SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS

The Symposium will bring together experts in regeneration, from within our industry and beyond. Stay tuned for more speaker announcements coming soon.

Alana Marsh

Wayapa Wuuurrk Practitioner

Alana is a Meriam woman, who understands herself (and you) as being Indigenous to the planet. She is a Wayapa Wuurrk practitioner and Regenerative System Re-setter. Alana's investment of energy is directed to nourishing living systems and activating reciprocity with what sustains and guides us - The Earth.

Alegria Alano

Communications & Community Officer, LFIA

As the Communications and Community Officer at LFIA, Alegria's goal is to connect. Her work as a content creator includes writing feature articles and blogs, collecting likes on social media with inspiring content, and being the resident creative person for small but mighty teams. She is passionate about stories and using them to bring people closer to a shared purpose, and to each other.

Alice Howard-Vyse

Director, Humanise This

Alice Howard-Vyse is Director of Humanise This, a strategic innovation consultancy that supports sustainability leaders and their teams to address complex challenges, navigate uncertainty and lead with the best of their humanity.

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.

Amanda Morgan

Co-Founder, Fungi Solutions Pty Ltd

Amanda Morgan leads the Research and Development of Fungi Cultures to tackle challenges of waste management and ecosystem rehabilitation through circular design practices. Amanda is passionate about fostering collaborative partnerships that create health and abundance, bringing natural and social systems into balance through regenerative natural materials.

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).

Anna Crabb

CEO, Australian Energy Foundation

Anna Crabb is an optimist who has a deep commitment to fairness and integrity. As the Chief Executive Officer, Anna leads the Australian Energy Foundation team who are at the forefront of finding practical solutions to climate change. Anna provides visionary leadership, builds effective relationships to deliver shared goals, and represents the AEF in the media and public forums. Anna models the AEF’s values – inclusive, inspiring, bright – in service of an engaged and effective team and organisation.

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).

Dr Bilquis Ghani

Co-Founder, Hunar

Dr Bilquis Ghani leads the emerging Hunar collective which she co-founded in 2021, building on her doctoral research. This collective of artists and academics work at the intersection of theory and practice. Hunar seek to create opportunities for discourse between theorists and practitioners. Bilquis’s research takes a decolonial approach to understand how cultural products can be deployed to reconceptualize gender and identity in conflict zones, namely, Kabul, Afghanistan. She focuses on the mobilisation of the creative process, through moments of social and cultural rupture, as a tool for hope. Bilquis is also the UTS Gender Equity Programs Manager at the Center for Social Justice and Inclusion where she oversees the university’s gender equity agenda and Chairs the UTS Multicultural Women’s Network who seek to be a voice from diversity in contemporary discourse.

Carlos Flores

Director, NABERS

Carlos is the Director of NABERS, one of the largest, longest-running and most successful building sustainability initiatives in Australia. Carlos is a Mechanical Engineer, a regular speaker at conferences in Australia and overseas, and represents Australia at several building sustainability initiatives at the International Energy Agency.

Christopher Saunders

Specialist Arts and Culture, Singleton Council

Christopher Saunders has worked in the arts for over 20 years as an affiliator and social change initiator.
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.

Danny Almagor

Chair, Small Giants

Danny Almagor is the Chair of Small Giants, a company he started with Berry Liberman (who is also his beloved wife) to effect social and environmental change through business, education and storytelling, and Australia's first B Corporation.

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.

David Palin

National Sustainability Manager, Mirvac

David is the Sustainability Manager for Mirvac’s Integrated Invest portfolio, leading a team of highly skilled, in-house sustainability professionals. The team is responsible for the delivery of Mirvac’s This Changes Everything sustainability strategy across the office, industrial, retail and build-to-rent portfolios.

Jorge Chapa

Head of Market Transformation, Green Building Council of Australia

As the Head of Market Transformation, Jorge is responsible for ensuring the GBCA's product and service offerings deliver healthy, resilient and positive places for people and nature. This includes setting the vision for Green Star, Australia’s leading rating system for the built environment. He currently chairs GRESB’s Australia and New Zealand’s Benchmark Advisory Group, and the WorldGBC’s Global Commitment for Net Zero Carbon Buildings Taskforce. He is also a member of ClimateBonds building standard working group.

