Energy Productivity Summit 2017 Speakers

Geoff Andrews – Managing Director, Genesis Now

Geoff is a mechanical engineer, who has specialised in energy efficiency for 32 years. He is the founder and MD of Genesis Now (1991), which has since completed over 2,500 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in most industry sectors. He has won industry awards including national energy efficiency champion.

Geoff has also founded or co-founded six other successful clean-tech companies, is an Angel Investor, and a qualified company director.

Michael Apps - Executive Director, Bus Industry Confederation (BIC)

Michael Apps is the Executive Director of the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC).

BIC represents the collective interests of bus and coach operators and suppliers to promote safety, efficiency, effectiveness and accessibility of bus and coach transport in Australia. 

He established the National Secretariat in Canberra in 2001 to engage the Federal Government in taking a strategic role in the future of Australia’s Public Transport systems.  Under him BIC has developed a moving people strategy that aims to provide solutions to the nation’s long term transport problems through the development of a public and active transport culture. BIC is recognised as a leading proponent of growth in travel by public transport, as an effective way to reduce the economic, social and environmental costs associated with excessive use of the private car for personal and business travel.

Lucy Arundell Chief Education and Training Officer, TAFE NSW

As Chief Education and Training Officer Lucy is the senior TAFE NSW Executive responsible for leading a consistent TAFE NSW-wide approach to the customer experience and the development of high quality teaching and learning products across the vocational and higher education programs delivered by TAFE NSW. In innovation, which leads to new knowledge.

Dr Michael Bellstedt Managing Director, Minus40 Pty Ltd

Michael is the Managing Director of Minus40, a leading specialist refrigeration consulting and engineering firm based in Sydney.

Michael is a frequent public speaker at industry events, panellist and contributor of editorial material, and a recognized expert in the field of refrigeration. He has served on a number of industry working groups and committees, and is actively involved with the activities of several industry associations that serve related industry sectors, such as cold storage, meat processing, dairy, wine and energy efficiency.

Peter Burn - Head of Influence and Policy, AiGroup

Head of Influence and Policy at Ai Group, Peter is responsible for policy development on a wide range of issues relevant to its members. He is a Director at Standards Australia, Industry Super Australia and a member of AustralianSuper’s Investment Committee.  He also represents Ai Group on various Advisory Councils.  Previously, Director – Policy at the Business Council of Australia, Peter also held academic positions in Economics Departments at the University of Queensland and the University of Newcastle after starting his career at the Commonwealth Treasury.

Dr Stephen Bygrave Executive Director, Sustainability and Climate Change Division, ACT

Dr Stephen Bygrave is Executive Director of Climate Change and Sustainability in the Australian Capital Territory Environment and Planning Directorate, with responsibility for the ACT's 100% renewable energy target, net zero emissions by 2050 target, Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme, energy and waste policy, climate adaptation, Carbon Neutral Government as well as the Act Smart households, business and schools programs. With over 2 decades in government, academia and the not for profit sector, including 2 years as a climate analyst with the OECD in Paris, Stephen has worked on some of Australia's leading climate policies including the Renewable Energy Target and the Carbon Pricing Mechanism.

Gabriela Cameron - Senior Product Manager, Westpac

Gabriela Cameron is the Senior Product Manager for the Equipment Finance Portfolio for the Westpac Group. With 18 years banking experience, Gabriela has worked across distribution, operations and project delivery and has more recently played a key role in supporting Westpac’s Energy Efficient Finance Program.

Peter Carter - Commercial Engagement Manager, Data61/CSIRO

Peter is passionate about building business through innovation and technology - transforming the seemingly impossible into commercial opportunity.  He has been working closely with Cisco in Australia to champion industry transformation and build a national innovation ecosystem involving universities and researchers, governments and corporates and investor/start-up community. 

Peter has been building businesses in Australia, New Zealand and APAC for more than 25 years with extensive ICT industry experience in: technology, agriculture, justice and legal, healthcare and government.  Peter has a long-standing interest and involvement in international development and emergency relief programs.

Andrew Chamberlin – Project Manager – Energy, Queensland Farmers’ Federation

Andrew has 20 over years experience delivering projects in sustainability, planning, energy, waste, recycling and urban regeneration. Andrew is currently managing an energy efficiency program for the Queensland Farmers’ Federation, advising the Queensland Government on renewable energy and was recently an advisor to the CCIQ’s ecoBiz program and the Project Manager – District Cooling for CitySmart. Andrew has a Bachelor of Science; a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning; is a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP); and is on the Executive of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand’s Climate Change Special Interest Section.

