IX Summit Syndey-2021: 21-22 September: ICC, Syndey

IX Summit Syndey 2021

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Accelerate zero 

The risks of climate change are clear. Nations are responding with commitments to net zero emissions and with massive investments into clean energy, decarbonisation technologies and carbon services. Of all nations Australia faces some of the most extreme climate risks but also the greatest opportunity. 

THE IMPACT X SUMMIT AIMS TO:

  • Position NSW & Australia as a world leader in clean energy, decarbonisation & climate resilience

  • Bring Australian technologies to the global climate stage during UN COP

  • Open new markets for Australian decarbonisation & resilience technologies

  • Produce ideas and commitments around technology, investment and collaboration for accelerating pathways to zero emissions

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IX Summit Speakers

Johan R

Johan Rockström

Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact
Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson

Founder of The Virgin Group
Jacki Johnson

Jacki Johnson

Co Chairman, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative
Matt Kean

Matt Kean

NSW Energy and Environment Minister
Helen C

Helen Clarkson

CEO, Climate Group
Andrew Steer-1

Andrew Steer

CEO, the Bezos Earth Fund
Maria M

Maria Mendiluce

CEO, We Mean Business Coalition
Mike Cannon Brookes-1

Mike Cannon-Brookes

Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Atlassian
Keith

Keith Tuffley

Managing Director & Vice Chairman Global Co-Head, Sustainability & Corporate Transitions, Citi
John McMurdo

John McMurdo

CEO & Managing Director, Australian Ethical
Christine Tonkin-1

Christina Tonkin

Managing Director, Corporate Finance, ANZ
Anna Reynolds

Anna Reynolds

Lord Mayor of Hobart
Amy Brown

Amy Brown

CEO, Investment NSW
Anna S

Anna Skarbek

CEO, ClimateWorks Australia
Andrew Peterson  (1)

Andrew Peterson

CEO, Business Council of Sustainable Development Australia
Alison Rowe-1

Alison Rowe

Managing Director, The Nature Conservancy
Alexandra Clunies-Ross

Alexandra Clunies-Ross

Portfolio Manager, Artesian
Ainsley Simpson

Ainsley Simpson

CEO, ISCA
Tim Reed

Tim Reed

President, Business Council of Australia
Alan Yu

Alan Yu

Co-Founder & CEO, LAVO
Ben Krasnostein

Ben Krasnostein

Managing Director, Kilara Capital
Behyad

Beyhad Jefari

CEO, Electric Vehicle Council
Brooke Donnelly

Brooke Donnelly

CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation 
Carola Jonas

Carola Jonas

CEO, Everty
Carlone Noller

Caroline Noller

CEO & Co-Founder, The Footprint Company
Chris Lee

Christopher Lee

CEO, Climate-KIC Australia
Chris Steel

Chris Steel

Cabinet Minister, ACT Government
Darren Miller

Darren Miller

CEO, ARENA
Deo Prasad

Deo Prasad

Scientia Professor , UNSW
Dermot OGorman

Dermot O'Gorman

CEO, WWF Australia
Fiona Holyoake

Fiona Holyoake

Managing Director, Integrated Infrastructure, PwC Australia
Fiona Davis

Fiona Davis

CEO, Farmers for Climate Action
Fredrika

Fredrika Klarén

Sustainability, Polestar
Gillian Mayne

Gillian Mayne

Director, Land Restoration Fund Conservation Policy & Planning, Qld Department of Environment & Science
Greta Stephens

Gretta Stephens

CEO, Bluescope, New Zealand & Pacific Islands
Guy Hudson

Guy Hudson

CEO, Soil Carbon Co
Helen Rowe

Helen Rowe

Program Impact Manager, Transport, ClimateWorks
Ian Learmonth

Ian Learmonth

CEO, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Jason Crusan-4

Jason Crusan

Vice President Technology, Woodside Energy
Jemma Green

Jemma Green

Executive Chairman & Co-founder, Powerledger
Jonathan Foley

Dr. Jonathan Foley

Executive Director, Project Drawdown
Jonas Bengtsson

Jonas Bengtsson

CEO & Co-Founder, EDGE
John Hewson

John Hewson

Chair, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia
Josh Bishop

Joshua Bishop

Conservation Economist, WWF Australia
Juliet Bell

Juliet Bell

Lead, CSIRO Climate Resilient Enterprise Mission
Justin Punch

Justin Punch

Chair, ARENA
julian Hill

Julian Hill

Program Manager, Agrifutures
Kane Thornton

Kane Thornton

CEO, Clean Energy Council
Katharine Tapley

Katharine Tapley

Head of Sustainable Finance, ANZ
Ken Morrison

Ken Morrison

Chief Executive, Property Council of Australia
Ken Maher

Ken Maher

President, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
Louise-1

Louise Cantillon

British Consul-General & Deputy Trade Commissioner, Asia Pacific for Australia & New Zealand
Lisa McLean

Lisa McLean

CEO, NSW Circular
Margot Delafoulhouze

Margot Delafoulhouze

Cities System Lead, ClimateWorks Australia
Martijn Wilder

Martijn Wilder

Founding Partner, Pollination
Monica Barone

Monica Barone

CEO, City of Sydney
Monica Richter

Monica Richter

Senior Manager – Low Carbon Futures; WWF Australia
Neil McFarlane

Neil McFarlane

Director Climate Change, Coast & Marine, Department for Environment & Water, SA.
Nik Comito

Nik Comito

Head of Sustainability, BINGO Industries
Nusqe-3

Nusqe Spanton

Founder & CEO, Provectus Algae
Paul Dastoor

Paul Dastoor

Professor of Physics, University of Newcastle
Paul Dobson

Paul Dobson

Partner, Climate & Sustainability Deloitte
Roger Swinbourne

Roger Swinbourne

National Sustainability and Resilience Lead, Arup
Steve Meller

Steve Meller

CEO, CH4 Global
Simon

Simon O'Connor

CEO, Responsible Investment Association Australasia
Rebecca Mikula-Wright

Rebecca Mikula-Wright

CEO, Investor Group on Climate Change
Rachael Lord

Rachael Lord

Managing Director, Chair & Head of Asia Pacific, BlackRock
Reece Proudfoot

Reece Proudfoot

Head of Innovation & Impact Investment, WWF
Rosalie Wilkie

Rosalie Wilkie

Partner, PWC Australia
Ros Harvey

Ros Harvey

Founder & Managing Director, The Yield
Rowan Foley

Rowan Foley

CEO, The Aboriginal Carbon Foundation
Ryan G

Rohan Gillespie

Managing Director, Southern Green Gas
Sanya

Sanaya Khisty

Chief Strategy Officer, Beyond Zero Emissions
Susan M

Susan Moylan-Coombs

Director, The Gaimaragal Group
Slava Kozlovskii

Slava Kozlovskii

Founder & CEO, Evee
Thomas S

Thomas Schroder

Head of Climate Action, South Pole
Tim

Tim Ash Vie

Director, Under2 Coalition Secretariat
Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy

Head of Agriculture & Regional Investment Strategy, QIC
Tony Boatman

Tony Boatman

Co-Founder, Impact X
Trevor

Travers McLeod

CEO, Centre for Policy Development
Satya

Satya S. Tripathi

Secretary-General, Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet
Sophia Hamblin Wang

Sophia Hamblin Wang

Chief Operating Officer, Mineral Carbonation International
Stanford Harrison

Stanford Harrison

Manager Commercial Buildings Policy, Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources
Veena-1

Veena Sahajwalla

Professor of Materials Science in the Faculty of Science at UNSW Australia
Zoe

Zoe Whitton

Executive Director, Pollination Group
Johan R

Johan Rockström

Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact
Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam. He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues and led the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. Professor Rockström is a leading scientist on global water resources, with more than 25 years experience in applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability. He is i.a. member of European Commission expert group: Mission Board for adaptation to climate change including societal transformation, chair of the Earth Commission, Chief Scientist of Conservation International, and elected member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson

Founder of The Virgin Group
Sir Richard Branson is Founder of the Virgin Group. Virgin is one of the world’s most irresistible brands and has expanded into many diverse sectors from travel to telecommunications, health to banking and music to leisure. Having started Virgin as a mail order record retailer in 1970, Richard founded Virgin Records. After the first Virgin artist, Mike Oldfield, released ‘Tubular Bells’, Virgin Records went on to sign household names from the Sex Pistols to The Rolling Stones. There are now more than 40 Virgin companies worldwide in over 35 countries. Richard has challenged himself with many record breaking adventures, including the fastest ever Atlantic Ocean crossing, a series of oceanic balloon journeys and kitesurfing across the Channel. He has described Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, as being “the greatest adventure of all”. He is also a record breaker online, voted the UK’s number one Twitter user, the world’s most social CEO and the world’s most followed person on LinkedIn. He maintains a daily blog on virgin.com with more than 40 million followers across five social networks. Since starting youth culture magazine Student aged 16, Richard has found entrepreneurial ways to provoke positive change in the world. In 2004 he established non-profit foundation Virgin Unite to tackle tough social and environmental problems and strives to make business a force for good. Most of his time is now spent working with Virgin Unite and organisations it has incubated, such as The Elders, The Carbon War Room (now merged with RMI), The B Team, Ocean Unite and the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. Richard was awarded a knighthood for services to entrepreneurship. He lives on Necker Island with his wife Joan, and has two children, Holly and Sam, and five grandchildren.
Jacki Johnson

Jacki Johnson

Co Chairman, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative
Jacki is Group Executive, People, Performance & Reputation and reporting to the CEO sits on the Group Leadership Team (GLT), reporting to the Board of Directors. She plays a critical role in the delivery of group-wide priorities and the development of a truly purpose led organisation with a high-performance culture and strong reputation that drives the performance of the organisation. She has ensured the Board and GLT considers the SDGs in strategy setting and led the organisations overall approach to ESG and Sustainability. In 2017 she worked with her colleagues on the GLT to endorse and approve a group-wide Climate Action Plan that is embedded across the organisation. More recently Jacki has taken a lead role in the development of a Resilient and Sustainable Finance Roadmap for Australia and New Zealand and engaged extensively across the finance sector, government and regulatory bodies to galvanise support and commitment to this work, in partnership with UNEP FI and NAB as the Insurance and Banking GSC members for Asia-Pacific. In her current role on the UNEP FI Global Steering Committee, she has actively contributed to the global strategy and taken a Committee level accountability for approach to financial management. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and a member of the Steering Committee for Sydney 100 Resilient Cities. Jacki is Non-Executive Director for Community First Credit Union and a member of the Member of Corporate Governance and Remuneration Committee and an Executive Director of IAG International Holdings and a member of the IAG Ethics Committee.
Matt Kean

Matt Kean

NSW Energy and Environment Minister
Matt Kean entered Parliament in 2011 and spent his early years advocating for stronger mental health policy.  Elevated to the NSW Cabinet in 2017, he was Appointed Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation in 2017 and then appointed Minister for Energy and Environment in 2019.   An outspoken critic of “climate denialism” he has campaigned for greater and national action on climate change, arguing it’s not only good for the environment but it’s also good for our economy. He has committed to increasing the size of the NSW National Park estate by over five per cent or 400,000 hectares by the end of 2022 and in 2020, he delivered the biggest renewable energy policy in Australia’s history.  
Helen C

