Speakers

  • Muchtazar (Tazar)
    Sustainability Manager, Nickel Industries

    Session: 'Future Energy' collaboration in the nickel sector: transitioning to renewable energy sources and other lower carbon-emitting solutions

    Muchtazar is an experienced sustainability professional and has worked for several industrial enterprises since 2014.

    He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and a Master of Environmental Science from the University of Indonesia.

    He received an SDG Pioneer award from the United Nations Global Compact, being just the second Indonesian in the award history to receive the accolade. He has also represented his country in various international forums, such as the UN Global Compact Leaders Week, One Young World Summit, Global Compact Network Singapore Youth Forum, and the Asian Circular Economy Leadership Academy.

    He is currently a Sustainability Manager of Nickel Mines Limited, an Australian public company that emerges as a globally significant nickel producer.

  • Linden Birch
    Group Sustainability Manager, CSR Limited

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the best ways to reduce emissions in heat energy-intensive manufacturing processes?

    Linden Birch is Group Sustainability Manager with CSR Limited, a leading building manufacturing company with operations in Australia and New Zealand. Linden has a strong background in environment, sustainability and strategy having worked in the private, public and not-for-profit arenas in a range of sectors including manufacturing, property and aviation.

    Linden’s role focuses on developing and embedding sustainability within the strategic direction and operational processes of CSR.  This includes the identification and management of climate change risks and leading CSR’s approach to decarbonisation.

    Linden worked with environmental consultancies in Australia, UK and Hong Kong before moving to the Airport Authority in Hong Kong as Senior Environmental Scientist during the construction and first year operation of the Hong Kong International Airport.  After leaving the Airport Authority, Linden became the first Environmental Manager for Swire Properties, a large Tier 1 property developer in Hong Kong and mainland China, which develops residential and commercial premises. On returning to Australia and prior to joining CSR, Linden worked with the not-for-profit The Hornery Institute, embedding sustainability into master-planned communities such as Docklands in Melbourne and North Lakes in Brisbane. 

    Linden is an environmental scientist with a Masters Degree in Science (Environmental Management) from the University of Hong Kong, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

  • Noreen Byrne
    Chief Sustainability Officer, NeuRizer

    Session: Eradicating CO2 from fertiliser manufacture - carbon neutrality by design

    Noreen is a Senior Manager with over 20 years’ experience across several industries including mining, defence, health, media and IT.

    Prior to moving into the field of People Resources, Noreen started her career as a Geologist in exploration and underground mining in the goldfields.

    Noreen worked across established organizations and entrepreneurial ventures advising them through the stages of creation, growth, and stabilization. Her breadth of experience across diverse industry groups has provided an exceptional platform to link people and sustainability strategies to business success.

    As LCK GM Sustainability & People, Noreen is leading LCK’s transformation ESG program through developing effective leadership, differentiated talent models, sustainable business models, cultural engagement, environmental excellence and strong governance.

  • Ray Chatfield
    Global Technical Manager of Refining Energy, Alcoa

    Session: Technology as a key to emission reduction/elimination in the alumina industry

    Ray Chatfield is the Global Technical Manager for Energy for Alcoa’s six alumina refineries. Energy is Alcoa’s largest annual commodity spend in their refineries. . Ray has over 35 years experience in alumina refining with Alcoa based in Australia and the USA, focussing on refinery continuous improvement programs, creep, brownfield and greenfield expansion studies. For the past decade he has managed Alcoa’s energy continuous improvement program. He also investigates alternative energy opportunities and leads the refining decarbonisation team.

  • John Davis
    Head of Climate Solutions, APAC, South Pole

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the key metrics to measure and analyse on the journey to net zero?

    John Davis is South Pole's Director for Asia Pacific based in Sydney. He's responsible for growing the upstream and downstream businesses and sits on their executive committee. John has over 20 years of international experience in the environmental markets, sustainability and sustainable finance. Prior to joining South Pole, John accumulated a decade of profound experience in the environmental markets in Europe with Spectron, an energy brokerage, followed by CF Partners, an energy and environmental trading company.

