Invited Speakers

Raoul Abrutat

Raoul Abrutat

Raoul is a professional renewable energy engineer (Utilities Eng., Germany) who has been active in the international wind energy and photovoltaic industry since 1993. His most notable contribution to the Western Australian renewable energy market to date is the project initiation of the successful Perth Solar Cities bid to the Australian Greenhouse Office (2008). The Australian Government contributed $13.9 million to Perth Solar City. More than 6,000 homes and businesses participated in this renewable energy project. Raoul holds an engineering position at BayWa r.e. Solar Systems in Perth.


Venkatachalam Anbumozhi 

Simon Adams

Simon is a partner at law firm Holman Fenwick Willan, specialising in energy and renewable law.
In the renewable space he has recently advised on:

  • solar farms, including the world's largest off-grid solar farm for a remote mine, and WA's first co-located wind and solar farm;
  • large and small scale PV and battery systems;
  • electric vehicles; and various carbon reduction projects.


Venkatachalam Anbumozhi 

Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi 

Senior Energy Economist    
Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Indonesia

Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi is a Senior Energy Economist at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Indonesia.  His previous positions include Senior Capacity Building Specialist at Asian Development Bank Institute, Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo, and Senior Policy Researcher at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and Assistant Manager in Pacific Consultants International, Tokyo. He has published several books, authored numerous research articles and produced many project reports on energy policies, energy infrastructure design, and private sector participation in Green Growth. Anbumozhi was invited as a member of the APEC Expert Panel on Green Climate Finance and the ASEAN Panel for promoting climate-resilient growth. He has taught Energy and Resource management, International cooperation and Development Finance at the University of Tokyo and has speaking engagements at some of the leading international organizations.  He obtained his PhD from the University of Tokyo.


Garry Baverstock

Garry Baverstock AM


For over 40 years Garry Baverstock has been designing, building educating and researching in the field of ESD.  Through winning 8 WA Home of the Year Awards, a MBA, 2 James Hardie, a GreenSmart and three Awards of Merit and many Commendations from the Australian Institute of Architects(AIA), as well as numerous design competition successes in the housing design area has seen Garry become one of the important leaders in the field in Australia.  His family home won the GreenSmart Building of the Year in WA in 2005, as well as a national finalist that year.

His career has been balanced by success in Commercial/ Institutional Architecture.  The 1990 Australian Design Award and the National Energy Award 1993, the winner of the CASE competition 1995, the National Banksia Award in 2002 stand as testimony of his national success. State Government recognition, came with the WA Energy Award 1996, and again a finalist in 1998.


Prof. Michael Borowitzka

Murdoch Algae R & D, Tasmania

Michael Borowitzka is Emeritus Professor of Marine Phycology at Murdoch University, and the past Director of the Algae R&D Centre. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has been working on the commercial production of microalgae for almost 40 years since obtaining his PhD at the University of Sydney. He was part of the team which developed and commercialised the production of β-carotene from the alga Dunaliella salina at Hutt Lagoon, Western Australia, the largest commercial microalgae production plant in the world. Recently he also led a multi-University and industry team which constructed and operated the first algae-for- biofuels pilot plant in Karratha, Western Australia. This project led to the formation of Muradel Pty Ltd which is continuing the commercialisation of the research on biofuels. Michael has also consulted on many commercial algae projects around the world.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Phycology, and convenor of the BEAM (Biotechnological and Environmental Applications of Microalgae) Australian Research Network and the BEAM-RIRDC Algae Biofuels Group. He is a past President of the International Phycological Society, the Asia-Pacific Society of Applied Phycology, and the International Society of Applied Phycology, as well as past Chair of the WA Branch of the Australian Biotechnology Association.

Craig Buckley

Prof. Craig Buckley

Dean of Research in the Faculty of Science and Engineering
Curtin University

Professor Craig Buckley is Dean of Research in The Faculty of Science and Engineering, Professor of Physics, Head of the Hydrogen Storage Research Group and Deputy Director of the Fuels & Energy Technology Institute at Curtin University. Since being awarded his B.Sc. (Honours 1st Class, 1989) and Ph.D. (1994) from Griffith University he has held various research positions in the U.K, USA and Australia prior to being awarded tenure at Curtin. His research is focussed on hydrogen storage materials and the investigation of the atomic and nanostructure of a wide range of materials.

