• Vicky Au
    Deputy Lead, Hydrogen Industry Mission, CSIRO

    PANEL DISCUSSION: What considerations need to be taken into account to make hydrogen attractive to investors and buyers?

    PANEL DISCUSSION: What structures will progress hydrogen adoption from feasibility studies to mainstream fuel?

    Dr Vicky Au co-developed CSIRO’s Hydrogen Industry Mission which has the goal of enabling Australia’s hydrogen industry development through major collaborative research partnerships between industry, government, CSIRO and the broader research community. Vicky has previous experience at a senior executive level leading the strategy development and expansion of business advisory practices in innovation, R&D and technology in diverse markets. More recently, she has coordinated a range of projects including CSIRO’s research informing hydrogen strategy, cost competitiveness, hydrogen skills and workforce, hydrogen knowledge centre resources and international collaborative hydrogen initiatives. Vicky has a PhD in Physics from the ANU, is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s alternative to an executive MBA program and is qualified as a CPA.

  • The Hon. Guy Barnett
    Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing; Minister for Energy and Renewables; Minister for Resources and Minister for Veterans Affairs, Tasmanian Government

    Session: Hydrogen update from Tasmania

    Born and raised on a farm at Hagley in northern Tasmania, Guy Barnett gained a law degree and Master of Laws at the University of Tasmania. Working then in a Melbourne and Washington DC law firm, Guy went on to establish and manage his award winning government and public affairs business based in Hobartt and Canberra.

    After almost a decade representing Tasmania in the Senate, Guy was elected to the Tasmanian State Parliament in 2014 and now serves as the Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing, Energy and Renewables, and Veterans Affairs.

    Guy is also Diabetes Australia Ambassador and an author of several books including, ‘Our Heroes, Tasmania’s Victoria Cross Recipients’ and ‘Make a difference – a practical guide to lobbying’.

    Guy is married with 3 children, and enjoys cycling, tennis, squash and fishing.

  • Gina Bozinovski
    Managing Director, LINE Hydrogen

    Session: Building the business case for funding domestic commercial-scale hydrogen production and distribution

    PANEL DISCUSSION: What considerations need to be taken into account to make hydrogen attractive to investors and buyers?

    Gina is responsible for the strategic management and direction of LINE Hydrogen. She has extensive corporate, legal and commercial experience across both the private and public sectors, including investment and capital markets, mining and mining services, environmental services, and finance.

    Gina holds a Master of Law from the University of Melbourne and is currently undertaking further studies in the US.

  • Clark Butler
    Director, Zero Industrials
    • Corporate finance executive with track record of successful investment in and transformation of technology companies. Renewable energy financing researcher and entrepreneur.
    • Co-founder and director of Zero Industrials, a green iron and cement company
    • Investor in and board member of several data and technology companies
    • Co-founder of Sunshot Industries, an industrial transformation company
    • Director and investor in technology and data companies
  • Simon Byrnes
    Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Newcastle

    Session: Clean energy inspiring a thriving community - unlocking the Hunter Valley’s export supply chain paradox

    As Chief Commercial Officer of the Port of Newcastle, the world’s largest coal export port, Simon is tasked with leveraging the Hunter Region’s unsurpassed expertise in the energy industry to create new clean energy markets and diversify the region’s trade.  This requires working with multi-disciplinary teams, and bringing together a large number of diverse stakeholders, to achieve extraordinary results. Raised on a farm in the Central West, Simon is passionate about creating new opportunities for regional communities and inspiring thriving communities.

    Prior to the Port of Newcastle, Simon was EGM of Aeronautical Business for Hobart Airport, delivering runway extensions under a City Deal allowing the number of domestic destinations served to double and opening the door for international routes.

  • Richard Cottee
    Executive Chairman | Non-Executive Chairman, State Gas | Elixir

    Session: Developing a new energy sector – lessons from coal seam gas (CSG)

    Mr Cottee was the Managing Director of coal seam gas (CSG) focused Queensland Gas Company (QGC) during its growth from a $20 million market capitalization junior explorer through to its acquisition by BG Group for $5.7 billion. QGC’s CSG assets are now operated by Shell and produce gas that is sold to China and other LNG markets.

    Originally a lawyer, Mr Cottee has spent the vast majority of his career in senior executive roles in the energy industry, including acting as CEO at CS Energy, NRG Europe, Central Petroleum and Nexus Energy.

    A 32-year veteran of the industry, Mr Cottee is a strong business development professional and a graduate from The University of Queensland.

