Speakers

  • Peta Ashworth
    Director, Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership, University of Queensland

    Session: Opening remarks from the Chair

    Professor Peta Ashworth OAM is the Director of the Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership, and Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures at The University of Queensland (UQ). Professor Ashworth brings over thirty years’ experience working in a range of senior management, consulting and research roles. Prior to joining UQ in 2016, Peta worked as a consultant to industry, as Research Group Leader at CSIRO, and in senior executive roles for the Body Shop.

    Professor Ashworth is a globally-recognised expert in the fields of energy, communication, stakeholder engagement, and technology assessment. For almost two decades, Peta has been researching public attitudes toward climate and energy technologies, including wind, carbon capture and storage (CCS), solar photovoltaic, storage and geothermal.

    The Palaszczuk Government recently appointed Peta to chair a seven-member expert taskforce charged with fast tracking the establishment of a sustainable hydrogen supply chain in Queensland.

  • Adam Bacon
    Ebony Energy - Managing Director, Hexagon Energy

    Session: Panel Discussion: How do hydrogen projects gain investment/shareholder approval?

    Adam is an experienced industrial executive, with extensive global expertise in growing successful businesses, leading integrated multi–cultural, multi-disciplinary teams in the energy, resources and transportation sectors. Adam is skilled in commercial negotiation, operational leadership, financial management, as well as contract and project management.

    Previous roles include Head of Gas and Power for Australian Industrial Energy and Services Executive (ANZ/PNG) for GE.

     

  • The Hon. Guy Barnett
    Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Tasmanian Government

    Session: Ministerial Address: An update on hydrogen in 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.  Guy Barnett worked in a Melbourne and Washington DC law firm before he established and managed his award winning government and public affairs business based in Hobart 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 Primary Industries & Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Resources, Trade and Veterans’ Affairs.

    Guy is also a 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.

  • Eliza Bartlett
    Head of Legal – Energy, EnergyAustralia

    Session: Using a blend of green hydrogen and natural gas at energy Australia’s 300+ megawatt Tallawarra B power station

    Session: Panel Discussion: What are the ‘low hanging fruit’ in terms of developing a sustainable local hydrogen economy?

    Eliza is a specialist energy and projects lawyer. She advises on complex energy transactions in the electricity, gas, and water sectors. She has extensive experience advising on renewable energy projects (covering almost every renewable energy technology). She also advises on emissions reporting, the Renewable Energy Target, energy storage, offtake arrangements, sales and acquisitions, energy market reform measures, gas and electricity market dispute resolution processes, trading in wholesale energy markets, transmission and distribution augmentation projects, and retailing electricity and gas.

    Eliza’s previous roles include Special Counsel at Minter Ellison in Melbourne and 6 years as Senior Associate in the Energy, Projects and Construction Group at CMS Cameron McKenna in London.

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

    Session: Moving the hydrogen industry onto a commercial footing

    Kobad Bhavnagri is a leading expert on the energy transition. He is the Global Head of Industrial Decarbonization for BloombergNEF, an independent research house specialising in the future of energy. He oversees the firm’s work on industry and the built environment, which includes hydrogen, clean fuels, bioenergy, carbon capture and storage, advanced materials, 3D printing, the circular economy, heating, cooling, building electrification, and the production of green steel, cement, aluminium and plastics. 

    Kobad was previously BNEF’s Global Head of Special Projects, and lead author of the Hydrogen Economy Outlook. Prior to that, he was 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.

  • Bart Biebuyck
    Executive Director, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (EU) (Belgium)

    Session: International Presentation: Working together to accelerate the global hydrogen economy

    Bart Biebuyck is since 16th May 2016 the Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership aiming at facilitating the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe. Under his leadership, a strong emphasis on cooperation with cities and regions led to the creation of the European Hydrogen Valleys partnership with around 40 European regions. Dissemination of project results, building technology awareness and enhanced basic research became his key focusing points.
    Before the FCH JU, Bart Biebuyck was at the Fuel Cell department of Toyota Motor Europe where he held the position of Technical Senior Manager. His expertise in the automotive industry includes extensive knowledge related to the deployment of new technologies in the European market. It is as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) program in Berlin that Bart worked at reinforcing European trials for the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle. He also had the opportunity to develop and expand his expertise in Japan, where for two years he worked on the development of Toyota and PSA’s small vehicle.

