Conference

Climate Smart Engineering

8.00 am — 7.00 pm AEST, 22 August 2024
81 North Quay, Brisbane, QLD 4000
W Brisbane
Taking charge of the energy transition

This is your opportunity to collaborate with, learn from and become one of the real-world problem solvers who’ll take us to net zero. 

Our upcoming Climate Smart Engineering Conference 2024 (CSE24) brings together some of the profession’s best and brightest thought leaders and stakeholders to navigate one of the most critical challenges in tackling climate change: the clean energy transition. 

To build a net zero future, we have to get this part right – so this event is a must-attend for engineers of every discipline and sector, including the energy, infrastructure, design, construction, transport, defence, education and government sectors. You'll find a program designed to inspire innovative solutions, accelerate progress and achieve the energy transition we all need.

What you can expect from CSE24

  • Hear from experts about the latest thinking, technology and advancements that can increase the impact of projects and strategic plans.
  • Get immersed in an interactive plenary program of industry leaders discussing and debating current challenges and solutions.
  • Explore the most pressing key topics, share knowledge and connect with a network of professionals who share a vision for a clean energy world.
     

Ready to play your part in the energy transition?

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Climate Smart Engineering 2024
Romilly Madew AO

Welcome to Engineers Australia’s Climate Smart Engineering Conference, CSE24.

This year, in August we will be bringing you an engaging, one-day program focused on our most significant climate challenge – the clean energy transition. 

The shift to renewable and cleaner energy alternatives requires innovative engineering solutions that balance reliability, affordability and sustainability. 

Our flagship annual conference is your opportunity to hear from a wide range of experts in climate smart engineering, learn from successful technical solutions and strategies and connect with your peers. 

CSE24 brings you the latest insights and engineering innovations – examining everything from the role of digital technology and AI to the challenges of decarbonising transport and upskilling in renewable energy. 

Navigating regulatory and policy frameworks and taking a system-of-systems approach to planning our future energy systems will also be key themes. 

Now in its fourth year, CSE24 is dedicated to addressing climate change from the engineering perspective.

With engineers and industry poised to play a major role in Australia’s clean energy transition, this is your opportunity to network, connect and collaborate to build a better and more sustainable world.

We can’t wait to see you at CSE24. 

Contact us

If you have any questions about CSE24, email us at [email protected]

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 Full conference
Standard registration prices 
Member$900
Non-member$1100
Student$350
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Student$350

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Inclusions

Full registration includes:

  • In-person participation at CSE24.  
  • Access to all plenary sessions within the program.
  • Access to the networking reception.
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

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Speakers

CSE24 has an exciting line-up of expert speakers. 

Master of ceremonies

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Arron Wood AM – Master of ceremonies
Sustainable business expert

Arron Wood is a sustainable business expert and former Deputy Lord Mayor for the City of Melbourne, and is a News Ltd Telstra Micro Business Award winner.

At the pulse of what makes Melbourne an incredible city, Arron is Chair of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and currently serves on the South East Water Board, and previously Chaired the Melbourne Ecocity World Summit Advisory Board and was a member of the Fisherman’s Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee.

In 2020 Arron was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to local government, to the environment and to the community of Melbourne.

 

Speakers

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Dominic Adams
General Manager Networks, Energy Networks Australia

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

Dominic has more than 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.

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Mia Barnard MIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
Transport Decarbonisation Lead – Australia, GHD

Mia is the Australian Lead for Transport Decarbonisation at GHD, a global, multidisciplinary professional services firm that grew from a small engineering practice in Melbourne in 1928 into the global professional services company it is today, with more than 11,000 employees in 200 offices on five continents.

Mia has a bold vision of what the future of transport could look like and understands the power of the transport ecosystem to create connected and thriving communities. She brings a unique combination of senior leadership and international experience forged by the balanced portfolios she held over the last 23 years. 

Mia holds a Master of Science and Engineering degree in Civil Engineering.   

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Jacqui Bridge FIEAust CPEng EngExec
Executive General Manager Energy Futures, Powerlink Queensland

Jacqui is the Executive General Manager Energy Futures at Powerlink Queensland leading the corporate strategy, energy regulation, energy markets and energy policy functions. In this role, Jacqui is driving the energy transformation, including input and support for the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, planning and delivery of the Queensland Supergrid and Renewable Energy Zones. 

With more than 25 years of experience in the energy sector, Jacqui engages with stakeholders to understand customer needs and influence the development of policy and regulatory frameworks for the future power system.

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Roger Buckley FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
Fleet Decarbonisation Manager, Aurizon

Roger has more than 30 years experience in design, integration and project delivery in defence, toll systems and rail. After nine years as Aurizon’s Chief Engineer, Roger leads Aurizon’s Fleet Decarbonisation Programme. The programme includes the development and testing of zero emission vehicles, technical research and emission reduction projects targeted to have immediate impact on Aurizon’s operational emission intensity. 

Roger has throughout his career been part of or lead multi-disciplinary specialists to achieve project oriented goals utilising new technologies. As a Fellow of both Engineers Australia and IMechE he actively encourages engineers to set and achieve their career and personal aspirations.

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Paulomi Burey
Associate Professor, University of Southern Queensland

Associate Professor Paulomi (Polly) Burey leads the Sustainable Industry Design research group within the Centre for Future Materials at the University of Southern Queensland where she oversees a research portfolio of more than $13M. 

Polly is currently co-Director of two major research programs, The New Options for Waste And Saving The Environment (NO WASTE) and Sustainable Industry Manufacturing Planning for Long-term Ecosystems (SIMPLE). The NO WASTE pilot precinct has a system and product design focus to develop alternate pathways for ‘waste’ material from regional to metropolitan scales. The (SIMPLE Hub focuses more on manufacturing circular economies spanning resource, medical, sustainable energy and advanced manufacturing sectors.

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Gillian Cagney
President Australia and New Zealand, Worley

Gillian Cagney was appointed President Australia and New Zealand in July 2020 to deliver Worley’s ambition of being recognised as a global leader in sustainability solutions across the region.

Gillian leads a team of more than 4500 people with responsibility for the financial and operational performance of Worley’s business in Australia and New Zealand, as well as Mongolia and Papua New Guinea.

She is passionate about working with a broad range of stakeholders from customers through to government and industry groups to support the region’s transition to a low carbon future and deliver sustainable, resilient infrastructure that improves our shared economic and social well-being, helping achieve gender equality and raise the profile of women in STEM.

Gillian joined Worley in Ireland in 2004 and since then has held various positions in engineering, project and portfolio management, and operational management in Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. She relocated to Australia in 2005 and has held project engineering and senior leadership role across several industries.

Gillian graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland in 2001. She is a member of Chief Executive Women, the Champions of Change Coalition and a Board member of the Venture Taranaki Trust.

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Meheroop Chopra
Head of Green Power, Fortescue

As the Head of the Green Power portfolio for Fortescue’s flagship decarbonisation project, Meheroop stands at the forefront of advancing cutting-edge renewable energy solutions. Fortescue, a global leader in iron ore production and sustainable energy, has set the world's most ambitious decarbonisation target, Real Zero by 2030.

Meheroop oversees a portfolio with a projected cost exceeding USD $3 billion upon completion. This comprehensive initiative includes the development of large-scale wind and solar farms, gigawatt level energy storage systems, and a green fuel-based power station. The integration of these components is meticulously managed through sophisticated power and grid management systems. Once complete, Fortescue will own one of the world's largest standalone variable energy grids, enabling complete decarbonisation of its mining operations.

With a background spanning 17 years, Meheroop brings extensive expertise in oil and gas, renewables and mining projects. His experience encompasses project development, commissioning, start-up, and operational support for natural gas distribution networks, LNG plants, and renewable energy projects.

Before joining Fortescue, Meheroop dedicated over nine years to Chevron Australia, contributing to the success of the $USD 100 billion Gorgon and Wheatstone projects. His role involved supporting both project and operations teams, ensuring the smooth commissioning and start-up transition into safe and reliable operations.

Meheroop holds an Honors Engineering degree from Curtin University in Perth as well as a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the same institution. 

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Gerard Coggan
Coordinator-General, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

Gerard Coggan commenced as Queensland Coordinator-General in January 2024, and has the responsibility to lead the coordination and facilitation of Queensland's major infrastructure projects and drive sustainable development and economic growth across the state.

Mr Coggan has more than 25 years’ experience in infrastructure project management and consulting and has a demonstrated history of steering work through complex environmental sustainability and community engagement processes.

Prior to this role, he has worked in both the private and public sectors, most recently engaged as a General Manager at APA Group.

