2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Mr Damian Perry, Managing Director, Hurtigruten Asia-Pacific
Dr Lesley Stone, Manager, Sustainability and Environment, University of Auckland
Ms Davina Rooney, Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia
Mr Doug McNicholl, Manager of Sustainability Innovation, Meat & Livestock Australia
Ms Elizabeth Rose, Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young
Ms Camille Reed, Founder/Director, Australian Circular Textile Association (ACTA)
Mr Richard Fine, Founder – Marketing and Sustainability Director, Biopak
Mr Adrian Enright, Corporate Partnerships Director, Future Planet Program, Qantas

ABOUT THE KEYNOTES

Damien Perry

Damian Perry, Managing Director of Hurtigruten Asia-Pacific

Damian has spent more than two decades in the travel industry in a variety of leadership roles including in sales, product and as CEO. He’s worked with many of Australia’s most well-known travel brands including Intrepid Travel, Flight Centre, and Peak Adventure Travel.

Paying his way through university as a rafting guide, Perry’s passion for purpose-driven adventure travel is a perfect fit for Hurtigruten, whose 126-year history exploring the remote coastline of Norway has made it a world leader in expedition cruising. Hurtigruten’s commitment to sustainable travel and innovation has earned the company’s ships the title “world’s greenest fleet”.

Damian relaxes by going off-grid, tinkering with motorbikes, and spending time with his family.

Mr Doug McNicholl

Mr Doug McNicholl, Manager of Sustainability Innovation, Meat & Livestock Australia

Doug is Innovation Manager experienced in livestock production, research and development, infrastructure project development, and business administration.

Currently Sustainable Innovation Manager at Meat and Livestock Australia. Oversees AUD12.5M p.a. investment into innovation processes where sustainability considerations (environmental, social, financial) are integrated into the Australian red meat value chain from idea generation through to commercialization. This applies to new technology, products and services, as well as new business and organization models.

Partner in McNicholl Livestock & Veterinary Services, a beef production business in Queensland.
Former positions include R&D Program Manager at the Australian Meat Processor Corporation and various renewable energy project development roles in the UK.

Davina Rooney

Davina Rooney, Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia

Davina has led the Green Building Council of Australia since June 2019.

Davina is a property professional with a broad range of sustainability experience, from environmental projects, not-for profit boards and overseas community development work, spending 8 months working in the Indian Himalayas on the construction of a school which won multiple international awards.

Career highlights include a decade at Stockland which was a global leader in sustainability and therefore understands how the GBCA’s global leadership translates into real-world outcomes. Stockland was recognised in 2016 and 2018 simultaneously holding the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Global Property leader, GRESB Global leader (Retail/Office) and recognised on the CDP Leaders A-list.

Ms Camille Reed, Founder/Director, Australian Circular Textile Association (ACTA)

Camille Reed is renowned in the industry for her can-do attitude, and feverous passion for sustainability. Camille has proudly aligned herself through partnerships with National and International circular economy experts as she builds Australia’s newest and largest association, the Australasian Circular Textile Association (ACTA). ACTA is here to support and facilitate circular practice in the fashion sector through a national textile take-back scheme. Never one to sit back and wait for change, Camille is recognised as a world leader in fashion sustainability founding Australia’s first Circular Fashion Conference, (ACFC) – an annual event collectively supporting Australasia’s fashion industry in sustainable best practice.

Rich Fine

Mr Richard Fine, Founder – Marketing and Sustainability Director, Biopak

Richard is the founder and Sustainability Director of BioPak. He a second generation packaging professional. His career began at the age of 19 when he joined the family plastic blow molding and injection molding company. Richard immigrated from South Africa to Australia in 2003. In 2006 Richard became acutely aware of the significant amount of plastic pollution washing up on the countries beautiful beaches and it decided that he would use his knowledge and experience to contribute to solving the problem.

In 2010 the company opened its New Zealand branch.

Today BioPak operates in 11 European countries has offices in Singapore and the UK and is the leading supplier of compostable single use food service disposable packaging made from rapidly renewable compostable materials.

Richard is a founding member of the Australasian Bioplastics association and is a member of the marketing committee. He also is actively involved in a number of industry working groups both in Australia and New Zealand where he works to help define policy around compostable packaging and promote it as a sustainable solution for packaging used in the food industry. Richard regularly contributes and shares his knowledge with Tafe and Uni design Students where he discusses the latest developments in the field of bioplastics and compostable packaging.

Ms Elizabeth Rose, Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young

Elizabeth works with clients across a range of sectors including government mining, oil and gas, energy, manufacturing, finance, real estate and agriculture.

Elizabeth is a Partner of Ernst & Young (EY), and leader of EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability practice in Queensland. Over the past 15 years, as sustainability has grown in strategic importance, Elizabeth has advised government, leading corporates and NGOs in relation to their non-financial performance, and how best to leverage this to drive positive outcomes for organisations and their stakeholders. Her key areas of focus include transparency and reporting, stakeholder engagement, sustainability strategy, climate change risk, decarbonisation, outcomes measurement and compliance.

Elizabeth works with clients across a range of sectors including government mining, oil and gas, energy, manufacturing, finance, real estate and agriculture.

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Dr Lesley Stone, Manager, Sustainability and Environment, University of Auckland

Lesley manages the University of Auckland’s institutional sustainability programme. Her decades long involvement in sustainability has included advocacy, research and teaching in her specialty area of organisational change for sustainability. She has also acted as an advisor to central and local government agencies, businesses, community groups and NGOs, and has served as a board member or trustee in sustainability, environmental and conservation groups in New Zealand and Australia.

In 2019, she was host and co-chair of the steering group for New Zealand’s second national Sustainable Development Goals Summit and co-chair and co-convenor of the multi-sector Summit Stakeholder Group. She also chairs a Universities New Zealand Expert Working Group on the SDG and Sustainability. The University of Auckland is using the SDGs to strategically power up their institutional sustainability programme, and build collaboration amongst a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders.

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Mr Adrian Enright, Corporate Partnerships Director, Future Planet Program, Qantas

Adrian Enright is the Director of the Qantas Future Planet corporate partnerships program. Adrian brings over a decade of experience in the carbon market, having started his career with Victorian Treasury’s Climate Change branch before spending nearly 5 years with the United Nations and Netherlands Development Organisation in Vietnam.

In this role Adrian managed carbon and sustainable agriculture projects across the region, including Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Adrian has also worked with WWF-Australia as a policy advisor, and is senior representative of the Surfrider Foundation in Australia.