Australia’s Hydrogen Future


1 hour and 45 minutes


Australia’s opportunity to lead the global shift to green hydrogen to decarbonise the gas and fuel industry.

Update from All-Energy Australia

Dr Alan Finkel, Australia's Chief Scientist, will no longer deliver the keynote address at All-Energy Australia's hydrogen session as he has been asked by the national cabinet to review the performance of our COVID-19 contact tracing and outbreak management across Australia. Although he is unable to join us live, he has shared with us his recent presentation on “Pivoting to the future: The 2020 Low Emissions Technology Statement” which includes a special introduction for All-Energy Australia attendees.



Anna Freeman

Director Energy Generation, Clean Energy Council

Anna is Director Energy Generation at the Clean Energy Council and is responsible for leading policy and advocacy for the wind, large-scale solar and clean hydrogen sectors. Anna has been deeply engaged in energy and climate change policy issues for more than 15 years, at both the national and state levels. Anna was the head of public affairs for the two separate Garnaut Climate Change Reviews commissioned in 2007 and 2011 by successive Commonwealth Governments, and an adviser to the Climate Change Authority from 2012-2015. This extensive public policy experience has been coupled with senior public affairs roles in the private sector in infrastructure, resources and media.


Darren Miller

CEO, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Darren Miller has more than 25 years’ experience across a range of sectors including renewable energy, electricity retail, technology, finance, media and entertainment. Since joining ARENA as CEO in 2018, he has introduced new investment priorities that include the acceleration of hydrogen to create opportunities across the domestic economy, and position Australia to become a major renewable energy exporter.

Prior to joining ARENA Darren was the co-founder and CEO of Mojo Power, an innovative electricity retailer. He was previously the Director of Asset Finance at Sungevity Australia, and co-founder and CEO of Sumwise, a technology and services company.

Darren’s previous experience includes managing investments for Publishing and Broadcasting Limited and Consolidated Press Holdings as well as in corporate finance and advisory at Ernst & Young.

Darren is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of New South Wales.


Rupert Maloney

Head of Hydrogen Investment, CEFC

Rupert Maloney is the Head of Hydrogen, within the Clean Futures Team at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. At CEFC, Rupert is leading the effort to establish CEFC as a market leader and investor in the commercialisation of the hydrogen sector across Australia. Rupert is responsible for the identification and development of new business relationships and opportunities in the emerging hydrogen sector. Rupert has 15 years’ experience working across investment, finance and corporate development roles.  Most recently Rupert was General Manager in the Strategy & Corporate Development team at Caltex Australia and prior to that he had senior roles at Keurig Dr Pepper and Macquarie Group.  Rupert has a Bachelor of Business (Banking & Finance) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degrees from Queensland University of Technology.

Presentation: Financing early-stage clean hydrogen projects

Fiona Simon

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Hydrogen Council

Fiona Simon is the CEO of the Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC), the peak body for the Australian hydrogen industry.

AHC connects the hydrogen industry and its stakeholders in building a secure, clean and resilient energy future based on hydrogen. AHC’s members are from the energy, transport, consulting and technology sectors.

Prior to joining the Australian Hydrogen Council, Fiona worked for close to 20 years in energy policy and regulation, specialising in energy retail competition and consumer protection matters.

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has published a well-regarded academic book on retail energy regulation in Australia.

Presentation: Mapping Australia's Path to H2 under $2

David Norman

CEO, Future Fuels CRC

David Norman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). David is responsible for implementing the vision and mission of Future Fuels CRC and managing its operations. David has over 20 years of experience with Royal Dutch Shell in an array of commercial, managerial and technical roles, both in Australia and globally. His most recent role was General Manager of LNG for Transport developing a visionary new fuel for the trucking, marine and mining industries using locally sourced natural gas as a substitute for existing diesel fuel. David graduated in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Melbourne and has completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Deakin University. He is a member of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Energy.

Presentation: Delivering clean energy with molecules as well as electrons - The complementary role of hydrogen and other future fuels in clean energy


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