2011 Forum Speakers

Dinner Speakers

Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia

Prime Minister Julia GillardJulia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and re-sworn in as Prime Minister on 14 September 2010 following the 2010 Federal Election.

Ms Gillard was born in Barry, Wales in 1961.  She is the daughter of a nurse and aged care worker. Her family migrated to Australia in 1966 and she grew up in Adelaide. Ms Gillard became an Australian citizen in 1974 along with the rest of her family, and renounced her British citizenship before entering Parliament.

Ms Gillard was educated at Mitcham Demonstration School and Unley High School in South Australia.

Julia Gillard started her Arts and Law degrees at the University of Adelaide. In 1983 she was elected national Education Vice-President of the Australian Union of Students (AUS) and moved to Melbourne to complete her degree at Melbourne University. Later that year, she was elected President of the AUS.

After graduating Ms Gillard began work as a solicitor in Melbourne with the law firm Slater and Gordon and became a Partner in 1990. Ms Gillard's work at the firm focused on employment law where she worked on securing fairer treatment for workers and fought for clothing trades outworkers who had been underpaid. 

From 1996 to 1998 Ms Gillard served as Chief-of-Staff to the then Opposition Leader of the State of Victoria, John Brumby.

Julia Gillard first contested the Federal seat of Lalor for the Australian Labor Party in 1998 and was elected that year.

From 1998 to 2001 Ms Gillard served on the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Workplace Relations. In 2001 Ms Gillard was appointed Shadow Minister for Population and Immigration and subsequently took on responsibilities for Reconciliation and Indigenous Affairs in 2003.

From 2003 to 2006 Ms Gillard served as Shadow Minister for Health. On 4 December 2006 Ms Gillard was appointed Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party and served as Shadow Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Social Inclusion.

Following the Australian Labor Party's victory at the 2007 Federal Election, Ms Gillard was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and Social Inclusion.

Julia Gillard lives at The Lodge in Canberra with her partner, Tim Mathieson.

 

Kishor A Chaukar

KishorMr Chaukar is the Managing Director of Tata Industries Ltd. (TIL) and member of the UN Global Compact LEAD group of companies. Mr Chaukar is responsible for providing strategic direction and support to the Tata companies that have been promoted by TIL. He is also involved in strengthening TIL's role as a catalyst for the introduction of new businesses within the Group, especially in areas of high technology and future economic potential.

The responsibilities of Mr Chaukar’s as mentor and strategist are further enhanced by his membership in the Tata Group Executive Office, which formulates strategy at the Group level.

He was previously the managing director of the ICICI Securities and Finance Company, and was also a member of the board of directors of ICICI. He has also worked with Bhartiya Agro Industries Foundation, a public trust engaged in rural development.

Mr. Chaukar is a post-graduate in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

 

Fiona Geminder

Fiona GeminderFiona Geminder (nee Pratt) is a part owner of Visy and the youngest daughter of Richard and Jeanne Pratt.

After graduating from Monash University in 1984, she worked in the advertising industry in New York and London before joining Visy, first managing a plastics manufacturing facility and later working to develop Visy Recycling into a household name. Fiona continues to play a very active role in Visy's business. She completed a Bachelor of Law at Monash University in 2007.

Forum Speakers

Rod Leaver

Rod LeaverRod Leaver is Chief Executive Officer - Asia Lend Lease. Rod's responsibilities for Lend Lease include all development, project management and construction, public private partnerships and investment management in Australia.

Rod has 30 years' experience in the property investment and funds management industry and joined Lend Lease in January 2008. His has held previous roles in Lend Lease as CEO of Asia Pacific and Global Head of Investment Management where he also had responsibility for the UK PFI business and the US-based Actus Lend Lease.

Rod is Chair of the National Business Leader's Forum on Sustainable Development, a member of the Australian Government's Business Roundtable on Climate Change, a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

 

Jeffrey Bleich

Jeffrey BleichJeffrey Bleich was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on 20 November 2009, to be the U.S. Ambassador to Australia and presented his credentials in Canberra on 26 November 2009. Mr Bleich previously served as Special Counsel to the President at the White House. From 1995 to 2009, he was a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where he was recognized as one of the nation's top lawyers. Outside of his legal practice, Mr Bleich has had a long-standing commitment to international law. After clerking for Judge Howard Holtzmann at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal and acting as Special Rapporteur to the International Court of Arbitration, he assisted the Special Prosecutor for the International Tribunal for the Former-Yugoslavia. He has taught international human rights at UC Berkeley's School of Law, and written and lectured extensively on the international criminal court.

In 2008, he served simultaneously as the Chair of the California State University Board of Trustees and as the President of the State Bar of California. Mr Bleich also represented the ABA before the United States Supreme Court in several matters including the Medellin case concerning the Vienna Convention on Consular Rights. He recently chaired both the ABA's Amicus Curiae Committee and the subcommittee on Corporate Social Responsibility. Mr Bleich served as an officer or member in numerous foreign policy organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations, the ABA Section on International Law, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the International Law Association, the American Society of International Law, and Human Rights Watch.
Mr Bleich received his B.A. from Amherst College, his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, and his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. He received his certificate in Public International Law from the Hague Academy in 1993. Following graduation from law school, he clerked for Chief Justice Rehnquist on the United States Supreme Court as well as Judge Abner J. Mikva of the D.C. Circuit.

