Queensland Smart Energy Conference 2019 Speakers

The Queensland Smart Energy Conference will have 2 concurrent conference streams:

  1. Smart Energy Solutions
  2. Installer Professional Development

For this unique Brisbane event we warmly welcome over 40+ world-class speakers who will be presenting on topics .

All streams will have CPD points allocated.

Andrew Randall, Chief Executive Officer, Metropolis Metering Chief Executive Officer, Metropolis Metering

Andrew has a 'big four' accounting background and over 16 years’ experience in the Australian Energy Industry in senior management roles in the areas of Metering, Finance, Strategy and Risk for companies such as TXU Australia, AusNet Services and Select Solutions (DMS).

Andrew holds an Honours Degree in Engineering, Chartered Accounting and a Post Grad Diploma in Risk Management. Andrew is a strategic and people focussed leader with a passion for creating social value.

As CEO, Andrew is responsible for leading the Metropolis team and delivering the strategic vision.

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Attilio Pigneri, CEO, The Hydrogen Utility

Attilio Pigneri, CEO, The Hydrogen Utility

Attilio Pigneri is a co-founder and CEO of The Hydrogen Utility, a specialist developer of hydrogen infrastructure initiatives for sustainable mobility and renewable energy storage.

A professional mechanical engineer from Italy, with Masters and PhD-level qualifications in energy engineering and energy-environmental issues, Attilio brings to H2U 20 years of consulting experience, in the provision of strategic, technical advisory and due diligence services for a wide range of hydrogen and fuel cells initiatives in Europe, the US and Japan.

The Hydrogen Utility operates a unique business model, combining ESCO-style performance-contracting mechanisms with a portfolio of energy services focused on integration and value adding of renewable energy resources. The Hydrogen Utility is based in Australia and operates throughout the Asia-Pacific.

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Cameron Young, Chief Commercial Officer, Evergen

Cameron Young, Chief Commercial Officer, Evergen

With more than 15 years working in innovative organisations, Cameron has significant experience in driving commercial outcomes for numerous high growth organisations in both Australia and the UK. Cameron has been involved at senior levels across numerous industries including AgTech and MarTech.

Prior to Evergen, Cameron was Managing Director at AgTech company FarmBot and preceding this was founder and Managing Director of multimedia technology platform BRR Media in the UK, which he sold to return to Australia. Cameron's remit includes the development of partnerships, commercial and industrial and  innovative funding opportunities. 

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David Leitch, Principal, ITK Services Australia

David Leitch, Principal, ITK Services Australia

David Leitch is the principal of ITK, a small consultancy specialising in analysis of the electricity and gas industry and the implications of decarbonisation of the Australian and Global economy. As well as contributing articles to www.reneweconomy.com.au

David also is a regular on the popular “Energy insiders” podcast discussing industry issues with corporate leaders and industry experts globally. David provides consulting to a selected range of industry clients.

 Prior to starting ITK, David was a research analyst with various leading Australian investment banks and was consistently rated a top 3 utilities analyst in various industry surveys over a 20 year period. David and his team was at one time or another rated No 1 in three separate sectors, utilities, infrastructure and building materials of the Greenwich Partners investment banking survey.

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Dong Lin, Vice President, Alpha ESS

Dong Lin, Vice President, Alpha ESS

Dr. Dong Lin received his PhD degree in PV Engineering and Renewable Energy from UNSW, and worked in the Australian Solar Council for five years before moving into Alpha ESS, bringing his expertise in technology and quality control which is the core of the business.
 
He is a strong believer that energy storage is the key for the energy revolution and has come up with innovative business models to accelerate the commercial feasibility.

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Glen Morris, Owner/Manager, Solarquip

Glen Morris, Owner/Manager, Solarquip

Glen Morris through his business SolarQuip, has been installing renewable energy systems both on and off-grid for over 20 years. Glen consults for the Smart Energy Council (SEC), is the SEC representative on Standards Australia EL-042 Committee (renewable energy standards), teaches renewable energy courses at various technical institutes throughout Australia, was a board member and Vice President of the Smart Energy Council, and has been a renewable energy system auditor for both the Clean Energy Council and the New Zealand Government. Glen has lived off-grid for much of the past 23 years.
 
