Roberto F. Aguilera
Dr Roberto F. Aguilera is an Energy Economist with Curtin University Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, and a consultant with Servipetrol Ltd, Canada. He was a Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer in 2018 – 2019, a program which took him to 30 cities worldwide.
From 2013 – 2017, he was an analyst with the OPEC Secretariat, Vienna, where he was a co-author of their annual World Oil Outlook.
He holds PhD and master degrees from Colorado School of Mines, United States, and has participated in numerous energy studies, including with the World Petroleum Council and UN Expert Group on Resource Management. His publication record comprises The Price of Oil, a 2015 book published by Cambridge University Press in English and Chinese.
Liz Aitken is the energy sector specialists with a deep understanding of the impact of trading, strategic and risk issues on market participants, and the effect of short and long tern market cycles on business opportunities. Liz is currently the director of Aitken Energy and have been undertaking a number of assignments such as the Microgrid Centre of Excellence, implementation of new market rules for Alinta’s NWIS assets, developing risk policy and procedures for ISO compliance for a recently listed software company and is involved in numerous projects under development in the field of ACCU generation bringing together indigenous corporations, private equity and Government grants.
Alisha is a media, stakeholder engagement and strategic communications specialist with experience working across the media and government. Prior to joining Newgate, Alisha worked at Sky News and in the communications and policy teams of Federal and State political leaders.
With an in-depth understanding of Australia’s political and media landscape, Alisha has successfully coordinated large scale media events for Australia’s most senior political leaders. Alisha has a practical experience in generating extensive local and national media coverage.
Alisha has significant expertise in social media, having established a substantial public following and profile through high rating media appearances. She is a regular contributor to Triple J’s current affairs program Hack and as panellist on SBS’s The Feed.
Alisha advocates for several not-for-profit organisations including Foodbank Australia and a disability services organisation, Gig Buddies. Alisha also sits on the Board of the International Association of Business Communicators and is a committee member of the Australian Institute of Energy (Perth Branch).
Senior Principal Fellow, Energy Studies Institute
National University of Singapore
Dr Philip Andrews-Speed is a Senior Principal Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore. He has 40 years in the field of energy and resources, starting his career as a mineral and oil exploration geologist before moving into the field of energy and resource governance. His main research interest has been the political economy of the low-carbon energy transition. China has been a particular focus for his research for more than 25 years, looking at both domestic developments and international implications. His latest book China as a Global Clean Energy Champion: Lifting the Veil appeared early in 2019.
Jill Berry is the CEO and co-founder of the CDR-focused regtech Adatree. Through one API, Adatree provides turnkey Data Recipient technology SaaS solutions to access and leverage data, and has just been accredited as an unrestricted Data Recipient. Jill also sits on the Energy Advisory Committee to the Data Standards Body. Her background is in product development in banking, and helped build two new fully licensed Australian banks, Tyro and Volt Bank, together with Adatree's other founders.
Chief Economist & Managing Director
Paul Bloxham is HSBC’s Chief Economist for Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities and is a Managing Director. He is chief spokesperson for HSBC on forecasts and trends for the Australian and New Zealand economies and their interaction with global financial markets and international economies and a key spokesperson on HSBC’s unique view on global commodity markets. Paul is a regular commentator on local and international business television and a frequent contributor of opinion editorials to the Australian newspapers. In 2017, Paul’s team won two Focus Economics awards: for best overall forecaster for each of Australia and New Zealand. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University. Prior to joining HSBC in 2010, Paul spent 12 years as an economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia. Paul holds a Master's degree in public financial policy from the London School of Economics.
Energy and Regulation
Since 1994 Matthew has helped the State in numerous energy reforms, drafting statutory access regimes, licensing regimes, gas retail deregulation and the various electricity industry reforms. Matthew and his team have advised project proponents, industry members and Government develop their reform thinking in gas, electricity and hydrogen.
He advises private sector clients on commercial matters, projects, regulatory matters, statutory compliance, competition law and policy generally. He advises both asset owners and access seekers on regulated access to a wide range of infrastructure.
Matthew was recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2020 Perth Energy Lawyer of the Year. He sits on Minister Alannah MacTiernan’s Renewable Hydrogen Council.
Head of Grid Transformation
As Western Power’s Head of Grid Transformation Ben Bristow is charged with planning for the rapidly changing future of the transmission and distribution network for Western Australia’s South West Interconnected System.
