Presenter Profiles

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  • Heather Bone, Unity Water
  • Rod Bryden, Plasco Conversion Technologies
  • Peter Burgess, Rainbow Bee Eater
  • Jon Cozens, New Energy Risk
  • Bevan Dooley, Solid Energy Technologies Pty Ltd
  • Nial Finegan, EPA Victoria
  • Richard Fish, AlterNRG
  • Kim Glassborow, G&B Lawyers
  • Mark Glover, AIEN
  • San Shwe Hla, CSIRO Energy
  • Gerhard Janssen, MARTIN BioPower
  • David Jettner, Australian Paper
  • Garth Lamb, Re.Group
  • Rolf Liebeneiner, BEKON GmbH / Eggermann Group
  • Justine Linley, City of Ballarat
  • Nick Miller, HRL
  • Kurt Palmer, STEINERT Australia
  • Daniel Roberts, CSIRO Energy
  • Ali Saeedi, REMONDIS Australia
  • Ben Sawley, ResourceCo Sustainable Energy
  • Marc Stammbach, HZI Australia
  • Tony Stone, Gekko Systems
  • Barry Sullivan, Downer
  • Simon Taylor, Unitywater
  • Julian Turecek, EnergyAustralia
  • Dr Stuart Wagland, Cranfield University
  • Fiona Waterhouse, Utilitas Group
  • David Woolford, Ricardo
Heather has worked for 20 years in environmental and sustainable development law, commercial, business development and marketing roles in mines and energy, transport and logistics in Australia and internationally and has worked extensively with numerous government departments, industry associations, scientific bodies, OEMs and NFPs.

Heather is a Director of Bioenergy Australia and a qualified HAZOP facilitator, a past CEO of the Biofuels Association of Australia and the Chair of Australia’s committee for the development of ISO’s Sustainability Criteria for Bioenergy.

Heather was Australia’s representative for Climate Change and Renewable Energy for the International Visitors Leadership Program, run by the US State Department at the invitation of the then US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, and works both in Australia and internationally in bioenergy, biofuels, waste to energy and sustainable development.

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Peter Burgess grew up in a farming community, trained as a metallurgical engineer and has five decades of involvement in various technical, commercial and leadership roles with Australian, US and Chinese resource and manufacturing companies.

Prior to forming Rainbow Bee Eater, he held senior leadership roles with Alcoa in Western Australia, Victoria and USA, served as Chair of the Federal Government and Industry Light Metals Action Agenda, on the Board of Engineers Without Borders Australia and as consultant to Alumina Ltd and CSIRO Minerals and Energy.

In 2007 Peter met Ian Stanley, a third generation wheat farmer from Kalannie in Western Australia, at the world’s first biochar conference and they agreed to pool their resources to develop what became ECHO2.

Jon Cozens is the Chief Commercial Officer at New Energy Risk, where he oversees execution of the company’s business strategy.  Previously, Jon led the finance group at BrightLeaf Technologies, raising $40 million in equity and project finance.  He also consulted in several markets, including crude oil derivatives with Cornerstone Global Commodities in London, private equity and investment banking, and McKinsey & Company.  He began his career with Pacific Gas and Electric Company in energy trading and procurement.  Jon holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Lehigh University, and a M.Sc. in Finance from London Business School.
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Richard joined Alter NRG in 2009 as Chief Marketing and Sales Officer. He became Chief Operating Officer in late 2009 and was appointed President of Alter NRG in 2010. Has 30+ years of expertise in industrial, automotive and energy companies.  Richard leads global business development, strategic partnerships and acquisitions for Alter NRG and holds his degree from the University of Virginia
Kim Glassborow is a Partner at G&B Lawyers, a Sydney city firm offering specialised legal services in waste management, town-planning, environmental law and property.

She provides strategic advice on all aspects of town-planning, local government and environmental law with a special interest in waste management issues.

Kim was previously the Senior Legal Counsel at Dial-A-Dump Industries. Prior to that, she was a Senior Lawyer at Clayton Utz in Sydney and has extensive experience advising both private industry and public authorities on all aspects of environment and planning law.

Mark Glover is Principal of Renewed Carbon, a specialist project development company operating in the Biomass Processing Sector. philosophies. Regional Australia is the focus of Renewed Carbon’s current “BioHub” initiative; a project to establish some 200 biomass receiving and processing facilities throughout Australia, to be to the emerging Biomass Processing Sector what railhead silos are to the cropping sector or scrap yards are to the metals recycling industry: both first-points-of-receival and receivers-of-last-resort for any biomass arisings.
Dr. San Shwe Hla is a senior research scientist from CSIRO Energy. San has 17 years research experience in thermochemical conversion of biomass and coal, catalytic water-gas shift reaction processes and membrane reactors.  He recently led and completed several projects related to urban waste characterisation, analysis on thermochemical behaviours of urban wastes, reviewing on state-of-art waste-to-energy technologies and assessing some particular waste-to-energy technology. He has authored and co-authored over 55 research papers, conference papers and reports to industry. His Journal papers have been cited more than 350 times in the last 8 years. 
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Janssen is a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Legal Practice Board WA & the CEO of Martin Biopower Pty Ltd. He advises clients in the field of waste collection, recycling circles and waste incineration.

