The conference will feature keynote and general sessions by some of the Australia’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.
Anote Tong is the fourth President of the Republic of Kiribati. He was first elected as President on 10 July 2003 and subsequently won two more elections in 2007 and in 2012. Educated in New Zealand and in England at the University of Canterbury and the London School of Economics, Anote Tong holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Economics degree. Since the beginning of his presidency, Anote Tong has become a strong climate change advocate and has built worldwide awareness of the potentially devastating impacts of climate change. He has stated on many occasions that Kiribati may cease to exist altogether and that its entire population may need to be resettled not as climate change refugees but as citizens who migrate on merit and with dignity. With one of the lowest carbon-emission footprints in the world, Anote Tong has often described Kiribati as a “frontline country” that has been among the first to experience dramatic climate change impacts. Anote Tong won a number of awards and recognition that acknowledges his contribution and leadership on climate change and ocean conservation.
Erwin Jackson is Deputy CEO of The Climate Institute. With nearly 20 years of practical experience in climate change policy and research, Erwin has developed and led many national and international programs aimed at reducing greenhouse pollution. This work has been undertaken in Australia, Europe, North and South America, the Pacific and Antarctica. He has represented non-governmental groups and advised government and business in national, regional and international fora, including being a non-governmental expert reviewer of the reports of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has sat on research advisory committees on low emission technology deployment for the CSIRO and the University of Queensland's Centre for Low Emission Technology.
Erwin was a member of the Victorian Premiers Reference Group on Climate Change. Erwin has written, researched and produced many publications on climate change and energy policy including a number of review papers in scientific journals such as the Medical Journal of Australia. He has given lectures at institutions ranging from the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London to local community group meetings in far north Queensland.
Professor Ian Lowe is an emeritus professor in the School of Science at Griffith University, an adjunct professor at two Australian universities and is the president of the Australian Conservation Foundation. His principal research interests are in policy decisions influencing the use of energy, science and technology; energy use in industrialised countries; large-scale environmental issues and sustainable development. Professor Lowe has been appointed to the Australian National Commission for UNESCO and is a consultant to the CSIRO Division of Sustainable Ecosystems. In 1988 he was Director of the Commission for the Future, and was named Australian Humanist of the Year. He chaired an Australian government advisory council that produced the first national report on the state of the environment in 1996, and delivered the ABC Boyer Lectures in 1991.
Professor Lowe was one of fifteen Queenslanders to receive a Premier's Millennium Award for Excellence for his contribution to science, and, in the same year received the Prime Minster's Environmental Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to science and technology and for contributing to public understanding of environmental issues. Professor Lowe was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2002 for contributions to environmental science and won the Eureka Prize for the promotion of science.
Emma Herd is Chief Executive Officer at the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC). Prior to IGCC, Emma Heard spent 15 years at Westpac Banking Corporation where she had a range of roles across carbon finance and emissions trading, ESG Risk assessment, public policy and sustainability strategy development. She has participated in a number of key public forums, government and industry bodies relating to climate change and the environment. She is Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute and a member of the Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council. She holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Thai) Hons degree.
Prof John Hewson is an economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government, media and the financial system. Professor Hewson's political career included seven years as a ministerial advisor and a further eight years as the Member for Wentworth in the Federal Parliament. He was Shadow Finance Minister, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Industry and Commerce and Leader of the Liberal Party and the Federal Coalition in Opposition for four years. Since leaving politics in early 1995, Professor Hewson has run his own investment banking business and is currently Member, Advisory Council of ABN AMRO. In addition, he is Chairman in Global Renewables Limited, Strategic Capital Management, Reputation Measurement Rating Committee, Arthritis Research Taskforce and Osteoporosis Australia. A principal focus of Prof Hewson's career has been in Asia, where he has a wealth of contacts and experience in government and business, having operated in Asia for the last 25 years in each of these areas. He has also worked as a consultant to business, government and international agencies such as the IMF, UNESCAP and ADB.