 

Tony Burke

Tony BurkeAs the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, The Hon Tony Burke MP is working to build on the environmental legacy of previous Labor Governments.

Australia is home to stunning wilderness areas, rugged coastlines, desert landscapes and rainforests. Labor Governments have a long record of fighting to protect the environment for future generations. In the face of threats such as climate change, Tony will continue to act to preserve our unique environment.

This includes supporting more Indigenous Rangers in their work managing our natural resources on land and sea. It also includes delivering on the Gillard Government's election commitment to create new wildlife corridors linking National Parks and reserves with private land.

For generations, Australians have understood the need for National Parks. But our oceans contain many iconic and fragile sites which deserve protection too. Tony is committed to establishing a network of marine reserves, in consultation with communities, to ensure our oceans remain healthy and productive.

Tony is also working to deliver water reform in the Murray Darling Basin after decades of delay. The Gillard Government wants Murray Darling Basin reform to deliver three key outcomes: a healthy river system, sustainable food production and to drive strong regional communities.

Through the nation's first ever dedicated sustainable population strategy, Tony has set out the framework for a sustainable Australia. It outlines future directions for improving the mix of services, job and skilled training opportunities and affordable housing to boost the liveability of our cities and regions to ensure they are places people want to live, work and build a future.

Previously, Tony was Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. On election to the Parliament, Tony was placed immediately on the front bench as Shadow Minister for Small Business and Shadow Minister for Immigration. As Agriculture Minister, Tony stepped in and abolished the bulk wheat export monopoly after the AWB scandal and reformed drought assistance through providing better long-term support for the nation's farmers. He has also served as a Member of the NSW Legislative Council and chaired its State Development Committee.

 

Michael Costello AO

Michael CostelloMichael is the Chief Executive Officer of ActewAGL. Before his appointment to ActewAGL in 2008, he was Managing Director, ACTEW Corporation, a member of the ACTEW Board and a member of the ActewAGL Joint Venture Partnerships Board from 2003.

Michael is a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Economics and Government.

Michael was previously Deputy-Managing Director of the Australian Stock Exchange. He was Chief of Staff to the Hon Kim Beazley AC, a former Labor Opposition Leader and to the Hon Bill Hayden AC when he was the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Michael has been the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Industrial Relations. He has held a number of diplomatic posts including Ambassador to the United Nations.

Michael holds degrees in arts and law. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He received an Order of Australia (AO) in 1996 for international relations.

 

Tim Costello AO

Tim CostelloAs CEO of World Vision Australia, Tim leads an organisation of about 560 staff, with an annual income of about $350 million, and 400,000 children overseas sponsored by Australians. Tim has long been the voice of social conscience for many Australians, having led debates on issues such as gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.

Tim studied law and education at Monash University, followed by theology at the International Baptist Seminary Rueschlikon in Switzerland, and a Master’s in Theology at the Melbourne College of Divinity. He has been a Baptist Minister in St Kilda, and in the city at Collins St Baptist Church. Tim continued to serving the local community by successfully running for Mayor of St Kilda in 1993, ending with the State Government's disbanding of councils shortly afterwards. He founded Urban Seed, a not-for-profit Christian outreach service for the urban poor.

In July 2004, Tim was named Victorian of the Year 2004. In June 2005, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Tim is currently Chairman of the National Australia Bank's community advisory council, a member of the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation, and Chairman of the Community Council for Australia, a peak body for the Not For Profit sector.

 

Steve Dovers

Steve DoversSteve is Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University, and is associated with the national adaptation research networks in settlements and infrastructure, disasters, and social science. He is Associate Editor of Environmental Science and Policy and the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, and a member of the editorial board of Global Environmental Change.

Steve Dovers was originally trained as an ecologist and natural resource manager, and worked in local government and heritage management. Over time, he studied geography, environmental law and environmental history, and gained a PhD in environmental policy in 1996. He became and academic member of staff at the then Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the ANU in 1997. Since 2009, he has been Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the ANU.

 

Mark Dreyfus

Mark DreyfusMark Dreyfus was appointed as Cabinet Secretary and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in 2010. He works closely with the Prime Minister on Cabinet matters and with the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency to put a price on carbon, improve our energy efficiency and increase our use of renewable energy.

Mark was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1999. He is a former Director of the Law Council of Australia, and has served on the Victorian Bar Ethics Committee and Victorian Bar Council.

 

Alison Ewings

Alison EwingsAlison has worked on Westpac's sustainability activities for the past four years and has recently been appointed Head of Sustainability. During this time Alison has led Westpac's work on integrating financial and non-financial reporting and worked to embed sustainable business practices into Westpac's business model and day to day activities.

She is also a member of the AA1000's Global Technical Standards Committee and Monash University's Carbon Management Committee.

