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Symposium 2023



Hannah Moloney

Hannah Moloney is a TV presenter on ABC’s Gardening Australia, permaculture practitioner, bestselling author and climate activist. When she has a quiet moment, you’ll find her in Nipaluna/Hobart gardening, playing ukulele (badly but happily), trail-running (badly but happily), doing more gardening and hanging with her delightful kid!

Andrew Duffin

Chief Design Officer, NBRS

As Chief Design Officer at NBRS, Andrew is responsible for overseeing design direction across the practice. He is committed to achieving excellence and believes architecture can transform people's lives positively.

Anne Clisby

Director, Anne Clisby Architects

Anne Clisby is an accomplished architect and designer with 25 years of experience delivering award-winning projects throughout Australia. Her portfolio spans public, education, commercial, interiors, residential and urban design categories which have been recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects.

As a regular presenter, panellist, writer and invited judge for the Architecture and Sustainability Awards, Anne believes in giving back to the profession and ensuring future generations benefit from our cities and architecture.

Anne draws on her experiences in Finland, where she attended the Unesco Aspro School for Art and Design and the famous Aalto University for her design and environmental ethos. In 2023 she was awarded an Alastair Swayn International research grant to return to Finland to study educational architecture and the link between good design and student outcomes.

Bohemia Hookham

Sustainability Manager, Lendlease

Bohemia Hookham is a Sustainability Manager at Lendlease, a registered architect, certified Passive House designer, and board member at the Australian Passivhaus Association. She is passionate about regenerative design, biophilic architecture, and moving the construction industry towards absolute zero carbon.

Cameron McIntosh

Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Leader (Australasia), Arup

Cameron is Arup’s Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Leader for the Australasia region. Cameron has worked with Arup for nearly 20 years, delivering engineering projects focussed on business and people outcomes across a wide variety of clients and sectors. Cameron led the award-winning Arup Melbourne workplace and now has responsibility for ensuring each Arup workplace across the region is better, in some way, than the last. Cameron has been a primary sponsor of the adoption of the Living Building Challenge for Arup’s Australasian workplaces.

Dan Koop

Artist, Curator-Producer & Facilitator

Dan Koop is an Artist, Curator-Producer & Facilitator who explores public places and curious spaces to bring communities together through temporary public art. In 2023 Dan has walked with fellow ~FLOWING LOOPS~ artists to explore the flows, loops and lines of the Suburban Rail Loop East of Melbourne South and Eastern suburbs, hosting walk-shops, making maps and hosting podcast interviews with community members.

Creatively, Dan has made participant engaging projects along and across rivers, at fresh food markets and in hotel rooms, receiving Melbourne Green Room Awards for his works. Professionally, Dan has worked in Curator-Producer teams for Flash Forward (City of Melbourne), Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Fringe, Sydney Festival and Brisbane Powerhouse.

Dan is currently a PhD candidate at Deakin University researching Situation, Participation and the Curator-Producer role in temporary public art, joining the curatoriate for Deakin’s Public Art Commission series of works for Front Beach Back Beach around the Mornington Peninsula. Previously, Dan gained a Masters of Art (Public Space) from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University.
A voice of Modern Australia - Sēini is an inter-disciplinary Artist, Storyteller & Founder of OceaniaX, Pacific Wave & LELEI Wellness.

Commissions include: Sydney Opera House, ABC Australian Broadcast Corporation & Museum of Contemporary Art. Sēini is a veteran of the Arts, Media, Culture, Educational & Personal Development sectors with an Intersectional Oceanic-Pacific lens & First Nations focus.

She carries medicine in her presence, hands & voice, commanding an aesthetic in harmony & rhythm, working with the invisible & intangible.

Connecting with global communities, Sēini is known as: SistaNative, Napangardi & Cantora - origins from Kingdom of Tonga, an Australian veteran with a career spanning more than 30+ years as a Performance Artist, Presenter/Broadcaster & Creative Industries professional.

Dr Dominique Hes

Chair of the Board, Greenfleet,
Advisor, Circular Economy Ministerial Advisory Committee

Dr Hes has worked for 25 years in higher education in the fields of sustainability, regenerative development, systems thinking, environmental issues, place making, industrial ecology, LCA, Eco-Design and project management. Dr Hes has degrees in science, engineering and a Phd in architecture.

Germain Briand

Managing Director, Urban Canopee Australia

Curious about the evolution of the rapidly changing world we find ourselves in, Germain is convinced that we must look to nature and its teachings to resolve the numerous challenges the 21st century will present.
Germain is also passionate about socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneurship and deeply believes in the power of business as a powerful lever for economic and societal change.
This has led him to create Urban Canopee Australia, a start-up disrupting the urban landscaping industry with a bold mission: to accelerate the greening of our cities with innovative solutions to fight the effects of climate change and re-connect its dwellers with nature.

