The Symposium will bring together experts in regeneration, from within our industry and beyond. Stay tuned for more speaker announcements coming soon.
Alice’s integrative practice draws from Human-centred Design, Systems Thinking & Transformative Change. Her work - as a strategist, coach and facilitator - is dedicated to building adaptive capacity and enabling initiatives that catalyse transition to a low-carbon future. Alice is also co-convenor of Regen Sydney, a cross-sector coalition of individuals and organisations envisioning a more holistic economic narrative for Sydney through the application of Doughnut Economics.
Alice holds post-graduate qualifications in Sustainability and Electronic Media. She is a 2013 fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership & 2019 fellow of Schumacher College in the UK.
Prior to co-founding Fungi Solutions in 2021. Amanda studied a bachelor of Fashion Design (Hons) at RMIT University (2018), it was through learning of the scale of the waste problem in the fashion/ textiles industry that she became driven to apply mycology to textile waste in her design practice. Amanda is an alumnus of the Fastrack Innovation Program (2017), has been a speaker at Copenhagen Fashion Summit (2018) and a founding board member of Mycommunity, the Applied Mycology Lab (2019).
Prior to AEF, Anna was Head of Strategy and Partnerships at B Lab Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
In her career, Anna also has:
· Delivered significant federal, state and local government programs across industry, employment, education, and social services portfolios
· Advised Boards and Executives, including Goodstart Early Learning, YMCA and Life Without Barriers
· Led shared value partnerships with corporates including NAB, Myer, and Australian Ethical
· Built purpose-driven businesses and social enterprises with Social Ventures Australia.
Anna’s commentary on economic systems change and public policy has been featured in the Australian Financial Review, ABC, The Age/SMH, BBC, The Mandarin and Australian Policy Online.
Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Sciences (University of Melbourne) and Master of Management (Australian National University). She is currently undertaking the Mastery of Business and Empathy (Small Giants Academy).
He was creative producer for 15 years with arts and social justice organisation Big hART and was General Manager of Renew Newcastle for five years.
Christopher was a sessional academic in the School of Creative Industries for Newcastle University. He has worked for Singleton Council as a Specialist - Arts and Culture since Sept 2019. With the development and creation of a new company, Public Art Workers, Christopher will facilitate creative ideas into actions for Local Government and communities.
From investments in start-ups such as Your Grocer, Bureo and Future Super to larger-scale environmental projects such as solar farms, green buildings and regenerative agriculture, the Small Giants total portfolio approach proves that impact investing can span all asset classes and achieve both profit and purpose. Together with Berry, Danny also created and chairs the Small Giants Academy, a for purpose entity which houses the education and storytelling arms of Small Giants, which includes Dumbo Feather, Impact Safari and the Mastery of Business and Empathy. Its goal is to inspire wisdom and action for a hopeful future.
Danny was the inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT, the founder and former CEO of Engineers Without Borders Australia and is the co-founder and Chair of the Impact Investment Group. He has founded over a dozen for profit and non profit organisations including The Sociable Weaver, The Impact Club, Beyond Family Office, and Sentient Impact Group. He has served on numerous boards, including many of the Small Giants family of businesses such as Tom Organic, The School of Life, The Cape ecovillage, Pacific Biotechnologies and Beyond Creative, as well as non-profit boards and advisories councils including the Jewish Museum of Australia, Stand Up, Smiling Mind, The Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan and Toniic . Danny has been recognised through many awards including a Churchill Fellowship, RMIT Alumnus of the Year, EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year, UN PRI Social Investment Pioneer and the Medal of the Order of Australia.
He has trained in Aerospace Engineering, Business Administration and outdoor education. He loves to read, talk about philosophy, garden, travel and jump on the trampoline with his three kids.
design studio since 1992. He has considerable experience in both planting design, installation, care and maintenance over a broad range of environments from Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
Guy has visited an extensive range of parks and gardens in over 45 countries. He has visited and photographed many of the great gardens, public spaces and cultural landscapes of these countries and has a through grounding in the history, design and landscape traditions of these diverse places.
