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Prof. Peter Cook
Cook Centre for CCS Research, University of Melbourne and CO2CRC Ltd, Australia
"CCUS: A retrospective and prospective view"

Professor Peter Cook is one of Australia’s foremost earth scientists in the areas of energy, resources, and greenhouse gas technologies, a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and a Senior Adviser to industry and governments. Some of senior executive positions he has held during his career includes: Associate Director of the Bureau of Mineral Resources (now Geoscience Australia), Executive Director of the British Geological Survey, and Executive Director of the Australian Petroleum Cooperative Research Centre. In 2003 he founded CO2CRC (the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies) and served as its Chief Executive until 2011, establishing the world-leading CO2CRC Otway Project. Professor Cook has held various academic positions in the UK, Australia, France and the USA and is the author or co-author of many papers, publications and reports, including several major books and monographs. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Life Member of the Geological Society of Australia and a member of the CarbonNet Advisory Board. He is the recipient of many awards and honours, including a CBE. In recognition of his ongoing contribution to carbon capture and storage research, the University of Melbourne established the Peter Cook Centre for CCS Research in 2012.

Alex Zapantis
Global CCS Institute, Australia
"Opportunities and Challenges for CCS"

Mr Alex Zapantis joined the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (GCCSI) in 2016 where he is currently General Manager - Commercial. He has over 12 years’ experience working on issues related to climate change and CCS. His expertise includes energy and climate change policy, carbon capture and storage, strategy development and risk analysis, industry and government engagement, public policy and regulation, industry and commercial analysis and public relations. Alex has a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science with a major in Physics, a Graduate Diploma in Health & Medical Physics and a Master Degree in Business Administration. He has worked for the Queensland Government, the Queensland University of Technology, the Australian Department of the Environment and Heritage and Energy Resources of Australia. Between 2006 and 2016, Alex held various positions in Rio Tinto Energy and Rio Tinto Coal Australia with a focus on energy and climate policy, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas management and product stewardship as applied to coal and uranium. He also served on the boards of the Energy Policy Institute of Australia, Australian Coal Association Low Emissions Technology Ltd, the World Coal Association, and the Coal Industry Advisory Board to the International Energy Agency.

Paul Feron
CSIRO, Australia
"Progress and innovation in CO2 capture"

Dr Paul Feron is a science leader in CSIRO Energy in Australia. He has been leading CSIRO's post-combustion capture (PCC) research program since June 2007. Dr Feron is a member of the Australian mirror committee ISO TC265, which aims to develop standards for CO2 capture and storage. Previously Dr Feron worked for the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research. He has contributed extensively to the development and conduct of large multi-party, multinational CCS R&D programs in Europe, Australia and China and was a lead author for the IPCC Special Report on CCS. He co-authored more than 100 publications, is co-inventor on 14 patent applications and most recently edited the first monograph on post-combustion CO2 capture (Absorption-Based Post-Combustion Capture of Carbon Dioxide – Woodhead Publishing). His current interests are in the realisation of concepts for added value and zero additional energy requirement CO2 capture.


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