Ben is responsible for overall network strategy including the development of reliability, power quality, network improvement strategies and the conversion of planning into functional standards, business rules and guidelines to support engineering and future modelling of the network.
With more than 14 years’ experience with Western Power, Ben is using his engineering expertise and extensive knowledge of the energy sector to drive an innovative evolution of the network to support customers’ energy choices.
He leads his function team in the development and delivery of network related investment proposals in line with operational, financial, regulatory, customer/stakeholder requirements and steers pilot projects across the network including stand-alone power systems, microgrids and utility scale battery energy storage solutions.
Owned by the Western Australian Government, Western Power’s vast transmission and distribution network connects more than two million customers to a wide range of both traditional and renewable energy source across an area of around 255,000 km2. The South West Interconnected Network incorporates more than 103,000 kilometres of wires, 152 substation and more than 860,000 poles and towers.
General Manager Asset Strategy
Gary Bryant is a professional engineer with over 25 years experience in the power generation industry. His formal qualifications include Bachelor of Science with Honours and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Newcastle an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Diploma of Law from the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board. Gary is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Chartered Professional Engineer and have served in a voluntary capacity for the WA Division Committee of the Institution of Engineers and was appointed as an expert member of the Western Australian Mining Industry Advisory Committee. He was recognised as the Energy Professional of the Year in 2020 by the institute of Energy WA. He is currently the General Manager Asset Strategy where he is broadly responsible for power development and portfolio optimisation across Australia. His key projects to date at Alinta include the Newman to Roy Hill Transmission Line, the Port Hedland Repowering Project, the multi award winning Newman 35MW Battery Energy Storage System Project, the Yandin Wind Farm and the Chichester Solar Gas Hybrid project.
Acting Executive Director of the Infrastructure, Planning and Economic Development division
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
Caroline Cherry has had over 10 years working in Federal and State Government departments with eight of those years working on various aspects of energy market reform including domestic gas markets, reviewing and amending the National Electricity Market’s networks limited merits review, developed and implemented the electricity and gas retail consumer frameworks, among other aspects. Caroline left Government to pursue opportunities in the private sector and worked for the Chamber of Minerals and Energy in Western Australia, a member based organisation representing the resources sector interests. Caroline was responsible for the infrastructure and economic and tax portfolios. Caroline is the acting Executive Director of the Infrastructure, Planning and Economic Development division at the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. In this role, Caroline leads a team responsible for several Government priority initiatives including the Renewable Hydrogen Unit, Future Battery Industry Strategy team, LNG Jobs Taskforce, land use planning and allocation of Strategic Industrial Areas and administration of the State’s implementation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF). Caroline holds a Bachelor of Laws, University of Canberra; Bachelor of Management, University of Canberra and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Australian National University.
Mr Cole has over 35 years’ experience in the energy and resources industry. He is a former executive director on the board of Woodside Petroleum Ltd and former managing director of Beach Energy Ltd. He is also a former Chairman of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association. Prior to joining the oil and gas industry, he had an extensive legal career with King & Wood Mallesons. He is currently Chairman of Perenti Global Ltd, Chairman of Landgate and a Non-Executive Director of Iluka Resources Ltd. In the not for profit sector, Mr Cole is on the board of St Bartholomew’s House Inc.
Economic Regulation Authority
Nicky took up her position as Chair of the ERA in July 2016.
Before joining the ERA, Nicky was Deputy Director General at the former Department of State Development, and also previously worked for the Department of Treasury and Finance, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia.
Nicky has extensive experience in economic policy and analysis, and has participated in projects including the electricity market review and the Mineral Royalty Rate Analysis.
She has a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University.
Founder and Managing Director
With over twenty years of professional experience in management consulting, Gabrielle has an unbridled passion for creating powerful, positive change.
Gabrielle founded Interchange in 2013 to connect with and engage leaders and employees in ways that the consulting world had never seen before. Gabrielle and the team combine the smarts and rigour of a management consultancy, with the distinctive and inventive talents of a creative collective.
Time and time again, Gabrielle has proven to be the driving force behind award-winning, innovative solutions that are designed in response to the complex challenges faced by organisations and executive teams. Gabrielle has worked across a myriad of industries throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and North America. Her experience has seen her develop bespoke solutions and coach executive leaders from organisations such as Telstra, Rio Tinto, Bombardier, Patrick, Wesfarmers, Probuild, Australian Unity, Bunnings and more.
