Speakers

  • Andrej Atrens
    Professor, University of Queensland

    Prof Andrejs Atrens: BSc(Hons), Univ Adelaide 1970; PhD, Univ Adelaide, 1976; D.Eng, Univ Queensland (UQ), 1997, Fellow Higher Education Academy, 2018, Professor of Materials, UQ, at UQ since 1984.

    An international academic reputation is evident from invitations for keynote papers at international conferences (25 since 2004), invitations as guest scientist/visiting professor at leading international laboratories (in China, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, France & Sweden, 27 months since 2003), a ISI H-index of 56 [web of science] (65 [Google scholar]), many citations (13,610 citations [web of science]; 19,094 [Google scholar]), 23 journal papers with more than 100 citations, 10 journal papers with more than 200 citations, and an excellent publication record in top international journals with more than 280 refereed journal publications. Research areas are: hydrogen embrittlement, corrosion of magnesium, stress corrosion cracking, corrosion mechanisms, atmospheric corrosion and patination of copper. In the last 5 years since 2013 Atrens has published 83 refereed journal publications.

    Atrens has made significant contributions to the understanding of the service performance of engineering materials. This includes:

    • Understanding of influence of hydrogen in steels, including advanced high-strength steels for auto construction,
    • Elucidated corrosion mechanisms of magnesium alloys, stainless steels and copper alloys,
    • Developed a model for the patination of copper, and a procedure for an artificial patination process,
    • Developed an improved understanding of passivity in stainless steels and binary alloys such as Fe-Cr, Ni-Cr, Co-Cr, Fe-Ti, and Fe-Si.

    Contributions to the understanding of magnesium corrosion include:

    • Characterised the corrosion reactions, types of corrosion and the corrosion morphologies for Mg alloys and related these to alloy chemistry, metallurgy and microstructure.
    • Help to provide an understanding of the biocorrosion of Mg.
    • Produced a comprehensive explanation of the strange electrochemical behaviour of the negative difference effect, which underlies the corrosion behaviour of magnesium and its alloys.
       
  • Craig Buckley
    Deputy Director | Fuels and Energy Technology Institute, Faculty of Science & Engineering, Curtin University

    Professor Craig Buckley has 28 years experience in the Hydrogen Storage research field and is Manager of both the Hydrogen Storage Research Group (HSRG) and The W.A. Small Angle X-ray Scattering Facility (SAXS) at Curtin University. As of July 2017 Prof. Buckley was an author/co-author of 1 Book Chapter, 129 refereed Journal papers (plus 6 more submitted) and 19 refereed conference papers, 175 refereed conference abstracts and 14 non refereed papers and reports on the topics of hydrogen storage and structure determination. His expertise in hydrogen storage research is evident from his role as an Australian expert (1 of 2) on the International Energy Agency Hydrogen Implementing Agreement, Task 32 – Fundamental and applied hydrogen storage materials development. His expertise in structure determination using X-ray and neutron scattering techniques is reflected in being a chief/co-investigator for over 80 successful neutron and X-ray beam-time grants at National and International facilities since 1994. Prof. Buckley’s publications have been cited over 2316 times (Scopus) and 2928 times (Google Scholar) with approximately 75% of these citations relating to publications involving hydrogen storage research.

  • Ivan Byak
    General Manager, New Energy, APA Group

    Ivan Byak was previously responsible for managing the APA Group’s transmission revenue. Ivan is now responsible for APA’s long term business development including the future gas developments such as the Beetaloo Basin and the new exciting area of renewable hydrogen and methane. Ivan is looking to leverage APA’s existing infrastructure footprint by maximising the benefit of the over lay with Australia’s solar footprint. This includes optimising the returns from existing assets and growing APA’s asset base through brownfield and greenfield projects by developing and implementing strategies for organic growth of existing assets through negotiation of new revenue contracts and coordinating the expansion of those assets.
    Ivan Byak joined the APA Group in September 2006. Previous to joining APA Group Ivan worked in the power generation sector in Australia, Hong Kong and Japan where he had over 20 years experience in senior positions.

