide range of disciplines, from bioacoustics to geophysics and urban transport modelling. His recent focus has been on urban analysis, including urban transport, urban housing, water and energy use.
Peter has extensive experience in both academia and commercial mathematical consulting. His more recent commercial experience includes extensive statistical analysis of electricity data, including Endeavour Energy's Smart Meter data (covering Blacktown Solar Cities Trials and Western Sydney Pricing Trials), statistical monitoring/evaluation of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage's Home Power Saving Program, and the Queensland Government's Climate Smart Homes Program. The last two were the largest energy efficiency programs in Australia (>$100 million).
In a scientific/research setting, Peter worked at the Centre for Advanced Data Inference (ANU) managing and analysing very large (terabyte) scientific data-sets, and developing simulation models of earth-quakes. Dr Rickwood taught Transport, Land Use and Environment to undergraduate and graduate planners at UNSW in 2012.
Further information can be found HERE.
|The Hon. Anthony J Roberts MA (Comms) MP|
Minister for Resources and Energy, and Special Minister of State
The Hon Anthony Roberts MP is the Minister for Resources and Energy, and Special Minister of State in the NSW Government. In his role of Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister Roberts is responsible for delivering the NSW Government’s priorities for growth under NSW 2021 by developing the NSW resource and energy sectors. Minister Roberts will join us during the Forum’s opening discussion of Energy Productivity in the U.S. and Australia – Shared Challenges and Opportunities. Full biography details can be read here
|The Hon. Tom Roper|
Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
The Hon. Tom Roper currently lives in Melbourne after eleven years overseas – Ottawa, London, New York - and has been involved in environmental policy at all levels – local to international. Since his retirement, after 21 years in the Victorian Parliament (Australia), he has been an active Board Member of the Washington DC based Climate Institute, Global Urban Development and Greenfleet (Australia), an advisor to government, business and NGO’s on sustainability issues and an Honorary Life Member of the Metropolis Association. He provides briefings on climate change developments and green building issues to governments at all levels and is a frequent conference presenter and participant on the impacts of climate change. He is the Project Director of the Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative which provides assistance to Small Island States seeking to introduce renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, a contributor to the Pacific Power Association and an Observer in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) SE Asia and Pacific Advisory Committee. During his ten years as a senior Government Minister his portfolios included Treasury, Planning and Environment, Health, Transport, Aboriginal Affairs, and Employment and Higher Education. He was the Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Assembly. He was appointed to the Board of RenewablesSA by the Premier, Mike Rann, is a Senior Fellow of Melbourne University’s Australian Centre for Science, Innovation and Society, the Chair of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and Chair of the NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) Stakeholders Advisory Committee and of the Commonwealth Government Tax Breaks for Green Buildings Roundtable, Member of the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure.
|Mr Michael Scott|
Michael Scott is a graduate of the University of Queensland with Bachelor degrees in Science and Commerce. He is currently completing a Doctorate of Philosophy with the W.H. Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre. His research is examining the financial impact of energy-efficiency, emission pricing and pre-concentration on the optimal cut-off grade strategy for production of a low-grade, Cu-Au deposit. Michael is also a technical specialist with CRC ORE examining the economic potential of Grade Engineering solutions at new and existing projects.
Senior Technical Executive, Energy Utilization
Electric Power Research Institute
Omar Siddiqui directs EPRI’s applied research and development portfolio in energy efficiency and demand response, including technology assessment and demonstration and analytical studies of resource potential, valuation, environmental impacts, customer behavior, and smart grid applications. Mr. Siddiqui leads EPRI’s team of engineers, technologists, and economists to accelerate the advancement of energy efficient technologies into programs and markets and to help power companies and governments integrate energy efficiency and demand response into resource planning. Mr. Siddiqui has managed prominent studies estimating national and regional potentials for energy efficiency, peak demand reduction, and carbon reduction from end-use technologies, smart grid applications, and end-to-end efficiency strategies. He has also led work in the development of functional specifications for demand response-ready appliances and modelling the carbon emissions impact of energy efficiency programs.
|Assoc. Prof Rod Simpson|
Urban Design Director
University of Sydney
In 2007–2008 Professor Simpson led the urban design and spatial planning for the Sustainable Sydney 2030 Strategy. He is also a member of the UrbanGrowth NSW project review panel and board member of Sydney Living Museums.
