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Jonathan AndersonEngineer, Arup
Jonathan Anderson is an engineer at consulting firm Arup. Jonathan works across a diverse range of industries including energy, water and wastewater, mining, logistics, manufacturing, agribusiness and aviation. He is passionate about the disruptive technologies converging on industry, such as IoT, big data, cloud computing, AI and machine learning. Jonathan helps organisations understand and respond to the opportunities that they can bring to their business.
Mark BeaumontCountry Manager, Australia, Darktrace
Mark Beaumont is the spearhead for the Darktrace’s national expansion in Australia, with over 20 years of experience in enterprise information security across the telecommunications and banking sectors. Prior to joining Darktrace, Mark spent 8 years with the security firm RSA. A frequent speaker at industry events in Australia, Mark is an expert on the cyber-threat landscape and how artificial intelligence can be used to autonomously defend against cyber-attacks.
Mark holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Liverpool, UK.
Jeff CampbellIT Security Risk & Governance Specialist, Horizon Power
Jeff Campbell is the IT Security Risk and Governance Specialist with Horizon Power. Jeff has more than 20 years’ experience in Information Security having worked in both private and government organisations in Education, Finance and Utilities sectors. Having focussed on developing and implementing information security programs and controls, Jeff is tasked with enabling Horizon to capitalise on IoT opportunities while maintaining the core security basics of confidentiality, Integrity and availability.
As Horizon moves into the microgrids space, Jeff's main focus will be to ensure that the security architecture that supports these services provides safer and more reliable automation infrastructures.
Helen EdmondsManager Water Assets, SA Water
Helen is currently Manager Water Assets at SA Water who deliver water services (drinking water , recycled water and sewerage services) for the people of South Australia. With over 20 years’ experience she previously held several roles with SA Power Networks including that of Strategic Asset Management Manger and prior to that was Water Planning Manager for New Zealand’s largest water and wastewater service provider, Watercare Services Limited, in Auckland.
She has also worked as a consultant in the water industry in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and also in the oil and gas industry. Helen holds a degree in Civil Engineering and PhD in Fluid Mechanics is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Chartered Professional Engineer and an Executive Engineer.
David EdwardsTechnical Visionary, Horizon Power
Technical Visionary and Edge Compute Lead - Setting a visionary destination for grid automation in high penetration DER microgrids using IoT and IoE, forecasting, predictive analytics, machine learning and market mechanisms to drive economic development and connect remote communities to a better future.
Prior to his involvement in the establishment of the TechCo division David Edwards has played a leading technical role in a number of important projects, including:
- Stream Leader – Generation – Infrastructure Australia Consortium, developing the power supply for the Square Kilometre Array in Australia
- Development of Generation Management and Feed-in Management technical requirements for the management and hosting maximisation of renewable energy in Horizon’s networks
- Design Management of the power station and solar farm for the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory;
- Renewable energy coordinator for the redevelopment of the Marble Bar and Nullagine power stations into high penetration solar-diesel hybrid systems, and
- Development of the remote community power generation concepts, including the technical and specification libraries needed for these systems.
Simon EnglishManager Operational Technology, Ergon Energy
Simon English is part of Energy Queensland and currently the principle architect responsible for how operational technology will be deployed within Ergon Energy's power network. This responsibility includes security, device management, data management, and systems architecture. Simon has been at Ergon Energy for 6 years and during this time has focused on how Ergon can take advantage of modern digital infrastructure to improve how an analogue power network is operated. Simon is a professional electrical engineer, and prior to Ergon, has spent 20+ years in SCADA, Security, Building Automation and Energy Efficiency in a diverse range of industries such as airports, hospitals, oil and gas, manufacturing, prisons and large commercial buildings.
Tielman EsterhuizenGeneral Manager (NZ) and Worldwide Sales Manager, DeployPartners
As one of the first employees of the company in 2005, Tielman has seen the company grow from an Australian startup, to the formidable company that it is today. At work, he loves to practice his belief: success comes from helping customers identify and take the next logical step, at the right time, while making complex things easy to consume. He has successfully created solutions and services for enterprise and small businesses alike, and is always working to find better ways to develop DeployPartners into a company that meets changing customer needs.
Tielman manages worldwide sales and the New Zealand office (where he resides). His three favourite things in the world are: family (both at home and the DeployPartner’s family), creating something that unlocks value for customers, and endurance sport.
Paul FoxManaging Director, Corran Toohill Capital
Paul Fox has worked as an investor, strategist, business builder, and technologist. He is currently focused on helping boards and executives to capitalise on business model and technology disruption. He has been fortunate to have direct experience in multiple industry sectors which are now converging.
