Featured Speakers 2018


We are so proud to announce our Guest of Honour:

Loïc Réthoré, General Manager, Nespresso Australia & Oceania

Loïc enriches our program with the Honour Address at the Nespresso Business Leaders Breakfast on Friday 9th March, 7.15am – 8.30am. Loïc will discuss the challenges of this international and global brand, the secret to sustainability quality, future proofing farming, recycling and more interesting topics, all the while creating greater value for society and the environment. This prestigious event, will be a unforgettable opportunity!

Katrina Donaghy, Business Development Lead and Co-Founder, Civic Ledger

Katrina Donaghy is the Business Development Lead and Co-Founder of Civic Ledger – a civic focused blockchain Australian company. We work with local, state and national governments on the use of blockchain technologies to solve specific business problems where blockchain is advantaged over traditional legacy technologies.

Through her early years as a sociologist through to her interest in entrepreneurialism, she has extensive experience in public policy and early stage commercialisation. For more than 20 years, Katrina has worked in both public and not for profit sectors with a specific focus on business development, project delivery and revenue diversification with the view to building resilient and sustainable organisations.

In Australia, she organises the Brisbane Women in Blockchain Meetup and regularly speaks on the topic of why cities and governments should be exploring blockchain technologies. Katrina’s interest in blockchain technologies is driven by her curiousity of its potential to replace government legacy systems to deliver efficiencies, stimulate innovation and build digital societies.

Ms Emma Herd, CEO, Investor Group for Climate Change

Emma Herd has been Chief Executive Officer at the Investor Group on Climate Change since August 2015. Emma has worked in climate change, sustainability, public policy and finance for almost twenty years.

Prior to IGCC, Emma spent 15 years at Westpac Banking Corporation where she worked at the vanguard of climate change and finance. She held a range of roles across carbon finance and emissions trading, ESG Risk assessment, public policy and advocacy, sustainability strategy development and corporate affairs across Westpac Institutional Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation. She started her career working in Parliamentary Committees (Senate and House of Representatives) in Parliament House, Canberra.

Emma is a Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute and a member of the Queensland Climate Change Advisory Council. She holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Thai) Hons.

Dr Helen Lewis, Adjunct Professor, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney & Environmental Consultant, Helen Lewis Research

Dr Helen Lewis runs her own consulting business, providing research and strategic advice to a range of industry and government clients on resource recovery, product stewardship and packaging. She is also an Adjunct Professor with the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney.

Her previous roles have included Chief Executive of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative and Director of the Centre of Design at RMIT University.

Helen has written widely on product stewardship and corporate social responsibility including several books. She recently published Product stewardship in action (2016) and is a co-author of Packaging for sustainability (2012) and Design + Environment (2001). She has a PhD in product stewardship and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging.

Ms Simone Looi-Britton, Sustainability & Public Policy General Manager, Veolia Australia and New Zealand

Simone is a Sustainability Professional at Veolia with a degree in Environmental Engineering.

Having worked in this field for the last 14 years & having had experience in the UK & Australia, Simone believes that organisations have a key role to play in delivering a sustainable future.

Simone was given the accolade of ‘Game Changer’ in the inaugural UK ‘Business in the Community’ Game Changers Award for integrating responsible business behaviour within Veolia.

Mr Chris Nunn, Head of Sustainability, Real Estate, AMP Capital

Chris Nunn is Head of Sustainability at AMP Capital Real Estate. AMP Capital has a property portfolio valued at approximately $23 billion, mainly in Australia and NZ, consisting of approximately 80 shopping centres, offices and industrial assets. Chris has 17 years’ experience in sustainability with expertise in environmental law, sustainability consultancy, green building design and operations, sustainability rating systems, corporate sustainability strategy and reporting.

Chris started out as an Environmental Lawyer, working for 5 years as an environment and planning lawyer at major Australian law firm MinterEllison and then as a litigation solicitor at the Environmental Defender’s Office in Sydney. Chris was awarded a Chevening Scholarship to study a Masters degree at the London School of Economics, after which Chris spent a further 5 years working in London as Associate Director of Sustainability for design and engineering consultancy Atkins.

In 2011, Chris moved back to Sydney to work as Sustainability Leader at engineering consultancy Norman Disney & Young, then worked as Sustainability Director for global property management company JLL, joining AMP Capital in September 2015.

Dr Kate Ringvall, Sustainability Manager, IKEA Australia

Dr Kate Ringvall is the Sustainability Manager at IKEA Australia, bringing with her 20 years of work and study in the sustainability field. At IKEA, Kate is responsible for implementing the IKEA People & Planet Positive Strategy for 2020. This includes bold ambitions to be energy independent, drive energy and resource efficiency in-store, and to help inspire Australians live a more sustainable life at home. Prior to this she worked in the Federal Government in Transport Environment Policy and Research.  She completed a Masters in Public Policy at Murdoch University and her PhD in Planning at Curtin University examined the integration of sustainability into new ‘Green’ marketed suburbs in Perth.

Mr Tony Roberts, Deputy Director-General, Environmental Policy and Planning, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Tony is responsible for developing strategy, policy and legislation to support the Government’s environment and heritage agenda.

Tony leads the department’s strategy on environmental legislation and policy priorities in relation to: climate, water quality, waste, coastal management, planning and development, heritage, air and chemicals, state of the environment reporting, environment protection and reef policy.

Tony supports the Minister and Director-General in representing Queensland’s environment and heritage interests at the national level.

Ms Kate Wakeling, State Community Manager, Queensland, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited

Since joining Bendigo and Adelaide Bank in 2006, Kate has held a range of roles commencing as a Financial Planning Development Manager for Bendigo Wealth Solutions®, based in Docklands Victoria.

Relocating to Queensland in 2007, Kate is now currently based in Brisbane as State Community Manager playing a pivotal role in the development and expansion of the Community Bank® model in Queensland.

Kate has been in the Financial Services Industry for more than 25 years and holds a Diploma in Financial Planning from Deakin University.

Kate is a Director of Logan Community Financial Services Limited who operate Springwood, Loganholme, Browns Plains, Marsden and Beenleigh Community Bank® Branches.

Keen to encourage diversity in the workforce Kate is also a member of FEW (Financial Executive Women) and WoB Australia (Women on Boards).

Mr Jon Westover, Managing Director - Global Operations, Jurlique International

Jon Westover has been with Jurlique since 2009 and leads the sustainability strategy across the company in conjunction with the Brand and Commercial teams.

He has worked in  global operations roles for a number of International and Australian companies and is a passionate advocate of Jurlique’s sustainability strategy and culture.

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