  • Chris Dolman
    Business Development Manager - Clean Hydrogen, BOC South Pacific

    Session: Leveraging scale and global experience to accelerate commercial hydrogen projects

    Chris holds degrees in Bachelor Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Macquarie University and a Diploma in Marketing from Cambridge Marketing College.

    Chris works on Hydrogen Project Development in both Australia with a focus on mobility projects and decarbonising hard to abate sectors while export markets develop. Chris is working closely with a number of international fuel cell truck and bus providers to bring vehicles to Australia with these expected to enter the market in the coming years in hydrogen clusters across the country. Australia is competing against countries with large government subsidies internationally with truck and bus providers key to many Australian projects.

    Chris is a board Member on the Australian Hydrogen council as well as an active member of the NERA hydrogen clusters including the being a Board member of SAH2, a member of the VH2 Advisory Council as supporting various state based Zero Emission working groups.  Additionally, Chris brings an extended network to partners as well as BOC colleagues supporting Standards Australia for Hydrogen and the Australian New Zealand Industrial Gas Association which has been working with hydrogen safely and effectively for decades.

  • Vincent Dwyer
    Principal, Energy Estate

    Session: How Queensland and NSW are supporting hydrogen developments with viable pathways to enable large-scale projects to operate within the decade

    Through the platform he co-founded at Energy Estate, Vincent is developing and accelerating, with key partners, a large-scale portfolio of decarbonisation projects in Australia and globally and providing strategic, transactional and development advice on the energy transition to global corporates.

    Vincent is one of the region's most experienced transactional advisers focused on major deals for financial investors, corporates, governments and start-ups. For over 25 years he has been at the forefront of developments in the energy and infrastructure sectors in Australia and Asia, from major acquisitions and privatisations to the development of energy markets, the deployment of new technologies and the rapid growth of renewable energy.

    Vincent brings a deep business understanding, extensive management experience and enthusiasm to his work. Prior to joining Energy Estate, he had been head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s energy practice in the Asia-Pacific and led the firm’s corporate practice in Australia.

  • The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio
    Minister for Energy, Victorian Government

    Session: Hydrogen update from Victoria

    The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio is Minister for Energy; Minister for Environment and Climate Action; and Minister for Solar Homes in the Victorian State Government.

    Lily D’Ambrosio is a member of the Australian Labor Party and has represented the electorate of Mill Park in the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 2002. In 2016 she became Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Suburban Development, and on the return of the Andrews Labor Government she was appointed Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes. On June 27, 2022, she was sworn in as the Minister for Energy, Minister for Environment and Climate Action, and Minister for Solar Homes.

    Minister D’Ambrosio is a leader in action on climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency in Australia, and has led the modernisation of much of Victoria’s key environmental regulations. She managed the passage of the Climate Change Act, Victoria's landmark climate legislation which saw it become the first Australian state to legislate in line with the Paris Agreement for net zero emissions by 2050. Victoria is seeing the fastest real reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the country.

    The Minister has also overseen an overhaul of the Environmental Protection Act 1970, reinforcing the Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) powers to protect human and environmental health, and has overseen a complete reorganisation of Victoria’s recycling and waste management industry to accelerate the drive to a true circular economy.
    As Australia’s longest serving current Minister for Energy, she led national efforts to redesign the Australian energy market to facilitate a smooth transition into a renewable, reliable and affordable energy future.

  • Yuko Fukuma
    Senior Staff Officer, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Japan)

    Session: Testing the viability of hydrogen imports

    Yuko is a procurement and communications specialist at Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ hydrogen division and since 2014 has contributed to the development and delivery of the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project. Yuko is responsible for working with Australian and Japanese consortia and governments, and overseeing community and stakeholder engagement activity in Australia. Yuko has over a decade experience working with this organisation which is a Japanese multinational corporation primarily known for its excellence in energy, transport, shipping, submarines, aerospace, precision machinery and industrial robots.

  • Professor Michael Goodsite
    Director, Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources (ISER), University of Adelaide

    Michael Evan Goodsite MBA, PhD, FIEAust, CPEng, EngExec is a Professor of civil and environmental engineering and the inaugural Director of The Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources (ISER) at the University of Adelaide.

    He was Bid Sponsor of the successful HiLT CRC bid, and is the Bid Sponsor for the 2022 Australian National CRC Bid ''Scaling Green Hydrogen CRC' as well as ‘Copper For Tomorrow CRC'. He is a member of the Board of the SA Hydrogen Cluster (SA H2H) and has served as a Board member of the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP) of Denmark. He has edited books on waste to renewable hydrogen and published on decision-making methodology for the sustainability prioritization of industrial systems, including new hydrogen production technologies. His research is presently focused on getting to the resources that society needs while minimising impact on the environment.