    In addition to his industrial experience, Bart has been politically active in his local town since 2006. In 2013 he became the vice president of the City Council, responsible, among others, for the local economy and education.

    Bart’s term as the Executive Director of the FCH - JU was extended for four years until 15 May 2023.

  • Ian Cronshaw
    ex-Divisional Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)

    Session: Opening remarks from the Chair

    Session: Panel Discussion: How does Australia become an export powerhouse?

    Ian Cronshaw is a former consultant whose work with the World Energy Outlook team in Paris focused on global coal, gas, and power developments. Prior to that, he was a Division Head at the International Energy Agency, with responsibility for analysing and reporting on developments in global gas, coal and power markets including nuclear and renewables.

    Mr Cronshaw also spent 36 years working with the Australian Federal Government on energy policy, ranging from reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, renewables targets, oil and gas security, and energy technology, and, at The Australian National University, co-authoring a book on the regulation of unconventional gas production.

  • The Hon. Mick De Brenni
    Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement, Queensland Government

    Session: Ministerial Address: Pursuing a viable hydrogen economy through policy and incentives in Queensland

    Mick de Brenni is the Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement.

    With an abundance of sunshine, wind and water, Mick wants to see Queensland’s renewable energy boom continue to deliver cheaper, cleaner energy for all Queenslanders. 

    He’s also the world’s first dedicated Hydrogen Minister, tasked with overseeing the development of local supply chain capable of exporting Queensland sunshine to the world.

    Mick has an unwavering commitment to the simple things – good, decent, stable government on behalf of every Queenslander.

    He’s a father of two young kids, husband of a high school principal for disengaged youth, a unionist, and - when time permits - a surfer.

  • Vivek Dhar
    Director - Mining and Energy Commodities Research, Commonwealth Bank

    Session: Panel Discussion: How do hydrogen projects gain investment/shareholder approval?

    Vivek Dhar has worked as CBA’s lead mining and energy commodities strategist since 2014 and has been covering the resources sector since 2010. Vivek talks to a range of clients on commodity markets for risk management, investment and educational purposes. His clients include major corporates and institutions as well as media and retail investor groups. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Economics) from the University of Melbourne.

  • Andrew Dickson
    Development Manager, Asian Renewable Energy Hub, CWP Renewables

    Session: Panel Discussion: How does Australia become an export powerhouse?

    Andrew Dickson is Development Manager for the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (www.asianrehub.com), a large wind/solar/hydrogen/ammonia project in northwest Australia. He has been a renewable energy project developer since 2004, working on wind, solar PV, solar thermal, microgrid and hydrogen projects in South Australia, Queensland, the ACT and Western Australia. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Science and Technology Commercialisation from the University of Adelaide.

  • The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio
    Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change & Minister for Solar Homes, Victorian Government

    Session: Ministerial Address: The potential for renewable hydrogen in Victoria

    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 recent return of the Andrews Labor Government she was appointed Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes.

    Minister D’Ambrosio is a leader in action on climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency in Australia.  She oversaw 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. The Minister has also overseen an overhaul of the Environmental Protection Act 1970, refocussing the regulatory body to focus on the prevention of harm to human and environmental health. 

    She is a leading advocate for a modernised Australian energy system that facilitates a smooth transition into a clean, reliable and affordable energy future.

  • Jo Evans
    Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry Science, Energy and Resources

    Session: Developing the Australian hydrogen industry as a major global player by 2030

    Jo Evans is Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.  She is responsible for the divisions that work on emissions reduction, including domestic climate change policy, low emissions technology and our international engagement on climate policies. She is also responsible for the Northern Australia & Major Projects Division.

    Ms Evans is responsible for the Clean Energy Regulator, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Climate Change Authority, the Australian Energy Infrastructure Commissioner and the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility.

    Ms Evans has worked in a number of different portfolios in policy, program and corporate roles.  In 2009-10 she was a member of the advisory board that developed the report Ahead of the Game: blueprint for reform of Australian Government administration.

    Prior to joining the APS in 2000, Ms Evans worked for management consultants McKinsey & Company.

    Ms Evans has a Masters of Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Melbourne and a combined bachelor degree in Asian studies and economics (honours) from the Australian National University.

  • Paul Faraggi
    Principal, ENEA Consulting

    Session: Workshop A: Strategic overview of hydrogen

    Paul is a Principal at Enea Consulting and head of the Sydney office, with strong experience in strategy, innovation and transformation. He is passionate about Sustainability, Climate change and Energy transition, with in-depth knowledge of the Energy & Utilities sector. As an intrapreneur, he has co-founded and developed squads, offerings and structures in several countries to operate on these topics.

    A few years back, Paul was part of the design of the first industrial-scale Power to Gas project in France, Jupiter 1000.  He is now leading Enea’s Hydrogen task force for Australia, and working with clients on hydrogen opportunities and challenges.

    Leveraging on his engineering background and his consulting experience, Paul leads collaborative projects and teams to deliver high value to clients. He has designed and delivered a diverse range of projects from analytical strategy and business model projects to agile innovation initiatives and large transformation programs.

    Paul is a graduate of the École Polytechnique in France and the Royal Institute of Technology KTH in Sweden, in Future of Energy.

  • John Feenan
    Operations Director – Australia, Hyzon Motors Australia

    Session: Building consortiums and agreements that will progress profitability

    Session: Panel Discussion: What are the best ways of reducing costs in hydrogen production?

    Dr. John Feenan has previously held senior management roles with Royal IHC, Neptune Minerals Plc, Woodside and Wood Mackenzie.

    John holds a PhD (Innovation Mgt), MSc, BSc (Hons), and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

  • Stephen Gauld
    Managing Director, Infinite Blue Energy

    Session: Panel Discussion: How do hydrogen projects gain investment/shareholder approval?

    Stephen Gauld is the Founder and Managing Director of Infinite Blue Energy. He has over 20 years experience in the Oil and Gas sector working for some of the largest global service companies and operators such as Baker Hughes GE, Weatherford, ENI, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Woodside. Highly experienced in managing project delivery and cash flow.

  • David Grabau
    Senior Industry Specialist, Resources and Energy, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

    Session: Panel Discussion: How does Australia become an export powerhouse?

    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.

  • Rohan Harris
    Senior Principal Consultant , Oakley Greenwood

    Session: Workshop B: Cost modelling: Understanding the costs and financial benefits of hydrogen adoption

    Rohan Harris is an economist who has worked in the energy, water and consulting industries for more than 20 years. Rohan has significant experience in the areas of: tariff design; regulatory strategy and analysis; cost benefit analysis; energy and water policy; and electricity, gas and water demand forecasting. Rohan’s focus has predominately been on either the theoretical, economic, aspects related to these topic areas, or on the quantitative assessments (modelling) required to support the decisions or outputs related to these topic areas.

    In recent assignments Rohan has been advising on options for a potential national hydrogen support scheme design (renewable energy certificates), on the regulatory barriers to hydrogen uptake in Australian markets and on the retail markets for hydrogen, and the cost benefit of various development scenarios. He has also presented several papers on hydrogen develop-ment. Key clients have been water authorities who have a special interest in hydrogen and oxygen production from waste water and gas network businesses as they look to green their product.

  • Patrick Hartley
    Leader, CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission, CSIRO

    Session: Opportunities for hydrogen technology development

    Dr. Patrick Hartley is the leader of CSIRO’s Hydrogen Industry Mission. In this role he is responsible for developing the strategy, structure, operating model and partnerships which will underpin a major new national research initiative which is proposed for launch in mid-2020 which is focussed on delivering research, development and demonstration projects which enable the scaleup of Australia’s domestic and export hydrogen industries.

    From 2014-2019 he led the Oil, Gas and Fuels research program within CSIRO's Energy Business Unit. The program comprises 85 research staff and students working on applied research projects which span the energy resources value chain, with a particular emphasis on the sustainable development of Australia’s petroleum resources and on the associated challenges of large scale carbon dioxide storage.

    In 2018, he established CSIRO’s Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform. This major initiative focusses on addressing research challenges which underpin the development of hydrogen energy value chains in Australia. During this time, he co-led the formulation of CSIRO’s ‘National Hydrogen Roadmap, and, with the Chief Scientist of Australia, the briefing paper ‘Hydrogen for Australia’s Future’ which was presented to the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) Energy council in August 2018.On February 6, 2020, Keith was appointed as Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia.