Hannah Blossom

Director of Sustainability, Cundall

Hannah is a Chartered Engineer with over two decades of industry experience
delivering sustainable design advice for the built environment in Australia and the
UK. Her skills range from developing sustainability strategies for buildings and
urban precincts, to transitioning to net zero and building resilience.
As an established leader in her field, Hannah works collaboratively with project
teams to support increasingly sustainable and regenerative outcomes, advocating
for positive change from the projects and organisations she works with. Through a
deep technical understanding of the buildings, infrastructure and the
environmental opportunities that exist within our cities, Hannah is committed to
helping our communities thrive.

Jacqui Midgley

Business Development Manager, Hacer Group

Jacqui works on a range of projects at Hacer as Design Manager and was a key
collaborator during the design stages on Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre to
achieve sustainability targets.

Throughout her tenure with Hacer, she has demonstrated a deep understanding of
the market dynamics and has consistently built strong relationships with clients
and partners.

Jacqui was promoted to Business Development Manager at Hacer in 2023 and is
responsible for helping to lead their business development efforts, driving growth
and expanding their market presence.

Jenny Campbell

Founding Director, Encycle Consulting

A founding director of Encycle Consulting, Jenny has been involved in the environmental and waste management fields in both public and private sectors since 2000.

Jenny applies her extensive operational and technical expertise to assist architects and developers in the design of buildings for best practice waste management, including iconic projects such as Optus Stadium and hundreds of other projects across Australia. Jenny has a solid understanding of Circular Economy principles and is influencing the built environment, particularly in WA, to move from a linear economy to a circular economy.

Jenny is a committee member of the Property Council of Australia Commercial Office Committee WA. She was awarded the National Association of Women in Construction (WA) Triple Bottom Line award in 2014 and Encycle won the Diversity Award in 2021.

Jo Russell

General Manager, Ōtorohanga Kiwi House

Jo is a fully qualified primary school teacher and mother with a Bachelor of Education and is the General Manager for the Ōtorohanga Kiwi House located in Ōtorohanga, New Zealand. Jo has taught locally and nationally across New Zealand and is passionate about conservation and advocacy for New Zealand's unique flora and fauna and environmental education.
Jo leads an awesome team of passionate individuals who are focused on saving and protecting NZ Native Fauna and Flora.

Josh Bishop

Conservation EconomistConservation Economist, WWF

Judy Liao

Brand Manager, Dulux

Judy Liao is a Brand Manager at Dulux, bringing a wealth of experience from her diverse roles across different business units within DuluxGroup. With a background in the architectural and cabinet hardware industries, she has witnessed the growing customer and consumer demand for sustainability. Judy is passionate about the important role that brands and products play in spearheading positive change towards a more sustainable future. She is dedicated to driving sustainability initiatives and making a meaningful impact within the organisation and industry as a whole.

Julian Phillips

Development Manager, Ōtorohanga Kiwi House

Julian is a qualified building surveyor and accreditation quality manager whose last role in Local Government has set him on the path towards a Living Future. Julian is passionate about construction and sustainable building practices and has a real understanding of animal welfare in a zoo-build environment and loves the challenges that the Living Building Challenge presents including winning over product manufacturers to support our goals.

Ken Long

Regional Sustainability Manager SA & VIC, Lendlease
Chairperson, Adelaide Sustainable Building Network

Ken is motivated to help facilitate a positive quality of life for human and ecological communities through sustainable and regenerative built environments. Ken is the Regional Sustainability Manager South Australia and Victoria for Lendlease and a recognised advocate for sustainable built environments as the Chairperson of the Adelaide Sustainable Building Network and once a Living Building Challenge Ambassador.

Kendall Claus

Senior Sustainable Building Advisor, Perkins & Will and Introba

Kendall Claus is an award-winning Senior Sustainable Building Advisor and Architectural Designer
based in Sydney, Australia, working with renowned deep green international sister companies Perkins
and Will, an Architecture and Planning firm, and Introba, an Engineering firm.

With a diverse background that includes growing up in both Australia and the U.S., Kendall possesses a holistic vision
of global citizenship, firmly believing in the potential to create a better world. As a passionate young professional, Kendall's primary focus lies in shifting the industry's mindset from "me" to "we," advocating for a "greener together" approach to foster collaboration and collective
impact. Her leadership within the U.S.-based volunteer organization, the Committee on the Environment (COTE) through the American Institute of Architects (AIA), has led to the establishment of a thriving network of regenerative champions across the nation. She assisted several local groups develop, sustain, and evolve their capacity for meaningful change. Kendall was similarly instrumental
in integrating AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence Measures into local Design Awards programs.