He was instrumental in creating the New Energy business at AGL Energy Limited, where he introduced lean product management, made several technology investments, and supported the rapid deployment of new products including zero-down solar, home batteries, smart air conditioners, virtual power plants and blockchain enabled P2P trading.
He is also a venture capitalist at the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) and spent 14 years working in Silicon Valley. In 2009 Paul was selected to join the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program, which identifies, develops and networks the next generation of global leaders in venture capital.
Paul was also founding CEO of SC Power Systems, a smart grid company using superconductor technology from Australia. In other roles, Paul was a vice president at electronics manufacturer Flex; the CEO of a fuel cell company; built the first mobile phones in Hungary; was a strategy consultant in telecoms, financial services and infrastructure; and was national operations manager for one of Australia’s largest construction organizations.
James T. GallagherExecutive Director, New York State Smart Grid Consortium
Named Executive Director of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC) in April 2013, James T. Gallagher brings over 35 years of energy policy and industry experience to his role.
As Executive Director, Gallagher oversees the Consortium and its members as they work toward broad statewide implementation of a safe, secure, and reliable smart grid to modernize New York's energy infrastructure. Gallagher is the architect of the NYSSGC's priority initiatives, which are designed to modernize New York's electrical grid to improve reliability and resiliency, lower long-term costs, and identify best practices for meeting the evolving energy service needs of consumers.
Steve HoyGlobal leader of Transmission & Distribution, IBM Energy & Utilities Centre of Competency
Steve Hoy is the global leader of Transmission & Distribution in IBM’s Energy & Utilities Centre of Competency. He has over 30 years’ experience in utilities transformation, IT and strategy.
Steve has advised on technology strategy to over 50 utilities around the world, including Australia. Steve has deep experience in technology solutions in the areas of Metering and Market data systems, Smart Grid, Distribution Management and Grid Analytics, Customer Information Systems, Energy Trading, and Asset and Works Management solutions.
Steve is the author of IBM’s point of view on Grid Operations Systems and T&D Energy Digital Transformation. Steve has published several papers on technology transformation in utilities and IBM recently registered a patent for one of Steve’s concepts in grid analytics.
Jonathon IgnaczSystem Supportecontrol
Stuart JohnstonExecutive Director, Assets and Network Transformation, Energy Networks Australia
Responsible for policy and advocacy on issues of critical importance to network transformation, asset management and managing transformational change for the Energy Supply Industry. This includes managing the ENAs Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap program -- an industry/research partnership with the CSIRO to navigate the electricity system transformation over the critical next decade. This project also involves working with a large number of diverse stakeholders who are playing a key role in leading the 'co-design' of transition pathways required to build the energy platforms required by Australians in the future.
Egon KusterManager IT Strategy, Architecture and Security, SA Water
Egon has been the manager of strategy and architecture in SA Water since 2011.
His current role is to provide leadership and guidance on IT Strategy, innovation and solution architecture to help SA Water be world leading in delivering water service to customers and community.
He also leads the security team to ensure high reliability and assurance of all IT Services, as well as guiding the integration and development to enable the automation and optimisation of SA Water's technology solutions.
Sundar IyerGM Global Products and MarketsFreestyle Technology
Peter McTaggartManager Smart Grid and Network Data Analytics, CitiPower & Powercor
Peter McTaggart’s current role is Manager, Network Data Analytics and Smart Grid Technologies at Citipower/Powercor. Here his focus is on leveraging network, smart meter devices and data to deliver insights, support data driven decision making, implement future network technologies and deliver value to the distribution business.
He has over 20 years of digital technology experience: leading teams, project delivery, digital product development, strategy and innovation. Peter has held roles across a broad range of industries including Utilities, Digital Communications, Postal Services, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Defence and Information Technology Consulting.
Karyn MercerPartnerIBM Energy and Utilities
Wayne PalesDirector, The Chapel Group
Wayne Pales founded The Chapel Group in 2016 to help electricity companies use energy data to deliver measurable customer value.
Over the last 15 years Wayne has held numerous senior management positions for gas and electric utilities in Australia and Hong Kong, with exposure to China and India.
Wayne has led over 20 Smart Grid Projects, one being the launch of SE Asia’s first full Smart Metering & Demand Response program, going on to win a series of IoT awards. The project also won the PMI Project Excellence in Asia Pacific for 2014
In 2015 Wayne was amongst a handful of people from around the world recognized for his innovation and vision in the Smart Energy sector by Metering & Smart Energy International and is the co-author of “Building Blocks To A Digital Utility”.
