2016 Summer Study on Energy Productivity
Lana Assaf
Senior Associate
ANZ Infrastructure & Environment | Jacobs
Lana has over 14 years’ experience in the environmental industry, with over 10 years’ environmental planning experience within Transport for NSW and has worked on major infrastructure projects for rail, roads and ports. Lana has had extensive involvement in the planning, design, delivery and operational phases of passenger transport projects. Working closely with clients, regulators and engineering teams to establish and deliver project environmental objectives, including legislative requirements. Prior to that Lana was the National Safety and Environment Manager for Infigen Energy, an ASX listed utility scale renewable energy company, which is a developer, owner and operator of renewable energy assets. Lana is an Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia Accredited Professional and holds an MSc and BSc (Hons).
Steven Beletich
Beletich Associates
Steven Beletich manages the International Energy Agency's 4E Electronic Devices and Networks Annex (EDNA), which focuses on the energy efficiency opportunities presented by network-connected devices. He is also involved in coordinating the G20 Networked Devices Initiative, as well as the newly-formed government/industry platform for policy development in this area - the ""Connected Devices Alliance"". Steven is a key architect of the phase-out of incandescent lamps in Australia, and conceived the commercial lighting method of the NSW Energy Savings Scheme, now emulated in Victoria and in the national Emissions Reduction Fund.
Paolo Bevilacqua
General Manager, Sustainability
Frasers Property Australia
Paolo has 15 years experience in the property industry and is currently Frasers Property Australia’s General Manager, Sustainability. Prior to his role at Frasers Property, Paolo was with Lend Lease for 11 years undertaking various roles within the field of sustainability. Paolo is a member of the PCA National Sustainability Roundtable and Green Star Steering Committee, Chair of the Green Star Experience & Skills Advisory Group, and a Director of the Living Future Institute of Australia.
Martina Blum
Energy Expert
City of Zurich
The city of Zurich is the pioneer for the implementation of the 2000 Watt society in Switzerland and Martina is perfectly placed to share what implementing the 2000 Watt concept in a real world city actually means. Martina Blum is energy expert with the Energy Officer of the City of Zurich. She is in charge of the Energy Master Plan and the Report on Energy Policy of the City of Zurich. In addition, she is the city’s coordinator for the European Energy Award. Martina Blum studied environmental engineering and ecological economics at Munich University of Applied Sciences, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA, USA) and the University of Edinburgh where she graduated in 1999. Previously she has been working for the UNESCO Venice Office, INFRAS consulting, Swiss Re and AXA. From 2009-2013 she served on the advisory board of the Swiss Climate Foundation.
Martin Bornholdt
Managing Director and Member of the Board
DENEFF – German Business Initiative for Energy Efficiency
Martin Bornholdt, 35, is managing director and member of the board of Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz e.V. – DENEFF (German Business Initiative for Energy Efficiency). DENEFF is the strong voice of around 120 frontrunning companies representing the energy efficiency industry in Germany. Martin Bornholdt holds a university degree in marketing & business communication and during his career he has been working with international companies like Siemens, Deutsche Börse and Deutsche Telekom. Before co-founding DENEFF he was a senior consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Sarah Boucaut
Executive Officer
CEEC International Ltd
Sarah Boucaut was appointed the Executive Officer of CEEC International Ltd in 2011. A senior executive with experience in global business development and marketing, Sarah has held regional roles in the mining, telecommunications, apparel and medical sectors; and she lived and worked in South East Asia for 12 years. Sarah holds a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School.
Ric Brazzale
Managing Director
Green Energy Trading
Ric Brazzale is Managing Director of Green Energy Trading (GET) and has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy sector. GET is one of the largest environmental certificate creators in Australia and is active across renewable energy and energy efficiency markets. Prior to establishing GET in 2007, Ric headed the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), now the Clean Energy Council, and a leading advocate for renewable energy and energy efficiency markets in Australia. Before this, Ric worked in a number of business development and finance roles with Fletcher Challenge Energy, John Holland and Woodside Petroleum. Ric is also Director of Green Energy Markets and is President of the REC Agents Association and a Director of the Energy Efficiency Certificate Creators Association.
Jennifer Brook
Research Director
Ipsos Public Affairs
Jennifer is a Research Director at Ipsos Public Affairs. Her work typically involves qualitative and quantitative research investigating community attitudes, perceptions and behaviours in relation to an array of topics. These topics include sustainability; public transport use and infrastructure; climate change; energy; water use; natural resource management; planned burning; and emergency communications. Recently Jennifer managed a large study on behalf of ARENA that researched public knowledge and attitudes towards utility-scale solar projects. The project adopted a social licence to operate framework in order to understand the drivers and barriers to the acceptability of utility-scale solar installations. She regards herself as a geographer by training and has a Masters in International Development and Environmental Analysis.
Tim Buckley
Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia
Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEFFA)
Tim Buckley has 25 years of financial market experience, covering both Australian, Asian and global equity investments. Tim spent 17 years with Citigroup culminating in his role as Managing Director, Head of Australasian Equity Research. Tim undertakes financial analysis and uses new financial information to model and explain the current market transition.
Brian F Byrne
Manager, Energy Efficiency Compliance, Appliance Energy Efficiency Branch
Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science
Brian Byrne has over 28 years of law enforcement experience specialising in areas such as major fraud, corruption, organised crime, counter-terrorism, and compliance, with agencies such as the Australian Federal Police, the Western Australian Anti-Corruption Commission, and several Australian Government departments including the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and more recently as Manager, Energy Efficiency Compliance at the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science.
Kateri Callahan
US Alliance to Save Energy
Through the US Alliance to Save Energy, Kateri Callahan is a powerful global champion of energy efficiency. The Alliance is a non-partisan, non-government organization established in 1977 and headquartered in Washington, D.C.. Under Kateri’s leadership since 2004, the Alliance conducts policy, communications, research, education and market transformation initiatives. With 25 years of experience in policy advocacy, fundraising, coalition building and organizational management, Kateri has established the Alliance as a premier advocate to advance energy efficiency for a healthier economy, cleaner environment and greater energy security. Kateri is also a board member at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 21st Century Energy Institute.
Catherine Caruana-McManus
Director - Smart Cities & IoT
Giant Ideas Pty Ltd
Catherine Caruana-McManus is the founder of Giant Ideas, a digital transformation firm and is a non-Executive Director for Meshed (www.meshed.com.au), an Internet of Things & Big Data integration company. Catherine has just launched an independent global community on facebook called “Smartcities IoT” which promotes the advancement of smart cities, IoT and renewable energy. Prior to Giant Ideas, Catherine was the Director of IBM’s Smarter Cities business for over 6 years and has held other senior positions with MC2 Consulting, PMP New Media Limited and Telstra. Catherine has launched many successful internet businesses such as Australia’s first real estate portal, whereis.com and whitepages.com.au. Some of her most notable digital planning projects include the 2000 Sydney Olympics and Telstra’s mobile and broadband networks. Recently, Catherine was recognised by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s as one of Australia’s leading thinkers and innovators in building Australia as a Knowledge Nation. Catherine is an Advisory Council Member of SMART Infrastructure at the University of Wollongong and a Member of the Technical Advisory Council for AURIN. Catherine is a passionate advocate for the adoption of STEM by young Australians and is an Ambassador for Whitelion Foundation – Youth at Risk. Catherine holds qualifications in urban planning, economics and management and is currently completing post graduate studies in finance.
Andrew Chamberlin
Project Manager, Energy
Queensland Farmers' Federation
Andrew is currently working with Queensland Farmers' Federation to deliver the Energy Savers Plus Program helping farmers to improve energy productivity. He is also a program advisor and business coach for Queensland's ecoBiz Program. Through his own business Limebranch, Andrew consults on efficiency and sustainability to businesses and industry associations, including the Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia. Andrew has been working with businesses on sustainability for over 20 years including: as a Town Planning Consultant; the Head of Development at a British Wind Energy Business; and most recently in leading the feasibility study into a Brisbane CBD District Cooling System.
Craig Chambers
Market Sector Director - Power Generation
Craig has responsibility for AECOM’s Power Generation and Renewable business across Australia. He has over 18 years experience in the electricity and gas industry in Australia, Asia and the USA. Craig has in-depth knowledge of financing, designing, managing and commercially evaluating energy projects from concept to operation. He has provided companies advice on strategy, policy, regulatory compliance, due diligence, project development, technical design and construction delivery. Recently, Craig has completed thought leading reports for Infrastructure Australia, Australian Government Departments and Industry clients contemplating the impacts of disruptive distributed energy resources, (such as energy storage, renewables, electric vehicle etc.) on future electricity market paradigms. He has particular insight into the technical, regulatory and commercial impacts of these technologies. Craig also holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Diploma in Sustainable Development and has also completed a Masters of Engineering.
