Professor Tony Vassallo

Professor Tony Vassallo has held the Delta Electricity Chair in Sustainable Energy Development at the University of Sydney, in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering since 2008. Prior to this, he held the position of Senior Principal Research Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), followed by a period of consultancy to industry and government in the field of sustainable energy technology. He has a PhD in chemistry from Macquarie University.

Professor Vassallo led the CSIRO Carbon Supercapacitor Project from 1994 till 2001, which led to the formation of an Australian start-up company that has received over $40 million of investment funding. Professor Vassallo's energy storage research has been recognised with the CSIRO Chairman's Medal, for the Low Emissions Vehicle Team (joint) in 2000. He also shared the CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement in 2004, as joint team leader of the High Power Supercapacitor Team.

Tony has over 100 fully refereed papers in international journals and 8 patents, 6 of which are US or other international patents. He is a past President of the Australian Institute of Energy, and co-leader of the Clean Energy Research Cluster in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney.

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Professor David Hill

David J. Hill is the Chair of Electrical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong, a professor of electrical engineering, an ARC Professorial Fellow (2011-15) and Director of the Centre for Future Energy Networks at the University of Sydney. From 2005-2010, he was an ARC Federation Fellow at the Australian National University. Since 1994, he has held various positions at the University of Sydney, including the Chair of Electrical Engineering until 2002, returning to a full-time Chair in 2010. Professor Hill has held academic and substantial visiting positions at the universities of Melbourne, California (Berkeley), Newcastle (Australia), Lund (Sweden), Munich, Hong Kong (City University) as well as ANU.

Professor Hill holds BE (Electrical) and BSc (Mathematics) degrees from the University of Queensland, Australia and received a PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Newcastle in 1977.

His work is now mainly on control and planning of future carbon-constrained energy systems. David is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics(USA) the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He is also a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

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Professor Joe Dong

Professor Zhao Yang Dong is the Head of School, School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney. He was previously Ausgrid Chair and Director of the Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks at the University of Newcastle and also with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and has also worked as a system planning manager at Transend Networks in Australia. Professor Dong obtained a PhD from the University of Sydney in 1999.

His research interests include smart grids, power system planning and stability, load modeling, renewable energy, electricity market, and computational methods. He is an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and IEEE PES Letters. In addition, he is an international advisor for the lead Chinese journal of Automation of Electric Power Systems.

Professor Dong has been a contractor with EPRI, USA since 2001. He has over 8 EPRI projects, 11 ARC grants, 4 grants under the HK RGC & ITF scheme, as well as many industrial research and development and consulting projects in power system planning, stability, smart grid, electricity market analysis and load modeling areas. He is a member of IEEE taskforce on power system cascading failure and a chapter coordinator for CIGRE work group on load modeling. He is the Deputy Chair for Smart Grid Australia and leads its research domain on cyber physical systems. Professor Dong has published over 360 technical papers.

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Professor John Foster

Professor John Foster is Leader of the Energy Economics and Management Group and Focal Leader for Renewable Energy Research in the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a former Panel Member of the ARC College of Experts. He has extensive experience in modelling the National Electricity Market and in the economic analysis of electricity transmission and distribution systems. His models use a new complex systems methodology, using high frequency data and agent-based simulations. Professor Foster also has expertise in the economics of innovation which he is using to understand how structural change occurs in electricity generation and in the transformation of electricity supply grids.

Professor Foster is currently undertaking research projects on: the economic impacts of electricity grid transformations (CSIRO Future Grid Cluster); the impact of wind volatility on the Grid and the NEM (ARC Linkage); the impact of rising temperature on electricity generation (NCCARF/DCC). He has recently completed projects on: the impacts of the growth in distributed energy (CSIRO iGRID Cluster); the impacts of carbon pricing on the NEM (ARC Linkage). He also maintains a broad interest in the role of energy transformations in driving economic growth over the past century.

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Dr Iain MacGill

Dr Iain MacGill is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales, and Joint Director (Engineering) for the University's Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets(CEEM). Iain has a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a MEngSc (Biomedical) and B. from the University of Melbourne. Former roles include smart control systems consulting in the Australian mining and mineral processing industry, and several years in Washington DC as a senior policy analyst in the environmental NGO sector.

Dr MacGill's teaching and research interests at UNSW include electricity industry restructuring and the Australian National Electricity Market, sustainable energy technologies, distributed energy resources, energy efficiency options, as well as energy and climate policy. He also consults to industry and government clients in these areas in Australia and internationally.

CEEM undertakes interdisciplinary research in the monitoring, analysis and design of energy and environmental markets and their associated policy frameworks. It brings together UNSW researchers from the faculties of engineering, business, science and social sciences. Dr MacGill leads work in two of CEEM's three research areas, Sustainable Energy Transformation, including energy technology assessment and renewable energy integration; and Distributed Energy Systems including 'smart grids', distributed generation and demand-side participation.

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Dr Luke Reedman

Dr Reedman is the Stream Leader for Energy Modelling in CSIRO's Energy Flagship and will coordinate CSIRO input into the Future Grid Cluster and review the Cluster's outputs.

An energy economist by training, Dr Reedman leads a multidisciplinary research program to quantify plausible energy pathways for the Australian energy sector, encompassing research into the Future Grid.

Dr Reedman led the economic program within the successful Intelligent Grid project. A key to the success of this ground breaking report was estimating the economic value of wide-scale uptake of distributed energy in Australia at around $130 billion by 2050.

In July 2011, Dr Reedman was acknowledged as having "made invaluable contributions to the economic modelling" that underpinned the Australian Government's Clean Energy Future plan. Other significant work includes modelling for the 2012 Energy White Paper and the 2011 Garnaut Review on Climate Change.

In 2010, Dr Reedman was a joint recipient of the CSIRO Medal for Environmental Achievement.

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Dr Liam Wagner

Dr Liam Wagner is a Lecturer in Economics at the Griffith Business School, Griffith University. Prior to this he was a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland specialising in energy and environmental economics and policy. Prior to the School of Economics at UQ, he worked as a Trading Analyst in the energy industry, providing electricity market forecasting expertise, advice on risk management, while also trading an Open Cycle Gas Turbine power station. Dr Wagner obtained a PhD from the University of Queensland in Mathematics and is an accredited member of the IEEE (MIEEE). His current research interests include: Energy Economics; Renewable Energy and Electricity Market Modelling. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy (Springer Verlag).

Dr Wagner current research projects include: the economic impacts of electricity grid transformations (CSIRO Future Grid Cluster); the impact of rising temperature on electricity generation (NCCARF/DCC); Renewable energy and its ability to improve energy security; Optimal expansion of Australia’s natural gas network.

Mr John Blik

John is Director of Renaissance Energy Australia, a niche energy consultancy providing management and technical consulting services - bringing together industry, government and academia. Services include energy project evaluation, development and management; research consulting; energy efficiency and renewable energy; workshop facilitation; and energy and carbon management.

John provides project management services to the Future Grid Research Program. This includes coordinating interaction between the project researchers and the Industry Reference Group, organising consultation meetings, industry symposiums and presentations to conferences such as Melbourne's All-Energy conference, and collating and reporting the research output.

Until 2007 John worked in operational and management roles for major Australian manufacturing companies including Orica, Qenos (ExxonMobil/Orica joint venture) and CSR, and also spent two years in Africa working on solar energy applied research and development projects.

A Chartered Chemical Engineer and Chartered Scientist (IChemE), John also actively contributes to a number of professional networks. These include the Australian Institute of Energy (as AIE National President and Chairman of the Sydney Branch), and as a Fellow of the University of Sydney Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Foundation.

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