See who is presenting at the 2017 Wind Industry Forum. We have started announcing speakers for the 2017 program. The list below will be updated as we lock in more speakers so be sure to check back regularly.

Speakers

  • Simon Corbell was appointed as the first Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate in December 2016 to promote the state’s renewable energy sector, provide independent advice to the Victorian Government and assist the state in meeting its renewable energy targets.

    Simon was previously Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate Change of the ACT and served in the ACT Legislative Assembly between 1997 -2016. 

    In these roles he championed policy which put the ACT on track for 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020, through policies to support large scale solar, wind and battery storage projects.

    Simon was a joint winner of the Banksia Foundation's Gold Award for the ACT Solar Auction program in 2015, and has been recognized by the Clean Energy Council and the Climate Alliance for his work in championing the clean energy transition in Canberra and nationally.

    He is also a Patron of the Australian Solar Council and an Adjunct Professor of the University of Canberra.

  • Dr Jenny Riesz is a Principal with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).  In this role, she leads the work program on frequency control in AEMO’s the Future Power System Security Program.  This program aims to identify and address future system security challenges.  Prior to this, Jenny was a Research Associate with the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM), at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).   Her research focused on high penetration renewable energy scenarios for the NEM.  Jenny was formerly the Principal of Renewable Energy and Climate Policy at ROAM Consulting.  In this role, Jenny led the delivery of consulting services to a wide range of clients, including the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), transmission network service providers such as Powerlink, Western Power and ElectraNet, the Independent Market Operator of Western Australia (IMO WA) and the Clean Energy Council.  Significant studies included analysis of Frequency Control Ancillary Service requirements and costs with high wind penetration, examination of the market impacts of network congestion on wind farm operators and developers, and detailed analysis of the operation of the Renewable Energy Certificate market in Australia.  Jenny’s PhD was conducted at the University of Queensland in the field of biophysics, studying the quantum and spectroscopic properties of melanin skin pigment.

  • Bud is a Wind and Site Specialist in Vestas. Since joining Vestas in 2007, Bud has extensive experience with wind farms in the Asia Pacific region, working on numerous projects from Mongolia to Tasmania. His background in turbine performance and diagnostics keeps him focused on real world optimisation and outcomes in his current role, designing and optimising new wind farms. Bud has recently returned to Australia after leading the Vestas Wind and Site team in China.

    Vestas has been at the forefront of siting and loads for the last decade, and was among the first in the industry to embrace CFD and meteorological modelling. They use this experience to drive conservatism from wind and loads models while ensuring turbines will operate efficiently and safely.

  • Maja Barnett is a Senior Engineer at Pacific Hydro with 15 years’ experience in the wind industry. She began her career with Pacific Hydro in 2002 and has experience in all stages of wind farm development from site feasibility to operational asset management. Maja has implemented and managed software systems to assist in the development and operation of a global asset portfolio. She holds degrees in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science from the University of Melbourne, and is currently completing an Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering. 

  • Daniel is a Renewable Engineer at Entura with almost 10 years’ experience of investigating feasibility and due diligence energy yield assessments for renewable projects both in Australia and around the world. With a Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science background, and an interest in poking around in data to see what falls out, he assists clients seeking to understand the value in their projects.

  • Jacqui Bridge is an Industrial Engineer with more than 20 years’ experience working with utilities, mainly electricity network businesses. In her current role as Networks Planning Manager at AusNet Services, Jacqui is leading network strategy development that will enable AusNet Services to plan, manage and adapt its electricity transmission, distribution and gas networks to meet the rapidly changing needs of customers.  Jacqui’s career aspiration is to play an influential role in repositioning the energy sector for the future.

  • Laura Browne joined Senvion’s international wind and site team in 2016, where her role focuses on assessing turbine suitability for site conditions and turbine performance guarantees. In her previous role with SgurrEnergy, she worked as a consultant in all stages of wind farm development from measurement campaign design to operational wind farm performance review. Laura studied at the UK Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind Energy Systems and holds an honours degree in Physics Technology from Dublin Institute of Technology.

  • Bridget has been working in the wind industry since she graduated with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering in 2006. She worked for Garrad Hassan (now DNV-GL) from 2006 before joining Prevailing Analysis in 2010.  She is responsible for undertaking financial-grade energy yield assessments and other development support services (including CFD modelling, site suitability studies, noise modelling, wind data management and monitoring campaign support) for proposed onshore and offshore wind farms worldwide.  She continues to support developers, operators and investors in all aspects of wind farm analysis and assessment.

  • Phil is an Associate with Jacobs Group Australia’s Environment, Planning and Acoustics Team.  He has extensive experience in the coordination of complex and multifaceted environmental and planning approvals as well as a detailed understanding of planning and policy issues associated with renewable energy.  Prior to Jacobs, Phil spent six years in the renewable energy sector, six years in various state government planning and policy roles as well as time in consulting and local government.

