Our people are the true heart of UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute, driving real-world change. Under the leadership of Director, John Fletcher, and Manager, Sharon Swift, the institute collaborates with a wide network of people, building bridges across all faculties and sectors of society.

Institute Team


Professor of Energy Systems and a leading electrical engineer, John uses his expertise to unite academia and private industry in solving the missing link in the shift to renewables: a digitised energy grid. Seeing huge potential in this global switch, John is working to ensure local researchers, businesses and future generations don’t miss out on the great opportunities it brings.

Manager, UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute

With a decades-long, global career in business, operations and entrepreneurship, Sharon’s superpower lies in building partnerships between academia, private industry and the general public, resulting in real-world impact. She connects and empowers everyone from young school children to seasoned academics and industry leaders, in the push to enable decarbonisation.

Community Engagement Officer, UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute

Mel is a creative, curious, and dedicated marketer with over 10 years’ experience across a range of industries from publishing to consumables. Mel’s role is to build awareness of the UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute’s translational research capability, spanning interdisciplinary boundaries.

Our Advisory Board

Hailing from a range of major energy industry players, our advisory board features professionals from across the sector. Their broad perspective across energy, technology and investment brings a rich and diverse perspective to the role of the Institute in the complex realities of the transition to renewable energy.