Speakers

  • Dominic Adams
    General Manager, Networks, Energy Networks Australia

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Fixing the system, not the women: how can men and women work together to drive diversity, equity & inclusion?

    Dominic Adams is the General Manager, Networks at Energy Networks Australia.

    Dominic is responsible for crucial areas of policy to support the rapid transformation of Australia’s energy sector. In his role, Dominic leads advocacy strategies and a program of work for the development and transformation of our transmission, distribution, and gas networks.

    Dominic has over a decade of experience working across the energy supply chain, with particular emphasis on policy and regulatory engagement with market bodies.

    Dominic has a combined bachelor’s degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Newcastle with a focus on climate and environmental law.

  • Stephanie Bashir
    Non-Executive Board Member, Smart Energy Council

    Session: Understanding the role batteries can play in the transition

    Stephanie Bahir is an experienced Board-level executive with over 18 years commercial experience in complex and matrix environments. She has cemented her career in the energy sector, holding leadership roles in technical, commercial, strategic, policy, regulatory and advisory roles. She has developed expertise in energy market policy and regulation, energy technologies, consumer service innovation, and network and grid modernisation. 

    She is the Founder and Principal of Nexa Advisory, helping businesses navigate complex problems in the energy market transition through a customer-centric lens, currently supporting a number of emerging businesses as they navigate and influence the complex and evolving energy market. 

    Previously, as Senior Director Public Policy at AGL, she demonstrated expertise in energy market policy and strategy, emerging energy technologies, service innovation, customer- centric design and market reforms. She provided the vision for, and led the development of policy strategy at AGL, and drove the ‘customer-led energy market transformation’ agenda, including the policy strategy behind the Virtual Power Plant orchestration model for capturing shared value for the customer using energy storage technologies. 

    She has a strong values base and passion for improving consumer outcomes and an energy industry where people are at the centre of every solution we build, guides my approach to the challenges and the outcomes.

    Visit www.nexaadvisory.com.au for a full list of services and further information.

  • Caroline Beattie
    General Manager - Future Energy, APA Group

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How do we create the energy workplace of the future and what part will you play as a driver of change?

    Caroline is the General Manager of Future Energy at APA and is responsible for leading and delivering APA’s Future Energy strategy to deliver an organisational response to the growing hydrogen and clean molecules industry for the benefit of APA’s future growth platform. She is spearheading the APA Pathfinder Program which will help APA unlock the innovation, technology and new energy opportunities that will make APA truly world class in energy solutions, with an initial focus on clean molecules.

    Prior to APA, Caroline is a seasoned energy industry leader spanning more than 25 years with in-depth experience in hydrogen, renewables, strategy and commercial and has a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry.

  • Joanne Bergamin
    Chair & Founder, WISER (Women in Sustainable Energy & Resources)

    Session: ROUNDTABLE 2: Establishing a professional network that works for you

    Joanne Bergamin is the Communications and Sustainability Director of QEM Limited, a Queensland-based critical minerals ASX listed company. She is the Co-Founder and Chair of WISER (Women In Sustainable Energy & Resources) Inc. and the former head of the Women In Mining And Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) Chapter on the Gold Coast. Joanne is on the Board of Directors of Sports Gold Coast. Joanne lived and worked in Rome and the Vatican from 2007-2020, in various journalistic and marketing roles, including for the Pope’s newspaper. Prior to moving to Rome, Joanne worked in marketing and PR in the mining and energy sector in Australia and Thailand. She holds Bachelors of Arts and Commerce, and an MBA, all awarded by the University of Queensland where she also completed a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Energy in 2022.

  • Johanna Bowyer
    Lead Analyst-Australian Electricity, IEEFA Asia Pacific

    Session: Power to the people: the potential of distributed energy resources & household electrification

    Johanna Bowyer is the Lead Analyst for Australian Electricity at IEEFA. Her research is focused on trends in the National Electricity Market, energy policy and decarbonisation.

    Prior to joining IEEFA, Johanna researched distribution networks at CSIRO, worked as an engineer at Solar Analytics and Suntech and worked as a management consultant at Kearney.

