Speakers:

  • Sam Bartholomaeus
    Head of Energy (Australia), BHP Billiton

    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
    Project Director Australia, GFG Alliance

    James has worked in the energy industry for more than 20 years, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Industrial Energy. Prior to that he was Chief Operations Officer at energy utility owner Duet Group and 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.

  • Stephen Bell
    Chief Executive Officer, Qenos

    Stephen Bell completed a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University Of Melbourne and following this, he undertook 2 years postdoctoral research in Boston, USA.  Thereafter, Steve joined ICI Australia's Crop Care business in 1987 as a Research Team Leader prior to moving into ICI's Plastics business. 

    With more than 25 years’ experience in the Petrochemical and Engineering Plastics businesses, Steve has a strong track record of delivering growth and improved business performance through differentiation utilising innovation and technology. During his career, Steve has held a range of business management and executive roles.  Until recently, Steve had executive responsibility for all aspects of Qenos's commercial operations including Marketing & Sales, Supply Chain, Feedstock & Procurement, Product Technology and the Specialty Products trading business. He was also the Vice President Commercial for ChemChina.

    Steve’s current role is Chief Executive Officer, Qenos.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nicholas Browne
    Asia Gas and LNG Director, Wood Mackenzie

    Nicholas joined Wood Mackenzie in 2007 as a consultant in our London office. Prior to Wood Mackenzie, he worked in gas sales and marketing for Total in addition to working on their gas and power trading floor.

    As an analyst, he has widespread experience with global gas and energy markets, in addition to advising on several major international infrastructure transactions and project financing engagements.  Nicholas has completed projects across the gas value chain including gas monetization options, transport economics and market entry strategies.

    In 2014, he relocated to Singapore to manage our LNG, gas, renewable and electricity markets teams and product manage the South East Asia Gas  & Power Service and the LNG Corporate Service.

    Nicholas regularly contributes to industry conferences, as both a speaker and session chair. He specialises in Asian LNG fundamentals, emerging LNG players and regional energy policy.

  • Sarah Browne
    Director – Communications, Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)

    As APPEA’s Director – Communications, Sarah has led the Brighter community and stakeholder engagement program since its inception in 2018. Sarah was previously a senior advisor to a number of Premiers and Ministers in both Western Australia and Victoria, including undertaking significant work in strategic policy development and integrated communications planning. Most recently, Sarah was Managing Director of the Strategic Communications group of FTI Consulting, a global consultancy specialising in public affairs campaigns.

  • Senator The Hon. Matt Canavan
    Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Government of Australia

    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 has served as the Minister for Northern Australia since February 2016, and was elevated to Cabinet later that year as the Minister for Resources – the first Central Queensland based Cabinet Minister since the 1970’s. He currently serves as the Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate.

    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.

  • Steve Davies
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA)

    Steve Davies is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Pipeline and Gas Association. September 2017. Issues on Steve’s mind this year include: the future of gas in Australia, competition and economic regulation of transmission pipelines, stakeholder engagement and pipeline safety. 

    Prior to being CEO, he was APGA’s National Policy Manager with responsibility for government relations and policy development for the gas transmission industry. After training as an engineer, Steve took a different path and has held a range of policy and regulatory roles related to infrastructure and resources in industry associations and the Federal Government. Having spent the majority of his career in industry associations, Steve especially enjoys the opportunities and challenges of working in small teams delivering a wide range of service to members.

  • Mark Dayman
    Executive Chairman
    Fyfe
  • Kai Eberspaecher
    Country Manager, Bengal Energy

    Kai C. Eberspaecher is Bengal Energy’s Country Manager for Australia. Kai started his career as a Production Engineer with Shell International working in the Netherlands and Scotland. He then joined BG Group where he held a number of senior corporate, project delivery and operational roles working in the UK, Kazakhstan and Australia. 

    Remaining in Australia, Kai joined Worley’s Corporate Advisory (Advisian) as Operational Excellence Practice Manager for APAC working with clients on organisational change, operational improvement, corporate due diligence and strategic questions across the Hydrocarbon Value Chain.

    In 2019, Kai joined Bengal Energy as Country Manager to drive the commercialization of Bengal Energy’s gas resources in the Cooper Basin.

    Kai is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, a Fellow of the Association for Project Management and a Chartered Engineer. Kai holds an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

  • The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP
    Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources, Federal Opposition

    Joel is the Federal Member for Hunter. He was born in Bellingen, NSW, in 1962. Joel attended Maitland Marist Brothers and St Patrick’s Primary, Cessnock. In addition to his trade qualifications he holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Newcastle.

