Speakers

  • Craig Chambers
    Senior Consultant, ARENA

    Craig has over 25 years of experience in the energy sector, his diverse background spans pioneering distributed and renewable energy innovation through to founding a vertically integrated start-up, in addition to leading corporate strategy, innovation, stakeholder engagement, regulation and pricing for Australia's largest utility group.

    As a thought leader, Craig has supported the electricity sector to adapt to new technologies, adjust to changes in customer behaviour, and deployed innovative business models to achieve sustainable transformation. He is currently supporting ARENA with its Distributed Energy portfolio and transactions.

  • Andrew Chapman
    Director of operations - NSW, Australian UAV

    Andrew Chapman oversees AUAV's operations in NSW. With a background in aviation, technology, digital imagery and computer graphics, he is leader in the new drone industry. Andrew has previously founded a successful drone company while living in Canada and also served as a member of the Board at Unmanned Systems Canada, the national industry body. He holds pilot licenses in Australia and Canada, and has been flying remotely piloted aircraft of various forms for over 25 years.

    Andrew has a strong vision for the future of the industry and is incredibly driven and excited by all the possibilities and efficiencies that this new technology can bring to various industries and projects.

  • Richard Clem
    Program Director , Startupbootcamp Energy Australia

    Richard Celm is the Executive Program Director for Startupbootcamp Australia. Startupbootcamp is the world’s largest industry based startup accelerator program. Their programs accelerate B2B startups within industry themes, creating a world class local industry focused community of practice within an international network. In 2017, Startupbootcamp ran 21 programs in 16 cities on 5 continents. In the calendar year, they accelerated 142 startups and helped them raise AUD $42m+. In Australia, they have partnered with EnergyAustralia, Spotless, Downer, DiUS and State & Federal Governments to launch a Smart Energy program and in 2019, will run this and a FinTech program in Melbourne.

    Prior to his role with Startupbootcamp Australia, Richard gained years of experience helping train startups and business minds around the globe. He's been active in the startup community as a Founder, Investor and Mentor since 2001 when he invested and took an active role in eatfresh.com. Having mentored in Startupbootcamp Denmark, London, Barcelona and the University of Cambridge Queen's Young Leaders Programme, his expertise lie in building, promoting and supporting startup founders, using experience gained working in Australia, Europe and the USA. In London he ran the Emerald Investment Fund and played a key role in establishing Digital Shoreditch. Richard is also a key player in the Tasmanian startup scene, working with the local startup community, university and government as an adviser. He developed a statewide strategy and played a key role to open the Enterprize Innovation Hubs in Hobart & Launceston

  • Alan Crabbe
    CEO, Birchal

    Originally from Northern Ireland, Alan is the co-founder and CEO of Pozible & Birchal. Alan introduced Crowdfunding to Australia and Asia pacific. The Pozible platform was developed to help creatives build audiences, raise capital and get ideas off the ground. The site has hosted thousands of projects in Australia and distributed over $60 million since it launched in 2010.In late 2017, Alan launched a sister platform called Birchal - a new licensed equity crowdfunding for brands to connect with investors.

  • Eadaoin Doherty
    Chief Product Officer
    Greensync
  • Gerald FitzGibbon
    General Manager, Asset Management Services , Melbourne Water

    As a post graduate qualified Professional Engineer, Gerald has 16 years’ experience in private and public sector utility business transformation, operations management and business development. Many of those years were spent working in Australia, Asia and North America. Prior to this he gained extensive technical and commercial experience in planning, design & construction of municipal and industrial water, wastewater & drainage systems. His strength and passion is bringing change and performance management processes into public and private sector utility businesses.
    Gerald is currently leading Melbourne Water’s asset management teams to develop a more data driven service delivery focus, and supporting operations teams development of advanced data analytics and dashboards.  His teams are also leading a key big data imitative to streamline data and information sharing for both internal and external customers and community.

  • Paul Fox
    Head of Corporate Development , Fast Cities Australia

    Paul Fox was the founding CEO of Fast Cities Australia and now leads the strategy team. Prior to that he was CTO of AGL New Energy, where he was instrumental in creating the New Energy business; helping to deliver new products including zero-down solar, home batteries, smart air conditioners, virtual power plants, electric vehicle charging and blockchain enabled P2P trading. Prior to that he was a venture capitalist at the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) and spent 14 years working in Silicon Valley. In other roles, Paul was CEO of a smart grid technology company, a vice president at electronics manufacturer Flex; the CEO of a fuel cell company; built the first mobile phones in Hungary; and was a strategy consultant in telecoms, financial services and infrastructure.

