Friday Conference Speakers
Please see “The EV Conference - Day1” for the speaker schedule
Thank you to all these people who have offered to speak.
Greg is the National President of the AEVA...
Greg will welcome everyone to the Conference and will introduce our many and varied speakers.
Sally has been a member of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads Senior Leadership Team since joining the department in January 2017.
She currently holds the position of Chief Economist and plays a key role in advising on what the future of the Queensland transport system may look like, and informing decisions on how to shape this future so that the department can continue to deliver transport solutions to meet the needs of the Queensland community and economy.
She is particularly interested in the use of transport as an economic enabler, and how an understanding of economics can improve customer experience – at both the individual and industry level.
Sally is a Professional Member of the Economic Society of Australia and is committed to rigorous evidence based policy making.
Dr Michael Kane
Dr Michael Kane is the Director Innovation and Economic Strategies at Economic Development Queensland.
Michael’s role is to support EDQ’s innovative planning and development initiatives relating to future transport, smart cities, sustainable energy/water, housing and knowledge economy.
Working with Queensland state agencies and local government Michael’s team has developed EV infrastructure planning expertise and guidelines.
Michael has worked with EDQ (and Urban Land Development Authority) since 2009 in sustainability, innovation and strategy advisory roles.
Before this he was an adviser for the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure in Western Australia on land development, transport and strategic planning.
Michael has a PhD from Curtin University with his thesis relating to knowledge economy, ICT, transport and planning.
Senator Tim Storer
As an independent senator representing South Australia, Tim Storer is adamant about bringing a responsible and evidence-based approach to decision making, underpinned by four benchmarks: integrity, fairness, prosperity and sustainability.
Tim studied economics and environmental studies at the University of Adelaide, and graduated top of his class with an MBA at the Australian National University.
He feels we must not let the electric vehicle revolution pass us by.
As the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Electric Vehicles, Tim is looking forward to investigating ways in which Australia can play a leading role. Energy efficiency is also a key priority, where even small improvements have the potential to dramatically improve the everyday lives of those struggling.
Councillor David McLachlan
David has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Political Science), trained as a journalist and early in his career worked as a radio and television reporter. He later worked as a political consultant including advising a Federal Cabinet Minister.
Before his election to Council in October 2006, David consulted to numerous businesses on issues management, media management and government relations.
He and his family live in the heart of the Hamilton Ward in Hendra.
He has been a member of Council’s Civic Cabinet since 2008, as Chairman of City Businesses and Water Supply, Chairman of Field Services and, after the 2016 election, Chairman of the Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee.
Chris joined as CEO of Fast Cities Australia on 1 Jul 2018. As a founder of Commpro Telecommunications he was a pioneer in telecommunication asset deployment and management in the UK and Australia from 1996 until the successful exit in 2006.
He subsequently launched Optus’ 4G service in Australia and led the design and construction of Optus’ mobile network for five years. Most recently, as Vice President for Network Deployment at Sprint in the US he was responsible to manage Sprint’s national network expansion.
He has acquired, deployed and managed tens of thousands of grid-connected telecommunication assets across Australia, Europe and US. He has a broad range of experience, not just in network deployment, but also in: product management, branding & marketing, customer care & service assurance; procurement; property management; capital raising and M&A.
James Kennedy is the engineering director and one of the founders of Tritium, a Brisbane-based power electronics company specialising in the design and manufacture of Electric Vehicle fast charge infrastructure.
James has had a long involvement with Electric Vehicles. Prior to Tritium, James was involved with the University of Queensland's "Sunshark" solar vehicle, and continues to be active in this area. He has also been integral in other non-EV battery storage projects, ranging from James Cameron's "Deepsea Challenger" submarine to multi-MWh stationary storage systems in green buildings.
Tony has a career founded in transportation. He was first employed by Coca-Cola Amatil soon after graduating from an honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering. This provided Tony with substation exposure across production and distribution business units (both within Australia and abroad), as well as a sponsored Master of Business in Enterprise Innovation.
After a period in management consulting, Tony joined TNT Express as a General Manager (both in Melbourne and Brisbane), during which time he completed an MBA (majoring in International Business). This period provided Tony with an in-depth knowledge of distribution fleet procurement, operations and (subsequent) opportunities.
Tony started his first business in 2007, importing and distributing commercial vehicles. In 2013 he identified the rapidly approaching EV revolution in the commercial distribution vehicle segment and commenced development of proprietary 100% electric SEA-DriveTM technology.
