Renewable Energy (6)Smart Systems (6)Thought Leader (5)Biodiversity (2)Net Zero NZ (1)Waste To Value (2)Built Environment (7)AgTech (7)Bioproducts (2)
Matt Philp began his feature writing career at the New Zealand Listener, and was a senior writer for Metro, The Press and North & South. Now a freelancer, he writes on architecture, lifestyle, business, heritage and travel for several New Zealand magazines.
Dr Rosie Bosworth
A fresh voice in a crowded landscape, Dr Rosie Bosworth is a strategic innovation consultant and communications professional with a penchant for driving competitive business growth through disruptive innovation and game changing technology platforms. With over 6 years consulting experience in business innovation, a PhD in disruptive sustainable innovation and technology development, and a background in marketing and account management, Rosie harbours a rare breadth of skills and competencies vital for helping firms thrive in today's dynamic and rapidly changing business landscape.
Alina is a Wellington-based writer, narrative strategist, and storyteller specialising in the impact space. Focused on human-centric stories, she is passionate about the use of narrative and story to support systems-level change across a number of sectors and industries. Prior to late 2019, she worked with the Edmund Hillary Fellowship team for five years to help develop the programme and tell the stories of the 200+ global impact Fellows in the community. Alina has worked in communications across government, business, the NGO sector, social enterprise, and the arts. She is a NZ national poetry slam winner under the alias Ali Jacs, and is currently in the midst of writing her first book, on storytelling for impact.
Dr David Hall
Financing the Future (1)AgTech (1)Net Zero NZ (2)Videos (1)Biodiversity (4)Thought Leader (9)Renewable Energy (1)
David Hall is Senior Researcher at The Policy Observatory at AUT and an Associate Investigator at Te Punaha Mātatini. He has a D.Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford and works on climate finance innovation, low-emissions transitions policy, and land use and forestry policy.
You’ll find John King with positive farming deviants, farmers not doing best practice and getting better outcomes; reducing labour, increasing profits, and enhancing land function. He is a pioneering thinker and educator linking ecology to farming through observation and critical reflection. Trained in Allan Savory’s Holistic Management John’s focus is problem solving and creativity covering social, financial and environmental aspects of farming. He splits his time between New Zealand and Australia helping farming families and groups discover which questions to ask when regenerating farm land, livelihoods, and lifestyles.
Paul Callister is a Kapiti based economist who has undertaken social and economic research on local, national, and cross-national issues for a wide range of public, private sector and voluntary organisations. Paul volunteers for three local Kapiti restoration groups, Nga Uruora, Whareroa Farm and Queen Elizabeth Park. He also co-ordinates the ‘Kapiti Mainland Island’, a predator control project involving over 2,000 hectares of land. Paul also run's a number of lizard conservation projects but that is a whole different story.
An MBA honours graduate from Crummer Graduate School of Business, Florida, Carli is a keen environmentalist. After finishing high school in New Zealand she took up a sports scholarship at Rollins College, Orlando, completing a bachelors’ degree and majoring in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (3.90/4.00 GPA). Her experience in not-for-profit organisations and published articles for Pure Advantage, Enviro-Mark Solutions and Net Impact, have enabled her to gain a good understanding of sustainable business solutions, utilising environmentally-responsible practices to enhance profits.
Waste To Value (1)Bioproducts (2)Built Environment (1)Renewable Energy (1)Smart Systems (1)Biodiversity (1)
Linley Boniface is Head of Content at Roar Content. Previously Global Communications Manager for Icebreaker, Linley is a brand storyteller who creates compelling content for a wide range of clients in the government and private sectors. An award-winning journalist before she became a communications specialist, Linley has written extensively on issues such as sustainability and the environment.
Michelle is a science communicator working for Scion in Rotorua. A recent graduate of Otago University's science communication programme, she is using her background in chemistry, product development and technology transfer to share the ground-breaking research that carried out at the country's Crown research institute for forestry and biobased forest products.
The Founder of Nouveau Eco, Belinda has 20 years experience advising multinationals in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Her work has been covered by Radio New Zealand, the New Zealand Herald and Harvard Business Review. Belinda is Chief Consultant Rural Climate Impacts for 350.org Aotearoa and is a Board Member of ShelterBox New Zealand. She is a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Dr John Baker
Dr John Baker initiated a research and development project at New Zealand’s Massey University in 1967 aimed at identifying and eliminating the causes of biological failures during low-disturbance no-tillage. After 30 years as a scientist, he and key members of his team resigned from the university and formed Baker No-Tillage Ltd. John is a Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers, a Chartered Engineer and holds a PhD in agricultural engineering, a Master’s degree with first class honours in soil science and a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) by Queen Elizabeth II on 2006 and won the Sir Earnest Rutherford Science and Technology Medal in 1996. His team won the BP Energy Conservation Award in 1980 plus 6 innovation and technology awards at the New Zealand National Fieldays between 1984 and 2005 and the Henty Field Days (NSW) Machine of the Year in 2010. His company was a finalist in the 2010 World technology Awards and John has twice been nominated for the World Food Prize (in 2013 and 2014).
Anna Yallop is the General Manager for Bioresource Processing Alliance. In recent years, Anna consulted as a Technology Scout and Tech Transfer Manager for Bayer, worked as a Business Manager - Science for Auckland UniServices Ltd, ran Callahan Innovation's Global Expert programme for the Northern half of the North Island and had her own start-up manufacturing business which she subsequently sold.
Clare Feeney is The Sustainability Strategist and the Director of Environmental Communications Ltd. She has developed her own unique IP related to helping companies and governments solve environmental problems through targeted training programs. She is a published author and professional speaker and trainer, and her book is called “How to Change the World – a practical guide to successful environmental training programs." She has 30 years' experience in environmental management and training for sustainability. Clare has a first class masters in physical geography from Auckland University. Clare worked at the council for twelve years before forming a ‘boutique’ environmental consultancy with three colleagues and regularly lectures at Auckland University.
James Russell is a freelance environmental journalist, marketing strategist and creative. The founding editor of Element magazine, James is also the current editor of Your Future Home, NZME's new sustainable homes magazine.
Prof. Barry Barton
At Waikato, Barry Barton is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law. In the international field, he is the New Zealand member of the Academic Advisory Group of the Section of Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law of the International Bar Association. His current work concerns climate change, property rights under the RMA, electric vehicles, mining, and community benefits from resources projects.
Nicola Patrick is a Horizons regional councillor, a co-founder of Thrive Whanganui (a trust growing social enterprise), and an environmental advisor for Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi (a south Taranaki iwi). She has a science degree and journalism diploma, and is the mum of two energetic boys. Nicola has also worked for Akina Foundation, led the development of AECOM’s corporate social responsibility programme across Australia-New Zealand, worked at Department of Conservation for 10 years in national roles and operational management, and was a reporter for the Manawatu Standard. She was the Green Party’s Whanganui candidate in 2017.
Dr Marie Doole
Marie Doole, Practice Leader Policy, The Catalyst Group Marie has 15 years’ experience in natural resource management gained from local government, NGO, and private sectors, with a focus on monitoring and policy development. She has authored several national publications focusing on sustainable management and the state of terrestrial ecology. As a reviewer, she brings discipline and objectivity to her clients’ projects. Marie has also been a key adviser to government agencies and private conservation trusts in the policy space, and brings strong analytical and critical evaluation skills to her projects. Marie and her family live in Upper Hutt, where life is kept busy outside of work with two young daughters and an energetic German shepherd. Marie joined The Catalyst Group in 2017 after a three-year stint with Environmental Defence Society. She holds degrees in science and environmental law from the University of Auckland, and a PhD from the University of Waikato, which focused on the use of ecological compensation under the RMA. Marie is also a senior associate in the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University and combines research with client-based projects.
Rod Oram has more than 40 years’ experience as an international business journalist. He has worked for various publications in Europe and North America, including the Financial Times of London. He contributes weekly to Newsroom.co.nz, Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon, and to Newstalk ZB. He is a frequent public speaker on deep sustainability, business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, in both NZ and global contexts. In Citigroup’s annual global journalism awards, Rod was the winner in 2019 in the General Business category in the Australia and NZ region for his columns in Newsroom on Fonterra; and he was the NZ Journalist of the year. In the 2018 New Zealand Shareholder Association Business Journalism Awards, Rod won the Business Commentary category for his columns in Newsroom. Rod is in the inaugural cohort of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, www.ehf.org. This bold programme brings together innovators and investors from here and abroad to help foster global change from Aotearoa-New Zealand. Rod was a founding trustee and the second chairman of Akina Foundation, which helps social enterprises develop their business models in areas of sustainability. He remains actively involved with the foundation and the ventures it supports. In 2016, Bridget Williams Books published his most recent book, Three Cities: Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene, details at bwb.co.nz/books/three-cities
Phyllis Tichinin has had a life-long interest in agriculture and natural systems. She describes herself as an ‘eco-nutritionist'. Raised rurally in Northern California, she attended University of California at Davis where she studied Environmental Management and Soils, meeting her husband, a Kiwi getting his PhD in Ecology. For most of her life she has raised her own fruit and vegetables and for the last 10 years her own meat on a dairy support block in Hawke's Bay. She has been an environmental policy specialist in California State government, a biological soils consultant, an organic farmer and is a consultant, educator and purveyor of plant-based alternatives to dairy antibiotics.
Dr David Rees
Dr David Rees has worked as a consultant since the mid-1980’s in the UK, NZ and Australia. He has specialised in applying the concepts, methods and tools of the system sciences in a wide range of industries and is a founding partner of Synergia, a successful research and consulting business with offices in Auckland and Sydney. His work over the last few years has focused on health, energy sustainability, and climate change.