Prior to joining Bank Australia, Jane worked with BASE, a Swiss foundation focused on driving investment in sustainable energy, and Australian Red Cross. Jane holds a Master of Sustainable Development from the University of Basel, Switzerland, and Bachelors of Business and Communications from Monash University.
Prior to his time at IWBI, Jack was the Manager of Climate Change Programs at Sustainability Victoria, a government agency, where he developed and led the TAKE2 Climate Change Program and informed state climate policy. This followed six years working at a building science consultancy, where he held a number of leadership roles including the National Relationship and Marketing Manager, State Manager and Senior Consultant. During this time, Jack worked closely with organisations such as NABERS, GBCA, WGBC, FMA, AIRAH, and local and state governments on healthy building design and practices, with a focus on indoor environments.
Jack holds Bachelor degrees in Science and Psychology, both from Monash University, as well as a Master of Business focused on the commercialization of science and emerging technology. In 2009, he was a winner of the National Australia Bank Science in Business award.
His areas of expertise include air and water quality, healthy buildings, sustainability rating tools, science commercialisation, and climate policy. He is a WELL Accredited Professional and a member of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality. He is passionate about environmental justice and equity, as well as the health and education of communities. He also serves on the board of a local community organization focused on adult education and social inclusion.
Kaj is also a Director at Typehuman, exploring how emerging technology is affecting human dignity and public life.
Kaj recently returned from study leave at Lund University where he completed a Masters of Economic History. He also holds a BEng (Civil) and a BA (History) and has previously worked across the Small Giants Family Office portfolio, including with Impact Investment Group, The School of Life (TSOL) Australia and Dumbo Feather. In an earlier life he worked with Engineers Without Borders and Engineers Australia.
Kate is proud to be involved in the Living Future Institute of Australia. In addition, Kate is on the Board of the Global Ecolabelling Network, AUSTRALIAN lifecycle assessment society and is the Australian Chair of the Environmental Labelling Committee for the international standards organisation.
Katie is passionate about implementing leading environmental design in new and renovated developments drawing on an educational background in environmental science, sustainable design, and professional experience in environmental health and sustainability consulting.
Her previous experience in Local Government also gives her valuable expertise in planning regulations, legislative requirements, relevant Standards, Codes and Guidelines to sustainable design.
Katie’s extensive experience in sustainable design has gives her a thorough understanding of the various options available for passive design and resource efficiency from an individual dwelling to precinct scale applications.
Her exposure to high-density, mixed-use precincts include the next generation of development in Sydney, namely Central Park, Discovery Point, Ivanhoe, and Edmondson Park. These developments posed significant challenges, and Katie worked tirelessly and successfully to deliver on the multiple voluntary and regulatory requirements (e.g. Green Star, Section J of the NCC and SEPP/DCP requirements), precinct infrastructure solutions (e.g. precinct-wide central energy and recycled water treatment plant solutions) and client aspirations in a multi-disciplinary environment.
After several years in strategic roles at Taronga Zoo, Macquarie University and the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, Laura is currently the CEO of the Living Future Institute of Australia (LFIA). LFIA harnesses the built environment as a powerful vehicle to create a world that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.
Dr. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. His research interests include the study of Earth's climate system and the science, impacts and policy implications of human-caused climate change.
Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He has received a number of honors and awards including NOAA's outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012 and was awarded the National Conservation Achievement Award for science by the National Wildlife Federation in 2013. He made Bloomberg News' list of fifty most influential people in 2013. In 2014, he was named Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) and received the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education. He received the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication from Climate One in 2017, the Award for Public Engagement with Science from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2018 and the Climate Communication Prize from the American Geophysical Union in 2018. In 2019 he received the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and in 2020 he received the World Sustainability Award of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2020. He received the Leo Szilard Award of the American Physical Society in 2021. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, the Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is also a co-founder of the award-winning science website RealClimate.org.
