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SPEAKERS

Mark Butler

Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy

Mark Butler has been the Labor Member for Port Adelaide in the Federal Parliament since 2007 and is the Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy.

Mark served as Minister for Ageing and Australia’s first Minister for Mental Health in the Gillard Government. He has also held the ministries of Housing, Homelessness, Social Inclusion, Climate Change, Water and the Environment.

In 2013, Mark was awarded the Alzheimer’s Disease International Award (ADI) for Extraordinary Contribution to Tackling Dementia. He was elected as National President of the Australian Labor Party in 2015. Mark is the author of Advanced Australia - The Politics of Ageing, published in 2015; and Climate Wars, published in 2017. 

Shane Rattenbury

Minister for Climate Change, ACT Government

Shane Rattenbury is the Minister for Climate Change in the Government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Australia. He is a member of the ACT Greens party, and he and another Greens Member hold the balance of power which allows the Labor party to form a minority Government.

Inspired by key environmental issues of the 1980s and ‘90s, including ozone depletion, Antarctic protection and logging, Shane became a keen environmental advocate at a young age.  He joined the Greens whilst studying Economics and Law (Honours) at the Australian National University.

Shane has been a Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly since 2008 where he has held a number of roles including Speaker and Minister. As Minister for Climate Change, Shane is implementing the ACT’s ambitious climate change agenda. The ACT has set world leading targets of 100% renewable electricity by 2020 and zero net emissions by 2045. The ACT has commissioned several major wind and solar farms and will achieve its 100% renewable electricity target on time. Other recent initiatives have focused on reducing transport emissions, including by building the first stage of the city’s light rail network, and by commencing transition of the Government’s approximately 600 vehicle fleet to zero emissions vehicles.

Ali Asghar

Senior Associate - Power, Energy Storage and Electric Vehicles, Bloomberg NEF

Ali Asghar is a Senior Associate at BloombergNEF in the Sydney office. He leads the analysis for power, energy storage and advanced transportation markets in Australia. He has authored over 40 research papers covering technology, energy economics and policy and regularly presents to industry and government on the changing energy and transportation landscape in Australia. Ali joined Bloomberg in 2016 after several years working as an energy analyst in the Middle East. Ali holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering.

Ian Kay

Chief Financial Officer, ARENA

Ian Kay is ARENA’s Chief Financial Officer and leads ARENA’s business development and transactions teams. Ian’s focus is on optimising the use of ARENA’s grant money to help proponents secure the sponsor equity, third party equity and project finance debt needed to bring projects to financial close.

Ian possesses 20 years’ experience leading investment in infrastructure, development and commercialisation of renewable energy projects at ARENA, Origin Energy and Macquarie Group. He has particular skill in managing joint venture partnerships and a track record of designing innovative transaction structures. Ian brings a depth of experience to ARENA and has originated, developed and led projects totalling more than $12 billion in enterprise value and $3.7 billion total required equity commitment. He has experience of a broad range of renewable energy projects.

Ian holds a Master of Arts (Honours) in Economic Science from Aberdeen University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales).

Grace Tam

Associate Director, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Grace Tam is a debt markets specialist at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, where she assesses debt investment opportunities across green bonds and structured debt transactions.  Grace has over 16 years of experience in the banking and finance industry, having held roles in a broad range of organisations including Moody’s Investors Service and Macquarie Bank.  Grace has a Bachelor of Economics and Asian Studies from the Australian National University and completed an honours degree in Econometrics at Monash University.

Phil Blythe

CEO & Founder, Greensync

Dr Phil Blythe (Ph.D.) is a leading specialist in optimising distributed energy resources for electricity markets. Founding GreenSync in 2010, Phil has driven product and company growth towards enabling decentralised energy marketplaces through innovative technology and software solutions. Phil draws on two decades of experience in commercialising new technology in Australia and the UK. He has held senior executive positions with technology and financial services start-ups in the energy, smart facilities, media and financial risk management industries.

Phil is a member of AEMO’s Expert Advisory Panel and an active contributor to discussions about the future of energy markets, the instrumental role of distributed energy resources and grid edge innovations. He has undergraduate qualifications in aerospace engineering and completed his PhD at the University of Sydney. Phil has held academic posts at the Max Planck Institutes in Germany and the University of Sydney.

Gregory Staib

Head, Consumer Forecasting & Analytics, Australian Energy Market Operator

Gregory Staib leads AEMO’s Consumer Forecasting & Analytics team at AEMO. The team is responsible for producing AEMO’s 20 year electricity and gas consumption forecasts, advising on changes in consumer behaviour such as the uptake of new technologies (Solar PV, batteries, electric vehicles) and structural changes in energy usage (efficiency and productivity changes). Gregory has over a decade of experience in research, development, and operations in the energy sector with a PhD in Physics through Griffith University and the CSIRO Energy Technology division.

