Institute Board of Directors and Management

Prof Paul Dougas

Board Chairman

Appointed 1 January 2013, Prof Paul Dougas is Chair of the Board of the Global CCS Institute. Prof Dougas has more than 40 years experience in sustainability, financial, social and environmental consulting, and strategy development in the Australian, European, South American and Asian engineering and environmental sectors.

He is non-executive Director of Mount Gibson Iron and Epworth Healthcare. He is also Principal of Consulting Advisory Services and a Professorial Fellow in Leadership and Management within the Engineering School of The University of Melbourne. Mr Dougas was previously CEO and Managing Director of Sinclair Knight Merz, where he served in senior roles for more than 30 years.

Prof Dougas’ education includes a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Masters in Engineering Science from The University of NSW and he studied business at Harvard University. He is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia, Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 
Makoto Akai

Dr Makoto Akai

Board Director

Appointed 12 June 2009, Dr Makoto Akai is an Emeritus Researcher of Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science. He is a Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage and brings a great deal of technical and non-technical knowledge and expertise associated with the energy sector and specifically CCS.

Dr. Akai is serving as a WPI Visiting Professor of the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER) of Kyushu University, and a research associate of The Collaborative Research Center for Energy Engineering of University of Tokyo.

 
Claude Mandil

Claude Mandil

Board Director

Appointed 25 February 2015, Mr Mandil has previously held a number of key positions in the areas of industry and energy.

Mr Mandil was Technical Advisor in the French Prime Minister’s cabinet, where he was responsible for industry, energy and research and also held the positions of Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Industrial Development (IDI), a government-owned investment bank, and Director General of the Bureau of Mines and Geology (BRGM), the French Geological Survey.

Mr. Mandil served as Director General for Energy and Raw Materials at the Ministry of Industry and became France’s first representative on the IEA’s Governing Board, and served as Chairman.

He was Managing Director of Gaz de France and then Chairman and CEO of the Institut Français du Pétrole. Mr Mandil was Executive Director of the International Energy Agency from early 2003 until his retirement in late 2007.

Mr Mandil is a Director of ATKearney Energy Transition Institute.

 
Tina McMeckan

Tina McMeckan

Board Director

Appointed 12 June 2009, Ms Tina McMeckan brings to the Institute substantial energy market experience. She is a non-executive Director of Ausnet Services Ltd. and has previously served on the boards of a number of energy-related corporations, including Alinta Ltd, United Energy Ltd and Snowy Hydro Trading Pty Ltd. Further she has substantial experience as a company Director in commercialisation of technology.

Ms McMeckan has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate in Science and Liberal Arts. She is Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Brad Page

Chief Executive Officer

Brad joined the Institute as CEO in August 2011, bringing extensive knowledge and experience on Australian and international energy and climate policy issues.

Prior to the Institute, Brad spent almost 8 years as CEO of the Energy Supply Association of Australia (esaa), the peak representative organisation of the electricity and downstream gas industry in Australia. He steered the esaa through a period of significant transformation and represented the members on a wide range of energy market and climate change policy issues with senior political and government leaders. For much of the time at esaa, he also chaired the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) Energy and Transport Sector Advisory Council, stepping down in January 2009.

Brad’s earlier career was in the Australian Public Service which he departed at the senior executive level. He worked in a range of different portfolios culminating in direct involvement with the development, implementation and subsequent review and improvement of Australia's National Electricity Market and domestic natural gas market arrangements.

Brad graduated with a BA (Administration) from the University of Canberra and in 2009 studied the economics of climate change at Cambridge University as a British Council Chevening Fellow.

 

Jan Bingley

General Manager Business Development

Jan joined the institute in July 2016 as General Manager – Business Development.

Prior to joining the Institute, Jan spent over 12 years at CSIRO, as General Manager Commercial and General Manager Business Development and Commercial, and 12 years at the Sydney Futures Exchange, where she managed research and business analysis for market and product design projects, including that of a ‘carbon credit’ market. 

Jan has been a board member of a number of CSIRO spin-out companies and was a board member of Commercialisation Australia. She is also on the Investment Committee for TankStream Ventures – a Sydney based venture investing firm.

