Lucas Skoufa is currently serving as a reserve officer with the Royal Australian Navy. He is a chartered professional engineer (mechanical), and has technical and managerial experience within power generation, naval marine engineering and consulting. He graduated with a PhD from The University of Queensland in 2006. The thesis investigated Australia’s power generation sector. His technical experience has focused on engineering asset management of gas and steam turbine power generating plant, sea-going propulsion plant and auxiliary systems.

Lucas has a high level of expertise with technical assessments and economic evaluations of power generation technologies and propulsion plants for civilian and military applications. He is currently involved with a defence innovation project that is looking at new remote power systems for the Australian Army.

In academic life Lucas was a lecturer and researcher in energy and carbon management at The University of Queensland's Business School. Lucas’ research interest is centered on how distributed generation/micro-grids can become more dispersed and drive de-carbonisation. In addition, he is interested on how digitisation will help the power generation sector increase reliability and security and also reduce costs and carbons emissions. Lucas maintains ties to academia through being an external associate supervisor for a PhD candidate, examining PhD theses and journal article reviewer roles.

In addition to his PhD, Lucas has a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Business (Economics) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical).