Plenary Speakers



Christophe Bonnery is President of the International Association for Energy Economics, IAEE ( .

He is Vice President, Economics & Prospective, ENEDIS, the French power distribution company. He is also President of the French Association for Energy Economics since 2009.

He created in 2012 the French Circle of Energy Economists, to promote energy economics to energy policy makers. He created the Marcel Boiteux Award in 2011, which recognizes the best French book on energy economics ( ) every year.

Recently he was Vice President, Energy Policy for the AREVA Group. His role consisted in understanding current energy policies and promoting acceptable evolutions for all stakeholders: Governments, industries, consumers, researchers. In this position, he developed an influencing expert network in various countries.


Alison joined Transpower in 2014. She has held a number of senior executive roles across various industry sectors, most recently as Global Head of Chemicals for Orica PLC.  She is currently a Director of Ports of Tauranga, and has also been a Director of Genesis Energy.  

Prior to these roles, she held a number of senior roles at Fonterra Cooperative Group and across the Fletcher Challenge Group in Energy, Forests and Paper.  Alison has a MBA from Warwick University, and studied Engineering (Chemicals and Materials) at Auckland University.


Derek is a Professor at London Business School. He is the author of over 200 research papers and 10 books in the areas of forecasting, decision analysis and energy economics. He is a former Editor-in-chief of Energy Economics, the Founding Editor of the Journal of Energy Markets and has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Forecasting for many years.  He has worked with the electricity sector for over 35 years, advising many organisations including the House of Commons, and providing expert witness evidence in legal disputes. He is currently chairman of the UK Government’s panel for the capacity market and an independent board member of the Balancing and Settlements Code.


Richard Green is Professor of Sustainable Energy Business at Imperial College Business School.  He was previously at the Universities of Cambridge (where he did his PhD), Hull and Birmingham.  He has been working on the economics of electricity markets since 1989.  Most of his current work concerns the impact of, and incentives for, low-carbon generation and for electricity storage.


Yukari Niwa Yamashita is a Board Member for the Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ) and Director in Charge of the Energy Data and Modelling Center. She is responsible for quantitative and qualitative analyses on energy policy issues. In the aftermath of the tsunami and nuclear incident, her team’s analyses and recommendations contributed greatly to the electricity saving campaign and debate regarding a national energy mix for Japan. Annual IEEJ’s Outlook is globally recognized for its timely analyses and pragmatic approach towards climate change.


David Stern is energy and environmental economist and a professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. His research focuses on the role of energy in economic growth and development and its environmental impacts, especially climate change. David is currently working on the economy-wide rebound effect, the future of electricity markets, and energy in economic growth theory.  He has published widely in economics and natural science journals including articles in Nature and the Journal of Economic Literature and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.


Prof. Ying Fan is a professor and the Dean of the School of Economics and Management at Beihang University, and the director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research(CEEP), a joint center of Beihang University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and CNPC. She is the Vice President for Academic affairs of the IAEE since 2016. Before joining Beihang University, she had 25 years experience in CAS. She visited Cornell University in the U.S. as a visiting scholar from 2004 to 2005.

She has carried out over 60 research projects, published over 280 papers in peer reviewed journals such as the Energy Journal, Energy Economics, European Journal of Operational Research, Environmental Modeling and Assessment, Energy Policy, Applied Energy, Environmental Modelling and Software, Journal of Policy Modeling, and so on. Her research and teaching fields include energy economics, Energy-Environment-Economy system modeling, Emission Trading, climate change, energy and environmental policy.


Prof. David Levinson joined the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney in 2017 as Foundation Professor in Transport Engineering.  He was a Professor at the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering at the University of Minnesota, from 1999 to 2016. He conducts research on Accessibility, Transport Economics, Transport Network Evolution, and Transport and Land Use Interaction. He is the Founding Editor of Transport Findings and the Journal of Transport and Land Use. He is the author of several books including: The Transportation Experience, Planning for Place and Plexus, Elements of Access, and The End of Traffic and the Future of Access. He blogs at


Frank Jotzo is Professor at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, where he directs the Centre for Climate and Energy Policy. He is also co-director of the Energy Transition Hub. As an environmental economist, his research focuses on policy for climate change and energy, in the context of economic reform and development. He is joint editor-in-chief of the journal Climate Policy and a Lead Author of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th and 6th Assessment Reports. He has been involved in many policy research and advisory exercises and has advised national and state governments, international organisations and businesses.


Zhong Xiang Zhang is the founding dean and distinguished university professor at Ma Yinchu School of Economics, Tianjin University and Director of China Academy of Energy, Environmental and Industrial Economics, China. He is co-editor of Environmental Economics and Policy Studiesand International Journal of Public Policy; and is serving on the editorial boards of other ten international journals including Climate Policy; Energy Policy; Environmental Science and Policy; International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics; and International Review of Environmental and ResourceEconomics. He is a Fellow of the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society, Australia, and is on the Scientific Council of Paris-based IDDRI, Sciences Po.


Dr. Ronald D. Ripple was the Mervin Bovaird Professor of Energy Business and Finance in the School of Energy Economics, Policy, and Commerce in the Collins College of Business at The University of Tulsa, 2013-2019. He is now an independent energy economist, still based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ron took up his position at TU lecturing in the Master of Energy Business Program after spending over fourteen years teaching in Australia, with another year in Hong Kong. Dr. Ripple has studied oil and natural gas markets for over 38 years, getting his start in the Office of the Governor of Alaska, followed by a stint of consulting as Vice President/Senior Economist with Economic Insight, Inc. and Research Fellow at the East-West Center. He wrote his PhD dissertation on Alaska North Slope natural gas, and authored a chapter on the Geopolitics of Australia Natural Gas Development for the joint Harvard-Rice Geopolitics of Natural Gas Study. Ron has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, trade press articles, and reports, typically focusing on oil and natural gas markets and the financial derivatives markets that support them. Ron was awarded the Mayo Research Excellence Award, from the Collins College of Business, 2015-2016. Ron has served as the Asia-Oceania Representative to the IAEE Council and as the IAEE VP for Conferences, 2015-2019.

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