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.
Sir Richard Branson
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.
Angela is the World Energy Council’s sixth Secretary General since its founding in 1923.Angela is one of the world’s leading global energy futures experts, an experienced energy executive, a distinguished Oxford scholar and a published author. She has 30 years of experience in leading national, international and global multi-stakeholder transformation initiatives on a wide range of economic, energy, climate and sustainable development related challenges.Angela has worked as a senior executive in the public-, private-, academic- and civic sectors. She was appointed Secretary General and CEO of the World Energy Council in 2019. Angela joined the Council in 2017 to create a practical energy transition leaders toolkit and direct a new strategic insights programme. Prior to that Angela led an upgrade in strategic foresight at the OECD, based in Paris. Prior corporate experience includes decades in Royal Dutch Shell and British Gas plc.Angela is a Fellow of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Centre for Strategic Foresight, an International Advisory Board Member of the Russian Higher School of Economics, Moscow (HSE), and a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Science (WAAS). She has published four books and numerous articles. Angela has a PhD in Physics.
Jacki is passionate about the role business can play in ensuring a sustainable and resilient Australia. In particular the relationship between Corporate Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance, and the role each play in Australian businesses creating stakeholder value.Her career has spanned the health sector, injury and safety management and general insurance. In 2019 Jacki retired from her Group Executive role with Insurance Australia Group where she had successfully held several Group executive roles including CEO CGU Business Partners, CEO The Buzz (a start up insurer in 2009), CEO New Zealand and Group Executive People, Performance and Culture. Jacki is now an advisor to the Group on Climate, Sustainability and Resilience. In this capacity she holds the roles of Co Chair United Nations Environment Financial Initiative. She consults to organisations on incorporating environmental and social commitments into strategy.
As Founder and Chair, Dr Andrew Forrest has led Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) from inception to a US$60 billion listed natural resources company that’s invested US$40+ billion developing some of the world’s most efficient infrastructure. In 2021, Fortescue announced its commitment to zero-emissions by 2030, and created Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), a developer, financier, and operator of a global portfolio of renewable energy resources to produce green energy at a scale equal to the oil and gas super-majors. In 2001, Andrew co-founded Minderoo Foundation with his wife Nicola, and to date they’ve donated more than US$1.6 billion for 300+ initiatives addressing modern slavery, ocean health, cancer, indigenous disparity, early childhood development, disaster resilience, and plastic waste. Dr Forrest’s commercial business, Tattarang, is backing new renewable green energy projects, including WindLab and SunCable, and expanding sustainable carbon-neutral practices within agri-food business Harvest Road. Dr Forrest has a PhD in Marine Ecology from the University of Western Australia, and serves as an IUCN Patron of Nature and a World Economic Forum Friend of Ocean Action.
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.
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.
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.
June Oscar AO
June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).June has held a raft of influential positions including Deputy Director of the Kimberley Land Council, chair of the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and the Kimberley Interpreting Service and Chief Investigator with WA’s Lililwan Project addressing FASD.She was appointed to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (1990) and was a winner of the 100 Women of Influence 2013 in the Social Enterprise and Not For Profit category. In 2015 June received the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with FASD.June has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame, Broome, Western Australia, and is currently writing her PhD. June is a co-founder of the Yiramalay Wesley Studio School and is a Community member of the Fitzroy Valley Futures Governing Committee.In February 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edith Cowan University. June was also named the NAIDOC Person of the Year at the 2018 National NAIDOC Awards and in 2019 she was bestowed the honorary role of a Distinguished Fellow of ANZSOG.June began her five-year term as Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner on 3 April 2017.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Alastair Symington joined Blackmores as Group CEO and Managing Director in September 2019, bringing deep global FMCG experience with leadership roles in health and beauty categories across multiple geographies. Blackmores Group includes Blackmores – Australia’s leading natural health brand; BioCeuticals – Australia’s leading practitioner range; and Pure Animal Wellbeing – natural health products for pets, and Blackmores Institute - an academic and research centre of excellence. Prior to joining Blackmores Alastair was the Senior Vice President of APAC, Latin America and the Middle East for Coty based in Dubai. He has extensive experience in commercial operations across multiple geographies during his time at P&G and Coty having held roles in Market Strategy and Planning across APAC (P&G) based in Singapore, Managing Director China Wella (P&G), based in Shanghai, Head of Emerging Markets (Wella) P&G, based in Geneva, and SVP Consumer Beauty, Coty based in Dubai. Alastair started his career in Australia and has a deep understanding of consumer retail and brand marketing in the local market having held roles at both at Nestle and Gillette. Alastair has a Bachelor of Economics and a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Business from Monash University, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Amanda is one of the best known public commentators on the climate crisis in Australia. She is the CEO and co-founder of the Climate Council, an independent climate change education and advocacy body. Previously, Amanda co-founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and has served on Renewable Energy Expert Panels for the Queensland and Northern Territory governments. Amanda was the founding Chair of the Centre for Australian Progress and is a former Board Director at Plan International Australia and the Whitlam Institute. She holds an Honours degree in Law from Monash University and an Arts Degree from Melbourne University. Amanda has won numerous awards including being recognised as one of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence and a finalist in Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year Awards.