Prof Ralph Sims
Ralph Sims began his career in Sustainable Energy at Massey University, New Zealand in 1971 making and testing biodiesel from animal fats. After 4 years based at the IEA (International Energy Agency) in Paris (2006-2009) as a senior analyst working on renewable energy and climate change mitigation, he has now returned to his position of Professor of Sustainable Energy, and Director, Centre for Energy Research which has had numerous post-graduate students and developed 15 internet-based papers on energy and climate. He is consulting for the OECD on energy and rural development, writing policy sections of REN21 Global Status Reports, researching on distributed energy systems, a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers and of the UK Institute of Agricultural Engineers, a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand and received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from the NZ Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) of which he was a ministerial Board Member appointee for 3 terms.
The Founder of Abodo Wood, Daniel has a passion for truly sustainable natural wood products, and an in-depth technical understanding of what is possible in New Zealand plantation-grown Radiata Pine. Daniel is a member of the International Research Group of Wood Preservation (IRG-WP).
John Lang is with the UK-based Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit and runs the e-nvironmentalist and Consult Climate. He is also working on a project called the Climate Trunk. John holds a Master of Laws in environmental law and policy from UCL and likes running and climbing in his spare time. Langa’s interests span earth science, business, psychology and doughnut economics.
Founder and Creative Director of The Formary® a textile research and development company. Bernadette is a TedX Speaker and the recipient of awards from HRH Prince Charles and UK sustainable design guru Kevin McCloud for her ground-breaking work in textile development. She is the topic of a Forward Film documentary, highlighting exceptional people and world-changing ideas that are impacting the course of human development. Most recently she was invited to speak at the 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum on Guardianship, Stewardship and the Environment.
Chris McArthur is Strategic Account Manager for Enphase Energy in New Zealand, a company that was in 2013 named both fastest growing clean tech company in Deloitte's Technology Fast 500, and World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. Enphase is responsible for producing the world's first commercially available microinverter in 2008, since then shipping around 10 million microinverters. Headquartered in California, Enphase Energy’s largest international engineering facility is based in Christchurch. With more than 15 years experience in the energy sector in New Zealand and overseas, Chris draws on a deep understanding of the local energy market to support Enphase’s fast-growing network of solar installers nationwide. A certified Project Manager and Partnership Practitioner with prior roles in resources, conservation, biofuels and in offshore solar markets, Chris has advised government and business on a broad range of issues pursuant to renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Dr Mario Fernandez
Mario Andres Fernandez is a Researcher at the Research and Monitoring Unit, Auckland Council. A Texas A&M PhD graduate, he has been recognised by the Southern Association of Agricultural Economists and the University Council on Water Resources in the United States for his work on climate impacts on agriculture and water.
Mike was a late starter in academia, first attending university in his early thirties to gain his BSc, MSc and PhD in Ecology from Massey University. He began lecturing there in ecology and environmental science in 2003. After seeing first-hand the decline in freshwater health in New Zealand, he became an outspoken advocate for environmental protection. Mike has received a number of awards for this work, including an Ecology in Action award from the NZ Ecological Society (2009), an Old Blue from Forest and Bird (2011), a Tertiary Education Union Award of Excellence for Academic Freedom and contribution to Public Education (2013), the Royal Society of New Zealand Charles Fleming Award for protection of the New Zealand environment (triennial, 2013), the Morgan Foundation inaugural River Voice Award (2015), the inaugural New Zealand Universities Critic and Conscience award (biennial, 2016) and was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the year. He has been an Associate Editor of Marine and Freshwater Research Journal (CSIRO; Australia) since 2015, and an Editorial Panel Member for Transylvanian Review of Systematical and Ecological Research since 2010. Mike has developed bio-assessment tools used by many regional councils and consultants, and has published scientific papers in many fields from artificial intelligence and data mining to the freshwater ecology of sub-Antarctic islands. He has been working for two decades at the interface of science and policy in New Zealand with a goal of strengthening connections between science, policy and real outcomes to address the multiple environmental issues facing New Zealand.
Sean Weaver is Executive Director of the rainforest carbon business Ekos. He is an expert in environmental financing, rainforest carbon, and the voluntary carbon market. He is pioneering market-based models for conservation in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. He works with businesses, forest-owning communities, governments, universities and multilateral banks.
With 20 years experience in the international wood products sector, Tony is also involved at the ownership and governance levels of two enterprises commercializing new technologies, Wood Engineering Technology Ltd. and Actionstep Ltd. Currently Tony is President Asia-pacific of Tenon Ltd., a NZX listed company headquartered in Auckland, and was previously an executive director of LumberLink Limited, the inaugural CEO of Wood Processors Association of New Zealand, Chairman of WOODCO the NZ forest products industry peak body and CEO of Thames Group Limited. Tony was a senior executive in the Fletcher Challenge Forests business during the decade of the 1990s where amongst other things he lived and worked in the USA spearheading Fletcher Forest’s entry into the North American wood distribution business.
Paul Evans is the Chief Executive Officer of the Waste Management Institute New Zealand (WasteMINZ). WasteMINZ is the representative body of the waste, resource recovery and contaminated land sectors in New Zealand. We are the authoritative voice in our sector and seek to achieve ongoing and positive development through strengthening relationships, facilitating collaboration, knowledge sharing and championing the implementation of good practice.
Fraser Stobie is an Auckland based environmental consultant who specialises in fisheries, aquaculture and marine conservation related projects. Strong tertiary qualifications underpin practical experience across strategy and economic growth initiatives, science, innovation, and stakeholder engagement. Significant recent experience includes the development of bycatch-free fishing gear, the investment case for offshore mussel farms, and critical aquaculture infrastructure upgrades in the Thames-Coromandel and Tasman Regions. Fraser also co-ordinates the Tamaki Estuary Environmental Forum.
Don Carson became Communications Manager for the New Zealand Forest Owners Association earlier this year. He has been a radio and television host and journalist. Previous roles have been in communications for Federated Farmers, Seafood New Zealand, Hutt City Council and Wools of New Zealand. Don has recently completed his Law Bar examinations. Inside the primary sector, Don managed a halal certification company, and is director of a project to import exotic sheep into New Zealand.
Heather Mackenzie is a freelance writer and has previously worked as a communications specialist for Land Information New Zealand and the Ministry for the Environment (Climate Change Team). She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters.
Ian Short recently returned to NZ after spending the last 12 years on innovation in sustainable/ smart cities, urban development and climate change in Europe and before this 15 years in finance in London, New York and Wellington. He is currently working as a senior advisor to a broad range of organisations in these areas, including helping the NZ govt develop plans for the transition to a low emissions economy. Until January 2017 Ian was CEO of Climate-KIC, the world’s largest climate change innovation partnership. Primarily funded by the European Commission, Climate-KIC brings together leading organisations from academia, research, business and the public sector to collaborate in bringing the best solutions to market. Climate-KIC has over 200 partners including Imperial College London, Veolia, ENGIE, Schiphol Airport and many leading European cities. In its’ first five years it has supported hundreds of start-ups, has a student alumnus of 2000+ and has delivered more than €2bn of sustainable innovation activity. Ian was previously Chief Executive of the Institute for Sustainability – an independent charity established to pilot and trial systemic solutions for sustainable cities and communities – and a partner of Climate-KIC. Previously, Ian was Deputy Chief Executive at the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC), a public/private regeneration agency in east London, which he helped establish in 2005.
Gary Taylor is CEO of the Environmental Defence Society and co-convenor of the Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference.
Lindsay Wood is founding director of Resilienz Ltd., and works full time on climate initiatives, especially on making the science and technology of climate accessible to government, business and the community. He “specialises in being a generalist”, and in connecting the dots between different disciplines and between different climate issues. Lindsay’s work builds on an extensive career in the construction sector, often on environmental projects. His most-recent climate activities encompass policy work, business advice, construction research, workshops and writing – variously from mainstream and specialist media to his company’s widely-read newsletter Climate Matters. The breadth of Lindsay’s engagement is borne out by his frequent participation in climate-related activities, visits and conferences, and he is sought-after as a speaker and workshop facilitator.
Dr Barbara Nebel
Barbara’s passion is to enable organisations to succeed sustainably. As CEO of thinkstep in ANZ, a locally owned business, she often describes her job as a translator. Translating sustainability into traditional business language. Together with her team she delivers a full range of sustainability services from strategy and materiality assessments through to detailed Life Cycle Assessments and Cradle to Cradle® projects. Originally from Germany, she has been in New Zealand since 2004 and still has not managed to visit every hut in the Tararuas.
Adrien is a former TV3 news journalist who covered the environment round. He's left journalism (although still does the odd bit of freelance work) to pursue business with his two startups: Bamtino and Offcut. He hasn't lost his passion for the environment though and he's a firm believer that big business can make faster progress towards solving environmental issues like climate change than politics can.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Michal was educated at University of Economics in Prague graduating with Masters in Business Administration and Marketing. In 2006 Michal relocated to New Zealand where he now lives with his young family on Auckland’s North Shore. He is managing operations for LUBECO Bio-lubricants in New Zealand and Australia.
David joined in February 2015 as Chief Financial Officer, having previously held the position of General Manager Corporate and Finance at KiwiRail. His professional background also includes Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer at the New Zealand Racing Board, and senior finance roles at Fonterra and TransAlta.
James Araci is a Future Insights Manager at Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand’s innovation agency. With 20 years’ experience in sustainability and biotechnology, James helps businesses to predict changes in their markets to their own advantage. James has worked with businesses in three continents and has a front row seat to the rapid change that is occurring throughout the business world. A member of the global Association of Professional Futurists, he provides insight to help transform organisations into high-velocity leaders.
Mike Bassett-Smith I am Managing Director at PowerSmart, the largest solar power integrator in New Zealand. I have a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria, Canada, where I studied how finance relates to the renewable energy industry, and sustainability in general. This interest in sustainability and renewable energy led to the founding of PowerSmart in 2007 with two friends from university. I have been on the Sustainable Business Network Board and am currently a director with Solpho.