Bo Christensen

Bo has lead the delivery a greater than 50% carbon intensity reduction for Linfox, with millions of dollars saved across the logistics business. Excelling at multi stakeholder engagement and the implementation of complex efficiency and productivity measures he is committed to reducing carbon intensity from energy use across transport and buildings.

Recently working on a zero carbon pathway for logistics by 2050 he sees enormous potential for energy efficiency and productivity in the logistics sector.

Shauna Coffey - Head of Projects, Energy Efficiency Council

Shauna Coffey is the Head of Projects for the Energy Efficiency Council, the peak body for energy efficiency in Australia. The Energy Efficiency Council has a reputation for working closely with government and industry partners to deliver high value strategic projects that build the market for energy efficiency.

Shauna is the EECs representative on the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) Energy Efficiency and Emissions Task Group that oversaw the development of the 2016 Low Carbon, High Performance report.

Jeremy Colless - Managing Partner, Artesian Capital Management

In 2004, Jeremy founded Artesian Capital Management with 2 other partners. Artesian, now with 25 employees across offices in NY, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney and Melbourne, is an alternative investment manager focused on early stage venture capital and fixed income trading. Artesian’s VC platform operates co-investment funds with angel groups, incubators, accelerators, universities and corporates. Previous to founding Artesian, Jeremy had 18 years capital markets experience as the global head of fixed income trading & sales at ANZ and a bond trader in Sydney, New York and Hong Kong with Deutsche Bank, SG Warburg and Lehman Brothers. Jeremy is on the board of number of the nearly 100 startups that have been invested in, directly by Artesian, or via Artesian's early stage venture capital funds.





Tony Cooper – Chief Executive Officer, Energetics

Tony has been Energetics’ Chief Executive Officer since 2006.  Under his leadership, Energetics has transformed from an engineering firm to Australia’s leading energy and carbon management consultancy. Tony has driven the alignment of Energetics’ solutions and sector knowledge to ensure that the full value of Energetics’ 30 years in energy and carbon management is delivered to clients.

As CEO, he also led Energetics through the sale of its technology arm, a management buy-out, and the global financial crisis, where the company both met its financial targets and competed with major industry players. Tony is committed to working with clients as partners, enhancing financial and team performance and implementing strategic change. Prior to joining Energetics, Tony managed national portfolios of commercial, retail and industrial properties for organisations like Westpac Banking Corporation, Knight Frank and the Department of Aviation.

Simon Corbell Renewable Energy Advocate, Victoria

Simon Corbell was appointed as the first Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate in December 2016 to promote the state’s renewable energy sector, provide independent advice to the Victorian Government and assist the state in meeting its renewable energy targets. Simon was previously Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate Change of the ACT and served in the ACT Legislative Assembly between 1997 -2016. 

Simon was a joint winner of the Banksia Foundation's Gold Award for the ACT Solar Auction program in 2015, and has been recognized by the Clean Energy Council and the Climate Alliance for his work in championing the clean energy transition in Canberra and nationally.

Eli Court Implementation Manager, Climateworks Australia

Eli manages ClimateWorks’ efforts to drive progress in low carbon buildings in Australia and the Asia Pacific, with a particular focus on Indonesia. Eli has led several major projects for ClimateWorks including an industry roadmap to zero carbon buildings ‘Low Carbon, High Performance Buildings’ and a project to improve commercial building sustainability in Australia and Indonesia the ‘Inkubator’ project. Eli also played a primary role in developing ClimateWorks’ online emissions pathway calculator ‘Pathways to a Low Carbon Future’.

Dr Angus Crossan - Innovation Manager, Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL)

Angus is an innovation specialist. He started his career as a researcher at the University of Sydney and then led the R&D investment program for the Australian egg industry. He has founded and worked within a number of start-up ventures in the food and agritech sector and is now using his broad experience to help the Australian food and agribusiness industry harness innovation to access new markets and increase profitability. Angus has won a number of awards including an Australian Government Science and Innovation Award for Young Scientists in 2007 and an International Specialised Skills Fellowship in 2011.

Amandine DenisRyan, Acting CEO and Head of Research, ClimateWorks Australia

Amandine oversees the research and analysis for ClimateWorks' projects, looking at what opportunities exist in Australia to reduce carbon emissions, what the associated costs and benefits are, and how we can accelerate their implementation. In particular, Amandine coordinated modelling work from CSIRO, ANU and ClimateWorks for the 'Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050' project and has extensive expertise in industrial energy efficiency.