During his time as a board member of the SEC Glen has helped develop: SolarPlus – solar PV design tool; the Solar Gold training program (PV best practice); and run many industry solar training events in Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong and China.

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Geoff Bragg, Consultant, New England Solar Power

Geoff Bragg, Consultant, New England Solar Power

Geoff Bragg has lived with off-grid solar for many years and has been working in the industry since 2002, holding accreditation for both on and off-grid design and installation.

He is a consultant designer /installation supervisor for New England Solar Power, a residential & commercial PV retailer in the Northern Tablelands, regional NSW.

Periodically, Geoff holds short training courses on PV basics, for the growing New Zealand market. Geoff is NSW Chairman of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and Secretary of the Smart Energy Council.

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Jaad Cabbabe, Senior Manager, Fluence Energy

Jaad Cabbabe, Senior Manager, Fluence Energy

Jaad Cabbabe developed the Ballarat Energy Storage Project as a part of Spotless/Downer, and joined Fluence to lead business development for Fluence in Australia based in Melbourne.

With a financial markets and electrical engineering background and specialising in power systems and energy storage, Jaad has previously worked in demand response markets and renewable project development in both behind and in front of the meter applications.

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Jacqui Walters, Chair, CleanCo

Jacqui Walters, Chair, CleanCo

Jacqui has more than 20 years’ experience in establishing new businesses, corporate strategy, acquisition, organisational transformation and restructuring, post-merger culture alignment, change leadership and engagement.

She holds board and executive positions in the private and public sectors, including Chair of the Citytrain Response Unit, Partner at Era Innovation, and previously served on the Board of Building Queensland.

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John Keskeredis, Manager, Integra Energy

John Keskeredis, Manager, Integra Energy

Considered a Polymath and lover of Life with Ultraistic Ambitions, John K seeks Logical Alternatives to Energy in his quest to introduce Transformative Technologies to the Australian and Global Markets.

His latest venture is CIGS Technology to replace traditional Crystalline Silicon.

John K has mediated Contractual Agreements between many Major Global Corporations in the Renewable Energy Space and is working with Key Greenfield Developers and Leading Architects in Australia.

He is currently Manager at Integra Energy Group Pty Ltd and CEO of Kerides Pty Ltd.

Lance McCallum, Executive Director, Just Transition Group

Lance McCallum, Executive Director, Just Transition Group

Lance is the Executive Director of the Queensland Government Just Transition Group. His commitment to the Just Transition in the energy sector has seen him present at UN Climate Summits and contribute to and author many policy papers and submissions.

Lance has over 15 years public policy experience, predominately in the energy sector, including as a Chief of Staff to a Queensland Energy Minister and holds a Masters degree in Climate Policy and Sustainability.

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Matthew Jeppesen, Managing Director, Proa Analytics

Matthew Jeppesen, Managing Director, Proa Analytics

Matthew Jeppesen is the Managing Director of Proa Analytics an Australian company of engineers and scientists with a deep knowledge about solar, optimisation, and energy systems.

Proa Analytics provide validated forecasting and modelling solutions to customers.

The founders of Proa Analytics previously created the rooftop PV generation model used by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to calculate the solar generation in each postcode for the last 10 years.

They also developed an energy system planning model for ARENA to optimise long term carbon abatement in the Australian electricity industry.

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Mark Bailey, Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads

Mark Bailey, Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads

Invited

Mark Bailey is the Queensland Minister for Trasnport, Energy and Water Supply.

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Nigel Morris, Business Development Director, Solar Analytics

Nigel Morris, Business Development Director, Solar Analytics

Nigel Morris has been the Business Development Director of Solar Analytics since 2016.

Nigel has more than 25 years experience in solar energy and is an experienced, dedicated and passionate solar professional.