  • Carola Jones
    CEO, Everty

    Carola is the CEO and co-founder of Everty, a new electric vehicle charging network and charging station management platform. Everty works with EV owners, businesses, utilities and other organisations to increase the uptake of EVs and making EV ownership and use easier.
    Carola also works as a Sustainability and Marketing consultant – she has worked with brands like Enphase Energy to bring storage solutions, micro inverters and smart software to market. She assists EnergyLab, the first clean energy accelerator in Australia, to build and grow a vibrant start-up community of clean-tech companies and female entrepreneurs.
    Carola has a background in working for NGOs, multinational corporations and Government. She has worked for household names such as Climate Friendly, NABERS (Office of Environment and Heritage), Transparency International and DB Schenker. Carola has been able to combine her marketing and sustainability skills to positively affect communities and organisations  in Australia and overseas.

  • Ross McIntyre
    Chief Data Officer and Co-founder , Wattblock

    Ross is the Chief Data Officer and  Co-founder of Wattblock. Winner of the SCA Innovation of the Year in 2016, Wattblock has developed a “smart city” analytics platform to reduce energy waste in high-density urban environments. Wattblock provides sustainability reports for residential strata buildings covering energy efficiency, solar, batteries, smart meters, energy trading, electric vehicle charging, gas, and water. It has offices in Sydney and Brisbane and has assisted strata buildings across Australia.

    Wattblock received investment from muru-D as part of Telstra’s startup accelerator program and an environmental innovation grant from the City of Sydney. The development of the technology has been supported in part by the Department of Industry, Skills, and Regional Development through the Innovate NSW program.
    Previously Ross spent 10 years working for First Data in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and China. He has consulted to tier 1 banks on high volume transaction data for ATMs and merchant acquiring. Ross has a Masters in finance and an honours degree specialising in product development and innovation from the University of NSW.

  • Ian McLeod
    Global Ambassador, Edison Electric Institute & Director Smart Energy - Enzen

    Regarded nationally as a thought leader and innovator, Ian is passionate about creating value for customers, employees and shareholders. Ian was the Chief Executive Officer of Ergon Energy Corporation from 2007 to 2016, leading the transformation of Queensland's (Australia) regional poles and wires business, Ergon Energy, from a monopoly transporter of electricity to an open access platform that enables the efficient integration of distributed energy resources and user applications within an effective market construct.

    Ian is Director Smart Energy at Enzen, Chairman of Queensland Futures Institute Energy Committee, Energy Industry Lead for the Agenda 2026 (National Spatial Agenda) Leadership Group and an Advisory Board Member for the Energy Thought Summit (USA) , Smart Wires (USA), James Cook University Engineering and the Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute.

    Ian has led key innovations including the development of a spatial intelligence and situational awareness capability, ROAMES (2015 Edison Award International Finalist), and the development and delivery of Townsville Energy Smart Community Smart Grid Program which was a(An Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Smart Grid demonstration project and Queensland Premiers Award Finalist, as well as receiving the EPRI Technology Transfer Award.

  • Andrew Mears
    CEO & Founder , SwitchDin

    Dr Andrew Mears is an engineer and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of renewable energy and innovation management covering Asia & Pacific, Africa and Australia. His first startup was in satellite communications in 1990 and since then he’s worked in academia, SMEs, non-governmental sector, and multi-lateral agencies. This includes lead roles in technology innovation and commercialisation, project development, strategy consulting, and investment program management. He was a Chief Technical Advisor for Renewable Energy and Climate Change for the United Nations in Southern Africa and SE Asia and has delivered more than 40 major assignments in 18 countries directly mobilizing investment in excess of $200 million. In 2011, he was awarded Newcastle University’s Alumni Award for International Leadership. In 2014 he launched SwitchDin to develop energy management solutions for distributed energy resources. Since then SwitchDin has carved a niche position as the integration solution for DER in grid and micro-grid applications with customers.