Christopher Wright is Professor of Organisational Studies and leader of the Balanced Enterprise Research Network at the University of Sydney Business School. His research focuses on the diffusion of management knowledge, consultancy, and organisational change. His current research explores organizational and societal responses to climate change, with particular reference to how managers and business organizations interpret and respond to the climate crisis. He has published on this topic in relation to issues of corporate citizenship, emotionology, organizational justification and compromise, risk, identity and future imaginings. His research has appeared in a broad range of leading journals including Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, Environment & Planning A, Human Relations, Organization and the British Journal of Sociology. As well as chapters in edited collections, he is the author of a number of books including The Management of Labour: A History of Australian Employers (Oxford University Press, 1995), Management as Consultancy: Neo-bureaucracy and the Consultant Manager (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-destruction (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Jem Bendell is a Professor of Sustainability Leadership and Founder of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (www.iflas.info) at the University of Cumbria in the UK, which runs a sustainability-themed MBA program with over 2000 students online from over 100 countries. He is a non-executive board member of impact investors Trimantium.com and advisory board member of GrassrootsEconomics.org, which specializes in community currencies. Jem is a strategist and educator on social and organizational change, with 20 years of experience in sustainable development, corporate responsibility, philanthropy strategies, and digital currencies. Since the mid-1990s he has helped create some leading multistakeholder alliances, and has written over 100 publications on related topics, including five books and UN reports. In 2012 Professor Bendell was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Today Jem focuses on enabling leadership in the face of global challenges. He has been an Adjunct Professor with GCSE at Griffith University since 2006.
Mary Ritter is Professor Emeritus at the Imperial College, London. She has had extensive experience of senior management as Pro Rector Postgraduate Affairs and then Pro Rector International Affairs at Imperial (2004-2011). She sits and has sat on many international and national committees including the National Research Foundation Fellowship Evaluation Panel in Singapore, European Universities Association (EUA), Institutional Evaluation Programme Panel of Experts, EUA Council for Doctoral Education, the German Excellence Initiative (Institutional Strategies) Evaluation Group, and the Programme Review Committee for the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI). From 2010-2014 she was CEO of Climate-KIC – Europe’s leading public-private partnership addressing climate change – guiding it from inception to its current community of >200 partners from academia, business, and regional/city government, working to bring innovation for low-carbon prosperity and climate resilience. She is now Climate-KIC’s International Ambassador, working to extend the organisation’s global impact. In particular, she is working with a cross-sectorial team in Australia to launch ‘Climate-KIC Australia’ later in 2016.
Brendan Mackey has a Ph.D. in ecology from the Australian National University. Brendan Mackey’s research addresses the interactions between climate change, biodiversity, and land use; the role of science in policy formulation of environmental regulatory frameworks; and the nexus between climate change responses and sustainable development. He has a special interest in the science and policy of ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation and related public policy issues. He is a member of the International Council for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Brendan Mackey serves on various governmental advisory bodies including the science advisory group to the Climate Change Commission. He has written over 150 academic publications including journal articles, books and book chapters.
Dr Susanne Becken is a Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University, Australia, and an Adjunct Professor at Lincoln University, New Zealand. She is a globally recognised expert in the field of sustainable tourism, in particular climate change, resource management, resilience, and environmental behaviour. Her research, which is published in more than 100 journal papers, reports, and books, is widely cited by academics around the world and has also influenced government policy and industry practice. She acted as a contributing author to the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and represented Asia-Pacific on the World Meteorological Organisation’s Expert Team on Climate and Tourism. Prof Becken has undertaken consultancy work for a range of government organisations, the United Nations, and industry and contributed to linking academic theory with sustainable business and tourism management. She is on the editorial boards of Annals of Tourism Research, the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, and Tourism Review. In 2011, her achievements were formally recognised through the Emerging Scholar of Distinction Award from the International Academy of the Study of Tourism.
Professor David Hood has become increasingly involved in fostering a culture of sustainability across all engineering disciplines and in the built environment. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT where he leads sustainability research and teaching programs. He was a founder and then Immediate Past Chairman of the Australian Green Infrastructure Council (AGIC now ISCA), an industry association which developed the world’s first full sustainability rating scheme for infrastructure. Prof Hood is an accredited Presenter with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and in August 2011, he was included in the ABC Carbon list of the top 100 Sustainability leaders in the world (and again in 2012). In 2012, he was included in the Engineers Media list of Australia’s top 100 professional engineers. In addition to his academic activities, Prof Hood runs his own sustainability consulting business and is Australian leader of the global "be sustainable" group of companies.