Helen Clarkson

CEO, Climate Group
Helen joined the Climate Group in 2017 as its Chief Executive Officer. In addition to leading our growing organisation, she sits on the board of the We Mean Business Coalition , chairs the Finance & Audit Committee for the Sustainable Development Capital Energy Efficiency Income Trust, and is on the Mission Council for Pukka Herbs.   Previously Helen worked at Forum for the Future where she founded the organisation’s US office. At Forum, Helen led work with large US corporations such as Target, Walmart, Nike, Gap, and Levi Strauss & Co. to solve complex sustainability challenges at both the organizational and broader systemic level.    She joined Forum from Médecins Sans Frontières where she worked on humanitarian missions in countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Pakistan and Nigeria.   Helen qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, and has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a master’s degree from Birkbeck College, University of London. 
Andrew Steer-1

Andrew Steer

CEO, the Bezos Earth Fund
Dr. Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the Bezos Earth Fund, a $10 billion fund to address the pressing issues of climate change and nature in this decisive decade. Dr. Steer joined the Bezos Earth Fund from the World Resources Institute, where he served as President & CEO for over eight years. Prior to this, Andrew served as the World Bank’s Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2010 - 2012. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Director General at the UK Department of International Development. This followed 10 years in East Asia, where he was Head of the World Bank in Vietnam and Indonesia. Dr. Steer is a Global Agenda Trustee for the World Economic Forum, a Commissioner of the Energy Transitions Commission, a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), co-chair of the Greening the Belt and Road Coalition, and member of the Advisory Committees of the Asian Development Bank and Bank of America.
Maria M

Maria Mendiluce

CEO, We Mean Business Coalition
María Mendiluce is the CEO of the We Mean Business coalition that brings together seven leading international organizations: BSR, The B Team, CDP, Ceres, CLG Europe, The Climate Group and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Together, the Coalition catalyzes business leadership and policy ambition to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy. María uses her 25 years of experience in sustainable development, energy and climate action to deliver the Coalition’s next five-year strategy. Formerly being the Managing Director at WBCSD covering Climate, Energy, Circular Economy, Cities and Mobility, Maria played a pivotal role in guiding over 200 member companies to take transformative action on climate policy, energy transition, plastic waste and urban mobility. She has also held senior positions at the Economic Bureau of the Spanish Prime Minister, in the CEO’s office of Iberdrola and at the International Energy Agency. Maria has a PhD in energy economics. She is a board member of the Science Based Targets initiative, a Commissioner on the Energy Transition Commission, a Co-Chair of the Global Environment Outlook Business Advisory Board (UNEP), and a board member of the Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES) in Geneva. María is Spanish, has three kids and lives in Geneva.
Mike Cannon Brookes-1

Mike Cannon-Brookes

Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Atlassian
Mike Cannon-Brookes is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Atlassian, a collaboration software company that helps teams organise, discuss and complete shared work. Mike was the youngest person ever to be awarded the ‘Australian Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2006 by Ernst & Young alongside Co-Founder and Co-CEO Scott Farquhar. In 2016 they were awarded Australian Financial Review's 'Australian Business Person of the Year' and in 2017 Forbes named them on their ‘Global Game Changers’ list. Mike was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a ‘Young Global Leader’ in 2009.Outside Atlassian, Mike is a technology investor in the areas of software, fintech, agriculture and energy. He also cares deeply about giving back and is a board member of Room to Read. A passionate clean energy evangelist, Mike was a driving force behind Australia securing the world's biggest lithium ion battery.
Keith

Keith Tuffley

Managing Director & Vice Chairman Global Co-Head, Sustainability & Corporate Transitions, Citi
Keith is the Global Co-Head of Citi’s Sustainability & Corporate Transitions Group. In this role, Keith leads Citi’s sustainability engagement with its corporate clients, supporting them with strategic and M&A advice, financing and capital markets solutions, and investor engagement, as they transition their businesses towards more sustainable models. Prior to Citi, Keith was the CEO of The B Team, an NGO comprised of a group of 24 CEO’s of global companies, leading entrepreneurs, and civil society leaders to drive a better way of doing business. Keith was an active participant in the Paris Climate Agreement process and the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and led the creation of the first “net-zero companies” in 2015. He was a Founding Board Member of the We Mean Business climate coalition. Keith was the Head of Investment Banking, a Partner, and Board Member of Goldman Sachs in Australia. He co-led the negotiations for the successful merger of Goldman Sachs Australia and JB Were, and then led the merged Investment Banking business for the subsequent as it grew to a top 3 position in the Australasian market. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he was a Managing Director at UBS in Australia. Keith commenced his career as a commercial lawyer for Allen Allen & Hemsley. Keith is the Founder of impact investing company, NEUW Ventures SA; Chairman of the Global Footprint Network (National Footprint Accounts and Earth Overshoot Day); a Director of the EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation (Half Earth Project); a Governor of WWF Australia; a Global Ambassador for the Wilderness Foundation Global; a Senior Advisor to WILD11; and a member of the Rewilding Europe Circle.
John McMurdo

John McMurdo

CEO & Managing Director, Australian Ethical
John joined the Australian Ethical Board in February 2020 as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. He brings more than 30 years’ experience in investment management, private client advisory and wealth management across Australia and New Zealand, including 17 years in CEO roles at several leading investment and wealth management businesses. He also brings significant previous Board and Directorship experience within and outside financial services, including Executive and Non-Executive Directorships with Atrium Investment Management, The Australian Bond Exchange, Fitzpatricks Private Wealth, Yabonza Property Management, Sortfiy Intellectual Property and Retirement Victoria.John has an MBA from Henley Business School (U.K), is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Fund Management Board Committee of the Financial Services Council.
Christine Tonkin-1

Christina Tonkin

Managing Director, Corporate Finance, ANZ
Christina has over 25 years' experience in specialised finance and loan syndications, and joined ANZ from Westpac Banking Corporation in 2005.Since joining ANZ, Christina has held several roles within the Institutional Banking loans business. In addition to her current role, Christina is the Chairman of the Board of ANZ Vietnam.Christina holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geology & Geophysics from Sydney University. She is Vice President on the Executive Committee for Women in Banking & Finance, a former Vice President and Director of the National Stroke Foundation and a member of Chief Executive Women.
Anna Reynolds

Anna Reynolds

Lord Mayor of Hobart
Councillor Anna Reynolds was elected Lord Mayor of Hobart in November 2018, the third woman to be elected into the role. First elected as an Alderman to the City of Hobart in 2014, she was Chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Committee during her first term. Anna began her career establishing a community legal centre in North Queensland, after completing her degree at the Australian National University. She has held senior roles in advocacy, policy development and management, including 1. Managing the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Parliament Liaison Office 2. Deputy Director of WWF International’s Global Climate Change Program. 3. Chief Executive Officer of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania. As Lord Mayor, Anna is focused on a range of issues including affordable housing, climate change, active transport, and protecting Hobart’s heritage.
Amy Brown

Amy Brown

CEO, Investment NSW
Amy is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Investment NSW, where building a Net Zero economy has been identified as a strategic investment priority. She is passionate about enabling access to opportunities for individuals via a strong economy, healthy communities, and high-quality government services. Amy also believes in the power of partnership between Government, the private sector, NGO’s & educational institutions to drive outcomes and deliver value for taxpayers.Prior to becoming CEO of Investment NSW, Amy was Deputy Secretary and head of the Strategy and Delivery Group at the Department of Premier and Cabinet – responsible for providing expert commercial, strategic and economic advice to the Premier on major and complex whole-of-government policies, programs and projects. Amy has also been a Partner in the Sydney office of PwC’s Infrastructure and Urban Renewal Business, worked in infrastructure finance at NSW Treasury and as an infrastructure lawyer in a number of top tier law firms.
Anna S

Anna Skarbek

CEO, ClimateWorks Australia
Anna Skarbek is the CEO of ClimateWorks Australia, working to develop the low carbon economy. A former banker and green policy adviser, Anna has led ClimateWorks since its creation in 2009, analysing emissions reduction opportunities and partnering with business and government to unblock barriers to their implementation. ClimateWorks’ independent and non-partisan approach, co-founded by The Myer Foundation and Monash University, sees her working with multiple federal government departments as well as State governments and large corporates. She works with other stakeholders including investors, business, environment and civil society leaders. Anna was a founding director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation from 2012-2017, and is a director of Impact Investment Group, the Green Building Council of Australia and of the Centre for New Energy Technologies. She is a member of the Blueprint Institute’s strategic advisory council and the Grattan Institute’s energy program reference panel, and is the 2020 Mission Innovation Champion for Australia . She is a former director of the Carbon Market Institute, the Linking Melbourne Authority and Amnesty International Australia. She was a member of the Australian Government’s Energy White Paper reference panel, Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Board and NGO Roundtable on Climate Change, and of Victoria’s Independent Review of the Climate Change Act and South Australia’s Low Carbon Economy Expert Panel.
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Andrew Peterson

CEO, Business Council of Sustainable Development Australia
Andrew leads BCSD Australia, a CEO-led organisation of more than 40 Australian businesses and non-governmental bodies working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world by aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and acting on climate change.​​We represent leading names in Australian business and have a track record for action on sustainable development. BCSD is the Australian partner for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and in 2018 our organisation was selected as the Australian focal point for collaboration with the Natural Capital Coalition.​Utilising frameworks like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement, our members bring not only leadership but also innovative thinking as well as action to create momentum, through collaboration, so as to achieve impact and scale the system transformation that is needed.
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Alison Rowe

Managing Director, The Nature Conservancy
Alison is Managing Director of The Nature Conservancy Australia and has held Non-Executive Director positions at the Australian Energy Foundation, Future Business Council, Bioregional Australia, Climate Alliance, Environment Victoria and One in Five. Alison completed the Business and Environment program through Cambridge University, holds an MBA and Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Management and is a Williamson Fellow.
Alexandra Clunies-Ross

Alexandra Clunies-Ross

Portfolio Manager, Artesian
Alexandra Clunies-Ross is a Portfolio Manager at Artesian, an early-stage venture capital fund with staff in NY, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Jakarta, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. Alexandra leads Artesian's ClimateTech VC investment activities through the Clean Energy Seed Fund, which has invested in over 60 early-stage ClimateTech companies. Alexandra is a Board Observer for rapid solar deployment company 5B and wind-turbine monitoring system PING. Prior to her work at Artesian, Alexandra worked in digital news. Alexandra has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and a Master of Business Law from the University of New South Wales.
Ainsley Simpson

Ainsley Simpson

CEO, ISCA
As CEO of ISCA, Ainsley fosters partnerships to advance sustainability; enabling industry to deliver infrastructure for our all communities. She has worked in an executive level at ASX listed organisations, with operational roles in the public sector. Her journey with ISCA has included the deployment and continuous development of IS Rating Scheme, as well as actively investing in building capacity in the ANZ infrastructure industry.Prior to migrating to Australia, she actively participated in multi-scale housing and civil infrastructure projects in Southern Africa. Project involvement spans environmental assessment and management for transport infrastructure as well as utilities, including transmission assets, water networks, waste facilities and telecommunications. With a keen interest in building capacity and accelerating approvals processes, she specialised in the development oflocal and state government decision-support tools for sustainable planning and management. Ainsley has academic credentials in business management and environmental science.
Tim Reed

