Hydrogen Fuels: Hydrogen

DATE: Wednesday, 21 October 2020

TIME: 10:30am – 12:15pm AEDT


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

Chair: Anna Freeman, Director Energy Generation, Clean Energy Council

Keynote: Dr Alan Finkel, Australia's Chief Scientist 

Rupert Maloney, Head of Hydrogen Investment, CEFC

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

David Norman, CEO, Future Fuels CRC


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.

Dr Alan Finkel

Australia's Chief Scientist 

Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist. Prior to his appointment, he served as President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and for eight years as Chancellor of Monash University.

As Chief Scientist, Dr Finkel was appointed in January 2020 as Chair of the Expert Advisory Panel for the CSIRO Report on Climate and Disaster Resilience, and in February 2020 he was appointed as Chair of the Technology Investment Roadmap Ministerial Reference Group. He led the development of the 2019 National Hydrogen Strategy, which was adopted in November 2019. He also led the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, the 2017 Review into the National Electricity Market (“Finkel Review”), and the 2018 STEM Industry Partnership Forum report. He serves as the Deputy Chair of Innovation and Science Australia.

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.

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.


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