  • Tom Campey
    Strategic Team Leader, ARENA

    Tom Campey is the General Manager of Strategy at ARENA. In this role he helps ARENA decide where to focus its financial assistance and related efforts to best achieve ARENA’s objectives.

    Prior to ARENA, Tom worked at the CSIRO, where he led a project to develop a roadmap for low emissions technologies in Australia. Before CSIRO, Tom spent five years at McKinsey & Company, focused mainly on strategy, serving clients in a wide range of industries including energy, mining, banking and retail.

    Tom holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Space), a Bachelor of Science (Physics) and a PhD (Physics) from The University of Queensland.

  • Richard Day
    Director Low Carbon Industry Development, Department for Energy and Mining, Government of South Australia

    Richard joined the South Australian Government in 2001 and since that time has worked across the energy, climate change, industry development and low carbon economy portfolios.

    He heads up a team within the Department of Energy and Mining that is charged with capturing the investment and industry development opportunities associated with the State’s transition to clean energy.

    His current area of focus is on growing and attracting industries that can capitalise on South Australia’s low cost renewable energy resources, including use of batteries and other forms of energy storage, hydrogen and green chemical production, mining and green minerals processing, the electrification of mobility, and associated value chains.

    Richard has spearheaded the development and implementation of a Hydrogen Roadmap for South Australia, which was released in September 2017. He is also a significant contributor to the development of Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy, including through co-chairing the kick start project relating to the greater use of hydrogen in gas networks, and participating in international engagement activities.

  • Ian Filby
    Project Director, The CarbonNet Project, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

    Ian Filby is the Project Director for CarbonNet at the Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions,  a State and Commonwealth funded project investigating commercial scale carbon capture and storage for Gippsland, enabling new industries such as hydrogen production consistent with Net Zero Emissions by 2050 target.

    Ian has bachelor degrees in civil engineering and commerce, with an extensive background working at the interface between government and the private sector on major capital projects. Prior to joining CarbonNet, Ian was involved in the delivery of the Victorian Desalination Project and water recycling proposals for the Latrobe Valley.

  • Alan Finkel
    Chief Scientist, Australian Government

  • Jason Froud
    Manager, Policy, Synergy

    Jason Froud is the Manager, Policy at Synergy, Western Australia’s largest government owned electricity gen-tailer. Prior to working at Synergy, Jason was the Manager of Corporate Affairs at Western Power, the network operator in the south west of Western Australia. Jason is currently responsible for managing Synergy’s involvement in the Western Australian Electricity Market Review, energy policy position development and advocacy.

  • Michel Gantois
    GM Hydrogen, Fortescue Metals Group

    Michel joined Fortescue in early 2019 to lead the development of hydrogen at Fortescue. Prior to joining Fortescue, Michel was CEO of ENGIE Australia and led a business that develops and manages thermal and renewable power plants, sells energy to 700,000 individual and commercial customers and offers a wide suite of efficiency solutions to industrial clients. Michel led a transformation to focus on decentralised energy, to de-commoditise the offering to customers and to leverage digital tools to analyse consumption and technical data to design new products.

    Michel has a passion for helping companies define their development, commercial and regulatory strategies, and optimise their operations.

    Michel has a MBA from Leuven University in Belgium which has an exchange program with Chicago GSB and Cornell University Johnson Business School. He speaks English, French, Dutch, Spanish and some German.

  • Rohan Gillespie
    Managing Director
    Southern Green Gas
  • David Grabau
    Resources and Energy, Senior Investment Specialist, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

    David Grabau has strong technical proficiency and experience in the resources and energy sectors, with a valuable combination of experience in both government and ASX top 20 corporates. Since joining Austrade as Senior Investment Specialist for resources and energy in April 2017, David has helped a number of major international companies identify and secure investment opportunities in the Australian market. More recently, he has been working closely on Australian capability in critical minerals lithium value chains. David’s previous senior commercial roles include advising major resources and energy companies across strategy, risk, and project management. David spent several years working with BHP across its minerals and petroleum businesses, including management roles in Group Risk and Corporate Development.

