Adjunct Professor Heidi Cooper

13 May 2016

Heidi was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the UQ Energy Initiative in January 2016 and brings a unique mix of industry and academic experience in the energy sector. She is a senior manager at a leading Australian energy company where she leads the government and policy work in Queensland. She also holds several academic qualifications and has recently been accepted to Harvard University’s inaugural program on Climate Change and Energy. 

Heidi has worked on some of the most significant issues and major projects in the energy sector. She has provided advice on government, policy and corporate social responsibility across the breadth of the energy sector including, exploration and production, gas markets, generation, transmission, retail, renewable energy and climate change. An expert in strategy development and stakeholder engagement, Heidi has also led the management of highly complex social licence issues as well as crisis situations.

By way of career background, Heidi is a qualified solicitor and has also been a senior manager in both the public and private sectors. Her experience ranges across law, public policy and politics in various industries. Heidi has led large scale, national policy issues and she also has considerable experience in cultural change initiatives.

Heidi holds a Master of Laws (Commercial), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Government). As a passionate lifelong learning, in 2015 Heidi completed a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law (Energy and Climate) at the University of Sydney. Heidi has also received several academic excellence awards, including the Golden Key International Honour Society (UQ) and the Rod Grant Memorial Prize (QUT).

Through both her industry and academic work, Heidi is focused on establishing long term, sustainable policy which balances the energy-climate nexus.  She also has a longstanding commitment to diversity, inclusion and improving the representation of women in leadership roles and in 2015 was appointed as Chair of a diversity initiative in the energy sector.

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