Dr Tony Heynen

Program Advisor - SEF

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

PNG Strategy Advisor

Global Engagement
+61 7 336 54795


Dr Tony Heynen is the Program Advisor for the Master of Sustainable Energy, UQ's innovative program focussed on developing change-makers to lead the shift towards clean, decentralised energy. Tony has responsibility for various aspects of the program including professional research projects, teaching into the Energy & Development and Energy Investment & Finance courses, and student mentoring.

Tony is also a member of UQ's Energy & Poverty Research Group which is examining issues around access to modern, reliable and affordable forms of energy. Tony completed his PhD within the group, examining the business case for electricity distribution by the private sector and NGOs in India's “Base of the Pyramid” markets.

Tony is a Chartered Professional Engineer with extensive career experience in the resources sector, including as Country Manager for Italian energy company Eni in Timor-Leste. In addition to his PhD, he has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (UQ), a Master of Engineering Science (University of Melbourne) and an MBA from the National University of Singapore.

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In his roles in the Energy & Poverty Research Group and Global Engagement, Tony is developing a project in Papua New Guinea involving energy access to remote communities via a sustainable business model. With a focus on rural development and governance in PNG, the 'M-Power' project aims to go beyond energy access and unleash the transformative power of mobile telecommunications. The proposed initial area of demonstration of the M-Power concept would be the Western Province of PNG, a region of considerable strategic importance bordering Australia and Indonesia. Deployment at other sites may provide a model for more widespread implementation as part of the PNG Electrification Partnership.


  • Master of Engineering Science, University of Melbourne
  • Master of Business Administration, National University of Singapore
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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