Keynote Speakers

Mr Garry Baverstock, Australia

Garry BaverstockFor over 38 years Garry Baverstock (an Order of Australia recipient for his environment and public education in 2006) has been designing, building, educating and researching in the field of ESD. 

He has won numerous architectural, industrial and housing industry awards at state and national level for energy efficient commercial and institutional buildings as well as solar housing.

In the 1980s he co-authored the well-known design manual "Low Energy Buildings in Australia”. In 2006 was appointed as Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University, establishing a Master of Science in Environmental Architecture Course.

Since 1978 he has been a long time stalwart for solar energy authored the ANZSES history in 2005 for ISES.

He was made a Life Fellow of the Institute of Architects in 2006.



Prof Michael A. Borowitzka, Australia


Simon Dawkins BEc ,Dip Ed, MPhil, FAICD

Simon DawkinsSimon Dawkins is the General Manager of The Oil Mallee Association of Australia which has been in the forefront of creating carbon sequestration and bioenergy programs based on integrated agroforestry in the low rainfall areas of WA. These programs have strong environmental and NRM benefits. Simon is an adjunct Associate Professor at the Curtin University Sustainability Institute.


Prof Ahmed Ennaoui, Germany

Ahmed EnnaouiProf. Dr. Ahmed Ennaoui, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH

Ahmed Ennaoui was born and brought up in Morocco; he studied Physics and Chemistry and holds in 1976 his M. Sc. degree in solid state electronics from the University of Bourgogne (France) and then earned a doctoratein solid state electronicsin 1979. From 1983 to 1987 he worked for his Habilitation degree with Prof. Helmut Tributsch at the Hahn-Meitner-Institute, Berlin/Germany. He obtained in 1987, his Habilitation with the highest honor: summa cum laude for his work entitled “Iron Disulfide, FeS2:  Synthesis, (photo) -electrochemistry, physical properties and application for solar energy conversion”. Most important results of this habilitation-thesis were published as invited chapter in the journal Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, (Volume 29 (1993) Issue 4, Pages 289-370) with the title: Iron disulfide for solar energy conversion.


Prof Muhammad R Hajj, United States of America

 Muhammad HajjDr. Muhammad R. Hajj is a Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) at Virginia Tech. He is currently ESM’s Director of Graduate Studies and Research. He obtained his Ph.D. (1990), and M.S. (1985) degrees in Civil Engineering Science from the University of Texas at Austin after receiving a B.E. (1982) in Civil Engineering from the American University of Beirut.


Prof George Bassili Hanna, Egypt

George BassiliBorn in November 7th, 1944, Cairo, Egypt.
Married and have two Sons (41 years & 37 years).
B.Sc. Alexandria U., 1965; Diploma in Physics, Ain Shames
University, Cairo, 1967; M.Sc., U. Cairo, 1970; Ph.D. in Building
Engineering, Liverpool U. UK, 1974; Ass. Prof. Riyadh U., Saudi
Arabia 1977-1980; Professor and Head of Building Physics Dept.,
Housing & Building National Research Center, Cairo, 1984-2004.
Emeritus Professor, Building Physics Institute, Housing & Building National Research Center, P.O. Box 1770, Cairo, Egypt.
Coordinator and Team Leader of Training and Simulation Working
Group, Egyptian Efficiency Building Energy Codes and editing two
New Chapters in the Residential and Commercial Energy Codes of
Egypt: Natural Ventilation and Thermal Comfort.
Member, Egyptian German High Level Joint Committee for Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection (JCEE)
Member Editorial Board, Academic Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research.
Member in the Steering Committee, to develop the Ethics Engineer Egyptian Code, 2009-2012.
Member in the Egyptian Green Building council, (EGBC).Chair the EE for Egyptian Green Building Code
Member in Energy Efficiency Unit, Cabinet Ministers, Egyptian Supreme Council Energy Efficiency.
Published 75 technical papers in different subjects in Building Physics& Energy Analysis, ( to printed in a book with different chapters and subjects).
Supervising 25 M.Sc. and Ph.D. Thesis in Architect, Mechanical, and Civil, chemical, Soil Mechanics Engineering and Applied Physics.
Egyptian Encouragement State Prize for Engineering Science, 1992.
Pendant of First Class & Certificate from: the President of Egypt, 1995.

Paul HardistryDr Paul Hardisty

Dr Paul Hardisty is the Director of the CSIRO National Climate Adaptation Research Flagship which aims to equip Australia with practical and effective adaptation options to climate change and variability. 