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.
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.
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 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.
As CEO of ISC, 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 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 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 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 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 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.
As Chief Executive of HealthShare NSW, Carmen is responsible for leading the largest public sector shared services organisation in Australia. She has been a senior leader in NSW Health for 25 years and has extensive operational experience, particularly in the planning and delivery of linen, food and patient support services for public hospitals. In her time as Chief Executive, Carmen has focused on setting the new strategic direction for HealthShare, with a focus on values-based leadership, collaboration, sustainability, and improved outcomes for patients and the community, whilst navigating through the current challenges of COVID-19.
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.
Carol Anne Hilton
Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO and Founder of The Indigenomics Institute. Carol Anne is a recognized First Nation’s business leader with an international Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is of Nuu chah nulth descent from the Hesquiaht Nation on Vancouver Island.Carol Anne was recently appointed as a senior advisor on the Canadian Federal Economic Growth Council. The Council advises the Federal Finance Minister Morneau on Canadian economic growth. Carol Anne was also recently appointed to the BC Economic Task Force advising the Ministry of Jobs, Trade, and TechnologyCarol Anne is currently authoring ‘Indigenomics- a Global Power Shift’ Carol Anne has led the establishment of a line of thought called #indigenomics- building and developing local Indigenous economies.Carol Anne’s work has been recognized with a BC Aboriginal Outstanding Business Achievement Award, a Creating Wealth Award from the National Indigenous Council of Elders and Business of the Year Award from the Nuu chah nulth Economic Development Corporation.Carol Anne currently serves as Director on the McGill University Institute of the Study of Canada and the National Canadian Community Economic Development Network and is also serving as a juror on the Smart Cities Challenge. Carol Anne is an instructor at Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development Program and a faculty lead at the Banff Center’s Indigenous Business Program where she was also a Fleck Fellow.
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.
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 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).
"For the past 15 years, Cyril has focused on statutory approval processes, stakeholder engagement, environmental practices and sustainable solutions across French and Australian jurisdictions. He is now leading Holcim's Reserves, Planning, Environment and Sustainability teams supporting ~250 quarries and concrete plants across Australia. More recently, Cyril has also been leading Holcim's endeavor to be a leader in sustainable construction by providing low carbon solutions. The Environmental Product Declarations for Holcim Concrete and Certified Carbon Neutral Concrete, a first for the readymix concrete industry in Australia, are examples of this commitment."
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.
David Brand founded New Forests in 2005 and leads the company’s investment programs. He is a member of New Forests’ Board of Directors and is the Chair of the company’s Investment Committees. David has over 40 years’ experience in forestry investment, forest management, science, and public policy. David is dedicated to innovative, responsible investment strategies in the forest sector and associated assets, including infrastructure, wood processing, and environmental markets. Previously, David was responsible for investment programs that integrated forest management with emerging environmental market opportunities at Hancock Natural Resources Group (HNRG). Prior to joining HNRG, David was the Executive General Manager of State Forests of NSW where he led pioneering transactions in the commercial development of environmental markets. From 1985-1995, David worked with the Canadian Forest Service as a scientist, director of scientific programs, and ultimately as national Director-General of Science and Sustainable Development. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC-based non-governmental organisation Forest Trends, the Board of Trustees of Bangkok-based Intergovernmental Organisation The Centre for People and Forests, and is Chair of wood processing business, Timberlink Australia. David has a PhD from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Toronto in Canada.
