Speakers

  • The Hon. Adam Bandt
    Member for Melbourne, Australian Federal Government

    Adam Bandt is the leader of the Australian Greens and the Federal Member for Melbourne. He was elected in 2010, making history by becoming the first Greens MP elected to the House of Representatives at a general election.

    Adam was a key participant in the Gillard power sharing government’s Multi-Party Climate Change Committee which developed the carbon price and established the successful Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

    This period of Greens-Labor shared power has been the only time on record that Australia’s pollution has dropped. In 2019, Adam led the push for Australia’s Parliament to declare a climate emergency.

    Adam is the federal Greens spokesperson on climate and energy, employment & industrial relations, public sector and foreign affairs.

  • Kobad Bhavnagri
    Global Head of Industry and Building Decarbonization, BloombergNEF

    Kobad Bhavnagri is one of Australia’s leading experts on the energy transition. He is the Global Head of Special Projects for BloombergNEF, an independent research house specialising in the future of energy, transport and industry. There he leads cross-functional teams of experts around the world to examine high impact, long-term opportunities for the global economy as it transitions to a low carbon future.

    Kobad was previously BNEF’s Head of Australia and Head of Asia-Pacific Economics and Policy. He has authored over 100 publications spanning energy policy, economics, finance and technology since joining the company in 2010.

    Kobad is also a Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute, an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the faculty of Engineering at the University of New South Wales and a member of the Australian Government’s Energy Industry Roundtable. He has worked in the energy and finance industries since 2003 as an engineer, management consultant and analyst, and has a first class honours degree in Mechatronic Engineering from the University of New South Wales.

  • Luke Blackbourn
    Manager, Government & External Relations, Yara Pilbra

    Luke Blackbourn is a Corporate Affairs executive with over 15 years in managing communications and external relations around the world. Luke is Yara Pilbara’s Manager Government and External Relations, focused on Yara Pilbara’s green ammonia project in collaboration with ENGIE, to be located near the existing 800,000 tonnes per year ammonia plant. Additional responsibilities cover other Government Relations issues, media and engagement and partnerships with local Traditional Owners.

    Previously, Luke worked with Chevron and Woodside for a number of years, including global advisory roles in the USA, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. His early career was in the offices of State and Commonwealth Members of Parliament.

  • Andrew Clennett
    Chief Executive Officer, Hiringa Energy NZ

    Andrew is an experienced energy executive with strong organisational development skills and a track record of delivery on new business, transition and growth.
    Andrew holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Tasmania.

    He has over 25 years of broad international experience in a range of senior leadership, management, commercial and technical roles.

    As CEO of Hiringa Energy he has worked to bring the hydrogen opportunity to the forefront in the energy transition, bridging new energy models with the existing incumbent industries and building partnerships across sectors.

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

    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 economic 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 spearheaded the development and implementation of South Australia’s Hydrogen Roadmap in 2017, the first in the recent wave of hydrogen strategy documents released by Australian states. His team is also responsible for SA’s Hydrogen Action Plan and input into the National Hydrogen Strategy, the $150M Renewable Technology Fund and the $50M Grid Scale Storage Fund (both of which have funded the world’s largest lithium ion battery), and the development of an Electric Vehicle Action Plan for South Australia.

  • Michael Dolan
    Manager Hydrogen, Fortescue Metals Group

    Michael Dolan was appointed Manager Hydrogen of Fortescue Metals Group in May 2020, after joining the Company in January 2019 to support Fortescue’s efforts to transition towards hydrogen energy systems in its own operations, as well as establish an Australian hydrogen industry for domestic and international markets.

    He joined Fortescue after a distinguished career in research and development with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) – Australia’s national science agency. He led the development of a membrane-based hydrogen purification technology, culminating in the world-first demonstration of fuel cell vehicle refuelling with hydrogen derived from ammonia.

    Michael holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours), PhD and MBA.

  • Ken Dragoon
    Executive Director, Renewable Hydrogen Alliance (USA)

    Ken is the Executive Director of the Renewable Hydrogen Alliance, and provides management services through his consulting firm Flink Energy Consulting. He has thirty-five years of experience in the electric power industry, focusing on the interactions between variable renewable resources and the electric grid. He began his career in hydropower planning and modeling, and transitioned to managing other renewable resources in 2003.