    Johanna has a first-class Honours Degree in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Engineering from UNSW Australia. While at UNSW she received the Co-op Scholarship, No Carbon Women in Solar Prize and Photovoltaics Thesis Prize.

  • Nicholas Brischetto
    Consultant,

    Session: Masterclass B: ESG essentials: mastering ESG & sustainability strategies in energy and renewables

    Nicholas Brischetto is passionate about increasing clients’ ability to anticipate and respond to risk through data-driven insights, seeing such an ability as essential to navigating a world of increasing change and uncertainty. He has nearly 20 years of experience delivering data-driven risk insights in the financial services industry in Australia and the UK.

    Until recently, Nicholas was a Partner in Deloitte’s Risk Advisory business, where he co-authored several papers on truthfulness and transparency in the transition to a sustainable and decarbonised future, including contributing to the AICD’s “A director’s guide to mandatory climate reporting”.

    He has expertise in monitoring extra-financial risks such as conduct issues across customer value chains and sustainability (ESG) risks across the broader extended enterprise, including supply chains and investment portfolios.

    He holds a Bachelor of Business (Banking & Finance), a Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems), and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

  • Lucy Burke
    Project Engineering Manager – SA Hydrogen Jobs Plan Project, ATCO Australia

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How do we create the energy workplace of the future and what part will you play as a driver of change?

    Lucy Burke is a Manager in Hydrogen & Clean Fuels Development at ATCO Australia, where she leads the development of large-scale renewable hydrogen project opportunities across the East Coast. Lucy is an experienced Project Manager and Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 10 years’ experience across the Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy sectors in engineering, commercial and management roles. She is currently seconded to the role of Project Engineering Manager for the ATCO-BOC consortium delivering the South Australian Government’s Hydrogen Jobs Plan Project in Whyalla.

  • Jill Cainey
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Erne Energy

    Session: ROUNDTABLE 4: Future-proofing power supply with batteries

    Jill is a climate scientist with 30 years of experience and has also advocated for electricity storage and electricity transmission and distribution networks. Jill’s intimate understanding of both climate change science and electricity regulations, policy, assets and technology give her a unique ability to facilitate cross-sector collaborations that deliver resilient approaches to climate change and energy.

    As a local councillor and emergency response coordinator, Jill supported her community to prepare for and manage severe weather events. And as a trusted advisor to governments, market bodies, regulators, system operators and electricity networks, Jill influences policy and market design.

    Jill is a qualified and inspirational educator and can creatively communicate complex technical issues in a way that facilitates understanding and empowers people of any age or background to act on climate change.

    Using her practical experiences, knowledge and engaging communication style, Jill collaborates with communities, businesses and policy makers to develop agreed approaches that are resilient to the changing climate.

    Jill is passionate about enabling people to create an energy future that is centred on their needs, with local, decentralised and equitable options, recognising the vital role that energy plays in living and working safely and reliably, whether the sun is shining or not.

  • Vida Cheeseman
    Head of Corporate Communications, Endeavour Energy (NSW)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can the sector rapidly increase the pace of renewable development to meet 2030 targets?

    Vida is a versatile, creative and strategic senior communications professional with a track record of delivering award winning results for large Australian and multinational organisations.

    As a trusted and skilled advisor for C-level executives, she has over 20 years' experience working across the broad spectrum of corporate affairs including media relations, government relations and analyst relations; internal communications; issues management; reputation management; social media; stakeholder relations; and community engagement.

  • Lisa Chiba
    Managing Director, Momentum Energy

    Session: Adjusting work practices and embracing flexibility to enhance inclusivity

    Lisa Chiba was appointed managing director of Momentum Energy in January 2022, having spent her career in a variety of leadership roles across retail utilities and financial services in Australia and the UK.

    Lisa’s professional passions are promoting diversity and inclusion in the workforce; and helping businesses and households participate in Australia’s transition to a clean energy future. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Laws with honours and a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) from the University of Melbourne. Lisa was a panellist at the 2022 AFR Climate Summit and she is a mentor in the Clean Energy Council’s Women in Renewables mentoring program.

