Meet the Speakers
Prof. Kylie Catchpole
Professor in the School of Engineering, Australian National University
Kylie Catchpole is Professor in the School of Engineering at the Australian National University. She has research interests in solar cells and solar fuels as well as the broader energy transition. Her group has achieved leading efficiencies for perovskite and perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells, and their work on direct solar-to-hydrogen generation was listed as one of the top 10 innovations by the Innovation for a Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) in 2020. She was awarded the inaugural John Booker Medal for Engineering Science from the Australian Academy of Science.
The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull AC
29th Prime Minister of Australia
Australia’s 29th Prime Minister (2015-2018) had international careers in law, business and the media before entering politics at the age of 50.
As Prime Minister, he reformed Australia’s personal income tax, education and childcare systems, oversaw the legalisation of same sex marriage and announced the construction of Snowy Hydro 2.0 the biggest pumped hydro scheme in the southern hemisphere. Mr Turnbull embarked on the largest peacetime investment in Australian defence capabilities and set out Australia’s first national cybersecurity strategy.
As a young lawyer, Mr Turnbull successfully defended former MI5 agent Peter Wright against the British Government in the 1986 “Spycatcher” trial before entering business where he ran his own investment banking firm for a decade before joining Goldman Sachs as a partner in 1997. Both before and after his political career, Mr Turnbull has been a successful venture capitalist. He co founded OzEmail Limited, the first Australian tech company to be listed on the NASDAQ.
Since leaving politics, Mr Turnbull has resumed his business career. He is a senior adviser to KKR and an investor in, and adviser to, many Australian technology businesses. He is a director of the International Hydropower Association and Chairman of Australian Fortescue Future Industries. Mr Turnbull speaks and writes on a range of issues including cyber security, geopolitics and renewable energy.
Prof. Andrew Blakers
Professor of Engineering, Australian National University
Andrew Blakers is Professor of Engineering at the Australian National University where he founded a solar PV research group in 1991. He was responsible for the design and fabrication of silicon solar cells with world record efficiencies of 18%, 19%, 20% and 22%. He was co-inventor of the PERC silicon solar cell, which has 90% of the global solar market and cumulative module sales of US$60 billion. PERC cell deployment is mitigating 0.8% of global Greenhouse gas emissions through displacement of coal. Prof Blakers engages in detailed hour-by-hour analysis of energy systems with 50-100% penetration by wind and photovoltaics for which he was co-winner of the 2018 Eureka Prize for Environmental Research. Prof Blakers’ team developed a comprehensive global atlas of off-river pumped hydro energy storage sites.
Dr Tatsuya Takamoto
Head of Compound Business Promotion Division, Smart Business Solutions BU, Sharp Corporation
Dr. Tatsuya Takamoto has been engaged in III-V compound high efficiency solar cells since 1987. He is now Head of Compound Business Promotion Division, Smart Business Solutions BU, Sharp Corporation. His outstanding achievements of record efficiency include 30.3% efficiency dual-junction cell in 1997, 37.9% triple-junction cell and 44.4% concentrator cell in 2013. He has won PVSEC Paper Awards at the 9th, 11th, 13th 15th and 17th PVSEC and also the PVSEC Award at WCPEC-6 in 2014.
Prof. Alex Jen
Lee Shau-Kee Chair, Professor of Materials Science & Chair Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong
Alex Jen is the Lee Shau-Kee Chair Professor of Materials Science and Chair Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science of the City University of Hong Kong. He also served as the Provost of CityU during 2016-2020. He received his B.S. from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in USA. Before arriving the CityU, he served as the Boeing-Johnson Chair Professor and Chair of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was also appointed as Chief Scientist for the Clean Energy Institute endowed by the Washington State Governor.
For his pioneering contributions in organic photonics and electronics, Professor Jen was elected as an Academician by both the European Academy of Sciences and the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He is also a Fellow of several professional societies, including AAAS, MRS, ACS, PMSE, OSA, SPIE. He was named by the Times Higher Education (THE) in 2018 as one of the “Top 10 university researchers in Perovskite Solar Cell Research”. In addition, he was recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2015 and 2016 and as a “Highly Cited Researcher” in Materials Science from 2014-2020.
Professor Martin Green
Director, Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics
Martin Green is Scientia Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and Director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, involving several other Australian Universities and research groups. His group’s contributions to photovoltaics are well known and include holding the record for silicon solar cell efficiency for 30 of the last 38 years, described as one of the “Top Ten” Milestones in the history of solar photovoltaics. The PERC solar cell that he invented in 1983 and his team developed to its full potential accounted for an estimated 90% of worldwide solar module production in 2020. Major international awards include the 1999 Australia Prize, the 2002 Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, the 2007 SolarWorld Einstein Award, the Global Energy Prize presented in Moscow in 2018 and the 2021 Japan Prize.
Ms Weiwei Deng
Assistant Director of Canadian Solar
Ms. Weiwei Deng received her Bachelor Degree in Materials Science Engineering in 2005 from Wuhan University of Technology and her Master Degree in 2007 also from the same university. She completed her Master thesis on Study of Dielectric Materials at the State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Material Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology. After her graduation in 2007, she started working at Trina Solar as a researcher in the Advanced Solar Cell group, focusing on high-efficiency p-type silicon solar cells. During the past years, she and her team worked exclusively on PERC solar cell research, optimizing the cell design and process for large-volume industrial manufacturing. Five efficiency world records on mono and multi P-type solar cell were achieved by her team. In 2017, she started working for Canadian solar, focusing on the TOPCon cell technology development, characterization and simulation. Ms Weiwei Deng is currently assistant director of high efficiency cell development group at Canadian solar. She is author or co-author of 15 scientific papers and 12 patents related to photovoltaics. Over the last few years, she and her team have managed to continuously improve the efficiency of mono- and multi-crystalline silicon PERC and TOPCon solar cell, pushing the limits of technology and surpassing their previous records. She is dedicated to demonstrate all the possibilities of PERC and TOPCon technology on an industrial scale, and to approach as close as possible to the higher efficiency level.