At the same time SEA Electric was born, strategic intent was established to bring this technology to market once the cost of lithium ion batteries crashed through the USD300/kWh threshold. This occurred in early 2017 and since that time, SEA Electric has commenced programs, involving all 5 of their SEA-DriveTM models, in 9 countries to-date.
Rikesh is the Director and Interim CEO of Australian Electric Infrastructure and Transport Company and Global head of Operation of OLEV International.
He has a double degree in Economics and Management and holds an MBA and Master of Project Management.
Rikesh with Korean Institute of Science and Technology (South Korean Electronics/Robotics University) invented Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicle after identifying that to make electric vehicles viable it needed to be affordable,
with unlimited mileage, and able to charge its battery while its being driven.
Furthermore, earlier this year he won a Brisbane CleanTech event hosted by Energy Lab and judged by Judges from Origin Energy, BioTech and Cleantech Companies and his city based vertical wind turbine with integrated battery
Today he will share with us OLEV Technology whose wirelessly in motion charging technology can make EV more viable and practicable, show us city based renewable energy generation which can be used as stationery EV
charging stations and his vision of the future with electric, autonomous vehicles, and artificial intelligence which would have major impact on life as we know it.
Dr Geoff Walker
Dr Geoff Walker joined the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Electrical Power Engineering group as an Associate Professor in 2013. His current research interests lie in applying power electronics to applications in renewable energy (especially PV), power systems, and electric vehicles.
From 2008 to 2013, he worked as a senior electrical engineering consultant in Aurecon’s Transmission and Distribution group, Brisbane, across various areas including rail traction, earthing studies, electricity transmission planning, and renewable energy project design and review.
Geoff received his PhD in multilevel converter modulation from the University of Queensland in 1999, and was the power electronics lecturer at the University of Queensland from 1998 to 2007. Geoff has also worked and maintains an active interest in the pro-audio and industrial electronics sectors.
Dr Jake Whitehead
For the past 8 years Jake has been analysing the impact of government policies on, and consumer preferences towards, novel transport technologies, including: shared, autonomous and electric vehicles. He has also been investigating how these transport innovations are set to affect transport funding, and how alternative pricing models could be used to support a sustainable, fair and equitable transport system in the future.
Dr Whitehead is also leading research into how novel transport technologies, such as electric vehicles, could support the development of a zero emission energy system through the use of vehicle-to-grid capabilities and the smart storage of renewable energy.
Francesco Di Goro
Francesco began his career in 2001 as a race track engineer in the MotoGP World Championship.
He has worked with champions like Daniel Pedrosa, Makoto Tamada and Danny Kent. He was responsible for
the electronics and engine management systems which were instrumental in the setup of their motorcycles.
Aside from his job at the race track, he has also been consulting for a number of projects ranging from industrial
and automotive applications to agriculture and wearable devices.
Since moving to Australia, Francesco has been designing cutting edge electronics for the automotive industry.
Valeh will be speaking about “Charging Strategies”
Greg is the Managing Director of ACE-EV Group. He is currently actively developing a join International proposal to build an electric delivery van in Australia.
Greg has a Science, an organisational development and business background.
Greg should be retired and snorkeling in the reef waters of Queensland. There is too much fun to be had he is pushing down the barriers of conservatism.
Australia is a young country full of opportunity.
Renewables and electric vehicles are the future, the coal age and Jurassic park economy is a poor fit for Australia’s future. Greg is out there to change it one small step at a time. Greg has a background of Science, Organisational development and business.
Bryce is the national editor for ‘EV News’ (the Australian Electric Vehicle Association’s quarterly newsletter), chair of the Victorian AEVA branch’s EV charging support sub-committee, writes on EV topics for ReNew magazine and the Renew Economy website, plus regularly presenting about EV topics on behalf of both AEVA and the Renew (formerly ATA).
He is experienced in EV conversions and, as an electrical contractor, in the sizing, positioning and installation of electric vehicle charging equipment. He currently works part-time for the Melbourne University School of Engineering as the EV safety in design and work practices trainer/supervisor for the Melbourne University Racing EV build team.
Bryce also owns and drives two EVs – a Nissan Leaf for commuting and a converted Citroen Berlingo van for electrical/EV work.
Stephanie Moroz has spent over 20 years developing and commercialising clean energy technologies within companies ranging from large multinationals to venture capital backed startups.
She worked on hydrogen fuel cells in Canada and Germany, where she was in charge of the fuel cell integration into the Mercedes F-Cell electric vehicle.
