Alan Finkel

Alan in study, far, cropped by Mark Fitzgerald 2021

Keynote Address: Electrons and molecules

Electrons and molecules: Some might ask, “electrons or molecules?” but answering that specific question would be impossible because the clean energy future needs the magic of electrons and the flexibility of molecules.


Dr Alan Finkel AC is a neuroscientist, engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Career highlights include 23 years running US company Axon Instruments and 8 years as Chancellor of Monash University.  Alan was Australia’s Chief Scientist from 2016 to 2020, during which time he led the National Electricity Market Review, the development of the National Hydrogen Strategy and the panel that advised the Australian Government on the Low Emissions Technology Roadmap.  As Special Adviser to the Australian Government on Low Emissions Technologies in 2021 and 2022, he brokered bilateral low emissions technology partnerships between Australia and each of seven key countries and chaired the Australian Government-hosted Sydney Energy Forum. He is currently Chair of Stile Education and a corporate adviser on climate change technologies. His upcoming book, Powering Up: unleashing the clean energy supply chain, is due to be published in June.