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.
Dr. Andrew Mears
Dr Andrew Mears is an engineer and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in renewable energy and innovation management, covering APAC, Africa and Australia. He was a Chief Technical Advisor for Renewable Energy and Climate Change for the United Nations in Southern Africa and SE Asia. In 2014 he launched SwitchDin, which solves key challenges in scaling renewable energy to drive the transformation of the electricity systems of the world.
Over the last two decades Alison has dedicated herself to environmental sustainability, including global responsibility for strategy development, delivering transformation programs, commercialising new busines models, community development and advocacy. Across her work in energy, transport, infrastructure and technology in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, Alison has led with a strong focus on values, relationships and collaborative partnerships. 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.
Former Foreign Minister Bob Carr is also the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history. He served as Minister for Planning and Environment 1984 to 1988 and as Leader of the Opposition from 1988 until his election as Premier in March 1995. He was re-elected in 1999 and 2003 securing a historic third four-year term. He retired from state politics in 2005. During his 10 years, the State Government set new records for spending on infrastructure, became the first government in the State’s history to retire debt, hosted the world’s best Olympics in 2000, and achieved the nation’s best school literacy levels. Forbes magazine called Bob Carr a “dragon slayer” for his landmark tort law reforms. In March 2012 he was designated by Prime Minister Julia Gillard as Australia’s Foreign Minister, elected to the Australian Senate to fill a casual Senate vacancy, and sworn into the Senate and Cabinet on March 13, 2012. As Foreign Minister, Bob Carr fostered stronger relations between Australia and Southeast Asia, lifted sanctions on Myanmar, campaigned for the passage of a global Arms Trade Treaty, and led the final stages of Australia’s successful bid for Australia’s seat on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member.
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.
Dr. Caroline Noller
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.
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.
Dr Don Russell
Dr Don Russell was jointly appointed by ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd and the Ai Group as an Independent Director of the Board on 2 May 2019. Since June 2019 Don has been the Independent Chair of the Expert Assessment Panel which Considers applications from universities under the Australian Universities Job Protection Framework and from June 2018 Dr Russell has been a director of the Centre for Policy Development. Previous directorships include with CSIRO and Chair of State Super. Until 2018 Dr Russell was the Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Prior to that he was the Chief Executive of the Department of State Development, a role he commenced in 2014. Previous roles include Secretary of the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education; senior roles at BNY Mellon Asset Management Australia and Sanford C Bernstein, as well as a consultant to the World Bank, Bankers Trust, Westpac and as a Counsellor in the Australian delegation to the OECD in Paris. Between 1993 and 1995 Don served as Australia's Ambassador to the USA in Washington and between 1985 and 1993, and again in 1996, he was Principal Adviser to the Hon Paul Keating both during his time as Treasurer and Prime Minister. Don has a PhD from the London School of Economics, a MEc from ANU and a BEc (Hons) (First) from Flinders University as well as the Charted Financial Analyst designation
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 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.
Emma has worked in climate change, sustainability, public policy and finance for over twenty years. Prior to IGCC, Emma spent 15 years at Westpac Banking Corporation where she worked at the vanguard of climate change and finance. She held a range of roles across carbon finance and emissions trading, ESG Risk assessment, public policy and advocacy, sustainability strategy development and corporate affairs across Westpac Institutional Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation. Emma is on the Global Steering Committee of Climate Action 100+, the world’s largest investor-led corporate engagement initiative and the Global Steering Committee of The Investor Agenda, a collaboration of seven global investor networks. In 2020 Emma was appointed the Environment Commissioner at the Greater Sydney Commission. The Greater Sydney Commission is an independent New South Wales Government agency responsible for land use planning across the metropolitan area of Sydney, Australia. Emma is a Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute and a member of the Queensland Land Restoration Fund. Emma is a member of the Steering Committee of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative and the New Zealand Sustainable Finance Forum.
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.
As Chief Executive Officer of think tank Beyond Zero Emissions, Heidi Lee is an Australian leader in independent research and innovative solutions demonstrating how the country can prosper in a zero-emissions economy. She led the organisation’s much-lauded COVID- response piece, The Million Jobs Plan, which 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. Previously Heidi held several leadership roles at Beyond Zero Emissions, including on the Buildings Plan, as Board Director and Chair, and as Business and Industry Lead. Heidi is an expert in sustainable buildings and urban design and brings 20 years of experience in creating sustainable cities to her role at Beyond Zero Emissions.
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.
James Tilbury is the CEO of EnergyLab, Australia's largest climate tech innovation hub, and an advisor to Boomerang Labs and the Ocean Impact Accelerator. Prior to co-founding EnergyLab, James worked at Boston Consulting Group, as a researcher at the University of Oxford, and as a climate change consultant at EY. James holds an engineering degree from QUT and a master’s in environmental science from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
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.
Karen is an Investment Director with Palisade where she is responsible for renewable energy asset acquisition, development and management. Prior to joining Palisade, Karen was a Senior Vice President with Macquarie in London for 5 years where she focused on principal investments in renewable energy projects. Prior to this, Karen was a climate change lawyer with Baker & McKenzie, a senior policymaker and UN climate change negotiator with the Australian Government, and an engineer with CH2M Hill. Karen holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (1st Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws (1st Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.
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 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 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.
During his 17 year experience in global aquaculture production, Nusqe developed an exhaustive understanding of the biological nuances of growing fragile algae. Supported by a degree in biotechnology and extensive experience in managing publicly listed international organisations, Nusqe has developed a broad, balanced and highly relevant skill set to drive Provectus Algae forward towards it’s audacious goals and beyond.
Dr. Regan Crooks
Dr Regan Crooks is the CEO of FutureFeed, the company driving the commercialisation of the use of Asparagopsis to tackle methane emissions from ruminant livestock. Dr Crooks is a commercially-minded, strategic thinker who is passionate about improving operational efficiency and creating sustainable value chains to take products and technologies from concept to market. Regan has a doctorate in engineering and an MBA and has 18+ years of experience across manufacturing, construction and infrastructure, mining and primary industries.
Dr. Steve Meller
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.