  • Royce De Sousa
    Director, Eastern Energy Buyers

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What kind of policies would make net zero by 2050 possible?

    Royce De Sousa (BE Hons / LLB) is currently Director, Eastern Energy Buyers Group (EEBG) – a buying group comprised of a range of corporate Commercial, Industrial and Agricultural energy users which leverages group expertise and consolidated group energy load to achieve lower procured price of Natural Gas and Electricity across entire gas and electricity supply chains. Eastern Energy Buyers is also a Market Participant in various East Coast Natural Gas Markets.

    Royce is also Director, poweRD Consulting – a small consultancy aimed at identifying and delivering opportunities in energy for corporates with a particular focus on Commercial and Industrials energy users.

    Prior to poweRD Consulting and EEBG, Royce was General Manager – Energy & Sustainability for Visy Industries Australia – Australia’s largest packaging and recycling company. Royce’s two decade-long focus on Energy at Visy included procurement and supply of energy to Visy’s facilities, Visy’s gas-fired  and renewable energy generation, as well as driving Visy’s carbon strategy and energy efficiency programmes.

    Royce was a Discretionary Member of the Australian Energy Markets Commission (AEMC) Reliability Panel which focuses on improving the security and reliability of Australia’s energy supply and infrastructure. Royce represented all Large User interests on the Panel between 2015 and 2018.

    Prior to working in energy, Royce was a process, project and maintenance engineer in Visy’s Paper Mills.

    Royce also worked with the following firms prior to joining Visy
    • ABB in its former Steam Turbine Division, Baden, Switzerland;
    • Solicitors’ firm Freehills;
    • Macquarie Bank’s Project and Structured Finance Division

  • Aleena Dewji
    Net Zero Strategy Lead, Ecovantage

    Session: Masterclass A: Introduction to carbon for industry

    Aleena is the Net Zero Strategy Lead at Ecovantage and a registered Climate Active Consultant. Aleena has a Master of Environmental Management in Sustainable Development and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Originally from Canada, Aleena has worked in the carbon and sustainability space in both Alberta and Australia.

    At Ecovantage, Aleena leads the Decarbonisation Unit to support organisations on their journey to net zero emissions. She has over 10 years’ experience with greenhouse gas accounting, climate change risk analysis, and sustainability strategy development. Aleena is passionate about driving sustainable change and implementing innovative solutions at organisations to support the global transition to net zero.

  • Ben Eade
    Chief Executive Officer, Manufacturing Australia

    Session: Opening remarks from the Chair

    Ben has worked with Manufacturing Australia since its inception in 2011, and as Executive Director since 2013, helping the organisation to become a champion for Australia’s large enterprise manufacturing sector.

    Prior to joining Manufacturing Australia, Ben’s career in corporate affairs spanned public and private sectors in Australia and the USA, where he worked in senior in house and consulting roles with government departments as well as large corporations, with focus on the manufacturing, energy and higher education sectors.

  • Zoe Godijn
    Manager Value Chain Emissions, Rio Tinto

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the key metrics to measure and analyse on the journey to net zero?

    Zoe is a chemical engineer with 23+ years of industry experience primarily in the area of aluminium smelting, alumina refining and bauxite mining within Rio Tinto. She has developed deep technical expertise in greenhouse gas and energy reporting and calculation methods (scope 1, 2 & 3 GHG emissions) after spending over a decade in this field. Her career has included leadership roles in production and service areas in Smelting operations, business improvement, corporate reporting & compliance, contributions to climate policy development & technical greenhouse gas guidance.

    Zoe currently works in the Rio Tinto Energy & Climate Change Centre of Excellence. This involves developing the Value Chain Emissions Roadmap for emissions reduction and reporting for the business towards the vision of cradle to gate emissions value chain reporting. She is recognised under their internal excellence program 'RioExcel' as a Climate Change & Energy expert within the global business.

    Previous roles included regulatory and compliance reporting in the climate change area in a timely and professional manner including work for National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER), Safeguard Mechanism baseline setting, Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) projects and RET applications.

