Speakers:

  • Sam Bartholomaeus
    Head of Sales & Head of Strategy & Planning – Asia Pacific, BHP Australia

    BHP is a leading domestic gas supplier and a material consumer of energy in Australia.

    Sam Bartholomaeus has been with BHP for over a decade and worked across its Petroleum portfolio in various commercial roles in Australia, Singapore and the US. Sam leads a team of focused energy professionals seeking to deliver optimal solutions to meet customer needs. 

    Prior to joining BHP, Sam worked for Dampier Bunbury Pipeline and the Office of Energy (Western Australian State Government). Sam holds a Masters of Business Administration.

  • James Baulderstone
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Industrial Energy

    James has been leading AIE since its inception in 2017 and has worked in the energy industry for more than 20 years, most recently as Chief Operations Officer at energy utility owner Duet Group. Prior to that he held numerous positions at Santos Ltd, including Vice President Eastern Australia.  James has also held senior Corporate and Commercial roles across a range of industrial sectors including at FH Faulding, Mayne Group and BlueScope Steel.

    James’  in depth knowledge of all aspects of the complex Australian energy market, together with his experience in complex operational, commercial, finance and government relations, enables him to drive innovative solutions to today’s energy challenges.

    James has Honours degrees in both Science and Law.

  • Graeme Bethune
    Chief Executive Officer, EnergyQuest

    Graeme Bethune has over 20 years’ experience in the energy industry. He is founder and CEO of EnergyQuest, an Australian-based energy advisory firm.

    Graeme is the author of major EnergyQuest reports and has undertaken numerous consulting assignments on energy for Australian and international clients, particularly on natural gas, coal seam gas and LNG

    He is regularly asked to speak at energy conferences in Australia and Asia and his comments are regularly sought by the domestic and international media.

    Prior to establishing EnergyQuest in 2005, Graeme held a range of senior positions with the Australian energy group, Santos.

    Graeme is Chairman of the Australian Gas Industry Trust. In this capacity he represents Australia on the Executive Committee of the International Gas Union.

    He has a first-class honours degree in economics from Monash University and a PhD from the Australian National University and has undertaken the executive program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

  • Antoon Boey
    Executive General Manager Corporate Development, Jemena

    Antoon Boey leads a team responsible for evaluating new business opportunities, enhancing and diversifying Jemena’s asset and infrastructure footprint. With more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, Antoon has worked in Australia, Europe and Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining Jemena, Antoon was with Royal Dutch Shell, where he was responsible for overseeing Shell’s interests in Arrow Energy.

    Antoon has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and has attended a senior leadership development program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Johanna Boothey
    Commercial Director, ExxonMobil Australia

    Johanna Boothey is the Commercial Director for ExxonMobil Australia and Esso Australia with responsibility for marketing, production and operations commercial activities, as well as new opportunities.

    Johanna’s previous assignments have included a variety of commercial, technical and leadership roles across ExxonMobil’s global businesses, including North American Gas Processing and Transportation Manager, ExxonMobil Manager leading the negotiations to form a Joint Venture with Rosneft for development within the Artic, Marketing Manager assignments supporting Gorgon, PNG and Gippsland Basin, and technical roles in Reservoir and Drilling Engineering.

    Johanna holds a Bachelor’s Degree with honours in Chemical Engineering from RMIT University. She has a passion for mentoring and inclusion & diversity. In her free time she enjoys renovating, watching her two children play soccer and spending time with her husband and friends.

  • Michael Brear
    Director, Melbourne Energy Institute

    Michael Brear is the Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne. He guides the Institute’s research on the technical, economic, environmental and social impacts of energy systems.

    His own research is collaborative with industry and government on:

    • Technical, economic and environmental analysis of transport and energy systems
    • Systems with reciprocating engines and gas turbines
    • Combustion of conventional and alternative fuels

    Michael is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Energy and he previously established the University’s Master of Energy Systems.

