Speakers:

  • David Berman
    Commercial Director, ExxonMobil Australia

    Session: Opportunities for the Gippsland Basin in Australia’s energy transition

    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 international experience with ExxonMobil in exploration, development, production, research and business development.

    David holds degrees in Science (Hons) and Commerce from the University of Melbourne, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.

  • David Biggs
    Executive Director & CEO Australia, Warrego Energy

    Session: PANEL DISCISSION: Where to next for west coast gas projects?

    David has over 35 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas sector. He has worked extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and the Americas with both large multi-national and smaller organisations.

    Until recently David was CEO and Managing Director of AWE Limited (ASX: AWE). AWE accepted a $602 million takeover bid from Japanese firm Mitsui in February 2018 after rejecting two other bids in the preceding months. The principal asset being purchased by Mitsui was the Waitsia field 16km west of Warrego’s West Erregulla-2 well. The Waitsia-4 well which recorded a maximum flow rate of 90 MMscf/d, the highest ever recorded onshore Australia. Prior to AWE, David spent 3 years as CEO of Cue Energy Limited, and before that, almost 20 years with BHP Billiton Petroleum, rising to the positions of Vice President, Commercial and Vice President, Land and Upstream Agreements, based in Houston. Part of these responsibilities included membership of the exploration leadership team. Prior to BHP Billiton Petroleum, he worked with the Natural Gas Corporation and the Petroleum Corporation of New Zealand. David brings extensive experience in leadership, strategy and planning, business improvement, and commercial transactions, particularly M&A and gas marketing. He holds a tertiary qualification in law from Victoria University in Wellington.

  • The Hon. Chris Bowen
    Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Federal Opposition

    Session: Opposition address

    Chris Bowen entered Parliament in 2004 and has held a wide range of portfolios including serving as Treasurer, Minister for Human Services, Minister for Immigration, Minister for Financial Services, Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Competition Policy, Minister for Small Business and Minister for Tertiary Education. Chris has been responsible for a range of significant policy reform programs in these portfolios.

    He served as Interim Leader of the Labor Party and Acting Leader of the Opposition following the 2013 Federal election and served as Shadow Treasurer. He is now the Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy.

  • Tracey Boyes
    General Manager, Future Fuels and Future Growth, Origin Energy

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can the developing a hydrogen industry deliver a net zero emissions future?

    Tracey Boyes is General Manager Future Fuels and Future Growth at ASX listed integrated energy company, Origin Energy. Tracey is accountable for Origin’s renewable fuels, carbon management and future growth activities.

    During 12 years with Origin, Tracey has worked across the energy value chain, including upstream exploration and development, generation, LPG and retailing parts of the business. Prior to working at Origin, Tracey held senior roles in New Zealand with Contact Energy, New Zealand’s second-largest integrated energy company engaged in gas, hydro and geothermal electricity generation, and retailing.

  • Anna Brakey
    Commissioner, Chair East Coast Gas Market Board, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

    Session: Update from the ACCC - Gas inquiry 2017-2025

    Anna Brakey was appointed a Commissioner of the ACCC in December 2020. She is also an Associate Member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

    Anna Brakey has extensive experience in regulatory economics and public policy with over 25 years of experience working with regulators, government and within the private sector. She has had broad exposure to a wide range of infrastructure industries, including energy, water and transport.

    Additionally, she has worked on economic reform to social policy. Prior to starting at ACCC, Anna worked as an economist at Frontier Economics and held a number of roles at the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), including being a deputy Tribunal Member, the Executive Director of Strategy and Economic Analysis and the Chief Operating Officer. Anna’s expertise includes the Parliamentary Committee process, the New South Wales Department of Transport, the Australian Productivity Commission, the Bureau of Industry Economics and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Additionally, Anna has worked for the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) on reforms to economic regulation and with the New South Wales Treasury on the sale of assets. Anna chairs the ACCC’s Infrastructure Committee, Communications Committee, Electricity Markets Inquiry Board and East Coast Gas Market Board, and is a member of the ACCC’s Competition Exemptions Committee and Agriculture Board.