    Zoe led the methodology development and facilitated the reporting of the Rio Tinto Scope 1,2,3 Emission Calculation Methodology Report for 2020 and 2021 for the global business. This included emissions from iron ore, copper, minerals and aluminium upstream and downstream processes.

  • Leigh Holder
    Director of Business Development, Yara Clean Ammonia

    Session: Hydrogen to decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors: heavy industry, mining and transport

    Mr Holder has been part of Yara International’s Australian management team since July 2012, acting as Legal Counsel and Company Secretary for Yara’s Australian and New Zealand operations, before moving into the position of Business Development Director - Australia for Yara Clean Ammonia in April 2022.

    During his time with Yara, Mr Holder has overseen the acquisition and integration of the existing world class Burrup liquid ammonia plant into Yara’s global portfolio of production assets, and was integral in the establishment of Yara’s joint venture with Orica Limited, which constructed the world’s first modular Technical Ammonium Nitrate (TAN) on the Burrup Peninsula, near Karratha in Western Australia. 

    More recently, Mr Holder has been part of the team leading Yara’s decarbonisation ambitions in Australia, with the establishment of Yara’s partnership with Engie to the develop the Yuri Project, which in 2022 will commence construction of one of the world’s first industrial-scale renewable hydrogen production operations. Project Yuri will use green hydrogen as a feedstock for the Burrup Liquid Ammonia Plant, and has secured the support of ARENA and the Western Australia Government to support the development of the hydrogen export industry in Australia.

    With the size of the global ammonia market expected to more than double in volume by 2050, Mr Holder’s role involves the assessment of other investment opportunities for Yara Clean Ammonia across Australia and New Zealand in the areas of export, industrial  shipping, power generation and agriculture.

  • Georgia Holt
    Senior Business Development Associate, South Pole

    Session: Masterclass B: Building a coherent and workable business plan for net zero

    Georgia Holt is an energetic and passionate professional speaker, host and moderator with extensive experience in mining and sustainability. Georgia has presented on webinars and at conferences, participated in panel discussions and led workshops with industry professionals in her roles at South Pole, AECOM, Newcastle Port and Muswellbrook Coal. She has presented on topics ranging from microplastics to carbon markets and nature-based solutions to large audiences in Australia, the US and Asia.

    With a degree in environmental engineering and honours in the geochemistry of mine tailings, Georgia has worked on industrial projects across Australia and overseas. Her experience in the resources sector includes environmental officer roles at the Newcastle Port and Muswellbrook Coal, as well as contaminated land expert at AECOM. In her role at South Pole, Georgia works with clients across the resources and manufacturing sectors to guide them on their decarbonisation journey.

    Georgia's wide-ranging experience also includes developing waste management solutions in East Timor, developing the Microplastics practice at AECOM, and automating data processing at Muswellbrook Coal.

  • Barry Hooper
    Executive Director and Chief Technical Officer, KC8 Capture Technologies

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the options for industries where carbon is unavoidably generated in production processes (eg gas mining, cement manufacture)?

    Mr Hooper is the founder of UNO Technology Pty Ltd which has provided the technology backbone of KC8 Capture Technologies Ltd. He was the Chief Technologist of the CO2CRC involved in all aspects of CCS with a specific focus on carbon capture. He has been involved in CCS for close to 20 years. Prior to this, Barry was the Corporate Engineering and Manufacturing Manager of Orica.

  • Rebecca Irwin
    Chief Sustainability & People Officer, Adbri

    Session: Decarbonising emissions-intensive processes and operations whilst working towards a goal of net zero emissions by 2050

    Rebecca joined Adbri in 2020 and is a public policy and stakeholder engagement leader with over 20 years’ experience across the private and public sectors. Rebecca was previously Head of External Affairs at Newcrest Mining and prior to this was BHP’s Senior Government Relations Adviser. Rebecca has also worked as an international lawyer and senior public policy adviser for the Australian Government, and as a political adviser to the Prime Minister.

  • Marghanita Johnson
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Aluminium Council

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the best ways to reduce emissions in heat energy-intensive manufacturing processes?