As an independent officer of the state reporting directly to the Minister for State Development and Infrastructure, the Coordinator-General is relied upon to drive and deliver economic opportunities for Queensland. As the Coordinator-General, Mr Coggan plays a critical role in leveraging significant, wide-ranging regulatory powers to plan, deliver and coordinate large-scale projects, while ensuring their environmental and social impacts are properly managed. 

Mr Coggan is an advocate for the Queensland Government’s Path to Treaty, joint Government Champion for the Yarrabah Aboriginal Community and the department’s Executive Sponsor for the Yhurri Gurri framework and implementation plan.

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Simon Corbell
Board Chair, SEC Victoria

Simon Corbell has worked in climate and energy policy in the government and private sectors for two decades. 

He has held multiple portfolios as a minister in the ACT Government including Deputy Chief Minister, climate change, energy, planning, environment and transport. During this time, he led the delivery of the ACT’s 100 per cent renewable energy program and the development of Stage 1 of the Canberra light rail project. 

Between 2020-24 Simon was CEO and board chair of the Clean Energy Investor Group. In May 2024 he was appointed board chair of SEC Victoria by the Victorian Government.

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Dr Stephen Craig
Smart Energy Mission Lead, CSIRO

Dr Stephen Craig is the Mission Lead for the Smart Energy Mission at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency.

Stephen has more than 25 years of experience in applied research, strategy development and commercial innovation in systems engineering, digital technologies, and communications. Prior to joining CSIRO, Stephen led the national centre of excellence for Digital Engineering at Boeing Defence Australia, and he was Head of Strategy and Business Development at a spatial data analytics start-up.

Stephen received his PhD in climate system modelling from Stockholm University. He spent many years in Sweden in leadership roles in mobile communication systems research, development and optimisation at Ericsson before returning to Australia in 2015.

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Jack Curtis
Chief Commercial and Operations Officer, Neara

Commercial and operations executive with more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry across the entire commercial, project and financial chain in 25-plus countries.

Currently, Chief Commercial and Operations Officer at Neara, overseeing all Neara’s commercial initiatives globally. Lead domestic and international go-to-market strategies, customer acquisition, and the expansion of Neara’s software platform into critical areas of value creation for network utility partners. Also responsible for Neara’s financial and operational activities, including capital requirements and investor relations.

Prior to Neara, Senior Vice President at First Solar, leading international commercial and project activities outside the Americas, including the development and realisation of a multi-gigawatt pipeline of renewable energy projects and a $1.1 billion annual P&L.

Prior to First Solar, worked at Goldman Sachs in the investment banking division in New York, focused on power and utilities.

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Professor John Fletcher
Director, UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute

Professor John Fletcher is an electrical engineer who specialises in power electronics, electrical machine drives and electric propulsion.

John leads industry focused research through UNSW’s Digital Grid Futures Institute which he directs, the Electrification and Energy Systems Network of NSW Government's Decarbonisation Innovation Hub that he co-leads and the TRaCE Trailblazer Electrification Co-theme Lead.

John’s collaborations bring together more than 50 interdisciplinary researchers spanning PhDs to leading energy researchers to translate groundbreaking research in areas as diverse as renewable energy generation, energy storage, grid resilience and stability, industrial machines and processes, through to electric vehicles and drones. John’s leadership has produced 25 high potential innovations including software, hardware and algorithms spanning the full spectrum of Technology Readiness.

Previously as Director of Scotland’s Technology Translation Network, John built a national network of researchers focused on supporting SMEs in their R&D efforts, and in Australia has worked with more than 20 SMEs and large industry partners including AGL, AEMO, Schneider and Dovetail Aeronautical.

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Peter Halliday
Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Australia and New Zealand

Peter Halliday is the CEO of Siemens Australia and New Zealand. In a career spanning 25 years at Siemens, Peter has been involved in some of the most important building infrastructure projects in the world. 

Prior to becoming CEO in Australia, he held senior roles in Asia and Europe including as the global head of Siemens’ Building Performance and Sustainability business. Peter joined Siemens Australia as CEO in 2022, a milestone 150th anniversary year for Siemens in the region. 

He is passionate about the role of people combined with technology and digitalisation in energy, infrastructure and industry to accelerate outcomes for Australia and the world.

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Heidi Hauf
Global Sustainability Advisor

Heidi has 20 years’ experience working in strategic advisory, policy and project leadership with business, government and NGOs globally.    

Most recently, Heidi led Boeing Australia’s sustainable aviation activity, building sustainability capability in the APAC region, supporting Australian businesses and developing partnerships that advanced aerospace sustainability globally. Heidi was appointed as a member of the Australian Jet Zero Council and Sustainable Aviation Aotearoa in 2023. She has chaired several industry bodies and served as a non-executive director. In 2023, Heidi was recognised in The Australian Top 100 Green Power List. 

A graduate of the Royal Military College-Duntroon, Heidi started her career as an intelligence officer in the Australian Army, since then has worked on systemic sustainability issues advising business leaders, developing corporate sustainability strategies, shaping government policy and leading research in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, East Africa, Europe and the UK. Heidi currently lives in Brisbane, on Jagera and Turrbal Country.   

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Marghanita Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Aluminium Council

Marghanita Johnson has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Aluminium Council since 2019. She has more than 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.

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Mike Kaiser
Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Mike Kaiser is Director-General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. He leads the department which oversees the public sector and delivers government priorities for Queensland. He brings more than 30 years’ experience to the role, having built a successful career in private and public sector leadership and consultancy.

Most recently, Mike was Director-General of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and the Department of Resources. Other public sector experiences include working as chief of staff to premiers in both Queensland and New South Wales.

In the corporate sector, Mike was a partner at KPMG and led the business change and improvement function at NBNCo.

Mike completed his academic qualifications at the University of Queensland, earning bachelor degrees in electrical engineering and economics as well as a Graduate Certificate in Management. He is also a member of a number of boards including the board of Cross River Rail Delivery Authority and Economic Development Queensland.

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Professor Bruce Mountain
Director of the Victoria Energy Policy Centre, Victoria University

Bruce Mountain is the Director of the Victoria Energy Policy Centre at Victoria University. For three decades he has been active as a consultant and researcher in strategy, policy and economics focused on the electricity industry. He has lived and worked in South Africa, England and Australia and undertaken consultancies in several other countries. 

He has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in electrical engineering and is professionally qualified in electrical engineering and accountancy. His PhD was on the political economy of electricity network regulation in Australia.

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Colette Munro MIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
Pacific Zone President, Schneider Electric

Highly regarded for her experience and expertise in digitalisation for the energy, mining and infrastructure, Schneider Electric’s Pacific Zone President Colette Munro is responsible for its next era of success in the region’s key markets. 

Supporting businesses, teams and individuals to embrace different ways of working, Colette is passionate about the impact of digital technologies, particularly for environmental and social outcomes. 

As a member of Schneider’s International Operations Management Committee, she is focused on delivering profitable growth, increasing market share, accelerating digital and field services, and strengthening the company’s position in the new energy landscape. 

A Chartered engineer, Colette brings extensive international experience in electrical engineering, industrial control and infrastructure design. 

Previously, Colette held various leadership roles in innovation and digital transformation at Citect and as a former 13-year Schneider Electric veteran. Most recently, she was Global Chief Digital Officer at the leading infrastructure consulting firm, AECOM. 

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James Oliver MIEAust CPEng NER
Chief Operating Officer, Stanwell Corporation Limited

James is an experienced senior business leader with more than 30 years’ experience in the mining, material handling and power generation industries. He is passionate about developing the leaders around him to create successful and sustainable business leadership teams that consistently deliver on commitments.

James started as Chief Operating Officer in 2018 and provides leadership and direction for Stanwell’s operations through the Operations Leadership Team. This has included leading the operations teams through some of the most challenging market circumstances ever encountered within the National Electricity Market and the changes resulting from the COVID pandemic. Through these challenges Stanwell has continued to deliver safe, secure and reliable generation while at the same time creating projects and opportunities to effectively transition to a firmed renewable market in line with the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan.

James joined Stanwell in 2003 and has held a number of operational roles including General Manager Operational Excellence, Stanwell Power Station Site Manager, Stanwell Power Station Production Manager and Stanwell Power Station Engineering Manager.

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Dr Jordan Parham MIEAust
Strategic Initiatives and Partnership Director, HILT CRC

Jordan's career has been dedicated to the research and development of energy technologies to support the transition to a low-carbon future. This has included research studies and management at the University of Adelaide, the University of Edinburgh and as an engineer and executive at FCT-Combustion, a world leader in supplying combustion equipment to high temperature industries and 1414 Degrees Ltd, an ASX listed company developing thermal energy storage technology and the Aurora renewable energy project. 