Hon. Phil Goff
Phil Goff is a born and bred Aucklander. He put himself through school and the University of Auckland working at the Westfield Freezing Company for seven seasons. He has a first class Masters in Politics from the University of Auckland and had won a scholarship to do postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. In parliament Phil represented Mt Roskill for 10 terms. He became New Zealand’s youngest ever cabinet minister in 1984. In his 15 years in cabinet, he covered a number of portfolios including housing, environment, and education. In the Clark government, he was responsible for foreign affairs, justice, trade and defence. He was also Associate Finance Minister. He served as the leader of the Labour Party and the leader of the opposition. As Minister of Education, Phil initiated New Zealand’s international education industry which is now worth over $3 billion. He was also the first Minister of Trade of a developed country to negotiate a free-trade agreement with China and initiated the TPP trade agreement. Phil is married to Mary and lives on a small farm in Ardmore. He has three adult children who live in Auckland. He enjoys motorbike riding, fishing, hunting and farming. He follows rugby and league.
John Caradus is CEO of Grasslanz Technology. John was CEO of Dexcel, and Science GM for AgResearch. John has a background in forage plant breeding. John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ), the NZ Institute Agricultural Science, and the Agronomy Society NZ. He is Past President of the NZ Institute of Agricultural Science, the New Zealand Grassland Association and the New Zealand Plant Breeding and Research Association. He is currently on the RSNZ Council.
Nicki has been an environmental marketer since graduating from Otago University in Applied Science and Marketing back in the 90s. Nicki has been involved with Feltex Carpets and Lend Lease's Two Billion Sustainable Urban Community in Melbourne Docklands. Nicki is now Marketing Director of solarcity.
Bruce has 25 years commercial experience across the Asia Pacific, UK and USA. He has held executive positions in National Australia Bank, ASB Bank and The Warehouse. He is presently Chief Executive of Total Home Solutions company HRV & Chairman of Pushpay (NZAX ‘PAY’).
Sam Judd is the co-founder and CEO of the multi-award-winning charity Sustainable Coastlines. In 2013 he was named Young New Zealander of the Year as recognition of the work that his team has achieved. During his eight years at the helm of Sustainable Coastlines they have grown into a globally recognised movement that inspires, educates and enables communities to protect the places they love. Since inception they have delivered education presentations to over 150,000 people, removed more than 1 million litres of rubbish from the coastlines and planted over 50,000 trees next to waterways. Feel free to contact us to learn more or get involved: www.sustainablecoastlines.org / firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Megan Woods
Dr Megan Woods is the Member of Parliament for Wigram. She sits on Labour’s Front Bench as the Spokesperson for Canterbury Issues, Climate Change Issues, Energy, Science & Innovation, and Research & Development and Associate for Trade and Export Growth. Megan has a PhD in New Zealand History from the University of Canterbury and prior to entering Parliament she worked in the field of technology commercialisation at Plant and Food Research Ltd.
Aaron Drew, AIFA® is a principal of MyFiduciary, who provide investment governance training and support to various organisations across New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. Impact investing is becoming of increasing interest because it can better align an organisations investment activity with their vision and purpose. Aaron helps organisations ensure that their shift to impact investing is guided by clear strategy and investment processes, so that best-practice fiduciary standards are met.
Jo Clendon is the founder of the Bikes Welcome charitable trust (www.bikeswelcome.org). After graduating from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce degree she worked in Sydney and internationally. Her career features leadership roles in high profile international companies including: Procter & Gamble, EDS, Compaq, HP and Oracle. She returned to live in New Zealand in 2008. Since the birth of her second child in 2009 she has been a stay-at-home parent focused on the needs of her family as well as serving her community. After witnessing how it is done in Europe, Jo has been using a bike for everyday transport since and loves how much easier and more pleasant it is than using the car. She is a keen advocate for everyday cycling, improving children’s access to safe and accessible cycling everyday, healthy active communities and the environment. Jo also writes about cycling with kids (www.cyclingwithkids.co.nz).
Rachel Stewart is New Zealand Herald Columnist, winner of the 2016 Canon Media Award for 'Opinion writer of the year', farmer, falconer, and fighter for freshwater and climate change action.
Paul Stanley Ward & Dr Marie Brown
Marie is the Senior Policy Analyst for EDS and the lead author of Vanishing Nature: facing New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis. She has degrees in science and environmental law and a PhD from the University of Waikato that focussed on the use of ecological compensation under the RMA. Paul is a Wellington writer; his CV lists Oxford, Discovery Channel, NZ On Screen editor and pulling manky rats from traps in Polhill Gully. He is a lifelong bird-nerd.
Dr Stanley Bellgard & Greg Ford
Dr Stanley Bellgard and Greg Ford are joint authors of ‘Catching a kauri killer’. Dr Bellgard Landcare Research Biodiversity and Conservation team researcher. Greg is former editor of The Weekend Press and Landcare Research's communications manager.
Nick was appointed Chief Executive of The Warehouse Group in January, 2016. He moved to New Zealand from Chicago where he held leadership roles with Sears Holdings, including president of footwear, home, fine jewellery and apparel. At Sears, Nick was responsible for leading change from traditional retail into omnichannel and integrated retail, building profitable businesses, driving operational turnarounds, changing business models and leading high-performance teams. Prior to Sears, Nick held senior executive positions with Foot Locker Inc companies including president and chief executive of Foot Locker, Footaction and Kid’s Foot Locker in New York and other leadership roles in Canada and Europe. He has also held planning, allocation and merchandising roles at a number of leading retailers in the United Kingdom including Laura Ashley, Woolworths, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer.
I qualified as a Chemical Engineer from Auckland University and started my career as a project engineer in a range of industries within NZ, then moved into water desalination projects in Australia, UK and Middle East before working as a process engineer on North Sea energy projects. Returning to NZ, I took up a role in industrial chemical sales and marketing which turned into the product development and launch of Valvemaster - the lead replacement additive when NZ went unleaded. After this I established an enterprise to assist with commercialisation of IP in universities and research organisations prior to establishing Lomak an award winning laser technology company. A valley of death experience led to a role within government as a clean technology capital specialist. I am a passionate advocate for a smart prosperous low carbon economy, sometime ministerial advisor, public speaker and disobedient thinker and strategist.
Dr Alison Dewes
A fourth generation dairy farmer and second generation veterinarian, Alison is a firm believer that our future food production systems have to be profitable and resilient while protecting and replenishing ecological health. Her Masters of Science (2015) focused on how Upper Waikato dairy farms can be profitable while achieving the lowest possible environmental impact. She previously worked for Nestle Australia in Business Development & Quality Assurance, Commonwealth Bank in lending, and managed Intelact Australia. She has skills in animal health and nutrition, agricultural business performance, adult education, policy and ecosystem health. She was elected to the NZ Veterinary Board in 2015 and is on the National Environmental Reference Group for Landcorp. She was a finalist for the NZI sustainability champion in 2014, received a commendation for community impact for her work with farmers, and was a finalist in the 2015 Women of Influence Awards in Public Policy.
Peter Berg ONZM
Peter Berg ONZM is chair of Tane's Tree Trust and past President of the NZ Forest Owners Association for 12 years and former member of the SCION (NZ Forest Research Institute) and Auckland Conservation Boards, Peter is presently the Chair of the NZ Branch of the Commonwealth Forestry Association and a member of the executive committee of NZ Farm Forestry Assn. Peter is involved in many aspects of NZ forestry and has jointly authored two books on New Zealand’s forest history.
Mike Manning (B.Ag.Sc) is currently CP Ag General Manager Innovation & Strategy at Ravensdown. Mike has a vast experience in the fertiliser industry with some 34 years of direct involvement. Mike has responsibility for Ravensdown’s Innovation & Strategy. This encompasses but not limited to the Ravensdown research and development Investments, the PGP research partnership with MPI, ARL the company owned soil and plant diagnostic laboratory, the developing Ravensdown Environmental Consultancy business and the Ravensdown Environmental policy team.
Geoff Manks is Managing Director of Sage Partners Ltd and has 27 years of experience in commercial insurance broking. He was the owner of a New Zealand's private insurance broking company before selling and joining as Director/Shareholder of one of Australasia's largest insurance broking companies. He left 10 years ago to focus on crafting bespoke insurance solutions for business and the insurance industry. Geoff is the Lloyd's Coverholder for forestry insurance, designing and bringing to market the first carbon forest plantation in Australasia. Geoff has a strong interest in blackbox underwriting & has had software built to manage underwriting for single cargo transit insurance.
Dr. Gordon Hosking & Dr. David Bergin
David is director of Environmental Restoration Ltd (ERL) where he is a scientist specialising in restoration ecology and promoting the planting and management of indigenous timber species. Until recently he was a senior scientist with the Crown Research Institute Scion with 35 years of applied research experience. Dr Gordon Hosking has over 40 years experience in forest health research and research management. Much of this time was spent with New Zealand’s Forest Research Institute’s Forest Health Group working on pests of both exotic and indigenous forests.
Simon Mackenzie is passionate about the power of technology to transform the energy industry, and consumers lives. As Group Chief Executive Officer, Simon has expanded and driven Vector's portfolio of businesses to embrace innovative technologies and strategies to deliver efficient, sustainable energy solutions to consumers. Simon was appointed Vector's Group Chief Executive Officer in 2008. His tertiary qualifications include engineering, finance and business studies, and the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Jacqui Aimers is a forestry scientist, ecologist, research analyst and science communicator. Jacqui loves trees and is passionate about natural ecosystems, green infrastructure, ecological restoration and people connecting with Nature. She has experience in forestry research and sustainable land management and is a trustee of Tane’s Tree Trust.
Prof. James Renwick
James has over 30 years’ experience in weather and climate research, specialising in large-scale climate variations. His interests include the El Niño/La Niña cycle and the mid-latitude westerly winds, and the impacts of climate variability and change on New Zealand. James was a lead author for the 4th and 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports and is a member of the World Climate Research Programme Joint Scientific Committee.
Sue Reidy is an Auckland-based freelance writer, editor, speechwriter, blog writer, web content provider, manuscript assessor, novelist and poet. She offers business writing and web content for local bodies, not-for-profit organisations, educational institutions, corporate businesses and small businesses representing a very diverse range of industry sectors.
