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Sam BartholomaeusHead 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.
Stephen BellChief 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.
David BermanCommercial Director, ExxonMobil Australia
David Berman is the Commercial Director for ExxonMobil Australia and Esso Australia with responsibility for marketing, analytics, strategy and commercial operations. He has over 20 years of experience with ExxonMobil in exploration, development, production and business development in Australia, Canada and the United States.
David holds degrees in Science (Hons) and Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Sarah BrowneDirector – 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.
Steve DaviesChief 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.
Ian DaviesManaging Director, Senex Energy
Ian is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Senex Energy Limited (ASX: SXY), an S&P/ASX 200 energy company that delivered record production, record reserves and record profits in 2012/13. He manages a team of 170 with the majority of staff located in the company’s head office in Brisbane’s CBD. The remainder of his team works in South Australia, where Senex operates a thriving oil business and is seeking to develop a world-class gas business. Ian works closely with his fellow Directors to set the strategic direction of the business and has responsibility for delivering on the agreed performance objectives.
Under Ian’s leadership, Senex has articulated a clear growth strategy, based on aggressive exploration, appraisal and development of the company’s oil and gas assets in the South Australian Cooper-Eromanga Basin and Queensland’s Surat Basin.
Richard DayDirector Low Carbon Industry Development Department for Energy and Mining, Government of South Australia
Richard joined the South Australian Government in 2001 and since that time has worked across the energy, climate change, industry development and low carbon economy portfolios. He heads up a team within the Department of Energy and Mining that is charged with capturing the economic development opportunities associated with the State’s transition to clean energy. His current area of focus is on growing and attracting industries that can capitalise on South Australia’s low cost renewable energy resources, including use of batteries and other forms of energy storage, hydrogen and green chemical production, mining and green minerals processing, the electrification of mobility, and associated value chains. Richard’s team spearheads the implementation of South Australia’s Hydrogen Action Plan, the $150M Renewable Technology Fund and $50M Grid Scale Storage Fund, and the development of an Electric Vehicle Strategy for South Australia.
Mark DaymanExecutive Chairman, Fyfe
Mark was appointed Executive Chairman of Fyfe in late 2019.
As Executive Chairman, he is actively involved in business development and generating project opportunities for the company, as well as overseeing the Fyfe Board and being readily available to Fyfe staff and clients.
In his impressive 35-year career at the Company, Mark has held various roles, including 14 years as Managing Director. He is motivated by the relationships he has developed with his staff and clients, and enjoys seeing both the company, and people flourish.
Mark is the current President, preceding Vice President and a Councillor at the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME), Past President of the Australian Pipeline and Gas Association, and holds membership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD); Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia; and Australian Pipeline and Gas Association.
Mark was recognised as the Entrepreneur of the Year in the 2014 Central Region Services category at the Entrepreneur Awards, an accolade which is considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious business awards and is held in more than 145 cities and over 60 countries worldwide.
Royce De SousaDirector, Eastern Energy Buyers
Royce De Sousa (BE Hons / LLB) is currently Director, Eastern Energy Buyers Group (EEBG) – a buying group comprised of a range of corporate Commercial, Industrial and Agricultural energy users which leverages group expertise and consolidated group energy load to achieve lower procured price of Natural Gas and Electricity across entire gas and electricity supply chains. Eastern Energy Buyers is also a Market Participant in various East Coast Natural Gas Markets.
Royce is also Director, poweRD Consulting – a small consultancy aimed at identifying and delivering opportunities in energy for corporates with a particular focus on Commercial and Industrials energy users.
Prior to poweRD Consulting and EEBG, Royce was General Manager – Energy & Sustainability for Visy Industries Australia – Australia’s largest packaging and recycling company. Royce’s two decade-long focus on Energy at Visy included procurement and supply of energy to Visy’s facilities, Visy’s gas-fired and renewable energy generation, as well as driving Visy’s carbon strategy and energy efficiency programmes.
Royce was a Discretionary Member of the Australian Energy Markets Commission (AEMC) Reliability Panel which focuses on improving the security and reliability of Australia’s energy supply and infrastructure. Royce represented all Large User interests on the Panel between 2015 and 2018.