Sarea Coates
Manager, Energy Efficiency Policy and Engagement
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Biography to follow
0Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell MLA
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, ACT
Simon Corbell MLA is the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for the Environment and Climate Change in the ACT. He has been a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly since 1997 representing the electorate of Molonglo. Simon is a strong advocate for the role of cities in the new climate economy and has championed the development of a comprehensive climate policy agenda for Canberra, encompassing abatement, mitigation and adaptation actions. Canberra has the strongest carbon abatement target of any city in Australia, with a binding 40% reduction in emissions and a 90% renewable energy target by 2020. He was responsible for the first large scale feed-in tariff law in Australia, which supports generation scale solar and wind projects. His leadership in driving energy change in the territory has led to the development of what at the time was Australia's largest solar PV project, the 20MW Royalla solar farm. Two further solar projects are currently under development in the ACT and three wind farms totalling 200MW of generation capacity are under development around Australia. A reverse auction is currently being finalised for another 200MW capacity and policies are in place to support the growth of battery storage. The ACT’s large scale feed-in tariff law won the 2014 Australian Banksia Gold Award for Sustainability Leadership. Simon is also implementing a range of energy efficiency programs through energy efficiency assessments and upgrades that will assist 70,000 Canberra households to reduce their energy demand, with a particular focus on low income families. He is also responsible for the development of Canberra's first urban light rail project, Capital Metro, which is central to reducing Canberra's high level of car dependency. Simon was a presenter at the 3rd Global Green Growth Forum hosted by the Danish Government and was invited to participate in the 4th Nobel Laureates Symposium on Global Sustainability convened by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the Asia Society Hong Kong. He holds qualifications in Communications from the University of Canberra. Simon also holds portfolio responsibilities as Attorney General, Minister for Health, Minister for Capital Metro and Minister for Police and Emergency Services.
Adam Crabb
Sales & Marketing Manager
GE Grid Solutions – Automation
An Electrical Engineer with over 20 year experience in wide range of fields and aspects within the Electricity Industry.  Proven track record of success built through experience and project delivery within electricity utility and private industry, culminating in personal success, member and leader of high  performance teams. 
Dr David Crossley
Managing Director
Energy Futures Australia Pty Ltd
David Crossley has 41 years international experience in the energy sector, providing advice on sustainable energy policy and programs to governments, regulators, energy companies, industry associations and NGOs. In Australia, during the 1980s David was the inaugural energy planner for the Victorian Government. In the first half of the 1990s, he was the senior executive responsible for demand management and energy efficiency in the NSW electricity utility Pacific Power. In 1992, David wrote the demand side management sections in the National Grid Protocol, the original design for the Australian National Electricity Market (NEM). He coordinated national policy on demand management and energy efficiency in the development of the NEM. In 1996, David was responsible for planning and establishing the NSW Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA), the first government agency in the world with a mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. After establishing SEDA, David set up his own consultancy company, Energy Futures Australia. During the subsequent 20 years he completed more than 70 consultancy projects and over 140 publications for a broad range of clients across five continents. From 2009 to 2015, David was a Senior Advisor with the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), a global, non-profit team of experts focused on the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the electricity sector. David worked with RAP mainly in China where he managed the provision of technical assistance on demand side management and energy efficiency to government, regulators and the electricity industry. David also contributed to RAP's global projects on policies and regulation to increase the sustainability of energy use and supply. David holds a BA from the University of York in the United Kingdom, an MSc from the Australian National University and a PhD from Griffith University in Australia. Currently in semi-retirement, he is studying for a Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Knowledges at Charles Darwin University.
Katy Dean
Director – Advocacy
Green Building Council of Australia
Katy joined the GBCA in August 2010 with experience working on policy development for the Australian Government, most notably with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and the Department of Infrastructure. Katy is responsible for developing and leading communicating the GBCA's advocacy strategy, and developing and communicating policy that drive the uptake of sustainable building practices and the delivery of more liveable, productive, sustainable and resilient communities. Katy engages primarily with the federal, Queensland, New South Wales, Victorian and ACT governments. Katy holds a Bachelor of Recreation Management from Lincoln University, New Zealand.
Dean Economou
Transport Strategist
Dean spans the research, commercial and government sectors, currently working on projects across the Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics and the Digital Economy. He joined NICTA reporting to the CEO to investigate using digital technology in urban environments and to develop Smart Infrastructure technology. He was part of the team which developed NICTA’s R & D services business. He is a frequent keynote speaker and mentor in the Australian start-up community, with considerable experience in the Bay Area (Silicon Valley). He has advised the Australian government on the Internet, Built Environment, Broadband Technology, Smart Infrastructure, Cloud Computing and Digital Engagement. He is NICTA’s representative for Standards Australia and on the ISO Smart Cities Working Group. Dean’s recent work includes Smart Motorway modelling of Sydney’s M4, developing the data strategy for a major transport agency, investigating alternative traffic models for CBD traffic, and being embedded as Business Development Director for NICTA’s cloud tools startup, Yuruware, which was sold to Unitrends USA (reported in the press as over $10m) in 2014. Previously Dean was Director of CSIRO’s Networking Technology Lab where he co-founded of the Centre for Networking Technologies for the Information Economy and later, as Director, attracted an additional $25m in cash and in-kind investment. He joined the Smart Internet Technology CRC in 2005 as Director of Media and Health developing projects in clinical handover, adverse medical event prediction and immersive audio (later sold to Dolby). Dean developed the industry-relevant research program across 22 companies and universities in Media, Health, Government and Finance sectors for the successful $100m Smart Services CRC bid. Key organisations included Fairfax Media, Westpac, Telstra, SAP, Infosys, Sensis, and the NSW and QLD State Governments. During his PhD he co-founded QPSX Communications, his work forming part the IEEE 802.6 standard for Metropolitan Area Networks. As system architect for QPSX and later, Jtec, he developed high speed telecommunications products which were sold to global markets by Alcatel and Siemens. Dean has B.E and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Western Australia (1992) with further studies in High Technology Product Marketing at UC Berkeley (1998) and Customer Focused Innovation (d.school) at Stanford Graduate Business School (2007). He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2006). Out of hours Dean is a fitness boxing trainer, cyclist, paddle boarder and classical singer.
Tristan Edis
Climate Spectator
Tristan Edis is Editor of Climate Spectator, a website that covers the politics of climate change, and the key business parameters: the massive flows of investment expected in coming years and decades, the changing business models, the new technology, and the creation of new markets and investment propositions. The primary focus is on Australia but Climate Spectator also covers international developments of importance. Tristan took up this position at Climate Spectator in February 2012. He has spent over ten years working with business and government in climate change and energy issues. Previously he was a research fellow at the Grattan Institutes's Energy Research Group. He has also held positioins at the Clean Energy Council, Ernst and Young Project Finance Advisory Group, and in government (with the Department of Climate change, formerly Australian Greenhouse Office).
Tim Edwards
Australian Refrigeration Association
Born in Canada but a member of Team Australia since 1989, Tim has worked on four continents and in number of industries including: consumer packaged goods with General Foods and Pepsico, transport with DHL, Qantas and now HVACR with the Australian Refrigeration Association. Tim holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and an MBA. Tim has served as a strategic planning consultant since 2002 with a focus on environmental sustainability. With four children and a granddaughter Tim is quick to remind us that his granddaughter’s life will probably extend to 2100. His passion is ensuring she and her children inherit an environmentally sustainable planet.
Mark Ellis
on Standards & Labelling Appliance Programs
Mark Ellis is an Australian-based consultant who has written handbooks on this issue for the Collaborative on Standards & Labelling Appliance Programs and run compliance workshops for the International Energy Agency.
Anthony Englund
Group Manager, Investment Strategy and Solutions
Anthony Englund is Group Manager, Investment Strategy and Solutions at TransGrid, NSW’s electricity transmission service provider. In this role he leads TransGrid’s strategic decisions in for both network and non-network investments. TransGrid owns and manages one of the largest high voltage transmission networks in Australia, connecting generators, distributors and major end-users in New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and has been delivering electricity to the people of NSW and the ACT for more than 60 years. Anthony has more than 15 years of experience in the electricity sector, with particular expertise in policy and regulation. In 2013, he was awarded the Energy Networks Associations’ Industry Contribution Award in recognition of his ongoing commitment to the industry.
0Dr Sharn Enzinger
Director, Energy Efficiency Energy Policy and Programs
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Victorian Government
Biography to follow.
David Eyre
General Manager, Research & Development
NSW Farmers
David Eyre is General Manager, Research & Development with NSW Farmers where he is leading programs in energy productivity, supply chain logistics, digital QA and product authentication solutions and export market development. As Chair of the agricultural sector working group of the 2xEnergy Productivity campaign, he believes the food and fibre industry can find untapped productivity gains in the areas of heavy vehicle and irrigation efficiency, renewable energy and by optimising supply chain processes. He was previously a Director of the Commonwealth Research & Development Corporation, Land and Water Australia and held senior policy, strategy and information science roles in NSW Government.
Dr Alan Finkel AO
Chief Scientist
Biography to follow shortly.
