2013 NBLF Program


Business leadership in a world of strategic risk and opportunity

Venue: Main Committee Room, Parliament House

8:30am Registration and coffee
9:00am Welcome Dr John Hewson AM Executive Chairman, Shartru Capital
  Introduction Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich US Ambassador to Australia  
  Keynotes Admiral Dennis Cutler Blair former United States Director of National Intelligence retired United States Navy Admiral
'The Future Global Security Agenda'
  Q and A  
SESSION 1:  Defining Energy Security, Robust Infrastructure and Business Leadership in our Region  

Australia has the opportunity to lead the world in creating a new model of security through inclusive business development in our Region.  With some of the biggest expanding global markets at our doorstep, as well as some of the poorest nations in need of sustainable business investment, we have an important business leadership opportunity.  Energy security is one of our biggest challenges as highlighted by two previous Forum participants, Amory (2011) and Hunter (2007) Lovins who wrote:

The foundation of a secure energy system is to need less energy in the first place, then to get it from sources that are inherently invulnerable because they're diverse, dispersed, renewable, and mainly local. They're secure because they are not pipelines or transmission lines—which invite devastating attack. Dispersed renewable alternatives don't, and literally can't fail on a large scale. The 1982 book ‘Brittle Power’ by A & H Lovins was reiterated in a 2003 book chapter entitled ‘Terrorism and Brittle Technology’.

How do we secure more sustainable energy systems without negatively impacting food, water security and vice versa? How can we transition to more suitable energy systems whilst enhancing natural and social capital? How does this impact long-term infrastructure decision making and planning?  What are the business leaders in the region doing? What can we learn from them? And what will help leadership companies succeed?

  Moderator Fran Kelly Journalist and Host of ABC Radio National's Breakfast program
  Setting the scene Professor Robert Hill AC United States Study Centre, University of Sydney and former Howard Government Defence Minister and Environment Minister
  Discussion Leaders Peter Jennings PSM Chief Executive Officer,  Australian Strategic Policy Institute and formerly Deputy Secretary of Strategy for the Australian Defence Department
The Hon Greg Hunt MP Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage
Dianne O'Hara General Manager Business Development and Strategy, ActewAGL
  Q and A  
10:25am Morning Tea
SESSION 2: Food and Water Security: innovations to improve the productivity, sustainability and resilience
10:45am Food security is a central global challenge that needs to be addressed urgently. Growing populations and changing diets are steadily increasing demand, with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations forecasting that global agricultural output must increase by 70% from average 2005 to 2007 levels by 2050 to feed the expected population of 9.3 billion. Experts forecast that food prices are likely to remain higher and more volatile than they were before 2008. By 2050, in a world of 9 billion people, fertile soils and food will be the most prized of resources. Food and water security will be the key issue of this century.

The 2012 US Intelligence Assessment on Global Water Security, initiated by Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, concluded that several regions of the world will face major challenges coping with water problems. The report predicts that during the next 10 years, many countries will experience water problems that will increase the risk of instability and state failure, and exacerbate regional tensions significantly. Current trends to avoid water problems are further undermining national security. How does better management of natural resources such as forests, both fresh water and marine systems, and preserving ecosystem resilience and biodiversity, increase our security for the future?  For productivity of fisheries, farming and food production?  How can both coexist? And why must they coexist for our future security?
  Moderator Fran Kelly Journalist and Host of ABC Radio National's Breakfast program  
  Setting the scene Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich US Ambassador to Australia  
James Batley Deputy Director General, AusAid
The Hon Tony Windsor MLA Chair, Parliamentary Committee into the Murray Darling Basin Plan (invited)
Dr Brian Keating Director, CSIRO Sustainability Agriculture Flagship
Michelle Edge Chief Executive Officer, Australian Meat Processor Corporation
James Neville-Smith Chief Executive Officer, Neville-Smith Forest Products Ltd
  Q and A    
  Video Sustainable Security for the Poorest Amongst Us
11:45am Introduction and reflection Reverend Tim Costello AO Chief Executive Officer, World Vision Australia  
  Video address Hugh Jackman Actor
'Sustainable security for the poorest among us'
  Australia21 Report: Global Change on the Australian Agenda  
12:00pm Introduction Dr John Hewson AM Executive Chairman,Shartru Capital  
  Australia21 Report Paul Barratt AO, Chair and Emeritus Professor Bob Douglas AO Director, Australia 21
‘Placing global change on the Australia election agenda’

