Plenary Speakers


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Dr. Amela Ajanovic is lecture and senior research scientist at Energy Economics Group at Vienna University of Technology (TU WIEN). She holds a master degree in electrical engineering and a PhD in energy economics at TU WIEN.

She is responsible for research, teaching, project acquisition and scientific coordination in the area of energy economics with a focus on sustainable transport. Her main research interests are alternative fuels and alternative automotive technologies, energy and transport policies as well as transition to a sustainable energy system and long-term energy scenarios. She has been involved in several national and international research projects related to these topics. In 2006 she worked for International Energy Agency in Paris on World Energy Outlook, chapter on biofuels. In 2009 she was guest lecturer and researcher at the Technical University of Prague, and in 2010 guest researcher at Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands. She has authored more than 50 papers and journal articles. She is also a lecturer and faculty member of the MSc Program “Renewable Energy Systems”.


Alison joined Transpower in 2014 as the Chief Executive. She has held a number of senior executive roles across various industry sectors including energy, forestry, food processing and chemicals, most recently as Global Head of Chemicals for Orica PLC. She is a Director for Port of Tauranga and has been a Director for 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 (Distinction) from Warwick University, and studied Engineering (Chemicals and Materials) at Auckland University graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (1st Class Hons).  


Professor Ken Baldwin is the inaugural Director of the Energy Change Institute at the ANU, and Associate Director (Research) of the Research School of Physics.

Professor Baldwin has held the following appointments:

-Project Steering Committee for the Australian Energy Technology Assessment (AETA) of the former Bureau of Resources and Energy
-Board of the South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence (SERREE, from 2014)
-Socio-Economic Modelling Advisory Committee of the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission (2015-2017)
-Chair, Energy Cluster of the Australia-Indonesia Centre (2015-2018)
-Chair, Energy Research Institutes Council for Australia (ERICA, 2018-2019)
-Steering Committee for the CSIRO Hydrogen Research, Development and Demonstration Report (2019).

Professor Baldwin is an inaugural ANU Public Policy Fellow, and winner of the 2004 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science, for his role in initiating and championing “Science meets Parliament”. 

In 2007, Professor Baldwin was awarded the W.H. Beattie Steele Medal, the highest honour of the Australian Optical Society.  In 2010 he was awarded the Barry Inglis Medal by the National Measurement Institute for excellence in precision measurement.

Professor Baldwin is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics (UK), the Optical Society of America and the Australian Institute of Physics.


Christophe Bonnery is Executive Vice 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.


Duncan Callaway is an Associate Professor of Energy and Resources with an affiliate appointment in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  He received his PhD from Cornell University and subsequently worked in the energy industry, first at Davis Energy Group and later at PowerLight Corporation. He was a member of the research faculty of the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan before coming to Berkeley.  Dr. Callaway’s teaching covers energy systems with a focus on the electrical grid, energy efficiency and modern data analytic and forecasting tools.  His research group focuses on emerging energy technologies by quantifying their impacts on power system operations and developing control, optimization and data analysis tools to facilitate their integration into power systems. He is the recipient of numerous best paper prizes and the US National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award.


Dr. Ivan Diaz-Rainey is Associate Professor of Finance and Director of the Climate and Energy Finance Group (CEFGroup) at the University of Otago. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance and has previously held academic positions in the UK, Abu Dhabi and Italy. He has previously conducted research, policy and consultancy work for the ADBI, OECD, E.ON UK plc and ECMI. His research has been published in leading journals, including Energy Economics and The Energy Journal. His current research interests include; financial regulation, financial integration, and climate, carbon and energy finance.


Brian Efird is the Program Director for Policy and Decision Science and a Senior Research Fellow at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He received his M.A. in International Studies and Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University.

Under Saudi Arabia’s G20 Presidency, Dr. Efird serves as the Deputy for the T20 Secretariat. The T20 is a global network of think tanks and researchers that provide research-based policy recommendations to the G20.

At KAPSARC, he manages a research portfolio that includes a global program of work focused on the nexus between geopolitics, domestic and local politics, and energy. This program encompasses a multi-disciplinary, multi-national team of researchers who focus on quantitative models of collective decision-making processes (CDMPs), geospatial applications to energy economics and energy policy, and the impact of political phenomena on global energy markets. Dr. Efird is Editor-in-Chief of a new journal from Springer Scientific called Energy Transitions. He was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, a consultant on defense and international security matters in Washington, and a consultant applying quantitative models to create actionable strategies for corporate and legal negotiations in New York.