Chris Forbes
Head of Funds Management in Australia
LaSalle Investment Management
Mr Forbes joined LaSalle in early 2015 as the Head of Funds Management in Australia and is responsible for the strategic oversight of LaSalle's Australian funds and separate accounts bringing over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. Most recently, he managed the A$2.1 billion Charter Hall Core Plus Office Fund, which is regarded as one of the leading unlisted office funds in the Australian market. Mr Forbes is also a director of the trustee board that governs the Australian investment vehicles.
Greg Garvin
Executive General Manager, People Strategy & Stakeholders
Biography to follow
Glenn Geers
Principal Engineer
ARRB Group
Dr Glenn Geers has recently been appointed Principal Engineer, Intelligent Transport Systems at ARRB; Australia's trusted advisor on roads and transport. Glenn has organised a number of international workshops on Computational Transportation Science and he is on the Editorial Board of the journal GeoInformatica. Prior to joining ARRB Glenn worked at NICTA from 2005 to 2015. From April 2011 to July 2015 he was Technology Director Infrastructure Transport and Logistics. Before joining NICTA, he worked on biometrics, image processing and distributed systems at CSIRO and in private industry. Glenn is a member of academic, government and industry transport advisory groups both in Australia and overseas. He is active in promoting the use of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications (DSRC) in Australia and is a member of the National Managed Motorways Working Group, and the AustRoads DSRC Industry Reference Group. He is active in promoting Intelligent Transport Systems activity and is keen supporter of the Melbourne ITS World Congress and he was on the Board of ITS Australia from 2010 to 2015.
Mark Gjerek
mov3ment Pty Ltd
I started my own consultancy, mov3ment, to be part of the great energy transition that will define the coming decade. This shift will be slower and harder for the transport sector, which is where my particular combination of knowledge and experience is best applied.
Wiktoria Glad
Linköping University
Wiktoria Glad is senior lecturer at the Department of thematic studies – Technology and social change at Linköping University, Sweden. Her research interests have to do with the relations between everyday life, technology, planning and sustainability from the perspectives of users and professionals. The recent research projects she has been involved in have focused on the built environment, energy systems and design.
0Gemma Godwin
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Gemma Godwin is from the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and has worked on energy efficiency policy for five years. This work has included energy efficiency policy on water heaters and air conditioners as well as leading the development of the Zoned Energy Rating Label (ZERL). Future implementation of the ZERL is currently being considered through the recently published Consultation Regulation Impact Statement: Air conditioners and Chillers.
Paul Greenop
Head of Portfolio Management
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Paul Greenop leads the Portfolio Management team at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, responsible for managing CEFC’s portfolio of investments in renewables, energy efficiency and low-emissions assets, as well as managing the financial products offered to market through CEFC’s aggregation partnerships with co-financiers. Before joining CEFC’s predecessor Low Carbon Australia in 2010, Paul worked for the Carbon Trust in the UK, managing its energy efficiency programs, focused on delivering expert technical advice to over 3,000 businesses per year. Prior to this, Paul worked for Siemens as a combustion engineer, designing low emissions gas turbines.
Tom Grosskopf
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Tom Grosskopf, Director of the Metropolitan Branch of the Office of Environment and Heritage, is responsible for the delivery of programs that improve the sustainability of the natural, cultural and built environments of the Sydney region as well as state-wide programs for business, household, community and government sustainability. Tom is passionate about creating opportunities that empower people to take action. He has a keen focus on using policies and programs to incentivise positive actions that balance economic, social and environmental outcomes.
Peter Haenke
Senior Manager, Group Sustainability & Environment
Peter is an energy, carbon and sustainability industry professional with 20 years experience in strategy, business development, facilitation and project implementation. Currently, Peter leads NRMA’s thought leadership in the areas of sustainable mobility and fuel security. Prior to NRMA, Peter assisted Origin to establish an Emerging Technologies function to assess and respond to the potential impact of disruptive energy technologies. Prior to that, Peter spent 13 years consulting in the field of energy and carbon management and led the Climate Change & Sustainability practice for Energetics, Australia’s largest specialist energy & climate change consultancy.
Kristian Handberg
Connected Mobility Specialist
New Energy AGL
PRESENTATION TITLE: The Connected Electric Car 

Kristian is the Connected Mobility Specialist at AGL Energy, where he works on design and commercialisation of consumer products based on Electric Vehicles (EVs). He has reached this unique role via an unconventional path, from engine design at GM-Holden, emissions test and regulation at EPA Victoria, transport policy and advice for a series of Victorian Government Ministers and ‘Smart Home’ product and business development for a Melbourne-based start-up. From 2010-13 he designed and delivered the Victorian Electric Vehicle Trial, and in what spare time he has left is finishing of an independent research project on microgrids.
Antonia Harmer
Manager - Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme, Department of Environment and Planning
ACT Government
Antonia Harmer is the Manager of the ACT Government’s Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS). She is responsible for implementing improvements to the scheme, such as introducing new activities, compliance frameworks, increasing third party participation and harmonising with energy efficiency schemes in other jurisdictions. Antonia has been part of the Sustainability and Climate Change Division of the ACT Environment and Planning Directorate for over five years, including managing a low income energy and water efficiency program. Previous roles have also included managing a wide range of community programs at state and national levels in Australia and the UK.
Glenn Harris
Project Manager. Project Akuna
MSF Sugar Limited
Born and grew up in Maryborough, QLD. Primary School – Tinana State. Secondary School – Maryborough State High. Joined Navy in 1989 and attended the Australian Defence Force Academy. Bsc in Maths & Oceanography. Specialized in Hydrographic Surveying and left naval service in 1996. Returned to Maryborough and worked at Walkers/EDI Rail for 7 years in IT and logistics. Moved to Maryborough Sugar Factory/MSF Sugar and have been there since 2005 as Maintenance Support Supervisor in the factory and now Project Manager – Akuna on the farms ($15.5M pivot irrigation upgrade for MSF farming operations on Fraser Coast).
Stanford Harrison
Energy Division, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Stanford Harrison commenced as head of the Commercial Building Disclosure Team in the then Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in March 2012. He is now the Manager, Commercial Buildings Team in the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. He has responsibility for commercial buildings energy efficiency policy and program development as well as the administration of the Commercial Building Disclosure Program, a world leading regulatory program. Stanford is co-chair of the Building Energy Efficiency Taskgroup of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation. Stanford has previously worked with the Department of Health and Ageing and the Victorian Government, and holds a Bachelor of Science from Monash University, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Canberra.
Rachel Hayden
Marrickville Council
Rachel Hayden head's up the Corporate Sustainability team at Marrickville Council and is in charge of implementing Council's Climate Change Strategy. Rachel has implemented a range of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects where measurement and verification is a key focus. She is extremely passionate about achieving sustainable outcomes for the community and loves a bit of detective work when it comes to building performance or resource consumption at Council sites.
Jess Hill
Freelance Investigative Reporter
ABC and The Monthly
Jess Hill is a freelance investigative reporter who regularly contributes to ABC Radio National's Background Briefing and The Monthly. She has reported extensively on the Australian electricity market, with a particular focus on on rising electricity prices, the gold plating of the electricity networks, and the resulting migration of homeowners to solar and battery storage. She has also reported on domestic violence, and in 2015 was awarded three Our Watch Walkley Awards, including the Gold Award for reporting on violence against women.
Adjunct Professor The Hon Robert Hill AC
Adjunct Professor in Sustainability
United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney
The Hon Robert Hill is chancellor of the University of Adelaide and a former Australian senator and ambassador to the United Nations. His long interest in sustainability has led to his serving as the former chairmen of the Australian Carbon Trust and Low Carbon Australia. Chancellor, University of Adelaide Adjunct Professor in Sustainability, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney Chair, Cooperative Research Centre : Low Carbon Living Formerly Chair, Low Carbon Australia Ltd Australian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York, 2006-2009 Minister for Defence , 2002-2006 Minister for the Environment,1996-2002 Senator for South Australia, 1981-2006 Leader of the Government in the Senate, 1996-2006 Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, 1990-1996 Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs 1990-1994, Defence 1994-1995, Education & Science 1995-1996 Immediate Past President, United Nations Association of Australia Member Asia Pacific Board, The Nature Conservancy, Hong Kong Member Advisory Board, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland Member Board of Directors, Karrkad-Kandji Limited, supporting Indigenous Protected Areas in West and Central Arnhem Land Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (University of Adel aide) Master of Laws (University of London) Barrister and Solicitor Resident of Adelaide, Married , Four adult children
Commissioner David Hochschild
California Energy Commission
California has been a world leader on energy efficiency for over 40 years. For the past decade, Commissioner David Hochschild’s has played a key role in this leadership, including in the recent SB350 legislation that committed California to 50% renewable energy and a 50% increase in energy efficiency in existing buildings by 2030. Commissioner Hochschild's was a Special Assistant to San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown when he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings in 2001. He co-founded the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000-member organization advocating for solar policies at the local, state and federal level. He led a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers. In 2007-2008, he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Commissioner Hochschild has been awarded the Sierra Club’s Trailblazer Award, the American Lung Association’s Clean Air Hero Award and the US Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roof True Champion Award.