    In his long career, Ken has previously worked for: Ecofys, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Renewable Northwest, PacifiCorp, Bonneville Power Administration, Schlumberger Well Services. He authored Valuing Wind Generation on Integrated Power Systems (2010) and holds an MS in Physics from the University of New Hampshire, USA.

  • Tony Field
    Tasmanian Opportunities Manager, Hydro Tasmania

    Tony has over thirty five years’ experience in the power industry including business and project development, hydro and gas power development, hydro power engineering, management consulting, project management and  asset management strategy. 

    Tony has undertaken many key roles in Hydro Tasmania including Project Director for the National Electricity Market (NEM) entry program, project management of the Basslink interconnector bid phase and negotiation of associated major industrial customer contracts to support the interconnector.

    Tony is the Manager, Tasmanian Opportunities for Hydro Tasmania and is responsible for strategy development and realisation of Tasmanian business and brand enhancement opportunities, including new renewables development, customer load growth and hydrogen industry development in collaboration with the Tasmanian Government.

  • David Grabau
    Senior Investment Specialist, Resources and Energy, 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 hydrogen, renewables, mining technology, critical minerals and lithium-ion battery 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.

  • Rob Grant
    Director Energy , Fortescue Metals Group

    Rob Grant commenced as Director Energy of Fortescue Metals Group in April 2020 to oversee the Company’s important growth initiatives in the energy portfolio, including renewables and hydrogen.

    He brings engineering and commercial experience spanning more than 20 years in the international energy and infrastructure industry, including nine years as Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Hydro, a global clean energy provider with a significant renewable energy footprint in Australia and internationally.  

    Prior to joining Fortescue, Rob was Chair of the Clean Energy Investor Group – representing over 20 institutional investors owning over 70 clean energy power stations and over A$11 billion in investment in the national electricity market.

    Rob holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and has completed an MBA and Master of Applied Finance at Melbourne and Macquarie Universities.

  • Nils Grobet
    Business Developer - Green Hydrogen , Engie (Chile)

    Nils Grobet is charge of the Green Hydrogen Business Development in the Latam region, developing innovative solutions and applications based on renewable hydrogen, including building viable business cases for complete green hydrogen supply chain. He is participating in the Engie challenge to push the energy transition toward a 100% sustainable energy world. 

  • Lily Habib
    Director of Projects, Pacific Hydro Australia

    With comprehensive experience in business planning, sale and acquisitions, portfolio management, sustainability strategy, risk management, and change management, Lily has almost two decades of experience in the energy sector and over 12 years at Pacific Hydro. She currently leads Pacific Hydro’s Australian development, delivery, engineering, new business, environment and engagement and external affairs teams as the company pursues new opportunities in solar, wind and storage and the world-class management of more than half a gigawatt of installed capacity. 

    She has led the addition of ~2GW large-scale solar, battery, pumped hydro and hydrogen development to the company’s current project pipeline.  Lily holds an MBA, a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment, and a Bachelor of Business (Applied Economics).

  • James Hetherington
    Manager of Hydrogen Strategy, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

    James Hetherington is the manager of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources’ Hydrogen Strategy team. The team was established in early 2020 to support Australian Government activities to advance Australia’s hydrogen industry, including through coordinating the implementation of actions agreed in Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy.

    Prior to this role Mr Hetherington has served for over 15 years in a variety of energy and industry related roles for the Australian Government, primarily in clean energy technology development, energy security, energy productivity and associated grid and energy market reform.

  • Kathryn Horlin
    Principal Innovation Sustainable Operations, Portfolio Strategy & Development, BHP

    Kathryn’s career has spanned over 18 years in diverse industries, predominantly mining. In her 13 years at BHP she has held corporate and site environmental roles in the Nickel, Iron Ore, Group HSE, Technology and Transformation divisions.

    Kathryn joined the Innovation, Sustainable Operations 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 global operations. Kathryn is the global lead for green hydrogen applications to decarbonise BHP’s operations.

    She has extensive experience leading strategy and influencing projects that support the BHP climate change position.

    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.

