Ben is a co-founder and Director of Habitat Energy, a trading and optimisation services provider for grid-scale battery storage in the UK, Australia and the US. Habitat Energy uses machine learning techniques to deliver a fully algorithmic forecasting and trading capability and currently optimises over 200MW of storage assets. It has been ranked the number 1 performer in the UK market over the last 12 months. Ben grew up in Palmerston North, completing a B.Tech at Massey University and then spending more than 20 years based in the UK. After completing a doctorate in economics at Oxford University, he worked in a range of roles related to energy and sustainability including as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co, Strategy Director at utility Centrica, and Director/Board member at Aurora Energy Research. He now lives near Arrowtown in Otago, and enjoys the outdoor lifestyle when not on Zoom calls.