Angela Hoefnagels
Review Director
Climate Change Authority
Angela Hoefnagels is a Review Director at the Climate Change Authority, the independent body established in 2011 to advise the Australian Government on climate change targets and policies. While with the Authority, she has led work to review Australia’s emissions reduction targets and to consider effective, efficient and equitable emissions reduction policies for sectors including the transport sector. Before joining the Authority, Ms Hoefnagels spent over a decade developing and implementing policy and regulation for the Australian Government, in the communications and transport portfolios.
John Hoekstra
Director of Sustainability
Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services
John Hoekstra leads Schneider Electric’s global sustainability advisory services. As Director of Sustainability, his team is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing energy and sustainability programs with global Fortune 1000 clients, cities, solution providers and market affiliates. Under his leadership, Schneider Electric’s sustainability services team provides a diverse array of strategy, technology and implementation solutions to multiple industry segments including food & beverage manufacturing. His group is well versed in the areas of resource efficiency, renewable energy, distributed generation technologies and energy & sustainability software solutions. In addition to his experience with Schneider Electric, John has experience working in the environmental affairs and corporate governance departments for Dell Computer Corporation and Brown-Forman Corporation as well as process engineering with E.I. DuPont de Nemours. John has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville and is a registered Professional Engineer.
Murray Hogarth
Murray Hogarth is a founding director of digital energy company Wattwatchers. Running Community Energy Networks, his role is to create scalable residential and business networks for energy saving, integrated clean energy solutions, demand management, research, forecasting and more. Murray has advised clients on strategy and communications for 15 years. He worked with Australia’s pioneering specialist sustainability firm Ecos Corporation for nine years (1999-2008), including serving as joint managing partner, consulting to major companies in Australia, the US and Asia. A former Environment Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and ABC-TV Four Corners investigative reporter, Murray also had an award-winning career in journalism extending over more than two decades (1978-1999). He is a regular speaker, writer and commentator on energy, climate and sustainability issues and is the author of The 3rd Degree: Frontline in Australia’s Climate War, published by Pluto Australia in 2007.
0Jack Holden
Sustainability & Social Responsibility Manager
Fonterra Australia Ltd
Biography to follow.
0Katharine Hole
Executive Director, Strategy Policy and Coordination | Division of Resources & Energy
NSW Department of Industry
Biography to follow.
Charlie Hollingsworth
General Manager Asset Management
Teys Australia
Charlie Hollingworth is the General Manager, Asset Management for Teys Australia. Teys are Australia's second largest red meat (beef) processor, with operations in QLD, NSW, VIC and SA, and which include Primary Beef processing facilities, cattle feedlots and further processing facilities. Since 2011, when Teys introduced the first Covered Anaerobic Lagoon (CAL) and Biolac BNR combination into the red meat processing sector, the company has invested in a further three systems, delivering an annual carbon abatement of over 113 000 tonnes and producing renewable energy at the company's four largest operations. Charlie will speak about Teys' investments into onsite biogas generation and use, and touch on some of the future 'opportunity hotspots' for future projects to enhance energy productivity.
Jonathan Holmes
ex Media Watch
Jonathan Holmes, the former presenter of ABC TV's Media Watch, has been a journalist for 35 years.
0Shane Holt
Director, Energy Productivity, Energy Division
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Shane Holt works as a Director in the Energy Productivity Branch within the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. He has almost 20 years' experience in energy efficiency and climate change debates representing Australia on a range of national and international governmental bodies. Recently, he was part of the team advising the Prime Minister on Australia's post 2020 UNFCCC target and he has spent time working for the efficiency unit within the International Energy Agency. He has also been involved in organising, speaking and participating in a range of energy efficiency conferences in Asia, Europe and North America.
Dr Nicholas Howarth
Research Fellow
KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center)
Dr. Nicholas Howarth, an economist with over 10 years’ experience in applied policy issues, is now a member of the KAPSARC team focusing on the intersection of policy and technology. Prior to KAPSARC, he was a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He recently completed his doctoral thesis at Oxford’s School of Geography investigating the links between technological change, energy, climate change and green growth. Before Oxford University, he worked in various roles including as economic advisor to the Australian Environment Minister, in the Federal Department of Finance, and as director of economic policy at the National Farmers' Federation. He recently co-authored and published a book 'Carbon Markets: an international business guide'. Nicholas has a PhD in economic and political geography and MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, as well as a BA in Economics from Adelaide University, Australia.
Nicky Ison
Senior Research Consultant & Associate Member
Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
Nicky Ison is a Senior Research Consultant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF). She is an expert in the field of community energy, specialising in energy policy and governance, energy options assessment and community owned renewable energy. She has extensively researched community energy projects, including undertaking two research projects examining both the technical and governance aspects of community energy projects – The Governance of Community Energy Projects in the UK and Overcoming Technical Knowledge Barriers to Community Energy Projects in Australia. During 2010, Nicky undertook a self-funded study tour of 30 community energy projects and organisations across Europe. While at ISF Nicky has developed a detailed understanding of the working of the National Electricity Market. She was the lead author on the recent National Electricity Market Report Card for the Total Environment Centre and contributed to the Decentralised Energy Roadmap under the CSIRO’s Energy Transformed Flagship. Nicky is highly proficient in stakeholder engagement including workshop design and facilitation, and soft systems methodology and systemic inquiry. She has designed and run workshops and training for a range of ISF projects, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and numerous community organisations across Australia and the UK. In addition to working at ISF, Nicky is Director and founder of the Community Power Agency. Nicky was previously the National Convenor for the Australian Student Environment Network and gained five years’ experience in the student and community climate sector as an advocate, facilitator and organiser.
Geoff James
Energy Storage World Forum
Dr Geoff James is a consultant in clean energy and is respected as a thought leader following 22 years with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). His research and consulting interests included demand management, integrating renewable generation, distribution network evolution, transmission planning, energy market development, and energy storage technology and applications. In 2013 Geoff joined Reposit Power to help commercialise residential energy storage in the Australian market. Since 2015 he is consulting privately and working to build multinational partnerships. His goal is to speed regional progress towards clean electrification through a combination of local energy systems and international clean energy trading.
Matthew Jones
Energy Sector Development Branch, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Matthew Jones is a Project Manager with a background in Government projects across both Federal and Victorian State government. In 2012 he joined the Victorian Government's Energy Sector Development Branch to help deliver the 'Consumer Information and Price Comparison (CIPC) website' project. Since 2012, Matthew has gone on to Manage the outputs of that project, being the Victorian Energy Compare website and superseded My Power Planner website. Through that journey, Matthew has developed a strong understanding of the challenges consumers face, and the lack of knowledge they bring to the table when making decisions about electricity retailers and offers. Matthew is enjoying being part of the electricity industry during its shift to a more engaged and digital space.
Jonathan Jutsen
Australian Alliance to Save Energy
Jonathan is a leader in energy and carbon management. He has provided advice to executive teams and governments internationally and communicated on these topics for 35 years. He is passionate about protecting the environment and improving sustainability and competitiveness of business. Jon founded Energetics in 1984, and it remains a leading energy and climate change consultancy. Jon is the Chairman of The Australian Alliance to Save Energy. The focus of the Alliance is to double Australia's energy productivity by 2030 (2xEP: see www.2xEP.org.au), and A2SE is also famous for its Summer Studies on Energy Productivity (the next one is running late Feb). He is a chemical engineer with a Masters in Energy Technology. He was selected as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia’ and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering. He has been named as Engineer of the Year and received Millenium Medal for his contributions to the field.
Stuart Kane
Commercial Manager
Philips Lighting Australia
Stuart Kane is Philips Lighting Australia’s Commercial Manager for Indoor Connected Lighting Systems and the evangelist for the new paradigm of Value Beyond Illumination. As a customer and end user focussed solution designer, he looks to harness the opportunity of technology by creating a seamless customer experience. Stuart thrives on the challenge of introducing cutting edge innovation and systems before they become mainstream. His career covers system design and implementation for Automated Logistics, Mobile Telephony and now Connected LED lighting. LED Lighting is undergoing a dramatic transformation. No longer is LED just about energy efficiency, it is increasingly being provided to also support Work Place Innovation, Asset Utilisation, Employee Engagement, and Data Analytics.
0Dr Steven Kennedy
Deputy Secretary
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Biography to follow shortly.
Melanie Koener
Consulting Director
Consulting Director, Energeia Melanie has over thirteen years’ consulting experience in the energy and sustainability sectors, including nine years with the global consulting firm Arup and two years at Energeia. Melanie is currently leading Energeia’s Sydney office and in this role has delivered a number of strategic projects across tariff reform, metering strategy, energy forecasting, distributed energy resource technology modelling, business strategy and regulatory review. Over the last year Melanie has worked with two transmission networks, four distribution networks, three retail businesses as well as Commonwealth and state governments in addressing the policy, regulatory and business challenges of technological disruption in Australia’s electricity sector.