Craig has won several Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery, Linkage, Large Equipment and Industry grants, and has published over 120 peer reviewed journal papers. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics and a member of several National and International science and advisory committees including being the Australian Executive Committee Member for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (HIA), and an Australian expert on the IEA HIA Task 32: Hydrogen-based Energy Storage.


Josh Byrne

Dr Josh Byrne

JB & Associates

Josh Byrne is an environmental scientist, author, television presenter and academic. He is a Research Fellow with Curtin University’s Sustainability Policy Institute and the CRC for Low Carbon Living where his research activities span high performance housing, low carbon residential precincts and water sensitive urban design.

Josh is well known for his role on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s national television program Gardening Australia. He is also Director of Josh Byrne & Associates - a multi award winning Fremantle based consulting practice integrating the fields of landscape architecture, built environment sustainability, media and communications.

Craig Carter

Adj. Prof. Craig Carter

Murdoch University

Craig completed Science (Physics) at University of NSW and electrical engineering (Hons) and an MBA at University of WA. Between 1995 and 2012, he worked for Western Power/Verve Energy in the design of wind diesel systems at Denham, Esperance, Hopetoun, Bremer Bay, Rottnest Is. and Coral Bay; wind farms near Albany, Kalbarri and Geraldton and a 10MW solar farm. Since 2013, as Adjunct Professor, School of Engineering and IT, Murdoch University, he lectures, conducts labs and supervises thesis students on renewable energy. He is researching PV integration in diesel and urban networks and the use of solar forecasting and co-supervises a PhD student in this area.

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Simon Gamble

Simon is Manager for Hybrid Off-Grid Solutions at Hydro Tasmania where he is responsible for project development and the provision of advisory and implementation services to national and international clientele. Simon led the recently completed King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project which involved the development of a world leading hybrid power system, incorporating wind, solar, biofuels, energy storage and real-time demand management.

As the 2010 Tasmanian Professional Fulbright Scholar Simon investigated leading renewable energy integration research programs and pilot deployments of renewable enabling technologies across the USA. Simon has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Engineering Science from the University of Adelaide, and a MBA from the University of Tasmania. Simon sits on the advisory panels for UTAS Engineering and ICT School and the Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems; and the Clean Energy Council New Markets Directorate.


Jemma Green

Jemma Green

Research Fellow and PhD Candidate
Curtin University

Jemma is now a Research Fellow and PhD candidate at Curtin University. She has a particular interest in disruptive innovation and sustainable finance. Her doctoral research is focused on battery storage and modular construction. Jemma also is an independent councillor at the City of Perth, a board member of Heritage Perth, Future Super and Carbon Tracker. She has made over 400 media appearances as a commentator on transport, energy, housing and finance. Prior to joining Curtin University Jemma joined the team to setup J.P. Morgan’s Global Environmental and Social Risk Management office. During this time she completed two postgraduate diplomas and a Masters in Sustainability at Cambridge University. Her research centered around corporate credit ratings and environmental risk.


Dr Paul Hardisty

Dr Paul Hardisty

CSIRO Land and Water

Dr Paul Hardisty is the Director of CSIRO Land and Water, a national research partnership which provides the science to underpin Australia’s economic, social and environmental prosperity through the stewardship of land and water resources, ecosystems, and urban areas.  In his current position he is a member of the Bioregional Assessments.


Hamish Jolly

Mr Hamish Jolly

Director Biogass Renewables, Jandakot, WA

Hamish  Jolly serves as a Founding Director of Biogass Renewables Pty Ltd. He commenced his career in aquatic zoological research programs. His career spans investment development, technology and finance. He served as National Chief Executive Officer of Greening Australia, Australia’s largest environmental NGO and served as Director of Strategy and Ventures at Bankwest. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Shark Mitigation Systems Limited since January 29, 2016. He serves as a Member of the Board of Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (Kings Park) in Western Australia. He is an Ocean Swimmer and Specialist in industry-led marine science innovation, R&D and technology commercialization. His 2014 TED Talk (Ideas Worth Sharing) on the subject of SAM shark visual systems research and commercialisation is in a top-10 list at with over 2.2 million views. In 2006, he was awarded in the WA Business News '40 Under 40' recognizing the top 40 business leaders under 40 years old in Western Australia.


Angus King

Angus King

Angus has over forty years’ experience in information technology, predominantly in software development. His passion for renewable energy technologies over the last twenty years has led him to tertiary studies in the field and to being one of the first people to install a grid-connect PV system in Western Australia. With the support of Sustainable Energy Now community group Angus has been a major contributor to the development of S.I.R.E.N. a toolkit for evaluation of renewable energy options.