Cerasela Stancu is Sustainability Principal, Envirostrat. Cerasela is a sustainability specialist with over 20 years of experience working on environment and sustainable development issues across Europe, Asia and New Zealand. She has worked extensively with government and private sector on issues regarding sustainability solutions and the integration of natural capital and ecosystem services in policy and business decisions. Cerasela’s current focus is to demonstrate the viability of impact investment as a concept for landscape level solutions in New Zealand – combining innovative thinking for achieving (environmental & social) change with value chain considerations and science based solutions for sustainable land management.
Iain Hosie is co-founder and Managing Director of Revolution Fibres Ltd. After a career in environmental hazard management and policy, Iain accidentally became a high tech entrepreneur. Revolution Fibres is New Zealand’s premier advanced materials company and a global leader in nanofibre production, through its open innovation business model, enables companies to produce superior products using designed functional nanofibres.
Tom Nickels is Managing Director of Waste Management NZ, New Zealand's largest waste and environmental services provider. Tom has led Waste Management since 2008, taking the organisation through a change in ownership in 2014. Previous roles include Chief Executive Woodproducts at Carter Holt Harvey, General Manager Australasia and Asia for Fletcher Challenge Forests and Managing Director Chubb NZ. Tom has lived in New Zealand for more than 20 years.
Diana Montano is a young Biotechnology Engineer, passionate about applying science, technology and knowledge to promote effectively for society to live in a sustainable way and to avoid depleting the environment. She has experience working for industries mainly in the technology commercialization process. She also did research in high-learning Canadian institutions such as The Polytechnique Montréal and The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in the field of bioremediation, waste-water treatment and biofuels production. Her enthusiasm about sustainability has led her to enroll as a volunteer in environmental and social projects in Mexico, Haiti and Kenya. She is an innovative thinker with the strong conviction that knowledge sharing and collaboration are the paths to advance and speed-up the much needed transition towards a sustainable and environmental-friendly world.
Bill has a strong personal interest in a great wind turbine solution, he lives in an off-grid house and has a long standing interest and belief in local energy solutions. After mechanical engineering training, Bill worked for New Zealand Electricity for 4 years. Following some time working overseas, Bill did an MBA at Otago University, including a project for Fisher & Paykel Appliances which evolved into 18 years of employment with the company. He worked on a number of roles starting with design engineering on the DishDrawer team, and concluding with responsibility for Engineering Services for all sites.
Tracey was elected as a New Zealand First list Member of Parliament based in Warkworth at the 2011 Election. For the 50th and 51st Parliaments Tracey has been a member of the Education and Science Select Committee as well as working on specific bills at the Social Services Select Committee and the Justice and Electoral Select Committee. As a previous Credit Controller Tracey created New Zealand First’s “Up Front Investment Tertiary Policy”, to shift students from a financial debt to a skill debt in New Zealand, Tracey is the New Zealand First Spokesperson for Education, Women, Broadcasting, Communications and IT.
Trevor is a New Zealand civil engineer and environmental management consultant who has been living in Malaysia since 1996. He has been associated with the development of the nascent biochar industries in NZ and South East Asia since 2009. He is the managing director of Biochar Systems Ltd (NZ) and a founder of the NZ Biochar Interest Group, soilcarbon.org.nz.
Tom McLeod is originally from the East Coast of Canada (Maritime Province of New Brunswick) and grew up with seaweed as part of his daily diet. He moved to New Zealand over 30 years ago and has held positions in ICT, Government and Innovation. He was also involved in the world's first intelligent dispatch algorithm software business eventually exiting to a US company. Tom currently consults to organizations. He is passionate about using New Zeland's pure geographical advantages to create economic and environmental transformational "platform plays" to increase prosperity for Kiwis.
Robert McLachlan is Distinguished Professor in Applied Mathematics at Massey University. His principal research area is geometric numerical analysis, the study of algorithms for large-scale simulations in computational physics and chemistry. Since 2014 he has been running the Institute of Fundamental Sciences Climate Change Seminar. He is a public speaker on climate change and electric vehicles and drives a Nissan Leaf.
Dr Christine Jones
To the pressing worldwide challenge of helping farmers transition from high input systems while optimising farm productivity and remaining sustainable both environmentally and economically, Australian soil ecologist Dr Christine Jones offers an accessible, inspiring perspective. Christine has gained international recognition as a speaker, presenting on ‘The Fundamentals of Soil’ at workshops, field days, seminars and conferences throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Western Europe, Central America, USA and Canada. For further information visit www.amazingcarbon.com
David Galler is the son of Polish Jewish refugees who ate pork and made yoghurt from sour milk. After attaining his first degree at Victoria University, he worked as a bus driver in Wellington. During his time driving the big reds, he helped women with prams board his bus and made endless polite conversation with the good citizens of Wellington. He also became well known for not charging customers who boarded the bus with freshly ground coffee. He was finally let go for refusing to wear socks so decided to become a doctor. David Galler was the clinical lead at Ko Awatea and programme Chair of the annual APAC Forum, now sadly no more; he remains in practice as an Intensive Care Specialist at Middlemore Hospital where he has worked for 28 years; and is a visiting specialist to the National Health Service of Samoa. During his career, he has held a variety of leadership roles within the DHB and in broader society. He once was the Vice President, then President of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and for 7 years the Principal Medical Advisor to the Director General and Ministers of Health. He is now basking in the afternoon of his career and is contemplating what he should now do with what remains of his one and only precious life. His first book, Things That Matter – Stories of Life and Death published by Allen and Unwin has been a NZ best seller. David speaks frequently at medical conferences and to non medical audiences; he also is a random contributor to The SpinOFF and other publications.
Andrew Caseley has held executive leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. Previously he worked for MWH Global Inc., an engineering and environmental consultancy. For most of this time Andrew was the Managing Director of the New Zealand business; but he was also the Operations Director for Australia and New Zealand while filling various roles in Indonesia and Fiji. Prior to this Andrew was Chief Executive Officer of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council for 13 years. Andrew has a commerce degree with an accounting major and is a Companion Member of the Institute of Professional Engineers.
Lan Pham was the highest polling candidate elected to Environment Canterbury Regional Council in 2016 when she campaigned on prioritising the health of our people and planet. Her background is in Freshwater Ecology (MSc) where it was New Zealand's quirky native fish which first got her engaged in environmental issues. She is the founder and Director of Working Waters Trust, a freshwater restoration and education trust which works alongside communities across Canterbury, Otago and Southland to restore the habitats of NZ’s most endangered freshwater fish and raise their profile in the public eye. Lan is passionate about placing climate change at the centre of decision making and building resilience into our management of resources.
Karen is an experienced banker who leads Westpac’s financial markets, large corporate, mid-market and specialist banking teams. Karen is General Manager Commercial, Corporate & Institutional for Westpac New Zealand responsible for customer engagement and the development and delivery of services to Westpac’s Institutional, Corporate and Commercial clients in New Zealand. Karen chairs Westpac’s Environmental Solutions and Social & Affordable Housing sustainability workstreams and Chairs the SBC/Business NZ Governance Group for Business Leadership on Climate. Before returning to New Zealand Karen held a range of senior roles within Westpac Australia, her last role being Managing Director and Global Head of Debt Capital Markets. Prior to this, Karen led Westpac Australia’s Corporate and Institutional Property Teams and was Chair of the Westpac Group Property Risk Forum.
Sir Robert Harvey
Sir Robert (Bob) Harvey KNZM QSO, is the Champion for Auckland responsible for International Investment he was recently Chairman of Waterfront Auckland responsible for delivering a world class waterfront for Auckland city. He is the Auckland ambassador for the Lee Kuan Yew Award which Auckland City has entered for the 2016 Supreme World Award for the World’s most livable city. He is Chairman of the Telecom Spark Foundation, Chairman of BNZ West and holds the position of Vice President of Mayors for Peace. He served 6 terms as Mayor of the city of Waitakere, retiring in November 2010. He was awarded, with six international Mayors, the United Nations Award for Peace in 1997 and the United Nations Life Time Achievement Award for the Environment in 2007.
Dr Ralph Chapman
Dr Ralph Chapman is Director of Environmental Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He holds degrees in engineering, public policy and economics. He’s worked for the Treasury, Ministry for the Environment, in Whitehall, and as a private consultant. In another life, he was a negotiator for New Zealand of the Kyoto Protocol. Ralph’s recent book on climate policy is 'Time of Useful Consciousness: Acting Urgently on Climate Change', published by Bridget Williams Books
Dr Jonathan Sperry
Dr Jonathan Sperry is a Senior Lecturer, Rutherford Discovery Fellow and member of the Centre for Green Chemical Science (CGCS) at the University of Auckland. The members of CGCS are laying the foundations for a sustainable future by promoting and facilitating interdisciplinary research, education and public engagement in Green Chemical Science.
Marama Fox is the Co-leader of the Māori Party and list MP based in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, elected in the 2014 General Election. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Marama worked for 26 years in the education sector; at the grassroots level in the classrooms, working her way up eventually becoming Principal, before working for the Ministry of Education as an advisor. Marama has taken on the role as advocate for indigenous rights in the New Zealand Parliament, following in the footsteps of not only her predecessors, Hon Dame Tariana Turia and Hon Sir Pita Sharples, founding Co-leaders of the Maori Party, but also from those who have advocated kaupapa Māori over the numerous decades to attain the array of Māori initiatives supporting Māori. –– Te Ururoa Flavell is of Ngāti Rangiwewehi (Te Arawa) and Ngāpuhi descent. Te Ururoa was raised in Rotorua and continues to live in his whānau homestead in Ngongotaha. He is married to Erana and they have five tamariki and two mokopuna. Te Ururoa holds a Bachelor of Arts (Māori Studies and Anthropology) from the University of Auckland, a Master of Arts (Māori) from Waikato University and is a former student of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo (Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language). He is also a proud St Stephens Old Boy. Trained as a teacher, Te Ururoa taught for many years at both secondary and tertiary levels. He has also held leadership roles in education as a school principal, CEO at a whare wānanga and a consultant to various government agencies. Te Ururoa Flavell was first elected to Parliament as a Māori Party MP for the Waiariki electorate in 2005 and he has successfully held the seat for Waiariki since. He is currently the Māori Party Co-leader, the Minister for Māori Development, Minister for Whānau Ora and Associate Minister for Economic Development.
