George Hunt

Chief Strategy Officer

George Hunt is a recognized leader within the global utility sector with over 30 years of executive leadership in energy and water utilities, plus extensive experience in consulting, regulation, stakeholder management and strategy development. In his current role he is Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) for Smart Energy Water (SEW) and also General Manager for the fast growing business regions of Europe and ANZ.

He was formerly a member of the Sydney Water Executive Team as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and ‘General Manager – Digital Business’. In this role he had full responsibility for digitalization of Sydney Water in both the IT and OT domains and also led numerous successful programs focused on customer service, operational excellence and environmental sustainability.

In 2018 he was acknowledged as Australia’s #1 CIO in the annual CIO50 awards for his leadership and innovation, plus his role as WaterAid ambassador for Australia’s largest utility. During his time at Sydney Water he also spent 12 months as General Manager – Customer, Strategy and Regulation where he had responsibility for shaping ‘Sydney Water 2.0’ as well as leading the regulatory submission for 2020-2024 including direct liaison with the NSW Government, media, and other key environmental and health regulators.

Other key roles in his extensive utilities career include Group CIO of Wessex Water, CTO of Npower Retail and Thames Water in the UK, plus CTO of American Water. He has also spent considerable time as an energy and water utilities consultant for both KPMG and Wipro supporting major transformation programs in companies that include British Gas, National Grid, Cincinnati Water and Melbourne Water.

He firmly believes that energy and water are key to a healthy life with environmental sustainability and economic prosperity, and also that the nexus between energy and water is not only very real, it is key to that goal and the realization of circular economies and successful energy transition from fossil fuels.