  • Martin Hablutzel
    Head of Strategy, Siemens Australia

    Martin Hablutzel is the head of strategy for Siemens Ltd working across all Siemens divisions along the electrification value chain that extends from generation, transmission, distribution and smart grid to the efficient application of electrical energy through automation and digitisation.
    Martin began his career at the (then) Hydro Electric Commission in Tasmania, joining Siemens in 1997 as a protection and control engineer. Subsequent roles in project engineering, project management, asset management, sales, marketing and executive management have given Martin broad exposure to the deployment of electrification, automation and digitalisation in diverse industries including utilities, resources, infrastructure, transportation and manufacturing.
    Martin holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tasmania and an MBA from Deakin University.

  • Greg Hannan
    Manager Economic Regulation
    AusNet Services
  • David Havyatt
    Senior Economist, Energy Consumers Australia

    David Havyatt has joined ECA in the position of Senior Economist in the CEO Secretariat. In this role David will be providing support to ECA in economic analysis and assisting the CEO in maintaining focus on the policy objective of the Long Term Interest of Consumers.

    David joins ECA after a long career in telecommunications including senior sales,strategy and regulatory roles working for Telstra, AAPT, Hutchison and Unwired. More recently he has operated his own consultancy in policy issues in the Digital Economy as well as freelance writing. This was interrupted by two and a half years as a senior adviser to the Minister (and Shadow Minister) for Communications.

    In his telco roles David has delivered outcomes for consumers including chairing industry working committees to deliver number portability and consumer protection codes. He was a long time champion of consumer advocate interest in a single consumer code and played a number of roles as both a consultant and adviser in the delivery of the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code that has resulted in a steady decline in escalated complaints in the industry.

    He has been a contributor and speaker to the work of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, which is an organization with a similar remit to ECA. In his regulatory and adviser roles he has been engaged in the detail of the economic regulation of telecommunications and the setting of access prices for network services.

    David holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Economics. He is a former Board member of the TIO, ACIF (now Communications Alliance) and AMTA, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Stuart Hawksworth
    President, International Association for Hydrogen Safety

    Dr Stuart Hawksworth has worked in the area of Safety for 25 years, fulfilling a number of roles at the Health and Safety Executive’s Laboratory in Buxton in the UK. In the area of Hydrogen Safety he has led and participated in a range of programmes, covering hydrogen vehicle refuelling safety, safety of hydrogen in the nuclear industry, and is currently involved in a number of activities supporting the UK gas industry and government regarding the introduction of hydrogen into the UK gas network.

  • Kathryn Horlin
    Principal Innovation, Sustainable Operations, BHP

    Kathryn’s professional career has spanned over 16 years in diverse industries, predominantly mining. In her 11 years at BHP she has held corporate and site environmental roles in the Nickel, Iron Ore, Group HSE and Technology divisions.

    She joined the Low Emissions Technology team in 2018. Her role is focused on developing and deploying technology solutions that drive greenhouse gas emission reductions across the electricity and material movement components of BHP’s operations.

    Kathryn is the project lead for BHP’s green hydrogen opportunity assessment, which is part of BHP’s broader low emissions technology strategy, and is one of several mobile equipment options the company is considering to decarbonise its operations.

    Kathryn is based in Perth and holds a double degree in Environmental Engineering and Chemistry from the University of Western Australia. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Claire Johnson
    Co-Founder & CEO of data analytics startup, Hydrolytics

    With the ability to capture the entire hydrogen value chain within one cloud-based platform, Hydrolytics provides industry professionals with data insights to realise the potential of their hydrogen investments.