    Marghanita Johnson has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Aluminium Council since 2019. She has over 20 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 board member of the Energy Users Association of Australia and Vice Chair of the Australian
    Industry Greenhouse Network, and has previously been a non-executive director on the boards of the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter and the Tomago Aluminium Company.

  • The Hon Matt Kean
    Treasurer, Minister for Energy, NSW Government

    Session: Supporting businesses as they move to net zero

    Matt Kean entered Parliament in 2011 and spent his early years advocating for stronger mental health policy.

    Elevated to the NSW Cabinet in 2017, he was appointed Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation in 2017, then appointed Minister for Energy and Environment in 2019 and appointed Treasurer in 2021.

    His first Budget delivered reform to break the barriers to women’s opportunity – an investment that will pay dividends for both the economy and our society.
    In the 2022 Budget, he also drove education reforms to give NSW children the best start in life, cost of living relief for families across the State, and initiatives to help more people into homes.

    He intends to invest in our economy and our people today to deliver a stronger, more prosperous, more sustainable future tomorrow. 

    An outspoken critic of ‘climate denialism’ he has campaigned for greater and national action on climate change, arguing it’s not only good for the environment but it’s also good for our economy.

    He has committed to increasing the size of the NSW National Park estate by almost 600,000 hectares by the end of 2022 and in 2020 delivered the biggest renewable energy policy in Australia’s history.

  • Rob Kelly
    Program Director, Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative (ETI)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the option for industries where carbon in unavoidably generated in production processes (eg., gas mining, cement manufacture)?

    Rob is the Industry system lead and program director of the Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative (ETI) – a collaborative effort supporting industry and business leaders to collectively learn, develop research and take actions to move industry supply chains towards net zero emissions by mid-century. The ETI is convened by Climateworks Australia and Climate-KIC Australia, in collaboration with the Energy Transitions Commission. Rob previously led the pathways and investments program, and the natural resources and energy stream of CSIRO’s Australian National Outlook 2019, which developed a strategy for Australia to realise a more inclusive, resilient and prosperous economy.

  • Pauline Kennedy
    Low Carbon Policy and Advocacy Manager, bp Australia

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What kind of policies would make net zero by 2050 possible?

    Pauline holds the position of low carbon policy and advocacy manager for bp in Australia and New Zealand. bp’s purpose is to reimagine energy for people and the planet with an ambition to be a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and to help the world get to net zero. Pauline’s role contributes to bp’s strategy by advocating for policies that support net-zero in the region. She works across the business to advance bp’s net-zero ambitions and represents bp in external engagement with government, industry association, think tanks and NGOs in pursuit of low carbon, climate change and clean energy policy solutions.       

    Pauline has over twenty years of experience in economic policy and advice with a focus on climate change and energy. Prior to joining bp, she held a number of senior roles at both federal and state levels of government in Australia and internationally. Previous career highlights include leadership roles in the development of Australia’s various carbon pricing and renewable energy schemes and with the World Bank’s partnership for market readiness which supported countries exploring carbon pricing, including South Africa, Mexico, Chile, Vietnam, India and China. Pauline has also been a senior executive with the Climate Change Authority, an Executive Board member of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, and Australia’s lead negotiator on international carbon pricing at the UNFCCC.

  • Jarrod Leak
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the best ways to reduce emissions in heat

    energy-intensive manufacturing processes?

    As CEO of A2EP, Jarrod is focussed on taking energy productivity in Australia to the next level by building on A2EP’s reputation for innovative programs and engagement. A2EP will continue to build awareness of the economic, productivity and environmental benefits of investing in energy productivity and to support the success of currently available innovative technologies, as well as looking further afield for the next generation of developments.

  • Felicity Lloyd
    Chief Executive Officer, Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition Cooperative Research Centre (HiLT CRC)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the best ways to reduce emissions in heat energy-intensive manufacturing processes?