Carl Duncan Group Manager Resource Efficiency, Teys Australia

Carl is Group Manager Resource Efficiency for Teys Australia. Carl is a multi-skilled professional specialising in energy management, carbon abatement and renewable energy with a passion for driving better business performance. His core objective is to support Australian business become more profitable while improving environmental performance.

Chris Dunstan - Research Director, University of Technology, Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures

Chris Dunstan is a Research Director at the University of Technology, Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures.Chris has over 20 years experience in energy policy, strategic management and sustainability. Chris’ current research focuses on addressing regulatory and market barriers to the development of sustainable energy.

Chris is also a Project Leader for the CSIRO Intelligent Grid Research program. Chris regularly advises Government and business clients on sustainable energy issues. His recent research clients include: City of Sydney, Sustainability Victoria, VicUrban, NSW Department of Environment Climate Change and Water, the Federal Department of Environment Water Heritage and the Arts, Country Energy, Marrickville Council, Szencorp, and the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal. He is regularly approached by the media for expert comment.

Monica Frassoni – Chair, European Alliance to Save Energy

Monica Frassoni is the President of the European Alliance to Save Energy, a vocal business led multi-stakeholders organization, advocating in favor of energy efficiency as a key strategic priority for EU energy and climate policies and public and private investments.  In 2016, Monica Frassoni was included in the 40 most influential actors on energy efficiency and Energy Union policies in Brussels.

Ivor Frischknecht - Chief Executive Officer, Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Ivor Frischknecht is Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, and former Investment Director of Starfish Ventures Pty Ltd, a venture capital firm that manages $400 million, primarily on behalf of Australian superannuation funds. His key activities included responsibility for the firm’s clean tech investment activities in areas such as energy, water and environmental technologies. Ivor was previously Director, New Ventures, of Idealab, a company involved in developing and investing in technology start-up companies, including renewable energy companies; the CEO of H2OnSite, a company involved in the commercialisation of clean energy generation technology, and a senior executive and adviser to a range of venture capital and energy companies.

Renald Gallis – Vice President Ecosystem and Marketing, Thinxtra

Renald Gallis is the Vice President of Ecosystem and Marketing at Thinxtra. Renald has 4 years experience in IoT including LPWAN, IIoT, Smart Cities, Industry 4.0, e-health, and Agtech. Renald has had many successes in founding, restructuring and managing sales and marketing activities in technological and disruptive companies, and is now focusing on enabling the IoT revolution in AsiaPac, connecting the un-connected to improve businesses and people’s lives.

Carmel Gillies – National Continuous Improvement Manager, Simplot Australia

Currently Carmel is working as the National Continuous Improvement Manager at Simplot Australia.  She has over twenty years of experience working in a variety of manufacturing environments, both internationally and locally with expertise in both Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma improvement processes.  Her success has been underpinned by extensive experience in continuous improvement with an ability to influence and motivate participation across all levels of an organisation and cultural variations to deliver business results.

Mark Gjerek – Principal Consultant, MOV3MENT

Mark is the founder of MOV3MENT – a strategic consultancy working to accelerate future transport in Australia. He combines experience from prior roles in the car industry (Toyota), truck industry (Volvo), public service (NSW), and strategic consulting, to develop pathways and programs for cleaner and more productive transport systems. Mark’s main areas of focus include alternative fuels, low emission vehicles and technologies, and new energy and mobility business models. 

Mark worked with A2EP to develop the passenger transport and freight transport 2xEP sector roadmaps. He is also the coordinator of the NSW Green Truck Partnership, and the Australian representative on the global Smart Trucks Platform.

Paul Graham Chief Economist Energy, CSIRO

Paul Graham is Chief Economist Energy at CSIRO. In this role he is responsible for advice on the global and national economic context relevant for the energy sector, setting the strategic direction for economic and social science research and leading major projects. Mr Graham has been with CSIRO for 16 years and prior to that was a senior research officer at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He developed and led the landmark Future Grid Forum project in 2013 and is currently Director of the Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap, a partnership between CSIRO and Energy Network Australia.

David Green– Chair, Warmworks, Scotland

David Green is the Chair of Warmworks in Scotland, Hon. Executive Director of the International Council for Sustainable Energy, and the Hon. Executive Director of the longstanding (UK) All Party Parliamentary Group on Renewables and Sustainable Energy.

