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We will include speakers for AAREIC 2019 as they are confirmed.

Dave Manning

Global Head of Hybrid Energy, juwi Renewable Energies

Dave Manning

Dave Manning, juwi’s Global Head of Hybrid, has 25 years’ international experience in power solutions for mines and remote energy consumers. He was also previously involved in the Australian DeGrussa Sandfire hybrid project as General Manager for the Thermal Power Station Owner, from initial contract negotiation through to project completion. Based in Perth, Dave is responsible for overseeing the installation and operation of hybrid installations worldwide, with Africa and Australia being the prime focus regions.


Prof. Chem Nayar

Director, Regen Power

Chem Nayar

Professor Chem Nayar received the BSc in Electrical Engineering from Calicut Regional Engineering College in 1969, Master of Technology in Electronic Circuits from IIT Kanpur (1976) and 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 Director of Regen Power Pty Ltd in Australia, Technical Director of Go Solar Group Pty Ltd andDirector of Radiant Solar Pvt Ltd in Hyderabad, India . Heisalso an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania . 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). In 2012, he was also conferred the “Life time Achievement Award” by the Australian Committee for Power Engineering.  He regularly conducts Australian Clean Energy Council approved Photovoltaic Design and Installation Training for electricians and engineers. Professor Nayar is a chartered professional engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (UK) and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (USA) and Fellow of the Australian Solar Council.


Dr Farhad Shahnia

Senior Lecturer, Murdoch University

Dr Farhad ShahniaDr Farhad Shahnia received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, in 2012. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University. Before that, he was a Lecturer at Curtin University (2012-15), a research scholar at QUT (2008-11), and an R&D engineer at the Eastern Azarbayjan Electric Power Distribution Company, Iran (2005-08). He is currently a Senior Member of IEEE and a Member of the Engineers Australia, Electric Energy Society of Australia and the Australasian Association for Engineering Education.

Dr Shahnia’s research falls under Distribution networks, Microgrid and Smart grid concepts. He has authored one book and 13 book chapters and 100+ peer-reviewed scholarly articles in international conferences and journals, as well as being an editor of 6 books.

Dr Shahnia has won 5 Best Paper Awards in various conferences and has also received the IET Premium Award for the Best Paper published in the IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution journal in 2015. One of his articles was listed under the top-25 most cited articles in the Electric Power System Research Journal in 2015 while one of his 2015 journal articles has been listed under the top-5 most read articles of the Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He was the recipient of the Postgraduate Research Supervisor Award from Curtin University in 2015 and the Australia-China Young Scientist Exchange Award from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2016.


William (Bill) Witham

CEO, AAMEG Australian Minerals and Energy Group Limited

William Witham

Mr Witham has broad experience over a 30-year career working in the technical, commercial, marketing and financial fields of the international exploration and mining industry. Mr Witham’s spent two years in the 1990s based in Africa as General Manager for World Geoscience Corporation. This gave him a broad perspective over many African countries where their geophysical surveys were conducted Since then Mr Witham has worked for a number of international and Australian companies in Africa and Australia including DMC Mining (Congo), Waratah Resources (Congo) and Whinnen Resources Ltd (Cameroon and Namibia).Mr Witham holds a Bachelor in Science with Honours in Geology from the University of Western Australia and is the CEO of the Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group (AAMEG).


Professor Tyrone Fernando

Director Power & Clean Energy Research Group (PACE), University of Western Australia

Tyrone Fernando

Tyrone Fernando obtained his bachelor of engineering with honours and the degree of doctor of philosophy from the University of Melbourne in 1990 and 1996 respectively.

In 1996 he joined the University of Western Australia, Department of Electrical Electronic and Computer Engineering where he is currently a Professor. He was the Deputy Head of School in 2009 and 2010.

His research interests are in Power system dynamics, renewable energy, functional/state estimation, and control theory.

He has served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine and also as guest editor for the journal of Optimal Control Applications and Methods. He is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II and also IEEE Access. He is the current Chair-Elect of the Power and Energy technical committee of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He has authored many journal and conference articles and also two books in the areas of functional observers and closed loop control of blood glucose in diabetics. Professor Fernando is a senior member of IEEE.


George Zombori

CEO, Tesvolt Australia/Unlimited Energy

George ZomboriWith an extensive career focusing on innovative and sustainable energy solutions, facilitating the custom designs of solar based energy efficient solutions George designed one of the first Solar powered Electric car charging stations in Europe in 2011.

His broad experience in the deployment of renewable energy systems both nationally and across the globe drives Tesvolt / Unlimited Energy Australia to expand client horizons in the areas of off grid and grid connected renewable technologies.

With qualifications and extensive experience in architecture, solar, battery and off grid design, George provides the Australian renewable energy market with an innovative approach to energy systems which is evidenced by number of award winning signature projects (Energy Globe Award, European Solar Prize, InterSolar Outstanding Project Award 2018, ARE international award for rural electrification 2019). 

Andrew Dickson

Development Manager, Asian Renewable Energy Hub,  CWP Renewables

Andrew DicksonAndrew Dickson is the Development Manager of the Asian Renewable Energy Hub project, a 15,000 MW wind and solar hybrid project being developed in north western Australia. He has developed a variety of wind and solar projects across Australia since 2004, and has been full time on the Asian Renewable Energy Hub project for 2 ½ years. 


Prof. Ray Wills

Prof Ray WillsManaging Director, Future Smart Strategies

Professor Ray Wills’ wide–ranging career as researcher, academic, planner, consultant, adviser, manager, executive, and futurist. Prof Wills is an authoritative and respected commentator on sustainability, technology and futurism across all sectors including the built environment, cleantech, energy infrastructure, industrials, manufacturing, resources, transport, and water.  Prof Wills’ research interests include adoption rates of technology and disruptive technology in all forms.

Prof Wills is: Managing Director of advisory firm Future Smart Strategies; Chair of the solar developer, Sun Brilliance Power, building Western Australia’s largest solar farm, and variously Executive or Non-executive Director of several other enterprises including Western Australia’s remote energy services provider, Horizon Power.  He is also Adjunct Professor at The University of Western Australia contributing to the academic program, and comments on behalf of UWA on climate change and sustainability.

Prof Wills has been independently recognised by a number of international groups as one of the Top 100 Global Leaders in Sustainability, Climate Change and Energy. In August 2018, Prof Wills was named as Inaugural Expert in Residence with CORE Innovation Hub in Perth.

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