(L-R): Ross Garnaut, Chloe Munro and IIG head of renewable energy infrastructure Lane Crockett.

Former Clean Energy Regulator chair Chloe Munro has taken on new roles with Impact Investment Group (IIG) and Monash University.

Ms Munro, who is also independent chair of the Australian Energy Market Operator expert panel, will chair the board of directors for IIG’s solar energy investment funds, replacing Ross Garnaut, who held the position for 18 months.

“Australia’s energy landscape is undergoing a long-term transition towards cleaner and more efficient use of resources,” Ms Munro said.

“There remains plenty of scope to invest in quality projects and grow the solar share of our energy mix.”

Mr Garnaut welcomed the appointment.

“It has been a pleasure to be part of the successful launch of Australia’s first specialist solar investment fund,” he said.

“My expanded commitments at the rapidly growing SIMEC ZEN Energy have caused me to review the allocation of my time.

“I am delighted that Chloe Munro has accepted the board’s invitation, as she has all of the qualities required to take IIG’s solar funds successfully into the future.”

Ms Munro has also accepted a position as professorial fellow at Monash University, and will in the position work across the Monash Business School, Faculty of Law, Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute to advance energy policy research, natural resources policy and to link research to the needs of industry and government.

“The challenges faced by Australia’s energy system today are emblematic of the transformation taking place right across the economy,” Ms Munro said.

“There’s an urgent need for multidisciplinary collaboration to help decision-makers chart a path forward and optimise social, economic and environmental outcomes. I’m excited to tap in to the incredible capabilities of Monash University to pursue this agenda.”

The appointment was welcomed by Monash president and vice-chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner.

“Ms Munro has earned an international reputation for her exceptional contributions to energy and financial services,” she said.

“Her expertise will be invaluable as Monash advances its record in regulation, governance, finance and sustainable development while influencing the future direction of energy in Australia.”

Ms Munro was this year awarded an Order of Australia for her leadership roles in renewable energy, water and climate change process and reform, and to the performing arts.

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