Adam Lovell
Executive Director
Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA
Adam Lovell is the Executive Director at the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA). WSAA is the peak body for the urban water industry and its members provide urban water services to over 80% of the Australia’s population. WSAA was formed in 1995 and provides a forum for debate on issues important to the urban water industry. Adam provides national leadership in policy positions for the Australian urban water sector on issues including industry reform, liveable cities, water quality, climate change, customer engagement and asset management. Previous to joining WSAA in 2008, Adam was at Sydney Water for 11 years in leadership roles in the Science, Technology and Research area. Adam currently holds a number of non-executive Board member roles including: the Australian National Centre of Excellence for Desalination, the Global Water Research Coalition and the WateReuse Research Foundation (USA). Adam holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and a Masters of Environmental Engineering Science from the University of Sydney.
Dr Andreas Luzzi
Laros Technologies
Dr Andreas Luzzi can look back to over 30 years of first-hand experience with low-energy buildings and renewable energy technologies. Andreas has held positions as industrial engineer, applied research scientist, consultant, full university professor, and managing director in Europe, the USA and Australia. But potentially of most relevance to this Watt D’Or expert meeting, Andreas has been the director of the Swiss National Institute for Solar Technologies (SPF) and of the Regional Certification Body for Low-E Buildings (Minergie – ‘Passivhaus’ Buildings). Switzerland alone has meanwhile more than 35’000 of such buildings operating. After his return to Australia some 5 years ago, Andreas has co-established LAROS Technologies to implement truly-sustainable energy-positive buildings in this country, too – foremost ‘Passivhaus buildings, being the ultimate in healthy & efficient buildings.
Miriam Lyons
Renewawble Energy Campaigner
Biography to follow.
Dr Lisa McDonald
Manager, Products
Ergon Energy Retail
Lisa is Manager of Products at Ergon Energy Retail. She is responsible for investigating and developing new energy services to provide different energy choices to customers. Lisa formerly worked in the Ergon Network business on developing demand side management programs. Prior to joining Ergon Energy, Lisa was GM of Economic development at Townsville Enterprise, North Queensland’s key regional development organisation.
Gene McGlynn
General Manager, Community Energy Programmes
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Gene McGlynn is General Manager, Energy Programs and manages a range of programs to support small businesses, community groups, councils and low income households to reduce energy use and costs. He also manages the Clean Technology Programmes, facilitates industry participation in the Emissions Reduction Fund, and is involved with the implementation of the National Innovation and Science Agenda. Gene has worked extensively on energy and climate change issues in a range of public service departments, at the OECD in Paris and at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels. He has also worked on integrating environmental and economic perspectives in policy making. Prior to entering the Australian Public Service, Gene worked as an air traffic controller, computer programmer and urban policy consultant. As a father of three teenagers, Gene also has considerable experience in transport logistics, psychology and handling of feedback. Gene has a BA in Economics from Haverford College in the USA and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Dr John McKibbin
Senior Research Consultant
Institute for Sustainable Futures
Dr John McKibbin applies analytical modelling to inform energy and water policy, strategy and design. Drawing from a background in engineering, John's doctoral research focused on developing improved concepts and analyses for designing resilient energy and water systems, with a particular focus on the emerging challenges associated with mitigating and adapting to climate change. Key projects include developing a national demand forecasting and strategic assessment tool in partnership with water utilities across Australia, developing a national set of web-based network opportunity maps in partnership with electricity network businesses across Australia, developing a web-based environmental data and analytics platform for the City of Sydney, and reviewing the availability of energy use data in Australia on behalf of Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. John also leads the development of Ecologic - a next generation app and cloud-based platform for rapidly assessing the business case for energy efficiency and solar PV projects.
Brian Morris
Vice President - Energy & Sustainability Services
Schneider Electric’s Energy and Sustainability Services
Brian currently leads Schneider Electric’s Energy and Sustainability Services business in Australia which provides a range of solutions to assist clients to dramatically improve business results through superior sustainability performance and energy efficiency. Brian was a founder and Director of Creative Energy Solutions from 2003 to 2010. Creative Energy Solutions was the first specialist energy advisor to be awarded an Australian Financial Services License (AFSL). In October 2010, the company was acquired by the UK based M&C Energy Group. Brian gained his expertise starting in the electricity industry in 1986 and held positions at the State Electricity Commission of Victoria and Loy Yang Power. During his career, Brian has gained wide ranging experience in technical, business, financial and energy trading roles within the corporate, power station and mining environments. Brian possesses strong financial management skills coupled with extensive experiences in the energy trading, business, and technical fields. Brian’s professional qualifications include: - Master of Applied Finance Diploma of Financial Services (AFMA)
0Ro Mueller
Senior Adviser, Road Safety and Productivity
The Australian Trucking Association (ATA)
Ro Mueller joined the ATA as senior adviser in 2013 from the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. Prior to that, Ro held policy positions at Transport For NSW and NSW Roads and Maritime Services in both rail policy and heavy vehicle policy. In her career, Ro has also worked in international trade with a private legal consultancy and taught trade policy at the University of Sydney. Ro has a BA, Grad. Dip and Masters of Public Policy (ANU) and is a keen motorcyclist of 26 years.
Rob Murray-Leach
Executive, Policy & Advocacy
Energy Efficiency Council
Rob has an extensive background in climate change, energy, transport and sustainability, as an author of the Garnaut Climate Change Review and senior policy expert in the South Australian Government. His academic background from Oxford and Adelaide focussed on behaviour and sustainability, and he has contributed to a number of texts in this field. Founding CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council, Rob now leads the Council’s policy and advocacy activities, working with members and governments to inform the development of robust and cost-effective energy efficiency policies and programs in Australia.
Steve Nadel
Executive Director
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
Steven Nadel has been Executive Director at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) since 2001. Under Steve’s dynamic leadership, the ACEEE has been one of the world’s most effective organisations in researching and promoting energy efficiency. Steve has also planned and evaluated energy efficiency programs for a major electric utility; and directed energy programs for the Audubon Society, Massachusetts’ largest environmental organization. Steve is recognised as one of the world leading authorities on transforming markets for energy efficiency. Steve will provide a keynote address to the Summer Study.
Gordon Noble
Managing Director Asia Pacific
Inflection Point Capital Management UK Ltd
Gordon Noble is Managing Director Asia Pacific of Inflection Point Capital Management, a boutique investment management business based in London that has a focus on megatrends, sustainability and innovation. Gordon is also an adviser for the Better Infrastructure Initiative at the John Grill Centre located at the University of Sydney, working with institutional investors to maximise the economic and social impact investment in infrastructure. Previously Gordon has worked for an Australian industry superannuation fund, and was Director of Investments for Australia's peak pension industry association, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.
Chris Nunn
Head of Sustainability, Property
AMP Capital
Chris Nunn is a sustainability expert with 15 years experience.
Tim O'Leary
Researcher and Lecturer in the Built Environment
University of South Australia
I am a South Australian based Researcher and Lecturer in the Built Environment with over 20 years experience in Construction and Property Research in both Australia and the UK/Ireland. I hold degrees in Architecture and Construction. Prior to entering academia I practised as a building consultant specialising in project design and cost management across a wide range of building classifications. My PhD research over the past 5 years has focussed on the measures introduced or sought to be introduced by Australian governments to lower carbon emissions attributable to the residential sector, principally the introduction of more stringent regulations in energy performance for new housing stock and disclosure of performance in the existing housing stock.
Henry O’Clery
Future Climate Australia (FCA)
Henry, an engineer with a Masters degree in Transport Research, is a Director of Future Climate Australia (FCA), a not-for-profit environmental organisation that focuses on sustainable mobility and partners with AutoCRC and SAE-A to host the annual ‘Cars of Tomorrow’ conference. FCA recently partnered with ClimateWorks Australia to develop the issues paper ‘Towards Fuel Efficient, Lower Emission Light Vehicles’ in November 2015. Henry has worked in the transport and environment field for over twenty years, and founded ‘Greenfleet Australia’, the first biological carbon offset program for motorists. FCA has collaborated with the Global Fuel Economy Initiative since its’ inception, facilitating a joint federal government/GFEI conference ‘Improving Fuel Economy in Australia’ and including a series of high-level stakeholder meetings. Henry also presented on behalf of GFEI at a CHOGM workshop in Perth. He worked with RACV and the Victorian EPA to establish the ‘LEV Automotive Partnership’ to promote the uptake of low emission vehicles in Australia - www.greenwheels.com.au Henry has been a technical delegate to Challenge Bibendum at Kyoto, Paris, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro and Berlin.
Luke Osborne
Reposit Power
Luke Osborne BE MBA is an executive director at Reposit Power. He has been working in the electricity sector for 10 years, particularly in renewable generation in Australia, Canada, NZ, South Africa and the USA. He joined the Reposit founders Dean Spaccavento and Dr Lachlan Blackhall in mid 2013, leading strategy and business development.
