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Catherine Tanna, Managing Director, EnergyAustralia; Simon Hackett, CEO and Executive Chairman, Redflow; Jenny Paradiso, Managing Director, Suntrix; Mark Vincent, Manager of Network Investment Strategy and Planning, SA Power Network
11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
Hilton Adelaide
233 Victoria Square
Category:  Business Briefing
Ongoing power outages and spiking energy costs has seen South Australia’s energy system under intense scrutiny. As the debate between traditional versus renewable heats up, we all want to know, what is the answer and what are the opportunities?

Join Catherine Tanna, Managing Director, EnergyAustralia; Simon Hackett, CEO and Executive Chairman, Redflow; Jenny Paradiso, Founder and Executive Director, Suntrix; and Mark Vincent, Manager of Network Investment Strategy and Planning, SA Power Network as they give their thought leadership on what it will take to produce a stable and reliable system for South Australians and what opportunities are there for growth in South Australia.

Catherine Tanna, Managing Director, EnergyAustralia
Catherine Tanna is Managing Director of EnergyAustralia, one of the country’s leading energy companies with more than 2.5 million electricity and gas customer accounts across the east coast of Australia.

Prior to becoming Managing Director of EnergyAustralia in 2014, Catherine had a lengthy and distinguished career in the international oil and gas industry. In 2009 she joined BG Group as Managing Director of its Australian business, QGC Pty Limited, and Executive Vice President for Australia and China. In 2012 she was elevated to Chairman, BG Australia, a role in which she was accountable for key relationships in Australia, including federal and state government stakeholders and various trade and industry bodies.

Catherine was a senior executive with Shell and BHP Billiton including, Executive Vice President of Shell Gas & Power and in the 1990s, she worked for BHP Petroleum in Melbourne and London.

Catherine is a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Board of the Business Council of Australia. Catherine was formerly a Director on the Board of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation and a member of the Australian G20 business body, the Lowy Institute's G20 Advisory Committee and the Catholic Foundation Board

Simon Hackett, CEO and Executive Chairman, Redflow
Simon Hackett is CEO and Executive Chairman of ASX-listed Australian battery company Redflow Limited, which has developed the world’s smallest zinc-bromine flow battery. Simon, a technology entrepreneur who invests in innovative Australian businesses, sold his company Internode in 2012 and subsequently served as a director for iiNet and NBN Co.
During the past year, Simon has led an SA-based initiative that has developed Redflow’s ZCell residential battery, which is now sold through a national network of approved

Jenny Paradiso, Founder and Managing Director, Suntrix
Named 2016 Australian Telstra Business Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, Jenny Paradiso is co-founder and Managing Director of the national solar company, Suntrix.

Jenny established the business in 2009 after she and her husband failed to find a knowledgeable and affordable company to install solar power on their home. During their first year of operation, Suntrix’s turnover grew from $250,000 to a staggering $7.3 million. The company continued to grow and then faced new challenges when an unscheduled review of the Federal Government’s Renewable Energy Target resulted in a downturn of the business. Jenny lead her team through two years of industry uncertainty, at the same time recreating Suntrix, diversifying and establishing new markets.

Today, Suntrix has evolved from a residential solar company to a predominantly commercial solar business, servicing SMEs and all levels of Government in multiple states, helping people reduce their carbon footprint and save money by reducing their electricity consumption.

Jenny has been listed among Smart Company’s top 30 female entrepreneurs in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and is a member of the Clean Energy Council’s (CEC) PV Leadership Committee.

Mark Vincent, Manager of Network Investment Strategy and Planning, SA Power Network
Mark is a senior manager within SA Power Networks, heading up the company’s Network Innovation Centre and responsible for development and implementation of SAPN’s Future Networks Strategy, aimed at positioning SAPN for the dramatic changes anticipated in the electricity industry over the next 10 – 20 years.

Prior to his current role, Mark has been engaged in many areas within the electrical sector, including Regulatory Pricing Determinations, Operations Management, Strategic Planning and leadership of various Business Transformation Projects. Mark holds a Degree in Electronic Engineering and a number of post-graduate qualifications. He is a long-standing Board Member of the Electricity Industry Superannuation Scheme (SA).
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