Jan holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree, is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).

 

Natalie Buffett

General Manager Information Platforms and Digital Strategy

Natalie joined the Institute in January 2015 as General Manager – Information Platforms and Digital Strategy, following a career in both digital strategy and operations in the corporate, professional services and membership sectors. Prior to joining the Institute, Natalie led the execution and ongoing development of CPA Australia’s digital strategy and the management of its digital publishing teams. She brings an extensive expertise in delivering member-focused, web-based technology. Natalie also spent over 10 years working for KPMG in a number of different digital marketing and website migration roles in an Australian and global capacity. Natalie holds a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Jeff Erikson

General Manager – Client Engagement

Jeff Erikson joined the Institute in January, 2016 as General Manager —The Americas. 

Prior to joining the Institute, Jeff was Director of Global Projects at the Carbon War Room, an international non-governmental organisation and think tank working on issues regarding market-based solutions to climate change.

Jeff served as Senior Vice President at SustainAbility, a global think tank and strategic advisory firm. He spent 14 years at Mobil Oil and ExxonMobil Corporation, where he was responsible for projects and programs in multiple engineering specialties and across a broad range of environmental, health and safety issues.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Bucknell University and is a professional engineer.

 

John Scowcroft

Chief Executive Adviser - Europe

John Scowcroft joined the Global CCS Institute as General Manager in January 2012 and took up his present post in September 2013. His work centres mainly on the Institute’s role in the international climate negotiations. As of November, 2016, he is leading the European team.

Prior to this, John was Head of the Environment and Sustainable Development Policy Unit at Electricity Development Policy Unit at Electricity EURELECTRIC, the association which represents the European electricity industry. In this role, John was responsible for all aspects of environmental and sustainable development policy, in particular for global and European climate policy.

John has followed climate change issues since COP 1 and is currently the Business and Industry representative on the UNFCCC’s TEC Task on Emerging and Cross Cutting Issues.

John graduated as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Liverpool.

 

Susan Steele

Chief Financial Officer/Company Secretary

Susan joined the Institute in 2009, having previously held the position of CFO/Company Secretary with a privately owned Project Management Consulting firm which grew to one of the top three international aid consulting firms with the Australian Government. Susan has a strong financial background incorporating extensive experience in international business, establishment and company set up, project implementation and management, organisation structure, global tax, company ownership and contract management. She also has over 15 years experience in the Company Secretary role, incorporating governance, legal and risk management.

Susan holds an MBA from the University of Canberra and is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Alex Zapantis

General Manager  Commercial

Alex has a Degree in Applied Science with a major in Physics, a Graduate Diploma in Health & Medical Physics and an MBA. After completing his degree, Alex worked as a physicist for the Queensland Government regulating the use of ionising radiation. From there, he moved to the Queensland University of Technology as the University Radiation Safety Officer before being appointed, in 1996, as the Health Physicist in the Office of the Supervising Scientist (OSS), part of the Australian Department of the Environment and Heritage. In 2000 Alex was promoted to Assistant Secretary of the OSS where he was accountable for delivering the Commonwealth Government’s environmental audit, inspection and oversight programmes of uranium mining and exploration activities in the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory, and for advising the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on uranium mining and nuclear fuel cycle policy issues. In 2004, Alex joined Energy Resources of Australia as the Environment Safety & Health Manager for the Ranger Uranium Mine and was transferred to Rio Tinto Australia’s head office in Melbourne in 2006 as Manager Energy and Sustainable Development for the Rio Tinto Energy Group.

Since 2006, Alex held a number of roles in Rio Tinto Energy and Rio Tinto Coal Australia with a focus on energy and climate policy, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas management and product stewardship as applied to coal and uranium. During his time at Rio Tinto Alex developed and led the implementation of Rio Tinto Energy’s Product Stewardship Strategy and served on the boards of the Energy Policy Institute of Australia, Australian Coal Association Low Emissions Technology Ltd, the World Coal Association, and the Coal Industry Advisory Board to the International Energy Agency.

Alex Joined the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute as General Manager – Asia Pacific in 2016.