Dr Alex Wonhas

Executive Director - Environment, Energy And Resources


Dr Alex Wonhas is a member of the CSIRO Executive Team.

As Executive Director - Environment, Energy and Resources, he has responsibility for approximately 2000 researchers, who provide science and technology solutions that will enhance the value Australia derives from its vast energy and mineral resources while maintaining and enhancing the sustainability of our atmosphere, oceans and continent.

He has oversight for CSIRO's Energy, Mineral Resources, Land & Water and Oceans & Atmosphere business units, which pursue the following research activities:
- Mineral resources exploration
- Hard rock and coal mining
- Minerals processing
- Conventional oil and gas exploration and production
- Unconventional oil and gas production and environmental impacts
- Grids and energy efficiency
- Low emissions energy technologies, such as solar, carbon capture and storage, and highly-efficient fossil fuel based technologies
- Societal attitudes towards energy and resources
- Land, water and ocean ecosystems
- System analysis and design of urban areas
- Fisheries management
- Weather, climate and extreme events forecasting
- Sustainable coastal development and marine industries.

He is also the Executive Team member with responsibilities for CSIRO's operation in Chile.

Other Interests

Dr Wonhas has been instrumental in shaping a number of nationally and internationally relevant projects.

He has overseen the development of the Australian National Outlook 2015, which has developed the first fully integrated economy, energy, food and water projections for Australia in a global context.

He has also been the driving force behind the establishment of the Future Grid Forum, which brought together over 100 key stakeholders from industry and government across the whole electricity value chain with the aim of increasing the productivity of our electricity system.

Dr Wonhas has not only a strong background in technology and innovation but also a deep understanding of the private sector, especially in resources and energy from advising national and global energy and resources companies for many years on questions of strategy and operations while working for McKinsey & Company.

He was also one of the co-authors of McKinsey's carbon abatement cost curve for Australia.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD in Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of Cambridge, UK2001
  • Physik Diplom (BSc & MSc)Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany1998

Achievements and Awards

  • Chair of the Energy ThemeG20 Brisbane Global Cafe2014
  • Member of the Expert Panel for the Energy White PaperAustralian Federal Government2014
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Energy and Minerals InstituteUniversity of Western Australia2012 -
  • DirectorAustralian National Low Emissions Coal (ANLEC) R&D2012 -
  • Member of Expert Panel for Energy White PaperAustralian Federal Government2012
  • DirectorAustralian Solar Institute2009 - 2012
  • DirectorCO2CRC2014 -

External Publications Lists

ORCID 0000-0002-7180-0377

Contact information


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