    Anna holds a Bachelor of Economics from Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from Securities Institute of Australia. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Mark Busuttil
    Executive Director - Energy & Utilities Analyst, J.P. Morgan

    Session: PANEL DISCISSION: Where to next for west coast gas projects?

    Mark Busuttil is Head of J.P. Morgan's Australian Energy, Utilities & Telco Research team. In the latest Peter Lee survey, Mark was rated #1 in Energy. Mark has been a research analyst for 17 years covering a number of sectors including Aerospace, Retail, Steel, Building Materials, and Metals & Mining. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario as well as a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Western Australia.

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

    Session: Opportunities and risks arising from an aging infrastructure system

    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 as sociations, Steve especially enjoys the opportunities and challenges of working in small teams delivering a wide range of service to members.

  • Ian Davies
    Chief Executive Officer, Senex Energy

    Session: Meeting the challenge of reducing emissions in the gas industry

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can users and suppliers move from entrenched warfare over price to something more co-operative?

    Ian has led Senex as Managing Director and Chief Executive since 2010, navigating the business through significant growth and transformation. Under Ian’s leadership, the Company is pursuing a long - held strategy to capture emerging opportunities in Australia’s dynamic energy sector. In 2017, Ian was elected to the Board of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) and in November 2019 was appointed Vice Chairman.

    Before joining Senex, Ian was influential in the growth of the CSG - to - LNG industry in Queensland as Chief Financial Officer of Queensland Gas Company Limited (QGC). Ian led the negotiation of the LNG joint venture transaction with BG Group and the takeover offer for QGC by BG Group, the largest on - market takeover in Australian corporate history at that time.

    Ian is also Vice Chairman, Non-Executive Director of the APPEA.

  • Mark Dayman
    Executive Chairman, Fyfe

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Unlocking the Beetaloo Basin

    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.

  • Phaedra Deckart
    Chief Executive Officer, Tas Gas

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can users and suppliers move from entrenched warfare over price to something more co-operative?

    Phaedra Deckart has led Tas Gas as Chief Executive Officer since 2020. Tas Gas is the network distributor and the largest retailer of gas in Tasmania and operates a virtual gas distribution network servicing ten regional towns in Victoria and operates a transmission pipeline in Western Victoria. It is currently examining the role hydrogen could play in the Victoria and Tasmania.

    Before joining Tas Gas, Phaedra previously served as a senior executive at AGL and Santos. With more than 25 years’ experience in domestic and global markets, Phaedra is one of Australia’s strongest advocates for the role gas plays in the energy transition.

    At AGL, Phaedra managed the sourcing and origination of gas, power and coal deals while navigating the transition to firmed renewables. During her years at Santos, she held commercial, corporate, gas and LNG marketing positions.

    Phaedra is a vocal advocate for women in leadership and a board member of the Australian Gas Industry Trust.

  • Paul Evans
    Vice President Corporate Affairs, Orica

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can users and suppliers move from entrenched warfare over price to something more co-operative?

    With 25 years working directly with the most senior ranks of business, industry and government, Paul’s career has seen him provide close counsel to Boards, CEOs and Federal Ministers on navigating successfully through difficult decision making and risk management.

    Paul’s current role at Orica is expansive and fluid. He advises the Orica Board and Management on strategic risks, macro-economic policy and geo-political trends. He leads on material policy, regulatory and reputational issues and the company’s engagement with parliamentarians, officials, the diplomatic corps and intelligence agencies across the globe.

    Paul’s responsibilities also include Sustainability, Environmental Remediation and Property & Facilities.