His extensive experience includes leading teams to deliver local, national and international projects, combining his unique technical experience with strategic, leadership, business and project management skills. 

In his current role at HILT CRC Jordan combines his background in developing clean thermal energy technology and understanding of the heavy industry sector to foster collaboration between industry, research and government to de-risk and accelerate the decarbonisation of heavy industry.

 

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Joeley Pettit
General Manager Sustainability, Australasian Railway Association

Joeley Pettit is a sustainability and corporate affairs leader with experience working across a wide range of industries, including rail, aviation, professional services, resources and health.

Initially joining the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) to lead its corporate affairs strategy, Joeley established the ARA’s growing sustainability portfolio, launching its first sustainability strategy in 2021.

She believes rail has a crucial role to play in the sustainable development of our cities and communities and is focused on highlighting the essential work of the industry to support the nation's growth and success.

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Peter Price 
Chief Engineer, Energy Queensland

Peter was appointed to the Energy Queensland Executive in November 2016 and is responsible for leading the group’s engineering and asset management strategies, which includes the safe and efficient management of the group’s electricity distribution networks. Peter is also accountable for the Energy Queensland corporate strategy and regulatory outcomes. 

Prior to joining Energy Queensland, Mr Price was a member of Energex’s executive management team for 10 years undertaking a number of roles which included managing and leading capital planning and program delivery, asset management, procurement, regulatory issues and the growth of new commercial business.  

He has a strong background in Queensland's skills and training sector including being Chair of Energy Skills Queensland, a Director of the TAFE Queensland Board.

Mr Price holds a bachelor degree (with honours) and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of AICD.

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Russell Reid
Senior Aboriginal Affairs and Participation Consultant and National RAP Relations Lead, WSP Australia

Russell is a Gamillaraay (Kamilaroi) man with an extensive history of working across multidisciplinary teams, especially in relation to Cultural Heritage and liaison with Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities. He brings strong and valuable experience building partnerships between Aboriginal organisations, businesses, people and projects.

Recently, Russell was the Aboriginal Affairs Adviser for the Transgrid Energy Connect Project – Border to Buronga, Buronga to Wagga Wagga, and brings a wealth of experience in Aboriginal engagement across a range of culturally complex infrastructure projects.

Russell is the National RAP Relations Lead for WSP in Australia, advising and helping to shape WSP’s actions that aim to bring about mutual understanding and learning that will ultimately serve to create a sustainable, vibrant and connected future.

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David Shankey
Deputy Director-General Energy Division, Department of Energy and Public Work

David Shankey was appointed Deputy Director-General of the Energy Division in the Department of Energy and Public Works in 2021. David led the division as it delivered Queensland’s 15-year Energy and Jobs Plan, the most significant and challenging energy reform agenda in the state’s history.

The plan provides the strategy for Queensland to move from coal fired to renewable generation within ten years while reducing carbon emissions from the electricity sector by 90 per cent by 2035. It also sets out the initiatives needed to manage the social impacts of the changes associated with the transition.

Queensland is the first state to articulate an infrastructure pathway out of coal and positions the state as a global leader in this field. David led the negotiations with Queensland energy trade unions and the development of the Queensland Energy Workers Charter.  

David has led the implementation of the plan including the setting up of Queensland Hydro and a $19 billion investment program through government owned corporations.  

Prior to his current role, David was Executive Director in the Energy Division for four years in multiple roles including Strategic Policy and Renewables. Prior to working for the Queensland Government, David worked in both the resources sector and in the media. The history of working on specialised energy topics and media means he can distil complex thinking around policy reform into understandable and deliverable steps. A history of working in Queensland means he can forge relationships across industry sectors and bring participants together to achieve outcomes by collaborating on strategies to achieve common goals.

David holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Law and Commerce.

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Greg Steele
Global President – Mobility, Arcadis
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Kate Summers FIEAust CPEng NER
Principal Consultant – Power Systems, Ekistica

Kate is an experienced power systems and control engineer with extensive electrical experience, market and regulatory knowledge. Her broad engineering knowledge has been gained over 29 years of engineering practice covering a wide range of practical field experience, power system analysis, transmission planning, operational control, regulatory compliance and project connection negotiation. She has worked on all aspects of renewable energy projects and is passionate and dedicated to bringing about an orderly transition to a low carbon future.

In 2020 Kate was jointly awarded National Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year for her work identifying the root cause of the deterioration in system frequency.

Kate’s recent focus is on the bulk integration of multiple large generation projects within new high voltage transmission networks for the Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone. Kate has been working on the challenges of how to tune and assess the stability of Inverter Based Resources (IBR) adopting frequency domain analysis and traditional control techniques suited for inverter technology. This work requires collaborative problem solving between the network developer and the generators. The use of advanced control engineering techniques will provide evidence that may enable connections to proceed when issues arise in complex time domain network models.

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Harry Sunarko FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
Lead Port and Marine Engineering, Fortescue Future Industries

Harry Sunarko leads the Port and Marine Engineering discipline at Fortescue Energy.  He is experienced in the design and development of port and marine infrastructure, across the energy, transport, resources sectors.  

In his role, Harry supports the selection, design and construction of port and marine infrastructure across the globe to support the construction of renewable energy projects and export of different hydrogen products.

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Sheree Taylor
Queensland Major Projects – Business Development Manager, BlueScope

Sheree has 18 years' experience across government relations, business development and supply chain across the manufacturing and construction industries. 

Sheree is a champion for local content, strong manufacturing economies and diversity. Steel plays a key and circular role in the renewable energy revolution; Sheree is well versed in BlueScope's decarbonisation journey and the new opportunities for steel and local businesses. 

Sheree sits on several Queensland government councils and is a non-executive board director at MSQ.

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Allys Todd
Co-Founder, ValAi

Allys Todd MAICD is the cofounder and Chief Executive of Val.Ai. Allys has a Bachelor of Technology from Flinders University. She has had a career in climate impact, carbon conservation and community collaboration.

Allys is a shared value partnership specialist with a Prime Minister's Award for Community and Business Partnership. Allys established the world's first art event carbon offset and carbon neutral event with Greening Australia, Arts Projects Australia and WOMADelaide (18 years strong). Allys has also led the Conservation Council of South Australia, as General Manager, and facilitated the South Australian Nature Alliance.

As a brain tumour survivor, Allys acts as an ambassador for the Neurosurgical Research Foundation of Australia.

Allys is a corporate speaker for the global organisation, Women in Climate.

Allys has provided thought leadership across key areas including sustainability, behaviour change, climate, technology and the Taskforce for Climate Related Financial Disclosures to corporates, governments and consultancy.

Having raised financial capital as a female cofounder, Allys is a strong supporter of reducing the gender investment gap and an active member of UBS Global Female Founder Collective, Climate Salad, EnergyLab and Coralus.

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Lizzie Webb
Head of Programs, The Next Economy

Lizzie is a social business leader and entrepreneur. She has 20 years of experience leading start-up organisations and teams in the non-profit and social enterprises sectors across Australia and South-East Asia. Her background in environmental engineering means that Lizzie brings a practical and systems-based approach to her work, which she combines with a deep commitment to building highly motivated and effective teams.

Lizzie’s core skill set includes organisational leadership and governance, enterprise design and business model development, strategic planning, partnership brokering, business development and fundraising. During the past two years a significant portion of Lizzie’s work has been with First Nations entrepreneurs establishing new businesses to create meaningful, on-country employment.

Lizzie has held CEO positions with Kindred Spirits Enterprises and Engineers Without Borders Australia. She also has significant experience as a voluntary director with various social enterprises and non-profit boards including xpand Foundation, FREO2 Foundation, ATEC, Robogals, Co-Design Studio and The Next Economy. 

Lizzie’s contribution to humanitarian engineering has been recognised as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She is a Churchill Fellow and was named in the Engineers Media Top 100 List of Australia’s Most Influential Engineers in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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Karen Whelan FIEAust
Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching – Faculty of Engineering, Queensland University of Technology

Karen is a materials engineer and engineering educator with more than 25 years of experience in the higher education sector. Her research is on gender diversity and inclusion in engineering education and engineering practice. 

As Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching she has strategic oversight of course and curriculum development and teaching quality, in the QUT Faculty of Engineering, which offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in nine engineering disciplines, as well as in architecture and the built environment. 

In 2023 and 2024 QUT introduced an innovative and contemporary set of new degree programs including integrated vertical degrees, giving students the opportunity to study for a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and a Masters degree in one of the following areas – Robotics and AI, Advanced Manufacturing, Sustainable Infrastructure or Renewable Energy. 

