2022 Australia-Korea New Energy Forum

Join us for first-hand insights into Australian and Korean policy directives and industry perspectives in the rapidly expanding area of new energy as the world focuses on transitioning to a decarbonised future.

Korea’s new administration has reaffirmed its commitment to net zero by 2050, assuring sustained momentum in its transition to new energy while bolstering energy security. Furthermore, the new administration is seeking to diversify its energy supply chain and continue driving energy technology innovation in light of the country’s high dependence on imports and commitment to developing the new energy industries.

Seeking sustainable, secure sources of new energy and leading energy innovation necessary for its new energy transition therefore remain imperative for the Asian powerhouse. With an abundance of natural resources, Australia is favourably poised as a preferred export partner to fuel Korea’s energy transition in the long-term. Korea views Australia as an ideal, long-term, major supplier of key new energy materials – building on a robust bilateral trade relationship bolstered by shared values and a long-standing strategic partnership.

Yet as both countries adjust to geopolitical realities, new administrations, and an increased focus on decarbonisation, questions remain as to how their governments plan to support industry and establish the necessary frameworks to capitalise on these bilateral opportunities.

How will the administrations of Korea and Australia, and their respective business communities, approach the new energy sector and arising mutually beneficial opportunities?

Brought to you by the AKBC and Korean Embassy in Canberra, the 2022 Australia-Korea New Energy Forum will bring together key industry and government representatives from Australia and Korea. This important event will provide attendees with in-depth discussion of key market developments, substantive policy directives, and industry views as Korea and Australia seek energy security and expanding markets in new energy.

Date and Time:

Friday 19 August, 2022



  • Arrival tea and coffee, pre-event networking
  • Opening remarks
  • Keynote speech
  • Session 1 – Policy overview
  • Morning tea and coffee break
  • Session 2 – Industry and market perspectives
  • Q&A panel discussion
  • Closing remarks
  • Networking lunch

Cost: Free for AKBC members

Please note that registration is essential for attendance.


Speaker Line-Up

Jeong-sik Kang, Korean Ambassador to Australia, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Commonwealth of Australia

Hon. Simon Crean, Chairman, Australia-Korea Business Council (AKBC)

Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Newcastle, and Director, Australia-Korea Business Council

Professor Alex Zelinsky AO is Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Newcastle. Prior to joining the University in 2018, he was Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist and leader of Defence Science and Technology within the Department of Defence.

Professor Zelinsky’s previous roles include Group Executive for Information Sciences at CSIRO, and Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Seeing Machines, a computer vision technology company now listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company was a start-up from the Australian National University, where he was a Professor of Systems Engineering.

Professor Zelinsky holds a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Honours), a Doctor of Philosophy and an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Wollongong. He is an Officer in the Order of Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Institute of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr. Seungyoung Chung, Director of International Cooperation Division, Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP)

Dr. Seungyoung Chung is the director of International Cooperation Division of Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning, an energy R&D funding agency under MOTIE(Ministry of Trade Industy and Energy).

He is in charge of planning, evaluating and managing international collaborative R&D projects in the field of energy technology, and of bilateral cooperation and cooperation with international organizations.

He started his career at Korea Energy Agency in 1997 and has been working at KETEP since 2009. During his career, he has also been involved in the management of various energy efficiency and renewable energy R&D projects and energy technology policy.

Title of presentation: ROK-Australia Cooperation on Low and Zero Emissions Technologies

Lucy Ryan, Acting
Director of the North East Asia Economic and Outreach Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Lucy is a trade specialist at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, having joined the department in 2008 as a Free Trade Agreement negotiator. She has worked on treaty outcomes including the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

She has previously served at the Australian High Commission in Wellington. In Canberra she has focussed on Australia’s trade and investment interests in the Indo-Pacific region, working in the North Asia Division, East Asia Division and North and South Asia Division.

Prior to DFAT, she worked for the Australian Customs Service and Department of Finance and Administration.

Lucy holds a Bachelor of Business (International) with Japanese language specialisation from the Queensland University of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian National University.

Mr. Bosung (Ben) Kim, Managing Director, POSCO Australia

Mr. Ben Bosung Kim, is currently leading POSCO-Australia – the single largest private customer of Australian exports – as the Managing Director. Since joining POSCO in 2001, Ben has built an extensive career in Corporate Planning, International Relations and M&A, having been involved in major overseas greenfield projects in Australia, India and Vietnam, as well as a number of M&A projects. Before his appointment to POSCO-Australia, Ben has been in charge POSCO’s raw material purchasing including coking coal for steelmaking processes. Ben is well acquainted with the Australian business environment as he has completed his undergraduate studies and masters in Queensland, and his expertise and experience will be instrumental towards POSCO-Australia, embarking on a journey to widen its business platform to achieve Net Zero by 2050.

Title of presentation: Pathway towards Net Zero and POSCO Group’s Australian Business Strategies.

Kate Phillips, Partner, Ashurst’s International Projects Group & Energy team

Kate is a partner in the International Projects Group in Melbourne, with a focus on the energy transition and renewable energy.

Kate routinely advises clients in relation to the development of greenfield renewable energy projects including wind and solar projects, as well as battery, hydrogen and pumped hydro projects.  Kate has acted for a range  of sponsors in a lead project role for the development, equity sale/purchase and debt financing of renewables projects in the NEM states.

Kate previously worked general counsel at CO2 Australia, where she predominantly worked in creating and bringing carbon offsets to market in Australia.

Dr. Jungbae (Jacob) Kim, Vice President, Hyosung Heavy Industries Corporation

Dr. Jungbae Kim, Vice President at Hyosung Heavy Industries Corporation, is a highly experienced power industry professional. As an R&D professional, Dr. Kim had contributed to the South Korean power industry, developing new products such as ultra-high voltage switchgear, and currently is Committee of the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE). He has expanded his expertise by leading Hyosung’s turnkey businesses after his years at the R&D center. He believes that an immediate energy transition from using fossil fuel energy sources into the renewable energy, supported by energy storage system is essential for environmental sustainability. And he is currently leading the implementation of power technologies (BESS, HVDC, STACOM, etc.) most suitable to the rapidly changing power paradigm.

Title of presentation: Securing resilience by BESS Application in Mining

Stacy Osenbaugh, Commercialisation Manager, Future Battery Industries, Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC)

After three years with the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre supporting the establishment of the organisation’s research portfolio,  Stacy was promoted to Commercialisation Manager in January 2022. In this newly created role, Stacy is responsible for the creation and execution of the FBICRC’s commercialisation strategy which aims to translate research outcomes into tangible technologies and business models to service the breadth of the Australian battery value chain.

Stacy holds a Bachelor of Science, is currently working towards an MBA and has a background in the coordination of industry R&D partnerships across a range of sectors including mining, defence, space, biotechnology, digital technology, and data science.

Dr Fiona Simon, CEO, Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC)

Fiona Simon is the CEO of the Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC), the peak body for the Australian hydrogen industry.

AHC connects the hydrogen industry and its stakeholders in building a secure, clean and resilient energy future based on hydrogen. AHC’s members are from a range of sectors, including energy, transport, consulting, banking and technology.

Prior to joining the Australian Hydrogen Council, Fiona worked for close to 20 years in energy policy and regulation, specialising in energy retail competition and consumer protection matters.

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has published a well-regarded academic book on retail energy regulation in Australia.


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