David holds the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Energy made by the UK Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group, and has had an extensive career spanning science and technology, the environment, energy, communities and local government.

Paul Greenop Head of Portfolio Management, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

Paul Greenop is Head of Portfolio Management at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), responsible for managing its portfolio of more than $2.5 billion investment commitments to renewable, energy efficiency and low-emissions projects.

Before joining CEFC’s predecessor, Low Carbon Australia in 2010, Paul worked for the Carbon Trust in the UK, managing its energy efficiency programmes delivering expert technical advice to over 3000 businesses per year looking to reduce their energy costs.

Piers Grove - Executive Director, EnergyLab

Piers is an entrepreneur with over 15 years experience in conceiving and founding new Australian companies.  His experience spans communications, television production, financial services and much more.  He has assisted in launching more than a dozen successful companies bringing a strategic approach to planning and resourcing businesses -­‐ particularly in emerging industries.  Piers is also a Governor of WWF-­‐Australia, a director of the Australian Republican Movement, and Chairman of the Bernie Banton Foundation.

Matt Grover - Manager, Market Development, EnerNOC Pty Ltd

Matt is Manager of Market Development at EnerNOC, based in Melbourne. Active in twelve countries, EnerNOC is the world’s largest demand response aggregator and a leading advocate for demand side participation in wholesale electricity markets. In his role today Matt looks after EnerNOC’s regulatory affairs and market development activities in the NEM. In his prior role as Program Operations Manager Matt delivered successful demand response projects to EnerNOC’s clients in Australia and New Zealand, including retailers, distribution networks, and wholesale market operators.

Azheem Haseeb- Head of Building Performance Sustainability team, Siemens Ltd

Azheem Haseebis the Head of Building Performance Sustainability team at Siemens. Previously Azheem was the lead engineer for major energy performance contracting projects including RMIT University, Federations Square, La Trobe University, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Museum Victoria and Telstra. Azheem has extensive experience in energy engineering, measurement and verification, carbon accounting and management, building and lighting design, account management and sales management. He also managed the Building Performance and Sustainability business at Siemens Singapore Pty Ltd , working with clients on developing and implementing energy efficiency projects primarily around chilled water plants.

Jane Holden - Director Policy Strategy and Reform, Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW)

Travis Hughes – Head of New Market Development, AGL Energy

Behyad Jafari – Chair, Electric Vehicle Council

Behyad Jafari is the Chair of the Electric Vehicle Council, the national body representing the electric vehicle industry in Australia.

With a background in government and corporate affairs, Behyad is a respected adviser and leader in the transition to a low carbon economy.

Mark Jones, Specialised Banking Manager, National Australia Bank

Mark Jones is Specialised Banking Manager at National Australia Bank. Mark hasover 30 years’ experience in vehicle & equipment lending in the SME, Business, Corporate & Institutional arenas. Mark’s experience and learnings have been developed with highly regarded Banks and Finance Companies, enabling him to meet the challenging markets for lenders, businesses & consumers.
Product innovation & understanding a Customers business and growth goals is an ongoing passion, as is providing quality service and advice to customers and banking colleagues.

Jonathan Jutsen – Chair, Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP)

Jonathan Jutsen is the Chair of the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP), a not for profit organisation committed to making Australia an energy productive country, and is leading the program to double Australia’s energy productivity (2xEP). 

Jonathan is also a steering committee member on Global Alliance for Energy Productivity. He has been a leading figure in Australia and internationally in the energy and carbon management field for over 3 decades. In 1984 he founded Energetics, a leading consulting company on greenhouse gas mitigation and energy management, which he recently left after 32 years. Jonathan has tertiary qualifications in Chemical Engineering and Energy Technology. Jonathan has been selected as one of the 100 most influential engineers in Australia by IEAust.

Barbara Kreissler- Director - Professional Lighting, Public and Government Affairs Department, Philips Lighting

Barbara Kreissler is Director of professional lighting in the Public and Government Affairs department at Philips Lighting, in the Netherlands. She is responsible for global strategic outreach and stakeholder management of public-private partnerships with a focus on energy and climate change. As such she enables and facilitate the transition of cities, states and regions to energy efficient, sustainable LED lighting solutions.

Prior Barbara worked at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria, where she held a variety of global positions ranging from Head of Business Partnerships Group to external relations to project management. In her most recent role, Barbara positioned UNIDO to foster private sector collaboration and to upscale the organization’s private sector portfolio.