    Lisa is a Member of the Champions of Change Energy Group. The Group brings together representatives from the energy sector including energy generation and production, distribution, retail and resources businesses across Australia.

  • Erin Coldham
    Chief Development Officer, Southerly Ten

    Erin Coldham is the Chief Development Officer at Southerly Ten – a dedicated offshore wind company leading some of Australia’s most advanced projects.

    Erin brings decades of experience in major project planning and delivery and currently oversees Southerly Ten’s planning and development activities, working with industry, regulators, policymakers, and local communities to bring offshore wind to regional Australia.

    Erin is part of a global team of offshore wind specialists representing 30 nationalities across the world, delivering for one of the world’s largest green energy fund managers, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

    Included in A Word About Wind’s Top 100 Women’s Power List and a Founding Director of Women of Offshore Wind, Erin is a champion for diversity in the energy industry and is driven by the positive opportunities offshore wind represents for Australia.

  • Anna Collyer
    Chair, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)

    Session: Strengthening Australia’s energy & renewables workforce: challenges, opportunities & changing the status quo

    Anna Collyer is a leading energy expert and the Chair of the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and Energy Advisory Panel (EAP). She has more than two decades of public and private sector experience in energy and has worked extensively on industry reform with energy ministers.

    Anna has a passion for leadership and change and is a big believer in a learning culture, where experimentation is a necessary part of creating something new. In 2022, she became one of Australia’s inaugural ambassadors for the global Energy Equality Initiative, supporting the urgent task of improving female representation in the energy sector.

    As a partner of Allens law firm from 2001 to 2020, Anna focused on the energy sector throughout its evolution, advised a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors on major projects, and fostered innovation at all levels of the firm, not only in technological developments but also in new ways of working and addressing disruption.

    Anna has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

  • Bodye Darvill
    Director of Emerging Industries, Latrobe Valley Authority

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Fixing the system, not the women: how can men and women work together to drive diversity, equity & inclusion?

    Session: Beyond technical expertise: developing the often-overlooked skills you need for your energy career

    Bodye Darvill is the Director Emerging Industries at Latrobe Valley Authority, where she passionately drives the energy transition in the Gippsland region. Bodye collaborates closely with government, industry, education and community leaders, to foster partnerships that promote sustainable innovation and growth. With her extensive educational background in Communications, Business and Community & International Development, Bodye is committed to achieving strong and long-term economic and social outcomes across the Gippsland region.

  • Electra Davies
    General Manager People and Experience, Momentum Energy

    Session: Adjusting work practices and embracing flexibility to enhance inclusivity

    Electra Davies is the General Manager of People & Experience at Momentum Energy, the mainland retailer of Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest generator of renewable energy.

    Electra joined Momentum in February 2020 after a career as an Executive Leadership Development Consultant for organisations including Swisse Wellness, RSPCA Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne.

    With a passion for helping people tap into their hidden potential and optimise their wellbeing, she holds a Double Degree in Exercise Science & Human Movement/Psychology(Honours) and a Masters of Organisational Psychology from Deakin University. She is an AHPRA Registered Psychologist and loves putting the science into practice in her day to day work at Momentum.

    Electra completed an Honours Thesis on the experiences of women in non-traditional work roles, with a focus on the natural strengths women bring to these roles. She is a working Mum with a two-year old and an 8 month old.

  • Jo De Silva
    General Manager Retail Policy, Australian Energy Council

    Session: ROUNDTABLE 5: Future retail: Energy-as-a-Service and beyond

    Jo De Silva is the General Manager Retail Policy at the Australian Energy Council. Jo was most recently a senior leader at the Australian Energy Market Operator (ISP Consumer Panel) and Energy & Water Ombudsman SA, experienced in representing the long-term interests of different cohorts of energy consumers in regulatory and technical processes. Jo has served as a member of the Energy Security Board Stakeholder Steering Group and the National Customer Code Council for Comparators and Moving Services.

    Jo was a member of the Australian Energy Regulator Consumer Reference Group, all four Energy Security Board National Energy Guarantee Technical Working Groups and the Australian Energy Market Commission System Security Technical Working Group. Heading up energy policy at the South Australian Council of Social Service for around a decade, Jo convened the National Consumer Roundtable on Energy and was an inaugural member of the AER’s Consumer Challenge Panel. Jo is a former Judge of the South Australian Premier’s Mining and Energy Awards.