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Nishad Mendis, Senior Electrical Engineer, DNV GL - Energy, Renewables Advisory

Nishad Mendis, Senior Electrical Engineer, DNV GL - Energy, Renewables Advisory

Dr.  Nishad  Mendis  is  a  Senior  Electrical  Engineer  working  in  DNV  GL’s  Energy  Advisory  group  in  Melbourne,  Australia.  Before  joining  DNV  GL,  Nishad  worked  for  Eltek  as  a  Solutions  Engineer  working  on  the  design  of  implementation  of  energy  storage  based  applications,  Alstom  Grid  as  a  Design Alstom Grid as a Design and Commissioning Engineer and Noratel as a Design Engineer. Nishad has over 15 years of professional experience including a Ph.D. from the University of Wollongong, Australia and a Bachelor of  Electrical Engineering with honors from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Nishad also currently  holds IEEE Senior membership and serves as a Board Member for IEEE IAS Society. 

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Oliver Yates, Director, Bronze Boar Investments

Oliver Yates is Director at Bronze Boar Investments.

Oliver has over 20 years of global experience in corporate advisory, financial structuring, project finance, debt structuring, equity raising and listings.

He was the inaugural CEO of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

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Patrick Matweew, CEO, Redback Technologies

Patrick Matweew, CEO, Redback Technologies

Driven by the idea of a greener future through technology, Patrick Matweew is responsible to scale the Redback Technologies business through operational excellence and forming and growing partnerships.

Being involved in renewables and in residential solar in particular continuously since 2005, Patrick is an industry veteran and experienced executive.

He holds a Master Degree in Business and has worked in different roles in Germany, China, Singapore and Australia before joining Redback.

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Paul McArdle, Managing Director, Global Roam

Paul McArdle, Managing Director, Global Roam

Between 1990 and 2000, Paul McArdle gained experience across a broad range of the electricity supply industry and five continents (many more countries).

Since 2000, Paul has built a software company that makes the electricity market understandable to a very wide range of people (not just to the 'usual suspects'; who are the wholesale market participants).

Specialties: Creative visualisation of complex data (particularly as it pertains to electricity markets).

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Paul McCartney, Chief Investment Officer, CEFC

Paul McCartney, Chief Investment Officer, CEFC

As joint Chief Investment Officer, Paul McCartney is responsible for the origination and contractual documentation of new investments for the CEFC.

Paul has more than 25 years of business experience working across clean energy, commercial property, funds management and IT services. Mr McCartney's experience includes M&A, in addition to CFO roles for listed and unlisted companies.

Paul joined the CEFC in 2013, having previously worked at Low Carbon Australia.

Paul is a Certified Practising Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from RMIT University.

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Ric Brazzale, Managing Director, Green Energy Trading

Ric Brazzale is the Managing Director of Green Energy Markets and has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy sector.

Prior to establishing Green Energy Markets in 2008, Ric was the Executive Director of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), now the Clean Energy Council, and a leading advocate for renewable energy and energy efficiency markets in Australia. During this time, Ric was actively involved in the development and implementation of a broad range of solar energy and energy efficiency policies and programs, including participating on the Government’s initial REC Advisory Committee.

Before joining the BCSE, Ric worked in a number of business development and finance roles with large publicly listed companies, including Fletcher Challenge Energy, John Holland and Woodside Petroleum.

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Richard McIndoe, CEO, Edge Electrons

Richard McIndoe, CEO, Edge Electrons

Richard McIndoe is Executive Chairman at Edge Electrons, an energy technology company who develops and manufactures innovative and very disruptive equipment that delivers low cost energy savings and emissions reductions.

Richard is a recognised leader in the Asia-Pacific energy region, having been CEO of Energy Australia from 2006 to 2014. During this time, Richard grew the business from a single power station to a national energy business with $8billion in assets and 2.8 million customers.

Prior to his role at Energy Australia, Richard was Managing Director of CLP Power Asia, one of the largest investors in the Asian private power sector.