    Prior to moving into the private sector in 2004, Paul held several senior Departmental and Ministerial roles with the Federal Government including Chief of Staff and Principal Advisor to successive Ministers for Defence. Since then, he has held positions on the executive leadership teams of FMCG businesses. Immediately prior to joining Orica, Paul successfully led the Australian wine sector through a period of unprecedented policy and taxation reform as Chief Executive of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia.

  • Tim Gould
    Chief Energy Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA)

    Session: INTERNATIONAL ADDRESS: Examining LNG and global trends in the gas sector

    Tim Gould was appointed the Agency’s Chief Energy Economist in 2021. As Chief Energy Economist, he provides strategic advice on energy economics across a wide range of IEA activities and analysis. Mr Gould is also Head of the Division for Energy Supply and Investment Outlooks, in which capacity he coleads the World Energy Outlook, the IEA’s flagship publication, and oversees the Agency’s work on investment and finance, including the World Energy Investment report.

    Mr Gould joined the IEA in 2008, initially as a specialist on Russian and Caspian energy, and in recent years has designed and directed the World Energy Outlook together with the IEA’s Chief Energy Modeller while contributing to the Outlook as a principal author. Prior to joining the IEA, Mr Gould worked on European and Eurasian energy issues in Brussels and has ten years of experience in Eastern Europe, primarily in Ukraine. He graduated from Oxford University and has a post - graduate diploma from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.

  • Margaret Hall
    Chief Executive Officer, Seven Group Holdings Energy

    Session: Investing in domestic gas - SGH perspective

    Ms Margaret Hall was appointed Chief Executive Officer of SGH Energy in September 2015 and is also a Director of SGH Energy.

    The CEO role holds responsibility for delivering value from the SGH Energy oil and gas assets within Australia and the USA as well as driving growth of this business segment for the parent company.

    Ms Hall has over 28 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, spanning both super - major and independent companies. From 2011 to 2014, she held senior management roles in Nexus Energy with responsibilities covering Development, Production Operations, Engineering, Exploration, Health, Safety and Environment. This was preceded by 19 years with ExxonMobil in Australia, across production and development in the Victorian Gippsland Basin and Joint Ventures across Australia.

  • Anthea Harris
    Deputy Secretary - Energy, Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

    Session: Implications of the Victorian gas substitution roadmap

    Anthea Harris is Deputy Secretary of the Energy Group within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Prior to this, Anthea was Lead Deputy Secretary of Strategy and Planning Group at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Anthea was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Climate Change Authority, held senior roles within the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, led the Secretariat for the National Emissions Trading Taskforce and held positions with the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Frontier Economics and at the Productivity Commission.

  • Rohan Harris
    Senior Principal Consultant, Oakley Greenwood

    Session: In-depth Learning Session A: Detailed gas market analysis: Price trends, electrification, supply demand balance, decarbonisation and LNG imports

    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.

  • The Hon. Bill Johnston
    Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy and Corrective Services, Western Australian Government

    Session: Ministerial update on the Western Australian domestic gas market

    The Hon. Bill Johnston is Western Australia's Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy and Corrective Services.

    He has been a Minister for the McGowan Labor Government since March 2017, and has previously been Minister for Commerce, Industrial Relations, Electoral Affairs, and Asian Engagement.

    So far, his achievements include cutting red-tape for the mining industry, introducing the Work Health and Safety Bill (industrial manslaughter provisions) and assisting in revolutionising Western Australia’s energy system.

    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.

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

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Rising ESG pressures: good or bad for the domestic gas sector?

