Dr Tim Finnigan


Interests: executive management, stakeholder engagement, renewable energy project delivery, government relations, IP commercialisation, multi-sector engineering and construction management.

Since March 2018, Dr Timothy Finnigan has been the Director of the Energy Business Unit at CSIRO. He oversees a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, economists and business professionals, all focused on solving current and future energy challenges, helping to guide Australia towards a smart, secure and low-emission energy future.

Dr. Finnigan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics (Oceanography) and a Master of Applied Science, Civil Engineering (Fluid Mechanics) with the University of British Columbia (Canada) and a PhD in Environmental Engineering (Fluid Mechanics) at the University of Western Australia.

Tim accumulated 20 years of experience in research, academic and commercial leadership roles across the energy sector. He held positions in private engineering consulting, research organisations, universities, and start‐up technology companies, in Canada, the USA and Australia. During his career, he built up a wide range of skills covering renewable energies, scientific and engineering knowledge with market‐driven business, finance, and commercial capabilities.

A large part of Tim’s focus was on Ocean Engineering and Ocean Power Conversion. He worked as Technical Director of Energetech Australia Pty Ltd (now called Oceanlinx Ltd) for 4 years, recruiting and managing team of engineers to develop a grid-connected renewable ocean energy system. Tim is also the Founder and former CEO and Managing Director of BPS (BioPower Systems Pty Limited), a marine renewable energy design and development organisation where he worked for 12 years; and since 2005 he has been Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney, teaching Engineering and Business and subjects like Energy, Environment and Intellectual Property.

Since 2001, Tim has focused on R&D and commercialisation of technologies in the energy sector and is internationally recognised as a pioneer and an expert in marine energy. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences, has published widely on energy technologies and holds 40 patents.

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