  • Jamie Guthrie
    Managing Associate, Allens

    Masterclass A: Structuring financial deals for hydrogen

    Jamie specialises in project, energy and acquisition finance transactions. Jamie acts for financiers, borrowers and governmental organizations across the power & utilities, infrastructure and natural resources sectors in Australia and throughout Asia.

    Jamie has worked on some of the most significant renewable energy transactions in Australia advising across a full spectrum of asset classes, including onshore and offshore wind, solar, battery storage, pumped hydro, energy from waste and hydrogen.

    Jamie has also advised on the financing of a number of major social and economic infrastructure transactions (including PPPs) in Australia, across rail, road, prisons, hospitals and universities.

  • Peter Harcus
    General Manager Assets and Operations, Gas Distribution, Jemena

    Session: The role of natural gas networks in enabling Australia’s energy transition

    PANEL DISCUSSION: Can hydrogen be the domestic gas fuel of the future?

    Peter is the General Manager Gas Distribution Asset Management for Jemena Gas Networks, the company that owns and operates the NSW gas network supplying over 1.4 million customers. In this role,

    Peter is responsible for the development asset management strategies and plans to deliver safe, reliable and affordable performance of Jemena’s gas network assets, both in terms of profitability and customer and stakeholder outcomes. Peter has had over 30 years’ experience in the gas industry ranging from technical asset management, gas marketing, appliance R&D to energy retailing management.
    Peter has had a significant role in the development and implementation of gas industry policy in Australia and New Zealand over the years, participating or leading numerous AGA technical and Australian standards committees and chairing the Gas Association of New Zealand in 2000/01.

    Peter has been actively involved in the Energy Networks Australia Gas committee since its inception, and has been key advocate on behalf of the industry to governments on energy policy developments including greenhouse gas, RET and gas economic regulation.

  • Jeremy Hasnip
    Head of Energy Transition, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

    Session: Picking the large-scale projects that will achieve profitability within reasonable time frames

    PANEL DISCUSSION: Can hydrogen be the domestic gas fuel of the future?

    Jeremy has over 25 years’ experience in the power and banking sectors, and has been with SMBC for 10 years. In his current role he is responsible for driving the bank’s energy transition business across Asia and Australia. For the previous 10 years he led the Power and Renewables sector in Australia. He has extensive experience in energy sector mergers and acquisitions, green field project development, corporate & project finance, and in leading financial advisory transactions in the power and natural resources sectors. Jeremy worked for leading UK electricity company Powergen plc for 10 years in a number of roles including power trading, regulatory affairs, strategy and corporate development and M&A in the UK and Australia. Prior to this he worked for Alstom as a power station commissioning engineer and in design, manufacturing and commercial project management of large green field nuclear and thermal power plants. He has also worked for Westpac Banking Corporation and Corpac Partners, a boutique advisory firm. Jeremy holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Imperial College London, and an MBA with distinction from the Warwick Business School.

  • David Heard
    Executive Director, Australia, Hiringa

    Session: Accelerating hydrogen projects by ensuring commercial robustness

    PANEL DISCUSSION: What should stakeholders look for when assessing the potential for profit in hydrogen developments?

    David is an Executive Director of Hiringa Energy, with responsibility for translating Hiringa’s New Zealand hydrogen experience into Australian opportunities.

    David is an energy and finance professional, with 28 years’ experience spanning Australia, Europe and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronic) with first-class Honours, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment, and an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona.

    David’s energy-focussed career prior to Hiringa includes supermajor oil & gas, project finance and M&A advisory, debt arrangement, commodity hedging, energy market and trading, equity research, institutional equity investment, and consulting.

  • Ignacio Hernandez
    CEO Asia Pacific & Global CFO, HIF Global

    PANEL DISCUSSION: How do we find certainty and build confidence for investors in hydrogen projects?

    Ignacio is CEO of HIF Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of HIF Global LLC. Ignacio leads the development of HIF Global’s activities in the Asia Pacific region, which includes the development, construction and operation of large-scale carbon neutral eFuel plants in Australia. Prior to this role, Ignacio acted as CFO of HIF Global and its parent, AME, with overall responsibility for all corporate and project financing activities as well as M&A processes. Before joining HIF, Ignacio spent over 18 years as an investment banker in Australia and Chile with a focus on the infrastructure, energy and private equity sectors.