Karen is Chair of the Engineers Australia Women in Engineering Queensland Committee and a member of the Engineers Australia National Committee for Women in Engineering. She also leads a Diversity and Inclusion Special Interest Group in the Australasian Association for Engineering Education.

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Dr Jake Whitehead
Chief Scientist, Electric Vehicle Council

Dr Jake Whitehead is Chief Scientist at the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) and CEO of ODIN PASS – a mobility as a service (MaaS) provider. He has worked across government, industry and academia on sustainable transport policy for the past 15 years with a particular focus on electric vehicles and MaaS. 

Jake holds two PhDs, one in transport science from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and a second in transport engineering from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. He is also an Adjunct Professor at The University of Sydney, a member of the International Electric Vehicle Policy Council and a former lead author of the transport chapter for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Sixth Assessment Report

Jake is passionate about supporting the transformation of the transport sector to support the sustainable, efficient, and equitable movement of people and goods from A to B, and actions that ultimately lead to the achievement of a net zero transport sector before 2050.

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Merryn York HonFIEAust CPEng NER
Executive General Manager System Design, Australian Energy Market Operator

Merryn York is responsible for leading System Design at the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), driving the collaborative and industry-wide efforts in meeting the engineering challenges of a net-zero energy system.

Joining AEMO in March 2022, Merryn brings deep industry experience in generator connections, transmission planning, regulatory investment and the delivery of major transmission projects.

Previously, Merryn served as a Commissioner at the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) where she engaged widely across the industry. Prior to joining the AEMC, she served as Chief Executive of Powerlink Queensland from 2011–2019.

Merryn has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Engineering Science, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Law from The University of Queensland. She is also an honorary Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Registered Professional Engineer and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Raj Aseervatham FIEAust CPEng
Dr Raj Aseervatham FIEAust CPEng
National President and Board Chair

Raj Aseervatham BE(Hons, Civil) MBA PhD(Eng) FIEAust CPEng GAICD joined the Engineers Australia Board in 2019 and is in his second term as a director. He is the National President and Chair of the Board. He has rotated through as a member and chair of various board committees at Engineers Australia during his tenures. He has been a member of Engineers Australia since 1986 – intermittently while based in Australia – and was admitted as a Fellow in 2012.

Raj was initially a water, tailings and civil infrastructure engineer on mining developments. Later he focused on the ESG risks and strategies of mining and energy companies’ operational portfolios and capital projects. His executive career includes more than 15 years with three ASX 100 companies (BHP, Rio Tinto and Origin Energy), and more than 15 years in global and boutique consulting and audit/assurance, living and working on most continents of the world.

In addition to his professional non-executive directorships, Raj is a Federal Court accredited mediator and the author of books on business entrepreneurship and ESG leadership.

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Romilly Madew AO FTSE HonFIEAust EngExec
Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Australia

Prior to joining Engineers Australia, Romilly was CEO of Infrastructure Australia overseeing the organisation's critical role in helping governments prioritise projects and reforms that best serve our communities. She served as CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years. In acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, Romilly was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019. 

In her capacity as CEO of Engineers Australia, she sits on the STEM Champions of Change committee. She is currently a Member of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) Infrastructure Forum, Director of Placemaking NSW Board, Director of Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Independent Chair of the Currawong State Park Advisory Board (NSW), Federal Government appointee on the Circular Economy Ministerial Advisory Group and G20 EMPOWER – Empowerment and Progression of Women's Economic Representation, Member of the Urban Policy Consultation Network, Member of the National Women in Transport CEO Advisory Group, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Enabling Better Infrastructure Steering Group (UK) and Director of Minerva Network (supporting Australia’s elite sportswomen).

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Bernadette Foley FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER 
Acting Chief Engineer, Engineers Australia

Bernadette Foley was appointed Acting Chief Engineer in March 2024. Bernadette first joined Engineers Australia in 2019 as the Head of Accreditation. She has been General Manger of Professional Standards since 2021.

Bernadette is a civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience across industry and education in Australia and the UK. Her technical expertise is in urban concept planning, water resource management and sustainability. Prior to joining Engineers Australia, Bernadette was the Associate Dean (Curriculum and Accreditation) in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Bernadette has a background in engineering education including curriculum reform, improving educational outcomes and graduate employability, improving professional standards and strengthening connections between academia and industry. She was an International Engineering Alliance working group member for the 2021 review of the international Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies for the engineering profession.

Bernadette holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with First Class Honours and a Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) from the University of Adelaide. 

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Damian Ogden CompIEAust
Group Executive Policy and Public Affairs, Engineers Australia

Damian Ogden has more than 25 years of experience advocating on matters of national and global interest. As Group Executive, Policy and Public Affairs at Engineers Australia, Damian has a direct channel to the views and ideas of more than 120,000 experts and is tasked with harnessing those into policy insight and action. 

As a key voice in the engineering profession, Damian advises government on critical national issues and advocates on the role that the engineering profession plays in creating a sustainable, skilled and innovative future for Australia. He regularly engages with decision and policy makers on issues as broad as infrastructure, energy transformation, climate change, innovation and the skilled workforce. 

Prior to joining Engineers Australia, Damian held senior positions leading advocacy initiatives and organisations across Australia, New Zealand and North America. 

Damian is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School leadership program and is a Board Director of the Industry Capabilty Network, Victoria.

Program

With a packed program, CSE24 will explore the thinking and solutions that can take us through this clean energy transition.

  8.30–8.50 am
Opening and Welcome to Country
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Arron Wood AM – Master of ceremonies
Sustainable business expert

Arron Wood is a sustainable business expert and former Deputy Lord Mayor for the City of Melbourne, and is a News Ltd Telstra Micro Business Award winner.

At the pulse of what makes Melbourne an incredible city, Arron is Chair of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and currently serves on the South East Water Board, and previously Chaired the Melbourne Ecocity World Summit Advisory Board and was a member of the Fisherman’s Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee.

In 2020 Arron was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to local government, to the environment and to the community of Melbourne.

 

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Romilly Madew AO FTSE HonFIEAust EngExec
Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Australia

Prior to joining Engineers Australia, Romilly was CEO of Infrastructure Australia overseeing the organisation's critical role in helping governments prioritise projects and reforms that best serve our communities. She served as CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years. In acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, Romilly was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019. 

In her capacity as CEO of Engineers Australia, she sits on the STEM Champions of Change committee. She is currently a Member of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) Infrastructure Forum, Director of Placemaking NSW Board, Director of Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Independent Chair of the Currawong State Park Advisory Board (NSW), Federal Government appointee on the Circular Economy Ministerial Advisory Group and G20 EMPOWER – Empowerment and Progression of Women's Economic Representation, Member of the Urban Policy Consultation Network, Member of the National Women in Transport CEO Advisory Group, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Enabling Better Infrastructure Steering Group (UK) and Director of Minerva Network (supporting Australia’s elite sportswomen).

Dr Raj Aseervatham FIEAust CPEng
Dr Raj Aseervatham FIEAust CPEng
National President and Board Chair

Raj Aseervatham BE(Hons, Civil) MBA PhD(Eng) FIEAust CPEng GAICD joined the Engineers Australia Board in 2019 and is in his second term as a director. He is the National President and Chair of the Board. He has rotated through as a member and chair of various board committees at Engineers Australia during his tenures. He has been a member of Engineers Australia since 1986 – intermittently while based in Australia – and was admitted as a Fellow in 2012.

Raj was initially a water, tailings and civil infrastructure engineer on mining developments. Later he focused on the ESG risks and strategies of mining and energy companies’ operational portfolios and capital projects. His executive career includes more than 15 years with three ASX 100 companies (BHP, Rio Tinto and Origin Energy), and more than 15 years in global and boutique consulting and audit/assurance, living and working on most continents of the world.

In addition to his professional non-executive directorships, Raj is a Federal Court accredited mediator and the author of books on business entrepreneurship and ESG leadership.

  8.50–9.05 am
Opening address from the Queensland Government
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Mike Kaiser
Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Mike Kaiser is Director-General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. He leads the department which oversees the public sector and delivers government priorities for Queensland. He brings more than 30 years’ experience to the role, having built a successful career in private and public sector leadership and consultancy.

Most recently, Mike was Director-General of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and the Department of Resources. Other public sector experiences include working as chief of staff to premiers in both Queensland and New South Wales.

In the corporate sector, Mike was a partner at KPMG and led the business change and improvement function at NBNCo.

Mike completed his academic qualifications at the University of Queensland, earning bachelor degrees in electrical engineering and economics as well as a Graduate Certificate in Management. He is also a member of a number of boards including the board of Cross River Rail Delivery Authority and Economic Development Queensland.