    Prior to commencing at the University, he worked for ICI Australia (now Orica), then undertook graduate studies at Cambridge University and post-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Ivan Byak
    General Manager, Strategic Projects, APA Group

    Ivan Byak was previously responsible for managing the APA Group’s transmission revenue. Ivan is now responsible for APA’s long term business development including the future gas developments such as the Beetaloo Basin and the new exciting area of renewable hydrogen and methane. Ivan is looking to leverage APA’s existing infrastructure footprint by maximising the benefit of the over lay with Australia’s solar footprint. This includes optimising the returns from existing assets and growing APA’s asset base through brownfield and greenfield projects by developing and implementing strategies for organic growth of existing assets through negotiation of new revenue contracts and coordinating the expansion of those assets.

    Ivan Byak joined the APA Group in September 2006. Previous to joining APA Group Ivan worked in the power generation sector in Australia, Hong Kong and Japan where he had over 20 years experience in senior positions.

  • Senator the Hon. Matthew Canavan MP
    Minister for Resources & Northern Australia , Australian Government

    Matthew grew up in Logan just south of Brisbane.  After achieving a First Class Honours Degree in Economics at the University of Queensland, Matthew worked at the Productivity Commission where he eventually rose to the level of Director.

    During that time Matthew worked on projects ranging from competition laws, housing affordability to counting the number of policies that Australian governments have introduced to tackle climate change (the answer was 244).

    Becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of coherent economic policy by the Rudd Government, Matthew went to work for Barnaby Joyce as his Chief-of-Staff ahead of the 2010 election.  In that role, Matthew helped develop policies to provide tax concessions for vital infrastructure and to encourage people to move to the regions, worked on a Senate inquiry that recommended stricter environmental controls on coal seam gas developments and developed a Coalition report on the potential to invest in new dams throughout Australia.

    At the 2013 election Matthew was elected to the Senate.  He took up his position as a Senator in the Nationals party room in July 2014 as a Senator based in Rockhampton, the first Senator to be based in Rockhampton for more than 20 years.

    Matthew is a former Lions Youth of the Year and worked as a Leader with the Christian Brothers on Edmund Rice Camps, where he met his wife.  They now live in Yeppoon near Rockhampton, with their four sons and baby daughter.

    While Matthew’s family is very proud of him being preselected by the LNP to run for the Senate, his Father remains slightly disappointed that he gave up cricket at 16 and therefore never fulfilled his true calling to play test cricket for Australia.

  • Mark Collette
    Head of Energy, EnergyAustralia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Steve Davies
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Pipeline & Gas Association

    Steve Davies was appointed Chief Executive Officer in September 2017. Previously, he was APGA’s National Policy Manager with responsibility for government relations and policy development for the gas transmission industry. Policy issues on Steve’s mind this year include: the future of gas in Australia, economic regulation of transmission pipelines, gas market development, competition, capacity trading, transparency and information issues, stakeholder engagement and the treatment of pipelines in planning legislation. Steve has held a range of policy and regulatory roles related to infrastructure and resources in industry associations and the Federal Government.

  • Phaedra Deckart
    General Manager, Energy Supply & Origination, AGL Energy

    Phaedra is a senior executive experienced in leading marketing and trading activities in the wholesale energy sector. Her experience spans over 20 years in domestic and global energy markets, having held a variety of commercial, corporate, gas and LNG marketing positions.

    Phaedra joined AGL in 2015 as Head of Wholesale Gas leading AGL’s wholesale gas supply portfolio.  She has recently been appointed to the role of General Manager, Energy Supply and Origination and will lead the transformation of AGL’s energy supply portfolio through this dynamic time in the energy market.  She is responsible for all electricity, coal, gas, LNG, and renewables energy supply and origination and continues to lead the LNG import terminal project in Australia to bring a new source of supply to the market.

    She has broad ranging energy and legal experience, having started her career with one of Australia’s top tier legal firms. Phaedra is passionate about growing and developing people and building diverse, highly engaged and collaborative teams.

  • Martin Ferguson
    Former Federal Minister for Resources and Energy,

    Martin Ferguson has a long history of public service and work in economic and social policy.