Prior to working in energy, Royce was a process, project and maintenance engineer in Visy’s Paper Mills.
Royce also worked with the following firms prior to joining Visy
• ABB in its former Steam Turbine Division, Baden, Switzerland;
• Solicitors’ firm Freehills;
• Macquarie Bank’s Project and Structured Finance Division
Michael DolanHydrogen Innovation and Development Lead , Fortescue Metals Group
Michael Dolan was appointed Manager Hydrogen of Fortescue Metals Group in May 2020, after joining the Company in January 2019 to support Fortescue’s efforts to transition towards hydrogen energy systems in its own operations, as well as establish an Australian hydrogen industry for domestic and international markets.
He joined Fortescue after a distinguished career in research and development with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) – Australia’s national science agency. He led the development of a membrane-based hydrogen purification technology, culminating in the world-first demonstration of fuel cell vehicle refuelling with hydrogen derived from ammonia.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours), PhD and MBA.
Robert GardChief Executive Officer, Denison Gas
Robert has more than 34 years’ experience in all aspects of the Petroleum Industry. This includes 23 years with ExxonMobil where he worked across the whole value chain, 8 years with ASX listed small cap “MEO Australia Limited” (now Melbana) on various Australian and international ventures and with AGL Energy as commercial manager of their Upstream assets including site selection for their proposed LNG Import terminal.
Robert has previously held the CEO position a ASX listed Pilot Energy and has been working with Denison Gas since before their acquisition of the Denison Trough Assets.
Andrew GarnettDirector, 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.
Dave GreenGeneral Manager Strategy & Business Development, Jemena
Dave joined Jemena in 2007 and is currently General Manager Strategy & Business Development, responsible for pursuing and leading both asset development and M&A opportunity teams and strategy development for the gas business.
In this role, Dave lead the successful bid teams for the Northern Gas Pipeline to invest $800M connecting the Northern Territory to the East Coast gas market. In addition, Dave has lead a number of other development and acquisition opportunities including the Darling Downs Pipelines system, Atlas gas processing plant and pipeline and the Roma North processing plant. Before taking on his current role, Dave was the General Manager Pipelines and was accountable for the overall P&L performance of Jemena’s Pipeline Business.
Dave was recently appointed a Director of the Energy Club NT, the leading networking organisation across northern Australia who provide a platform to connect the energy industry, initiate and sustain business relationships and share information across the sector.
Rohan HarrisSenior Principal Consultant, Oakley Greenwood
Rohan Harris is an economist who has worked in the energy, water and consulting industries for more than 17 years. Rohan has significant experience in the areas of: tariff design; regulatory strategy and analysis; cost benefit analysis; energy and water policy; metering policy and regulatory issues; and gas, electricity and water demand forecasting.
Rohan has worked at Oakley Greenwood for the last 6 years. In that time, he has advised numerous regulated electricity, gas and water businesses, policymakers and industry associations, including, but not limited to: SP AusNet, United Energy, Multinet, Jemena, Citipower, Powercor, the Victorian Electricity Distribution Businesses, ActewAGL, esaa, Energy Networks Association, Department of Sustainability and Environment, South East Water, Yarra Valley Water, IPART, Southern Rural Water, ElectraNet, Queensland Urban Utilities, Ausgrid, China Light and Power (Hong Kong), Australian Energy Council, Sarawak Energy Berhad and Tenaga National Berhad (Malaysia), Energy Australia, Origin Energy and AGL.
Previous roles include Principal Economist at SP AusNet; Associate Director at consulting firm SAHA International; and Manager, Economic Regulation at South East Water.
Patrick HartleyLeader, CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission , CSIRO
Dr. Patrick Hartley is the leader of CSIRO’s Hydrogen Industry Mission. In this role he is responsible for developing the strategy, structure, operating model and partnerships which will underpin a major new national research initiative which is proposed for launch in mid-2020 which is focussed on delivering research, development and demonstration projects which enable the scaleup of Australia’s domestic and export hydrogen industries.
