19-21 September 2018 | International Convention Centre Sydney Australia
Ellen Fanning is best known for her work as an award-winning current affairs journalist. At 24, she broke new ground, becoming the first woman to host one of ABC Radio's national current affairs programs. Two years at the helm of PM were followed by several years anchoring AM on ABC Radio and serving as occasional host of ABC TV's 7.30 Report. Ellen also served as the ABC's Washington correspondent and has reported from locations as diverse as Transylvania and the North Pole, under the Indian Ocean aboard an Australian Navy submarine and 30,000 feet over Serbia from a US Air Force refuelling jet.
Ellen Fanning has interviewed every current and former Australian Prime Minister from John Howard to John Gorton and has met and interviewed world leaders from France, Britain, Ireland, Israel and the United States. Most recently, Ellen has been a reporter for the Nine Network's 60 Minutes and Sunday programs. She has also had extensive experience moderating political, business and community events in Australia.
As a facilitator Ellen strength lies in her ability to clarify goals, define roles and reach agreed outcomes across both cultural and language barriers. With a wealth of experience in communications, politics, social, cultural and business issues, Ellen Fanning's informative and stimulating presentations make her an ideal moderator, facilitator and keynote speaker.
Janin leads the team that is responsible for the data management, analysis, benchmarking, research and education functions of the Agency. A key aspect of Janin's role is unlocking the potential of the Agency's world leading dataset through internal and external collaboration to enhance gender equality in workplaces.
Janin is also completing her PhD at the University of Sydney; analysing the developments of academic labour markets in Germany and Australia. Janin has worked in the Agency since 2015 in a range of roles focusing on research, data analysis and education.
Janin holds a Master of International Relations, a Master of European Studies and a Bachelor of Honours in Economics. She started her career as a nurse specialising in intensive care.
Kathryn Fagg joined the Boral Board in September 2014. Ms Fagg is a Board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia and a Director of Incitec Pivot Limited and Djerriwarrh Investments Limited. She is also President of Chief Executive Women, Chair of the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Breast Cancer Network Australia. Ms Fagg is an experienced senior executive, having worked across a range of industries in Australia and Asia, including logistics, manufacturing, resources, banking and professional services. She was previously President of Corporate Development with the Linfox Logistics Group and prior to that she held executive roles at BlueScope Steel and ANZ and consulted for McKinsey and Co. She holds an Honorary Doctor of Business and a Master of Commerce in Organisation Behaviour from UNSW, and an Honorary Doctor in Chemical Engineering and a chemical engineering degree from the University of Queensland. Ms Fagg is Chairman of the Boral Remuneration & Nomination Committee and a member of the Health, Safety & Environment Committee.
Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley AO, is one of Australia's most well known and respected athletes.
Winner of some of the worlds most prestigious marathons, in London, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. The latter two, 5 times. Kurt won the Paralympic men's wheelchair marathon in Athens in 2004 and retained his title in Beijing in 2008. In Athens he also won gold over the 5000m on the track. He was recently able to finish a 20 year representative career with a dominant Gold Medal performance at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, whilst also receiving the honour of carrying the Australian Flag into the Closing Ceremony.
In London in 2012 he picked up a bronze medal in the marathon and a silver on the track over 5000m. In Rio 2016 Kurt successfully made the podium for the fourth consecutive time in both the 5000m and Marathon, winning Bronze and Silver, while serving as the Captain of the Australian Paralympic Team. In total Kurt has 13 Paralympic medals spanning across 5 games. He's also a 6 times world champion from 800m to the marathon. His marathon personal best is 1 hour 18 minutes and 51 seconds set in Boston in 2011.
Off the racing circuit Kurt has been a winning crew member of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, taking line honours in 2011 on board the yacht Loyal. However he is most well-known for his amazing feat of crawling the 96km Kokoda track.
Kurt is actively involved in various charities as a board member, patron and ambassador. In 2016 Kurt was elected by his peers to be one of six Summer Paralympic Athletes to serve on the International Paralympic Committee's Athletes Commission.
In 2005, Kurt was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia or OAM after winning a gold medal at the Athens Paralympic Games, and in 2018 he received an even higher honour, an Officer of the Order of Australia or AO.
Andrew Harris is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Sydney, and the Australian director of Laing O’Rourke’s future engineering and innovation consultancy, the Engineering Excellence Group.
Laing O’Rourke is Australia’s largest private engineering and construction business, with local turnover of ~$3 bn p.a.
Andrew received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Engineers Australia (IEAust).
Throughout his career he has worked at the interface between industry and academia. He is an expert in disruptive innovation, with deep experience of most of the technologies likely to impact all industry sectors in the future, including IoT, robotics and automation, big data, digital, augmented and virtual reality, biomimetics, smart cities and AI.
Andrew is a non executive Director of Hazer Group (ASX:HZR), a listed clean tech and serves on the board of the Australian Research Council Centre for Robotic Vision.