Tim Reed

President, Business Council of Australia
Tim is President of the Business Council of Australia, a role he assumed in 2019 having sat on the BCA Board since 2017; non-Executive Director of Transurban since 2020; and joint Managing Director of Potentia Capital, an Australian private equity fund focused on investing in and growing local software businesses. Prior to assuming these roles, Tim spent 12 years as CEO of MYOB and has had a career that spanned the markets of Asia, Europe and the USA. Tim is passionate about technology and its ability to improve the lives and livelihoods of all people. For many years he has been an advocate for good public policy, long-term thinking and the role of women in society. Tim received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School where he graduated as a Baker Scholar and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne where he graduated with first class honours in economics.
Alan Yu

Alan Yu

Co-Founder & CEO, LAVO
Alan has over 16 years of experience in corporate finance, banking and investment management. Currently, Alan is the Chief Executive Office of LAVO and the Chief Investment Officer of Providence Asset Group. Prior to joining Providence Asset Group, Alan held executive roles at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Westpac Group, where he held executive positions in the Corporate Banking divisions. In 2018, Alan co-founded YOZO, an Australian fin-tech small business lending company. Alan has executed complex transactions across broad industry segments with specialised investment expertise in technology, innovation and renewable energy assets. He has proven experience in assisting companies with their growth strategies through capital raising, trade acquisitions and pre-IPO processes.
Ben Krasnostein

Ben Krasnostein

Managing Director, Kilara Capital
Ben has circa 20 years of experience across corporate advisory, legal advisory, M&A transactions and deal structuring in a variety of industry sectors. He has led (and invested in) many large commercial property, private equity, sustainable finance, infrastructure development and renewable energy transactions. He has spent many years in leadership roles, including in the environmental not-for-profit sector and one of Australia’s leading impact investment fund managers.Ben is Managing Director of Kilara Capital, a deal origination and investment management business, dedicated to providing sustainable investment opportunities for a zero-carbon future. Ben leads the Kilara Private Equity Team and is responsible for overall management and strategy across the Kilara Group. Alongside his role at Kilara, Ben is co-Principal of his Melbourne based family office which focusses on deploying significant capital towards climate-smart and impactful projects and opportunities.
Behyad

Beyhad Jefari

CEO, Electric Vehicle Council
Behyad founded and lead the Electric Vehicle Council, the national body representing the electric vehicle industry in Australia.Our work includes promoting & guiding industry investment, development and advocacy of public policy, and providing research and analysis to fill knowledge gaps in the Australian market.
Brooke Donnelly

Brooke Donnelly

CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation 
Brooke Donnelly has spent her career working in product stewardship, collective impact, recycling and sustainability. In her current role as CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), Brooke leads APCO’s strategic direction to ensure effective collaboration between industry, government and consumers to drive significant positive environmental and circular economic activities for Australian communities. APCO is tasked with the development of a circular economy for packaging in Australia. This includes facilitating the delivery of Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets and the ANZPAC Plastics Pact by driving change in the packaging value chain to reduce and redesign packaging for recyclability or reuse, achieve higher collection rates and improve the quality of recycled material streams and demand for recycled content. Brooke has a Masters in Sustainable Business Management, is an alumni of the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also the co-founder of the Product Stewardship Alliance, a voluntary group working to accelerate Australia’s journey to a circular economy through product stewardship.
Carola Jonas

Carola Jonas

CEO, Everty
Carola is the CEO and founder of Everty, an electric vehicle charging network and charging station management software solution. Everty works with EV owners, businesses, utilities and other organisations to install and manage charging infrastructure. Carola is also a board member of the Electric Vehicle Council Australia working with industry partners to increase EV uptake in Australia. Carola has previously worked as a sustainability and marketing consultant with brands like Enphase Energy to bring storage solutions, microinverters and smart software to market and assisted EnergyLab, the first clean energy accelerator in Australia, to build and grow a vibrant start-up community of clean-tech companies and female entrepreneurs. She has worked for household names such as Climate Friendly, NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System), Transparency International and DB Schenker in Australia, Asia and Europe.
Carlone Noller

Caroline Noller

CEO & Co-Founder, The Footprint Company
Caroline is recognised internationally for her contribution to the development of property whole building life cycle carbon assessment, green building standards and sustainable design practice. She founded The Footprint Company with the vision of enabling low carbon design leadership globally – via the cloud-based software systems which she created via her doctoral studies. Caroline has driven world class sustainability outcomes for real estate companies including Lend Lease, The GPT Group, Frazers and CapitaLand. Her achievements include DJSI world leadership listing for The GPT Group (2 years running) and CapitaLand in 2011; Banksia Awards for Large Company (GPT) and People’s Choice (Rouse Hill) and the Victorian Premier’s Award for Sustainability. Her career has been defined with innovative strategic leadership in the property sector. Her capacity and expertise in operational tuning and validation is also unique. Her work in leading design and development strategy can be seen in multi-award-winning developments including: Rouse Hill Town Centre, Barangaroo South, Highpoint Shopping Centre, Victoria Harbour, Deutsche Bank Place (Sydney), the recently completed ANU Kambri mixed-use precinct. Caroline is an active Board and committee member of a range of industry groups including: WWF Embodied Carbon Leadership Forum; Architect’s Declare standards task-group; Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society.
Chris Lee

Christopher Lee

CEO, Climate-KIC Australia
Christopher Lee is the CEO of Climate-KIC Australia. Its purpose is to deliver transformative climate action by convening complex collaborations that affect systemic change. Chris has extensive climate change adaptation, resilience and systems experience and from 2009 to 2017 led the development and implementation of Climate Change Adaptation programs for the NSW Government. He has degrees in Economics and Environmental Management, and has experience across, public, private and university sectors.
Chris Steel

Chris Steel

Cabinet Minister, ACT Government
Chris Steel is a Member for Murrumbidgee in the ACT Legislative Assembly. He was elected to the Assembly in October 2016. In August 2018 Chris became a member of Cabinet in the ACT Government. He is currently responsible for the following portfolios, Minister for Transport and City Services, Minister for Skills, Special Minister of State. Prior to entering politics, Chris was an education advocate, at peak body Early Childhood Australia and has previously worked in both the Australian Government and ACT Government focusing on a range of social policy areas. He has worked extensively in the area of early childhood reform including the introduction of the National Quality Agenda, and universal access to early childhood education. Chris has completed undergraduate degrees in Law and Arts (majoring in Political Science) at the Australian National University (ANU).
Darren Miller

Darren Miller

CEO, ARENA
Darren Miller has more than 25 years’ experience across a range of sectors including renewable energy, electricity retail, technology, finance, media and entertainment. Since joining ARENA as CEO in 2018, he has introduced new investment priorities that include the acceleration of hydrogen to create opportunities across the domestic economy, and position Australia to become a major renewable energy exporter.Prior to joining ARENA Darren was the co-founder and CEO of Mojo Power, an innovative electricity retailer. He was previously the Director of Asset Finance at Sungevity Australia, and co-founder and CEO of Sumwise, a technology and services company.Darren’s previous experience includes managing investments for Publishing and Broadcasting Limited and Consolidated Press Holdings as well as in corporate finance and advisory at Ernst & Young.Darren is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of New South Wales.
Deo Prasad

Deo Prasad

Scientia Professor , UNSW
Professor Deo Prasad is among the internationally recognised Australian experts in the field of environment and sustainability with a focus on the built environment. His experience covers practice as an architect, long standing experience as a distinguished academic, significant leadership and governance expertise, all with notable recognition from all levels of government and professions. His publications (in excess of 300) demonstrate a huge body of work in delivering sustainable buildings and cities including low carbon and urban climates, circular economy, integrated/regenerative design, planning and policies. Deo is a firm supporter of a ‘science-led evidence-based approach’. He understands the design, planning and policy contexts in Australia and globally and has worked with most stakeholders (State government, local governments, industry, businesses and professions) on many successful outcomes. Deo headed the CRC for Low Carbon Living which has produced significant knowledge, capacity build and products which underpin the pathway to low carbon buildings and infrastructure.
Dermot OGorman

Dermot O'Gorman

CEO, WWF Australia
Dermot is the CEO of the World Wide Fund for Nature, Australia (WWF-Australia). Dermot has been a leader in sustainable development for over two decades across the Pacific, Asia, and Europe. As WWF-Australia’s CEO, Dermot leads efforts to save the world’s great ecosystems and address climate change by linking science, field, and policy programs with ambitious initiative, working with markets and businesses to lighten their impact on the planet. He has worked with communities and heads of state across the globe and has built partnerships with some of Australia’s largest corporations and institutions to set new industry standards for resource efficiency. Dermot has driven innovation thinking within WWF, especially on digital technologies, overseeing the establishment of WWF Panda Labs and WWF’s first global joint venture, OpenSC. Dermot is a Director of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Co-founder and Chairman of OpenSC, a member of the Queensland Climate Advisory Committee and has previously led the WWF Asia Pacific CEOs Growth Group as Chairman (2015-2018), led WWF’s Global Conservation Committee (2007-2010) was a member of the China Green entrepreneurs club (2008-2010), was on the 2014 Australian C20 Committee and a founder of the Australian (Business) Climate Roundtable.
Fiona Holyoake

Fiona Holyoake

Managing Director, Integrated Infrastructure, PwC Australia
Fiona has strong commercial experience gained in PE/VC strategy, M&A and operational roles across technology, energy and infrastructure in the financial services, energy and real estate sectors in Australia, US and Asia. Prior to PwC, Fiona worked at Origin Energy for four years in the Strategy and M&A team. She started her career in funds management at Deutsche Bank. She is passionate about the disruption underway in the energy sector.
Fiona Davis

Fiona Davis

CEO, Farmers for Climate Action
Fiona is the CEO of Farmers for Climate Action. Fiona grew up on a dairy farm in northern Victoria and began reporting on agriculture while still at high school. She honed her writing skills working at regional and agricultural newspapers, including Stock and Land, and developed a broad toolkit of skills in strategy, stakeholder engagement and project management during her years at respected consultancy, Currie Communications. While at Currie, she supported agricultural and environmental clients, including Citrus Australia, Australian Wool Innovation and the Victorian Government. Fiona has a PhD in history from the University of Melbourne and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Australian Catholic University. Before her appointment as CEO in May 2021, Fiona had been the Deputy Director of Farmers for Climate Action since 2018.
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Fredrika Klarén

Sustainability, Polestar
Fredrika is a firm believer in the role of business as a catalyst for sustainable development and has held sustainability positions over the past decade at IKEA and Swedish fashion retailer KappAhl. She studied Civil Engineering with a focus on Environmental Systems Analysis at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Fredrika joined Polestar in April 2020 to drive the company’s sustainability ambitions forward on issues such as climate-neutrality, circularity, transparency and inclusion. Fredrika is chair of the board for Agenda 2030 West, an organisation enabling partnership between academia, business, civil society and public sector for the 17 SDGs.
Gillian Mayne