  • Prof. Christopher Pettit
    City Futures Research Centre, Smart Cities, UNSW

    Professor Pettit is the inaugural Chair of Urban Science at the University of New South  Wales, Director of the newly launched City Analytics Postgraduate Program (https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate-degrees/city-analytics/how-apply), Associate  Director of the City Futures Research Centre (https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/research/city-analytics/) and Smart Cities Director for the Collaborative Research Centre –Spatial Information . His expertise is in the convergence of the fields of urban planning, Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) and Planning Support Sciences (PSS).  For the last 20 years, he has been undertaking research and development in the use of spatial information and mapping technologies for envisioning what if? Scenarios across both urban and regional landscapes.
    In the context of Smart Cities, the UNSW city analytics team focuses on the application, development and the evaluation of online interactive geographical visualisation tools including, advanced spatial decision support systems, city dashboards and datastores.
    A smart cities approach is undertaken to engage citizens and leads to an improve quality of life for all who traverse urban spaces.

  • Geoff Roberts
    General Manager Retail , Synergy

    Geoff has played a key role in implementing Synergy’s retail strategy as the business prepares for more competition and a greater level of disruption from non-traditional players. This strategy has included the outsourcing of lower value transactional processes, relaunching Synergy’s brand in alignment with Synergy’s purpose, as well as expanding the product range to include a suite of solar offerings including solar PV and residential batteries. His depth of experience in retail has helped Synergy to become a more customer focused organisation.
    Geoff’s key focus whilst in the role of General Manager Commercial will be to ensure Synergy capitalises on the renewable opportunities available, engage proactively with our new government, bring focus to the strategy discussion, drive digital and to give organisational context to the continuous improvement and innovation functions.

  • Oleg Roizman
    Managing Director , INTELLPOWER

    Dr. Oleg Roizman is a founder and CEO of Intellpower Technology Pty. Ltd., an engineering and services company with emphasis on IIoT based continuous online monitoring and diagnostics of critical electrical assets.

    Prior to forming Itellpower Technology in 2018, Oleg has been a managing director of a consisting company IntellPower Pty Ltd and prior to that was employed by Monash University in Australia as a R&D scientist and Chief Investigator. He was involved in developing analytics in areas of power system stability, power quality, monitoring and diagnostics of electrical plant.

    Dr. Roizman is a speaker, an author of many technical papers and an active member of various working groups within IEEE PES Transformers Committee and CIGRE.

  • Andrew Scott
    Head of Technology, Chief Technology Office , Telstra

    Andrew is the Head of Technology within Telstra’s Chief Technology Office, and has been deeply involved in the telecommunications industry for over twenty years. His team consists of deep subject matter experts covering technology areas that have the potential to make significant impacts into our industry, including across 5G, IoT, cybersecurity, augmented reality, drones, software defined networks and AI. The team works to bring world class technologies into Telstra sooner and show thought leadership to the wider Telstra and our customers.

  • Peter Seltsikas
    Senior Manager, Asset Management, SA Water

    Peter is the Senior Manager, Asset Management for SA Water. In this role he lead the strategic, operational and capital investment planning for the Corporation's $14bn of infrastructure assets and accountable to provide the Board with strategic advice on all Asset Management matters. Peter has 20 years experience in the utility sector, first within Oil and Gas and more recently within the water industry. Peter has been responsible for all aspects of infrastructure management throughout his career, including operations and maintenance management, engineering and project delivery. Peter has a strong commercial and strategic mindset and has held many senior roles leading business through significant change.

    Peter is a passionate leader who leads from the front and loves nothing more than creating an environment where people grow and deliver exceptional business outcomes.

    Peter holds an Engineering Degree with Honours and a Master's In Business Administration. Peter is a fellow of the Governors Leaderhsip Foundation, a Graduate of AICD and a past executive member of Engineer's Australia Centre for Engineering Leadership & Management Committee in South Australia.

    Peter is also a Non Executive Director of the Australian Dance Theatre Company.

  • Paul Siemers
    Program Director - Digital Transformation
    Melbourne Water
  • Fereidoon Sioshansi
    President, Menlo Energy Economics

    Dr. Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm based in San Francisco, California, advising clients on the rapid transformation of the electricity sector and emerging business models.

    He has over 35 years of experience including working at Southern California Edison Company (SCE), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), National Economic Research Associates (NERA), and Henwood Energy, now part of ABB.

    He is the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter with international circulation.

    Since 2006, he has edited 10 books, the latest titled, Innovation and disruption at the grid’s edge: How distributed energy resources are disrupting the traditional utility business model, was published in 2017.

    His forthcoming volume is tentatively titled “From consumers to nonsumers: How new service innovations are disrupting utility business models”

    He has degrees in Engineering and Economics, including an MS and Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University.