Advanced Energy Technology Platform Assessment Panel and Vision Mātauranga Experts

An independent assessment panel and Vision Mātauranga experts appointed by MBIE will assess eligible 2019 Advanced Energy Technology platform proposals and will advise us on which proposals to fund.

Proposals are assessed against the assessment criteria set out in the 2019 Call for Proposals.

Strategic Science Investment Fund: Advanced Energy Technology Platform Call for Proposals – 2019 [PDF, 1.1 MB]

If you are submitting a proposal for the 2019 Advanced Energy Technology Platform, check the assessment panel for any potential conflicts of interest.  If you identify a potential conflict, email us immediately with the following details so we can reassign assessors if necessary:

  • your application reference
  • your contact phone number
  • the assessor’s name or names
  • the reason for your concern.

Assessment Panel members

Vision Mātauranga experts


Andrew Blakers

E2 Professor of Engineering, Australian National University, Australia

Professor Andrew Blakers is E2 Professor of Engineering at the Australian National University. He has held several personal Fellowships (Humboldt, ARC Queen Elizabeth II, ARC Senior Research and Radio Research Board). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Institute of Physics and the Australian Institute of Energy, and is a Life Member of the International Solar Energy Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation. He is a Public Policy Fellow at ANU in recognition of his extensive outreach activities. He has published more than 400 papers and patents, has won numerous national and international awards, and contributes to numerous review and granting panels.

Leadership roles have included founder of the ANU photovoltaic group and research laboratories, Foundation Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, Node Director of the ARENA Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, Director of the ARC Centre for Solar Energy Systems, and Node Director of the Australian CRC for Renewable Energy.

He was a lead inventor of PERC silicon solar cell technology (cumulative module sales of A$50 billion) and co-inventor of Sliver solar cell technology (subject of a A$240 million commercialisation effort by Transform solar including A$11 million royalties paid to ANU). He has extensive project management experience, and has procured about A$120 million in externally-sourced research-related funding for ANU. In recent years he has contributed to analysis of 100% renewable energy futures, including a global search for pumped hydro energy storage sites.

Anake Goodall

Director, Median Energy

Mr Anake Goodall is a Director and consultant with extensive senior executive and governance experience. He is currently an independent director of Meridian Energy, Aotearoa New Zealand's largest renewable electricity generator, Chairs the Hillary Institute of International Leadership, is a Trustee of The Gift Trust, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury's Ngāi Tahu Research Centre. He also Chairs his own Seed The Change | He Kākano Hāpai initiative which exists to help manifest a sustainable, equitable and joyous future.

Anake's past roles have included the establishment boards of Te Pā o Rākaihautū (2014-2017) and the Environmental Protection Authority, CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (2007-2011), Ngāi Tahu’s Claims Manager during its Treaty settlement process, Chair of the Ākina Foundation (2014-2017), Director of PledgeMe (2014-2016), a Member of Te Waihora Co-Governance Group, Member of the CERA Review Panel, and Four Year Rolling Review Team Member of the Landcare Research (2014), Scion (2015) and AgResearch (2016) CRI Reviews.

Mr Goodall obtained an MBA from the University of Canterbury (1991-1993) and a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2000-2001). He is also a New Zealand Harkness Fellow.


Glenn Platt

Research Director, CSIRO, Australia
Leader, Newcastle Energy Centre, CSIRO, Australia

Glenn is Research Director and Leader of CSIRO’s Newcastle Energy Centre, with duties including providing strategic leadership for the 180-person centre, driving the national conversation on Australia’s energy transition, and leading a A$25 million programme of work commercialising research to have international impact. Glenn was recently announced as Australia’s Mission Innovation Champion, part of an international programme to support innovative individuals accelerating clean energy.

Glenn’s previous roles include CE and founder of Evergen Pty Ltd, an energy start up where Glenn led four equity rounds with a business valuation of A$30M.  From 2010 – 2015 he was Theme Leader, CSIRO Energy Flagship, head of an A$15M p.a. multidisciplinary unit focused on the development and commercialisation of new technology.

Glenn has a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Glenn has primary expertise in the following areas:

  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency - energy systems integration, energy storage, energy management
  • Technology innovation and entrepreneurship, using deep science, supported by commercial returns, to make the world a better place
  • Electrical engineering- grid operations, system stability, market operations and automatic control.

Katharina Ruckstuhl

Associate Dean – Maori, University of Otago, New Zealand
Senior Research Fellow, University of Otago, New Zealand
Iwi: Ngāi Tahu, Rangitāne

Katharina Ruckstuhl is Associate Dean Maori and Senior Research Fellow in the School of Business at the University of Otago. She joined the University of Otago in 2008 after five years with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu as education manager and project consultant. Prior to that, she held management roles in the teaching profession. Katharina leads the Vision Mātauranga research team for the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge, and is a member of the Challenge Kāhui Māori.

