Plenary Speakers



Dr. Amela Ajanovic is Associate Professor and Senior Research Scientist at Energy Economics Group at Vienna University of Technology. She holds a master degree in electrical engineering and a PhD in energy economics at Vienna University of Technology.

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. 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Tooraj Jamasb is CBS Endowed Professor of Energy Economics and Director for Copenhagen School of Energy Infrastructure (CSEI). He has previously held a post as Chair in Energy Economics at Durham University, the SIRE Chair in Energy Economics, Heriot-Watt University and was Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge.

He is also a Research Associate at Energy Policy Research Group (University of Cambridge); Centre for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); and Oviedo Efficiency Group (University of Oviedo). He is a member of the academic panel of the UK Gas and Electricity regulator OFGEM.

Professor Jamasb has participated on research and consulting projects for the Council of European Energy Regulators, several European energy regulators, energy companies, Ofgem, Department of Energy and Climate Change, and The World Bank. He is co-editor of the inter-disciplinary books The Future of Electricity Demand: Customers, Citizens and Loads, 2011; Delivering a Low-Carbon Electricity System, 2008; and Future Electricity Technologies and Systems, 2006; all published by Cambridge University Press. In addition, Associate Editor of the Energy Strategy Reviews Journal.


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


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.


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 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.


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.


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.

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