    Prior to launching Hydrolytics in 2019, Claire was the CEO of Hydrogen Mobility Australia, the industry association representing Australia’s emerging hydrogen sector.

    Co-founded by Hyundai and Toyota, Hydrogen Mobility Australia advocates for a hydrogen society built upon clean and renewable energy technology with governments, industry and the community.

    Claire has a background in policy development and government relations across the private and public sectors, including as manager of government affairs at Toyota Australia.

    In this role she led the company’s government advocacy program for a range of transport policy areas, including the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles to Australia.

    Claire has also worked for Australian federal and state governments in policy development, including industry, environmental and trade policy.

    Claire holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Marketing from the University of Tasmania.

  • Vanya Kumar
    Executive Director, Energy, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria Government

    Vanya Kumar is the Executive Director, Commercial and Investment Attraction in the Energy Group at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Vanya is an experienced executive with expertise in commercial transactions, infrastructure development and project management. A lawyer by training, Vanya also brings strong commercial, negotiation, governance, stakeholder management and policy experience to her role. She has worked across a range of industries including energy and utilities, banking & finance, construction, oil and gas, and transport in Australia and overseas.

  • Alberto Litta
    EVP, Head of Engineering and Design, ENGIE – BU Hydrogen (France)

    I am senior manager, with 20 years of experience in the energy sector, almost all of them spent within the ENGIE Group -(ex GDF SUEZ).

    During my career I have been increasingly exposed to project manageme nt, business development and general man agement responsibilities at international level.

    My last assignment started in June 2018 when I joined the head office of ENGIE in Paris as EVP - Head of Technology and Design of the newly created BU Hydrogen, in charge of developing, building and operating large scale renewable based hydrogen facilities.

    During my previous assignments in the engineering and consulting business I have ben in charge of the general man agement and the business developmen t of large units dedicated to the execution of projects in the field of wind, solar, thermal power and natural gas worldwide.

    I bring with me a broad managerial, commercial and technical experience developed 1n an innovative  international  context.

  • David Norman
    Chief Executive Officer
    Future Fuels CRC
  • Keith Owen
    Head of Systems Development and Energy Strategy, Northern Gas Networks (UK)

    Keith begin his career with British Gas as Communication Systems Engineer, working on a variety of projects supporting the business communications infrastructure and control centre operations.

    In the following years he undertook a variety of roles within the industry which in 2013 led to the role of Head of Asset Assurance, overseeing the Distribution System Operator function on behalf of Northern Gas Networks.  

    In 2016, Keith was appointed Head of Systems Development and Energy Strategy. This new position specifically looks at the role of gas, within the context of the UK energy system, the underpinning infrastructure and the potential benefits a whole systems approach to systems planning and operation can bring, to both the customer and wider UK energy industry. 

    Keith is the project manager for InTEGReL, the whole energy systems research and development centre launched in 2017 by NGN, in partnership with Northern Powergrid and Newcastle University.

    He became H21 programme manager in 2018.

  • Attilio Pigneri
    Chief Executive Officer, H2U, the Hydrogen Utility

    Attilio is a co-founder and CEO of H2U, 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.

    Working at the forefront of hydrogen infrastructure commercialization in Australia, H2U has developed an innovative roll-out program for the establishment of a core network of 20 commercial-scale hydrogen refuelling stations during the 2018-21 timeframe. H2U is based in Australia and operating throughout the Asia-Pacific.

    Attilio is the current President of the Australian Association for Hydrogen Energy (AAHE), and was the Chairman of the successful World Hydrogen Technologies Convention, held in Sydney in October 2015.

    Attilio serves on the AEMO Expert Panel and the steering committee on the National Hydrogen Roadmap.

