Prof Grant Read has been closely involved with the electricity sector for the past 40 years, both as a researcher and a consultant on economic optimisation, reservoir management, pricing, modelling, and market design. He played a key role in developing New Zealand's pioneering co-optimised energy/reserve market, and subsequently in Australia, Singapore, and elsewhere. More recently, his research has extended into gas, water, and environmental markets. Prof Read, who holds a BSc with 1st Class Honours in Mathematics, and a PhD in Operations Research, is a former Associate Editor of Energy Economics and Energy Systems. For many years he lead the Energy Modelling Research Group, at Canterbury University, in New Zealand, where he is currently an Adjunct Professor to the Electric Power Engineering Centre.