Featured Speakers 2018

Mr Lucas Cullen, Board Member, Blockchain Association of Australia & CTO & Co-founder, Civic Ledger

Lucas Cullen is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Civic Ledger – an emerging Australian technology company that uses blockchain technologies to transform a wide range of business process challenges faced by public sector clients.

Lucas is a multi-disciplined systems developer, coding to a wide range of programming languages including Solidity (Ethereum blockchain) .Net, C# and Objective C. He has a mathematical background with a strong understanding of design patterns and cryptographic algorithms. He uses techniques from discrete maths to write provable code.

He is an authority figure in the Australian an international blockchain markets. He has presented several keynotes to global audiences on many blockchain based topics. With other colleagues, he won first prize at the hackathon at the New York Consensus 2017 conference. He is a convenor of a number of blockchain and bitcoin related Meetups. Lucas is a contributor to the Standards Australia blockchain standardisation project.

Other Confirmed

  • Dr Helen Lewis, Environmental Consultant, Helen Lewis Research
  • Mr Tony Roberts, Deputy Director-General, Environmental Policy and Planning, Queensland Government


  • Ms Rosemary Bissett, Head of Sustainability Governance & Risk, Enterprise Risk Management, National Australia Bank

More Keynote Speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Conference Program Committee would like to thank the 2017 Featured Speakers.

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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.