Prof Ray Wills
Managing Director, Future Smart Strategies
Professor Ray Wills has had a wide–ranging career at different times as a researcher, academic, planner, consultant, adviser, manager, executive and director working for government, Parliament, business, industry bodies, NGOs and educational institutions. He is an authoritative and respected commentator and adviser on sustainability and technology across all sectors including the built environment, cleantech, energy, infrastructure, industrials, manufacturing, resources, transport, and water. Prof Wills’ current research interests include adoption rates of technology, disruptive technology including automation, robotics, and additive manufacturing and the impact of social media on markets.
Professor Wills is: Owner and Managing Director of the advisory firm Future Smart Strategies; Partner and Chair of the utility scale renewables developer, Sun Brilliance Power (building a 100MW solar farm); Owner and Managing Director of Singapore-based start-up Blue by Design, and its Australian subsidiary; Non-executive Director of Western Australia’s remote energy services provider Horizon Power; Non-executive Director of the energy project developer PowerMinder; and Non-executive Director of the bioenergy business BioTek Fuels. He is also Adjunct Professor at The University of Western Australia contributing to the academic program and providing advice to UWA on sustainability, and comments on behalf of UWA on climate change and sustainability.
Prof Wills’ was recognised by Singapore-based ABC Carbon as one of the Top 100 Global Leaders in Sustainability in 2011, an honour renewed each year since, and from 2014 listed by UK-based SustMeme Magazine as one of the top 100 Global Influencers in Social Media on Climate Change and Energy, based on independent social media metrics. Further, in 2016, analytics firm Onalytica listed Prof Wills in the Top 100 Influencers and Brands for Renewable Energy in the world, and in 2017 similarly recognised by Onalytica for Climate Action.