Prior to joining Westpac Alison worked in corporate strategy, sustainability and communication roles in the financial services and transport sectors in Australia and the UK.

 

Nathan Fabian

Nathan FabianMr Nathan Fabian is the Chief Executive Officer of the Investor Group on Climate Change Australia/New Zealand. He previously headed Environmental Social and Governance Research in an investment research and corporate engagement company. In other former roles, he was founding partner of a financial services and IT start-up company advisory firm, a corporate governance policy adviser, an organisational change consultant and a market analyst in the IT sector.

Mr Fabian is also a director of the Thermometer Foundation for Social Research on Climate Change, a founding member of the International Young Professionals Foundation, a Vincent Fairfax Fellow, a member of Finsia's Sustainability Advisory Council and a member of the Government's Business Roundtable on Climate Change.

 

Tim Flannery

Tim FlanneryA palaeontologist, mammalogist and explorer, Tim Flannery has published more than 130 peer-reviewed papers and many books including the landmark works The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers.

Currently Panasonic Professor in the Faculty of Science at Macquarie University and Chief Commissioner of the Federal Government's Climate Change Commission, he serves pro bono on the board of directors of WWF International and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, and on the Sustainability Advisory Boards of Siemens (Munich) and Tata Power (Mumbai).

He spent a year teaching at Harvard in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (1998-9) and is a former director of the South Australian Museum (1999-2006). From 2006 to 2009 he was Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council. He was named 2007 Australian of the Year and in 2010 was awarded the Academy of Natural Science Joseph Leidy Medal for research in the natural sciences.

 

Daniel Grollo

Daniel GrolloAs CEO of Australia's largest privately owned development and construction company, Daniel has a wealth of experience in property development, through all facets including construction, delivery and management of stakeholder relationships.

Over the past 15 years, Daniel has had extensive involvement with the Property Council of Australia which until recently, included being on the board of the Victorian division and the National President of the Property Council of Australia.

Daniel is also currently a Director on the Board of the Green Building Council of Australia and is a Non Executive Director of BlueScope Steel.

Grocon has recently completed the greenest building in Australia, the Pixel Building, on the Carlton Brewery site in Melbourne. Pixel has received the highest ever rating from the GBCA, with a perfect score of 100.

Grocon is also involved in building Common Ground facilities around Australia for the homeless and low income earners, having completed the first in Melbourne in August 2010 - it is now currently working on similar buildings in Sydney and Brisbane.

 

Molly Harriss Olson

MollyMs Olson is a Director of EcoFutures Pty Ltd, an Australian-based international policy firm working on building sustainable strategies with business, government and civic leaders. Ms Olson is co founder of Earthmark and an internationally recognised leader on sustainability.

Ms Olson was the Executive Director of the President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development. She was founding President and CEO of The Natural Step, a U.S. a non-profit environmental education organization working with business leaders. Ms Olson has worked extensively in Australia, including as a consultant to the Environment Minister of Australia when she conducted a major review of the Government's funding for the environment.

Ms Olson was the sustainability expert for the Opening Plenary of the World Economic Forum's 2000 meeting in Davos, and has a significant speaking role on a variety of international speaking platforms. She was the Chair of King Carl Gustaf's Business Leadership and the Environmental Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden 1996, and the Myerhoff Visiting Scholar for Global Civic Responsibility, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD. "Business Class" Magazine identified Ms Olson as a "Woman to Watch into 2000". She serves on the Boards of the Green Building Council of Australia, Fairtrade Labelling Organisation International (FLO), and was founding Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of "Ecos" Magazine (CSIRO Publishers).

 

Robert Hill

Robert HillDefence Minister of Australia (2001-2006), Leader of the Government in the Senate (1996-2006); Minister for the Environment and Heritage (1996-2001). After leaving Parliament, Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2006-2009); Adjunct Professor of Sustainability at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and head of the Carbon Trust. Chancellor of the University of South Australia from 2010.

 

 

Cameron Hoffmann

Cameron HoffmannCameron is a Principal with RPS, an international consultancy who specialise in planning, environment, energy and sustainable development. Cameron has over 20 years experience as a Town Planning Consultant, focusing on regional planning, masterplanned communities, major projects and sustainable development innovation.

Cameron is a board director of the Australian Green Development Forum, a member of Brisbane City Council's City Plan Review Reference Group and participated in a working group on behalf of the Premier's Climate Change Council in Queensland.

 

Gerry Hueston

Gerry HuestonMr Gerry Hueston is a prominent businessman who recently retired as President of BP Australasia, after a career with BP spanning 34 years in a variety of management and senior executive roles in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom.

He took up his role as a Commissioner upon the formation of the Climate Commission earlier this year.

Mr Hueston's other previous roles include Chairman of the Business Council Sustainable Growth Taskforce, Chairman and Board Member of the Australian Institute of Petroleum, Board Member of the Business Council of Australia, and Member of the Chairman's Panel of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

 

Greg Hunt

Greg HuntThe Hon Greg Hunt MP has represented the Federal Electorate of Flinders since 2001. In December 2007 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Urban Water, a role which was expanded to include all water responsibilities in September 2008. His role expanded further in December 2009 when he became the Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage. A Fulbright Scholar, Greg has an LLB with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne and a Master of International Relations from Yale University. His Honours thesis was about using market forces to reduce pollution. Greg was Senior Adviser to former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and has also worked at the United Nations Centre for Human Rights and as Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court. He was Australia's Chief Electoral Observer in Cambodia in 1998.