    Felicity has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide (SA). She is a technical, operational and sustainability leader with more than 15 years’ of heavy industry experience at Adbri. In her most recent role as National Business Improvement and Sustainability Manager she has delivered a leading low carbon fuel strategic planning and implementation project utilising refuse derived fuels. Earlier roles included operational management and project engineering. She is a member of the Centre for Energy Technology (CET) Advisory Board, the Faculty of Engineering, Maths and Computer Science Advisory Board and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

  • Dan Louden
    Chief Executive Officer, Big Tyre

    Session: The accidental emissions strategist: justifying energy efficiency and decarbonisation from an economic point of view

    Dan took over the helm of Big Tyre as CEO in 2019 after working for three years as its Business Development Manager. With an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Dan brings a fresh perspective and drive to the business, and is committed to improving efficiency, customer service, and professionalism to take the business to new heights. Dan’s previous experience includes eight years as a Barramundi Hatchery Manager where he led the transformation a small operation into the world’s largest barramundi hatchery.

  • Jackie McKeon
    Program Director, Business Renewables Centre Australia (BRC-A)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What kind of policies would make net zero by 2050 possible?

    Jackie is Program Director at the Business Renewables Centre Australia (BRC-A), the leading national and not-for-profit organisation facilitating corporate uptake of renewable energy in Australia.  Established in 2018 by Climate-KIC, WWF-Australia and the Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS) with funding from ARENA, NSW Government and Victorian Government, the BRC-A now has over 250 corporate members and is launching a new phase – including a new diagnostic tool and more resources and training for members.

    As part of the team that established the BRC-A and having spent the past 2 years consulting in renewable energy procurement and carbon management, Jackie has returned to the BRC-A to expand corporate renewable energy procurement further. Jackie’s key skill areas are carbon and energy management, renewable energy procurement (especially corporate PPAs), decarbonisation strategy & business cases, corporate advisory, outreach & advocacy. Her experience spans a range of sectors including energy, property, infrastructure, mining, retail, finance and government.

  • The Hon Steven Miles
    Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics Infrastructure, Queensland Government

    Session: Update from the Queensland government on support for businesses reducing emissions (Pre-recorded message)

    Steven Miles is Queensland’s Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics Infrastructure.

    As the former Health Minister, Steven led the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic alongside Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young.

    Now as Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics Infrastructure, Steven wants to leverage that world-best health response to focus on Queensland’s economic response and get more Queenslanders back to work.

    Steven’s aim is to create good secure jobs for Queenslanders by supporting the industries Queensland was built on and investing in new industries that create new jobs and opportunities.

    Steven and his wife Kim are raising their three children Sam, Aidan and Bridie in the beautiful Moreton Bay Region suburb of Mango Hill.

  • Ashley Mills
    Director, Onsite & Bulk, BOC South Pacific

    Session: Strategizing your net zero plan using the power of renewables

    Ashley joined BOC South Pacific in 2016 after leading Linde Malaysia for three years as Managing Director. Prior to that, Ashley was Global Head of Cylinder and Hard Goods Supply Chain for The Linde Group in Munich, Germany. He has extensive expertise in chemical engineering, operations, management and business development. A leader in process safety, Ashley has implemented safety strategies across ten countries and established The Linde Group’s Global Process Safety Team. 

    Since beginning his career with BOC UK in 1992, Ashley has held various leadership positions at BOC and The Linde Group across Asia, the UK and Germany.

    Ashley holds a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering and Management from the Loughborough University of Technology, UK.

  • Brian Morris
    Division Director, Green Investment Group, Macquarie Capital

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What kind of policies would make net zero by 2050 possible?

    Brian joined Macquarie Group in 2019 and is currently a Division Director in Macquarie Assets Management’s Green Investment Group based in Melbourne. Brian has over 30 years’ experience within the Energy sector and has extensive energy market origination and energy trading experience, including renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPA)

    Brian has a deep understanding of energy financial markets and has worked with large energy users on financial and physical grid connected and behind the meter energy management solutions.

    Prior to joining Macquarie, Brian worked at Schneider Electric for 7 years where he led the Energy and Sustainability Services business in Australia, a diverse and profitable team of 75 staff focused on improving the sustainability and energy productivity of commercial and industrial sector clients.

