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Stanford Australia and Westpac present: Lunch with Ivor Frischknecht on Renewable Energy

Join us at the Westpac offices in Melbourne for a discussion on Renewable Energy in Australia over lunch, featuring Ivor Frischknecht, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and a Stanford GSB Alum.

Hosted by Myles Walkington, the Relationship Manager Infrastructure and Utilities at Westpac, Ivor will be speaking on the development of battery and other energy storage solutions and their future in the energy system.

Are you curious about:

Whether you should get a battery for your house?

Why your energy bills are so high?

What is the NEG (National Energy Guarantee)?

Ivor will be prepared to answer your energy-related questions.

Date:         Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Time:         12:30pm – 2:00pm
Location:  Westpac Offices, 150 Collins Street, Melbourne
Format:     Lunch and networking followed by speaker presentation
Cost:         $20, sandwich lunch included

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About Our Speaker and ARENA
Ivor Frischknecht is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and holds a Stanford MBA. Ivor has a venture capital background and spent 10 years in Silicon Valley after graduating from Stanford.
ARENA, with funding of $2.1 billion, manages a diverse portfolio of projects across the innovation chain, from early research to utility scale deployment. It provides funding to accelerate the commercialisation and integration of renewable energy into Australia’s energy system as well as playing a leading role in transforming the electricity sector. ARENA’s work has supported over 300 renewable energy projects under Ivor’s leadership, unlocking $2.6 billion in 3rd party investment. It has fast-tracked renewable energy development in Australia, including large-scale solar which has become commercially viable without subsidy.

The Future of the Creative Industries in Australia
Please join us for an evening of lively debate and discussion about the future of Art, Film, Music, Theatre and other creative industries in Australia. We will be hosting an esteemed panel of thought leaders, investors and philanthropists in the creative sector, including Simon Mordant, AM, Michael Smellie and Emile Sherman. We will be discussing how Australia’s creative future is placed when compared to the rest of the world, what the increasing focus on STEM in Australia means for the Arts, whether CreativeTech is flourishing locally and what does that mean for creative disciplines, among many other topics.

Date:         Monday, 25 June 2018
Time:         6:00pm for a 6:30pm start
Location:  52 Victoria Street, Paddington NSW 2021
RSVP:       $50, includes refreshments


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About Our Speakers:

Simon Mordant, AM
Simon is Executive Co-Chairman of Luminis Partners. He is Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Simon was Australian Commissioner for the 2015 Venice Biennale, and is a director of MoMA PS1 in New York; a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome; a member of the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art in New York; a member of the Executive Committee of the Tate International Council; a Director of the Garvan Research Foundation; a member of the Wharton Executive Board for Asia; and a member of the Italian Advisory Board for Venetian Heritage.

Michael Smellie
Michael’s career in the music business spans more than 25 years and across five continents as former Global Chief Operations Officer of Sony BMG, Asia Pacific Head for BMG, and Managing Director of Polygram and rooArt in Australia. Michael is Chairman of  Music Australia, Creative Enterprise Australia and the Global Poverty Project. He is formerly Chair of the Australian Film Television and Radio School. He is also an investor, adviser and board member to a number of start-up creative businesses in Australia and the United States.

Emile Sherman
Emile Sherman co-founded See-Saw Films in 2008 as an Australian and UK based film and television production company. See-Saw has produced multiple award-winning film and television productions including Lion, The King’s Speech, Top Of The Lake, Tracks, Shame, and Oranges and Sunshine. Earlier productions include Disgrace, Candy, and Rabbit-Proof Fence. Emile’s productions have won multiple Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards, AACTA and LOGIEs. See-Saw Films’ subsidiary, Fulcrum Media Finance, is a major film and television financier, having financed tax credits and provided other forms of debt finance to over 60 productions to date. He holds a Bachelor of Law and Master of Arts degree from the University of New South Wales. Emile is also a director of Voiceless, the animal protection institute and director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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