    From 1984 until 1990 Martin served as the General Secretary of the Miscellaneous Workers Union and from 1990 until 1996 as President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). As a senior trade union official, from 1984 until 1996 he sat on the ACTU National Executive, participating directly in shaping and implementing many of the economic reforms of the Hawke and Keating Governments.

    In March 1996, Martin was elected as a Member of the Federal Parliament in the seat of Batman, in Melbourne, which he held until retiring in 2013. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 1996.

    During the Howard Government, Martin served in a range of economic shadow portfolios, including Employment and Training; Immigration and Multicultural Affairs; Regional Development, Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Services and Population; Urban and Regional Development, Transport and Infrastructure; Primary Industries, Resources, Forestry and Tourism; and Transport, Roads and Tourism.

    Upon the Rudd Government assuming office in December 2007, Martin was appointed the Minister for Resources and Energy and the Minister for Tourism, and acted as the Chair of the Standing Council on Resources and Energy and the Ministerial Council for Tourism. He held the Resources, Energy and Tourism portfolios until March 2013, when he resigned from the Ministry.

    Martin is chair of an advisory board to the Australian oil and gas industry association, APPEA and is the Strategic Director of Natural Resources to SGH Energy. He also chairs the CO2CRC and Tourism Accommodation Australia organisations.

    Martin is also a pro bono member of the University of Western Australia’s advisory board on resources and energy. From 2014-16 he was an Independent Director of the BG Group in London prior to its takeover by Shell and he chaired The University College of London’s, Adelaide Campus Advisory Board until it merged with the University of S.A. in late 2017.

    Martin has an honours degree in economics from Sydney University.

  • Stevan Green
    President, ATCO Gas Network

    Stevan Green President ATCO’s Gas Division Stevan was appointed President ATCO’s Gas Division in August 2018 having first joined the business in 2017 as General Manager Assets and Engineering Innovation. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the resources industry including senior roles with Shell and BHP. Stevan’s expertise covers project management, compliance and managing external business risks, and the practical application of state-of-the-art technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Western Australia and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Engineers Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Greg Hannan
    Gas Business Owner
    AusNet Services
  • Samantha Hepburn
    Professor, School of Law, Deakin University

    Professor Samantha Hepburn is the Director of the Centre for Energy and Natural Resources Law at Deakin University.  Samantha has extensive experience researching and teaching in natural resources law including mining and energy law, environmental law and property and land law.  Samantha has written numerous books and research articles, including a Mining and Energy Law book for Cambridge University Press as well as many scholarly articles and opinion pieces in her fields of research.  Samantha regularly contributes to public discussion on media forums including radio national, radio 5aa and The Conversation (where she has published over 35 articles), government committees, international workshops, conferences and community forums on the issues relevant to a transitioning energy landscape.   Samantha was a member of the Victorian Auditor General Committee examining unconventional gas development for the Victorian Parliamentary Commission.  She has presented numerous submissions to the Senate Economic References Committee regarding the Adani Coalmine and the National Australia Infrastructure Fund and in 2017 was a delegate for the Japan-Australia Dialogue on Energy Regulation.

  • Greg Jarvis
    Executive General Manager, Energy Supply & Operations, Origin Energy

    Greg Jarvis joined Origin in 2002 as Electricity Trading Manager and was appointed General Manager, Wholesale, Trading and Business Sales in February 2011.

    Greg is responsible for Wholesale, Trading, Business Energy, Solar, Generation and LPG.

    Holding 19 years’ experience in the financial market industry, with 14 years’ experience in energy markets, Greg began his career in the banking industry in Australia before moving overseas to work. He has a Masters in Applied Finance and a Bachelor of Business.

  • Claire Johnson
    Chief Executive Officer, Hydrogen Mobility Australia

    Claire Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of Hydrogen Mobility Australia, an industry association representing Australia's emerging hydrogen industry. Claire has extensive experience in policy development and government relations across the private and public sectors, including most recently leading Toyota Australia’s advocacy for the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles to Australia as the manager of Toyota’s government relations function. Prior to this she worked for federal and state governments in areas including manufacturing and trade policy. Claire is passionate about the benefits of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, and the economic and environmental opportunities for Australia in transitioning to a hydrogen economy.

  • Saul Kavonic
    Head of Equities Research, Oil & Gas, Credit Suisse

    Saul is Credit Suisse’ Director of Asia Pacific Markets, and head of oil, gas and LNG research for Australia. He has delivered strategic consulting projects for major listed Australian and international companies across the upstream, downstream, LNG and logistics sectors. Saul has presented at leading industry conferences in the region and is regularly sought for comment on energy matters in print and broadcast media such as Forbes, Reuters, The AFR and Sky News.

    Prior to Credit Suisse, Saul was head of oil, gas, LNG and energy in Australasia for Wood Mackenzie, the worlds leading oil and gas consultancy. He has previously worked at Woodside Energy, Australia’s largest LNG company, at one of Australia's largest Venture Capital funds, M.H.Carnegie & Co, and also in corporate advisory roles in Africa. He has been an advisor on resources and economic development policy for African governments and institutions, including the United Nations Economic

    Commission for Africa and African Union Commission. Saul holds degrees in Law (Honours) and Chemical Engineering (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

  • David Leitch
    Principal, ITK Services Australia

    David Leitch is the principal of ITK a small consultancy specialising in analysis of the electricity and gas industry and the implications of decarbonisation of the Australian and Global economy. As well as contributing articles to www.reneweconomy.com.au

    David also is a regular on the popular “Energy insiders” podcast discussing industry issues with corporate leaders and industry experts globally. David provides consulting to a selected range of industry clients.

    Prior to starting ITK, David was a research analyst with various leading Australian investment banks and was consistently rated a top 3 utilities analyst in various industry surveys over a 20 year period. David and his team was at one time or another rated No 1 in three separate sectors, utilities, infrastructure and building materials of the Greenwich Partners investment banking survey.

  • Murray Lyster
    Head of Hydrogen Solutions
    Siemens
  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
    Chief of Staff for Resources and Energy
    AFR
  • David Maxwell
    Managing Director, Cooper Energy

    Mr Maxwell is a leading oil and gas industry executive with more than 25 years in senior executive roles with companies such as BG Group, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Santos Limited.

    As Senior Vice President at QGC - a BG Group business – Mr Maxwell was responsible for all commercial, exploration, business development, strategy and marketing activities. He led BG Group’s entry into Australia, its involvement in the alliance with Queensland Gas Company Limited and its subsequent takeover by BG Group.  His appointment as Managing Director Cooper Energy saw the company adopt a prescient strategy to build a gas business around supply opportunities foreseen emerging in eastern Australia after the commencement of LNG manufacture.   In the six years that followed Cooper Energy established itself as a gas supplier to south-east Australia, operator of offshore gas exploration and development and took the $605 million Sole Gas Project offshore Victoria from an undeveloped resource to approaching completion as the first new offshore gas supply developed offshore Victoria since 2012.  The commencement of operations from Sole in 2019 will see Cooper Energy operating a portfolio involving production from the Otway and Gippsland basins and supply contracts with AGL Energy, Origin Energy, O-I Australia, EnergyAustralia and Alinta Energy.

    Other previous roles performed by Mr Maxwell include director of gas and marketing with Woodside in Perth and membership of Woodside’s executive committee and service on a number of industry association boards, government advisory groups and public company boards.  He is a recipient of the Australian Gas Association Silver Flame Award for his contribution to the gas industry.

  • Mick McCormack
    Chief Executive Officer, APA Group

    Mick has over 35 years' experience in the energy infrastructure sector in Australia, and his career has encompassed all aspects of the sector, including commercial development, design, construction, operation and management of most of Australia's natural gas pipelines and gas distribution systems. His experience extends to gas-fired and renewable energy power generation.

    Mick is a former Director of Envestra (now Australian Gas Networks), the Australian Pipeline Industry Association (now Australian Pipelines and Gas Association) and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

  • Ashley Muldrew
    Senior Strategy Advisor, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

    Ashley Muldrew is a Senior Strategy Advisor at Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), working in the Strategy & Innovation team. AGIG has a clear focus on leading the decarbonisation of Australia’s gas supply through both biogas and hydrogen.