    Saul is a Director APAC Markets and the Head of Integrated Energy, Resources and Carbon Research at Credit Suisse, covering the oil, gas, mining, new energy, and carbon markets sectors. Hefrequently presents at leading industry conferences in the region, is the top ranked energy equity analyst in Australia according to industry surveys, and is a regular gas and energy commentator in print and broadcast media. Saul has previously worked across the energy sector in commercial, project, research and government policy roles. He was previously head of oil, gas, LNG and renewable research in Australasiafor Wood Mackenzie, the world’s leading energy consultancy, and has delivered strategic consulting projects across the oil and gas, renewables and logistics sectors. 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 and energy policy for the United Nations and African Union Commission. Saul is a member of the industry advisory board for the University of Western Australia OceansGraduate School and a co-founder of Refugees Welcome Australia. Saul holds degrees in Law (Honours) and Chemical Engineering (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

  • Leigh Kennedy
    General Manager – Hydrogen, National Energy Resources Australia (NERA)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can the developing a hydrogen industry deliver a net zero emissions future?

    Leigh Kennedy is NERA’s General Manager-Hydrogen with a focus on working collaboratively across Australia to develop regional hydrogen technology clusters and build a national hydrogen technology cluster that can be promoted around the world.

    Before joining NERA, for almost the last decade, Leigh worked with Austrade’s international network and government partners to drive Austrade's global resources and energy foreign direct investment attraction and facilitation strategy and assist clients (developers, capital and technology companies) deliver on their Australian expansion plans. Aligned to many global companies transition to becoming green and announcing net zero emission targets, the focus honed-in on renewable energy and hydrogen investment opportunities. Working collaboratively with all state and territory governments along with key Australian Government agencies and clients, Leigh built relationships with strategic investors across the world. He also has significant experience in energy security policy when based in Canberra.

  • David Maxwell
    Chief Executive Officer, Cooper Energy

    Session: South-eastern Australia Gas – challenges and opportunities

    Mr Maxwell is a leading oil and gas industry executive with more than 25 years in senior executive roleswith companies such as BG Group, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Santos Limited. Mr Maxwell has very successfully led many large commercial, marketing and business development projects.

    Prior to joining Cooper Energy Mr Maxwell worked with the BG Group, where he was responsible for all commercial, exploration, business development, strategy and marketing activities in Australia and led BG Group’s entry into Australia and Asia including a number of material acquisitions.

    Mr Maxwell has served on a number of industry association boards, government advisory groups and public company boards.

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

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can the developing a hydrogen industry deliver a net zero emissions future?

    Andrew has more than 25 years international experience across a range of industries and with government in advocacy, policy, corporate affairs and commercial operations. Before joining APPEA in April 2019 he spent a decade with global agribusiness Syngenta, in external affairs and communications.

  • Stuart Nicholls
    Chief Executive Officer, Strike Energy

    Session: Exploring the Perth Basin and defining the capacity of the Permian gas fairway

    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.

  • Oliver Nunn
    Principal, Endgame Economics

    Session: In-depth Learning Session B: Understanding the role of gas and gas prices in the electricity industry

    Oliver is the director of Endgame Economics. He is an expert in the design, development and application of mathematical models. He has spent the vast majority of his career applying this expertise in the context of the energy industry.

    Oliver is an expert in wholesale energy markets, and his advice is regularly sought on the implications of changes to policy and macroeconomic factors for the wholesale sector. He has worked with generators, renewable energy developers, and private equity firms, to provide expert quantitative analysis to inform bids for major gas transmission and electricity generation assets.

    Some notable projects that Oliver has completed include the following:

    • the interventions review for the Australian Energy Market Operator in 2017 ;
    • the ahead-market workstream for the Energy Security Board in 2020;
    • acting for the New South Wales Government during the sale of Transgrid, Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy in 2015;
    • the Australian Energy Market Commission’s assessment of the five-minute settlement rule change in 2016; and
    • the Distribution Network Pricing rule change in 2014.

    Prior to founding Endgame, Oliver led the quantitative team at the Australian Energy Market Commission, and worked at a number of economic and energy market consultancies. He holds a first class honours in pure mathematics, as well as commerce degree with majors in economics and finance.

  • Julian Peck
    Group Executive Strategy & Commercial, APA Group

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Unlocking the Beetaloo Basin

    Julian is responsible for delivering APA’s customer experience, all business development and commercial contracting activities, co-ordination of corporate strategy development, as well as undertaking corporate development and merger and acquisition activities.

