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The theme for IWD 2022 is #BreakTheBias, which aims to shed light on the collective action needed to create and sustain a level playing field between men and women. Only then can we aspire for a world that is free of bias. But we must be bold to call out gender bias and inequality. Equally, we must celebrate women who are making a positive impact to create a more diverse and inclusive world.

Women in Energy invites you to a virtual panel discussion with three inspiring speakers in the energy industry who will share their thoughts and learnings about biases, and are contributing towards fostering a more resilient and equitable future.

About the panellists

Marzia Zamir (Executive Director, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI)): Marzia has been with JTSI’s Resources and Project Facilitation Group for over eight years. She has been involved in the development of State-led Strategic Industrial Areas (SIAs) and facilitated complex heavy industry proposals across many industries in SIAs, most notably projects involving processing of battery and critical minerals. This led to Marzia leading the implementation of the Western Australian Government’s Battery and Critical Minerals Industry Strategy under the direction of a Taskforce chaired by the Hon Bill Johnston MLA Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy, Corrective Services and Industrial Relations.

Marzia currently leads the implementation of the WA government’s commitment to transform and establish the Western Trade Coast industrial complex into a global advanced industries hub.


Michelle Norris (General Manager, Corporate Services, AEMO): Michelle’s career has included roles delivering commercial, policy, regulatory and structural reform in the public and private sectors. Michelle has spent almost 20 years working in the Australian energy sector in senior management, project, and consulting roles. She is best known for her understanding of the challenges in delivering workable solutions for complex energy market issues and has played leading roles in delivering reforms to energy markets both from a Queensland and national perspective. Four years ago, Michelle joined AEMO and spent most of that time leading the team responsible for many of the procedural and technical changes for gas wholesale and retail markets and electricity retail markets. Michelle is currently on secondment to AEMO Services, helping establish the NSW Consumer Trustee role.

Michelle is the Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) committee and a strong advocate of D&I.


Colin Smith (General Manager, Customer Experience, Synergy): Colin leads Synergy’s Retail business unit delivering exceptional customer service and innovative solutions to enable and support customers to meet their changing energy needs. His team works to leverage market insights for application across sales, distributed energy resources, marketing, operations, and customer experience.

For more than five years Colin has represented the electricity industry as a Director on the Energy and Water Ombudsman Board of Western Australia.


Neetika Kapani (Manager, Reserve Capacity WA, AEMO): Neetika is an academic turned energy professional with close to 10 years of industry experience. She manages the team in WA which is responsible for ensuring that there is sufficient generation capacity to meet current and future electricity demand on WA’s largest electricity network, the South West Interconnected System.

Neetika is Chair of Women in Energy and is passionate about D&I, while creating and supporting an environment for operational excellence. She led the development of AEMO’s inaugural Women’s mentoring program and is Co-Chair of the D&I committee at AEMO.

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