Evan Beaver

Head of Charging, *Chargefox*

Evan was the Program Manager for the Tesla supercharger network when it rolled out in Australia. He personally oversaw the initial national network, and managed all EV infrastructure across the country. Evan now manages the roll out of the Chargefox ultra-rapid charging network.

Carola Jonas

CEO, Everty

Carola is the CEO and founder of Everty, a company that provides a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) platform to organisations installing Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The software allows EV charging station operators to monitor, manage and monetise their charging infrastructure assets and provides an interface to EV drivers for the use and payment of chargers.

Carola has a background in logistics and supply chain management where she worked on sustainability and energy efficiency projects before transitioning into the carbon and renewable energy markets. Prior to founding Everty, she also worked as a Sustainability and Marketing consultant helping  brands like Enphase Energy to bring storage solutions, micro inverters and smart software to market. 

Anna Skarbek

Chief Executive Officer, ClimateWorks

Anna has led ClimateWorks since its inception in 2009, guiding ClimateWorks’ independent research and advisory work analysing emissions reduction opportunities and partnering with government and business to unblock barriers to implementation. She brings considerable private and public sector knowledge to the role as an experienced non-executive director, investment banker, policy advisor and lawyer. Prior to ClimateWorks, Anna was Vice President, Advisory, at Climate Change Capital in London, working as an investment advisor dedicated to raising and deploying capital for low carbon activities. Previously in Australia, she worked as Senior Policy Advisor to the Victorian Deputy Premier and Minister for Environment, Water and Climate Change, and as an executive in Macquarie Bank's Investment Banking Group and a solicitor with Malleson Stephen Jacques. Anna also serves on numerous advisory panels. 

Anna holds First Class Honours Degrees in Commerce and Law from Monash University. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed leadership studies at the Oxford University Said Business School and the University of Melbourne Business School. Anna was a double Finalist in the 2014 Victorian Telstra Business Women’s Awards in the Business Innovation and Community & Government categories. Under her leadership, ClimateWorks Australia has won the 2010 Eureka Prize for Innovation Solutions to Climate Change. In 2017 The Myer Foundation won Philanthropy Australia's Best Large Grant Award for the establishment of ClimateWorks Australia, acknowledging what it has thus far achieved.

Mick Fell

Consulting Director, Energeia

Mick is the Consulting Director of Energeia’s Sydney office, and he has over 10 years of consulting experience including eight years with a global energy consulting firm prior to joining Energeia.

Mick has developed financial models and business plans for new technologies or emerging energy services models for a range of clients, including networks (both DNSPs and TNSPs), technology providers, new entrants to the Australian market, retailers. These projects have generally required quantification of market potential and sizing, revenue projections, first principles cost estimation and development of pro forma financials.

As the practice leader in Sydney, Mick has also been deeply involved in our various distributed energy resources and wholesale market modelling projects, including our recent modelling of EV uptake and EVSE deployment for AEMO.

Kumail Rashid

Asia Pacific Sales Manager for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, ABB

Kumail is the Asia Pacific Sales Manager for ABB Electric Vehicle Charging, based in Singapore. In his role, Kumail is responsible for growing ABB’s electric vehicle charging business in the Asia Pacific region, which includes the sales and marketing of ABB’s full range of charging solutions for electric cars, electric trucks, electric and hybrid buses.

Innovative smart charging solutions deployed by ABB include the heavy vehicle charging system for the world’s first 12-metre fully electric and autonomous 40-seater bus and the recent award of 450 kW chargers based on the opportunity charging platform for public e-buses in Singapore. Charging infrastructure that will allow the electric buses to be quickly recharged in less than ten minutes at key interchanges with an automated rooftop connection.

Kumail holds conjoint bachelor’s degrees in Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) and Commerce (Marketing) from the University of Auckland.

Steve Amor

Marketing Manager for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, ABB

Steve Amor is ABB Australia’s Marketing Manager for ABB’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure portfolio. In this role he is responsible for the business development of ABB’s charging solutions for electric cars, buses and trucks in the emerging e-Mobility market.

As the world leader in electric vehicle infrastructure, ABB offers the full range of charging solutions for electric cars, electric and hybrid buses as well as electrification solutions for ships and railways. ABB entered the EV-charging market back in 2010, and today has a fast-growing global installed base of 11,000 ABB DC chargers, including high power chargers up to 350 kW, installed across 76 countries, more fast chargers than any other manufacturer.

Steve is a self-confessed car tragic and has been working in the electrical industry in Australia for over 30 years working in various marketing management and sales roles. Working in a role that combines two of his greatest interests is a dream come true. He brings insights into the rapidly changing world of e-Mobility and ABB’s transport vision of a sustainable, zero emission future.