    After leaving high school Joel trained as an auto-electrician and ran his own business for more than ten years. Between 1987 and 1995 he served on Cessnock City Council and was Deputy Mayor of the City between 1989 and 1990.

    Joel was first elected to the House of Representatives in March of 1996 to represent the Hunter electorate in New South Wales. He served as Minister for Defence in the Labor Government between December 2007 and June 2009. He also served as Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry between July 2013 and September 2013.

    A former player himself, Joel's favourite sport is Rugby League and he is the Patron of both the Newcastle Knights and his former club, Cessnock Goannas.

    Joel lives in Cessnock in the Hunter Valley with his wife Dianne, who was elected a Cessnock City Councillor in 2016. They have three adult children.

  • Lisa France
    Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Energy Developments

    Lisa was appointed Head of Corporate Affairs in June 2018. She leads global regulatory affairs and communications. An experienced executive with over 25 years in the environment and energy sector, Lisa has global experience in consulting and project management and is a former elected Member of Parliament and Assistant Minister in Queensland.

    Most recently Lisa was Regional Energy Director – Australia and Asia with global engineering firm Hatch, focused on the development of energy projects in Australia and Asia. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science.

  • Andrew Garnett
    Director, UQ Centre for Natural Gas

    Professor Andrew (Alf) Garnett is a former Shell and Schlumberger executive. He currently leads large multi-disciplinary research programs contributing to future energy transitions through natural gas and through carbon abatement at The University of Queensland. He was bought on board by UQ for his deep industry experience, having worked widely on oil and gas developments across the globe for the past 30 years, most notably, those with high greenhouse gas emission footprints. 

    Andrew heads up UQ’s Centre for Coal Seam Gas, a centre formed in 2012 to drive world-class research in Queensland. The Centre is conducting high quality, independent scientific research in the CSG sector to help improve stewardship of the State’s resources. The research spans the areas of petroleum engineering and geoscience, groundwater management and impacts, and community and social performance. 

    More recently he was also charged by the university to lead research investigating the potential development of large-scale carbon capture and storage in Queensland, a technology which is flagged internationally as one of the key solutions to significantly reduce emissions. The broad-scale technical, environmental, social and economic scoping study will be used to inform public debate and policy makers.

  • David Grabau
    Resources and Energy, Senior Investment Specialist , Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

    David Grabau has strong technical proficiency and experience in the resources and energy sectors, with a valuable combination of experience in both government and ASX top 20 corporates.

    Since joining Austrade as Senior Investment Specialist for resources and energy in April 2017, David has helped a number of major international companies identify and secure investment opportunities in the Australian market. More recently, he has been working closely on Australian capability in hydrogen, renewables, mining technology, critical minerals and lithium-ion battery value chains.

    David’s previous senior commercial roles include advising major resources and energy companies across strategy, risk, and project management. David spent several years working with BHP across its minerals and petroleum businesses, including management roles in Group Risk and Corporate Development.

  • Kylie Hargreaves
    Government & Stakeholder Relations, Australian Industrial Energy

    Kylie has a unique blend of International, Government, Policy and Commercial expertise.  She has over 25 years’ experience in Federal and State Government, including a decade working overseas in Europe and the USA. Kylie has managed operations with net budgets of $400+ million, asset bases of $12+ billion and teams of 550 people spread over dozens of locations.

    In 2019, as a private consultant, she was instrumental in securing the first ever Infrastructure Development Consent for an LNG Import Terminal in Australia.

    As Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner (Austrade) in the UK, USA and Spain, Kylie represented Australia on the international stage and worked with hundreds of small, medium and large companies to capitalise on new growth opportunities. Her experience spans consumer products, services (tourism, education and the arts), resources, energy and infrastructure.

    As Deputy Secretary (Deputy CEO) for four different portfolios in the NSW Government, including Resources and Energy, Kylie has a deep understanding of the challenges of operating in highly regulated sectors, the importance of good governance, risk management and social license.

    A past and present Chair and Non Executive Director on various Boards, a NSW Finalist in the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and a successful private consultant, Kylie has a track record for delivering innovative business models.

  • Samantha Hepburn
    Director of the Centre for Energy and Natural Resources Law, Deakin University

    Samantha Hepburn is a Professor of Law in Deakin Law School. Previously, Samantha was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the Australian National University.  She completed her PhD from the University of Melbourne. Samantha teaches and researches in the area of property and land law, as well as mining, energy and environmental law and has published books and articles in these areas. 

    Samantha has a strong research interest in unconventional gas regulation in Australia and is also examining the regulatory development of carbon capture sequestration both in Australia and internationally.

  • Claire Johnson
    Co-Founder & CEO, Hydrolytics

    Hydrolytics provides market monitoring and analysis of the global hydrogen sector with the objective to enable the clean hydrogen economy.

    Prior to launching Hydrolytics in 2019, Claire was the CEO of Hydrogen Mobility Australia, the industry association representing Australia’s emerging hydrogen sector.

    In this role, Claire advocated for the introduction of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to Australia with governments, industry and the community.

    Claire has a background in policy development and government relations across the private and public sectors, including as manager of government affairs at Toyota Australia.

    In this role she led the company’s government engagement program for a range of transport policy areas, including the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles to Australia.

    Claire has also worked for Australian federal and state governments in policy development, including industry, environmental and trade policy.

    Claire holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Marketing from the University of Tasmania.

  • The Hon. Bill Johnston MLA
    Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy, Industrial Relations, West Australian Government

    Bill Johnston was sworn in as the Mines and Petroleum, Commerce and Industrial Relations, Electoral Affairs, and Asian Engagement Minister in March 2017.

    This occurred a week after the WA Labor Party’s landslide victory against the Liberal Government.

    As our State’s first Asian Engagement Minister, Minister Johnston’s focus was to capitalise on the rapid population and economic growth in Asia to create more job-boosting opportunities in Western Australia.

    The Minister has a particular affinity with Indonesia, having spent time in West Java as a high school exchange student, and he maintains a working proficiency in both written and spoken Indonesian.

    After almost two years in those roles, Minister Johnston was appointed Energy Minister on December 13, 2018.

    To accommodate these changes, and to focus on this important new role, the Asian Engagement, Commerce and Electoral Affairs portfolios were handed over to other Cabinet Ministers.

    He retains the Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations portfolios.

    In Opposition he served as Shadow Minister for State Development and Energy from 2012, and Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum from 2013.

    He was a Member of the Economics and Industry Standing Committee and Deputy Chair of the Inquiry into Domestic Gas Prices from 2010 to 2011.

    Prior to entering Parliament, he was the State Secretary of WA Labor from 2001 until 2008, with responsibility for all State and Federal election campaigns.

    During this time he was also a member of the Australian Labor Party’s National Executive.

    As Assistant State Secretary of WA Labor from 1998 until 2001, his duties included creating and operating the Labor Business Roundtable, that connects WA Labor with business, industry and the not-for-profit sector in WA.

    In 1985, he was a delegate to the International Youth Conference in Kingston, Jamaica during the UN International Youth Year; he participated in the Australian Young Political Leaders Program delegation to Indonesia in 1991; he participated in the US State Department’s Australian Young Political Leaders tour for the Mid-Term Elections in 2002; and in 2006 he was an ALP International Delegate for the UK Labour Party National Conference.

    He was a senior official of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association for eight years, President of ACT Young Labor in 1988, and appointed by Prime Minister Bob Hawke as Youth Director to the Board of the Australian Bicentennial Authority from 1985 until 1989.

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

    Saul is Director, APAC markets at Credit Suisse where he is head of Australian energy research. He presents at leading industry conferences in the region and is a regular gas and energy commentator in print and broadcast media. 

    Saul was previously head of oil, gas, LNG and energy in Australasia for Wood Mackenzie, the world’s largest energy consulting company.  He has also worked at Woodside Energy, Australia’s largest oil and gas company, at M.H.Carnegie & Co, one of Australia's largest Venture Capital funds, and has advised on resource policy for the United Nations and African Union Commission. 

    Saul is a member of the industry advisory board for the University of Western Australia Oceans Graduate School and a co-founder of Refugees Welcome Australia. Saul holds degrees in Law (Honours) and Chemical Engineering (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

  • Matthew Kay
    Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Beach Energy

    Mr Kay joined Beach in May 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. He most recently served as Executive General Manager, Strategy and Commercial at Oil Search, a position he held for two years. In that role he was a member of the executive team and led the strategy, commercial, supply chain, economics, marketing, M&A and legal functions.

