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Global megatrends in a reign of uncertainty: a new set of opportunities for Chemical Engineers

Thursday 2 November, 4:00 - 6:00pm AEDT 


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Keynote Presenter

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Philippe Tanguy

Chief Strategy Officer, HTEC Group

Philippe Tanguy is the Chief Strategy Officer for HTEC, a clean energy and technology company offering net-zero hydrogen supply solutions. Philippe’s mission is to accelerate the development of green hydrogen ecosystems in Quebec.

Prior to joining HTEC, he served as the 15th President of Polytechnique Montreal, a top research university in Canada. Under his leadership, Polytechnique has undergone remarkable growth, paving the way to increased visibility and influence worldwide.

Philippe was previously the Deputy CTO for Total (now TotalEnergies), contributing to the corporate growth opportunities brought by the energy transition and the hydrogen economy. He was also a member of the founding team of the Hydrogen Council (2017).

Philippe also pursued a successful academic career in several universities in Canada as well as global consulting activities on process R&D, design, and optimization involving rheologically complex fluids.

Philippe is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a founding member and fellow of the Hassan II Academy of Sciences and Technologies (Morocco), an honorary fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (UK), the recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Award for exceptional contribution in process engineering (2003), and an adjunct professor of chemical engineering at Polytechnique Montreal. He is a board member of the World Council of Chemical Engineering and served as chairman for six years.

Philippe’s education background includes an undergraduate education in mathematics and physics, a doctorate degree in physics (Paris), a Ph.D. in chemical engineering (Laval), and an executive management training (MIT Sloan). Philippe is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Quebec.

Meet the Panelists


Anne McPhee
Vice President, Chemicals and Fuels, Advisian

Advisian is the consulting arm of Worley Group. Anne is responsible for oversight of the Advisian Chemicals and Fuels Service Line across all global regions. She has over 30 years’ experience in the refining, petrochemical, and energy industries, with extensive experience in consulting, new technology assessment, and strategic planning. Anne is passionate about sustainability, carbon emissions reductions, and helping our customers achieve their decarbonization targets.

Before joining Advisian (formerly Jacobs Consultancy), she held various positions at Honeywell UOP, a leading technology licensing company.  She holds a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and an M.B.A. from York University, Toronto. 

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Clare Anderson
Director, Sustainability Performance, Worley 

Clare is the Director of Sustainability Performance for Worley and is passionate about the decarbonization of the energy, chemical and resources industries.

Clare has a PhD in Chemical Engineering, relating to the adaptation of low carbon technologies. She is an experienced leader of large technical teams and has delivered major energy infrastructure projects in Europe, South Africa, and Australia. Her experience spans all phases of project development from concept development through to detailed design, construction, and operation.

Clare is the chair of the Industry Board for the Net Zero Initiative and sits on the advisory panel for Net Zero Australia.

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Barry McGookin
Founder Samvinna

Dr Barry McGookin is founder of Samvinna, a consulting company designed to strengthen collaboration, skills and adaption to the complex world by Agri-food companies. Previously General Manager of Innovation for Food Innovation Australia, Barry has 35yrs in the food and agri-business industry working with innovations and innovators both pre and post farm gate, domestic, export, foodservice and QSR. With both a food technology and marketing background, Barry has worked with 200+ companies over the last 10 years, providing Idea-Market and innovation support across the whole Agri-Food supply chain, including the development of new approaches to wheat sales, reducing fraud with Barramundi and high protein snacks for the elderly.

As a member of advisory boards for national Australian initiatives in supply chain improvement, fruit and vegetable value addition, creation of future skills for the food and agribusiness sector and chair of dairy innovation, biosolids transformation and antimicrobial resistance research, Barry has helped coordinate insights and collaboration nationally . For the last 10 years Barry has been leading and supporting national initiatives building human capacity, approaches to innovation and industry-researcher collaboration to help improve and strengthen the innovation culture and success of the Australian Food and Beverage industry.

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Kathryn Mumford 
Associate Professor and Head of Department in the Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Melbourne

Kathryn’s research interests are in the areas of separations processes specifically ion exchange, solvent absorption and solvent extraction technologies. These interests range from the manufacture of novel materials, to the development of novel thermodynamic models to predict performance, and onto large scale implementation in the mining, energy, environmental and waste water processing fields. Kathryn currently teaches in the Masters of Engineering (Chemical) program, namely Chemical Engineering Management and Heat and Mass Transport Processes subjects.

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James Grenfell 
Principal Professional Leader, Sustainability and Materials Performance, Australian Road Research Board 

James is undertaking joint NACoE/WARRIP work to investigate the use of recycled and reclaimed plastic in safe, sustainable future road infrastructure and has been working on a variety of projects to advise government on the best practice use of recycled materials in transport infrastructure. He has recently completed work as project lead on Austroads APT6311 Use of Crushed Glass in Road Infrastructure. His work focused on Austroads projects TT2046 Improving the cost effectiveness of foamed bitumen-stabilised pavements and TT1897 Increasing the use of low-cost modified granular materials in new and rehabilitated pavements. He is a Director-at-large of the International Society of Asphalt Pavements.

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