    Prior to joining APA, Julian held senior leadership positions in investment banking, with over 20 years’ experience specialising in the infrastructure, utility and power sectors.

  • Melissa Perrow
    General Manager Energy, Brickworks

    Session: Ensuring a long-term sustainable future for brick making through decarbonisation

    Melissa Perrow is the General Manager Energy at Brickworks Limited and is responsible for managing the energy needs as a large user of electricity and gas. Melissa has transformed Brickwork’s east coast gas strategy, transitioning from a retail customer to a wholesale gas participant in all of the Short Term Trading Markets and the Victorian gas market. The transition to wholesale gas markets has provided Brickworks with cost and flexibility benefits. Melissa has 20 years of wholesale energy trading experience gained across electricity, gas, carbon and green markets and holds a Bachelor in Applied Science, a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma in Technology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance. She is currently studying a Global Masters of Business Administration.

  • Kristin Raman
    Head of Strategy and Innovation, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Rising ESG pressures: good or bad for the domestic gas sector?

    Session: Integrating renewable gas (hydrogen and bio gases) into the existing network

    Krissy is responsible for leading business strategy and implementing the long - term vision for gas, with a particular focus on decarbonisation through renewable gas such as hydrogen and biomethane.

    Krissy has played a key role in the development and delivery of several renewable gas projects such as Hydrogen Park South Australia, Hydrogen Park Gladstone and Hydrogen Park Murray Valley, including through the related stakeholder and community engagement programs.

    Krissy also holds responsibility for in ternal communications across Australian Gas Infrastructure Group.

  • Joel Riddle
    Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tamboran Resources

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Unlocking the Beetaloo Basin

    Mr Riddle joined Tamboran Resources as Chief Executive Officer in 2013.

    He has more than 17 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas industry and was previously with Cobalt International Energy, where he worked closely with executive management in the initial evaluation and implementation of the exploration growth strategy in the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa, playing an instrumental role in Cobalt’s $1 billion initial public offering in 2009 and subsequent capital raising efforts in 2010 and 2011.

    Mr Riddle also served various technical and leadership roles at ExxonMobil, Unocal and Murphy Oil. Mr Riddle holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

  • Shelley Robertson
    Executive General Manager - Energy, Mineral Resources (MRL)

    Session: PANEL DISCISSION: Where to next for west coast gas projects?

    Shelley Robertson joined Mineral Resources in 2019 to lead the company's entire energy portfolio, including oil & gas.

    Shelley has over 25 years' experience across numerous industries including oil & gas, mining, infrastructure, renewable energy and agriculture. Prior to joining Mineral Resources, Shelley held the roles of Asset Manager, CEO and Managing Director with Norwest Energy NL. Throughout her career, Shelley has also worked with Woodside Petroleum, BHP Petroleum, Geothermal Power Pry Ltd, Rio Tinto and ABM Resources. Shelley brings to the role a breadth of experience in ASX compliance, corporate governance, management, commercial negotiations, government and regulatory liaison, stakeholder engagement, fund-raising, project delivery, budget management, joint venture management and general operations. Shelley has a Bachelor of Science degree, a Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering and an MBA in Oil & Gas. Shelley also earned an Order of Merit on the Australia Institute of Company Directors course in 2018.

  • Bruce Robertson
    Energy Finance Analyst Gas/LNG, Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis (IEEFA)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Rising ESG pressures: good or bad for the domestic gas sector?

    Bruce Robertson has been a fund manager and professional investor for over 35 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 Russell
    Asia Commodities and Energy Columnist, Thomson Reuters

    Session: Opening remarks from the chair

    Clyde analyses a cross-section of commodities produced and consumed in Asia with a view to identifying market trends and anomalies. He specialises in crude oil, natural gas, coal, iron ore and copper, but also writes on gold and increasingly on the intersection between climate change and energy policies.