 

Fran Kelly

Fran KellyRespected radio presenter, current affairs journalist and political correspondent, Fran Kelly hosts ABC Radio National's agenda-setting Breakfast program. Though Fran has become a feature of the ABC's coverage of local and world affairs on both radio and television, her career may well have taken a very different direction; after studying arts at Adelaide University, majoring in literature and classics, Fran became part of the Adelaide and Melbourne music scenes at the end of the 1970s. She was the singer for several bands, most notably an all-girl new wave band, Toxic Shoc, and worked as the Activities Director for Adelaide's Flinders University.

Her change of tack into current affairs journalism had its seeds in her first foray into radio: also in 1984 Fran worked on Melbourne RRR's Backchat program, which featured women's current affairs, issues and talkback. The experience sparked a desire to embark on a new career.

An unlikely application for a senior current affairs position with the ABC turned out to be her lucky break; though she didn't get the job, Fran was eventually called back to fill in for a few weeks. Then in 1988, she was invited to take up a three month position in Sydney with The Drum, the current affairs program of the ABC's youth radio station, triple j.

Her talent for current affairs was soon spotted by other departments at the ABC and after 18 months, Fran moved to work on ABC Radio's flagship current affairs programs AM and PM, heard then, as now, across Australia via ABC Local Radio and ABC Radio National.

In 1993 she moved to the heart of Australian politics, working for ten years in various roles within the Canberra press gallery. Initially Fran remained with AM and PM and within a year was their Chief Political Correspondent and Bureau Chief. In 1997 she swapped studios, joining ABC Radio National's Breakfast program as the political correspondent.

Another big twist in Fran's career came in 2001 when she took on her first job on Australian TV. In 2001 she became political editor for ABC TV's 7.30 Report. After two years she took up an overseas posting as the ABC's Europe correspondent based in London.

In March 2005, Fran called time on London, returning home to Australia to take up her current position. She revels in Breakfast's wide brief, which has reignited her passion for the arts, sport, issues and travel, and is still in the thick of Australian and world politics.

 

Sean Kidney

Sean KidneySean Kidney is the co-founder and Chair Climate Bonds Initiative. Sean serves as a member of the UK Government's Capital Markets Climate Initiative; as a steering committee member of the TransformUK business/NGO coalition, pushing for a rapid shift to a low-carbon economy; and as chair of the UK Local Energy Efficiency Coalition (LEEP) coalition, developing "sustainable financial solutions" suitable for climate bond financing of residential energy efficiency retrofits.

Sean is also a director of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, an international, non-partisan network of finance sector professionals, academics and others who see the need for fundamental changes to improve financial market integrity, stability and efficiency.

Sean was previously a marketing advisor to a number of the largest Australian pension funds; Europe Manager for Climate Risk Ltd, assessing climates risks and opportunities; and a social marketer and publisher in Australia.

 

George Kostas

George KostasGeorge is the Managing Director of Construction + Development for Brookfield Multiplex Australasia. George joined Multiplex in 2000 and has held a number of senior management positions across the Corporate, Treasury and Construction & Development divisions.

Prior to joining Multiplex, George held the position of Finance Director at Leda Holdings, a privately owned property investment and development company with net tangible assets in excess of $500m and an investment portfolio comprising office and retail assets across Queensland, NSW and the ACT worth over $1.2bn. During his tenure George was responsible for structuring and issuing Australia's first multi-tranche, retail asset backed CMBS issue.

Since joining Multiplex, George has been involved in a broad range of corporate finance and development activities including the 2003 IPO ($1.3bn), the acquisition of the Ronin Property Group ($3.5bn) and Australia's largest multi-tranche, cross border commercial property backed CMBS issue raising $1.0bn in 2005. Leading the Group's corporate finance and treasury function George was responsible for completing over 200 transactions, raising in excess of $18.4bn of debt and equity in support of the Group's and its clients' funding requirements on many of Australia's largest and most complex property and construction projects.

In 2006 George was appointed to the role of Group General Manager Strategy and Capital Management, working closely with the CEO and his executive management team to develop and implement change management and strategic planning.

In 2007 George was appointed Managing Director Residential Property, creating a new division focussed on its high-density residential and broad acre masterplanned communities business under the group's prestigious Multiplex Living brand.

In 2009 George was appointed as Joint Managing Director of the group's contracting and development business across Australia and New Zealand, bringing together two of the Group's largest operating businesses to create a client focussed, whole of life delivery capability for the Group and its clients. In 2011 he was made sole Managing Director for the Australasian business as well as given responsibility for growing the business into South East Asia.

George brings significant experience with regard to corporate and project finance, residential and major urban project development, most recently being responsible for the structuring and execution of the $700 million recapitalisation and workout of the Hilton Hotel and Residences, Surfers Paradise.