  • Laura Hillis
    Director, Corporate Engagement, Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC)

    Session: Panel Discussion: What are the ‘low hanging fruit’ in terms of developing a sustainable local hydrogen economy?

    Laura is a sustainable finance specialist with over a decade of experience working across investment, banking and insurance on social, environmental and governance (ESG) issues.

    In her current role she leads IGCC's corporate engagement program of work including Climate Action 100+ engagements in Australia and New Zealand. Laura also develops thematic research and analysis on corporate climate change issues relevant to investors such as board governance, just transition, climate scenario analysis, target setting, and sector decarbonisation, and provides analysis on key ASX listed companies' response to climate change related financial risk. She is part of the core team behind the development and continued implementation of the Climate Action 100+ Net Zero Company Benchmark, and project managed the initiative's first two annual (progress) reports in 2019 and 2020.

    Prior to joining IGCC in 2019, Laura worked in the banking and insurance sector at both Bank Australia and the Suncorp Group in sustainability and corporate communications. At Bank Australia her work included sustainability reporting, modern slavery, reconciliation, and climate change. She also has extensive experience engaging with companies on supply chain issues related to biodiversity, conservation and human rights from my time at Zoos Victoria working in corporate engagement and partnerships.

  • Wodek Jakubik
    Innovation Manager, Coregas

    Session: Building the hydrogen highway – how does hydrogen stack up for long distance haulage?

    Wodek has more than 30 years’ international experience in all aspects of industrial gases. In the most recent decade, he has been focused on specialty gases market in the Asia Pacific region. Wodek has extensive experience in industrial gas applications, production and end user installations. As a member of Coregas’ senior leadership team, Wodek is currently is responsible for fostering strategic relationships and supporting practical opportunities to increase the momentum towards Australia’s developing hydrogen future.

    Wodek holds a Master of Science (Honours).

  • Richard Jeffery
    General Manager Commercial Strategy, Stanwell Corporation

    Session: Panel Discussion: How does Australia become an export powerhouse?

    Richard has 20+ years’ experience in heavy industry, finance and commercial disciplines. Of those, 13 have been spent in the energy sector and 12 at Stanwell Corporation.

    Having held leadership roles across financial, commercial and market modelling, Richard is now Stanwell’s General Manager, Commercial Strategy. Richard is responsible for, through collaborations with the broader business, development and execution of Stanwell’s commercial strategy with particular focus on portfolio diversification, decarbonisation and Stanwell’s hydrogen development project. He is also responsible for energy resources and waste product marketing.

    Richard holds and Bachelor of Arts degree in French with Economics and is a qualified accountant, holding the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants designation.

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

    Session: Ministerial Address: An update on hydrogen in NSW

    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 and then appointed Minister for Energy and Environment in 2019.

    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 over five per cent or 400,000 hectares by the end of 2022 and in 2020, he delivered the biggest renewable energy policy in Australia’s history.

  • Olivier Lacroix
    Managing Partner, ENEA Consulting

    Session: Workshop A: Strategic overview of hydrogen

    Olivier Lacroix is the Managing Partner of Enea Consulting’s operations in Australia. He supervises Enea Consulting’s activities in the power sector globally. Olivier has managed and contributed to due-diligences, strategic positioning and development of new products and services, as well as business sector, technology and market studies. During the course of his consulting assignments at Enea Consulting, Olivier has worked for major utilities, OEMs, national and international public authorities, regulated transmission and distribution businesses, investors (public & private) and entrepreneurs in Australia, EU, US, and Africa. Olivier is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the University of Stanford in mechanical engineering and energy system analysis.

  • Benjy Lee
    Independent Energy Consultant, Benjy Lee Consulting

    Session: Panel Discussion: What are the best ways of reducing costs in hydrogen production?