  • Jillian is an environment and planning partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, and a member of the firm’s renewable energy team.  She assists clients to participate in strategic and statutory planning processes, obtain EPBC Act approvals, negotiate biodiversity offset transactions, and manage other environmental approvals processes.  She also specialises in ancillary areas of law relevant to renewables projects, including road law, land access, and Crown land, She regularly provides advice on federal climate and renewables law and tradeable permit schemes.  Jillian works primarily in the infrastructure sector, and has experience assisting clients to see projects through in the energy, water, waste and transport sectors.

  • Matthew Clifton-Smith is a Senior Renewables Engineer with the Jacobs Renewables team. Matthew’s wind engineering career started with a PhD in small wind turbine design before joining Garrad Hassan (now DNV GL) in 2009. He moved to Thailand in 2015 to work for a wind farm developer and operator before joining the Jacobs team in 2016.

    In his current role at Jacobs, Matthew supports developers, OEMs, operators and investors through finance grade wind farm yield assessments, IEC power curve assessments, due diligence projects, and operational wind farm support. He has been involved in wind turbine power curve measurements of over 20 wind farms, and has overseen wind monitoring campaigns from over 130 monitoring towers. Matthew’s operational experience includes monitoring the performance and availability of 200+ MW of wind farm assets. 

  • Elisa de Wit is a partner within the Melbourne office of international legal practice, Norton Rose Fulbright and heads the office’s Environment Group.  She is also the head of the Australian Climate Change and Sustainability practice.  Elisa has practised in the areas of environmental, planning and climate change law for over 25 years, including 8 years of practice in the United Kingdom.  Elisa is recognised in Best Lawyers for climate change, environment and planning, and water law and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers.

  • Mel Dunn has over 50 years experience in aviation across a broad range of matters.

    After graduating from Adelaide University with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1960, he spent the next four years with English Electric Aviation Ltd in Lancashire, UK, (now part of British Aerospace), initially as a Graduate Apprentice, later as an Aero Mechanical Engineer.

    Mel returned to Australia in 1964 and joined the then Department of Civil Aviation as an Airworthiness Engineer, subsequently transferring to the Environment and Security Branch of the Department as an aircraft noise specialist, rising to become Branch Head responsible for the development of standards and practices for the implementation of aviation security requirements, aircraft noise and aircraft pollution reduction programmes.

    In 1983, Mel was appointed as the Assistant General Manager, Airworthiness, of the Civil Aviation Authority being responsible for establishing and administering airworthiness policy in Australia and in 1990 he was appointed as General Manager, Field Operations, responsible for the overall running of the then five field offices.

    Mel left the Civil Aviation Authority in 1992, after some 28 years of service, and became the Director for Civil Aviation in the Republic of Vanuatu, a position he held for nearly two years between 1993 and 1994.

    Following return from Vanuatu at the end of July 1994, Mel established himself as a private Aviation & Safety Consultant. In that role he has undertaken a variety of projects, both within Australia and overseas including 100+ safety audits of fixed wing and rotary wing operators both within Australia and overseas, all of which have been under the umbrella of HART Aviation (now part of SGS), with which Mel has been associated since 2001 and is now a contracted Senior Aviation Adviser.

    Mel is based in Canberra; he advises SGS clients across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Jonathon is Director of a specialised market consulting firm with a specific focus in plant and trading operations and optimisation.  With 18 years experience in the NEM, Jonathon has worked for numerous market participants, regulators and policy/observer organisations across all regions in Australia.  Jonathon holds degrees in Engineering and Business, and is an associate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Suzanne has a background as an energy regulatory lawyer and in her time at the Commission has lead and been involved with a broad range of rule change requests and reviews involving electricity, gas, networks and retail issues. Before joining the AEMC Suzanne worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for the ACT Government on implementing the National Energy Customer Framework and local renewable energy schemes. Prior to that, Suzanne specialised in competition, consumer protection, administrative law and commercial litigation for Minter Ellison, and worked as corporate counsel for a renewable start-up on intellectual property and energy regulatory issues. She has a Degree in Economics, an Honours Degree in Law and a Masters in International Law from the Australian National  University.

  • Mr. Geiser is team lead in the Operations Control Centre at Infigen Energy – a unit that monitors asset operation and energy markets 24/7, as well providing data analysis services to the wider business.

    He has worked at Infigen for over 5 years. He has previously worked in energy consulting and R&D with a bachelor degree in Renewable Energy Engineering.

  • Trenton Gilbert is the Head of Section for Developer Support Services in the Pacific region for DNV GL.  He has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and a BE in Aerospace. Trenton has worked on many wind farm projects throughout Australasia and Southeast Asia in support of developers and lenders, and is responsible for the delivery of a range of services including site identification, wind flow modelling, feasibility studies, wind monitoring programs, layout development and optimisation, and technical inputs to environmental and planning assessments, including shadow flicker, electromagnetic interference (EMI) and visual impact assessments.

  • Martin Hewitt has been a consulting structural engineer for more than 18 years and has worked in the design and design review of wind farm foundations for more than 10 years over more than 20 wind farms.  Martin specialises in advanced analysis techniques, however with his experience he also offers a practical approach to construction and installation.

