Aurecon has appointed Dr Alex Wonhas as the new global managing director to lead its Energy and Resources business which also spans manufacturing. He was previously Executive Director at Australia’s national science agency, leading CSIRO’s environment, energy and resources sector.
Wonhas oversaw research, development and demonstration activities as well as the commercialisation of a range of fossil, renewable and demand management energy technologies.
A key advisor on energy security issues, he was instrumental in expanding the Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance nationally and bringing in AGL, Origin and Santos as additional industry partners.
In addition, he chaired the energy theme at the 2014 G20 global café in Brisbane, was a key member of the Federal Government’s expert panel of the 2012 and 2015 Energy White Papers and also conceived the Future Grid Forum that brought together over 100 participants from across the whole electricity value chain to define its possible future, focus technology developments and inform regulatory processes.
Dr Wonhas said he was impressed by Aurecon’s focus on innovation and building its advisory practice.
“Aurecon recognises the role it can play in driving change in the energy, resources and manufacturing sectors, and will be at the forefront of driving that change. I am excited by the opportunity we have to shape the future of our industries, help our clients become future ready by navigating disruption and maximise the total value of their assets and businesses,” he said.