Following initial studies in Interior Design at RMIT, Gabrielle completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Mech.) (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (German Major) at Monash University, then a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment at the Securities Institute. During her time at Monash, she was awarded a Scholarship for Advanced German Studies (undertaken in Freiburg, Germany) by the German Academic Exchange Service and completed her final engineering project at ABB Power Generation Limited in Switzerland.
Gabrielle’s interest in the sustainable energy sector saw her spend the first five years of her career at Energy Development Limited, first delivering a maintenance system across the company’s mining and landfill sites across Australia, the UK and the US, then undertaking financial and risk analysis for global mergers and acquisitions. This was followed by a role at the Sustainable Energy Authority Victoria administering the Victorian Solar Innovation Initiative before returning to the private sector at Viridis Energy Capital undertaking technical and commercial management of a global portfolio of sixty landfill gas and wind energy power stations, including a stint based in Germany.
The next five years at start-up Cool NRG International included roles overseeing capital-raising activities to develop and deliver mass-scale energy efficiency projects worldwide; guiding accreditation, compliance and systems development for projects under the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism; and managing operations for subsidiary Four Green Walls.
Another managerial role at a start-up at Billcap saw her steering the development of online platforms presenting smart meter data and tariff options to retail electricity customers, followed by a period working part-time at the Selmar Institute of Education developing financial and campus scheduling models for the early childhood and aged care education sector whilst simultaneously juggling a portfolio of engagements as an independent consultant.
During the following five years at the Essential Services Commission, she initially managed the online registry for the Victorian Energy Upgrades program, then two teams to develop and implement updates and improvements to streamline program administration.
Now with 25 years’ experience across technical, commercial, financial, IT, policy and regulatory aspects of sustainable energy in the public and private sector both locally and internationally, in her current role in the Victorian Government Gabrielle continues her passion for sustainable energy through overseeing teams to attract and establish new energy businesses into Victoria, develop new energy sector capabilities, support emerging energy technologies and help industries manage the transition to a clean energy future.