Dr. Brentan Alexander, Chief Science Officer – New Energy Risk (USA)

A serial entrepreneur, academic, and researcher, Brentan combines expertise in thermochemistry and finance to advance clean technology deployment.  Brentan holds degrees from Stanford and MIT and has consulted for clients including Shell, Microsoft, BP, and General Motors.


Michael Burke, Director, Biofutures Queensland, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP)

Michael Burke is the Director of DSDMIP’s Biofutures Sectoral Team where he is responsible for delivering the $20 million Queensland Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan and the successful deployment of its programs. These include the $5 million Biofutures Industry Development Fund; the $4 million Biofutures Acceleration Program; and the $4 million Biofutures Commercialisation Program.

He is also overseeing the implementation of two new resource recovery funding programs aimed at diverting and reprocessing waste in Queensland: the $100 million Resource Recovery Industry Development Program and the $5 million Waste to Bioenergy Fund.

Michael has previously held senior policy and industry development roles within the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for the intensive animal and broad acre cropping industries. His background is in aquatic animal husbandry where he spent 15 years in a research capacity at the Bribie Island Aquaculture Research Centre. Michael has a Master of Aquaculture and post-graduate degree in aquatic animal health.


Bret Collins, Remondis

Bret Collins has more than 30 years’ experience in Service Industries across Australia and New Zealand. He has collaborated on projects in the areas of Waste Management, Telecommunications, Utilities Maintenance, Water Infrastructure, Facilities Management and Land & Water Remediation.

Bret has worked in this role for 20 years for Thiess Services and REMONDIS, principally in the services management business. During this time, he has had senior roles managing Refinery, Landfill, Transport and Service businesses.

Bret has maintained long term client relationships in a broad range of industries. These include Telecommunications, Rail Infrastructure, Heavy Equipment Management and Defence sectors, Bret’s skills have been utilised to improve client management, procurement, subcontractor management, business development and business performance.


Benoit Englebert, Sales & Business Development Manager – Keppel Seghers

Benoit Englebert has nearly 20 years international experience in business development and management in the sectors of sludge treatment, flue gas treatment, energy efficiency and waste to energy. He has worked for large corporates such as SNC Lavalin (Procedair), Veolia and Keppel Seghers. Benoit is a Chemical Engineer in Environmental Technology and has a Master’s in Industrial Management from the Catholic University of Leuven.


Mike Haywood, Director –
Australian Industrial Ecology Network

Mike Haywood is the Principal of Sustainable Resource Solutions. Mike started his career with Pacific Waste Management and became the General Manager of ResourceCo.

He was a key driver behind establishment of the Alternative Fuels project with Adelaide Brighton Cement, which has been recognised as one of Australia’s premier resource recovery energy from waste ventures.


Charles Hunting, Chairman – AgBioEn

Charles is currently serving as the managing partner of Tsing Captial’s business in the southern hemisphere. He has extensive experience in Business Operation and Execution, Venture and Alliance Strategy, Corporate and Technology Strategy, Organisational Transformation and Innovation across the Asia Pacific region and sits on numerous boards.


Niels Jakobsen,  Senior Project Manager,
Business Development – Ramboll

Niels Jakobsen has over 30 years’ experience in the thermal power/energy sector globally, with considerable experience and knowledge of the development and implementation of Waste-to-Energy projects.

He has been involved in the implementation of Waste-to-Energy projects such as the Dublin Waste-to-Energy, Energi (Sweden) and Vestforbrænding (Copenhagen) facilities.

He is currently based in Perth, WA as resident project manager on Ramboll’s owners engineer assignment on the Kwinana Waste-to-Energy project, Australia’s first large scale WtE project.


Pravin Menon, Executive Director Office of Resource Recovery, Environmental Policy and Programs – Department of Environment and Science Queensland

The Office of Resource Recovery is leading policy and initiatives to elevate Queensland’s resource recovery performance through delivery and implementation of Waste Avoidance and Recovery Policy, Programs and Services.

As Executive Director of the ORR, Pravin brings with him the knowledge and industry insight of twenty plus years operational experience working in waste and environment entities across both the public and private sectors.

Pravin holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and has completed an MBA at the University of Queensland.


Nick Miller, Business Unit Leader/Principle Chemist –
HRL Technologies

Nick has over 20 years of experience working as a chemist in the environmental, energy/power generation and mineral processing industries and for the last 10 years has specialised in the sampling and material characterisation of waste materials including Biomass, MSW and SRF. Nick leads the combustion laboratory for HRL which is about to become the 1st NATA accredited laboratory for the analysis/characterisation of Biomass and Alternative Fuels in Australia , as well as laboratory for Rio Tinto at the Bundoora R&D facility.


Barry Sullivan, Managing Director –
Ultimate New Energy

Barry Sullivan has held Senior, Executive roles in Telecommunications, Aerospace and Waste Conversion Technology Companies for the past three decades.
Since moving from Canada to Australia Barry has been focused on understanding the Australian market and how various Waste to Energy Technologies best fit into the Australian Waste Management Hierarchy. As Managing Director for Ultimate New Energy Barry assists clients in understanding which Waste to Energy technology best suits their requirements.

Barry was named as one of the “50 Ultimate Green Leaders (Globally) by the Corporate Social Responsibility Group of the United Nations for 2018 and is the Chairman of the Australian Waste to Energy Forum.