Wayne is a guest lecturer at the Asian Institute of Technology and is currently writing his second book "Digitial Utility: Using Energy Data To Deliver Customer Value."
Jo-Ann PassHead of Digital OperationsSydney Water
Lani RefitiDirector – Digital Trust, PwC Australia
Lani is a long-time security professional, entrepreneur and business technologist. He was one of Australia's first CISSP's in 2002 and is a long-time contributor to Australian Information Security Association (AISA) formerly serving as Branch Chair, Advocacy Board Member and currently on the Brisbane Organising Committee.
He sits on the advisory boards of Australian Cyber Security Network, and Signature Media, is a Workstream 5 (Cybersecurity) member of IoT Alliance Australia and is a regular speaker at conferences on IoT and cybersecurity issues. In 2016 Lani co-founded IoTSec Australia, an industry research and advocacy group promoting and advocating for secure practices in the IoT ecosystem and currently serves as its Executive Director. Lani is a Director in PwC's Digital Trust practice.
Phil RidleyChief Information Officer, Mojo Power
Prior to advising and later joining Mojo as COO/CIO, Phil held roles as Chief Technologist and Strategist at HP Enterprise, CIO of Australian Power and Gas Ltd, CTO at Seven Network Limited/Vividwireless, and CTO of ubowireless Pty Ltd.
Phil is a business-technology veteran of 30 years with experience in energy, retail, media, telecommunications, and aerospace industries. Phil graduated from the University of Newcastle with BE(Hons) in Computer Engineering, and Deakin University with a GradDip in Technology Management. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, authored several international patents, and is a recipient of 5 National Engineering Excellence awards including the prestigious Bradfield award.
Doug Ross-MunroManaging Directorecontrol
Greg SouthamTechnical Account Manager – Utilities, DeployPartners
Greg has 20 years of experience in technology operations across multiple industries including Utilities and ICT roles ranging from technical to operations management and sales.
Currently managing the technical sales for DeployPartners he has a focus on operations assurance providing endpoint management, analytics and automation solutions that help our customers to improve situational awareness and gain efficiencies by doing more and faster while maintaining stability and security compliance.
Anne WeatherstonExecutive Transformation and Technology, EnergyAustralia
Anne Weatherston joined EnergyAustralia in January 2015 and is responsible for business transformation and technology.
Previously, as Chief Information Officer for ANZ, Anne was recruited to lead a wholesale transformation of Technology. This included the complete transformation of the technology capability of the Bank and the design and execution of a new Technology strategy to enable the Bank's super regional Asian pacific ambition. After four years ANZ technology was benchmarked as the best of the global banks for value, reliance and compliance having previously been benchmarked as worst.
For much of Anne’s career she has been based in the UK. She was Group CIO for the Bank of Ireland and held earlier roles with Santander, Gaz de France, Student Loans Company, National Australia Group, Royal Bank of Scotland and Whitbread Plc.
Chris WijesingheBusiness Development Managerecontrol
Bradley WilliamsVice President, Industry Strategy, Oracle Utilities
Bradley Williams is Vice president of Oracle Utilities product management, and is responsible for outage management, distribution management, mobile workforce management, work and asset management, and load analysis utility applications and smart grid strategy.
Williams has more than 24 years of utility technology innovation experience. Prior to joining Oracle, he was a research director for Gartner’s Energy and Utilities Industry Advisory Services, focusing on utility applications of GIS, SCADA/EMS/DMS, outage and work management, and transmission and distribution (T&D) asset management research.
Prior to that, he directed PacifiCorp’s T&D asset management and was responsible for long-term asset strategies and business technology that developed and implemented comprehensive IT investment programs. As director of T&D infrastructure planning, he was responsible for PacifiCorp’s subtransmission planning, telecommunications, and operations technology development groups. Williams also worked at Southern California Edison for 10 years, where he was involved in transmission system planning, distribution automation, and reliability programs.
Jo WittersHead of Innovation, Australian Energy Market Operator
Jo has over 18 years’ experience working in the energy sector with roles covering a range of strategy, market development, corporate and regulatory matters. Jo is currently heading up the Centre for Innovation at the Australian Energy Market Operator, where she is working with industry stakeholders to trial proof of concepts and new technologies for market and system operation.
Prior to this Jo was leading the People and Culture team, and has led development of Corporate Strategy within the CEO Office and Regulatory Policy within AEMO’s Corporate Development team. Before joining AEMO, Jo held a number of roles at the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), the British energy regulator, in the UK, and before that at Transpower and in consultancy in her native New Zealand.