  • Surena Ho
    Senior Commercial Manager - Corporate Development, Osaka Gas Australia

    PANEL DISCUSSION: What should stakeholders look for when assessing the potential for profit in hydrogen developments?

    Session: Taking a pragmatic approach to the commercialisation of hydrogen offtake

    Surena is an experienced planning and analytics manager with a history of working in the oil & energy industry. She has been working with Osaka Gas Australia in corporate development for 5 years. Previous roles included contracts with the WA Department of Health, Chevron and Alinta. Surena graduated from Chartered Accountants Australia and has a strong base in accounting and finance with commercial experience in representing Joint Venture interests and contractual obligations.

  • Steve Hoy
    Chief Executive Officer, Enosi Australia

    PANEL DISCUSSION: What considerations need to be taken into account to make hydrogen attractive to investors and buyers?

    Masterclass B: Making the most of Australia’s advantages for hydrogen export and green hydrogen certification

    Steve Hoy is a global utility industry executive and recognized subject matter expert in smart grid and 24/7 Carbon Free Energy solutions. As a founder and CEO of Enosi he leads a team developing retail energy traceability solutions using the latest metering and scalable cloud technologies for proof of provenance. 

    He has over 35 years’ experience in engineering, IT and strategy concentrating on the utilities sector, having started his career in the early 1980s as a power engineer with the local distribution utility (now AusGrid). His career has evolved from power engineering through SCADA and control systems, into mainstream retail and billing solutions at Logica, PwC Consulting and later IBM where he led IBM’s global smart grid consulting team for 7 years.

    Steve is now CEO of Enosi Australia, which aims to disrupt the power industry through the development of innovative energy traceability, trading and settlement solutions.

  • Paul Illmer
    Vice President Emerging Technology Business Development, Volvo Group Australia

    Session: Why Volvo is betting on hydrogen

    Paul has been with Volvo for nearly 20 years. In his current role, he is responsible for integrating the Volvo Group electric and hydrogen truck range into the wider VGA and dealer network.

    Member of the Electric Vehicle Council board. Member of the Australian Logistics Council, Australian Trucking Association and Heavy Vehicle Industry of Australia.

  • Saul Kavonic
    Head of Integrated Energy, Resources and Carbon Research, Credit Suisse

    PANEL DISCUSSION: What should stakeholders look for when assessing the potential for profit in hydrogen developments?

    Saul is a Director APAC Markets and the Head of Integrated Energy, Resources and Carbon Research at Credit Suisse, covering the oil, gas, mining, new energy, and carbon markets sectors. He frequently presents at leading industry conferences in the region, is the top ranked energy equity analyst in Australia according to industry surveys, and is a regular gas and energy commentator in print and broadcast media. 

    Saul has previously worked across the energy sector in commercial, project, research and government policy roles. He was previously head of oil, gas, LNG and renewable research in Australasia for Wood Mackenzie, the world’s leading energy consultancy, and has delivered strategic consulting projects across the oil and gas, renewables and logistics sectors. He has also worked at Woodside Energy, Australia’s largest oil and gas company, at M.H.Carnegie & Co, one of Australia's largest Venture Capital funds, and has advised on resource and energy policy for the United Nations and African Union Commission. 

    Saul is a member of the industry advisory board for the University of Western Australia Oceans Graduate School and a co-founder of Refugees Welcome Australia. Saul holds degrees in Law (Honours) and Chemical Engineering (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

  • The Hon. Matt Kean
    Treasurer, Minister for Energy, NSW Government

    Session: Hydrogen update from NSW (pre-recorded message)

    Matt Kean entered Parliament in 2011 and spent his early years advocating for stronger mental health policy.

    Elevated to the NSW Cabinet in 2017, he was appointed Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation in 2017, then appointed Minister for Energy and Environment in 2019 and appointed Treasurer in 2021.

    His first Budget delivered reform to break the barriers to women’s opportunity – an investment that will pay dividends for both the economy and our society.
    In the 2022 Budget, he also drove education reforms to give NSW children the best start in life, cost of living relief for families across the State, and initiatives to help more people into homes.

    He intends to invest in our economy and our people today to deliver a stronger, more prosperous, more sustainable future tomorrow. 

    An outspoken critic of ‘climate denialism’ he has campaigned for greater and national action on climate change, arguing it’s not only good for the environment but it’s also good for our economy.

    He has committed to increasing the size of the NSW National Park estate by almost 600,000 hectares by the end of 2022 and in 2020 delivered the biggest renewable energy policy in Australia’s history.