Guy Sturt

Director, Sturt Noble Associates

Guy Sturt is both a Landscape Architect and an Arborist and has been principal of his own
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.

Prof Jane Burry

Dean of the School of Design, Swinburne University of Technology

Jane Burry is an architect, professor and Dean of the School of Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. She is lead author of The New Mathematics of Architecture, T&H, 2010, editor of Designing the Dynamic, Melbourne Books, 2013 and co-author of Prototyping for Architects, T&H 2016 and has over a hundred other publications. Jane has practiced and taught internationally, including involvement as a project architect in the technical office at Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família Basilica with partner Mark Burry. Her recent research investigates architectural geometry and materiality in tandem with rich environmental data gathering to fine tune the acoustic, thermal and air flow design of high quality, human-centric environments. She co-chaired FABRICATE 2020, coedited the 2020 UCL Press book Making Resilient Architecture, co-curated the 2018 International Exhibition Dynamics of Air, and co-directs the Smartgeometry organization.

Jane Kern

Senior Manager Impact Finance, Bank Australia

Jane Kern is Senior Manager Impact Finance at Bank Australia. Jane is responsible for measuring and reporting on how Bank Australia’s lending and investments impact people and planet, and for developing retail programs with a positive impact. She brought to market the bank’s Clean Energy Home Loan – a mortgage that rewards customers who buy or build green homes, or make ambitious green upgrades – backed by investment from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

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.

Jack Noonan

Vice President, International WELL Building Institute Asia Pacific

Jack Noonan is the Vice President, Asia Pacific, for the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). Based in Melbourne, Jack's role involves leading the technical support, market development and operations across Australia, New Zealand, and, most recently, South East Asia.

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.

Jacqueline Fetchet

Renewable Energy Lawyer

Jacqui is an energy lawyer committed to working on projects and organisations that decarbonise the energy sector. Jacqui has a background in private practice and policy and currently works for the NSW Government. In 2020 Jacqui participated in the Women4Climate mentoring program and as part of that program founded Bright Sparks Crew, a community of young professionals working in clean energy across Australia. When not at the desk, Jacqui loves bikepacking, playing classical guitar and creative writing.

Jess Harwood

Artist

Jess is an illustrator, communications professional and environmental campaigner living on Gadigal land in Sydney. Initially training as a lawyer, Jess worked on shark conservation at Humane Society International and most recently on climate change communications. Jess uses her art, comics and 'info-toons' to explain and drive people to take action on climate and environmental issues, and has had her work featured by the BBC, ABC and in the Guardian. Jess' artworks have been used in many climate campaigns including the Stop Adani campaign, Fight for the Reef and by the Gas Free Hunter Alliance against the Kurri Kurri gas plant. You can see more of Jess' work @jessharwoodart on instagram and Facebook, or at www.jessharwood.com.

Kaj Löfgren

Strategy Lead, Regen Melbourne

Kaj (pronounced Kai) is the Strategy Lead at Regen Melbourne, a mission-led network exploring a more regenerative future for the city. Kaj is also the Entrepreneur in Residence at Small Giants Academy where he collaborates on the Academy’s education and storytelling initiatives, including the Impact Safari program and the Mastery of Business and Empathy.

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.

https://www.kajlofgren.com/bio

Kate Harris

Vice Chair, LFIA Board

Kate Harris drives leadership capability within the Australian Public Service Commission, supporting excellence in leadership across Senior Executive in the Australian Public Service. In addition, Kate is a passionate change maker who is committed to a future ready society across all sectors through supporting individuals and organisations. Kate has over 18 years of not for profit leadership including previously being the CEO of Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) and Centre for Sustainability Leadership.

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 Fallowfield

WSP Australia + LFIA Board

As a Director and leader of Sydney’s Sustainability team, Katie provides a unique approach to sustainability by thoroughly analysing the options available for each project she works on resulting in innovative design solutions and the best outcome within feasible budget and time constraints.
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.

Laura Hamilton-O'Hara

CEO, Living Future Institute of Australia

Laura has a Master’s Degree in Social Ecology and two decades of industry experience working in environmental sustainability and social justice in Australia and South Africa. A through line for Laura in all of her work is sustainability leadership and systems thinking.