She then moved to France to develop internal combustion engine systems before coming to Australia to develop solid state hydrogen storage systems and lithium ion battery materials.
Stephanie has now established Davanz, leading a team combining business and technical expertise to help organisations with energy technologies and innovation.
Dr Jeremy Webb
Dr Webb is a visiting researcher at the School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology where he is focused on urban transport systems and modal choice.
Dr Webb has collaborated in a number of academic studies and projects focusing on the phenomenon of “peak car” and the economic and environmental implication of both electric and autonomous vehicles in urban areas.
Nick is a Co Founder of EnergyLab Sydney NSW. EnergyLab is Australia’s leading connector, incubator and accelerator of new business and technological initiatives that move Australia and the world toward 100% sustainable, clean energy solutions.
EnergyLab is located in the historic Blackfriars School House in Chippendale on the UTS Campus. Our co-working space can house up to 60 entrepreneurs and events for up to 120 people.
The EnergyLab Accelerator Program has been developed in conjunction with the EU’s Climate KIC, UTS’ Institute for Sustainable Futures and the New Energy Nexus global collaboration. It is designed to steward companies with a fledgling product or service through a hands on, mentored process to become a market ready, investment ready company.
Sarah contributes to ClimateWorks’ initiatives in the energy and transport sectors. In 2018, Sarah is leading a project to enable the uptake of EVs in local government fleets and contributed to the State of Electric Vehicles in Australia report. With Monash University transitioning to net zero emissions, Sarah is utilising this living laboratory through an on-campus demand management trial.
Sarah has previously worked at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Climate Change Authority, and the federal Department of the Environment.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from the University of Melbourne.
Patrick has 20 years experience in IT development and project management specialising in high volume financial trading systems.
Patrick founded E-Station in December 2009.
E-Station is a leading supplier of electric vehicle charging stations and network management systems. The company was founded in December 2009 in Perth and has since expanded operations across Australia. E-Station has a presence in every state.
E-Station provides charging station technologies and network management services to a variety of markets such as local government, building and construction companies, parking providers, charging station network operators, shopping centers, strata managers/body corporates, embedded metering companies and the motor trade.
E-Station offers charging station network management services under the Charge Star brand. Services include planning, installation, access control, metering systems, billing systems, marketing and network support.
Michael is the owner of EVNorth business, from 2012 to the present day.
He is a fully qualified mechanic.
Michael was the winner of: Innovation Award – MTA – 2017
He has experience in Electric Vehicle Conversion and battery design.
Paul Graham is Chief Economist Energy at CSIRO. He is responsible for advice on the global and national economic context for the energy sector, setting the strategic direction for economic research and leading major projects.
Mr Graham has been with CSIRO for 18 years and prior to that was a commodity analyst and researcher at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
Wayne is head of Electrification and Future Mobility at Nissan Motor Corporation.
Wayne is an automotive professional with over 20 years of experience in Marketing, Product and Sales leadership.
Wayne has a strong interest and passion for developing new products, services and technologies to drive future growth.
His current focus is on Electric Vehicles and Future Mobility, along with supporting Business, Industry and Government readiness for Electrification and Mobility in the Australia and New Zealand markets.
Wolfgang is the executive director of e-Motion Concepts. e-Motion Concepts a company concentrating on electric vehicles for urban first and last mile transport.
e-Motion Concepts is striving to offer a product filling the gap between highly populated areas and inefficient transportation options. The result is to offer a sustainable and efficient option to cars and other forms of transportation.
Wolfgang has a background in Medical Physics and holds a MBA in Technology and Innovation Management from the University of Queensland. Wolfgang has worked in a number of start up technology companies in Medical Devices, Telecommunications and more recently Automotive.
Dr Chris Jones
Chris is the National Secretary of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association.
Chris works as a Battery Engineer at Cape Bouvard Technologies, WA. In his current role, he is helping design and test new approaches to electric vehicle battery technology.
Chris was instrumental in helping Western Australia be the first state to have an Electric highway of any kind in Australia.
With a special interest in battery technology and fast bikes, he helped create an electric super bike that raced and beat many of the petrol powered bikes it was up against.
Dr Andrew Jeremijenko
Andrew did his medical education in Queensland.