Dennice F. Gayme is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering and the Carol Croft Linde Faculty Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University.  She earned her B. Eng. & Society from McMaster University in 1997 and an M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998, both in Mechanical Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Control and Dynamical Systems in 2010 from the California Institute of Technology, where she was a recipient of the P.E.O. scholar award in 2007 and the James Irvine Foundation Graduate Fellowship in 2003. Her research interests are in modeling, analysis and control for spatially distributed and large-scale networked systems in applications such as wind farms and power networks.  She was a recipient of the JHU Catalyst Award in 2015, ONR Young Investigator and NSF CAREER awards in 2017, and a JHU Discovery Award in 2019.


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.


Dr Jeffrey Hardy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Grantham at Imperial College London, where he researches energy market transformation, innovative energy business models and the role of consumers and citizens in future energy systems. He leads a team in the UK Energy Revolution Research Consortium examining the policy and regulation of smart local energy systems.

He is also a Non-Executive Director of Public Power Solutions, a wholly-owned company of Swindon Borough Council specialising is renewable power and waste solutions.

Previously he was Head of Sustainable Energy Futures at the GB energy regulator, Ofgem and Head of Science for Work Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He’s also worked at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the UK Energy Research Centre, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Green Chemistry Group at the University of York and at Sellafield as research chemist in a nuclear laboratory.


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.


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


Geoff Lewis is a Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Productivity Commission. He worked on the Commission’s recent inquiry into New Zealand’s transition to a low-emissions economy and prior to that its inquiry into better urban planning. He led earlier inquiries into more effective social services (2015), boosting productivity in the services sector (2014), and international freight transport services (2012). Geoff worked as a director, economic analyst and policy advisor at the Treasury from 1995 to 2011 where he worked on a variety of topics including productivity and innovation, financial markets saving and investment, New Zealand’s economic growth performance, Auckland’s economic performance, social capital and tax policy. Geoff has a Master of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Canterbury University and, prior to joining the Treasury, he held academic posts with the Universities of Waikato, Auckland and Bristol.


Dr Iain MacGill is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at UNSW Australia, and Joint Director (Engineering) for the University’s Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM). 

Iain’s teaching and research interests at UNSW include electricity industry restructuring and the Australian National Electricity Market, sustainable energy generation technologies, distributed energy resources in the built environment, energy efficiency options, energy and climate policy and environmental regulation.

CEEM itself 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, Law and Arts and Social Sciences, with project funding from partners including the Australian Federal Government, ARENA, CSIRO, State Government, Energy Consumers Australia and industry. Iain leads work in two of CEEM’s three research areas, Sustainable Energy Transformation, including energy technology assessment, wholesale electricity market design and renewable energy integration; and Distributed Energy Systems including distributed generation, energy efficiency, storage and demand-side participation.


Tim is the Executive General Manager, Strategy and Economic Analysis, at the Australian Energy Market Commission. Up until November 2018, Tim was the Chief Economist of AGL Energy and led the company’s public policy advocacy and its sustainability and ESG strategy. In particular, he led development of AGL’s revised Greenhouse Gas Policy, climate risk disclosure and the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) concept. He is also a member of the Westpac Stakeholder Advisory Council and is on the Research Committee for the Centre for Policy Development.

Tim is an Associate Professor at Griffith University and is widely published in Australian and international peer-reviewed journals. He has presented at conferences in Australia and throughout Asia and Europe. He holds a PhD in economics for which he earned a Chancellors Doctoral Research Medal and a first-class honours degree in economics. Tim is also a fellow of the Governance Institute (FGIA and FCIS) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).


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.


Paul Simshauser AM is a Professor of Economics at Griffith University where he specialises in Energy Economics and Energy Policy.  He is also the Head of Energy Markets at Infigen Energy, an ASX-listed utility which operates in Australia’s National Electricity Market. 

Paul has more than two decades of experience in the energy sector.  His prior roles include Director-General of the Department of Energy & Water Supply and Chief Economist with one of Australia’s largest utilities, AGL Energy.  He has a PhD in economics from the University of Queensland, and is a Member of the IAEE, a Professional Member of the Economics Society of Australia, a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an AFMA Accredited Derivatives Dealer.  Paul is also a member of CEDA’s Council on Economic Policy, a Research Associate at the Energy Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge, and is widely published in academic journals. 

He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for significant contribution to the energy industry through executive roles and applied economics and policy research.


Mingyue holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Auckland. She comes with expertise in applied economics/econometrics, and advanced data analysis especially in the field of transport economics. Before joining the Energy Centre, she was one of the lecturing team members for CIVIL770 at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering​. Her current research focuses on intelligent transport systems, road safety issues and spatial econometrics.


