Keynote Speakers

Peter Newman

Peter Newman

Professor of Sustainability
Curtin University

Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University. He has written 16 books and over 300 papers. His books include ‘The End of Automobile Dependence’ (2015), ‘Green Urbanism in Asia’ (2013) and 'Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence' which was launched in the White House in 1999. Peter was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville and was on the IPCC for their 5th Assessment Report. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological and Engineering Sciences Australia. Peter has worked in local government as an elected councillor, in state government as an advisor to three Premiers and in the Australian Government on the Board of Infrastructure Australia.


Peter Newman

Dr. Ir. Unggul Priyanto

Chairman BPPT, Jakarta, Indonesia

Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering, at Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia; Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, at University of Leeds, UK; Doctor of Engineering in The Optimization of Coal Liquefaction Process at Kyushu University, Japan.

Director of Energy Resources Development Technology, The Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology from  2004 to 2010; Researcher in Clean coal technology, Biomass utilization technology from 1989 to 2004.

David S. Renné

David S. Renné

International Solar Energy Society

Dr. Renné has been President of the International Solar Energy Society since 2010. He is also the Operating Agent of an International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme Task 46 titled “Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting”. He continues to serve as an Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal in the field of solar resource assessment.

From 1991 until his retirement in 2012 Dr. Renné managed the solar resource assessment activities at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He also led and participated in a number of international programs. In 2012 he became a Senior Consultant to Clean Power Research, a small U.S. Company that develops resource assessment and analytical software tools to support large-scale grid connected solar energy systems, and a Consultant to the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program’s (ESMAP)’s Resource Mapping Project. He has also worked as a consultant for a variety of organizations through his Consultancy, Dave Renné Renewables.

Dr. Renné also owns a small video production company focusing on producing videos for the renewable energy community.


Peter Mayfield

Karl Rodrigues

Deputy Director, Energy

Karl is the Deputy Director for the CSIRO Energy Business Unit. Karl works closely with the Business Unit Director and the Energy Leadership team to define and support the strategic direction and investment scenarios for Energy Research in CSIRO, broaden collaboration, increase business development and commercial outcomes and deliver impact for our customers and the nation.

Before being appointed Deputy Director, Karl was the Project Director for the National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) where he was responsible for the successful delivery of a $50M National Research Facility. The National Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) is a world-class research facility to support demonstration sites focussed on geological storage of carbon dioxide, delivering facilities for Carbon Capture and Storage research.

Prior to his move into the energy sector, Karl was the Executive Manager, Licensing and Investment Management within CSIRO Intellectual Property and Licensing and was responsible for managing CSIRO’s licensing and equity initiatives from inception through to exit, including managing the CRC Engagement Office and the Australian Growth Partnership program.

Karl has over 25 years of experience in venture investment, research, development and commercialisation of technology. Prior to CSIRO, he worked for companies such as Intel, Digital Equipment Corporation, The Hong Kong Jockey Club and New World Telephone as well as US high-tech start-ups delivering significant software development and integration projects.

Upon returning to Australia, Karl managed Intel Capital ANZ where he invested in several Australian and New Zealand companies. He was one of the founding directors on the Australia New Zealand America Technology Network (ANZA TechNet), which has grown to be one of the foremost commercialisation support organisations for Australian and New Zealand companies seeking to expand into the US. After leaving Intel and before joining CSIRO, Karl was a founding executive director on a number of start-up companies in Australia and South-East Asia.

Federica Rosei

Federico Rosei

Canada Research Chair
Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials

Federico Rosei has held the Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials since 2003. He is Professor and Director of Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Université du Québec, Varennes (QC) Canada. Since January 2014 he holds the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage. He received MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1996 and 2001, respectively.

In 2014, he has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is Member of the European Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Physical Society, Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of SPIE, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of ASM International, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Metallurgy and Mining, Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology, Senior Member of the IEEE, Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, Member of the Global Young Academy, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics and Member of the Sigma Xi Society.


Professor Ali Sayigh

Professor Ali Sayigh

Editor in Chief
Comprehensive Renewable Energy

UK Citizen, Graduated from London University, & Imperial College, BSC.AWP, DIC, PhD, C Eng. in 1966. He is Fellow of the Institute of Energy, and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, Chartered Engineer, Chairman of Iraq Energy Institute.

Prof Sayigh taught in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Reading University and University of Hertfordshire From 1966 – 2004. He was Head of Energy Department at Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and Expert in renewable energy at AOPEC, Kuwait from 1981-1985.

He started working in solar energy in September 1969. In 1972, he established “The Journal of Engineering Sciences” in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and in 1984 he established International Journal for Solar and Wind Technology, as an Editor-in-Chief. This has changed its name in 1990 to Journal of Renewable Energy. He is editor of several International journal published in Morocco, Iran, Bangladesh, Nigeria and India. He established WREN and the World Renewable Energy Congress in 1990. Member of various societies related to climate change and renewable energy.

He was consultants to many national and international organizations, among them, the British Council, ISESCO, UNESCO, UNDP, ESCWA, & UNIDO. He run conferences in 42 different countries, published more than 600 papers and associated in 35 books. He supervised more than 80 M Sc. and 35 PhD students. He is editor-in-chief of famous Renewable Energy Magazine, RE and the year, since 2000.

He is the Editor-in-chief of Comprehensive Renewable Energy coordinating 154 top scientists, engineers and researchers’ contribution in eight volumes published in 2012 by Elsevier which won 2013 PROSE award in USA. He is the founder of Med Green Forum and in 2016 he established peer review international open access journal called “Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability” which will be published by EDP publisher in Paris in English.


Abubakar Sani Sambo

Prof Abubakar Sani Sambo

Chairman of the Nigerian Member Committee of the World Energy Council (WEC)

Prof Abubakar Sani Sambo is the Chairman of the Nigerian Member Committee of the World Energy Council (WEC). He was WEC’s Vice Chair for Africa from November 2007 to October 2013. Prof Sambo was the Director-General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria from January 2005 to December 2012. He served as the Vice-Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Belawa University from April 1995 to April 2004. In July 2011 Prof Sambo was named as the Special Adviser to the President on Energy. He has worked extensively on renewable energy utilization as well as energy planning in Nigeria and has published more than 200 articles in journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. Professor Sambo was the Nigerian Representative at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) from 2009 to 2012. He is a fellow of eight professional associations: Nigerian Academy of Science, Nigerian Academy of Engineering, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Solar Energy Society of Nigeria, Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Nigerian Association of Energy Economists, Renewable and Alternative Energy Society of Nigeria and the Energy Institute of the United Kingdom. He has been awarded two national honours, the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) and the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). Prof Sambo, who was duly registered by COREN in 1984 (R.2479), has a 1979 First Class Honours degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a 1983 Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Sussex, UK, both in Mechanical Engineering.