In addition, she has been an active member with USGBC and Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) and more recently founded a sustainability professionals mentorship group, “Greener Together”. Since returning to Australia, she has joined Australian Architects Declare as a volunteer to the education working group and is looking forward to continuing to mentor and educate both students and professionals,
nurturing the next generation of sustainability leaders. In her role with Perkins and Will and Introba, Kendall assists project teams in achieving ambitious performance goals through a regenerative lens, is an active participant in several ongoing research initiatives, and is continually working to foster a collective paradigm shift. With a wealth of expertise and a passion for making a positive impact, Kendall Claus plays an integral role in driving sustainability and regenerative practices within the built environment.

Kieran Leong

Principal, DesignInc

Kieran is an architect and Principal at DesignInc who seeks to create sustainable and regenerative environments that encourage positive human experiences, interaction and connection.
Engaging with stakeholders, clients and consultants, he brings a generous and collaborative approach to his projects which span health and wellbeing, community, education and residential facilities.

Kim Ingham

Chair, Ōtorohanga Kiwi House

Kim has worked in a voluntary capacity in the Ōtorohanga community for the last 30 years, after a career in Medical Laboratory Technology. Kim has always been involved in projects, property development and redevelopment work with the $3.7M completely locally funded Ōtorohanga Medical Hub the latest new build she drove and fundraised for.
Currently, she is working on the Project Team for the Ōtorohanga Kiwi House $20M redevelopment project, having become a Trustee in late 2020.

Laura Hamilton-O'Hara

Chief Executive Officer, LFIA

Laura Hamilton-O'Hara is an accomplished leader and advocate for sustainability and social justice, with over two decades of experience in the field. She has a Master's Degree in Social Ecology and an unwavering commitment to sustainability leadership.

Having held strategic positions at renowned institutions such as Taronga Zoo, Macquarie University, and the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, Laura's professional journey has been marked by her passion for creating positive change. She was recognised as one of the 50 Women in Global Sustainability Leadership by Sustainability X Magazine in 2022, a testament to her influential role in shaping sustainable practices worldwide.

Currently serving as the CEO of the Living Future Institute of Australia (LFIA), Laura spearheads the organisation's mission to harness the power of the built environment in creating a socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative world.

Laura Turner

National Regenerative Design Leader, Cox Architecture

Embracing the role of National Regenerative Design Lead at COX Architecture, Laura is on a journey to rethink the landscape of built environment design, championing the cause of regenerative development. With a firm belief that great design stems from a meaningful connection to Country, she envisions a future where projects foster a nurturing bond with the ecological, social, and economic systems they are enmeshed within; Yielding enduring co-benefits for the human and more than human communities our built environments serve. Believing that few places have as much potential for this radical reimagining than in Australia, Laura is currently developing her capacity to bring project teams along on the exciting journey through “The Regenerative Practitioner” course.
As a Living Future Accredited Professional and a Chartered RIBA Architect, Laura's approach is ambitious, yet grounded in consideration of the intricate and interrelated cultural, ecological, economic, and governmental tapestry. Her dedication earned Laura a finalist spot for 'Architect of the Year' at The Brit List awards in 2019.
In her spare time, Laura finds restoration and inspiration by meandering along the Yarra in Naarm, where she enjoys practicing seeing with childlike curiosity and wonder. She also revels in finding dark spots to stargaze; A humbling reminder of the profound history etched into the vast expanse of our beautiful planet, Earth, which we all call home.

Leona McLaggan

Sustainability Consultant, WSP

Leona, a Sustainability Consultant at WSP, brings extensive project expertise in various sectors across Victoria, including education, government, healthcare, public buildings, residential, offices, and retail.
The Glenroy Community Hub has been one of the most challenging and exciting projects to date which encapsulates her experience in Living Building Challenge Petal certification and Passive House.
Leona's focus is on delivering solutions by integrating her knowledge of green building principles to evaluate building performance and develop strategies that focus on people and the greater environment.

Lina Patel

Poet & Facilitator

Lina Patel is a first generation migrant, poet and facilitator. Her mission is to alleviate needless workplace suffering and bring more kindness into the world, one team at a time.