Janet is the Director of the Centre for Sustainability, an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Otago.  A social scientist, she is interested in the role of individuals and organisations in the transition to a sustainable future, including changing energy cultures within groups and institutions.  Current research includes community adaptation to climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions on farms, and how the adoption of new technologies is revolutionising New Zealand’s electricity system.


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.


Yukari Niwa Yamashita is the IAEE President for 2020 and she 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.

She has been serving as a member of various government councils and committees in the fields of energy and science & technologies. She has been leading miscellaneous international and regional programs in the area of energy cooperation through IEA, APEC, ERIA and IPEEC. She is an independent director, a board member of a Japanese oil company, a visiting professor at Kyushu University and she is Japan’s ambassador for Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E). She is a member of the IAEE since 1986 and has been serving for IAEE Council as an officer for several years.


Adonis Yatchew’s research focuses on energy and regulatory economics, and econometrics. Since completing his Ph.D. at Harvard University, he has taught at the University of Toronto. He has also held visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, Trinity College, Cambridge, and Australian National University, among others. He has written a graduate level text on semiparametric regression techniques published by Cambridge University Press. He has served in various editorial capacities at The Energy Journal since 1995 and is currently the Editor-in-Chief. He has advised public and private sector companies on energy, regulatory and other matters for over 30 years and has provided testimony in numerous regulatory and litigation procedures. Currently he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in energy economics, graduate courses in econometrics and ‘Big Ideas’ courses on energy and the environment with colleagues in physics and classics. In June 2018 the International Association for Energy Economics presented him with its Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession.

Plenary Session Chairs


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.


Dr. Ivan Diaz-Rainey is Associate Professor of Finance and Director of the Climate and Energy Finance Group (CEFGroup) at the University of Otago. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance and has previously held academic positions in the UK, Abu Dhabi and Italy. He has previously conducted research, policy and consultancy work for the ADBI, OECD, E.ON UK plc and ECMI. His research has been published in leading journals, including Energy Economics and The Energy Journal. His current research interests include; financial regulation, financial integration, and climate, carbon and energy finance.


Golbon holds a PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995). Her interests are developing mathematical and economics models for the optimisation and interactions of participants in energy markets with a particular emphasis in the New Zealand Electricity Market (NZEM). Golbon’s research spans developing the individual optimisation models under uncertainty, that single firms utilise in decision making to game theory models that are utilised to investigate optimal regulatory policies. Golbon is a Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Science where she started employment in 2000, subsequent to a period of Postdoctoral Fellowship at Argonne National Labs.


David Broadstock is Deputy Director for the Center for Economic Sustainability and Entrepreneurial Finance in the School of Accounting and Finance at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. David’s research interests cover various aspects of the empirical economics of energy and the environment, with special interests in consumer behaviour, transport economics and energy finance. David is currently a Vice President for the IAEE, and serving Editor for The Energy Journal. Further, since 2019 David has also held a concurrent appointment as Senior Advisor to The Lantau Group, a boutique strategy and ecomonic consultancy focusing on the Asia Pacific energy industry.


James L. Smith is the current President Elect of the IAEE, and Professor Emeritus at Southern Methodist University, where he held the Cary M. Maguire Chair in Oil and Gas Management for 23 years before retiring in 2018. Having specialized in energy studies since receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1977, Dr. Smith has been a prolific researcher and author. His publications on OPEC, energy markets, real options, auction theory, and the oil and gas business have appeared in numerous academic and trade journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Energy Journal, Mathematical Geology, the Oil and Gas Journal, and World Oil. Dr. Smith is a Senior Fellow and Past President of the United States Association for Energy Economics and since 2006 has served as Co-Editor of The Energy Journal.


Cristian is a PhD candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, focusing his research on electricity markets. He is currently analyzing the impact that variable renewable sources have on the flexibility of liberalized electricity markets. Among others, Cristian is interested in investigating topics related to energy storage solutions in power markets, market designs, or integration of electricity markets. Cristian also lectures a yearly Energy Finance seminar at Erasmus School of Economics. Before joining academia, Cristian worked in the financial world at ABN AMRO, Rabobank and EOS Investment Management, where he acquired experience in the energy field from an advisory point of view.


Dr Stephen Poletti was appointed as a lecturer in the Economics department in 2009. Prior to that he held a post-doc position in the Physics department at the University of Adelaide. His main research area is Energy Economics. Current projects include (1) modelling the impact of real-time electricity prices on market power in electricity markets (2) calculating market power rents in the NZ electricity market in the wholesale market (3) The impact of large scale low marginal cost renewables on the NZ electricity market (4) Using NASA MERA data to understand the potential for wind generation of electricity in New Zealand. (5) The potential for local energy innovation in NZ (5) Modelling the uptake of electric cars using a feebate system.

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