Gillian Mayne

Director, Land Restoration Fund Conservation Policy & Planning, Qld Department of Environment & Science
The Land Restoration Fund is a $500m program being delivered by the Queensland Government to support the growth of carbon farming and other environmental markets in Queensland. The LRF invests in on-ground projects and invests in improving market access for landholders.Property Economist and Registered Valuer in Queensland, advising and delivering asset portfolio strategies and projects for government and the private sector.Director of the Land Restoration Fund since January 2020Prior Roles:Executive Manager Portfolio Services, CSIRO Director, Property Queensland, Dept of State Development State Manager, Australian Valuation Office, ATO.
Greta Stephens

Gretta Stephens

CEO, Bluescope, New Zealand & Pacific Islands
Ms Stephens joined BlueScope as Chief Executive New Zealand & Pacific Islands on 25 June 2018. She leads the mining, manufacturing and downstream businesses in New Zealand and the Lysaght manufacturing and distribution businesses in the Pacific Islands.  In addition to these responsibilities, in February 2021 Ms Stephens assumed the role of Chief Executive Climate Change, responsible for researching, developing and implementing the Company’s global carbon reduction strategies. Ms Stephens joined BlueScope from New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelters, a joint venture between Pacific Aluminium and Sumitomo Chemical Company, where she had been General Manager and Chief Executive since 2013.  Previously, she was General Manager of Business Improvement & Technology for Pacific Aluminium’s four aluminium smelters across Australia and New Zealand. A qualified engineer, Gretta has 27 years’ experience in the global aluminium industry, and has worked in aluminium smelting operations in Australia and New Zealand.
Guy Hudson

Guy Hudson

CEO, Soil Carbon Co
Guy Hudson is the CEO and co-founder of Soil Carbon Co, a company dedicated to addressing climate change and restoring the world's soils. Soil Carbon Co is developing a unique biotechnology, harnessing the power of microbes to draw down CO2 at scale and store it in agricultural soils for the long term. Guy has run climate change initiatives with organisations such as the UN, World Bank and World Economic Forum.
Helen Rowe

Helen Rowe

Program Impact Manager, Transport, ClimateWorks
Helen leads ClimateWorks' transport program, working with government and industry stakeholders to define a common vision and action plan to move the transport sector to zero emissions. She is a transport, urban planning and policy professional with over seventeen years’ experience in creating more sustainable cities, including as Director, Sustainable Transport Programs with the Victorian State Government and as Head of Strategy and Innovation at CoDesign Studio, where she delivered a number of award-winning projects. Helen holds a Master of Environment and a Bachelor of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne, and is currently completing a doctorate in sustainable transport and systems change at RMIT. 
Ian Learmonth

Ian Learmonth

CEO, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Ian Learmonth joined the CEFC as chief executive officer in may 2017 with more than 30 years' experience as a financier and investor across markets in Asia, Europe and Australia. He has worked in asset finance and securitisation, clean energy and major infrastructure projects, as well as pioneering social impact investments. Prior to taking the role at the CEFC, Ian established social ventures Australia's impact investing business which included raising impact and affordable housing funds as well launching Australia's first social impact bond in 2013. Previously an executive director of Macquarie group for 12 years, Mr Learmonth has investment banking experience in Sydney, Hong Kong and London. He established and led various Macquarie businesses, notably European renewable energy and carbon credit investments, as well as cross-border structured finance and asset financing in Asia and Europe. Ian has degrees in law and commerce from the university of Queensland.
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Jason Crusan

Vice President Technology, Woodside Energy
As Vice President Technology, Jason Crusan is responsible for deploying technologies that increase Woodside’s production, reduce costs, lower emissions, and enable people to work even more safely and effectively. In addition, Jason oversees Woodside’s emerging new energy business interests in hydrogen and ammonia. Before relocating to Australia to join Woodside in 2019, Jason worked for the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), primarily in human spaceflight.
Jemma Green

Jemma Green

Executive Chairman & Co-founder, Powerledger
After completing a degree in finance, Jemma started her career in banking at J.P. Morgan in London.While there, she saw first hand the dilemmas and problems that came with bringing corporate social responsibility to the business world.After a decade in the UK, Green returned home to Perth to pursue a doctorate at Curtin University in electricity market disruption, which she completed in 2017.This work turned out to be the perfect segue to starting up her own business, a blockchain powered peer to peer energy and carbon credit trading platform called Powerledger. The company is five years old, with over 30 clients and projects across eleven countries. Jemma is an expert in residence at Curtin University helping with commercialisation of technology and the startup ecosystem. She also served on the board of the Water Corporation (Western Australia) and was Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Perth. Jemma helped set up Australia’s first fossil fuel free superannuation fund and has sat on numerous boards championing sustainable business.A regular contributor to Forbes, Jemma gives regular talks on technology and leadership in business. In 2018 she received the EY Fintech Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Jonathan Foley

Dr. Jonathan Foley

Executive Director, Project Drawdown
Dr. Jonathan Foley is a leading climate scientist, sustainability expert, educator, and public speaker. He is also executive director of Project Drawdown – the world‘s leading resource of climate solutions. His work focuses on finding solutions to sustain the climate, ecosystems, and natural resources we all depend on. Before joining Project Drawdown, Foley led a number of world-leading environmental science and sustainability organisations. Foley’s groundbreaking research and insights have led him to become a trusted advisor to governments, foundations, non-governmental organisations, and business leaders around the world. A noted science communicator, his presentations have been featured at hundreds of international venues and he is frequently interviewed by international media outlets. He has taught at several major universities on topics ranging from climate change, global sustainability solutions, the future of the food system, and addressing the world’s “grand challenges”. He has published over 140 scientific articles, including many highly cited works in Nature and Science.  He has also written many popular pieces in publications like National Geographic, the New York Times, the Guardian, and Scientific American, and has won numerous awards and honors for his work.
Jonas Bengtsson

Jonas Bengtsson

CEO & Co-Founder, EDGE
Jonas is a founding director and the CEO of Australasia’s largest sustainability consultancy firm Edge Environment and the Building Product Information Rating tech platform. He has 20 years professional experience in sustainability and consultancy. Jonas is a director and the past President of the Australian LCA Society and technical adviser to the Green Building Council, GECA, the Living Future Institute, EPD Australasia and the Australian Circular Economy Hub.
John Hewson

John Hewson

Chair, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia
Dr John Hewson is one of Australia's most experienced economists, financial experts and company directors. He is also a former politician and was Leader of the Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1990 to 1994. In 2001 he was awarded a Member in the Order of Australia. John is Professor and Chair of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at the ANU, and is an adjunct professor at five other universities.Dr Hewson has been a climate activist since the late 80s, and took a significant climate commitment, as part of his Fightback package, to the ’93 election. He chaired the National Business Leaders’ Forum for Sustainable Development, that brought former Vice President Al Gore to Australia in 2003, and chaired the Asset Owners Disclosure Project that surveyed, rated and ranked the world’s top 500 asset owners on their management of climate risk. He is currently Chair of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia, and a Patron of the Smart Energy Council.Dr Hewson has been involved with a range of bio-energy projects in Australia and offshore, ranging from household garbage recycling and several waste to energy projects – electricity, biodiesel and ethanol, as well as several solar, thermal storage, and energy efficiency projects.
Josh Bishop

Joshua Bishop

Conservation Economist, WWF Australia
Josh’s career has focused on defining and delivering sustainability through economic research, policy and partnerships. Dr. Bishop has led and contributed to sustainability initiatives in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, mining, financial services, food and beverage, and the retail sector, in Australia and internationally. He has published numerous articles, reports and books, including a landmark United Nations study of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Business and Enterprise, and was lead editor of the Natural Capital Protocol, a framework to enable business to identify, measure and value their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. Dr Bishop is employed as Conservation Economist at WWF-Australia, following previous roles as Head of Sustainable Food, and Manager of Markets and Business Partnerships. Before joining WWF, Dr Bishop was Chief Economist of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and before that, Director of Environmental Economics at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
Juliet Bell

Juliet Bell

Lead, CSIRO Climate Resilient Enterprise Mission
Juliet Bell is leading CSIRO's Climate Resilient Enterprise Mission. She joined CSIRO over twenty years ago to work on climate systems modelling and scenario analysis; prior to this Juliet worked in the financial services sector.  From 2007 – 2019 Juliet was Executive Manager CSIRO Global where she led the development of global strategy, building CSIRO’s global footprint across three continents and key international relationships. Juliet has deep interest and expertise in building partnerships, strategy and the role of research in improving Australia’s competitiveness and resilience.  Since 2019 Juliet has been building solutions in partnership with the private sector and regulators that will support the private sector, and is responsible for the launch and inception stages of a whole-of-economy endeavour to reduce the economic impacts of climate risk.
Justin Punch

Justin Punch

Chair, ARENA
Justin Punch is an experienced environmental investor focussed on decarbonisation and conservation, with a 30-year career in private equity, line management and management consulting. He is a co-founder of Assembly Climate Capital, a Director of Tasman Environmental Markets and a co-founder of biodiversity offset provider Meridolum. He was previously a Partner at Archer Capital, where he led investments across a diverse range of sectors, and has extensive experience in the management of operating businesses as well as consulting experience with the Boston Consulting Group.Justin serves as the Chairman of the Karrkad Kanjdji Trust. The Trust supports the work of Indigenous ranger groups in Arnhem Land on projects including assisting with landscape- scale carbon abatement programmes, conserving endangered landscapes and species, conserving Indigenous knowledge and cultural heritage and improving education outcomes.Justin holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of NSW and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
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Julian Hill

Program Manager, Agrifutures
Dr Hill owns a commercial consulting company (Ternes Scientific) that works closely with the agricultural and horticultural RDEAC sectors. Dr Hill’s research career (1995 – current date) has focused on farming systems research, impact of greenhouse gas emissions on climate change, and regional practice change. The commercial consulting business has been operating more than 10 years working closely with regional food supply chains and the carbon market. Our company is currently involved with beef industry research, carbon project management (including international development), regional sustainable workforce planning and the development and deployment of digital technologies to build knowledge brokership between businesses. Our company works closely with other food supply chain businesses on the commercialisation of new products.
Kane Thornton

Kane Thornton

CEO, Clean Energy Council
Kane Thornton is Chief Executive of the Clean Energy Council, the peak body for the renewable energy and energy storage industry in Australia.Kane has almost 20 years experience in energy policy and leadership in the development of the renewable energy industry. Kane has advocated for and helped design the policies that have been critical to the renewable energy industry's growth, and continues to be an active political advocate, public presenter and media spokesperson.His previous roles include senior manager and advisor for Hydro Tasmania and executive officer of Renewable Energy Generators Australia. Kane has broad international management experience having previously worked in technology, living and working in Asia. He has held a range of advisory and board roles with government and non-government organisations in the climate change and energy sector including as the chair of leading national community organisation Renew and the Deputy Chair of Sustainability Victoria.
Katharine Tapley