From 2014-2019 he led the Oil, Gas and Fuels research program within CSIRO's Energy Business Unit. The program comprises 85 research staff and students working on applied research projects which span the energy resources value chain, with a particular emphasis on the sustainable development of Australia’s petroleum resources and on the associated challenges of large scale carbon dioxide storage.
In 2018, he established CSIRO’s Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform. This major initiative focusses on addressing research challenges which underpin the development of hydrogen energy value chains in Australia. During this time, he co-led the formulation of CSIRO’s ‘Nationalydrogen Roadmap, and, with the Chief Scientist of Australia, the briefing paper ‘Hydrogen for Australia’s Future’ which was presented to the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) Energy council in August 2018.
Wodek JakubikInnovation Manager, Coregas
Wodek has more than 30 years’ international experience in all aspects of industrial gases.
In the most recent decade, he has been focused on specialty gases market in the Asia Pacific region. Wodek has extensive experience in industrial gas applications, production and end user installations.
As a member of Coregas’ senior leadership team, Wodek is currently is responsible for fostering strategic relationships and supporting practical opportunities to increase the momentum towards Australia’s developing hydrogen future.
Wodek holds a Master of Science (Honours)
Saul KavonicHead 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.
David LeitchPrincipal, 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.
Rupert MaloneyHead of Hydrogen Investment, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Rupert Maloney is the Head of Hydrogen, within the Clean Futures Team at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. At CEFC, Rupert is leading the effort to establish CEFC as a market leader and investor in the commercialisation of the hydrogen sector across Australia. Rupert is responsible for the identification and development of new business relationships and opportunities in the emerging hydrogen sector. Rupert has 15 years’ experience working across investment, finance and corporate development roles. Most recently Rupert was General Manager in the Strategy & Corporate Development team at Caltex Australia and prior to that he had senior roles at Keurig Dr Pepper and Macquarie Group. Rupert has a Bachelor of Business (Banking & Finance) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degrees from Queensland University of Technology.
Lee MarshallGroup Executive Corporate Strategy and Commercial, Beach Energy
Mr Marshall joined Beach in January 2018 as Group Executive Corporate Strategy and Commercial. Prior to joining Beach, Mr Marshall was most recently General Manager UK for Woodside Energy. Based in London, Mr Marshall managed exploration assets and business development opportunities in the Atlantic Basin and Africa. He has over 20 years of Australian and global commercial, business development and financial management experience across upstream oil and gas and LNG. Mr Marshall is responsible for upstream commercial, strategy, economics, M&A, business development and marketing.
David MaxwellChief 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.
Hannah McCaugheyGroup Executive Transformation and Technology, APA Group
Hannah is responsible for APA Group’s Transformation and Technology division, which enables APA to effectively respond to the disruptive forces of decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitisation.
The division drives the identification of emerging energy market opportunities while delivering business transformation, continuous improvement initiatives and technology solutions.
Prior to joining APA Group, Hannah performed senior executive roles in infrastructure and utilities, and has led multiple whole-of-business transformations focused on delivering better customer outcomes and sustainable operational excellence.
Andrew McConvilleChief Executive, Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)
Andrew McConville is the Chief Executive 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.
Stephanie MorozGlobal Innovation Lead, EDL Energy
Stephanie works in reducing pollution and carbon emissions in our energy systems, with specific expertise in hydrogen technologies, batteries and internal combustion engines. Now working in remote energy, microgrids, waste to energy, carbon abatement and other exciting areas.
She has extensive international experience in North America, Europe and Asia ranging from high volume automotive manufacturing to early stage venture capital backed companies.
Stephanie was named one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers by Engineers Australia and one of the Top 50 Tech Pioneers in Australia and New Zealand by H2 Ventures and Investec.
Stuart NichollsChief 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.
Russell PendleburySenior Economist, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)
Russell is a results driven energy industry professional with extensive corporate strategy, energy market, policy and commercial knowledge of the industry from over 20 years of experience with leading global organisations.
He is recognised for an ability to analyse opportunities and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders including board level. A committed and proactive professional with highly developed communication and leadership skills, motivated by the ability to solve complex issues and the desire to drive profitable growth. Ideally suited for strategic and future executive level positions within the energy sector.
