James brings an in-depth knowledge of the role technological disruption plays in environmental conservation. James’ first contribution to the conservation sector, was contributing to the designing and building a zero-carbon smelting process called HISmelt used and implemented by Rio Tinto. He also worked as Lead Researcher in the Australian Senate at the Office of Senator Scott Ludlam, authoring a series of reports on the renewable energy transition. At Power Ledger, James works on project development of blockchain applications for renewable electricity trading, asset management, carbon credits and distribution market optimization. James’ ongoing research at Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute is focused on technological disruption within smart cities and the underpinning utility sectors. At the both the Australian Conservation Foundation and Conservation Council of Western Australia James brings to the board expertise in strategic planning for smart cities and infrastructure, shaping Australian Government Policy. Ultimately, he works to influence policy makers to empower Australians to act locally by thinking globally.