Dr Dennis Foley is a Professor of Indigenous Entrepreneurship, recognised internationally as a leader of the discipline. He is Indigenous with matrilineal links are the Gai-mariagal of the north eastern edge of the Sydney basin and his patrilineal connections are with the Wiradjuri of the Turon River region north east of Bathurst in western New South Wales. His work includes research on entrepreneurial activity with Indigenous groups across Australia, Aotearoa, the Pacific including Taiwan and Korea, Hawaii, Fiji and the southern states of the USA and Canada. His publications are eclectic including literature, history, sociology and Aboriginal education. His text on his mother’s country entitled ‘Repossession of Our Sprits’ received broad acclaim academically and from the Aboriginal community. It is widely used within schools in the northern suburbs of Sydney as a teaching reference. His most recent publication with his co-author Peter Read through the National Museum is entitled ‘What the Colonist Never Knew’. Which has been well received by the wider public with strong sales
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Guy Debelle commenced as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia on 18 September 2016. He is Deputy Chair of the Reserve Bank Board and Chair of the Council of Financial Regulators' Climate Change Working Group. Prior to his current role, Dr Debelle was the Assistant Governor (Financial Markets).In May 2019, Dr Debelle was appointed Chair of the Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC). Prior to this, he was Chair of the BIS Foreign Exchange Working Group responsible for the development of the Global Code of Conduct for the Foreign Exchange Market as well as Chair of the Australian Foreign Exchange Committee.Dr Debelle worked at the International Monetary Fund, Bank for International Settlements, Australian Treasury and as a visiting professor in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He graduated from the University of Adelaide with an honours degree in economics and gained his PhD in economics at MIT under Stanley Fischer and Rudi Dornbusch. Dr Debelle is a signatory to The Banking and Finance Oath.
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 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 has been involved in Investment Banking since 2001 having worked in London, Melbourne and Sydney.His current role is with Citi covering origination of funding for local and global companies in Debt Capital Markets.Ian has raised funds for government, corporate and financial institutions across 42 transactions in 2021, and has been involved in raising over $400bn in the past 10 years.He is also chair of his local ESG Champions committee to address how banking becomes the enabler of change.
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.
Ian Kay is ARENA’s Chief Financial Officer and leads ARENA’s business development and transactions teams. Ian’s focus is on optimising the use of ARENA’s grant money to help proponents secure the sponsor equity, third party equity and project finance debt needed to bring projects to financial close.Ian has 15 years’ experience leading investment in infrastructure, development and commercialisation of renewable energy projects at Origin Energy and Macquarie Group.He has particular skill in managing joint venture partnerships and a track record of designing innovative transaction structures. Ian brings a depth of experience to ARENA and has originated, developed and led projects totalling more than $12 billion in enterprise value and $3.7 billion total required equity commitment. He has experience of a broad range of renewable energy projects.Ian holds a Master of Arts (Honours) in Economic Science from Aberdeen University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales).
Jacqueline Novogratz is the New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Sweater and Manifesto for a Moral Revolution. She founded Acumen in 2001 with the idea of investing philanthropic patient capital in entrepreneurs seeking to solve the toughest issues of poverty. As a pioneer of impact investing, Acumen and its investments have brought critical services like healthcare, education and clean energy to hundreds of millions of low-income people. Jacqueline has been named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, one of the 25 Smartest People of the Decade by the Daily Beast, and one of the world’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds by Forbes, which also honored her with the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In addition to her work with Acumen, she is a sought-after speaker and sits on a number of philanthropic boards.
Joanne Gray is managing editor of The Australian Financial Review. She has reported and edited for the Financial Review in a variety of roles in Sydney, Washington, Canberra and Melbourne and has managed editorial teams for Bloomberg and Asia money in Zurich and Hong Kong. She is co-chair of the Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards. Joanne holds a BEc / LLB from the University of Sydney and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
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.
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.
