5. Paul Adams
Career in the gas industry: Paul is Managing Director of energy and water transportation company Jemena. Paul has more than 30 years’ experience in the Australian energy sector.
Unique contribution: Appointed Jemena Managing Director in 2008, Paul has led the expansion of the Jemena Gas Network and is establishing Jemena as a world leader in energy distribution and pipeline infrastructure ownership and management.
Professional organisation membership: Paul is Chair of Zinfra Group, Deputy Chair of ActewAGL, Director of Australian Gas Industry Trust (AGIT), a Fellow of the Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and Chairman of the Energy Networks Association (ENA).
6. Will Rifkin
Career in the gas industry: Drawing on his 30-year history in the energy and resources sector, Will is Chair in Social Performance for the University of Queensland’s Centre for Coal Seam Gas and Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining. He oversees a $3 million portfolio of research on social and economic effects of CSG development in Queensland.
Unique contribution: Will brings to the gas industry a focus on getting the industry, government and the community ‘on the same page’. Will facilitates research projects that assess impacts and benefits at the individual, town, and regional level to place the experiences and perceptions of individuals in context. He has presented keynote addresses and chaired sessions at conferences in Australia and internationally.
Industry recognition: Recognised as one of the most innovative and effective university teachers in Australia, receiving awards from several universities.
Charitable initiatives: Will supports international development programs in Africa and Cambodia. He is also working with his wife to connect artisanal miners of gems in Madagascar with Aboriginal women in northern Queensland to create and market jewellery that fosters economic development for women.
Professional organisation membership: SPE, the International Association for Impact Assessment, and the Society for Applied Anthropology.
7. Reg Nelson
Career in the gas industry: Starting as an exploration geophysicist, former Beach Energy Managing Director Reg Nelson has had a career spanning nearly four decades in the minerals and petroleum industries. A former Chairman of the APPEA and former Director of Mineral Development for South Australia, Reg is now Director of Far Limited.
Unique contribution: Reg was closely involved with the Cooper Basin Accelerated Gas Program, instituted to establish additional gas reserves for the South Australian market in the 1980s. He also helped the South Australian Government develop a business plan; concepts that were later used by the government in its successful South Australian Exploration Initiative. He played a key role in establishing codes of environmental practice for petroleum explorations, and is a sought after industry expert and a highly successful business leader.
- Honorary award of Life Membership of Nature Foundation SA in 2010;
- APPEA’s Reg Sprigg Gold Medal for outstanding service to the industry in 2009;
- Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal for services to the Australian mining industry in 2002; and,
- Honorary Life Membership of the US-based Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) in 1989.
Professional organisation membership: PESA.
8. Veena Mendez
Career in the gas industry: Veena has held various roles within oil, gas and related industries in Dubai and WA. She is currently the Category Team Lead in Supply Chain for Chevron where she is looking after Chevron’s Contingent Labour Hire strategy for the Australian Business Unit in Perth.
Unique contribution: Veena founder of Women in Oil and Gas (WIOG), a national organisation deeply focused on advancing the interests of women in Australia’s oil and gas sector.
Industry recognition: Her Thesis on how fluctuations in oil prices could affect the economy of Dubai received a commendation from the University of Lincoln.
Charitable initiatives: Veena supports The Hunger Project and the Zonta House Women’s refuge – two organisations that empower women to become agents of change in their own communities.
Professional organisation membership: Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.
9. Joachim Tan
Career in the gas industry: Joachim worked at the Office of Energy (now the Public Utilities Office) to assist with the development of the WA energy sector in 2012. He worked on all aspects of energy and provided advice to the WA Government and the Minister of Energy. Joachim subsequently joined the Independent Market Operator as a key member of the Gas Information Services Project. His work on the project assisted with establishing new gas-related legislation, the Gas Bulletin Board and the annual WA Gas Statement of Opportunities.
Unique contribution: Joachim developed a pipeline easement calculation formula that that now guides the WA Government on easement charges. Joachim is also an important gas analyst for the WA gas industry.
Industry recognition: Won several national and state awards for his work in the telecommunications industry of the WA Government.
Charitable initiatives: Volunteers for Subiaco Church of Christ, the Singapore Western Australia Network (SWAN), the Borderless Gandhi project and the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast.
Professional organisation membership: Honorary board position at the Singapore Chamber of Commerce (WA).