George currently sits on the board of the Property Council of Australia and is the Deputy Chairman of Urban Taskforce Australia.

 

Harriet Lamb

Harriet LambHarriet Lamb has been Executive Director of the Fairtrade Foundation since 2001.  She has guided the Foundation through a period of staggering growth, which has seen estimated sales of Fairtrade products in the UK increase from £30m to more than £290m in 2006, with more than 3500+ retail and catering products carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark.

A flourishing grassroots social movement across the UK. There are more than 300 Fairtrade Towns – towns where a commitment to Fairtrade has been made by the council, shops and businesses – together with 50 Fairtrade universities and 4,000 Fairtrade Faith Groups just been launched and there is interest from Mosques and Hindu Temples.

Harriet lived in India for six years including time working with farmers in rural villages and landless labourer cooperatives and has travelled extensively in Africa and Central America.

She now lives in south London with her partner and two children and can often be seen cycling around London. Harriet was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2006.

 

Ernst Ligteringen

Ernst LigteringenErnst is the Chief Executive of GRI. He has held this position since 2002, when GRI was established as an independent organization with an international Secretariat in Amsterdam. Ernst holds overall responsibility for GRI, including secretariat operations and the coordination of the worldwide GRI network of active stakeholders who participate in the GRI’s governance, working groups, reviews, and consultation processes.  Ernst is a member of GRI’s multi-stakeholder Board of Directors, which has charged the GRI with the mission of making sustainability reporting as relevant and mainstream as financial reporting.

Before joining GRI, Ernst had a 23-year career in various non-governmental and international organizations, including postings and missions in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Europe. His posts included: Executive Director of Oxfam International; Director of Programme Coordination of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; and Consultant to the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization at the ILO.

 

Simon Longstaff

Simon LongstaffSimon Longstaff is the Executive Director of the St James Ethics Centre. Established in 1989, St James Ethics Centre is a fully independent forum for the promotion and exploration of ethics. Operating both in Australia and abroad, the Ethics Centre provides a neutral, confidential setting in which ethical questions can be raised, ethical problems explored, and ethical dilemmas resolved. Learn more.

Having completed his secondary education at Knox Grammar School in Sydney, Dr Longstaff spent time working on Groote Eylandt in the Safety Department of BHP subsidiary, GEMCO. Following his time in the Northern Territory he returned to take up full-time study, completing a Bachelor's Degree in Education in Tasmania.

Dr Longstaff was inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics and is a Director of a number of companies. He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Foreign Policy Association, based in New York. His first book, Hard Cases, Tough Choices was published in 1997. He is currently preparing a second on the role of conscience.

 

Romilly Madew

Romilly MadewRomilly Madew is the Chief Executive of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), a position she has held since February 2005. Immediately prior to this, she managed GBCA's advocacy and public affairs in a consultancy role.

An experienced property advocate, Romilly has previously been a board member and chair of the Urban Committee for the ACT Government's Land Development Agency and was Executive Director of the ACT Division of the Property Council of Australia as well as the National Executive Director of Sustainability.

Romilly's passion for green buildings arose through her work at the Property Council of Australia. She was responsible for establishing the inaugural Sustainability Committee for the ACT Division of the Council, and worked closely with the ACT Government's Office of Sustainability to promote sustainability in the National Capital.

 

Merren McArthur

Merren McArthurMerren is Group Executive - Alliances, Network & Yield for Virgin Australia Airlines. Her areas of accountability include Revenue & Yield Management, Network Planning, Scheduling, Strategic Alliances, Alliance Management and Implementation and Sustainability.

Merren has been with the Virgin Australia Group since 2008. Prior to that she was Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Iron Ore, based in Perth. Previous positions include Deputy State Solicitor for Western Australia, and Executive Partner at national law firm Allens Arthur Robinson, based in Melbourne.

 

David Nieh

David NiehDavid Nieh serves as General Manager for Shui On Land for Knowledge Community Developments. He is a registered architect and certified planner, as well as an accredited professional in sustainable design. He formerly directed the studio for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's (SOM) Shanghai office, and was chief architect for the City of San Jose and Redevelopment Agency. He has taught architecture, urban design and urban studies at Stanford University, was a faculty affiliate of the Graduate School of Business, Center for Social Innovation (CSI), Center for Integrated Facilities Engineering (CIFE) and Center for Design Research (CDR). He is an honorary member of the International Society for City and Regional Planners and a member of the China Planning Network.

Mr Nieh has served on advisory boards ranging from strategic economics, creative communities, campus development, education, social innovation, biotech and public art. He is currently a Board Member for the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) and Cogswell College in Silicon Valley, the foremost digital media and animation institution in Silicon Valley. He advises the One-North Development in Singapore, the US-China Clean Energy Forum, the China Greentech Initiative, and the Cleantech Group in China. Mr Nieh is also an Advisory Board Member for the Nobel Forum China.