  • Mark Samter
    Senior Research Analyst, MST Marquee

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can users and suppliers move from entrenched warfare over price to something more co-operative?

    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.

  • Ayten Saridas
    former Group Chief Financial Officer, Coronado Global Resources

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can users and suppliers move from entrenched warfare over price to something more co-operative?

    Ayten Saridas is an experienced finance executive. She has worked in the gas and energy sector. Recent roles have included Chief Financial Officer for AEW, Coronado and Oil Search.

  • Jim Snow
    Executive Director , Oakley Greenwood

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Rising ESG pressures: good or bad for the domestic gas sector?

    Session: In-depth Learning Session A: Detailed gas market analysis: Price trends, electrification, supply demand balance, decarbonisation and LNG imports

    Jim spent 12 years in the Natural Gas Industry (AGL) holding several senior executive positions.

    Jim has worked across the energy and water industry. This has included water and energy pricing and economic regulation, demand side management, greenhouse gas mitigation and emission trading, extensive and complex commercial modelling and price/volume forecasting work for electricity and gas; as well as building generation plants, gas pipelines and electricity grid systems, CNG and LNG facilities, managing energy retail operations and has consulted widely to the demand side, particularly energy intensive industry.

    Jim has specific expertise in the development of embedded generation assets and embedded networks, energy storage and other demand side management activities for use in the deferral of network investments.

    Jim has also undertaken large assignments internationally including spending more than two years restructuring the entire electricity industry of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and advised on the restructure of the Malaysian electricity supply industry and associated incentives based regulation of the key monopoly assets of the country.

  • The Hon. Scott Stewart
    Minister for Resources, Queensland Government

    Session: Ministerial update on the Queensland domestic gas market

    Scott Stewart is the Queensland Minister for Resources and Member for Townsville.

    Before entering Parliament as the Member for Townsville in 2015, Mr Stewart worked in education for 28 years; serving as a principal and teacher in several high schools. Upon his election in October 2015, he served as the Chair of the Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee and as deputy speaker.

    Mr Stewart is also passionate about the resource sector, with his great grandfather Walter John Davidson being one of the original Mount Isa mine workers in the 1920s.

    He holds a Bachelor of Education and a master's degree from the Queensland University of Technology.

  • The Hon. Angus Taylor
    Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Federal Government

    Session: Ministerial address

    Angus entered politics in 2013 when he was elected as the Liberal Federal Member for Hume in New South Wales.

    Building on his background in economics, Angus was appointed to parliamentary committees on employment, trade and investment, and public accounts. He was also chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.

    Angus was promoted to Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister with special responsibility for Cities and Digital Transformation in February 2016. He was reappointed to the frontbench after the 2016 Federal election and became Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security in December 2017.

    Angus was promoted to Cabinet as the Minister for Energy in August 2018, and reappointed as the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction in May 2019.

    With a passion for cutting edge technology and the benefits for citizens of the digital age, Angus authored an essay The Promise of Digital Government which was published by the Menzies Research Centre in 2016.

    He has gained a reputation amongst his constituents as a keen problem solver, focusing in his electorate on growth opportunities for regional communities and improving telecommunications.

    Prior to entering parliament in 2013 Angus was a Director at Port Jackson Partners where he was a strategy and business advisor on the resources, agriculture, energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to this he was a partner at global consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

    Angus has a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours and University Medal) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney. He also has a Master of Philosophy in Economics from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His thesis was in the field of competition policy. In his private capacity Angus has founded or advised a number of small, fast growing start-up businesses, particularly in the agriculture sector.

    He lives at Goulburn with his wife Louise and their four children.