  9.05–9.15 am
Ministerial address
  9.15–9.45 am
Turning the tide: building support and capacity for a just energy transition
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Lizzie Webb
Head of Programs, The Next Economy

Lizzie is a social business leader and entrepreneur. She has 20 years of experience leading start-up organisations and teams in the non-profit and social enterprises sectors across Australia and South-East Asia. Her background in environmental engineering means that Lizzie brings a practical and systems-based approach to her work, which she combines with a deep commitment to building highly motivated and effective teams.

Lizzie’s core skill set includes organisational leadership and governance, enterprise design and business model development, strategic planning, partnership brokering, business development and fundraising. During the past two years a significant portion of Lizzie’s work has been with First Nations entrepreneurs establishing new businesses to create meaningful, on-country employment.

Lizzie has held CEO positions with Kindred Spirits Enterprises and Engineers Without Borders Australia. She also has significant experience as a voluntary director with various social enterprises and non-profit boards including xpand Foundation, FREO2 Foundation, ATEC, Robogals, Co-Design Studio and The Next Economy. 

Lizzie’s contribution to humanitarian engineering has been recognised as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She is a Churchill Fellow and was named in the Engineers Media Top 100 List of Australia’s Most Influential Engineers in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

  9.45–9.55 am
Beyond 1 per cent: winning gold in the net zero race

The rapid deployment of digitalisation technologies and skills into our industrial, energy and infrastructure sectors is critical to support climate goals and to make businesses more competitive. It is also essential to allow Australia to take a leading role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions: beyond the 1 per cent of emissions we are responsible for today. 

Just as we do at the Olympics, how can Australia punch above our weight in the global race to net zero?

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Peter Halliday
Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Australia and New Zealand

Peter Halliday is the CEO of Siemens Australia and New Zealand. In a career spanning 25 years at Siemens, Peter has been involved in some of the most important building infrastructure projects in the world. 

Prior to becoming CEO in Australia, he held senior roles in Asia and Europe including as the global head of Siemens’ Building Performance and Sustainability business. Peter joined Siemens Australia as CEO in 2022, a milestone 150th anniversary year for Siemens in the region. 

He is passionate about the role of people combined with technology and digitalisation in energy, infrastructure and industry to accelerate outcomes for Australia and the world.

  9.55–10.10 am
Emerging technologies and how they support the energy transition
  10.10–10.40 am
Morning tea
  10.40–11.25 am
Plenary panel: Digital technology and AI in the energy transformation

AI and other digital technologies have the potential to significantly accelerate the energy transition by enhancing efficiency, optimising resource use and enabling the integration of renewable energy sources into the grid. While there are significant benefits, there are also considerable risks; not least cybersecurity, data privacy, integration, as well as ethical, social and economic impacts to consider. 

Join our panellists as they examine in greater detail the benefits and challenges of developing, deploying and optimising this technology in the energy transition. 

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Peter Price 
Chief Engineer, Energy Queensland

Peter was appointed to the Energy Queensland Executive in November 2016 and is responsible for leading the group’s engineering and asset management strategies, which includes the safe and efficient management of the group’s electricity distribution networks. Peter is also accountable for the Energy Queensland corporate strategy and regulatory outcomes. 

Prior to joining Energy Queensland, Mr Price was a member of Energex’s executive management team for 10 years undertaking a number of roles which included managing and leading capital planning and program delivery, asset management, procurement, regulatory issues and the growth of new commercial business.  

He has a strong background in Queensland's skills and training sector including being Chair of Energy Skills Queensland, a Director of the TAFE Queensland Board.

Mr Price holds a bachelor degree (with honours) and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of AICD.

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Jack Curtis
Chief Commercial and Operations Officer, Neara

Commercial and operations executive with more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry across the entire commercial, project and financial chain in 25-plus countries.

Currently, Chief Commercial and Operations Officer at Neara, overseeing all Neara’s commercial initiatives globally. Lead domestic and international go-to-market strategies, customer acquisition, and the expansion of Neara’s software platform into critical areas of value creation for network utility partners. Also responsible for Neara’s financial and operational activities, including capital requirements and investor relations.

Prior to Neara, Senior Vice President at First Solar, leading international commercial and project activities outside the Americas, including the development and realisation of a multi-gigawatt pipeline of renewable energy projects and a $1.1 billion annual P&L.

Prior to First Solar, worked at Goldman Sachs in the investment banking division in New York, focused on power and utilities.

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Allys Todd
Co-Founder, ValAi

Allys Todd MAICD is the cofounder and Chief Executive of Val.Ai. Allys has a Bachelor of Technology from Flinders University. She has had a career in climate impact, carbon conservation and community collaboration.

Allys is a shared value partnership specialist with a Prime Minister's Award for Community and Business Partnership. Allys established the world's first art event carbon offset and carbon neutral event with Greening Australia, Arts Projects Australia and WOMADelaide (18 years strong). Allys has also led the Conservation Council of South Australia, as General Manager, and facilitated the South Australian Nature Alliance.

As a brain tumour survivor, Allys acts as an ambassador for the Neurosurgical Research Foundation of Australia.

Allys is a corporate speaker for the global organisation, Women in Climate.

Allys has provided thought leadership across key areas including sustainability, behaviour change, climate, technology and the Taskforce for Climate Related Financial Disclosures to corporates, governments and consultancy.

Having raised financial capital as a female cofounder, Allys is a strong supporter of reducing the gender investment gap and an active member of UBS Global Female Founder Collective, Climate Salad, EnergyLab and Coralus.

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Professor John Fletcher
Director, UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute

Professor John Fletcher is an electrical engineer who specialises in power electronics, electrical machine drives and electric propulsion.

John leads industry focused research through UNSW’s Digital Grid Futures Institute which he directs, the Electrification and Energy Systems Network of NSW Government's Decarbonisation Innovation Hub that he co-leads and the TRaCE Trailblazer Electrification Co-theme Lead.

John’s collaborations bring together more than 50 interdisciplinary researchers spanning PhDs to leading energy researchers to translate groundbreaking research in areas as diverse as renewable energy generation, energy storage, grid resilience and stability, industrial machines and processes, through to electric vehicles and drones. John’s leadership has produced 25 high potential innovations including software, hardware and algorithms spanning the full spectrum of Technology Readiness.

Previously as Director of Scotland’s Technology Translation Network, John built a national network of researchers focused on supporting SMEs in their R&D efforts, and in Australia has worked with more than 20 SMEs and large industry partners including AGL, AEMO, Schneider and Dovetail Aeronautical.

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Colette Munro MIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
Pacific Zone President, Schneider Electric

Highly regarded for her experience and expertise in digitalisation for the energy, mining and infrastructure, Schneider Electric’s Pacific Zone President Colette Munro is responsible for its next era of success in the region’s key markets. 

Supporting businesses, teams and individuals to embrace different ways of working, Colette is passionate about the impact of digital technologies, particularly for environmental and social outcomes. 

As a member of Schneider’s International Operations Management Committee, she is focused on delivering profitable growth, increasing market share, accelerating digital and field services, and strengthening the company’s position in the new energy landscape. 

A Chartered engineer, Colette brings extensive international experience in electrical engineering, industrial control and infrastructure design. 

Previously, Colette held various leadership roles in innovation and digital transformation at Citect and as a former 13-year Schneider Electric veteran. Most recently, she was Global Chief Digital Officer at the leading infrastructure consulting firm, AECOM. 

  11.25–11.35 am
Navigating a climate-constrained future: Collaborative strategies for decarbonising transportation
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Greg Steele
Global President – Mobility, Arcadis
  11.35 am – 12.20 pm
Plenary panel: The skills transition to clean energy

In order to undertake Australia’s clean energy transformation, we need to address the shortages of experienced engineers required that have the right skills aligned to the needs of the rapidly evolving clean energy sector. 

This panel will discuss the challenges and ways forward, including attracting new and diverse talent, upskilling and retention, and reforming the training and education pathways.

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Dominic Adams
General Manager Networks, Energy Networks Australia

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

Dominic has more than 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.

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James Oliver MIEAust CPEng NER
Chief Operating Officer, Stanwell Corporation Limited

James is an experienced senior business leader with more than 30 years’ experience in the mining, material handling and power generation industries. He is passionate about developing the leaders around him to create successful and sustainable business leadership teams that consistently deliver on commitments.

James started as Chief Operating Officer in 2018 and provides leadership and direction for Stanwell’s operations through the Operations Leadership Team. This has included leading the operations teams through some of the most challenging market circumstances ever encountered within the National Electricity Market and the changes resulting from the COVID pandemic. Through these challenges Stanwell has continued to deliver safe, secure and reliable generation while at the same time creating projects and opportunities to effectively transition to a firmed renewable market in line with the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan.