Ms Broadbent has had a career across the Australian business, public and arts sectors. She serves on the board of Macquarie Group Limited and has recently completed an 11 year term as Chancellor of the University of Wollongong and 9 years on the Board of Woolworths Limited. She was 15 years on the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, the inaugural Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and has served as Chair of the board of Swiss Re Life and Health Australia Limited, and as a director on the boards of ASX Limited, Special Broadcasting Corporation (SBS), Qantas Airways Limited, Westfield Property Trusts, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Coca-Cola Amatil Limited. She maintains an active interest in the arts, is a director of the Sydney Dance Company, the National Portrait Gallery and been a member of the boards of the Sydney Theatre Company, NIDA, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Art Gallery of NSW.In 2019 she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for her contribution to corporate, financial, clean energy and cultural organisations, to higher education and to women in business.
Jim is a partner at Pinsent Masons based in Sydney. He specialises in significant and complex debt finance transactions and assists market-leading borrowers, lenders and sponsors with their debt portfolios and major transactions. He works with Australian borrowers, lenders and arrangers in drafting, negotiating and closing financing transactions of all types, including property and acquisition finance, project finance, ISDAs, USPP, AMTNs, EMTNs, receivables financing and inventory financing. He also has extensive experience in securitisations, derivatives and structured transactions. Jim is helping Australian companies navigate the complexities around Net Zero and its impact on how they raise capital in the domestic and international debt markets.
Dr. Jonathan Foley
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 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.
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’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 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 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.
As Executive Director Environment & Sustainability at Transport for NSW, Julie is responsible for sustainability policy and strategy, and driving positive environmental outcomes for Transport projects, programs and operations. She has 25 years’ experience in the NSW public sector leading and implementing strategy, delivering large and complex projects, and managing operations. Julie is a strong advocate for sustainability and ensuring that early project decisions translate into sustainable outcomes. Julie is also a member representative on the Infrastructure Sustainability Council (ISC) Board.
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 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 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 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 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.
Responsible for driving McDonald’s supply chain and sustainability agendas across Australia and New Zealand, Kylie brings extensive procurement, commercial and sustainability experience to the country’s leading and largest quick service restaurant chain. Ensuring the supply of products and produce to more than 1,000 restaurants, Kylie and her team work closely with local and international suppliers to deliver safe and quality food, while innovating and implementing sustainably efficient product, packaging, energy and waste solutions to reduce McDonald’s environmental footprint. Leading McDonald’s commitment to remove plastic straws and cutlery from Australia’s 1,000 McDonald’s restaurants, Kylie is currently working in partnership with McDonald’s core suppliers to implement commercially responsible in-restaurant sustainability solutions to benefit the McDonald’s system, customers and overall community. Combining the shared experiences of the supply chain and sustainability teams, Kylie is quickly establishing McDonald’s as a trusted leader in quick service restaurant sustainability practices and behaviours committed to the business priorities of reduce, reuse and recycle.
Laura is the Director of Corporate Engagement at the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) and leads the regional implementation of Climate Action 100+ in Australia and New Zealand. She manages IGCC’s corporate engagement program of work and thematic research on corporate climate change issues relevant to investors. She was a key contributor to the development of the Climate Action 100+ Net Zero Company Benchmark in 2020, and led the development of the initiative’s 2019 and 2020 progress reports.Prior to joining IGCC in 2019, Laura worked in the banking and insurance sector at both Bank Australia and the Suncorp Group in sustainability and corporate communications. At Bank Australia she led projects including sustainability reporting, modern slavery, reconciliation, and climate change policy. She also has extensive experience engaging with companies on supply chain issues related to biodiversity, deforestation and human rights from her time at Zoos Victoria leading corporate engagement. Laura holds degrees in social psychology and communications from the University of Melbourne and QUT, and has also studied economics, corporate governance and climate policy.
I spent much of my life travelling the world and seeking out knowledge. I worked in IT in Europe, then as an economist in Australia, Now I have brought that knowledge home to Aotearoa (New Zealand) and humbly seek to use that knowledge for our people. As Māori we walk in two worlds, we strive for sovereignty, to live our best lives according to our values and tikanga (ways). Economic sovereignty is one of the pou (pillars) supporting this, but cannot be viewed in isolation from the rest. Manaakitanga (caring for others), kaitiakitanga (guardianship of the natural world), all are connected. E mihi ana, e mihi ana.
