The Australian Renewable Energy Landscape in 2018

23 March 2018

The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce held a business briefing event on The Australian Renewable Energy Landscape in 2018 in partnership with Australia & New Zealand Banking Group on 23 March. A panel of leading experts discussed the sector’s principal commercial, pricing, regulatory, and public policy developments.


Katharine Tapley
Head of Sustainable Finance Solutions, Loans & Specialised Finance
Australia & New Zealand Banking Group

Katharine Tapley has over 20 years’ experience in law, corporate finance, and banking in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. At ANZ she is playing a key role in developing green/social/sustainability bond markets in Australia, New Zealand and Asia and has worked on debut green and sustainability bond issuances for domestic and offshore issuers.

Kobad Bhavnagri
Head of Australia
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Kobad Bhavnagri leads a team of analysts focused on the Australian market and has personally authored over 100 publications spanning energy policy, economics, finance and technology. He has worked in the energy and finance industries since 2003 as an engineer, management consultant, and analyst.

Kane Thornton
Chief Executive Officer
Clean Energy Council of Australia

Kane Thornton has more than a decade’s experience in energy policy and leadership in the development of the renewable energy industry. His previous roles include senior manager and adviser for Hydro Tasmania and executive officer of Renewable Energy Generators Australia, and he is Deputy Chair of Sustainability Victoria.

Emma Herd
Chief Executive
Investor Group on Climate Change

Emma Herd has worked in climate change, sustainability, public policy, and finance for 20 years. She spent 15 years at Westpac Banking Corporation in carbon finance and emissions trading, ESG risk assessment, public policy and advocacy, sustainability strategy development, and corporate affairs. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute and a member of the Queensland Climate Change Advisory Council.

Maria Cahir
Business Development Manager, Utility
Tesla Energy Products

Maria is the Business Development Manager in the Utility sector and has a wealth of expertise and experience both with Tesla and before that in the Utility scale PV sector with Trina and BP Solar over the last decade. Maria led the Tesla Neoen 100MWE battery development in South Australia.


Andrew Cornell
Managing Editor
ANZ bluenotes

Andrew Cornell is an award-winning journalist with more than three decades’ experience. He was at the Australian Financial Review for 20 years where he was an associate editor, senior writer, columnist, and north Asia correspondent.