    Australian Gas Infrastructure Group is one of Australia’s largest gas infrastructure businesses, with a focus on decarbonizing our assets through the use of biogas and hydrogen. We are seeking to play a proactive role in the facilitation of the biogas-to-grid industry in Australia.

    AGIG is one of Australia’s largest gas infrastructure businesses. AGIG owns approximately 34,000 kilometres of natural gas distribution networks and 3,500 kilometres of transmission pipelines, serving around 1.9 million consumers in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

  • David Norman
    Chief Executive Officer
    Future Fuels CRC
  • Keith Orchison
    Director , Coolibah Consulting

    Keith has been involved in Australian resources and industry policy issues management and communications for 34 years. He has been a communicator for 55 years, starting as a journalist in South Africa in 1959 and emigrating to Australia in 1970.

    He served for four years in the 1970s as public affairs manager of Associated Pulp & Paper Mills Limited and for three years as head of public relations at La Trobe University, Melbourne. 

    He was chief executive of what is now APPEA for 11 years and of the Electricity Supply Association of Australia for 12 years.

    From 2003 to 2007 he chaired the energy committee of the Critical Infrastructure Advisory Council for the Howard government.

    He has also been chairman of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network and of the CSIRO Energy Technology Advisory Committee.

    Today he runs his own energy advisory business as Coolibah Pty Ltd and is publisher of the blog “This is Power” and of the Coolibah monthly newsletter.

    Keith contributes a commentary on energy issues regularly to “Business Spectator.” He was editor of the “Powering Australia” yearbook from 2007 to 2012.

    Keith is also engaged in the organisation and chairing of a series of energy outlook conferences.

    He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 and in 2012 was recipient of AusIMM’s Sir Willis Connolly Memorial Medal for outstanding communication about the mining and resources sectors.

  • Melissa Perrow
    General Manager, Energy, Brickworks

    Melissa Perrow is the General Manager Energy at Brickworks Limited and is responsible for managing the energy requirements as a large energy user in both the National Electricity Market and Western Australia market. Melissa has transformed Brickwork’s gas strategy, transitioning from a retail customer to being a wholesale participant providing cost and flexibility benefits to the east coast business. Prior to Brickworks, Melissa worked for Origin Energy for 14 years managing carbon and environmental schemes within the energy trading division and with the large customer sales division as a commercial manager for non-standard gas and electricity arrangements. Melissa has over 18 years wholesale energy trading experience gained across electricity, gas, carbon and green markets and holds Bachelors in Applied Science and Business, a Graduate Diploma in Technology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance.

  • Attilio Pigneri
    Chief Executive Officer, H2U, the Hydrogen Utility

    Attilio is a co-founder and CEO of H2U, a specialist developer of hydrogen infrastructure initiatives for sustainable mobility and renewable energy storage.

    A professional mechanical engineer from Italy, with Masters and PhD-level qualifications in energy engineering and energy-environmental issues, Attilio brings to H2U 20 years of consulting experience, in the provision of strategic, technical advisory and due diligence services for a wide range of hydrogen and fuel cells initiatives in Europe, the US and Japan.

    Working at the forefront of hydrogen infrastructure commercialization in Australia, H2U has developed an innovative roll-out program for the establishment of a core network of 20 commercial-scale hydrogen refuelling stations during the 2018-21 timeframe. H2U is based in Australia and operating throughout the Asia-Pacific.

    Attilio is the current President of the Australian Association for Hydrogen Energy (AAHE), and was the Chairman of the successful World Hydrogen Technologies Convention, held in Sydney in October 2015.

    Attilio serves on the AEMO Expert Panel and the steering committee on the National Hydrogen Roadmap.

