Morris Zhou is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of MAONENG Group. He previously established the Australian subsidiary of Zhenfa New Energy Science & Technology Co., Ltd, a solar PV development and EPC company originating from China as the Managing Director for Australian since 2010 to 2016.
Having over 10 years of experience in international business, and fluent in both English and Chinese, he is responsible for the group’s overarching growth strategy and bridging the need between Chinese capital and International opportunities.
His enduring success is the demonstration of his ability to channel and assemble resources from around the globe to deploy pinpoint strategies that target the hearts of each market segment.
Qiao is co-founder and Vice President of MAONENG Group. He previously co-founded the Australian subsidiary of Zhenfa New Energy, a solar PV development and EPC Company originating from China, as the General Manager for operations from 2010 to 2016.
Having had extensive experience in construction, risk and negotiations, he is responsible for the overarching investment strategy, execution and delivery of renewable energy assets for the group.
Qiao holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Masters in Sustainable Processing and Masters of Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Gavin comes from auditing background having worked for multinational companies and Deloitte. He has substantial experience in leading international finance teams over $50 billion revenue. He is also experienced in local compliance regulations, tax, treasury and legal procedures.
His specialty lies in providing board-level support on business management and development both on strategic and operational levels. Gavin holds a Master of Commerce (Accounting major) from UNSW
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.
Michael’s past projects achievements include Australia first implementation of electro-pneumatic braking systems on freight trains at FMG, BHP, Rio Tinto, Roy Hill and a seamless rollout of automatic locomotive train driving assistance system in the Pilbara region. Since joining Maoneng in 2017, he has worked with 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 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 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, and a qualified trainer and supervisor under Cert IV in Training & Assessment TAE40110 & Site Mobilisation for Supervisors (BHPBWAIO 10:1).
Paul is an experienced commercial manager specialising in infrastructure delivery. Paul’s background is in engineering, construction, management consulting and procurement with deep expertise in the energy and water sectors. Prior to joining Maoneng, Paul was the Procurement Manager for major projects at TransGrid and led the procurement for the $1.5B, 700km Energy Connect transmission line project and the Wallgrove battery energy storage project.
Prior to TransGrid, Paul was the commercial/procurement manager for the Sydney Water capital program for five years which consists of $700 - 800M in annual spend across hundreds of projects and a handful of major projects. Before joining Sydney Water, Paul was a management consultant and advised on contracts up to several billion dollars in industries such as oil refining, coal seam gas, mining, transport, manufacturing, chemicals, food and teleco for some of Australia’s largest companies such as Santos, BHP, Rio Tinto, QGC, Telecom New Zealand and Caltex.
Paul holds an Engineering degree from UNSW, an MBA from the AGSM and a Master of Construction Law from Melbourne University Law School.