Gabrielle holds particular expertise in culture transformation, C-Suite executive coaching, strategy development, leadership development, employee engagement, diversity & inclusion, health & safety, wellbeing & mental health, and capability development.
Electric Vehicle Council
Behyad Jafari is the CEO of the Electric Vehicle Council. He works with industry, government and the media to accelerate the electrification of road transport, for a more sustainable and prosperous Australia. With experience advising politicians, businesses and non-profits, Behyad has a strong understanding of Australia’s political, corporate and media landscape.
Hon Bill Johnston
Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy and Corrective Services
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.
CEO & Principal Coach
Apogee Global Consulting
As an executive coach, Madeleine’s passion is to make positive change for people at work.
An accomplished business leader herself, Madeleine experienced first-hand the many challenges facing people striving for success in highly competitive, fast growing and constantly changing settings.
Her vast business experience in Australia and internationally with VeriFone, MasterCard, Commonwealth Bank and WA Tourism, coupled with contemporary leadership strategies, helps Madeleine equip professionals and teams to embrace disruption and to reach their potential.
Madeleine is a specialist in the resources, energy and oil and gas sectors. Clients include Woodside, Rio Tinto, Water Corporation, Western Power and Fortescue Metals.
Madeleine is the co-founder of Dress for Success Perth and inaugural Board Chair.
Adjunct Professor in the Discipline of Engineering and Energy
Professor Chris Lund is a leading national sustainable energy and carbon management specialist with more than 25 years multidisciplinary research, teaching and consulting experience in these areas. He played a leading role in the development of Murdoch University’s internationally recognised Energy Studies postgraduate coursework programs before moving to work as an industry consultant. Over the last fifteen years, firstly with engineering company GHD, and then his own consulting company he has provided advice to entities in a range of sectors including power generation, transmission and distribution, oil and gas, mining and minerals processing, land development and Commonwealth and local government. Chris is an Adjunct Professor in the Discipline of Engineering and Energy at Murdoch University and the Australian Urban Design Research Centre at the University of Western Australia, where he does postgraduate teaching and research. As part of his smart cities and smart grids research, along with his colleagues at Murdoch University, he has recently worked in conjunction with the City of Melville on a successful large Commonwealth Government Smart Cities and Suburbs program funded research project looking at “Local Government Facilities as a Grid Paralleled Micro-grid". It is this project and the role of big data for electricity utilities that he will be presenting.
General Manager Customer and Innovation
Kapz Malhotra is a senior people manager professional with over 17 years of experience in Australia's energy, dairy and beverage sectors. Kapz has led medium to large-sized teams to develop impactful strategies and advance transformational programs throughout their business. He is also regarded as a safe set of hands with an eye for risk management, safety and health leadership. His passion for innovation is supported by a Degree in Electrical Engineering, Finance and MBA. Over the past 12 months, Kapz has led the operational aspect of a renewable hydrogen production plant, the Clean Energy Innovation Hub, and is contributing to the first hydrogen refuelling station in WA. In addition to those developments Kapz is also working on a pilot project to blend hydrogen with natural gas in the distribution network, a significant step in the provision of more sustainable energy for WA.
Matt Mckenzie has been a journalist at Business News since 2014, and has a passionate interest in politics, energy, and economics. Matt has covered energy matters including retail contestability, the sale of Western Power, and transition away from coal. Outside of work, he is involved in a start-up.
General Manager Climate Engagement
Peter Metcalfe is General Manager Climate Engagement at Woodside Energy Limited, a role he has held since August 2020 having joined Woodside as GM Government and External Relations in June 2017. Previously he was Director of Upstream External Affairs for BP Australia, working at BP for 16 years.
He is currently also Company Secretary and Board Director at CO:3, the Western Australian Contemporary Dance Company. From 2004-2006 he was Chairman of the Deckchair Theatre Company, from July 2005 to August 2011 he was Chairman of the Perth Zoological Parks Authority (the Board of Perth Zoo); and from 2014-18 a member of the Animal Ethics Committee at Curtin University.
Peter grew up in the United Kingdom and studied Politics and Parliamentary Studies at the University of Leeds. He moved to Western Australia in 2001.