Katharine Tapley

Head of Sustainable Finance, ANZ
Katharine Tapley is Head of Sustainable Finance at ANZ. She leads a 14-person team across Australia, New Zealand and Asia responsible for supporting ANZ’s clients to finance their sustainability strategies and ESG commitments.Her team works alongside ANZ’s Capital Markets, Lending and Transaction Banking teams to deliver market insights and product solutions across the green, social, and sustainability-linked loan, bond and supply chain markets. Her team is also responsible for the operation of ANZ’s own Sustainability Bond issuance program with the bank’s Treasury team, and oversees ANZ’s 2025 $50b sustainable finance target.She is a SteerCo member of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative and is a Board Member of Australia’s Carbon Market Institute.Katharine is also a 2019 Kanga News Person of the Year and the 2020 winner of the inaugural Women in Banking in Finance award for Excellence in Institutional Banking.
Ken Morrison

Ken Morrison

Chief Executive, Property Council of Australia
Ken Morrison is the Chief Executive of the Property Council of Australia, the national representative of the property industry, an industry that is the nation’s largest single industry and employs 1.4 million Australians, more than mining and manufacturing combined.
Ken Maher

Ken Maher

President, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
Ken is President of Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. He is a Fellow of international design practice Hassell, and an Honorary Professor of Practice at UNSW Built Environment. Ken is chair of the City of Sydney’s and Sydney Opera House’s Design Advisory Panels, a board member of the ACT City Renewal Authority, and was a founding board member of the Green Building Council of Australia. He is a past National President of the Australian Institute of Architects and currently a member of State and Territory Design Review Panels. In 2009, Ken was awarded the Australian Institute of Architect’s Gold Medal and in 2010 he received the Australian Award in Landscape Architecture from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. In 2018 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.
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Louise Cantillon

British Consul-General & Deputy Trade Commissioner, Asia Pacific for Australia & New Zealand
Louise Cantillon began her role as British Consul General Sydney and Deputy Trade Commissioner, Asia Pacific for Australia and New Zealand in April 2021. She leads the Department for International Trade’s work across Australia and New Zealand. Between January 2018 to March 2021, Louise was based in China working for the Department for International Trade. Her most recent role was as a Sector Director and Minister Counsellor, Creative, Consumer and Learning Industries for the Department of International Trade based in Shanghai, China. Before that she was Head of Major Projects at the British Council where she worked across Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Malaysia.Louise has had a squiggly career and is a Chartered Surveyor by background and has had first-hand experience as a UK exporter and investor.
Lisa McLean

Lisa McLean

CEO, NSW Circular
Lisa is a circular economy and zero-carbon business transformation leader. She has been successfully advising industry and governments in developing new policy frameworks and regulations that bring about market change to enable the circular zero-carbon economy over the past 14 years. This work has covered the energy, water, waste and mobility sectors in the UK and Australia.Lisa is the CEO of NSW Circular a government- funded circular economy innovation body leading the transition to a zero-carbon circular economy in NSW and Australia.Lisa has worked to catalyse new circular economy, zero carbon, sustainable markets includes initiating and setting up Open Cities Alliance, a peak association for next-gen infrastructure and the circular economy, the Australian Solar Thermal Association (AUSTELA), advising electric mobility providers, and working in the private sector driving circular economy outcomes in water and energy and advocating for policy and regulatory change.Starting her career as a political journalist working in the national press gallery. She then moved to advising Ministers and Premiers, before heading to the UK to help establish the Clinton Climate Initiative.
Margot Delafoulhouze

Margot Delafoulhouze

Cities System Lead, ClimateWorks Australia
Margot leads ClimateWorks Australia’s Cities team, aiming to accelerate the transition to net zero across cities and the urban environment. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Margot worked for WWF France as Head of Sustainable Cities, leading campaigns and programmes on local sustainability transitions. Previously, Margot worked for EY’s Climate Change & Sustainability team in Paris, leading strategic and policy-related projects in the transport, energy, buildings and real estate sectors. She holds a Masters Degree in Urban Policy from the Paris Institute of Political (Sciences Po Paris).
Martijn Wilder

Martijn Wilder

Founding Partner, Pollination
Martijn is a world leader in climate law and sustainable investing. With a background in economics and law, Martijn is focused on developing innovative policies, ideas and investments that enable our economies to rapidly transition to net zero, while at the same time preserving our natural ecosystems. Martijn has retained over many years the accolade of the world’s leading climate change lawyer and the Star Individual by Chambers Global Law Guide.   Martijn was head of Baker & Mckenzie’s global climate law and finance practice for 20 years, and was formerly Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and a founding Director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. He is currently President of WWF-Australia and Chair of NSW Climate Change Council and the Law for Development Initiative.    Martijn was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar and awarded an Australian Honour (AM) for his contribution to climate change law and the environment.
Monica Barone

Monica Barone

CEO, City of Sydney
Monica has been the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Sydney since 2006, having overseen the development and implementation of the City's long-term vision for Central Sydney - Sustainable Sydney 2030. She manages approximately 2000 staff, an annual Capital expenditure and Operational expenditure budget of approximately $930 million and $14.3 billion dollars of net assets including the Council's commercial property portfolio. In 2020 the City of Sydney processed over $2.7 billion dollars of new development. The City's major projects are the CBD Light Rail which commenced operation in December 2019 (initiated and partially funded by City of Sydney but now managed by Transport for NSW) and the $13 billion Green Square Urban Renewal site and is constructing $550 million dollars of public infrastructure including the $100 million dollar Gunyama Aquatic Centre and Sports Complex. Monica holds a Master’s in Creative Arts and was a 2014 ‘100 Women of Influence’ finalist. She is chair of the Resilient Sydney Steering Committee, on the board of the Global Resilient Cities Network, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of Chief Executive Women
Monica Richter

Monica Richter

Senior Manager – Low Carbon Futures; WWF Australia
Monica Richter heads up WWF’s Low Carbon Futures Program. She is an economist and Social Ecologist with extensive experience in sustainability and business engagement, with an interest in accelerating the uptake of low carbon technologies. For over 15 years Monica has worked in the not for profit environment sector including 4 years at WWF and 10 years at the Australian Conservation Foundation. Some of her career highlights include facilitating the WWF Renewable Energy Buyers Forum, establishing a Community of Practice for companies setting Science-Based emission reduction targets, establishing the Business Roundtable on Climate Change (with companies such as BP, IAG, Origin, Swiss Re, Visy, and Westpac) which prosecuted the case for a ‘long, loud and legal price signal’ on greenhouse gas emissions reductions, successfully getting the 20% Renewable Energy Target passed into legislation, getting Bunnings to commit to not stocking illegally sourced timber, supporting Federal government around leadership in urban policies including greater investment in public transport. Monica also managed ACF’s “Sustainable Cities Index”, a Banksia Award finalist. Monica is a thought leader and has been invited to participate in many forums and conferences, and is a graduate of the Future Directors program. She is an Executive Member of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, and a board member of the Mercury Centre collaborative enterprise catalyst, as well as an advocate for the 202020 vision for 20 per cent more green space in Australian cities by 2020.
Neil McFarlane

Neil McFarlane

Director Climate Change, Coast & Marine, Department for Environment & Water, SA.
Dr Neil McFarlane is the Director of Climate Change, Coast and Marine in the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) based in Adelaide, South Australia. His knowledge and expertise in climate change, renewable energy and disaster risk management culminates into the core work of climate mitigation and adaptation for the Government of South Australia. Previously he worked for the Green Climate Fund in Incheon, Republic of Korea as the Deputy Director and Adaptation Coordinator. He spent several years in the United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). He coordinated two Global Platforms; and the 2015 World Conference in Japan that agreed on the 2015-2030 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Neil McFarlane was also Counsellor at the Australian Permanent Mission in Geneva responsible for the Australian aid program interests with Geneva-based international organisations. He spent a number of years working for the Australian Agency for International (AusAID) in Canberra, Australia. He is an experienced manager of policy and projects related to climate, emissions reduction and disaster risk management at local, national and international level. Dr McFarlane holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University, Canberra (1987); a Masters in Development Studies from Deakin University, Melbourne (1994); and a Doctor of Philosophy (Development Economics) from Deakin University (2005).
Nik Comito

Nik Comito

Head of Sustainability, BINGO Industries
Nik is the Head of Sustainability at BINGO Industries responsible for driving BINGO’s Sustainability agenda, which includes setting their Sustainability Framework, Science Based Target and roadmap and becoming a signatory of RE100. With a focus on creating long-term value for organisations and communities, Nik evaluates emerging issues (from circular economy, climate change risk to human rights) and works to reframe these issues as opportunities. Prior to his appointment Nik has led key sustainability functions across a wide range of sectors, including in the roles of Executive Manager Responsible Business IAG, Director Environmental Sustainability Optus/Singtel, National Environmental Manager StarTrack, Environmental Integration Manager Australia Post and Environment and Sustainability Manager Veolia Water.
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Nusqe Spanton

Founder & CEO, Provectus Algae
"As founder and CEO of Provectus Algae, Nusqe Spanton is on a mission to change the way the world looks at algae, applying deep innovation in synthetic biology and biomanufacturing to one of the world’s oldest organisms. Through this, Provectus Algae is unlocking the true potential of microalgae as a viable and scalable pathway for the production of high-value compounds. Early use cases include drug discovery, food production and aquaculture. However, the company’s platform has countless applications and opportunities for collaboration now that key technological barriers have been overcome."
Paul Dastoor

Paul Dastoor

Professor of Physics, University of Newcastle
Professor Paul Dastoor is Professor of Physics at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He received his B.A. degree in Natural Sciences and his PhD in Surface Physics from the University of Cambridge. He has been Visiting Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK, at the Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire, UK at Nanyang Technological University and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge. He is Director of the Centre for Organic Electronics, which he established in 2007. Professor Dastoor the Ambassador for the NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN), which brings together smart sensing expertise in academia, industry and government to develop a strong, collaborative and innovative network that will deliver economic and social benefits for New South Wales. His research interests encompass the growth and properties of thin films, neutral atom microscopy and organic electronic devices based on semi-conducting polymers. These exciting materials offer the tantalising prospect of paints that generate electricity directly from sunlight and sensors that can be printed as flexible arrays. Prof Dastoor has a strong track record in research translation and commercialisation, with a substantial number of patents granted in the US and Europe (as well as in Australia). He has spun out five companies including his glucose biosensor technology (GBS Inc) which listed on the NASDAQ in 2020.
Paul Dobson

Paul Dobson

Partner, Climate & Sustainability Deloitte
Paul is a Sydney-based Deloitte Asia Pacific partner in the Climate & Sustainability practice. He works with business and the public sector to help them manage their most strategic risks and take real action on the opportunities emanating from climate change, decarbonisation and sustainability.  Paul has 20+ years’ experience working with clients across diverse sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. He leads Deloitte Australia's Climate Risk offerings supporting clients to understand the impacts, risks and opportunities arising from climate change. This includes consideration of physical and transition impacts of climate change and the strategic and financial implications in the long term.  Paul has extensive experience in the provision of a wide range of sustainability services to clients including sustainability strategy, integrated reporting, sustainability report assurance, greenhouse gas emissions and energy reporting, stakeholder engagement and human rights advisory. He is a recognised expert on non-financial reporting, sustainability reporting, greenhouse gas emissions reporting and assurance, carbon pricing and TCFD in Australia. 
Roger Swinbourne