Lina works with people around the world, who value positive social outcomes and want to improve how they work. She particularly enjoys working with groups to set good foundations so they don’t get burned out. Lina’s specialty is getting things done, calmly. She is based in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne on Bunurong Country. Most recently Lina collaborated with Dan Koop on the ~Flowing Loops~ public art project, as a walk-shop and podcast co-host.

Martin Heide

Principal, NH Architecture

Martin is a Principal and design leader at NH Architecture with a diverse portfolio
spanning urban design, interiors and multiple project typologies. He brings a
refined design sensibility and systematic methodology to the projects he leads.
Martin understands the relationship between large-scale gestures and the finer
grain of peoples’ experience of the built environment.
Martin is actively engaged in research and advocacy both within the NH studio
and in the broader professional community. He has spearheaded the studio’s
environmental leadership and is a member of the Living Future Institute Australia
Technical Working Group.

Mary Casey

Principal, Introba Australia

A Principal in Introba’s Australian Sustainability team, Mary brings over 25 years of international and Australian experience in working with the environment. She has worked as an artist, architect, teacher, facilitator, project manager and management consultant. What she does is help teams to break down internal barriers and build relationships to achieve results that exceed their expectations. She works with her clients to articulate their aspirations with clarity, define objectives with confidence, and deliver outcomes that develop capability. She has shared this expertise in strategic advisory, policy advisory and project applications. She is a recognised leader in sustainability and regenerative practice. A lineage member of the Carol Sanford Institute, and a founding director and past Chair of the Board of the Living Future Institute of Australia, Mary was named a Living Building Hero by the International Living Future Institute in

Michael Hromek

Technical Executive, Indigenous Design, Architecture and Knowledge, WSP

Descended from the Yuin People, Budawang Tribe, Michael is a researcher and tutor at the University of Technology, Sydney’s Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research. Michael's PhD looks at Redferns Aboriginal community from a historic to contemporary perspective of how urban Aboriginal communities have been spatialised and what values are consistent with more remote ideas of Aboriginal community, and how they have been spatialised.

Dr Nana Bortsie-Aryee

Program Director, Global GreenTag International

Nana manages the Global GreenTag Certification Program and is a Sustainability and LCA
Specialist who holds a PhD in Strategic Management and Water Footprinting. He also holds
a Master of Engineering in International Material Flow Management and Master of
International Cooperation Policy in Environmental Policy and Administration. He is a
qualified Exemplar Global Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor. He also sits
on the Board of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS).

Nana’s Program Director role involves overseeing all Product Assessment responsibilities,
including client liaison, project management, information collation and assessment,
developing life cycle inventory based on manufacturer information provided, LCA consultant management, technical research, certification collateral production and reporting and working with client technical and factory representatives to achieve certification under the Global GreenTag Standards.
He also handles all aspects of contract administration to ensure contracts are compliant with and fulfill contract conditions and, is knowledgeable in the major green building rating tools including Green Star®, WELLTM, LEED® and BREEAM®.
Nana brings over 15 years of experience as a consultant in Environmental Management,
Water, Life Cycle Assessment, GHG Emissions, Industrial Ecology and Business Strategy
from working in multiple Geographies, including Ghana, Germany, the United States and most recently New Zealand. He has also published peer reviewed papers on life cycle
assessments in various industries.

In his previous position with Global GreenTag, Nana was concurrently Global GreenTag's
Head of Certification Team, Research and Auditing as well as EPD Program Manager and
involved in business development of Global GreenTag Africa.

Nana's interests encompass the growth of renewable energy systems, clean technologies,
sustainable waste management, sustainable water management, industrial material flow
management and regional material flow management. He is experienced in planning and
implementation of transdisciplinary sustainable projects, sustainability assessments and
strategy development, including material flow analysis and comprehensive data

Nana has also authored and co-authored publications concerned with the integration of Life Cycle Analysis thinking and practices. He holds a number of degrees, including a Bachelor of Science from the University of Ghana, two Masters degrees from Germany and Japan and his Doctorate from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Dr Paul Smith

Zero Carbon Technical Lead, Merri-bek City Council

Paul works on reducing Merri-bek Council’s corporate and community carbon footprint. He is responsible for managing and expanding Council’s portfolios of electric vehicle chargers and solar PV. He is also focussed on the degasification of Council sites, specifically of our aquatic centres.
Prior to moving to Australia, Paul worked at the Carbon Trust, a London-based sustainability consultancy. Paul supported corporates such as Heathrow Airport, Vodafone, Carlsberg, AXA and Samsung. His projects included product carbon footprinting, Scope 3 reporting and science-based carbon targets.

