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Emma Brand

Program Manager – Renewable Fuels
Manage the projects that will deliver the infrastructure to create renewable fuels
Industry
Energy, gas and oil
Company
Origin Energy
Job Level
Senior
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About me

  • International Experience
  • Regional Background

I am a geophysicist and program manager of renewable fuels at Origin Energy.

Growing up in Queensland, I dreamt of becoming a scientist and going on adventures in far-flung parts of the world.  I studied to become a geophysicist and through the reach of the resources industry I have spent my career working on projects in regional and remote Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria, the Northern Territory, Canada, Venezuela and the USA.

I have recently moved into a project development role in the emerging renewable fuels industry and I am passionate about driving our transition to net zero.  Every day is an adventure which is exactly what I dreamed of doing as a child!

About my role

  • Creative
  • Flexible
  • Intuitive
  • Resourceful
  • Tolerant

This role is responsible for managing the program of renewable fuels projects for Origin.  These projects focus on creating the infrastructure to deliver renewable fuels, such as green hydrogen, as part of our transition to net zero. 

The Program Manager spends thier time collaborating across multiple disciplines, including engineering, approvals, commercial and economics amongst others, to bring diverse perspectives and skillsets together to solve our big problems.  Once we have the right solution in place, it is thier job is to manage the team to deliver that solution and build the assets we need to create renewable fuels and supply them to customers in Australia and overseas.

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Education

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Business Administration

Awards

  • QUT Dean’s Award for Excellence (2021)
  • IRONMAN Lake Tahoe – Finisher (2015)

Hobbies

  • Camping
  • Cooking
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Running

Pets

  • 1 Dog

15 year old me!!

“You don’t have to be anything you’re not or spend time or energy being ashamed of who you are - be true to yourself.”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Changed from engineering to geophysics at Uni
  2. Moved to Canada to study my masters
  3. Moved to Anchorage, Alaska
  4. Moved into managing geophysical projects
  5. Moved into the emerging renewable fuels industry

My employer

Origin Energy has a rich heritage in energy exploration, production, power generation and retailing. Today, we're a leading provider of energy to homes and businesses throughout Australia.