Benoît Lebot Executive Director of IPEEC
The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation

BenoîtLebot is the Executive Director of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation, (IPEEC). The IPEEC is International Partnership among the largest world economies dedicated to energy efficiency. The IPEEC runs under a mandate from the G20.

Mr. Lebot has had an extensive career in the fields of Energy Efficiency, Climate Change Mitigation, and Clean Energy Policies.

Christopher Lee – Chief Executive Officer, Climate-KIC, Australia

Christopher Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of Climate-KIC, Australia. Climate-KIC Australia is a recently-established Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) that aims to catalyse a national response to climate change and the global-scale opportunities it presents. Climate-KIC’s purpose is to help bring innovative climate change solutions to market by connecting key players across the whole innovation pathway. It focuses on systemic change, education, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Chris’s career in Australia and Singapore has spanned publishing, economics and climate change. From 2005 to 2017 he worked for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, firstly as an economist and more recently leading climate change program delivery. He has led the development of methodologies and implementation of Integrated Regional Vulnerability Assessments in regional NSW, played a leadership role in the development regional climate projections for NSW and driving end user engagement to deliver locally relevant information. Since 2015, Chris has played a key role in the establishment and development of Climate-KIC Australia and was recently appointed CEO.

James Lewis Senior Director International Markets, Renewable Choice Energy, USA

James Lewis leads Renewable Choice’s work in international markets and supports the development of emerging global renewable energy instruments. James has helped clients such as Hilton, Microsoft, UEFA, and WWF to achieve their sustainability objectives in diverse markets including the UK, Mexico, Switzerland, India, China, and Singapore.

James has over 10 years of experience in sustainability with a background in sales, marketing, consulting, and research.

Richard Magney – Director, Botanica

Richard Magney is the Director of Botanica. Botanica is a health & lifestyle, wholesale, beverage company specialising in high yield, raw, premium grade cold pressed green juice. Botanica have a growing portfolio of health conscious cafes, delis, wholefood stores, gyms and sporting teams. 

Naomi Martin - Manager, Strategic Products and Services, Green Building Council of Australia

As part of the Market Transformation team, Naomi is responsible for collaborating with industry and stakeholders on new Green Star updates, products and services towards the goal of market transformation in the built environment.

Paul Murfitt - Director Energy Efficiency, Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Paul works as Director Energy Efficiency with the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. With over 25 years experience in delivering sustainability policy, program design and on-ground solutions in a variety of roles, including over 8 years as CEO of the Moreland Energy Foundation and nine years with Sustainability Victoria and its predecessor organisations. Paul has also worked in a number of sustainability roles with local government organisations and in the university sector and currently contributes to the Sustainable Energy Masters  program at RMIT University.

Rod Naylor - Executive General Manager (Growth), VEOLIA Australia New Zealand

Previously the Executive Director of Veolia Water Australia and New Zealand, Rod is now responsible for the growth and development of Veolia's integrated water, energy and waste business in Australia and New Zealand, and works internationally with Veolia's Paris Head Office to bring game-changing innovation and new business models to Veolia's customers and markets.

Rod holds an Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council UK, being a member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management as well as a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors Australia and a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Simon O’Hara, General Manager, Road Freight NSW

Simon O’Hara is General Manager at Road Freight NSW. As an accomplished Executive Director and General Manager with a strong reputation for providing exceptional leadership and delivering outcomes that align with organisational goals, Simon’s career has been exciting and diverse, enabling him to develop a broad range of skills, including proven experience in media relations and lobbying.
Simon’s in-depth understanding of the workplace relations system and industrial relations, and his approach to effective conciliation and leadership, ensures the outcome sought and delivered is favourable to all parties. He is focussed on identifying the ‘real cause’ of issues and delivering practical outcomes.


Paul Orton – Director – Policy and Advocacy, NSW Business Chamber

Paul is Director, Policy and Advocacy at NSW Business Chamber, and leads teams responsible for developing, representing and communicating NSW Business Chamber’s public policy positions aimed at maximising business competitiveness. Paul commenced NSW Business Chamber’s current thought leadership program ‘Thinking Business’ in 2011. Projects and reports have dealt with transport planning, contestability in the delivery of public services, small and medium business access to finance, the economic benefits of a second Sydney airport, boosting industry and research collaboration and reforming post-year 10 education and training.

Alan Pears Senior Industry Fellow, RMIT University

Alan Pears AM, Senior Industry Fellow at RMIT University, has worked in clean energy and climate response policy, program development and project implementation for the past 40 years. He was lead author on A2EP’s recently released Next Wave Innovation report.