  • Peter Kasprzak
    President, Hydrogen Society of Australia

    Peter Kasprzak (casp-shack) is the President of Hydrogen Society of Australia and Co-Founder and CEO of Innovate Australia. Over his career, Peter has gained experience in Europe, the United States, and Australia in fields of emerging technology, automotive industry, energy, environment, and financial services.

    He has been a Director of a number of companies, ranging from geophysics to manufacturing electric vehicle charging stations. Peter also headed CRC bid group to create the Sustainable Electric Transport Cooperative Research Centre (SET CRC). 

    Peter is a past President of the Inventors Association of Australia. He was the Convenor of the Hydrogen Society of Australia and heads Hydrogen Highway Group for heavy transport, currently developing Zero Emission Highway, which merges Hydrogen Highway infrastructure with Electric Highway infrastructure.

    As a long term advocate of Hydrogen, Peter is delighted to see that HYDROGEN IS MARCHING ON!

  • Edgare Kerkwijk
    Board Member, Asia Pacific Hydrogen Association

    Edgare has been a Managing Director of Asia Green Capital since 2006 and is currently holding several positions in renewable energy companies in Asia. He is an senior advisor to Shrem Offshore Wind in India and interim-CFO for Sun Electric in Singapore. Prior to these positions, Edgare founded Asia Green Capital Partners, which was a renewable energy project development company developing wind, solar and hydro projects in Southeast Asia with the support of IFC and ADB and subsequently sold to Macquarie Capital.  Before that, Edgare was Partner and CFO for BioX Group, an integrated renewable energy firm which was sold to International Power.

    Edgare has also worked as a Director Institutional Sales at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) in Brussels and was responsible for the Benelux Sales Team. He also held several senior positions within Rabobank International in Europe and Asia. In his last role at Rabobank, Edgare was an Associate Director for the bank's merger and acquisition team in Southeast Asia and has advised on a wide range of Corporate Finance and M&A transactions within Europe and Asia. Edgare holds a Masters of Business Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (Netherlands) and a Bachelor of Economic Psychology from the Catholic University in Tilburg (Netherlands).

    Edgare serves on the board of the Asia-Pacific Hydrogen Association.

  • Christine Kininmonth
    Journalist & Presenter,

    Christine Kininmonth is a journalist and presenter, best known as a regular panelist on ABC TV's The New Inventors.

    After a long career as a TV news anchor for Australian Capital Television, Channel 7, and Sky News, Christine became an award-winning businesswoman, and has since interviewed hundreds of business leaders and authors for a leadership education company. 
     
    In 2020 she completed Cambridge University's Business Sustainability Leadership course, and is channeling her energies into telling positive stories about Australian initiatives in sustainability.

  • Aniruddha (Ani) Kulkarni
    Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Australia

    Dr Kulkarni is a Senior Scientist in CSIRO Energy. His work focuses on the design and development of low-cost and long-life materials and device fabrication processes for clean energy generation and storage. He has developed several novel materials for solid oxide electrolytic cells for efficient energy conversion, and hydrogen and renewable fuel generation.

    Currently, he is managing high-stake projects in hydrogen generation and utilisation with multiple overseas and local industrial and academic partners. He is also a key team member in other large CSIRO initiatives in hydrogen and renewable energy space.

    He obtained his M.S. and PhD from the New Mexico Tech in the USA and joined CSIRO in 2009.  He has authored/co-authored several technical publications including journal papers, invited reviews, book chapters and patents. He has been the keynote speaker in various conferences related to emerging electrochemical technologies.

  • Sandra Lau
    Alternative Fuels Manager, Viva Energy Australia

    Sandra Lau is a Director of the Australian Hydrogen Council and the Alternative Fuels Manager for Viva Energy Australia. She has a background in engineering and has worked for Shell and BHP Biliton.

  • Rupert Maloney
    Head of Hydrogen, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

    Rupert Maloney is the Head of Hydrogen, within the Clean Futures Team at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. At the CEFC, Rupert is leading the effort to establish the CEFC as a market leader and investor in the commercialisation of the hydrogen sector across Australia. Rupert is responsible for the identification and development of new business relationships and opportunities in the emerging hydrogen sector.

