SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS

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

Alice Howard

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Laura Hamilton-O'Hara

CEO, Living Future Institute 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.

Suzie Barnett

General Manager, 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 General Manager 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.

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

See Opportunities

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.
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