Alan’s work has spanned all sectors of the economy, and he is a well-known commentator on energy policy. He has played key roles in the development of industry energy programs, including Greenhouse Challenge, Energy Efficiency Best Practice and Energy Efficiency Opportunities, as well as rating schemes (eg ABGR, the predecessor of NABERS, and appliance energy labelling) and education. He has recently contributed to APEC’s Low Carbon Model Towns project.

Paul Peters - Chief Executive Officer, VERDIA   

As CEO of Verdia, Paul is responsible for leading the company to deliver on its vision to transform the way society uses and manages energy. He has significant experience supporting corporate, government and commercial clients to improve business performance. Paul has established a number of high impact specialty finance businesses.

Paul was formerly Managing Partner, GVP Capital Advisors; Senior Partner and National Leader of Deloitte Australia’s Middle Market Advisory Practice; CEO of Opportunity International Australia; and an Associate Partner for PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Tim Plenderleith - Client Director – Manufacturing, Aurecon

Tim Plenderleith is Client Director - Manufacturing at Aurecon. With almost 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Africa, Tim understands the challenges manufacturers face in an increasingly volatile global business environment where disruption is the new norm. He has been able to leverage his engineering background with design thinking to help clients achieve business innovation, maximise return on investment, and build agility to capture shifting consumer markets.

Aurecon’s expertise spans a range of manufacturing sectors providing integrative thinking and business innovation advising clients on business strategy and development, supply chain improvement, project design and delivery strategy.

Dr. Mirjana Prica – Managing Director, Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL)

Mirjana Prica is Managing Director of Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL), a national organisation established to lead the Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre, and is responsible for driving innovation and market initiatives for Australia.

Mirjana has over 20 years of research experience in food and agribusiness, and is an experienced business and strategy leader in food and agribusiness, with a passion for connecting ideas and devising solutions to deliver maximum benefit.

Sid Rallipalli – Key Account Manager - Industry Investment and Export Support Branch, NSW Division of Resources and Energy

Key Account Manager with the Industry Investment and Export Support Branch of the NSW Division of Resources and Energy. In this capacity, he is required to advocate for the industry to various stakeholders, promote and develop investment opportunities from domestic and foreign sources and advise the government on policy and regulation from an industry perspective.
More recently, he has also been given responsibility to drive economic development through energy innovation. Prior to the starting with NSW Government, Sid worked in the private sector in corporate development, business development and investor communication across mining, media and technology sectors.


Mary Ritter – International Ambassador EIT, Climate KIC

Mary is Professor Emeritus at Imperial College London and International Ambassador for EIT Climate-KIC (Europe), and is Interim Chair of the Board of Climate-KIC Australia Ltd. From 2010-2014 she was founding CEO of EIT Climate-KIC – Europe’s leading public-private partnership addressing climate change – guiding it from inception to its current community of >200 partners from academia, business and regional/city government, working to bring to Europe innovation for low-carbon prosperity and climate resilience. In her current International Ambassador role, she is working to extend the global impact of the KIC model. In particular, in 2015-2016 she established and led a cross-sectorial team in Australia to develop the independent enterprise ‘Climate-KIC Australia’ - founded in December 2016 and now headed by its newly appointed founding CEO. She was awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours for her service to scientific research and innovation.

Leigh Rostron Principal Consultant, Energetics

Leigh is Energetics’ Solution Leader for energy efficiency and commercial-scale renewables.  His work spans energy efficiency assessments and project implementation across a diverse portfolio of clients such as Woolworths, Qantas, John Holland, Sydney Water and SA Water. Specific projects have included delivery and management of Sydney Water’s Renewable Energy Generation program and technical due diligence of solar and biomass projects for ARENA and Low Carbon Australia.

Darius Salgo – Co-Founder, Nexergy

Darius is passionate about creating the conditions for the next generation of clean energy technologies to thrive. Born and raised in Sydney, Darius developed a passion for all things technical from an early age. This inspired him to study engineering, following which he worked in the USA in design and implementation of small-scale wind systems in hybrid microgrids. After returning to Australia he expanded his knowledge of energy markets through his work in wind farm operations and electricity trading on Australia's National Electricity Market (NEM) prior to cofounding Nexergy. 

Nexergy is a startup developing a local energy trading platform. The platform enables people who own distributed energy resources such as solar and batteries to trade their electricity with others in their community. It also allows those who can't otherwise access clean energy—due to cost, they live in an apartment or rent—to purchase locally-generated clean energy for less than conventional energy. By bringing energy into the sharing economy, the Nexergy platform helps consumers reduce their energy bills, access clean energy, and get a fairer return on their investment in distributed energy resources.