Before joining ClimateWorks in September 2009 as its first full-time staff member, Anna worked in London’s carbon markets, as Vice President at Climate Change Capital – a specialist investment manager and advisor dedicated to raising and deploying capital for low carbon activities. Previously in Australia, Anna’s career included senior policy adviser for the Victorian Deputy Premier, investment banker in Macquarie Bank’s energy and utilities team, and solicitor with the national corporate law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Anna also served on the board of Amnesty International Australia from 2000-2006 in roles including National Treasurer and Victorian President, and was a director of the Big Issue Australia including founding committee member for the Homeless Soccer World Cup in Melbourne. Anna is a director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and a trustee of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund. She is a past director of the Carbon Market Institute and the Linking Melbourne Authority. She was also a member of the Australian Government’s Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Board, and NGO Roundtable on Climate Change. She holds First Class Honours Degrees in Commerce and Law from Monash University, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Australian Energy Market Commission
Mr Smith was appointed AEMC Chief Executive in August 2013. He joined the AEMC in September 2010 as Senior Director, Strategy and Economic Analysis. In that role Paul was responsible for continuing to improve the quality of the AEMC’s economic analysis, developing Strategic Priorities for energy market development and was a member of the senior management team. Paul has worked as a regulatory and competition economist focused on the European energy sector for 14 years. Before joining the AEMC Paul worked at a UK-based consultancy, Cambridge Economic Policy Associates (CEPA). At CEPA he worked extensively on network regulation issues and frameworks for economic regulation across a range of regulated sectors Prior to that he worked for six years at the UK energy regulator, Ofgem, where he fulfilled a number of roles including retail price regulation and market reviews, competition policy, security of supply and wholesale market surveillance. Paul also worked for three years at Postcomm (the UK postal sector regulator) to complete the first full price control review of Royal Mail. He holds a degree in Economics and Politics from Bristol University.
CEEC Board member and General Manager, Consulting at Energetics
Mary is the General Manager Consulting for Energetics, Australia’s largest specialist energy and carbon consultancy. Through the various positions she has held with Energetics over nine years with them she has worked on many Australian mine sites across all aspects of energy and carbon management from site assessments to corporate reporting and audit. This experience means that she can readily build the business case for energy efficiency in comminution, and understands the role that this plays in reducing Australian and Global energy consumption. She has nearly twenty years’ experience in decision making for sustainable development. She was part of the bid team which successfully gained funding for the Centre for Sustainable Resource Processing (CSRP) and managed its program 1 for four years. Her experience on site and at corporate level has been invaluable to mining and industrial clients who routinely seek her opinion on developing and implementing large scale programs ranging from energy efficiency and carbon mitigation to reporting and audit. Mary is a recognised international expert on Life Cycle Assessment as it applies to resources; she was Chief Rapporteur on LCA for the MMSD project. She is also an expert in developing carbon footprints and carbon neutral positions. She sits on the editorial board of the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, was a member of the AusIMM’s Sustainability Committee and its Energy and Climate Change sub-committee, is on the peer review panel for The Journal of Industrial Ecology and has completed peer reviews of large, international LCIs. She has a BSc (Chem Eng) from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a PhD from the University of Cape Town.
Emissions Reduction Fund Taskforce at the Department of the Environment
Maya Stuart-Fox is the Assistant Secretary in the Emissions Reduction Fund Taskforce at the Department of the Environment. Ms Stuart-Fox is responsible for coordination of the White Paper on the design of the Emissions Reduction Fund. Ms Stuart-Fox was previously the Assistant Secretary of the Carbon Farming Policy Branch and oversaw the development and implementation of the Carbon Farming Initiative.
