IWD Announcement

APPEA 2021: Recognising the women shaping our industry


Just some of the speakers lined-up for the APPEA 2021 Conference and Exhibition

The APPEA 2021 Conference and Exhibition program will feature an unprecedented number of women for our event. On International Women’s Day, we take the opportunity to shine a light on our women speakers, who are contributing in many ways to the advancement of our industry. We acknowledge all the women working in and supporting the Energy sector.


Anna Feringa, Workplace Mental Health Consultant, Jonah Group

Topic: COVID-19 Smashing the stigma in mental health – a strategic blueprint for change / support


Betina Bendall, Bendall, Chief Geoscientist, Energy Resources Division of the South Australian Department for Energy and Mining

Topic: Resolving lithostratigraphic complexities in the Crayfish Group, Otway Basin using chemostratigraphy


Charmaine Thomas, Senior Geoscientist in the Energy Geoscience and Carbon Strategy Group, Geological Society of Western Australia

Topic: Distribution and quality of Permian source rocks in the onshore and nearshore Carnarvon Basin


Claire Weller, Principal Environmental Consultant, Xodus Green Light

Topic: The 8th Step – Towards equal or better environmental outcomes for decommissioning projects in Australia


Dr Dianne McLean, Marine Scientist

Topic: Considering ecology and fisheries values to inform decommissioning options


Emma Herd, Chief Executive Officer, Investor Group on Climate Change

Topic: Plenary Session 4: The Activist effect, Shareholder Activism and Stakeholder Engagement


Emmanuelle Grosjean, Petroleum Geochemist, Geoscience Australia, Minerals, Energy and Groundwater Division

Topic: Geochemical evidence for a new Triassic petroleum system on the western margin of Australia


Dr Jelena Markov, Geophysicist, Deep Earth Imaging Future Science Platform

Topic: Structural interpretation of the Beetaloo Bain, NT from non-seismic geophysical data


Joelle Mitchell, Human Factors Technical Officer, National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA)

Topic: Tracking industry responsiveness to COVID-19 – what has happened and what lies ahead


Kassia Yanosek, Partner, McKinsey & Company,

Topic: Plenary Session 3: Is the Oil and Gas Industry Part of a Net Zero Emission Future?


Marie Illman, General Manager, Offshore Research Branch (ORB) in the Resources Division of the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Topic: 2021 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release


Michele Thums, Research Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science

Topic: Quantifying movement, distribution and important areas of pygmy blue whales on the North West Shelf


Michelle Zaunbrecher, Vice President, Health, Safety and Environment, Arrow Energy

Topic: Two Companies Working Together to Make Real Improvements in Safety Performance: Arrow Energy, ShellQGC and the Queensland Coal Seam Gas Industry


Monica Jimenez, PHD Candidate, Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources at the University of Adelaide

Topic: Controls on gravity-driven normal fault geometry and growth in stacked deltaic settings: A case study from the Ceduna sub-basin


Olivia Cary, Process Safety Engineer, EAPL’s Gippsland Basin assets

Topic: Effective Engagement on Process Safety Fundamentals in Challenging Times


Rebecca Doble, Senior Research Scientist, Water Resource Management Program, CSIRO Land and Water

Topic: Potential impacts of shale and tight gas developments on unconfined aquifers – a chemical screening framework






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