A mother of six, Maree trained in photography and journalism. A conversational writer, she has had successes involving overseas trips as a photojournalist, including documenting WWII veterans who returned to Cassino, (Italy) 2004 and recently she accompanied the families of WWI executed soldiers who travelled the Western Front to visit the graves of five Kiwi soldiers who perished in what she described as ‘Judicial Murders’. Supported by her employers, Awarua Synergy, she accompanied an exhibition of her work (b/w imagery) ‘Return to Monte Cassino’ to Italy 2014 as an invited guest artist.
Rachel Brown, ONZM is Founder & CEO, Sustainable Business Network Inc 2002 (SBN). Rachel has played a critical role in advancing sustainability for more than 20 years. The network includes approximately 600 members and represents a range of organisation sizes and sectors. SBN runs the largest national sustainable business awards programme and a successful series of business events across the country. Rachel’s work has seen the introduction to SBN of critical transformation areas in which New Zealand can lead the world. She has overseen the creation of systemic collaboration projects including: Million Metres Streams (a crowd funding platform linking donors to community waterway restoration projects); The Circular Economy Accelerator; and the Now Crowd. With her team they focus on capability building in the areas of sustainable business leadership; procurement; smart transport; restorative food; tourism; and the circular economy. Rachel sits on government panels to inform on policy leavers, or signals, which support the transition to low carbon economy. She currently sits on the Board of the Small Business Council; WWF New Zealand, on the Reference panel for the Green Investment Fund and is on the business advisory panel for All of Government Procurement. In 2009 Rachel was personally trained by Al Gore to present The Inconvenient Truth (part of the global climate change education programme). In 2012 she was invited by Al Gore to join an elite group of international presenters to be part of the Climate Reality Project broadcast. The broadcast reached over 3 million people across the globe. As a regular presenter, collaborator, investor and driver of action within NZ communities, Rachel is committed to the role business plays in supercharging and transforming NZ’s economy into one that is smarter and more sustainable. In 2018 Rachel was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for years of service to sustainable business.
John McDermott is managing the technology and commercial development of Digital Water. He is an electronics engineer with background in telecommunications and smart grid applications. John also has an MBA and is a keen entrepreneur advocating lean principles. He moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2007 and lives in East Tamaki, Auckland.
Bridgit Hawkins, a Massey University alumni, is an agricultural business specialist with extensive commercial experience in the rural sector, Bridgit is a founder of Regen Ltd; an innovative company creating world class, technology-based solutions for the agricultural sector. Bridgit’s experience includes strategic development and business analysis for organisations as diverse as AgResearch, SpectraNet, Danish Technology Institute (DTI), Agribusiness Research and Education Network (AREN), TradeNZ and Catapult Genetics. Bridgit has presented on effluent management and environmental sensing solutions at various industry conferences throughout New Zealand, Korea and South America.
John is co-founder and Managing Director of Wellington-based energy tech start-up, Our Energy. A seemingly innocent summertime run a few years back began his entrepreneurial journey to challenge the energy sector's status quo in an era of unprecedented technological change. Along with his business interests, his understanding of the long, complex road towards sustainability is also informed by being a passionate fan of Manchester United and the Wellington Phoenix.
Cam is the Communications & Marketing Coordinator at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary and has a strong interest in the power of creative communications to inspire positive action. Conservation and wildlife is his focus and he’s particularly interested in the positive effect tourism and business can have on its surrounding environment.
Sam Huggard is the National Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi, and leads the organisation’s work on climate change and just transition. He also sits on the representative users group of the Deep South Science Challenge
Piers Maclaren is a retired forestry scientist. He was editor of the New Zealand Journal for Forestry from 2009–2012, worked for many years at the Forest Research Insitute (now Scion), and won the Thomas Kirk Horn Award for forestry in 2006. His publications include The Radiata Pine Growers’ Manual (1993), an industry classic, and The Environmental Effects of Planted Forests in New Zealand (1996). He’s also an early advocate of afforestation for climate change mitigation, publishing Trees in the Greenhouse in 2000.
Nigel Brunel is Director, Financial Markets at OMF. OMF is a leading carbon broker and member of the NZX. Nigel is one of the original OMF team, joining the firm in 1986. Nigel has considerable experience and understanding of the financial markets with particular emphasis on renewable energy, commodity, dairy and equity futures markets. He is also a prominent figure in the NZ carbon and dairy markets.
Dr Anna Berka works on innovation policy, civic enterprise and decarbonisation and holds degrees in economics, environmental science and policy. She previously worked for the Energy Centre, University of Auckland and is currently consulting for public entities and community enterprise.
Dean Baigent-Mercer has often invisibly been involved with the key environmental campaigns within Aotearoa over the past twenty years. Sometimes writer/researcher, sometimes activist, sometimes pest controller or mead maker, he has worked nationally and internationally with Greenpeace and across these islands with Forest & Bird and other NGOs.
Alistair Davis grew up in Wellington and educated at Wellington College and Victoria University graduating with a LL.B and B.C.A (majoring in Business Administration) in 1979. He joined Toyota New Zealand in 1979 with roles across most functions in the organisation over the 30 plus years. He was appointed a General Manager in 1987, was assigned to Toyota Motor Sales in Los Angeles for 2 years in 2001 and eventually became Chief Executive Officer of Toyota New Zealand in 2008 as it celebrated 20 years of market leadership. Alistair is presently on a number of non-Toyota boards including recently being elected chair of the Sustainable Business Council Advisory Board. Alistair is married with 4 adult children and 1 grandchild and is involved in a range of Christian activities as a trustee and previous Chairman of Alpha in New Zealand.
Kevin is a semi-retired scientist who has led development as a Research Associate at Landcare Research in Palmerston North. Kevin is a Fellow of The Royal Society of New Zealand, and began his research on climate change in 1970 at DSIR with the (then) Soil Bureau. Kevin was awarded the Marsden Medal in 2005 for his research on climate change, and the inaugural L.J McCraw Medal in 2012 for his contribution to soil science.
Jake Roos has a Masters of Applied Science in Energy Management which he has been putting to good use in the local government sector for the last twelve years, in areas as varied as planning policy, electric vehicles, renewable energy, carbon accounting, eco-homes, community resilience and emissions mitigation strategies, winning multiple awards in the process. He now operates as a freelance consultant offering support to organisations with climate change and energy-related projects, policies and plans.
James Shaw has been the Co-leader of the Green Party since May 2015. Prior to being an MP, James Shaw had a successful career in management consulting, primarily in London. James moved back to Wellington, the city where he was born and raised, with the aim of being elected to Parliament. When he’s not living and breathing sustainable economics, James enjoys spending time in his local community, Aro Valley, with his wife Annabel.
Penny Nelson – Deputy Secretary Environmental Performance, Innovation & Climate Penny Nelson holds policy responsibility for climate change, the marine environment and hazardous substances and new organisms. This includes oversight of the Environmental Protection Authority. She is also responsible for environmental monitoring and reporting, the Ministry’s interests in the science system, New Zealand’s commitments to international environmental agreements, and leadership of the Natural Resources Sector. She brings a strong focus on building partnerships across sectors and a wealth of leadership experience in government, business and the scientific community including the Sustainable Business Council, Ministry for Social Development, Dairy NZ and Landcare Research. Penny has returned to the Ministry, having worked here between 1998 and 2004. Penny holds a Masters of Science (Hons) in Resource Management from Lincoln University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Political Science and English Literature from Otago University.
Andre Prassinos was born in Reno, Nevada and spent his childhood growing up in the Western United States with time spent in Denver, Colorado and Southern California. Andre’s early career was in the real estate sector where he owned Real Estate Services Network, a company dedicated to providing a range of services to large-scale property owners. Andre & his wife Heather live in Rotorua, where he is Managing Director of BioBrew Ltd.
Simon Arnold is CEO of the National Energy Research Institute (NERI) half-time. His other roles are: Managing Director of arnold.co.nz (commercialisation of physic and engineering research including New Zealand's capabilities in superconductivity); Executive Director of Blended Fuel Solutions NZ Ltd (manufactures "fit-for-purpose" fuels including pyrolysis of waste through subsidiary Nufuels Ltd); convener of the Liquid Biofuels Interest Group of the Bioenergy Association of NZ; and member of the industry advisory group of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Simon has also had senior roles in public policy and administration and in various business organisations.
Bell Gully partner Simon Watt specialises in climate change law and providing commercial and public law advice to public sector entities. Simon has long standing involvement in the development of the climate change framework in New Zealand, including advising the New Zealand Government on the design of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and associated climate change legislation. His international work has involved some of the nations that will be among those most affected by climate change. He advised Bangladesh on a range of climate change issues (and provided representation to advance that country’s position at major international conferences such as Copenhagen and Cancun), advised the Government of Aceh, Indonesia, on the world’s first carbon trade for avoided deforestation, and addressed the Attorneys- and Solicitors-General of 15 Pacific Island states on climate change adaptation and financing. Simon occupies a unique position in the New Zealand legal market, combining commercial and banking and finance (traded products) expertise with his environmental experience. He advises both domestic and international businesses on carbon trading and on the implications of the NZ ETS and Paris Agreement. Simon has featured in the climate change rankings of the international legal directory Chambers Global for a decade, and for the past four years has been the only New Zealand lawyer to be ranked.
Allen Cookson spent most of his life teaching science at secondary school level. After retirement he completed a B.App. Econ. degree. He is author of Prosperity, Poverty or Extinction? Humanity’s Choices. The book, which has earned praise internationally, links economics, science and other disciplines in a quest for solutions to humanity’s ecological quandaries.
