Leading a sustainable built environment
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|Paolo is the General Manager, Sustainability and Real Utilities at Frasers Property Australia. Real Utilities is a recently established authorised energy retailer and utilities business wholly owned by Frasers Property. |
Prior to his role at Frasers Property, Paolo held a range of sustainability positions at Lendlease.
Paolo is the Chair of the Living Future Institute of Australia, and a member of the Property Council National Sustainability Roundtable.
|James is an Associate at AGP, a newly founded company that invests in and develops sustainable infrastructure and real estate across four key pillars – communities, data, clean energy, and food.|
Prior to joining AGP, James worked as an ESD Engineer at Mirvac. During this time, he was responsible for the management of sustainability ratings and the solar PV solution at Mirvac’s South Eveleigh project, as well as running both internal and external sustainability education programs. James also worked with the Group Sustainability team on the development and delivery of the company’s sustainability strategy and represented Mirvac as a member of the Responsible Construction Leadership Group.
Before Mirvac, James worked at KPMG as a Consultant in their Sustainability Services team on a range of assurance and advisory projects. His clients were primarily from the property, banking, mining and food and drink sectors.
In 2018, James was elected the Future Green Leader of the Year by the GBCA.
|Simon Carter is director of Morphosis, a corporate sustainability strategy practice working with property groups, fund managers, other corporations and governments in Australia and internationally.|
Spanning almost 20 years, Simon's career with sustainability previously included leading sustainable design as an architect and heading sustainability across Asia Pacific for a global property services group.
In recent years, his attention has turned to the sustainability of digitalisation – which he finds both exciting and alarming. He authored Crossing the Threshold – a primer for sustainable digitalisation in real estate and cities, published by RICS.
|Sarah leads the Mirvac sustainability and reputation strategies, with a focus on purpose, trust, and business being a force for good. She has deep public affairs and sustainability experience across multiple sectors, industries, and jurisdictions. Sarah is also a Board Member of Sustainability Victoria and has postgraduate qualifications in both business ethics and communications.|
|Josh is a Worimi man who uses Indigenous wisdom and values, alongside his environmental and agricultural knowledge to shape modern society. Professionally, Josh works as a Manager with PwC’s Indigenous Consulting. Outside of this formal work, Josh is a tireless advocate, creating change in the Indigenous, agricultural and environmental fields.|
Personally, Josh is committed to environmental outcomes and maintaining his family’s agricultural legacy. For his advocacy, he has recently been recognised as the Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s Young Sustainability Champion and the Foundation for Young Australians’ Local Legend Award.
Josh’s unique value in advocacy is his ability to bring people together on a journey of change, rather than alienating them through agitation. Josh is previously the Chair of the NSW Young Farmers and led the NSW Young Farmers’ Council in moving one of the first international agricultural climate change motions at the NSW Farmers Annual Conference in 2015.
The motion gained the attraction of Al Gore, who asked Josh to be a part of his Climate Reality Project. Josh’s Climate Reality Project video, entitled ‘Australia’s Young Green Farmers’, was viewed in over 75 countries and by over 100 million people. In recognition of his work, Josh was named in Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 as one of the top 25 most influential people in Australia, recognised as one of Australia’s prominent social entrepreneurs in the food and climate change space and was part of the Foundation of Young Australian’s Young Social Pioneer Program.
Through his work, Josh is emerging as a new voice for the future of Australia. He is creating change by breaking the stereotypes that currently exist and using Indigenous storylines, song lines and a strength-based narrative to bring people to new understandings of the value of the environment and agriculture, and therefore create meaningful change.
|Kate brings to GECA an extensive background in leadership, capacity building and education aimed at finding sustainable solutions for the future.|
Kate previously spent six years with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, including two years as CEO, and two years as non-executive director. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) and Living Future Institute Australia, as well as being an Executive Member of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC). She is also the founder of consulting firm Future Ready and a graduate of the Asialink Leaders Program.
Kate believes passionately in human potential and draws on her diverse experience in the performing arts, executive coaching, cultural change and organisational development, helping individuals, organisations and communities to create a better future. She has held a variety of management, organisational and coaching roles, and has been an ambassador for 1 Million Women and on the Advisory Board for Pollinate Energy.
