Featured Speakers 2019

John has over 20 years’ experience in the Australian energy sector. This work has included industry development plans for governments and strategic advice on energy transition for industry.

Before joining Deloitte as a Partner leading its Australian Energy Transition practice, John ran Australian CleanTech, a corporate advisory firm energy, environment, finance and policy. Previously he worked in corporate development at Origin Energy and engineering and oil & gas roles in UK and Syria. John has engineering and business degrees from Oxford, Dublin and Adelaide. He has published two books on the opportunities that come with the transition to a low carbon economy.


Elke Lindner, Sustainability and Environment Manager at Toyota Australia since 2015, leads the company’s strategic pathway towards the global Toyota Environment Challenge 2050 of:

  • Achieving zero emissions; and
    Developing a recycling-based society.

With a Masters in Social Science (Environment and Planning, RMIT) and qualifications including Green Star and Infrastructure Sustainability, Elke has been identifying and implementing sustainability initiatives with all levels of Government and industry for over 15 years. Prior to her sustainability calling, Elke worked in a range of areas within the IT industry.

Elke will share with you her passion for environmental sustainability and take you on Toyota’s ‘Start your impossible’ journey.

Jemma is Power Ledger’s Chair, providing strategic external relations, risk management and leadership development for the company. Jemma has more than 15 years’ experience in finance and risk advisory, having worked for 11 years in investment banking in London. Jemma is a research fellow at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, whose doctoral research into “Citizen Utilities” has produced unique insights into the challenges and opportunities for the deployment of rooftop solar PV and battery storage within multi-unit developments and the application of the blockchain. Jemma is experienced in the challenges of sustainable cities through her role as an independent Councilor of the City of Perth. She is also the Chair of Climate-KIC Australia, a founder of the Global Blockchain Business Council and a contributor to Forbes on blockchain disruption.

Jennifer Burn is Director of Anti-Slavery Australia and Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney.

Anti-Slavery Australia is the only university based law and research centre in Australia dedicated to advancing the human rights of trafficked and enslaved people through research, policy development, law reform, professional practice, education and advocacy. The Centre currently provides access to legal advice and representation for over 100 clients with a wide range of legal issues including representation for those in or facing forced marriage, migration matters including protection or humanitarian visa claims, and representation of trafficked people seeking financial compensation. www.antislavery.org.au

Mr Richard Smith, Director Safety, Quality & Sustainability, Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific – ANZ

Richard was previously Director of R&D and Innovation Excellence for AFAP based in Singapore, and was also Amcor’s regional Sustainability Leader working to address customers’ sustainability goals through responsible flexible packaging solutions. Richard joined Amcor in 2005, and prior Richard held senior roles in packaging technology management, as well as extensive experience in FMCG industry.Richard is a Chemical Engineer, having studied at Melbourne University, and in 2013 was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging for significant contribution to the development of innovative plastics packaging.

Other Confirmed Featured Speakers 2019

  • Mr Jackson Gerard, Director – Biofuel & Hydrogen Investment, Manufacturing and Industry Development, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Queensland Government
  • Mr Jon Dee, Social Entrepreneur and Executive in Residence, Griffith Business School

Plenary Panel 2019

  • Mr Matt Arthur, Sustainable Futures Team Manager, Department of Environment and Science
  • Mr Andrew Chamberlin, ecoBiz Coach
  • Ms Alice Dahlberg, Sustainability officer, Spicers Retreats’
  • Mr Andrew Masci, Environment and Sustainability Advisor, Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • Ms Gabriel O’Keefe, Assistant Program Manager, ecoBiz