    Prior to Oil Search, Mr Kay spent 12 years with Woodside Energy in various leadership roles, including Vice President of Corporate Development, General Manager of Production Planning leading over 80 operations professionals, and General Manager of Commercial for Middle East and Africa. In these roles Mr Kay developed extensive leadership skills across LNG, pipeline gas and oil joint ventures, and developments in Australia and internationally.

  • The Hon. Matthew Kean MP
    Minister for Energy and Environment, NSW Government

    In 2011, Matt became the youngest member of the NSW Legislative Assembly when he was elected Member for Hornsby. Within a year, he was elected to chair the NSW Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on the Office of the Valuer General. Under his stewardship, the committee recommended radical changes to the system of land valuation in NSW to make it fairer for home owners.

    In March 2015, he was re-elected with an increased margin after he was able to lobby for:

    • the completion of the $120 million first stage – and the start of the $200 million second stage - of the Hornsby Hospital rebuild,
    • funding from local, state and federal governments for various projects in his electorate including the remediation of a quarry site in Hornsby; and
    • railway station parking improvements and other upgrades, including the new pedestrian overbridge at Hornsby.

    On January 30, 2017 Matt was elevated to the NSW Cabinet as the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation. Matt has always seen himself as a champion of the little guy and this role gives him an opportunity to put this passion into practice in his electorate and across the state.

    As minister, he is responsible for a diverse range of issues with a portfolio that includes consumer protection, workplace safety, and innovation.

    So far, he has:

    • reformed the laws around gift cards to ensure a minimum three-year expiry date
    • attacked ticket scalpers with new laws to smash their dodgy business models
    • commissioned Kathryn Greiner to conduct an extensive review into retirement villages to improve the quality of life for their residents
    • initiated the Bergin Report into charitable fundraising, to ensure people can have confidence about their donations
    • tackled quad bike safety issues with a raft of reforms to reduce deaths and injuries

    Matt counts mental health issues as a key concern. His first speech in parliament back in 2011 was dedicated to a young friend who had recently taken his own life. Matt is working on a program to improve mental health in the work places of NSW.

    As a keen promoter of innovative technology and its power to improve the economy, Matt is committed to highlighting the ways innovative technology and thinking can improve quality of life, as well as the NSW economy.

  • David Leitch
    Principal, ITK Services Australia

    33 years experience in investment banking research at major investment banks in Australia.

    Consistently rated in top 3 for utility analysis 2006-2016. Headed up teams that at one time or another rated No 1 in sector surveys in each of Utilities, building materials and infrastructure sectors in the 2000-2016 period.

  • David Maxwell
    Chief Executive Officer, 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.

    Mr Maxwell was previously director of gas and marketing with Woodside in Perth and a member of Woodside’s executive committee.  He is a Director of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) and has served on a number of industry association boards, government advisory groups and public company boards and is a recipient of the Australian Gas Association Silver Flame Award for his contribution to the gas industry.

  • Andrew McConville
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)

    Andrew McConville is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), a position he has occupied since April 2019. 

    APPEA is the peak national body for Australia’s oil and gas exploration and production industry. APPEA represents almost 200 companies involved in oil and gas exploration and production as well as the provision of goods and services to the upstream oil and gas industry.

    As Chief Executive, Andrew is responsible for leading the Association and its members to be the effective voice the Australian oil and gas industry, building community trust and support, driving advocacy and engagement, developing the industry’s key policy positions and executing a strategy for growth of the Association.

    Andrew is an advocacy and corporate affairs professional with more than 25 years’ experience across the oil and gas, agribusiness, banking and finance, FMCG and government sectors.  

    Andrew holds a first class honours degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England, a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Oxford University and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Stuart Nicholls
    Chief Executive Officer, Strike Energy

    Mr. Nicholls is an energy industry professional having worked across Commercial, Strategy and Exploration primarily within Royal Dutch Shell’s gas businesses. He has a deep knowledge of the global energy system and previous experience also includes six years with the Australian Army in senior command positions. He has worked in Australia, The Netherlands, Myanmar and Malaysia in both a corporate and operational capacity. Mr. Nicholls joined Strike as Chief Executive Officer in April 2017 and was appointed to the Board as Managing Director in August 2017.