James joined Stanwell in 2003 and has held a number of operational roles including General Manager Operational Excellence, Stanwell Power Station Site Manager, Stanwell Power Station Production Manager and Stanwell Power Station Engineering Manager.

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Karen Whelan FIEAust
Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching – Faculty of Engineering, Queensland University of Technology

Karen is a materials engineer and engineering educator with more than 25 years of experience in the higher education sector. Her research is on gender diversity and inclusion in engineering education and engineering practice. 

As Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching she has strategic oversight of course and curriculum development and teaching quality, in the QUT Faculty of Engineering, which offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in nine engineering disciplines, as well as in architecture and the built environment. 

In 2023 and 2024 QUT introduced an innovative and contemporary set of new degree programs including integrated vertical degrees, giving students the opportunity to study for a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and a Masters degree in one of the following areas – Robotics and AI, Advanced Manufacturing, Sustainable Infrastructure or Renewable Energy. 

Karen is Chair of the Engineers Australia Women in Engineering Queensland Committee and a member of the Engineers Australia National Committee for Women in Engineering. She also leads a Diversity and Inclusion Special Interest Group in the Australasian Association for Engineering Education.

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Bernadette Foley FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER 
Acting Chief Engineer, Engineers Australia

Bernadette Foley was appointed Acting Chief Engineer in March 2024. Bernadette first joined Engineers Australia in 2019 as the Head of Accreditation. She has been General Manger of Professional Standards since 2021.

Bernadette is a civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience across industry and education in Australia and the UK. Her technical expertise is in urban concept planning, water resource management and sustainability. Prior to joining Engineers Australia, Bernadette was the Associate Dean (Curriculum and Accreditation) in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Bernadette has a background in engineering education including curriculum reform, improving educational outcomes and graduate employability, improving professional standards and strengthening connections between academia and industry. She was an International Engineering Alliance working group member for the 2021 review of the international Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies for the engineering profession.

Bernadette holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with First Class Honours and a Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) from the University of Adelaide. 

  12.20–12.30 pm
Engineers Australia address
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Damian Ogden CompIEAust
Group Executive Policy and Public Affairs, Engineers Australia

Damian Ogden has more than 25 years of experience advocating on matters of national and global interest. As Group Executive, Policy and Public Affairs at Engineers Australia, Damian has a direct channel to the views and ideas of more than 120,000 experts and is tasked with harnessing those into policy insight and action. 

As a key voice in the engineering profession, Damian advises government on critical national issues and advocates on the role that the engineering profession plays in creating a sustainable, skilled and innovative future for Australia. He regularly engages with decision and policy makers on issues as broad as infrastructure, energy transformation, climate change, innovation and the skilled workforce. 

Prior to joining Engineers Australia, Damian held senior positions leading advocacy initiatives and organisations across Australia, New Zealand and North America. 

Damian is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School leadership program and is a Board Director of the Industry Capabilty Network, Victoria.

  12.30–1.30 pm
Lunch
  1.30–2.25 pm
Plenary panel: Project and landowner approvals in renewable energy projects

A critical challenge for engineers working on renewable energy projects are the significant environmental, landowner (including farmers, regional groups and Indigenous communities), amenity and cost complexities that are inherent within the project lifecycle. And not just with the project footprint itself, but with the hundreds of kilometres of transmission lines needed to support these regionally erected renewable energy projects.

Project approval is a major hurdle in these projects proceeding and advancing the energy transition. Meaningful community and stakeholder engagement is critical, not just for gaining approval but for delivering positive social outcomes for the communities impacted.

Join this panel of speakers to unpack the challenges and ways forward in navigating the complexities of project approvals and delivery.

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Simon Corbell
Board Chair, SEC Victoria

Simon Corbell has worked in climate and energy policy in the government and private sectors for two decades. 

He has held multiple portfolios as a minister in the ACT Government including Deputy Chief Minister, climate change, energy, planning, environment and transport. During this time, he led the delivery of the ACT’s 100 per cent renewable energy program and the development of Stage 1 of the Canberra light rail project. 

Between 2020-24 Simon was CEO and board chair of the Clean Energy Investor Group. In May 2024 he was appointed board chair of SEC Victoria by the Victorian Government.

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Gillian Cagney
President Australia and New Zealand, Worley

Gillian Cagney was appointed President Australia and New Zealand in July 2020 to deliver Worley’s ambition of being recognised as a global leader in sustainability solutions across the region.

Gillian leads a team of more than 4500 people with responsibility for the financial and operational performance of Worley’s business in Australia and New Zealand, as well as Mongolia and Papua New Guinea.

She is passionate about working with a broad range of stakeholders from customers through to government and industry groups to support the region’s transition to a low carbon future and deliver sustainable, resilient infrastructure that improves our shared economic and social well-being, helping achieve gender equality and raise the profile of women in STEM.

Gillian joined Worley in Ireland in 2004 and since then has held various positions in engineering, project and portfolio management, and operational management in Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. She relocated to Australia in 2005 and has held project engineering and senior leadership role across several industries.

Gillian graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland in 2001. She is a member of Chief Executive Women, the Champions of Change Coalition and a Board member of the Venture Taranaki Trust.

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Gerard Coggan
Coordinator-General, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning

Gerard Coggan commenced as Queensland Coordinator-General in January 2024, and has the responsibility to lead the coordination and facilitation of Queensland's major infrastructure projects and drive sustainable development and economic growth across the state.

Mr Coggan has more than 25 years’ experience in infrastructure project management and consulting and has a demonstrated history of steering work through complex environmental sustainability and community engagement processes.

Prior to this role, he has worked in both the private and public sectors, most recently engaged as a General Manager at APA Group.

As an independent officer of the state reporting directly to the Minister for State Development and Infrastructure, the Coordinator-General is relied upon to drive and deliver economic opportunities for Queensland. As the Coordinator-General, Mr Coggan plays a critical role in leveraging significant, wide-ranging regulatory powers to plan, deliver and coordinate large-scale projects, while ensuring their environmental and social impacts are properly managed. 

Mr Coggan is an advocate for the Queensland Government’s Path to Treaty, joint Government Champion for the Yarrabah Aboriginal Community and the department’s Executive Sponsor for the Yhurri Gurri framework and implementation plan.

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Russell Reid
Senior Aboriginal Affairs and Participation Consultant and National RAP Relations Lead, WSP Australia

Russell is a Gamillaraay (Kamilaroi) man with an extensive history of working across multidisciplinary teams, especially in relation to Cultural Heritage and liaison with Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities. He brings strong and valuable experience building partnerships between Aboriginal organisations, businesses, people and projects.

Recently, Russell was the Aboriginal Affairs Adviser for the Transgrid Energy Connect Project – Border to Buronga, Buronga to Wagga Wagga, and brings a wealth of experience in Aboriginal engagement across a range of culturally complex infrastructure projects.

Russell is the National RAP Relations Lead for WSP in Australia, advising and helping to shape WSP’s actions that aim to bring about mutual understanding and learning that will ultimately serve to create a sustainable, vibrant and connected future.

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David Shankey
Deputy Director-General Energy Division, Department of Energy and Public Work

David Shankey was appointed Deputy Director-General of the Energy Division in the Department of Energy and Public Works in 2021. David led the division as it delivered Queensland’s 15-year Energy and Jobs Plan, the most significant and challenging energy reform agenda in the state’s history.

The plan provides the strategy for Queensland to move from coal fired to renewable generation within ten years while reducing carbon emissions from the electricity sector by 90 per cent by 2035. It also sets out the initiatives needed to manage the social impacts of the changes associated with the transition.

Queensland is the first state to articulate an infrastructure pathway out of coal and positions the state as a global leader in this field. David led the negotiations with Queensland energy trade unions and the development of the Queensland Energy Workers Charter.  

David has led the implementation of the plan including the setting up of Queensland Hydro and a $19 billion investment program through government owned corporations.  

Prior to his current role, David was Executive Director in the Energy Division for four years in multiple roles including Strategic Policy and Renewables. Prior to working for the Queensland Government, David worked in both the resources sector and in the media. The history of working on specialised energy topics and media means he can distil complex thinking around policy reform into understandable and deliverable steps. A history of working in Queensland means he can forge relationships across industry sectors and bring participants together to achieve outcomes by collaborating on strategies to achieve common goals.

David holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Law and Commerce.

  2.25–3.20 pm
Plenary panel: Regional industrial transformation: decarbonisation in the heavy industry

Decarbonising heavy industry presents another significant challenge in the energy transition and reducing emissions. The difficulty in electrifying high temperature processes, the complexity of supply chains, the substantial investment needed for technological innovation as well as regulatory and policy uncertainties means this is a highly complex and logistically challenging task. How the decarbonisation will impact the communities where these industries are traditionally based is another important consideration. 

