Plenary Session (Day 1)

Plenary Session (Day 1)

11 Oct 2017, 8:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Room 212/ 213, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
English (Australia)

8:00am: Opening remarks

Robby Clark, Exhibition Director, Reed Exhibitions

Pete Wheale, VP Sales – Australia Pacific, NEXTracker

Chairperson:  Rachel Watson, Chair, Clean Energy Council


8:10am: Victorian Minister’s Welcome:  Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Government of Victoria


8:50am Keynote: Jo Witters, EGM of the Office of Innovation, AEMO


9:20am Panel Discussion 

The next market disruption: A look at the evolving energy landscape, its future players and the new market realities for the energy sector

This session will bring industry players in the energy sector together to look at the major hurdles the industry faces over the next 5-10 years and assess how the industry is evolving to cater to these changes. 

How the energy landscape is evolving and are we reacting fast enough? 

Where are the emerging opportunities in the market and how is this creating new players in the market?

How might this continue to change as we approach 2025?

Chairperson: Rachel Watson, Chair, Clean Energy Council 

Panellists include:

Michael Benveniste, Head of Commercial & Strategy, Powershop

Dan Sturrock, Transactions, ARENA

Alison Rowe, CEO, Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd  

Jim Cox, Board Member, AER

Frank Tudor, Managing Director, Horizon Power

Ben Burge, Energy Executive Director, Telstra 


  • Robby Clark


    Exhibition Director

    Reed Exhibitions

  • The Hon. Liliana D’Ambrosio


    Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change

    Government of Victoria


  • Pete Wheale


    VP Sales – Australia Pacific


  • Jo Witters

    Key Note Speaker

    EGM of the Office of Innovation


  • Rachel Watson



    Clean Energy Council

    Rachel Watson is Clean Energy Council' Chair and Pacific Hydro's General Manager in Australia. Rachel joined Pacific Hydro in 2006 as a Corporate...

  • Dan Sturrock




    Dan Sturrock has been a senior member of the ARENA business development team for the past 4 years where he has led a wide variety of new projects...

  • Alison Rowe



    Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd

    Alison Rowe is the CEO of Moreland Energy Foundation Limited. She has been in the sustainability field for over 14 years with global responsibility...

  • Jim Cox


    Board Member


  • Frank Tudor


    Managing Director

    Horizon Power

    Frank Tudor has held various executive management roles over the last 26 years in the European, Asian and Australian oil, gas and power industries...

  • Ben Burge


    Energy Executive Director


    Ben has been at the helm of epic and humiliating failures across six industries and three continents, in the midst of which he picked fights with...

  • Michael Benveniste


    Head of Commercial & Strategy


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