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 Pauline Gregg, General Manager, Environment, Telstra

Pauline Gregg is General Manager, Environment at Telstra where she leads activity to deliver Telstra’s enterprise Environment Strategy, focussing on climate change, energy efficiency and electronic waste.

In Australia, she is a key advocate for the role of Information and Communications Technology as an enabler of low carbon economic growth; and in 2016 was co-sponsor of Smarter2030: The Australian Opportunity for ICT enabled emissions reductions. Pauline is also a Board Member of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, based in Brussels.

She has experience in sustainability in both the public and private sectors, and has been the architect of sustainability programs in a number of Australian corporations, with a focus on driving corporate environmental strategies.

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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Dr Jennifer Alden - Health Broker, Growing Change and Chair, Bendigo Regional Food Alliance

Dr Jennifer Alden is a Health Broker, her business Growing Change brings people together to activate ideas to improve community health and wellbeing.  Seeing the link between what we eat and how it affects our health and that of the planet, Growing Change was established to support local community food initiatives and to consult to organisations, government and community to create opportunities to strengthen local health, environmental and social outcomes in addition to supporting local food economies.

With three decades experience working to improve health and wellbeing in the community Jennifer has a Doctorate of Public Health with a special interest in food policy, is chair of the Bendigo Region-al Food Alliance and current board member of Bendigo Foodshare. A member of the Public Health Association of Australia and a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, she is also a published author of the book Liberated Eating. Her most recent role was as CEO of urban agriculture not for profit, Cultivating Community.

More recently she has led a consortium that completed a study for the City of Greater Bendigo as-sessing the feasibility of a Regional Food Hub, undertook a feasibility study for a Community Food Hub in Wangaratta and is now in the process of doing similarly for the Wyndham City Council.
Growing Change was one of the organisers of the successful recent inaugural Australian Community Food Hubs conference.

She has a keen interest in growing and preparing food as well as an interest in food security in developing countries. Her website healthbrokers.com.au features the blogs, Growing Change and The Backyard Pharmacy at Maison Bleue.

Dr Paul Bannister - Projects and Advisory Services Director, Energy Action

Dr Paul Bannister is Director of Innovation and Sustainability at Energy Action, Australia’s leading energy consultancy. He sets strategic direction for Energy Action’s energy efficiency team, undertaking energy efficiency and engineering consultancy work across activities ranging from NABERS ratings to energy audits, building lighting and air-conditioning upgrades design and implementation, PV installations, computer simulation of building performance and energy policy.

Paul has also been the primary technical developer of the NABERS Energy and Water rating systems since inception in 1999, developing NABERS methodologies for Offices, Shopping Centres, Hotels, Data Centres, Homes and NSW Hospitals (in development).

Paul is recognized internationally in the field of energy efficiency and has presented on energy efficiency issues – and frequently on NABERS – in Germany, Austria, France, UK, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan. An enthusiastic and skilled author and presenter, Paul has over 100 publications in journals and conferences on a wide range of energy related topics.

Ms Anne-Marie Birkill - Partner and Executive Director, One Ventures

Anne-Marie Birkill @ambirkill is a Partner in OneVentures, a $175M venture capital firm that invests in technology companies that serve or disrupt large, high growth global markets. She is Chair of the Board for portfolio companies Charm Health and Find-me technologies.

Her previous roles include CEO of i.lab Incubator, various senior management appointments at UniQuest and Director of public (ASX listed) energy storage company RedFlow Limited, plus 15 years in leadership roles in agri-business companies developing and commercialising new cultivars of ornamental, aquatic, food and forestry plants.

She is an active member of the innovation community serving on a number of Boards and committees, and a strong advocate for improving the participation of women in technology and entrepreneurial careers.

Mr Peter Castellas - Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Market Institute

Peter Castellas is the CEO of the Carbon Market Institute, the peak Australian business association assisting companies in meeting the challenges and opportunities associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy. CMI has become a key conduit between Australian business and domestic and international government policy makers, regulators and agencies. CMI runs national events and industry working groups, produces market research, facilitates commercial collaboration and serves a growing national membership base. Throughout Peter’s 25-year career, he has worked at the leading edge of the sustainable development agenda and has advised leading corporations, governments and financial institutions. Prior to joining CMI, Peter was a Director in Corporate Finance at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu leading the firm’s carbon advisory, sustainability and clean technology services. Previously Peter was Managing Director of Cleantech Australasia where he designed and ran successful clean technology finance and investment initiatives in Australia, India and China. Peter has held prior roles as the Sustainability Advisor for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Fund Manager of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences.

Prof Damien Giurco - Professor of Resource Futures, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

Damien Giurco is Professor of Resource Futures and Director (Innovation) at the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures. His work with government and industry across the water and energy, minerals and waste sectors focuses on resource stewardship. He directs the Wealth from Waste Cluster, a collaborative research program supporting circular economy pathways for metals. He is Editor-in-Chief for the journal Resources and also serves on the NSW Container Deposit Scheme’s Ministerial Advisory Committee.

Ms Parrys Raines - Founder of Climate Girl, International Speaker, Entrepreneur, Board Director, Ambassador, Youth Advocate

Parrys Raines is a 21-year old environmental educator, international public speaker on sustainability and intergenerational challenges, entrepreneur, ambassador, law student, writer and a four-time Australian representative to the United Nations Environment Programme. At the age of 14, Parrys founded Climate Girl and has educated thousands of children and youth about the importance of sustainability. Parrys provides advice to business leaders about sustainability within their organisations, and is a Non-Executive Director of the Future Business Council, a board member on the Sustainable Innovation Forum and a member of the POP Movement (Protect Our Planet) International Advisory Board.

Mr Tony Wood - Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute

Tony Wood has led the Grattan Institute’s Energy Program since mid-2011. Since then he and his team have delivered twelve major reports on energy and climate change and he has developed a strong profile with governments and industry, and is a regular contributor in major media on key energy issues.  From 2009 until mid-2014, he also had a role as Program Director of Clean Energy Projects at the Clinton Foundation, advising governments in the Asia-Pacific region on effective deployment of large-scale, low-emission energy technologies such as solar and CCS.

Prior to these roles, he spent 14 years working at Origin Energy in senior executive roles covering retail and LPG line management and corporate affairs. In 2008, he was seconded to provide an industry perspective to the first Garnaut review.

He has built widespread relationships within the energy sector and is an adviser to government.

Dr Melanie Kaebernick - Director Carbon Neutral Program and National Carbon Offset Standard, Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy

Melanie Kaebernick is Director of the Carbon Neutral Team in the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy. She has over 14 years of experience in various areas of national climate change policy, including the Carbon Farming Initiative, the Asia Pacific Partnership Renewable Energy Taskforce, and a range of emission reductions policies and programs in the agriculture, local government and community sectors. Melanie has an interest in driving innovation and building partnerships on climate action. She holds a BSc (Hons) and a PhD in molecular biology from the University of New South Wales.