04 October, 20162016-10-04T12:30:00
12:30 PM 2016-10-04T12:30:00 - 2:00 PM 2016-10-04T02:00:00
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Women in Renewables Lunch will be held on the first day of the All-Energy Conference, celebrating Women in Renewables and looking outside our industry to ways we can improve.


The Women in Renewables lunch is a continuation of the Clean Energy Council's Women in Renewables initiative. The lunch will feature a keynote address followed by a panel discussions on how the renewable energy industry can improve.

Keynote speaker

Panel discussion

  • Chair: Anna Sexton, Code of Conduct Manager, Clean Energy Council
  • Valeria Ignatieva, Co-Founder, Diverse City Careers
  • Fiona O'Hehir, CEO, Greenbank Environmental
  • Jenny Paradiso, Managing Director, Suntrix

The event will take place on Day One of the All-Energy Exhibition and Conference.

Bookings are essential. The following tickets are available for this catered event:

CEC-accredited installers and CEC Members: $55 inc. GST
Non-members: $110 inc. GST



Valeria Ignatieva

Having started her corporate career in HR before progressing to the IT industry, Valeria established her own award winning marketing consultancy prior to launching Diverse City Careers (DCC). Valeria also served on the Females in IT & Telecommunications (FITT) Board, where she extended FITT’s reach nationally, executing some of the largest events for women in IT in Australia. In 2016, Valeria was the winner of the 2016 Tech Diversity Leaders in Advertising award for DCC and finalist in the 2015 ARN Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in the innovation category.

Valeria is passionate about helping women pursue rewarding careers and DCC was created to enable women to easily find employers who will value and support them. Valeria’s main reason for establishing Diverse City Careers is the desire to see more companies focus on outcomes rather than “time spent in office” to enable more inclusive and happy workplaces. As a mother herself, she credits employers who provided flexible working options for her own career success.

Fiona O'Hehir

Fiona is CEO of Greenbank Environmental. She has a technical background in electronics and power conversion for the solar industry and has been involved in the renewable energy space for over 15 years.

In 2003 Fiona started her own business to educate the solar industry about the renewable energy target and the need to create their solar credits for the remote area power and grid connected installations. Ten years on, Greenbank Environmental is now the largest independent trader of renewable energy certificates and other environmental credits in Australia, with the creation of four million renewable energy credits and registration of 35,000 clean energy installations in homes around Australia.

Fiona has spent six years as an elected industry representative on the board of the Clean Energy Council. She has just completed a two-year board position on Renewables SA and is also the Vice president of the REC Agents Association (RAA).

Jenny Paradiso

Jenny is the Managing Director of the award winning solar company, Suntrix. Since starting the business in 2009, Jenny has grown Suntrix from the kitchen table into a multi-million dollar company. Suntrix services thousands of residential, commercial and wholesale clients per year, helping them save money and reduce their carbon footprint.

Jenny oversees the management and strategic direction of Suntrix, Suntrix Commercial and Suntrix Monitoring, working on the continued growth and diversification of the business, its brand and processes. Jenny’s focus is to provide the most efficient, value for money energy systems on the market today, with emphasis on expert advice, consultative-based selling and great customer service.

Through Jenny's leadership, Suntrix was awarded the Telstra SA Business of the Year and the Telstra SA Medium Business of the Year in 2013. In July 2014, Jenny won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Emerging Category) for the Central Region.