He was recognised as one of Australia’s 50 most innovative engineers by peak body Engineers Australia in 2016.
Adrian Hart manages the company’s Building, and Infrastructure and Mining, Units and is responsible for BIS Oxford Economics' research and forecasts for Building and Construction, Maintenance and Mining across Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific. BIS Oxford Economics is the leading provider of market research, industry analysis and forecasting services in Australia, and an infrastructure specialist. The Infrastructure and Mining Unit produces numerous forecasting studies for civil infrastructure, including transport and utilities, as well as mining and maintenance sectors.
Adrian is also widely involved with privately commissioned research studies and consulting exercises, including the analysis of construction costs and development of escalation forecasts, workforce capability analyses in Australia, unique BIS Oxford Economics estimates and forecasts of activity across all detailed civil construction subcategories, and demand forecasting models for companies with links to the construction and mining industries.
Adrian regularly undertakes presentations and workshops with senior management of organisations operating in the engineering construction, maintenance and mining sectors, discussing the outlook and implications of BIS Oxford Economics analyses and forecasts for business planning and strategy.
He also a regular presenter at industry events for Roads Australia, the Australasian Railways Association, Civil Contractors Federation, other major contractor associations and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.
Bruce is currently the Principal of a boutique consultancy, resolution88, specialising in 'Social Licence' solutions for the extractive sector. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland, and a Guest Lecturer delivering 'Leading Sustainable Enterprises' at the University of Otago (NZ) MBA School.
Bruce's career has spanned 40 years of worldwide field experience in the mining industry. In his early career as a geologist Bruce developed an affinity for working with land connected peoples and set up some of the mining industry's earliest native title agreements with Aboriginal people in Australia. For the last 20 years Bruce has been at the forefront of developing social performance as a new professional discipline in the extractive sector. For seven years Bruce was Global Practice Leader Communities and Social Performance at Rio Tinto, where he developed the company's first generation of social performance governance architecture and its implementation at some 130 assets globally.
The Hon. Don Harwin is a minister in the NSW Liberals and Nationals State Government and Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council. He is Minister for Resources, Minister for Energy and Utilities and Minister for the Arts.
Minister Harwin has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since March 27, 1999 and served as the 20th President of the Council between May 2011 and January 2017. He has been the Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council since January 2017.
Prior to joining politics Minister Harwin held a number of advisor roles to NSW Liberal Ministers and also ran his own small business, giving public affairs and government relations consultancy services to business, industry associations and political parties.
John is a strategic advisor to industry, government and investors on the renewable energy, energy transition and clean technology sector. His expertise includes technology assessment, project development, project financing, risk and opportunity assessment, market disruption, unregulated revenue growth, commercial and financial analysis, policy and acquisition advice, strategic growth strategies.
John joined Deloitte Financial Advisory team from Australian CleanTech where he founded and led the company's work in renewable energy, energy transition and clean technology for industry, technology developers, investors and government. He previously worked for 9 years at Origin Energy in operational and corporate development roles.
With engineering degrees from Oxford University and Trinity College, Dublin and an MBA from Adelaide University, John has specialised in building connections between people, technology, finance and government to enable the economic deployment of cleantech solutions
With a wit honed by conducting thousands of interviews, Michael shines as an MC and panel facilitator, guiding discussion and audience involvement. Michael can be seen on Channel Seven's Sunrise and news programs, the ABC's The Drum and is Contributing Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age's BusinessDay.com.au sites. He is an acclaimed conference speaker, MC and facilitator, bringing rare humour and plain language to the dismal science.
Michael was born and educated in Queensland, starting his career with The Courier-Mail before working in Hong Kong for three years. He joined the Australian Financial Review in Sydney and then pioneered specialist finance journalism in commercial broadcasting, first with the Macquarie Radio network, then with Channel 9, Sky News and Channel 7. Michael has four sons, maintains a love of Rugby Union, a dislike of gardening and what he calls "an outlook of optimistic scepticism".
Janine Perrett is a senior journalist and commentator who appears across the Australian media landscape from television and radio to newspapers and online. She began her journalism career at The Australian newspaper in 1979 and during the 1980's worked in London and New York as a foreign correspondent for that paper.
During the 1990's she worked as a television reporter for the Nine Network on the Sunday and Business Sunday programs. She also founded The Small Business Show and was presenter of that program for its nine year run. Since leaving Nine she has worked as a guest presenter on ABC radio and a columnist for News Ltd and the Sydney Morning Herald.
In 2007 she was awarded a Knight fellowship to Stanford University where she studied for a year. Since 2010 she has been a presenter on Sky News TV and is host of the nightly news show HeadsUp as well as a regular panellist on The Last Word and Paul Murray Live.
