Phillipa Chen, CFO, ZEN Energy

Phillipa Chen is responsible for all finance functions at ZEN. Her role spans ZEN’s group-wise financial strategy, oversight of all financial planning and analysis, capital management, financial reporting, and investor relations. As CFO, she holds a specific responsibility for working with the ZEN executive team to develop and enhance ZEN’s long term business strategy.

ZEN is Australia’s first energy company to have a near-term science-based emissions reduction target in line with limiting global warming to 1.5° C. ZEN has contracted renewable energy and environmental certificates from a significant portfolio of solar and wind farms and is actively growing its firmed renewable energy supply. ZEN’s key customers include the South Australian Government, Bunnings in Victoria and South Australia, CSIRO’s sites in New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory and the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) which comprises twenty-five councils n New South Wales, four of them in the top ten by size.

Phillipa has spent the last 16 years with the Macquarie Group, establishing, investing, and managing infrastructure and energy-focused funds, overseeing credit exposure and market risk, and building new funds and businesses including renewable energy development platforms with a global remit.

Phillipa brings deep capital market experience in M&A, investing, debt and equity raising, as well as institutional level governance and operational rigour. She has worked in both Australia and China and was previously a Non-Executive Director of the Port of Newcastle.

Phillipa holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Law and a Masters in Finance and Banking from the University of Sydney. Phillipa is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Where you can see them

8 May

Keynote | Navigating the Energy Transition Through Partnerships

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm at Leadership Summit

There has been many iterations of structural support for the energy transition. ZEN has had an incredibly interesting journey with capital markets to grow its business. How do we engage with Financial Institutions to Promote the transition?

Speakers: Phillipa Chen, CFO, ZEN Energy

8 May

Panel | Is the Finance Sector More Powerful Than Government in Setting the Pace of Transition?

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm at Leadership Summit

Securing capital for energy transition projects.

Speakers: Laura Acklandiene, Business Development, RayGen Tim Buckley, Director, Climate Energy Finance Phillipa Chen, CFO, ZEN Energy Lachlan Creswell, Head of Green Investment Group, Macquarie Group Vanyssa Ong, Renewable Energy Project Acquisition and Development, European Energy Australia