Jade Kake is an architectural designer, writer, and housing advocate. Of Māori and Dutch descent, her tribal affiliations are Ngāpuhi (Ngāti Hau me Te Parawhau), Te Whakatōhea and Te Arawa. Jade has experience working directly with Māori land trusts and tribal entities to progress culturally-based sustainable development, and in working with mana whenua groups to express their cultural values and narratives through the design of their physical environments. Jade is fortunate to live within her home area of Whangarei, where she is leading several projects to support the re-establishment and development of papakāinga communities.
Victoria Crawford-Flett is an integral part of the team at Young Enterprise Trust, based in Wellington. A recent graduate from the Victoria University Business School, she has a particular interest in business, education and environmental sustainability. Young Enterprise Trust provides a range of enterprise and financial literacy resources to schools throughout New Zealand. In 2014 Young Enterprise worked with over 90,000 students to turn them into entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and people that can manage their money.
President of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry for 4 years, VP for 2 and CEO of IFS Growth Ltd. James has been instrumental in helping organisations build teams, undertake strategic reviews and plan and implement growth. He always looks for ways to improve and thrive in changing environments, confidently leading a team to a strong end result. His encyclopedic forestry industry knowledge and experience was honed in forests throughout Australasia over the past two decades and he is passionate about the forestry industry. When James does get free time, this is spent falling off bikes and other moving objects. He has probably broken most bones in his body. He has a good sense of humour but drinks way too many short blacks and doesn’t like to choose his own meal when dining out.
Stuart Innes is a co-founder and one of the managing directors of emhTrade, an independent energy services company that has recently launched P2, a peer to peer electricity platform for New Zealand households. Prior to this he has worked in the electricity sector for a decade, both in New Zealand and overseas. His expertise lies primarily in quantitative analytics and trading, as well as wholesale market design.
Dr Jeremy Hill
Dr Jeremy Hill Past President International Dairy Federation Chief Science & Technology Officer, Fonterra Co-operative Group Jeremy has held a number of senior R&D leadership roles throughout the dairy supply chain. Between 2012-2016 Jeremy served as President and Chairman of the Board of the International Dairy Federation (IDF), the peak body for the global dairy sector. Jeremy is a Governor of the Global Dairy Agenda for Action on sustainability and chairs the GDAA Advisory Board composed of diverse expertise from senior leaders from the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, World Bank, World Wildlife Fund, American Human Society, ASDA Walmart, Rabobank, Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, and Solidaridad an international civil society organization focussed on facilitating the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains. Jeremy has published over 100 papers and holds four patents on various aspects of dairy science and technology as well as giving numerous presentations at international conferences.
Rebecca Mills is a leading impact strategist and founder of the Transformation Agency, The Lever Room. The Lever Room works at the intersection of innovation and sustainability, actively supporting people, organisations and movements to have positive impact at scale. Their approach has been crafted from over a decade of working at the forefront of regenerative development and the science of impact.
Gerri Ward is Z Energy’s Sustainability Manager, leading the development and effective integration of Z’s sustainability strategy. Gerri is passionate about realising transformational change through purpose- and values-led organisational leadership. She has a background in climate change and natural resource policy implementation, and led the government’s Carbon Neutral Public Sector programme, and stakeholder engagement on business opportunities out of climate change.
Mark Unwin has spent the last 12 years in senior management positions, building businesses based on providing compelling customer propositions. Mark sold his business Viaduct, New Zealand’s leading independent eftpos provider, to Smartpay in 2013. Following the transition from Smartpay, he founded iGenerate. iGenerate is set up to help make solar affordable to all New Zealanders. As Managing Director, Mark is responsible for the business’s strategic direction and the customer experience from first contact to post install service.
Jon Carapiet writes as the national spokesman for GE-Free NZ (in food and environment). He is also a trustee of Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility. For almost 20 years Jon has spoken out for the need to moderate the powerful use of gene technology to protect New Zealand’s capacity to produce and sell non-GMO food and to protect the rights of consumers at home and overseas. As an advocate for Brand New Zealand Jon draws on his years of experience as a senior market researcher and brand communications consultant. Jon has a Bachelor degree from Cambridge University and a Masters from Auckland University, and as well as working in research is a keen photographer, regularly exhibiting his artwork.
As owner and director of Eco Stock, Andrew has made a significant impact on the waste minimisation sector in the 11 years of running this business. His previous experience as an Engineering Officer (1993-2000) and Special Air Services Officer (2000-04) with the NZ Army, and as Managing Director, NZ Chemical Care and Storage (2004-07) prepared him for an innovative leadership role. He has undertaken tertiary level training at the Royal Australian Army School of Military Engineering, and after re-entering civilian life in 2004, he studied business papers through Massey University.
Caroline King is a former journalist for Fairfax Media. She is now a communications advisor for Landcare Research.
Bonar Vossen-Chong (MBA, BSc, MInstD) is a freelance consultant and project manager. During 2015 his team led the activity culminating in the first bank CEO in Australasia to speak publicly on the topic of climate change. His studies have included climate change during his Master of Business Administration at the University of Auckland: exploring the relationship between NZ bank balance sheet exposure to the dairy industry as flow on impacts from climate change. He has held senior management roles in sustainability in the banking sector and social services, with experience at BNZ and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
Bernie Napp has held the role of policy manager at Straterra for the last five years. Previously he has worked as a NZ diplomat, newspaper reporter, and at the Department of Conservation, in communications, and later, policy. Conservation and resource management policy and regulatory reform has been a focus, as well as climate change. Bernie holds tertiary qualifications in geology and journalism. In his spare time he enjoys writing, music, painting, food and wine, mountainbiking, camping, gardening and planting trees. His daughter, Olivia, 8, is a member of her school’s eco-club.
Eva Collins is an Associate Professor of Strategy at Waikato Management School. She is the Co-Chair of the University of Waikato's Sustainability Committee, and Sustainability Coordinator for Waikato Management School. Her teaching and research focuses on strategic sustainable business.
Andrew Booth is the CEO of solarcity, New Zealand’s leading solar energy services company. solarcity is in business for a purpose, to make a big difference in the fight against climate change and to help New Zealand move to 100% renewable energy by making solar affordable for Kiwi homeowners. In 2017 Andrew was named Industry Person of the Year by Sustainable Energy Association New Zealand (SEANZ) for his commitment to Kiwis wanting energy independence. Andrew has extensive campaign and media experience. He cut his teeth as a campaigner with Greenpeace and later served as an international board director for the environmental organisation. In 1992 he founded World Television and established it as Europe's largest internet TV communication group. With Reuters and CNN he launched the world's first international news feed on the environment and floated the company on the London Stock Exchange.
The Founder of Pure Advantage, Phillip Mills is one of the pioneers of the international fitness industry and a driving force behind the popularisation of the modern group fitness experience.
Vanessa is a Senior Advisor in the AA’s Motoring Affairs team. Having practised as a lawyer for five years then taking on senior roles in advocacy and corporate and public affairs, Vanessa has spent the last decade addressing issues, determining outcomes, and sharing key messages in order to effect particular and measurable change. She holds a Masters in Environmental Law (Hons) from the University of Auckland, as well as a Bachelor of Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Otago. She’s a born and bred Aucklander who loves to travel and eat her way through best restaurant lists.
Dr Kennedy Graham
Dr Kennedy Graham is a member of the NZ Parliament, since 2008. He holds the portfolios of global affairs, defence and disarmament, and intelligence and security. He serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee (vice-chairman 2011-14) and the Privileges Committee. Before entering Parliament, Dr Graham was a NZ diplomat, a UN official, and a university teacher. He has taught international politics and international law at Canterbury and Victoria Universities in New Zealand, and as Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Belgium. He also served as a senior consultant to the UN’s Dept. of Political & Security Council Affairs, and to the UN High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. He has lived and worked in ten countries throughout Asia, Middle East, Europe, North America and the South Pacific. Dr Graham was involved in the South Pacific Nuclear-Free Zone negotiations as a NZ delegate. On international work, Dr. Graham is vice-chairman of IPU-NZ, co-convenor of the Global Greens Parliamentarian Association, and has been a member of the board of directors of GLOBE-International. Dr Graham holds a B.Com (Auckland), M.A. in International Relations (Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Boston), Ph.D. (Victoria University, Wellington), and was a Research Fellow at Cambridge University He has authored or edited five books including ‘The Planetary Interest – A New Concept for the Global Age’. He is founding Director of the NZ Centre for Global Studies.
Hon. Peter Dunne
Hon. Peter Dunne, born in Christchurch in 1954, graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1977 with a Master of Arts degree with Honours in Political Science, and has also studied business administration at Massey University. He has been an MP since 1984, holding the north-west Wellington seats of Ōhāriu; Onslow; and Ōhāriu -Belmont. Mr Dunne has led the UnitedFuture Party since October 1996. He has been appointed Minister of Internal Affairs, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Conservation since January 2014 and he was Minister of Revenue, both part of the National/UnitedFuture Coalition Government. He has previously served as Minister of Regional Development; Associate Minister for the Environment and Associate Minister of Justice in the Palmer and Moore Labour Governments. He has written two books: "Home is Where My Heart Is", published in 2002, and "In the Centre of Things", published in 2005.
Tania (Ngāi Tūhoe) is a Social Intrapreneur for The Southern Initiative team at Auckland Council. Her role is to support and enable social and community innovation in South Auckland to tackle some of our tough socio-economic challenges, and to be a change maker inside a massive bureaucracy. She is leading the The Southern Initiative team’s work on employment, skills and procurement. Before moving to The Southern Initiative team two years ago, Tania held strategy roles within council. Prior to working at Auckland Council, Tania lived and worked in Dublin before settling in London for more than a decade, where she was Head of Policy at the Women’s Resource Centre – the UK’s leading umbrella organisation for the women’s NGO sector and one of Britain’s most admired charities. Before Tania's move abroad, she worked for the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges in a policy role. Tania has a MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Auckland.