His expertise also includes the consulting of companies regarding the different levels of government and waste incineration plants for waste streams. Moreover, he advised on High Temperature Waste Incineration Plants for commercial waste and hazardous waste.

Gerhard Janssen is familiar with all underlying laws that had to be drafted and designed in relation to waste streams, recycling and related matters in Germany and Australia

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Justine began as Chief Executive Officer with the City of Ballarat in May 2016. Justine has held senior roles in higher education and local government, starting her career in local government with the City of Melbourne in the mid-1980s.

Prior to commencing as CEO with the Northern Grampians Shire Council in October 2011, Justine was the Regional Director for the Grampians Region, Regional Development Victoria, working with 11 councils, businesses and organisations from Bacchus Marsh to the South Australian border. Justine has a commitment to regional co-operation and planning.

Nick has over 20 years of experience working as a chemist in the environmental, energy/power generation and mineral processing industries and for the last 10 years has specialised in the sampling and material characterisation of waste materials including Biomass, MSW and SRF. Nick leads the combustion laboratory for HRL which is about to become the 1st NATA accredited laboratory for the analysis/characterisation of Biomass and Alternative Fuels in Australia, as well as laboratory for Rio Tinto at the Bundoora R&D facility.
Kurt Palmer has been in the recycling industry for 8 years selling equipment throughout South East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. His main focus in the recycling industry has been improving the profitability of his customers through process improvement and plant automation. Kurt has a passion for recycling and reducing the environmental impact we are having on the planet. He brings 25 years machinery sales experience with him.
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Ali Saeedi joined REMONDIS Australia in 2015 as the Technical Manager. Ali’s main focus is on developing alternative fuel production in Australia, drawing from REMONDIS’ successful experience in Europe for over 25 years.

Ali is a Chemical Engineer, based in Sydney with over 12 years’ experience in the waste management, water and wastewater sectors. This experience includes tendering, design, procurement, planning, construction, commissioning, operations and management.

Prior to joining REMONDIS, Ali worked for several international companies such as Sulzer, KGD and Veolia in Europe, Middle East, China and Australia.

Ben Sawley is the CEO of ResourceCo Sustainable Energy and has a passion for resource recovery and sustainable energy.  Prior to ResourceCo he was the National General Manager for Post Collections at Transpacific Industries (TPI).  Prior to TPI he has worked for Boral in a number of GM roles, The Boston Consulting Group and Unilever.  Ben has worked across Australasia, the US and Europe.  He is originally a Mechanical Engineer by training and also holds a Business degree in marketing and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.
Dr. Marc Stammbach is Managing Director of Hitachi Zosen Inova Australia.

Marc has designed, marketed and built recycling and processing facilities for more than 30 years in environmental and large-scale investment industries in Australia and Europe. His resource recovery experience includes recycling, composting, dry anaerobic digestion, mechanical-biological treatment and residual waste-to-energy.

Marc is a Chemical Engineer and holds a Doctorate in Science from ETHZ, Zurich, and a Business Degree from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Tony Stone is the General Manager Gaia EnviroTech a division Gekko Systems located in Ballarat, Victoria.

The scope of this role includes Design, Engineering, Procurement and manufacturing of our innovative anaerobic biodigester product and services. Tony is also the General Manager of Operations for Gekko Systems.

Tony has over 35 years’ experience in manufacturing environments in a wide range of industries and holds a Masters in Management (Manufacturing Management) from the University of South Australia.

Barry Sullivan has held Senior, Executive roles in Telecommunications, Aerospace and Waste Conversion Technology Companies for the past three decades.

Since moving from Canada to Australia Barry has been focused on understanding the Australian market and how various Waste to Energy Technologies best fit into the Australian Waste Management Hierarchy. Barry was responsible for the analysis and final choice of the Waste to Energy Technology chosen by Downer Utilities for the Australia and New Zealand markets.

Simon has 30 years’ experience working in the water industry. He has held senior management positions in water utilities and water industry regulators, led strategic planning investigations and teams on projects covering most aspects of the water cycle.

Simon has extensive experience of achieving water and wastewater outcomes in South East Queensland, as well as extensive experience working in the water industry in New Zealand and the UK.

Simon has an executive leadership role in one of SE Queensland’s water utilities, Unitywater, where he is championing the generation of energy from biosolids and liquid wastes to offset operational costs.

Simon was a board member for the Bureau of Meteorology’s Second Water Accounting Standard, published in 2014.

Fiona founded bioHub developer and operator Utilitas Group in 2010. Utilitas bioHubs create energy, jobs and value from waste. Utilitas is on a mission to deliver 100MWe of dispatchable, reliable, local electricity and other bioproducts from 100 bioHubs in 100 regional communities by 2025.

Fiona is also non-executive director on the Board of Unitywater where she Chairs the Sustainability and Innovation Committee.

David has over 15 years’ experience in the waste sector and over 25 years’ experience within mechanical and civil engineering and project management in the UK, Middle East and beyond. He has led and managed teams to deliver the most complex and challenging of waste infrastructure projects, including gasification technology and large and complex material sorting facilities with capital values of more than £100m. His previous positions have allowed him to understand the key financial drivers for developers and investors, along with the commercial tensions that affect EPC contractors and the supply chain.  His knowledge and experience of due diligence and infrastructure delivery can be best placed to help both those within the waste sector and those who may be seeking to enter for the first time.