Queensland Smart Energy Conference 2019 Speakers
For this unique Brisbane event we warmly welcome over 40+ world-class speakers who will be presenting on topics.
The Queensland Smart Energy Conference will have 2 concurrent conference streams:
- Smart Energy Solutions
- Installer Professional Development
All streams will have 15 CPD points allocated, attend 4 streams to earn for a maximum of 60 CPD points.
Thank you to the following speakesr for participating in the Queensland Smart Energy Conference 2019!
Anthony Lynham, Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
Dr Anthony Lynham is the Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
Dr Lynham has been a Member of the State Parliament since 2014 and was previously Minister for State Development, Natural Resources and Mines
Dr Lynham is also a maxillofacial surgeon and has been an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland Medical School and Adjunct Professor Queensland University of Technology.
Andrew Randall, 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.
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.
Brent Harris, Founder and Executive VP, Eguana Technologies
Brent Harris is the Chief Technology Officer and a co-founder of Eguana Technologies, the leading supplier of power control systems for residential and commercial energy storage systems. Brent is an inventor of the Company's technologies, has led the commercialization of its products, and now leads Eguana's sales and marketing team. He has a passion for decentralized energy in general and for solar+storage in particular. He is an active proponent of changes to the management and regulation of our electric system that will enable greater adoption of decentralized and renewable energy technologies and has been actively engaged in various industry organizations in Canada and the US. He is currently a director of Decentralized Energy Canada, an industry association supporting innovation and commercialization in Canada’s decentralized energy sector.
Brent is a graduate of Queens' University in Applied Science, Electrical Engineering, and was selected as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine in 2009.
Dan McGaw, State Organiser, Electrical Trades Union Queensland
Dan McGaw is a State Official for the Queensland branch of the Electrical Trades Union.
The ETU are the power union that represent electrical workers and are the union ensuring the Renewable Industry is built and maintained safely. With almost 80 000 members across Australia the ETU are a major stakeholder in the industry and will keep pressure on all parties, including all political parties to ensure decent jobs are delivered for Australian workers.
The ETU recognises the importance of the renewable industry but workers need to be looked after better. The union has been a major driver of the Just Transition Authority, Clean Co and Solar Farm Code of Practice in Queensland and are working with all States to regulate the industry.
Dan is the Renewable Industry co-ordinator in Queensland and is a licensed electrician as well.
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.
Ganesh Ganeshkumar,Territory Manager, A/NZ, Ecoult
Ganesh joined Ecoult as a Product Manager for the extra low voltage (ELV) product range; and currently managing Ecoult’s Australian and New Zealand business and partners program. Ganesh received Bachelor of Electronics and Communications Engineering and Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales. Before joining Ecoult, Ganesh worked for Fluke Corporation, responsible for Fluke’s preventative and predictive maintenance tools and service platforms for the ANZ & Pacific region; and a member of Institute of Engineers Australia (IEAust).
Geoff Bragg, Consultant, New England Solar Power
Geoff Bragg has lived with off-grid solar for over 20 years and has been working in the industry since 2002, holding accreditation for both on and off-grid design and installation.
He is managing director of consultancy firm Sunman Solar Pty Ltd & installation supervisor for New England Solar Power, a residential & commercial PV retailer in the Northern Tablelands, regional NSW.
Geoff is regularly involved in developing Professional Development training for industry, also holding a Cert IV Training & Assessment qualification . Geoff is Vice Chairman of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and Secretary of the Smart Energy Council.
Gerald Arends, Director, Pegasus Legal
Gerald Arends is a Director of Pegasus Legal, a boutique legal practice servicing the renewable energy industry in Australia, the Middle East and Asia-Pac.
He is an internationally leading lawyer advising on solar projects. In the past 10 years he worked exclusively in the solar industry, supporting clients on utility-scale solar projects in more than 25 countries on 4 continents. Gerald has held a variety of different roles in the solar industry ranging from practising lawyer and general counsel to roles in international business development, project development and commercial advisory.
Gerald is taking the approach of a reflective practitioner in the solar industry and shares his experience and perspectives through a variety of fora. As a visiting lecturer in the LL.M. programme at the University of Queensland (Australia) he has taught a module on Renewable Energy Law.
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.
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.
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.
Julia Coates, Principal Consultant, AECOM
Julia Coates is an experienced communication and stakeholder engagement consultant, and author of the Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines. She specialises in providing strategic advice on complex, issues-rich projects, and has worked with the Queensland Government and regional councils to engage with stakeholders and the community about renewable energy projects and climate change.
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.
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.
Markus Lambert, General Manager, Solar & Energy, LG Electronics
Markus Lambert has been in the solar panel manufacturer space since 2006, initially with Conergy. His role as GM with LG started in 2011. LG solar in Australia focuses on the high quality market selling over 250,000 panels per annum. LG offers a 25 year product replacement warranty backed by the biggest consumer brand in the solar space.
Michelle Taylor, Manager Intelligent Grid New Technology, Energy Queensland
Michelle is an electrical engineer managing the Intelligent Grid New Technology group at Energy Queensland. She is responsible for enabling new technologies that can support the network and enable choice for our customers. As part of this work she also in heavily involved in developing safety standards and enabling smarter systems to work effectively for our communities.
Miles George, Interim Chief Executive Officer, CleanCo
Miles has over 30 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors in Australia, the United States and Europe. Miles led the establishment of the renewable energy business Infigen Energy Limited and served as the company’s Chief Executive and Managing Director for 10 years. He has also served as elected Chair of the Australian Clean Energy Council, as elected member of the Reliability Panel of the Australian Energy Market Commission, and as a member of the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Expert Adviser Panel.
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.
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, 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 from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Nishad also currently serves as a Board Member for IEEE IAS Society.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Peter Price, Head of Corporate Strategy and Executive General Manager, Energy Queensland
Peter Price was appointed to the Energy Queensland Executive in November 2016 and is responsible for leading the Group’s engineering and asset management strategies, which includes the safe and efficient management of the Group’s electricity distribution networks.
Prior to joining Energy Queensland, Peter was a member of Energex’s executive management team for ten years. His career with Energex included managing and leading capital planning and program delivery, asset management, procurement, regulatory issues and the growth of new commercial businesses.
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.
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.
Roger Price, Chief Executive Officer, Windlab Limited
Roger is the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Windlab Limited (ASX:WND). Roger has over 30 years of executive, technology management, business development and extensive investment experience across multiple industries internationally. He has led a number of Australian technology companies to international success, including Windlab. He has led the financing, sale or acquisition process for more than 10 companies and raised in excess of $150,000,000 of equity for various enterprises during his career.
He has been involved in the financing and delivery of infrastructure projects across a range of industries including telecommunication, transport and energy. At Windlab he has been instrumental in building a team with deep experience across all facets of renewable energy development, finance and construction.
Roger holds an honours Degree in Engineering and currently serves on the board of Audinate Group Limited (ASX:AD8) and is a Partner at Innovation Capital Associates.
Shane Hogan, Assistant Manager, SRES Operations, Clean Energy Regulator
Mr Hogan joined the Clean Energy Regulator in September 2015. He leads delivery of the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme Inspections Program. He has worked across the agency, including delivering administration of the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target and the Emissions Reduction Fund. His experience working in regulatory and legislative frameworks in the environment and energy sectors also includes policy and project officer roles at the Department of Environment and Energy’s Office of Water Science and the [then] National Water Commission.
Simon Currie, Principal, Energy Estate
Simon Currie is a principal at Energy Estate. He is a passionate advocate of the potential for large scale renewable energy and clean industrial development in Queensland. He has advised on the development of over 1GW of renewable energy projects in Queensland and is the co-developer of the 300MW Rodds Bay solar farm south of Gladstone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vanessa Sullivan, Non Executive Director, Energy, Water, Sustainability
Vanessa has more than 20 years’ experience in the water, energy and carbon sectors working with both government and private sector organisations. Vanessa’s previous roles include: Climate Change Leader and Utilities Leader for a Big 4 Professional Services firm; founding and running a renewable energy and storage development business which involved attracting capital from global investment houses including US and Japan and developing greenfield projects; undertaking significant market reform in both the energy and water sectors.
Vanessa is now focussing on Non Executive Director roles and keeping her hand in entrepreneurial activities of interest- including hydrogen, energy and sustainability.
Vincent Dwyer, Principal, Energy Estate
Vincent is a principal and founder of Energy Estate. For over 25 years, Vincent has been at the forefront of developments in the energy and infrastructure sectors, from privatisations and infrastructure investments and development to the emergence and rapid deployment of renewable energy.
Vincent has worked on many of the Asia-Pacific region’s most significant and innovative transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has worked with governments, utilities, pension funds and start-ups across thermal and renewable energy, transmission infrastructure, gas, water, ports, and desalinisation.
Prior to founding Energy Estate, Vincent was APAC Head of the Corporate and Transactional practices at Norton Rose Fulbright.
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.
Wilf Johnston, General Manager, Enphase
Wilf has worked in the Australian solar industry for over 11 years, beginning with leadership of the engineering and commercial project team with SunPower Corporation, then later as the General Manager of Energy Matters and Flex. At Flex he introduced an innovative IOT platform focused on delivering energy insights and control to end customers. Wilf holds degrees in Engineering and Commerce from the University of Western Australia and has been a key contributor to industry associations including the Smart Energy Council. As the current GM APAC for Enphase Energy, he is responsible for delivering the leading connected solar energy platform for the Australian market.