  • Robin Polson
    Chief Commercial Officer, Central Petroleum

    Robin joined Central Petroleum Limited after most recently 15 years as a financial advisory partner at Deloitte. At Deloitte and previously PricewaterhouseCoopers he has more than 27 years professional experience within the audit, advisory and valuation and strategy professional practices. He has a further three years M&A experience as a director of an investment bank. He regularly advised resource companies and government around issues relevant to the resources industry. Robin has deep experience advising the oil and gas industry in Australia and internationally, including: the preparation of numerous independent expert reports and other strategic advice in respect of most of the significant Australia East Coast on market and other corporate transactions since 2003, the Queensland Government Gas Demand and Supply Action Plan and assisting the Queensland coal seam gas to LNG players in their representations to the Queensland Government (through APPEA) around the approach to calculating and providing Financial Assurance in respect of environmental disturbance. Robin has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. He is a member of the Queensland Exploration Council Executive and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Daniel Roberts
    Leader, Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform, CSIRO

    Daniel leads CSIRO's Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform. The Hydrogen FSP plays an important role in CSIRO's broad hydrogen RD&D program, by providing a strong scientific and technical foundation to CSIRO's work in enabling a renewable energy export industry based on hydrogen. By creating new capabilities and technologies across the hydrogen value chain, this work will enable significant decarbonisation of power and transport sectors.

    Before taking on the FSP role, Daniel led the High Efficiency Thermal and Electrochemical Technologies research group within CSIRO Energy. He continues to play a senior role in CSIRO’s research activities in the area of coal, biomass, and waste gasification in the context of low emissions power and chemicals as well as energy from biomass and waste.

    Daniel has more than 20 years' experience in the study of the fundamentals of gasification and combustion and their application to industrial scale systems. He has a background in environmental chemistry (Macquarie University) and chemical engineering (the University of Newcastle). During his postdoctoral studies with the CRC for Coal in Sustainable Development Daniel spent 6 months with the Central Research Institute of the Electric Power Industry in Japan, as part of the team providing the R&D support to the development of Japan's first IGCC power generation demonstration plant.

    Daniel joined CSIRO in 2001 based in North Ryde, and moved to Brisbane in 2002 as part of the commissioning of the flagship gasification research facility at the QCAT laboratories. He has been a Group Leader since 2007 and in his current role oversees CSIRO’s work in the areas of gasification, syngas, and H2 production; electrochemical and hybrid energy systems for power generation, hydrogen generation, and energy storage; and fuel and engine development activities for direct injection carbon engines for high efficiency power from coal and biomass.

  • Malcolm Roberts
    Chief Executive Officer, APPEA

    Before joining APPEA in June 2015, Malcolm Roberts was Chairman of the Queensland Competition Authority.

    He has considerable experience in industry associations, having held leadership roles with the Energy Networks Association, The National Generators’ Forum, the Australian National Retailers Association and the Housing Industry Association.

    Dr Roberts has also worked in government as a policy adviser to ministers and in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.  He was an adviser and then chief of staff to Ian Macfarlane in 2001-04 and 2006-07.

  • Andrew Robertson
    National Policy Manager , Australian Pipelines & Gas Association

    Andrew was appointed National Policy Manager in late 2017. His primary focus is on policy and regulatory issues related to natural gas transmission and energy market reform. He has more than 10 years’ senior experience in the energy industry, having led policy development, managed international energy relations and developed expertise in gas, oil and power system security analysis.

    Before joining APGA Andrew spent six years as an Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, working with Member country governments (including Australia) along with energy companies and other stakeholders in the field of energy security and emergency response policy. He has also worked at the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) where he managed the New Zealand government’s international energy relationships. Andrew has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science.

  • Clyde Russell
    Asia Commodities and Energy Columnist, Thomson Reuters

    Clyde Russell is Asia Commodities and Energy Columnist at Reuters. He has been a journalist and editor for 29 years covering everything from wars in Africa to the resources boom and its current struggles. Born in Glasgow, he has lived in Johannesburg, Sydney, Singapore and now splits his time between Tasmania and Asia. He writes about trends in commodity and energy markets, with a particular focus on China. Before becoming a financial journalist in 1996, Clyde covered civil wars in Angola, Mozambique and other African hotspots for Agence-France Presse.

