Speakers

Chris Cunningham

Principal, Covaris

Chris Cunningham is a leading asset management specialist with a focus on personnel and change management covering process, systems and organisational responsibilities. Chris has over 17 years’ experience in the field of maintenance, process and mechanical engineering across a diverse range of industries including power generation, distribution/transmission, nuclear science, mining, manufacturing, facilities, defence and other sectors. He has worked at all three levels of an organisation from being a hands-on tradesman through to a technical engineer and senior manager.

Chris uses his diverse working experience across all projects and adopting a top-down bottom-up approach. His extensive research in the field of change management, risk management and optimised asset performance has made him highly regarded globally in these areas of expertise.

Recent work has been focused on a risk-based approach to cost optimisation in large organisations. This has led to the reduction of work loading to align with the down scaled resource levels. This was all achieved by not compromising the integrity of the asset and performance preventive maintenance effectiveness.

Where you can see them

March 10, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Digitalisation Block

1.30 – 2.00 pm | The Digital Experience: Services for a Lifestyle
Speaker: To be announced
Utilities must use their digital expertise to understand and engage with customers with a deep understanding of the lifestyles of their end-users.

 

2.00 – 2.30 pm | The Digital Experience: Case Study for the Internal Customer
Speaker: Rob Mannion
Often not enough of a focus, the needs of the internal customer, those utility and power company employees who face the end-user, needs to be understood.

 

2.30 – 3.00 pm | Digitalising Works Experience
Speakers: Chris Cunningham and Nic Reardon 
A real world case study where a leading network company details how they digitized critical processes.

 

3.00 – 3.30 pm | The Digital Ecosystem: Where is Digitalisation Taking Us
Speaker: Smart Energy Water
We now are living in a predominately digital world. But what are the yet to be explored possibilities of this exciting environment.

 

3.30 – 4.00 pm | Intelligent Asset Management and Analytics
Speaker: Think 180
How are all the new tools available used to perform the task that is the backbone of any power and utility company.

 

Location: Retail & Digital Transformation Hub

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Stephanie Bashir

Founder, Nexa Advisory

Ron Beatty

Principal Adviser, Electricity Authority of New Zealand

Andrew Bills

Chief Executive Officer, CS Energy

Luigi Bonadio

Director, Luigi Bonadio & Associates

Mark Bonnar

Managing Director, Southern Cross Venture Partners

Dr Julio Braslavsky

Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

Tim Buckley

Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia at Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis (IEEFA)

Omar Castrejon Campos

PhD-Engineering Student, The University of Melbourne

Matthew Charles-Jones

Community Lead - Renewable Energy, Mondo

Amy Childs

Managing Director, Momentum Energy

Dr Glen Currie

Senior Tutor, The University of Melbourne

The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes

Ruchika Deora

Strategic Marketing Manager, CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy

Tracy Deveugle-Frink

Head of Change and Innovation, Western Power

Chris Dunston

Chief Research Officer, Race for 2030 CRC

Jason Froud

Policy Manager, Synergy

Alex Georgiou

Co-Founder and CEO, ShineHub

Robert Giglio

Senior Vice President, Sumitomo SHI FW

John Grimes

Chief Executive, Smart Energy Council | CEO, Australia Solar Council

Christopher Gwynne

Program Director Battery of the Nation Initiative, Hydro Tasmania

Sheri Hickok

Chief Executive Officer - Onshore Wind Asia Pacific & China, GE Renewable Energy

Zoltan Kelly

Asset Information Improvement Specialist, Melbourne Water

Ji Hwan Kim

Supervisor, Korea South-East Power CO (KOEN)

Erik Laykin

Managing Director, Practice Lead, Global Data Risk, Duff & Phelps Los Angeles

Benjy Lee

Manager Energy and Carbon Policy, Jemena

Richard Lowe

Executive General Manager Business Growth, TransGrid

Professor Pierluigi Mancarella

Chair of Electrical Power Systems Electrical And Electronic Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Rob Mannion

Manager Digital Experience, Sydney Water

Michael Maranta

Director, MGM Co.

Andrew McConnell

Senior Engineer, Distributed Energy, AusNet Services

Richard McIndoe

Executive Chairman, Edge Electrons

Lisa McLean

CEO, Open Cities Alliance | Chief Executive Officer, NSW Circular

Sarah McNamara

Chief Executive, Australian Energy Council

Darren Miller

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Dr Reihana Mohideen

Senior Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Terry Mohn

Chair, International Microgrid Association

Tim Nelson

Executive General Manager, Energy Markets, Infigen Energy

Lachlan O’Neil

Team Leader Energy Data Sciences, CSIRO

Kumar Padisetti

Partner, Deloitte

Asanka Paranamana

Distributed Energy Engineer, AusNet Services

Professor Nando Ochoa Pizzali

Professor of Smart Grids and Power Systems, The University of Melbourne

David Prins

Director, Etrog Consulting

Stephen Quilter

Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy, Stanwell Corporation Limited

Nic Reardon

Annual Works Plan Manager, WEL Networks

Andrew Richards

Chief Executive Officer, Energy Users Association of Australia

Justine Ryan

Global Director, GE Renewable Energy

Maia Schweizer

Chief Executive Officer, CleanCo Queensland

João Segorbe

Executive General Manager Strategy & Corporate Development, AGL Energy

James Seymour

CEO, Center for New Energy Technologies (C4NET)

Paul Siemers

Program Director - Digital Transformation, Melbourne Water

Dr Robert Simpson

Demand Management Development Manager, Ausgrid

Vikram Singh

Lead Advisor Low Carbon Transformation, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG)

Richard Van Breda

Chief Executive Officer, Stanwell Corporation Limited

Oliver Yates

Non Executive Director, Smart Energy Council

Victor Young

General Manager Commercial & Industrial Energy Services, Yurika

Frank Zeichner

Chief Executive Officer, IoT Alliance Australia

Audrey Zibelman

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Energy Market Operator

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