Simon Corbell

Chief Advisor, Energy Estate

Simon Corbell is the Chief Advisor to Energy Estate – a strategic consulting, transaction advisory and project development company. Simon has more than two decades of senior experience in public policy leadership, governance and implementation. He was previously Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for the Environment and Climate Change of the Australian Capital Territory from 2008-2016 and was most recently the Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate for the Victorian Government. His advocacy for a strong climate change policy for Canberra saw the ACT achieve national and international recognition as a best-practice jurisdiction, on track for 100% renewable energy by 2020.

He is widely recognised as a leader in the areas of renewable energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, urban sustainability and public transport. Simon is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, an Honorary Associate Professor at the ANU and is a Patron of the Smart Energy Council.

Behyad Jafari

CEO, Electric Vehicle Council

As the CEO of the Electric Vehicle Council, Behyad works to grow and support investment in Australia’s electric vehicle sector. Behyad’s experience includes advising companies, not-for-profits and government Ministers.

Behyad’s expertise as a leading industry representative is a respected voice among Australia’s media, industry and political landscape.

David Sullivan

Manager of Electrification Business for Australia and New Zealand

David was appointed manager for the Electrification business of ABB in Australia and New Zealand in 2016. The Electrification Products division offers a full range of low- and medium-voltage solutions to connect, protect, control and measure a wide range of electrical systems for all major industries, including the residential sector.

David began his career with ABB, working in the Transformers area in the United Kingdom (UK), and he has held several senior roles in the UK, Italy, Germany and Australia. Prior to leading the Electrification business in Australia and New Zealand, David held the role as Local Business Unit Manager for Medium Voltage Products.

David holds qualifications in Electrical Engineering with Bachelor of Engineering from University of New South Wales, a Graduate Diploma from University of Technology Sydney, and a Master of Business Administration with the Open University in UK. David is based in Sydney.

James Kennedy

Chief Technology Officer, Tritium

James Kennedy is the Chief Technology Officer of Tritium, a Brisbane-based power electronics company specialising in the design and manufacture of Electric Vehicle fast charge infrastructure.

James has more than 20 years experience in embedded and power electronics design and manufacturing.  He has been a key member of the Tritium team since founding the company in 2001 and has directed engineering operations since that time.

James has had a long involvement with Electric Vehicles.  Prior to Tritium, James was involved with the University of Queensland's "Sunshark" solar vehicle, and continues to be active in this area.  He has also been integral in other non-EV battery storage projects, ranging from James Cameron's "Deepsea Challenger" submarine to multi-MWh stationary storage systems in green buildings.

Scott Nargar

Senior Manager of Future Mobility & Government Relations, Customer Experience, Hyundai

Scott has over two decades of experience in the motor industry in technical, media, product planning and technology advocacy roles. At NRMA Scott worked in vehicle inspection, judging and writing on Australia’s Best Cars Awards and as a member of the Technical Working Group with the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

For the last 8 years Scott has been working for Hyundai Motor Company Australia in senior technical management, product planning, environment and Government engagement policy roles. Scott leads the company’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle project and future mobility programs.

As a passionate proponent of vehicle safety, renewable transport and autonomous vehicle technology, Scott has engaged with many levels of Federal and State Government, as well as policy and academic experts and key industry partners around the world.

Rachele Williams

CEO Associate, Transgrid

Rachele has over 15 years’ experience in electricity utilities including distribution and transmission network operators.

Her areas of expertise include emerging technologies, trialling new technology and dispatch methodologies for potential non-network options, and leads a team examining the use of three industrial-scale Tesla Powerpack batteries in Sydney’s metropolitan network.

Rachele has conducted distributed energy and storage projects installing and operating fuel cells, small-scale wind turbines, and a variety of energy storage systems, including flow batteries, and lithium ion grid-based battery systems.

Rachele has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Wollongong, and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Kristian Handberg

Electric Vehicle Lead, AGL Energy

Kristian leads Electric Vehicle (EV) product and commercial development for AGL Energy. He is an engineer and project manager who specializes in transport and energy technology and policy. From 2010-13 he designed and delivered the Victorian Government Electric Vehicle Trial, which established the foundations of Australia’s EV market. His experience also includes engine design for GM-Holden, Internet-of-Things product and business development, biofuels and emissions reduction technology trials, and transport policy advice and design.

He is a member of the EV Council, the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative and the SBA Sustainable Mobility Project. In Nov 2016 he published an independent research report on microgrids, and more recently led development of a joint submission to the Australian Government on smart transport and mobility systems.

Josh Harvey

Head, Strategy and Innovation, Essential Energy

Josh studied Economics at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and then later Business Management at Kellogg Business School in Chicago, America. Josh was with SAP for 17 years in multiple strategic roles and spent the last 7 of these years assisting in running several of SAP's services businesses (including their Greater China operation). Throughout this time, Josh has worked for and advised several major utility companies, including State Grid in China. Josh is passionate about assisting businesses to transform, leveraging innovation and technology to do so.