Andrew Eagles is the chief executive of the New Zealand Green Building Council. He took up this role in September 2016 after returning from more than 13 years in London, where he was CEO of the Brick Development Association, and prior to that the Managing Director of Sustainable Homes. Andrew is a qualified economist who has worked for consultancies, associations, government and built-environment charities. He has a wealth of knowledge in housing, market mechanisms, advocacy and the construction supply chain. The New Zealand Green Building Council is the country’s leading not-for-profit dedicated to creating a quality, sustainable built environment. Find out more at www.nzgbc.org.nz.
Carl is an accountant by profession who joined the family business in 1996. As managing director he is busy guiding the day-to-day activities of Metal Art Ltd, while also being actively involved in wider issues affecting his industry and community. Carl has overseen the development of recycled plastic as a viable alternative to traditional materials, and is at the forefront of promoting the economic and environmental benefits of productively using plastic waste in the Wellington region and beyond.
Peter Bell is a film and TV director and writer, with an interest in New Zealand history, politics and social issues. He recently directed "Radar's Chequered Past" and is working on a feature documentary about UFC fighter Mark Hunt. Peter lives in Auckland with his partner and three pesky children.
Bob is actively engaged in forming and nurturing relationships globally leading to private/public as well as social venture/philanthropic collaboration to bring significant contributions to the whole-system transformation of the world’s energy system from being fossil fuel-based to being zero carbon-based. He led articulating Impact Procurement as a general approach to using supply chain purchase commitments to unlock financing for the adoption of regenerative supply. Bob is calling for a Clean Hydrogen Moonshot through an emerging commercial venture named AHA – Algorithmic Hydrogen Alliance in service to Global Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy. Bob thrives at the leading edge of innovative disruptions and has spent his four-decade career starting ventures that utilize advanced technologies and innovations in business models and human potential understandings to help new or existing companies leap well ahead of the competition often into uncharted new opportunities. During his many years based principally in San Francisco, Bob has been a close colleague or friend with several of the legends of Silicon Valley garnering great insights from these change makers. Bob loves nature and adventure, and has been a lifelong sailor and snow skier. For over a decade, he has spent full seasons each year, effectively living off the grid, cruising his sailboat throughout New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific. Bob is currently weaving together a shared values-based keiretsu or family of independent, naturally coupled companies whose complementary capabilities enable epic collaboration solving wicked economy-wide problems.
Dr Shaun Forgie
Shaun Forgie is a director of Dung Beetle Innovations and is head of Production and Research. In his previous role as a research scientist for Landcare Research, New Zealand’s foremost environmental research institute, Shaun received a science excellence award for his key role in the Dung Beetle Project. Shaun is a globally recognised dung beetle expert with PhD and MSc (Hons) degrees specialising in dung beetle reproduction, ecology and evolution.
Jill Cooper is a Materials Engineer specializing in technical ceramics and refractories for high temperature processing industries. She has worked both as a research scientist and as an applications specialist un this field and has over 30 years of experience at CSIRO, Division of Materials Science, BHP Research Laboratories, and at BlueScope New Zealand Steel. She is currently the NZ agent for Advanced Materials Technologies. A dedicated windsurfer and nature lover, she is enthusiastic about creating new materials and processing techniques that reduce waste, eliminate and/or recycle their emissions and factor in their environmental and social impacts. Author photo credit Christopher Ian AIPP
Will is a seasoned executive experienced in commercialising new technologies through securing IP, fund-raising, governance and building high-performance teams. Will was the VP External Affairs Lanzatech, providing leadership while the company grew from a dozen to 150 employees. During his tenure at Lanzatech he was responsible for all corporate, IP and employment legal matters, including securities, corporate governance, board processes, employment law matters, marketing issues, anti-bribery/anti-corruption compliance program, employee benefits and equity plan administration matters, and financing transactions. He brings to Mint significant experience in managing cross-functional teams across several continents.
James is a property & construction professional with an in-depth understanding of sustainable building methodologies and innovative affordable housing plans. James is a strong advocate of green growth initiatives and authenticating New Zealand’s clean green image through social and ecological entrepreneurship.
Grenville is the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Wind Energy Association. He has a background in the energy industry, the finance sector and Crown organisations. Grenville was previously CE of Public Trust and prior to that held several leadership roles with Meridian Energy as Director Retail and Director New Zealand Operations. He has experience in asset management, production, trading and retail activities including operational responsibility for wind farms. Prior to joining Meridian, Grenville spent 12 years in the finance sector with executive positions at the Rural Bank and National Bank.
Al Yates is a Director of Ecotricity. Ecotricity is New Zealands only carboNZero Certified electricity provider, 100% Kiwi and 49% Community owned.
Matt Fordham is Communications Director for Evident, a company driven by its mission to share the lessons from leading-edge buildings. He coordinates communication campaigns for exemplar building projects, helping inspire and empower others to achieve success in their own projects. Evident's campaigns include the Zero Energy House and Camp Glenorchy.
Philip Millichamp is National Environmental Manager at Oji Fibre Solutions. He is responsible for environment, sustainability and external relations.
Mayor Dave Cull
Dave Cull successfully stood for the Dunedin City Council in 2007 and has been Mayor of the city since 2010. Dave is focused on both economic and environmental sustainability as Dunedin realises its vision of being one of the world's great small cities. Under his leadership, Dunedin has become a more outward looking city with ever-strengthening international relationships, providing profitable educational and business links. Dunedin is also presenting its thriving creative sector to the world through its UNESCO Creative City of Literature status, and has been increasingly conscious of the need to respond to 21st century challenges such as climate change.
Dr Sean Simpson
Sean is the Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of LanzaTech. Sean spent the first 12 years of his life living in various countries around the world, including Mauritius, Zambia and Gibraltar, before his family returned to England. He now lives with his family in Auckland, New Zealand. Sean and his wife Silvia have two young children, a daughter Cecilia and a son Liam.
Dr Andrew West is an ecologist who worked for the NZ Government's Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. He has a PhD in ecology from the University of Westminster.
Paul was born in Auckland, lived his early life in Wellington and studied colonial and Pacific history at the University of Auckland, then Business in London and Europe. He is motivated by social justice and growing things. Most of his working life has been spent in the social impact sector as is his current role as General Manager of Strategy and Development for the Housing Foundation. He lives with his wife and son in the Waitakere ranges.
Justin Lester was elected Mayor of Wellington in 2016. He joined Wellington City Council as a Northern Ward Councillor in 2010 and then served as Deputy Mayor from 2013 until 2016. Justin’s priorities as Mayor include kick-starting the economy, making housing affordable, improving Wellington’s transport, replacing outdated bylaws and prioritising arts funding. He also wants to establish the country’s first wet house, provide a rates rebate for first-home builders and create the world’s first predator-free capital. Justin met his wife Liz at university and in 2016 they celebrated their 10-year anniversary. They have two young daughters and live in Johnsonville.
Steve Carden is CEO of Pāmu Farms of New Zealand. Pāmu is the brand name for Landcorp, a State Owned Enterprise, and one of New Zealand’s most innovative farmers and food businesses. It is also the name given to the quality products created by the company. Pāmu is the Māori word ‘to farm’ and reflects the deep connection New Zealanders have with the land, born from respect, and a genuine desire to protect and enhance the environments in which the company works. It’s a proud provenance that stands behind every product bearing the Pāmu name.
Hon. Lianne Dalziel
Hon Lianne Dalziel (LLB) was elected as the Mayor of Christchurch in October 2013, after serving for 23 years in the New Zealand Parliament. Lianne served as a Cabinet Minister in the 5th Labour Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Rt. Hon Helen Clark (1999-2008). During that time, Lianne held a number of portfolios, including Immigration, Commerce, Food Safety, Women’s Affairs & Senior Citizens and associate roles in Education and Justice. After the change in government in 2008, she was elected to chair the Commerce Select Committee, which had oversight of the regulation of the non-banking finance sector. The Christchurch East electorate was severely affected by the 2010/11 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence and Lianne played an important role in ensuring that her constituents had access to accurate information, as well as ensuring that their concerns were communicated to decision-makers. Lianne was invited to join the UNISDR’s Parliamentary Advisory Group on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2012. With this background, Lianne has become a champion of resilience, with Christchurch selected as one of the first tranche of cities to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities Network pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Alexa lives in Queenstown New Zealand. She works for Capable NZ, the Otago Polytechnic as a facilitator and is an elected member and chair of Infrastructure Committee for Queenstown Lakes District Council. Alexa's Kaupapa is to design and manage her work life for maximum contribution to a better future. Her focus is on the regeneration of people, communities and natural environments through communication, collaboration, planning and creativity. Within Alexa's work in graduate programmes, she researches future thinking - specifically disruptive technology and disruptive environmental degradation.
Prof. Jacqueline Rowarth
Jacqueline Rowarth is Professor of Agribusiness at University of Waikato. She has a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Science and a PhD in Soil Science from Massey University, and has worked in research, education, management and governance with Agresearch, Lincoln University, Unitec in Auckland, The University of Melbourne, Massey University, Crop and Food Research and AGMARDT. She has also been elected to leadership positions: President of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science and President of the New Zealand Grassland Association. She is a frequent contributor to public debate in the media and speaks to industry, society and school groups whenever invited. She also teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students, and works with them on professional development.In 2008 she was awarded Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Agricultural Science.
Genevieve Northey is the Donations and Systems Advisor for The Tindall Foundation. Genevieve travelled to Marrakesh, Morocco to attend COP22 as a member of the AYLI Youth delegation. She is currently completing postgraduate studies at The Australian Centre of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, via QUT's Business School. This article represents Genevieve’s thoughts and feelings about her own experience, and are not necessarily the views held by The Tindall Foundation.
Born in Ireland, David has spent the last 30 years working in various management and governance roles at financial service organisations around the globe. Earning a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, David held leadership positions in financial service organizations across various cultures and countries including in the United Arab Emirates, as CEO of Rasmala, a regional investment bank, as well as roles in Ireland, Scandinavia, Japan and the Middle East at ABN AMRO. David's most recent role was Managing Director of Oikocredit International, a large microfinance organization based in the Netherlands, which supports financial inclusion, agriculture and renewable energy in the developing world – investing in people so they can build a better livelihood. A recent immigrant to New Zealand, David has developed local networks aiming to drive sustainable change and progress to scale. David is Deputy Chair of the Impact Investing Network and a Director of the Whai Rawa Fund Limited creating a better future for Ngāi Tahu whānau through greater wealth and well-being.
