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.

Mr John O'Brien, Deloitte Financial Advisory

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.

Mr Jon Dee, Energy Transition Leader, Arup

Jon Dee is a leading expert on innovation, efficiency and sustainability. His ‘Sustainable Growth’ and ‘EnergyCut’ business guidebooks have shifted over 130,000 copies. He also wrote and presented 115 episodes of ‘Smart Money’ – a live TV program about business sustainability on Sky News Business channel.

Jon co-founded the Planet Ark and DoSomething charities and currently heads up RE100 in Australia. In his Transformation Leader role at Arup, Jon works on a wide range of energy and sustainability projects. He is also the Executive in Residence for Griffith Business School.

Every week his ‘Good News With Jon Dee’ sustainability segment airs on all 53 ABC Radio stations around Australia.

Jackson is the Director of Biofuel and Hydrogen Investment at the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning .

His post-graduate studies in biotechnology lead to a varied career in bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing, wine making, and for the past decade, trade and investment roles in government. His career has seen him work in London, Los Angeles, and Japan.

Jackson played a pivotal role in the development of Southern Oil’s $80M lubricant oil recycling refinery in Gladstone, and he partnered with Virgin Australia on a project to pioneer Australia’s first domestic use of an aviation biofuel at Brisbane Airport.

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
  • Mr Gabriel O’Keeffe, Assistant Program Manager, ecoBiz