Frank Marra

Mr Frank Marra

CEO Landcorp, Perth, WA


Sean McGoldrick

Dr Seán Mc Goldrick

Executive Manager Asset Management
Western Powe

Seán joined Western Power in June 2015, bringing a rich international perspective from 27 years in the electricity sector. His career spans operations, management, development and research on power systems and utilities around the world and he has provided consultancy services to utilities, governments and regulators throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

He has also held positions at Executive Director and Board level in utilities in North America, the British Isles and Europe. Seán holds a PhD (Molecular Physics), Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics) and Bachelor of Engineering from Trinity College at the University of Dublin.


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Colin Mallett

Colin Mallett is CEO of Trusted Renewables Ltd which he founded in 2008. The company specialises in innovation and thought leadership to exploit convergence of ICT and mobility for smart energy. The company is co-located with BT’s Research and Innovation at Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich Colin joined BT Research in 1968 and left in 2002 when he became a consultant. During his career, he was involved in R&D of optical undersea cable systems and then e-commerce and mobile applications. Much of this involved looking at disruptive technology and the company has some smart energy patents. Colin and his team have work 6 TSB R&D funding competitions, and current activities encompass risk, security, identity, trust and privacy across a number of market segments.


Monica Oliphant

Monica Oliphant, AO

Monica Oliphant runs her own Consultancy, “Monica Oliphant Research Scientist”. She is an Adj/A Professor at the University of South Australia and a University Fellow at Charles Darwin University.  She worked 18 years for the electricity utility ETSA as a Research Scientist and was President of the International Solar Energy Society 2008/09.  Monica received an AO in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of her work in Renewable Energy and was named 2016 Senior South Australian of the Year.   She has participated on a number of Australian Federal and State Government Committees and currently is determining the viability of a Community owned Solar and energy efficiency project together with Local Government. In 2015 she was a team leader of a multi-national group looking at the feasibility of establishing a UN University in renewable energy in China. She is also Patron of crowd funding group CORENA (Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia). 


Michael Ottaviano

Dr Michael Edward Ottaviano DBA, MSC, BENG

Managing Director and CEO of Carnegie Clean Energy

Dr Ottaviano joined Carnegie in January 2006 and was made Managing Director in March 2007. Dr Ottaviano oversaw the acquisition of the CETO wave power intellectual property in 2009 and focusing of the company’s efforts onto its commercialisation. During his time as Managing Director, Dr Ottaviano has led the development of CETO Wave Energy technology from Proof of Concept, Pilot Plant and Commercial Demonstration stages and has been responsible for raising over $130m in equity, grants and debt. More recently he has steered the companies expanded focus into the solar / battery microgrid market.

Dr Ottaviano has previously worked in research and development and consulted in technology and innovation management. He has advised companies on new product development, intellectual property and technology commercialisation across various industries and ranging from start-ups to large multi-nationals. He is a former Board Member of the Clean Energy Council, Australia’s clean energy peak industry group, and a member of the Australian Government’s Energy White Paper Consultative Committee. He is also a non-executive director of ASX listed hearing technology start up, Nuheara Limited. Dr Ottaviano has a Bachelor of Engineering, a Masters of Science and a Doctorate in Business Administration.


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Dr. Ir. Andhika Prastawa, MSEE

He was graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia, in 1989, for a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. His Master degree was completed at Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia US, in 1998. Dr. Prastawa earned his Doctor of Engineering Science degree from Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia, in 2014.
Dr. Prastawa works at the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Government of Indonesia since 1990, he is former Director at Energy Conversion and Conservation Technology Center BPPT (2010 – 2012), and a Senior Research Engineer in Electricity, managing the Smartgrid Technology Assessment and Application Program as a Program Director. Currently he is the Head of Energy Technology Center of BPPT.
Dr. Prastawa has involved in various technology assessment and application projects, including nuclear power (AP600 Westinghouse), and renewable energy field, such as microhydro, solar energy, wind power, and ocean marine energy. He also had several engagements as Energy Specialist for GEF Projects with UNDP and UNIDO Jakarta Office in 2004-2006. His research interest is in renewable energy system, power system, and energy conservation technology.