Glenn Murdoch is an Architectural Designer in Christchurch focusing on Passive Houses. He is also a Board Member of the Passive House Institute New Zealand (PHINZ). PHINZ is a registered charity with the broad aims of educating New Zealanders about and promoting the introduction of the Passive House Standard.
Nancy Golubiewski is an ecosystem ecologist and land system scientist with interdisciplinary experience in both research and policy settings. She pursues exploring interconnections in order to understand socio-ecological integrity and sustainability. Through much of her scientific research, she has investigated the ecological implications of land-use change at a variety of scales (local to national) using field-based measurements, remote sensing analytics, geospatial techniques, and systems analyses. Drawing on this scientific expertise, she also advises on evidence-based environmental policy and management. Currently, she brings all this together in her work as a Senior Researcher in the Research and Evaluation Unit at Auckland Council.
Dr Jim Salinger
Dr Jim Salinger is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Otago. He has been a visiting Professor at Stanford University, Research Fellow at CNR in Rome, Italy and a CSIRO Fellow in Hobart, Tasmania. He is a leading international climate scientist on climate change for over 40 years. He has recently been investigating climate extremes including drought, and documenting the shrinking ice volume in the New Zealand Southern Alps. As a author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), he contributed to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Jim is a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and an inexhaustible publisher in academic journals and a prolific communicator of climate change to the public.
Chris has spent 25 years leading technology firms. His California Company provided 3D software and solutions for architecture, civil/mechanical engineering and film. Chris also developed proprietary software applications and served on the reseller advisory boards of Autodesk, Macromedia and Softdesk. In New Zealand Chris launched into 3D filmmaking and earned a conservation achievement award from DOC. Chris consults at UNITEC as a senior lecturer on 3D Animation, Film Design and Renewable Energy. He has a degree in Aviation Administration and is US FAA rated as a Multiengine Airline Transport Pilot. Chris is an avid sailor and yacht designer.
Di Lucas ONZM
Di Lucas ONZM is a landscape architect who established Lucas Associates 40 years ago to focus on sustainable farm and forest planning, management and design in Aotearoa NZ, working with landowners, iwi, public agencies and communities. Di's teams are currently providing Integrated Farm Plans for farmers, to show how they might transition to carbon-neutral scenarios.
Steve has been helping disruptive ideas become great businesses for more than 20 years, and is currently CEO of Flick Electric Co, a disruptive electricity retail business he co-founded in 2013. Entrepreneurism runs in O’Connor’s veins. As well as overseeing some of Wellington’s most recent start-up successes in his five-years as Chief Executive of Creative HQ, O’Connor also co-founded market intelligence company Marketview, and was a shareholder in and Managing Director of Datamine. He has also held senior strategy, innovation, marketing and product management positions at Meridian Energy, Arc Innovations and NTL Plc in London (now Virgin Media).
Patrick McVeigh is Practice Lead, People and Places with the independent consultancy MartinJenkins. Patrick has extensive experience in economic development and urban planning and brings strategic thinking and practical advice to help local and regional economies achieve inclusive growth. Patrick has more than 25 years’ experience working across the public and private sectors in strategy development, policy formulation, research and evaluation, scenario planning and visioning. Before joining MartinJenkins, Patrick spent five years as a General Manager at ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development), where he led the organisation’s business, innovation and skills activities as well as the wider economic insight and analysis programme. Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2013, Patrick was Managing Director of a London based management consultancy specialising in economic development, evaluation and public policy research. He was also previously Director of Strategy for the London Development Agency. Patrick has a BSc in Town Planning Studies, a Post Graduate Diploma in City and Regional Planning (Distinction), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods – all from Cardiff University. He is a chartered town planner, a member of the IEDC’s International Advisory Board and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Damian Light is UnitedFuture Party Leader. He is also candidate for Botany and first on the party list. Born and bred in Auckland, Damian lives in Botany with his partner. He is a strong believer in the liberal values at the core of UnitedFuture that encourages diversity and tolerance at all levels of our community. He has a passion for social justice and has spoken on these issues on behalf of the party at a number of forums. He also sees the stewardship of our natural environment as a key issue, with a desire to leave it in a better state for future generations. Damian has stood as a candidate for UnitedFuture on three occasions, most recently in 2014 in Northcote. Damian has worked in process improvement for over a decade, working to identify how to make people’s jobs easier while increasing customer satisfaction.
Katherine Corich qualified as a commercial pilot before turning her considerable energy and intellect to becoming an expert in business transformation. Sysdoc Group, the New Zealand-based international business consultancy she founded 30 years ago, now has offices in four countries and a client list that includes the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, National Australia Bank and the Vodafone Group. An Associate Fellow of the University of Oxford – Saïd Business School, with an MA in Linguistics, she has recently been inducted into the NZ Hi-Tech Hall of Fame, was 2015 UK New Zealander of the Year, and has twice won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, among other accolades, while Sysdoc has been recognised for both its carbon reduction efforts and family-friendly workplace policies. Katherine is a Pure Advantage Trustee.
Carys Everett is a Chartered Humanitarian Engineer with over 13 years’ experience in civil engineering, specifically water, wastewater and solid waste engineering. She is passionate about humanitarian engineering and community development, and can talk for hours about toilets and community water systems! Carys grew up in a beautiful valley in North Wales, though thanks to an inherited travel bug and some itchy feet, she has worked on a wide range of projects around the world. Having made New Zealand her home base in 2007, she became the Executive Director for Engineers Without Borders New Zealand in 2014. Engineers Without Borders is a member based not for profit organisation with a vision that everyone has access to the engineering knowledge and resources needed to lead a life of opportunity, free from poverty.
Dr Tom Trnski
Dr Tom Trnski is Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum. Over 30 years he has coordinated and led marine surveys to remote reefs and islands across the Pacific Ocean and experienced first hand the differences between exploited and unexploited habitats. He is passionate about enabling marine communities to recover from exploitation and human impacts, and marine reserves are a valuable tool to deliver on this vision.
Geoff grew up barefoot in Okaihau (Far North) and West Auckland. He has now lived in Wellington for more than 15 years, working as an economist for a variety of organisations such as Treasury and the Morgan Foundation. He’s learned that we can solve our problems – but we aren’t doing so because our politicians choose popular solutions over smart solutions. Aotearoa New Zealand is a rich country; we can enjoy a beautiful natural environment if we stop subsidising the industries that destroy it. Geoff is now Deputy Leader and Wellington Central candidate for The Opportunities Party (TOP).
Dr Seán Barnes
Dr Seán Barnes is working to realise the potential of business to have a positive influence on the world. Following on from study and various government and consultancy roles in professional engineering, Seán leads the FWD: programme at Ākina, which seeks to grow social and environmental impact in NZ through growing social procurement. His work includes providing advisory support to businesses, connecting businesses to social enterprise suppliers, building a marketplace for social procurement and supporting social enterprises to be procurement-ready. Seán is recognised as a big-picture thinker and communicator who loves to connect people, thinking and ideas to lead change.
Zane is Chief Executive Officer of NZ Bus, the largest operator of urban bus services in New Zealand. It has a fleet of over 1,000 buses, employs approximately 1,900 people and carries over 50 million passengers each year, across its operations in Auckland and Wellington. NZ Bus’ market leadership in public transport provision is built on its track record of innovation and continuous improvement to deliver efficient, reliable and accessible bus services. It recently announced plans to invest NZ$43m in Wrightspeed electric powertrains to enable it to lead the transition to electric-powered public transport in New Zealand, and in turn enable New Zealand to play a lead role in global efforts to address climate change. Prior to joining NZ Bus in 2008, Zane held senior leadership and executive roles in a number of sectors including Finance, Manufacturing/FMCG, Petroleum and Civil Construction.
Marty Hoffart straddles diverse sectors of the waste industry – commercial, community and education. The director of Tauranga based waste minimisation consultancy Waste Watchers Ltd is also an advocate for the not-for-profit sector in his role as Chair of the Zero Waste Network. He is co-founder and Chair of EERST Trust with its award-winning Paper4trees programme, as well as Chair of Keep Tauranga Beautiful and committee member of the New Zealand Product Stewardship Council. A Tauranga resident of more than 20 years, he credits his Canadian education and upbringing with sparking his ongoing advocacy for zero waste, product stewardship schemes and producer responsibility. His B.A. in Sociology and Psychology has proved useful in developing behaviour change programmes. He holds three industry-specific NZQA qualifications in zero waste and resource recovery and has worked as a waste minimisation consultant and educator at primary through to tertiary level. His professional relationships span the length of the country and the breadth of the waste industry, from remote schools to major corporates, local government to education institutions.
Tane & Clare Bradley
Tane Bradley is the General Manager of AgriseaNZ, a multi-award winning sustainable New Zealand company, family owned and operated. The company produces Seaweed Soil, Foliar, Turf, Pasture and Animal Health concentrates for Agriculture and Horticulture. Clare Bradley is group research co-ordinator.
Simon Chamberlain is the CEO of GreenAir, the company he founded in 2001 to bring vitality to commercial buildings and city streets through plantscapes and living walls. GreenAir design, build, install and maintain green walls and green facades, as well as customised planters. The business has a strong focus on sustainability and loves to push the envelope in their sector.
Ian is the Global head of Agribusiness at KPMG. Ian is the author of the KPMG Agribusiness Agenda, a series of thought leadership reports which have been produced annually since 2010. He is responsible for the development of KPMG New Zealand’s agribusiness sector focus group. Ian presents in New Zealand and around the world on the future of food production, processing and consumption. He is considered to be one of the leading strategic thinkers on Agribusiness in New Zealand. Being a member of the Te Hono movement, Ian attended the NZ Primary Industry Bootcamp at Stanford University in California in August 2014 for CEOs and Industry leaders.