He is both a GP and a specialist in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
He has also completed:
Masters of Applied Epidemiology MAE
Certificate of Higher Education (Adult education)
Masters of Health Administration MHA
Andrew has worked in Australia and overseas as
Chief Medical Officer Woodside
BP Medical Advisor, Indonesia
Coordinating Doctor, International SOS Jakarta
RFDS Port Hedland medical officer
Andrew has dealt with bomb victims, tsunami and earthquake victims and industrial accidents and explosions in Indonesia.
He currently works in the Mater Private Emergency as well as providing services through TeleDr.
Dr Andrew Simpson
Dr. Andrew Simpson is Fast Cities’ Head of Planning and Technology.
He is one of Australia’s leading EV experts based on 20 years of deep industry experience, including previous roles in the US with Tesla and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Prior to joining Fast Cities in 2018, Andrew was based in Brisbane as the Managing Director of Verdant Vision who have consulted to a wide array of electric fleets, infrastructure networks, and regulatory agencies around the Asia Pacific.
Ron transitioned from an Air Force operational career into various business roles in the defence, cyber-security and IT spaces, with a geographic focus on the Asia Pacific region.
He is the founder of Australian based Blue Kayak Ventures, working with Israeli startups in the Australia and APAC region and is supporting Eviation with their regional strategy.
Prior, he served in several business development and strategy roles in Elbit Systems where he mainly operated in the Australia, India and Singapore markets.
Passionate about innovation and the start-up eco-system, he is a mentor in the TechStars Adelaide program and supports start-ups in various stages of their journey.
Some Eviation YouTube videos:
BBC Review, Flight Rendering, WSJ Review and Interview
Trevor Berrill is an award winning, private consultant in sustainable energy (SE). He has worked in both renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) for over 40 years, including:
- Solar and Wind Energy System design and installation, - Energy Efficient Building design,
- Energy auditing
- Related research and development at UQ, QUT and GU,
- RE Technical training, public education and policy.
He is the author of “Solar Electricity Consumer Guide” and author/co-author to a range of RE technical training text books.
He is currently branch convenor of Renew (Previously known as the Alternative Technology Association) Brisbane branch.
Trevor is trained in mechanical engineering, energy auditing environmental education.
He lives in a fully solar powered, energy efficient home which includes the second grid connected solar PV system in Queensland. He drives an electric car and windsurfs regularly at Wellington Point, just to test the power of the wind.
As founder of Bzooma, James saw an opportunity to introduce a quality range of electric push bikes and
electric motor scooters to the Australian market.
Anthony was a founding member of Team Arrow Racing in 2012 and has had a huge part in the success of the team. He has held the President's role and Team Manager for the World Solar Challenge and Abu Dhabi Solar Challenges.
He has been on 5 races with the team across Australia, in Abu Dhabi and Belgium.
He is a champion of solar and battery technology who continues to learn from the growing pool of knowledge in this area and takes the time to teach others.
Anthony always has innovative ideas on the implementation of solar and battery technologies and is part of a project to commercialise some of the knowledge that has been developed within Team Arrow Racing.
Paul Kulpa has worked in various management roles in not for profit and government agencies with over 20 years of experience in skilling and workforce development.
Paul joined the MTA Institute as General Manager in 2011 and is responsible for its management and operations. MTA Institute is the largest private automotive Registered Training Organisation in Queensland and provides training predominantly focusing on apprenticeships.
Prior to this position, Paul worked as the Executive Officer at Automotive Skills Queensland, which provided advice to Government regarding training initiatives for current, medium and long term issues affecting the automotive industry.
The role of the Executive Officer was vital to driving change in the Vocational Education & Training (VET) sector by working closely with industry, key stakeholders and Government to achieve solutions for the automotive industry skills’ shortage and sustainability.
A delivery focused career professional with over 15 years senior management experience in the electricity transmission industry.
Asset management and investment experience including responsibility for Powerlink’s 2012 regulatory submission to the Australian Energy Regulator.
Demonstrated project delivery experience including substation design, project management and procurement.
Extensive network operation and maintenance experience including ensuring optimal asset lifecycle investment decisions and responsibility for 24x7 fault management.
Alex’s current mission is to help reduce the inefficiencies in daily commuting whilst building for a sustainable future. In one generations time, He wants people to be astounded that we:
- drove vehicles that released 6 metric tonnes of CO2 per year
- regularly drove a 5-seater car with 4 seats empty
- had our cars parked for 95% of the time
Alex is currently working towards more people adopting electric vehicle technology. Electric vehicles will be a strong foundation for artificial intelligence and autonomous cars which will enable smarter integrated cities.