  • Winodh holds the position of principal consultant with over 10 years of experience and leads connection work for generation and T&D projects based in AECOM’s Sydney offices.  His project experience includes connecting wind farms up to 200MW, solar PV farms up to 50MW and large load connections

  • I am a planner with 17 years experience in State and Local Government and the private sector. I manage the wind farm planning team who administer all wind farm planning permit matters in Victoria and provide recommendations to the Minister for Planning who determines all permit applications.

  • Ben Kang (BEng(Hons), MIEAust) Sector Manager - Wind Energy for Schaeffler Australia, has over 10 years’ experience in application engineering for rolling bearings and Industrial aftermarket MRO service. Responding to increasing demands for optimum reliability, Ben specialises in reliability improvements and increasing productivity across Heavy Industries such as Wind Energy, Industrial Gearboxes, Mining and Pulp & Paper throughout Australia and New Zealand.

    Schaeffler Australia is part of the worldwide Schaeffler Group, which has been producing bearings used in wind turbines for more than 30 years and is a world leader in technologies which address increasing demands for optimum reliability. The Schaeffler Australia operation - with its brands FAG and INA, has long-standing OEM relationships with wind turbine manufacturers and extensive local experience in MRO service, extending operational life and identifying early warning signs.  

  • Peter Kessler is the Chief Executive Officer for Fulton Hogan’s Construction business in Australia and is a key driver of the Company’s work in Renewable Energy.

    He joined Fulton Hogan in 2010 to lead the procurement and delivery of large scale infrastructure projects within Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
    Prior to Fulton Hogan, he was the General Manager of John Holland’s international Tunnelling and Underground Mining Division, as well as a Director of John Holland Pty Ltd, a Director of John Holland NZ Ltd, the General Manager of JH Southern Region (incorporating South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand) and the Strategic Development Director for the John Holland Group. He has overseen infrastructure projects in Greece, Hong Kong, Philippines, China, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

    Peter’s qualifications include a BE in Civil Engineering and he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Engineers, a Chartered Professional Engineer, and a past Chairman of the Australasian Tunnelling Society. Peter brings considerable experience in project delivery models which will be valuable insight to assisting wind farm projects get off the ground.

  • Natalie Lukies is a Senior Wind Engineer with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Natalie has worked as a technical consultant in the wind industry since 2008 and has worked on various wind farm projects in Australia, China, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Natalie provides engineering expertise on wind farm projects including wind resource assessment, site identification, wind turbine selection, operational assessments and the development of technical documentation.  Natalie is also experienced in the technical due diligence of operational and greenfield wind farm projects and has experience as Lenders Engineer during construction.

  • Harley Mackenzie has been the Managing Director of HARD software that has been operating in the energy industry for nearly 20 years after having worked with Yallourn Energy and completing his Phd on modelling combustion processes. HARD Software develops technical tools and solutions for trading, generation and retail operations in the Australian NEM and International energy markets as well as providing consulting services in energy, risk management and aviation. His current passions are focussed on reducing the costs of FCAS services for intermittent generators, providing effective wind and solar software tools and developing short term wind and solar forecasting solutions.

  • Bruce has two decades of industry experience in electrical engineering and project management, with broad experience across the areas of planning, operations, maintenance, distribution design, asset management standards and contract management.  Bringing the practical realities to the table in early project scoping, Bruce's experience provides the Zenviron team with pragmatic advice, steering projects to optimise outcomes in project delivery.

  • Kate Summers holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering (Hons) major in Power and Control Engineering from Swinburne University (Melbourne) and a Graduate Diploma Management. After ten years working in transmission planning (dynamic modeling, power system control) and system operations in the Victorian and later the National Electricity Market Management Company (NEMMCO), she commenced work with the renewable energy company, Pacific Hydro. Inconjunction she has served four years as the technical director for the Australian Wind Energy Association and a further five years as the the Chair of the Grid Directorate for the Clean Energy Council.  Her work at Pacific Hydro covers a broad range from connection works for new projects, performance and compliance of operating assets including control and protection upgrades for the East Kimberley Power System.  Throughout the last tweleve years she has contributed significantly to the national debate on the technical standards and integration of renewable energy both into the market and physically into the NEM grid. She combines this a broad practical knowledge of the power system, synchronous generation, wind and solar power plants.

  • Donald Vaughan is a Principal Consultant at Entura where he has worked for over 20 years.  He has a long record of dealing with connections in less favourable parts of the grid, notably, Woolnorth and Musselroe in Tasmania and Cathedral Rocks in South Australia.  Donald specialises in the performance of power systems. His experience with generating units, governors and excitation systems provides a helpful perspective on how the physical electrical network behaves and how it can support the transition to a high renewables environment.  He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and is a member of the CIGRE Australian Panel C1. 

    Donald lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania and as a member of the Hydro Tasmania group he doesn’t mind the odd wet and windy day: more people should embrace bad weather as a boon for renewable energy rather than just a poor day to go to the beach.

  • Mr. Pan Weiping is responsible for product planning; management and product certification work of R & D Center of Goldwind. The main scope of work includes developing product portfolio plan and development strategy based on market needs, steering product development work of key turbine models to meet market needs by working closely with R & D’s design and engineering teams. In addition, Mr. Pan is also responsible to provide technical support to Goldwind’s strategic marketing and client engagement activities at both domestic and international markets.