Peter Milne is a journalist covering WA energy, industry and climate at his news site Boiling Cold. He previously covered energy for The West Australian. Prior to entering journalism in 2016 Peter worked in the oil and gas industry for 25 years. He first designed subsea pipelines and later joined Chevron and has economic analysis and commercial roles on the Gorgon and Wheatstone project. Peter has a Bachelor of Engineering (mechanical) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of WA.
Head of Policy
Rob Murray-Leach is the Head of Policy at the Energy Efficiency Council, Australia’s peak body for energy efficiency, energy management and demand response. Since its formation in 2009, the Council has been putting energy efficiency at the centre of Australia's energy policy.
CEO & MD
Mr Nicholls has led the transformation of Strike Energy from its exploration roots into one of Australia’s major emerging domestic gas producers. Mr Nicholls has a broad ranging background across the energy landscape that included time in both upstream and downstream businesses at Royal Dutch Shell. His experience includes time within Finance, Commercial, Joint Ventures, Economics, Global Strategy and Exploration; primarily from within Royal Dutch Shell’s gas businesses. He has a key focus on the transition of our energy system and his previous experience also includes six years with the Australian Army in senior leadership positions. He has worked in Australia, The Netherlands, Myanmar and Malaysia in both a corporate and operational capacity and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) from UWA. Mr Nicholls joined Strike as Chief Executive Officer on 10 April 2017 and was appointed to the Board as Managing Director on 18 August 2017.
Residential Sustainability Analyst
Ben Nickell is a Residential Sustainability Analyst at Mirvac. Ben is currently managing the operational monitoring of Mirvac’s Perth Affordability Project. Ben is a Green Star Accredited Professional and is currently working on Design & As Built Green Star projects and two Green Star Homes projects as part of the Green Building Council of Australia’s Early Access Program. Ben is passionate about healthy and sustainable homes.
Executive General Manager, WA
Australian Energy Market Operator
Cameron joined Western Power (then the State Energy Commission of Western Australia) in 1992 as a cadet engineer and was appointed to the Executive in 2012. Over that time, Cameron held numerous senior management and senior engineering positions covering technical, field and system operational aspects of electricity networks and markets.
In 2016, Cameron joined AEMO and has held Executive positions leading innovation, planning, forecasting, market and system operations. In his present role as Executive General Manager WA, Cameron provides leadership to the WA market and system operations and implementation of reform initiatives. Cameron took up his current role in April 2018.
Cameron has a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours), a Bachelor of Commerce (Management major) and a Masters of Technology. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, on the National Professional Engineers Register and a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia.
Tanya is a Consulting Partner of Deloitte Australia. Tanya's focus is Technology Strategy & Innovation for Power & Utilities. The disruption of the Power & Utilities sector requires new thinking, new technology and new ways of working. Tanya delivers this, guiding clients across the energy value-chain through complex technology transformations delivering value from innovative technology or designing solutions with the customer at the centre.
General Manager Customer Experience
Colin has been with Synergy for over a decade and has served as member of the Executive team since 2019. Specialising in transformational change, Colin has over 20 years’ experience across the retail, financial services, business improvement, and energy sectors.
As head of Customer Experience, Colin leads Synergy’s Retail business unit to deliver exceptional customer service and innovative customer solutions. His team works to leverage market insights for application across sales, new energy, marketing, operations, and customer experience.
In addition to his role at Synergy, for more than five years Colin has represented the electricity industry as a Director on the Energy and Water Ombudsman Board of Western Australia.
Prof Paul Stevens
Professor Paul Stevens was educated as an economist and specialist on the Middle East at the University of Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has taught at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon (1973 – 79) and the University of Surrey (1979 – 93). Between 1993 and 2008, he was Professor of Petroleum Policy and Economics at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy, University of Dundee. Since 2008 he has been working with Chatham House – the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. He is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Dundee and a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Energy Economics Japan in Tokyo and the Al-Attiyah Foundation in Qatar. In March 2009, he was given the OPEC Award for 2009 for services to improve the understanding of the international oil industry. In May 2018 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of Education for Future Energy Leaders by the Al-Attiyah Foundation.
Dr Mary Stewart
Chief Executive Officer
Recognised globally as an expert in decision-making for sustainable development, Mary has more than 20 years’ experience in assisting some of Australia’s largest energy users develop energy management and climate risk strategies. She is an international expert on life cycle assessment as it applies to resources and in the development of carbon footprints and carbon neutral positions.
