Our Team


David Shapero
Managing Director

With a Masters Degree in Applied Finance and almost 20 years experience in financial and investment management, David’s shift into renewable energy development in 2003 was a radical career change. For David however, the formation of Future Energy Pty Ltd represented the ideal way to harness his financial skills in an emerging market sector which is proving to be of critical importance in the fight against climate change.

Read Nick Sheridan’s profile of David Shapero in The Age Business News (October 2007).


Adrian Nelson
Executive Director

Adrian met David Shapero during 2007 and quickly discovered he shared David’s vision for distributed renewable energy generation based on the European mixed-ownership model. In 2008, Adrian joined Future Energy as a Director and shareholder, and has since focused on providing the business with a framework of structure, strategy and support from which to develop and expand. 

Adrian has enjoyed a successful corporate career in the DIY and lottery industries spanning over thirty years, during which time he has lived and worked in countries as diverse as India and South Africa. A focus on marketing and business development is already proving extremely valuable to Future Energy as it becomes involved in larger projects and new technologies.


Severin Staalesen
Project Developments Manager

A keen interest in the Hepburn Community Wind Farm drew Sev to approach Future Energy in 2007. Having worked on environmental campaigns throughout 2005–07, Sev had come to appreciate the need to develop renewable energy generation in Australia and therefore wanted to get involved. Since joining Future Energy in the role of Wind Farm Planner, Sev has carried out most of the work necessary to prepare planning permit applications for the Hepburn, Winchelsea and Chepstowe projects.


Irene Perkoulidis
Office & Administration Manager

Having a long standing interest and passion for environmental issues and renewable energy, making a move to Future Energy was a natural career progression. Professionally and academically, Irene has worked with the Alternative Technology Association, and studied Environmentally Sustainable Design, giving her a sound knowledge of the principles of renewable energy generation. Irene has worked within a variety of administrative roles since 2001, and has a focus on providing quality and clear information to clients. Irene is responsible for the smooth running of the day to day activity in the Future Energy office as well as assisting the other team members with aspects of their projects.


Agnes Gonfaus
Operations Manager

Agnes has a passion for renewables and with a background in engineering,
energy and environmental studies a role with Future Energy is a natural fit.
With more than ten years' experience in roles including Project Engineer,
Project Design Development, Project Manager, Planning and Environmental
Services, Agnes is currently operating Future Energy's Chepstowe Wind Farm
as well as project managing various aspects of the company's new project
Positive and enthusiastic about sustainability Agnes is very happy to
contribute to Future Energy's goals, and sees a future offering
opportunities and challenges to help build a better world by managing the
effects of climate change in and out of the office.