    Brian was a founder and Director of Creative Energy Solutions from 2003 – 2010, the first specialist energy advisor to be awarded an Australian Financial Services License.

    Brian currently a Board Member and Chairman for the Energy Users Association of Australia.

  • Aidan Mullan
    Sustainability Manager, Interface Australia & New Zealand

    Session: Building the hydrogen highway – how does hydrogen stack up for long distance haulage?

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the key metrics to measure and analyse on the journey to net zero?

    Interface is a global leader in modular flooring, offering an integrated collection of carbon neutral carpet tiles and resilient flooring that includes luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and nora® rubber flooring. The company set out, in 1994, to reduce its environmental impact to zero, celebrating success in 2019. Interface is a carbon neutral enterprise and has set a new goal to become carbon negative by 2040.

    Aidan Mullan, a Chemical Engineer with Lean skills, leads local innovations to reduce and eliminate hazardous substances from all processes, reduce embodied carbon and continue efficient contribution to the circular economy.

    He uses Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) tools to evaluate raw material and manufacturing environmental impacts to assist the company in transitioning to more sustainable processes and products.

  • Abhi Nithyanand
    Head of Advisory - Sustainability and Energy, Renewable Energy Hub

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What kind of policies would make net zero by 2050 possible?

    Abhi is Head of Market Development & Strategy at Renewable Energy Hub and brings over 10 years of experience working in the Australian energy market. He specialises in commercial strategy and offtake structures, having worked across the entire value chain with policymakers, network businesses, developers, energy retailers and end users. Leveraging his commercial focus, Abhi has developed innovative market products and offtake structures that have been adopted across the market by project developers, integrated retailers, and large energy users.

  • Steve Porter
    Head of Sustainability, Innovation & Trade, InfraBuild

    Session: Realising the rewards of whole-of-business transformation

    Stephen has been the Head of Sustainability, Innovation and Trade at InfraBuild since April 2021 - leading the Company’s ESG activities with a particular focus on developing and deploying its decarbonisation strategy, Stephen has over 30 years experience within the Steel and Construction industries, including General Management roles in Sales, Marketing and International Trade Law.

  • Blaise Porter
    Group Director Sustainability & Social Responsibility, Sims Limited

    Session: Integrating a net zero business strategy to propel growth

    Blaise is the Group Director Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility at Sims Limited, the global leader in metal recycling and data centre IT circularity. She directs Sims Limited’s long-term sustainability ambitions and goals, integrates sustainability throughout the company’s divisions worldwide, and helps Sims fulfil its purpose - to create a world without waste, to preserve our planet. Blaise also directs Sims' corporate social responsibility framework. Prior to joining Sims in 2021, Blaise was the Director of Responsible Business at Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand. She recently completed a Masters in Sustainability & Climate Policy from Curtin University.

  • Troy Powell
    Head of Sustainability, Orica

    Session: Net zero industrial precincts - a manufacturing perspective

    Troy joined Orica in 2019 and is responsible for developing and leading Orica’s sustainability strategies, including the organisation’s actions on climate change.

    Troy has worked to create competitive advantage by capturing the value between sustainability and business strategies to achieve cost savings, enhanced brand and reputation, product differentiation and customer retention. The recently announced Orica Kooragang Island Decarbonisation Project is testament to this approach and offers an innovative business model for driving industrial decarbonisation.

    Troy has accumulated over 23 years of experience across the resources, infrastructure, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors and contributed to several expert industry groups covering green infrastructure and industrial decarbonisation. He strongly believes in the enabling potential of digital technology in facilitating low-carbon economic growth and enabling positive social and environmental impact.

    He lives in Melbourne, has a passion for cycling, and mentors disadvantaged students through The Smith Family.

  • Matthias Raab
    Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, CO2CRC

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the options for industries where carbon is unavoidably generated in production processes (eg gas mining, cement manufacture)?