With social benefit and energy sustainability as key principles, his projects are large-scale and urban in nature, focusing on the translation of strategic planning initiatives into the implementation of infrastructure, architecture and built form. His work has won numerous awards and he has been a guest speaker in Asia, North America and Europe. He has published seminal articles in the International Society for City and Regional Planners "Creative Communities" edition, World Architecture, as well as other publications.

Mr Nieh holds a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design degree from Harvard University and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of California / Berkeley.

 

John O'Brien

John O'BrienJohn is the Managing Director of Australian CleanTech and has advised numerous organisations on cleantech investments. Australian CleanTech is an advisory firm to cleantech companies, investors and governments across Australia, Malaysia, China and Korea. John facilitates the Adelaide and Sydney Cleantech Networks and publishes both the Australian Cleantech Index and the annual Australian Cleantech Review. He also lectures in Leadership and Entrepreneurship at the University of Adelaide and is a member of the SA Premier's Climate Change Council. He is on the board of companies involved in wind farms, biosensors and plastics recycling in Quanzhou, China.

In 2009, he published a collection of essays titled Opportunities Beyond Carbon (MUP), which seeks to refocus the climate debate towards its many opportunities. He has engineering degrees from the University of Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin and an MBA from the University of Adelaide.

 

Kerry Rooney

Kerry RooneyKerry Rooney is the Global Leader for Clean Energy and Environment at Austrade, the Government's trade and investment agency.

Kerry is leading the implementation of the Australian Government's strategy for clean energy trade and investment. Kerry's team in Australia works closely with Austrade's overseas posts to attract foreign direct investment into Australia and supports a global network of export advisers and business development managers who work with Australian companies to realise their international business needs.

Prior to joining Austrade in 2008, Kerry was the General Manager for Technology and Manufacturing at Invest Australia, the Australian Government's former inward investment agency, focusing on investment in biotechnology, ICT and advanced manufacturing. As part of her 25 year career with the Australian Government, Kerry was also the General Manager responsible for tourism business development in the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources.

 

Kevin Rudd

Kevin ruddKevin Rudd was sworn in as Minister for Foreign Affairs on 14 September 2010.

Mr Rudd was born in the country town of Nambour in Queensland in 1957, the son of a share farmer and a nurse. He was educated at the Eumundi Primary School, Marist College Ashgrove and Nambour State High School, where he was Dux of the school.

He gained his Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) degree with First Class Honours in 1981 from the Australian National University. He was then appointed to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs as a cadet diplomat. He served in the Australian embassies in Stockholm and Beijing.

In 1988 Mr Rudd returned to Queensland to work as Chief of Staff to the Hon Wayne Goss, the Queensland Opposition Leader. Mr Goss was elected Premier the following year. From 1991 to 1995 Mr Rudd served as Director-General of the Queensland Cabinet Office.

From 1996 to 1998 Mr Rudd worked in business, primarily as the Senior China Consultant for KPMG Australia.

In the 1998 Federal Election Mr Rudd successfully contested the House of Representatives seat of Griffith to which he has been re-elected in subsequent elections. Following the 2001 election, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, later adding responsibilities for International Security in 2003 and Trade in 2005.

In 2006 Mr Rudd was elected Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition and, with the ALP's victory at the November 2007 Federal Election, he went on to serve as Australia's 26th Prime Minister until June 2010.

Mr Rudd is one of the 19 members of the United Nations Secretary-General's High Level Panel on Global Sustainability.

 

AF (Tony) Shepherd

Tony ShepherdA F (Tony) Shepherd commenced his career in the Federal Public Service and worked in several positions including a three-year posting to the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC. His last position in the public service was as Assistant Secretary in The Pipeline Authority working on the Moomba/Sydney Gas Pipeline.

Mr Shepherd joined Transfield in 1979 and spent several years from 1984 as Director (Business Development) of Transfield Pty. Limited, wherein he played a major role in developing Transfield's entry into the pipeline industry, its South East Asian operations and its entry into the defence industry. He also negotiated the concession to develop the Sydney Harbour Tunnel which marked Transfield's entry into the PPP market.

From 1989 he had a successful career, firstly with AMEC Consolidated (subsequently Transfield Defence Systems) as Project Director for its successful bid for the $4.2 billion Anzac Warship contract; and then with the Infrastructure Development Corporation as Chief Executive Officer. He was appointed Director of several corporations.

Mr Shepherd rejoined Transfield in 1992 and in January 1994 was appointed Chief Executive of Transfield Project Development, a specialist division dedicated to the development of major projects and, particularly, those projects financed by the private sector. Successes included the $2 billion Melbourne City Link Project and the listing of Transurban Limited; the $650 million Walsh Bay Urban Development and the acquisition of ADI.

Mr Shepherd oversaw the public listing of Transfield Services Limited finalised in 2001. He then left his position as CEO of Transfield Project Development to take the position of non-executive Deputy Chairman of Transfield Services. Mr Shepherd was appointed Chairman of Transfield Services in 2005.

Mr Shepherd is Chairman of the listed ConnectEast Group whose listing he oversaw which won the concession to build, own and operate the $3.8 billion Mitcham to Frankston Freeway Project.