    Until recently Benjy was Jemena’s Energy Policy Manager, and played a key role in shaping their energy policy advocacy and stakeholder engagement approach over the last decade. Benjy now works as an independent energy consultant providing strategic advice on energy policy and market development, as well as net zero carbon strategies. A passion of Benjy’s is advancing hydrogen and bioenergy market development in Australia and he has been instrumental in leading collective stakeholder advocacy to further activate and scale these markets. Benjy has worked collaboratively to shape the advocacy of many industry associations, including the Business Council of Australia, Energy Networks Australia, Ai Group, Australian Hydrogen Council, Bioenergy Australia, Australian Pipelines and Gas Association, as well as supporting energy research through the Future Fuels CRC and improving customer outcomes as a former Deputy Chair of the Energy Charter’s Industry Working Group.

  • Holger Lösch
    Deputy Director General, The Federation of German Industries e.V. (Germany)

    Session: International Presentation: Testing the viability of a renewable energy-based hydrogen supply chain between Australia and Germany

    Holger Lösch was born in Schweinfurt in 1963. He is married with two children.

    From 1983 to 1992 he studied Political Sciences, History and German at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.

    Even during his studies he worked as a journalist and editor in the television section of Bayerischer Rundfunk. From 1995 he was head of the staff of the television directorate at Bayerischer Rundfunk, subsequently moving on to assume the management of Central Programme Coordination in 1998. In 2001 Holger Lösch moved from the Bayerischer Rundfunk to the Schörghuber Group in Munich and was head of the central area Communication and Marketing until 2007. From 2006 he was also a member of the corporate management.

    From 2007 to 2008 he was in charge of the management of Corporate Development, Communications and Customer Relation Management of Arabella Hotel Holding Munich.

    In 2008 he was appointed head of Communications and Marketing at the Federation of German Industries (BDI), also becoming a member of the management in 2009.

    Holger Lösch has been a member of the BDI Executive Board since July 2011 and Deputy Director General of the BDI since April 2017.

  • Jamie Lowe
    Head of Regulation, Compliance and Sustainability, ENGIE

    Session: Moving towards commercial sustainability in hydrogen projects

    Jamie Lowe is Head of Regulation for ENGIE in Australia & New Zealand and has 20 years’ experience in economic, strategy, and policy roles for State and Commonwealth governments, and in the energy sector (formerly with Alinta Energy and LYMMCo).

    In his current role, Jamie is responsible for managing company positioning on government policy and regulatory risk, influencing and responding to market developments, and representing the company externally.  Current projects include developing the Hazelwood Rehabilitation Project in Victoria and the Energy Security Board NEM 2025 market review.

    Jamie has bachelors’ degrees in Arts (Hons 1) and Industrial Relations from the University of Adelaide; a Bachelor of Management (Commerce) from the University of South Australia; a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from Finsia (SIA); and, an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the University of Melbourne

  • Patrick Luxton
    General Manager Hydrogen, Ampol
  • Jordan McCollum
    National Policy Manager, Australian Pipelines & Gas Association (APGA)

    Session: Panel Discussion: What are the ‘low hanging fruit’ in terms of developing a sustainable local hydrogen economy?

    Jordan is a career gas industry professional, experienced in the commercial, operational and innovation management and optimisation of technically complex energy value chains. Jordan seeks to now utilise this experience to drive policy change which enables the Australian transition towards a renewable gas future.

    Previous roles include Business Development Manager – Energy for the CSIRO; Commercial Advisor for Jemena; and over 8 years with Origin Energy.

    Jordan seeks to now utilise this experience to drive policy change which enables the Australian transition towards a renewable gas future.

  • Tim Nelson
    Executive General Manager, Energy Markets, Iberdrola Australia

    Session: Assessing the economics of hydrogen in the NEM

    Tim joined Iberdrola Australia in March 2020 as Executive General Manager, Energy Markets.

    During 2019, Tim was the Executive General Manager, Strategy and Economic Analysis, at the Australian Energy Market Commission where he established its thought leadership and quantitative analysis capabilities. Up until November 2018, Tim was the Chief Economist of AGL Energy and led the company's public policy advocacy and its sustainability strategy including AGL's revised Greenhouse Gas Policy, climate risk disclosure and the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) concept.

    Tim is a member of the Westpac Stakeholder Advisory Council and is on the Research Committee for the Centre for Policy Development.