Richard Owens
Senior Director, Transmission and Distribution Networks
Australian Energy Market Commission
Richard Owens is Senior Director, Transmission and Distribution Networks at the Australian Energy Market Commission. He manages the AEMC’s rule changes and reviews related to electricity and gas networks issues. He is also currently overseeing the AEMC’s implementation of the demand side participation reforms arising from its Power of Choice review, including leading the recent rule changes to introduce cost-reflective distribution pricing and expand competition in metering. Prior to joining the AEMC in 2011, Richard was a lawyer in law firms and government in Australia and New Zealand where he advised on energy regulatory, competition and consumer law issues.
0Giles Parkinson
Biography to follow shortly.
Matthew Parton
Project Manager
Windlab Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm
Matthew Parton: Matthew works as a project manager for wind farm developer Windlab and is motivated by bringing infrastructure developments and their economic benefits to regional Australia. He began work in the wind industry in 2009 as an engineer carrying out testing and analysis of wind climate but in 2012 stepped sideways into a project management role. From 2012 to now he has been implementing a shared benefit scheme at the Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm which was awarded the Clean Energy Council’s Business Community Engagement Award 2015. Matthew is now implementing shared benefit schemes at other projects in Australia with the aim of avoiding the division that is sometimes can sometimes occur.
Mark Paterson
Domain Leader – Grids + Renewable Energy Integration
CSIRO Energy
Mark is the Domain Leader for Electricity Grids & Renewable Energy Integration research at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. His multidisciplinary team of over 30 researchers brings together strategic futures, energy economics, behavioural sciences and advanced engineering and forecasting capabilities. Mark has three decades professional experience, Business and Engineering undergrad qualifications and a Master of Enterprise from the University of Melbourne. He chaired Australia’s Future Grid Forum process in 2012/13 and now directs the Network Transformation Roadmap program. He is Australia’s intergovernmental representative to the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and an associate of the Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC) in the North America.
Alan Pears
Senior Industry Fellow
RMIT University, Melbourne
Alan Pears AM is a Senior Industry Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne. He is a leading analyst, speaker and media commentator in clean energy and climate response issues, especially energy efficiency across all sectors of the economy since the late 1970s. He has played key roles in development of a number of Australia’s clean energy policies including appliance and building energy efficiency, industrial energy productivity and urban development. Alan writes regularly for ‘theconversation.edu.au’ and ReNew magazine.
Joe Pease
Joe has 34 years’ experience in the minerals industry, in research, operations management and technology commercialisation. He worked in operations management for 21 years, where he was involved with the development of several technologies and methods to enable processing of complex ore. For 12 years he was Chief Executive of Xstrata Technology, which further developed and globally marketed these technologies to improve the efficiency of minerals processing, smelting, refining and leaching. Joe was also CEO and is now a Director of CRC ORE, (a Cooperative Research Centre) which seeks a step change in efficiency by better integrating all steps in production from drill core to final product. Joe is the Chairman of CEEC, is on the Board and Executive Committee of AMIRA, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Australian Minerals Education Partnership. He served for long periods on the Advisory Boards of the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre and the Ian Wark Institute. Joe works as a specialist consultant to the minerals industry.
Dr Amy Philbrook
Manager, Bioenergy and Biofuel Projects
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
Dr Amy Philbrook manages the bioenergy and biofuel projects at the Australian Renewable Agency (ARENA). The 15.5M portfolio she manages ranges from research and development to demonstration scale. Amy also sits on the Queensland Government’s Biofutures Industry Reference group, which aims to guide the development of the Biofutures Roadmap. Her experience in the bioenergy sector stems from her previous position at the Australian National University as the Principle Investigator of the Biofuels Research Cluster. The research program funded by the CSIRO Energy Transform Flagship, titled Biotechnological solutions to Australia’s transport energy and greenhouse gas challenges, was a $5M collaboration with the ANU, The University of Manchester (UK), RMIT University and the University of Queensland.
Dr Glenn Platt
Theme Leader for Local Energy Systems
Dr. Glenn Platt currently leads the Energy Transformed Flagship research centre at CSIRO. His research looks specifically at energy efficiency, in the areas of solar cooling, smart grid control technologies, and zero/low emission residential and commercial buildings. He previously held the position of research engineer at Nokia in Denmark. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in electrical engineering, a PhD in electrical engineering, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Newcastle.
Stefan Preuss
Director - Resource Efficiency
Sustainability Victoria
Stefan is the Director of Resource Efficiency Division at Sustainability Victoria and responsible for the delivery of resource efficiency programs and expert advice in the areas of business, industry, buildings, local energy supply 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 expert for sustainability on the Victorian Government Architect’s Design Review Panel (VDRP), member of the GreenStar faculty, 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.
Gerard Reiter
Executive General Manager of Asset Management
Gerard is the Executive General Manager of Asset Management of TransGrid, NSW’s transmission network service provider. He is responsible for determining TransGrid’s strategic asset management decisions, investment strategies in addition to asset performance, environmental approvals and non-network solutions. With more than 22 years of experience in the Australian electricity supply industry, Gerard has worked in a number of areas including design, project management as well as procurement and contractor engagement. His continued professional interest is focused on the development of technology in the energy industry. Gerard is Chairman of the Australian Power Institute, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to furthering power engineering education.
Mike Roberts
Postgraduate Research Student, School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering
University of New South Wales
Mike B Roberts is a postgraduate research student in the School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of New South Wales. His major research interests include distributed photovoltaics, mini-grids, and community renewable energy. His doctoral research explores opportunities for PV and storage in multi-occupancy residential buildings.
Paul Ryan
EnergyConsult Pty Ltd
Paul Ryan and Murray Pavia are Directors of EnergyConsult Pty Ltd, a consulting company providing research and policy analysis services in energy efficiency, energy economics and carbon abatement throughout Australia and Asia. Paul has been researching and providing technical, economic and market advice relating to energy efficiency for over 25 years. He has assisted in the development of several regulatory interventions and research programs in Australia and New Zealand, recently focusing on gas and electric space conditioning, hot water heaters, consumer electronics and battery chargers. Murray has managed, conducted and contributed to numerous energy policies, regulatory, energy efficiency and energy management projects and programs for 20 years. He has an economics, statistics and business management background and has undertaken numerous cost/benefit and financial analysis projects, especially for energy efficiency initiatives.
Gabriele Sartori
Senior Adviser
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) & Member of Board, Energy Users Association of Australia
Over 25 years’ experience in resources, IT and energy sectors Gabriele is Senior Adviser to ARENA, the federal Australian Renewable Energy Agency. She advises the senior executive team on industry and strategy related matters and is ARENA’s liaison person for the mining industry, electricity generation and network matters. Identifying new opportunities for renewable energy projects and demand side management are the focus of Gabriele’s work. Gabriele sat on various industry and government committees, chaired a number of industry association working groups and is board member of the Energy Users Association Australia. Once a year she lectures Energy Efficiency at the University’s Master of Energy Studies. Gabriele holds an MBA and a Postgraduate degree in Public Relations
Philip Sellwood
Chief Executive
UK Energy Saving Trust
The UK Energy Saving Trust was established following the 1992 Rio Earth Summit by the John Major Government to promote energy efficiency and to help address climate change. It is recognised globally as one of the largest and most effective agencies supporting sustainable use of energy in business and in the home. Philip Selwood has led the Trust since 2003. Philip has a wealth of leadership experience in the private and public sectors and is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the practical business of saving energy. Philip is also Vice Chair of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Board and is a member of the UKERC (UK Energy Research Centre) and the Government & Industry 2016 Zero Carbon Housing Group. 

Philip Sellwood has been the Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust since 2003. Philip had an extensive commercial career in the Retail, Food and Private Equity markets. He spent twenty years with Marks & Spencer, joining as a graduate in 1977 and working in almost every part of the business. Amongst his achievements at M&S were the expansion of the £3 billion food business and the development of the innovative mail order and e-commerce activity. He left M&S in 2000 as Director of Group Strategy. Philip has other strong retail experience, as Commercial Managing Director for the Thresher Group (best known for its Thresher/Victoria Wine/Wine Rack stores), where he was responsible for Trading, Buying, Marketing and the Supply Chain. In addition to strong private sector experience, Philip continues to demonstrate a real commitment to the public sector. During the last 15 years he has undertaken work with DTI/Defra, for an educational charity and as Ministerial Advisor at the Home Office. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at the Local Government Improvement and Innovation Board. Philip is also a member of the UKERC (UK Energy Research Centre) and is Vice Chair of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Board. He is a member of several influential Government Task Forces, including the Government & Industry 2016 Zero Carbon Housing Group, and sat as an Independent Commissioner on the LGA Climate Change Commission. He is also a Trustee of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an advisor to the National House-Building Council and a Non-Executive Director of REAL (Renewable Energy Assurance Limited) Board. Philip has three children. His personal interests include wine, cricket, food and the arts. He graduated from Nottingham University with BEd (Hons) and has an MBA (Dist) from the University of Westminster. In addition he is a Fellow of the British Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Genevieve Simpson
University of Western Australia
Genevieve Simpson worked in energy policy for the Government of Western Australia before starting her PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2012. She is researching perceptions of domestic solar energy in communities, industry and government, with a view towards providing evidence-based policy recommendations. Her research has been published in Energy Policy, Renewable Energy and the Australian Journal of Public Administration. You can find out more about her work at www.genevievesimpson.com.
