Morris Zhou is an Australian renewable energy entrepreneur who co-founded Maoneng in 2010 to support the country’s transition to clean power through innovative business and technological solutions.
He is responsible for the group’s overarching growth strategy, and has guided Maoneng from its Western Sydney origins in household solar to its current position as a leading developer, owner, and operator of utility-scale renewable energy assets such as solar farms and battery energy storage systems.
This success has been achieved through his ongoing focus on assembling resources in Australia and internationally to target growth opportunities in specific market segments, backed by detailed commercial and technical analysis to identify projects of strategic value.
Morris also established the Australian subsidiary of Zhenfa New Energy Science & Technology Co – a multi-national solar PV development, engineering, procurement, and construction company – and was its Managing Director for several years.
Maoneng co-founder Qiao Nan Han is a highly experienced industry executive who is responsible for the overarching investment strategy, execution and delivery of renewable energy assets for the group.
With extensive experience in construction, risk and negotiations, he is central to the company’s growth strategy and development of assets across the country, as well as relationships with key suppliers and industry stakeholders. He previously co-founded New Energy Science & Technology, a solar PV development, engineering, procurement and construction company, and was its General Operations Manager from 2010 to 2016.
Qiao holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, a Master’s in Sustainable Processing, and an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Milton is a co-founder of Maoneng, and takes a leading role in shaping its corporate strategy and future direction.
A strong advocate of renewable energy and the benefits it brings to communities around the world, Milton works with colleagues to define the company’s investment priorities, mitigate risks, and identify commercial opportunities in the short, medium and long term.
His responsibilities also include ongoing analysis of emerging technological developments and wider industrial and societal trends that will influence the company’s operating environment and open up new possibilities for the business.
Additionally, Milton oversees the company’s marketing and public relations function, while streamlining corporate operations and building external relationships with industry partners and other stakeholders, helping grow revenue through a robust pipeline of renewable energy projects and related initiatives.
An entrepreneur from an early age, Milton grew up in western Sydney and co-founded Maoneng soon after graduating from Macquarie University with a degree in commerce. He is currently undertaking his MBA at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Gavin Chen is a highly respected finance professional with a strong track record in auditing.
He has worked for Deloitte and several other multinational companies, and is very experienced in leading international finance teams responsible for over $50 billion in revenue. He also provides specialist leadership across local compliance regulations, tax, treasury and legal procedures.
Gavin is passionate about providing board-level support regarding business management and development, on both the strategic and operational levels. He holds a Master of Commerce, with a major in Accounting, from the University of New South Wales.
Allison leads the development of Maoneng’s ambitious solar and battery portfolio, and is deeply committed to the benefits renewable energy brings to society.
She has a successful track record in development strategy, network connection, financial close and construction processes, as well as community and media engagement, legal matters and stakeholder lobbying.
Allison is also heavily involved in industry reform, and has previously served as Chair of the Clean Energy Council’s Solar Directorate. She is currently focused on advocacy and reform to benefit the large scale battery sector. Before joining Maoneng in 2020, Alison was Chief Operating Officer for ESCO Pacific, an Australian developer of utility scale solar farms. She was also the recipient of the 2019 Women in Renewables Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Scholarship.
Allison studied project management at Swinburne University of Technology, plus social science and planning at RMIT University, and is currently studying an MBA at the Australian Institute of Business.
Michael has more than 12 years of experience in systems design, project & resource management, testing and commissioning, operations, FMECA, O&M and RAMS. Michael also brings with him years of experience in managing contractors and leading teams through changing business environment. He is responsible for all engineering decisions made for the business and the day-to-day operation of Maoneng’s operational assets (Mugga Lane Solar Park & Sunraysia Solar Farm), resource management of external contractors and advisers, and contract negotiations for EPC and Non-Contestable and Contestable works of Solar and BESS projects in Maoneng’s development pipeline.
Since joining Maoneng in 2017, he has worked with the executive team to develop more than 350MW of renewable projects and built up internal engineering resources and systems to achieve high quality and accurate assessment of the grid’s network in order to strategically select the best sites to develop power generations, developed in house CAPEX EPC costs forecast strategy, developed a central OEMs database to compare equipment performance, developed project risk assessment and risk mitigation processes, increased Maoneng’s contribution to the market and regulatory reform to address network challenges and forged strong relationships with NSPs and AEMO at senior and executive management level.
Michael has a combined degree in Engineering Science & Law.
Joe is a highly experienced lawyer with a strong track record in the renewables sector, and is passionate about driving sustainable energy solutions as Australia builds a strong clean energy industry.
He is responsible for providing legal counsel to Maoneng across all projects, processes, and stakeholder management activities, while also assessing and mitigating risks to ensure a robust and comprehensive approach to legal and contractual matters.
Prior to joining Maoneng, Joe provided legal counsel for Macquarie Group, and before that worked as an associate for clients in project and asset finance, energy and infrastructure at White & Case. This experience in resolving disputes, working with diverse stakeholders and developing strong business acumen is the foundation for his current focus of strengthening Maoneng’s commercial positioning while building a strong legal function within the company.
Joe has a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance, and a Bachelor of Laws, from the University of New South Wales.