  • Mark Samter
    Senior Research Analyst, MST Marquee

    Mark Samter has been covering the Energy sector globally since 2006, having covered the sector in London before moving to Australia in 2009. Mark has been the top ranked Energy analyst in the Peter Lee Survey across all 3 categories (Top 15 Investors, Priority Clients and All Investors) since 2015. Prior to joining MST Marquee in 2018 Mark has worked for Credit Suisse, CIMB, CLSA and Citigroup. In addition, Mark worked as an Economist at an economic consultancy in London prior to joining the stockbroking industry. Mark holds a BSc in Economics from The University of Southampton.

  • Rod Sims
    Chairman, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

    Rod Sims was appointed Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in August 2011 for a five year term and reappointed for a further three years in August 2016.

    Rod has extensive business and public sector experience. Immediately prior to his appointment to the ACCC, he was the Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales, Commissioner on the National Competition Council, Chairman of InfraCo Asia, Director of Ingeus Limited, and member of the Research and Policy Council of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Rod was also a Director of Port Jackson’s Partners Limited where he advised the CEOs and Boards of some of Australia’s top 50 companies on commercial corporate strategy over many years. Rod relinquished all of these roles on becoming Chairman of the ACCC.

    Rod is also a past Chairman of the NSW Rail Infrastructure Corporation and the State Rail Authority and has been a Director of a number of private sector companies. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rod worked as the Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for economic, infrastructure and social policy and the Cabinet Office. He also worked as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Transport and Communications.

    Rod Sims holds a first class honours degree in Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University.

  • Rosemary Sinclair
    Chief Executive Officer, Energy Consumers Australia

    Rosemary Sinclair is the CEO of Energy Consumers Australia, a company established by the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council of Ministers in 2015 to strengthen independent consumer advocacy on national energy market matters of strategic importance and material consequence for energy consumers, in particular household and small business consumers.

    Energy Consumers Australia focuses on the long-term interests of consumers of energy with respect to the price, quality, safety, reliability and security of supply of energy services.

    Rosemary is a Director of CPA Australia and a recent past Member (part-time) of the Australian Communications and Media Authority. She has many years of senior large-scale operations, communications and strategy experience in business and government across telecommunications, media and education. She also has held a number of Directorships on unlisted company and not-for-profit Boards, both Australia and international.

    Rosemary received the Order of Australia Award in the 2018 Queen’s birthday Honours List.

    She has degrees in Arts, Law and Business and a Masters of Commerce from UNSW. Rosemary is a qualified CPA and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Jim Snow
    Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland Energy Initiative

    Jim was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the UQEI in July 2016 and brings to The University of Queensland a unique and skilled mix of industry and academic experience built from successful careers in the energy industry and private consulting practice.

    He has worked in the energy sector for 35 years, commencing as a Chemical Engineer in the gas production and supply sector with AGL, gaining extensive experience as an engineer, a senior manager in economic regulation, sales, advertising and marketing, and energy market strategy and design. He also worked in merger and acquisition transactions for the AGL Board, in the procurement of major gas portfolios, gas transmission agreements and associated lengthy wholesale price arbitrations, and in negotiating the major industrial and commercial gas sales agreements.

    Over a 20-year career Jim has developed and funded a number of very successful energy and water consulting practices across the Asia Pacific region. These businesses largely focused on regulatory economics and market design work but in reality involved a very wide range of topics - from upstream gas to retailing, transmission and distribution systems and regulation generation (grid and remote), renewables, energy forecasting, etc. This work connected him with all the leading energy companies, regulators and government policy groups in the region.

    Jim is an Executive Director of Oakley Greenwood Pty Ltd, a leading consulting group in the energy and water sector. Prior to this he was Vice-President and Senior Advisor to Charles River International (Boston) and Executive General Manager Development for Energy Developments Ltd.

    He holds an honours degree in Chemical Engineering from Newcastle University, and is a graduate of the Mt. Eliza Management College Advanced Management Program. He has headed the Australian Chemical Engineering College Board, sat on the Institution of Engineers Board and has been a Fellow of IEAust (and IChemE) since 1993.