Philippa Sjoquist
Energy Productivity Strategy Specialist
Rio Tinto
Biography to follow shortly.
Anna Skarbek
ClimateWorks Australia
Harnessing the power of the market to help improve the environment has guided Anna's entire career. Previously Anna has worked as a lawyer investment banker and government policy adviser. As the inaugural Executive Director, Anna has shaped ClimateWorks approach in analysing emissions reduction opportunities and partnering with business and government in unblocking barriers to their implementation. Anna is a also director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, a trustee of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund, a member of the Australian Government’s Energy White Paper Reference Panel and the Grattan Institute’s Energy Program Reference Panel. She is a former director of the Carbon Market Institute and of the Linking Melbourne Authority. She was a member of the Australian Government’s Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Board and NGO Roundtable on Climate Change.
Stuart Slack
Senior Economist
Australian Energy Market Commission
Stuart Slack is a Senior Economist at the Australian Energy Market Commission where he is currently leading a number of projects looking at the impact of emerging technologies on the energy regulatory frameworks, including last year’s reports on the regulatory implications of integrating energy storage into Australia’s energy markets. Stuart has assisted with the development of energy markets in various consulting and policy roles. He holds an Honours degree from the University of Cambridge.
Dr Michael Smith
Research Fellow
Dr Michael Smith has been a Research Fellow at ANU for ten years where he convenes the ANU Energy Efficiency and Energy Productivity (EP) research group. He represents ANU on multiple A2SE 2xEP working groups. In 2015, he launched global reports which show how a focus on doubling energy and resource productivity by 2030 could boost global GDP by >$25 Trillion above BAU whilst achieving the climate change mitigation required to stay under 2 degrees. He is co-author of 2 international books Factor 5 & Whole System Design (Routledge, 2010) (100,000+ sales, 7 translations) which show how to achieve 30-80% efficiency improvements and 3 online energy efficiency textbooks. He led the content development for much of the COAG Energy Efficiency Exchange web portal (www.eex.gov.au) with Alan Pears/Geoff Andrews. He co-authored the A2SE 2xEP technical report, international EP developments report, as well as the mining, manufacturing and built environment sector reports (http://www.2xep.org.au/).
Robert Smith
East Economics
Robert Smith is a consulting Economist with East Economics. Until recently he was involved in energy efficiency, demand management, market design, regulatory strategy and investment policy with electricity distributor Ausgrid in Sydney. His 25 years experience as an economist includes creating interactive Energy Efficiency Centres, full retail competition for electricity policy, managing Australia’s first mass market CFL give-away, developing business cases and CBA analysis as well as an earlier career in banking and finance, industry analysis and management consulting. Mr. Smith’s interests focus on combining theory and applied economic analysis to understanding how economics, technology, incentives, regulation and customers’ behaviour interact to create change. Robert has a degrees in econometrics and postgraduate qualifications in economics from the University of NSW and in finance from the Securities Institute of Australia.
Simon Smith
NSW Department of Industry
Simon Smith was appointed to the position of Secretary in July 2015 by the Premier. Prior to this appointment he was Chief Executive at the Office of Finance and Services and before that, Deputy Secretary at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. Simon trained as an economist and first joined the NSW Public Sector in 1994. His public sector roles have focused on the nexus between the economy and the environment, including roles in regulation, policy development and program delivery. He is passionate about the contribution that the public sector can make to building prosperity for the whole community.
The Hon Mark Speakman
NSW Minister for the Environment
Mark Speakman grew up in the Cronulla area, where he still lives today. He attended Caringbah High School, graduated in law and economics from the University of Sydney and then as a Master of Law from the University of Cambridge. Mark was a solicitor and subsequently a partner at law firm Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) between 1983 and 1991. He was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1991 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2004. Mark was elected as the Member for Cronulla at the March 2011 state election. In 2013 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education and Skills and in 2014 Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury. After being re-elected at the March 2015 state election, Mark was appointed Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage and Assistant Minister for Planning.
Dr Alistair Sproul
Associate Professor
School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW
Dr Alistair Sproul is an Associate Professor within the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW. He has worked in the area of photovoltaic and energy efficiency research and R&D since 1985 in a range of positions with various companies (BP Solar, Pacific Solar) and research institutions (UNSW, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, Germany). His current research interests are in the area of PV/energy systems for low energy buildings and highly efficient water/air systems. Associate Professor Sproul is a Program Leader (Integrated Building Systems) with the “Low Carbon Living” Cooperative Research Centre.
Anita Stadler
Principal Consultant
Energetics Pty Ltd
Anita Stadler joined Energetics in 2011 and previously held senior positions with Barclays (Head: Insight, Planning and Value Optimisation), IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Prior to moving to Australia in 2008, she ran her own consultancy supporting clients in Africa, the Middle East and the UK with acquisitions and new market entry strategies. Anita is committed to improving the energy and environmental performance of the economy, as well as the liveability of cities. This motivated her to take up a part time secondment to lead the research program of the Australian Alliance to Save Energy’s Doubling Energy Productivity Roadmap between August 2014 and July 2015. As Principal Consultant with the Energetics’ Strategy and Policy team, she works with private and public sector clients to shape their responses to market trends and dynamics. Key capabilities include corporate and energy-specific strategy, commercial and technical due diligence of renewable energy projects, as well as qualitative and quantitative analysis to support energy policy development and evaluation.
Jesse Steinfeld
Engineering Manager
Buildings Alive
Jesse is a director and co-founder of Buildings Alive and is responsible for their service delivery platform.
Dr Mary Stewart
Group General Manager and General Manager Consulting
Energetics Pty Ltd
With over fifteen years experience in decision making for sustainable development and as Group General Manager Resources and Industrials, Mary assists some of the largest energy users in Australia to make improvements on significant footprints. Since joining Energetics in 2005, she has worked as Principal Consultant to the mining industry, and Principal Consultant Sustainability. 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 and is an expert in developing carbon footprints and carbon neutral positions. She is on the peer review panel for The Journal of Industrial Ecology and has completed peer reviews of large, international LCIs, she is a member of the NSW Women In Mining Network (WIMNet) Committee and a Centre for Energy Efficient Comminution (CEEC) board member.
Verena Streitferdt
Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
Verena has six years of work and research experience in the field of energy/climate policy, energy/climate finance and urban governance in the South East Asian context. She is currently based at the Institute of Sustainable futures at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Her PhD research explores how public incentives can create sustainable energy efficiency finance models in the private sector with focusing on Thailand as her case study. Previously, she has worked in Indonesia for the German International cooperation (GIZ) on the issues of cleaner production, cities and climate change and climate financing. She also has worked as a short-term consultant for international organisations such as UNESCAP and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and the Environment on issues related to environmental economics and climate finance in the South East Asian region. Currently she assists the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) to develop together with the Thai Climate Change office a National Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) in the area of ESCO market support. She plans to submit her PHD by March 2016.
Roland Stulz
Co-Founder & Ambassador
2000 Watt Society, Novatlantis – Sustainability in the ETH domain
Roland Stulz is the president of INTEP AG, a consulting firm with offices in Germany, Switzerland and USA www.intep.com . He was also managing partner and member of the board of Amstein + Walthert Ltd from 1999 to 2009 www.amstein-walthert.ch . From 2001 until 2011 he was the executive director of 'Novatlantis – Sustainability at the ETH Domain' www.novatlantis.ch. Within Novatlantis he has developed the vision of the "2000-Watt-Society" and founded "ISCN International Sustainable Campus Network" www.isc-network.org . Until 2011 he was director of the "2000-Watt-Society" which has become a national program of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy www.2000watt.ch. Roland Stulz has many years of experience as an architect, as well as an urban planner and a consultant for energy efficiency and sustainable building construction. He has been lecturer at the ETH and is teaching at technical colleges. Roland Stulz has been the president of the Energy Commission of the Swiss Association of Engineers and Architects (SIA) and board member of “The Sustainability Forum Zurich” and of the "CCEM Competence Center Energy and Mobility" and several other professional institutions. He has developed and planned many leading pilot and demonstration buildings in the field of sustainability in developed economies (Europe, USA), as well as in developing countries, including issues of appropriate technologies and low-cost building constructions. He has graduated as Master of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich in 1970. Roland Stulz is now working as an independent expert for sustainable urban development, building construction and implementation of new technologies.
