Bruce Mountain


Bruce is the inaugural Director of the Victoria Energy Policy Centre. He is a well-known Australian energy economist whose research and advisory work has focussed on the economic regulation of network monopolies, the analysis of retail energy markets, and the design of emission reduction and renewable energy policies. Bruce has been a long-standing advisor to governments, regulators, market participants and interest groups in Australia and internationally. His PhD from Victoria University was on the political economy of energy regulation in Australia, and he has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in England.

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Kelly Burns

Senior Research Fellow 

Kelly is an internationally recognised energy economist with strong research linkages across Asia, North America and Europe. She has a multidisciplinary background in economics, finance and law, having obtained a PhD from RMIT in 2015, BEco (hons) and LLB (hons) from Latrobe University in 2002, and Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning (PS146) from FINSIA in 2008. Kelly also has several years’ experience in evidence-based policy making and advice for the Victorian public sector. Currently, her areas of expertise include energy modelling, renewable energy and energy policy, and she has a keen interest in energy transition.

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Ben Willey

Data Scientist 

Ben is a data science professional with an MA in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a graduate diploma in financial mathematics from Kings College, London. Ben has worked as an actuarial technician, a researcher, a software engineer and (most recently) as a data scientist in England and Australia. 

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Siobhan McCuskey 

Administrative Officer 

Siobhan has a business background and received her Diploma in Business in 2011. Siobhan has worked in administration roles, engaging with a range of stakeholders within the Education sector. Prior to this she has also worked at The University of Melbourne as a Research Assistant.

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