  • Cranston Polson
    Founder and CEO, H2H Energy

    Cranston Polson is the Founder and CEO of H2H Energy Pty Ltd. He is a hands-on Mechanical/Systems Engineer, and hydrogen technical specialist that has been solely focussed on the hydrogen industry for more than 12 years.
    Cranston has wide-ranging experiences with electrolysers, hydrogen storage, fuel cells and hydrogen fleet management/maintenance. He also has extensive experience with hydrogen refuelling station design, build, commissioning, and operation and maintenance.

  • Tawake Rakai
    GM Transmission Asset Management
    AGIG
  • Alison Reeve
    Taskforce Leader, National Hydrogen Strategy, Australian Government

    Alison Reeve is the Taskforce Leader for the National Hydrogen Strategy. She has fifteen years’ experience in the clean energy sector, in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to her current role she led the Australian Government’s international engagement on clean energy innovation, including establishing international R&D collaborations, and building better links between R&D and investment communities.

    Alison has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from the University of Queensland, and a Master of Public Policy from the Australian National University.

  • David Roberts
    Executive Director, Head of Project Advisory, ANZ

    David Roberts is based in Sydney and is an Executive Director and Head of ANZ’s Project Advisory business. David joined ANZ in November 2010 after 10 years with Macquarie Capital. He has 25 years’ experience in the Investment Banking industry with specific expertise in Corporate Advisory, Project Finance and the Infrastructure sector. In addition to David’s advisory experience, he has been involved in structuring and delivery of debt financing for a number of significant infrastructure projects around the world. Over the course of his career David has taken leading roles in transactions covering a range of sectors including Energy & Utilities, Transport Infrastructure, Resources, Telco & Media and Industrials.

    In his current role as Head of Project Advisory at ANZ, David is responsible for the Bank’s Project Advisory business in Australia and internationally and for delivering specialised advisory services to clients active in the Infrastructure and Energy sectors. Since joining ANZ and returning to Australia from Asia, David has grown a specialised team focussed on delivery of financial advisory services for large scale infrastructure projects and has developed market leading expertise in relation to renewable energy assets. David is a leading advisor to energy companies and Investors active in the Australian renewables sector and has specific experience in the provision of advice in relation to cross border infrastructure investment.

  • Daniel Roberts
    Leader, Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform, CSIRO

    Daniel leads CSIRO's Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform. The Hydrogen FSP plays an important role in CSIRO's broad hydrogen RD&D program, by providing a strong scientific and technical foundation to CSIRO's work in enabling a renewable energy export industry based on hydrogen. By creating new capabilities and technologies across the hydrogen value chain, this work will enable significant decarbonisation of power and transport sectors.

    Before taking on the FSP role, Daniel led the High Efficiency Thermal and Electrochemical Technologies research group within CSIRO Energy. He continues to play a senior role in CSIRO’s research activities in the area of coal, biomass, and waste gasification in the context of low emissions power and chemicals as well as energy from biomass and waste.

    Daniel has more than 20 years' experience in the study of the fundamentals of gasification and combustion and their application to industrial scale systems. He has a background in environmental chemistry (Macquarie University) and chemical engineering (the University of Newcastle). During his postdoctoral studies with the CRC for Coal in Sustainable Development Daniel spent 6 months with the Central Research Institute of the Electric Power Industry in Japan, as part of the team providing the R&D support to the development of Japan's first IGCC power generation demonstration plant.

    Daniel joined CSIRO in 2001 based in North Ryde, and moved to Brisbane in 2002 as part of the commissioning of the flagship gasification research facility at the QCAT laboratories. He has been a Group Leader since 2007 and in his current role oversees CSIRO’s work in the areas of gasification, syngas, and H2 production; electrochemical and hybrid energy systems for power generation, hydrogen generation, and energy storage; and fuel and engine development activities for direct injection carbon engines for high efficiency power from coal and biomass.

  • Shunsuke Sakuma
    General Manager of Hydrogen Engineering Australia, Kawasaki Heavy Industries

    Shunsuke Sakuma is General Manager of Hydrogen Engineering Australia which is a subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan and part of the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) consortium..
    He has 22 year's experience in Kawasaki on infrastructure and material handling business in Southeast Asia, China, India and Australia, utilising his knowledge of marketing and procurement of material,equipment,steel structure and construction.