Vanessa Rauland

Dr Vanessa Rauland

Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP)

Vanessa is a Lecturer at Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP) and Co-Founder and Director of SimplyCarbon, a profit-for-purpose business helping schools and organisations reduce their carbon footprint. Vanessa has a vast background in sustainability and climate policy, and a PhD in low carbon cities. She coordinates two Units in CUSP’s Masters of Sustainability and Climate Policy, supervises 8 PhD students and works on a number or low carbon urban development research projects. She is a passionate ecopreneur, keen to link industry with academia and demonstrate how we can all do better with less impact.


Ben Rose

Ben Rose

Energy Consultant

An energy and emissions and analyst and carbon sequestration assessor for five years, Ben was a founder of Carbon Neutral in WA. He worked for 13 years for the WA Department of Agriculture in natural resource management and for two years as a secondary science teacher. Over the last 15 years he has written several technical publications on sustainable agriculture and carbon sequestration. Since 2013, in the development of the SIREN Toolkit, headed up the Powerbalance Programming and Research.


Wasim Saman

Prof. Wasim Saman

Uni of South Australia

Wasim Saman is professor of sustainable energy engineering and Director of the Barbara Hardy Institute/ University of South Australia.  His career has focussed on sustainable energy education and industry targeted research since the 1980s. He has published over 200 technical articles and supervised 31 post graduate research candidates. 
Professor Saman leads an internationally recognised research group working in sustainable energy which comprises 29 staff and research students. He is currently leading projects focussing on solar thermal electricity generation and storage carried out through funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

He is Research Leader in the CRC for Low Carbon Living focussing on integrated building systems with the aim of leading the transition to zero energy buildings. He is leading research teams creating the next generation house energy rating tools and developing smart demand management technologies. Professor Saman has been providing advice and support to industry and government both within and outside Australia. He is Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy, Fellow of the Australian Institute for Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating. He is a member of the NatHERS Technical Advisory Committee. He received the Pioneer Award from the World Renewable Energy Network in 2012.


Stephen Schuck

Dr Stephen Schuck

Bioenergy Australia

Stephen Schuck manages Bioenergy Australia, a government-industry-research alliance of some 50 organisations fostering the development of biomass for heat, power, transportation fuels and other value added bio-based products.

Steve is Australia’s representative on the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency’s Bioenergy program (  He has been involved in numerous bioenergy consultancies and projects, including market entry and biofuels and bioelectricity studies.  He co-authored the major report ‘Bioenergy in Australia – Status and Opportunities’.  He has convened all 17 annual Bioenergy Australia conferences – Australia’s largest bioenergy event.  He is also on the Clean Energy Solutions Center’s expert group which is led from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Stephen’s academic qualifications include a PhD, an MSc (Engineering) and an MBA (Technology Management).


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Frank Tudor

Frank Tudor has held various executive management roles over the last 25 years in the European, Asian and Australian oil, gas and power industries with BP, Woodside and most recently Horizon Power.

Frank lectured part-time in oil and gas economics and law at the University of Western Australia for over 10 years, is the Vice Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (CCI) Energy and Resources Forum and is now on General Council of CCI. He was National Chairman of the Australian China Business Council from 2008-2013 and was formally a Board member of the Federal Government’s Australia China Council. Frank is a member of the ANU China in the World Advisory Board and has just been appointed to the Board of Energy Networks Australia (ENA) where he will also chair their Asset Management Committee.


Stephanie Unwin

Stephanie Unwin

General Manager Commercial

Stephanie was appointed as general manager commercial in 2014 from her previous role as general manager of strategy and business development at Verve Energy. Since December 2014, Stephanie has been responsible for the implementation of the single biggest transformation Synergy has undertaken since its inception. Through the business efficiency program, Synergy is reducing its operating costs, changing its culture and developing the strategy to realise its corporate vision.


Joep Vaessen

Joep Vaessen

Joep is a principal engineer at AECOM and is leading the solar activities from AECOM’s Melbourne office. Joep has specialist technical, financial and practical experience working within the solar PV Industry and he started his career at a Dutch PV module manufacturer and constructed and developed several multi MW solar power plants in Europe. As Project Manager, Joep was responsible for the successful delivery of a 2.3 MW dual axis tracker plant in Spain in 2008 and acted as General Manager for the US operations in 2011. Recently Joep has been AECOM’s Design Manager on the Royalla Solar Farm.