  • Phaedra Deckart
    Chief Executive Officer, Solstice Energy

    Session: Finding success in your energy career journey: plotting a course through established industry structures

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Fixing the system, not the women: how can men and women work together to drive diversity, equity & inclusion?

    Phaedra Deckart is the CEO of the Solstice Energy Group, including Tas Gas Networks, and is leading its successful transformation into a diversified energy business. She has previously served as a senior executive at AGL and Santos.

    With more than 25 years’ experience in domestic and global markets, Phaedra is one of Australia’s strongest advocates for the role gas continues to play in the energy transition to diversified and renewable energy in Australia. She began her career in law, before moving into the business side of the energy industry.

    At AGL, Phaedra managed the sourcing and origination of gas, power and coal deals while navigating the transition to firmed renewables. She played a lead role in the company’s LNG import project. During her years at Santos, she held commercial, corporate, gas and LNG marketing positions.

    Phaedra is the first female CEO of Solstice Energy and is a vocal advocate for women in leadership. At Solstice Energy, Phaedra has introduced gender-neutral parental leave supports that help remove the onus on women to drop out of the workplace for parental responsibilities for extended periods and reduce the impact this can have on career progression. Solstice Energy also pays superannuation for the first 12 months of parental leave, whether paid or unpaid, helping build gender equity in superannuation balances and improve women’s economic security in retirement.

    Solstice Energy is an electricity retailer and the gas network distributor and largest gas retailer in Tasmania. It is also pursuing new projects, such as bio-fuels and renewable gases, as part of the state’s future energy mix, further cementing it as a diversified energy company.

  • Renae Gasmier
    Head of Customer Assets, EnergyAustralia

    Session: Keeping consumers at the centre of the energy transition

    Renae has over 20 years’ experience working in roles that reimagine how business and urban places can deliver impactful outcomes in sustainability.

    Renae has held senior leadership roles at purpose-led companies like JLL, Horizon Power, Synergy, RACV & Medibank leading influential programs such as Project Symphony, community battery rollouts, EV strategy and creating the WA State Government Schools Virtual Power Plant.

    Before joining EnergyAustralia, Renae was JLL’s Head of Sustainability Consulting, where she worked with Australia’s largest built environment energy users, in reducing emissions and leveraging solar, battery and electric vehicles.

    Renae joined EnergyAustralia in 2023, where she leads the Customer Assets team, by making it easier and more accessible for customers to play a role in the energy transition, through providing behind-the-meter solutions, like batteries and solar, orchestrated in EnergyAustralia’s virtual power plant.

  • Margot Hammond
    Transmission Social Performance Manager, Western Power

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can we build support and secure social license for the clean energy transition?

    Margot Hammond is the Transition Social Performance Manager at Western Power and has the exciting role of managing the development and implementation of social performance framework and strategy to support transmission expansion projects across the network.

    With more than 15 years of experience in communications and engagement, and a proven track record of managing extensive stakeholder relationships, business governance, and sustainability and community investment across the sectors of arts, commercial, government, and large infrastructure among others, Margot is well placed in integrating social considerations into Western Power’s transition to a cleaner and more resilient energy system for Western Australia. Her success in building strong and diverse professional teams that deliver social impact assessments, strategic engagement, environmental performance, land management, and statutory approvals is well known across industry and her contribution to social investment performance and innovation has been recognised by an Australian Institute of Energy Women in Energy Award.

  • Anthea Harris
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Energy Regulator

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How do we create the energy workplace of the future and what part will you play as a driver of change?

    Anthea has a long and distinguished career in the Australian energy and climate change industry.

    Anthea was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Security Board (ESB). Prior to this, Anthea was Deputy Secretary of the Energy Group within the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

    Anthea has previously been Chief Executive Officer of the Climate Change Authority, having established this agency from the ground up, and has held senior roles within the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

    Anthea also led the Secretariat for the National Emissions Trading Taskforce and has previously worked at the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs and Resources, Frontier Economics, the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Productivity Commission.

  • Sabiene Heindl
    Chief Executive Officer, The Energy Charter

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can we build support and secure social license for the clean energy transition?

    Sabiene Heindl is the CEO of the Energy Charter - a unique coalition of like-minded energy organisations with a shared purpose and passion for customers and communities. Previously in the CEO Office at Energy Consumers Australia, Sabiene has held a range of senior leadership roles across the energy, telecommunications, media and legal sectors focused on transformational change. With a background as a corporate lawyer, she holds an Executive MBA from Brown University (USA) and IE Business School (Spain), BA Laws (First Class Honours) and BA Int Business. She is passionate about inspiring human-centred decision making and outcomes in the energy transition.

    LinkedIn: Sabiene Heindl

  • Chloe Hicks
    Executive Director, Strategy and Policy, EnergyCo

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can the sector rapidly increase the pace of renewable development to meet 2030 targets?

    Chloe Hicks is the Executive Director of Strategy and Policy at the Energy Corporation of NSW (EnergyCo). She is responsible for driving EnergyCo’s regulatory processes, strategic policy advice, and business strategy.

    With extensive experience in energy policy and government processes, Chloe has been instrumental in delivering major energy, climate change, and economic reforms, including the NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap, Renewable Energy Zones (REZs), and enabling legislation.

    She is passionate about ensuring energy infrastructure is developed in a way that benefits consumers and regional communities. As a Churchill Fellowship recipient, Chloe will travel to the US, Canada, UK, and Europe later in 2023 to study global best practices to inform the implementation of REZs in NSW.

  • Catherine Hollyman
    Founder & Leadership Communication Strategist & Coach, Behind the Scenes Communications

    Session: Masterclass A: Transforming leadership to transform teams

    Catherine firmly believes that every leader has a powerful contribution to make to the world. But they can’t do it alone. They need to connect with and influence their team, customers, suppliers, investors and networks to support them on the journey. And this requires effective leadership communication.

    In fact, as the world leverages the power of technology, digital and social media, virtual reality, automation and AI, the power of - and need for - effective interpersonal communication skills grows stronger, especially for leaders.

    It’s with this in mind, that Catherine’s mission is to equip both current and future leaders and with the knowledge, skills, resources and confidence to communicate in a way that connects more meaningfully with their stakeholders and increases their ability to influence others so they can achieve their goals and make a positive impact.

    For over 20 years, through her individual coaching, group workshops and strategic consultancy, Catherine has empowered leaders at Fortune 500 organisations, some of Australia’s leading corporates and small-to-medium businesses, as well as entrepreneurs as they launch and scale their start-ups to realise their full potential.

    She hopes she can do the same for you.

  • Renee Ingram
    General Manager - Emerging Projects, Transgrid

    Session: Leading through the promise & pitfalls of the clean energy transition

    With over 15 years in development new infrastructure projects Renee has recently left the water industry to join Transgrid and pursue her passion leading the transition to a clean energy future. Renee works alongside, and partners with agencies to deliver sustainable commercial outcomes that support the energy transition and meet government and investor objectives. With proven influencing skills and significant experience in stakeholder engagement and commercial negotiation Renee brings a proven track record of working collaboratively across boundaries and breaking down silos to deliver large scale infrastructure projects.

    Renee holds a Bachelor of Laws and is registered with the Australian Institute of Chartered Secretaries. Renee works as a professional mentor to young leaders and as an avid cyclist, volunteers for Tour de Cure raising money for cancer research.

  • Alida Jansen van Vuuren
    Head of Distribution System Operator (DSO), Ausgrid

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can the sector rapidly increase the pace of renewable development to meet 2030 targets?

    Alida has 15 years’ experience within energy networks in Australia and the UK and enjoys engaging with a wide range of stakeholders and embedding change into complex organisations and systems. At Ausgrid, Alida is leading the transformation of the business into a Distribution System Operator (DSO) to support the transition to a decentralised, decarbonised, and digitalised energy system. Her team is focused on unlocking the most value for and from customer owned energy resources and developing new network services, such arrangements for virtual power plants in Project Edith and maturing network service provided Community Battery models. Alida has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of South Australia and a Master of Science in Public Policy from University College London.

