Speakers

Gregory Abramowitz
Manager Market Development
AGL Energy


The Hon. Mark Butler
Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy
Federal Opposition

Mark Butler has been the Labor Member for Port Adelaide in the federal parliament since 2007 and in July 2016 he was appointed 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 for Outstanding Global Contribution to the Fight against Dementia.
 
He was elected as National President to the ALP in 2015.

Mark is the author of Advanced Australia - The Politics of Ageing, published in 2015; and Climate Wars, published in 2017.


Josh Carmichael
Director – Low Carbon Economy Unit, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
South Australian Government


Craig Chambers
Executive General Manager - Strategy, Portfolio and Innovation
Energy Queensland

Craig has responsibility for Energy Queensland's Strategy, Portfolio and Innovation.  In this role, he is accountable to the CEO and Board for business strategy, innovation, risk and compliance, regulation and pricing, as well as customer and stakeholder engagement across the portfolio.

Craig has over 20 years’ experience in the electricity and gas industry in Australia, Asia and the USA.  Before joining Energy Queensland, Craig held a number of senior management roles in the energy sector.  Most recently he was responsible for AECOM’s power business line in Australia which included providing business strategy, group leadership and support to its key transmission & distribution, power generation, industrial and government energy sector clients.  This involved providing companies with advice on strategy, policy, regulatory compliance, due diligence, project development, technical design and construction delivery.

His diverse background spans pioneering innovation in the distributed energy industry in Australia, founding and managing a vertically integrated start-up utility, advising Governments and industry on navigating change, as well as major asset sales and delivering prominent utility scale thermal, hybrid, power network, storage, gas and renewable projects from concept to execution.


James Chisholm
First Assistant Secretary
Department of the Environment and Energy


Gavin Dufty
Manager Policy and Research
St Vincent de Paul Society

Gavin is currently employed as the manager of policy and research at St Vincent de Paul Society, Victoria. Gavin’s has worked as a consumer representative in the energy sector for over 28 years undertaking research and evaluation on market changes and its impacts on domestic energy consumers.

Gavin is currently a representative of a number of industry and government committees including;  a number of gas and electricity distribution companies customer consultative committees,  AEMC's reliability panel, AGL’s national customer council, the AER customer consultative group and Energy Consumers Australia reference committee. Gavin was awarded a centennial medal for services to community in 2001.


Megan Fisher
Head of Digital and Innovation
Ausnet Services

Megan is the Head of Digital and Innovation at AusNet Services an energy delivery service business that owns and operates Victoria’s largest network of electricity and gas infrastructure.  She is a product manager from way back and has loads of experience leading and implementing digital innovation and transformational programs that are product, people, process and technology centric. Arriving at AusNet Services from outside the Energy industry Megan has experienced a number of industries in the midst of  transformation and disruption including large industry wide transformations such as media being disrupted by Google and Facebook.


Andrew Fraser
Network Innovation Team Leader
TasNetworks


Darren Gladman
Director Smart Energy
Clean Energy Council

Darren leads the Clean Energy Council’s policy and advocacy for solar and battery systems. He also leads CEC’s work on product quality and development of product standards.

Darren has extensive experience in policy, communications and stakeholder engagement in energy and climate change policy.

He has been with CEC for more than five years. Before CEC he was a senior manager and policy adviser in the Victorian Government (2004 to 2012). Prior to working in government he worked for many years as a campaigner and campaign director for a range of NGOs and non-profit organisations.

He has a Bachelor degree in Engineering and a Masters degree in Environmental Science.


Amy Kean
Renewable Energy Advocate
NSW Government


Siham Knowles
General Manager Network Engineering
AusNet Services


Rainer Korte
Executive Manager Asset Management
ElectraNet


David Martin
Managing Director
Powerledger


Ed McManus
Chief Executive Officer 
Powershop

One of Australia’s leading regular commentators on energy, renewables, consumer trends, technology, and innovation, Ed McManus is the CEO of renewable energy generator Meridian Energy Australia and energy retailer Powershop Australia.

