Towards Net Zero: securing our energy future

Towards Net Zero: securing our energy future

Jul 14
There is no more critical issue facing Australia than the future of our energy supply. Join CEDA and key energy industry CEOs to hear more.
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Daniel Westerman, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
Jeff Connolly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens
Christine Corbett, Chief Customer Officer, AGL
Richard Bolt, Principal, Nous Group

Event Overview

There is no more critical issue facing Australia than the future of our energy supply.

Australia is leading the world with the penetration of renewable energy into its electricity grids. As a nation that has abundant sunshine, a long windy coastline and vast areas of land, the opportunity is significant.

Balancing reliability with cost and environmental efficiency is critical to Australia’s energy future. Using digital technologies enables this to be managed and simulated effectively. This also means the nation must produce people with the right skills and experience using the right tools of trade – a point highlighted in the recent federal budget.

Join newly-appointed AEMO CEO, Daniel Westerman, as he shares a view from the energy control room. Followed by a panel discussion with Daniel Westerman, Siemens CEO Jeff Connolly and AGL Chief Customer Officer Christine Corbett to explore:

  • How does Australia rank against international peers in terms of energy transition?
  • What are the must haves for Australia in terms of energy policy over the next decade?
Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 12.30pm
WA: 11.00am

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Meet the keynote speaker

Daniel Westerman
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Daniel joined AEMO on 17 May 2021 from National Grid, a leading London-listed international electricity and gas utility, where he held a variety of senior executive roles since 2014, culminating in the role of Chief Transformation Officer and President of Renewable Energy. Daniel is a chartered engineer and an experienced business leader with significant breadth in the energy sector and brings significant commercial and regulatory experience in both the UK and several US electricity markets.

Meet the panel

Jeff Connolly
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens

With 380,000 employees worldwide, Siemens is the leader in industrial software, automation and electrification technologies. In addition to leading Siemens in the region, Jeff Connolly is instrumental in areas such as the Germany-Australia relationship, Industry 4.0, the future of energy and smart infrastructure.

Christine Corbett
Chief Customer Officer, AGL

Christine joined AGL in July 2019. Prior to joining AGL, Christine built a career at Australia Post spanning almost three decades, where she held several leadership roles, including two years as Chief Customer Officer, responsible for group channel operations, marketing, digital and customer experience. She also held the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer at Australia Post prior to joining PwC in 2018 as a Special Advisor consulting for a range of clients in the customer and integrated solution space.

Meet the facilitator

Richard Bolt
Principal, Nous Group

Richard joined Nous after a diverse career in public advocacy and government. He has led organisations ranging from a community-based advocacy group to one of the largest government departments established in Australia. His achievements include lead roles in national carbon and energy policy reform; driving technology innovation in energy, resources and agriculture; tackling corruption in education; gaining justice for victims of child sexual abuse; and building inclusion and collaboration in large government departments.

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