    Tim is an Associate Professor at Griffith University and is widely published in Australian and international peer-reviewed journals. He holds a PhD in economics for which he earned a Chancellors Doctoral Research Medal and a first-class honours degree in economics. Tim is a fellow of the Governance Institute (FGIA and FCIS) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

  • Motohiko Nishimura
    Vice Executive Officer, Hydrogen Project Development Center, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Japan)

    Session: Exploring the economics of a hydrogen supply chain between Australia and Japan from a manufacturer’s perspective

    Dr. Motohiko Nishimura has been Executive Officer, Deputy General Manager of Hydrogen Strategy Division since April 2021.

    He joined Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. in 1987 and was engaged in design, research and development on power plant, thermal-hydraulics and combustion.

    He was appointed as Senior Manager of Thermal Technology Department in 2010 and led R&D on energy plant and system, reciprocal engine, jet engine and so on. Then he became Senior Manager of Hydrogen Project Department in 2013and has been working on business development for hydrogen energy supply chain.

    He has also served on CO2-free Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Technology Research Association (HySTRA) since 2016.

  • Charles Perrottet
    General Manager - Low Carbon Integration, AsPac, bp

    Session: Scaling up use and production of hydrogen to make it a commercial reality

    Charles Perrottet has worked in the energy sector for over a decade both in the private sector and in government. Charles has held a number of roles in bp from Corporate Affairs Manager to leading a National B2B Sales Team, and most recently was appointed as General Manager of Low Carbon Integration contributing to imbedding bp’s energy transition and new net zero ambitions in Australia.

    Prior to the last eight years at bp Charles was the Deputy Chief of Staff for the NSW Resources and Energy Minister and has also worked for an airline and tourism consultancy. Charles holds a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Sydney. He is a dad to Audrey (3) and Harry (2) which keeps him active but sleep deprived.

  • Loïc Rakotojaona
    Manager, ENEA Consulting

    Session: Workshop A: Strategic overview of hydrogen

    Loïc started his career at ENEA in 2008 working on techno-economic feasibility studies in exploration-production. He is now a technical advisor on issues linked to industrial processes and leads technical and strategic advisory consulting assignments. Loïc is a member of the Australian Hydrogen Council’s technical committee and infrastructure committee.

    Loïc has performed forward-looking studies of French industrial sectors at a national level, technology benchmarks and screenings. During the course of his consulting assignments at ENEA, Loïc has worked for gas distribution and transmission companies, utilities, OEMs, Industry strategic committees, national and international public authorities in Aus

    tralia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

    Some of his notable projects include:
    Hydrogen Council – Confidential ongoing project: This project will involve broad consultation across the Hydrogen Council’s member. Loïc is involved in this project as a technical lead.
    Confidential utility company - Global hydrogen strategy: Loïc recently provided technical expertise for the global hydrogen strategy of a major energy utility, including the techno-economic assessment of 70 hydrogen applications.
    Confidential gas transmission company – Techno-economic study of hydrogen storage technologies: Loïc led the techno-economic assessment of three hydrogen storage technologies to support a gas transmission company in its positioning on H2 storage.
    Confidential investment fund – Due diligence of hydrogen start-up company: Loïc led the technical and commercial due diligence of a green hydrogen project developer.

    His fields of expertise include renewable gases (hydrogen, biogas/methane and renewable methane), CO2 capture, utilisation and storage and power-to-X technologies. Loïc carried out research work in the nuclear field at the University of Wisconsin in the United States. He is a graduate of the Ecoles des Mines de Paris.

  • Ainsley Simpson
    Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Sustainability Council Australia (ISCA)

    Session: Panel Discussion: What are the ‘low hanging fruit’ in terms of developing a sustainable local hydrogen economy?

    As CEO of ISCA, Ainsley fosters partnerships to advance sustainability; enabling industry to deliver infrastructure for our all communities.

    She has worked in an executive level at ASX listed organisations, with operational roles in the public sector. Her journey with ISCA has included the deployment and continuous development of IS Rating Scheme, as well as actively investing in building capacity in the ANZ infrastructure industry.

    Prior to migrating to Australia, she actively participated in multi-scale housing and civil infrastructure projects in Southern Africa. Project involvement spans environmental assessment and management for transport infrastructure as well as utilities, including transmission assets, water networks, waste facilities and telecommunications. With a keen interest in building capacity and accelerating approvals processes, she specialised in the development of local and state government decision-support tools for sustainable planning and management.

    Ainsley has academic credentials in business management and environmental science.