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Property Council of Australia
Peter's full biography can be read here
Department of Industry
David Walker is the General Manager, Appliance Energy Efficiency Branch, Department of Industry, and the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Regulator. In these roles, David leads on the development of new and improved minimum energy standards and labels for appliances and equipment as Chair the Energy Efficiency Equipment Program, a joint Commonwealth, states and territories, and New Zealand initiative. As the GEMS Regulator, David is responsible for the implementation of the GEMS Act 2012, which came into effect on 1 October 2012. David has advised the government on domestic and international energy and greenhouse issues since 2005. He was previously responsible for domestic and international heritage policy in the Department of the Environment, and was a diplomat for 10 years with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with postings to Mauritius, South Africa and France. David has a BA in Modern Asian Studies, Griffith University, and has undertaken postgraduate study in International Law at the ANU.
Australian PV Institutute
Muriel Watt is Chair of the Australian PV Institute, Head, Energy Policy & Photovoltaics for renewable energy consulting company IT Power Australia, and a part-time Senior Lecturer in the School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of NSW. She holds the positions of Australian representative on the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency Photovoltaics Power Systems Programme and member of the Australian Enterprise Connect Clean Technology Advisory Committee. Muriel has worked in government energy agencies, private companies and universities on energy related matters since 1980. She has maintained a strong focus on renewable energy research, development, technologies, deployment and policies.
Head of Sustainable Real Estate
Prior to her appointment as Head of Sustainability for LJ Hooker in July 2011, Ms Weldon was contracted as Project Manager for the latest edition of The LJ Hooker Way, a revitalised business operations manual for LJ Hooker offices. Ms Weldon has over 25 years’ experience in areas as diverse as strategic and creative management, marketing and business development, systems development, event management, design, publishing and production both nationally and internationally driving innovation and problem solving across many industries. Prior to joining LJ Hooker, Ms Weldon was Creative Director and General Manager of the sports marketing company Ocean Events International Pty Ltd, Publishing Director for the Couran Cove Environmental Research Trust, Marketing Director for the start-up venture capital firm TiNSHED Corporation. Her passion to support young creative and social entrepreneurs and develop their business and communication skills has led her to an ongoing relationship with Vibewire Youth Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Dip Ed) and a Graduate Diploma in Linguistics, from Macquarie University.
Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, APAC
Adam Welsh leads regulatory affairs for Asia Pacific at Opower. Adam is responsible for Opower’s engagement with regulators and government agencies and furthering the residential energy efficiency discussion in the region. Prior to joining Opower, Adam was a public affairs and strategy consultant to governments and corporations in Asia Pacific for more than 9 years. His work with governments in the region involved climate change and energy sector policy, government reform programs, and work with the agency set up to facilitate post-tsunami recovery in Aceh. Adam lives in Singapore with his wife and daughter. He holds an MA in Southeast Asian politics and economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.
|Prof. Stuart White|
Institute of Sustainable Futures, UTS
Stuart's full biography can be read here
|Dr. Alex Wonhas|
CSIRO's Energy Flagship
Dr Alex Wonhas has been the Director of the CSIRO’s Energy Flagship since 2009. The Energy Flagship brings together about 800 researchers across CSIRO in the areas of oil and gas exploration, coal mining, alternative fuels, low emissions technologies including CCS and renewable energy, electricity grid operations and energy efficiency. The Flagship’s $120m p.a. project portfolio aims to enhance the value Australia derives from its vast energy resources while enabling the transition to a lower emissions energy future. In his capacity as the Energy Flagship Director, Dr Wonhas has been instrumental in shaping the future direction of its research program. He has also been the driving force behind the establishment of nationally relevant projects, such as the Future Grid Forum, which brings together key stakeholders from industry and government across the whole energy value chain with the aim of increasing the productivity of our energy system. In addition to a strong academic R&D background, Dr Wonhas also possesses a deep understanding of the private sector, especially in resources and energy. In his former position as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, Dr Wonhas spent several years advising national and international energy and resources companies on questions of strategy and operations. He was also one of the co-authors of McKinsey’s carbon abatement cost curve for Australia. Dr Wonhas also serves on a range of energy-related advisory committees and boards including the Australian National Low emissions Coal Council, The Australian Solar Institute, the Energy and Minerals Institute of the University of Western Australia, and the Federal Government’s Energy White Paper Reference Group. Alex's full biography can be read here
Lead U.S. White House Advisor on Energy and Climate Change (2009-2013)
Heather's full biography can be read here