Plenary Speakers


Every year the APSRC features a range of international and Australian Plenary Speakers. The 2021 Plenaries are being listed here as they are confirmed.

Geoff Stapleton has been working on solar since 1981. He joined BP Solar Australia on 1987 and since then has run his own solar company, worked as a consultant with Integral Energy, and co-founded Global Sustainable Energy Solutions Pty Ltd (GSES) and is still the managing director. GSES is a multi-disciplinary organisation specialising in professional engineering, consultancy, and training services.   Geoff has undertaken projects in Australia, Africa, Asia and the Pacific islands and prior to March 2020 travelled extensively. He was a part-time senior lecturer at the UNSW School of PV and RE Engineering from 2003 to 2015 where he taught on design of off-grid systems (stand-alone power systems) and introduced the course: PV in Developing countries. Geoff has played an active role in the various Australian industry associations since 1991. From 1992 to 2002 he was chair of the NSW chapter of Solar Energy Industry Association of Australia (SEIAA) which later evolved to Sustainable Energy Industries Association (Australia). He was a member and later Chair  of the Renewable and Sustainable Technical Advisory committee  for 10 years, that oversaw the ongoing management of renewable energy training units in Australia. He was member of IEA PVPS Task 9 Deployment of Photovoltaic Technologies: Co-operation. With Developing Countries from 1999 to 2017.In 2020 Geoff is still: Member of Standards Australia EL42 Working Groups and IEC TC82 JWG1; Board Member and Treasurer of International Solar Energy Society (ISES)  ; and Secretary of the Sustainable Energy Industry Association of Pacific Islands (SEIAPI).

Anthony Wright leads the Building Simulation, Assessment and Communications team in the Energy Systems program at CSIRO. This includes the development of Australia’s benchmark tool, AccuRate, for modelling housing energy efficiency, developing data tools and visualisations and undertaking research into the social science behind consumer preferences for energy efficiency housing. Anthony also chairs the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) Sustainable Housing Task Group.

Dr Iain MacGill is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at UNSW Sydney, and Joint Director (Engineering) for the University’s Collaboration on Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM). Iain’s teaching and research interests at UNSW include electricity industry restructuring and the Australian National Electricity Market, sustainable energy generation technologies, hydrogen energy, distributed energy resources, energy and climate policy and environmental regulation. CEEM undertakes interdisciplinary research in the monitoring, analysis and design of existing and prospective future energy and environmental markets and their associated policy frameworks. It brings together UNSW researchers from Engineering, Business, Science, Law and the Social Sciences. Iain leads work in two of CEEM’s research themes, Sustainable Energy Transformation, including energy technology assessment, renewable integration in the electricity sector and hydrogen pathways; and market, regulatory and policy design to support such energy transition.

Lyu Fang is a Senior Engineer at the Institute of Electrical Engineering of the China Academy of Sciences. She is also on the PV Committee (ECOPV) of the China Green Supply Chain Alliance, as Secretary General, as well as the IEA PVPS China representative of TASK1\TASK12, China EXCO. In addition, she is one of the IEA C3E (Clear Energy Education & Empowerment) International Ambassadors.