Keynote Speakers


Kylie Cochrane
Global Lead, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement at Aurecon + Chairperson for the International Association for Public Participation

Kylie has extensive experience in managing challenging stakeholder and community engagement for key rail, road and water infrastructure projects including Northern Sydney Freight Corridor, Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade, Sydney’s Desalination Project and the National Broadband Network pilot.

She understands the unique pressures and priorities of government and has worked as a communication and engagement adviser under three New South Wales (NSW) Premiers, several NSW government ministers and for many NSW Government departments and agencies – including Transport for NSW and Sydney Water.

Kylie is on both the Australasian and International Boards of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) – the professional association for the engagement industry. In mid-2017 she was appointed to the role of International IAP2 Chair.

Kylie is also the founding member and chair of Women in Transport, a series of networking events for women and men in the transport industry. WiT has been operating in Australia for the last four years and in 2018 WiT will begin in New Zealand.

Kylie’s previous board commitments include the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) and the NSW Government Independent Water Advisory Panel.

Kylie has a record of success managing issues, crises and the media and has won several coveted communication awards.

Rob Gardner
Manager, Economics & Energy Division Corporate Strategic Planning Department Exxon Mobil Corporation

In Rob’s over 35 years in the industry, he has managed both Gas and Gas Liquid businesses in the United States. He has worked in the Asia Pacific and been involved in Liquid Natural Gas business development, sales and project development. He has managed business development activities in a number of countries. He lived in Qatar and Indonesia working with National Oil Company representatives to promote LNG projects. In his early career, he worked in engineering activities involved in supplying gas to US markets and worked in sales of gas to those markets.

Today, Rob speaks extensively publically on the future of energy demand and supply across the world. He manages the group responsible for preparing ExxonMobil’s Energy Outlook. Rob has worked in ExxonMobil’s Corporate Strategic Planning Department since 2009 leading the development of the company’s key outlooks.

Rob graduated from Louisiana State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and began his working career with Mobil Oil in Louisiana.

Beginning in 1990, he held management positions in Indonesia, Qatar, Japan and Singapore. At the end of 2001, Rob returned to the United States and began a series of management assignments in ExxonMobil’s Houston organization before moving to its Dallas area Headquarters.

Gabriel Selischi
Senior Vice President Australasia, OMV

Gabriel Selischi studied engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest. He finished his studies in France where he graduated a master delivered by the four most prestigious schools in Paris in 1994.

He served as Senior Manager at Schlumberger and Principal at Gemini Consulting.

He has managed the transfer of several mature offshore oil & gas concessions in Africa while stabilising production.

He has acted as Program Manager for the post-merger integration of Total, Fina and Elf in Europe.

In 2006 he has joined OMV where he served as Head of Strategy, Project & Engineering, Domestic Asset and Member of the Executive Board responsible for the Upstream Division of Petrom.

His various international positions have taken him several countries in EU, South Africa, Algeria and Angola.

As of April 2016 Gabriel Selischi was appointed as Senior Vice President responsible for the Australasia organisation of OMV.

Brian Sullivan
Executive Director, IPIECA

Brian joined IPIECA as the Executive Director in 2011 after 23 years working at BP and has experience in the biofuels industry.

Brian’s current role involves representing the global oil and gas industry with the United Nations Environment Programme.

Brian graduated in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Imperial College, London, UK and was recruited into BP’s Refining and Marketing international graduate programme in 1986. His career included assignments in London, Copenhagen, Budapest, Athens and Johannesburg, and business experience in over 60 countries.

During his time with BP, Brian has had a varied career of technical, commercial, financial and leadership roles across the downstream value chain including crude and products trading, marine fuels, lubricants and alternative energy.

IPIECA is the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues. They have been championing good practice in environmental and social performance for over 40 years.