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Roads Australia Event Details

RA Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy in Transport Forum (Sydney)

02/10/2019 09:30 to 02/10/2019 12:30

Venue: Hyde Park (DH)

At this event we'll explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the emerging uptake of electric vehicles, including:

  • implementation of the appropriate infrastructure to enable their effective use,
  • how to shift and reduce energy demands from imported fuel to electricity, and
  • what pump hydro can offer in terms of providing renewable, stored energy to the Sydney network.

Expert government and industry insights will be provided by Peter Colacino, Executive Director of Policy and Research, Infrastructure Australia; Gordon Wymer, Chief Commercial Officer, Snowy Hydro; and Marco Assorati, Executive Director Asia Pacific, Salini Impregilo.




Date:        Wednesday 2 October 2019

Time:        9am - 12.30pm (including light lunch)

Where:     Hyde Park (DH), Level 3, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

Diet:         Please inform us if you have special dietary requirements




Non RA Members Seat - $100 (inc GST)









Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation, Infrastructure NSW and Transport Reform Stream Chair, Roads Australia

Clare Gardiner-Barnes is the Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation at Infrastructure NSW. In her role Clare is responsible for the 20 year State Infrastructure Strategy, development of 5 year Infrastructure plans, provides independent advice to government on strategic infrastructure issues and opportunities.

As a board member of the NSW Telco Authority and Roads Australia, Clare is committed to working with industry and across government to support the adoption of new infrastructure technology. Before taking on infrastructure leadership roles Clare worked in in various executive positions in education and was the Chief Executive of the Department of Children and Families in the Northern Territory. Clare is an advocate for women in leadership and workforce flexibility.


Gordon Wymer, Chief Commercial Officer, Snowy Hydro 

Gordon is Snowy Hydro's Chief Commercial Officer. Gordon's 20 year involvement in the energy industry started with 10 years of energy industry advisory, mergers and acquisition roles at Fay, Richwhite and UBS. From advising the shareholders of Snowy Hydro from 1995 up to the corporatisation of the company in 2002, Gordon joined Snowy Hydro in 2003. He was formerly the CFO and played a leading role in the development of Snowy Hydro’s risk management framework and the company’s evolution from generator to its position as the fourth pillar in the National Electricity Market.  



Peter Colacino, Executive Director, Policy and Research, Infrastructure Australia

Peter Colacino leads Infrastructure Australia's Policy and Research team and is tasked with identifying the greatest challenges and opportunities facing the delivery of infrastructure for Australia's growing cities and regions. The team has recently delivered Australia's second national Infrastructure Audit as well as deep dive policy examining future mobility, sequencing infrastructure delivery and population growth.

Peter brings his experience working both in positions across the public and private sectors on some of Australia's largest infrastructure projects, including Northconnex,Transport for Newcastle and Gold Coast Light Rail. He has also been a champion for generational change in transport services, including the adoption of connected and autonomous vehicle technology, electric vehicle adoption and new models of transport service provision.


Marco Assorati, Executive Director Asia Pacific, Salini Impregilo

Marco is a qualified civil engineer (specialised in hydraulics and civil structures) with over 20 years’ experience.

He commenced with Salini Impregilo as the Technical and Project Manager of the Garafiri Dam Hydroelectric Project in Guinea in 1998. Since then he has held a wide variety of roles, ranging from Contracts Manager, Project Director, Company Director and General Operations Manager managing concurrent multi-million dollar projects in Nigeria and Ethiopia, to General Operation Manager in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia and - most recently from 2015 - D&C metro, bridges, tunnelling and stations across Australia.

Last October Marco was appointed as Executive Director Asia Pacific in charge of business development in the entire region.



Greg Hannan, Manager Economic Regulation Regulated Energy Services, AusNet Services

Greg joined AusNet Services in 2017, initially as the Head of the Gas Distribution business. In that role he was actively involved in hydrogen issues through industry associations including the newly formed Future Fuels Co-operative Research Centre.

Greg is currently leading the Economic Regulation team and involved in strategies to consider the impact of electric vehicles on thegrid and cross-sector opportunities in hydrogen across gas distribution and transmission.

Prior to joining AusNet Services, Greg has held senior roles including as Head of Strategy for United Energy and Multinet and as a former Senior Adviser to the Victorian Premier.


Neha Saini, Program Manager, Smart Innovation Centre, Transport for NSW

Neha co-founded the Smart Innovation Centre, a collaborative innovation centre focused on Future Mobility. She focuses on innovation enablement, capability building, thought leadership and commercial strategies for emerging technology deployment. At the Smart Innovation Centre, she builds collaborative partnerships on future transport technology projects to understand how Government and Industry need to prepare for future technology. She leads the socialisation of emerging technologies and collaborates with industry from start-ups to top tier corporate firms, government and academia, to deliver tangible outcomes for all partners.

Having previously worked in Payment innovation in the banking and finance sector for 10 years, Neha as launched a number of banking products and supported M&A decisions for Fintech investment. She has brought these skills into the transport sector and is taking innovative ideas and emerging technology from concept through to customer-centric solutions.




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