Neil Salisbury Managing Director, Point Advisory and Founder, CleanTek Market

Neil is an energy and climate change leader with over 20 years experience.  He is the managing director of Point Advisory, a leading sustainability consultancy, founder of CleanTek Market, a global platform to accelerate investment in clean technologies.  He is on the board of the US based, Efficiency Valuation Organisation (EVO), the Advisory Board of the UN World Intellectual Property Organisation and was previously on the board of the Alternative Technology Association (ATA).  He is an active participant in Australia’s start up scene, and is a shareholder and advisor to two technology start-ups.

Stefan Schwab - Executive General Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Australia and New Zealand

Stefan Schwab is the Executive General Manager for Siemens Building Technologies Australia and New Zealand. Stefan’s extensive experience allows him to take a leading position, enhancing the Siemens Building Technologies brand within the Asia Pacific Region. He oversees a portfolio of innovative products and solutions, together with new and smart technologies to meet today’s market requirements.

Prior to joining Siemens in Australia, Stefan was the Head of Operations for Building Technologies in the region Middle East and Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. Stefan has a degree in Political Sciences with majors in business administration and economics. Prior to his interests in Social sciences, Stefan completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is also fluent in 3 languages; German, English and French.

Margaret Sewell, First Assistant Secretary, Energy Security Office

Margaret Sewell has been First Assistant Secretary for the Energy Security Office since April 2016. Prior to that she was Head of the Energy Division from March 2015, and led the Taskforce which produced the Australian Government’s Energy White Paper. Before moving to the Taskforce in November 2013 she was the Head of the Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Division in the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, administering policy and programs to accelerate the development and deployment of emerging energy technologies. This included low emissions coal and carbon capture and storage, emissions abatement from coal mines and industrial scale energy efficiency and working closely with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency in developing policy in the renewable sector.

Prior to the establishment of ARENA, Margaret was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, in the Department and was responsible for the Government’s Solar Flagships and CCS Flagships program.

Phil Shorten- Energy management systems, capability and engagement specialist, Impart Skills P/L

Phil is an energy and sustainability generalist. He brings his experience as Managing Partner of a boutique management consulting and training firm, Impart Skills, and 9 years as an Associate at Energetics to his energy and sustainability clients. He founded and managed a registered training organisation for 16 years. He has worked in various parts of Asia and Australia managing projects in complex environments to bring about systemic change within organisations. As a trained and highly experienced facilitator and moderator Phil exploits the analysis undertaken by energy engineers to provide the necessary intelligence to better inform clients’ business decisions.  He will share the results of recent Energetics projects working with Australian farmers and small red meat processing sites.        


Nick Smith, Director, Energy Programs and Services, Energy and Technical Regulation, Department of Premier and Cabinet (SA)

Nick is the Director, Energy Programs and Services with the Energy and Technical Regulation Division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in South Australia. Nick is responsible for the delivery and implementation of energy programs and communications including Off-grid Remote Power, Energy Efficiency and Productivity, Energy Advisory service and the Energy Partners Program focusing on low income households and affordability. Nick is also responsible for the delivery of the SA governments $1million Battery Demonstration Project to facilitate learning and understanding on how batteries can be used in commercial applications.

In addition Nick is the Chair-Government Buildings Energy Group; Chair- Gaseous Fuels for Transport and Heavy Machinery working group; and a member of the Hydrogen Steering Committee for the South Australian Government.

Andrew Somers Head of Strategy and Services and Co-founder, Mobility as a Service Australia

Andrew Somers is Head of Strategy and Services and co-founder of Mobility as a Service Australia.  Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is an emerging approach that harnesses the disruption impacting transport to create something great for people: personalised mobility that gets you everywhere you to be without needing to own a car.  Mobility as a Service Australia is here to make MaaS happen and help Australians and New Zealanders gain earlier access to the benefits of MaaS.  Andrew has 15 years of private and public sector experience in transport and a Masters of Transport and Masters of Traffic from Monash University.

