Important Dates
Paper submission: Now closed
Paper decisions: 8 Aug 2016
Final submission: 5 Sep 2016
12 Sep 2016
Registration: Now open
Early-bird closes: 12 Sep 2016
Tutorials: 28 Nov 2016
Conference: 29 Nov -
1 Dec 2016

Women in Energy Lunch

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 12:00 – 13:30
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Room 103

Please note, separate registration for this event is required! To register, please email Fatemeh Jalali at (and please indicate any dietary requirements).

Panel Session, Lunch, and Networking Session

We are pleased to host a Women in Energy lunch, kindly supported by IBM Research Australia and the University of Melbourne. The purpose of this session will be to have expert speakers discuss the role of women in energy and leadership, and what can be done to improve diversity in the energy sector. A 10-minute presentation by each speaker will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion.

Approximate schedule:
12:00 – 13:00: Panel discussion
13:00 – 13:30: Lunch and networking session

A buffet lunch will be provided, free of charge to conference participants. However, there are limited spots and participants must be registered (see top of this page). A limited number of spots may be made available to participants that are not attending the conference, at a cost of $20.


JoannaBatstone Joanna Batstone
VP and Lab Director, IBM Research-Australia, CTO IBM ANZ

Joanna L. Batstone, Ph.D., is the Vice President and Lab Director, IBM Research – Australia and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Australia and New Zealand. Previously she was Vice President, Architecture & Technical Solution Design, IBM Global Technology Services, Ireland, and Director for Distributed Computing in IBM Research – Watson, with worldwide strategy responsibility for Distributed Computing. Her IBM career has included a variety of technical and business leadership roles across different IBM Lines of Business, including Healthcare & Life Sciences, Sensors & Actuators, Physical Sciences and Application and Integration Middleware. Joanna joined IBM in the T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY.


Ruchika Deora
Founder & Chair, Women In Energy

Ruchika is an energy professional with global experience in oil & gas, retail, electricity and demand response. She has previously worked for ExxonMobil and EnerNOC as well as in the non-profit sector. As a strategic marketer, she has experience in new product development, program design and new market entry strategies. She has an MBA from American University and started Women In Energy in Victoria in 2013.

MargaridaPimentel Margarida Pimentel
Principal, ACIL Allen Consulting

Margarida Pimentel has held a number of senior management roles and successfully delivered a range of industry leading initiatives. She has led teams across a range of technical and commercial processes covering both the electricity and gas sectors; been responsible for procurement and negotiation of $250m of transmission network services; developed national energy forecasts at a time of unprecedented industry change; and enhanced the transmission network connection process.

DoreenThomas Doreen Thomas
Head of the Department and Associate Dean Research and Research Training, Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne

Professor Doreen Thomas is the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean Research and Research Training for the Melbourne School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne. She completed a BSc at the University of Cape Town, her Honours year in Mathematics at the University of Witwatersrand and then a MSc and DPhil Degree in Mathematics at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford. Professor Thomas has applied her fundamental mathematical research in network optimisation to applications in a number of areas including underground mine access. The software encapsulating her work has been licensed to mining companies such as BHP Billiton, Newmont and Rio Tonto to reduce underground mine development and haulage costs. She is the director of a start-up company MineOptima, through which the software has been commercialised. It has been included in the international mining software company Maptek’s Vulcan software as well as Deswik’s. Professor Thomas is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. She is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia.