Global Speakers



Country Manager

Technip Energies Australia

Topic: Technip Energies – Accelerating Energy Transition

Paul has formal training in Economics and Law, together with 25 years in Oil and Gas in large Onshore, Offshore and Subsea Projects in Australia, as well as significant international experience, this has given him a thorough and wide skill set which enables quick understanding of the complexity of issues that arise and the ability to offer robust and comprehensive solutions.




Minister Primary Industries and Water, Minister for Energy, Minister for Resources, Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Tasmanian Government

Keynote: Government Perspective: How Tasmanian State Government Plans To Facilitate Opportunities For The Production And Use Of Renewable Hydrogen




Executive Director, Commercial and Investment Attraction, Energy

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victorian Government

Keynote: Victoria Leading The Way To A Renewable Hydrogen Future

Panel Session: Investment Strategies To Help Accelerate Hydrogen Developments




Chief Process Engineer

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (Australia)

Topic: Towards A Zero-Emissions Steel Production: How ThyseenKrupp Produced The World’s First Hydrogen Steel By Eliminating Coal




Assistant Director and Energy Focal Point Climate Innovation and Investment Section, Economic Growth and Sustainability Division

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Summit Chairman

Panel Session: Investment Strategies To Help Accelerate Hydrogen Developments

Penelope Howarth is a multi-lingual economist, diplomat and international development professional with over 25 years’ experience in international organisations and Australian Government roles. As Energy Director at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) Secretariat in Singapore (2015-2018), she supported a comprehensive program of international energy decarbonisation cooperation and technical exchanges between APEC’s 21 members. Since 2018 she has been Energy Focal Point within the climate change team at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is also Research Fellow with the Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific Grand Challenge at the Australian National University. Penelope’s ANU research focusses on ammonia, its emerging energy applications and ammonia certification of origin to support international trade in this exciting ‘new’ clean fuel and hydrogen carrier.

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Director Transport Development

Volvo Trucks (Sweden)

Topic: Hydrogen As A Part Of The Climate Solution For Heavy-duty Trucks




Executive Director

Center for Hydrogen Safety (United States of America)

Topic: Safety Considerations For Hydrogen And Fuel Cell Applications

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Leader, Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform


Case Study: Case Study: ‘Ammonia Pathways For Hydrogen Distribution And Use’

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Hydrogen Society of Australia

Keynote: Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy: The Development Of A Local Green Hydrogen Economy




General Manager, LNG

BOC, a member of the Linde Group

Case Study: How BOC Plan To Help Progress The Commercialization Of Hydrogen For  Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles In Queensland




Member of the Executive Board

Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH (Germany)

Topic: Proton’s Fuel Cell Systems And How Hydrogen Fuel Cells Work Alongside Battery Technology

Manfred Limbrunner (51), Director Sales & Marketing and board member of Bavaria-based “Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH“, joined the company in 2000. Due to his excellent engineering background and his broad hydrogen competence, he is convinced that fuel cells and hydrogen will be the successful key technology of Europe. Europe needs to play the key global role in innovation with clean “green“ energy for a brighter, sustainable future for the next generations.

Mr. Limbrunner’s primary goal for “Hydrogen Europe“ will be to promote Europe as the expert continent for this zero emission technology and also to keep the necessary supply chain within Europe. With 20 years of experience in the fuel cell industry and professional networking skills, the married father of two wants to bring batteries and fuel cells as well as the supporting infrastructure together.

Parallel to the current release of the “National Hydrogen Strategy for Germany“, the answer must be batteries AND fuel cells as both technologies supplement each other perfectly. Especially in his position as the responsible manager for all sales and marketing related activities for the technology provider Proton Motor, he sees a strong impact on respectively increasing the political, economic and public awareness to open up the markets for high-quality hydrogen applications.




President & CEO

Chiyoda Corporation Australia

Topic: Driving Commercial-Scale Deployment Of Renewable Hydrogen For Australia

Andrew is an established senior executive with more than twenty years of experience ranging from various leadership capacities spanning project engineering, operations and  business development across Oil & Gas, Mining, Pharmaceutical and Semiconductor industries.

Andrew’s exposure to international markets in Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Middle East, Papua New Guinea and Diego Garcia enable him to appreciate and manage across diverse cultures. Andrew’s current role at Chiyoda involves managing the operations in the Oceania Region which currently comprises of Papua New Guinea, Australia, East Timor and New Zealand.

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Senior Research Scientist Major Project Leader


Topic: Solid Oxide Electrolysis Technology For Sustainable Fuels Production

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Director & Advisor


Topic: The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain – Helping To Build A Global H2 Industry

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Commercial Manager

Hazer Group Limited

Topic: The Hazer Process: Low Emissions Hydrogen And Graphite Production

Panel Session: Investment Strategies To Help Accelerate Hydrogen Developments

Luc has over 20 years’ experience in the water, oil & gas and renewable energy sectors with extensive experience in international business development and commercial management. He holds a Master of Science in Land & Water Management, a Post Graduate Degree in Export Marketing Management and a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil & Environmental Engineering, all obtained in The Netherlands where he grew up.

Prior to moving to Perth in 2008, Luc was successfully driving the business development activities in Asia for a Dutch multinational company involved with water related technologies, clean-tech and infrastructure – mainly in Vietnam, Singapore and Japan.

As Commercial Manager with Hazer, Luc is responsible for the commercialisation and growth of the company by identifying and developing opportunities for applications of the Hazer Process and the associated partnerships both in Australia and overseas.




Director Strategy, Policy and Communications Growth State and Low Carbon Transition Division

Department for Energy and Mining Government of South Australia

Topic To Be Confirmed

Panel Session: Investment Strategies To Help Accelerate Hydrogen Developments

Richard joined the South Australian Government in 2001 and since that time has worked across the energy, climate change, industry development and low carbon economy portfolios.

He heads up a team within the Department of Energy and Mining that is charged with capturing the economic development opportunities associated with the State’s transition to clean energy.

His current area of focus is on growing and attracting industries that can capitalise on South Australia’s low cost renewable energy resources, including use of batteries and other forms of energy storage, hydrogen and green chemical production, mining and green minerals processing, the electrification of mobility, and associated value chains.

Richard spearheaded the development and implementation of a Hydrogen Roadmap for South Australia, which was released in September 2017 and subsequently oversaw the development of South Australia’s Hydrogen Action Plan which was released in September 2019. His team is also delivering the $150M Renewable Technology Fund and $50M Grid Scale Storage Fund, both of which are delivering public investments into innovative large-scale energy storage projects in the state, and the development of an Electric Vehicle Strategy for South Australia.




Chair Professor of Electrical Power Systems, veski Innovation Fellow

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering / Power and Energy Systems Group

Topic: Transporting Electrons Or Molecules? Infrastructure Requirements For Large-scale Green Hydrogen Deployment

Pierluigi Mancarella is Chair Professor of Electrical Power Systems at The University of Melbourne (Australia) and part-time Professor of Smart Energy Systems at The University of Manchester (UK). He received his MSc and PhD in Power Systems from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and then worked as a post-doc at Imperial College London (UK). Pierluigi has also held visiting positions at NREL (US), Tsinghua University (China), Ecole Centrale de Lille (France), and Universidad de Chile. His research interests include techno-economic modelling of integrated energy systems, energy planning under uncertainty, and reliability and resilience of future networks. He has been involved in/led around 50 research projects worldwide and is author of several books and of over 250 research publications. He is an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power systems, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and of the IEEE Systems Journal and the convenor of the CIGRE Working Group C6/C2.34 on “Flexibility from DER”. He is an IEEE Power and Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer, holds the 2017 veski Innovation Fellowship by the Victorian Government for his project on urban-scale virtual power plants, and is a recipient of an international Newton Prize 2018 for his work on power system resilience in Chile. Pierluigi led the Melbourne Energy Institute’s power system security assessment studies in support of the “Finkel Review” and is currently collaborating with AEMO, AEMC and AER in various projects on low-carbon system operation and planning, future energy market design, and power system resilience to high-impact low-probability events.

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Head of Business & Technology APAC

Technip Energies

Workshop B: What Got Us Here Will Get Us There: Transitioning From Fossil Fuels To Hydrogen

Manikandan is working with Technip Energies Malaysia as Head of Business & Technologies (APAC). He is a chemical engineer and a registered Chartered Engineer (UK). He has 29 years of experience with operating companies and in EPC/consultancy environment. He has been practicing in the design and engineering, commissioning, start-up and technical services of hydrocarbon production and processing facilities that include LNG, refining, ethylene, aromatics, and captive power plant projects ranging from concept studies, front-end engineering and detailed engineering, costing, commissioning & start-up, and recommend the forward and backward integration for process plants.

In his current position he is responsible to lead business and project development for technology driven projects in Energy Transition, Hydrogen, CO2 Management, LNG, refining and petrochemicals.




Global Business Development Director


Workshop A: Scaling Up Hydrogen Mobility

Alan Kneisz is Global Business Development Director at Cummins Corporation, the worlds largest engine supplier and a global leader in advanced hydrogen fuel cell, storage and electrolysis solutions.

In his role, Alan has been at the forefront of Hydrogen technology deployments by developing  Hydrogen Transport solutions, Megawatt fuel cell power systems, Renewable Energy applications, Energy Storage, Hydrogen fueling and other applications. This includes the worlds largest Fuel Cell bus fleets in China, MW power systems, Marine and Rail systems as well as assisting to better understand the planning for the Hydrogen Economy with Government, OEM’s, NGO’s and other Private institutions globally.

Alan has extensive experience implementing green technologies into practical applications throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and Australia with Private and Government institutions and has become a thought leader in promoting the Hydrogen Economy, speaking at approx 10 conference per year explain the advantages of the Hydrogen economy to a broader audience.




Process Head | India Operating Center

Technip Energies

Workshop B: What Got Us Here Will Get Us There: Transitioning From Fossil Fuels To Hydrogen

Mr. Maruthi Ethakota is heading the Process & Technology department of Technip Energies India Business unit.

He has 25 + years of experience and executed several hydrogen and syngas projects worldwide.

He also worked as a Product development manager in Technip Benelux and was closely involved in developing new technologies for the hydrogen & syngas product line.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur.

He is active in writing articles and delivering presentations on different pillars of Energy Transition and Hydrogen Technology.




Senior Staff Officer

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Topic: The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain – Helping To Build A Global H2 Industry

Yuko has over a decade experience working with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, a Japanese multinational corporation primarily known for its excellence in energy, transport, shipping, submarines, aerospace, precision machinery and industrial robots.

Yuko is a procurement and communications specialist in the company’s hydrogen division and since 2014 has contributed to the development and delivery of the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project. Yuko is responsible for working with Australian and Japanese consortia and governments, and overseeing community and stakeholder engagement activity in Australia.




Executive Director Growth and Low Carbon

SA Dept for Energy and Mining

Topic: SA Hydrogen Update

Nick is the Executive Director, Growth and Low Carbon Division within the Department for Energy and Mining in South Australia.

Nick leads the teams responsible for capturing the growth and economic value associated with South Australia’s world leading renewable, mineral and energy resources. The Growth and Low Carbon Division delivers projects of major importance to the Government, provides strategic policy and communications advice to the Minister and has a focus on developing future industries and decarbonising existing markets that align with the energy and mining sectors.

Nick is the Vice President of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety (HySafe) and a member of the Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre’s Research Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining Government in 2014, Nick held a range of senior commercial and operational roles predominantly across the LPG and construction materials industries.

In addition to Nick’s energy and industry future planning roles, he is a non-executive director and Deputy Chair of Cara Inc, a large disability service provider; holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy.

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