Official Event Advisory Panel
Quest Events would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the official event advisory panel who contributed their valuable time and expertise to ensure the agenda for this event is timely and relevant for all stakeholders working in the Australian infrastructure and capital works sectors.
Since commencing work as an energy market regulatory analyst at Macquarie Generation almost 15 years ago, Simon has worked across the energy supply chain, from generation to retail and across a range of issues, from economic regulation to environmental sustainability.
In 2002, Simon was a member of the Parer Energy Market Review Secretariat where he led the development of the Review’s recommendation to implement an emissions trading scheme domestically.
More recently, Simon wrote the Energy Sections of the Victorian Government Climate Change Green and White Paper’s and was the Victorian Government representative on the Commonwealth Government’s National Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Target Working Groups.
Simon also attended the COP15 Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen) on behalf of the Victorian Government.
Simon is currently responsible for managing relevant National Electricity Market regulatory issues on behalf of AGL and holds a Batchelor of Economics (Hons) and Master of Environmental Law.
Keith has been involved in Australian resources and industry policy issues management and communications for 37 years. He has been a communicator for 58 years, starting as a journalist in South Africa in 1959 and emigrating to Australia in 1970.
He served for four years in the 1970s as public affairs manager of Associated Pulp & Paper Mills Limited and for three years as head of public relations at La Trobe University, Melbourne.
He was chief executive of what is now APPEA for 11 years and of the Electricity Supply Association of Australia for 12 years.
From 2003 to 2007 he chaired the energy committee of the Critical Infrastructure Advisory Council for the Howard government.
He has also been chairman of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network and of the CSIRO Energy Technology Advisory Committee.
Today he runs his own energy advisory business as Coolibah Pty Ltd and is publisher of the blog “This is Power” and of the Coolibah monthly newsletter.
Keith is also engaged in the organisation and chairing of a series of energy outlook conferences.
He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 and in 2012 was recipient of AusIMM’s Sir Willis Connolly Memorial Medal for outstanding communication about the mining and resources sectors.
Dr Luke Reedman has 13 years’ experience in the energy domain and currently leads research in Energy Transition Pathways at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. Luke is also the Australian Executive Committee Member, Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme, International Energy Agency (IEA) and an Honorary Senior Research Associate at University College London (UCL).
Luke is an economist with expertise in the economic modelling of the stationary energy and transport sectors. He has published research on energy futures and was involved in the recent Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap and the Future Grid Forum.
Phil has had the opportunity to work on some significant and controversial reforms during his career including National Health Reform.
He is now working on electricity pricing and regulation. Prices have risen by 125 per cent since 2007. Deregulation would bring Queensland into line with other larger states. What has been consistent throughout his career, what he has been most passionate about, is the need for rigorous, evidence-based public policy. Phil believes that if we marry that with a compelling narrative, one that makes clear what the policy will achieve and how it will impact on real people, this gives the best platform for policy.