Roger Swinbourne

National Sustainability and Resilience Lead, Arup
Roger is the national Sustainability and Resilience Service Line Lead for Arup in Australia. He has over 20 years consulting experience in planning at city, precinct and infrastructure scales for both public and private sectors. Roger is currently advising industry and government in Australia on net zero carbon transition in policy, programs and projects. He will be sharing some of his practical experience and tools for factoring carbon and sustainability and resilience into property, precincts and infrastructure.
Steve Meller

Steve Meller

CEO, CH4 Global
Dr. Meller is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor, innovator, founder and board advisor after successful careers as a corporate executive and in academia. Over his three plus decade, three-stage career, Steve has been a serial innovator and serial entrepreneur creating new and innovative strategies, businesses, capabilities, platforms, business models and disruptive approaches to innovation and sustainability. He has served as a key advisor to several governments, as an advisor to more than a dozen start-up companies and consulted with more than 25 Fortune 200 companies across the automotive, apparel, healthcare, B2B, consumer, financial, travel and tech sectors. He has founded/co-founded five companies and is currently the CEO of CH4 Global which is developing disruptive solutions for Climate Change. Steve earned his B.Sc, B,.Sc (Hons) and PhD from the University of Adelaide, Australia.
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Simon O'Connor

CEO, Responsible Investment Association Australasia
Simon is the CEO of RIAA - an organisation with 350 investment organisation members who jointly manage over $9 trillion in assets globally - where he works to elevate sustainability issues as core investment risks and opportunities, and shift capital to support a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous world. Simon has operated at the intersection of economics, finance and sustainability for nearly 20 years and has international experience as an economic adviser, investment analyst and sustainability consultant across finance, corporate and not for profit sectors. Simon is active across the region and internationally in responsible investment and sustainable finance. He sits as the Co-Chair of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative, chairs the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, and is a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand National Advisory Board on Impact Investment.  
Rebecca Mikula-Wright

Rebecca Mikula-Wright

CEO, Investor Group on Climate Change
Rebecca is the CEO of IGCC and AIGCC, based in Sydney, bringing over 20 years’ experience in climate change, sustainability and investment banking to the role. Rebecca is responsible for developing and delivering the strategy and implementation across AIGCC and IGCC, covering investor practice and policy advocacy. She is a member of the global Steering Committee for the Climate Action 100+ and the Investor Agenda. Rebecca joined IGCC in 2012 as Director of Investor Initiatives, before moving to Executive Director of AIGCC in 2016. Rebecca became CEO of both organisations in June 2021.
Rachael Lord

Rachael Lord

Managing Director, Chair & Head of Asia Pacific, BlackRock
Rachel Lord, Senior Managing Director, is BlackRock’s Chair and Head of Asia Pacific, as well as a member of the Global Executive Committee. She also chairs the APAC Steering and Executive Committees. Ms. Lord oversees all business activities in the region, which includes Australasia, Greater China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia and South Korea. Before assuming her current role, Ms. Lord served as Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) from September 2017. She led the EMEA business to serve clients across individual markets by bringing to bear a wealth of local expertise and insight. Ms. Lord was previously EMEA Head of iShares and Head of Global Clients, ETF and Index Investments. Ms. Lord joined BlackRock in November 2013 from Citigroup where she was Global Head of Corporate Equity Derivatives. She joined Citigroup in 2009 after 13 years at Morgan Stanley, where she played a variety of senior roles in the equities and capital markets businesses in EMEA and Asia. Ms. Lord qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990, following which she worked in structured finance for five years before moving into equity derivatives. In 2020, she was named by the Financial News (UK) as one of the 100 most influential women in European Finance for the 10th year running, and was also named as the Asset Management Industry Leader of the Year for 2020.
Reece Proudfoot

Reece Proudfoot

Head of Innovation & Impact Investment, WWF
Reece Proudfoot is Head of Innovation and Impact Investment at WWF-Australia. Reece trained as a classical musician in the UK before completing a Masters Degree in International Development at UNSW. He spent two years living and working in The Kingdom of Tonga on climate change adaptation and business development before joining WWF in 2012. In 2017, Reece founded WWF's 'Panda Labs' - a global innovation platform designed to solve some of the world’s most wicked problems in collaboration with influential partners. Successful ventures include ‘OpenSC’, a profit-for-purpose venture launched with BCG DV to transform global food supply chains, reduce environmental impact and human rights abuses which raised US$4million at seed round, and ‘Impactio.Global’, a global venture and deal flow curation platform, that surfaces and supports portfolios of high impact ventures. In September 2021, WWF-Australia will launch ‘Innovate to Regenerate’ - a nationwide innovation program to help the post-bushfire and post-Covid regeneration and recovery process by identifying, supporting and funding investable, community-led ‘regenerative’ ventures ranging from energy resilience to food security. 
Rosalie Wilkie

Rosalie Wilkie

Partner, PWC Australia
Rosalie Wilkie leads the Social Impact team for PwC Australia. Through her leadership, PwC Australia has transformed their corporate and social responsibility focus, allowing PwC to demonstrate that business has a role in society, beyond that of just shareholder return.PwC’s Social Impact journey commenced with a recognition that we needed to go beyond simply servicing the NGO sector, and directly engage in ‘wicked social problem solving’. Accordingly The Impact Assembly was created to provide a neutral platform for cross sector groups to come together and collaboratively design new pathways forward to have an impact on these complex social issues.Rosalie oversees many cross-sector collaborations including The Constellation Project, designed to accelerate practical solutions to affordable housing and homelessness. Founding members include, Australian Red Cross, Mission Australia and the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW.Under Rosalie’s leadership PwC has created another ambitious cross sector collaboration, Learning Creates Australia. Launched in May 2020 with the Foundation for Young Australians, and the University of Melbourne’s Assessment Research Centre with funding from the Paul Ramsay Foundation.The cross-sector collaboration is designed to develop innovative and practical solutions for young people to help them transition into employment, higher education or some form of community contribution.Rosalie has also overseen the development of PwC’s Elevate RAP, PwC’s alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals and relevant UN Human Rights frameworks.In 2020, Rosalie also contributed to a landmark report ‘Return on Action’ prepared by PwC and commissioned by Australian tech giant Atlassian. The report is the first cross-generational research on the new expectations and accountability of business and its societal obligations.
Ros Harvey

Ros Harvey

Founder & Managing Director, The Yield
Ros Harvey is an experienced entrepreneur and executive in the field of technology. She is committed to creating public good through the innovative use of technology, which is reflected throughout her diverse career. Ros founded Australian agricultural technology company, The Yield Technology Solutions, in 2014. It is here that she transforms agricultural practices through scalable digital technology, data and insights to solve real challenges for growers, and throughout the food chain. The Yield has become one of the industry's fastest growing technology success stories and is backed by several leading global businesses including Bosch, Yamaha Motor Ventures, KPMG and Microsoft. Ros is passionate about technology playing a role in the sustainable governance of the planet. She is an accomplished speaker on AgTech, machine learning, converting data to knowledge, and the future of food. This year Ros featured in the Top 100 Innovators List compiled by The Australian.
Rowan Foley

Rowan Foley

CEO, The Aboriginal Carbon Foundation
Rowan Foley comes from the Wondunna clan of the Badtjala people Traditional Owners of K’gari (Fraser Island) Queensland. Rowan is the founding CEO of the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation a not-for-profit company with offices in Cairns, Sydney and Alice Springs. Rowan arrived in the Northern Territory in 1989 working as a ranger at Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park and returned in 2005 as the Park Manager living in Mutitjulu community for a total of six years. The Kimberley Land Council employed Rowan as their first Land Management Officer 1995. He established their Land and Sea Management Unit and negotiated the first Indigenous Protected Area in Western Australia. Rowan was invited to give a TEDx Talk in Brisbane in 2018, presented at the UNFCCC in Bonn Germany on Indigenous carbon farming and speak at the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. Rowan lives with his family, dog and horses in Alice Springs NT.
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Rohan Gillespie

Managing Director, Southern Green Gas
Rohan has 35 years experience in the resources and energy sector in Australia including senior roles with engineering and business development with BHP, corporate finance with the Commonwealth Bank and corporate development with start-ups Ceramic Fuel Cells and Renewable Energy Corp. Since 2006, Rohan has been founder and managing director of Energy Infrastructure and Resources, a corporate advisor and incubator of start-up ventures. This has included ASX-listed companies Red Sky Energy and Regal Resources, as well as solar developer Soleir, gas-to-liquids developer Pacific GTL and mining investment group Resource Venture Fund. ​Rohan has a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the University of Queensland.
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Sanaya Khisty

Chief Strategy Officer, Beyond Zero Emissions
Sanaya leads strategy and engagement for Beyond Zero Emissions, an independent think tank creating solutions for a prosperous zero-emissions Australia. She manages the engagement team which works with stakeholders to implement BZE’s solutions across industry, government, and in regional communities. Sanaya has a decade of experience in policy, federal politics, and consulting to governments. She is on the Board of Climate for Change and is a mentor for Altiorem. Sanaya holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, is alumna of Pathways to Politics Program for Women (2017) and Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (2020).
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Susan Moylan-Coombs

Director, The Gaimaragal Group
The Gaimaragal Group was established to lead social change and create social impact by bringing together like minds and like spirits. We want to create a new story of connection and wellbeing for all people. Our aim is to facilitate the voice for our Elders, empower youth, provide two-way cultural translation to bring everyone together. Former Executive Producer ABC’s Indigenous Programs Unit and Head of Production, NITV/SBS, today Susan uses her skills to be a conduit, weaving culture through mainstream systems and processes to create a new way of doing business that is more sustainable and mindful of future generations. Moylan-Coombs now refers to herself as a Cultural Curator and works across a diversity of sectors from construction, education, housing, health and community.
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Slava Kozlovskii

Founder & CEO, Evee
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Thomas Schroder

Head of Climate Action, South Pole
Thomas has 20+ years of international experience in climate action and sustainability. He is a key member of South Pole’s leadership team in Australia, working with private and public sector clients. He is responsible for developing carbon and biodiversity projects across Australia, drawing on South Pole’s global leader role. In addition, he trades environmental commodities, such as carbon credits and renewable energy certificates. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Thomas is a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee of Waverley Council in Sydney’s East.
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Tim Ash Vie

Director, Under2 Coalition Secretariat
Tim Ash Vie joined the Climate Group in September 2017 as Director of the Under2 Coalition Secretariat. The Under2 Coalition is a leading, international network of state and regional governments that have committed to ambitious climate action, for which the Climate Group acts as Secretariat. The Coalition encompasses some of the most ambitious state and regional governments in the world that are playing a vital role in implementing the Paris Agreement. Encompassing over 200 jurisdictions globally, these governments are at the forefront of ambitious climate action. Previously Tim worked at Adam Smith International where he was Head of Climate Change. Prior to that, he was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he developed and established the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), and served as its first Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this, Tim was a UK civil servant in the Departments for the Environment, the Treasury and the Ministry of Defence.
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Tom Murphy

Head of Agriculture & Regional Investment Strategy, QIC
Tom has over 20 years of experience in public and private institutional investment across the US, UK and Australia. He joined QIC in 2018 to develop QIC’s long-term agriculture, natural capital and regional investment strategy and was appointed a Director on North Australia Pastoral Company (NAPCo) Board in 2020. Prior to QIC, Tom worked for JPMorgan in London and then in New York (Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, Citi Bank) to become head of their Australian institutional equity desks offshore. While at Citi Bank in NYC, Tom founded ‘The A50’ Australian Economic Forum in 2016, in partnership with the Federal Government and Reserve Bank of Australia. Tom graduated from the University of Queensland (UQ) and attained an M.A. Hons from the University of Cambridge. He is also a former professional rugby player in the UK and Australia where he was elected as a Director to the Australian Rugby Union Board in 2003.
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Tony Boatman

Co-Founder, Impact X
Life can take you to surprising places. And sometimes, when you look back, you can’t help but think, How did I get here from there? Tony Boatman grew up on a small farm in Australia. He used to milk a cow before school. The first in his family to attend university, Tony went on to lead marketing for Nokia, Asia Pacific. At Nokia he launched the world’s first smart phone. Later as Head of Marketing at Microsoft he brought the Xbox 360 to millions of users. After leaving the corporate world, Tony co founded a Swiss health tech company, a social enterprise called Bicycle Barista and in 2012 was named Global top 100 Sustainability Leader for his work with Al Gore's Climate Project. Tony is an authentic leader and proven team builder who strives to disrupt the traditional idea of a job. “I get up each day feeling grateful for what I have and motivated to make a positive impact. Experiences excite me, things don’t.” Tony holds a BSc from Melbourne Uni and an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
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Travers McLeod

CEO, Centre for Policy Development
Travers is CEO of the Centre for Policy Development, an independent Australian policy institute which has had a significant focus on climate change for several years. He began his career in public law, working for the State Solicitor’s Office in Western Australia and for Justice Michael Kirby in the High Court of Australia. Travers holds a DPhil and MPhil (Dist) in International Relations from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar and was a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. He played a lead role in the 2013 report Now for the Long Term while working as a Policy Adviser for the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. Travers remains an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Martin School and holds adjunct positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia. He is also a board member of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture.
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Satya S. Tripathi

Secretary-General, Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet
A development economist, lawyer and changemaker with over 40 years of varied experience, Mr. Tripathi is the Chancellor of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences - the world's largest academic institution dedicated exclusively to indigenous people and cultures. He is also a Senior Distinguished Fellow on Innovative Finance at the World Agroforestry Centre. He has served with the UN for more than two decades in key positions across the planet and was most recently the UN Assistant Secretary-General, Head of New York Office at UN Environment and Secretary of the UN Environment Management Group. His other strategic engagements with the UN include: Head of Human Rights Investigations for the UN in post-war Bosnia (UNMIBH); Chair of the Committees on Laws, Treaties and Administrative matters for the UN-mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004; UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias where he facilitated international cooperation and funding of over US$ 7 billion for post-tsunami recovery efforts in support of the government and affected populations; and Executive Head of UNORCID, a UN System Office established by the UN Secretary General in 2011 to facilitate the implementation of a US$ 1 Billion REDD+ partnership between Indonesia, Norway and other stakeholders.Mr. Tripathi was instrumental in establishing the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) in Indonesia in 2016 and the Sustainable India Finance Facility (SIFF) in 2017 to leverage ‘private finance for public good’ at mega-scale to achieve transformative social and environmental impact for millions of people in developing countries. He previously served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Forests.
Sophia Hamblin Wang

Sophia Hamblin Wang

Chief Operating Officer, Mineral Carbonation International
Sophia Hamblin Wang is a cleantech COO, circular economy expert, speaker, university lecturer and diversity advocate.She is the Chief Operating Officer of Mineral Carbonation International (MCi), a technology platform that transforms CO2 into building materials and other valuable industrial products.Sophia grew up in Far North Queensland and completed a Bachelor of International Business with First Class Honours at the ANU College of Business and Economics.Ms Hamblin Wang is Co-founding Director of CO2 Value Australia, a member of the Australian Capital Territory Climate Change Council and a board member of the Climate Ready Initiative. Sophia is also a Lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School and was awarded Resource Innovator of the Year at the NewMaterials Summit in Berlin in 2018.
Stanford Harrison

Stanford Harrison

Manager Commercial Buildings Policy, Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources
Stanford Harrison is Manager of the Commercial Buildings Policy Team in the Energy Division of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources with responsibility for commercial buildings energy efficiency policy development including commercial buildings initiatives under the Energy Ministers’ Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings. Under the Australian Government’s Climate Solutions Package, he manages the periodic reviews of the Commercial Buildings Disclosure Program, the expansion of the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), and work supporting the improvement of energy efficiency standards under the National Construction Code. He is the Australian Executive Committee member for the IEA Energy in Buildings and Communities Technical Collaboration Program. Stanford holds a Bachelor of Science and postgraduate qualifications in economics and public administration.
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Veena Sahajwalla

Professor of Materials Science in the Faculty of Science at UNSW Australia
Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer, and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials’ at the UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre, where she is Founding Director. Professor Veena is the inventor of polymer injection technology, known as green steel, an eco-friendly process for using recycled tyres in steel production. In 2018, Veena launched the world's first e-waste MICROfactorieTM and in 2019 she launched her plastics and Green Ceramics MICROfactoriesTM, a recycling technology breakthrough. Veena is the director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for ‘microrecycling’, a leading national research centre that works in collaboration with industry to ensure new recycling science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits. Professor Veena has also been appointed hub leader of the national NESP Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub.
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Zoe Whitton

Executive Director, Pollination Group
Zoe Whitton is an Executive Director at Pollination Group, a specialist climate change investment and advisory firm. Zoe assists companies and investors navigating a transition and considering the strategic implications of climate change. She also serves on the boards of the Investor Group on Climate Change and the Centre for Policy Development. Zoe previously led the award-winning APAC ESG Research team at Citi, advising institutional investors globally on climate change and sustainable development. Earlier in her career Zoe covered ESG and climate change at Credit Suisse and at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, worked as an analyst at the Oxford Smith School and the Stockholm Environmental Institute, and served as a youth delegate to the UNFCCC. Zoe has won numerous awards for her research on climate finance and risk, and was rated one of the top RI analysts globally in the 2019 Extel survey. In 2020 she was awarded the inaugural Rising Star award by Women in Banking and Finance. She regularly contributes to the wider conversation on sustainable finance by commentating in the Australian and international press, including in the AFR, the SMH, the Age, and the Wall Street Journal, along with publications such as the Quarterly Essay.

Why climate growth?

Bring Australian opportunity to the world stage during the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Open national and international markets for emerging Australia technologies and large scale decarbonisation projects. 

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Impact X is the worlds community for Impact Technology. Founders, investors and established industry leaders coming together to scale solutions to systemic global problems.
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WWF’s global mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF-Australia is part of the WWF International Network, the world’s leading, independent conservation organisation. Founded in 1961 we are active in over 100 countries and have close to five million supporters internationally. In Australia and throughout the oceanic region, we work with governments, businesses and communities so that people and nature can thrive within their fair share of the planet’s natural resources. “WWF® and ©1986 Panda Symbol are owned by WWF. All rights reserved.”
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BCSD Australia is a CEO-led organisation of more than 40 Australian businesses and non-governmental bodies working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world by aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and acting on climate change.
GASP

The Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet is an international collaborative effort focused on identifying champions; incubating ideas with catalytic potential; leveraging private finance at mega-scale for public good; and garnering lessons learned and replicating success on a planetary scale. Climate change poses a direct threat to all life on Earth. Its impacts are being felt earlier and with greater intensity than ever before in recorded history. The latest IPCC Report predicts an increasing possibility of the planet reaching 1.5°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels by 2030. The top 300 pension funds in the world manage about US$18 trillion in assets. Just 5% of these funds being earmarked for nature positive investments would release US$900 billion for long term investments in nature-based solutions with transformative impact. While there are several significant supply side conversations (Principles of Responsible Investment, Principles of Responsible Banking, and the Net-Zero Asset Owners Alliance to name a few) currently underway, there is hardly any credible demand side effort to develop shovel-ready nature-positive projects with system-scale potential to absorb the benefits of a shifting financial landscape. The Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet is an international collaborative effort focused on identifying champions; incubating ideas with catalytic potential; leveraging private finance at mega-scale for public good; and garnering lessons learned and replicating success on a planetary scale.

The Impact X Summit is the single most important climate symposium in Asia Pacific, leading into COP 26 in Glasgow.

Principal partners

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Headquartered in Melbourne, ANZ is a top 4 bank in Australia, the largest banking group in New Zealand and the Pacific, and among the top 25 banks in the world by market capitalisation.We offer a range of banking and financial products and services to around 10 million business clients and retail customers, and employ over 50,000 people worldwide. ANZ’s experience across the full range of banking products and services has been shaped by 180 years in the industry. Our strong local relationship with companies, investors, partners, regulators and governments, can connect you to a wide network in the world’s fastest growing markets. We provide an extensive network of banking specialists and experts spanning 33 markets around the world, including an on-the-ground presence in 14 markets across Asia. To find out more about how we can support your business, visit anz.com/institutional, or contact an ANZ Representative.
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Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.
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Australian Ethical is Australia’s original and leading ethical investment manager. A veritable veteran of the responsible investing industry, we’ve been proving that money can be a force for good since 1986. Today we offer a range of award-winning financial products that deliver competitive returns for our customers and meaningful real-world outcomes for people, planet and animals. To find out more, go to www.australianethical.com.au

Lead Partners

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BlueScope is a provider of innovative steel materials, products, systems and technologies, headquartered in Australia with operations spread across North America, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and throughout Asia. We are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of painted and coated steel products, and with our strong expertise in steel we provide vital components for houses, buildings, structures, automotive and more. Our global networks are another great strength at BlueScope. With more than 160 operations and sales offices across 18 countries, we employ over 14,000 people and serve thousands of customers every day.   Our strong partnerships and networks are built on BlueScope's most loved and recognised product brands, such as COLORBOND® and ZINCALUME® steels, LYSAGHT® steel building products, and Butler® and Varco Pruden® engineered buildings.
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At PwC Australia, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. PwC is a network of firms in 155 countries with over 284,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.pwc.com.au
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Polestar is an electric performance vehicle brand committed to improving the society we live in by accelerating the move to sustainable mobility. The Swedish brand’s moonshot goal is to create the world’s first truly climate-neutral car by 2030, without offsetting by planting trees. Its philosophy is ‘Designing Towards Zero'. It’s not just a concept meticulously executed in the design studio, it’s a mindset, and one that is championed throughout the business. Innovation will help Polestar achieve its climate goals. But so will its people. Polestar’s head of sustainability, Fredrika Klarèn, will be joining the summit to talk about the brand’s commitment to ethical sourcing, circularity and transparency. Polestar Australia will officially launch in November 2021 with the all-electric Polestar 2 performance fastback. https://media.polestar.com/au/en
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Woodside led the development of the LNG industry in Australia and is applying this same pioneering spirit to solving future energy challenges. As Australia’s leading LNG operator, we operated 6% of global LNG supply in 2020. We have set clear targets to reduce our net emissions in line with our aspiration to achieve net zero by 2050. We are working to improve our energy efficiency, offset our emissions, reduce our emissions intensity, and explore options for lower carbon energy. Technology and innovation are essential to our long-term sustainability, and our success is driven by our people.

