Jon has been a leader in energy and carbon management for over 40 years. He was co-founder and led the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity for nearly 10 years as Chair and CEO. He founded and led Energetics for over 20 years plus 10 years focused on innovation, including establishing an energy tech start-up with VC funding which he took to the US and ran for 4 years. He also had a stint on the Board of ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency). He is a Chemical Engineer with a Masters degree in Energy Technology. He was named one of the ‘100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia’, is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering, received a Millennium Medal, and 2018 Energy Efficiency Champion.
Chief Research Officer
Chris has been active in Australian clean energy policy, programs and research since 1990. Chris was instrumental in developing the NSW Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme (the world’s first carbon trading scheme), Australia’s first Demand Management Code of Practice for Electricity Networks and the NSW Government's Climate Change Fund. Between 2006 and 2020, Chris was Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS. His research focused on decentralized energy, demand management and energy productivity. At UTS, he led many projects, including the Intelligent Grid Research Program, the Australian Decentralised Energy Roadmap, the Electric Driveway research project and Network Opportunity Maps. Chris’ PhD thesis was entitled: In the Balance: Electricity, Sustainability and Least Cost Competition.
Chief Operating Officer
Thushy has more than 20 years experience in senior management and leadership roles across IT, Education and Not for Profit sectors.
Prior to joining RACE for 2030, Thushy was the CFO of Food Agility CRC.
Thushy held the position of Managing Director of Access Macquarie (subsidiary of Macquarie University) where he launched a number of successful digital platforms including Mindspot, Australia’s first online anxiety clinic. Thushy has also held board positions with Risk Frontiers and Australian Proteome Analysis Foundation. Thushy’s experience also includes senior commercial roles at HP and National ICT Australia.
Thushy is a qualified CPA, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Master of Commerce from Macquarie University.
Marketing Communications Manager
Gina has over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications. She has used her strategic management and collaboration skills to support companies achieve performance efficiencies, growth and a strategy for long term audience engagement. From start-ups to old companies that needed a complete overhaul to boost their profile back in the market. Gina has worked across well-known leading global and local brands in all key industries, in both public and private sectors. Developing strategies with cross-functional teams, using multiple channels, CRMs and digital platforms. Most recently she has worked for NSW Government providing strategic marketing and communications support to various Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability programs.
Flor has 14 years of experience in Human Resources roles in oil and health sectors in Argentina and the US, managing Learning, Development and Communication processes. She has a Bachelor of Human Resources. Flor is currently completing a Master of Business Administration at UTS.
RACE Establishment Consultant
Arno has over 20 years experience in business development and team leadership roles the ICT industry, CSIRO and universities. In CSIRO, he used his experience in customer facing roles to help them understand their customers better, supported their geoscience research group and helped them develop a strategy towards commercialisation that aligned with key issues in industry and society. Arno speaks the language of management, client, scientist, technologist, sales and marketing, legal and finance. He has experience in customer relations, proposal development, tenders, ARC, CRC and EIF proposals, and likes working in multi-disciplinary teams within or across organisations.