    Jim feels that the energy industry faces a number of major challenges - it is undergoing fundamental change rather than incremental change, yet does not conduct the detailed research work that is required to inform the industry and policy decision making despite there being billions of economic, consumer and industry value at stake. He feels that UQ and the Energy Initiative could address a number of these issues, thereby forcing the industry to confront fact rather than opinion which in turn could improve policy and investment decision making.

  • Dennis Van Puyvelde
    Head of Gas, Energy Networks Australia

    Dennis is an energy and carbon capture and storage (CCS) specialist with a career focussed on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the energy and industrial sector (especially cement plants).
    Dennis has worked with research organisations, government, industry associations, private industry and consulting firms. He is very outcome focussed and has been a key contributor to some major reports in CCS. For example, in 2013 he led the drafting of the capture chapter of the Global Status of CCS report, he also worked with the International Energy Agency and the National CCS Council researching and preparing key reports for them. Prior to this, Dennis has been very active in the CCS area and was instrumental in developing a new research strategy and program for the CO2CRC.
    Dennis wide range of skills include desktop research, process modelling and simulation, business development, project and contract management, and research consultancy work applied to the energy sector.

  • Louis Vega
    President of Dow Australia & New Zealand, The Dow Chemical Company

    Louis Vega has been President of Dow Australia & New Zealand at The Dow Chemical Company since February 2017. Mr. Vega served as Chief of Staff - Office of The Chairman & Chief Executive Officer and Global Director at The Dow Chemical Company since October 9, 2014 and also served as its Vice President of Olympic & Sports Solutions. Mr. Vega served as Director of Corporate Reputation and Operations - India Middle East and Africa Region at The Dow Chemical Company since May 2006 until October 9, 2014. Most recently, he served as Director of Public Affairs for Dow's India, Middle East and Africa region, overseeing all regional public affairs strategy and activities. Prior to his regional leadership role, Mr. Vega was responsible for the strategic planning and deployment of Dow's political activities in the United States, including coordinating Dow's State Government Affairs nationally and lobbying federally on behalf of Dow’s businesses, along with corporate issues such as Security, Transportation and Product Safety.

    Mr. Vega joined Dow in 1998 as Global Business Communications Leader. In February 2000, he assumed the role of Global Media Relations Leader for The Dow Chemical Company and oversaw the development of media relations related to the Dow merger with Union Carbide. In July 2000, Mr. Vega was named Business Public Affairs Director for Dow Styrenics & Engineered Products business group based in Horgen, Switzerland. He relocated to Washington, DC in 2003. Prior to joining Dow,

    Mr. Vega served in a variety of roles on Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch in Washington, DC. He has been a Director of Dow Chemical (Australia) Pty Limited since March 2, 2017. He has been a Director of Dow Chemical (NZ) Limited, Rohm and Haas Australia Pty. Ltd. and Rohm and Haas New Zealand Limited since March 2, 2017. Mr. Vega has a degree in Government & Public Relations from New Mexico State University in New Mexico.

  • Ben Wilson
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

    Previously, Ben was the Director of Strategy and Regulation and Chief Financial Officer at UK Power Networks (UKPN), a large electricity distribution company in the UK with 8 million customers, and also owned by the CK Group.  Before joining UKPN in 2011 Ben was a utilities investment banker for fifteen years, working Europe, Asia and Latin America, most recently at Deutsche Bank.

    Ben commenced with Australian Gas Infrastructure Group in March 2015.

  • Tony Wood
    Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute

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

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

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

  • Gordon Wymer
    Chief Commercial Officer, SnowyHydro

    Gordon is Snowy Hydro's Chief Commercial Officer.  Gordon's 20 year involvement in the energy industry started with 10 years of energy industry advisory, mergers and acquisition roles at Fay, Richwhite and UBS. From advising the shareholders of Snowy Hydro from 1995 up to the corporatisation of the company in 2002, Gordon joined Snowy Hydro in 2003. He was formerly the CFO and played a leading role in the development of Snowy Hydro’s risk management framework and the company’s evolution from generator to its position as the fourth pillar in the National Electricity Market.