Wei Sue
ClimateWorks Australia
Wei was the lead analyst in the Energy Management and Company Competitiveness project and also led the follow on Energy Productivity Index for Companies project. She also worked closely with the Head of Research in undertaking the analysis of the pilot phase of ClimateWorks’ major research project: Tracking Progress towards a Low Carbon Economy. Wei co-authored the Power and Industry reports of the Tracking Progress series, undertaking the analysis of emissions reduction activities as well as conducting interviews with key experts and businesses in these sectors. Wei also participated in multiple phases of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Data Analysis project, which investigated opportunities to improve energy efficiency in Australian industry at a granular level. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Wei worked as a sustainability consultant at WheatonBeer Consulting providing sustainability advisory services to clients, including sustainability-related benchmarking and sustainability and climate change strategies. Wei holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours and is currently completing her MBA.
Dr Sven Teske
Research Principal
Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney
Dr Sven Teske is a Research Principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures. Dr Teske has 20 years experience in technical analysis of renewable energy systems and market integration concept. He has published over 50 special reports about renewable energies like the “Global Wind Energy Outlook” and “Solar Generation” and was the Renewable Energy Director at Greenpeace International for 10 years. Where, Sven was the project leader for five editions of the World Energy Scenario “Energy [R]evolution: A sustainable World Energy Outlook”. The energy [r]evolution is an independently produced report that provides a practical blueprint for a transition towards renewable energy supply by 2050. This research is a joined project of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), NGO’s and the Global Wind Energy Council. Sven was a lead author for the IPCC Special Report Renewables (Chapter 10: Scenario analysis) which was published in 2011. He originally developed the concept for a green utility and founded in 1999 the “Greenpeace energy eG”– Germany’s first cooperative in the power sector. Greenpeace Energy eG today employs 70 people and supplies 120.000 customers in Germany with green electricity. He has been a member of the board since 2000. He has significant experience in applying technical concepts (infrastructure, power grids and solar photovoltaic equipment) for rural electrification projects such as the Bihar Cluster utility project. Sven also has a PhD in the Integration of solar photovoltaic and wind into power systems from the University of Flensburg in Germany.
Andrea Trianni
Milan Polytechnic
Assistant Professor of Fundamentals of Industrial Plants, Industrial Eco-efficiency and Energy Management Lab at Politecnico di Milano. Italian representative (invited) within the IEA–IETS Annex XIV on “Energy Efficiency in SMEs”. His main research focuses on industrial eco-efficiency. Co-author of more than 70 publications in journals and conference proceedings.
Ben Waters
Co-founder and Strategy Director
After 17 years at GE, Ben has developed a portfolio of sustainability and cleantech roles and projects and founded Presync with Hudson Worsley in 2014. Presync helps drive positive environmental, economic and social change by harnessing the potential of technologies and business models for local infrastructure, particularly helping precincts live within their local means for energy, water and transport. Ben has also been Strategy Director of Good Environmental Choice Australia, Business Development Manager at Sungevity Australia, an Associate at Futureye and member of its Community of Practice. He continues as Chair of the WWF Renewable Energy Buyers Forum, as a director and past Chairman of Sustainable Business Australia, as Judge and Mentor for the Australian Technology Competition, and provides strategic advice to a number of startup cleantech firms. Prior to this, Ben led GE’s ecomagination initiative for Australia and New Zealand. Ecomagination is GE’s sustainable business strategy which includes cleantech R&D, investment, and footprint reduction. Ben also conceived and led GE’s 5-year, $20 million global strategic technology alliance with CSIRO. Previously Ben spent 11 years in GE Aviation initially as a field service engineer then as Sales Director and Country Manager for New Zealand and Australia. In 2008, Ben became GE’s Commercial Director for Australia and New Zealand leading local partnerships, major customer engagement and cross-business projects. Prior to GE, Ben served as an engineering officer in the Royal Australian Air Force after graduating from the inaugural class at the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1988 until 1996. Ben received recognition as Executive Leader of the year in the 2011 Climate Alliance Business Leadership Awards for outstanding achievements in climate response within the business community. Ben is an honorary industry fellow of the UTS Business School, a member of the Strategic Council of The Climate Institute, has served on the CSIRO Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council, the steering committee of the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, the Academic Advisory Panel of Bond University’s Institute of Sustainable Development & Architecture, and as a director of Electric Vehicle Engineering. Ben has a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Hons) from RMIT and a Grad Dip in Computer Science from the University of Newcastle.
Daniel Waters
Gosford City Council
Daniel Waters is an Environmental Scientist (Hon), PGradDip.Energy, CEM currently working with Gosford City Council. He is passionate about improving energy and greenhouse gas management to generate sustainable value to organisations and mitigate climate change.
Gordon Weiss
Gordon joined Energetics in March 1999 having spent almost 20 years working in a variety of operations and technical roles in the process industries. In the 10 years he has worked in all areas of energy management, process improvement and greenhouse management, with a prime focus on delivering savings to clients by aligning operating systems with manufacturing strategies.
0Tony Westmore
General Manager
Australian Alliance to Save Energy
Tony Westmore is General Manager of the Australian Alliance to Save Energy (A2SE). He worked previously as an analyst and advocate in the national energy markets, mostly with a focus on small customer interests. He has thirty years’ experience of the not for profit sector in management, communications, research, engagement and advocacy.
Dr Stephen White
Energy for Buildings Manager
Dr White leads CSIRO's Energy Efficiency Research. He also manages the “Engaged Communities” Program in the Low Carbon Living Cooperative Research Centre (LCL CRC) He has served on numerous national committees helping to inform government policy on building energy efficiency including (i) the NSW Climate Change Fund Ministerial Advisory Committee (ii) Chair of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) Sustainable Housing Task Group and (iii) the Expert Reference Group for the “National Building Energy Standard Setting, Assessment and Rating Framework” He is an international expert in solar air-conditioning and refrigeration where he has served on various international and national committees including (i) Advisory Board member for the International Journal of Refrigeration (ii) Advisory Board member UK “Interdisciplinary Centre for Storage, Transformation and Upgrading of Thermal Energy” (i-STUTE) (iii) Leader of SubTask C in the International Energy Agency Task48 “Quality Assurance and Support Measures for Solar Cooling” and (iv) Chairman of Australian National Committee of the International Institute of Refrigeration He has won a number of prizes including (i) AIRAH Research Excellence Award 2014, (ii) Great New Zealand Business Venture Competition 2000, (iii) AIRAH Dennis Joseph Award 2012, (iv) Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Award 2013, (v) NSW Green Globe Energy Efficiency Award 2013, and (vi) AIRAH President’s Citation for contributions to the refrigeration and airconditioning industry 2009 He has a strong interest in commercialization and technology transfer to industry, having led research for two commercial start-up ventures and participated in a number of technology licensing transactions. He has been a leading proponent of (i) the world first AS5389 solar cooling energy savings calculation standard and (ii) various industry road-mapping exercises.
Professor Stuart White
Institute for Sustainable Futures
Professor Stuart White is Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures where he leads a team of researchers who create change towards sustainable futures through independent, project-based research. With over twenty years experience in sustainability research, Professor White’s work focuses on achieving sustainability outcomes at least cost for a range of government, industry and community clients across Australia and internationally. This includes both the design and evaluation of programs for improving resource use efficiency and an assessment of their impact. Professor White has written and presented widely on sustainable futures and is a regular commentator on sustainability issues in the media.
Philip Woods
Sydney Water
Phil’s role as Principal Analyst Eco-Efficiency is to champion resource efficiency projects across Sydney Water that help make Sydney a more liveable city. Phil has lead Sydney Water's efforts to identify carbon mitigation opportunities across the business through the development of a Cost of Carbon Abatement Tool. He works with Sydney Water’s planners on low energy, low carbon and resource efficient design principles Phil seeks to understand the complex interplay between water, energy and other materials used when we capture, transport, treat, recycle and release water back into the environment. Phil is currently working on opportunities to maximise the value from the biogas created during wastewater treatment. Phil has developed Sydney Water’s strategy and action plan for the co-digestion of trucked organic waste, which will significantly increase biogas production and provide a new service to customers.
Mona Yew
China DSM and Energy Efficiency Project at NRDC
Mona Yew is the China Program Deputy Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and directs NRDC’s China energy efficiency and demand side management (DSM) project. She leads NRDC’s efforts in implementing innovative pilots to scale up flexible demand side resources, deepen energy efficiency, and promote stakeholder collaboration to support the rapid transition to a decarbonized power sector in China. Since 2009, Mona has served as an expert advisor on DSM program design, implementation and evaluation, as well as provided training on related international best practices to government officials, grid companies, and energy conservation center and research institute staff. She is also a Senior Advisor to the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance. Prior to joining NRDC, Mona worked at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for 17 years, where she held various positions in both supply and demand side management, with particular emphasis in energy efficiency, clean technology and clean energy procurement. She led the development and management of PG&E’s $200+ million third party energy efficiency program portfolio and also contributed to the implementation of California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) of 2006. Mona received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from San Jose State University.