Mary has roles with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She is a BINGO (business, industry, NGO) observer on the Technology Executive Committee’s Implementation taskforce. She was invited to take up this position by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The taskforce supports technology needs assessment, collaborative technology development and transfer, and uptake of existing clean mitigation and adaptation technologies. She previously represented the ICC on the Adaptation working group and the Standing Committee on Finance. Mary has attended and worked with the negotiators for two UNFCCC conferences of the parties (COPs).
She is on the Board of the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) where she chairs the strategy committee. She also serves on the International Energy Board of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
Energy Security Board
David has worked in the electricity industry for many years, initially in South Australia. He has worked on, or been involved in, the national energy markets in various roles since the late 1990s.
David was a member of the executive leadership team of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) from its inception until 2019. David has had a strong involvement in work to integrate renewable energy into the national grid, prior to and during his time at AEMO. He led AEMO’s “Future Power System Security Program” seeking to ensure that the security of Australia’s evolving energy markets is maintained with the changing generation mix and the first Integrated System Plan for the NEM.
Prior to the formation of AEMO, David was the Chief Executive of the South Australian Electricity Supply Industry Planning Council.
David is the Deputy Chair of the Energy Security Board and a commissioner at the Essential Services Commission of South Australia. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Energy and the Australian C5 Panel of Cigré, the International Council on Large Electric Systems.
Assistant Coordinator – Strategic and Consumer Policy
Energy Policy WA
Jai is Assistant Coordinator, Energy Policy WA where he leads the Strategic and Consumer Policy team. He was previously the Program Director of the Energy Transformation Implementation Unit, the dedicated unit within Energy Policy WA that operated from May 2019 to May 2021 delivering the Western Australian Government's Energy Transformation Strategy – the major work program to deliver cleaner, more affordable and more reliable electricity to Western Australian consumers. Jai is a passionate energy professional dedicated to the development of sustainable energy projects, policy and regulatory frameworks. His experience includes delivery of a diverse array of sustainable energy projects including Perth Solar City at Western Power and the Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot at Horizon Power.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement
The University Western Australia
Ms Tough has had a distinguished and varied career in the energy and resources industries in Western Australia, with a 20 plus year career serving on boards. She has also been involved in the commercialisation of technology and startups for many years.
Ms Tough was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement for The University of Western Australia on 1 July 2019 and currently serves as Chair of Horizon Power, Director for Clean Energy Finance Corp, Chair Northam Solar Farm, Chair COAG National Energy Selection Panel and Director 3D Metalforge Ltd.
Operational Planning Manager
Lee Ucich is the Operational Planning Manager in Horizon Power and is currently leading the engineering effort on the DERMS project. Lee has expertise in electrical power systems, renewable energy, distributed energy resources, grid automation and control system development. His passion lies with renewable energy and using its potential to transform the environment, economy and humanity. His career objective is to change the way we access, consume and understand energy and to support business, government and society to realise a clean and efficient energy future.
General Manager Commercial and Industrial Customers
Ryan Warburton is AGL’s General Manager Commercial and Industrial Customers, responsible for driving growth across the AGL’s $3 billion C&I portfolio spanning electricity and gas (including Perth Energy), renewables, power development and energy efficiency.
Ryan has held several senior commercial and finance roles across the energy, oil and gas sectors, in corporate insolvency and business reconstruction, and in carbon markets including origination.
He is an Alternate Director of the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PowAR) created to drive investment and development of large-scale renewable energy assets in Australia.
Throughout his career, Ryan has been a member of various executive committees overseeing business transformations such as large-scale customer experience transformation, M&A transactions and integrations, and the divestment of businesses and assets. Ryan holds a degree in Accounting and Business, a Masters in Applied Finance and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Energy and Climate Change Program Director
Tony has been Director of the Energy and Climate Change Program since 2011 after 14 years working at Origin Energy in senior executive roles. From 2009 to 2014 he was also Program Director of Clean Energy Projects at the Clinton Foundation, advising governments in the Asia-Pacific region on effective deployment of large-scale, low-emission energy technologies. In 2008, he was seconded to provide an industry perspective to the first Garnaut climate change review.
In January 2018, Tony was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to conservation and the environment, particularly in the areas of energy policy, climate change and sustainability. In October 2019, Tony was elected as a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
Kelley has over 20 years marketing experience in brand, Business to Business and Business to Consumer capacities across professional services, retail and energy markets. She specialises in creating data-driven solutions that meet both commercial and customer needs having done so at Synergy for the past 6 years.