Rory Hunter

CEO, Model

Rory Hunter is the founder and CEO of multiple award-winning, sustainable property companies. An entrepreneur with a focus on decarbonising the future, his latest venture, Model, is a purpose-first build-to-rent development group that dismantles the rental norms through the pillars of climate action, community building and design innovation inspired by the world’s finest hotels. Rory is a Harvard Business School graduate, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Global Board Member of the Young Presidents’ Organization Sports and Outdoors Network (2023-2024), member of the Property Council of Australia’s Sustainable Development Committee (2023-2024) and has spoken at prominent conferences including the G20 and Davos.

Sam Smith

Manager, Sustainability Advisory Services, Development Victoria

Sam is an enthusiastic advocate for nature and regenerative design.
She is the Manager, Sustainability Advisory Services at Development Victoria where she starts every project with the ethos of Country as Client, applying the nature-positive outcomes and designing for future climate scenarios seeking the site-specific potential to allow both the community and environment to thrive.
A regeneratively-trained and registered architect with a multi-disciplinary career spanning permaculture, sustainability and community-led climate action across multiple sectors. As a creative, design-systems thinker and natural collaborator she believes in the power of co-design and authentic stakeholder engagement to find the best contextual and nuanced solutions so that hopefully projects are positioned to give back more than they take away.
When Sam is not a work you can find her in the vege patch on her family permaculture property nestled on Wadawurrung Country hatching family adventures with her husband and kids or camping somewhere preferably remote and deep in nature.

Siân Hromek

Senior Consultant, Major Projects, WSP
Director, Firesticks Indigenous Alliance

Siân is a Budawang woman of the Yuin Nation, she lives in the Northern Rivers of NSW.

Interest in First Nations stewardship and collaboration with Country has led her to study Horticulture, Conservation Land Management and Landscape Architecture.

Along with her siblings and family members, Siân explores these subjects through artistic expressions and interventions in design outcomes that celebrate Country. Siân works in First Nations design in architecture, land stewardship, and regenerative agricultural concepts. Siân has been involved with cultural burning and the Firesticks Indigenous Alliance since 2013.

Sēini Taumoepeau

Artist, Storyteller & Founder of OceaniaX, Pacific Wave and LELEI Wellness

Sēini ‘SistaNative’ Taumoepeau (She/Her) is a Regenerative Orator & Songwoman, Faivā practitioner (performance of space).

A voice of Modern Australia - Sēini is an inter-disciplinary Artist, Storyteller & Founder of OceaniaX, Pacific Wave & LELEI Wellness.

Commissions include: Sydney Opera House, ABC Australian Broadcast Corporation & Museum of Contemporary Art. Sēini is a veteran of the Arts, Media, Culture, Educational & Personal Development sectors with an Intersectional Oceanic-Pacific lens & First Nations focus.

She carries medicine in her presence, hands & voice, commanding an aesthetic in harmony & rhythm, working with the invisible & intangible.

Connecting with global communities, Sēini is known as: SistaNative, Napangardi & Cantora - origins from Kingdom of Tonga, an Australian veteran with a career spanning more than 30+ years as a Performance Artist, Presenter/Broadcaster & Creative Industries professional.

Tricia Love

Director, Tricia Love Consultants

Tricia trained as Building Services Engineer in the UK and spent her early career working as a Mechanical Services Engineer firstly in the UK and then in New Zealand. In 2001, she established Tricia Love Consultants to focus on sustainable design within the built environment.
Trish and her team have been the Sustainability consultants and Living Building Challenge facilitators for many Green Star and Living Building Challenge projects in NZ and her practice now offers a range of specialised services to enable projects to deliver on sustainable goals.
She is a Living Future Accredited professional, an LBC ambassador/presenter of the International Living Future Institute and was honoured to receive a Living Building Challenge Hero Award from the International Living Future Institute in 2015 for her contribution to sustainability and the promotion of Living Buildings within New Zealand.

Tyson Yunkaporta

Apalech Clan Member, Academic, Arts Critic, Researcher & Author

Tyson Yunkaporta is an academic, an arts critic, and a researcher who belongs to the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland. He carves traditional tools and weapons and also works as a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University in Melbourne.

Yaara Plaves

Associate Director, National Sustainability Forum, Hames Sharley
Chairperson, AIA Regen Design Committee

Yaara has a deep understanding of sustainability and regenerative design and has been GreenStar Accredited since 2015 and LFA since 2022. She is head of the National Sustainability Forum (NSF) at Hames Sharley, sharing her knowledge and passion with the team and clients alike. Her passion for sustainability and regenerative design has seen Yaara involved in several committees and professional organisations in the sustainability field as well as casual teaching position in universities.