Chris Riddell is an award winning global futurist and industry recognized inspirational keynote speaker on emerging trends in our hyper connected world. He is a global pattern hunter, discovering and identifying how humans are changing and adapting to high speed change, unlocking insights for businesses and leaders in today's highly disrupted digital world. Chris Riddell is frequently called on as a futurist, speaker and expert commentator to give insights into consumer technology trends within traditional media. As a regular on Sky News Business, The Project on Ten, Channel 7's The Morning Show, The Daily Edition prime time shows, and ABC 774 Radio, Chris Riddell's insights and expertise as a trend spotter extend far beyond the walls of the corporate world.
A global trailblazer, Chris Riddell has worked for some of the largest and most defining businesses and brands in our modern world. Having lived and worked in countries such as the UK, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, China, New Zealand and lately Australia, his understanding of our new world is compelling and thought provoking to say the least. Notably, Chris Riddell was the first ever Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for MARS Incorporated, architecting the corporate digital strategy behind brands including Whiskas, Pedigree, Wrigley, Starburst, Masterfoods, Snickers and Maltesers. Futurist for the leaders of tomorrow, and keynote speaker for businesses of today. For more information visit www.chrisriddell.com
Geoff Roberts has 35 years of experience in Australia and internationally on city strategy, governance and leadership and currently holds an Adjunct Professor position in the City Futures Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.
Mr Roberts is a highly regarded strategic advisor at a number of public and private sector organisations and has a deep history working in large metropolitan scale land use and infrastructure projects.
Over the last decade, Mr Roberts has been involved on behalf of governments and the private sector in the key economic challenges facing cities, particularly around driving productivity, innovation in PPP delivery and value capture. He established and was a foundation director of Manidis Roberts for 25 years until its sale to the RPS group in July 2012.
Kerry Schott is Chair of the Energy Security Board, Chair of Moorebank Intermodal Company, a Director of NBN, and a Director of TCorp NSW.
She also Chairs the Assurance Board for Sydney Metro, and is a member of the Advisory Board for City and SouthEast Light Rail.
Kerry was Managing Director and CEO of Sydney Water from 2006 to 2011. Before that Kerry spent 15 years as an investment banker, including as Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and Executive Vice President of Bankers Trust Australia. During this time she specialised in privatisation, restructuring, and infrastructure provision. Prior to becoming an investment banker Kerry was a public servant and an academic.
Kerry holds a doctorate from Oxford University, a Masters of Arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and a Bachelor of Arts (first class Honours) from the University of New England. She was recently awarded an Order of Australia and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Sydney and the University of Western Sydney.
Steve joined Edelman in 1998 and became Australia CEO in March 2016. Having over two decades of consultancy and in-house experience on brand and corporate assignments, prior to that he worked in 6 different Edelman offices. Most recently where he was COO of Edelman UK & Ireland, leading the day-to-day operations of over 600 staff across three offices.
As Edelman Australia's CEO, Steve leads an award-winning team of 120 communications and content consultants across Sydney and Melbourne.
Steve combines his passions in economics, anthropology and science to deliver strategies to drive trust in today's low trust world.
Phillip White is the creator of Sustainability Cloud, a serial circular economy entrepreneur, speaker and consultant. Phillip's first business was an urban mushroom farm which transformed coffee waste, collected at airports into high value gourmet oyster mushrooms. These were then sold back to airlines for their business class passengers to enjoy. As a systems thinker this got Phill thinking about similar waste-to-value solutions and how technology could be utilized to drive and scale similar solutions for any waste stream. Russell Elfenbein has now joined as Co-Founder and CTO to build the platform and make sustainability cloud a reality.
Sustainability Cloud eliminates the concept of waste by being the waste-to-value super connector, a data driven approach is used to connect stakeholders across multiple supply chains to ensure that all waste is treated as a valuable asset and is used for optimal sustainable solutions. The platform identifies waste materials, matches materials to their most valuable solutions, tracks the materials into the solution/product and executes seamless transactions between stakeholders.
The benefits of sustainability cloud are far reaching. Not only does it reduce waste, improve recycling and reuse of products it also delivers many positive commercial outcomes. The platform can help businesses reduce their disposal fees by upto 75% as well as creating profits from products made from waste materials. Sustainability Cloud will also stimulate local markets for the processing of materials. This creates jobs, more business opportunities and increases local manufacturing. In fact every tonne of waste diverted from landfill has the potential to create 20 jobs in the local recycling-reuse economy.
Imagine a world where every material we touch is seen as a valuable asset and can tell a positive story, where it came from, what it used to be, how many times its been reused/recycled and what to do with it when its life is over. This is will prevent plastics being discarded as trash and ending up in our oceans and environment and this is the future that Sustainability Cloud can create.
Gordon is Snowy Hydro's Chief Commercial Officer. Gordon's 20 year involvement in the energy industry started with 10 years of energy industry advisory, mergers and acquisition roles at Fay, Richwhite and UBS. From advising the shareholders of Snowy Hydro from 1995 up to the corporatisation of the company in 2002, Gordon joined Snowy Hydro in 2003. He was formerly the CFO and played a leading role in the development of Snowy Hydro’s risk management framework and the company’s evolution from generator to its position as the fourth pillar in the National Electricity Market.