Perth’s Future Energy


How do we make Perth’s energy sustainable for decades to come?

Come to a Committee for Perth Future Ready Forum on February 28 to hear the insights of experts including:

  • GHD Global Leader – Future Energy Dr Tej Gidda
  • WA Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken AC
  • Gilbert and Tobin partner and energy and resources expert Clare Pope

Dr Gidda, who is based in Canada, will share his insights from his attendance at the recent COP28 UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai, as well as the energy transition in North America and the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).  

This Future Ready Forum: Perth’s Future Energy will explore topics ranging from energy security to building community support and ensuring a just energy transition.

This important event will offer leaders a global view into the energy transition to understand the opportunities and challenges Perth is navigating.



Dr Tej Gidda

Global Leader – Future Energy – GHD

Dr Tej Gidda (Ph.D., M.Sc., BSc[Eng]) is an educator and engineer with over 20 years of experience in the energy and environmental fields. As GHD Global Leader – Future Energy, Tej is passionate about moving society along the path towards a future of secure, reliable and affordable low-carbon energy. He works with a diverse, globally connected team of technical experts to navigate the complex and rapidly accelerating energy transition to net zero emissions. His focus is on helping public and private sector clients to set and deliver on decarbonisation goals, to achieve long-lasting positive change for customers, communities and the climate. When he’s not busy working at the forefront of the Future Energy industry, Tej enjoys fostering the next generation of clean energy champions as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  

Prof. Peter Klinken AC

Chief Scientist of Western Australia

Professor Klinken is a leading Western Australian medical research scientist, highly regarded for his work in advancing the understanding of genes involved in leukemia, cancer and anaemia. After obtaining his PhD from the University of Western Australia, he undertook research at the US National Institutes of Health in Washington and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne.

His previous roles have included Professor in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Western Australia; Director of Research at the Royal Perth Hospital; and the Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (previously the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research). Under his stewardship, the Harry Perkins Institute attracted world-class researchers to the State and made numerous acclaimed medical discoveries. He also spear-headed the development of two new state-of-the-art medical research facilities at the QEII Medical Centre and Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Professor Klinken has brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role of Chief Scientist of Western Australia, providing independent expert advice to the State Government. His has supported the Government in growing the State’s science industries to achieve future prosperity for Western Australians, as well as assisting with changes to legislation.

He is passionate about issues for Indigenous people, and ensuring that the Education system provides opportunities for everyone in a rapidly changing world.

Professor Klinken was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the 2017. He was Western Australian Citizen of the Year (Professions) in 2008, and made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (2015) and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2016).

Clare Pope

Partner – Gilbert + Tobin

Clare is a corporate energy and resources lawyer and has extensive experience advising on sale and purchase agreements, farm-in and joint venture documentation, Production Sharing Agreements, State Agreements, oil and gas supply agreements, royalty agreement, LNG offtake agreements, project development power purchase agreements, commercial contracting, infrastructure access and sharing agreements and other resources and infrastructure related documentation. 

Clare has developed particular expertise in energy transition, having advised on the development of a number of ACCU generating and PURO generating projects in Australia, and in Africa. Clare also has deep expertise in the hydrogen industry advising on the development of a number of green hydrogen/green ammonia and low-carbon ammonia projects Western Australia, and globally, as well as carbon capture and underground storage projects.  Clare also advised on the world’s first carbon neutral condensate cargo from Western Australia’s Pluto Project.

Clare has advised clients in relation to their activities globally, including in Latin America, Africa, South East Asia, Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and former CIS states.

Clare has worked in Perth, London, Tokyo, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and spent eleven months on secondment at BP plc’s headquarters in London, and also with TransAlta Corporation in Perth, Australia.


07:00 – Registration Opens
07:30 – Event Start
09:00 – Event Concludes


Level 10, 999 Hay Street
Perth WA 6000


Free for invited guests of Committee for Perth.


Registration Cut Off