Join representatives from the minerals, mining, freight, and manufacturing sectors as they examine these complexities and potential ways forward in greater depth.  

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Roger Buckley FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
Fleet Decarbonisation Manager, Aurizon

Roger has more than 30 years experience in design, integration and project delivery in defence, toll systems and rail. After nine years as Aurizon’s Chief Engineer, Roger leads Aurizon’s Fleet Decarbonisation Programme. The programme includes the development and testing of zero emission vehicles, technical research and emission reduction projects targeted to have immediate impact on Aurizon’s operational emission intensity. 

Roger has throughout his career been part of or lead multi-disciplinary specialists to achieve project oriented goals utilising new technologies. As a Fellow of both Engineers Australia and IMechE he actively encourages engineers to set and achieve their career and personal aspirations.

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Meheroop Chopra
Head of Green Power, Fortescue

As the Head of the Green Power portfolio for Fortescue’s flagship decarbonisation project, Meheroop stands at the forefront of advancing cutting-edge renewable energy solutions. Fortescue, a global leader in iron ore production and sustainable energy, has set the world's most ambitious decarbonisation target, Real Zero by 2030.

Meheroop oversees a portfolio with a projected cost exceeding USD $3 billion upon completion. This comprehensive initiative includes the development of large-scale wind and solar farms, gigawatt level energy storage systems, and a green fuel-based power station. The integration of these components is meticulously managed through sophisticated power and grid management systems. Once complete, Fortescue will own one of the world's largest standalone variable energy grids, enabling complete decarbonisation of its mining operations.

With a background spanning 17 years, Meheroop brings extensive expertise in oil and gas, renewables and mining projects. His experience encompasses project development, commissioning, start-up, and operational support for natural gas distribution networks, LNG plants, and renewable energy projects.

Before joining Fortescue, Meheroop dedicated over nine years to Chevron Australia, contributing to the success of the $USD 100 billion Gorgon and Wheatstone projects. His role involved supporting both project and operations teams, ensuring the smooth commissioning and start-up transition into safe and reliable operations.

Meheroop holds an Honors Engineering degree from Curtin University in Perth as well as a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the same institution. 

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Marghanita Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Aluminium Council

Marghanita Johnson has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Aluminium Council since 2019. She has more than 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.

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Sheree Taylor
Queensland Major Projects – Business Development Manager, BlueScope

Sheree has 18 years' experience across government relations, business development and supply chain across the manufacturing and construction industries. 

Sheree is a champion for local content, strong manufacturing economies and diversity. Steel plays a key and circular role in the renewable energy revolution; Sheree is well versed in BlueScope's decarbonisation journey and the new opportunities for steel and local businesses. 

Sheree sits on several Queensland government councils and is a non-executive board director at MSQ.

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Dr Jordan Parham MIEAust
Strategic Initiatives and Partnership Director, HILT CRC

Jordan's career has been dedicated to the research and development of energy technologies to support the transition to a low-carbon future. This has included research studies and management at the University of Adelaide, the University of Edinburgh and as an engineer and executive at FCT-Combustion, a world leader in supplying combustion equipment to high temperature industries and 1414 Degrees Ltd, an ASX listed company developing thermal energy storage technology and the Aurora renewable energy project. 

His extensive experience includes leading teams to deliver local, national and international projects, combining his unique technical experience with strategic, leadership, business and project management skills. 

In his current role at HILT CRC Jordan combines his background in developing clean thermal energy technology and understanding of the heavy industry sector to foster collaboration between industry, research and government to de-risk and accelerate the decarbonisation of heavy industry.

  3.20–3.50 pm
Afternoon tea
  3.50–4.00 pm
Transition to circularity: a modern material world

There are still many hurdles to overcome when transitioning to a circular economy with less detrimental environmental impact. Many approaches to increase circularity require cross-sector collaboration, sound technology implementation with economic viability and a secure market. More importantly significant behaviour change in product, process and value chain design, linking to changed procurement practice is needed for a true transition. 

If we are to achieve the national waste policy target of recovering 80 per cent of all waste by 2030, significant change is required across multiple areas, including in concert with the energy sector and its transition. Here we discuss opportunities for circularity. 

Paulomi Burey
Paulomi Burey
Associate Professor, University of Southern Queensland

Associate Professor Paulomi (Polly) Burey leads the Sustainable Industry Design research group within the Centre for Future Materials at the University of Southern Queensland where she oversees a research portfolio of more than $13M. 

Polly is currently co-Director of two major research programs, The New Options for Waste And Saving The Environment (NO WASTE) and Sustainable Industry Manufacturing Planning for Long-term Ecosystems (SIMPLE). The NO WASTE pilot precinct has a system and product design focus to develop alternate pathways for ‘waste’ material from regional to metropolitan scales. The (SIMPLE Hub focuses more on manufacturing circular economies spanning resource, medical, sustainable energy and advanced manufacturing sectors.

  4.00–4.45 pm
Plenary panel: Systems design for energy transition

As the integration of renewables and storage into an electricity grid that wasn’t designed for it gathers pace, our collective attention needs to be distributed across all levels of the system design. This approach ensures that we have thought about and designed the future electricity and energy system to deliver what we intend it to, with minimum or manageable risk to the reliable, affordable and safe supply of electricity and other forms of energy.
 
Our expert panel will explore what it means to take a system-of-systems design approach to the energy transition and the challenges and opportunities of planning our future energy system through a systems lens. 

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Professor Bruce Mountain
Director of the Victoria Energy Policy Centre, Victoria University

Bruce Mountain is the Director of the Victoria Energy Policy Centre at Victoria University. For three decades he has been active as a consultant and researcher in strategy, policy and economics focused on the electricity industry. He has lived and worked in South Africa, England and Australia and undertaken consultancies in several other countries. 

He has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in electrical engineering and is professionally qualified in electrical engineering and accountancy. His PhD was on the political economy of electricity network regulation in Australia.

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Kate Summers FIEAust CPEng NER
Principal Consultant – Power Systems, Ekistica

Kate is an experienced power systems and control engineer with extensive electrical experience, market and regulatory knowledge. Her broad engineering knowledge has been gained over 29 years of engineering practice covering a wide range of practical field experience, power system analysis, transmission planning, operational control, regulatory compliance and project connection negotiation. She has worked on all aspects of renewable energy projects and is passionate and dedicated to bringing about an orderly transition to a low carbon future.

In 2020 Kate was jointly awarded National Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year for her work identifying the root cause of the deterioration in system frequency.

Kate’s recent focus is on the bulk integration of multiple large generation projects within new high voltage transmission networks for the Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone. Kate has been working on the challenges of how to tune and assess the stability of Inverter Based Resources (IBR) adopting frequency domain analysis and traditional control techniques suited for inverter technology. This work requires collaborative problem solving between the network developer and the generators. The use of advanced control engineering techniques will provide evidence that may enable connections to proceed when issues arise in complex time domain network models.

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Merryn York HonFIEAust CPEng NER
Executive General Manager System Design, Australian Energy Market Operator

Merryn York is responsible for leading System Design at the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), driving the collaborative and industry-wide efforts in meeting the engineering challenges of a net-zero energy system.

Joining AEMO in March 2022, Merryn brings deep industry experience in generator connections, transmission planning, regulatory investment and the delivery of major transmission projects.

Previously, Merryn served as a Commissioner at the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) where she engaged widely across the industry. Prior to joining the AEMC, she served as Chief Executive of Powerlink Queensland from 2011–2019.

Merryn has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Engineering Science, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Law from The University of Queensland. She is also an honorary Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Registered Professional Engineer and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Dr Stephen Craig
Smart Energy Mission Lead, CSIRO

Dr Stephen Craig is the Mission Lead for the Smart Energy Mission at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency.

Stephen has more than 25 years of experience in applied research, strategy development and commercial innovation in systems engineering, digital technologies, and communications. Prior to joining CSIRO, Stephen led the national centre of excellence for Digital Engineering at Boeing Defence Australia, and he was Head of Strategy and Business Development at a spatial data analytics start-up.

Stephen received his PhD in climate system modelling from Stockholm University. He spent many years in Sweden in leadership roles in mobile communication systems research, development and optimisation at Ericsson before returning to Australia in 2015.

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Jacqui Bridge FIEAust CPEng EngExec
Executive General Manager Energy Futures, Powerlink Queensland

Jacqui is the Executive General Manager Energy Futures at Powerlink Queensland leading the corporate strategy, energy regulation, energy markets and energy policy functions. In this role, Jacqui is driving the energy transformation, including input and support for the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, planning and delivery of the Queensland Supergrid and Renewable Energy Zones. 