  • Andrew Thornton
    General Manager, Integrated Gas, Origin Energy

    Session: Green and lean - the importance of continued investment in low cost, low emissions gas to ensure the energy transition is not put at risk

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Unlocking the Beetaloo Basin

    Andrew joined Origin in 2012 and was appointed as Acting Executive General Manager–Integrated Gas in June 2021.

    Andrew is responsible for Australia Pacific LNG’s upstream operations and gas marketing, Origin’s upstream assets in the Beetaloo, Cooper and Canning Basins, and business development and investment activity in renewable fuels and carbon.

    Prior to joining Origin, Andrew held commercial, investing and investment banking roles including as an Executive Director in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs, and a member of the Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures and Restructuring group of Morgan Stanley.

  • Frank Tudor
    Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Jemena

    Session: Future of the domestic gas industry through the transition to a low carbon energy system

    Frank is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jemena, a business that owns and operates a diverse portfolio of energy transportation assets across the east coast of Australia.

    Frank has held various senior executive roles over the last 30 plus years in the international oil, gas, and power industries. Before joining Jemena as Managing Director on 15 October 2018, Frank worked at Horizon Power, BP and Woodside. Frank is excited to continue the excellent work that has led to the expansion of the Jemena Gas and Electricity Network and in establishing Jemena as a world leader in electricity distribution and pipeline infrastructure, technology, ownership and management.

    Frank serves on the Council of Australian Governments Energy Security Board Advisory Panel, the Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 Cooperative Research Centre (RACE for 2030 CRC), the Asia Society Advisory Panel, and is a Director of ActewAGL, Deputy Chair of Energy Networks Australia (and is Chair of its Gas Committee). He is also a member of the Business Council Australia Energy and Climate Change Committee, and Chair of the Energy Charter CEO Council.

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

  • Alex Underwood
    Managing Director, Empire Energy Group

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Unlocking the Beetaloo Basin

    Mr Underwood joined Empire Energy in 2018 as CEO with nearly 15 years of specialist upstream oil and gas investing and financing experience. Previously he spent 2 years with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia as Director in the Natural Resources Division and 9 years with Macquarie Bank as Associate Director in the Energy Markets Division. Mr Underwood commenced his career at BHP Billiton Petroleum as a financial analyst.

  • Dennis Van Puyvelde
    Head of Renewable Gas, Energy Networks Australia

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Rising ESG pressures: good or bad for the domestic gas sector?

    Dennis Van Puyvelde is Energy Networks Australia’s Head of Gas. In this role he manages work programs and strategic projects for the Gas Committee and it’s related technical, marketing and carbon policy reference groups. He leads the development and implementation of advocacy strategies for gas distribution businesses.

    Dennis led the development of Gas Vision 2050– an industry-wide future vision for the gas industry. This vision describes a pathway for gas involving the adoption of hydrogen, biogas and carbon capture and storage. He has also secured support from Australia’s gas networks businesses for the Future Fuels CRC.

    Dennis has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, with particular emphasis on low emission technologies, including gasification, biogas, carbon capture and storage and hydrogen.

    Dennis has a PhD and Honours degree in Chemical Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Leadership.

  • Matthew Warren
    Principal, Boardroom Energy

    Session: Opening remarks from the chair

    Matthew Warren is a leading commentator on climate and energy in Australia. Matthew has spent the past 25 years inside Australia’s energy and environmental policy debates. He has represented coal, renewables and major energy companies, running the Australian Energy Council and the Clean Energy Council. He is author of the Walkley nominated book Blackout, and is a regular contributor on energy and climate for the Australian Financial Review. He is a Principal at Boardroom Energy, a business advisory on energy and climate.

  • Rob Wheals
    Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, APA Group

    Session: Supporting a robust and financially secure gas sector with strategic infrastructure

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Unlocking the Beetaloo Basin

    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 mergers and acquisition, 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.

  • Misha Zelinsky
    Assistant National Secretary, The Australian Workers Union

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Rising ESG pressures: good or bad for the domestic gas sector?

    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.