    Dr Raab is committed to Australia’s energy transition as a leader in the global scientific, engineering, energy and resources sectors.
    Passionate about finding innovative solutions to energy, climate and resource challenges, Dr Raab’s 25+ year career has spanned academia, government, industry, and the not-for-profit sectors, and involved collaborating with international leaders and experts in their fields.

  • Tennant Reed
    Head of Climate, Energy and Environment Policy, Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the options for industries where carbon is unavoidably generated in production processes (eg gas mining, cement manufacture)?

    Tennant Reed manages Climate, Energy and Environment Policy at the Australian Industry Group.  Since 2008 he has been deeply involved in Australian climate and energy issues, advising Ai Group’s Leaders’ Group on Energy and Climate Policy, coordinating joint research and advocacy with wider energy stakeholders, facilitating the Australian Climate Roundtable and developing reports on energy prices, natural gas supply and business energy use.  He has also advised Ai Group on a range of issues related to manufacturing and innovation.  Previously he was an adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, working on fiscal policy, stimulus and infrastructure.  Tennant lives in Melbourne.

  • Mel Rohan
    Senior Public Affairs Officer, Australia, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What kind of policies would make net zero by 2050 possible?

    Mel Rohan is the Senior Public Affairs Officer in Australia for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) which is the global, not for profit professional body for chartered surveyors. RICS’s purpose under royal charter is to secure the advancement and facilitate the acquisition of knowledge in the professional field of surveying, to maintain the usefulness of the profession and to act in the public interest around the world. RICS’s motto is Est Modus in Rebus ‘there is proper measure in things’

  • Sonya Samson
    Senior Managing Consultant, Climate Strategies, South Pole

    Session: Masterclass B: Building a coherent and workable business plan for net zero

    Sonya is a sustainability professional working across environmental, accounting, decarbonisation and climate risk and disclosure. At South Pole, Sonya supports clients across industrial and commercial sectors with calculating their GHG emissions footprint, identifying emissions reduction opportunities, developing decarbonisation strategies and setting targets under different frameworks for measurement and disclosure. Previously, she worked in the petro-chemical industry as a chemical engineer, supporting both technical and strategic initiatives.

  • Dani Siew
    Manager, Corporate Engagement, Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the key metrics to measure and analyse on the journey to net zero?

    Dani is a sustainability and corporate reporting specialist, working on IGCC’s corporate engagement. Dani is the Climate Action 100+ (CA100+) net-zero company benchmark and industry corporate engagement representative, and co-led the recent Corporate Climate Transition Plans report.
    With several years’ experience providing ESG and investor-related consulting services for ASX listed companies Dani has worked extensively in the climate change space across a range of topic areas including but not limited to TCFD and annual reporting, climate risk assessments and strategy, and scenario analysis for industries exposed or contributing to climate change.
    Dani has qualifications in both finance and psychology.

  • Susie Smith
    Chief Executive, Australian Industry Greenhouse Network

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What kind of policies would make net zero by 2050 possible?

    Susie Smith is an experienced executive with expertise including climate change policy and environment and resource management. She has contributed to both the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change taskforce on oil and gas fugitive emissions and was a member of the Minister Taylor’s Expert Panel on examining additional sources of low-cost abatement (the King Review) and is currently a member of the Australian Clean Energy Regulator’s Method Advisory Panel on the emissions reduction fund.

    Susie is also the Australian representative on the International Gas Union’s Group of Experts on Methane Emissions. She holds Board positions with the Australian Climate Change Authority, the Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre, and Water Polo Australia.

    Prior to joining AIGN, Susie was the General Manager of Strategy and Climate Change for Santos for over 13 years.

  • Gretta Stephens
    Chief Executive Climate Change & Sustainability, BlueScope

    Session: The future of Australian steel – working together to deliver the transition

    Ms Stephens was appointed Chief Executive Climate Change & Sustainability in January 2022, responsible for researching, developing and implementing BlueScope’s global carbon reduction strategies, and for the Company’s broader sustainability areas of focus.