  • Dean Smith
    Manager Power Development, AGL Energy

    Dean joined AGL in 2017 as Manager Power Development leading AGL’s development of a portfolio energy storage options and has spent majority of his time over the last twelve months pursuing Pumped Hydro opportunities. Dean is involved in internal groups looking at hydrogen feasibility and is keenly involved in the Liddell Innovation Project. His experience spans over 15 years in the market developing renewable energy projects across Australia.

  • Jeremy Stone
    Non-Executive Director, J Power Latrobe Valley

    Jeremy is a Non Executive Director, global executive and advisor with over 30 years of experience leading businesses and in the design and delivery of major infrastructure projects. He lived and worked in Asia for 14 years and has delivered projects in the US, UK, Middle East, Australia and China. He is a Director of the Australian subsidiary of J-Power, one of Japan's largest utility companies and part of the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) consortium.

  • Felicity Underhill
    General Manager Hydrogen, Origin Energy

    Felicity Underhill joined Origin in 2010 and was appointed General Manager, Strategy (H2) in January 2019, where she is investigating how hydrogen might fit within Origin’s future energy mix.  Felicity has a history of designing and then implementing strategies, including being the architect of a complete operating model change within Origin’s Integrated Gas business, as well as the digital and innovation strategies for the gas assets.  Felicity has almost twenty years’ experience in oil and gas, particularly in operational excellence, strategy, business development and joint venture management, largely amassed while working with Shell and its joint ventures in around twenty-five countries.  As a New Zealander, living in Australia is considered a massive betrayal of her country, though she is still a strong supporter of NZ rugby and continues to try to support NZ cricket.

  • Matt Walden
    Director – Business Development & Transaction, ARENA

    Matt is an Investment Director at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and specialises in the identification and execution of investment opportunities. Matt is responsible for managing ARENA’s hydro portfolio and was responsible for ARENA’s Large Scale Solar Competitive Round. Prior to ARENA, Matt specialised in providing financial, commercial and policy advice in the renewables and general infrastructure sectors. Matt is an ICAA Business Valuation Specialist, a Chartered Accountant and has a post-graduate qualification in Applied Finance.

  • Geoff Ward
    Chief Executive Officer, Hazer Group

    Geoff has over 20 years experience in the oil and gas, resources and renewable energy sectors including senior executive positions with Woodside Energy and as CEO of ASX listed company, Geodynamics Limited.  Geoff’s experience covers strategy, commercial management, financial management, mergers and acquisitions, capital project development, and operations.

    In addition to his executive experience Geoff has served as a Director of a leading corporate advisory firm, Azure Capital.  Geoff’s advisory experience covers mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic reviews and turnarounds, debt and equity capital raisings. Geoff has advised Boards and led transactions in engineering services, clean technology and resources sectors. 

    Geoff holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Western Australia, receiving a Director’s Letter of Commendation, and Bachelors of Engineering (Chemical) (Honours) from the University of Melbourne. He is a past winner of WA Business News “40under40” award, recognizing WA’s top business leaders under 40 years of age.  Geoff has had a long engagement with the changing Australian energy markets and was a member of the Commonwealth Government’s expert advisory panel for the 2012 Energy White Paper.

  • Ben Wilson
    Chief Executive Officer, AGIG

    Previously, Ben was the Director of Strategy and Regulation and Chief Financial Officer at UK Power Networks (UKPN), a large electricity distribution company in the UK with 8 million customers, and also owned by the CK Group.  Before joining UKPN in 2011 Ben was a utilities investment banker for fifteen years, working Europe, Asia and Latin America, most recently at Deutsche Bank.

    Ben commenced with Australian Gas Infrastructure Group in March 2015.