  • Marghanita Johnson
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Aluminium Council

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can the sector rapidly increase the pace of renewable development to meet 2030 targets?

    Marghanita Johnson has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Aluminium Council since 2019. She has over 25 years’ experience in the Australian mining and manufacturing sectors, predominantly within the aluminium industry. Prior to joining the Council she led government engagement and advocacy on behalf of Rio Tinto’s Pacific Aluminium assets and prior to that held key climate and sustainability roles at Rio Tinto.

    Marghanita has Environmental Engineering and Chemistry degrees from the University of Western Australia. She is currently a Chair of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network and a Non-Executive Director of Alpha HPA Limited and the Energy Users Association of Australia. She has previously been a non-executive director on the boards of the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter and the Tomago Aluminium Company.

  • Joanna Kay
    General Manager, Zero Carbon Hydrogen Australia

    Session: What role will hydrogen & renewable gases play in Australia’s energy market?

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can the sector rapidly increase the pace of renewable development to meet 2030 targets?

    Joanna Kay is the General Manager for Zero Carbon Hydrogen Australia- leading the organisation to promote and develop renewable hydrogen as a sustainable fuel source for the future. Joanna joins the Smart Energy Council after working as the Australia Government Specialist Advisor to the International Solar Alliance. A role based in Delhi, India where Joanna was focused on advocating for the clean energy transition globally, energy access and energy security. Joanna experience spans both private and public sectors, in Australia, China and India. Joanna’s experience will be integral in growing the presence of renewable hydrogen in Australia and internationally.

  • Jessica Kite
    Development Director NSW, Star of the South

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can we build support and secure social license for the clean energy transition?

    Jessica Kite is the NSW Development Director at Southerly Ten, a specialist offshore wind energy developer and the most advanced offshore wind proponent in Australia. Jess draws on her 16 years of experience in complex planning and infrastructure across both public and private sectors to deliver project development activities for Destiny Wind, Southerly Ten’s proposed Hunter offshore wind project. She is focussed on building trusted relationships with community, government and industry to advance the offshore wind sector in NSW, and applying the approach and learnings gained from Star of the South in Gippsland. Jess also co-chairs a Women’s Leadership committee and enjoys contributing to discussion in industry and community domains.

  • Vedran Kovac
    Executive General Manager Commercial, Hydro Tasmania

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Fixing the system, not the women: how can men and women work together to drive diversity, equity & inclusion?

    Vedran is the Executive General Manager, Commercial at Hydro Tasmania.

    Vedran has been with Hydro Tasmania for 20 years, mostly in Physical Trading, Generation Control and Forecasting functions. Hydro Tasmania operates 30 power stations, across 52 storages and is the largest manager of water in Australia and largest producer of renewable energy. In these roles, predictions and correlations of rainfall, wind intensity and temperature are a key input in success both in short and long term.

  • Emily Marschke
    Professional Programs & Operations Manager, The Australian Power Institute

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How do we create the energy workplace of the future and what part will you play as a driver of change?

    Emily Marschke is a Chartered Engineer with a diverse background in government, research, and higher education. With a solid foundation in operations, project, and research management, Emily is currently the Program and Operations Manager at the Australia Power Institute (API), where she oversees comprehensive professional program and operational management. Her responsibilities include managing the Powerful Women’s Program within API’s suite of professional programs.

    Emily's academic credentials include a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master’s degree in Engineering Science, with a specialisation in Process Management and Implementation. This academic foundation has underpinned her successful career, marked by significant contributions to various sectors.

    A passion for stakeholder engagement and change management has been a driving force in Emily's career. Her expertise in these areas has led her to impactful roles in business development, where she has established enduring professional relationships across industry, government, and academia. These connections have propelled her to board positions and advisory roles, leveraging her extensive managerial experience in engineering and her deep understanding of the engineering industry, universities, and government sectors.