Paul Barratt, Chair of Australia21 and Bob Douglas, Editor of the new Australia21 volume will propose that all political parties build realistic responses to global climate threats into their policy platforms to secure a sustainable future.
12:30pm Luncheon in the Senate Alcove  
  Measuring Sustainable Security with the Fourth Generation of the GRI Sustainable Guidelines
1:25pm Introduction Dr Simon Longstaff AO Executive Director, St James Ethics Centre and Deputy Chairman, Global Reporting Initiative
  Keynote Address Ernst Ligteringen Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initiative
A decade ago only a handful of companies published sustainability reports.  Now it is standard practice amongst the world’s leading businesses, with 95% of the Fortune 250 and well over half the S&P 500 reporting.  Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Ernst Ligteringen will highlight the key features of G4 – the fourth generation of sustainability guidelines – such as the new focus on materiality and examine the future of sustainability and integrated reporting. 
  Q and A  
SESSION 3:  Security in a Warming Century - from Havana to New Delhi toTownsville: how do we build adaptive and resilient business models?
1:45pm In a world that is 4 to 6 degrees warmer, heat waves, sea level rise and more intense severe weather events will threaten the security of our communities. Business leaders will need to nurture their people, land and infrastructure, build adaptive capacity and cultivate flexible, inter-connected strategies that fast-track commercialisation of adaptive technologies. It will be necessary to engage investors about risks and opportunities associated with our changing climate. There are implications for food production and distribution, water and energy security, coastal development, performance of cities, sustaining biodiversity and improving the durability and responsiveness of infrastructure and buildings. To mitigate future warming risks, we will need to adopt low carbon technologies as we adapt to our changing climate and create opportunities for future prosperity..
  Chair Peter Verwer Chief Executive Officer, Property Council of Australia
  Moderator Mara Bun Chief Executive Officer, Green Cross Australia
  Setting the scene via Skype
from Switzerland
Professor José Fernando Martirena HernándezUN Habitat Honor Scroll recipient 2011, Director, Centre for Research and Development of Structures and Materials, Universidad Central de Las Villas, Cuba
Cuba is moving slowly towards an economy where the market will play an important role. From 1959 to1988, Cuban housing supply wasbased on an energy-intensive centralised production system reliant on the supply of cheap oil from the former USSR. The collapse of the Soviet Union had a dramatic effect on the entire system
  Discussion Leaders Dr Paul Hardisty Director, CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship
Nathan Fabian Chief Executive Officer, Investor Group on Climate Change
Tony Pfeiffer A/Executive General Manager, Asset Management, Ergon Energy
Rebecca Miller ARUP Resilience Practice Leader Australasia
Paul Freeman General Manager, Liveable City Solutions, Sydney Water
Robert Milbourne Partner, Norton Rose
Ben Waters Director, ecomagination, GE Australia & New Zealand and Chair of Sustainable Business Australia
Richard Rowe Sustainability Manager – Marketing, BlueScope Steel
  Q and A Interspersed within discussion
3:15pm Reflection Peter Verwer Chief Executive Officer, Property Council of Australia
SESSION 4: Security and the 'Education Revolution': ensuring the workforce and graduates are ready
3:20pm There is growing recognition in the investment, business, defence, policy and research communities that security of nations, investments, business profits and communities now involves proactively better nexus between managing climate change, energy, water and food security. For instance, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute argues that the Australian Defence Force is unprepared for a changing climate and it needs to adapt its strategies to protect the nation now. An education revolution is needed to ensure defence, policy makers, investors, business leaders and the workforce are ready to move from the ‘problem space’ to the ‘solutions space’ to confidently take action to simultaneously address the climate change/energy/water/food security nexus challenges.

Not only is re-training needed on climate change, energy, water and food security nexus issues but retraining is needed to help enable policy makers to work better across the silos of government. The recently released National Sustainability Council report framework will provide a significant tool to enable this re-training. The complex nature of the climate change/energy/water/food security nexus challenge means that it is no longer possible for policy makers to solve these problems in their departmental silos. The singular nature of government also means that there are no government grants to develop inter-disciplinary climate change/energy/water/food security nexus educational programs.  Likewise, the siloed nature of universities means that currently there are few climate change/energy/water/food security nexus university courses.

To address these challenges, the following speakers will discuss how the Investment community is developing new education resources; the University sector has formed the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (ACEDD), comprising all university multi-disciplinary institutes, to address these challenges in novel ways and the CSIRO, through its Flagships program, is addressing knowledge and data gaps to better inform decision making. The session will conclude with a message from the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth.
  Chair Dr Andrew Johnson Group Executive Environment, CSIRO
  Setting the scene Sam Mostyn Director, Member of the National Sustainability Council
As a member of the National Sustainability Council Sam Mostyn will highlight the findings from the recently released Sustainable Australia Report 2013: Conversations with the Future. These include challenges relating to food and agriculture education, climate change, regional Australia, sustainable cities, sustainable growth and prosperity through innovation and growth and the environment.
  Discussion Leaders Professor Steve Dovers representing The Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (ACEDD) of 36 Universities
Dr Michael H Smith representing the United States Study Centre Green Growth Program. Author of “Green Growth - Unlocking New Sources of Productivity Growth through Education for Sustainability”
  Q and A    
  Reflection The Hon Peter Garrett MP Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth
3:40pm Afternoon Tea
SESSION 5: Unlocking Sustainable Investing: security for the future
4:00pm How can we build the markets and asset classes needed to expand the investments across society in the range of issues that will enable us to adapt to the coming climate change and other security risks? Energy Security and Clean Tech, Food and Water Security are all issues that require bigger investments than most governments can afford to make. Yet without these investments, society will be at increasing risk. Westpac’s innovative fund for financing business investments and mobilising super funds, as well as exploring the risks and opportunities in mining and manufacturing, will be explored.
  Chair Nathan Fabian Chief Executive Officer, Investor Group on Climate Change
  Setting the Scene Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich US Ambassador to Australia
‘A US Perspective’
  Discussion Leaders Stephen Dunne Chief Executive Officer, AMP Capital
Peter VerwerChief Executive Officer, Property Council of Australia
Pablo Berrutti Head of Responsible Investment Asia Pacific Colonial First State Global Asset Management on IGCC's new reports on assessing climate change risks and opportunities across all major sectors
Siobhan Toohill Head of Sustainability and Communities, Westpac Banking Group
Geoff Manchester Director & Co-Founder, Intrepid Travel
  Q and A  
5:25pm Introduction Molly Harriss Olson Forum Convenor and Director, EcoFutures  
  Address The Hon Greg Combet AM MP Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation
    Roger Beale AO Commissioner, Climate Commission  
  Reflection Admiral Dennis Cutler Blair former United States Director of National Intelligence retired United States Navy Admiral
  Vote of Thanks Dr John Hewson AM Executive Chairman, Shartru Capital  
6:00pm Conclusion of proceedings


Draft: V30 21 June 2013

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