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.

Melanie Bishop

Co-founder, Living Seawalls

Melanie Bishop is co-founder of the Living Seawalls program at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and an Associate Professor of Marine Ecology at Macquarie University. She has over 20 years of experience researching ecological impacts of coastal cities and innovating solutions to mitigate these. Through the Living Seawalls program, she is revolutionising marine construction by providing a template for how built structures can be co-designed for humans and nature. Living Seawalls combines cutting edge since with smart design to revive marine life along concrete coastlines. Since the first Living Seawall under the Sydney Harbor Bridge in late 2018, over 20 Living Seawalls have been established in Australia and internationally in Gibraltar, Wales and Singapore. Living Seawalls was a finalist for the 2021 Earthshot Prize, the winner of the 2021 Banksia Foundation New South Wales Biodiversity Award, and a Top Innovator in the World Economic Forum’s UplInk BiodiverCities Challenge.

Dr Michael E. Mann

Director, Earth System Science Center

Dr. Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).

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 Sparkes

General Manager, Delivery and Operations - Frasers Property Australia

Nicholle Sparkes is General Manager, Delivery and Operations at Frasers Property Australia. Her purview includes national oversight of Construction, Sustainability, Health Safety and Environment, Quality and Business Process across the Frasers Property Portfolio.

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.

Omaid Sharifi

President, ArtLords

Omaid Sharifi is a Curator, Artivist, President of ArtLords, Wartists, and Fellow at Harvard University. Mr. Sharifi is also a Millennium Leadership Fellow with Atlantic Council, Asia Society 21 and American Foreign Relations Council-Rumsfeld Fellow.

Paul Wall

CEO, Australian Passive House Association

Paul is a sustainability and operations professional with broad experience in corporate real estate, policy, strategy and asset performance. He is effective in driving transformation at a portfolio level through his broader expertise across corporate sustainability, facilities management and capital works, delivering sustained value across a business. Paul has a passion for industry reform which he pursues through active participation in industry group and is the former Chair of the City of Sydney’s Better Buildings partnership. Paul has a master's degree in Management from the University of Technology Sydney and has been instrumental in formulating and delivering industry leading sustainability strategies working with Australia’s largest Real Estate Investment trusts.

Peri Macdonald

CEO, ARK Capital Funds

Peri is a highly motivated property specialist experienced in leading and managing multi-discipline teams for the development, asset and investment management of retail properties on a ‘pure-play’ basis as well as within high quality major mixed-use developments. Most recently he was the Executive General Manager of Retail at Frasers Property Australia where he led the team responsible for the Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre, the first retail development in the world to attempt Living Building Certification.

Rory Costelloe

Founder and co-Executive Director, Villawood Properties

Villawood Properties Founder and co-Executive Director, Urban Development Institute of Australia Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Rory Costelloe is spearheading vastly improved and sustainable water and energy infrastructure systems in Australia’s mainstream greenfield residential developments.

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.

Ryan Rathborne

Joint Property Lead, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Ryan Rathborne co-leads the Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s property business which seeks to invest debt and equity in projects that accelerate Australia’s transition to lower emissions within the built environment. Ryan has over 10 years of transactions experience across real estate, renewable energy, infrastructure, transport, resources and agriculture. Ryan previously held roles with
EY, Aurizon and InterFinancial. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Business from Southern Cross University and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

Stephen Choi

Living Building Challenge Manager, Frasers Property Australia

Stephen’s work has included the development of global environmental assessment methods, designing and managing building projects, and embedding sustainable development into educational curriculum. He is Australia’s leading Living Building Challenge expert and LFIA's previous Executive Director, Projects.

Suzie Barnett

CEO, Junglefy

A strategic thinker, marketer and industry connector, Suzie spent over a decade working to establish the Green Building Council of Australia as well as the World Green Building Council. Currently the CEO at Junglefy, Suzie is helping to drive the uptake of living infrastructure within the built environment. Previously, Suzie was a Director of Good Marketing & PR, her own consulting business which delivers marketing strategies and advice to companies dedicated to market disruption, innovation and authentic green building products and services. She believes the future is bright with trends such as circular economy, health and wellbeing, digital technology, transparency and regenerative building. As well as her role with LFIA, she is also a Board member of Archikidz and has been a judge of the BPN Sustainability Awards since 2014.