    Beyond her technical and managerial expertise, Emily is dedicated to continuous learning and professional growth, consistently staying at the forefront of industry advancements. Her commitment not only enhances her capabilities but also contributes significantly to the growth and success of the organisations she serves.

  • Shahana McKenzie
    Chief Executive Officer, Bioenergy Australia

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can we build support and secure social license for the clean energy transition?

    Since joining Bioenergy Australia in 2017 Shahana has led the creation of important industry alliances including the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Alliance of Australia and New Zealand, the Renewable Gas Alliance and the Cleaner Fuels Alliance.  She has successfully advocated for Australia’s first Bioenergy Roadmap released by the former Energy and Climate Change Minister Angus Taylor and more recently the creation of a Jet Zero Council for Australia announced by Minister King. Shahana is the creator of the Renewable Gas Challenge charged with replacing 20% of Australia’s domestic gas with renewable sources by 2030.  Bioenergy Australia has increased membership by 400% under her tenure and now includes leading domestic and global brands.

    Shahana has a reputation for building strong collaborative relationships within industry and government. She previously sat on the ASBEC Cities and Infrastructure taskforces, was a co-convener of the Living Cities Alliance, a member of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities, and was invited to sit on the Federal Government’s Cities Reference Group Chaired by the Minister for Cities, Angus Taylor. Listed in The Australian – Black Book of Green People, Shahana founded public campaigns including the Living Cities Alliance, The International Festival of Landscape Architecture, My Park Rules, Parks Changing Australia and KIDSCAPE.

  • Elizabeth Molyneux
    Deputy Secretary - Energy, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)

    Session: Fueling the future: strategies to attract women across life stages to the energy sector

    Elizabeth Molyneux is the Deputy Secretary, Energy and commenced in the role in October 2022. With 25 years of experience in energy markets and policy reform, including as a senior executive at AGL Energy, Elizabeth has demonstrated significant expertise in energy wholesale and retail markets, network regulation, new energy technologies and consumer protection frameworks.

    Elizabeth brings a strong focus on consumer outcomes in a dynamic period of change and transition in Victorian and national energy systems. With her background, Elizabeth is well placed to support the Victorian Government’s leadership in energy policy and programs, new energy supply chain investments, regional economic development opportunities and the decarbonisation of gas, transport and industrial systems in Victoria.

    Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science and post graduate qualifications in Economics and Applied Finance and Investment.

  • Violette Mouchaileh
    Executive General Manager Reform Delivery, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

    Session: The latest policy & regulatory trends & their impact on the sector

    Violette’s role focuses on delivering reforms and market changes.

    Prior to moving to her current role in December 2018, Violette held various roles at AEMO in market design development, market change implementation and operations.

    Violette previously held roles driving energy market policy in the Commonwealth government and working on competition policy initiatives at the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Her experience includes economic regulation, energy policy development, development of regulatory frameworks, market development and design, and market change implementation.

  • Janine Rayner
    Program Director, Centre for New Energy Technologies (C4NET)

    Session: ROUNDTABLE 3: Re-engineering the grid

    Janine Rayner is the Program Director at the Centre for New Energy Technologies, with a focus on the Enhanced System Plan. Janine is responsible for the coordination and delivery of the collaborative work between Australian university researchers and distribution network service providers with the goal of establishing a coordinated future-based solution for energy networks in the energy transition.

    With almost 20 years experience in the energy sector, Janine’s knowledge sits across industry, policy and regulatory environments with a particular insight into consumer experiences. She draws on this to bring a system-based approach to her work in considering the current energy market and how it transitions to the benefit of the Australian community. Janine holds a Masters of Environmental Management from UNSW.

  • Bronwyn See
    Director, Australian Gas Industry Trust

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How do we create the energy workplace of the future and what part will you play as a driver of change?

    Session: Leading through technical expertise: balancing technical proficiency with leadership skills

    Bronwyn is a distinguished Strategy and Growth Manager, renowned for her expertise in driving sustainable initiatives within the energy and infrastructure sectors. With a distinguished career spanning over two decades in energy and infrastructure, Bronwyn is a trusted advisor to governments and industry leaders, spearheading initiatives to phase out coal and pave the way for a greener future.

