Our independent panel of judges for the Engineering and Technology Excellence Awards 2022 have relevant experience and understand what it takes, and the difference it makes, to think outside the box. They are part of our awards process to ensure a fair and impartial process. They will review all nomination forms thoroughly and select winning nominations that demonstrate excellence and delivery of outstanding solutions that empower our energy future.
Dr Keith Turner
Transpower Board of Directors Chair
Dr Turner is the Chair of Transpower’s Board of Directors. He has 40 years’ experience in the electricity industry, having held senior executive positions in Meridian Energy, the former Electricity Corporation of New Zealand, and its predecessor NZED. Since 2008, he has been a professional Chair, Deputy Chair and Director on major New Zealand and Australian Boards including Auckland International Airport, Chorus NZ, Spark Infrastructure, and Fisher & Paykel. In 2018, he was appointed as a member of the Interim Climate Change Committee by the New Zealand Government, which began crucial work on how Aotearoa transitions to a net zero carbon economy by 2050. Dr Turner has a PhD in engineering, is a Distinguished Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and holds the Sir William Pickering Medal for Engineering Leadership.
Managing Director Retyna Ltd
Elizabeth (Liz) Yeaman has over 30 years’ experience in the transport and renewable energy sectors covering both government and private sectors. Her particular expertise is in renewable energy for transport - including light and heavy electric vehicles, charging infrastructure and biofuels. In a former role as General Manager Transport at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, she led the design and implementation of the electric vehicle programme. Her recent projects include advising the New South Wales government on electric vehicle programme implementation, selecting and coordinating charging infrastructure for the Southern hemisphere’s first fast electric ferry, project design for an electric trucks pilot project in the proposed Auckland Zero Emissions Area, writing a series of emissions mitigation options papers for the Climate Change Commission, and delivering training materials and a workshop on vehicle fuel efficiency policy and electric vehicles for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Liz holds a MApplSc in Natural Resource Engineering and is a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport. She is also a Non-Executive Director of ChargeNet, New Zealand’s largest public EV charging network.
Dr Mark Sagar
Director for the Auckland Bioengineering Institute’s Laboratory for Animate Technologies
Dr Mark Sagar is the Director for the Auckland Bioengineering Institute’s Laboratory for Animate Technologies. He is the co-founder of Soul Machines and he and his team are pioneering new technology to create virtual humans with virtual brains. The pandemic has seen a rise in the need of digital technologies to disseminate information quickly and globally. Soul Machines has been leading the way, with applications in education, entertainment, commerce and health. For example, developing Florence, a digital health worker for the WHO to help combat smoking and Covid-19 misinformation. Mark’s dedication to science and humanity is achieving significant impact worldwide and he and co-founder Greg Cross have grown Soul Machines to a 220-strong global team, with R&D based in Auckland. Mark was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ in 2019 for his world-leading research. He has a PhD in Engineering from the University of Auckland and was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT. For his work in visual effects, he was awarded two Scientific and Engineering Academy Awards for his innovations in animation which have become industry standard in feature films such as Avatar.