  • Mendo Kundevski
    Director, Energy Transition, S&P Global Australia

    PANEL DISCUSSION: What considerations need to be taken into account to make hydrogen attractive to investors and buyers?

    Mendo Kundevski is an energy transition director for S&P Global Commodity Insights based in Melbourne. He complements S&P's global teams with nearly two decades' experience leading climate change and energy transition projects, especially on new opportunities such as hydrogen, renewables and bioenergy.

    As a trusted advisor to governments and industry, some of his prominent achievements include:
    • Advising the International Hydrogen Council
    • Advising Japanese, South Korean and Australian companies and governments on hydrogen
    • Leading supervisor and author of Australia's first Bioenergy Roadmap
    • Contributing author of Future Grid for Distributed Energy report
    • Lead author of Biogas Opportunities for Australia report
    • Contributing to the Victorian Energy Efficiency and Productivity Strategy
    • Leading the Connecting Embedded Energy reforms of Australia's electricity sector
    • Leading Darebin Council's first comprehensive climate change action plan.

    Mendo has held several executive roles as a strategy consultant as well as policy and research positions. He was also a senior energy advisor to the Victorian State Government. From 2004 - 2008, he served as a councillor for the Melbourne municipality, City of Darebin, leading the sustainability, climate change, finance and economic portfolios.

  • Florence Lindhaus
    Cluster Manager - Energy, German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

    Florence Lindhaus is leading the energy cluster at AHK and manages the German-Australian Hydrogen Alliance, the first port of call for all hydrogen-related business between the two countries. In the last 20 years, Florence has utilised her Master’s Degree in Biology from the University of Cologne to serve the biotechnology industry in Germany, USA, and Australia. Lately, she has transitioned from bioenergy to hydrogen, inspired by its potential to create a better future for the world.

    Florence is leveraging her deep industry, academia, and government network across the globe to connect people and businesses and accelerate the hydrogen movement. The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK) founded the German-Australian Hydrogen Alliance in 2020. The Hydrogen Alliance is providing a platform for information exchange between stakeholders of both countries, co-ordinating events, shaping policy making and providing updates.

    In addition to advancing the Hydrogen Alliance, the AHK energy cluster is actively engaging with multiple stakeholders in this field across Australia and Germany, leveraging political, economic, and technical developments for mutual benefit and facilitating business growth through tailored advice and partnering.

  • Robert Ludecke
    GM Hydrogen and Strategic Projects, Iberdrola

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What structures will progress hydrogen from feasibility studies to mainstream fuel?

    Robert Ludecke is a senior executive with over 25 years’ international experience in four key areas: Governance; Executive Management; Advisory; and Investment Banking.

    His comprehensive career includes experience in Australia, New Zealand, North America and United Kingdom with a strong focus on the energy, infrastructure and commodity sectors.

    Robert is General Manager Hydrogen and Strategic Projects at Iberdrola Australia

    Iberdrola is the world’s largest producer of wind power by volume, and one of the top 3 largest electricity utilities globally. Iberdrola has over 35,000 GW of installed renewable energy generation globally and with a plan to increase this to 60,000 GW by 2030. Iberdrola Australia is now shifting its focus to green hydrogen.

  • Iain MacGill
    Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of NSW (UNSW)

    PANEL DISCUSSION: How do we find certainty and build confidence for investors in hydrogen projects?

    Iain MacGill is a Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at UNSW Australia, Joint Director (Engineering) for the University’s Collaboration on Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM) and the leader of the techno-economic analysis work theme within the ARC Training Centre for the global hydrogen economy ). Iain’s teaching and research interests at UNSW include electricity industry restructuring and the Australian National Electricity Market, sustainable energy generation technologies, distributed energy resources, energy efficiency options, energy and climate policy and environmental regulation. More broadly, he is investigating low carbon energy transition pathways involving electrification and clean hydrogen.

  • The Hon Alannah MacTiernan
    Minister for Hydrogen Industry, Western Australian Government

    Session: Western Australian renewable hydrogen update

    Hon Alannah MacTiernan BA LLB BJuris JP MLC

    Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry

    The Minister served in the State Parliament from 1993 to 2010.

    As Minister for Planning and Infrastructure from 2001 to 2008, Ms MacTiernan was responsible for major projects across the State including the Mandurah rail line, the Forrest Highway, the Geraldton port and rail expansion and the Armadale town centre and Champion Lakes developments.

    In 2011 she was elected Mayor of the City of Vincent and in 2013 was elected as the Member for Perth to the Federal Parliament, where she became Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Western Australia and Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia.

