Drive innovation for a secure, affordable, clean energy future

About us

We are an industry led collaborative research centre established in 2020 with $68.5M of Commonwealth funding.

The remainder of our resources come from our 90 partners who cover the whole value chain from end user back to network, technology companies, governments, and many of Australia’s leading energy researchers. We will invest $350m of resources over 10 years to catalyse lower energy costs and a substantial reduction in carbon emissions.

The research is organised in four programs: RACE for Business, RACE for Homes, RACE for Networks and RACE for Everyone (covering cross-sectoral issues). RACE’s research learnings will be driven into the market through our market transformation programs to deliver our targets of reducing energy costs, cut carbon emissions and increase customer load flexibility to allow increased penetration of renewables in the grid and increased reliability.

We want our legacy to be transformative and sustainable change in energy services and carbon emissions.

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Our Team

Jonathan Jutsen


Jon has been a leader in energy and carbon management for over 40 years. He was co-founder and led the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity for nearly 10 years as Chair and CEO. He founded and led Energetics for over 20 years plus 10 years focused on innovation, including establishing an energy tech start-up with VC funding which he took to the US and ran for 4 years. He also had a stint on the Board of ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency). He is a Chemical Engineer with a Masters degree in Energy Technology. He was named one of the ‘100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia’, is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering, received a Millennium Medal, and 2018 Energy Efficiency Champion.

Chris Dunstan

Chief Research Officer

Chris has been active in Australian clean energy policy, programs and research since 1990. Chris was instrumental in developing the NSW Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme (the world’s first carbon trading scheme), Australia’s first Demand Management Code of Practice for Electricity Networks and the NSW Government's Climate Change Fund. Between 2006 and 2020, Chris was Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS. His research focused on decentralized energy, demand management and energy productivity. At UTS, he led many projects, including the Intelligent Grid Research Program, the Australian Decentralised Energy Roadmap, the Electric Driveway research project and Network Opportunity Maps. Chris’ PhD thesis was entitled: In the Balance: Electricity, Sustainability and Least Cost Competition.

Thushy Sathi

Chief Operating Officer

Thushy has more than 20 years experience in senior management and leadership roles across IT, Education and Not for Profit sectors. Prior to joining RACE for 2030, Thushy was the CFO of Food Agility CRC. Thushy held the position of Managing Director of Access Macquarie (subsidiary of Macquarie University) where he launched a number of successful digital platforms including Mindspot, Australia’s first online anxiety clinic. Thushy has also held board positions with Risk Frontiers and Australian Proteome Analysis Foundation. Thushy’s experience also includes senior commercial roles at HP and National ICT Australia. Thushy is a qualified CPA, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Master of Commerce from Macquarie University.

Frank Zeichner

Partner Manager

Frank is a thought leader in the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) in Australia and is foundation CEO of the IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA), the peak Australian Internet of Things industry body, whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of IoT for Australia’s competitiveness and societal benefit through collaboration and sectoral focus including Energy, Transport and Food and Agriculture. Frank is also Director, External Engagement for the Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Technology Sydney and Industry Board member of the NSW Smart Sensing Network. He has over 35 years industry experience across telecommunications, operations, manufacturing, and business consulting in Australia and overseas.

Our Board

Louise Sylvan AM FAICD


Louise is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney, Chair of Energy Consumers Australia, a director of the Australian Risk Policy Institute and Vice-Chair of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investment.

She was previously CEO for the Australian National Preventative Health Agency, a Commissioner of the Productivity Commission, and Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Louise has also been Chief Executive of CHOICE-Australian Consumers’ Association, President of the global body Consumers International and served six years on the Prime Minister’s Economic Planning Advisory Council. Louise is also the Deputy Chair of Impact Investing Australia’s Innovation and Outcomes Working Group.

Katherine Woodthorpe AO

Deputy Chair

Katherine is an experienced, non-executive director, who has served for 19 years on the boards of a variety of organisations, including ASX listed companies, government boards, not-for-profit organisations, and research institutions like the Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute. She has a strong track record in a broad range of technology-focused industries including healthcare, the environment and data analytics.

​ Katherine currently Chairs the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, The Hearing Cooperative Research Centre and Fishburners, which is Australia’s largest co-working space for tech start-ups. Katherine was recently appointed by the Prime Minister to Chair the new National Climate Science Advisory Committee.

Catherine Cooper LLB, GDLP, FAICD

Board Member

Catherine is an experienced non-executive director having served on a significant number of boards for over 20 years. Career highlights include the establishment of a national joint venture Rural Bank, being a Telstra Business Woman of the Year finalist twice, inclusion in an international management program, and winning a position in the ASX Top 200 Chairman’s Mentoring program run by the AICD.

Catherine’s current and past board roles include Energy Consumers Australia, Beston Global Foods (ASX), Deputy Chair of Australian Eggs RDC, Wine Australia RDC, Animal Health Australia, Energy Advocacy Panel member, Chair of SA EPA, Director of the newly formed Grains Australia and as a Commissioner of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.

Catherine is very experienced in research development, strategy, evaluation and achieving commercial adaptation outcomes. A significant part of her board portfolio is with national RDC and CRC organisations. In addition, her strategic governance and risk management skills are well established.

Ivor Frischknecht

Board Member

Ivor is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and Non Executive Director with demonstrated success working at the intersection of energy and climate, innovation and investment.

He was responsible of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and oversaw its $2.1 billion portfolio for 6 years, during which invested in 300+ groundbreaking clean energy projects. He is currently helping to establish CleanCo and C4NET, both as non-executive director.

Simon Smith

Board Member

Simon is now working as a principal consultant and has previously served as CEO/Secretary of large public sector entities across industry policy, vocational education, natural resources, environment, finance and first minister's portfolios.

Simon is a specialist in government decision-making, policy development, regulatory reform and implementation, public sector performance, unsolicited proposals, commercial negotiations, crisis management and problem solving.

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