Supporting partners

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CSIRO is Australia's national science agency. We solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. CSIRO has a long history in conducting research to help Australia respond to a changing and variable climate, and in building the social, economic and environmental resilience of our nation. CSIRO's Climate Resilient Enterprise Mission, in development, will build a national climate risk capability for business and industry. It will enable Australian enterprise to disclose and respond to climate risk, whilst identifying adaptation and transition options; thereby building resilience across the economy.
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At Deloitte, we are driven to create an impact that matters at every opportunity. Over our 175-year history, we have built a reputation for impactful delivery across audit and assurance, consulting, financial and risk advisory, tax, and technology services. We recognise the economic and commercial risks inaction on climate change poses to our society, economy, communities and businesses. Our multi-dimensional approach addresses the breadth of perspective needed to deliver breakthrough solutions and we are focused on partnering with our clients, to create truly sustainable businesses.
EDGE

Edge is a leading sustainability consultancy focused on Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Our teams are based in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Chile. We exist to help our clients create value from tackling one of world’s most fundamental challenges: creating truly sustainable economies and societies. We do this by combining science, strategy and storytelling in a way that gives our clients the confidence to take ambitious action, and do well by doing good. We support our clients by working across six areas: 1) Sustainability leadership and communications. 2) Sustainability strategy. 3) Carbon and climate resilience. 4) Circular economy and lifecycle thinking. 5) Sustainable and ethical procurement. 6) Sustainable delivery. In bringing together these diverse services, we are perfectly placed to guide clients from first steps to sustainability leadership, and from strategy through to on-the-ground implementation.
South Pole

At South Pole Australia, we support our clients on their climate journey and strive to create positive impacts on climate, ecosystems and communities. Our presence in Australia spans all areas of expertise – from consulting and marketing, to sales and carbon project development. We help our clients assess their climate risks and opportunities, measure and reduce their environmental impact, source renewable energy and carbon offsets, and support sustainability projects that transform lives around the world.
QIC

QIC is a long-term specialist manager in alternatives offering infrastructure, real estate, private capital, liquid strategies and multi-asset investments. It is one of the largest institutional investment managers in Australia, with A$85bn (US$65bn) in funds under management1. QIC has over 800 employees and serves more than 115 clients. Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, QIC also has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London. For more information, please visit: www.qic.com
Agri

AgriFutures Australia is uniquely placed to lead cross-sectoral research into rural issues of national and global significance. We generate research, information and tools that support an innovative, adaptive and valuable agriculture sector. A key area of investment is in climate-related collaborations and carbon research. Our research is designed to fill gaps in knowledge, deliver innovative and novel approaches to solvable problems and explore new market pathways for producers to collaborate in carbon markets.
Holcim

Holcim is a market leader in the integrated supply and manufacture of building materials and solutions, operating in Australia since 1901. Recently, Holcim launched its low carbon concrete brand, ECOPact and ECOPact Zero – which are low carbon and carbon neutral concrete products that combine the best qualities of conventional concrete, while reducing the concrete's embodied carbon.

Accelerate zero champions

Climate Works

ClimateWorks Australia bridges research and action, to achieve the system-level transitions required to reach net zero emissions across Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. We act as trusted advisers, creating evidence-based solutions and influencing decision-makers to reduce emissions at scale. Co-founded by the Myer Foundation and Monash University in 2009, ClimateWorks is an independent non-profit working within the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.
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Beyond Zero Emissions is an internationally recognised think tank. We show through independent research and innovative solutions how Australia can prosper in a zero-emissions economy. To inspire political leadership and accelerate policy change, we publish research on technological solutions that unlock huge economic potential for industries, regions and communities. Our expert research is the springboard from which we showcase and facilitate lighthouse projects, which spurs policymakers to scale and replicate successful models. Our much-lauded COVID-response piece, The Million Jobs Plan, showed how in just five years, renewables and low emissions projects can deliver 1.8 million new jobs in the regions and communities that these are needed most. For its work Beyond Zero Emissions has won multiple international awards, including Prospect Magazine’s Best International Climate Change and Environment Think Tank in 2020 and Best International Energy Think Tank 2018.
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APCO is a not-for-profit organisation leading the development of a circular economy for packaging in Australia. APCO is the agency charged by government to deliver Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets and make all packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. To achieve this goal, APCO is working closely with government and industry to deliver a range of sustainable design, recycling, waste to landfill reduction and circular economy projects. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading product stewardship organisations with a strong national and global collaborative network, APCO is committed to reducing the environmental impact of packaging on Australian communities by moving towards a circular economy.
farmers

Farmers for Climate Action is a movement of farmers, agricultural leaders and rural Australians working to ensure farmers are a key part of the solution to climate change.  The only farmer-led organisation that specialises in climate action, we support farmers to build climate and energy literacy and advocate for climate solutions both on and off farm.  We are independent, non-profit and non-partisan.
Sphera

Sphera is the leading provider of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance and risk management software, data and consulting services with a focus on Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability (EHS&S), Operational Risk Management and Product Stewardship.
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Climate Group drives climate action. Fast. Our goal is a world of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with greater prosperity for all. We focus on systems with the highest emissions and where our networks have the greatest opportunity to drive change. We do this by building large and influential networks and holding organisations accountable, turning their commitments into action. We share what we achieve together to show more organisations what they could do. We are an international non-profit organisation, founded in 2004, with offices in London, New Delhi and New York. We are proud to be part of the We Mean Business coalition. Follow us on Twitter @ClimateGroup.
NSW Circular

NSW Circular is a NSW government-funded body with environment, economic and social goals embedded into its work, delivering for government organisations, and empowering industry and people. NSW Circular was created by the Office of NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer and is hosted by UNSW Sydney. Their mission is to deliver a zero-carbon circular economy in NSW by:- Providing transparent and open data to the market - Helping deliver new circular economy markets, infrastructure and services - Working collaboratively with businesses, government, researchers and individuals to remove barriers and scale the circular economy - Empowering people to promote circular behaviours and change.
NF

Founded in 2005, New Forests offers institutional investors targeted opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region and the United States and has more than AUD5.7bn in assets under management globally. Its assets include sustainable timber plantations, rural land, and conservation investments related to ecosystem restoration and protection. New Forests manages nearly approximately 1 million hectares of forests, rural land, and conservation investments and is headquartered in Sydney with offices in San Francisco, Singapore, and New Zealand.
ISOA

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) is Australia and New Zealand’s authority on sustainable infrastructure projects and assets. ISCA’s purpose is to ensure all infrastructure delivers cultural, social, environmental and economic benefits.    The Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating scheme is mandated by the most progressive delivery agencies and asset operators across Australia and New Zealand with over $165 billion infrastructure (by CAPEX) undertaking the rating. ISCA represents more than 170 individual companies, departments and associations with a combined annual turnover of more than $47.4 billion.    We support our sector with training and capacity building, connecting suppliers of sustainable products and services with projects through ISupply, and through advocacy that advances policy, standards and specifications toward a low carbon, resilient, inclusive infrastructure future.
Climate KIC

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Humanity has seen tremendous growth in general increase in prosperity over the last 200 years. This has come at the cost of the environment. We need to stop the find ways to live in harmony with our planet, quickly. Technology plays a key role in helping us get to sustainability.Climate Salad aims to help those that are building technology solutions to climate problems get more customers, find great people and grow to their full potential. Vision: Climate Salad massively contributes to climate action by helping companies building products to solve climate challenges to get connected to customers, talent, and investors. Mission: By 2030, Climate Salad will significantly impacted 1,000 climate tech companies by getting them a customer, a team member or an investor. climatesalad.com
Be Syd

BESydney promotes Sydney as the pre-eminent Asia-Pacific business visitor destination and acquires strategic business events that deliver economic and social impact for Sydney, NSW and global communities. We are independent and not-for-profit, supported by the NSW Government, City of Sydney and industry.   We have the connectivity to help bring your business event to Sydney.  Within Australia, we connect you with our Team Sydney partners who will work with you to create an outstanding business event.  On the global stage, backed by experience and built on relationships, we work with our clients to achieve their objectives and deliver enduring legacies.
TNC

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organisation dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we focus on getting things done efficiently and with the greatest positive impact for conservation. We’re a trusted organisation working in 70 countries around the world on innovative solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. To learn more about The Nature Conservancy in Australia, visit natureaustralia.org.au.
ACEH

The mission of the Australian Circular Economy Hub (ACE Hub) is to facilitate the transition to a circular economy in Australia. This can only be achieved with one of the most significant collaboration efforts ever undertaken. The ACE Hub aims to be the ‘one-stop shop' for all things circular in Australia – a platform for sharing information and inspiration, and for celebrating the efforts of all those working towards this vital transition.
ICA

The Insurance Council of Australia is the representative body for the general insurance industry of Australia. Our members represent approximately 95 percent of total premium income written by private sector general insurers, spanning both insurers and reinsurers.Our work with our members, consumer groups and all levels of government serves to support consumers and communities when they need it most.We believe an insurable Australia is a resilient Australia – and it’s our purpose to be the voice for a resilient Australia.
Aboriginal Carbon Foundation

The Aboriginal Carbon Foundation (AbCF) catalyses life-changing, community prosperity, through carbon farming. ... With a strong culture of innovation and collaboration, the AbCF supports carbon farming projects and connects communities who supply carbon credits, with organisations seeking to offset their carbon pollution.
The Gaimaragal Group

The Gaimaragal Group was established to lead social change and create social impact by bringing together like minds and like spirits. We want to create a new story of connection and wellbeing for all people. Our aim is to facilitate the voice for our Elders, empower youth, provide two-way cultural translation to bring everyone together.
CDP

The Centre for Policy Development (CPD) is an independent, bipartisan Australian policy institute. We develop long-term policies to lift the wellbeing of current and future generations. We seek to create, to connect, and convince on the policy challenges and opportunities that matter most for Australians over the long run. Our vision is a society that expands opportunity and social justice, an economy that is clean, innovative, and productive, a government that is active and effective, and a country that is respected for its leadership and cooperation. Our create-connect-convince model enhances the policy process by:- Focusing on long-term policy development that can outlast short-term political cycles, creating space for policymakers to share knowledge and test ideas outside their usual roles, connecting insights from across jurisdictions and systems, and from policy, research, and practice.
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Impact X respects and acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise their rich cultures and connections to land, sea and community. Together, we commit to building a sustainable future together.

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