  • Rachel Parry
    First Assistant Secretary, Department of the Environment and Energy

    Rachel currently leads the Energy Division having previously led the Great Barrier Reef Branch and the Communication and Ministerial Services Branch in the Department.  Rachel has over 20 years’ experience working in communications, program management and policy development for a variety of public, private and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and overseas including the CSIRO, the Australian Institute of Sport, the World Health Organization and the International Institute of Sustainable Development.  She holds undergraduate and post graduate degrees in Environmental Studies and is a Graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.  When not tackling energy policy, Rachel enjoys keeping up with her three teenagers, and crazy dog.  In her not-often spare time she enjoys yoga, is an avid reader of current affairs and loves to travel the world.

  • 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.

  • Samantha Read
    Chief Executive Officer, Chemistry Australia

    Samantha was appointed CEO in January 2014.

    Samantha’s career in manufacturing and industry spans more than 25 years. Prior to joining the Association, she was CEO at the Biofuels Association of Australia and she has previously held senior executive and Board roles in the Australian steel and automotive industries, including as an Executive Director of GM Holden and General Motors Australia. Samantha has been a Non-Executive Director of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries and Manufacturing Skills Australia.

    Samantha’s career has been diverse with roles in corporate affairs, government relations, procurement and quality. She began in BHP’s Research and Steel Divisions, working in manufacturing, strategic technology planning and research, across a range of locations.

    Samantha is a passionate advocate for Australian manufacturing, seeing it as vital to the long-term success of Australia’s economy and providing skilled jobs, driving investment and delivering innovation, new technology and research outcomes.

  • David Roberts
    Executive Director, Head of Project Advisory, ANZ

    David Roberts is based in Sydney and is an Executive Director and Head of ANZ’s Project Advisory business. David joined ANZ in November 2010 after 10 years with Macquarie Capital. He has 25 years’ experience in the Investment Banking industry with specific expertise in Corporate Advisory, Project Finance and the Infrastructure sector. In addition to David’s advisory experience, he has been involved in structuring and delivery of debt financing for a number of significant infrastructure projects around the world. Over the course of his career David has taken leading roles in transactions covering a range of sectors including Energy & Utilities, Transport Infrastructure, Resources, Telco & Media and Industrials.

    In his current role as Head of Project Advisory at ANZ, David is responsible for the Bank’s Project Advisory business in Australia and internationally and for delivering specialised advisory services to clients active in the Infrastructure and Energy sectors. Since joining ANZ and returning to Australia from Asia, David has grown a specialised team focussed on delivery of financial advisory services for large scale infrastructure projects and has developed market leading expertise in relation to renewable energy assets. David is a leading advisor to energy companies and Investors active in the Australian renewables sector and has specific experience in the provision of advice in relation to cross border infrastructure investment.

  • 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 30 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.

  • Damien Sanford
    Chief Operations Officer, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

    Damien Sanford is the Executive General Manager (EGM) of Operations. Damien has led various operational functions within AEMO over the past decade, including most recently management roles in real-time electricity and gas operations.

  • Owen Sharpe
    Principal Industry Development Officer (Hydrogen & Energy Intensive Industries), Department for Energy and Mining, Government of South Australia

    Owen is a mining and energy sector professional responsible for maximising economic opportunities associated with South Australia's world-leading renewable energy transition.

    Owen believes there are significant opportunities to establish South Australia as an Asia-Pacific hub for the production, use and export of renewable hydrogen.

    In recognition if his work, including as project manager to three cutting-edge renewable hydrogen projects, Owen was awarded South Australian Young Energy Professional of the Year in 2018, and a role in the Australia Korea Business Council Future Leaders Program in 2019.

    Owen is an experienced in the analysis and communication of complex issues to various audiences including South Australia’s Hydrogen Action Plan, and the South Australian Government's response to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.

  • Lachlan Shaw
    Director, Head of Commodity Research, Markets Corporate & Institutional Banking
    National Australia Bank
  • Rod Sims
    Chairman, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

    Rod Sims was appointed Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in August 2011 for an initial five year term, reappointed for a further three years in August 2016, and reappointed again in September 2018 for an unprecedented further three years till July 2022, making him the longest serving Chair of the ACCC.

    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 Singapore-based 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 Chair 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. Between 1988–1990 Rod was the economic advisor to Australia’s Prime Minister.

    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.

  • Jim Snow
    Executive Director / Adjunct Professor, Oakley Greenwood / University of Queensland

    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.

  • Gabrielle Sycamore
    General Manager of Gas Markets
    Jemena
  • Frank Tudor
    Managing Director, Jemena

    Frank has more than 30 years’ experience in the international oil, gas, and power industries having held various senior executive roles across the sector throughout his career. Before joining Jemena Frank was CEO at Horizon Power – Australia’s only vertically-integrated electricity utility which provides energy services to customers across regional Western Australia.

    Frank holds first class degrees in engineering, economics, and business administration from Curtin University (WA), the London School of Economics (UK) and AGSM (the University of NSW). He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and lectured in oil and gas economics and legal frameworks at the University of Western Australia.

    Frank also serves on the Expert Advisory Panel with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), is a Board member of Energy Networks Australia (and is Chair of its Asset Management Committee), and is also a former member of the Federal Government’s Australia China Council.

  • Felicity Underhill
    General Manager Hydrogen
    Origin Energy
  • Matt Walden
    Transactions and Business Development, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

    Matt Walden is a Transaction Specialist at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and specialises in the identification and execution of investment opportunities. Matt is responsible for managing a number of ARENA’s Solar, Hydrogen and Bioenergy portfolio concepts and projects and manages ARENA’s Large Scale Solar Competitive Round.

    Prior to ARENA, Matt specialised in providing financial, commercial and policy advice in the renewables and general infrastructure sectors. Matt is an ICAA Business Valuation Specialist, a Chartered Accountant and has a post-graduate qualification in Applied Finance. 

  • Daniel Walton
    National Secretary, The Australian Workers Union

    Daniel Walton is the National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union, Australia’s oldest and largest blue-collar trade union with over 100,000 members.

    Daniel began his career in the union movement in 2003, when he started working for Unions NSW. It was here that he began to develop specialised campaigning and negotiating skills.

    In 2008, he joined the Australian Workers' Union National Team as a Campaigns and Growth Co-ordinator, where he gained unique experience in change management and team leadership. He led a number of union recruitment projects, the success of which has been recognised by the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

    In 2014, Daniel became National Vice-President of the Union, and used this position to advocate for policies that protect and strengthen Australian industries. His leadership in the 2015 Bluescope Steel negotiations kept the manufactuer from closing down their Australian operations.

    In November 2016 Daniel was elected National Secretary of the AWU.

    Daniel is a director on the board of Chifley Financial Services. He is also completing a Masters in Business Administration at the University of New South Wales.

  • Matthew Warren
    Columnist, Australian Financial Review

    Matthew Warren is a former chief executive of the Australian Energy Council, the Energy Supply Association of Australia and the Clean Energy Council.

  • Rob Wheals
    Chief Executive Officer, APA Group

    Appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director 6 July 2019.

    Rob has more than 25 years’ experience in Australia and internationally in energy infrastructure and telecommunications, across roles in operations, finance, commercial, strategy, infrastructure investments and M&A, as well as regulatory.

    Rob joined APA in 2008 as General Manager Commercial to manage the commercial function of APA's transmission business, which includes over 15,000 kilometres of gas transmission pipelines, storage and processing facilities.

    In 2012, Rob was appointed Group Executive Transmission, responsible for approximately 85% of APA's earnings before interest, tax and depreciation. In this role, Rob was responsible for the commercial, operational and safety performance of APA Group's transmission and gas storage assets.

    Rob has a deep understanding of the Australian energy market and the challenges facing Australia today and into the future, in particular the challenge of balancing sustainable lower emissions energy with reliable and affordable energy for end users.

    Prior to joining APA, Rob was General Manager of Strategy at AAPT in Sydney.

    Rob has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Ben Wilson
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

    Ben Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, which comprises Dampier Bunbury Pipeline, Dampier Development Group, Multinet Gas, and Australian Gas Networks. Together these represent one of Australia’s largest gas infrastructure businesses, active nationwide, with 2 million distribution customers, 4,000 km of transmission pipelines, and 34,000 km of networks. AGIG recently developed the Tanami gas pipeline project in the Northern Territory and is partnering with the SA government on Australia’s largest renewable hydrogen project, Hydrogen Park SA. Ben became CEO of AGN in 2015 and of AGIG in 2017.

    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. At UKPN Ben’s responsibilities included negotiating UKPN’s 2015-2023 price control under Ofgem’s RIIO framework, and UKPN’s Business Transformation Program. Before joining UKPN in 2011 Ben was a utilities investment banker for fifteen years, working in Europe, Asia and Latin America, most recently at Deutsche Bank.

    Ben is Deputy Chairman of Energy Networks Australia and is Chairman of the ENA’s Gas Committee.

    Ben has a Bachelors Degree in Natural Science from Cambridge University in the UK.