Dr. Mann is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries, and five books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy, The Tantrum that Saved the World and The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet.
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Nicholle’s reputation for managing and leading high performing teams on major development and construction projects includes commercial, hospitality and residential fields, as well as retail expansions, and specialist refurbishments. She ensures governance and due diligence functions to manage and mitigate risk.
Nicholle’s been in the property industry for more than 20 years and prior to joining Frasers Property Australia, she held senior management positions with Laing O’Rourke and Lendlease.
As well as serving on Frasers Property Executive Management Team, Nicholle is a member of the Divisional Council of NSW, and the National Residential Divisional Council of the Property Council of Australia.
From the award-winning 460-lot Aquarevo with South East Water in Melbourne – Australia’s most water/energy-efficient community – to new 7-star mandated precincts in large masterplanned projects, microgrid networks, even donating a block of land to state forest for every residential block sold, Rory is the pre-eminent developer proving that sustainable housing is not just a desirable option but a realistic financial choice for new home builders.
Rory is a driving advocate for a far more advanced level of sustainable communities, not only in terms of thermal design, resource management and environmental husbandry but also, and critically, in the creation of better lifestyles and stronger, more closely-linked communities.
EY, Aurizon and InterFinancial. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Business from Southern Cross University and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.
Originally training as an Accountant, she has worked with numerous not-for-profit organisations including the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, Piratti Bakery, The Commons Newcastle and 40K in India. She has also designed the sets and stages for Newkind Conference, Renew Fest and Local Futures in Ladakh.
She has organised a bicycle tour for Australian politicians demonstrating the experience of cycling in Sydney’s CBD, started the first community garden at the University of Sydney, and is the Coordinator of this year’s Symposium.
Drawing inspiration from his roots in South Africa, Sean believes in the power of Ubuntu to unite people around a common goal. A systems thinker with high levels of empathy, he highlights the value and importance of every individual’s role within the transition towards a circular economy.
Combining his engineering background and his musical passion, Tim has travelled the world seeking communities creating and working together. One of these experiences in Talin, Estonia inspired him co-founding The Commons in Newcastle, a not-for-profit community space for art, organic food, music, co-working and dancing.
Tim seeks opportunities to learn and bring forth and nurture culture that remembers and recognises what it can be, has been, will be. He believes we are in a time of great upheaval, however, we know that selective pressures lead to evolutionary innovations, and that we have all the tools, but they are yet to emerge into our popular culture.
Tim seeks the tools through connecting with First Nations peoples, art, music, whimsy, growing food, connecting to and healing country, healing self and holding space for others, sharing food and hospitality, listening to elders, listening to children, standing in solidarity, making mistakes, being, balancing, grounding. Acknowledging that interactions are real and transactions are exploitative. Whipping aside the veil of anthropocentrism for a good dose of perspective.
Thulani is an experienced Sustainability professional who has worked for international architecture firms and served as the WorldGBC Africa Regional Network Chairperson, participated on various government advisory committees and worked directly in green building tool development, operation and management. He is a board member of EcoStandard South Africa (an NGO) holding the Business Development portfolio. He is one of the Living Future Ambassadors and Accredited professionals in South Africa and Co-Founder of Regenerative Collaborative South Africa (an NPC).
Thulani is interested in a holistic approach to architecture in the built environment. He makes time for using documentary photography essays to tell the story of the built environment of local and international places he gets to visit, focusing on the impacts of and responses to climate change, social and environmental concerns.
She is also Australia’s most successful alpine skier, winning a bronze medal in slalom at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, and a World Championship gold medal in 1999.
From 2008, Zali was a practising Barrister, specialising in commercial law, sports law and family law. In 2019, Zali contested the Federal Parliamentary Seat of Warringah as an Independent Candidate. The seat had been held for nearly 25 years by former Prime Minister The Hon. Tony Abbott. On 18 May, Zali won the seat with a two candidate preferred vote of 57.24%.