Energy expert appointed to Monash University
Monash University has announced the appointment of Chloe Munro AO to the position of Professorial Fellow at the university — a role that will directly draw on her extensive experience in the energy sector and is expected to further advance the university’s interdisciplinary approach to energy research.
A leader in energy policy and regulation, Munro has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors with particular expertise in infrastructure, energy and natural resources. She is currently chair of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) expert advisory panel and chair of the IIG Solar Income Fund and IIG Solar Assets Fund. She is an independent director of NPP Australia, the former chair of the Clean Energy Regulator and a panel member of the Finkel Review. She was also previously chair of the National Water Commission, chair of AquaSure (the consortium building Victoria’s desalination plant) and a non-executive director of Hydro Tasmania.
In 2017 Munro was recognised by the Clean Energy Council for her outstanding contribution to the energy industry. Earlier this year she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her service in the areas of renewable energy, water, climate change and the performing arts.
Munro will commence her appointment immediately and will work across the Monash Business School, Faculty of Law, Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute (MEMSI) and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) to advance energy policy research and natural resources policy and to link research to the needs of industry and government. She said she feels honoured to have been given the opportunity to help strengthen relationships between the university, government and industry.
“The challenges faced by Australia’s energy system today are emblematic of the transformation taking place right across the economy,” she said. “There’s an urgent need for multidisciplinary collaboration to help decision-makers chart a path forward and optimise social, economic and environmental outcomes. I’m excited to tap in to the incredible capabilities of Monash University to pursue this agenda.”
Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO said Munro’s long record of achievements and expertise will be invaluable for the university.
“Munro has earned an international reputation for her exceptional contributions to energy and financial services,” she said. “Her expertise will be invaluable as Monash advances its record in regulation, governance, finance and sustainable development while influencing the future direction of energy in Australia.”
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