Author Dr Mary Stewart
Date July 2021
Energetics is delighted to welcome Chai McConnell to lead our team of consultants in Queensland. Based in Brisbane, Chai brings over 25 years’ leadership experience in strategic advisory services, project management and business development particularly in the climate and decarbonisation space. His career spans the resources, power, government and NGO sectors, achieving success nationally and internationally.
Chai previously worked at global engineering and project management consultancy WorleyParsons (now Worley) within the parent company and advisory arm Advisian where he was a Principal Consultant. In that role, Chai was appointed to Worley’s Climate Change Working Group advising the Board on its strategy to transition to a zero carbon future.
Chai spoke about joining Energetics and what he looks forward to in his role. “Energetics has a very clear focus and demonstrable track record in helping clients understand climate change and developing strategies to address the risks it presents. I share that passion. The work we do today will go a long way to keeping Australia safe and prosperous in a climate change-impacted future.”
In commenting on the opportunities in Queensland, Chai added, “There is a need for governments and companies to understand that there are significant global and national drivers that will increasingly impact their business. These organisations are increasingly being asked questions by regulators, shareholders, constituents and investors about climate risk management and the business case for transitioning to a net zero future. Certainly, there are many businesses that are headquartered elsewhere but have large investments and a significant market presence here. Their head offices want to know how climate change will impact Queensland. Equally, there are many Queensland based organisations keen to understand their climate risks and how they may capture new opportunities.”
“My goal, in joining Energetics, is that we become the trusted advisors to every organisation that has challenges understanding and addressing their climate risks. We can help business build resilience and identify new opportunities in a decarbonising economy.”
Energetics’ CEO, Dr Mary Stewart commented, “Not only is Chai a highly experienced advisor to business on climate change and energy management strategies, he is a mentor and leader who has supported the professional development of his team members over his career. His achievements were acknowledged in 2016 when he received the Diversity Champion Award from the Queensland Resources Council for enhancing diversity and inclusion in teams and organisations. We are excited for the contributions that he will make to not only our business in Queensland, but to Energetics’ people and organisational culture across all of our offices.”