Driven by a desire to make a contribution in a growth sector which is pivotal to ongoing economic prosperity, and efforts to decarbonise the economy, Ed sought out an opportunity in renewable energy - a decision that led to his appointment as CEO of one of Australia’s most innovative energy companies.

Part of the largest 100% renewable generator in Australasia, Meridian Energy Australia is an energy company focused on developing new electricity from environmentally sustainable renewable resources. A long standing investor in Australia, Meridian Energy is the owner-operator of the Mt Mercer and Mt Millar wind farms and has invested over a billion dollars in generation and retail activities in recent years.

Meridian Energy is also proud to have launched and grown Powershop in Australia to give Australians the choice of a better power company. Ranked by Greenpeace as Australia’s greenest energy company (2014 & 2015), Powershop is a 100% online energy retailer, driving a unique service that gives customers transparency like they’ve never had before over a key part of their household budget - their energy bill. Serving customers in Victoria, New South Wales, and South East Queensland, Powershop is Australia’s only electricity retailer to be certified 100% carbon neutral by the Australian Government, and now retails electricity to over 100,000 customers including homes and businesses around the country.

Ed was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Meridian Energy Australia and Powershop Australia in January 2016, having previously been the General Manager of Powershop from 2014-2016. Under Ed’s leadership, Powershop has grown from 10,000 to 100,000 customers and has been ranked the #1 retailer on Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customer - Electricity Providers Victoria for two years running (2015 & 2016).

With 15 years of prior experience in commercial roles, Ed has a deep understanding of consumer trends and industry disruption. Prior to his work in the energy sector, he worked for REA Group’s realestate.com.au in roles across sales and marketing, operations and pricing strategy, and began his career as a medical research scientist with several years working for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, GlaxoSmithKline.

Ed holds a Bachelor of Science from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Dundee.


Adrian Merrick
Founder and Chief Executive Officer 
Energy Locals

Adrian Merrick has 15 years of retail energy experience in the UK and Australia. He founded Energy Locals in 2016 to provide a service that is capable of leading the retail aspects of the energy transition, while concurrently making it easier for customers to engage in the growth in renewables and other energy technology. The company secured round one funding in June 2016 and launched in January 2017, initially in NSW and Qld.

Adrian joined the energy industry in 2001. After two years with TXU, he spent eight years with E.ON in a variety of retail roles, culminating in running the company’s GBP1.7bn commercial and industrial unit.

In 2011 Adrian returned to Australia to head up EnergyAustralia’s retail business unit where he led major change, including the stabilisation of a troubled new billing platform and the subsequent doubling in its size to integrate acquired customers. He also led the company into the Federal Government’s Smart Grid Smart City trial, rolled out Victoria’s first customer-focused time of use tariffs and took the first move in the industry to exit door knocking.

Prior to his time in energy, Adrian spent eight years in the Royal Air Force, three years in a specialist marketing agency and two years in a dotcom startup. He was born and raised in Australia and holds an MBA from London Business School.


Rob Murray–Leach
Head of Policy
Energy Efficiency Council

Rob has an extensive background in climate change, energy, transport and sustainability, as an author of the Garnaut Climate Change Review and senior policy expert in the South Australian Government. His academic background from Oxford and Adelaide focussed on behaviour and sustainability, and he has contributed to a number of texts in this field.

Founding CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council, Rob now leads the Council’s policy and advocacy activities, working with members and governments to inform the development of robust and cost-effective energy efficiency policies and programs in Australia.


Luke Osborne
Chief Operations Officer
Reposit Power

Luke Osborne is Chief Operations Officer for Reposit Power, a leading distributor energy company that integrates software with solar battery systems to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

Luke has been an executive in the electricity industry for over a decade. He was formerly CEO of Australia’s most successful renewable energy company and has worked in the Canadian, USA, NZ and South African electricity systems. Luke can trace his family history back to the industrial revolution where his ancestors, rather ironically, carted coal into London on the world’s first commercial railway – luckily these days Luke is committed to keeping the lights on in a more renewable way.