    Previously, Ms Stephens was Chief Executive Climate Change and New Zealand & Pacific Islands, where she led the mining, manufacturing and downstream businesses in New Zealand and the Lysaght manufacturing and distribution businesses in the Pacific Islands.

    Ms Stephens joined BlueScope in June 2018 from New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelters, a joint venture between Pacific Aluminium and Sumitomo Chemical Company, where she had been General Manager and Chief Executive since 2013.  Previously, she was General Manager of Business Improvement & Technology for Pacific Aluminium’s four aluminium smelters across Australia and New Zealand.

    A qualified engineer, Ms Stephens has over 30 years experience in the global aluminium industry, and has worked in aluminium smelting operations in Australia and New Zealand.

  • Helen Szabo
    Environment Manager, McCain Foods

    Session: Re-engineering existing processes to achieve resource-efficient operations

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the key metrics to measure and analyse on the journey to net zero?

    Helen Szabo is Environment Manager ANZ with McCain Foods, a privately owned, multi-national leader in the frozen food industry, manufacturing quality products including French fries, appetizers, pizzas, vegetables, desserts, and prepared meals. 

    Following an extensive 30 year career spanning consulting, industry and the public sector within all aspects of environmental management and sustainability, Helen joined McCain in January 2022, inspired by their sustainability vision, and a love of French fries. 

    Helen aims to improve resource efficiency across her region and minimise the environmental footprint of manufacturing processes, while ensuring the ongoing production of good locally produced food.

  • Margie Thomson
    Chief Executive Officer, Cement Industry Federation

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the best ways to reduce emissions in heat energy-intensive manufacturing processes?

    An experienced Chief Executive and Non-Executive Director focused on an inclusive people-based approach to making a difference. Skilled in policy development, strategy, advocacy, communication, public relations, negotiation, business planning, R&D project development and implementation, financial planning, organisational development, and public speaking.

    Margie has accumulated over 30 years of executive level experience across the Australian manufacturing and rural sectors and has represented a number of industry bodies at a state, federal and international level.

    Margie is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Cement Industry Federation representing Australia’s integrated cement manufacturers as well as a Non-Executive Director and holds post graduate qualifications in economics and agricultural economics.

  • Sal Tringali
    Head of Commercial and Industrial (C&I), Snowy Hydro

    Session: The net zero hero: Australian industry in a zero carbon economy

    Energy Markets expert with over 20 years’ experience in building new short and medium term businesses for Australia’s top energy retailers.

    He is excited to assist Snowy Hydro’s customers in navigating a least-cost, least-risk path to decarbonisation, through providing market-leading, premium renewable products, alongside industry-best customer service.

    Sal has previously worked with Energy Australia, Red Energy, Greensense and Origin Energy.

  • Clare Tubolets
    Chief Executive Officer, SmartCrete CRC

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the options for industries where carbon is unavoidably generated in production processes (eg gas mining, cement manufacture)?

    Clare brings a unique set of skills to SmartCrete CRC having extensive experience in collaborative roles in government, university and industry including current experience in grants management, research and CRC operations.

    Clare’s most recent role as Chief Operating Officer with the Food Agility CRC, demonstrated her strong networking and people management skills. She has supported the securing of $86 million in government and industry investment (and $127m of in-kind support) to run research projects to improve the sustainability, productivity and profitability of Australia’s food supply chain.

  • Paul Vazey
    Strategic Development Manager – Energy Transition, Ampcontrol

    Paul Vazey is the Strategic Development Manager – Energy Transition for Ampcontrol, one of Australia’s largest and most successful electrical engineering and manufacturing companies operating across 30 sites around the world.

    Paul has 15 years of experience in the East Coast Energy markets (Gas & Electricity) and has held a broad range of roles in Finance, Trading, and Commercial.

    During the past 4 years, Paul has focused on supporting large industrials, manufacturers, and miners with their renewable energy solutions and aspirations as well as network service providers with remote power solutions and non-network services.

    Part of Ampcontrol’s Strategy Team, the primary focus of Paul’s role is to support the development and delivery of the strategic plans for growth and expansion in renewable energy manufacturing to support the transition to a low-carbon economy.