    After Ms MacTiernan decided not to recontest Perth in 2016, she was invited to re-join WA Labor in the Legislative Council.

    After being elected in 2017, she was appointed Minister for Regional Development and Agriculture and Food and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade.

    The Minister is committed to creating economic opportunity in our regional areas as well as bringing WA's agricultural sector into the 21st century through innovation and a focus on investing in science.

  • Mark McCallum
    Chief Executive Officer, Low Emissions Technology Australia (LETA)

    PANEL DISCUSSION: How do we find certainty and build confidence for investors in hydrogen projects?

    Mark is an experienced advocate and communicator on resources and energy issues.

    Prior to joining LETA he was Managing Director of a public relations and communications agency with clients in the resources and energy sectors. Previous roles also include Australian Head of Government Relations with Shell and the Deputy Chief Executive of APPEA — Australia’s peak oil and gas industry association. Mark has also held roles as a senior manager in resource industry representative bodies and as an advisor to the Federal Government.

    Mark has a Masters of Environmental Law (ANU), Bachelor of Science (ANU), and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Alex McIntosh
    Director, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

    Session: Masterclass A: Structuring financial deals for hydrogen

    PANEL DISCUSSION: How do we find certainty and build confidence for investors in hydrogen projects?

    Alex McIntosh is a Director in the Business Development and Transactions team with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), specialising in the identification and execution of investment opportunities. Alex leads ARENA’s commercialising clean hydrogen investment focus area.

  • Victor Nian
    Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Strategic Energy and Resources (CSER) (Singapore)

    Session: Overcoming the chicken/egg problem by investing in the infrastructure to support hydrogen adoption and use

    Dr Victor Nian (PhD, BEng, MoT) has been a career advocate for energy transition and sustainable development. Dr Nian brings a suite of expertise in energy transition and sustainable development, especially in energy policy and strategy, modelling analysis and scenario planning, technology assessment and roadmapping, and net-zero emission pathways, along with his consultancy and advisory experiences to public and private organisations. He is recognised as one of the go-to-persons on energy and sustainability related issues in Southeast Asia.

    Dr Nian firmly believes in the ecosystem approach to tackling the most difficult challenges in energy transition. In the spirit of “research and innovation without borders”, he established a virtual laboratory, entitled UNiLAB on Integrated Systems Analysis Tools, hosting an international network of experts from more than 15 countries and organisations. He is a Founding Member and elected Council Member of the International Society for Energy Transition Studies, a non-profit organisation with more than 300 members from over 40 countries.

    Prior to establishing CSER, Dr Nian has served in various capacities including setting up and leading virtual centres of excellence, energy and carbon consulting businesses, and expert networks. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Management of Technology, all from the National University of Singapore.

  • Amy Philbrook
    Future Fuels and Renewables, ATCO

    Session: International comparison - what works to grow hydrogen? Subsidies, tax incentives and government Initiatives

    Dr Amy Philbrook the Manager of Future Fuels and Renewable at ATCO and is the Project Director of the Clean Energy Innovation Park (CEIP). She is a chemical engineer with a PhD in chemistry and has experience in academia, industry and government. Her expertise in alternative fuels stems from her time at the Australian National University as the Principle Investigator of the Biofuels Research Cluster in the CSIRO’s Energy Transformed Flagship. Amy is a Board Director at Our Atmosphere and is the Australian representative for International Energy Agency Task 44: Flexible Bioenergy and System Integration.

  • Warner Priest
    Midstream Energy Director, InterContinental Energy

    PANEL DISCUSSION: Can hydrogen be the domestic gas fuel of the future?

    Warner’s experience spans 29 years in the energy sector both in Southern Africa and Australia; 24 years spent with Siemens. His responsibilities ranged from commissioning engineer, design engineer, sales executive, business development manager to business unit head. He also worked for two specialist consulting companies, Test-A-Relay (Eskom Specialist Engineers) and Parsons & Brinkerhoff (now WSP), where he was the Principal Engineer for secondary systems. In addition to his vast knowledge in the areas of power transmission & distributed energy systems, microgrids and embedded networks, Warner has become a world leader in the integrated hydrogen solutions value-chain. He has advised both federal and state governments in Australia and worked closely with government organizations in the drafting of both state and national hydrogen strategies / roadmaps, to developing and delivering Australia’s first and largest renewable hydrogen solution in South Australia. His in-depth knowledge of both the technical and commercial drivers associated with the development and management of renewable hybrid energy solutions has led to bankable project outcomes in this emerging sector. Warner has also authored and delivered CIGRE papers and he holds a National Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Technikon of Natal and a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Management from Macquarie University, Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

  • Kristin Raman
    Acting Executive General Manager People and Strategy, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)

    PANEL DISCUSSION: Can hydrogen be the domestic gas fuel of the future?