James Seymour
General Manager New Energy
Jemena


Simon Sheik
Founder and Managing Director
Future Super

Simon understands the power of Australians coming together to create change. In his 5 years as National Director for GetUp!, Australia’s leading progressive advocacy group, Simon tripled the organisation’s membership to 640,000.

Simon also sat on the inaugural board of the now 100,000 strong Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and was named NSW Young Professional of the Year. In addition to leading large organisations working for progressive change, Simon has worked as a Financial Analyst at NSW Treasury and consulted for organisations as diverse as Bendigo Bank, Asset Owners Disclosure Project, major unions and community groups.


Karen Stenner
Director
Concentric.Energy

Dr Karen Stenner specialises in designing and testing real-world behavioural interventions intended to shift consumer behaviour in the public interest. Across the past five years she brought her unique expertise and experience to bear as Senior Research Scientist and leader of CSIRO’s Behavioural Economics Team, including serving as principal author of the CSIRO’s highly acclaimed report on “Australian Consumers’ Likely Response to Cost-Reflective Electricity Pricing”.

Under Dr Stenner’s leadership these past years, the CSIRO Behavioural Economics Team designed, conducted and evaluated the relative impact of dozens of alternative behaviour change interventions, intended to secure improvements in both consumer energy behaviour (including facilitating energy efficiency, peak demand management, and uptake and usage of cost-reflective pricing) as well as efficient and effective government service delivery (especially by promoting citizen compliance, digital uptake and channel optimisation).
Dr Stenner relies upon the ‘gold standard’ methodology of Randomised Controlled Trials to design and empirically test high-impact, mass scalable, cost effective and durable solutions to problems of efficiency, productivity and sustainability. Mostly this involves real-world field trials, conducted at scale within normal business processes, in which Dr Stenner embeds messaging, framing, incentives, facilities and attentional cues designed to shift consumer behaviour in the public interest, and minimise waste and inefficiency.

Recent clients during her tenure at the CSIRO include Energy Consumers Australia (testing consumer response to cost-reflective electricity pricing); EnergyAustralia (re-designing messages and materials to help customers achieve greater energy efficiency); Aurora (promoting customer acceptance of hot water load control); the Department of Human Services (increasing self-service via digital channels vs. costly face-to-face service); the ATO (boosting debt collection by increasing compliance with payment plans); the Australian Bureau of Statistics (inducing online self-completion of Census 2016 with minimal reminders and field staff follow-up); and the Office of State Revenue, Queensland Treasury (increasing on-time and digital payment of land tax).

Dr Stenner previously worked in U.S. academia, where she taught statistics and research methodology, experimental design, policy analysis and program evaluation on the faculties of Princeton University (1998-2005) and Duke University (1996-1998), after completing a PhD in Political Psychology at the State University of New York (Stony Brook).


Peter Tickler
Digital Innovation and Advisory Leader
ERM Power


Benjamin White
Director Strategy Insights and Projects – Renewable Energy
Department of the Environment, Land, Water and Planning


Jo Witters
Head of Innovation
Australian Energy Market Operator

Jo has over 18 years’ experience working in the energy sector with roles covering a range of strategy, market development, corporate and regulatory matters. Jo is currently heading up the Centre for Innovation at the Australian Energy Market Operator, where she is working with industry stakeholders to trial proof of concepts and new technologies for market and system operation.

Prior to this Jo was leading the People and Culture team, and has led development of Corporate Strategy within the CEO Office and Regulatory Policy within AEMO’s Corporate Development team.  Before joining AEMO, Jo held a number of roles at the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), the British energy regulator, in the UK, and before that at Transpower and in consultancy in her native New Zealand.


Benjamin Zisser
Managing Director
I.N Concept


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