|Donna Luckman is the CEO of Renew (formerly known as the Alternative Technology Association), a not-for-profit organisation that inspires, enables and advocates for people to live sustainably in their homes and communities. Donna has 20 years’ experience working for government, not-for-profit and research organisations. She specialises in leading teams and developing innovative strategies to enact change, from large international programs right down to local community initiatives. Donna has extensive networks in the sustainability sector, is the Chair of Embark and BZE’s Investment Reference Group and a member of the Your Home Consultative Committee.|
|Jasper joined Arup in 2015 as an engineer for Queensland’s Buildings Group within the Sustainability team. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has a strong interest in thermodynamics. Jasper combines his technical abilities and experience with his passion to use the powers of digital software computation in order to help clients enhance the performance, sustainability and resilience of their buildings|
|Anna has led ClimateWorks since its inception in 2009, guiding ClimateWorks’ independent research and advisory work analysing emissions reduction opportunities and partnering with government and business to unblock barriers to implementation.|
Anna brings considerable private and public sector knowledge to the role as an experienced investment banker, policy advisor and qualified lawyer. Prior to ClimateWorks, Anna was based in London where she applied her skills as an advisor dedicated to raising and deploying capital for low carbon activities as Vice President, Advisory, at Climate Change Capital. She has also worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Victorian Deputy Premier, an investment banker for Macquarie Bank and as a solicitor with Malleson Stephen Jacques.
Anna was an inaugural Director of Australia's green investment bank, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and is a Director of Green Buildings Council Australia, a Trustee of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund, a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a member of the Grattan Institute’s Energy Program Reference Panel and a member of the Leadership Forum for Energy Transition for Australia. She has also served on the South Australian Government’s Low Carbon Economy Expert Panel, the Victorian Climate Change Act Independent Review Committee, the Australian Government’s Energy White Paper Reference Panel and the former Australian Government Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Board, as well as with the NGO Roundtable on Climate Change.
Anna holds First Class Honours Degrees in Commerce and Law from Monash University. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed leadership studies at the Oxford University Said Business School and the Melbourne Business School. Anna was a double Finalist in the 2014 Victorian Telstra Business Women’s Awards in the Business Innovation and Community & Government categories.
|Bianca Sylvester is an Associate Director in the Government and Stakeholder Relations team at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, leading the CEFC’s relationship with the New South Wales, Victorian and Tasmanian State Governments, as well as international stakeholders. Bianca has 10 years’ experience in clean energy and climate change, across 20 countries. Prior to joining the CEFC, she spent six years as a climate change/energy specialist at the World Bank based in Washington DC, and three years as a trader in J.P. Morgan’s commodities sales and trading team based in Singapore and Sydney. Most recently, she was General Manager for the Carbon Market Institute in Melbourne. Bianca holds a Masters of Government from the Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC.|
|Mr. Taylor is a Licensed Professional Engineer at the California Energy Commission. He is currently the staff lead for demand optimization and healthcare efficiency in the Building Standards Development Office. Mr. Taylor is also the Energy Commission representative to the Governor’s Sustainability Working Group, a role he has held for nearly a decade. Prior to this assignment, he served as an Advisor to Energy Commissioner David D. Hochschild, focused on renewable energy integration, energy efficiency, and state property sustainability. He also previously served as an Advisor to Energy Commissioner Jeffrey D. Byron between 2006 and 2008. Mr. Taylor has been with the Energy Commission since 1999, working on a variety of energy policy areas including demand side management, lighting efficiency, industrial efficiency, appliance standards development, and power plant air quality impact analysis. |
Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley where he double majored in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering, with an undergraduate emphasis in energy technology and policy.
|John Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow, Monash University, and Chair of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and ClimateWorks Australia.|
John is also Chair of Melbourne Water and the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust. He has been Chair of the Australian Building Codes Board, President of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and a director of the Australian Green Building Council.
John is the Chair of the National Sustainable Development Council, which has developed the Transforming Australia: SDGs Progress Report 2018. He was previously Chair of the National Sustainability Council an independent Council appointed by the Australian Government, which produced the Sustainable Australia Report in 2013.
He is a Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (“SDSN”) launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations to provide expert advice and support to the development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2013, John was named as one of the 100 Global Sustainability Leaders by ABC Carbon Express.
John Thwaites was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. During this period he held various Ministerial portfolios including Health, Planning, Environment, Water and was Victoria’s first Minister for Climate Change.
|Guy works as a Senior Principal Consultant with The Biodiversity Consultancy in biodiversity related aspects of environmental impact assessment and corporate sustainability. |
Guy’s projects have taken him throughout Australia and Asia-Pacific, including Myanmar, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Lao, Thailand, Philippines, and Papua New Guinea. He has led and been involved in reviewing projects and program against IFC Performance Standards, the Equator Principles, and various climate change and product stewardship standards. His sector experience includes infrastructure (transport, power, and property), mining, oil and gas, and agro-forestry (oil palm, coffee, timber).
In addition to TBC projects, Guy maintains an ongoing research interest in community lead forest conservation, and the use of film, storytelling and digital media to support effective conservation strategies.
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