Skilled renewable energy specialists
Ark Energy's highly skilled team is made up of individuals with commercial and technical expertise in the unique development requirements and management of renewable energy assets.
YUN CHOI, Chairman
Yun has been the Chief Executive Officer of Korea Zinc Co. Ltd since January 2019 and the Chairman of Ark Energy Corporation Pty Ltd since January 2021. Previously, Yun was the Chief Executive Officer of Sun Metals Corporation Pty Ltd for 4 years. Yun has deep commercial knowledge of metals refining and mining. He also has extensive experience in running and developing overseas resource projects in multiple countries and forming strategic partnerships in international commodity markets. Prior to Korea Zinc, Yun practiced as an attorney at law in the renowned New York law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Yun has a Juris Doctorate Degree in Law from Columbia University and is a Licensed Attorney and Counsellor at Law in the State of New York. He was a Judicial Affairs Officer, Rank of Captain, in the Department of Defence Republic of Korea. Yun also holds a Bachelor Degree in English and Mathematics from Amherst College, Massachusetts.
KATHY DANAHER, Vice Chairwoman
Kathy is Vice Chairwoman of Ark Energy Corporation Pty Ltd and a company director of Sun Metals Holdings Limited, Sun Metals Corporation Pty Ltd, Townsville Logistics Pty Ltd and Townsville Marine Logistics Pty Ltd. Previously, Kathy was Chief Financial Officer of Sun Metals Corporation Pty Ltd. Kathy has over 30 years’ financial and business management experience in resource and energy markets including oil, base metals and renewable energy development. She has held senior Australian and Asia Pacific financial, commercial and treasury roles with the global oil company BP. She is currently serving on the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) reliability panel advising on reliability, safety and security of the national electricity system in a changing renewable environment. She is also a Director of Townsville Enterprise an organisation that facilitates regional economic development in North Queensland.
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor in Marine Biology (Hons), Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA Australia).
DANIEL KIM, Chief Executive Officer
Daniel is Chief Executive Officer of Ark Energy Corporation Pty Ltd. He has over 20 years’ experience advising on cross-border deals between Asia and Australia across a broad range of industries including renewable energy, natural resources and infrastructure. Previously, Daniel was Queensland Government’s Trade & Investment Commissioner for Korea based in Seoul for more than 5 years and before that he had a long career at KPMG in Transactions & Restructuring. Daniel is on the SunHQ Steering Committee. He is also on the Global Steering Committee of the Hyzon Zero Carbon Alliance and is a member of the Australian Hydrogen Council. He has been a Director of the Australia-Korea Business Council since 2014. He received a Korean Government Minister’s Citation in 2017.
Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce, UQ.
DAN HAMEL, Head of Commercial, Strategy & Operations
Dan has over 11 years’ experience in the Australian energy market and has worked across all aspects of the electricity and gas supply chains, including on new technologies. Prior to Ark Energy, Dan was a Director in the Infrastructure & Projects Group at KPMG for 3.5 years. Previously, Dan was a Principal – Policy and Market Development at the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) for 1 year, a Senior Economist – Strategy and Economic Analysis at the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) for 4 years and Assistant Manager – Gas Market Development at the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy for almost 3 years. Prior to the energy sector Dan served in the Australian Army’s Commando Regiment.
MBA (Business Administration) and Bachelor Degree in Economics
TONY THOMAS, Head of Finance
Tony has over 17 years’ experience in the accounting and finance profession, working across a range of public and private companies including oil and gas, aviation, funds management, real estate and technology industries. Prior to Ark Energy, Tony was an Audit and Assurance Director at KPMG for 17 years and spent 9-months as the Acting CFO at an Australian energy storage company. He also worked for 10 years as a Physiotherapist during which time he led the Rehabilitation Services at the Australian Army’s 2nd Health Support Battalion.
MBA (Professional accounting), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Member, Chartered Accountants in Australia & New Zealand, Registered Company Auditor
MARTIN POOLE, Head of Development
Martin co-founded and served as Executive Director for leading renewable energy developer Epuron from 2003 until its acquisition by Ark Energy in 2022. He has more than 25 years experience in the energy industry in Australia and the UK. He has been a director of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney since 2006; served as Vice President of Market Development for Powerline GES Pty Ltd and consulted to various energy companies in Australia and the UK including Energy Australia, IPART, NSW Sustainable Energy Development Authority and Combined Heat and Power Association in London.
BA, M.Eng (Chem). PhD, U. Syd.
MELISSA PISANI, Head of Communications & Stakeholder Engagement
Melissa has 20 years experience in professional communications for large and multinational companies, including ten years with global agency Edelman followed by senior in-house roles in the corporate and government sector and independent consulting. Melissa manages Ark Energy's communications and engagement practice, including corporate communications and stakeholder and community relations for the company's portfolio of projects across Queensland, Tasmania and New South Wales.
BA Comms, CSU; Grad Cert Environmental Management, UNSW; IAP2 Cert.
ANDREW WILSON, General Manager Development, New South Wales
Andrew has more than 20 years experience in the construction and energy industries, and has led a number of wind farm projects since 2007. Prior to joining Ark Energy Andrew had roles in developing and constructing renewable energy projects at AGL and Meridian Energy where he was responsible for construction of the Wattle Point Wind Farm, at the time the largest wind farm in Australia. Previous experience also includes 10 years delivering multi-discipline projects with construction contractor Downer Engineering.
B.Sc (Mech Eng), MBA, U. Waikato.
ANTHONY RUSSO, General Manager Development, Queensland
Anthony has more than 25 years experience gained through a range of environmental, social and governance related roles in the resources sector, consulting and government. Prior to joining Ark Energy Anthony managed land access and approvals for BHP Minerals Australia's assets. This followed a decade with Rio Tinto where he served as manager for environment and communities, and manager for approvals, tenements and land. Raised in north Queensland, during his earlier career Anthony was also involved in a number of the state's significant projects including Windy Hill Wind Farm.
BEng (Environmental), James Cook University.
DONNA BOLTON, General Manager Development, Tasmania
Donna has more than 20 years experience in the Australian and UK renewables industry. Since 2007 Donna has led some of our most challenging projects including the planning and land tenure for the Silverton Wind Farm, the largest approved wind farm proposal in Australia. Prior to joining Ark Energy Donna worked for AGL Energy, Southern Hydro and Meridian Energy, progressing projects in Victoria and Queensland. Donna has been managing the projects in Tasmania since 2019.