UNSW Energy Institute appoints new CEO

Thursday, 27 June, 2019

UNSW Energy Institute appoints new CEO

The UNSW Energy Institute has appointed Justine Jarvinen as its CEO, with the key role of facilitating partnerships between industry and government bodies with UNSW’s leading energy researchers.

Known as JJ to friends, family and colleagues, Jarvinen steps into the role after spending two years as the institute’s Chief Operating Officer. In addition to a current position on the Pollinate Group’s board, Jarvinen has an impressive track record in the energy industry, with previous roles at Exxon, Shell, JB Were, New Philanthropy Capital and AGL.

“One of the first things I’m trying to do is to help tell our stories in a way that puts UNSW at the forefront of anybody thinking about energy in Australia,” Jarvinen said.

“We want them to be thinking about the entire breadth of UNSW’s incredible integrated energy expertise. There is, of course, our world-leading solar reputation. But this is integrated with other areas including the fantastic work being done in hydrogen energy technology, energy storage and other technology across the whole energy value chain, from the electric car to powering houses, to businesses and to creating microgrids.”

The CEO is being supported by the Energy Institute Industry Advisory Board.

Dean of Engineering Professor Mark Hoffman said JJ’s appointment as CEO was testament to the outstanding work she has already done for the Energy Institute.

“In the short time she’s been here, JJ has launched the Energy Institute, worked to establish the multimillion-dollar UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute and supported the successful bid for a nationally significant ARC Research Hub for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions,” Prof Hoffman said.

“At the same time, UNSW has signed a 15-year solar supply agreement to have all its electricity supplied by solar energy.

“I can think of no other person in Australia who is as well-connected and experienced in the energy industry and could match JJ’s depth of knowledge and passion. She is a welcome addition to the evolution of Australia’s leading energy research organisation.

“I look forward to seeing JJ create some great new opportunities to showcase UNSW’s excellence in energy research that will ultimately help consumers, governments and industry in the global transition towards low-carbon energy.”

Image ©Richard Freeman, UNSW

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