    Rupert has 15 years’ experience working across investment, finance and corporate development roles.  Most recently he was General Manager in the Strategy and Corporate Development team at Caltex Australia and prior to that he had senior roles at Keurig Dr Pepper and Macquarie Group. Rupert has a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degrees from the Queensland University of Technology.

  • Sam Lee Mohan
    Manager Innovation Projects, ATCO

    Sam heads up innovation at ATCO. He has a background in mechanical engineering and business leadership with over 20 years of experience in gas utilities, both in the UK and in Australia. Sam is also Project Director for ATCO’s Clean Energy Innovation Hub project – Australia’s first green hydrogen microgrid.

    Sam spent over 10 years at Scotia Gas Networks were he also led the design and construction of UK’s first Bio-methane facility in Didcot, Oxfordshire and 3 years at Water Corporation in Australia before joining ATCO in 2016.

    Sam’s experience spans many facets of the industry, from design and construction through to strategic asset management, regulation and innovation. Sam joined ATCO in 2016 where his ongoing commitment to integrated energy solutions and high quality service delivery drives his everyday leadership of this challenging and dynamic division.

    As an integral part of the Management Team, Sam has been instrumental in driving a clean energy projects with a significant focus on customer, affordability and reliability. Sam lives in Perth with his family and in his spare time trains and coaches soccer for young kids.

  • Llewellyn Owens
    Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, H2Store

    Llewellyn Owens is the Chief Technology Officer at Providence Asset Group; the Managing Director at Efficacy Advisorsas well as the Co-CEO / Co-Founder at H2STORE.

    He is an experienced Manager with a technical background as a Mechanical Engineer. During Llewellyn's 15 years of experience, he has undertaken a wide range of senior roles with full budget, schedule and performance responsibility. In recent years, his career has focused on the development, deployment and review of renewable technologies, including wind, solar, hydropower & biomass.

  • Stephen Quilter
    Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy, Stanwell

    Mr Quilter joined Stanwell in February 2012 as Swanbank Power Station Manager and was appointed General Manager of Stanwell’s gas and hydro generation portfolio in May 2013.

    In a career spanning more than 20 years in the energy industry both in Queensland and New South Wales, Mr Quilter has worked in various operational roles including senior engineering and management positions.
    Mr Quilter was appointed Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy at Stanwell in July 2016. In this role, he is responsible for the trading of Stanwell’s generation in the National Electricity Market.

    He also oversees the development of commercial strategies targeted at diversifying revenue streams and creating value from Stanwell’s various fuel resources.

  • Jesse Schneider
    Executive Vice President, Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technologies, Nikola Motor Company

    Jesse Schneider is a pioneer in the development of electric and hydrogen fuel cell drivetrains and their infrastructures.

    Mr. Schneider is the Executive Vice President of Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technologies at Nikola Motor, where he established the fuel cell, onboard hydrogen and hydrogen fueling divisions to concurrently develop the FCET & HD Hydrogen Infrastructure. In addition, as Vehicle Line Executive he and his team developed the hydrogen and fuel cell systems for the Nikola Two (US Day Cab) and Nikola Tre (EU Cab), Class 8, up to 44t FCET. He also helped establish the industry consortium towards develop a common heavy-duty hydrogen fueling between Toyota, Hyundai, Shell, Air Liquide, NEL and Nikola which and the EU Heavy Duty Fueling Initiative, PRHYDE.
    Prior to Nikola, Mr. Schneider worked at BMW and led development for the 5 Series Fuel Cell Vehicle where they produced a fleet of this as well as the i8 Fuel Cell sports vehicle. Mr. Schneider was responsible for the FCV requirements and was the first project manager of the hydrogen storage.  He also worked on Electric Vehicles, contributing to the 5 series wireless charging production vehicle. Before this, Mr. Schneider worked a decade a Daimler, Mercedes-Benz working on the Fuel Cell Vehicle Program developing 5 generations of FCVs. He developed onboard storage and fuel cells for the MB NECAR A Class, F-Cell B-Class FCEVs including Gaseous, Liquid Hydrogen and Methanol reformation.

    Externally to OEMs, he led numerous world-first efforts to standardize electric, fuel cell vehicle safety; hydrogen storage and fueling (SAE J2601, J2799 & ISO 19880-1); as well as wireless charging for EVs (SAE J2954).