Russell holds a masters degree from the London School of Economics and is a qualified CIMA management accountant.
The Hon Keith PittMinister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Australian Government
Keith’s first full time job was at Fairymead Sugar Mill. Keith and his wife Allison had cane farms and in 2002 Keith established the Australian Safety & Training Alliance, going on to train over 10,000 local students from more than 1,000 businesses.
In September 2013 Keith was elected to represent the Hinkler Electorate in the Australian Parliament.
On February 6, 2020, Keith was appointed as Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia.
Stephen QuilterExecutive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy , Stanwell
Mr Quilter joined Stanwell in February 2012 as Swanbank Power Station Manager and was appointed General Manager of Stanwell’s gas and hydro generation portfolio in May 2013.
In a career spanning more than 20 years in the energy industry both in Queensland and New South Wales, Mr Quilter has worked in various operational roles including senior engineering and management positions.
Mr Quilter was appointed Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy at Stanwell in July 2016. In this role, he is responsible for the trading of Stanwell’s generation in the National Electricity Market.
He also oversees the development of commercial strategies targeted at diversifying revenue streams and creating value from Stanwell’s various fuel resources.
Andrew RichardsChief Executive Officer, Energy Users Association of Australia
Andrew has over 30 years of energy industry and infrastructure development experience having held a variety of senior management roles in the areas of sales and marketing, public and stakeholder relations, media and communications, strategic planning, policy development, stakeholder engagement and political advocacy.
For the last 3 years he has been Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA). The EUAA is the peak national body representing Australian commercial and industrial electricity and gas users. EUAA membership covers a broad cross-section of the Australian economy including significant retail, manufacturing, mining, materials and food processing industries.
Under his leadership the EUAA has positioned itself as a highly respected thought leader and advisor to energy industry players, regulators and governments and is recognised by these stakeholders as a strong advocate for energy users.
With significant experience in energy policy, political advocacy and stakeholder engagement Andrew continues to play a key role in a range of forums including the AEMO Expert Panel, the Federal Government Energy Industry Roundtable, the AER Value of Customer Reliability Consultative Committee and the recently formed National Hydrogen Strategy Taskforce Stakeholder Advisory Panel.
Andrew is also deeply involved in ongoing engagement on behalf of energy users with the ACCC, AEMC, ESB, COAG Energy Council, AER and via numerous industry related customer reference groups.
Bruce RobertsonEnergy Finance Analyst Gas/LNG, Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis (IEEFA)
Bruce Robertson has been a fund manager and professional investor for over 32 years. He has worked with Perpetual Trustees, UBS, Nippon Life Insurance and BT and is an active participant in the national debate on energy issues in Australia.
Clyde RussellAsia 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.
Mark SamterSenior 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.
Mark SchubertExecutive General Manager, Integrated Gas , Origin Energy
Mark Schubert joined Origin in April 2015 and was appointed Executive General Manager, Integrated Gas, in April 2017. He is responsible for Origin’s Integrated Gas business, which manages the company’s portfolio of natural gas and LNG interests, including Origin's interests in Australia Pacific LNG and the Beetaloo Basin in the Northern Territory. Prior to that, Mark was General Manager, Commercial where he was responsible for strategy, business performance, exploration and new resources, gas marketing, LNG portfolio management, joint ventures and our non-operated interests.
Before joining Origin, Mark held a number of senior positions during a 18-year career with Shell. Mark served as General Manager Production, where he had direct accountability for developing Prelude FLNG – the world's first floating LNG facility. Mark’s other roles at Shell included General Manager Geelong Refinery and General Manager Oceania Supply & Marine. Mark holds a Masters of Finance and Financial Law from the University of London and a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from the University of Sydney.
Lachlan ShawHead of Commodity Research, Markets Corporate & Institutional Banking, National Australia Bank
Lachlan is an experienced commodity research analyst who has previously held positions at UBS, Commonwealth Bank and Australian Treasury. He was ranked #1 for Commodity Research in the Peter Lee Australasian Investor survey 2015 to 2018 inclusive.
