Mr John O’Brien

Founder and Managing Director

Australian CleanTech

8 Arunga Close
PH: +61 (0) 419826372
Email: [email protected]


John is the founder and Managing Director of Australian CleanTech and has advised numerous organizations on their options with respect to securing or making cleantech investments. He facilitates the Adelaide and Sydney Cleantech Networks that provide fora for cleantech collaboration, publishes the Australian Cleantech Index and the Australian Cleantech Review, is on the board of cleantech companies involved in solar farms, wind farms, biosensors and plastics recycling (the latter being based in Fujian Province, China).

John is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Leadership and Entrepreneurship on the MBA at the University of Adelaide and is a member of the South Australian Premier’s Climate Change Council.

He recently compiled and edited a collection of essays titled Opportunities Beyond Carbon (Melbourne University Press), which seeks to refocus the climate debate away from all the potential bad consequences and towards the many opportunities with which we are now faced.

John previously worked for Origin Energy on growth, strategy and M&A projects in addition to being the founding secretary of the company’s Operational Risk Committee. He specialized in reviewing and filtering clean energy and water industry opportunities. Prior to joining the Australian energy industry, John held teaching, oil and gas and consulting engineering roles in the UK, Canada and the Middle East.

He has engineering degrees from the University of Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin and an MBA from the University of Adelaide. He has completed the AICD’s Company Directors Course and is a chartered engineer with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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