With more than 25 years of experience in the energy sector, Jacqui engages with stakeholders to understand customer needs and influence the development of policy and regulatory frameworks for the future power system.

  4.45–5.30 pm
Plenary panel: Transformation in the transport sector

In a world increasingly reliant on efficient and sustainable transportation, changes are required to adapt all methods from rails and roads, to ports and aviation, in order to facilitate the energy transition. 

Featuring technological advancements like electric and autonomous vehicles, to the evolution of urban infrastructure and the rise of sustainable mobility solutions, this session examines the forces propelling transformation. 

This panel will involve experts across the transport sector coming together to discuss the current reality of the sector, and how they are managing the goals and challenges set nationally.

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Joeley Pettit
General Manager Sustainability, Australasian Railway Association

Joeley Pettit is a sustainability and corporate affairs leader with experience working across a wide range of industries, including rail, aviation, professional services, resources and health.

Initially joining the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) to lead its corporate affairs strategy, Joeley established the ARA’s growing sustainability portfolio, launching its first sustainability strategy in 2021.

She believes rail has a crucial role to play in the sustainable development of our cities and communities and is focused on highlighting the essential work of the industry to support the nation's growth and success.

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Dr Jake Whitehead
Chief Scientist, Electric Vehicle Council

Dr Jake Whitehead is Chief Scientist at the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) and CEO of ODIN PASS – a mobility as a service (MaaS) provider. He has worked across government, industry and academia on sustainable transport policy for the past 15 years with a particular focus on electric vehicles and MaaS. 

Jake holds two PhDs, one in transport science from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and a second in transport engineering from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. He is also an Adjunct Professor at The University of Sydney, a member of the International Electric Vehicle Policy Council and a former lead author of the transport chapter for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Sixth Assessment Report

Jake is passionate about supporting the transformation of the transport sector to support the sustainable, efficient, and equitable movement of people and goods from A to B, and actions that ultimately lead to the achievement of a net zero transport sector before 2050.

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Harry Sunarko FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
Lead Port and Marine Engineering, Fortescue Future Industries

Harry Sunarko leads the Port and Marine Engineering discipline at Fortescue Energy.  He is experienced in the design and development of port and marine infrastructure, across the energy, transport, resources sectors.  

In his role, Harry supports the selection, design and construction of port and marine infrastructure across the globe to support the construction of renewable energy projects and export of different hydrogen products.

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Mia Barnard MIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
Transport Decarbonisation Lead – Australia, GHD

Mia is the Australian Lead for Transport Decarbonisation at GHD, a global, multidisciplinary professional services firm that grew from a small engineering practice in Melbourne in 1928 into the global professional services company it is today, with more than 11,000 employees in 200 offices on five continents.

Mia has a bold vision of what the future of transport could look like and understands the power of the transport ecosystem to create connected and thriving communities. She brings a unique combination of senior leadership and international experience forged by the balanced portfolios she held over the last 23 years. 

Mia holds a Master of Science and Engineering degree in Civil Engineering.   

  5.30–5.40 pm
Closing remarks
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Arron Wood AM – Master of ceremonies
Sustainable business expert

Arron Wood is a sustainable business expert and former Deputy Lord Mayor for the City of Melbourne, and is a News Ltd Telstra Micro Business Award winner.

At the pulse of what makes Melbourne an incredible city, Arron is Chair of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and currently serves on the South East Water Board, and previously Chaired the Melbourne Ecocity World Summit Advisory Board and was a member of the Fisherman’s Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee.

In 2020 Arron was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to local government, to the environment and to the community of Melbourne.

 

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Romilly Madew AO FTSE HonFIEAust EngExec
Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Australia

Prior to joining Engineers Australia, Romilly was CEO of Infrastructure Australia overseeing the organisation's critical role in helping governments prioritise projects and reforms that best serve our communities. She served as CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years. In acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, Romilly was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019. 

In her capacity as CEO of Engineers Australia, she sits on the STEM Champions of Change committee. She is currently a Member of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) Infrastructure Forum, Director of Placemaking NSW Board, Director of Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Independent Chair of the Currawong State Park Advisory Board (NSW), Federal Government appointee on the Circular Economy Ministerial Advisory Group and G20 EMPOWER – Empowerment and Progression of Women's Economic Representation, Member of the Urban Policy Consultation Network, Member of the National Women in Transport CEO Advisory Group, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Enabling Better Infrastructure Steering Group (UK) and Director of Minerva Network (supporting Australia’s elite sportswomen).

Dr Raj Aseervatham FIEAust CPEng
Dr Raj Aseervatham FIEAust CPEng
National President and Board Chair

Raj Aseervatham BE(Hons, Civil) MBA PhD(Eng) FIEAust CPEng GAICD joined the Engineers Australia Board in 2019 and is in his second term as a director. He is the National President and Chair of the Board. He has rotated through as a member and chair of various board committees at Engineers Australia during his tenures. He has been a member of Engineers Australia since 1986 – intermittently while based in Australia – and was admitted as a Fellow in 2012.

Raj was initially a water, tailings and civil infrastructure engineer on mining developments. Later he focused on the ESG risks and strategies of mining and energy companies’ operational portfolios and capital projects. His executive career includes more than 15 years with three ASX 100 companies (BHP, Rio Tinto and Origin Energy), and more than 15 years in global and boutique consulting and audit/assurance, living and working on most continents of the world.

In addition to his professional non-executive directorships, Raj is a Federal Court accredited mediator and the author of books on business entrepreneurship and ESG leadership.

  5.40–7.00 pm
Networking reception

Exchange ideas and build lasting connections at a networking reception designed to facilitate meaningful conversations and provide a platform to expand your professional network. 

Program subject to change. 

Location
Front facade of W Brisbane

The Climate Smart Engineering Conference (CSE24) will be held in Brisbane, Australia at W Brisbane.

W Brisbane
81 North Quay, Brisbane, QLD 4000

Find us

W Brisbane is located along the banks of the iconic Brisbane River. The venue draws on the city’s rich historical heritage and the unique physical environment that surrounds it. Bold, contemporary design meets curved, river-inspired flow to create spaces that feel both inviting and inspiring.

Transport

When attending CSE24 please consider sustainable transport options such as walking or utilising convenient public transport options rather than driving. Visit translink to find out about Brisbane’s public transport options.

Accommodation

We’ve secured preferential pricing for you at a selection of nearby hotels. For accommodation at the W Brisbane, book directly through their website

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Birds eye view of Brisbane CBD and river

Choosing Brisbane

We’re excited to be hosting this year’s event in Queensland, a state with a bold plan for clean energy. Queensland has set ambitious targets through the $62 billion Energy and Jobs Plan to achieve 70 per cent renewable energy by 2032 – and 80 per cent by 2035. The Sunshine State has made a significant investment in renewable energy projects that draw on its unique resources and geographical assets. 

So, where better to host than Brisbane, currently recognised as the country’s most green and biodiverse capital city?

While you're in Brisbane for CSE24, you’ve got a fantastic opportunity to fully explore a city alive with a unique brand of cultural experiences, from performing arts and world-class galleries with exclusive exhibitions to major sporting events. Sample award-winning restaurants, enticing rooftop bars, sensational shopping, stunning new 5-star hotels and exciting urban adventures.

Plan a longer stay and get out of town to explore some of Queensland’s World Heritage rainforests, majestic mountain peaks and the pristine Moreton Bay – filled with one-of-a-kind islands and wildlife, less than an hour from the city.

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Sponsorship

Sponsor Climate Smart Engineering (CSE24) and take advantage of the unique opportunities to explore new markets and strengthen your brands presence at this national event.  

All sponsorship packages are designed especially for CSE24. Choose one that best matches the marketing strategy of your company.  

Sponsorship packages available include: 

  • Premier partner 
  • Major partner 
  • Networking reception sponsor
  • Coffee cart sponsor
  • Recharging station sponsor
  • Water station sponsor
  • Exclusive dinner sponsor

Benefits of sponsorship include: 

  • position your organisation as a market leader and a driver of change
  • connect with senior decision-makers across government and all industry sectors
  • forge new networks and grow existing connections
  • align your organisation with professional engineers  
  • reach specific Engineers Australia members through a national marketing plan.

For information on sponsorship opportunities or tailored packages, contact:   

Amanda Rodgers

National Manager, Corporate Engagement 
03 9321 1716 
[email protected]

Meg Purdy

Manager, Corporate Engagement 
07 3226 3008 
[email protected]

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