Advance Awards 2020: Introducing the Sustainability Award Finalists

WATCH > Introducing Dr Bart Kolodziejczyk


Dr Bart Kolodziejczyk is a nanoscientist and inventor intent on busting his brilliance out of the lab and into the world of commercialisation. Bart is addressing health, energy and climate change issues by innovating new technologies. As Chief Technology Officer of H2SG Energy, he has developed an inexpensive and highly efficient device to produce hydrogen from solar energy and water and is currently developing a number of hydrogen projects in China to carbonise transportation and reduce fossil fuel emission. Bart has co-founded three tech startups and three not-for-profit organizations. His philanthropic work exposes students to STEM opportunities and enables participation in policy-making processes.  One of the many activities Bart oversees as part of the Scientists in Residence organization is he holds an annual Indigenous Sustainability Forum where Indigenous Australians share sustainability practices and traditional knowledge with non-Indigenous Australians. Bart encourages DIY science by delivering hands-on activities to educate Australians in areas of sustainability, climate change and technology, he also believes scientists need to engage more with the community.

Dr Bart Kolodziejczyk recently moved to Perth to become a Hydrogen Specialist, and is now the Chief Scientist at Fortescue Metals Group. This builds on his decade long experience with hydrogen and de-carbonisation projects. Through his broad technical expertise and extensive experience with science outreach, he has advised the UN, UNDP, UNESCO, G20, NATO, OECD, and EU on science, technology, innovation, and policy. He is a Committee Member of IUCN, a Member of the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders Hydrogen Taskforce, and a Chartered Environmentalist. He has co-authored many policy documents, and appeared in numerous publications, including Forbes Magazine, Business Insider, as well as newspapers and radio stations in the US, Australia, and Poland. Bart holds both a PhD in materials engineering from Monash University, and a PhD in microelectronics. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Geographic Society, the Explorers Club, Linnean Society of London, and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is an alumnus of Lindau Meetings, a prestigious annual meeting of Nobel Laureates. 

WATCH > Introducing Caroline Angoorly


A suit-wearing eco-warrior armed with a strategic mind and commercial rigour, Caroline Angoorly has earned her stripes operating, developing and financing large energy infrastructure projects. She operates at the edge of the zeitgeist where sustainable practice and commercial success coexist. As global shifts towards renewable energy accelerate investment, Caroline’s proven ability to manage large scale and complex transitions away from fossil fuels is becoming ever more valuable.

Caroline Angoorly is a senior executive in the energy and sustainable infrastructure sectors. Graduating from Monash University with an unorthodox combination of law and geology, Caroline’s love for complex and interlocking projects saw her driving energy initiatives at EnelGreenPower, and eventually as Head of Development (Northeast) at NRG Energy.  Caroline gained experience on Wall Street when she became the head of JP Morgan’s North American environmental markets business. In 2010 she started GreenTao, advising Fortune 500 and private equity portfolio companies alike on critical energy project developments before becoming COO of NY Green Bank, an initiative started with one billion dollars of state funding to encourage private investment at scale in clean energy technologies. During Caroline’s tenure, NY Green Bank transformed from an idea into a fully operational investment and asset management platform – the biggest green bank in the US and the first one to be profitable and self-sustaining. Caroline has been the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2018 Women of Renewable Industries & Sustainable Energy Honours in Clean Energy Finance and receiving a Monash Distinguished Alumni Award in 2019. After over five years at NY Green Bank, Caroline recently returned to GreenTao to continue her work on clean energy and sustainable infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on technologies involving “CCUS” – carbon capture use and storage.  

WATCH > Introducing Professor Jenni Evans


Showing that science is an innately creative endeavour, Professor Jenni Evans has forged a brilliant career merging research fields and forging interdisciplinary partnerships to tackle complex hypotheses and society’s biggest challenges. She has investigated the impact of climate change on tropical cyclones and used machine learning and other methodologies for improving forecasts of tropical cyclones and for projecting how climate change will impact society. She has also researched the physics governing the maximum intensity a tropical cyclone can achieve and how this might change with global warming. Her science merged with art in a collaboration with a music technology professor on “sonification” of hurricanes. With a strong commitment to science communication, Jenni strives to relate her scholarship to messages that translate to action. 

Professor Jenni Evans is a Professor of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU). She is the Director of Penn State’s Institute for  Computational and Data Sciences, employing faculty at the nexus of interdisciplinary research that relies on advanced computation and data sciences, and serving as a hub for high performance computing and big data research initiatives. Jenni is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and served on the AMS Council from 2005 to 2008. As Centennial President of the AMS in 2019, she led the global community committed to advancing weather, water, and climate science and service. She co-chaired the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) International  Workshop on Tropical Cyclones (Jeju Island, Republic of Korea) and has served for over 15 years as the Lead Meteorologist for the Professional Team assisting the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology. She led the team that developed a Cyclone Phase Space, used in operational weather forecasting centers to track the evolution of tropical cyclones.

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