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 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 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 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.
Mike Nicholls is an Entrepreneur, Inventor and Technologist. 30 yrs + business experience in Sales & Marketing, CEO & MD of 4 companies with practical experience across a range of industries. Mike helps a lot of startups, researchers and entrepreneurs in the Australian startup and research ecosystem and is the fund expert at helping startups generate their early customer leads and opportunities. Mike leads the Health and Decarb challenges for the fund and is interested in semiconductors, opticals, AI, renewable energy, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular or brain disease. He also is obsessed with learning and teaching how to get better at sales, marketing and scaling your business.
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.
Morgan leads the ESG research for the Australian market, as well as for the Real Estate and Construction Materials industries, overseeing research on the financially material ESG related risks and opportunities facing companies in these areas. Morgan also works with clients to understand industry trends and incorporate ESG data into their investment processes.
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 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.
"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 was appointed to the AMGC Board in 2015 and is tasked with overseeing the implementation of AMGC’s strategy and its alignment with the overall Federal Government’s Growth Centre Initiative.Paul has over 25 years’ manufacturing industry experience as owner and Executive Chair of Rinstrum, an industrial electronics manufacturing company. Rinstrum is based in Brisbane and actively exports to global markets with subsidiaries in the United States, Germany, India and Sri Lanka.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Rene Woods is a Nari Nari man from southwest New South Wales. He has had a long involvement Gayini (water) for Aboriginal people across the Basin. He grew up on the Murrumbidgee River where the river was always central to his family, his community, and their way of life.Rene is a strong advocate for First Nation people in the Basin and has worked in communities in both the public and non government organisation sectors of the Basin. He previously held the position of chairperson of the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations(2018 to 2020). Rene was also a member of the National Cultural Flows Research Committee (2013 to 2018) and was a panel member of Former Minister Littleprouds Independent Panel for the Assessment of Social and Economic Conditions of Murray–Darling Basin communities. Rene was the first Aboriginal person appointed to the Murray Darling Basin Authority Board Member in December 2020.
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.
Rhys Davies is DLA Piper’s International Sustainability & ESG Lead, working with clients to develop and review corporate governance frameworks that take into account international standards, multilateral initiatives and broader stakeholder expectations. He also coordinates our ESG due diligence offering across the firm and supports our sustainable finance offering with his background in environmental and social issues at the asset level, including in planning, environmental impact and indigenous engagement.
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.
Richard Heath is Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute, an independent agricultural policy research organisation. Richard is a Nuffield Scholar and was a farmer at Gunnedah for 20 years until 2012. Previous to his current role Richard was Associate Professor of Agronomy and Farm Management at the University of Sydney. He is currently also a director of the Grains Research and Development Corporation and member of the CSIRO Agriculture and Food advisory committee.
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.
Slava is the founder and CEO of evee - Australia's only electric car sharing platform focused on increasing the uptake of electric vehicles by making them affordable and accessible to all. Slava completed his B.Eng in Russia before arriving in Australia in 2011, where he continued to study at UTS, gaining both a Masters in Engineering Management and an MBA. While working in project management and accounting roles, he remained passionate about startups, technology and renewable energy. So when his first child was born he felt compelled to do something that would have a meaningful impact on future generations. The result was the purpose built car-sharing platform evee that launched in 2016 and is now serving thousands of customers across Australia.
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.
Ross co-founded QIC Global Infrastructure (‘GI’) in early 2006. Ross provides overall leadership to the team which currently manages 21 direct investments across six countries, out of offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, New York and London. He has had oversight as a member of the QIC Global Infrastructure Investment Committee of all of the team’s investments. In addition to his infrastructure responsibilities, Ross is also a member of QIC’s Executive Committee Management.Ross has over 29 years of experience in the field of corporate finance and funds management with specialist skills in infrastructure, asset management, capital raisings and M&A. Prior to QIC, Ross was with AMP Capital from 2000 to 2005. He co-led the AMP team responsible for the creation of the Diversified Utility and Energy Trusts (DUET). After which he was seconded into the management joint venture between AMP Capital and Macquarie Bank established prior to DUET’s listing on the ASX in August 2004. He was DUET’s Chief Operating Officer until his departure to QIC. Prior to joining AMP Capital, Ross worked for ABN AMRO and BZW in their Australian Infrastructure Corporate Advisory and London M&A teams and with Ernst & Young in their Sydney Corporate Tax division.Ross is currently a director of Pacific Energy, Generate Capital and CenTrio. Ross holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law from the University of Queensland.