Mr Shepherd was Bid Chairman of AquaSure, the consortium which won the $3.5 billion Victorian Desalination Project.

The Australian Constructors Association awarded Mr Shepherd the Services to Construction Award in November 2009. He is also a patron of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.

His other current appointments include a Trustee of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust (since 2002) and a Director of The Australian Chamber Orchestra. He is Chairman of the new AFL Club in Greater Western Sydney, GWS Giants. He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Bill Shorten

Bil ShortenBill Shorten was first elected as the Labor Member for Maribyrnong on November 24, 2007. Immediately following the election, the Prime Minister announced that Bill would hold the responsibility of Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services. On 25 February 2009, the Prime Minister also allocated to Mr Shorten the additional responsibility of Parliamentary Secretary for Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction.

After the 2010 election he was appointed to the Ministry as Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation.

Bill has a Law degree as well as a Master of Business Administration. He is a former director of the Superannuation Trust of Australia (now Australian Super), and the Victorian Funds Management Corporation.

Prior to the election, Bill was National Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union.

As well as being the interim CEO of the Australian Netball Players' Association, Bill was on the advisory board to the Australian Cricketers' Association and Patron of the Australian Jockeys' Association.

 

Michael Smith

Dr Michael SmithDr Michael Smith has been a Research Fellow at the Australian National University Fenner School of Environment and Society since 2006. Dr Smith also co-founded and was Research Director of the Natural Edge Project (TNEP) (2002-2009), an Australian sustainability think tank. He has been assisting the Forum through drafting "Pre" and "Post" Forum reports, consensus policy statements, and co-authoring and launching, with former TNEP colleagues, a number of publications and industry reports.

He is lead author of Cents and Sustainability: Securing Our Common Future by Decoupling Economic Growth from Environmental Pressures (2010), the first publication to provide a detailed guide and realistic strategy, post the global financial crisis, to boost economic and jobs growth whilst reducing environmental pressures and poverty. This publication, co-authored with Karlson 'Charlie' Hargroves (Adelaide and Curtin Uni) and Cheryl Desha (GUT), was recently ranked 5th by Cambridge University in its top "Top 40 Sustainability Books for 2010" list.

Dr Smith has co-authored industry sector sustainability action plans with Philip Toyne, and former TNEP colleagues, including the Australian Council of Infrastructure and Development's 2003 Sustainability Framework and the detailed Sustainability Action Plan by the Australian Timber, Timber Products and Paper Council (A3P). These were formally launched at the Forum in 2003 and 2006 respectively.

Since 2009, Dr Smith has researched and developed the comprehensive Water Efficiency Opportunities Web Portal and new water efficiency best practice guides for the Commonwealth Government. He also finished the research and development of the first ever climate change adaptation online textbook, funded by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, which he teaches at ANU. He is currently leading a consortium to research and develop energy efficiency opportunity best practice guides for the COAG National Framework for Energy Efficiency and the Commonwealth Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism. This will contribute to the development of the official government "energy efficiency exchange" web portal for business.
Dr Smith was nominated in 2010 by the Commonwealth Government to assist the IPCC with the development of the next IPCC assessment. He also serves as an external expert advisor to the UNEP International Resource Panel.

 

Evan Thornley

Evan ThornleyEvan Thornley is the CEO of Better Place Australia. He is a former Member of the Victorian Government and served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, with Innovation and the National Reform Agenda his main responsibilities.

Evan has been active in business, education, the community sector and public policy. He is National Secretary of the Australian Fabian Society and was a former council member of The University of Melbourne, and a founding director of www.getup.com.au.

He is a board member at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, founding board member of Per Capita think tank and with his wife Tracey Ellery, the proprietor of Pluto Press.

 

Simon Upton

Simon UptonSimon Upton was appointed to lead the Environment Directorate in April 2010. In doing so, he furthered an engagement with the OECD that dates back to 1998 when he became Chairman of the Round Table on Sustainable Development - a role he continues to play.

Mr Upton is a former New Zealand Parliamentarian whose political career, between 1981 and 2000, included nine years as a Minister. His portfolios included Environment, Research, Biosecurity, Health and State Services.

As Environment Minister he chaired the 7th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and the 1998 meeting of OECD Environment Ministers.

After retiring from political life in 2000, he assumed the chairmanship of the Round Table on Sustainable Development at the OECD on a full time basis until 2005. Thereafter, he continued this role part-time, returning to New Zealand where he worked in a variety of private sector roles as well as being a Visiting Fellow at Otago University.

He is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand Society and a member of the board of the Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University.

Mr Upton is a Rhodes Scholar with degrees in English literature, music and law from the University of Auckland and an MLitt in political philosophy from Oxford University.

 

Steve Vamos

Steve VamosSteve Vamos is a non executive Director of Telstra (appointed September 2009) and the founding President of the Society for Knowledge Economics (SKE).

The SKE is a not for profit think tank established in 2005, supported by Westpac, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Hewlett Packard, CPA Australia and the University of New South Wales. The SKE conducts research in partnership with organizations such as the Business Council of Australia, NSW Government Department of Lands, the Victorian Government and the Federal Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The SKE encourages new and better practice in the leadership and management of human and other intangible resources that create economic and social value in knowledge based and globally connected economies.