  • Nick Shaw
    Head of Strategy and Low Carbon Energy, BP

    Nick Shaw has been working with BP for over 20 years in various roles in Australia, Asia and Europe. Having led BP’s global distillate trading book, he is higher experienced in business origination, supply chain optimisation and entrepreneurial trading. He is currently developing BP's low carbon energy strategy to advance the energy transition in Australasia, responsible for the commercial development of renewable fuels and decarbonising projects as well as merger and acquisition projects.

  • Jim Snow
    Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland Energy Initiative

    Jim is the Executive Director of expert consulting firm Oakley Greenwood and is an Adjunct Professor with the UQ Energy Initiative, a Graduate of the Mt Eliza Management College, a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers a past Chair of the Australian Chemical Engineering College and a long serving Executive Director.

    Jim is a well credentialed Chemical Engineer with and has spent some 40 years in the energy sector working in all facets of the industry and has not only built assets in gas and electricity but is also recognised as an expert in regulatory economics and market design, gas markets, and regularly delivers public talks and workshops on industry issues.
    He has also held senior executive positions with Energy Developments Ltd running their Development and Construction Group, was CEO of Hunter Electricity, CEO of Consulting for Energetics Pty Ltd and was a founding Vice President in Australia of the Boston based consulting firm Charles River Associates which evolved to become Oakley Greenwood in Australia.

    Jim has spent over 25 years consulting to water and energy companies in Australia, South East Asia and the Middle East. He has extensive expertise in regulatory matters (particularly networks), modelling and pricing of embedded generation options and large-scale generation developments; energy efficiency, business restructuring and improvement; greenhouse emission matters and demand side management, water; government policy on energy and water matters; business development, market entry, business cases and plans and energy marketing; project development and implementation; gas, LNG and CNG; training. Jim also has designed and implemented in recent years extensive (and often very sensitive) stakeholder engagement processes for the DoEE and AEMO.

    Jim also spent 12 years in the Natural Gas Industry (AGL) holding several senior executive positions involved with the technical end use of energy, regulations and tariffs, contract pricing, wholesale gas procurement, analysis of energy projects investment for Board submission, gas price resent arbitrations, growth strategies – including developing and implementing mergers and acquisitions and extensive retail management. He also has extensive experience with hydrogen.

  • Julian Soles
    Head of Technology Development, Mining & Sustainability, Anglo American

    Based in London, Julian Soles is the Head of Technology Development, Mining & Sustainability at Anglo American.
    His role is to develop and implement step change new technologies and practices, focusing on reducing water and energy consumption, minimizing land disturbance and waste production, preventing soil, water, and air pollution at mine sites, and conducting successful mine closure and reclamation activities.

  • Jeremy Stone
    Non Executive Director & Advisor, J Power

    Jeremy is a Non-Executive Director, global executive and advisor with over 30 years of experience leading businesses and in the delivery of major infrastructure projects. He has held a variety of positions, including Regional Director for Asia/Middle East and Group Manager of Innovation & Digital. He lived and worked in Asia and the UK for 14 years and has also delivered projects in the US, 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) consortia.

  • Andrew Tan
    President & Chief Executive Officer, Chiyoda Oceania

    Andrew is an established senior executive with more than twenty years of experience ranging from various leadership capacities spanning project engineering, operations and business development across Oil & Gas, Mining, Pharmaceutical and Semiconductor industries.

    Andrew’s exposure to international markets in Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Middle East, Papua New Guinea and Diego Garcia enables him to appreciate and manage across diverse cultures.  Andrew’s current role at Chiyoda involves managing the operations in the Oceania Region which currently comprises of Papua New Guinea, Australia, East Timor and New Zealand.

  • Sean Terry
    Executive Director, Energy, Office of Energy Planning, Department of State Growth, Tasmanian Government

    Sean Terry is the Director of Energy at the Department of State Growth. He leads the Office of Energy Planning and the National Energy Reform Projects teams. This sees Sean and his team taking a leading role for the State on intergovernmental engagement, implementing and advising on energy programs and policy, and working closely with the state’s energy businesses to harness the significant opportunities presented by Tasmania’s energy potential.

