New honour for Grattan Program Director

by John Daley

Grattan’s Energy Program Director Tony Wood has been elected to the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. The Academy today issue the following media release:

Academy welcomes leading energy commentator as Fellow

Energy commentator Tony Wood is among 25 leaders in applying science, technology, and engineering to solve real-world problems elected to one of Australia’s Learned Academies.

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering today welcomed experts from across research, government, and industry as Fellows.

They include Mr Anthony Wood AM FTSE, Energy Program Director with the Grattan Institute.

Mr Wood is a highly regarded Australian energy policy advisor, analyst, and commentator with a passionate regard for evidence-based opinion.

Respected by government, industry, and media, he is widely sought for advice on reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy policy, supply, and use.

He has been Director of the Grattan Institute’s Energy Program since 2011, after 14 years working at Origin Energy in senior executive roles.

From 2009 to 2014 he was also Program Director of Clean Energy Projects at the Clinton Foundation, advising governments in the Asia-Pacific region on effective deployment of large-scale, low-emission energy technologies.

In 2008, he was seconded to provide an industry perspective to the first Garnaut climate change review.

In January 2018, Mr Wood was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to conservation and the environment, particularly in the areas of energy policy, climate change, and sustainability.

Academy President, Professor Hugh Bradlow, welcomed the new Fellows.

‘We bring together Australia’s leading experts in applied science, technology, and engineering to provide impartial, practical, and evidence-based advice to enable Australia to maintain its position as a leading technology economy.

‘The 2019 cohort of new Fellows comprises a remarkable and talented group, who will contribute to helping the Academy fulfil its mission.’

Twelve of the 25 new Fellows are women – the highest proportion ever and almost matching the Academy’s 2025 diversity target of electing at least 50 per cent women.

The Academy has also announced a Foreign Fellow, an Honorary Fellow, and a Fellow elected directly by the Board.

The other 2019 new Fellows are:

Dr Douglas Bock FTSE
Director, CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science

Dr Lynn Booth FTSE
Chief, Joint and Operations Analysis Division, Defence Science and Technology Group

Dr Gunilla Burrowes FTSE
Chair, Eighteen04 Inc

Dr Helen Cleugh FTSE
Director, Climate Science Centre, CSIRO

Dr Martin Cole FTSE
Deputy Director, Agriculture and Food, CSIRO

Mr William Cox FTSE
Global CEO, Aurecon

Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz FTSE
The University of Western Australia

Professor Emma Johnston AO FTSE
Dean, Faculty of Science, UNSW Sydney

Professor Sandra Kentish FTSE
Head, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Professor David Lloyd FTSE
Vice-Chancellor and President, University of South Australia

Ms Romilly Madew AO FTSE
Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia

Professor Neena Mitter FTSE
Director, Centre for Horticultural Science, QAAFI, The University of Queensland

Distinguished Professor Adrian Mouritz FTSE
Executive Dean of Engineering, RMIT University

Professor Saeid Nahavandi FTSE
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Defence Technologies), Deakin University

Professor Ranjith Pathegama Gamage FTSE
Professor in Geomechanics Engineering, Monash University

Dr Andy Sheppard FTSE
Research Director, Managing Invasive Species and Diseases, CSIRO

Dr Surinder Pal Singh FTSE
Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO

Associate Professor Elaine Saunders FTSE
Executive Chair, Blamey Saunders Hears

Professor Jan Tennent FTSE
CEO, Biomedical Research Victoria

Dr Alison Todd FTSE
Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, SpeeDx Pty Ltd

Professor Nicolas Voelcker FTSE
Monash University

Professor Chien Ming Wang FTSE
Transport and Main Roads Chair in Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland

Professor Huanting Wang FTSE
Monash University

Ms Zoe Yujnovich FTSE
Chair/Executive Vice-President, Shell Australia

Foreign Fellow: Ms Francesca Ferrazza FTSE
Senior Vice-President Decarbonisation & Environmental R&D, Eni, Italy

Honorary Fellow: The Hon John Anderson AO FTSE
Former Deputy Prime Minister

Board-elected Fellow: Dr Andrew Thomas AO FTSE
Former NASA astronaut

The new Fellows will be formally welcomed into the Academy at its Annual General Meeting in Melbourne on 29 November.