Buddhika is Manager – Energy Futures at Mercury NZ Limited. He is responsible for strategy, business development and partnerships for new energy ventures. This includes areas such as battery storage, distributed energy resources, electric mobility, industrial decarbonisation and alternative energy carriers. Buddhika has a well-rounded commercial, regulatory and analytical appreciation for the New Zealand electricity market from eight years in roles covering high voltage transmission and trading analytics at Mercury. Buddhika has also worked in strategy development for Air New Zealand and is a member of the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders programme.