Speakers for 2017 include:

Chiron Aesir

Chief Executive Officer, Evosol Solar Solutions

Chiron AesirChiron set up his first solar company in 2009, under the name Capricorn Rising Pty Ltd, trading as Solar Imports Australia, later changed to the trading name Evosol. ?He then spent a year travelling throughout China visiting Renewable Energy Trade Shows, visiting factories and establishing secure contacts with 60 qualified Australian certified suppliers for all types of solar and LED lighting products.

In 2016, Capricorn Rising released the trading name Evosol to Australian Renewables Group Pty Ltd, a new company set up by Chiron to reflect his broader vision in the renewables industry.? Today Evosol has gained substantial traction and is becoming a recognised name in the solar industry.  Chiron is the driving force and visionary behind Evosol and his goal is to see Evosol as a leading solar power company diversified into all areas of renewable energy.? His passion is to work with like-minded people to co-develop his model of Water and Light 4 Life, taking it into as many parts of the world as possible to help bring clean water and electricity to the world’s poor and underprivileged.?Chiron is passionate, motivated and a visionary with heart and soul.

Lyndon Frearson

Managing Director, Ekistica

Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)

Lyndon FrearsonLyndon Frearson is the Managing Director of Ekistica and since 2007 has overseen its development as a leading engineering consultancy providing technical services and advice in power systems engineering and remote area project management to clients throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific.

During his time at CAT Projects, Lyndon led the design and development of some of the largest renewable energy projects in remote Australia, including ‘Uterne’ (Australia’s first utility scale – 1 MW – solar generator); the Ti Tree, Kalkarindji and Lake Nash high penetration grid connect solar power stations; various roof-mounted solar power systems on commercial premises including hotels, airports and community centres; and the Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre, a whole-of-system demonstration facility in Alice Springs that has become a resource for the international PV industry among others.

Kirsty Gowans

General Manager, Project Delivery, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Kirsty GowansKirsty is a highly experienced commercial lawyer and corporate governance professional who joined ARENA in 2016 to take up the role of General Manager, Project Delivery. Prior to commencing work with ARENA, Kirsty was General Counsel for Indigenous Business Australia. In that role she provided advice on commercial matters and administrative law matters, including co-investment and incentive structures, company law, contracts and finance arrangements. She also played a key role in supporting the governance functions of the Board and overseeing IBA’S governance, compliance and legal risk management framework.

A committed development specialist, Kirsty’s previous experience includes working with the Northern Land Council, NSW Native Title Service, North Australian Aboriginal Legal Service and NSW Legal Aid Commission. She has also worked as an investigator with the NSW Ombudsman and a mediator of complaints for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

In addition to her legal qualifications, Kirsty has postgraduate qualifications in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Law Society of the ACT. She recently completed her Masters in Public and International Law at the University of Melbourne.

Mark Keogh

Executive Chair, UON

Mark KeoghMr. Mark Keogh founded UON Pty Ltd. in 1998 and serves as its Executive Chairman and Member of its Advisory Board. Mr. Keogh has grown UON Pty Ltd. from servicing power to mine sites to now extending its product and service offering to power, air and water energy solutions for the mining, oil and gas, construction and commercial industries. In 2010 he rebranded UON, in line with his mission to “keep you on; keep you operational”. He is a qualified A Grade Electrician.

His Achievements include National Winner of the Telstra 2013 Commonwealth Bank Medium Business of the Year Award, Telstra 2012 WA Business of the Year, in addition to being the 2011 and 2012 finalist in the goods category for Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore Supplier Recognition Program and 2011 Quality Customer Service winner in the Hanson Swan Business Award.

Professor Chem Nayar

Director, Regen Power Pty Ltd

Prof Chem NayarProfessor Chem Nayar received his PhD degree in electrical engineering specialising in wind electrical power generation from the University of Western Australia in 1985. In 1996, he became the first Personal Chair and Professor in Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering at Curtin University where he currently holds the position of Emeritus Professor. He held academic and industry appointments in India, Singapore, Australia, China, UAE and Thailand and is currently the Founder and the Managing Director of Regen Power Pty Ltd in Australia and Director of Radiant Solar Pvt Ltd , India.

Professor Nayar was winner of two prestigious Sustainable Energy Industry Excellence and Innovation Awards (the Ambassador Award and the Product and Technology Award for the Variable speed diesel/bio-diesel generator).

Professor Nayar is a chartered professional engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Fellow of Australian Solar Council and Editor in Chief of Renewables: Wind,Water and Solar , a Springer Open Access Journal.

Dr Michael Edward Ottaviano DBA, MSC, BENG

Managing Director and CEO of Carnegie Clean Energy

Dr Michael OttavianoDr Ottaviano has been with Carnegie since 2006 and during his time as CEO, Dr Ottaviano has led the Company’s development of its CETO Wave Energy technology from Proof of Concept, through to operation of the only grid – connected wave project in the world. He has been responsible for raising $86million in equity and $56million in Government grant funding. He also drove Carnegie’s recent acquisition of solar/microgrid EPC, Energy Made Clean, making Carnegie the only ASX-listed company with a dedicated renewable energy microgrid project delivery capability and the only microgrid company globally with a wave energy technology.

Dr Ottaviano’s previous work has focused on research and development – both in industry and consulting. He has advised companies on new product development, intellectual property, innovation portfolio management and technology commercialisation across various industries and ranging from start-ups to publicly-listed companies with market capitalisations in excess of $1 billion.

Antony Piccinini

CEO, Renergi

Antony PiccininiAntony Piccinini who has been a part of the Australian renewable energy industry for the past 17 years.  During this time, Antony has helped develop multiple wind, wind /diesel, solar and bioenergy projects, operating across WA, interstate and overseas markets.  Many of these projects have been off-grid and fringe-of-grid systems.  Antony is the CEO of Renergi (www.renergi.net), a WA based bioenergy technology company, which is developing a suite of technologies spun out of Curtin University.  These technologies encompass biomass pyrolysis, gasification and refining and are designed to overcome the main commercial impediments to the utilisation of biomass in the power generation industry, in both off-grid and utility scale applications.

Will Rayward-Smith PhD

General Manager, SunSHIFT

Will Rayward-SmithDr Will Rayward-Smith is the General Manager of SunSHIFT. Will focuses on overcoming barriers that are limiting the adoption of clean technologies. He identifies opportunities, develops solutions and builds collaborations with technology, channel and finance partners.

With a PhD from Cambridge and previous employment placements with Arup, the UK Government Department of Energy & Climate Change, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the start-up Azuri Technologies, Will is a multi-disciplinary expert in renewable energy generation.