Advisors

Advisory Panel members for Net Zero New Zealand the Emissions Workshop 2020.

Dr Janet Stephenson

Director - Centre for Sustainability
University of Otago

Janet Stephenson is passionate about collaborative, interdisciplinary research. Her research interests include indigenous resource management; the interconnections between people and their local environments; and the role of individuals and organisations in the transition to a sustainable future.
Janet has been Director of the Centre for Sustainability since February 2011.

Dr Ellie Khaghani

Energy Lead/Tutor for Diploma in Engineering – Mechanical
Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT)

Ellie joined Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) in 2019. She holds a PhD degree in Chemical and Process Engineering with research interest in “microwave pyrolysis of waste plastic for production of fuel”. She also holds a master degree in Petroleum Engineering and previously worked as a reservoir and process engineer in oil and gas industry. She currently teaches engineering courses at WITT and acts as energy lead.

Toby Stevenson

Director
Sapere Research Group

Toby is a Consulting Director with international economics consulting firm Sapere Research Group. His expert area is electricity trading and risk management and he established himself as an independent energy consultant in 2004. Toby was the General Manager Electricity Trading at Contact Energy from its inception in 1996 to 2003 and has held a number of industry governance positions.

Neil Wembridge

Director of Operations
Evoegy

With over 25-years of international experience in strategic energy consulting, I have extensive experience in regulatory design and investigations, market studies, due diligence support, financial modelling, asset valuations, asset management, project management, feasibility studies and asset expenditure reviews. During my various roles I have worked with a range of asset owners, equity investors, lenders, regulators and government agencies in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

Dr Marcos Pelenur

Group Manager – Strategy, Insights & Regulations
EECA

Marcos joined EECA in 2019. He previously worked across a range of senior policy leadership positions at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) and headed the Behaviour Insights Team’s work on energy and sustainability. He holds a PhD in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and is a chartered engineer in New Zealand and the UK.

Sean O'Flaherty

Sales Manager
Toitū Envirocare

Sean is the Toitū Envirocare sales manager and has a passion for sustainability and developing high performance teams.

Having spent time as a senior sales leader in various industries he is experienced in serving teams to assist in the achievement of objectives and key results. He brings drive and determination coupled with creative problem solving to ensure the best solutions are provided to the team which in turn delivers success to clients. Outside of business Sean spends his time with his wife and two young sons. He loves gardening, music and supporting his local community.

Kyle Hall

Director of the School of Engineering, Energy and Infrastructure
Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT)

I have over 25 years’ experience in the Engineering, Manufacturing, Food Processing and Education sectors. Currently the Director of School for Engineering, Energy and Infrastructure at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki -  Te Kura Matatini o Taranaki. 

My role at the institute is to drive change and align our future with the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap as we move towards a transitional energy future.