    As a Fellow of the Asialink Foundation at the University of Melbourne, Bronwyn collaborates with diverse stakeholders to develop comprehensive frameworks that balance economic imperatives with sustainability. Working closely with energy professionals throughout Asia, she champions initiatives to accelerate the transition to clean energy, leveraging my acknowledged expertise in green hydrogen and other low carbon fuels.

    Bronwyn's multifaceted background encompasses a spectrum of roles, from orchestrating large-scale LNG projects to fostering community engagement in renewable energy initiatives to implementing circular economy outcomes. She is an awarded speaker and influencer, inspiring audiences with her adept communication skills and insights into green hydrogen and low carbon fuels.

    Bronwyn leads by example, forging strategic partnerships and driving meaningful change. Her commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions underscores her dedication to propelling the world towards a brighter, more resilient future.

  • Clea Smith
    Chief Executive Officer, Tradeswomen Australia

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Fixing the system, not the women: how can men and women work together to drive diversity, equity & inclusion?

    Clea Smith joined Tradeswomen Australia as CEO in January 2024. Clea was formally an Australian cricketer, General Manager at the Australian Cricketers' Association and is currently a Director on the board of Cricket Australia. Clea has advocated for gender equality in each of these roles and has seen transformational change for female athletes on and off the field.

    Clea looks forward to transferring her skills and experience in sport in her role at Tradeswomen Australia to increase the number of women succeeding in male dominated trades.

    Clea has held previous leadership roles as CEO at The Mind Room and Social Enterprise Network Victoria (SENVIC). She has an MBA (2019) and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sport Coaching and Administration (1999).

  • Sarah Thurstans
    GM Retail, Solstice Energy

    Session: Destigmatising renewable energy & driving progress & career growth in renewables

    Sarah is the General Manager of Retail at Solstice Energy, responsible for Solstice Energy residential, commercial and industrial customers, energy procurement and marketing. Sarah joined Solstice Energy in 2021 and has recently lead the successful rebrand of the organisation from Tas Gas to Solstice, as part of a broader business transformation. Having previously worked in various leadership roles in AGL Retail, with experience in Third Party Sales channels, Marketing and Customer loyalty Sarah is committed to bringing new energy to the Tasmanian market. Prior to AGL, Sarah had a background in Financial and Identity Services at Australia Post and earlier in her career working at Lloyds TSB in London.

  • Renate Vogt
    Executive General Manager Regulation, CitiPower and Powercor

    Session: Reimagining energy engagement: consumer trends and future marketing strategies

    Session: ROUNDTABLE 1: Putting consumers first - the consumer as the hero for the future of net zero

    Renate is General Manager of Regulation for CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy. She is an experienced executive with over 20 years’ experience in electricity infrastructure, including working for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Australian Energy Regulator, AusNet Services and CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy.

    Renate’s remit includes revenue and market regulation, electricity innovation, developing commercial non-regulated business streams, customer engagement and development of corporate plans. 

    Renate’s experience includes government, regulatory, customer and shareholder relations. Renate is a strong advocate for customer outcomes and has been directly involved in cultural transformation of customer engagement and aligning business and customer objectives.

    Renate has also actively participated in the development of CitiPower’s, Powercor’s and United Energy’s energy transformation strategy and the design and implementation of innovative and cost-effective solutions for the electrification of Victoria.

    Renate has a Bachelor Commerce (degree with honours) and Bachelor of Arts degree from Melbourne University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors.

  • Suzanne Westgate
    General Manager of Land Property and Approvals, Transgrid

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can we build support and secure social license for the clean energy transition?

    Suzanne is GM of Land, Property & Approvals at Transgrid, and is an enthusiastic, passionate leader with over 20 years’ experience in the energy and utilities sectors, specialising in property, land & approvals, workplace accommodation, and real estate strategy. A recognised expert in energy, planning, and environmental law, Suzanne has led teams across a range of property-based disciplines, with responsibility for delivering land access and acquisition strategies, environmental approvals, biodiversity strategies, workplace projects, facilities services and real estate strategies across gas, solar, wind, power station and transmission sectors.