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Stephanie Jolly - A/Executive Director, Dept. National Resources Mining & Energy

Stephanie Jolly is Acting General Manager, Energy Markets for the Department of Natural Resources and Energy, and is an experienced policy practitioner, having worked across the Australian and Queensland Governments for over 16 years.
 
Stephanie has a passion for working with industry and the community to create and build innovative solutions to transform the energy future of Queensland.
 

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Stephanie Moroz, Principal, Davanz

Stephanie Moroz, Principal, Davanz

Stephanie Moroz is Principal at Davanz, assisting clients with strategy, innovation and commercialisation of energy technologies. Named one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers in 2016, she has over 20 years of product development experience in North America, Europe and Asia in companies ranging from high volume manufacturing to venture capital backed startups.

Stephanie has particular expertise in hydrogen technologies and batteries. She previously lead the fuel cell integration into the Mercedes F-Cell vehicle and has developed solid state hydrogen storage systems. Prior to Davanz she was Chief Executive Officer at Nano-Nouvelle, developing high performance lithium ion battery materials.

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Steve Blume, President, Smart Energy Council

Steve Blume, President, Smart Energy Council

Steve Blume is a former political adviser, private & public sector senior executive, and change advocate. Steve Blume creates partnerships to plan, design deliver large scale commercial and community solar and renewables projects. Steve is available for short term engagements on smart energy, solar & energy storage and grid transformation pathways to fully distributed energy networks.

Steve works pro bono on advocacy and policy for Australian & global not-for-profit peak bodies. As President of the Smart Energy Council and in his leadership roles with international peak bodies Steve works to amplify the voice of the smart energy, energy storage and solar industries offering solutions for a 100% clean energy future for Australia and the world.

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Tim Washington, Director, Jet Charge

Tim Washington, Director, Jet Charge

Tim Washington, Director, JET Charge who is Australia’s largest supplier, installer and manager of electric vehicle charging stations.

Jet Charge helped to create Chargefox, the biggest EV charging network in Australia and the platform of choice when it comes to controlling the electrical load generated by EVs.

With a background in law and management, Tim aims to manage and create businesses that help to drive economic decisions that create positive social or environmental outcomes.

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Tom Butler, Manager - Energy Strategy, AEMO

Tom has over a decade of experience in the area of renewable energy integration and related market and technical frameworks. He led early research into the impacts and benefits of DER in Australia for CSIRO and Energy Networks Australia, and is currently working within the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Emerging Markets and Services division with a focus on emerging new services that add value to consumers.

Prior to AEMO Tom was the Director of Energy Transformation at the Clean Energy Council where he had a major focus on market reform, the rules governing the connection of DER and the transformation of Australia’s electricity networks.

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Tony D'Alessandro, Managing Director, RDA Australia

Tony D'Alessandro, Managing Director, RDA Australia

Tony D'Alessandro is a bioenergy expert and Managing Director of RDA Australia.

RDA was founded in 2004 as a boutique bioenergy investment development company comprising 21 shareholder partners with deep experience in large-scale project management, seed genomics, yeast genomics, farm operation, engineering design management, civil construction, power generation, engineering procurement & contract management, construction law, plant and mill operation, domestic fuel offtake sales, planning approvals, and environmental science. We have 10 years of hard won experience and expertise in identifying, evaluating, and bringing to financial close our flagship project “Pentland Bioenergy” located at Pentland in North Queensland and significant intellectual property ready to be exploited immediately in new projects.

Violette Mouchaileh, EGM of Emerging Markets & Services, AEMO

Violette Mouchaileh, EGM of Emerging Markets & Services, AEMO

Violette joined AEMO in February 2009 and held various roles across gas and electricity wholesale and retail matters, including metering.

Violette has 15 years’ experience in the Australian energy industry holding various positions in Commonwealth government departments and regulatory bodies.

Her experience includes economic regulation, energy policy development, development of regulatory frameworks, market development and design, and market change implementation including implementing major reforms such as establishment of the gas Short Term Trading Market.

Violette has a Bachelor of Economics and Commerce with Honours.

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