    Sean has worked in senior leadership roles across Government and Government businesses for the last 15 years and brings significant experience in strategy, and major projects to the role.

  • Derek Thomas
    Chairman, WindandSea Research

    As an integrative technologist Derek Thomas has created companies bringing together best global practices and technologies to deliver innovative solutions in Military, Energy and Subsea fields. With WindandSea Research he continues this in developing renewable hydrogen hubs as a mechanism to support regional economic revitalisation with a zero emissions future.

  • Stephanie Unwin
    Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Power

    As Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Power, Stephanie Unwin leads a 500 strong team of energy professionals to deliver power to some of Western Australia’s most remote and regional communities.

    Under her leadership Horizon Power is transforming the WA regional energy landscape in an increasingly decentralised delivery model to more than 48,000 connections across 32 microgrids through 2.3 million square kilometres of rugged and remote territory.

    Stephanie is passionate about collaboration, inclusion and diversity to build an engaged and inspired workforce. Her ability to facilitate change on a foundation of safety is delivering Horizon Power’s vision of innovative customer choices, reduced costs and cleaner, greener energy solutions for the future through reducing Horizon Power’s carbon footprint, and investing in new technologies such as hydrogen.

    Stephanie is a recognised energy industry leader having joined Verve Energy in 2008, continuing into its transition to Synergy. Stephanie has significant executive and Board-level experience with a number of publically listed companies, including Alacer Gold Corp, Zenith Energy, Integra Mining Limited and several non-listed joint ventures. She is currently a Board Member of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

    Stephanie brings a depth of experience in large scale and remote renewables, battery storage technology transformation and information technology.

    Stephanie joined Horizon Power in March 2019.

  • Dennis Van Puyvelde
    Head of Gas, Energy Networks Australia

    Dennis Van Puyvelde is Energy Networks Australia’s Head of Gas. In this role he manages work programs and strategic projects for the Gas Committee and it’s related technical, marketing and carbon policy reference groups. He leads the development and implementation of advocacy strategies for gas distribution businesses.

    Dennis led the development of Gas Vision 2050 – an industry-wide future vision for the gas industry. This vision describes a pathway for gas involving the adoption of hydrogen, biogas and carbon capture and storage. He has also secured support from Australia’s gas networks businesses for the Future Fuels CRC.

    Dennis has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, with particular emphasis on low emission technologies, including gasification, biogas, carbon capture and storage and hydrogen.

    Dennis has a PhD and Honours degree in Chemical Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Leadership.

  • Kate Vidgen
    Executive Director, Energy, Macquarie Capital

    Kate joined Macquarie in June 1998. Prior to joining Macquarie, Kate was a solicitor specialising in the energy sector and project finance.

    Kate has a variety of experience across a number of sectors including infrastructure, utilities and telecommunications. Kate’s main focus is now in the energy and resources sector. Kate has undertaken a variety of roles at Macquarie in this area including Global Co-Head of a specialised group within Macquarie focussing on advising and investing in Resources Infrastructure and running the Australian coal advisory business.

    Kate is currently the Global Head of Oil and Gas Principal which requires her to utilise the Macquarie Capital platform to source, structure, execute and manage assets in respect of which Macquarie Capital utilises its balance sheet. More recently Kate has been working to develop innovative funding structures and to raise capital to support longer term transition in the Australian energy market including managing a number of development projects in the hydrogen and green ammonia industry.

  • Matt Walden
    Transactions and Business Development, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

    Matt Walden is a Transaction Specialist at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and specialises in the identification and execution of investment opportunities. Matt is responsible for managing a number of ARENA’s Solar, Hydrogen, Pumped Hydro Energy Storage and Bioenergy portfolio concepts and projects and managed 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.

  • Ben Wilson
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)

    Ben joined AGN as CEO in 2015 and became CEO of DBP and Multinet in 2017. 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 eight million customers, also owned by the CK Group. Before joining UKPN in 2011, Ben was a utilities investment banker for 15 years, working in Europe, Asia and Latin America, most recently at Deutsche Bank.

    He is the Chair of the CEO Council of the Energy Charter, Director and Deputy Chairman of Energy Networks Australia (ENA) and Chairman of the ENA Gas Committee. Ben has a bachelor’s degree in natural science from Cambridge University in the UK.