Currently, Josh is working for Essential Energy as the Head of Strategy. Within this role, he has the opportunity to work with some of the great innovation companies around the world and understand how they can contribute to the transformation of the utility industry in Australia.

Dr Alina Dini

Industry Fellow, Institute for Future Environments, Queensland University of Technology

From Sydney to Silicon Valley, Alina has advised a range of organisations on strategic opportunities and consumer challenges in the energy, environment, and transport sectors.

As a leader in Verdia’s Commercial Advisory Team, Alina has brokered millions of dollars in energy saving programs for some of Australia’s most established businesses and well-known corporate brands. Alina’s experience in energy stems from her first passion project - establishing a viable market for electric vehicles globally. Alina has worked in policy and business development for Tesla in California where she built tactical partnerships and helped secure a $465 million loan guarantee from the U.S Government and advised a number of Governments and NGOs in the Asia Pacific.

Alina serves as an Industry Fellow at the Institute for Future Environments at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), where she completed her PhD on emerging technology adoption, and is also an ambassador for the Femeconomy Network.

Paul Fox

Co-Founder, Evie Networks

Paul Fox is an investor, strategist, business builder, and technologist. He is a co-founder of Evie Networks and an advisor to the Enosi blockchain project. He has held technology investment roles at Corran Toohill, AGL Energy, Southern Cross Ventures, the California Clean Energy Fund and Flex. He was instrumental in creating AGL Energy Limited’s original New Energy subsidiary, delivering products including zero-down solar, home batteries, smart air conditioners, virtual power plants, EV charging and blockchain enabled P2P trading. Now based in Sydney Australia he spent 14 years in Silicon Valley including as CEO of a smart grid company, a VP at Flex, and the CEO of a fuel cell company.

Scott Dwyer

Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Scott Dwyer is a Research Principal at leading sustainability research institute, the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF). Scott has 15 years’ experience advising on sustainable energy within consumer, technology, market, and policy contexts. As a senior member of the Energy Futures Team he works across a diverse range of projects at the cutting-edge of energy research. This includes residential Virtual Power Plant demonstrations, Electric Vehicle charging strategies, and assessing and developing innovative business models for the energy sector.

Prior to joining ISF Scott worked for a specialist consulting firm in Europe that supported many of the world's largest energy utilities and manufacturers, helping them launch new distributed energy products and services. He began his career as a technical energy consultant working in the building industry.

Scott holds an MSc in Energy Systems from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) and a PhD in Energy & Buildings from the University of Ulster.

Tim Washington

Director, Jetcharge

Tim Washington is the founder and CEO of JET Charge, Australia's largest EV charging infrastructure deployment specialist. Tim is also the co-founder and Director of Chargefox, Australia's largest public charging network and EV charging software provider.

Tim is the current Chair of the EV Council.

Ben Warren

National Manager for Electrification and Mobility,Nissan

Ben has 14 years’ experience in the automotive and related industries across sales, marketing and product management disciplines. As the National Manager for Electrification and Mobility, Ben is charged with driving Nissan’s EV strategy in Australia as well as advocating and supporting the role electric vehicles can play within the broader electricity ecosystem. Ben is passionate and buoyant about the future of motoring, a future which will see changes to how our vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into wider society.

Stephanie Bashir

Principal, Nexa Advisory

Stephanie Bashir is founder of Nexa Advisory, a full-service advisory firm helping clients to navigate the new energy transition. We develop strategies and provide advice on corporate innovation, stakeholder engagement, policy and regulatory reforms. Prior to that, Stephanie lead the policy vision and strategy for AGL’s new energy division. Stephanie has more than 16 years experience spanning the energy value chain in technical, commercial, strategic and policy; with expertise in distributed energy technologies and customer-focused service innovation including demand response and electric vehicles, energy market policy and grid modernisation.
 

Giles Parkinson

Founder & Editor, RenewEconomy | The Driven

Giles Parkinson is founder and editor of Renew Economy, and is also the founder of One Step Off The Grid and founder/editor of The Driven. Giles has been a journalist for 35 years and is a former business and deputy editor of the Australian Financial Review, a columnist for The Bulletin magazine and The Australian, and founder and former editor of Climate Spectator. 

Bridie Schmidt

Lead Reporter, The Driven

Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven and has been instrumental in pioneering electric vehicle journalism in Australia.

With over 20 years experience in web and print media, she has helped establish a strong audience while working to educate the Australian public on the transition to electric mobility.

With a keen interest in climate change and the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability, she also has a background in solar grants and assessment, and was co-organiser of the first public electric vehicle forum held by Zero Emissions Byron in Northern Rivers, NSW.