Management consultants to appear at Melbourne energy conference

11 June 2023 3 min. read

A host of industry-leading consultants are due to appear at the upcoming Australian Energy Week conference in Melbourne, including representatives of McKinsey, Ernst & Young, Accenture and Nous Group.

The 11th annual Australian Energy Week conference is due to kick off on Monday the 19th of June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a packed three-day schedule of masterclasses, events and presentations.

Among this year’s crop of expert speakers are a number of leading industry consulting leaders, including those from event knowledge partner McKinsey & Company and gold and silver sponsors EYAccenture and Nous Group.

Management consultants to appear at Melbourne energy conference

The McKinsey contingent will be led by two-and-a-half-decade company veteran and partner Peter Lambert, an oil & gas expert who heads up the management consultancy’s Australia and New Zealand energy sector business out of Sydney. Lambert, who is also an official member of this year’s Energy Week advisory board, will deliver a presentation on the second day of the conference outlining the pathway to a decarbonised future.

Joining Lambert is Melbourne-based colleague Tarandeep Singh Ahuja, co-leader of the A/NZ energy practice and head of product development and procurement advisory for the Asia Pacific. A partner at McKinsey since 2013, Ahuja will moderate a CEO panel on energy market disruptions and the actions the sector needs to take now to achieve an effective transition, featuring the heads of Horizon Power, AGL, Ampol Australia, and Transgrid.

A partner in the firm’s sustainability practice in Brisbane since the beginning of the year, McKinsey’s Sophie Underwood will also serve as a moderator for a final-day Women in Energy breakfast panel discussion on re-imagining the energy sector in the short-term, with Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and Australian Energy Regulator (AER) chairs Anna Collyer and Clare Savage among the featured guest speakers.

Professional services firm Ernst & Young will be represented by two speakers; EY Oceania energy market leader Igor Sadimenko, who will contribute to a discussion on the magnitude of infrastructure required for transition; and former top-level public servant Blair Comley of strategy wing EY Port Jackson Partners, appointed last year to lead the firm’s newly-launched Net Zero Centre. Comley will speak on energy transition incentives.

Accenture managing director Julie Romanet-Perroux will meanwhile appear twice as part of the conference’s ‘Future Retail’ stream, as a panelist on the question of how energy retailing can be re-invented to produce better consumer outcomes, and as a presenter on the topic of Energy-as-a-Service. Romanet-Perroux was recruited last year from Accenture’s Paris office to lead the local resources sector energy transition practice.

Lastly, three-decade public sector and policy veteran Richard Bolt, who joined the Melbourne office of management consultancy Nous Group as a principal at the beginning of 2020 to provide thought leadership and advice on complex issues such as energy transition, infrastructure, and economic development, will deliver a presentation on re-engineering the grid stream and realities of net-zero in mapping out a strategic transition journey.