     

  • Jim Snow
    Executive Director, Oakley Greenwood

    Session: Workshop B: Cost modelling: understanding the costs and financial benefits of hydrogen adoption

    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.

    He has also acted for investors in assessing an extensive range of investment opportunities in innovative start-up and developing businesses, has undertaken wide-ranging merger and acquisition tasks as well as regularly undertakes due diligence projects for major investment houses.

    Jim has also undertaken large assignments internationally including spending more than two years restructuring the entire electricity industry of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and advised on the restructure of the Malaysian electricity supply industry and associated incentive-based regulation of the key monopoly assets of the country.

    As Adjunct Professor he has been assisting Master’s Graduates to use their thesis to develop projects and business opportunities with some success over the last 2 years.

  • Rhys Tucker
    Techno-Commercial Advisor, QEM

    Session: Panel Discussion: How do hydrogen projects gain investment/shareholder approval?

    As the technology lead of the QEM management team, Rhys is guiding the development of a world-scale vanadium project in regional Queensland that plans to utilise green hydrogen. 

    He possesses experience spanning over two decades across the globe in the development of complex projects, encompassing a wide range of industries; including renewable hydrogen / syngas, mining, and fertilisers. 

    Rhys’ high-level project development expertise is underpinned by several key engineering positions at large multinational thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions over 16 years, culminating in a National Manager role in Australia. 

    Rhys has a strong focus on techno-commercial optimisation, including major green hydrogen and chemical projects in Australia and overseas.

    His deep industry experience in a commercial capacity provides Rhys with the knowledge to pragmatically progress hydrogen projects and intertwine them with developments in the broader mining and chemical production landscape.

  • Stephanie Unwin
    Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Power

    Session: How does the emerging hydrogen sector balance risk and reward?

    Session: Panel Discussion: What are the best ways of reducing costs in hydrogen production?

    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.

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

    Session: Panel Discussion: How does Australia become an export powerhouse?

    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.

  • Fiona Waterhouse
    Chief Executive Officer, Utilitas Group

    Session: Defining the mechanisms and incentives that will promote the decarbonisation of domestic gas with bioenergy and hydrogen

    A production engineer by trade, Fiona Waterhouse founded bioenergy developer Utilitas Group (UTG) in 2010 to work with the most capable and resilient humans on the planet to unlock the power of organic waste derived biogas to fuel industry, support networks and energise communities. UTG is on a mission to develop 100 bioHub industrial parks in 100 regional communities recovering energy and biocommodities from food and beverage production critical to the circular economy. Fiona's passion for regional communities, farming and food production was fuelled, doing piggery, poultry, dairy and goat “squad” boarding at Hurlstone Agriculture High School in Sydney in the early 1980s.

    She is a Non-Executive Director of Queensland utility, Unitywater; served as Director Strategic Policy in the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency between 2000-2003 and holds manufacturing, environmental and business management degrees from UTS, Macquarie and QUT.

  • Bill Williams
    Principal Consultant, Oakley Greenwood

    Session: Workshop B: Cost modelling: understanding the costs and financial benefits of hydrogen adoption

    Bill has worked for or consulted to a range of large international energy and resource sector majors as well as Australian energy sector participants including start-ups. A qualified Engineer with MBA Bill brings the capability to engage collaboratively with all project functions and insure an integrated approach to project development and execution.

    Bill is recognised for his detailed and robust approach, insightful analysis and ability to close difficult transactions.

  • Innes Willox
    Chief Executive, Ai Group

    Session: Policies and projects to support a thriving hydrogen industry in Australia

    Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, defence, ICT and labour hire.  Innes was appointed Chief Executive in May 2012.

    His current appointments include:

    • Deputy Chair of Australian Super
    • Director of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre
    • Board Member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue
    • Chair of the Migration Council of Australia
    • Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Skilled Migration
    • President of the Global Business Coalition
    • Convenor of the Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum

    Innes served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, where he represented wide-ranging Australian interests on the west coast of the United States, including in the areas of trade, finance, culture, bio-technology, environment and energy sectors.

    He was Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006.

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

    Session: Proving hydrogen’s technical and ultimately commercial viability in large scale hydrogen projects

    Session: Panel discussion: What are the best ways of reducing costs In hydrogen production?

    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.