Australia is a nation endowed with large, cost competitive reserves of fossil fuels, uranium and enormous potential for renewable resources. As the world confronts the challenge of reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy, how does Australia respond? Is this the grand challenge of our generation or is it an opportunity in waiting? Hear three distinguished speakers provide their unique perspectives on Australia's energy future.


Professor Peter Hartley
Professor Peter R. Hartley, Ph.D., is the George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair and a professor of economics at Rice University. He is also a Rice scholar of energy economics for the Baker Institute. Professor Hartley has worked for more than 25 years on energy economics issues, focusing originally on electricity, but also including work on natural gas, oil, coal, nuclear and renewable energy. He wrote on reform of the electricity supply industry in Australia throughout the 1980s and early 1990s and advised the government of Victoria when it completed the acclaimed privatization and reform of the electricity industry in that state in 1989. Apart from energy and environmental economics, Hartley has published research on theoretical and applied issues in money and banking, business cycles and international finance. He worked for the Priorities Review Staff, and later the Economic Division, of the Prime Minister’s Department in the Australian government. He came to Rice as an associate professor of economics in 1986 after serving as an assistant professor of economics at Princeton University from 1980 to 1986. Professor Hartley completed an honors degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in economics at The Australian National University and obtained a Ph.D. in economics at The University of Chicago.

Mr Barry Murphy
Barry Murphy was previously the Chairman and Chief Executive of Caltex Australia Ltd., Chairman of Natural Fuels Australia Ltd., and Foundation Chairman of the Biofuels Association of Australia. He has recently stepped down after 10 years as Chairman of ARTC (Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd.) Mr Murphy is a chemical engineer with wide experience in the oil, petrochemicals, airport, electricity, and rail industries in Australia, America and South-East Asia. For the last several years, he has been Advisor to the Algal Fuels Consortium (South Australian Research & Development Institute, CSIRO, Flinders University) in Adelaide. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, a Chartered Scientist of the UK Science Council, and is currently Chairman of the Board of Advisors, Flinders University Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development. 

Mr Barry Jones
Barry is the General Manager of Policy and Membership at the Global CCS Institute. He has overall responsibility for the Institute’s work on CCS economic, policy, legal and regulatory issues, capacity development and membership relations. He has extensive senior executive experience in policy, research and delivering business services gained over many years in a number of Australian Government departments and agencies. He has worked in the fields of energy and resources, climate change, tourism, industry policy, and small and medium enterprise issues. Barry’s past roles include head of Enterprise Connect; Chief Executive Officer of Invest Australia; and head of the Bureau of Tourism Research. 

Professor Chris Greig (Moderator)
Professor Chris Greig leads the UQ Energy Initiative, a University-wide initiative to showcase UQ’s energy research capabilities across all faculties and institutes. 
Chris is a UQ alumnus having obtained his BE, Masters and PhD in Chemical Engineering at UQ. As a graduate he was the cofounder and Managing Director of a successful company that commercialised innovative sugar processing technology internationally for over 10 years. He has since held senior executive and project director roles in construction, mining and clean energy industries both in Australia and abroad over a career spanning 25 years. Prior to joining UQ, Chris was Project Director and CEO of ZeroGen, which conducted one of the world’s most comprehensive studies on the potential of a large scale, low emissions coal fired power project incorporating carbon capture and storage. The project also undertook Australia’s largest onshore carbon storage investigation and exploration program. 

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