Her research focuses on innovation and Māori business, including developing science capacity to respond to the growing Māori economy. Katharina has many governance, research and leadership roles for Ngāi Tahu at the tribal and local levels, and has been consulted on or involved in a number of regional economic, social and environmental development projects. Katharina completed her Honours degree and Ph.D. through the English Department at Otago. She also has post-graduate qualifications in Education through Massey University.

Daniel Schwartz

Director, Clean Energy Institute, University of Washington, USA
Boeing-Sutter Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, USA

Professor Schwartz is the founding director of the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute (CEI). Established with funding from the state of Washington in 2013, CEI supports the advancement of next-generation solar energy and battery materials and devices, as well as their integration with systems and the grid.

Daniel is also the University of Washington Boeing-Sutter Professor of Chemical Engineering. He has served on the Technical Advisory Board for Washington’s Energy Strategy in 2012. In 2018, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and is a board and executive committee member of the Washington CleanTech Alliance.

Patricia Thornley

Director, Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute, Aston University, UK

Professor Thornley is the Director of the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University, having joined the University in September 2018 from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, at University of Manchester.  She is a chartered physicist with over 25 years’ experience working in bioenergy in industry and academia and was involved with engineering implementation of many of the UKs early bioenergy plants. Patricia leads the £6 million Engineering and Physical Sciences/Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Supergen Bioenergy Hub, which aims to bring together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research challenges associated with delivering sustainable bioenergy systems.

Her personal research interests focus on the environmental, social and economic impacts of bioenergy systems in the UK and overseas and how these can be practically managed to deliver sustainable bioenergy systems. This includes work on sustainable biomass resource assessment, bioenergy systems analysis, carbon capture and storage, life cycle assessment and greenhouse gas balances. She is Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Biomass and Bioenergy, chaired the advisory board for the Committee on Climate Change’s 2019 bioenergy review and regularly advises government and other policy stakeholders on renewable energy and climate change.

Leonie Walsh

Chair, Centre for New Energy Technologies (C4NET), Australia

Dr Leonie Walsh is an experienced leader and adviser in technological innovation with a background that spans more than 30 years of experience across a diverse range of industries and applications with companies including Visy Industries, South East Water and Henkel in Victoria and internationally for Dow Chemical 

She was the first Lead Scientist in Victoria from 2013-2016.  In this capacity Leonie was a contributing member on the Future Industries Ministerial Advisory Council, provided contributions to the Education State activities and STEM plan via the Tech Schools STEM Future Industries Advisory Panel, represented Victoria on the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists and participated on a range of government and industry advisory committees and funding assessment panels spanning innovation, education, new energy, ICT and advanced manufacturing.

Dr Walsh holds a BSc and an MSc from Swinburne University, an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Dr Walsh also received an Honorary Doctorate from Swinburne University of Technology for contributions to Science, Innovation and the Community. 

Leonie’s most recent focus has been in the renewable energy and Clean Technology sectors with current roles including the Chair of the Board for the Center for New Energy Technologies (C4NET), member of AusNet Services Commercial Energy Services Forum and Board member of the Victorian Cleantech Cluster and Victorian Clean Technology Fund. She has also worked on energy storage and new energy technologies contributing to the ACOLA report on the "Opportunities of energy storage and deployment" in Australia and Chair of the Victorian Governments New Energy Jobs Fund and Battery Storage Initiative.

Jerry Yan

Professor of Energy Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
Chair Professor and Director of Future Energy Profile, Mälardalen University, Sweden

Jerry Yan is a Professor of Energy Engineering at KTH and Chair Professor and Director of Future Energy Profile at Mälardalen Univeristy.  The later role is supported via a 10 million euro grant with the objectives of prioritising research areas at the international forefront of energy sciences based on future global, national and regional energy system transitions; building trusted partnerships with industry; and capability development.

He is Editor-in-Chief of Applied Energy; and Editor-in-Chief of Handbook of Clean Energy Systems (Wiley). Jerry is also an editorial board member of Energy, Energy Conversion and Management, Energy Storage, Int. J. of Energy Research (Wiley), Int. J. of Green Energy (F&T), Energy Engineering and Science (Wiley), Scientific Review (China), and Frontiers of Energy and Power Engineering (Springer).

His research interests span engineering, energy research and sustainable energy systems and policies. His 400+ papers cover topics including the simulation and optimization of advanced energy systems; renewable energy (bioenergy and solar); carbon capture and storage; clean development mechanism (one of the flexible mechanisms defined in the Kyoto Protocol that provides for emissions reduction projects generating tradable units); and fundamental engineering thermodynamics.

Jerry has had papers published in Science, Nature Energy, Nature Climate Change etc. Jerry is an active member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts.  He also serves as the advisory expert to the United Nation, European Union Commission, and Asian Development Bank, and other international organizations; Overseas Assessor of Chinese Academy of Sciences; and academic adviser to Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong City University.

Jerry received his PhD at KTH in 1991. During 2001 to 2005, Dr. Yan was Chair, Professor and Head of Energy Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.​

Last updated: 26 February 2020