Nicole Iseppi

ADVOCATING GREATER INDUSTRY COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION, FOR ACCELERATION OF GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

By Ms Nancy Van Nieuwenhove | May 2019 (*edits 10/03/2021)

Nicole Iseppi | Managing Director – Global Industrial Operations & Performance, ENGIE

Interests: strategic & sustainability planning, energy and infrastructure, project finance, project development and management.

Ms Nicole Iseppi is a senior executive and industry adviser for the global sustainable generation. She is a passionate problem solver and a strong supporter and advocate of promoting innovation and industry collaboration, for the acceleration of global sustainable development. International award-winning energy, climate change, finance and risk-management adviser. 

Born and raised in Melbourne, Ms Iseppi has had the pleasure to work internationally for the last two decades. She has been working with ENGIE (formerly known as GDF Suez) since 2010 and there, she is a Senior Executive Advisor and also Managing Director of Global Operations and Performance. Currently overseeing ENGIE’s 12 Global Corporate Departments, consisting of 600+ people, including departments such as Group Strategy, Asset Operational Performance, Business Development Oversight, ENGIE Research and Innovation and Group Risk. ENGIE is a global leading energy company acting to accelerate the transition towards a carbon-neutral world, through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally-friendly solutions.

Ms Iseppi has substantial experience in the strategic formulation, business development, financing and operational phases of energy and infrastructure projects, within Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and European regions for the past 20+ years.

Ms Iseppi has had the rare opportunity to be the first female foreigner directly employed as an in-house adviser to Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) – one of the world’s largest project finance lenders. At JBIC, she acted as a senior adviser and project manager for global infrastructure investments and was also appointed as lead adviser to establish and implement, on behalf of the Japanese Ministry of Finance – a new green financial institution called “Japan Carbon Finance”. Ms Iseppi has also been appointed (2016 to 2020) by the International Renewable Energy Agency to co-lead the design and implementation of one of their leading global renewable programs and was appointed Project Director and a member of the Management Committee for Terrawatt Initiative (a global non-profit climate change foundation, created out of the COP21 Paris Agreement).

She has been appointed to various industry advisory committees and has had the honour of also being awarded various global energy and finance awards by her industry peers, for her in-depth energy industry knowledge, commercial acumen and international stakeholder management skills. Including most recently, named in the list of: (i) International Energy & Natural Resource Adviser of the Year (Global List – 2020); (ii) Renewable Energy Professional of the Year 2020 (Corporate Innovation & Excellence Global Awards); (iii) Most Influential Leader in Energy Infrastructure Advisory Services 2020; (iv) Europe Senior Executive Adviser of the Year 2020 and (v) Top Global Transformational Women Leaders 2020.

Nicole graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts (Strategic Management and Japanese Studies). “My parents installed in me that if you are fortunate to have access to a good education, then you also have a responsibility to do something useful with such knowledge and give back positively to society.  I have been very fortunate to spend my career to date (past 20+ years) working at the forefront of the global energy sector.  Monash gave me access to amazing academic minds and encouraged me to always “think outside the box”. I adopt this approach to all my work and this has led to the extraordinary opportunity to collaborate and lead various initiatives within the industry and most importantly, undertake work that has a positive impact on our wider society. As a passionate problem solver, the Energy sector has let me naturally combine all my interests in business development, infrastructure and strategic planning - whilst simultaneously allowing me to also work on projects and solutions which have an integral role in improving the quality of life in a community.  It is a dynamic industry, that is constantly evolving.

Nicole’s believes we have entered a ‘new industrial revolution’, ‘where the future of the energy world will be '3D'. That is, Digitalised, Decentralised and Decarbonised. This revolution is already underway, driven by the demands of public opinion and technological innovation. It enables us to meet the challenges of both climate change and energy access. This revolution is changing the geopolitical balance of power and accelerating the emergence of developing countries, through enabling increased energy independence. We have exciting opportunities ahead and the best way to address many of them is through greater industry collaboration and increase use of innovation.’

She is regularly invited as an industry expert to speak at global infrastructure and finance conferences and joined the Monash Energy Institute (formerly MEMSI) as a committee board member on the Advisory Industry Council since September 2018. She is a strong advocate of promoting greater industry collaboration and innovation, for the acceleration of global sustainable development. A passionate problem-solver - committed to finding innovative and more efficient business and market solutions, to address global energy access needs for our communities now and in the future.  As Energy is integral around the globe and is directly linked to supporting the economic and social wellbeing of a community.