    Krissy is responsible for leading business strategy and implementing the long-term vision for gas, with a particular focus on decarbonisation through renewable gas such as hydrogen and biomethane.

    Krissy has played a key role in the development and delivery of several renewable gas projects such as Hydrogen Park South Australia, Hydrogen Park Gladstone and Hydrogen Park Murray Valley, including through the related stakeholder and community engagement programs.

    Krissy also holds responsibility for internal communications across Australian Gas Infrastructure Group.

  • Gerard Reiter
    Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Aqua Aerem

    PANEL DISCUSSION: What structures will progress hydrogen adoption from feasibility studies to mainstream fuel?

    Session: Creating a commercially feasible hydrogen supply chain

    Gerard Reiter is Managing Director of Axcentium Pty Ltd, a boutique consulting firm specialising in providing electrical engineering and asset management advice to clients throughout Australia, and CEO of Aqua Aerem, proponent of the 10GW, $15bn green hydrogen project Desert Bloom Hydrogen, based in the NT.

    He has extensive experience in the national electricity market, specialising in power systems and transmission system design as well as prescribed network business activities.  Gerard has previously worked for Powerlink and TransGrid in executive roles for more than 10 years.

  • The Hon. Kim Richards
    Member for Redlands & Hydrogen Champion, Queensland Government

    Session: Hydrogen update from Queensland

    Kim is the Member for Redlands in the Queensland Parliament. She has lived on the beautiful Redlands Coast for the last twenty-seven. Before being elected to represent Redlands in the Queensland Parliament, she had an extensive career in leading Australian architecture and design firms in business and organisational management. In her role as the Member for Redlands she is also the Queensland Parliament Committee Chair for Education, Employment, Small Business and Training, she is a Member of the Parliamentary Ethics Committee, she is Australia’s first Hydrogen Champion and Chair of the Queensland Government’s War on Wrecks Taskforce.

  • Phil Richardson
    General Manager New Energy Projects, Stanwell

    Session: Kickstarting the hydrogen economy – making the deals happen locally and internationally

    Mr Richardson has over 15 years’ experience developing strategy and executing commercial projects and economic policy reforms, with a focus on the energy sector. Phil is the project owner for Stanwell’s Central Queensland Hydrogen Project. Previously, he held roles in the Queensland Government, including General Manager renewable energy and energy pricing in the department of energy and Director Economic Policy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. In 2008, he spent a year working in the Pacific Islands with the United Nations Development Programme.

  • Jacqui Rowell
    Partner, Allens

    Session: Masterclass A: Structuring financial deals for hydrogen

    Jacqui specialises in energy and resources, with a focus on large scale projects in the energy and resources sector. Jacqui has extensive experience advising on both upstream and downstream, and onshore and offshore, projects. Jacqui has also acted on a number of major infrastructure developments, in addition to advising on joint venture arrangements and acquisitions and disposals in this space.

    In addition to acting for major energy and resources clients, Jacqui has also represented lenders in respect of project financing of infrastructure developments, including for renewable energy projects. Having worked at Linklaters in London, she has extensive experience acting for clients across a broad range of jurisdictions.

  • Chris Shaw
    Deputy Director-General of Hydrogen Division, Department of Energy and Public Works (Queensland)

    Session: How Queensland and NSW are supporting hydrogen developments with viable pathways to enable large-scale projects to operate within the decade

    Chris is Deputy Director-General for Hydrogen within the Department of Energy and Public Works. He leads a newly created Division within the Department that has responsibility for leading strategic planning and coordination for the hydrogen industry across Queensland Government. He works closely with industry, counterpart agencies and the Queensland Government’s Hydrogen Taskforce to ensure policy, planning and regulatory activities are effectively integrated and enable value for the Queensland public from the rapidly emerging hydrogen industry. Chris has a successful track record of industry development and facilitation, most recently as Executive Director – Resources Policy within the Queensland Government, as well as relevant experience leading regulatory reform for the onshore gas industry in the Northern Territory and as a strategy and approvals consultant to the resources and infrastructure sectors across Australia.

  • Vikram Singh
    Head of Hydrogen Development, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)

    Session: Creating the right regulatory framework for widespread hydrogen adoption and use

    Vikram is leading the decarbonisation strategy at AGIG and delivering Hydrogen Park SA (HyP SA), the largest power to gas project in Australia, where renewable hydrogen will be blended with natural gas and injected into the South Australian gas distribution network.

    Vikram is also Project Director of the Australian Hydrogen Centre (AHC) that is developing detailed feasibility studies to blend renewable hydrogen into selected Victorian and South Australian regional towns and developing plans to transition to 100% hydrogen networks.

    Prior to AGIG, Vikram was a partner at Deloitte Australia and specialised in the energy and utilities sector advising leading energy companies and government agencies on strategy and investments, energy policy and decarbonisation.

    Prior to Deloitte, Vikram held senior management positions at Singapore Power and Powercor Australia.

  • Tim Stock
    Director of Hydrogen & Clean Energy, NSW Department of Planning and Environment

    Session: How Queensland and NSW are supporting hydrogen developments with viable pathways to enable large-scale projects to operate within the decade

    Tim Stock has over 15 years of commercial and government experience in the clean energy industry in Australia and abroad. Currently, he is the Director of Hydrogen and Clean Energy programs at the Office of Energy and Climate Change within NSW Treasury, where he is leading the development and implementation of the $3 billion NSW Hydrogen Strategy. Tim also leads several other government-led sustainable and renewable energy initiatives and is also the chair of the National GreenPower Accreditation program.

  • Miranda Taylor
    Chief Executive Officer, National Energy Resources Australia (NERA)

    Session: Working on the technologies which will support Australia’s hydrogen value chain

    PANEL DISCUSSION: What should stakeholders look for when assessing the potential for profit in hydrogen developments?

    Miranda is a strategic and adaptive leader driving collaboration and innovation to improve productivity performance of the energy resources sector and to decarbonise, diversify and digitise and transform Australia’s economy through the commercialisation of low emissions and smart technology supply chains.

    CEO of NERA since its inception in 2016, Miranda brings a deep and broad range of energy and resources industry experience, skills and capabilities. Her leadership of NERA is bringing together the country’s best minds from technology, research and enterprise to achieve NERA’s vision of Australia as a global energy powerhouse, a sought-after destination of investment and leading source of knowledge and solutions.

  • Dejun Wang
    CEO, Beijing SinoHy Energy

    Session: The most competitive green hydrogen in the world today

    B.S. in Naval Engineering University, EMBA in Foreign Trade University, served in the Naval Command for 16 years and was heavily involved in equipment introduction and military aid and military trade. He has worked in international energy enterprises and state-owned investment companies after his career change, and has a broad international perspective. He has been engaged in the water electrolysis hydrogen production industry for nearly 20 years, and is a senior water electrolysis hydrogen storage application consultant. He has brought international first-tier water electrolysis companies such as Canada Hydrogenics, France Areva Hydrogen Energy and American Teledyne to China, and has led SinoHy Energy to grow into an influential company in the global hydrogen energy industry.

    Currently serving as: General Manager of Beijing SinoHy Energy Co., Ltd.

    Executive Director of Shandong Hydrogen Energy Technology Co., Ltd.

    Director of Energy Investment Committee of China Investment Association

    Supervisor of Zhongguancun Hydrogen Energy Alliance.

    Vice Chairman of China Hydrogen Energy Industry Technology Innovation and Application Alliance

  • Chang Wang
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Monash University

    PANEL DISCUSSION: What should stakeholders look for when assessing the potential for profit in hydrogen developments?

    Masterclass B: Making the most of Australia’s advantages for hydrogen export and green hydrogen certification

    Dr. Changlong Wang is a research fellow at Monash University. He is one of the key developers of the Hydrogen Economic Fairways Tool - a government-led project by Geoscience Australia in collaboration with Monash University to support Australia's National Hydrogen Strategy. Changlong is also a Climate Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is one of the two participants, who represent Australia in a new IEA, Hydrogen Implement Agreement, Task 41: “Analysis and Modelling of Hydrogen Technologies”.

  • Neil Wang
    Chief Executive Officer, Foton Mobility

    PANEL DISCUSSION: What structures will progress hydrogen adoption from feasibility studies to mainstream fuel?

    Kaiyuan (Neil) Wang Is passionate about the future of zero emissions transport in Australia. An experienced electric bus distributor and hydrogen bus solution provider, Neil has worked for the past decade in zero emission transport for Yutong Australia and Foton Bus Australia. Neil is on the board of the NZ zero-emission industry group and is a member of the Australia Hydrogen Council. Neil is regularly sought for his experience in Hydrogen and Battery electric bus industry.