Christoph Freiherr von Speßhardt Director of Public Affairs & Strategy, Knauf

Christoph Freiherr von Speßhardt serves as Director of Public Affairs & Strategy at the international building materials manufacturer Knauf. Christoph is also Vice-Chairman of the German Business initiative for energy efficiency, DENEFF e.V, as well as member of the ʻInitiative for energy efficient buildingsʼ of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

Lee Stewart Head of Sustainability, Fujitsu Oceania

Lee Stewart is the Head of Sustainability for Fujitsu Oceania where he is responsible for the execution of the Fujitsu regional sustainability strategy, targets and goals. He is a member the global sustainability leadership team and is the global lead for sustainability consulting across the Fujitsu Group. His role includes looking at where innovation and technology can help in reducing the environmental impact of Fujitsu, their customers and wider society. He has led the implementation of NABERS energy efficiency ratings for Data Centres, is the current Chair of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) Environmental Group and an accomplished Climate Reality Speaker, trained by Al Gore in 2011.

Tim Stock - Manager - Sustainable Energy Programs, Department of Industry (NSW)

Tim has over 15 years commercial and government experience in the clean energy industry in Australia and abroad. Currently he is the manager of sustainable energy programs at the NSW department of Planning and Environment where he is responsible for the implementation of a number of government led sustainable and renewable energy projects and initiatives.  These projects support the NSW Government's Renewable Energy Action Plan and include consumer information on Solar PV, Wind power, Solar Hot Water, battery storage and smart metering.   In addition to this he chair of the National GreenPower Steering Group and has responsibility for delivering the GreenPower Accreditation Program.

Dan Sturrock, Investment Director, Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Dan Sturrock has had 16 years experience in investment banking and project finance including the past ten years working across a range of roles and technologies in the renewable energy sector. For the past 3 years Dan has worked as a senior member of ARENA's origination team across a broad range of technologies and projects, including utility scale solar PV, energy storage and other emerging renewable energy technologies


Denise Swink – Chief Executive Officer, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), USA

Denise Swink is the Chief Executive Officer of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Swink has worked at the highest levels of government and the private sector, on topics including:  fossil energy technology advancement for extraction, transport and utilization of resources; manufacturing productivity and efficiency with emphasis on technology advancement and adoption; electricity infrastructure development; and safety and reliability of the entire energy infrastructure.

Martin Symes - Director of Sales - Australia and New Zealand, Sunverge Energy

Martin joined Sunverge in 2015 and leads the company’s sales activity and client relationships in Australia and New Zealand. He has worked in the Australian E&U sector since 2003 and has been actively involved with the country’s ongoing energy transformation, working with a number of leading technology suppliers.

He has a detailed understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by the energy industry across retail, distribution and generation, and he is passionate about helping bring the benefits of smart, aggregated renewable energy storage to consumers, businesses and utilities.

Denis Vilfort - Chief Marketing Officer, OptumSoft, Inc.

Denis Vilfort is the Chief Marketing Officer at OptumSoft, Inc.With more than 30 years of technology, sales, and marketing experience, Denis has been affiliated with some of the most respected names in technology: IBM, Seagate, Sun, Oracle and EMC. Always an engaging public speaker, Denis has gained a reputation as a must-see presenter. In 2012 Denis was awarded EMC’s most prestigious John Howard award for EMC Marketing Excellence.

Denis joined OptumSoft Inc., as Chief Marketing Officer in 2016 and is now leading the application of distributed IoT cloud computing in HVAC service industry.

Dr Gordon Weiss - Associate, Energetics

Gordon’s expertise lies in energy and carbon policy development, renewable energy technologies and energy management.  He has worked with a number of governments on the development of energy and greenhouse gas programs and policies, and is arguably one of Australia’s leading forecasters of emissions trajectories.   Gordon provides technical assessments for clean energy technologies including large scale solar PV, bioenergy and geothermal energy. He has also worked in all areas of energy management, process improvement and greenhouse gas management.

Tony Westmore – General Manager, Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity

Tony Westmore is a manager, advocate, organiser, researcher and publisher. Most of Tony’s work has been in the community services sector, including for national and state peak organisations. His experience includes senior roles in university-based research centres, interest-based membership associations and a trade union. He has acted as a company director, company secretary and public officer, and has worked to establish several organisations from inception and with others through significant change.

Stuart White – Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney

Professor Stuart White is Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney where he leads a team of 60 researchers who create change towards sustainable futures through independent, project-based research.  In 2012 he was awarded the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Environmental Research. He is a Board member of the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity and Climate-KIC Australia.

Innes Willox Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group

Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, defence, ICT and labour hire. In addition, Mr Willox is Director of Australian Super, Director of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre, Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Skilled Migration, Chair of the Migration Council of Australia, Board Member of Australian American Leadership Dialogue, and Member of RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board.



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