Sacha Coles

Design and Strategy Director, ASPECT Studios

Sacha delivers innovative design within a social framework, reinforcing the role that cities can play in creating economic and social opportunity. His work promotes uplifting quality of life, encouraging social equity, and elevating the spirit through design.

Sarah Ladyman

Experience Designer

Sarah Ladyman is a designer with a passion for though-provoking events and experiences. She directs her creativity and inspiration towards socially conscious, alternative models of business that focus on regenerative transformation in the world.

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.

Sean Trewick

CEO, Circular Economy Victoria

Sean is an industrial engineer and community organiser. He has worked to build people focused strategies and lean driven operations for SME’s, multinationals and community groups in both Africa and Australia. Currently he is focused on helping to activate communities in his role as CEO of Circular Economy Victoria.

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.

Shona Fitzgerald

Water & Sanitation Specialist, The World Bank

Shona is passionate about all people having access to water and sanitation and about using water to sustainably create resilient and socially inclusive communities. In her work and volunteering in the water sector, she has continually sought to build her technical skills and knowledge and to work collaboratively to achieve this sustainable water future. Shona currently works as a water supply and sanitation specialist at the World Bank working on projects in the Pacific Islands. Previous to this, she worked with Engineers Without Borders in Cambodia to work on developing appropriate technology and supporting policy development for people in flood-prone and drought-prone areas to access sanitation. Her work in the international development sector is built on rich work experience at Sydney Water in a range of roles, including preparing for and responding to extreme weather events, optimising energy use and recovery at wastewater treatment plants, supply chain risk management for wastewater services, water and wastewater treatment optimisation and treatment facilities planning. Shona is an active member of the Australian Water Association (AWA) and International Water Association (IWA) networks and sits on the AWA Strategic Advisory Council and the IWA Australia committee.

Tim Evans

Co-founder, Piratti Bakery

Tim Evans is a musician, engineer, creator, explorer, maker, nexus. He is the co-founder of Piratti Bakery in Newcastle, a workers co-operative plant-based sourdough bakery built on Regenerative Culture.

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.

Terry Dalgleish

South East Water

Terry Dalgleish has over 40 years’ experience in the water industry working for Melbourne Water and South East Water. He has held management roles in Human Resources, Customer Service, Capital Asset Construction and Development. In 2011, the concept of Aquarevo was created and Terry was instrumental in the delivery of the Aquarevo development and the integrated water management initiatives. Aquarevo is a joint development with Villawood Properties, that claims to be the most water and energy efficient, urban development in Australia. In 2019, Terry was recognised by the Australian Water Association, as Victorian Water Professional of the year.

Thulani Vuyo Kuzwayo

Design Strategy lead, PaperThinkLAB

Thulani Vuyo Kuzwayo is the Design Strategy lead at PaperThinkLAB- a boutique regenerative design firm that moves projects beyond sustainability. His role involves the development and implementation of the company’s design methodology. Some of the projects currently underway include the design of a green multi-unit residential building, Green Building consulting work on a 33,000sqm commercial office, a private residence using the Living Building Challenge as a framework, development of a localized sustainability rating tool for existing homes, and use of a biophilic design framework on an innercity urban park pursuing Net Positive Ecology Certification. The defining feature of the firm's work is regenerative design through trans-disciplinarity which is enabled by his blended knowledge and experience in architecture, business, and sustainability.

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.

Tom Grosskopf

Chair of LFIA Board

Tom is an experienced ‘for purpose’ Board member and a senior public servant with a strong record of innovation and achievement. An astute judge of risk and opportunity he has been responsible for reforms that fundamentally improved the management of biodiversity in NSW, operational delivery of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs across NSW, regulatory controls for biodiversity and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage across Sydney as well as the operational reform of the National Australian Building Environment Rating Scheme (NABERS) resulting in global recognition of its qualities as a commercial building ratings tool. Tom is an open communicator with a track record of building lasting collaborations between industry and government.

Zali Steggall

Independent Federal Member, Warringah

Zali Steggall OAM is the Independent Federal Member for the seat of Warringah in Sydney’s North.

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%.