Previously, Paul was Global Director of EcoNomicsTM and Sustainability at the international engineering services company WorleyParsons. He has more than 20 years experience in the environmental and sustainability fields, with recognised global expertise in the resources and industrial sectors and advising corporations and governments.

Paul holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College, University of London, and has been a visiting Professor in Environmental Engineering at the College since 1999. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia School of Business, where he teaches sustainability and climate change to MBA students, and is a Director of Green Cross Australia, an NGO dedicated to helping empower resilient communities.

Paul has a strong scientific publication record and has published two books, most recently, Environmental and Economic Sustainability. He lives in Perth with his wife and two sons, and for fun competes in Ironman triathlons.


Prof Neil J Hewitt, United Kingdom

Neil HewittCST is a strong dynamic research group with a wide range of internationally recognised activities in Advanced Glazing, Heat Pumps, Energy Storage, Biomass & Bioenergy, Techno-Economic Simulation of Power Generation, Energy market Modelling, Solar Thermal, Solar PV and Passive Solar Design.

Professor Hewitt is Vice-President of Commission B2 of the International Institute of Refrigeration due to his recognised expertise in heat pumps, air-conditioning and refrigeration, has over 100 journal publications in this and related fields and has attracted over £9.4M in external research funding from UK and EU.  He is editor-in-chief of The International Journal of Ambient Energy and also serves on the editorial board of International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies.  He is a research grant application assessor for European Union funding programmes, the UK’s prestigious Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Italian Ministry for University and Scientific and Technological Research.

Dr Soteris Kalogirou, Cyprus

SoterisProf. Soteris Kalogirou is a Senior Lecturer at the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Department of Cyprus University of Technology. He received his PhD and his DSc from the University of Glamorgan. He is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy and Associate Editor of Renewable Energy. He isthe author of the book Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems, published by Academic Press.

Dr Lisa Ann Lamont, United Kingdom

Lisa Ann LamontLisa Ann Lamont graduated from University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, with a BEng (Hons) in Engineering and a PhD in Modelling and Control of a VSC Transmission System.  Lisa currently works for the Transmission and Distribution section of Mott MacDonald Limited as a Chartered Engineer specializing in Power Systems Analysis.

Dr Laurence Mann, Australia

Lauence MannResearch & Intellectual Property Manager
Carnegie Wave Energy Limited
Laurence manages the creation, maintenance and propagation of all intellectual property at Carnegie Wave Energy. He also oversees company research activities. Laurence has a wealth of experience in Australia and Silicon Valley as a manager of, and participant in, basic research, high technology product development, technical marketing, and intellectual property development. He has worked in academia (Stanford University), industry (NASA and US Government sponsored projects), and research and consulting environments.


Prof Chem Nayar, Australia

Chem NayarChemmangot ( Chem) V. Nayar received the B.Sc degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kerala, India in 1969, the Master of Technology degree in electronics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1976, and the PhD degree in electrical engineering specialising in wind electrical power generation from the University of Western Australia in 1985.

Professor Nayar’s career spans 42 years and his contribution to electrical engineering and sustainable energy place him at the forefront of academia, research, innovation and industry. Professor Nayar is renowned worldwide in the sustainable energy industry for his: pioneering contributions in teaching; research and development; and, commercialisation of solar and wind power systems in Australia and overseas.
He has authored or co-authored more than 90 refereed journal articles, several book chapters, over 150 conference presentations and a number of patents. He has supervised over 20 PhD students.

Professor Nayar has  held academic and industry appointments in India, Singapore, Australia, China, UAE and Thailand and is currently the Founder and the Managing Director of Regen Group Pty Ltd based in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane in Australia and Director of Radiant Solar Pvt Ltd in Hyderabad, India.


Prof Peter Newman, Australia

Peter NewmanPeter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in Perth. He is on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and is a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC. His books include ‘Green Urbanism in Asia’ (2012), ‘Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change’(2009), ‘Green Urbanism Down Under’ (2009) and 'Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence' with Jeff Kenworthy which was launched in the White House in 1999. In 2001-3 Peter directed the production of Western Australia’s Sustainability Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. In 2004-5 he was a Sustainability Commissioner in Sydney advising the government on planning and transport issues. In 2006/7 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville. He was the inaugural inductee to the Sustainable Energy Association Hall of Fame. In 2011 Peter was awarded the Sidney Luker medal by the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW) for his contribution to the science and practice of town planning in Australia.