M Arifeen WAHED

Dr. M Arifeen WAHED

Dr. M Arifeen WAHED is Head of the Solar Thermal Systems group under Solar Energy Efficient Building Cluster in the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS). He holds a PhD (2010) in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore. He has more than 7 years of working experience at Nanyang Technological University and Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore in application-oriented research and industry projects on air-conditioning, solar cooling and industrial process heat applications. His research activities include solar thermal systems, air-dehumidification for air-conditioning and thermal energy storage systems.


Lee Walker

Dr Lee Walker

Head of Biotechnology
AnaeCo Ltd

Lee has 12 years experience in the application of biotechnology in advanced waste treatment facilities treating liquid and solid wastes. His focus over recent years has been on industrial applications of anaerobic digestion, having specific expertise in batch thermophilic systems, and in-vessel composting. Lee obtained his PhD, in 2010, from Murdoch University for his investigation of the DiCOM™ Process, a patented, natural, biological treatment methodology for municipal solid waste.

Lee has been employed by AnaeCo Ltd. for the past 8 years and is currently Head of Biotechnology. Since joining AnaeCo he has been involved in the design, construction, commissioning, operation of, and personnel training for, an advanced waste treatment plant for mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) based on the unique AnaeCo™ technology: a project which incorporated materials separation and resource recovery; thermophilic anaerobic digestion; in-vessel composting; biogas treatment and CHP generation and biological odour management.

Lee’s background is in education. Following 20 years of teaching Mathematics and Chemistry to high school students he now teaches anyone who will listen about microbiology and promotes the sustainable use of the world’s limited resources and a movement toward a circular economy.


Ray Wills

Prof. Ray Wills

Professor with the School of Earth and Environment
University of Western Australia

Professor Ray Wills has had a wide–ranging career and is an authoritative and respected commentator and adviser on sustainability and technology across all sectors including the built environment, cleantech, energy infrastructure, industrials, manufacturing, resources, transport, and water. Prof Wills' current research interests include adoption rates of technology, disruptive technology including automation and robotics, and the impact of social media on markets.

Prof Wills is: Managing Director of the advisory firm Future Smart Strategies; Board Member of Western Australia’s remote energy services provider Horizon Power; Partner and Director of the cleantech business, Sun Brilliance Power; Blue Leader of the ‘blue economy’ startup Blue Australasia; and Director of the bioenergy startup BioTek Fuels Pty Ltd. He is also Adjunct Professor at The University of Western Australia contributing to the academic program and providing advice to UWA on sustainability, and comments on behalf of UWA on climate change and sustainability, and Principal Strategic Advisor to Australia’s largest private training organisation, Careers Australia.

Prof Wills' was recognised by Singapore-based ABC Carbon as one of the Top 100 Global Leaders in Sustainability in 2011, an honour renewed each year since, and rom 2014 listed by UK-based SustMeme Magazine as one of the top 100 Global Influencers in Social Media on Climate Change and Energy, based on independent social media metrics. Further, in 2016, analytics firm Onalytica listed Prof Wills in the Top 100 Influencers and Brands for Renewable Energy in the world.


Ahmad Zahedi

Assoc. Prof. Ahmad Zahedi

College of Science, Technology and Engineering
James Cook University

Associate Professor Ahmad Zahedi is with the college of Science, Technology, and Engineering of James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. Educated in Iran and Germany, Ahmad is author or co-author of more than 180 publications including 4 books, and has trained 20 postgraduate candidates at PhD and Masters level, has examined more than 50 PhD and Master Thesis, and completed 15 research and industry-funded projects. Ahmad has 26 years tertiary teaching and research and 6 years industry experience.


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Dr Alex Zahnd

Alex has a mechanical engineering degree (BSc) from Switzerland, a Masters (MSc) in Renewable Energy and a PhD in Renewable Energy with the thesis topic: "The Role of Renewable Energy Technology in Holistic Community Development" from Murdoch University in Western Australia. My industrial experience ranges from development projects in extrusion technology for the food and plastic industry, to pharmaceutical production plants. I lived and worked off and on since 1983 in Nepal and since 1996 in the remotest and poorest mountain communities in the Himalayas. Since 2001 I have also been a member of expatriate staff of Kathmandu University, involved in teaching a Renewable Energy course developed for the context of Nepal as well as in applied research of renewable energy technologies. Since 2002 I combined my extensive field project experience and applied academic research projects by developing and leading a long-term holistic community development project and a High Altitude Research Station, in the very remote and impoverished north-western district of Humla, through the established non-profit NGO RIDS-Nepal (