Ross De Rango
Ross De Rango is the Electric Vehicle Council’s Head of Energy and Infrastructure. Based in Melbourne, he qualified as a robotics engineer in 2006 and spent some time teaching engineering at Deakin University prior to spending 13 years working in the electrical industry, during the last 5 of which he’s been focussed primarily on EVs. Ross sits on EM-001 and EL-054 Standards Australia committees, and gets involved in working groups wherever the standards, codes and regulations relating to the electrical infrastructure supporting EVs in Australia are being considered. Ross has owned a 2014 Outlander PHEV for the last few years and has taken it all over country Victoria and NSW on family holidays – his next vehicle is yet to be determined, but will certainly be electric!
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.
Sarah is an experienced Environmental and Sustainability Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the infrastructure and building construction industry, in addition to remote parts of the Asia Pacific region during scientific research. She is skilled in the implementation and delivery of ISCA and Green Star ratings across Design, As Built and Operation phases, and the implementation of a business-wide Climate Change Risk program. Sarah has great passion to lead the transition to a more sustainable future.
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).
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.
Slava is the founder and CEO of evee - Australia's only electric car sharing platform focused on increasing the uptake of electric vehicles by making them affordable and accessible to all. Slava completed his B.Eng in Russia before arriving in Australia in 2011, where he continued to study at UTS, gaining both a Masters in Engineering Management and an MBA. While working in project management and accounting roles, he remained passionate about startups, technology and renewable energy. So when his first child was born he felt compelled to do something that would have a meaningful impact on future generations. The result was the purpose built car-sharing platform evee that launched in 2016 and is now serving thousands of customers across Australia.
Tania Smith is a Director of Sustainable Finance at ANZ and a Chartered Environmentalist. She has over 15 year of experience advising governments, investors, global corporates and non-profit organisation within Australia, Asia, the UK, Europe, USA and the Middle East. Within her current role, Tania assists ANZ's institutional clients transition to a more sustainable and net zero future through provision of innovative finance such as Green/Social and Sustainable Bonds and Loans, and Sustainability Linked Loans.
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.
Tim Ash Vie
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trystan Eeles is Co-Founder and COO of Liftango, a leading provider of demand-responsive transport technology systems around the globe. Trystan is the proud holder of a master’s degree in engineering (which is unused to this day), he has over a decade of experience in management consulting and is a lifelong transport nerd. He is proud of his label as the non-technical co-founder but is lucky enough to hide this fact by knowing a few buzzwords and having an incredibly strong technical team around him.
Tim has over 15 years commercial and government experience in the clean energy industry in Australia and abroad. Currently he is the Project Director Hydrogen and Clean energy programs at the NSW department of Planning, Industry Environment where he led the development of the NSW Hydrogen Strategy. In addition, Tim leads a number of other government led sustainable and renewable energy initiatives, around demand response and distributed energy resources and is also the chair of the National GreenPower program.
Satya S. Tripathi
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 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 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.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Stuart began his career with Procter and Gamble in Scotland, before working in a number of senior positions in fast moving consumer goods companies across Europe including Regional Managing Director Purina U.K, Ireland and Netherlands and CEO of Nestle Poland and Baltics. Stuart is married with three children, is a Rugby enthusiast, and a keen amateur blues musician. Lion is a leading beverage company headquartered in Sydney, Australia. With origins dating back 180 years, Lion is known for its commitment to quality, craftsmanship, community and sustainability, with a core beer portfolio including many loved brands such as XXXX, Little Creatures, Speights and Panhead, and international craft brands such as New Belgium. Lion also has an enviable portfolio of wine brands and shareholdings in Four Pillars Gin, Remedy Kombucha and Schibello Coffee.
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.
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.