Prof Brian Norton, Dublin

Brian NortonProfessor Brian Norton, President, Dublin Institute of Technology and is a former Chair of the World Renewable Energy Network.  He has Doctorates from Cranfield and Nottingham Universities.  He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, Engineers Ireland and Irish Academy of Engineering and has won numerous awards.  He is Honorary Professor at Universities in the UK and China and author of five books and over 170 papers in major international learned journals. 

Prof Ishwar K Puri, United States of America

Ishwar PuriDr. Ishwar K. Puri is the N. Waldo Harrison Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the author of over 135 archival publications that have been cited over 2100 times.


Prof Dr Pogaku Ravindra, Malaysia

Pogaku RavidndraPogaku Ravindra is a distinguished Professor of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering. His research interest is in Green engineering and Technology.  He is holding Postgraduate coordinator and Director of Oil and Gas program positions University Malaysia Sabah. He has rich versatile and varied experience in teaching, research, industry, and administrative fields spanning over 30 years.


Prof Ali Sayigh, United Kingdom

Ali SayighGraduated from London University, & Imperial College, B.SC. DIC, Ph.D., CEng in 1966. Fellow of the Institute of Energy, and Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, Chartered Engineer. Chairman of Iraq Energy Institute, Chairman of World Renewable Energy Congress & Director General of WREN. He graduated more than 35 Ph. D and 50 M. Phil Students. Chairman of UK – ISES in the 1990’s, Editor-in-chief of Renewable Energy and several international journals. Published more than 500 articles and 32 books on renewable energy, buildings and environment.


Dr Despina Serghides, Cyprus

Despina SerghidesDr. Despina Serghides at Cyprus University of Technology, studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London (AADip., RIBAII, AAGrad.,Ph.D). She is consultant in Bioclimatic Architecture, Urban Sustainability and Energy in Buildings. She is the president of ISES-Cyprus and member of the BOD of ISES-Europe of which she is past president.


Dr Theocharis Tsoutsos, Greece

Theocharis TsoutsosHead, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Laboratory, Environmental Engineering Dept (Technical University of Crete, 2005-), Head of the Development Department (Centre of Renewable Energy Sources, 1992- 2005); Tutor (Greek Open University, 2001 -). Author  >50 scientific publications in international scientific peer reviewed journal;  Scientific coordinator  >30 EU and national projects.


Prof Stuart White, Australia

Stuart WhiteProfessor Stuart White is the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney. Stuart’s research background is in solar thermal energy. He was Cluster Leader of the Universities-CSIRO Intelligent Grid program, and is Deputy Chair of the Australian Alliance to Save Energy.


Prof Ray Wills BSc (Hons), PhD, FAIE

Ray WillsProfessor Ray Wills has had a wide-ranging career at different times as researcher, academic, planner, consultant, adviser, manager and executive. Ray's diverse experience has developed an exceptional network across the political and administrative arms of government, as well as business and the broader community.

Ray has substantial expertise in ecology, sustainability, climate change science and the effects of expected future climates on Australia, and is recognised as an authoritative and respected commentator on sustainability, and especially in relation to energy.
Prior to joining Duda&Wills as a Partner, Ray was Chief Executive of the energy chamber, the Sustainable Energy Association, a business peak body actively supporting action on sustainable energy in all sectors of Australia's economy in all regions of Australia. Ray also ran his own consultancy, Future Smart Strategies, providing strategic advice on ecology and sustainability that extends on a previous career as an ecologist.

Ray continues his sixteen year long relationship with the School of Earth and Environment at The University of Western Australia contributing to the academic program and lecturing on the science, economics and politics of environmental change.
Ray was conferred the title Adjunct Professor in 2009 in recognition of his contribution to the University.

Ray was recognised as one of the Top 100 Global Leaders in Sustainability in 2011 by Singapore-based ABC Carbon, an honour renewed in 2012.

Prof Ahmad Zahedi, Australia

Ahmad ZahediAhmad Zahedi (PhD), IEEE, SM’96 is an Associate Professor and Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of EPS of James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. He has educated in Iran and Germany and is author or co-author of more than 150 publications including 4 books, and has trained 16 postgraduate candidates at Master and PhD levels, and completed 15 research and industry-funded projects. And also he has examined 35 thesis at Masters and PhD levels.

Prof ir Wim Zeiler, Netherlands

WimWim Zeiler is since 2001 full professor Building Services at the faculty of the Built Environment at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His current research is on Integral Design, Intelligent buildings, Climatic Design, Renewable Energy in the Built Environment and Energy Positive Buildings.