Previously, from January 2007 to September 2008 Steve lead Worldwide Sales and International Operations for Microsoft Corporation's Online Services Group (OSG). He was responsible for the organisation's international business in more than 30 countries around the world. Steve was Vice President of Microsoft in Australia and New Zealand from 2003 to January 2007. Between 1998 and 2002, Steve was Chief Executive Officer of ninemsn, the on line joint venture between Microsoft and Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.

Other roles Steve has held include, Vice President and Managing Director of Apple Computer Asia Pacific (1996 to 1998), Managing Director of Apple Computer Australia (1994 to 1995) and 14 years with IBM Australia in a number of sales, marketing and general management positions.

Steve holds a degree in Civil Engineering (with Honors) from the University of New South Wales.

 

Joe Van Belleghem

Joe Van BelleghemJoe Van Belleghem has more than 22 years of development and financing experience in all forms of real estate development. Recognised as one of the world's most visionary and successful green developers, Joe joined Lend Lease in September 2010 as a founding Director of the company's Sustainability Solutions business.

Joe provides world's best expertise to corporate and government clients on sustainable urban regeneration and green infrastructure projects - projects that are not just ecologically restorative, but also socially responsible and economically profitable.

Previously Joe headed up Windmill West, a Canadian green development company, where he spearheaded the iconic Dockside Green mixed use development - a largely self-sufficient, socially vibrant, ecologically restorative, economically sound and just community.

Joe was a founder, director and vice-chair of the Canada Green Building Council. He also served on the board of directors for the United States Green Building Council for several years.

Joe is a member of the of the Province of British Columbia's Climate Action Team and is also on the Advisory Board for the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. He is a LEED™ accredited professional and a chartered accountant and is committed to sustainable community design.

 

Matthew Warren

Matthew WarrenMatthew Warren joined the Clean Energy Council in 2008 having spent 15 years working as an environmental policy specialist. An environmental economist by training, his objective at the Council is to continue the progression of the clean energy industry into the mainstream of energy policy debate in Australia.

As policy director for the Australian Food and Grocery Council he negotiated the first eco-efficiency agreement in Australia and worked with Australia's largest manufacturing industry to develop continuous improvement in environmental performance by establishing and improving environmental reporting standards. Matthew helped negotiate and deliver the National Packaging Covenant to improve the environmental performance of product packaging and its role in the overall life cycle of consumer goods.

Matthew has also worked for the mining industry in NSW, as an environmental consultant to both government and industry and was a trainee in the Environment Directorate of the European Commission. He has also worked as a journalist, most recently as the environment writer for The Australian newspaper.

 

Ben Waters

Ben WatersBen Waters leads GE's ecomagination initiative for Australia and New Zealand. Ecomagination is GE's sustainable business strategy under which GE has invested $5 billion globally in clean tech research and development and generated $70 billion in revenues in its first five years while reducing greenhouse gas emissions 22%.

Ben joined GE from the Royal Australian Air Force in 1997 where he served in a variety of key positions. Ben initially supported the F404-GE-400 engine fleet powering the RAAF F/A-18 Hornets and in 2002 became Sales Director and Country Manager - New Zealand with responsibility for Commercial Engines and Engine Services sales. Ben became Country Manager - Australia and Sales Director for GE Aviation in 2004, leading GE Aviation's commercial business in Australia and the Pacific islands. He led a cross-functional campaign team in GE's successful bid to power the Qantas Group's Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet of up to 115 aircraft. Most recently, Ben was GE's Commercial Director for Australia and New Zealand leading local partnerships, major customer engagement and cross-business projects.

Ben is a member of the CSIRO Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council, a regular commentator on Climate Spectator and a member of the Academic Advisory Panel of Bond University's Institute of Sustainable Development & Architecture. He has a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Hons) from RMIT and a Grad Dip in Computer Science from the University of Newcastle.

 

Alex Wonhas

Alex WonhasDr Wonhas took up the role as Energy Transformed Flagship Director in August 2009, bringing with him significant strategic experience in the resources and energy sectors.


Dr Wonhas joined CSIRO directly from McKinsey & Company. During his seven years with the global management consulting firm, Dr Wonhas delivered a large number of high impact strategy projects to senior executives and boards of leading international companies, predominantly in the resource and energy sector. For example, Dr Wonhas was one of the co-authors of McKinsey's Carbon Abatement Cost Curve for Australia. He also co-led the development of the climate change strategy of a major global resource and energy company. He has developed an approach to reduce the carbon emissions of one of the world's largest mine developments by over 90 per cent compared to baseline emissions. And he has also shaped several long-term commodity strategies for a global resource and energy company to identify opportunities arising from key future challenges such as energy scarcity, climate change and the growth in China and India. At McKinsey he was instrumental in establishing their Australian Climate Change Practice.

Dr Wonhas has been awarded a Bachelor of Science with Honours and a Master of Science with Honours from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He also has a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.






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