Foresighting Forum 2020

Foresighting Forum 2020

Foresighting Forum 2020 will be held on 19 – 20 February 2020 at Aerial Function Centre, UTS.

The theme of this year’s Forum is Take charge – a consumer vision for future energy services.

The Program

The keynote speaker for this year’s forum will be Dr Jeffrey Hardy from Imperial College London.

Dr Jeffrey Hardy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, where he researches energy market transformation, innovative energy business models and the role of consumers and citizens in future energy systems. He leads a team in the UK Energy Revolution Research Consortium examining the policy and regulation of smart local energy systems.

We are delighted to announce that George Megalogenis has joined the program for the Forum. An award winning author and journalist, he will lead a conversation about the Australian community and transformational reform.

George Megalogenis is one of Australia’s leading political and economic thinkers. He is an author and journalist with three decades’ experience in the media. His book, The Australian Moment, won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, which formed the basis for his ABC documentary series Making Australia Great.

We will also be discussing the outcomes and implications of a scenario planning exercise that was facilitated by Dr Matt Finch. Matt recently wrote about scenario planning in a piece for the Mandarin.

Dr Matt Finch is a writer and strategist who leads scenario and foresight work for communities, companies, and institutions worldwide. He is a facilitator on the scenarios programme at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.

Other sessions include;

  • Consumers today and tomorrow
  • Leaders’ Plenary Session — The Energy Charter
  • Transition Design
  • Conversation on new thinking
  • The possibilities of tomorrow — heat, light and power in 2050
  • Change and Trust — the new energy compact


  • Rosemary Sinclair AM, Energy Consumers Australia
  • Dr Jeffrey Hardy, Grantham Institute, Imperial College London
  • Rob Gregory, Maddocks Lawyers
  • Andrew Bills, CS Energy
  • Gerard Brody, Consumer Action Law Centre
  • John Cleland, Essential Energy; Energy Charter CEO Council
  • Mark Collette, Energy Australia
  • Andrew Richards, Energy Users Association of Australia
  • Ben Wilson, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group
  • Dr Cameron Tonkinwise, University of Technology Sydney
  • Dr Matt Finch, Consultant (via video)
  • Dr Lachlan Blackhall, Australian National University
  • Alison Rowe, Australian Energy Foundation
  • Dr Kerry Schott AO, Energy Security Board; Moorebank Intermodal Company; NBN
  • Justine Jarvinen, UNSW Energy Institute
  • Ben Burge, Belong
  • Dr Alex Wonhas, Australian Energy Market Operator
  • Cassandra Hogan, KPMG
  • Dr Ron Ben-David, Former Chair of the Essential Services
  • Dr Mark Byrne, Total Environment Centre
  • Kellie Caught, Australian Council of Social Service
  • Craig Chambers, Australian Renewable Energy Agency
  • Dean Spaccavento, Reposit Power
  • Yolande Strengers, Monash University
  • Kerry Latter, CANEGROWERS Mackay
  • Thuy Linh Nguyen, Sydney Alliance
  • Ross Womersley, South Australian Council of Social Service
  • Dr Jelena Dodic, Forethought
  • Rachel Edwardes, Forethought
  • George Megalogenis, Journalist and Author
  • Lynne Gallagher, Energy Consumers Australia

Read the full program here.

Foresighting Forum 2019

The theme of Foresighting Forum 2019 was Take charge: Data powering better outcomes for consumers. The forum hosted in Sydney in February brought together consumer advocates, government and industry to discuss the interests of residential and small business energy consumers.

The forum generated a vast amount of content rich material. In the spirit of knowledge sharing, we have made it available as an online resource for the benefit of stakeholders working in the energy sector.

On this page you will find:

Please email Phil Bourne if you have any questions about content on this page.

Presentation recordings

Media room interviews



Presentation slides

Day 1 – Welcome and keynote

Session 1 – Consumer Data Right (CDR) Implementation

Session 2A – CDR in Practice

Session 2B Ethical Implications of the Use of Data

Session 3A – Data: Supporting Energy Charter Objectives

Session 3B – Consumers Using Data

Day 2 – Opening remarks

  • Rosemary Sinclair AM, Energy Consumers Australia

Session 4 – The Energy Use Data Model (EUDM)

  • Brian Spak, CSIRO
  • Sarea Coates, Department of the Environment and Energy
  • Luke Barlow, AEMO

Session 5A – New Dimensions in Policy

Session 5B – Making Provider Data Available for Policy Analysis

Session 6A – Data for Consumer Protection

Session 6B – Data for Networks

Session 7 – Bringing it all together

  • Rosemary Sinclair AM, Energy Consumers Australia
  • Robert Gregory, Maddocks
  • Francesco Naismith, AER
  • Michael Murray, Mission:Data
  • Dean Lombard, Renew