He works across oil & gas/LNG, base & precious metals, bulk commodities, and new energy raw materials. Areas od speciality include Commodity modelling & research, equities, China / global macroeconomics, risk management and economic modelling.
Rod SimsChairman, 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.
Vikram SinghHead of Hydrogen Development, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group
Vikram is leading the decarbonisation strategy at AGIG and delivering Hydrogen Park SA (HyP SA), the largest power to gas project in Australia, where renewable hydrogen will be blended with natural gas and injected into the South Australian gas distribution network.
Vikram is leading several feasibility studies to blend renewable hydrogen into selected Victorian and South Australian regional towns and developing plans to transition AGIG’s networks to 100% hydrogen networks.
Prior to AGIG, Vikram was a partner at Deloitte Australia and specialised in the energy and utilities sector advising leading energy companies and government agencies on strategy and investments, energy policy and decarbonisation.
Prior to Deloitte, Vikram held senior management positions at Singapore Power and Powercor Australia.
Jim SnowExecutive 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 SycamoreGeneral Manager of Gas Markets, Jemena
Gabrielle is an experienced senior commercial manager specialising in leading teams, managing complex commercial projects and enhancing commercial outcomes. With 15 years’ experience in the energy sector, Gabrielle also has expertise in finance and business development. Prior to joining Jemena, Gabrielle worked as a business analyst in Australia and overseas. Gabrielle has a Masters of Business Administration from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University.
Gabrielle Sycamore is General Manager – Strategy & Commercial at Jemena, where she sets the commercial direction and growth strategy for Jemena’s gas network assets. Gabrielle is also accountable for key product sales, marketing, account management and customer commercial arrangements.
She sits on the boards of Bioenergy Australia and the Future Fuels CRC and is a member of the Energy Networks Australia Gas Committee and Australian Hydrogen Centre.
Felicity UnderhillGeneral Manager Hydrogen, Origin Energy
Felicity Underhill has a history of successfully designing and then implementing strategies including new business ventures, major organisational change, digital and innovation. While she was with Shell, she worked in over 35 companies in over 20 countries, so has had the opportunity to learn from some of the best and the rest. Felicity joined Origin just before they took FID on the Australia Pacific LNG project. Now, as General Manager, Hydrogen, Felicity is currently investigating how hydrogen might best fit within Origin’s, and Australia’s, future energy mix.
Matt WaldenTransactions 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 WaltonNational and NSW Secretary, The Australian Workers Union
Daniel Walton is the National and NSW 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 WarrenColumnist, Australian Financial Review
Matthew Warren is an energy policy commentator, writing for the Australian Financial Review and is author of “Blackout: How is energy-rich Australia running out of Electricity?”. He has spent the past 15 years working for the electricity, downstream gas, renewable energy and coal industries. He was in turn CEO of the Australian Clean Energy Council, the Energy Supply Association of Australia and the Australian Energy Council. He is a Principal of NEM Risk Bulletin.
Rick WilkinsonHead of Consulting, EnergyQuest
Rick is the Head of Consulting for EnergyQuest, an Australian-based energy advisory firm specialising in independent energy market analysis and strategy for energy companies, energy buyers, investors and governments.
Prior to EnergyQuest, Rick worked at APPEA, the peak upstream petroleum industry association, where he held positions as the Chief Technical Officer and Chief Operating Officer – Eastern Region.
He has held various positions with Santos over 16 years, including Vice-President Commercial, and President GLNG and Queensland.
Rick has been an Associate with management consultants, McKinsey & Co., and held managerial and engineering positions with Schlumberger in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan and the USA.
He is an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Natural Gas, University of Queensland, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ben WilsonChief 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.
Misha ZelinskyAssistant National Secretary, The Australian Workers Union
Michael (Misha) is currently the Assistant National Secretary at the AWU National Office, Sydney. He is also a Director of Cbus Super Fund.
Misha's previous roles in the AWU have been as the Director of Policy and Economics, providing advice on government policy, Australian economic and industry policy, as well as the development of strategic campaigns. He has also worked in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (NSW) and has been a criminal defence lawyer for the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW.